Feryal Clark Portrait

Feryal Clark

Labour - Enfield North

Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care)

(since December 2021)
Opposition Whip (Commons)
14th May 2021 - 4th Dec 2021
Environmental Audit Committee
2nd Mar 2020 - 22nd Feb 2021


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Division Votes
Tuesday 25th January 2022
Judicial Review and Courts Bill
voted Aye - in line with the party majority
One of 155 Labour Aye votes vs 0 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 176 Noes - 316
Speeches
Tuesday 18th January 2022
Oral Answers to Questions
A nurse wrote this week about working on covid wards during the height of the pandemic:

“There were no vaccines …
Written Answers
Monday 24th January 2022
Tools: Theft
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to reduce tool theft …
Early Day Motions
None available
Bills
None available
MP Financial Interests
Monday 23rd August 2021
6. Land and property portfolio: (i) value over £100,000 and/or (ii) giving rental income of over £10,000 a year
From 28 November 2020, a residential property in London: (i) and (ii). (Registered 09 August 2021)
EDM signed
Tuesday 26th October 2021
Campaign to secure the future of the Covid Memorial Wall
That this House welcomes the creation of the Covid Memorial Wall on Albert Embankment by Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice; …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Feryal Clark has voted in 294 divisions, and 1 time against the majority of their Party.

24 Jan 2022 - Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Feryal Clark voted No - against a party majority - in line with the party majority and in line with the House
One of 1 Labour No votes vs 148 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 162 Noes - 306
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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
Matt Hancock (Conservative)
(13 debate interactions)
Dominic Raab (Conservative)
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
(5 debate interactions)
Jacob Rees-Mogg (Conservative)
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
(4 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Department of Health and Social Care
(20 debate contributions)
Department for Transport
(6 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(5 debate contributions)
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Enfield North 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

Invest in FOP research to support this ultra-rare disease community. Research into FOP could inform the understanding/treatment of many more common conditions such as osteoporosis, hip replacements, DIPG (a rare childhood brain cancer) and many common military injuries.


Latest EDMs signed by Feryal Clark

23rd September 2021
Feryal Clark signed this EDM on Tuesday 26th October 2021

Campaign to secure the future of the Covid Memorial Wall

Tabled by: Afzal Khan (Labour - Manchester, Gorton)
That this House welcomes the creation of the Covid Memorial Wall on Albert Embankment by Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice; notes that this memorial now includes over 150,000 hand-painted hearts to symbolise all those who lost their lives during the coronavirus pandemic; praises the work of Covid-19 Bereaved Families for …
136 signatures
(Most recent: 5 Jan 2022)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 97
Scottish National Party: 15
Liberal Democrat: 10
Democratic Unionist Party: 5
Conservative: 3
Plaid Cymru: 3
Independent: 2
Green Party: 1
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 1
14th January 2021
Feryal Clark signed this EDM on Monday 18th January 2021

Godfrey Colin Cameron

Tabled by: Chris Stephens (Scottish National Party - Glasgow South West)
That this House is deeply saddened by news of the death of Godfrey Colin Cameron, a hardworking member of Parliamentary security staff and member of the PCS trade union who passed away aged just 55 after contracting covid-19; extends our sincere condolences to his devoted wife Hyacinth, children Leon and …
139 signatures
(Most recent: 8 Feb 2021)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 117
Scottish National Party: 15
Plaid Cymru: 3
Independent: 2
Alba Party: 1
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Feryal Clark, 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.


Feryal Clark has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Feryal Clark has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

Feryal Clark has not introduced any legislation before Parliament

Feryal Clark has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


304 Written Questions in the current parliament

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15 Other Department Questions
30th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what recent steps he has taken to reduce (a) homelessness and (b) rough sleeping in Enfield North constituency ahead of winter.

In October we announced an additional £65 million one-off top up to the Homelessness Prevention Grant, for local authorities to help vulnerable households with rent arrears to reduce the risk of them being evicted and becoming homeless, bringing total spend this year from the Homelessness Prevention Grant to £375 million. Enfield received a winter top up allocation for £1,871,957, in addition to the £8,927,794 support already received for 21/22.

Enfield had a Rough Sleeping Initiative allocation of £1,400,750 this year. Furthermore, we have made a £10 million Winter Pressures Fund available to local authorities who present the greatest need, including Enfield Council, to help them to bring forward self-contained accommodation and to support rough sleepers off the streets this winter. We are expecting an application from Enfield to the Winter Pressures Fund in due course.

Overall, the Government has committed over £800 million to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping this year, further demonstrating the Government’s commitment to end rough sleeping this Parliament and to fully enforce the Homelessness Reduction Act.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
30th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what recent discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on tackling the recent rise in hate crimes, particularly racially motivated crimes.

All forms of hate crime are completely unacceptable.  This government has made it clear that victims should be supported and that the cowards who commit these hateful attacks should feel the full force of the law.

The biggest driver for the increase in recorded crime is general improvements in police recording, along with increased victim willingness to come forward. The police are also improving how they identify hate crimes. However, we cannot be complacent and we recognise there is still much we can do to continue to drive hate crime down, support victims and bring perpetrators to justice.

To achieve this my Department is working closely with the Home Office to prepare a new Hate Crime Strategy which will address all forms of hate crime, including racial hate crime.

Kemi Badenoch
Minister for Equalities
30th Nov 2021
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what recent steps she has taken with the Secretary of State for Defence to tackle gender-based harassment, assault and bullying in the armed forces.

Equality Ministers regularly discuss issues with counterparts across government. The Ministry of Defence is working to prevent and tackle all forms of unacceptable behaviour, including on the grounds of sex, sexual harassment and bullying. Unacceptable behaviour is not tolerated in the Armed Forces, and anyone failing to meet values and standards will be dealt with robustly, including being subject to police investigations and dismissal where appropriate.

Kemi Badenoch
Minister for Equalities
30th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what recent assessment his Department has made of the impact of changes to permitted development rights over the last ten years on the quality of new residential homes in (a) Enfield North, (b) London, and (c) England.

We have previously commissioned independent research to assess the quality standard of homes delivered through permitted development rights. The report published in 2020, considered Enfield as a case study area. We have recently introduced requirements that all homes delivered through permitted development rights meet, as a minimum, the nationally described space standards and provide adequate natural light in all habitable rooms.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
22nd Nov 2021
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether her Department has plans to introduce a new criminal offence for people aiding and abetting the removal of a person from the UK for the purpose of sexual orientation or gender identity conversion therapy.

This Government is committed to banning the practice of all coercive conversion therapy in this country. Our approach is to target practitioners and those who promote this abhorrent practice, while providing support to victims and those at risk. We are consulting on our proposals for how to legislate for a ban on conversion therapy until 10 December. Responses to the consultation will inform the Government’s final approach.

This Government wants to ensure that no one is taken abroad to undergo conversion therapy under any circumstance. Certain violent and sexual offences that could be committed in the course of conversion therapy, including rape and grievous bodily harm, already have extraterritorial effect so that, where appropriate, UK nationals and residents who commit those offences outside the UK may be prosecuted in the UK.

We also propose to introduce Conversion Therapy Protection Orders, which could set out certain conditions to protect a person from undergoing the practice overseas, including removing a passport for those at risk of being taken abroad or any requirement that the court considers necessary to protect that person.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
26th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on improving the energy efficiency of homes through retrofitting to help tackle the climate emergency.

The Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has regular discussions with ministerial colleagues on a number of issues.

DLUHC and BEIS work closely together on improving the energy efficiency of existing homes. As well as keeping us on our path to net zero, this will reduce energy bills for households and make our homes healthier and more comfortable.

On 19 October, the Government published its Net Zero Strategy and Heat and Building Strategy which set out the steps we will take to improve the energy efficiency of buildings and decarbonise heating, including the further investment we will make in our targeted support for households. The 2019 Conservative Manifesto committed to a £3.8 billion Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund over a 10-year period to improve the energy performance of social rented homes. As part of the 2021 Spending Review process, we announced that £800 million has been committed for the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund over 2022/23 to 2024/25, and that a further £950 million has been committed for the Home Upgrade Grant over the same period.

These strategies also set out how we will support households to move from fossil fuel heating to low carbon alternatives, such as heat pumps, including our new £450 million Boiler Upgrade Scheme providing £5,000 capital grants.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
26th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how many people are (a) homeless, (b) in emergency accommodation and (c) in temporary accommodation in Enfield North constituency.

The Department holds information on homelessness and rough sleeping at a local authority level. In the London Borough of Enfield, the latest figures indicate the number of households who were assessed as being owed a homelessness duty is 386. These figures are from April-June 2021. The number of households in emergency accommodation is 169 as of January 2021, the latest figures recorded. Further information about the figures can be found on gov.uk, where all live tables for homelessness data are published, here.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
26th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what recent steps he has taken to support people at risk of homelessness in Enfield North constituency.

The Government has committed over £800 million to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping this year, further demonstrating the Government’s commitment to end rough sleeping this Parliament and fully enforce the Homelessness Reduction Act. This includes a £65 million one-off top up to the Homelessness Prevention Grant, for local authorities to help vulnerable households with rent arrears to reduce the risk of them being evicted and becoming homeless, bringing total spend this year from the Homelessness Prevention Grant to £375 million.

Whilst the Department does not hold financial data for specific constituencies, Enfield London Borough council has received financial support for the following programmes:

Name of Scheme

Funding Allocated

Homelessness Prevention Grant

£8,927,794

Homelessness Prevention Grant: exceptional winter top-up

£1,871,957

Rough Sleeping Initiative

£690,250

Accommodation for Ex-Offenders (AfEO) Scheme

£143,125

Homelessness Domestic Abuse New Burdens Funding

£28,993

In total, Enfield London Borough has received £11,662,119 in funding from the Department to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
26th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps he is taking to ensure that communities in London experiencing high levels of poverty are not be excluded from the Government's policies on levelling up; and if he will make a statement.

Levelling up is at the heart of the Government's agenda. Levelling up means empowering local leaders and communities to drive real change; boosting living standards, particularly where they are lower; spreading opportunity and improving public services, particularly where they are weaker; and restoring local pride across the UK. SR21 announced the first places to receive £1.7 billion funding from the £4.8 billion Levelling Up Fund, putting community priorities at the heart of our investment through delivery of local priorities. In the capital, Ealing, Newham, Brent, Wandsworth, and Tower Hamlets have all been successful in round one of the Levelling Up Fund and will receive £64.9 million to deliver community enhancing projects.

Neil O'Brien
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
26th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what recent assessment his Department has made of the impact on high street businesses of the recent extensions of Permitted Development Rights.

We aim to publish an Impact Assessment on the measures in due course and in accordance with the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
21st Oct 2021
To ask the President of COP26, what recent steps he has taken to help ensure that (a) climate change and (b) ecological destruction are tackled in an integrated way at COP26.

During the World Leaders’ Summit at COP26, there will be a event focused on bringing together ambitious governments, companies, financial actors, and non-state leaders to raise ambition on forests and land-use, in a way that delivers for the climate, people, economic development and biodiversity. The event will demonstrate how action on forests and land-use can contribute to keeping the 1.5 temperature goal in sight, to supporting sustainable livelihoods, and to meeting shared promises on adaptation and finance.

COP26 will also include a Nature Day highlighting action on forests, agriculture and wider land-use to address the climate crisis. We are working with international partners to promote sustainable and climate-resilient agriculture; to mobilise increased and more targeted finance for nature; and to build the political consensus for ambitious action.

At the G7 summit, leaders committed to an ambitious ‘Nature Compact’, which includes working to accelerate an inclusive global transition to sustainable and climate resilient agriculture, as well as committing to achieving net zero emissions no later than 2050.

The UK has also played a central role in promoting the ‘Leaders’ Pledge for Nature’, which now has over 80 signatories. The pledge sets out ten urgent actions to put nature on a path to recovery by 2030, addressing both biodiversity loss and climate change.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, pursuant to the Answer of 19 July 2021 to Question 29932 on Maternity Services: Enfield North, what (a) steps she has taken and (b) plans she has developed as a result of discussions with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on improvements in maternal care for (a) women living in poverty, (b) Black women and (c) Asian women in the Enfield North constituency.

As set out in my answer of 19 July 2021, since summer 2020 I have been working with the Minister for Patient Safety, Suicide Prevention and Mental Health and officials in the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to improve maternal outcomes for all ethnic minority women.

This has included co-hosting a roundtable discussion on maternal mortality rates for ethnic minority women in September 2020, which identified the need for more intelligent use of data to target action. Following this, officials in the Cabinet Office Race Disparity Unit, who are supporting me in this work, have been helping DHSC colleagues to understand how data can be disaggregated and flow more easily among NHS agencies and research bodies.

This is in addition to the wider package of measures DHSC is taking forward to improve maternal health outcomes for all women, and in particular those from an ethnic minority background and those living in areas with high deprivation.

Kemi Badenoch
Minister for Equalities
8th Jul 2021
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on improving maternal care for (a) women living in poverty, (b) Black women, and (c) Asian women in Enfield North constituency.

I have regular discussions with the Minister for Patient Safety, Suicide Prevention and Mental Health on improving maternal outcomes for all ethnic minority women. I have also discussed this issue with Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, England’s Chief Midwifery Officer, and Dr. Gloria Rowland, who is leading NHS work to improve outcomes, progression and the well-being of ethnic minority maternity staff.

Kemi Badenoch
Minister for Equalities
21st Apr 2021
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will make it her policy to (a) reject the report from the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities published on 31 March 2021 and (b) implement the recommendations on race equality included in the (i) 2019 Timpson review of school exclusions, (ii) 2017 McGregor-Smith review of race in the workplace, (iii) 2018 Windrush lessons learned review, (iv) 2017 Angolini independent review into serious incidents and deaths in custody, (v) 2017 Lammy review on discrimination in the criminal justice system and (vi) 2020 Joint Committee on Human Rights report on Black people, racism and human rights.

The Government will not be rejecting the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities’ report. The Prime Minister has established a new Inter-Ministerial Group to review the recommendations, and it is now right that the Government considers the report in detail and assesses the implications for future government policy.

The Government has responded to previous reviews and a significant number of the recommendations have been implemented; others are underway.

The independent Commission's report built on previous reviews in the scope of its work. It makes an important contribution to both the national conversation about race, and our efforts to level up and unite the whole country.

Kemi Badenoch
Minister for Equalities
24th May 2021
To ask the Attorney General, what meetings (a) he and (b) the Solicitor General have had with women's groups to discuss measures to prevent (a) gender-based violence and (b) domestic violence since February 2020.

Ministers engage regularly with stakeholders from across the justice sector and value the importance of listening to and the opportunity to understand their views in relation to relevant issues. Meetings with external organisations, including women’s groups, are published as part of the quarterly Ministerial transparency returns.

The following table includes a list of meetings the Law Officers have had with stakeholders and women’s groups since February 2020:

Minister

Date

Name of organisation or role

Purpose of meeting

Geoffrey Cox

2020-02-11

Victims' Commissioner, Victims' Commissioner for London, End Violence Against Women and Girls

Meeting to discuss cross-government work on rape.

Michael Ellis

2020-01-23

The Lighthouse

Visit to discuss their work supporting victims of Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

Michael Ellis

2020-01-23

Victim Support

Visit to discuss their work supporting victims of crime

Suella Braverman

2020-04-22

Victims' Commissioner

Introductory meeting to discuss work on Rape And Serious Sexual Offending, the Cross-Government End-to-End Rape Review and Domestic Abuse

Suella Braverman

2020-09-09

Victims' Commissioner

To discuss criminal justice issues of interest to the Victims' Commissioner.

Suella Braverman

2020-11-04

Victims' Commissioner

Routine meeting to discuss issues of relevance to the Victims’ Commissioner (including rape and domestic prosecutions, the approach to disclosure, and wider victims’ work).

Lucy Frazer

2021-04-20

Domestic Abuse Commissioner

Introductory meeting to discuss issues in relation to Domestic Abuse, including the prosecution of DA cases during the pandemic.

Lucy Frazer

2021-04-26

Rape Crisis

Meeting to discuss work to improve the criminal justice response to rape and serious sexual offences (‘RASSO’).

Lucy Frazer & Michael Ellis

2021-05-10

Victims' Commissioner

Routine meeting to discuss progress towards publication of the cross-government rape review, and the impact of the pandemic on victims.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
30th Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent steps he has taken to eliminate conflicts of interest in Government business.

The Ministerial Code and the Civil Service Code both set out the requirement for Ministers and Civil Servants (including Special Advisers) to act with integrity. Under these codes, it is not appropriate for a conflict of interest to exist and any such conflicts must be resolved. Further requirements are set out in those Codes and in the Civil Service Management Code regarding the declaration, assessment and management of outside interest - these details include how any actual, perceived or potential conflicts should be handled. For Ministers, the Independent Adviser, Lord Geidt, provides independent advice about outside interests. For Civil Servants, the independent Civil Service Commission is able to consider where the requirements of the Civil Service Code have not been met.

The Prime Minister asked Nigel Boardman to conduct an independent review into the development and use of supply chain finance in government earlier this year. Mr Boardman provided recommendations which were published on 16 September, some of which were in relation to improved management of outside interests in the Civil Service.

The government also notes the work of the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs and Treasury Committees, as well as the Standards Matter 2 report from the Committee on Standards in Public Life. We will consider their work alongside Mr Boardman’s recommendations and set out a substantive government policy statement to Parliament in due course.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent steps he has taken to recall public money from faulty products delivered by private suppliers during the covid-19 outbreak.

Throughout the pandemic, the Government has worked closely with the private sector, procuring expertise and large volumes of goods and services with extreme urgency – including 22,000 ventilators for use by the NHS and 32 billion items of PPE to protect our frontline workers.

Where products have not met required standards then Departments will pursue recourse under the terms of the respective contracts as appropriate.

In particular, the Department of Health and Social Care is pursuing contractual recourse against a small number of companies where they supplied goods or services that did not meet contracted requirements. Cabinet Office is supporting these efforts where appropriate.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent steps he has taken to increase the (a) number of civil servants from disadvantaged backgrounds and (b) socio-economic diversity of civil servants.

The Declaration on Government Reform, announced in June, committed the Civil Service to draw on the broadest pool of talent possible. This means that the Civil Service should seek to hire people from varied social and career backgrounds and people from across every part of the UK; including citizens from minority ethnic backgrounds, those living with disabilities and those who have experienced disadvantage in their early lives. The Civil Service is committed to making sure all of these people can flourish in public service. The Civil Service is also looking beyond London - to all corners of the UK - to make sure that it is representative of the communities the Government serves.

A wide range of schemes, programmes and initiatives are aimed at fulfilling that commitment:

  • The Places for Growth programme will bring the government closer to the people it serves, relocating 22,000 roles out of London by 2030 including 50% of Senior Civil Service roles. Over 1,000 roles are to be moved to Scotland, Birmingham and Darlington each, and by 2025, 550 roles will be moved to Stoke-on-Trent.

  • Apprenticeships are a key mechanism for improving the diversity of the Civil Service, as set out in the Declaration on Government Reform. 40% of our apprenticeship intake is from a lower socio-economic background, which provides a more socially diverse talent pipeline into the Civil Service, and provides more opportunities for apprenticeships outside of London.

  • We are extending our outreach and internship programmes. We are improving socio-economic diversity through the Early Diversity Internship programme, for those in their first year at university, providing work experience for people from underrepresented groups including those from lower socio-economic backgrounds.

  • The Fast Stream continues to seek out candidates from lower socio-economic backgrounds and although the number of candidates appointed from lower socio-economic groups tripled between 2016 and 2021 to 12.8%, the Government recognises the need to do more. We have, therefore, developed a new ‘target university list’ to further boost applications from people from lower socio-economic backgrounds. And, the Summer Diversity Internship Programme for those from lower socio-economic backgrounds, ethnic minorities and those with a disability, offers a fast pass to the final stage of the Fast Stream for successful participants giving them a greater chance of success.

  • The Going Forward into Employment scheme is run by the Civil Service Commission, which is hosted by the Cabinet Office. There are 28 accredited life chance schemes in operation across the Civil Service. These help groups of people such as veterans, military partners/spouses and prison leavers find work placements and fixed-term opportunities across Civil Service departments. The programme helps those people overcome barriers associated with entering the Civil Service and supports them into roles. Not only does the scheme help improve their life chances, but it helps make the Civil Service more representative of the country it serves.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
15th Jun 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to to the Answer of 2 June 2021 to Question 6509 on Electoral Register: Enfield North, how many people in Enfield North are (a) registered to vote and (b) possess a form of Government-approved photo ID broken down by (i) ethnic background, (ii) age and in each local authority ward for each of the last five years.

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

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
15th Jun 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to to the Answer of 2 June 2021 to Question 6509 on Electoral Register: Enfield North, how many people in Enfield North (a) are eligible to vote and (b) possess a form of Government-approved photo ID broken down by (i) ethnic background and (ii) age in each local authority ward for each of the last five years.

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

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
24th May 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what meetings he has had with representatives of (a) civil rights organisations, (b) Black, Asian and ethnic minority groups, (c) disability rights groups and (d) interest groups representing elderly people to discuss electoral participation, voter turnout and the proposals set out in the Electoral Integrity Bill since February 2020.

The Cabinet Office has worked and continues to work closely with a wide range of charities and civil society organisations to make sure that the proposals in the Elections Bill are implemented in a way that is inclusive for all eligible voters.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
24th May 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and what proportion of people in the Enfield North constituency are (a) currently eligible to vote and (b) registered to vote in each of the last five years by local authority ward.

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

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
15th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent steps his Department has taken to (a) help improve recruitment to and (b) tackle a skills shortage in the construction industry.

The Government continues to review matters related to skills on a regular basis. We are working closely with the construction industry to ensure that it can attract, retain and develop the skilled workforce it needs for the future. This includes the introduction of a Talent Retention Scheme, which is now being taken forward by industry, to help workers move into construction jobs; and work with the Construction Industry Training Board and the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) to ensure effective and appropriate support for skills development.

Lee Rowley
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
15th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with industry leaders on the potential merits of the increased use of sustainable construction materials and methods.

My Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State, BEIS officials and I have regular discussions with construction industry leaders on a wide range of issues, including increasing the sustainability of the sector.

The Government is supporting the sector's move to industrialised offsite manufacturing, digitisation and improved sustainability. The Transforming Construction Challenge, jointly funded with industry is piloting new approaches to construction products and processes to enable the sector to produce safe, efficient, sustainable buildings.

In March, the Construction Leadership Council launched CO2nstructZero, a cross-industry decarbonisation programme. This prioritises development of innovative, sustainable materials, and it will help to develop sustainable solutions for manufacturing production processes and distribution. The CLC will report regularly to Government on its progress against CO2nstructZero priorities.

Lee Rowley
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
26th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many Green Homes Grant Scheme applications his Department has received from people living in Enfield North since August 2020.

Official scheme statistics published on the 21st October 2021 for the Green Homes Grant Voucher scheme describe the status of applications prior to 7th October 2021, including statistics for the Enfield North constituency.

The next statistical release is expected on 18 November 2021.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
26th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many Green Homes Grant Schemes his Department has approved in Enfield North constituency since August 2020.

Official scheme statistics published on the 21st October 2021 for the Green Homes Grant Voucher scheme describe the status of applications prior to 7th October 2021, including statistics for the Enfield North constituency.

The next statistical release is expected on 18 November 2021.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
26th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent steps he has taken to (a) support low-income families with energy bills, (b) deliver low-carbon energy schemes and (c) insulate homes in Enfield North constituency.

The energy price cap will save 15 million households up to £100 on their energy bills this winter. The Government supports low-income and fuel poor households with their energy bills through the Warm Home Discount, Winter Fuel Payments and Cold Weather Payments.

The landmark Heat and Buildings Strategy sets out how the Government will decarbonise homes across the country, making them warmer, more efficient and cheaper for families to run.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent steps his Department has taken to (a) promote the availability and (b) provide investment for non-animal alternatives to tests including organoids, organ-on-a-chip technology and computational and stem cell technology.

The Government actively supports and funds the development and dissemination of techniques that replace, reduce, and refine the use of animals in research (the 3Rs).  This is achieved primarily through funding for the National Centre for the 3Rs (NC3Rs), which works nationally and internationally to drive the uptake of 3Rs technologies and ensure that advances in the 3Rs are reflected in policy, practice, and regulations on animal research.

The NC3Rs receives its core funding from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)’s Medical Research Council, and Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). Since the NC3Rs was launched in 2004, it has committed £100 million in research to develop 3Rs technologies.

In addition to funding the NC3Rs, UKRI also funds a portfolio of research projects involving humans, human materials, animal models, and non-animal technologies. The principles of the 3Rs are embedded in all the research within UKRI’s remit involving (or potentially involving) animal use. UKRI also encourages grant applicants, including those whose research does not involve animals but could contribute to greater reduction and replacement, to consider further opportunities to advance the 3Rs.

Between 2015-2019, the BBSRC spent over £7 million on research grants aimed at developing and applying innovative methodologies to studying human and animal physiology, including in silico approaches, organ-on-a-chip, organoid and other advanced cell culture systems.

George Freeman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) community, (b) main and (c) Crown Post Offices in (i) the Enfield North constituency and (ii) the UK.

While Post Office Limited is publicly owned, it operates as an independent, commercial business. Therefore, details regarding the number of community and Crown Post Offices in the Enfield North constituency and the United Kingdom as of 15 July 2021, are an operational matter for Post Office Limited.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
7th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he has taken to support high street businesses in the Enfield North constituency.

Our comprehensive economic response to business includes grants, the furlough scheme, tax deferrals, and business rates relief. Eligible retail, hospitality and leisure businesses within the constituency continue to benefit from 66% business rates relief until March 2022, subject to a cap, and hospitality, accommodation and attractions are benefitting from a 5% cut in VAT until the end of September, followed by a 12.5% rate until 31 March 2022.

The London Borough of Enfield has made £9,640,989 Additional Restrictions Grant payments, and £12,978,459 Restart Grant payments.

Projects within London Borough of Enfield boundaries received £3,434,663 of funding from the London Economic Action Partnership which receives funding from Government through the Local Growth Fund.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
7th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent steps he has taken to support supply chain businesses affected by the covid-19 outbreak in (a) Enfield North constituency, (b) Greater London and (c) England.

The Government has introduced an unprecedented package of support for businesses affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, including grants, business interruption loans and the Coronavirus Job Support Scheme.

The Government continues to provide financial support via Local Authorities for businesses that are required to close, or which are severely affected by the restrictions put in place to tackle Covid-19 and save lives.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
7th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent steps he has taken to introduce rights for flexible working.

Employees with 26 weeks continuous service already have a right to request a flexible working arrangement under current flexible working legislation. An employer can only reject a request for business reasons, such as the detrimental impact on ability to meet customer demand or an inability to re-organise work among existing staff.

The Government’s manifesto included a commitment to encourage flexible working and to consult on whether flexible working can be made the default unless employers have good reasons not to. We will issue this consultation in due course.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
7th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on strengthening policy on the decarbonisation of homes.

My Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State has regular discussions with ministerial colleagues on a number of issues.

We will be publishing a Heat and Buildings Strategy which will set out the Government’s position on the decarbonisation of homes in due course.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
7th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on the energy efficiency of residential housing in the UK.

The Government remains committed to the aspiration set out in the Clean Growth Strategy, that as many homes as possible are improved to Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Band C by 2035, where practical, affordable and cost effective. In addition, the Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy continue to work closely together to deliver the Future Homes Standard which, when it is implemented in 2025, will ensure that new homes produce at least 75% lower CO2 emissions compared to those built to current standards, and require no further retrofit to become fully zero-carbon as the electricity grid continues to decarbonise.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
23rd Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent steps he has taken to ensure adequate funding is available to small and medium sized enterprises in Enfield North constituency to support their economic recovery from the covid-19 outbreak.

SMEs remain the backbone of our economy, and though this has been such a challenging period, we have seen many businesses find creative ways to innovate, adapt and plan for the future. During the Covid-19 outbreak, the Government has introduced an unprecedented package of support for businesses, including the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, a range of Government-guaranteed business loans, and a significant package of direct business grants totalling £25 billion.

The Government is committed to supporting SMEs as they reopen, as Covid restrictions are lifted. The Budget 2021 announced a £520m investment over three years to create Help to Grow: Digital (100,000 SMEs – launching in autumn) and Help to Grow: Management (30,000 SMEs – launching in summer), to boost productivity of SMEs across the UK through software adoption and leadership and management training. This will help drive growth by helping SMEs to learn new skills, reach new customers and boost profits.

‘Help to Grow: Management’ will lay the foundations for recovery by providing SMEs with key skills in financial management, marketing, innovation, and supporting them to develop and adapt their business strategies. ‘Help to Grow: Digital’ will help businesses adopt technology to operate in an increasingly digital market and reach their customers online. This is in addition to the Peer Networks programme, now in its second year, supporting 6,000 small business leaders to develop skills such as leadership, management and technology adoption with the support of their peers.

