Paula Sherriff

Labour - Former Member for Dewsbury

Shadow Minister (Mental Health)
12th Jan 2018 - 6th Nov 2019
Shadow Minister (Equalities Office) (Women and Equalities)
17th Oct 2016 - 12th Jan 2018
Health and Social Care Committee
8th Jul 2015 - 31st Oct 2016


Division Voting information

Paula Sherriff has voted in 752 divisions, and 2 times against the majority of their Party.

22 Jan 2019 - Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill [ Lords ] (Sixth sitting) - View Vote Context
Paula Sherriff voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 1 Labour No votes vs 7 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 7 Noes - 8
11 Sep 2015 - Assisted Dying (No. 2) Bill - View Vote Context
Paula Sherriff voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 73 Labour Aye votes vs 91 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 118 Noes - 330
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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.

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Latest EDMs signed by Paula Sherriff

3rd September 2019
Paula Sherriff signed this EDM on Wednesday 4th September 2019

SITUATION IN KASHMIR

Tabled by: Khalid Mahmood (Labour - Birmingham, Perry Barr)
That this House calls on the Government to condemn Indian aggression in Kashmir; further calls on the Indian Government to reinstate the UN Security Council 1948 resolution 47 and Article 35a; calls on the Government in collaboration with the UN Security Council to provide the necessary resolution to stop the …
28 signatures
(Most recent: 2 Oct 2019)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 24
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
Independent: 1
Scottish National Party: 1
Conservative: 1
23rd July 2019
Paula Sherriff signed this EDM on Tuesday 23rd July 2019

DEMOLITIONS IN EAST JERUSALEM

Tabled by: Wes Streeting (Labour - Ilford North)
That this House condemns the demolition of Palestinian buildings in the Sur Baher neighbourhood in East Jerusalem; notes that this is an area under the control of the Palestinian Authority under the Oslo Accords; further notes that these demolitions have been condemned by the EU, UN and both Israeli and …
60 signatures
(Most recent: 25 Sep 2019)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 46
Liberal Democrat: 6
Scottish National Party: 3
Independent: 2
Conservative: 2
Plaid Cymru: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Paula Sherriff, and are more likely to reflect personal policy preferences.

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Paula Sherriff has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Paula Sherriff has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

1 Bill introduced by Paula Sherriff


The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to require certain buildings to have toilets which meet the needs of persons with a range of disability and accessibility requirements; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 27th June 2018
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Paula Sherriff has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


301 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
13 Other Department Questions
21st Jan 2019
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how much funding her Department has allocated to interfaith projects in each of the last three years.

The Government Equalities Office has not allocated any funding to interfaith projects during the last three years.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
13th Dec 2016
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what the average hourly earnings are of (a) female and (b) male employees of the Government Equalities Office.

The table below shows the average hourly earnings of the Department for Education (DfE) staff, including the Government Equalities Office (GEO) staff, by a) female b) male c) BME and d) non-BME.

Average Earnings of DfE Staff (including GEO)

Nov-16

Female

£20.61

Male

£21.97

BME

£18.98

Non-BME

£21.93

The following table shows the average hourly earnings of GEO staff by a) female and b) male.

Average earnings of GEO Staff

Nov-16

Female

£24.11

Male

£25.10

The Department and GEO records earnings as annual salaries. In order to convert the annual salaries to hourly rates the following calculation has been used: ((Gross Basic Salary*FTE)/52)/Weekly hours.

The pay gap is lower when analysed at grade level for men and women and BME and non-BME. The gaps can be largely attributed to the fact that is greater proportions of women and BME staff of the lower pay bands.

13th Dec 2016
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what the average hourly earnings are of her Department's (a) BME and (b) non-BME employees.

The table below shows the average hourly earnings of the Department for Education (DfE) staff, including the Government Equalities Office (GEO) staff, by a) female b) male c) BME and d) non-BME.

Average Earnings of DfE Staff (including GEO)

Nov-16

Female

£20.61

Male

£21.97

BME

£18.98

Non-BME

£21.93

The following table shows the average hourly earnings of GEO staff by a) female and b) male.

Average earnings of GEO Staff

Nov-16

Female

£24.11

Male

£25.10

The Department and GEO records earnings as annual salaries. In order to convert the annual salaries to hourly rates the following calculation has been used: ((Gross Basic Salary*FTE)/52)/Weekly hours.

The pay gap is lower when analysed at grade level for men and women and BME and non-BME. The gaps can be largely attributed to the fact that is greater proportions of women and BME staff of the lower pay bands.

13th Dec 2016
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, when she plans to (a) publish the evaluation report on the Access to Elected Office Fund and (b) make a decision on whether that Fund should continue.

An evaluation of the Access to Elected Office pilot fund is currently being undertaken. The report from that evaluation will be published when a statement about the future of the fund is made in due course.

13th Dec 2016
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether there is an annual survey of staff in the (a) Government Equalities Office and (b) Equality and Human Rights Commission.

The Government Equalities Office takes part in the annual Civil Service People Survey within the Department for Education. The Department’s results for 2016 were published on GOV.UK on Tuesday 6 December.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission is an independent body and is responsible for its own staff management, including conducting surveys of its staff. I have therefore asked the Chief Executive of the Commission to write to the Hon. Member with the information requested and will place a copy of the letter in the Libraries of both Houses.

12th Dec 2016
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how many civil servants worked in the Government Equalities Office in each of the last five years by grade; and how many at each grade were (a) women, (b) BAME and (c) disabled.

The Government Equalities Office (GEO) joined DfE in September 2015. We do not hold data to prior to this when GEO was part of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

The number of civil servants working in GEO is shown below. Ethnicity and disability status data are based on voluntary declaration of these characteristics. To protect personal information numbers are rounded to the nearest five and suppressed when fewer than five.

End Nov-16

Headcount

a) women

b) BAME

c) disabled

All

52

35

5

5

Grade

Band D

0

Band C

2

Band B

17

10

Band A

13

5

Band A (UPPER)

1

EO

3

HEO

4

SEO

2

GRADE 7

4

GRADE 6

2

SCS Band 1

3

SCS Band 2

1

End Nov-15

Headcount

a) women

b) BAME

c) disabled

All

60

40

10

Grade

Band D

1

Band C

5

Band B

26

20

5

Band A

21

15

Band A (UPPER)

1

EO

0

HEO

1

SEO

0

GRADE 7

0

GRADE 6

1

SCS Band 1

3

SCS Band 2

1

12th Dec 2016
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether there is an annual survey of staff in the (a) Government Equalities Office and (b) Equality and Human Rights Commission.

The Government Equalities Office take part in the annual Civil Service People Survey within the Department for Education. The Department’s results for 2016 were published on GOV.UK on Tuesday 6 December.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission is an independent body and is responsible for its own staff management, including conducting surveys of its staff. I have therefore asked the Chief Executive of the Commission to write to the Hon. Member with the information requested and will place a copy of the letter in the Libraries of both Houses.

27th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether coal is being stockpiled in any location in the UK.

DECC publishes data on coal stocks held in the UK. The latest data show, that at the end of February 2016, 11,981 thousand tonnes were held in stocks. This includes stocks held at electricity generators, ports and undistributed stocks held at coal mines. The data is not available split by region.

Source: Energy Trends Table 2.6, March 2016, available at:

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

10th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 10 February 2016 to Question 25985, whether he plans to publish his response to his Department's consultation on tips, gratuities, service and cover charges before the period of purdah for the EU membership referendum begins.

The Government is analysing the responses to the Call for Evidence on tips, gratuities, service and cover charges and will publish a response in due course.

4th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he plans to publish his response to the results of his Department's consultation on tips, gratuities, service and cover charges; and whether he plans that that response will include proposals for reform of those payments.

The Government received 183 responses to the investigation into tipping. We are looking closely at the evidence that was submitted and considering the available options. We will consider whether any further action is required and publish our response in due course.

21st Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what plans she has to share Government data with (a) Ofgem and (b) energy companies in relation to fuel poverty and energy efficiency.

Government data is currently shared with Ofgem and the licenced electricity suppliers for the purposes of delivering automatic energy bill rebates to customers in receipt of Pension Credit Guarantee Credit under the Warm Home Discount scheme. We intend to consult on the future design of the scheme, including the use of Government data, and are considering how good use of data can help us more widely to address fuel poverty.


17th Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she has taken to ensure that the National Infrastructure Commission gives priority to energy efficiency programmes in its investment decisions.

The Commission is already working with the Department on its study called ‘Delivering future-proof energy infrastructure’ and the Government intends to shortly launch a public consultation on how the Commission will work with different departments in the future.

The Commission has been set up to look at long term policy and the first energy topics it will consider are interconnectors and storage.

1st May 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what information his Department holds on the amount of sick leave taken by civil servants for mental health issues in (a) his Department and (b) the civil service, in each of the last two years for which data is available.

The Civil Service recognises that good workforce health and wellbeing is fundamental to delivering effective public services. We support people so that they can remain at work where possible and to return as soon as they are ready following sickness absence.

The Cabinet Office holds information on the amount of sick leave taken and the reasons for sick leave taken for (a) all of the civil servants in the Department who have recorded absence due to sickness. This includes sick leave for mental health issues that in each of the calendar years 2016 and 2017 amounted to less than 1 day of absence per staff year.

Statistics on sick leave taken by staff in the Cabinet Office are published quarterly in arrears at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cabinet-office-absence-data .

The Cabinet Office collates data on sickness absence from (b) civil service departments and agencies on a quarterly basis in order to understand variation across departments and overall civil service trends. The data can be broken down across a range of types of illness including mental ill-health. The latest data held covers the years leading up to and including Q2 2017 (July 2016 - June 2017). In this period there was an average of 1.7 days per staff year of absence due to mental ill health across the civil service. In the previous year (July 2015-June 2016) there was an average of 1.8 days per staff year of absence due to mental ill health across the civil service.

The latest Civil Service sickness absence data for Q1 2017 was published on 14 December 2017 and is available online at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/civil-service-sickness-absence .

The Civil Service continues to review how it can actively manage all sickness absence and improve health and wellbeing at work even further, ensuring that it consistently delivers the high level of service that the public demand and expect.

Oliver Dowden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
15th Dec 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many appointees to (a) executive non-departmental and (b) other public bodies declared political activity for the Conservative Party in each of the last five years.

Political activity of all public appointments is collected and published by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. The statistical methodology has changed since 2014-15, and the figures are not directly comparative over the last five years.

Political affiliation as percentage of total number of public appointments:

Date

Conservative

Labour

Lib Dem

Other

2011-12

1.8%

10.2%

0.6%

0.5%

2012-13

3.3%

3%

1%

1.7%

2013-14

1.5%

2.3%

0.4%

0.7%

2014-15

1.2%

1.7%

0.5%

1.1%

Political affiliation as percentage of those who answered the question on political activity:

Date

Conservative

Labour

Lib Dem

Other

2015-16

6.2%

5.0%

2.2%

1.7%

NB. These figures are not comparative with the previous table: the rise is due to the different methodology.

Overall, 94% of appointees in 2015-16 declared no political activity. By contrast, the political activity declaration rates under the last Labour Government were 10.2% in 2008-09, 10.4% in 2007-08 and 15.8% in 2006-07.

Being involved in a political party is a healthy part of civic democracy, and those interested in politics are often the same people who will be interested in public service. Individuals are appointed on the basis of their skills and experience, not their party background.

15th Dec 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will list the proportion of chairs who were (a) appointed and (b) re-appointed to public bodies who were (i) female, (ii) from an ethnic minority and (iii) disabled by (A) executive and (B) non-executive body in the last year for which figures are available.

Data on executive body chairs is not held centrally. Data on chairs of non-executive bodies which are public appointments is collected and published by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. The data can be found on the Commissioner’s website at: http://publicappointmentscommissioner.independent.gov.uk/statistical-reports/

12th Dec 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of public appointments were of ethnic minority candidates in (a) 2015 and (b) 2016.

Statistics on public appointments are published annually by the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

Statistics on Public Appointments are published annually by the Commissioner for Public Appointments and the data can be found at: http://publicappointmentscommissioner.independent.gov.uk/statistical-reports/.

12th Dec 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of public appointments were women from (a) 1 January to 12 July 2016 and (b) 13 July 2016 to date.

Statistics on public appointments are published annually by the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

Data published in July 2016 shows that for the financial year 2015/16 a 48.2% of new public appointments were made to women, higher than at any point in the last decade. Data for the financial year 2016/17 will be published by the Commissioner next summer.

21st Jul 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Written Statement of 20 June 2015, HCWS153, on Freedom of Information, what plans he has to issue an order under section 4 or 5 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in relation to the Freedom of Information Commission.

As with other temporary review bodies, the Independent Commission on Freedom of Information is not subject to FOIA.

21st Jul 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Written Statement of 20 June 2015, HCWS153, on Freedom of Information, whether the Freedom of Information Commission is a public authority subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

As with other temporary review bodies, the Independent Commission on Freedom of Information is not subject to FOIA.

20th Jul 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Written Statement of 20 June 2015, HCWS153, on Freedom of Information, whether the terms of reference of the Commission on Freedom of Information will permit it to consider the appropriate scope of the commercial confidentiality exemption under section 43(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

It will be for the independent FOI commission to determine the interpretation of its terms of reference.

20th Jul 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Written Statement of 20 June 2015, HCWS153, on Freedom of Information, whether the Commission on Freedom of Information's terms of reference will permit it to consider the effective application of the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to private companies that are providing under contract any service whose provision is the function of a public authority under section 5(1)(b) of that Act.

It will be for the independent FOI commission to determine the interpretation of its terms of reference.

22nd Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy of 12 December 2017, Official Report, column 166, what guidance has been issued on tipping; and what the evidential basis is for the statement there has been a significant improvement since his Department commissioned the review of tipping, gratuities and hospitality.

The Government has been clear that employers should not make unreasonable deductions from the tips their staff receive. Furthermore, guidance on the National Minimum Wage explains that income from tips can not be used to top up a worker’s pay to the National Minimum Wage. The Government consultation on tipping practices published in 2016 also explained the law on how income from tips should be handled.

Since the publication of that consultation, the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers and Unite the Union have established a joint Code of Practice for good practice in handling tips. The Government supports these efforts, and will respond to that consultation in due course.

25th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to respond to the recommendations of his Department's consultation on tips, gratuities, service and other charges; and if he will make a statement.

The Government is currently considering next steps in light of responses to the consultation.

11th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish his response to the results of his Department's consultation on tips, gratuities, service and other charges that closed in June 2016.

The government is currently considering next steps in light of responses to the consultation.

19th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, who the diversity champion is on his departmental board.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has two diversity and inclusion champions on the departmental board - Angie Ridgwell (Director General, Finance and Corporate Services) and Gareth Davies (Director General, Business and Science).

13th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to respond to the evidence received by his Department's inquiry into tips, gratuities and service charges by the end of 2016; and if he will make a statement.

The Government launched its consultation on tips, gratuities, service and cover charges to receive views on a range of actions to address issues associated with tipping practices. The Government’s objective is to ensure workers receive all discretionary payments for service, except those deductions required under tax law. The consultation is now closed and the responses are being considered. The Government Response will be published in due course.

3rd Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make it her policy to reduce the minimum level for applications for funding from the Tampon Tax Community Fund.

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

11th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans her Department has to improve broadband provision in rural areas in the next five years.

Superfast Broadband is now available to nearly 94% of premises in the UK and is on track to reach 95% by the end of 2017. Reinvestment of efficiency savings and gainshare from the government programme, coupled with further commercial roll out, means that coverage can increase. By 2020, we will ensure universal broadband availability of at least 10Mbps, so that no home or business is left behind.

19th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, who the diversity champion is on her departmental board.

Sue Owen, The Permanent Secretary at DCMS is the lead Civil Service Diversity Champion, and for the department.

17th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding was allocated from the Healthy Pupils Capital Fund for projects on (a) mental health, (b) physical health and (c) other purposes.

​All Healthy Pupils Capital Fund (HPCF) projects funded through the Condition Improvement Fund 2018-19 were assessed against the HPCF funding criteria to improve children’s and young people’s physical and mental health by enhancing access to facilities for physical activity, healthy eating, mental health and wellbeing and medical conditions. Details of successful HPCF projects have been published here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/condition-improvement-fund-2018-to-2019-outcome. Projects have not been categorised by those which relate to mental health or physical health.

Local authorities and larger academy trusts received a formulaic allocation from HPCF based on pupil numbers. They have the flexibility to distribute HPCF funding in line with the HPCF criteria to meet local priorities and need. Data on the use of HPCF funding by local authorities and larger academy trusts will be collected and published in due course, as part of regular capital spend data collections.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
8th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to provide additional financial support to universities to cover the increase in employer contributions to the Teachers' Pension Scheme in (a) 2019-20 and (b) future financial years.

The Department ran a public consultation which closed on 12 February 2019 to gather evidence on the impact of increased contributions to the Teachers' Pension Scheme (TPS) for all TPS employers, including universities. Final decisions on funding will be taken once the consultation responses have been reviewed. All funding decisions for 2020/21 onwards will be decided as part of the forthcoming Spending Review.

8th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many mental health nursing students have started degree apprenticeships in the 2018-19 academic year.

In the 2017/18 academic year reported to date (from August 2017 to April 2018), 260 apprenticeship starts were recorded for the standard ‘Registered Nurse’. This is the level 6 degree apprenticeship approved for delivery on 9 May 2017. Mental health nursing remains an optional element within the nursing apprenticeships.

Additionally, there have been 640 apprenticeship starts reported to date (from August 2017 to April 2018) for the standard ‘Nursing Associate’ (level 5 apprenticeship standard, approved for delivery on 20 November 2017; note that we class apprenticeships at level 6 and above as ‘degree-level’). There were no starts on these standards in the 2016/17 academic year. Full final year data for the 2017/18 academic year will be available in November 2018 and data covering 2018/19 will be available in January 2019.

In England, there have been 64,830 apprenticeship starts in the Health, Public Services and Care sector subject area reported to date in the first three quarters of the 2017/18 academic year (August 2017 to April 2018). This data can be accessed at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/further-education-and-skills-statistical-first-release-sfr.

We want to increase the number of nursing apprenticeships and now have a complete apprentice pathway from entry level to postgraduate advanced clinical practice in nursing. This will support people from all backgrounds to enter a nursing career in the National Health Service (NHS).

We are working closely with employers, Health Education England and ministers in the Department of Health and Social Care to make sure the NHS is fully supported to recruit apprentices, both in nursing and in a range of various occupations.

20th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 19 April 2018 to Question 135939 on Wakefield City Academies Trust (WCAT), if he will list the (a) nine WCAT schools for which new trusts have been identified but which have not yet transferred to them and (b) one WCAT school for which no new trust has been identified.

The department has publicly confirmed the new trusts for 20 of the 21 Wakefield City Academies Trust schools. The nine schools for which trusts have been identified, but they have not moved, is in the table below. For the remaining school, Mexborough Academy, Delta Academies Trust remains the preferred trust. The Regional Schools Commissioner is working to confirm the final trust for Mexborough Academy as soon as possible. Our priority continues to be to minimise disruption for all concerned and move all the schools into strong new trusts as quickly as possible in the interests of pupils.

Academy

New Trust

Balby Carr Community Academy

Astrea Academy Trust

Carr Lodge Academy

Exceed Learning Partnership

Willow Academy

Inspiring Futures Academy Trust

Havercroft Academy

Outwood Grange Academies Trust

Hemsworth

Outwood Grange Academies Trust

The Freeston Academy

Outwood Grange Academies Trust

Wakefield City Academy

Outwood Grange Academies Trust

West End Academy

Waterton Academy Trust

Kinsley Academy

Waterton Academy Trust

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
25th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the Minister for Children and Families has completed any equality and diversity training since assuming that ministerial role.

On appointment, my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State received a letter from the Permanent Secretary drawing his attention to the Ministerial Code, and a copy of that code.

Ministers are expected to observe the Seven Principles of Public Life. The Ministerial code sets out the standards of conduct expected of ministers and how they discharge their duties. It provides guidance to ministers on how they should act and arrange their affairs in order to uphold these standards. The code is clear that harassing, bullying or other inappropriate or discriminating behaviour wherever it takes place is not consistent with the Ministerial Code and will not be tolerated.

28th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much the Government has allocated to the healthy pupil capital fund in the next two financial years; and what proportion of that funding is ring-fenced from the soft drinks industry levy.

As announced by the Secretary of State on 17 July, we will invest £100 million in 2018-19 for healthy pupils’ capital. All funding for the healthy pupils capital fund will be provided by the soft drinks industry levy.

28th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much government funding was allocated to the Union Learning Fund in each financial year from 2009-2010 to 2014-2015.

Since the financial year 2009-10, the government has allocated the following funding to the Union Learning Fund:

Financial Year

Support to the Union Learning Fund (£ million)

2009-10

13.4

2010-11

13.3

2011-12

13.2

2012-13

13.0

2013-14

12.2

2014-15

11.2

28th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether funding for the planned £26 million contract to provide breakfast clubs will be allocated from revenue raised from the soft drinks industry levy.

We announced within the Childhood Obesity Plan in August 2016 that we would launch a breakfast club programme using funds from the Soft Drinks Industry Levy.

