Richard Benyon Written Questions

6 Questions to Government Departments tabled by Richard Benyon


Date Title Questioner
28 Feb 2019, 3:25 p.m. Arms Control: Inspections Richard Benyon

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many trained arms control inspectors are employed by Her Majesty’s Government.

Answer (Mark Lancaster)

The only full-time inspectors employed by Her Majesty's Government are at the Joint Arms Control Implementation Group (JACIG). JACIG has 16 trained inspectors qualified to support Treaty-related inspections, evaluation and verification for Conventional Arms Control Treaties. Their emphasis is on the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe; Vienna Document 2011 and Open Skies. JACIG also observes inspections under the 1995 Dayton Accords peace agreement.

8 Jan 2019, 12:04 p.m. Fisheries Richard Benyon

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information his Department holds on confidentiality agreements signed by the owners of vessels used by CEFAS in studying the effect of electric fishing in UK waters.

Answer (George Eustice)

Cefas confirm they do not have confidentiality agreements with the owners of the vessels concerned, nor do they feature in the standard tendering arrangements.

28 Dec 2018, 12:24 p.m. Fisheries Richard Benyon

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to publish the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science study on the effect of electric fishing in UK waters.

Answer (George Eustice)

The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) completed a desktop review on pulse technology entitled “The impacts of flatfish pulse trawling: evidence review, data gaps and future research”. The report is subject to a peer review process which is due to be completed by the end of December. The finalised report is therefore expected to be ready for publication early in the New Year.

We have also commissioned some original science for future research with a study including at-sea comparisons of pulse and conventional beam trawl impacts.

12 Sep 2017, 2:36 p.m. Continuing Care Richard Benyon

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many families seeking continuing healthcare pay for legal support.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

Information on the number of people paying for legal support regarding NHS Continuing Healthcare is not collected centrally.

12 Sep 2017, 2:35 p.m. Continuing Care Richard Benyon

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to simplify the continuing health care application process.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The Department is working with NHS England, clinical commissioning groups, Directors of Adult Social Services, local authorities and stakeholder groups to understand how the NHS Continuing Healthcare experience can be improved for all.

Additionally, NHS England launched the NHS Continuing Healthcare Strategic Improvement Programme on 1 April 2017. The aim of the Strategic Improvement Programme is to provide fair access to NHS Continuing Healthcare in a way which ensures better outcomes, better experience, and better use of resources.

11 Sep 2017, 3:33 p.m. Atomic Weapons Research Establishment: Conditions of Employment Richard Benyon

Question

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons employees of the management company running the Atomic Weapons Establishment are considered private sector employees for the purpose of pensions but public sector employees for the purpose of the exit payment cap.

Answer (Elizabeth Truss)

The exit payment cap will apply to organisations classified as within the public sector by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) with limited exceptions. As AWE [Atomic Weapons Establishment] Management Ltd is classified by the ONS as a public sector organisation it is within scope of the reforms.