Holly Lynch Written Questions

96 Questions to Government Departments tabled by Holly Lynch


Date Title Questioner
8 Sep 2020, 5:13 p.m. Religious Buildings: Sanitation Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the March 2020 Budget, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of including places of worship as a sector in the Changing Places Fund to build accessible toilet facilities in existing buildings.

Answer (Christopher Pincher)

The Government is determined to see greater provision of Changing Places toilet facilities in new and existing buildings. We will work with the Changing Places Consortium and others to identify those sectors where we most need to accelerate the provision of such facilities and will set out the criteria for funding in due course.

8 Sep 2020, 12:04 p.m. Biometric Residence Permits: Migrant Workers Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the immigration status is of migrant healthcare workers who are currently without Biometric Residence Permits.

Answer (Kevin Foster)

All migrants granted leave receive written notification of their immigration status and are issued with a biometric residence permit (BRP) as evidence of their immigration status. Migrants who are waiting for a decision on their in-time immigration application are entitled to remain in the country on their current conditions until their application is resolved.

21 Jul 2020, 11:51 a.m. Asylum: Female Genital Mutilation Protection Orders Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many women and girls with an FGM protection order have applied for asylum in the UK as at July 2020.

Answer (Chris Philp)

The Home Office are unable to state how many women and girls with an FGM protection order have applied for asylum and have been refused asylum in the UK as at July 2020 as this information is not held in a reportable format and easily aggregated.

The Home Office can state how many people have applied for asylum and have been refused asylum in the UK and can be found in the published immigration statistics March 2020 at Asy_D01 and Asy_D02 and can be broken down by gender:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-statistics-year-ending-march-2020/list-of-tables#asylum-and-resettlement

21 Jul 2020, 11:51 a.m. Asylum: Female Genital Mutilation Protection Orders Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many women and girls with an FGM protection order have been refused asylum in the UK as at July 2020.

Answer (Chris Philp)

The Home Office are unable to state how many women and girls with an FGM protection order have applied for asylum and have been refused asylum in the UK as at July 2020 as this information is not held in a reportable format and easily aggregated.

The Home Office can state how many people have applied for asylum and have been refused asylum in the UK and can be found in the published immigration statistics March 2020 at Asy_D01 and Asy_D02 and can be broken down by gender:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-statistics-year-ending-march-2020/list-of-tables#asylum-and-resettlement

17 Jul 2020, 3:12 p.m. Female Genital Mutilation Protection Orders Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many women and girls in the UK have an FGM protection order in place as at July 2020.

Answer (Alex Chalk)

The Ministry of Justice collates information on the number of applications and the number of FGM protection orders granted. There is no mandatory requirement to collate statistics on the duration of orders and whether they remain in place at any point in time. The quality of available data can only, therefore, be verified at disproportionate cost. However, following their introduction in July 2015, 584 FGM protection orders have been granted up to 31 March 2020, the latest period for which information is available.

Similarly, data relating to the age of the person to be protected by an FGM protection order granted by the court is not collated and can only be obtained at disproportionate cost. Data relating to age is collated, however, on a person or persons named in any application for a FGM protection order. Following their introduction in July 2015, 405 applicants, aged 17 or under, had been the subject of an application for an FGM protection order up to 31 March 2020, the latest period for which statistics are available.

Statistics to the end of June 2020 are scheduled for publication in late September, and statistics for July are scheduled for publication in late December.

17 Jul 2020, 3:12 p.m. Female Genital Mutilation Protection Orders: Children and Young People Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many girls under the age of 18 in the UK have an FGM protection order in place as at July 2020.

Answer (Alex Chalk)

The Ministry of Justice collates information on the number of applications and the number of FGM protection orders granted. There is no mandatory requirement to collate statistics on the duration of orders and whether they remain in place at any point in time. The quality of available data can only, therefore, be verified at disproportionate cost. However, following their introduction in July 2015, 584 FGM protection orders have been granted up to 31 March 2020, the latest period for which information is available.

Similarly, data relating to the age of the person to be protected by an FGM protection order granted by the court is not collated and can only be obtained at disproportionate cost. Data relating to age is collated, however, on a person or persons named in any application for a FGM protection order. Following their introduction in July 2015, 405 applicants, aged 17 or under, had been the subject of an application for an FGM protection order up to 31 March 2020, the latest period for which statistics are available.

Statistics to the end of June 2020 are scheduled for publication in late September, and statistics for July are scheduled for publication in late December.

12 May 2020, 12:38 p.m. Endoscopy: Coronavirus Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to support the resumption of endoscopy service provision during the covid-19 outbreak.

Answer (Edward Argar)

The National Health Service has continued to provide urgent and emergency services throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. To ensure patient safety and continuation of service, local systems and Cancer Alliances are providing diagnostic and surgical provision through cancer hubs and contracted independent sector hospitals.

Diagnostics and treatment are actively being brought back up to pre-pandemic levels and referrals into services are being encouraged through campaigns such as the ‘Open for Business’ media campaign to encourage people with potentially serious health issues, such as cancer, to continue to seek medical advice and attend essential appointments.

13 Jun 2019, 3:26 p.m. Kashmir: Riot Control Weapons Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Indian counterpart on the use of pellet guns in Indian Administered Kashmir.

Answer (Mark Field)

​We welcome the reduction in the use of pellet guns since 2017 but are aware of, and concerned by, continued reports of their use and related injuries. We have raised this issue with the Indian Government. I discussed the situation in Kashmir with the Indian Foreign Secretary on my visit to India in March this year. The Permanent Under Secretary to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Sir Simon McDonald) also raised the situation in Kashmir with the Foreign Secretary during bilateral talks last month (May).

11 Jun 2019, 1:19 p.m. Yasin Malik Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will he seek assurances from his Indian counterpart that Kashmiri activist Yasin Malik will receive a fair trial following his arrest in April 2019.

Answer (Mark Field)

​It is not for the UK to comment on or intervene in an independent judicial process in another country. However, the British Government does encourage all states, including India, to ensure that their domestic laws meet international standards for free and fair trials. We will continue to monitor the case.

11 Jun 2019, 1:15 p.m. Kashmir: Human Rights Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Indian counterpart on Indian security forces upholding international human rights in Kashmir in the last 12 months.

Answer (Mark Field)

We encourage both India and Pakistan to uphold their international human rights obligations. Any allegations of human rights violations or abuses is concerning and must be investigated thoroughly, promptly and transparently. I discussed the situation in Kashmir with the Indian Foreign Secretary on my visit to India in March this year. The Permanent Under Secretary to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office also raised the situation in Kashmir with the Foreign Secretary during bilateral talks last month (May).

10 Jun 2019, 3:52 p.m. Visas Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is able to take to support visa applications from Fairtrade producers invited to the UK by the Fairtrade Foundation and other Fairtrade organisations.

Answer (Caroline Nokes)

Attending meetings, conferences and seminars are all allowed under the Visitor Rules. UKVI has in place engagement teams who can work with event organisers ahead of events to support them through visa processes. Event organisers can approach UKVI directly, we also identify organisers through engagement with other government department and external Stakeholders.

16 May 2019, 3:05 p.m. Asylum: Housing Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he plans to allocate additional resources to the Migrant Help phone line to respond to asylum accommodation calls from September 2019.

Answer (Caroline Nokes)

Migrant Help recently won the contract to deliver the Advice, Issue Reporting and Eligibility (AIRE) contract. AIRE will provide advice and guidance on the asylum process, their rights and signposting different services. It will also provide asylum seekers with a single point of contact, independent from the accommodation providers and the Home Office, to report issues.

The resourcing of the Migrant Help phone lines are included as part of the AIRE contract and we are working with them to ensure a smooth transition of service.

I have attached the AIRE statement of requirements which provides further information about the AIRE contract.

1 May 2019, 4:06 p.m. Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve the diagnosis time for patients with Ehlers–Danlos syndrome.

Answer (Caroline Dinenage)

Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes (EDS) are a group of rare inherited connected tissue disorders, affecting around one in 20,000 people. EDS can go undiagnosed, or misdiagnosed, for many years.

Building upon the success of the 100,000 Genomes Project, in which EDS was included as part of the rare disease arm, the NHS Genomics Medicine Service (GMS) was launched in October 2018. The GMS brings together existing clinical genetics services and new genomic laboratory infrastructure to provide consistent and equitable access to genomic medicine.

The National Genomic Test Directory which underpins the GMS was updated in March 2019 and specifies which genomic tests are commissioned by the National Health Service in England, the technology by which they are available, and the patients who will be eligible to access a test. EDS with a likely monogenic cause is included in the National Test Directory.

1 May 2019, 4:03 p.m. Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the waiting time for patients with Ehlers–Danlos syndromes to see a specialist.