We published an invitation to tender on the 16 October 2017 indicating that we are investing £26 million from the levy over the next three years to expand breakfast club provision.

23rd Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding her Department provided to the Union Learning Fund in each of the last two financial years.

Funding for Unionlearn was previously provided by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) but following the machinery of government changes in 2017, this responsibility moved across to the Department for Education.

BIS provided Unionlearn with £14 million in the financial year 2015-16 and £12 million in the financial year 2016-17.

The department is providing £11.89 million funding in the current financial year and a further £12 millon in financial year 2018-19 and £12 million in financial year 2019-20.

23rd Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to paragraph 4.23 of Autumn Budget 2017, how much her Department will provide to Unionlearn in each of the next two years.

Funding for Unionlearn was previously provided by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) but following the machinery of government changes in 2017, this responsibility moved across to the Department for Education.

BIS provided Unionlearn with £14 million in the financial year 2015-16 and £12 million in the financial year 2016-17.

The department is providing £11.89 million funding in the current financial year and a further £12 millon in financial year 2018-19 and £12 million in financial year 2019-20.

23rd Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much and what proportion of the proceeds from the soft drinks industry level will be allocated to (a) the PE and Sport Premium, (b) the Healthy Pupil Capital Fund, (c) expanding the opening hours of secondary schools and (d) providing healthy breakfasts for primary school pupils over each of the next two financial years; and what additional sums are to be allocated to those programmes from the public purse.

The 2016 Budget announced funding for a number of programmes linked to the revenue from the Soft Drinks Industry Levy. The department will receive £575 million during the current spending review period, which will be used to:

  • Double funding for the primary physical education and Sport Premium to £320 million a year from 2017. The Department for Education and the Department of Health contribute £100 million and £60 million per year to the premium respectively, with the Soft Drinks Levy funding contributing £415 million over the remainder of the current spending review period, table attached.
  • Provide £100 million in 2018/19 for a new healthy pupils capital fund.
  • Provide £60 million to other relevant projects, for example breakfast clubs (£26 million over the next three years) and essential life skills programme.

Expected revenue from the levy during the Spending Review period is £550 million for the UK as a whole. The total funding provided for these programmes in England is £575 million. In addition, the devolved administrations will continue to benefit in full from the Barnett formula arising from the levy-funded spending package announced at the 2016 Budget.

We announced in February 2017 that the healthy pupils capital programme will build on the government’s plans for schools to provide a longer school day, by changing the focus of the scheme to provide new facilities or improve existing ones to make it easier for a range of extra-curricular activities to be provided.

19th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, who the diversity champion is on her departmental board.

The diversity champion on the Departmental Board is Juliet Chua.

13th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average hourly earnings are of (a) female, (b) male, (c) BAME and (d) non-BAME employees of her Department.

The table below shows the average hourly earnings of the Department for Education (DfE) staff, including the Government Equalities Office (GEO) staff, by a) female b) male c) BME and d) non-BME.

Average Earnings of DfE Staff (including GEO)

Nov-16

Female

£20.61

Male

£21.97

BME

£18.98

Non-BME

£21.93

The following table shows the average hourly earnings of GEO staff by a) female and b) male.

Average earnings of GEO Staff

Nov-16

Female

£24.11

Male

£25.10

The Department and GEO records earnings as annual salaries. In order to convert the annual salaries to hourly rates the following calculation has been used: ((Gross Basic Salary*FTE)/52)/Weekly hours.

The pay gap is lower when analysed at grade level for men and women and BME and non-BME. The gaps can be largely attributed to the fact that is greater proportions of women and BME staff of the lower pay bands.

21st Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to tackle hate crime through education in schools.

Our vision is to ensure that pupils develop the knowledge, skills and understanding to succeed academically; protect themselves from harm; and play a full and active part in society. Schools play an important role in preventing hate crime by empowering young people to question and tackle the underlying beliefs of prejudice and intolerance that can lead to hatred and bigotry.

Schools are required to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. This includes challenging prejudice and promoting tolerance. Schools are also subject to the Equality Act and to the Public Sector Equality Duty which require schools to have regard to the need to eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations between communities. There are a variety of approaches that schools can adopt in meeting these duties and in raising issues relating to hate crime, including:

  • using teaching materials which help pupils to understand and build knowledge of the diverse cultures and faiths in modern Britain.
  • encouraging classroom debate, and giving pupils the opportunity to discuss topical issues, to challenge each other and themselves, and to build the resilience and critical thinking skills they need to challenge views which are unacceptable.
  • teaching in Citizenship to include preparing pupils to take their place in society as responsible citizens.
  • ensuring pupils are taught about safeguarding through teaching and learning opportunities as part of a broad and balanced curriculum - this may include covering relevant issues through personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE).

In equipping pupils for life in modern, multi-cultural Britain, the Department wants to ensure that schools have access to good quality resources to support them. In January 2016, we launched the Educate Against Hate[1] website to provide practical advice to parents, teachers and school leaders on how to protect children from extremism and promote fundamental British values. The website includes resources to assist teachers to explore hatred and its consequences with their pupils and to develop their respect for diversity in their own cultural and religious traditions and in others. It also includes the Crown Prosecution Service’s resource packs for schools on hate crime.

[1] http://educateagainsthate.com/

19th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, who the diversity champion is on her departmental board.

Clare Moriarty (Permanent Secretary) is the diversity champion on Defra’s departmental board.

The Government introduced diversity champions as part of the Talent Action Plan (TAP) commitment to have champions in all departments. The Government uses diversity champions to provide an overall insight for all protected characteristics, including LGBT, Race, Religion or Belief, Gender, Disability, Social Mobility, Age, Carers, Gender Reassignment etc.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
19th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, who the diversity champion is on his departmental board.

The Department has appointed Catherine Webb as the dedicated senior equalities champion who sits on the Department's Executive Board and provides an insight for all protected characteristics. The Department for Exiting the European Union is committed to the creation of a diverse and inclusive working environment to ensure staff do not face any barriers to success, and all staff feel supported at work. As such, the Department is committed to the steps established in the 2016 Talent Action Plan to help the Civil Service become the most inclusive employer in the UK. The department is also committed to working with a diverse range of external organisations, to ensure our work reflects a broad range of opinions across the UK.

13th May 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, on how many occasions Ministers in her Department have visited Hebron since 2010.

According to a review of relevant records in the provided time window, four visits have been made to Hebron by DFID Ministers since 2010. UK officials continue to monitor the situation in Hebron, especially following the withdrawal of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron.

21st Nov 2018
What steps the Government is taking to respond to the risk of mass famine in Yemen.

The UK is playing a lead role preventing famine in Yemen, with our funding meeting the immediate food needs of 4 million Yemenis this year.

We also recently announced support for UNICEF to screen over 2 million children for severe acute malnutrition, and provide treatment for 70,000 of the most vulnerable children.

3rd Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what meetings she has had in Israel with which officials since June 2017.

My Rt Hon Friend the member for Witham (Ms Patel) resigned as Secretary of State for International Development on 8 November. I refer the Hon Lady to the exchange of letters between my Rt Hon Friend and my Rt Hon Friend the Prime Minister on her resignation; and to the statement issued by my Rt Hon Friend on 6 November:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/statement-from-international-development-secretary-priti-patel

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
3rd Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what meetings she has had in the West Bank with Palestinian Authority officials since June 2017.

The Department holds no information about meetings between my Rt Hon Friend the member for Witham in the West Bank with Palestinian Authority officials since June 2017.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
12th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department has supplied any electrical equipment to villages in the West Bank.

Through funding to the Palestinian Market Development Programme, DFID has helped to supply electrical equipment to businesses in the West Bank including computers, and food processing and Laboratory equipment. Through the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, DFID funded the rehabilitation of a well in the West Bank including the provision of electrical equipment.

19th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, who the diversity champion is on her departmental board.

The diversity champion on the Departmental Board is Joy Hutcheon, Director General for Finance and Corporate Performance.

12th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her strategic objectives are in relation to women and girls in developing countries.

DFID’s Strategic Vision for Girls and Women, published in 2011, sets out four, interlinked game-changing ‘pillars’ critical for empowering girls and women:

1. Girls’ completion of primary and secondary education

2. Economic empowerment

3. Ability to live free from violence

4. Universal sexual and reproductive health and rights.

DFID is committed to delivering the Prime Minister’s promise on tackling modern slavery and the 2015 government manifesto. ‘We will promote girls’ education, encourage equal access to property rights and work to achieve access to family planning for everyone who wants it. We will continue to lead efforts to tackle violence against women and girls, end FGM and combat early and forced marriage, both at home and abroad’.

8th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 1 December 2016 to Question 55212, how she will assess the (a) value for money and (b) performance; and by when decisions will be made on project cancellations in the 2017-18 financial year.

The Secretary of State regularly reviews the progress of projects and takes decisions, as and when required, about closing or restructuring projects that no longer offer value for money for taxpayers. The assessment focuses on progress towards objectives and whether the balance between costs, risks and expected returns remains appropriate.

8th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 1 December 2016 to Question 55212, on what previous occasions the Overseas Development Assistance budget has been reduced since 2010.

The Government will continue to meet the commitment to spend 0.7% of Gross National Income (GNI) on Official Development Assistance (ODA) in every year of the Parliament. In line with this commitment, and to reflect the latest economic forecasts, adjustments were announced at Spring Budget 2016 and at Autumn Statement 2016.

8th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what projects her Department has agreed to fund in the 2017-18 financial year; and what the budget is for such funding for that year.

Details of DFID’s approved projects, including those which will operate in financial year 2017-18, are available on the Development Tracker. Indicative allocations broken down by DFID programme are available in Annex B of DFID’s Annual Report and Accounts 2015-16.

2nd Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department has allocated to Afghanistan for the period 2017 to 2020; and whether her Department plans to review that allocation as part of the reduction in Overseas Development Aid announced in the Autumn Statement 2016.

At the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan, the UK pledged to spend up to £750 million in Official Development Assistance in Afghanistan to 2020 (dependent on Afghan government performance and security conditions). Of this, DFID plans to spend £700 million, and the remainder will be spent through cross-government mechanisms including the Conflict, Security, and Stability Fund.

HM Treasury routinely adjusts the Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) budget to ensure the UK meets the target to spend 0.7% of Gross National Income on ODA. Where possible, budget adjustments will be achieved through efficiencies, focusing on spend that offers lowest value for money, and taking into account performance and fit with UK strategic objectives.

2nd Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which projects her Department is currently supporting in Palestine.

Details of our live programmes in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs) can be found on DFID’s Development Tracker at https://devtracker.dfid.gov.uk/. The UK is a long term supporter of Palestinian refugees through the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA); and is also committed to supporting the Palestinian Authority. The Secretary of State is currently conducting a full examination of DFID’s programme in the OPTs to ensure that UK taxpayers’ money is spent in the right places and in the right way.

2nd Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which projects her Department funds that are targeted at women; and how much her Department has allocated to those such projects.

DFID is a global leader, working across multiple sectors and countries to break the barriers that hold women back. The UK has supported 9.9 million women to use modern methods of family planning, improved access to financial services for over 36 million women and supported 5.3 million girls in primary and lower secondary education. Reaching the most marginalised women and girls, especially those living in fragile and conflict affected states and humanitarian situations will help build a more stable, secure and prosperous world.

28th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, in relation to paragraph 5.22 of the Autumn Statement 2016, what assessment she has made of the effect of the planned reduction in her Department's budget; and whether any current projects are being considered for cancellation.

HMT routinely adjust the Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) budget to ensure the UK meets the target to spend 0.7% of Gross National Income (GNI) on ODA. DFID will work closely with HMT to identify budget adjustments, focusing on adjusting spend that offers lowest value for money, and taking into account performance and fit with UK strategic objectives.

8th Sep 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effect of recent changes in the relative value of the pound on her Department's finances.

We have conducted an assessment of the effects of recent changes, and our conclusion is that the impact is relatively limited, for 3 reasons:

  1. fluctuations are not new;
  2. almost all of our payments are in pounds, so fluctuations do not directly impact departmental finances; and
  3. the partners we work with are carefully selected to make sure they have robust financial mechanisms in place, to deal with currency fluctuations and other risks.
4th Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the Government last reviewed the security situation at Sharm El Sheikh airport; and what the outcome of that review was.

The Department for Transport undertakes aviation security assessments at overseas airports. UK aviation security experts are working closely with their Egyptian counterparts on the ground. It is long standing government policy not to comment on security matters, however I can confirm that we continue to work in partnership with the Egyptian authorities and are grateful for their close engagement and support.

We look forward to achieving the return of flights to Sharm el-Sheikh when the situation allows.

24th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on Government support for local authorities to maintain local roads.

The Secretary of State for Transport meets regularly with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government to discuss a wide range of issues.

The Department for Transport is allocating over £6 billion in capital funding to support local highway authorities in England, outside London, to maintain the roads for which they are responsible. This includes a £296 million pothole action fund in order to repair potholes and to stop them forming.

The funding is not ring-fenced and it is entirely for each authority to determine how their funding allocation is utilised based on their needs and priorities.

25th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether rail operators will contribute to the airwave replacement programme for British Transport Police.

We expect the costs of the Airwave replacement programme for the British Transport Police to be reflected in the policing charges levied on the rail operators by the British Transport Police Authority. The position will be kept under review.

12th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to change the number of British Transport Police control centres.

This is an operational matter for the Chief Constable. We have been informed by the British Transport Police (BTP) that there are no current plans to change the number of BTP control centres.

12th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what additional expenditure the British Transport Police has incurred on counter terrorism in (a) 2017-18 to date and (b) 2016-17; and what additional funding his Department provided to that organisation for counter-terror operations in those periods.

The British Transport Police’s counter terrorism capability, forms an integral part of its policing of the railways, and is therefore not readily distinguishable within the overall costs of policing. The funding required to deliver it is met by the rail industry, and is regularly reviewed to ensure that it continues to provide a safe rail network for its staff and the travelling public. The Department has not provided any direct funding to the BTP during the current or the last financial year.

11th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what capabilities are exempt from his Department’s target for efficiency savings by the British Transport Police.

In agreeing the British Transport Police Authority’s proposals for efficiency savings as part of the Spending Review, it was made clear that any savings should ensure that any material impact on the operational capability of the British Transport Police (BTP) is minimised; counter terrorist activity was exempt from the Spending Review process. The efficiency savings target includes the BTP’s core policing activities only; enhanced policing services, which are provided to operators on request on a commercial basis, are excluded from the target.

11th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the cost of the Airwave replacement programme for the British Transport Police; and what additional funding his Department will provide to the British Transport Police to complete that programme.

The current estimated total life cycle costs up to 2026/27 for the implementation and transition to the new Emergency Service Network, which will replace Airwave, is currently £78.6m. Many of the costs have been estimated on the basis of information supplied by the Home Office programme that is delivering the Emergency Services Network. The costs of implementing the Airwave replacement programme are a cost of policing the railway, to be met from the policing charges levied on rail operators for the provision of policing services.

11th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what requirements he places in franchise agreements with train-operating companies for minimum staffing levels.

The Department does not generally specify staffing levels for rail franchises, as it is up to the relevant train operator to ensure it has sufficient staff in place to provide the services to which it is committed. However, the franchise agreement does contain provision limiting the amount of change in staffing levels, which can be made in the final year of the franchise without the consent of the Secretary of State.

We aim to work with the industry, and recognise that a growing railway needs more customer-facing staff.

11th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether it is his policy for the British Transport Police to be merged with other police forces; and if he will make a statement.

The Government is considering a broad range of options to optimise the protection of critical infrastructure such as nuclear sites and railways, including the future roles of the Civil Nuclear Constabulary, the Ministry of Defence Police and the British Transport Police.

11th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on the devolution of transport policing to Scotland.

The Government is committed to implementing the recommendation of the Smith Commission that the functions of the British Transport Police in Scotland should be devolved. Legislative competence was devolved through the Scotland Act 2016, and a Scottish Government Bill which makes provision about the arrangements for the Police Service of Scotland to police railways and railway property has recently completed its passage through the Scottish Parliament.

In devolving the functions, we are committed to ensuring a smooth and seamless transition which ensures effective arrangements are in place for cross-border railway policing once responsibilities have been transferred, so that we continue to have a railway policing service which works for passengers, staff and the railway.

19th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, who the diversity champion is on his departmental board.

The Permanent Secretary, Philip Rutnam, is the Department for Transport’s (DfT’s) corporate Diversity Champion on the Departmental Board and is accountable for the delivery of the DfT Equality Objectives. He is supported by Directors General and Agency Chief Executives, who champion the specific Protected Characteristics of sex, race, age, disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy & maternity, marriage & civil partnership, transgender, and religion & belief.

8th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 1 December 2016 to Question 55070, which funds are potentially available for redevelopment of Mirfield railway station.

The Department for Transport and Network Rail are considering significant rail capacity and train performance improvement works coupled with speed improvements on the Transpennine Main Line in the Mirfield area. This may require the station platforms to be moved ‎and any new works would need to meet modern accessibility standards.

As part of their franchise agreement obligations, Arriva Rail North has committed to invest £45m across its station estate through a Station Improvement Fund. There is a wide range of other funding sources that could also support any necessary investment, including from local authorities and local enterprise partnerships.

28th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding has been made available to his Department for redevelopment of rural rail stations in the Autumn Statement 2016.

The Autumn Statement announced £450 million to trial digital signalling technology to improve reliability, £5m development funding for Midlands Rail Hub, and £80m to accelerate the rollout of Smart Ticketing. This is in addition to the very substantial investment this Government is making in the railways, the largest since Victorian times.

Through the ongoing Franchise Process, the Government requires train operators to work with Community Rail Partnerships to support rural rail stations and services. The Government provides funding to the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (“ACoRP”), and for the Designated Community Rail Development Fund.

Additionally, the Government supports improvements at all railway stations, including rural railway stations, through the National Station Improvement Programme, Station Commercial Project Facility, and Access for All.

26th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much Transport for London will pay to the British Transport Police's budget in 2016-17.

The British Transport Police (BTP) Authority has approved a budget for 2016-17 which includes an amount of £66.933 million in respect of the Transport for London (TFL) Police Service Agreement and overhead charges. The figure excludes any additional policing services which are provided by the BTP at TfL’s request on a commercial basis.

14th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 29 February 2016 to Question 27209, on British Transport Police: finance, what assessment he has made of the operational implications of the planned reduction in the British Transport Police budget in 2016-17.

Setting the budget of the British Transport Police (BTP) is a matter for the British Transport Police Authority. However, during the course of discussions on the spending review, the Department made clear to the BTP that it considered that any efficiencies that could be achieved should not materially impact on the operational policing capability of the BTP. I also understand that the reduction in the BTP’s budget in 2016-17 relates to the non-core policing budget, which is policing provided by the BTP at railway operators’ request on a commercial contract basis, rather than the core police budget which is set by the Authority.

10th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans there are to sell property of the British Transport Police.

The British Transport Police does not own any of its properties, hence it has no plans to sell any of them.

10th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what commercial sensitivity applies to section 106 (staff using handheld tablets) and section 28.1 (movement of staff) of the agreement between NXET Trains Limited and his Department of 15 July 2014 regarding the Essex Thameside franchise.

The provisions mentioned have been redacted at the request of either the Director General for Rail or the Secretary of State in accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

10th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether there is any provision in the agreement between NXET Trains Limited and his Department of 15 July 2014 on the Essex Thameside franchise relating to the closure of ticket offices.

The agreement between NXET Trains Limited and the Department for Transport is in the public domain and can be accessed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/486697/essex-thameside.pdf

10th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reason a number of the Committed Obligations agreed between NXET Trains Limited and his Department on 15 July 2014 regarding the Essex Thameside franchise are redacted in the published version of the agreement.

Where text has been omitted from the document, this is because the Director General Rail or Secretary of State has decided to exclude the text in accordance with the provisions within the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

23rd Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which railway stations currently owned by Network Rail are being considered for potential sale or new concessions.

Network Rail is exploring new models for the management and ownership of its 18 managed stations with the goal of bringing improvements for both passengers and the communities they serve. They have engaged Citigroup as advisors to consider a range of potential options. No decisions have yet been taken and no estimate of the potential value of these stations has been made as part of this work. Citigroup were appointed following a competitive tender process, and the details of their fee are commercially confidential.

Network Rail expect that this work will be presented to their Board by the end of 2016.

23rd Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the value of railway stations owned by Network Rail.

Network Rail is exploring new models for the management and ownership of its 18 managed stations with the goal of bringing improvements for both passengers and the communities they serve. They have engaged Citigroup as advisors to consider a range of potential options. No decisions have yet been taken and no estimate of the potential value of these stations has been made as part of this work. Citigroup were appointed following a competitive tender process, and the details of their fee are commercially confidential.

Network Rail expect that this work will be presented to their Board by the end of 2016.

23rd Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what work Citigroup is conducting for Network Rail in relation to the ownership of railway stations; what fee has been paid to Citigroup for such work; and when the review into the ownership of railway stations is expected to report.

Network Rail is exploring new models for the management and ownership of its 18 managed stations with the goal of bringing improvements for both passengers and the communities they serve. They have engaged Citigroup as advisors to consider a range of potential options. No decisions have yet been taken and no estimate of the potential value of these stations has been made as part of this work. Citigroup were appointed following a competitive tender process, and the details of their fee are commercially confidential.

