John Pugh

Liberal Democrat - Former Member for Southport

Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Education)
29th Jul 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Ecclesiastical Committee (Joint Committee)
28th Oct 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Public Accounts Committee
7th Jul 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Public Accounts Commission
12th Jul 2010 - 4th Nov 2015
Public Accounts Committee
30th Jun 2014 - 30th Mar 2015
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee
28th Jan 2013 - 30th Mar 2015
Shadow Minister (Health)
1st Jun 2009 - 1st Jun 2010
Shadow Minister (Treasury)
1st Jul 2008 - 6th May 2010
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee
27th Jun 2006 - 6th May 2010
Public Accounts Committee
22nd May 2006 - 6th May 2010
Shadow Minister (Health)
10th Mar 2006 - 20th Dec 2007
Crossrail Bill
5th Dec 2005 - 13th Nov 2007
Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee
12th Jul 2005 - 27th Jun 2006
Shadow Minister (Transport)
10th May 2005 - 10th Mar 2006
Shadow Spokesperson (Education)
1st Jun 2002 - 1st Jun 2005
Draft Gambling Bill (Joint Committee)
10th Jul 2003 - 22nd Jul 2004
Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee
22nd Jul 2002 - 10th Nov 2003
Transport, Local Government & The Regions
16th Jul 2001 - 22nd Jul 2002


Division Voting information

John Pugh has voted in 1905 divisions, and 56 times against the majority of their Party.

13 Mar 2017 - Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Liberal Democrat No votes vs 4 Liberal Democrat Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 172 Noes - 142
23 Feb 2015 - Serious Crime Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 12 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 29 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 201 Noes - 292
15 Dec 2014 - Firefighters’ Pension Scheme (England) - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 8 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 34 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 261 Noes - 313
14 Jan 2014 - Offender Rehabilitation Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 7 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 44 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 244 Noes - 315
9 Oct 2013 - Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 7 Liberal Democrat No votes vs 40 Liberal Democrat Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 304 Noes - 260
5 Jun 2013 - Badger Cull - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 9 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 30 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 250 Noes - 299
4 Jun 2013 - Energy Bill - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 16 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 29 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 267 Noes - 290
21 May 2013 - Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 4 Liberal Democrat No votes vs 43 Liberal Democrat Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 366 Noes - 161
20 May 2013 - Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 11 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 37 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 150 Noes - 340
20 May 2013 - Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 8 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 38 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 148 Noes - 339
20 May 2013 - Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 9 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 37 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 163 Noes - 321
16 Apr 2013 - Growth and Infrastructure Bill - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 10 Liberal Democrat No votes vs 38 Liberal Democrat Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 286 Noes - 259
5 Feb 2013 - Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 4 Liberal Democrat No votes vs 44 Liberal Democrat Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 400 Noes - 175
29 Jan 2013 - Equality (Marriage) (Amendment) - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 7 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 11 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 86 Noes - 31
11 Jul 2012 - Sittings of the House - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 19 Liberal Democrat No votes vs 25 Liberal Democrat Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 267 Noes - 233
13 Mar 2012 - Health and Social Care Bill - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 5 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 42 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 260 Noes - 314
13 Mar 2012 - Health and Social Care Bill - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 6 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 41 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 258 Noes - 314
12 Mar 2012 - Backbench Business Committee - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 13 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 27 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 105 Noes - 186
12 Mar 2012 - Backbench Business Committee - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 7 Liberal Democrat No votes vs 21 Liberal Democrat Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 203 Noes - 82
22 Feb 2012 - NHS Risk Register - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 4 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 33 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 246 Noes - 299
30 Nov 2011 - Hairdressers Registration (Amendment) - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 9 Liberal Democrat No votes vs 10 Liberal Democrat Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 63 Noes - 67
14 Sep 2011 - Energy Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 12 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 32 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 128 Noes - 278
14 Sep 2011 - Energy Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 5 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 37 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 219 Noes - 281
7 Sep 2011 - Health and Social Care (Re-committed) Bill - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 10 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 31 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 255 Noes - 304
10 Feb 2011 - Voting by Prisoners - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 4 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 9 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 234 Noes - 22
3 Feb 2011 - Consumer Credit and Debt Management - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Liberal Democrat No votes vs 42 Liberal Democrat Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 271 Noes - 156
9 Dec 2010 - Higher Education Fees - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 21 Liberal Democrat No votes vs 27 Liberal Democrat Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 323 Noes - 302
9 Dec 2010 - Higher Education Fees - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 21 Liberal Democrat No votes vs 27 Liberal Democrat Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 323 Noes - 302
13 Oct 2010 - Superannuation Bill - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 6 Liberal Democrat No votes vs 39 Liberal Democrat Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 309 Noes - 242
26 Jul 2010 - Academies Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 6 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 35 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 229 Noes - 303
26 Jul 2010 - Academies Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 5 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 39 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 227 Noes - 310
30 Apr 2009 - Members’ Allowances - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 3 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 47 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 280 Noes - 100
11 Mar 2009 - Bassetlaw (Arts) - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 10 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 45 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 273 Noes - 195
22 Oct 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 23 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 25 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 206 Noes - 298
22 Oct 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 21 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 30 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 194 Noes - 306
22 Oct 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 18 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 31 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 183 Noes - 308
22 Oct 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 16 Liberal Democrat No votes vs 30 Liberal Democrat Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 355 Noes - 129
20 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 7 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 40 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 217 Noes - 292
20 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 3 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 48 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 71 Noes - 393
20 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 3 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 48 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 84 Noes - 387
20 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 13 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 42 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 190 Noes - 332
20 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 27 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 28 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 173 Noes - 309
20 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 23 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 32 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 233 Noes - 304
19 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 15 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 40 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 176 Noes - 336
19 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 26 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 29 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 223 Noes - 286
19 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 20 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 34 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 181 Noes - 314
19 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 22 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 32 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 200 Noes - 293
12 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 6 Liberal Democrat No votes vs 37 Liberal Democrat Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 340 Noes - 78
6 May 2008 - Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 1 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 54 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 282 Noes - 216
6 May 2008 - Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 2 Liberal Democrat No votes vs 53 Liberal Democrat Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 338 Noes - 136
5 Mar 2008 - European Union (Amendment) Bill - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 7 Liberal Democrat No votes vs 46 Liberal Democrat Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 355 Noes - 218
4 Dec 2007 - Political Parties (Funding) - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 42 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 160 Noes - 341
5 Jun 2007 - Termination of Pregnancy (Counselling and Miscellaneous Provisions) - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 9 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 28 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 107 Noes - 182
14 Mar 2007 - Contraception and Abortion (Parental Information) - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 3 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 30 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 87 Noes - 159
2 Nov 2006 - Education and Inspections Bill - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 2 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 20 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 325 Noes - 28
5 Jul 2006 - Ambulances (County Durham) - View Vote Context
John Pugh voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 21 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 26 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 409 Noes - 53
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Sparring Partners
Lord Lansley (Conservative)
(39 debate interactions)
Nick Gibb (Conservative)
(39 debate interactions)
Jeremy Hunt (Conservative)
(29 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Department of Health and Social Care
(232 debate contributions)
Department for Education
(142 debate contributions)
Department for Transport
(55 debate contributions)
HM Treasury
(51 debate contributions)
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Latest EDMs signed by John Pugh

2nd March 2017
John Pugh signed this EDM on Wednesday 26th April 2017

IRAN'S INFLUENCE IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Tabled by: David Amess (Conservative - Southend West)
That this House is extremely concerned by the growing domestic human rights violations in Iran and the high number of executions; highlights the role of Islamic Revolutionary Guards' (IRGC) increase in its domestic crackdown, including the arrest of activists, dissidents and dual nationals on trumped-up charges; is very disturbed by …
38 signatures
(Most recent: 26 Apr 2017)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 13
Conservative: 10
Democratic Unionist Party: 5
Independent: 3
Liberal Democrat: 3
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 2
Scottish National Party: 2
Ulster Unionist Party: 1
Plaid Cymru: 1
14th March 2017
John Pugh signed this EDM on Tuesday 18th April 2017

LEYTON ORIENT FC

Tabled by: John Cryer (Labour - Leyton and Wanstead)
That this House notes with deep concern that a winding-up order has been served on Leyton Orient FC by HM Revenue and Customs due to non-payment of taxes by the club's owner, Francesco Becchetti; further notes Mr Becchetti's highly dubious business record, including a criminal investigation by the Albanian Government, …
58 signatures
(Most recent: 26 Apr 2017)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 33
Scottish National Party: 9
Conservative: 8
Independent: 3
The Independent Group for Change: 2
Liberal Democrat: 2
Crossbench: 1
Green Party: 1
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 1
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by John Pugh, 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.


John Pugh has not been granted any Urgent Questions

John Pugh has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

4 Bills introduced by John Pugh


A Bill to establish the right of schools and academies to challenge the timing and format of schools inspections; to appeal against the outcomes of such inspections; to make provision about increasing accountability and quality assurance within the school inspection system; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 9th February 2016

A Bill to require public sector bodies to include in their annual reports and similar documents their responses to suggestions and proposals made by public sector employees for the efficiency and improvement of their service.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 4th February 2015

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 amend the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 to require the Local Government Boundary Commission to respond to public representations requesting principal area boundary reviews; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 29th January 2014

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 require the Government to publish a list of the powers of local councils and a code of conduct defining the degree of autonomy attached to those powers and areas where a council may act autonomously; to create a mechanism to identify and adjudicate on breaches of the code by either central or local government; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 27th February 2013

John Pugh has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


164 Written Questions

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department
8 Other Department Questions
7th Oct 2016
To ask the Rt. hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington representing the House of Commons Commission, what proportion of people given security clearance and passes in 2015 to work for construction, maintenance and refurbishment purposes in the Palace of Westminster were not UK nationals.

In 2015 responsibility for construction, maintenance and refurbishment was held by the Parliamentary Estates Department. The Pass Office database shows that 2,529 CTC (Counter Terrorist Check) clearances were conducted on those working in PED in 2015. Of these, 366 were non-UK nationals. This equates to 14.47% of all those given security clearance for work in the department in 2015.

7th Oct 2016
To ask the Rt. hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington representing the House of Commons Commission, what proportion of people who have security clearance for catering and cleaning purposes in the Palace of Westminster are not UK nationals.

The Pass Office database shows that the Palace of Westminster holds security clearance and passes for a total of 779 pass holders whose jobs relate to catering and cleaning purposes. 330 of these are not UK nationals. This equates to 42.36%.

7th Oct 2016
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, approximately how many (a) British and (b) non-British nationals are employed cleaning the Westminster estate of the Government Equalities Office.

All Government Departments are bound by legal requirements concerning the right to work in the UK and, in addition, the Civil Service Nationality Rules.

Evidence of nationality is checked at the point of recruitment into the Civil Service as part of wider pre-employment checks, but there is no requirement on departments to retain this information beyond the point at which it has served its purpose.

More broadly, the Government will be consulting in due course on how we work with business to ensure that workers in this country have the skills that they need to get a job. However, there are no proposals to publish lists of the number or proportion of foreign workers.

7th Oct 2016
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what proportion of staff on the payroll of the Government Equalities Office who work in Westminster are (a) British nationals and (b) nationals of another country.