Answer (Caroline Dinenage)

Services for patients with Ehlers–Danlos syndromes (EDS) are provided at a local and national level. NHS England commissions services for patients, adults and children, with EDS from specialist rheumatology centres. A Complex EDS service for adults and children is being delivered at two centres in England, London North West University Healthcare Trust and Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust. The two expert centres ensure that a correct diagnosis of EDS has been made and investigate complex cases of EDS. Some patients may also be seen in more local rheumatology services, which are commissioned by clinical commissioning groups.

From October 2018, the National Genomic Test Directory has been in place and specifies the genomic tests that will be commissioned directly by NHS England and the patients who will be eligible to access this testing for diagnostic purposes. EDS with a likely monogenic cause is included in the National Test Directory.

29 Jun 2018, 1:48 p.m. Social Security Benefits: Appeals Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the (a) current waiting time and (b) waiting time was in each year since 2010 for appeals relating to (i) personal independence payments and (ii) employment and support allowance in (A) Huddersfield, (B) Bradford and (C) Leeds.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

PIP was introduced in 2013, therefore this explains the sharp increase in waiting times since 2013.

Latest figures indicate that since PIP was introduced, more than 3.1 million decisions have been made, and of these under 9% have been appealed and 4% have been overturned. For ESA the figure is only 8% of decisions made were appealed and 4% have been overturned at tribunals.

The information requested is in the table below:

Average time receipt to outcome (weeks) 1

Bradford

Huddersfield

Leeds

Apr-Mar

Personal Independence Payments2

Employment Support Allowance3

Personal Independence Payments2

Employment Support Allowance2

Personal Independence Payments2

Employment Support Allowance3

2017/18

28

25

40

39

26

24

2016/17

18

17

22

24

16

15

2015/16

23

22

24

29

20

21

2014/15

21

37

26

32

19

28

2013/14

0

26

0

39

~

20

2012/13

0

19

0

36

0

17

2011/12

0

26

0

28

0

18

2010/11

0

31

0

25

0

15

2009/10

0

13

0

~

0

8

  1. Data include cases cleared with and without a Tribunal hearing
  2. Personal Independent Payment (New Claim Appeals) which replaces Disability Living Allowance was introduced on the 8 April 2013, also includes Personal Independent Claims (Reassessments)
  3. Data include Employment and Support Allowance and Incapacity Benefit reassessment. Employment and Support Allowance was introduced in October 2008 and Incapacity Benefit reassessment followed in October 2010.

~ Equates to a value fewer than 5

Although care is taken when processing and analysing the data, the details are subject to inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale management system and are the best data available.

The data may differ slightly to that of the published stats as these data were run on a different date.

The volume of PIP appeals made to the tribunal has built up over time since it was introduced as a new benefit in 2013.

Clearance times are dependent on several factors, such as the availability of the appellant or their representative, or hearing capacity at the local Tribunal venue. Additionally, a decision on the appeal may be reached after a hearing has been adjourned (which may be directed by the judge for a variety of reasons, such as to seek further evidence), or after a hearing has been postponed (again, for a variety of reasons, often at the request of the appellant). An appeal may also have been referred back to the First-tier Tribunal by the Upper Tribunal for disposal. Cases may also have been stayed at the First-tier Tribunal, pending a decision by the Upper Tribunal on a lead case.

29 Jun 2018, 12:56 p.m. Social Security Benefits: Appeals Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people are waiting to have their appeal heard at a Tribunal for (a) personal independence payments and (b) employment and support allowance in the Halifax constituency.

Answer (Rory Stewart)

Latest figures indicate that since PIP was introduced, more than 3.1 million decisions have been made, and of these under 9% have been appealed and 4% have been overturned. For ESA the figure is only 8% of decisions made were appealed and 4% have been overturned at tribunals.

The information requested is in the table below:

Number of cases that are ready to list1 for a hearing in the Bradford Venue2

Year

Personal Independence Payment3

Employment Support Allowance4

31 March 2018

973

430

  1. Ready to list includes cases waiting to be listed for a tribunal hearing. These cases may have already had an initial hearing and be awaiting a subsequent hearing.
  2. Social Security and Child Support appeals are normally registered to the venue nearest to the appellant’s home address. We cannot retrieve data based on the appellant’s actual address, but can produce reports detailing the numbers of cases that were dealt with at one of our Regional Centres or heard at a specific venue. Cases relating to Halifax constituency are registered to the Bradford venue. The above figures relate to all cases outstanding at the Bradford venue rather than just those for the Halifax constituency.
  3. Personal Independent Payment (New Claim Appeals) which replaces Disability Living Allowance was introduced on the 8 April 2013, also includes Personal Independent Claims (Reassessments)
  4. Includes Employment Support Allowance and Employment Support Allowance (reassessments)

Although care is taken when processing and analysing the data, the details are subject to inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale management system and are the best data available.

The data may differ slightly to those of the published stats as these data were run on a different date.

28 Jun 2018, 12:59 p.m. Social Security Benefits: Appeals Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) personal independence payments and (b) employment and support allowance appeals are heard on average each day at Tribunal in (i) Huddersfield, (ii) Bradford and (iii) Leeds; and how many people on average are added each day to a waiting list for an appeal hearing at each of those Tribunals.

Answer (Lucy Frazer)

The information requested is not held centrally.

The information is not available, because the SSCS Generic Appeals Processing System (GAPS) cannot calculate the average rate per day. Venues may not be used daily, and a daily average would therefore be statistically unreliable. Furthermore, the relevant computer records are not run on a daily basis.

18 Jun 2018, 12:55 p.m. European Maritime and Fisheries Fund Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government plans to introduce an alternative funding stream to the European and Maritime and Fisheries Fund after the UK leaves the EU.

Answer (George Eustice)

The government has made clear that all European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) projects approved before the UK leaves the EU will be fully funded even if these projects have not been completed by the time the UK leaves the EU. This guarantee applies across the UK.

Work to develop future domestic funds to replace those currently operated by the EU is underway.

18 Jun 2018, 12:12 p.m. Fisheries: Migrant Workers Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of (a) each nationality represented in the UK fishing sector workforce and (b) the changes in the levels of those nationalities after the UK leaves the EU.

Answer (George Eustice)

Following a pilot labour survey of the catching sector in 2017, Seafish will be conducting a full labour survey as part of its wider analysis of the UK fleet in 2018. The results of the 2017 pilot are published by Seafish and the analysis undertaken in 2018 will be published later this year.

The Government has commissioned the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to assess the role that EU citizens play in the UK economy and society, and how to align the future immigration framework with modern industrial strategy. We welcome the MAC’s interim report published in March 2018 and will consider its evidence in full when it publishes its final report in September 2018.

http://www.seafish.org/media/publications/Seafish_2017_Pilot_fleet_employment_survey_report_FULL.pdf

23 May 2018, 4:09 p.m. Courts: Closures Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many courts have been closed and replaced with remote video technology since 2015.

Answer (Lucy Frazer)

No courts have been closed and replaced with remote video technology since 2015.

To enhance access to justice, remote video links have been established as part of six court closures since 2015, with a further two video links to be in place by the end of the year. Remote video technology provides additional support to vulnerable and intimidated witnesses, including defence witnesses who may give evidence via a live video link from a location away from a court environment.

22 May 2018, 4:57 p.m. Courts: Closures Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on the potential additional financial costs on police forces in areas where the local court has recently closed.

Answer (Lucy Frazer)

Whilst the Secretary of State for Justice has not specifically discussed with the Home Secretary the potential additional financial costs on police forces in areas where the local court has recently closed, HM Courts and Tribunal Service conducts public consultations when court closures are proposed. These consultations invite views from any affected police forces, and local Police and Crime Commissioners. The Secretary of State takes into account the responses received before deciding how to proceed.

22 May 2018, 4:57 p.m. Courts: Closures Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he has received representations on the availability of independent domestic violence advisers to attend court in areas where the local court has recently closed.

Answer (Lucy Frazer)

Whilst the Secretary of State for Justice has not specifically received any representations on the availability of independent domestic violence advisors in areas where the local court has recently closed, HM Courts and Tribunal Service conducts public consultations when court closures are proposed. These consultations seek views from court users, including those providing victim support services and prior to making a decision on court closures the Secretary of State takes into account the responses received before deciding how to proceed.

21 May 2018, 4:02 p.m. Truancy: Fixed Penalties Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average time taken to schedule a court date in cases of unpaid penalty notices for non-attendance at school in each year since 2015 is.

Answer (Lucy Frazer)

The information requested is not held centrally.

21 May 2018, 4:02 p.m. Courts: Closures Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of incidents of victims and suspects travelling on the same bus or train to court in areas where the local court has closed; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Lucy Frazer)

The possibility of parties to a case travelling to court by the same form of public transport is one that exists prior to a court closure.

