Keith Vaz Portrait

Keith Vaz

Labour - Former Member for Leicester East

International Trade Committee
11th Sep 2017 - 4th Dec 2017
Justice Committee
31st Oct 2016 - 3rd May 2017
Administration Committee
20th Jul 2015 - 3rd May 2017
National Security Strategy (Joint Committee)
30th Nov 2015 - 28th Nov 2016
Liaison Committee (Commons)
10th Sep 2015 - 13th Sep 2016
Home Affairs Committee
18th Jun 2015 - 13th Sep 2016
Administration Committee
29th Oct 2012 - 30th Mar 2015
National Security Strategy (Joint Committee)
30th Nov 2010 - 30th Mar 2015
Home Affairs Committee
26th Jul 2007 - 30th Mar 2015
Liaison Committee (Commons)
26th Jul 2007 - 30th Mar 2015
Home Affairs Committee
25th Jul 2007 - 30th Mar 2015
Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee
1st Jul 2007 - 6th May 2010
National Security Strategy (Joint Committee)
13th Jan 2010 - 6th May 2010
Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
11th Oct 1999 - 7th Jun 2001
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Lord Chancellor's Department)
17th May 1999 - 28th Jul 1999
Shadow Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
1st Jun 1992 - 1st Jun 1997
Home Affairs Committee
17th Jun 1987 - 26th Oct 1992


Division Voting information

Keith Vaz has voted in 1503 divisions, and 49 times against the majority of their Party.

8 Feb 2017 - Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada - View Vote Context
Keith Vaz voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 68 Labour No votes vs 85 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 409 Noes - 126
6 Feb 2017 - European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - View Vote Context
Keith Vaz voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 2 Labour Aye votes vs 3 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 62 Noes - 333
18 Jul 2016 - UK's Nuclear Deterrent - View Vote Context
Keith Vaz voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 48 Labour No votes vs 140 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 472 Noes - 117
20 Apr 2016 - Record Copies of Acts - View Vote Context
Keith Vaz voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 23 Labour Aye votes vs 23 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 117 Noes - 38
9 Mar 2016 - EU Measures to Combat Terrorism - View Vote Context
Keith Vaz voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 3 Labour Aye votes vs 169 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 302 Noes - 217
29 Feb 2016 - Referendums - View Vote Context
Keith Vaz voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 6 Labour No votes vs 184 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 475 Noes - 59
2 Dec 2015 - ISIL in Syria - View Vote Context
Keith Vaz voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 65 Labour Aye votes vs 153 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 397 Noes - 223
7 Sep 2015 - European Union Referendum Bill - View Vote Context
Keith Vaz voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 5 Labour Aye votes vs 204 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 80 Noes - 516
18 Jun 2015 - European Union Referendum Bill - View Vote Context
Keith Vaz voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 10 Labour Aye votes vs 195 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 71 Noes - 514
30 Jan 2014 - Immigration Bill - View Vote Context
Keith Vaz voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 10 Labour Aye votes vs 185 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 97 Noes - 241
8 Nov 2013 - European Union (Referendum) Bill - View Vote Context
Keith Vaz voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 4 Labour Aye votes vs 32 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 293 Noes - 32
15 Jul 2013 - 2014 JHA Opt-out Decision - View Vote Context
Keith Vaz voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 1 Labour Aye votes vs 231 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 341 Noes - 244
11 Jul 2012 - Sittings of the House - View Vote Context
Keith Vaz voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 69 Labour Aye votes vs 138 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 241 Noes - 256
11 Jul 2012 - Sittings of the House - View Vote Context
Keith Vaz voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 66 Labour No votes vs 139 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 267 Noes - 233
11 Jul 2012 - Sittings of the House - View Vote Context
Keith Vaz voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 51 Labour No votes vs 141 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 280 Noes - 184
7 Sep 2011 - Health and Social Care (Re-committed) Bill - View Vote Context
Keith Vaz voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 11 Labour Aye votes vs 208 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 118 Noes - 368
13 Jul 2011 - Offshore Gambling and the Horseracing Levy - View Vote Context
Keith Vaz voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 2 Labour Aye votes vs 214 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 316 Noes - 233
13 Jul 2011 - Offshore Gambling and the Horseracing Levy - View Vote Context
Keith Vaz voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 2 Labour Aye votes vs 213 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 316 Noes - 230
9 Feb 2011 - Domestic Heating Oil - View Vote Context
Keith Vaz voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 9 Labour No votes vs 184 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 501 Noes - 18
15 Jul 2009 - US-UK Extradition Treaty - View Vote Context
Keith Vaz voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 10 Labour Aye votes vs 280 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 236 Noes - 290
14 Jul 2009 - Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Keith Vaz voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 6 Labour Aye votes vs 263 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 189 Noes - 270
19 May 2009 - Policing and Crime Bill - View Vote Context
Keith Vaz voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 7 Labour Aye votes vs 274 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 71 Noes - 284
29 Apr 2009 - Gurkha Settlement Rights - View Vote Context
Keith Vaz voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 28 Labour Aye votes vs 238 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 267 Noes - 246
8 Dec 2008 - Speaker’s Committee on the Search of Offices on the Parliamentary Estate - View Vote Context
Keith Vaz voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 30 Labour Aye votes vs 274 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 281 Noes - 285
19 Nov 2008 - Counter-Terrorism Bill - View Vote Context
Keith Vaz voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 4 Labour Aye votes vs 271 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 154 Noes - 329
19 Nov 2008 - Counter-Terrorism Bill - View Vote Context
Keith Vaz voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 2 Labour No votes vs 270 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 277 Noes - 209
17 Jul 2008 - Reform of Intelligence and Security Committee - View Vote Context
Keith Vaz voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 17 Labour Aye votes vs 198 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 32 Noes - 205
3 Jul 2008 - Members’ Salaries - View Vote Context
Keith Vaz voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 82 Labour Aye votes vs 136 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 155 Noes - 196
3 Jul 2008 - Members’ Salaries - View Vote Context
Keith Vaz voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 66 Labour Aye votes vs 159 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 141 Noes - 216
3 Jul 2008 - Members’ Salaries - View Vote Context
Keith Vaz voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 62 Labour Aye votes vs 152 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 123 Noes - 224
20 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Keith Vaz voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 47 Labour Aye votes vs 226 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 217 Noes - 292
20 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Keith Vaz voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 48 Labour Aye votes vs 227 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 222 Noes - 290
20 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Keith Vaz voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 14 Labour Aye votes vs 255 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 71 Noes - 393
20 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Keith Vaz voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 16 Labour Aye votes vs 251 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 84 Noes - 387
20 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Keith Vaz voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 39 Labour Aye votes vs 240 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 190 Noes - 332
20 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Keith Vaz voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 56 Labour Aye votes vs 231 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 233 Noes - 304
19 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Keith Vaz voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 61 Labour Aye votes vs 215 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 176 Noes - 336
19 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Keith Vaz voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 62 Labour Aye votes vs 216 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 223 Noes - 286
19 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Keith Vaz voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 58 Labour Aye votes vs 217 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 181 Noes - 314
6 May 2008 - Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill - View Vote Context
Keith Vaz voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 7 Labour No votes vs 261 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 271 Noes - 215
9 Jan 2008 - Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill - View Vote Context
Keith Vaz voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 35 Labour No votes vs 256 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 481 Noes - 46
28 Mar 2007 - Ambulance Coverage (Forest of Dean) - View Vote Context
Keith Vaz voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 3 Labour No votes vs 229 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 342 Noes - 49
28 Mar 2007 - Ambulance Coverage (Forest of Dean) - View Vote Context
Keith Vaz voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 5 Labour No votes vs 228 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 366 Noes - 54
7 Mar 2007 - House of Lords Reform - View Vote Context
Keith Vaz voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 152 Labour No votes vs 162 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 416 Noes - 163
7 Mar 2007 - House of Lords Reform - View Vote Context
Keith Vaz voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 126 Labour Aye votes vs 184 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 155 Noes - 418
7 Mar 2007 - House of Lords Reform - View Vote Context
Keith Vaz voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 132 Labour Aye votes vs 177 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 178 Noes - 392
7 Mar 2007 - House of Lords Reform - View Vote Context
Keith Vaz voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 156 Labour Aye votes vs 157 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 305 Noes - 267
28 Feb 2007 - Offender Management Bill - View Vote Context
Keith Vaz voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 49 Labour Aye votes vs 256 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 111 Noes - 267
24 Oct 2006 - Police and Justice Bill - View Vote Context
Keith Vaz voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 15 Labour No votes vs 304 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 313 Noes - 272
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All Debates

Speeches made during Parliamentary debates are recorded in Hansard. For ease of browsing we have grouped debates into individual, departmental and legislative categories.

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Latest EDMs signed by Keith Vaz

28th October 2019
Keith Vaz signed this EDM as a sponsor on Friday 25th October 2019

Racist abuse on social media against Hamza Choudhry

Tabled by: Keith Vaz (Labour - Leicester East)
That this House condemns the online abuse on social media directed at Leicester City Football Club’s midfielder Hamza Choudhry during the Premier League match against Liverpool FC on 5th October 2019; expresses its solidarity with Mr Choudhry and applauds the decision of Liverpool FC’s management to report the shocking posts …
12 signatures
(Most recent: 16 Dec 2019)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 6
Conservative: 2
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
Green Party: 1
Scottish National Party: 1
Independent: 1
15th October 2019
Keith Vaz signed this EDM on Thursday 24th October 2019

Fair pay and treatment of outsourced staff at Northwick Park Hospital

Tabled by: Gareth Thomas (Labour (Co-op) - Harrow West)
That this House expresses concern that many of the 400 outsourced catering, porters, cleaners and ward hostesses employed by Medirest, which is part of the Compass Group, at Northwick Park Hospital in Harrow are being paid £8.21 an hour rather than the Living Wage Foundation rate of £9 an hour …
32 signatures
(Most recent: 24 Oct 2019)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 29
Scottish National Party: 2
Independent: 1
View All Keith Vaz's signed Early Day Motions

Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Keith Vaz, 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.


7 Urgent Questions tabled by Keith Vaz

Monday 11th June 2018
Monday 12th December 2016
Monday 23rd May 2016
Monday 9th November 2015
Tuesday 3rd March 2015
Thursday 12th July 2012
Monday 30th April 2012

12 Adjournment Debates led by Keith Vaz

Thursday 28th February 2019
Monday 3rd July 2017
Tuesday 18th October 2016
Thursday 3rd March 2016
Tuesday 16th June 2015
Thursday 6th November 2014
Thursday 8th May 2014
Monday 24th June 2013
Friday 23rd March 2012
Tuesday 8th November 2011
Friday 1st April 2011
Wednesday 8th September 2010

9 Bills introduced by Keith Vaz


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 increase the minimum custodial sentence on conviction for possession of a knife or other offensive weapon for an offender aged 18 years or over and to increase the minimum period of detention and training order for a person aged 16 or 17; to set a minimum custodial sentence on conviction for an offender in possession of a knife or other weapon and intending to commit any offence or having such a weapon available to use in committing murder; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Thursday 7th June 2018
Next Event - 2nd Reading: House Of Commons
Date TBA

A Bill to require the Secretary of State to ensure that all diabetic patients are identified on admittance to hospital and have their diabetes condition monitored while in hospital by a specialist diabetes team; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Thursday 15th December 2016
(Read Debate)

A Bill to require those responsible for the selection and interviewing of candidates for, and appointment to, the posts of Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, the President of the Queen's Bench Division of the High Court of England and Wales, the Keeper or Master of the Rolls and Records of the Chancery of England and the President of the Family Division of the High Court of England and Wales to disregard the age of applicants under 70 years of age; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Thursday 2nd March 2017
(Read Debate)

A Bill to increase the minimum custodial sentence on conviction for possession of a knife or other offensive weapon for an offender aged 18 years or over and to increase the minimum period of a detention and training order for a person aged 16 or 17; to set a minimum custodial sentence on conviction for an offender in possession of a knife or other weapon and intending to commit any offence or having such a weapon available to use in committing murder; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 22nd March 2017
(Read Debate)

A Bill to provide that payment of the recoverable amount determined in a confiscation order by a court must be included as a component of a custodial sentence; to provide that non-payment of the recoverable amount be a criminal offence; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Thursday 19th March 2015


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 11th March 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.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 14th May 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 establish a programme of research into diabetes prevention; to require manufacturers of soft drinks to reduce the sugar content of soft drinks by 4 per cent; to make provision for a mechanism through which manufacturers of soft drinks are required through reinvestment of part of their profits to support the research programme from 2012; and for connected purposes


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 18th April 2012

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. At present, the Crown passes to male heirs ahead of female heirs. The Bill would amend the Act of Settlement 1700 to remove any distinction between the sexes in determining succession to the Crown.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 18th January 2011

1108 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
21 Other Department Questions
27th Sep 2019
To ask the Prime Minister, what recent discussions he has had with with (a) President Trump, (b) President Rouhani and (c) his Saudi Arabian counterpart on the situation in Yemen.

In conversations about the situation in the region with my counterparts, I have reiterated the UK’s support for the UN-led political process on Yemen. On 26 September, the UK co-hosted a political event at the UN General Assembly to coordinate the international community’s support for the UN-led peace process and endorse the UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths’ plan to begin wider political discussion. We have longstanding concerns about Iranian involvement in Yemen and continue to urge Iran to be a constructive part of the solution to the conflict.


Boris Johnson
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
8th Jul 2019
To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions she held with Government leaders on the situation in Yemen at the G20 Summit in Japan on 28-29 June 2019.

I refer the right hon. Member to my statement on 29 June at the G20 summit, which is available at the gov.uk website https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-statement-at-the-g20-summit-29-june-2019 .

14th Jun 2019
To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions she had with President Trump on the conflict in the Yemen during her meeting with the President on 4 June 2019; and if she will make a statement.

President Trump and I agreed that there had been political progress and that it was essential to continue to work with partners in the region in order to deliver a peace deal.

9th Apr 2019
To ask the Prime Minister, what the outcomes were of her discussions with the German Chancellor on Tuesday 9th April 2019 on the situation in Yemen.

I refer the right hon. Member to the press release issued on 9 April 2019 following my meeting with Chancellor Merkel and which is available on the gov.uk website: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-meeting-with-chancellor-angela-merkel-9-april-2019

27th Feb 2019
To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what estimate the Commission has made of the cost to the House of the recent installation of new phone systems in the House of Commons.

Parliament’s telephone system was installed in 1985 and – like much of the Palace of Westminster’s core infrastructure – is at the end of its supported life; at significant risk of failure; and growing increasingly difficult to support. Replacement parts for the system are no longer made and the organisation has been buying second hand parts for the last ten years. There are no longer providers in the market place that support the corresponding software. If our legacy system were to fail we could not reliably restore the service.

Given this situation, a project was initiated in 2014 to examine the options to replace our legacy telephone system, whilst also meeting the needs of Parliament’s mobile workforce and the impending estates challenges associated with the restoration and renewal of the Palace of Westminster. That project identified Skype for Business as the most suitable solution to meet these needs.

The total implementation cost for rolling out the system across Parliament (House of Commons and House of Lords Members and the Administrations) to February 2019 is £3.9 million (revenue) and £1.4 million (capital). It is forecast to spend in total £5.5 million (revenue) and £1.5 million (capital). The total revenue cost per user is £611 and the total capital cost is £166 per user. The cost is shared between the House of Commons and the House of Lords on a 70%:30% ratio.

18th Dec 2018
To ask the Prime Minister, what assurances she sought from European leaders on continuing cooperation in matters of foreign policy at the recent European Council meeting.

I refer the Rt Hon. Gentleman to the Oral Statement I gave to the House on the 17 December 2018 on December European Council, Official Report, Column 527.

10th Dec 2018
To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions she had with her counterparts at the G20 Summit in Argentina on a ceasefire in Yemen.

I refer the Rt Hon. Gentleman to the Oral Statement I gave to the House on 3 December 2018 on the 2018 G20 Summit, Official Report, Column 531

3rd Dec 2018
To ask the Prime Minister, when she last discussed the UK leaving the EU with President Trump.

I refer the Rt Hon. Gentleman to the Oral Statement I gave to the House on 3 December 2018 on the 2018 G20 Summit, Official Report, Column 533

20th Feb 2018
To ask the Prime Minister, how many members of the UK delegation were of UK-Chinese origin during her recent visit to China.

A list of the UK delegation is available on the gov.uk website.

18th Oct 2017
To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many vending machines there are on the parliamentary estate; and what proportion of the items in those machines have (a) low or no and (b) high sugar content.

The House of Commons has ten vending machines provided by an external contractor:

  • 4 hot beverage machines

  • 6 chilled snack and cold beverage machines

In the majority of the chilled snack and cold beverage machines, out of 16 drinks items approximately 80% are lower sugar items; and out of 22 snack items approximately 50% are lower sugar items. It is more difficult to quantify for the products in the hot beverage machines, because the raw coffee or tea product can be turned into multiple finished products and purchasers can add sugar. However, based on the raw product alone, the hot beverage machines have a minimum of 66% low or no sugar products.

7th Sep 2017
To ask the Prime Minister, whether she has had recent discussions with the Saudi Foreign Minister on ending the blockade of Yemen.

I refer the right hon. Member to the press release issued on 4 September following my meeting with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir and which is available on the gov.uk website: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-meeting-with-saudi-foreign-minister-adel-al-jubeir-4-september-2017

30th Jan 2017
To ask the Prime Minister, what the total number of special advisers working at Number 10 is, by (a) gender and (b) ethnic minority background.

A list of special advisers was published on 21st December 2016, and copies have been placed in the libraries of both Houses. Information on the gender and ethnicity of special advisers is not routinely collected.

30th Jan 2017
To ask the Prime Minister, when she last held discussions with President Putin.

I held a bilateral meeting with President Putin in the margins of the G20 Summit in September. Discussions covered Syria and our bilateral relationship.

30th Jan 2017
To ask the Prime Minister, when she last held discussions with President Hadi of Yemen.

I have not yet held discussions with the President of Yemen though the UK engages regularly with President Hadi. Most recently, Minister Ellwood called President Hadi on 15 January.

The UK government continues to stress to all parties that a political solution is the best way to bring long-term stability to Yemen and end the conflict.

30th Jan 2017
To ask the Prime Minister, when she last met the Secretary General of the Commonwealth.

I met the Secretary General of the Commonwealth at the UN General Assembly in September 2016. The Minister for the Commonwealth, The Rt Hon. Baroness Anelay of St Johns DBE, meets regularly with the Secretary General, and did so most recently on 21 December 2016.

7th Dec 2016
To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions she has had with King Salman on her visit to the Gulf in December 2016 on the situation in Yemen; and if she will make a statement.

I discussed a range of issues with King Salman related to the Gulf Region. The UK Government has been clear that we want to see a durable ceasefire and the resumption of peace talks because a political solution is the best way to bring long-term stability to Yemen.

7th Oct 2016
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what assessment her Department has made of how transparently (a) insurance companies and (b) other providers of a public good (i) formulate the price of their products and (ii) ensure any pricing structure is not affected by the consumer's ethnicity.

The Equality Act 2010 legally protects people from discrimination in the workplace and in wider society and sets out the different ways in which it is unlawful to treat someone. There are specific exceptions for providers of financial services such as insurance companies, which allow them to use a person’s age as a factor in assessing risk and charging for their products. However, insurers are not able to use a person’s race as a factor in assessing risk and charging for their products.

The pricing of risk is a commercial decision for individual insurers, and differences in premiums reflect different insurers’ experience of claims and other industry-wide statistics. While insurers are not required by the Financial Conduct Authority to be transparent about pricing decisions, it expects firms to comply with relevant legislation, including the Equality Act 2010, and can undertake its own enquiries to better understand what the firm is doing and whether any of its regulatory requirements have been breached.

7th Oct 2016
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, with reference to the report entitled Ethnic Penalties in Motor Insurance Premiums by Webber Phillips, published in July 2016, what assessment her Department has made of concerns raised in that report that some car owners may be being charged higher premiums due to their ethnicity.

The Equality Act 2010 legally protects people from discrimination in the workplace and in wider society and sets out the different ways in which it is unlawful to treat someone. There are specific exceptions for providers of financial services such as insurance companies, which allow them to use a person’s age as a factor in assessing risk and charging for their products. However, insurers are not able to use a person’s race as a factor in assessing risk and charging for their products.

The pricing of risk is a commercial decision for individual insurers, and differences in premiums reflect different insurers’ experience of claims and other industry-wide statistics. While insurers are not required by the Financial Conduct Authority to be transparent about pricing decisions, it expects firms to comply with relevant legislation, including the Equality Act 2010, and can undertake its own enquiries to better understand what the firm is doing and whether any of its regulatory requirements have been breached.

22nd Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps the Government is taking to increase representation of BME students in leading universities.

The Prime Minister has a goal of increasing by 20% the number of BME students in higher education. In our new guidance to the Director of Fair Access, which we published on 11 February, we ask him to maximise the contribution of Access Agreements towards this ambition. The share of BME enrolments at UK institutions has already risen from just over 20% to 23% between 2009/10 and 2014/15. Entry rates for 18 year olds in each ethnic group increased in 2015, reaching the highest recorded values for each group. Between 2009 and 2015, the entry rate for young people in the Black ethnic group increased by over 40 percent proportionally.

Investment by the higher education sector through Access Agreements is expected to reach £746 million in 2016/17 up from £404 million in 2009/10.

The Government accepts that selective institutions already do much to widen participation. We also acknowledge the work that they already do. Nonetheless, we are convinced that more could and should be done. In our recent guidance to the Director of Fair Access, www.offa.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/11-02-2016-OFFA-Guidance.pdf we asked him to secure more progress. Institutions must use evidence and good practice to lever better results and there needs to be more innovation in this area. As the Director of Fair has also said, ‘it should not be beyond institutions themselves to find ways of making more progress.’

13th Oct 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many overseas students were studying at each UK university in (a) 2013 and (b) 2014.

The Higher Education Statistics Agency collects and publishes data on student enrolments at UK Higher Education Institutions. Statistics on enrolments by country of domicile, mode of study, level of study and institution can be accessed via the following link for the latest available academic years, which are 2011/12 and 2012/13.

https://www.hesa.ac.uk/content/view/1973/239/

Information on enrolments at UK Higher Education Institutions in the academic year 2013/14 will become available from Higher Education Statistics Agency in January 2015.

10th Dec 2018
To ask the Attorney General, whether a suicide note is classified as a legal document.

The Attorney General’s Office is not responsible for determining the legal status of any document. The legal status of a document would depend on a number of factors including the context it was being presented in.

12th Jan 2017
To ask the Attorney General, what the cost to his Department was of the use of external lawyers by his Department (a) in general and (b) related to the work of the Treasury Solicitors in (i) 2016, (ii) 2015 and (iii) 2014.

The cost relating to the use of external lawyers (including lawyers in the Government Legal Department, formerly the Treasury Solicitor’s Department) by the Attorney General’s Office for the last three financial years is in the table below:

£

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

Cost of GLD lawyers

425,859

330,442

322,023

Cost of GLD disbursements (Counsel)

210,537

340,640

220,182

Cost of GLD disbursements (Other external lawyers)

40,153

8,677

-

Non-GLD legal fees (Counsel)

18,816

14,252

18,949

Total external legal fees

695,366

694,011

561,153

All figures are exclusive of VAT.

11th Jan 2017
To ask the Attorney General, how many lawyers are employed in the Government Legal Service; and how many such lawyers are (a) women and (b) from ethnic minority communities.

The Government Legal Service (GLS) is not a department but a grouping of the legal profession within Government. Government lawyers take different forms; some are employed by the Government Legal Department (GLD), others employed by regulators and organisations at arm’s length from Government. The GLS is supported by a very small secretariat of fewer than five staff and does not systematically collect information as data is held by the lawyer’s own organisations. We are therefore unable to provide this information for the GLS. There is data for the GLD, which is the single largest ‘member’ of the GLS and the largest provider of legal services to government. As of 31 December 2016 the figures for the Government Legal Department are as follows:

Number of lawyers

1,400

Number of female lawyers

896

Number of lawyers from ethnic minority communities *

187

Number of female lawyers from ethnic minority communities *

132

*This figure is obtained from the information that is voluntarily self-recorded by employees

21st Jul 2014
To ask the Attorney General, pursuant to the Answer of 8 July 2014, Official Report, column 184W, on consultants, who the consultants were; what they were contracted to do; and how much each was paid.

The information requested in respect of the Crown Prosecution Service was contained in an answer given to the Rt. Hon Member by the Attorney General on the 16th July (Official Report, Col 678W).

The table below contains details on the consultants used by the SFO since 2010-11.

Year

Contractor

Work type

Amount (£)

2010-11

PA Consultancy

Support work for senior management

986k

2010-11

Corven

Development work relating to Deferred

Prosecution Agreements; coaching

480k

2010-11

SCC

IT consultancy

60k

2010-11

DTZ

Preparation of Business case for

relocation and satellite offices

24k

2010-11

Morland Consulting

Research & Support Strategic

Risk Assessment

10k

2010-11

Processflows Ltd

IT consultancy

1k

2010-11

Ravn Systems Ltd

IT consultancy

7k

2011-12

PA Consultancy

Support work for senior

management

208k

2011-12

Corven

Consultancy work relating to

Deferred Prosecution Agreements

542k

2011-12

BNP Paribas

Lease surrender

61k

2011-12

Ravn Systems

IT consultancy

44k

2011-12

Hill and Knowlton

Communication advice

1k

2012-13

PA Consultancy

Late invoice for work in

2011-12 (as above)

31k

2013-14

SCC

IT consultancy

32k

2013-14

CIO Partners

Preparation of specialist

IT specification

2k

2013-14

Others*

Data management reviews

14k

* Two individuals carried out some work relating to an incident of data loss

Note 1: Records for this type of expenditure were not properly documented prior to April 2012. Available records are summarised above:

Note 2: The combined total of costs for the year 2010/11 does not match SFO’s previously published figures. The previous figure was understated by £10k because of credits for late invoices relating to 2009/10 which had been incorrectly categorised as consultancy expenditure.