All Government Departments are bound by legal requirements concerning the right to work in the UK and, in addition, the Civil Service Nationality Rules.

Evidence of nationality is checked at the point of recruitment into the Civil Service as part of wider pre-employment checks, but there is no requirement on departments to retain this information beyond the point at which it has served its purpose.

More broadly, the Government will be consulting in due course on how we work with business to ensure that workers in this country have the skills that they need to get a job. However, there are no proposals to publish lists of the number or proportion of foreign workers.

17th Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will estimate the effect on the public purse of replacing maintenance loans with maintenance grants.

Replacing maintenance grants with loans will reduce grant expenditure by around £2.5bn per year by 2020-21 and therefore make a substantial contribution to reducing the deficit. From that new baseline position, entirely replacing the new, larger maintenance loans with grants would increase grant expenditure – and the deficit – by around £8bn per year.

9th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what data her Department holds on the carbon footprint and emissions of local authorities.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change has requested local authorities in England to annually measure, and report on their websites, greenhouse gas emissions data for their own estate and operations. A collation of the data extracted from local authority websites for the years 2008/09 to 2012/13 can be found on gov.uk:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/sharing-information-on-greenhouse-gas-emissions-from-local-authority-own-estate-and-operations-previously-ni-185#summary-of-local-authorities-ghg-emissions-data-for-20112012-and-20122013.

From 2013/14 DECC ceased to collate and publish the data on gov.uk.



11th Nov 2014
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what recent progress he has made on city-region deals.

The Government has a long standing relationship with partners in the Liverpool City Region which has seen the successful negotiation of three landmark deals.

In 2012, The Liverpool City and Liverpool City Region Deals created a £75 million Mayoral Investment Fund to support economic development to build a further 12 new schools and £5m support to organise the 2014 International Festival for Business.

Building on the two deals, Liverpool City Region saw the agreement of a £232m Growth Deal in July 2014. According to estimates by the Local Enterprise Partnership, by 2021 the Growth Deal will bring to Liverpool City Region, up to 10,000 jobs, 10,000 new homes and up to an additional £30m into the Liverpool City Region economy from public and private investment.

We are engaged in an on-going dialogue with the partners about the delivery of these three deals.

7th Oct 2016
To ask the Attorney General, approximately how many (a) British and (b) non-British nationals are employed cleaning the Westminster estate of the Law Officers' Departments.

The Law Officer's Departments do not directly employ any staff to clean its estate. All cleaning services are provided via a national facilities management contract or via managed service agreements.

7th Oct 2016
To ask the Attorney General, what proportion of staff on the payroll of the Law Officers' Departments who work in Westminster are (a) British nationals and (b) nationals of another country.

All Government Departments are bound by legal requirements concerning the right to work in the UK and, in addition, the Civil Service Nationality Rules.

Evidence of nationality is checked at the point of recruitment into the Civil Service as part of wider pre-employment checks, but there is no requirement on departments to retain this information beyond the point at which it has served its purpose.

More broadly, the Government will be consulting in due course on how we work with business to ensure that workers in this country have the skills that they need to get a job. There are no proposals to publish lists of the number or proportion of foreign workers.

27th Oct 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how his Department monitors the effectiveness of cross-cutting initiatives that involve more than one government department.

The Government monitors cross-cutting issues in a number of ways.

The Prime Minister has created seven Implementation Task Forces to monitor and drive delivery of the Government’s cross-cutting priorities. These task forces bring together Ministers and officials to track progress, spot and resolve issues, maintain momentum and ensure accountability and ensure that departments deliver to time.

In addition, internal Single Departmental Plans also require departments to set out their contributions to cross-cutting issues and ensure consistent milestones and metrics for joint areas of work.

7th Oct 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of staff on the payroll of his Department who work in Westminster are (a) British nationals and (b) nationals of another country.

All Government Departments are bound by legal requirements concerning the right to work in the UK and, in addition, the Civil Service Nationality Rules. Evidence of nationality is checked at the point of recruitment into the Civil Service as part of wider pre-employment checks, but there is no requirement on departments to retain this information beyond the point at which it has served its purpose.

More broadly, the Government will be consulting in due course on how we work with business to ensure that workers in this country have the skills that they need to get a job. But there are no proposals to publish lists of the number or proportion of foreign workers.

7th Oct 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, approximately how many (a) British and (b) non-British nationals are employed cleaning the Westminster estate of his Department.

All Government Departments are bound by legal requirements concerning the right to work in the UK and, in addition, the Civil Service Nationality Rules. Evidence of nationality is checked at the point of recruitment into the Civil Service as part of wider pre-employment checks, but there is no requirement on departments to retain this information beyond the point at which it has served its purpose.

More broadly, the Government will be consulting in due course on how we work with business to ensure that workers in this country have the skills that they need to get a job. But there are no proposals to publish lists of the number or proportion of foreign workers.

30th Nov 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what comparative assessment he has made of labour productivity in the South West and England.

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

7th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what proportion of staff on the payroll of his Department who work in Westminster are (a) British nationals and (b) nationals of another country.

All Government Departments are bound by legal requirements concerning the right to work in the UK and, in addition, the Civil Service Nationality Rules.

Evidence of nationality is checked at the point of recruitment into the Civil Service as part of wider pre-employment checks, but there is no requirement on departments to retain this information beyond the point at which it has served its purpose.

More broadly, the Government will be consulting in due course on how we work with business to ensure that workers in this country have the skills that they need to get a job. But there are no proposals to publish lists of the number or proportion of foreign workers.

26th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate she has made of the additional workforce requirement of commercial archaeology in England over the next five years.

The commercial archaeology market supports c.3,000 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) posts annually in England. It is difficult to estimate the additional workforce requirement over the next five years, given the number of unknowns. Historic England is working with employers to support the delivery of the skills required, for example through apprenticeships.

7th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of staff on the payroll of her Department who work in Westminster are (a) British nationals and (b) nationals of another country.

All Government Departments are bound by legal requirements concerning the right to work in the UK and, in addition, the Civil Service Nationality Rules.

Evidence of nationality is checked at the point of recruitment into the Civil Service as part of wider pre-employment checks, but there is no requirement on departments to retain this information beyond the point at which it has served its purpose.

More broadly, the Government will be consulting in due course on how we work with business to ensure that workers in this country have the skills that they need to get a job. But there are no proposals to publish lists of the number or proportion of foreign workers.

7th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, approximately how many (a) British and (b) non-British nationals are employed cleaning the Westminster estate of her Department.

All Government Departments are bound by legal requirements concerning the right to work in the UK and, in addition, the Civil Service Nationality Rules.

Evidence of nationality is checked at the point of recruitment into the Civil Service as part of wider pre-employment checks, but there is no requirement on departments to retain this information beyond the point at which it has served its purpose.

More broadly, the Government will be consulting in due course on how we work with business to ensure that workers in this country have the skills that they need to get a job. But there are no proposals to publish lists of the number or proportion of foreign workers.

18th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government plans to take to improve transparency to aid consumer choice on broadband providers.

As well as clear information about broadband speeds, consumers also need to understand costs to exercise effective choice. We expect the Advertising Standards Authority, following research it published in January, to produce new standards to make advertised broadband prices clearer by the end of May.

30th Jun 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effects of the distribution of cultural funds and subsidies throughout the regions of the UK.

Funding decisions for the arts are made independently of Ministers by Arts Council England (ACE). Earlier this week, ACE announced an increase in the proportion of spend on regional arts and major partner museums.

29th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of state-funded faith schools are non-Christian.

There are 85 non-Christian state-funded faith schools, which represents 1.2% of all state-funded faith schools. This data is derived from Table 2c in Schools, Pupils and their Characteristics, 2016, available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/schools-pupils-and-their-characteristics-january-2016

23rd Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, (a) how many parents were prosecuted for truancy, (b) how many of those people were found guilty, (c) how many of those convicted were (i) fined and (ii) imprisoned, (d) what the (iii) highest, (iv) lowest and (v) average level of fine imposed was for those who received fines and (e) what the (vi) longest, (vii) shortest and (viii) average length of custodial sentence was for those people who received one.

Statistics on truancy are published by the Ministry of Justice in the “Criminal justice statistics outcomes by offence data tool”, available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/criminal-justice-system-statistics-quarterly-december-2015.

The number of defendants proceeded at court for the offences of truancy (parent failure to secure attendance of child) was 20,808 in England and Wales in 2015. The number of offenders found guilty was 15,649. Similarly, the number of offenders sentenced was 15,649; out of these, 12,095 offenders were sentenced to a court fine, and 8 offenders were given an immediate custody sentence.

The average level of fine for truancy was £184 in 2015. The lowest fine was up to £25, and the highest fine was over £750 and up to £1,000.

The average custodial sentence length for truancy was 1.3 months in 2015, and all custodial sentences given were for 3 months or less.

9th Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what criteria the Government will use to determine eligibility for free school meals once universal credit has been rolled out.

The Department for Education is working closely with the Department for Work and Pensions and other government departments to consider new criteria for determining entitlement to benefits-related free school meals as the rollout of Universal Credit progresses. We will communicate our proposals in due course. There are no plans to change the criteria for determining eligibility for pupil premium.

9th Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether any change to the criteria which determine eligibility for pupil premium funding will result from the roll-out of universal credit.

The Department for Education is working closely with the Department for Work and Pensions and other government departments to consider new criteria for determining entitlement to benefits-related free school meals as the rollout of Universal Credit progresses. We will communicate our proposals in due course. There are no plans to change the criteria for determining eligibility for pupil premium.

9th Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of potential change to the number of pupils eligible for pupil premium funding once universal credit has been rolled out.

The Department for Education is working closely with the Department for Work and Pensions and other government departments to consider new criteria for determining entitlement to benefits-related free school meals as the rollout of Universal Credit progresses. We will communicate our proposals in due course. There are no plans to change the criteria for determining eligibility for pupil premium.

18th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she plans to evaluate the effectiveness of her Department's policy on the value of reorganised qualifications in apprenticeship standards.

Qualifications should not generally be needed within an apprenticeship as the end-point assessment will provide definitive evidence of whether the apprentice has acquired full occupational competence. Not mandating qualifications in standards unless absolutely necessary ensures that individual employers have the freedom to choose the most appropriate training to enable their apprentices to achieve this.

Qualifications can only be specified in the standard if they are either a legal requirement, needed for professional registration or where an apprentice would be at a significant disadvantage as they try to progress in their career without it.

The Institute for Apprenticeships will take over responsibility for ensuring the quality of Apprenticeships standards from April 2017 and will advise the Government on policy implications or trends emerging through the standards approvals process.

18th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many Trailblazer groups developing new apprenticeship standards have been advised that their draft Trailblazer Standard should not include a qualification because it does not meet her Department's rules.

All approved apprenticeship standards, including those that do not contain mandated qualifications, can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/apprenticeship-standards.

Qualifications can only be specified in the standard if they are either a legal requirement, needed for professional registration or where an apprentice would be at a significant disadvantage as they try to progress in their career without them. The rationale for restricting the inclusion of qualifications is that the end-point assessment will provide definitive evidence of whether the apprentice has acquired full occupational competence thus negating the need for on-programme qualifications. Not mandating qualifications in standards unless absolutely necessary also ensures that individual employers have the freedom to choose the most appropriate training to enable their apprentices to achieve full competence.