Businesses which are unable to access business support or are unsure of the support available should contact their nearest Government-backed Growth Hub, where business advisers will be able to highlight potential sources of finance and clarify grants available. All contact details are available online at: www.lepnetwork.net/local-growth-hub-contacts/. All Government support for businesses affected by coronavirus, is detailed online here: www.gov.uk/coronavirus/business-support.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
16th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department plans to make funding available for local authorities to support the delivery of new home insulation schemes.

Government is funding a number of schemes as part of its commitment to retrofit homes to cut energy bills for households and to make them greener on the path to Net Zero.

The Local Authority Delivery Scheme (LAD), which supports projects to install energy efficiency measures such as various types of insulation, and low-carbon heating systems for low-income households, has already provided £500million to Local Authorities for upgrades to low-income households across England, and is being delivered up to December 2021. The London Borough of Enfield has already been allocated £305,000 of funding through the first phase of LAD, as well part of the £6.8 million of the Greater London Authority’s successful consortium-led bid in that phase.

On 16th June 2021, the Government launched the Sustainable Warmth Competition enabling Local Authorities to apply for further funding under the £200million Local Authority Delivery Phase 3 scheme and from an initial allocation of £150million for the Home Upgrade Grant Phase 1 scheme, for delivery up to March 2023.

In addition, the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund Demonstrator has awarded £62million of funding to social landlords across England and Scotland to test innovative approaches to retrofitting at scale, seeing over 2300 social homes improved to at least EPC band C. The London Borough of Enfield has already been allocated part of the £9.6 million awarded to a consortium of 6 London Boroughs in this phase. The Government has announced around a further £160million for the first wave of the £3.8bn manifesto commitment in financial year 21/22, delivering up to March 2023.

The Government announced in the Sustainable Warmth Strategy a four-year, £4 billion successor scheme to Energy Company Obligation (ECO), to accelerate our efforts to improve homes to meet fuel poverty targets. ECO will continue to be an obligation on suppliers.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of closing the Green Homes Grant scheme on the Government's plans to meet its 5th Carbon Budget.

The Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme was designed to provide a short-term economic stimulus while tackling our contribution to climate change.

In order to ensure we continue to deliver on our net zero ambitions and support a thriving building retrofit industry, the Government will be expanding its funding commitment in financial year 21/22 for both the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund and the Local Authority Delivery element of the Green Homes Grant scheme with £300 million of new funding and up to £100 million of recycled funding from the Green Homes Grant Vouchers, depending on take up.

The £300 million extra funding for green home upgrades brings the total spending on energy efficiency measures to £1.3 billion, exceeding the Government’s manifesto commitment of £1 billion. The scheme has clearly helped raise awareness of green home measures, and improved demand for a range of clean heat and energy saving installations.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent steps his Department has taken to (a) help improve recruitment to and (b) tackle a skills shortage in cybersecurity.

The Government has funded the creation of the new professional body for cyber, the UK Cyber Security Council, to establish coherent standards and pathways that will inform employer recruitment and an individual's career development. We are ensuring that every stage of the cyber skills supply chain is developed to meet the demands evidenced in the annual DCMS labour market survey. DCMS has delivered a range of youth programmes to develop future talent, including Cyber Discovery, reaching 115,000 interested young people from across the UK. For people already in the workforce, cyber skills bootcamps are offered through the National Skills Fund, and DCMS has also sought to highlight cyber career opportunities through the Cyber Launchpad programme.

The Government will publish planned activities to further tackle the skills shortage through the National Cyber Strategy shortly.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of Sport England’s Active Lives Children and Young People Survey Academic Year 2019/20 Report published in January 2021; and what steps she has taken to improve sport and activity levels of Black children and young people.

The government is committed to ensuring that all children and young people have the best opportunities to engage in sport and physical activity. Our Sporting Future strategy has diversity and inclusion at its heart, and sets out how important it is for all children to have a good experience of sport and physical activity.

Throughout the pandemic we provided an unprecedented £1 billion of financial support to ensure the survival of the sport and leisure sector. To tackle inequalities and support those most impacted by the restrictions, Sport England have launched a new £20m Together Fund that builds on the work of their £20m Tackling Inequalities Fund to help people stay active and provide guidance on how to find accessible activities. Initiatives such as the Studio You video platform, funded by Sport England and powered by This Girl Can, are also encouraging more teenage girls to be active. Sport England’s recently launched Uniting the Movement strategy reinforces their commitment to tackling inequalities faced in sport by underrepresented groups.

A key driver of the government’s School Sport and Activity Action Plan is to ensure that all children and young people have access to at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. This is supported by £320 million per year through the PE and sport premium.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent steps she has taken to tackle the gender gap in activity levels amongst Asian and Black children and young people set out in Sport England’s Active Lives Children and Young People Survey Academic Year 2019/20 Report, published in January 2021.

The government is committed to ensuring that all children and young people have the best opportunities to engage in sport and physical activity. Our Sporting Future strategy has diversity and inclusion at its heart, and sets out how important it is for all children to have a good experience of sport and physical activity.

Throughout the pandemic we provided an unprecedented £1 billion of financial support to ensure the survival of the sport and leisure sector. To tackle inequalities and support those most impacted by the restrictions, Sport England have launched a new £20m Together Fund that builds on the work of their £20m Tackling Inequalities Fund to help people stay active and provide guidance on how to find accessible activities. Initiatives such as the Studio You video platform, funded by Sport England and powered by This Girl Can, are also encouraging more teenage girls to be active. Sport England’s recently launched Uniting the Movement strategy reinforces their commitment to tackling inequalities faced in sport by underrepresented groups.

A key driver of the government’s School Sport and Activity Action Plan is to ensure that all children and young people have access to at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. This is supported by £320 million per year through the PE and sport premium.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent steps she has taken to provide Enfield North the adequate funding necessary to tackle the deteriorating sport-related activity levels referred to in Sport England’s Active Lives Survey November 2019/20 Report published in April 2021.

Sport and physical activity play a fundamental role in improving and maintaining public health, and a transformative role in creating a healthy, happy nation. For these reasons sport and activity are at the centre of the national response to improving people’s health, including tackling obesity. Sport England’s Active Lives Survey is a very important tool to understand the levels of activity across the nation and underline the importance of sport and physical activity to the people of this country.

The Office for Health Improvement and Disparities published ‘Tackling obesity: empowering adults and children to live healthier lives’ in July 2020. The strategy reflects the significant work that we are undertaking across England to halve childhood obesity by 2030 and to help people achieve and maintain a healthier weight.

The government has provided over £1 billion worth of support into the sport and physical activity sector through the pandemic to help to maintain and support the sector. As part of this, Sport England has provided £270 million directly to support community sport clubs and exercise centres, via a range of funds including their £35 million Community Emergency Fund.

Sport England has invested £957,419 in the Enfield North constituency since April 2017. Of this, more than £22,000 was via Sport England’s Community Emergency Fund to support grassroots sport clubs and community organisations to survive the coronavirus pandemic.

Alongside this through Sport England’s new strategy, Uniting the Movement, they set out the importance of working in places to provide the ongoing support needed in communities. Sport England have tested and championed place-based solutions to tackle inactivity through their Local Delivery Pilots since 2017, including testing the role that tackling inactivity can play in reducing obesity and helping those living with obesity.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of Sport England’s Active Lives Survey November 2019-20 Report published in April 2021; and what steps she has taken to tackle the causes of obesity in (a) Enfield North, (b) Greater London, and (c) England.

Sport and physical activity play a fundamental role in improving and maintaining public health, and a transformative role in creating a healthy, happy nation. For these reasons sport and activity are at the centre of the national response to improving people’s health, including tackling obesity. Sport England’s Active Lives Survey is a very important tool to understand the levels of activity across the nation and underline the importance of sport and physical activity to the people of this country.

The Office for Health Improvement and Disparities published ‘Tackling obesity: empowering adults and children to live healthier lives’ in July 2020. The strategy reflects the significant work that we are undertaking across England to halve childhood obesity by 2030 and to help people achieve and maintain a healthier weight.

The government has provided over £1 billion worth of support into the sport and physical activity sector through the pandemic to help to maintain and support the sector. As part of this, Sport England has provided £270 million directly to support community sport clubs and exercise centres, via a range of funds including their £35 million Community Emergency Fund.

Sport England has invested £957,419 in the Enfield North constituency since April 2017. Of this, more than £22,000 was via Sport England’s Community Emergency Fund to support grassroots sport clubs and community organisations to survive the coronavirus pandemic.

Alongside this through Sport England’s new strategy, Uniting the Movement, they set out the importance of working in places to provide the ongoing support needed in communities. Sport England have tested and championed place-based solutions to tackle inactivity through their Local Delivery Pilots since 2017, including testing the role that tackling inactivity can play in reducing obesity and helping those living with obesity.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
26th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what guidance his Department has issued to (a) local councils and (b) grassroot sports clubs on whether (i) basketball and (ii) other contact sports can be resumed at the local level as the covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.

Sport and physical activity is hugely important in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. That is why the Government continued to permit people to take daily physical activity, including walking, running and cycling, even during the height of the lockdown.

The latest guidance on the phased return of sport and recreation can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-phased-return-of-sport-and-recreation. The Government is in discussions with representatives from the sport and physical activity sector about the steps required to get remaining sports up and running (including team sports and contact sports). We will update the public when it is deemed safe to do so.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
7th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools have been supported by the School Rebuilding Programme in (a) Enfield North constituency and (b) the London Borough of Enfield since June 2020.

Earlier this year, the department announced the first 100 schools in the new School Rebuilding Programme, as part of a commitment to 500 projects over the next decade: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-rebuilding-programme/school-rebuilding-programme. There are no schools from the Enfield North constituency or the London Borough of Enfield in the programme. Two schools in the Enfield North constituency and a further two in the London Borough of Enfield have been rebuilt under the Priority School Building Programme.

The department will publish details of how schools will be prioritised for future places in the programme following a review of the results from our recent consultation, which closed on 8 October 2021.

Robin Walker
Minister of State (Education)
7th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many Sure Start centres have closed or been downgraded in each of the last 10 years in (a) Enfield North, (b) London and (c) England.

Based on the information supplied by local authorities, as of 8 December 2021[1] there were 2,301 children’s centres and 699 children’s centre linked sites[2] open to families and children providing children's centre services as part of a network.

The attached table shows the number of children’s centres sites that have closed in Enfield North, London and England in each year since 2011[3].

The department does not routinely collect data on the services provided by children’s centres. This data is held at a local level.

[1] Source: This is based on information supplied by local authorities to the Get Information about Schools (GIAS) database: https://www.get-information-schools.service.gov.uk and internal management information held by the department on historical children’s centre closure dates as of 8 December 2021. These figures may be different to previous answers, and could change again in future, since local authorities may update their data at any time. The GIAS collects data on children’s centres that local authorities have closed on a permanent basis. It does not collect data on children’s centres that local authorities may have closed temporarily in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

[2] No data is held on the date a children’s centre converts to a children’s centre linked site, therefore, while a figure for the split between children’s centres and linked sites at the point a query is made can be established, it is not possible to provide a historic breakdown of this figure in previous years.

[3] No closures have been reported in 2021.

Will Quince
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
7th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent steps he has taken to support nurseries, childminders, and other early years providers in (a) Enfield North, (b) London and (c) England.

The department has spent over £3.5 billion in each of the past three years on early education entitlements, and the government will continue to support families with their childcare costs.

At the Spending Review on 27 October 2021, we announced that we are investing additional funding for the early years entitlements worth £160 million in the 2022-23 financial year, £180 million in 2023-24 and £170 million in 2024-25, compared to the current year. This is for local authorities to increase hourly rates paid to childcare providers for the government’s free childcare entitlement offers and reflects cost pressures as well as anticipated changes in the number of eligible children.

As a result of this additional funding, for 2022-23 we will increase the hourly funding rates for all local authorities by 21p an hour for the two-year-old entitlement and, for the vast majority of areas, by 17p an hour for the three and four-year-old entitlement. We are also increasing the minimum funding floor, meaning no council can receive less than £4.61 per hour for the three and four-year-old entitlements.

We continue to work with the early years sector and officials from the department are in regular telephone and email contact with Early Years Leads in all local authorities in England, including Enfield and the other 32 boroughs in the London region, to understand how they can best be supported to ensure that sufficient safe, appropriate and affordable childcare is available for those who need it now, and for all families who need it in the longer term.

Will Quince
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
7th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of provision of work experience and careers advice in secondary education in (a) Enfield North constituency, (b) the London Borough of Enfield, and (c) England.

The department recognises that activities involving employers, such as careers insights, mentoring, work tasters and work experience, provide opportunities that are essential for young people to test out different careers, improve their skills and show their commitment and enthusiasm.

Through the Careers and Enterprise Company, we continue to support schools and colleges to provide young people with access to meaningful experiences of the workplace, and the evidence suggests this is working. Careers Hubs are accelerating improvements in careers education and guidance, in line with the Gatsby Benchmarks, which together define what good career guidance looks like. Schools and colleges that have been part of Careers Hubs for the longest achieved 4.8 Gatsby Benchmarks on average, compared with 3.8 for schools and colleges not in a Careers Hub. More than 2,260 (45%) of schools and colleges are part of a Careers Hub.

In September 2021, four Careers Hubs were launched across London to support over 300 schools and colleges across the capital to give young Londoners a head start in finding their next best steps and planning their futures. We know nine schools and colleges across the Borough of Enfield are part of a Careers Hub this year and six of these are in the Enfield North constituency.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
7th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent steps his Department has taken to encourage the uptake of apprenticeships in (a) Enfield North constituency, (b) the London Borough of Enfield and (c) Greater London.

Apprenticeships provide people with the opportunity to earn and learn the skills needed to start an exciting career in a wide range of industries, and we want more people to benefit from high-quality apprenticeships. Since May 2010, there have been 6,900 apprenticeship starts in Enfield North constituency, 18,730 in the London Borough of Enfield and 462,650 in London.

Funding for apprenticeships in England will grow to £2.7 billion by the 2024-25 financial year to support apprenticeships in all employers, including employers that do not pay the levy who will continue to be able to reserve funding for 95% of apprenticeship training and assessment costs.

We are supporting employers to offer new apprenticeship opportunities by extending the higher incentive payment of £3,000 for every new apprentice hired between 1 October 2021 and 31 January 2022, as part of the government's Plan for Jobs. We have seen over 125,000 incentive payments claimed by employers so far (as of 10 November 2021). We also continue to improve apprenticeships by making them more flexible for employers, and by making it easier for employers to make full use of their levy funds.

To encourage more young people to consider apprenticeships, we are promoting apprenticeships at schools in Enfield and London through our Apprenticeship Support & Knowledge programme. This free service providers resources and interventions to help better educate young people about apprenticeships.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
7th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many students have been supported by the National Tutoring Programme in (a) Enfield North and (b) the London Borough of Enfield since November 2020.

National tutoring programme (NTP) participation data has not yet been published. We continue to collect data from schools for all three strands of the programme – school-led tutoring, tuition partners and academic mentors, and will be publishing this in due course.

The NTP aims to engage up to 2 million pupils this year, and to deliver up to 90 million hours of tuition by the 2024/25 academic year.

Robin Walker
Minister of State (Education)
30th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent steps he has taken with the Minister for Women and Equalities to ensure that autistic children are receiving appropriate educational support in (a) Enfield North and (b) the London Borough of Enfield.

The department wants every autistic young person to reach their potential and feel heard at every stage of their life, no matter where they live. That is why, in its first year alone, the department is investing £74 million into our cross-government National Autism Strategy to promote a straightforward route to diagnosis, the correct support, increasing understanding and improving access to a quality education and social care.

In total, £600,000 of this funding has gone towards the department’s contract with the Autism Education Trust (AET) for the 2021/22 academic year. The department has funded the AET since 2011 to deliver autism awareness training to education staff in early years, schools, and further education settings. As the funding is to provide national coverage across the country, rather than specific allocations to regions or local authorities, the department does not have the exact figure for Enfield. However, it has so far reached more than 305,000 people across the country. As well as teachers and teaching assistants, this includes support staff such as receptionists, dining hall staff and caretakers, encouraging a 'whole school' approach to supporting autistic pupils.

In addition to our existing commitments, the department is determined to ensure that the special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) system works more effectively for those children who need extra support, including autistic children. That is why the department is completing the SEND Review, to improve outcomes and build a sustainable SEND system, where there is clear accountability.

Will Quince
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 20 September 2021 to Question 44463, what amount of the £250 million in teacher quality funding will schools in Enfield North receive.

As part of the education recovery plan, in June 2021 the department announced over £250 million of additional funding to provide 500,000 world-leading training opportunities for teachers and head teachers, at every stage of their career. This additional funding was allocated as follows:

    • £69 million to extend the rollout of the Early Career Framework (ECF) reforms to meet far higher than expected demand for the programme
    • £138 million for National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) to offer all teachers and head teachers access to qualifications to support career development

Of this £250 million in teacher quality funding, calculations are made based on participant numbers, as opposed to being calculated on a per-schools basis, which means funding amounts in each area will depend on schools’ choices of ECF programme and level of NPQ uptake.. This applies to both the ECF funding for early career teachers and mentors, and to participants undertaking a NPQ. Funding for both the ECF and NPQs is calculated per participant and is paid directly to the providers, to reduce the burden on schools.

Robin Walker
Minister of State (Education)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many permanent exclusions per 100 pupils there have been in (a) academies, (b) community schools and (c) private schools in Enfield North constituency in each of last 10 years.

The number of permanent exclusions per 100 pupils there have been in (a) academies and (b) community schools in Enfield North constituency in each of last 10 years is provided in the attached table.

Data on permanent exclusions from private schools is not collected by the department.

Robin Walker
Minister of State (Education)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 15 September 2021 to Question 44466 on Schools and Pay, what assessment his Department has made of the potential impact of public sector pay freezes for 2021-22 on the (a) public sector's ability to recruit and retain the workers it needs to deliver education and (b) delivery and quality of public services.

The pause to headline pay rises for the majority of public sector workforces this academic year (2021/22) is in order to ensure fairness between public and private sector wage growth. The department will reassess the pay policy ahead of the 2022 pay round, taking into account the wider labour market.

Teaching remains an attractive and fulfilling profession. Recent pay awards have helped to increase the competitiveness of teacher pay in the wider labour market. The average pay award for teachers was 2.4% in the 2018/19 academic year, 2.75% in 2019/20, and 3.1% in 2020/21, meaning that the cumulative average pay award for teachers is 8.5% since 2018/19.

The department understands that high-performing teachers drive up pupil attainment and we want schools to be able to reward the best teachers and attract the best graduates into the profession. As a result of the flexible performance-based pay system the department has introduced, schools are able to choose to give teachers or head teachers a higher pay rise where this is appropriate to their particular local context and budget.

The department is committed to providing world-class training and development for teachers. In June, over £250 million of additional funding was announced to help provide 500,000 teacher training opportunities so teachers can access world-leading training appropriate for whatever point they are at in their career, from new teachers to head teachers.

In October, we announced a £129 million investment in recruitment incentives for those starting initial teacher training in the 2022/23 academic year, including tax-free bursaries of up to £24,000 in the highest priority subjects.

Robin Walker
Minister of State (Education)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 20 September 2021 to Question 44463, on Schools: Standards, what the total amount of funding is for each school in Enfield North based on the figure provided of £5,283 per pupil.

Enfield local authority is receiving £5,640 per pupil this financial year (2021-22). This is above the national average in per pupil funding of £5,228.

The average funding per pupil in Enfield North constituency is £5,730 this year. To see individual schools’ notional funding allocations under the national funding formula, please follow this link https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-funding-formula-tables-for-schools-and-high-needs-2021-to-2022 and click on the spreadsheet entitled ‘Impact of the schools NFF, 2021 to 2022’.

Please also see the attached spreadsheet, which shows notional funding allocations for each school in Enfield North constituency for financial year 2021-22.

Under the current funding system, schools’ actual allocations are determined by each local authority’s own funding formulae rather than directly through the national funding formula. Actual allocations, at both national and school level, are published on the following link: https://skillsfunding.service.gov.uk/view-latest-funding.

Robin Walker
Minister of State (Education)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to Answer of 15 September to Question 44463, in reference to the pupil premium allocation, if he will publish a breakdown of the £405 million figure for each London Council for the 2021-22 financial year.

Pupil premium allocations for each local authority, including those in Inner and Outer London, are published here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pupil-premium-allocations-and-conditions-of-grant-2021-to-2022. Please click on the spreadsheet entitled ‘Pupil premium allocations 2021 to 2022: national, local authority, parliamentary constituency level (updated September 2021)’.

Robin Walker
Minister of State (Education)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many meals were delivered to children eligible for free school meals over the 2021 school summer holidays in Enfield North constituency.

Schools provide free school meals for eligible pupils during term time only. Beyond that, billions of pounds of welfare assistance is in place to support families, young people and children.

The department has significantly expanded the Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme with a £220 million investment in 2021, building on the pilot programme that has been in place since 2018. The programme ran in every English local authority this summer holiday, providing healthy nutritious food and enriching activities to eligible children.

In addition, the Covid Local Support Grant established by the Department for Work and Pensions, operated through local authorities in England, is there to support the hardest hit families and individuals with food and essential utility costs.

This grant was extended with a further investment of £160 million, to cover the period up to 30 September 2021. This grant is further to the £269 million invested since the scheme (previously known as the Covid Winter Grant Scheme) launched in December 2020. Local authorities have discretion to decide how to allocate this government funding in their areas, recognising that they are best placed to understand local needs.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of Sure Start centres that have (a) closed and (b) reduced the services they provide since 2010.

Based on the information supplied by local authorities as of 31 August 2021, there were 3,000 Sure Start children's centres and sites open to families and children providing children's centre services as part of a network. A total of 637 centres had closed since 2010[1]. The department does not routinely collect data on the services provided by children’s centres. This data is held at a local level.

[1] Source: This is based on information supplied by local authorities on the number of children’s centres in their area to Get Information about Schools (GIAS) database about the location of https://www.get-information-schools.service.gov.uk and internal management information held by the department as of 31 August 2021. These figures may be different to previous answers and could change again in future since local authorities may update their data at any time. The GIAS collects data on children’s centres that local authorities have closed on a permanent basis. It does not collect data on children’s centres that local authorities may have closed temporarily in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent steps his Department has taken to reduce the attainment gap between state and independent schools in (a) Enfield North constituency, (b) London and (c) England.

Since 2010, this government has been committed to raising educational standards in all state schools across the country. In March 2020, 86% of schools were Good or Outstanding compared to just 68% in 2010. When it comes to raising standards, evidence shows that teachers are the most important in-school factor affecting attainment.

In June 2021, we announced an investment of over £250 million in teacher development , which includes investment in our National Professional Qualification and Early Career Framework programmes. School leadership is the second most important in-school influence on pupil learning. Since 2010 the number of academies has grown from 200 to over 9,400, enabling more leaders of good schools to make decisions based on local need and the interests of their pupils, and more previously underperforming schools to receive the support they need to raise standards for all pupils as part of a strong multi-academy trust.

We know that COVID-19 and disruption to education has created an additional challenge for schools, and that the impact of the COVID-19 has been felt most significantly by disadvantaged pupils, which is why we have targeted much of our education recovery funding specifically at this group. Through the recovery premium, schools will directly receive over £300 million in the 2021/22 academic year for them to use flexibly to support disadvantaged pupils.

This is in addition to the funding we already target towards disadvantaged pupils as part of the National Funding Formula. The pupil premium targets further funding to disadvantaged pupils and plays a crucial role in the work of schools across England, to ensure they have the resources they need to boost the progress and attainment of disadvantaged pupils. Through this, we will be providing £2.5 billion nationally for the 2021/22 financial year. The pupil premium allocation for London is £405 million, and £19.2 million for Enfield for the 2021/22 financial year.

In Enfield, we know there are a higher number of pupils who are eligible for free school meals, with an average of 37.6% of secondary pupils eligible, compared to the national average of 27.7%. This year, Enfield is receiving £283.4 million, or £5,640 per pupil, in funding. This is an increase of 2.0% per pupil in the local authority’s pupil-led funding compared to the 2020/21 financial year, and is above the national average in per pupil funding of £5,228.

Robin Walker
Minister of State (Education)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to tackle sexual harassment and violence on university campuses.

Any form of harassment, violence or sexual assault is abhorrent and unacceptable anywhere in society, including in our universities. Sexual harassment is in no way tolerable on our campuses and online environments. The government urges university leaders to ensure a zero-tolerance approach to all harassment and sexual misconduct and to ensure they have robust systems in place for reporting incidents where they do occur.

The Office for Students (OfS) statement of expectations on harassment and sexual misconduct was published on 19 April and is a useful tool for providers. As part of its next steps on harassment and hate crime, the OfS will now be considering options for connecting the statement of expectations to its conditions of registration. The OfS wrote to providers on 10 June, asking them to review and update their systems, policies and procedures in line with the statement of expectations on harassment and sexual misconduct by the beginning of the next academic year. I have made it clear that government sees the OfS statement as the minimum that providers should be doing to keep students safe from sexual harassment and misconduct, and to handle reported incidents appropriately when they do occur.

I also wrote to the sector on 2 July reasserting the government’s firm expectations for providers in this space. This includes giving urgent consideration to the OfS request to update their systems. I detailed the way in which the government will legislatively tackle the use of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) in relation to workers and employers. I also outlined that I have asked officials to explore options for going further in this area in higher education (HE). The use of NDAs in relation to sexual violence, harassment and misconduct is wholly inappropriate.

I am extremely concerned that many of the deeply disturbing testimonies that continue to be posted on the ‘Everyone’s Invited’ website reference experiences within HE settings. I met with the founder of Everyone’s Invited in June, to discuss tackling sexual harassment in HE. I also met with Universities UK (UUK) to discuss this issue, including their existing guidance for providers in this area. I understand they are preparing guidance on staff to student sexual misconduct, which will be published soon.

I know that sexual harassment and misconduct is an area that for several years HE providers, the OfS, the government and sector bodies have been working together on. In 2015, UUK set up a taskforce on harassment at the request of the government. Since 2016, a total investment of £4.7 million, match funded by HE providers, has been invested by the OfS and its predecessor, funding 119 safeguarding projects. £2.45 million of this was given to 63 projects specifically focused on tackling sexual and gender-based violence in HE. In my recent letter to the sector, I highlighted that it may also be timely to revisit the resources produced by these OfS-funded projects relating to this area, available via the following link: https://www.officeforstudents.org.uk/advice-and-guidance/student-wellbeing-and-protection/student-safeguarding-evaluation-and-resources/.

In addition to preventative policies and procedures, we expect providers to ensure that students continue to have access to support services, and complaints processes, during the COVID-19 outbreak, to ensure they are able to report any issues. I will continue to work across government to ensure that sexual harassment is stamped out of our world leading HE sector.

Michelle Donelan
Minister of State (Department for Education) (Higher and Further Education)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent steps his Department is taking to support (a) nurseries, (b) childminders and (c) other early years providers in Enfield North.

The government has put unprecedented investment into the early years sector over the last decade, including over £3.5 billion in each of the past 3 years on our early education entitlements, as well as investing £44 million for the 2021/22 financial year, for local authorities to increase hourly rates paid to childcare providers for the government’s free childcare entitlement offers.

In 2017 we introduced Tax-Free Childcare, which is available for parents of children aged 0-11 (or up to 16 if their child is disabled). Tax-Free Childcare uses the same income thresholds as 30 hours free childcare and contributes an additional 20% towards their childcare costs. This scheme can save parents up to £2,000 per year (or up to £4,000 for children with disabilities). In June 2021, 308,000 families used Tax-Free Childcare.

Working parents on a low income may also be eligible for help with up to 85% of their childcare costs (for children under 16) through Universal Credit Childcare. This is subject to a monthly limit of £646 for one child or £1108 for two or more children, payable in arrears.

We have also provided unprecedented support to early years providers during the COVID-19 outbreak, and settings have also had access to a range of business support packages, including the extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. As long as the staff in the nursery schools affected meet the criteria for the scheme, early years providers are still able to furlough their staff while that scheme remains in operation (for example, if settings have to close temporarily to manage local effects of COVID-19, such as infections).

We also have a number of government reforms to support the childminding profession and have made it easier to work as a childminder. These reforms include making it easier for childminders to access government funding, allowing them to work for up to half their time on non-domestic premises, and the creation of childminder agencies details for which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/childminder-agencies-list-of-agencies.

We continue to work with the early years sector and officials from the Department for Education regularly speak with Enfield Council’s Early Years team to understand how they can best be supported to ensure that sufficient safe, appropriate, and affordable childcare is available for those who need it now, and for all families who need it in the longer term.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he plans to take to improve pay for (a) school staff, (b) teacher agency staff and (c) all other education and school workers.

As set out in the 2020 Spending Review, there will be a pause to headline pay rises for the majority of public sector workforce this academic year. This is in order to ensure fairness between the public and private sector wage growth.

To protect the lowest earners, the School Teachers’ Review Body has recommended a pay award of £250 for all teachers earning less than £24,000 (full time equivalent), with recommended equivalent values for those in the London pay areas, plus the reintroduction of advisory pay points on the Unqualified Teacher pay range. The Government has proposed accepting these recommendations.

Academies have the freedom to set their own pay policies.

