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Written Question
Care Workers and Nurses: Vacancies
Wednesday 22nd June 2022

Asked by: John McDonnell (Labour - Hayes and Harlington)

Question to the Department of Health and Social Care:

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the findings of the Royal College of Nursing report entitled Nursing Under Unsustainable Pressure: Staffing for Safe and Effective Care, published on 6 June 2020, that (a) 82 per cent of respondents from nursing and midwifery staff across the UK said there was a shortfall of one or more registered nurses on their last shift and (b) 63 per cent said there was a shortfall of one or more health care support workers; and what steps he plans to take to tackle those shortfalls.

Answered by Edward Argar - Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Local National Health Service trusts are responsible for managing staffing levels and for recruiting the appropriate number of health professionals required to meet local service need. We have committed to deliver 50,000 more nurses and ensure the NHS is on a trajectory to a sustainable long-term supply. In March 2022, there were more than 30,000 additional nurses, compared to September 2019. Since 2020, nursing students have been eligible for a non-repayable training grant of a minimum of £5,000. Additional funding is also available for childcare costs, accommodation costs and travel costs.


Written Question
Public Expenditure
Monday 13th June 2022

Asked by: John McDonnell (Labour - Hayes and Harlington)

Question to the HM Treasury:

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what modelling his Department has undertaken on the economic stimulus effect of the measures for households announced in his Economy Update on 26 May 2022; and if he will make a statement.

Answered by Simon Clarke - Chief Secretary to the Treasury

The Government has published analysis alongside the May 2022 Cost of Living support package. This includes an analysis of the impact of the support package on households across the income distribution. The published report can be found at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1078837/DA_May_2022_publication.pdf

Alongside this the published Cost of Living support factsheet can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cost-of-living-support/cost-of-living-support-factsheet-26-may-2022. This includes illustrative case-studies which show the combined impact of the Cost of Living package, support announced in February 2022, and changes in the labour market.

HM Treasury does not prepare formal forecasts for the UK economy. The macroeconomic impacts of the support package will be incorporated into the next forecast produced by the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR).


Written Question
Government Assistance
Monday 13th June 2022

Asked by: John McDonnell (Labour - Hayes and Harlington)

Question to the HM Treasury:

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the impact on economic growth of the measures for households announced in his Economy Update on 26 May 2022; and if he will make a statement.

Answered by John Glen - Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)

The Government has published analysis alongside the May 2022 Cost of Living support package. This includes an analysis of the impact of the support package on households across the income distribution. The published report can be found at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1078837/DA_May_2022_publication.pdf

Alongside this the published Cost of Living support factsheet can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cost-of-living-support/cost-of-living-support-factsheet-26-may-2022. This includes illustrative case-studies which show the combined impact of the Cost of Living package, support announced in February 2022, and changes in the labour market.

HM Treasury does not prepare formal forecasts for the UK economy. The macroeconomic impacts of the support package will be incorporated into the next forecast produced by the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR).


Written Question
Capital Allowances
Monday 13th June 2022

Asked by: John McDonnell (Labour - Hayes and Harlington)

Question to the HM Treasury:

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what modelling his Department has undertaken on the extra investment that will be brought forward as a result of the introduction of the investment allowance announced in his Economy Update on 26 May 2022.

Answered by Lucy Frazer - Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)

The new Energy Profits Levy will raise around £5 billion over the next year. This figure factors in the investment allowance.

The Government expects the combination of the Levy and the investment allowance to lead to an overall increase in investment.

The Levy will be legislated for shortly, and a Tax Information and Impact Note will be published as standard. A full costing of the policy will be certified by the independent Office for Budget Responsibility at Autumn Budget 2022.


Written Question
Capital Allowances
Monday 13th June 2022

Asked by: John McDonnell (Labour - Hayes and Harlington)

Question to the HM Treasury:

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost to the Exchequer of the investment allowance announced in his Economy Update on 26 May 2022.

Answered by Lucy Frazer - Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)

The new Energy Profits Levy will raise around £5 billion over the next year. This figure factors in the investment allowance.

The Government expects the combination of the Levy and the investment allowance to lead to an overall increase in investment.

The Levy will be legislated for shortly, and a Tax Information and Impact Note will be published as standard. A full costing of the policy will be certified by the independent Office for Budget Responsibility at Autumn Budget 2022.


Written Question
Children's Play
Friday 27th May 2022

Asked by: John McDonnell (Labour - Hayes and Harlington)

Question to the Department for Education:

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to help ensure that opportunities for play will be encouraged, supported and facilitated through Early Years provision as part of covid-19 catch-up strategies; and if he will make a statement.

Answered by Will Quince - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)

To support education recovery, the department is investing up to £180 million of recovery support in the early years (EY) sector. This will be used to build a stronger, more expert workforce, enabling education providers to deliver high quality teaching and help address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the youngest children, particularly those in the most disadvantaged areas. The support includes up to £153 million which will provide the opportunity for evidence-based professional development for EY practitioners.