If a party to a case believes that they will travel to court on the same bus or train as another party and is concerned for their safety, the court may consider applications to be represented at court by other means.

17 May 2018, 5:21 p.m. Courts: West Yorkshire Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cases were summonsed in (a) 2018, (b) 2016, (c) 2010 in West Yorkshire.

Answer (Lucy Frazer)

The information requested for 2010 and 2016 can be found in the table below. Information for 2018 is not available.

West Yorkshire

Calendar Year

Summons

2010

47,382

2016

7,578

17 May 2018, 5:20 p.m. Right of Search: West Yorkshire Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many search warrants were issued for properties in west Yorkshire in (a) 2018, (b) 2015 and (c) 2010.

Answer (Lucy Frazer)

The data requested is not available for any period prior to June 2016 when a national Applications Register was implemented. Information for 2018 is not available.

17 May 2018, 4:44 p.m. Domestic Violence: West Yorkshire Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the (a) average and (b) longest waiting time was for a domestic violence charge to be heard in a court in (a) Calderdale and (b) West Yorkshire in each year since 2010.

Answer (Lucy Frazer)

The information requested could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

17 May 2018, 4:42 p.m. Magistrates' Courts: Calderdale Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of cases heard at Calderdale Magistrates Court are now heard in (a) Bradford, (b) Huddersfield and (c) Leeds.

Answer (Lucy Frazer)

All cases which would previously have been heard in Calderdale Magistrates’ Court are now heard in Bradford Magistrates’ Court.

17 May 2018, 4:40 p.m. Courts: Closures Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate his Department has made of the number of cases that were (a) lost and (b) dropped in areas where the local court has closed in each of the last five years.

Answer (Lucy Frazer)

This information could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

17 May 2018, 4:39 p.m. Courts: Video Conferencing Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the percentage of courts which currently have the technological capacity to host video links.

Answer (Lucy Frazer)

All criminal courts have access to video links and we are increasing the availability of video links across the civil and family courts. Combined, around 90% of courts have this technology.

16 May 2018, 3:13 p.m. Coastal Communities Fund: Fisheries Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the proportion of the coastal communities fund that has been awarded to the fishing sector over the four funding rounds completed to date.

Answer (Jake Berry)

The Coastal Communities Fund is a competitive bid-led UK-wide programme which does not pre-allocate a specific proportion of funds for any category of project. There are no plans to change this.

In the first four rounds of the Coastal Communities Fund a total of 18 grants worth £9.73 million were awarded to fisheries related projects across the UK. These accounted for approximately 6 per cent of the Fund's total allocated expenditure.

Each application is considered on its individual merits against the Fund’s main outcome to support growth and jobs in coastal communities.

16 May 2018, 3:13 p.m. Coastal Communities Fund: Fisheries Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department plans to increase the proportion of the coastal communities fund which is awarded to the fishing sector.

Answer (Jake Berry)

The Coastal Communities Fund is a competitive bid-led UK-wide programme which does not pre-allocate a specific proportion of funds for any category of project. There are no plans to change this.

In the first four rounds of the Coastal Communities Fund a total of 18 grants worth £9.73 million were awarded to fisheries related projects across the UK. These accounted for approximately 6 per cent of the Fund's total allocated expenditure.

Each application is considered on its individual merits against the Fund’s main outcome to support growth and jobs in coastal communities.

25 Apr 2018, 4:49 p.m. Flood Control: Finance Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to his Department's press release, entitled flood scheme boost with £36 million of funding, published on 27 March 2018, if he will list the 25 flood schemes that will receive a share of that funding.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

The £36 million of the £76 million funding announced for flood defence at the Autumn 2017 budget has been allocated to the 37 projects listed below. Twelve of the projects, in Devon and Cumbria, were announced in December and the remaining and the remaining 25 were on 27th March.

Funding was requested and provided for all the schemes that would meet the two criteria :- i) a new project could be completed in the next 3 years; ii) the scheme would either generate sufficient benefits in term of reduced flood risk to qualifying for 100% funding or have a high confidence of securing any partnership contributions needed.

Project name / Location

Parliamentary Constituencies

Additional GiA required to March 2021 (£m)

Hull River Defences Phase 2

Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle

11.80

Bath Flood Defence Scheme (Twerton gate replacement)

Bath

4.80

Hexham Industrial Estates Flood Alleviation Scheme

Hexham

3.73

Seahouses Main Pier Rehabilitation

Berwick-upon-Tweed

2.88

Irwell Vale to Strongsty, Lancashire

Rossendale and Darwen

2.43

Torksey Area Flood Risk Management Scheme

Gainsborough

1.60

Sud and Twyver Flood Risk and Restoration Project

Gloucester

1.27

Wallasey Embankment, Wirral

Wirral West

0.67

Warwickshire Property Level Protection Schemes (Galley, Grendon, Fillongley, Bermuda)

Nuneaton, North Warwickshire

0.64

Ashes Road Scheme, Rowley Regis

Warley

0.50

Morton Corner, Gainsborough

Gainsborough

0.44

Summer Lane Improvement Works, Worle, Somerset

Weston-Super-Mare

0.43

Cuttle Brook Increased catchment storage, Derby

Derby South

0.38

Lower Brailes Flood Alleviation Scheme, Welford-Upon-Avon

Stratford-on-Avon

0.38

Upsizing and Diversion of Culvert at Skipton Road, Barnoldswick

Pendle

0.30

Upper Brookstray, Coventry, Flood Alleviation Scheme

Coventry North West

0.29

Eel Mires Dike Flood Alleviation Scheme, Dinnington

Rother Valley

0.29

Broad Oak Water culvert, Accrington

Hyndburn

0.23

Sutherland Road, Cheslyn Hay, Staffordshire

South Staffordshire

0.15

Bennetts Road, Keresley Flood Alleviation Scheme

Coventry North West

0.15

Calico Brook, Appley Bridge - Scheme Review & Enhancement

Wigan

0.11

Waterhead Brook, Wolverhampton Flood Risk Alleviation

Wolverhampton North East

0.10

West Lancashire - Burscough - Level 2 Surface Water Management Plan

West Lancashire

0.10

Welford on Avon Flood Alleviation Scheme

Stratford-on-Avon

0.09

Shropshire Property Level Protection Longden and Worthen

Shrewsbury and Atcham and Ludlow

0.07

Schemes announced in December 2017.

Project name / Location

Parliamentary Constituencies

Additional GiA required to March 2021 (£m)

Whimple Flood Defence Scheme

East Devon

1.03

Laira Avenue/Lipson Vale Integrated Urban Drainage Management scheme, Plymouth

Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport

0.61

Newby Bridge Sluice Refurbishment

Westmorland and Lonsdale

0.10

Railway Terrace Flood Alleviation Scheme, Seascale

Copeland

0.10

Ravenglass Tidal Gate Replacement

Copeland

0.09

Caldew

Carlisle

0.06

Santon Way Flood Alleviation Scheme, Seascale

Copeland

0.05

Gravel Management, Kent at Kendal

Westmorland and Lonsdale

0.03

Gravel Management, Greta at Keswick

Copeland

0.03

Troutbeck Bridge Property Level Protection

Westmorland and Lonsdale

0.03

Gravel Management, Derwent at Cockermouth

Workington

0.02

Longtown Flood Storage Reservoir

Penrith and The Border

0.02

25 Apr 2018, 4:49 p.m. Flood Control: Finance Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to his Department's press release, entitled flood scheme boost with £36 million of funding, published on 27 March 2018, how many schemes were considered for receiving an allocation of that funding but were unsuccessful in securing it.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

The £36 million of the £76 million funding announced for flood defence at the Autumn 2017 budget has been allocated to the 37 projects listed below. Twelve of the projects, in Devon and Cumbria, were announced in December and the remaining and the remaining 25 were on 27th March.

Funding was requested and provided for all the schemes that would meet the two criteria :- i) a new project could be completed in the next 3 years; ii) the scheme would either generate sufficient benefits in term of reduced flood risk to qualifying for 100% funding or have a high confidence of securing any partnership contributions needed.