Network Rail expect that this work will be presented to their Board by the end of 2016.

23rd Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans there are for (a) Transport for the North, (b) Transport for Greater Manchester and (c) Transport for London to take over from Network Rail the management or ownership of railway stations.

The Department for Transport is working with Network Rail and other parties to explore new models for station management and ownership with the goal to bring improvements for both passengers and the communities they serve.

Any decisions on such potential future options will take account of the ‎recommendations of Nicola Shaw's report into the longer term shape and financing of Network Rail, and the government would expect any proposals to demonstrate improvements for passengers and value for money for the taxpayer.

23rd Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what consultations have taken place on privatisation of railway stations currently owned by Network Rail; and which stakeholders have been so consulted.

Network Rail is exploring new models for station management and ownership with the goal to bring improvements for both passengers and the communities they serve. They have engaged Citigroup as advisors to consider a range of potential options but no decisions have been taken at this early stage. Any decisions on such potential future options will take account of the ‎findings of Nicola Shaw's report into the longer term shape and financing of Network Rail.

19th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 3 February 2016 to Question 24236, whether Transport for London's financial contribution to the British Transport Police budget for 2016-17 has been confirmed.

Transport for London’s financial contribution to the British Transport Police budget for 2016-17 has not yet been confirmed. Discussions will continue throughout March.

19th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many British Transport Police officers will be deployed in 2016-17.

3,064 British Transport Police officers will be deployed in 2016-17, an increase of 6.5% from the 2,878 officers who were deployed in 2009-10.

19th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answers of 9 February 2016 to Question 25766 and 11 January 2016 to Question 20570 on British Transport Police: finance, if he will provide a breakdown of the budget by areas of expenditure for (a) 2015-16 and (b) 2016-17.

The following table provides a breakdown of the British Transport Police’s budget, by areas of expenditure, in 2015-16 and 2016-17:

2015/16

2016/17

£000s

£000s

Staff Costs:

Police Officer Pay + overtime

165,969

165,451

PCSO Pay + overtime

10,560

11,014

Police Staff Pay + overtime

60,572

60,905

Total Staff Costs

237,101

237,370

Non Staff Costs:

Premises

18,763

17,481

Communications & Computers

11,939

11,394

Transport

2,989

2,465

Travel & Hotels

1,892

1,845

Supplies & Services

14,021

12,105

Capital Charges

9,364

10,475

Total Non Staff Costs

58,968

55,765

BTP Authority Budget

2,009

2,009

Total Expenditure

298,078

295,144

19th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answers of 3 February 2016 to Question 24232 and 11 January 2016 to Question 20570 on British Transport Police: finance, how much income from (a) Transport for London, (b) train operating companies, (c) Network Rail and (d) other funding sources is included in the budget for 2016-17; and how much income by funding source (i) is in the budget for and (ii) has been received in 2015-16.

The following table sets out the British Transport Police’s income by funding source in 2015-16:

2015-16

£000s

Core funding (including train operators and Network Rail)

209,262

Transport for London

63,883

Non-core funding

11,559

Other income

13,334

Total

298,038

The split of income between the train operators and Network Rail is commercially sensitive information.

Although the total budget for 2016-17 is £295.1 million, the individual components are still to be determined.

3rd Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 10 December 2015 to Question 18454, what progress his Department is making on updating the Accessibility Action Plan; and when he plans to publish it.

The Department for Transport is preparing a revised Accessibility Action Plan (AAP) at the moment in discussion with the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee. We plan for the AAP to be ready for wider consultation in the summer and that it will likely be published by the end of the year.

3rd Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has requested the British Transport Police to set out options for a reduction in the British Transport Police budget.
3rd Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 26 January 2016 to Question 24232, how much has been allocated for overall expenditure in the 2016-17 budget for the British Transport Police.

The British Transport Police Authority has set an expected budget of £295.1 million for the British Transport Police in 2016/17.

26th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 11 January 2016 to Question 20570, when the budget for the British Transport Police in 2016-17 will be established.

The British Transport Police Authority set a budget of expected expenditure and income for the year 2016-17 on 28 January 2016.

26th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the financial contribution of Transport for London to the British Transport Police budget is for (a) 2015-16 and (b) 2016-17.

Transport for London (TfL) is expected to make a total financial contribution of £63,833,000 to the British Transport Police budget in the year running to 31 March 2016, which is around 10% higher than the contribution made in 2010/11. TfL’s contribution for 2016-17 is to be confirmed in the near future.

17th Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what directions or guidance his Department has issued to (a) Network Rail, (b) train operating companies and (c) Transport for London regarding funding agreements with British Transport Police since the publication of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015.

Funding agreements are a matter between the British Transport Police Authority and the train operators, Network Rail and Transport for London.

17th Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to paragraph 2.90 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, what assessment he has made of the effect of phasing out the Transport for London (TfL) resource grant on TfL's funding of the British Transport Police.

It is for Transport for London (TfL) to determine future policing arrangements as they contract policing from the British Transport Police on a commercial basis.

17th Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) directions or (b) guidance his Department issues to the British Transport Police or the British Transport Police Authority on cost savings in (i) 2015-16 and (ii) future financial years.

The Department has not issued directions to either the British Transport Police (BTP) or the British Transport Police Authority (BTPA) on costs savings in 2015-16 and future years. It did, however, provide guidance that there should be no material impact on the operational policing capability of the British Transport Police, including in relation to counter-terrorist activity, from any appropriate efficiency savings it may seek to make over the Spending Review period.

17th Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the planned expenditure is for the British Transport Police in (a) 2015-16, (b) 2016-17, (c) 2017-18, (d) 2018-19 and (e) 2019-20.

The British Transport Police’s budget for 2015/16 is £298,078,000.


Final budgets for future years have not been established.

17th Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to protect spending on the British Transport Police in real terms over the Spending Review period.

Funding for the British Transport Police is not derived directly from a specific Government grant but from holders of police service agreements. However, the Department has made clear to the British Transport Police Authority that it considers that any efficiencies it seeks to make should not materially impact on the operational policing capability of the British Transport Police, including in relation to counter-terrorist activity.

17th Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many British Transport Police officers he estimates will be deployed in (a) 2015-16, (b) 2016-17, (c) 2017-18, (d) 2018-19 and (e) 2019-20.

The British Transport Police currently has 3,046 officers, which is the largest number of officers since the creation of the British Transport Police Authority in 2004. The number of officers in future years will vary in response to operational needs, including specific initiatives such as the introduction of the Night Tube in London.


17th Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the British Transport Police budget was in each year from 2009-10 to 2014-15.

The British Transport Police’s budget for each year from 2009-10 to 2014-15 is set out in the table below.


2009/10

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

£000s

£000s

£000s

£000s

£000s

£000s

269,336

277,014

264,728

267,947

285,724

292,791



17th Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has requested the British Transport Police Authority to set out options for a reduction in the British Transport Police budget.

As part of the Spending Review process, the Department made clear to the British Transport Police Authority that any potential options for making efficiency savings in the British Transport Police’s budget, (aside from spending related to counter-terrorist activity, which was excluded from that process), needed to minimise any impact on the operational policing capability of the British Transport Police.


17th Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many police officers from the British Transport Police were deployed in (a) London and (b) the rest of the UK in each year from 2009-10 to 2014-15.

The table below sets out the number of officers deployed in each year since 2009-10.


Year

Deployed Officers in B Division (London)

Deployed Officers in the rest of the UK

2009-10

1,518

1,360

2010-11

1,541

1,379

2011-12

1,534

1,364

2012-13

1,541

1,305

2013-14

1,507

1,350

2014-15

1,531

1,359


As at January 2016, the total number of deployed officers both in London and across the rest of the UK is 3046, which is the largest number of officers since the creation of the British Transport Police Authority in 2004.

17th Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what financial contribution Transport for London made to the British Transport Police in each of the last five financial years.

The table below sets out the financial contribution that Transport for London has made to the British Transport Police in each of the last five financial years.


2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

£000s

£000s

£000s

£000s

£000s

58,200

60,364

61,473

62,899

63,486





4th Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people receiving personal independence payments are in receipt of both the mobility and daily living components.

The latest available data on Personal Independence Payment (PIP) claims in payment which can be split by the Daily Living and Mobility components a claimant is receiving can be found at https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/.

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

3rd Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with a primary condition of epilepsy who receive personal independence payments that are in receipt of the mobility component.

The latest available data on Personal Independence Payment (PIP) claims in payment which can be split by the Daily Living and Mobility component a claimant is receiving and by their main disabling condition can be found at https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/.

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

3rd Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with a primary condition of epilepsy receiving personal independence payments (PIP) are in receipt of the PIP daily living component.

The latest available data on Personal Independence Payment (PIP) claims in payment which can be split by the Daily Living and Mobility component a claimant is receiving and by their main disabling condition can be found at https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/.

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

3rd Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with a primary condition of epilepsy receiving personal independence payments (PIP) are in receipt of both the mobility and daily living components of PIP.

The latest available data on Personal Independence Payment (PIP) claims in payment which can be split by the Daily Living and Mobility component a claimant is receiving and by their main disabling condition can be found at https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/.

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

3rd Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people receiving personal independence payments are in receipt of the PIP mobility component.

The latest available data on Personal Independence Payment (PIP) claims in payment which can be split by the Daily Living and Mobility component a claimant is receiving and by their main disabling condition can be found at https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/.

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

23rd Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of free television licences issued to residents in (a) Kirklees borough and (b) Dewsbury constituency in each of the last three years; and what the total annual value of those licences was.

In the 2015 funding settlement, the Government agreed with the BBC that responsibility for the concession will transfer to the BBC in June 2020.

The government and the BBC agreed at the time that this was a fair deal for the BBC. The BBC benefited as the government closed the iPlayer loophole and committed to increase the licence fee in line with inflation. And to help with financial planning, the government agreed to provide phased transitional funding over 2 years to introduce the cost to the BBC.

This reform was subject to public discussion and debated extensively during the passage of the Digital Economy Act 2017 through Parliament.

On 10 June 2019, the BBC announced that the current scheme will end. From 1 June 2020, a free TV licence will only be available to a household with someone aged over 75 who receives Pension Credit.

The table below provides estimates of the costs and caseloads for 2015/16 through to 2017/18 of providing free TV licences to people aged 75 years and over in the geographical areas requested. Expenditure in nominal prices. The figures for 2018/19 will be available in September.

Caseload (thousands)

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

(a) Kirklees borough

26.2

27.1

27.4

(b) Dewsbury constituency

6.6

6.9

7.0

Expenditure (£m) (Nominal)

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

(a) Kirklees borough

£3.73

£3.78

£3.94

(b) Dewsbury constituency

£0.95

£0.96

£1.01

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
6th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to increase the number of people with epilepsy entering employment.

We are taking steps to support disabled people and people with health conditions, including those with epilepsy, to enter employment through initiatives like the Work and Health Programme, Personal Support Package and the recently-announced Intensive Personalised Employment Support Programme (IPES), which will see more than £40m invested in a new highly personalised package of support to disabled people who are at least a year away from moving into work. We also offer extensive, personalised support to new and existing disabled workers through Access to Work.

In addition, we engage with employers through Disability Confident. The scheme, developed by disabled people, employers and disability organisations, encourages employers to think differently about disability and to take action to improve how they attract, recruit and retain disabled employees. Over 10,500 businesses have signed up to the Disability Confident scheme since it was launched in November 2016.

7th Jan 2019
What assessment her Department has made of the effect of explicit consent restrictions placed on advice agencies on the ability of people to make a claim for universal credit.

Explicit consent is not required to make a new claim. If claimants cannot make or manage their claim on-line, they can receive face to face support through their local jobcentre or assistance through our Freephone telephone number. Once the claim is made, claimants who require agencies to act on their behalf can provide explicit consent.

In our response to the Social Security Advisory Committee in November 2018 in respect of the managed migration regulations, we have agreed to explore options for improving the process of explicit consent in collaboration with the committee.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
19th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, who the diversity champion is on his departmental board.

All Executive Members of the Departmental Board have a Diversity Champion role as follows:

  • Champion of Champions: Sir Robert Devereux KCB (Permanent Secretary)
  • Social Mobility: Andrew Rhodes (Director General, Operations)
  • Age: Peter Schofield (Director General, Finance Group)
  • Gender: Mayank Prakash (Director General, Digital Group)

Additionally, the following members of the Department’s Executive Team have Diversity Champion roles as follows:

  • Sexual Orientation and Transgender: Jeremy Moore (Director General, Strategy, Policy and Analysis Group)
  • Disability, Health and Wellbeing: Debbie Alder (Director General, Human Resources)
  • Race: Neil Couling (Director General, Universal Credit)
21st Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions his Department has had with the Department for Energy and Climate Change on sharing data on households in receipt of welfare benefits; and what privacy safeguards apply to sharing individuals' data with other Departments.

The Warm Home Discount Scheme was introduced in 2011 as a joint initiative between the Department for Work and Pensions, the Department of Energy and Climate Change, and energy suppliers for which we need data sharing arrangements which are reviewed annually. The initiative exists to help vulnerable and low income households with their energy costs.

By using an automated system, vulnerable pensioners do not have to go through a clerical claim process. Primary legislation removed the need for informed consent to the data-share for this purpose and a memorandum of understanding exists between DWP and DECC to ensure the successful delivery of the scheme. Legal gateway is provided by the Warm Home Discount Regulations 2011 and the Disclosure of State Pension Credit Information (Warm Home Discount) Regulations 2011 made in exercise of the powers conferred by the Energy Act 2010 and the Pension Act 2008.


18th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to improve (a) outcomes, (b) early identification and (c) treatment of heart attack and stroke for women.

Improving the prevention and treatment of heart attacks and stroke are key aims in the NHS Long Term Plan, with an important milestone being for the National Health Service to help prevent up to 150,000 heart attacks, strokes and dementia cases over the next 10 years. The NHS Long Term Plan highlights that outcomes from heart attack and stroke can be improved, and that there should be a focus on inequalities.

In addition, addressing variations in outcomes from cardiovascular disease (CVD), such as heart attacks and stroke, is one of Public Health England’s (PHE) top priorities, and in February 2019, PHE announced new 10-year CVD ambitions for England, which are intended to complement the NHS Long Term Plan and are the first ever national ambitions to improve the detection and treatment of the major causes of CVD.

18th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will respond to the recommendations in the report entitled Call for Action: Inquiry into heart attack and stroke, published by the all-party Parliamentary group on women’s health in July 2019; and if he will make a statement.

NHS England has acknowledged the recently published report and will be considering the content.

Improving the prevention and treatment of heart attacks and stroke are key aims in the NHS Long Term Plan, with an important milestone being for the National Health Service to help prevent up to 150,000 heart attacks, strokes and dementia cases over the next 10 years. The NHS Long Term Plan highlights that outcomes from heart attack and stroke can be improved, and that there should be a focus on inequalities.

8th May 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress his Department is making on introducing comprehensive calorie labelling for food and drink served out of the home; and when his Department plans to publish the results of the consultation on that matter, which closed on 25 October 2018.

The consultation on calorie labelling for food and drink served outside of the home took place between 14 September and 7 December 2018. We will publish the results and set out the timetable for further action later this year.

28th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many mental health staff have left the NHS since 31 May 2018.

NHS Digital publishes Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS) workforce statistics. These include staff working in hospital trusts and clinical commissioning groups, but not staff working in primary care or in general practitioner surgeries, local authorities or other providers.

In England, 12,7981 mental health staff left the National Health Service between 31 May 2018 and 31 October 2018, headcount.

The figure above provides the widest possible view of the mental health workforce available from NHS Digital and includes:

- All staff in mental health, learning disability and care trusts;

- Psychiatry doctors;

- Nurses specialising in ‘community psychiatry’, ‘other psychiatry’, ‘community learning disabilities’, ‘other learning disabilities’

- Staff with a primary area of work of ‘psychiatry’, for example a paediatrician whose primary area of work is ‘psychiatry’.

Data for Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is not available on the Electronic Staff Record and therefore, not included in the figure above.

Note:

1Source: NHS Digital, NHS HCHS workforce statistics.

28th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) posts and (b) vacancies were there in mental health NHS trusts in England in the most recent month for which data is available.

The most recent data reported in Q2 2018/19, as at the end of September 2018, shows that in mental health National Health Service trusts there are 190,185 whole time equivalent (WTE) workforce staff in post, with 19,889 vacancies. This is a vacancy rate of 9.5% out of a total workforce establishment (210,074 WTE).

There are 53 mental health NHS trusts, defined as those with over half of their outpatient activity in mental health specialties. Not all staff in these trusts provide mental health services and some mental health services are provided by other trusts.

NHS Improvement collect vacancy rates from individual NHS providers and publish them as part of their ‘Quarterly performance of the NHS provider sector’ report. NHS Improvement defines a vacancy as the current workforce gap between current substantive staff in post and the required staffing level for the respective period.

NHS Improvement count staff working substantively within a designated mental health NHS trust in England as one definition of the size of the mental health workforce. Currently, there is no single agreed way to count the entire mental health workforce. The Department, working together with NHS Digital, Health Education England, NHS Improvement and NHS England, are in a process of agreeing a new definition to count the mental health workforce in NHS trusts and clinical commissioning groups.

29th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many times the national emergency pressures panel has met during the 2018-19 financial year.

The National Escalation Pressures Panel (NEPP) has not yet formally met in the 2018-19 financial year.

NHS England publishes meeting notes online when NEPP meets. These can be located on their website at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/national-emergency-pressures-panel-nepp/

Steve Barclay
Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
24th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of elective hip replacement surgery has been outsourced to the private sector in the last three years.

The proportion of elective hip replacement operations which have been outsourced to the private sector in the last three years is shown in the following table. Figures represent the number of operations – not the number of patients – as some patients may have more than one operation.

Financial year

All providers

Private providers

Proportion Carried out by Private Providers

2015-16

78,328

20,245

26%

2016-17

81,484

22,870

28%

2017-18

78,172

23,340

30%


Source: Hospital Episode Statistics, NHS Digital

Steve Barclay
Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
18th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to extend Equality Act 2010 to include people with episodic and fluctuating mental health conditions.

The Government is aware of concerns that some people with mental health conditions have experienced problems in accessing the Equality Act 2010’s protections. The Government is therefore exploring a number of options including legislation to extend protections from discrimination in the workplace for people with mental health conditions, including through the Equality Act 2010. We will make an announcement on these issues in due course.

8th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many students started mental health nursing degree courses in the 2018-19 academic year.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) collect data on acceptances to mental health nursing degree courses.

Acceptances for 2018/19 entry can still be made until the end of clearing on 23 October 2018.

The final number of acceptances for mental health nursing degree courses for 2018/19 will be available following the publication of end of cycle data by UCAS in December 2018.

10th Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what data his Department collects on pre-registration attrition and retention of students on mental health courses following the implementation of Health Education England’s Reducing Pre-Registration Attrition and Improving Retention project.

The Department does not collect data on attrition and retention of pre-registration students on mental health nursing courses.

7th Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the document, Stepping forward to 2020/21: The mental health workforce plan for England, published by the NHS in July 2017, how many of the additional 19,000 mental health staff to be recruited by 2020 were employed by July 2018.

Stepping forward to 2020/21: The mental health workforce plan for England, published in July 2017, sets out our ambition to deliver 21,000 new posts (professional and allied) across the mental health system, with the expectation that 19,000 of these places will be filled by staff employed directly by the National Health Service.

NHS Digital publish statistics on NHS mental health workforce. Latest data available, as at March 2018, shows that there are 183,476 full time equivalent staff working in mental health in NHS using the widest possible view of the Mental Health and Learning Disability workforce. This is an increase of 915 (0.5%) compared to March 2017 (the baseline year for Stepping Forward). A one-year comparison is given to remove the impact of seasonality, caused by training and recruitment cycles.

Health Education England and NHS England are currently developing a mental health workforce dashboard which will publicly track progress against the targets and commitments set out in Stepping Forward.

In addition to expanding the mental health workforce, the Government also recognises that retaining our skilled staff is crucial. That’s why NHS Improvement and NHS England have been rolling out a special retention programme supporting those trusts with high levels of staff attrition. Directors of Nursing and mental health experts are working directly with trusts to develop ‘Rapid Improvement Plans’ on retention. These plans are required to set out plans for improvements over the next 12 months. Additionally, there are a series of retention master classes which are being rolled out, aimed at Directors of Nursing and HR Directors.

7th Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) posts and (b) vacancies were there in mental health NHS trusts in England in the most recent month for which data is available.

NHS Improvement collect vacancy rates from individual National Health Service providers and publish them as part of their “Quarterly performance of the NHS provider sector” report.

There are 53 NHS mental health providers. The most recent data reported in Q1 2018/19 (as at the end of June 2018) shows that there are 187,215 Whole Time Equivalent (WTE) workforce staff in post with 22,018 vacancies. This is a vacancy rate of 10.5% out of a total workforce establishment (209,233 WTE). This information represents management information only and not an official statistic.

7th Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of mental health staff that have left the NHS since June 2017.

NHS Digital publishes Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS) workforce statistics. These include staff working in hospital trusts and clinical commissioning groups, but not staff working in primary care or in general practitioner surgeries, local authorities or other providers.

