Ann Clwyd Portrait

Ann Clwyd

Labour - Former Member for Cynon Valley

First elected: 3rd May 1984

Left House: 6th November 2019 (Standing Down)


Foreign Affairs Committee
11th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Committees on Arms Export Controls
10th Oct 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Speaker's Advisory Committee on Works of Art
12th Dec 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Speaker's Advisory Committee on Works of Art
1st Jul 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Foreign Affairs Committee
8th Jul 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee
5th Jan 2016 - 3rd May 2017
Committees on Arms Export Controls
10th Feb 2016 - 3rd May 2017
Foreign Affairs Committee
12th Jul 2010 - 30th Mar 2015
Committees on Arms Export Controls
12th Jul 2010 - 30th Mar 2015
Special Envoy to PM on Human Rights in Iraq
26th May 2003 - 6th May 2010
Chair, Parliamentary Labour Party
24th May 2005 - 5th Dec 2006
International Development Committee
14th Jul 1997 - 12th Jul 2005
Shadow Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)
1st Jan 1994 - 1st Jan 1995
Shadow Spokesperson (Work and Pensions)
1st Jan 1993 - 1st Jan 1994
Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport)
1st Nov 1992 - 1st Jan 1993
Shadow Secretary of State for Wales
1st Jul 1992 - 1st Nov 1992
Shadow Secretary of State for International Development
1st Jan 1989 - 1st Jan 1992
Shadow Minister (Education)
1st Jan 1987 - 1st Jan 1988
Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee
1st Aug 1983 - 31st Jul 1984


Division Voting information

Ann Clwyd has voted in 1937 divisions, and 30 times against the majority of their Party.

29 Oct 2019 - Early Parliamentary General Election Bill - View Vote Context
Ann Clwyd voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 11 Labour No votes vs 127 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 438 Noes - 20
15 May 2019 - Exiting the European Union (Sanctions) - View Vote Context
Ann Clwyd voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 4 Labour Aye votes vs 180 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 294 Noes - 184
27 Mar 2019 - EU: Withdrawal and Future Relationship Votes - View Vote Context
Ann Clwyd voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 42 Labour No votes vs 143 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 188 Noes - 283
27 Mar 2019 - EU: Withdrawal and Future Relationship Votes - View Vote Context
Ann Clwyd voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 12 Labour No votes vs 226 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 264 Noes - 272
27 Mar 2019 - EU: Withdrawal and Future Relationship Votes - View Vote Context
Ann Clwyd voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 4 Labour No votes vs 232 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 237 Noes - 307
19 Mar 2019 - Foreign Affairs Committee - View Vote Context
Ann Clwyd voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 13 Labour No votes vs 168 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 199 Noes - 134
11 Dec 2018 - Cannabis (Legalisation and Regulation) - View Vote Context
Ann Clwyd voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 9 Labour Aye votes vs 9 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 52 Noes - 66
25 Jun 2018 - National Policy Statement: Airports - View Vote Context
Ann Clwyd voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 94 Labour No votes vs 119 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 415 Noes - 119
19 Apr 2017 - Early Parliamentary General Election - View Vote Context
Ann Clwyd voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 9 Labour No votes vs 174 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 522 Noes - 13
8 Feb 2017 - European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - View Vote Context
Ann Clwyd voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 52 Labour No votes vs 161 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 494 Noes - 122
1 Feb 2017 - European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - View Vote Context
Ann Clwyd voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 47 Labour No votes vs 166 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 498 Noes - 114
18 Jul 2016 - UK's Nuclear Deterrent - View Vote Context
Ann Clwyd voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 48 Labour No votes vs 140 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 472 Noes - 117
10 Jul 2013 - Prescription Charges (Long-term Conditions) - View Vote Context
Ann Clwyd voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 1 Labour Aye votes vs 11 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 273 Noes - 27
11 Jul 2012 - Sittings of the House - View Vote Context
Ann Clwyd voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 69 Labour Aye votes vs 138 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 241 Noes - 256
11 Jul 2012 - Sittings of the House - View Vote Context
Ann Clwyd voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 66 Labour No votes vs 139 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 267 Noes - 233
11 Jul 2012 - Sittings of the House - View Vote Context
Ann Clwyd voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 51 Labour No votes vs 141 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 280 Noes - 184
11 Jul 2012 - Sittings of the House - View Vote Context
Ann Clwyd voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 46 Labour No votes vs 126 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 205 Noes - 228
10 Jul 2012 - House of Lords Reform Bill - View Vote Context
Ann Clwyd voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 26 Labour No votes vs 201 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 462 Noes - 124
13 Jul 2011 - Offshore Gambling and the Horseracing Levy - View Vote Context
Ann Clwyd voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 2 Labour Aye votes vs 214 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 316 Noes - 233
13 Jul 2011 - Offshore Gambling and the Horseracing Levy - View Vote Context
Ann Clwyd voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 2 Labour Aye votes vs 213 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 316 Noes - 230
30 Mar 2011 - Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill - View Vote Context
Ann Clwyd voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 33 Labour Aye votes vs 170 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 37 Noes - 480
24 Nov 2010 - Bookmakers and Planning (Haringey) - View Vote Context
Ann Clwyd voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 5 Labour Aye votes vs 212 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 337 Noes - 217
24 Nov 2010 - Bookmakers and Planning (Haringey) - View Vote Context
Ann Clwyd voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 6 Labour Aye votes vs 211 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 338 Noes - 216
15 Jun 2010 - Backbench Business Committee - View Vote Context
Ann Clwyd voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 53 Labour Aye votes vs 57 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 171 Noes - 263
10 Nov 2009 - Welfare Reform Bill - View Vote Context
Ann Clwyd voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 22 Labour No votes vs 278 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 286 Noes - 236
17 Dec 2008 - Electoral Commission (Remuneration of Chairman) - View Vote Context
Ann Clwyd voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 26 Labour No votes vs 182 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 324 Noes - 32
22 Oct 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] (Programme) (No. 2) - View Vote Context
Ann Clwyd voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 15 Labour No votes vs 263 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 322 Noes - 157
3 Jul 2008 - Members’ Salaries - View Vote Context
Ann Clwyd voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 82 Labour Aye votes vs 136 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 155 Noes - 196
3 Jul 2008 - Members’ Salaries - View Vote Context
Ann Clwyd voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 66 Labour Aye votes vs 159 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 141 Noes - 216
3 Jul 2008 - Members’ Salaries - View Vote Context
Ann Clwyd voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 62 Labour Aye votes vs 152 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 123 Noes - 224
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All Debates