This means that Trailblazers that would like qualifications in their standards but can’t meet one of the criteria are advised not to include them, and Trailblazers that submit standards including qualifications without providing the evidence that their inclusion meets one of the criteria are either rejected or approved subject to the removal of the qualifications.

However, with over 215 Trailblazers having developed or developing nearly 500 standards, we do not hold information about the number of times this kind of advice has been provided.

18th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many Trailblazer groups developing new apprenticeship standards have had their draft Trailblazer Standard rejected because it includes a qualification which does not meet her Department's rules.

All approved apprenticeship standards, including those that do not contain mandated qualifications, can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/apprenticeship-standards.

Qualifications can only be specified in the standard if they are either a legal requirement, needed for professional registration or where an apprentice would be at a significant disadvantage as they try to progress in their career without them. The rationale for restricting the inclusion of qualifications is that the end-point assessment will provide definitive evidence of whether the apprentice has acquired full occupational competence thus negating the need for on-programme qualifications. Not mandating qualifications in standards unless absolutely necessary also ensures that individual employers have the freedom to choose the most appropriate training to enable their apprentices to achieve full competence.

This means that Trailblazers that would like qualifications in their standards but can’t meet one of the criteria are advised not to include them, and Trailblazers that submit standards including qualifications without providing the evidence that their inclusion meets one of the criteria are either rejected or approved subject to the removal of the qualifications.

However, with over 215 Trailblazers having developed or developing nearly 500 standards, we do not hold information about the number of times this kind of advice has been provided.

18th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will list the approved apprenticeship Trailblazer Standards which do not include recognised qualifications.

All approved apprenticeship standards, including those that do not contain mandated qualifications, can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/apprenticeship-standards.

Qualifications can only be specified in the standard if they are either a legal requirement, needed for professional registration or where an apprentice would be at a significant disadvantage as they try to progress in their career without them. The rationale for restricting the inclusion of qualifications is that the end-point assessment will provide definitive evidence of whether the apprentice has acquired full occupational competence thus negating the need for on-programme qualifications. Not mandating qualifications in standards unless absolutely necessary also ensures that individual employers have the freedom to choose the most appropriate training to enable their apprentices to achieve full competence.

This means that Trailblazers that would like qualifications in their standards but can’t meet one of the criteria are advised not to include them, and Trailblazers that submit standards including qualifications without providing the evidence that their inclusion meets one of the criteria are either rejected or approved subject to the removal of the qualifications.

However, with over 215 Trailblazers having developed or developing nearly 500 standards, we do not hold information about the number of times this kind of advice has been provided.

26th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of Gypsy, Traveller and Roma pupils were excluded from school in each local authority area in 2014-15.

The Department has not yet published exclusion information broken down by ethnic group at local authority level for the 2014 to 2015 academic year. It will be published in due course.

The information is available at national level in the ‘Permanent and fixed-period exclusions in England: 2014 to 2015’ National statistics release[1].

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/permanent-and-fixed-period-exclusions-in-england-2014-to-2015

26th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when she plans to form the expert panel for Gypsy, Traveller and Roma education; and who will be invited to participate in that panel.

The Government is committed to ensuring that every child, regardless of their background, has the opportunity to progress and succeed at school. There are a number of factors that influence the educational outcomes of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils and the Department is exploring the drivers for improving attainment. The Department will share its plans in due course.

26th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the potential effect of withdrawal of the archaeology A-level on the number of students taking that subject at undergraduate level.

It is disappointing that AQA has taken the decision to withdraw from offering these subjects at A level. Neither subject, however, is a pre-requisite for degree level study, and both are taken by a relatively small number of students.

The option for AQA or another exam board to develop A level specifications for these subjects in future will also remain open. We are in discussion with the exam boards on this issue.

26th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the potential effect of withdrawal of the history of art A-level on the number of students taking that subject at undergraduate level.

It is disappointing that AQA has taken the decision to withdraw from offering these subjects at A level. Neither subject, however, is a pre-requisite for degree level study, and both are taken by a relatively small number of students.

The option for AQA or another exam board to develop A level specifications for these subjects in future will also remain open. We are in discussion with the exam boards on this issue.

26th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of recommendations made by the Bacc for the Future campaign before deciding which subjects to include in the English baccalaureate.

The English Baccalaureate (EBacc) comprises the core academic curriculum: English, mathematics, the sciences (including computer science), history or geography and a language. The subjects are closely based on the facilitating subjects at A level, which the Russell Group of universities say keep a wide range of degree courses open to students.

The Government believes that, alongside the EBacc, all pupils should have access to an excellent, well-rounded education and the arts are central to this. All schools, including academies and free schools, must provide a broad and balanced curriculum that promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils. We expect all schools to offer a wide range of options alongside the EBacc which has been designed to be limited in size so that there is flexibility for pupils to take additional GCSEs that reflect their own individual interests and strengths.

We are considering the responses to the consultation on the implementation of the EBacc, including those from the Bacc for the Future campaign, and we will publish the government response in due course.

7th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of staff on the payroll of her Department who work in Westminster are (a) British nationals and (b) nationals of another country.

All Government Departments are bound by legal requirements concerning the right to work in the UK and, in addition, the Civil Service Nationality Rules.

Evidence of nationality is checked at the point of recruitment into the Civil Service as part of wider pre-employment checks, but there is no requirement on departments to retain this information beyond the point at which it has served its purpose.

More broadly, the Government will be consulting in due course on how we work with business to ensure that workers in this country have the skills that they need to get a job. However, there are no proposals to publish lists of the number or proportion of foreign workers.

7th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, approximately how many (a) British and (b) non-British nationals are employed cleaning the Westminster estate of her Department.

All Government Departments are bound by legal requirements concerning the right to work in the UK and, in addition, the Civil Service Nationality Rules.

Evidence of nationality is checked at the point of recruitment into the Civil Service as part of wider pre-employment checks, but there is no requirement on departments to retain this information beyond the point at which it has served its purpose.

More broadly, the Government will be consulting in due course on how we work with business to ensure that workers in this country have the skills that they need to get a job. However, there are no proposals to publish lists of the number or proportion of foreign workers.

6th Sep 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many school leavers in each of the local authorities of the Liverpool City Region who were (a) entitled and (b) not entitled to free school meals went to university in the last five years for which figures are available.

Information is given on the number and percentage of students completing key stage 5 study (A level and other level 3 qualifications) in mainstream state-funded schools and colleges, and progressing to study at a UK Higher Education Institution for at least two terms the following year; in each of the last four years for which information is available. Free school meal eligibility is as recorded when students were in year 11.

The tables attached show figures for the six local authorities in the Liverpool City Region: a) Halton, b) Knowsley, c) Sefton, d) St Helen’s, e) Wirral, and f) Liverpool. Comparable figures for g) the North West and h) England are given for context. Numbers of pupils are shown rounded to the nearest ten, as published. Percentages are calculated on unrounded figures.

Information on pupil destinations at local authority, regional and national level is published annually on gov.uk at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-destinations

6th Sep 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many pupils on the National Schools Database are not assigned to a specific school or registered for home tuition.

The information requested is not held centrally.

We do not recognise the term ‘National Schools Database’ but interpret it to mean one of two things:

  1. The database for schools, Edubase, is a register of educational establishments in England and Wales, maintained by the Department for Education. It provides information on establishments providing compulsory, higher and further education. It provides information about the establishments (e.g headteacher details), but nothing related to individual children.
  2. The National Pupil Database contains detailed information about pupils in schools and colleges in England and includes information about pupils’ characteristics, such as: gender, ethnicity, first language, eligibility for free school meals, special educational needs (SEN), pupil absence and exclusions. It only contains data about pupils registered at schools. Therefore children not attached to schools/colleges or an alternative provision institution are not covered.

The welfare of children unassigned to maintained schools or home educated is a Local Authority responsibility.

18th May 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools founded since 2015 are compliant with section 5 of the Education (Independent School Standards) (England) Regulations 2010.

The Education (Independent School Standards) (England) Regulations 2010 were replaced by the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014, which came into force on 5 January 2015.

58 fee paying independent schools have been registered since 1 January 2015. Not all of these have been inspected since registration. The normal procedure is for an independent school to be inspected in their first year of operation.

14 schools have had a standard inspection since registration, and two schools have had material change inspections. Three of the standard inspections do not yet have a report available due to them having taken place very recently.

Of the 11 inspection reports available, only one shows a failure to meet standard 5.

All schools will have been inspected prior to registration and judged likely to meet all of the standards. Schools are not permitted to register unless the Secretary of State is satisfied that the school is likely to meet all of the standards on registration.

18th May 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many enforcement actions have been initiated by her Department for contravention of the Education (Independent School Standards) (England) Regulations 2010 section 5 since 2015.

The Education (Independent School Standards) (England) Regulations 2010 were replaced by the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014, which came into force on 5 January 2015 and set out more demanding standards that independent schools must meet. Standard 5 places requirements on schools on pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

The Department commissions Ofsted or one of the approved independent inspectorates to inspect independent schools and report on whether or not they are meeting the standards. Where a school fails to meet the standards, the Department issues a statutory notice requiring an action plan to rectify the failings. In nearly all cases the school improves to meet the standards and regulatory action can stop. However, in rare cases where a school fails to make the required improvements the Secretary of State can take enforcement action: to impose a relevant restriction or to remove the school from the register of independent schools. More information on how the Department regulates the independent sector is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/regulating-independent-schools

Since 2015, the Secretary of State has taken enforcement action against two fee-paying independent schools for a failure to meet standard 5. Both schools were also failing to meet a number of the other standards.

21st Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children have been permanently excluded from school during Key stage 1 and 2 in each region in the last three years.

Information on the number of permanent exclusions in state-funded primary schools is published at national and regional level in the Permanent and fixed-period exclusions in England[1] series. Information on the number of permanent exclusions in primary academies from 2010/11 to 2013/14 inclusive can be found in Table 18a of the 2013/14 release and Table 16a of the equivalent release for earlier years.

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-exclusions

21st Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children were permanently excluded from school during Key Stages 1 and 2 in (a) academies and (b) community schools in each of the last five years.

Information on the number of permanent exclusions in state-funded primary schools is published at national and regional level in the Permanent and fixed-period exclusions in England[1] series. Information on the number of permanent exclusions in primary academies from 2010/11 to 2013/14 inclusive can be found in Table 18a of the 2013/14 release and Table 16a of the equivalent release for earlier years.

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-exclusions

21st Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children have been permanently excluded from school during Key stage 1 and 2 in the last three years.

Information on the number of permanent exclusions in state-funded primary schools is published at national and regional level in the Permanent and fixed-period exclusions in England[1] series. Information on the number of permanent exclusions in primary academies from 2010/11 to 2013/14 inclusive can be found in Table 18a of the 2013/14 release and Table 16a of the equivalent release for earlier years.

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-exclusions

4th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what safeguards are in place to ensure that unregistered schools meet appropriate standards of (a) educational provision and (b) safety.

