Jeremy Lefroy

Conservative - Former Member for Stafford

Environmental Audit Committee
15th Jul 2019 - 6th Nov 2019
Human Rights (Joint Committee)
30th Oct 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union
11th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union
31st Oct 2016 - 3rd May 2017
Committees on Arms Export Controls
10th Feb 2016 - 3rd May 2017
Human Rights (Joint Committee)
28th Oct 2015 - 3rd May 2017
International Development Sub-Committee on the Work of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact
14th Jul 2015 - 3rd May 2017
International Development Committee
8th Jul 2015 - 3rd May 2017
International Development Sub-Committee on the Work of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact
31st Oct 2012 - 30th Mar 2015
International Development Committee
12th Jul 2010 - 30th Mar 2015


Division Voting information

Jeremy Lefroy has voted in 1740 divisions, and 62 times against the majority of their Party.

4 Sep 2019 - European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 57 Conservative Aye votes vs 180 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 65 Noes - 495
18 Jul 2019 - Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 17 Conservative Aye votes vs 262 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 315 Noes - 274
18 Jul 2019 - Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 16 Conservative No votes vs 262 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 273 Noes - 315
18 Jul 2019 - Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 57 Conservative No votes vs 65 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 328 Noes - 65
15 Jul 2019 - High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 6 Conservative Aye votes vs 246 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 213 Noes - 253
15 Jul 2019 - High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 12 Conservative Aye votes vs 239 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 217 Noes - 246
9 Jul 2019 - Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 65 Conservative No votes vs 105 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 383 Noes - 73
19 Jun 2019 - Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 14 Conservative Aye votes vs 130 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 211 Noes - 132
19 Jun 2019 - Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 9 Conservative Aye votes vs 115 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 203 Noes - 117
1 Apr 2019 - Business of the House - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 28 Conservative Aye votes vs 264 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 322 Noes - 277
1 Apr 2019 - EU: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Votes) - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 36 Conservative Aye votes vs 236 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 273 Noes - 276
1 Apr 2019 - EU: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Votes) - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 32 Conservative Aye votes vs 228 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 261 Noes - 282
27 Mar 2019 - Business of the House - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 33 Conservative Aye votes vs 272 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 331 Noes - 287
27 Mar 2019 - EU: Withdrawal and Future Relationship Votes - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 94 Conservative No votes vs 157 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 160 Noes - 400
27 Mar 2019 - EU: Withdrawal and Future Relationship Votes - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 37 Conservative Aye votes vs 225 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 188 Noes - 283
27 Mar 2019 - EU: Withdrawal and Future Relationship Votes - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 59 Conservative Aye votes vs 200 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 65 Noes - 377
27 Mar 2019 - EU: Withdrawal and Future Relationship Votes - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 34 Conservative Aye votes vs 234 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 264 Noes - 272
25 Mar 2019 - European Union (Withdrawal) Act - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 30 Conservative Aye votes vs 281 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 329 Noes - 302
25 Mar 2019 - European Union (Withdrawal) Act - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 28 Conservative Aye votes vs 280 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 327 Noes - 300
14 Mar 2019 - UK’s Withdrawal from the European Union - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 112 Conservative Aye votes vs 188 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 412 Noes - 202
29 Jan 2019 - European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 17 Conservative Aye votes vs 295 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 318 Noes - 310
4 Dec 2018 - Business of the House (European Union (Withdrawal) Act) - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 25 Conservative Aye votes vs 282 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 321 Noes - 299
17 Jul 2018 - Trade Bill - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Conservative Aye votes vs 302 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 295 Noes - 314
17 Jul 2018 - Trade Bill - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 12 Conservative Aye votes vs 289 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 305 Noes - 301
31 Jan 2018 - Restoration and Renewal (Report of the Joint Committee) - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 66 Conservative Aye votes vs 164 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 236 Noes - 220
31 Jan 2018 - Restoration and Renewal (Report of the Joint Committee) - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 68 Conservative Aye votes vs 166 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 234 Noes - 185
14 Sep 2016 - European Union (UK Withdrawal from Membership) - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 1 Conservative No votes vs 38 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 50 Noes - 179
23 Mar 2016 - High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 19 Conservative Aye votes vs 242 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 43 Noes - 245
23 Mar 2016 - High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 7 Conservative Aye votes vs 249 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 190 Noes - 254
23 Mar 2016 - High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 21 Conservative No votes vs 238 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 399 Noes - 42
9 Mar 2016 - Enterprise Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 25 Conservative Aye votes vs 281 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 317 Noes - 286
26 Mar 2015 - Elections for Positions in the House - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 23 Conservative No votes vs 198 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 202 Noes - 228
23 Feb 2015 - Serious Crime Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 8 Conservative Aye votes vs 253 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 233 Noes - 296
24 Nov 2014 - Recall of MPs Bill - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 71 Conservative Aye votes vs 85 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 119 Noes - 193
21 Nov 2014 - National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 1 Conservative Aye votes vs 20 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 239 Noes - 20
21 Nov 2014 - National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 2 Conservative Aye votes vs 18 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 241 Noes - 18
27 Oct 2014 - Recall of MPs Bill - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 110 Conservative Aye votes vs 135 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 166 Noes - 340
28 Apr 2014 - High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 31 Conservative Aye votes vs 221 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 50 Noes - 451
28 Apr 2014 - High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 25 Conservative No votes vs 220 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 452 Noes - 41
11 Mar 2014 - Care Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 7 Conservative Aye votes vs 251 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 241 Noes - 288
11 Mar 2014 - Care Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 6 Conservative Aye votes vs 249 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 239 Noes - 297
5 Mar 2014 - Judgments - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 83 Conservative No votes vs 123 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 360 Noes - 104
5 Mar 2014 - Registration of Births, deaths and marriages etc - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 81 Conservative No votes vs 124 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 363 Noes - 100
5 Mar 2014 - Registration of births, deaths and marriages etc - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 83 Conservative No votes vs 123 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 366 Noes - 103
5 Mar 2014 - Marriage - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 81 Conservative No votes vs 126 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 367 Noes - 100
5 Mar 2014 - Marriage - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 84 Conservative No votes vs 123 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 365 Noes - 103
5 Mar 2014 - Marriage - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 79 Conservative No votes vs 126 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 368 Noes - 98
7 Jan 2014 - Mesothelioma Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 12 Conservative Aye votes vs 241 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 247 Noes - 286
31 Oct 2013 - High Speed Rail (Preparation) Bill - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 19 Conservative No votes vs 229 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 350 Noes - 34
26 Jun 2013 - High Speed Rail (Preparation) Bill - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 20 Conservative Aye votes vs 197 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 37 Noes - 325
26 Jun 2013 - High Speed Rail (Preparation) Bill - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 16 Conservative No votes vs 199 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 330 Noes - 27
11 Jul 2012 - Sittings of the House - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 87 Conservative No votes vs 142 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 241 Noes - 256
11 Jul 2012 - Sittings of the House - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 93 Conservative Aye votes vs 139 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 267 Noes - 233
11 Jul 2012 - Sittings of the House - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 90 Conservative Aye votes vs 123 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 280 Noes - 184
11 Jul 2012 - Sittings of the House - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 39 Conservative Aye votes vs 167 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 205 Noes - 228
17 Apr 2012 - Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 5 Conservative No votes vs 252 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 292 Noes - 256
22 Feb 2012 - Annual Statements of Healthcare Costs - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 16 Conservative No votes vs 78 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 81 Noes - 176
24 Oct 2011 - National Referendum on the European Union - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 81 Conservative Aye votes vs 209 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 111 Noes - 483
10 Oct 2011 - Protection of Freedoms Bill (Programme) (No. 3) - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 40 Conservative Aye votes vs 198 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 62 Noes - 243
7 Sep 2011 - Health and Social Care (Re-committed) Bill - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 94 Conservative Aye votes vs 115 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 118 Noes - 368
13 Oct 2010 - Public Houses and Private Members’ Clubs (Smoking) Bill - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 37 Conservative No votes vs 74 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 86 Noes - 141
15 Jun 2010 - Backbench Business Committee - View Vote Context
Jeremy Lefroy voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 75 Conservative Aye votes vs 188 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 171 Noes - 263
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All Debates

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Latest EDMs signed by Jeremy Lefroy

23rd October 2019
Jeremy Lefroy signed this EDM on Thursday 31st October 2019

Persecution of Christians

Tabled by: Jeremy Hunt (Conservative - South West Surrey)
That this House notes the 2019 report of Aid to the Church in Need entitled Persecuted and Forgotten? which shows that the Christian population of Iraq has declined by 90 per cent within a generation from 1.5 million before 2003 to less than 150,000 today; recognises that any Daesh resurgence …
43 signatures
(Most recent: 5 Nov 2019)
Signatures by party:
Conservative: 14
Labour: 13
Scottish National Party: 9
Democratic Unionist Party: 2
Liberal Democrat: 2
Independent: 2
Green Party: 1
14th October 2019
Jeremy Lefroy signed this EDM on Wednesday 16th October 2019

Anti-Semitic Attack in Halle, Germany

Tabled by: Catherine West (Labour - Hornsey and Wood Green)
That this House condemns in the strongest possible terms the heinous anti-semitic attack at the synagogue in Halle, Germany, and sends condolences to those affected; notes with concern the increase in antisemitism in society and the impact on the Jewish community; resolves to support the Jewish community in doing everything …
64 signatures
(Most recent: 16 Dec 2019)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 36
Scottish National Party: 8
Liberal Democrat: 6
Conservative: 5
Independent: 4
Democratic Unionist Party: 3
Green Party: 1
Plaid Cymru: 1
The Independent Group for Change: 1
View All Jeremy Lefroy's signed Early Day Motions

Commons initiatives

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

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


Jeremy Lefroy has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Jeremy Lefroy has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

3 Bills introduced by Jeremy Lefroy


A Bill to make provision about the safety of health and social care services in England; to make provision about the integration of information relating to users of health and social care services in England; to make provision about the sharing of information relating to an individual for the purposes of providing that individual with health or social care services in England; to make provision for removing individuals convicted of certain offences from the registers kept by the regulatory bodies for health and social care professions; to make provision about the objectives of the regulatory bodies for health and social care professions and the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care; to make provision about the disposal of cases concerning a person’s fitness to practise a health or social care profession; and for connected purposes.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Thursday 26th March 2015 and was enacted into law.


The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to enable electricity generators to become local electricity suppliers; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Thursday 6th September 2018
Next Event - 2nd Reading: House Of Commons
Date TBA

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to enable local planning authorities to impose a mandatory financial penalty where planning permission has been deliberately breached; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 24th April 2013

277 Written Questions

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department
16 Other Department Questions
26th May 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many new companies were started in Stafford constituency in each of the last two years.

Companies House estimates that, in the Stafford parliamentary constituency area, the number of new companies started is as follows:

2014-15: 1,649

2015-16: 1,701

These figures are estimates because Companies House’s data is drawn from postcode areas and these can cross constituency boundaries.

24th May 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to support businesses in Stafford constituency.

The Government is working to make the UK the best place to start and grow a business by supporting businesses across the country. In Stafford, 42 Government backed Start-Up Loans have been drawn down since September 2012 with a value of over £218,000. A Regional Growth Fund award of £4m made in 2011 has attracted private investment of £56.5 million, delivering 1,600 jobs. Since May 2010, 26 loans have been drawn down in Stafford, worth over £2.6 million, from the Enterprise Finance Guarantee scheme. Businesses in Stafford also have access to the Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire Growth Hub which was live from September 2014, which is one of a network of 39 Growth Hubs set up across England.

24th May 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent steps his Department has taken to increase the level of access to credit for businesses in Stafford constituency in the last 12 months.

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 contained two specific policies to support Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in accessing finance.

The first requires major banks to refer SMEs they reject for finance to designated ‘finance platforms’ that can help match SMEs with alternative finance providers. This will ensure that viable SMEs, including businesses in Stafford, that may not fit the major banks’ risk appetite can still get the finance they need to grow and expand. Three platforms have recently been designated by HM Treasury on the advice of the British Business Bank and are expected to come into operation later this year.

The second requires the major banks to share information on their SME customers, with the SME’s permission, with other lenders through designated Credit Reference Agencies. This will improve the ability of challenger banks and alternative finance providers to conduct accurate risk assessments and level the playing field between providers and make it easier for SMEs to get finance from providers other than their bank.

The Government is supporting the Peer-to-Peer (P2P) and Crowdfunding sectors, which provide alternative sources of finance for both businesses and individuals. The British Business Bank, for example, has invested £100m in SMEs via five P2P platforms.

In addition, the British Business Bank’s Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) scheme has facilitated over £2.6 billion of bank lending and other finance to over 25,000 SMEs. Since the start of the scheme, 45 EFG loans have been drawn down in Stafford worth over £5 million. Government has also provided loans through the Start Up Loans Company to help new businesses in Stafford. 42 start up businesses in Stafford have secured a loan from the Start Up Loans Company, with a total value of over £218, 000.

More widely, credit conditions for business continue to improve with net lending to SMEs in 2015 positive across the complete year, the first time this has happened since the financial crisis.

9th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what information his Department holds on how many new antibiotics are in development by UK companies.

The Department does not hold information on how many new antibiotics are in development by UK companies.

The independent review on antimicrobial resistance led by Lord O’Neill publication Securing New Drugs for Future Generations – the Pipeline of antibiotics, provides a high-level assessment of the development pipeline for new antibiotics:

http://amr-review.org/sites/default/files/SECURING%20NEW%20DRUGS%20FOR%20FUTURE%20GENERATIONS%20FINAL%20WEB_0.pdf

George Freeman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
9th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many small business groups and coalitions responded to the Government's consultation, Devolving Sunday trading rules, published on 5 August 2015; and what (a) number and (b) proportion of those respondents answered (i) yes, (ii) no and (iii) otherwise to Question 1 in that consultation.

The Department does not hold full data from this consultation broken down by specific question as a large portion of respondents chose to respond in their own words rather than addressing the consultation questions directly, and/or did not indicate the type of organisation they represented.

9th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the total amount of renewable energy generation was in the second quarter of 2015.

The total amount of renewable electricity generation for the second quarter of 2015 was 19,945 GWh. Full details, including breakdowns by technology, can be found in the Quarterly Energy Trends release, available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/energy-trends-section-6-renewables.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change does not publish other renewable generation figures (heat and transport) on a quarterly basis, but annual figures are available in Table 6.6 of the Digest of UK Energy Statistics (DUKES), available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/renewable-sources-of-energy-chapter-6-digest-of-united-kingdom-energy-statistics-dukes.

16th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the total renewable installed capacity was on 30 June 2015.

At the end of March 2015, total renewable electricity installed capacity in the UK was 26.4 GW. Figures as at end of June 2015 will be available on 24 September 2015.

Source:

Table 6.1, Energy Trends section 6: renewables, available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/energy-trends-section-6-renewables.

9th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the Answer of 4 March 2009, Official Report, column 1698W, on trade unions: political levy, how many and what proportion of members of each trade union in Great Britain with a political fund have opted out of the political levy according to the most recent records held by the Certification Officer.

I refer my hon Friend to the answer I gave to my hon Friend the Member for Congleton (Fiona Bruce) to UIN 1755.

26th Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many apprenticeship starts there were in Stafford constituency in each year since 2008.

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

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/378235/apprenticeships-starts-by-geography-learner-demographics-and-sector-subject-area.xls

17th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent steps his Department is taking to support businesses in Stafford constituency.

I refer my Hon. Friend to the answer I gave on 22 October 2014 to Question UIN 210227.

The primary support for business in Stafford and elsewhere is our long term economic plan which is delivering jobs, growth and low inflation.

16 start up loans have been made available in Stafford and 1,000 Apprenticeships in the past year.

My Hon. Friend may also wish to note that in the Stafford constituency there is one Round 1 Regional Growth Fund project with a grant of £4 million leveraging £57 million of private sector investment and creating or safeguarding 1,600 jobs. The grant will help the company undertake research and development for the creation of High Voltage Direct Current power transmission products, including the installation of equipment at a new engineering centre of excellence owned and run by the company in Stafford. It will create 200 new jobs and safeguard 1,400 existing jobs.

Businesses can access support via two local programmes that cover the Stafford constituency. These are run by the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce. In addition to the above there are a number of national Regional Growth Fund programmes which companies in Stafford can apply to.

Stoke and Staffordshire LEP area is one of 15 Wave 2 Cities who are receiving £6.4m Government funding to establish growth hubs in 2014-15, from a £32m Regional Growth Fund programme managed by Lancaster University which also includes local business support. Growth hubs are intended to raise awareness and take up of business support, impact of business support, simplify the local business support landscape, eliminate duplication and improve the impact of business support, helping to increase private sector growth.

17th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many businesses in Stafford constituency have received export support from UK Trade & Investment in each of the last four years.

UK Trade and Investment supported 47,960 companies in 2013/14 financial year; 31,880 in 2012/13; 26,640 in 2011/12 and 24,550 in 2010/11. However, breakdowns of the data at the constituency level are not available.

17th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many businesses the Manufacturing Advisory Service has assisted in Stafford constituency since May 2010.

The Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) has assisted 22 companies in Stafford since 1 January 2012 when the new national MAS service was launched. Businesses have forecast this could help create 65 jobs and over £2.75 million Gross Value Added. Figures are not available for the regional MAS delivered by the former Regional Development Agencies prior to January 2012.

31st Oct 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many new companies were started in Stafford constituency in each of the last three years.

In each of the last three years, the following numbers of companies were incorporated in the Staffordshire constituency:

Year

Number

2011/12

13,336

2012/13

13,349

2013/14

13,445

13th Oct 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department has taken to increase the level of access to credit for businesses in Stafford constituency in the last 12 months.

The Government is committed to ensuring businesses can access the finance they need to invest and grow.

We are setting up the British Business Bank to make finance markets work better for small firms. Over the next five years, the Bank aims to unlock up to £10 billion of financing for viable smaller businesses. The Business Bank funds schemes including Start Up Loans and the Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme.

A breakdown of businesses in the Stafford Constituency that have been supported by British Business Bank schemes last 12 months are detailed in the table below.

Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme (EFG)

Start Up Loans Company

Stafford constituency

7 loans with a drawn value of £1,051,700

16 loans with a drawn value of £59,850

*Data from 01/09/2013-31/08/2014

The Black Country Reinvestment Society (BCRS) are a Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI) serving the Stafford constituency providing credit and funding to local businesses unable to secure finance from traditional financial institutions such as banks. BCRS are accredited to provide EFG backed lending facilities and are also a Start Up Loan delivery partner.

The Community Development Finance Association (of which BCRS is a member) have also received Regional Growth Fund support

There is one Round 1 Regional Growth Fund project in the Stafford constituency with a grant of £4 million, leveraging £56.5 million of private sector investment and creating or safeguarding 1,600 jobs.

The grant will assist this project to undertake research and development (R&D) for the creation of High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) power transmission products at a new engineering centre of excellence in Stafford. The project will create 200 jobs and safeguard 1400 jobs in Stafford and involves a new R&D centre, together with the installation of technical equipment.

13th Oct 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department is taking to support small and medium-sized businesses in Stafford constituency.

Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy and our small business owners have driven this economic recovery. Stafford has benefitted from a number of support schemes. The Start-Up Loan Scheme has provided business advice and 16 loans with a value of almost £60,000 to people starting a business. Since May 2010, 7 companies have benefitted from the Government’s Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme with a drawn down value of over £1 million.

We are committed to making Britain the best place in the world to start and grow a business, and are doing this in a number of ways:

  • £10 billion of financing will be unlocked for smaller business over the next 5 years by our British Business Bank;
  • Government grants of up to £3000 for better internet connectivity are available to small businesses;

  • The Business Support Helpline is available to provide bespoke information and advice;
  • Cuts to corporation tax from 28% to 21%; and
  • £2,000 cut from the National Insurance bills of small firms from the new Employment Allowance.

16th Jul 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the gold reserves of the Bank of England were on 30 June (a) 1998, (b) 2008 and (c) 2018.

The Bank of England does not own any gold reserves of its own, except for two bars held for display at the Bank of England Museum. However, the Bank provides safe custody for the UK's gold reserves and for other customers. It has only started recently publishing the weight of all the gold in its custody on its website, which includes data back to 2011. On 30 June 2018, it held 166,516,000 fine troy ounces of gold. There is no equivalent data available for 1998 and 2008.

23rd May 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many young people in Stafford constituency participated in the National Citizen Service in each of the last two years.

I am pleased to report that over 1,200 young people in Staffordshire have participated in NCS over the past two years. The NCS Trust does not collect data at a constituency level. Therefore, the figures below are for the local authority area of Staffordshire:

2014 - 465 participants
2015 - 738 participants

21st Jan 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how his Department calculated the risk of antimicrobial resistance for the National Risk Register of Civil Emergencies published in 2015.

The National Risk Register of Civil Emergencies (NRR) is the public-facing version of the National Risk Assessment (NRA), a classified assessment of the civil emergency risks facing the UK over the next five years. The NRR is published by the Civil Contingencies Secretariat, Cabinet Office. Due to sensitivities, beyond the detail contained within the NRR (particularly Chapter 3 of the 2015 iteration) the NRA methodology is not for public disclosure. However, every risk in the NRR is owned and assessed by a lead government department. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is owned by the Department of Health, which is preparing a paper for submission to the Lancet that sets out the analytical methods used to underpin the National AMR Strategy.

4th Sep 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent representations he has received on the effect on campaigning before the 2015 General Election of the provisions of the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014.

The Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014 received Royal Assent on 30 January 2014. Section 39 of the Act provides for a post-election review of the operation of the regulatory regime governing third parties at the 2015 General Election.

Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts CBE was appointed to lead the independent review on 28 January 2015. Work on the review is ongoing.

The reviewer must make a written report on the review and provide this to the Minister who must lay a copy of the report before Parliament and publish the report in such a manner as they consider appropriate by November 2016.

3rd Dec 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the likely change over the next 20 years to the proportion of the population of Stafford constituency who are over the age of 85.

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

17th Nov 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people in Stafford constituency are registered self-employed.

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

17th Nov 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the net change in the number of private sector jobs in Stafford constituency was in the latest period for which figures are available.

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

8th Jul 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many babies were born at Stafford Hospital in each year since 2009-10.

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

2nd Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps she is taking to establish an industrial energy efficiency scheme.

The Industrial Energy Transformation Fund was announced in October 2018. We are providing £315m for this fund to support industrial energy efficiency and decarbonisation projects. This will help to bring down energy costs and reduce carbon emissions for vital industries, including energy intensive industries. We have sought stakeholder views through our informal consultation as well as a market intelligence exercise, helping to inform the design of the fund. We will publish a consultation setting out our preferred fund design and invite stakeholders to comment shortly.

The IETF will complement existing schemes such as the Industrial Heat Recovery Scheme and the Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
3rd Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what involvement his Department has had in the establishment of the new accelerated access pathway.

The establishment of the pathway has been led by the Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC), working with industry and patients. The establishment of the AAC has been supported by the Office for Life Sciences, which is a joint unit between both the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). A member of the BEIS departmental board sits on the AAC.

3rd Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure the adequacy of generating capacity after the Advanced Gas-cooled Reactors are decommissioned in 2023.

The Capacity Market is securing the capacity required to meet peak electricity demand through auctions held four and one year ahead of delivery. It supports technically reliable existing plant to remain in the market and, as coal and other ageing plant retire, it strengthens incentives for new plant to be financed and built.

The Capacity Market has already secured over 5.4GW of new build capacity for delivery between 2018/19 and 2021/22. Alongside traditional gas generation, significant levels of alternative, innovative new capacity, such as demand-side response (DSR) and battery storage, has been brought forward. This wide range of new resources is helping deliver the security, reliability and flexibility that the country needs.