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

Sparring Partners
John Bercow (Speaker)
(40 debate interactions)
Alistair Burt (Conservative)
(31 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Cabinet Office
(64 debate contributions)
Department of Health and Social Care
(34 debate contributions)
Leader of the House
(29 debate contributions)
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Cynon Valley Petitions

e-Petitions are administered by Parliament and allow members of the public to express support for a particular issue.

If an e-petition reaches 10,000 signatures the Government will issue a written response.

If an e-petition reaches 100,000 signatures the petition becomes eligible for a Parliamentary debate (usually Monday 4.30pm in Westminster Hall).

Petition Debates Contributed

Thousands of cats are just disposed of every year without being scanned for a chip after being involved in RTAs. Owners search for months and years and never get closure. Scanning takes two minutes. Cats are a part of a family and deserve to be returned home, not thrown into landfill.

Removing puppies for sale from litter & mum often creates sick, traumatised, dysfunctional dogs. Puppies should be seen with their mum & transporting them to a different place for sale harms welfare. Regulating commercial 3rd party sales is ineffective to prevent harm & a ban is therefore necessary.


Latest EDMs signed by Ann Clwyd

30th October 2019
Ann Clwyd signed this EDM as a sponsor on Wednesday 30th October 2019

South Sudan peace process

Tabled by: Lord Bellingham (Conservative - North West Norfolk)
That this House expresses its support for the people of the Republic of South Sudan; asks all parties to uphold their commitments to peace and dialogue as outlined in the 2018 revitalised peace agreement; calls on the incumbent Government and other signatories of the peace agreement to create a secure …
12 signatures
(Most recent: 16 Dec 2019)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 6
Conservative: 3
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
Independent: 1
Green Party: 1
15th October 2019
Ann Clwyd signed this EDM on Thursday 24th October 2019

Fair pay and treatment of outsourced staff at Northwick Park Hospital

Tabled by: Gareth Thomas (Labour (Co-op) - Harrow West)
That this House expresses concern that many of the 400 outsourced catering, porters, cleaners and ward hostesses employed by Medirest, which is part of the Compass Group, at Northwick Park Hospital in Harrow are being paid £8.21 an hour rather than the Living Wage Foundation rate of £9 an hour …
32 signatures
(Most recent: 24 Oct 2019)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 28
Independent: 2
Scottish National Party: 2
View All Ann Clwyd's signed Early Day Motions

Commons initiatives

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

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


Ann Clwyd has not been granted any Urgent Questions

5 Adjournment Debates led by Ann Clwyd

Tuesday 23rd July 2019
Wednesday 4th July 2018
Tuesday 13th December 2016
Monday 4th April 2011

2 Bills introduced by Ann Clwyd


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 police forces to train police officers in autism awareness; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 1st May 2019
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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 establish minimum standards for the practice of cosmetic surgery, including non-surgical procedures; and for connected purposes

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 17th July 2012

Ann Clwyd has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


Latest 50 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
1 Other Department Questions
3rd Jul 2015
To ask the Prime Minister, when he next plans to meet the President of Egypt.

I refer the right hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Brighton, Pavilion (Ms Lucas) by the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, my hon. Friend the Member for Bournemouth East (Mr Ellwood) on 29 June 2015, UIN 4073.

1st Jun 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which Iraq (a) Government bodies, (b) non-Governmental organisations, (c) parliamentary bodies and (i) UK and (ii) Iraq (d) research foundations and (e) training entities have contracts with the UK Government for the provision of services in Iraq (A) currently and (B) which were signed in the last two years; what sums have been made available for each such contract; and what the purpose is of each contract.