1st Jul 2014
To ask the Attorney General, pursuant to the Answer of 16 June 2014, Official Report, column 389W, on the legal profession, what proportion of the money spent on consultancy fees by the Crown Prosecution Service was paid to which companies for what services in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013 and (e) 2014 to date.

A table setting out the proportion of the money spent on consultancy fees by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) paid to companies for services in financial years from 2010/11 to 2013/14 has been placed in the Library of the House, together with the corresponding expenditure. The CPS financial reporting systems are configured to provide information based on financial rather than calendar years.

9th Jun 2014
To ask the Attorney General, what the cost to the public purse was of external lawyers employed by (a) the Serious Fraud Office and (b) the Crown Prosecution Service in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011, (iii) 2012, (iv) 2013 and (v) 2014 to date.

The amounts spent by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) on external lawyers in each of the last four financial years is shown in the following table. Both organisations financial reporting systems are configured to provide information based on financial rather than calendar years.

Expenditure on external lawyers

Year

CPS

SFO

2010-11

£139,219,000

£4,523,561

2011-12

£115,329,000

£4,822,253

2012-13

£118,908,000

£5,956,633

2013-14

£122,929,000

£19,077,467

The SFO figures include the cost of external counsel, TSol and other legal fees, but do not include temporary agency staff. The SFO spend on counsel fees is published in its annual report. The increased figures for 2012-13 and 2013-14 reflect the revised treatment of VAT on some fees, repayment of some VAT which had been incorrectly recovered in earlier years, and costs relating to some very large cases and other litigation.

The SFO's requirement for additional expenditure in 2013-14 has already been set out to the House in documentation published around its Spring Supplementary Estimate, which has been scrutinised by the Justice Select Committee. The nature of the SFO's work means that it can occasionally incur significant additional legal expenses for its very largest and mostcomplex investigations and prosecutions, such as that into Libor.

The CPS figures are drawn from the CPS's core financial accounting system and they are consistent with the CPS's audited accounts. The great majority of fees for legal work paid by the CPS relates to the services of self-employed barristers and solicitors for crown court casework. The CPS also engages barristers and solicitors to undertake advocacy as agents in magistrates' courts sessions and, occasionally, to provide legal advice on discrete areas of specialist policy.

9th Jun 2014
To ask the Attorney General, how many lawyers were employed in the Treasury Solicitor's Department in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013 and (e) 2014 to date.

The figures below give the number of lawyers employed in the Treasury Solicitor's Department (TSol), as at 31st March each year and to date for 2014.

Year

Full Time Equivalent

31st May 2014

910

31st March 2013

572

31st March 2012

565

31st March 2011

464

31st March 2010

451

The figures given are for permanent staff.

Since 2010 TSol has been engaged on a process of transferring lawyers from other departments to TSol as part of the the Shared Legal Services Programme. Sharing legal services brings considerable benefits including greater flexibility and resiliance, more efficient deployment of legal resources, more opportunities for savings and improved knowledge sharing, which in turn supports consistency of legal advice across Government.

29th Jan 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the average annual earnings were of the bottom five deciles in Leicester in (a) 2015, (b) 2016, (c) 2017 and (d) 2018.

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

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
10th Dec 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of suicides in England and Wales in (a) 2015, (b) 2016, (c) 2017 and (d) 2018.

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

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
3rd Dec 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent estimate he has made of the number of non-UK EU citizens residing in the UK.

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

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
26th Jun 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of the population is (a) over 65 years old and (b) is projected to be over 65 years old in 2028.

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

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
7th Jun 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people died as a result of knife crime in 2017.

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

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
6th Oct 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on the size of the Civil Service workforce.

Workforce planning is primarily the responsibility of each department. The Civil Service
constantly reviews its capabilities in order to deliver the Government's commitment to
leave the EU and get the best deal for the UK. Civil Service HR is working with all
departments across the Civil Service to better understand their capacity and capability
requirements.

10th Jul 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many overseas students were in the UK on 1 June 2017; and how many such students there were by country of origin.

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

4th Jul 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many non-UK EU citizens, by country of origin are currently living in the UK.

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

6th Feb 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many British citizens live in (a) the EU and (b) each EU country other than the UK.

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

30th Jan 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of EU citizens who have entered the UK since 23 June 2016.

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 Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will extend the proposed audit of public services to reveal racial disparities to all organisations and companies which provide (a) car insurance and (b) other consumer services required by law.

All companies and other organisations that provide a service to the public are legally obliged under the Equality Act 2010 to ensure no race discrimination occurs. The Race Disparity Audit was set up to identify and analyse racial disparities in public services, working with data from Government departments and their arm’s length bodies to build a complete and accurate picture across the country. This is a unique and ambitious undertaking and there are no current plans to extend it beyond public services.

22nd Feb 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of Senior Civil Service roles are occupied by people from BME backgrounds.

In 2015, the proportion of senior civil servants from black and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds was 4.1%; and the proportion of the whole civil service workforce from BAME background was 10.6% as I set out in my recent speech https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/addressing-inequality-in-the-public-sector-and-beyond-matt-hancock-speech.

While BAME representation throughout the civil service workforce is consistent with the economically active population, in order for the civil service to reflect diversity of Modern Britain we need to do more to increase BAME representation in the senior civil service. We have increased capacity of summer diversity internships and the Positive Action Pathway programme and will soon launch ‘Accelerate’ (a development programme for SCS from BAME backgrounds to reach the most senior grades within the Civil Service). We anticipate that over time these and other initiatives will result in an increase in the proportion of the SCS coming from BAME backgrounds.

The proportion of applicants and appointments from BME backgrounds to the Civil Service Fast Stream from 2012 to 2014 are listed in the table below.

Data on the 2015 cohort is due to be released later this year in the 2015 Fast Stream Annual Report.

Proportion from an ethnic minority background – Civil Service Fast Stream (all schemes)

Applicants

Appointments

2014

19.4%

14.2%

2013

18%

13.6%

2012

16.9%

12.8%

22nd Feb 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of the Civil Service workforce is from BME backgrounds.

In 2015, the proportion of senior civil servants from black and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds was 4.1%; and the proportion of the whole civil service workforce from BAME background was 10.6% as I set out in my recent speech https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/addressing-inequality-in-the-public-sector-and-beyond-matt-hancock-speech.

While BAME representation throughout the civil service workforce is consistent with the economically active population, in order for the civil service to reflect diversity of Modern Britain we need to do more to increase BAME representation in the senior civil service. We have increased capacity of summer diversity internships and the Positive Action Pathway programme and will soon launch ‘Accelerate’ (a development programme for SCS from BAME backgrounds to reach the most senior grades within the Civil Service). We anticipate that over time these and other initiatives will result in an increase in the proportion of the SCS coming from BAME backgrounds.

The proportion of applicants and appointments from BME backgrounds to the Civil Service Fast Stream from 2012 to 2014 are listed in the table below.

Data on the 2015 cohort is due to be released later this year in the 2015 Fast Stream Annual Report.

Proportion from an ethnic minority background – Civil Service Fast Stream (all schemes)

Applicants

Appointments

2014

19.4%

14.2%

2013

18%

13.6%

2012

16.9%

12.8%

22nd Feb 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of applicants to the Civil Service Fast Stream are (a) from BME backgrounds and (b) successful and from BME backgrounds.

In 2015, the proportion of senior civil servants from black and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds was 4.1%; and the proportion of the whole civil service workforce from BAME background was 10.6% as I set out in my recent speech https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/addressing-inequality-in-the-public-sector-and-beyond-matt-hancock-speech.

While BAME representation throughout the civil service workforce is consistent with the economically active population, in order for the civil service to reflect diversity of Modern Britain we need to do more to increase BAME representation in the senior civil service. We have increased capacity of summer diversity internships and the Positive Action Pathway programme and will soon launch ‘Accelerate’ (a development programme for SCS from BAME backgrounds to reach the most senior grades within the Civil Service). We anticipate that over time these and other initiatives will result in an increase in the proportion of the SCS coming from BAME backgrounds.

The proportion of applicants and appointments from BME backgrounds to the Civil Service Fast Stream from 2012 to 2014 are listed in the table below.

Data on the 2015 cohort is due to be released later this year in the 2015 Fast Stream Annual Report.

Proportion from an ethnic minority background – Civil Service Fast Stream (all schemes)

Applicants

Appointments

2014

19.4%

14.2%

2013

18%

13.6%

2012

16.9%

12.8%

30th Jun 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to ensure gender equality in civil service salaries.

The median gender pay gap for full-time civil servants has narrowed since 2010 but we must continue to press to narrow the gap further, including by reminding departments of their clear legal obligations on equal pay and conducting equal pay audits. Salaries for new appointments must be justified on the basis of the skills and experience necessary to do the job. For staff below the Senior Civil Service (SCS), this is for individual departments to manage. For the centrally-managed SCS, pay proposals have regard to the impact on women.

More widely, the Government is concerned that a long-standing majority of women in the overall civil service, does not translate into a similar proportion in the SCS. I have commissioned work to address this issue.

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many Government contracts have been given to Airwave; and what the (a) value and (b) duration is of each such contract.

Since January 2011, as part of the Government's transparency programme, details of contracts above the value of £10,000 are published on Contracts Finder at:

https://www.gov.uk/contracts-finder

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much sugar was purchased for No. 10 Downing Street in 2013.

The Prime Minister's Office is an integral part of the Cabinet Office.

This information is not held.

6th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to protect the UK aerospace sector.

The Department provides strong support for the UK aerospace sector through the Aerospace Growth Partnership. We believe this has been successful in protecting the industry and supporting its growth. Since 2010, the UK aerospace industry has seen turnover grow from £23.7billion to £32billion; exports have increased from £18billion to £30billion; direct jobs have grown from 110,000 to 120,000, with indirect jobs up from 148,000 to 161,000; and, between 2010 and 2016, productivity growth in the sector was over five times more than in the economy as a whole. In addition we have created a more certain environment to drive increased investment in R&D, through a £1.95billion Government commitment over 13 years to 2026, matched by industry, to fund new R&D projects.

But we are not complacent and will continue to work with industry through the AGP to retain the UK's position as a leading aerospace nation.

Lord Harrington of Watford
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
6th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department has taken to support the UK space industry during the negotiations on the UK leaving the EU.

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State and I have made it clear that we want our companies and our universities to continue participating in key EU space programmes.

Furthermore my Department has shown strong support for the UK space industry through the €1.4bn investment I made with the European Space Agency in December 2016. I have also announced an investment of £99m in a National Satellite Testing Facility at Harwell.

23rd Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when the second part of the Leveson inquiry into regulation of the press will be commenced; and if she will make a statement.

The government announced in 2018 that it would not be taking forward Part 2 of the Leveson Inquiry. The Inquiry and subsequent police investigations were comprehensive. More than 300 people gave evidence to the Inquiry, and over 40 people were convicted during the three major investigations. The media landscape has changed significantly since Part 1 of the Inquiry. Reopening the Inquiry would cost millions, and we believe it is no longer appropriate, proportionate, or in the public interest to do so. There have been extensive reforms to policing practices, as well as significant changes to press self-regulation.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
3rd Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of changes in the number of women participating in female boxing since that sport was introduced into the Olympic programme in 2012.

The figures for women who report having taken part in boxing since 2015 are detailed in the table below (data from the Active Lives Survey). I welcome the growth in women taking part in the sport, we are determined to get more girls and women playing sport, something we set out in our sport strategy, Sporting Future.

The predecessor to the Active Lives Survey, the Active People Survey, collected data from October 2005 to September 2016 - data is available online: https://www.sportengland.org/research/about-our-research/active-people-survey/. Owing to the different methodologies employed, the data sets from the two surveys are not directly comparable.

Nov 15/16

May 16/17

Nov 16/17

May 17/18

Boxing (includes boxing fitness classes)

Number

356,500

380,200

401,400

410,400

Boxing (traditional)

Number

119,900

109,900

121,700

122,900

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
3rd Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what financial support his Department has provided for kickboxing in (a) 2016, (b) 2017 and (c) 2018.

The government does not collect data on the number of people who participate in kickboxing as part of Sport England’s Active Lives Adult or Children Surveys as it is not a sport that is recognised by the Home Countries Sports Councils.

The Active Lives Adult and Children Surveys provide data on the number of people who have participated in sport and physical activity over the past 12 months. The government does not maintain an estimate of the number of people that are expected to participate in kickboxing in future years. Further details of which sports are covered by the Active Lives Adult and Children’s Surveys can be found in the respective Technical Reports here: https://www.sportengland.org/media/12455/technical-summary-may-16-17-report.pdf and https://www.sportengland.org/media/13670/active-lives-cyp-technical-note-2017-18.pdf

Sport England has not provided any direct funding to kickboxing projects in the past, however, it has previously provided funding to multi-sport projects which may have included a kick-boxing component.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
3rd Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made for the number of people expected to participate in kickboxing in (a) 2019 and (b) 2020.

The government does not collect data on the number of people who participate in kickboxing as part of Sport England’s Active Lives Adult or Children Surveys as it is not a sport that is recognised by the Home Countries Sports Councils.

The Active Lives Adult and Children Surveys provide data on the number of people who have participated in sport and physical activity over the past 12 months. The government does not maintain an estimate of the number of people that are expected to participate in kickboxing in future years. Further details of which sports are covered by the Active Lives Adult and Children’s Surveys can be found in the respective Technical Reports here: https://www.sportengland.org/media/12455/technical-summary-may-16-17-report.pdf and https://www.sportengland.org/media/13670/active-lives-cyp-technical-note-2017-18.pdf

Sport England has not provided any direct funding to kickboxing projects in the past, however, it has previously provided funding to multi-sport projects which may have included a kick-boxing component.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
3rd Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he provide an estimate of the number of people who participated in kickboxing in (a) 2016, (b) 2017 and (c) 2018.

The government does not collect data on the number of people who participate in kickboxing as part of Sport England’s Active Lives Adult or Children Surveys as it is not a sport that is recognised by the Home Countries Sports Councils.

The Active Lives Adult and Children Surveys provide data on the number of people who have participated in sport and physical activity over the past 12 months. The government does not maintain an estimate of the number of people that are expected to participate in kickboxing in future years. Further details of which sports are covered by the Active Lives Adult and Children’s Surveys can be found in the respective Technical Reports here: https://www.sportengland.org/media/12455/technical-summary-may-16-17-report.pdf and https://www.sportengland.org/media/13670/active-lives-cyp-technical-note-2017-18.pdf

Sport England has not provided any direct funding to kickboxing projects in the past, however, it has previously provided funding to multi-sport projects which may have included a kick-boxing component.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
29th Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will publish a list of the art, cultural and folk artefacts that overseas Governments have requested be returned to their country of origin and which are currently held in (a) public institutions and (b) private collections in the UK.

We do not hold the information requested. Decisions about items in collections are a matter for institutions themselves - and in the case of national museums, statutory duty lies with the board of trustees who operate independently from government at arm’s length. In addition, the government has no locus over private collections.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
15th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what role staff in his Department have in the assessment of the level of threat involving artificial intelligence.

We are committed to ensuring that the public continues to be protected as more Artificial Intelligence applications come into use across different sectors. The Office for AI, a joint BEIS-DCMS policy team, has a role there, as do Departments and regulators responsible for those sectors. The Government is also establishing a Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation to help organisations to use digital innovation responsibly.

Artificial Intelligence is expected to have a significant effect on cyber security and it is DCMS's role to understand the policy implications of this, backed up expert technical guidance provided by the National Cyber Security Centre. Using AI applications could also greatly improve threat detection and protections. The UK has already set out robust cyber security measures to help ensure the UK is the safest place in the world to live and be online. We will continue to support defences to prepare against all cyber threats.

18th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if she will take steps to work with broadcasting regulators to prevent advertisements for high-sugar food and drinks products being shown on television before the 9pm watershed.

I refer the hon member to my answer to PQ 108086.

7th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many international students in higher education from (a) India and (b) China went on to (i) post-graduate education, (ii) employment and (iii) left the UK at the end of their studies in (A) 2015, (B) 2016, (C) 2017 and (D) 2018.

The department has published employment/further study outcomes for international students based on Longitudinal Educational Outcomes data in the publication, ‘Graduate outcomes (LEO): 2015 to 2016’, at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/graduate-outcomes-2015-to-2016.

The employment outcomes categories are grouped as follows:

  • Unmatched/Activity not captured - we have no tax/benefits/further study records for these graduates in the tax year in question.
  • No sustained destination - we have a tax and/or benefits record but it does not fulfil the definition of ‘sustained employment’.
  • Sustained employment only - graduates are considered to be in sustained employment if they were employed for at least one day for 5 out of the 6 months between October and March of the tax year in question or if they had a self-employment record in that tax year. To be in the sustained employment only category, graduates must not have a record of further study in the tax year in question.
  • Sustained employment, further study or both - includes all graduates with a record of sustained employment and/or further study. A graduate is defined as being in further study if they have a valid higher education study record at any UK Higher Education Institution on the Higher Education Statistics Agency database in the relevant tax year. The further study does not have to be at postgraduate level to be counted.

6th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support for funding is available to international students from (a) India and (b) China to study at UK universities.

Overseas students and staff make an important contribution to our universities and it is testament to our system that so many international students choose to come and study here.

The government welcomes international students and we actively promote study in the UK through the GREAT Campaign and to over 100 countries through the British Council. The government also announced on 21 January that the Department for Education and the Department for International Trade will produce an international education strategy in early 2019. The strategy will set out the government’s ambition for international education, in which international students play a key role.

Chevening is the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s flagship international scholarship programme offering fully funded post-graduate study to exceptional future leaders from around the world. This year we have 1790 scholars from across 140 countries, including 75 from China and 57 from India. There are also various scholarships offered by a number of UK institutions.

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) in the UK awards scholarships and fellowships to Commonwealth citizens for postgraduate study and professional development. In 2018/19, the CSC is supporting some 798 students to study in the UK, of which 83 are from India.

6th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the number of students studying at overseas campuses of UK universities in (a) India and (b) China in the latest period for which figures are available.

In the academic year 2017/18 the number of students studying in India and China, for awards or courses of UK universities overseas, without coming to the UK, was 17,135 students and 75,995 respectively.

Further information can be found at: ​https://www.hesa.ac.uk/data-and-analysis/students/where-from.

15th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department will take in 2018 to ensure that schools in England are (a) aware of and (b) comply with the statutory guidance on pupils with medical conditions at school.

Last year the department promoted the statutory guidance on ‘supporting pupils with medical conditions in school’ through the department’s social media channels. This reached over 32,000 people.

We keep the statutory guidance under review and plan to host a roundtable with the Health Conditions in Schools Alliance in May 2018 where issues such as awareness and compliance will be discussed.


Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
15th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance his Department has issued to schools on the amount of time required to advise pupils on food and nutrition.

All schools are required to teach a balanced and broad curriculum that helps provide young people with knowledge, skills and understanding to prepare them to play a full and active part in society.

The National Curriculum requires maintained schools to teach children about food, nutrition, healthy eating and how to cook a repertoire of dishes as part of design and technology. The science curriculum requires pupils to be taught about the principles of a healthy and varied diet and its impact on the way our bodies work. The national curriculum can be used as a benchmark for Free Schools and Academies.

The Department does not prescribe how many hours schools should teach of any subject and believe that individual schools are best placed to decide this for themselves.

15th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance he has issued to schools on the amount of time to be allocated to physical activity for pupils.

The UK chief medical officers’ recommend that all children and young people should engage in moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity for at least 60 minutes every day. Schools play an important role in supporting children to achieve the physical activity recommendations. The Childhood Obesity Plan recommended that at least 30 minutes should be delivered in school every day through active break times, physical education (PE), extra-curricular clubs, active lessons, or other sport and physical activity events, with the remaining 30 minutes supported by parents and carers’ outside of school time.

The government does not set a target for how much curriculum time schools must dedicate to PE or specify the sports and activities that must be taught in schools. However, all maintained schools must teach a full programme of study for PE for all their pupils.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
15th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support is provided by his Department to children who are absent from school as a result of diabetes.

The department has published statutory guidance on supporting pupils with medical conditions at school, including diabetes, which is clear that schools, local authorities, health professionals, commissioners and other support services should work together to ensure that children with medical conditions receive a full education.

Local authorities should be ready to take responsibility for any child whose illness will prevent them from attending school for 15 school days or more, either in one absence or over the course of a school year, and where suitable education is not otherwise being arranged.

I am hosting a roundtable with the Health Conditions in Schools Alliance in May 2018 where issues such as this will be discussed.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
17th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information his Department holds on the number of school catering programmes which received nutritional and dietary training prior to setting menus in 2017.

The department does not hold this information.

Our department supports the provision of nutritious food in schools to enable pupils to be well nourished, develop healthy eating habits and to concentrate and learn in school. Our school food standards regulate the food and drink provided during the school day, and foods high in fat, salt and sugar, as well as low quality reformed or reconstituted foods, are restricted. Resources such as the school food plan website can be used by schools and school caterers to ensure their menus comply with the standards.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
6th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools received a visit from a qualified and registered nutritionist in each of the last three years.

I am sorry, but the department does not collect this information.

If specialist advice is required from a nutritionist then schools would handle the matter at a local level.

12th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when she plans to publish the refreshed school food standards set out in the Childhood Obesity Plan; and whether those standards will reflect new requirements on dietary fibre.

The childhood obesity plan, published in August 2016, mentions that we will update the School Food Standards in light of refreshed government dietary recommendations. We are currently reflecting on the best course of action and further announcements will be made in due course.

12th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans she has to issue additional guidance to local education authorities on the effect of sugar on young people's health.

The government wants pupils to be healthy and well nourished. We encourage a healthy balanced diet and healthy life choices through early years and school funding, legislation and guidance.

In July 2015 the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) published its report on Carbohydrates and Health, available to view here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sacn-carbohydrates-and-health-report.

SACN concluded that increases in sugar consumption lead to increases in energy intake and that consuming sugary drinks results in weight gain and increases in body mass index in children and adolescents. The Committee recommended that the intake of free sugars should not exceed 5% of total dietary energy and that the consumption of sugar sweetened drinks should be minimised in both children and adults. These recommendations were accepted into government policy.

Messages on sugar are communicated via a range of different routes, including Change4Life materials of which are available to schools. The Public Health England (PHE) Campaign Resource Centre available at: https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/ is a ‘one stop shop’ for all PHE marketing campaign resources and might be of use to local educational authorities on this issue. There are no plans to provide additional guidance on this issue at this time.


30th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the number of overseas students currently studying at UK (a) schools and (b) universities.

(a) The Department does not have any data source that separately identifies the number of ‘overseas students’ attending schools in the UK where an overseas student is defined as a student who is not normally resident in the UK but has travelled to the UK to study.

(b) Data published by the Higher Education Statistics Authority (HESA) shows that in 2015/16, 438,000 international students (from both EU and Non-EU countries) were enrolled in UK Higher Education Institutions. Enrolment data for 2016/17 is currently unavailable.

30th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate her Department has made of the number of faith schools that were opened in 2015; and where each of those schools are situated.

In the 2015 calendar year, 14 new state-funded mainstream schools opened in England. The table below gives a breakdown of this number by local authority.

Local Authority

Total faith schools opened in 2015 calendar year

Birmingham

2

Plymouth

1

Hillingdon

1

Hounslow

1

Norfolk

1

Staffordshire

1

Kingston upon Thames

1

Manchester

1

Slough

1

Lancashire

1

Stockton-on-Tees

1

Derby

1

Buckinghamshire

1

England Total

14

Source Edubase

30th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will list the number of faith schools in England by (a) religion and (b) local authority area.

This information is available in the statistical first release at

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/schools-pupils-and-their-characteristics-january-2016

Figures for England are in table 2c. Figures for each local authority are in tables 7f and 7g.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of the emails sent by his Department to schools on 3 April 2014 setting out guidance on keeping children safe have not been opened by the recipient to date.

On 3 April the Department for Education published updated statutory guidance on safeguarding, ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education'. On the same day, we emailed all headteachers a letter from the Secretary of State drawing their attention to the guidance. We will be publishing this on the website in due course.

The letter was emailed to 31,660 addressees in 25,035 schools. As of 30 April, 13,285 (43.1%) recipients had opened the email, and 9,402 (30.5%) recipients had clicked through to the guidance on safeguarding.

Other records show that the guidance has been seen by a greater number of people. Between 3 and 29 April the web page hosting the guidance received 65,729 page views. The Department also published 5 tweets in support of the publication. These achieved a total reach of 639,315, and the embedded links were clicked 755 times.

The guidance will also be highlighted in the summer term 2014 schools' email and Need to Know timelines that will be sent to all schools in May. Schools can also access relevant information through social media, and messages from the Education Funding Agency and the National College for Teaching and Leadership. The Department also sends regular emails to all local authorities.

Officials have also promoted the guidance through various stakeholder groups that work with the Department, including the Headteacher Reference Groups and the Education Forum; members of the latter include chairs of local safeguarding children boards. And they have written to head and teacher unions who met Ministers in January to discuss female genital mutilation and broader safeguarding issues.

18th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to promote increased vegetable consumption at the Food Foundations Veg Summit on 24 October 2017.

At the Food Foundations vegetable Summit of 24 October, the Minister took part in a panel to discuss vegetable production. At the Summit, I pledged that Government would launch a new web market that food producers, including vegetable producers, could use to promote their products to public sector bodies to increase public procurement of nutritious local food.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
28th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions her Department has had with the Department of Health on the potential health implications of the lifting of EU sugar quotas.

The removal of EU sugar beet quotas will allow British growers to move towards competing with other sugar producers around the world. The Government’s Childhood Obesity Plan includes a range of actions to support families in reducing their sugar consumption, including a new Soft Drinks Industry Levy on sugary drinks and a challenge to industry to reduce 20% of sugar from the products that contribute most sugar to children’s diets by 2020. Defra meets regularly with the Department for Health and Public Health England to discuss these and other issues.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
5th Dec 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment has she made of the implications for her Department's policies of the findings of the recent European Union Food and Veterinary Office report on India, audit number 2014-2705.

The report was discussed in the Plant Health section of the European Commission’s Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed in November. After consideration by the Commission and Member States, the Committee will advise on whether enough has been done to justify an early review of the EU legislation which imposes the ban. We are pressing for an early decision, to provide clarity in advance of the next mango import season.

7th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if his Department will estimate the number of UK citizens residing in EU countries who will return to the UK after 29 March in (a) 2019 and (b) 2020, in the event of the UK leaving the EU (i) with a Withdrawal Agreement and (ii) without a deal.