Project name / Location

Parliamentary Constituencies

Additional GiA required to March 2021 (£m)

Hull River Defences Phase 2

Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle

11.80

Bath Flood Defence Scheme (Twerton gate replacement)

Bath

4.80

Hexham Industrial Estates Flood Alleviation Scheme

Hexham

3.73

Seahouses Main Pier Rehabilitation

Berwick-upon-Tweed

2.88

Irwell Vale to Strongsty, Lancashire

Rossendale and Darwen

2.43

Torksey Area Flood Risk Management Scheme

Gainsborough

1.60

Sud and Twyver Flood Risk and Restoration Project

Gloucester

1.27

Wallasey Embankment, Wirral

Wirral West

0.67

Warwickshire Property Level Protection Schemes (Galley, Grendon, Fillongley, Bermuda)

Nuneaton, North Warwickshire

0.64

Ashes Road Scheme, Rowley Regis

Warley

0.50

Morton Corner, Gainsborough

Gainsborough

0.44

Summer Lane Improvement Works, Worle, Somerset

Weston-Super-Mare

0.43

Cuttle Brook Increased catchment storage, Derby

Derby South

0.38

Lower Brailes Flood Alleviation Scheme, Welford-Upon-Avon

Stratford-on-Avon

0.38

Upsizing and Diversion of Culvert at Skipton Road, Barnoldswick

Pendle

0.30

Upper Brookstray, Coventry, Flood Alleviation Scheme

Coventry North West

0.29

Eel Mires Dike Flood Alleviation Scheme, Dinnington

Rother Valley

0.29

Broad Oak Water culvert, Accrington

Hyndburn

0.23

Sutherland Road, Cheslyn Hay, Staffordshire

South Staffordshire

0.15

Bennetts Road, Keresley Flood Alleviation Scheme

Coventry North West

0.15

Calico Brook, Appley Bridge - Scheme Review & Enhancement

Wigan

0.11

Waterhead Brook, Wolverhampton Flood Risk Alleviation

Wolverhampton North East

0.10

West Lancashire - Burscough - Level 2 Surface Water Management Plan

West Lancashire

0.10

Welford on Avon Flood Alleviation Scheme

Stratford-on-Avon

0.09

Shropshire Property Level Protection Longden and Worthen

Shrewsbury and Atcham and Ludlow

0.07

Schemes announced in December 2017.

Project name / Location

Parliamentary Constituencies

Additional GiA required to March 2021 (£m)

Whimple Flood Defence Scheme

East Devon

1.03

Laira Avenue/Lipson Vale Integrated Urban Drainage Management scheme, Plymouth

Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport

0.61

Newby Bridge Sluice Refurbishment

Westmorland and Lonsdale

0.10

Railway Terrace Flood Alleviation Scheme, Seascale

Copeland

0.10

Ravenglass Tidal Gate Replacement

Copeland

0.09

Caldew

Carlisle

0.06

Santon Way Flood Alleviation Scheme, Seascale

Copeland

0.05

Gravel Management, Kent at Kendal

Westmorland and Lonsdale

0.03

Gravel Management, Greta at Keswick

Copeland

0.03

Troutbeck Bridge Property Level Protection

Westmorland and Lonsdale

0.03

Gravel Management, Derwent at Cockermouth

Workington

0.02

Longtown Flood Storage Reservoir

Penrith and The Border

0.02

25 Apr 2018, 11:51 a.m. Flood Control: Finance Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to his Department's press release, entitled flood scheme boost with £36 million of funding, published on 27 March 2018, what criteria was used for determining the 25 flood schemes that will receive an allocation of that funding; and for what reasons schemes in Bury did not meet that criteria.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

The criteria for the allocation of the £36 million required each scheme to be a new project that could be completed in the next 3 years.

The schemes needed to either generate sufficient benefits in term of reduced flood risk to qualifying for 100% funding or have a high confidence of securing any partnership contributions needed.

Schemes proposed in the Bury area fell under the following two categories and were therefore not eligible for funding from the £36 million allocation.

1. The schemes were either already part of the Environment Agency programme and are already receiving funding. This money was specifically aimed at bringing new schemes into the programme.

2. The potential new schemes associated with Bury that are currently sitting outside the current programme of work were not able to be accelerated to deliver and protect homes before 2021 as per the criteria for this funding.

24 Apr 2018, 3:57 p.m. Flood Control: Finance Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to paragraph 4.50 of Autumn Budget 2017, how much of the £40 million to boost local regeneration in deprived communities at high flood risk has been allocated; what projects are set to benefit from that funding; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

Ministers are still considering which schemes will benefit and expect to decide in due course.

27 Feb 2018, 5:50 p.m. Police: Firearms Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 20 February 2018 to Question 127226 on Police: Firearms, what assessment she has made of the effect of differences in the length of firearms training received by Authorised Firearms Officers on deployment decisions in respect of Operation Temperer.

Answer (Mr Nick Hurd)

All Authorised Firearms Officers must undertake the National Police Firearms Training Curriculum – a programme of nationally accredited training for armed officers.

The length of courses varies according to the duties likely to be undertaken. Including in respect to Operation Temperer, deployment decisions and the length of associated armed officer training are operational matters for the police.

27 Feb 2018, 5:49 p.m. Wildlife: Crime Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 20 February 2018 to Question 127241, what information her Department holds on the number of fully trained wildlife crime officers in each year since 2010.

Answer (Mr Nick Hurd)

The Home Office does not hold centrally any information on the number of trained wildlife crime officers.

It is for elected Police and Crime Commissioners and Chief Constables to decide how their force’s resources are deployed.

20 Feb 2018, 5:12 p.m. Wildlife: Crime Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether police officers appointed as wildlife crime officers hold a range of other responsibilities.

Answer (Mr Nick Hurd)

The Government does not prescribe the nature or level of resources deployed by police forces to tackle wildlife crime. Whether wildlife crime officers focus solely on tackling wildlife crime, or hold a range of other responsibilities, are operational matters for police forces. It is for Police and Crime Commissioners to ensure that forces’ priorities reflect those of their communities, and individual forces must have the flexibility to deploy their resources without Government interference.

20 Feb 2018, 5:11 p.m. Police: Firearms Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what additional costs have been incurred on PFI contracts for police buildings that are used to train firearms officers in (a) the Metropolitan police and (b) other police forces in each of the last three years.

Answer (Mr Nick Hurd)

This information is not held centrally.

20 Feb 2018, 5:05 p.m. Police: Finance Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the contribution to the public purse is of the policing precept by each police force.

Answer (Mr Nick Hurd)

Police precept is set by Police and Crime Commissioner who receive all the income from police precept. Police precept levels are published each year by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/council-tax-statistics#council-tax-levels-set-by-local-authorities.

20 Feb 2018, 4:56 p.m. Wildlife: Crime Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what comparative estimate he has made of the number of police forces with a fully trained wildlife crime officer in 2010 and 2018.

Answer (Mr Nick Hurd)

It is for elected Police and Crime Commissioners and Chief Constables to decide how their force’s resources are deployed and how best to manage their communications with the public.

20 Feb 2018, 4:56 p.m. Wildlife: Crime Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what comparative estimate she has made of the number of fully trained wildlife crime officers in 2010 and 2018.

Answer (Mr Nick Hurd)

It is for elected Police and Crime Commissioners and Chief Constables to decide how their force’s resources are deployed and how best to manage their communications with the public.

20 Feb 2018, 4:55 p.m. Police: Firearms Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the length of time is for firearms training for Authorised Firearms Officers in each police force in the UK.

Answer (Mr Nick Hurd)

Officers must undertake the National Police Firearms Training Curriculum – a programme of nationally accredited training for armed officers. However, the length of armed officer training is an operational matter for individual chief officers. The length of courses also varies according to the duties likely to be undertaken.

20 Feb 2018, 11:32 a.m. Salmon: North Shields Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effect of a cessation of drift net salmon fishing in 2018 on heritage fishing in North Shields.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

The North East coast net fishery, including drift nets at North Shields, operates as a coastal mixed stock fishery, catching salmon from a large number of different populations from rivers in both Scotland and England on the eastern coast of Britain.

The UK Government has international obligations as a member of the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation (NASCO) to close coastal mixed stock fisheries as it is not possible to manage them in such a way as to effectively protect contributing salmon stocks. Closing fisheries is not an action that is taken without careful consideration. In reaching this position the Environment Agency (EA) has followed the NASCO guidelines and applied the Precautionary Approach to the conservation and management of salmon populations, giving priority to conserving and protecting salmon stocks.

The EA understands that these new management measures could impose a financial burden on licensed drift netsmen. It has not taken the decision to propose measures lightly, but salmon are in decline across the country. On the grounds of ensuring stocks exist at a sustainable level now and in the future, these are the measures that are being proposed.

The EA intends to formally advertise its proposals later this month and all stakeholders will have the opportunity to respond to the proposed byelaws and to request changes or modifications.

14 Feb 2018, 11:30 a.m. Home Office: Written Questions Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to Question 115815, tabled by the hon. Member for Halifax on 27 November 2017.

Answer (Mr Nick Hurd)

UIN 115815 was answered on the 14th February 2018.

14 Feb 2018, 11:27 a.m. Nuisance Calls Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the police response to reports of an 0800 number making repeated threatening phone calls.

Answer (Mr Nick Hurd)

The Government takes the issue of malicious or threatening calls very seriously. Individuals who receive such calls are advised to report it to their phone provider.

