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Joan Ryan

The Independent Group for Change - Former Member for Enfield North

Panel of Chairs
22nd Jun 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Environmental Audit Committee
11th Sep 2017 - 25th Feb 2019
Environmental Audit Committee
19th Dec 2016 - 3rd May 2017
Panel of Chairs
2nd Feb 2016 - 3rd May 2017
Prime Minister's Special Representative to Cyprus
29th Jun 2007 - 14th Sep 2008
Vice-Chair, Labour Party
29th Jun 2007 - 14th Sep 2008
Children, Schools and Families
9th Nov 2007 - 26th Nov 2007
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
5th May 2006 - 28th Jun 2007
Lord Commissioner (HM Treasury) (Whip)
13th Jun 2003 - 5th May 2006
Assistant Whip (HM Treasury)
29th May 2002 - 13th Jun 2003


Division Voting information

Joan Ryan has voted in 1252 divisions, and 5 times against the majority of their Party.

2 Dec 2015 - ISIL in Syria - View Vote Context
Joan Ryan voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 56 Labour No votes vs 139 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 211 Noes - 390
2 Dec 2015 - ISIL in Syria - View Vote Context
Joan Ryan voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 65 Labour Aye votes vs 153 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 397 Noes - 223
7 Mar 2007 - House of Lords Reform - View Vote Context
Joan Ryan voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 152 Labour No votes vs 162 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 416 Noes - 163
7 Mar 2007 - House of Lords Reform - View Vote Context
Joan Ryan voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 111 Labour Aye votes vs 197 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 196 Noes - 375
2 Mar 2007 - Off-Road Vehicles (Registration) Bill - View Vote Context
Joan Ryan voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 19 Labour No votes vs 98 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 116 Noes - 19
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Latest EDMs signed by Joan Ryan

17th October 2019
Joan Ryan signed this EDM as a sponsor on Thursday 17th October 2019

Attack in Halle, Germany

Tabled by: Ruth Smeeth (Labour - Stoke-on-Trent North)
That this House condemns the attack and the ideology that radicalised the attacker in Halle, Germany; shows sympathy towards those who were tragically murdered, recognises that had it not been for the protective security measures at place in the synagogue, then it is likely that the death toll and the …
27 signatures
(Most recent: 16 Dec 2019)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 14
Independent: 4
Conservative: 4
Scottish National Party: 2
Non-affiliated: 1
The Independent Group for Change: 1
Plaid Cymru: 1
Liberal Democrat: 1
14th October 2019
Joan Ryan signed this EDM on Tuesday 15th October 2019

Effect of Turkish military action on the Kurdistan Region in Iraq

Tabled by: Mary Glindon (Labour - North Tyneside)
That this House believes that Turkey's attack on northern Syria is a humanitarian disaster and Turkey should withdraw immediately and negotiate before more innocent people are killed, injured, and displaced; fears that Turkey's actions could effectively Arabise Kurdish lands in Syria forever and represent ethnic cleansing; notes that the attack …
26 signatures
(Most recent: 24 Oct 2019)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 13
Independent: 5
Conservative: 4
The Independent Group for Change: 2
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
Non-affiliated: 1
Scottish National Party: 1
Plaid Cymru: 1
View All Joan Ryan's signed Early Day Motions

Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Joan Ryan, 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.


Joan Ryan has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Joan Ryan has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

3 Bills introduced by Joan Ryan


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 make provision about immigration detention safeguards for victims of torture and other vulnerable people, including those that have suffered from severe physical, psychological or sexual violence; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 20th December 2017
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A Bill to require the Secretary of State to promote the establishment of an International Fund for Israeli-Palestinian Peace to support coexistence projects and civil society programmes; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 18th January 2017
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A Bill to require Schedule 8 disruption payments between Network Rail and train operating companies to be allocated to specified projects aimed at increasing the quality, value for money or reliability of passengers’ experience of railway travel and associated services; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 13th April 2016
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470 Written Questions

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7 Other Department Questions
28th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent consideration he has given to the findings of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills on the issue of skills shortage vacancies; and if he will make a statement.

We are investing in apprenticeships to meet identified skill needs across all sectors. We are committed to reaching 3 million apprenticeship starts in England by 2020 and will ensure they deliver the skills employers and the economy need for growth. We have also announced plans for ground-breaking reforms to technical and professional education, working in direct partnership with employers to ensure the new system provides the skills most needed for the 21st century. Together with creating 5 National Colleges, supporting a new network of Institutes of Technology and rolling out more degree and higher level apprenticeships, we are helping to equip people with the higher and technical level skills that are in demand.

Our aim is for all local areas to take a leading role in skills provision to ensure it is responsive to local economic priorities and devolution deals with areas around the country are a big step towards this ambition so that they can secure the training and skills that local employers need.

10th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing three-year funding plans for further education colleges.

Any changes to funding of colleges will need to be seen in the wider context of other reforms. Fixing the foundations: creating a more prosperous nation set out our plans to increase local influence over further education (FE) and skill funding. We shall announce further reform to FE and skills funding systems following the spending review.

10th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what representations he has received from further education colleges on withdrawal of ESOL Plus Mandation Funding.


The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has received an estimated 40 letters on this subject from a range of people, including Further Education College Principals, ESOL teachers, ESOL students, local councils, the Association of Colleges and other furthereducation stakeholders.

10th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what impact assessment his Department has conducted on withdrawal of ESOL Plus Mandation funding and its effects on further education colleges in (a) Greater London and (b) the UK.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) conducted an equality analysis to support its compliance with the Public Sector Equality Duty prior to making the decision to withdraw the English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Plus (Mandation) funding for 2015/16. The decision was taken in the knowledge that providers are independent organisations which manage their own budgets and have the flexibility to use their adult skills budget to continue to provide ESOL training for jobseekers and are therefore able to mitigate any adverse impact. It was also taken on the basis of our data which shows that the numbers of learners in England being referred to ESOL Plus (Mandation) provision was significantly lower than originally anticipated and the ESOL Plus (Mandation) budget was underspent in 2014/15.

BIS funds skills provision in England only.

21st Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, if she will delay the implementation of the removal of the pre-accreditation scheme from the Feed-in Tariff.

The removal of pre-accreditation was implemented as of 1 October. We consider this removal is important in maximising value-for-money deployment under the scheme.


We consider that the proposals set out in the FIT Review consultation, in particular the introduction of deployment caps, would be an appropriate means of enabling control of overall scheme costs. In this context, we consulted on the possible reintroduction of pre-accreditation for all participants or certain groups only, subject to wider affordability considerations.



9th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the reduction in the skills funding budget in financial year 2015-16 on further education colleges in (a) London and (b) Enfield.

The Skills Funding Agency allocates funding in response to learner demand and in accordance with Government priorities, including the importance of growing apprenticeships.

3rd Mar 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what representations he has received from charities on the Government's proposal to prevent charities using government grants to lobby Parliament.

Taxpayers money should not be diverted away from its intended purpose and wasted on political campaigning and political lobbying. The clause does not stop grant recipients, including charities, from using other sources of funding for this or from making their views known.

7th Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of geo-blocking on (a) UK businesses and (b) digital subscribers and consumers in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

The EU Geo-Blocking Regulation will take effect in EU and UK law in December 2018. In the event of a “no deal” exit from the EU, and without specific action on the part of the Government, the Geo-Blocking Regulation would continue to exist on the UK statute book as “retained EU law”. The Government will release its plans for the Geo-Blocking Regulation in the event of a “no deal” exit from the EU in due course.

Digital subscribers to ebooks, movies, video games and music sold electronically on sites elsewhere in the EU will not be affected by the Geo-Blocking Regulation, as it does not apply to wholly online services which are copyright protected.

10th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many households in the (a) London Borough of Enfield, (b) Enfield North constituency and (c) Greater London area spend more than 10 per cent of their income on fuel bills.

In England, approximately 2.36 million households spent more than 10 per cent of their full income on fuel bills in 2015. This is around 10.4 per cent of all households. In London, approximately 0.30 million households (8.9 per cent), spent more than 10 per cent of their full income on fuel bills. Data is only available at the regional level and is not broken down further to Local Authority level.

Fuel poverty is based on the low income high costs (LIHC) indicator. In 2015, around 2.50 million households were in fuel poverty. This is around 11.0 per cent of all households. In the London Borough of Enfield, 11,300 households (9.3 per cent) were considered fuel poor. In the Enfield North constituency, 3,500 households (8.6 per cent) were considered fuel poor. In London, 335,200 households (10.1 per cent) were considered fuel poor.

These figures are based on the fuel poverty dataset. The methodology for this can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/fuel-poverty-statistics-methodology-handbook

The sub-regional figures can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/sub-regional-fuel-poverty-data-2017

This is based on data the English Housing Survey which is run by the Department for Communities and Local Government. The methodology for this can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/english-housing-survey-guidance-and-methodology

3rd Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in the US Administration on deepfake videos.

Ministers have regular discussions with their US counterparts on a wide range of issues, but have not discussed the specific issue of deepfake videos. However, UK officials have discussed the wider issue of online manipulation with their US counterparts on a number of occasions. We are working closely with a range of partners including the US to tackle disinformation, whatever its source or intent. The Government recognises the potential challenges artificial intelligence and digitally manipulated content such as deepfakes may pose and we are considering these issues carefully as part of work to tackle online manipulation and disinformation.

3rd Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to improve media literacy.

Government believes that Media Literacy is vital to ensuring citizens can critically appraise information and navigate the online news environment. This is an important part of government’s response to disinformation and in supporting the sustainability of high quality journalism. To this end, as recommended in the Cairncross Review and announced in the Online Harms White Paper, the government will develop a new online media literacy strategy. This will be developed in broad consultation with stakeholders, including major digital, broadcast and news media organisations, the education sector, researchers and civil society. This strategy will ensure a coordinated and strategic approach to online media literacy education and awareness for children, young people and adults.

3rd Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with his Finnish counterpart on media literacy and tackling disinformation.

Ministers have had no recent discussions with their Finnish counterpart about media literacy and disinformation. However officials have discussed these issues bilaterally with Finland on a number of occasions, most recently on 8 May, as well as in multilateral fora. The UK is working closely with like-minded international partners, including EU Member States, to develop coordinated responses to disinformation and limit its harmful impact on our societies.

The Government believes that media literacy and ensuring citizens can critically appraise information online is key to long-term success in building resilience to disinformation and other online harms. As announced in the Online Harms White Paper, the Government will develop a new online media literacy strategy. This strategy will be developed in broad consultation with a wide range of stakeholders, and will ensure a coordinated and strategic approach to online media literacy education and awareness for children, young people and adults.

We are aware that a number of European partners, including Finland, have developed media literacy strategies to tackle disinformation. The UK will continue to engage with these partners to share best practices and ensure that our response to disinformation is as effective as possible.

14th May 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effect of disinformation in the media on the integrity of the 2019 European Parliament elections.

We have seen no evidence of successful interference in UK democratic processes, but we are not complacent. The Online Harms White Paper sets out our expectations for tech companies to take proportionate and proactive measures to minimise the spread of misleading and harmful disinformation.

The Government is working closely with industry, civil society and international partners to do what is necessary to prevent the use of online disinformation to undermine our democratic values and processes. Ahead of the European Parliament elections DCMS has been working closely with analytical teams across government and beyond to monitor for any disinformation campaigns so that we can be ready to respond to them quickly and effectively.

4th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made with the Minister for the Cabinet Office on the effect on democracy of the prevalence of deepfake videos.

We have seen no evidence that deepfakes, or other, techniques have been used to successfully interfere in the UK’s democratic processes. We actively engage with international partners, civil society, and industry to tackle disinformation and propaganda. This includes identifying and promoting technical solutions that can be used to detect false content, including deepfakes.

31st Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate she has made of the amount spent by gamblers on fixed-odds betting terminals in Enfield North constituency in each of the last three years.

Neither the Department nor the Gambling Commission hold information concerning the number of Fixed-Odds Betting Terminals and, therefore spend, on Fixed-Odds Betting Terminals in individual constituencies.

11th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress has been made on the roll-out of superfast broadband in (a) Enfield North constituency and (b) the London Borough of Enfield.

The Enfield North constituency has 43,183 premises and we estimate from the available supplier data that coverage will reach around 99.3% by the end of commercial roll-out, or approximately 42,800, will have access to superfast broadband.

The Government is encouraging the commercial sector to extend coverage across cities. BT has announced £50 million of investment in new commercial coverage, much of which will be aimed at London, and Virgin Media has announced a demand led investment programme of £3 billion over the next few years. There are also many other active suppliers in London.

As a result of commercially-led delivery and public funding in areas which are not commercially viable, superfast broadband coverage across the UK now reaches 90% of premises, providing access to speeds of more than 24Mbps. Coverage is on track to increase to 95% of premises by December 2017. Furthermore, the Government is committed to a Universal Service Obligation, so all premises in the country will have access to broadband at a speed of 10Mbps with the mechanism to do this, the Digital Economy Bill, in place by the end of this Parliament.

19th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has to introduce climate change and ecological education as a core subject in the national curriculum.

It is important that young people are taught about climate change and ecology. Topics related to this are already included in both the science and geography national curriculum.

For example, in primary school science, pupils are taught about how weather changes across the four seasons and look at how environments can change as a result of human actions. In secondary science, pupils are taught about ecosystems, and the production of carbon dioxide by human activity and the effect this has on the climate. They go on to consider the evidence for additional anthropogenic causes of climate change, and positive and negative interactions with ecosystems and their impact on biodiversity. In secondary geography, pupils will study how human and physical processes interact to influence and change landscapes, environments and the climate.

In 2017, the Department also introduced a new environmental science A level. This will enable students to study topics that will support their understanding of climate change and how it can be tackled.

The Department is also funding the Children and Nature Programme, a £10 million programme that aims to support children from disadvantaged backgrounds to have better access to the natural environment. This includes studying about nature and how to care for the natural environment.

23rd Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of children who have applied for free school meals in (a) Enfield North, (b) the Borough of Enfield and (c) London since the roll-out of universal credit in those areas; and if he will make a statement.

The information requested is not held centrally as we do not collect and publish data on the number of individual applications made for free school meals through schools or local authorities.

The department publishes data on the number and proportion of pupils eligible for and claiming free school meals by local authority area and region.

The latest version, published in January 2018, is available at:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/735777/Schools_Pupils_and_their_Characteristics_2018_LA_Tables.xlsx.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
16th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the summit held on 3 May 2018 to discuss the preparation of new guidance to promote freedom of speech at universities, and the Government response to the Eighth Report of the Joint Committee on Human Rights, Freedom of Speech in Universities, HC 1279, what plans he has to ensure that representatives of University Israel Societies are involved in the discussions on freedom of speech.

I am working with a number of partners in the Higher Education sector in the development of guidance. This includes the National Union of Students, who represent the majority of student unions including those with Israel societies.

I have asked the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) to lead the guidance. As part of their evidence base the EHRC are considering the Joint Committee on Human Rights’ inquiry into freedom of speech in universities. The inquiry heard evidence from representatives of the Union of Jewish Students and university Israel societies.

9th May 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of compulsory knife crime education and prevention in the Personal, Social, Health and Economic or Citizenship curriculum of (a) primary and (b) secondary schools; and if he will make a statement.

We know how important it is that young people understand the dangers of knife crime. Schools can currently choose to include lessons on weapons awareness and gangs as part of their school curriculum.

Through the Children and Social Work Act 2017, the Government is making the subjects of Relationships Education compulsory in primary schools, and Relationships and Sex Education compulsory in secondary schools. These subjects will help young people understand safe, respectful and positive relationships and appropriate ways of resolving conflict. The Act also provides a power for the Secretary of State to make Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education (or elements therein) mandatory in all schools.

The Department recently conducted a wide-ranging engagement process, including a public call for evidence, on the scope of the subjects, and on the status of PSHE. Departmental officials are assessing the evidence gathered during the engagement process, to support decisions on subject content and on the status of PSHE. The Department plans to publish the results of the engagement process shortly, alongside a consultation on draft regulations and accompanying statutory guidance, before laying the regulations in the House for debate.

1st May 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) the Enfield North constituency (ii) the London Borough of Enfield and (iii) London that will receive a reduction in (A) cash and (B) per pupil funding in each of the next five years.

In 2018/19, all schools in Enfield North attracted more cash funding through the national funding formula, compared to their 2017/18 baselines.

All schools, with the exception of new and growing schools, attracted more per pupil funding. New and growing schools typically see their per pupil funding decrease as they grow in size, while receiving significant increases in their total budgets. One new and growing all-through school in Enfield, and 23 new and growing schools in London (18 primaries, 3 secondaries and 2 all-through) attract less funding per pupil in 2018-19 than they did in 2017-18.

Final decisions on individual schools’ budgets are taken by the local authority, based on the local funding formula.

In 2019/20, no school will attract reduced cash funding per pupil through the national funding formula. Given that funding follows the pupil, individual schools may attract less funding in total if the number of pupils on roll decreases. The Department will publish notional funding formula allocations for 2019/20 later this year after updating calculations using the latest autumn census data.

Funding after 2019/20 will depend on the outcomes of the next Spending Review.

29th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he plans to take to increase the number of apprenticeship starts in London; and if he will make a statement.

We are supporting employers in London and across England to help them plan their future apprenticeship programmes including account management of over 1,000 of the largest levy-paying employers. We have recently announced initial awards totalling around £485 million to hundreds of providers across the country to provide apprenticeship training to non-levy paying employers.

A new phase of our communications campaign started on 26 January 2018, to encourage employers to offer high quality apprenticeship opportunities and to promote these to potential apprentices.

There have been over 1.2 million apprenticeship starts since May 2015 and we aim to achieve three million apprenticeship starts in England by 2020. Apprenticeships are open to individuals and employers across the country, and we are investing in the whole of England by doubling funding for apprenticeships to £2.45 billion by 2019-20 – twice what was spent in 2010-11 – and giving employers more autonomy to design training that meets their needs.

29th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of devolving (a) careers funding streams and (b) London’s apprenticeship levy funding to the control of the Greater London Authority; and if he will make a statement.

The Department for Education has agreed to only devolve the Adult Education Budget to Mayoral Combined Authorirties and Greater London Area.

The careers strategy, published in December 2017, sets out opportunities for local involvement and funding for a range of activities across the country which may include the Greater London Authority:

  • £5 million for an investment fund to help disadvantaged pupils to get the additional support they need to prepare for work, including opportunities for mentoring and guidance;

  • £5 million for “careers hubs” in 20 areas, linking together schools, colleges, universities and other local organisations;

  • £4 million for the development of new training programmes for Careers Leaders and support for at least 500 schools and colleges to train their own Careers Leaders;

  • £2 million to test which careers activities are appropriate and work well in primary schools.

In addition, we are re-procuring the National Careers Service area-based contracts that will provide free and impartial careers advice and guidance to adults. We will be awarding a number of contracts across the country and local advice will be tailored to local needs. The Education and Skills Funding Agency has worked with the Greater London Authority and will continue to do so.

While we have devolved some aspects of skills locally, such as the adult skills budget we have been clear that we need to keep apprenticeships as a nationally driven and funded programme. This is critical if the system is going to produce the skills employers and the economy needs.

Locally, employers will be driving the economy and can provide the local perspective on the skills needed. The levy allows employers to spend their funds on the apprenticeship training that they judge best meets their needs.

From April 2018, we will allow eligible levy-paying employers to transfer up to 10% of the annual value of funds entering their digital accounts to other employers. We plan to issue further details on how this will work before April to give employers time to prepare.

I recently met with the co-chairs of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for London on this issue, and would encourage local authorities to work with employers to ensure that apprenticeships funding is being used effectively in their area.

23rd Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to promote digital safety in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools to tackle (i) cyber-bullying and (ii) online grooming.

The Department’s statutory safeguarding guidance, ‘Keeping children safe in education’ (KCSIE) states that all schools should have appropriate filters and monitoring systems in place to safeguard children from harmful material online.

All schools must have a behaviour policy, including measures to prevent all forms of bullying. Government funded The UK Safer Internet Centre to develop cyberbullying guidance for schools and an online safety toolkit. The Department is providing £1.6 million of funding for four anti-bullying organisations to support schools to tackle bullying, all include cyberbullying as an integral element.

The National Curriculum for computing covers e-safety including using technology safely, recognising inappropriate conduct and how to report concerns.

The Department has legislated to make relationships education (primary level) and relationships and sex education (secondary level) mandatory in all schools, in the future. We expect young people to be taught about positive, healthy relationships and keeping themselves safe in a variety of situations, including online.

22nd Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect of the apprenticeship levy on schools in (a) Enfield North constituency, (b) the London Borough of Enfield and (c) London.

The department will be monitoring the uptake of apprenticeships by schools, as we would with other parts of the public sector. Public sector bodies are required to annually publish and report to the department on their progress towards the apprenticeship target. The first reports (covering the period 1 April 2017 – 31 March 2018) are due by 30 September 2018.

As we have outlined to the Public Accounts Committee, our assessment of the cost pressures on schools will include the financial impact of the apprenticeship levy.

18th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average weekly cost was of a childcare place in (a) the Enfield North constituency, (b) the London Borough of Enfield and (c) London in each year since 2010.

The department collects data on the weekly regional cost of childcare through our regular parent surveys. These can be found at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-childcare-and-early-years.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
17th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent steps his Department has taken to support UCL's Holocaust Education Programme's Beacon Schools Project.

The Government has provided £3.75 million of funding to University College London Institute of Education’s Centre for Holocaust Education (CfHE) since 2008, and we have recently confirmed that we will continue to fund the programme until 2020. The aim of the programme, which is jointly funded by the Pears Foundation, is to help ensure that teachers are equipped with the training and resources they need to deliver effective Holocaust education. Some of this funding is used to support the CfHE’s Beacon Schools project.

16th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of those eligible for free school meals in (a) Enfield North constituency, (b) London and (c) the UK took up free school meals in each of the last seven years.

Figures on the number and proportion of children taking a free school meal and those eligible for free school meals are published, for all authorities in England, annually. The figures can be found in the statistical first releases available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-school-and-pupil-numbers.

Data are not summarised by parliamentary constituency, but data for each school is available via the link to underlying tables then the file ‘…Schools_Pupils_UD’. The figures can be filtered by school phase and parliamentary constituency.

A UK figure is not available. As education is a devolved matter, statistics on schools are published separately by the four administrations.


16th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of children in (a) Enfield North constituency, (b) London and (c) the UK were eligible for free school meals in each year since 2010.

Figures on the number and proportion of children taking a free school meal and those eligible for free school meals are published, for all authorities in England, annually. The figures can be found in the statistical first releases available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-school-and-pupil-numbers.

Data are not summarised by parliamentary constituency, but data for each school is available via the link to underlying tables then the file ‘…Schools_Pupils_UD’. The figures can be filtered by school phase and parliamentary constituency.

A UK figure is not available. As education is a devolved matter, statistics on schools are published separately by the four administrations.


16th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average class size was in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) Enfield North constituency, (ii) London and (iii) the UK in each of then last seven years.

Average class size figures for state-funded schools in England are calculated and published annually in the statistical first releases available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-school-and-pupil-numbers.

A national summary of average class sizes for Key Stages 1 and 2 and secondary is in the link to national tables, tables 6a and 6b respectively.

A summary at local authority and regional level is only available for Key Stages 1 and 2 and is in the link to local authority and regional tables, table 11.

Data is not summarised by parliamentary constituency, but data for each school providing average class sizes for Key Stages 1 and 2, where appropriate, and overall is available via the link to underlying tables for each year then the file ‘…Schools_Classes_UD’. The figures can be filtered by school phase, local authority and parliamentary constituency.

A UK figure is not available. As education is a devolved matter, statistics on schools are published separately by the four administrations.

5th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing mandatory requirements for schools to take effective safeguarding measures against knife crime.

There are no circumstances in which it is acceptable to take weapons into school. Doing so is likely to be a criminal offence and may have serious consequences.

The Department for Education issues statutory guidance to schools, Keeping children safe in education (KCSIE, September 2016), to which all schools must have regard when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. KCSIE is clear that all school staff have a responsibility to provide a safe environment in which children can learn. Schools have a statutory power to search for, and confiscate, prohibited items such as knives and weapons.

The Department for Education has produced advice for schools, Searching, screening and confiscation: advice for schools (updated September 2016,) which makes it clear that school staff can search pupils and their possessions without consent where there are reasonable grounds to do so. If a pupil refuses to be searched, the school may bar them from the premises.

The Government has taken steps to tackle behaviour and discipline in schools. Teachers’ powers to search pupils have been strengthened by adding to the list of prohibited items and allowing schools to search for any items banned by the school’s rules. As well as a more general power to search for items that have been, or could be, used to cause harm or break the law, teachers can also search for prohibited items.

Keeping children safe in education is available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/keeping-children-safe-in-education--2.

Searching, screening and confiscation: advice for schools is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/searching-screening-and-confiscation.

5th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what analysis her Department (a) has made or (b) plans to make of the effect of closures of Sure Start Children's Centres since 2010 on the social mobility of the most disadvantaged children in (i) Enfield North constituency, (ii) the London Borough of Enfield and (iii) London.

The Childcare Act 2006 requires local authorities to consult before they make significant changes to their children’s centre provision. Where they decide to close a children’s centre, councils must demonstrate that children and families, particularly the most disadvantaged, will not be adversely affected and that they will not compromise their duty to have sufficient children’s centres to meet local need. Local authorities are best placed to understand local needs and the different ways children and families can be supported locally.

5th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will set out plans to address issues identified in the report by London Councils, Talking heads: the views of London's school leaders in future challenges, published in June 2017, on the effect of funding changes on outcomes, planned changes in the number of teachers and changes made to curriculum breadth in London schools.

The Government will continue to work to ensure that every child has the opportunity to attend a good school and that all schools are fairly funded. We want all children, regardless of where they live or their background, to receive a high quality education that fulfils potential and creates opportunity.

The Queen’s Speech was clear that the Government is determined to introduce a fairer distribution of funding for schools. We are committed to ensuring that no school has its budget cut as a result of the new formula.

We received over 25,000 responses to the consultation, including the response from London Councils. We are grateful to all those who expressed their views on school funding and the proposed formula as part of this process. We will publish the response to the consultation in due course.

5th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the findings of the report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, The short- and long-run impact of the national funding formula for schools in England, published in March 2017, on the projected change in the level of school spending per pupil by 2021-22 if the proposed formula were to be implemented.

We want to ensure every school has the resources it needs to deliver a high quality education for every child and that all schools are fairly funded.

Since 2010 the schools budget has been protected in real terms. The Government has committed to increase the school budget further, as well as continuing to protect the Pupil Premium to support those who need it. We know that how schools use their money is also important in delivering the best outcomes for pupils. The Government has produced tools, information and guidance to support improved financial health and efficiency in schools which can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/schools-financial-health-and-efficiency.

We received over 25,000 responses to the consultation. We are grateful to all those who expressed their views on school funding and the proposed formula as part of this process. We will publish the response to the consultation in due course.

5th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when her Department plans to publish the second stage of the national funding formula for schools consultation.

We received over 25,000 responses to the consultation. We are grateful to all those who expressed their views on school funding and the proposed formula as part of this process. We will publish the response to the consultation in due course.

14th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding per head was received for childcare in (a) the Enfield North constituency, (b) Enfield and (c) London in the latest period for which figures are available.

Funding for the free early years entitlements is allocated on a local authority basis. In 2016-17, the relevant hourly funding rates per child for local authorities in London (including Enfield) were as follows:

Local authority

Three and four year old entitlement

Two year old entitlement

Enfield

£4.16

£5.28

Greenwich

£5.29

£6.07

Barking and Dagenham

£4.27

£5.28

Barnet

£4.80

£5.53

Bexley

£3.97

£5.28

Brent

£6.24

£5.53

Bromley

£4.10

£5.28

Croydon

£4.80

£5.28

Ealing

£5.95

£5.53

Harrow

£4.55

£5.53

Havering

£4.19

£5.28

Hillingdon

£5.16

£5.53

Hounslow

£3.98

£5.53

Kingston upon Thames

£3.93

£5.53

Merton

£4.10

£5.53

Redbridge

£4.34

£5.28

Richmond upon Thames

£3.79

£5.53

Sutton

£4.72

£5.53

Waltham Forest

£5.14

£5.28

City of London

£7.87

£7.08

Camden

£9.17

£6.07

Hackney

£7.50

£6.07

Hammersmith and Fulham

£6.62

£6.07

Islington

£8.41

£6.07

Kensington and Chelsea

£6.73

£6.07

Lambeth

£7.86

£6.07

Lewisham

£6.12

£6.07

Southwark

£8.64

£6.07

Tower Hamlets

£8.21

£6.07

Wandsworth

£5.19

£6.07

Westminster

£7.20

£6.07

Haringey

£5.63

£5.28

Newham

£5.17

£5.28

All funding rates for three and four year olds are exclusive of the Early Years Pupil Premium which is an additional funding stream for disadvantaged children.

We have recently consulted on a new early years national funding formula, and our proposed formula from 2017-18 can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/early-years-funding-changes-to-funding-for-3-and-4-year-olds

14th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding per head has been allocated for childcare in (a) the Enfield North constituency, (b) Enfield and (c) London for the financial years (i) 2016-17 and (ii) 2017-18.

Funding for the free early years entitlements is allocated on a local authority basis. In 2016-17, the relevant hourly funding rates per child for local authorities in London (including Enfield) were as follows:

Local authority

Three and four year old entitlement

Two year old entitlement

Enfield

£4.16

£5.28

Greenwich

£5.29

£6.07

Barking and Dagenham

£4.27

£5.28

Barnet

£4.80

£5.53

Bexley

£3.97

£5.28

Brent

£6.24

£5.53

Bromley

£4.10

£5.28

Croydon

£4.80

£5.28

Ealing

£5.95

£5.53

Harrow

£4.55

£5.53

Havering

£4.19

£5.28

Hillingdon

£5.16

£5.53

Hounslow

£3.98

£5.53

Kingston upon Thames

£3.93

£5.53

Merton

£4.10

£5.53

Redbridge

£4.34

£5.28

Richmond upon Thames

£3.79

£5.53

Sutton

£4.72

£5.53

Waltham Forest

£5.14

£5.28

City of London

£7.87

£7.08

Camden

£9.17

£6.07

Hackney

£7.50

£6.07

Hammersmith and Fulham

£6.62

£6.07

Islington

£8.41

£6.07

Kensington and Chelsea

£6.73

£6.07

Lambeth

£7.86

£6.07

Lewisham

£6.12

£6.07

Southwark

£8.64

£6.07

Tower Hamlets

£8.21

£6.07

Wandsworth

£5.19

£6.07

Westminster

£7.20

£6.07

Haringey

£5.63

£5.28

Newham

£5.17

£5.28

All funding rates for three and four year olds are exclusive of the Early Years Pupil Premium which is an additional funding stream for disadvantaged children.

We have recently consulted on a new early years national funding formula, and our proposed formula from 2017-18 can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/early-years-funding-changes-to-funding-for-3-and-4-year-olds

29th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent representations she has received from (a) schools and (b) local authorities on the efficacy of the indicators of deprivation used to calculate formulae for schools.

Children from disadvantaged backgrounds often need extra support at school to achieve as well as their peers. That is why, in addition to providing £2.5 billion this year through the pupil premium - which we have protected at current rates for the duration of the parliament - we also require local authorities to target funding for deprived pupils through their local formula.

Under current arrangements local authorities can choose between a pupil-level measure of disadvantage (pupils eligible for free school meals or eligible at any point in the previous 6 years) or an area-level measure of disadvantage (the Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index), or a combination. We are aware that the update to the area-level deprivation data last year led to some areas changing their local formulae to mitigate the impact on deprivation funding for their schools.

We recently launched the first stage of the consultation on our plans to introduce a national funding formula for schools from 2017. Our proposals would mean schools’ funding is matched fairly and transparently to their needs and their pupils’ characteristics. Through the consultation process we are seeking views on the best way to target funding for disadvantaged pupils to support them to achieve to the best of their ability.

29th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will commission a technical review of the indicators of deprivation used to decide formulae for funding for (a) schools and (b) free school meals.

Children from disadvantaged backgrounds often need extra support at school to achieve as well as their peers. That is why, in addition to providing £2.5 billion this year through the pupil premium - which we have protected at current rates for the duration of the parliament - we also require local authorities to target funding for deprived pupils through their local formula.

Under current arrangements local authorities can choose between a pupil-level measure of disadvantage (pupils eligible for free school meals or eligible at any point in the previous 6 years) or an area-level measure of disadvantage (the Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index), or a combination. We are aware that the update to the area-level deprivation data last year led to some areas changing their local formulae to mitigate the impact on deprivation funding for their schools.