The Withdrawal Agreement includes protections for the rights of citizens including UK nationals currently living in the EU, which will allow them to continue living their lives broadly as they do now in the countries where they currently live.

The Government has been clear that we do not want or expect a no deal scenario. However, we will continue to do the responsible thing and prepare for all eventualities. This includes the potential impact of a no deal scenario on UK nationals currently resident in the EU.

The Office for National Statistics calculates there are approximately 780,000 UK nationals who currently live in the EU, excluding Ireland. Some of them could decide to return to the UK depending on a range of factors including action by EU member states and personal circumstances.

On 19 December, the European Commission reconfirmed their commitment to putting citizens’ rights first and called on Member States to take a generous approach to the rights of UK nationals in the EU. The majority of Member States, including France, Spain and the Netherlands, have set out their no deal plans and provided reassurances that the rights of UK nationals will be protected. The Government hopes that other Member States will set out the detail of their plans to protect the rights of UK nationals, in line with our assurances to EU citizens living in the UK, so there should be no need for them to leave.

Robin Walker
Minister of State (Education)
18th Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, when the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice over the rights of EU citizens will end.

At the end of the implementation period, the jurisdiction of the CJEU will end. The Withdrawal Agreement ensures that the UK’s membership of the EU, and the CJEU’s jurisdiction in the UK, is wound down in a sensible and orderly way. In keeping with this, and in the interests of ensuring citizens’ rights are interpreted consistently, the UK has agreed that a very narrow group of issues will be able to be referred to the CJEU for an interpretation, having due regard to whether relevant case law already exists.

For questions that relate to the settled status of EU citizens, UK courts will be able to refer questions of interpretation to the CJEU eight years from exit day, because settled status applications will be made from exit day. They will be able to refer questions that relate to other aspects of the citizens’ rights part of the agreement for eight years from the end of the implementation period, as those other aspects will only apply from the end of the implementation period.

In practical terms, this is a very limited role: our courts currently only refer two or three of this kind of case to the CJEU every year.

Robin Walker
Minister of State (Education)
7th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that all EU citizens are reassured of their right to remain in the UK for two years after March 2019 if the Government's proposals are agreed to.

The UK’s policy paper “Safeguarding the position of EU citizens in the UK and UK nationals in the EU” makes clear that EU citizens who have lived continuously and lawfully in the UK for at least five years automatically have a permanent right to reside under EU law. The paper also makes clear that EU citizens who have lived in the UK less than five years before the specified date will be allowed to stay until they have five years’ residence, and will then be eligible to apply for settled status.

27th Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many officials of his Department are (a) secondees from other Departments, (b) new entrants to the Civil Service and (c) on short-term contracts.

All departments are equipping themselves with the resources they need to get the best deal for the UK. The department has sourced a large proportion of experienced staff from across Whitehall and a number of secondees from the private sector however we are not in a position to give a final total for particular groups of staff as recruitment is ongoing and we will not be giving a running commentary. The Department for Exiting the European Union now has over 300 staff, and is growing fast.

Robin Walker
Minister of State (Education)
23rd Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate his Department has made of the extent of the fulfilment of pledges of humanitarian aid by British allies towards the Yemen Humanitarian Response plan.

The UN’s 2019 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan is 69.5% funded so far this year.

We thank all donors who have provided funding, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, who provided approximately $800 million between them in September.

We continue to encourage all donors to rapidly release their remaining pledges and consider providing further funding.

25th Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate he has made of the operability of urban water and sanitation plants by each governorate in Yemen.

According to the UN’s 2019 Humanitarian Needs Overview, only 22 per cent of rural and 46 per cent of urban populations are connected to partially functioning public water networks, and trucked water is mostly unregulated and expensive.

Where functioning public water and sanitation systems exist, coverage remains poor, with a majority of governorates and districts reportedly showing coverage below 60% of the populations they serve.

The international humanitarian response, including funding from the UK, ensures that sustained water delivery reaches an average of approximately 3.5 million people per month whilst sustained sanitation delivery reaches an average of approximately 1.7 million people per month.

25th Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate he has made of the proportion of Yemeni Government workers by each Governorate in receipt of salary payments; and what the regularity of those payments is.

The UK does not collect comprehensive information on the number of Government of Yemen workers receiving salary payments.

However, we welcome reports of the Government of Yemen making recent progress towards paying public-sector salaries across more of the country, including in Hodeidah governorate and other Houthi-controlled areas.

The UK continues to encourage the Government of Yemen to resume the full and regular payment of public-sector salaries in all areas of the country.

25th Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate he has made of the (a) monetary value and (b) tonnage of commercial imports of (i) food, (ii) fuel, (iii) medical supplies and (iv) essential materials awaiting transshipment using letters of credit issued by the Government of Yemen.

As of 29 September, according to data from the UN Verification Inspection Mechanism (UNVIM), ten vessels carrying cargos of fuel were awaiting to berth at Hodeidah port.

These vessels were carrying a total estimated volume of over 212,000 Metric Tonnes of fuel – the equivalent of approximately a month’s average fuel imports through Hodeidah port. We cannot estimate the value of this fuel as the overall value depends on the individual commercial arrangements made in each case.

As of 29 September, no issues were reported by UNVIM on vessels carrying food, medical supplies and other cargo.

2nd Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support his Department is providing to the World Food Programme to resume distribution of humanitarian aid in Sana’a.

The World Food Programme (WFP) resumed their distribution of food aid in Sana’a city on Wednesday 21 August, following an agreement with the Houthis on the introduction of biometric registration of beneficiaries and an end to Houthi aid interference.

The UK has worked closely with WFP throughout this year to ensure that food aid can continue to reach those who need it most.

Most recently, on Friday 9 August, the International Development Secretary met with David Beasley, WFP’s Executive Director, where they discussed progress towards the resumption of food deliveries to Sana’a city.

The UK actively calls on the Houthis to stand by their commitments to WFP to allow the biometric registration of beneficiaries so that millions of vulnerable Yemenis can continue to be reached with life-saving aid.

11th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate he has made of the number of aid workers operating on (a) on UK funded and (b) non-UK funded missions in Yemen.

DFID does not collect or verify data on the number of international aid workers in each country.

However, in line with the current ceiling on international UN Country Team workers (set by UN Department of Safety and Security), we understand that the number of UN international aid workers currently in Yemen is around 250.

11th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of demurrage and related operational expenses in Yemen since 2015.

Administrative costs, including demurrage and related operational costs - as well as rent, travel, asset purchase and maintenance and other similar costs - are set at individually agreed rates with our partners so that they have the means to deliver life-saving aid across Yemen.

These individually agreed administrative costs ranged between £2,678 (3.11% of overall partner spend) and £4,789,341(15.96% of overall partner spend) for each of our partners last financial year (2018/19).

11th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of food consumed in Yemen has been imported in each year since 2015.

Yemen relies on imports to meet 90% of its basic needs like food and fuel. Before the conflict, an estimated 80% of these imports entered Yemen through the critical Red Sea ports of Hodeidah and Saleef.

We are unable to provide a more direct response given the difficulty of obtaining specific data from Yemen.

We welcome the redeployment of Houthi forces away from these ports. It is vital that imports continue to flow into Hodeidah and Saleef and that vital onward supply routes remain open; both sides must facilitate the unhindered flow of essential supplies throughout the country.

11th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of UK aid to Yemen has been spent on imports of food in each year since 2015.

The World Food Programme (WFP) is playing a vital role in Yemen, delivering food aid to millions of those in need across the country. We are providing WFP with £35 million in support this financial year (2019/20) and provided £35 million last financial year (2018/19). This support has been used exclusively to provide cash and vouchers to vulnerable people to buy food in local markets, and as such 0% of UK Aid has been spent on food imports over the 2018/19 and 2019/20 financial years.

In the 2017/18 financial year, the UK spent £65 million on imported food, vouchers and nutritional assistance through WFP, approximately 32% of our overall funding over the period.

Over the financial years 2015/16 and 2016/17, the UK spent £10 million on imported food through WFP, approximately 5% of our overall funding over the period.

10th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps is he taking to prevent the interruption of road-borne humanitarian aid reaching areas in need in Yemen.

The UK remains extremely concerned by constrained humanitarian access within Yemen, including road blockages such as the ongoing closure of the direct Hodeidah to Sana’a road and recent insecurity causing disruption to Aden to Sana’a routes.

We regularly raise obstructions to humanitarian access with all parties, including at the highest levels. The UK also calls on all parties to comply with the UN Security Council Resolution 2451 and support the unhindered flow of humanitarian supplies across Yemen.

UK aid is also supporting the UN Verification and Inspection Mechanism (UNVIM), UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) to improve humanitarian and commercial access across the country.

26th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions he has had with representatives of the World Food Programme on the suspension of aid in Sana’a and other areas where aid is at risk of diversion.

The International Development Secretary and I met with David Beasley, Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), on Thursday 20 June to discuss WFP’s partial suspension of operations in Yemen. I also had a telephone call with David Beasley on Thursday 6 June to discuss the issue, and UK officials have engaged closely with WFP throughout recent months, including through the WFP Executive Board. These discussions are ongoing.

For the sake of Yemenis in desperate need, we call on the Houthis to immediately end all restrictions on aid agencies and comply with UN Security Council Resolution 2451 by allowing safe, rapid, and unhindered access for the humanitarian response and commercial supplies. The Houthis must cooperate with WFP and end their interference.

26th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support he is providing to the World Food Programme to (a) import equipment into Yemen and (b) secure visas for that country its staff without delay.

The UK continues to call on all parties to comply with the UN Security Council Resolution 2451 by supporting the unhindered flow of humanitarian supplies and personnel into and across Yemen. This includes the entry of relevant humanitarian equipment as well as the swift issuing of visas to humanitarian workers. We regularly raise these points directly with all parties, including at the highest levels.

In addition to our £35 million of support to the World Food Programme this financial year (2019/20), UK aid is also supporting the UN Humanitarian Air Service (which is administered by WFP) to improve access for humanitarian workers across the country.

26th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support his Department is providing to the World Food Programme to operate in Government-controlled areas in Yemen.

The UK government is providing the World Food Programme (WFP) with £35 million in support of their work in Yemen this financial year (2019/20). Our funding provides cash and vouchers to meet the immediate food needs of more than one million Yemenis every month across the country, including Government-controlled areas.

The UK’s total commitment to Yemen since the conflict began in 2015 is £770 million. Approximately £171 million of this has been used to support WFP’s response to vulnerable people in need.

26th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to prevent pollution from the transport of barrels of oil along the coast of Hodeidah.

The UK remains concerned by the environmental risk posed by the by the Safer oil tanker, currently moored off Hodeidah. As Sir Mark Lowcock, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, recently remarked to the UN Security Council, if the tanker ruptures or explodes it could cause a ‘disaster’ for the environment, shipping lanes and global economy.

The UK continues to engage with the UN and Saudi Arabia on the issue, following Saudi Arabia’s funding of a UN assessment mission. The UK calls on the Houthis to facilitate safe and rapid access to the Safer oil tanker so that the UN can carry out this vital work.

26th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to help tackle the level of bureaucracy that impedes the operations of UN agencies and other international organisations in Yemen.

The UK is deeply concerned by ongoing bureaucratic obstructions to the humanitarian response in Yemen, including delays and rejections to visa applications, the issuing of travel permits for periods shorter than required, and inconsistent processes for obtaining project permits. The 2018 and 2019 UN Panel of Experts reports concluded that Houthi authorities routinely obstruct humanitarian access throughout northern Yemen.

We regularly raise obstructions to humanitarian access with all parties, including at the highest levels. The UK also calls on all parties to comply with the UN Security Council Resolution 2451 and support the unhindered flow of humanitarian supplies and personnel into and across Yemen.

7th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the economic effect of regulating (a) imports, (b) commercial banks and (c) money exchangers in Yemen on Houthi revenues in that country.

The Department for International Development does not have insight into how Houthi revenue flows have changed over time. The UK condemns Houthi interference in the operations of local banks in north Yemen, including the arrest of banking staff in February 2019.

Effective economic regulations, alongside appropriate economic policies, will have critical humanitarian benefits in Yemen. Whilst the latest total food import levels into Yemen have exceeded pre-conflict requirements, high prices continue to drive the risk of famine.

The need for effective economic regulation was demonstrated last year, when the Yemeni Riyal lost more than half of its value between January and October 2018. This caused prices to rise steeply and risked making food unaffordable for millions of vulnerable Yemenis. This depreciation was reversed after UK-led efforts released over $400 million of hard currency (provided by Saudi Arabia), to importers bringing food into the country.

We will continue to constructively engage with the Government of Yemen to prevent any repeated depreciation, and to stabilise Yemen’s economy through more effective and transparent management of its public finance.

7th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the UN-mediated talks in Amman between officials in Yemen’s Central bank, what steps he is taking to ensure civil servants are paid as set out in the Stockholm Agreement.

The UK welcomes recent efforts by both parties to constructively engage with the UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths to implement the Stockholm agreements, including sharing Hodeidah port revenues for the payment of public salaries.

Together with the international community, the UK is working with the Government of Yemen’s Prime Minister’s Office and the Central Bank of Yemen to develop a plan to sustainably finance the Stockholm agreement’s ambition for the payment of public sector salaries across Yemen, through an accountable budgetary process.

We welcome the Government of Yemen’s leadership of paying salaries to some health workers in Houthi-controlled areas and all public workers in Hodeidah this year. We encourage this to continue which will be vital in restoring key services such as schools and health clinics and boosting the livelihoods of public-sector workers.

7th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to recent UN-mediated talks in Amman between officials of Yemen’s Central bank what steps he is taking to support further such meetings.

The UK welcomes the recent UN-mediated talks between the Central Bank of Yemen Aden and Sana’a branches on enacting the revenue-managing elements of the Stockholm agreement. We recognise that closer collaboration between the branches of the Central Bank will be vital in bringing economic stability to Yemen.

We encourage both parties to continue to constructively engage with Special Envoy Martin Griffiths and meet again to discuss this issue to ensure Stockholm agreements are implemented, helping improve Yemen’s fragile economy and ensure the payment of public sector salaries across the country.

14th May 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate she has made of the amount of economic activity lost to Yemen as a result of aerial bombing in that country since the Stockholm peace agreements were signed in December 2018.

The IMF estimates that Yemen’s economy has contracted by around 50% since the conflict began in 2015, with GDP per capita down from $1,570 in 2014 to $873 in 2018.

Both the formal and informal economies have collapsed as a result of conflict lines preventing the movements of goods and people, infrastructure damage including to factories and roads, lack of electricity and clean water and a population beset by lack of food and disease.

We are not aware of any data this year on the loss of economic activity as a result of aerial bombing.

14th May 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department has taken to help reduce the price of (a) food and (b) sanitary goods imported into Yemen.

The UK continues to encourage the Government of Yemen to reduce the risk of inflation by not printing new money and has worked with the Central Bank of Yemen to release over $500 million of hard currency, provided by Saudi Arabia, to support importers bringing in food staples. Although the Riyal has since stabilised, the price of food and other basic goods remains high.

We will continue to work with the Government of Yemen and international partners to consider how we can continue to have a good level of imports of food, fuel and medicine into Yemen which helps to alleviate pressure on prices.

14th May 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funding his Department has allocated to support the reconstruction of infrastructure in Yemen.

The UK is working with the Government of Yemen, Gulf partners, the UN, international financial institutions, and other donors on planning for Yemen’s post-conflict recovery. This includes emphasising the importance of providing security, stabilising the economy, and delivering basic services. We will continue to work closely with all parties to support Yemen’s recovery following any political settlement.

We are also continuing our work to protect key institutions that will be critical to Yemen’s future development. Between 2010 and 2018, for example, DFID contributed £108 million to the Yemen Social Fund for Development, providing hundreds of thousands of Yemenis with work opportunities restoring roads, health clinics, and agricultural land, as well as providing training, infrastructure improvements, and clean water to thousands more.

14th May 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of Official Development Assistance for Yemen has been allocated to (a) peacebuilding and (b) conflict management in (i) 2016, (ii) 2017, (iii) 2018 and (iv) 2019.

The UK is leading efforts to strengthen peace and stability in Yemen and fully supports the work of UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths towards achieving a negotiated and durable peace settlement.

We continue to support conflict management and peacebuilding in Yemen. Through the UK’s Conflict, Stability and Security Fund, we provided £1.04 million towards conflict management and peacebuilding in 2016, £1.04 million in 2017, £2.95 million in 2018, and have a proposed budget of £2.83 million for 2019.

DFID is also funding activities focussed on strengthening local peacebuilding and improving the role of women in peacebuilding in Yemen. We provided £258,000 last financial year (2018/19) and have a proposed budget of £3.26 million for 2019/20.

14th May 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what diplomatic steps his Department has taken with his international counterparts to establish safe travel routes for international humanitarian organisations.

We are acutely aware of the difficult operating environments humanitarian organisations often face delivering life-saving assistance.

Currently in Yemen this is a subject of constant negotiation for the UN’s Humanitarian Coordinator, who works tirelessly with both parties and humanitarian actors to ensure those most in need are being reached.

Through UK diplomatic channels we continue to press authorities to facilitate aid delivery. This can include issuing visas to humanitarian staff or permission for NGOs and UN agencies to travel to reach people in more difficult or remote areas. We also continue to call on both parties to comply with UN Security Council Resolution 2451 by facilitating safe, rapid, and unhindered access for both the humanitarian response and commercial supplies.

14th May 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department has taken to provide a rapid humanitarian response to victims of violent incidents in Yemen.

Through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) we are supporting those who have been injured by violent incidents through physical rehabilitation centres, as well as those who have been displaced from their homes with food, health care, psychosocial support and legal assistance.

We routinely pre-position supplies through our partners including World Food Programme and UNICEF, as well as through the UN Rapid Response Mechanism where it is judged conflict might affect populations. In 2018 for example, the UK flew more than 30,000 tents, blankets, kitchen sets and other household items into Yemen which were urgently needed by families displaced from Hodeidah.

3rd Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate her Department has made of the number of people without access to safe and clean water and sanitation in Yemen.

According to the 2019 UN Humanitarian Response Plan for Yemen, 17.8 million Yemenis do not have access to clean water and sanitation.

The UK continues to prioritise the need to improve access to safe water supplies across the country, which is vital in preventing the spread of water borne diseases such as cholera. As part of the UK’s £200 million funding in response to Yemen’s humanitarian crisis this financial year, we will provide over 1 million people with access to clean water and basic sanitation.

3rd Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to improve shelter for children in Yemen who have lost their homes as a consequence of the ongoing war in that region.

In July 2018, DFID supplied tents and emergency items, such as blankets and solar lanterns, to over 2,500 families displaced by the escalation in conflict around the city of Hodeidah.

In addition, DFID has funded DFID has funded the International Organization for Migration and UNHCR with £19 million since July 2017, which has included reaching over 12,000 internally-displaced children inside Yemen with humanitarian assistance.

3rd Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support her Department is providing to increase the number of children in education in Yemen.

The UK is supporting education in Yemen through three global programmes: Education Cannot Wait (ECW), the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and Connecting Classrooms Through Global Learning (CCGL). The UK is one of the largest donors to ECW and GPE and the main donor to CCGL.

ECW has committed $15 million to Yemen and reached over 30,000 children with services and supplies including examinations, teaching equipment, school desks, and students’ bags and supplies.

GPE allocated $72.6 million in 2013, supporting school-based development, pre-school education, and improving teacher, school management, and inspector performance. Since 2015, GPE has supported Yemen to restructure the grant due to conflict. Through restructuring, the number of programme beneficiaries has been increased to reach at least 427,444 children.

Since 2018, CCGL has developed 2 partnerships between UK and Yemeni schools, trained 60 teachers and 29 school leaders.

3rd Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate she has made of the proportion of children in Yemen who have had access to full education between the ages of 6 and 14 in (a) 2016, (b) 2017, (c) 2018 and (d) to date in 2019.

According to the 2019 UN Humanitarian Response Plan for Yemen, 36% of school-age girls and 24% of school-age boys do not attend school.

In 2018, according to the 2018 UN Humanitarian Response Plan for Yemen, 1.9 million school-age children did not attend school (25% of school-age children).

In 2017, according to the 2017 UN Humanitarian Response Plan for Yemen, two million school-age children did not attend school (approximately 27% of school-age children).

In 2016, according to the 2016 UN Humanitarian Response Plan for Yemen, 1.8 million school-age children did not attend school (approximately 24% of school-age children).

3rd Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress her Department has made on the distribution of the £200 million pledged in Geneva on 26 February 2019 by the Government for the alleviation of the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

On 24 February, the Prime Minister announced that the UK would provide an additional £200 million in response to the humanitarian crisis in Yemen for the coming 2019/20 financial year.

This support brings the total UK commitment to Yemen to £770 million since the conflict began in 2015 and will provide vital food assistance right across the country to those most at risk of dying from starvation and disease, meeting the immediate food needs of more than 1 million Yemenis each month over the year, treating 30,000 children for malnutrition and providing over 1 million people with improved water supply and basic sanitation.

Now that the 2019/20 financial year has begun we will make our first disbursements of this funding over the coming weeks.

29th Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what (a) financial and (b) non-financial support her Department has provided to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs to support women and girls in Yemen, in each year since 2016.

The conflict in Yemen has exacerbated the specific vulnerabilities faced by women and girls across the country, with the number of incidents of gender-based violence reportedly rising by more than 60% since the start of the conflict in 2015.

The UK continues to support women and girls through UN agencies which does not include the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) at this time. Since 2017 we have supported 1,700 survivors of gender-based violence across Yemen as part of our £13 million funding to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and International Office for Migration, and as part of the UK’s more than £75 million in funding to UNICEF over the next three years, we expect to support 240,000 women each year with reproductive health services, including support during childbirth.

The UK is also providing £39 million from 2015 to 2020 to a UNICEF/UNFPA Global Programme taking action against Child Marriage in twelve priority countries, including Yemen. The programme has reached nearly 6,000 Yemen girls, providing important services such as psychosocial support.

29th Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support her Department has provided to (a) international NGOs and (b) UN organisations to tackle cholera in Yemen in (i) 2016, (ii) 2017, (iii) 2018 and (iv) 2019.

UK support to international NGOs and UN agencies to tackle cholera in Yemen has focussed on improving water supplies and basic sanitation across the country, as well as funding vaccination campaigns and medical treatment. This has included:

  • Funding international NGOs with an overall package of £19 million in the 2016/17 financial year, part of which included provision for improved access to safe water to 100,000 people. We also provided UNICEF with an overall package £19 million, which included improved water supplies for over 36,000 people.
  • Funding international NGOs with £2.9 million in the 2017/18 financial year specifically for health and WASH activities, including improved access to safe water for 380,000. We also provided UNICEF with an overall package £19 million, which included improved water supplies for over 110,000 people.
  • Funding international NGOs with £6.4 million in the 2018/19 financial year specifically for health and WASH activities, including improving water supplies for 420,000 people. As well as providing UNICEF with an overall package £28 million, which included improved water supplies for over 40,000 people.
  • We also contributed to 25% of the costs of the first ever cholera vaccination campaigns in Yemen through our funding to the Global Vaccine Alliance, targeting nearly a million Yemenis.

We are presently determining exact levels of support for 2019, however we expect to provide a further £6.4 million to international NGOs for health and WASH activities and an overall package of at least £28 million to UNICEF, which is expected to improve water supplies for over 220,000 people. We will also contribute again to this year’s vaccination campaigns.

11th Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate her Department has made of the number of Yemenis who have migrated from Saudi Arabia to Yemen in (a) 2017, (b) 2018 and (c) 2019 to date.

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) estimates that 73,190 Yemenis returned to Yemen from Saudi Arabia in 2018.

Data was not collected by IOM in 2017 and they are yet to release data for 2019.

25th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Prime Minister's statement of 24 February 2019 in Sharm El Sheikh, to whom and in what capacity will the UK Government's £200 million funding for humanitarian support for Yemen be provided.

On 24 February, the Prime Minister announced that the UK will provide an additional £200 million in response to the humanitarian crisis in Yemen for the next financial year (2019/2020).

This funding will be provided through UN agencies operating in Yemen, including the World Food Programme, UNICEF and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), as well as international NGOs, including CARE. It will support these partners and others to provide millions of vulnerable Yemenis with cash and vouchers for food, treatment for malnutrition and disease, and to rehabilitate water and sanitation services.

25th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Prime Minister's statement of 24 February 2019 in Sharm El Sheikh, when the UK Government's £200 million funding for support for victims of the Yemen conflict will be released.

The additional £200 million announced by the Prime Minister on 24 February in response to the humanitarian crisis in Yemen will be spent over the course of the coming financial year (2019/2020). It brings the UK’s total commitment to Yemen to over £770 million since the conflict began in 2015.

29th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate he has made of the number of international aid workers killed while operating in Yemen in each year since 2016.

The Aid Worker Security Database (ASWD) collects data on major incidents of violence against humanitarian operations throughout the world and is commonly cited by UN agencies and NGOs.

It has not yet released data for 2018, but records six incidents of ‘major violence against humanitarian operations’ in Yemen in 2017 and seven in 2016. In April 2018 Hana Lahoud, a Lebanese national in charge of the ICRC’s detention programme in Yemen was tragically killed in Taiz.

29th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate he has made of the number of international aid workers operating in Yemen.

DFID does not collect or verify data on the number of international aid workers in each country.

The current ceiling on international UN Country Team workers in Yemen, however, is between 180 and 190 staff members. This ceiling is set by the UN’s Department of Safety and Security.

15th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the UK will take to ensure food aid reaches people who need it in Yemen.

The UK is playing a leading role in combating hunger in Yemen through our £170 million in aid this financial year.

We channel UK funds through UN agencies and international NGOs with a strong record of delivering and monitoring assistance. These organisations do everything they can under the most difficult circumstances to negotiate access including in areas of active conflict so that aid does get to those who need it most.

Through the World Food Programme this year the UK is providing cash and vouchers to feed the equivalent of 4 million people for a month. In addition to regular reporting and monitoring of conditions on the ground, the UK and our partners independently monitor our aid programmes, providing third party verification of delivery.

15th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what financial support the UK is providing to the Yemeni central bank.

The UK is not providing any financial support the Central Bank of Yemen.