This information is not held centrally.

Since January 2011, details of central government contracts above the value of £10,000 are published on Contracts Finder. Contracts published prior to 26 February 2015 can be viewed at: https://data.gov.uk/data/contracts-finder-archive. Those published after 26 February 2015 can be viewed at: https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Search

Oliver Dowden
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
8th Nov 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government has taken to implement the recommendation of the Macur Review on ensuring that government departments possess an accurate database of the documents and materials held by them.

Departments are required to maintain records in compliance with the Public Records Act 1958, and the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and have record keeping systems in place. The National Archives monitors compliance and regularly conducts and publishes Information Management Assessments of departments.

The Government accepted Sir Alex Allan's recommendations, published on 17 December 2015, that more needs to be done to ensure that departments are capturing and maintaining accurate records. The Cabinet Office is working with departments and The National Archives to deliver this.

8th Nov 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government has taken to implement the recommendations of the Macur Review on preserving and correctly archiving materials, including computer records.

Departments are required to maintain records in compliance with the Public Records Act 1958, and the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and have record keeping systems in place. The National Archives monitors compliance and regularly conducts and publishes Information Management Assessments of departments.

The Government accepted Sir Alex Allan's recommendations, published on 17 December 2015, that more needs to be done to ensure that departments are capturing and maintaining accurate records. The Cabinet Office is working with departments and The National Archives to deliver this.

7th Jun 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to recommendation 2 on page 250 of the Report of the Macur Review, published in March 2016, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that all government departments possess an accurate database of the documents and materials held by them.

All government departments have record keeping systems in place, and The National Archives regularly conducts and publishes information management assessments of departments.

3rd Jul 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to publish the report of the review into the Muslim Brotherhood; and if he will make a statement.

I refer the hon. Member to my Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister’s Written Ministerial Statement of 16 March.

19th May 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what military equipment has been licenced for export to Egypt in each of the last three years.

Information on military and dual use export licences is published as Official Statistics in the quarterly and annual reports on Strategic Export Controls which are all available to view on GOV.UK. These reports contain detailed information on export licences issued, refused or revoked, by destination, including the overall value, type (e.g. Military, Other) and a summary of the items covered by these licences.

Data currently covers all years from 2008 up to 31 December 2015.

10th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the process will be for animal welfare charities to be consulted on the draft legislation to increase the maximum animal cruelty sentence to five years imprisonment.

As announced on 30 September, draft legislation to increase the maximum penalty for animal cruelty to five years will be published for consultation around the turn of the year. We will welcome comments from animal welfare charities who have campaigned for this change.

23rd May 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance his Department is providing to the three million civilians trapped among Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham fighters in Syria.

The UK remains deeply concerned for the three million people living in Idlib governorate, the majority of which is currently controlled by Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS). DFID is working closely with UN and NGO partners to deliver life-saving assistance such as food, shelter and healthcare to the most vulnerable people across Idlib, including those who have been displaced by recent escalations in violence. In 2018/19, we provided over £80 million to support such humanitarian activities in Northwest Syria. Our programmes across Syria have extensive controls in place to ensure that aid delivered by DFID-funded partners reaches those who need it and does not benefit extremist groups such as HTS.

In addition to our humanitarian effort, the UK continues to use our position in the UN Security Council to advocate for the protection of all civilians, aid workers and journalists in Syria, and was instrumental in convening two emergency UN sessions on Idlib on 10 and 17 May. Most recently, at a meeting of the UN Security Council on 28 May, the UK called for the Syrian regime to abide by international law and for all parties to adhere to agreed ceasefires and cessations of hostilities in Idlib.

Andrew Murrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
19th Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the UK Government takes to ensure that UK aid is not used to support military, security and intelligence authorities in Pakistan allegedly involved in the enforced disappearance of people in that country.

HMG makes robust use of oversees security and justice assessment (OSJAs) process to manage any risks arising from security and justice assistance delivered overseas.

The UK’s work in Pakistan is focused on peace and stability, making democracy work, jobs and growth and providing basic services.

Across Government, through the Conflict, Security and Stability Fund (CSSF) UK aid is used to support the reform of justice institutions and the development of provincial rule of law strategies, improving Pakistan’s capacity to counter terrorism, deal with organised crime, supporting the work of civilian and military agencies to handle Improvised Explosive Devices, and strengthening Mutual Legal Assistance.

19th Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what consultation his Department has undertaken with local communities prior to activities being (a) finalised and (b) implemented under her Department's Pakistan Economic Corridors Programme.

Local communities are consulted prior to road projects being finalised. Asian Development Bank (ADB) consultants engage communities in preparing Land Acquisition and Resettlement Plans which ensure compensation for displacement and loss of livelihoods. During implementation ADB experts continue to consult communities and ensure the activities are delivered using the ADB’s environmental and social policies. Local communities are also consulted on design and implementation of community centres constructed along improved roads.

20th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with the Bangladeshi Government on the protection of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh from the effects of the monsoon season; and (a) with whom she had and (b) what the outcome was of those discussions.

