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Written Question
Home Office: Health
5 Nov 2019

Questioner: Chris Ruane

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department uses Office for National Statistics estimates of personal well-being in formulating policy; and what policies her Department has introduced to improve personal well-being in the last 12 months.

Answered by Victoria Atkins

We use ONS wellbeing statistics to inform Health and Wellbeing policy within the Civil Service. The Home Office also measures personal wellbeing through the annual Civil Service People Survey using the same national statistics that the Office for National statistics (ONS) use for the UK population as a whole.


Written Question
Fire and Rescue Services: Inspections
5 Nov 2019

Questioner: Chris Ruane

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of buildings subjected to a fire safety audit were deemed unsatisfactory in each of the last ten years.

Answered by Kit Malthouse

The total number of fire safety audits and the number of unsuccessful audits carried out by fire and rescue services (FRSs) in each year since 2010/11 are available in table FIRE1202 (link below). Information prior to 2010/11 is not available on a consistent basis.

This summer for the first time the Home Office collected information on the number of staff employed by FRSs for fire safety activities. The information can be found in FS10 in FIRE1204 (link below). This showed that in England on 31 March 2019 there were 72 fire engineers (Full Time Equivalent) employed by FRSs, 503 staff competent to carry out a short audit, 951 competent to carry out an audit, 597 competent to serve an enforcement notice and 407 competent to serve a prohibition notice. As FRS staff are likely to be competent to carry out more than one of these activities, the categories are not mutually exclusive.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/fire-statistics-data-tables#fire-prevention-and-protection

The Home Office does not collect information on the number of automated fire suppression systems installed by fire and rescue services.


Written Question
Fire Prevention: Staff
5 Nov 2019

Questioner: Chris Ruane

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of fire safety officers employed in England in each year since 2006.

Answered by Kit Malthouse

The total number of fire safety audits and the number of unsuccessful audits carried out by fire and rescue services (FRSs) in each year since 2010/11 are available in table FIRE1202 (link below). Information prior to 2010/11 is not available on a consistent basis.

This summer for the first time the Home Office collected information on the number of staff employed by FRSs for fire safety activities. The information can be found in FS10 in FIRE1204 (link below). This showed that in England on 31 March 2019 there were 72 fire engineers (Full Time Equivalent) employed by FRSs, 503 staff competent to carry out a short audit, 951 competent to carry out an audit, 597 competent to serve an enforcement notice and 407 competent to serve a prohibition notice. As FRS staff are likely to be competent to carry out more than one of these activities, the categories are not mutually exclusive.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/fire-statistics-data-tables#fire-prevention-and-protection

The Home Office does not collect information on the number of automated fire suppression systems installed by fire and rescue services.


Written Question
Fire and Rescue Services: Inspections
5 Nov 2019

Questioner: Chris Ruane

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many fire safety audits were completed by each Fire Brigade in England in each year since 2009-10.

Answered by Kit Malthouse

The total number of fire safety audits and the number of unsuccessful audits carried out by fire and rescue services (FRSs) in each year since 2010/11 are available in table FIRE1202 (link below). Information prior to 2010/11 is not available on a consistent basis.

This summer for the first time the Home Office collected information on the number of staff employed by FRSs for fire safety activities. The information can be found in FS10 in FIRE1204 (link below). This showed that in England on 31 March 2019 there were 72 fire engineers (Full Time Equivalent) employed by FRSs, 503 staff competent to carry out a short audit, 951 competent to carry out an audit, 597 competent to serve an enforcement notice and 407 competent to serve a prohibition notice. As FRS staff are likely to be competent to carry out more than one of these activities, the categories are not mutually exclusive.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/fire-statistics-data-tables#fire-prevention-and-protection

The Home Office does not collect information on the number of automated fire suppression systems installed by fire and rescue services.


Written Question
Fire Extinguishers
5 Nov 2019

Questioner: Chris Ruane

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many automated fire suppression systems have been installed by each Fire Brigade in England in each year since 2010.

Answered by Kit Malthouse

The total number of fire safety audits and the number of unsuccessful audits carried out by fire and rescue services (FRSs) in each year since 2010/11 are available in table FIRE1202 (link below). Information prior to 2010/11 is not available on a consistent basis.

This summer for the first time the Home Office collected information on the number of staff employed by FRSs for fire safety activities. The information can be found in FS10 in FIRE1204 (link below). This showed that in England on 31 March 2019 there were 72 fire engineers (Full Time Equivalent) employed by FRSs, 503 staff competent to carry out a short audit, 951 competent to carry out an audit, 597 competent to serve an enforcement notice and 407 competent to serve a prohibition notice. As FRS staff are likely to be competent to carry out more than one of these activities, the categories are not mutually exclusive.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/fire-statistics-data-tables#fire-prevention-and-protection

The Home Office does not collect information on the number of automated fire suppression systems installed by fire and rescue services.