The Department will assess the pay policy ahead of the 2022 pay round once the economic recovery is established and the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the wider labour market is clearer.

The Department remains committed to increasing the teacher starting salary to £30,000 to make teaching an attractive graduate option. Whilst pay restraint means that progress towards this commitment will be slower, the steps taken in recent years, including the 5.5% uplift to pay in September 2020, have already made a substantial difference to the competitiveness of early career pay.

The rate of pay depends on who employs a supply teacher. State maintained schools or local authorities who directly employ supply teachers must pay in accordance with the statutory arrangements for teachers laid down in the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document. If a supply teacher is employed by a non-maintained school, a multi-academy trust or agency, the employer can set the rates of pay and conditions of employment.

The Government gives schools the freedom to set terms and conditions for teaching assistants according to their own circumstances. Most local authority schools and academies choose to use the local government pay scales to pay their support staff in conjunction with National Joint Council terms and conditions, known as the green book. Given there is no requirement to do this, there is some variability in pay and conditions across the country.

The Government encourages employers to pay their workers more than the statutory minimum where they can afford to, although we recognise the ability to do so will vary across different sectors.

6th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent steps his Department has taken to ensure that children with special educational needs and disabilities (a) recover their lost learning and (b) are in receipt of adequate (i) wellbeing, (ii) development and (iii) education services in response to the covid-19 outbreak.

We are committed to helping all pupils, including those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in all education settings, make up education lost as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. We recognise that extended school and college restrictions have had a substantial impact on children and young people’s learning, health and wellbeing, particularly for those with SEND. We are committed to supporting them and their families.

Since June 2020, we have announced more than £3 billion to support education recovery in schools, 16-19 providers, and early years settings, and this will have a material impact in closing gaps that have emerged.

We have consistently prioritised children who attend specialist settings by providing additional uplifts both in the Catch-up Premium in the 2020/21 academic year and now the Recovery Premium in the 2021/22 academic year, in recognition of the significantly higher per pupil costs they face. In mainstream settings, school leaders are able to target these initiatives to vulnerable children and are able to use the Recovery Premium to meet wider non-academic needs. Funding announced for school-led tutoring will also provide greater flexibility to schools and we anticipate that this will especially benefit children and young people with SEND in all settings, where tutors familiar to these children can support them to realise the benefits of tuition. Specialist settings were given an uplift to deliver summer schools, at 3 times the normal rate.

The government is committed to an ambitious, long-term education recovery plan. The next stage will include a review of time spent in school and 16-19 education and the impact this could have on children and young people’s attainment and wellbeing. The findings of the review will inform the Spending Review. We will continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on education and consider what more needs to be done to help children and young people, including those with SEND, catch up.

In addition to summer schools this year, a broader programme of summer enrichment activities, including the Holiday Activities and Food programme, ran to support children and young people, and their families.

For pupils and students with SEND in mainstream settings we are investing over £42 million in 2021/22 to continue funding projects that support them.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will take steps to increase the pay of (a) non-teaching school staff, (b) non-teaching staff in other education settings and (c) employees of teacher supply agencies.

The Department does not set pay for non-teaching staff in schools, further education colleges or teacher supply agencies. Employers have the flexibility to determine the most appropriate pay and conditions to suit their circumstances.

Most schools and further education colleges use the local government pay scales in conjunction with the National Joint Council terms and conditions, known as the Green Book. Employers are required to pay at least the statutory minimum wage, and the Department encourages employers to pay more when they can afford to do so.

30th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of children were eligible for free school meals in Enfield North constituency in each of the last five years.

The number and proportion of children who are eligible for and claiming free school meals in Enfield North and for England for each of the last 5 years are provided in the attached table. The department does not hold information on the number of pupils living in poverty.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
30th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent estimate he has made of the number and proportion of children who are (a) eligible for free school meals and (b) living in poverty; and if he will make a statement.

The number and proportion of children who are eligible for and claiming free school meals in Enfield North and for England for each of the last 5 years are provided in the attached table. The department does not hold information on the number of pupils living in poverty.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
26th Apr 2021
What assessment he has made of the financial effect on (a) students and (b) schools of the Government's decision to base pupil premium allocations for 2021-22 on the October 2020 school census.

Pupil premium rates will be maintained in 2021-22. We expect to increase pupil premium funding nationally to over £2.5 billion, and a typical school can expect an increase in their pupil premium funding. Data is not yet available on the impact of using the October 2020 census to determine eligibility. Basing pupil premium funding for 2021-22 on October 2020 census data, instead of using the January census, brings the pupil premium in line with how the rest of the core schools’ budget is calculated and provides earlier clarity for schools on their allocations.

Pupil premium will continue to be based on “Ever6 FSM”, whereby all pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM) at the time of the October census, or at any point in the previous six years, will attract pupil premium funding. As a result, we expect a typical school to see an increase in pupil premium funding from 2020-21 to 2021-22 as more children have become eligible for FSM as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. We will confirm pupil premium allocations for the financial year 2021-22 in June 2021.

Alongside the pupil premium, we also intend to change the date for the FSM6 factor in the schools national funding formula (NFF). Without a change in dates, the FSM6 factor in the 2022-23 NFF would be based on January 2020 census data. Using the October 2020 census data instead will shorten the FSM6 funding lag in the NFF by nine months, and increase the amount of funding allocated through the FSM6 factor in 2022-23, as FSM eligibility increased significantly between January and October last year.

In addition to pupil premium funding, on 24 February 2021 the Government also announced a further £700 million package on top of the £1 billion COVID-19 catch-up already provided. This package includes £302 million for a one-off recovery premium which will be allocated to schools based on the same methodology as the pupil premium. In this way, schools with more disadvantaged pupils will receive larger amounts. The recovery premium also includes a “floor” to ensure that no primary school will receive less than £2000 and no secondary school less than £6000.

15th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) schools and (b) pupils in Enfield North have requested but not received (i) laptops and (ii) other technology required for remote learning during the January 2021 covid-19 lockdown.

The Government is investing over £400 million to support access to remote education and online social care services, by securing 1.3 million laptops and tablets for disadvantaged children and young people. As of Monday 18 January, over 800,000 laptops and tablets had been delivered to schools, trusts and local authorities.

The number of devices available to each school, trust and local authority is determined by their number of children eligible for free school meals. All schools, trusts and local authorities have now been given the opportunity to order their full current allocation of devices.

The Government is providing this significant injection of devices on top of an estimated 2.9 million laptops and tablets already owned by schools before the start of the COVID-19 outbreak. On 12 January, we announced that we will be providing a further 300,000 devices over the course of this term.

Figures on the number of devices delivered is available at: https://explore-education-statistics.service.gov.uk/find-statistics/laptops-and-tablets-data/2021-week-3. These figures are broken down by local authority and academy trust. Figures on delivery by constituency are not available.

We have also partnered with the UK’s leading mobile operators to provide free data to help disadvantaged children get online as well as delivering 4G wireless routers for pupils without connection at home. Routers have been distributed to schools, trusts and local authorities, who are responsible for allocating them to the families that need them most.

12th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to help ensure the safety of staff at early years settings during the covid-19 lockdown announced in January 2021.

Early years settings remain low risk environments for children and staff. The department has worked collaboratively with Public Health England (PHE) to develop a system of controls which, when implemented in line with a revised risk assessment, create an environment where the risk of transmission of infection is substantially reduced for children and staff.

Current evidence suggests that the PHE endorsed ‘system of controls’ that have been in use throughout the COVID-19 outbreak continue to be the right measures to take. These are set out in ‘Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak’, which includes:

  • minimising contact with individuals who are unwell,
  • use of face coverings for adults in corridors and communal areas,
  • cleaning hands and good respiratory hygiene,
  • regular thorough cleaning,
  • minimising contact,
  • use of PPE where specifically advised,
  • good ventilation.

Further guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures/coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures.

Settings must comply with health and safety law, which requires them to assess risks and put in place proportionate control measures. Settings should thoroughly review their health and safety risk assessment and draw up plans on re-opening, in the event that they have to close. Settings should have active arrangements in place to monitor that the controls are effective, working as planned, and updated appropriately, for example when any issues are identified, or when there are changes in public health advice.

When conducting risk assessments, settings should ensure consideration is given to staff and children with protected characteristics from groups where a disparity has been shown by the review of disparities in risks and outcomes (for example, age and sex, where someone lives, deprivation, ethnicity and/or people’s occupation).

The department is continuing to work closely with colleagues across government and local authorities to secure the most effective approach to asymptomatic testing for the whole of the early years sector. We are rolling out our asymptomatic testing programme to primary schools with deliveries of test kits which started from the week commencing 18 January 2021. The Department for Education’s asymptomatic testing programme will offer all primary school, schools-based nursery and maintained nursery school staff home lateral flow device test kits for twice weekly testing. This will help to break the chains of transmission of COVID-19 in education settings by identifying asymptomatic positive cases. Those who test positive will then self-isolate, helping to reduce transmission of the virus.

In addition, community testing programmes are currently being rolled out across the country. They are led by local authorities and provide asymptomatic testing through testing sites based in the local community. This testing is primarily focused on those who have to leave home to work during lockdown, with local authorities able to focus on the right people in their areas and decide how the testing is best delivered. The purpose is to help people who are playing essential roles to keep the country going, and to give them knowledge to protect themselves, loved ones and colleagues. Local authorities are in different stages of delivering community testing. We have encouraged local authorities to prioritise early years for community testing.

Early years staff, as critical workers, continue to have priority access to Department of Health and Social Care-led symptomatic polymerase chain reaction testing via the online portal: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested.

We are having ongoing discussions about providing testing via the education testing programme as well as encouraging local authorities to consider prioritising appropriate testing for private, voluntary and independent settings and childminders via the community testing programme, which is being rolled out to all local authorities. Furthermore, regarding vaccinations, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advises that the first priorities for the COVID-19 vaccination programme should be the prevention of mortality and the maintenance of the health and social care systems. As the risk of mortality from COVID-19 increases with age, prioritisation is primarily based on age.

Under the priority groups for the first phase of vaccine rollout, those over 50 years of age, and all those 16 years of age and over in a risk group, would be eligible for vaccination within the first phase of the programme. This prioritisation captures almost all preventable deaths from COVID-19.

Regarding the next phase of vaccine rollout, the JCVI have asked that DHSC consider occupational vaccination in collaboration with other government departments. The department is inputting into this cross-governmental exercise.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
7th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what additional financial support his Department has allocated to schools in Enfield to support (a) cleanliness and hygiene and (b) the recruitment of supply teachers in cases where teachers are having to self-isolate since the start of the covid-19 outbreak.

The first window for schools to claim funding back for exceptional costs incurred due to the COVID-19 outbreak, between March and July 2020, closed on 21 July. Payments against claims made within the published scope of the fund were made to schools and academies in September. Schools in Enfield have received the following payments for additional cleaning costs required due to confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases, over and above the cost of existing cleaning arrangements.

School Name

Local Authority

Additional Cleaning Costs Claim

Eversley Primary School

Enfield

£ 16,394

Russet House School

Enfield

£ 10,061

Durants School

Enfield

£ 8,461

Garfield Primary School

Enfield

£ 8,103

Meridian Angel Primary School

Enfield

£ 4,233

De Bohun Primary School

Enfield

£ 3,534

The Raglan Junior School

Enfield

£ 3,426

Waverley School

Enfield

£ 3,391

Bush Hill Park Primary School

Enfield

£ 2,920

Forty Hill CofE Primary School

Enfield

£ 1,958

Oakthorpe Primary School

Enfield

£ 1,813

Suffolks Primary School

Enfield

£ 1,619

Highfield Primary School

Enfield

£ 1,505

Latymer All Saints CofE Primary School

Enfield

£ 1,488

St John and St James CofE Primary School

Enfield

£ 1,416

West Grove Primary School

Enfield

£ 1,294

Alma Primary School

Enfield

£ 1,282

St Anne's Catholic High School for Girls

Enfield

£ 1,250

Keys Meadow Primary School

Enfield

£ 1,155

St Andrew's CofE Primary School

Enfield

£ 1,105

Worcesters Primary School

Enfield

£ 1,064

Houndsfield Primary School

Enfield

£ 998

Raynham Primary School

Enfield

£ 790

Wilbury Primary School

Enfield

£ 750

Galliard Primary School

Enfield

£ 750

Fleecefield Primary School

Enfield

£ 750

Brettenham Primary School

Enfield

£ 750

St Andrew's Southgate Primary School (CE)

Enfield

£ 511

St Michael at Bowes CofE Junior School

Enfield

£ 284

Hadley Wood Primary School

Enfield

£ 113

Schools can now claim for any costs that fell between March and July in the same approved categories, for which they did not claim during the first window. Schools can make claims here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/claiming-exceptional-costs-associated-with-coronavirus-covid-19/exceptional-costs-associated-with-coronavirus-covid-19--2.

In addition to this, the Department has announced details of a new COVID-19 workforce fund for schools and colleges to help them remain open: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-workforce-fund-for-schools/coronavirus-covid-19-workforce-fund-to-support-schools-with-costs-of-staff-absences-from-1-november-2020-to-31-december-2020. It will fund the costs of teacher absences over a threshold in schools and colleges, and is intended for those with high staff absences that are also facing significant financial pressures. The Department expects schools to be able to claim for workforce costs relating to November and December 2020 in spring 2021. Schools will be able to incur additional costs, backdated to November, in the knowledge that they will be reimbursed if they meet the relevant criteria.

19th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much his Department has spent on (a) consultancy services including (i) communications, (ii) advertising, (iii) marketing and (iv) media buying since 1 March 2020.

From 1 March to 20 November 2020, the Department spent £13.3 million on paid-for communications and campaigns activity, including spend on creative, production, agency fees and paid-for media. Of this, a total of £8.42 million was spent specifically on advertising media buying. It is not possible to break down spend separately by i) communications or iii) marketing as these definitions include several areas of overlapping activity.

Of the £13.3 million spent between 1 March and 20 November 2020, an estimated £526,924 was spent on consultancy services to help plan and deliver communication, advertising, marketing campaigns and to inform media buying. It is not possible to provide separate costs for each category requested as these services inform a range of activity delivered as part of broader campaign strategies.

This activity includes vital work to recruit 30,000 teachers a year and drive the uptake of apprenticeships and the new T level qualification. All our paid-for campaigns are agreed with and regularly assessed by the Cabinet Office to ensure effectiveness.

The Department’s work covers a number of manifesto commitments and is central to my right hon. Friend, the Prime Minister’s levelling up agenda, in addition to the Government's response to the COVID-19 outbreak including the continuity of education as a national priority. With almost a million staff working in state funded schools in England, 66,000 staff in the further education sector, and 4.2 million households across the country with primary school aged children, the Department must explain policy to our key audiences, influence attitudes and change behaviour through targeted external communications, advertising and marketing campaigns to achieve publicly stated policy objectives.

28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to provide a financial support package for (a) childminders, (b) nurseries and (c) other Early Years Foundation Stage childcare providers when they re-open during the covid-19 outbreak.

Nurseries, childminders and pre-schools, who have provided crucial support throughout the COVID-19 outbreak, are now more vital than ever as hard-working families begin returning to work.

We want to provide security to nurseries and childminders who are open for the children who need them. That is why on 20 July we announced that we will continue to fund childcare at the same level as before the COVID-19 outbreak, until the end of the year. This will give nurseries and childminders another term of secure income, regardless of whether fewer children are attending. Despite the COVID-19 outbreak, early years settings will continue to benefit from a planned £3.6 billion funding in 2020-21 to create free early education and childcare places for children.

In addition to this, the government has provided a package of support for individuals and businesses which are directly benefitting providers of childcare. This includes business rates relief and grants, the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, the Business Interruption Loan Scheme and the furlough scheme to retain staff, up to the proportion of their salary bill that would be considered as paid from public funding. More details are available here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/financial-support-for-businesses-during-coronavirus-covid-19.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
26th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when his Department will commence the delivery of laptops and other school equipment to Enfield Council, as part of the Government's programme to provide technology support for children and schools during the covid-19 outbreak.

The Government has committed over £100 million to support vulnerable and disadvantaged children in England to access remote education and social care services, including by providing laptops, tablets and 4G wireless routers.

We are providing laptops and tablets to disadvantaged children who would otherwise not have access and are preparing for examinations in year 10, receiving support from a social worker or are a care leaver. Where care leavers, children with a social worker at secondary school and children in year 10 do not have internet connections, we are providing 4G wireless routers.

The Department has ordered over 200,000 laptops and tablets and allocated devices to local authorities and academy trusts based on its estimates of the number of eligible children that do not have access to a device. Local authorities and academy trusts are best placed to identify and prioritise children and young people who need devices. All local authorities and academy trusts have been invited to place their orders. Laptops, tablets and 4G wireless routers will arrive within five days of an order being placed.

The Department has published information about how many laptops, tablets and 4G wireless routers we have delivered or dispatched to local authorities and academy trusts in total which can be viewed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/laptops-tablets-and-4g-wireless-routers-progress-data. This includes 723 laptops and 149 4G wireless routers dispatched to Enfield Council on 18 June.

1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance the Government has provided for teachers returning to work who live with (a) partners and (b) children with (i) asthma, (ii) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or (iii) another health concern categorised as at risk from covid-19.

Guidance on GOV.UK on implementing protective measures in schools and nurseries provides advice to staff and pupils who are shielding or clinically vulnerable, or are living with a shielded or clinically vulnerable person: That guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-protective-measures-in-education-and-childcare-settings/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-protective-measures-in-education-and-childcare-settings.

Clinically vulnerable people are those considered to be at a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. This includes anyone who has asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Clinically vulnerable people have been advised to take extra care in observing social distancing and should work from home where possible. Schools should endeavour to support this, for example by asking staff to support remote education, carry out lesson planning or other roles which can be done from home. If clinically vulnerable individuals cannot work from home, they should be offered the safest available on-site roles, staying 2 metres away from others wherever possible.

If a member of staff lives with someone who is clinically vulnerable (but not clinically extremely vulnerable) they can attend their school or nursery.

Some people have been informed that they are clinically extremely vulnerable and have been advised to follow shielding guidance. They should therefore not attend work. Some people with severe COPD or severe asthma may have been classed as clinically extremely vulnerable, and will have received a letter informing them of this.

If a member of staff member lives in a household with someone who is extremely clinically vulnerable, it is advised they only attend work if stringent 2m distancing can be adhered to. If it cannot be adhered to, we do not expect those individuals to attend and they should be supported to work at home.

Detailed guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19 is available on GOV.UK: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19#work-and-employment-for-those-who-are-shielding.

6th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what deadline his Department has set for appeals to be heard following the issuance of exam grades and assessments at the end of the 2019-20 academic year.

This is a matter for the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) and I have asked its Chief Regulator, Sally Collier, to write directly to the Honourable Member. A copy of her reply will be placed in the House of Commons Library.

5th May 2020
What steps he is taking to ensure that the attainment gap between disadvantaged children and their peers does not widen during the covid-19 outbreak.

The government has already committed over £100 million to boost remote education, including by providing devices and internet access to vulnerable children who need it most.

Schools also continue to receive the pupil premium – worth around £2.4 billion annually – to help them support their disadvantaged pupils.

3rd Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps his Department has taken to tackle nitrogen pollution.

The Government has made ambitious commitments to improve the environment, including air and water quality. Addressing nitrogen pollution remains a priority for delivering these commitments and we are taking steps to achieve this.

We are taking action to address pollution from agriculture by utilising a suite of effective advice programmes, incentives, and regulations. Recent actions include but are not limited to a near doubling of funding for the Catchment Sensitive Farming Programme; providing financial support for positive action from farmers, such as through the Countryside Stewardship scheme and the Farming Equipment and Technology Fund; and promoting compliance with regulation by allocating £1.2 million to the Environment Agency to recruit an additional 50 inspectors. We continue to review and consider options to deliver our commitments in this area.

In addition, we are helping to tackle local nitrogen dioxide exceedances for air quality by providing £880 million to help local authorities develop and implement local air quality plans.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
29th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the findings of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds report entitled Mind the Gap, published in November 2021; and what steps he is taking to improve agricultural policy to protect hedgerows and wildlife in the UK.

While no formal assessment of the report has been made, we agree about the value of hedgerows to our countryside. Hedgerows provide vital resources for mammals, birds and insect species, and they also act as wildlife corridors, allowing dispersal between isolated habitats. Many are also important historical and cultural landscape features.

Legal protection for hedgerows in England and Wales is provided by the Hedgerows Regulations 1997. These regulations prohibit the removal of most countryside hedgerows (or parts of them) without first seeking approval from the local planning authority. It decides whether a hedgerow is ‘important’ and should not be removed because of its wildlife, landscape, historical or archaeological value.

Alongside the Hedgerows Regulations, all wild birds, their eggs and their nests are protected, under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, making it an offence to kill, injure or take wild birds or to take or damage their eggs and nests. This provides important protections for farmland birds.

Hedgerows are also protected by standards under cross compliance. As we move away from cross compliance, we have committed to maintaining our high environmental standards. Our new environmental land management schemes will continue to recognise the role and fund the management of hedgerows. The hedgerow standard, part of the new Sustainable Farming Incentive scheme, will pay farmers to plant more hedgerows, leave them uncut or raise the cutting height, and buffer them from agricultural operations.

We will also continue to keep our domestic regulatory standards under review, raising standards sustainably and as needed over time, as new research and evidence emerge.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps he has taken to tackle drain blockages and fatbergs.

Defra is considering a range of options to tackle drain blockages and fatbergs. My officials are working to assess the effects of wet wipes containing plastic on sewers and identify possible solutions. The incorrect disposal of wet wipes can be one of the main causes of sewer blockages. Wipes often then combine with fats, oil and grease, which are also often disposed of down sinks into drains, and combine to form fatbergs.

Defra also continues to encourage the water industry and wet wipe manufacturers to work together to raise consumer awareness about the appropriate disposal of wet wipes and other non-flushable products. This will be crucial for generating meaningful behavioural change with consumers and customers.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy on accurately labelling (a) sanitary and (b) toilet products in respect to whether they are flushable.

In line with our Resources and Waste Strategy for England, we are considering the best approach to minimising the environmental impact of a range of products, including absorbent hygiene products, taking on board the environmental and social impacts of the options available.

There are a number of policy measures available to us, including standards and consumer information, as well as encouraging voluntary action by business. We are seeking powers through the Environment Bill that will enable us to, where appropriate and subject to consultation, introduce eco-design and consumer information requirements including labelling schemes that provide accurate information to consumers, to drive the market towards more sustainable products. The water industry has developed their ‘Fine to Flush’ standard for wet wipe products and Defra is considering a range of policy options to tackle the issue.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps he has taken to prevent deterioration in river wildlife; and what resources he will provide to local authorities in England to protect and restore water habitats.

River basin management plans (RBMPs) set out objectives and put in place measures to protect, enhance and manage our surface waters, including the conservation objectives for protected sites. The 2015 RBMPs confirmed £3 billion investment over the period to 2021. In England this has led to over 11,000km of surface water being enhanced since the 2015 plans were published. The next update of the plans has just been published for consultation by the Environment Agency (EA) and I encourage local authorities and all interested parties to engage in that process.

Many of our rivers are designated as protected sites, in whole or in part, in view of their national and/or international importance. These provisions provide a high level of protection but also rely on a broad range of complementary measures to secure their conservation, often at the catchment scale. These measures are an important part of river basin planning.

In addition, Defra and the EA are working together to tackle the main pressures affecting the water environment and freshwater habitats. We are tackling river and lake pollution from poor farming practice with regulation, financial incentives and educational schemes for farmers. Water company investment in environmental improvements has been scaled up to £7.1 billion over the period 2020-25. The storm overflow task force and new measures through the Environment Bill will focus effort on reducing harms from storm overflows and our new chemicals strategy will build on an already robust statutory regime to ensure chemicals are managed and handled safely. We will also be setting at least one new, legally binding target on water quality through the Environment Bill.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an estimate of the (a) quantity of food produced in the UK that was wasted in each of the last five years and (b) environmental and economic cost of that waste.

Defra funds the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) to produce periodic estimates of UK food waste levels post-farm-gate. Whilst the next report is not due until 2022, previous reports show significant reductions:

  • 2007 - 11.2 million tonnes
  • 2015 - 10 million tonnes
  • 2018 - 9.5 million tonnes

WRAP estimate that this waste has an economic value of £19 billion.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has taken recent steps to help ensure that fresh, nutritious, unsold food is diverted to charities supporting vulnerable families.

The safe and speedy redistribution of surplus food is a priority, be it from retail, manufacture or the hospitality and food service sector, which all may have their own issues and challenges in their supply chains. Defra supports a range of action to overcome these challenges, reduce food waste and help get more surplus food to charities.

Since 2017 Defra has made a series of grants available to help the redistribution sector. In total nearly £12m has been awarded to over 250 large and small redistribution organisations across the country for the provision of for example warehousing, vehicles, fridges and freezers.

We continue to support WRAP and the Courtauld 2030 redistribution working group that seeks to overcome barriers to redistribution. The most recent outputs from the group is the publication of new guidance on storing surplus food; best practice on redistributing own brand products and the tool Framework for Effective Redistribution.

We remain committed to the WRAP led Food Waste Reduction Roadmap which supports business to target, measure and specifically act on reducing food waste for instance by making sure food surplus is redistributed.

The amount of surplus food redistributed in 2020, over 92,000 tonnes, was worth £280 million and was the equivalent of 220 million meals. Since UK-level data was first reported in 2015, overall levels of redistribution have increased three-fold.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
15th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will hold discussions with Ministers of the Department for International Trade on the finding that plastic packaging and bags from seven of the top 10 UK supermarkets have been found at multiple sites across south-west Turkey as set out in Greenpeace’s report, Trashed: how the UK is still dumping plastic waste on the rest of the world, published in May 2021; and if he will make a statement.

It is illegal to export waste from the UK to be dumped or burned overseas. Under the UK legislation on waste shipments, businesses involved in the export of wastes are required to take all necessary steps to ensure that the waste they ship is managed in an environmentally sound manner throughout its shipment and during its recycling. The Environment Agency (EA), as the competent authority for waste shipments for England, has been proactively engaging with the authorities in Turkey on the issue of illegal plastic waste exports over the past year. The Environment Agency has liaised with Greenpeace, following their recent report, in order to seek information which could assist them with their compliance monitoring and enforcement of waste exports to Turkey.

All waste exports need to be made in accordance with the relevant legislation and the UK regulators have a system of inspections in place to verify compliance under the waste exports and packaging regimes respectively. Over the last 12 months, monitoring by the Environment Agency (EA) has had a particular focus on preventing illegal plastic waste exports. In 2020, the EA prevented the illegal export of 46 shipping containers of plastic waste to Turkey, this year they have already prevented the illegal export of 122 containers of plastic waste to Turkey. The EA also currently has four active investigations into illegal waste exports to Turkey. The Environment Agency (EA) has developed a good relationship with the Turkish Ministry of Environment, who have expressed their thanks for the UK’s collaborative approach in preventing illegal exports of waste to Turkey. Turkey has now banned the import of most plastic wastes.

The UK government has pledged to introduce tougher controls on illegal waste exports, and the Environment Bill includes a power to introduce mandatory electronic tracking of waste which will make it harder for criminals to obtain and export waste illegally. We plan to launch a consultation on this in the Autumn.

Within this context, Defra is working with the Department for International Trade on supporting the development of more plastic processing infrastructure within the UK to reduce the need to export these materials to other countries, such as Turkey. The Government is also committed to a bringing forward a ban on plastic exports to non-OECD countries.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
12th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to increase funding for tree-planting and urban greening schemes in Enfield North constituency.

We are committed to increasing tree planting, and will set out policies to achieve this in the England Tree Strategy, including planting and protecting trees in and around urban areas, which are vital to creating healthy places to live.

We have announced a third round of bidding for the Urban Tree Challenge Fund (UTCF) on the 26 April 2021. Currently there are no UTCF funded projects in Enfield North however, applications are open to anyone who wants to plant trees in urban or peri-urban areas.

We have also announced the Local Authority Treescapes Fund (LATF) to increase tree planting and natural regeneration in local communities. £2.7 million will be available this year (2021/22) and is aimed at establishing more trees in non-woodland settings such as along riverbanks or footpaths. Applications will be accepted from unitary and top tier local authorities in England, including London Boroughs.

These funds are part of the Government’s Nature for Climate Fund and support trees in locations with the greatest levels of benefit to ecosystems and society, such as climate adaptation, health, and wellbeing, as well as connecting fragmented habitats.

The London Borough of Enfield was awarded a grant of £678,700 in the first round of the Green Recovery Challenge Fund which was for large scale ecological improvements to Enfield’s rivers, including planting 60ha of new accessible woodland which was separately funded by the Forestry Commissions’ Woodland Carbon Fund and installing 20 rural sustainable drainage systems to reduce flood risk to over 1,000 properties.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
14th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 8 June 2021 to Question 7981 on Overseas Trade: Turkey, on what occasions she has raised human rights concerns with representatives from the Turkish Government since the implementation of the UK-Turkey Free Trade Agreement.

