Gloria De Piero Portrait

Gloria De Piero

Labour - Former Member for Ashfield

Gloria De Piero is not a member of any APPGs
1 Former APPG membership
Mental Health
Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission
12th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Shadow Minister (Justice)
3rd Jul 2017 - 19th Jul 2019
Shadow Minister (Young People and Voter Registration)
14th Sep 2015 - 26th Jun 2016
Shadow Minister (Equalities Office) (Women and Equalities)
7th Oct 2013 - 14th Sep 2015
Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)
7th Oct 2011 - 7th Oct 2013
Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport)
8th Oct 2010 - 7th Oct 2011


Division Voting information

Gloria De Piero has voted in 1506 divisions, and 3 times against the majority of their Party.

22 Oct 2019 - European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill - View Vote Context
Gloria De Piero voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 19 Labour Aye votes vs 217 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 329 Noes - 299
8 Feb 2017 - Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada - View Vote Context
Gloria De Piero voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 68 Labour No votes vs 85 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 409 Noes - 126
2 Dec 2015 - ISIL in Syria - View Vote Context
Gloria De Piero voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 65 Labour Aye votes vs 153 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 397 Noes - 223
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All Debates

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Latest EDMs signed by Gloria De Piero

16th October 2019
Gloria De Piero signed this EDM on Thursday 24th October 2019

ASDA contract 6

Tabled by: Chris Stephens (Scottish National Party - Glasgow South West)
That this House notes with concern the decision by ASDA to proceed with proposals to put all hourly paid employees on flexible contracts (Contract 6) despite considerable concern about the proposed changes to employee terms and conditions; further notes that the flexibility clause in Contract 6 will force employees to …
48 signatures
(Most recent: 16 Dec 2019)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 32
Scottish National Party: 9
Democratic Unionist Party: 3
Independent: 2
Conservative: 1
Liberal Democrat: 1
16th October 2019
Gloria De Piero signed this EDM on Monday 21st October 2019

Voter ID requirements at polling stations

Tabled by: Faisal Rashid (Labour - Warrington South)
That this House expresses deep concern at the Government’s announced plans to prevent people from voting unless they can provide photographic identification at the next election; notes that of the 44.6 million votes cast in 2017, there were just 28 allegations of in-person voter fraud and one conviction; recognises that …
71 signatures
(Most recent: 4 Nov 2019)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 52
Scottish National Party: 10
Liberal Democrat: 4
Plaid Cymru: 2
Independent: 2
Green Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

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Gloria De Piero has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


884 Written Questions

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department
82 Other Department Questions
20th Apr 2016
To ask the Prime Minister, when he plans to respond to the hon. Member for Ashfield's correspondence of 8 March 2016 on voter registration.

My Office did not receive the original letter but has now obtained a copy. A reply will be sent shortly.

8th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effect of the introduction of the National Living Wage on the level of child poverty in (a) Ashfield constituency and (b) Nottinghamshire.

The Government has made no such assessment.

The Government is committed to working to eliminate child poverty and improving life chances for children. This includes making work pay, in which the National Living Wage has an important part to play, and also through our wider reforms to support parents to move into work, increase their earnings, and keep more of what they earn.

The National Living Wage will benefit over 1 million low paid workers this year and 2.9 million directly by 2020. The introduction of the National Living Wage will mean that a full-time worker aged 25 or over previously on the National Minimum Wage will see their annual earnings increase by £910.

15th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many apprenticeships were (a) started and (b) completed in each (i) parliamentary constituency and (ii) region of England and Wales in each of the last five years.

Information on Apprenticeship starts and achievements by parliamentary constituency and region, in England, is published as a supplementary table (first link: starts, second link: achievements) to a Statistical First Release (third link).

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/493777/apprenticeships-starts-by-geography-learner-demographics-and-sector-subject-area.xls

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/504335/apprenticeships-achievements-by-geography-learner-demographics-and-sector-subject-area.xls

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/learner-participation-outcomes-and-level-of-highest-qualification-held

The Department does not collect further education information relating to the devolved administrations.

15th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to prevent reductions in bonuses, shifts and bank holiday pay for employees before the implementation of the national living wage.

The National Living Wage represents a significant step up for the lowest paid in society. On current forecasts, a full-time minimum wage worker will earn almost £4,200 more per year by 2020 compared to the current minimum wage. It is for individual businesses to decide exactly how to respond to the introduction of the National Living Wage, appropriate to their circumstances. But any changes to contractual pay should be discussed and agreed with workers in advance.

19th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what equality impact assessment the Government has undertaken on the implications of the planned abolition of maintenance grants.

An Equality Analysis has been carried out and will be published alongside the regulations.

19th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many small businesses have taken up the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers in each year that it has operated; and how many young apprentices have been taken on by businesses taking up that grant.

The number of workplaces and the number of apprenticeship starts on the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) scheme are provided in Table 1 and Table 2 respectively. The eligibility for the scheme has changed over time, and it is not possible to identify “small” employers separately from all employers eligible for the scheme.


Starts on AGE 16 to 24 are also published as part of a Statistical First Release: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/learner-participation-outcomes-and-level-of-highest-qualification-held


Table 1: Number of workplaces on the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers Scheme (2011/12 to 2014/15)








Academic Year

Number of workplaces






2011/12

6,670






2012/13

34,020






2013/14

46,620






2014/15

47,790






Total

135,100






Notes:







1) AGE 16 to 24 was launched in February 2012.

2) Between 1st February 2012 and 31st July 2012, employers with up to 250 employees were eligible for AGE. Between 1st August 2012 and 31st January 2014, employers with up to 1000 employees were eligible for AGE. From 1st February 2015, employers with up to 50 employees are eligible for AGE.

3) AGE 16 to 24 starts are defined through the Learning Delivery Funding and Monitoring Codes with values of 132 or 133 as per the ILR specification (http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20140108104635/http://www.theia.org.uk/ilr/ilrdocuments/201112_ilrdetail.htm). These are validated by the Skills Funding Agency.

4) Volumes are rounded to the nearest ten except totals which are rounded to the nearest hundred.


Table 2: Starts on the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers Scheme (AGE 16 to 24)







Academic Year

Age

Payments Made

Pipeline Starts



2011/12

Under 19

4,900

0




19-24

2,950

0




Total

7,900

0



2012/13

Under 19

26,520

0




19-24

16,010

0




Total

42,500

0



2013/14

Under 19

37,390

0




19-24

23,510

0




Total

60,900

0



2014/15

Under 19

32,960

5,500




19-24

18,300

3,180




Total

51,300

8,700



Notes:






1) AGE 16 to 24 was launched in February 2012. Payments are drawn down once the new Apprentice has been in post for 13 weeks, therefore Apprenticeships starting after 30 April 2015 are not included in the Payments Made column because they had not yet triggered a payment.

2) Pipeline Starts show those starting between May 2015 and July 2015 who have not yet qualified for a payment, but the payment would be made once the Apprentice has been in post for 13 weeks.

3) AGE 16 to 24 starts are defined through the Learning Delivery Funding and Monitoring Codes with values of 132 or 133 as per the ILR specification (http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20140108104635/http://www.theia.org.uk/ilr/ilrdocuments/201112_ilrdetail.htm). These are validated by the Skills Funding Agency.

4) Starts in this table include learners aged 19-24 on application but aged 25 when learning started.

5) Volumes are rounded to the nearest ten except totals which are rounded to the nearest hundred.


19th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effect on the RAB charge of the planned replacement of maintenance grants with means-tested loans.

The current estimate of the RAB charge is published on the Gov.uk website (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/simplified-student-loan-repayment-model).

This estimate will be updated in Summer 2016, alongside publication of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills accounts.

19th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the career progression of people aged 16 to 24 who have completed an apprenticeship since 2010.

The Department assesses the impact of apprenticeships on career progression in a number of ways including measuring longer term wage and employment outcomes, short term employment outcomes and self-reported impacts. We also measure progression of advanced apprentices to higher education. Where possible the data are broken down by age band. Links to the relevant reports are provided below.

Wage returns and employment outcomes for Further Education, including apprenticeships are published here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-education-comparing-labour-market-economic-benefits-from-qualifications-gained

Experimental data showing the learning and employment outcomes of learners completing further education training between 2010 and 2013 is published here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/adult-further-education-outcome-based-success-measures-experimental-data-2010-to-2013

Short term employment outcomes and self-reported impacts are published in the Evaluation of apprenticeships: learner survey which is published here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apprenticeships-evaluation-learner-survey-2014

Progression of advanced apprentices to higher education broken down by year and age band is published here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/progression-of-apprentices-to-higher-education-second-cohort

8th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many new and expectant mothers were (a) dismissed, (b) made compulsorily redundant where others in their workplace were not and (c) treated so poorly they felt they had to leave their job over the last five years.

In 2014 the Government commissioned an extensive research project into perceived pregnancy and maternity discrimination in Great Britain. The research was jointly managed and funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, supported by the Government Equalities Office.

This is the largest ever study of pregnancy and maternity-related discrimination conducted in Great Britain. Interim findings were published in July 2015 and can be found at: http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/publication/pregnancy-and-maternity-related-discrimination-and-disadvantage-first-findings-surveys-employers-and-0.

Final results, including how experiences vary by employer size, are due to be published later this year. These figures represent a one-year period. We do not have results spanning the last five years.

The results of the final report will inform any potential Government action.

8th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Members for Ashfield and Streatham dated 15 June 2015 regarding women executives on company boards.

My Rt hon Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills has replied to the hon Members.

8th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Ashfield the Shadow Business Secretary on women executives on company boards dated 15 June 2015.

There is no record of this letter having been received by my Department. If the hon. Member will forward a copy I shall ensure it is actioned as a matter of urgency.

17th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will estimate the average annual energy bill for a typical family in Ashfield constituency in each of the last five years.

Estimates of average energy bills by region can be derived from data in tables 2.2.4 and 2.3.4 of DECC’s publication Quarterly Energy Prices (QEP) https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/annual-domestic-energy-price-statistics .


Estimates for Ashfield constituency are not available but the table below shows the average annual bill per household for the East Midlands from 2010. These estimates are based on the combined average standard electricity and gas annual bills based on fixed consumptions of 3,800kWh/year for electricity and 15,000 kWh/year for gas. The bills provided are averaged across all methods of payment and expressed in cash terms.

Year

Average annual bill (£)

2010

1,017

2011

1,114

2012

1,206

2013

1,277

2014

1,305


As set out in the 2014 Prices and Bills report[1] increases in wholesale energy costs, which make up around half of a household energy bill, have been the biggest factor behind rising energy bills over recent years.

We are supporting consumers by taking measures to increase competition in the market, make it quicker and easier to switch and by providing support for vulnerable consumers. Changes to social and environmental levies and a government-funded rebate, also cut £50 off the average household energy bill in 2014.

[1] Available from: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/estimated-impacts-of-energy-and-climate-change-policies-on-energy-prices-and-bills-2014

17th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many students (a) were in receipt of a full, (b) were in receipt of a partial and (c) did not receive a maintenance grant in each of the last 10 years.

Statistics showing the number of English domiciled applicants awarded Maintenance Grants for study at UK providers are published annually by the Student Loans Company (SLC) in the Statistical First Release ‘Student Support for Higher Education in England’.

http://www.slc.co.uk/official-statistics/full-catalogue-of-official-statistics/student-support-for-higher-education-in-england.aspx

The distribution of maintenance support grants awarded to English applicants at UK providers over the last ten years has been provided in the attached table. Complete data for the academic year 2014/15 will be published by the SLC in November 2015.

7th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much and what proportion of the Enterprise Zone Fund each Local Enterprise Partnership has been allocated in each year of the Fund's operation.

Enterprise Zones do not receive an annual funding allocation. Firms moving onto Enterprise Zones receive business rates discounts. Increases in business rates payments to local authorities from the zone are retained locally and spent to support local economic growth initiatives.

7th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much and what proportion of the total fund each Local Enterprise Partnership will be allocated from the Local Growth Fund for the period 2015 to 2021.

Details about awards made to date are available on the GOV.UK website. Arrangements for future awards will be announced in due course.

7th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much and what proportion of the total fund each Local Enterprise Partnership has been allocated from the Growing Places Fund in each year since the introduction of that scheme.

The £730 million Growing Places Fund (GPF) was distributed to Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP) in England as a one-off payment. The payments were made in February and March 2012 under a section 31 grant. Details of the proportion of the fund paid out to each LEP is available on the Department for Communities and Local Government website.

30th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, (a) how many projects were selected, (b) how much has been committed to and (c) how much was spent in each parliamentary constituency in England through the Regional Growth Fund in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011, (iii) 2012, (iv) 2013, (v) 2014 and (vi) 2015 to date.

We do not hold the data in the format requested; the projects by constituency, the amount committed and paid can be found in the attached table.

30th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the investment each Local Enterprise Partnership has secured in each of the last five years.

Local Enterprise Partnerships are leveraging investment from a wide range of sources alongside funding from government. This includes significant private sector investment. The government’s investments in LEP areas over the last five years have included £2 billion Local Growth Fund, £730 million Growing Places Fund, £440 million Regional Growth Fund, £120 million in Enterprise Zones, and £90.7 million Coastal Communities Fund.

The government does not collect information about all investments secured by LEPs. As bottom-up, self-defined and voluntary partnerships LEPs have autonomy to manage their own resources and so drive economic growth in their local areas without burdensome reporting requirements or restrictive central controls.

17th Jun 2015
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what assessment she has made of the value and efficacy of equality impact assessments by public authorities in addressing the effects of policies on groups with protected characteristics.

It has never been a legal requirement in England to produce an equality impact assessment (EIA). The public sector equality duty and its supporting regulations require public bodies to have due regard to equality considerations when shaping policy and services, but it is up to individual public bodies to decide the best way to record how they have taken equality into account. The independent Steering Group which conducted a review of the PSED and reported in 2013 reported that some public bodies found EIAs helpful and that when carried out well they could highlight examples of good practice.

15th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many children living in households that are classed as being in fuel poverty in (a) England, (b) East Midlands, (c) Nottingham and (d) Ashfield constituency in each year since 2010.

Detailed data on the age of household occupants is not available at the sub-regional level.

The table below shows the number of fuel poor households which contain at least one child under the age of 16 in (a) England and (b) East Midlands, in each year since 2010.

Number and proportion of fuel poor households with at least one child under 16

England

East Midlands

(000s)

%

(000s)

%

2013

1,064

45

90

45

2012

1,101

47

101

41

2011

1,029

42

90

35

2010

988

40

97

37

11th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many (a) women and (b) men aged 24 and over, were enrolled in further education courses at level 3 or above in each academic year since 2010.

Table 1 shows the number of learners aged 24+ participating in further education courses at Level 3 or above from 2009/10 to 2013/14.

Table 1: FE and Skills participation at Level 3+ and ages 24+, 2009/10 to 2013/14

2009/10

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

Male

161,200

136,200

128,000

139,300

100,900

Female

286,200

238,600

247,600

285,100

207,700

Total Learners (24+)

447,400

374,900

375,600

424,400

308,600

Notes:
1) The source is the Individualised Learner Record.
2) This tables includes Apprenticeships, Workplace Learning, Community Learning and Education and Training provision (including the Offenders’ Learning and Skills Service) taken at General Further Education Colleges (including Tertiary), Sixth Form Colleges, Special Colleges (Agricultural and Horticultural Colleges and Art and Design Colleges), Specialist Colleges and External Institutions.
3) Volumes are rounded to the nearest hundred.
4) Age and gender are based upon self-declaration by the learner.

11th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many parents have applied for shared parental leave since its introduction.

We do not hold information on the number of employees that have applied for Shared Parental Leave. We will evaluate Shared Parental Leave and Pay by 2018 when the new entitlements have had time to bed in.

8th Jun 2015
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, with reference to section 147 of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015, when she plans to (a) publish a consultation and (b) set a timetable for bringing forward legislative proposals on pay transparency.

The Government will deliver its manifesto commitment to require companies with at least 250 employees to publish gender pay information at the earliest opportunity. A consultation will be published in the Summer with a view to making regulations in early 2016.

20th Mar 2015
Pay
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the average hourly pay is of employees in his Department identified as (a) White or White British and (b) from a Black, Asian or other minority ethnic group.

In the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the average hourly rate of pay for White or White British employees is £23.53. For BIS employees that are Black, Asian or other minority ethnic groups (including mixed race), the hourly rate is £20.07.

Please note that the above figures reflect the different levels of seniority of the employees that have provided their ethnicity information. This information is declared on a voluntary basis.

19th Mar 2015
Pay
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the average hourly pay is of employees at each grade within his Department identified as (a) White or White British and (b) from a Black, Asian or other minority ethnic group.

Civil servants, in the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC), are based either in London or Scotland and its annual salary ranges are calculated on that basis. The number of hours worked by civil servants in each location varies as new civil service conditions of service are introduced. Therefore an hourly pay rate is not possible to calculate without incurring disproportionate costs. The annual salary rates for each pay grade in London and Scotland, by ethnic group, is shown in the tables below.

Ethnicity - White

Grade

London

Scotland

AO

25,224

19,028

EO

26,465

22,393

HEO

31,621

31,066

FAST STREAM

28,640

-

SEO

37,448

35,806

G7

49,338

49,821

G6

59,777

*

SCS PB1

70,377

*

SCS PB2

95,873

-

SCS PB3

*

-

PERM SEC

165,000-170,000

-

Ethnicity – Black, Asian or other minority

Grade

London

AO

23,470

EO

27,971

HEO

31,341

FAST STREAM

*

SEO

38,818

G7

47,552

G6

59,772

SCS PB1

*

SCS PB2

-

SCS PB3

-

PERM SEC

-

The average annual salaries of (a) Faststreamers and SCS PB1 based in London who have identified their ethnicity as Black, Asian or other minority ethnic group, (b) SCS PB3 based in London who have identified their ethnicity as White or White British and (c) Grade 6 and SCS PB1 based in Scotland who have identified their ethnicity as White or White British, have not been disclosed as the numbers in each grouping is less than 5 and could lead to the identification of individuals (see *).

The annual salary of the Permanent Secretary is shown as a salary band as disclosed in the Annual Resource Account.

A total of 1,133 civil servants working in the department have identified their ethnic status. A further 432 have not identified an ethnicity status. The average salaries shown above are based solely on those who have identified their ethnic group.

17th Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many and what proportion of employees in his Department identify as (a) white or white British, (b) Asian or Asian British, (c) Black or Black British, (d) mixed or multiple ethnic group and (e) another ethnicity.

Table 1 gives the proportion of staff in each ethnic group in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. These proportions are statistical estimates derived from the 2014 Civil Service People Survey.

Table 1: Ethnicity of staff in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Ethnicity

Estimated Proportion

White or White British

77%

Asian or Asian British

5%

Black or Black British

5%

Mixed or multiple ethnic group

2%

Any Other Ethnicity

0%

Undeclared Ethnicity

10%

Source: Civil Service People Survey 2014

17th Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many and what proportion of employees in his Department identify as (a) white or white British, (b) Asian or Asian British, (c) Black or Black British, (d) mixed or multiple ethnic group and (e) another ethnicity.

As at 28 February 2015, the number and proportion of civil servants working for Department of Energy & Climate Change had made diversity declarations as set out below:

(a) White or White British – 971 (62%);

(b) Asian or Asian British – 80 (5%);

(c) Black or Black British – 47 (3%);

(d) Mixed or multiple ethnic group – 28 (2%);

(e) Another ethnicity – less than 10 (less than 1%);

(f) People who prefer not to say or have made no declaration – 432 (27%).

20th Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many people aged 16 to 24 of each ethnic group applied for an apprenticeship in each employment sector in each of the last five years.

As the requested table is large, I have attached a document detailing the number of apprenticeship applications made through the apprenticeship vacancy online system by ethnicity and Sector Subject Area for the 16-24 age group.

The table shows the number of applications made, not the number of individuals who have applied. An individual can make multiple applications.

Sector Subject Area breakdowns have been provided as information specific to the employment sector is not collected. Additionally, information on applications by the industry sector of the employer is available online:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/fe-data-library-apprenticeship-vacancies

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/400304/SECTOR_SUBJECT_AREAFeb15.xls

20th Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many people aged between 18 and 24 accessed the National Careers Service through each method of interaction in each of the last three years service user; and what the (a) gender and (b) home region was of each such applicant.

The attached tables give the number of contacts with people aged 18 to 24 who have accessed the face to face and adult telephone helpline of the National Careers Service over the past 3 years. As this is a record of contacts, if young people have accessed either service multiple times they will have been counted more than once. We are unable to provide a breakdown into gender for the young people’s helpline.

Face to face service

Gender

Apr12-Mar13

Apr13-Mar14

Apr14-Sep14

Female

79,274

83,434

36,676

Male

121,207

119,137

49,059

Not known/not provided

584

564

290

Prefer not to say

189

176

144

Grand Total

201,524

203,311

86,169

Region

Apr12-Mar13

Apr13-Mar14

Apr14-Sep14

East Midlands

18,932

18,907

8,961

East of England

22,165

24,105

10,309

London

28,798

26,296

10,862

North East

12,444

11,709

5,285

North West

28,292

29,364

11,811

South East

27,448

28,055

10,755

South West

18,707

17,308

6,556

Unknown Region

2,053

1,782

431

West Midlands

19,802

21,431

9,481

Yorkshire and The Humber

22,613

24,354

11,718

Grand Total

201,254

203,311

86,169

Adult Telephone helpline / Online

Gender

Apr12-Mar13

Apr13-Mar14

Apr14-Sep14

Female

19,385

21,090

12,052

Male

16,099

17,080

9,090

Not known/not provided

11

9

6

Prefer not to say

82

109

58

Grand Total

35,577

38,288

21,206

Region

Adult Telephone helpline / Online

Apr12-Mar13

Apr13-Mar14

Apr14-Sep14

East Midlands

2,514

2,678

1,501

East of England

3,145

3,470

1,889

London

7,260

7,789

4,425

North East

1,424

1,486

851

North West

4,920

5,251

2,843

South East

4,769

5,030

2,849

South West

2,811

3,204

1,618

Unknown Region

1,947

2,130

1,275

West Midlands

4,069

4,186

2,238

Yorkshire and The Humber

2,718

3,064

1,717

Grand Total

35,577

38,288

21,206

20th Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many people aged 16 to 24 of each ethnic group started an apprenticeship in each of the last five years; and in what sector subject area each of those starts were for each of those ethnic groups.

As the requested table is large, I have attached a document detailing the number of apprenticeship starts for the under 25 age group by ethnicity and sector subject area.

20th Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many (a) men and (b) women aged 16 to 24 started an apprenticeship in each sector subject area in each of the last five years.

As the requested table is large, I have attached an additional document detailing apprenticeship starts for those aged under 25 by gender and sector subject area.

12th Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many equality impact assessments his Department produced in each year since 2006.

Equality is at the heart of all policy and decision making by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

To help comply with the Equality Act 2010, analysis conducted of the impact on equality of its key policies and decisions are regularly published by the department and available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications?commit=Refresh+results&departments%5B%5D=department-for-business-innovation-skills&from_date=&keywords=&official_document_status=all&page=2&publication_filter_option=impact-assessments&to_date=&topics%5B%5D=all&world_locations%5B%5D=all.

19th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much has been (a) committed to and (b) spent in each parliamentary constituency in England through the Regional Growth Fund in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011, (iii) 2012, (iv) 2013 and (v) 2014 to date.

The data is not held in the format requested. A breakdown of Regional Growth Fund committed and paid in each constituency to date for projects only is provided. The amount paid by programmes which have regional or nationwide coverage is included for completeness. Where there is a difference in the amount committed and the amount paid this reflects the payment schedules agreed with each beneficiary. Figures are rounded to the nearest £10,000 and are correct as at the 1 December.

Constituency

RGF Committed

RGF Paid to date*

Aldershot

5,000,000

-

Altrincham and Sale West

1,900,000

1,420,000

Ashton-under-Lyne

1,150,000

1,150,000

Barnsley East

130,000

130,000

Bassetlaw

1,330,000

1,330,000

Batley and Spen

220,000

110,000

Beverley and Holderness

2,870,000

-

Birmingham, Ladywood

1,860,000

-

Birmingham, Perry Barr

2,030,000

920,000

Birmingham, Selly Oak

2,100,000

-

Birmingham, Yardley

1,430,000

310,000

Bishop Auckland

130,000

130,000

Blackburn

1,460,000

1,460,000

Blackley and Broughton

1,190,000

1,050,000

Blaydon

2,250,000

1,030,000

Blyth Valley

1,010,000

800,000

Bootle

36,010,000

15,540,000

Bosworth

19,670,000

18,800,000

Bradford East

2,040,000

1,850,000

Bradford South

2,330,000

1,020,000

Bradford West

17,600,000

4,380,000

Bristol West

4,850,000

4,170,000

Burnley

8,810,000

8,800,000

Burton

4,500,000

4,500,000

Calder Valley

800,000

720,000

Carlisle

2,000,000

2,000,000

Charnwood

4,170,000

4,170,000

Cheadle

2,000,000

1,410,000

Chelmsford

12,910,000

10,900,000

City of Chester

1,350,000

820,000

Cleethorpes

1,500,000

1,500,000

Colne Valley

1,910,000

960,000

Congleton

4,100,000

100,000

Coventry North West

12,150,000

260,000

Coventry South

137,200,000

16,490,000

Crewe and Nantwich

12,360,000

10,290,000

Dagenham and Rainham

9,300,000

-

Doncaster Central

18,000,000

13,690,000

Doncaster North

1,280,000

1,280,000

Dudley North

700,000

700,000

Easington

12,420,000

6,930,000

East Devon

2,000,000

-

East Worthing and Shoreham

3,230,000

3,220,000

Eastleigh

3,130,000

980,000

Ellesmere Port and Neston

4,060,000

-

Faversham and Mid Kent

1,000,000

-

Forest of Dean

1,120,000

-

Garston and Halewood

22,220,000

6,910,000

Gateshead

1,300,000

1,240,000

Gosport

4,490,000

2,840,000

Halesowen and Rowley Regis

970,000

760,000

Halton

16,360,000

14,180,000

Hartlepool

11,130,000

1,420,000

Hemsworth

5,960,000

2,960,000

Hexham

160,000

160,000

Heywood and Middleton

480,000

500,000

Houghton and Sunderland South

4,600,000

2,030,000

Huddersfield

5,890,000

2,660,000

Hyndburn

1,000,000

-

Jarrow

3,180,000

2,230,000

Kenilworth and Southam

9,270,000

4,890,000

Kingston upon Hull East

6,800,000

-

Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle

8,000,000

8,000,000

Kingswood

1,000,000

-

Knowsley

11,190,000

5,970,000

Leeds Central

9,920,000

6,070,000

Leicester South

1,070,000

660,000

Lichfield

2,470,000

1,500,000

Lincoln

5,580,000

1,000,000

Liverpool, Riverside

6,730,000

2,040,000

Luton South

35,180,000

25,600,000

Maidstone and The Weald

4,560,000

-

Makerfield

6,520,000

-

Manchester Central

13,120,000

9,970,000

Manchester, Withington

140,000

140,000

Meriden

15,700,000

15,700,000

Mid Bedfordshire

1,950,000

-

Middlesbrough

8,640,000

5,610,000

Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland

4,900,000

-

Newcastle upon Tyne Central

10,950,000

10,460,000

Newcastle upon Tyne East

6,600,000

6,600,000

Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford

13,900,000

10,010,000

North Devon

1,480,000

-

North Durham

870,000

870,000

North Tyneside

8,610,000

8,610,000

North West Durham

1,440,000

1,170,000

North Wiltshire

10,100,000

3,740,000

Nottingham North

1,600,000

1,600,000

Nottingham South

8,180,000

2,150,000

Oldham East and Saddleworth

1,760,000

800,000

Oxford East

1,560,000

1,560,000

Plymouth, Moor View

5,010,000

340,000

Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport

4,490,000

4,490,000

Portsmouth North

2,250,000

1,910,000

Portsmouth South

1,470,000

790,000

Redcar

11,790,000

8,780,000

Richmond (Yorks)

140,000

100,000

Rochdale

1,600,000

1,600,000

Rossendale and Darwen

2,150,000

1,510,000

Rother Valley

8,240,000

6,320,000

Rotherham

15,870,000

14,850,000

Salford and Eccles

4,880,000

2,030,000

Sedgefield

9,750,000

5,630,000

Sherwood

500,000

380,000

South Cambridgeshire

18,650,000

10,490,000

South Derbyshire

4,340,000

-

South Norfolk

10,440,000

10,020,000

South Northamptonshire

1,300,000

100,000

South West Devon

3,100,000

1,780,000

South West Wiltshire

2,990,000

2,990,000

Southampton, Itchen

10,900,000

8,720,000

Spelthorne

1,030,000

930,000

St Helens North

1,100,000

1,100,000

St Helens South and Whiston

5,000,000

5,000,000

St Ives

6,500,000

4,390,000

Stafford

4,000,000

4,000,000

Stalybridge and Hyde

2,100,000

2,100,000

Stockton North

12,410,000

6,600,000

Stockton South

9,380,000

6,270,000

Stoke-on-Trent Central

6,420,000

3,310,000

Stoke-on-Trent North

3,980,000

3,960,000

Stoke-on-Trent South

5,050,000

1,320,000

Stratford-on-Avon

1,200,000

1,200,000

Stretford and Urmston

15,000,000

15,000,000

Sunderland Central

7,750,000

2,270,000

Tatton

2,200,000

650,000

Tewkesbury

1,250,000

1,170,000

The Cotswolds

120,000

70,000

Torbay

1,200,000

-

Totnes

1,200,000

1,200,000

Tynemouth

370,000

280,000

Wakefield

9,410,000

9,410,000

Wansbeck

470,000

350,000

Wantage

1,250,000

500,000

Warley

500,000

500,000

Washington and Sunderland West

19,080,000

19,080,000

Wells

2,500,000

2,500,000

Wentworth and Dearne

1,260,000

670,000

West Bromwich West

1,880,000

1,770,000

West Lancashire

1,250,000

570,000

West Worcestershire

3,000,000

2,910,000

Westmorland and Lonsdale

3,370,000

2,430,000

Wigan

1,150,000

900,000

Wirral South

12,770,000

6,260,000

Woking

120,000

120,000

Wolverhampton South East

650,000

650,000

Wolverhampton South West

100,000

70,000

Worcester

1,010,000

1,010,000

Yeovil

37,260,000

12,130,000

No Constituency assigned

44,460,000

16,550,000

National Programmes

1,605,070,000

991,200,000

Grand Total

2,621,730,000

1,531,130,000

* A drawdown schedule is agreed with each organisation when they sign their grant offer letter but matches the beneficiary’s own investment schedule. For the recently contracted Round 5 awards, payments are scheduled through to March 2017.

19th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many and what proportion of (a) women and (b) men have made a statutory application to request flexible working in his Department; and how many of those applications have been granted to date.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills operates a flexible working policy that enables employees to work flexibly wherever possible and where this meets the needs of the business. We have been offering our employees the opportunity to work flexibly since April 2012.

Decisions on how this operates for an individual employee, and consideration of statutory applications to request flexible working, are managed by line managers at a local level.

We do not hold central records on this and there would therefore be a disproportionate cost incurred in collecting this information from our line managers.

19th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many and what proportion of (a) women and (b) men have made a statutory application to request flexible working in his Department; and how many of those applications have been granted to date.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change does not hold centrally the records of individual requests for flexible working. To identify the number of applications would involve contacting every line manager within the department and would incur disproportionate costs.

23rd Oct 2014
To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities, how many (a) men and (b) women her Department has publicly appointed in each of the last five years; and how much has been paid to each (i) man and (ii) woman.