We recently launched the first stage of the consultation on our plans to introduce a national funding formula for schools from 2017. Our proposals would mean schools’ funding is matched fairly and transparently to their needs and their pupils’ characteristics. Through the consultation process we are seeking views on the best way to target funding for disadvantaged pupils to support them to achieve to the best of their ability.

10th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make it her policy to maintain the current level of skills funding for 16 to 18 year olds up to May 2020.

Decisions about how 16-19 institutions will be funded in the academic year 2016/17 and beyond will be subject to the outcome of the spending review, which will set the budget for education and other public spending for the coming years.

10th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what impact assessment her Department (a) has carried out or (b) plans to carry out on the effects that changes to National Insurance and occupational pension scheme contributions will have on special educational needs schools budgets.

The employer contribution rate for the Teachers Pension Scheme can be seen at: https://www.teacherspensions.co.uk/news/employers/2014/10/tiered-contributions-changes.aspx. This followed a valuation of the scheme to secure its sustainability in the long-term. From April 2016, when the single tier state pension is introduced, the employer National Insurance rate for teachers will increase to the standard rate of 13.8%. As we develop our proposals for funding in future years we are looking carefully at changes to schools’ costs, including schools with provision for children with special educational needs. We are committed to protecting schools funding, as we pledged in our manifesto. Throughout this Parliament, as pupil numbers increase, so too will the amount of money for our schools.

10th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent representations she has received from heads of special educational needs schools on the increase in costs from national insurance and pension scheme contributions.

The Department has received a large number of letters from headteachers about the increase in national insurance and pension scheme contributions, some of which have been from special schools.

We are committed to protecting schools funding, as we pledged in our manifesto. Throughout this Parliament, as pupil numbers increase so too will the amount of money for our schools.

10th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will provide more funding to special educational needs schools in (a) Greater London and (b) Enfield.

We recognise that the distribution of high needs funding needs reform. There are currently wide variations in the funding provided for children with similar needs in different areas. Our aim is to make that distribution fairer. To help achieve this, we commissioned the Isos Partnership to undertake some research so that we could see where changes to the future funding of special educational needs might be needed.


The research report, which we published in July 2015, contains a large number of proposals which we are considering and is available online at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/funding-for-young-people-with-special-educational-needs

10th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment her Department has made of the merits of providing additional funding to schools to offset the cost of (a) National Insurance and (b) occupational pension scheme contributions.

The employer contribution rate for the Teachers Pension Scheme can be seen at: https://www.teacherspensions.co.uk/news/employers/2014/10/tiered-contributions-changes.aspx. This followed a valuation of the scheme to secure its sustainability in the long-term. From April 2016, when the single tier state pension is introduced, the employer National Insurance rate for teachers will increase to the standard rate of 13.8%. As we develop our proposals for funding in future years we are looking carefully at changes to schools’ costs, including schools with provision for children with special educational needs. We are committed to protecting schools funding, as we pledged in our manifesto. Throughout this Parliament, as pupil numbers increase, so too will the amount of money for our schools.

21st Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the findings and recommendations of the National Deaf Children's Society report, One year on: impact of changes to the special educational needs system on deaf children, published on 1 September 2015; and if she will make a statement.

The Children and Families Act 2014 introduced significant reforms to the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) system. The new statutory framework will ensure that support is focused on needs and aspirations, enabling all pupils to achieve better outcomes in education and adult life.

Since the Act came into force, in September 2014, there have been a number of significant changes to the SEND system, including the publication of ‘local offers’ of SEN services by local authorities; the introduction of streamlined education, health and care assessments; and new statutory protections for young people aged 16-25 in further education.

Implementing these reforms requires substantial cultural and procedural change at local level. We are closely monitoring implementation and we are continuing to provide support.

Local authorities in England each received a share of a £70 million reform grant in 2014-15; and of a further £45.2 million in 2014-15 and £31.7 million in 2015-16 to meet the additional costs of implementing the new SEN duties. Peer support is available to local authorities and their partners through a network of regional lead authorities. And we have funded a range of grants and contracts to provide advice and support to local authorities and their partners across education, health and social care. This includes support to parents and young people, through parent carer forums and the Independent Support programme (£15m per year in 2014-15 and 2015-16).

15th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department (a) has made and (b) plans to make of the benefits of pupils learning (i) Turkish, (ii) modern Greek and (iii) other community languages.

I have recently met representatives of communities and schools in which these languages are spoken, to hear their concerns and consider how we can work with the awarding organisations and Ofqual to maintain a range of languages at GCSE and A level, including Turkish, modern Greek and other languages.

The number of pupils studying for a modern language GCSE has increased by 20% since 2010 due to the introduction of the English Baccalaureate. Studying a foreign language provides an opening to other cultures, fosters pupils’ curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world. It also equips pupils to study and work in other countries. There are considerable benefits to learning a second language and the government is keen to see the range of languages at GCSE and A level preserved.

The Department for Education does not promote the teaching of one foreign language over another and has not made an assessment of the benefits of pupils learning Turkish, modern Greek or other community languages.

The department is currently working with awarding organisations and Ofqual to consider how best to enable as wide a range of languages as possible to be maintained at GCSE and A level. The government has been clear that it wants to see all pupils provided with the opportunity to take a core set of academic subjects, including modern foreign languages.

The Secretary of State wrote to exam boards in April 2015 to express her concern about awarding organisations’ decision to stop awarding qualifications in some languages, and to ask those organisations to work with Ofqual on the future of these qualifications. We are actively exploring the best approach, in close discussion with those organisations, and in consultation with community representatives.

15th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many pupils were entered into (a) GCSE and (b) A-levels in (i) Turkish, (ii) modern Greek, (iii) Spanish, (iv) French and (v) German in the last five academic years.

The requested information is provided in the table below. The information for Spanish, French and German is published in the ‘GCSE and equivalent results in England’[1] statistical first releases (SFRs) and the A level and other level 3 equivalents SFR[2] for the years[3] required:

Year

GCSE entries in selected modern foreign languages

Turkish

Modern Greek

Spanish

French

German

2009/10

1,116

357

58,230

160,598

65,822

2010/11

1,207

339

58,681

141,749

58,299

2011/12

1,277

308

63,345

135,547

54,793

2012/13

1,326

366

82,733

161,821

60,320

2013/14

1,535

466

87,554

160,953

58,521

Source: Key Stage 4 attainment data

Year

A-levels entries in selected modern foreign languages

Turkish

Modern Greek

Spanish

French

German

2009/10

308

90

6,564

12,324

5,055

2010/11

326

69

6,398

11,490

4,554

2011/12

342

71

6,197

10,871

4,208

2012/13

393

77

6,516

9,878

3,774

2013/14

407

98

6,617

9,078

3,716

Source: Key Stage 5 attainment data

[1] www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-gcses-key-stage-4

[2] www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-attainment-at-19-years

[3] Data for all years is final.

15th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what representations she has received from (a) schools, (b) community groups and (c) other organisations on the future of examinations in (i) Turkish, (ii) modern Greek and (iii) other community languages.

I have recently met representatives of communities and schools in which these languages are spoken, to hear their concerns and consider how we can work with the awarding organisations and Ofqual to maintain a range of languages at GCSE and A level, including Turkish, modern Greek and other languages.

The number of pupils studying for a modern language GCSE has increased by 20% since 2010 due to the introduction of the English Baccalaureate. Studying a foreign language provides an opening to other cultures, fosters pupils’ curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world. It also equips pupils to study and work in other countries. There are considerable benefits to learning a second language and the government is keen to see the range of languages at GCSE and A level preserved.

The Department for Education does not promote the teaching of one foreign language over another and has not made an assessment of the benefits of pupils learning Turkish, modern Greek or other community languages.

The department is currently working with awarding organisations and Ofqual to consider how best to enable as wide a range of languages as possible to be maintained at GCSE and A level. The government has been clear that it wants to see all pupils provided with the opportunity to take a core set of academic subjects, including modern foreign languages.

The Secretary of State wrote to exam boards in April 2015 to express her concern about awarding organisations’ decision to stop awarding qualifications in some languages, and to ask those organisations to work with Ofqual on the future of these qualifications. We are actively exploring the best approach, in close discussion with those organisations, and in consultation with community representatives.

15th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if her Department will launch an immediate consultation into securing the future of examinations in (a) Turkish, (b) modern Greek and (c) other community languages.

I have recently met representatives of communities and schools in which these languages are spoken, to hear their concerns and consider how we can work with the awarding organisations and Ofqual to maintain a range of languages at GCSE and A level, including Turkish, modern Greek and other languages.

The number of pupils studying for a modern language GCSE has increased by 20% since 2010 due to the introduction of the English Baccalaureate. Studying a foreign language provides an opening to other cultures, fosters pupils’ curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world. It also equips pupils to study and work in other countries. There are considerable benefits to learning a second language and the government is keen to see the range of languages at GCSE and A level preserved.

The Department for Education does not promote the teaching of one foreign language over another and has not made an assessment of the benefits of pupils learning Turkish, modern Greek or other community languages.

The department is currently working with awarding organisations and Ofqual to consider how best to enable as wide a range of languages as possible to be maintained at GCSE and A level. The government has been clear that it wants to see all pupils provided with the opportunity to take a core set of academic subjects, including modern foreign languages.

The Secretary of State wrote to exam boards in April 2015 to express her concern about awarding organisations’ decision to stop awarding qualifications in some languages, and to ask those organisations to work with Ofqual on the future of these qualifications. We are actively exploring the best approach, in close discussion with those organisations, and in consultation with community representatives.

9th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment she has made of whether the budget allocations to (a) local authority maintained schools and (b) schools receiving funding from the Education Funding Agency for 2015-16 and are projected to receive in 2016 and 2017 will be sufficient to fund (i) increases to employer's contributions to teachers' and support staff's pensions, (ii) increases in teachers' and support staff's salaries and (iii) other costs.

The Government is committed to protecting the schools budget, and will ensure that the funding schools receive increases as pupil numbers increase. On current pupil number forecasts, there will be a real-terms increase in the schools budget in this parliament. We will look carefully at the impact of changes in schools’ costs when making plans for education spending in 2016-17 and onwards, and will continue to provide information and guidance to help schools improve their efficiency and manage their finances.

23rd Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Hazardous Substances Advisory Committee plans to publish its review into the sources of microplastics and the damage caused by microplastics to the marine environment.

We anticipate that the committee will report back to us by spring this year.

Thérèse Coffey
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
7th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to reduce indoor air pollution and the associated public health effects of household pollutants.

Many everyday activities essential for supporting lives and livelihoods such as generating power, transport, industry, agriculture and heating homes, also emit damaging air pollutants which the UK has made legal commitments to control. Defra is working closely with the Department of Health, Public Health England, and their advisors the Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants to develop the Clean Air Strategy, setting out how we will reduce pollution. We will publish the Clean Air Strategy for consultation in 2018.

Thérèse Coffey
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
13th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the average household bill for water was in (a) Enfield North constituency, (b) Enfield, (c) Greater London and (d) the UK in (i) 2010 and (ii) 2015.

Customers in Greater London are served by one water and sewerage company (Thames Water) and three water only companies (Affinity Water, Essex & Suffolk Water and Sutton & East Surrey Water). Customers of the water only companies receive sewerage services from Thames Water.


Customers in both the London Borough of Enfield and the Enfield North constituency receive water services from one of two companies, Affinity Water or Thames Water.


The following table sets out the average water and sewerage charges for each of the companies and for England and Wales in 2010 and 2015.


Company

2010

2015

Affinity Water – Central region1 (water)

£156

£172

Essex & Suffolk Water (water)

£183

£229

Sutton & East Surrey Water (water)

£162

£184

Thames Water (water)

£189

£197




Thames Water (sewerage)

£114

£171




England and Wales (water)

£165

£182

England and Wales (sewerage)

£174

£203


1 Affinity Water was established in 2012, through the purchase of Veolia Water.

15th Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate he has made of the number of civilians (a) killed, (b) injured and (c) displaced as result of Turkey’s recent military action in the Kurdish controlled territory of northern Syria.

The situation in Northeast Syria remains very fluid. As of 17 October, the UN estimates that at least 160,000 people have been displaced in Northeast Syria since Turkish military action began a week ago, including at least 70,000 children, and 42 civilian deaths.

15th Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what humanitarian assistance his Department plans to offer to the Kurdistan Regional Government as a result of Turkey’s recent military action in the Kurdish controlled territory of northern Syria.

The UN estimates that 160,000 civilians have been internally displaced in Northeast Syria due to Turkey’s recent military action. An estimated 1,500 people have crossed the border into Iraq which is already hosting 229,000 refugees. Those that have arrived in Iraq have been registered and assisted by the Kurdistan Regional Government and the UN Refugee Agency.

The Secretary of State has been in touch with Sir Mark Lowcock, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, and the UK is closely monitoring potential humanitarian impacts on Iraq. There are currently resources in place to respond, but we stand ready to assist should there be a significant deterioration in the situation.

15th Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions he (a) has had and (b) plans to have with his UN Refugee Agency counterparts on the humanitarian situation in the Kurdish controlled territory in northern Syria.

DFID officials are in daily contact with the UN, other Government departments, and other delivery partners regarding the emerging situation in Northeast Syria. I spoke with the UN Refugee Agency last week to discuss the situation on the ground and the Secretary of State has also been in touch with Sir Mark Lowcock, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, and other UN officials.

15th Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what humanitarian assistance his Department is providing to civilians as a result of Turkey’s military action in the Kurdish controlled territory of northern Syria.

We are monitoring the situation in northern Syria very closely and the Secretary of State has been in touch with Sir Mark Lowcock, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, and other UN officials. We have allocated £40 million this financial year for our NGO and UN partners operating in Northeast Syria. Our funding is focused on providing vital food, water, shelter and healthcare. We have been in close dialogue with our partners to ensure that they have the flexibility to utilise this funding to meet immediate needs arising from the current military action in the region. We are assured that they do, but we will work closely with other UK Departments to keep this under review, given the fluidity of the situation on the ground and the significant access constraints for humanitarian actors on the ground.

15th Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the effect of Turkey’s recent military action in northern Syria on the humanitarian situation in that region.

The situation in Northeast Syria remains very fluid, and we are continually adjusting our assessment of the current impact on the humanitarian situation in the region at this stage. Prior to the recent military action, there were already 1.65 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in the region. The UN reports at least 160,000 people have been displaced since the Turkish military action began, including at least 70,000 children. Critical civilian infrastructure, including schools and hospitals, has also been affected by the conflict. The ongoing military action on the ground is also impacting the humanitarian response. Many NGOs have already had to withdraw staff, and some have suspended activities altogether. This is very concerning, and we are in close discussion with our NGO partners and the UN.

16th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to her Department's Memorandum of Understanding with the Palestinian Authority (PA), what discussions her Department has had with the PA on reports of a description on social media on 4 July 2019 by President Abbas's religious affairs adviser that Haj Amin Al-Husseini is a role model.

The UK strongly condemns all forms of violence and incitement on both sides of the conflict. We continue to urge the Israeli and Palestinian leadership to avoid engaging in or encouraging any type of action and language that makes it more difficult to achieve a negotiated solution to the conflict.

We have an active dialogue with the Palestinian Authority (PA) on their commitment to adhere to the principle of non-violence and to tackle language and avoid actions that could incite violence or hatred, including an annual assessment of the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding that DFID holds with the PA.

16th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to her Department's Memorandum of Understanding with the Palestinian Authority (PA) what discussions her Department has had with the PA on reports of the naming of a Palestinian youth summer camps after Dalal Mugrahbi and Omar Abu Laila.

The UK strongly condemns all forms of violence and incitement on both sides of the conflict. We continue to urge the Israeli and Palestinian leadership to avoid engaging in or encouraging any type of action and language that makes it more difficult to achieve a negotiated solution to the conflict.

We have an active dialogue with the Palestinian Authority (PA) on their commitment to adhere to the principle of non-violence and to tackle language and avoid actions that could incite violence or hatred, including an annual assessment of the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding that DFID holds with the PA. We have specifically raised our concerns over the naming of education institutions and will continue to do so.

2nd Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 15 February 2019 to Question 220733, whether the independent review of Palestinian Authority textbooks will be published by September 2019.

Given the seriousness with which the UK takes the allegations of incitement in the Palestinian pilot curriculum and textbooks we have taken the time needed to make sure that the independent review delivered will be rigorous, credible and can form the basis for discussions with the Palestinian Authority (PA) on this important issue. Securing the backing of the wider international community is central to this. We are pleased that after calls by the UK government for international action the European Union (EU) agreed to lead and co-fund the independent review. DFID has pressed hard to expedite this and had hope to make findings available to Parliament by September 2019, including by commissioning an inception report to form the basis of the independent review.

The EU are currently in contracting negotiations with a potential service partner. Following this negotiation DFID will provide an update to Parliamentarians on the timetable for the report. We recognise that publishing findings by September is now very unlikely, although we anticipate only a short delay. In the interim, we are continuing to raise our concerns about incitement in education, which I did personally at a meeting with the Palestinian Authority Education Minister in Ramallah in May 2019.

2nd Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the independent evaluation of the Palestinian Authority curriculum commissioned by the Palestinian Authority in 2018 and due in March 2019 has been completed.

DFID can confirm that the Palestinian Authority (PA) commissioned an independent evaluation of their pilot curriculum, and that this evaluation was completed in March 2019.

24th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 20 June 2019 to Question 265408 on Palestinian Authority: Pay, whether his Department's disbursements to the Palestinian Authority (PA) been reduced to reflect the PA's partial salary payments.

DFID has not reduced its funding to the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) health and education sectors for financial year 2019/20. While PA salaries have recently been reduced, our contribution still comprises only a proportion of the PA’s total health and education sector wage bill. UK aid to the PA’s health and education sectors is used exclusively to pay the salaries of vetted health and education public servants, including teachers, doctors and nurses, in the West Bank. The PA’s decision to make partial salary payments to public sector officials does not affect the robust financial safeguards that ensure UK financial aid reaches its intended beneficiaries.

17th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 11 June 2019 to Question 261075, whether the wages of any UK-funded Palestinian Authority public servants have been reduced as a result of Palestinian Authority spending cuts.

DFID officials are aware that the Palestinian Authority (PA) has begun to make partial salary payments to public sector officials earning 2,000 NIS (£425) or above a month and can confirm that this includes health and education sector public servants whose salaries are funded through UK aid. The UK continues to support a stable PA which can act as an effective partner for peace with Israel. UK aid to the PA’s health and education sectors is used exclusively to pay the salaries of vetted health and education public servants, including teachers, doctors and nurses, in the West Bank. The EU vets the list of PA health and education sector employees before every disbursement of financial aid to ensure only eligible beneficiaries receive UK aid, at a range of grades based on the PA payroll system. These payments are then independently audited. The PA’s decision to make partial salary payments to public sector officials does not affect the robust financial safeguards that ensure UK financial aid reaches its intended beneficiaries.

6th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to his Department's Memorandum of Understanding with the Palestinian Authority (PA), what discussions his Department has had with the PA on reports that the PA President's spokesperson describing convicted Palestinian terrorists as soldiers who act on their behalf and receive orders from them.

The UK strongly condemns all forms of violence and incitement on both sides of the conflict. We continue to urge the Israeli and Palestinian leadership to avoid engaging in or encouraging any type of action and language that makes it more difficult to achieve a negotiated solution to the conflict. Officials are looking into the specific allegation raised.

Our partnership with the Palestinian Authority (PA) includes a commitment from the Palestinian leadership to adhere to the principle of non-violence and to tackle language and avoid actions that could incite violence or hatred. The March 2019 assessment of the terms of the 2018-19 Memorandum of Understanding found that the PA continues to demonstrate a credible commitment to DFID’s ‘partnership principles’, including the principles of non-violence, under increasingly volatile conditions. As in other parts of the world where DFID works, this does not mean that we agree on all of the government or authority’s policies or actions – but rather that there is a credible foundation on which to work to tackle poverty and work towards the Sustainable Development Goals. We continue to press the Palestinian Authority to reform the prisoner payments system, as I did so personally during my recent visit in Ramallah.

6th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the average salary is of employees of the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Education whose salaries are paid for by his Department through the PEGASE scheme.

UK financial aid to support the Palestinian Authority’s (PA’s) health and education sectors is used exclusively to pay the salaries of vetted health and education public servants, including teachers, doctors and nurses, in the West Bank. The EU vets the list of PA health and education sector employees before every disbursement of financial aid to ensure only eligible beneficiaries receive UK aid, at a range of grades based on the PA payroll system. These payments are then independently audited. The average salary and number of employees earning in excess of 2,000 NIS per month who receive UK aid therefore could change each time a disbursement is made. The data necessary to calculate figures for every DFID disbursement is held by the EU.

6th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many employees of the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Education employees whose salaries are paid for by his Department through the PEGASE scheme receive a salary in excess of 2000 NIS per month.

UK financial aid to support the Palestinian Authority’s (PA’s) health and education sectors is used exclusively to pay the salaries of vetted health and education public servants, including teachers, doctors and nurses, in the West Bank. The EU vets the list of PA health and education sector employees before every disbursement of financial aid to ensure only eligible beneficiaries receive UK aid, at a range of grades based on the PA payroll system. These payments are then independently audited. The average salary and number of employees earning in excess of 2,000 NIS per month who receive UK aid therefore could change each time a disbursement is made. The data necessary to calculate figures for every DFID disbursement is held by the EU.

6th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the average salary is of employees of the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health whose salaries are paid for by his Department through the PEGASE scheme.

UK financial aid to support the Palestinian Authority’s (PA’s) health and education sectors is used exclusively to pay the salaries of vetted health and education public servants, including teachers, doctors and nurses, in the West Bank. The EU vets the list of PA health and education sector employees before every disbursement of financial aid to ensure only eligible beneficiaries receive UK aid, at a range of grades based on the PA payroll system. These payments are then independently audited. The average salary and number of employees earning in excess of 2,000 NIS per month who receive UK aid therefore could change each time a disbursement is made. The data necessary to calculate figures for every DFID disbursement is held by the EU.

6th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many employees of the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health employees whose salaries are paid for by his Department through the PEGASE scheme receive a salary in excess of 2000 NIS per month.

UK financial aid to support the Palestinian Authority’s (PA’s) health and education sectors is used exclusively to pay the salaries of vetted health and education public servants, including teachers, doctors and nurses, in the West Bank. The EU vets the list of PA health and education sector employees before every disbursement of financial aid to ensure only eligible beneficiaries receive UK aid, at a range of grades based on the PA payroll system. These payments are then independently audited. The average salary and number of employees earning in excess of 2,000 NIS per month who receive UK aid therefore could change each time a disbursement is made. The data necessary to calculate figures for every DFID disbursement is held by the EU.

7th May 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in (a) India and (b) Bangladesh on support for regions affected by Cyclone Fani.

The UK closely monitored Cyclone Fani as it advanced towards and hit both India and Bangladesh. Using existing crisis mechanisms, both countries’ governments have led on the preparedness and response. The UK has not received any formal requests for support from either Government.

No discussions have been held between the International Development Secretary and the Government of Bangladesh in response to this situation. The DFID Bangladesh team was, however, in close contact with the Government during and immediately following Cyclone Fani. Given the Government response and the limited impact of the cyclone in Bangladesh, the Government did not seek funding or other help from DFID.

1st May 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the outcome was of her meeting at the World Bank to attract donors to make long-term reconstruction investments in Mozambique following Cyclone Idai and Cyclone Kenneth.

The meeting was successful in raising international awareness, coordinating support and increasing funding for the Cylone Response including reconstruction. Following the meeting a number of donors substantially increased their support. The World Bank have set out plans for a regional operation, covering Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. This will focus on “building back better” and climate resilient infrastructure. The UK also welcomes the news that Mozambique plans to host a reconstruction conference in the coming months. On 3 May, the World Bank announced that it had mobilised over half a billion dollars in new resources to help people in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe.

4th Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to her Department's Memorandum of Understanding with the Palestinian Authority (PA), what discussions her Department has had with the PA on the naming of a PA Ministry of Education sports festival at the Beitunia Upper Elementary School for Girls after terrorist Dalal Mughrabi.

The UK strongly condemns any language or actions that could stir up hatred and prejudice. Our support to the Palestinian Authority (PA) is underpinned by a Memorandum of Understanding which requires the PA to commit to adhere to the principle of non-violence and to tackle language and avoid actions that could incite violence or hatred. We have held meetings with the PA that will inform the 2019 assessment, which we are currently finalising. The UK regularly raises allegations of incitement in the education sector in our conversations with the PA, and had a detailed discussion on this topic as recently as 21 March 2019.

4th Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which research partner has been selected by her Department for the People for Peaceful Change programme.

DFID has agreed that Search for Common Ground (SFCG) should select the research partner through a closed selection process because the processes involved in an open competition would place sensitive information about existing programme activities into the public domain. Our risk assessment indicates that this information could be used to target future programme activities, individual participants, or local staff involved in the management of the programme, and so we took this decision in order to uphold the aid principle to do no harm.

DFID received the bids from SFCG on 17 March 2019, and the evaluation panel comprehensively reviewed the bids and concluded that they did not sufficiently address the scope of work required for the People for Peaceful Change research piece. DFID is currently in the middle of agreeing an alternative option to effectively deliver a comprehensive and robust research element to this programme. We will release an interim update on the research piece to update MPs by the end of April.

20th Mar 2019
What recent assessment she has made of the effect of reductions in US funding for coexistence projects in Israel and Palestine on peace efforts in that region.

DFID is concerned by the potential impact of funding reductions in the OPTs, including in the people-to-people sector. Ultimately, the only way for lasting coexistence is through a negotiated two-state solution. DFID remains committed to supporting this through our people-to-people programme and wider support in the economic and human development sectors.

5th Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the salaries of Palestinian Authority (PA) employees paid by her Department will be reduced as a result of the the announcement by the PA Minister of Finance that the salaries of public employees will be partial following the ending of US support to the PA.

The UK is concerned about the effects of US and Israeli cuts to the PA’s budget on both the PA’s ability to deliver essential services to Palestinians and on the prospects for peace and stability in the region. The Palestinian Ministry of Finance and Planning has not published details of the planned reductions in wages announced last month. DFID officials will engage with the PA to assess the implications for PEGASE beneficiaries. The UK continues to support a stable PA which can act as an effective partner for peace with Israel through financial assistance to the health and education sectors to exclusively support the salaries of vetted public servants in the West Bank.

5th Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 21 January 2019 to Question 209284 on Palestinians: Schools, whether her Department has commissioned the study into the new Palestinian textbooks.

The UK government is deeply concerned about the findings of the IMPACT-se report into the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) new curriculum and it remains a priority for the Department for International Development (DFID) to commission an independent review of the PA’s textbooks. Our timeline for the textbook review remains unchanged. We expect to be able to announce our partners in the review and the start of work on this project shortly. We cannot yet provide further information owing to ongoing commercial discussions, but we will inform interested parliamentarians as soon as possible. In the interim, we are continuing to raise our concerns about incitement in education, which I did personally at a meeting with the Palestinian Education Minister in January 2019.

13th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to her Department's Memorandum of Understanding with the Palestinian Authority (PA), what discussions her Department has had with the PA on the assertion broadcast on 14 December 2018 on official PA TV, that Jews (a) expose their fangs whenever they get the chance and (b) are always plotting against humanity.

The UK strongly condemns any language or actions that could stir up hatred and prejudice. The UK regularly raises allegations of incitement and antisemitism with the PA at senior levels. I did this most recently in my meeting with PA Minister for Education Sabri Saidam on 21 January 2019. We will continue to press the PA to uphold their commitment to promote peace and tolerance.

13th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to her Department's Memorandum of Understanding with the Palestinian Authority (PA), what discussions her Department has had with the PA on the assertion broadcast on 4 November 2018 on official PA TV, that Jews knew only to make money, trade, weave plots, corruption, and such.

The UK strongly condemns any language or actions that could stir up hatred and prejudice. The UK regularly raises allegations of incitement and antisemitism with the PA at senior levels. I did this most recently in my meeting with PA Minister for Education Sabri Saidam on 21 January 2019. We will continue to press the PA to uphold their commitment to promote peace and tolerance.

13th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 28 January 2019 to Question 211628, what assessment her Department has made of the PA Minister of Education's assertion on 22 January, as reported by al-Watan, that the minister stressed the ministry’s and all the Palestinian people’s rejection to the attack on the national Palestinian curriculum lead by the Zionist lobby.

The UK is committed to working with the Palestinian Authority (PA) to ensure that the pilot Palestinian curriculum is consistent with the PA’s commitment to adhere to the principle of non-violence and to take action against incitement to violence. The UK will conduct an independent review into allegations of incitement in textbooks, with findings to be published by September 2019. I personally discussed the content of the pilot Palestinian curriculum with Palestinian Authority (PA) Education Minister Sabri Saidam earlier this year. Minister Saidam has committed to engage constructively with the findings of the textbook review, and to consider its recommendations.

13th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to her Department's Memorandum of Understanding with the Palestinian Authority (PA), what discussions her Department has had with the PA on the assertion broadcast on 10 April 2018 on official PA TV, that the Holocaust was a lie.

The UK strongly condemns any language or actions that could stir up hatred and prejudice. The UK regularly raises allegations of incitement and antisemitism with the PA at senior levels. I did this most recently in my meeting with PA Minister for Education Sabri Saidam on 21 January 2019. We will continue to press the PA to uphold their commitment to promote peace and tolerance.

23rd Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 21 January 2019 to Question 209284 on Palestinians: Schools, and with reference to the meeting between the Minister of State and the Palestinian Authority (PA) Minister for Education in the week beginning 21 January, what steps the PA Minister plans to take to address UK Government concerns on the Palestinian curriculum.

The UK Government is concerned by allegations of incitement in the Palestinian Authority (PA) curriculum, and Minister of State Alistair Burt raised these issues with the PA Minister for Education again, on 21 January 2019. The PA Minister confirmed that he was willing to take into account the findings of an expert textbook review. This review remains a priority for DFID and will be completed by September 2019.

23rd Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the business case for her Department's Programme 300667 entitled Supporting Economic Empowerment and Development in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and the statement by PwC that it was not required to consider whether funds had been transferred to persons implicated in terrorism, whether she plans to alter the terms of engagement for the auditors of this programme.

The UK has a zero-tolerance approach to fraud and robust controls against the diversion of aid to ensure that funds are used only for their intended purpose. These include due diligence assessments of our partners, mapping of funds through the delivery chain, regular programme monitoring and annual audits.

DFID’s programme Supporting Economic Empowerment and Development in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (SEED OPTs) has several components, working on trade facilitation and customs, water and energy, and helping the PA and Israel to abide by their obligations under the Paris Protocol. Work with the Palestinian Authority in the water and energy sectors will be channelled through The World Bank Partnership for Infrastructure Development in the West Bank and Gaza Multi Donor Trust Fund. Through this framework, funds will flow from the trust fund to dedicated accounts that will be managed by the PA in accordance with rules established by the World Bank.

Alongside a range of other safeguards, all components will be subject to financial audits. The terms of reference of the audits will vary depending on the component, however all independent financial audits provide assurance to DFID that the expenditure of funds will only be on agreed programme activities. The overall DFID OPTs portfolio is also subject to the regular audit cycle of DFID’s Internal Audit Department and the National Audit Office.

18th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 11 May 2018 to Question 141671, what assessment her Department has made of whether the Palestinian Authority has resumed directly paying salaries to those serving sentences in Israeli jails for terrorist offences.

Earlier this month a senior DFID official secured confirmation from the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) Ministry of Finance that payments are made to the Ministry of Prisoner Affairs, which then directly transfers funds to Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails and their families. The UK government continues to press the PA to reform the prisoner payments system to become more needs-based, transparent and affordable. I have raised these concerns with the Palestinian Foreign Minister, and my officials regularly do likewise. No UK aid goes to prisoner payments. UK aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) is used exclusively to pay the salaries of vetted health and education public servants, including teachers, doctors and nurses, in the West Bank. Our money goes into a special, dedicated bank account before being paid to individuals who have been vetted in advance through the European Union Palestinian-European Socio-Economic Management Assistance Mechanism (PEGASE), ensuring UK funding is not diverted.

16th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 12 December 2018 to Question 200063 on Palestinians: Schools, whether her Department has commissioned the study into the new Palestinian textbooks referred to in that answer.

The UK government is deeply concerned about the findings of the IMPACT-se report into the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) new curriculum and it remains a priority for the Department for International Development (DFID) to commission an independent review of the PA’s textbooks. I personally will be meeting with the PA’s Minister for Education to discuss these issues this week. Our timeline for the textbook review remains unchanged. We will publish findings from the review by September 2019. The UK has been convening discussions with potential international partners on commissioning the review together, in order to increase the impact of the study. We will commission the review once we have concluded these discussions. We will publish further information once the assessment has been commissioned.

7th Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 12 September 2018 to Question 171641 on Palestinians: Schools, whether her Department has commissioned the study into the new Palestinian textbooks.