Other measures being taken to ensure the security of electricity supply include the broadening of the UK’s generation base through the deployment of new nuclear generation, with Hinkley Point C under construction, and offshore wind.

3rd Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of the UK leaving the EU on contracts held by UK businesses under the Euratom Supply Agency.

Under Euratom Treaty arrangements, businesses based in Euratom Member States are required to seek approval from the Euratom Supply Agency to conclude contracts for the supply of nuclear materials. When the UK leaves the Euratom Community, UK businesses will only be subject to these arrangements for supply contracts involving businesses in a Euratom Member State. The EU position is that, in a “no deal” scenario, these contracts would require re-approval once the UK is no longer part of the Euratom Community, as set out in the EU’s Notice to Stakeholders published on 28 March 2018[1].

The UK has raised this as a priority issue with the European Commission, as set out in the UK’s position paper on Nuclear materials and safeguards issues, published on 13 July 2017[2]. This remains an issue of concern to the nuclear industry in both the UK and in the wider EU. There are positive signs that the Commission are seeking ways to address the problem, and the UK will continue to press for a solution that does not lead to any additional costs or inconvenience to industry.

[1] https://ec.europa.eu/info/publications/euratom_en

[2] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nuclear-materials-and-safeguards-issues-position-paper

3rd Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the ability of the Office for Nuclear Regulation to take over the (a) inspection and (b) oversight of responsibilities from Euratom on (i) 30 March 2019 and (b) 1 January 2021.

We continue to work closely with the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) as they take on the role and responsibilities required to enable the UK’s domestic nuclear safeguards regime to meet international nuclear safeguards and nuclear non-proliferation obligations when Euratom safeguards arrangements no longer apply in the UK.

Based on current progress, the ONR will be in a position to deliver a regime that will discharge the commitments set out in the UK’s new safeguards agreements with the International Atomic Energy Agency by 29 March 2019.

The ONR will move to deliver Euratom equivalence as soon as possible. The speed with which the ONR is able to apply a system offering equivalent effectiveness and coverage as that provided by the Euratom regime is dependent on a wide variety of factors. These factors include negotiations on future cooperation with Euratom and technical discussions between Euratom and the ONR.

17th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the amount of funding for research has been allocated by the EU to UK institutions in (a) 2014-15, (b) 2015-16, and (c) 2016-17.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy regularly publish statistics on UK participations in Horizon 2020, the main EU programme for research and innovation funding. As part of Horizon 2020, between 2014 and 2017 UK organisations have been allocated €4.0 billion research funding. Further information can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/uks-participation-in-horizon-2020-september-2017.

The European Commission publishes data on the 2014-20 European Structural and Investment Funds programmes. Over €1.6bn has been allocated for research and innovation to the UK. Further information can be found at: https://cohesiondata.ec.europa.eu/countries/UK# .

4th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many businesses the Manufacturing Advisory Service has assisted in Stafford constituency since May 2015.

A study carried out by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills found that 13% of all projects funded by the government’s Manufacturing Advisory Service between (2012 - 2016) were located in the West Midlands, however the service was closed in (March) 2016. However, figures are not broken down to specific areas or towns.

4th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many new companies were started in Stafford constituency in each of the last three years.

The Office for National Statistics has published user requested statistics regarding the number of enterprise “births” in UK Parliamentary Constituencies. A “birth” occurs when a business appears on the Inter-Departmental Business Register, following registration for either VAT or PAYE.

The following table gives “births” in the Stafford Parliamentary Constituency for the most recent three years available.

Stafford Parliamentary Constituency

2013 - 405

2014 - 415

2015 - 380

4th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support small and medium-sized businesses in Stafford constituency.

We are working hard to support businesses and entrepreneurs across the UK to ensure they can access finance and wider support to grow and the right conditions are in place for companies to invest for the long-term.

Small businesses in Stoke and Staffordshire can access support through GOV.UK and the Business Support Helpline. The Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Growth Hub also acts as the first port of call for local businesses seeking advice or support. Since its launch in May 2014, the Stoke and Staffordshire Growth Hub has engaged and supported 4340 businesses and it has helped 385 individuals to start up a new business.

Since November 2014, British Business Bank programmes have facilitated over £4.3m* to 87 businesses in the constituency of Stafford. This includes 54 Start-up Loans at a value of £415,957.

Stafford constituency is also part of the Midlands Engine. A key part of the Government’s strategy for fuelling growth in the region is the £250m Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF), which is a result of close collaboration between the British Business Bank, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Department for Communities and Local Government and 10 Midlands Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs). It aims to transform the finance landscape for smaller businesses in the Midlands, accelerate economic growth and promote job creation. The Fund launched its first wave, £120m of Debt and Small Business funds, at the end of August.

*This does not include ENABLE funding data as this is not available at a constituency level.

4th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department has taken to increase the level of access to credit for businesses in Stafford constituency in the last 12 months.

We are working hard to support businesses and entrepreneurs across the UK to ensure they can access finance and wider support to grow and the right conditions are in place for companies to invest for the long-term.

Small businesses in Stoke and Staffordshire can access support through GOV.UK and the Business Support Helpline. The Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Growth Hub also acts as the first port of call for local businesses seeking advice or support. Since its launch in May 2014, the Stoke and Staffordshire Growth Hub has engaged and supported 4340 businesses and it has helped 385 individuals to start up a new business.

Since November 2014, British Business Bank programmes have facilitated over £4.3m* to 87 businesses in the constituency of Stafford. This includes 54 Start-up Loans at a value of £415,957.

Stafford constituency is also part of the Midlands Engine. A key part of the Government’s strategy for fuelling growth in the region is the £250m Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF), which is a result of close collaboration between the British Business Bank, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Department for Communities and Local Government and 10 Midlands Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs). It aims to transform the finance landscape for smaller businesses in the Midlands, accelerate economic growth and promote job creation. The Fund launched its first wave, £120m of Debt and Small Business funds, at the end of August.

*This does not include ENABLE funding data as this is not available at a constituency level.

4th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent steps his Department has taken to support businesses in Stafford constituency.

We are working hard to support businesses and entrepreneurs across the UK to ensure they can access finance and wider support to grow and the right conditions are in place for companies to invest for the long-term.

Small businesses in Stoke and Staffordshire can access support through GOV.UK and the Business Support Helpline. The Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Growth Hub also acts as the first port of call for local businesses seeking advice or support. Since its launch in May 2014, the Stoke and Staffordshire Growth Hub has engaged and supported 4340 businesses and it has helped 385 individuals to start up a new business.

Since November 2014, British Business Bank programmes have facilitated over £4.3m* to 87 businesses in the constituency of Stafford. This includes 54 Start-up Loans at a value of £415,957.

Stafford constituency is also part of the Midlands Engine. A key part of the Government’s strategy for fuelling growth in the region is the £250m Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF), which is a result of close collaboration between the British Business Bank, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Department for Communities and Local Government and 10 Midlands Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs). It aims to transform the finance landscape for smaller businesses in the Midlands, accelerate economic growth and promote job creation. The Fund launched its first wave, £120m of Debt and Small Business funds, at the end of August.

*This does not include ENABLE funding data as this is not available at a constituency level.

13th Apr 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what representations he has made to his EU counterparts on the UK continuing to participate in the Horizon research network after the UK leaves the EU.

This Government wants the UK to be the go-to place for innovators and investors across the world, and we intend to secure the best possible outcome for the UK research base as we exit the European Union.

The United Kingdom’s exit from and new partnership with the European Union’ White Paper set out that the UK Government would welcome an agreement to continue to collaborate with our European partners on major science, research, and technology initiatives and we will approach the upcoming negotiations on this basis. The Government is committed to ensuring the UK remains a world leader in international research and innovation.

18th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his policy is on the Government having full access to and use of technologies developed outside the UK and used in the construction of new nuclear power stations in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

It is for developers to bring forward new nuclear power stations in England and Wales; this includes procuring the technology. All developers must submit their full designs to the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) and the Environment Agencies as part of the Generic Design Assessment (GDA) process: the GDA is the non-statutory system by which the UK’s independent nuclear regulators assess safety, security and environmental aspects of new reactor designs proposed for use in the UK. In addition, any organisation wishing to carry out prescribed nuclear activities must apply for, and be granted, a nuclear site licence. A site licence puts the licence holder under strict legal obligations and, importantly, gives specific regulatory powers to ONR to ensure the safe and secure construction, commissioning and operation of a nuclear site.

18th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure the training of sufficient engineers and technicians to support the UK nuclear industry.

The Government is working with industry and skills bodies to achieve this goal, and Government-backed skills initiatives such as the Apprenticeship Levy and the National College for Nuclear are examples of actions taken to date. The National College for Nuclear aims to train 7,000 people by 2020, with the first intake of students to begin in September 2017.

The Government plans to deliver the majority of skills needed for the sector through national Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education, including apprenticeships and higher education in combination with organisations’ in-house training and targeted support from accredited skills bodies.

16th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans the Government has to acquire significant equity stakes in new nuclear power stations to be constructed in the UK.

The Government engages with developers proposing new nuclear projects in the UK on a range of issues, including funding. Discussions on funding, as my hon. Friend would expect, are commercially sensitive.

16th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when the Government plans to acquire a golden share in each new nuclear power station project in the UK.

The Government announced on September 15 2016 that, after Hinkley Point C, it would take a special share in all future nuclear new build projects. A special share would be discussed at the time any support package for a project is negotiated, and before a developer makes a Final Investment Decision and starts construction.

13th Dec 2018
What steps his Department is taking to promote cultural diplomacy.

I refer the Hon Member to my response during Topical questions today in the Chamber.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
18th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has held recent discussions with Cabinet colleagues on the effect on levels of tourism of litter on (a) public highways and (b) the countryside; and if he will make a statement.

Littering is a concern for everyone, residents and visitors alike. VisitBritain have recently carried out research into the factors that encourage people to come to the UK. Litter was one of the factors they asked people to consider, and the report will be released on the VisitBritain website in due course.

Additionally, the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs have put forward measures in their 25 Year Plan to address littering.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
18th Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect of the English Baccalaureate on access to creative subjects.

The Government is clear that the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) should be studied as part of a broad and balanced curriculum. It is limited in size in order to allow pupils to continue to study additional subjects that reflect their individual interests and strengths, including arts subjects. The proportion of pupils taking at least one Arts GCSE has fluctuated but remained broadly stable since the EBacc was introduced in 2010

Arts subjects are not limited to the classroom, and according to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s Taking Part Survey, in 2017-18, 96% of children aged 5-15 had engaged with the arts in the past 12 months[1]. The government is providing almost £500 million of funding between 2016-20 for arts and cultural education programmes.

[1] The arts cover music activities, theatre/drama, reading/writing, arts crafts and design, film, video, media, and radio activities, dance activities, street arts, circus, carnival, and festival activities.

5th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when the review of exclusions practice led by Edward Timpson CBE will publish its final report.

​In March 2018, the Government launched an externally-led review of exclusions practice, led by Edward Timpson CBE. The review is exploring how head teachers use exclusion, and why pupils with particular characteristics are more likely to be excluded from school. It is also considering the differences in exclusion rates across primary and secondary schools in England.

​The review has gathered substantial evidence, including over 900 submissions to the call for evidence. Edward Timpson has also chaired a series of roundtables and the review has met with over 100 organisations and individuals, including schools, local authorities, parents and children. The review will report in this term.

10th Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress the Government has made on its staying close scheme for children leaving residential care; and how many such children have been involved in that scheme.

We are providing around £6 million in the period 2018 to 2019 and in the period 2019 to 2020 for a national pilot of Staying Close in eight sites.

These pilots provide an enhanced support offer for those leaving residential care. The support offer includes an accommodation offer close to their former children’s home alongside practical and emotional support from a member of staff from their former children's home whom they know and trust.

Reports from the pilots show that 120 care leavers participated in the Staying Close pilots from January 2018 to July 2018.

A full evaluation will be available when the pilots end in March 2020.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
10th Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the guidance, Staying put: arrangements for care leavers aged 18 years and above, published on 22 May 2013, what progress the Government has made on implementing the staying put policy.

Staying Put has helped thousands of care leavers to continue to benefit from a stable and secure family setting and to prepare for independence at a more gradual pace rather than facing a ‘cliff-edge’ at the age of 18. The policy has been welcomed by care leavers and the sector.

The latest data for the year ending March 2017 shows that 51% of those ceasing to be looked after in a foster placement on their 18th birthday remained with their former foster carer. In addition, 25% of 19 and 20 year olds were still living with their former foster carers.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
19th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of primary school children were eligible for free schools meals in (a) 2009-2010, (b) 2013-2014 and (c) 2017-2018.

For 2010, the number and percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals are 717,060 and 17.3%, respectively.

For 2014, the number and percentage of pupils eligible for and claiming free school meals are 755,485 and 17.0%, respectively.

For 2017, the number and percentage of pupils eligible for and claiming free school meals are 666,708 and 14.1%, respectively.

The ‘Schools, pupils and their characteristics: January 2018’ statistical release will be released in June 2018, (https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/announcements/schools-pupils-and-their-characteristics-january-2018).

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
13th Apr 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans she has to equalise survivors' benefits from the Teachers' Pension Scheme for widowers, civil partners and same sex married couples with those for widows.

There are no plans to review survivors’ benefits from the Teachers’ Pension Scheme. It has been the policy of successive Governments that any changes or improvements to public service pension schemes are not normally applied retrospectively. This policy protects the current membership and taxpayers from having to meet unforeseen additional costs that were not previously taken into account, and to which those who would benefit have not contributed towards.

2nd Sep 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department issues guidance on the proportion of a school's annual budget it considers prudent for a school to hold as a cash balance.

For maintained schools, local authorities have devolved responsibility for their funding and determine locally their balance control mechanisms. For academies, the Trustees determine the appropriate level of reserves that the Trust should hold in accordance with their responsibilities under Charity Law. The Department monitors the overall level of balances across the sector and keeps this under review.

2nd Sep 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy is on expanding the Troops to Teachers scheme.

The September 2016 cohort of Troops to Teachers is the last to be delivered under the current contract by the University of Brighton. Future options for Service leavers to train as teachers are currently being considered.

21st Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average cash balance held by schools in England as a percentage of their annual budget was on 31 March (a) 2015 and (b) 2016.

The latest available revenue balances for Local Authority (LA) maintained schools are given in the table below. They are on an accruals rather than cash accounting basis. Equivalent figures for academies are not available as they report on academic years ending 31 August.

Total revenue balance1 as a % of total revenue income2 in LA maintained schools

Date

%

31 March 2014

6.7

31 March 2015

8.2

Source: Consistent Financial Reporting survey

1. A school's total revenue balance is calculated from the combination of any unspent allocations and the cumulative balance of income minus expenditure from revenue funding sources during the financial year and any balances carried forward from previous years.

2. A school's total revenue income for the year includes all revenue funding available in the year as well as any additional income generated by the school. This does not include any revenue balances carried forward from previous years.

These data are published annually, most recently in the Department’s Statistical Release LA and school expenditure: 2014 to 2015 financial year, available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/schools-education-and-childrens-services-spending-2014-to-2015

Figures for 31 March 2016 will be published in December 2016.

23rd May 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of (a) trends in the take-up of academy places and (b) the performance of academies in Stafford constituency.

The number of pupils on roll in academies in the Stafford Constituency from January 2012 to January 2015 was as follows:

2012

2013

2014

2015

The Weston Road Academy

824

819

797

813

The Rural Enterprise Academy

N/A

40

84

94

Rowley Park Primary Academy

N/A

N/A

N/A

161

John Wheeldon Primary Academy

N/A

N/A

N/A

428

Source: School Census, January 2012 to 2015

The percentage of pupils achieving level 4 or above in reading, writing and maths at key stage 2 in 2015 (the first year for which the academies had results) for primary academies in Stafford constituency was as follows:

2015

Rowley Park Primary Academy

83%

John Wheeldon Primary Academy

62%

Source: School Performance Tables

The percentage of pupils achieving 5 or more A*-C GCSEs (or equivalent) including English and maths GCSEs at key stage 4 in 2014 to 2015 of the secondary academies in Stafford constituency was as follows:

2014

2015

The Rural Enterprise Academy

22%

40%

The Weston Road Academy

55%

51%

Source: School Performance Tables

The Weston Road Academy also has a Sixth Form where 79% of pupils passed at least 3 A-Levels (A*-E) in 2015.

Data for key stage 4 for years before 2014 are not comparable due to reforms to qualifications, notably the removal of many previous equivalent vocational qualifications and counting only the first attempt at a qualification in the performance tables in English Baccalaureate subjects.

8th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools in England offer the International Baccalaureate.

It is not possible to identify how many schools offer the International Baccalaureate. However, the Department for Education publishes information on schools that entered students for the different aspects of the International Baccalaureate in a particular year as part of the school performance tables. This information is available online at:

www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance/download_data.html (2014_16-18_Underlying_Data_Institution_Level.zip (Tables 6 to 9)).

17th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the (a) take-up of places in and (b) performance of academies in Stafford constituency.

Stafford constituency has four open academies:

1) John Wheeldon Primary School (opened 1 September 2014, sponsored by Staffordshire University)

2) Rowley Park Primary Academy (opened 1 August 2014, sponsored by Victoria Park Primary Academy)

3) The Weston Road Academy (converted to academy status in October 2011)

4) The Rural Enterprise Academy (opened August 2012 as a free school, sponsored by South Staffordshire College, Veolia and the National Farmers Union).

Both John Wheeldon and Rowley Park are at or near capacity. The Rural Enterprise Academy has been open since 2012 and has a phased intake admitting up to 60 pupils in each year. There are currently under 100 pupils on roll. The Weston Road Academy is almost 80% full.

We make regular assessments of all academies to monitor performance.

John Wheeldon and Rowley Park converted in September 2014 and it is too early to say what impact academy conversion has had. Rural Enterprise Academy was rated Good by Ofsted in March this year. The Weston Road Academy was rated Good by Ofsted in October 2013 and overall performance is above the national floor targets.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the guidance, Staying put: arrangements for care leavers aged 18 years and above, published on 22 May 2013, what progress the Government has made on implementing the staying put policy.

Staying Put has helped thousands of care leavers to continue to benefit from a stable and secure family setting and to prepare for independence at a more gradual pace rather than facing a ‘cliff-edge’ at the age of 18. The policy has been welcomed by care leavers and the sector.

The latest data for the year ending March 2017 shows that 51% of those ceasing to be looked after in a foster placement on their 18th birthday remained with their former foster carer. In addition, 25% of 19 and 20 year olds were still living with their former foster carers.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
28th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much funding his Department has allocated directly to (a) Keep Britain Tidy and (b) other anti-litter initiatives in each year since 2010.

The following table sets out the grant funding allocated to Keep Britain Tidy from 2010 to 2015:

Year

Grant

2010-11

£4.75 million

2011-12

£4 million

2012-13

£3.5 million

2013-14

£2.25 million

2014-15

£0.5 million

After 2015, no funding was specifically allocated to Keep Britain Tidy, but it has successfully bid for a number of litter-related contracts:

Year

Project

Contract value

2015-16

Analysis of Local Environment Quality Survey for England data 2014-15

£29,986

2017-18

Survey of roadside litter on trunk roads other than motorways

£79,000

2018-19

Economic valuation of the non-market benefits of dealing with specific types of litter that a Deposit Return Scheme in England would help to overcome

£41,525

Keep Britain Tidy was also awarded the following grant funding towards the delivery of national clear-up days in 2015-18:

Year

Grant

2015 (Community Clear-Up Day)

£9,500

2016 (Clean for the Queen)

£9,500

2017 (Great British Spring Clean)

£10,000

In 2017, we also launched the £450,000 Litter Innovation Fund (jointly funded by Defra and the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government), to pilot, implement and evaluate small scale local research projects that could be replicated more widely. The Fund was open to applications from councils, community groups, campaign groups and small/medium-sized enterprises. A total of £122,449 was awarded to 13 projects in the first round, including 4 awards to Keep Britain Tidy, totaling £39,717. Full details of all the first-round awards are available online at:

http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/litter-innovation-fund

Defra has spent the following amounts on the development of the national anti-littering campaign (none of this funding was paid to Keep Britain Tidy).

Year

Purpose

Amount

2016-2017

Initial scoping and research

£15,868

2017-2018

Development of campaign and partnership strategy and stakeholder research, as well as testing and development of a campaign identify

£124,412

2018-2019

Campaign branding, creative assets and launch.

£50,000

Since 2015, Defra has also provided £5,000 per year to the Marine Conservation Society to carry out beach cleaning at priority beaches.

No funding has been allocated to other anti-litter initiatives.

Thérèse Coffey
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
3rd Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has plans as a result of extreme weather conditions to instruct the Rural Payments Agency to make advance payments or bridging loans to farmers who will not have received their 2018 BPS by 31 December 2018.

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) is fully focussed on getting Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2018 payments issued promptly. Given the prescriptive EU requirements in making advance payments, RPA will concentrate on making payments from the opening of the payment window in December. In addition we are reviewing options, such as bringing forward bridging payments, for those BPS claimants who will not have received their BPS 2018 payments in December.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
3rd Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will grant farmers flexibility in allowing livestock to graze land which is not normally permitted for grazing because of the short supply of bedding and grazing.

Three variations or derogations from EU law have been granted or are under active discussion in Brussels in relation to grazing. First, some member states have secured permission to allow the grazing of Ecological Focus Area (EFA) Fallow Land. This derogation is not relevant in England as we already allow the grazing of such land after 1 July each year.

The UK was the first Member State to raise a concern with the European Commission over the difficulties farmers faced in establishing EFA catch crops by the required date of 20 August. Other Member States agreed with us and the Commission agreed that “force majeure” should apply in these circumstances, so we could waive any penalties for farmers for non-compliance with EU law.

The third possibility relates to the small areas of land that have been declared as EFA Winter Cover Crops for the purposes of the EU Greening requirements. This green cover must be present from 1 October to at least 15 January and ordinarily must not be grazed. Because of the extreme weather conditions, the EU is considering waiving that rule for 2018 in suitably justified areas, and we have asked that England be listed amongst those countries eligible for this derogation. The change that we expect to secure this week will allow for grass and other herbaceous forage to be grown in those areas, rather than the usual restrictive list of plant species, and for those areas to be grazed.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
3rd Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Irish Government on its plans to reintroduce a subsidy on the import of forage and bedding; and what assessment he has made of the effect of such a subsidy on the supply of forage and bedding within the UK.

Farmers in the UK, Ireland and across northern Europe have experienced a difficult time this year with the hot, dry weather. The impacts are likely to be most severely felt by the grazing livestock due to the shortage of grass.

It is clear that the main impact of the recent drought conditions is likely to be felt by livestock farmers facing a shortage of fodder and that the full extent of the impacts may not be realised until later in the year. We have prioritised practical solutions to help farmers increase access to fodder and bedding both now and in the coming months. These actions will help farmers to limit the impact of extra feed costs by allocating land to forage growth and grazing, but we will keep the situation under review.

Particular measures the Government has taken to help farmers are:

  • We have clarified that English farmers, unlike farmers in other EU countries where derogations have been sought, have been able to use fallow land for grazing since 1 July. That is because our legislation reflects what we consider to be the minimum EU requirement.

  • We were the first Member State to raise a concern with the Commission to establish Ecological Focus Area (EFA) catch crops by 20 August: Other Member States agreed with us and the Commission agreed that “force majeure” would apply in these circumstances, so we could waive penalties for farmers in this situation.

  • We are seeking a derogation from the requirement to sow only certain seed types which are unpalatable to livestock in EFA areas as catch crop. The derogation we expect to secure this week will allow for grass and herbaceous forage to be grown in those areas, and those areas to be grazed.

  • On Countryside Stewardship, Environmental Stewardship and forestry legacy agreements farmers are able to ask Natural England to agree a temporary variation to the agreement conditions, either as an Environmental Stewardship Derogation (to date, over 100 have been granted) or a Countryside Stewardship Minor and Temporary Adjustment (over 30 have so far been granted).