HM Government is clear that more trade need not come at the expense of our values. We have a longstanding relationship with Turkey and will continue to engage the Turkish government on such issues.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
15th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps he has taken to provide adequate resources to help Enfield Council tackle air pollution by (a) delivering clean air zones, (b) encouraging the use of electric vehicles with recharging points, (c) encouraging cycling and walking and (d) delivering borough-wide air pollution monitoring networks.

The Mayor of London is responsible for air quality in the capital and has reserve powers under Part IV of the Environment Act 1995 to reflect this.

In 2020, London Boroughs received £25 million via the Active Travel Fund (ATF) to deliver safe cycling and walking routes in their areas. They have also received £13m through the Go Ultra Low City Scheme (GULCS) to drive the uptake of ultra-low emission vehicles.

Over the last two financial years, London Borough of Enfield have been awarded a total of £117,000 through the On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme, which will see 44 EV chargepoints installed across the Borough.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps his Department has taken to support taxi and private hire vehicle drivers during the period of reduced demand as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

The majority of taxi and PHV drivers are self-employed and were therefore able to apply for grants through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) before the scheme closed on 30 September 2021.

Drivers of taxis and private hire vehicles may also have been eligible for other sources of support, including locally administered grant funding. An online support finder tool was made available to help businesses and self-employed workers determine what support was available to them.

Ongoing engagement with sector stakeholders indicate that demand for taxi and private hire vehicles (PHVs) is very high with PHV operators seeking to increase driver numbers to meet this.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps his Department has taken to encourage investment in electric vehicle and battery manufacturing in the UK.

As part of the Government’s Net Zero Strategy, we are allocating a further £350 million for the Automotive Transformation Fund, as part of our up to £1 billion commitment to build an internationally competitive electric vehicle supply chain including gigafactories. This is in addition to the £500m of funding announced as part of the 10 Point Plan. This will help ensure the UK maximises the benefits from the transition to a zero emission vehicle future and support tens of thousands of high-quality green jobs across the UK.

We continue to work closely with investors to progress plans for manufacturing the batteries that we will need for the next generation of electric vehicles here in the UK. The £1bn investment announced by Nissan and Envision AESC to create an electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing hub is a major vote of confidence in the UK. We are delivering on our commitment to transition to a zero-carbon future, secure Gigafactories and ensure we continue our proud legacy of being one of the best locations for competitive, high-quality automotive manufacturing.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues in the Treasury to help ensure that transport decarbonisation measures are adequately funded in the comprehensive spending review.

The Department for Transport is committed to decarbonising the UK’s transport system. Our pathway to net zero was set out in our ambitious Transport Decarbonisation Plan earlier this year and reducing the environmental impacts of transport is one of our Departmental Priority Outcomes.

Department for Transport ministers have had positive and ongoing engagement with their HM Treasury counterparts throughout the Spending Review process. Ministers across Government are committed to achieving net zero by 2050 and we will continue to progress towards this goal over this coming Spending Review period.

The outcomes of Spending Review will be published at Autumn Budget on Wednesday 27th October.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on ensuring that the Net Zero Strategy includes a pathway for decarbonising transport.

Our Transport Decarbonisation Plan, published in July 2021, set out a credible, deliverable pathway to net zero greenhouse gas emissions in the transport sector by 2050, as well as delivering the sector’s contribution to demanding carbon budgets along the way. The Net Zero Strategy presents a pathway to net zero emissions across the whole economy, including the transport sector.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to Answer of 20 September to Question 47079, what (a) number of training places were created for job seekers to drive HGVs, (b) additional amount of money was provided to fund these places and (c) number of places were created for apprenticeships, and (d) number of additional HGV driver testing places have been created since September 2020.

The requested information on the number of training places created for job seekers to drive HGVs and the amount of funding provided for the places is not available. The DWP Sector-based Work Academy Programme (SWAPs) statistics include non-HGV driver roles and it is not possible to split HGV driver SWAPs from the data. It is also not possible to identify purchases of HGV driver training within general Flexible Support Fund spending.

The number of apprenticeship places is not limited. There were 1,739 LGV Driver apprenticeship starts in the academic year 2020/21. The new Large Goods Vehicle Driver apprenticeship was made available on 2 August 2021. The data for starts since its introduction is not yet available.

Weekly HGV testing capacity prior to March 2020 was 1,500. Additional capacity has been incrementally put into place since May this year, through operational and legislative changes. Currently there are up to 2,850 HGV tests are available weekly.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the temporary increase to the maximum daily working hours for HGV drivers on road safety.

It is important to note that the relaxations made to the drivers’ hours rules are limited in nature. No requirements of the rules, whether it be breaks during the day, daily & weekly rest periods, or weekly and fortnightly driving limits, have been removed. The rules have been relaxed in a controlled way.

The drivers’ hours relaxation requires compensatory rest when the option to amend weekly rest patterns is taken. This is designed to combat cumulative fatigue and is very similar to a provision in force across the UK and EU permanently for some international driving.

There is published guidance about the circumstances in which the temporary relaxations can be used. There must be evidence of detriment to the wider community, that the relaxation leads to a significant improvement and that driver safety must not be compromised. In respect of detriment and safety there are specific benchmarks.

The rules are enforced by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) who also collect data on compliance.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the ongoing shortage of heavy goods vehicle drivers.

Cabinet Ministers attend regular meetings organised by the National Economic Recovery Taskforce (NERT) to agree measures and actions to address the heavy goods vehicle driver shortage. Cabinet Ministers also engage in informal discussions as and when required.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with his Turkish counterpart on the status of Turkey on the traffic light covid-19 travel list.

Decisions on Red, Amber or Green List assignment and associated border measures are taken by Ministers, who take into account Joint Biosecurity Centre risk assessments of countries and territories, alongside wider public health factors.

These are intended to be temporary measures and the government keeps data for countries and territories under regular review. Turkey will move to the amber list from 4am on Wednesday 22 September.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the evidential basis is for his Department’s decision to assign Turkey to the red travel list for covid-19, and what criteria Turkey needs to meet to move to the amber covid-19 travel list.

Decisions on Red, Amber or Green List assignment and associated border measures are taken by Ministers, who take into account Joint Biosecurity Centre risk assessments of countries and territories, alongside wider public health factors.

These are intended to be temporary measures and the government keeps data for countries and territories under regular review. Turkey will move to the amber list from 4am on Wednesday 22 September.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to review the status of Turkey on the traffic light covid-19 travel list.

Decisions on Red, Amber or Green List assignment and associated border measures are taken by Ministers, who take into account Joint Biosecurity Centre risk assessments of countries and territories, alongside wider public health factors.

These are intended to be temporary measures and the government keeps data for countries and territories under regular review. Turkey will move to the amber list from 4am on Wednesday 22 September.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the impact of the UK's withdrawal from the EU on the number of heavy goods vehicle drivers in the UK.

The Department for Transport has regular discussions with the road haulage industry. We are working together to address the current HGV driver shortage, which is an issue affecting many countries worldwide. For example, the International Road Transport Union predicts a gap of 185,000 drivers by 2027 in Germany.

The Government has already taken firm action, including through training for jobseekers, additional funding for apprenticeships, and taking measures to increase lorry driver testing capacity to bring new drivers into the industry as soon as possible.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
7th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on ensuring that the Transport Decarbonisation Plan makes progress for achieving net-zero for all modes of transport.

My Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State has regular discussions with Ministerial Colleagues on a number of issues including transport decarbonisation. We have worked closely right across government throughout the development of our world-leading plan, “Decarbonising Transport: a better, greener Britain” which has now been published. We will continue to work together to implement its policies and deliver our commitments to decarbonise transport and achieve net zero by 2050.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
7th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of a rollout of acoustic cameras to tackle the nuisance of car exhaust noise amplifiers on residential and A roads.

The Department is aware of nuisance caused by excessively noisy car exhausts. New vehicles are required to meet strict noise limits before being first placed on the market and once on the road, exhausts and silencers are not permitted to be altered to increase noise such as the fitment of noise amplifiers.

The police have powers to take action under the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 (as amended) if they believe excessive vehicle noise could have been avoided through reasonable driver care. Local authorities can issue a Community Protection Notice if an individual’s behaviour is having a negative impact on the community. In both cases, failure to comply can result in a fine or a fixed penalty notice.

The Department is currently considering the outcome of a preliminary trial of a prototype acoustic camera. Due to the early stages of testing and prototype nature of the technology it is too early to assess the potential impact of widespread deployment, but we are optimistic that it will provide an effective enforcement tool in the future.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
7th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to tackle the nuisance of car exhaust noise amplifiers on (a) residential and (b) A roads; and what enforcement powers (i) police and (ii) local authorities have to tackle that nuisance.

The Department is aware of nuisance caused by excessively noisy car exhausts. New vehicles are required to meet strict noise limits before being first placed on the market and once on the road, exhausts and silencers are not permitted to be altered to increase noise such as the fitment of noise amplifiers.

The police have powers to take action under the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 (as amended) if they believe excessive vehicle noise could have been avoided through reasonable driver care. Local authorities can issue a Community Protection Notice if an individual’s behaviour is having a negative impact on the community. In both cases, failure to comply can result in a fine or a fixed penalty notice.

The Department is currently considering the outcome of a preliminary trial of a prototype acoustic camera. Due to the early stages of testing and prototype nature of the technology it is too early to assess the potential impact of widespread deployment, but we are optimistic that it will provide an effective enforcement tool in the future.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
7th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to ban the sale of car exhaust noise amplifiers.

The Department is aware of nuisance caused by excessively noisy car exhausts. New vehicles are required to meet strict noise limits before being first placed on the market and once on the road, exhausts and silencers are not permitted to be altered to increase noise such as the fitment of noise amplifiers.

The police have powers to take action under the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 (as amended) if they believe excessive vehicle noise could have been avoided through reasonable driver care. Local authorities can issue a Community Protection Notice if an individual’s behaviour is having a negative impact on the community. In both cases, failure to comply can result in a fine or a fixed penalty notice.

The Department is currently considering the outcome of a preliminary trial of a prototype acoustic camera. Due to the early stages of testing and prototype nature of the technology it is too early to assess the potential impact of widespread deployment, but we are optimistic that it will provide an effective enforcement tool in the future.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
30th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps his Department has taken to encourage the uptake of cycling and walking in (a) Enfield North constituency, (b) the London Borough of Enfield, (c) London and (d) England.

The responsibility for transport in London is devolved to the Mayor of London and Transport for London (TfL), and decisions on cycling and walking schemes in Enfield are a matter for the borough and for TfL. In 2020/2021 the Department provided over £100 million of funding to support active travel in the capital, and its financial support to TfL over the period from May to December 2021 includes a further £100 million for active travel.

The Department for Transport is investing an unprecedented £2 billion in active travel schemes in England over the course of this Parliament. This is the biggest ever boost for cycling and walking. The funding will be spent on a wide range of measures, as set out in the Prime Minister’s July 2020 Gear Change plan.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
30th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps his Department has taken to reverse the growth of road traffic.

The Department is working closely with the Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government to ensure the transport and spatial planning systems are better aligned and actively promote sustainable transport options. The two Departments are also considering how we ensure we deliver on our commitment in Gear Change and ensure that walking, cycling and public transport are the first choice for journeys in new developments. As part of this, Active Travel England, once established, will be a statutory consultee in the planning system. Officials from my Department are in contact with MHCLG officials to determine the scope of this involvement.

Additionally, as set out in the Prime Minister’s July 2020 Gear Change plan, the Department is investing an unprecedented £2 billion in active travel schemes in England over the course of this Parliament. This is the biggest ever boost for cycling and walking and the funding will be spent on a wide range of measures.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
30th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has made recent representations to Ministerial colleagues in the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government to identify opportunities for (a) combined transport and planning policies and (b) 20-minute walkable neighbourhoods to increase walking, cycling and reduce car usage.

The Department is working closely with the Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government to ensure the transport and spatial planning systems are better aligned and actively promote sustainable transport options. The two Departments are also considering how we ensure we deliver on our commitment in Gear Change and ensure that walking, cycling and public transport are the first choice for journeys in new developments. As part of this, Active Travel England, once established, will be a statutory consultee in the planning system. Officials from my Department are in contact with MHCLG officials to determine the scope of this involvement.

Additionally, as set out in the Prime Minister’s July 2020 Gear Change plan, the Department is investing an unprecedented £2 billion in active travel schemes in England over the course of this Parliament. This is the biggest ever boost for cycling and walking and the funding will be spent on a wide range of measures.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
26th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the creation of Great British Railways on tickets prices for commuters using National Rail lines in Enfield North constituency.

On 20th May, government published Great British Railways: The Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail – a blueprint for a more customer focused, reliable and growing railway. The biggest reform and simplification of our railways in 30 years will bring “track and train” together under single national leadership in a new public body – Great British Railways – accountable to ministers. Great British Railways will own the infrastructure, collect fare revenue, run and plan the network, set the timetable and most fares.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
12th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make adequate funding available to Enfield Council to support the delivery of electric vehicle charging points to support residents in making the transition to electric cars.

Up to January 2021, specifically within the London Borough of Enfield, the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles has provided grant funding assistance for the installation of 481 chargepoints in drivers’ homes and 31 chargepoints in workplaces as well as awarded funding for the installation of 12 public chargepoints on residential streets through the On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS). The ORCS, worth £20million this financial year, is open to all UK local authorities to provide charging infrastructure for residents without access to private parking. This scheme is just part of a £1.3 billion Government investment in electric vehicle charging infrastructure, including ongoing support for chargepoints in homes and workplaces, which complements growing private sector investment.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
12th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department will take to measure the effect of pollution on Bullsmoor Lane as a result of the M25 junction development scheme.

Highways England’s assessment of the impact of the scheme concluded that changes in air quality as a result of the scheme would be negligible. Air quality monitoring on Bullsmoor Lane is already being carried out by the London Borough of Enfield, as the relevant local authority. Since construction on the scheme has started, they have not notified Highways England of any exceedances recorded for any monitoring stations within the locality of Bullsmoor Lane. As this monitoring is already in place, Highways England has no plans to implement further monitoring in the locality.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
19th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department has spent on (a) consultancy services including (i) communications, (ii) advertising, (iii) marketing and (iv) media buying since 1 March 2020.

For the core department, the amount incurred for consultancy from 1st March – 31st October 2020 is £53m. As with previous years, the majority of this is in relation to large scale transport infrastructure programmes. £96k out of the £53m relates to spend on Marketing and Communications Consultancy.

Consultancy is defined as the provision of objective advice relating to strategy, structure, management or operations of an organisation, in pursuit of its purposes and objectives. Such advice is provided outside the ‘business-as-usual’ environment when in-house skills are not available and is time-limited. The numbers quoted here are from unaudited internal management accounting information.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
30th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department will take to ensure that all approved driving instructors receive guidance on how they can safely restart driving lessons and tests as the covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency’s (DVSA) priority throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has been the safety of its staff and the wider public. That remains its priority as it restarts its services.

Driving instructors are responsible for ensuring their services remain safe. Guidance on how they can carry out risk assessments can be found on the Health and Safety Executive’s website. The DVSA will release an updated version of its standard operating procedure for driving examiners, which driving instructors might wish to refer to when developing their own health and safety procedures. The DVSA will be sending this directly to driving instructors and it will be hosted on the National Associations Strategic Partnership website.

The DVSA would encourage all driving instructors to keep up to date with the driving instructors’ National Associations Strategic Partnership (NASP) website for further advice and information.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
3rd Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, in what circumstances the power to recall vehicles proposed in the Environment Bill would be used.

The proposed power would enable the Government to compel manufacturers to recall road vehicles, and non-road mobile machinery, if they are found not to comply with the environmental standards which they are required to meet by law.

The Government will set out how the regime will operate in full in secondary legislation.

George Freeman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
9th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate she has made of the (a) unemployment and (b) youth unemployment rates in Enfield North constituency; what comparative assessment her Department has made of those figures and the equivalent UK rates; what assessment her Department has made of the factors that contribute to geographical disparities in unemployment rates; and what steps she is taking to reduce unemployment in Enfield North constituency.

Estimates of (a) unemployment and (b) youth unemployment in the year to Jun 2021 based on the Annual Population Survey are published and available here. Guidance for users can be found here. The sample sizes for Enfield North mean that the youth unemployment rate is suppressed in the latest data, and the overall unemployment rate estimate is unreliable.

This geographical data is published and the Department keeps it regularly under review.

Through our Plan for Jobs, DWP has recruited an additional 13,500 Work Coaches to provide support to unemployed people to find a job. DWP has several targeted schemes to support people of all ages and to help them prepare for and progress into work. These include the Kickstart Scheme which has, so far, seen over 112,000 young people aged 18-24 start new jobs and Restart which provides up to 12 months intensive employment support to Universal Credit claimants who have been unemployed for a year.

The DWP Youth Offer has been extended to 2025 and has expanded eligibility to include 16 and 17-year olds, in addition to 18 to 24-year olds, who are claiming Universal Credit and searching for work through the 150 Youth Hubs across England, Scotland and Wales. DWP is also delivering a comprehensive package of support for young people in collaboration with the Department for Education and National Careers Service in England, the Devolved Administrations, and other partners.

In Enfield North, all customers have access to the Plan for Jobs offer, delivering a comprehensive range of support to help people back into work. We are in the process of establishing two Youth Hubs in Enfield. Mainstream employment support in Enfield is supplemented through DWP’s local Flexible Support Funded (FSF) provision, in response to needs identified within the local community, delivering tailored support to enhance employment prospects.

The Jobcentre also works with local employers to deliver Sector Work Based Academy Programmes (SWAPs). These deliver short vocational training linked directly to vacancies within a particular employer or in a particular sector. In Enfield we continue to host a range of employers in various sectors including care, construction, administration and warehouse roles.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
29th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to ensure cases with the Universal Credit Risk Review Department are dealt with in a timely manner.

The Risk Review Team (RRT) completes their reviews as quickly as possible. This is partly dependant on the co-operation of the claimant to provide any information requested to support the review.

We closely monitor the volumes of cases to ensure we have the correct resources on the team to take the necessary action on cases in a timely manner.

David Rutley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
29th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will set out the processes and procedures of the Universal Credit Risk Review Department.

The methods used to identify cases reviewed by the Risk Review Team are sensitive and, as such, we are not able to provide the mechanics of how they are identified.

By putting such methods or the guidance in the public domain we would undermine the ability of DWP to detect and counter fraudulent threats.

David Rutley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
29th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the risk of poverty among universal credit claimants whose payments are suspended whilst their case is with the Universal Credit Risk Review Department.

Any decision by the Risk Review Team to suspend a claim to benefit is not made lightly. Suspending a claim would be a last resort, based on the risk that a person may not be entitled to receive a benefit payment.

Should a claim be suspended, once the Risk Review Team is in possession of all material requested and a decision is made that a person is entitled to benefit, then any suspension can be lifted immediately.

David Rutley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
15th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of legacy benefits for people with severe disabilities.

I refer the honourable member to the answer to PQ UIN 68410.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
8th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent representations has she made to the Chancellor of the Exchequer on reducing the unemployment gap for Black, Asian, and ethnic minority people in (a) Enfield North constituency, (b) Greater London and (c) England.

The Government is committed to supporting people from all backgrounds, including those from ethnic minorities, to move into work. It provides a national offer of support ensuring that no matter where they live, all customers receive the help they need, when they need it.

Our Job Centre Plus network offers tailored interventions which allow Work Coaches to adapt their approach to suit each customer’s needs. Our Plan for Jobs Programme protects, supports and creates jobs, targeting young people, the long term unemployed, and those in need of new training and skills. It includes the Kickstart scheme, an expanded youth offer, and the expansion of the Work and Health Programme, all offering new support to jobseekers, including those from ethnic minority backgrounds.

We also have a national programme of mentoring circles, involving employers offering specialised support to unemployed, ethnic minority jobseekers.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
8th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent discussions she has had with the Minister for Women and Equalities on supporting the creation of employment opportunities for disabled people in (a) Enfield North constituency, (b) Greater London and (c) England.

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions has not had any recent discussions with the Minister for Women and Equalities on supporting the creation of employment opportunities for disabled people in the specified areas. However, the Government is committed to improving the lives of disabled people, and a range of initiatives are supporting disabled people to stay in and enter work.

These include the Work and Health Programme, the Intensive Personalised Employment Support Programme, Access to Work, Disability Confident and support in partnership with the health system, including Employment Advice in NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapy services. The Government has also increased the number of specialist Disability Employment Advisors in Jobcentres.

In addition, the DWP will shortly publish a Green Paper on health and disability support which will consider how we can improve our current service, provide extra support to navigate the system and seek to better understand how we can improve the current employment support offer. The Government will also publish the National Disability Strategy later this year which will be informed by insights from the lived experience of disabled people, focusing on the issues that disabled people say affect them the most in all aspects and phases of life, including employment.

17th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of people in Enfield North were in receipt of pension credit in each of the last 10 years.

For the information requested is not available.

The DWP publishes annual take-up statistics for income-related benefits, including Pension Credit, at Great Britain level. The latest data was published in October 2020 and provides take-up estimates up to financial year 2018/19.

The Estimates of take up of income related benefits over the last 10 years, including the latest estimates for 2018/19 can be found in the following publications: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/income-related-benefits-estimates-of-take-up--2

Information on the number of people in receipt of Pension Credit by Parliamentary Constituency can be found at:

https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/

Population estimates for the UK by age and Parliamentary Constituency are published by the Office for National Statistics and can be found here:

https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/populationandmigration/populationestimates/datasets/parliamentaryconstituencymidyearpopulationestimates

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
17th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of people in Enfield North were eligible for pension credit for each of the last 10 years.

For the information requested is not available.

The DWP publishes annual take-up statistics for income-related benefits, including Pension Credit, at Great Britain level. The latest data was published in October 2020 and provides take-up estimates up to financial year 2018/19.

The Estimates of take up of income related benefits over the last 10 years, including the latest estimates for 2018/19 can be found in the following publications: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/income-related-benefits-estimates-of-take-up--2

Information on the number of people in receipt of Pension Credit by Parliamentary Constituency can be found at:

https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/

Population estimates for the UK by age and Parliamentary Constituency are published by the Office for National Statistics and can be found here:

https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/populationandmigration/populationestimates/datasets/parliamentaryconstituencymidyearpopulationestimates

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
17th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department has taken to ease the application process for pension credit and make the service accessible.

The Government wants to make sure that all eligible pensioners claim the Pension Credit to which they are rightly entitled. DWP continues to use multiple ways to reach those who can claim. Amongst other things, on 16 June, DWP joined forces with Age UK, Len Goodman, Rustie Lee and the BBC to help reach those who may be reticent about claiming Pension Credit. The aim was to renew our efforts to raise awareness of Pension Credit, encouraging people to check their eligibility and make a claim.

On 17 May, DWP Ministers hosted a roundtable event attended by a range of stakeholders who have an interest in pensioners’ financial wellbeing, to explore opportunities on getting information about Pension Credit to pensioners and their family members.

We have recently updated our online toolkit which provides a range of ideas and support which stakeholders can use with their customers to encourage take-up of Pension Credit. Two new videos specifically target key messages aimed at pensioners as well as their family members and friends.

Our Pension Credit pages on gov.uk have recently been updated, drawing attention to how Pension Credit can provide extra money as well as a range of other help for pensioners who get it. The online claim facility we introduced last year, further enables family, friends and organisations to help pensioners make a claim.

This year, over 11 million pensioners in Great Britain received messaging about Pension Credit with their annual State Pension up-rating letter which also highlighted that an award of Pension Credit can mean being eligible for other benefits such as Housing Benefit or a free over-75 TV licence.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
17th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department has taken to increase the uptake of pension credit.

The Government wants to make sure that all eligible pensioners claim the Pension Credit to which they are rightly entitled. DWP continues to use multiple ways to reach those who can claim. Amongst other things, on 16 June, DWP joined forces with Age UK, Len Goodman, Rustie Lee and the BBC to help reach those who may be reticent about claiming Pension Credit. The aim was to renew our efforts to raise awareness of Pension Credit, encouraging people to check their eligibility and make a claim.

On 17 May, DWP Ministers hosted a roundtable event attended by a range of stakeholders who have an interest in pensioners’ financial wellbeing, to explore opportunities on getting information about Pension Credit to pensioners and their family members.

We have recently updated our online toolkit which provides a range of ideas and support which stakeholders can use with their customers to encourage take-up of Pension Credit. Two new videos specifically target key messages aimed at pensioners as well as their family members and friends.

Our Pension Credit pages on gov.uk have recently been updated, drawing attention to how Pension Credit can provide extra money as well as a range of other help for pensioners who get it. The online claim facility we introduced last year, further enables family, friends and organisations to help pensioners make a claim.

This year, over 11 million pensioners in Great Britain received messaging about Pension Credit with their annual State Pension up-rating letter which also highlighted that an award of Pension Credit can mean being eligible for other benefits such as Housing Benefit or a free over-75 TV licence.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
15th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent comparative assessment her Department has made of the (a) unemployment and (b) youth unemployment rates in (i) Enfield North constituency and (ii) the UK; and what steps her Department is taking to reduce unemployment in Enfield North constituency.

The information on youth unemployment available is in the table below. No assessment has been made of changes in the levels of unemployment. Links to the data can be found below the table.

Alternative Claimant Count: Enfield North

Feb 18

Feb 19

Feb 20

Feb 21

a (i) All Aged 16+ (Levels)

2,866

2,876

2,987

6,258

c (iii) Aged 16-24 (Levels)

371

380

420

1,085

Source: DWP, Stat X-plore

The Nomis data available for Enfield can be found here.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
15th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department has taken to ensure that the Enfield constituency receives adequate funding for employment support services.

DWP is committed to supporting everyone who has been affected by the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 on the economy and the labour market. We want everyone to be able to find a job, progress in work and thrive in the labour market, whoever they are and wherever they live.

Through the Plan for Jobs, the government invested £30bn in measures to create, support and protect jobs. Plan for Jobs has been developed to run alongside existing provision and we conduct regular reviews of funding for employment support services in Enfield to ensure that the needs the community are met, both through existing provision and locally sourced services through our Flexible Support Fund.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
15th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if her Department will provide an estimate of the number of current placements on the Kickstart scheme that will result in permanent employment in (a) England, (b) Greater London and (c) Enfield North constituency.

The aim of the Kickstart scheme is to fund the creation of additional jobs which will provide young people with experience that will make it more likely that they are able to secure permanent employment. This may be with the employer they have undertaken their Kickstart job with or may be with another employer.

The Department for Work and Pensions will be monitoring and evaluating the Kickstart scheme throughout its implementation, and will continue to evaluate the longer term outcomes for Kickstart participants after they have completed their six-month job placements. We do not currently have an estimate of how many Kickstart participants will secure long term employment.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
7th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect of the £20 uplift in universal credit on levels of child poverty in (a) England and (b) Enfield North.

No assessment has been made.

This Government is wholly committed to supporting those on low incomes, including by increasing the living wage, and by spending an estimated £112 billion on welfare support for people of working age in 2020/21. This included around £7.4 billion of Covid-related welfare policy measures.

We introduced our Covid Winter Grant Scheme providing funding to Local Authorities in England to help the most vulnerable children and families stay warm and well fed during the coldest months, now the Covid Local Support Grant, with a total investment of £269m.

As the economy recovers, our ambition is to help people move into and progress in work as quickly as possible based on clear evidence around the importance of employment, particularly where it is full-time, in substantially reducing the risks of poverty. We are investing over £30 billion in our ambitious Plan for Jobs which is already delivering for people of all ages right across the country.

Will Quince
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
7th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the level of child poverty in (a) England and (b) Enfield North constituency.

This Government is wholly committed to tackling poverty. Throughout the pandemic, our priority has been to support the most vulnerable including through spending an additional £7.4billion to strengthen the welfare system, taking our total expenditure on welfare support for people of working age to an estimated £112 billion in 2020/21. Additionally, in December 2020 we introduced our Covid Winter Grant Scheme, providing funding to Local Authorities in England to enable them to support people with food and essential utility bills during the coldest months, now the Covid Local Support Grant, with a total investment of £269m.

National Statistics on the number and percentage of children in low income are published annually in the “Households Below Average Income” publication. Data for Kingston upon Hull North is unavailable due to insufficient sample size.

Latest statistics for the levels of children who are in low income in England, covering 2019/20, can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/households-below-average-income-for-financial-years-ending-1995-to-2020,“children-hbai-timeseries-1994-95-2019-20-tables” in table 4.16ts (relative low income, before and after housing costs) and in table 4.22ts (absolute low income, before and after housing costs).

In the three years to 2019/20, the absolute child poverty rate, before housing costs, in England was 18%, down 3 percentage points since the three years to 2009/10.

The Department now publishes supplementary official statistics on the number of children in low income families at constituency level. Children in Low Income Families data is published annually. The latest figures on the number of children who are in low income in Enfield North constituency and in England, covering 2019/20, can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/children-in-low-income-families-local-area-statistics-2014-to-2020/children-in-low-income-families-local-area-statistics-fye-2015-to-fye-2020.

Due to methodological differences, the figures in these two publications are not comparable.