New programmes will focus on key areas such as speech and language development, and physical and emotional development for the youngest children, for which play is an important part. The department is also investing up to £17 million for the Nuffield Early Language Intervention and up to £10 million for a second phase of the EY professional development programme in the 2021/22 academic year, targeted to support EY staff working with disadvantaged children.

The package will build on EY foundation stage reforms. These will support more effective EY curriculum and assessment, reducing unnecessary assessment paperwork so that practitioners and teachers can spend more time engaging children in enriching activities, including play, to support their learning.


Written Question
Sexual Harassment: Public Places
Thursday 19th May 2022

Asked by: John McDonnell (Labour - Hayes and Harlington)

Question to the Home Office:

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment her Department has made of the viability of bringing forward a public sexual harassment bill.

Answered by Rachel Maclean - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)

This Government is committed to taking action to address this issue, that is why in March we announced we will launch a public consultation by the summer recess on whether there should be a new offence of public sexual harassment.

We are also taking several non-legislative actions to address this issue. In September 2021 we launched the pilot of the new StreetSafe tool, which allows people to show on a map places where they have felt unsafe, enabling the police to take action to improve safety. More than 15,000 reports have been submitted to date.

Last December, the College of Policing published new guidance for police showing what they can do when they receive a report of public sexual harassment, including the criminal offences available and other protective tools which can be used. Furthermore, the Home Office launched the ‘Enough’ communications campaign in March, which challenges public attitudes and tolerance towards crimes such as public sexual harassment and aims to ensure victims know how and where to report it.


Written Question
Risperidone: Research
Tuesday 17th May 2022

Asked by: John McDonnell (Labour - Hayes and Harlington)

Question to the Department of Health and Social Care:

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what research is being undertaken on the combined effects of risperidone and covid-19 vaccines; and whether that research will be published.

Answered by Maggie Throup - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)

The Department commissions research through the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR). The NIHR is not currently supporting any specific research on the combined effects of risperidone and COVID-19 vaccines. The NIHR welcomes funding applications for research into any aspect of human health, including effects of COVID-19 vaccination.


Written Question
Secure Accommodation: Injuries
Tuesday 26th April 2022

Asked by: John McDonnell (Labour - Hayes and Harlington)

Question to the Department of Health and Social Care:

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his department provides clinical support to children living in secure accommodation following incidents in which they have been restrained; and what information his department holds on the process of recording those incidents.

Answered by Gillian Keegan - Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

NHS England and NHS Improvement commission healthcare services for children in the children and young people secure estate (CYPSE). Under the Healthcare Standards for the CYPSE, children should be seen by a healthcare professional as soon as possible after being restrained, to provide support and fully document any injuries sustained. Restrictive interventions are recorded on Mental Health Services Data Set for all children and young people mental health inpatient services, which is available at the following link:

https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/data-tools-and-services/data-services/mental-health-data-hub/mental-health-services-monthly-statistics-restrictive-interventions

The Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Act 2018 came into force on 1 April 2022, placing a requirement on inpatient mental health providers to record of any use of force on a patient by staff who work in that unit. This will inform the published end of year statistics.


Written Question
Secure Accommodation
Tuesday 26th April 2022

Asked by: John McDonnell (Labour - Hayes and Harlington)

Question to the Department for Education:

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support his Department provides to children in secure accommodation after they have been restrained; and whether that same level of support is provided to children who have been restrained by secure transportation providers.

Answered by Will Quince - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)

All children’s homes, including secure children’s homes, are governed by the Children’s Homes (England) Regulations 2015. These have provisions around behaviour and restraint. The Regulations and quality standards require homes to have a behaviour management policy that focuses on establishing positive relationships with young people, encourages acceptable behaviour, and sets out acceptable restraint measures.

There is a requirement for homes to record any incidents of restraint under Regulation 35 of the Children’s Homes (England) Regulations 2015, though central government does not collect any data on the use of restraint. The Regulations 2015, the guide to the children’s homes regulations, and the quality standards outline the types of support children receive from the home if they have been restrained. This includes, but is not limited to, the right to:

  • See a medical professional if they request it.
  • See or speak with an advocate directly via their pre-programmed phone in their rooms without having to ask staff.
  • Contact others on their pre-programmed phone, including their social worker, the children’s commissioner, or Ofsted.

There is also a requirement under Regulation 40 of the Regulations 2015 for the registered person to inform Ofsted of any incident in relation to a child that they consider to be serious. The department is clear that restraint is only permissible in a very narrow range of circumstances, as set out in Regulation 20, and must always be necessary and proportionate.

In 2019, the government published guidance on reducing the need for restraint and restrictive intervention, available at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/812435/reducing-the-need-for-restraint-and-restrictive-intervention.pdf.

Regarding the use of restraint during secure transportation, the registered person and relevant local authority (LA) have a responsibility to ensure that children are kept safe, and their welfare is promoted. If transportation is arranged by the LA who has responsibility for the child, then the care of the child would fall to them. Where LAs have contract arrangements with transport services, the department expects the same approach to the use of restraint to be applied.

There is a review of the Children’s Homes (England) Regulations 2015 planned for the near future. The department will revisit guidance on the use of restraint and strengthen the law in this area if our findings prove this is necessary.