The UK government is deeply concerned about the findings of the IMPACT-se report into the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) new curriculum and it remains a priority for the Development for International Development (DFID) to commission an independent review of the PA’s textbooks. We are also continuing to raise our concerns about incitement, which the Minister did himself at a meeting with the Palestinian Education Minister earlier this year. Last week, on 4th December, DFID officials met the PA Minister for Education and raised UK concerns over specific examples in the IMPACT-SE report.

Our timeline for the textbook review remains unchanged. We will complete the review by September 2019. The UK has been convening discussions with potential international partners on commissioning the review together, in order to increase the impact of the study. We will commission the review in the new year once we have concluded these discussions. We will publish further information once the assessment has been commissioned.

19th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to her Department's Memorandum of Understanding with the Palestinian Authority, what discussions her Department has had with the PA on a video posted on social media on 2 November 2018 by PA Education Minister Sabri Saidam which included the line, it was said that the old continent was sick of the behaviour of the Jews at the time and therefore it planned to get rid of them.

The UK strongly condemns any language or actions that could stir up hatred and prejudice. Our sustained support to the Palestinian Authority (PA) is underpinned by a Memorandum of Understanding which requires the PA to commit to the principle of non-violence and to tackle language and avoid actions that could incite violence or hatred. The UK continues to urge the Palestinian leadership to uphold this principle. President Abbas restated his commitment to the two-state solution on September 27 at the UN General Assembly.

6th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to her Department's Memorandum of Understanding with the Palestinian Authority (PA), what assessment she has made of President Abbas's remarks to the Palestinian Central Council on 28/10/18 that the salaries of our martyrs, prisoners, and wounded are a red line and the martyrs and their families are sacred. We will continue to pay to the wounded and the prisoners. Even if we have one plaster left, it will be for them, and not for the living.

Whilst prisoners and their families have a right to support in line with their social needs as they would in the UK, we want the system to be more transparent, affordable and needs based to make sure the payments cover only prisoners’ and their families’ needs. We continue to use our strong partnership with the Palestinian Authority (PA) to press for reform of the prisoner payment system.

31st Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to her Department's Memorandum of Understanding with the Palestinian Authority (PA), what discussions her Department has had with the PA on the assertion on 5 October 2018 on official PA TV, that Jews dance and live on the body parts of others, and on the blood of others.

The UK strongly condemns any language or actions that could stir up hatred and prejudice. Our sustained support to the Palestinian Authority (PA) is underpinned by a Memorandum of Understanding which requires the PA to commit to the principle of non-violence and to tackle language and avoid actions that could incite violence or hatred. The UK continues to urge the Palestinian leadership to uphold this principle. President Abbas restated his commitment to the two-state solution on September 27 at the UN General Assembly, and through our financial assistance, the UK will continue to support a stable PA which can act as an effective partner for peace with Israel.

31st Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to her Department's Memorandum of Understanding with the Palestinian Authority (PA), what discussions her Department has had with the PA on the description on 30 June 2018 by Mahmoud Al-Habbash, an advisor to the PA President, of Israelis and Jews as the culture of Satan.

The UK strongly condemns any language or actions that could stir up hatred and prejudice. Our sustained support to the Palestinian Authority (PA) is underpinned by a Memorandum of Understanding which requires the PA to commit to the principle of non-violence and to tackle language and avoid actions that could incite violence or hatred. The UK continues to urge the Palestinian leadership to uphold this principle. President Abbas restated his commitment to the two-state solution on September 27 at the UN General Assembly, and through our financial assistance, the UK will continue to support a stable PA which can act as an effective partner for peace with Israel.

31st Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to her Department's Memorandum of Understanding with the Palestinian Authority (PA), what discussions her Department has had with the PA on the assertion reported on 19 October 2018 on official PA TV, that Jews didn't learn from what Hitler did to them.

The UK strongly condemns any language or actions that could stir up hatred and prejudice. Our sustained support to the Palestinian Authority (PA) is underpinned by a Memorandum of Understanding which requires the PA to commit to the principle of non-violence and to tackle language and avoid actions that could incite violence or hatred. The UK continues to urge the Palestinian leadership to uphold this principle. President Abbas restated his commitment to the two-state solution on September 27 at the UN General Assembly, and through our financial assistance, the UK will continue to support a stable PA which can act as an effective partner for peace with Israel.

11th Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations her Department has made to the Palestinian Ministry of Education on removing examples of incitement from school textbooks during the review of the school curriculum in the Palestinian Territories.

The UK is currently in the planning phase of the textbook review. The review will enable us to identify if and where examples of incitement exist. We will take steps to address any concerns uncovered by the review as appropriate once it is complete.

In my last meeting with the Palestinian Minister of Education in May I challenged him on the need to prepare their population for peaceful coexistence.

11th Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 23 July 2018 to Question 165444 on Palestinians: Television, what information her Department holds on the steps that have been taken by the Palestinian Authority in response to the UK government's raising of the issue of incitement.

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has taken action to help address concerns raised. This has recently included piloting new textbooks, and confirming their commitment to engaging seriously with the findings of an independent review of the PA curriculum. I continue to press the Palestinian Authority on these issues.

7th Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2017 to Question 8642, for what reasons her Department concluded that the IMPACT-SE report on the Palestinian Elementary School Curriculum 2016-17 was not objective in its findings.

The UK Government was very concerned at some of the allegations outlined in the IMPACT-SE report. We are therefore working to commission a robust study into the new Palestinian textbooks. Our assessment is that the IMPACT-SE report was not objective in its findings and lacked methodological rigour. For example, some claims were made on the basis of a partial or subjective reading of the text, some findings are presented out of context, and there was limited information available about the sampling approach to select textbooks to analyse.

7th Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the Palestinian Authority's school curriculum compliance with the Memorandum of Understanding signed between her Department and the Palestinian Authority.

Our support to the Palestinian Authority (PA) is underpinned by a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which requires the PA to commit to the principle of non-violence and address allegations of incitement to violence. In May 2018, we assessed the PA had adhered to the terms of the MoU. At the same time, we have discussed the issue of incitement in the education system with our counterparts in the Palestinian Authority, and are now working to commission a robust study into the new Palestinian textbooks.

7th Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the methodologies of the review of the Palestinian Authority's curriculum will include compliance with (a) Articles 1, 4.2 and 5 of the Declaration of principles on tolerance proclaimed and signed by the member states of UNESCO on 16 November 1995, (b) Principles 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 of the UN Declaration on the promotion among youth of the ideals of peace, mutual respect and understanding between peoples, signed in 1965, and (c) Articles 9 and 18 of the integrated framework for action on education for peace, human rights and democracy, approved by the general conference of UNESCO at the 28th session in Paris in November 1995.

We are in the process of commissioning the review and are considering the most robust methodology for conducting the textbook analysis. We will give consideration to relevant international agreements and previous high quality academic research when determining the final methodology. We will provide further detail on the methodology in due course.

7th Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the review of the Palestinian Authority's curriculum has been commissioned.

We are in discussions with potential funding partners and research organisations and aim to commission the review as soon as possible, whilst ensuring value for money and a robust methodology. We will publish further information once the assessment has been commissioned.

18th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 15 May 2018 to Question 141795, on Palestinians: Overseas Aid, which the auditing body was that was charged with carrying out the independent financial audit.

Financial audits are carried out on all individual DFID programmes operating in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs). The body carrying out the audits, and the terms of reference for these audits vary depending on the DFID programme in operation in the OPTs, however all programmes receive full independent financial audits to provide assurance to DFID that disbursed funds are spent and managed in line with agreed programme activities. The overall DFID OPTs programme portfolio is also subject to the regular audit cycle of DFID’s Internal Audit Department and the National Audit Office.

18th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to her Department’s Memorandum of Understanding with the Palestinian Authority (PA), what discussions her Department has had with the PA on the decision by official Palestinian Authority TV to honour Habbes Bayyoud, Muhammad Nawarah, and Jawad Abu Qara, who murdered two Israeli reserve soldiers in October 2000 in an episode of Giants of Endurance, a programme screened on official PA TV on 16 June 2018.

The UK Government deplores any act of incitement to violence. Our partnership with the Palestinian Authority (PA) includes a commitment from the Palestinian leadership to adhere to the principle of non-violence and to tackle language and avoid actions that could incite violence or hatred. During my most recent visit to the Occupied Palestinian Territories in May 2018, I personally led this year’s high level annual meeting as part of our annual dialogue with the PA where I challenged the PA on a number of issues such as incitement. The UK continues to urge the Palestinian leadership to uphold this principle of non-violence.

18th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 11 May 2018 to Question 141671, whether the Palestinian Authority has made decision on whether to provide payments to Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails directly.

The UK is not aware of any plans for the Palestinian Authority to provide direct payments to Palestinian Prisoners.

17th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to her Department's Memorandum of Understanding with the Palestinian Authority (PA), what discussions her Department has had with the PA on the PA Minister of Culture declaring March 16 as National Reading Day out of loyalty to the Martyrs.

The UK Government deplores any act of incitement to violence. Our partnership with the Palestinian Authority (PA) includes a commitment from the Palestinian leadership to adhere to the principle of non-violence and to tackle language and avoid actions that could incite violence or hatred. During my most recent visit to the Occupied Palestinian Territories in May 2018, I personally led this year’s high level annual meeting as part of our annual dialogue with the PA where I challenged the PA on a number of issues such as incitement, though I did not raise this specific incident. The UK continues to urge the Palestinian leadership to uphold this principle of non-violence.

17th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions her Department has had with the PA on the commemoration on Official PA TV on 20 April 2018 of the death of Abu Jihad who was responsible for the murder of 125 Israelis and his declaration that with our skulls we are paving the path to certain victory.

The UK Government deplores any act of incitement to violence. Our partnership with the Palestinian Authority (PA) includes a commitment from the Palestinian leadership to adhere to the principle of non-violence and to tackle language and avoid actions that could incite violence or hatred. During my most recent visit to the Occupied Palestinian Territories in May 2018, I personally led this year’s high level annual meeting as part of our annual dialogue with the PA where I challenged the PA on a number of issues such as incitement, though this allegation was not known at the time. The UK continues to urge the Palestinian leadership to uphold this principle of non-violence.

17th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 11 September 2017 to Question 8641, and with reference to her Department's Memorandum of Understanding with the Palestinian Authority (PA), what discussions her Department has had with the PA on the honouring of Latifa Abu Hmeid by PA officials as a crown on all of our heads on 17 June 2018 as a result of her son, Islam Abu Hmeid, having murdered Israeli soldier Ronen Lyubarsk.

The UK Government deplores any act of incitement to violence. Our partnership with the Palestinian Authority (PA) includes a commitment from the Palestinian leadership to adhere to the principle of non-violence and to tackle language and avoid actions that could incite violence or hatred. During my most recent visit to the Occupied Palestinian Territories in May 2018, I personally led this year’s high level annual meeting as part of our annual dialogue with the PA where I challenged the PA on a number of issues such as incitement, though this allegation was not raised as it was unknown at the time. The UK continues to urge the Palestinian leadership to uphold this principle of non-violence.

17th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 15 May 2018 to Question 141795, on Palestinians: Overseas Aid, what the terms of engagement are for that independent financial audit.

Financial audits are carried out on all individual DFID programmes operating in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs). The body carrying out the audits, and the terms of reference vary depending on the DFID programme, however all independent financial audits provide assurance to DFID that funds are spent and managed in line with agreed programme activities. The overall DFID OPTs portfolio is also subject to the regular audit cycle of DFID’s Internal Audit Department and the National Audit Office.

16th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to her Department's Memorandum of Understanding with the Palestinian Authority (PA), what discussions her Department has had with the PA on the broadcast on 3 February 2018 on the official PA radio station, The Voice of Palestine, of a poem featuring lyrics stating that Palestine is etched on the heart of the foetus, a proud martyr in his mother's womb.

The UK Government deplores any act of incitement to violence. Our partnership with the Palestinian Authority (PA) includes a commitment from the Palestinian leadership to adhere to the principle of non-violence and to tackle language and avoid actions that could incite violence or hatred. During my most recent visit to the Occupied Palestinian Territories in May 2018, I personally led this year’s high level annual meeting as part of our annual dialogue with the PA where I challenged the PA on a number of issues such as incitement. The UK continues to urge the Palestinian leadership to uphold this principle of non-violence.

16th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to her Department's Memorandum of Understanding with the Palestinian Authority (PA), what discussions her Department has had with the PA on the description on official PA TV on 17 February 2018 of the Nimr Mahmoud Ahmed Al-Jamal, responsible for the murder of three Israelis, as a martyr who ascended to heaven.

The UK Government deplores any act of incitement to violence. Our partnership with the Palestinian Authority (PA) includes a commitment from the Palestinian leadership to adhere to the principle of non-violence and to tackle language and avoid actions that could incite violence or hatred. During my most recent visit to the Occupied Palestinian Territories in May 2018, I personally led this year’s high level annual meeting as part of our annual dialogue with the PA where I challenged the PA on a number of issues such as incitement. The UK continues to urge the Palestinian leadership to uphold this principle of non-violence.

16th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to her Department's Memorandum of Understanding with the Palestinian Authority (PA), what discussions her Department has had with the PA on the naming of a PA Ministry of Education branch volleyball championship in May 2018 after Abd Al-Jaber Abd Al-Qaeder Khaled, who attempted to carry out a suicide bombing attack in 2002.

Our sustained support to the PA means that we have a close and robust relationship with senior PA Ministers. I have raised issues of incitement in the education sector in a number of recent conversations with the PA Minister for Education and Higher Education, most recently when I met with the PA during my visit to the Occupied Palestinian Territories in May 2018. Our partnership with the Palestinian Authority (PA) includes a commitment from the Palestinian leadership to adhere to the principle of non-violence and to tackle language and avoid actions that could incite violence or hatred. The UK continues to urge the Palestinian leadership to uphold this principle.

16th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to her Department's Memorandum of Understanding with the Palestinian Authority (PA), what discussions her Department has had with the PA on the erection of a billboard in April 2018, organised and sponsored by the PA funded Palestinian Prisoners' Club, honouring 17 Palestinian terrorists.

The UK Government deplores any act of incitement to violence. Our partnership with the Palestinian Authority (PA) includes a commitment from the Palestinian leadership to adhere to the principle of non-violence and to tackle language and avoid actions that could incite violence or hatred. During my most recent visit to the Occupied Palestinian Territories in May 2018, I personally led this year’s high level annual meeting as part of our annual dialogue with the PA where I challenged the PA on a number of issues such as incitement. The UK continues to urge the Palestinian leadership to uphold this principle of non-violence.

8th May 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to her Department's Memorandum of Understanding with the Palestinian Authority (PA), what discussions her Department has had with the PA on Al-Hayat Al-Jadida’s description on 5 April 2018 of Israel as a colonialist satanic plant.

The UK strongly condemns any language or actions that could stir up hatred and prejudice. Our sustained support to the Palestinian Authority (PA) is underpinned by a Memorandum of Understanding which requires the PA to commit to the principle of non-violence and to tackle language and avoid actions that could incite violence or hatred. The UK continues to urge the Palestinian leadership to uphold this principle, as is demonstrated by my statement regarding President Abbas’ recent remarks at the Palestinian National Congress, which were deeply concerning. On the whole President Abbas and the Palestinian Authority have shown a commitment to non-violence and a two-state solution. President Abbas restated his commitment to the two-state solution on Friday 4 May, and through our financial assistance, the UK will continue to support a stable PA which can act as an effective partner for peace with Israel.

8th May 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to her Department's Memorandum of Understanding with the Palestinian Authority (PA), what discussions her Department has had with the PA on an advisor to the PA President, Mahmoud Al-Habbash, saying that European Jews had a monopoly over the economy.

The UK strongly condemns any language or actions that could stir up hatred and prejudice. Our sustained support to the Palestinian Authority (PA) is underpinned by a Memorandum of Understanding which requires the PA to commit to the principle of non-violence and to tackle language and avoid actions that could incite violence or hatred. The UK continues to urge the Palestinian leadership to uphold this principle, as is demonstrated by my statement regarding President Abbas’ recent remarks at the Palestinian National Congress, which were deeply concerning. I do not believe that these remarks were consistent with the commitment to non-violence and a two-state solution which President Abbas and the Palestinian Authority have shown. President Abbas restated his commitment to the two-state solution on Friday 4 May, and through our financial assistance, the UK will continue to support a stable PA which can act as an effective partner for peace with Israel.

8th May 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to her Department's Memorandum of Understanding with the Palestinian Authority (PA), what discussions her Department has had with the PA on the decision of its Ministry of Education to devote broadcasts on school radio stations to the life of terrorist Khalili Al-Wazir.

The UK strongly condemns any language or actions that could stir up hatred and prejudice. Our sustained support to the Palestinian Authority (PA) is underpinned by a Memorandum of Understanding which requires the PA to commit to the principle of non-violence and address allegations of incitement in the education curriculum. We raise issues of incitement in the education sector in our conversations with the PA Ministry for Education and Higher Education.

8th May 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 18 April 2018 to Question 135640, on Palestinians: terrorism, whether the British Consul-General in Jerusalem has met with senior Palestinian representatives to discuss the decision by the Palestinian Authority to pay directly the salaries of convicted terrorists; and if she will make a statement.

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has not yet confirmed or announced that it will provide payments to Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails directly. The British Consul General in Jerusalem met with Saeb Erekat, Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), on April 27th and directly raised the issue. The Secretary of State also raised her concerns about payments to prisoners when she last met with the Palestinian Foreign Minister and I will be raising them with the Finance Minister later this month, calling for the payments to be transparent, needs based and affordable.

8th May 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Minister for the Middle East of 18 April 2018, Official Report, column 309, how and by whom spending is audited to ensure that there is no diversion to fund terrorist tunnels or other terrorist activity.

DFID has a zero-tolerance approach to fraud and has robust controls against the diversion of aid including towards terrorist activity. These include extensive due diligence of partners, mapping the flow of our funds and where required, tight earmarking of funds. DFID’s project spending in the OPTs is subject to annual, independent financial audit. The overall programme is also subject to the regular audit cycle of DFID's Internal Audit Department and the National Audit Office. DFID complies with UK and international counter terrorism legislation and our funding agreements commit partners to understand and comply with international counter terrorism legislation.

30th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking with (a) the UN (b) the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and (c) other international partners to support displaced people in Afrin, Syria; and if she will make a statement.

UK-funded partners including OCHA and other UN agencies are delivering assistance to those displaced from Afrin; this includes health, food, water, and nutrition and protection services. Both the UK and the UN are calling on all parties to facilitate access for life-saving humanitarian aid, and to allow freedom of movement for those caught up in the violence, in accordance with international humanitarian law.

13th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with the Palestinian Authority on the decision by that Authority to revert to paying directly the salaries of convicted terrorists.

At the time of responding to this question, the Palestinian Authority (PA) has not yet confirmed or announced that it will provide payments to Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails directly. UK officials are in contact with the PA to monitor the situation and the British Consul-General in Jerusalem is planning to meet with a senior Palestinian representative as soon as possible to discuss this.

13th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking in response to the Palestinian Authority’s announcement that it will revert to directly paying the salaries of convicted terrorists.

At the time of responding to this question, the Palestinian Authority (PA) has not yet confirmed or announced that it will provide payments to Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails directly. UK officials are in contact with the PA to monitor the situation and the British Consul-General in Jerusalem is planning to meet with a senior Palestinian representative as soon as possible to discuss this.

13th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies on UK aid to the Palestinian Authority of the decision by that Authority to pay directly the salaries of convicted terrorists.

At the time of responding to this question, the Palestinian Authority (PA) has not yet confirmed or announced that it will provide payments to Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails directly. UK officials are in contact with the PA to monitor the situation and the British Consul-General in Jerusalem is planning to meet with a senior Palestinian representative as soon as possible to discuss this.

13th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to her Department's press release, Explaining British support for Palestinian education, published on 1 April 2018, what steps her Department plans to take if there is evidence of material that incites violence in the Palestinian curriculum.

The UK has brought forward its planned independent assessment of the Palestinian curriculum. We will raise any unacceptable material directly with the Palestinian Authority (PA) Minister for Education and Higher Education and continue working with the Ministry to support a high quality education for Palestinian children including through its curriculum. Our sustained support to the PA means we have a robust relationship with senior PA ministers, underpinned by a Memorandum of Understanding which includes requirements for the PA to commit to the principle of non-violence and address allegations of incitement in the education curriculum.

13th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to her Department's press release, Explaining British support for Palestinian education, published on 1 April 2018, how her Department plans to conduct the assessment of the Palestinian curriculum; and what plans she has to publish that assessment.

The UK has brought forward its planned thorough assessment of the Palestinian curriculum which will take some months to conclude. This will include a rigorous and independent review of the new pilot PA textbooks. Appropriate findings from this assessment will be released in due course.

19th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Answer of 23 February 2017 to Question 64650, of how many Palestinian Authority Ministry of Education public servants her Department pays the salaries.

The UK financial disbursement to the Palestinian Authority (PA) in February 2017 contributed towards the salaries of approximately 33,000 public servants under the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.

19th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Answer of 23 February 2017 to Question 64650, of how many Palestinian Authority Ministry of Education teachers her Department pays the salaries.

The UK financial disbursement to the Palestinian Authority (PA) in February 2017 contributed towards the salaries of approximately 33,000 public servants under the Ministry of Education and Higher Education. This data cannot be further disaggregated on public record.

19th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 23 February 2017 to Question 64650, whether any of those public servants in the West Bank, whose salaries are paid by her Department, are responsible for writing, approving or implementing the 2017 Palestinian Authority schools curriculum.

According to the Palestinian Authority (PA) Ministry of Education and Higher Education, all of their schools in the West Bank are using the revised 2017 PA curriculum. UK funded public servants and teachers under the Ministry of Education and Higher Education are therefore involved in the implementation process.

19th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which the schools are in the West Bank for which her Department pays the salaries of the teachers.

UK financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority (PA) contributes to the salaries of individual vetted health and education public servants in the West Bank on the EU Palestinian-European Socio-Economic Management Assistance (PEGASE) list. These individuals are screened against international and ad hoc sanctions lists. They are then deployed to schools across the West Bank by the PA. The EU PEGASE mechanism therefore focuses on ensuring that individuals are comprehensively vetted and that UK funds are traced to the end beneficiary rather than focussing on where each individual is deployed at any one time.

19th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Answer of 23 February 2017 to Question 64650, whether any teachers in the West Bank whom her Department pays the salaries of are teaching at schools that deliver the revised 2017 Palestinian Authority curriculum.

According to the Palestinian Authority (PA) Ministry of Education and Higher Education, all of their schools in the West Bank are using the revised 2017 PA curriculum. The UK Government is working with the PA Ministry of Education and Higher Education to maintain the delivery of high quality education, including through its curriculum.

1st Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Answer of 12 October 2016, to Question 46979 on Palestinian Authority, if she will place in the Library a copies of her Department's formal assessments of the Palestinian Authority's commitment to the Partnership Principles.

DFID does not routinely publish Partnership Principles assessments. The most recent assessment concluded that the Palestinian Authority (PA) continues to deliver on the Partnership Principles. HMG officials will complete their next assessment of the PA’s compliance with the Partnership Principles before the next annual Memorandum of Understanding dialogue with the PA. The date of the next dialogue has not yet been confirmed, but is likely to be completed by the first half of 2018.

31st Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Memorandum of Understanding between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and her Department, what discussions her Department has had with the PA on the description in the official PA daily newspaper on 23 January 2018 of the Munich Olympic terrorist attack as a quality operation.

The UK Government deplores any act of incitement to violence; the Secretary of State and I raised the issue of incitement during our respective bilateral meetings with senior Palestinian counterparts in January 2018. Our partnership with the Palestinian Authority (PA) includes a commitment from the Palestinian leadership to adhere to the principle of non-violence and to tackle language and avoid actions that could incite violence or hatred. The UK continues to urge the Palestinian leadership to uphold this principle.

31st Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Memorandum of Understanding between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and her Department, what discussions her Department has had with the PA on the broadcast on official PA TV on 11 December 2017 of an interview where Jews were described as the world’s stench.

The UK Government deplores any act of incitement to violence; the Secretary of State and I raised the issue of incitement during our respective bilateral meetings with senior Palestinian counterparts in January 2018. Our partnership with the Palestinian Authority (PA) includes a commitment from the Palestinian leadership to adhere to the principle of non-violence and to tackle language and avoid actions that could incite violence or hatred. The UK continues to urge the Palestinian leadership to uphold this principle.

31st Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Memorandum of Understanding between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and her Department, what discussions her Department has had with the PA on the broadcast on official PA TV on both 11 and 17 December 2017 of a music video featuring two suicide bombers.

The UK Government deplores any act of incitement to violence; the Secretary of State and I raised the issue of incitement during our respective bilateral meetings with senior Palestinian counterparts in January 2018. Our partnership with the Palestinian Authority (PA) includes a commitment from the Palestinian leadership to adhere to the principle of non-violence and to tackle language and avoid actions that could incite violence or hatred. The UK continues to urge the Palestinian leadership to uphold this principle.

31st Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Memorandum of Understanding between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and her Department, what discussions her Department has had with the PA on the broadcast on official PA radio on 1 January 2018 of a song encouraging martyrdom.

The UK Government deplores any act of incitement to violence; the Secretary of State and I raised the issue of incitement during our respective bilateral meetings with senior Palestinian counterparts in January 2018. Our partnership with the Palestinian Authority (PA) includes a commitment from the Palestinian leadership to adhere to the principle of non-violence and to tackle language and avoid actions that could incite violence or hatred. The UK continues to urge the Palestinian leadership to uphold this principle.

31st Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Memorandum of Understanding between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and her Department, what discussions her Department has had with the PA on the broadcast on official PA TV on 15 December 2017 of a poem stating that Jews defile Jerusalem.

The UK Government deplores any act of incitement to violence; the Secretary of State and I raised the issue of incitement during our respective bilateral meetings with senior Palestinian counterparts in January 2018. Our partnership with the Palestinian Authority (PA) includes a commitment from the Palestinian leadership to adhere to the principle of non-violence and to tackle language and avoid actions that could incite violence or hatred. The UK continues to urge the Palestinian leadership to uphold this principle.

29th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when her Department will make its next assessment of the Palestinian Authority's compliance with the Partnership Principles set out in the Memorandum of Understanding between the UK and the Palestinian Authority.

HMG officials will complete a review of the Palestinian Authority's (PA) commitment to the Partnership Principles before the next annual Memorandum of Understanding dialogue with the PA. The date of the next dialogue has not yet been confirmed, but is likely to be completed in the first half of 2018.

18th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Memorandum of Understanding between the Palestinian Authority and her Department, signed in 2014, what assessment her Department has made of the implications for its policies of the findings and recommendations of the IMPACT-se report on the Palestinian Authority 2017 curriculum, published in October 2017.

Officials have met with IMPACT-se staff to discuss their report on the Palestinian Authority (PA) 2017 curriculum. The report made some concerning allegations which we are currently assessing. The UK government is working with the Palestinian Ministry of Education and Higher Education to support a high quality education including through its curriculum. Our partnership with the PA includes a commitment from the Palestinian leadership to adhere to the principle of non-violence and to tackle language and actions that could incite violence or hatred. We continue to urge them to uphold this principle. The UK strongly condemns all forms of violence and deplores incitement.

7th Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the memorandum of understanding between the Palestinian Authority and her Department, what discussions her Department has had with the Palestinian Authority on the content of a music video broadcast on official Palestinian Authority TV on 10 April 2017 glorifying terror and promising to break the Jews.

Our partnership with the Palestinian Authority includes a commitment from the Palestinian leadership to adhere to the principle of non-violence and to tackle language and avoid actions that could incite violence or hatred. The UK continues to urge the Palestinian leadership to uphold this principle. I raised the issue of incitement with senior Palestinian counterparts during my recent visit. The UK government strongly condemns all forms of violence and incitement to violence.

7th Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Memorandum of Understanding between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and her Department, what discussions her Department has had with the PA on its funding for summer camps in which children performed mock stabbing attacks.

Our partnership with the Palestinian Authority includes a commitment from the Palestinian leadership to adhere to the principle of non-violence and to tackle language and avoid actions that could incite violence or hatred. The UK continues to urge the Palestinian leadership to uphold this principle. I raised the issue of incitement with senior Palestinian counterparts during my recent visit. The UK government strongly condemns all forms of violence and incitement to violence.

7th Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Memorandum of Understanding between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and her Department, what discussions her Department has had with the PA on the distribution of diaries by Fatah’s youth movement at schools which pictured Abu Jihad who was responsible for the murder of 125 Israelis and Salah Khalaf who was the head of the terrorist organisation Black September.

Our partnership with the Palestinian Authority includes a commitment from the Palestinian leadership to adhere to the principle of non-violence and to tackle language and avoid actions that could incite violence or hatred. The UK continues to urge the Palestinian leadership to uphold this principle. I raised the issue of incitement with senior Palestinian counterparts during my recent visit. The UK government strongly condemns all forms of violence and incitement to violence.

7th Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Memorandum of Understanding between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and her Department, what discussions her Department has had with the PA on the payment of a salary of 2,600 shekels each month for life to the family of Nimr Mahmoud Ahmed Al-Jamal who carried out the Har Adar terrorist attack on 26 September 2017.

No UK aid is used for payments to Palestinian prisoners or their families. UK financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority is only used to help to pay the salaries of health and education public servants in the West Bank. Only named public servants from a pre-approved EU list are eligible and a robust verification system validates that funds are used for the intended purposes. The UK government strongly condemns all forms of violence and incitement to violence.

30th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Memorandum of Understanding between the Palestinian Authority and her department, what discussions her department has had with the PA concerning the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida’s description on 27 September 2017 of the Har Adar terrorist attack as an operation and the terrorist as a martyr.

The UK Government deplores any act of incitement to violence; I raised the issue of incitement with senior Palestinian counterparts during my visit to the region in August. Our partnership with the Palestinian Authority includes a commitment from the Palestinian leadership to adhere to the principle of non-violence and to tackle language and avoid actions that could incite violence or hatred. The UK continues to urge the Palestinian leadership to uphold this principle.

30th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Memorandum of Understanding between the Palestinian Authority and her department, what discussions her department has had with the PA concerning the rebroadcast on Palestinian TV of a 1996 TV show which described Jews as wicked, oppressors and evil”.

The UK Government deplores any act of incitement to violence; I raised the issue of incitement with senior Palestinian counterparts during my visit to the region in August. Our partnership with the Palestinian Authority includes a commitment from the Palestinian leadership to adhere to the principle of non-violence and to tackle language and avoid actions that could incite violence or hatred. The UK continues to urge the Palestinian leadership to uphold this principle.

6th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 23 October 2017 to Question 108373, what the names are of the 13 schools in Gaza directly funded by the UK in December 2011.

The names of the 13 schools directly funded by the UK in Gaza and managed by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) are as follows:

  1. Nuseirat Preparatory Boys School
  2. School in Khirbat Al-Addas
  3. Rafah Elementary Co-ed School
  4. Single Sided School in Khan Younis Camp North Block G
  5. Preparatory Boys School in Tel El-Sultan, Rafah
  6. Nuseirat Al-Muftee Preparatory Boys School
  7. Jabalia Elementary Boys School
  8. Nuseirat Al-Muftee Parcel 1 (Preparatory Girls & Elementary Co-ed School)
  9. School at Moghraga
  10. Johr El-Deek Elementary Co-ed School
  11. Khuza'a Preparatory Boys School
  12. Rafah Preparatory “F” Boys School
  13. Preparatory Boys School at Beach Elementary Boys "A&B" School

18th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what financial support her Department has provided towards the construction and redevelopment of schools in the West Bank and Gaza since 2010.

In December 2011 the UK directly funded 13 schools in Gaza, managed by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency. DFID funded the cost of construction, basic equipment, furniture and supplies for these schools and each school cost on average £1.1 million. In the West Bank, there has been no direct UK bilateral funding for the construction and redevelopment of schools during the referenced period.

18th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Memorandum of Understanding between her Department and the Palestinian Authority (PA), signed in 2014, what discussions her Department has had with the PA on the use of funding provided under that Memorandum for the distribution of diaries which include pictures of Abu Jihad and Salah Khalaf by the Fatah youth movement at schools.

UK financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority is only used to help pay the salaries of health and education public servants in the West Bank. Only named public servants from a pre-approved EU list are eligible and a robust verification system validates that funds are used for the intended purposes. This enables around 25,000 young Palestinians to get an education, provides up to 3,700 immunisations for children, and around 185,000 medical consultations annually.

18th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Memorandum of Understanding between her Department and the Palestinian Authority (PA), signed in 2014, what discussions her Department has had with the PA on the use of funding provided under that Memorandum for payments made to the family of Nimr Mahmoud Ahmed Al-Jamal.