I will monitor whether the fodder import scheme that has been introduced in Ireland has an appreciable effect on supplies of fodder and bedding within the UK. We have also made the point to the European Commission that whilst the UK is committed to working to identify appropriate responses to this year’s weather impacts, these should not interfere with the normal functioning of the market or obscure the focus of farmers in mitigating weather impacts.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
21st May 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans his Department has to contribute to the UK's Voluntary National Review of progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals to be presented in 2019 at the High Level Political Forum of the United Nations.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by the Secretary of State for International Development PQ 146233.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
18th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many payments under the Basic Payments Scheme 2015 had not been made to farmers in Stafford constituency by the Rural Payments Agency by 31 March 2016.

As of 31 March 2016, the Rural Payments Agency had paid 168 (80%) of the 211 eligible Basic Payment Scheme 2015 claims received in Stafford constituency. To date 191 had been paid and the agency has announced that those customers who do not receive a claim payment in April will be provided a bridging payment. Bridging payments will be around half of their claim value.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
18th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many farmers in Stafford constituency who are eligible for payments under the Basic Payments Scheme 2015 had not been paid by 31 March 2016.

As of 31 March 2016, the Rural Payments Agency had paid 168 (80%) of the 211 eligible Basic Payment Scheme 2015 claims received in Stafford constituency. To date 191 had been paid and the agency has announced that those customers who do not receive a claim payment in April will be provided a bridging payment. Bridging payments will be around half of their claim value.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
18th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she plans to commence Section 154 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, on fixed penalty notices for leaving litter.

No timetable has been set for when Section 154 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 will be commenced.

Defra has announced plans for a new litter strategy and we are working with industry, experts and councils across England to improve the way we all tackle the scourge of litter. The litter strategy will promote affordable and replicable ways to influence littering behaviour and reduce littering. This will include work on ways to deal with littering from vehicles.

3rd Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent changes the Government has made to the Basic Payment Scheme claims process; and what assessment the Government has made of the effect of those changes on the performance of that scheme.

The new Common Agricultural Policy has widely been acknowledged as being more complex and the Rural Payments Agency has had to implement new systems and processes. In the first year of the Basic Payment Scheme, as of 23 February, 70,880 farmers, just over 81% of all eligible claims, have received their 2015 payments, bringing the total paid out for the scheme to £1.11 billion.

The Rural Payments Agency has already indicated that for 2016 there will be an online Basic Payment Scheme application process supported by online land and entitlement transfers. There will also be a paper application form for those that need it. The agency will work with farmers and agents to support them to submit their applications by the deadline of midnight on Monday 16 May.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
3rd Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on what date she plans to announce the Basic Payment Scheme claims process for 2016.

The Rural Payments Agency is launching the 2016 claim period at the beginning of March and will work with farmers and agents to support them to submit their applications by the deadline of midnight on Monday 16 May.

The Rural Payments Agency has already indicated that for 2016 there will be an online Basic Payment Scheme application process supported by online land and entitlement transfers. There will be a paper application form for those that need it.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
3rd Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to ensure (a) people who have not received payments from the Basic Payment Scheme for 2015 will receive those payments by the end of March 2016 and (b) all claimants of that scheme will receive information on how payments have been calculated.

The Rural Payments Agency is working to pay the remainder of farmers their Basic Payment Scheme claims as promptly as possible and is aiming to make almost all payments by the end of March. The Secretary of State and I have regular conversations with the CEO of the agency about progress. The agency has been communicating with farmers who have not yet received their payments. Going forward the agency will keep them updated about the likely timing of their payment until they are paid.

The Rural Payments Agency will support every payment with a paper explanatory claim statement and guidance on how payments have been calculated. These statements started to be issued in February and will continue to go out throughout March.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
18th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will take steps to ensure that (a) abattoirs processing sheep use the standardised carcase classification or EUROP grid and (b) mandatory deadweight price reporting for such carcases is introduced.

Defra and the devolved administrations (DA) are contributing to the Commission’s ongoing review of regulations on carcase classification and price reporting as part of the EU Commission’s legislation simplification programme. We aim to ensure that UK farmers are not disadvantaged and that no unnecessary burdens are placed on the industry.


In addition, the Commissioner has established a series of workshops on the future of the sheep industry in the European Union. This forum provides an opportunity to discuss a wide range of issues relevant to the industry, including carcase classification and price reporting. Defra and the DAs are fully engaged in these discussions.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
13th Oct 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what flood prevention measures have been undertaken in Stafford constituency in the last three years; and how many staff of (a) her Department and (b) the Environment Agency were employed on those measures.

Defra staff work on flood prevention at a strategic level across England rather than being allocated to specific locations such as Stafford.

The Environment Agency carries out various tasks to reduce flood risk from main rivers through Stafford. It has a field team of four people based at Uttoxeter, who carry out all routine maintenance and provide an incident response capability for Staffordshire, which includes Stafford.

In the past three years (2011 onwards) the Environment Agency has carried out the following works:

Location

Work

Sandyford Brook

Yearly routine maintenance programme which includes clearing and maintaining flood risk management structures along the watercourse.

River Sow

1. Routine inspection of the flood risk management structures and removal of objects such as trees that pose a flood risk.

2. Old timber capping boards replaced.

Rising Brook and Kingston Brook

Routine inspection of the flood risk management structures and removal of objects such as trees that pose a flood risk.

Stafford flood scheme

Yearly routine maintenance programme which includes clearing and maintaining flood management assets along the watercourse.



2nd Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what plans the Government has to negotiate visa free travel between the UK and EU for short leisure and business visits after the UK leaves the EU.

The European Union has confirmed that it will grant UK nationals visa-free travel for short stays of up to 90 days in any 180 day period - subject to reciprocity.

The Government has also said that we do not intend to require visas for tourists or short term business visitors from the European Union.

13th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what progress the Government is making in negotiations with the European Union on reciprocal arrangements for health care in the UK and the EU after the (a) UK leaves the EU and (b) expiry of the implementation period.

The current structure of EU rules and regulations will apply until the end of the implementation period and this includes reciprocal healthcare arrangements.

The UK and the EU have also agreed on reciprocal healthcare arrangements for the purposes of the Withdrawal Agreement. After the implementation period ends, those who fall within scope of that agreement for social security coordination purposes will be entitled to reciprocal healthcare cover on the terms laid out under that deal.

Reciprocal healthcare rights for individuals not in scope of the Withdrawal Agreement will be a matter for further negotiation with the EU.

At every step of the negotiations we will work to ensure the best possible outcome for the British people.

Robin Walker
Minister of State (Education)
13th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what progress the Government is making in securing the maintenance of mutual recognition of professional qualifications after the UK leaves the EU and the expiry of the implementation period.

As the Prime Minister said in her Mansion House speech, the UK is committed to securing a continued system for the mutual recognition of professional qualifications as part of a bold and ambitious future economic partnership with the EU.

The UK has agreed with the EU the continued recognition of qualifications for residents and frontier workers, where recognition decisions were received or where recognition decisions were ongoing before the end of the implementation period. This will cover qualifications recognised under the MRPQ Directive, lawyers practising under host title and approved statutory auditors.

The March European Council agreed guidelines for negotiations on our future relationship, referencing the desire of the EU27 to include ambitious provisions on the recognition of qualifications. This is a useful starting point for the next stage of negotiations on the future economic partnership.

Robin Walker
Minister of State (Education)
13th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what recent steps the Government has taken to secure a formal agreement with Euratom after the UK leaves the EU and the expiry of the implementation period.

The Government has been clear that we want the broadest and deepest possible future partnership – covering more sectors and co-operating more fully than any Free Trade Agreement anywhere in the world today. In particular, as confirmed in the Prime Minister’s Mansion House speech, the Government will seek a close association with Euratom. We are pleased that the March European Council agreed guidelines for the next stage of negotiations on this future relationship.

Robin Walker
Minister of State (Education)
6th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what discussions he has had with the Governments of (a) Norway, (b) Switzerland, (c) Iceland and (d) Liechtenstein on (i) their citizens resident in the UK and (ii) UK citizens resident in those countries after the UK leaves the EU.

The UK’s published policy paper, ‘Safeguarding the position of EU citizens in the UK and UK nationals in the EU’, stated that we would discuss similar arrangements with Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein. The Prime Minister reiterated this to the Norwegian Prime Minister in October and in her letter to EU citizens on 11 December 2017.

We have already started constructive official-level scoping talks with all four countries and both the UK and the EFTA states are keen to reach agreement as soon as possible. It is our intention that all EEA and Swiss nationals in the UK, and UK nationals living across the EEA and Switzerland can continue living life broadly as they do now.

13th Feb 2019
What steps her Department is taking to promote the Government's trade for development programme.

The UK remains a world leader in trade for development. We are prioritising our trading partners for the future, for example through our commitments on gender, the new Commonwealth Standards Network and our ambition for the UK to be the largest G7 investor in Africa by 2022.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
4th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department spent on programmes tackling malaria in (a) 2015-16, (b) 2016-17 and (c) 2017-18.

DFID contributes to the global effort to tackle malaria through bilateral programmes in countries, research, multilateral funding to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the World Health Organisation (WHO), and through strengthening health systems in malaria affected countries.

The total estimated UK spend on malaria was £332 million in 2015/16, £499 million in 2016/17 and £481 million in 2017/18. All direct bilateral malaria spend and relevant multilateral contributions are available in Statistics on International Development. DFID is currently the second largest global funder of the effort against malaria and will remain a leading global donor in the future.

4th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department spent on programmes tackling Neglected Tropical Diseases in (a) 2015-16, (b) 2016-17 and (c) 2017-18.

Estimated UK spend on programmes tackling neglected tropical diseases was £48 million in 2015/16, £60 million in 2016/17 and £73 million in 2017/18. The figures include expenditure on programmes to prevent or treat neglected tropical diseases and funding for research.

In 2017, UK funded programmes delivered over 144 million treatments for neglected tropical diseases.

23rd Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking ensure progress made by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative is sustained after polio funding is withdrawn in countries transitioning away from support in 2019.

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) has successfully led global efforts that have reduced Wild Polio Virus cases by more than 99% since its inception in 1988. The UK has played an important role in this process and UK support to GPEI will mean up to 45 million children can be vaccinated against polio each year until 2020.

It is a key priority for the UK that polio-funded assets continue to ensure strong health systems after the world has been declared polio-free, when GPEI will cease to exist. Governments and key partners must take responsibility for ensuring the assets of the polio programme are not lost and countries remain polio-free. The UK expects the World Health Organisation (WHO) to take a leading role in ensuring a robust and coordinated response and part of the UK’s funding to WHO is conditional on this being met.

The UK has been instrumental in ensuring a coherent strategy be developed and implemented that will support countries as they transition from GPEI support. We will continue to work with WHO and other key polio partners to ensure this is fully actioned and well coordinated.

21st May 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what contribution her Department plans to make to the voluntary national review of progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

The UK enjoys enormous respect and influence on development issues, and was at the forefront of negotiating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs provide a framework to tackle the most pressing global challenges of our time – extreme poverty and disease, global instability and conflict, mass migration, climate change and gender inequality – challenges that are at the core of DFID’s work.

As such, DFID holds policy oversight for the SDGs, and we are working closely with the Cabinet Office and other Government Departments to develop our plans for the UK’s Voluntary National Review. We will ensure that the review takes account of the UK’s domestic and international contributions to this global agenda and will consult a wide range of stakeholders.

19th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with (a) the UK financial services sector and (b) multilateral financial institutions on the (i) development and (ii) issue of catastrophe bonds as a tool for mitigating catastrophic risk for developing countries.

DFID has had strong engagement with the UK financial services sector on the disaster risk financing agenda, for example through the Insurance Development Forum (IDF). The Centre for Global Disaster Protection, recently set up by DFID, has run an Innovation Lab in partnership with the UK financial services sector, which explored the use of innovative risk transfer instruments, including catastrophe bonds, to support building back disaster affected infrastructure to be more resilient.

DFID works closely in partnership with the World Bank on the disaster risk financing agenda – and the World Bank has worked with catastrophe bonds in Mexico, and underpinned the new Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility with a bond. Catastrophe bonds serve as one of a suite of financial tools the World Bank offers to support developing countries mitigate catastrophic risk from disasters.

27th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions her Department has had with representatives of the African Union, EU and UN on responding to the famine in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

I visited Kasai Central, in the DRC, in November 2017 to see for myself the impact of the conflict and resulting food insecurity. I met with representatives from the AU and UN agencies during my visit and discussed the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the DRC, and how the international community should respond. My officials are working closely with the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) to ensure strong leadership and urgency in responding to the crisis.

27th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department is providing additional funds to protect children from famine in the Kasaï region, Democratic Republic of Congo.

I visited the Kasai Central, in the DRC, in November 2017 to see for myself the impact of the conflict and resulting food insecurity. 294,000 children are at risk of dying from malnutrition. UK bilateral aid is already supporting 25,800 children with lifesaving assistance. We recently announced the new allocation of £175 million for humanitarian support over the next five years (2017-2022) for DRC. This will support a further 220,000 children nationally under the age of 5 with vital nutrition.

13th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding her Department provided for activities to combat malaria in (a) 2014-15 and (b) 2015-16.

DFID tackles malaria through bilateral programmes in countries, research, multilateral funding to the Global Fund and the World Health Organisation, and through activities such as strengthening health systems in endemic countries.

The Malaria Framework for Results estimated UK spend at £428 million for 2014/15. This was the final year of the Framework and no estimate of comparable spend was produced for 2015/16. All direct bilateral malaria spend and relevant multilateral contributions are available in Statistics on International Development . DFID is currently the second largest global funder of the effort against malaria and expects to remain a leading global donor in the future.

6th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department has taken to ensure that the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative provides for products that are affordable for patients.

DFID supports DNDi because its operational model puts the needs of patients at the heart of what it does and builds in equitable and affordable access to the end product from the outset. DNDi includes these approaches in its contractual relationships with industrial partners and by delinking the cost of the final product from the costs of research and development.

6th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that funding to support the electoral process is effectively disbursed to help stabilise the political climate in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and whether she will take steps to increase funding for civic education and the training of independent electoral observers.

Since 2015, DFID has supported the current electoral process in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This involved support to increasing democratic representation of women and youth, raising people’s awareness through civic/electoral education, protecting human rights defenders and broadening the Catholic Church’s electoral observation activities. Since February 2017, we have increased our support to civic education and the training of additional independent electoral observers. In addition, we announced that funding would be made available to update the national electoral roll, if all parties were prepared to hold free, fair and timely elections. That offer remains on the table.

13th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, (a) how much and (b) what proportion of her Department's overseas aid is used to support food production in Africa.

The UK supports food production in Africa by funding agricultural research, stimulating investment and trade and linking farmers to markets to help them exit poverty while increasing food availability.

Data on UK support to food production in Africa are not readily available. UK bilateral assistance to agriculture quadrupled between 2010 and 2015 to £300 million or 3.9% of the bilateral aid budget. Of this, £129 million was earmarked for Africa and an additional £93 million to global initiatives including Africa.

13th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of her Department's overseas aid supports research and development of agroecological farming in Africa.

DFID does not collect data on agro-ecological farming as a distinct spending category. Agro-ecological farming covers a breadth of approaches which DFID supports through a wide range of research and development programmes including on soil and water conservation, improved land-use management, climate resilience and conservation agriculture. UK support in these areas contributes to the UK International Climate Fund commitments and wider international development goals in Africa.

13th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what school or nutrition programmes for children in Africa specifically linked to locally produced foods and agroecological production her Department supports.

DFID links local food production into nutrition programmes in several African countries. For example, DFID invested in Rwanda in local production of complementary food which is reducing stunting among children aged between 6-23 months, and in Malawi in the production of groundnuts that are locally processed into children’s therapeutic food. DFID’s support for the Purchase from Africans for Africa project links local producers to school feeding, with 72,000 children and 16,000 farmers benefiting in five African countries. DFID also works with specialised humanitarian agencies to stimulate local sourcing for food aid programmes across Africa.

7th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment she has made of the humanitarian aid need of people in Aleppo.

DFID-funded partners continue to assess and respond to needs across Aleppo city. Significant numbers of those displaced by the fighting at the end of last year are returning to the east of the city. The UN assesses that there is an urgent need for water and electricity, in addition to food, medicine, shelter and protection support. In the west of the city, our humanitarian partners are providing a range of support to around 398,000 internally displaced persons. Across the city, mains water supply is intermittent due to damage to the Al Khafseh water station. DFID-funded partners are trucking water into Aleppo, installing water tanks, and repairing existing deep wells.

30th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans she has to cap the daily rate of consultants working (a) directly for and (b) for contractors working on projects funded by her Department.

The Secretary of State announced to the International Development Committee (IDC) on 19 December that DFID will conduct a fundamental review of supplier practices which will include looking at how to drive greater transparency of costs in our supply chain.

6th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many contractors working (a) directly for and (b) on projects funded by her Department have been paid more than £400 a day in each financial year since 2012.

The information is not held in the form requested and can only be collated at a disproportionate cost.

18th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the proposed creation of a contingent liability of £40 million in respect of callable capital of GuarantCo is treated as Official Development Assistance (a) when the contingent liability is created and (b) in the event that capital is called from the public purse under the contingent liability.

The creation of the contingent liability in respect of the callable capital for GuarantCo does not have immediate budgetary implications and is not treated as Official Development Assistance (ODA). If the capital is called it will be treated as ODA. This is in line with the internationally agreed rules on ODA.

18th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which infrastructure projects were supported by borrowing guaranteed through GuarantCo between 1 January 2010 and 30 June 2016; how much was guaranteed for each such project; how much funding was leveraged from other sources for each such project; and whether each such project is operational.

The table attached shows all projects supported by GuarantCo. The table indicates whether the support for projects was initiated before or after 01 January 2010. As support for many projects initiated before 2010 will have continued into the timeframe set out in the question, we have also listed all projects where support was started before 01 January 2010. There is no other straightforward way to filter the data. Further information is also available online (http://data.pidg.org/) .

18th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which infrastructure projects were funded through or supported by the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG) between 1 January 2010 and 30 June 2016; how much funding for each such project was (a) provided through PIDG and (b) leveraged from other sources; and whether each such project is operational.

The table attached shows all PIDG supported projects. The table indicates whether the support for projects was initiated before or after 01 January 2010. As support for many projects initiated before 2010 will have continued into the timeframe set out in the question, we have also listed all projects where support was started before 01 January 2010. There is no other straightforward way to filter the data. Further information is also available online (http://data.pidg.org/) .

20th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many undergraduates studying (a) soil biology, (b) soil chemistry and (c) combined soil biology and chemistry her Department is sponsoring at (i) UK universities and colleges and (ii) universities and colleges in third countries.

DFID is not currently centrally funding any undergraduates studying (a) soil biology, (b) soil chemistry or (c) combined soil biology and chemistry at (i) UK universities and college or (ii) universities and colleges in third countries.

20th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what research and development her Department is funding into the potential role of agroforestry in improving soil health and condition and prevention of erosion.

The Department for International Development supports a number of research programmes that assess the use of agroforestry to promote soil health and prevent as well as reduce erosion. This includes, for example, work with the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the global Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security research programme (CCAFS).

My Department also supports a wide range of development programmes with agro-ecological components, from agroforestry, soil and water conservation, land use management to climate resilience and conservation agriculture. These include, for example, The Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP), and Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED). The full range of our programmes can be found on our Development Tracker website.

20th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department provides support to farmer networks and farmer-to-farmer training to promote good soil management.

DFID is supporting farmer networks and farmer to farmer training on soil management. For example we fund the International Fund for Agriculture Development’s Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP). This is assisting farmers networks on the promotion of better land and soil management practices and technologies including those developed under our support by the international agriculture research organisation the CGIAR.

For example in Nigeria ASAP is supporting the establishment and strengthening of community development associations for 200,000 smallholder farmers to adopt agricultural practices that both reduce soil erosion and their risks to climate change.

We are also funding farmer to farmer training under our country programmes. In Zambia this is focussed on climate smart agriculture and better management of soils. While in Malawi our support on conservation agriculture has helped 60,000 smallholder farmers to increase their crop yields and incomes by 25% on average.

18th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make an assessment of the potential contribution of measures to support freedom of religion and belief to achieving (a) Sustainable Development Goal 16 and (b) other sustainable development goals.

The UK will continue to promote universal human rights as an integral part of building prosperity and stability around the world and attaches great importance to ensuring that people of all faiths can participate fully in society and live without fear of abuse or discrimination. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) leads on the UK’s work in promoting freedom of religion and belief overseas. DFID works closely with the FCO to raise concerns about freedom of religion with partner governments to ensure that all citizens can claim their rights. This is indeed part of our work to promote the golden thread of democracy, and achieve Goal 16 and the other Sustainable Development Goals. For the UK, the Sustainable Development Goals’ pledge to leave no one behind is one of the most important principles of the post-2015 Agenda. We have been a champion of Goal 16 to promote peaceful and inclusive societies and access to justice for all. We are working to ensure that the Sustainable Development Goals will be monitored closely.

8th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether it is her Department's policy to support the G7 Initiative on Climate Risk Insurance.

The UK supports the G7 Climate Risk Insurance Initiative and is committed to contributing to meeting the collective target set out in the Elmau declaration of helping up to an additional 400 million people in the most vulnerable developing countries to gain access to climate risk insurance by 2020.


UK support under the Initiative includes contributions to the African Risk Capacity and the Pacific Catastrophe Risk Assessment and Financing Initiative. In September the Prime Minister announced that the UK would provide at least £5.8 billion of climate finance over the next five years which will include support for climate risk insurance.

30th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussion she has had with the European Commission's (a) Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department and (b) Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development on responding to humanitarian needs in Burundi.

The UK Government is extremely concerned by the ongoing political unrest in Burundi and its humanitarian consequences, including internally displaced persons and the flow of Burundian refugees to neighbouring countries.


The Secretary of State attended the Foreign Affairs Council for Development on 26 October where it was agreed to launch Article 96 consultation procedures with Burundi. Senior Officials from DFID have raised Burundi with appropriate interlocutors, including in Brussels.

30th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans her Department has to provide humanitarian funding to (a) refugees from and (b) internally displaced persons in Burundi.

The UK Government is extremely concerned by the ongoing political unrest in Burundi and its humanitarian consequences, including internally displaced persons and the flow of Burundian refugees to neighbouring countries.


The UK is the second largest bilateral donor to the regional appeal, after the US. DFID offices across the region, including in Tanzania, DRC, Rwanda and Uganda, are working closely to monitor the situation, review preparedness activities and provide humanitarian support. £18.15 million has been committed by DFID for refugee response in the region through UN agencies, such as UNHCR, UNICEF and WFP, and international NGOs. This funding includes £14.25 million to support refugees in Tanzania and £3.9 million to support refugees in Rwanda. We are staying in close contact with these agencies about future funding needs. DFID has deployed a Humanitarian Advisor to the region in support of the response and to monitor funding provided so far.

8th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with the World Health Organisation (WHO) over the structural reforms required to the WHO following the lessons learned from the organisation's response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

The United Kingdom is using its membership on the World Health Organisation’s Executive Board to push for a broad package of reforms to strengthen WHO’s future response to health emergencies and to improve wider organisational effectiveness.

Grant Shapps
Secretary of State for Transport
4th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much the Government spent on climate finance for (a) mitigation and (b) adaptation to developing countries in each year between 2009 and 2015.

UK Government support to help people both adapt to the impacts of climate change, and to mitigate its future impacts, is delivered in an integrated way through a range of programmes. Tracking spend on adaptation and mitigation only began in 2011 when the International Climate Fund (ICF) was established. Since 2011/12 approximate funding has been as follows:

Adaptation

2011/12 - £136m

2012/13 – £212m

2013/14 – £228m

Mitigation

2011/12 – £199m

2012/13 - £272m

2013/14 - £418m

Data for 2014/15 and 2015/16 will be published once available.