The UK worked diplomatically with the Central Bank of Yemen to release $270m of hard currency, provided by Saudi Arabia, to support importers bringing in food to Yemen. This resulted in an appreciation of the Riyal to pre-crisis levels and a subsequent reduction in food prices, helping ordinary Yemenis buy food in the markets.

20th Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to strengthen local service delivery in Yemen.

The UK is working closely with partners in Yemen to support the delivery of local services on which Yemenis rely. This includes the Yemeni Social Fund for Development, a national development institution established in 1997 to improve basic services, enhance economic opportunities, and reduce the vulnerability of the poor.

Between 2010 and 2018, DFID contributed £108 million to the Yemen Social Fund for Development to provide hundreds of thousands of Yemenis with work opportunities restoring roads, health clinics, and agricultural land, as well as providing training, infrastructure improvements, and clean water to thousands more. We will be funding the Yemen Social Fund for Development again this year.

20th Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the conflict in Yemen on that country's economy; and what steps her Department is taking to support economic recovery in that country.

As Mark Lowcock, the UN Under Secretary General, explained to the UN Security Council on 23 October, Yemen’s recent economic crisis threatens to tip the country into famine, with the Yemeni Riyal losing over 40% of its value from June to October 2018.

The UK led discussions with the US, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates so the Central Bank of Yemen could release $270 million, provided by Saudi Arabia, in letters of credit to support commercial food importers with foreign currency to purchase wheat and other staples for import. These measures have resulted in an appreciation of the Riyal, and prices of staples are starting to decline which means that ordinary Yemenis are more able to buy food that is in the markets.

However, much more remains to be done. We welcome the positive outcomes of consultations in Stockholm and continue to encourage further constructive and urgent engagement on the economy. A political settlement is the only way to bring long-term stability to Yemen and to address the worsening humanitarian crisis.

28th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much Overseas Development Assistance has been allocated to Sri Lanka in each of the last five years.

Between 2012 and 2016 (the last year for which data is available) the UK provided a total of £176.3m in Overseas Development Assistant (ODA) to Sri Lanka. In 2012, the UK provided £23.5m, £33.3m in 2013, £33.6m in 2014, £49.9m 2015, and £35.9m in 2016.

13th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which organisations her Department allocates funding to for programmes in Libya.

DFID works with a range of partners to deliver programmes in Libya.

DFID’s £5million migration programme is delivered by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and a non-government organisation consortium led by the Danish Refugee Council. The two year humanitarian programme is being delivered by the World Health Organisation, International Committee of the Red Cross and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. DFID also contributes to existing Funds that support migrants and refugees through the European Union, who manage the relationship with implementing organisations.

13th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which three programmes in Libya receive the largest amount of funding from her Department.

The UK is at the forefront of international efforts to support Libya’s political stability and reform. DFID programmes provide much needed humanitarian and healthcare assistance to the most vulnerable. As part of DFID’s £75 million migration programme working along the Central Mediterranean route, up to £5 million will be allocated to humanitarian assistance and protection for migrants and refugees in Libya. In addition, a two-year programme worth £3.29 million focusses on multi sector humanitarian assistance and building capacity of primary health care services. Alongside this, we continue to help fund the European Union Trust Fund, which works in a number of countries, including Libya, where it focuses on improving conditions for migrants in detention centres. The UK’s total contribution to the North Africa window of the Fund is €18m.

29th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent estimate she has made of the number of internally displaced people in Yemen.

According to the latest International Organisation for Migration (IOM) estimates, there are currently 2 million internally displaced people in Yemen.

DFID is providing up to £36 million to assist displaced people and migrants in Yemen between 2017 and 2020. Approximately £14 million of this is intended to support internally displaced people.

29th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to support internally displaced people in Yemen.

DFID is providing up to £36 million to assist displaced people and migrants in Yemen between 2017 and 2020. Approximately £14 million of this is intended to support internally displaced people.

28th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which countries are the 10 largest recipients of Official Development Assistance.

The latest details of the top 10 largest recipients of UK bilateral Official Development Assistance (ODA) for 2016 are given in the table below.

Top 10 recipient countries of UK bilateral ODA, 2016:

Country

Pakistan

Syria

Ethiopia

Nigeria

Afghanistan

Tanzania

Jordan

South Sudan

Sierra Leone

Somalia

Source: Statistics on International Development

28th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much Official Development Assistance his Department has allocated to Saudi Arabia in each of the last five years.

Since Saudi Arabia is a high income country, it has not received any UK Official Development Assistance in the last five years. Official Development Assistance (ODA) can only be provided to countries on the OECD Development Assistance Committee’s list of ODA eligible recipients. Countries on this list are low income and middle income countries, according to the World Bank’s classification.

25th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the recent military action in Hudaydah has had an effect on the operational capacity of her Department's sponsored projects in Yemen; and if she will make a statement.

Our UN and NGO partners continue to work tirelessly to mitigate the humanitarian consequences of the ongoing military operation on Hodeidah, and to reach the most vulnerable in all areas of the country including the 8.4 million people at risk of starvation. The UK’s commitment of £170 million to this year’s UN’s Yemen Humanitarian Appeal supports these efforts.

Earlier this month, the UK provided £15 million to the Yemen Humanitarian Pooled Fund. In response to the Hodeidah operation, the Fund has supported the procurement 600,000 of emergency ration packs for the whole population of Hodeidah city, as well as providing sufficient food to meet the needs of 1.1 million people across Yemen for a month.

UN agencies and NGOs have quickly responded to the operation in Hodeidah, responding to both the humanitarian situation in Hodeidah city and to the effects of the operation on the humanitarian response throughout Yemen. Our UN partners have prepositioned supplies for emergency feeding, treatment of wounded, people displaced, and to provide fuel for generators and water trucking.

25th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to ensure that the flow of her Department's aid to Yemen is not compromised as a result of military activity in the province of Hudaydah.

The UK government has clearly set out our concerns about the operation on Hodeidah, and have been in close touch with all parties on this. This includes the Prime Minister raising our concerns in a recent call with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.

Hodeidah and Saleef ports remain open for commercial and humanitarian imports of food, fuel and medical supplies. We continue to engage closely with all parties to prioritise the humanitarian response urging that military operations protect civilians and do not prevent food and fuel from reaching the 8.4 million Yemenis throughout Yemen who are at risk of starvation. We have also been clear that the Houthis must not compromise port facilities and must facilitate access for aid and supplies in the areas they hold.

Last Sunday another missile was intercepted over Riyadh. The UK is providing £1.3 million to help the UN’s Verification and Inspection Mechanism (UNVIM) to facilitate commercial imports into Hodeidah and Saleef ports by giving the Coalition confidence that weapons are not coming in on commercial ships. Alongside this financial support, we have also deployed UK experts to support the inspections of ships in Djibouti, increasing the proportion of physical inspections ten-fold.

25th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much financial aid the UK plans to provide to Tunisia in the financial year 2018-2019.

The UK is committed to supporting Tunisia’s democratic transition, through economic development, governance reforms and increasing the capacity of the country’s security sector. Through the cross-Government Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) Tunisia has been allocated over £11.2 million for 2018-2019.

On top of our bilateral support, multilateral organisations are also a vital part of the UK’s efforts to build security, stability and prosperity in Tunisia. The UK is a generous donor to the multilateral system, supporting the work of organisations such as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund on reform activities in Tunisia.

25th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate she has made of the cost to the public purse of development assistance to Libya in (a) 2014, (b) 2015, (c) 2016 and (d) 2017.

The UK is at the forefront of international efforts to help stabilise Libya and to tackle the threat from Daesh and the migration crisis. Figures for total UK bilateral Overseas Development Assistance to Libya are published annually in the Statistics on International Development. In 2014 total bilateral ODA was £28.6m, in 2015 £10.4m, in 2016 £14.4m. Final figures for 2017 will be published later this year.

19th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many projects on food insecurity in Yemen are sponsored by her Department.

DFID funds three programmes focused on food security: the World Food Programme’s Emergency Operations in Yemen; a multisector Humanitarian Response Programme supporting 10 NGOs to avert famine in remote and inaccessible areas; and the Yemen Humanitarian Pooled Fund, which awards grants to NGOs and UN agencies to increase food security.

19th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding her Department has allocated to food insecurity programmes in Yemen.

In the financial year 2018/19, we have provisionally allocated £87 million towards three programmes with a focus on food security: the World Food Programme’s Emergency Operations in Yemen; multisector Humanitarian Response Programme supporting 10 NGOs to deliver activities to avert famine in remote and inaccessible areas; and the Yemen Humanitarian Pooled Fund, which awards grants to NGOs and UN agencies to increase food security.

19th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many projects sponsored by her Department are targeted at (a) cholera (b) diptheria and (c) violence against women.

The number of DFID-funded programmes that target cholera fluctuates as we respond to rapidly changing needs. In recent months, DFID has supported responses to outbreaks of cholera in Yemen, DRC, Nigeria and South Sudan. DFID also helps to address cholera through funding to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Gavi and to research organisations such as the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research in Bangladesh.

Two recent or current DFID programmes have targeted diphtheria: (1) The DFID-funded UK Emergency Medical Team (EMT) recently provided treatment for diphtheria in the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh and DFID also provided £2 million to vaccinate children against diphtheria. (2) DFID helps to make the pentavalent vaccine available in developing countries through the UK’s ongoing contribution to Gavi. This vaccine provides protection against five diseases, one of which is diphtheria. Other DFID programmes that strengthen health systems or support basic water, sanitation and health services also help to tackle cholera and diphtheria.

Since 2014 DFID has supported over 150 projects with significant elements focusing on the prevention of violence against women and girls, or support to survivors. 25 of these are wholly targeted at eliminating violence against women and girls.

19th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which projects her Department sponsors to support child education in Yemen.

DFID supports the education of children in Yemen through two multilateral funds: Education Cannot Wait and the Global Partnership for Education. DFID also supports Yemen’s Social Fund for Development’s work on education, including child education.

19th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much money her Department has committed to improve child education in Yemen.

DFID supports the education of children in Yemen through two multilateral funds: Education Cannot Wait (ECW) and the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). DFID provides 32% ($4.8 million) of the ECW’s funding of $15 million in Yemen over 2017-19, and 15% ($10.89 million) of the GPE’s funding of $72.6 million in Yemen over 2014-19. DFID’s £108 million in funding to Yemen’s Social Fund for Development over 2010-17 includes £30 million towards education.

17th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the total amount of aid is that the UK plans to send to Yemen in 2018.

At the Yemen Pledging Event in Geneva on 3 April, I announced that the UK would be providing £170 million in response to the humanitarian crisis in Yemen for the financial year 2018/2019. This funding will meet immediate food needs for 2.5 million Yemenis, and comes on top of over £400 million in bilateral support since the conflict began in 2015.

13th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to strengthen the UN Verification and Inspection Mechanism for Yemen.

The UK is providing £1.3 million this financial year to the UN’s Verification and Inspection Mechanism (UNVIM) to facilitate commercial shipping and assure the Coalition that weapons are not coming into Yemen on large commercial ships docking at the large Red Sea ports. We have also deployed UK maritime experts to Djibouti to further boost the inspections process, helping increase the proportion of ships physically inspected almost ten-fold (from 8% to 77%).

26th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which projects her Department funds in Yemen to tackle cholera in that country.

DFID’s response to the cholera crisis in Yemen includes £8 million in targeted support to UNICEF and the International Organization for Migration, which is providing medical supplies to half a million people, safe access to chlorinated water to 300,000 people, and rehabilitating medical facilities used by 250,000 people. Other partners, including the Yemen Humanitarian Pooled Fund, to which the UK is contributing £40 million in 2017/8, are tackling cholera through providing medical treatment for vulnerable women and children, training health workers, and establishing oral rehydration centres. The UK was the largest 2017 donor, with a £76 million contribution, to the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund, which can be used to support emergency vaccination programmes, including in Yemen.

Prevention is equally important – DFID is supporting chlorination campaigns in more than half the country’s governorates, as well as public awareness sessions on how the disease is spread. In addition, DFID’s overall funding of £205 million for Yemen this financial year is tackling the underlying causes of cholera by helping provide emergency food, nutrition support and clean water and sanitation to millions of people across the country.

26th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of UK aid to Yemen passes through the port of Hodeidah.

The UK is providing £205 million of aid support Yemen for the financial year 2017/8 that is focused on lifesaving humanitarian aid. Our partners use a variety of ports of entry into Yemen, depending on where need is greatest, the type of supply being imported, and the situation on the ground at the time.

The northern ports of Hodeidah and Saleef play a critical role in importing 80% of Yemen’s humanitarian and commercial supplies, including food, fuel and medicine. For example, the UK has provided the World Food Programme (WFP) with £30 million to provide over 60,000 metric tons of food and 6.5 million litres of fuel to Yemen: 79% of these supplies will enter Yemen through the port of Hodeidah.

The Secretary of State for International Development has been clear that all parties must allow full and unhindered access throughout Yemen, including through Hodeidah and Saleef ports.

7th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether an impact assessment has been conducted of the effect on projects sponsored by her Department in Yemen of the closure of ports and airports by the Saudi-led coalition.

DFID is in close contact with our partners on the effects of the recently announced restrictions by the Saudi-led Coalition, as well as constraints on access imposed by the Houthi-Saleh alliance. At the time of writing, we understand that ships are unloading supplies at Aden, Hodeidah and Salif ports.

7th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to tackle the cholera outbreak in Yemen.

The current cholera outbreak in Yemen is the largest ever recorded in a single year (as of 4 November 2017 over 900,000 suspected cases and over 2,190 deaths have been recorded since the start of the outbreak in April earlier this year). Fewer than half of Yemen’s health facilities are functioning, and 15.7 million people lack access to water, sanitation and hygiene services.

The UK announced a renewed push to treat and contain the outbreak of cholera in August, providing £8 million for UNICEF and the International Organization for Migration’s cholera response. This support, part of our of £155 million of funding to Yemen in the Financial Year 2017/18, includes providing medical supplies to half a million people, 300,000 people with access to safe water, and rehabilitated medical centres to benefit 250,000 people.

7th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what projects her Department sponsors in Tunisia.

The Department for International Development does not directly fund projects in Tunisia. Through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department for International Development North Africa Joint Unit, the UK Government is supporting Tunisia’s efforts to build its stability and strengthen its democracy. In 2017/18, UK support through the Conflict, Security and Stability Fund will help Tunisia develop its counter-terrorism capability and pursue political and economic reform.

18th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her policy is on international action to end cholera by 2030; and if she will make a statement.

DFID is supportive of the ambition of the Global Task Force on Cholera Control to reduce mortality from cholera by 90% by 2030. We invest significantly in the provision of safe drinking water and sanitation services combined with good hygiene behaviour. We plan to help 60 million people gain access to water and sanitation between 2015 and 2020, building on our achievement of helping 64.5 million people gain access between 2011 and 2015. We are also supporting the delivery of oral cholera vaccines in areas affected by outbreaks and continue to invest in research into cholera prevention and treatment.

16th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether she has made a recent assessment of the effect of arms sales to Saudi Arabia on development and humanitarian outcomes in Yemen; and if she will make a statement.

We welcome the recent judgment by the High Court in favour of the Government on UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia, which underscores the fact that the UK operates one of the most robust export control regimes in the world. We will continue to keep our defence exports under careful review to ensure they meet the rigorous standards of the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria.

The UN assesses Yemen to be the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. Nearly 21 million people are in need of humanitarian aid. DFID’s support of £155 million for 2017-8 will feed 1.8 million people for at least a month, and provide 1.7 million people with nutrition support and an expected 1.2 million people with clean water and sanitation. We continue to strongly support the work of the UN’s Special Envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, to end the conflict and bring about peace.

16th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans the Government has to improve coordination between her Department and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Every day UK aid and UK diplomacy are working together to help millions of people and make a powerful and positive statement about Global Britain’s place in the world. The Department for International Development and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office each play their own vital role in Britain’s global leadership to build a safer, healthier, more prosperous world, which protects UK interests.

16th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that aid to Yemen reaches those people who need it most; and if she will make a statement.

The UK is deeply concerned about the humanitarian situation in Yemen. This is why we have increased UK aid to Yemen to £155 million for 2017-18, and have stepped up our work with UN agencies and other partner organisations to make sure that our aid is delivered to people in dire need. We regularly monitor and review our programmes and use independent experts to monitor and verify that food and supplies reach those in need.

As pen-holder on Yemen at the UN Security Council, the UK proposed and coordinated a Presidential Statement earlier this year, calling for all parties to recognise the importance of unhindered humanitarian access. The UK is also funding the UN’s Verification and Inspection Mechanism with £1.3 million in 2017-18 to ensure the unimpeded flow of commercial and humanitarian shipments into Yemen, as well as the UN’s Humanitarian Air Service with £1 million this year to support regular humanitarian flights into Yemen.

27th Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many officials of her Department were in Yemen on 1 March 2017.

There are no UK government officials currently working in Yemen due to the current security situation in the country.

20th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much of the £100 million pledged by her Department to the conflict in Yemen has been spent; and on what those monies have been spent.

The UK Government has committed £112 million to the crisis in Yemen for 2016/17, £104 million of which has been disbursed. This funding is providing vital humanitarian and development assistance in Yemen, such as food, clean water and emergency shelter, as well as supporting access to basic services and cash for work schemes.

20th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her policy is on the humanitarian surge in Yemen proposed by the US Permanent Representative to the UN, Samantha Power, at the UN Security Council session on 31 October 2016.

Given the scale of humanitarian needs in Yemen, the UK Government agrees that a humanitarian surge is urgently required. In September 2016, the Secretary of State for International Development chaired a high level international event on Yemen. At the event, donors pledged over $100 million in new funding, and UN agencies made specific commitments to scale up their response, including by deploying more senior and experienced leaders and staff across the country.

20th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of her Department's spending in relation to the conflict in Yemen is dedicated to programmes for Yemeni refugees in Djibouti.

In 2015/16, DFID provided £250,000 to support Yemeni refugees in Djibouti. This funding helped to provide emergency supplies to 1000 refugees, such as blankets and clean water, and to support rescue at sea operations.

Further, through UK-attributed funding to ECHO (EU Co-ordination of Humanitarian Aid Operations), we provided £56,000 in 2016 to support refugees and migrants in Djibouti with clean water and shelter.

In 2015/16 the UK provided £90 million in funding for the crisis in Yemen which helped to provide over 1 million Yemenis with food, clean water and medical assistance.

15th Sep 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which of the recommendations made by the APPG for Yemen in its report, Conflict in Yemen, the forgotten crisis, published in October 2015 have been adopted by her Department.

We share the APPG’s concern about the serious humanitarian crisis in Yemen, and welcome the recommendations for DFID in the report.

The Secretary of State recently co-hosted an international event on Yemen at the UN General Assembly to shine a spotlight on the crisis. At the event, donors pledged over $100 million in additional funding to the Yemen crisis and UN agencies committed to improving the delivery of humanitarian aid on the ground.The Secretary of State announced an extra £37 million for Yemen at the event, bringing the UK’s total funding for Yemen to £109 million for 2016/2017.

We have continued to lobby at all levels for rapid, safe and unhindered commercial and humanitarian access. Since May, we have provided £1.4 million to the UN Verification and Inspection Mechanism (UNVIM) to facilitate commercial shipping to Yemen, crucial to ensuring adequate supplies of food and fuel.

9th Sep 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment her Department has made of the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

Yemen is one of the most serious and complex humanitarian crises in the world. The United Nations (UN) estimates that 21.2 million people in Yemen require humanitarian assistance to meet their basic needs for food, water, sanitation, and healthcare, or protect their fundamental rights. Yemen is also experiencing an economic crisis, which has driven up food and other prices, and reduced people’s purchasing power.

Ultimately, only an end to the conflict will address the humanitarian crisis. The UK is working closely with other countries to de-escalate the conflict and is providing significant support to UN-led peace talks. The UK is also working with the UN and other countries to improve commercial and humanitarian access to and within Yemen. We are providing desperately needed humanitarian aid to Yemen and have so far committed to spending £72 million in Yemen this year.

9th Sep 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will estimate her Department's spending related to the crisis in Yemen.

Since March 2015, the UK has provided £90 million to the Yemen crisis, helping over a million Yemenis with food, medical supplies, water, and emergency shelter. We have so far committed £72 million to Yemen for this year.

9th Sep 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will estimate the number of (a) refugees, (b) internally displaced persons and (c) persons of concern resulting from conflict in Yemen.

Since March 2015, the United Nations (UN) estimates that:

  1. 179,654 people have arrived in Djibouti, Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Saudi Arabia and Oman from Yemen, including Yemeni refugees and asylum-seekers;
  2. 2,205,102 people are internally displaced within Yemen; and
  3. 21.2 million people are in need of some form of humanitarian assistance.
9th May 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department has plans to hold an international donor conference for the humanitarian response in Yemen.

The top priority for the present has to be ending the conflict and ensuring aid can reach those in need. We are focused on supporting the UN-led peace talks, increasing commercial imports of food, fuel and medical supplies, and improving humanitarian access.

We will monitor progress against the 2016 UN appeal closely and consider whether a conference is helpful later this year.

9th May 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to ensure emergency education, in particular for displaced children, is prioritised as part of the emergency response in Yemen; and whether education will be prioritised in her Department's support for the recovery and reconstruction of Yemen.

UK aid to Yemen is currently focused on the most urgent life-saving needs, in particular food, nutrition, health, water and sanitation. We have so far helped more than 1.3 million Yemenis who have been affected by the conflict.

DFID has supported education in Yemen through the Social Fund for Development (SFD). Since 2010, more than 240,000 children have attended schools supported by SFD. DFID is also supporting the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to rehabilitate schools which is helping 3,500 refugee children and Yemeni children from their host communities, to resume education.

The UK is working closely with the Government of Yemen, Gulf countries, the World Bank, UN and other donors on planning for stabilisation and post-conflict recovery. Any future support will be based upon a comprehensive assessment of needs.

19th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government has taken to (a) alleviate the blockade of Yemen and (b) address the shortage of essential medicines in that country.

The UK is the 4th largest donor to the crisis in Yemen and has more than doubled its humanitarian support over the last year to £85 million for 2015/16. We have so far helped more than 1.3 million Yemenis with medical supplies, food, water, and emergency shelter. This includes support to the UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) to import essential medical supplies. From 27 April until 31 December 2015 UNHAS transported 9,547 kg of medical cargo on passenger flights. They also organised separate cargo flights to transport a total of 192 metric tons of medical and nutrition supplies. The UK also fund the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to support critical relief projects, including the provision of emergency drugs and medical supplies.

There is no blockade, although some restrictions have been put in place to prevent the flow of arms to Yemen. One of our top priorities now is working to help commercial shipping return to pre-conflict levels. This is why the UK is providing £1.42m of support to the UN’s Verification and Inspection Mechanism (UNVIM). UNVIM will help speed up checks for commercial cargo, including food, fuel and medical supplies, entering Yemen and increase commercial confidence to get markets working again and lower very high commodity prices.

19th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government has taken to reduce fuel insecurity in Yemen.

The UK is the 4th largest donor to the crisis in Yemen and has more than doubled its humanitarian support over the last year to £85 million for 2015/16. We have so far helped more than 1.3 million Yemenis with medical supplies, food, water, and emergency shelter.

Yemen is highly dependent on commercial imports for essential fuel supplies. That is why one of our top priorities is working to help commercial shipping return to pre-conflict levels. We welcome the progress made on maritime access in recent months, but more needs to be done. DFID is providing £1.42m of support to the UN’s Verification and Inspection Mechanism (UNVIM) which will help speed up checks for commercial cargo, including fuel, entering Yemen and increase commercial confidence to get markets working again and lower very high commodity prices.

19th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate she has made of the number of people who have left Yemen as refugees since March 2015.

Between March 2015 and 15 February 2016, the UN estimates that 171,585 people have arrived in Djibouti, Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Saudi Arabia and Oman from Yemen, including Yemeni refugees and asylum-seekers, and people of other nationalities seeking protection.

19th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the UK is taking to assist in the repair of hospitals damaged by air strikes in Yemen.

The UK is the 4th largest donor to the crisis in Yemen and has more than doubled its humanitarian support over the last year to £85 million for 2015/16. We have so far helped more than 1.3 million Yemenis with medical supplies, food, water, and emergency shelter.

The repair and rebuilding of infrastructure in Yemen will be a key part of any comprehensive recovery and reconstruction plan. We are already working with the Government of Yemen and the international community to promote thinking and planning for Yemen’s recovery. In the meantime, we are helping to meet emergency health care needs for the most vulnerable. Working through UNICEF, we provide health and nutrition services through hospitals and mobile clinics. The UK was also the largest donor to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Yemen Humanitarian Pooled Fund in 2015, with UK support providing over 40,000 people with emergency healthcare.

19th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funding the Government has allocated specifically to child protection in Yemen.

The UK is the 4th largest donor to the crisis in Yemen and has more than doubled its humanitarian support over the last year to £85 million for 2015/16. This includes funding for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and Save the Children to raise awareness of child rights, to monitor and support displaced children and to provide children with food, nutritional support, water and sanitation.

19th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to encourage increased international donor support for Yemen.

The UK is the fourth largest donor to the humanitarian crisis in Yemen and has more than doubled its humanitarian support over the last year to £85 million for 2015/16. We have so far helped more than 1.3 million Yemenis with medical supplies, food, water, and emergency shelter.

We continue to call on other donors to step up. In July 2015 the Foreign and Development Secretaries wrote to international donors to raise the profile of Yemen’s humanitarian crisis and encourage more funding to the response. In September, the Development Secretary co-hosted a meeting on Yemen’s humanitarian crisis at the UN General Assembly, at which donors (including the UK) pledged an additional £85 million.

We will continue to encourage donors to give generously to the newly launched UN humanitarian appeal for 2016.

19th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government has taken to relieve food insecurity in (a) Taiz and (b) elsewhere in Yemen.

The UK has more than doubled its humanitarian commitment to Yemen over the last year to £85 million for 2015/16. This includes funding to the World Food Programme (WFP) and International Non-Governmental Organisations who provide emergency food to over 570,000 people, either through direct delivery of food or providing cash or vouchers to enable people to buy food. These distributions are prioritised to the areas of greatest need including the hardest to reach districts of Taiz. Just last week, UK funding helped WFP to deliver a month’s supply of food to 21,000 people in Taiz. UK funding to UNICEF is also treating over 150,000 children for severe acute malnutrition and we are funding the UN Verification and Inspection Mechanism (UNVIM) to improve the supply of essential commercial goods, including food, into Yemen.