It is a criminal offence to operate an unregistered independent school. The Department for Education has recently published policy setting out our approach to prosecution which is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/regulating-independent-schools.

We have also agreed additional resources for Ofsted to pursue cases.

The responsibility for ensuring that a child of compulsory school age receives a suitable full-time education rests with the child’s parents, either by the child’s attendance at a registered school or otherwise. ‘Otherwise’ can include education at home or attendance at settings which are not schools. If the local authority is not satisfied that a child is receiving suitable education, it has a duty to make a school attendance order.

Local authorities’ safeguarding duties apply wherever children are educated, whether in registered schools or elsewhere.

The Department also recently completed a call for evidence on proposals for the registration and inspection of out-of-school settings providing intensive education which were announced in the Counter-Extremism Strategy. Over 3,000 people completed the response form, either online or manually. The Department received a significant number of further representations to the consultation by email and post. All responses and representations are being logged, analysed and verified.

In line with Cabinet Office guidance, we will be publishing a response to the consultation in due course.

3rd Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many Members of the House of Lords are sponsors of academies in England.

A list of approved academy sponsors is published by the Department for Education on GOV.UK at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/academy-sponsor-contact-list. A hard copy provided at attachment 1.

The Department does not specifically collect information about the involvement of members of the House of Lords in academy sponsorship.

1st Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance her Department gave on ICT contracts to schools who were part of the Building Schools for the Future programme.

Local authorities were responsible for the local delivery of the Building Schools for the Future programme (BSF). They planned, procured and continue to manage the BSF school buildings, including ICT contracts. Advice and guidance on ICT Contracts was provided to local authorities by Partnerships for Schools: http://www.partnershipsforschools.org.uk/library/BSF-archive/BSF-ICT.html

1st Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many unregistered schools there are in England and Wales.

We are currently investigating 21 institutions that may be operating as unregistered independent schools in England and have not applied for registration. However, this number often changes as new settings are established and existing ones close, or are confirmed not to be operating as schools. We have taken robust steps to tackle unregistered schools and improve safeguarding which includes being clear it is a criminal offence to operate an unregistered independent school. All these institutions have been warned that it is a criminal offence to operate as an unregistered school. We are asking Ofsted to visit and to prepare cases for prosecution as necessary.

We do not hold data on the numbers in Wales as the Department is not the regulatory body for independent schools in Wales.

1st Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of regional school commissioners' powers for identifying unregistered pupils being taught at home.

The role of Regional Schools Commissioners is to work with school leaders to promote and monitor academies and free schools. The list of their responsibilities does not include unregistered pupils or home education.

1st Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many teachers below retirement age left teaching in academic year (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15.

In 2013-14, 42,050 full-time equivalent teachers left service from state funded schools in England. Of these teachers, 10,500 retired with an award of pension benefits. In the same year 44,900 teacher entered the profession. In 2012-13, there were 44,400 entrants and 39,050 leavers, of which 11,230 retired.

There is no fixed retirement age for teachers but the normal pension age for Teachers’ Pensions is either 60 or 65 depending on when the teacher last entered the profession.

Information on the number of teachers entering and leaving service from state funded schools in each year is published in table C1b of the additional tables in the School Workforce in England Statistical First Release, November 2014. The table shows entrants and leavers for each year from 2010-11 to 2013-14. This publication is available at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/school-workforce-in-england-november-2014

1st Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reasons the proposed Politics draft AS and A level subject content published by her Department contains no substantive references to feminist ideology or the political achievements of women.

The final politics A level content will give all students the opportunity to study the core ideas of feminism, and will set out the female theorists whose work students should study. The consultation on the draft politics A level content closed on 15 December 2015; awarding bodies are currently making changes to the content to respond to the views expressed. The Government will publish its response to the consultation shortly.

1st Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what actions she will take to improve the quality of education provision by free schools in the South West.

The Government is committed to achieving educational excellence everywhere so that children in every part of the country, regardless of their background and circumstances, have access to an outstanding education.

Free schools benefit from the ability to act quickly to improve standards. The Regional Schools Commissioner (RSC) for the South West is responsible for taking action to improve underperforming free schools in the region. Where a free school is identified by Ofsted as under-performing the RSC takes swift action, working with the school to develop robust plans for improvement including, for example, appointing strong new sponsors to run the school.

28th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many people were hired by Ofsted on a consultancy basis in 2015; and what the overall cost was of their employment.

These are matters for Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw. I have asked him to write to you and a copy of his reply will be placed in the House Libraries.

28th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many people were employed by Ofsted on short-term contracts in 2015.

These are matters for Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw. I have asked him to write to you and a copy of his reply will be placed in the House Libraries.

28th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many permanent employees Ofsted has; and how many such employees receive salaries in excess of £100,000 per annum.

These are matters for Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw. I have asked him to write to you and a copy of his reply will be placed in the House Libraries.

17th Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much parents and guardians have been fined for taking their children on term-time holidays in the academic year 2013-14.

The Department for Education does not hold information on the reason for a penalty notice (fine) being issued to a parent or guardian.


The department collects and publishes local authority level annual data on the number of penalty notices (fines) issued to parents in England, for offences relating to Section 444(1) of the Education Act 1996. The most recent data published by the department is for the academic year 2012/13.

30th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the attainment gap is between pupils receiving free school meals achieving five or more GCSEs including English and mathematics and their peers (a) nationally and (b) in the South West region.

Information on the percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals, and all other pupils, who achieve five or more GCSEs including English and mathematics is published at national and regional level as part of the “GCSE and equivalent attainment by pupil characteristics: 2014” statistical first release. [1]


[1] 2013/14 revised regions level tables can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/402634/SFR06_2015_National_and_LA.xls. (Table 1 and Table 5 for national and regional figures respectively)

18th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many heads of academies are paid more than the Prime Minister.

The data provided to the Department by schools in the November 2014 School Workforce Census shows that 52 head teachers in academy schools in England were paid a salary of £142,500 or more.

Of the other roles within the scope of the School Workforce Census, there were fewer than five teachers in academies receiving a salary of £142,500 or more.

18th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many employees of academies, in which roles, are paid more than the Prime Minister.

The data provided to the Department by schools in the November 2014 School Workforce Census shows that 52 head teachers in academy schools in England were paid a salary of £142,500 or more.

Of the other roles within the scope of the School Workforce Census, there were fewer than five teachers in academies receiving a salary of £142,500 or more.

27th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the figures for school absence in England were in each year since 2005.

Information on pupil absence in schools in England is available in the ‘Statistics: pupil absence’ series[1].


National absence figures between 2009 and 2014, can be found through the link to ‘Pupil absence in schools in England: 2013 to 2014’ in the spreadsheet named ‘National tables: SFR10/2015’.


Table 1.1 provides absence information across the first five half terms between 2009 and 2014.


National absence figures between 2005 and 2009, can be found through follow the link to ‘Pupil absence in schools in England, including pupil characteristics: academic year 2009 to 2010’.


[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-pupil-absence

27th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many English secondary schools belong to an academy trust which has more than one school.

As of 29 October 2015, there are 1,093 English schools which provide some form of secondary education and are part of academy trusts with more than one school.


27th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many fines for their child's non-attendance at school have been levied on parents in England in each year since 2005.

The number of penalty notices issued to parents for offences relating to Section 444(1) of the Education Act 1996 in each academic year since 2004/05 is set out online here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/parental-responsibility-measures-academic-year-2012-to-2013.


The most recent data published by the Department for Education is for the academic year 2012/13. The department does not collect data regarding fines issued by the courts on this matter.


The Ministry of Justice publishes data on criminal justice system outcomes by offence in England and Wales. This information can be viewed at the following link under the offence category “112A Education Acts”:

www.gov.uk/government/statistics/criminal-justice-system-statistics-quarterly-december-2014

13th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how funding for adoption services will be distributed to local authorities once joint arrangements have been made for carrying out local authority adoption functions.

Funding for children’s services – including funding to support adoption functions – is paid through the Early Intervention Grant (EIG), which is discernible within the Business Rates Retention Scheme. With this funding, local authorities are expected to respond to their core duties. The EIG is non ring fenced, in order to give local commissioners the freedom and flexibility to respond to locally determined demand. Local authorities have a duty to provide adoption services, so are therefore expected to pay for adoption services through their EIG, including when delivering their adoption functions through a regional adoption agency.

The government will work with local authorities and voluntary adoption agencies to deliver regional adoption agencies. This year, we are providing up to £4.5million of start-up funding to support early adopters to accelerate the development of the new arrangements. In addition, we are also providing £30m which can be used by local authorities over the next twelve months to cover the fees incurred when children are placed with an adopter recruited by another local authority or voluntary adoption agency. This will remove a financial barrier and make it easier for children waiting for adoption to be matched with approved adopters, wherever in the country they may be.

We would expect regional adoption agencies to lead to financial savings to local authorities over time. Savings could be made through: economies of scale; reducing the length of time children spend in care waiting for adoption; and reducing the number of children who are not adopted because parents could not be found for them.

1st Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment the Government has made of the impact on school budgets in 2016-17 of planned changes in pension and national insurance contributions.

The Government's position on the change in employer contribution rate for the Teachers' Pension Scheme was published in the Teachers' Pension Scheme Valuation Report (Actuarial Valuation as at 31 March 2012), which is available here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/324305/TPS_2012_valuation_report_FINAL_9_June_2014.pdf

The position for non-teaching staff is less clear-cut as they are covered by the Local Government Pension Scheme, which consists of around 90 different funds, and thus the change in employer costs as a result of recent reforms will vary from fund to fund.

The expected changes in National Insurance for employers as a result of moves to a single tier state pension were set out in the impact assessments for Pensions Act 2014, which are available here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/311316/pensions-act-ia-annex-a-single-tier-state-pension.pdf

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what requirements there are for academies and free schools to publish their curriculum for prospective parents; and what form that must take.

Academy trusts that have a funding agreement published pre-July 2010 are required to publish an annual prospectus, which includes details of the curriculum offered. Since July 2011, the funding agreement with each academy or free school has included a requirement to publish details of their curriculum.

7th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, approximately how many (a) British and (b) non-British nationals are employed cleaning the Westminster estate of her Department.

This information is not held. The cleaners for Defra’s Westminster estate are provided by Interserve (Facilities Management) Ltd. The contract with the supplier requires them to follow all the appropriate checks when employing non British nationals, but the supplier has advised that they do not keep internal statistics about employees being British or non-British.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
7th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of staff on the payroll of her Department who work in Westminster are (a) British nationals and (b) nationals of another country.

All Government Departments are bound by legal requirements concerning the right to work in the UK and, in addition, the Civil Service Nationality Rules. Evidence of nationality is checked at the point of recruitment into the Civil Service as part of wider pre-employment checks, but there is no requirement on departments to retain this information beyond the point at which it has served its purpose.

More broadly, the Government will be consulting in due course on how we work with business to ensure that workers in this country have the skills that they need to get a job. But there are no proposals to publish lists of the number or proportion of foreign workers.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
9th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to mitigate the effect of recent changes in EU policy on the sugar industry.

The sugar regime is one of the most heavily regulated and distorting elements of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The agreement, as part of the 2013 reforms, to end sugar beet quotas in 2017 is an important step towards removing these distortions.