No UK aid is used for payments to Palestinian prisoners or their families. UK financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority is only used to help to pay the salaries of health and education public servants in the West Bank. Only named public servants from a pre-approved EU list are eligible and a robust verification system validates that funds are used for the intended purposes. The UK government strongly condemns all forms of violence.

18th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Memorandum of Understanding between her Department and the Palestinian Authority (PA), signed in 2014, what discussions her Department has had with the PA on the use of funding provided under that Memorandum for the publication of the official PA daily newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadida.

UK financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority is only used to help pay the salaries of health and education public servants in the West Bank. Only named public servants from a pre-approved EU list are eligible and a robust verification system validates that funds are used for the intended purposes. This enables around 25,000 young Palestinians to get an education, provides up to 3,700 immunisations for children, and around 185,000 medical consultations annually.

18th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 11 October 2017 to Question 105565, on Palestinians: schools, which international reports on the Palestinian Authority curriculum grades 1-4 her Department consulted when assessing the findings and recommendations of the IMPACT-se report on Palestinian Elementary School Curriculum 2016-17, published in April 2017.

In assessing the findings and recommendations of the IMPACT-se report on Palestinian Elementary School Curriculum 2016-17 we have drawn on recent United Nations analysis in relation to the Palestinian Authority curriculum, and on the approach used in the 2013 State Department-funded report by the Council of Religious Institutions in the Holy Land (CRIHL) which remains relevant for the current curriculum.

13th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the memorandum of understanding between the Palestinian Authority and her Department, what discussions her Department has had with the Palestinian Authority on its funding for summer camps in which children performed mock stabbing attacks.

Our partnership with the Palestinian Authority includes a commitment from the Palestinian leadership to adhere to the principle of non-violence and to tackle language and avoid actions that could incite violence or hatred. The UK continues to urge the Palestinian leadership to uphold this principle. I raised the issue of incitement with senior Palestinian counterparts during my recent visit.

6th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2017 to Question 8642, on Palestinians: schools, what criteria her Department applied in its assessment of the findings and recommendations of the IMPACT-se report on the Palestinian Elementary School Curriculum 2016-17, published in April 2017.

When assessing the findings and recommendations of this report, the Department for International Development considered: the impartiality of the organisation writing the report; the research methods used and; the existence of clear evidence to support the conclusions in the report. DFID also cross-checked the findings with other international reports to assess whether the evidence, and resulting conclusions, were comparable. Where findings differed from other organisations we assessed whether this was based on credible evidence.

6th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Memorandum of Understanding between her Department and the Palestinian Authority (PA), what discussions she has had with the PA on the Electronic Crimes Law adopted in July 2017.

Our partnership with the Palestinian Authority (PA) includes a commitment from the Palestinian leadership to respect human rights and other international obligations. The UK raised our concerns about the Electronic Crimes Law with the PA on 27 September and we are continuing to discuss this with the PA.

6th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Memorandum of Understanding between her Department and the Palestinian Authority (PA), what discussions she has had with the PA on proposed legislation allowing the executive branch to dismiss judges.

We have not raised this specific issue with the Palestinian Authority (PA). We will monitor progress of this proposed legislation and if it contravenes the PA’s commitment to respect human rights and other international obligations then we will raise this with the PA. With DFID support, the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is providing technical assistance to the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Interior to support the development of capable, accountable and responsive security and justice services.

6th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Memorandum of Understanding between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and her Department, what discussions she has had with the PA on its funding of summer camps named after Dalal Mughrabi.

Our partnership with the Palestinian Authority includes a commitment from the Palestinian leadership to adhere to the principle of non-violence and to tackle language that could incite violence or hatred. The UK continues to urge the Palestinian leadership to avoid engaging in, or encouraging, any type of action and language that makes it more difficult to achieve a negotiated solution to the conflict. I raised this with senior Palestinian counterparts during my recent visit.

5th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Memorandum of Understanding between her Department and the Palestinian Authority, signed in 2014, what discussions her Department has had with the Palestinian Authority on the recent decision of President Abbas to meet, and the Authority to honour, Latifa Abu Hmeid.

Our partnership with the Palestinian Authority includes a commitment from the Palestinian leadership to adhere to the principle of non-violence and to tackle language that could incite violence or hatred. While we have not raised this specific issue with the Palestinian Authority, HMG regularly lobby the Palestinian leadership to tackle language that could incite violence or hatred, including anti-Semitic language. I raised this at the highest levels during my recent visit.

5th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Memorandum of Understanding between her Department and the Palestinian Authority, signed in 2014, what discussions her Department has had with the Palestinian Authority regarding President Abbas' decision to appoint Imad Hamato to the post of dean of the Al-Azhar Institutes in Gaza.

Our partnership with the Palestinian Authority includes a commitment from the Palestinian leadership to adhere to the principle of non-violence and to tackle language that could incite violence or hatred, including anti-Semitic language. While we have not raised this specific issue with the Palestinian Authority, HMG regularly lobby the Palestinian leadership to tackle language that could incite violence or hatred, including anti-Semitic language. I raised this at the highest levels during my recent visit.

5th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Memorandum of Understanding between the Palestinian Authority and her Department, signed in 2014, what assessment her Department has made to the findings and recommendations of the IMPACT-se report on the Palestinian Elementary School Curriculum 2016-17, published in April 2017.

HMG was very concerned at some of the findings of the IMPACT-SE report and met with IMPACT-SE to discuss them. Our assessment is that IMPACT-SE report was not objective in its findings. We work closely with the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Education on quality of education issues.

11th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will (a) make an assessment of the potential merits of the conclusions of the report from the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre of 12 July 2017 on coexistence projects between Israelis and Palestinians and (b) take steps to ensure that the Government continues to fund such projects.

The UK assesses that people-to-people programmes are important to improve inter-community understanding and help build the necessary environment for a just and peaceful solution, as recognised in the report. The UK will be providing up to £3 million over three years to fund a people-to-people programme to help Israelis and Palestinians work together to achieve improvements in their lives and build understanding between people on both sides of the conflict.

20th Apr 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Memorandum of Understanding between the Palestinian Authority and her Department, whether her Department has had discussions with the Palestinian Authority on the content of a programme on Official Palestinian Authority TV, entitled Talk of the Land, broadcast on 1 April 2017, promoting domestic violence.

We have not discussed the content of this particular programme with the Palestinian Authority (PA). The UK deplores any promotion of violence against women and girls. The UK assess the PA’s commitment to gender equality, including tackling domestic violence, through their adherence to the UK Partnership Principles and we raise concerns where appropriate. As part of our Security and Justice programme we have supported the PA to tackle violence against women through training specialised public prosecutors and judges and developing specialised units that cater to female victims of violence.

17th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will place a copy of the Business Case and Operational Plan for the new Support to Palestinian Authority to Deliver Basic Services, Build Stability and Promote Reform in the Occupied Palestinian Territories programme in the Library.

The Business Case for the UK's new support to the Palestinian Authority is in the process of publication and will appear on Development Tracker (https://devtracker.dfid.gov.uk/) by June.

6th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to her announcement on 16 December 2016 on future UK support to the Palestinian Territories, whether any of the teachers and other essential education public servants on the vetted list whose salaries are paid by her Department are (a) employed at, (b) oversee and (c) are responsible for the administration of the (i) Dalal Mughrabi High School for Girls in Gaza, (ii) Dalal Mughrabi High School for Girls at Al-Shuyoukh, Hebron, (iii) Dalal Mughrabi Elementary School for Girls near Hebron, (iv) Shadia Abu Ghazaleh School for Girls in Gaza, (v) Shadia Abu Ghazalah High School for Boys in Jabaliya, (vi) Kalil Al-Wazir [Abu Jihad] Elementary School for Girls in Hebron, (vii) Abu Jihad High School for Boys in Arabe, Jenin, (viii) Abu Jihad High School for Boys in Hebron, (ix) Amin Al-Husseini Elementary School in El-Bireh, (x) Salah Khalaf Elementary School in Gaza, (xi) Salah Khalaf Junior High School in Gaza, (xii) Salah Khalaf Elementary School for Boys in Al-Yamoun, (xiii) Martyr Ahmed Yassin School for Boys in Jenin, (xiv) Abu Ali Iyad High School for Girls in Qalqilya, (xv) Martyr Nash'at Abu Jabara High School for Girls in Tulkarem, (xvi) Abu Ali Mustafa Elementary School for Boys in Jenin, (xvii) Abu Ali Mustafa Elementary School for Girls in Jenin, (xviii) Hassan Salameh Elementary School in Gaza, (xix) Hassan Salameh Junior High School for Girls in Gaza, (xx) Mustafa Hafez Elementary School for Boys in Khan Younis, (xxi) Mustafa Hafez School in Gaza, (xxii) Martyr Izzat Abu Al-Rubb High School in Jenin, (xxiii) Martyr Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam High School for Boys in Qaa'bad, (xxiv) Martyr Izz Al-Din [Al-Qassam] Elementary School in Jenin and (xxv) Martyr Saddam Hussein School in Yaabad.

UK funding contributes to the salaries of all vetted health and education Palestinian Authority public servants on the EU PEGASE list, including PA teachers in the West Bank regardless of which school they are employed in. No UK funding goes to public servants working in Gaza, including in schools.

2nd Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of the financial assistance provided to (a) projects through the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund and (b) bilateral programme budgets funds projects which promote coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians.

The UK is supportive of coexistence (people-to-people) projects which bring together Palestinians and Israelis and foster inter-community understanding. The UK has supported a number of cross-border coexistence projects previously and currently provides £400,000 to support a programme aiming to foster constituencies for peace inside Israel through the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund. The Secretary of State is currently assessing options for providing further support to coexistence programmes.

2nd Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of her Department's budget for Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories is spent on coexistence projects.

The UK is supportive of coexistence (people-to-people) projects which bring together Palestinians and Israelis and foster inter-community understanding. The Secretary of State is currently assessing options for providing further support to coexistence programmes.

25th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much direct financial assistance the Government plans to give to the Palestinian Authority in financial years (a) 2016-17 and (b) 2017-18.

The UK remains firmly committed to supporting the Palestinian Authority to build and strengthen the institutions needed for a two-state solution, which is essential for the prosperity and security of the region. As part of her examination of UK assistance to the Occupied Palestinian Territories, the International Development Secretary will ensure this financial support gets the maximum impact and best value for money for the UK taxpayer.

25th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which programmes administered by her Department provide financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority.

The Secretary of State is carrying out a full examination of DFID’s programme in the Occupied Palestinian Territories including future financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority.

24th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which (a) Israeli and (b) Palestinian non-governmental organisations and projects receive how much funding from her Department.

DFID’s current bilateral programme covering the Occupied Palestinian Territories does not directly support any Israeli or Palestinian Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs). DFID indirectly funds Palestinian and Israeli NGOs through our support to an access to justice programme benefiting women and implemented by UN agencies, and a private sector development programme implemented through Development Alternatives Incorporated (DAI).

14th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment she has made of the effect of projects that foster co-operation and co-existence have had on the prospects of securing lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

Projects that foster cooperation and coexistence can help to build understanding between Israelis and Palestinians, and maintain a constituency of support for peace. The Secretary of State is currently assessing options for providing further support to coexistence programmes.

14th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to support projects that foster co-operation and co-existence between Israelis and Palestinians.

The UK is supportive of coexistence (people-to-people) programmes which bring together Palestinians and Israelis and foster inter-community understanding. The Secretary of State is currently assessing options for providing further support to coexistence programmes.

11th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 10 February 2016 to Question 26100, what proportion of her Department's financial assistance for Palestinian development funds other projects which foster coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians.

The DFID Palestinian Programme supports the HMG objective of protecting the viability of a two state solution. DFID’s work in the Occupied Palestinian Territories tends to consist of large-scale and strategic programmes that fit within our three priority areas; state building, economic development and alleviating poverty and vulnerability. Through the cross-government Conflict Stability and Security Fund (CSSF), the UK continues to support several projects which promote coexistence. These projects include support for the Peres Centre for Peace Training Doctors Programme which brings Israelis and Palestinians together through medical care and training to combat stereotypes and build trust. Additionally we work on projects with youth groups and through sport to encourage engagement between Israelis and Palestinians.

11th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 10 February 2016 to Question 26100, what estimate her Department has made of the proportion of the £349 million spent in support of Palestinian development from 2011 to 2015 which has gone to support projects which promote coexistence.

The DFID Palestinian Programme supports the HMG objective of protecting the viability of a two state solution. DFID’s work in the Occupied Palestinian Territories tends to consist of large-scale and strategic programmes that fit within our three priority areas; state building, economic development and alleviating poverty and vulnerability. Through the cross-government Conflict Stability and Security Fund (CSSF), the UK continues to support several projects which promote coexistence. These projects include support for the Peres Centre for Peace Training Doctors Programme which brings Israelis and Palestinians together through medical care and training to combat stereotypes and build trust. Additionally we work on projects with youth groups and through sport to encourage engagement between Israelis and Palestinians.

5th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support her Department has provided to projects fostering co-existence between Israelis and Palestinians in each of the last five years.

DFID does not directly fund joint Israeli-Palestinian programmes. However, through the Conflict Stability and Security Fund (CSSF), the UK provides support for the ‘Youth Creating Peace On/Line’ project which encourages educational cooperation between Palestinians and Israelis. The project, run by NGO ‘Kids Creating Peace’, uses dialogue and leadership workshops to train participants to become peace advocates in their communities and beyond. The UK is providing £40,000 to ‘Youth Creating Peace On/Line’ for 2016/17.

DFID provided £349 million in support of Palestinian development from 2011-15 and will provide a further £72 million in 2015-16. For a breakdown on how financial assistance in the Palestinian Territories is spent, information is published on DFID’s Development Tracker website (https://devtracker.dfid.gov.uk).

29th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the humanitarian situation in Kobane following the recent attack by ISIL.

We are deeply concerned for the safety of civilians and humanitarian staff present in Kobane following recent reports of an ISIL incursion into the city. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that between 145 and 200 civilians were killed in the ISIL attack, and many more were wounded. We are watching the latest developments closely and continue to call on all sides of the conflict to respect International Humanitarian Law and protect civilians.

19th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the Initial Assessment of the UK National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises of 15 June on a complaint against PwC, what assessment the Government has made reports of claims from PwC that it was not required to investigate whether Palestinian Authority funding was used to pay convicted terrorists.

The UK National Contact Point has published its Initial Assessment of the complaint made by a UK NGO. This concluded that the issues raised in the complaint merit further examination. The Initial Assessment is not an indication of any wrongdoing by the respondent. The UK National Contact Point is now working with both parties to facilitate mediation on the issues raised. In line with its procedures, the NCP will not be expected to publish further information on the case until this stage of the process is complete and a Final Statement has been prepared.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the Initial Assessment of the UK National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises of 15 June on a complaint against PwC, what assessment the Government has made reports of claims from PwC that it was not required to investigate whether Palestinian Authority funding was used to pay convicted terrorists.

The UK National Contact Point has published its Initial Assessment of the complaint made by a UK NGO. This concluded that the issues raised in the complaint merit further examination. The Initial Assessment is not an indication of any wrongdoing by the respondent. The UK National Contact Point is now working with both parties to facilitate mediation on the issues raised. In line with its procedures, the NCP will not be expected to publish further information on the case until this stage of the process is complete and a Final Statement has been prepared.

7th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent progress his Department has made on implementation of the recommendations in the Strategic Vision for Rail.

Since the publication of the Strategic Vision for Rail in November 2017 we have made significant progress on delivering our near term commitments. We are introducing alliancing through three current competitions on South Eastern, East Midlands and the West Coast Partnership. We are spending £47.9bn from 2019 to 2024 on our network.. We are working closely with Network Rail on its plans to devolve more authority to its routes to meet local customers’ needs. And we have delivered on our commitments to ensure that the railway provides modern customer services that passengers expect, such as the introduction of smart ticketing and the rail ombudsman.

However, whilst we continue to work with industry to make sure that rail delivers day-to-day, and given the disruption caused to passengers by the introduction of the May 2018 timetable, it is clear we need transformational changes to meet future demands. That is why we have launched the Rail Review which will build on the work of the Strategic Vision and consider ambitious recommendations for reform, to ensure our vital rail system benefits passengers and freight and supports a stronger and fairer economy.

7th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will direct Govia Thameslink to share the data required by Transport for London to be able to compile a business case for becoming the franchising authority for Great Northern services operating in and out of Moorgate station.

The Department remains committed to working with Transport for London (TfL) to consider options for the devolution of the Moorgate line. We will always seek to devolve the responsibility for decisions where there is a case for doing so that will benefit all passengers.

I understand the need for GTR to share data with TfL so that they can prepare for the possible devolution of the Moorgate line in good time. However, GTR are focusing on delivering the complete benefits of the Thameslink Programme and this still has a way to go. This means that there is not yet a steady state operational model, and major change continues. As a result, much of the information that TfL will need access to cannot be shared yet as it is still subject to significant change.

7th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent progress his Department has made on implementation of the recommendations in Chris Gibb's independent report on the Govia Thameslink Railway franchise.

Chris Gibb’s report made a number of recommendations for the network that we are continuing to work with the industry to deliver. In particular, the Department is working with Network Rail to deliver the remainder of the £300m programme to improve rail infrastructure and resilience along the Southern and Thameslink rail networks announced in January 2017. This will underpin the delivery of the Thameslink Programme and improve reliability across those networks.

Those works include the successful delivery of an ongoing programme of track renewals, a number of signaling enhancements, drainage works and the clearance of vegetation. A number of maintenance pods have been delivered at strategic points on the network to help improve service recovery times. There is also a major overhaul of the Balcombe Tunnel infrastructure that will make a real difference to performance on the Brighton Main Line and is being done in a way that minimises passenger impacts.

In addition, the Thameslink Industry Readiness Board chaired by Chris Gibb is now in the process of independently reviewing and challenging the industry programme to deliver the remaining Thameslink Programme timetable changes.

7th Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with the Mayor of London on transferring franchising authority to Transport for London for contracting Great Northern metro train services that run to and from Moorgate station.

Ministers and officials from the Department for Transport have regular discussions with the Mayor of London, representatives of the London Assembly and Transport for London covering a variety of subjects including rail services in London.

7th Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has completed its hard review of the Govia Thameslink Railway franchise; and if he will make statement.

The Department has concluded that the disruption on this network was caused by a series of mistakes and complex issues across the rail industry. This is in line with Professor Stephen Glaister’s interim report.

The Government is holding GTR to account for their role in the unacceptable performance following the introduction of the May timetable. To this end, GTR will make no profit from its franchise in this financial year. Looking ahead, we have also capped the amount of profit that the operator is able to make for the remainder of its franchise, which is due to expire in September 2021.

Furthermore, GTR will be contributing £15m towards tangible improvements for passengers. This is in addition to the £15m the operator has already contributed towards compensation for passengers since the May timetable disruption.

7th Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to transfer commuter rail services to Transport for London as proposed in Chris Gibb's independent report to the Department for Transport on the Govia Thameslink Railway franchise.

Building on the Strategic Vision for Rail, the Department is actively considering the future of the TSGN franchise. It is doing this working closely with the Williams Rail Review, which, as part of its work, is examining the most appropriate organisational and commercial models for the future railway. This work is at an early stage and nothing is off the table.

19th Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to respond to the letter from The Right hon. Member for Enfield North, dated 24 October 2017, on the development of the Northern Gateway Access Package.

I replied on 21 December 2017.

20th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 8 July 2015 to Question 4820 on railways: performance standards, what permission his Department has granted to Govia Thameslink Railway to (a) vary ticket prices and (b) enter into an agreement with Transport for London to share the same-pay-as-you-go fares on suburban rail routes in London.

The Department for Transport for (a) have not given Govia Thameslink Railway any permission to vary ticket prices, but for (b) there are agreements in place which govern Oyster/PAYG fares within the Travelcard area.

20th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions his Department has had with Govia Thameslink Railway on the talks between London-based train operators and Transport for London aimed at sharing pay-as-you-go fares on suburban rail routes.

The Department for Transport is aware that discussions are taking place between train operating companies and Transport for London (TfL) about possible changes to Pay As You Go fares in London, however we await the outcome of these discussions which we are not party to.

20th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what role his Department has in setting fares on trains operated by Govia Thameslink Railway.

The Department for Transport’s role is setting the annual parameters for regulated fare increases. The train operating company (TOC) is obliged to set fares within the limits set by the Secretary of State.

1st Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information he holds on whether Govia Thameslink Railway (a) has made or (b) intends to make an agreement with Transport for London to share the same pay as you go fares on suburban rail routes in London.

We are aware that London based train operators and Transport for London are in discussion with regard to fares, and will notify us of the results of those discussions.

30th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the performance of the (a) Abellio Greater Anglia and (b) Govia Thameslink Railway franchises as recorded in the (i) Which? 2015 rail passenger satisfaction survey and (ii) National Rail Passenger Survey 2015 Spring Update.

Department officials do meet with Transport Focus and the individual train operators to discuss the results of the bi-annual National Rail Passenger Survey (NRPS). The Spring 2015 NRPS results were published on 25 June 2015, and the results are currently being analysed. Once such analysis has been completed, the results will be considered at those meetings.

The Secretary of State does not commission, nor does he have any input into, market research conducted by the consumer periodical Which? However, the results of the surveys carried out by organisations such as Which? is noted. The Department has not made a formal assessment or adopted a formal position on these surveys.

30th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with (a) Abellio Greater Anglia and (b) Govia Thameslink Railway franchise on improving the standards of service.

The Department holds regular discussions with all franchise train operators about their performance.

In Govia Thameslink Railway’s (GTR) case, since it took over the franchise in September last year, the performance on its Great Northern route has been good. However, performance on the Thameslink route has not been good enough. Senior officials and I have been working with GTR and Network Rail to ensure that the industry identifies and addresses the key issues affecting performance and develops and implements plans to drive improvements in punctuality and reliability for passengers as soon as possible. I have set up regular meetings with industry partners at the most senior level to review its progress against these plans, and recent performance has shown improvement.

The Department has worked with Abellio Greater Anglia and Network Rail to identify the key issues affecting performance and develop long-term plans to improve punctuality and reliability. Abellio Greater Anglia’s recent performance by Public Performance Measure had shown five periods of improvement, and though it has dropped off in the last period for which figures are available, was still broadly on target.

The inner metropolitan services on the West Anglia and Great Eastern Mainline were, as of 31 May this year, devolved to the remit of Transport for London (TfL). Abellio Greater Anglia and the TfL concessionaires are cooperating closely to ensure the standards of service improve.

30th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the implementation of the Code of Practice on retail information for rail tickets and services, published in March 2015.

Operators must put their customers at the heart of their business and provide the highest standards of service at every retail channel. We welcome the publication of the Code of Practice on Retail Information, the development of which was overseen by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR). The Code gives retailers a clearer understanding of the information they need to provide to passengers to help them choose, buy and use the most appropriate ticket for their journey. The ORR wrote to all train operators in May asking them to assess their compliance with the Code, and is currently reviewing the responses. ORR intends to use this information to target where it thinks further work might be required and will publish an update report in the summer. We will continue to engage with the work the ORR is undertaking and the progress made by train operators to enhance the retail experience for passengers.

8th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 11 September to Question 169908 on Sharing Economy: Social Security Benefits and Welfare Tax Credits, whether the government plans to undertake such a study.

There are no plans to undertake such a study.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
30th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made on the effect of the roll-out of universal credit on trends in the level of rent arrears in (a) the Enfield North constituency (b) the London Borough of Enfield and (c) London.

Research shows that many people come onto Universal Credit with pre-existing rent arrears. We also know that arrears are usually temporary and the majority of claimants do succeed in paying their rent, managing their monthly payments and clearing their arrears over time. In our research, the proportion of Universal Credit claimants who were in arrears at the start of their claim fell by a third after four months.

We are currently carrying out further analysis of this issue with a number of housing providers, to investigate and understand the true level of rent arrears for their tenants, what is causing them and any impacts Universal Credit may be having. It will be published when completed.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
18th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have had payment of universal credit delayed by (a) one week, (b) two weeks, (c) three weeks or (d) four weeks or more in (i) the Enfield North Constituency and (ii) the London Borough of Enfield.

There is no Universal Credit payment timeliness data broken down by area or region.

The table below shows the proportion of new claims to Universal Credit Full Service that received some or all of their payment on time during the period requested:

Week commencing:

% of new claims to UC receiving some payment on time

% of new claims to UC receiving full payment on time

18/09/2017

87%

76%

25/09/2017

86%

76%

02/10/2017

88%

78%

09/10/2017

88%

76%

16/10/2017

87%

77%

23/10/2017

88%

78%

30/10/2017

88%

78%

06/11/2017

88%

79%

13/11/2017

88%

80%

20/11/2017

88%

81%

27/11/2017

88%

81%

04/12/2017

90%

82%

11/12/2017

89%

82%

18/12/2017

91%

84%

25/12/2017

87%

80%

The data in the rows for 30/10/2017 to 25/12/2017 are estimates based on information currently available.

The average proportion of new claims for Universal Credit Full Service that received full payment on time over the entire period shown above is 80%.

The average proportion of new claims for Universal Credit Full Service that received some payment on time over the entire period shown above is 87%.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
16th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether 18 to 21 year olds who live in supported accommodation will be able to claim the housing element of universal credit when they move out of supported accommodation.

From April 2017 the Government will remove automatic entitlement to housing support for 18-21 year olds in Universal Credit. This rule, which will apply to new claims from those who are out of work, will ensure parity with those young adults who are in employment but are unable to afford to leave home. However, there will be circumstances where it is reasonable to support a young person in living independently. The Department is discussing this issue with key stakeholders in order to determine which groups might be exempt from the general rule. This includes many organisations that provide supported accommodation for young people. It is too early to confirm the outcome from those discussions.

10th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether 18 to21 year olds in supported housing services will still be able to claim housing benefit after April 2017.

I refer the Hon. Member to the answer I gave the Rt Hon. Member for East Ham, Stephen Timms, on the 14 September 2015, to Question UNI 9834

29th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many children were in (a) relative and (b) absolute poverty in (i) England, (ii) London, (iii) Enfield and (iv) Enfield North constituency in the last five years.

Estimates of the number and proportion of children in relative and absolute low-income are published in the National Statistics Households Below Average Income (HBAI) series.

Due to small sample sizes figures for Enfield and Enfield North constituency are not available as robust estimates cannot be produced for local level geographies. However, HBAI does provide 3-year average estimates of the number and proportion of children in relative and absolute low-income for both England and London.

Analysis by region is presented as three-year averages as single-year estimates are considered too volatile. Figures are presented in financial year estimates and are available up to 2013/14.

The latest publication is available at the link below: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/households-below-average-income-19941995-to-20132014

Priti Patel
Home Secretary
29th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people aged between 18 and 21 in the London Borough of Enfield were in receipt of housing benefit in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c) 2012-13, (d) 2013-14 and (e) 2014-15.

Housing Benefit claims data, including details of claims from people aged between 18 and 21 and the numbers affected by the removal of the spare room subsidy is published and can be found at:

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

Guidance on how to extract the information required can be found at:

https://sw.stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Getting-Started---SuperWEB2.html

Please note the data relating to the removal of the spare room policy only shows the impact for those who remain entitled to Housing Benefit. The effect upon those who are no longer entitled to Housing Benefit is not available.

29th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in work were claiming housing benefit in May (a) 2010 and (b) 2015 in (i) England, (ii) London, (iii) Enfield and (iv) Enfield North constituency.

Housing Benefit claims data, including details of claims from people aged between 18 and 21 and the numbers affected by the removal of the spare room subsidy is published and can be found at:

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

Guidance on how to extract the information required can be found at:

https://sw.stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Getting-Started---SuperWEB2.html

Please note the data relating to the removal of the spare room policy only shows the impact for those who remain entitled to Housing Benefit. The effect upon those who are no longer entitled to Housing Benefit is not available.

16th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his policy is on maintaining the level of (a) employment and support allowance, (b) personal independence payment and (c) attendance allowance for disabled claimants.

The Secretary of State is currently reviewing how we spend money on welfare . The outcome of this will be announced when the work is complete.

Our reforms demonstrate our strong record of supporting disabled people. We introduced PIP to ensure more support is going to those who need it. Over 700,000 of those stuck on incapacity benefits under Labour are now preparing or looking for work.

Over the last Parliament spending on disability benefits increased in real terms, and disability employment has increased by 238,000 over the last year.

11th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect of lowering the overall benefit cap to £23,000 on the number of children living in a household in (a) London, (b) Enfield and (c) Enfield North constituency with an income below 60 per cent of median household income.

We will publish a full Impact Assessment in due course.

11th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of children living in households in (a) London, (b) Enfield and (c) Enfield North constituency that will be affected by a reduction of the benefit cap to £23,000.

We will publish a full Impact Assessment in due course.

11th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of households with dependent children in (a) London, (b) Enfield and (c) Enfield North constituency that will be affected by a reduction of the benefit cap to £23,000.

We will publish a full Impact Assessment in due course.

11th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of out of work households in (a) London, (b) Enfield and (c) Enfield North constituency that will be affected by the reduction of the benefit cap to £23,000.

We will publish a full Impact Assessment in due course.

9th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many housing benefit claimants have been subject to the under-occupancy penalty in each month since the introduction of that penalty in (a) England, (b) London and (c) Enfield since that legislation was introduced.

The information requested is published and can be found at:

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

Guidance on how to extract the information required can be found at:

https://sw.stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Getting-Started---SuperWEB2.html

9th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many children were in poverty in (a) England, (b) London and (c) Enfield in (i) May 2010 and (ii) May 2015.

Estimates of the number and proportion of children in relative and absolute low-income are published in the National Statistics Households Below Average Income (HBAI) series.

Due to small sample sizes figures for Enfield are not available as robust estimates cannot be produced for local level geographies. However, HBAI does provide 3-year average estimates of the number and proportion of children in relative and absolute low-income for both England and London.

Analysis by region is presented as three-year averages as single-year estimates are considered too volatile. Figures are presented in financial year estimates and are only available up to 2012/13.

The latest publication is available at the link below: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/households-below-average-income-hbai-199495-to-201213

Priti Patel
Home Secretary
4th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many NHS dentists are accepting patients in Enfield.

Data on the number of dentists accepting new patients is not held centrally and dental practice closures is not held in the format requested.

4th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many dental practices have closed in (a) Enfield and (b) London since 2010.

Data on the number of dentists accepting new patients is not held centrally and dental practice closures is not held in the format requested.

3rd Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to increase to at least the London average the level of public health funding allocated to the London borough of Enfield.

The allocations of grant funding for public health to the London Borough of Enfield for each year since 2015/16 are shown in the following table:

Year

Grant allocation (£000)

2015/16

£15,670*

2016/17

£17,708**

2017/18

£17,272

2018/19

£16,828

2019/20

£16,384

Notes:

*Allocation reflects the transfer to local authorities (LAs) in October 2015 of funding for services for children aged 0 – 5.

**Allocation reflects the full-year effect of the mid-2015/16 transfer.

The grant is ring-fenced for use exclusively on public health, but within that LAs must decide their own priorities for action. LAs’ public health funding for 2020 onwards will be considered under the next spending review.

We have made no specific assessment of any relationship between funding since 2015 and the effectiveness of services in Enfield. Public Health England (PHE) monitors and publishes data on trends in each LA in England for the wide range of indicators of public health set out in the Public Health Outcomes Framework. That framework can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/public-health-outcomes-framework

In addition, the PHE ‘dashboard’ shows data for a smaller set of key indicators for all LAs, including Enfield, in ways that allow comparisons to be made. It is available at the following link:

https://fingertips.phe.org.uk/topic/public-health-dashboard#par/nn-1-E09000010/sim/nn-1-E09000010/are/E09000010/ati/102

3rd Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of (a) trends in the level of public health funding allocated to and (b) the correlation between those allocations and the effectiveness of the provision of public health services in the London borough of Enfield in each year since 2015.

The allocations of grant funding for public health to the London Borough of Enfield for each year since 2015/16 are shown in the following table:

Year

Grant allocation (£000)

2015/16

£15,670*

2016/17

£17,708**

2017/18

£17,272

2018/19

£16,828

2019/20

£16,384

Notes:

*Allocation reflects the transfer to local authorities (LAs) in October 2015 of funding for services for children aged 0 – 5.

**Allocation reflects the full-year effect of the mid-2015/16 transfer.

The grant is ring-fenced for use exclusively on public health, but within that LAs must decide their own priorities for action. LAs’ public health funding for 2020 onwards will be considered under the next spending review.