The Government Equalities Office made the following public appointments to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) in each of the last five years:

Year

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

Male

4

0

0

0

2

Female*

8

1

1

2

5

* includes two reappointments

The EHRC Chair and Deputy Chair posts are salaried and the salaries over the period are shown below. The significant reduction in the remuneration is a result of the reduction in terms and conditions following the Government’s comprehensive review of the EHRC:

Year

2009/10

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

Chair (male)

£124,000

£124,000

£147,000

£65,000

Chair (female)

£55,838

Deputy Chair (both female)

£59,533

£65,800

£65,800

£85,000 (including period as interim Chair)

£23,400

Commissioners receive £400 a day plus expenses. In addition, two male Disability Commissioners were required to carry out additional work during the period, therefore additional payments were made as shown:

Year

2009/10

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

Chair of the Inquiry into disability related harassment

£8,875

£11,750

£2,375

Lead on Disability Committee Review

£18,800

The total of fees and expenses paid each year to each Commissioner is available in the relevant EHRC annual report and accounts.

23rd Oct 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many people in each parliamentary constituency in the East Midlands received disabled students' allowance in each of the last five years.

Information on students awarded and paid Disabled Students’ Allowance is published annually by Student Loans Company (SLC) ’. The latest statistics are available at the following link:

http://www.slc.co.uk/media/694170/slcsfr052013.pdf

The number of students who received disabled students’ allowance in each parliamentary constituency in the East Midlands in each of the last three years is provided in the table. Comparable data for earlier years is not readily available.

16th Oct 2014
To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities, what public appointments her Department has made in each of the last five years; and what payments each person so appointed is entitled to claim.

Public appointments made by the Government Equalities Office in the last five years have been to the Equality and Human Rights Commission:

Year

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

EHRC public appointments

12

1

1

2

7

For the last five years EHRC Commissioners have received fees at a rate of £400 per day (except for the Chair and Deputy Chair who are salaried). Commissioners also receive expenses for travel and subsistence in the course of their EHRC duties. Payments made vary considerably depending on each Commissioner’s role and the amount of time that each contributes. The table shows the range of remuneration paid to Commissioners during the period:

Year

2009/10

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

Range of EHRC Commissioner salary or fees paid

£2,366 to £124,000

£7,000 to £124,000

£10,808 to £147,000

£2,167 to £65,000

£10,000 to £55,838

Range of EHRC Commissioner expenses paid

£2 to £1,574

£1 to £1,580

£1 to £1,260

0 to £1,718

0 to £7,679

16th Oct 2014
Pay
To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities, what information the Government Equalities Office holds on the number of sub-contracted staff servicing that Office who were not paid at or above the rate of the London Living Wage in each of the last five years.

The Government Equalities Office has not been serviced by any sub-contracted staff over the last five years.

9th Sep 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of pupils from each ethnic group were admitted to (a) the University of Oxford, (b) the University of Cambridge and (c) other Russell Group universities in the last six years for which figures are available.

Recent data for years since the tuition fee reforms and access agreements is not yet available, but the latest data from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) shows that entry rates to higher education for all ethnic groups in 2013 had increased and overall, there was a much higher representation of black and minority ethnic groups in university than in the overall population of England.

The table below shows the figures before these changes.


Estimated percentage of maintained school pupils aged 15 in each ethnic group who progressed to Oxford, Cambridge or Russell Group institutions by age 19

Progression by age 19 in

2008/09

2009/10

2010/11

2011/12

Asian/Asian British

Oxford

0.2%

0.2%

0.2%

0.2%

Cambridge

0.3%

0.3%

0.3%

0.3%

Russell Group

11.4%

11.5%

10.6%

10.7%

Black/Black British

Oxford

0.1%

0.1%

0.1%

0.1%

Cambridge

0.1%

0.1%

0.1%

0.1%

Russell Group

4.6%

4.2%

4.4%

4.1%

Mixed/Multiple ethnic groups

Oxford

0.3%

0.4%

0.3%

0.3%

Cambridge

0.2%

0.4%

0.3%

0.3%

Russell Group

8.5%

8.4%

7.8%

7.5%

White

Oxford

0.2%

0.2%

0.2%

0.2%

Cambridge

0.2%

0.2%

0.2%

0.2%

Russell Group

7.2%

7.1%

6.9%

7.5%

Other Ethnic Group

Oxford

0.2%

0.2%

0.2%

0.2%

Cambridge

0.3%

0.4%

0.3%

0.2%

Russell Group

10.8%

10.1%

9.6%

7.0%

All Ethnic Groups

Oxford

0.2%

0.2%

0.2%

0.2%

Cambridge

0.2%

0.2%

0.2%

0.2%

Russell Group

7.4%

7.3%

7.1%

7.2%

Source: Matched data from the DfE National Pupil Database, the HESA Student Record and the SFA ILR

Figures are not available for earlier age cohorts.

9th Sep 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of students from each ethnic group were (a) working, (b) studying and (c) unemployed six months after leaving higher education.

The Higher Education Statistics Agency collects and publishes data on leavers from UK Higher Education Institutions. Statistics on the proportion of full-time first degree leavers from each ethnic group who were working, studying and unemployed six months after graduation can be found in the table. Employment has risen and unemployment has fallen for graduates of all ethnic groups in 2011/12 and 2012/13.

Information on leavers at UK Higher Education Institutions in the academic year 2013/14 will become available from Higher Education Statistics Agency in June 2015.

However the most recent Labour Force Survey from August 2014 confirms that employment for recent graduates has continued to rise sharply and unemployment continued to fall over the last year.

Destination of UK domiciled (1) full-time first degree leavers six months after graduation

UK Higher Education Institutions

Academic Year 2010/11(2) to 2012/13

Work

White

Black

Asian

Other (including mixed)

Not Known

Total Known

10/11

65%

56%

56%

59%

57%

64%

11/12

69%

60%

60%

62%

61%

67%

12/13

71%

66%

64%

67%

64%

70%

Work and further study

White

Black

Asian

Other (including mixed)

Not Known

Total Known

10/11

8%

7%

9%

7%

8%

8%

11/12

6%

5%

6%

5%

5%

6%

12/13

5%

4%

5%

5%

6%

5%

Further study

White

Black

Asian

Other (including mixed)

Not Known

Total Known

10/11

14%

15%

17%

17%

18%

14%

11/12

13%

13%

16%

16%

16%

14%

12/13

13%

12%

15%

14%

16%

13%

Unemployed

White

Black

Asian

Other (including mixed)

Not Known

Total Known

10/11

11%

20%

16%

16%

15%

13%

11/12

8%

17%

14%

12%

13%

9%

12/13

7%

13%

12%

9%

9%

8%

Other (e.g. taking time out to travel)

White

Black

Asian

Other (including mixed)

Not Known

Total Known

10/11

1%

2%

1%

2%

1%

1%

11/12

5%

5%

4%

5%

5%

5%

12/13

4%

4%

4%

5%

5%

4%

Source: Destination of Leavers in Higher Education in the UK

Notes:

1. Domicile refers to the student’s postcode or permanent address prior to entering their course.

2. The way employment activity was recorded changed in 2011/12 therefore figures for 2010/11 are not on the same basis as 2011/12 and 2012/13

3. Percentages have been rounded, therefore the sum of components may not add up to the total.

8th Sep 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many apprentices there were in Ashfield constituency in each of the last five years.

Information on the number of apprenticeship starts by parliamentary constituency is published in a supplementary table to a Statistical First Release (SFR):

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/324021/apprenticeships-starts-by-geography-learner-demographics-and-sector-subject-area.xls

8th Sep 2014
To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities, what discussions the Government Equalities Office has had with hate crime prevention groups in the last 12 months.

The Government Equalities Office has not met hate crime prevention groups specifically, but meets regularly with stakeholders – such as Stonewall, the End Violence Against Women Coalition, and the Lesbian and Gay Foundation – to discuss a broad range of issues including hate crime. In addition, Government Equalities Office officials attend the Hate Crime Strategy Board, a cross-Government working group led by the Home Office and Ministry of Justice which considers policy and service improvements to prevent and reduce all forms of hate crime, and improve the criminal justice system’s response to such incidents.

17th Jul 2014
To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities, how much the Government Equalities Office has spent on (a) outside catering and refreshments, (b) artwork and (c) televisions in each year since 2010.

The Government Equalities Office has not spent any money on plants, televisions or artwork over the past 5 years.

The available information is in the table.

Expenditure on Catering and Refreshments

Financial Year

Expenditure

2013/14

£3,666

2014/15

£3,328

Notes:

1. GEO’s transfers between Departments mean that the data is only accessible through a number of different legacy systems. Further detail could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

2. Expenditure on wine is included in the figures above; it is not recorded separately.

17th Jul 2014
To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities, how much the Government Equalities Office has spent on (a) plants and (b) wine in each of the last five years.

The Government Equalities Office has not spent any money on plants, televisions or artwork over the past 5 years.

The available information is in the table.

Expenditure on Catering and Refreshments

Financial Year

Expenditure

2013/14

£3,666

2014/15

£3,328

Notes:

1. GEO’s transfers between Departments mean that the data is only accessible through a number of different legacy systems. Further detail could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

2. Expenditure on wine is included in the figures above; it is not recorded separately.

14th Jul 2014
To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities, how many non-permanent staff of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission are paid a daily sum of (a) £1,000 or more, (b) between £750 and £1,000, (c) between £500 and £750 and (d) between £250 and £500 inclusive of VAT for their work with that body.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission is an independent body and is responsible for its own staff management, including non-permanent staff salaries. I have therefore asked the Chief Executive of the Commission to write to the honourable member with the information requested.

10th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many (a) men and (b) women who benefited from free early education were in training or further education in each of the last five years.

Information on further education learners who benefited from free early education is not centrally collected.

10th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many low income households have received home insulation support in Ashfield constituency in each of the last five years.

The Department publishes the number of measures that have been installed in each parliamentary constituency through the Affordable Warmth obligation of the Energy Company Obligation in Table 1.11b of its quarterly Official Statistics release:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/green-deal-energy-company-obligation-eco-and-insulation-levels-in-great-britain-quarterly-report-to-march-2014.

Affordable Warmth figures include heating measures such as new boilers, as well as insulation.

Additional low income households are likely to be among the beneficiaries of the 518 insulation measures delivered in Ashfield in the same period under aspects of the Energy Company Obligation other than Affordable Warmth, but this figure cannot be broken down by income.

Figures for Warm Front are published on the Government website, and show that there were 884 households helped in 2009/10, 380 helped in 2010/11, 90 helped in 2011/12 and 106 helped in 2012/13 in the Ashfield constituency:

https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/helping-households-to-cut-their-energy-bills/supporting-pages/warm-front-scheme

Figures for the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target and Community Energy Savings Programme are not available at constituency level.

10th Jul 2014
To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities, what the average salary was of (a) male and (b) female employees of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (i) of each ethnicity and (ii) at each grade for the latest period for which figures are available.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission is an independent body and is responsible for its own staff management, including staff salaries. I have therefore asked the Chief Executive of the Commission to write to the honourable member with the information requested.

10th Jul 2014
To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities, what recent meetings she has had with ministerial colleagues on the gender pay gap.

The Government's Women and the Economy action plan sets out a clear programme of work to maximise women's contribution to economic growth and address the gender pay gap. I have oversight of this, as well as being the minister responsible for key elements of it, such as extending flexible working, introducing shared parental leave, and increasing the number of women on company boards. I regularly meet with ministerial colleagues and others to discuss these issues, and the Ministers for Women gave a joint presentation to Cabinet in April on these issues.

10th Jul 2014
To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities, what steps she has taken to encourage flexible working in the Government Equalities Office.

The Government Equalities Office (GEO) embraces flexible working. All posts are advertised on a flexible basis and GEO employees have always had the opportunity to request temporary or permanent changes to their working patterns at any time. This approach significantly reduces the need for GEO employees to make a statutory application for flexible working and we have no record of any such request having been made.

10th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate his Department has made of how many low income households in each constituency in Nottinghamshire will not have home insulation in 2015.

The Department does not have projections for the numbers of households with and without insulation by constituency.

10th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many wind turbines are planned for development in each constituency in Nottinghamshire.

A register of renewable projects in the planning system is maintained in the publicly-accessible Renewable Energy Planning Database (REPD); it records projects by district rather than by constituency. The wind turbines planned for development in Nottinghamshire, by district, as recorded in REPD in May 2014, is as follows:

Number

District

Submitted for approval

Awaiting construction

Under construction

Ashfield District

1

0

0

Bassetlaw District

10

1

0

Gedding District

0

4

0

Newark and Sherwood District

15

6

0

Rushcliffe District

2

0

0

28

11

0

10th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of those who accepted a university place to study (a) engineering, (b) technology, (c) mathematics and computer science, (d) architecture and (e) physical science were female in each of the last five years.

The information is shown in the table.

Percentage of accepted applicants to full-time undergraduate courses in the UK who were female, for selected subjects, 2009 to 2013

Year of entry

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

Engineering

12

12

12

13

13

Technologies

22

18

18

16

20

Mathematics and computer science

22

22

22

21

20

Architecture, building and planning

30

30

32

34

34

Physical sciences

40

40

40

39

39

Source: UCAS annual pivot tables.

10th Jul 2014
To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities, how many women have made a statutory application to request flexible working in the Government Equalities Office; and how many of those applications have been granted.

The Government Equalities Office (GEO) embraces flexible working. All posts are advertised on a flexible basis and GEO employees have always had the opportunity to request temporary or permanent changes to their working patterns at any time. This approach significantly reduces the need for GEO employees to make a statutory application for flexible working and we have no record of any such request having been made.

10th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many small and medium-sized enterprises have been started in Ashfield constituency in each of the last five years; and what proportion of such businesses are still trading.

There is no single data source that comprehensively measures all business start-ups within the UK. However, as a near proxy BankSearch collates data on the number of new business bank accounts opened in Great Britain. This can be used as an indicative measure of business start-up activity and is the most comprehensive source available to BIS. Data goes as far back as 2008 and does not include information on whether the business is trading or not.

10th Jul 2014
To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities, what the fee will be to convert civil partnerships to marriage; and on what basis that fee was calculated.

The proposed fees for converting a civil partnership to marriage have been calculated on a full cost recovery basis. Where comparable processes exist for marriage and civil partnership, for example, for housebound and detained persons, these have been mirrored in the calculations for the conversion fees. Subject to Parliamentary approval of the necessary legislation, the fee to convert a civil partnership to a marriage will be:

· £45 - standard procedure at a register office

· £99 - at the residence of a housebound person

· £117 - at the place of detention of a detained person

· £15 – special procedure where a person is seriously ill and not expected to recover.

There will be separate fees for conversions conducted in consulates overseas which have yet to be confirmed.

The Government recognises that some couples may not have entered into their civil partnership if marriage had been available to same sex couples at that time. Therefore the Home Secretary has agreed to waive the fee for one year from 10 December 2014 for any couple who formed their civil partnership prior to 29 March 2014.

10th Jul 2014
To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities, when the Government will issue guidance to local authorities on the procedure for converting civil partnerships to marriage.

The provision of guidance to local authorities on registration matters is the responsibility of the General Register Office for England and Wales, part of Her Majesty's Passport Office. Guidance on the conversion process has already been issued.

3rd Jul 2014
To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities, on what dates she has met Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender mental health service providers.

I refer the Hon. Member to the answer given on 9 July 2014 Official Report, col 338W

3rd Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many people in further education or training in the last academic year were (a) parents and (b) single parents.

Information is not collected on the number of people in further education or training who were parents.

3rd Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many (a) men and (b) women have applied for Advanced Learner loans since the start of the scheme.

Information on the number of 24+ Advanced Learning Loan applications received between 8th April 2013 and 31st May 2014 by gender is published online:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/24-advanced-learning-loans-application-information-june-2014

3rd Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many people in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) England and Wales are currently using third party deductions to help pay their energy bills; and what steps he is taking to ensure that customer energy prices fall in line with wholesale prices.

The information requested on third party deductions is shown in the table below.

In a competitive market, pricing decisions are a commercial matter for companies.

Consumers can put pressure on companies to reduce prices by switching to the best deal for them – Ofgem's Retail Market Reforms to deliver a simpler, clear market combined with Government's push to significantly reduce switching times and require suppliers to share consumer data with trusted third parties, should make this easier to do.

The Government supported Ofgem's recent move to write to the largest suppliers, challenging them to explain to consumers the impact of falling wholesale prices on their retail prices. Evidence that large suppliers raise prices more quickly when costs increase than they reduce prices when costs fall was one of the issues underpinning Ofgem's recent referral of the energy markets to the Competition and Markets Authority.

Number of claimants who currently have deductions under the third party deduction scheme for gas or electricity, by geography, as at November 2013

Income Support

Jobseeker's Allowance

Pension Credit

Ashfield Constituency

100

-

-

Nottinghamshire

200

100

200

England

16,800

3,100

12,300

Wales

1,200

200

1,000

Source:

DWP Information, Governance and Security Directorate, 5% Samples

Notes:

  • Caseloads have been rounded to the nearest hundred
  • The preferred statistics on benefits are now derived from 100% data sources. However, the 5% sample data still provide some detail not yet available from the 100% data sources. The proportions derived have been scaled up to the overall 100% total for each benefit therefore the data has to be shown separately as shown in the table.
  • Figures below 500 are subject to a high degree of sampling error and should only be used as a guide.
  • There is no data available in respect of deductions from Employment and Support Allowance.
  • Some Income-based Jobseekers Allowance claimants may also have entitlement to benefit via the contributory route.
  • '-' Denotes Nil or negligible.

Nottinghamshire data is the sum of the following local authorities: Ashfield, Bassetlaw, Broxtowe, Gedling, Mansfield, Newark & Sherwood and Rushcliffe

3rd Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many (a) men and (b) women in further education received funding for childcare through the Discretionary Learner Support scheme in the last academic year; and what the total amount spent on such support was.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills undertook its latest analysis of Discretionary Learner Support for the full academic year 2011/12, which detailed specific breakdowns of expenditure and learner characteristics.

The Skills Funding Agency allocated £58.5m to providers to support childcare arrangements for their adult learners aged 20 and over. Providers assessed learner need and awarded a total of £42m for childcare to nearly 10,500 learners. Around 300 (3%) of these awards were given to males with around 10,200 being females.

3rd Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many small and medium-sized business in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) England and Wales have (i) applied for and (ii) been granted loans by the British Business Bank in the last year.

The British Business Bank does not lend directly to small and medium-sized businesses.

However, the British Business Bank does administer a number of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills' schemes designed to improve access to finance for small and medium-sized businesses by facilitating lending which would not otherwise take place.

In all cases the loans are made by third party lenders and neither the Department nor the Business Bank plays any part in the individual lending decisions.

In some instances the loans are made using capital partially or wholly provided by the Department as either a grant or a loan and in other cases the lenders' own capital is used under the partial protection of a guarantee from the Department.

The devolved nature of the delivery arrangements mean that the Department does not hold fully comparable information on the number of applications received by each lender in each programme but information on loans drawn down in the Financial Year 2013/14 is available as follows:

2nd Jul 2014
To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities, what proportion of Named Day Written Questions were answered within the prescribed period in each year since 2010.

Since joining DCMS in September 2012, as part of a machinery of Government move, the Government Equalities Office has answered the following proportion of its Named Day parliamentary questions within the prescribed period:

2012 (September 2012 to Dec 2012) 0% (of those late 55% were answered within one day of the prescribed period)

2013 (January 2013 to December 2013) 46% (of those late 22% were answered within one day of the prescribed period)

2014 (January 2014 to Date) 83% (of those late 50% were answered within one day of the prescribed period)

The Department does not hold figures for previous years.

2nd Jul 2014
To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities, what discussions the Government Equalities Office has had with LGBT mental health service providers in the last year.

Ministers and officials from the Government Equalities Office regularly meet a broad range of LGB&T stakeholders, including mental health providers and other organisations with an interest in this area, to discuss key issues and priorities for the sector. Topics raised include the mental health needs of LGB&T individuals, areas of discrimination and issues with service provision.

In the last year, officials have met with organisations with an interest in this area including: the Albert Kennedy Trust, Bi Community News, Bisexual Index, BiUK, Broken Rainbow, GALOP, GIRES, METRO Centre, PACE, Press for Change, Stonewall, Stonewall Housing, The Lesbian and Gay Foundation (LGF), The LGBT Consortium, and The National LGB&T Partnership. The LGBT Consortium, the National LGB&T Partnership and BiUK are umbrella organisations who raise issues on behalf of their wider membership. Officials also sit on the Parliamentary Forum on Gender Identity where mental health issues are regularly raised. Officials have also had meetings with NHS England and Public Health England at which they have discussed mental health issues.

In the last year, the Minister for Sport, Tourism & Equalities met representatives from the Lesbian and Gay Foundation, LGB&T Consortium, PACE Health, Stonewall, Broken Rainbow, the METRO Centre, and BiUK on 10 October 2013; and representatives from GIRES, Gendered Intelligence and the Gender Identity Clinic in Hammersmith on 15 October 2013.

On 12 June 2014 the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport visited Birmingham LGBT Centre which hosts mental health services. The Secretary of State also met leading LGB&T representatives on 30 June 2014 including Stonewall, Lesbian and Gay Foundation, LGB&T Consortium, GIRES, and Gendered Intelligence. Health issues were discussed at all events.

2nd Jul 2014
To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities, how many apprentices the Department has accepted as part of the Civil Service Fast Track Apprenticeship Scheme; and how many were (a) women and (b) men in each year since the scheme started.

The Department does not currently have any apprentices from the Civil Service Fast Track Apprenticeship Scheme. We have however taken part in the Summer Diversity Internship Programme and offer placements to individuals on the various Fast Stream schemes. These schemes are managed centrally by Cabinet Office and Civil Service Resourcing.

2nd Jul 2014
To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities, how much the Government has spent on the Think, Act, Report initiative.

Think, Act, Report was launched in September 2011. On average it has had 2 full-time equivalent staff working on it since then, comprising one team leader (Grade 7) and one Senior Executive Officer. Around £5,000 has been spent on events and publications to support the initiative. Significant support in kind has been received from supporting businesses and other organisations, including the Royal Bank of Scotland, CIPD, CMI, Opportunity Now, and others. More than 200 companies are now supporting Think, Act, Report, collectively employing over 2million people.

20th Jun 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the cost to the public purse was of NVQ qualifications for learners aged 24 and over of (a) entry level, (b) level 1 (excluding English or mathematics) and (c) level 2 for each of the last three years.

The funding available for adult skills is outlined in the Skills Funding Statement. The statement sets out the Government's priorities for the budget and it is for providers to decide how they use their adult skills funding to reflect those priorities and meet the needs of learners and employers in their local area.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/skills-funding-statement-2013-to-2016

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/skills-funding-statement-2012-2015

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/skills-investment-statement-for-2011-to-2014-new-challenges-new-chances

11th Jun 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much (a) public and (b) private funding has been provided to each sector skills council (i) on average and (ii) in the East Midlands in each of the last five years.

a-i) Over the 5 year period 1st April 2009 to 31st March 2014 on average each sector skills council received £11m of public funding from the UK Commission for Employment as follows:

Average funding per SSC

09/10

10-11

11-12

12-13

13-14

National

2.9m

2.3m

2.3m

2.1m

1.8m

a-ii) Public funding from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is allocated to sector skills councils by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills at a national level for sector skills councils to decide how to best use the resources available to them including any specific support at a local level.

b) The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills does not hold information on the amount of private funding provided to each sector skills council.

9th Jun 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many (a) women and (b) men aged 24 and above applied for financial assistance for NVQ levels 3 and 4 in the first and second academic quarters in each year since 2008.

The information is not readily available.

To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities, which organisations have been awarded funding to conduct a review into homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools.

The contract to conduct a review of the available evidence on the most effective practices to tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools has been awarded to NatCen Social Research following a rigorous assessment process.

To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities, pursuant to the Answer of 11 February 2014, Official Report, columns 578-9W, on equality, how many companies responded to the recent survey of companies participating in the Think Act, Report initiative; and what information her Department holds on which companies participating in that initiative (a) have conducted a gender pay audit in the last two years and (b) publish detailed gender pay gap information for each grade.

The survey of Think, Act, Report participating companies was conducted in October 2013. There were 39 responses, roughly a third of the companies then supporting the initiative.

The survey was anonymous, so the Department does not hold information on which of the companies have conducted gender pay audits. However, we are aware there are at least 16 such companies.

At least two companies, Friends Life and Genesis Housing, publish detailed gender pay gap information broken down by every grade. The Government is using the initiative to encourage companies to publish pay information, and for many of them signing-up to Think, Act, Report is their first step on that journey.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many and what proportion of (a) people, (b) men and (c) women were in (i) work, (ii) full-time work and (iii) part-time work in each constituency earn the national minimum wage; and what those figures were in each year since 2010.

The Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE), carried out in April each year, is the most comprehensive source of earnings information in the United Kingdom. Hourly levels of earnings are estimated from ASHE, and are provided by the Office for National Statistics for employees on adult rates of pay, whose earnings for the survey pay period were not affected by absence.

Estimates for the number and proportion of national minimum wage jobs at sub-Regional geographies such as parliamentary constituency are not available for reasons of quality.

Related information is available in the National Minimum Wage Low Pay Commission Report 2014, which contains some estimates for minimum wage jobs, as defined above, by Regions, gender and full-time/part-time:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/288841/The_National_Minimum_Wage_LPC_Report_2014.pdf

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many and what proportion of small and medium-sized businesses were registered in each parliamentary constituency; and what the equivalent figures were in each of the last five years.

There is no central register of businesses. Companies House does have a register of companies but it cannot determine the number of companies classified as small and medium sized as defined by the Companies Act 2006. Information on companies registered in each parliamentary constituency could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many businesses are registered in each constituency; and how many businesses were so registered in each of the last five years.

Companies House cannot identify the number of new businesses registered in each constituency, as there is no central register of businesses.

Companies House does have a register of companies but information on companies registered in each constituency could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the (a) median and (b) mean (i) annual and (ii) hourly salary is for (A) men and (B) women in Government-sponsored apprenticeship schemes; and what those figures were in each of the last five years.

In 2012, the median gross hourly wage for an Apprentice in England was £6.09. The mean was £6.21. In 2011, the equivalent gross hourly wages were £5.83 and £5.80.

For females, in 2011, the median gross hourly wage was £5.96 and the mean £5.88. In 2012, these were £6.19 and £6.23 respectively.

For males, in 2011, the median gross hourly wage was £5.43 and the mean £5.71. In 2012, these were £5.93 and £6.19 respectively.

Please note that the only available data we have for Apprenticeship Pay is for 2012 and 2011, from the two Apprenticeship Pay Surveys (APS). These surveys do not calculate an annual wage from the survey responses as the hours Apprentices work are variable. There was a pay survey conducted in 2007, but this is not considered to be comparable with the two later years.

Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apprenticeship-pay-survey-2012

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many projects in Ashfield constituency have been selected to receive funding from the Regional Growth Fund in the latest period for which figures are available; and how many projects from Ashfield contituency have received final offer letters from the Regional Growth Fund in the latest period for which figures are available.

There was one Round 4 Regional Growth Fund (RGF) project award from the Ashfield constituency. However, the postcode of the project has changed since and the project now falls under a different constituency.

There are two awards made to RGF programmes to which small and medium-sized enterprises in the Ashfield constituency may bid.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much was (a) committed to and (b) spent in each constituency in the East Midlands through the Regional Growth Fund in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011, (iii) 2012, (iv) 2013 and (v) 2014 to date.

We do not hold information in the format requested. However, the following table details the amount of Regional Growth Fund (RGF) allocated to and paid in each constituency in the East Midlands from the first four bidding rounds. In addition, £82.2 million has been allocated to nine programmes in the East Midlands, which support small and medium-sized enterprises across the region. Of this, £19.6 million has been paid to date.

Constituency

RGF committed

RGF spent

Bassetlaw

£1,328,460

£1,328,460

Bosworth

£19,671,000

£16,284,417

Charnwood

£4,170,000

£4,168,871

Leicester South

£1,072,800

£249,301

Lincoln

£5,575,000

0

Nottingham North

£1,600,000

£1,599,999

Nottingham South

£2,871,460

£727,471

Sherwood

£495,000

0

South Derbyshire

£6,300,000

0

To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities, how many times the Women's Business Council has met in 2014; and how many times Ministers met that council in the last 12 months.

The Women's Business Council has already met on two occasions this year to progress the recommendations in its report published in 2013: on 5 March 2014 and 24 April 2014.

Women's Business Council members have met with Minsters four times during the last 12 months.

To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities, what estimate the Government has made of the number of private companies which conduct gender pay audits on a regular basis.

We have made no estimate.

A survey of companies with over 250 staff, published in 2010, found that 43% had carried out some analysis of their gender pay gap. A further 12% were planning to do so. However, it should be noted that this analysis may have been less than a full gender pay audit.

The Government is legislating to ensure that, subject to certain exceptions, any employer that loses an employment tribunal case on equal pay will be required to conduct an equal pay audit and publish the results.

7th Jun 2019
To ask the Attorney General, what the average number of days taken from a report of rape to a decision to charge was in each year since 2010.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) does not maintain a record of the average number of days taken from a report of rape to the police through to a decision to charge. Data is, however, held on the average number of days from submission of a rape case by the police to the CPS through to the date of the decision to charge. The CPS works closely with police colleagues to ensure that where individuals are charged, cases have been thoroughly investigated and individuals are properly charged and prosecuted so that the interests of both victims and perpetrators are protected and cases do not collapse mid-trial. The figures provided in the table below include the end to end timeliness from submission to the date of the decision to charge. This comprises of the time when the case was with both police and the CPS.

Financial Year

Average Number of Calendar Days Receipt to Decision to Charge

Average Consultations per Suspect

2010-2011

32

1.71

2011-2012

33

1.74

2012-2013

34

1.69

2013-2014

40

1.66

2014-2015

55

1.65

2015-2016

53

1.66

2016-2017

67

1.80

2017-2018

78

1.97

There are a number of reasons for the steady increase in the average number of days and average number of consultations per case since 2010/11. The number of consultations between CPS prosecutors and police investigators is important. Consultations allow for a close examination of the evidence thus ensuring the case is strong. Clearly, the more consultations that take place, the longer the time between receipt of the case and the decision to charge.

Police are now encouraged to seek early investigative advice more often and in particular in rape and serious sexual offences cases. Early investigative advice helps to ensure that cases are thoroughly investigated and the evidence to be brought before the court is strong. As a result, fewer cases are dropped after the defendant has been charged. With the increase in early investigative advice, CPS is more often involved at an earlier stage in proceedings and this will invariably impact on the average number of consultations and overall timeliness.

There has also been an increase in the complexity of rape cases investigated by the police. Investigations often involve large amounts of electronic material (social media, emails, text messages, video and photographs) which needs to be reviewed by prosecutors before a charging decision can be made. This also impacts on the average number of consultations and timeliness of the pre-charge stage of the case.

CPS prosecutors work closely with police colleagues to build strong cases which can be brought before the courts. Increased complexity has been evidenced over time by the rise in the average number of consultations with the police. Since 2010/11, the number has increased from 1.71 to 1.98 consultations per case, a rise of 16%.

Changes have now been made to the Casework Management System to provide for a more sophisticated level of reporting. In future, CPS will be able to report the timeliness for each individual consultation.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
7th Jun 2019
To ask the Attorney General, (a) how many and (b) what proportion of cases of rape reported to the CPS were administratively finalised in each year since 2010.

It is important to stress that ’administrative finalisation’ is not a prosecutorial decision. It is an administrative process where cases are closed on CPS’ electronic case management system. It does not necessarily mean the proceedings are at an end. Such cases may be reopened, if at a later date, new material is provided to the prosecution enabling a charging decision to be made.

Proceedings are administratively finalised when:

  • The police seek early investigative advice from the CPS and did not resubmit the case to the CPS for a charging decision. In these instances, the case enters the CPS records but was never actually referred for a charging decision.