Written Question
Average Earnings
5 Nov 2019

Questioner: Chris Ruane

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of year-on-year trends in the level of average weekly earnings in each year since 2010.

Answered by Mims Davies

Statistics on average weekly earnings growth are published by the independent Office for National Statistics.

In August 2010, real (total) pay fell by 0.5%. In August 2019 the real (total) pay growth was 1.9% - an increase in the rate of real wage growth of 2.4 percentage points.

The highest real (total) pay growth, between Aug 10 – Aug 19, was in Aug 15 (2.6%).

Under the Triple Lock the basic State Pension and the full rate of the new State Pension will be raised the highest of: the rise in prices, the rise in earnings or 2.5%. The relevant measure for earnings is the year-on-year change in Average Weekly Earnings (AWE) from May to July published by the ONS in October, standing at 3.9%

Date

Growth in nominal average weekly total pay

August 2010

1.8 %

August 2011

2.6%

August 2012

1.6%

August 2013

0.7%

August 2014

0.6%

August 2015

3.0%

August 2016

2.4%

August 2017

2.3%

August 2018

2.8%

August 2019

3.8%


Written Question
Hospital Beds
5 Nov 2019

Questioner: Chris Ruane

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what comparative assessment he has made of the number of NHS overnight beds available in England from 1 April to 30 June in (a) 2010 and (b) 2019.

Answered by Edward Argar

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


Written Question
Housing: Standards
5 Nov 2019

Questioner: Chris Ruane

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018, what recent estimate he has made of the total number of households in the UK that are resident in homes which are not fit for human habitation.

Answered by Esther McVey

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



Written Question
Fuel Poverty
4 Nov 2019

Questioner: Chris Ruane

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate she has made of the number of households in fuel poverty in each (a) nation and (b) region of the UK in each of the last 10 years.

Answered by Kwasi Kwarteng

Fuel poverty is a devolved issue, with each nation in the UK having its own fuel poverty definition, targets and policies to tackle the issue.

The number of households in fuel poverty in England between 2003 and 2017 (latest data) can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/fuel-poverty-trends-2019.

For Scotland, data from 2011 to 2017 (latest data) can be found here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/scottish-house-condition-survey-2017-key-findings/pages/6/

ForWales, latest published data (for 2018) can be found here: https://gov.wales/fuel-poverty-estimates-wales-2018

For Northern Ireland, data for 2006, 2009 and 2011 can be found here: https://www.ninis2.nisra.gov.uk/public/SearchResults.aspx?sk=fuel;poverty; Latest available figures (for 2016) can be found here: https://www.nihe.gov.uk/getmedia/1f9e55a1-66c2-46b7-bf92-9ee192ce355f/estimates-of-fuel-poverty-northern-ireland-2017-and-2018-revised.pdf.aspx?ext=.pdf

The number of households in fuel poverty for each region in England can be found in Table 4 here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/fuel-poverty-trends-2019.

Please note that due to both definition and methodological differences, the figures should not be combined.


Written Question
Social Security Benefits: Disqualifications
4 Nov 2019

Questioner: Chris Ruane

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of hardship payments made by her Department which have been directly attributed to the imposition of benefit sanctions in (a) Vale of Clwyd parliamentary constituency, (b) Wales and (c) the UK in each of the last four years.

Answered by Mims Davies

Hardship payments provide financial protection for claimants whose benefit is reduced by a Fraud Loss of Benefit penalty or a Benefit Sanction.

For a) and b), the information requested is not readily available at a country or constituency level and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost.

For c) the requested data is provided for Great Britain in the following two tables for Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) respectively. Please note, figures supplied are derived from data which has not been quality assured to Official Statistics publication standard. These results can change retrospectively as further information is received. They should therefore be treated with caution. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 1,000.

JSA - Number of hardship payments awarded as a result of a sanction

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019 (year to Aug 19)

120,000

58,000

29,000

10,000

Fewer than 1,000

ESA - Number of hardship payments awarded as a result of a sanction

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019 (year to Aug 19)

4,000

2,000

1,000

Fewer than 1,000

Fewer than 1,000

For Universal Credit, the data cannot be disaggregated to identify the hardship payments that have been directly attributed to the application of a benefit sanction from those resulting from a fraud penalty.


Written Question
Weather: Death
4 Nov 2019

Questioner: Chris Ruane

Question

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the (a) number of excess winter deaths in each (i) nation and (ii) region of the UK and (b) proportion of those excess winter deaths that have been directly attributed to fuel poverty in each of the last 10 years.