We have made no specific assessment of any relationship between funding since 2015 and the effectiveness of services in Enfield. Public Health England (PHE) monitors and publishes data on trends in each LA in England for the wide range of indicators of public health set out in the Public Health Outcomes Framework. That framework can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/public-health-outcomes-framework

In addition, the PHE ‘dashboard’ shows data for a smaller set of key indicators for all LAs, including Enfield, in ways that allow comparisons to be made. It is available at the following link:

https://fingertips.phe.org.uk/topic/public-health-dashboard#par/nn-1-E09000010/sim/nn-1-E09000010/are/E09000010/ati/102

9th May 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 26 February 2018 to Question 128962 on social services: minimum wage, if his Department will publish the evidence base referred to in that Answer.

The Deloitte and Frontier Economics and LaingBuisson studies into sleep-in back pay liabilities form part of the evidence base that is being used to assess options and are subject to further analysis and refinement. Consequently, there is currently no timetable for sharing a summary of either report.

8th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with the Minister for Housing, Communities and Local Government on relieving financial pressures on the NHS as a result of business rates.

My Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care regularly meets with colleagues across Government to discuss a range of subjects.

Steve Barclay
Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
7th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing NHS Trusts with additional funding to offset business rates costs.

National Health Service properties, like almost all other buildings occupied by public bodies, have been subject to non-domestic rates since they were introduced.

Operational costs related to property, which include business rates, are taken into account at spending reviews in determining the overall level of funding for the NHS. The Government committed to backing the NHS’s Five Year Forward View plan with a £10 billion a year real terms increase in funding by 2020/21.

There has been no such assessment.

Steve Barclay
Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
7th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of allowing NHS Trusts to claim relief on business rates.

National Health Service properties, like almost all other buildings occupied by public bodies, have been subject to non-domestic rates since they were introduced.

Operational costs related to property, which include business rates, are taken into account at spending reviews in determining the overall level of funding for the NHS. The Government committed to backing the NHS’s Five Year Forward View plan with a £10 billion a year real terms increase in funding by 2020/21.

There has been no such assessment.

Steve Barclay
Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
7th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the finding of the World Health Organisation's report, Preventing Noncomunicable Diseases by Reducing Environmental Risk Factors, published on 12 September 2017, (a) in general and (b) on the adverse health effects and premature mortality risks associated with indoor air pollution; and if he will make a statement.

The World Health Organization's report, ‘Preventing Non-communicable Diseases by Reducing Environmental Risk Factors’, published on 12 September 2017, will be taken into consideration along with the rest of the relevant evidence base when developing cross-government policy.

The Department of has recently asked the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence to develop guidance on indoor air pollution at home. The focus will be on interventions related to the structure of, ventilation of, and materials used in, new / existing or retrofitted homes as well as on people’s knowledge, attitude and behaviour in relation to indoor air pollution. The guideline is going to be published in spring 2019.

Public Health England has developed a programme in support of national and local government to reduce mortality in England attributable to air pollution. This will be achieved by helping raise awareness of the health effects of air pollution and by further developing the evidence on the health effects of air pollutants, including nitrogen dioxide, particulate matter and ozone. The focus is on promoting actions that can bring multiple health co-benefits.

25th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 24 October 2017 to Question 107810, on general practitioners: Greater London, what estimate his Department has made of the GP-to-patient ratio in (a) the Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group and (b) clinical commissioning groups in London in each financial year since April 2013.

The requested information is attached. However, general practitioner (GP) locum figures were not collected prior to 2015, therefore 2013 and 2014 figures are not directly comparable to subsequent years.

18th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of (a) total and (b) per capita spending on (i) health and (ii) mental health is spent in the London Borough of Enfield; and where Enfield is ranked in (A) London and (B) England.

General clinical commissioning group (CCG) spend on health is published by NHS England in its quarterly Financial Performance Report. Spend per head is not available, and CCGs are not ranked on spend per head. Total spend by NHS Enfield CCG can be found on page 13 of the Q4 2016-17 report, which can be accessed via the link below.

https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/financial-report-q4-16-17.pdf

CCG spend does not cover all health spend; it excludes directly commissioned primary care, specialised commissioning and other services directly commissioned by NHS England.

The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health Dashboard publishes mental health expenditure figures quarterly. It does not include spend per capita. NHS Enfield CCG detail and totals for Q4 2016-17, which are the most recent published figures, can be accessed via the link below:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/mhfyfv-dashboard-q4-1617.xlsx

16th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent estimate he has made of the GP to patient ratio for (a) Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group and (b) other clinical commissioning groups in London; and if he will make an assessment of the adequacy of those GP to patient ratios.

The requested information is contained in the table below. There is no recommended ratio of general practitioners (GPs) to patients, recognising the differing needs of the registered patients of GP practices. GP practices plan and utilise their workforce to best meet the needs of their patients.

Patients per GP

NHS Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

1,434

NHS Barking and Dagenham CCG

1,787

NHS Barnet CCG

1,448

NHS Bexley CCG

1,528

NHS Brent CCG

1,478

NHS Bromley CCG

1,472

NHS Camden CCG

1,143

NHS City and Hackney CCG

1,286

NHS Croydon CCG

1,510

NHS Ealing CCG

1,610

NHS Greenwich CCG

1,622

NHS Hounslow CCG

1,535

NHS Hammersmith and Fulham CCG

1,401

NHS Haringey CCG

1,458

NHS Harrow CCG

1,415

NHS Havering CCG

1,677

NHS Hillingdon CCG

1,760

NHS Islington CCG

1,414

NHS Kingston CCG

1,432

NHS Lambeth CCG

1,244

NHS Lewisham CCG

1,543

NHS Merton CCG

1,494

NHS Newham CCG

1,609

NHS Redbridge CCG

1,728

NHS Richmond CCG

1,424

NHS Southwark CCG

1,631

NHS Sutton CCG

1,457

NHS Tower Hamlets CCG

1,219

NHS Waltham Forest CCG

1,648

NHS Wandsworth CCG

1,317

NHS West London CCG

1,462

NHS Central London (Westminster) CCG

1,382

Source: NHS Digital

10th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how long on average it has taken to fill a vacant GP post in every (a) local authority and (b) constituency in London in each year since 2010.

NHS England does not collect centralised data on the average time to fill general practitioner (GP) vacancies, which varies significantly depending on area.

Clinical commissioning groups are currently working on strategies and plans to address recruitment issues which will vary from area to area. These plans will be reflective of the General Practice Forward View and national initiatives to support recruitment and retention.

Information on spending on locum doctors is not held centrally. GPs are independent contractors who have discretion on the number and type of staff they employ in their practices to assist in the delivery of primary medical services.

10th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent by the NHS on locum doctors in each local authority in London in each of the last 12 months.

NHS England does not collect centralised data on the average time to fill general practitioner (GP) vacancies, which varies significantly depending on area.

Clinical commissioning groups are currently working on strategies and plans to address recruitment issues which will vary from area to area. These plans will be reflective of the General Practice Forward View and national initiatives to support recruitment and retention.

Information on spending on locum doctors is not held centrally. GPs are independent contractors who have discretion on the number and type of staff they employ in their practices to assist in the delivery of primary medical services.

10th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to increase the number of GPs in Enfield; and if he will make a statement.

NHS England, Health Education England (HEE) and the Department have been working together to increase the general practitioner (GP) workforce and support recruitment in areas where this has been identified as a challenge. The General Practice Forward View, published in April 2016, set out investment of an extra £2.4 billion a year by 2020/21 to support and grow general practice services.

At the Royal College of General Practitioners conference on 12 October 2017, my Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health announced the extension of the Targeted Enhanced Recruitment Scheme which funds a £20,000 salary supplement to attract GP trainees to work in areas of the country where GP training places have been unfilled for a number of years. HEE are currently deciding the allocation of up to a further 200 training places for 2018.

In addition to the national campaigns to increase the number of GPs, Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group is undertaking specific work to increase GP numbers within their area by working with NHS London and North Central London recruitment initiatives and continuing with its well established Vocational Training Scheme to train GPs locally and retain them in local practices.

6th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) doctors, (b) midwives and (c) nurses and health visitors were employed by the North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust in each year between 2014 and 2017.

NHS Digital publishes workforce statistics and the following table shows the number of full time equivalent Hospital and Community Health Service Doctors, Midwives and Nurses and Health Visitors employed by North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust at 30 September 2014 to 2016. Data for June 2017 is also provided as this is the latest available.

NHS Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS): Doctors, Midwives and Nurses and health visitors in North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust as at 30 September each specified year and 30 June 2017.

Full-time equivalent

September 2014

September 2015

September 2016

June 2017

HCHS Doctors

467

458

470

487

Midwives

147

148

162

128

Nurses and health visitors

780

851

842

938

Source: NHS Digital, Provisional NHS HCHS monthly workforce statistics.

6th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) doctors, (b) midwives and (c) nurses and health visitors were employed by the Royal Free London NHS Trust in each year between 2014 and 2017.

NHS Digital publishes workforce statistics and the following table shows the number of full time equivalent Hospital and Community Health Service Doctors, Midwives and Nurses and Health Visitors employed by Royal Free London NHS Trust at 30 September 2014 to 2016. Data for June 2017 is also provided as this is the latest available.

NHS Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS): Doctors, Midwives and Nurses and health visitors in Royal Free London NHS Trust as at 30 September each specified year and 31 June 2017.

Full-time Equivalent

September 2014

September 2015

September 2016

June 2017

HCHS Doctors

1,417

1,445

1,462

1,435

Midwives

256

262

281

275

Nurses and health visitors

2,346

2,285

2,281

2,330

Source: NHS Digital, Provisional NHS HCHS monthly workforce statistics.

6th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and which GP practices (a) closed and (b) opened in the London Borough of Enfield in each year since 2010.

NHS England has recorded four practice closures in Enfield since 2013, listed in the table below.

Practice Name

Date of closure

The Green Practice

30 January 2014

Jaina House Surgery

1 July 2014

Palm Medical Centre

2 August 2014

Bowes Road Medical Centre

10 June 2016

Practices may close for a variety of reasons, including mergers with neighbouring practices or the retirement of general practitioners from single-handed practices.

A reduction in practice numbers does not necessarily correspond with a reduction in the quality of care. Much of the trend to work in larger groupings is provider driven, in line with the strategic intent to provide primary care at scale and to create back office efficiencies. There are currently three Primary Care Access Hubs across Enfield which are open from 6.30pm - 8pm weekdays and 8am - 8pm weekends and public holidays.

28th Jun 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what consultation has been undertaken to assess the effect of potential NHS service consolidation in (a) the London Borough of Enfield and (b) North Central London.

Health organisations across North London are working with NHS England and NHS Improvement to make sure they deliver safe and effective patient care within budget. North London Sustainability and Transformation partnership consists of health organisations and local authorities across the London boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington.

If holding a consultation does become appropriate as a result of planned significant service change then a full public consultation will take place. The proposals must have support from clinical commissioners, clarity on the clinical evidence base, robust patient and public engagement and support for patient choice. There is additional NHS England guidance which means that proposed service reconfigurations should be tested for their impact on overall bed numbers in the area. It is right that these decisions are led by local clinicians, who best understand the healthcare needs of their local populations.

28th Jun 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients in Enfield North constituency affected by NHS Shared Business Services' backlog of correspondence have yet to have their files assessed by a GP.

All documentation has been sent on to the relevant general practitioner surgery. Information by parliamentary constituency is not available.

28th Jun 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the capped expenditure process on the NHS's ability to use and retain patient data.

The National Health Service and wider health system has examined how to sustain and improve care – which produced the NHS Five Year Forward View. The Government committed to providing an additional £10 billion in real terms by 2020-21 to back the NHS’ plan, enabling it to deliver key priorities like seven day care, improved access to cancer treatments and better mental health services.

All public services, local NHS areas need to live within the budget agreed – otherwise they effectively take up resources that could be spent on general practitioners, mental health care, and cancer treatment. As part of their financial planning, NHS England and NHS Improvement have been running a process to look at how a small number of areas could do more to balance their financial plans, as many already have.

The National Health Service is required to meet its operational standards as set out in the mandate and ensure access to appropriate care for all, in line with the NHS Constitution. It is right that the NHS should consider efficiency savings such as reducing delayed transfers of care, reducing running costs, or reviewing treatments that are of low clinical effectiveness – because this improves patient care overall.

The Capped Expenditure Process is an extension of the annual planning process, and as such the usual consultation requirements are unchanged in respect of any proposed major service reconfigurations. We also do not expect that this should affect the appropriate use or availability of patient data.

28th Jun 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients in Enfield North constituency have been affected by NHS Shared Business Services' (SBS) backlog of patient correspondence; of the 1,788 cases of potential harm identified by the National Audit Office (NAO) as being caused by the SBS backlog of correspondence, how many affected Enfield North constituency residents; and of the 2,508 items of correspondence identified by the NAO as high risk, how many affected patients in Enfield North constituency.

All documentation has been sent on to the relevant general practitioner surgery. Information by parliamentary constituency is not available.

28th Jun 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with (a) NHS England and (b) NHS Improvement on how the capped expenditure process affects NHS services in the London Borough of Enfield.

The National Health Service and wider health system has examined how to sustain and improve care – which produced the NHS Five Year Forward View. The Government committed to providing an additional £10 billion in real terms by 2020-21 to back the NHS’ plan, enabling it to deliver key priorities like seven day care, improved access to cancer treatments and better mental health services.

All public services, local NHS areas need to live within the budget agreed – otherwise they effectively take up resources that could be spent on general practitioners, mental health care, and cancer treatment. As part of their financial planning, NHS England and NHS Improvement have been running a process to look at how a small number of areas could do more to balance their financial plans, as many already have.

The National Health Service is required to meet its operational standards as set out in the mandate and ensure access to appropriate care for all, in line with the NHS Constitution. It is right that the NHS should consider efficiency savings such as reducing delayed transfers of care, reducing running costs, or reviewing treatments that are of low clinical effectiveness – because this improves patient care overall.

The Capped Expenditure Process is an extension of the annual planning process, and as such the usual consultation requirements are unchanged in respect of any proposed major service reconfigurations. We also do not expect that this should affect the appropriate use or availability of patient data.

28th Jun 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when a public consultation will be held on the capped expenditure process in North Central London.

The National Health Service and wider health system has examined how to sustain and improve care – which produced the NHS Five Year Forward View. The Government committed to providing an additional £10 billion in real terms by 2020-21 to back the NHS’ plan, enabling it to deliver key priorities like seven day care, improved access to cancer treatments and better mental health services.

All public services, local NHS areas need to live within the budget agreed – otherwise they effectively take up resources that could be spent on general practitioners, mental health care, and cancer treatment. As part of their financial planning, NHS England and NHS Improvement have been running a process to look at how a small number of areas could do more to balance their financial plans, as many already have.

The National Health Service is required to meet its operational standards as set out in the mandate and ensure access to appropriate care for all, in line with the NHS Constitution. It is right that the NHS should consider efficiency savings such as reducing delayed transfers of care, reducing running costs, or reviewing treatments that are of low clinical effectiveness – because this improves patient care overall.

The Capped Expenditure Process is an extension of the annual planning process, and as such the usual consultation requirements are unchanged in respect of any proposed major service reconfigurations. We also do not expect that this should affect the appropriate use or availability of patient data.

28th Jun 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions (a) he and (b) officials of his Department have had with (i) NHS England and (ii) NHS Improvement on potential NHS service consolidation at North Middlesex University Hospital.

No specific meetings have been recorded. However, both Ministers and officials are in regular communication with colleagues at arms length bodies, including NHS England and NHS Improvement, on many issues affecting the National Health Service.

28th Jun 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the capped expenditure process on the quality of care delivered by the NHS.

Local organisations are taking action to secure high quality care within their fair share of the National Health Service budget.

The NHS is required to meet its operational standards as set out in the mandate and ensure access to appropriate care for all, in line with the NHS Constitution. It is right that the NHS should consider efficiency savings such as reducing delayed transfers of care, reducing running costs, or reviewing treatments that are of low clinical effectiveness – because this improves patient care overall.

6th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to his oral contribution of 27 February 2017, Official Report, column 26, how many of the 708,000 items of confidential NHS correspondence lost by NHS Shared Business Services relate to the medical records of patients from (a) Enfield North constituency and (b) the London Borough of Enfield.

There has been no loss of correspondence. All correspondence has been securely held, and has now been returned to general practitioner practices or to archives, as appropriate.

The information requested is not available at parliamentary constituency or local authority level.

6th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of how many (a) Enfield North constituents and (b) London Borough of Enfield residents have been affected by delays in receiving referrals for treatment as a result of the loss of confidential NHS correspondence by NHS Shared Business Services.

There has been no loss of correspondence. All correspondence has been securely held, and has now been returned to general practitioner practices or to archives, as appropriate.

The information requested is not available at parliamentary constituency or local authority level.

19th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 13 December 2016 to Question 56221, if he will list the seven Enfield practices which have been identified for support under the General Practice Resilience Programme.

Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group is currently working with seven practices that have applied for funding through the General Practice Resilience Programme, of whom four have been accepted and three are pending a decision.

NHS England is unable to release the names of the practices as this information is commercially sensitive.

6th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of NHS England's General Practice Resilience Programme.

NHS England launched the General Practice Resilience Programme 28 July 2016 following publication of the General Practice Forward View in April 2016 which committed to invest £40 million in supporting practices to become more sustainable and resilient, including £16 million this year.

The programme devolves funding to NHS England’s 13 local teams to secure and deliver a wide menu of support to practices prioritised locally against nationally set criteria. As the first milestones in delivering this four-year programme locally have been focused on developing a local support approach and identifying which practices to support, it is too early to assess its effectiveness.

NHS England is, however, committed to ensuring that the £16 million is invested in support for practices this financial year and to evaluating the effectiveness of to ensure best value from support to practices.

6th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of General Practice Resilience Programme funding has been granted to vulnerable GP practices in London.

London will receive approximately 16% of the £40 million funding being provided through the four-year General Practice Resilience Programme. London will receive approximately £6.6 million over the lifetime of the programme, with £2.6 million available this year.

Seven practices have been identified for support under the General Practice Resilience Programme in Enfield and support offers are currently being agreed with the practices. The programme funding is not intended to provide financial assistance to practices, but to be used to secure a wide menu of support to improve practice operations that will help practices to become more sustainable and resilient in the future.

229 practices in London have been identified for support under the General Practice Resilience Programme. This includes support to a range of practices - those practices which may benefit from support upstream of any difficulties arising, as well as practices identified as being in difficulty.

6th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many GP practices in Enfield have received financial assistance from the General Practice Resilience Programme.

London will receive approximately 16% of the £40 million funding being provided through the four-year General Practice Resilience Programme. London will receive approximately £6.6 million over the lifetime of the programme, with £2.6 million available this year.

Seven practices have been identified for support under the General Practice Resilience Programme in Enfield and support offers are currently being agreed with the practices. The programme funding is not intended to provide financial assistance to practices, but to be used to secure a wide menu of support to improve practice operations that will help practices to become more sustainable and resilient in the future.

229 practices in London have been identified for support under the General Practice Resilience Programme. This includes support to a range of practices - those practices which may benefit from support upstream of any difficulties arising, as well as practices identified as being in difficulty.

6th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 8 November 2016 to Question 51648, what recent estimate he has made of the number of GP practices that require assistance from the General Practice Resilience Programme in (a) Enfield and (b) London.

London will receive approximately 16% of the £40 million funding being provided through the four-year General Practice Resilience Programme. London will receive approximately £6.6 million over the lifetime of the programme, with £2.6 million available this year.

Seven practices have been identified for support under the General Practice Resilience Programme in Enfield and support offers are currently being agreed with the practices. The programme funding is not intended to provide financial assistance to practices, but to be used to secure a wide menu of support to improve practice operations that will help practices to become more sustainable and resilient in the future.

229 practices in London have been identified for support under the General Practice Resilience Programme. This includes support to a range of practices - those practices which may benefit from support upstream of any difficulties arising, as well as practices identified as being in difficulty.

12th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent per head on GP services in (a) Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group area, (b) Barnet Clinical Commissioning Group area, (c) Haringey Clinical Commissioning Group area and (d) on average by all Clinical Commissioning Group areas across Greater London in each of the last three years.

Information on expenditure on general practice (GP) services during 2013/14 and 2014/15 is not available, as the expenditure was not recorded at that level during those years. Figures showing NHS England’s expenditure on GP services in the three specified clinical commissioning group (CCG) areas and in London overall for 2015/16, are given below:

Area

Outturn - 2015/16

Barnet CCG

Medical Primary Care spend per capita - weighted list

£ 120.89

Medical Primary Care spend per capita - raw list

£ 110.06

Enfield CCG

Medical Primary Care spend per capita - weighted list

£ 123.18

Medical Primary Care spend per capita - raw list

£ 113.02

Haringey CCG

Medical Primary Care spend per capita - weighted list

£ 119.33

Medical Primary Care spend per capita - raw list

£ 114.33

London

Medical Primary Care spend per capita - weighted list

£ 126.30

Medical Primary Care spend per capita - raw list

£ 118.92

Source: NHS England. The raw figure is the number of individuals before they are weighted for characteristics such as age, needs etc. The weighted figure is the actual spend per person.

12th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the average waiting times for treatment in the accident and emergency departments of (a) the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust and (b) North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust for each of the last 12 months.

NHS Digital, Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) measure accident and emergency (A&E) waiting times from arrival to assessment, treatment and departure. A table showing the mean and median waiting times for the last 12 months for the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust and North Middlesex University Hospital is below. Data for 2015-16 and 2016-17 is provisional and may be subject to in-year changes.

Mean and median1 duration in minutes to assessment2, treatment3 and departure4 for unplanned A&E attendances4 at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust and North Middlesex University Hospital for 2015-16 (provisional data)5

Month

Duration to Assessment (minutes)2

Duration to Treatment (minutes)3

Duration to Departure (minutes)4

Mean

Median

Mean

Median

Mean

Median

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust6

August 2015

63

16

102

64

159

148

September 2015

70

18

171

80

163

151

October 2015

71

19

158

80

165

155

November 2015

168

30

146

85

182

165

December 2015

205

33

146

80

178

162

January 2016

298

101

165

91

204

177

February 2016

237

50

153

99

199

179

March 2016

252

55

166

108

201

183

April 2016

245

46

145

86

185

168

May 2016

263

59

143

91

180

172

June 2016

292

80

163

93

193

177

July 2016

267

53

149

87

180

164

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

August 2015

25

16

100

92

178

180

September 2015

30

18

107

94

190

185

October 2015

29

19

118

107

195

191

November 2015

35

24

132

119

219

204

December 2015

33

23

136

122

229

207

January 2016

35

23

142

118

250

207

February 2016

35

22

141

120

241

206

March 2016

32

21

132

110

228

197

April 2016

26

17

113

91

215

182

May 2016

25

18

115

92

212

181

June 2016

25

18

104

86

197

175

July 2016

21

15

78

65

161

153

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), NHS Digital

Notes:

Activity in English National Health Service Hospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in the independent sector.

1 Mean and Median: The mean (average) and median (middle) in ranking when all values are sorted in order) duration in minutes to assessment, treatment or duration.

2 Duration to assessment: This is the total amount of time in minutes between the patients’ arrival and their initial assessment in the A&E department. This is calculated as the difference in time from arrival at A&E to the time when the patient is initially assessed.

3 Duration to treatment: This is the total amount of time in minutes between the patients’ arrival and the start of their treatment. This is calculated as the difference in time from arrival at A&E to the time when the patient began treatment

4 Duration to departure: This is total amount of time spent in minutes in an A&E department. This is calculated as the difference in time from arrival at A&E to the time when the patient is discharged from A&E care. This includes being admitted to hospital, dying in the department, discharged with no follow up or discharged and referred to another specialist department

5 2015-16 and 2016-17 is provisional data and may be incomplete or contain errors for which no adjustments have yet been made.

6 Between November 2015 and July 2016, the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust shows a mean time to assessment greater than the mean time to treatment. This appears to be a data quality.

20th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received from (a) the Royal Free London NHS Trust, (b) University College London Hospitals NHS Trust and (c) Barts Health NHS Trust on patient safety of the emergency department at North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust.

NHS Improvement is working alongside NHS England and the local health and care system to improve patient care in the emergency department at North Middlesex University NHS Trust (NMUH).

Ministers in the Department have not received any representations from the trusts listed on patient safety in the emergency department at NMUH.

15th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations he has received from (a) Health Education England, (b) the General Medical Council and (c) the Care Quality Commission on the standard of treatment provided to patients at North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust's emergency department; and on what dates he received those representations.

NHS Improvement (NHSI) is working alongside NHS England and the local health and care system to both improve patient care in the emergency department at North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust and to assure Health Education England (HEE) and the General Medical Council that patients are safe and that trainee doctors receive adequate support.

Ministers in the Department have held regular discussions and received updates from NHSI, NHS England and HEE and will continue to do so.

15th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what meetings he plans to hold with (a) Health Education England, (b) the General Medical Council, (c) the Care Quality Commission and (d) the leadership of North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust to discuss the standard of treatment in that hospital's emergency department.

NHS Improvement (NHSI) is working alongside NHS England and the local health and care system to both improve patient care in the emergency department at North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust and to assure Health Education England (HEE) and the General Medical Council that patients are safe and that trainee doctors receive adequate support.

Ministers in the Department have held regular discussions and received updates from NHSI, NHS England and HEE and will continue to do so.

15th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with NHS England on that body's efforts to recruit additional accident and emergency specialists from other hospitals in London to work in the emergency department at North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust.

NHS Improvement (NHSI) is working alongside NHS England and the local health and care system to both improve patient care in the emergency department at North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust and to assure Health Education England (HEE) and the General Medical Council that patients are safe and that trainee doctors receive adequate support.

Ministers in the Department have held regular discussions and received updates from NHSI, NHS England and HEE and will continue to do so.

15th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of doctor staffing levels in the emergency department at North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust.

Patient safety remains a key priority for the Government and whilst progress has been made there is clearly much more to be done. The Department is aware of the situation at North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust and the relevant regulatory bodies, led by NHS Improvement, are taking appropriate action.

The Warning Notice, issued to North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on 6 June 2016 requires the trust to significantly improve the treatment of patients attending the emergency department (ED).

NHS Improvement has given assurance that North Middlesex University Hospital carried out immediate actions to support the staffing concerns raised by the regulators.

A new Clinical Director and an experienced Medical Director have been appointed to provide the ED with dedicated substantive leadership. The Clinical Director will provide leadership to the department and oversee the recruitment to currently vacant posts. In addition, there is also focus on reducing the medical work load in the ED through added support from other clinical services and professionals. This includes the appointment of new matrons and a new dedicated service manager with extensive ED experience.

Further, local general practitioners are increasing the level of support they provide to the department both to prevent admissions and to improve discharges. All of these measures will be in place by the end of June 2016.

On staffing, the local National Health Service is working with the Trust to ensure it can provide emergency care to the required standards. NHS Improvement and NHS England have put in place enhanced oversight mechanisms to assure themselves that services remain safe at all times.

An external specialist review of the consultant and middle grade rotas for June, July, August and September has been commissioned to provide independent assurance of the appropriate competencies within each rota.

NHS Improvement will continue to work with system colleagues, Health Education England and the General Medical Council to assure themselves that the improvements being put in place meet the requirements that they need to see from both the Trust and the system both in the short term and the long term.

15th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he plans to take in response to the decision by the Care Quality Commission to issue a warning notice to North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust regarding the standard of care in the emergency department at that hospital; and if he will make a statement.

Patient safety remains a key priority for the Government and whilst progress has been made there is clearly much more to be done. The Department is aware of the situation at North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust and the relevant regulatory bodies, led by NHS Improvement, are taking appropriate action.

The Warning Notice, issued to North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on 6 June 2016 requires the trust to significantly improve the treatment of patients attending the emergency department (ED).

NHS Improvement has given assurance that North Middlesex University Hospital carried out immediate actions to support the staffing concerns raised by the regulators.

A new Clinical Director and an experienced Medical Director have been appointed to provide the ED with dedicated substantive leadership. The Clinical Director will provide leadership to the department and oversee the recruitment to currently vacant posts. In addition, there is also focus on reducing the medical work load in the ED through added support from other clinical services and professionals. This includes the appointment of new matrons and a new dedicated service manager with extensive ED experience.

Further, local general practitioners are increasing the level of support they provide to the department both to prevent admissions and to improve discharges. All of these measures will be in place by the end of June 2016.

On staffing, the local National Health Service is working with the Trust to ensure it can provide emergency care to the required standards. NHS Improvement and NHS England have put in place enhanced oversight mechanisms to assure themselves that services remain safe at all times.

An external specialist review of the consultant and middle grade rotas for June, July, August and September has been commissioned to provide independent assurance of the appropriate competencies within each rota.

NHS Improvement will continue to work with system colleagues, Health Education England and the General Medical Council to assure themselves that the improvements being put in place meet the requirements that they need to see from both the Trust and the system both in the short term and the long term.

15th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the emergency department at North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust is able to guarantee patient safety; and if he will make a statement.

NHS England is the responsible organisation for emergency planning and resilience in London. As such, it has well-established contingency plans in place which take effect in the event of emergency departments (EDs) having to temporarily reduce their scope of operations in order to ensure the best standards of patient care, our central concern.

As the Rt. hon. Member is aware, following an unannounced inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) at North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, the CQC issued a Warning Notice. The Warning Notice, published on 6 June 2016, requires the trust to significantly improve the treatment of patients attending its emergency department.

The CQC is responsible for assessing whether the Trust is providing the right standard of care and ensuring that improvement plans meet the level of improvement required.

NHS Improvement is working alongside NHS England and the local health and care system to ensure that the Trust has the resources it needs to ensure that patients receive safe, high quality care.

We are informed by NHS Improvement that, in order to address the poor performance at the Trust’s ED, it has devised a plan titled Safer, Faster, Better. This is a whole system programme with the primary objective of improving performance, patient experience and outcomes for patients.

15th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what contingency plans his Department has for the event of the closure of North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust's emergency department.

NHS England is the responsible organisation for emergency planning and resilience in London. As such, it has well-established contingency plans in place which take effect in the event of emergency departments (EDs) having to temporarily reduce their scope of operations in order to ensure the best standards of patient care, our central concern.

As the Rt. hon. Member is aware, following an unannounced inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) at North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, the CQC issued a Warning Notice. The Warning Notice, published on 6 June 2016, requires the trust to significantly improve the treatment of patients attending its emergency department.

The CQC is responsible for assessing whether the Trust is providing the right standard of care and ensuring that improvement plans meet the level of improvement required.

NHS Improvement is working alongside NHS England and the local health and care system to ensure that the Trust has the resources it needs to ensure that patients receive safe, high quality care.

We are informed by NHS Improvement that, in order to address the poor performance at the Trust’s ED, it has devised a plan titled Safer, Faster, Better. This is a whole system programme with the primary objective of improving performance, patient experience and outcomes for patients.

15th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the standard of treatment in North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust's emergency department.

NHS England is the responsible organisation for emergency planning and resilience in London. As such, it has well-established contingency plans in place which take effect in the event of emergency departments (EDs) having to temporarily reduce their scope of operations in order to ensure the best standards of patient care, our central concern.

As the Rt. hon. Member is aware, following an unannounced inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) at North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, the CQC issued a Warning Notice. The Warning Notice, published on 6 June 2016, requires the trust to significantly improve the treatment of patients attending its emergency department.

The CQC is responsible for assessing whether the Trust is providing the right standard of care and ensuring that improvement plans meet the level of improvement required.

NHS Improvement is working alongside NHS England and the local health and care system to ensure that the Trust has the resources it needs to ensure that patients receive safe, high quality care.

We are informed by NHS Improvement that, in order to address the poor performance at the Trust’s ED, it has devised a plan titled Safer, Faster, Better. This is a whole system programme with the primary objective of improving performance, patient experience and outcomes for patients.

15th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations officials, advisers and Ministers of his Department have made to the Chief Executive and Chair of North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust since May 2015 on the standard of care in that hospital's emergency department.

The Department has not approached the Chief Executive or Chair of North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust directly about this matter.

NHS Improvement is responsible for overseeing hospital trusts. It offers the support that providers need to give patients consistently safe, high quality, compassionate care within local health systems that are financially sustainable.

NHS Improvement is continuing to work alongside NHS England and the local health and care system to ensure that the Trust has the resources it needs to ensure that patients receive safe, high quality care.

15th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has carried out of the effect of the closure of the emergency department at Chase Farm Hospital in 2013 on other hospital emergency departments in (a) Enfield and (b) North London.

This is a matter for the local National Health Service.

The closure of the emergency department at Chase Farm Hospital was informed by the Barnet, Enfield and Haringey (BEH) Clinical Strategy, which took full account of the likely effects and implications of that closure.

The BEH Clinical Strategy has been through a rigorous due process, including a thorough planning and development phase, a public consultation and a number of gateway reviews and checkpoints.

15th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department of findings of Health Education England's briefing paper on its inspection visit to North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust's emergency department in March 2016.

We understand that no announcement has been made by Health Education England (HEE) about ceasing postgraduate training in North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust's emergency department.