During negotiations of the reforms the UK Government argued for a fair and balanced outcome for all parts of the sugar industry. Disappointingly, there was insufficient support from other Member States to secure the necessary changes on imports to allow the cane sector to compete on a level playing field with the beet sector. However, we remain committed to working with the European Commission to address this issue through forthcoming EU trade agreements.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
7th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, approximately how many (a) British and (b) non-British nationals are employed cleaning the Westminster estate of his Department.

All Government Departments are bound by legal requirements concerning the right to work in the UK and, in addition, the Civil Service Nationality Rules.

Evidence of nationality is checked at the point of recruitment into the Civil Service as part of wider pre-employment checks, but there is no requirement on departments to retain this information beyond the point at which it has served its purpose.

More broadly, the Government will be consulting in due course on how we work with business to ensure that workers in this country have the skills that they need to get a job. But there are no proposals to publish lists of the number or proportion of foreign workers.

7th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what proportion of staff on the payroll of his Department who work in Westminster are (a) British nationals and (b) nationals of another country.

All Government Departments are bound by legal requirements concerning the right to work in the UK and, in addition, the Civil Service Nationality Rules.

Evidence of nationality is checked at the point of recruitment into the Civil Service as part of wider pre-employment checks, but there is no requirement on departments to retain this information beyond the point at which it has served its purpose.

More broadly, the Government will be consulting in due course on how we work with business to ensure that workers in this country have the skills that they need to get a job. But there are no proposals to publish lists of the number or proportion of foreign workers.

7th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, approximately how many (a) British and (b) non-British nationals are employed cleaning the Westminster estate of her Department.

DFID utilises a cross government contract for cleaning services in their UK estates.

7th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of staff on the payroll of her Department who work in Westminster are (a) British nationals and (b) nationals of another country.

All Government Departments are bound by legal requirements concerning the right to work in the UK and, in addition, the Civil Service Nationality Rules.

Evidence of nationality is checked at the point of recruitment into the Civil Service as part of wider pre-employment checks, but there is no requirement on departments to retain this information beyond the point at which it has served its purpose.

More broadly, the Government will be consulting in due course on how we work with business to ensure that workers in this country have the skills that they need to get a job. But there are no proposals to publish lists of the number or proportion of foreign workers.

22nd Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effect on her Department's work of re-allocating elements of her Department's budget to help local authorities deal with Syrian refugees.

There will be no substantive impact on existing DFID programming. It is right that we work with communities in the UK taking refugees as we do elsewhere in the world, but of course, we will stay within ODA rules.

7th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what proportion of staff on the payroll of his Department who work in Westminster are (a) British nationals and (b) nationals of another country.

I refer the hon. Member for Southport to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak on 13 October, UIN 47419, 47396.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
7th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, approximately how many (a) British and (b) non-British nationals are employed cleaning the Westminster estate of his Department.

I refer the hon. Member for Southport to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak on 13 October, UIN 47419, 47396.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
26th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which of the Government's requirements for lifting the current flight ban between the UK and Sharm el-Sheikh have not been met by Egyptian authorities.

Following the Metrojet crash, the Foreign Office travel advice was changed so that direct air services between the UK and Sharm el-Sheikh airport were halted.

We look forward to achieving the return of flights, once we can be assured of there being the necessary secure and sustainable security situation. UK aviation security experts continue to work closely with their Egyptian counterparts on the ground, sharing their expertise in establishing effective security arrangements. It would not be appropriate to provide details on the specific security measures being taken.

7th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, approximately how many (a) British and (b) non-British nationals are employed cleaning the Westminster estate of his Department.

The Department does not directly employ any cleaning staff on its Westminster estate. All cleaning staff are employed and managed under outsourced estates and facilities contracts. Information on nationality in such situations is not held by the Department.

7th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of staff on the payroll of his Department who work in Westminster are (a) British nationals and (b) nationals of another country.

Many staff self-declare their nationality on the staff system. Evidence of nationality is checked at the point of recruitment into the Civil Service as part of wider pre-employment checks and copies of this evidence are held on file for the duration of the person’s employment and for a further two years after they cease working for the department.

24th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost benefit ratio was of each major railway scheme authorised by the Government since 2010.

Benefit Cost Ratios are calculated at many points in time during the lifecycle of a project including to inform a number of specific decision points. Due to changes in appraisal guidance benefit cost ratios calculated at different points in time may not be directly comparable.

The benefit cost ratios for major rail projects with a value over £1bn and currently in delivery are set out in the table. These are based on the BCR at final business case stage or more recently published information where available. The benefit cost ratio of these and other rail schemes will have changed since these assessments were undertaken.

Scheme

Benefit Cost Ratio (excluding Wider Economic Impacts)

Date of Appraisal

Crossrail

1.97

Jul-11

IEP

2.7

Jan-12

Thameslink

1.42

Mar-13

24th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost benefit ratio was of the business case for (a) Crossrail, (b) High Speed 2 and (c) the Todmorden Curves.

The latest central case estimate of the benefit cost ratio for the full HS2 Y-network, dating from November 2015 is 2.2. Excluding wider economic impacts (WEIs) it is 1.8.

The benefit cost ratio for Crossrail was assessed in July 2011 and was estimated at 3.09. Excluding wider economic impacts the benefit cost ratio was estimated to be 1.97.

The Todmorden curve was a locally promoted scheme that received funding through the Regional Growth Fund, the Department does not hold the information requested on this scheme.

1st Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the criteria are by which his Department measures the level of service provided by rail franchises operating.

Depending on the franchise, we measure the level of services provided by the performance against the set benchmarks (capacity, cancellations and delay minutes), and/or the Public Performance Measure. Some franchises are also measured against the National Passenger Survey results.

25th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what support his Department is giving to encourage the use of hydrogen fuel cells in transport.

Hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles have the potential to play an important role in decarbonising road transport, alongside battery electric vehicles. Government began work with industry in 2012, in the “UK H2 Mobility” programme, to develop a roadmap on hydrogen for transport.


In March last year we announced £6.6m investment in 12 initial hydrogen refuelling stations. We are working with stakeholders on options to support the wider roll-out of hydrogen in transport.


9th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) funds and (b) grants his Department makes available for the refurbishment or improvement of railway stations.

The Department for Transport currently operates a number of schemes that makes funds available to enhance facilities at stations.

The Access for All programme and the Small Schemes fund provide improvements in accessibility. The National Stations Improvement Programme and Stations Commercial Project Facility are designed to deliver enhancements to passenger facilities. The New Station Fund has been established to help fund the construction of new stations.

19th Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of plans to continue the use of Pacer trains on the Northern franchise.

We are committed to improving services for passengers across the North of England. Pacers fall short of passengers’ expectations. As the Prime Minister has said, we will be asking bidders for the Northern franchise to propose plans to phase these outdated trains out. All franchise competitions are evaluated for quality as well as cost.

In presenting his Autumn Statement to Parliament, the Chancellor said that in the new Northern and TransPennine Express franchises Pacers would be replaced and that new and modern trains would be introduced.

21st Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans the Government has to ensure funds of equivalent value to the UK's allocation from the European Social Fund are made available for the same purposes after the UK leaves the EU.

The Government has confirmed that it will guarantee funding for European Social Fund and other EU Structural and Investment Fund projects, even where they continue after we have left the EU. Funding for these projects will be honoured, if they provide good value for money and are in line with domestic spending priorities. As a result, stakeholder organisations will have certainty over future funding and should continue to bid for competitive EU funds while the UK remains a member of the EU. Each Government Department will take responsibility for the allocation of money to projects in line with these conditions and the wider rules on public spending.

In the longer term we will want to consider the future of all programmes that are currently EU funded. Leaving means we have the opportunity to make our own decisions about how best to deliver on the policy objectives, previously targeted by EU funding.

The full detail of the Government announcement can be found at the following website link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/further-certainty-on-eu-funding-for-hundreds-of-british-projects

Damian Hinds
Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)
7th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of staff on the payroll of his Department who work in Westminster are (a) British nationals and (b) nationals of another country.

All Government Departments are bound by legal requirements concerning the right to work in the UK and, in addition, the Civil Service Nationality Rules.

Evidence of nationality is checked at the point of recruitment into the Civil Service as part of wider pre-employment checks, but there is no requirement on departments to retain this information beyond the point at which it has served its purpose.

More broadly, the Government will be consulting in due course on how we work with business to ensure that workers in this country have the skills that they need to get a job. But there are no proposals to publish lists of the number or proportion of foreign workers.

7th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, approximately how many (a) British and (b) non-British nationals are employed cleaning the Westminster estate of his Department.

All Government Departments are bound by legal requirements concerning the right to work in the UK and, in addition, the Civil Service Nationality Rules.

Evidence of nationality is checked at the point of recruitment into the Civil Service as part of wider pre-employment checks, but there is no requirement on departments to retain this information beyond the point at which it has served its purpose.

More broadly, the Government will be consulting in due course on how we work with business to ensure that workers in this country have the skills that they need to get a job. But there are no proposals to publish lists of the number or proportion of foreign workers.

Since 1998 the Department for Work and Pensions occupies space provided through a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) known as the PRIME Contract which expires on 31 March 2018. Under the terms of this PFI Contract the Department leases fully serviced accommodation from our private sector partner Telereal Trillium. This Contract provides a variety of facility management services including the provision of cleaning, provided by Engie.

3rd Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effects on divorced partners of their exclusion from widowed parents' allowance; and what consultation his Department has undertaken on the potential financial effect on children of that policy.

This is a long-standing position in bereavement benefits. It will continue under the new Bereavement Support Payment, the provisions of which were debated by this House during the passage of the Pensions Act 2014.

Those who are divorced have access to income-related benefits in the same way as other lone parents .

12th Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what average time is taken to resolve those benefit cases subject to mandatory discrimination which are not resolved in the first 30 days.

Information on mandatory reconsiderations of benefit decisions was released on 17th December 2014. This was an ad-hoc release of experimental statistics on MR requests made between 28thOctober 2013 and 31st October 2014.

The available data can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/mandatory-reconsiderations-of-dwp-benefit-decisions-data-to-october-2014

23rd Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to correct the TTP SystmOne clinical IT software error present since 2009 and affecting around 26 million patients.

The Department and National Health Service organisations have been working closely with the Information Commissioner’s Office and the British Medical Association to support TPP to take appropriate action to respond to the TPP SystmOne data sharing issue. This work should be fully implemented by the summer. There is no evidence that records have been lost, mislaid or misused. However, there are already a number of mitigations in place to prevent potential misuse of information:

- Users’ access to records is role based and requires a smart card or password to access the system;

- All record accesses and all registrations are audited and visible to the general practitioner; and

- Patients (via SystmOnline) can now have visibility of when and where their records have been accessed.

13th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether use is made of hypnotherapy within the NHS for conditions other than for irritable bowel syndrome.

This information is not held centrally. It is the responsibility of local National Health Service organisations to make decisions on the commissioning and funding of any health care treatments for NHS patients, taking into account safety, clinical and cost-effectiveness and the availability of suitably qualified/regulated practitioners.

7th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, approximately how many (a) British and (b) non-British nationals are employed cleaning the Westminster estate of his Department.