The Foreign Secretary and the Secretary of State for International Development wrote to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on 20 March 2018. The UK recognised Bangladesh’s strong national track record in cyclone and monsoon preparedness and response, and asked that this expertise be applied to the Rohingya response and that options are provided for people to move to land that is at a lower risk of flooding. UK Ministers and officials continue to liaise with Government of Bangladesh counterparts on this issue.

17th Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department tracks the proposal and adoption of legislation in developing countries that may affect the operation of NGOs.

In November 2016 DFID published its Civil Society Partnership Review which recognises that civil society is facing unprecedented pressure around the world. It commits to robustly defending the rights of civil society and standing alongside civil society to prevent encroachments to freedom of expression and association.

DFID works closely with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and other development partners to monitor the human rights situation in its focus countries.

9th Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 1 December 2016 to Question 54679, if her Department will make representations to the Government of Sierra Leone on publishing the detailed technical assessment of the draft revised Non-Governmental Organisation Policy Regulations produced by the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law.

The report by International Centre for Not-for-Profit Law was produced for the Government of Sierra Leone as a contribution towards their development of the new draft Non-Governmental Organisation policy. It is for the Government of Sierra Leone to decide whether to publish this report.

9th Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 1 December 2016 to Question 54679, which domestic human rights organisations in Sierra Leone the Government has consulted on the Government of Sierra Leone's draft revised Non-Government Organisation Policy Regulations.

The Government of Sierra Leone has run a series of consultations on the draft NGO policy regulations over the last two years. We do not have a list of the organisations that have participated.

24th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what reports she has received on (a) a proposed revision to the 2009 NGO Policy Regulations by the government of Sierra Leone and (b) the views of civil society organisations on that proposed revision.

The Government of Sierra Leone is consulting on revising the NGO policy guidelines. The DFID team in Sierra Leone is talking to the government, other development partners and civil society organisations. Civil society organisations we have engaged accept that government should have adequate oversight of their work, particularly where they are being funded to support government programmes and objectives. They are keen to work with government to ensure that new administrative requirements, fees and taxes are appropriate and proportionate. It will be important that the guidelines strike the right balance.

14th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support her Department is giving to Eastern Kachin and Northern Shan states in Burma.

The UK has provided over £18.1 million in essential humanitarian and health assistance in Kachin and Northern Shan states from 2012 until the end of the last financial year, and plans to spend at least a further £5 million this year. DFID is the biggest contributor to the multi donor funds working in these areas to improve food security, and to provide maternal, new-born and child health care services including immunisation, prevention of HIV among people, Malaria testing and treatment. DFID also provides significant support to education in Kachin and Northern Shan, through UNICEF and the Myanmar Education Consortium.

29th Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance her Department has provided to reform the security sector, the judiciary and the prison system and to upholding the rule of law in Ethiopia to support that country in meeting its international obligations in these areas.

In 2014/15 the UK will provide £4million of funding to independent agencies working to make the security and justice sector fairer and more accountable in Ethiopia. No DFID funding goes to Ethiopia's police or security services.

5th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effect on the UK's funding of civil society programmes and organisations in Egypt of the revision to Article 78 of the Egyptian Penal Code and restrictions on NGO's access to foreign funding; and what contingency plans she has put in place.

During his meeting with Egyptian Foreign Minister Shukri on 27 October 2014, the Foreign Secretary raised the need to safeguard space for civil society in order to fulfil the Government of Egypt’s stated commitment to inclusive governance. At Egypt’s Universal Periodic Review on 5 November 2014, the UK representative to the United Nations recommended that the provisions in the Egyptian constitution for freedom of civil society in Egypt are fully implemented through a revised NGO law that is in line with international standards.

20th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, which Governments have asked the UK Government for concessions on human rights standards in talks on the conclusion of bilateral trade deals.

We are seeking to continue human rights provisions as the UK transitions existing EU free trade deals into a UK form. The government will lay a report in Parliament for each signed agreement laying out any changes from the original. These are largely technical changes.

20th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, the concessions on human rights standards what have been requested by the Governments of other countries in talks with the UK Government on the conclusion of bilateral trade deals.

We are seeking to continue human rights provisions as the UK transitions existing EU free trade deals into a UK form. The government will lay a report in Parliament for each signed agreement laying out any changes from the original. These are largely technical changes.

29th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many arms licences have been (a) granted and (b) refused to Saudi Arabia since 9 August 2018.

All export licence applications are considered on a case-by-case basis against the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria.

The Government publishes Official Statistics (on a quarterly and annual basis) on export licences granted and refused on GOV.UK and can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/strategic-export-controls-licensing-data

Currently this includes information up to 30 September 2018. Information covering 1 October to 31 December 2018 will be published on 16 April 2019 and information covering 1 January 2019 to 31 March 2019 will be published in July 2019.

14th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what information his Department receives on the end use of UK arms exports.

Licence applicants are required to provide full details of the proposed end-use of the items to be exported. These are then assessed as part of the licence application process, which is considered against the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Criteria. Post export, the Department receives information from a variety of sources, either directly or via other Government Departments, including from Non-Government Organisations and through diplomatic reporting.