Grant Shapps
Secretary of State for Transport
4th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what changes she plans to make to Government development spending on climate finance for (a) mitigation and (b) adaptation between 2015 and 2020.

Future funding levels for total UK spend on climate change activities, as well as the relative priority between themes such as mitigation and adaptation, will be determined as part of the current Spending Review process.

Grant Shapps
Secretary of State for Transport
22nd Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to help reduce youth unemployment in (a) Ghana, (b) Kenya and (c) South Africa.

Helping young people in Africa to find a decent job is an important component of DFID’s work for promoting economic growth and private sector development.

In Ghana, the Enhancing Growth in New Enterprises (ENGINE) programme is supporting over 200 small and medium businesses, the majority of which are owned by entrepreneurs under 35 years old. Other programmes including the enterprise development programme, the Western Regional Coastal Foundation (WRCF) and the Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED), are also contributing to youth employment.

In Kenya, 8000 young people will benefit from new skills under the £5m Mombasa County Youth Employment programme.

In South Africa, though our bilateral programme has now closed, by 2014, DFID contributed to 112,327 jobs being created or saved, through: support to the Community Work Programme; youth employment schemes; a training scheme for workers at risk of redundancy; and measures to help firms become more competitive.

Details of the programmes can be found on DevTracker.

Grant Shapps
Secretary of State for Transport
22nd Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to implement her Department's Start-Up initiative in (a) Ghana, (b) Kenya and (c) South Africa.

The Start Up! Initiative was an idea worked up by DFID staff to improve the provision of financing and capacity building activities for early-stage firms in sub-Saharan Africa. Last year a decision was taken by the Department not to take the programme forward to implementation as a multi-country initiative. However, although the multi-country programme is not going ahead, the DFID country offices in Kenya and Ghana continue to work on providing direct support to entrepreneurs, particularly in the agribusiness and clean energy sectors.

In Ghana, DFID is supporting a programme to equip micro and small enterprises with the necessary skills and resources to improve their business plans and internal operations. The programme provides grant funding, mentoring and business development services to 500 of the most promising firms. In Kenya, DFID has helped to launch the Kenya Climate Innovation Centre (KCIC) to support the development of innovative ‘clean-tech’ businesses and technologies. The KCIC provides technologists, entrepreneurs and new ventures with technical assistance for capacity building and access to early-stage financing to overcome market barriers, with the aim of rapidly scaling and deploying innovative products and services.

Grant Shapps
Secretary of State for Transport
4th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many contractors (a) working directly for and (b) on projects funded by her Department were paid more than £400 a day in financial years (i) 2012-13 and (ii) 2013-14.

Details of individual contractor payments would require extensive research at a disproportionate cost to the UK taxpayer.

4th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the maximum daily rate of pay is for consultants (a) directly employed by and (b) employed by contractors working for her Department.

We use private contractors to deliver aid where they can provide the best results and value for taxpayers' money, which is the sensible approach to take. In the past year alone, this has included building treatment centres to defeat Ebola in Sierra Leone, delivering life-saving aid to Syrian refugees, and providing shelter to people who have lost their homes in the Nepal earthquake. A recent Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) report noted that the rates paid by DFID were “highly competitive”. Individual companies set the rates for their contractors.

29th May 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to support immunisation programmes in developing countries.

DFID primarily supports immunisation programmes in developing countries through the provision of funding to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

The UK is the largest donor to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. Gavi is a public-private partnership that saves lives by increasing access to immunisation in developing countries. Since 2000, Gavi has vaccinated half a billion children and saved 7 million lives. The UK will provide a total of £1.44 billion to Gavi over 2016-2020. It is estimated that UK support will save a child’s life every 2 minutes.

The UK is also a key donor to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), which is working to eradicate polio by 2019. Since GPEI’s creation, global polio cases have fallen by more than 99%. Africa has now been polio free for nearly 1 year. The UK has committed £300 million to polio eradication over 2013-2019.

Grant Shapps
Secretary of State for Transport
9th Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to develop its framework on health systems strengthening.

DFID has committed to developing a framework for its work on health systems strengthening which will set out areas of focus for work in developing countries and globally. The framework will encompass the global processes that are already underway in the transition from the Millennium Development Goals to the new post-2015 development goals and will consider the implications for measurement of progress towards universal health coverage.

23rd Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department has spent on projects for women and girls in each year since 2005-06.

Empowering women and girls is an important and cross cutting priority for DFID. Since May 2014, under the International Development (Gender Equality) Act 2014 DFID is required to give regard to the contribution its assistance is likely to make to reducing gender inequality or to gender related differences in needs, before any assistance is provided.


The table below shows all spend where Gender Equality was either a “Principle” or “Significant” objective.

Sum of Funds Spent (GBP £m)

2005/06

711.8

2006/07

869.9

2007/08

1,282.3

2008/09

1,676.4

2009/10

1,945

2010/11

2,211.9

2011/12

2,609.8

2012/13

2,795.5

2013/14

3,750.4

2014/15 to 29th Jan

3,164.1

Grand Total

21,017.2

23rd Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department has spent on projects in fragile states in each year since 2005-06.

The Department for International Development has spent the following amounts of official development assistance (ODA) in fragile and conflict-affected states (FCAS) since 2005:

Year

DFID Bilateral ODA in Fragile & Conflict Affected States

(£m)

Substantial Debt Relief to FCAS (£m)

2005

£882

£3,288

2006

£2,430

£2,147

2007

£1,246

2008

£1,450

2009

£1,772

2010

£1,831

2011

£2,200

2012

£2,183

2013

£2,835

No distinction is made between those that are fragile and those experiencing active conflict for the purposes of calculating spend. I have therefore chosen to answer these two questions together. DFID recognises 55 countries as being fragile or conflict-affected. The list is revised every two years. ODA spend is calculated on a calendar-year basis; provisional figures for 2014 UK ODA spend will be published in the spring. In addition, DFID funds multilateral organisations, global programmes and NGOs delivering programmes in FCAS.

23rd Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department has spent in India in each year since 2005-06.

Figures on Overseas Development Assistance to India can be viewed in the Statistics on International Development: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-international-development/about/statistics .

The table below details bilateral spend DFID disbursed to India from 2005/06 to 2013/14.

Year

£ thousand

2005-06

£252,755

2006-07

£233,853

2007-08

£275,402

2008-09

£297,028

2009-10

£295,119

2010-11

£278,936

2011-12

£284,359

2012-13

£196,405

2013-14

£176,834

In 2012, DFID announced that it would end our traditional financial grant aid to India in 2015. From this year on, our partnership will be based on sharing skills and expertise, investing in private sector projects that benefit the poor, and working together on global development issues.

23rd Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department has spent on health projects in Sierra Leone in each year since 2005-06.

The Department for International Development has spent the following amounts on bilateral health projects in Sierra Leone since 2005-06:

2005-06

£1.7m

2006-07

£1.8m

2007-08

£3m

2008-09

£5.5m

2009-10

£10.9m

Total 2005/06 - 2009/10

£22.9m

2010-11

£22m

2011-12

£11.6m

2012-13

£15.9m

2013-14

£14.3m

Total 2010/11 - 2013/14

£63.8m

The 2010-11 figures include one-off start-up costs for the launch (in April 2010) and rollout of the Free Health Care Initiative in Sierra Leone.

These figures do not include the substantial health support delivered via multilateral bodies such as Gavi and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (GF). These funds disbursed US$38.9m (Gavi) and US$148.5m (GF) to Sierra Leone over 2005-2014. The UK has provided significant funding to both of these organisations and most recently pledged up to £1bn to the GF over 2014-2016 period and £1bn to Gavi for 2016–20.

Disbursements to Sierra Leone by fund by programme calendar year (US$)

GAVI

GF

2005

140,300

6,365,300

2006

521,000

6,993,100

2007

2,941,800

4,367,700

2008

3,996,700

14,372,100

2009

3,359,400

11,224,600

2010

6,039,400

17,843,600

2011

3,919,900

24,077,500

2012

5,228,200

14,932,200

2013

6,475,800

17,309,700

2014

6,247,400

31,062,600

Total 2005-2014 disbursements

US$38.9m

US$148.5m

23rd Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department has spent in Africa in each year since 2005-06.

DFID bilateral spending on Africa is shown below. This does not include DFID spending on Africa through central contributions to multilateral partners.

Financial Year

Spend (GBP)

2005-06

1,061,269,429

2006-07

1,030,878,670

2007-08

1,221,570,188

2008-09

1,290,464,775

2009-10

1,538,930,222

2010-11

1,686,111,144

2011-12

1,793,763,946

2012-13

1,842,759,816

2013-14

2,180,152,817

23rd Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department has spent in China in each year since 2005-06.

DFID closed its bilateral programme to China in 2011. Our relationship with China is now based on identifying ways in which our countries can work together to promote development and the reduction of poverty in poorer countries or on global development issues.

Figures on Overseas Development Assistance can be viewed in the Statistics on International Development: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-international-development/about/statistics .

The table below details bilateral spend DFID disbursed to China from 2005/06 to 2013/14.

Year

£ thousand

2005-06

£34,744

2006-07

£38,589

2007-08

£38,796

2008-09

£40,296

2009-10

£34,512

2010-11

£22,871

2011-12

-£508

2012-13

-

2013-14

-

23rd Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department has spent on projects in conflict states in each year since 2005-06.

The Department for International Development has spent the following amounts of official development assistance (ODA) in fragile and conflict-affected states (FCAS) since 2005:

Year

DFID Bilateral ODA in Fragile & Conflict Affected States

(£m)

Substantial Debt Relief to FCAS (£m)

2005

£882

£3,288

2006

£2,430

£2,147

2007

£1,246

2008

£1,450

2009

£1,772

2010

£1,831

2011

£2,200

2012

£2,183

2013

£2,835

No distinction is made between those that are fragile and those experiencing active conflict for the purposes of calculating spend. I have therefore chosen to answer these two questions together. DFID recognises 55 countries as being fragile or conflict-affected. The list is revised every two years. ODA spend is calculated on a calendar-year basis; provisional figures for 2014 UK ODA spend will be published in the spring. In addition, DFID funds multilateral organisations, global programmes and NGOs delivering programmes in FCAS.

23rd Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department has spent on nutrition projects in each year since 2005-06.

Details of the total expenditure on health are published in Statistics on International Development (SID) which is available in the House Library or online at https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-international-development/about/statistics. DFID’s reporting of aid flows is in line with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) rules. DFID started reporting against a specific family planning code in 2008/09. Details of DFID’s spending on multi-sectoral programmes which deliver nutrition results are published in http://devinit.org/report/dfids-aid-spending-nutrition-2010-2012/. Figures for direct bilateral spend on health, nutrition, family planning, education and water & sanitation are reproduced below:

Total DFID Bilateral Programme (£ million)

2005/06

2006/07

2007/08

2008/09

2009/10

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

Health

498

548

602

734

750

877

978

1008

1239

of which: Nutrition

1

2

9

13

19

24

38

49

64

Family planning

8

15

31

44

110

127

Education

323

385

364

455

398

563

628

517

791

Water & Sanitation

48

60

72

90

107

114

144

132

166

When DFID or other UK government departments provide core contributions in support of multilateral organisations, we do not break down by sector. However, there are a number of multilaterals organisations that are focussed on Health, Education and Water & Sanitation. Details of the contributions from DFID to each multilateral organisation can be found online.

23rd Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department has spent on education projects in each year since 2005-06.

Details of the total expenditure on health are published in Statistics on International Development (SID) which is available in the House Library or online at https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-international-development/about/statistics. DFID’s reporting of aid flows is in line with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) rules. DFID started reporting against a specific family planning code in 2008/09. Details of DFID’s spending on multi-sectoral programmes which deliver nutrition results are published in http://devinit.org/report/dfids-aid-spending-nutrition-2010-2012/. Figures for direct bilateral spend on health, nutrition, family planning, education and water & sanitation are reproduced below:

Total DFID Bilateral Programme (£ million)

2005/06

2006/07

2007/08

2008/09

2009/10

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

Health

498

548

602

734

750

877

978

1008

1239

of which: Nutrition

1

2

9

13

19

24

38

49

64

Family planning

8

15

31

44

110

127

Education

323

385

364

455

398

563

628

517

791

Water & Sanitation

48

60

72

90

107

114

144

132

166

When DFID or other UK government departments provide core contributions in support of multilateral organisations, we do not break down by sector. However, there are a number of multilaterals organisations that are focussed on Health, Education and Water & Sanitation. Details of the contributions from DFID to each multilateral organisation can be found online.

23rd Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department has spent on water and sanitation projects in each year since 2005-06.

Details of the total expenditure on health are published in Statistics on International Development (SID) which is available in the House Library or online at https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-international-development/about/statistics. DFID’s reporting of aid flows is in line with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) rules. DFID started reporting against a specific family planning code in 2008/09. Details of DFID’s spending on multi-sectoral programmes which deliver nutrition results are published in http://devinit.org/report/dfids-aid-spending-nutrition-2010-2012/. Figures for direct bilateral spend on health, nutrition, family planning, education and water & sanitation are reproduced below:

Total DFID Bilateral Programme (£ million)

2005/06

2006/07

2007/08

2008/09

2009/10

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

Health

498

548

602

734

750

877

978

1008

1239

of which: Nutrition

1

2

9

13

19

24

38

49

64

Family planning

8

15

31

44

110

127

Education

323

385

364

455

398

563

628

517

791

Water & Sanitation

48

60

72

90

107

114

144

132

166

When DFID or other UK government departments provide core contributions in support of multilateral organisations, we do not break down by sector. However, there are a number of multilaterals organisations that are focussed on Health, Education and Water & Sanitation. Details of the contributions from DFID to each multilateral organisation can be found online.

23rd Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department has spent on health projects in each year since 2005-06.

Details of the total expenditure on health are published in Statistics on International Development (SID) which is available in the House Library or online at https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-international-development/about/statistics. DFID’s reporting of aid flows is in line with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) rules. DFID started reporting against a specific family planning code in 2008/09. Details of DFID’s spending on multi-sectoral programmes which deliver nutrition results are published in http://devinit.org/report/dfids-aid-spending-nutrition-2010-2012/. Figures for direct bilateral spend on health, nutrition, family planning, education and water & sanitation are reproduced below:

Total DFID Bilateral Programme (£ million)

2005/06

2006/07

2007/08

2008/09

2009/10

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

Health

498

548

602

734

750

877

978

1008

1239

of which: Nutrition

1

2

9

13

19

24

38

49

64

Family planning

8

15

31

44

110

127

Education

323

385

364

455

398

563

628

517

791

Water & Sanitation

48

60

72

90

107

114

144

132

166

When DFID or other UK government departments provide core contributions in support of multilateral organisations, we do not break down by sector. However, there are a number of multilaterals organisations that are focussed on Health, Education and Water & Sanitation. Details of the contributions from DFID to each multilateral organisation can be found online.

23rd Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department has spent on family planning projects in each year since 2005-06.

Details of the total expenditure on health are published in Statistics on International Development (SID) which is available in the House Library or online at https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-international-development/about/statistics. DFID’s reporting of aid flows is in line with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) rules. DFID started reporting against a specific family planning code in 2008/09. Details of DFID’s spending on multi-sectoral programmes which deliver nutrition results are published in http://devinit.org/report/dfids-aid-spending-nutrition-2010-2012/. Figures for direct bilateral spend on health, nutrition, family planning, education and water & sanitation are reproduced below:

Total DFID Bilateral Programme (£ million)

2005/06

2006/07

2007/08

2008/09

2009/10

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

Health

498

548

602

734

750

877

978

1008

1239

of which: Nutrition

1

2

9

13

19

24

38

49

64

Family planning

8

15

31

44

110

127

Education

323

385

364

455

398

563

628

517

791

Water & Sanitation

48

60

72

90

107

114

144

132

166

When DFID or other UK government departments provide core contributions in support of multilateral organisations, we do not break down by sector. However, there are a number of multilaterals organisations that are focussed on Health, Education and Water & Sanitation. Details of the contributions from DFID to each multilateral organisation can be found online.

23rd Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department has spent in Brazil in each year since 2005-06.

Figures on Overseas Development Assistance can be viewed in the Statistics on International Development: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-international-development/about/statistics

The table below details bilateral spend DFID disbursed to Brazil from 2005/06 to 2013/14.

Year

£ thousand

2005-06

£2,387

2006-07

£733

2007-08

£436

2008-09

£860

2009-10

£927

2010-11

£158

2011-12

£0

2012-13

£0

2013-14

£0

23rd Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department has spent on economic development projects in each year since 2005-06.

This information is not available in the form requested but will be for financial year 2015/16 onwards to track spend against our £1.8billion spend in this area.

23rd Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department has spent in Russia in each year since 2005-06.

The table below details bilateral spend DFID disbursed to Russia from 2005/06 to 2013/14.

Year

£ thousand

2005-06

£5,684

2006-07

£5,945

2007-08

£373

2008-09

£190

2009-10

£1,507

2010-11

£1,269

2011-12

£0

2012-13

£0

2013-14

£0

16th Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to combat the spread of drug-resistant malaria.

DFID has a portfolio of investment and action across all five pillars of the World Health Organisation’s Global Plan for Artemisinin Resistance Containment, through our bilateral, multilateral and research support in Africa and Asia. This includes support to programmes that aim to replace artemisinin monotherapy with artemisinin combination therapy in the private sector in Burma; the Tracking Resistance to Artemisinin Collaboration (TRAC) research programme; financial support to an Asian Development Bank programme in South-East Asia, which aims to strengthen regional political leadership and ownership of the issue; and to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria’s regional Artemisinin Resistance Initiative.

DFID is also working with the World Health Organisation and other donors to develop strategies to investigate the most effective ways to identify resistance and contain the spread.

8th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding has been committed to tackling malaria in each year since 2009-10.

The methodology for monitoring the Government's spending on malaria is provided in Annex A of the UK's Framework for Results for malaria in the developing world.

Figures for estimated total malaria spend using the methodology set out in the Framework for Results are reproduced below:

£ million

2009/10

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

Total malaria spend

193.7

306.2

252.8

312.6

Figures for 2013/2014 are not yet publicly available.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking at the High Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development to ensure that future aid delivery via the private sector follows the Busan Principles.

I refer my Hon. Friend to the answer I gave to Rt Hon. Member for East Renfrewshire (Jim Murphy) on 27 March 2014, Official Report (Col. 390W).

25th Apr 2019
What plans he has to ensure that the poorest countries in the world are able to take part fairly in global trade.

We believe that the global, rules-based system is the most important protection poorer countries have. We will champion their interests through the WTO, enact a UK trade preferences scheme through the Taxation Cross Border Trade Act and then further improve their access to the UK market after we’ve left the EU.

3rd Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment he has made of the potential for UK businesses to export nuclear decommissioning expertise as a result of the French Government's decision to decommission 17 nuclear reactors by 2025.

Services are a vitally important part of the UK economy and UK expertise across all sectors are in high demand around the world. In January, the UK and French Governments signed a Declaration of Intent to enhance collaboration in civil nuclear decommissioning and waste management in France, the UK and potentially third countries.

The Department for International Trade, together with partners across HMG, is working closely with the French Government and the UK and French private sector to identify decommissioning opportunities in our respective civil nuclear markets.

4th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many businesses in Stafford constituency have received export support from his Department since it was set up.

Since the creation of the Department for International Trade (DIT) this department has supported 130 Staffordshire businesses to achieve exports of £30m. Additionally, a further 101 Staffordshire businesses have attended DIT export focused events. Please note that data is available for Staffordshire only.
18th May 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timescale is for the commencement of s15 of the Road Safety Act 2006.

Section 15 of the Road Safety Act 2006 has not been commenced. For commencement, primary legislation would be required to amend section 16 and no timescales are currently planned for this. To date, the Government has not supported the mandatory use of alcohol interlocks as the disadvantages associated with such a scheme, including lack of evidence of long term behavioural change, ease of circumventing the device, and high installation and maintenance costs, together outweigh any potential benefits.

The Government will continue to enforce vigorously against drink drivers, and changes in the law in April 2015 made it a requirement for high risk offenders to undertake medical tests to ensure they are not still dependent before they are allowed to drive again.

25th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will ensure that HS2 Ltd release its plans for the Great Haywood Viaduct in advance of the relevant Select Committee sessions later in 2018.

The design of the Phase 2A scheme to date as set out in the Phase 2A Bill and the Environmental Statement deposited in July 2017 provides the level of detail necessary for the purposes of the Bill and the requirements of the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations 2017.

The level of detailed design necessary to enable the scheme to be constructed has yet to be carried out, and is unlikely to be completed until after the Bill has secured Royal Assent.

Once complete, HS2 Ltd will need to apply for approval of the detailed design of various elements of the scheme, which would include the Great Hayward viaduct, from local planning authorities along the route under the planning regime established under Schedule 17 to the Bill. This will ensure that although deemed planning permission for the scheme is granted by Parliament, local planning authorities will be able to approve the detailed design thereby ensuring that the design of permanent structures fits into the local environment.

8th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many houses in Stafford constituency have been purchased by the (a) Need to Sell scheme, (b) Statutory Blight scheme, (c) Express Purchase scheme and (d) other schemes since each scheme was launched; and what the average cost is of each such purchase.

The number and average value of houses purchased in the Stafford constituency broken down by HS2 scheme is as follows

HS2 Scheme

Number of Homes Purchased

Average Value of Purchase

Exceptional Hardship Scheme (Note 1)

15

£404,147

Need to Sell

7

£403,428

Statutory Blight

6

£614,167

Rural Support Zone Voluntary Purchase

2

£420,000

Note 1 - In May 2016 the Exceptional Hardship Scheme was withdrawn for the Phase 2a section of HS2 when the Need to Sell scheme was confirmed for this part of the route.

16th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he plans to take to ensure that new rail freight terminals are appropriately sited to benefit the national economy.

The National Networks National Policy Statement (NN-NPS) sets out Government’s policy for Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SRFI) development. It states the importance of SRFIs being located near the business markets they will serve – major urban centres, or groups of centres. The NN-NPS states that to facilitate modal shift from road to rail, a network of SRFIs is needed across the regions to serve regional, sub-regional and cross-regional markets with good connectivity with both the road and strategic rail freight network.

4th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps he has taken to (a) tackle traffic congestion and (b) improve public transport in Stafford constituency.

The Stafford area has benefitted from the following Government funded initiatives to tackle congestion and improve public transport:

  • The Department for Transport has allocated over £23m to Staffordshire County Council in 2017/18 for routine road maintenance and small transport projects. That included £3.711m National Productivity Investment Funding for highways and public transport works in 2017/18 to help reduce congestion and improve or upgrade local highway infrastructure assets and unlock economic and job creation opportunities. The Council also succeeded in securing a Challenge Fund award of £5m for the maintenance of Burton upon Trent river crossings.

  • The Government provided £87.5m towards the upgrading of the M6 to Smart Motorway status from Junction 10a (M54 interchange) to Junction 13 (Stafford), which was completed in February 2016.

  • The Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Enterprise Partnership has been awarded £121m over 3 rounds of Local Growth Fund. Funded projects include £24.3m for Stafford Western Access Route to ease congestion into the town centre and £6.5m towards a local sustainable transport package to improve access opportunities to employment, education and training.

  • HS2 trains will serve the current station in Stafford. This will become an integrated high speed station where passengers can benefit from accessing the high speed network towards the South.

  • The Stafford Area Improvement Project has removed a major rail bottleneck through the Stafford area, facilitating the introduction of new timetables, creating the capacity to run two additional trains per hour in each direction between London and the north west of England, and one additional fast service per hour between Manchester and Birmingham in each direction.