The Department uses an outsourced provider for cleaning services. The provider employs one British and 11 non-British nationals to clean the Westminster estate of the Department.

7th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of staff on the payroll of his Department who work in Westminster are (a) British nationals and (b) nationals of another country.

Nationality and identity details of appointees to the Department are thoroughly checked at the time of recruitment. However, ’nationality’ is not a mandatory field in the Department’s Business Management System where the details of staff are registered. This means that some staff have not declared with respect to nationality.

All the figures given in the table below are of those civil servants employed by the Department in the Westminster area as of 6 October 2016. These figures do not include contractors, consultants and temporary agency workers or the staff of the Department’s service companies.

Nationality

Headcount

Proportion

British

771

80%

Other nationalities

60

6%

Not declared

132

14%

Total

963

100%

7th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many health visitors were employed in each of the last three years.

The following table shows the number of full time equivalent health visitors employed in National Health Service trusts and clinical commissioning groups in England in each of the last three years.

Full time equivalent figures are used as this is the most accurate measure of service capacity.

30 June 2014

30 June 2015

30 June 2016

8,887

10,042

9,491

Source: NHS Digital NHS Hospital and Community Health Service monthly workforce statistics

2nd Sep 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions officials of his Department have had with NHS England on the alignment between the Pharmaceutical Price Regulations Scheme, NICE technology appraisals and funding decisions made by NHS England.

Officials meet regularly with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and NHS England to discuss medicines pricing and funding.

13th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what support the Government provides to research into the causes and treatment of brain tumours.

The Department funds the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to increase the volume of applied health research for the benefit of patients and the public, drive faster translation of basic science discoveries into tangible benefits for patients and the economy, and develop and support the people who conduct and contribute to applied health research. NIHR cancer research expenditure has risen from £101 million in 2010/11 to £135 million in 2014/15 (the latest available figure). Most of this investment (£111 million in 2014/15) is in cancer research infrastructure where spend on specific disease areas such as brain tumours cannot be separated from total infrastructure expenditure. This infrastructure including NIHR biomedical research centres and the NIHR Clinical Research Network.

The Medical Research Council (MRC) is one of the main agencies through which the Government support medical and clinical research. It is an independent research funding body which receives its grant in aid from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. The MRC supports research through a range of grants and personal awards to scientists in universities, medical schools and other research institutes and welcomes investigator-initiated research proposals in all areas of research relevant to human health. Between 2010/11 to 2014/15 the MRC spent £10.9 million supporting research into brain and pituitary tumours, spanning basic discovery science, translational projects to progress treatments to clinics and early clinical trials.

More brain tumour research is needed and, as announced on 18 April, Official Report, columns 258-59WH, I will be convening a working group of clinicians, charities and officials to discuss how working together with our research funding partners, we can address this.

George Freeman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
13th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the NHS is taking to improve the early diagnosis of brain tumours.

Improving early diagnosis of cancer is a priority for this Government. We have seen an increase of over 25% in general practitioner (GP) referrals for Magnetic Resonance Imaging for potential brain tumours, from 31,000 in 2012-13 to over 50,000 in 2014-15.

In order to continue to support GPs to identify patients whose symptoms may indicate cancer and urgently refer them as appropriate, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published an updated suspected cancer referral guideline in June 2015. The guideline includes new recommendations for brain tumours in adults and children and young people. NICE noted that more lives could be saved each year in England if GPs followed the new guideline, which encourages GPs to think of cancer sooner and lower the referral threshold.

Following publication of the updated guideline, the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) has worked in collaboration with Cancer Research UK (CRUK) on a programme of regional update events for GPs to promote the new guideline. RCGP and CRUK have also worked to develop three summary referral guidelines for GPs to enable them to adopt the guideline. The British Medical Journal has published two summaries including one for children and young adults and Macmillan Cancer Support has produced an updated Rapid Referral Toolkit. All the summary guidelines and the toolkit are available on the Cancer Research UK website at:

www.cancerresearchuk.org/health-professional/learning-and-development-tools/nice-cancer-referral-guidelines

NHS England’s Accelerate, Coordinate, Evaluate (ACE) pilots are exploring new models for delivering a diagnosis quickly and effectively, including piloting a multi-disciplinary diagnostic centre, which we hope will be particularly effective for patients with vague or unclear symptoms, although these pilots are primarily aimed at adults in the first instance.

More generally, improving early diagnosis of cancer was clearly highlighted as a strategic priority in Achieving World-Class Cancer Outcomes A Strategy for England 2015-2020, published in July 2015 by the Independent Cancer Taskforce.

16th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the level of variation in waiting times for GP appointments.

We do not measure waiting times for a GP appointment. However, the GP Patient Survey shows variation between different demographic groups in patients’ experience of being able to book an appointment.

The Government is committed to improving access to GP services and ensuring that patients can access evening and weekend appointments by 2020.

16th Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will limit the costs that hospitals can charge for providing medical records to third parties or relatives of deceased persons.

The Access to Health Records Act 1990 provides certain individuals with a right to apply for access to a deceased person’s health record. Record holders are entitled to recover their costs in relation to providing copies of records, and while there is no limit on this charge it should not result in a profit for the record holder. We have no plans to review these arrangements.

George Freeman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
27th May 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of GPs in England are over 50 years old.

The annual National Health Service General and Personal Medical Services workforce census, published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre, shows the numbers of general practitioners (GPs) working in the NHS in England at 30 September each year. The latest available statistics are as at 30 September 2014 and were published on 25 March 2015. The percentage of GPs (excluding Registrars and Retainers) aged 50 years and over as at 30 September 2014 is 39%.

17th Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the relationship between diabetes complications and unplanned hospital emergency admissions; and if he will make a statement.

The following table, taken from the National Diabetes Audit 2012-13, Report 2: Complications and Mortality, shows the total number of emergency hospital finished consultant episodes (FCE) and National Diabetes Audit (NDA) related emergency hospital FCEs in England and Wales from 2012-13.

Complication

Number of Hospital Episode Statistics (HES)/Patient Episode Database for Wales (PEDW) emergency episodes1

Number of NDA related emergency episodes2

NDA related emergency episodes as a proportion of HES /PEDW emergency episodes

Angina

486,941

114,599

23.5%

Myocardial Infarction (heart attack)

178,284

34,790

19.5%

Heart Failure

578,883

136,911

23.7%

Stroke

235,333

38,911

16.5%

Major Amputation

3,727

1,385

37.2%

Minor Amputation

4,327

2,672

61.8%

Renal Replacement Therapy (ESKD)

72,318

22,831

31.6%

Notes:

A Finished Consultant Episode (FCE) is the time a patient spends in the continuous care of one consultant. If a patient transfers from one consultant to another within a single hospital provider spell, for example moves to a ward with a specific speciality and is treated by a new consultant, one Consultant Episode will end and another one begin. So patients may have more than one finished consultant episode during a single hospital stay.

1. HES/PEDW FCE are all episodes for the relevant complication between 1 April 2012 and 31 March 2013. This may include multiple episodes for one patient.

2. NDA episodes are from all patients registered with general practitioner (GP) practices that participated in the audit in the audit period 2011-12, please bear in mind that participation for the 2011-12 audit was 87.9 per cent of all eligible GP practices and there was a large variation across clinical commissioning groups and local health boards.

It shows that, with the exception of stroke, people with diabetes account for at least one fifth (and up to three fifths) of all emergency episodes for each of the complications.

There is sound evidence that achieving National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommended diabetes treatment targets reduces complications such as heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, blindness, amputation and premature death. Improving the delivery of these continues to be important in ensuring that people with diabetes receive the best possible care and so reduce their risk of developing complications.

Furthermore, NHS England have prioritised prevention of diabetes and are working together with Public Health England and Diabetes UK to establish a national diabetes prevention programme, making us the first country to implement such a programme at scale, modelled on national and international proven experience. This should help reduce people’s risk of developing diabetes and therefore subsequently requiring hospital treatment for complications from the disease.

21st Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that the NHS is maximising its entitlement to reimbursement from insurance companies.

The Department interprets the two questions as relating to the NHS Injury Cost Recovery scheme. The Department implements the recovery of National Health Service treatment costs though this scheme for patients injured as a result of third party negligence.

Reimbursement of NHS treatment costs are sought for every notification received as a result of a personal injury compensation claim. Therefore, there is no financial loss attributable to the failure to claim.

To ensure the NHS maximises on its entitlement to claim reimbursement, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Compensation Recovery Unit, who administer the scheme on behalf of the NHS, undertake a substantial amount of compliance work with key stakeholders within the insurance industry. DWP inspectors also have the right to examine the records of compensators to verify that they are complying fully with provisions of the legislation.

21st Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of potential financial loss to the NHS arising from failure to claim reimbursement from insurance companies.

The Department interprets the two questions as relating to the NHS Injury Cost Recovery scheme. The Department implements the recovery of National Health Service treatment costs though this scheme for patients injured as a result of third party negligence.

Reimbursement of NHS treatment costs are sought for every notification received as a result of a personal injury compensation claim. Therefore, there is no financial loss attributable to the failure to claim.

To ensure the NHS maximises on its entitlement to claim reimbursement, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Compensation Recovery Unit, who administer the scheme on behalf of the NHS, undertake a substantial amount of compliance work with key stakeholders within the insurance industry. DWP inspectors also have the right to examine the records of compensators to verify that they are complying fully with provisions of the legislation.

12th Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the health entitlements within the NHS are of British national missionaries and aid workers who are not ordinarily resident in, but retain housing and other links to, the UK.

Missionaries and aid workers temporarily based outside the United Kingdom, who retain housing and other links to the UK may, depending on all their circumstances, still be considered ordinarily resident in the UK. They would therefore retain full entitlement to free National Health Service hospital treatment.

For those who are not ordinarily resident in the UK at the time NHS hospital treatment is provided to them, they will be charged for that treatment under the NHS (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations 2011, as amended, unless an exemption from charge category applies. There are currently exemptions for people acting as missionaries overseas for an organisation principally based in the UK; those working in posts overseas that are funded in part by the UK Government in accordance with arrangements with the Government of some other country and former UK residents of 10 years or more who are now employed overseas provided the period of employment has lasted no more than five years.

12th Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's policy is on screening for testicular cancer.

The UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) last reviewed the policy on testicular cancer in 2006 and recommended against a screening programme as this condition was more commonly detected through self-examination and that a systematic population screening programme would not be beneficial.

The UK NSC advises Ministers and the National Health Service in all four countries about all aspects of screening policy and supports implementation. Using research evidence, pilot programmes and economic evaluation, it assesses the evidence for programmes against a set of internationally recognised criteria.

21st Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects the Health and Social Care Information Centre to lease further procedure data on waiting times for hip and knees treatments; and what the reason for the time taken to release that data is.

The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) are expecting to publish final 2013-14 hospital episode statistics for admitted patient care in January 2015. This will include data to allow analysis of procedures on hips and knees. The processing of annual hospital episode statistics has been transferred in-house to the HSCIC from the previous third-party supplier, and additional time is needed this year to test and assure the new arrangements.

2nd Sep 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the challenges experienced by NHS hospitals in recruiting consultant radiologists.