12th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 7 September 2017 to Question 8329, on the UK Trade and Investment Defence and Security Organisation, how decisions are made on which countries should be designated as core or priority markets.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) undertakes an annual exercise to assess where it can best focus its resource to help UK exporters. DIT’s Defence and Security Organisation (DSO) consults with an extensive overseas network, other government departments and industry organisations to understand the international export opportunities available to UK companies, and to judge which markets present the most significant defence and security export opportunities.

12th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what support the Government is providing to the DSEI arms exhibition in London from 12 to 15 September 2017; and if he will make a statement.

The Government provides a range of support to Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI), including the provision of military assets. The Department for International Trade’s (DIT) Defence and Security Organisation invites a number of international delegates on behalf of the Government, including overseas Ministers and senior Government officials and military staff. All invitations to overseas delegations follow a stringent process of scrutiny and approval involving both DIT and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

1st Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how the review into the work of the Steering Board of the UK National Contact Point set up further to the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises will consider the effectiveness of the Steering Board's oversight role in monitoring and addressing how the UK National Contact Point handles allegations of corporate abuse and rights violations against UK companies.

The UK Government recognises its commitments under the OECD Multi-National Enterprise Guidelines and maintaining a National Contact Point (NCP) which operates in line with international best practice. The NCP Steering Board contributes to this by oversight and monitoring of the effectiveness of the operation of the NCP, ensuring correct and fair procedures are followed in line with the established and published procedures for dealing with complaints.

The Steering Board was established in 2007 and has provided high quality expert advice and support to the NCP. Nevertheless, the Government believes that it is appropriate to undertake a light touch review of the composition and functions of the Board in light of experience. The UK NCP is also scheduled to undergo a peer review by the OECD during the second half of 2018, which will consider the effectiveness of the NCP’s structure and procedures.

Steering Board members, together with key stakeholder groups, including business and civil society, will be consulted as part of our review process. It is expected that the review will be completed in time to enable a new Steering Board to be appointed when the term of the current members expires in September 2017.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
1st Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what plans he has to consult key stakeholders before the terms of reference of the review of the work of the Steering Board of the UK National Contact Point, set up further to the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, are agreed by relevant Ministers.

The UK Government recognises its commitments under the OECD Multi-National Enterprise Guidelines and maintaining a National Contact Point (NCP) which operates in line with international best practice. The NCP Steering Board contributes to this by oversight and monitoring of the effectiveness of the operation of the NCP, ensuring correct and fair procedures are followed in line with the established and published procedures for dealing with complaints.

The Steering Board was established in 2007 and has provided high quality expert advice and support to the NCP. Nevertheless, the Government believes that it is appropriate to undertake a light touch review of the composition and functions of the Board in light of experience. The UK NCP is also scheduled to undergo a peer review by the OECD during the second half of 2018, which will consider the effectiveness of the NCP’s structure and procedures.

Steering Board members, together with key stakeholder groups, including business and civil society, will be consulted as part of our review process. It is expected that the review will be completed in time to enable a new Steering Board to be appointed when the term of the current members expires in September 2017.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
1st Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, who carries out external assessment of the work of the Steering Board of the UK National Contact Point set up further to the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises; when such an assessment will be undertaken; and what assessment he has made of the adequacy of any internal review of the effectiveness of that Steering Board in terms of its (a) capacity to consult stakeholders and (b) ability to undertake comprehensive scrutiny.

The UK Government recognises its commitments under the OECD Multi-National Enterprise Guidelines and maintaining a National Contact Point (NCP) which operates in line with international best practice. The NCP Steering Board contributes to this by oversight and monitoring of the effectiveness of the operation of the NCP, ensuring correct and fair procedures are followed in line with the established and published procedures for dealing with complaints.

The Steering Board was established in 2007 and has provided high quality expert advice and support to the NCP. Nevertheless, the Government believes that it is appropriate to undertake a light touch review of the composition and functions of the Board in light of experience. The UK NCP is also scheduled to undergo a peer review by the OECD during the second half of 2018, which will consider the effectiveness of the NCP’s structure and procedures.

Steering Board members, together with key stakeholder groups, including business and civil society, will be consulted as part of our review process. It is expected that the review will be completed in time to enable a new Steering Board to be appointed when the term of the current members expires in September 2017.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
1st Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether his Department plans to respond formally to the findings and recommendations set out in Amnesty International's report, entitled Obstacle course: How the UK's National Contact Point handles human rights complaints under the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, published on 19 February 2016.

The Government has noted the content and recommendations contained in the 2016 Amnesty International report.

The Government has no plans to provide a formal response. However, the National Contact Point (NCP) has discussed the report with Amnesty International and where appropriate, the report’s conclusions will be considered as part of the normal process for improving the operations of the NCP and the Steering Board.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
15th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of social security claimants who were sanctioned for late arrival to advisory meetings in the last 12 months.

No estimate has been made as this information is not available.