13th Apr 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress he has made on negotiating the continued participation of the UK in the European open skies arrangements with the EU and third countries after the UK leaves the EU.

On 29 March the UK formally notified its intention to leave the EU. The EU is currently preparing its position ahead of formal EU Exit negotiations, and no negotiations as yet have taken place.

The Government is considering carefully all the potential implications arising from the UK’s exit from the EU and plans to negotiate the best possible relationship between the UK and the EU in the field of aviation. The Department for Transport is working closely with the sector to best understand its requirements and to ensure that the outcome of the negotiations serves the interests of both passengers and the aviation industry.

1st Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many Home Zones have been established in England since 2000; and where those zones are located.

Home Zones are residential areas with streets designed for very low vehicle speeds which better suit the needs of pedestrians and cyclists. The aim is to change the way streets are used in order to improve quality of life by reducing the dominance of motor traffic. Local authorities are free to install them using powers under the Transport Act 2000 without reference to the Department.

The Home Zones Challenge Fund, set up in April 2001 to encourage the development of home zones in England, funded 59 schemes across 56 authorities. These are listed in the table below. The Department does not hold information on how many other Home Zones are in place, or where they are located, as local authorities do not have to inform the Department when they install them.

Authority

Scheme location

Luton

Haymarket Green

Norfolk

Cavell Road, Norwich

Peterborough

New England

Suffolk

Cambridge Road, Lowestoft

Darlington

Pateley Moor Crescent

Gateshead

Tyne Park

Middlesbrough

Gresham Area

North Tyneside

The Triangle

Northumberland

Cowpen Quay, Blyth

South Tyneside

Cleadon Park

Blackpool

Talbot and Brunswick

Bolton

Oldham’s Estate

Bury

Aston Estate

Cheshire

Egerton Street Area, Chester

Lancashire

Poulton Area, Morecambe

South West Area, Burnley

Liverpool

Grafton Street

Manchester

Northmoor Phase 2

Rochdale

Wardleworth

St Helens

Bidston Avenue

Tameside

Ashton West End

Trafford

Addiston Crescent

Warrington

Whitecross

Wigan

Browning Street

Wirral

Dundonald & Methuen Streets

East Sussex

Town Farm Estate, Hailsham

Hampshire

Castle Grove, Porchester

Kent

Northcourt Estate, Denton

Oxfordshire

Saxton Road, Abingdon

Reading

Kingsbridge Road

Southampton

Radcliffe Road

Surrey

Nutley Lane, Reigate

West Sussex

North West Bognor Regis

Bath & North East Somerset

Albert Avenue, Peasedown St John

Bristol

Southville

Cornwall

North Close Estate, Redruth

Devon

Wonford Estate, Exeter

Plymouth

Morice Town

Wiltshire

College Community Area, Trowbridge

Westleigh Area, Warminster

Birmingham

Pitts farm, Erdington

Staffordshire

Silkmore, Stafford Wilmot Drive, Newcastle under Lyme

Telford and Wrekin

West Woodside

Wolverhampton

Fordhouses

Worcestershire

Duke of Edinburgh Way, Malvern

Derby

Normanton

Nottingham

Kennington Road Area

Kingston upon Hull

Albany Street

Kirklees

Moorside Estate

Leeds

Littlemoor

North Lincolnshire

Crosby/Frodingham, Scunthorpe

Bromley

Rookery Gardens, St Mary Cray

Camden

Lupton Street

Greenwich

Deptford Green

Haringey

Linden Road

Kingston upon Thames

Cavendish Road

Newham

Cranberry Estate

Southwark

Sutherland Square

The Department has not made any recent assessment of Home Zones. The design of streets in their care is a matter for local authorities. In recent years there has been a significant step change in attitudes to street design, with the focus increasingly on creating streets that function as places and communities. Home Zones are one tool that can help achieve these aims. We promote this approach more generally through design guidance such as the Manual for Streets.

Although the Government provides maintenance funding to local authorities, the Department provides no specific funding for the maintenance of Home Zones. Local authorities have a duty under Section 41 of the Highways Act 1980 to maintain the highways network in their area. It is for each individual authority to assess which parts of its network are in need of repair and what standards should be applied, based on their local knowledge and circumstances.

1st Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funds the Government has provided to local authorities for the maintenance of Home Zones.

Home Zones are residential areas with streets designed for very low vehicle speeds which better suit the needs of pedestrians and cyclists. The aim is to change the way streets are used in order to improve quality of life by reducing the dominance of motor traffic. Local authorities are free to install them using powers under the Transport Act 2000 without reference to the Department.

The Home Zones Challenge Fund, set up in April 2001 to encourage the development of home zones in England, funded 59 schemes across 56 authorities. These are listed in the table below. The Department does not hold information on how many other Home Zones are in place, or where they are located, as local authorities do not have to inform the Department when they install them.

Authority

Scheme location

Luton

Haymarket Green

Norfolk

Cavell Road, Norwich

Peterborough

New England

Suffolk

Cambridge Road, Lowestoft

Darlington

Pateley Moor Crescent

Gateshead

Tyne Park

Middlesbrough

Gresham Area

North Tyneside

The Triangle

Northumberland

Cowpen Quay, Blyth

South Tyneside

Cleadon Park

Blackpool

Talbot and Brunswick

Bolton

Oldham’s Estate

Bury

Aston Estate

Cheshire

Egerton Street Area, Chester

Lancashire

Poulton Area, Morecambe

South West Area, Burnley

Liverpool

Grafton Street

Manchester

Northmoor Phase 2

Rochdale

Wardleworth

St Helens

Bidston Avenue

Tameside

Ashton West End

Trafford

Addiston Crescent

Warrington

Whitecross

Wigan

Browning Street

Wirral

Dundonald & Methuen Streets

East Sussex

Town Farm Estate, Hailsham

Hampshire

Castle Grove, Porchester

Kent

Northcourt Estate, Denton

Oxfordshire

Saxton Road, Abingdon

Reading

Kingsbridge Road

Southampton

Radcliffe Road

Surrey

Nutley Lane, Reigate

West Sussex

North West Bognor Regis

Bath & North East Somerset

Albert Avenue, Peasedown St John

Bristol

Southville

Cornwall

North Close Estate, Redruth

Devon

Wonford Estate, Exeter

Plymouth

Morice Town

Wiltshire

College Community Area, Trowbridge

Westleigh Area, Warminster

Birmingham

Pitts farm, Erdington

Staffordshire

Silkmore, Stafford Wilmot Drive, Newcastle under Lyme

Telford and Wrekin

West Woodside

Wolverhampton

Fordhouses

Worcestershire

Duke of Edinburgh Way, Malvern

Derby

Normanton

Nottingham

Kennington Road Area

Kingston upon Hull

Albany Street

Kirklees

Moorside Estate

Leeds

Littlemoor

North Lincolnshire

Crosby/Frodingham, Scunthorpe

Bromley

Rookery Gardens, St Mary Cray

Camden

Lupton Street

Greenwich

Deptford Green

Haringey

Linden Road

Kingston upon Thames

Cavendish Road

Newham

Cranberry Estate

Southwark

Sutherland Square

The Department has not made any recent assessment of Home Zones. The design of streets in their care is a matter for local authorities. In recent years there has been a significant step change in attitudes to street design, with the focus increasingly on creating streets that function as places and communities. Home Zones are one tool that can help achieve these aims. We promote this approach more generally through design guidance such as the Manual for Streets.

Although the Government provides maintenance funding to local authorities, the Department provides no specific funding for the maintenance of Home Zones. Local authorities have a duty under Section 41 of the Highways Act 1980 to maintain the highways network in their area. It is for each individual authority to assess which parts of its network are in need of repair and what standards should be applied, based on their local knowledge and circumstances.

1st Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of establishing more Home Zones.

Home Zones are residential areas with streets designed for very low vehicle speeds which better suit the needs of pedestrians and cyclists. The aim is to change the way streets are used in order to improve quality of life by reducing the dominance of motor traffic. Local authorities are free to install them using powers under the Transport Act 2000 without reference to the Department.

The Home Zones Challenge Fund, set up in April 2001 to encourage the development of home zones in England, funded 59 schemes across 56 authorities. These are listed in the table below. The Department does not hold information on how many other Home Zones are in place, or where they are located, as local authorities do not have to inform the Department when they install them.

Authority

Scheme location

Luton

Haymarket Green

Norfolk

Cavell Road, Norwich

Peterborough

New England

Suffolk

Cambridge Road, Lowestoft

Darlington

Pateley Moor Crescent

Gateshead

Tyne Park

Middlesbrough

Gresham Area

North Tyneside

The Triangle

Northumberland

Cowpen Quay, Blyth

South Tyneside

Cleadon Park

Blackpool

Talbot and Brunswick

Bolton

Oldham’s Estate

Bury

Aston Estate

Cheshire

Egerton Street Area, Chester

Lancashire

Poulton Area, Morecambe

South West Area, Burnley

Liverpool

Grafton Street

Manchester

Northmoor Phase 2

Rochdale

Wardleworth

St Helens

Bidston Avenue

Tameside

Ashton West End

Trafford

Addiston Crescent

Warrington

Whitecross

Wigan

Browning Street

Wirral

Dundonald & Methuen Streets

East Sussex

Town Farm Estate, Hailsham

Hampshire

Castle Grove, Porchester

Kent

Northcourt Estate, Denton

Oxfordshire

Saxton Road, Abingdon

Reading

Kingsbridge Road

Southampton

Radcliffe Road

Surrey

Nutley Lane, Reigate

West Sussex

North West Bognor Regis

Bath & North East Somerset

Albert Avenue, Peasedown St John

Bristol

Southville

Cornwall

North Close Estate, Redruth

Devon

Wonford Estate, Exeter

Plymouth

Morice Town

Wiltshire

College Community Area, Trowbridge

Westleigh Area, Warminster

Birmingham

Pitts farm, Erdington

Staffordshire

Silkmore, Stafford Wilmot Drive, Newcastle under Lyme

Telford and Wrekin

West Woodside

Wolverhampton

Fordhouses

Worcestershire

Duke of Edinburgh Way, Malvern

Derby

Normanton

Nottingham

Kennington Road Area

Kingston upon Hull

Albany Street

Kirklees

Moorside Estate

Leeds

Littlemoor

North Lincolnshire

Crosby/Frodingham, Scunthorpe

Bromley

Rookery Gardens, St Mary Cray

Camden

Lupton Street

Greenwich

Deptford Green

Haringey

Linden Road

Kingston upon Thames

Cavendish Road

Newham

Cranberry Estate

Southwark

Sutherland Square

The Department has not made any recent assessment of Home Zones. The design of streets in their care is a matter for local authorities. In recent years there has been a significant step change in attitudes to street design, with the focus increasingly on creating streets that function as places and communities. Home Zones are one tool that can help achieve these aims. We promote this approach more generally through design guidance such as the Manual for Streets.

Although the Government provides maintenance funding to local authorities, the Department provides no specific funding for the maintenance of Home Zones. Local authorities have a duty under Section 41 of the Highways Act 1980 to maintain the highways network in their area. It is for each individual authority to assess which parts of its network are in need of repair and what standards should be applied, based on their local knowledge and circumstances.

1st Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his policy is on the establishment of new Home Zones.

Home Zones are residential areas with streets designed for very low vehicle speeds which better suit the needs of pedestrians and cyclists. The aim is to change the way streets are used in order to improve quality of life by reducing the dominance of motor traffic. Local authorities are free to install them using powers under the Transport Act 2000 without reference to the Department.

The Home Zones Challenge Fund, set up in April 2001 to encourage the development of home zones in England, funded 59 schemes across 56 authorities. These are listed in the table below. The Department does not hold information on how many other Home Zones are in place, or where they are located, as local authorities do not have to inform the Department when they install them.

Authority

Scheme location

Luton

Haymarket Green

Norfolk

Cavell Road, Norwich

Peterborough

New England

Suffolk

Cambridge Road, Lowestoft

Darlington

Pateley Moor Crescent

Gateshead

Tyne Park

Middlesbrough

Gresham Area

North Tyneside

The Triangle

Northumberland

Cowpen Quay, Blyth

South Tyneside

Cleadon Park

Blackpool

Talbot and Brunswick

Bolton

Oldham’s Estate

Bury

Aston Estate

Cheshire

Egerton Street Area, Chester

Lancashire

Poulton Area, Morecambe

South West Area, Burnley

Liverpool

Grafton Street

Manchester

Northmoor Phase 2

Rochdale

Wardleworth

St Helens

Bidston Avenue

Tameside

Ashton West End

Trafford

Addiston Crescent

Warrington

Whitecross

Wigan

Browning Street

Wirral

Dundonald & Methuen Streets

East Sussex

Town Farm Estate, Hailsham

Hampshire

Castle Grove, Porchester

Kent

Northcourt Estate, Denton

Oxfordshire

Saxton Road, Abingdon

Reading

Kingsbridge Road

Southampton

Radcliffe Road

Surrey

Nutley Lane, Reigate

West Sussex

North West Bognor Regis

Bath & North East Somerset

Albert Avenue, Peasedown St John

Bristol

Southville

Cornwall

North Close Estate, Redruth

Devon

Wonford Estate, Exeter

Plymouth

Morice Town

Wiltshire

College Community Area, Trowbridge

Westleigh Area, Warminster

Birmingham

Pitts farm, Erdington

Staffordshire

Silkmore, Stafford Wilmot Drive, Newcastle under Lyme

Telford and Wrekin

West Woodside

Wolverhampton

Fordhouses

Worcestershire

Duke of Edinburgh Way, Malvern

Derby

Normanton

Nottingham

Kennington Road Area

Kingston upon Hull

Albany Street

Kirklees

Moorside Estate

Leeds

Littlemoor

North Lincolnshire

Crosby/Frodingham, Scunthorpe

Bromley

Rookery Gardens, St Mary Cray

Camden

Lupton Street

Greenwich

Deptford Green

Haringey

Linden Road

Kingston upon Thames

Cavendish Road

Newham

Cranberry Estate

Southwark

Sutherland Square

The Department has not made any recent assessment of Home Zones. The design of streets in their care is a matter for local authorities. In recent years there has been a significant step change in attitudes to street design, with the focus increasingly on creating streets that function as places and communities. Home Zones are one tool that can help achieve these aims. We promote this approach more generally through design guidance such as the Manual for Streets.

Although the Government provides maintenance funding to local authorities, the Department provides no specific funding for the maintenance of Home Zones. Local authorities have a duty under Section 41 of the Highways Act 1980 to maintain the highways network in their area. It is for each individual authority to assess which parts of its network are in need of repair and what standards should be applied, based on their local knowledge and circumstances.

26th May 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many traffic surveys and counts his Department has conducted in Stafford constituency since 2010.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has conducted the following numbers of manual traffic counts within the area covered by Stafford constituency in each year since 2010.

2010 9 counts

2011 9 counts

2012 10 counts

2013 11 counts

2014 5 counts

2015 5 counts

These counts are carried out for the purpose of producing DfT’s statistics on traffic. They are conducted by observing traffic at designated locations and consequently have no impact on the traffic flows.

26th May 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many registered car owners there were in Stafford constituency in each year since 2005.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) records registered keepers of vehicles rather than owners. The number of cars registered since 2005 in the Stafford constituency is not available. However, a snapshot of the DVLA’s vehicle register in February 2016 shows that there were 114,837 vehicles registered to an address in the Stafford constituency.

26th May 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he plans to take to improve the rail network and services between London and Stafford.

As part of the Rail Investment Strategy, Network Rail has delivered a package of major infrastructure improvements in the Stafford area. This includes the grade separation of Norton Bridge junction – which was been brought into use almost 12 months early this May – and has created additional capacity for services on the West Coast Main Line.

Rail services between Stafford and London are currently provided by the West Midlands and InterCity West Coast franchises. These franchises are due be replaced when they expire in October 2017 and April 2018 respectively. The Department has completed a consultation in respect of the replacement West Midlands franchise, and commenced another in respect of InterCity West Coast earlier this month. The outcomes of those consultations will be published in due course.

Looking to the future, HS2 will deliver high-speed services between London and Stafford from 2026.

26th May 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department has taken to assist local authorities with the maintenance of rural roads.

The Department for Transport is providing local highway authorities in England, outside London, with over £6.1 billion for highways maintenance between 2015 and 2021. This includes an additional £250 million for a Pothole Action Fund. It is for highway authorities to determine how this funding is utilised based on their needs and priorities and can include maintenance of rural roads.

19th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he will issue the draft environmental statement on Phase 2 of High Speed Two (Fradley to Crewe).

HS2 Ltd is already undertaking environmental surveys, meeting communities and carrying out ground investigation works on the planned line of route as part of its preparation for a Phase 2a hybrid Bill.

This early investigation and engagement will inform a draft Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report, which we expect to publish for consultation in autumn 2016. The draft report will show the potential environmental impacts of the scheme and indicative steps to mitigate them.

19th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what arrangements are being made for public consultation on the draft environmental statement for Phase Two of High Speed 2 (Fradley to Crewe).

HS2 Ltd is already undertaking environmental surveys, meeting communities and carrying out ground investigation works on the planned line of route as part of its preparation for a Phase 2a hybrid Bill.

This early investigation and engagement will inform a draft Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report, which we expect to publish for consultation in autumn 2016. The draft report will show the potential environmental impacts of the scheme and indicative steps to mitigate them.

7th Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve the passenger compensation regime for train delays and cancellations.

In our manifesto we committed to improve compensation for delayed rail passengers. We have already changed the system to get compensation paid in cash, not travel vouchers, and we are putting new compensation obligations like automatic delay/repay into franchise specifications.

We will negotiate hard with rail operators to get even better compensation arrangements for passengers but also focus on what we all want which is to have the trains run on time.



4th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many road accidents in the UK involved foreign-registered vehicles in each of the last three years; and what proportion of those accidents led to the closure of a (a) road on the strategic network and (b) local road in each year.

The Department does not collect information on the country of registration of vehicles involved in reported personal-injury road accidents. Information is held on left hand drive vehicles and the Department uses this as a proxy for foreign registered vehicles.

The table below shows the number of reported personal-injury road traffic accidents involving left-hand drive vehicles in each of the last three years in Great Britain, broken down by severity of accident.

Reported number of accidents involving left hand drive vehicles, by severity, GB: 2012- 2014

Fatal

Serious

Slight

Total

2012

25

109

983

1,117

2013

17

140

994

1,151

2014

19

136

1,046

1,201

The Department does not hold information on whether roads are closed following a road traffic accident.

4th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many houses in Stafford constituency have been purchased under the High Speed 2 Exceptional Hardship Scheme since that scheme was launched; and what the average cost is of each such purchase.

As at end of August 2015, HS2 Ltd has purchased 10 properties on behalf of the Secretary of State in the Stafford Constituency, at an average cost of £404,470 per property.

19th Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to relieve congestion on roads.

The Government has an ambitious strategy for tackling congestion and improving the performance of our roads. The performance specification in the Road Investment Strategy will set plans for tackling congestion over the network as a whole, and a series of enhancements will address specific pinch points and problem areas.

17th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps he has taken to (a) tackle traffic congestion and (b) improve public transport in Stafford.

Tackling congestion and improving public transport are key priorities for this Government and as such the Government has taken several steps which will benefit Stafford, including:

· Providing £4.2m from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund, between 2011 and 2015, to address peak hour congestion in Stafford, encouraging commuters to make more sustainable travel habits and reduce car use. Staffordshire County Council will also receive £985k in revenue grant in 2015/16 for a project that includes further bus interchange and rail network enhancements, and service information improvements.

· Providing £1.7m from the Local Pinch Point Fund for the Beacon Business Park scheme, Stafford, which aimed to ease congestion at the A518 Weston Road/ Blackheath Lane junction.

· Staffordshire County Council, as the relevant Transport and Highway Authority, has also received £76.906m for Highways Maintenance funding over the period 2011/12 -2014/15. This included funding through the Pothole Fund and weather recovery and £19.769m of Integrated Transport Block Funding.

· Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership has also secured £82.3m from the Government’s Local Growth fund to support economic growth in the area – with £13.6m of funding confirmed for 2015-16. This includes £24.3m towards the Stafford Western Access Route which aims to reduce traffic congestion into and around Stafford town centre.

· Announcing a direct award contract with West Coast Trains Limited (Virgin) in June 2014 that will run for 2 years 9 months up to April 2017. The new contract will bring £35 million worth of passenger benefits, including increased car parking at Stafford.

7th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to relieve congestion on roads.

Road investment is central to our long term economic plan. We are spending more than £24 billion on strategic roads between 2010 and 2021. A further £7.4 billion will be spent on local roads in the next Parliament, together with £1.5bn funding from the Local Growth Fund announced on Monday. This will bring forward much needed schemes like the Stafford Western Access route, which are designed to relieve congestion and open up growth across the country.

22nd May 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of subject access requests made to the Child Maintenance Service were responded to within the correct timescale since the General Data Protection Regulation came into force; and what steps she is taken to reduce the level of the backlog of those requests.

Data is not available to show the number of Right of Access requests that included a request for Child Maintenance Group records prior to 5/11/2018.

Therefore, the following information shows the number Right of Access Requests that included a request for Child Maintenance Group records from 5/11/2018

CMG RECORDS REQUESTS COMPLETED

For the period 5/11/2018 to 21/5/2019:

Number of Right of Access Requests where the CMG records have been supplied (regardless of the other records that were requested within the RAR) within statutory deadline

1130

66.9%

Regarding the current workload we have the following measures in place:

We have secured an additional resource to support existing colleagues

As a contingency we have cross skilled staff that we can utilise if required

Will Quince
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
26th Mar 2018
What steps her Department is taking to strengthen families.

DWP takes a range of steps to strengthen families. This includes helping families meet their eligible childcare costs when claiming Universal Credit; and providing Statutory Maternity Pay and Maternity Allowance. Our child maintenance reforms and new Reducing Parental Conflict Programme also aim to help parents collaborate, whether they are together or separated.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
11th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many personal independence payment claims are awaiting mandatory reconsideration decisions; and what the (a) average and (b) longest recorded waiting time was for such a decision in the last year for which figures are available.

As at July 2016 there were 29,300 Personal Independence Payment Mandatory Reconsideration decisions outstanding.

The information requested in respect of Mandatory Reconsideration waiting times is not readily available and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
8th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Stafford constituency are in receipt of the New Enterprise Allowance.

The following table gives the number of mentor and business starts in Stafford for New Enterprise Allowance from April 2011 to December 2015. These figures are taken from the latest Official Statistics which can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/new-enterprise-allowance-apr-2011-to-dec-2015

New Enterprise Allowance: Mentor starts (1)

New Enterprise Allowance: Business starts (2)

Stafford

180

100

Notes:

1) Figures show the number of starts where people have begun working with a business mentor.

2) Figures show the number of mentor starts that have progressed to set up their own business.

3) Values are rounded to the nearest 10.

4) Some claimants on Universal Credit (UC) are not captured in the data, there may be a small undercount of starts in areas where UC has been introduced.

Priti Patel
Home Secretary
9th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 14 October 2015 to Question 10742, what proportion of people in the work-related activity group of employment and support allowance are also in receipt of personal independence payment.

In May 2015, about 48% of the 460,000 claimants in the work-related activity group receive both ESA and PIP/DLA.

Priti Patel
Home Secretary
3rd Dec 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Stafford constituency are in receipt of the new enterprise allowance.

Official Statistics on the numbers of New Enterprise Allowance mentoring starts and financial support starts are published quarterly and can be accessed via the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/pre-work-programme-and-get-britain-working#new-enterprise-allowance-statistics

These statistics include a spread sheet with a breakdown by Parliamentary Constituency, which shows there have been 60 starts on the New Enterprise Allowance financial support in Stafford.

28th Oct 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of recent employment trends.