If such calls are reported to the police it is for chief constables to decide how best to deploy resources to respond to the matter. It is for the directly elected Police and Crime Commissioners to hold the local chief constable to account for the performance of the force on behalf of the public.

14 Feb 2018, 11:25 a.m. Carillion Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether Carillion was responsible for the delivery of any contracts for police forces across the country; and if she will make a statement.

Answer (Mr Nick Hurd)

Carillion are responsible for delivering contracts to policing, these contracts are direct between police forces and Carillion. The HO have liaised with all police forces and have been provided with assurance from policing that effective business continuity plans are in place.

13 Feb 2018, 2:30 p.m. Water Companies: Tax Avoidance Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information his Department holds on the number of water utility companies that use (a) off-shore financial arrangements and (b) tax havens.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

According to data compiled by Ofwat, the following regulated water companies have offshore finance structures registered in the Cayman Islands: Affinity Water, South East Water, Southern Water, Thames Water, Welsh Water and Yorkshire Water.

All of these offshore finance structures are UK resident for tax purposes.

Thames Water and Yorkshire Water have both recently announced their intention to close their offshore finance structures.

12 Feb 2018, 2:50 p.m. FV Solstice Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timetable is for the publication of the Marine Accident Investigation Branch's report into the sinking of the Solstice.

Answer (Ms Nusrat Ghani)

This case is still in the investigation phase. I expect the final report to be published in July 2018.

8 Feb 2018, 4:44 p.m. Water Companies: Standards Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many water companies missed their leakage targets in (a) 2015, (b) 2016 and (c) 2017.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

No companies missed their leakage targets for the financial years 2014/15 and 2015/16. Six companies missed their leakage targets in 2016/17. These were:

Water company

Performance commitment (Million litres per day)

Actual performance (Million litres per day)

Bristol Water

47

47.4

Essex and Suffolk Water

66.00

68.08

Portsmouth Water

29.95

30.37

Sutton and East Surrey Water

24.30

24.34

Cambridge Water

13.5

14.32

Thames Water

630

677

The reported level of performance is based on Ofwat’s 2014 Price Review (PR14) methodology.

Leakage figures for all the water companies in England and Wales are available at Discover Water https://discoverwater.co.uk/leaking-pipes.

8 Feb 2018, 4:20 p.m. Salmon Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the cessation of all drift net salmon fishing in 2018 on salmon stocks.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

The 2014 assessment of salmon stocks showed the lowest population levels in our rivers nationally on record. In response to this ongoing decline, the Environment Agency has proposed new measures to reduce the exploitation of salmon by net fisheries.

It is estimated that these measures affecting the drift net fisheries would enable 16,000 more salmon and sea trout to return to our rivers to spawn annually, providing opportunity for future recovery of the species.

8 Feb 2018, 3:30 p.m. Police: Finance Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the timetable is for the conclusion of the review of the Police funding formula.

Answer (Mr Nick Hurd)

As I set out in my statement to the House on 19 December, we will revisit the police funding formula at the next Spending Review. The funding settlement for 2018/19 protects police funding in real terms, and provides police leaders with the financial certainty that they need to plan for 2019/20.

8 Feb 2018, 3:26 p.m. Police and Crime Commissioners Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much of each police force’s annual budget was spent on the running costs of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner in the 2016-17 financial year.

Answer (Mr Nick Hurd)

The Government does not hold information in respect of how much of a police force’s budget is spent on running the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Under the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011, it is the responsibility of individual PCCs to determine how each police force area’s funding settlement is allocated, including setting the force budget and in relation to the size and composition of their offices.

The 2011 Act specifies that PCCs must publish key information as prescribed by the Secretary of State. The Elected Local Policing Bodies (Specified Information) Order 2011 (and amended in 2012) sets out what information must be published: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2011/3050/contents/made

The publication of this information enables the local electorate to judge whether the PCC is making the best use of public money.

8 Feb 2018, 3:23 p.m. Police: Dogs Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police dogs there were in each police force in (a) 2010 and (b) 2017.

Answer (Mr Nick Hurd)

The Home Office does not hold centrally any information on the number of police dogs or police horses in service in police forces.

8 Feb 2018, 3:23 p.m. Police: Horses Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police horses were in active service in each police force in each year since 2010.

Answer (Mr Nick Hurd)

The Home Office does not hold centrally any information on the number of police dogs or police horses in service in police forces.

29 Jan 2018, 3:20 p.m. Police: Dogs Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police dogs and handlers there were in each force (a) in 2010 and (b) on the most recent date for which figures are available.

Answer (Mr Nick Hurd)

The Home Office collects and publishes data annually on the primary function of police officers as part of the ‘Police workforce, England and Wales’ statistical bulletin, the latest of which can be accessed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/police-workforce-england-and-wales-31-march-2017

18 Jan 2018, 5:20 p.m. Developing Countries: Females Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate she has made of the proportion of the UK's Official Development Assistance which is allocated to women and girls in fragile or conflict-affected states.

Answer (Alistair Burt)

In 2016, the UK provided a total of £2.3 billion of bilateral Official Development Assistance (ODA) to countries/regions classed as fragile or conflict affected (FCAS) where gender equality was identified as by project teams either a significant or principal aim of the spend. This amount represented 27% of total UK bilateral ODA in 2016.

Table: Total (and percentage of) bilateral ODA in FCAS with a significant or principal gender equality marking, 2016

Total ODA

Gender equality (GE) marked projects in FCAS

Significant objective

£2.03bn

Principal objective

£0.30bn

Total GE marked FCAS projects

£2.33bn

Total UK Bilateral ODA

£8.54 bn

Total GE marked FCAS projects as a % of UK bilateral ODA

27%

Source: OECD DAC ODA Statistics, 2016.

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Development Assistance Committee gender equality policy marker has been used in this answer. The marker is a statistical indicator that is assigned to a project depending on the extent to which gender equality is a significant or main aim of the project. A significant marking means gender equality is an important and deliberate objective, but not the principal reason for undertaking the project; and a principal marking means gender equality is the main objective of the project.

16 Jan 2018, 1:26 p.m. Fisheries Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Written Statement of 21 December 2017, HCWS386, if he will publish a list of the 44 stocks of interest to the UK for which Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY)assessments have been made; and which 30 of those 44 stocks of interest to the UK will be fished at or below MSY in 2018.

Answer (George Eustice)

Further to my written statement of 21 December 2017, the final agreement means that 31 stocks of interest to the UK will be fished at or below their maximum sustainable yield (MSY) rate in 2018. This is out of 45 such stocks of interest for which MSY assessments have been completed by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES). A list of stocks is set out below.

Stocks of interest to the UK that have a MSY assessment and will be fished at their MSY rate in 2018.

Blue ling: Union and international waters of Vb, VI, VII

Blue whiting: Norwegian waters of II and IV

Cod VII b,c,e-k, VIII, IX, X, Cecaf 34.1.1(EC)

Cod VIIa

Cod: IV; Union waters of IIa; that part of IIIa not covered by the Skagerrak and Kattegat

Cod: VIId

Common sole VIId

Common sole VIIe

Common sole: Union waters of IIa and IV

Haddock EC waters of Vb and VIa

Haddock VIIa

Haddock: IV; Union waters of IIa

Haddock: Union and international waters of VIb, XII and XIV

Hake EC waters of IIa and IV

Hake VI and VII; EC waters of Vb, international waters of XII and XIV

Herring VIIa

Herring VIIg,h,j,k

Herring: By-catches in IV, VIId and in Union waters of IIa

Herring: IVc and VIId

Herring: Union and Norwegian waters north of IV north of 53o30'N

Horse mackerel and associated by-catches: Union waters of IIa, IVa, VI, VIIa-c, VIIe-k, VIIIabde; Union and international waters of Vb; international waters of XII and XIV

Megrim EC waters of IIa and IV

Norway lobster (Nephrops) VI; EC waters of Vb

Norway lobster (Nephrops) VII

Picked dogfish EC and international waters of I, V, VI, VII, VIII, XII and XIV

Plaice VIIa

Plaice VIId,e

Saithe: IIIa and IV; Union waters of IIa, IIIb, IIIc and Subdivisions 22-32

Saithe: VI; Union and international waters of Vb, XII and XIV

Roundnose grenadier Vb, VI and VII

North Sea sprat

Stocks of interest to the UK that have a MSY assessment and will not be fished at their MSY rate in 2018.