In England, 23,6861 mental health staff left the National Health Service between June 2017 and 31 May 2018, headcount.

The figure above provides the widest possible view of the mental health workforce available from NHS Digital and includes:

- All staff in mental health, learning disability and care trusts;

- Psychiatry doctors;

- Nurses specialising in “community psychiatry”, “other psychiatry”, “community learning disabilities, “other learning disabilities”; and

- Staff with a primary area of work of “psychiatry”, for example a paediatrician whose primary area of work is ‘psychiatry’.

Data for Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is not available on the Electronic Staff Record and therefore, not included in the figure above.

1Source: NHS Digital, NHS HCHS workforce statistics.

5th Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress has been made since 2016 on the target of a 10% reduction in suicides by 2020-21.

The Government is committed to meeting the target in the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health to reduce suicides in England by 10% by 2020/21. In 2016, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published data on suicide registrations for 2015, which showed that there were 4,820 suicides in England and the suicide rate was 10.1 per 100,000 of the population.

This month the ONS published data on suicide registrations for 2017, which showed there were 4,451 suicides in England and the suicide rate was 9.2 per 100,000 of the population. This is a decrease in the number of suicides between 2015 and 2017 of 7.7% and shows good progress against meeting the target of a 10% reduction.

5th Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of trends in the level job vacancies in the mental health workforce.

It is not possible based on currently available data to make a robust assessment of trends in levels of job vacancies.

There is currently no single definition of what is meant by a vacancy or how it is counted. For example, some may consider a vacancy to exist as soon as a trust is actively recruiting for an unfilled position, while others may count one whether the role is being actively recruited for or not. NHS Digital is actively working with NHS Improvement to develop a consistent approach to counting and reporting vacancy data. It is not currently possible to identify unfilled vacancies or chronically hard to fill posts.

The most recent published management information data from NHS Improvement covers the fourth quarter of 2017/18 (to the end of March 2018) and by sector, it is split according to registered nursing and midwifery and medical staff.

The data shows that at Q4 2017/18, there were 6,714 (10.5%) full time equivalent (FTE) nursing and midwifery vacancies in the mental health sector, 441 fewer than in Q1 2017/18. There were 1,309 FTE (13.15%) medical vacancies in the mental health sector, 52 more when compared to Q1 2017/18.

Source: NHS Improvement

5th Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information he holds on the total number of qualified staff working in mental health services.

NHS Digital published an experimental set of statistics and analysis on the National Health Service mental health workforce measures and numbers in January 2018. These figures are updated quarterly, and the latest data, as at March 2018 shows that there are 95,712 full time equivalent professionally qualified clinical staff working in mental health.

NHS Digital, the Department and Health Education England are working together to refine the definitions used to count those working in mental health.

3rd Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport have to ensure that social media companies (a) tackle online trolls and (b) improve the reporting process for victims of that abuse.

This Government is clear that online abuse of any kind is unacceptable. Social media can be a way of making positive social connections, and should never be used as a platform to abuse or bully individuals. Evidence has shown links between certain increases in social media use and poorer mental health, however it is not clear whether increased use causes poorer mental health. For example, it is possible that poorer mental health drives an increase in use of social media. To better understand the relationship between social media and the mental health of children and young people up to 25 years old, the Chief Medical Officer is leading a review to examine all relevant international research in the area. The review will inform a report from the Chief Medical Officer, expected for publication next year.

To help tackle some of these issues, we have talked to social media companies about taking concrete action, particularly in the areas of improved age verification for underage children, tackling long periods online and harmful content. We understand that companies have existing work in place in these areas, and that there are significant challenges, but we are keen for further action to be taken. This is why the former Secretary of State for Health and Social Care (the. Rt. hon. Jeremy Hunt) asked social media companies to set out their formal positions on this work and how they envisage we could work together to make further progress. We have received a number of responses and we are working closely with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport as we consider our next steps, and they work with the Home Office on a White Paper on Internet Harms, following their consultation on internet safety.

3rd Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of (a) internet trolling and (b) online abuse on people’s psychological wellbeing.

This Government is clear that online abuse of any kind is unacceptable. Social media can be a way of making positive social connections, and should never be used as a platform to abuse or bully individuals. Evidence has shown links between certain increases in social media use and poorer mental health, however it is not clear whether increased use causes poorer mental health. For example, it is possible that poorer mental health drives an increase in use of social media. To better understand the relationship between social media and the mental health of children and young people up to 25 years old, the Chief Medical Officer is leading a review to examine all relevant international research in the area. The review will inform a report from the Chief Medical Officer, expected for publication next year.

To help tackle some of these issues, we have talked to social media companies about taking concrete action, particularly in the areas of improved age verification for underage children, tackling long periods online and harmful content. We understand that companies have existing work in place in these areas, and that there are significant challenges, but we are keen for further action to be taken. This is why the former Secretary of State for Health and Social Care (the. Rt. hon. Jeremy Hunt) asked social media companies to set out their formal positions on this work and how they envisage we could work together to make further progress. We have received a number of responses and we are working closely with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport as we consider our next steps, and they work with the Home Office on a White Paper on Internet Harms, following their consultation on internet safety.

3rd Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on educating children and young people about online trolling and the support that is available to them to aid psychological wellbeing and build resilience.

Across Government, we are clear for the need to take action to tackle the increase in cyberbullying and are incorporating such action within related work streams across health, education and culture. The Department of Education is clear that all schools are legally required to have a behaviour policy with measures to prevent all forms of bullying - including cyberbullying - and recognise that bullying of any kind can now, just as easily, occur online as face to face.

Teaching about social media and internet safety will be integrated into the new subjects of Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education, which schools will be encouraged and supported to teach from September 2019 and required to teach from September 2020. Pupils will be taught about online risks so they can learn to recognise potential dangers for themselves, and about broader steps they can take to protect and support their own and others’ health and wellbeing.

The Department of Health and Social Care and the Department for Education will continue to work together as we enter the implementation phase of the Green Paper on Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Services, which aims to improve provision of mental health support in schools and enable children and young people to access earlier help for emerging problems.

3rd Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport on tackling online trolling and the effect of trolling on people’s psychological wellbeing.

The current Secretary of State for Health and Social Care (the Rt. hon. Matt Hancock MP) is yet to discuss online trolling with the current Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (the Rt. hon. Jeremy Wright MP). However, this Government is clear that online abuse of any kind is unacceptable and the Departments are working together on this.

To help tackle some of the issues around the potential negative impacts of the online environment for children and young people’s mental health, the previous Secretary of State for Health and Social Care (the Rt. hon. Jeremy Hunt MP) and the previous Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (the Rt. hon. Matt Hancock MP) set up a working group with social media companies. Within this group we discussed how the companies could take concrete action, particularly in the areas of improved age verification tackling long periods online and harmful content.

We understand that companies have some existing work in place in these areas, and that there are significant challenges, but we are keen for further action to be taken. This is why the previous Secretary of State for Health and Social Care asked social media companies to set out their formal positions on this work and how they envisage we could work together to make further progress. We have received a number of responses and we are working closely with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport as we consider our next steps, including our contribution to their joint work with the Home Office on a White Paper on on-line harms, following their Internet Safety Strategy Green Paper.

14th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the implementation of Local Transformation Plans for child and adolescent mental health services; and if he will make a statement.

Every clinical commissioning group (CCG), working closely with their partners, including children, young people and their families, has developed local transformation plans to transform their local offer for mental health and well-being services for children and young people. Local transformation plans require refreshing and republishing on each CCG’s website, at least annually. All CCGs provided assurance via NHS England Regions that plans had been updated and republished for 2017/18 as part of routine planning processes.

Local transformation plans now form part of sustainability and transformation partnerships.

14th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether funding for the implementation of proposals relating to the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Green Paper will be in addition to funding for the implementation of the Future in Mind strategy.

The £300 million to implement the key proposals set out in our recent health and education Green Paper on children and young people’s mental health is in addition to the £1.4 billion that has been made available towards delivering Future in Mind.

14th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much of the £1.25 billion allocated for the implementation of the Future in Mind strategy has been spent in each year of the strategy to date; and what plans he has to spend the remaining funding between now and 2020-21.

Following the publication of Future in Mind in 2015, the Government committed to making £1.25 billion available to transform services for children and young people’s mental health, excluding funding for eating disorders. The total spending for children and young people’s mental health, excluding eating disorders and perinatal mental health, was £173 million in 2015/16, £240 million in 2016/17 and £249 million in 2017/18.

The planned spending for each of the 2018/19 and 2019/20 is £250 million per year, excluding eating disorders.

4th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) children and (b) adolescents admitted to out of area mental health beds in 2017-18.

This information is not available in the format requested. The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Tier 4 Report, NHS England, 2014 includes the latest available analysis of out of area placements for children and young people and is available at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/camhs-tier-4-rep.pdf

On 31 March 2017, NHS England announced the next steps to ensure children and young people do not have to travel far from home for mental health care. As well as funding between 150 and 180 new beds, we are increasing the availability of services in the community to ensure the right beds are in the right place. This includes a programme of work to improve timely treatments in the community for those needing urgent or emergency assessment as well as the development of, and recruitment for, community eating disorder services.

30th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the amount of sick leave taken by staff in his Department due to mental health causes in the last two years for which data is available.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Liverpool, Wavertree (Luciana Berger) on 30 April 2018 to Question 138036.

9th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the letter of the 9 January 2018 from the hon Member for Dewsbury on visiting health care services in Dewsbury constituency.

The office of my Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State responded to the hon. Member on 8 February 2018. As their reply stated, my Rt. hon. Friend plans to visit Dewsbury, but dates are yet to be confirmed.

20th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 17 January 2018 to Question 121741, if he will publish a list of the names and catchment areas of the 70 new or enhanced community eating disorder services for children and young people.

For children and young people aged between eight and 18 years, the Government is investing £150 million to expand eating disorder services and staff for 70 extended or new established community eating disorder services.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists is maintaining a directory of community eating disorder services for children and young people. This is available at:

http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/workinpsychiatry/qualityimprovement/ccqiprojects/childandadolescent/communitycamhsqncc/qncc-ed/directoryofservices.aspx

Many clinical commissioning groups have made available details of coverage of community eating disorder services in joint agency Local Transformation Plans, these plans are now part of Sustainability and Transformation Plans.

23rd Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he expects the referral from Calderdale and Kirklees Joint Health Scrutiny Committee relating to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary to be considered.

My Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has written to the Independent Reconfiguration Panel requesting they undertake an initial assessment and report their findings by 26 February. We will then make an announcement about next steps in due course.

Steve Barclay
Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
9th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report of the Parliamentary and Health Services Ombudsman, Ignoring the alarms: how NHS eating disorder services are failing patients, HC 634, what steps he is taking to address the gaps in provision of eating disorders specialists.

For children and young people aged between eight and 18 years, the Government is investing £150 million to expand eating disorder services and staff – with 70 new or enhanced services already in place.

The Government’s aim is for the National Health Service to meet the access and waiting time standard for children and young people with an eating disorder by 2020/21 so that 95% of children with an eating disorder will receive treatment within one week for urgent cases and within four weeks for routine cases. NHS England has published a Commissioning Guide that sets out its recommended staffing and training requirements for these services. This is available at:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/cyp-eating-disorders-access-waiting-time-standard-comm-guid.pdf

We are on track to meet the eating disorders waiting time target. 68.7% of children and young people are currently being seen within one week and 78.9% within four weeks (against target of 95% for both by 2020/21).

For adults, NHS England is conducting a baseline audit to measure existing levels of investment, capacity and activity across inpatient and community services for adults with eating disorders.

NHS England will develop evidence based treatment pathways across mental health services over the next five years in line with the recommendations of the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health. NHS England is working with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health to ensure that each pathway is fully informed by the available evidence and the views of experts by experience.

28th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much of the Pharmacy Integration Fund for 2017-18 has been spent to date; and if he will provide a breakdown of that expenditure.

The actual and estimated expenditure on the Pharmacy Integration fund for 2017/18 is set out below:

2017/18

Budget item

Actual spend

Estimated additional spend

Regional and national staff

£157,673

£305,531

Contractors

£12,100

Public and Patient volunteer payments

£1,444

£4,404

Communications

£808,600

£20,000

NHS Urgent Medicines Supply Advanced Service (NUMSAS)

£256,581.50

£933,819

NUMSAS infrastructure

£700,000

GP Pharmacist Programme

£5,000,000

Miscellaneous expenses

£40,537

£46,820

Subtotal (Actual Spend)

£6,276,936

Budget allocated to additional areas

Integrated Urgent Care Pharmacist Programme

£517,860

Education and Development Programme

£5,100,000

NHS Digital

£585,000

Digital Minor Illness Referral – Community Pharmacy Referral Scheme

£250,000

Evaluation

£460,000

Pharmacy system leadership development work

£3,000,000

Subtotal (estimated additional spend)

£11,923,434

Total Estimated Spend 2017/18

£18,200,370

As a result of the 2017 general election pre-election period and subsequent appointment of new Government ministers put a temporary stop to procurements in April-July 2017. National Health Service priorities were assessed and a decision was made to postpone the mobilisation of the Medicines Optimisation in Care Homes Programme until 2018/19 given wider funding pressures.

The provisional budget for 2018/19 is under review given outcome of the Budget.

28th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much of the funding allocated to the Pharmacy Integration Fund for 2017-18 remains unspent.

The actual and estimated expenditure on the Pharmacy Integration fund for 2017/18 is set out below:

2017/18

Budget item

Actual spend

Estimated additional spend

Regional and national staff

£157,673

£305,531

Contractors

£12,100

Public and Patient volunteer payments

£1,444

£4,404

Communications

£808,600

£20,000

NHS Urgent Medicines Supply Advanced Service (NUMSAS)

£256,581.50

£933,819

NUMSAS infrastructure

£700,000

GP Pharmacist Programme

£5,000,000

Miscellaneous expenses

£40,537

£46,820

Subtotal (Actual Spend)

£6,276,936

Budget allocated to additional areas

Integrated Urgent Care Pharmacist Programme

£517,860

Education and Development Programme

£5,100,000

NHS Digital

£585,000

Digital Minor Illness Referral – Community Pharmacy Referral Scheme

£250,000

Evaluation

£460,000

Pharmacy system leadership development work

£3,000,000

Subtotal (estimated additional spend)

£11,923,434

Total Estimated Spend 2017/18

£18,200,370

As a result of the 2017 general election pre-election period and subsequent appointment of new Government ministers put a temporary stop to procurements in April-July 2017. National Health Service priorities were assessed and a decision was made to postpone the mobilisation of the Medicines Optimisation in Care Homes Programme until 2018/19 given wider funding pressures.

The provisional budget for 2018/19 is under review given outcome of the Budget.

28th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to publish the amount of funding allocated to the Pharmacy Integration Fund for 2018-19.

The actual and estimated expenditure on the Pharmacy Integration fund for 2017/18 is set out below:

2017/18

Budget item

Actual spend

Estimated additional spend

Regional and national staff

£157,673

£305,531

Contractors

£12,100

Public and Patient volunteer payments

£1,444

£4,404

Communications

£808,600

£20,000

NHS Urgent Medicines Supply Advanced Service (NUMSAS)

£256,581.50

£933,819

NUMSAS infrastructure

£700,000

GP Pharmacist Programme

£5,000,000

Miscellaneous expenses

£40,537

£46,820

Subtotal (Actual Spend)

£6,276,936

Budget allocated to additional areas

Integrated Urgent Care Pharmacist Programme

£517,860

Education and Development Programme

£5,100,000

NHS Digital

£585,000

Digital Minor Illness Referral – Community Pharmacy Referral Scheme

£250,000

Evaluation

£460,000

Pharmacy system leadership development work

£3,000,000

Subtotal (estimated additional spend)

£11,923,434

Total Estimated Spend 2017/18

£18,200,370

As a result of the 2017 general election pre-election period and subsequent appointment of new Government ministers put a temporary stop to procurements in April-July 2017. National Health Service priorities were assessed and a decision was made to postpone the mobilisation of the Medicines Optimisation in Care Homes Programme until 2018/19 given wider funding pressures.

The provisional budget for 2018/19 is under review given outcome of the Budget.

7th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 7 November 2017 to Question 111111, when he plans to respond to the resolution of the House of 13 September 2017, on NHS pay; and whether he plans to do so by means of an Oral Statement to the House.

A statement in response to the motion on National Health Service pay by will be made within 12 weeks of the resolution of the House of 13 September.

The statement will be made in accordance with the process set out by the Leader of the House of Commons.

2nd Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Written Ministerial Statement of the Leader of the House of 26 October 2017, HCWS 199, on Opposition Day debates, applies to the resolution of the House of 13 September 2017 on NHS pay.

Yes, the Written Ministerial Statement of the Leader of the House of 26 October 2017 does apply retrospectively to the resolution of the House of 13 September 2017 on National Health Service pay.

25th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the variation in the levels of access to contraception from sexual health clinics in England.

Local authorities are mandated to commission comprehensive contraception services that meet the needs of their population. Sexual and Reproductive Health Profiles, which include contraception, have been developed by Public Health England (PHE) to support local authorities, public health leads and other interested parties to monitor the sexual and reproductive health of their population and the contribution of local public health related systems. The Department closely monitors the range of indicators and outcomes at national level.

In 2017/18 PHE will produce a State of the Nation Report for Reproductive Health which will highlight delivery of contraception, including Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC), in England using currently routinely collected data as well as large nationally-representative surveys.

While general practice prescriptions for LARC have fallen by 6% over the last three years, within sexual and reproductive health services the proportion of women using LARC continues to increase and is now at 39% of those attending for contraception purposes.

25th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the extent of the reduction in uptake of long-acting reversible contraception; and what assessment he has made of the implications of that reduction for his policies.

Local authorities are mandated to commission comprehensive contraception services that meet the needs of their population. Sexual and Reproductive Health Profiles, which include contraception, have been developed by Public Health England (PHE) to support local authorities, public health leads and other interested parties to monitor the sexual and reproductive health of their population and the contribution of local public health related systems. The Department closely monitors the range of indicators and outcomes at national level.

In 2017/18 PHE will produce a State of the Nation Report for Reproductive Health which will highlight delivery of contraception, including Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC), in England using currently routinely collected data as well as large nationally-representative surveys.

While general practice prescriptions for LARC have fallen by 6% over the last three years, within sexual and reproductive health services the proportion of women using LARC continues to increase and is now at 39% of those attending for contraception purposes.

24th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to update his Department's report, entitled A Framework for Sexual Health Improvement in England, published in March 2013.

Issues around the sexual and reproductive health workforce are being considered as part of work being taken forward by Health Education England’s Sexual Health Workforce Task and Finish Group.

The delivery of open access sexual health services is mandated for all local authorities. Sexual and Reproductive Health Profiles have been developed by Public Health England (PHE) to support local authorities, public health leads and other interested parties to monitor the sexual and reproductive health of their population and the contribution of local public health related systems. The Department closely monitors the range of indicators and outcomes at national level.

In 2016, PHE undertook a survey of local authorities, NHS England and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to highlight areas of challenge within sexual health commissioning. The survey findings form the basis of an action plan published in August 2017 within the PHE report, ‘Sexual Health, Reproductive Health and HIV: A Review of Commissioning’ report. As part of the action plan, PHE will take forward a range of activities aimed at strengthening commissioning. These actions include providing evidence and data to commissioners to support commissioning, and the monitoring of outcomes, and the building of capacity and capability in sexual and reproductive health commissioning.

The Department's publication, ‘A Framework for Sexual Health Improvement in England’, is kept under review. There are no plans to update it at this time.

24th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of reductions in public health budgets on open access sexual health services.

Issues around the sexual and reproductive health workforce are being considered as part of work being taken forward by Health Education England’s Sexual Health Workforce Task and Finish Group.

The delivery of open access sexual health services is mandated for all local authorities. Sexual and Reproductive Health Profiles have been developed by Public Health England (PHE) to support local authorities, public health leads and other interested parties to monitor the sexual and reproductive health of their population and the contribution of local public health related systems. The Department closely monitors the range of indicators and outcomes at national level.

In 2016, PHE undertook a survey of local authorities, NHS England and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to highlight areas of challenge within sexual health commissioning. The survey findings form the basis of an action plan published in August 2017 within the PHE report, ‘Sexual Health, Reproductive Health and HIV: A Review of Commissioning’ report. As part of the action plan, PHE will take forward a range of activities aimed at strengthening commissioning. These actions include providing evidence and data to commissioners to support commissioning, and the monitoring of outcomes, and the building of capacity and capability in sexual and reproductive health commissioning.

The Department's publication, ‘A Framework for Sexual Health Improvement in England’, is kept under review. There are no plans to update it at this time.

24th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that GPs and nurses are able to access training to gain and maintain qualifications to fit long-acting reversible contraception.

Issues around the sexual and reproductive health workforce are being considered as part of work being taken forward by Health Education England’s Sexual Health Workforce Task and Finish Group.

The delivery of open access sexual health services is mandated for all local authorities. Sexual and Reproductive Health Profiles have been developed by Public Health England (PHE) to support local authorities, public health leads and other interested parties to monitor the sexual and reproductive health of their population and the contribution of local public health related systems. The Department closely monitors the range of indicators and outcomes at national level.