We are determined to make the National Health Service the safest and most transparent healthcare system in the world, transforming patient safety and changing the culture of the NHS to support patients and doctors alike.

Patient safety is the key concern of the Government. HEE’s role is to ensure that trainees have access to safe, high quality learning. Excellence in healthcare education leads to safe, high quality care for patients in both the short term and the long term.

HEE continues to work with the Trust, NHS Improvement, NHS England and the General Medical Council (GMC) to support the Trust and ensure it has an achievable action plan for trainees to meet GMC standards.

HEE has required the Trust to have sufficient middle grade and senior cover so that junior doctors are appropriately supported. The Trust has appointed a Clinical Director to lead the improvement work required. Enhanced oversight arrangements imposed by NHS Improvement and NHS England will ensure that rotas are safely staffed. Additional support has been provided to the Trust by other NHS organisations.

15th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he plans to take in response to the announcement by Health Education England that it will not allow postgraduate training to continue in North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust's emergency department because of concerns about support and supervision of trainee doctors at that hospital.

We understand that no announcement has been made by Health Education England (HEE) about ceasing postgraduate training in North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust's emergency department.

We are determined to make the National Health Service the safest and most transparent healthcare system in the world, transforming patient safety and changing the culture of the NHS to support patients and doctors alike.

Patient safety is the key concern of the Government. HEE’s role is to ensure that trainees have access to safe, high quality learning. Excellence in healthcare education leads to safe, high quality care for patients in both the short term and the long term.

HEE continues to work with the Trust, NHS Improvement, NHS England and the General Medical Council (GMC) to support the Trust and ensure it has an achievable action plan for trainees to meet GMC standards.

HEE has required the Trust to have sufficient middle grade and senior cover so that junior doctors are appropriately supported. The Trust has appointed a Clinical Director to lead the improvement work required. Enhanced oversight arrangements imposed by NHS Improvement and NHS England will ensure that rotas are safely staffed. Additional support has been provided to the Trust by other NHS organisations.

15th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to respond to the letter of (a) 3 June 2016 from the right hon. Member for Enfield North and (b) 10 June 2016 from the hon. Member for Edmonton on the emergency department at North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust.

I responded to the Rt. hon. and hon. Members’ letters of 3 June and 10 June 2016 on 20 June 2016.

15th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policy of the findings of the Care Quality Commission's recent inspection report for North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust on the (a) level and (b) grade of staff in the accident and emergency department.

Patient safety remains a key priority for the Government and whilst progress has been made there is clearly much more to be done. The Department is aware of the situation at North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust and the relevant regulatory bodies, led by NHS Improvement, are taking appropriate action.

The Warning Notice, issued to North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on 6 June 2016 requires the trust to significantly improve the treatment of patients attending the emergency department (ED).

NHS Improvement has given assurance that North Middlesex University Hospital carried out immediate actions to support the staffing concerns raised by the regulators.

A new Clinical Director and an experienced Medical Director have been appointed to provide the ED with dedicated substantive leadership. The Clinical Director will provide leadership to the department and oversee the recruitment to currently vacant posts. In addition, there is also focus on reducing the medical work load in the ED through added support from other clinical services and professionals. This includes the appointment of new matrons and a new dedicated service manager with extensive ED experience.

Further, local general practitioners are increasing the level of support they provide to the department both to prevent admissions and to improve discharges. All of these measures will be in place by the end of June 2016.

On staffing, the local National Health Service is working with the Trust to ensure it can provide emergency care to the required standards. NHS Improvement and NHS England have put in place enhanced oversight mechanisms to assure themselves that services remain safe at all times.

An external specialist review of the consultant and middle grade rotas for June, July, August and September has been commissioned to provide independent assurance of the appropriate competencies within each rota.

NHS Improvement will continue to work with system colleagues, Health Education England and the General Medical Council to assure themselves that the improvements being put in place meet the requirements that they need to see from both the Trust and the system both in the short term and the long term.

23rd May 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect on patient confidentiality of the decision by NHS Royal Free Foundation Trust to grant DeepMind access to NHS patient records; and if he will make a statement.

Individual organisations providing National Health Service care are the data controllers for the information that they hold, and are responsible for ensuring that there is a legal basis for sharing confidential patient information with a third party.

Individual organisations must ensure that where patient consent is the basis for information sharing that patients are fully informed about the purposes for which personal information might be processed and with whom they might share information. Where a NHS organisation has contracted a third party to process personal information on its behalf to support the provision of direct care to patients the individual organisation must ensure that it has contractual safeguards in place to prevent the third party from using the data for purposes other than those determined by the NHS organisation.

NHS organisations should not share confidential patient information where the patient has objected – except in cases where there is a legal requirement to share data or an overriding public interest.

George Freeman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
20th May 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations he has received from (a) Healthwatch England, (b) Healthwatch Enfield and (c) other patient groups on the decision by NHS Royal Free Foundation Trust to grant Google DeepMind access to NHS patient records.

The Department has received no representations from patient groups on this subject.

George Freeman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
24th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many GP appointments were available in Enfield North constituency in each year since 2010.

The attached table shows the total general practitioner (GP) headcount and headcount per head of population in Enfield and London between 2010-14.

Information on the availability of GP appointments in Enfield North is not collected centrally.

We have invested in the Prime Minister’s GP Access Fund to test improved and innovative access to GP services. Across the two waves of the Fund, there are 57 schemes covering over 2,500 practices and over 18 million patients have benefited from improved access and transformational change at a local level. A wide variety of approaches are being tested through the Access Fund, including: evening and weekend appointments and better use of telecare and health apps; more innovative ways to access services by video call, email or telephone; and developing more integrated services with a single point of contact to co-ordinate patient services.

24th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many GPs were working in (a) Enfield North constituency, (b) Enfield and (c) London (i) in total and (ii) per head of population in each year since 2010.

The attached table shows the total general practitioner (GP) headcount and headcount per head of population in Enfield and London between 2010-14.

Information on the availability of GP appointments in Enfield North is not collected centrally.

We have invested in the Prime Minister’s GP Access Fund to test improved and innovative access to GP services. Across the two waves of the Fund, there are 57 schemes covering over 2,500 practices and over 18 million patients have benefited from improved access and transformational change at a local level. A wide variety of approaches are being tested through the Access Fund, including: evening and weekend appointments and better use of telecare and health apps; more innovative ways to access services by video call, email or telephone; and developing more integrated services with a single point of contact to co-ordinate patient services.

7th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 3 March 2016 to Question 28945, what the statistics referred to in that question were for (a) Barnet Hospital, (b) Chase Farm Hospital and (c) Royal Free Hospital.

Data on accident and emergency (A&E) attendances, emergency admissions, and performance against the A&E waiting time standard is not published for individual hospital sites. The data is published at trust level only, and this information is available at the links provided in the response to question 28945.

2nd Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to respond to the letter from the Right hon. Member for Enfield North, dated 28 January 2016, on the Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group.

My Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health responded to the Rt hon. Member’s letter on 25 February.

2nd Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations he has received from (a) the British Medical Journal, (b) GP networks, (c) Monitor and (d) other organisations on conflicts of interest in the commissioning of services by clinical commissioning groups.

NHS England updated existing guidance for managing conflicts of interest in December 2014, when NHS England issued revised statutory guidance, which prescribed stronger assurance measures in light of the development of primary care co-commissioning. This came into force from April 2015.

In light of comments from stakeholders and the recent National Audit Office report “Managing conflicts of interest in NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups”, as well as findings from the audit of the management of conflict of interest that was undertaken in the autumn by NHS England’s internal auditors, NHS England is in the process of further updating this statutory guidance.

NHS England has engaged with NHS Clinical Commissioners in respect of conflicts of interest in the commissioning of services by clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to positive effect.

It has also engaged with around 80% of the Audit chairs for the CCGs- the feedback and discussion received on behalf of both these groups will feed into the Revised Statutory Guidance which will be published and discussed at the next NHS England board meeting on 31 March. This will launch the official public consultation (which will also take into consideration views from British Medical Journal and Monitor).

The final guidance will then be presented to the May NHS England board meeting and will be published on the NHS England website.

George Freeman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
2nd Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of NHS guidance to clinical commissioning groups on their responsibility to manage conflicts of interest when commissioning and providing services.

NHS England updated existing guidance for managing conflicts of interest in December 2014, when NHS England issued revised statutory guidance, which prescribed stronger assurance measures in light of the development of primary care co-commissioning. This came into force from April 2015.

In light of comments from stakeholders and the recent National Audit Office report “Managing conflicts of interest in NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups”, as well as findings from the audit of the management of conflict of interest that was undertaken in the autumn by NHS England’s internal auditors, NHS England is in the process of further updating this statutory guidance.

NHS England has engaged with NHS Clinical Commissioners in respect of conflicts of interest in the commissioning of services by clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to positive effect.

It has also engaged with around 80% of the Audit chairs for the CCGs- the feedback and discussion received on behalf of both these groups will feed into the Revised Statutory Guidance which will be published and discussed at the next NHS England board meeting on 31 March. This will launch the official public consultation (which will also take into consideration views from British Medical Journal and Monitor).

The final guidance will then be presented to the May NHS England board meeting and will be published on the NHS England website.

George Freeman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
2nd Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has made an assessment of the proportion of GPs on the executive bodies of clinical commissioning groups who have a financial interest in the services they are commissioning.

The National Audit Office recently estimated that in 2014-15 there were 3,150 governing body members in total across the clinical commissioning group (CCG) sector. Of these, 1,300 (41%) were also general practitioners, who make decisions about local health services and may potentially be paid by their CCG for providing these services. It is expected that all CCGs should follow the published guidance on managing conflicts of interest.

George Freeman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
29th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on A&E attendance, performance and emergency admission statistics for the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust in each of the last three years.

Accident and emergency (A&E) attendances and emergency admissions data, including performance against the A&E waiting time standard (for 95% of patients to be admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours of arrival at A&E) are collected by NHS England and published on their website at the links below. Until June 2015, data were collected on a weekly basis; from June 2015 they are available on a monthly basis.

Data for 2013-14 are available at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/ae-waiting-times-and-activity/weekly-ae-sitreps-2013-14/

Data for 2014-15 are available at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/ae-waiting-times-and-activity/weekly-ae-sitreps-2014-15/

Data for April and May 2015 are available at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/ae-waiting-times-and-activity/statistical-work-areasae-waiting-times-and-activityweekly-ae-sitreps-2015-16/

Data for June 2015 to December 2015 are available at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/ae-waiting-times-and-activity/statistical-work-areasae-waiting-times-and-activityae-attendances-and-emergency-admissions-2015-16-monthly-3/

21st Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the reduction in funding allocation for public health in 2015-16 on public health in (a) the London region and (b) England.

We are committed to implementing these savings in a way which will minimise any impact on services. We consulted from 31 July to 28 August on the best way of delivering the required savings and are currently considering responses. The consultation included a question on seeking more information about the effects of these savings.

21st Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department plans to hold a public consultation on its proposed reduction in the funding allocation to public health for 2015-16.

We are committed to implementing these savings in a way which will minimise any impact on services. We consulted from 31 July to 28 August on the best way of delivering the required savings and are currently considering responses. The consultation included a question on seeking more information about the effects of these savings.

20th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that (a) the London Borough of Enfield and (b) other local authorities receive their target funding allocations for public health.

The Department has always recognised that progress towards target share of the overall public health grant will take time. The rate of pace of change will depend on total resources available following the spending review.

1st Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of the level of ease of access to GPs on attendances at A&E departments.

The Urgent and Emergency Care Review identified a number of factors that impact on accident and emergency (A&E) attendances, which can include local access to general practitioners (GPs).

According to the latest GP Patient Survey results, published on 2 July 2015, 85.2% of patients were able to get an appointment with a GP or nurse at their surgery. 91.8% of those were able to get an appointment convenient to them. Of the 10.9% who reported that they could not get an appointment and the 8.2% who could not get an appointment that was convenient, 9.9% went to A&E or a walk-in centre.

29th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent on agency (a) doctors and (b) nurses by (i) North Middlesex University NHS Trust and (ii) Royal Free London NHS Trust in each of the last five years.

This information is not collected centrally.

The hon. Member may wish to contact North Middlesex University Hospitals NHS Trust directly for further information.

I have written to Dominic Dodd, Chair of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, informing him of the hon. Member’s enquiry. He will reply shortly and a copy of the letter will be placed in the Library.

Following the Francis report many trusts increased their spend on temporary staffing to meet safe staffing levels. The Department expects trusts to have a strong grip on their finances, and manage their contract and agency staffing spend (including use of locums) responsibly through effective and efficient workforce planning and management and to minimise temporary staffing costs in future years.

29th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients in the Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group had to wait longer than 48 hours for a GP appointment in (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15.

Data on waiting times to see a general practitioner are not collected centrally.

29th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the likely spend on agency (a) doctors and (b) nurses by (i) North Middlesex University NHS Trust and (ii) Royal Free London NHS Trust in each financial year up to 2019-20.

No such estimate has been made. These are matters for the trusts concerned.

9th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the closure of the A&E department and maternity unit at Chase Farm Hospital in 2013 on the A&E and maternity services provided by (a) Barnet General and (b) North Middlesex University Hospital.

These are matters for the local National Health Service.

We are advised that following the implementation of the Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Clinical Strategy, emergency services at Barnet and North Middlesex University hospitals have been expanded and redeveloped. Over £100 million has been invested in the North Middlesex Hospital which now has one of the largest accident and emergency departments in London, and receives an average of 500 patients every 24 hours. Maternity services at Barnet and North Middlesex University hospitals have been expanded and redeveloped, with increased consultant cover and more midwives on labour wards. Antenatal and postnatal services are still available on the Chase Farm site.

9th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Clinical Strategy on improving (a) accident and emergency service provision levels at Barnet and North Middlesex Hospital, (b) urgent care services at Chase Farm Hospital and (c) primary care provision in those boroughs; and if he will make a statement.

These are matters for the local National Health Service.

We are advised that following the implementation of the Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Clinical Strategy, emergency services at Barnet and North Middlesex University hospitals have been expanded and redeveloped. Over £100 million has been invested in the North Middlesex Hospital which now has one of the largest accident and emergency departments in London, and receives an average of 500 patients every 24 hours. Maternity services at Barnet and North Middlesex University hospitals have been expanded and redeveloped, with increased consultant cover and more midwives on labour wards. Antenatal and postnatal services are still available on the Chase Farm site.

9th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the findings in the February 2015 report by the Royal College of General Practitioners which projected GP shortages across England by 2020.

The Government’s mandate to Health Education England (HEE) requires it to ensure that a minimum of 3,250 trainees per year (equating to approximately half of the annual number of trainees completing foundation training and moving into specialisations) are recruited to general practitioner (GP) training programmes in England by 2016; bringing forward substantial numbers of new GPs through training is a key part of this.

HEE, NHS England, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and, the BMA GP committee are working closely together to ensure that we have a skilled, trained and motivated workforce in general practice.

In January, a £10 million investment was announced to kick-start a new plan to expand the general practice workforce. The money will be used to recruit new GPs, retain those that are thinking of leaving the profession and encourage doctors to return to general practice to better meet the needs of patients now and for the future.

HEE identified a need for a national Induction and Refresher Scheme which was launched in March 2015 and is administered through the GP National Recruitment Office. Candidates now have a standardised entry point to help speed up the time it takes to process individuals through the scheme and also making it easier for candidates to access relevant information.

HEE will ensure a minimum of 3,250 trainees per year (equating to approximately half of the annual number of trainees completing foundation training and moving into specialisations) are recruited to GP training programmes in England by 2016.

9th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with the (a) Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust and (b) Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group on extending permanently the opening times of the urgent care centre at Chase Farm Hospital.

These issues are for National Health Service local determination based on clinical leadership.

The extended opening hours were introduced on 5 January 2015 as a pilot and that Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group is currently undertaking a wider review of local urgent care services. NHS England is committed to continuing to fund the extended opening hours of the urgent care centre until the urgent care review in Enfield is completed.

9th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients have arrived by ambulance at Chase Farm Hospital's urgent care centre in each of the last four quarters.

The information requested is not held centrally.

9th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 9 September 2014, Official Report, columns 54-7W, on general practitioners, how many GP practices (a) closed and (b) opened in (i) England, (ii) Greater London and (iii) Enfield between August 2014 and May 2015.

The Health and Social Care Information Centre collect information on the number of practices opened and closed, which is contained in the following table.

It is important to note that these figures also include practice mergers and takeovers and do not provide an accurate representation of activity or service provision. In many cases, practices listed in these figures as having closed, will have in fact merged and will continue to see patients. In addition, in this time period the definition of general practice has changed to become a more stringent classification.

Practices opened and closed between 1 August 2014 to 31 May 2015 inclusive

Opened

Closed

England

28

138

NHS London

1

18

NHS Enfield

0

0

Source: Health and Social Care Information Centre

9th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average per capita funding level was for (a) primary care and (b) public health in (i) the UK, (ii) London and (iii) Enfield in each of the last five years.

The implementation of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 from April 2013 changed the way that health system was organised, and as part of this how funding was distributed to different parts of the system. Therefore we are not able to supply the data for 2011-12 and 2012-13 as requested, as this would not be comparable with the data recorded from 2013-14 onwards.

Decisions on health spending are also a devolved matter, so we are able to provide data for England, but not for the United Kingdom as a whole.

Local authorities (LAs) in England took over public health responsibilities from April 2013, data prior to this is not available. The table below shows the average per head of capita allocation for England, London region, Enfield LA and the Office of National Statistics (ONS) cluster for Enfield LA. The ONS Cluster group LAs into clusters based on similar characteristics on health.

Public health allocations per head of upper tier local authority population and England from 2013/14 to 2015/16

Average per capita funding

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

England

£49

£51

£51

London region

£61

£67

£67

London Suburbs (ONS cluster)

£43

£49

N/A

Enfield

£40

£43

£43

NHS England is responsible for the allocation of primary care funding and funding for Section 7A (s.7A), which outlines specific responsibilities for NHS England for the commissioning of certain public health services as part of the wider system design to drive improvements in population health.

The table below shows the total allocation and average per capita allocation for primary care and s.7A in England, London and Enfield. Borough level reporting, however, is not available for public health services (s.7A), as the services are commissioned on a London basis. The figures shown are indicative and based on the Primary Care Trust (PCT) baseline mapping exercise and overall London uplifts in funding.

2013/14 funding allocations

2014/15 funding allocations

2015/16 funding allocations

Primary Care*

s.7A

Primary Care

s.7A

Primary Care

s.7A

Total (£bn)

Per Capita

(£)

Total (£bn)

Per Capita

(£)

Total (£bn)

Per Capita

(£)

Total (£bn)

Per Capita

(£)

Total (£bn)

Per Capita

(£)

Total (£bn)

Per Capita

(£)

England

11.95

212

1.71

30

12.01

212

1.8

32

12.29

215

1.71

30

London

1.925

209

0.239

26

1.9

210

0.262

29

1.96

211

0.275**

30

Enfield

0.06

188

0.008

25

0.07

215

0.00876

27

0.07

216

0.0092

29

* Primary care allocation includes secondary care dental services. Borough level reporting was not available for primary care services in 2013-14, the figures shown are estimated indicative amounts based on the baseline mapping by Enfield PCT.

** S.7A 2015-16 allocation is pre transfer of 0-5 Health Visiting services to LAs from 1 October 2015. The post transfer allocation figure is £0.19 billion.

9th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to address the need of Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group for 50 per cent more GPs over the next five years projected by the Royal College of General Practitioners.

This is a matter for the local National Health Service.

We are advised that the local NHS estimates that the number of additional general practitioners required to meet patient need in Enfield is generally in line with projections for North Central London, London and England overall.

18th Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the political and military wings of Hamas, including the Izz-Al-Din Al-Qassem Brigades, will remain on HM Treasury’s Consolidated List of Financial Sanctions Targets in the UK in the event of the UK leaving the EU (a) with and (b) without a withdrawal agreement; and if he will make a statement.

As the Prime Minister has set out, the UK will look to carry over all EU sanctions at the time of our departure from the EU. During an implementation period, EU sanctions will continue to apply in the UK. Under the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018, individual listings will need to meet the threshold of evidence and justification that our legislation requires. In a no-deal scenario, the full list of those subject to UK sanctions will be published on the UK sanctions list on exit-day. The UK proscribes Hamas’ military wing as a terrorist organisation and retains a policy of no contact with Hamas, in its entirety.

18th Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the extent of involvement of Hamas in terrorist activities.

​We continue to strongly condemn all acts of terrorism by Hamas and call upon them to permanently end their incitement and rocket fire against Israel. Our policy on Hamas is clear: Hamas must renounce violence, recognise Israel and accept previously signed agreements. Hamas' military wing has been proscribed as a terrorist organisation by the UK since 2001. The UK retains a policy of no contact with Hamas in its entirety.

27th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the Turkish Government’s treatment of (a) members of the Alevi community and (b) other religious minorities.

We strongly support all minority groups in Turkey, including the Alevi community, and encourage the Turkish authorities to safeguard their welfare and respect their human rights as enshrined in the Turkish constitution. Through our Embassy in Ankara we are currently funding a range of projects covering issues including LGBTI rights, freedom of expression, women's rights and workers' rights.

27th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has his Turkish counterpart on (a) the treatment of Alevis in the Turkish prison system and (b) those people's access to Dedes.

We have not made specific representations to Turkey on these issues. We expect Turkey to treat all prisoners, regardless of faith or ethnicity, fairly and in line with internationally recognised standards.
22nd Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Commonwealth Secretariat and his Commonwealth counterparts on the political and security situation in Zimbabwe.

I attended the EU-AU Ministerial meeting in Brussels on January 21 where I discussed a range of issues, including Zimbabwe, with counterparts. I will continue to raise the political and security situation in Zimbabwe with key interlocutors, including those from Commonwealth states.

I have not had any recent discussions with the Commonwealth Secretariat but officials from the FCO and DFID remain in regular contact. The UK would not support Zimbabwe's membership of the Commonwealth at this time because of credible reports of human rights violations by the security forces.

13th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether (a) he and (b) Ministers of his Department plan to visit Cameroon to discuss the Anglophone crisis in that country.

The UK is deeply concerned about the situation in Cameroon and the deteriorating security situation in the Anglophone regions of the country. I visited Cameroon in February 2018 when I met the Prime Minister and other cabinet ministers and reinforced the importance of respecting human rights in a challenging security environment. In my recent statement following elections in Cameroon, I called for all parties to engage in a peaceful and structured process leading to constitutional reforms, as previously set out by the President, and to avoid violence. The UK will continue to work alongside the international community to encourage and support efforts to resolve the Anglophone crisis.

13th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Commonwealth counterparts on the current political and human rights situation in Cameroon after the October elections in that that country.

During the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in London in April the then Foreign Secretary and I met Cameroonian counterparts, reminding them of the obligations placed upon Cameroon by the Commonwealth Charter. There have not been discussions with Commonwealth counterparts on the situation in Cameroon since Cameroon's elections in October.

11th Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Turkish counterpart on the forest fires in the Turkish province of Tunceli.

I have not discussed the recent forest fires in Tunceli province with the Turkish Foreign Minister. However, I am aware that the Governor of the province said in mid-August, that the authorities were doing all they could to put out the fires, which were later extinguished.

11th Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the effectiveness of the Turkish Government’s efforts to extinguish forest fires in (a) the Turkish province of Tunceli and (b) other Turkish regions with high ethnic minority populations; and if he will make an assessment of the effect of those fires on those ethnic minority populations.

I have no reason to question the effectiveness of the Turkish authorities in tackling forest fires, in Tunceli or any other part of Turkey. Under the circumstances I am unable to assess the impact on local communities of the fires.

11th Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support the Government has provided to the Alevi community in the Turkish province of Tunceli following forest fires in that region.

We have not provided specific support to any part of Tunceli's community following the fires, and no Turkish request had been made to us for help.

1st Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the political and human rights situation in Cameroon; and if he will make a statement.

The tensions in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon are troubling. The British Government wants to see a reduction in violence, release of prisoners and a meaningful process to address the core issues.

We welcome the announcement by President Biya in his New Year speech, calling for moves to rebuild trust, resume dialogue and pursue decentralization. During my visit in February, I met senior Cameroon Government officials and reinforced the need for restraint, for the avoidance of excess force and for respect for human rights.

27th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Turkish counterpart on the implementation of a ceasefire in the Afrin region as a result of UN Resolution 2401.

​The Foreign Secretary has been in regular contact with his Turkish counterpart, Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu, and has encouraged de-escalation in Afrin and the protection of civilians, while recognising Turkey's legitimate security interests. In line with UNSCR 2401, the UK urgently wants to see the safe, unimpeded and sustained delivery of humanitarian aid and services across the country, and medical evacuations of the critically sick and wounded, in accordance with applicable international law.

27th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Oral Answer of the Minister of State for Europe and the Americas to the right hon. Member for Enfield North on 20 February 2018, whether any discussions have taken place between the UK Government and (a) the PYD and (b) the YPG following Turkey’s military operation in the Afrin region.

We are closely following developments in Afrin and wider north-western Syria. The UK has only occasional contact with the PYD, which we use to discuss the situation in Syria.

We are calling for de-escalation and protection of civilians. While recognising Turkey's legitimate interest in the security of its borders, it remains in our shared interest to focus on achieving a political settlement that ends the war and suffering, and provides stability for all Syrians and the wider region, and secures the enduring defeat of Daesh – in which the Syrian Democratic Forces have played a vital role.

22nd Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria on the inclusion of (a) the Democratic Union Party and (b) the People's Protection Units in the Geneva process; and if he will make a statement.

We fully support UN Special Envoy Staffan De Mistura and are in regular contact with him to discuss the Syrian political process. We support an inclusive political process as set out in UN Security Council Resolution 2254. It is vital that the political settlement to the Syrian conflict protects the rights of all components of Syrian society. Decisions on when and how to include any particular group in discussions are for the UN Special Envoy to take.

8th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will withdraw the diplomatic papers of Sri Lanka's Defence Attache to the UK and expel him following reports of that attache making death threats to protesters.

​We remain deeply concerned by this high profile incident. We welcome the Government of Sri Lanka's assurances that they are carrying out a full investigation. It would not be appropriate to provide any further comment until such investigations have concluded.

24th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Turkish counterparts since President Erdogan’s statement of 20 January 2018 on an assault on the Syrian city of Manbij; and if he will make a statement.

We are closely following developments in Afrin in north-western Syria, and the Foreign Secretary and other Foreign and Commonwealth Office Ministers are in regular contact with their Turkish counterparts. We have sought regular updates on the progress of the operation. We have urged Turkey to avoid any escalation in violence and to seek to protect civilians, while recognising its legitimate interest in the security of its borders. It remains in our shared interest to focus on achieving a political settlement that ends the war and suffering, and provides stability for all Syrians and the wider region.

24th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in (a) Turkey, (b) the US, (c) Russia, (d) the EU, (e) the UN, (f) NATO and (g) the Arab League on (i) the Turkish assault on the city of Afrin and (ii) how a humanitarian crisis can be averted.

We are closely following developments in Afrin in north-western Syria, and the Foreign Secretary and other Foreign and Commonwealth Office Ministers are in regular contact with their Turkish counterparts. The Foreign Secretary has spoken with Secretary of State Tillerson about the Turkish operation, and I discussed the situation at the EU Foreign Affairs Council. The Foreign Secretary also attended a Syria Small Group meeting on the 23 January which considered the situation. The UK as a member of the UN Security Council, and the NATO North Atlantic Council, has also discussed the operation in these fora. We have urged Turkey to avoid any escalation in violence and to seek to protect civilians, while recognising its legitimate interest in the security of its borders. We have also stressed the importance of ensuring that humanitarian assistance can reach the area. It remains in our shared interest to focus on achieving a political settlement that ends the war and suffering, and provides stability for all Syrians and the wider region.

14th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the statement by Bärbel Kofler, the Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid at the Federal Foreign Office in Germany, of 13 June 2017, on the arrest and detention of Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça.

We regularly raise concerns with the Turkish authorities over the situation of those who – like Nuriye Gulmen and Semih Ozakca – have been dismissed or detained under the State of Emergency following last year’s attempted coup. We therefore share Ms Kofler’s concerns. We have urged the Turkish authorities to respect international standards, including regarding the presumption of innocence, as well as freedom of expression and assembly.

6th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Palestinian Authority on the naming of a square in Jenin after Karim Younes and a square in Tulkarem after Maher Younes.

While we have not had any discussions on these specific issues with the Palestinian Authority (PA), a UK delegation led by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Permanent Under-Secretary raised the issue of incitement with the PA on 21 June. The UK continues to urge the Palestinian leadership to avoid engaging in, or encouraging, any type of action and language that makes it more difficult to achieve a negotiated solution to the conflict.

22nd Jun 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has had discussions with the Palestinian Authority on the naming of a square in Jenin after Khaled Nazzal.

We have not had any discussions on this specific issue with the Palestinian Authority (PA). A UK delegation led by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Permanent Under-Secretary did raise the issue of incitement with the PA on 21 June. The UK continues to urge the Palestinian leadership to avoid engaging in, or encouraging, any type of action and language that makes it more difficult to achieve a culture of peaceful coexistence and a negotiated solution to the conflict.

13th Apr 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the Palestinian Authority on Article 99 of Penal Law No.16 of 1960.

While we have not had any discussions with the Palestinian Authority on this specific issue the Foreign and Commonwealth Office works closely with other government departments, including the Department for International Development (DFID), and with the Palestinian Authority to enhance gender equality in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. DFID has supported interventions to tackle violence against women and girls by working with the Palestinian security and justice sectors. This has included the development of Police Family Protection and Juvenile Units, the specialization of public prosecutors to work on cases of violence against women and the development of a gender strategy for the Palestinian Civil Police.

17th Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his EU and Turkish counterparts on the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on the Ankara Agreement.

​The 'Ankara Agreement’ is the common name for the ‘Agreement Creating an Association Between The Republic of Turkey and the European Economic Community’, made in 1963. As the UK prepares to the leave the EU, we are considering the implications for it. The UK remains committed to strong cooperation and partnership with Turkey, including on trade and investment.

6th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 27 October 2016 to Question 49936, what the names are of the six projects funded through the Conflict, Security and Stability Fund during the 2016-17 financial year.

​The six projects mentioned in the answer to Question 49936 have no specific names and we refer to them through the descriptions already provided.

7th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had on the arrest and detention of elected representatives from the Peoples' Democratic Party in Turkey.

We continue to follow developments in Turkey closely and underline the importance of the rule of law and the protection of freedom of expression. I raised these issues most recently with Turkey's Minister for Europe, Omer Celik, in a phone call on 7 November.

7th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in Turkey (a) generally and (b) for the predominantly Kurdish and Alevi areas of the country.

​We monitor the situation in Turkey closely. We continue to encourage Turkey to work towards the full protection of fundamental rights, especially in the areas of minority rights, freedom of religion and freedom of expression.

7th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he (a) has made or (b) intends to make to his Turkish counterpart on the arrest and detention of Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ, and other elected representatives, from the Peoples' Democratic Party in that country.

We continue to follow developments in Turkey closely and underline the importance of the rule of law and the protection of freedom of expression. I raised these issues most recently with Turkey's Minister for Europe, Omer Celik, in a phone call on 7 November.

7th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to discuss the matter of the arrest and detention of elected representatives from the People's Democratic Party in Turkey with counterparts and officials in the (a) EU, (b) Council of Europe and (c) UN.

We continue to follow developments in Turkey closely and underline the importance of the rule of law and the protection of freedom of expression. HMG regularly discusses such issues in international fora. The EU issued a statement on 8 November concerning recent events in Turkey, including the detention of MPs. The Council Of Europe also raised its concerns in a statement on 5 November.

2nd Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the budget was for projects in (a) Israel and (b) the Palestinian territories within the Conflict, Security and Stability Fund in the 2015-16.

​The total allocation for 2015-16 for both Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs) was £7m. It was not separated into individual, distinct budgets as some of our projects and implementing partners delivered simultaneously in both Isreal and the OPTs.

2nd Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much funding the Government is providing to each (a) Israeli and (b) Palestinian non-governmental organisation through the (i) Conflict, Security and Stability Fund and (ii) bilateral programme budget in 2016-17.

​​I refer the Rt Hon. Member to my answers of 24 October 2016 (PQ 49493) and 27 October 2016 (PQ 49939).

24th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which (a) Israeli and (b) Palestinian non-governmental organisations and projects receive how much funding from his Department.

The following Israeli and Palestinian non-governmental organisations and projects are funded from the bilateral programme budget during the current financial year (2016/17). These are projected spend figures so are subject to change.