Will Quince
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
18th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make an assessment of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on (a) food poverty and (b) levels of food bank usage in Enfield North.

We take the issue of food insecurity seriously, which is why we added internationally used food security questions to the Family Resources Survey in 19/20 and published the data in March this year. Food insecurity data from the Family Resources survey for 20/21 is not yet available. Data is not collected at constituency level.

This Government is wholly committed to supporting those on low incomes, including by increasing the living wage, and by spending an estimated £112 billion on welfare support for people of working age in 2020/21. This included around £7.4 billion of Covid-related welfare policy measures.

We introduced our Covid Winter Grant Scheme providing funding to Local Authorities in England to help the most vulnerable children and families stay warm and well fed during the coldest months. It will now run until June as the Covid Local Support Grant, with a total investment of £269m.

We are investing up to £220m in the Holiday Activities and Food programme which has been expanded to every local authority across England this year. Children eligible for benefits-related Free School Meals will have the option to join a holiday club programme that provides healthy food and enriching activities during the summer, Christmas and Easter holidays in 2021. We also increased the value of Healthy Start Vouchers from £3.10 to £4.25 in April.

Food banks are independent charitable organisations and there is no consistent and accurate measure of food bank usage at a constituency or national level.

Will Quince
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
18th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she has met with food bank (a) providers and (b) user groups in developing her Department's food bank use reduction plans.

Ministers and officials from across Government continue to engage on this issue with a range of stakeholders and charitable organisations including food bank providers.

This Government is wholly committed to supporting those on low incomes, spending an estimated £112 billion on welfare support for people of working age in 2020/21 including around £7.4 billion of Covid-related welfare policy measures.

We also introduced our Covid Winter Grant Scheme providing funding to Local Authorities in England to help the most vulnerable children and families stay warm and well fed during the coldest months. It will now run to June as the Covid Local Support Grant, with a total investment of £269m.

Food insecurity is an issue we take very seriously which is why we have published data on household food security from the Family Resources Survey for the first time, to get a better understanding of the lived experience of families.

As the economy recovers, our ambition is to help people move into and progress in work as quickly as possible based on clear evidence around the importance of employment, particularly where it is full-time, in substantially reducing the risks of poverty. We are investing over £30 billion in our ambitious Plan for Jobs which is already delivering for people of all ages right across the country.

Will Quince
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
18th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to reduce the five-week wait for universal credit payments; and what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the time taken to receive such payments and the level of household debt.

Nobody has to wait for a payment in Universal Credit (UC). Urgent payments are available which allows claimants to receive up to 100% of their estimated UC payment upfront. These payments are designed to ensure that the most vulnerable claimants receive the money they need to live on during their transition to UC. Claimants have the option to spread twenty-five UC payments over twenty-four months, giving them more flexibility over the payments of their UC award.

Will Quince
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
12th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of reductions in universal credit and working tax credit from October 2021 on child poverty in Enfield North constituency.

No assessment has been made.

This Government is wholly committed to tackling child poverty. Throughout the pandemic, our priority has been to protect family incomes including by spending an additional £7.4 billion last year to strengthen the welfare system for those most in need, taking our total expenditure on welfare support for people of working age to an estimated £112bn in 2020/21.

As the economy recovers, our ambition is to help parents move into and progress in work as quickly as possible based on clear evidence around the importance of parental employment, particularly where it is full-time, in substantially reducing the risks of child poverty. We are investing over £30 billion in our ambitious Plan for Jobs which is already delivering for people of all ages right across the country.

Will Quince
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
1st Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect of businesses in the wraparound care sector closing due to ineligibility for covid-19 support on the ability of single parents to attend work.

No assessments have been made.

The wraparound childcare sector, like many sectors, is experiencing challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is for this reason that the Government has made a range of financial packages of support available for businesses.

This includes tax relief, business loans or cash grants through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), and the Self-Employed Support Scheme (SEISS), as well as a £594 million discretionary fund for councils and the Devolved Administrations to support local businesses that may not be eligible for other support, during the current national lockdown.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
30th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 18 November 2021 to Question 56264, on Pregnancy: Prisoners, on which dates the Women’s Estate Perinatal Pathway Steering Group has met since it was first convened in January 2021.

The Women’s Estate Perinatal Pathway Steering Group has met on the following dates: 23 March 2021; 20 April 2021; 27 May 2021; 29 June 2021; 27 July 2021; 7 September 2021; 6 October 2021; 9 November 2021; and 8 December 2021.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
25th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of providing a medical exemption from prescription charges for people affected by Crohn's Disease or ulcerative colitis.

No assessment has been made and we currently have no plans to review or extend the prescription charge medical exemptions list to include Crohn's Disease or ulcerative colitis.

Approximately 89% of prescriptions are already dispensed free of charge and arrangements are in place to help those most in need. To support those who do not qualify for an exemption, the cost of prescriptions can be capped by purchasing a prescription pre-payment certificate, which can be paid for in instalments. A holder of a 12-month certificate can get all the prescriptions they need for just over £2 per week.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps his Department has taken to (a) help improve recruitment to social care jobs and (b) protect retention levels for social care staff in Enfield North.

On 3 November 2021, we published details of a new £162.5 million Workforce Recruitment and Retention Fund to support local authorities to work with providers to recruit and retain social care staff this winter. This includes £879,284 for Enfield.

A new phase of our national recruitment campaign to highlight adult social care as a rewarding and stimulating place to work was launched on 3 November across broadcast and social media, running until March 2022.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to ensure better representation of community pharmacy within Integrated Care Systems and at the primary care level.

The Health and Care Bill establishes integrated care boards and integrated care partnerships (ICPs) in England. The ICP is intended to bring together health, social care and public health services to develop strategies to address local needs. The legislation allows local areas to develop specific models but we would expect community pharmacy to play a key role.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps his Department has taken to encourage more general practices in (a) Enfield North, (b) Greater London, and (c) England to sign up to the Community Pharmacist Consultation Service.

As part of the 2021/2022 GP Contract Investment and Impact Fund, Primary Care Networks are being incentivised to develop and deliver a plan to increase referrals to the Community Pharmacist Consultation Service. To receive this funding, Primary Care Networks must increase referral levels by 31 March 2022.

In addition, in October 2021, NHS England launched a £250 million Winter Access Fund for general practice. Participation in the Community Pharmacy Consultation Service is a condition of a practice being able to benefit from the Winter Access Fund.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps his Department has taken to (a) help improve recruitment to London Ambulance Service and (b) protect retention levels for London Ambulance Service staff.

In addition to the funding allocated to the London Ambulance Service (LAS) in the first half of this year, the service will receive an additional £30 million to meet increased demand. LAS is implementing a workforce programme which includes increasing the number of frontline staff by 400 whole time equivalents through recruitment and retention activity.

NHS England and NHS Improvement have provided ambulance trusts with an extra £55 million to increase staff numbers to supplement capacity in control rooms and the frontline and has invested £1.75 million to support the wellbeing of ambulance staff.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to increase funding to London Ambulance Service to help improve the performance of ambulance response times.

In addition to the funding allocated to the London Ambulance Service (LAS) in the first half of this year, the service will receive an additional £30 million to meet increased demand. LAS is implementing a workforce programme which includes increasing the number of frontline staff by 400 whole time equivalents through recruitment and retention activity.

NHS England and NHS Improvement have provided ambulance trusts with an extra £55 million to increase staff numbers to supplement capacity in control rooms and the frontline and has invested £1.75 million to support the wellbeing of ambulance staff.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the role of community pharmacy in alleviating pressure on GPs and hospitals this winter and beyond.

The Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework sets out how community pharmacy will be better integrated in the National Health Service, providing more clinical services such as treatment for minor illnesses. The Community Pharmacist Consultation Service enables NHS 111 and general practitioners to refer patients with a minor illness to a pharmacist for a consultation. The Discharge Medicines Service enables hospitals to refer recently discharged patients to a community pharmacy for support with their medication. NHS England and NHS Improvement are promoting and incentivising such referrals into community pharmacy. In addition, community pharmacies are playing an increasing role in the COVID-19 and flu vaccination programmes.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps he has taken to help improve access to support for unpaid carers in (a) Enfield North, (b) Greater London, and (c) England.

We are committed to support carers to provide care as they would wish and in a way that supports their health and wellbeing, access to education, employment and life choices.

The Department has not made a formal assessment on steps taken to help improve access to support for unpaid carers at a local level. All local authorities have a duty under the Care Act 2014 to provide carers an assessment of and support for, their needs where eligible.

The white paper ’People at the Heart of Care’, published on 1 December, sets out a new strategic approach to supporting carers. We will be investing up to £25 million to work with the sector to change the services provided to support unpaid carers.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients registered with North Central London Clinical Commissioning Group have been required to wait longer than two weeks for a hospital appointment following an urgent cancer diagnosis referral in each of the past five years.

This information is not available in the format requested.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of expanding the Covid-19 booster vaccination programme to include all those working in an educational setting.

The Department has not requested that the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation provide advice on the potential merits of expanding the COVID-19 vaccination programme to all those working in an education setting. Therefore, no such assessment has been made.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
9th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when 16 and 17 year olds will be able to book their second covid-19 vaccine; and if he will make a statement.

On 15 November, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advised that all 16 and 17 year olds should be offered a second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine 12 weeks after their first dose. The Government accepted this advice. Second vaccination doses for this cohort were made available from 22 November. Any 16 and 17 year olds previously categorised as ‘at risk’ will continue to be offered a second dose eight weeks after their first dose. For those in this age group who have had previous COVID-19 infection, the second vaccine dose should be given 12 weeks or more following the first vaccine dose, or 12 weeks following a positive COVID-19 test result, whichever is later.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
26th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when his Department plans to respond to the letter dated 6 July 2021 from the hon. Member for Enfield North on funding for public health services in Enfield, reference FC3987.

We replied to the hon. Member on 1 November 2021.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
20th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with NHS England on ensuring equal access to IVF and maternity services for lesbian and bi women.

We are in regular contact with NHS England to discuss a range of health and care issues, including maternity and fertility services.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
20th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people n Enfield North constituency who have waited longer that two weeks for a hospital appointment following an urgent cancer diagnosis referral in each of the last five years.

Data is not held on the average length of time between cancer diagnosis and the start of treatment for patients residing in the Enfield North constituency. Average waiting times are also not collected at a constituency level.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
20th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average length of time has been between cancer diagnosis and the start of treatment for patients who reside in Enfield North constituency in each of the last 10 years.

Data is not held on the average length of time between cancer diagnosis and the start of treatment for patients residing in the Enfield North constituency. Average waiting times are also not collected at a constituency level.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) service users there has been to CAMHS clinical staff in (a) London Trusts and (b) Trusts in England in each year over the last ten years.

The information requested is not held centrally.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) clinical staff were in post by CAMHS Trust in (a) London and (b) England for each of the last ten years.

The information is not held in the format requested. NHS Digital publishes quarterly data on the mental health workforce within the National Health Service. However, this data does not identify those staff providing child and adolescent mental health services.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the correspondence dated 4 August 2021 from the Hon. Member for Enfield North on Medicus Health Partners, a partnership of GP surgeries operating in Enfield, reference FC9166.

We replied to the hon. Member on 25 October 2021.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of children referred to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) received a routine assessment within four weeks of referral in Enfield North constituency in the last 12 months; and what steps his Department is taking to reduce waiting times for CAMHS.

The information requested is not available as a national access and waiting times standard for child and adolescent mental health services has not yet been defined.

To help reduce waiting times, NHS England and NHS Improvement have consulted on the potential to introduce five new waiting time standards as part of its clinically-led review of access standards. This includes a standard that children, young people, and their families/carers presenting to community-based mental health services, should receive care within four weeks from referral. The consultation closed on 1 September 2021 and NHS England and NHS Improvement expect to publish the response to the consultation by the end of this year.

We have announced an additional £79 million to significantly expand capacity in children’s mental health services in 2021/22. This will allow approximately 22,500 more children and young people to access community health services; 2,000 more children and young people to access eating disorder services; and a faster increase in the coverage of mental health support teams in schools and colleges.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of redundancies at the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency on its day-to-day functions.

The Department regularly meets with officials at the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to discuss a range of issues, including its transformation plans.

The Department has not made a specific assessment of the potential effect of redundancies at the MHRA. The MHRA continues to involve trades unions and employees through formal consultation as well as continuing opportunities for engagement with senior leaders.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had on potential redundancies with executive officers at the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.

The Department regularly meets with officials at the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to discuss a range of issues, including its transformation plans.

The Department has not made a specific assessment of the potential effect of redundancies at the MHRA. The MHRA continues to involve trades unions and employees through formal consultation as well as continuing opportunities for engagement with senior leaders.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the impact of the covid-19 outbreak on those people with endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome.

NHS England and NHS Improvement have not made a specific assessment.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the correspondence dated 9 August 2021 from the Hon. Member for Enfield North on the Coronavirus notification system on the NHS Covid-19 app, reference FC9962.

We replied to the hon. Member on 20 October 2021.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of healthcare provision services for pregnant women in prison.

Healthcare in women’s prisons is commissioned by NHS England and NHS Improvement. All pregnant women in prison are entitled to receive the same range and quality of healthcare services as they would have access to in the community including midwifery, obstetric and health visiting services. A perinatal mental health service specification has been in place since February 2021 and a national maternity and post-natal service specification is expected to be launched nationally by spring 2022 to ensure that pregnant women in prison receive high quality, consistent and respectful care.

The Women’s Estate Perinatal Pathway Steering Group, convened in January 2021, will work to support the needs of mothers and their babies in custody, share learning and best practice and identify learning from serious incidents. This group includes women with lived experience, commissioners from NHS England and NHS Improvement, HM Prison and Probation Service and private prison representatives, as well as statutory and non-statutory provider services.

The newly formed National Women’s Health and Social Care Review Group, a partnership between NHS England and NHS Improvement and HM Prison and Probation Service, is undertaking a 15-month review to improve the health and well-being of women in prison. The review seeks to reduce inequalities, improve outcomes for women in prison and upon their release and ensure equity of access to the full range of high-quality health and social care services for women in prison. The outcomes of the review, including recommendations for implementation, will be reported in spring 2022.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help reduce diagnosis times for endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome in (a) Enfield, (b) London and (c) England.

Endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome can be difficult to diagnose. Endometriosis can only be definitively diagnosed through a laparoscopy under general anaesthetic. Accordingly, it can be more appropriate to treat mild symptoms of endometriosis without a definitive diagnosis.

NHS England and NHS Improvement do not currently have plans to undertake a review of diagnosis times in England or London specifically. However, the North Central London Integrated Care System (ICS), which includes Enfield, has an ICS-wide clinical network to look at prioritisation and reducing waiting lists for gynaecology.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer on 27 July 2021 to Question 35950 on Primary Health Care, what steps his Department is taking to support people to self care for minor ailments.

All community pharmacies in England delivering National Health Services (NHS) provide support for patients to self-care. This support can include provision of advice, information, and where appropriate the sale of medicines to patients, carers and the general public to support their self-care for minor ailments.

Additionally, over 10,500 community pharmacies in England are registered to deliver the NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service. This enables patients to be referred from NHS 111 and General Practice to quickly and conveniently have their symptoms of minor illness assessed by the pharmacist, who will carry out a physical assessment as appropriate, or offer a remote consultation. In the majority of cases patients receive health advice or may purchase medicines to support self-care.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answers on 27 July 2021 to Question 35950 on Primary Health Care and Question 35951 on Integrated Care Systems, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of its policy to promote self care for minor ailments; and whether he has appointed a governing body to oversee that policy.

The Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework 2019-2024 five-year deal sets out the joint vision of the Government, NHS England & and NHS Improvement and the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee for how community pharmacy will support the NHS Long Term Plan by providing more clinical services and becoming the first point of call for minor ailments. There are no plans to appoint a governing body to oversee the promotion of self-care for minor ailments.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that local health leaders are supported to enhance opportunities for people to care for themselves in their local areas.

Supported self-management or self-care is part of the NHS Long Term Plan, to encourage, support and empower people to manage their ongoing physical and mental health conditions. In 2019, NHS England published an action plan for delivering personalised care ‘Universal Personalised Care: Implementing the Comprehensive Model’ which includes supported self-management and is available at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/publication/universal-personalised-care-implementing-the-comprehensive-model/

A range of guides have been produced to support healthcare professionals and organisations leading local implementation of personalised care to deliver on the Comprehensive Model, including materials on care co-ordination, health coaching and supported self-management. In addition, NHS@home is a programme of work transforming health and care services so that people are supported to keep well, recover and manage their health and wellbeing at home. It aims to improve the use of technology to support more people to better self-manage their health and care at home. This provides more convenient, high quality and timely alternatives to face to face care, where this works for the individual and when clinically appropriate.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that the role of a (a) self care and (b) pharmacy is represented within all Integrated Care Systems.

Guidance is being drafted to support the development of integrated care systems (ICSs). The role of ICSs is to align action between partners to improve outcomes and tackle inequalities, enhance productivity, make best use of resources and strengthen local communities.

Each integrated care board (ICB) and their partner local authorities will be required to establish an integrated care partnership (ICP), bringing together primary care, social care, public health and others where appropriate. The member of the ICB drawn from primary medical services providers should bring perspectives from all primary care partners. The ICP will be tasked with promoting partnership arrangements and developing a plan to address the health, social care and public health needs of their system. The ICB and local authorities will have regard to that plan when making decisions.

In support of these new arrangements commissioning of primary care functions will be delegated to ICBs, whilst national contractual arrangements, which currently include promoting and enabling self-care by community pharmacy, will continue to be developed at a national level.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what funding his Department plans to provide to help improve the lives of patients with haemoglobinopathies, including transfusion-dependent β-thalassemia.

The Government published the United Kingdom Rare Diseases Framework in January 2021, outlining the key priorities for rare diseases including improved access to specialist care, treatments and drugs. In October 2019, NHS England specialised commissioning concluded a review of haemoglobinopathy services, which resulted in the development of new Haemoglobinopathy Co-ordinating Centres and the multi-disciplinary National Haemoglobinopathy Panel of clinical experts which aim to improve outcomes for patients with haemoglobinopathies which includes thalassemia patients.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what consideration he has made of the potential merits of pharmacists being given read and write access to medical records.

The Department, NHS England and NHS Improvement, NHSX and NHS Digital are progressing interoperability of systems to achieve this access. In some areas, medical records are already shared between medical professionals to support locally commissioned services.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential for gene therapy technologies to help tackle health inequalities in (a) communities affected by specific hereditary conditions and (b) the general population.

Gene therapies have the potential to treat hereditary and non-hereditary diseases that are a cause of long-term health conditions and poor quality of life. The Government supports research, development and adoption readiness of advanced therapy medicinal products, including gene therapies, through the Advanced Therapy Treatment Centre network, which is hosted by the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult. The Department has also invested over £9 million in NHS Blood and Transplants’ Clinical Biotechnology Centre which manufactures recombinant proteins and gene therapy products for use in clinical trials enabling access for patients to the latest therapies.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education to ensure schools receive adequate resources and funding for early access mental health support.

Ministers are in regular contact with their counterparts in the Department for Education about how best to support children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing. The Government is investigating the early access model of support: there are currently around 60 ‘early support hubs’ in England that feature early intervention and prevention services. They are locally designed and funded and often provide several different services. Clinical commissioning groups and local authorities work with local partners to understand local needs and commission services on that basis.

Alongside the additional investment in children and young people’s mental health services outlined in the NHS Mental Health Implementation Plan 2019/20 – 2023/24, we are making an additional £79 million available in this financial year, which will be used to significantly expand children’s and young people’s mental health services including accelerating the coverage of mental health support teams providing early support in schools and colleges. £15 million is to be invested in local authority areas in the most deprived parts of the country to help stimulate and boost prevention and early intervention services to support those hardest hit by the pandemic, including families, children and young people, and ethnic minority groups.

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
15th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps his Department has taken to improve mental health care by investing in early access mental health support for young people.

Ministers are in regular contact with their counterparts in the Department for Education about how best to support children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing. The Government is investigating the early access model of support: there are currently around 60 ‘early support hubs’ in England that feature early intervention and prevention services. They are locally designed and funded and often provide several different services. Clinical commissioning groups and local authorities work with local partners to understand local needs and commission services on that basis.

Alongside the additional investment in children and young people’s mental health services outlined in the NHS Mental Health Implementation Plan 2019/20 – 2023/24, we are making an additional £79 million available in this financial year, which will be used to significantly expand children’s and young people’s mental health services including accelerating the coverage of mental health support teams providing early support in schools and colleges. £15 million is to be invested in local authority areas in the most deprived parts of the country to help stimulate and boost prevention and early intervention services to support those hardest hit by the pandemic, including families, children and young people, and ethnic minority groups.

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
13th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer pf 13 July 2021 to Question 28361 on Diabetes: Health Services, what recent steps his Department has taken to improve the public health provision of diabetes (a) treatment, (b) support, (c) care and (d) prevention services.

The NHS Long Term Plan set out a number of key ambitions, to improve care and outcomes for those individuals with diabetes. To support patients to potentially achieve remission from their type 2 diabetes while improving management and control, NHS England and NHS Improvement are piloting at scale, low-calorie diets. To improve care, NHS England and NHS Improvement have invested approximately £120 million of Transformation Funding into local services to target variation and improve performance in the treatment and care of people living with type 1 and 2 diabetes since 2017/18. This investment, overseen by local systems, covers the four treatment and care priorities, including: footcare teams; inpatient nursing teams; treatment target attainment; and, supported self-management.

NHS England and NHS Improvement’s diabetes prevention programme identifies those most at risk of developing diabetes and refers them onto a behaviour change programme. Individuals receive tailored, personalised help to reduce their risk of developing stage 2 diabetes. Following a successful two-year pilot programme that saw a significant increase in the adoption of flash glucose technology across all clinical commissioning groups, over 35% of patients living with type 1 diabetes are now benefitting from flash glucose monitoring. Our focus on obesity and investment in weight management services also aims to prevent diabetes.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
6th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of public health provision of diabetes (a) treatment, (b) support, (c) care (d) and prevention services.

No recent assessment has been made.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
1st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many cervical screening examinations took place in the North Central London Clinical Commissioning Group in each of the last 10 years.

Data on the number of cervical screening examinations that have taken place in North Central London Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is only available from April 2020 when this CCG was established. The latest data available comes from October to December 2020 and indicates that 211,270 screening tests were performed, which is a coverage of 57.5%.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
21st Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to increase public awareness of (a) HPV and (b) the importance of HPV screening.

NHS England and NHS Improvement work with Public Health England (PHE) and Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust to promote awareness of human papillomavirus (HPV) and the Cervical Screening Programme. This includes a range of social media campaigns which include narratives from participants’ and health professionals’ perspectives.

PHE has also published a range of promotional material and social media campaigns to raise awareness of HPV, which are available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hpv-vaccination-programme

The ‘Helping you decide’ leaflet informs women and people with a cervix aged 25 to 64 years old of the benefits and risks of cervical screening. This is sent with the invitation letter and is available in ten different languages and is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cervical-screening-description-in-brief

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
21st Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps he has taken to reduce waiting times for HPV screening and testing in Enfield North constituency.

Following disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, cervical screening services in Enfield North recommenced in June 2020 and all women who had screening appointments delayed were invited to attend another appointment by September 2020. There is currently no backlog in appointments.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
21st Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department provides incentives to the owners of private yet publicly accessible land, including shopping centres, to install defibrillators.

The Department does not provide incentives to owners of private land that is publicly accessible to install defibrillators.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
10th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the June 2020 finding of Carers UK that 4.5 million people have taken on caring responsibilities following the outbreak of covid-19, what plans his Department has to provide (a) funding, (b) support and (c) advice services to those people.

The Care Act 2014 introduced new rights for carers including an assessment of and support for their needs where eligible by their local authority. We have provided over £11.6 million to a number of charities to support carers and guidance tailored their needs.

We are working with local authorities, in collaboration with Association of Directors of Adult Social Services and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to ensure, where possible, the safe resumption of day services and other forms of respite care. The Department has provided £1.35 billion to adult social care services through the Infection Control Fund, which has been used to support the reopening of day and respite services. In addition, we have provided over £2 billion this year to the Better Care Fund which local authorities can access to fund social care services in their areas, including respite services.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
10th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps he has taken to (a) recognise the importance of the role of unpaid carers and (b) provide adequate resources to local authorities to support unpaid family carers, including with information, advice and access to respite breaks.

The Care Act 2014 introduced new rights for carers including an assessment of and support for their needs where eligible by their local authority. We have provided over £11.6 million to a number of charities to support carers and guidance tailored their needs.

We are working with local authorities, in collaboration with Association of Directors of Adult Social Services and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to ensure, where possible, the safe resumption of day services and other forms of respite care. The Department has provided £1.35 billion to adult social care services through the Infection Control Fund, which has been used to support the reopening of day and respite services. In addition, we have provided over £2 billion this year to the Better Care Fund which local authorities can access to fund social care services in their areas, including respite services.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
10th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the provision of long-term financial support to (a) community and (b) residential care homes in (a) Enfield North constituency and (b) England.

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has regular discussions with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on a variety of issues, including funding for social care.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
10th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to allocate additional funding to primary care services; whether he has plans to allocate funding for the establishment of additional GP practices in (a) Enfield North, (b) Greater London and (c) England; and if he will make a statement.

We have committed at least an additional £1.5 billion in cash terms for general practice until 2023/24. This is in addition to the £4.5 billion real terms annual increase announced for primary and community care in the NHS Long Term Plan.

NHS England and NHS Improvement have delegated commissioning responsibilities for primary medical services to all clinical commissioning groups (CCGs). CCGs are responsible for planning primary medical care services provision in their areas, including carrying out needs assessments and decisions in relation to the management of Primary Medical Services Contracts and decisions in relation to the establishment of new general practitioner practices. NHS Enfield CCG advised that it recently commissioned an independent review of primary care capacity which concluded that there was sufficient provision of primary care in the north west locality of Enfield for the current and future population.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
8th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the sustainability of the local pharmacy sector; and whether he plans to adjust the funding structure to allocate more funding to that sector.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, £370 million extra advance payments were made to support pharmacies for maintaining medicine supplies and providing health advice. The COVID-19 support package for community pharmacy also included general COVID-19 business financial support, funding for Bank Holiday openings, social distancing measures, the medicine delivery service to shielded patients and free personal protective equipment. This also included non-monetary support, including the removal of some administrative tasks, flexibility in opening hours and the delayed introduction of new services. Discussions are ongoing with the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) about reimbursement of COVID-19 costs incurred during the pandemic and recovery of the £370 million


The Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF) 2019-24 five-year deal, agreed in 2019 with the PSNC, commits £2.592 billion annually to the sector. In addition, further funding is available outside of the CPCF, for example for flu and COVID-19 vaccination and COVID-19 lateral flow testing.



Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
8th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to reduce the financial pressures faced by community pharmacies as a result of the additional costs of the covid-19 outbreak.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, £370 million extra advance payments were made to support pharmacies for maintaining medicine supplies and providing health advice. The COVID-19 support package for community pharmacy also included general COVID-19 business financial support, funding for Bank Holiday openings, social distancing measures, the medicine delivery service to shielded patients and free personal protective equipment. This also included non-monetary support, including the removal of some administrative tasks, flexibility in opening hours and the delayed introduction of new services. Discussions are ongoing with the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) about reimbursement of COVID-19 costs incurred during the pandemic and recovery of the £370 million


The Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF) 2019-24 five-year deal, agreed in 2019 with the PSNC, commits £2.592 billion annually to the sector. In addition, further funding is available outside of the CPCF, for example for flu and COVID-19 vaccination and COVID-19 lateral flow testing.



Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
7th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the allocation of specific funding to (a) maternal health services in Enfield North constituency, (b) maternal health services supporting Black and minority ethnic women and (c) programmes to improve maternity care for mothers and children.

There have been no specific discussions.

NHS England and NHS Improvement are investing an additional £95 million in maternity services to support recruitment of 1,000 midwives, 80 consultant obstetricians and the implementation of the actions arising from the ‘Ockenden review of maternity services at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust’. In 2018/19 Health Education England (HEE) distributed £745,000 to support the implementation of Continuity of Carer models in maternity care. In 2020/21 HEE has also delivered a national training package to support Continuity of Carer. The NHS Long Term Plan also includes new measures to improve safety, quality and continuity of care that will help achieve our ambition to halve stillbirths, maternal and neonatal deaths and serious brain injuries in babies by 2025.

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
4th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to preserve the future sustainability of pharmacies.

The Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework five-year deal agreed in 2019 with the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee, commits £2.592 billion annually to the sector. The Department continues to closely monitor the market and engage with the sector.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
25th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that unpaid carers of people with dementia are supported to maintain their physical and mental wellbeing as part of the Government's forthcoming social care reforms.

The Government recognises the vital support and care provided by unpaid carers. We are committed to supporting carers in a way that maintains their own health and wellbeing.

We know that unpaid care is part of a sustainable health and social care system. We want to build a system of care and support in which unpaid carers are supported, and care receivers have choice and control over their lives; over what they do and how they choose to live.