In 2016, PHE undertook a survey of local authorities, NHS England and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to highlight areas of challenge within sexual health commissioning. The survey findings form the basis of an action plan published in August 2017 within the PHE report, ‘Sexual Health, Reproductive Health and HIV: A Review of Commissioning’ report. As part of the action plan, PHE will take forward a range of activities aimed at strengthening commissioning. These actions include providing evidence and data to commissioners to support commissioning, and the monitoring of outcomes, and the building of capacity and capability in sexual and reproductive health commissioning.

The Department's publication, ‘A Framework for Sexual Health Improvement in England’, is kept under review. There are no plans to update it at this time.

11th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment has been made of the presence of flammable cladding on hospitals; what the timetable is for assessing all hospital buildings for the presence of such cladding; and if he will make a statement.

As part of the response to the tragic events at Grenfell Tower, actions have been implemented across the National Health Service to assess the risks of similar issues and ensure that the NHS estate is safe. The process of checking and testing the NHS’s estate is continuing.

Fire safety checks of NHS facilities are regularly undertaken in line with legislation and guidance. Hospitals are well prepared – each one has a tailored fire safety plan, which includes assessment of the provision of fire safety precautions including alarms and evacuation plans. But nothing is more important than the safety of patients and staff, so on a precautionary basis we asked all hospitals to conduct additional checks. Jim Mackey, Chief Executive of NHS Improvement instigated inspections by local fire and rescue services on 24 June 2017. All NHS trusts and foundation trusts were asked to carry out urgent fire safety checks following the Grenfell Tower fire. All NHS trusts have provided assurance that they have undertaken a fire risk assessment in the past 12 months.

As of 7 July, six trusts had been identified with buildings with aluminium composite material cladding, and they have therefore initiated additional fire safety precautions.

17th Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the planned new database for cervical screening will be in place by November 2017; and if he will make a statement.

NHS England is working with Primary Care Support England to develop a new information system for the NHS Cervical Screening Programme. A key element of this is a database to ensure women are managed accurately and safely through the programme. This will be particularly important when the programme converts from cytology screening to human papilloma virus primary screening by April 2019.

The new database is currently in development and is planned to be introduced from mid-2018. The original timeframe (first – second quarter 2017) was reviewed and revised to ensure the database solution is fit for purpose and implemented safely and effectively, to realise the intended benefits for service users.

19th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who the diversity champion is on his departmental board.

The Department of Health is committed to promoting and achieving equality and diversity in the workplace. We aim to attract and retain people who are the best in their field, with the right skills and competencies and from a diverse range of backgrounds. This diversity makes the Department better able to serve the citizens of the United Kingdom.

The Departmental Board has appointed the Diversity Champions shown in the table below

Diversity Topic

Board Champion

Race

Lee McDonough

Gender

Tamara Finkelstein

LGBT

Clara Swinson

Disability

David Williams

Social Mobility

Mark Davies

Health and Wellbeing

Gina Radford

13th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to reply to the letter of 18 November 2016 from the hon. Member for Dewsbury on acute hospital services in the Kirklees area.

I responded to the hon. Member on 15 December.

8th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the new cervical screening database will be ready in time for the rollout of HPV primary screening.

NHS England is working with primary care support providers to develop a new cervical screening call and recall system. We expect the new cervical screening call and recall system to be introduced by April 2019. In addition, NHS England is working closely with Public Health England to align implementation plans for human papillomavirus (HPV) primary screening. We expect HPV screening to be rolled out from April 2019.

NHS England closely monitors the coverage rates for cervical screening in all age groups and is committed to improving coverage. Local NHS England commissioners analyse coverage rates within their area and work with healthcare professionals to improve coverage. This includes sharing and implementing best practice such as cervical screening guides for general practitioner practices or targeting practices with low coverage rates. At a national level NHS England is working with Public Health England to make evidence based improvements such as improving invitation letters to patients to encourage more to attend their cervical screening appointment.

NHS England is working in partnership with Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support on the ACE (Accelerate, Coordinate, Evaluate) Programme aiming to generate knowledge about effective approaches to achieve earlier diagnosis. A number of ACE test sites are evaluating approaches to increase screening rates in a range of groups, including black and ethnic minority women, women with learning disabilities and women from disadvantaged backgrounds.

8th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to improve cervical screening coverage.

NHS England is working with primary care support providers to develop a new cervical screening call and recall system. We expect the new cervical screening call and recall system to be introduced by April 2019. In addition, NHS England is working closely with Public Health England to align implementation plans for human papillomavirus (HPV) primary screening. We expect HPV screening to be rolled out from April 2019.

NHS England closely monitors the coverage rates for cervical screening in all age groups and is committed to improving coverage. Local NHS England commissioners analyse coverage rates within their area and work with healthcare professionals to improve coverage. This includes sharing and implementing best practice such as cervical screening guides for general practitioner practices or targeting practices with low coverage rates. At a national level NHS England is working with Public Health England to make evidence based improvements such as improving invitation letters to patients to encourage more to attend their cervical screening appointment.

NHS England is working in partnership with Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support on the ACE (Accelerate, Coordinate, Evaluate) Programme aiming to generate knowledge about effective approaches to achieve earlier diagnosis. A number of ACE test sites are evaluating approaches to increase screening rates in a range of groups, including black and ethnic minority women, women with learning disabilities and women from disadvantaged backgrounds.

8th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans the Government has to fund and run national awareness campaigns on cervical cancer prevention.

Public Health England’s (PHE) ‘Be Clear on Cancer’ campaigns aim to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of specific cancers, and to encourage those with symptoms to see their doctor promptly. The decision on which cancers should be the focus of ‘Be Clear on Cancer’ campaigns is informed by a steering group, whose members include primary and secondary care clinicians, and key voluntary sector organisations.

PHE is currently developing a generic approach which will enable us to cover a range of symptoms in one campaign. A regional pilot campaign to raise awareness of a range of abdominal symptoms that can indicate a wider number of cancers, including cervical, and the need to visit the doctor promptly with these symptoms will run from 9 February until 31 March 2017 in the East and West Midlands. This work has been developed with the help of a number of experts, including clinicians and charities.

As usual, the regional pilot will be evaluated and results will help inform decisions about whether to expand this campaign nationally in the future.

28th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to encourage diversity in the workforce of ambulance services in England.

Ambulance services, like all employers across the National Health Service, are responsible for improving the diversity of their workforce to reflect the communities they serve.

This month, the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives pledged their commitment to NHS England’s Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) in a renewed effort to improve diversity in ambulance trusts.

As part of their NHS standard contract, each ambulance trust will focus on four WRES indicators. They will set short, medium and long term goals to address:

- the number of black and minority ethnic staff in their workplaces;

- the shortlisting and application rates of candidates from BME backgrounds;

- bullying, harassment and abuse by patients and the public; and

- bullying, harassment and abuse by colleagues.

12th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice his Department gives to clinical commissioning groups on how to respond in circumstances where a private provider of patient transport services has its ambulances seized by bailiffs; and on how many occasions such a seizure has taken place.

The contractual arrangements entered into by clinical commissioning groups are matters for the organisations concerned and for NHS England. The Department is aware from media accounts that such a seizure of vehicles took place in June of this year in Sussex.

10th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of relative levels of productivity in community pharmacies and other primary care professions in each year since 2015.

We have made no assessment of productivity in community pharmacies.

10th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of relative levels of productivity in community pharmacy and secondary care in each year since 2005.

We have made no assessment of productivity in community pharmacies.

18th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of the NHS budget is spent on private providers which deliver NHS services; and if he will list those providers.

The proportion of the National Health Service budget spent by NHS commissioners on the purchase of healthcare from private providers was 7.6% in 2015/16, as confirmed in the 2015-16 Department of Health Annual Report and Accounts. NHS commissioners purchase both healthcare and social care services from a range of private providers – a comprehensive list is not held centrally, but details of Government contracts held centrally can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/contracts-finder

18th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) direct NHS contracts, (b) contracts sub-contracted from direct NHS contractors and (c) patient transport service contracts VM Langfords held before entering into administration.

Patient Transport Services are normally commissioned at clinical commissioning group (CCG) level. CCGs control their own budgets and hold their own contracts. Information on individual CCG contracts is not collected centrally.

The contracts with Coperforma are held by the relevant CCG as is the value of the contract. There are no central records.

18th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which (a) patient transport service and (b) other contracts Coproforma holds with the NHS; and what the value is of each such contract.

Patient Transport Services are normally commissioned at clinical commissioning group (CCG) level. CCGs control their own budgets and hold their own contracts. Information on individual CCG contracts is not collected centrally.

The contracts with Coperforma are held by the relevant CCG as is the value of the contract. There are no central records.

18th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect on NHS services of private providers of those services entering into administration or suffering serious financial difficulty; and what contingency provisions he has put in place to mitigate such effects.

It is the primary responsibility of commissioners to ensure continuity of commissioned services through contracting and contingency planning. Where a provider is considered hard to replace in the event of failure, its services can be designated as Commissioner Requested Services. This requires the provider to obtain a provider licence, if not otherwise required to hold a licence, and places the provider in NHS Improvement’s financial oversight regime for private providers of essential NHS services.

18th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what procedures are in place to safeguard patient transport services if a private provider of such a service goes into administration.

It is the primary responsibility of commissioners to ensure continuity of commissioned services through contracting and contingency planning. Where a provider is considered hard to replace in the event of failure, its services can be designated as Commissioner Requested Services. This requires the provider to obtain a provider licence, if not otherwise required to hold a licence, and places the provider in NHS Improvement’s financial oversight regime for private providers of essential NHS services.

18th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on the number of occasions on which bailiffs have seized operational equipment from private providers of NHS services; what the details are of each such occasion; and what steps his Department takes to prevent this happening.

The Department does not hold this information. The National Health Service body commissioning a service from the private sector should ensure that adequate safeguards are in place to ensure access to essential operational equipment in the event of one of its suppliers getting into financial difficulties.

18th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many companies that provide patient transport services within the NHS have gone bankrupt or into administration while providing that service in each of the last five years.

The Department does not hold this information.

18th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what requirements his Department directs NHS organisations to place on direct contractors who sub-contract to other providers.

The Department advises National Health Service bodies that they must comply with the Procurement Contracts Regulations (PCR) 2015. Regulation 71 requires the prime contractor to provide the contracting authority with names and contact details of personnel in the supply chain. Additionally, regulation 113 requires a contracting authority to place an obligation on the prime contractor to pay undisputed invoices in 30 days down the supply chain.

The Crown Commercial Service has published guidance on paying undisputed invoices in 30 days. The following link takes you to the Crown Commercial Service guidance:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/524355/Paying_undispute_invoices_within_30_days_in_supply_chain.pdf

The Department has developed standard NHS terms and conditions for use by NHS bodies procuring non-clinical goods and services from commercial suppliers. Clause 9 ‘Price and payment’ places an obligation on the prime contractor to pay undisputed invoices to its sub-contractors within a period not exceeding 30 days. Clause 28 ‘Assignment, novation and subcontracting’ covers 30 day payment terms for sub-contractors. This clause also states the prime supplier shall endeavour to pay its relevant sub-contractors within a comparable timeframe from receipt by the supplier of such undisputed invoices from its sub-contractors. The following link takes you to the full suite of the NHS Terms and Conditions including the overarching guidance note:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nhs-standard-terms-and-conditions-of-contract-for-the-purchase-of-goods-and-supply-of-services

Additionally, NHS England mandates that any clinical services commissioned by clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are on the terms of the NHS Standard Contract, which prohibits sub-contracting without the prior written consent of the CCG. The CCG may require approval of the form of sub-contract used, but NHS England does not and cannot itself prescribe the form of sub-contract (although it does publish a template which the CCG may require its provider to use when sub-contracting). Notwithstanding any sub-contracting, the commissioned provider remains responsible to the CCG for delivery of the service.

18th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions Ministers in his Department have had with Sussex clinical commissioning groups about patient transport service provider Langfords going into administration.

This is a matter for local commissioners.

NHS England has confirmed that Coperforma, holder of the non-emergency Patient Transport Service (PTS) contract for Sussex, informed High Weald Lewes Havens Clinical Commissioning Group (HWLH CCG) on 16 June 2016 that a receiver had been appointed for VM Langfords - transport provider sub-contracted to deliver PTS in East and West Sussex. A number of South East Coast Ambulance Services (SECAmb) staff had been transferred to VM Langfords employment.

HWLH CCG met with Coperforma on 17 June 2016 and was assured that a plan was already in place for additional transport capacity to mitigate any loss of capacity that this situation may cause.

HWLH CCG is working closely with Coperforma and the unions (Unison and GMB) to work through the implications for ex SECAmb staff, to ensure the processes followed are in keeping with employment legislation and good practice and that the impacts on service delivery are kept to a minimum.

There have been no discussions between Ministers in the Department and Sussex CCGs about PTS provider VM Langfords going into administration.

18th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the implications of VM Langfords entering administration for the provision of patient transport services in Sussex.

This is a matter for local commissioners.

NHS England has confirmed that Coperforma, holder of the non-emergency Patient Transport Service (PTS) contract for Sussex, informed High Weald Lewes Havens Clinical Commissioning Group (HWLH CCG) on 16 June 2016 that a receiver had been appointed for VM Langfords - transport provider sub-contracted to deliver PTS in East and West Sussex. A number of South East Coast Ambulance Services (SECAmb) staff had been transferred to VM Langfords employment.

HWLH CCG met with Coperforma on 17 June 2016 and was assured that a plan was already in place for additional transport capacity to mitigate any loss of capacity that this situation may cause.

HWLH CCG is working closely with Coperforma and the unions (Unison and GMB) to work through the implications for ex SECAmb staff, to ensure the processes followed are in keeping with employment legislation and good practice and that the impacts on service delivery are kept to a minimum.

There have been no discussions between Ministers in the Department and Sussex CCGs about PTS provider VM Langfords going into administration.

18th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what financial checks clinical commissioning groups are required to make on companies which tender contracts for patient transport services in the NHS.

It is for clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to satisfy themselves of the financial viability of any provider of patient transport, or of any other service, to which it intends to award a contract.

It is for CCGs to determine how best to meet their statutory functions and duties and their standing financial instructions.

15th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the number of contracts for sexual health services that include requirements to provide ongoing education and training.

The continuing professional development of doctors and nurses is the responsibility of individual employers. Health Education England has a role in ensuring employers remain committed to continuing professional development and in developing the overall strategy for workforce skills and development in their areas.

Education and training needs are highlighted in the model Integrated Sexual Health Services: National Service Specification A suggested service specification for integrated sexual health services. The model is available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/210726/Service_Specification_with_covering_note.pdf

14th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 28 April 2016 to Question 35252, how many staff within the scope of the HM Treasury guidance on senior off-payroll engagements were paid off-payroll in (a) NHS trusts in 2013-14 and (b) NHS foundation trusts in 2012-13.

Information collected by the NHS Trust Development Authority showed that as of 31 March 2014 there were 961 staff engaged by National Health Service trusts within the scope of the HM Treasury guidance. Information collected by the Health and Social Care Information Centre indicated that at 31 March 2013 there were 1,267 such staff engaged by NHS foundation trusts (FTs).

The numbers of Board off-payroll staff have declined consistently since the introduction of the HM Treasury guidance in August 2012. In 2012/13 there was a total of 2,403 engagements in trusts and FTs of which 200 were Board members or senior officials with significant financial responsibility. In 2013/14, there was a total of 2,070 of which 118 were Board members or senior officials with significant financial responsibility. In 2014/15, there were 1,193 in NHS trusts of which 52 were senior officials with significant financial responsibility. Figures for FTs in 2014/15 are not yet available. The Department continues to work with NHS Improvement to ensure that all off-payroll engagements comply with tax law and HM Treasury guidance.

14th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 28 April 2016 to Question 35252, when he expects data to be published on the number of off-payroll staff within the scope of the HM Treasury guidance on senior off-payroll engagements in NHS foundation trusts in 2014-15.

NHS Improvement will publish this information as soon as possible.

13th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who holds responsibility for (a) funding, (b) commissioning and (c) regulating the training of healthcare professionals to fit intra-uterine methods of contraception.

No specific discussions have been held about the training of healthcare professionals to fit intra-uterine methods of contraception. The continuing professional development of doctors and nurses is the responsibility of individual employers. Health Education England has a role in ensuring employers remain committed to continuing professional development and in developing the overall strategy for workforce skills and development in their areas.

Funding and commissioning of contraceptive services outside of the GP Contract is the responsibility of local authorities though the ring-fenced public health grant. Local authorities are mandated to ensure the provision of open access contraception services that enable reasonable access to a broad range of contraceptive substances and appliances (including intra-uterine methods) and advice on preventing unintended pregnancy. While not directly comparable because of changes in data collection, intra-uterine contraception fitted in sexual and reproductive health services increased from 65,300 in 2004/05 to 121,900 in 2014/15.

13th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department takes to ensure that healthcare professionals are trained to fit intra-uterine methods of contraception.

No specific discussions have been held about the training of healthcare professionals to fit intra-uterine methods of contraception. The continuing professional development of doctors and nurses is the responsibility of individual employers. Health Education England has a role in ensuring employers remain committed to continuing professional development and in developing the overall strategy for workforce skills and development in their areas.

Funding and commissioning of contraceptive services outside of the GP Contract is the responsibility of local authorities though the ring-fenced public health grant. Local authorities are mandated to ensure the provision of open access contraception services that enable reasonable access to a broad range of contraceptive substances and appliances (including intra-uterine methods) and advice on preventing unintended pregnancy. While not directly comparable because of changes in data collection, intra-uterine contraception fitted in sexual and reproductive health services increased from 65,300 in 2004/05 to 121,900 in 2014/15.

13th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to increase the number of healthcare professionals in (a) primary and (b) community care trained to fit intra-uterine methods of contraception.

No specific discussions have been held about the training of healthcare professionals to fit intra-uterine methods of contraception. The continuing professional development of doctors and nurses is the responsibility of individual employers. Health Education England has a role in ensuring employers remain committed to continuing professional development and in developing the overall strategy for workforce skills and development in their areas.

Funding and commissioning of contraceptive services outside of the GP Contract is the responsibility of local authorities though the ring-fenced public health grant. Local authorities are mandated to ensure the provision of open access contraception services that enable reasonable access to a broad range of contraceptive substances and appliances (including intra-uterine methods) and advice on preventing unintended pregnancy. While not directly comparable because of changes in data collection, intra-uterine contraception fitted in sexual and reproductive health services increased from 65,300 in 2004/05 to 121,900 in 2014/15.

13th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with (a) local education and training boards, (b) Public Health England and (c) Health Education England on the training of healthcare professionals to fit intra-uterine methods of contraception.

No specific discussions have been held about the training of healthcare professionals to fit intra-uterine methods of contraception. The continuing professional development of doctors and nurses is the responsibility of individual employers. Health Education England has a role in ensuring employers remain committed to continuing professional development and in developing the overall strategy for workforce skills and development in their areas.

Funding and commissioning of contraceptive services outside of the GP Contract is the responsibility of local authorities though the ring-fenced public health grant. Local authorities are mandated to ensure the provision of open access contraception services that enable reasonable access to a broad range of contraceptive substances and appliances (including intra-uterine methods) and advice on preventing unintended pregnancy. While not directly comparable because of changes in data collection, intra-uterine contraception fitted in sexual and reproductive health services increased from 65,300 in 2004/05 to 121,900 in 2014/15.

13th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 9 May 2016 to Question 36231, when he expects the liver disease framework to be published.

Public Health England (PHE) is producing a liver disease framework which will outline PHE’s wide range of work contributing to the prevention of liver disease and the improved wellbeing of patients with liver disease. The PHE Liver Disease Framework is expected to be published in autumn 2016.

8th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 28 April 2016 to Question 35252, how many staff in NHS trusts were (a) off-payroll in 2013-14 and (b) paid off-payroll in NHS foundation trusts in 2012-13.

This information is not collected centrally. The information provided in answer to Parliamentary Question 35252 related to staff within the scope of the HM Treasury guidance on senior off-payroll engagements. Information on other off-payroll staff with the exception of those providing consultancy services is not disclosed in the accounts of National Health Service organisations and not collected centrally.

8th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many staff were paid off-payroll in each agency for which his Department is responsible in each of the last three financial years for which information is available.

The number of people paid off payroll, in both of the Department’s agencies, for the last three financial years are presented in the table below.

The information given is an average for each financial year. Off payroll staff includes all agency workers, contractors and consultants.

Number of People Paid Off Payroll by Financial Year

Financial Year

Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

Public Health England

Average Headcount

Average Headcount

2013-14

41.17

279

2014-15

43.33

167

2015-16

40.08

179

Notes

1. An average figure for the year has been used to take account of staff who leave and/or join within the year.

2. Headcount refers to the total number of staff in both part-time and full-time employment.

3. The figures in the table also includes the off payroll workers earning £220 or more per day and reported separately in the agencies respective annual resource accounts.

3rd May 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 28 April 2016 to Question 35252, what the total amount paid to off-payroll staff was by (a) NHS trusts in 2014-15 and (b) NHS foundation trusts in 2013-14.

This information is not held centrally. Amounts paid to Board members engaged off-payroll are disclosed in individual annual reports of National Health Service trusts and NHS foundation trusts but amounts paid to other off-payroll workers within the scope of the HM Treasury guidance cannot be separately identified.