  • The police do refer a case to the police but there is insufficient evidence to bring a charge, sothe CPS ask the police to complete an action plan in order to improve the evidence. If the police are unable to respond to the action plan or decide not to pursue the matter, then the case will be ‘administratively finalised’ on the CPS system because the police cannot bring forward a case with sufficient evidence to charge.

There was a 9% reduction in referrals from the police between 2016/17 and 2017/18. During this period, the percentage of cases resulting in no further action remained largely unchanged. There was, however, a significant increase in both the volume and percentage of cases administratively finalised. This is largely because of internal CPS administrative processes, reminding users to ‘administratively finalise’ cases where the police had requested early advice but had not resubmitted.

This coincided with an increase in the number of cases where the police have not responded to early investigative advice or an action plan has resulted in a rise in the number of administrative finalisations.

The table below shows the outcome of all referrals from the police for a pre charge decision, and show both the volume and the rates of these outcomes

TABLE KEY:

  • Decision to charge: Prosecutors must be satisfied there is enough evidence to provide a "realistic prospect of conviction" against each defendant and that the prosecution is in the public interest.

  • Take no further action: This is a prosecutorial decision based on an assessment that there is insufficient evidence to provide a “realistic prospect of conviction” or that a prosecution is not in the public interest. The case may be reopened if the police provide further evidence or the victim successfully appeals the decision under the victims right to review;

  • Out of Court Disposal: Out of court disposals include a caution, conditional caution or the recommendation that the offence is taken into consideration with other charges;

  • Other: the result of the charging decision is not known or has not been given for that suspect.

Volumes & Rates as %

Charge

No Further Action

Out of Court Disposal

Admin Finalised

Other

Total

2010-2011

3,387 (42%)

4,339 (53%)

65 (1%)

321 (4%)

18 (0%)

8,130

2011-2012

3,213 (47%)

3,281 (48%)

42 (1%)

275 (4%)

11 (0%)

6,822

2012-2013

2,889 (53%)

2,195 (41%)

34 (1%)

281 (5%)

5 (0%)

5,404

2013-2014

3,621 (62%)

1,857 (32%)

23 (0%)

341 (6%)

8 (0%)

5,850

2014-2015

3,648 (59%)

1,997 (32%)

29 (0%)

484 (8%)

1 (0%)

6,159

2015-2016

3,910 (57%)

2,271 (33%)

24 (0%)

645 (9%)

5 (0%)

6,855

2016-2017

3,671 (56%)

2,145 (32%)

30 (0%)

761 (12%)

4 (0%)

6,611

2017-2018

2,822 (47%

1,851 (31%)

26 (0%)

1,307 (22%)

6 (0%)

6,012

Data Source: CPS Case Management Information System

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
22nd Jan 2018
To ask the Attorney General, how many cases reviews have led to a reversal of a decision by the CPS in each year since the introduction of the Victims' Right to Review Scheme.

The Victim’s Right to Review Scheme (VRR) was launched by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in June 2013. The right to request a review of a CPS decision arises where decisions are made not to bring proceedings (i.e. at the pre-charge stage); to discontinue or withdraw the case ending all proceedings involving the victim; to offer no evidence in all proceedings relating to the victim; or asks the court to leave all charges in all proceedings to lie on file. These are defined as qualifying decisions. If an appeal is upheld it may be possible to bring proceedings against a suspect if the original decision is found, on review, to be wrong.

The table below shows the volume and proportion of VRR appeals and the number upheld during each of the last four years.

-

Qualifying Decisions

Total VRR Appeals

% of Qualifying Decisions Appealed

Upheld Appeals (Decision Reversed)

2013-14

106,262

1,258

1.18%

197

2014-15

129,230

1,750

1.35%

221

2015-16

118,600

1,809

1.53%

189

2016-17

103,113

1,988

1.93%

137

Data Source: CPS VRR Tracker

22nd Jan 2018
To ask the Attorney General, in what proportion of qualifying cases a review was sought under the Victims' Right to Review Scheme in each year since 2013.

The Victim’s Right to Review Scheme (VRR) was launched by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in June 2013. The right to request a review of a CPS decision arises where decisions are made not to bring proceedings (i.e. at the pre-charge stage); to discontinue or withdraw the case ending all proceedings involving the victim; to offer no evidence in all proceedings relating to the victim; or asks the court to leave all charges in all proceedings to lie on file. These are defined as qualifying decisions. If an appeal is upheld it may be possible to bring proceedings against a suspect if the original decision is found, on review, to be wrong.

The table below shows the volume and proportion of VRR appeals and the number upheld during each of the last four years.

-

Qualifying Decisions

Total VRR Appeals

% of Qualifying Decisions Appealed

Upheld Appeals (Decision Reversed)

2013-14

106,262

1,258

1.18%

197

2014-15

129,230

1,750

1.35%

221

2015-16

118,600

1,809

1.53%

189

2016-17

103,113

1,988

1.93%

137

Data Source: CPS VRR Tracker

20th Mar 2015
Pay
To ask the Attorney General, what the average hourly pay is of employees in the Law Officers' Departments identified as (a) White or White British and (b) from a Black, Asian or other minority ethnic group.

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

19th Nov 2014
To ask the Attorney General, how many and what proportion of (a) women and (b) men have made a statutory application to request flexible working in the Law Officers' Departments; and how many of those applications have been granted to date.

Permanent staff in the Law Officers’ Departments have been entitled to apply for flexible working for a number of years. However, complete records of the number of employees who may have applied for flexible working are not maintained. The information that is available is detailed below.

The Treasury Solicitor’s Department (TSol) only keeps records of flexible working patterns that impact directly on pay and annual leave, and no separate record is held of applications made under a statutory right. The current position, as at 31/10/2014, in respect of compressed hours and part-time working is detailed in the table below.

TSol

Pattern

Male

Female

Compressed Hours

32 (4.8%*)

56 (5.4%**)

Part Time

49 (7.4%*)

354 (34.0%**)

*percentage of total male / **percentage of total female

Note: TSol data also includes the Attorney General’s Office and Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate.

The following table contains details on the applications made to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for flexible working between 23/06/2008 and 06/10/2014.

CPS

Application for Flexible Working Granted YES/NO

Gender

Grand Total

Female

Male

Yes

268

24

292

No

34

6

40

Grand Total

302

30

332

Note: The source data has been extracted from the CPS Pay and Benefits working database on 20/11/2014. The CPS does not capture data for statutory applications separately or any applications that may have been refused and not forwarded to the CPS National Pay and Benefits Team.

The Serious Fraud Office does not retain any central record of applications to work flexibly. However, currently 19.6% of men and 26% of women have some form of flexible working arrangement.

22nd Jun 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many (a) Government organisations and (b) departmental offices are based in (i) towns and (ii) cities in the UK.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply and I would be depositing a copy in the Library of both Houses.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
23rd Feb 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the proportion of people in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) England are in (i) managerial and (ii) professional occupations.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
22nd Jan 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many Government contracts were awarded to Carillion in the past eight years in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Mansfield and (c) Nottinghamshire.

Information on public sector suppliers within a specific constituency is not held centrally.

Oliver Dowden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
13th Mar 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the teenage pregnancy rate was for (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottingham and (c) Nottinghamshire in (i) the most recent period for which figures are available and (ii) each of the last five years.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

23rd Jan 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the average salary for (a) men and (b) women in Ashfield constituency was in each year since 2014.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

24th Oct 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what life expectancy is for (a) men and (b) women in (i) Ashfield constituency, (ii) Rushcliffe constituency, (iii) the East Midlands and (iv) England.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

2nd Sep 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the average income is per capita in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Rushcliffe constituency and (c) Nottinghamshire in the most recent period for which figures are available.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

20th Apr 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the Minister for Constitutional Reform plans to respond to the hon. Member for Ashfield's correspondence of 24 February 2016 on voter registration.

I refer the hon. Member to my letter to her dated 9 March 2016.

17th Mar 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department has made an assessment of the average cost of a working peer which includes expenses, salary, necessary equipment and office space.

The department has made no such assessment. The costs to which the hon. member refers are a matter for the House of Lords.

Details of the House of Lords business plans, annual reports and accounts, and financial support for members can be found on the parliament.uk website.

15th Mar 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 25 January 2016 to Question 23088, on electoral register: costs, what the £23 million not shared between all EROs in Great Britain was spent on.

The remaining £23 million was for developing and maintaining the online registration service, electoral management software costs, payments to civil society organisations to help boost voter registration levels and staffing and related costs.

15th Mar 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he has taken to investigate the reasons for changes in the level of electoral registration in each local authority.

The Electoral Commission is expected to publish its assessment of the completeness and accuracy of the first full electoral registers under IER this summer. We expect this will provide a breakdown for England, Scotland and Wales but not for each local authority.

15th Mar 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what information his Department has collected from electoral registration officers on the number of names removed from electoral registers in each local authority for each permissible reason in each of the last five years.

The Electoral Commission recently published its report on the state of the December 2015 electoral registers. It is available here: http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/197516/IER-Assessment-December-2015-registers.pdf

The report uses the best data available and outlines the changes to the register, including deletions, between December 2014 and December 2015 and the reasons for those changes. The report also explains that the data collection was a joint exercise between the Electoral Commission, the Cabinet Office, Electoral Registration Officers and electoral management software suppliers.

Previous reports for additional years, when the Cabinet Office was not involved in data collection, can be accessed here: http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/find-information-by-subject/performance-standards/performance-in-running-electoral-registration.

19th Jan 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of people removed from the electoral register since December 2015 are (a) men and (b) women.

The electoral registers used for the 2015 General Election contained over 400,000 more entries than the last registers published prior to the introduction of Individual Electoral Registration (IER). As such, suggestions that IER would lead to a decline in registration levels were simply incorrect.

While data is not available on the number of non-IER registered electors who voted at the 2015 General Election, the Electoral Commission found 96% of the entries on the electoral register in May 2015 were already registered under IER.

The Electoral Commission is planning to publish a report in February/March 2016 on the state of the December 2015 registers. This is expected to include data on the number of register entries and on the number of remaining non-IER registered entries removed in December.

19th Jan 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people who voted in the 2015 General Election are not on the latest electoral register.

The electoral registers used for the 2015 General Election contained over 400,000 more entries than the last registers published prior to the introduction of Individual Electoral Registration (IER). As such, suggestions that IER would lead to a decline in registration levels were simply incorrect.

While data is not available on the number of non-IER registered electors who voted at the 2015 General Election, the Electoral Commission found 96% of the entries on the electoral register in May 2015 were already registered under IER.

The Electoral Commission is planning to publish a report in February/March 2016 on the state of the December 2015 registers. This is expected to include data on the number of register entries and on the number of remaining non-IER registered entries removed in December.

19th Jan 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the total cost is of the transfer to Individual Electoral Registration; and what proportion of such costs have been borne by local government.

In financial years 2013/14 and 2014/15 the Government has spent £72 million in the transition to Individual Electoral Registration (IER).

Of this, over £49 million was shared between all EROs in Great Britain, ensuring the transition to IER was fully funded. This included over £10 million that was allocated to local authorities specifically to boost levels of voter registration.


19th Nov 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many young people earn below the living wage.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

19th Nov 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many young people in full-time employment earn below the living wage.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

4th Nov 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what change there has been in median gross weekly pay for (a) men and (b) women in Ashfield constituency in each year since 2010.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

4th Nov 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and what proportion of (a) men and (b) women have been paid the minimum wage in (i) Ashfield constituency, (ii) each constituency in Nottinghamshire and (iii) England in each year since 2010.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

4th Nov 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and what proportion of (a) men and (b) women were paid the living wage in (i) Ashfield constituency, (ii) each constituency in Nottinghamshire and (iii) England in each year since 2010.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

16th Oct 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 13 October 2015 to Question 10532, on electoral register: finance, with which local authorities his Department is agreeing funding.

In total, 116 local authorities are receiving additional funding to help target their remaining carry forward entries. They have all now been informed. Almost £700k was allocated to 60 authorities where carry forwards made up over 5% of their register in May. Furthermore, 70 local authorities successfully submitted bids for additional funding and will share £500,000. Of the 70, 14 authorities that are receiving direct funding successfully bid for more. In addition to the 70 successful bids, 2 further bids were received but were later withdrawn by both authorities.

The table sets out all 116 authorities who are receiving additional funding directly and those who submitted a successful bid along with the total amount they are receiving.


16th Oct 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 13 October 2015 to Question 10532, how many local authorities have applied for funding from his Department for the transition to individual electoral registration.

In total, 116 local authorities are receiving additional funding to help target their remaining carry forward entries. They have all now been informed. Almost £700k was allocated to 60 authorities where carry forwards made up over 5% of their register in May. Furthermore, 70 local authorities successfully submitted bids for additional funding and will share £500,000. Of the 70, 14 authorities that are receiving direct funding successfully bid for more. In addition to the 70 successful bids, 2 further bids were received but were later withdrawn by both authorities.

The table sets out all 116 authorities who are receiving additional funding directly and those who submitted a successful bid along with the total amount they are receiving.


16th Oct 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 13 October 2015 to Question 10532, when he plans for the further 57 local authorities referred to in that Answer to find out about funding for the transition to individual electoral registration.

In total, 116 local authorities are receiving additional funding to help target their remaining carry forward entries. They have all now been informed. Almost £700k was allocated to 60 authorities where carry forwards made up over 5% of their register in May. Furthermore, 70 local authorities successfully submitted bids for additional funding and will share £500,000. Of the 70, 14 authorities that are receiving direct funding successfully bid for more. In addition to the 70 successful bids, 2 further bids were received but were later withdrawn by both authorities.

The table sets out all 116 authorities who are receiving additional funding directly and those who submitted a successful bid along with the total amount they are receiving.


16th Sep 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate the Government has made of the number of carry-forward electors in each (a) region and (b) local authority who have not yet registered under individual electoral registration.

Individual electoral registration is essential to tackle electoral fraud and ensure a clean democratic process. 96% of electors in Great Britain have already transferred to the new IER registers. As the Electoral Commission has said, many of these retained entries are likely to be redundant, for example because of electors moving home. The latest figures on electors yet to be registered, broken down to local authority and regional level, are available here:

http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/__data/assets/excel_doc/0007/190465/IER-May-2015-electoral-registers-data.xlsx

These figures do not take into account the annual canvass, which is currently underway, with extra Government funding available to help Local Authorities contact carry forwards specifically by the end of the year. We expect the number of carry forward entries remaining on the register to be reduced substantially as a result of this work.

16th Sep 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Written Statement of 16 July 2015, on Individual Electoral Registration (IER), HCWS 127, which local authorities have received any of the additional £3 million funding; and how much such additional funding each local authority has received so far to target their non IER registered carry-forward electors.

The following table shows the local authorities who have received funding to target non IER registered carry-forward electors. We are currently in the process of agreeing funding to a further 57 local authorities.

Local Authority

Allocation

Birmingham City Council

£75,939.20

Lambeth, London Borough of

£42,500.00

Bristol City Council

£39,425.00

Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council

£30,025.60

Sheffield City Council

£22,693.60

Brent, London Borough of

£17,603.20

Newham, London Borough of

£15,116.80

Kensington and Chelsea, Royal Borough of

£14,128.00

Bury Metropolitan Borough Council

£13,612.80

Cheshire West and Chester Council

£12,000.00

Sevenoaks District

£11,357.00

Harrow, London Borough of

£10,792.00

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

£10,699.20

Wandsworth, London Borough of

£10,677.60

Cheshire East Borough Council

£10,292.00

Nottingham City Council

£9,845.60

Ealing, London Borough of

£9,611.70

Barking and Dagenham, London Borough of

£8,885.60

Southampton City Council

£8,244.80

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

£8,234.40

Camden, London Borough of

£8,056.00

Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council

£7,785.00

Islington, London Borough of

£7,619.20

Plymouth City Council

£7,572.00

Windsor and Maidenhead, Royal Borough of

£7,518.40

Cornwall Council

£6,380.72

Portsmouth City Council

£6,252.00

Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council

£6,216.00

Maidstone Borough Council

£5,892.00

Oxford City Council

£5,881.60

South Somerset District Council

£5,801.60

Greenwich, London Borough of

£5,492.00

Vale of White Horse District Council

£5,252.80

Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council

£5,200.00

West Lancashire Borough Council

£5,000.00

Winchester City Council

£5,000.00

Salford City Council

£4,841.35

Swindon Borough Council

£4,612.00

Mendip District Council

£3,917.60

Crawley Borough Council

£3,751.20

Allerdale Borough Council

£3,566.60

Peterborough City COuncil

£3,019.00

Kettering Borough Council

£3,000.00

Isle of Wight County Council

£2,306.90

Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council

£2,150.00

Rugby Borough Council

£2,006.10

Lewes District Council

£2,000.00

Swale Borough Council

£2,000.00

South Kesteven District Council

£1,987.15

Preston City Council

£1,970.00

St Albans District Council

£1,580.00

Derbyshire Dales District Council

£1,500.00

Rutland County Council

£1,464.80

Gloucester City Council

£1,450.00

Dover District Council

£1,428.20

Rother District Council

£1,247.64

Bracknell Forest Borough Council

£1,209.90

15th Jun 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of aggregate household debt in (a) the UK, (b) the East Midlands, (c) Nottinghamshire and (d) Ashfield constituency in each year since 2010.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

11th Jun 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment his Department has made of the maternal employment rate for women with at least one child under the age of (a) two, (b) three and (c) four years in each year since 2010.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

11th Jun 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) percentage of women recorded as economically inactive who have achieved qualifications (i) up to and including KS4, (ii) at KS5 and (iii) in higher education in each year since 2010.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

20th Mar 2015
Pay
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the average hourly pay is of employees at each grade in his Department identified as (a) White or White British and (b) from a Black, Asian or other minority ethnic group.

The Prime Minister’s Office is an integral part of the Cabinet Office.

As was the case under the previous administration, officials are not compelled to declare their ethnicity. Statistically valid information about pay broken down by ethnicity is therefore not available

Diversity data on the declared ethnic background of Non-Executive Board Members and Government Board Members appointed since 2010 is not held centrally.

The Cabinet Office will shortly publish the report by Ethnic Dimension Research & Consultancy on "Identifying and Removing Barriers to Talented BAME Staff Progression in the Civil Service" and an updated Talent Action Plan.

19th Mar 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of members of Government Boards identify as from Black, Asian or other minority ethnic groups.

The Prime Minister’s Office is an integral part of the Cabinet Office.

As was the case under the previous administration, officials are not compelled to declare their ethnicity. Statistically valid information about pay broken down by ethnicity is therefore not available

Diversity data on the declared ethnic background of Non-Executive Board Members and Government Board Members appointed since 2010 is not held centrally.

The Cabinet Office will shortly publish the report by Ethnic Dimension Research & Consultancy on "Identifying and Removing Barriers to Talented BAME Staff Progression in the Civil Service" and an updated Talent Action Plan.

19th Mar 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of Government appointments were made to people identified as from Black, Asian or other minority ethnic groups in each year from 2010 to date.

The Prime Minister’s Office is an integral part of the Cabinet Office.

As was the case under the previous administration, officials are not compelled to declare their ethnicity. Statistically valid information about pay broken down by ethnicity is therefore not available

Diversity data on the declared ethnic background of Non-Executive Board Members and Government Board Members appointed since 2010 is not held centrally.

The Cabinet Office will shortly publish the report by Ethnic Dimension Research & Consultancy on "Identifying and Removing Barriers to Talented BAME Staff Progression in the Civil Service" and an updated Talent Action Plan.

19th Mar 2015
Pay
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the average hourly pay is of employees at each grade in the Prime Minister's Office identified as (a) White or White British and (b) from a black, Asian or other minority ethnic group.

The Prime Minister’s Office is an integral part of the Cabinet Office.

As was the case under the previous administration, officials are not compelled to declare their ethnicity. Statistically valid information about pay broken down by ethnicity is therefore not available

Diversity data on the declared ethnic background of Non-Executive Board Members and Government Board Members appointed since 2010 is not held centrally.

The Cabinet Office will shortly publish the report by Ethnic Dimension Research & Consultancy on "Identifying and Removing Barriers to Talented BAME Staff Progression in the Civil Service" and an updated Talent Action Plan.

19th Mar 2015
Pay
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the median hourly pay is for all employees in each ethnic group in his Department.

The Prime Minister’s Office is an integral part of the Cabinet Office.

As was the case under the previous administration, officials are not compelled to declare their ethnicity. Statistically valid information about pay broken down by ethnicity is therefore not available

Diversity data on the declared ethnic background of Non-Executive Board Members and Government Board Members appointed since 2010 is not held centrally.

The Cabinet Office will shortly publish the report by Ethnic Dimension Research & Consultancy on "Identifying and Removing Barriers to Talented BAME Staff Progression in the Civil Service" and an updated Talent Action Plan.

17th Mar 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and what proportion of employees in his Department and the Office of the Prime Minister identify as (a) white or white British, (b) Asian or Asian British, (c) Black or Black British, (d) mixed or multiple ethnic group and (e) another ethnicity.

The Cabinet Office publishes diversity data on its website, including a breakdown of those who declare an ethnic minority background: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/cabinet-office/about/equality-and-diversity.

20th Feb 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many (a) men and (b) women were earning the minimum wage in each of the last five years.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

20th Feb 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of people were earning the minimum wage in each ethnic group in each of the last five years; and what proportion of people earning the minimum wage were in each ethnic group in each of the last five years.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

20th Feb 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many individuals of each ethnic group were on zero-hour contracts in each of the last 10 years.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

22nd Jan 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of women earned less than two-thirds of the median hourly pay, excluding overtime, of all full- and part-time employees in each year since 2010.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

19th Jan 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of women earned less than two-thirds of the median hourly pay, excluding overtime, of all full and part-time female employees in each year since 2010.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

15th Jan 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of civil service jobs is advertised as offering flexible working.

The Government's Talent Action Plan (available online at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/351194/Talent_Action_Plan.pdf) noted that "many civil servants already take advantage of measures such as flexible working. Where flexible working is managed in line with business need, it can help unlock employees’ full potential and challenge traditional ways of working".

Recruitment outside of the senior civil service is a matter for departments but we do know that a majority of vacancy adverts include the reference that "This/these jobs are available for full-time, part-time or flexible working arrangements (including job share arrangements)".

Information on numbers employed under specific flexible working arrangements is not held centrally.

15th Jan 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of civil servants is employed on flexible working arrangements.

The Government's Talent Action Plan (available online at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/351194/Talent_Action_Plan.pdf) noted that "many civil servants already take advantage of measures such as flexible working. Where flexible working is managed in line with business need, it can help unlock employees’ full potential and challenge traditional ways of working".

Recruitment outside of the senior civil service is a matter for departments but we do know that a majority of vacancy adverts include the reference that "This/these jobs are available for full-time, part-time or flexible working arrangements (including job share arrangements)".

Information on numbers employed under specific flexible working arrangements is not held centrally.

19th Nov 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and what proportion of (a) women and (b) men working in the Office of the Prime Minister have made a statutory application to request flexible working; and how many of those applications have been granted to date.

The Prime Minister’s Office and Deputy Prime Minister’s Office are an integral part of the Cabinet Office.

My Department supports measures to improve flexible working. Cabinet Office provides a number of flexible working options including but not exclusive to: part-time and compressed hours working; job-sharing; and working remotely or from home. All such arrangements must be agreed by line management.

Decisions on the availability of flexible working options are taken within each management unit as the local managers are best placed to judge the demands of the business and the contribution of the individual. It is business needs that determine what flexible working patterns can be accommodated. Details of flexible working applications and of the staff who work flexibly are not collated centrally.

19th Nov 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and what proportion of (a) women and (b) men have made a statutory application to request flexible working in his Department; and how many of those applications have been granted to date.

The Prime Minister’s Office and Deputy Prime Minister’s Office are an integral part of the Cabinet Office.

My Department supports measures to improve flexible working. Cabinet Office provides a number of flexible working options including but not exclusive to: part-time and compressed hours working; job-sharing; and working remotely or from home. All such arrangements must be agreed by line management.

Decisions on the availability of flexible working options are taken within each management unit as the local managers are best placed to judge the demands of the business and the contribution of the individual. It is business needs that determine what flexible working patterns can be accommodated. Details of flexible working applications and of the staff who work flexibly are not collated centrally.

19th Nov 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and what proportion of (a) women and (b) men have made a statutory application to request flexible working in his Office; and how many of those applications have been granted to date.

The Prime Minister’s Office and Deputy Prime Minister’s Office are an integral part of the Cabinet Office.

My Department supports measures to improve flexible working. Cabinet Office provides a number of flexible working options including but not exclusive to: part-time and compressed hours working; job-sharing; and working remotely or from home. All such arrangements must be agreed by line management.

Decisions on the availability of flexible working options are taken within each management unit as the local managers are best placed to judge the demands of the business and the contribution of the individual. It is business needs that determine what flexible working patterns can be accommodated. Details of flexible working applications and of the staff who work flexibly are not collated centrally.

16th Oct 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many (a) men, (b) women, (c) people of an ethnic minority and (d) disabled candidates have been appointed to the boards of public bodies in each of the last five years.

The Commissioner for Public Appointments publishes statistics annually. The latest figures for 2013-14 can be found at http://publicappointmentscommissioner.independent.gov.uk

Since 2013, the Government has published details on the gender of public appointments at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/diversity-in-public-appointments

16th Oct 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the mortality rate from cancer has been in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) the East Midlands in each of the last 15 years.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

11th Sep 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many senior civil servants appointed to positions in his private office were previously (a) political appointees in the Cabinet Office and (b) employed by a political party since 2010.
8th Sep 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what university each intern on the Summer Diversity Internship Programme attended in each year since that programme started.

We will publish information on the Summer Diversity internship programme in due course.

8th Sep 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many interns each department has accepted as part of the Summer Diversity Internship Programme; and how many such interns have been (a) women and (b) men in each year since that programme started.

We will publish information on the Summer Diversity internship programme in due course.

8th Sep 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many apprentices each department has accepted as part of the Civil Service Fast Track Apprenticeship Scheme; and how many such apprenticeships were taken up by (a) women and (b) men in each year since that scheme started.

The pilot cohort of 100 Civil Service Fast Track Apprentices began their apprenticeships in September 2013. Eight Government Departments across England are participating in the pilot over a two year period. The table below shows the number of Fast Track Apprentices who took up post in each Department in September 2013.

Department

Number

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

6

Cabinet Office

8

Crown Prosecution Service

9

Department for Education

15

Department for Work and Pensions

25

HM Revenue & Customs

22

Ministry of Defence

4

Ministry of Justice

11

209 apprentices are due to take up in September 2014, on the second cohort of the scheme. The number of Fast Track Apprentices due to join in each of these Departments and Agencies is given in the same table below.

Department

Number

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

8

Cabinet Office

15

Crown Prosecution Service

9

Department for Education

20

Department for Work and Pensions

48

HM Revenue & Customs

44

Ministry of Defence

29

Ministry of Justice

5

Civil Service Employee Policy

2

Civil Service Resourcing

4

Civil Service Learning

1

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

3

Department for Transport

1

Department for Culture, Media and Sport

5

Department for Communities and Local Government

4

UK Trade & Investment, part of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

2

Treasury Solicitor’s Department

2

Insolvency Service

2

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary

3

Crown Commercial Service

2

Information on the number of women and men on the scheme is available based on the initial offers made – in July 2013 for the pilot cohort and May 2014 for the second cohort.

The following numbers were those originally offered a place on the pilot Civil Service Fast Track Apprenticeship Scheme, in July 2013.

(a) 43 women

(b) 55 men

(c) 2 did not declare their gender

Since May 2014, 209 roles have been offered on the second cohort of the Civil Service Fast Track Apprenticeship Scheme, which will start this September.

(a) 91 women

(b) 109 men

(c) 9 did not declare their gender

8th Sep 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people were self-employed in Ashfield constituency in each year since 2010.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

8th Sep 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what town or city each intern on the Summer Diversity Internship Programme was from in each year since that programme started.

We will publish information on the Summer Diversity internship programme in due course.

8th Sep 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many interns each Department has accepted as part of the Summer Diversity Internship Programme who were (a) from each black and minority ethnic background, (b) socio-economically disadvantaged and (c) disabled in each year since that programme started.

We will publish information on the Summer Diversity internship programme in due course.

8th Sep 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what monitoring his Department carried out on the Summer Diversity Internship Programme.

We will publish information on the Summer Diversity internship programme in due course.

2nd Jul 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what changes there have been in the claimant count for women aged 25 years and over claiming for over 24 months since May 2010.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

2nd Jul 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what changes there have been in the claimant count for women aged between 18 and 24 years claiming for over 12 months since May 2010.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

2nd Jul 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants employed through the European graduate fast track scheme between 1 June 2004 and 1 June 2014 were educated at (a) private and (b) state schools.

This data was not requested under previous governments, nor indeed prior to 2013. Details of Fast Stream employees will be published in due course.

2nd Jul 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants employed through the analytical graduate fast track schemes between June 2004 and June 2014 were educated at (a) private and (b) state schools.

This data was not requested under previous governments, nor indeed prior to 2013. Details of Fast Stream employees will be published in due course.

2nd Jul 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what changes there have been in the claimant count for women in Ashfield constituency aged between 18 and 24 years claiming for over 12 months since May 2010.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

2nd Jul 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what changes there have been in the claimant count for women in Ashfield constituency aged 25 and over claiming for over 24 months since May 2010.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

2nd Jul 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what changes there have been in the number of (a) female and (b) male part time workers in Ashfield constituency in each year since May 2010.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

2nd Jul 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants employed through the Human Resources graduate fast track scheme between 1 June 2004 and 1 June 2014 were educated at (a) private and (b) state schools.

This data was not requested under previous governments, nor indeed prior to 2013. Details of Fast Stream employees will be published in due course.

2nd Jul 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants employed through the Technology in Business graduate fast track scheme between 1 June 2004 and 1 June 2014 were educated at (a) private and (b) state schools.

This data was not requested under previous governments, nor indeed prior to 2013. Details of Fast Stream employees will be published in due course.

2nd Jul 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants employed through the generalist graduate fast track schemes between 1 June 2004 and 1 June 2014 were educated at (a) private and (b) state schools.

This data was not requested under previous governments, nor indeed prior to 2013. Details of Fast Stream employees will be published in due course.

11th Jun 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the average salary was for a (a) man and (b) woman of (i) white ethnic origin and (ii) black and minority ethnic origin and who was (A) disabled and (B) not disabled in Ashfield constituency in each year since 2010.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

9th Jun 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which Departments regularly publish details of their gender pay gap at each Civil Service grade.

The Office of National Statistics publishes median earnings by responsibility level, government department and gender annually as part of Civil Service Statistics and this data can be found at:
http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/pse/civil-service-statistics/2013/stb-civil-service-statistics--2013.html

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the total number of (a) private, (b) public and (c) third sector jobs in (a) Ashfield constituency, (ii) Nottinghamshire and (iii) the East Midlands in each of the last five years.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people were employed in the construction sector in (a) the UK, (b) the East Midlands, (c) Nottinghamshire and (d) Ashfield constituency in each of the last five years.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many times Ministers have met the Women's Business Council flexible working champion John Timpson in the last three years.
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the median gross hourly earnings excluding overtime for (a) full time and (b) part-time, (i) men and (ii) women were in each region in each of the last five years.

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

13th May 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding the Government contributed to the Mineworkers' Pension Scheme prior to the privatisation of the scheme in 1994; when this money was paid in; and for what reason.

The Government’s involvement in the Scheme began at privatisation. Until that point, the scheme was funded by member contributions and British Coal contributions. British Coal’s share of the surplus immediately prior to privatisation was allocated to the Scheme as the Investment Reserve, available to make good any deficit which should arise in the fund.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
22nd Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what proportion of jobs in (a) Nottinghamshire, (b) the East Midlands and (c) England are paid the National Living Wage or National Minimum Wage for employees aged 16 to 24.