Blue whiting: Union and international waters of I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIIIa, VIIIb, VIIId, VIIIe, XII and XIV

Cod VIa; EC waters of Vb

Common sole VIIa

Common sole VIIfg

Haddock VII b-k, VIII, IX, X, EC waters of Cecaf 34.1.1

Herring: Union and international waters of Vb, VIb and VIaN

Mackerel: NE Atlantic

Megrim VII

Norway lobster (Nephrops) EC waters of IIa, IV

Plaice: IV; Union waters of IIa; that part of IIIa not covered by the Skagerrak and the Kattegat

Whiting VI; EC waters of Vb; international waters of XII and XIV

Whiting VIIa

Whiting VIIbcdefhk

Whiting: IV; Union waters of IIa

16 Jan 2018, 1:02 p.m. Total Allowable Catches: Celtic Sea Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Written Statement of 21 December 2017, HCWS386, what scientific evidence informed the decision to set total allowable catches for anglerfish and pollack in the Celtic Sea.

Answer (George Eustice)

Both anglerfish and pollack in the Celtic Sea are Data Limited Stocks. However, scientific advice published by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) was used to inform the decision to rollover the total allowable catch (TAC) for Area 7 anglerfish and Area 7 pollack in 2018.

In the case of Area 7 anglerfish, advice was issued in 2016 for quotas in 2017 and 2018 and therefore the TAC for 2018 remained the same as in 2017.

For Area 7 pollack, ICES issued advice in 2017 for quotas in 2018, 2019 and 2020, however the advised tonnage is unchanged from the previous advice and therefore the TAC for 2018 remained the same as for 2017.

21 Dec 2017, 11:02 a.m. Social Security Benefits: Medical Records Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants' medical documents submitted to his Department are known to be missing which relate to claims for (a) employment support allowance, (b) personal independence payment, (c) universal credit work capability assessments and (d) disability living allowance.

Answer (Sarah Newton)

DWP does not record the number of medical documents reported as missing which relate to claims for benefits.

20 Dec 2017, 12:31 p.m. Fisheries Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to bring forward proposals to support smaller scale fleets in the UK by allocating fishing rights according to social and ecological criteria; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (George Eustice)

We have taken measures in recent years to improve the economic viability of the inshore fleet by awarding uplift quota to support the landing obligation, permanently realigning quota from Producer Organisations to the inshore fleet. We have also addressed latent capacity through a capping exercise to provide greater certainty to those actively fishing in the inshore fleet. We will continue to review our allocation policy to promote sustainable fishing.

12 Dec 2017, 12:04 p.m. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Capital Investment Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Autumn budget, what his Department's capital budget will be for (a) 2018-19, (b) 2019-20 and (c) 2020-21, and how that spending will be allocated.

Answer (George Eustice)

Following the announcements in the Autumn budget, the Department’s capital budgets and allocations are:

£m

2018/19

2019/20

2020/21

Ring-fenced: Flood Defences

450.4

490.0

459.0

Ring-fenced: Official Development Assistance

37.4

35.4

45.5

Other

166.2

100.9

85.5

Total

654.0

626.3

590.0

Allocation of the ‘other’ amounts is confirmed on an annual basis.

This mainly covers investment in our I.T systems to improve efficiency; renovating and developing our Estate to make it fit for purpose; and developing Kew’s facilities to preserve its status of world-leading botanic gardens.

Defra’s total capital spend in each of these three years will be higher than in both 2010/11 (£548m) and 2015/16 (£493m).

7 Dec 2017, 5:43 p.m. Floods: Finance Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what support his Department has provided to people affected by recent flooding events.

Answer (Jake Berry)

The Government provided communities and business grants, business rate relief and council tax discount recovery payments to help support the recovery of local areas in the face of the impacts of unprecedented rainfall as a result of Storm Desmond and Eva in 2015, but this was an exceptional case.

The Government has so far awarded £45.848 million of Communities and Business Recovery Scheme funding to local authorities affected by flooding as a result of Storms Desmond and Eva. To date, those authorities have awarded grants totalling £56,270,271 to eligible households and businesses. The Government will reimburse the difference in due course.

For events of the scale as seen recently, local areas are expected to provide support form within their own resources. The Government therefore has no plans to activate a wider cross government recovery programme.

7 Dec 2017, 5:43 p.m. Floods: Finance Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether his Department has plans to allocate additional funding from the public purse for the development of an assistance scheme to support people affected by recent flooding events.

Answer (Jake Berry)

The Government provided communities and business grants, business rate relief and council tax discount recovery payments to help support the recovery of local areas in the face of the impacts of unprecedented rainfall as a result of Storm Desmond and Eva in 2015, but this was an exceptional case.

The Government has so far awarded £45.848 million of Communities and Business Recovery Scheme funding to local authorities affected by flooding as a result of Storms Desmond and Eva. To date, those authorities have awarded grants totalling £56,270,271 to eligible households and businesses. The Government will reimburse the difference in due course.

For events of the scale as seen recently, local areas are expected to provide support form within their own resources. The Government therefore has no plans to activate a wider cross government recovery programme.

7 Dec 2017, 5:43 p.m. Floods: Finance Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what support his Department has provided to people affected by recent flooding events.

Answer (Jake Berry)

The Government provided communities and business grants, business rate relief and council tax discount recovery payments to help support the recovery of local areas in the face of the impacts of unprecedented rainfall as a result of Storm Desmond and Eva in 2015, but this was an exceptional case.

The Government has so far awarded £45.848 million of Communities and Business Recovery Scheme funding to local authorities affected by flooding as a result of Storms Desmond and Eva. To date, those authorities have awarded grants totalling £56,270,271 to eligible households and businesses. The Government will reimburse the difference in due course.

For events of the scale as seen recently, local areas are expected to provide support form within their own resources. The Government therefore has no plans to activate a wider cross government recovery programme.

7 Dec 2017, 5:43 p.m. Floods: Finance Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make it his policy to allow applications for grants from the 2015 Communities and Business Recovery Scheme, for people effected by flooding.

Answer (Jake Berry)

The Government provided communities and business grants, business rate relief and council tax discount recovery payments to help support the recovery of local areas in the face of the impacts of unprecedented rainfall as a result of Storm Desmond and Eva in 2015, but this was an exceptional case.

The Government has so far awarded £45.848 million of Communities and Business Recovery Scheme funding to local authorities affected by flooding as a result of Storms Desmond and Eva. To date, those authorities have awarded grants totalling £56,270,271 to eligible households and businesses. The Government will reimburse the difference in due course.

For events of the scale as seen recently, local areas are expected to provide support form within their own resources. The Government therefore has no plans to activate a wider cross government recovery programme.

7 Dec 2017, 5:43 p.m. Floods: Finance Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate his Department has made of the amount of funding that was (a) allocated and (b) paid out under the Communities and Business Recovery Scheme to people affected by flooding in 2015-16.

Answer (Jake Berry)

The Government provided communities and business grants, business rate relief and council tax discount recovery payments to help support the recovery of local areas in the face of the impacts of unprecedented rainfall as a result of Storm Desmond and Eva in 2015, but this was an exceptional case.

The Government has so far awarded £45.848 million of Communities and Business Recovery Scheme funding to local authorities affected by flooding as a result of Storms Desmond and Eva. To date, those authorities have awarded grants totalling £56,270,271 to eligible households and businesses. The Government will reimburse the difference in due course.

For events of the scale as seen recently, local areas are expected to provide support form within their own resources. The Government therefore has no plans to activate a wider cross government recovery programme.

7 Dec 2017, 5:43 p.m. Floods: Finance Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether his Department has plans to allocate funding from the public purse for an assistance scheme to support people affected by flooding events.

Answer (Jake Berry)

The Government provided communities and business grants, business rate relief and council tax discount recovery payments to help support the recovery of local areas in the face of the impacts of unprecedented rainfall as a result of Storm Desmond and Eva in 2015, but this was an exceptional case.

The Government has so far awarded £45.848 million of Communities and Business Recovery Scheme funding to local authorities affected by flooding as a result of Storms Desmond and Eva. To date, those authorities have awarded grants totalling £56,270,271 to eligible households and businesses. The Government will reimburse the difference in due course.

For events of the scale as seen recently, local areas are expected to provide support form within their own resources. The Government therefore has no plans to activate a wider cross government recovery programme.

5 Dec 2017, 6:19 p.m. Plastics: Pollution Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the primary routes by which single-use plastics enter UK seas and rivers.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

A study in 2016 showed that of the estimated 12.2 million tonnes of plastic entering the global marine environment every year, 9.5 million tonnes (over 80%) came from land based sources. The report identified larger plastic litter, including single use plastics such as drinks bottles, and other types of plastic packaging as the main source of plastics entering the seas. Much of this plastic will have been washed into the seas down rivers. The conclusions of this report are consistent with the findings of UK marine litter monitoring supported by Defra.

The two reports can be found at:

http://www.eunomia.co.uk/reports-tools/plastics-in-the-marine-environment/

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/marine-strategy-part-three-uk-programme-of-measures

5 Dec 2017, 5:43 p.m. Floods: Insurance Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of small businesses in the British Insurance Brokers’ Association’s new affordable flood insurance scheme.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

The British Insurance Broker Association (BIBA) insurance product, launched in December 2016, provides flood insurance for small businesses that have struggled to access it to-date.