19th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps are being taken to address and prevent the spread of the H1N1 virus in Yemen.

The UK is the 4th largest donor to the crisis in Yemen and has more than doubled its humanitarian support over the last year to £85 million for 2015/16. We have so far helped more than 1.3 million Yemenis with medical supplies, food, water, and emergency shelter.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) reports that there have been 16 confirmed cases of the H1N1 virus identified in Yemen in 2016, and that appropriate treatment has been given. The WHO and Ministry of Public Health continue to conduct Health Education awareness campaigns on the prevention and control of a number of epidemic diseases, including H1N1.

5th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent steps her Department has taken to allow aid to enter and be distributed throughout Yemen without restriction.

Improving access into and within Yemen for commercial goods and humanitarian aid is one of the UK’s top priorities. We have consistently called on all parties to improve commercial access for essential imports of food, fuel and medical supplies; facilitate rapid, safe and unhindered access to all people in need; and safeguard major access routes and key infrastructure in Yemen, including airports, sea ports and fuel distribution sites.

In addition, we fund agencies and NGOs who have the best access and ability to deliver humanitarian aid. In addition, we have provided:

  • £1 million to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), who broker humanitarian access for the international response.
  • £1 million to the UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) to provide an air bridge into Yemen for humanitarian staff and essential medical supplies.
  • £1.42 million for the UN Verification and Inspection Mechanism (UNVIM) to improve supply of essential goods into Yemen.

8th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department is continuing to take part in joint development programmes with the World Bank in Yemen.

The World Bank suspended its operations and projects in Yemen in March 2015. More detailed information on the suspension can be found at: http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2015/03/11/world-bank-suspends-operations-in-yemen

As a result of the World Bank’s decision and the increase in conflict in Yemen, DFID suspended its “Yemen Mutual Accountability Framework” and “Building an Evidence Base “programmes with the World Bank. We are however continuing to work with the World Bank on a Country Economic Memorandum for Yemen which is nearing finalisation.

More detailed information about all DFID-funded programmes in Yemen can be found at: http://devtracker.dfid.gov.uk/countries/YE/.

8th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department is continuing to take part in joint development programmes with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems in Yemen.

In March 2015, following the increase in conflict in Yemen, DFID suspended its “Support to Elections in Phase II of Yemen’s Transition" programme, including the International Foundation for Electoral Systems’ activities. The programme formally ended on 31 May 2015.

8th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department is continuing to take part in joint development programmes with Oxfam in Yemen.

DFID is continuing to fund Oxfam, CARE and Save the Children through the “Yemen Humanitarian Resilience Programme”, and Save the Children through the “Improving Nutrition in Yemen Programme” with UNICEF. Through these programmes, DFID is providing food, safe water, emergency livelihoods support, shelter and protection services, and helping to treat and prevent severe acute malnutrition.

More detailed information about all DFID Yemen funded programmes can be found at: http://devtracker.dfid.gov.uk/countries/YE/.

8th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department is continuing to take part in joint development programmes with CARE in Yemen.

DFID is continuing to fund Oxfam, CARE and Save the Children through the “Yemen Humanitarian Resilience Programme”, and Save the Children through the “Improving Nutrition in Yemen Programme” with UNICEF. Through these programmes, DFID is providing food, safe water, emergency livelihoods support, shelter and protection services, and helping to treat and prevent severe acute malnutrition.

More detailed information about all DFID Yemen funded programmes can be found at: http://devtracker.dfid.gov.uk/countries/YE/.

8th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department's joint development programmes with Save the Children in Yemen are active.

DFID is continuing to fund Oxfam, CARE and Save the Children through the “Yemen Humanitarian Resilience Programme”, and Save the Children through the “Improving Nutrition in Yemen Programme” with UNICEF. Through these programmes, DFID is providing food, safe water, emergency livelihoods support, shelter and protection services, and helping to treat and prevent severe acute malnutrition.

More detailed information about all DFID Yemen funded programmes can be found at: http://devtracker.dfid.gov.uk/countries/YE/.

8th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effect of the conflict in Yemen on the number of Yemeni refugees fleeing to other areas in the Middle East.

Djibouti and Somalia have received most Yemeni refugees since the escalation of the conflict in Yemen in March 2015 based on available data. Humanitarian agencies report that approximately 9,583 Yemenis have fled to Djibouti and 2,113 have fled to Somalia. Data on the number of Yemenis who have fled to others countries in the Middle East is not yet available.

8th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department and its international partners are taking to ensure humanitarian aid continues to be provided during the conflict in Yemen.

The UK is working closely with the United Nations, the United States and other partners to ensure humanitarian aid continues to enter Yemen. We have consistently called on all parties to the conflict to ensure rapid and unimpeded access for humanitarian agencies. We support the UN Secretary General’s call for a further humanitarian pause so that agencies can deliver further supplies, help the sick and wounded to access health services, and allow civilians trapped by fighting to leave.

The UK was the first country to deploy humanitarian experts to Riyadh to offer practical advice to Saudi and Yemeni authorities on facilitating access for humanitarian supplies, resuming commercial shipping, and improving systems for humanitarian clearances. So far the UK has provided £15 million to the 2015 UN Humanitarian Appeal for Yemen (including an additional commitment of £4 million in April 2015). Our contribution is providing life-saving assistance (e.g. medical supplies, water, food and emergency shelter) to those affected by the conflict and treating severe acute malnutrition.

2nd Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what programmes her Department is operating (a) in Yemen and (b) to address the implications of the conflict in that country.

DFID programmes in Yemen support the UK’s vision for a more stable, secure and prosperous Yemen by helping to manage crises and tackle the drivers of conflict and poverty. Given the current context, DFID’s principal focus is on meeting the immediate humanitarian needs of millions of Yemeni people.

So far the UK has provided £15 million to the 2015 UN Humanitarian Appeal for Yemen (including an additional commitment of £4 million in April 2015). Our contribution is providing life-saving assistance (e.g. medical supplies, water, food and emergency shelter) to those affected by the conflict and treating severe acute malnutrition. We have temporarily suspended or closed other programmes which supported political and economic reform.

More detailed information about all DFID-funded programmes can be found at: http://devtracker.dfid.gov.uk/countries/YE/.

2nd Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate she has made of the number of refugees (a) within and (b) outside Yemen as a result of the ongoing conflict in that country.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that since 26 March, the start of the most recent hostilities, over 1 million Yemenis have been internally displaced (in addition to an estimated 335,000 internally displaced people prior to March). OCHA anticipates that this number is likely to increase as the conflict continues and data improves. For the same period, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) reports that over 25,000 people (Yemenis and foreign nationals) have fled to neighbouring countries, mainly to Djibouti and Somalia.

5th Dec 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what direct support her Department is providing to the government of Yemen on making economic reform plans.

DFID is providing advice to the Government of Yemen on how to address binding constraints to growth and develop a prioritised economic reform plan, working with the World Bank. In addition we are also providing £3.15 million, through a World Bank Trust Fund, to help the Government of Yemen to implement economic policy reforms prioritised in Yemen’s 2012 Mutual Accountability Framework, and to coordinate international assistance to support these reforms. Finally, we are working closely with the IMF on its recently agreed Extended Credit Facility programme for Yemen, which includes a number of economic reform benchmarks.

5th Dec 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what direct support her Department is providing to the government of Yemen on the formation and implementation of elections policy.

DFID is providing £7 million to support Yemen’s constitutional referendum and elections, in partnership with Yemen’s Supreme Commission for Elections and Referendum, the United Nations Development Programme, and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems. No DFID funding is being provided directly to Government of Yemen.

Our support will help to: develop a new biometric voter registry; equip polling stations; draft relevant legislation; deliver a public outreach and communications campaign; engage civil society, women, and political parties in the process and planning of the elections; and assess and manage security risks. In addition, the UK Ambassador to Yemen regularly discusses elections preparations with Government of Yemen.

5th Dec 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what direct support her Department has provided for the drafting of a new constitution in Yemen.

DFID has provided £1 million to support Yemen’s constitutional drafting process, through a multi-donor United Nations Trust Fund under the leadership of Jamal Benomar, the Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General. This builds on our earlier contribution of £3.7 million to Yemen’s National Dialogue Conference. Our support has helped to give women, youth and other marginalised groups an unprecedented opportunity to influence the negotiation of a more inclusive political settlement, as the basis for a more secure and stable Yemen.

20th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support her Department is providing to the government of Yemen.

From 2012 to 2015, DFID is providing £196 million to Yemen to address urgent humanitarian needs; build communities’ resilience and deliver basic services; and support the political transition and economic reform to increase citizens’ confidence in government and lay the groundwork for longer-term stability and development. None of DFID’s funding is channelled directly through the Government of Yemen’s systems.

Since 2012, DFID has provided emergency and early recovery assistance to over 850,000 Yemenis; emergency food assistance to over 600,000; reached over 1 million through our nutrition programmes; and helped over 150,000 have better access to finance.

20th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans she has to provide further support to the government of Yemen.

The UK is deeply concerned by recent events in Yemen. The political transition in Yemen must not be allowed to fail and we are supporting President Hadi, Prime Minister Bahah and all parties working constructively to implement the Peace and National Partnership Agreement, and Gulf Co-operation Council Initiative and Implementation Mechanism.

DFID will continue to support the Government of Yemen’s political transition, including through a new constitution, referendum and elections, and their economic reform plans. We will also continue to meet urgent humanitarian needs, tackle malnutrition, deliver basic services and improve access to finance.


2nd Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much her Department has spent specifically to reduce the number of malnourished children in the developing world; and which 10 countries are the largest recipients of such funding.

Between 2010 and 2012 DFID spent a total of £740 million (US$1.27 billion) on nutrition programmes of which £86 million (US$148 million) was spent on nutrition-specific programmes. The 10 largest recipients of nutrition specific spend were: India, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Yemen, Zambia, Ghana, Tanzania, Bangladesh and Nepal. Full details and analysis are available in the independent Development Initiatives' Report “DFID's aid spending for nutrition: 2010 to 2012” which is published on its website.

2nd Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much aid the UK has given to Yemen since 1 January 2012; and what comparative assessment she has made of the level of such spending in other EU countries.

The UK Government has provided over £172 million in bilateral aid to Yemen since January 2012. DFID does not hold data for the amount spent in this period for other European donors. However, the latest pledge and disbursement data collated by the Government of Yemen for the period April 2012 to December 2013 is shown below. The period to which the UK's pledge applies to extends to March 2015.

Donor

Pledged

(million USD)

Disbursed

(million USD)

European Commission

215.4

119.75

Denmark

30

15

France

88.1

3.1

Germany

157.6

55.4

Italy

45

0

Netherlands

100

50.28

Spain

1.5

1.5

Sweden

46.9

40.9

United Kingdom

311

200.7

2nd Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which 10 countries will receive the highest amount of UK aid in the post-2015 development framework; and how much each such country will receive.

Budget needs will be assessed in light of the post-2015 framework and according to country need.

2nd Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how UK aid money to India was allocated in (a) 2012, (b) 2013 and (c) 2014.

Plans for UK development spending in India are set out in the 2011-2015 Operational Plan:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dfid-india-operational-plan-2011-2015--2

2nd Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much of the aid given by the UK to Yemen is spent on (a) food, (b) education, (c) housing, (d) healthcare and (e) employment.

The UK Government provided £81.3million in bilateral aid to Yemen in 2013/14. Precise data is not available for the breakdown requested, but support included approximately: £8.0 million in cash or vouchers to address food insecurity; £15.2 million towards education; £0.2 million to provide emergency shelter; £21.0 million towards health; and £4.0 million towards employment. The total also includes £7.5 million in contributions to pooled humanitarian funds for which we are awaiting final detailed data, but which included expenditure on cash and vouchers to address food insecurity, shelter, health and employment.

12th Jun 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many meetings she has had with world leaders to discuss the humanitarian situation in Yemen since 1 January 2013.

Tackling the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, where we are one of the largest humanitarian donors, is a priority for DFID. As such, DFID ministers have played a leading role in galvanising international efforts and encouraging others to do more. This has involved regular discussions with senior global leaders both in the specifically convened Friends of Yemen, but also during regular meetings with partners to discuss humanitarian issues.

12th Jun 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much of the £70 million which her Department offered to Yemen in 2013 for emergency food assistance, shelter, clean water and help for people recovering from conflict was provided to that country.

DFID is one of the largest humanitarian donors to Yemen. We are committed to tackling the humanitarian crisis in the country including through the £70m of human assistance we offered in 2013. Last financial year we offered £32m of assistance, we have already allocated £33m for this year and the balance of the commitment will be allocated as soon as possible.

12th Jun 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the budgeted spend is for humanitarian aid for Yemen for the next two years.

DFID has already committed £33m in assistance for this financial year and we are in the process of assessing where we should allocate further funds and at what scale.

27th Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the financial value was of arms exports to each member of the Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen since 2015.

The Government publishes Official Statistics (on a quarterly and annual basis) about export licences on GOV.UK. These reports contain detailed information on export licences issued, refused or revoked, by destination, including the overall value, type (e.g. Military, Other) and a summary of the items covered by these licences. These can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/strategic-export-controls-licensing-data.

Bespoke reports (e.g. by country, goods type and for specific timeframes) may also be produced by registering on the Strategic Export Controls Reports and Statistics Website at: https://www.exportcontroldb.trade.gov.uk/sdb2/fox/sdb/SDBHOME

The value of exports licensed in a given period is not necessarily a measure of actual exports shipped in that period. This is because most licences are valid for multiple shipments over two years and export values are only available for a subsection of licences (Standard Individual Export Licences). Some licences expire before they are fully used and in these circumstances exporters must apply for a new (duplicate) licence, which can result in a significant element of double counting in some periods.

All export licences are issued in strict accordance with the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria.

11th Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will ensure that (a) the NHS and (b) other public services are excluded from future trade deals.

I refer the Honourable Friend for Leicester East to the answer I gave to the Member for Midlothian on 26 February 2019, UIN 224362.

10th Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment he has made of the effect of the WTO reforms proposed at the G20 summit in Argentina on UK trade with the EU after the UK leaves the EU.

At their Summit in Buenos Aires on 30 November – 1 December 2018, G20 Leaders agreed to support the necessary reform of the WTO to improve its functioning. The objective of the reform is to strengthen the WTO, which is the foundation on which the vast majority of global trade is conducted. Ensuring a stronger foundation for global trade will also benefit UK trade with the EU after the UK leaves the EU.

28th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent estimate he has made of the level of bi-lateral trade with Sri Lanka.

Total trade in goods and services (i.e. exports plus imports) between the UK and Sri Lanka was £1.2bn in year to end 2018 Q2.

In year to end 2018 Q2, UK exports to Sri Lanka amounted to £317m (a 2.3% increase from year to end 2017 Q2) while UK imports from Sri Lanka were £917m (a 19.0% decrease from year to end 2017 Q2).

29th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the total value was of UK arms exports to Saudi Arabia in financial year 2017-2018.

The Government publishes Official Statistics (on a quarterly and annual basis) of licences granted and refused for military exports on GOV.UK, which can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/strategic-export-controls-licensing-data

The total value of military rated items, licensed between 1 April 2017 and 31st March 2018, was £894,505,658.

The value of exports licensed in a given period is not necessarily a measure of actual exports shipped in that period. This is because most licences are valid for multiple shipments over two years and export values are only available for a subsection of licences (Standard Individual Export Licences). Some licences expire before they are fully used and in these circumstances exporters must apply for a new (duplicate) licence, which can result in a significant element of double counting in some periods.

9th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions have been had with the EFTA states on the UK continuing with such an agreement after the UK leaves the EU.

The government is committed to seeking continuity in its current trade and investment relationships, including those covered by EU Free Trade Agreements or other EU preferential arrangements.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
9th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps he is taking to ensure that the UK conducts its arms trade in a responsible manner.

The primary way that the Government ensures responsible trade in defence equipment is through our system of export controls. All export licences are assessed on a case by case basis against the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria. The Consolidated Criteria provide a thorough risk assessment framework. A licence will not be issued if to do so would be inconsistent with the Consolidated Criteria.

6th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many meetings he has had with representatives of UK arms manufacturers on the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU.

My Rt hon Friend the Secretary of State for International Trade has met a number of defence companies since his appointment. The meetings have covered a range of topics, including the UK’s Exit from the European Union.

6th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will review his Department's policy on arms sales to Saudi Arabia following alleged human rights violations in Yemen.

All export licences are issued in strict accordance with the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria. The framework was announced to parliament by the former Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Rt. Hon Member for Twickenham, Sir Vince Cable, as a Written Ministerial Statement on 25 March 2014.

13th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps the Government plans to take to ensure (a) transparency and (b) parliamentary scrutiny of all trade deals concluded by the UK after exiting the EU.

As always, Parliament has a vital role to play in the scrutiny of trade agreements. In the recently published White Paper ‘Preparing for our future UK trade policy’ the government committed to a transparent and inclusive process and we welcome feedback on this.

The Department for International Trade is engaging widely with Parliament and a number of stakeholders, including businesses, trade associations and civil society organisations, to inform our approach to trade as we prepare to leave the EU.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
13th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if the Government will review its policy on granting export licences to Saudi Arabia, taking into account recent evidence on the incidence of human rights abuses in Yemen.

All export licences are issued in strict accordance with the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria. The framework was announced to parliament by the former Secretary of State at the former Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Rt. Hon Member for Twickenham, Sir Vince Cable, as a Written Ministerial Statement on 25 March 2014.

7th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps the Government is taking to improve trade relations with (a) Tunisia and (b) other Northern African countries.

The UK has strong trade relations across North Africa. DIT teams support British companies exporting and investing throughout the region, including through trade missions in both directions. The Prime Minister’s Trade Envoys to Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco and Egypt (with a watching brief on Libya) support this work, including through trade discussions with Government Ministers in these countries. The Lord Mayor of the City of London also visited the region this year. UK Export Finance (UKEF) has significant capacity to support UK exports to North Africa. UKEF recently increased its capacity for Egypt and will be reviewing its limits for other North African countries.

7th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, which areas of the Japanese market are considered to be the most attractive to British exporters.

As a large and diversified market, the Japanese market is attractive to a wide range of UK exporters in both goods and services and was the 11th largest destination for UK exports in 2015.

In 2016, the top five UK goods exported to Japan were: Machinery and mechanical appliances; Motor vehicles; pharmaceuticals; optical, photographic, cinematographic and medical instruments; and electrical machinery and equipment.

In 2015, the top UK services exported to Japan were financial services, other business services and transportation services.

Sources: ONS Pink Book; HMRC Interactive Database

11th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many new international trade agreements the Government has concluded since 1 January 2017.

The UK Government cannot negotiate and conclude trade agreements whilst we are still members of the European Union.

10th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many trade delegates he has led since taking up his position; and to which countries he has led those delegates.

Since July 2016, the Department has led 51 trade missions to key markets across the world covering over 19 sectors, with an average number of 15 delegates per mission. My Rt. Hon Friend the Secretary of State for International Trade accompanied the Prime Minister with a business delegation to India in November 2016.

The Department for International Trade Ministers undertook 134 visits in the Department’s first year; 97 were overseas, underlining the Department’s commitment to helping British companies win business in international markets.

11th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, in what languages he plans to display electronic road signs on road closures on A-roads and motorways.

Using foreign languages on Variable Message Signs (VMS) to provide roadworks information was piloted in early 2019 for a limited time on the M6 and A66 in Cumbria. There are no current plans to roll out the use of foreign languages on VMS in any other parts of the country.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
11th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department plans to spend on displaying electronic road signs in foreign languages on A-roads and motorways.

Using foreign languages on Variable Message Signs (VMS) to provide roadworks information was piloted in early 2019 for a limited time on the M6 and A66 in Cumbria. There are no current plans to roll out the use of foreign languages on VMS in any other parts of the country.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
11th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, in which parts of the UK his Department plans to install road signs on road closures in foreign languages.

Using foreign languages on Variable Message Signs (VMS) to provide roadworks information was piloted in early 2019 for a limited time on the M6 and A66 in Cumbria. There are no current plans to roll out the use of foreign languages on VMS in any other parts of the country.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
22nd Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the DVLA Medical Advisory Panel has plans to update guidance for drivers with diabetes on insulin on using FreeStyle Libre and Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) devices to monitor their blood glucose levels.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency is currently amending the Assessing Fitness to Drive guidance on the use of new monitoring technologies for people with diabetes. The revised guidance is due to be published in February. This will allow the testing of interstitial fluid for driving licensing purposes for people with diabetes who drive cars or motorcycles. Drivers of goods vehicles and buses must continue to monitor blood glucose levels.

22nd Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has received representation from the DVLA on the use of (a) FreeStyle Libre and (b) Continuous Glucose Monitoring devices to monitor blood glucose levels for people with diabetes.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency is currently amending the Assessing Fitness to Drive guidance on the use of new monitoring technologies for people with diabetes. The revised guidance is due to be published in February. This will allow the testing of interstitial fluid for driving licensing purposes for people with diabetes who drive cars or motorcycles. Drivers of goods vehicles and buses must continue to monitor blood glucose levels.

4th Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people have died as a result of vehicle pursuits by ambulance and police services in (a) 2017 and (b) in each month since January 2018.

There were 5 fatalities in accidents where the contributory factor ‘emergency vehicle on a call’ was reported in Great Britain in 2017.

The Department collects data on personal injury road accidents reported to the police, including contributory factors which the police select when they attend the scene. This does not assign blame for the accident but gives an indication of factors the attending officer thought contributed to the accident.

Not all accidents are included in the contributory factor data; only accidents where the police attended the scene and reported at least one contributory factor are included. A total of 72 per cent of accidents reported to the police in 2017 in Great Britain met these criteria.

Published table RAS50007 provides information on casualties in reported road accidents by contributory factor and severity in Great Britain: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/743101/ras50007.ods.

Figures for 2018 will be published in 2019.

26th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with (a) the Association of Policy and Crime Commissioners and (b) the National Policy Chiefs Council on changes to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency’s guidance on driving and diabetes.

No formal discussions have been held with the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners or the National Police Chiefs’ Council about changes to the guidance on driving and diabetes. The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) did hold informal discussions with police representatives in Autumn 2017 before clarifying its guidance for drivers with insulin-treated diabetes who drive emergency vehicles as part of their employment.

The DVLA’s guidance was also amended in January 2018 to implement changes to European legislation. A targeted consultation was carried out with key stakeholders specialising in diabetes care or advice, before the changes were made.

7th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many letters he has received from (a) individuals and (b) companies on compensation for the original HS2 route.

The number of letters received by the Department on Property Compensation in the last three years on the original HS2 route is listed below:

Year

Letters

2016

82

2017

69

2018

41

7th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many properties purchased by the Government from people affected by High Speed 2 are now (a) let, (b) empty and (c) sold.

As at 31 May, 923 properties have been acquired, 553 of which are let. 1 has been sold and the remainder are empty, i.e. either seeking letting or have been transferred to the works contractors for construction.

7th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reason compensation was awarded to people affected by the route of High Speed 2 before that route was finalised.

Although HS2 will benefit the whole country, the Government understands the impact and anxiety that its proposals had on property owners affected by route proposals. As with other large-scale infrastructure projects, once route proposals are published, it is not uncommon for local properties to experience the effects of generalised blight. That is why the Government launched a suite of HS2 non-statutory property compensation schemes between 2010 and 2017 in advance of and at route phase announcements to address those impacts. In addition, qualifying owner-occupiers have a statutory entitlement to apply to the Government to have their property purchased where a proposed route is protected from conflicting development through the issuing of safeguarding directions.

7th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much compensation was awarded to (a) individuals and (b) companies as a result of the High Speed Two route.

The first of the non-statutory property compensation schemes was introduced on Phase One in January 2010. Since then, the wider suite of statutory and non-statutory schemes have been progressively applied to the three phases of the HS2 route. The Government conducted large scale public consultations before extending the non-statutory property compensation schemes to each phase of the route. The schemes are generous and comprehensive.

The Government does not publish the date or details of individual compensation awards. Since the first property compensation scheme was launched in January 2010, a total of £1,791,287,522 has been paid out as at the end of May 2018 to residential and commercial property owners. The schemes will remain in place until one year after each phase of HS2 is fully operational.

7th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the dates on which recipients of compensation from the original route received their payments.

The first of the non-statutory property compensation schemes was introduced on Phase One in January 2010. Since then, the wider suite of statutory and non-statutory schemes have been progressively applied to the three phases of the HS2 route. The Government conducted large scale public consultations before extending the non-statutory property compensation schemes to each phase of the route. The schemes are generous and comprehensive.

The Government does not publish the date or details of individual compensation awards. Since the first property compensation scheme was launched in January 2010, a total of £1,791,287,522 has been paid out as at the end of May 2018 to residential and commercial property owners. The schemes will remain in place until one year after each phase of HS2 is fully operational.

7th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the decision was taken to award compensation to people affected by HS2.

The first of the non-statutory property compensation schemes was introduced on Phase One in January 2010. Since then, the wider suite of statutory and non-statutory schemes have been progressively applied to the three phases of the HS2 route. The Government conducted large scale public consultations before extending the non-statutory property compensation schemes to each phase of the route. The schemes are generous and comprehensive.

The Government does not publish the date or details of individual compensation awards. Since the first property compensation scheme was launched in January 2010, a total of £1,791,287,522 has been paid out as at the end of May 2018 to residential and commercial property owners. The schemes will remain in place until one year after each phase of HS2 is fully operational.

21st May 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much compensation has been disbursed from the public purse to home-owners who are affected by the High Speed Two project in Leicestershire to date.

The total cash sum paid to homeowners affected by the High Speed Two (HS2) project in Leicestershire to date is £1,824,533.

27th Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many properties purchased under the Exceptional Hardship Scheme in respect of High Speed 2 were still in the ownership of the Government at 1 March 2017.

A total of 234 properties have been acquired under the Exceptional Hardship Scheme (EHS). The Need To Sell (NTS) Scheme replaced the EHS for Phase One in January 2015, 2a in May 2016, and Phase 2b in November 2016; and an additional 56 properties have been acquired under the NTS scheme.

All properties acquired remain in the ownership of the Secretary of State as at 1 March 2017.