We are working closely with local and national partners to ensure our approach to reform is informed by diverse perspectives, including of those with lived experience of the care sector.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
18th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the potential role of community pharmacies in tackling the backlog in primary care after the covid-19 outbreak; and if he will make a statement.

Under the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework 2019-24 five-year deal, community pharmacy will be more integrated into the National Health Service, deliver more clinical services and provide initial treatment for minor illnesses. Since 2019, NHS111 can refer patients to a community pharmacist for minor illness or the urgent supply of a prescribed medicine. At the end of last year, we extended this service to general practitioner surgeries, who can now also formally refer patients to community pharmacy for consultation. We expect to introduce more clinical services in community pharmacy that will relieve pressures on the NHS during the recovery from the pandemic.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
12th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the performance of (a) 001 Doctor and (b) other private companies included on the list of providers approved by the Government to offer covid-19 testing services.

001 Doctor is not listed as a provider of quarantine testing.

Those providers listed on the GOV.UK list have demonstrated compliance with the relevant minimum standards for their commercial provision of testing, this includes undergoing the three-staged United Kingdom Accreditation Service process if they are providing sample collection and/or test analysis services.

The Department is continuing to monitor each provider supplying testing for international arrivals, including assessment of their delivery, customer service and testing services.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
11th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 21 April 2021 to Question 179648 on Social Services: Conditions of Employment, when the Government plans to bring forward its plans for workforce reform in 2021; and what plans the Government has to ensure that local authorities have adequate funding for the provision of adult social care.

We will bring forward proposals for reform, including workforce plans, later this year.

Throughout the pandemic, we have provided almost £1.8 billion in specific funding for adult social care and we are providing local authorities with access to over £1 billion of additional funding for social care in 2021-22.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
21st Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 30 March 2021 to Question 173161 on General Practitioners: Centene, if he will reconsider his Department’s decision to allow Operose Health Ltd to hold contracts to run GP surgeries (a) in general and (b) in north central London; and what assessment he made of the effect of the holding of those contracts by Operose Health Ltd on the pay and conditions of people who work in GP surgeries and in the NHS.

It is for local commissioners to arrange the provision of appropriate services, by contracting with providers, in order to best serve the needs of their patient population.

No assessment has been made on the effect of Operose holding general practitioner practice contacts. As self-employed contractors to the National Health Service to provide primary medical services, it is for general practices to determine how to distribute pay and benefits to their staff.

Regardless of whether the contract holder is an individual, a partnership, or an organisation, all contract holders and providers of NHS core primary medical services are subject to the same requirements, regulation, and standards.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to (a) increase pay and (b) improve working conditions in the social care sector.

The vast majority of care workers are employed by private sector providers who set their pay and conditions, independent of central Government.

We have taken steps to support the social care sector during the pandemic, ring-fencing almost £1.8 billion of dedicated funding. This includes infection control funding that can be used on measures such as helping maintain the normal wages of staff who may need to self-isolate. Furthermore, to support the wellbeing of social care workers we have provided a package of emotional, psychological and practical resources throughout the pandemic.

The Government is committed to sustainable improvement of the adult social care system and will bring forward plans for workforce reform in 2021.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
29th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of (a) the potential merits of issuing new guidance, (b) demand for personal protective equipment, and (c) the adequacy of access to regular covid-19 testing to allow visits to care homes by family members for residents living with dementia.

In the face of a new variant of the virus we have acted to protect those most at risk in care homes and ensure visits can go ahead safely in some form during the period of national lockdown. Visits can continue to take place with arrangements such as substantial screens, visiting pods, outdoors or behind windows. Close-contact indoor visits are not currently advised. Visits in exceptional circumstances including end of life should always be supported and enabled.

Prior to the national lockdown, we published updated guidance in December 2020 enabling visits to take place in all tiers. This was made possible by a nationwide rollout of testing and personal protective equipment for visitors.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether contracts for procuring personal protective equipment (PPE) were awarded to (a) Ayanda Capital, (b) Uniserve Ltd of Essex, (c) P14 Medical Ltd, (d) PestFix, (e) Clandeboye Agencies Ltd, (f) Medicine Box Ltd of Sutton-in-Ashfield, (g) Initia Ventures Ltd, (h) Monarch Acoustics Ltd of Nottingham, (i) Luxe Lifestyle Ltd, (j) Aventis Solutions Ltd of Wilmslow, (k) Medco Solutions Ltd, (l) Toffeln Ltd and (m) MGP Advisory; what the value was of each such contract; what quantities of materials were delivered through each such contract; and what the delivery dates were to the recipients of the PPE.

Contracts for the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) have been awarded to all the suppliers listed in the question. Contract Award Notices which contain the value of the contract have been published for all these contracts and can be found on Contracts Finder at the following link:

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

Information on the PPE contracted for under each contract will be published on Contracts Finder in due course. The PPE contracted for with all these suppliers is either in the process of delivery or has been delivered.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government's press release of 16 August 2020 announcing £5 million of funding for social prescribing extends to people (a) under the age of 18 and (b) aged 18 to 25.

The £5 million funding for social prescribing projects, announced on 16 August 2020, will go to the National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP), launched on 23 October 2019. NASP is an independent organisation that will support local community partnerships, encourage innovation and improve the evidence base for social prescribing into the future for all groups, including the under 18 and 18 to 25 demographic groups. NASP is well placed to understand the needs of local populations and allocate funding for services to meet those needs from the overall resource allocations they receive.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
19th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference the report entitled, Disparities in the risk and outcomes of COVID-19' published by Public Health England, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the safety of pharmacists from (a) BAME backgrounds and (b) other vulnerable groups; and if he will make a statement.

Employers in the National Health Service and in the community pharmacy sector have a legal responsibility to protect workers from risk to their health and safety. This includes taking reasonable steps to protect their workers from coronavirus. Their risk assessment should have particular regard to whether the people doing the work are especially vulnerable to COVID-19, for example because they are from a black, Asian and minority ethnic background. Supporting guidance is available, including from NHS Employers. In line with the guidance, NHS organisations are considering a range of mitigating actions, including redeploying staff into alternative roles, and measures such as additional hygiene measures, stringent fit testing procedures for personal protective equipment (PPE), equity of PPE provision and training, and improved occupational health support. The Department has met with bodies representing community pharmacies to set out the legal obligations of employers and point to supporting guidance.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
20th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that people are able to access emergency dental treatment during the covid-19 outbreak; and what discussions he has had with representatives of the dentistry industry on the provision of such treatment.

NHS England and NHS Improvement and the Chief Dental Officer have been working closely with key stakeholders from the profession including the British Dental Association throughout the pandemic to ensure appropriate services are in place for all who need them.

The over 6,000 National Health Service dental practices in England have been able to see patients face to face since 8 June, where appropriate personal protective equipment and infection prevention and control procedures are in place. NHS England and NHS Improvement issued guidance setting out the priority order in which patients should be seen – focused on urgent treatment, care for vulnerable groups and then routine care which is overdue. Over 600 urgent dental centres remain open to support the provision of urgent and emergency face to face care.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
23rd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what additional funding has been allocated to (a) Chase Farm Hospital, (b) North Middlesex Hospital and (c) Enfield Public Health to deal with the covid-19 outbreak.

The Government has taken unprecedented actions to deal with the costs of the COVID-19 outbreak. The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced on 11 March a £5 billion “emergency response fund” for the National Health Service and other public services.

NHS England and NHS Improvement will be responsible for ensuring this money gets to the frontline providers that need it.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
2nd Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent representations she has made to her counterpart in the government of Mozambique on (a) the ongoing conflict and (b) recent reports of human rights abuses in that country; and if she will make a statement.

We welcome the news that Mozambican, Southern African Development Community and Rwandan Forces have recovered areas of Cabo Delgado, north-east Mozambique, that were previously under insurgent control. We now look forward to the Government of Mozambique working with international partners to ensure humanitarian assistance reaches affected areas, and reconstruction can take place. Lord Ahmad, the UK's Minister of State for Human Rights, spoke to Mozambican Foreign Minister Macamo in March, reaffirming UK support to help Mozambique fight terrorism and stressing that respect for human rights must be at the forefront of Mozambique's response. We are working with the Government of Mozambique to address the root drivers of the conflict and instability, including by providing targeted assistance under the framework of a Defence Memorandum of Understanding and by co-chairing a high-level international taskforce on Cabo Delgado with Ireland. We are also supporting implementation of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, working with Government, civil society and the private sector to promote a community-focused approach to security and minimize the risks of human rights abuses.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
2nd Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of recent reports of human rights abuses against (a) peaceful protestors and (b) ethnic and faith minorities in Turkey.

We strongly support the right to peaceful protest, as well as freedom of association. We also support all minority groups in Turkey and encourage the Turkish authorities to safeguard their welfare and respect their human rights, in line with provisions in the Turkish constitution that protect the rights of religious minorities. We participated in the 2020 UN Universal Periodic Review of Turkey, and pressed particularly for removing obstacles to freedom of expression, including freedom of religion or belief. We will continue to engage with Turkey on these important issues and monitor the treatment of minorities.

Wendy Morton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
2nd Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the prospects for a negotiated peace settlement in Yemen.

A negotiated political settlement is the only way to bring long-term stability to Yemen. The UK supports fully the efforts of the UN Special Envoy, Hans Grundberg, to drive forward the political process in Yemen. We urge the parties to engage constructively in negotiations to end the conflict and alleviate the dire humanitarian crisis.

On 20 October the UK supported a UN Security Council Press Statement calling for an immediate end to the Houthi escalation in Marib. The Foreign Secretary also visited Riyadh in October where she discussed the conflict in Yemen with Saudi counterparts.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
30th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether she has met representatives of the Falun Dafa Association UK to discuss the illegal practice of organ harvesting and persecution by the Chinese Government of the Falun Gong people in that country.

We remain deeply concerned about restrictions on freedom of religion or belief in China, including the persecution of Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Falun Gong practitioners and others on the grounds of their religion or belief. The freedom to practise, change or share ones faith or belief without discrimination or violent opposition is a human right that all people should enjoy.

We continue to monitor and review evidence relating to reports of forced organ harvesting in China and maintain a dialogue with leading NGOs and international partners on the issue.

We regularly raise our concerns about human rights with the Chinese authorities. The Foreign Secretary did so most recently in a telephone call with her Chinese counterpart, Foreign Minister Wang Yi, on 22 October.

Amanda Milling
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
30th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent representations she has made to her counterpart in the Chinese government on protecting the religious freedoms and freedom of belief of (a) the Falun Gong people, (b) Muslims, (c) Christians and (d) all minority religious groups in China; and if she will make a statement.

We remain deeply concerned about restrictions on freedom of religion or belief in China, including the persecution of Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Falun Gong practitioners and others on the grounds of their religion or belief. The freedom to practise, change or share ones faith or belief without discrimination or violent opposition is a human right that all people should enjoy.

We continue to monitor and review evidence relating to reports of forced organ harvesting in China and maintain a dialogue with leading NGOs and international partners on the issue.

We regularly raise our concerns about human rights with the Chinese authorities. The Foreign Secretary did so most recently in a telephone call with her Chinese counterpart, Foreign Minister Wang Yi, on 22 October.

Amanda Milling
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
1st Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the report by Yasmin Sooka and Frances Harrison, entitled Sri Lanka: Torture and Sexual Violence by Security Forces 2020-2021, published in September 2021; and what representations she has made to her counterparts in Sri Lanka on systematic torture and sexual violence perpetuated by security forces in that country.

The UK Government notes the report entitled Sri Lanka: Torture and Sexual Violence by Security Forces 2020-2021 and is concerned by the allegations contained within it. The UK takes allegations of torture and sexual violence very seriously, and we continue to push the government of Sri Lanka to take action on accountability for violations committed during and after the conflict, including crimes of sexual violence, as part of wider engagement on transitional justice. This is through the UK-led resolution UN Human Rights Council resolution 46/1 on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka. The resolution also expresses concern at alleged torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment.

The Minister for South Asia Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon has raised the importance of these issues on several occasions with the Sri Lankan High Commissioner and the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister G.L. Peiris, most recently during calls on 10 May and 24 September respectively. The Foreign Secretary raised the importance of upholding human rights when she met with Foreign Minister Peiris on 26 October. We will continue to press for a strong role for the UNHRC to help deliver accountability and reconciliation and ensure the protection of human rights in Sri Lanka.

Amanda Milling
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
29th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent representations she has made to her Bangladeshi counterparts on protecting the religious freedoms and freedom of belief of (a) Hindus, (b) all minority religious groups and (c) people with no religion in Bangladesh; and if she will make a statement.

The UK Government is concerned about the recent violence at Hindu Durga Puja celebrations across various districts in Bangladesh. We engage with the Government of Bangladesh on the importance of freedom of religion or belief, which remains a priority for the UK Government. Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon, the Minister of State for South Asia, tweeted his concern on 21 October. The British High Commissioner to Bangladesh discussed the violence with Foreign Minister Momen on 26 October, and on 19 October expressed his condolences to the victims of the violence and the UK's support for those working for religious tolerance and harmony in Bangladesh and around the world.

Amanda Milling
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
27th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent steps she has taken to help ensure that the economic impacts of the covid-19 pandemic do not reduce children's global access to (a) health, (b) education and (c) nutrition services.

The UK is committed to mitigating the impacts of COVID-19 on children's global access to essential health, nutrition, and education services. We do this through our ambitious global health agenda as set out in the Integrated Review, and the government's manifesto commitment to end the preventable deaths of mothers, new-borns, and children by 2030. We are the largest donor to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and have pledged £1.65 billion from 2021 to 2025 to support the provision of vaccines to 300 million children, saving up to 8 million lives. The Nutrition for Growth summit in Tokyo in December will be a key moment for galvanising international support for access to nutrition for children, and the UK will set out its future ambitions there.

The Prime Minister has launched the UK Girls' Education Action Plan, which sets out the UK's leadership and further commitments on girls' education in the face of the challenges presented by COVID-19, including getting 40 million more girls into school, and 20 million more girls reading by the age of 10 by 2026. The UK and Kenya co-hosted the refinancing summit for the Global Partnership for Education in July in London. The replenishment raised $4 billion on the day to help education systems build back better following COVID-19, and ensure girls return to school and learn.

Wendy Morton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
27th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether she has made representations to her Nigerian counterpart on the situation of British citizen Maazi Nnamdi Kanu.

The UK Government is seeking clarification about the circumstances of Mr Kanu's arrest from the Nigerian Government. We are also taking active steps to provide assistance to Mr Kanu. We are in regular contact with the Nigerian authorities and remain in contact with his family and legal representatives. Our current priority is Mr Kanu's health, welfare and fair treatment and we will continue to proactively follow up with the Nigerian authorities on this case.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
27th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the implications for his policies of the political and humanitarian situation in Lebanon.

The UK Government closely follows the security situation in Beirut and across Lebanon, and maintains a regular dialogue with international counterparts on this. Following the recent clashes in Beirut on 14 October, I issued a public message calling for calm. The UK Government and likeminded partners also reiterated this message at the most recent UN Security Council closed consultations on UNSCR 1559 in Lebanon on 20 October.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
27th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with her European counterparts on strengthening co-operation on security.

Since her appointment on 15 September, the Foreign Secretary has engaged closely with European counterparts on defence and security matters, through bilateral and multilateral channels. Of particular note is the roundtable that she hosted with her counterparts from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, at which the attendees discussed the bilateral and multilateral partnerships between our countries, as well as Russia, China and the global security climate. Additionally, she recently met with her Greek counterpart to sign the UK-Greece Strategic Bilateral Framework, which builds on strong existing security and defence cooperation. The Foreign Secretary is preparing for her first NATO Ministerial meeting on 30 November, where she will meet with Allied counterparts from Europe.
James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of (a) the implications for her policies of the recent parliamentary elections in Iraq and (b) relations between the Kurdistan Regional Government and the Federal Government of Iraq.

We applaud the efforts of Prime Minister Kadhimi and the Iraqi electoral commission to run smooth elections with unprecedented support from the UN. The technical processes show a clear improvement on previous elections, and the lack of any major security incidents is testament to the hard work of the security forces. We look forward to working with the new Government of Iraq to deepen the UK-Iraq relationship and build a peaceful, prosperous Iraq that delivers for all its citizens.

We will continue to work closely with the UN and international partners to encourage a new Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government to resolve their issues, including on a sustainable budget and disputed internal boundaries. Last year's agreement on Sinjar, which the UN supported, is a positive step in this regard. The Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary met the President of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, President Nechirvan Barzani, during his visit to London on 15-17 September and discussed the stability of Iraq and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI).

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent representations she has made to her counterparts in the (a) Kurdistan Regional Government and (b) Federal Government of Iraq on tackling corruption, promoting human rights and allowing freedom of expression.

The UK continues to speak out against human rights violations and abuses and support the Government of Iraq and Kurdistan Regional Government to safeguard the human rights and freedoms of all Iraqis.

The former Foreign Secretary raised the importance of freedom of expression, human rights issues and anti-corruption with both the Government of Iraq and Kurdistan Regional Government during his visit to Iraq in June. I [Minister Cleverly] will continue to raise the importance of tackling corruption, promoting human rights and allowing freedom of expression during my engagements with Iraqi political leaders. Our Ambassador in Baghdad, and our Consul General in Erbil, also regularly discuss these issues with their interlocutors in both governments.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, when she plans to respond to the correspondence addressed to her predecessor dated 5 August 2021 from the Hon. Member for Enfield North on wildfires that have seared through the Mediterranean and Aegean regions over the summer months, reference FC9933.

The Government recognises the great importance of the effective and timely handling of correspondence. The Foreign Secretary responded on 21 October.

Wendy Morton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, when she plans to respond to the correspondence addressed to her predecessor dated 12 August 2021 from the Hon. Member for Enfield North on the ongoing climate of repression and arbitrary detention against opposition politicians, ethnic and faith minorities, and human rights activists in Turkey, reference FC10013.

The Government recognises the great importance of the effective and timely handling of correspondence. The Minister for Europe and Americas responded on 20 October.

Wendy Morton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, when she plans to respond to the correspondence addressed to her predecessor dated 25 August 2021 from the Hon. Member for Enfield North on the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan, following the takeover of that country by the Taliban, reference FC10315.

Supporting education for children, and particularly girls, in Afghanistan, is a priority for the government. We continue to work with the international community to secure women's and girls' rights, including the right to education and jobs and to participate in public life. During the evacuation Operation Pitting alone, the FCDO received over 240,000 emails. Along with the Home Office and the Ministry of Defence we are working to assess all cases as quickly as possible. All 30,000 emails received from MPs on Afghanistan before 11 September have been processed and a response has been issued to the letter sent by the Hon Member on 25 August.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that covid-19 recovery plans are leveraged to increase the capacity of climate vulnerable countries to manage the effects of climate change and build resilience.

The UK Government has made tackling climate change and biodiversity loss the UK's number one international priority. As G7 and COP26 President, the UK is working to catalyse international support for climate adaptation and resilience measures for lower-income countries most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. COVID-19 recovery support is one important part of this. We have committed £4.8 million to the World Bank Climate Support Facility to develop the technical capacity lower-income countries need to identify opportunities to build low-carbon, climate-resilient approaches into COVID-19 recovery plans. We are also investing up to £20 million in the African Union's COVID-19 Response Fund and worked closely with the African Union on the development of their Green Recovery Action Plan to ensure Africa builds back sustainably from the pandemic.

We are committed to doubling the UK's International Climate Finance to £11.6 billion by 2025/26 aiming for a balance between mitigation and adaptation. This includes specific additional support for disaster-preparedness and resilience-building measures for the world's poorest, such as an additional £120 million in new funding for Disaster Risk Finance, announced at the G7 in June, to enable quicker responses for vulnerable people when extreme weather and climate-linked disasters hit.

18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 20 July 2021 to Question 34078 on Overseas Aid: Water, which of the UK-funded clean water projects will have funding reduced or ceased as a result of the UK official overseas aid budget being reduced from 0.7 per cent to 0.5 per cent.

The economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic has required the UK government to make the difficult decision to temporarily reduce Official Development Assistance (ODA) from 0.7% to 0.5% of GNI. Global Health, which encompasses water, sanitation and hygiene remains a priority for the UK.

Yearly UK bilateral ODA spend on Water Supply and Sanitation can be found in the respective annual Statistics on International Development publications: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-on-international-development. The statistics for 2020 will be published by the end of this year.

Wendy Morton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies of the UN Secretary-General’s annual report on children and armed conflict; and what steps the Government has taken to hold perpetrators of grave violations against children to account.

The UK is an active member of the United Nations Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC) which leads the international response to the use of child soldiers and child protection. This includes pressing those parties to conflict listed in the UN Secretary-General's annual report on CAAC, to enter into concrete action plans with the UN to verify and release any child soldiers associated with armed groups and forces and to prevent re-recruitment. We apply diplomatic pressure to listed governments and armed groups, and fund projects to help protect and rehabilitate vulnerable children.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
15th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the reduction in the UK foreign aid budget from 0.7 percent to 0.5 percent on clean water projects across the globe.

The Government has made the difficult and temporary decision to reduce Official Development Assistance (ODA) from 0.7% to 0.5% to account for the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our support to global health - which embraces many aspects of water, sanitation and hygiene - remains a priority for this year's budget.

The UK has helped over 62 million people gain access to safe water and/or sanitation between 2015 and 2020 - but many more need to be reached to secure universal access. For this reason, we will move beyond supporting the delivery of water and sanitation facilities, refocusing our efforts and influence on strengthening national systems that are able to deliver and sustain inclusive and resilient water and sanitation services at scale. This approach will support our ambition for global health and make the best use of tax payers funds.

Wendy Morton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
13th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Chinese counterpart on protecting the religious freedoms and freedom of belief of (a) Falun Gong practitioners, (b) Uyghur Muslims, (c) Christians and (d) all minority religious groups in China; and if he will make a statement.

We remain deeply concerned about the persecution of Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Falun Gong practitioners and others on the grounds of their religion or belief in China. The freedom to practise, change or share ones faith or belief without discrimination or violent opposition is a human right that all people should enjoy. The Foreign Secretary has personally raised our serious concerns about the human rights situation in China with his Chinese counterpart, State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, on a number of occasions, most recently on 27 May. Furthermore, on 22 June, a global UK diplomatic effort helped deliver the support of over 40 countries for a statement on the treatment of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang at the UN Human Rights Council, calling on China to grant unfettered access to the region for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
9th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Nigerian counterpart on protecting the (a) religious freedoms, (b) freedom of belief, and (c) human rights of (i) the Igbo community, (ii) Christians, (iii) all minority religious groups and (iv) people with no religion in Nigeria; and if he will make a statement.

The UK is committed to promoting and protecting the right to freedom of religion or belief around the world. We condemn all violence against civilians in Nigeria, irrespective of their religion and ethnicity. In the North East, terrorist groups, including Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa, continue to cause immense suffering to both Muslim and Christian communities. These groups seek to undermine the right to freedom of religion or belief by indiscriminately attacking those of all faiths who do not subscribe to their extremist views.

We are also concerned by sharpening social divisions and intercommunal violence within Nigeria. We encourage reconciliation and constructive dialogue between the many ethnic groups, religious identities, and communities that make up and contribute to the strength and diversity of Nigeria. I [Minister Duddridge] discussed rising insecurity with the President's Chief of Staff, the Foreign Minister and the Governor of Lagos during my visit to Nigeria in April. Our High Commissioner regularly raises the importance of ensuring accountability for all human rights violations with senior interlocutors in the Nigerian government, including serious cases of discrimination on the basis of religion or belief.

28th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Ugandan counterpart on attacks on (a) freedom of speech and (b) opposition politicians in that country.

The UK Government is concerned about restrictions placed on freedom of expression, and over the treatment of opposition candidates and their supporters in the run-up to and since the Ugandan elections. Following the unacceptable constraints placed on the opposition candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi, the British High Commission in Kampala pressed the Ugandan authorities to remove restrictions on his political freedoms.

In my statement after the elections, I urged the Government of Uganda to meet its human rights commitments and to respect the right of freedom of speech for all Ugandans. I also raised my concerns over the treatment of the opposition, including the reports of missing persons and arbitrary detention, with the then Ugandan Foreign Minister, Sam Kutesa, on 21 April 2021 and with the Ugandan High Commissioner on 16 June. I urged the Government of Uganda to solve these issues swiftly.

The UK, along with 17 members of the Media Freedom Coalition, issued a statement in the week of the elections expressing concern about the situation for journalists and media freedom in Uganda. We called for the Ugandan authorities to investigate attacks on the press and hold those responsible to account, ensuring that journalists are provided with the necessary protections, accreditation, and access that they need to do their jobs. As a long-standing partner to Uganda, the UK will continue to press for the rights of all Ugandans to be upheld.

28th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent steps he has taken to support girls’ education and gender equality in the global south.

Advancing gender equality and women and girls' rights is a core part of this Government's mission, including 12 years of quality education for girls, empowering women socially, economically and politically and ending violence against women and girls. Meeting under the UK Presidency, G7 Foreign and Development Ministers endorsed two new global targets on girls' education in low-income and lower-middle income countries, which we are calling on the world to help deliver by 2026. Ministers also endorsed a girls' education declaration, which states that the G7 will work in collaboration with developing country partners, multilateral institutions, civil society, girl-led groups and youth leaders, to remove the obstacles to education that stand in the way of girls. This includes addressing the social, environmental and institutional barriers to education such as reducing violence, reducing harmful cultural practices like FGM and amending restrictive policies or legislation that prevents girls from thriving in school.

We know women and girls are amongst the hardest hit by the indirect impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is why we donated an additional £10 million to the UN Population Fund's COVID-19 response and an additional £1 million to the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women for the COVID-19 Crisis Response Window.

Wendy Morton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
28th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Zimbabwean counterpart on attacks on (a) freedom of speech and (b) opposition political figures in that country.

The UK remains concerned about the current political situation in Zimbabwe, particularly human rights violations and the pattern of arrests of prominent opposition, civil society figures and journalists. We remain clear that the Government of Zimbabwe must meet its international and domestic obligations by respecting the rule of law, safeguarding human rights and committing to genuine political and economic reform for the benefit of all Zimbabweans.

We regularly engage with the Government of Zimbabwe to urge them to adhere to their international human rights obligations and respect the freedoms and rights enshrined in the Zimbabwean constitution. On 9 June, I spoke with Foreign Minister Shava and emphasised our human rights concerns and the need for reform. In addition, we coordinate closely with our international partners, including the G7, to ensure we are bringing coordinated pressure to bear. We will continue to speak out, both privately and in public, where we have concerns, and, work alongside the international community to support a better future for all Zimbabweans.

28th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the (a) African Union and (b) United Nations on humanitarian access, food insecurity and allegations of serious human rights abuses and atrocities in Ethiopia.

I have discussed the situation in Tigray with the African Union's Peace and Security Commissioner Bankole on several occasions. I also expressed my concerns about Tigray to the speaker of the Ethiopian House of Peoples Representatives when we met in Zambia last week. We are supporting the African Union Commission for Human and Peoples' Rights Inquiry into Tigray and are calling on the Government of Ethiopia to allow the Inquiry's access to the Tigray region.

The UK has made clear at the UN Security Council our concerns over the continued lack of progress with humanitarian access, and ongoing human rights abuses and violations. We are seeking a full discussion of Tigray at the Security Council. We are supporting a joint investigation of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNOHCHR) and the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) into human rights violations and abuses in Tigray to ensure the investigation is independent, transparent and impartial. The UK is also working with partners to raise the situation in Tigray at the Human Rights Council. The Government of Ethiopia has announced a unilateral humanitarian ceasefire in Tigray. We welcome this and continue to call for all parties to respect international humanitarian law and prevent their forces from doing anything to hinder the critical work of the UN and Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs).

17th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has made to leaders of both communities in Cyprus to help ensure a sustainable, bi-zonal and bi-communal federal political settlement.

The UK remains committed to supporting the UN process to reach a Cyprus Settlement, which will be good for Cyprus, regional stability and UK interests. On 27-29 April, in support of the efforts led by the UN Secretary General to find common ground on a way forward to resolve the Cyprus Issue, the Foreign Secretary represented the UK as a Guarantor Power at informal UN talks in Geneva.

At the meeting, the Foreign Secretary continued to urge all sides to demonstrate flexibility and compromise to find a solution to the Cyprus Issue within the UN Security Council parameters of a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation which we believe are broad enough to meet the objectives of all sides. This followed UK messaging to the parties ahead of the talks, including the Foreign Secretary's visit to the island on 4 February where he met President Anastasiades, Turkish Cypriot leader Tatar and the UN. Ahead of the talks, during my visit to Cyprus (7-9 April), I reiterated this message and the UK's support for a comprehensive, just and lasting settlement of the Cyprus issue.

Wendy Morton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
17th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Indian counterpart on protecting the religious freedoms and freedom of belief of (a) Christians, (b) all minority religious groups and (c) people with no religion in India; and if he will make a statement.

Human rights form a regular part of our dialogue with India. Most recently, Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon, the Minister of State for South Asia, discussed the situation for Christians in India with India's Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kishan Reddy, on 15 March. Our then Acting High Commissioner in New Delhi also discussed UK Parliamentary interest on this in India with officials from India's Ministry of External Affairs on 5 January. A senior FCDO official discussed the situation for India's religious minorities with the Indian High Commissioner on 29 December 2020.