The latest figures show a record number of people in work - 30.76 million, up 736,000 on the year. There are a record 14.4m women in work, with a record female employment rate of 68.1%. This year there have been some of the largest annual increases in employment since the 1980s.

Total unemployment saw a record annual fall of 538,000, bringing unemployment below 2 million for the first time since 2008. Youth unemployment fell a record 253,000 on the year to 733,000. Long-term unemployment fell 194,000 on the year - the largest annual fall since 1998.

1st Nov 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of establishing the post of a commissioner for older people.

We recognise that it is important that the fundamental rights of people continue to be respected throughout their lives and that the specific needs of older people are recognised and respected.

We have previously considered the merits of introducing an older person’s commissioner. However, we believe that the duties that would be covered by such a role are covered by work elsewhere in the system.

Establishing an older person’s commissioners would also have significant costs associated with it. Net expenditure in the first year that Northern Ireland’s Older People’s Commissioner was set up was around £101,674 in 2011-12 and has since increased to £876,272 in 2017-18. Recent estimates indicate that there are around 33% more over 65s in England than in Northern Ireland, suggesting such a body would create significant annual costs.

The Government is committed to making this country one of the best places to grow old in.

Across the health and social care system in England there are already systems in place, that are able to listen to the voices of older people and respond to their concerns.

29th Oct 2019
What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on vaccine research to tackle antimicrobial resistance.

My Right Honourable friend and I recognise the importance of vaccination in tackling antimicrobial resistance (or AMR). Our AMR national action plan, developed across Government, includes commitments to optimise use of vaccines in humans and animals, and stimulate vaccine research and development.

A cross-departmental Delivery Board, co-chaired by my Department and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, will drive and oversee delivery of this work and met for the first time this month.

14th Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve access to mental health support for people with type 1 diabetes.

The NHS Long Term Plan committed to increasing the provision of mental health support for all patients who require it. The importance of addressing the mental health needs of people with diabetes is recognised and further work is underway to consider the most effective routes for supporting this as part of the future development of services.

On 21 March 2018, NHS England and NHS Improvement, along with the National Collaboration Institute for Mental Health, published ‘The Improving Access to Psychotherapy Therapy (IAPT) Pathway for People with Long-term Physical Health Conditions and Medically Unexplained Symptoms’. The guidance outlines the IAPT pathway, and accompanying benchmarks, to support the national expansion of IAPT services for adults with long term conditions and medically unexplained symptoms.

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
14th Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of reinstating the nursing bursary.

The education funding reforms unlocked the cap which constrained the number of pre-registration nurse training places allowing more students to gain access to nurse degree training courses. Eligible pre-registration nursing students now receive at least 25% more support than under the National Health Service bursary system through tuition fee loans and living cost support from the Student Loans Company.

Additionally, to support pre-registration nursing students whilst attending the clinical placement element of their courses, the Government introduced a Learning Support Fund. Eligible loan funded students can apply for non means tested and non-repayable annual payments of £1,000 for child dependents allowance, reimbursement of all clinical placement travel costs above their usual daily travel and exceptional hardship payments of up to £3,000. These are in addition to the allowances paid by the Student Loans Company.

On 19 September 2019 the Universities and College Admission Services (UCAS) published data on full-time undergraduate applicants to nursing and midwifery courses. The data shows that there are 21,590 placed applicants on nursing and midwifery courses at English providers. This is 4% higher than the same point in 2018 when there were 20,690 place applicants.

UCAS will publish further data in December 2019.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
18th Jun 2019
What steps he is taking to ensure NHS patient safety.

Patient safety remains a key priority for the National Health Service. NHS Improvement and NHS England are developing a new National Patient Safety Strategy that will sit alongside the NHS Long Term Plan.

The strategy will be published this summer and will build on existing work to provide a coherent framework that the whole NHS can recognise and support

20th May 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to tackle the shortage of pathologists that can carry out post-mortem examinations for coroners.

Most post-mortem examinations are carried out by pathologists who specialise in histopathology. However, post-mortems are not a requirement of the Certificate of Completion of Training in histopathology, therefore, the number of histopathologists who are qualified to carry out post-mortem examinations for coroners is not held centrally.

Overall, in January 2019, there were 1,206 full time equivalent (FTE) consultant histopathologists in the National Health Service in England. This represents a 10% (119 FTE) increase compared to January 2010.

Health Education England has committed to attract and retain more histopathologists by 2021 as part of its Cancer Workforce Plan for England published in December 2017. In 2019, 100% of specialist histopathology training places were filled.

20th May 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of pathologists available to conduct post-mortem examinations for coroners.

Most post-mortem examinations are carried out by pathologists who specialise in histopathology. However, post-mortems are not a requirement of the Certificate of Completion of Training in histopathology, therefore, the number of histopathologists who are qualified to carry out post-mortem examinations for coroners is not held centrally.

Overall, in January 2019, there were 1,206 full time equivalent (FTE) consultant histopathologists in the National Health Service in England. This represents a 10% (119 FTE) increase compared to January 2010.

Health Education England has committed to attract and retain more histopathologists by 2021 as part of its Cancer Workforce Plan for England published in December 2017. In 2019, 100% of specialist histopathology training places were filled.

4th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much the NHS spent on private contractors for residential care for patients with a diagnosis of autism in (a) 2016-17 and (b) 2017-18.

The information requested is not held centrally.

3rd Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress his Department has made on establishing an Accelerated Access Collaborative to manage the new accelerated access pathway.

The Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC) has been successfully established, meeting for the first time in January 2018 and agreeing terms of reference and ways of working. Lord Darzi is the new chair of the AAC, replacing Sir Andrew Witty, who stood down to avoid any conflict of interest with his new role as CEO of Optum. We expect that the Accelerated Access Pathway will launch at the next meeting of the AAC, which will be in the autumn.

3rd Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the accelerated access pathway is planned to begin designating breakthrough products.

The Accelerated Access Collaborative will meet this autumn to launch the Accelerated Access Pathway and the first group of products will be part of their discussions.

13th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government plans to continue to participate in the European Reference Networks for patients with complex or rare medical conditions after the UK leaves the EU and the expiry of the implementation period.

The Government has noted the importance of continued collaboration with European partners in the 2017 policy paper ‘Collaboration on Science and Innovation: A Future Partnership Paper’. European Reference Networks (ERNs) for rare diseases patients were cited in the paper as an example of collaboration that the United Kingdom and European Union should discuss in the negotiations, given the mutual benefit.

The Government has set out three key principles in developing a new regulatory system post EU exit: patients should not be disadvantaged; innovators should be able to get their products into the UK market as quickly and simply as possible; and we continue to play a leading role promoting public health. The Government will be guided by these principles in its negotiations with EU partners.

13th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timetable for negotiations on the new pharmaceutical price regulation scheme is; and if he will make a statement.

Informal discussions have already begun with industry regarding future medicines pricing arrangements. Formal negotiations will begin shortly.

28th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the monitoring of individual Quality Statement measures in the NICE Quality Standard on Spondyloarthritis, to be published in June 2018.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) quality standards are concise sets of statements designed to drive quality improvements within a particular area of care and cover the National Health Service, public health and social care. They are derived from the best available evidence, normally NICE guidance but also other sources of NICE-accredited guidance, and are developed by NICE in collaboration with health and social care professionals, their partners and service users. The Department does not have any arrangements for monitoring the uptake of NICE quality standards centrally as they are not mandatory, although health and care commissioners are expected to take them fully into account.

28th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timetable is for the publication of the Rheumatoid and Early Inflammatory Arthritis Annual Report; and whether that report will include additional data collection for spondyloarthritis patients.

In August 2017, a new three year Rheumatoid and Early Inflammatory Arthritis Audit was commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP). HQIP manages the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme on behalf of NHS England.

The British Society for Rheumatology was awarded the contract to run the audit, which will assess the care provided by rheumatology services in England and Wales, and the health outcomes this achieves for people living with inflammatory arthritis conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and axial spondyloarthritis.

Building on the previous audit, which ran from 2014-16, it will provide more focused and precise data and employ real-time feedback to support local quality improvement. The audit is expected to launch in May this year, with first reports expected in the autumn of 2019. More information can be found at the following link:

www.rheumatology.org.uk/Knowledge/Excellence/Audits

19th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress his Department has made on negotiating a new Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme.

Informal discussions have already begun with industry regarding future medicines pricing arrangements. Formal negotiations will begin during 2018.

8th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will immediately suspend the use of medical procedures involving vaginal mesh implants.

The Government does not support a suspension or ban of the use of surgical mesh devices. The view of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is that surgical mesh devices are acceptably safe when used as intended and as part of an appropriate treatment pathway where the associated risk and benefits are considered, and where surgical mesh devices conform to the requirements of the current legislation in the European Union.

As a Department we are committed to improving the outcomes for all patients involved. We continue to work closely with MHRA, NHS England, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and professional bodies. MHRA continue to review available evidence to ensure our regulatory position is up to date, liaising with EU partners and non-EU regulators.

30th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when his Department plans to publish its consultation on adult social care.

The Government has committed to publishing a Green Paper by summer 2018, setting out its proposals for reform.

In developing the Green Paper, it is right that we take the time needed to debate the many complex issues and listen to the perspectives of experts and care users, building consensus around reforms which can succeed. This is why we are starting a process of initial engagement over the coming months through which the Government will work with experts, stakeholders and users to shape the long-term reforms that will be proposed in the Green Paper.

30th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what timeline he plans to consult on and publish a Green Paper on adult social care.

The Government will work to address the challenges of social care for our ageing population, bringing forward proposals for consultation to build widespread support. We are committed to listening to people’s views on how to reform the social care system, to ensure it is sustainable for current and future generations and that the quality of care improves.

Ageing and care issues span a number of areas for which different Departments have policy responsibility, which is why the Cabinet Office will continue to coordinate this work through its next phase, working closely with HM Treasury and the Departments of Health, Communities and Local Government, Work and Pensions, and Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

We will consult on options which will include a capital floor and an absolute limit on the amount people who can be asked to pay, and are keen to hear different views on the cap, both its level and design.

We will provide further details on the next steps on social care in due course.

30th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the potential merits of introducing a cap on care costs for older people.

The Government will work to address the challenges of social care for our ageing population, bringing forward proposals for consultation to build widespread support. We are committed to listening to people’s views on how to reform the social care system, to ensure it is sustainable for current and future generations and that the quality of care improves.

Ageing and care issues span a number of areas for which different Departments have policy responsibility, which is why the Cabinet Office will continue to coordinate this work through its next phase, working closely with HM Treasury and the Departments of Health, Communities and Local Government, Work and Pensions, and Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

We will consult on options which will include a capital floor and an absolute limit on the amount people who can be asked to pay, and are keen to hear different views on the cap, both its level and design.

We will provide further details on the next steps on social care in due course.

13th Apr 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has made to his EU counterparts on the presence of the European Medicines Agency in the UK after the UK leaves the EU.

The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) future location is not an issue that falls within the United Kingdom’s own competence but will be decided by the 27 remaining European Union member states. The Government is fully assessing how the UK’s decision to leave the European Union will impact on medicines regulation in the UK, including the potential relocation of the EMA. Whatever the future relationship between the UK and EMA, the Government will work to ensure that patient access to medicines will not be adversely impacted.

13th Apr 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has made to his EU counterparts on the UK remaining a member of the European Medicines Agency after the UK leaves the EU.

The Government is fully assessing how the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union will impact on medicines regulation in the UK. This includes the UK’s future membership with the European Medicines Agency which will be considered in upcoming negotiations between the UK and EU.

11th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to review the decision to remove Lutetium-177 octreotate therapy treatments from the Cancer Drugs Fund list.

I refer the hon. Member to the Answer given by the then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Life Sciences (George Freeman) on 12 July 2016 to Question 41736.

7th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's national three-to-five strategy is for supporting the training and development of advanced paediatric and neonatal nurse practitioners, to enable skilled acute care for infants, children and young people close to home.

The Department does not have a dedicated three to five strategy for supporting the training and development of advanced paediatric and neonatal nurse practitioners.

It is Health Education England’s (HEE) responsibility to ensure that there is sufficient future supply of staff, including those needed in specialist fields such as this, to meet the workforce requirements of the English health system.

As part of its ongoing work HEE continually looks to ensure that staff groups, such as those highlighted, have the correct planned workforce growth, consider whether new roles are required and ensure that existing undergraduate training and education meets the needs of both students and patients.

At a local level, it is the responsibility of National Health Service organisations to ensure that their staff, through Continuing Professional Development, have the ongoing skills required to deliver safe and effective care to patients.

21st Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to formalise the children's hospice grant for 2017-18.

The Department provided grant funding in 2013-16 to Together for Short Lives, the organisation supporting children’s hospices, to support the Transition Taskforce. The Taskforce provides guidance and training that supports good transitions locally between children’s and adult services for those with life-limiting conditions or needing palliative care.

NHS England is continuing to prioritise funding for the children’s hospice grants programme at the current level. NHS England has been engaging with children’s hospices through Together for Short Lives prior to a consultation on the allocation method for the 2017-18 grant.

21st Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to provide support to children's hospices which extend their services for young adults.

The Department provided grant funding in 2013-16 to Together for Short Lives, the organisation supporting children’s hospices, to support the Transition Taskforce. The Taskforce provides guidance and training that supports good transitions locally between children’s and adult services for those with life-limiting conditions or needing palliative care.

NHS England is continuing to prioritise funding for the children’s hospice grants programme at the current level. NHS England has been engaging with children’s hospices through Together for Short Lives prior to a consultation on the allocation method for the 2017-18 grant.

29th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department and NHS England plan to take to improve birth outcomes for women (a) from ethnic minority groups, (b) of lower socio-economic status and (c) from other groups who experience poorer birth outcomes.

In November, the Government announced a national ambition to halve the rates of stillbirths, neonatal and maternal deaths and brain injuries occurring during or soon after birth by 2030. To help meet these aims the Government established a capital fund of £2.24 million to support trusts to buy equipment to improve safety. More than 90 trusts were successful in sharing this funding. In addition, the Government is investing £500,000 to develop a new web-based system to be used consistently across the National Health Service so staff can review and learn from every stillbirth and neonatal death, and over £1 millon in multi-disciplinary training programmes to ensure staff have the skills they need to deliver world-leading safe care.

In February 2016, the report of the National Maternity Review ‘Better Births’ was published. It sets out a vision for the future of maternity care in England and puts forward a series of recommendations to ensure that services become safer, more personalised, kinder, professional and more family-friendly. Additionally, in March, NHS England launched the Saving Babies’ Lives Care Bundle designed to support providers and commissioners of maternity care to take action to reduce stillbirths and early neonatal deaths.

There is evidence to suggest that when implemented the proposals outlined in Better Births will lead to a reduction in inequality of outcomes from maternity services. In particular, more continuity of carer and greater personalisation of care should result in improvements in services to groups of women who tend to experience poorer outcomes, and in turn lead to improved outcomes for women and their babies.

Later this year the Department will begin a targeted campaign to raise awareness of stillbirth, neonatal death and maternal death risk factors which will be aimed at 16-21 year olds, lower socio-economic groups and ethnic minority groups.

29th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions NHS England has had with Health Education England, the Nursing Midwifery Council and the Royal College of Obstetricians on delivery of multi-disciplinary training for maternity services.

The report of the National Maternity Review: Better Births, published earlier this year, set out wide-ranging proposals designed to make care safer and give women greater control and more choices. Multi-professional education and training were among a number of recommendations that the report made.

Health Education England (HEE) has established a Maternity Safety Steering Group (MSSG) which first met in December 2015. The MSSG has representatives from the Department of Health, NHS Litigation Authority, NHS England, Public Health England, the Royal Colleges, Institute of Health Visitors, Perinatal Institute for Maternal and Child Health and British Association of Perinatal Medicine. The group works in collaboration to consider what training programmes are available and used in trusts, and to identify appropriate training packages to cover all aspects of maternity safety.

NHS England is working closely, and will continue to have regular discussions, with partners across the system to discuss multi-professional and multi-disciplinary training, including the Royal Colleges, HEE and the Department. These discussions include the implementation of the recommendations of the National Maternity Review report.

29th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions NHS England has had with Health Education England and the Royal Colleges on multi-professional training.

The report of the National Maternity Review: Better Births, published earlier this year, set out wide-ranging proposals designed to make care safer and give women greater control and more choices. Multi-professional education and training were among a number of recommendations that the report made.

Health Education England (HEE) has established a Maternity Safety Steering Group (MSSG) which first met in December 2015. The MSSG has representatives from the Department of Health, NHS Litigation Authority, NHS England, Public Health England, the Royal Colleges, Institute of Health Visitors, Perinatal Institute for Maternal and Child Health and British Association of Perinatal Medicine. The group works in collaboration to consider what training programmes are available and used in trusts, and to identify appropriate training packages to cover all aspects of maternity safety.

NHS England is working closely, and will continue to have regular discussions, with partners across the system to discuss multi-professional and multi-disciplinary training, including the Royal Colleges, HEE and the Department. These discussions include the implementation of the recommendations of the National Maternity Review report.

21st Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the (a) cost to the economy and (b) number of deaths attributable to antimicrobial resistance in the last 12 months for which figures are available; whether he has made such estimates for future years; and if he will make a statement.

A broad estimate of the cost of antimicrobial resistance to the National Health Service is £180 million per annum.


Antimicrobial resistance is a global problem. In the longer term, a forecast of the global economic costs and deaths attributable to antimicrobial resistance is available from the independent review on antimicrobial resistance led by Lord O'Neill of Gatley. His review estimates that drug-resistant infections could kill an extra 10 million people globally every year by 2050, and have a cumulative cost to the world of around $100 trillion in lost output.

The United Kingdom is taking the lead in addressing antimicrobial resistance globally, investing £265 million in the Fleming Fund to strengthen surveillance of drug resistance and laboratory capacity in developing countries.

5th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to recover costs from overseas patients and their insurers for NHS treatment.

National Health Service hospitals have a legal duty to make representations and recover funds from those overseas visitors who are not exempt from charge for their hospital treatment; this should be from the patient directly or via their insurance company.


The Department’s Visitor and Migrant National Health Service Cost Recovery Programme aims to ensure that the NHS receives a fair contribution for the cost of healthcare it provides to non-United Kingdom residents and improve the amount of costs recovered from them or their home countries, to ensure the NHS is sustainable.


Since the launch of its implementation plan in July 2014 the Cost Recovery Programme has achieved much progress including:


- the launch of the European Health Insurance Card reporting incentive scheme in October 2014 to improve the reporting of EHIC details of visitors and students from the European Economic Area (EEA) who access NHS care, for which the UK is entitled to reimbursement;


- updated Charging Regulations from April 2015, reducing the number of exemption from charge categories for non-residents and realigning the Regulations to the principle that the NHS is a residency-based healthcare system;


- requiring chargeable patients from outside the EEA to be charged at 150% of national tariff, in tandem with the launch of a risk sharing arrangement with commissioners, thereby encouraging providers to both identify and recover costs from these patients to access the extra funding available; and


- the introduction of the health surcharge in April 2015 which now means nearly all individuals who require a visa to remain in the UK for more than six month’s pay an annual surcharge as a contribution towards their healthcare costs.


Furthermore, those with outstanding debts to the NHS of £1,000 or more and who are subject to immigration control can, since 2011, have applications for new visas or extensions of stay refused because of that debt, to encourage them to pay it.

8th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what services NHS England commissions to support women and girls who have suffered female genital mutilation.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) services are the commissioning responsibility of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and are often provided linked to maternity services. FGM services are not commissioned by NHS England at a national level.

The commissioning of such services by CCGs is being developed, and can now be informed by the publication of national statistics by the Health and Social Care Information Centre. For the first time these show how many patients are treated who have FGM, with data published about local areas.

The Department recently published FGM guidance for commissioners setting out the elements of a successful and safe service. The aim of the document is to highlight what commissioners might want to consider when developing a new FGM service and it can be used by any healthcare commissioners, clinical commissioning groups, area teams and service development leads.

There are details of 14 FGM clinics across England published on the NHS Choices website at:

http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/AboutNHSservices/sexual-health-services/Pages/fgm-health-services-for-women.aspx

29th May 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many non-UK nationals accessed NHS services in England in (a) 2012-13 and (b) 2013-14; how many such nationals were charged for those services in each of those years; and how much revenue the NHS raised from those charges in each of those years.

The Department does not hold this information.

27th May 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress he has made on implementation of the provisions of the Health and Social Care (Safety and Quality) Act 2015.

The intention of this Act is to improve patient safety and the quality of care through three measures; reducing harm in care, continuity of information and the objectives of professional regulation. Progress varies on each of the measures.

Section 1 of the Act makes clear that the requirements for registration with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) must secure that services cause no avoidable harm to patients and service users. The Fundamental Standards which include the new registration requirements for the CQC, came into force on 1 April 2015, and contain a requirement on safety. A failure to meet Regulation 12 of these standards will be an offence; therefore this standard meets the duty on the Secretary of State as set out in section 1 of the Act.

Sections 2 to 4 of the Act impose duties on providers and commissioners of health and adult social care services in England to share information, and to use consistent identifiers, where this is likely to facilitate the provision to the individual of health services or adult social care, and is in the individual’s best interests.

Regulations will be made to provide that the prescribed consistent identifier is the NHS Number, and to dis-apply the duties to share information, and to use consistent identifiers, from certain bodies. Regulations will be laid later this year.

Guidance will be made available to affected bodies to help them to comply with the duties.

Section 5 of the Act and the Schedule seek to give an overarching objective of public protection to the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care and seven professional regulators; the General Chiropractic Council, General Dental Council, General Optical Council, General Osteopathic Council, Health and Care Professions Council, Nursing and Midwifery Council and the General Pharmaceutical Council. This objective is based on the proposals set out by the Law Commissions in their review published in April 2014.

The commencement of the objectives for the Professional Standards Authority and these professional regulators will be implemented following discussions with those bodies which will take place shortly.

3rd Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department has provided to implement the recommendations of the Trust Special Administration of Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust on (a) capital investment in Stafford Hospital, (b) capital investment in Royal Stoke University Hospital, (c) capital investment in Cannock Hospital, (d) capital investment in New Cross Hospital, (e) other capital investment, (f) revenue support for the University Hospitals of the North Midlands NHS Trust, (g) revenue support for the Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals Trust and (h) other revenue support.

The Department holds records of the total capital allocated to the respective recipient bodies as a result of the transfer of Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust services but does not have details of the breakdown by individual hospital site.

The capital provided to date is as follows:

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

£12,109,000

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust

£12,153,000

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust

£4,000,000

Grand Total

£28,262,000

Revenue funding provided to date is set out in the following table:

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust

£32,420,000

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

£5,480,000

Grand Total

£37,900,000

The amount of public dividend capital issued to the Trust by the Department is as follows:

2009/10

£214,000

2010/11

£0

2011/12

£21,000,000

2012/13

£21,385,000

2013/14

£30,397,000

2014/15

£64,425,000

The Department does not hold central records of non-tariff payments made by local commissioning bodies to NHS providers.

The work of the trust special administrators (TSAs) to secure safe and sustainable services at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust cost Monitor almost £19.5 million, including VAT, over 18 months.

The first phase of trust special administration cost £9 million, including expenses and VAT. During this phase there was a team of up to 30 members of staff who carried out three core tasks - to help to run the Trust, to design the future of services provided at Stafford and Cannock hospitals, and to run a large public consultation involving thousands of responses and a series of public meetings.

The second phase cost £10.5 million, including expenses and VAT. We are informed by Monitor that this second phase included a team of up to 50 people, which was required to continue to help run the hospital and implement the TSA’s recommendations.

We are also informed by Monitor that trust special administration at Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust amounted to the rounded figure of 10,900 person-days for teams working on both phases of the process.