3rd May 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average rota gap is for junior doctors in NHS foundation trusts in the most recent period for which figures are available; and what assessment he has made of the effect on services of the size of that gap.

The Department does not collect this information. Rota arrangements for junior doctors are a matter for individual National Health Service foundation trusts.

Contact details for NHS foundation trusts and all other NHS authorities can be found on the NHS Choices website:

http://www.nhs.uk/nhsengland/thenhs/about/pages/authoritiesandtrusts.aspx

3rd May 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions officials of his Department have had with external bodies on the development of a national liver strategy or liver framework; and if he will make a statement.

Public Health England (PHE) is producing a liver disease framework which will outline PHE’s wide range of work contributing to the prevention of liver disease and improved wellbeing for patients with liver disease. PHE is working closely with NHS England, The Lancet Commission and liver disease charities to support improvements in the quality of care for liver disease patients through the provision of information to support decision making.

3rd May 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions officials of his Department have had with external bodies on reintroducing a national clinical director for liver disease.

The appointment of national clinical directors (NCDs) is a matter for NHS England. It has recently reviewed these roles and is now supported by 18 NCDs, although there is no specific NCD for liver disease. However, NHS England advises that clinical advice relating to gastrointestinal and liver disease will be sought from a variety of sources, including: experts at Public Health England for alcohol related issues; the NCD for obesity and diabetes for issues relating to obesity induced fatty liver disease; and through the Clinical Reference Group for Hepatitis C and the Medical Royal Colleges.

The full list of NCDs can be found at:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/about/whos-who/ncd/

29th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions officials in his Department have had with Public Health England on the potential effects of minimum unit pricing of alcohol on liver disease health outcomes in England.

There have been no meetings specifically to discuss the potential effects of minimum unit pricing on liver disease health outcomes in England.

26th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the advertisement on the Hays recruitment website by NHS England for a temporary Senior Deputy Head of Media Planning and Strategy on a daily rate of pay, whether the successful candidate for that post will be paid through (a) the NHS England payroll, (b) that agency or (c) a limited company.

A decision has been taken by NHS England to remove the position of temporary Senior Deputy Head of Media Planning and Strategy from advertisement. The temporary position will be covered from NHS England’s existing, internal resources.

George Freeman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
25th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many civil servants in his Department are paid through limited companies.

All civil servants employed by the core Department are paid via its payroll system.

25th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on the payment of senior NHS staff through limited companies; and what estimate he has made of the number of senior NHS staff paid off-payroll.

Our policy is to comply with the guidance from HM Treasury on senior staff engaged on an off-payroll basis. Engaging staff off-payroll can be a useful flexibility for employers but the guidance is clear that the most senior staff should be on the payroll of the organisation they lead, except in exceptional circumstances and then for no more than six months. The latest figure for staff in National Health Service trusts within the scope of the Treasury guidance indicate there were 1,193 off-payroll staff in 2014/15. The latest figure for NHS foundation trusts was 1,109 in 2013/14. These figures may include staff engaged off-payroll other than through limited companies. Figures for staff in clinical commissioning groups are not collected centrally.

20th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many doctors have applied for a Certificate of Good Standing in the last six months.

The Department does not hold this information.

20th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to his Department's advertisement on the Hays Recruitment Agency website for a temporary Senior Deputy Head of Media Planning and Strategy on a daily rate of pay, whether the post holder will be paid through (a) the Department's payroll, (b) that agency or (c) a limited company.

The advertisement is for a position within NHS England’s established structure, and the individual will not be employed by, contracted to or paid by the Department.

George Freeman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
18th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many responses were submitted to the Chief Medical Officer's consultation on the Alcohol Guidelines Review.

We have received 1,017 responses to the UK Chief Medical Officers’ alcohol guidelines consultation including campaign and general responses.

18th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether a timetable has been agreed for the review of the General Dental Practitioners contract.

The current dental contract reform prototypes are testing a new way of providing preventative care, including the right balance of payment incentives. Subject to evaluation of the prototypes, a reformed dental contract could begin to be rolled out nationally from 2018/19 onwards.

13th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to improve inpatient foot care for people with diabetes who are admitted to hospital.

The National Inpatient Diabetes Audit has demonstrated yearly improvements in inpatient foot care. The 2013 report found that more patients were having foot examinations on admission to hospital and the number of hospitals with multidisciplinary foot care teams had increased. There had also been a significant reduction in hospital acquired foot problems. A link to the report is available at:

http://www.hscic.gov.uk/catalogue/PUB13662/nati-diab-inp-audi-13-nat-rep.pdf

A number of steps are being taken to continue to improve foot care for people with diabetes admitted to hospital.

The Department has made achieving a measurable reduction in variation in the management and care of people with diabetes by 2020 a mandate objective for NHS England. Improving foot care for people with diabetes is an important part of achieving this objective. NHS England will support clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and providers in identifying the steps they need to take to improve outcomes for patients with diabetes, including foot care services for inpatients.

Improvements in outcomes for patients with diabetes will be monitored as part of the CCG Improvement and Assessment Framework. The National Diabetes Foot Care Audit, the first of which was published in March, provides data on all diabetes foot care services. This will enable all foot care services to measure their performance against the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence clinical guidelines and peer units, and to monitor adverse outcomes for people who develop diabetic foot disease.

8th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the new junior doctor contract on the recruitment and retention of junior doctors.

Medicine is an extremely popular career choice and we expect that to continue.

The new contract for doctors in training will have a positive impact on the working life of doctors and on the training they receive. It introduces stronger safeguards to ensure doctors are not required to work long, unsafe hours, enforced through contractual obligations on employers and external scrutiny of those hours by the Care Quality Commission and the independent Guardian of safe working hours.

8th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the new junior doctor contract on recruitment to acute medicine.

Medicine is an extremely popular career choice and we expect that to continue.

The new contract for doctors in training will have a positive impact on the working life of doctors and on the training they receive. It introduces stronger safeguards to ensure doctors are not required to work long, unsafe hours, enforced through contractual obligations on employers and external scrutiny of those hours by the Care Quality Commission and the independent Guardian of safe working hours.

16th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential effect to renal services of discontinuing support for regional improvement programmes for kidney care in strategic clinical networks in Yorkshire and the Humber.

As this is a matter for NHS England, no assessment has been made.

15th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the numbers of children born with recurrent respiratory papillomatosis from mothers who have not been protected from genital warts through the HPV vaccination programme in each year since that programme began; and what assessment he has made of the implications for his policy of trends in those numbers.

The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination programme for girls was introduced in 2008, primarily to prevent cervical cancer. Initially, the bivalent vaccine Cervarix® was used that provides protection against two HPV types, HPV 16 and 18. Since September 2012, the quadrivalent vaccine Gardasil® has been used that provides protection against those two HPV types and also against two additional types, HPV 6 and 11 which cause genital warts.

The number of cases of recurrent respiratory papillomatosis that have occurred in children born to females who were vaccinated with bivalent vaccine as part of the HPV immunisation programme during 2008-2012 is unknown and has not been estimated. An assessment of the implications of this condition on vaccination policy has not been made.

Public Health England (PHE) has previously published estimates on the numbers of cancers and anogenital warts which would be prevented in males and females with a female only HPV vaccination programme. Within this work it was assumed that the use of the quadrivalent vaccine would reduce the incidence of new cases of recurrent respiratory papillomatosis at the same rate as the reduction in anogenital warts due to HPV 6 and 11, i.e. by 95% (over time). These PHE estimates assumed no reduction in genital warts (or recurrent respiratory papillomatosis) with the use of the bivalent vaccine. However, some reduction in genital warts have since been seen associated with use of the bivalent vaccine and it is therefore possible that some (smaller) reductions in recurrent respiratory papillomatosis may result from bivalent vaccine use.

14th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what international comparisons his Department is drawing on to inform implementation of a gender-neutral HPV vaccination programme.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), the expert committee that advises Ministers on immunisation related issues, is currently considering whether a human papillomavirus vaccination programme for boys, in addition to that in place for girls, would be cost-effective.

The JCVI considers evidence from a range of sources including published data and experiences in other countries.

It is important to note that other epidemiological circumstances and situations in other countries may differ and may therefore not transfer to the United Kingdom. The advice of the JCVI is made with reference to the UK immunisation programme.

14th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost to the NHS was of treating children born with recurrent respiratory papillomatosis in each of the last three years.

The information is not held centrally.

10th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Nursing and Midwifery Council on extension of their remit to include root cause analysis of complaints and investigations.

In 2015-16, Health Ministers have not met the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) specifically to discuss extending its remit to include root cause analysis of complaints and investigations. However, Ministers do keep the issue of professional regulation under regular review and the Department has frequent discussions with professional regulators, including the NMC. Such discussions can cover a range of subjects including complaints handling and fitness to practise (FtP) processes.

The NMC has a statutory duty to investigate if an allegation is made that a nurse or midwife does not meet its professional standards and, where necessary, to take action to safeguard the health and well-being of the public. Such investigations do not extend to investigating concerns, or their root cause, beyond determining the FtP of the individual registered nurse or midwife involved.

The NMC reports that it works closely with other regulatory bodies, such as the Care Quality Commission and shares information that raises systemic concerns. As part of its 2015-20 strategy the NMC committed to sharing its data with other bodies responsible for quality and safety and to make anonymised data available to third parties where appropriate.

10th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had on presumed consent for organ donations in England.

There have been no such recent discussions although this subject has been discussed during debates on organ donation. Our efforts remain focussed on the delivery of the seven year United Kingdom-wide organ donation and transplantation strategy published by NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) on 11 July 2013. We are taking specific action to encourage registration on the Organ Donor Register, to promote discussion within families about donation and to increase consent rates to organ donation, particularly raising awareness of donation in the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) population.

Organ donation rates are 62% and transplant rates some 44% higher than they were in 2008. This has been achieved mainly through a strengthening of the donation infrastructure, by increasing the number of specialist nurses and by improving retrieval arrangements.

3rd Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make an assessment of the effect on patient care and safety of planned reductions in NHS funding for community pharmacies.

Community pharmacy is a vital part of the National Health Service and can play an even greater role. In the Spending Review the Government re-affirmed the need for the NHS to deliver £22 billion in efficiency savings by 2020/21 as set out in the NHS’s own plan, the Five Year Forward View. Community pharmacy is a core part of NHS primary care and has an important contribution to make as the NHS rises to these challenges. The Government believes efficiencies can be made without compromising the quality of services or public access to them. Our aim is to ensure that those community pharmacies upon which people depend continue to thrive and so we are consulting on the introduction of a Pharmacy Access Scheme, which will provide more NHS funds to certain pharmacies compared to others, considering factors such as location and the health needs of the local population.

The Government’s vision is for a more efficient, modern system that will free up pharmacists to spend more time delivering clinical and public health services to the benefit of patients and the public.

We are consulting the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee, other pharmacy bodies and patient and public representatives on our proposals.

29th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what mechanisms are in place to collate and share cholesterol data across the NHS in order to improve cholesterol testing and management.

The Health Survey for England is an annual survey of the general population which has included measurements of total cholesterol and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol every year since 2008. The data is publically available from the UK Data Service.

Cholesterol testing in primary care is included in the Quality Outcomes Framework for people diagnosed with hypertension and diabetes and this is published every year by the Health and Social Care Information Centre.

In addition, the National Cardiovascular Health Intelligence Network within Public Health England is working closely with organisations concerned with cardiovascular disease to take forward the recommendations in the recent Heart UK report ‘Helping Us to Beat Cholesterol’. This report focusses on the importance of data in the prevention and management of cardiovascular disease.

13th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to protect community pharmacies in areas of social deprivation.

Section 126 of the 2006 Act places an obligation on NHS England to put arrangements in place so that drugs, medicines and listed appliances ordered via National Health Service prescriptions can be supplied to persons. Each local authority Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) must in accordance with regulations assess needs for pharmaceutical services in its area (a pharmaceutical needs assessment (PNA)). When developing the PNA, HWBs must consider the demography of its area, including whether there are areas of social deprivation as well as the pharmaceutical services provided within its area and the area of any other neighbouring HWB. It then publishes the assessment, which outlines the adequacy of provision in such areas and, where relevant, gaps in provision. NHS England uses the PNA to plan pharmaceutical services and to assess applications from persons for inclusion on a pharmaceutical list.


In an open letter to the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) on 17 December 2015, the Government invited the PSNC to enter discussions with the Department, supported by NHS England, on changes to the community pharmacy contractual framework for 2016/17 and beyond, linked to the Spending Review. As part of the consultation, the Department is consulting on the introduction of a Pharmacy Access Scheme, which will provide more NHS funds to certain pharmacies compared to others, considering factors such as location and the health needs of the local population.

27th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to encourage clinically commissioning groups to share best practice in improving diabetes care outcomes.

The Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Outcomes Indicator Set provides clear, comparative information for CCGs, Health and Wellbeing Boards, local authorities, patients and the public about the quality of health services commissioned by CCGs and the associated health outcomes. Through publicly sharing this information, CCGs and general practitioner practices can see where they stand in comparison with their peers and take action where improvement is needed.


NHS England has also recently agreed to extend the roll out of its Right Care programme to all CCGs over the next four years. This will ensure that, where local diabetes services and outcomes are poorer compared to demographic peers, suitable improvement programmes will be implemented, with the learning shared across all CCGs.

15th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to ensure NHS melanoma patients are able to access nivolumab before its appraisal by NICE.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is currently appraising nivolumab for Melanoma (advanced, unresectable, metastatic) - [ID845], and the anticipated publication date for its final guidance is May 2016. Further information is available on NICE’s website at:


www.nice.org.uk/guidance/indevelopment/gid-tag515

In the absence of NICE guidance, funding decisions for individual treatments should be made by the relevant National Health Service commissioner, based on an assessment of the available evidence. Commissioners are also required to have processes in place for the consideration of exceptional funding requests.

NHS England is responsible for commissioning chemotherapy in England and has advised that it will not usually develop a commissioning policy on treatments which are undergoing NICE appraisal. Nivolumab is undergoing assessment and is not yet routinely funded for patients.

George Freeman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
14th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps the Government has taken to improve care and support for people with breast cancer.

The independent Cancer Taskforce’s report, Achieving World-Class Cancer Outcomes: A Strategy for England 2015-2020, recommends improvements across the cancer pathway with the aim of improving survival rates, including for people with breast cancer.


We are working with the National Health Service, charities and patient groups to deliver it. To support delivery of the strategy, NHS England has appointed Cally Palmer as NHS National Cancer Director. Whilst continuing in her current position at the Royal Marsden, she will lead the implementation of the strategy, alongside work to test new models of care at the Royal Marsden and University College London Hospitals in partnership with Manchester Cancer.


Improving Outcomes in Breast Cancer, published by the Department in 1996 and updated by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (now known as the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)) in 2002, sets out best practice evidence based guidance on the diagnosis, treatment and care of women with breast cancer. The guidance is complimented by clinical guidelines on Breast cancer (early and locally advanced) and Breast cancer (advanced) published by NICE in 2009, and Familial breast cancer published in June 2013.


NICE has also published a quality standard for breast cancer which is designed to drive and measure priority quality improvements in a breast cancer care. This is currently being updated.


In addition, NHS England has a Breast Cancer Clinical Reference Group, which is administratively supported by the charities Breast Cancer Now and Breast Cancer Care. It has produced evidence based service guidance to support commissioners of breast cancer services, which is in the process of review internally.


The results of the 2014 Cancer Patient Experience survey show improvements in many areas. 89% of all patients reported that their care was either excellent or very good, and breast cancer patients on the whole reported a more positive experience than for many other cancer patients, with 93% reporting having been given the name of a Clinical Nurse Specialist.


On 13 September, based on the recommendations of the independent Cancer Taskforce report, we announced a number of measures to improve diagnosis, treatment and aftercare of people with cancer. This included a commitment that, by 2020, the 280,000 people diagnosed with cancer every year will benefit from a tailored recovery package. The packages will be individually designed to help each person live well beyond cancer, including things such as physical activity programmes, psychological support and practical advice about returning to work.


13th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he plans to take to ensure that the recommendations in the publication entitled Achieving world-class cancer outcomes: a strategy for England 2015-2020 by the Independent Cancer Taskforce are implemented.

NHS England is currently working with partners across the health system to determine how best to take forward the recommendations to improve cancer outcomes set out in the new five-year strategy of the Independent Cancer Taskforce.


As part of putting in place a governance structure for delivery of the strategy, NHS England has appointed Cally Palmer as NHS National Cancer Director. She will lead the implementation of the strategy, as well as new cancer vanguards using outcomes-based commissioning to redesign care and patient experience.


The Independent Cancer Taskforce’s report outlines that earlier diagnosis could contribute to saving a further 11,000 lives per year.


Our commitment that by 2020, National Health Service patients will be given a definitive cancer diagnosis or the all clear within 28 days of being referred by a general practitioner, means that patients, particularly those with harder to diagnose cancers, will be diagnosed faster.






15th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment (a) Public Health England and (b) NICE have made of the current provision, availability and use of Naloxone in community settings for the treatment of drug overdose; and what commissioning guidance each such body has issued for this drug.

The Government has accepted the advice from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs that naloxone needs to be more widely available. The Human Medicines (Amendment) (No.3) Regulations 2015 which come into effect on 1 October underpin the implementation of that decision.

Public Health England (PHE) provides support to local authorities to carry out a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) in their local area each year. JSNAs identify the current and future health and care needs of the local population, including drug treatment services, and help build a robust evidence base of local needs.

The drugs harm interventions section of the PHE Alcohol, Drugs and Tobacco Joint Strategic Needs Assessment support pack (http://www.nta.nhs.uk/healthcare-JSNA.aspx) includes a checklist of questions for commissioners to consider. The checklist is titled ‘What questions should you ask to check you are following the evidence and best practice that supports the principle?’ and includes the question “Are effective overdose-awareness training and information, and naloxone provided for service users and their family/carers?”.

In February 2015, PHE published advice for commissioners and providers on the provision of naloxone, so that commissioners and providers could take action to widen the availability of naloxone:

http://www.nta.nhs.uk/uploads/phetake-homenaloxoneforopioidoverdosefeb2015rev.pdf

The role of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is to provide evidence based guidance, advice, quality standards and information services for the health, public health and social care sectors. It does not have responsibility for assessing the current provision, availability or use of medicines or treatments. We understand there are no plans to ask NICE to develop commissioning guidance on naloxone to treat opioid overdoses.

30th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time for an appointment with a NHS dentist has been in the last 12 months.

The data on waiting times to see a dentist or general practitioner (GP) in England is not held centrally. However, the latest GP Patient Survey published in July 2015 shows that 84.8% of patients rated their overall experience of their GP surgery as fairly or very good. The latest GP Patient Survey Dental Statistics published in July 2015 shows that 85% of patients rated their NHS Dental experience as fairly or very good.

30th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department collects on average waiting times for (a) appointments with NHS dentists and (b) GP appointments.

The data on waiting times to see a dentist or general practitioner (GP) in England is not held centrally. However, the latest GP Patient Survey published in July 2015 shows that 84.8% of patients rated their overall experience of their GP surgery as fairly or very good. The latest GP Patient Survey Dental Statistics published in July 2015 shows that 85% of patients rated their NHS Dental experience as fairly or very good.

30th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS dentists are accepting new patients in (a) England, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber and (c) Dewsbury constituency.

Information is not collected centrally by the Department on the number of dentists taking on new patients.

30th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what purposes NHS hospital trusts may contract (a) management consultancy and (b) accountancy services; and what information his Department holds on such spending.

The Department reports expenditure on “consultancy services” in the administration and programme costs notes in its Annual Report and Accounts.

Consultancy services are defined as “The provision to management of objective advice and assistance relating to strategy, structure, management or operations of an organisation in pursuit of its purposes and objectives. Such assistance will be provided outside the ‘business as usual’ (BAU) environment when in-house skills are not available and will be of no essential consequence and time-limited. Services may include the identification of options with recommendations and/or assistance with (but not delivery of) the implementation of solutions.”

All National Health Service bodies should now use centrally approved Crown Commercial Service framework contracts for such services to ensure value for money. Under the financial controls package announced on 2 June 2015, a limit of £50,000 has been set for all professional services consultancy contracts across NHS foundation trusts, NHS trusts and clinical commissioning groups. All cases above this threshold will require sign-off by the appropriate national body ie NHS England, Monitor or the NHS Trust Development Authority. The Department is aiming to save £150 million on management consultant spend in 2015-16.

The Department collects data on consultancy services from individual NHS trusts, and Monitor provides a consolidated figure for the NHS foundation trust sector.

The total spend on consultancy services by NHS providers in 2013-14 was as follows:

NHS Provider Consultancy Spend 2013-14

£000s

NHS Trusts

181,558

NHS Foundation Trusts

233,578

The Department does not separately report expenditure on “accountancy services” or collect data on this.

George Freeman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
30th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on the contract held by Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust with Ernst & Young.

No information is held by the Department.

George Freeman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
12th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of President Trump's state visit in June.

The cost of the State Visit to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office will be published in the usual way on the gov.uk website before the end of the year.