Through the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage, the Government ensures that the lowest paid in our society are fairly rewarded for their work. Workers under the age of 25 are entitled to one of the National Minimum Wage rates, which are set as high as possible without damaging young people’s employment prospects.

From April 2019, those aged 16-24 will benefit from inflation-beating increases in the youth rates. About 271,000 workers under the age of 25 in England are expected to be covered by one of the National Minimum Wage rates, including 36,000 in the East Midlands. The Government has not published figures for Nottinghamshire for 2019. However, about 3,800 workers aged 16 or over were on the National Living Wage or the National Minimum Wage in Ashfield in April 2018, representing 9% of the constituency’s workforce.

The Government also commends employers who are able to pay above the minimum. According to the independent Low Pay Commission, more than nine in ten workers under the age of 25 were paid above their age-applicable National Minimum Wage rate in the UK in April 2018.

25th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what percentage of jobs in Ashfield constituency pay (a) the national minimum wage and (b) sums up to the living wage.

Through the National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW) the Government helps to protect the lowest paid in society. We are committed to raising the NLW to 60 per cent of median earnings by 2020, subject to economic growth.

On 1 April 2019, the NLW will increase by 4.9% to £8.21. This means that the annual earnings of a full-time worker on the NLW will have increased by £2,750 since the policy was introduced. Increases to the NMW rates, also effective from 1 April, will continue to outstrip inflation.

The Government estimates that in the Ashfield constituency 3,800 workers are paid the NLW (for those aged 25 and over) or NMW rates (for those aged between 16-24 and apprentices). This represents 9 per cent of the constituency’s workforce. This estimate is obtained from the Office for National Statistics’ Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE).

12th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the sums that the Government will receive from the Mineworkers' Pension Scheme in (a) 2018-19, (b) 2019-20 and (c) 2020-21.

Under the terms of the scheme, the Government will receive its share of scheme surpluses. For each of the next 3 years, that share is £142.4m.

12th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what sums are held in the investment reserve fund for the Mineworkers' Pension Scheme.

At the valuation date, 30 September 2017, the assets of the Investment Reserve were £1,488m. Since then, a payment of £475m has been made to the Guarantor. The Government Actuary decided that this payment should be made, noting that the remaining buffer is likely to continue to provide significant protection.

12th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much money the Government has received from the Mineworkers' Pension Scheme (a) since 1994 and (b) in each of the last three financial years for which data is available.

Since 1994, the Government has received £4,438.1m from the Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme. £3,127m of that is the Guarantor’s share of surpluses and £1,310.2m has been returned from the Investment Reserve. Receipts in each of the last three years were:

2016/7: £51m

2017/8: £51m

2018/9: £617.2m (£475m of which is from the Investment Reserve)

The Government guarantee has enabled an investment strategy that has resulted in scheme members receiving payments 33% higher than they would have been if they received only their actual earned pension up to privatisation.

19th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when the Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Members for Ashfield and Blaenau Gwent of 5 March 2018 on the Mineworkers Pension Scheme.

I have replied to the hon. Members.

4th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what information his Department holds on how many households are on energy suppliers' standard variable rates.

BEIS run a quarterly survey of domestic electricity and gas suppliers. This survey has coverage of around 85 per cent of the market. Data is supplied to BEIS, on numbers of customers by tariff by region by payment type, but as this data is supplied in confidence, individual tariff or company data cannot be made publically available.

Aggregate statistics are produced and published as part of our quarterly energy prices (QEP) publication. In quarter 1 2017, we estimate 66 per cent of standard electricity and 65 per cent of gas customers were on variable tariffs. Our current methodology does not breakout standard variable tariffs from other variable tariffs.

Data can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/quarterly-domestic-energy-price-stastics

3rd Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps are being taken to encourage householders to seek the cheapest energy deals available to them to help them to cut energy bills.

We are working with the sector to make it quicker and easier to switch supplier and are working with Ofgem to move to even faster and more reliable switching.

Ofgem are working on developing better ways to engage consumers and on 3 July announced trials to help customers on expensive standard tariffs find and switch to cheaper energy deals.

3rd Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps are being taken to protect poorer households from fuel poverty caused by the high prices of pre-payment energy meters.

Customers in fuel poverty use a range of methods to pay their energy bills. Latest BEIS Fuel Poverty data published on 29 June 2017 shows that in 2015, of the 2,885,000 households who paid for their gas supply by prepayment meter, 613,000 were fuel poor. Of the 3,550,000 million households who paid for their electricity supply by prepayment meter, 776,000 were fuel poor.

From 1 April this year, as a result of action by Competition Markets Authority, a cap on the amount energy suppliers can charge prepayment customers was introduced. The cap covers 4.5 million households saving many dual fuel customers £80 a year.

On 3 July Ofgem announced proposals to cap warrant charges to install prepayment meters and ban these charges altogether for the most vulnerable.

2nd Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the National minimum wage: Low Pay Commission autumn 2016 report, published in November 2016, what measures are being taken to address the findings of the Apprentice Pay Survey that some apprentices are being paid less than the £3.40 minimum set by the Government.

The Government takes the enforcement of National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW) very seriously. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) respond to every complaint they receive and proactively target high-risk sectors to improve compliance. The HMRC enforcement budget has increased from £13m in 2015/16 to £25m for 2017/18.

In 2015/16, HMRC closed 263 investigations involving apprentices. NMW underpayment was found in 75% of these cases and arrears of £558,618 were found for 632 workers.

The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) will specifically target apprentices and their employers with information from the £1.7m National Minimum Wage communications campaign, which is designed to improve awareness ahead of the new rates in April 2017.

The SFA continue to rigorously check that the advertised rates of pay of all apprenticeship vacancies on the gov.uk site are compliant with the national minimum wage. Additionally, my hon Friend the Minister for Skills writes to every Level 2 and 3 apprentice in England, congratulating them on beginning an apprenticeship and informing them of their NMW entitlements.

Any apprentice who believes they are underpaid the NMW should call the ACAS helpline on 0300 123 1100 for expert and confidential advice.

3rd Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much Ashfield constituency has received from the Regional Growth Fund since that fund's inception; and what the average funding per parliamentary constituency has been over that period.

The Regional Growth Fund (RGF) has provided £2.6bn of support via individual projects, or regional/national programmes across England. Whilst none of the individual projects were in the Ashfield constituency, RGF programmes including the Nottingham City Growth Fund; the University of Nottingham N2 Business Growth Programme; the University of Derby Invest to Innovate Fund and the Textiles Growth Programme all offered support to the Nottingham area.

3rd Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of how much the Government will receive from the Mineworkers' Pension Scheme in (a) 2016-17, (b) 2017-18 and (c) 2018-19.

The Government, in its role as Guarantor, is due to receive £51m from the Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme in each of the above years.

19th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much is held in the investment reserve funds for the (a) Mineworkers' Pension Scheme and (b) British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme.

The investment reserve for the Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme totalled £1,066m at the last valuation (dated 30 September 2014). For the British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme, the investment fund stood at £1,701m when last valued on 31 March 2015.

15th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what contributions holidays British Coal took from the British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme between 1987 and 1994.

The standard pension contribution holiday came about as a result of the surpluses revealed at the triennial actuarial valuations in 1986, 1989 and 1992. These surpluses funded a pension contribution holiday by British Coal from 1987 to 1994.

The pension contribution holiday did not have a detrimental impact on members’ final salary pension payments which are based on a formula set out in the Scheme rules.

7th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much the Government has received from the British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme since 1994.

In its role as Guarantor, the Government has received £3,119m from the British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme since 1994 representing part of its share of assessed surpluses. Prior to 2009, the surplus-sharing arrangements worked well, with the presence of the Guarantee enabling the Trustees to invest in a way that generated surpluses and, as a consequence, bonuses to members. However, after shortfalls in 2009 and 2012 valuations, new arrangements were agreed in 2015 to end surplus-sharing and replace it by a series of fixed benefit uplifts for members in order to ensure the long term viability of the scheme.

7th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government has made direct payments to the British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme under the guarantee arrangements.

No payments have been made into the scheme by the Government.

31st Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 20 October 2016 to Question 48677, how much the Government has received from the Mineworkers' Pensions Scheme since 1994 net of payments from the Government arising from its guarantee.

In its role as Guarantor, the Government has received £3,356.3m from the Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme since 1994. No payments have been made into the scheme by the Government. The existing surplus-sharing arrangements have worked well to date, with the presence of the Guarantee enabling the Trustees to invest in a way that has generated surpluses and, as a consequence, bonuses to members.

31st Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government has made direct payments to the Mineworkers' Pension Scheme under the guarantee arrangements.

No payments have been made into the scheme by the Government.

13th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much the Government has received from the mineworker's pension scheme since 1994.

Primarily as a result of strong investment returns, the Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme has generated surpluses which have been shared equally between Government and the scheme members as bonuses, in accordance with the agreement reached in 1994. In its role as Guarantor, the Government has received £3,356.3m by this means since 1994.

13th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the oral Answer of 13 September 2016, Official Report, column 764, when he plans to meet the hon. Member for Ashfield to discuss the mineworker's pension scheme.

The hon. Member has been offered a meeting with my rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State. We hope she is able to attend.

13th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many (a) former miners and (b) widows of former miners are in receipt of the mineworker's pension in (i) the UK, (ii) the East Midlands and (iii) Ashfield constituency.

The scheme is not administered by the Government, but by the Scheme Trustees. The Department does not, therefore, hold this information.

11th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations he has received from Nottinghamshire County Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund on the proposed closure of the DH Lawrence Heritage Centre in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire.

To date, the department has not received any representations from Nottinghamshire County Council or the Heritage Lottery Fund on this matter.

An options study into the future of the Centre, funded by Arts Council England, is currently being carried out. The Heritage Lottery Fund will continue discussions with the owners, Broxtowe Borough Council, and Arts Council England once this study is complete.

11th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding his Department has provided for (a) museums and (b) heritage in (i) the East Midlands and (ii) Nottinghamshire in each of the last three years.

This Government continues to support heritage and arts projects across the East Midlands and Nottinghamshire through its arms length bodies, including Nottingham’s historic Lace Markets' Galleries of Justice Museum, which was awarded £1m from Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to carry out major redevelopment.

Since 2012, the HLF has given more than £80m to the East Midlands and £6.7m to Nottinghamshire. Figures for 2015/16 are not yet available. Through Arts Council England, nearly £7m has been provided for museums in the East Midlands and over £1.6m for museums in Nottinghamshire, including the City of Nottingham, in the last three years.

Over the same period, Historic England has given over £3m to the East Midlands, and more than £375,000 to Nottinghamshire. Party of this funding supported a project, in partnership with Bassetlaw District Council and Nottinghamshire County Council, to repair and reinstate historic features in the Tuxford Conservation Area - which led to it being remove from the 'at risk' register.

4th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many local authority-owned museums have closed down in each of the last three years.

Neither DCMS nor Arts Council England holds information on museums closures. However, there are just under 1800 accredited museums.

Thanks to an excellent Spending Review settlement in November 2015, the Government is honouring its manifesto commitment to keep entry to the permanent collections of our national museums free.

Through the Arts Council England, DCMS is increasing funding for 21 Major Partner Museums from £20.3m to £22.6 million. In addition to this, regional museums can bid for funds from ACE's £10 million per year Resilience Fund. They can also bid for lottery funding from the HLF. We are also investing millions of pounds to boost local and regional museums, for example, £5 million towards a new South Asia Gallery at Manchester Museum and £2.5 million to the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry.

17th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department has spent on sport in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire, (c) East Midlands and (d) England in each of the last five years.

Figures in the first three tables below (for Ashfield, Nottinghamshire and East Midlands) show Sport England direct investment in local projects in these areas only. The figures in the final table (for England) include additional money being spent on grassroots sports by national governing bodies and other national partners in which Sport England is investing to get more people playing sport across England.

Ashfield awards (both Exchequer and National Lottery investment)

Financial Year

Total (£)

2010/2011

15,748

2011/2012

13,480

2012/2013

68,792

2013/2014

2,360

2014/2015

60,000

Total

160,380

Nottinghamshire awards (both Exchequer and National Lottery investment)

Financial Year

Total (£)

2010/2011

1,399,537

2011/2012

2,187,292

2012/2013

2,551,077

2013/2014

4,427,169

2014/2015

3,712,752

Total

14,994,369

East Midlands awards (both Exchequer and National Lottery investment)

Financial Year

Total (£)

2010/2011

6,230,847

2011/2012

10,221,762

2012/2013

12,723,793

2013/2014

10,780,211

2014/2015

21,822,545

Total

61,779,158

England total awards (both Exchequer and National Lottery investment, and all investment in National Governing Bodies)

Financial Year

Total (£)

2010/2011

173,624,416

2011/2012

235,770,284

2012/2013

199,462,828

2013/2014

402,635,902

2014/2015

312,592,975

Grand Total

1,324,086,405

These are the most up-to-date figures. Awards are updated each quarter with new commitments, decommitments and adjustments. Delivery postcodes are also, on occasion, updated to be more accurate. This is why there are differences in the figures for the PQ above and the answer given to PQ 169026 from Gloria De Piero MP of 8 October 2013.

7th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department has spent under each budget sub-head in Ashfield constituency in each of the last five years.

My Department does not generally record expenditure by constituency and this information could only be provided at disproportionate cost. However, it is possible to state the amounts paid to churches in Ashfield under the Listed Places of Worship grant scheme, which are as follows.

Year to 31 March

2015 10,340.20

2014 347.95

2013 43,921.29

2012 449.35

2011 3,095.13

Total £58,153.92

15th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many public libraries in Ashfield constituency do not have free wifi; and by what date he plans that all public libraries will have access to free wifi.

Following the Ashfield (Electoral Changes) Order 2015 (Statutory Instrument 2015: No. 112), my Department estimates that one public library in the constituency does not currently have WiFi. On 18 March it was announced, as part of the Budget 2015, that £7.4m is being made available to help all public libraries to install WiFi. This programme will be run via Arts Council England who aim to launch the scheme in July 2015.

19th Mar 2015
Pay
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the average hourly pay is of employees at each grade within his Department identified as (a) White or White British and (b) from a Black, Asian or other minority ethnic group.

From the HR Oracle Database, the breakdown of hourly pay for those with more than 5 people in each category is laid out in the attached table.

17th Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many and what proportion of employees in his Department identify as (a) white or white British, (b) Asian or Asian British, (c) Black or Black British, (d) mixed or multiple ethnic group and (e) another ethnicity.

The breakdown of ethnicity within DCMS is:

White: 43%

Black: 3%

Asian: 4%

Not Declared: 48%

Other: 2%

This data is from the HR system, Oracle, and is based on employees self-declaration.

19th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many and what proportion of (a) women and (b) men have made a statutory application to request flexible working in his Department; and how many of those applications have been granted to date.

All posts are advertised on a flexible basis. This approach significantly reduces the need for employees to make a statutory application for flexible working and we have no record of any such request having been made.

8th Sep 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what targets the Government has set for tackling homophobia in sports; and what steps have been taken to achieve those targets in the last 12 months.

Although the Government does not set specific targets for tackling homophobia in sports, all National Governing Bodies (NGBs) are expected to demonstrate equality in sport and many support specific programmes such as the FA with its “Football’s for Everyone” anti-discrimination plan. The Government is committed to ensuring this expectation of equality is upheld and in March 2011 called for an end to homophobia and transphobia in sport with the launch of Tackling homophobia in sport: The Charter for Action.

Since then over 40 NGBs and approximately 4,000 sports stars, fans and clubs from across the sporting world, including all professional football clubs, have signed up to the Charter.

8th Sep 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what targets the Government has set for tackling homophobia in the workplace; and what steps have been taken to achieve those targets in the last 12 months.

The Government has not set targets for tackling homophobia in the workplace; however, practical advice for employers and/or employees on dealing with homophobia is available via the following Government-funded bodies: acas, the Equality and Human Rights Commission; the Equalities Advisory and Support Service; and on GOV.UK.

In March 2011 the Government published Working for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equality: Moving Forward which set out the actions to be taken across Government to enhance equality for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGB&T) people. The Government is also providing match funding to the Citizens’ Advice European Union funded project to overcome barriers to employment and advancement in the workplace, which includes a specific focus on LGB&T people.

11th Jun 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much the Arts Council has spent per head of population in Ashfield constituency in each of the last five years.

Arts Council England (ACE) makes its funding decisions independently of Government and as such we do not hold the information requested. However, the following information has been provided by ACE:

Value of ACE awards to applicants resident in ASHFIELD Constituency 2009 2014

Decision Year

Value of Awards

Per-Capita*

2009/10

£9,706

£0.10

2010/11

£9,712

£0.10

2011/12

£13,500

£0.13

2012/13

2013/14

* based on Mid-2011 population estimate (ONS) 101,914.

In addition, ACE made two other awards totalling £3.8m from which Ashfield can benefit

28th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of pupils attending secondary schools in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) England who are eligible for free school meals but not claiming them.

The number of students who are eligible for and are claiming free school meals (FSM) is published at national and school level in the underlying data of the ‘Schools, pupils and their characteristics’ publication. The 2019 publication is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/schools-pupils-and-their-characteristics-january-2019.

FSM are available to parents who are in receipt of certain qualifying benefits, including those that are means tested by the Department for Work and Pensions. To be eligible to receive FSM, a pupil or their parent must make a claim to the school for FSM. Until the claim is made, the pupil is not eligible for FSM. These figures do not include pupils who may be eligible for FSM but no claim has been made.

The underlying data file Schools_pupils_and_their_characteristics_2019_pupil_characteristics_UD.csv includes a column for phase of school, parliamentary constituency and local authority.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
28th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect on people's long-term earnings potential of completing an intermediate level apprenticeship compared with (a) an advanced and (b) a higher level apprenticeship.

The apprenticeships reform programme benefits realisation strategy, published in March 2017, sets out a broad range of success measures for the programme. A core benefit of the apprenticeships reform programme is to raise average earnings for apprentices, measured over a period of 5 years.

For learners that achieved in academic year 2010/11, the median annualised earnings 5 years after training were greater at higher levels:

  • £26,700 for higher (level 4) apprenticeships 5 years after training.
  • £21,000 for advanced (level 3) apprenticeships.
  • £17,900 for intermediate (level 2) apprenticeships.

This information was released in October 2018 and can be found in the ‘Further Education: Outcome based success measures: academic years 2010/11 to 2015/16’, available here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/748305/FE_learners__outcome_based_success_measures.pdf.

Data published in the ‘Estimation of the labour market returns to qualifications gained in English Further Education’ shows that on average, achievers of intermediate apprenticeships earn 11% more and achievers of advanced apprenticeships earn 16% more, 3-5 years after completing their apprenticeship, than those who started an apprenticeship at that level but did not complete. This information was published in December 2014 and can be found here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/383646/Estimation_of_the_labour_market_returns_to_qualifications_gained_in_English_Further_Education_-_Final_-_November_2014.pdf.

Over the past few years we have introduced major reforms to apprenticeships and, as the system is still adapting, it is too early to know the full productivity and earnings benefits that these changes will bring.

3rd Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of apprenticeship starters were eligible for free school meals in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) England in each quarter of each academic year since 2014.

Information on the proportion of apprenticeship starters who were eligible for free school meals is not held in the format requested.

We publish data on apprenticeship starts with various breakdowns by level, local authority and parliamentary constituency in the apprenticeships geography and sector subject area tool of the apprenticeships data library. This can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/fe-data-library-apprenticeships.

3rd Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of people entering higher education by age 19 in (a) 2018-19 and (b) each of the last five academic years were eligible for free school meals in (i) Ashfield constituency, (ii) Nottinghamshire and (iii) England.

The Department publishes information at a national level on the proportion of students who entered higher education by age 19 who were eligible for free school meals at age of 15 in state-funded and special schools.

The latest figures for England can be found in Table 1 here:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/757901/WP2018-MainTables.xlsx.

The information is not held centrally, regarding figures at local authority or parliamentary constituency level.

3rd Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of apprenticeship starters who were eligible for free school meals started (a) intermediate, (b) advanced and (c) higher apprenticeships in (i) Ashfield constituency, (ii) Nottinghamshire and (iii) England, in the first quarter of the academic year (A) 2018-19 (B) 2017-18, (C) 2016-17, (D) 2015-16 and (E) 2014-15.

Information on the proportion of apprenticeship starters who were eligible for free school meals is not held in the format requested.

We publish data on apprenticeship starts with various breakdowns by level, local authority and parliamentary constituency in the apprenticeships geography and sector subject area tool of the apprenticeships data library. This can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/fe-data-library-apprenticeships.

3rd Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of businesses in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire, and (c) England do not pay the apprenticeship levy; and how many of those businesses have apprentices.

Disaggregated information on the apprenticeship levy that is collected in each constituency, local authority or region of the UK by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is not available. Many larger levy-paying employers are headquartered in one region but they employ staff across the country. Therefore, levy data is reported to HMRC by PAYE scheme rather than by organisation, which means that we cannot attribute the levy collected and spent to individual locations. Individual employers can control where apprenticeship funds are spent in order to meet their current and future skills needs.

Since May 2015, there have been 4,690 apprenticeship starts in the Ashfield constituency, 39,650 starts in Nottinghamshire (including in the city of Nottingham) and over 1.7 million starts in England as a whole, reported to date. 49.4% of apprenticeship starts in England were supported by the levy in the first half of 2018/19, which is the most recent period for which data are available.

Income from the levy in England is used to fund apprenticeships for all employers, including apprenticeships started before the introduction of the levy as well as apprenticeships started since the introduction of the levy. We recently announced our intention to move non levy-paying employers onto the apprenticeship service, beginning later this year, giving small to medium-sized businesses a greater choice of quality training providers and the opportunity to be more engaged in apprenticeship training decisions for their business.

3rd Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many businesses in (a) Ashfield constituency and (b) Nottinghamshire hired apprentices in each of the last five years.

The most recent statistics on the total number of businesses with apprenticeship starts for the 2016/17 academic year are published on GOV.UK. This can be found at:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/750709/apprenticeship_starts_tables.xlsx.

Due to the methodology behind these experimental statistics, we do not provide regional data at a lower level of granularity than Government Office Region. We are developing the methodology which will potentially allow for more detailed breakdowns in the future.

The latest published information on apprenticeship starts can be found in the further education data library. This can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/fe-data-library-apprenticeships.

The latest published figures on the number of apprenticeship starts at a geographical level can be found at:

2017/18 and the first six months of the 2018/19 academic year (provisional):

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/789168/Apprenticeship-starts-ach-geography-tool_201718_Q2-201819_Mar2019.xlsx.

2014/15 to 2017/18 academic years:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/772388/Apprenticeship-starts-ach-geography-tool_201415-Q1201819_Jan2019_v1.xlsx.

13th May 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of students qualify for free school meals in each secondary school in (a) Ashfield constituency; and what the average number is of students that qualify for free school meals in secondary schools in England.

The number of pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM) in England is published at the annual ‘Schools, pupils and their characteristics’ statistical release: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/schools-pupils-and-their-characteristics-january-2018.

Data for each school is available in the ‘Schools pupils and their characteristics 2018’, underlying data, contained in file ‘Schools_Pupils_and_their_Characteristics _2018_Schools_Pupils_UD’.

The figures can be filtered by parliamentary constituency name (column X), school phase e.g. state-funded secondary schools (column N). Column EF, EG provide the number and % of pupils known to be eligible for FSM, respectively.

The proportion of pupils eligible for FSM in state-funded secondary schools in England is provided in Table 3a of the national tables.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
22nd Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of children in (a) Ashfield, (b) Rushcliffe, (c) Nottinghamshire and (d) England who are (i) eligible and (ii) not eligible for free school meals, reached the expected standard in reading, writing and maths at Key Stage 2 at the end of the 2017-2018 academic year.

The information is provided in the tables attached.

22nd Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of students in (a) Ashfield, (b) Rushcliffe, (c) Nottinghamshire and (d) England who are (i) eligible and (ii) not eligible for free school meals achieved grades 4 to 9 in GCSE (A) English and (B) maths in 2017 and 2018.

Key Stage 4 pupil attainment (including grade 9-4 in English and in mathematics, 5 or more GCSE grades 9-4/A*-C and average Attainment 8 score per pupil) for England, Nottinghamshire, Ashfield and Rushcliffe, split by eligibility for free school meals in 2017/18 and 2016/17 is provided in the attached tables.

22nd Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of students in (a) Ashfield, (b) Rushcliffe, (c) Nottinghamshire and (d) England who are (i) eligible and (ii) not eligible for free school meals achieved five or more GCSEs at grades 4 to 9 in (A) 2017 and (B) 2018.

Key Stage 4 pupil attainment (including grade 9-4 in English and in mathematics, 5 or more GCSE grades 9-4/A*-C and average Attainment 8 score per pupil) for England, Nottinghamshire, Ashfield and Rushcliffe, split by eligibility for free school meals in 2017/18 and 2016/17 is provided in the attached tables.

22nd Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average Attainment 8 score per pupil who is (a) eligible and (b) not eligible for free school meals was in 2017 and 2018 for (i) Ashfield, (ii) Rushcliffe, (iii) Nottinghamshire and (iv) England.

Key Stage 4 pupil attainment (including grade 9-4 in English and in mathematics, 5 or more GCSE grades 9-4/A*-C and average Attainment 8 score per pupil) for England, Nottinghamshire, Ashfield and Rushcliffe, split by eligibility for free school meals in 2017/18 and 2016/17 is provided in the attached tables.

25th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) England that were (i) eligible and (ii) not eligible for free school meals attended a primary school rated as (A) good and (B) outstanding in the academic year ending August 2018.

The attached table shows the number of children with or without eligibility for free school meals that attended primary schools rated as good or outstanding, in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire and England.

As at 31 August 2018, 87% of children are now in primary schools in England rated as ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
25th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of children in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) England who were (i) eligible and (ii) not eligible for free school meals attended a secondary school rated (A) good and (B) outstanding in the academic year ending August 2018.

The attached table shows the proportion of children with or without eligibility for free school meals (FSM) that attended secondary schools rated as good or outstanding, in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire and England.

As at August 2018, 80% of children are in secondary schools in England rated as good or outstanding.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
18th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and which schools in Ashfield constituency meet all eight Gatsby benchmarks for careers education.

The information requested is not held centrally.

The Careers & Enterprise Company and the Gatsby Charitable Foundation developed Compass, a free online tool that helps schools to evaluate and monitor improvements in their careers provision against the Gatsby benchmarks, which is now used by over 3,000 schools and colleges.

The Careers & Enterprise Company collects this information, which is published annually at a national level. The 2018 ‘State of the Nation’ report provides an updated assessment of progress, based on the Compass results of 3,092 schools and colleges. It shows that benchmark engagement and performance have both improved:

  • There are now five times more schools and colleges assessing themselves against the benchmarks since 2017, and ten times more than in 2014.
  • The average school or college is now fully achieving 2.13 benchmarks, up from 1.87 in 2017 and 1.34 in 2014.
  • 21 schools and colleges (0.7%) are now meeting all eight of the benchmarks.

The report is available to view at: https://www.careersandenterprise.co.uk/stateofthenation.

A good way to highlight the importance of the Gatsby Benchmarks is for individual MPs to contact the schools in their constituency.

18th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to encourage schools in (a) Ashfield and (b) Nottinghamshire to become part of a Careers Hub.

The government’s careers strategy committed to testing “Careers Hubs” in 20 areas. Careers Hubs comprise of up to 40 local schools and colleges working together with universities, training providers, employers and careers professionals to improve careers education.

In October 2018 the Secretary of State announced the government would test Careers Hubs in a further 20 areas. This will bring the total amount of government investment in Careers Hubs to £7.5 million. Applications are being accepted for the second wave of Careers Hubs until 22 February 2019. The standard model is for Local Enterprise Partnerships and Combined Authorities to coordinate bids in partnership with named schools and colleges. However, in any places where the Local Enterprise Partnership or Combined Authority does not wish to bid, we will welcome bids from other groups of 20-40 schools and colleges who wish to come together.

To support all interested groups in applying for the second wave of Careers Hubs, The Careers & Enterprise Company produced a ‘Careers Hub Prospectus’. This can be found on The Careers & Enterprise Company website at: https://www.careersandenterprise.co.uk/bid-become-hub. Regional Leads from The Careers & Enterprise Company have also been in touch with potential bidders to offer guidance on how to interpret the prospectus.

Successful applications for the second wave of Hubs will be notified by mid-April and will be operational from September 2019.

18th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the cost is for an adult to re-sit a GCSE in (a) maths and (b) English language; and whether (i) funding for re-sitting is available to providers or (ii) the cost of re-sitting has to be paid by learners.

We provide full funding up to and including Level 2 English and maths for adults aged 19 and above, including those who are employed, who do not have a GCSE grade 4, grade C, or higher. This is a legal entitlement as set out in the Apprenticeships, Skills and Children’s Learning Act 2009. Funding for these qualifications is provided through the Adult Education Budget (AEB), paragraphs 171 to 177 of the AEB funding rules for 2018 to 2019 gives further information on eligibility and entitlements, available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/adult-education-budget-funding-rules-2018-to-2019.

If a learner wants to ‘retake’ their GCSE English and maths qualification because they did not achieve a grade 4 or higher (C or higher), then we will not fund the learner to re-sit the exam only. We will, however, fully fund the learner if they complete the learning programme again before retaking the exam.

Learners wishing to ‘retake’ their English and maths qualification only, will need to approach their provider who can check with the relevant awarding organisation that private candidates are accepted and what fee will be charged.

Providers, in receipt of an AEB allocation, will receive £811 if they deliver English and maths GCSEs to adults aged 19 and above. Further information can be found via the AEB: Funding rates and formula 2018 to 2019, available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/adult-education-budget-funding-rates-and-formula-2018-to-2019.

18th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many providers have run courses for adults to resit GCSE maths and English language in (a) Ashfield constituency and (b) Nottinghamshire in each of the last five years.

The attached table contains the number of providers where adult (19+) learners are participating in GCSE English or maths courses in the Ashfield constituency and Nottinghamshire.

17th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the (a) initial and (b) additional allocated budgets for special needs provision in Nottinghamshire schools have been in each of the past three years.

Local authorities are legally required to provide schools with sufficient funds to enable schools to meet the additional cost of pupils with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities, up to £6,000. Local authorities must set a notional SEN budget for every school in their area as part of their local schools formula, funded from the overall schools budget, although this funding is not ring-fenced and it remains the responsibility of each school to manage its overall budget, and ensure that the needs of all its pupils are being met.

When the costs of additional support required for a pupil with SEN exceed £6,000, the local authority should also allocate additional top-up funding to cover the excess costs. This funding comes from the local authority’s high needs budget. On 17 December 2018, we announced an addition of £250 million in high needs funding across the current financial year and the next, on top of the additional funding we had already promised. As a result, Nottinghamshire will receive an additional £1.7 million of this funding in each year, bringing their high needs funding total to £66.5 million in 2019-20.

The figures for the last three years are illustrated below.

Year

Schools Funding Amount

High Needs Funding Amount

2016-17

£447.8 million

£57.3 million

2017-18

£459.4 million

£59.8 million

2018-19

£469.1 million

£64.0 million

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
17th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how long on average it has taken for an education, health and care plan for a special needs child to be put in place from the date of initial request for assessment for such a plan in the most recent period for which figures are available.

The Department for Education does not hold information on the average length of time it takes for an education, health and care (EHC) plan to be put in place from the date of initial request for assessment.

Of the new EHC plans made during the 2017 calendar year (excluding cases where exceptions apply), 64.9% were issued within the 20-week time limit, an increase from 58.6% in 2016. When including cases where exceptions apply, 61.3% were issued within the 20-week time limit, an increase from 55.7% in 2016.

More information on can be found in ‘Statements of special educational needs and EHC plans: England, 2018’

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/statements-of-sen-and-ehc-plans-england-2018.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
17th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many education, health and care plans are in place in Nottinghamshire schools; and how many were in place in each of the two previous academic years.