In the table below, expenses incurred during the TSA process are split by the two phases of the TSA and totals are also provided. These expenses include:

(a) accommodation;

(b) travel (car, taxi and train);

(c) subsistence; and

(d) other expenses incurred; and what other costs to the TSA were incurred

Breakdown of expenses, these exclude VAT:

TSA1

TSA2

Total

Accommodation

£82,242.89

£170,622.67

£252,865.56

Travel

£144,122.38

£226,600.29

£370,722.67

Subsistence

£16,171.73

£43,176.88

£59,348.61

Other (incidentals such as printing, room hire and meeting refreshments)

£1,939.11

£3052.73

£4991.84

Total

£244,476.11

£443,452.57

£687,928.68

3rd Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) public dividend capital and (b) other non-tariff payments have been made to the Mid-Stafforshire NHS Foundation Trust in (i) 2009-10, (ii) 2010-11, (iii) 2011-12, (iv) 2012-13, (v) 2013-14 and (vi) 2014-15 to date.

The Department holds records of the total capital allocated to the respective recipient bodies as a result of the transfer of Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust services but does not have details of the breakdown by individual hospital site.

The capital provided to date is as follows:

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

£12,109,000

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust

£12,153,000

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust

£4,000,000

Grand Total

£28,262,000

Revenue funding provided to date is set out in the following table:

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust

£32,420,000

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

£5,480,000

Grand Total

£37,900,000

The amount of public dividend capital issued to the Trust by the Department is as follows:

2009/10

£214,000

2010/11

£0

2011/12

£21,000,000

2012/13

£21,385,000

2013/14

£30,397,000

2014/15

£64,425,000

The Department does not hold central records of non-tariff payments made by local commissioning bodies to NHS providers.

The work of the trust special administrators (TSAs) to secure safe and sustainable services at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust cost Monitor almost £19.5 million, including VAT, over 18 months.

The first phase of trust special administration cost £9 million, including expenses and VAT. During this phase there was a team of up to 30 members of staff who carried out three core tasks - to help to run the Trust, to design the future of services provided at Stafford and Cannock hospitals, and to run a large public consultation involving thousands of responses and a series of public meetings.

The second phase cost £10.5 million, including expenses and VAT. We are informed by Monitor that this second phase included a team of up to 50 people, which was required to continue to help run the hospital and implement the TSA’s recommendations.

We are also informed by Monitor that trust special administration at Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust amounted to the rounded figure of 10,900 person-days for teams working on both phases of the process.

In the table below, expenses incurred during the TSA process are split by the two phases of the TSA and totals are also provided. These expenses include:

(a) accommodation;

(b) travel (car, taxi and train);

(c) subsistence; and

(d) other expenses incurred; and what other costs to the TSA were incurred

Breakdown of expenses, these exclude VAT:

TSA1

TSA2

Total

Accommodation

£82,242.89

£170,622.67

£252,865.56

Travel

£144,122.38

£226,600.29

£370,722.67

Subsistence

£16,171.73

£43,176.88

£59,348.61

Other (incidentals such as printing, room hire and meeting refreshments)

£1,939.11

£3052.73

£4991.84

Total

£244,476.11

£443,452.57

£687,928.68

3rd Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many consultants have been employed by the Trust Special Administration (TSA) of the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust since its inception; how many person-days they have worked; what (a) accommodation, (b) travel, (c) subsistence and (d) other expenses they have incurred; and what other costs to the TSA they have incurred.

The Department holds records of the total capital allocated to the respective recipient bodies as a result of the transfer of Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust services but does not have details of the breakdown by individual hospital site.

The capital provided to date is as follows:

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

£12,109,000

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust

£12,153,000

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust

£4,000,000

Grand Total

£28,262,000

Revenue funding provided to date is set out in the following table:

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust

£32,420,000

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

£5,480,000

Grand Total

£37,900,000

The amount of public dividend capital issued to the Trust by the Department is as follows:

2009/10

£214,000

2010/11

£0

2011/12

£21,000,000

2012/13

£21,385,000

2013/14

£30,397,000

2014/15

£64,425,000

The Department does not hold central records of non-tariff payments made by local commissioning bodies to NHS providers.

The work of the trust special administrators (TSAs) to secure safe and sustainable services at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust cost Monitor almost £19.5 million, including VAT, over 18 months.

The first phase of trust special administration cost £9 million, including expenses and VAT. During this phase there was a team of up to 30 members of staff who carried out three core tasks - to help to run the Trust, to design the future of services provided at Stafford and Cannock hospitals, and to run a large public consultation involving thousands of responses and a series of public meetings.

The second phase cost £10.5 million, including expenses and VAT. We are informed by Monitor that this second phase included a team of up to 50 people, which was required to continue to help run the hospital and implement the TSA’s recommendations.

We are also informed by Monitor that trust special administration at Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust amounted to the rounded figure of 10,900 person-days for teams working on both phases of the process.

In the table below, expenses incurred during the TSA process are split by the two phases of the TSA and totals are also provided. These expenses include:

(a) accommodation;

(b) travel (car, taxi and train);

(c) subsistence; and

(d) other expenses incurred; and what other costs to the TSA were incurred

Breakdown of expenses, these exclude VAT:

TSA1

TSA2

Total

Accommodation

£82,242.89

£170,622.67

£252,865.56

Travel

£144,122.38

£226,600.29

£370,722.67

Subsistence

£16,171.73

£43,176.88

£59,348.61

Other (incidentals such as printing, room hire and meeting refreshments)

£1,939.11

£3052.73

£4991.84

Total

£244,476.11

£443,452.57

£687,928.68

7th Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made on conducting tests identified by the Human Fertility and Embryology Authority as critical before the implementation of mitochondrial transfer regulations.

The Human Fertility and Embryology Authority has said that “The further experiments that the panel has recommended could take place before or after the techniques are made lawful”, and this is endorsed by the Expert Panel. Good progress is being made on the experiments and the scientists involved hope to provide an update shortly.

17th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps he has taken to improve the support provided to carers; and if he will make a statement.

We have ensured that carers are central to our proposals for care and support reform. The provisions in the Care Act focus on the carer in their own right. For the first time, local authorities have a duty to meet carers’ eligible support needs and to consider the impact of their caring responsibilities when undertaking an assessment.

We have also ensured that young carers and parent carers of disabled children are supported. Through the provisions of the Children and Families Act, their assessments will be on the same footing as adults caring for adults.

We have provided £400 million to the National Health Service over four years from 2011 for carers to have breaks from their caring responsibilities. The 2015-16 tranche of this funding (£130 million) will be part of the Better Care Fund.

On 30 October 2014, the Government published an updated action plan for the national Carers Strategy, setting out progress since 2010 and priorities for the next two years through to 2016.

Carers are also central to the work that NHS England is leading to improve the quality of life of people with long term conditions. Their action plan NHS England’s Commitment to Carers includes a series of commitments around eight priorities, including raising the profile of carers.

20th Oct 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much non-NHS providers of NHS funded services have paid to the Treasury towards the cost of the previous training of clinical staff whom they employ in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12, (d) 2012-13 and (e) 2013-14.

Non-NHS providers do not make a direct contribution to the cost of training clinical staff.

8th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many young people have attended the accident and emergency department at Stafford Hospital in each year since 2009-10.

The information is not available in the format requested.

Information on the number of unplanned accident and emergency (A&E) attendances for Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, where the patient was aged 0-17 years (inclusive), for each year since 2009-10, is shown in the following table.

Year

Young people attending A&E

2009-10

9,556

2010-11

9,700

2011-12

9,790

2012-13

8,663

2013-14 (provisional)

9,065

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC)

Notes:

1. A&E Attendance:

A count of the number of attendances at A&E. This does not represent the number of patients as an individual may attend on more than one occasion in any given period.

2. Hospital Provider:

A provider code is a unique code that identifies an organisation acting as a health care provider (eg NHS trust or primary care trust). Data from some independent sector providers, where the onus for arrangement of dataflows is on the commissioner, may be missing. Care must be taken when using this data as the counts may be lower than true figures.

3. Assessing growth through time (A&E):

HES figures are available from 2007-08 onwards. Changes to the figures over time need to be interpreted in the context of improvements in data quality and coverage and changes in National Health Service practice. For example, changes in activity may be due to changes in the provision of care.

4. Provisional data 2013-14:

The data is provisional and may be incomplete or contain errors for which no adjustments have yet been made. Counts produced from provisional data are likely to be lower than those generated for the same period in the final dataset. This shortfall will be most pronounced in the final month of the latest period, ie November from the (month 9) April to November extract. It is also probable that clinical data are not complete, which may in particular affect the last two months of any given period. There may also be errors due to coding inconsistencies that have not yet been investigated and corrected.

5. Official source of A&E activity data:

HES is not the official source of total A&E activity, this is the NHS England situation reports collection - http://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/ae-waiting-times-and-activity/
However, HES permits further analysis of A&E activity as there are a range of data items by which HES can be analysed. NHS England situation reports do not collect data by age range.

8th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many young people have been seen in the accident and emergency department at Stafford Hospital in each year since 2009-10.

The information is not available in the format requested.

Information on the number of unplanned accident and emergency (A&E) attendances for Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, where the patient was aged 0-17 years (inclusive) and did not ‘leave before assessment or treatment', for each year since 2009-10, is shown in the following table.

Year

Young people seen in A&E

2009-10

9,369

2010-11

9,416

2011-12

9,536

2012-13

8,605

2013-14 (provisional)

9,007

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC)

Notes:

1. A&E Attendance:

A count of the number of attendances at A&E. This does not represent the number of patients as an individual may attend on more than one occasion in any given period.

2. Hospital Provider:

A provider code is a unique code that identifies an organisation acting as a health care provider (eg NHS trust or primary care trust). Data from some independent sector providers, where the onus for arrangement of dataflows is on the commissioner, may be missing. Care must be taken when using this data as the counts may be lower than true figures.

3. Assessing growth through time (A&E):

HES figures are available from 2007-08 onwards. Changes to the figures over time need to be interpreted in the context of improvements in data quality and coverage and changes in National Health Service practice. For example, changes in activity may be due to changes in the provision of care.

4. Provisional data 2013-14:

The data is provisional and may be incomplete or contain errors for which no adjustments have yet been made. Counts produced from provisional data are likely to be lower than those generated for the same period in the final dataset. This shortfall will be most pronounced in the final month of the latest period, ie November from the (month 9) April to November extract. It is also probable that clinical data are not complete, which may in particular affect the last two months of any given period. There may also be errors due to coding inconsistencies that have not yet been investigated and corrected.

5. Official source of A&E activity data:

HES is not the official source of total A&E activity, this is the NHS England situation reports collection - http://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/ae-waiting-times-and-activity/
However, HES permits further analysis of A&E activity as there are a range of data items by which HES can be analysed. NHS England situation reports do not collect data by age range.

8th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many young people have been admitted as day cases at Stafford Hospital in each year since 2009-10.

The information is not available in the format requested.

Information on the number of finished admission episodes (FAEs) with a patient classification of "day case" for patients aged between 0 and 17 (inclusive) treated at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust for each year since 2009-10 is shown in the following table:

Year

Count of FAEs

2009-10

828

2010-11

748

2011-12

701

2012-13

829

2013-14 (provisional)

729

Notes:

1. FAE:

An FAE is the first period of admitted patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. FAEs are counted against the year or month in which the admission episode finishes. Admissions do not represent the number of patients, as a person may have more than one admission within the period.

2. Hospital Provider:

A provider code is a unique code that identifies an organisation acting as a health care provider (e.g. National Health Service trust or primary care trust). Data from some independent sector providers, where the onus for arrangement of dataflows is on the commissioner, may be missing. Care must be taken when using this data as the counts may be lower than true figures.

3. Assessing growth through time (Admitted patient care):

Hospital Episode Statistics figures are available from 1989-90 onwards. Changes to the figures over time need to be interpreted in the context of improvements in data quality and coverage (particularly in earlier years), improvements in coverage of independent sector activity (particularly from 2006-07) and changes in NHS practice. For example, changes in activity may be due to changes in the provision of care.

4. Provisional data:

The data is provisional and may be incomplete or contain errors for which no adjustments have yet been made. Counts produced from provisional data are likely to be lower than those generated for the same period in the final dataset. This shortfall will be most pronounced in the final month of the latest period, i.e. November from the (month 9) April to November extract. It is also probable that clinical data are not complete, which may in particular affect the last two months of any given period. There may also be errors due to coding inconsistencies that have not yet been investigated and corrected.

Source:Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Health and Social Care Information Centre

8th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people attended the accident and emergency department at Stafford Hospital in each of the years (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12, (d) 2012-13 and (e) 2013-14.

The information is not available in the format requested.

Information on the number of unplanned accident and emergency (A&E) attendances for Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, for each year since 2009-10, is shown in the following table.

Year

A&E Attendances

2009-10

51,031

2010-11

51,312

2011-12

49,655

2012-13

45,344

2013-14 (provisional)

46,302

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC)

Notes:

1. A&E Attendance:

A count of the number of attendances at A&E. This does not represent the number of patients as an individual may attend on more than one occasion in any given period.

2. Hospital Provider:

A provider code is a unique code that identifies an organisation acting as a health care provider (eg NHS trust or primary care trust). Data from some independent sector providers, where the onus for arrangement of dataflows is on the commissioner, may be missing. Care must be taken when using this data as the counts may be lower than true figures.

3. Assessing growth through time (A&E):

HES figures are available from 2007-08 onwards. Changes to the figures over time need to be interpreted in the context of improvements in data quality and coverage and changes in NHS practice. For example, changes in activity may be due to changes in the provision of care.

4. Provisional data 2013-14:

The data is provisional and may be incomplete or contain errors for which no adjustments have yet been made. Counts produced from provisional data are likely to be lower than those generated for the same period in the final dataset. This shortfall will be most pronounced in the final month of the latest period, ie November from the (month 9) April to November extract. It is also probable that clinical data are not complete, which may in particular affect the last two months of any given period. There may also be errors due to coding inconsistencies that have not yet been investigated and corrected.

5. Official source of A&E activity data:

HES is not the official source of total A&E activity; this is the NHS England situation reports collection - www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/ae-waiting-times-and-activity/
However, HES permits further analysis of A&E activity as there are a range of data items by which HES can be analysed.

8th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many young people attending the paediatrics assessment unit were not transferred from the accident and emergency department at Stafford Hospital in each year since 2009-10.

The information requested is not collected centrally.

We have written to Alan Bloom, Trust Special Administrator of Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust informing him of your enquiry. He will reply shortly and a copy of the letter will be placed in the Library.

8th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children and young people have been seen as outpatients at Stafford Hospital in each of the years (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12, (d) 2012-13 and (e) 2013-14.

The information is not available in the format requested.

Information on the number of outpatient attendances for individuals aged 0-17 (inclusive) at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, since 2009-10 is shown in the following table.

Year

Number of outpatient attendances

2009-10

23,257

2010-11

25,275

2011-12

26,624

2012-13

26,887

2013-14 (provisional)

27,163

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC)

Notes:

1. Outpatient attendances:

A patient's treatment in outpatients can consist of a series of attendances; a distinction between the first in the series and subsequent attendances is commonly reported. The data provided here includes all episodes, whether it was a first or a subsequent attendance, and also includes tele-consultations.

2. Assessing growth through time (Outpatients):

HES figures are available from 2003-04 onwards. Changes to the figures over time need to be interpreted in the context of improvements in data quality and coverage (particularly in earlier years), improvements in coverage of independent sector activity (particularly from 2006-07) and changes in NHS practice. For example, changes in activity may be due to changes in the provision of care.

3. Provisional data: The data is provisional and may be incomplete or contain errors for which no adjustments have yet been made. Counts produced from provisional data are likely to be lower than those generated for the same period in the final dataset. This shortfall will be most pronounced in the final month of the latest period, i.e. November from the (month 9) April to November extract. It is also probable that clinical data are not complete, which may in particular affect the last two months of any given period. There may also be errors due to coding inconsistencies that have not yet been investigated and corrected.

8th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many total bed nights children and young people stayed overnight at Stafford Hospital in each of the years (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12, (d) 2012-13 and (e) 2013-14.

The information is not available in the format requested.

Information on the number of bed days for patients aged between 0 and 17 (inclusive) treated at Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust for each year in 2009-10 to 2013-14 is shown in the following table.

Year

Count of bed days

2009-10

9,092

2010-11

9,457

2011-12

8,121

2012-13

9,214

2013-14 (provisional)

8,074

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Health and Social Care Information Centre

Notes:

1. Episode duration (Bed days):

Episode duration is calculated as the difference in days between the episode start date and the episode end date, where both are given. Episode duration is based on finished consultant episodes and only applies to ordinary admissions, i.e. day cases are excluded (unless otherwise stated).

2. Hospital Provider:

A provider code is a unique code that identifies an organisation acting as a health care provider (e.g. National Health Service trust or primary care trust). Data from some independent sector providers, where the onus for arrangement of dataflows is on the commissioner, may be missing. Care must be taken when using this data as the counts may be lower than true figures.

3. Assessing growth through time (Admitted patient care):

HES figures are available from 1989-90 onwards. Changes to the figures over time need to be interpreted in the context of improvements in data quality and coverage (particularly in earlier years), improvements in coverage of independent sector activity (particularly from 2006-07) and changes in NHS practice. For example, changes in activity may be due to changes in the provision of care.

4. Provisional Data:

The data is provisional and may be incomplete or contain errors for which no adjustments have yet been made. Counts produced from provisional data are likely to be lower than those generated for the same period in the final dataset. This shortfall will be most pronounced in the final month of the latest period, i.e. November from the (month 9) April to November extract. It is also probable that clinical data are not complete, which may in particular affect the last two months of any given period. There may also be errors due to coding inconsistencies that have not yet been investigated and corrected.

8th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children and young people were treated as inpatients at Stafford Hospital in each of the years (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12, (d) 2012-13 and (e) 2013-14.

The information is not available in the format requested.

Information on numbers of finished admission episodes (FAEs) of patients aged between 0 and 17 (inclusive) that were treated at Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust for each year in 2009-10 to 2013-14 is shown in the following table.

Year

Count of FAEs

2009-10

8,560

2010-11

9,012

2011-12

8,253

2012-13

8,598

2013-14 (Provisional)

8,213

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Health and Social Care Information Centre

Notes:

1. FAEs:

An FAE is the first period of admitted patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. FAEs are counted against the year or month in which the admission episode finishes. Admissions do not represent the number of patients, as a person may have more than one admission within the period.

2. This is a total of admissions and will therefore include those admitted as a day case.

3. Hospital Provider:

A provider code is a unique code that identifies an organisation acting as a health care provider (e.g. National Health Service trust or primary care trust). Data from some independent sector providers, where the onus for arrangement of dataflows is on the commissioner, may be missing. Care must be taken when using this data as the counts may be lower than true figures.

4. Assessing growth through time (Admitted patient care):

HES figures are available from 1989-90 onwards. Changes to the figures over time need to be interpreted in the context of improvements in data quality and coverage (particularly in earlier years), improvements in coverage of independent sector activity (particularly from 2006-07) and changes in NHS practice. For example, changes in activity may be due to changes in the provision of care.

5. Provisional Data:

The data is provisional and may be incomplete or contain errors for which no adjustments have yet been made. Counts produced from provisional data are likely to be lower than those generated for the same period in the final dataset. his shortfall will be most pronounced in the final month of the latest period, i.e. November from the (month 9) April to November extract. It is also probable that clinical data are not complete, which may in particular affect the last two months of any given period. There may also be errors due to coding inconsistencies that have not yet been investigated and corrected.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what scrutiny arrangements the Care Quality Commission applies to (a) abortion and (b) other counselling.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is responsible for monitoring the providers of abortion services in England, to make sure they comply with the regulations set out under the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (HSCA). If a CQC inspection identifies instances of non-compliance with the HSCA and Regulations then appropriate regulatory action will be taken. The CQC's Essential Standards of quality and safety require that women undergoing termination of pregnancy know that “they are able to discuss their choices and decisions with a trained counsellor” and “where services are provided to children or people with a learning disability, the counsellor available has relevant experience in discussing termination of pregnancy with them”. For other forms of counselling which are registered activities under the 2008 Act and regulations, CQC takes a similar approach to judgement and action.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the British Pregnancy Advisory Service about its leaflet, Britain's Abortion Law: what it says and why.

The Department has made its position on abortion, including the illegality of abortion on the grounds of gender alone, clear to all providers, including the British Pregnancy Advisory Service. The Department will do so again in the forthcoming further guidance.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether all abortions commissioned by NHS England from private providers are recorded in the abortion statistics.

It is a legal requirement for a medical practitioner terminating a pregnancy to notify the Chief Medical Officer on form HSA4 within 14 days of the procedure whether it is undertaken in an National Health Service hospital or in the independent sector. All procedures are recorded in Abortion Statistics, England and Wales published annually.

21st Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for which of his Department's posts is attendance on the religious literacy course run by his Department's Diplomatic Academy a mandatory part of pre-posting training.

​There are no posts for which pre-posting training in religion and diplomacy is mandatory. However, Foundation Level online learning on Religion and Diplomacy is a mandatory component of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's (FCO) fast stream induction programme. In addition, the FCO course on religion and diplomacy delivered by the London School of Economics is well advertised throughout the FCO and we actively encourage attendance by staff if their job relates to countries in which religion plays a significant part in social and political life.

21st Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many and what proportion of staff of his Department have undertaken the course on religious literacy run by his Department's Diplomatic Academy.

Religion and diplomacy is included in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) Diplomatic Academy's training module on human rights. So far 181 staff have completed this module, which is mandatory for staff on the FCO fast stream induction programme.

The diplomatic academy is not the only way in which staff obtain and expand their religious literacy. The FCO offers a more in-depth two day course on religion and diplomacy. This course, which takes place twice-yearly is attended by 30 to 40 students. The FCO also runs seminars or talks on specific themes or religions. These are open to all staff.

29th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the report entitled, Stable and Secure? An Assessment on the Current Context of Human Rights for Chin People in Myanmar/Burma, published by the Chin Human Rights Organisation in September 2018.

​We are aware of this published report. Since August, UK officials have consulted UNHCR in Geneva and in Burma for clarification on the needs assessment process for Chin refugees residing in other countries, and UNHCR's proposed process for ensuring their safe return to Burma. The UK will continue to monitor this process in line with our objective of ensuring the safety of all those displaced by violence in Burma and a safe return process for all groups forced to flee to other countries.

21st May 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what contribution her Department plans to make to the voluntary national review of progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

​I refer the honourable Member to the answer given by the Minister of State for International Development on 29 May 2018 (PQ 146233).

14th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of including a statement on the right to freedom of religion or belief in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Joint Communiqué.

We are currently working with fellow member states to negotiate the communiqué for next month's Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. While it would be inappropriate to comment on those negotiations, the UK considers freedom of religion and belief to be one of the Commonwealth's core values.

Encouraging member states to uphold the values and principles enshrined in the Commonwealth Charter – which include freedom of religion as well as democracy, freedom of expression, the rule of law and opposition to all forms of discrimination – will be an important part of April's summit.

31st Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of Nepal since the commencement of its mandate as a UN Human Rights Council member on upholding fundamental freedoms and human rights in that country.

​Nepal was elected to the UN Human Rights Council on 16 October. This is an important opportunity for Nepal to demonstrate its commitment to fundamental freedoms and human rights in Nepal.

Since then, on 26 October, I led a debate in the House of Commons on freedom of religion and belief, during which human rights in Nepal were raised. I subsequently wrote to the Prime Minister of Nepal expressing concerns over the recently passed Criminal Code. I have also raised this matter with the Nepali Ambassador in London, and our Ambassador in Nepal discussed this in early October with the Nepali Prime Minister. There are many positive elements in the Code, including criminalising torture, enforced disappearances, forced labour and slavery. However, some wording could be open to misinterpretation and potentially prevent legitimate expression of religion or belief for fear of prosecution. Both I and the British Embassy in Kathmandu have urged the Government of Nepal to ensure the final implementation of the Code does not curtail freedom of religious belief, and meets Nepal's international human rights obligations and international standards.