- Burj Alluqluq Centre Society - This project aims to prevent conflict through the creation of extra-curricular programmes that enable youth to have alternatives to being on the street, reducing the likelihood of violence and countering extremism in the most marginalised areas in Occupied East Jerusalem. Through academic and leadership training, this project will improve employment prospects and build the skills of vulnerable youth. - £49,324

- El Hakawati - Promoting stability in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs), and preserving the cultural and physical viability of the two-state solution. Supporting the preservation of Palestinian identity and culture in Occupied East Jerusalem. - £10,000

- Sharek Youth Forum - Promoting democratic engagement and good governance in West Bank by building capacity of politically-engaged youth leaders from different political and geographical backgrounds to advocate and engage politically with Palestinian Authority. - £48,000

- Nawa for Culture and Arts Association - Tackling the risk of extremism and countering those seeking to radicalize youth in Gaza by providing alternative extra-curricular opportunities. Supporting the human rights of vulnerable and at-risk children in an area of Gaza. - £9,400

-Palestinian Marine Navigators Association - Reducing the risk of conflict and encouraging greater stability with Israeli naval forces by providing equipment and training to vulnerable fishermen in Gaza Strip contributing to the safety and economic prosperity of Gazan fishermen. - £19,500

- Society for the Care of Disabled Families (SOCADIF) -Promoting stability in OPTs, and physical viability of the two-state solution. Building on UK leadership by providing vocational/professional training to disabled women in Rafah, supporting their human rights and economic viability. - £9,000.

24th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what proportion of the financial assistance provided to (a) projects through the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund and (b) bilateral programme budgets fund projects which promote coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians.

​We have not provided any funding for coexistence projects during the current financial year (2016/17).

24th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which projects in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories receive funding through the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund.

The following projects are funded from the Conflict, Security and Stability Fund (CSSF) during the current financial year (2016/17).

- Small training team as part of the United States Security Coordinator to provide institutional development and professionalisation of the Palestinian Authority Security Forces

- Technical assistance to the Palestinian Ministry of Interior (MOI) to improve its capability to provide oversight and management of the security services

- Support to EU Coordinating Office for Palestinian Police Support

- Empowerment of young Israeli leaders to strengthen support for peace in their communities

- UK-Israel Informal Security Dialogue

- Legal Aid and Settlement Monitoring in the West Bank.

14th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment has he made of the ability of the Palestinian Authority to ensure that the human rights of all citizens are respected.

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has made important progress on state-building, including the promotion and protection of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs). Our Consul General in Jerusalem regularly engages with the PA and emphasises the importance of respecting human rights, particularly in regard to law and security. We encourage the PA to reflect their human rights obligations in domestic law and ensure they are fully adhered to. We are, however, concerned about the inability of the PA to access certain areas of the OPTs where Palestinians are subject to human rights violations, including through settler violence and the death penalty.

14th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Palestinian Authority on tackling incitement to violence.

We regularly urge the Palestinian leadership to do more to condemn violence. Most recently in October 2016, our Deputy Consul General in Jerusalem pressed the Palestinian Authority (PA) on the importance of their swift condemnation of violent attacks. The Consul General in Jerusalem also met with PA Prime Minister Hamdallah in March, and raised our concerns on incitement. We continue to support the reinstatement of the Tripartite Committee on Incitement as the appropriate channel to deal with allegations of incitement from either side.

14th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps he has taken to promote negotiations on the two-state solution between Israel and Palestine.

​The UK Government believes a negotiated two-state solution is in the firm interests of both Israel and the Palestinians. We are working through international organisations, including the UN and EU, to encourage both sides to take steps that rebuild trust - crucial for negotiations to succeed. Arab states also have a key role in the peace process and we are discussing with them ways we can move the situation forward. And we are in contact with the French about their initiative, launched in January, aimed at securing progress in the situation.

But whilst we are doing all we can, ultimately peace will only come through negotiations between the parties. It is critical that Israel and the Palestinians take advantage of any momentum gathered through international efforts.

14th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to work with the Palestinian Authority to promote gender equality in the Palestinian territories.

​The Foreign and Commonwealth Office works closely with other government departments, including the Department for International Development (DFID), and with the Palestinian Authority to enhance gender equality in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. DFID has supported interventions to tackle violence against women and girls by working with the Palestinian security and justice sectors. Under the UK’s Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) programme, we attach great importance to gender sensitivity in project design and implementation. Our Consulate General in Jerusalem host events to celebrate the achievements of Palestinian women, including during last year’s International Day of Women.

14th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to promote good governance in the Palestinian Authority.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) works closely with other government departments to promote good governance in the Palestinian Authority (PA). In particular, the Department for International Development has helped improve the capacity and accountability of the PA including through technical assistance. The FCO also funds projects to improve accountability and to strengthen the role of civil society organisations, and the UK’s Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) supports greater civilian oversight of the Palestinian Authority’s Security Forces.

15th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Turkish counterpart on the treatment of minority religious groups in Turkey.

We have noted the European Court of Human Rights’ ruling and regularly discuss issues concerning freedom of religion and belief, including those of the Alevi community, with our Turkish interlocutors. We will continue to do so. The Turkish government continues to improve protections for all religious minorities in Turkey. We welcome the continuing implementation of the Law on Foundations which has seen a number of properties returned to minority community foundations or the payment of compensation. As we highlighted to Turkey through the 2015 UN Universal Periodic Review of human rights, we would like to see Turkey implement legislation that increases protection of the rights of persons belonging to all minority religious groups, including the status of their places of worship.

15th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the human rights situation of the Alevi community in Turkey; and if he will make a statement.

We have noted the European Court of Human Rights’ ruling and regularly discuss issues concerning freedom of religion and belief, including those of the Alevi community, with our Turkish interlocutors. We will continue to do so. The Turkish government continues to improve protections for all religious minorities in Turkey. We welcome the continuing implementation of the Law on Foundations which has seen a number of properties returned to minority community foundations or the payment of compensation. As we highlighted to Turkey through the 2015 UN Universal Periodic Review of human rights, we would like to see Turkey implement legislation that increases protection of the rights of persons belonging to all minority religious groups, including the status of their places of worship.
15th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the extent to which the Alevi community in Turkey has the right to exercise freedom of religious expression; and if he will make a statement.

We have noted the European Court of Human Rights’ ruling and regularly discuss issues concerning freedom of religion and belief, including those of the Alevi community, with our Turkish interlocutors. We will continue to do so. The Turkish government continues to improve protections for all religious minorities in Turkey. We welcome the continuing implementation of the Law on Foundations which has seen a number of properties returned to minority community foundations or the payment of compensation. As we highlighted to Turkey through the 2015 UN Universal Periodic Review of human rights, we would like to see Turkey implement legislation that increases protection of the rights of persons belonging to all minority religious groups, including the status of their places of worship.
15th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the European Court of Human Rights' ruling of 26 April 2016 on religious discrimination against the Alevi community in Turkey.

We have noted the European Court of Human Rights’ ruling and regularly discuss issues concerning freedom of religion and belief, including those of the Alevi community, with our Turkish interlocutors. We will continue to do so. The Turkish government continues to improve protections for all religious minorities in Turkey. We welcome the continuing implementation of the Law on Foundations which has seen a number of properties returned to minority community foundations or the payment of compensation. As we highlighted to Turkey through the 2015 UN Universal Periodic Review of human rights, we would like to see Turkey implement legislation that increases protection of the rights of persons belonging to all minority religious groups, including the status of their places of worship.

20th May 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much funding the Government provided to each (a) Israeli and (b) Palestinian non-governmental organisation through the (i) Conflict Security and Stability Fund and (ii) bilateral programme budget in the most recent year for which figures are available.

(a)The provisional project spend for 2015/16 for non-governmental organisations registered in Israel provided through: (i) the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund is: The Peres Centre for Peace - £44,592; Injaz - Centre for Professional Arab Local Governance - £60,608; Kids Creating Peace - £40,000; Yesh Din - £196,084; Gisha - £53,126; Peace Now - £124,361; Terrestrial Jerusalem - £51,040; The International Peace and Cooperation Centre - £232,933; and Rabbis for Human Rights - £101,441; (ii) the Bilateral Programme Budget is: none.

(b)The provisional project spend for 2015/16 for non-governmental organisations registered with the Palestinian Authority provided through: (i) the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund is: Jerusalem Community Advocacy Network (also registered in Israel) - £141,679 (ii) the Bilateral Programme Budget is: Society for the care of Disabled People - £9,117; Nawa Association for Culture and Arts Association - £7,111; Al Aqsa Sports and Social Club- £9,602; Society for Physically Handicapped People - £9,602; Ibda’a for children development and institutional cultural exchange - £5,062; Idna Cooperation - Women Capacity Building- £6,658; Sourif Association for Higher Education - £2,920; Iman and Baraem Kindergartens - £4,865 ; ADWAR Association for Social Change - £5,516; Assembly of Benevolent Operation - £7,061; Atwar centre - £1,282; Diyar Sports school for Girls – £6,328; Saint Nicolas Home for the Elderly - £5,183; Hebron Rehabilitation Committee - £5,010; Ashtar Theatre - £2,127; The Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry - £9,963; Aqaba Club for Unity and Hope - £5,169; Burj Al Luqluq Youth Centre (also registered in Israel) - £19,297; and Silwan Youth Centre (also registered in Israel) - £7,173

7th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 9 February 2016 to Question 25979, what financial assistance was provided to each of the (a) 10 Israeli non-governmental organisations (NGOs) receiving funding from the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund and (b) two NGOs receiving funds through the Bilateral Programme Budgets.

The current funding for the ten NGO projects provided through the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund is: The Peres Centre for Peace - £0.046m; Injaz - Centre for Professional Arab Local Governance - £0.062m; Kids Creating Peace - £0.040m; Yesh Din - £0.2m; Gisha - £0.054m; Peace Now - £0.128m; Terrestrial Jerusalem - £0.052m; The International Peace and Cooperation Centre - £0.235m; Rabbis for Human Rights - £0.105m; and the Jerusalem Community Advocacy Network - £0.222m

The current funding for the two NGO projects provided through the Bilateral Programme Budget is: Burj Al Luqluq Youth Centre - £0.019m; and Silwan Youth Centre - £0.005m

11th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 9 February 2016 to Question 25979, which 10 Israeli NGOs receive funding from the Conflict Stability and Security Fund; and which two NGOs receive funds through the Bilateral Programme Budgets.

We supply funding for projects delivered by the following 10 Israeli Non-Government Offices (NGOs) through the Conflict Stability and Security Fund: The Peres Centre for Peace; Injaz - Centre for Professional Arab Local Governance; Kids Creating Peace; Yesh Din; Gisha; Peace Now; Terrestrial Jerusalem; The International Peace and Cooperation Centre; Rabbis for Human Rights and the Jerusalem Community Advocacy Network.

We also fund projects delivered by the following NGOs through the Bilateral Programme Budget: Burj Al Luqluq Youth Center and Silwan Youth Center.

5th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which organisations, projects, ministries of the Palestinian Authority and public services have received funding from his Department in the Occupied Palestinian Territories in the last three years.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office provided funding in 2013 to the Al Aqaba Village Council; Qalandia Local Council; the Palestinian Authority's (PA) Prime Minister’s Office; the PA Ministry of Justice through the Slynn Foundation; in 2014 to the Al-Yanoun Village Council; The Slynn Foundation (with Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law); and in 2015 to the Al Aqaba Village Council; The Palestinian Commission Against the Wall and Settlements and the Sinjel Municipality.

We also provided funding to the PA Ministry of Justice from 2012-2014 for a sustainable transformation of the Ministry to become a high performing institution for rule of law within the OPTs and a beacon for other PA Ministries.

4th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what financial assistance his Department has given to the Palestinian Authority in each of the last five years for which information is available.

I have been asked to reply.

The Department for International Development (DfID) provided £349 million in support of Palestinian development from 2011-15 and will provide a further £72 million in 2015-16, of which up to £25.5 million will be provided to the Palestinian Authority. This year, UK aid will support 36,000 children in primary education and support 270 enterprises to improve their annual sales or productivity.

UK aid is helping the Palestinian Authority to develop strong institutions, deliver essential public services and improve security – building the foundations for a sovereign and viable Palestinian state living alongside Israel in peace and security. For a breakdown on how financial assistance in the Palestinian Territories is spent, information is published on DfID’s Development Tracker website at https://devtracker.dfid.gov.uk.

4th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which (a) Israeli and (b) Palestinian non-governmental organisations and projects receiving funding from the Conflict Stability and Security Fund.

We currently fund projects through twelve Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (including East Jerusalem); ten through the Conflict Stability and Security Fund and two through Bilateral Programme Budgets. All of these NGOs are registered as Israeli. We do not fund NGOs other than for specific projects that support Her Majesty's Government's objectives.

4th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which (a) Israeli and (b) Palestinian non-governmental organisations and projects have received Conflict Pool funding in each of the last five years.

Details on which non-governmental organisations and projects costs that have received Conflict Pool funding in each of the last five years are not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

28th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 24 November 2015 to Question 16355, how his Department monitors the situation of detainees in Sri Lanka held under its Prevention of Terrorism Act 1978.

The British High Commission in Colombo is in regular contact with government officials, Tamil National Alliance MPs, and civil society representatives about the situation of detainees held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. We also work on this issue with other diplomatic missions, the EU and UN bodies.
28th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what further steps he intends to take to encourage the Sri Lankan authorities to review the Prevention of Terrorism Act 1978.

I visited Sri Lanka from 14 to 17 January when I discussed a wide range of issues with the government of Sri Lanka, including the need for it to fulfil its commitment to repeal the Prevention of Terrorism Act. Officials at the British High Commission in Colombo will continue to encourage progress. We are also working closely with our international partners to encourage the government to address this concern. The EU issue was raised during the EU-Sri Lanka Human Rights Working Group discussions in Colombo on 19 to 22 January.

28th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effects of the steps the government of Sri Lanka has taken to return land currently controlled by the military to civilians.

Since President Sirisena came to power in January 2015, there have been welcome moves to return some military occupied private land to civilians. However, much remains to be done.

We continue to encourage further land returns, a process the UK is contributing to through our support for demining in the north of the country. During my visit to Sri Lanka on 14 to 17 January I met with resettled families in the north seeing for myself the progress that has been made as well as the challenges that remain.

28th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the steps the Sri Lankan authorities have taken to implement the recommendations of the UN Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1 on Sri Lanka.

During my visit to Sri Lanka on 14 to 17 January I was able to see for myself the progress that Sri Lanka has made in implementing its commitments to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Resolution as well as the considerable challenges that remain. There have been some encouraging developments such as the return of some military occupied land, the deproscription of Tamil diaspora organisations and the release on bail of some long-term Tamil detainees held under anti-terrorism legislation. There is still much to be done and the UK is committed to supporting Sri Lanka to fulfil all of its UNHRC commitments. We welcome Sri Lanka’s engagement with the UN. The High Commissioner for Human Rights will visit shortly to inform his assessment of Sri Lanka’s progress, which he will present to the UNHRC in June.

28th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department plans to take to support the implementation of UN Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1 on Sri Lanka.

The UK is committed to supporting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka, which are fundamental elements of UN Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1. The Prime Minister, my right hon. Friend the Member for Witney (Mr Cameron) announced £6.6 million of funding for Sri Lanka at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in November 2015 which will be used for providing support in these areas. We will coordinate our efforts with the Sri Lankan government and with international partners to target support at areas where it is most needed. We will regularly evaluate the effectiveness of our funding and assess opportunities for providing further support.

28th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the implications of the announcement by Sri Lanka's President Sirisena that he will not allow foreign judges to participate in the inquiry into alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity; and if he will make a statement.

Her Majesty's Government has always been clear that any accountability mechanism needs to be credible and meet international standards. I therefore welcomed the resolution on Sri Lanka adopted at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in October 2015, co-sponsored by Sri Lanka, which called for the participation of Commonwealth and other foreign judges, defence lawyers, and authorised prosecutors and investigators, in Sri Lanka's judicial accountability process. During my visit to Sri Lanka on 14 to 17 January I discussed the importance of an international element in Sri Lanka’s accountability process with both Prime Minister Wickremesinghe and Foreign Minister Samaraweera. I also wrote to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on 28 January to reiterate the UK Government’s commitment to working with the UN, Sri Lanka and our other international partners to ensure full implementation of the UNHRC resolution.

28th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his (a) Sri Lankan and (b) UN Human Rights Council counterparts regarding the announcement by Sri Lanka's President Sirisena that foreign judges will not be involved in the inquiry into alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The British Government has always been clear that any accountability mechanism needs to be credible and meet international standards. I therefore welcomed the resolution on Sri Lanka adopted at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in October 2015, co-sponsored by Sri Lanka, which called for the participation of Commonwealth and other foreign judges, defence lawyers, and authorised prosecutors and investigators, in Sri Lanka's judicial accountability process. During my most recent visit to Sri Lanka on 14 to 17 January I discussed the importance of an international element in Sri Lanka’s accountability process with both Prime Minister Wickremesinghe and Foreign Minister Samaraweera. I also wrote to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on 28 January to reiterate the UK Government’s commitment to working with the UN, Sri Lanka and our other international partners to ensure full implementation of the UNHRC resolution.

28th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the prevalence of torture in Sri Lanka.

Her Majesty's Government takes very seriously any allegations of torture or other forms of ill-treatment, in Sri Lanka as in other countries. I raised concerns, highlighted by recent NGO reports on allegations of ongoing torture in Sri Lanka, with both the government and civil society when I visited Sri Lanka in January. British High Commission officials in Colombo are also in regular contact with local human rights organisations in Sri Lanka.

28th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the government of Sri Lanka's efforts to fulfil its commitments on the devolution of political authority.

During my recent visit to Sri Lanka I discussed the issue of political settlement and devolution with the government and with Tamil politicians. I was encouraged that consultations are beginning and that a formal process of drafting a new constitution, including provisions for devolution, is due to begin shortly.

16th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations the British High Commission in Colombo has received from (a) the Tamil National Alliance and (b) Tamil civil society groups on the treatment of Tamil political prisoners in Sri Lanka.

Officials from the British High Commission regularly meet with political and civil society groups, including the Tamil National Alliance, to discuss political issues in Sri Lanka. We will continue to monitor the situation of detainees held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act closely and to raise issues of ongoing concern with the Sri Lankan government.

16th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Sri Lankan counterpart on the application of the Prevention of Terrorism Act 1978 in Sri Lanka.

We regularly raise matters of concern with the Sri Lankan government, including the Prevention of Terrorism Act and the detention of prisoners without trial. I met Sri Lankan Foreign Minister, the Honourable Mangala Samaraweera MP, on 14 September in Geneva. I was encouraged by our discussion and by his speech to the UN Human Rights Council. Amongst other commitments, he told members of the UN Human Rights Council that the Sri Lankan government would review and repeal the Prevention of Terrorism Act and replace it with anti-terrorism legislation in line with contemporary international best practices. We will continue to monitor closely the situation of detainees held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act, and to raise issues of ongoing concern with the Sri Lankan government.
16th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of reports that Tamil political prisoners have been on hunger strike in Sri Lanka; and if he will make a statement.

We noted that on 17 November the hunger strike by Tamil detainees was temporarily suspended until 15 December. We regularly raise matters of concern with the Sri Lankan government, including the detention of prisoners without trial. Our policy is unchanged and we remain committed to working closely with the Sri Lankan government and international partners to support the implementation of the commitments made by Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council in September, and in the UN Human Rights Council resolution of 1 October.

16th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Sri Lankan counterpart on the detention of Tamil political prisoners in Sri Lanka.

We regularly raise matters of concern with the Sri Lankan government, including the Prevention of Terrorism Act and the detention of Tamil political prisoners without trial. I met Sri Lankan Foreign Minister, the Honourable Mangala Samaraweera MP, on 14 September in Geneva. I was encouraged by our discussion and by his speech to the UN Human Rights Council. He told members of the UN Human Rights Council that the Sri Lankan government would review and repeal the Prevention of Terrorism Act and replace it with anti-terrorism legislation in line with contemporary international best practices. I have also been encouraged by the recent announcements that bail has been granted to 39 prisoners being held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act.
16th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) human rights situation in Sri Lanka and (b) detention of Tamil political prisoners in that country.

We warmly welcomed the resolution on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights which was co-sponsored by Sri Lanka and adopted by the UN Human Rights Council on 1 October. Since President Sirisena came to power in January, there have been improvements in the human rights situation in Sri Lanka, including on freedom of expression, some return of military held land, and improved relations between different communities. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office will provide a further assessment in our 2015 Annual Human Rights and Democracy Report. We regularly raise matters of concern with the Sri Lankan government, including the detention of Tamil political prisoners without trial. We have been encouraged by the recent announcements that bail has been granted to 39 prisoners being held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act.
7th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has received from the Tamil National Alliance on meeting with the Chief Minister of Sri Lanka's Northern Province during his forthcoming visit to the UK.

I will be meeting the Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province, a member of the Tamil National Alliance, later this week during his visit to the United Kingdom in a private capacity.

6th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans the Prime Minister has to meet the Chief Minister of Sri Lanka's Northern Province when he visits the UK.

I met the Chief Minister of the Northern Provence during my visit to Sri Lanka in January 2015 and look forward to meeting him again later this month.

29th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on attacks by ISIL on the Syrian town of Kobane.

On 25 June, the so called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant(ISIL) infiltrated Kobane and launched an attack estimated to have killed over 200 people in the city and surrounding areas. We understand that the People's Defense Units (YPG) have now driven ISIL from the city and have resumed full control.

We are watching developments closely and continue to call on all sides of the conflict to respect International Humanitarian Law and protect civilians. We are working with the authorities in Turkey and our international partners to provide urgent humanitarian assistance to those who have fled Kobane for Turkey.

29th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Turkish counterpart on (a) the situation in Syria and (b) the recent attacks by ISIL on the Syrian town of Kobane.

The UK Government maintains a close dialogue with the Turkish government on the threat posed by the so called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The Prime Minister, my right hon. Friend the Member for Witney (Mr Cameron) last discussed the threat with the Turkish President Erdoğan, on 3 June, 2015. The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Mr Hammond) also discussed cooperation against ISIL with his counterpart, the Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlüt Cavuşoğlu, most recently on 16 June, including the situation in Tel Abyad. On 26 June the UK’s Representative to Syria discussed with Turkish officials, the situation in Kobane following the recent ISIL attacks.

Turkey is an important member of the Global Coalition, and continues to make a valuable contribution to the international campaign against ISIL, including supporting airstrikes and stopping the transit of foreign fighters. We welcome Turkey’s support, including through hosting one of the Train and Equipment Centres (T&E) for the US-led T&E programme for the Syrian moderate opposition. Turkey also plays a key role in the humanitarian effort. It hosts more than 2 million refugees fleeing from Syria and Iraq, and is facilitating the delivery of humanitarian aid across the border.

3rd Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with President Anastasiades and Mustafa Akinci on UN-brokered negotiations to secure a united federal Cyprus.

I spoke with Mustafa Akinci on 29 April. The UK will continue to engage with the leadership of both communities and I hope that there will be a suitable opportunity to discuss this matter with President Anastasiades soon.

16th Oct 2018
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 15 October 2018 to Question 177328 on Bank Services, what plans his Department has to reduce the number of unbanked people in the UK.

The Government takes financial inclusion very seriously and is working to ensure everyone can have access to useful and affordable financial services, including a bank account.

Under the Payment Accounts Regulations (PAR) 2015, the government has required the nine largest UK current account providers to offer fee-free basic bank accounts to consumers who are either unbanked or who are not eligible for a standard current account.

Basic bank accounts have all the main features of a standard current account, except for an overdraft facility and chequebook, and must be fee-free, even where a standing order or direct debit fails.

In November 2017, the Government also announced the creation of the Financial Inclusion Policy Forum. The Forum’s mission is to ensure that people, regardless of their background or income, have access to useful and affordable financial products and services.

Treasury Ministers and officials have meetings with a wide variety of organisations in the public and private sectors as part of the process of policy development and delivery.

Details of ministerial and permanent secretary meetings with external organisations on departmental business are published on a quarterly basis and are available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hmt-ministers-meetings-hospitality-gifts-and-overseas-travel

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
16th Oct 2018
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent meetings (a) he, (b) other Ministers and (c) staff of his Department have had with the FinTech industry on reducing the number of unbanked people in the UK.

The Government takes financial inclusion very seriously and is working to ensure everyone can have access to useful and affordable financial services, including a bank account.

Under the Payment Accounts Regulations (PAR) 2015, the government has required the nine largest UK current account providers to offer fee-free basic bank accounts to consumers who are either unbanked or who are not eligible for a standard current account.

Basic bank accounts have all the main features of a standard current account, except for an overdraft facility and chequebook, and must be fee-free, even where a standing order or direct debit fails.

In November 2017, the Government also announced the creation of the Financial Inclusion Policy Forum. The Forum’s mission is to ensure that people, regardless of their background or income, have access to useful and affordable financial products and services.

Treasury Ministers and officials have meetings with a wide variety of organisations in the public and private sectors as part of the process of policy development and delivery.

Details of ministerial and permanent secretary meetings with external organisations on departmental business are published on a quarterly basis and are available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hmt-ministers-meetings-hospitality-gifts-and-overseas-travel

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
5th Sep 2018
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the Government’s policy is on financial support for UK Fintech companies in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

UK FinTech companies can have confidence that the government is committed to leaving the EU in a way that underpins prosperity and avoids unnecessary disruption and costly cliff edges for businesses. We and the UK regulators are taking the necessary steps to ensure that Financial Services firms are prepared for the unlikely event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal. While there are no plans to provide financial support for UK Fintech companies in this instance, they will continue to benefit from existing government programmes, including a 10-year action plan intended to unlock over £20 billion of investment to finance growth in innovative firms that was announced at Autumn Budget in 2017.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
17th Oct 2016
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 15 September 2016 to Question 46636, on Concentrix, if he will provide that same information for (a) Enfield North constituency and (b) Enfield.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) does not hold data on the number of tax credit cases awaiting consideration by Concentrix broken down specifically by constituency areas. HMRC is currently focused on resolving the outstanding cases but will be preparing analysis, which will be made available in due course.

28th Jan 2016
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment the Financial Conduct Authority has made of the effectiveness of its regulations to ensure record keeping by banks and other financial institutions are not being (a) deleted, (b) manipulated or (c) altered.

This is a matter for the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), which is operationally independent from Government.

The question has been passed on to the FCA. The FCA will reply directly to the Rt Hon Joan Ryan MP by letter. A copy of the letter will be placed in the Library of the House.

28th Jan 2016
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment the Financial Conduct Authority has made of the effectiveness of its regulatory instruments, including enforcement action, in ensuring compliance by banks and other financial institutions regarding record keeping.

This is a matter for the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), which is operationally independent from Government.

The question has been passed on to the FCA. The FCA will reply directly to the Rt Hon Joan Ryan MP by letter. A copy of the letter will be placed in the Library of the House.

28th Jan 2016
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what consideration the Financial Conduct Authority has given to ensuring that encryption keys to encrypted record keeping data between banks and financial service messaging platforms are held by a third party.

This is a matter for the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), which is operationally independent from Government.

The question has been passed on to the FCA. The FCA will reply directly to the Rt Hon Joan Ryan MP by letter. A copy of the letter will be placed in the Library of the House.

28th Jan 2016
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment the Financial Conduct Authority has made of the implications for its policies of the statement made by the financial service messaging platform Symphony that they offer Guaranteed Data Deletion; and whether this statement complies with financial regulations on record keeping.

This is a matter for the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), which is operationally independent from Government.

The question has been passed on to the FCA. The FCA will reply directly to the Rt Hon Joan Ryan MP by letter. A copy of the letter will be placed in the Library of the House.

5th Jan 2016
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with the European Securities and Markets Authority on the efficacy of current regulations to protect against the manipulation of the financial markets.

The Treasury is in regular close contact with the FCA and the Prudential Regulatory Authority (PRA) on all issues relating to financial market conduct.


Following benchmark cases on LIBOR, Foreign Exchange and Gold, the government passed legislation to regulate benchmark activities in UK. The administrators and submitters to eight benchmarks, including LIBOR, are now subject to the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA’s) standards of governance, controls, accountability, management of conflicts of interest and record keeping. This domestic regime will be superseded by the EU Benchmark Regulation when that enters into force.


The European Parliament and the Council of the EU reached a compromise on an EU Benchmark Regulation on 24 November 2015. The Regulation brings in a set of rules to ensure that benchmark providers in the EU have prior authorisation and are subject to supervision, in line with internationally agreed principles drawn up by the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO).


The government regularly engages with all the relevant European institutions to ensure that European-level regulations are strong and effective.

5th Jan 2016
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with financial regulators to ensure that regulations on fixing the rates of the London Interbank Offered Rate are better enforced.

The Treasury is in regular close contact with the FCA and the Prudential Regulatory Authority (PRA) on all issues relating to financial market conduct.


Following benchmark cases on LIBOR, Foreign Exchange and Gold, the government passed legislation to regulate benchmark activities in UK. The administrators and submitters to eight benchmarks, including LIBOR, are now subject to the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA’s) standards of governance, controls, accountability, management of conflicts of interest and record keeping. This domestic regime will be superseded by the EU Benchmark Regulation when that enters into force.


The European Parliament and the Council of the EU reached a compromise on an EU Benchmark Regulation on 24 November 2015. The Regulation brings in a set of rules to ensure that benchmark providers in the EU have prior authorisation and are subject to supervision, in line with internationally agreed principles drawn up by the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO).


The government regularly engages with all the relevant European institutions to ensure that European-level regulations are strong and effective.

30th Nov 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether record keeping regulations relating to financial services apply to organisations offering third party data storage to banks.

Authorised firms, such as banks, must be able to meet their regulatory requirements even when relying on a third party for the performance of operational functions. The firm must make available to the regulator all information necessary to ensure the regulator is able to supervise the compliance of the outsourced activities with the regulatory requirements, including those on record keeping.

25th Nov 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for how long the Financial Conduct Authority requires banks to retain data records relating to financial services.

The Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) repeals the existing Market Abuse Directive with effect from 3 July 2016 and will have direct application in the UK. It is therefore necessary to make relevant changes to the UK’s existing domestic regime, which is set out primarily in the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Handbook, to ensure that national law complies with MAR. The necessary changes are currently being considered by HM Treasury and the FCA.


In relation to record-keeping requirements, FCA rules require investment firms and credit institutionsto maintain orderlyrecords of theirbusiness, including all services and transactions undertaken by them. These mustbe sufficient to enable the FCAto monitor the firm's compliance with its regulatory requirements and retained for a period of at least five years. Therules alsoincludespecific requirements for firmstorecordtelephoneconversationsand electronic communications regarding client orders and dealing on own account. These must be retained for a period of at least six months.


The FCA supervises firms against therules, including on record keeping, as part of theirongoing supervisory work. The Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 permitsthe FCA to impose appropriate fines, which are not limited, for the contravention on a requirement imposed on them under the Act. The FCA are required to publisha policy statement setting outhow they determinethe appropriate level of financial penalty. This can be foundhere:https://www.handbook.fca.org.uk/handbook/DEPP/6/1.html?date=2015-10-27.


The EU Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) introduced a harmonised framework for investor protection in the EU. The Government has supported a revised directive,MiFID II, which will replace itfrom 2017. MiFID IIintroducesmore detailed EU requirements on record keeping and an EU wide taping regime, aimed at strengthening investor protection and enhancing market integrity. This will also extend the period telephone conversations and electronic communications must be retained for to at least five years.​

23rd Nov 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Financial Conduct Authority is taking to ensure that (a) traders and (b) banks keep a record of their communications on financial services.

The Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) repeals the existing Market Abuse Directive with effect from 3 July 2016 and will have direct application in the UK. It is therefore necessary to make relevant changes to the UK’s existing domestic regime, which is set out primarily in the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Handbook, to ensure that national law complies with MAR. The necessary changes are currently being considered by HM Treasury and the FCA.


In relation to record-keeping requirements, FCA rules require investment firms and credit institutionsto maintain orderlyrecords of theirbusiness, including all services and transactions undertaken by them. These mustbe sufficient to enable the FCAto monitor the firm's compliance with its regulatory requirements and retained for a period of at least five years. Therules alsoincludespecific requirements for firmstorecordtelephoneconversationsand electronic communications regarding client orders and dealing on own account. These must be retained for a period of at least six months.


The FCA supervises firms against therules, including on record keeping, as part of theirongoing supervisory work. The Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 permitsthe FCA to impose appropriate fines, which are not limited, for the contravention on a requirement imposed on them under the Act. The FCA are required to publisha policy statement setting outhow they determinethe appropriate level of financial penalty. This can be foundhere:https://www.handbook.fca.org.uk/handbook/DEPP/6/1.html?date=2015-10-27.