The British High Commission in New Delhi regularly meets religious representatives and has run projects promoting minority rights. This year, they supported an interfaith leadership programme for a cohort of emerging Indian faith leaders, including Christians, creating an opportunity to exchange expertise on leading modern, inclusive faith communities, and promoting values of tolerance and multi-culturalism.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
16th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent representations he has made to governments across the world, including Commonwealth nations, that are marginalising and criminalising the LGBTIQ+ community.

The UK plays an active role globally in the support of LGBT+ rights. We regularly raise this issue with governments around the world, including in the Commonwealth. We work through our diplomatic missions and through international organisations, including the UN, Council of Europe, Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the Commonwealth, to promote non-discrimination towards LGBT+ people, and to address discriminatory laws. We remain deeply concerned about the criminalisation and treatment of LGBT+ people in many countries, and recognise that there is a long way to go before all LGBT+ people are able to live free and equal lives.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
15th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the accuracy of reports of armed civilians opening fire on demonstrators in the presence of police officers during recent protests in Colombia.

The British Government is concerned about reports of armed civilians opening fire on demonstrators in the presence of police officers. We are clear that we support the right of all Colombians to protest peacefully, and that the right to peaceful assembly and association must be guaranteed. Colombia is a UK 'Human Rights Priority Country,' and we have raised our concerns with the relevant state actors in Colombia since protests began. Most recently, I spoke with acting Foreign Minister Adriana Mejía on 14 May to express our concerns, and welcome Colombia's commitment to transparent investigations into all allegations. I made it clear that the security services must be held accountable for their actions, with all complaints thoroughly investigated.

We will continue to work closely with the UN Verification Mission, and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Colombia, as well as the wider international community, in support of their efforts to reduce tensions, promote dialogue, and ensure accountability.

Wendy Morton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
14th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the use of UK arms exported to Turkey; and whether he plans to review the licensing of such exports.

The UK Government takes its export control responsibilities very seriously and operates one of the most robust arms export control regimes in the world. We consider all export applications thoroughly against a strict risk assessment framework and keep all licences under careful and continual review as standard. HM Government will not grant an export licence if to do so would be inconsistent with the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
9th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has made to his Turkish counterparts on the criminalisation of the rights of LGBTIQ+ communities by that country; and what recent assessment he has made of the level of risk for LGBTIQ+ people in Turkey; and if he will make a statement.

We will continue to encourage Turkey to respect the rights and safeguard the welfare of all minority groups in Turkey, including the LGBTIQ+ community. Our missions in Turkey regularly engage with civil society groups, including the LGBTIQ+ community. In recent years we have funded projects supporting freedom of expression and LGBTIQ+ issues. Freedom of assembly should be defended, allowing for Pride marches, and we discourage disparaging public statements targeting the LGBTIQ+ community.

Wendy Morton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
9th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he will take with his European counterparts to help protect the rights of LGBTIQ+ people in Turkey.

We will continue to encourage Turkey to respect the rights and safeguard the welfare of all minority groups in Turkey, including the LGBTIQ+ community, and cooperate with other like-minded European countries in our efforts. Colleagues in Ankara work closely with European missions to engage on all human rights issues.

Wendy Morton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
24th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has made to his Colombian counterpart in respect of human rights abuses reported to have been committed by Colombian police during protests in April and May 2021.

The UK Government remains concerned about reports of human rights violations in Colombia, and we have raised our concerns with the relevant state actors in Colombia since the recent protests began. We are clear that we support the right of all Colombians to protest peacefully, and that the right to peaceful assembly and association must be guaranteed.

Most recently, I spoke with then acting Foreign Minister Adriana Mejía on 14 May to express my concerns, and welcome Colombia's commitment to transparent investigations into allegations of excessive use of force. Security services must be held accountable for their actions, with all complaints being thoroughly investigated.

Wendy Morton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
18th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has made an assessment of the implications for his policies of the recent developments on the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan; and what steps he is taking to call for regional peace between those countries.

The UK Government is closely monitoring the situation on the Armenia-Azerbaijan border following an increase in tensions. We welcome the ongoing communication between the parties and urge them to use this opportunity to de-escalate the situation peacefully.

Wendy Morton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
18th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Government of Azerbaijan on reports of the (a) protection of Armenian cultural heritage sites in the Nagorno-Karabakh region and (b) cases of destruction of those sites by Azerbaijani forces; and if he will make a statement.

I have emphasised the importance of protecting all cultural heritage sites to both the Armenian and Azerbaijani Governments, including during my visit to the region in February. The UK Ambassador to Azerbaijan has also raised this issue with representatives of the Azerbaijani Government. We continue to underline our support for the efforts of UNESCO.

Wendy Morton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
13th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to Answer of 25 March 2021 to Question 173113 on Turkey: Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, whether the UK Government plans to take further steps to urge Turkey to (a) reconsider its decision to withdraw from and (b) commit to ratifying the Istanbul Convention on Women's Rights.

In addition to the actions set out in my answer to PQ 173113, I also raised our concerns with the Turkish Ambassador on 30 March. We will continue to engage with Turkey on this important issue and to encourage Turkey to reconsider its decision. I reiterate that the UK is committed to ending violence against women and girls and also remains committed to ratifying the Convention.

Wendy Morton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has made representations to his Turkish counterpart on the undemocratic banning of the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) for advocating for ethnic and religious minority rights in Turkey.

The UK Government expects Turkey, as a modern democracy, to undertake any legal processes against the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) transparently and with full respect for the rule of law. I raised these issues with the Turkish Ambassador on 30 March. Our Embassy in Ankara also engages regularly with the HDP to discuss their concerns. We strongly support all minority groups in Turkey, and encourage the Turkish authorities to safeguard their welfare and respect their human rights.

Wendy Morton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, when he plans to publish the Government’s Ending Preventable Deaths Action Plan.

The UK is committed to working with others to end the preventable deaths of mothers, newborns, and children by 2030. We hope to publish our approach to ending preventable deaths in due course.

Wendy Morton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
13th Oct 2020
What recent discussions he has had with his Turkish counterpart on (a) democracy and (b) the arrest of opposition politicians in that country.

Turkey is a NATO ally and an indispensable strategic partner for the UK. It sits on the frontline of some of the most difficult and serious challenges that we face. The Foreign Secretary most recently raised human rights and democracy with the Turkish Foreign Minister during his visit to London on 8 July. We recognise the concern over legal action against politicians from the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP). We expect Turkey, as a modern democracy, to undertake any legal processes against opposition MPs fairly, transparently and with full respect for the rule of law.

Wendy Morton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
7th Dec 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on promoting the uptake of the Tax-Free Childcare scheme.

Take up of Tax-Free Childcare has continued to rise despite the pandemic. Most recent take up levels (September 2021) are 316,000 families for 371,000 children, compared to 308,000 families using childcare for 364,000 children in June 2021. HMRC continue to carry out communications and marketing activity which has proven to raise awareness and understanding of the scheme.

Simon Clarke
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
15th Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment her Department has made of the potential impact of the end of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on the disability employment gap.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme was designed as a temporary measure to support businesses while restrictions were in place. As the economy has reopened, the jobs market has recovered, vacancies are at record highs, and the success of the Government’s vaccination programme has allowed us to lift almost all restrictions. That is why it is right that the Government continues to wind down its temporary pandemic support, while continuing to support businesses to invest in the recovery and supporting people into new jobs.

The employment rate gap between people with a disability and those without is 28.1 percentage points, and the Government is committed to reducing the disability employment gap. To support disabled people into work, as part of the Spending Review, the Government confirmed that it is providing specialised disability employment support worth over £1.1 billion over the next three years. This includes an additional £156 million over the Spending Review period for health and disability support with a focus on additional work coaches. This is alongside the Work and Health Programme, which will continue to provide personal support to disabled people to find jobs that match their employment and health needs, and the Access to Work scheme which will continue to help cover the costs of workplace adaptations, special equipment and travel.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to respond to the correspondence addressed to the previous Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office dated 10 August 2021 from the Hon. Member for Enfield North on the Government's international aid cuts and the UK’s Special Drawing Rights allocation, reference FC8050.

A response to the relevant correspondence was issued on 12 October 2021.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to Answer of 15 September to Question 45291, how many (a) high-street bank and (b) building society branches that were in operation in Enfield North for each of the past 10 years.

The Government recognises the continued importance of access to over-the-counter financial services. However, HM Treasury does not make direct assessments of banks’ or building societies’ branch networks.

Decisions on opening and closing branches are a commercial issue for banks and building societies, but firms are expected to engage closely with the Financial Conduct Authority to carefully consider the impact of planned branch closures on their customers’ everyday banking and cash access needs and consider possible alternative access arrangements.

Alternative options for access include the Post Office. The Post Office Banking Framework allows 95% of business and 99% of personal banking customers to deposit cheques, check their balance and withdraw and deposit cash at 11,500 Post Office branches in the UK.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
8th Sep 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate he has made of the potential impact of the end of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on the number of jobs that will be retained.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme was designed as a temporary, economy-wide measure to support businesses while widespread restrictions were in place. Providing support to the end of September strikes the right balance between continuing to support the economy as it opens up and ensuring incentives are in place to get people back to work as demand returns.

This approach has worked; at the start of this crisis, unemployment was expected to reach 12 per cent or more. It is now expected to peak at about half of that level. That means almost 2 million fewer people out of work than previously feared. The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Report (MPR) forecasts that the unemployment rate will on average be around 4.7% across Q3 and Q4, a downwards revision from the May MPR which projected unemployment to peak at 5.4% in Q3 and below the OBR Spring forecast (6.5% in the final quarter of 2021).

Moreover, the labour market is recovering rapidly with reopening of the economy in line with the roadmap. Flash HMRC PAYE data for July showed the number of paid employees increased for the eighth consecutive month. The unemployment rate stood at 4.7% in the 3 months to June 2021, down from a peak of 5.2% in the 3 months to December 2020.

Vacancies in the three months to July 2021 continued to rise, reaching record levels and are now up 18% (rising by 142,000 to 953,000) on the three months to February 2020.

In order to support people into work, as part of its comprehensive Plan for Jobs, the Government has announced the £2 billion Kickstart scheme which will create hundreds of thousands of new, fully subsidised jobs for young people, and the new three year Restart programme, which will provide intensive and tailored support to over one million unemployed Universal Credit claimants across England and Wales and help them find work.

8th Sep 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on funding for the Government’s HIV Action Plan.

The Government remains fully committed to achieving zero new HIV transmissions in England by 2030.

In March 2020, we announced that the HIV prevention drug PrEP would be routinely available across England. New funding of £11m was made available in 2020/21 and an additional £23m was added to the public health grant in the current financial year.

The Department of Health and Social Care is currently developing a new Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy and an HIV Action Plan, both of which are planned for publication later this year.

Steve Barclay
Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
8th Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with the Minister for Women and Equalities to help ensure an equitable economic recovery for women from the Covid-19 outbreak.

The Chancellor speaks to his Cabinet colleagues frequently.

Women have benefitted from an unprecedented package of support introduced since March 2020 to help businesses and individuals.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) continues through to the end of September, with employees receiving 80% of their salary for hours not worked, up to £2,500 per month. Across the UK, where it was possible to link the data, 1.72 million women were on furlough at 30 April 2021 compared with 1.67 million men.

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) also continues until September 2021. The fifth and final grant will include a turnover test in order to ensure that the most generous support - a grant worth 80% of three months’ average trading profits, up to £7,500 - is targeted at those who need it the most. As of 6 June 2021, the scheme has received over 2.6 million claims from self-employed women across the four rounds of grant.

To continue to support people on low incomes during the pandemic, the Government has extended the temporary £20 per week uplift to the Universal Credit (UC) standard allowance to the end of September, with similar support for eligible Working Tax Credit (WTC) claimants. The majority of Universal Credit claimants are women: 53% in April 2021.

The increase to Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates for Universal Credit and Housing Benefit in cash terms in 2021-22 has also been maintained, an increase which was worth an extra £600 on average in 2020-21 for over 1.5 million households.

As there is a higher proportion of single women (52%) claiming housing support in the private rental sector with a shortfall than single men (18%) or couples (30%), increasing LHA rates to the 30th percentile of rates in the market, is more likely to benefit single women than single men.

While the long-term impacts of the pandemic on the labour market are still emerging, there has been a larger fall in employment among men compared to women so far. Since December-February quarter 2020, the female employment rate has fallen by 0.5 percentage points, while the male employment rate has fallen by 2.4 percentage points. This is in contrast to other G7 countries: between Q4 2019 and Q4 2020 Canada has seen a larger fall in the female employment rate, and France, Italy, Japan and the US have seen relatively similar falls for both men and women (within 0.2 percentage points).

The gender pay gap is also at its lowest level since records began, falling to a record low of 15.5% in April 2020, from 17.4% last year. For full-time employees, the gap is also at a record low of 7.4% in April 2020, down from 9.0% in April 2019. The Office for National Statistics found that evidence from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) suggests that coronavirus factors did not have a notable impact on the gender pay gap in 2020.

Kemi Badenoch
Minister for Equalities
14th Jun 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what support he plans to make available to small businesses to adopt the new cashback provisions outlined in the Financial Services Act 2021.

As part of the Financial Services Act 2021 the Government made legislative changes to support the widespread offering of cashback without a purchase by shops and other businesses. The Government’s view is that cashback without a purchase has the potential to be a valuable facility to cash users, and to play an important role in the UK’s cash infrastructure.

The Government’s legislative change to enable cashback without a purchase will take effect this month of June 2021. Last month, UK Finance announced the formation of a new Access to Cash Action Group, and confirmed that the banking and finance industry is already working collaboratively with retailers to make a success of this new opportunity.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
28th Apr 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether businesses set up under the European Community Ankara Agreement visa are eligible to access financial support packages provided by the Government for small businesses, freelance and self-employed workers.

The Government has announced unprecedented support for business and workers to protect them against the current economic emergency including an initial £330 billion of guarantees – equivalent to 15% of UK GDP. Our current support measures are well-targeted at the businesses and individuals who most need support, bearing in mind the need to act very quickly to deliver this unprecedented package.

Businesses and businesspersons operating in the UK under the terms of the European Community Ankara Agreement (ECAA) are eligible for this support which includes:

  • The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)
  • The Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)
  • Rebates for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) for SMEs
  • The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)
  • The Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBL) for SMEs
  • VAT deferral for up to 12 months
  • The Time To Pay scheme, through which businesses and self-employed individuals in financial distress, and with outstanding tax liabilities, can receive support with their tax affairs
  • Protection for commercial leaseholders against automatic forfeiture for non-payment until June 30, 2020

The Business Support website provides further information about how businesses can access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply - https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-support.

Details of the range of support for individuals affected by COVID-19 is available at:https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/support-for-those-affected-by-covid-19/support-for-those-affected-by-covid-19.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
14th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to reduce tool theft in (a) Enfield North constituency and (b) England.

The Government is tackling acquisitive crime as a priority and is committed to reducing the ability for criminals to profit. We understand the negative impact theft has on victims who rely on the tools of their trade to earn a living. We have established an expert Stolen Goods Working Group with the police and academia to tackle the markets for stolen goods. The group is examining ways to make property more identifiable and traceable, and are working with partners to increase enforcement.

To ensure the police have the resources they need to tackle crime, the Government is recruiting an additional 20,000 police officers by March 2023. The police have now recruited an additional 11,053 officers towards the target.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
30th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 22 November 2021 to Question 76797 on Human Trafficking: English Channel, what recent assessment she has made of the contribution of safe routes for people seeking asylum in tackling crossings facilitated by criminal gangs.

The UK has a long history of supporting those in need of protection. Our resettlement schemes have provided safe and legal routes for tens of thousands of people to start new lives in the UK.

So far this year, we have resettled over 9,700 people at risk through the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy, UK Resettlement Scheme, Community Sponsorship and Mandate Resettlement Schemes in addition to more than 25,000 people since 2015.

The Hong Kong British National (Overseas) route has also provided a route to British Citizenship for over 76,000 people since it opened on 31 January. When the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme opens, it will see up to 20,000 people at risk resettled to the UK, with 5,000 arriving in the first year.

Those seeking asylum should claim in the first safe country –this is the fastest route to safety. There is no need to make the dangerous journey across the English Channel from European nations which are safe and democratic, with fully functioning asylum systems.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
30th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with her French counterpart on (a) the welfare of refugees in France who are attempting to arrive in the UK and (b) safeguards for child refugees who are targeted by criminal gangs operating in the English Channel.

The Home Secretary maintains regular contact with her French counterpart, Interior Minister Darmanin on small boats crossings and their related issues. The responsibility for asylum seekers and refugees lies with the authorities of the country in which they are present in accordance with their international obligations. France has a fully functioning asylum system and is party to both the ECHR and the Refugee Convention.

Tom Pursglove
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
30th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps her Department has taken to support welfare provision for refugees who have arrived in the UK via channel crossings on small boats.

If the individuals claim asylum and would otherwise be destitute they can apply to the Home Office for accommodation and other support to meet their essential living needs, pending consideration of their immigration status, in particular whether their asylum claim falls to be treated as inadmissible.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, (a) what steps she is taking to tackle antisocial behaviour and (b) whether she plans to increase funding to (i) Enfield and Haringey Metropolitan Police Service, (ii) Enfield Council and (iii) grassroots community organisations in Enfield North constituency to help tackle antisocial behaviour.

The Government is committed to tackling and preventing anti-social behaviour (ASB). We provided the police, local authorities, and other local agencies with a range of tools and powers that they can flexibly use to respond quickly and effectively to ASB through the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

In January of this year, the Home Office updated its statutory guidance, this supports local agencies to make effective use of these powers. In July the Government laid out its plans for tackling crime and ASB in the Beating Crime Plan. This included a commitment to working with local agencies and partners to drive down ASB using the full range of powers and tools in the 2014 Act.

The Government has given policing the biggest funding increase in a decade. Metropolitan Police funding will be up to £3,072.3m in 2021/22, an increase of up to £132.4m on the 2020/21 police funding settlement. Decisions about the allocation of police resources are for Chief Constables and democratically accountable PCCs.

In addition, the Home Office’s Safer Streets Fund has now allocated over £70m to support areas deliver crime prevention measures, such as improved streetlighting and CCTV, which also help to tackle ASB.

Local authorities have the flexibility to use their funding to respond to local needs. The Government is providing around £1.6 billion additional grant funding within the Local Government Central Grant (LGDEL) each year. This will allow councils to increase their spending on the vital public services. It includes an additional £200 million investment to expand the Supporting Families programme, which helps to tackle ASB.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, (a) what steps she is taking to tackle modern slavery offences and (b) whether she plans to increase funding to (i) Enfield and Haringey Metropolitan Police Service, (ii) Enfield Council and (iii) grassroots community organisations in Enfield North constituency to help tackle modern slavery.

The Government has given policing the biggest funding increase in a decade and funding for the Metropolitan Police will be up to £3,072.3m in 2021/22, an increase of up to £132.4m on the 2020/21 police funding settlement.

Tackling modern slavery is a key priority for this Government and we have invested £15 million since October 2016, including £1.4m this year (2021/22) to strengthen the police response through the police Modern Slavery and Organised Immigration Crime Programme.

This funding has enabled us to support the police to develop bespoke capabilities to improve forces’ understanding of modern slavery and drive forward work to increase modern slavery prosecutions, as well as building new capability for forces to respond to organised immigration crime. Through the lifetime of the Programme, we have seen an increase in the number of live police operations from 188 police operations in December 2016 to over 3,869 in October 2021.

As part of the New Plan for Immigration, the Home Office announced the creation of a Modern Slavery Prevention Fund, which closed for bids, including from local authorities and NGOs, on 8 November 2021. Over the next year, the Home Office intends to use that fund to support organisations to deliver targeted prevention interventions.

The Government is also currently reviewing its Modern Slavery Strategy and will consider whether there are further opportunities to strengthen the law enforcement response to modern slavery, building on the considerable progress we have made to date.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the ability of travellers without access to the internet to complete the passenger locator form when returning to the UK.

All passengers must complete the Passenger Locator Form online, however, once completed they can print off their finished form to show carriers before departing to the UK.

Passengers may seek assistance, from family, friends or another third party, to complete on their behalf.

There are dedicated helplines for members of the public who are encountering issues with completing the PLF form. Whilst these helplines can provide advice, they cannot complete the form on behalf of the passenger.

The contact telephone number from within the UK is 0800 678 1767 and is open Monday to Friday between the hours of 9am to 5pm. These calls are free of charge.

The contact telephone number when outside the UK is 0044 207 113 0371 and is open Monday to Friday between the hours of 9am to 5pm. These calls are charged dependant on the network provider.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average length of delay was in forensic analysis on trends in the level of drug driving charges, for each of the last five years.

The Home Office does not hold this information.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of trends in the level of antisocial behaviour in Enfield North constituency.

The Government is committed to tackling and preventing anti-social behaviour (ASB). We know the serious impact that persistent ASB can have on both individuals and communities.

The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 provides a range of flexible tools and powers to local agencies to tackle anti-social behaviour. Local areas decide how best to deploy these powers depending on the specific circumstances. As the powers are local in nature, the Home Office only collects data at Police Force Area level and not at lower levels of geography.

The Office for National Statistics annually publishes anti-social behaviour incidents reported to the police by Police Force Area. The latest available data for year to March 2021 can be found here:

Crime in England and Wales: Police Force Area data tables - Office for National Statistics (ons.gov.uk)

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps her Department has taken to assess the adequacy of access to refuges for migrant victims of domestic abuse.

This Government is committed to supporting all victims of domestic abuse, regardless of immigration status. We know that access to safe accommodation can be a vital lifeline for those fleeing an abusive situation.

In April this year the Home Office launched the £1.5 million Support for Migrant Victims Scheme to support migrant victims of domestic abuse who have no recourse to public funds (NRPF). The pilot is being run by Southall Black Sisters and their delivery partners for a duration of 12 months and provides accommodation and wrap-around support. We have also appointed an independent evaluator, Behavioural Insights Ltd, to assess the Scheme, with a view to producing a final report in Summer 2022. The Scheme will help the Government secure an accurate picture of the support needs of migrant victims of domestic abuse and will inform subsequent policy decisions.

We already offer support to migrant victims of domestic abuse in the UK as a partner under the family Immigration Rules, through our Destitute Domestic Violence Concession, which enables individuals to access public funds for three months and can be used to fund safe accommodation. These victims can also apply for settlement (Indefinite Leave to Remain) under the Domestic Violence Indefinite Leave to Remain Rules.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she has taken to tackle the recent increase of reported violent hate crimes towards LGBTQ+ people in (a) Enfield North constituency, (b) Greater London and (c) England.

All forms of hate crime are completely unacceptable.

Whilst the biggest driver for the increase in recorded crime is general improvements in police recording, along with increased victim willingness to come forward, we cannot be complacent. That is why we have committed to publishing a new Hate Crime Strategy later this year.

The Government has commissioned a Law Commission review of the adequacy of current hate crime legislation. The review will report this year and we will respond to it when it is complete.

Government action to tackle broader discrimination against LGBTIQ+ people includes:

  • A commitment to holding an international conference on LGBT rights; the “Safe To Be Me” conference will be held in 2022.
  • The September 2020 announcement of a further £3.2 million of UK-funded projects to help Commonwealth governments and civil society groups reform outdated laws and end the legacy of discrimination and violence.
  • Bringing forward legislation to ban conversion therapy as soon as Parliamentary time allows and making new funds available to ensure that victims have better access to the support they need.

The Government will continue to work with the police, stakeholders including Galop and others to understand the concerns of LGBTQ+ communities and what more can be done to address those concerns.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of police (a) constables and (b) community support officers are funded directly by her Department and deployed in Enfield North constituency for each year since 2010.

Around two-thirds of funding for PCCs comes directly from Government grants, with around a third coming from a share of council tax – known as police precept. Council tax levels are a local decision and elected PCCs rightly consider what they are asking people to pay to fulfil their strong desire to keep our streets safe.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of police (a) constables and (b) community support officers funded directly by her Department (i) retired and (ii) were recruited for each year since 2010.

Around two-thirds of funding for Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) comes directly from Government grants, with around a third coming from a share of council tax – known as police precept. Council tax levels are a local decision and elected PCCs rightly consider what they are asking people to pay to fulfil their strong desire to keep our streets safe.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
22nd Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of the number of EU citizens who may miss the deadline for applications to the EU Settlement Scheme of 30 June 2021; and what steps she plans to take in response to people missing that deadline.

The Home Office publishes data on the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) in the ‘EU Settlement Scheme statistics’, with more than 5.6 million applications received to 31 May 2021.

Our focus remains on encouraging those EU citizens and their family members eligible for the scheme who have yet to apply to do so before the 30 June 2021 deadline for those resident in the UK by the end of the transition period.

The published figures refer specifically to applications made to the EUSS and cannot be directly compared with estimates of the resident population of EU citizens in the UK. The published figures include non-EEA citizen family members, Irish citizens and eligible EEA citizens not resident in the UK, none of whom are usually included in estimates of the resident EU citizen population.

Furthermore, the population estimates do not take account of people’s migration intentions and will include people who have come to the UK for a range of purposes, including some who have no intention to settle in the UK.

In line with the Citizens’ Rights Agreements, the Government has already made clear where a person eligible for status under the EUSS has reasonable grounds for missing the 30 June deadline 2021, they will be given a further opportunity to apply. Guidance as to the approach we will adopt to this was published on 1 April 2021. It can be found at:

www.gov.uk/government/publications/eu-settlement-scheme-caseworker-guidance

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
16th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of introducing an alternative means to prove settler status for EU Nationals, such as a (a) mobile application where a pdf download can be held and (b) telephone service where paper copies can be ordered to avoid future instances of problems caused by the Government website being inaccessible.

We are developing a border and immigration system which is “digital by default” for all migrants, which over time means we will increasingly replace physical and paper-based products and services with accessible, easy to use online and digital services.

Individuals continue to receive written notice of their immigration status by email or letter, which they can keep for their personal records if they wish and can use when contacting the Home Office.

Should users find themselves unable to access their digital status information online, we already have a call centre which can assist them to use the service, and where necessary, enable individuals’ status to be verified through alternative means.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
9th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that eligible citizens in Enfield North constituency apply to the EU Settlement Scheme by the 30 June 2021 deadline.

Since the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) opened in March 2019, the Home Office has undertaken a broad range of communications and stakeholder engagement activity to encourage EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members to apply for and obtain status. This has included targeted stakeholder engagement to reach hard to reach and vulnerable communities across the UK.

Almost £8m has been spent on comprehensive, multi-channel EUSS advertising to increase awareness of the need to apply to EUSS for over two years. The current campaign is live across the UK, targeting EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their families.

The Home Office has also specifically engaged with stakeholders in vulnerable, harder to reach audiences including older people, children and those in care to ensure as many citizens as possible apply to EUSS by the deadline.

The Home Office has made available £22 million in funding for a network of now 72 organisations which includes charities, local authorities and community groups whose collective reach and influence extends broadly across the UK. They are helping vulnerable and harder to reach groups in applying to the EUSS

The Home Office is also working closely with other government departments, including the Department for Work & Pensions, Department for Health and Social Care, and the Ministry for Housing, Communities & Local Government to ensure local authorities and other public sector bodies promote EUSS.

As of 31 May 2021, 5.61m EUSS applications had been received and 5.27m grants of status had been made. The Home Office urges anyone eligible for the EUSS to apply before the 30 June deadline to ensure their rights are protected following the end of the grace period.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
9th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 28 May 2021 to Question 4059, what steps her Department has taken to improve investigation of allegations of rape to help increase the proportion of cases that result in charges being made.

Rape and sexual violence are devastating crimes that impact on victims for the rest of their life.

The Government has long recognised that the decline in the number of effective trials for rape and serious sexual offences in England and Wales is a cause of significant concern.

As a result, we commissioned the end-to-end rape review in March 2019 to look at evidence across the system, from reporting to the police to outcomes in court, in order to understand what is happening in cases of adult rape and serious sexual offences being charged, prosecuted and convicted in England and Wales.

The review represents a serious commitment to change by the Government and our partners. At its heart are a set of actions that will drive system and culture change to improve the quality of investigations, reduce the number of victims who don’t feel able to engage with the criminal justice process, and to ultimately put more rapists behind bars.

We intend to publish the review shortly.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
9th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department has taken to tackle abuse and discrimination experienced by LGBTIQ+ people in the last three years.

All forms of abuse and hatred are unacceptable.

The UK has a robust legislative framework to respond to hate crimes, which target race, religion, sexual orientation, disability and transgender identity. The Government published the hate crime action plan (Action Against Hate: The UK Government’s plan for tackling hate crime) in 2016 and refreshed this Plan in October 2018.

The Government has commissioned a Law Commission review of the adequacy of current hate crime legislation. The review will report this year and we will respond to it when it is complete.