25th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people in Leicestershire have (a) applied and (b) had an application accepted for compensation under the HS2 Exceptional Hardship Scheme.

Exceptional Hardship Scheme applications were received from six properties in Leicestershire. Of these, three applications were accepted.

25th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people have (a) applied and (b) had an application accepted for compensation under the HS2 Exceptional Hardship Scheme.

The Government recognises that proposals for HS2 can cause uncertainty for individuals, communities and small businesses and has had an effect on property prices in the vicinity of the route. As a result it launched an Exceptional Hardship Scheme (EHS) to assist those most affected to sell their home to Government at its unblighted market value. This scheme was superseded following consultation by the Need to Sell (NTS) scheme.

Applications under the HS2 Exceptional Hardship Scheme were received from 610 properties (848 total applications, of which 238 were reapplications). 250 applications have been accepted. The EHS is now closed for applications, though there are ongoing cases to be concluded.

25th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what total amount has been paid out under the HS2 Exceptional Hardship Scheme.

The total amount paid out to date under the HS2 Exceptional Hardship Scheme (EHS) is £146,019,531. The EHS is now closed for applications, though there are ongoing cases to be concluded.

25th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average amount is that has been paid out to people under the HS2 Exceptional Hardship Scheme.

The Government recognises that proposals for HS2 can cause uncertainty for individuals, communities and small businesses and has had an effect on property prices in the vicinity of the route. As a result it launched an Exceptional Hardship Scheme (EHS) to assist those most affected to sell their home to Government at its unblighted market value.

The average amount paid out under the HS2 Exceptional Hardship Scheme is £629,395.

25th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether funds paid out to properties under the HS2 Exceptional Hardship Scheme or Need to Sell Scheme which no longer fulfil the criteria of those schemes where the route of High Speed 2 is changed will be recovered.

It is the Government’s intention that properties acquired under the various HS2 compensation schemes and that are not required for construction of the railway will be returned to the housing market. Where this occurs properties will be sold at market value.

25th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding from the public purse has been paid to owners of Leicestershire properties under the HS2 Exceptional Hardship Scheme.

The amount paid out to eligible owner-occupiers in Leicestershire under the HS2 Exceptional Hardship Scheme was £2,964,420.

1st Jun 2015
M1
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost to the public purse is of the roadworks taking place on the M1 between junctions 15 and 19.

The planned expenditure for this phase of works is £62.5 million. Actual costs can only be determined once the works are completed and final accounts calculated.

The M1 J19 to 15 is replacing the existing steel barrier with a new concrete barrier. This includes removal of the existing steel central reserve barrier and all the existing lighting columns as these are no longer required. We have also undertaken a number of maintenance repairs to bridge piers that sit within the central reserve negating the need for any follow on scheme to carry these out. These works will have a significant reduction in the future maintenance needs for the central reserve as well as assisting in the preparation for the M1 J19-16 Smart Motorway All Lane Running (SM ALR) project that is currently in development.

1st Jun 2015
M1
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the roadworks on the M1 between junctions 15 and 19 will be completed.

The planned completion for the work to install a rigid concrete barrier is 7 September 2015.

7th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the reasons are for the time taken to complete the roadworks on the M1 approach to and after the Watford Gap.

The M1 Junction 19 to 16 Central Reserve Barrier scheme commenced on site in August 2014 and is due to be completed July 2015.

The M1 Junction 19 to 16 Central Reserve Barrier scheme is replacing the existing steel barrier with new Rigid Concrete Barrier that is essential maintenance.  In addition to this maintenance the following work will also be carried out: -

  • removal of the life expired lighting along the M1 J19 to 16

  • replacement verge lighting will be installed around Watford Gap Motorway Service Area

  • drainage work and installation of traffic management tools i.e. CCTV cameras. The programme was developed during contract negotiations and is being rigorously adhered to by the Contractor.

The Contractor employed to undertake the M1 Junction 19 to 16 Central Reserve Barrier scheme is BMJV, a joint venture between BAM Nuttall and Morgen Sindall.

The M1 Junction 19 to 16 Central Reserve Barrier scheme construction cost is £35M. There is also a Smart Motorway Scheme under development for this stretch of the motorway.

Regarding why there was nobody working on the road works on the M1 approach to and after the Watford Gap on 7 November 2014 at and around noon, it is impossible to know the exact numbers physically on site as operatives have breaks at staggered times. We can confirm the following for numbers of operatives and activities undertaken on that day: -

  • 27 operatives working along with length of works demolishing bridge piers, installing ducts and chambers including inserting a sub-duct to existing ready for reusing.

  • 9 operatives working plant such as excavators along the length of works.

  • 4 operatives conducting testing on ground conditions along with other tests along with length of the works.

  • 2 operatives plus 2 engineers inside launch pit situated in the centre of carriageway (not visible from road level) installing new drainage duct.

  • 6 operatives working on Traffic Management, going the length of the works ensuring the traffic management is maintained.

  • 1 operative removing material from site using vacuum excavator.

  • 7 operatives using planning plant, planning material off the surface down to a required level.  Activity also requires a number of wagons to haul the material away.

  • BMJV also had 4 supervisors out on site along with 6 engineers inspecting and surveying along with length of the works.

We are undertaking renewal works to the central reserve barrier on the M1 between junctions 16 and 19. We shall also be looking to replace the life expired barrier between J15 and 16 as part of this works.

From environmental and safety studies we are removing the life expired lighting along the M1 between Junctions 19 and 16. Replacement verge lighting will be installed around Watford Gap Motorway Service Area as part of the smart motorways design and upgrade.

This work will support the delivery of a future smart motorway scheme between junctions 16 and 19. This scheme is presently in development and will be subject to completion of statutory processes (including environmental assessments), deliverability and value for money.

Replacement of the old central reserve steel barrier is required as part of our ongoing maintenance programme and will help with the delivery of the proposed smart motorway works on this stretch. The estimated construction cost of these works is £35 million.

7th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what contractors are carrying out roadworks on the M1 approach to and after the Watford Gap.

The M1 Junction 19 to 16 Central Reserve Barrier scheme commenced on site in August 2014 and is due to be completed July 2015.

The M1 Junction 19 to 16 Central Reserve Barrier scheme is replacing the existing steel barrier with new Rigid Concrete Barrier that is essential maintenance.  In addition to this maintenance the following work will also be carried out: -

  • removal of the life expired lighting along the M1 J19 to 16

  • replacement verge lighting will be installed around Watford Gap Motorway Service Area

  • drainage work and installation of traffic management tools i.e. CCTV cameras. The programme was developed during contract negotiations and is being rigorously adhered to by the Contractor.

The Contractor employed to undertake the M1 Junction 19 to 16 Central Reserve Barrier scheme is BMJV, a joint venture between BAM Nuttall and Morgen Sindall.

The M1 Junction 19 to 16 Central Reserve Barrier scheme construction cost is £35M. There is also a Smart Motorway Scheme under development for this stretch of the motorway.

Regarding why there was nobody working on the road works on the M1 approach to and after the Watford Gap on 7 November 2014 at and around noon, it is impossible to know the exact numbers physically on site as operatives have breaks at staggered times. We can confirm the following for numbers of operatives and activities undertaken on that day: -

  • 27 operatives working along with length of works demolishing bridge piers, installing ducts and chambers including inserting a sub-duct to existing ready for reusing.

  • 9 operatives working plant such as excavators along the length of works.

  • 4 operatives conducting testing on ground conditions along with other tests along with length of the works.

  • 2 operatives plus 2 engineers inside launch pit situated in the centre of carriageway (not visible from road level) installing new drainage duct.

  • 6 operatives working on Traffic Management, going the length of the works ensuring the traffic management is maintained.

  • 1 operative removing material from site using vacuum excavator.

  • 7 operatives using planning plant, planning material off the surface down to a required level.  Activity also requires a number of wagons to haul the material away.

  • BMJV also had 4 supervisors out on site along with 6 engineers inspecting and surveying along with length of the works.

We are undertaking renewal works to the central reserve barrier on the M1 between junctions 16 and 19. We shall also be looking to replace the life expired barrier between J15 and 16 as part of this works.

From environmental and safety studies we are removing the life expired lighting along the M1 between Junctions 19 and 16. Replacement verge lighting will be installed around Watford Gap Motorway Service Area as part of the smart motorways design and upgrade.

This work will support the delivery of a future smart motorway scheme between junctions 16 and 19. This scheme is presently in development and will be subject to completion of statutory processes (including environmental assessments), deliverability and value for money.

Replacement of the old central reserve steel barrier is required as part of our ongoing maintenance programme and will help with the delivery of the proposed smart motorway works on this stretch. The estimated construction cost of these works is £35 million.

7th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how long the roadworks on the M1 approach to and after the Watford Gap will be in effect.

The M1 Junction 19 to 16 Central Reserve Barrier scheme commenced on site in August 2014 and is due to be completed July 2015.

The M1 Junction 19 to 16 Central Reserve Barrier scheme is replacing the existing steel barrier with new Rigid Concrete Barrier that is essential maintenance.  In addition to this maintenance the following work will also be carried out: -

  • removal of the life expired lighting along the M1 J19 to 16

  • replacement verge lighting will be installed around Watford Gap Motorway Service Area

  • drainage work and installation of traffic management tools i.e. CCTV cameras. The programme was developed during contract negotiations and is being rigorously adhered to by the Contractor.

The Contractor employed to undertake the M1 Junction 19 to 16 Central Reserve Barrier scheme is BMJV, a joint venture between BAM Nuttall and Morgen Sindall.

The M1 Junction 19 to 16 Central Reserve Barrier scheme construction cost is £35M. There is also a Smart Motorway Scheme under development for this stretch of the motorway.

Regarding why there was nobody working on the road works on the M1 approach to and after the Watford Gap on 7 November 2014 at and around noon, it is impossible to know the exact numbers physically on site as operatives have breaks at staggered times. We can confirm the following for numbers of operatives and activities undertaken on that day: -

  • 27 operatives working along with length of works demolishing bridge piers, installing ducts and chambers including inserting a sub-duct to existing ready for reusing.

  • 9 operatives working plant such as excavators along the length of works.

  • 4 operatives conducting testing on ground conditions along with other tests along with length of the works.

  • 2 operatives plus 2 engineers inside launch pit situated in the centre of carriageway (not visible from road level) installing new drainage duct.

  • 6 operatives working on Traffic Management, going the length of the works ensuring the traffic management is maintained.

  • 1 operative removing material from site using vacuum excavator.

  • 7 operatives using planning plant, planning material off the surface down to a required level.  Activity also requires a number of wagons to haul the material away.

  • BMJV also had 4 supervisors out on site along with 6 engineers inspecting and surveying along with length of the works.

We are undertaking renewal works to the central reserve barrier on the M1 between junctions 16 and 19. We shall also be looking to replace the life expired barrier between J15 and 16 as part of this works.

From environmental and safety studies we are removing the life expired lighting along the M1 between Junctions 19 and 16. Replacement verge lighting will be installed around Watford Gap Motorway Service Area as part of the smart motorways design and upgrade.

This work will support the delivery of a future smart motorway scheme between junctions 16 and 19. This scheme is presently in development and will be subject to completion of statutory processes (including environmental assessments), deliverability and value for money.

Replacement of the old central reserve steel barrier is required as part of our ongoing maintenance programme and will help with the delivery of the proposed smart motorway works on this stretch. The estimated construction cost of these works is £35 million.

7th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the roadworks on the M1 approach to and after the Watford Gap (a) started and (b) are expected to finish.

The M1 Junction 19 to 16 Central Reserve Barrier scheme commenced on site in August 2014 and is due to be completed July 2015.

The M1 Junction 19 to 16 Central Reserve Barrier scheme is replacing the existing steel barrier with new Rigid Concrete Barrier that is essential maintenance.  In addition to this maintenance the following work will also be carried out: -

  • removal of the life expired lighting along the M1 J19 to 16

  • replacement verge lighting will be installed around Watford Gap Motorway Service Area

  • drainage work and installation of traffic management tools i.e. CCTV cameras. The programme was developed during contract negotiations and is being rigorously adhered to by the Contractor.

The Contractor employed to undertake the M1 Junction 19 to 16 Central Reserve Barrier scheme is BMJV, a joint venture between BAM Nuttall and Morgen Sindall.

The M1 Junction 19 to 16 Central Reserve Barrier scheme construction cost is £35M. There is also a Smart Motorway Scheme under development for this stretch of the motorway.

Regarding why there was nobody working on the road works on the M1 approach to and after the Watford Gap on 7 November 2014 at and around noon, it is impossible to know the exact numbers physically on site as operatives have breaks at staggered times. We can confirm the following for numbers of operatives and activities undertaken on that day: -

  • 27 operatives working along with length of works demolishing bridge piers, installing ducts and chambers including inserting a sub-duct to existing ready for reusing.

  • 9 operatives working plant such as excavators along the length of works.

  • 4 operatives conducting testing on ground conditions along with other tests along with length of the works.

  • 2 operatives plus 2 engineers inside launch pit situated in the centre of carriageway (not visible from road level) installing new drainage duct.

  • 6 operatives working on Traffic Management, going the length of the works ensuring the traffic management is maintained.

  • 1 operative removing material from site using vacuum excavator.

  • 7 operatives using planning plant, planning material off the surface down to a required level.  Activity also requires a number of wagons to haul the material away.

  • BMJV also had 4 supervisors out on site along with 6 engineers inspecting and surveying along with length of the works.

We are undertaking renewal works to the central reserve barrier on the M1 between junctions 16 and 19. We shall also be looking to replace the life expired barrier between J15 and 16 as part of this works.

From environmental and safety studies we are removing the life expired lighting along the M1 between Junctions 19 and 16. Replacement verge lighting will be installed around Watford Gap Motorway Service Area as part of the smart motorways design and upgrade.

This work will support the delivery of a future smart motorway scheme between junctions 16 and 19. This scheme is presently in development and will be subject to completion of statutory processes (including environmental assessments), deliverability and value for money.

Replacement of the old central reserve steel barrier is required as part of our ongoing maintenance programme and will help with the delivery of the proposed smart motorway works on this stretch. The estimated construction cost of these works is £35 million.

7th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the total cost is of the roadworks on the M1 approach to and after the Watford Gap.

The M1 Junction 19 to 16 Central Reserve Barrier scheme commenced on site in August 2014 and is due to be completed July 2015.

The M1 Junction 19 to 16 Central Reserve Barrier scheme is replacing the existing steel barrier with new Rigid Concrete Barrier that is essential maintenance.  In addition to this maintenance the following work will also be carried out: -

  • removal of the life expired lighting along the M1 J19 to 16

  • replacement verge lighting will be installed around Watford Gap Motorway Service Area

  • drainage work and installation of traffic management tools i.e. CCTV cameras. The programme was developed during contract negotiations and is being rigorously adhered to by the Contractor.

The Contractor employed to undertake the M1 Junction 19 to 16 Central Reserve Barrier scheme is BMJV, a joint venture between BAM Nuttall and Morgen Sindall.

The M1 Junction 19 to 16 Central Reserve Barrier scheme construction cost is £35M. There is also a Smart Motorway Scheme under development for this stretch of the motorway.

Regarding why there was nobody working on the road works on the M1 approach to and after the Watford Gap on 7 November 2014 at and around noon, it is impossible to know the exact numbers physically on site as operatives have breaks at staggered times. We can confirm the following for numbers of operatives and activities undertaken on that day: -

  • 27 operatives working along with length of works demolishing bridge piers, installing ducts and chambers including inserting a sub-duct to existing ready for reusing.

  • 9 operatives working plant such as excavators along the length of works.

  • 4 operatives conducting testing on ground conditions along with other tests along with length of the works.

  • 2 operatives plus 2 engineers inside launch pit situated in the centre of carriageway (not visible from road level) installing new drainage duct.

  • 6 operatives working on Traffic Management, going the length of the works ensuring the traffic management is maintained.

  • 1 operative removing material from site using vacuum excavator.

  • 7 operatives using planning plant, planning material off the surface down to a required level.  Activity also requires a number of wagons to haul the material away.

  • BMJV also had 4 supervisors out on site along with 6 engineers inspecting and surveying along with length of the works.

We are undertaking renewal works to the central reserve barrier on the M1 between junctions 16 and 19. We shall also be looking to replace the life expired barrier between J15 and 16 as part of this works.

From environmental and safety studies we are removing the life expired lighting along the M1 between Junctions 19 and 16. Replacement verge lighting will be installed around Watford Gap Motorway Service Area as part of the smart motorways design and upgrade.

This work will support the delivery of a future smart motorway scheme between junctions 16 and 19. This scheme is presently in development and will be subject to completion of statutory processes (including environmental assessments), deliverability and value for money.

Replacement of the old central reserve steel barrier is required as part of our ongoing maintenance programme and will help with the delivery of the proposed smart motorway works on this stretch. The estimated construction cost of these works is £35 million.

7th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will investigate the reasons why nobody was working on the roadworks on the M1 approach to and after the Watford Gap on 7 November 2014 at and around noon.

The M1 Junction 19 to 16 Central Reserve Barrier scheme commenced on site in August 2014 and is due to be completed July 2015.

The M1 Junction 19 to 16 Central Reserve Barrier scheme is replacing the existing steel barrier with new Rigid Concrete Barrier that is essential maintenance.  In addition to this maintenance the following work will also be carried out: -

  • removal of the life expired lighting along the M1 J19 to 16

  • replacement verge lighting will be installed around Watford Gap Motorway Service Area

  • drainage work and installation of traffic management tools i.e. CCTV cameras. The programme was developed during contract negotiations and is being rigorously adhered to by the Contractor.

The Contractor employed to undertake the M1 Junction 19 to 16 Central Reserve Barrier scheme is BMJV, a joint venture between BAM Nuttall and Morgen Sindall.

The M1 Junction 19 to 16 Central Reserve Barrier scheme construction cost is £35M. There is also a Smart Motorway Scheme under development for this stretch of the motorway.

Regarding why there was nobody working on the road works on the M1 approach to and after the Watford Gap on 7 November 2014 at and around noon, it is impossible to know the exact numbers physically on site as operatives have breaks at staggered times. We can confirm the following for numbers of operatives and activities undertaken on that day: -

  • 27 operatives working along with length of works demolishing bridge piers, installing ducts and chambers including inserting a sub-duct to existing ready for reusing.

  • 9 operatives working plant such as excavators along the length of works.

  • 4 operatives conducting testing on ground conditions along with other tests along with length of the works.

  • 2 operatives plus 2 engineers inside launch pit situated in the centre of carriageway (not visible from road level) installing new drainage duct.

  • 6 operatives working on Traffic Management, going the length of the works ensuring the traffic management is maintained.

  • 1 operative removing material from site using vacuum excavator.

  • 7 operatives using planning plant, planning material off the surface down to a required level.  Activity also requires a number of wagons to haul the material away.

  • BMJV also had 4 supervisors out on site along with 6 engineers inspecting and surveying along with length of the works.

We are undertaking renewal works to the central reserve barrier on the M1 between junctions 16 and 19. We shall also be looking to replace the life expired barrier between J15 and 16 as part of this works.

From environmental and safety studies we are removing the life expired lighting along the M1 between Junctions 19 and 16. Replacement verge lighting will be installed around Watford Gap Motorway Service Area as part of the smart motorways design and upgrade.

This work will support the delivery of a future smart motorway scheme between junctions 16 and 19. This scheme is presently in development and will be subject to completion of statutory processes (including environmental assessments), deliverability and value for money.

Replacement of the old central reserve steel barrier is required as part of our ongoing maintenance programme and will help with the delivery of the proposed smart motorway works on this stretch. The estimated construction cost of these works is £35 million.

9th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether non-UK citizens will be part of the test group that receive the new benefit as part of the roll-out of universal credit.

We are still in the planning stages for managed migration and we have yet to agree the characteristics of those claimants who we will include in the initial pilot for managed migration. We are currently working closely with stakeholders and claimants to design our migration processes. Our focus remains on delivering a process that works well for everyone.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
9th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the roll-out of universal credit on the ability of asylum seekers to claim benefits in the UK.

I refer the Hon. Member to my answer to Question the response to PQ203324 answered on 28 December 2018.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
18th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what advice the Government gives to people in receipt of the state pension on how long they can spend abroad before their entitlement to the full state pension is reduced; and if he will make a statement.

Entitlement to State Pension is not reduced when a pensioner goes abroad. UK State Pension is paid worldwide to those who satisfy the qualifying conditions. However annual increases are restricted to UK pension recipients who are ordinarily resident in Great Britain and in countries overseas where there is a legal requirement to up-rate for example EEA countries and countries and territories where there is a reciprocal agreement that allows for up-rating. Advice on living and claiming abroad is available at https://www.gov.uk/new-state-pension/living-and-working-overseas

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
27th Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total amount of benefits paid to non-UK citizens living in the UK was in 2016 by benefit type.

DWP’s social security benefit system does not contain information on the nationality of the claimant.

However, we have published an ad-hoc report on DWP benefit expenditure on EEA national-led claims in 2013/14, by benefit type. This information was published in February 2016 and is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/502129/benefit-expenditure-eea-nationals-ad-hoc-stats.pdf

Additionally, in August 2016, HMRC published information on Tax Credits and Child Benefit expenditure for EEA nationals in 2013/14. This information is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/548156/HMRC_-_Ad_Hoc_Stats_Release_-further_TC_statistics_on_EEA_Nationals_JULY_-_FINAL_23rd_August_2016.pdf

For non-EEA nationals, the numbers in receipt of benefit is available here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/nationality-at-point-of-nino-registration-of-dwp-working-age-benefit-recipients-data-to-feb-2015

Damian Hinds
Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)
30th Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many flash glucose monitors and sensors were prescribed from 1 April 2019 to 30 September 2019 in each CCG area.

The information is not available in the format requested.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
14th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the priorities are for the NHS Primary Care Network.

The priority for the Primary Care Network (PCN) overall will be to ensure that it builds on the core of current primary care services by enabling greater provision of proactive, personalised, coordinated and more integrated health and social care. PCNs will take part in the Network Contract Directed Enhanced Service from July 2019. This provides funding for additional capacity in general practice, extended access and clinical leadership. The priorities for individual PCNs will be determined locally by their Clinical Director and leadership team, in close conjunction with their local authority and clinical commissioning group. These priorities must be within the context of the seven service specifications that are being published and which will set out what all networks have to deliver. The seven are focused on areas where PCNs can have significant impact against the ‘triple aim’ of improving health and saving lives, for example from strokes, heart attacks and cancer; improving the quality of care for people with multiple morbidities; and helping to make the National Health Service more sustainable, for example, by helping to reduce avoidable hospital admissions.

The specifications cover the following topics:

- Structured medications review and optimisation;

- Enhanced health in care homes, to implement the vanguard model;

- Anticipatory care requirements for high need patients typically experiencing several long-term conditions, joint with community services;

- Personalised Care, to implement the NHS Comprehensive Model;

- Supporting early cancer diagnosis;

- Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) prevention and diagnosis; and

- Tackling neighbourhood inequalities.

The framework can be viewed at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/gp-contract-2019.pdf

14th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which organisation will provide Primary Care Network services for GP practices in Leicester.

General practitioner (GP) practices within Leicester have been working together over the last few months to develop their proposed Primary Care Network (PCN) footprints. Initial proposals were discussed by Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group’s management and lay member group and GP Reference Group in April 2019. A list of proposed PCNs and their member practices was published in May and is available at the following link:

https://3xmatc1p0cnc3crfv93ovogp-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Paper-AOB-update-on-Primary-Care-Networks.pdf

PCNs will be formally established for 1 July.

14th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timeframe is for the publication of the report by Professor Dame Sally Davies on a potential tax on unhealthy food to tackle childhood obesity.

The Chief Medical Officer’s review of potential actions to help meet our ambition of halving childhood obesity by 2030 is due for publication in September.

12th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many GP practices in Leicester have joined the NHS Primary Care Network.

Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is in the process of finalising the structure for the Primary Care Networks (PCNs) in Leicester with general practitioner practices. PCNs are agreed for the majority of practices in the area. It is expected that confirmation for the remaining small number of practices not yet signed up will be given before the deadline of 30 June. As soon as the full structure is agreed, it will be communicated with the Leicester population and stakeholders. The CCG’s expectation is that all practices will be part of a PCN.

29th Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the criteria are for people with diabetes to be eligible for insulin pump therapy on prescription through the NHS.

NHS England has published information on the criteria for patients eligible for insulin pump therapy, which includes supporting guidance for clinical commissioning groups. This can be found at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/flash-glucose-monitoring-national-arrangements-funding.pdf

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence also published guidance that should be used by prescribers to inform decisions on achieving the most relevant treatment for their patient. This can be found at the following link:

https://www.nice.org.uk/advice/mib110

29th Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people with diabetes were prescribed insulin pump therapy through the NHS in (a) 2016-7 (b) 2017-8 and (c) 2018-9 to date.

NHS Digital conducts the National Diabetes Insulin Pump Audit as a part of the National Diabetes Audit (NDA) Programme. Data from this audit shows that the number of people with diabetes attending specialist diabetes services in England in 2016-17 who were using an insulin pump was 9,735. Data for 2017-8 and 2018-9 is not yet available.

It should be noted that disclosure control has been applied to all figures, as per the NDA publication. All numbers are rounded to the nearest five, unless the number is one to seven, in which case it is rounded to five.

29th Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people with diabetes were not eligible for insulin pump therapy through the NHS in (a) 2016-7, (b) 2017-8 and (c) 2018-9 to date.

Information is not held centrally on the number of people assessed and deemed not eligible for insulin pump therapy.

29th Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many insulin pump therapy devices were prescribed by CCGs in (a) 2016-7, (b) 2017-8 and (c) 2018-9 to date.

NHS Digital conducts the National Diabetes Insulin Pump Audit as a part of the National Diabetes Audit Programme. This element of the programme is conducted on the basis of specialist diabetes services that operate out of hospital trusts, so the data is not published at clinical commissioning group level.

27th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many applications for products not yet on the market were made to NICE in each year from 2016 to 2018; and how many of those applications were granted.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) makes recommendations on whether specific drugs and other treatments represent a clinically and cost-effective use of National Health Service resources through its technology appraisal and highly specialised technologies programmes. Topics are identified through an established topic selection process and formally referred to NICE by Ministers. Companies do not apply to NICE for an assessment and NICE does not grant applications. NICE aims to issue recommendations on new drugs referred to it within a few months of licensing and therefore normally begins its appraisal process before the drug receives a marketing authorisation.