The department publishes the number and proportion of pupils with special educational needs, including the type of need, in the annual ‘Special educational needs in England’ statistical release:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/special-educational-needs-in-england-january-2018.

The number of pupils with a statement or education, health and care plan, based on where the child attends school by local authority, can be found in a time series in the 'Special educational needs in England – January 2018: local authority tables, table 12'.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
17th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of pupils in Nottinghamshire with individual education, health and care plans whose schools have yet to receive the additional funding needed for their implementation; and how long on average schools have waited to receive that funding in the most recent period for which figures are available.

Local authorities are legally required to provide schools with sufficient funds to enable them to meet the additional cost of pupils with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities, by up to £6,000, in their base budgets.

When the costs of additional support required for a pupil with SEN exceed £6,000, the local authority should also allocate additional top-up funding to cover the excess costs. This funding comes from the local authority’s high needs budget. Whilst many pupils who are in receipt of this top-up funding do have an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan, it is not a requirement for them to have one; nor is there a requirement that every pupil with an EHC plan should receive top-up funding. The allocation of this top-up funding is a matter between the local authority and the school, and the department does not collect information on when schools are allocated funding by local authorities.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
17th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) teaching assistants and (b) specialist support staff (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools have employed in Nottinghamshire in each of the last three years.

The following table provides the full-time equivalent number[1] of teaching assistants and support staff in service in state funded primary[2] and secondary schools in Nottinghamshire local authority and England in November 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Teaching Assistants

Nottinghamshire

England

Primary

Secondary

Primary

Secondary

2017

2,420

710

176,240

47,790

2016

2,390

700

177,690

50,120

2015

2,320

760

174,530

52,270

Support Staff

Nottinghamshire

England

Primary

Secondary

Primary

Secondary

2017

710

1,060

60,620

72,000

2016

690

1,120

60,460

73,890

2015

660

1,080

59,430

74,780

Auxiliary Staff

Nottinghamshire

England

Primary

Secondary

Primary

Secondary

2017

640

370

45,540

25,110

2016

630

370

45,510

25,740

2015

600

360

45,710

26,390


Source: School Workforce Census

[1] Figures are rounded to the nearest 10 staff.

[2] Includes nursery schools.

7th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of children in (a) Nottinghamshire and (b) England who are (i) eligible and (ii) not eligible for free school meals achieved school readiness standards at the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage in 2018.

The requested data is shown in the attached table.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
7th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of children in Ashfield constituency who are (a) eligible and (b) not eligible for free school meals have achieved school readiness standards at the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage in 2018.

​The requested data is shown in the attached table.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
7th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of nursery providers in Ashfield constituency are rated as outstanding or good by Ofsted.

This is a matter for Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman. I have asked her to write to the right hon. Member and a copy of her reply will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
7th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment his Department has made of the take-up of funded childcare for (a) two year olds and (b) three year olds among (i) disadvantaged and (ii) non-disadvantaged households in Nottinghamshire.

​The department does not hold data that breaks down take-up of the childcare entitlements by disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged households.

Disadvantaged 2 year olds are eligible for 15 hours a week (over 38 weeks of the year) of free early education if they meet the criteria set out at: https://www.gov.uk/help-with-childcare-costs/free-childcare-2-year-olds?step-by-step-nav=f237ec8e-e82c-4ffa-8fba-2a88a739783b. As of January 2018, there were 2,080 2 year olds accessing this entitlement in Nottinghamshire, 72% of those eligible which is in line with the national average for take up of this entitlement.

All 3 and 4 year olds are also eligible for 15 hours a week (over 38 weeks of the year) of free early education. As of January 2018, 9,060 3 year olds in Nottinghamshire were accessing the universal offer. This is 100% of 3 year olds and higher than the national average for 3 year old take-up, which is 92%.

​Since September 2017, working parents of 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to 30 hours free childcare a week (over 38 weeks of the year), supporting a wide-range of parents to enter work or increase their work hours. In the first year of delivery, over 340,000 children in England benefited from a 30 hours childcare place, with over 6185 children accessing this entitlement in Nottinghamshire.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
7th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the proportion of (a) primary and (b) secondary age children in (i) Ashfield, (ii) Nottinghamshire and (iii) England that attend a school rated (A) outstanding and (B) good by Ofsted.

The attached table shows the proportion of children in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire and England, that attended primary and secondary schools rated as Good or Outstanding by Ofsted, as of 31 August 2018. Ofsted published these statistics on their website on 29 November 2018.

The Ofsted inspection data shows, that as of 31 August 2018, the proportion of children attending primary schools rated as Outstanding in Ashfield was 14%, in Nottinghamshire was 15% and in England was 19%. The data further shows that the proportion of children attending secondary schools rated as Outstanding in Ashfield was 0%, in Nottinghamshire was 30% and in England was 27%.

The Ofsted inspection data also shows, that as of 31 August 2018, the proportion of children attending primary schools rated as Good in Ashfield was 65%, in Nottinghamshire was 69% and in England was 67%. The data further shows that the proportion of children attending secondary schools rated as Good in Ashfield was 93%, in Nottinghamshire was 62% and in England was 52%.

29th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the timetable is for the next steps of his Department's consultation on home education.

The responses received to the consultation are still being considered. When this process has been completed, the department will publish the finalised version of guidance on current arrangements for home education. We will also publish a formal government response document setting out the proposed next steps in relation to matters covered by the call for evidence.

22nd Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the consultation, Home Education - Call for Evidence and revised DfE guidance, what plans her Department has to consult the with home education community in the development of guidelines for home education.

The consultation referred to, which ran from 10 April 2018 to 2 July 2018, included draft guidance on elective home education which is intended to replace that currently published by the department. It was open to any member of the public, including parents educating their children at home, and the responses received are currently being considered before the new guidance document is published in its final form.

16th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to respond to the letter of the hon. Member for Ashfield of 8 June 2018 on a safeguarding concern at an Ashfield school of a constituent.

Unfortunately, the department did not receive your letter. Departmental officials have been in contact with your constituency office, who have resent this. A reply will be sent to you in due course.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
16th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what additional support his Department offers to areas with low university attendance to encourage young people to take apprenticeships of NVQ level 3 or above.

Our reforms continue to improve the quality of apprenticeships at all levels, providing the skills that employers need. We have already seen the numbers of starts at higher levels (level 4 and above) rise by 12.5 per cent so far this year, compared to the same period last year. We are seeing a healthier balance across all levels, helping people of all ages progress to higher skills.

We provide funding to support all young people access apprenticeships. To encourage the employment of young apprentices, the government provides £1,000 payments to both employers and providers when taking on a 16 to 18 year old apprentice. The government also pays 100 per cent of the cost of training for small employers (fewer than 50 employees) who take on a 16 to 18 year old apprentice. This also applies to 19 to 24 year olds who were in care or who have an Education, Health and Care plan. In addition, from August 2018, we are introducing a bursary for care leavers starting apprenticeships. This bursary will be £1,000, available to all care leavers aged 16 to 24 year olds and paid direct to them.

Apprenticeships disproportionately benefit people from lower socio-economic backgrounds – delivering more, better quality, apprenticeships will ensure that more people from these backgrounds are enabled to gain the skills and training they need to build successful careers. We provide additional funding support for individuals from disadvantaged areas, by providing a cash payment to providers for training apprentices on frameworks who live in the top 27 per cent of deprived areas.

We are increasing the take up of degree apprenticeships through the Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund, by funding projects that include encouraging participation of under-represented groups in disadvantaged areas.

To promote apprenticeships and encourage take up at all levels, we are targeting employers, parents and young people using proven channels: radio adverts, digital advertising, social media and telemarketing activity. The latest phase of our ‘Get in Go Far’ marketing campaign will launch shortly. We are also taking specific actions to increase starts in the 16 to 18 age group; undertaking sales and marketing activities, targeting employers most likely to offer apprenticeships to this group, and working with organisations that provide careers advice.

The National Apprenticeship service has developed the ‘Amazing Apprenticeships’ website and apprenticeship resource portal for schools and teachers. It also offers a free service to schools through the Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge project to ensure that teachers have the knowledge and support to enable them to promote apprenticeships to their students.

16th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many people in Ashfield constituency have started apprenticeships with (a) levy paying and (b) non-levy paying employers in each of the last three academic years.

Apprenticeship achievement rates are published in our annual national achievement rates tables by local authority district. Tables for the 2016 to 2017 academic year are published here.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/national-achievement-rates-tables-2016-to-2017.

The table attached provides the cohort numbers and proportions achieving the advanced Level 3 apprenticeship for Ashfield constituency, Nottinghamshire, Nottingham local authority district and England for the 2016 to 2017 academic year and show that Ashfield outperform the local area and the country. Figures are based on learner home postcode. We do not hold data for the United Kingdom, but for England only.

The apprenticeship levy was introduced in April 2017. We do not hold the information on apprenticeship employers that pay/do not pay the levy, but do hold information on apprenticeship service (AS) accounts that hold levy funds, which can be used to fund an apprenticeship. Apprenticeship starts (including those that are levy supported) in the Ashfield constituency are shown in the attached table.

16th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of apprenticeships in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) the UK achieve NVQ level 3.

Apprenticeship achievement rates are published in our annual national achievement rates tables by local authority district. Tables for the 2016 to 2017 academic year are published here.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/national-achievement-rates-tables-2016-to-2017.

The table attached provides the cohort numbers and proportions achieving the advanced Level 3 apprenticeship for Ashfield constituency, Nottinghamshire, Nottingham local authority district and England for the 2016 to 2017 academic year and show that Ashfield outperform the local area and the country. Figures are based on learner home postcode. We do not hold data for the United Kingdom, but for England only.

The apprenticeship levy was introduced in April 2017. We do not hold the information on apprenticeship employers that pay/do not pay the levy, but do hold information on apprenticeship service (AS) accounts that hold levy funds, which can be used to fund an apprenticeship. Apprenticeship starts (including those that are levy supported) in the Ashfield constituency are shown in the attached table.

23rd Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect of the 2017 changes to apprenticeship funding on the (a) number of employees and (b) level of funding of further education colleges with a role as partner providers for apprenticeships.

No specific assessment has been made of the impact of the apprenticeship reforms upon individual further education (FE) colleges, or other providers. However, we are actively considering the efficiency and resilience of the FE sector, and will be assessing how far current funding and regulatory structures meet the costs of high quality, world-class provision. Funding to FE colleges to deliver apprenticeships and the key role they play in the wider further education system will be considered as part of this assessment.

23rd Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the most recent average point score per entry was for students of A-levels and equivalent qualifications in (a) Ashfield, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) England who were (i) eligible and (ii) not eligible for free school meals aged 15.

The average point score per entry for A level students[1], [2] in (a) Ashfield, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) England who were (i) eligible and (ii) not eligible for FSM at the end of Key Stage 4 for 2016/17[3] are in the attached table.

[1] Student characteristics, such as ethnicity and free school meal eligibility are not routinely or consistently collected at 16-18. Characteristics information as recorded for students at the end of key stage 4 are used in this analysis.

[2] Covers students aged 16-18 who were at the end of advanced level study and entered for at least one A/AS level, applied single A/AS level, applied double A/AS level or combined A/AS level during 16-18 study.

[3] Based on final data and may differ from previously published figures.

19th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average Attainment 8 score was per pupil who was (a) eligible and (b) not eligible for free school meals in (i) Ashfield, (ii) Mansfield and (iii) Rushcliffe in 2017.

The average Attainment 8 score of pupils, at the end of key stage 4[1] in state-funded schools[2], split by eligibility for free school meals (FSM)[3] in each requested parliamentary constituency[4] for 2016/17[5] is in the attached table.

[1] Pupils are identified as being at the end of key stage 4 if they were on roll at the school and in Year 11 at the time of the January school census for that year. Age is calculated as at 31 August for that year, and the majority of pupils at the end of key stage 4 were age 15 at the start of the academic year. Some pupils may complete this key stage in an earlier or later year group.

[2] State-funded schools include academies, free schools, city technology colleges, further education colleges with provision for 14- to 16-year-olds and state-funded special schools. They exclude independent schools, independent special schools, non-maintained special schools, hospital schools and alternative provision.

[3] Eligibility for FSM is taken from the school census for that year. Pupils whose FSM status is unknown are included as ‘all other pupils’.

[4] Figures are based on the parliamentary constituency of the pupil’s postcode and not the school’s postcode, therefore they will not match the published data from the ‘pupil residency and school location tables’ located here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/revised-gcse-and-equivalent-results-in-england-2015-to-2016.

[5] Figures are based on revised data.

19th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many apprenticeship starts there have been in (a) Nottinghamshire and (b) the East Midlands at every level offered in each of the last four quarters.

The attached tables provide the number of apprenticeship starts in each of the last four academic year quarters for a) Nottingham unitary authority and b) the East Midlands region broken down by each level.

For additional geographical and level breakdowns please see the Apprenticeships Geography tools in the Further Education data library:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/fe-data-library-apprenticeships.

19th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many apprenticeships starts there were in the East Midlands; and what the level was of each of those starts in each of the last five years.

These figures are published in our Further education and skills geography data tool: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/fe-data-library-further-education-and-skills.

The number of apprenticeship starts in the East Midlands in the last five years, split by level are in the public domain and are as follows:

Apprenticeship level

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Intermediate (Level 2)

28,500

26,770

29,880

28,510

26,160

Advanced (Level 3)

19,610

12,730

16,370

17,280

18,270

Higher (Level 4+)

890

790

1,810

2,280

3,110

All apprenticeship starts

49,010

40,290

48,060

48,080

47,540

Figures rounded to the nearest 10

8th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of primary school pupils eligible for free school meals in (a) Nottinghamshire and b) England attend a school rated as (i) good or (ii) outstanding by Ofsted.

As set out in the Ofsted statistical first release (SFR) data[1] as at 31 August 2017 and also Pupils data[2], there were 5,682 eligible pupils for free school meals, who attended a primary school in Nottinghamshire of which, 79 per cent were in schools rated by Ofsted as Good; and eight per cent were in schools rated by Ofsted as Outstanding.

There were 500,386 eligible pupils for free school meals, who attended a primary school in England of which, 73 per cent were in schools rated by Ofsted as Good; and 15 per cent were in schools rated by Ofsted as Outstanding.

[1] Ofsted - https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/maintained-schools-and-academies-inspections-and-outcomes-as-at-31-august-2017.

[2] Pupils Data - https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/schools-pupils-and-their-characteristics-january-2017.

5th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of pupils in (a) Nottinghamshire and (b) England attend a primary school rated as (i) good and (ii) outstanding by Ofsted.

The proportion of pupils in (a) Ashfield constituency (b) Rushcliffe constituency (c) Nottinghamshire and (d) England attending a primary school rated as (i) good and (ii) outstanding by Ofsted is available in the attached table.

Ofsted’s latest release is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/maintained-schools-and-academies-inspections-and-outcomes-as-at-31-august-2017.

5th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of pupils in (a) Ashfield constituency and (b) Rushcliffe constituency attend a primary school rated as (i) good and (ii) outstanding by Ofsted.

The proportion of pupils in (a) Ashfield constituency (b) Rushcliffe constituency (c) Nottinghamshire and (d) England attending a primary school rated as (i) good and (ii) outstanding by Ofsted is available in the attached table.

Ofsted’s latest release is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/maintained-schools-and-academies-inspections-and-outcomes-as-at-31-august-2017.

5th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of secondary school pupils who are eligible for free school meals in (a) Nottinghamshire and (b) England attend a school rated as (i) good and (ii) outstanding by Ofsted.

As set out in the Ofsted statistical first release (SFR) data[1] as at 31 August 2017 and Pupils data[2], there were 3,995 eligible pupils for free school meals, who attended a Secondary school in Nottinghamshire of which, 71 per cent were in schools rated by Ofsted as Good; and 18 per cent were in schools rated by Ofsted as Outstanding.

There were 302,372 eligible pupils for free school meals who attended a secondary school in England of which: 55 per cent were in schools rated by Ofsted as Good; and 20 per cent were in schools rated by Ofsted as Outstanding.

[1] Ofsted- https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/maintained-schools-and-academies-inspections-and-outcomes-as-at-31-august-2017.

[2] Pupils Data- https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/schools-pupils-and-their-characteristics-january-2017.

5th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of Key Stage 2 pupils who were (a) eligible and (b) not eligible for free school meals met the expected standards in (i) reading, (ii) writing, (iii) mathematics and (iv) all those three areas in England in 2017.

The proportion of Key Stage 2 pupils, who were (a) eligible and (b) not eligible for free school meals, who met the expected standard in the requested subjects, in 2017, is published in the Department’s ‘National curriculum assessments: key stage 2, 2017 (revised)’ statistical first release[1].

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/national-curriculum-assessments-key-stage-2-2017-revised.

23rd Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what percentage of former students in (a) Ashfield, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) England were not in education, employment, or training 12 months after leaving school.

Data on whether students were not in education, employment, or training 12 months after leaving school is not held centrally. The department publishes statistics on destinations of students in the year after they finish key stage 4 or 16-18 study. Destination measures show the percentage of students with sustained participation in education or employment over six months following the end of their phase of study.

The table attached shows the percentage of students who did not sustain their employment or education destination throughout the six-month period in (a) Ashfield local authority district, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) England after completing key stage 4 16-18 study (having studied A levels or other advanced level qualifications).

Information on pupil destinations is published annually on GOV.UK at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-destinations.

The department also publishes an estimate of the number and proportion of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) in each local authority based on information submitted by local authorities about young people’s participation in education or training in their area. They are an average for November to January each year. The information can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/neet-data-by-local-authority-2012-16-to-18-year-olds-not-in-education-employment-or-training.

23rd Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools and colleges in Ashfield constituency meet (a) any and (b) all of the eight Gatsby career advice benchmarks.

The information requested is not held centrally.

The Careers & Enterprise Company’s ‘State of the Nation’ report highlighted the results of over 500 schools that self-evaluated their careers provision against the Gatsby Benchmarks. Around half of these schools were achieving at least two of the eight benchmarks, although a fifth of schools were not achieving any of the benchmarks. The report is available to view here: wwwcareersandenterprise.co.uk/news/state-nation-report-reveals-route-success-schools.

The careers strategy and our updated statutory guidance for schools both promote Compass, a free online tool (developed by The Gatsby Charitable Foundation and The Careers & Enterprise Company) for schools to evaluate and monitor improvements in their careers provision against the benchmarks. More information about Compass is available here: https://www.careersandenterprise.co.uk/schools-colleges/about-compass.

A good way to highlight the importance of Gatsby Benchmarks is for individual MPs to contact the schools in their constituency.

8th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what percentage of young people who were eligible for free school meals in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) England were in education, employment or training after completing Key Stage 4 in each of the last three years for which data is available.

The attached table shows the number and percentage of pupils who were eligible for free school meals in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) England and went on to sustained education, employment or training destinations after completing Key Stage 4 in academic years 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 (the last three years for which data is available).

Information on pupil destinations is published annually, available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-destinations.

8th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of young people in (a) Ashfield, constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) England who were eligible for free school meals at age 15 achieved two or more A levels or equivalent qualifications by the age of 19 in each of the last three years for which data is available.

The Department’s official estimates of Level 2 and 3 attainment by young people aged 19 are published annually. The latest figures available were published in March 2017 and the latest cohort for which attainment at age 19 is available is those aged 19 in 2016. The latest publication can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/level-2-and-3-attainment-by-young-people-aged-19-in-2016. It includes both national and local authority estimates by free school meal eligibility.

A young person achieving two or more A levels or equivalent is classed as having achieved a full Level 3.

Constituency figures are not included in the publication but are given in the table below. The constituency has been allocated based on the postcode of the young person’s residence at age 15. The local authority figure for Nottinghamshire has also been allocated based on the postcode of residence. This differs slightly to the methodology used in the local authority tables in the referenced publication which is based on the school location at age 15; however figures at local authority level are broadly similar.

Proportion of cohort 19 achieving full level 3

England

Nottinghamshire

Ashfield Constituency

in 2014

Of those eligible for FSM

35.7%

23.4%

18.1%

Of those not eligible for FSM

60.5%

55.8%

43.1%

All

57.0%

52.5%

40.2%

in 2015

Of those eligible for FSM

36.4%

22.8%

16.1%

Of those not eligible for FSM

61.0%

55.2%

42.2%

All

57.5%

51.7%

38.1%

in 2016

Of those eligible for FSM

36.2%

26.7%

23.2%

Of those not eligible for FSM

60.7%

56.9%

42.2%

All

57.1%

53.3%

39.3%

1: Local authority and constituency are based on young person’s home postcode at age 15

8th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what percentage of young people eligible for free school meals at 15 in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) England entered higher education by the age of 19 in each of the last three years for which data is available.

The department publishes information on the percentage of 15 year old pupils from state-funded and special schools by free school meal status who entered higher education (HE) by age 19 by local authority and region.

Figures for Nottinghamshire and England can be found in Table 2a of the following file:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/635104/SFR39-2017-MainTables.xlsx.

We do not publish information for progression to Russell Group universities on this basis. However, figures for the percentage of 15 year old pupils from state-funded and special schools by free school meal status who entered the most selective HE institutions by age 19 by local authority and region were published as part of the Social Mobility Index. The most selective institutions are defined as the top third of providers, ranked by the average Universities and Colleges Admissions Service tariff score.

Figures for Nottinghamshire and England for the latest three years are available in the Selective HE sheet of the following file: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/662507/SMI_2017_Final_v1.1.xlsx.

Data is not available at parliamentary constituency level.

8th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what percentage of young people eligible for free school meals at 15 from (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) England entered higher education at a Russell Group university in each of the last three years for which data is available.

The department publishes information on the percentage of 15 year old pupils from state-funded and special schools by free school meal status who entered higher education (HE) by age 19 by local authority and region.

Figures for Nottinghamshire and England can be found in Table 2a of the following file:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/635104/SFR39-2017-MainTables.xlsx.

We do not publish information for progression to Russell Group universities on this basis. However, figures for the percentage of 15 year old pupils from state-funded and special schools by free school meal status who entered the most selective HE institutions by age 19 by local authority and region were published as part of the Social Mobility Index. The most selective institutions are defined as the top third of providers, ranked by the average Universities and Colleges Admissions Service tariff score.

Figures for Nottinghamshire and England for the latest three years are available in the Selective HE sheet of the following file: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/662507/SMI_2017_Final_v1.1.xlsx.

Data is not available at parliamentary constituency level.

12th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what percentage of children in (a) Nottinghamshire and (b) England who are (i) eligible and (ii) not eligible for free school meals have achieved school readiness standards at the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage in each year since 2015.

The data requested is published in table 6 of the additional tables by pupil characteristics within the ‘Early years foundation stage profile results: 2016 to 2017’ statistical first release available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/early-years-foundation-stage-profile-results-2016-to-2017.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
12th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the proportion of (a) primary and (b) secondary age children in (i) Nottinghamshire and (ii) England that attend a school rated (A) outstanding and (B) good by Ofsted.

Ofsted inspection data shows that in Nottinghamshire, 15% of pupils were in outstanding primary schools and 76% in good primary schools as at August 31, 2017. In England, 20% of pupils were in outstanding primary schools and 70% in good primary schools as at August 31, 2017.

Ofsted inspection data also shows that in Nottinghamshire, 30% of pupils were in outstanding secondary schools and 60% in good secondary schools as at August 31, 2017. In England, 28% of pupils were in outstanding secondary schools and 55% in good secondary schools as at August 31, 2017.

Ofsted’s latest statistics are available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/maintained-schools-and-academies-inspections-and-outcomes-as-at-31-august-2017.

12th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of (a) primary school and (b) secondary school children who are eligible for free school meals in (i) Nottinghamshire and (ii) England attend a school rated good and outstanding by Ofsted.

Ofsted inspection data shows that in Nottinghamshire there were 5,682 pupils eligible for free school meals in primary schools. Of these pupils, 87% were in outstanding and good schools as at 31 August 2017. In England there were 500,386 pupils eligible for free school meals in primary schools of which 87% were in outstanding and good schools as at 31 August 2017.

Ofsted inspection data also shows that in Nottinghamshire there were 3,995 pupils eligible for free school meals in secondary schools. Of these 89% were in outstanding and good schools as at 31 August 2017. In England there were 302,372 pupils eligible for free school meals in primary schools of which 75% were in outstanding and good schools as at 31 August 2017.

See Ofsted’s latest data release at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/maintained-schools-and-academies-inspections-and-outcomes-as-at-31-august-2017.

For Pupils Data:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/schools-pupils-and-their-characteristics-january-2017.

12th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of children in (a) Ashfield, (b) Rushcliffe and (c) Mansfield who are (i) eligible and (ii) not eligible for free school meals reached the expected standard in (A) reading, (B) writing, (C) maths and (D) all of those subjects at the end of Key Stage 2 in 2017.

The number and proportion of pupils achieving the expected standard in a) reading, b) writing, c) maths and d) all three combined, split by free school meal eligibility, in 2017 for the requested constituencies can be found in the attached table.

12th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average Attainment 8 score is per pupil who is (a) eligible and (b) not eligible for free school meals in (i) Ashfield, (ii) Mansfield, (iii) Rushcliffe and (iv) England in 2016 and 2017.

Key stage 4 pupil attainment (including Attainment 8) in 2016/17, for England, split by eligibility for free school meals, will be published in the department’s statistical first release on 25 January 2018[1]. Parliamentary constituency data for all pupils will also be published on 25 January and breakdowns by pupil characteristics (such as eligibility for free school meals) will be available from that date.

The Average Attainment 8 score of pupils, at the end of key stage 4, split by eligibility for free school meals (FSM) in each requested constituency for 2015/16 is available in the attached table.

The 2015/16 figures for England are published in the ‘Characteristics national tables’ as part of the department’s statistical first release.

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-gcses-key-stage-4 - Select the ‘Revised GCSE and equivalent results in England: 2016 to 2017’ link at the top of the page when it is added on 25 January and downloading the ‘characteristics national tables’ file.

11th Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of children in (a) Ashfield, (b) Mansfield and (c) Nottinghamshire who are eligible for free school meals reached the expected standard in (i) reading, (ii) writing and (iii) maths at the end of Key Stage 2 in each of the last three years.

The number of pupils, at the end of Key Stage 2, who were eligible for free school meals1, reaching the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics in Ashfield and Mansfield can be found in the attached table.

The 2015/16 Key Stage 2 assessments were the first to assess the new, more challenging National Curriculum, introduced in 2014. Due to the changes to the curriculum, figures from 2015/16 are not comparable to those for earlier years.

The number and percentage of pupils in Nottinghamshire reaching the expected standard is published in the departments statistical first release, found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-key-stage-2 (select the ‘revised’ publication for each year and then download the local authority tables). The figures for 2017 will be published on 14 December.

  1. Free school meal eligibility is taken from the census record for that academic year. Some pupils will have no free school meal eligibility information and have been excluded.
11th Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of pupils in Ashfield constituency who achieved a grade A* to C in GCSE (a) English and (b) maths, (i) were and (ii) were not in receipt of free school meals in each of the last three years.

The number of pupils, at the end of key stage 41, who were in receipt of free school meals2, achieving A*-C in English and maths3 in Ashfield constituency can be found in the attached table.

The number of pupils, at the end of key stage 41, who were not in receipt of free school meals2, achieving A*-C in English and maths3 in Ashfield constituency can be found in the attached table.

  1. Pupils are identified as being at the end of key stage 4 if they were on roll at the school and in year 11 at the time of the January school census for that year. Age is calculated as at 31 August for that year, and the majority of pupils at the end of key stage 4 were age 15 at the start of the academic year. Some pupils may complete this key stage in an earlier or later year group.
  2. Free school meal eligibility is taken from the census record for that academic year. Some pupils will have no free school meal eligibility information and have been excluded from this measure.
  3. In line with secondary performance measures and early entry policy, discounting has been applied. More information can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/key-stage-4-qualifications-discount-codes-and-point-scores.
11th Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of children in Ashfield constituency who were eligible for free school meals attended a primary school rated (a) good and (b) outstanding by Ofsted in each of the last three years.

Ofsted inspection data shows the number and proportion of children in Ashfield constituency who were eligible for free school meals (FSM), that attended a primary school rated ‘Good’ in each of the last three years are as follows:

· As at August 31, 2015 there were 1,327 eligible for FSM of which 80% were in good schools.

· As at August 31, 2016 there were 1,302 eligible for FSM of which 78% were in good schools.

· As at August 31, 2017 there were 1,121 eligible for FSM of which 81% were in good schools.

Ofsted inspection data shows the number and proportion of children in Ashfield constituency who were eligible for FSM, that attended a primary school rated ‘Outstanding’ in each of the last three years are as follows:

· As at August 31, 2015 there were 1,327 eligible for FSM of which 5% were in outstanding schools.

· As at August 31, 2016 there were 1,302 eligible for FSM of which 5% were in outstanding schools.

· As at August 31, 2017 there were 1,121 eligible for FSM of which 6% were in outstanding schools.

11th Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of children in Ashfield constituency who were eligible for free school meals attended a secondary school rated (a) good and (b) outstanding by Ofsted in each of the last three years.

Ofsted inspection data shows the number and proportion of children in Ashfield constituency who were eligible for free school meals (FSM), that attended a secondary school rated ‘Good’ in each of the last three years are as follows:

  • As at August 31, 2015 there were 650 eligible for FSM of which, 76% were in good schools.
  • As at August 31, 2016 there were 696 eligible for FSM of which, 78% were in good schools.
  • As at August 31, 2017 there were 821 eligible for FSM of which, 100% were in good schools.

Ofsted inspection data shows there were no children in Ashfield constituency who were eligible for free school meals, that attended a secondary school rated ‘Outstanding’ in each of the last three years.

1st Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of nursery providers in Ashfield constituency are rated outstanding or good by Ofsted.

Ofsted is the non-ministerial government department responsible for the regulation of early education and childcare providers. They publish a regular series of statistics relating to early years’ providers, which can be viewed from this link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ofsted/about/statistics.

I have informed Ofsted of this question and Her Majesty's Chief Inspector will be writing to the hon. Member in response. A copy of that letter will be placed in the libraries of the House.

1st Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what percentage of children in Ashfield constituency who are (a) eligible and (b) not eligible for free school meals have achieved school readiness standards at the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage in each year since 2010.

Data prior to 2013 is not readily available and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

Data has been provided for years 2013 to 2017 in the table attached.

Following an independent review of the Early Years Foundation Stage, a revised profile was introduced in September 2012 with the first assessments taking place in summer 2013. The revised profile is very different to the previous profile which has led to a break in the time series as the results are not comparable.

1st Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the uptake of funded childcare for (a) two year olds and (b) three year olds among (i) disadvantaged and (ii) non-disadvantaged households in Ashfield constituency.

I am sorry, but the Department for Education does not hold information on take up of funded childcare for disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged households. However, the two-year-old free entitlement is specifically for disadvantaged children, and take up nationally is 71%, up 13 percentage points from 2015.

Information on take up at constituency level is not readily available and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

We do publish take-up data by local council. Take-up is calculated by looking at the Schools and Early Years Census data to get the number of children in a funded place. These data counts are then compared to eligible population estimates from Office for National Statistics (ONS) to calculate take up rates.

As of January 2017, take up of the two-year-old offer in Nottinghamshire is 73%. This is an increase of 5 percentage points from 2016, and 16 percentage points since 2015. The current take-up level is also above the national average of 71%.

As of January 2017, take-up of the universal three-year-old entitlement in Nottinghamshire as a whole is 100%, with no change since 2016. In 2015, take-up for three-year-olds was 93% in the most deprived decile of areas in the UK, using Department for Education and ONS data to calculate take up rates.[1]

[1] https://www.nao.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Entitlement-to-free-early-education-and-childcare.pdf

1st Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what percentage of primary age children in Ashfield constituency attend a school rated outstanding or good by Ofsted.