Since the scheme launched it continues to grow in line with BIBA’s expectations. With a balanced and sensible approach BIBA are now insuring over 150 businesses who have previously had problems accessing insurance.

The BIBA scheme also insures against the excess of a policy. This product has been taken up 1,100 times in the past 12 months. Its value was evidenced by last Wednesday’s flooding in Lancaster and Cumbria, where three claims have been reported so far for commercial properties, each with a £25,000 flood excess.

5 Dec 2017, 5:38 p.m. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Public Expenditure Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of his Department's overall resource budget for years (a) 2018-19, (b) 2019-20 and (c) 2020-21, and how will that resource be allocated across different areas.

Answer (George Eustice)

Following the announcements in the Autumn budget, the Department’s resource budgets (excluding depreciation) and allocations are:

£m

2018/19

2019/20

2020/21

Ring-fenced: Official Development Assistance

42.7

45.9

n/a

Ring-fenced: Inshore Fisheries Conservation Areas

3.0

3.0

n/a

Ring-fenced: Air Quality Grant

2.0

2.0

n/a

Ring-fenced: Disallowance

58.5

45.0

n/a

Ring-fenced: Voluntary Exit Schemes

14.4

3.4

n/a

Other

1,420.2

1,384.4

n/a

Total

1,540.8

1,483.7

n/a

Allocation of the ‘other’ amounts is confirmed on an annual basis. Budgets beyond 2019/20 will be set under future Spending Reviews.

5 Dec 2017, 5:28 p.m. Floods: Insurance Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the availability of flood insurance for leasehold properties in blocks of four or more homes.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

The government remains in close contact with the Association of British Insurers (ABI) and BIBA, neither of whom has identified a significant problem for leasehold properties accessing flood insurance.

Government is aware that access to insurance remains an issue for a number of leasehold properties in blocks of four or more, where there is particularly high risk. We are following with interest a new service being provided by a BIBA broker which offers to formally vary leasehold agreements in order to give the leaseholder an express obligation to insure the structure of their property, thus allowing the leaseholder to access Flood Re.

In addition, the Government continues to work with commercial interests under the Property Level Resilience Roundtable to promote the uptake of measures that make properties, including leasehold properties, more resilient to flooding. Successes include a one-stop shop flood resilience website, demonstration properties in Cumbria and the development of a Code of Practice.

5 Dec 2017, 5:11 p.m. Local Plans: Calderdale Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether he has the power to redraft the local plan for Calderdale council.

Answer (Alok Sharma)

In his Written Statement of 16 November 2017 (HCWS254), the Secretary of State announced his intention to commence the formal intervention process with 15 local authorities who have not adopted a Local Plan since 2004, including Calderdale. These authorities have until 31 January 2018 to explain why they have failed to adopt a plan and what they will put in place to speed up plan production.

5 Dec 2017, 5:02 p.m. Waste Disposal Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) plastic bottles, (b) disposable coffee cups and (c) takeaway cartons he estimates will be thrown away between 1 December 2017 and 31 March 2018.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

We do not estimate how many plastic bottles, disposable coffee cups and takeaway cups will be thrown away.

5 Dec 2017, 2:31 p.m. Plastics: Waste Disposal Holly Lynch

Question

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to page 37 of the Autumn Budget 2017, by what date he plans tax system changes or charges to be implemented to reduce the amount of single-use plastics waste.

Answer (Andrew Jones)

At the Budget, the Chancellor announced his intention to publish a call for evidence to examine whether the tax system or charges can be used to reduce the amount of single-use plastic we waste. The government will outline how it plans to proceed once we have analysed the responses to this call for evidence.

4 Dec 2017, 7:04 p.m. Floods: Insurance Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many home insurance policies have been affected by the Flood Re scheme.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

In its first year of operation Flood Re covered over 127,000 policies. Flood Re plans to publish figures on the last 6 months shortly.

Before the introduction of Flood Re, only 9% of householders who had made prior flood claims could get quotes from two or more insurers, with 0% being able to get quotes from five or more. By December 2016, 84% householders could get quotes from five or more insurers while 95% could get quotes from two or more. 80% householders with previous flood claims saw a reduction in the price of available quotes of more than 50% after the introduction of Flood Re.

4 Dec 2017, 5:51 p.m. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Staff Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of how many staff his Department will employ by the time the UK leaves the EU, and what change there has been in that estimate since the last estimate made before June 2016.

Answer (George Eustice)

Over 80% of Defra’s agenda is affected by the UK’s departure from the European Union and as a result, many roles across the Defra group are now supporting EU exit-related work, either directly or indirectly. We continue to keep our resourcing plans under review, focusing both on recruitment and increasing the capability of new and existing staff.

Since June 2016, Defra has recruited over 550 additional staff to support our comprehensive programme of work to prepare for leaving the EU. The majority of these new staff are employed in the central department where they are working on a range of projects identified to enable a successful withdrawal from the EU.

1 Dec 2017, 2:50 p.m. Living Wage: Young People Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reasons the National Living Wage is set at a lower rate for under-25s than for older workers.

Answer (Margot James)

The Government sets age-related minimum wages in order to protect younger workers, who may otherwise be more vulnerable to being unemployed than older workers. Our aim is to set National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates for all workers under 25 at a level that maximises their earnings without damaging employment prospects by setting it too high

The 2017 Low Pay Commission report shows the unemployment rates for young people not in full-time education in the UK is 31.3 per cent for 16-18 year olds, 15.5 per cent for 18-20 year olds and 8.4 per cent for those aged 21 to 24 in the second quarter of 2017. This compares to 4.6 per cent for those aged 25 to 30.

30 Nov 2017, 4:40 p.m. Fisheries Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make it his Department's position at the December Fisheries Council that all fishing limits in 2018 should be set in line with scientific advice provided by ICES.

Answer (George Eustice)

The Government supports setting fishing opportunities for 2018 in line with the maximum sustainable yield and based on the advice from ICES, wherever possible. However, we recognise the need for certain exceptions, such as the need for flexibility in mixed fisheries.

The setting of limits for individual fish stocks is determined by agreements at the December Agriculture and Fisheries Council. A list of stocks of relevance to the UK, and their agreed respective fishing limits, will be published in January.

30 Nov 2017, 4:40 p.m. Fisheries Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make it his Department’s position at the December Fisheries Council to set fishing limits for certain fish stocks above the scientific level advised by ICES; and whether his department will publish a list of those stocks and a justification for each stock level.

Answer (George Eustice)

The Government supports setting fishing opportunities for 2018 in line with the maximum sustainable yield and based on the advice from ICES, wherever possible. However, we recognise the need for certain exceptions, such as the need for flexibility in mixed fisheries.

The setting of limits for individual fish stocks is determined by agreements at the December Agriculture and Fisheries Council. A list of stocks of relevance to the UK, and their agreed respective fishing limits, will be published in January.

30 Nov 2017, 4:22 p.m. Green Belt Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what his policy is on the use of greenbelt land in local plans when there are insufficient brownfield sites.

Answer (Alok Sharma)

The National Planning Policy Framework encourages local authorities to prioritise re-use of suitable brownfield land for development, and to adopt Local Plan policies that support the take-up of brownfield. Moreover, each local authority is now legally required to publish a register of local brownfield land by 31 December 2017. These new registers will bring many more sites to the attention of house-builders and investors. However, brownfield sites differ, and not all will be available or in the right place for sustainable redevelopment. It is therefore for each local authority, in consultation with local people, to decide what land to allocate for development, as part of the Local Plan process.

The Framework sets out strong protections for Green Belt, stating that inappropriate development should be refused permission except in special circumstances. Green Belt boundary may be altered only in exceptional circumstances, using the Plan process. In the Housing White Paper, Fixing our broken housing market, we proposed that a local authority should be able to alter a Green Belt boundary only when it can show that it has examined all other reasonable options for meeting its development needs. Besides brownfield, the options included under-used land; optimising the density of development; and exploring whether other authorities could help. We will announce our conclusions as soon as possible in 2018.

A local authority can consider any suitable land, but should have regard to all relevant policies in the Framework. For instance, the Framework also asks local authorities to direct development away from the best and most versatile agricultural land, and to recognise the character and beauty of the countryside.

6 Nov 2017, 3 p.m. Personal Independence Payment Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to amend his Department's guidance on the use of transcripts in personal independence payment assessments following the result of the tribunal hearing for Neville Cartwright.

Answer (Penny Mordaunt)

We are currently considering the Tribunal’s ruling.

3 Nov 2017, 5:13 p.m. Property Development: Floods Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to strengthen provisions in planning regulations to make the flood view of land clear, both upstream and downstream, when planning consent is provided to (a) developers and (b) all relevant parties for large-scale developments.