27th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the cost to the NHS of diabetes drugs prescriptions by CCG from 2018 to date.

NHS Digital oversees the publication of ‘Prescribing for Diabetes’ which reports on and examines prescribing trends on medicines prescribed in primary care in England for the treatment and monitoring of diabetes. Data for the year 2018/19 will be published in November 2019 and the report for 2017/18 can be accessed at the following link:

https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/publications/statistical/prescribing-for-diabetes

30th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what representations his Department has made to the pharmaceutical company Abbott on the availability of FreeStyle Libre being issued to people with Type 1 diabetes from April 2019.

On 14 November 2018, it was announced that flash glucose monitors will be available on prescription for every patient who qualifies for them, in line with National Health Service clinical guidelines.

The Department has not made any representations to Abbott since.

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are responsible for commissioning diabetes services. In doing so, CCGs need to ensure that the services they provide are fit for purpose, reflect the needs of the local population, are based on the available evidence, and take into account national guidelines. This should include consideration of access to diabetes technologies such as FreeStyle Libre.

30th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what is the cost to the NHS is of each FreeStyle Libre flash glucose monitoring device.

The cost of 1 FreeStyle Libre sensor, 1 sensor applicator, and 1 wipe is £35 as listed in the February 2019 Drug Tariff.

Net Ingredient Cost is the basic price of a drug as stated in Part II Clause 8 of the Drug Tariff.

30th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many Abbott FreeStyle Libre flash glucose monitoring devices and sensors local clinical commissioning groups prescribed in (a) 2017-18 (b) 2018-19 to date.

The NHS Business Services Authority does not hold data for FreeStyle Libre flash glucose monitoring devices. However, prescription data for FreeStyle Libre Sensors prescribed in clinical commissioning groups in the financial years 2017/18 and 2018/19 to date can be found in the attached table.

This data refers to FreeStyle Libre Sensor packs that include one sensor, one sensor applicator, and one wipe.

30th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average length of time taken is for the FreeStyle Libre sensors to be issued to people with diabetes through the NHS.

The information requested is not centrally held.

18th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of nurses and non-clinical staff paid under £30,000 per annum who will be able to continue to work in the UK after the UK leaves the EU.

The United Kingdom’s future immigration system is set out in the Government’s Immigration White Paper, which was published on 19 December 2018. At the time of publication, my Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Home Department announced that the salary threshold would be the subject of further engagement. The Government is continuing to work with employers, representative bodies and charities in the health and social care sector to help contribute to the discussion on an appropriate threshold.

European Union nationals currently working in the health and social care sectors can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to secure their long-term status in the UK. The scheme is now open and, further to the Prime Minister’s announcement on 21 January 2019, from 30 March 2019 onwards, EU nationals will not have to pay for their application. Any application made before that date, including those that have already been made, will be reimbursed.

17th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking as part of the NHS Long Term Plan to ensure that there is an adequate number of staff to provide treatment for elderly people.

The NHS Long Term Plan, published 7 January 2019, sets out a vital strategic framework to ensure that over the next 10 years the National Health Service will have the staff it needs so that nurses and doctors have the time they need to care for all patients, including elderly people.

Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has commissioned Baroness Dido Harding, working closely with Sir David Behan, to lead a number of programmes to engage with key NHS interests to develop a detailed workforce implementation plan. These programmes will consider detailed proposals to grow the workforce, including consideration of additional staff and skills required, build a supportive working culture in the NHS and ensure first rate leadership for NHS staff. This will include work to ensure doctors are trained with the generalist skills needed to meet the needs of an ageing population, alongside the development of specialist knowledge and skills and expanding multi-professional credentialing to enable clinicians to develop new capabilities in issues such as an ageing population.

The workforce required to provide treatment for elderly people comprises a range of healthcare professionals, including doctors and nurses.

We are already increasing nurse training places by 25% - that is 5,000 additional nurse training places available every year from September 2018. In 2018 up to 5,000 Nursing Associates commenced training through the apprentice route and the Department has a commitment to train up to a further 7,500 in 2019.

We have also made a commitment to have 5,000 additional doctors in general practice and we have started to roll out an extra 1,500 medical school places for domestic students, with the first 630 places taken up in September 2018.

Furthermore, the NHS has seen the emergence and increased use of new professional roles within multi-disciplinary teams, such as physician associates (PAs), as part of a continuing drive to provide safe, accessible and high-quality care for patients. There will be 1,000 more PAs available in primary care by 2020 as part of a wider commitment to make available 10,000 health care professionals in primary care within this timeframe.

17th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department will take to increase attendance at diabetes education programmes.

NHS England invested over £10 million of transformation funding in 2017/18 and a similar amount in 2018/19 to provide additional structured education places in 137 clinical commissioning groups.

Since 2009/10, there has been an almost 70% increase in people recorded as being referred to structured education when newly diagnosed with diabetes, designed to help them manage their condition in the long term.

The Department, NHS England and Diabetes UK are working on ways to further improve the take up of structured education by looking at greater diversity of provision through digital and web-based approaches.

17th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department plans to take to increase attendance at diabetes education programmes.

NHS England invested over £10 million of transformation funding in 2017/18 and a similar amount in 2018/19 to provide additional structured education places in 137 clinical commissioning groups.

Since 2009/10, there has been an almost 70% increase in people recorded as being referred to structured education when newly diagnosed with diabetes, designed to help them manage their condition in the long term.

The Department, NHS England and Diabetes UK are working on ways to further improve the take up of structured education by looking at greater diversity of provision through digital and web-based approaches.

17th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people attended diabetes education programmes in each clinical commissioning group area in 2018.

The information requested is not centrally held.

17th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of patients that used the NHS personalised care model in (a) 2016, (b) 2017 and (c) 2018.

The comprehensive model for personalised care is made up of six key components:

- Patient Choice;

- Patient Activation;

- Social Prescribing;

- Shared decision making;

- Personalised care and support planning; and

- Personal health budgets.

This is a new model which was developed through the Integrated Personal Commissioning and Empowering People and Communities programmes. The components were tested in 2017/18 across 21 demonstrator sites, who reported 180,000 personalised care interventions for 2017/18. Sites are now rolling out the model and in Q2 2018/19 reported 280,000 personalised care interventions.

The intention, as set in the NHS Long Term Plan, is to roll out beyond demonstrator sites to reach 2.5 million people by 2023/24.

There is a national data collection for personal health budgets. The number of people with a personal health budget was:

- 15,811 in 2016/17;

- 28,040 in 2017/18; and

- 32,341 in 2018/19 (latest figure from Q2).

17th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to increase the social care packages for elderly people.

All councils have statutory duties to meet the social care needs of elderly, disabled and vulnerable people in their area, and it is for councils to decide how to meet those needs.

The Government has given councils access to up to £3.6 billion more dedicated funding for adult social care in 2018-19 and up to £3.9 billion for 2019-20.

9th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure access to new digital services provided by the NHS by people that do not speak English as a first language.

We are committed to ensuring that all those using the National Health Service have fair and equitable access to high quality, effective healthcare services that are responsive to all patients’ needs.

For people who use NHS.UK links are made available to a translation tool, for those who require help with translation as the vast majority of its content is in English. Health information in other languages is available at the following link:

https://www.nhs.uk/accessibility/health-information-in-other-languages/

When an appointment is booked through the NHS App, individuals can specify whether a translator is required.

As part of its on-going user research, NHS Digital frequently tests its English-language content and services with a wide range of users, including those who have English as a second language.

9th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to tackle staff shortages as part of the NHS Long-Term Plan.

The National Health Service employs more staff now than at any other time in its 70-year history, with significant growth in newly qualified staff over the period from 2010.

The NHS Long Term Plan published on 7 January 2019 sets out a vital strategic framework to ensure that over the next 10 years the NHS will have the staff it needs so that nurses and doctors have the time they need to care, working in a supportive culture that allows them to provide the expert compassionate care they are committed to providing.

My Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has commissioned Baroness Dido Harding working closely with Sir David Behan to lead a number of programmes to engage with key NHS interests to develop a detailed workforce implementation plan. These programmes will consider detailed proposals to grow the workforce rapidly, including consideration of additional staff and skills required, build a supportive working culture in the NHS and ensure first rate leadership for NHS staff.

11th Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have died as a result of suicide while waiting for an appointment after referral by their GP to a relevant medical professional in each year since 2014.

The information requested is not centrally held.

Suicide prevention is a priority for this Government. We are implementing the first access and waiting times for mental health. The National Health Service is meeting these first standards, and introducing more – with waiting times for children and young people’s eating disorder services being introduced from this year.

30th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he last met the National Clinical Directors for Obesity and Diabetes for NHS England.

My Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, has not had any meetings with the National Clinical Director for Obesity and Diabetes for NHS England.

27th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much additional funding announced in Budget 2018 has been allocated to the prevention of Type 2 diabetes.

The 2018 Budget re-confirms the Prime Minister’s announcement in June this year to work with the National Health Service to develop a 10-year plan for the future of the health service, underpinned by a five-year funding offer which will see the NHS budget grow by £20.5 billion a year in real terms by 2023-24. We expect the plan to be published later this year.

16th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the total value of the properties managed by NHS Property Services.

The total value of the properties owned and managed by NHS Property Services was £3.933 billion at 31 March 2018. This figure is from the 2017/18 annual report and accounts.

16th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the procedure for dealing with complaints to NHS Property Services was last changed.

The complaints handling process is under constant review. The most significant recent change was in July 2017 with the introduction of a new national customer support centre to provide a clear route into the organisation for customers to raise requests, incidents and complaints.

13th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he last met the Chief Executive of NHS Property Services.

The Secretary of State met the Chief Executive of NHS Property Services last month.

13th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) properties and (b) assets are in each region of NHS Property Services.

NHS Property Services has 2,959 properties. The properties are broken down in the following regions:

North West – 533 properties

East – 468 properties

South East – 459 properties

North Central – 357 properties

London – 347 properties

West Midlands – 289 properties

South West – 287 properties

North East – 219 properties

Total – 2,959 properties

The number and split of assets managed by NHS Property Services is the same as the number of properties at 2,959. There are no further assets that NHS Property Services manage.

13th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of properties owned by NHS Property Services.

NHS Property Services has 2,959 properties. The properties are broken down in the following regions:

North West – 533 properties

East – 468 properties

South East – 459 properties

North Central – 357 properties

London – 347 properties

West Midlands – 289 properties

South West – 287 properties

North East – 219 properties

Total – 2,959 properties

The number and split of assets managed by NHS Property Services is the same as the number of properties at 2,959. There are no further assets that NHS Property Services manage.

13th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the total number of assets managed by NHS Property Service.

NHS Property Services has 2,959 properties. The properties are broken down in the following regions:

North West – 533 properties

East – 468 properties

South East – 459 properties

North Central – 357 properties

London – 347 properties

West Midlands – 289 properties

South West – 287 properties

North East – 219 properties

Total – 2,959 properties

The number and split of assets managed by NHS Property Services is the same as the number of properties at 2,959. There are no further assets that NHS Property Services manage.

13th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he expects the agreement between the BMA and NHS Property Services concerning the leases given to GP practice to be concluded.

The annual rental income received from general practitioners (GPs) in 2017/18 was £54 million.

NHS Property Services has 1,215 GP tenants. NHS Property Services has recorded the following number of complaints from GP tenants over the last three years:

2016/17 – 24

2017/18 - 52

2018/19 (to date) - 34

Agreeing leases with individual GPs is an ongoing process.

13th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many complaints has he received from GP's about NHS Property Services.

The annual rental income received from general practitioners (GPs) in 2017/18 was £54 million.

NHS Property Services has 1,215 GP tenants. NHS Property Services has recorded the following number of complaints from GP tenants over the last three years:

2016/17 – 24

2017/18 - 52

2018/19 (to date) - 34

Agreeing leases with individual GPs is an ongoing process.

13th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the annual rental income received from GP practices for NHS Property Services.

The annual rental income received from general practitioners (GPs) in 2017/18 was £54 million.

NHS Property Services has 1,215 GP tenants. NHS Property Services has recorded the following number of complaints from GP tenants over the last three years:

2016/17 – 24

2017/18 - 52

2018/19 (to date) - 34

Agreeing leases with individual GPs is an ongoing process.

5th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the provision of respiratory physiotherapy for (a) children and (b) adults with muscular dystrophy and neuromuscular conditions provided by (i) Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group and (ii) University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.

No specific assessment has been made. NHS England has published service specifications for the neurological care of both children and adults which include exemplar service specifications for neuromuscular conditions. They set out what providers must have in place to offer evidence-based, safe and effective services. This includes access to physiotherapy and respiratory services. This guidance can be found via the following the links:

www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/E09-S-b-Paediatric-Neurosciences-Neurology.pro_.2013.04.v2.pdf

www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/d04-neurosci-spec-neuro.pdf

12th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many cases of female genital mutilation have been recorded by the NHS in the last three years.

The following table shows from April 2015 to March 2018, 16,265 individuals have been recorded, where female genital mutilation (FGM) was identified or a procedure for FGM was undertaken. Each patient is only counted once, no matter how many attendances they had during the year.


Individuals, newly recorded and total attendances by quarter, April 2015 to March 2018, England

Number

Year1

Individuals2

Newly Recorded3

Total attendances4

2015/16

6,185

6,185

9,335

2016/17

6,640

5,585

9,500

2017/18

6,195

4,495

9,490

Total

16,265

16,265

28,325

Source: NHS Digital

Notes:

  1. Figures are based on the latest state of the database – records can be added, removed or amended after the year end. As such, published figures may not match previously published figures.
  2. Individuals refers to all patients in the reporting period where FGM was identified or a procedure for FGM was undertaken. Each patient is only counted once, no matter how many attendances they had during the year.
  3. Newly Recorded refers to an individual’s first appearance in the FGM dataset. Newly recorded does not necessarily mean that the attendance is the woman or girl’s first attendance for FGM.
12th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many services are planned to be moved to (a) Glenfield Hospital and (b) Leicester Royal Infirmary as a result of the downgrade of Leicester General Hospital.

Services planned to be transferred to Glenfield Hospital and Leicester Royal Infirmary as a result of the planned changes at Leicester General Hospital are shown in the following tables


The service changes between Leicester General Hospital, Glenfield Hospital and Leicester Royal Infirmary are designed to ensure the best possible arrangements for the shared use of clinical expertise and equipment‎. These changes are also designed to provide care that is as integrated as possible for patients, reducing the need for transfers between hospitals

Leicester General Hospital to Glenfield Hospital – 23 Services

Anaesthetics

General Surgery

Neurosurgery

Spinal Surgery

Chemical Pathology

Geriatric Medicine

Orthopaedic Surgery

Sports Medicine

Clinical Immunology

Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery

Pain Management

Stroke Medicine

Dermatology

Hepatology

Renal Access Surgery

Transplant

Endocrinology

Integrated Medicine

Rheumatology

Urology

End Stage Renal Failure

Nephrology

Sleep



Leicester General Hospital to Leicester Royal Infirmary – 12 Services

Colorectal Surgery

Maternity Scans

Emergency General Surgery

Neonatal Intensive Care

Gynaecology

Neonatology

Gynaecology Oncology

Obstetrics

Haematology

Rheumatology

Infectious Diseases

Well Baby

Leicester General Hospital to both Glenfield Hospital and Leicester Royal Infirmary – 4 Services.

Critical Care Medicine

Interventional Radiology

Gastroenterology

Neurology

Steve Barclay
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
12th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many NHS patients have been offered structured diabetes education after their diagnosis since March 2018.

The importance of structured education and of appropriate dietary advice and support for people with diabetes is recognised. The National Diabetes Audit reporting timescales mean that data for periods since March 2018 are not yet available. Due to the time lag in allowing people a year to attend structured education, data for education of people diagnosed in 2018 will not be published until the autumn of 2020.

Data is not collected on dietary intervention.

12th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many NHS patients with diabetes have been offered on-going nutritional advice by a registered dietitian since March 2018.

The information requested is not centrally held.

12th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to encourage the take-up of dietary patterns that reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Being overweight or obese is the main modifiable risk factor for type 2 diabetes, therefore, Public Health England (PHE) encourages the population to follow a healthy balanced diet through a variety of communications including the Government’s 5 A Day campaign, PHE’s catering guidance, the Change4Life and OneYou social marketing campaigns and the NHS.UK website.

Following the dietary pattern advocated by the Eatwell Guide, maintaining a healthy weight and following the Chief Medical Officer’s physical activity recommendations will help to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

12th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the number of (a) overweight and (b) obese NHS patients with type 2 diabetes that achieved weight loss of at least 15kg since their diagnosis.

The information requested is not centrally held.

12th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps his Department has taken to encourage people to undertake at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each week.

We are committed to promoting physical activity. My Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care recently launched Moving Medicine, which is a practical web tool for health professionals to use with their patients and Public Health England is working with the Royal Colleges to embed physical activity within clinical practice so that health professionals can use routine consultations to promote physical activity. The United Kingdom Chief Medical Officers have also endorsed and published physical activity guidelines for disabled adults to encourage them to be active.

12th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of pregnant women with diabetes that have taken 5mg of folic acid a day until the end of the 12th week of pregnancy.

The National Pregnancy in Diabetes (NPID) Audit provides a view of the care of women with pre-existing diabetes1 in pregnancy, and the outcomes of those pregnancies. NPID covers pregnancies in England and Wales and measures the effectiveness of care against National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Clinical Guidelines2. In 2016, 172 antenatal diabetes services participated in the audit.

The most recent NPID Audit in 2016 reports on the number of pregnancies where women with diabetes took folic acid at a dose of 5mg up to the end of the twelfth week of pregnancy and can be found in the following table.

The following table details the number of pregnancies which ended in 2016 in women with pre-existing type 1 or type 2 diabetes, and where the mother took a 5mg dose of folic acid up to the end of the 12th week of pregnancy.

Type 1 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes

Total pregnancies

1,623

1,610

Number of pregnancies where women took 5mg folic acid

679

367

Percentage of pregnancies where women took 5mg of folic acid

41.8

22.8

Notes:

  1. NPID does not report on gestational diabetes.
  2. NICE Diabetes in Pregnancy: Management of diabetes and its complications from pre-conception to the post natal period is available at the following link:

https://www.nice.org.uk/Guidance/NG3

12th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to encourage people to ingest lower amounts of (a) free sugars, (b) sugar-sweetened beverages, (c) added fructose and (d) polyols.

Many of the key measures in our childhood obesity plan will have an impact on reducing sugar intake across all age groups. These include the soft drinks industry levy, sugar reduction and wider calorie reformulation programme, restricting promotions of fatty and sugary products, calorie labelling in restaurants, and banning the sale of energy drinks to children, which will improve our eating habits and reduce the amount of sugar we consume.

Public Health England’s flagship social marketing campaign, Change4Life, supports the Government’s sugar reduction agenda. In recent years there have been a number of Change4Life campaigns to encourage families to cut down on sugar, including Sugar Swaps (2015), Sugar Smart (2016), Be Food Smart (2017) and a healthier snacking campaign in 2018. These campaigns work alongside other One You campaigns encouraging adults to adopt a more healthy diet.

12th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many NHS patients over the age of 65 have been offered (a) diabetes education and (b) dietary intervention since March 2018.

The importance of structured education and of appropriate dietary advice and support for people with diabetes is recognised. The National Diabetes Audit reporting timescales mean that data for periods since March 2018 are not yet available. Due to the time lag in allowing people a year to attend structured education, data for education of people diagnosed in 2018 will not be published until the autumn of 2020.

Data is not collected on dietary intervention.

10th Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department will make an assessment of the primary outcome results of the Diabetes Remission Clinical Trial.

NHS England is aware of the literature that has been published to date in relation to the DiRECT Trial, and are of the view that the results of the trial suggest that very low calorie diets could potentially be highly impactful if it should prove possible to deliver the intervention at scale.

At present, the duration of the effect of the intervention trialled (i.e. the duration of any period of remission) is unknown and NHS England has not yet seen a cost effectiveness analysis, or other economic data from the trial. It is therefore not yet possible to establish the overall effectiveness of the intervention at this time. Whilst waiting for the two year outcomes data to be published, NHS England is exploring opportunities to pilot these approaches at greater scale to further understand their potential.

6th Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which Care Commissioning Groups make provide access to drug Mylotarg.

NHS England, not clinical commissioning groups, is responsible for commissioning most cancer drugs in the National Health Service in England, including gemtuzumab ozogamicin (Mylotarg) for the treatment of untreated acute myeloid leukaemia (AML). NHS England does not currently routinely fund gemtuzumab ozogamicin for the treatment of untreated AML, pending the outcome of the ongoing National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) technology appraisal. NICE published draft guidance for consultation on the use of gemtuzumab ozogamicin for untreated AML and is currently considering the comments received on its draft recommendations.

6th Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have (a) been referred to and (b) joined the NHS diabetes prevention programme.

The NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme commenced roll out in June 2016 and, at the end of July 2018, 252,130 at risk individuals have been referred into the service and 107,254 individuals have now had an initial assessment. In 2018/19 the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme achieved full national roll out, with services available to patients in every sustainability and transformation partnership in England.

6th Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps are being taken to improve the clarification of calorific food labelling in order to achieve his Department's 2024 calorie reduction targets.

As part of chapter 2 of the childhood obesity plan, we will be launching a consultation on introducing consistent calorie labelling for the out of home sector later this year.

We are also considering the opportunities offered by exiting the European Union, which include giving us greater flexibility to determine what information should be presented on packaged food and how it should be displayed, and we will work alongside industry and other stakeholders to decide what will be next for front of pack nutrition labelling. We want to build on the success of our current scheme and ensure we are using the most effective ways to communicate information to families.

6th Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to provide specialist bariatric weight assessment and management clinics for patients (a) with diabetes and (b) that are classified as obese.

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are responsible for commissioning complex obesity services for adults, which include all bariatric surgical procedures and the associated care. Children’s bariatric surgery remains the responsibility of NHS England Specialised Services.

When developing their associated commissioning policies and treatment criteria, we would expect CCGs to take into account any relevant current guidance, and consider the wider context of their actions which may include the costs incurred as a result of setting criteria which may deny or delay treatment for patients requiring bariatric surgery.

6th Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many bariatric operations were performed in (a) 2015, (b) 2016, (c) 2017 and (d) 2018 to date.

NHS Digital has provided a count of finished consultant episodes (FCE)1 where bariatric operations were performed between the financial years 2014/15 to 2017/18 (provisional data)2,3.

Financial Year

FCE

2014/15

6,122

2015/16

6,547

2016/17

6,876

2017/18

7,016 (Provisional)

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), NHS Digital

Notes:

1A FCE is a continuous period of admitted patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. FCEs are counted against the year in which they end. Figures do not represent the number of different patients, as a person may have more than one episode of care within the same stay in hospital or in different stays in the same year.

2HES figures are available from 1989-90 onwards. Changes to the figures over time need to be interpreted in the context of improvements in data quality and coverage (particularly in earlier years), improvements in coverage of independent sector activity (particularly from 2006-07) and changes in National Health Service practice. For example, apparent reductions in activity may be due to a number of procedures which may now be undertaken in outpatient settings and so no longer include in admitted patient HES data. Conversely, apparent increases in activity may be due to improved recording of diagnosis or procedure information.

It should be noted that HES include activity ending in the year in question and run from April to March, e.g. 2012-13 includes activity ending between 1 April 2012 and 31 March 2013.

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

6th Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average cost is of a bariatric operation.

NHS Improvement has provided the national average unit cost of delivering bariatric procedures based on the 2016/17 reference costs submitted by providers for elective care. This information is provided in the following table.

Procedure

National Average Unit Cost

Complex Surgical Procedures for Obesity

£4,548

Major Surgical Procedures for Obesity

£4,981

Sleeve Gastrectomy for Obesity

£4,444

Gastric Band Procedures for Obesity

£2,939

Adjustment of Gastric Band for Obesity

£1,870

26th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of trends in the average length of hospital inpatient stays in the last three years.

The average length of hospital inpatient stays has reduced slightly from 5.0 days in 2014/15 to 4.9 days in 2016/17 despite the National Health Service dealing with increasingly complex medical conditions, particularly amongst frail and elderly patients.

In June 2018, the National Health Service announced plans to improve patient care by reducing long stays in hospitals. The NHS, working with local authorities, aims to reduce the number of long staying patients by around a quarter, freeing up more than 4,000 beds in time for next winter.

Steve Barclay
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
26th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients with diabetes have suffered from hypoglycemic shock while staying in hospital in each of the last three years.

Information is available on the proportion of inpatients in England and Wales with diabetes experiencing mild and/or severe hypoglycaemic episodes in the seven days prior to the date of the audit. The latest results are published in the 2017 National Diabetes Inpatient Audit (NaDIA), covering the years 2011 to 2017. A summary of the results for the last three available years from 2015 to 2017 is in the following table:

Inpatients having one or more hypoglycaemic episode in last seven days, England and Wales, 2015-17

Audit year

2015

2016

2017

%

%

%

Mild hypoglycaemic episode

20.0

18.5

16.6

Severe hypoglycaemic episode

9.8

8.4

7.0

Any hypoglycaemic episode

21.8

20.0

18.4

Notes:

  1. Reference to associated analysis: NaDIA 2017 annual report, slide 81:

https://files.digital.nhs.uk/powerpoint/s/5/nadia-17-rep.pptx

  1. A patient was included in the audit if they had been admitted to a hospital bed for 24 hours or more. Patients on an obstetric or paediatric ward were excluded from this audit. Mental health wards were also excluded due to the high prevalence of long stay patients. Other exclusions included:

- Patients who were hyperglycaemic but not yet formally diagnosed with diabetes;

- Accident and Emergency;

- Day case ward;

- Day surgery unit patients;

- Observation ward (if patients had been admitted for less than 24 hours);

- Surgical short stay unit (if patients had been admitted for less than 24 hours);

- Palliative care centres; and

- Community hospitals.

  1. Mild hypoglycaemic episode; Blood glucose level = 3.0-3.9mmol/L.
  2. Severe hypoglycaemic episode; Blood glucose level less than 3.0mmol/l.
  3. There was no NaDIA collection or report in 2014.
26th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how long the average wait is for someone to see a mental health specialist after being referred.

This information is not held in the format requested.

26th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether it is his Department's policy to maintain the same level of funding for the Diabetes Transformation Fund in future financial years.