Answered by Chloe Smith

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority. I have therefore asked the Authority to respond.


Written Question
Zero Hours Contracts
4 Nov 2019

Questioner: Chris Ruane

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of people employed on zero-hour contracts in each (a) nation and (b) region of the UK in each year since 2010.

Answered by Mims Davies

The independent Office for National Statistics (ONS) use the Labour Force Survey (LFS) to provide estimates for the number of people in employment on contracts that do not guarantee minimum hours (known as ‘zero hours’ contracts’). This data is available for the Oct-Dec quarter only for each year from 2010 to 2018 and is set out in the table below.

Table: Level and rate of people aged 16 and over on zero-hours contracts October to December each year

UK, not seasonally adjusted

Percentage of people in employment on a zero-hours contract

2010

0.6

2011

0.6

2012

0.8

2013

1.9

2014

2.3

2015

2.5

2016

2.8

2017

2.8

2018

2.6

Source: ONS Labour Force Survey

The estimates for 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 are considered precise

ONS advise that the increased media coverage of zero-hours’ contracts arrangements in the latter half of 2013 may have affected the response to this question by raising awareness of this existing type of contractual arrangement. The ONS therefore advise not to compare pre- and post-2013 data.

Data for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and the English regions has been published every six months by ONS for since 2016. However, because the data is drawn from a survey, many of these sub-UK breakdowns are considered too unreliable for practical purposes. Regional data and guidance on its reliability can be found in tab 4 of table EMP17 published here:

https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/employmentandemployeetypes/datasets/emp17peopleinemploymentonzerohourscontracts/current


Written Question
Part-Time Employment
4 Nov 2019

Questioner: Chris Ruane

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of people working less than 16 hours who wanted to work more in each of the last 10 years.

Answered by Mims Davies

I refer the Hon Member to the answer given to PQ 4936 in which I give details, published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), of the number of people whose usual weekly hours are less than six hours, and between 6 and 15 hours. Details are not available for the number of people working less than 16 hours who wanted to work more in each of the last 10 years.

ONS does publish some related data: 1) the number of people in employment who want to work more hours, are available for work and are currently working below the hours threshold (40 hours a week for those under 18, 48 hours a week for those aged 18 or over), and 2) people working part-time who gave the reason as “could not find full-time job” as reason for working part-time. The tables below give extracts from the ONS published data, however, both these data series will include both those working less than, and more than, 16 hours a week.

Table 1: The number of people in employment who want to work more hours, are available for work and are currently working below the hours threshold

Date

Level

Apr-Jun 2010

2,754

Apr-Jun 2011

2,841

Apr-Jun 2012

3,061

Apr-Jun 2013

3,090

Apr-Jun 2014

2,977

Apr-Jun 2015

2,786

Apr-Jun 2016

2,601

Apr-Jun 2017

2,460

Apr-Jun 2018

2,390

Apr-Jun 2019

2,479

Source: Table EMP16, ONS, Labour Force Survey

Table 2: Part-time workers who gave the reason as “could not find full-time job” as reason for working part-time

Date

Level

% of all Part Time Employed

Apr-Jun 2010

1,084

14.0

Apr-Jun 2011

1,275

16.2

Apr-Jun 2012

1,438

17.9

Apr-Jun 2013

1,467

18.3

Apr-Jun 2014

1,347

16.5

Apr-Jun 2015

1,285

15.7

Apr-Jun 2016

1,149

13.6

Apr-Jun 2017

1,019

12.1

Apr-Jun 2018

968

11.5

Apr-Jun 2019

907

10.6

Source: Table EMP01NSA, ONS, Labour Force Survey

At UK level people in full-time work have made up over three quarters of the overall increase in employment since 2010.


Written Question
Surgery: Waiting Lists
4 Nov 2019

Questioner: Chris Ruane

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average waiting times were for surgical procedures for (a) knee replacements, (b) hip replacements, (c) melanomas and (d) cataracts in each region in (i) 2010 and (ii) 2019.

Answered by Edward Argar

This information is not available in the format requested.


Written Question
Hate Crime
4 Nov 2019

Questioner: Chris Ruane

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 28 October 2019 to Question 4283 on Hate Crime, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the (a) language and tone of public statements made by and (b) the actions of public figures on trends in the level of recorded hate crime.

Answered by Victoria Atkins

The Home Office and key partners continue to build understanding of the drivers of hate crime through research and evaluation of hate crime programmes, and consultation with subject matter experts including the Independent Advisory Group and local practitioners. Alongside the Hate Crime Action Plan refresh in October 2018 the Government published a thematic review of the current evidence base – this can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hate-crime-action-plan-2016.