The latest Ofsted inspection data shows the percentage of primary age children in Ashfield constituency that attend a school rated outstanding or good is 89%, as of 31 August 2017.

13th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many secondary schools in (a) Ashfield and (b) Mansfield constituencies were full or oversubscribed in the school years commencing in (i) 2016 and (ii) 2017.

The Department collects information from each local authority on the number of schools, the number of places in those schools and the number of pupils on roll through the annual school capacity survey (SCAP). The Department does not collect school capacity information at parliamentary constituency level.

Data relating to the position in the 2016/17 academic year will be published in the new year. Data for May 2016 (relating to academic year 2015/16) can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-capacity-academic-year-2015-to-2016.

As at May 2016 (which relates to academic year 2015/16), 63 of 281 primary schools in Nottinghamshire were full or had at least one pupil in excess of capacity.

As at May 2016 (which relates to academic year 2015/16), 5 of 46 secondary schools in Nottinghamshire were full or had at least one pupil in excess of capacity.

The individual schools can be identified in the underlying data for each publication by comparing the capacity of the school with the number on roll.

The Department does not have a measure for over-subscription. The admissions and offers process is run by the local authorities who are responsible for ensuring that the admissions criteria are applied for all schools.

13th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many primary schools in (a) Ashfield and (b) Mansfield constituencies were full or oversubscribed in the school years commencing in (i) 2016 and (ii) 2017.

The Department collects information from each local authority on the number of schools, the number of places in those schools and the number of pupils on roll through the annual school capacity survey (SCAP). The Department does not collect school capacity information at parliamentary constituency level.

Data relating to the position in the 2016/17 academic year will be published in the new year. Data for May 2016 (relating to academic year 2015/16) can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-capacity-academic-year-2015-to-2016.

As at May 2016 (which relates to academic year 2015/16), 63 of 281 primary schools in Nottinghamshire were full or had at least one pupil in excess of capacity.

As at May 2016 (which relates to academic year 2015/16), 5 of 46 secondary schools in Nottinghamshire were full or had at least one pupil in excess of capacity.

The individual schools can be identified in the underlying data for each publication by comparing the capacity of the school with the number on roll.

The Department does not have a measure for over-subscription. The admissions and offers process is run by the local authorities who are responsible for ensuring that the admissions criteria are applied for all schools.

26th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many people in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) the East Midlands and (c) England have no academic qualifications; and what proportion of the population that is.

Figures for the proportion of the population who do not hold academic qualifications are not available.

Labour Force Survey identifies people who have qualifications below Level 2, including those who have no qualifications. The figures are published annually at national level as part of the Further Education and Skills statistical release:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/further-education-and-skills-march-2017

In 2016 an estimated 5,623,000 adults aged 19-64 years had highest level of qualification below Level 2, amounting to 17.2% of the population. This information can be found in Table 15.1.

The enhanced methodology used to produce these figures, which was agreed with the Office for National Statistics, does not support local area subnational breakdowns. Regional breakdowns have not been published in recent years.

26th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information her Department holds on the number of pupils who have left schools in Ashfield constituency with no qualifications at GCSE level or equivalent in each of the last five academic years.

The number of pupils at the end of Key stage 4, with no GCSE or equivalent qualifications, is not a published statistic. We do however; publish some related statistics, for each of the Key stage 4 headline measures, by parliamentary constituency (Table PC1)[1]. We have been able to use existing data and processes to derive the statistic requested for Ashfield constituency for 2015 and 2016.

In 2015 3.0% of pupils left schools in Ashfield constituency with no GCSE or equivalent qualifications.

In 2016 2.1% of pupils left schools in Ashfield constituency with no GCSE or equivalent qualifications.

The information for previous years is not readily available and could only be obtained at disproportionate costs.

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/584152/SFR03_2017_pupil_residency_and_school_location_tables.xls)

12th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of (a) disadvantaged and (b) non-disadvantaged pupils in (i) Ashfield constituency, (ii) Mansfield and (iii) England achieved the expected levels in reading, writing and mathematics for Key Stage 2 in the 2016-17 academic year.

The Department will be publishing its revised ‘National curriculum assessments: Key Stage 2, 2017 Statistical First Release (SFR)’ in December 2017[1]. This publication will include the percentage of disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils achieving the expected standard in the requested subjects for England[2]. The SFR will include the same information for constituencies[3]. The SFR does not break down the figures for disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils by constituency in the Department, but could do so on request after the data is published.

[1] The publication will be found at this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-key-stage-2

[2] This data will be located in the ‘national tables’

[3] This data will be located in the ‘additional tables’

12th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of pupils in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Mansfield and (c) England reached expected Key Stage 2 levels in (i) reading, (ii) writing, (iii) spelling, punctuation and grammar and (iv) mathematics in the 2016-17 academic year.

The Department will be publishing its revised National curriculum assessments: key stage 2, 2017 Statistical First Release (SFR)1 in December 2017. This publication will include the requested figures for pupils in (a) Ashfield constituency and (b) Mansfield in the additional tables. The percentage of pupils nationally who reached the expected levels, in 2016/172, were (i) 71% for reading, (ii) 76% for writing3, (iii) 77% for spelling, punctuation and grammar and (iv) 75% for mathematics.

  1. The publication will be found at this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-key-stage-2
  2. Found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/national-curriculum-assessments-key-stage-2-2017-provisional - this is provisional, not final data
  3. Writing is based on teacher assessment, not standardised assessment
6th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when the free national teacher vacancy website announced in the March 2016 White Paper Educational Excellence Everywhere will be operational.

The Department is undertaking user research with head teachers, school business managers and recruitment staff and established, returning, aspiring and newly qualified teachers, to strengthen its understanding of the issues schools face when advertising teacher vacancies and the challenges teachers have finding and applying for jobs. It is using this to inform the development and design of a new national teacher vacancy service. We are currently at an early stage of prototyping the new service and testing to ensure the service design is one that best meets the needs of users. Depending on the outcome of this development phase, we would expect to start building a service early in 2018.

The teacher vacancy service will aim to reduce the time schools spend on publishing vacancies and the cost of recruiting new teachers; make it easier for aspiring and current teachers to find jobs quickly and easily; and increase the availability and quality of data on teacher recruitment.

7th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many apprenticeships in Ashfield constituency are (a) above and (b) below NVQ Level 2.

Apprenticeship programmes are only delivered at Level 2 and above.

The table below shows total apprenticeship participation in the Ashfield consistency for the latest full year for which data is available, 2015/16.

Data for the 2016/17 academic year shows participation covering the year reported to date, August 2016 to April 2017.

2015/16

2016/17

Full year

Reported to date

Total

2,530

2,460

18th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, in what years her Department has not met its target for teacher recruitment for (a) primary and (b) secondary schools from 2010 to 2017.

Statistics showing the number of teachers recruited each year against the Teacher Supply Model (TSM) targets for primary and secondary phases for the 2012/13 to 2016/17 academic years are available in table 1b of the ITT Census 2016/17 statistical publication[1]. Equivalent figures for 2010/11 and 2011/12 are available in table 1b of the ITT Census 2015/16 statistical publication[2].

Please note that due to methodology changes, the figures for 2015/16 and 2016/17 include Teach First trainees whereas earlier years do not.

[1]https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/initial-teacher-training-trainee-number-census-2016-to-2017.

[2]https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/initial-teacher-training-trainee-number-census-2015-to-2016.

17th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support is given to schools experiencing difficulty in attracting and retaining teachers.

We have more teachers in our schools than ever before and the number of teachers has kept pace with changing numbers of pupils. We are, however, aware that recruitment can be challenging for some schools.

We are therefore continuing to invest in recruitment; at the 2015 Spending Review we announced we would invest £1.3bn up to 2020 to attract new teachers into the profession. We have also given more schools the means to address recruitment locally, encouraging them to make greater use of pay flexibilities and retention allowances. We also continue to invest in professional development so the best teachers stay in the profession.

In addition, we are continuing our extensive work with the profession to remove unnecessary workload, the most frequently cited reason for teachers wanting to leave the profession, so that teachers can concentrate on teaching, rather than bureaucracy. This includes implementing the recommendations of the three independent review groups from the 2014 Workload Challenge – ineffective marking, use of planning and resources, and data management.

6th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the (a) gain and (b) loss of funding for each primary school in Ashfield constituency in the first year after implementation of the new national funding formula.

Our proposals for funding reform will mean that schools and local authorities will, for the first time, receive a consistent and fair share of the schools budget.

For Ashfield constituency, the proposals would mean an overall increase in schools funding of 1.2% once the proposed formula is fully implemented.

In the first year of implementation, the distribution of gains and reductions for primary schools in Ashfield would be as follows:

Number of schools

2% - 3% increase per pupil

10

1% - 2% increase per pupil

4

0%-1% increase per pupil 2%

4

0% - 1% reduction per pupil

3

1%-1.5% reduction per pupil

12

The consultation is open until 22 March, and we are keen to hear views from as many schools, governors, local authorities and parents as possible.

3rd Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children under the age of 16 have been (a) adopted and (b) on the adoption waiting list in (i) Ashfield constituency and (ii) Nottinghamshire in each year since 2010.

The number of looked after children who were looked after by the Nottinghamshire local authority and adopted when aged under 16, in each year ending 31 March 2010 to 2016, is shown in the table below. This information is not available at constituency level.

Number of looked after children adopted aged 0 to 15 years

Coverage: Nottinghamshire

Year ending 31 March

Number of looked after children adopted during the year

2010

30

2011

25

2012

45

2013

45

2014

90

2015

95

2016

70

Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 5.

Source: SSDA903

The number of looked after children who were looked after by the Nottinghamshire local authority and waiting to be placed for adoption with a placement order at 31 March 2010 to 2016, and aged under 16 at these dates, is shown in the table below. This information is also not available at constituency level.

Number of looked after children on a placement order who were not placed for adoption aged 0 to 15 years

Coverage: Nottinghamshire

At 31 March

Number of looked after children on a placement order and not placed for adoption

2010

40

2011

60

2012

100

2013

135

2014

85

2015

55

2016

40

Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 5.

Source: SSDA903

3rd Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children aged under 16 have been placed in long-term foster care placements in (a) Ashfield constituency and (b) Nottinghamshire in each year since 2010; and how many children have been on the waiting list for such a placement in each of those years.

There were 310 children looked after at 31 March 2016 aged under 16 in a long-term foster placement in Nottinghamshire. This information is not available at constituency level and was collected for the first time in 2016.

The number of children who are waiting for a long-term foster placement is not collected by the department.

15th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many primary school pupils in Ashfield constituency qualify for SEN funding.

In January 2016, 939 of 9,413 pupils (10.0%) in primary schools in Ashfield constituency were identified with special educational needs (SEN). These pupils will have either a learning difficulty or a disability which requires educational provision which is additional to, or different from, that made generally for others of the same age. It includes both those pupils benefiting from a statutory plan (either a Statement of SEN or an Education, Health and Care plan) and those in receipt of SEN Support. All of those identified with SEN are provided with additional help in school (special educational provision), but data is not available on the numbers in receipt of additional funding that is provided by the local authority and the numbers who receive their support through the school budget.

17th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children in Key Stage 2 in (a) Ashfield constituency and (b) Nottinghamshire were taught in classes of more than (i) 30 and (ii) 35 in (A) 2015-16, (B) 2014-15 and (C) 2013-14.

Information about the number of pupils in Key Stage 2 classes with more than 30 pupils is available at school level in the underlying data of the ‘schools, pupils and their characteristics’ statistics[1].

The following table shows the number of pupils in Key Stage 2 classes with (a) more than 30 pupils and (b) more than 35 pupils in schools in Ashfield constituency and Nottinghamshire local authority for the academic years beginning in September 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Key Stage 2

January 2014
(Academic year 2013-14)

January 2015
(Academic year 2014-15)

January 2016
(Academic year 2015-16)

Ashfield Constituency

Total pupils in classes of more than 30 pupils

631

615

1,041

Of which pupils in classes of 36+ pupils

36

75

218

Nottinghamshire

Total pupils in classes of more than 30 pupils

4,257

4,563

5,280

Of which pupils in classes of 36+ pupils

110

111

371

[1] Data from January 2014 is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/schools-pupils-and-their-characteristics-january-2014 in the file called ‘SFR15_2014_school_level_classes_UD’ within the underlying data download.

Data from January 2015 is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/schools-pupils-and-their-characteristics-january-2015 in the file called ‘SFR16_2015_Schools_Classes_UD’ within the underlying data download.

Date from January 2016 is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/schools-pupils-and-their-characteristics-january-2016 in the file called ‘SFR20_2016_Schools_Classes_UD’ within the underlying data download.

17th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children in Key Stage 4 in (a) Ashfield constituency and (b) Nottinghamshire were taught in classes of more than (i) 30 and (ii) 35 in (A) 2015-16, (B) 2014-15 and (C) 2013-14.

Schools are not required to provide to the Department information on class sizes for Key Stages 3 and 4.

Information on class sizes in secondary schools overall (not split into Key Stages) can be found at school level in the underlying data of the ‘schools, pupils and their characteristics’ statistics[1].

[1] Date from January 2016 is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/schools-pupils-and-their-characteristics-january-2016 in the file called ‘SFR20_2016_Schools_Classes_UD’ within the underlying data download.

17th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children in Key Stage 3 in (a) Ashfield constituency and (b) Nottinghamshire were taught in classes of more than (i) 30 and (ii) 35 in (A) 2015-16, (B) 2014-15 and (C) 2013-14.

Schools are not required to provide to the Department information on class sizes for Key Stages 3 and 4.

Information on class sizes in secondary schools overall (not split into Key Stages) can be found at school level in the underlying data of the ‘schools, pupils and their characteristics’ statistics[1].

[1] Date from January 2016 is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/schools-pupils-and-their-characteristics-january-2016 in the file called ‘SFR20_2016_Schools_Classes_UD’ within the underlying data download.

17th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the report by the OECD entitled, Building Skills for All: A Review of England, published in February 2016, whether her Department has taken steps in response to that report to increase levels of literacy and numeracy in England.

The Government is taking action at every tier of education and every level of ability to improve literacy and numeracy.

The national curriculum places a strong emphasis on every child achieving secure literacy and numeracy. In English, children are taught to read well and read widely, and write with accuracy and confidence. The new English language GCSE places greater emphasis on demonstration of accurate, spelling, punctuation and grammar. Students must be able read a wide range of texts fluently, write effectively, and demonstrate sound use of Standard English. There is a much stronger emphasis across the mathematics curriculum on fundamental mathematics and numeracy. Children must be fluent in written and mental arithmetic by the end of primary school and the new mathematics GCSE offers greater assurance that all students master the numeracy required for work and life.

In the upper secondary phase, since 2014 we have required every 16-19 year old yet to achieve a C grade or higher in GCSE English and mathematics to continue to study towards them. This has significantly increased the numbers of students successfully resitting their mathematics and English GCSEs. This summer, over 51,200 GCSE mathematics exams sat by students aged 17 and over were graded A*-C, up from 30,000 in 2012 before the requirement was in place. For English, the equivalent figures were 34,500 in 2016, up from 21,100 in 2012.

To ensure those who leave school without having achieved a good pass at GCSE get a second chance, we have embedded English and mathematics into the heart of all our major programmes, including apprenticeships and traineeships. We strengthened apprenticeship requirements in 2014 so that all apprentices study Level 2 English and/or mathematics if they already have a Level 1 in those subjects prior to starting their apprenticeship. Alongside reforms to general qualifications, we are reforming functional skills to make mathematics and English rigorous and relevant to employer needs.

We also fully fund all adults to achieve their first English and mathematics GCSE, as well as other qualifications that help them attain that level, and we continue to invest in research to determine which interventions deliver the best results for different groups of learners. In 2014, we set up the Behavioural Research Centre for Adult Skills and Knowledge with the Behavioural Insights Team to better understand the often complex blend of motivations and barriers to adults developing basic skills. Early trials are showing promising results. For example, a simple text messaging intervention can reduce mid-term drop out amongst basic skills learners in college by 36% and can increase students passing all their exams by 12%.

13th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many Sure Start centres have closed in Nottinghamshire since 2010; and where such centres were located.

According to information supplied by Nottinghamshire County Council, no children’s centres sites have closed in Nottinghamshire since April 2010.

13th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school teachers left the profession or took early retirement in each year for which data is available since 2011.

The number (and rate) of qualified teachers that enter and leave service (from state funded schools in England) in each year are publicly available.

The latest statistics, for 2011 to 2015, are in Table 7b in the statistical first release ‘School Workforce in England, November 2015’, which was published in June 2016:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/school-workforce-in-england-november-2015.

In 2015, 43,070 full-time equivalent (FTE) teachers left, but they were replaced by 45,810 new entrants. Of those who left 34,250 FTE teachers were ‘out of service’ (meaning they are not currently teaching in state funded schools) and 8,820 FTE teachers had retired.

We are actively addressing the key issues that evidence suggests cause teachers to consider leaving the profession – for example by supporting schools to reduce unnecessary workload and improving behaviour management training for new teachers.

7th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many primary school aged children in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Rushcliffe and (c) Nottinghamshire have been home educated in each of the last five years for which information is available.

Responsibility for providing a suitable full-time education for children of compulsory school age who are educated at home rests with the parents. Although local authorities do not have a power to monitor such provision on a routine basis, they are under a duty to identify children who are not receiving a suitable full-time education, and as part of that process take appropriate steps to ensure that if a child is not being properly educated at home, a school attendance order is served. There is published departmental guidance to local authorities on this matter at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/288135/guidelines_for_las_on_elective_home_educationsecondrevisev2_0.pdf

The information requested on numbers of pupils that are home educated is not collected centrally. Although some local authorities operate voluntary registration schemes, there is no legal obligation for the registration of home educated children.

7th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department has taken to recruit more trainee teachers for secondary school subjects for which recruitment targets have been missed.

The latest published figures from UCAS show that teaching remains a hugely popular profession. Over 27,000 people have been recruited to postgraduate teacher training courses in England in 2016/17.

To support recruitment in 2017/18, we have announced a new package of financial incentives – including increases to bursaries and scholarships to attract top graduates in priority subjects. We have expanded the scholarship scheme, introducing two new scholarships in languages and geography, in partnership with the British Council and the Royal Geographical Society.

Our 2017/18 teacher recruitment marketing campaign commenced on 4 October and features a new television advert, alongside print, online and social media advertising. Forty Train to Teach recruitment events will take place across the country and further activity will take place on university campuses, including over thirty graduate fairs where our advisors will meet with students, setting out the benefits of a career in teaching.

In addition, we are spending up to £67 million on a programme of measures to upskill the existing maths and physics teaching workforce, and increase the number of new mathematics and physics specialists entering teaching. This package aims to recruit up to 2,500 new teachers and upskill up to 15,000 existing teachers over the term of this parliament. We have increased bursary rates in the subjects that leading universities say are most commonly required at A level for entry onto their degree courses.

7th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what evaluations and inspections are carried out on parents who home school their children to ensure that expected progress is made and the appropriate curriculum covered.

Responsibility for providing a suitable full-time education for children of compulsory school age who are educated at home rests with the parents. Although local authorities do not have a power to monitor such provision on a routine basis, they are under a duty to identify children who are not receiving a suitable full-time education, and as part of that process take appropriate steps to ensure that if a child is not being properly educated at home, a school attendance order is served. There is published departmental guidance to local authorities on this matter at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/288135/guidelines_for_las_on_elective_home_educationsecondrevisev2_0.pdf

The information requested on numbers of pupils that are home educated is not collected centrally. Although some local authorities operate voluntary registration schemes, there is no legal obligation for the registration of home educated children.

7th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many apprenticeships have been taken up in (a) Ashfield constituency and (b) the East Midlands in each of the last three years.

This data is published as part of the Further Education Data Library: Apprenticeships[1] and can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/558301/201516_OCT_Apps_Starts_by_Region_PCON_LEA_LA_E_D_Final_V1.3.xlsx

This covers apprenticeship starts for all regions and all parliamentary constituencies from the 2005/06 to 2014/15 finalised academic year data, and includes provisional data for the 2015/16 academic year. Final full-year data for 2015/16 academic year will be published on 17 November 2016.

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/fe-data-library-apprenticeships

15th Sep 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many school nurses were employed to work in primary schools in England in the academic year beginning in September (a) 2015 and (b) 2010.

The number of nurses and nursery nurses reported by local authority maintained nursery and state-funded primary schools in November 2015 and 2010 is provided in the table below. The source of this information is the School Workforce Census, which is an annual survey collected in November of each year.

Nursery

Primary[1]

Total for All State Funded Schools[2]

Nurses[3]

Nursery Nurses

Total

Nurses

Nursery Nurses

Total

Nurses

Nursery Nurses

Total

2015

SUPP

1,340

1,350

40

8,190

8,230

470

10,340

10,810

2014

SUPP

1,330

1,330

50

8,150

8,200

480

10,320

10,810

2013

SUPP

1,370

1,380

40

8,220

8,260

500

10,490

11,000

2012

SUPP

1,380

1,380

40

8,230

8,270

480

10,650

11,130

2011

SUPP

1,420

1,420

30

8,350

8,390

460

10,950

11,410

2010

SUPP

1,570

1,580

40

9,430

9,470

490

12,240

12,730

Source: School Workforce Census

[1] Some local authority maintained primary schools include nursery settings.

[2] Includes secondary schools, special schools, pupil referral units and local authority centrally employed school staff.

[3] Figures are rounded to the nearest 10 and figures less than 10 have been suppressed.

2nd Sep 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many key stage 1 children in (a) Ashfield constituency and (b) Nottinghamshire were in classes of more than (i) 30 and (ii) 35 children in the academic year beginning September 2015.

I refer the Hon. Member to the reply given in PQ 41627 on 6 July 2016.

2nd Sep 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) primary school places, (b) primary school age pupils on the roll, (c) pupils in excess of school capacity and (d) unfilled primary school places there were in Nottinghamshire in academic year 2014-15.

The department collects information from each local authority on the number of schools, the number of places in those schools and the number of pupils on roll through the annual school capacity survey (SCAP). The data is published annually. Data for May 2015 (relating to academic year 2014/15) can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-capacity-academic-year-2014-to-2015

As at May 2015, in Nottinghamshire there were:

a) 67,152 primary school places

b) 61,897 primary school age pupils on roll

c) 897 primary pupils in excess of school capacity

d) 6,152 unfilled primary school places.

School capacities are as reported by local authorities for all school types, based on their knowledge of each school.

21st Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effect on uptake at secondary schools of (a) art, (b) drama, (c) music and (d) other arts subjects at GCSE of the introduction of the Ebacc target for GCSE attainment.

The numbers and percentages of pupils in English state-funded schools entering GCSEs in art, drama, music and other arts subjects each academic year are published as part of the GCSE and equivalent results statistical first release.[1]

Whilst JCQ exam entry data[2] shows a fall in GCSE entries to arts subjects this year, entries to arts subjects increased between 2013 and 2015.[3] The proportion of pupils in state-funded schools entering at least one GCSE in an arts subject has increased since the EBacc was first introduced, rising from 45.8% in 2011 to 49.6% in 2015.[4]

On average, pupils in state-funded schools enter nine GCSEs and equivalent qualifications, rising to ten for more able pupils.[5] As the EBacc covers seven GCSEs, or eight for those pupils taking triple science, there continues to be room to study other subjects.

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-gcses-key-stage-4

[2] http://www.jcq.org.uk/examination-results/gcses

[3] https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-gcses-key-stage-4

[4] https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/473178/EBacc_and_non-EBacc_subject_entries_and_achievement.pdf

[5] https://www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk/schools-by-type?step=phase&geographic=all&region=0&phase=secondary&for=Key%20stage%204%20performance&basedon=Exam%20entries&show=All%20pupils&&schoolTypeFilter=allSchools

21st Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, in which secondary school subjects her Department has been unable to recruit enough trainee teachers to fill the number of training places allocated in each of the last five years for which data is available.

The Department’s teacher recruitment targets for each academic year are calculated on an annual basis and take into account changes in the overall workforce from the previous year and wider economic changes that impact on retention and recruitment. Therefore the absolute targets change each year.

The statistics at the following link show new entrants to initial teacher training (ITT) as a proportion of the targets, for each subject, for academic years 2011/12 to 2015/16. Proportions above 100 per cent represent an over recruitment and proportions below 100 per cent represent a shortfall in recruitment against the target in the year in question.

The relevant statistics are available in Table 1c of the ‘Initial Teacher Training: trainee number census 2015 to 2016’, available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/initial-teacher-training-trainee-number-census-2015-to-2016

Equivalent statistics for academic year 2016/17 are due to be published in November.

21st Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make it her policy to introduce a government-run website for the purpose of advertising teacher vacancies so as to reduce the cost for schools of advertising such vacancies.

In the March 2016 white paper, ‘Educational Excellence Everywhere’, the Department announced the following intention: “To reduce costs of recruitment for schools in a more challenging labour market, we will create simple web tools to enable schools to advertise vacancies more easily and a new, free national teacher vacancy website so that aspiring and current teachers can find posts quickly and easily – transforming the current system and reducing the burden on schools when budgets are tight”.

Following the white paper publication, the Department has begun to deliver this in the way that meets the needs of schools and teachers and offers best value for money for the taxpayer.

21st Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy is on the pupil premium; and what potential effect the national funding formula for schools once implemented will have on that policy.

The Pupil Premium was introduced in 2011 to provide additional resources to mainstream schools to improve the attainment of disadvantaged pupils aged 5-16. The Government has committed to maintaining the Pupil Premium at current per-pupil rates for the remainder of this parliament. As a separate grant to schools, the Pupil Premium will not be affected by the introduction of a national funding formula.

21st Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make it policy to adopt a national assessment framework at Key Stage 3 in order to remove from schools the need to spend time writing their own assessment guidelines.

The Government removed the system of ‘levels’ used to report children’s attainment in September 2014 and has no plans to replace it. At Key Stages 1, 2 and 3, schools are expected to implement assessment systems that meet the needs of their pupils and takes account of their curriculum.

Levels were only ever intended to be used for end of Key Stage statutory assessment but, over time, they came to dominate all assessment and have a damaging impact on teaching practice. Removing levels has put assessment back in the hands of schools and restored its real purpose of helping teachers to evaluate pupils’ understanding of curriculum content and plan lessons to support their progress. The removal of levels should also help to alleviate teacher workload over time by reducing the tracking burdens that levels encouraged.

In order to support schools so that they can make the most of the freedoms created by the removal of levels, we set up the Commission on Assessment Without Levels. In 2015, the Commission published guidance for schools, which includes examples of best practice. This guidance can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/commission-on-assessment-without-levels-final-report

21st Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when she plans to introduce the national funding formula for schools in England; and what plans she has for how that formula will be implemented.

We recently announced that the new national funding formulae for schools and high needs will apply from 2018-19. We are determined to introduce this landmark reform and to get it right. It is important that there is wide and full consultation with schools and the education sector. We will bring forward proposals for full consultation in the autumn and we will work closely with the education sector over the coming months to understand their views and priorities for the national funding formula.

The written Ministerial statement from the Secretary of State for Education is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/schools-funding

18th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the reduction in General Annual Grant for (a) secondary and (b) primary schools in Nottinghamshire is from academic year 2015-16 to academic year 2016-17.

Maintained schools and academies are paid by reference to different financial years, which are not contiguous with academic years for maintained schools. Consequently funding figures for the academic year 2016/17 are not published. The table below shows that funding increased for Nottinghamshire primary schools and academies by £7.03m, and for secondary schools and academies by £0.62m between financial years 2015-16 and 2016-17.

2015-16 FY (£)

2016-17 FY (£)

YoY Change (£)

a) Secondary

185,506,841

186,130,700

623,859

b) Primary

240,790,943

247,822,567

7,031,624

Note: There is also a single ‘All Through’ provider that is not included in these figures.

18th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much her Department has given from the public purse to each Nottinghamshire secondary school through the Year 7 catch-up grant in each of the last three academic years.

The Department publishes details online of individual school Year 7 Catch-up Premium allocations for each financial year. Details of the past three years allocations for all schools by local authority can be found here:

2015-16: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/year-7-catch-up-premium-2015-to-2016-allocations

2014-15: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/year-7-catch-up-premium-2014-to-2015-allocations

2013-14: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/year-7-catch-up-premium-2013-to-2014-final-allocations

18th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average funding will be for each secondary school pupil from the Year 7 catch-up grant in academic year 2016-17.

Since 2012 we have provided £500 per pupil funding to secondary schools for year 7 pupils who did not meet the expected standard in reading or mathematics at primary school. This funding enables schools to deliver additional support, such as individual tuition or intensive support in small groups, for those pupils that most need it.

While this funding applied for the period of the spending review, to 2015-16, on 7 July 2016 we announced that schools will receive catch-up funding in 2016-17. Schools will receive the same total amount of funding they received in 2015-16 adjusted to reflect the percentage change in the size of their year 7 cohort. We will not know the final amount for each pupil in 2016-17 until the allocations have been determined based on data from the autumn 2016 schools census.

We will make an announcement about the future of the year 7 catch-up premium in due course.

18th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she plans for the Year 7 catch-up grant for secondary schools to continue after academic year 2016-17.

Since 2012 we have provided £500 per pupil funding to secondary schools for year 7 pupils who did not meet the expected standard in reading or mathematics at primary school. This funding enables schools to deliver additional support, such as individual tuition or intensive support in small groups, for those pupils that most need it.

While this funding applied for the period of the spending review, to 2015-16, on 7 July 2016 we announced that schools will receive catch-up funding in 2016-17. Schools will receive the same total amount of funding they received in 2015-16 adjusted to reflect the percentage change in the size of their year 7 cohort. We will not know the final amount for each pupil in 2016-17 until the allocations have been determined based on data from the autumn 2016 schools census.

We will make an announcement about the future of the year 7 catch-up premium in due course.

18th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effect of increased national insurance and pension employer contributions on school budgets.

Funding for education is a priority for the Government. At the Spending Review last November, the Chancellor protected the core schools budget in real terms, enabling a per-pupil protection for the dedicated schools grant. Throughout this Parliament the money available for our schools will increase as pupil numbers rise.

We recognise that schools are facing increased costs as a result of changes to employer pension and national insurance contributions. We believe that the best way to help schools is through the introduction of a national funding formula.

A national funding formula will do more to put all schools on a level playing field, where funding is matched to need. It will also make it easier for head teachers, governing bodies and local authorities to compare their spending and outcomes with other schools.

14th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, in which local authority areas there have been class sizes of more than 30 in the last three years.

Information on primary class sizes by local authority can be found in table 11 of the ‘schools, pupils and their characteristics’ statistics, which is available for each of the last three years[1]. Information on secondary class sizes is provided at a national level in table 6b of these statistics.

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-school-and-pupil-numbers

1st Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children in Key Stage 1 in (a) Ashfield constituency and (b) Nottinghamshire were taught in classes of more than (i) 30 or (ii) 35 in the academic year beginning September 2015.

Information about the number of pupils in Key Stage 1 classes with more than 30 pupils is available at school level in the underlying data of the ‘schools, pupils and their characteristics’ statistics.[1]

In January 2016 there were 93 pupils in infant classes of more than 30 in schools in Ashfield constituency, and none in classes of more than 35.

In Nottinghamshire local authority there were 975 pupils in infant classes of more than 30, and none in classes of more than 35.

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/schools-pupils-and-their-characteristics-january-2016 - data is located in the ‘underlying data’ download within the file called ‘SFR20_2016_Schools_Classes_UD’

1st Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which primary schools in (a) Ashfield constituency and (b) Nottinghamshire were were full or over capacity in the academic year beginning September (i) 2014 and (ii) 2015.

The Department collects information from each local authority on the number of schools, the number of places in those schools and the number of pupils on roll through the annual School Capacity Survey (SCAP). The Department does not collect school capacity information at parliamentary constituency level. The data is published annually. Data relating to the position in the 2015/16 academic year will be collected over the coming months.