Information on Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance sanction decisions, by referral reason, is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/jobseekers-allowance-sanctions

Damian Hinds
Minister of State (Education)
14th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment he has made of the potential causal link between social security sanctions and the deaths of vulnerable claimants.

The Department has not made an assessment into any potential causal link between social security sanctions and the deaths of vulnerable claimants.

The Department does not collect information on the cause of death of an individual.

If information is received that a DWP claimant has died and it is alleged that DWP activity may have contributed to this, we would carry out an internal review to establish whether anything should have been done differently.

A decision to impose a sanction is not taken lightly, and claimants are given the opportunity to provide a ‘good reason’ for not complying before the decision is made.

Safeguarding measures are in place to protect vulnerable ESA recipients if there is a failure to meet a requirement. Either a DWP visiting officer undertakes a Home Visit or a Work Programme provider must make face to face contact to ensure individuals fully understand what they have been requested to do and the consequences of failing to do what is required of them.

Damian Hinds
Minister of State (Education)
15th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 1 April 2016 to Question 32065, if his Department will collect data on the number of former workers of Remploy factories in the Cynon Valley constituency are (a) looking for work, (b) in work, (c) retired, (d) in receipt of employment and support allowance, (e) in receipt of jobseeker's allowance and (f) in receipt of universal credit.

The Department collected management information on former Remploy disabled employees that gave consent to be tracked during the 18 month People Help and Support Package (PHSP). Although this package ended in August 2015, former Remploy disabled employees that continue to need support can continue to access the specialist employment support that is available for all disabled people including Work Choice and Specialist Employability Support.

Justin Tomlinson
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
22nd Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many former workers of Remploy factories in each Parliamentary constituency are (a) looking for work, (b) in work, (c) retired, (d) in receipt of employment and support allowance and (e) in receipt of jobseeker's allowance.

The table below is taken from the August 2015 Labour Market Statistics and shows the last data on number of former Remploy employees in work; claiming JSA or claiming ESA in England, Scotland and Wales.

Currently in work (LMS)

Claiming JSA (LMS)

Claiming ESA (LMS)

867

234

422

These statistics were gathered as part of the 18 month People Help and Support Package (PHSP) made available to ex-Remploy employees. We do not have the required data broken down by constituency and we did not collect data for those looking for work but not claiming ESA or JSA.

When the PHSP ended in August 2015, 1,523 former disabled employees had received support from a Personal Case Worker and 867 were in work. A total of 1,182 jobs had been found, 422 were on ESA and 234 on JSA.

DWP asked all disabled former employees made redundant from Remploy to give permission to be tracked. The data we have are necessarily incomplete because they only record the progress and outcomes of those individuals who gave this permission.

Justin Tomlinson
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
24th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many former workers of the Remploy factory in Aberdare are (a) looking for work, (b) currently in work, (c) retired, (d) in receipt of employment and support allowance and (e) in receipt of jobseeker's allowance.

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

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

Latest figures show that (a) 17 disabled former Remploy Aberdare workers are choosing to work with our Personal Case Workers to find another job and (b) 13 are currently in work, (c) 8 confirmed their intention to retire at the time they left Remploy, (d) 1 is in receipt of Employment Support Allowance, (e) and 3 are in receipt of Jobseeker's Allowance.

Mark Harper
Secretary of State for Transport
22nd Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many young people with autism placed in secure accommodation in England in 2018-2019 were held in seclusion.

The data is not held centrally in the format requested.

The NHS Long Term Plan commits to achieving at least a 50% reduction in the number of people with a learning disability or autism who are inpatients in mental health hospitals by 2023/24. The NHS Planning Guidance requires a 35% reduction as soon as possible in 2019/20.

In May 2019, the Care Quality Commission published their thematic review interim report regarding the use of restrictive interventions in settings that provide inpatient and residential care for people with, or who might have, mental health problems, learning disabilities and/or autism. We accepted all the recommendations and will undertake independent reviews of the care of everyone with a learning disability or autism detained in long-term segregation.

The Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Act 2018 applies in relation to the use of force (restraint) in mental health units which provide National Health Service-funded treatment.

The aim of the Act is to bring more rigour and accountability around the recording, reporting and training of staff in the use of force in mental health units, with a view to reducing the use of restrictive practices.

The Act applies to all patients, children, young people and adults, who are being assessed or receiving treatment in a mental health unit.

22nd Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of young people with autism placed in secure beds in hospitals since October 2015.

The Assuring Transformation (AT) dataset provides data on the numbers of people with a learning disability and/or autism receiving inpatient care commissioned by the National Health Service in England. The AT dataset does not cover other secure settings such as young offender institutions or secure children’s homes.

According to the AT dataset, the number of inpatients under the age of 18 with autism in a secure hospital ward between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019 was 70.

The following table shows the number of inpatients under the age of 18 with autism in a secure hospital ward by year, from 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2019, according to the AT dataset.

Date

Number of inpatients*

1 October 2015 – 30 September 2016

60

1 October 2016 – 30 September 2017

45

1 October 2017 – 30 September 2018

70

1 October 2018 – 30 September 2019

70

Note:

The Assuring Transformation collection covers England, but includes patients whose care is commissioned in England and provided elsewhere in the UK. These figures represent the number of patients who are receiving inpatient care at the end of each month. Figures have not been revised with more recent information, but show the position at the end of each month as extracted from the system at that time.