The EU Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) introduced a harmonised framework for investor protection in the EU. The Government has supported a revised directive,MiFID II, which will replace itfrom 2017. MiFID IIintroducesmore detailed EU requirements on record keeping and an EU wide taping regime, aimed at strengthening investor protection and enhancing market integrity. This will also extend the period telephone conversations and electronic communications must be retained for to at least five years.​

23rd Nov 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions the Financial Conduct Authority has had with the Chair of the European Securities and Markets Authority on the use of the financial services messaging platform Symphony.


This is an operational matter for the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), who are operationally independent from Government.


The question has been passed on to the FCA. The FCA will reply directly to the Rt Hon Joan Ryan by letter. A copy of the letter will be placed in the Library of the House.

23rd Nov 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what range of fines can be levied for breaches of record-keeping regulations relating to financial services.

The Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) repeals the existing Market Abuse Directive with effect from 3 July 2016 and will have direct application in the UK. It is therefore necessary to make relevant changes to the UK’s existing domestic regime, which is set out primarily in the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Handbook, to ensure that national law complies with MAR. The necessary changes are currently being considered by HM Treasury and the FCA.


In relation to record-keeping requirements, FCA rules require investment firms and credit institutionsto maintain orderlyrecords of theirbusiness, including all services and transactions undertaken by them. These mustbe sufficient to enable the FCAto monitor the firm's compliance with its regulatory requirements and retained for a period of at least five years. Therules alsoincludespecific requirements for firmstorecordtelephoneconversationsand electronic communications regarding client orders and dealing on own account. These must be retained for a period of at least six months.


The FCA supervises firms against therules, including on record keeping, as part of theirongoing supervisory work. The Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 permitsthe FCA to impose appropriate fines, which are not limited, for the contravention on a requirement imposed on them under the Act. The FCA are required to publisha policy statement setting outhow they determinethe appropriate level of financial penalty. This can be foundhere:https://www.handbook.fca.org.uk/handbook/DEPP/6/1.html?date=2015-10-27.


The EU Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) introduced a harmonised framework for investor protection in the EU. The Government has supported a revised directive,MiFID II, which will replace itfrom 2017. MiFID IIintroducesmore detailed EU requirements on record keeping and an EU wide taping regime, aimed at strengthening investor protection and enhancing market integrity. This will also extend the period telephone conversations and electronic communications must be retained for to at least five years.​

23rd Nov 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions the Financial Conduct Authority has had with the New York State Department of Financial Services on the use of the financial services messaging platform Symphony.

This is an operational matter for the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), who are operationally independent from Government.


The question has been passed on to the FCA. The FCA will reply directly to the Rt Hon Joan Ryan by letter. A copy of the letter will be placed in the Library of the House.

23rd Nov 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations the Financial Conduct Authority has received from (a) other financial services authorities and (b) banks on the use of the financial services messaging platform Symphony.

This is an operational matter for the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), who are operationally independent from Government.


The question has been passed on to the FCA. The FCA will reply directly to the Rt Hon Joan Ryan by letter. A copy of the letter will be placed in the Library of the House.

23rd Nov 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with the Financial Conduct Authority on the use of the financials service messaging platform Symphony.

The Chancellor has had no communications with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in regards to the messaging platform Symphony

23rd Nov 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Financial Conduct Authority is taking to enforce the 2014 revisions to the 2003 EU market abuse directive.

The Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) repeals the existing Market Abuse Directive with effect from 3 July 2016 and will have direct application in the UK. It is therefore necessary to make relevant changes to the UK’s existing domestic regime, which is set out primarily in the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Handbook, to ensure that national law complies with MAR. The necessary changes are currently being considered by HM Treasury and the FCA.


In relation to record-keeping requirements, FCA rules require investment firms and credit institutionsto maintain orderlyrecords of theirbusiness, including all services and transactions undertaken by them. These mustbe sufficient to enable the FCAto monitor the firm's compliance with its regulatory requirements and retained for a period of at least five years. Therules alsoincludespecific requirements for firmstorecordtelephoneconversationsand electronic communications regarding client orders and dealing on own account. These must be retained for a period of at least six months.


The FCA supervises firms against therules, including on record keeping, as part of theirongoing supervisory work. The Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 permitsthe FCA to impose appropriate fines, which are not limited, for the contravention on a requirement imposed on them under the Act. The FCA are required to publisha policy statement setting outhow they determinethe appropriate level of financial penalty. This can be foundhere:https://www.handbook.fca.org.uk/handbook/DEPP/6/1.html?date=2015-10-27.


The EU Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) introduced a harmonised framework for investor protection in the EU. The Government has supported a revised directive,MiFID II, which will replace itfrom 2017. MiFID IIintroducesmore detailed EU requirements on record keeping and an EU wide taping regime, aimed at strengthening investor protection and enhancing market integrity. This will also extend the period telephone conversations and electronic communications must be retained for to at least five years.​

23rd Nov 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment the Financial Conduct Authority has made of the regulatory implications of use of the financial services messaging system Symphony.

This is an operational matter for the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), who are operationally independent from Government.


The question has been passed on to the FCA. The FCA will reply directly to the Rt Hon Joan Ryan by letter. A copy of the letter will be placed in the Library of the House.

23rd Nov 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Financial Conduct Authority takes to ensure that banks comply with record-keeping regulations.

The Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) repeals the existing Market Abuse Directive with effect from 3 July 2016 and will have direct application in the UK. It is therefore necessary to make relevant changes to the UK’s existing domestic regime, which is set out primarily in the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Handbook, to ensure that national law complies with MAR. The necessary changes are currently being considered by HM Treasury and the FCA.


In relation to record-keeping requirements, FCA rules require investment firms and credit institutionsto maintain orderlyrecords of theirbusiness, including all services and transactions undertaken by them. These mustbe sufficient to enable the FCAto monitor the firm's compliance with its regulatory requirements and retained for a period of at least five years. Therules alsoincludespecific requirements for firmstorecordtelephoneconversationsand electronic communications regarding client orders and dealing on own account. These must be retained for a period of at least six months.


The FCA supervises firms against therules, including on record keeping, as part of theirongoing supervisory work. The Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 permitsthe FCA to impose appropriate fines, which are not limited, for the contravention on a requirement imposed on them under the Act. The FCA are required to publisha policy statement setting outhow they determinethe appropriate level of financial penalty. This can be foundhere:https://www.handbook.fca.org.uk/handbook/DEPP/6/1.html?date=2015-10-27.


The EU Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) introduced a harmonised framework for investor protection in the EU. The Government has supported a revised directive,MiFID II, which will replace itfrom 2017. MiFID IIintroducesmore detailed EU requirements on record keeping and an EU wide taping regime, aimed at strengthening investor protection and enhancing market integrity. This will also extend the period telephone conversations and electronic communications must be retained for to at least five years.​

23rd Nov 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the EU's Market in Financial Services Directive in (a) improving record-keeping by banks and (b) tackling potential abuse and manipulation of the financial markets.

The Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) repeals the existing Market Abuse Directive with effect from 3 July 2016 and will have direct application in the UK. It is therefore necessary to make relevant changes to the UK’s existing domestic regime, which is set out primarily in the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Handbook, to ensure that national law complies with MAR. The necessary changes are currently being considered by HM Treasury and the FCA.


In relation to record-keeping requirements, FCA rules require investment firms and credit institutionsto maintain orderlyrecords of theirbusiness, including all services and transactions undertaken by them. These mustbe sufficient to enable the FCAto monitor the firm's compliance with its regulatory requirements and retained for a period of at least five years. Therules alsoincludespecific requirements for firmstorecordtelephoneconversationsand electronic communications regarding client orders and dealing on own account. These must be retained for a period of at least six months.


The FCA supervises firms against therules, including on record keeping, as part of theirongoing supervisory work. The Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 permitsthe FCA to impose appropriate fines, which are not limited, for the contravention on a requirement imposed on them under the Act. The FCA are required to publisha policy statement setting outhow they determinethe appropriate level of financial penalty. This can be foundhere:https://www.handbook.fca.org.uk/handbook/DEPP/6/1.html?date=2015-10-27.


The EU Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) introduced a harmonised framework for investor protection in the EU. The Government has supported a revised directive,MiFID II, which will replace itfrom 2017. MiFID IIintroducesmore detailed EU requirements on record keeping and an EU wide taping regime, aimed at strengthening investor protection and enhancing market integrity. This will also extend the period telephone conversations and electronic communications must be retained for to at least five years.​

16th Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department will publish details on the application outcomes of the EU Settlement Scheme at a (a) local authority and (b) parliamentary constituency level.

Updated EU Settlement Scheme quarterly statistics to 30 September 2019 are planned for publication in November 2019.

The Home Office is committed to publishing more detailed quarterly statistics on the EU Settlement Scheme. Home Office statisticians are currently considering the content of the next quarterly release.

Brandon Lewis
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
16th Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department will provide data by age on the number of applicants to the EU Settlement Scheme at a (a) regional, (b) local authority and (c) parliamentary constituency level.

Updated EU Settlement Scheme quarterly statistics to 30 September 2019 are planned for publication in November 2019.

The Home Office is committed to publishing more detailed quarterly statistics on the EU Settlement Scheme. Home Office statisticians are currently considering the content of the next quarterly release.

Brandon Lewis
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
16th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January 2018 to Question 122667 on Hezbollah, whether his policy on not collecting that data has changed since the Government's decision to proscribe Hezbollah in its entirety in February 2019.

The Government’s approach to this issue has not changed. Investigations into individuals who may be members or supporters of proscribed organisations are an operational matter for the police and intelligence agencies. The department does not collect data on specific numbers of Hizballah members or supporters in the UK.

Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence
16th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information he holds on the number of Daesh (a) members and (b) supporters in the UK.

For reasons of national security, it would not be appropriate to disclose figures on the number of Da’esh affiliated individuals in the UK.

Membership and support for a proscribed terrorist organisation is an offence under sections 11 and 12 of the terrorism act 2000. The police and security services work day and night to keep the public safe, they are currently managing nearly 800 live investigations of around 3,000 individuals.

Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence
16th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information he holds on the number of Al Qaeda (a) members and (b) supporters in the UK.

For reasons of national security, it would not be appropriate to disclose figures on the number of Al Qaeda affiliated individuals in the UK.

Membership and support for a proscribed terrorist organisation is an offence under sections 11 and 12 of the terrorism act 2000. The police and security services work day and night to keep the public safe, they are currently managing nearly 800 live investigations of around 3,000 individuals.

Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence
19th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the relationship between Hezbollah and the Islamic Resistance Support Organisation.

I refer the Hon. Member to the answer given on 15 January 2018, UIN 122667.

Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence
5th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what meetings he (a) has had and (b) plans to have with the National Police Chiefs’ Council through the Home Office National Law Enforcement Data Programme on the introduction of the National Register of Missing Persons.

Officials have been and will continue to be in regular contact with the National Police Chiefs’ Council on the introduction of the National Register of Missing Persons.

5th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment he has made of the number of girls being sexually exploited in the county lines drugs trade.

The latest threat assessment on county lines was published by the National Crime Agency (NCA) in January 2019. This sets out that while criminal exploitation is the most common exploitation type within county lines, victims are sometimes subjected to sexual exploitation and these victims are largely female. The assessment also points out the likelihood that females are underrepresented as both victims and perpetrators of county lines criminality.

Work is ongoing to protect those who are exploited and target county lines offenders. The Home Office has provided £3.6m to establish the National County Lines Coordination Centre (NCLCC) to enhance our cross border intelligence and activity on county lines and to better safeguard and protect victims of county lines. NCLCC has so far carried out three separate weeks of operational intensification leading to over 1600 arrests and over 2100 individuals engaged with for safeguarding.

In addition, the Government provides a range of support for county lines victims including; funding Young People’s Advocates in Birmingham, Manchester and London to work directly with gang-affected women and girls, especially if they have been victims, or are at risk, of sexual violence by gangs including county lines; funding through the Trusted Relationships fund of £13 million over two years to help foster relationships between frontline professionals and young people at risk of exploitation including county lines; and we have provided funding through the £22m Early Intervention Youth Fund over two years for six projects which will specifically address those at risk of involvement in county lines and criminal exploitation.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
3rd Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Islamic Resistance Support Organisation operates in the UK.

The Home Office does not keep a central register of all the organisations that operate in the UK.

Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence
4th Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to tackle sources of financial assistance to Hezbollah in the UK.

The UK has a strong reputation for tackling terrorist financing and we are a key player in international efforts to strengthen the global response to terrorist financing. This was demonstrated in the UK’s Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Mutual Evaluation Report published in December 2018, which gave the UK the highest possible rating on how it tackles terrorist financing.


Our approach to countering terrorist finance is multifaceted and we have a range of disruptive tools and capabilities to detect, prevent and disrupt the movement of terrorist finance. We also work very closely with our international partners and financial institutions here in the UK, to exchange and analyse information to better detect, prevent and disrupt the movement of terrorist funds.


The investigation and prosecution of offences relating to proscribed organisations is a matter for the police and the Crown Prosecution Service.

Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence
5th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to introduce a national missing persons database.

We are working with the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) through the Home Office National Law Enforcement Data Programme (NLEDP) to deliver a National Register of Missing Persons (NRMP) which will enable us to have a snapshot of live missing incidents across police forces in England and Wales. This will assist officers when they encounter a missing person particularly if that missing person is outside their home force area.

We are currently working towards the NRMP to be in use operationally in 2020/2021.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
5th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent meetings his Department has had with representatives of (a) Abellio Greater Anglia, (b) Great Northern, (c) London Overground and (d) Network Rail on the county lines drug trade.

Tackling county lines is a priority for this Government and to date we have rolled out a comprehensive package of communications and awareness raising activity with a range of key sectors, including transport partners.

The Home Office has held discussions with Transport for London (which includes London Overground) and Network Rail regarding county lines activity on the transport network and we are encouraging them to raise awareness of the issue amongst local rail operators and staff.

To date, there has been no direct engagement with Abellio Greater Anglia or Great Northern.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
5th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent meetings his Department has had with representatives of (a) Addison Lee, (b) BlaBlaCar, (c) Gett, (d) HOPP (Taxify), (e) Kabee, (f) mytaxi and (g) other taxi, minicab and private hire vehicle companies on the county lines drug trade.

Tackling county lines is a priority for this Government and to date we have rolled out a comprehensive package of communications and awareness raising activity with a range of key sectors, including transport partners.

However, specific engagement regarding county lines has taken place with the Licensed Private Hire Car Association, Uber, the National Institute of Licensing and National Association of Licensing Enforcement Officers.

In additional, materials have been shared with police forces and local authorities to disseminate to taxi companies as part of their engagement work on county lines activity.

To date there has been no engagement with Addison Lee, BlaBlaCar, Gett, HOPP (Taxify), Kabee or mytaxi.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
5th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Drug Dealing Telecommunications Restriction Orders Regulations 2017 on preventing the growth of the county lines drug trade.

The Government legislated to introduce Drug Dealing Telecommunications Restriction Orders (DDTROs) following a request from law enforcement to introduce this additional disruption tool for county lines drug dealing. DDTROs came into effect in December 2017 and after an initial pilot period were rolled out to all forces in February 2018.

The new National County Lines Coordination Centre (NLCLCC) is responsible for supporting cross border efforts to tackle county lines and maintains oversight of the use of DDTROs. The NCLCC is responsible for providing forces with support and guidance on the use of DDTROs as part of a package of techniques to disrupt county lines perpetrators.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
5th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 10 December 2018 to Question 199271 and paragraph 20 of the National Crime Agency’s January 2019 report entitled County lines drug supply, Vulnerability and Harm 2018, whether he plans to gather information about children under 10 years of age involved in county lines.

A key purpose of the National County Lines Coordination Centre (NCLCC) is to develop the national intelligence picture in relation to the threat from county lines. In addition, in November 2018 the Director General of the National Crime Agency formally tasked all Chief Constables under the Crime and Courts Act 2013, to direct all forces to implement a more consistent and prioritised intelligence and operational response in respect of county lines drugs supply, to include the submission of intelligence to the NCLCC and a prioritised response to high-risk lines and gangs.

The gathering of intelligence in relation to any known county lines activity will include, if they are involved and where known, children under the age of 10.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
16th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answers of 10 January 2019 and 9 October 2018 to Questions 205811 and 173497, if he will publish a breakdown of the number of (a) full-time and (b) part-time staff at the National County Lines Coordination Centre.

The National County Lines Co-ordination Centre is a joint initiative be-tween the National Crime Agency and the National Police Chiefs’ Council, supported by £3.6m of Home Office funding. It is one of our key commitments set out in the Serious Violence Strategy.


The Centre is fully operational and has around 40 staff in post. The Home Of-fice is not involved in the set up and running of the Centre as it is an op-erational matter for the NCA and police, and does not hold information about staffing breakdown.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
7th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 9 October 2018 to Question 173497, whether his Department is able to provide a breakdown between the number of full-time and part-time staff at the National County Lines Coordination Centre.

The National County Lines Co-ordination Centre is a joint initiative between the National Crime Agency and the National Police Chiefs’ Council, supported by £3.6m of Home Office funding. It is one of our key commitments set out in the Serious Violence Strategy.

The Centre is fully operational and has around 40 staff in post. The Home Office is not involved in the set up and running of the Centre as it is an operational matter for the NCA and police.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
7th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Detention Services Order 01/2016 on The Protection, Use and Sharing of Medical Information Relating to People Detained Under Immigration Powers, whether his Department has shared medical files of detained persons with foreign Governments since 2016.

Detention Services Order (DSO) 01/2016 sets out the Home Office’s policy on the protection, use and sharing of detainees’ medical information. As set out in this DSO the medical record is a confidential document and is the property of the detainee.

In the case of an unescorted removal, the medical record is handed over to the detainee at the point of boarding the aircraft. During an escorted removal, the escort staff will hold the record until the end of the escort, when it is given over to the detainee before they are received by their own authorities. If the detainee does not want the record, the escort staff will return it to the UK where it will be securely stored.

5th Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 5 November 2018 to Question 185472 on Drugs: crime, whether he has plans to gather specific information on children under 10 years of age involved in county lines.

We have no specific plans to collect information on under 10s.

However, the criminal exploitation of children in county lines drugs dealing is of significant concern to us. We have supported the formation of the National County Lines Co-ordination Centre to provide a greater law enforcement focus on county lines. We also keep the situation under regular review through the annual reports on county lines that we commission from the National Crime Agency. The next report will be published shortly.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
5th Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 14 November 2018 to Question 189531 on Crime: Social Media, whether he has plans to widen membership of his Department's social media action group; and what the criteria are for joining that group.

We have no plans at present to widen membership of the Social Media Action Group. The Group was established by the Home Office in April 2018 to help action to be taken against gang and violent content online by bringing together social media companies, key voluntary sector partners, the police, and government.

However, depending on the agenda and discussion and action being taken, we are willing to invite different organisation or groups to its meetings if they can make a contribution.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
12th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Sri Lankan nationals have been granted refugee status after having previously been removed to Sri Lanka following a refused application for asylum since 18 May 2009.

Specific information relating exclusively to Sri Lankan nationals is not available in the requested format, however information generally on Asylum applicants granted Asylum, after previously having been refused asylum and removed, is published in the Home Office’s asylum transparency data table ASY_09_q at;

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/asylum-transparency-data-august-2018

12th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Sri Lankan nationals have been (a) removed to Sri Lanka and (b) removed to Sri Lanka following a refused application for asylum since 26 October 2018.

Information on the number of Sri Lankan nationals that have been returned from the UK to Sri Lanka, is available in table rt_04 (returns data tables, volume 4) in ‘Immigration Statistics, year ending June 2018’, available from the GOV.uk website at:
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/734184/returns4-jun-2018-tables.ods

The data can be broken down by asylum and non-asylum related returns. Asylum-related returns relate to cases where there has been an asylum claim at some stage prior to the return. This will include asylum seekers whose asylum claims have been refused, and who have exhausted any rights of appeal, those retuned under third country provisions, as well as those granted asylum/protection, but removed for other reasons (such as criminality).
Information for October to December 2018 will be available in February 2019.

9th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 10 September 2018 to Question 170665 on crime: social media, if he will publish a list of all the participating organisations in his Department’s social media action group.

The social media action group provides a forum for police, social media companies and voluntary and community groups to take action against violence related content on social media.

The group is chaired by the Home Office and includes representatives from the following organisations:

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Metropolitan Police Service

Google

Facebook

Twitter

Snap Inc

St. Giles’ Trust

Safer London

Catch 22

Ben Kinsella Trust

Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime

Mayor of London’s Office

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
9th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Drug Dealing Telecommunications Restriction Orders Regulations 2017 are able to prevent Wi-Fi messaging on mobile devices associated with county lines activity.

The Home Office has not produced technical guidance on the scope of Drug Dealing Telecommunications Restriction Orders Regulations (DDTROs). However we have funded the establishment of the National County Lines Coordination Centre, which launched in September, and provides a central source of expertise and best practice for police forces.

The DDTRO legislation has been drafted to enable the blocking of access to Wi-Fi service and future proof the legislation as far as possible against developments in technology. The legislation makes provisions for a communications provider ‘to take whatever action the order specifies for the purpose of preventing or restricting the use of communication devices in connection with drug dealing offences’. The definitions of communications provider, communication devices and telecommunications service are wide enough to encompass developments in technology.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
9th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department has published any technical guidance on the scope of the Drug Dealing Telecommunications Restriction Orders Regulations 2017.

The Home Office has not produced technical guidance on the scope of Drug Dealing Telecommunications Restriction Orders Regulations (DDTROs). However we have funded the establishment of the National County Lines Coordination Centre, which launched in September, and provides a central source of expertise and best practice for police forces.

The DDTRO legislation has been drafted to enable the blocking of access to Wi-Fi service and future proof the legislation as far as possible against developments in technology. The legislation makes provisions for a communications provider ‘to take whatever action the order specifies for the purpose of preventing or restricting the use of communication devices in connection with drug dealing offences’. The definitions of communications provider, communication devices and telecommunications service are wide enough to encompass developments in technology.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
31st Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 31 October 2018 to Question 184345 on Serious Violence Taskforce: Social Media, how he plans to develop engagement with (a) Kik Messenger, (b) Snapchat, (c) Telegram, (d) Viber, (e) Wickr and (f) WhatsApp in relation to the use of encrypted messaging apps for county lines activity.

We recognise the role online messaging platforms can play in facilitating gang violence and county lines activity and in June this year the Home Secretary announced a new £1.4m police capability to take action against violent content hosted on social media and disrupt gang activity online.

Our Serious Violence Strategy also sets out the role of social media in driving serious violence and we are working with a range of social media companies, the police and partners to consider what actions to take in tackling online violent content and will broaden our engagement with online platforms and companies if needed as our understanding of the issue grows.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
31st Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 31 October 2018 to Question 184345 on Serious Violence Taskforce: Social Media, what assessment he has made of the suitability of the content hosted by (a) Kik Messenger, (b) Snapchat, (c) Telegram, (d) Viber, (e) Wickr and (f) Whatsapp on their encrypted messaging apps in relation to county lines activity.

We recognise the role online messaging platforms can play in facilitating gang violence and county lines activity and in June this year the Home Secretary announced a new £1.4m police capability to take action against violent content hosted on social media and disrupt gang activity online.

Our Serious Violence Strategy also sets out the role of social media in driving serious violence and we are working with a range of social media companies, the police and partners to consider what actions to take in tackling online violent content and will broaden our engagement with online platforms and companies if needed as our understanding of the issue grows.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
30th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what support his Department provides to children below the minimum age of criminal responsibility who (a) are or (b) have been involved in county lines activity.

We do not provide specific support services to children under 10 involved in county lines activity. However the Government provides a range of support for county lines victims including: funding Young People’s Advocates in Birmingham, Manchester and London; funding through the Trusted Relationships fund of £13 million over two years to help foster relationships between frontline professionals and young people at risk of exploitation including county lines; publication of guidance for frontline professionals on how to identify potential victims of county lines and the appropriate referral routes; £17.7 million over two years through the Early Intervention Youth Fund to help deliver services to support and prevent young people from getting involved in crime, including county lines. The funds are not restricted by the age of criminal responsibility.

Criminally exploited children who have also been trafficked are identified and supported through the National Referral Mechanism, which can include support from Independent Child Trafficking Advocates which we have committed to rolling out nationally.

The Department for Education has also just announced £2 million for a new national response unit that will be established to help local authorities support vulnerable children at risk of exploitation.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
30th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate his Department has made of the number of children below the minimum age of criminal responsibility involved in county lines activity who were referred to a pupil referral unit in (a) 2015, (b) 2016 and (c) 2017.


We do not have specific information about children under 10 years of age involved in county lines. However, the Home Office has commissioned regular threat assessments of county lines by the National Crime Agency, which provide the most detailed and reliable intelligence on the scale and nature of county lines.

The threat assessments do not contain estimates of the number of children involved due to data limitations but they report that the threat has grown. The NCA is currently preparing a new threat assessment for publication shortly.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
30th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate his Department has made of the number of children below the minimum age of criminal responsibility who were involved in county lines activity in (a) 2015, (b) 2016 and (c) 2017.


We do not have specific information about children under 10 years of age involved in county lines. However, the Home Office has commissioned regular threat assessments of county lines by the National Crime Agency, which provide the most detailed and reliable intelligence on the scale and nature of county lines.

The threat assessments do not contain estimates of the number of children involved due to data limitations but they report that the threat has grown. The NCA is currently preparing a new threat assessment for publication shortly.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
30th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department holds information on trends in the number of children below the minimum age of criminal responsibility involved in county lines activity.


We do not have specific information about children under 10 years of age involved in county lines. However, the Home Office has commissioned regular threat assessments of county lines by the National Crime Agency, which provide the most detailed and reliable intelligence on the scale and nature of county lines.

The threat assessments do not contain estimates of the number of children involved due to data limitations but they report that the threat has grown. The NCA is currently preparing a new threat assessment for publication shortly.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
29th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 25 October 2018 to Question 182079, what representations his Department has made to (a) the named Secretaries of State and (b) officials of those Departments on the county lines drug trade and the Modern Slavery Act 2015; and whether he plans to have any meetings with those people.

The Home Secretary and Home Office Ministers regularly meet their counterparts across Whitehall to ensure a co-ordinated response to cross-cutting issues, which include county lines and the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

Officials meet regularly to discuss county lines and the Modern Slavery Act 2015 including through the National County Lines Working Group, which was established to oversee delivery of the County Lines Action Plan and includes representatives from the Department for Education; Ministry of Justice; Ministry of Communities, Housing and Local Government; Department for Work and Pensions; and the Department of Health and Social Care.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
26th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 25 October 2018 to Question 182082 on drugs: crime, whether invitations extended to representatives from (a) Kik Messenger, (b) Snapchat, (c) Telegram, (d) Viber, (e) Wickr and (f) other social media and messenger sites to attend the meeting of the Serious Violence Taskforce chaired by the Home Secretary on 11 June 2018.

Representatives from Google and Facebook were invited to attend the Se-rious Violence Taskforce on 11 June to present the action being taken to tackle violent content online.

This reflects levels of concern about the content hosted by these platforms, as well as their more developed engagement with the issue of online serious violence including through their membership of our social media action group.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
26th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 25 October 2018 to Question 182082 on drugs: crime, which body will be responsible for the operation of the new national police capability to tackle gang related activity on social media; and what the planned timescale is for the establishment of that body.

The new social media hub is hosted within the Metropolitan Police Service and is a new hub under the National Police Chiefs Council banner that builds on the lessons learnt from MPS’ Operation Domain.

The hub will initially look to target the highest harm gangs in London. The hub will be formally established early next year, when it will engage with other forces in England and Wales as the concepts and tools are developed, in order to build capabilities nationally and share best practice approaches to tackling online violent content.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
22nd Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent meetings (a) he and (b) his officials have had with representatives of (i) Facebook/Instagram/WhatsApp, (ii) Kik Messenger, (iii) Snapchat, (iv) Telegram, (v) Viber, (vi) Wickr and (vii) other social media and messenger sites on the use of their encrypted messaging apps for county lines drugs dealing.

The National County Lines Working Group brings together a range of agencies including law enforcement to assess the trends in county lines and action that should be taken. This ensures that we are up to date on the latest developments involving county lines reported by the police and National Crime Agency.

In June this year, the Home Secretary announced funding of £1.38m to support a new national police capability to tackle gang related activity on social media which will be operational shortly. Representatives from Google and Facebook also attended a meeting of the Serious Violence Taskforce chaired by the Home Secretary in June to present the action they are taking to tackle gang related content online.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
22nd Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of the use of encrypted messaging apps by people involved in county lines drugs dealing.

The National County Lines Working Group brings together a range of agencies including law enforcement to assess the trends in county lines and action that should be taken. This ensures that we are up to date on the latest developments involving county lines reported by the police and National Crime Agency.

In June this year, the Home Secretary announced funding of £1.38m to support a new national police capability to tackle gang related activity on social media which will be operational shortly. Representatives from Google and Facebook also attended a meeting of the Serious Violence Taskforce chaired by the Home Secretary in June to present the action they are taking to tackle gang related content online.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
22nd Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many phone numbers used for county lines drugs dealing have been closed down after the introduction of Drug Dealing Telecommunications Restriction Orders in December 2017.

The use of Drug Dealing Telecommunications Restriction Orders is an operational matter and the National County Lines Co-Ordination Centre does not routinely disclose this information.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
22nd Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent representations he has received from the (a) Secretaries of State for (i) Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, (ii) Health and Social Care, (iii) Housing, Communities and Local Government, (iv) Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and (v) Justice and (b) Chancellor of the Exchequer on the (A) county lines drug trade and (B) Modern Slavery Act 2015.

The Secretary of State for the Home Department has not received any recent formal representations from the named departments on either county lines drug trade or the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

The Home Secretary regularly meets Secretaries of State across Whitehall to ensure a coordinated response to cross-cutting issues.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
16th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent meetings his Department has had with representatives of (a) Uber and (b) Airbnb on the county lines drug trade.

We recognise the value and opportunity presented by workers in those services used by county lines drug dealers to identify perpetrators and potential victims who are being used to move, store or deal drugs. This includes those in the transport and accommodation sectors.

Home Office officials have ongoing engagement with both representatives of Über and Airbnb in order to highlight county lines exploitation to their drivers and hosts respectively. We are also delivering a communications campaign to raise awareness within the wider transport sector and community.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
16th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish a list of the roles and responsibilities of (a) full-time and (b) part-time staff at the National County Lines Coordination Centre.

The National County Lines Co-ordination Centre is a joint initiative between the National Crime Agency and the National Police Chiefs’ Council, supported by £3.6m of Home Office funding. It is one of our key commitments set out in the Serious Violence Strategy.

The Centre is fully operational and has around 40 staff in post. The Home Office is not involved in the set up and running of the Centre as it is an operational matter for the NCA and police.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
16th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the recruitment and appointment process is for filling posts at the National County Lines Coordination Centre.

The National County Lines Co-ordination Centre is a joint initiative between the National Crime Agency and the National Police Chiefs’ Council, supported by £3.6m of Home Office funding. It is one of our key commitments set out in the Serious Violence Strategy.

The Centre is fully operational and has around 40 staff in post. The Home Office is not involved in the set up and running of the Centre as it is an operational matter for the NCA and police.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
16th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations he has received from (a) the National Crime Agency, (b) the Metropolitan Police, (c) the British Transport police, (d) any other arm of law enforcement, (e) local authorities and (f) charities and NGOs on reviewing the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and the way it is applied to county lines.

The Government has asked Frank Field MP, Maria Miller MP and Baroness-Butler-Sloss to undertake an independent review of the Modern Slavery Act. The aim of the Review is to report on the operation and effectiveness of, and potential improvements to, provisions in the Modern Slavery Act 2015, which provides the legal framework for tackling modern slavery.

The Review will consider how to ensure the Act is ‘future-proof’ given our evolving understanding of the nature of modern slavery offences, for example the recent and emerging issues of county lines. The Review is aiming to report by the end of March 2019.

Details of the Review were set out in Victoria Atkins written statement of 5th September.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
8th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent meetings (a) he, (b) other Ministers and (c) staff of his Department have had with (i) the British Transport Police, (ii) taxi firms and (iii) private hire vehicle (minicab) firms on tackling the county lines drug trade.

We recognise the value and opportunity presented by those working in the transport sector to identify perpetrators and potential victims of county lines who are being exploited to move drugs. The Home Office has therefore been working with Crimestoppers to deliver an awareness raising campaign with these sectors about county lines.

The Home Office has met with representatives of the British Transport Police, local authority taxi licensing managers, Licensed Private Hire Car Association and Über and officials continue to engage with the transport sector in tackling county lines.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
11th Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the timetable is for the National County Lines Coordination Centre to become operational; how many staff that centre is planned to employ; and how many of those staff are planned to be (a) full-time and (b) part-time.

The National County Lines Co-ordination Centre has been established jointly by the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead and the National Crime Agency and is a commitment in the Serious Violence Strategy. A hub within the National Crime Agency has been active since early this year, and the Centre became fully operational in September