Data for May 2015 (relating to academic year 2014/15) can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-capacity-academic-year-2014-to-2015

The Department does not collect capacity information specifically relating to the position at September, nor does it collect information on over-subscription.

9th May 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 5 May 2016 to Question 36211, whether (a) free and (b) new schools which open in a local education authority area are funded from the same delegated schools budget that existed prior to their opening.

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

9th May 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many Key Stage 1 children in (a) Ashfield and (b) Nottinghamshire were in classes of more than 35 children in the academic year beginning September (i) 2015, (ii) 2014 and (iii) 2013.

Information about the number of pupils in key stage 1 classes with more than 30 pupils is available at school level in the underlying data of the ‘schools, pupils and their characteristics’ statistics[1].

Information on class sizes for the academic year beginning September 2015 is not yet available and is due to be released in June 2016.

The following table shows the number of pupils in key stage 1 classes with more than 30 pupils in schools in Ashfield constituency and Nottinghamshire local authority for the academic years beginning in September 2013 and 2014.

Ashfield Constituency

Nottinghamshire LA

January 2014 (academic year beginning September 2013)

157

1,184

January 2015 (academic year beginning September 2014)

62

1,215

There were no pupils in key stage 1 classes of more than 35 in either Ashfield or Nottinghamshire in January 2014 or January 2015.

[1] Data from January 2014 is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/schools-pupils-and-their-characteristics-january-2014 in the file called ‘SFR15_2014_school_level_classes_UD’ within the underlying data download.

Data from January 2015 is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/schools-pupils-and-their-characteristics-january-2015 in the file called ‘SFR16_2015_Schools_Classes_UD’ within the underlying data download.

9th May 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many key stage 1 children in (a) Ashfield and (b) Nottinghamshire were in classes of more than 30 children in the academic year beginning September (i) 2015, (ii) 2014 and (iii) 2013.

Information about the number of pupils in key stage 1 classes with more than 30 pupils is available at school level in the underlying data of the ‘schools, pupils and their characteristics’ statistics[1].

Information on class sizes for the academic year beginning September 2015 is not yet available and is due to be released in June 2016.

The following table shows the number of pupils in key stage 1 classes with more than 30 pupils in schools in Ashfield constituency and Nottinghamshire local authority for the academic years beginning in September 2013 and 2014.

Ashfield Constituency

Nottinghamshire LA

January 2014 (academic year beginning September 2013)

157

1,184

January 2015 (academic year beginning September 2014)

62

1,215

There were no pupils in key stage 1 classes of more than 35 in either Ashfield or Nottinghamshire in January 2014 or January 2015.

[1] Data from January 2014 is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/schools-pupils-and-their-characteristics-january-2014 in the file called ‘SFR15_2014_school_level_classes_UD’ within the underlying data download.

Data from January 2015 is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/schools-pupils-and-their-characteristics-january-2015 in the file called ‘SFR16_2015_Schools_Classes_UD’ within the underlying data download.

9th May 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many primary school age children from Nottinghamshire who have applied for a place at primary school starting in September 2016 were not accepted at their first or second choice schools.

Information on school place preferences for entry in September 2016 is not yet available and is due to be released in June 2016.

Data for the most recent years available is provided in the table below.

Nottinghamshire local authority, primary school preferences, 2015/16

Number

%

Number of applicants

9,171

Of which those who:

Received 1st or 2nd preference

8,687

94.7

Did not receive 1st or 2nd preference

484

5.3

9th May 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance her Department has issued to local education authorities on setting admission criteria for oversubscribed primary schools.

School admission authorities are responsible for setting admissions criteria for their schools. The statutory School Admissions Code sets out the requirements which all admission authorities must comply with when setting their admissions criteria. It can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/389388/School_Admissions_Code_2014_-_19_Dec.pdf

9th May 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and which primary schools in (a) Ashfield constituency and (b) Nottinghamshire were full or oversubscribed for the school years commencing September (i) 2015, (ii) 2012 and (iii) 2009.

The Department collects information from each local authority on the number of schools, the number of places in those schools and the number of pupils on roll through the annual school capacity survey (SCAP). The Department does not collect school capacity information at Parliamentary constituency level.

The data is published annually. Data relating to the position in the 2015/16 academic year will be collected over the coming months.

Data for May 2013 (relating to academic year 2012/13) can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-capacity-academic-year-2012-to-2013

Data for May 2010 (relating to academic year 2009/10) can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/school-capacity-2009-to-2010-final

The Department does not collect capacity information relating to the position as at September, nor does it collect information on over-subscription.

As of May 2013 (which relates to academic year 2012/13), 76 primary schools in Nottinghamshire were full or had at least one pupil in excess of capacity. As of May 2010 (which relates to academic year 2009/10), 75 primary schools in Nottinghamshire were full or had at least one pupil in excess of capacity.

The individual schools can be identified in the underlying data for each publication by comparing the capacity of the school with the number on roll.

29th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether it is her Department's policy to provide additional funding to Local Education Authorities for secondary schools if (a) free schools and (b) other new schools open in that area during a financial year.

The department does not provide any additional funding to local authorities in the financial year that a new secondary school is established.

We do provide funding to academy trusts to cover essential expenditure to establish a new school before it opens. New schools receive funding for a limited number of years after the school opens to cover the start-up costs associated with running a new school which cannot be met from core funding. Details of these grants can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/487778/Free_Schools_application_process_-_background_information_and_glossary.pdf

Where a local authority opens a new school (to meet basic need in that area), the local authority is responsible for providing the site for the new school and meeting associated capital and start-up costs, which it is expected to do from its Dedicated Schools Grant allocation and its basic need capital allocation.

22nd Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the extent of variation in the numbers of teacher vacancies between parts of England.

The number of full time teacher vacancies in state-funded schools in England in November 2014 was 1,030 and the vacancy rate was 0.3%. November 2015 data will be available at the end of June 2016.

The information for school, region and local authority level is published in the underlying data as part of the statistical first release ‘School Workforce in England, November 2014’ which is available at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/school-workforce-in-england-november-2014

Although the national teacher vacancy rate remains low, we are aware that schools in some parts of the country are finding it more challenging to recruit teachers, particularly as the economy improves. Our recent White Paper, Educational Excellence Everywhere, sets out our plans to ensure that there are good teachers everywhere they are needed. This includes the launch of the National Teaching Service that will, by 2020, place up to 1,500 outstanding teachers and middle leaders in the schools that struggle most to recruit and retain good teachers.

22nd Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many full-time equivalent teacher vacancies there are in (a) state-funded schools and (b) academies in (i) Ashfield constituency and (ii) Nottinghamshire local authority area; and how many such vacancies there were in each of the last two years.

The following table provides the number of vacancies for full-time (FT) teaching posts in (a) state-funded schools and (b) academies in (i) Ashfield constituency and (ii) Nottinghamshire local authority area in November 2013 and 2014. November 2015 data will be available in summer 2016.

November 2013

November 2014

Number of FT Vacancies

Number of FT Vacancies

State Funded Schools including Academies

Ashfield Constituency

0

1

Nottinghamshire LA

7

10

All Academies

Ashfield Constituency

0

0

Nottinghamshire LA

5

6

Source: School Workforce Census

The information in the table was published in the underlying data as part of the statistical first release ‘School Workforce in England, November 2014’ which is available on GOV.UK at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/school-workforce-in-england-november-2014

26th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many reception year children in Ashfield constituency who are classified as disadvantaged reached the expected levels in speech and communication skills in each of the last three years.

The data requested is presented in the table attached.

The data requested is presented in the table below:

Percentage of pupils achieving at least the expected level in communication and language in early years foundation stage profile teacher assessments by parliamentary constituency of pupil residence

Years: 2013 to 2015

Coverage: Ashfield parliamentary constituency

Year

Free School Meals (FSM)

Number of eligible pupils

Communication and Language

%

2015

FSM

234

67

all other pupils

1,020

84

All pupils

1,254

81

2014

FSM

254

70

all other pupils

946

82

All pupils

1,200

80

2013

FSM

280

68

all other pupils

909

80

All pupils

1,189

78

1. Figures are based on final data.

2. Only includes pupils with a valid result for every achievement scale.

3. All English providers of state-funded early years education (including academies and free schools), private, voluntary and independent (PVI) sectors are within the scope of the EYFSP data collection. Data for any children in the PVI sector no longer in receipt of funding who were included in the return submitted by the LA to DfE will not be included in the figures.

4. Only includes pupils who are resident in England.

5. “All other pupils” includes pupils not eligible for free school meals and for whom free school meal eligibility was unclassified or could not be determined.

26th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many reception year children in Ashfield constituency reached the expected levels in speech and communication skills in each of the last three years.

The data requested is presented in the table attached.

The data requested is presented in the table below:

Percentage of pupils achieving at least the expected level in communication and language in early years foundation stage profile teacher assessments by parliamentary constituency of pupil residence

Years: 2013 to 2015

Coverage: Ashfield parliamentary constituency

Year

Free School Meals (FSM)

Number of eligible pupils

Communication and Language

%

2015

FSM

234

67

all other pupils

1,020

84

All pupils

1,254

81

2014

FSM

254

70

all other pupils

946

82

All pupils

1,200

80

2013

FSM

280

68

all other pupils

909

80

All pupils

1,189

78

1. Figures are based on final data.

2. Only includes pupils with a valid result for every achievement scale.

3. All English providers of state-funded early years education (including academies and free schools), private, voluntary and independent (PVI) sectors are within the scope of the EYFSP data collection. Data for any children in the PVI sector no longer in receipt of funding who were included in the return submitted by the LA to DfE will not be included in the figures.

4. Only includes pupils who are resident in England.

5. “All other pupils” includes pupils not eligible for free school meals and for whom free school meal eligibility was unclassified or could not be determined.

19th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many two year olds in Ashfield constituency have received the 15 hours free childcare allowance (a) in private, voluntary or independent sector nurseries and (b) from childminders registered to provide early years education in each academic year since that allowance was introduced.

Information at constituency level is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

19th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many three year olds in Ashfield constituency have received the 15 hours free childcare allowance (a) in private, voluntary or independent sector nurseries, (b) in nursery schools or nursery units in infant or primary schools and (c) from childminders registered to provide early years education in each academic year since that allowance was introduced.

Information at constituency level is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

19th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many four year olds in Ashfield constituency have received the 15 hours free childcare allowance (a) in private, voluntary or independent sector nurseries, (b) in nursery schools or nursery units in infant or primary schools and (c) from childminders registered to provide early years education in each academic year since that allowance was introduced.

Information at constituency level is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

10th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many parents in Ashfield have been fined for a child's unauthorised absence from school in each of the last three years.

We do not collect data on the number of penalty notices (fines) issued to parents for offences relating to Section 444(1) of the Education Act 1996 by constituency. The numbers of penalty notices issued to parents by Nottinghamshire County Council can be found online here: www.gov.uk/government/publications/parental-responsibility-measures-academic-year-2012-to-2013

17th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of pupils achieved five GCSEs at A* to C including English and mathematics in (a) Ashfield, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) England in each of the last five years.

Information is not published at Parliamentary constituency level. The remaining information requested is published in Table 16 of the ‘Revised GCSE and equivalent results in England: 2013 to 2014’ statistical first release. [1]

[1] www.gov.uk/government/statistics/revised-gcse-and-equivalent-results-in-england-2013-to-2014

17th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools and academies in (a) Ashfield, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) England did not meet the standard of 60 per cent of pupils achieving five GCSEs at A* to C including English and mathematics, and also had a below median score for the proportion of students making expected progress, in (i) 2010-11, (ii) 2011-12, (iii) 2012-13, (iv) 2013-14 and (v) 2014-15.

Information is not published at Parliamentary constituency level. The remaining information requested can be derived from published key stage 4 school performance tables data for 2010 to 2014. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]

[1] www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance/archive/schools_10/england.shtml

[2] File labelled KS4 XLS files at: www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance/2011/download_data.html

[3] File labelled KS4 XLS files at: www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance/2012/download_data.html

[4] File labelled KS4 XLS files at: www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance/2013/download_data.html

[5] File labelled KS4 XLS files at: www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance/download_data.html

17th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much revenue has accrued to the public purse through the sale of sports fields in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire, (c) the East Midlands and (d) England in each of the last five years.

This government will only give local authorities and schools permission to dispose of school playing fields if the sports and curriculum needs of the school can continue to be met. All proceeds of any sales must be put back into improving sports or educational facilities.

It is not the government or the department that instigates the disposal of school playing fields. It is the schools themselves and their local authorities that propose to convert these often surplus or unused fields to invest in school sport or education.

Details of school playing field sales are not held centrally. Schools and local authorities only need to seek consent from the department to dispose of a school playing field. Disposal includes leasing to a third party provider.

17th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools rated outstanding or good in (a) Ashfield and (b) Nottinghamshire (i) did not meet the 60 per cent standard pupils achieving five GCSEs at A* to C including English and mathematics and (ii) had a below median score for the proportion of students achieving expected progress in each of the last five years.

Information is not published at Parliamentary constituency level. The information requested can be derived from published key stage 4 school performance tables data for 2010 to 2014 [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] and Ofsted data. [6]

[1] www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance/archive/schools_10/england.shtml

[2] File labelled KS4 XLS files at: www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance/2011/download_data.html

[3] File labelled KS4 XLS files at: www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance/2012/download_data.html

[4] File labelled KS4 XLS files at: www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance/2013/download_data.html

[5] File labelled KS4 XLS files at: www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance/download_data.html

[6] File labelled ‘Inspection data for open maintained schools at 31 August 2014 (provisional)’ at: www.gov.uk/government/statistics/maintained-schools-and-academies-inspections-and-outcomes-sep-2013-to-aug-2014

17th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of pupils in (a) Ashfield, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) England progressed to university in each of the last five years.

Destination measures have been published for four years and show the proportion of pupils completing key stage 5 who have sustained[1] destinations at higher education institutions including Russell group universities. The latest data available are for students entering a destination in 2012/13. Destination measures data are published at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-destinations

Destination measures data at Parliamentary constituency level were not published in the first year. Destinations data for pupils eligible for free school meals are published at national and Local Authority level but not for Parliamentary constituencies.

[1] Defined as October to March in the destination year.

17th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of pupils eligible for free school meals in (a) Ashfield, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) England subsequently attended a university in each of the last five years.

Destination measures have been published for four years and show the proportion of pupils completing key stage 5 who have sustained[1] destinations at higher education institutions including Russell group universities. The latest data available are for students entering a destination in 2012/13. Destination measures data are published at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-destinations

Destination measures data at Parliamentary constituency level were not published in the first year. Destinations data for pupils eligible for free school meals are published at national and Local Authority level but not for Parliamentary constituencies.

[1] Defined as October to March in the destination year.

17th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of pupils in (a) Ashfield, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) England progressed to a Russell Group university in each of the last five years.

Destination measures have been published for four years and show the proportion of pupils completing key stage 5 who have sustained[1] destinations at higher education institutions including Russell group universities. The latest data available are for students entering a destination in 2012/13. Destination measures data are published at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-destinations

Destination measures data at Parliamentary constituency level were not published in the first year. Destinations data for pupils eligible for free school meals are published at national and Local Authority level but not for Parliamentary constituencies.

[1] Defined as October to March in the destination year.

17th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of pupils eligible for free school meals achieved five GCSEs at A* to C including English and mathematics in (a) Ashfield, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) England in each of the last five years.

Information is not published at Parliamentary constituency level. The remaining information requested is published in Table 5 of the ‘GCSE and equivalent attainment by pupil characteristics: 2014’ statistical first release. [1]

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/gcse-and-equivalent-attainment-by-pupil-characteristics-2014

17th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many of the schools and academies assessed by Ofsted in (a) Ashfield and (b) Nottinghamshire in each of the last five years were rated as (i) outstanding, (ii) good, (iii) requiring improvement and (iv) inadequate.

This is a matter for Ofsted. I have asked Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, to write to the hon. Member with the information requested. A copy of his reply will be placed in the House library.

17th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of pupils eligible for free school meals in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) England subsequently attended a Russell Group university in each of the last five years.

Destination measures have been published for four years and show the proportion of pupils completing key stage 5 who have sustained[1] destinations at higher education institutions including Russell group universities. The latest data available are for students entering a destination in 2012/13. Destination measures data are published at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-destinations

Destination measures data at Parliamentary constituency level were not published in the first year. Destinations data for pupils eligible for free school meals are published at national and Local Authority level but not for Parliamentary constituencies.

[1] Defined as October to March in the destination year.

17th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many teaching assistants there were in schools in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) the East Midlands in each of the last five years.

The requested information on the number of full-time equivalent teaching assistants in state-funded schools is in the table below:

Full-time equivalent teaching assistants in state-funded schools for Ashfield parliamentary constituency, Nottinghamshire local authority and East Midlands region: November 2010 to 2014.

(thousands)

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Ashfield

0.4

0.5

0.5

0.5

0.5

Nottinghamshire

2.8

3.0

3.1

3.3

3.4

East Midlands

14.8

19.1

19.7

20.8

21.6

Source: School Workforce Census.

Notes:

Figures are rounded to the nearest 100.

17th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of pupils were eligible for free school meals in primary and infant schools in (a) Ashfield, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) England in each of the last five years.

The table below shows the numbers and percentages of pupils in state-funded nursery and primary schools in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire and England who were eligible for free school meals from 2011-2015:

Ashfield Constituency

Nottinghamshire

England

Year

Number of Pupils

Percentage of Pupils

Number of Pupils

Percentage of Pupils

Number of Pupils

Percentage of Pupils

2011

1,690

20.2

8,883

14.1

751,025

18.0

2012

1,803

21.4

9,594

15.1

769,810

18.1

2013

1,860

21.4

9,734

15.0

785,535

18.1

2014

1,806

20.2

9,500

14.2

755,485

17.0

2015

1,706

18.7

8,733

12.8

708,798

15.6

Source: School census

  1. Includes all full-time and part-time pupils who are sole or dual main registrations

  2. Includes middle/all through schools as deemed.

17th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of pupils were eligible for free school meals in secondary schools in (a) Ashfield, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) England in each of the last five years.

The table below shows the numbers and percentages of state-funded secondary school pupils in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire and England who were eligible for free school meals from 2011-2015:

Ashfield Constituency

Nottinghamshire

England

Year

Number of Pupils

Percentage of Pupils

Number of Pupils

Percentage of Pupils

Number of Pupils

Percentage of Pupils

2011

988

15.2

5,905

11.6

476,220

14.6

2012

1,056

16.6

6,018

12.1

478,985

14.8

2013

1,083

17.5

6,010

12.4

486,260

15.1

2014

1,048

17.3

5,737

12.1

464,850

14.6

2015

1,062

17.6

5,497

11.7

442,341

13.9

Source: School Census

1. Includes middle/all through schools as deemed.

2. Includes all full-time and part-time pupils who are sole or dual main registrations.

6th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent estimate she has made of the number of temporary classrooms in Nottinghamshire Local Education Authority area in each of the last six years.

The Department for Education does not hold an estimate of the number of temporary classrooms in Nottinghamshire.

The department does collect information from each local authority on the number of school places (school capacity) in state-funded primary and secondary schools (except special schools) as part of the annual School Capacity Collection. The department also collects information on the condition of the school estate through the Property Data Survey. These data collections do not specifically identify the number of temporary classrooms.

Nottinghamshire has been allocated a total of £66.7m between 2011/12 and 2017/18 for new school places. It has also received condition allocations towards the upkeep of its buildings, with an expected allocation of £36.8m between 2014 and 2018.

17th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will set out the advice she plans to provide to schools on how to talk about sexual consent in an age-appropriate way.

The PSHE Association has developed non-statutory guidance for schools when teaching about the topic of consent. This was published in March 2015 and can be found at www.pshe-association.org.uk. The department strongly welcomes this guidance. The PSHE Association’s guidance will help teachers clearly establish the legal framework around consent and supports the government’s ‘This is Abuse’ campaign, which helps educate young people about damaging behaviours within relationships.

When teaching sex education, it is a statutory requirement for schools (including academies through their funding agreements) to have regard to the Secretary of State’s Sex and Relationship Education Guidance (2000), which can be found online: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sex-and-relationship-education

The statutory guidance makes clear that all sex and relationship education should be age-appropriate and that schools should ensure young people develop positive values and a moral framework that will guide their decisions, judgments and behaviour.

15th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the total cost to state-funded schools of hiring agency teachers was in (a) Ashfield constituency and (b) Nottinghamshire in each year since 2010.

The available information for the expenditure on agency supply teaching staff is shown in the tables below.

Local Authority Maintained Schools

Expenditure on agency supply staff (1)(2)(3)

2010-11 to 2013-14

Ashfield Parliamentary Constituency

Nursery schools (4)

Primary schools

Secondary schools

Special schools

Pupil referral units (5)

Total

£000s

£000s

£000s

£000s

£000s

£000s

2013-14

0

585

137

0

36

758

2012-13

0

528

202

40

..

771

2011-12

2

534

166

21

..

724

2010-11

1

594

339

7

..

942

1. The detailed definition of every income and expenditure category is available on the department’s website at the following link:

www.gov.uk/government/publications/consistent-financial-reporting-framework-2013-to-2014

2. School expenditure data is provided by local authority maintained schools only. It does not contain data on academies. Therefore the income and expenditure figures are affected by the numbers of schools converting to academy status. In particular this affects the figures for secondary schools and makes year on year comparisons difficult.

3. Cash terms figures as reported by schools.

4. The data for nursery schools does not include all nursery provision. In particular it does not include private sector, voluntary and independent nursery providers.

5. The collection of data from pupil referral units was made mandatory in 2013-14.

.. Not available for this year.

Expenditure on agency supply staff (1)(2)(3)

2010-11 to 2013-14

Nottinghamshire local authority

Nursery schools (4)

Primary schools

Secondary schools

Special schools

Pupil referral units (5)

Total

£000s

£000s

£000s

£000s

£000s

£000s

2013-14

0

3,322

454

273

0

4,049

2012-13

0

2,749

1,336

122

..

4,208

2011-12

2

2,476

3,094

75

..

5,647

2010-11

1

2,484

4,467

67

..

7,019

1. The detailed definition of every income and expenditure category is available on the department’s website at the following link:

www.gov.uk/government/publications/consistent-financial-reporting-framework-2013-to-2014

2. School expenditure data is provided by local authority maintained schools only. It does not contain data on academies. Therefore the income and expenditure figures are affected by the numbers of schools converting to academy status. In particular this affects the figures for secondary schools and makes year on year comparisons difficult.

3. Cash terms figures as reported by schools.

4. The data for nursery schools does not include all nursery provision. In particular it does not include private sector, voluntary and independent nursery providers.

5. The collection of data from pupil referral units was made mandatory in 2013-14.

.. Not available for this year.

Academies and Free Schools

Expenditure on Agency Supply Staff

Academic Years 2010-11 to 2013-14

Ashfield Parliamentary Constituency

Single Academy Trusts (6)

Multi Academy Trusts (6)(7)(10)

Total

£000s

£000s

£000s

2013-14 (8)

..

..

..

2012-13

200

..

200

2011-12

0

..

0

2010-11 (9)

..

..

..

6. Based on the accounts of academy trusts which had been open the entirety of the academic year.

7. Multi-academy trusts are only included where all schools within the trust were open for the full academic year (September to August).

8. Figures for 2013-14 are being collected and will be available in July 2015.

9. Figures for 2010-11 were included as part of overall expenditure on supply teaching staff. Figures specifically for agency supply staff are not available.

10. Local authority level and parliamentary constituency area data are not available for multi-academy trusts.

.. Not available.

Expenditure on Agency Supply Staff

Academic Years 2010-11 to 2013-14

Nottinghamshire local authority

Single Academy Trusts (6)

Multi Academy Trusts (6)(7)(10)

Total

£000s

£000s

£000s

2013-14 (8)

..

..

..

2012-13

1,048

..

1,048

2011-12

468

..

468

2010-11 (9)

..

..

..

6. Based on the accounts of academy trusts which had been open the entirety of the academic year.

7. Multi-academy trusts are only included where all schools within the trust were open for the full academic year (September to August).

8. Figures for 2013-14 are being collected and will be available in July 2015.

9. Figures for 2010-11 were included as part of overall expenditure on supply teaching staff. Figures specifically for agency supply staff are not available.

10. Local authority level and parliamentary constituency area data are not available for multi-academy trusts.

.. Not available.

11th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her proposals for teaching sexual consent in schools will be compulsory for students in all state-funded schools.

Good quality sex and relationship education is a vital part of preparing young people for life in modern Britain. Our statutory guidance makes it clear that it must be taught in an age appropriate way. Sex and relationship education (SRE) is compulsory in maintained secondary schools and academies are expected to provide SRE as part of a broad and balanced curriculum. When teaching SRE, all schools must have regard to the Secretary of State’s statutory guidance. The guidance ensures young people develop positive values and a moral framework that will guide their decisions, judgments and behaviour, and makes clear that pupils should learn how the law applies to sexual relationships. The guidance also compels schools to give young people a clear understanding of the arguments for delaying sexual activity and resisting pressure.

The PSHE Association has developed non-statutory guidance for schools when teaching about the topic of consent, which was published in March 2015 and can be found at www.pshe-association.org.uk. The department strongly welcomes this guidance.

The department believes that head teachers and their staff are best-placed to decide what resources and guidance to use to teach pupils about keeping safe and preparing for life in modern Britain.

20th Mar 2015
Pay
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average hourly pay is of employees in her Department identified as (a) White or White British and (b) from a Black, Asian or other minority ethnic group.

The Department for Education pays staff an annual salary and not an hourly rate of pay. The average gross pay of employees in the Department, split by ethnicity, is listed in Table 1 below that includes the Department’s three Executive Agencies. Not all employees choose to declare their ethnicity and the information has been calculated from the payroll records of staff who have provided this information.

Table 1: Average gross annual salaries for staff as at September 2014 (the date of the Department’s last equal pay audit) split by grade.

White

BME

EA

£19,066

£20,971

EO

£24,210

£25,510

HEO

£29,884

£31,112

SEO

£37,444

£37,488

GRADE 7

£50,387

£51,090

GRADE 6

£62,939

£62,485

Senior Civil Servants

£84,597

£88,501

17th Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of employees in her Department identify as (a) white or white British, (b) Asian or Asian British, (c) Black or Black British, (d) mixed or multiple ethnic group and (e) another ethnicity.

The number and proportion of employees in the Department for Education who have declared their ethnicity as (a) white or white British, (b) Asian or Asian British, (c) Black or Black British, (d) mixed or multiple ethnic group and (e) another ethnicity is detailed below.

Headcount

% of declared

White

Asian

Black

Mixed ethnicity

Other ethnicity

Not declared

2110

220

110

60

40

950

83%

9%

4%

2%

2%

-

Source: Department for Education RM data as at February 2015

19th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of (a) women and (b) men have made a statutory application to request flexible working in her Department; and how many of those applications have been granted to date.

The Department for Education does not hold information centrally on the proportion of (a) women and (b) men that have made a statutory application to request flexible working, or how many of those applications have been granted to date.

All employees are entitled to apply for flexible working. Such requests are agreed locally with line managers.

16th Oct 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of students that completed further education in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) England went on to (i) university, (ii) a full-time job and (iii) an apprenticeship in each of the last five years.

Destination measures were produced for students who entered an A level or other Level 3 qualification in June 2014 for the 2010/11 cohort, showing their destinations in 2011/12. This was the first time that the data had been compiled separately for Further Education (FE) students – those in FE colleges, sixth form colleges and FE providers – and those in school sixth forms

The table below shows data for England and Nottinghamshire local authority (LA) for FE students. Separate figures for full-time employment are not available. No figures are available for Ashfield constituency as it has no relevant FE or sixth form colleges.

The tables, which include comparable data for school sixth forms, are published online:

www.gov.uk/government/statistics/destinations-of-key-stage-4-and-key-stage-5-pupils-2011-to-2012

The figures for 2011/12 are:

Destination Measures for key stage 5: 2010/11 cohort1 from further education going into a 2011/12 destination.

% going into a sustained2 destination

Area

Number3 of further education4 students

Employment and/or training5

Higher6 education

Apprenticeships

England

170,910

7%

44%

5%

Nottinghamshire

920

4%

31%

6%

Source: National Pupil Database

Footnotes

1

All students who entered an A Level or other Level 3 qualification. This includes all level 3 qualifications i.e. general or applied A levels, AS examinations or other level 3 qualifications. These students are mostly academic age 17. There is also a number of students of academic age 16 and 18 in the cohort.

2

Sustained participation for the first two terms, October to March.

3

Number of students rounded to the nearest 10.

4

Further education includes students from further education colleges, sixth form colleges and other further education providers; it excludes school sixth forms

5

This includes all young people who were recorded as having been in employment and/or training for at least 5 months for the sustained period, October to March

6

Higher Education includes students at higher education institutions or undertaking higher education provision at a further education college

8th Sep 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what targets the Government has set for tackling homophobia in schools; and what steps have been taken to achieve those targets in the last 12 months.

All schools are required, by law, to have a behaviour policy with measures to address all forms of bullying, including homophobic bullying. We trust schools and teachers to decide what measures they should use to address homophobia based on their particular circumstances.

Schools are held to account by Ofsted for their effectiveness in managing pupil behaviour and safety, which includes homophobic bullying. Inspectors must consider pupils’ freedom from all forms of harassment, bullying and discrimination. As part of the inspection, schools are asked to make available evidence of records and analysis of bullying, in particular homophobic bullying.

We have issued advice to schools on preventing and tackling bullying in which we link to national organisations such as Stonewall, who can provide specialist advice to schools. This advice is available online at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preventing-and-tackling-bullying

In addition, we are working closely with the Government Equalities Office on a research project looking at effective ways of preventing and tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools. The results of the first phase of this work are expected to be published in autumn.

The Government has not set any national targets for tackling homophobia in schools as targets can lead to perverse incentives with schools doing the minimum required to fulfil the target rather than tackling the issue.

10th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of primary and secondary schools have had their Ofsted rating lowered since the last assessment in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) the UK.

This question is a matter for Ofsted. I have asked Her Majesty's Chief Inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, to write to the hon. Member. A copy of his reply will be placed in the House Library.

3rd Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) men and (b) women received support from the Care to Learn scheme in each of the last two academic years; what the total cost of the Care to Learn scheme was in each such year; and what the projected cost of the scheme will be in 2014-15.

The number of a) men and b) women who received support from the Care to Learn scheme in the last two academic years; and the total costs of the scheme in those years are shown below:

2012 to 2013 academic year

Men: 47

Women: 6,454

Cost: £32.76 million

2013 to 2014 academic year*

Men: 39

Women: 5,389

Cost: £ 23.69 million

*Take up figures and costs to the end of May 2014

The estimated cost for the scheme in the 2014 to 2015 academic year is £30.79 million.

The scheme is demand-led. The fall in cost between 2012/13 and 2013/14 is due to falling demand caused by significant decline in the 16-19 cohort.

Elizabeth Truss
Minister for Women and Equalities
2nd Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many teaching assistants administer medicine to children in local authority schools in England.

The Department for Education does not collect this data.

2nd Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) primary school pupils and (b) infant school pupils in Ashfield constituency received free school meals in each of the last five years.

Information on the number of pupils known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals in state-funded nursery and primary schools is published in the “Schools, pupils and their characteristics: January 2014” statistical first release, which is published online at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/schools-pupils-and-their-characteristics-january-2014

Table 8a shows local authority level information; information is not published at parliamentary constituency level.

Information for 2010 to 2013 can be found in previous versions of this release, which are published online at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-school-and-pupil-numbers

2nd Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many secondary school pupils in Ashfield constituency received free school meals in each of the last five years.

Information on the number of pupils known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals in state-funded secondary schools is published in the “Schools, pupils and their characteristics: January 2014” Statistical First Release[1].