13th May 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many visits Government Ministers have made to Hebron since 2010.

According to a review of relevant records, we are aware of at least seven visits that have been made to Hebron by Government Ministers in an official capacity since 2010.

16th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the oral contribution by the Minister for the Middle East of 4 July 2018, Official Report, column 333, on the demolition of Khan al-Ahmar, what progress he has made on the investigation.

​My officials have looked into the matter and understand that demolitions are carried out by private contractors on behalf of the Israeli authorities. I can assure you that the Government is fully committed to encouraging respect for human rights among UK businesses, including promoting the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Guidelines. Where a company decides to trade is however a decision for each company to reach. At Prime Minister’s Questions on 17 October, the Prime Minister reiterated the UK’s strong opposition to Israel’s proposed demolition of Khan al-Ahmar.

29th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the retweet of 29 November 2017 from the @realDonaldTrump twitter account of the tweet from the @JaydaBF twitter account, whether it remains the Government's policy to proceed with President Trump's forthcoming official visit to the UK.

As the Prime Minister made very clear on 30 November, retweeting videos from Britain First was wrong.

As the Prime Minister stated on 30 November, an invitation for a State Visit has been extended and has been accepted. A date has yet to be set.

12th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Israeli Government on the alleged confiscation by the Israeli authorities of solar panels in the West Bank.

Whilst we have not raised the specific case with the Israeli authorities we are in close contact with our Dutch counterparts in the Occupied Palestinian Territories about this incident. We are gravely concerned by the continued confiscation and demolition of Palestinian property and regularly raise the matter with the Israeli authorities. Demolitions and evictions of Palestinians from their homes and confiscation of Palestinian property cause unnecessary suffering; call into question Israel’s commitment to a viable two-state solution; and, in all but exceptional cases, are contrary to International Humanitarian Law.

19th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, who the diversity champion is on his departmental board.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Board Diversity Champion is Karen Pierce, Chief Operating Officer.

22nd Nov 2018
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on a potential timeframe for the abolition of VAT on sanitary products.

HMRC estimates that VAT receipts from the sale of women’s sanitary products were approximately £15 million in each of the last five years. The Government does not anticipate any significant change in the foreseeable future. The exchequer cost of introducing a zero rate of VAT for women’s sanitary products would therefore be approximately £15 million per year.

In January 2018, the European Commission brought forward a legislative proposal with an implementation date of 2022 to enhance Member States’ flexibility to apply reduced and zero rates of VAT. This proposal remains under discussion between officials and, if agreed to by Member States, would give the UK the legal ability to zero rate women’s sanitary products.

In Finance Act 2016, the Government committed to apply a zero rate of VAT to women’s sanitary products as soon as legally possible. In line with both our legal responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010 and the Government’s strong commitment to gender equality, ministers carefully consider the impacts for women, along with the impacts for others sharing protected characteristics, when developing fiscal and other policies.

22nd Nov 2018
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the potential cost to the public purse of abolishing VAT on sanitary products in each of the next five years.

HMRC estimates that VAT receipts from the sale of women’s sanitary products were approximately £15 million in each of the last five years. The Government does not anticipate any significant change in the foreseeable future. The exchequer cost of introducing a zero rate of VAT for women’s sanitary products would therefore be approximately £15 million per year.

In January 2018, the European Commission brought forward a legislative proposal with an implementation date of 2022 to enhance Member States’ flexibility to apply reduced and zero rates of VAT. This proposal remains under discussion between officials and, if agreed to by Member States, would give the UK the legal ability to zero rate women’s sanitary products.

In Finance Act 2016, the Government committed to apply a zero rate of VAT to women’s sanitary products as soon as legally possible. In line with both our legal responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010 and the Government’s strong commitment to gender equality, ministers carefully consider the impacts for women, along with the impacts for others sharing protected characteristics, when developing fiscal and other policies.

22nd Nov 2018
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what equality impact assessment his Department has undertaken under the Equality Act 2010 on (a) gender and (b) other protected characteristics of the level of VAT on sanitary products.

HMRC estimates that VAT receipts from the sale of women’s sanitary products were approximately £15 million in each of the last five years. The Government does not anticipate any significant change in the foreseeable future. The exchequer cost of introducing a zero rate of VAT for women’s sanitary products would therefore be approximately £15 million per year.

In January 2018, the European Commission brought forward a legislative proposal with an implementation date of 2022 to enhance Member States’ flexibility to apply reduced and zero rates of VAT. This proposal remains under discussion between officials and, if agreed to by Member States, would give the UK the legal ability to zero rate women’s sanitary products.

In Finance Act 2016, the Government committed to apply a zero rate of VAT to women’s sanitary products as soon as legally possible. In line with both our legal responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010 and the Government’s strong commitment to gender equality, ministers carefully consider the impacts for women, along with the impacts for others sharing protected characteristics, when developing fiscal and other policies.

29th Nov 2017
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 28 November to Question 115565, how much the devolved administrations receive from the Barnett formula arising from the soft drinks industry levy-funded spending package in each financial year of the current spending review period.

The Soft Drinks Industry Levy applies across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. In England, the new levy revenue will be invested in giving school-aged children a brighter and healthier future. The Barnett formula will apply to this spending in the normal way, and it will be for the Devolved Administrations to choose how they allocate this funding.

As a result of funding allocated for these purposes to the Department for Education at Budget 2016,

  • In 2016/17 the Scottish Government, Welsh Government and a Northern Ireland Executive will receive £0.3m, £0.2m and £0.1m respectively.

  • In 2017/18, the Scottish Government, Welsh Government and a Northern Ireland Executive will receive £16.4m, £9.5m and £5.5m respectively.

  • In 2018/19, the Scottish Government, Welsh Government and a Northern Ireland Executive will receive £36.7m, £21.2m and £12.3m respectively.

  • In 2019/2020, the Scottish Government, Welsh Government and a Northern Ireland Executive will receive £44.8m, £28.9m and £15m respectively.

    Subsequent changes to the levy-funded spending package in England have had no impact on these allocations.

Elizabeth Truss
Minister for Women and Equalities
28th Nov 2017
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the revenue projections for the soft drinks industry levy in the Autumn Budget 2017, Table C.5, what assessment he has made of the potential effect the fall in projected revenue will have on the total revenue funding allocated to the Department for Education in each year of the forecast period.

No changes have been made to the funding allocated to the Department for Education as a result of the changes to the revenue projections for the soft drinks industry levy.

Elizabeth Truss
Minister for Women and Equalities
16th Nov 2017
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether it is his policy to apply a zero-rate of VAT to women's sanitary products from 11pm on 29 March 2019.

The Government has a made a legal commitment to apply a zero rate of VAT to women’s sanitary products as soon as legally possible.

16th Nov 2017
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the EU Value Added Tax regime will cease to apply to the UK from 11pm on 29 March 2019.

VAT will continue to apply in the UK after EU exit. The Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill will enable the VAT regime to continue to function effectively after the UK has left the EU.

19th Dec 2016
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, who the diversity champion is on his departmental board.

HM Treasury has two board level diversity champions, (i) Treasury’s Chief Economic Adviser and (ii) Treasury’s Director of Personal Tax, Welfare and Pensions Group.

8th Dec 2016
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether it is his policy that 0.7 per cent of gross national income is the maximum amount to be allocated to overseas development assistance.

In line with the International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Act 2015, HM Treasury allocates sufficient Official Development Assistance (ODA) funding to maintain an ODA: Gross National Income (GNI) ratio of 0.7% - the only country in the G7 and G20 to meet the UN commitment. This commitment takes account of wider public spending considerations.

The amount spent on ODA will continue to rise in each calendar year, reflecting the Office for Budget Responsibility’s latest economic growth forecasts.

28th Nov 2016
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 5.15 of the Autumn Statement 2016, how much he plans to make available for the next round of Tampon Tax Fund allocations.

Last year, the government announced an annual £15m Tampon Tax Fund to support women’s charities across the UK. This is the estimated amount raised from VAT on women’s sanitary products. At this year’s Autumn Statement, the government announced that it would launch the next round of the Tampon Tax Fund on 1 December 2016.

17th Mar 2016
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 3.63 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015 and paragraph 2.16 of the Budget 2016, for what reasons the funding to support women's charities equivalent to the annual VAT raised on sanitary products has changed from £15 million to £12 million.

As announced at Autumn Statement 2015, the Tampon Tax Fund is a £15 million annual fund to support women’s charities, equivalent to the amount of VAT raised on sanitary products. The Chancellor announced initial donations at Autumn Statement totalling £5m. Further grants totalling £12 million have been announced at this Budget.

The Government has introduced legislation in the Finance Bill to enable the zero rate of VAT for women’s sanitary products.

10th Mar 2016
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress he has made to date on negotiating with the European institutions for permission to apply a zero-rate of VAT on women's sanitary products.

I have written to the European Commission and other Member States setting out our strong view that Member States should have full discretion over what rate of VAT they can apply to these products, and that this should be considered in the context of the Commission’s Action Plan on VAT.

26th Jan 2016
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 1.144 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, how much of the £15 million annual VAT revenue from female sanitary products has been (a) spent to date and (b) allocated for future spending; by what process the recipients of those funds are determined; and whether he plans a further round of allocations for financial year 2016-17.

Initial donations from the sanitary products VAT women’s charities fund totalling £5 million have been made to support The Eve Appeal, SafeLives and Women’s Aid, and The Haven. Further donations and recipients will be announced at Budget 2016, and at future fiscal events. The £15 million annual fund will continue to run over the course of this Parliament or until the UK can apply a zero rate of VAT on sanitary products.

Charities interested in applying should email the Treasury directly at Tampontax.Fund@hmtreasury.gsi.gov.uk stating their interest in the fund, including an overview of the nature of their proposal and the amount they are requesting. Following this they will be given further details of the bidding process and the detailed information required.

26th Nov 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 1.251 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, what the 26 new Enterprise Zones are; and which local enterprise partnerships made unsuccessful applications to become enterprise zones.

The full list of successful Enterprise Zones, which is available to view online, was published by the Department of Communities and Local Government following the Spending Review announcement.

26th Nov 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 1.114 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, what the evidential basis for the estimate of £15 million annual tax receipt on sanitary products; and to what range of products that estimate applies.

The £15m estimate of the annual VAT revenue from sanitary products is produced by HM Revenue and Customs and is consistent with the published estimate of the cost of the current 5% relief for sanitary products (available to view here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/minor-tax-expenditures-and-structural-reliefs ).

20th Jul 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what meetings he has had with Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership since the 2015 General Election; and what plans he has to meet with that organisation before 15 August 2015.

Treasury Ministers and officials have meetings with a wide variety of organisations in the public and private sectors as part of the process of policy development and delivery.

Details of ministerial and permanent secretary meetings with external organisations on departmental business are published on a quarterly basis and are available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hmt-ministers-meetings-hospitality-gifts-and-overseas-travel

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
20th Jul 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 1.288 of the Summer Budget 2015, what process he plans for the establishment of new Enterprise Zones; and by when he plans to open the next bidding round for such zones.

At Summer Budget the Chancellor announced the opening of the bidding round for a new wave of Enterprise Zones across England. This round will focus on ensuring that all places in England can benefit from the programme, and the government encourages towns and districts to work with their respective Local Enterprise Partnerships to develop bids. The application process is now open and Local Enterprise Partnerships have until the 18th September to submit their bids.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
20th Jul 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to his statement of 29 April 2015 to the Dewsbury Reporter, whether it is his policy to establish an Enterprise Zone for Dewsbury; and what targets he has set for the process of establishing such a zone to (a) commence and (b) be concluded.

At Summer Budget we announced the opening of the bidding round for a new wave of Enterprise Zones across England. This round will focus on ensuring that all places in England can benefit from the programme, and the government encourages towns and districts including Dewsbury to work with their respective Local Enterprise Partnerships to develop bids. The application process is now open and Local Enterprise Partnerships have until the 18th September to submit their bids.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
15th Jul 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what change there has been in his estimate of the level of government borrowing required since the Budget in March 2015.

The government has set out a strategy that reduces the deficit at the same rate again in this Parliament as over the previous Parliament - that means reducing the deficit by 1.1% of GDP a year on average, for the next four years. While borrowing is forecast to be £18bn higher over the forecast period, the resulting smoother fiscal path leads to a higher surplus and lower public sector net debt as a share of GDP, relative to the March Budget.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
12th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost to the public purse of police support for the visit of President Trump was; and whether his Department provided additional funding to police forces for that visit.

The Home Office is closely engaging with the Metropolitan Police and Hampshire Police with regard to President Trump’s state visit in June 2019.

The full costs of the policing operation are not yet finalised. Once an application for Special Grant is received it will be given careful consideration and a decision on the level of funding to be provided will be made in due course.

29th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the threat level of the group Britain First; and if she will make a statement.

We have been clear that Britain First is an extremist organisation which seeks to divide communities through its use of hateful narratives which spread lies and stoke tensions. Where a group is viewed as posing a terrorist risk then we will take action to prosecute them. This is done on a case by case basis.

Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence
25th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 17 July 2017 to Question 4164, what proportion of the estimated life cycle costs for the emergency service network programme it is planned that the British Transport Police will pay.

The emergency services mobile communications programme (ESMCP) will provide the next generation communication system for the 3 emergency ser-vices (police, fire and rescue, and ambulance) and other public safety users. This system will be called the emergency services network (ESN). ESN will provide the next generation integrated critical voice and broadband data ser-vices for the 3 emergency services. In addition to the 3 emergency services, over 300 other organisations, including British Transport Police, are active us-ers of the current emergency communication service. ESMCP is working with them to help manage their transition to ESN.

The costs of upgrading to the Emergency Services Network are available in the public domain at:

https://www.nao.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Upgrading-emergency-service-communications-the-Emergency-services-Network.pdf

25th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which organisations will contribute financially to the Emergency Services Network programme.
11th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will provide a list of her official engagements since the commencement of the current Parliament when the constituency's hon. Member was (a) invited and (b) not invited.

The Home Office publishes details of meetings with external organisations on a quarterly basis on gov.uk.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/home-office-ministerial-gifts-hospitality-travel-and-meetings-january-to-march-2017.

My office notifies Members when I am attending an official event in their constituency, in accordance with paragraph 10.9 of the Ministerial Code.

21st Jun 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the adequacy of security at places of worship.

The government has made available to all crowded places, including places of worship, detailed on-line guidance to help locations understand their own protective security needs and to identify proportionate measures that they can take to reduce their vulnerability while remaining welcoming to worshippers. Many places of worship have also received bespoke security advice from specially trained police advisors.

The places of worship security funding scheme was launched in July 2016 as one of the key actions in the Hate Crime Action Plan to help protect places of worship against hate crime by providing protective security measures, such as CCTV cameras, locks or fencing to places of worship.

On the 22 June we announced an additional £1m will be made available for the protection of places of worship, this will further enable assessments of the adequacy of security available at places of worship. Details of how to apply for this funding will be published shortly.

21st Jun 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of hate crime resulted in convictions in (a) 2016 and (b) 2017.

The Home Office holds and publishes data on the number of hate crimes recorded by the police in England and Wales. Data on the number of these crimes that result in a conviction are not held by the Home Office. Convictions data are the responsibility of the Ministry of Justice.

The most recently published data on hate crime by the Home Office is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/hate-crime-england-and-wales-2015-to-2016

This Government is committed to tackling hate crime. The UK has a strong legislative framework to tackle hate crime. We are working across Government with police, (including National Community Tensions Team), the Crown Prosecution Service and community partners to send out a clear message that hate crime will not be tolerated and we will vigorously pursue and prosecute those who commit these crimes.

21st Jun 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications have been made to the scheme for security funding for places of worship since it was reopened early in 2017.

The places of worship security funding scheme opened on 3rd April and closed on 29 May 2017. 55 applications have been received. We also allowed late applications following recent attacks.

We have announced this week that an additional £1m will be made available for the protection of places of worship. Details of how to apply for this funding will be published shortly.

21st Jun 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many places of worship chosen to benefit from the scheme for security funding for places of worship have had the work relating to that security completed; and what assessment her Department has made of the level of improvement in their security.

The first year of the scheme closed on 4 October 2016. 59 places of worship have been approved funding and security works have been completed on 53.

Improvements in the security of places of worship were implemented following a full assessment by a Crime Prevention Design Adviser (CPDA) who makes an assessment of the physical vulnerabilities of the site. The Home Office Security Advisor has undertaken a number of spot-checks to ensure works have been completed to a satisfactory standard.

9th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Dewsbury of 10 February 2017 on child refugees.

I responded to the hon. Member's letter on 14 March 2017.

17th Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her Department's policy is on merging the British Transport Police, the Civil Nuclear Constabulary, Home Office airport policing and the Ministry of Defence Police.

The Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015 included a commitment to “integrate infrastructure policing further and to review the options to do this". We are continuing the work across Whitehall to deliver this commitment in consultation with the relevant forces.

Brandon Lewis
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
19th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, who the diversity champion is on her departmental board.

The Home Office Executive Management Board chaired by the Permanent Secretary and made up of Director Generals and the Second Permanent Secretary have all agreed to be diversity and inclusion champions for respective protected characteristics as detailed below.

Diversity Strand/ Protected Characteristic

Home Office Champion

Disability

Mark Thomson, Director General, Her Majesty’s Passport Office and United Kingdom Visas and Immigration

Generational diversity

Paul Lincoln, Director General, Crime, Policing and Fire Group

Race

Mark Sedwill, Permanent Secretary, Hugh Ind (Chair of Race Board)

Gender

Patsy Wilkinson, Second Permanent Secretary

Sexual Orientation

Mike Parsons, Director General, Capabilities and Resources

Faith

Tom Hurd, Director General, Office of Security and Counter Terrorism

Gender Identity

Simon Wren, Director of Communication, Communication Directorate

Diversity and Inclusion (Overview)

Sir Charles Montgomery, Director General, Border Force

As Champions, they see themselves as role models, widely recognised as a supporter and champion of diversity and inclusion with a key role to play in embedding diversity and inclusion into all aspects of the Home Office. The Home Office views this as an opportunity to make a real difference to the experience of our people, ensuring an inclusive Home Office that values the contribution of everyone.

27th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many passports have been confiscated from Syrian citizens by UK officials in Turkey in 2016 on the basis of those passports having been stolen.

The Home Office does not have legal authority in Turkey to confiscate foreign passports which have been reported as lost or stolen or identified as forged.

18th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Syrian passports have been returned to the Syrian government on the basis that they have been reported stolen by that government.

The Home Office does not currently return Syrian passports to the Government of Syria.

18th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many passports have been confiscated from Syrian citizens by UK officials in 2016 on the basis of being stolen.

This information is not collated centrally. To collate this date would incur disproportionate cost.

12th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which local authorities have signed up to COMPASS for the provision of asylum accommodation.

The Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 introduced the policy of national dispersal, designed to share the impact of asylum seekers across the whole of the UK. The Home Office publishes figures on the number of asylum seekers housed in dispersed accommodation by local authority.

21st Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to encourage reporting of hate crime incidents; and whether she plans to introduce new ways of reporting.

The Government condemns all hate crimes and is committed to tackling these crimes in partnership with the communities affected.

We have in place some of the strongest legislation to tackle hate crime in the world – this includes specific offences for racially and religiously aggravated activity and offences of the stirring up of hatred on the grounds of race, religion and sexual orientation.

We also have stronger sentences for hate crime. We continue to carefully consider the recommendations from the Law Commission review into hate crime legislation. The Government has committed to taking action to improve our response to hate crime.

This includes joint training between the police and Crown Prosecution staff to improve the way the police identify and investigate hate crime; building on the improvements to police recording of hate crime by working with the police to break down religious-based hate crime by religion; and working with victims and advocacy groups to improve victims confidence to come forward and report such crimes.

The police are also improving their operational practices and recording. Last year, the College of Policing published Operational Guidance for officers responding to hate crime which comprehensively covers how to address all forms of hate crime.

Hate crime statistics show number of crimes recorded by the police by force area. The decision as to how hate crime is resourced in individual forces is an operational matter for the Police and Crime Commissioner for that area. The latest police funding settlement represents a fair deal for the police and reinforces this Government’s commitment to protect the public. No Police and Crime Commissioner who maximised precept income is facing a reduction in cash funding this year.

Police and Crime Commissioners are also responsible for commissioning local support services for victims of crime. The Ministry of Justice provides the Commissioner with a grant to enable services which best meet the needs of local victims of crime to be funded.

The Home Office published a new hate crime action plan on 26 July 2016, which sets out Government action over the next four years to tackle hate crime. It includes:

● new steps to boost reporting of hate crime and support victims;

● new CPS guidance to prosecutors on racially aggravated crime;

● a new £2.4 million fund for protective security measures at potentially vulnerable places of worship;

● and additional funding to community organisations tackling hate crime.

Nobody in this country should live in fear because of who they are and anyone who experiences hate crime should report it to the police, either in person at a police station, online through the True Vision website, or by phoning 101.

21st Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department provides specialist care for victims of hate crime; and if she will provide additional resources to deal with the rise in hate crime since the referendum on UK membership of the EU.

The Government condemns all hate crimes and is committed to tackling these crimes in partnership with the communities affected.