13th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the conduct of the first round of the general elections in the Central African Republic.

I welcome the holding of presidential and legislative elections in the Central African Republic on 30 December. The people of the Central African Republic showed a strong determination to move towards a democratic future by turning out to vote in large numbers. The holding of elections, which passed off peacefully, is a huge achievement. It was however unacceptable that many refugees, largely from Muslim communities, were unable to vote in the elections.

We will work with international partners and the newly elected President to ensure that an inclusive government is appointed which is representative of Central African Republic groups, regions and refugees.

20th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much the UK contributed to UN and African Union peacekeeping and stabilisation in low and middle income countries which (a) was not and (b) was classified as Official Development Assistance in (i) 2013-14 and (ii) 2014-15.

The UK’s contribution to UN Peacekeeping for low and middle income countries for Financial Year 2014/15 was £319.2m of non Official Development Assistance and £23.6m of Official Development Assistance funding; and for 2013/14 was £295.9m of non Official Development Assistance and £20.5m of Official Development Assistance funding. The UK does not make a direct contribution to the African Union. However, the annual UN Peacekeeping payments include a contribution and support to the United Nations Support Office for the African Union Mission in Somalia.

9th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that Sudan begins a credible and inclusive peace process.

We continue to call on the Government of Sudan to deliver on the commitment to hold a comprehensive national dialogue and bring an end to the devastating conflicts in Sudan. We welcome the recent decision by the African Union (AU) to renew the mandate of the AU High-Level Implementation Panel to facilitate negotiations and call on the Government of Sudan to engage in these negotiations fully.
Grant Shapps
Secretary of State for Transport
8th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on the future status of Somaliland.

The Government's policy on the future status of Somaliland is that it is for Somalia and Somaliland to determine their future relationship, and for neighbouring countries in the region to take the lead in recognising any new arrangements or change in status.

Grant Shapps
Secretary of State for Transport
20th May 2019
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the UK’s official reserves are of (a) gold, (b) foreign currency and (c) other assets as at 31 March 2019.

As at end March 2019, the market value of the UK’s official reserves was $169.5 billion. This comprised of (a) $12.9 billion gold, (b) $129.5 billion foreign currency reserves and (c) $27.1 billion other assets.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
19th Mar 2018
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to allocate funding from the public purse to (a) businesses and (b) Government Departments to replace funding from the European Investment Bank when the UK leaves the EU.

The European Investment Bank, and its offshoot, the European Investment Fund, provide financing for infrastructure investment and growth businesses.

The UK considers that it may prove to be in the mutual interest of all sides for the UK to maintain some form of ongoing relationship with the EIB Group after leaving the EU, and we will explore these options with the EU as part of the negotiations on the future relationship.

The government is committed to ensuring good infrastructure projects and growth businesses can access the finance they need. The UK Guarantees Scheme, which gives government support for private infrastructure finance, has been broadened to offer construction guarantees for the first time, and the British Business Bank will be able to bring forward some of the £400 million additional investment announced at the 2016 Autumn Statement.

Elizabeth Truss
Minister for Women and Equalities
6th Mar 2018
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the oral contribution of the Financial Secretary to the Treasury of 19 December 2018, Official Report, column, 1039, what the timetable is for HMRC to reach an agreement with the Roadchef Employee Benefits Trust on outstanding tax liabilities.

The administration of the tax system, including where appropriate the repayment of tax or duties, is a matter for HM Revenue and Customs. It would not be appropriate for Treasury Ministers to become involved in the administration of the tax system in specific cases.

As I mentioned in the debate in December, HMRC is doing everything it can to resolve the issue promptly and fairly.

16th Jan 2018
What comparative assessment he has made of spending on public services in the UK and other developed countries.

Last year, public spending was 38.9% of GDP, or about £28,500 per household. This is comparable with other leading countries.

And we are getting more for our money – public services productivity has increased with Conservatives in government, after falling under Labour.

Elizabeth Truss
Minister for Women and Equalities
28th Nov 2017
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will undertake a review the regulation of employee benefit trusts following representations made on behalf of the Roadchef Employees Benefit Trust.

I refer the Hon Member to my written answer of 5 July 2017 (UIN 1465).

18th Oct 2017
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans the Government has to increase productivity.

Promoting productivity growth in the UK is at the forefront of the Government’s agenda. The Government is investing £23bn in a National Productivity Investment Fund targeted at building economic infrastructure and boosting innovation. We are also reforming technical education in the UK, providing over £0.5bn in additional investment every year to raise standards.

13th Apr 2017
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to retain the UK's shareholding in the European Investment Bank after the UK leaves the EU.

While the UK remains a full member of the European Union it retains all of the rights, obligations and benefits that membership brings. This includes the shareholding in European Investment Bank. The long-term relationship between the UK and the EIB will need to be resolved as part of the negotiations on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

13th Apr 2017
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has plans to (a) retain or (b) increase the UK's shareholding in the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; and if he will make a statement.

There are no plans to change the UK’s shareholding in the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. The UK remains firmly committed to membership of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, which is an international organisation, and is therefore unaffected by the UK’s exit from the European Union.

13th Apr 2017
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to establish a United Kingdom Investment Bank.

The government has a strong institutional structure in place to make sure UK businesses can access the finance they need for key investment projects.

The British Business Bank improves access to finance for small and medium-size businesses. As of end-January 2017, British Business Bank programmes have supported more than £8.5bn of finance to more than 54,000 businesses.

The UK Guarantees Scheme provides a Treasury-backed guarantee for infrastructure bonds and loans to avoid delays to investment in UK infrastructure projects. It works by providing a sovereign-backed guarantee to help projects access finance. At Autumn Statement the government committed to keep the scheme open until at least 2026.

London is also the world’s premier international financial centre, being home to over 250 foreign banks, more than any other financial centre. This allows private banks to lend to a wide range of businesses smoothly and efficiently.

10th Jan 2017
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he will support the European Commission Proposal for a Council directive amending Directive 2006/112/EC, to enable platform-neutral application of the zero rate of VAT to books, newspapers, magazines and periodical publications in both print and digital forms.

The Government believes it is appropriate for greater flexibility to be extended to Member States in respect of the ability to apply reduced and zero rates of VAT.

2nd Sep 2016
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to lay secondary legislation on changes to the rate of interest on late payment of compensation under the Housing and Planning Act 2016 before Parliament.

Government is committed to making the process of compulsory purchase orders clearer, fairer and faster. The Housing and Planning Act and the Neighbourhood Planning Bill, introduced last week (7th September) will enable us to lay legislation to set interest rates on payments of compensation that are paid late. The Regulations to set this level of interest will be laid at least 21 days before the substantive commencement of sections 192 to 198 of the Housing and Planning Act. This is likely to be in spring 2017.

4th Jul 2016
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which companies the Government retains golden shares in for the purpose of limiting overseas ownership; and what the terms are of such shares.

In December 2015, the NAO issued the report ‘Companies in government’. As shown in Figure 7 of this report, at 31 March 2014 the government held special shares in 11 companies, across 5 departments. Changes since 31 March 2014 are shown in Figure 9 of the same report.

The exact terms of those special shares will be a matter for the relevant Secretary of State, depending on the specific arrangements that were put in place for each company.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
3rd Mar 2016
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 22 September 2015 to Question 10382, what guidance the Valuation Office Agency provides to help organisations in the events industry better understand when liability for business rates will arise.

The Valuation Office Agency has held meetings with the Events Industry Forum and others representing the events industry. Additional written guidance, beyond the Rating Manual, on the factors that determine rateability has been provided through these channels. The Agency encourages direct contact if ratepayers wish to discuss any aspect of a rating assessment.

3rd Mar 2016
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 22 September 2015 to Question 10382, which festival sites have now been assessed for business rates; and to which of those sites business rates will apply.

The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) has been reviewing the rating of festival sites for business rates. Due to taxpayer confidentiality, we are unable to provide the names of both the sites which have been assessed and, of these, which are now liable for business rates.

25th Jan 2016
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when his Department submitted a formal application to the European Commission for state aid clearance to enlarge the scheme for social interest tax relief; and when he expects to receive the outcome of that application.

The Government submitted its application for State aid clearance to enlarge the Social Interest Tax Relief scheme on 17 January 2015. Discussions with the Commission are ongoing. The Government cannot set out an expected timetable for clearance or enlargement of the scheme at this stage, as timing depends on how these discussions progress.

26th Oct 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the projected level of income tax that will be forgone by the taxpayer by providing higher rate income tax relief on pension contributions in (a) 2016-17, (b) 2017-18, (c) 2018-19 and (d) 2019-20.

Information on the total cost of pensions tax relief is published in HM Revenue and Customs’ National Statistics table PEN6, available on GOV.UK: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/registered-pension-schemes-cost-of-tax-relief

26th Oct 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the amount of capital gains tax forgone through providing entrepreneur's relief in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14 and (c) 2014-15.

Latest estimates of the cost of Entrepreneurs’ Relief, amount to £3.0bn for 2014-15, and £2.7bn for 2013-14. These can be found in table 1.5 (Main tax expenditures and structural reliefs) at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/389539/20141231_expenditure_reliefs_v0.3.pdf


This publication does not include an estimate for 2012-13; the latest published estimate for 2012-13 is £2.1bn.


The estimated cost of this relief from capital gains tax does not represent the yield if this relief were to be abolished, as consequential behavioural effects would substantially reduce yield.

9th Oct 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to establish a grant scheme to support charities providing rapid response vehicles for medical purposes.

The government is currently finalising the administration arrangements for the rapid response grant scheme which will open for applications this financial year. The scheme will cover the VAT costs incurred in the purchasing and fitting out of medical emergency rapid response vehicles by charities which are not already in scope of existing VAT refund schemes or are not already funded for VAT. The total grant available across the UK will be £100,000 in 2015-16.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
15th Jun 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to introduce a Green ISA scheme to encourage public engagement with, and inject capital into, the green economy.

The government currently has no plans to introduce a new Green ISA scheme. However, individuals can already invest in green products using the existing ISA structure as we have expanded ISA eligible investments to include a wider range of products such as AIM shares and soon, peer-to-peer loans.

10th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what financial support the Government has allocated to Staffordshire County Council in support of caring for unaccompanied (a) adult and (b) children asylum seekers in each of the last five years.

The government provides funding to local authorities as a contribution to-wards the costs incurred in supporting unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC) and young care leavers who were UASC.

For unaccompanied children arriving from 1 July 2016, local authorities can claim £114 per day for those children aged under 16 and £91 per day for those children aged 16 or 17. The overall value of each claim is dependent on the number of agreed days that children are supported by the local authority. More information on the funding available to local authorities supporting UASC and former UASC care leavers can be found in the funding instructions published at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/unaccompanied-asylum-seeking-children-uasc-grant-instructions

The Home Office directly provides adult asylum seekers and their dependants who would otherwise be destitute with free furnished accommodation (rent and utility free) and a weekly cash allowance to cover their other essential living needs.

30th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department will publish its response to the firearms licensing fees public consultation.

The Government sought views on proposals for new fees for firearms licences issued by the Home Office and the Scottish Government in a public consultation, which ran from 12 January to 9 March. A Government response will be published in due course.

12th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps is she taking to ensure that bona fide business and personal visitors from African countries to the UK receive an efficient and courteous visa service.

UKVisas and Immigration continually reviews its global visa operation to improve performance, incorporating customer and partner feedback to ensure value for money while maintaining excellent customer service.

Brandon Lewis
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
4th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) pieces of unlawful terrorist material have been taken off the internet, (b) hate preachers have been excluded from the UK, (c) organisations have been proscribed in the UK, (d) British citizenships have been revoked and (e) passports removed for terrorism-related reasons since May 2015; and how many arrests the police have made for terrorism-related offences since May 2015.

Following referrals from the Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit (CTIRU), social media providers have removed 280,000 pieces of illegal terrorist material since February 2010. Between 11 May 2010 and 31 December 2015, the Government excluded 181 people from the United Kingdom, including 69 exclusions on national security grounds.

There were 26 exclusions made between 1 January 2015 and 31 December 2015. 71 international terrorist organisations and a further 14 in Northern Ireland, have been proscribed. The Government Transparency Report, published on 23 February 2017, showed that the Royal Prerogative had been used to cancel or refuse applications for passports 23 times in 2015. Figures are not yet available for 2016. From March 2015 to March 2017 there have been 562 arrests for terrorism related offences.

Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence
4th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of trends in the level of crime in Stafford constituency in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.

Police recorded crime figures for Stafford Community Safety Partnership (CSP) between 2011/12 and 2016/17 are published by the Home Office.

Number of crimes recorded by the police, Stafford CSP, 2011/12 to 2016/17. Taken from ‘Police recorded crime open data Community Safety Partnership tables from year ending March 2012 onwards’, https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/police-recorded-crime-open-data-tables

The most recent national crime figures are published by the Office for National Statistics in ‘Crime in England and Wales: year ending March 2017’ (https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/crimeandjustice/bulletins/crimeinenglandandwales/yearendingmar2017).

26th May 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many curfew orders have been issued for anti-social behaviour in Stafford constituency since the introduction of such orders.

The Home Office does not hold information on curfew orders issued for anti-social behaviour.

26th May 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the trends in the level of crime in Stafford constituency in each of the last three years; and if she will make a statement.

The Crime Survey statistics published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that crime in England and Wales fell by 7% in the year to the end of December 2015 (the latest period for which data is available), and has fallen by well over a quarter since 2010.

Over the same period, crimes recorded by the police have risen. The independent ONS has been clear that rises in police recorded crime are largely the result of more victims coming forward to report certain offences and improvements in police crime recording practices. Police recorded crime for the Stafford constituency for the last three years is shown in the attached table.

26th May 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many offences involving the fraudulent use of personal information have been reported to Staffordshire Police in each year since 2006; and how many such reports led to a (a) prosecution and (b) conviction.

The Home Office do not hold the information requested. The responsibility for recording fraud offences transferred to Action Fraud from individual police forces between April 2011 and March 2013. Therefore, no fraud offences should have been recorded by Staffordshire police since then.

The Ministry of Justice do not hold the information requested on prosecutions and convictions.

4th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 23 December 2015 to Question 19753, on UK Visa and Immigration correspondence, how many people who received those letters have left the UK.

The information could only be obtained at a disproportionate cost.

11th Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many curtailment letters were issued by UK Visas and Immigration between 10 January 2015 and 11 December 2015.

There were 34,100 letters cancelling the visa of an individual who no longer meets their visa requirements served between 10 January and 30 September 2015.

16th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many entry visas for business purposes were granted to nationals of (a) China, (b) India, (c) Brazil, (d) Indonesia, (e) Malaysia, (f) Nigeria, (g) Tanzania and (h) Kenya in (i) 2010-11 and (ii) 2014-15.

The requested information is given in the table below, for skilled workers sponsored by business (Tier 2 of the Points Based System):

[Insert table]

The Home Office publishes statistics on entry clearance visa grants by work category in table vi_06_q_w (Entry clearance visas tables volume 2) within the ‘Immigration Statistics’ release.

A copy of the latest release, “Immigration Statistics April to June 2015”, is available from the Library of the House and the Home Office website: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/home-office/series/immigration-statistics-quarterly-release

2nd Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect on the NHS of the new immigration rules being introduced from April 2016.

The Home Office published a full impact assessment on the changes to Tier 2 settlement rules when they were laid before Parliament on 15 March 2012.

The impact assessment is available on the gov.uk website at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/117957/impact-assessment-tier2.pdf.

23rd Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures are in place to support victims of human trafficking who do not pass the Genuine Prospect of Work test.

The Genuine Prospect of Work test is critical to the integrity of the benefits system. Where they are exercising EU treaty rights, EEA migrants are eligible for income-based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) for a period of 3 or 6 months, depending on whether they have a right to reside as a jobseeker or as a worker who has become involuntarily unemployed. At the end of this period all EEA nationals claiming JSA must provide compelling evidence that they have a genuine prospect of work, such as evidence of a job offer, to qualify for a short extension.

On referral to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM), victims of human trafficking are eligible for support through the Government-funded victim care contract, which includes accommodation and subsistence, for at least 45 days, which is longer than required under our international obligations. In many cases victims receive support for a longer period.

EEA Nationals who are identified as victims of human trafficking through the NRM may qualify for discretionary leave where, for instance, they are helping police with an investigation or where their personal circumstances are such that it would be detrimental for the individual to leave the UK. EEA Nationals granted discretionary leave for those reasons are entitled to JSA for as long as they have that leave.

23rd Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what regulations have been made under section 50 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 to identify and support victims of trafficking.

No regulations have been made under section 50 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 to identify and support victims of trafficking. The Government will consider the introduction of regulations once the proposed changes to the National Referral Mechanism have been tested.
13th Oct 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of trends in the level of crime in Stafford constituency in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.

The table provided shows the number of offences in the Stafford Community Safety Partnership in each of the past five years.
According to the latest police recorded crime figures (published on 16th October), crime has fallen by more than 20% over the last five years in the Partnership.

The data requested are also published on the Home Office website, and can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/police-recorded-crime-open-data-tables

Table A: Police Recorded Crime (excluding fraud) in the Stafford Community Safety Partnership, year to June 2009 to year to June 2014
Numbers
YearTotal offences
Year to June 20107,200
Year to June 20116,765
Year to June 20126,340
Year to June 20135,286
Year to June 20145,536
1. Source: Police recorded crime, Home Office
2. Police recorded crime data are not designated as National Statistics.

3. Action Fraud have taken over the recording of fraud offences on behalf of individual police forces. This process began in April 2011 and was rolled out to all police forces by March 2013. To enable comparison of data across the five year period, fraud data have been excluded.

21st Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to announce whether the Forces Help to Buy scheme will continue beyond December 2018.

As announced by the former Secretary of State for Defence in October 2016, the Forces Help To Buy scheme is due to close at the end of December 2018. Applications can be submitted up to this date. Work is ongoing to consider how to take this policy principle forward and details will be confirmed later this year.

28th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will take steps to ensure all tyres for military vehicles are capable of being remanufactured.

Tyres procured for use on Ministry of Defence vehicles must comply with UK legislation and National Industry Standards; as such, they must be suitable for 'remanufacture'.

10th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has discussed with the Secretary of State for International Development the continued in-service use of HMS Ocean as a disaster relief vessel.

HMS OCEAN is primarily a landing platform for Helicopters. Its use for disaster relief in the Caribbean was intended to supplement the capability of RFA MOUNTS BAY, which was prepositioned in the Caribbean for hurricane season and is better suited to Humanitarian and Disaster Relief operations and responded to the situation in Anguilla less than 24 hours after Hurricane Irma struck. Plans for the use of Defence assets for future disaster relief operations remain under constant reviews across Government. Any decisions to adjust plans will be informed by the cross-Government lessons learned process from the UK's immediate response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria, as well as the ongoing National Security Capability Review.

13th Apr 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what deployments have been made of the armed forces to (a) other EU member states, (b) other non-EU EEA member states and (c) states which are applying for membership of the EU since 2010.

The information requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost. The security and stability of the UK has long depended on our strong partnerships in the Euro-Atlantic area, including NATO. Indeed, NATO remains the cornerstone of UK defence. Our European neighbours represent some of our closest friends and NATO allies, and our defence engagement with them reflects this as routine business. We exercise with them regularly to bolster our interoperability. For example, the Defence Secretary was in Tallinn last week for the opening ceremony of Estonia's NATO enhanced Forward Presence deployment, for which UK is framework nation.

21st Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether it is his Department's policy that all submarines being constructed for the Royal Navy meet shock standard BR3021 as a minimum in respect of hydroplane bolts.

Hydroplane bolts are externally located equipment, whereas the BR Standard referred to, albeit superseded, sets standards for internal equipment. The Department is satisfied that appropriate standards are met for this equipment in accordance with our existing guidance.

19th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the timetable is for the launch of the Midlands Engine Investment Fund.

The Midlands Engine Investment Fund is fully launched and the full range of investment types is available to beneficiary businesses across the Midlands. The debt sub funds launched on 29/08/2017 and the equity sub funds launched on 22/02/18. Full details of the fund and how to access finance is contained on the website: http://meif.co.uk/

6th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will publish the housing associations in Stafford constituency that are eligible for the regional pilot of the Right to Buy for housing association tenants.

The Voluntary Right to Buy Midlands pilot will give thousands more housing association tenants the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of home ownership. The Government is currently engaging with the National Housing Federation and housing associations in the Midlands, and more details on the pilot will be announced in due course.

Dominic Raab
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
17th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the Government's policy is on implementing a right to buy scheme for tenants of housing association properties in England.

I refer my Hon Friend to the answer I gave to Question UIN 3273 on 10 July 2017.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
4th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what progress has been made on supporting a joint working group with lenders, valuers and the industry focussing on modern methods of construction; and when the first meeting of that group will be held.

Following publication of the White Paper my officials have met with lenders, valuers, warranty providers and insurers across the industry to get a better understanding of their current processes for homes built using modern methods of construction, and identify areas where these could be improved.

The joint working group will meet for the first time later this year.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
4th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many registered Housing Association properties there are in each English local authority.

Statistics on Private Registered Provider dwelling stock in England and in each local authority district are published in the Department’s live table 115, which is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/live-tables-on-dwelling-stock-including-vacants

Brandon Lewis
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
22nd May 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of subject access requests made to the Subject Access Team of the Ministry of Justice have been responded to within the correct timescale since the General Data Protection Regulation came into force; and what steps she is taking to reduce the volume of those requests.

I can confirm that the proportion of subject access requests made to the Ministry of Justice since June 2018 that were responded to within time is 75%. This figure includes requests received up to and including March 2019, representing the latest available performance results.

The Ministry of Justice takes its data protection responsibilities seriously. We have seen a significant increase in the numbers of subject access requests received since the General Data Protection Regulation came into force. We have developed plans to address this increase and taken steps to achieve the desired level of performance. We have:

  • Reviewed and improved working practices and streamlined staff training
  • Increased staffing levels
  • Invested in technology and we are conducting a trial to release more information to offenders in prison.

The volume of subject access requests received by the department is beyond its control. Since the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation and the accompanying Data Protection Act 2018 on the 25 May 2018, the number of SARs have increased by 160% from offenders and 55% from MoJ staff and members of the public.

8th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many fines of what total monetary value were written off by HM Courts Service in Staffordshire in each year since 2011-12.

Due to the limited management information that can be extracted from the Libra system it is not possible to identify how many financial impositions have been cancelled.

The table below shows the total value of financial impositions cancelled in Staffordshire in each of the year since 2010-11.

Year

Total Value Legally Cancelled regardless of Imposition date

Total Value Admin Cancelled regardless of Imposition date

2010-11

£1,237,941

£722,603

2011-12

£1,181,416

£692,066

2012-13

£1,256,081

£924,630

2013-14

£1,406,722

£835,113

2014-15

£1,320,535

£656,536

Apr 2015 – Dec 2015

£1,154,484

£410,937

The data for January 2016 to March 2016 is not included as the data has not been published yet.

A legal cancellation can be applied when an imposition has been cancelled in court by a Judge or Magistrate, for example if an appeal is successful or if some of the original amount imposed is remitted after the offenders financial circumstances have been reconsidered.

Financial impositions are only administratively cancelled after all attempts to collect the amount outstanding have been made, and in accordance with a strict cancellation criteria. Any imposition which has been administratively cancelled still retains legal status and can be written back at any time if more information is found which will enable collection, for example if a new address for the offender is discovered. We periodically review administratively cancelled accounts.