The Department has set up Health Education England (HEE) to deliver a better health and healthcare workforce for England. It is responsible for the education, training and recruiting for values of doctors.

HEE is responsible for ensuring a secure workforce supply i.e. balance against demand and not a growth or reduction in the National Health Service workforce.

HEE published its national workforce plan for England on 17 December 2013 which increased training places for clinical radiology by 1.3% to a planned level of 1067. The plan forecasts that this level will be sufficient to grow the consultant workforce by 23% in 2020.

2nd Sep 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of radiologists in training.

Post graduate training for radiologists in England is commissioned locally by the 13 Local Education and Training Boards (LETBs) of Health Education England (HEE). HEE conducts a twice yearly stock-take of its LETBs seeking the number of radiologists in training. The last data available (April 2014) shows 952 individuals in radiology training at the time of the survey.

7th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what proportion of staff on the payroll of his Department who work in Westminster are (a) British nationals and (b) nationals of another country.

The Aliens' Employment Act 1955 makes it a requirement that all UK based staff recruited to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in the UK must be British nationals or dual nationals where one of those nationalities is British.
7th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, approximately how many (a) British and (b) non-British nationals are employed cleaning the Westminster estate of his Department.

As cleaning services in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's buildings are provided by an external contractor, we do not hold information in the form requested.

This information could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
18th Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of Shaker Aamer's continued detention in Guantanamo in light of the Government's on going celebration of Magna Carta.

On June 15 we will celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, which set out that no one should be refused their rights or justice, and became the foundation of the laws on individual liberties that exist today. These freedoms matter to the UK. The UK Government has long held that indefinite detention without review or fair trial is unacceptable. We welcome President Obama's commitment in January of this year to prioritise Mr Aamer's case for review, and his continuing commitment to closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.
7th Oct 2016
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of staff on the payroll of his Department who work in Westminster are (a) British nationals and (b) nationals of another country.

All Government Departments are bound by legal requirements concerning the right to work in the UK and, in addition, the Civil Service Nationality Rules. Evidence of nationality is checked at the point of recruitment into the Civil Service as part of wider pre-employment checks, but there is no requirement on departments to retain this information beyond the point at which it has served its purpose. More broadly, the Government will be consulting in due course on how we work with business to ensure that workers in this country have the skills that they need to get a job. But there are no proposals to publish lists of the number or proportion of foreign workers.

7th Oct 2016
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, approximately how many (a) British and (b) non-British nationals are employed cleaning the Westminster estate of his Department.

The cleaning service at HM Treasury is provided through a service contract, let by the landlord for 1 Horse Guards Road (Exchequer Partnership). HM Treasury does not directly employ cleaners.

20th Jan 2016
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government plans to increase the compensation available to Equitable Life pensioners.

There are no plans to review the payments made by the Equitable Life Payment Scheme. The Scheme closed to new claims on 31st December 2015. However, the annual payments to With-Profits annuitants will continue unaffected for the duration of their annuity.


1st Dec 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 24 November 2015, whether the £30 million allocated to the City regions take the form of a cash grant from HM Treasury.

Investment fund allocations agreed as part of devolution deals will be paid out annually by the Department for Communities and Local Government as a cash grant, via Section 31 of the Local Government Act 2003.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
19th Nov 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost to the Exchequer is of the City Deals in each city region to date.

The Government has agreed mayoral devolution agreements worth £30m a year for 30 years with combined authorities in Greater Manchester, Sheffield City Region, The North East, and Liverpool City Region. The Government has also agreed a mayoral devolution agreement worth £15m a year for 30 years with Tees Valley and an agreement worth £36.5m a year in the West Midlands. These are all subject to 5-yearly gateway assessments to confirm the investment has contributed to growth.


These agreements are another significant step in the Government’s ambition for the Northern Powerhouse and Midlands Engine respectively.


Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
3rd Jun 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to increase compensation to Equitable Life pensioners beyond the level previously agreed.

The Government has no plans to change the funding available to the Equitable Life Payment Scheme.

To date the Scheme has paid out over £1 billion to around 900,000 policyholders.

27th May 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what per capita revenue contribution is made to (a) Scotland and (b) each region of England for the running of public services.

The Country and Regional Analysis (CRA) published in November 2014, provides country and regional level splits of identifiable public expenditure over a five-year outturn period from 2009-10 to 2013-14 and is available using the link below.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/country-and-regional-analysis-2014

Table A.2 supplies information on ‘total identifiable expenditure on services’ on a per head basis. This table includes figures for Scotland and each region of England.

27th May 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the Exchequer's per annum and per capita revenue contribution, excluding welfare payments, to Greater Manchester City Region (a) was in each of the last three years and (b) will be in each of the three years following implementation of the agreement between that city region and the Government.

With regard to contributions over the last three years, the annual determination of funding to local government is set out in the local government finance settlement which is laid before the house and published on GOV.UK each year.

The final settlement for 2015/16, including the settlement for each local authority, can be found online: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/final-local-government-finance-settlement-england-2015-to-2016.

Determinations for future years will be set as part of the spending review process.

Population estimates for Greater Manchester are provided by the ONS which can be found at the following website: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/taxonomy/index.html?nscl=Population+Estimates.

With regards to future years, on 3 November 2014, the Government signed an historic deal with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, whereby Greater Manchester will create the first directly elected metro-wide Mayor outside of London with control of a reformed earn back deal totalling £900 million over 30 years and control of a £300 million housing investment fund.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority will also be given new powers to support business growth, skills and employment, transport, and planning. In February, GM and NHS England also agreed to arrangements which will bring together £6bn of NHS and social care budgets so that joint planning of these services can deliver better care for patients.

The government also announced at Budget 2015 that it will, subject to the formal approval of GMCA, pilot a scheme in Greater Manchester and Cheshire East to enable the retention of 100% of any additional business rate growth, starting in April 2015.

21st Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of this effect of any changes to the short-term study visa system arising from the UK's decision to leave the EU, on the number of foreign nationals seeking to study English.

We are working across Government to identify and develop options to shape our future immigration system.

Parliament will have an important role to play in this and we will ensure businesses and communities have the opportunity to contribute their views.

21st Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the merits of short-term study visas for EU citizens wishing to study in the UK after the UK leaves the EU.

We are working across Government to identify and develop options to shape our future immigration system.

Parliament will have an important role to play in this and we will ensure businesses and communities have the opportunity to contribute their views.

7th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of staff on the payroll of her Department who work in Westminster are (a) British nationals and (b) nationals of another country.

All Government Departments are bound by legal requirements concerning the right to work in the UK and, in addition, the Civil Service Nationality Rules.

Evidence of nationality is checked at the point of recruitment into the Civil Service as part of wider pre-employment checks, but there is no requirement on departments to retain this information beyond the point at which it has served its purpose.

More broadly, the Government will be consulting in due course on how we work with business to ensure that workers in this country have the skills that they need to get a job. But there are no proposals to publish lists of the number or proportion of foreign workers.

7th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, approximately how many (a) British and (b) non-British nationals are employed cleaning the Westminster estate of her Department.

The Home Office does not employ cleaning staff. The cleaning of the Home Office estate is outsourced. The contract requires that all contracted staff have undergone the necessary pre-employment checks and have the right to work in the UK.

2nd Sep 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many murders have been committed by people in receipt of psychiatric treatment or deemed by a court at the time of trial to require psychiatric treatment for a clinical illness in England and Wales in each of the last five years.

The available information for England and Wales from the Home Office Homicide Index is shown in the attached table and shows the numbers of homicide offences where the court decides that, acting on medical evidence, the suspect should be the subject of a hospital order.

The data does not specifically identify those suspects requiring psychiatric treatment for a clinical illness.

Data is based on the number of offenders whose court proceedings have been completed. Due to the time it can take for cases to pass through the criminal justice system, there is likely to be an increase in the number of people convicted of homicide and given a hospital order for recent years when updated figures are published in 2017.

In addition, the National Confidential Inquiry, based at Manchester University, publishes an annual report on suicide and homicide of people with mental illness, using information from the Homicide Index and Hospital Trust records. The most recent report is available at:

http://research.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/cmhs/research/centreforsuicideprevention/nci/reports/

Brandon Lewis
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
1st Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what safeguards are in place to ensure no shortfalls occur in future in the pensions of firefighters and police officers.

On 1 April 2015, in line with wider public service pension reform, new career average pension arrangements were introduced for police officers and firefighters. These changes have put pension arrangements on a sustainable footing for the future, setting a fair balance of costs between public servants and other taxpayers, while continuing to provide good pensions for police officers and firefighters which reflect their roles.

22nd Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the reasons for the recent reduction in the number of prosecutions for mobile telephone use while driving.

No assessment has been made of the reasons for the recent reduction in the number of prosecutions for mobile telephone use while driving. Enforcement of this offence is an operational matter for the police. However, there may be a number of reasons, including drivers being more aware of the law, police deciding to prosecute drivers under more serious offences and officers choosing alternative methods of law enforcement, such as fixed penalties.

22nd Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what data her Department holds on the number of police in different forces who are suspended or not on active duty as a result of investigations or complaint procedures.

The Home Office does not hold data on the number of police within different forces who are suspended or are not on active duty as a result of investigation or complaint procedure.

From 2015/16, forces will be asked to provide returns that will include data on officer misconduct and whistle-blowing. This collection will include the number of recorded allegations of misconduct and gross misconduct; outcomes of disciplinary proceedings arising from those allegations; and the number of criminal investigations against those serving with the police. The Home Office intends to publish these data in due course once they are available.

7th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, approximately how many (a) British and (b) non-British nationals are employed cleaning the Westminster estate of his Department.

This information is not held by the Ministry of Defence. Cleaning staff are provided through a Private Finance Initiative Contract with Modus

7th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of staff on the payroll of his Department who work in Westminster are (a) British nationals and (b) nationals of another country.

All Government Departments are bound by legal requirements concerning the right to work in the UK and, in addition, the Civil Service Nationality Rules.

Evidence of nationality is checked at the point of recruitment into the Civil Service as part of wider pre-employment checks, but there is no requirement on departments to retain this information beyond the point at which it has served its purpose.

More broadly, the Government will be consulting in due course on how we work with business to ensure that workers in this country have the skills that they need to get a job. But there are no proposals to publish lists of the number or proportion of foreign workers.

7th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, approximately how many (a) British and (b) non-British nationals are employed cleaning the Westminster estate of his Department.

The Department for Communities and Local Government shares its Westminster office space with the Home Office. I refer the hon Member to the answer to PQ number 47565.

Marcus Jones
Comptroller (HM Household) (Whip, House of Commons)
7th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of staff on the payroll of his Department who work in Westminster are (a) British nationals and (b) nationals of another country.

All government departments are bound by legal requirements concerning the right to work in the UK and, in addition, the Civil Service Nationality Rules.

Evidence of nationality is checked at the point of recruitment into the Civil Service as part of wider pre-employment checks, but there is no requirement on departments to retain this information beyond the point at which it has served its purpose.

Marcus Jones
Comptroller (HM Household) (Whip, House of Commons)
7th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what information his Department holds on the proportion of new build properties excluding flats that has been sold as leasehold in each of the last here years.