Answer (Alok Sharma)

Flood risk is already an important consideration in the planning system and there are strict policy tests to protect people and property from flooding. The National Planning Policy Framework, underpinned by our planning practice guidance, sets out an approach of assessing, avoiding and managing flood risk from all sources. The Framework is clear that inappropriate development in areas at risk of flooding should be avoided by directing development away from areas at highest risk. Where development is necessary, it must be demonstrated that it will be safe without increasing flood risk elsewhere.

Where a developer is proposing a development in a flood risk area, or where the development is of one hectare or more, they will need to submit a site-specific flood risk assessment with their planning application. This should identify all flood risks both to and from a development, and demonstrate how these risks will be managed.

Information about the flood risk status of land is readily available in maps produced by the Environment Agency, which can be viewed at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/check-flood-risk

25 Oct 2017, 3 p.m. Floods: Finance Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many and which local authorities his Department committed to fund as part of the recovery effort for the floods of winter 2015-16; and what proportion of that funding is yet to be paid to each such local authority.

Answer (Jake Berry)

My department committed to fund all 50 eligible local authorities affected by the winter 2015 floods, mainly in the North of England. This includes three upper tier counties who administer grants on behalf of their districts. Out of the 47 authorities issuing grants to flooded householders and businesses under the Community and Business Recovery Scheme, 13 have now closed their recovery schemes. 34 are still disbursing grants to claimants. Any balancing payments due to these authorities will be made after final applications have been received.

16 Oct 2017, 10:28 a.m. Building Regulations Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to strengthen provisions in building regulations to ensure that materials and methods used in modern methods of housing construction are more resilient to the risks of fire, flooding and damage caused by escape of water.

Answer (Alok Sharma)

The Building Regulations set functional requirements that apply to all forms of construction. However, it is clear that we need to review current fire safety and Building Regulations to ensure that they are as effective as possible. The Government has asked Dame Judith Hackitt to lead an independent review of Building Regulations and fire safety. Dame Judith will publish an interim report this Autumn and a final report in Spring 2018.

13 Oct 2017, 3:02 p.m. Land Drainage Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made in (a) increasing the number and (b) improving the quality of sustainable drainage systems installed.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

The Government strengthened planning policy in April 2015 to make sure that sustainable drainage systems are provided in all new major developments, unless the developer can demonstrate that they are clearly inappropriate. This is in addition to existing requirements that sustainable drainage systems should be given priority in new developments in flood risk areas. Planning policy supported by guidance contains the necessary levers for local planning authorities to secure high quality sustainable drainage systems.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is leading a review to assess the effectiveness of planning policy in delivering sustainable drainage systems in new developments in England. DCLG will publish the results of the review in due course.

12 Oct 2017, 12:41 p.m. Flood Control Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the natural flood management funding schemes that have been implemented; and whether he plans to increase the budget for such schemes.

Answer (Dr Thérèse Coffey)

The Defra funded demonstration pilots at Holnicote (Somerset), Pickering (North Yorkshire) and Upper Derwent (Derbyshire) that ran between 2009-2015, showed that natural flood management approaches can have a positive effect in catchments up to 100km2, through a measurable decrease in peak flood flow and height downstream. The pilots also showed that these approaches could be most effective when carefully incorporated alongside more traditional measures in catchments. This autumn, the Environment Agency (EA) is planning to publish an overview of the current evidence for natural flood management approaches in the form of a directory and a series of 65 case studies.

To build on this emerging evidence, this year, we have allocated £15 million to 58 natural flood management specific projects across England, which will help support communities that are at risk of flooding. The EA is managing the programme, and will monitor their impact. In addition, Defra Grant-in-Aid for Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Capital projects are available for any project that meets the objectives of reducing flooding or erosion risk, based on the economic benefits and damages avoided. Payment rates are based on outcomes not methods used, an approach designed to avoid discriminating against any particular approach to reducing risk.

26 Sep 2017, 11:30 a.m. European Maritime and Fisheries Fund Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of the UK allocation from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund has been (a) allocated and (b) spent.

Answer (George Eustice)

The Marine Management Organisation is the UK managing authority for the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) and has a UK position to the 30 June 2017, as follows:

a) EMFF funds allocated - £57.5 million (27.3% of the budget)

b) EMFF funds spent - £15.5 million (7.3% of the budget)

This information is collected quarterly from the four UK Intermediate Bodies. The next return is due on 30 September 2017.

12 Sep 2017, 4:44 p.m. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Government Assistance Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, in how many cases his Department has made offers of financial support which were subsequently withdrawn because it was found to be in breach of EU state aid rules; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (George Eustice)

There have been no instances where Defra has made offers of financial support which were subsequently withdrawn because it was found to be in breach of EU state aid rules in the last two years. Identifying possible cases of withdrawal from more than two years ago would entail disproportionate cost.

7 Sep 2017, 3:15 p.m. Voting Rights: British Nationals Abroad Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Government has plans to introduce legislative proposals to allow Britons living abroad for longer than 15 years to vote in UK elections; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Chris Skidmore)

As outlined in our manifesto, the Government is committed to legislating to scrap the 15-year rule and will do so in time for the next scheduled parliamentary general election in 2022.

13 Jul 2017, 2:17 p.m. Tools: Theft Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of reported thefts of tools from trades vehicles has resulted in a prosecution in each of the last five years.

Answer (Mr Nick Hurd)

The Crown Prosecution Service does not maintain a central record of the number of people who have been prosecuted for offences of thefts of tools from trades vehicles. This information could only be obtained by examining Crown Prosecution Case files, which would incur disproportionate cost.

11 Jul 2017, 3:28 p.m. Alzheimer's Disease: Powers of Attorney Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of safeguards for people living with Alzheimer's from those appointed with lasting power of attorney who act against their best interests.

Answer (Dr Phillip Lee)

When someone makes a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) a ‘certificate provider’ is required to be impartial and sign the application to certify that the donor is making the LPA by choice, has not been put under any pressure and understands its implications.

Under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 the holder (‘donee’) of a LPA must act in the donor’s best interests, whatever the cause of loss of capacity. The Court of Protection (CoP) has the power to revoke a power of attorney if the donee acts in a way that is not in the donor’s best interests. There may also be a criminal investigation.

Any concerns about the use of a power of attorney should notify the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) which registers LPAs and has the power to investigate. The OPG acts on such ‘safeguarding referrals’ from relatives, local authorities, care homes and financial institutions. OPG works with organisations such as the CoP, local authorities and the police to protect donors.

OPG received a total of 2,681 safeguarding referrals during 2015/16 and investigated 876 cases, of which 151 cases resulted in an application to the CoP.

11 Jul 2017, 3:28 p.m. Vulnerable Adults: Powers of Attorney Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether an assessment is made of an individual's capacity in the appointment of an attorney with lasting power of attorney.

Answer (Dr Phillip Lee)

When someone makes a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) a ‘certificate provider’ is required to be impartial and sign the application to certify that the donor is making the LPA by choice, has not been put under any pressure and understands its implications.

Under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 the holder (‘donee’) of a LPA must act in the donor’s best interests, whatever the cause of loss of capacity. The Court of Protection (CoP) has the power to revoke a power of attorney if the donee acts in a way that is not in the donor’s best interests. There may also be a criminal investigation.

Any concerns about the use of a power of attorney should notify the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) which registers LPAs and has the power to investigate. The OPG acts on such ‘safeguarding referrals’ from relatives, local authorities, care homes and financial institutions. OPG works with organisations such as the CoP, local authorities and the police to protect donors.

OPG received a total of 2,681 safeguarding referrals during 2015/16 and investigated 876 cases, of which 151 cases resulted in an application to the CoP.

11 Jul 2017, 2:32 p.m. Parking: Disability Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the efficacy of the enforcement of disabled parking bays in supermarket car parks.

Answer (Jesse Norman)

My Department has made no assessment of enforcement of disabled parking bays in supermarket car parks. Privately owned car parks are not subject to the provisions of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 and the terms and conditions under which they are operated are a matter for the car park owner. Owners of private car parks are covered by the Equality Act, and as such they are required to take reasonable steps to ensure that disabled people have the same access to the service as non-disabled people.

10 Jul 2017, 5:03 p.m. Tools: Theft Holly Lynch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations she has received on the availability of lock-picking equipment on the internet; and what assessment she has made of the effect of its availability on thefts from trades vehicles.

Answer (Mr Nick Hurd)

The Home Secretary has received representations about the availability of lock-picking equipment on the internet. We are not aware of any firm evidence linking the use of such equipment specifically to commit thefts from trades vehicles. The Home Office continues to work with the police, industry and others and will consider the evidence on what more can be done to prevent criminals committing vehicle related crime.