We have in place some of the strongest legislation to tackle hate crime in the world – this includes specific offences for racially and religiously aggravated activity and offences of the stirring up of hatred on the grounds of race, religion and sexual orientation.

We also have stronger sentences for hate crime. We continue to carefully consider the recommendations from the Law Commission review into hate crime legislation. The Government has committed to taking action to improve our response to hate crime.

This includes joint training between the police and Crown Prosecution staff to improve the way the police identify and investigate hate crime; building on the improvements to police recording of hate crime by working with the police to break down religious-based hate crime by religion; and working with victims and advocacy groups to improve victims confidence to come forward and report such crimes.

The police are also improving their operational practices and recording. Last year, the College of Policing published Operational Guidance for officers responding to hate crime which comprehensively covers how to address all forms of hate crime.

Hate crime statistics show number of crimes recorded by the police by force area. The decision as to how hate crime is resourced in individual forces is an operational matter for the Police and Crime Commissioner for that area. The latest police funding settlement represents a fair deal for the police and reinforces this Government’s commitment to protect the public. No Police and Crime Commissioner who maximised precept income is facing a reduction in cash funding this year.

Police and Crime Commissioners are also responsible for commissioning local support services for victims of crime. The Ministry of Justice provides the Commissioner with a grant to enable services which best meet the needs of local victims of crime to be funded.

The Home Office published a new hate crime action plan on 26 July 2016, which sets out Government action over the next four years to tackle hate crime. It includes:

● new steps to boost reporting of hate crime and support victims;

● new CPS guidance to prosecutors on racially aggravated crime;

● a new £2.4 million fund for protective security measures at potentially vulnerable places of worship;

● and additional funding to community organisations tackling hate crime.

Nobody in this country should live in fear because of who they are and anyone who experiences hate crime should report it to the police, either in person at a police station, online through the True Vision website, or by phoning 101.

21st Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what targets she has set the police relating to dealing with hate crime incidents.

The Government condemns all hate crimes and is committed to tackling these crimes in partnership with the communities affected.

We have in place some of the strongest legislation to tackle hate crime in the world – this includes specific offences for racially and religiously aggravated activity and offences of the stirring up of hatred on the grounds of race, religion and sexual orientation.

We also have stronger sentences for hate crime. We continue to carefully consider the recommendations from the Law Commission review into hate crime legislation. The Government has committed to taking action to improve our response to hate crime.

This includes joint training between the police and Crown Prosecution staff to improve the way the police identify and investigate hate crime; building on the improvements to police recording of hate crime by working with the police to break down religious-based hate crime by religion; and working with victims and advocacy groups to improve victims confidence to come forward and report such crimes.

The police are also improving their operational practices and recording. Last year, the College of Policing published Operational Guidance for officers responding to hate crime which comprehensively covers how to address all forms of hate crime.

Hate crime statistics show number of crimes recorded by the police by force area. The decision as to how hate crime is resourced in individual forces is an operational matter for the Police and Crime Commissioner for that area. The latest police funding settlement represents a fair deal for the police and reinforces this Government’s commitment to protect the public. No Police and Crime Commissioner who maximised precept income is facing a reduction in cash funding this year.

Police and Crime Commissioners are also responsible for commissioning local support services for victims of crime. The Ministry of Justice provides the Commissioner with a grant to enable services which best meet the needs of local victims of crime to be funded.

The Home Office published a new hate crime action plan on 26 July 2016, which sets out Government action over the next four years to tackle hate crime. It includes:

● new steps to boost reporting of hate crime and support victims;

● new CPS guidance to prosecutors on racially aggravated crime;

● a new £2.4 million fund for protective security measures at potentially vulnerable places of worship;

● and additional funding to community organisations tackling hate crime.

Nobody in this country should live in fear because of who they are and anyone who experiences hate crime should report it to the police, either in person at a police station, online through the True Vision website, or by phoning 101.

21st Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that police officers are trained to deal with hate crime.

The Government condemns all hate crimes and is committed to tackling these crimes in partnership with the communities affected.

We have in place some of the strongest legislation to tackle hate crime in the world – this includes specific offences for racially and religiously aggravated activity and offences of the stirring up of hatred on the grounds of race, religion and sexual orientation.

We also have stronger sentences for hate crime. We continue to carefully consider the recommendations from the Law Commission review into hate crime legislation. The Government has committed to taking action to improve our response to hate crime.

This includes joint training between the police and Crown Prosecution staff to improve the way the police identify and investigate hate crime; building on the improvements to police recording of hate crime by working with the police to break down religious-based hate crime by religion; and working with victims and advocacy groups to improve victims confidence to come forward and report such crimes.

The police are also improving their operational practices and recording. Last year, the College of Policing published Operational Guidance for officers responding to hate crime which comprehensively covers how to address all forms of hate crime.

Hate crime statistics show number of crimes recorded by the police by force area. The decision as to how hate crime is resourced in individual forces is an operational matter for the Police and Crime Commissioner for that area. The latest police funding settlement represents a fair deal for the police and reinforces this Government’s commitment to protect the public. No Police and Crime Commissioner who maximised precept income is facing a reduction in cash funding this year.

Police and Crime Commissioners are also responsible for commissioning local support services for victims of crime. The Ministry of Justice provides the Commissioner with a grant to enable services which best meet the needs of local victims of crime to be funded.

The Home Office published a new hate crime action plan on 26 July 2016, which sets out Government action over the next four years to tackle hate crime. It includes:

● new steps to boost reporting of hate crime and support victims;

● new CPS guidance to prosecutors on racially aggravated crime;

● a new £2.4 million fund for protective security measures at potentially vulnerable places of worship;

● and additional funding to community organisations tackling hate crime.

Nobody in this country should live in fear because of who they are and anyone who experiences hate crime should report it to the police, either in person at a police station, online through the True Vision website, or by phoning 101.

21st Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department has taken to identify areas that have higher than average levels of hate crime; and if she will provide additional resources for those areas.

The Government condemns all hate crimes and is committed to tackling these crimes in partnership with the communities affected.

We have in place some of the strongest legislation to tackle hate crime in the world – this includes specific offences for racially and religiously aggravated activity and offences of the stirring up of hatred on the grounds of race, religion and sexual orientation.

We also have stronger sentences for hate crime. We continue to carefully consider the recommendations from the Law Commission review into hate crime legislation. The Government has committed to taking action to improve our response to hate crime.

This includes joint training between the police and Crown Prosecution staff to improve the way the police identify and investigate hate crime; building on the improvements to police recording of hate crime by working with the police to break down religious-based hate crime by religion; and working with victims and advocacy groups to improve victims confidence to come forward and report such crimes.

The police are also improving their operational practices and recording. Last year, the College of Policing published Operational Guidance for officers responding to hate crime which comprehensively covers how to address all forms of hate crime.

Hate crime statistics show number of crimes recorded by the police by force area. The decision as to how hate crime is resourced in individual forces is an operational matter for the Police and Crime Commissioner for that area. The latest police funding settlement represents a fair deal for the police and reinforces this Government’s commitment to protect the public. No Police and Crime Commissioner who maximised precept income is facing a reduction in cash funding this year.

Police and Crime Commissioners are also responsible for commissioning local support services for victims of crime. The Ministry of Justice provides the Commissioner with a grant to enable services which best meet the needs of local victims of crime to be funded.

The Home Office published a new hate crime action plan on 26 July 2016, which sets out Government action over the next four years to tackle hate crime. It includes:

● new steps to boost reporting of hate crime and support victims;

● new CPS guidance to prosecutors on racially aggravated crime;

● a new £2.4 million fund for protective security measures at potentially vulnerable places of worship;

● and additional funding to community organisations tackling hate crime.

Nobody in this country should live in fear because of who they are and anyone who experiences hate crime should report it to the police, either in person at a police station, online through the True Vision website, or by phoning 101.

21st Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of legislation on hate crime; and whether she has plans to review the suitability of such legislation for tackling such crimes.

The Government condemns all hate crimes and is committed to tackling these crimes in partnership with the communities affected.

We have in place some of the strongest legislation to tackle hate crime in the world – this includes specific offences for racially and religiously aggravated activity and offences of the stirring up of hatred on the grounds of race, religion and sexual orientation.

We also have stronger sentences for hate crime. We continue to carefully consider the recommendations from the Law Commission review into hate crime legislation. The Government has committed to taking action to improve our response to hate crime.

This includes joint training between the police and Crown Prosecution staff to improve the way the police identify and investigate hate crime; building on the improvements to police recording of hate crime by working with the police to break down religious-based hate crime by religion; and working with victims and advocacy groups to improve victims confidence to come forward and report such crimes.

The police are also improving their operational practices and recording. Last year, the College of Policing published Operational Guidance for officers responding to hate crime which comprehensively covers how to address all forms of hate crime.

Hate crime statistics show number of crimes recorded by the police by force area. The decision as to how hate crime is resourced in individual forces is an operational matter for the Police and Crime Commissioner for that area. The latest police funding settlement represents a fair deal for the police and reinforces this Government’s commitment to protect the public. No Police and Crime Commissioner who maximised precept income is facing a reduction in cash funding this year.

Police and Crime Commissioners are also responsible for commissioning local support services for victims of crime. The Ministry of Justice provides the Commissioner with a grant to enable services which best meet the needs of local victims of crime to be funded.

The Home Office published a new hate crime action plan on 26 July 2016, which sets out Government action over the next four years to tackle hate crime. It includes:

● new steps to boost reporting of hate crime and support victims;

● new CPS guidance to prosecutors on racially aggravated crime;

● a new £2.4 million fund for protective security measures at potentially vulnerable places of worship;

● and additional funding to community organisations tackling hate crime.

Nobody in this country should live in fear because of who they are and anyone who experiences hate crime should report it to the police, either in person at a police station, online through the True Vision website, or by phoning 101.

3rd May 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of introducing a minimum unit price for alcohol.

An impact assessment of a minimum unit price for alcohol was published before a consultation on the Government's Alcohol Strategy proposals in 2012.

The consultation raised questions concerning possible unintended consequences of minimum unit pricing, such as the impact on responsible drinkers on low incomes. The Government continues to monitor the research being carried out by the University of Sheffield and others on the potential effects.

The Government has also noted the ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union on the proposed introduction of minimum unit pricing in Scotland and will continue to monitor the legal proceedings.

19th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Written Statement of 18 April 2016, on immigration detention, HCWS679, in what ways the policy to end the routine detention of pregnant women differs from the current policy that pregnant women should be detained only in exceptional circumstances.

Current policy is set out in paragraph 10 of Chapter 55 of the Home Office Enforcement Instructions and Guidance, which states that certain groups of individuals, including pregnant women, are normally considered suitable for detention in only very exceptional circumstances.

The Government announced in a Written Ministerial Statement on 14 January that it was introducing a new “adult at risk” concept into decision making on immigration detention, with a clear presumption that people who are at risk should not be detained, building on the existing legal framework. The Government has made a commitment to publish its “adult at risk” policy in May.

The new process announced in the Written Ministerial Statement on 18 April, will, if agreed by Parliament, provide an additional safeguard. It will provide absolute clarity that no woman who is known to be pregnant can be detained for longer than 72 hours, or, with Ministerial authorisation a maximum of a week. This puts in place the same safeguards as introduced in 2014 when the government put in place its policy to end the routine detention of children for immigration purposes.

20th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what consultation her Department has carried out with community organisations in Dewsbury constituency on implementation of the Prevent strategy.

It is critical that Local Authorities, the Police and statutory partners work together, in light of the Prevent Duty, to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. Community organisations have an important role to play in building resilience in their local areas.

We do not provide a breakdown of Prevent funding for individual organisations as this would indicate the balance of where our resource is targeted and indicate where the greatest risk lies.

20th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to provide additional resources for policing in Dewsbury constituency.

The allocation and deployment of resources are an operational matter for the West Yorkshire Chief Constable, working with his Police and Crime Commissioner, and taking into account local priorities.

Funding levels for the police beyond March 2016 will be determined through the Spending Review. As the Chancellor has made clear, in order to finish the job of repairing Britain’s economy we must continue to prioritise sustainable public finances.

The Government has committed to a fundamental review of the police funding formula to ensure that allocations to local forces are fair and appropriate. Following an internal analytical review, a consultation on the principles of a revised formula was launched on 21 July.

20th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what organisations and programmes based in Dewsbury constituency have received funding or support under the Prevent strategy in each of the last three years.

It is critical that Local Authorities, the Police and statutory partners work together, in light of the Prevent Duty, to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. Community organisations have an important role to play in building resilience in their local areas.

We do not provide a breakdown of Prevent funding for individual organisations as this would indicate the balance of where our resource is targeted and indicate where the greatest risk lies.

20th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to increase support for projects under the Prevent strategy in Dewsbury constituency.

It is critical that Local Authorities, the Police and statutory partners work together, in light of the Prevent Duty, to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. Community organisations have an important role to play in building resilience in their local areas.

We do not provide a breakdown of Prevent funding for individual organisations as this would indicate the balance of where our resource is targeted and indicate where the greatest risk lies.

20th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what funding the Government is providing to (a) Kirklees Council and (b) West Yorkshire Police under the Prevent Strategy in (i) 2015-16 and (ii) each of the next three financial years.

It is critical that Local Authorities, the Police and statutory partners work together, in light of the Prevent Duty, to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. Community organisations have an important role to play in building resilience in their local areas.

We do not provide a breakdown of Prevent funding for individual organisations as this would indicate the balance of where our resource is targeted and indicate where the greatest risk lies.

20th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 18 April 2018 to Question 135699, how much additional funding his Department has allocated to the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory for running costs of the Chemical Weapons Defence Centre during the current spending period.

We are investing an additional £48 million to create a new Chemical Weapons Defence Centre at Dstl Porton Down which is scheduled to open in autumn 2021.

19th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who the diversity champion is on his departmental board.

The Permanent Secretary, Stephen Lovegrove, is the Ministry of Defence's Diversity and Inclusion champion, and acts as an advocate for diversity and inclusion issues on the Defence Board.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 18 April 2018 to Question 135699, how much additional funding his Department has allocated to the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory for running costs of the Chemical Weapons Defence Centre during the current spending period.

We are investing an additional £48 million to create a new Chemical Weapons Defence Centre at Dstl Porton Down which is scheduled to open in autumn 2021.

21st Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government is taking to tackle antisemitism against women.

The Government was pleased to support the Sara Conference in November 2018. The conference focused specifically on the intersectionality between antisemitism and sexism, looking particularly at the experience of Jewish women in public life. The conference brought together an excellent cross-section of policy makers, academics, and other experts, and set the agenda for what key organisations in this regard, such as the Antisemitism Policy Trust, will do going forward. The Government will continue to work closely with the Antisemitism Policy Trust, to understand this specific threat and to support their work.

Heather Wheeler
Assistant Whip
21st Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Sara conference of 26 November 2018, what plans his Department has to encourage more Jewish women to participate in public life.

The Government was pleased to support the Sara Conference in November 2018. It was an important platform for policy-makers, public figures, and experts to discuss the intersectionality between antisemitism and sexism, and an important start to understanding how antisemitic abuse targeted at women can be tackled. The conference set the future direction for organisations dedicated to this issue, such as the Antisemitism Policy Trust. We will continue to work closely with the Antisemitism Policy Trust as they develop this important work and encourage women to enter public life.

Heather Wheeler
Assistant Whip
16th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether there was a tendering process for the £70,000 contract awarded to develop an online map to help carers and disabled people find Changing Places toilets.

The Department was approached jointly by Mencap and the British Toilet Association Ltd to provide support for a proposal to develop an online map to help carers and disadvantaged people find Changing Places toilets. This was done by means of a grant payment of £74,300 made under Section 70 of the Charities Act 2006.

Rishi Sunak
Chancellor of the Exchequer
16th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, who was awarded the £70,000 contract to develop an online map to help carers and disabled people find Changing Places toilets.

The Department was approached jointly by Mencap and the British Toilet Association Ltd to provide support for a proposal to develop an online map to help carers and disadvantaged people find Changing Places toilets. This was done by means of a grant payment of £74,300 made under Section 70 of the Charities Act 2006.

Rishi Sunak
Chancellor of the Exchequer
8th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps is he taking to ensure that the social housing system supports people with mental health problems.

I refer the Hon Member to my answer to Question UIN 176245 on 11 October 2018.

Heather Wheeler
Assistant Whip
19th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, who the diversity champion is on his departmental board.

Christine Hewitt, Director, People, Capability and Change is the Board Diversity Champion in the Department for Communities and Local Government. We also have senior Diversity Champions for BAME, Race, Disability, Women, LGBT and Social Mobility as well as our Departmental Diversity Champion who work closely with our Networks in embedding Diversity and Inclusion messages and in promoting opportunities. Our Permanent Secretary is the Gender Champion for the Civil Service and all of our Champions and Networks are aligned with Civil Service governance, Networks and wider communities.

The Government takes its commitments to Diversity and Inclusion very seriously, and as a result the action in the Talent Action Plan 2015 has been completed and is referenced in the 2016 Talent Action Plan “progress to date” section. All departments, including new departments Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) and Department for International Trade (DIT) have nominated overall diversity champions. They are responsible for providing an overall insight for all protected characteristics.

Marcus Jones
Comptroller (HM Household) (Whip, House of Commons)
21st Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the unallocated financial reserves level was of Kirklees Council in the most recent local authority data outtrun held by his Department.

The most recent local authority data outturn held by the Department for Communities and Local Government show the position as at 31 March 2015; Kirklees Council reported unallocated reserves of £38.0 million (this excludes other reserve balances for schools, public health and other earmarked reserves).

The usual measure of reserves used is non-ringfenced revenue reserves, which comprises the sum of unallocated and other earmarked reserves: in Kirklees case £114.2 million.

Full details can be found on the Department’s webpage at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/local-authority-revenue-expenditure-and-financing-england-2014-to-2015-individual-local-authority-data-outturn


Marcus Jones
Comptroller (HM Household) (Whip, House of Commons)
8th Oct 2019
What recent assessment he has made of trends in the level of drugs being smuggled into prisons.

One of the first things the Lord Chancellor did was to visit HMP Leeds with the Prime Minister where they set out our focus on tackling crime, investing up to £2.5 billion transforming the prison estate and providing 10,000 additional prison places.

At HMP Leeds there is an X-ray body scanner installed there to identify items internally concealed on prisoners. HMP Wakefield also has an X-ray body scanner. At HMP New Hall in our women’s estate, the drug threat is different and staff there have worked hard to respond to the inspection report published in April. They have put in place an updated local drug strategy, do more suspicion-led drug testing and store medications in line with clinical guidelines.

We have previously invested £70 million to improve safety, security and decency in prisons. We use body, property, cell and area searches across the estate, aided by dedicated search teams and drug detection dogs.

As announced in August, we will be spending a further £100 million on prison security. Airport-style security, including X-ray scanners, will be put into prisons across the estate to help stop contraband such as drugs from getting in.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
19th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, who the diversity champion is on her departmental board.

Justin Russell (Director General for Prisons, Offender and Youth Justice Policy) is the Overall Diversity Champion for the Ministry of Justice. Justin took over this role on the 25 October 2016.

19th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, who the diversity champion is on his departmental board.

The Northern Ireland Office recognises the importance of embedding diversity in everything it does. The Permanent Secretary of the NIO, Sir Jonathan Stephens KCB is the overall Diversity Champion at board level.

The PUS is supported in his role as NIO Diversity Champion by the Department’s two directors who champion a number of specific diversity categories. Further details are provided below:

NIO Director

Diversity Category Championed

Colin Perry

  • Black and Minority Ethnic
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender

Mark Larmour

  • Disability
  • Other protected characteristics

2nd Nov 2017
To ask the Leader of the House, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 26 October 2017, HCWS 199, on Opposition Day debates, whether a ministerial response to a resolution of the House will take the form of a Written or Oral Statement.

As set out in my Written Ministerial Statement of 26 October, the Government will respond to Opposition day resolutions within 12 weeks. It is intended that Ministers will attend the Chamber wherever possible but a Written Ministerial Statement may be provided from time to time.

19th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, who the diversity champion is on his departmental board.

I place great importance on the Scotland Office’s commitment to Diversity. The governance of the Scotland Office and the Office of the Advocate General is overseen by the Offices’ Joint Management Board, which I chair. The Diversity Champions on the Board are Francesca Osowska, Director of the Scotland Office, and Michael Chalmers, Director of the Office of the Advocate General.

The Government introduced Diversity Champions as part of the Talent Action Plan commitment to have champions in all departments.

19th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, who the diversity champion is on his departmental board.

The Deputy Director, Wales Office Legal Advisers is the diversity champion on the Wales Office Board.

The Civil Service introduced diversity champions as part of the Talent Action Plan commitment to have champions in all departments. The Government uses diversity champions to provide an overall insight for all protected characteristics, including LGBT, Race, Religion or Belief, Gender, Disability, Social Mobility, Age, Carers, Gender Reassignment etc.

22nd Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with his Cabinet colleagues on the potential effect on Wales of the UK leaving the EU.

Leaving the EU offers us an opportunity to forge a new role for the UK in the world.

I am in regular discussions with Cabinet colleagues to ensure that Wales remains at the heart of our negotiation strategy. As the Government has made clear, we are working to ensure that the UK’s exit from the EU serves the interests of the whole country.