Also, the Home Office has funded multiple projects aimed at tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic hate crime including:

  • Kick It Out, who produced resources to raise awareness of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic abuse in football stadia;
  • Barnardo’s, who worked with schools in East Ridings of Yorkshire to promote understanding of LGBT lives and prevent homophobic, biphobic and transphobic hate crime;
  • Galop, who produced and distributed a series of factsheets and research to understand tackle online homophobic, biphobic and transphobic abuse; and
  • The Proud Trust who worked with the British Transport Police and rail companies to make public transport safer for LGBT people and encourage the reporting of hate crime.

Government action to tackle broader discrimination against LGBTIQ+ people includes:

  • A commitment to holding an international conference on LGBT rights; the “Safe To Be Me” conference will be held in 2022.
  • Announced a further £3.2 million of UK-funded projects in September 2020 to help Commonwealth Governments and civil society groups reform outdated laws and end the legacy of discrimination and violence.
  • The DfE announced £750k of funding in June 2020, including a project for victims of hate-related bullying.
  • We will bring forward legislation to ban conversion therapy as soon as parliamentary time allows and we will make new funds available to ensure that victims have better access to the support they need.

The Government will continue to work with the police, stakeholders including Galop and Stonewall and others to understand the concerns of LGBTQ+ communities and what should be done to address those concerns.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
9th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department will take to ensure progress on disbursing payments through the Windrush Compensation Scheme.

Since April 2019 the Windrush Compensation Scheme has offered almost £30 million in compensation, of which more than £20.4 million has been paid. In December we overhauled the Scheme and the changes have had an immediate effect on the speed and value of offers of compensation. Since the end of December we have paid more than six times the total amount paid previously.

However, we recognise we still have more to do to speed up the processing of claims and are committed to reducing the time between submission and decision significantly over the coming months, as a result we have taken the following actions:

  • We have recruited five additional caseworkers and a further 20 are in the process of being recruited.
  • We are directing resources to where they are needed most to maximise final decision output.
  • We are reviewing the scheme’s guidance, training and letters.

A particular focus is the application of evidence thresholds and the gathering of evidence by caseworkers to ensure decision making is as straightforward and streamlined as possible.

Priti Patel
Home Secretary
9th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to tackle county lines drug trafficking and safeguard children from exploitation; and whether she plans to increase funding to (a) Enfield and Haringey Metropolitan Police Service, (b) Enfield Council and (c) grassroots community organisations in Enfield North constituency to help tackle drug trafficking and safeguard children from exploitation.

The Government recognises the devastating impact of county lines activity on children and vulnerable people.

We are determined to disrupt these ruthless gangs and put an end to exploitation. On 20 January the Government announced £40m of dedicated investment for 2021/22 to tackle drugs supply and county lines, doubling our investment from last year. This includes funding for The Metropolitan Police’s Operation Orochi, which provides a dedicated taskforce to tackle county lines activity.

Since it was launched, in November 2019, our County Lines Programme has already seen more than 780 lines closed, over 5,100 arrests, £2.9 million in cash and significant quantities of drugs seized, and more than 1,200 vulnerable people safeguarded.

In addition, we continue to fund specialist support available for those affected by county lines exploitation including through Missing People’s SafeCall service. This national service provides confidential, specialist advice and support to young people and their families/carers who are affected by county lines exploitation anywhere in England and Wales.

From 2019-2022, £105.5 million has been invested in multi-agency Violence Reduction Units (VRUs) in the 18 areas worst affected by serious violence, with £21,000,000 allocated to the MOPAC to develop the London Violence Reduction Unit.

We are also driving targeted action to respond to exploitation through the Home Office-funded Prevention Programme, delivered by The Children’s Society. The Prevention Programme has coordinators in each of the ten policing regions, including London.

This financial year, the Home Office is also continuing to fund Young People’s Advocates in London to support young women and girls at risk of or experiencing exploitation by gangs including county lines.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
7th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the timeframe is for the publication of the Violence Against Women and Girls strategy 2021 to 2024.

This Government is determined to tackle crimes which disproportionately affect women and girls.

We will be publishing a new Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy, which will be followed by a complementary Domestic Abuse Strategy, this year.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
19th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department has spent on consultancy services including (i) communications, (ii) advertising, (iii) marketing and (iv) media buying since 1 March 2020.

Data on expenditure categories are published within the Home Office Annual Report and Accounts (ARA). However, this data is only published once the accounts are closed and the figures have been audited by the National Audit Office (NAO).

Information on the above expenditure categories for the current financial year will be collated and made available in the 2020/21 Home office Statement of Accounts.

Subsequently, you may also find it useful to refer to the ARA for FY1920 to obtain the data for the total spent on the aforementioned categories.

However, please note that the data we collect and report in the ARA is not captured under the specific headings set out in the question above.

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/902593/HO_Annual_Report_and_Accounts_2019-20_FINAL.pdf

10th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason the phrase If you have experienced a loss of income due to coronavirus, you will not be disadvantaged was removed from her Department's advice for spouse visa applicants and their sponsors published on 8-9 June 2020.

On 10 June we updated the GOV.UK pages with guidance on the minimum income requirement. An early draft of the guidance was incorrectly uploaded to GOV.UK, which was then quickly replaced with the correct version, thereby ensuring our guidance is as clear as possible on how a spouse or partner will not be disadvantaged from an immigration perspective from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
6th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent steps his Department has taken to improve the provision of mental health services for (a) current and (b) former members of the armed forces.

The Government is committed to improving the mental health of our Armed Forces and veterans. We are determined to provide the best possible mental healthcare services to our Armed Forces, and to this end work closely with the Departments of Health, the NHS, including the Devolved Administrations and Voluntary and Civil Society organisations.

Defence Medical Services introduced a new care pathway for Armed Forces personnel with common mental health disorders to enhance the care provided by MOD GPs, in line with national best practice. MOD accelerated the roll out of remote ways of working by introducing digital triage, eConsult, and remote video consultation using the AttendAnywhere platform to maintain access to mental health services during COVID-19. Patients can now access specialist mental health services across the UK using secure remote video consultation.

The provision of veterans' mental healthcare is the responsibility of the NHS in England and the Devolved Administrations. Where Personnel leaving the Armed Forces have an enduring need for mental healthcare, we work in partnership with the NHS to ensure continuation of care. The MOD's Departments of Community Mental Health initiative remains accessible for up to six months after discharge, to help veterans during their transition period.

Not only can veterans access all mainstream services, but several bespoke veterans' services have been developed to meet the needs of military personnel, veterans and their families. The bespoke services include the veteran's mental health service 'Op Courage', which has received over 10,000 referrals to date. Op Courage brings together three NHS England veterans' mental health services into a single pathway with a common point of access. Together these services provide a complete mental health care pathway for veterans with individuals benefitting from personalised care plans, ensuring they can access support and treatment both in and out of hours. £17.8 million has been provided for these services this financial year, and an additional £10 million has also been allocated to the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust to distribute to charitable projects supporting veterans' mental health needs.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
6th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent steps his Department has taken to improve the transition out of the armed forces into employment for former service women and men.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 5 July 2021 to Question 23323 to the hon. Member for Newport West (Ms Jones).

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
8th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent steps his Department has taken to tackle (a) insecure tenancies and (b) overcrowding in social housing; and what recent assessment he has made of the effects of the covid-19 outbreak on equity of access to affordable housing in England.

The Government will improve security of tenure for renters with Assured Shorthold Tenancies by removing Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988, putting an end to evictions where the landlord does not have to provide a reason. At the same time, we will ensure landlords have the tools they need to gain possession of their property when they have a valid reason to do so. We have rightly been focused on responding to the COVID-19 pandemic but will publish a White Paper detailing these reforms.

This Government is committed to reducing overcrowding, by increasing the supply of affordable housing and enabling councils and other social landlords to make better use of their existing stock. As such we are investing over £12 billion in affordable housing over 5 years, the largest investment in affordable housing in a decade. This includes the new £11.5 billion Affordable Homes Programme, which will provide up to 180,000 new homes across the country, should economic conditions allow.

The Localism Act 2011 has also maintained the statutory 'reasonable preference' requirements which ensure that social housing is prioritised for those who need it most, including people who are in overcrowded housing. Building on this, statutory guidance recommends local authorities consider giving 'additional preference' (high priority') to families in severe overcrowding which poses a serious health hazard.

The development of policy changes and local differences across England in terms of housing pressures has meant that the national picture of allocations is a complex one. We need to better understand how the system is playing out in local areas in order to understand if it is striking the right balance between fairness, support and aspiration.

MHCLG continues to monitor the effect of lockdown on households including with regards to savings, arrears, wellbeing, and housing costs.​ In addition throughout the entire pandemic the Household Resilience Survey has also been monitoring changes in employment and income as a result of COVID-19, as well households who are in rent or mortgage arrears.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 19 July 2021 to Question 902875 on the covid-19 evictions moratorium, how much funding from the Homelessness Prevention Grant has been allocated to Enfield Council; what recent assessment his Department has made of the impact of the end of the covid-19 evictions moratorium on Enfield North constituency; and what recent steps his Department has taken to protect renters and prevent homelessness in Enfield North constituency.

Enfield Council have been allocated £8,927,794 in Homelessness Prevention Grant in 2021/2022 (see https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/homelessness-prevention-grant-2021-to-2022).

Legislation was in place to prevent bailiffs from serving eviction notices and carrying out evictions, except in the most serious circumstances between November 2020 and the end of May 2021. The ban has now been lifted, reflecting the easing of national restrictions and ensuring that landlords are able to exercise their right to justice. However, renters continue to be protected by longer notice periods of 4 months except in the most serious cases until the end of September, and new arrangements where a claim for possession is made in the county court, such as a new Review stage where tenants can access free legal advice, will remain in place until at least the end of November.

Evidence shows that the measures which the government has taken to protect renters during the pandemic have been successful in reducing evictions and preventing homelessness. Landlord repossessions reduced by 80% in May to June 2021 compared to the corresponding Quarter in 2019, whilst claims for possession decreased by 74%, indicating a drop in the number of cases which can progress to the stage at which someone can be evicted. This data is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/mortgage-and-landlord-possession-statistics-april-to-june-2021

The Statutory Homelessness statistics for 2020-2021 show that there was a 41.4% reduction in households owed a homelessness duty following the end of an assured shorthold tenancy in 2020/21 compared with 2019/20.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to use existing powers to support local authorities to strengthen their planning enforcement powers.

The Government is clear that effective enforcement is important to tackle breaches of planning control. We committed to a strengthening of enforcement powers in the planning white paper, Planning for the Future. Further details of our proposals will be announced in due course.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of revising the Government’s housing targets to take into account social rent, intermediate and affordable homeownership housing-types.

Our standard method is only the starting point in the process of planning for new homes. It is not a target. For local authorities, planning to meet that need will require consideration of land availability, relevant constraints, such as the Green Belt, and whether the need is more appropriately met in neighbouring areas, when setting out targets in their local plan. In relation to the mix of specific housing types, our National Planning Policy Framework sets out that it is for local authorities to assess the housing needs of different groups, including those who require affordable housing, and to reflect this in their planning policies.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to (a) address the planning skills shortage and (b) ensure that councils have adequate resources for effective implementation of planning policy.

The Planning White Paper commits to developing a comprehensive resources and skills strategy for the planning sector to support the implementation of our reforms - so that, as we implement our reforms, local planning authorities are equipped to create great communities through effective civic engagement and proactive plan-making.

Through our proposed reforms, local planning authorities will be able to focus on what they do best; plan for the long term development of their area, improve the quality of new development, and focus more on those large and special sites that need the most consideration. We want to reduce the amount of resource-consuming bureaucracy and streamline or abolish assessments and other requirements that are burdensome and slow-down planning departments. Part of achieving this will be through modernising the planning process, so that routine tasks are automated and decision-making is improved by better access to data and digital services. This will allow local authorities to focus attention on plan making and place shaping.

We will continue to work with local planning authorities as we develop our proposals.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
15th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he has taken to decarbonise housing.

From 2025, the Future Homes Standard will ensure that new homes produce at least 75 per cent lower CO2 emissions compared to those built to current standards. This represents a considerable improvement in energy efficiency standards for new homes. These homes will be future-proofed with low carbon heating and high levels of energy efficiency. No further energy efficiency retrofit work will be necessary to enable them to become zero-carbon over time as the electricity grid continues to decarbonise. Our work on a full technical specification for the Future Homes Standard has been accelerated and we will consult on this in 2023. We also intend to introduce the necessary legislation in 2024, ahead of implementation in 2025.

Decarbonising existing housing stock is also vital to achieving net zero. The Government set out its ambition in the Energy White Paper that all homes should reach Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) band C by 2035, where practical, cost-effective and affordable. Alongside this, the Prime Minister's Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution set a target of installing 600,000 heat pumps every year by 2028. The Heat and Buildings Strategy will set out how we intend to meet our commitments and set us on a path to decarbonising homes and buildings by 2050, while continuing to deliver greater numbers of safe and affordable new homes.

The Government has committed to consult on measures to improve the energy performance of owner-occupied homes, and we recently ran a consultation on how mortgage lenders can support homeowners to improve the energy performance of their homes. We are also considering further options and will be publishing a call for evidence to seek views on these.

For the private rental sector, homes are currently required to have an energy efficiency rating EPC E or above unless a valid exemption applies. The regulations applied to new tenancies only from April 2018, and then to all tenancies in scope from 1 April 2020. BEIS recently consulted on raising this minimum standard to EPC C for new tenancies from 2025 and all tenancies from 2028. These responses are being analysed and a response will follow.

Finally, we are currently reviewing the Decent Homes Standard, and we will ensure the review considers how the standard can work to support better energy efficiency and the decarbonisation of social homes.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
9th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department has taken to (a) assess whether there is a disproportionate level of homeless or insecure housing among LGBTIQ+ people, (b) ensure that local government services secure adequate resources to tackle root causes of discrimination, lack of acceptance and abuse directed towards LGBTIQ+ people and (c) help ensure the implementation of inclusive service culture provision in all facets of local government.

The Government is committed to tackling discrimination against LGBT people. When delivering and designing their services, local authorities must ensure they comply with the public sector equalities duty.

The Government has worked with Stonewall Housing to provide training to staff working with LGBT individuals across various housing services about the issues they may face and how best to support LGBT people.

The Government has made available an increase in Core Spending Power for local authorities in England from £49 billion in 2020-21 to up to £51.3 billion in 2021-22, a 4.6% increase in cash terms. Nearly all of this funding is unringfenced, recognising the resources councils need to meet their pressures and maintain current service levels, and giving them the necessary flexibility to respond to local priorities.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
24th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department has taken to allocate additional resources to local authorities in London to build affordable and social housing.

London will receive £4.8 billion of the Affordable Homes Programme funding to deliver at least 116,000 affordable housing starts by March 2023, and a further £4 billion to deliver 35,000 new affordable homes by 2026 to help with the acute housing challenge in London. We actively encourage local authorities to put themselves forward and play a key role in the delivery of the Affordable Homes Programmes alongside housing associations.

In March we announced that we are giving local authorities in England more freedom on how they spend the money from homes sold through Right to Buy, making it easier for local authorities to fund homes using Right to Buy receipts, including homes for social rent. We encourage local authorities to make the most of the flexibilities available to them to build a new generation of council housing.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
24th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he has taken to provide housing options to households on local authority housing waiting lists in London.

Statutory guidance on the allocation of social housing issued in 2012 and updated in 2021 (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/allocation-of-accommodation-guidance-for-local-authorities ) encourages all local authorities to adopt a housing options approach as part of a move to a managed waiting list.

The guidance recognises that a strong housing options approach brings several benefits, ensuring: that people are offered support to make use of the housing solution which best meets their needs, that expectations about access to social housing are properly managed, and that social housing is focused on those who need it most.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
24th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he has plans to allocate additional funding to local welfare assistance schemes.

Councils have powers to determine the right local welfare assistance schemes for their area


Resources made available through the 2020 Spending Review and annual Settlement allowed councils in England access to an overall increase in Core Spending Power from £49 billion in 2020-21 to up to £51.3 billion in 2021-22, a 4.6% increase in cash terms. This is in line with last year’s available increase. This recognises the resources councils need to meet their pressures and maintain current service levels


We have also introduced our Covid Winter Grant Scheme providing funding to local authorities in England to help the most vulnerable children and families stay warm and well fed during the coldest months. It is now running until June as the Covid Local Support Grant, with a total investment of £269 million.

13th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to tackle discrimination against people claiming housing benefit in the private rented sector; and what recourse is open to people affected by that discrimination.

Blanket bans against tenants in receipt of benefits have no place in a fair and modern housing market. The Government has worked with the lettings industry to agree an approach to end this practice. Major lettings portals Zoopla and Rightmove agreed to stop the use of 'No DSS' adverts on their websites, and several major lenders agreed to remove restrictions on mortgages which prevented landlords from letting to tenants on benefits.

We will continue to encourage landlords to look at all tenants on an individual basis. Current legislation prohibits acts of discrimination against individuals on the basis of a number of protected characteristics. Where a prospective tenant believes that they have been discriminated against, they should seek independent legal advice or contact Citizens’ Advice for free, impartial advice.

Additionally, it is a legal requirement for letting and managing agents in England to belong to one of the two Government approved redress schemes. If a prospective tenant feels that a letting agent is acting unfairly or continues to offer a poor service, they can raise a formal complaint.

The Government is committed to delivering a fairer and more effective rental market for all tenants, including our intention to abolish Section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions and introduce a lifetime deposit to ease the burden when moving house. More details will follow in a White Paper published later this year, which will be informed by engagement with stakeholders.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
12th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what average time it has taken for his Department to complete its assessments and decision-making on Building Safety Fund applications relating to Enfield.

The rate at which applications to the Building Safety Fund are progressed will be dependent on the readiness of building owners to provide the required information. Following registration, MHCLG contacts building owners or the responsible person to ask for supporting evidence for their technical eligibility for the fund. This will include evidence of the height of the building and materials that are in place.

It is disappointing that over 800 of the total of 2820 registrations to the Building Safety Fund have been unable to provide any of this basic information. We have engaged with registrants and industry bodies to understand the challenges they have in meeting our deadlines and criteria requirements. To address their concerns we have extended the deadlines for the fund to the end of June 2021, giving building owners more time to submit full applications but still reflecting the importance of these critical safety works.

We are also providing expert construction consultation support to actively engage with those planning and undertaking remediation work under the Building Safety Fund to increase the pace of remediation. We expect all buildings with an existing application to be started on site by September 2021.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
20th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent estimate he has made of the number of additional council and housing association homes required to meet demand for social housing in Enfield North constituency.

Our National Planning Policy Framework makes clear that it is for local authorities to assess the housing needs of different groups, including those who require affordable housing, and to reflect this in their planning policies.

Local authorities are best placed to make detailed assessment of the housing needs for different housing types and tenures in their areas, using relevant evidence to produce assessments which are specific to their local circumstances.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to support leaseholders living in buildings under 18 metres in height with (a) dangerous cladding and (b) other fire safety defects in Enfield North constituency.

On 10 February we announced a generous finance scheme, which will provide leaseholders in buildings of 11-18m with access to finance for cladding remediation costs. This includes costs that are integral to the safe removal and replacement of unsafe cladding systems. We have committed that monthly cladding repayment costs will not exceed £50 a month. Further details of the financing scheme will be made available.

The package of financial measures announced covers cladding because longstanding independent safety advice has been clear that unsafe cladding poses the greatest risk to buildings. This is because it can act as a fuel to a fire. Our approach prioritises action on the risks of unsafe cladding: the costs for remediating this are high, and the risks posed by it are also high.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
1st Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what progress has been made on processing the application made by Enfield Council in February 2020 seeking approval to implement a Selective Licensing Scheme for the private rented sector in the borough.

Enfield submitted their application for a Selective Licensing scheme in February 2020 and a SoS decision has not been made on their application. Officials have reviewed the Enfield application and recommended that the application is approved. Enfield have chased the status of their application on a number of occasions.

We have also received a number of MSUs and press queries regarding Enfield's selective licensing application. Prior to COVID-19 we aimed for an 8 week turnaround between receiving the application and notifying the LA of the decision. This is not a statutory time limit but is in the non-statutory guidance. Resourcing pressures as a result of COVID-19 have meant this has not been achievable.

A local housing authority may designate a selective licensing scheme on any one or more of the following conditions, housing demand; a significant and persistent problem caused by anti-social behaviour; poor housing conditions; high levels of migration; high level of deprivation; and high levels of crime.

Since 2015 any selective licensing designation - whether singularly or cumulatively with other designations - which covers more than 20 per cent of the private rented stock in the local housing authority area or more than 20 per cent of their geographical area requires confirmation by the Secretary of State before it can be brought into force. 

The Secretary of State for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government makes the final decision on selective licensing applications.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
3rd Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding allocated to Enfield Council's homelessness services provision.

In 2020/2021 we are providing £437 million to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping. This marks a £69 million increase in funding from the previous year. Funding given to local authorities seeks to address local homelessness and rough sleeping variation and is allocated according to demand in their areas.

Every local authority in England works directly with a specialist homelessness adviser from MHCLG, who engage with councils on an ongoing basis in order to help in ensuring that they are provided with the necessary resources and information to address homelessness in their locality.

Further to their work on homelessness, Enfield was identified as an area that would benefit from additional support around rough sleeping and was accordingly assigned a specialist rough sleeping adviser. This adviser works closely with the local authority in order to support and develop their work to tackle rough sleeping in their area and deliver their MHCLG funded interventions.

In terms of specific funding streams allocated to Enfield Council’s homelessness services provision, they have received:

  • £7,163,422 in Flexible Homelessness Support Grant in 2019/20 and the same amount for 2020/21. This funding is allocated based on a formula that reflects relative homeless pressures.
  • £398,287 in New Burdens fund in 2019/20, to assist with the implementation of the Homelessness Reduction Act. They have now been allocated £1,184,670 in Homelessness Reduction Grant funding for 2020/21, which provides an uplift on the new burdens funding allocated to implement the Homelessness Reduction Act. It will enable local authorities to do more to prevent and relieve homelessness in their areas. This is an increase of £786,383 in relation to their previous year’s New Burdens allocation, making them the borough with the 6th largest uplift nationally.
  • £450,000 allocated in PRS Access Scheme funding in 2019/20, for a project designed to increase access and sustainment of tenancies in the private rented sector for those who are, or are at risk of becoming, homeless.
  • £699,000 in the form of their Rough Sleeping Initiative grant for 2020/21, which is an increase of £458,629 in comparison to the £20,371 in Rapid Rehousing Pathway funding and £220,000 Rough Sleeping Initiative funding they received in 2019/20, which were combined for this year’s Rough Sleeping Initiative grant.

4th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prosecutions have been brought under The Botulinum Toxin and Cosmetic Fillers (Children) Act 2021 to date; and what sentences were imposed.

National statistics on the number of prosecutions and the sentences imposed under the ‘The Botulinum Toxin and Cosmetic Fillers (Children) Act 2021’ for the calendar year of 2021 are due for publication in May 2022.

James Cartlidge
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice) (and Assistant Government Whip)
15th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent steps his Department has taken to ensure the safety of women in prison.

The safety of those who live and work in our prisons is our top priority. We have established a Women’s Estate Self-Harm taskforce which is co-ordinating longer-term work to address the factors driving self-harm


Our Offender Management in Custody (OMiC) model is transforming how we support prisoners and significant investments have been made to improve safety and deliver key work. In April 2021 we began implementing a gender specific Offender Management in Custody (OMiC) model in the women’s estate.

The Challenge, Intervention and Support Plan (CSIP) is also in place for the effective case-management of those prisoners who are at a raised risk of violence towards others. While the newly revised version of the Assessment, Care in Custody and Teamwork (ACCT) framework includes a stronger person-centred approach and improved focus on risks, triggers, and protective factors.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
15th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of safety and wellbeing measures for people in custody.

The safety of those who live and work in our prisons is our top priority. We continue to deliver on our £100m investment to improve prison security to reduce crime in prison, clamping down on weapons, drugs and phones that fuel prison violence and undermine safety.

The Challenge, Intervention and Support Plan (CSIP) is in place for the effective case-management of those prisoners who are at a raised risk of violence towards others.

To mitigate the impact of the regime restrictions that were introduced in response to COVID-19 on prisoners, we have produced materials to support wellbeing at this particularly difficult time, including a range of in-cell activities.

We have also created a Wellbeing Plan with input from mental health charity Mind. We have implemented a revised version of the Assessment, Care in Custody and Teamwork (ACCT) document across the prison estate. Revisions include a stronger emphasis on ensuring a person-centred approach and support for at-risk prisoners.

We continue to make the Samaritans phone service available and are working with the Samaritans to ensure that the Listener peer support scheme continues to function effectively.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent representations he has made to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on the (a) health and wellbeing of pregnant women in prison, (b) need to treat all pregnancies in prison as high risk and (c) adequacy of the model of maternity care in prisons.

Women in prison should have access to the same range and quality of healthcare services compared to that which they would find in the community, including midwifery, obstetric and health visiting services. These services are commissioned by NHS England & NHS Improvement. The role of Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) is to work in partnership with local healthcare providers to secure access to these services.

HMPPS undertook extensive consultation with the health sector during the recent review of policy on pregnancy, Mother and Baby Units and maternal separation from children up to the age of two in women’s prisons. The new policy was published on 20 September.

I am due to meet with the Minister of State for Care and Mental Health (DHSC) in the coming week to discuss our ongoing partnership approach to care for pregnant women in prison.

For information on clinical provisions for pregnant women in prison, please refer to the DHSC, the responsible department.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment his Department has made of trends in the level of recruitment and retention of probation officers in (a) Enfield and (b) Greater London.

The Probation Service is committed to increasing recruitment to fill Probation Officer vacancies, particularly in areas with significant local employment market challenges. The Probation Service recruited a total of 1,007 trainee probation officers in 2020/2021 and are committed to recruiting 1,500 trainee probation officers in 2021/2022.

Following the transfer of over 7,000 staff from private sector Community Rehabilitation Companies into the Probation Service at the end of June 2021, there were 4,456 full time equivalent (FTE) Band 4 probation officers in post nationally as at 30 June 2021. This figure is an increase of 844 (23.4%) since 30 June 2020 and an increase of 919 FTE (26%) probation officers compared to 31 March 2021.

In June 2021, there were 637 probation officers and 225 trainee probation officers in post in the London Probation Service. One probation officer joined the Local Delivery Unit cluster Barnet, Brent and Enfield between June 2014 to June 2021. Overall, 50 probation officers joined the London Probation Service between 2014/2015 to June 2021/2022.

The leaving rate for probation officers at the London Probation Service was 7.5% for 12 months to 30 June 2021. Over the past seven years, the leaving rate has varied between 6.1% and 10.9%.

The leaving rate for probation officers at the LDU cluster Barnet, Brent and Enfield was 8.7% for 12 months to 30 June 2021. Over the past seven years the leaving rate has varied between 4.1% and 11.8%.

The first National Probation Service Recruitment & Retention Strategy was published internally to all Probation Service staff in April following extensive engagement with colleagues and stakeholders across Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service.  At the centre of this strategy is our commitment to make sure we have great people, in the right roles, with the resources they need to do their jobs in the probation service.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will provide a list of relevant orders and the type of conviction that leads to each said order.

On conviction of an offence in the Crown Court or a magistrates' court, the court may impose orders on the offender. These are known as ancillary orders. Some ancillary orders are aimed at redressing the harm caused by an offender, others aim to prevent future re-offending or repeat victimisation.

In certain situations, the court must impose an ancillary order, in other situations it is up to the court to decide whether an ancillary order is appropriate or necessary, taking into account the circumstances of the offence and the offender.

Sentencing guidelines, issued by the independent Sentencing Council, identify ancillary orders that are particularly likely to be relevant to individual offences. Further information on ancillary orders, including a non-exhaustive list of such orders, is available on the Council’s website at: https://www.sentencingcouncil.org.uk/explanatory-material/magistrates-court/item/ancillary-orders/1-introduction-to-ancillary-orders/

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the Government's policy is on non-English inscriptions on tombstones in (a) local authority maintained cemeteries, (b) faith and communities cemeteries and (c) other burial sites.

The Government has published guidance on the management of burial grounds. This sets out the general expectation that managers should always have regard for equal treatment policies and practice in the provision of burial services and emphasises that consideration should be given to unintended consequences or discrimination which may arise in a variety of ways, including in the allowed wording of commemorative inscriptions.

Section 13 of the Local Authorities Cemeteries Order 1977 provides that a bishop of the Church of England may object to, and have removed, any inscription on a tombstone or other memorial in ground consecrated to the Church of England within any cemetery (including its chapel). This reflects similar statutory provision relating to tombstones located within Church of England churches and their churchyards.

Alex Chalk
Solicitor General (Attorney General's Office)
14th Jan 2020
What assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding for Law Centres.

We recognise the valuable work that Law Centres do in local communities around the country, and we support them in this through both grant funding and through legal aid contracts.

We are also working collaboratively with the sector to explore co-locating piloting co-located support hubs as part of work to explore new, better ways to help people resolve their issues.

My officials continue to meet regularly with representatives of law centres to discuss ways in which we can work together to enhance the breadth of legal support available to everyone in society.

Wendy Morton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)