Values have been rounded to the nearest five to minimise disclosure risks associated with small numbers.

Some patients have not been formally diagnosed with either a learning disability or autism but remain in the collection as they are understood to fall under one of these categories and as such were returned by data submitters.

The above table includes patients who are under 18 at the start of the reporting year but may have turned 18 during the year.

Inpatients may appear across more than one year.

22nd Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many young people with autism placed in secure accommodation in England in 2015 were held in seclusion.

The data is not held centrally in the format requested.

The NHS Long Term Plan commits to achieving at least a 50% reduction in the number of people with a learning disability or autism who are inpatients in mental health hospitals by 2023/24. The NHS Planning Guidance requires a 35% reduction as soon as possible in 2019/20.

In May 2019, the Care Quality Commission published their thematic review interim report regarding the use of restrictive interventions in settings that provide inpatient and residential care for people with, or who might have, mental health problems, learning disabilities and/or autism. We accepted all the recommendations and will undertake independent reviews of the care of everyone with a learning disability or autism detained in long-term segregation.

The Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Act 2018 applies in relation to the use of force (restraint) in mental health units which provide National Health Service-funded treatment.

The aim of the Act is to bring more rigour and accountability around the recording, reporting and training of staff in the use of force in mental health units, with a view to reducing the use of restrictive practices.

The Act applies to all patients, children, young people and adults, who are being assessed or receiving treatment in a mental health unit.

22nd Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many young people with autism were placed in secure accommodation in 2018-19.

The Assuring Transformation (AT) dataset provides data on the numbers of people with a learning disability and/or autism receiving inpatient care commissioned by the National Health Service in England. The AT dataset does not cover other secure settings such as young offender institutions or secure children’s homes.

According to the AT dataset, the number of inpatients under the age of 18 with autism in a secure hospital ward between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019 was 70.

The following table shows the number of inpatients under the age of 18 with autism in a secure hospital ward by year, from 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2019, according to the AT dataset.

Date

Number of inpatients*

1 October 2015 – 30 September 2016

60

1 October 2016 – 30 September 2017

45

1 October 2017 – 30 September 2018

70

1 October 2018 – 30 September 2019

70

Note:

The Assuring Transformation collection covers England, but includes patients whose care is commissioned in England and provided elsewhere in the UK. These figures represent the number of patients who are receiving inpatient care at the end of each month. Figures have not been revised with more recent information, but show the position at the end of each month as extracted from the system at that time.

Values have been rounded to the nearest five to minimise disclosure risks associated with small numbers.

Some patients have not been formally diagnosed with either a learning disability or autism but remain in the collection as they are understood to fall under one of these categories and as such were returned by data submitters.

The above table includes patients who are under 18 at the start of the reporting year but may have turned 18 during the year.

Inpatients may appear across more than one year.

24th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to improve response times to recommendations for endovascular thrombectomy treatment for severe strokes which can be administered only within 24 hours.

In March 2018, NHS England published their policy document ‘Clinical Commissioning Policy Proposition: Mechanical thrombectomy for acute ischaemic stroke’ which outlines key recommendations for diagnosis, referral, and patient pathways for intervention, and treatment.

The document can be accessed at the following link:

https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/consultation/clinical-commissioning-consultation-may-2017/user_uploads/mechanical-thrombectomy-policy-proposition.pdf

Stroke treatment outcomes are monitored by the Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme against outcome measures for services which include:

- Time from onset to thrombectomy;

- Time from onset to arrival at thrombectomy centre;

- Time from arrival to arterial puncture; and

- Time from arterial puncture to thrombectomy.

24th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason endovascular thrombectomy treatment is provided 24/7 only at Stoke-on-Trent hospital and St George's hospital in London; and what steps he plans to take to widen the provision of that service.

NHS England is responsible for commissioning endovascular thrombectomy treatment in designated specialised neuroscience centres.

Endovascular thrombectomy treatment requires specialist skills to maintain standards of safety and effectiveness. As the number of trained specialist doctors and staff who deliver the service is very small, not all health trusts provide these services.

Services are being developed nationally in 24 neuroscience centres, with 22 centres currently providing a thrombectomy service. These centres are extending their service hours in a phased and safe way while they recruit and train the required specialists.

Currently there are two centres providing a full 24/7 service, a further six centres will provide 24/7 services by the end of 2019/20. Other centres are developing their services and teams to extend their services over the coming years.

24th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has in place to increase the number of specialists trained in endovascular thrombectomy treatment.

In England, Health Education England (HEE) is supporting NHS England’s National Stroke Programme to support the education and training of the healthcare workforce in England to deliver stroke care, and this includes increasing the number of medical professionals able to carry out mechanical thrombectomy procedures. The interim NHS People Plan committed to the development of a credential for mechanical thrombectomy, to support the delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan. HEE will work with the Royal College of Radiologists who are developing a medical credential, and work is expected to be completed later in 2019. The Royal College of Radiologists’ remit is throughout the United Kingdom.