Table 8b shows local authority level information. Parliamentary constituency level information is not published. Information for 2010 to 2013 can be found in previous versions of this release.[2]

[1]https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/schools-pupils-and-their-characteristics-january-2014

[2]https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-school-and-pupil-numbers

19th Mar 2015
Pay
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the average hourly pay is of employees at each grade within her Department identified as (a) White or White British and (b) from a Black, Asian or other minority ethnic group.

The table below shows the average hourly rate of pay for employees who have declared their ethnicity in core-Defra at each grade identified as (a) white and (b) from a black, Asian, or other minority ethnic group (BAME).

Grade

(a) White

(b) BAME

AA

-

-

AO

£11.79

£12.29

EO

£13.93

£15.15

HEO

£16.90

£17.56

Faststream

£15.30

£15.52

SEO

£20.48

£20.99

Grade 7

£27.58

£28.14

Grade6

£33.34

-

SCS

£41.36

-

Data has not been provided where there are fewer than 5 employees in a group.

This includes employees at AA, where the average hourly rate of pay across all employees is £9.09; Grade 6, where the average hourly rate of pay across all employees is £33.42; and at SCS, where the average hourly rate of pay across all employees is £43.33.

17th Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many and what proportion of employees in her Department identify as (a) white or white British, (b) Asian or Asian British, (c) Black or Black British, (d) mixed or multiple ethnic group and (e) another ethnicity.

The table below shows the number and proportion of core Defra employees in each ethnicity category as at 28 February 2015. This includes people who have declared their ethnicity status only.

Ethnicity

White

Asian

Black

Mixed

Other

Total

No. of staff

1237

92

118

24

7

1478

%

83.7%

6.2%

8.0%

1.6%

0.5%

100%

19th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many and what proportion of (a) women and (b) men have made a statutory application to request flexible working in her Department; and how many of those applications have been granted to date.

Information on requests received and granted for flexible working in core Defra is not held centrally and could be provided only by incurring disproportionate cost.

14th Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to the oral contribution of 25 September 2019 from the Prime Minister, Official Report column 791, when he plans to publish the details of the cross-party talks on the UK's exit from the EU.

The cross-party talks on the UK’s exit from the EU were undertaken by the previous administration. These talks explored aspects of the Withdrawal Agreement and the Political Declaration and sought to reach a compromise, but at the time, this was unsuccessful. The then Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, the Rt hon member for Aylesbury, and the hon member for Holborn and St Pancras gave evidence in July to the EU Select Committee on those talks:

https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/exiting-the-european-union-committee/news-parliament-2017/starmer-lidington-cross-party-evidence-17-19/

We want to get a deal. This is why we have put forward a serious offer to the EU. It is a fair and reasonable compromise for all sides that respects the referendum. This new proposal means we will take back control of our laws and our borders, protect the Good Friday Agreement and the peace process, and ensures democratic consent for the arrangement.

30th Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the oral contribution of 25 September 2019 from the Prime Minister, Official Report column 791, when he plans to publish the details of the cross-party talks on the UK's exit from the EU.

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

3rd Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, when he plans to disclose the cost of the Supreme Court case R (on the application of Miller and another) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union.

Details of the costs associated with the Article 50 case will be published in due course.

2nd Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to his oral contribution of 24 January 2017, Official Report, columns 180-81, when he plans to confirm the cost of the Supreme Court appeal of the Brexit court case decision.

The Department has not been billed for all costs related to the case. Details of the total costs associated with the case, including the costs of the Supreme Court appeal, will be published in due course after they have been settled.

Robin Walker
Minister of State (Education)
19th Mar 2015
Pay
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the average hourly pay is of employees at each grade within her Department identified as (a) White or White British and (b) from a Black, Asian or other minority ethnic group.

The average hourly pay for each grade in DFID is:

Civil Service Grade

DFID Grade

Hourly Rate

G6

A1 London

£36.49

G6

A1 National

£34.08

G7

A2 London

£30.14

G7

A2 National

£27.39

SEO

A2(L) London

£24.24

SEO

A2(L) National

£22.26

HEO

B1 London

£19.25

HEO

B1 National

£16.44

EO

B2 London

£15.22

EO

B2 National

£12.56

AO

C1 London

£12.56

AO

C1 National

£10.24

AA

C2 London

£10.84

AA

C2 National

£8.43

DFID does not distinguish between ethnicity groups in paying staff.

17th Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many and what proportion of employees in her Department identify as (a) white or white British, (b) Asian or Asian British, (c) Black or Black British, (d) mixed or multiple ethnic group and (e) another ethnicity.

The proportion of DFID staff who have declared their ethnicity is shown in the table below. Numbers below five for any declared ethnicity are not provided as it may identify individuals.

Ethnicity

Total

Any Other Ethnic Group

1.9%

Asian - Any Other Background

0.8%

Asian - Bangladeshi

0.3%

Asian - Indian

1.9%

Asian - Pakistani

0.8%

Black - African

1.2%

Black - Caribbean

1.2%

Mixed - Any Other Background

0.4%

Mixed - White and Asian

0.7%

Mixed - White and Black African

0.5%

Mixed - White and Black Caribbean

0.3%

White - Any Other Background

19.5%

White - English

19.7%

White - Irish

0.7%

White - Northern Irish

0.3%

White - Scottish

17.9%

White - Welsh

0.7%

19th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many and what proportion of (a) women and (b) men have made a statutory application to request flexible working in her Department; and how many of those applications have been granted to date.

DFID supports flexible working. Any request to work flexibly is made directly to an individual’s line manager and agreed at that level. A statutory application which would be reviewed by HR would only be submitted if agreement or compromise between the individual and line manager could not be made. We have no record of receiving any such an application at the centre for the last 2 years.

18th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many cessations of bus services (a) his Department and (b) Traffic Commissioners were notified of in 2018-19; and where in the UK those cessations were.

Changes to bus services are notified to the Traffic Commissioners.

The Traffic Commissioners Annual Report for 2018-19 is due to be published in the Autumn. The latest published data from the Traffic Commissioners with regards the number of cancelled registrations can be found:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/traffic-commissioners-annual-report-2017-to-2018

The numbers of cancelled registrations will not be the same as the number of cessations of bus services: a registration that is cancelled may be complemented by a new service introduction that is an exact match or a slight variation to the one which has been cancelled.

22nd Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many cessations of bus services his Department or Traffic Commissioners were notified of in 2017-18; and where in the UK those cessations have been.

The number of cancelled bus services in 2017-18 in Great Britain (outside of London), by region, registered with the Traffic Commissioners, can be found in the Traffic Commissioners annual report 2017/18 - https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/768769/201718_TC_annual_report.pdf

The figures relate only to the local bus service registered with a Traffic Commissioner in Great Britain. They do not include those services registered with Transport for London or those in Northern Ireland.

29th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding from the public purse has been allocated to transport infrastructure projects in each region of England in each of the past three years; and what estimate he has made of that funding per head of population in those regions.

Figures on public sector expenditure at a regional level are part of the Government’s Country and Regional Analysis (CRA) statistics.

The latest CRA statistics, published by HM Treasury in November 2017, present data up to 2016-17 and are published at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/country-and-regional-analysis.

The statistics include spend on transport by all public sector organisations including the Department for Transport, Local Authorities, Public Corporations (in the case of transport, this is mainly spend by London Underground) and other Government Departments including devolved administrations.

When assessing expenditure across regions it is important to compare like with like. The benefits from spend on transport interventions often accrue to people far beyond the residents of the immediate local area or region. This is particularly the case for spending on the railways which connect cities and regions across the country and deliver broader benefits beyond the region concerned. Furthermore, when expenditure is presented on a “per head of population”(or “per capita”) basis, it does not account for the pressure that large numbers of commuters and visitors from outside a region can add to the transport networks. In addition, larger built-up areas tend to make greater use of mass public transport systems, though these will generate fares income which contributes to their operating costs.

Statistics for public sector capital expenditure by region are given in Table 1 below. Table 2 provides the equivalent statistics per capita. Capital expenditure has been used as a proxy for spending on infrastructure specifically.

Table 1: Capital spending on all transport, by all public sector bodies

£millions nominal

Region

2014-15

2015-161

2016-17

England - East

1,176

1,404

1,450

England - East Midlands

749

799

666

England - London

4,550

5,247

6,082

England - North East

417

474

520

England - North West

1,358

1,891

1,775

England - South East

1,571

2,002

2,211

England - South West

802

1,008

1,165

England - West Midlands

1,080

1,333

1,260

England - Yorkshire and Humber

1,085

1,297

1,092

England

12,787

15,455

16,221

1Due to the reclassification of Network Rail into the public sector from 2015-16, care should be taken when making historical comparisons.

Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/country-and-regional-analysis-2017

Table 2: Capital spending, on all transport, by all public sector bodies, per capita

£s nominal

Region

2014-15

2015-161

2016-17

England - East

195

231

236

England - East Midlands

161

171

141

England - London

533

605

693

England - North East

159

181

197

England - North West

190

264

246

England - South East

177

224

245

England - South West

148

184

211

England - West Midlands

189

232

217

England - Yorkshire and Humber

202

241

201

England

235

282

293

1Due to the reclassification of Network Rail into the public sector from 2015-16, care should be taken when making historical comparisons.

Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/country-and-regional-analysis-2017

For future years, the Infrastructure and Projects Authority’s (IPA) National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline (NCIP) 2017 shows regional transport spend. Analysis of the NCIP shows that central government transport investment is more balanced across regions than previous reports have suggested. The table below sets out the allocation of central government transport capital spending in the pipeline between 2017/18 and 2020/21, per head and across regions [1]

Region

Investment per capita £ (2016/17 prices)

East of England

994

East Midlands

946

London[1]

1,026

North East

822

North West

1,353

South East

1,139

South West

851

West Midlands

1,269

Yorkshire and the Humber

726

[1] As this table only looks at transport capital spending funded by central government, TfL expenditure is excluded. TfL’s capital programme is funded by a mixture of locally-retained business rates and fare receipts from TfL-operated services, and from 2017/18 onwards it receives no direct central government funding. However, DfT does directly fund major transport projects across London, such as Crossrail, and Thameslink

[1] As this table only looks at transport capital spending funded by central government, TfL expenditure is excluded. TfL’s capital programme is funded by a mixture of locally-retained business rates and fare receipts from TfL-operated services, and from 2017/18 onwards it receives no direct central government funding. However, DfT does directly fund major transport projects across London, such as Crossrail, and Thameslink

18th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many cessations of bus services his Department or Traffic Commissioners have been notified of in each of the last five ears, and where in the UK these these been.

The table below shows cancelled bus services in Great Britain (outside of London), registered with the traffic commissioners.

Cancelled local bus service registrations by Traffic Area

2016-17

2015-16

2014-15

2013-14

2012-13

Eastern

480

412

525

480

476

North Eastern

639

511

711

639

719

North Western

683

684

644

683

736

South Eastern and Metropolitan

172

127

171

172

223

West Midlands

320

225

316

320

346

Western

395

380

474

395

362

Scotland

466

464

451

466

614

Wales

143

322

193

143

300

Total (excl London and N Ireland)

3,298

3,125

3,485

3,298

3,776

Source: Traffic Commissioner Annual Reports

These figures relate only to the local bus service registered with a traffic commissioner in Great Britain. They do not include those services registered with Transport for London or those in Northern Ireland.

6th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment has been made of trends in the (a) frequency and (b) price of bus services serving Ashfield constituency in the last five years.

The Department does not hold any data on the frequency or price of bus services serving Ashfield constituency.

The bus market outside of London is deregulated. Bus operators have to register services and notify changes or cessations of service to local authorities and the traffic commissioners around 70 days before changes take effect.

Government (either central or local) only has powers to intervene in relation to bus fares through concessionary travel schemes. Central Government funds the statutory national concession for older and disabled people and local Government can offer additional concessions if they choose (e.g. for young people), by doing commercial deals with operators.

As part of the Bus Services Act (2017), the Department for Transport is developing regulations to require bus operators and local transport authorities to provide data, in open formats, about local bus services including routes & timetable data, fares & ticket data and real time information. We are working closely with industry to develop the regulations and it is intended the requirements will be phased in over the next few years.

1st Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to reply to my letter of 14 September 2017 on the rail service on the Robin Hood Line in Nottinghamshire.

A reply to the honourable member’s letter of 14 September 2017 about improvements to the rail service on the Robin Hood Line was sent on 19 October 2017.

13th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the expenditure on public transport per head of population in the East Midlands; and how that level of expenditure compares with the level of expenditure in other English regions.

It is extremely difficult for technical reasons to compare public expenditure across regions. Among other things, when expenditure is presented on a “per head of population” basis, it does not take into account the pressure that large numbers of commuters and visitors from other regions can add to public transport networks. The scale and urban density of some regions can also make a significant difference.

Figures on public sector expenditure at a regional level are part of the Government’s Country and Regional Analysis (CRA) statistics. These statistics attempt to allocate the spending according to where the benefits of that spend are accrued. They include spend on transport by all public sector organisations including the Department for Transport, Local Authorities, Public Corporations (in the case of transport, mainly spend by London Underground) and other Government Departments (including the devolved administrations).

The data showing the expenditure on public transport per head of population in the East Midlands and other English regions in 2016/17 can be found in table A.15 of the 2016/17 CRA statistics November 2017 - https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/country-and-regional-analysis-2017 .

27th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that trains are accessible for wheelchair-users at unmanned railway stations when trains do not have conductors on board.

The train operating companies are required to make reasonable adjustments to allow disabled passengers to access their services under the Equality Act 2010. They are also required under licence conditions to participate in a pre-booking staff assistance system, where staff can be sent to a usually unmanned station or alternative transport, such as an accessible taxi, provided at no additional cost. Some train operating companies also provide other on board staff that can help passengers.

11th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on the construction of High Speed 2 from Birmingham to Manchester and Leeds.

The negotiation for Britain's future relationship with the European Union will begin under the new Prime Minister, and we now have to look at all the detailed arrangements. In the meantime, the Department will continue to work to deliver the Government agenda, including HS2.

6th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many road deaths were recorded in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire, (c) the East Midlands and (d) England in each of the last five years.

The number of deaths in reported road traffic accidents in(a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire (including figures for Nottingham City Council), (c) the East Midlands and (d) England from 2010 to 2014 can be found in the table below.

 

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Ashfield

2

2

3

4

4

Nottinghamshire (excluding Nottingham City Council)

23

36

32

28

30

Nottingham City Council

6

1

1

3

4

East Midlands

183

187

170

148

169

England

1553

1594

1491

1430

1472

The 2014 figures for England represent nearly a 40% reduction on the 2005 to 2009 average.

19th Mar 2015
Pay
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average hourly pay is for employees at each grade within his Department identified as (a) White or White British and (b) from a Black, Asian or other minority ethnic group.

For those staff who have declared their ethnicity, the average hourly pay for employees at each grade with the Department for Transport identified as (a) White or White British and (b) from a Black, Asian or other minority ethnic group, is shown in the table below.

Note that nearly 18% of staff have not declared their ethnicity so the table below cannot be used to ascertain the exact ethnic group representation at each pay grade.

Grade

Non White

White

AA

£8.58

£8.46

AO

£10.82

£10.17

EO

£13.46

£12.92

HEO

£16.97

£15.95

PB5

£18.07

£17.93

SEO

£22.06

£21.09

Grade 7

£27.50

£27.33

Grade 6

£36.07

£34.77

TM1

£11.24

£11.25

TM2

£15.68

£15.56

TM3

£24.77

£23.82

MS1

£22.41

£22.53

G7AN

£40.77

£40.34

G6AN

-

£46.05

SCS1

-

£40.27

SCS2

-

£54.59

SCS3

-

£66.35

17th Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many and what proportion of employees in his Department identify as (a) white or white British, (b) Asian or Asian British, (c) Black or Black British, (d) mixed or multiple ethnic group and (e) another ethnicity.

The information has been taken from the Department’s equality monitoring report for year ending 31 March 2014. The report included information from the central department and five executive agencies as follows:

· Highways Agency

· Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency

· Maritime & Coastguard Agency

· Vehicle Certification Agency

· Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency


There were 16,373 employees of whom:

(a) 12,353 members of staff (75.44%) identified as white or white British.

(b) 393 members of staff (2.40%) identified as Asian or Asian British.

(c) 142 members of staff (0.86%) identified as Black or Black British.

(d) 164 members of staff (1.00%) identified as mixed or multiple ethnic group.

(e) 48 members of staff (0.29%) identified as other ethnicity.

N.B. the ethnicity of 3273 (19.99%) members of staff was unknown.

19th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many and what proportion of (a) women and (b) men have made a statutory application to request flexible working in his Department; and how many of those applications have been granted to date.

The information requested is not held centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

28th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the (a) number of people in (i) Ashfield, (ii) Nottinghamshire, (iii) the East Midlands and (iv) England who are eligible for pension credit but not claiming it and (b) value of that unclaimed pension credit.

The information requested on the (a) number of people in (i) Ashfield, (ii) Nottinghamshire, (iii) East Midlands and (iv) England who are eligible for pension credit but are not claiming it, and (b) value of that unclaimed pension credit is not available at constituency, regional or country level.

Official statistics on the take-up of income related benefits at Great Britain level, including Pension Credit, can be found in the ‘Income-related benefits: estimates of take-up 2016 to 2017’ publication.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/income-related-benefits-estimates-of-take-up-financial-year-2016-to-2017

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
25th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people living in Ashfield constituency receive carer's allowance; and what estimate her Department has made of the number of people in Ashfield constituency who undertake caring responsibilities without receiving that allowance.

The information requested on the number of individuals in receipt of Carer’s Allowance by parliamentary constituency is published and available at:

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

Guidance for users is available at:

https://sw.stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Getting-Started.html

The Department does not hold data on the number of individuals who undertake caring responsibilities by parliamentary constituency. The Family Resources Survey (FRS) provides the department with the number of informal carers by gender, income and age but does not include any geographical breakdown below the regional level. The latest FRS tables can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/family-resources-survey-financial-year-201617

Since April 2010, carers who are not entitled to Carer's Allowance, may be able to apply for carer's credits if they are caring for one or more disabled people for at least 20 hours a week. Carer’s Credits are Class 3 credits which can help towards the conditions of entitlement to the new State Pension and Widowed Parent’s Allowance.

In addition to Carer’s Allowance, carers on low incomes can claim income-related benefits, such as Universal Credit and Pension Credit. These benefits can be paid to carers at a higher rate than those without caring responsibilities through the carer premium or the equivalent additional amount for carers respectively.

3rd Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of (a) personal independence payment and (b) employment and support allowance in Ashfield constituency were (i) successful and (ii) unsuccessful in appeals in relation to their entitlement to those benefits in (A) 2017-18 and (B) since April 2018.

Typically the proportion of PIP appeals overturned in the Ashfield Constituency as a percentage of initial decisions is 5%

Since PIP was introduced 3.5m decisions have been made nationally up to June 2018, of these 9% have been appealed and 4% have been overturned.

The table below provides information on successful and unsuccessful appeals for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in the Ashfield constituency.

Table 1: PIP Appeals completed by outcome and period of clearance - Ashfield Constituency

Decision maintained

Decision overturned

Percentage overturned

2017/18

30

50

63%

April to June 2018

10

20

67%

These figures include all PIP appeals; so they will contain appeals where claimants appealed for a higher PIP award as well as those appeals against a disallowance decision. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.

Appeals data taken from the DWP PIP computer system’s management information. Therefore this appeal data may differ from that held by Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service for various reasons such as delays in data recording and other methodological differences in collating and preparing statistics.

The Parliamentary Constituency geography relates to the origin of the claim (i.e. derived from claimant’s postcode) rather than the location of where the tribunal was.

Decisions overturned at appeal may include a number of appeals that have been lapsed (which is where DWP changed the decision after an appeal was lodged but before it was heard at Tribunal).

Information on ESA appeal outcomes by claim start date and Parliamentary Constituency is available on Stat-Xplore under “ESA Work Capability Assessments”.

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

Guidance on how to use Stat-Xplore can be found here:

https://sw.stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/index.html

Between April 2014 and March 2018, 3.5m ESA (post WCA) decisions have been made nationally, of these 8% have been appealed and 4% have been overturned.

The Ministry of Justice publish a Tribunal Statistics SSCS CSV file which provides information on the number of PIP and ESA appeals and their outcome by tribunal venue. These statistics are based on the tribunal venue rather than origin of the claim. The CSV file can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/tribunals-and-gender-recognition-certificate-statistics-quarterly-april-to-june-2018

29th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of working people in receipt of top up benefits are resident in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) in each region of the UK and (c) in the UK.

The numbers of in work families receiving tax credits are in table 1.1 of the Child and Working Tax Credits statistics: finalised annual awards - 2016 to 2017 published by HMRC can be accessed at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/720570/Main_publication_-_final_tables.xlsx

Geographical breakdowns including constituency level figures are available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/720739/Main_geographical_-_final_tables.xlsx

Universal Credit and Housing Benefit statistics for Great Britain are regularly published and the latest statistics for September 2018 and May 2018 respectively can be accessed at:

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

Guidance for users is available at:

https://sw.stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Getting-Started.html

The information available for the number of employed individuals that are in receipt of Income Support, Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance in May 2018 in geographical areas of Great Britain can be found in the following table.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
13th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of employment and support allowance support group appeals in Ashfield constituency resulted in decisions to reject applications being overturned in the last 12 months for which data is available.

This information is not readily available at constituency level and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

30th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of (a) personal independence payment and (b) employment and support allowance appeals in Ashfield constituency resulted in decisions to reject applications being overturned in the last 12 months for which data is available.

(a) In the last 12 months in the Ashfield constituency the number of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) claims initially disallowed, where this decision was upheld at mandatory reconsideration (MR), and where the decision was changed at appeal is 30. This figure represents 50% of outcomes of appeals against decisions where the claim was initially disallowed and this was upheld at MR. This figure also represents 4% of all disallowed claims in the Ashfield constituency in this time. Over the same time period, 560 PIP awards were made.

Period covered: August 2016 – July 2017 (latest available data).

(b) The information for Employment Support Allowance (ESA) is not readily available and can only be obtained at a disproportionate cost.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
17th Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, by what criteria his Department's back-of-house administrative site at Annesley has been selected for closure.

Waterfront House Annesley is a relatively small processing office and does not fit with our long term strategic aim to have large multi-functional, digitally enabled processing offices. We have more processing capacity across our national network than we need and as a consequence, Waterfront House is no longer needed. The proposal is to rebalance the work to other locations across the national network.

It is important to stress that this is a proposed closure: We will make a final decision informed by the consultation process with our colleagues.

Damian Hinds
Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)
17th Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, where staff based at his Department's back-of-house administrative site at Annesley will be relocated to after its planned closure.

The Department for Work and Pensions is now consulting with colleagues in Waterfront House, Annesley. We are seeking to relocate, or offer alternative roles, to all employees affected by the proposed closure.

It is important to stress that this is a proposed closure: we will make a final decision informed by the consultation process with our colleagues. We are not therefore in a position to confirm where staff currently based at Waterfront House, Annesley will be relocated to until the consultation process is concluded.

Damian Hinds
Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)
17th Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the expected costs are of relocating staff and resources from his Department's Annesley back-of-house site.

The Department for Work and Pensions is now consulting with colleagues in Waterfront House, Annesley. We are seeking to relocate, or offer alternative roles, to all employees affected by the proposed closure.

It is important to stress that this is a proposed closure: we will make a final decision informed by the consultation process with our colleagues. We are not therefore in a position to confirm expected costs of relocating staff and resources from Waterfront House, Annesley until the consultation process is concluded.

Damian Hinds
Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)
17th Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether there will be compulsory redundancies as a result of the planned closure of his Department's Annesley back-of-house site.

The Department for Work and Pensions is now consulting with colleagues in Waterfront House, Annesley. We are seeking to relocate, or offer alternative roles, to all employees affected by the proposed closure.

It is important to stress that this is a proposed closure: we will make a final decision informed by the consultation process with our colleagues. We are not therefore in a position to comment on the potential for redundancy.

Damian Hinds
Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)
17th Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an assessment of the relocation of jobs from his Department's Annesley back-of-house site on the local economy.

We have considered the wider impacts of the local economy when developing our proposals for the processing site at Annesley. The economic impact of employment is dispersed beyond the specific location of a workplace and the staff currently based at Annesley already live in the broader area around the site. While we expect the majority of these staff to be relocated, it is unlikely that a significant proportion of them will also move their place of residence.

Damian Hinds
Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)
27th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many EU migrants registered for national insurance numbers in Ashfield between (a) July and December 2015, (b) January and June 2016 and (c) July and December 2016.

The available information on the number of foreign nationals registered for National Insurance numbers by geography, including parliamentary constituency and world area is published quarterly and can be found at:

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

Guidance for users is available at:

https://sw.stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Getting-Started.html

The latest available information is up to September 2016.

15th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in the East Midlands are living in poverty (a) before taking housing costs into account and (b) after housing costs have been deducted from their incomes.

Estimates are available from the published Households Below Average Income (HBAI) data tables. These are publicly available in file 3_population_timeseries_region.xls, table 3.18ts here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/532115/hbai-2014-2015-supporting-excel-files.zip

1st Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people living in Ashfield constituency receive employment and support allowance in the work-related activity group.

The information available for the number of Employment and Support Allowance claimants in the Work Related Activity Group, by Parliamentary Constituency, is published and can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/dwp-statistics-tabulation-tool

Guidance for users is available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dwp-tabulation-tool-guidance

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
1st Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners in Ashfield constituency were subject to a decrease in winter fuel payments as a result of the expiration of the top-up in 2011; and what the average such decrease was.

Winter Fuel Payments are made at rates of between £100 and £300 depending on household circumstances. In the March 2010 Budget, the then Chancellor of the Exchequer announced an additional one-off payment for winter 2010/11 of £100 for over-80s households and £50 for all other households eligible for the Winter Fuel Payment.

National Statistics on the number of recipients of Winter Fuel Payments, broken down by Parliamentary constituency and age group, are published for each year between 2009/10 and 2015/16 at

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/winter-fuel-payments-caseload-and-household-figures.

14th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many working households in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) the East Midlands and (c) the UK were classed as being in poverty in the most recent year for which data is available and in each of the two previous years.

Relative low income is used as a proxy for poverty.

The number of working households in relative low income is not available for Ashfield. This is because survey sample sizes are too small to support the production of robust estimates at this geography.

The average number of working households classed as being in relative low income in the East Midlands is 100,000 for the latest 3 -year period 2012/13 - 2014/15. This was also 100,000 in 2011/12 - 2013/14 and 100,000 in 2010/11 - 2012/13.

The average number of working households classed as being in relative low income in the United Kingdom is 1.7 million for the latest 3-year period 2012/13 - 2014/15. This was 1.5 million in 2011/12 - 2013/14 and 1.4 million in 2010/11 - 2012/13.

It continues to be clear that work is the best route out of poverty. In 2014/15 - 8% of children in households where all adults were working were in relative low income, compared with 47% in workless households.

14th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many working households in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) the East Midlands and (c) the UK were in receipt of housing benefit in each of the last three financial years.

The requested figures are not available for UK. This response includes estimates for Great Britain.

Table 1. Estimates for the number of In-Work Families in receipt of Housing Benefit for East-Midlands and Great Britain

Millions

In-Work Families in receipt of Housing Benefit

Financial Year

East Midlands

Great Britain

2012/13

0.1

1.2

2013/14

0.1

1.3

2014/15

0.1

1.3

Source: Family Resources Survey 2012/13, 2013/14, and 2014/15

Notes:

  1. Estimates have been rounded to nearest 100,000
14th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the number of households to be affected in Ashfield constituency by the introduction of the lower cap on the amount which working households are entitled to receive in benefits.

It is estimated that in the Ashfield constituency around 200 households could be affected by the lower benefit cap in 2016/17.

Notes:

  1. Estimates assume no behavioural responses - any behavioural responses to the lower cap, such as claimants moving into employment, would cause the number of households affected to reduce
  2. The number of capped households has been rounded to the nearest 100 households.
  3. The methodology used to estimate the households affected by the cap is consistent with that described in the latest impact assessment published here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/welfare-reform-and-work-act-impact-assessment-for-the-benefit-cap
24th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people who are certified as self-employed in Ashfield constituency are in receipt of in-work benefits.

The Department for Work and Pensions does not hold sufficient data on self-employed recipients of in-work benefits to answer this question.

Damian Hinds
Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)
7th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the forthcoming change to limit housing benefit to the level of Local Housing Allowance on old age pensioners living in social housing properties with two or more bedrooms.

This policy does not come into effect until April 2018. It will only apply to people who have taken out or renewed a tenancy on or after 1st April 2016; and their rent is higher than the appropriate Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rate. For general needs accommodation social rents are generally lower than the LHA rates.

We have increased funding for Discretionary Housing Payments by £70million, to help those who are vulnerable to mitigate the impact. In total we have provided DHP funding of £870 million over the next five years to help people adapt to the new reforms announced in the Autumn Statement and Summer Budget 2015.

7th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many old-age pensioners in Ashfield constituency who live in social housing properties containing two or more bedrooms and who receive housing benefit will be affected by plans to limit housing benefit to the level of the local housing allowance.

The information requested is not available.

For general needs accommodation in the social rented sector, the appropriate Local Housing Allowance rate will not come into effect in the social rented sector until April 2018; and then only where a new tenancy has been taken out or an existing tenancy has been renewed on or after 1 April 2016.

In the previous Parliament, we significantly increased funding for Discretionary Housing Payments to £470 million and we have already committed a further £870 million in the overall Discretionary Housing Payment funding over the next five years.

Full impact and equality assessments will be undertaken in due course.

15th Sep 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many under 16s in Ashfield constituency have received personal independence payment or disability living allowance in each of the last three financial years.

Statistics on the number of children under the age of 16 in receipt of Disability Living Allowance, by a range of breakdowns including time series, are available from the Tabtool: http://tabulation-tool.dwp.gov.uk/100pc/tabtool.html. Personal Independence Payment is not available to children under the age of 16.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
15th Sep 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many adults in Ashfield constituency have received carer's allowance for caring for children under the age of 16 in each of the last three financial years.

The information requested is not readily available and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
14th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the recommendations concerning austerity measures in paragraph 19 of the UN Economic and Social Council report entitled, Concluding observations on the sixth periodic report of the United Kingdom and Great Britain and Northern Ireland, published on 24 June 2016.

The Government regularly assesses the impacts of its policies and will continue to do so.

The Government’s economic plan is delivering jobs for the UK. Our reforms, including the introduction of the National Living Wage, are helping to transform the life chances of people across the country.

Damian Hinds
Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)
16th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the median hourly pay was for (a) all employees aged 21 to 24 and (b) full-time employees aged 21 to 24 in (i) cash terms and (ii) adjusted for inflation in each year since 2008.

The information requested is not collated centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost. The Department pays monthly salaries and therefore does not record median hourly rates of pay.

26th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of people in (a) Ashfield constituency and (b) England that will be affected by reductions in employment and support allowance.

The Government set out its assessment of the impacts of the welfare policies in the Bill on 20th July last year. However forecasts for Employment and Support Allowance are made only for Great Britain and are not broken down to the level requested. As such, the information requested is not available.

Priti Patel
Home Secretary
8th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to respond to the letter dated 24 June 2015 from the hon. Member for Ashfield on self-employment amongst women.

I replied to the hon. Member on 14 July 2015.

Priti Patel
Home Secretary
8th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of present Government guidance available to employers on managing the health and safety of new and expectant mothers at work.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reviewed and revised its website and other published guidance on managing new and expectant mothers’ health and safety in 2012. A further minor review was carried out in 2014. HSE also contributed to advice produced by Acas in 2013 on breastfeeding at work.

HSE is currently working with the Equality and Human Rights Commission to assess the findings of a major survey on pregnancy and maternity discrimination at work and any implications for the effectiveness of the Executive’s current guidance.

17th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many families in Ashfield constituency were in receipt of benefits in excess of £26,000 per year bef