The department does not hold this information. The department published an estimate of the number of leasehold dwellings in 2014. As Table 1 (see link below) shows, in 2012-13 there were approximately 1.3 million leasehold properties that were not flats. The remaining 2.8 million leasehold dwellings were flats.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/342628/Residential_Leasehold_dwellings_in_England.pdf

17th Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of children who will be homeless between 1 December 2015 and 1 January 2016.

We have maintained homelessness prevention funding for local authorities, through the provisional local government finance settlement totalling £315 million by 2019/20.

We have increased central government funding for homelessness programmes to £139 million over the Spending Review period.

There were 103,430 children and expected children in temporary accommodation arranged by local authorities in England as at 30 September 2015. The Department does not produce forecasts of homelessness.


Marcus Jones
Comptroller (HM Household) (Whip, House of Commons)
16th Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which local authorities have received how many Syrian refugees.

My rt. hon. Friend, the Prime Minister announced on 16 December that we have delivered on the promise to resettle 1,000 vulnerable Syrian refugees before Christmas. We can also confirm that as of the beginning of December 2015, 55 local authorities across the UK had signed up to participate in the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme and made confirmed offers of places.

In order to help protect the privacy of those arriving, we will not be giving a running commentary on location or numbers of persons resettled. Notwithstanding, the Home Office is committed to publishing data in an orderly way as part of the regular quarterly Immigration Statistics. The next set of figures will be in the quarterly release in February 2016 and will cover the period October-December 2015. This adheres to the standard practice for the release of information about the work of the Department, ensuring statistics are published properly in a way which is open and accessible to all.

18th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, on what date the £75 million Mayoral Investment Fund pledged as part of the Liverpool City Region Deal was paid to Liverpool City Council.

The Department for Communities and Local Government contributed £75 million in economic development funds as part of the Liverpool City Deal, with payments to Liverpool City Council on 30 April 2013 (£60 million) and 1 May 2014 (£15 million).


25th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the Local Government Boundary Commission can initiate a boundary review of a local authority in response to public representations without direct instruction from the Secretary of State or a request from the local authority in question.

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England may undertake a principal area boundary review at the request of a local council or the Secretary of State, or on their own initiative.

Marcus Jones
Comptroller (HM Household) (Whip, House of Commons)
25th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether as part of a city region devolution existing local authority boundaries can be varied where a case is made for doing so.

We are ready to have conversations with any area about their proposals for devolving powers and for the strong and accountable governance to support such powers, including governance proposals involving changes to local authority boundaries.

2nd Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will allow public representations or petitions to be received directly by the Local Government Boundary Commission.

The Local Government Boundary Commission is a Parliamentary body independent of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. Any representations or petitions about the Commission’s work should be made directly to the Commission.

Marcus Jones
Comptroller (HM Household) (Whip, House of Commons)
27th May 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to devolve powers to people resident in (a) West Lancashire and (b) Lancashire.

The Government has introduced the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill that will enable the devolution of powers to local areas to drive economic growth. The Government welcomes proposals for increased powers and greater freedoms to maximise economic growth from all parts of the country and I met with the Lancashire Local Enterprise Partnership on Friday 3 July to hear how this opportunity can build on the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal and Lancashire Growth Deal.

27th May 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, on what dates and occasions Ministers or other representatives of his Department met the Mayor of Liverpool in the last six months.

Details of Ministers’ meetings and those of the Permanent Secretary with external organisations are published on-line here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/dclg-ministerial-data

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dclg-permanent-secretary-data-2014#history

Marcus Jones
Comptroller (HM Household) (Whip, House of Commons)
27th May 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many public consultations his Department has conducted on the subject of mayors in Liverpool since 2010.

There has been one public consultation, “What can a mayor do for your city?”, seeking views from 12 major English cities including Liverpool. The consultation together with the Government’s response can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/what-can-a-mayor-do-for-your-city--3

27th May 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans the Government has to devolve powers from central government to people resident in county council areas.

The Government will empower the towns and counties of this country by extending the City Deal programme we ran in the last Parliament to cover counties and towns too. I look forward to discussing proposals from councils and Local Enterprise Partnerships that build on their strengths.

10th Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the difference is between the amount that will be received from central Government by Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council under the (a) provisional and (b) final 2015-16 local authority settlement.

The final local government finance settlement for Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council for 2015-16, which was announced on 3 February 2015, included an additional £485,000 compared to the provisional settlement. This was Sefton’s share of the additional £74 million provided to upper tier local authorities. This is to assist with continuing pressures on health and social care and in providing local welfare.

9th Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what information his Department holds on the level of Sefton Council's (a) allocated and (b) unallocated reserves.

As at 31 March 2014, Sefton held £67.7 million in revenue reserves, of which £17.8 million was schools reserves and £49.9 million was non-ringfenced reserves. Of the non-ringfenced reserves, £39.7 million were earmarked reserves, and £10.2 million were unallocated reserves.

These figures are taken from the Revenue Outturn form which has been completed by all local authorities in England and published at the following link;

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/local-authority-revenue-expenditure-and-financing-england-2013-to-2014-individual-local-authority-data-outturn


We have encouraged councils to make creative use of reserves, such as "invest to save" projects to reduce long-term costs.

9th Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which local authorities have bid for each round of the Coastal Communities Fund but have so far received no funding.

The Coastal Communities Fund has had three bidding rounds to date, across the United Kingdom. My answer of 9 February 2015, PQ 223748, provided a list of areas which had received grants. I have placed in the Library of the House, a table listing the local authority areas from which bids have been received.

Ministers are not involved in the grant application or assessment process. The Big Lottery Fund is responsible for inviting and assessing applications to the Fund and makes recommendations to Ministers on which projects should be supported.

Whilst the Coastal Communities Fund is currently closed for further applications, I hope there will be further opportunities to support local schemes which have not benefitted from Government support to date.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
9th Feb 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which coastal resorts have received support in more than (a) one round and (b) two rounds of coastal communities funding awards.

The Coastal Communities Fund has had three bidding rounds to date. A table has been placed in the Library of the House giving details of 164 coastal communities across the UK that have received grants from the Fund in one, two or three bidding rounds. The table covers all grants awarded in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to date.

In addition to the coastal communities in the table, 22 grants were awarded to projects in local authority areas, and a further five grants awarded to cross local authority projects including two long distance coastal footpaths, where we do not have details of the individual coastal communities they will help.

Ministers are not involved in the grant application or assessment process. The Big Lottery Fund is responsible for inviting and assessing applications to the Fund and makes recommendations to Ministers on which projects should be supported.

The Coastal Communities Fund is currently closed for further applications. No decisions have been taken yet on whether there will be further bidding rounds. This will be a matter for the next Spending Review. However, I hope there will be further opportunities to support local schemes which have not benefitted from Government support to date.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
11th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made of the uptake of the community right to challenge; and if he will make a statement.

The Department for Communities and Local Government does not formally monitor the uptake of the Community Right to Challenge or require local authorities to report the number of challenges. Informally we collate responses from follow-up surveys of users of our support programme and other sources. From this, we are aware of 49 expressions of interest being submitted to date. A survey of users of the Community Right to Challenge support programme, carried out in the summer of 2014, found that 43 of the 105 respondents intended to submit an Expression of Interest in the next 12 months.

The Department for Communities and Local Government has funded a support programme to help voluntary and community groups, Parish Councils and local authority employees to use the Community Right to Challenge or to bid for local government contracts. The programme has awarded grants worth £3.7 million to a total of 216 groups since 2012 and has responded to over 4,000 queries.

9th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to paragraph 130 of her Department's consultation entitled, Reforming the Soft Tissue Injury Claims Process, published in November 2016, what the evidential basis is for the assertion that credit hire costs added up to £10 per policy to car insurance premiums.

The range of £3 to £10 which formed part of the call for evidence section of the consultation document was based on figures from a variety of reports and investigations carried out by the Office of Fair Trading, the Competition Commission, the Competition and Markets Authority and from industry sources.
7th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of staff on the payroll of her Department who work in Westminster are (a) British nationals and (b) nationals of another country.

All Government Departments are bound by legal requirements concerning the right to work in the UK and, in addition, the Civil Service Nationality Rules. Evidence of nationality is checked at the point of recruitment into the Civil Service as part of wider pre-employment checks, but there is no requirement on departments to retain this information beyond the point at which it has served its purpose.

7th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, approximately how many (a) British and (b) non-British nationals are employed cleaning the Westminster estate of her Department.

The Ministry of Justice does not employ cleaning staff. Cleaning of the Ministry of Justice’s estate is outsourced. The contract requires that all contracted staff have undergone the necessary pre-employment checks and have the right to work in the UK.

1st Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the (a) cost effectiveness and (b) level of use of the Public Defender Service.

The Public Defender Service (PDS) plays a vital role in ensuring access to justice for those eligible clients who are unable to secure representation. The PDS also support positive change within the Criminal Justice System, assists the Ministry of Justice and Legal Aid Agency colleagues and acts as a test-bed for digital working. As such, the value of the PDS is made up of many factors, not just representation of defendants. Therefore no direct assessment of cost effectiveness or level of use has been made.

20th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate has been made of the number of criminal appeals departments in law firms that have closed since the changes to legal aid funding introduced in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 were introduced.

The Ministry of Justice has not made any estimate of the number of criminal appeals departments in law firms that have closed since the changes to legal aid funding introduced in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 were introduced.

All Criminal Legal Aid Contract holders are entitled to undertake Criminal Appeals and Reviews work.

7th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, approximately how many (a) British and (b) non-British nationals are employed cleaning the Westminster estate of his Department.

My Department does not directly employ any cleaning staff within the Westminster estate, we utilise contracted services provided by HM Treasury.

7th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what proportion of staff on the payroll of his Department who work in Westminster are (a) British nationals and (b) nationals of another country.

All Government Departments are bound by legal requirements concerning the right to work in the UK and, in addition, the Civil Service Nationality Rules.

Evidence of nationality is checked at the point of recruitment into the Civil Service as part of wider pre-employment checks, but there is no requirement on departments to retain this information beyond the point at which it has served its purpose.

More broadly, the Government will be consulting in due course on how we work with business to ensure that workers in this country have the skills that they need to get a job. But there are no proposals to publish lists of the number or proportion of foreign workers.

7th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what proportion of staff on the payroll of his Department who work in Westminster are (a) British nationals and (b) nationals of another country.

The Scotland Office does not employ staff directly; all staff that join do so on an assignment, loan or secondment from other Government bodies, who remain the employers.

7th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, approximately how many (a) British and (b) non-British nationals are employed cleaning the Westminster estate of his Department.

The Scotland Office participates in a Ministry of Justice Framework Contract for the cleaning of its premises in the Westminster estate. The Scotland Office does not hold information as to the nationality of the staff employed through this contract.

7th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what proportion of staff on the payroll of his Department who work in Westminster are (a) British nationals and (b) nationals of another country.

The Wales Office is not an employer in its own right and payroll services are provided by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) on our behalf.

7th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, approximately how many (a) British and (b) non-British nationals are employed cleaning the Westminster estate of his Department.

The Wales Office does not employ any cleaners. The Department uses Ministry of Justice facilities management contracts, including the provision of cleaning for its Westminster estate.