Staff numbers, education and training in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland is a matter for each of the devolved administrations in that country.

11th Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the recommendation of the Royal College of Surgeons in its report entitled, Recommendations for assuring standards in the independent sector, whether his Department has plans to require all new surgical procedures used in (a) the NHS and (b) private health providers to be registered before being offered to patients.

There are currently no plans to require all new surgical procedures used in either National Health Service or private health circles to be registered before being offered to patients.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence provides technology appraisals that indicate which devices are suitable for routine use and which require more supervised evaluation. This applies to NHS care commissioned from NHS or independent sector providers.

16th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to improve the regulation of medical devices following recent public concern about patient safety.

The Government is committed to the safe and effective regulation of medical devices in the United Kingdom; we continue to strengthen safety while ensuring patients and the public have fast access to new, innovative devices.

While the Government considers the existing regulatory framework to be fundamentally sound, it has been instrumental in securing tougher regulations for medical devices across the European Union. The new EU Medical Devices Regulation (MDR), which fully applies from May 2020, maintain the strengths of the existing regulatory system, of which rapid access to market for new devices is a key aspect, whilst addressing the acknowledged weaknesses in the system. These include improving the standard and consistency of Notified Bodies, enhancing vigilance and post-market safety surveillance systems and improving the consistency of implementation of medical device legislation across the EU.

In the interim, steps have been taken to place more stringent requirements upon manufacturers. In 2016, a new guidance document was published on clinical evaluation. This sets out clearly the need to strengthen the clinical evidence on which a device is CE-marked. The information is available at the following link:

http://ec.europa.eu/DocsRoom/documents/17522/attachments/1/translations/

The MDR has further built on these expectations by introducing a higher threshold for clinical evidence before devices are allowed to be used in patients.

This will result in a significant strengthening of the regulatory framework and addresses a number of the concerns raised by the public around patient safety.

24th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish a strategy document on steps to improve the responsiveness of NHS England to complaints; and if he will make a statement.

NHS England is taking a range of actions to ensure that complaints made to it as a commissioner of a range of NHS services are timely and of a good quality.

NHS England has published a Complaints Policy which sets out how they manage, respond to and learn from complaints, and also a Quality Framework, which is based on the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman’s report ‘My Expectations’.

NHS England has also recently introduced a peer review process to monitor compliance with the Complaints Policy and Quality Framework. Key Performance Indicators relating to acknowledgment and response have been developed and are monitored and reported on a monthly basis.

8th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the number of hospital beds there are per one thousand of the population in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland.

The information is not available in the format requested.

NHS England publishes quarterly data on hospital bed availability and occupancy. This can be found at:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/bed-availability-and-occupancy/

Health is a devolved matter which means the devolved administrations of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland determine their own methods for capturing and publishing data on their number of hospital beds.

Steve Barclay
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
28th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ban vaginal mesh operations.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has considered all evidence available to them, both here in the United Kingdom and worldwide, and their view is that both the evidence and the greater proportion of the clinical community supports the use of these devices as part of an appropriate treatment pathway.

The NHS England mesh oversight group’s final report, published in July 2017, recommended that surgical mesh should not be routinely offered as the first surgical intervention when treating prolapse which is in alignment with the recommendations of the Scottish Independent Review.

The report also sets out a number of actions which improve the support available for women who have suffered with complications including being able to be referred to 18 trusts in England that have the specialist multidisciplinary teams and experience to assess complications and offer the highest quality support.

12th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to tackle illegal genital and other cosmetic surgery practices.

The Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003 makes female genital mutilation (FGM) a criminal offence, but sets out the medical circumstances in which surgical operations on the labia majora, labia minora or clitoris are permitted. These circumstances are where the operations are carried out by an approved person (such as a medical professional) and are necessary for a woman or girl's physical or mental health or for purposes connected with labour or child birth. Enforcement of the criminal law is a matter for the police.

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Ethics Committee has published a paper on ethical considerations in relation to female genital cosmetic surgery (FGCS), which refers to the distinction between this type of surgery and FGM. It states that “All surgeons who undertake FGCS must take appropriate measures to ensure compliance with the FGM Act”.

In April 2016, the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) published Professional Standards for Cosmetic Surgery for clinicians working in the cosmetic field. It also launched a patient information hub in June 2016 and has set in place a minimum dataset to assist the collection and collation of data related to cosmetic surgical activity. The General Medical Council (GMC) published new guidance for doctors performing cosmetic procedures which came into effect from 1 June 2016. The Care Quality Commission has also developed a new inspection framework which will take account of the new RCS and GMC requirements.

Health Education England (HEE) published qualification requirements for practitioners performing non-surgical cosmetic procedures in 2016. A Joint Council of Cosmetic Practitioners has recently been established that will look to build on the work of HEE by developing qualification requirements to deliver non-surgical cosmetic procedures, and aim to improve the standards and safety of the cosmetic industry. In addition, NHS Choices is contributing information and advice on cosmetic interventions for the public.