NHS England’s budgets for 2019/20 and beyond, including how any funding for transformation will be deployed, will be set as part of the National Health Service planning round in the normal way, informed by the development of the long-term plan for the NHS.

26th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average cost is of treating knife crime victims in hospitals.

The Department does not collect data on the costs of treating victims of knife crime.

7th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the consumption was of sugary drinks in NHS hospitals by volume in 2017.

NHS England does not hold complete data on the total consumption of sugary drinks across the whole National Health Service.

NHS England is currently analysing the sales data from a limited number of trusts collected since July 2017. Trusts and hospital retailers have committed to reduce the sales of sugary drinks to below 10% of total sales and initial analysis suggests this has led to a reduction in sales of sugary drinks and increase in low or zero sugar drinks.

Sales data on chocolates or fruit are not held centrally by NHS England.

The NHS is committed to improving the nutritional quality of food and drink sold on NHS sites.

NHS England has been taking action to improve the healthy choices available to staff, visitors and patients in NHS hospitals through an indicator in the Commissioning for Quality and Innovation scheme. This scheme incentivises NHS trusts and NHS foundation trusts and retailers within hospitals to remove foods which are high in fat, sugar and salt from NHS retail premises, prevent the promotion of unhealthy products and increase the healthy options available. The incentive was worth over £30 million in 2017/18.

7th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many chocolate boxes were sold in NHS gift shops in 2017.

NHS England does not hold complete data on the total consumption of sugary drinks across the whole National Health Service.

NHS England is currently analysing the sales data from a limited number of trusts collected since July 2017. Trusts and hospital retailers have committed to reduce the sales of sugary drinks to below 10% of total sales and initial analysis suggests this has led to a reduction in sales of sugary drinks and increase in low or zero sugar drinks.

Sales data on chocolates or fruit are not held centrally by NHS England.

The NHS is committed to improving the nutritional quality of food and drink sold on NHS sites.

NHS England has been taking action to improve the healthy choices available to staff, visitors and patients in NHS hospitals through an indicator in the Commissioning for Quality and Innovation scheme. This scheme incentivises NHS trusts and NHS foundation trusts and retailers within hospitals to remove foods which are high in fat, sugar and salt from NHS retail premises, prevent the promotion of unhealthy products and increase the healthy options available. The incentive was worth over £30 million in 2017/18.

7th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many items of fruit were sold in NHS gift shops in 2017.

NHS England does not hold complete data on the total consumption of sugary drinks across the whole National Health Service.

NHS England is currently analysing the sales data from a limited number of trusts collected since July 2017. Trusts and hospital retailers have committed to reduce the sales of sugary drinks to below 10% of total sales and initial analysis suggests this has led to a reduction in sales of sugary drinks and increase in low or zero sugar drinks.

Sales data on chocolates or fruit are not held centrally by NHS England.

The NHS is committed to improving the nutritional quality of food and drink sold on NHS sites.

NHS England has been taking action to improve the healthy choices available to staff, visitors and patients in NHS hospitals through an indicator in the Commissioning for Quality and Innovation scheme. This scheme incentivises NHS trusts and NHS foundation trusts and retailers within hospitals to remove foods which are high in fat, sugar and salt from NHS retail premises, prevent the promotion of unhealthy products and increase the healthy options available. The incentive was worth over £30 million in 2017/18.

15th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with clinical commissioning groups on ensuring that guidance from the NHS England Regional Medical Optimisation Committee is implemented and that the committee is consulted on funding decisions.

The intended role and function of Regional Medicines Optimisation Committees (RMOCs) has been co-developed by NHS England and National Health Service clinical commissioners on behalf of clinical commissioning groups. The status of RMOC recommendations and all other outputs are advisory. They do not affect the statutory legal responsibilities and duties of NHS organisations. Where a recommendation is made by a Committee, funding implications will be considered as part of the underpinning evidence base to support the decision making process.

15th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with retailers on providing information on the carbohydrate content of food sold in restaurants, cafes and takeaways.

My Rt. hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, has not had any recent discussions with the food and drinks industry on calorie labelling, including carbohydrate content, on pre-packaged foods or food sold in restaurants, cafes, fast food outlets and takeaways.

The mandatory nutrient declaration for pre-packaged food must include values for carbohydrate and calories. We welcome the actions taken by responsible producers and retailers who have adopted the front of pack and out of home nutrition labelling schemes. Businesses that have adopted the front of pack nutrition labelling scheme account for approximately two thirds of the market for pre-packed foods and drinks, and around a quarter of the food consumed outside the home currently has calories labelled at the point of choice, for example on menus and menu boards. But the challenge to industry to make further progress remains.

The United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union will give us greater flexibility to determine what information should be presented on packaged food, and how it should be displayed. We want to build on the success of our current labelling scheme, and review additional opportunities to go further and ensure we are using the most effective ways to communicate information. This might include clearer visual labelling, such as teaspoons of sugar, that help consumers understand more about the sugar content in packaged food and drink.

There has been no central assessment of the merits of introducing mandatory recommended dietary allowance guidelines on fast food packaging or in fast food outlets.

15th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that carbohydrates are (a) clearly and (b) consistently displayed on pre-packaged food.

My Rt. hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, has not had any recent discussions with the food and drinks industry on calorie labelling, including carbohydrate content, on pre-packaged foods or food sold in restaurants, cafes, fast food outlets and takeaways.

The mandatory nutrient declaration for pre-packaged food must include values for carbohydrate and calories. We welcome the actions taken by responsible producers and retailers who have adopted the front of pack and out of home nutrition labelling schemes. Businesses that have adopted the front of pack nutrition labelling scheme account for approximately two thirds of the market for pre-packed foods and drinks, and around a quarter of the food consumed outside the home currently has calories labelled at the point of choice, for example on menus and menu boards. But the challenge to industry to make further progress remains.

The United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union will give us greater flexibility to determine what information should be presented on packaged food, and how it should be displayed. We want to build on the success of our current labelling scheme, and review additional opportunities to go further and ensure we are using the most effective ways to communicate information. This might include clearer visual labelling, such as teaspoons of sugar, that help consumers understand more about the sugar content in packaged food and drink.

There has been no central assessment of the merits of introducing mandatory recommended dietary allowance guidelines on fast food packaging or in fast food outlets.

15th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department will take steps to record the number of (a) diabetic specialist nurses and (b) podiatrists in order to ensure that adequate numbers of such staff are employed in the NHS.

The information held by NHS Digital is based upon the National Workforce Data Set (NWD) which records nationally consistent information about the healthcare workforce for the purposes of monitoring and workforce planning, but does not capture a sufficient level of detail to allow the investigation of very specialist services.

NHS Digital are leading on a review of NWD codes, this review will consider whether a specific code for diabetic specialist nurses is appropriate. At present NHS Digital is engaged in a sub-group of the Workforce Information Review Group which is tasked with producing proposals to overhaul the NWD with respect to the nursing workforce. Part of this work includes giving consideration to current data gaps, and this will be focusing on the ability to capture information regarding diabetic specialist nurses, provided this is considered a distinct role and something which can practically be captured as part of standard coding – this is not always possible, for example where a role which is not clearly defined or effectively cuts across many other roles rather than being a distinct role in its own right.

Podiatrists and chiropodists are recorded under a single set of occupation codes as together they represent just one of the 16 professions requiring registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.

NHS Digital has not received any requests, to date, to capture data specifically about podiatrists as opposed to the current joint data capture with chiropodists. In future there is likely to be a review of the current coding, guidance, data quality and analysis related to Allied Health Professional staff, and this question could then be asked of any such group as part of its review.

Steve Barclay
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
15th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to improve the security of the IT systems in the NHS since the cyber attack of May 2017.

Since the WannaCry cyber attack, the Department has taken a number of further actions, building on a programme of work led by the Department working with its arm’s-length bodies since 2010. These actions are described below:

- The Department’s Data Security Incident Response Plan reviewed. System-wide Data and Cyber Security Operations Playbook developed - June 2017;

- Customer Support Agreement with Microsoft - June 2017;

- The Department’s response to National Data Guardian Review was published including cyber security plans - July 2017;

- NHS Digital published unsupported systems guidance - July 2017;

- E-learning package launched for National Health Service staff - July 2017;

- Data security now part of the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC’s) assessments of well led NHS trusts. General practitioners and adult social care providers followed in November - September 2017;

- 2017/18 Data Security and Protection Requirements published - October 2017;

- Text messaging relay service launched - November 2017;

- First health cyber-attack simulated table top exercise - December 2017;

- 34 of our major trauma centres and ambulance trusts completed on-site assessments - December 2017;

- 190 organisations completed on-site assessments - January 2018;

- Additional £25 million funding secured to support major trauma centres and ambulance trusts with their critical infrastructure - January 2018;

- Initial £150 million identified via reprioritisation across NHS IT portfolio to continue investment in local infrastructure and national systems and services to improve monitoring, resilience and response - January 2018;

- 100% of NHS trusts and Commissioning Support Units signed up to CareCERT Collect - January 2018;

- New Cloud guidance published - January 2018;

- New CQC unannounced cyber security inspections pilot started - February 2018; and

- All major trauma centres and ambulance trusts completed on-site assessments - February 2018.

These actions are further described in ‘Securing cyber resilience in health and care: A progress update’ published by the Department on 1 February 2018 which can be accessed at the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/678484/Securing_cyber_resillience_in_health_and_care.pdf

15th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to improve people's awareness of free sugars and associated health risks.

Public Health England’s social marketing campaign, Change4Life, supports the Government’s sugar reduction agenda. In recent years there have been a number of Change4Life campaigns to encourage families to cut down on sugar, including: Sugar Swaps (2015), Sugar Smart (2016), Be Food Smart (2017) and a healthier snacking campaign in 2018.

The Change4Life campaigns support families to reduce sugar by alerting families to the problem that children in England are eating nearly three times the recommended amount of sugar and the associated health harms, highlighting the amounts of sugar in popular drinks, foods and snacks, and informing parents about the recommended daily guidelines for sugar. The campaigns also provide tips and support to help families swap to food and drinks with less sugar. Change4Life also works with partners to provide money-off vouchers and special offers in-store on healthier products.

15th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to address regional variations in access to flash glucose monitoring.

Reducing variation in the management and care of people with diabetes by 2020 is an objective in the National Health Service mandate. The NHS RightCare diabetes pathway shows the core components of an optimal diabetes service, as well as evidence of the opportunity to reduce variation. Ultimately it is for clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), who are primarily responsible for commissioning diabetes services, to meet the requirements of their population. In doing so, CCGs need to ensure that the services they provide are fit for purpose, reflect the needs of the local population, are based on the available evidence and take into account national guidelines. This includes determining whether specific technologies, such as flash glucose monitoring, form part of their service and if it is suitable for individual patients to support the ongoing management of their condition. The Regional Medicines Optimisation Committee North has issued advice on the use of Freestyle Libre to support the CCGs in doing this.

15th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that diabetes specialist nurses who are unable to access continuing professional development courses as a result of (a) staff shortages and (b) financial restrictions have the ability to gain the minimum level of qualifications.

All pre-registration nurses undertake training on the management of diabetes. It is incumbent on individuals to remain updated on diabetes as part of their Nursing and Midwifery Council registration under the scope of practice. This includes diabetes knowledge, management, and delivery systems.

Individual employers are responsible for funding and supporting staff with the continuing professional development (CPD) needed to maintain their professional registration so that they can continue their clinical practice in their organisation.

In addition to CPD, which is necessary for clinical staff to maintain their professional registration, Health Education England invests around £350 million each year in workforce transformation to develop and upskill the current National Health Service workforce.

The Diabetes Transformation Fund, set out in the NHS Shared Planning Guidance 2017 to 2019, describes transformation funding for supporting improvement in the treatment and care of people with diabetes; this can include funding for CPD training. Further information is available at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/diabetes/diabetes-prevention/diabetes-transformation-fund/

Steve Barclay
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
15th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that NHS nurses have the ability to (a) access training and (b) attain the minimum level of qualifications in respect of the treatment of diabetes.

All pre-registration nurses undertake training on the management of diabetes. It is incumbent on individuals to remain updated on diabetes as part of their Nursing and Midwifery Council registration under the scope of practice. This includes diabetes knowledge, management, and delivery systems.

Individual employers are responsible for funding and supporting staff with the continuing professional development (CPD) needed to maintain their professional registration so that they can continue their clinical practice in their organisation.

In addition to CPD, which is necessary for clinical staff to maintain their professional registration, Health Education England invests around £350 million each year in workforce transformation to develop and upskill the current National Health Service workforce.

The Diabetes Transformation Fund, set out in the NHS Shared Planning Guidance 2017 to 2019, describes transformation funding for supporting improvement in the treatment and care of people with diabetes; this can include funding for CPD training. Further information is available at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/diabetes/diabetes-prevention/diabetes-transformation-fund/

Steve Barclay
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
13th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish a list of the private sector companies which are in receipt of diabetes transformation funds.

The list of private sector companies involved in the Diabetes Prevention Programme, which are in receipt, or will be in in receipt, of funding greater than £10,000 is given below.

- Ingeus UK;

- Living Well Taking Control;

- ICS Health and Wellbeing;

- Reed Momenta;

- RSM – PACEC LTD;

- DAC Beachcroft;

- Hitachi;

- Oviva;

- Liva; and

- Buddi-Nujjer.

Information on which private sector companies are in receipt of diabetes transformation funds from clinical commissioning groups for treatment and care is not collected centrally.

19th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps health authorities in North Central London have taken as a result of funding from the Diabetes Transformation Fund.

NHS England confirms that Diabetes Transformation Funding of £1.15 million has been awarded to the North Central London Sustainability and Transformation Partnership. The first quarter’s payment was made on 30 June 2017, the second quarter’s payment was made on 29 September, the third quarter’s payment was made on 29 December and the fourth quarter’s payment will be made on 28 February 2018.

The Sustainability and Transformation Partnership was successful in obtaining diabetes transformation funding to make improvements in respect of the following treatment targets:

- Improving achievement of the treatment targets (HbA1c, blood pressure and cholesterol) and reducing variation between clinical commissioning groups and between general practitioner practices, with the aim of resulting in improvements in glycaemic control and psychosocial wellbeing;

- Increasing availability of multidisciplinary footcare teams with the aim of reduced rates of amputations for people with diabetes; and

- Increasing availability of diabetes inpatient specialist nurses with the aim of reduced lengths of stay for inpatients with diabetes.

We would expect local commissioners to assess the impact of these improvements in the coming years.

19th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of funding provided by the Diabetes Transformation Fund on health outcomes in North Central London.

NHS England confirms that Diabetes Transformation Funding of £1.15 million has been awarded to the North Central London Sustainability and Transformation Partnership. The first quarter’s payment was made on 30 June 2017, the second quarter’s payment was made on 29 September, the third quarter’s payment was made on 29 December and the fourth quarter’s payment will be made on 28 February 2018.

The Sustainability and Transformation Partnership was successful in obtaining diabetes transformation funding to make improvements in respect of the following treatment targets:

- Improving achievement of the treatment targets (HbA1c, blood pressure and cholesterol) and reducing variation between clinical commissioning groups and between general practitioner practices, with the aim of resulting in improvements in glycaemic control and psychosocial wellbeing;

- Increasing availability of multidisciplinary footcare teams with the aim of reduced rates of amputations for people with diabetes; and

- Increasing availability of diabetes inpatient specialist nurses with the aim of reduced lengths of stay for inpatients with diabetes.

We would expect local commissioners to assess the impact of these improvements in the coming years.

19th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, on what date £1.15 million in funding from the Diabetes Transformation Fund was transferred to the North Central London Sustainability and Transformation Partnership.

NHS England confirms that Diabetes Transformation Funding of £1.15 million has been awarded to the North Central London Sustainability and Transformation Partnership. The first quarter’s payment was made on 30 June 2017, the second quarter’s payment was made on 29 September, the third quarter’s payment was made on 29 December and the fourth quarter’s payment will be made on 28 February 2018.

The Sustainability and Transformation Partnership was successful in obtaining diabetes transformation funding to make improvements in respect of the following treatment targets:

- Improving achievement of the treatment targets (HbA1c, blood pressure and cholesterol) and reducing variation between clinical commissioning groups and between general practitioner practices, with the aim of resulting in improvements in glycaemic control and psychosocial wellbeing;

- Increasing availability of multidisciplinary footcare teams with the aim of reduced rates of amputations for people with diabetes; and

- Increasing availability of diabetes inpatient specialist nurses with the aim of reduced lengths of stay for inpatients with diabetes.

We would expect local commissioners to assess the impact of these improvements in the coming years.

19th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps health authorities in Lancashire and South Cumbria have taken as a result of funding from the Diabetes Transformation Fund.

NHS England confirms that Diabetes Transformation Funding of £1.14 million has been awarded to the Lancashire and South Cumbria Sustainability and Transformation Partnership. The first quarter’s payment was made on 30 June 2017, the second quarter’s payment was made on 29 September, the third quarter’s payment was made on 29 December and the fourth quarter’s payment will be made on 28 February 2018.

The Sustainability and Transformation Partnership was successful in obtaining diabetes transformation funding to make improvements in respect of the following treatment targets:

- Improving achievement of the treatment targets (HbA1c, blood pressure and cholesterol) and reducing variation between clinical commissioning groups and between general practitioner practices, with the aim of resulting in improvements in glycaemic control and psychosocial wellbeing;

- Increasing uptake of diabetes structured education with the aim of a reduced risk of diabetes-related complications;

- Increasing availability of multidisciplinary footcare teams with the aim of reduced rates of amputations for people with diabetes; and

- Increasing availability of diabetes inpatient specialist nurses with the aim of reduced lengths of stay for inpatients with diabetes.

We would expect local commissioners to assess the impact of these improvements in the coming years.

19th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of funding provided by the Diabetes Transformation Fund on health outcomes in Lancashire and South Cumbria.

NHS England confirms that Diabetes Transformation Funding of £1.14 million has been awarded to the Lancashire and South Cumbria Sustainability and Transformation Partnership. The first quarter’s payment was made on 30 June 2017, the second quarter’s payment was made on 29 September, the third quarter’s payment was made on 29 December and the fourth quarter’s payment will be made on 28 February 2018.

The Sustainability and Transformation Partnership was successful in obtaining diabetes transformation funding to make improvements in respect of the following treatment targets:

- Improving achievement of the treatment targets (HbA1c, blood pressure and cholesterol) and reducing variation between clinical commissioning groups and between general practitioner practices, with the aim of resulting in improvements in glycaemic control and psychosocial wellbeing;

- Increasing uptake of diabetes structured education with the aim of a reduced risk of diabetes-related complications;

- Increasing availability of multidisciplinary footcare teams with the aim of reduced rates of amputations for people with diabetes; and

- Increasing availability of diabetes inpatient specialist nurses with the aim of reduced lengths of stay for inpatients with diabetes.

We would expect local commissioners to assess the impact of these improvements in the coming years.

19th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, on what date £1.14 million in funding from the Diabetes Transformation Fund was transferred to the Lancashire and South Cumbria Sustainability and Transformation Partnership.

NHS England confirms that Diabetes Transformation Funding of £1.14 million has been awarded to the Lancashire and South Cumbria Sustainability and Transformation Partnership. The first quarter’s payment was made on 30 June 2017, the second quarter’s payment was made on 29 September, the third quarter’s payment was made on 29 December and the fourth quarter’s payment will be made on 28 February 2018.

The Sustainability and Transformation Partnership was successful in obtaining diabetes transformation funding to make improvements in respect of the following treatment targets:

- Improving achievement of the treatment targets (HbA1c, blood pressure and cholesterol) and reducing variation between clinical commissioning groups and between general practitioner practices, with the aim of resulting in improvements in glycaemic control and psychosocial wellbeing;

- Increasing uptake of diabetes structured education with the aim of a reduced risk of diabetes-related complications;

- Increasing availability of multidisciplinary footcare teams with the aim of reduced rates of amputations for people with diabetes; and

- Increasing availability of diabetes inpatient specialist nurses with the aim of reduced lengths of stay for inpatients with diabetes.

We would expect local commissioners to assess the impact of these improvements in the coming years.

19th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps health authorities in Kent and Medway have taken as a result of funding received from the Diabetes Transformation Fund.

NHS England confirms that Diabetes Transformation Funding of £1.75 million has been awarded to the Kent and Medway Sustainability and Transformation Partnership. The first quarter’s payment was made on 30 June 2017, the second quarter’s payment was made on 29 September, the third quarter’s payment was made on 29 December and the fourth quarter’s payment will be made on 28 February 2018.

The Sustainability and Transformation Partnership was successful in obtaining diabetes transformation funding to make improvements in respect of the following treatment targets:

- Increasing uptake of diabetes structured education with the aim of a reduced risk of diabetes-related complications; and

- Increasing availability of multidisciplinary footcare teams with the aim of reduced rates of amputations for people with diabetes.

We would expect local commissioners to assess the impact of these improvements in the coming years.

19th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effect of funding provided by the Diabetes Transformation Fund on health outcomes in Kent and Medway; and if he will make a statement.

NHS England confirms that Diabetes Transformation Funding of £1.75 million has been awarded to the Kent and Medway Sustainability and Transformation Partnership. The first quarter’s payment was made on 30 June 2017, the second quarter’s payment was made on 29 September, the third quarter’s payment was made on 29 December and the fourth quarter’s payment will be made on 28 February 2018.

The Sustainability and Transformation Partnership was successful in obtaining diabetes transformation funding to make improvements in respect of the following treatment targets:

- Increasing uptake of diabetes structured education with the aim of a reduced risk of diabetes-related complications; and

- Increasing availability of multidisciplinary footcare teams with the aim of reduced rates of amputations for people with diabetes.

We would expect local commissioners to assess the impact of these improvements in the coming years.

19th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, on what date £1.75 million in funding from the Diabetes Transformation Fund was transferred to the Kent and Medway Sustainability and Transformation Partnership.

NHS England confirms that Diabetes Transformation Funding of £1.75 million has been awarded to the Kent and Medway Sustainability and Transformation Partnership. The first quarter’s payment was made on 30 June 2017, the second quarter’s payment was made on 29 September, the third quarter’s payment was made on 29 December and the fourth quarter’s payment will be made on 28 February 2018.

The Sustainability and Transformation Partnership was successful in obtaining diabetes transformation funding to make improvements in respect of the following treatment targets:

- Increasing uptake of diabetes structured education with the aim of a reduced risk of diabetes-related complications; and

- Increasing availability of multidisciplinary footcare teams with the aim of reduced rates of amputations for people with diabetes.

We would expect local commissioners to assess the impact of these improvements in the coming years.

19th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many amputations were carried out in Lancashire and South Cumbria as a result of type 2 diabetes in (a)2015, (b) 2016 and c) 2017.

NHS Digital were able to provide the following data that details the count of finished consultant episodes (FCEs) with a primary diagnosis of type two diabetes and a main procedure of amputation by Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) and related clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) of treatment for the financial years between 2014-15 and 2016-17.

STPs

CCGS

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

Lancashire and South Cumbria STP

NHS Blackburn with Darwen CCG

*

*

11

NHS Blackpool CCG

19

9

*

NHS Chorley and South Ribble CCG

-

*

*

NHS East Lancashire CCG

*

*

9

NHS Greater Preston CCG

*

*

18

NHS West Lancashire CCG

-

*

*

NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG

-

-

-

NHS Morecambe Bay CCG

-

-

-

North Central London STP

NHS Barnet CCG

*

-

*

NHS Camden CCG

23

22

29

NHS Enfield CCG

*

*

*

NHS Haringey CCG

-

-

-

NHS Islington CCG

-

-

-

Kent and Medway STP

NHS Ashford CCG

*

*

*

NHS Canterbury and Coastal CCG

14

6

9

NHS Medway CCG

25

27

25

NHS Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley CCG

*

6

*

NHS Thanet CCG

*

*

*

NHS South Kent Coast CCG

-

-

-

NHS Swale CCG

-

-

-

NHS West Kent CCG

*

8

7

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), NHS Digital

Notes:

A FCE is a continuous period of admitted patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. FCEs are counted against the year in which they end. Figures do not represent the number of different patients, as a person may have more than one episode of care within the same stay in hospital or in different stays in the same year.

To protect patient confidentiality, figures between one and five have been replaced with “*” (an asterisk). Where it was still possible to identify figures from the total, additional figures have been replaced with "*". Where the symbol "-" (dash) appears this represents the absence of data. It should be noted that HES disclosure control rules only apply to 'known' values, e.g. small numbers where the age is unknown do not need to be replaced with "*". Disclosure control is not applied to national or regional statistics but is applied to CCG level or more granular data.

19th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many amputations were carried out in Kent and Medway as a result of type 2 diabetes in (a) 2015, (b) 2016 and (c) 2017.

NHS Digital were able to provide the following data that details the count of finished consultant episodes (FCEs) with a primary diagnosis of type two diabetes and a main procedure of amputation by Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) and related clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) of treatment for the financial years between 2014-15 and 2016-17.

STPs

CCGS

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

Lancashire and South Cumbria STP

NHS Blackburn with Darwen CCG

*

*

11

NHS Blackpool CCG

19

9

*

NHS Chorley and South Ribble CCG

-

*

*

NHS East Lancashire CCG

*

*

9

NHS Greater Preston CCG

*

*

18

NHS West Lancashire CCG

-

*

*

NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG

-

-

-

NHS Morecambe Bay CCG

-

-

-

North Central London STP

NHS Barnet CCG

*

-

*

NHS Camden CCG

23

22

29

NHS Enfield CCG

*

*

*

NHS Haringey CCG

-

-

-

NHS Islington CCG

-

-

-

Kent and Medway STP

NHS Ashford CCG

*

*

*

NHS Canterbury and Coastal CCG

14

6

9

NHS Medway CCG

25

27

25

NHS Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley CCG

*

6

*

NHS Thanet CCG

*

*

*

NHS South Kent Coast CCG

-

-

-

NHS Swale CCG

-

-

-

NHS West Kent CCG

*

8

7

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), NHS Digital

Notes:

A FCE is a continuous period of admitted patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. FCEs are counted against the year in which they end. Figures do not represent the number of different patients, as a person may have more than one episode of care within the same stay in hospital or in different stays in the same year.

To protect patient confidentiality, figures between one and five have been replaced with “*” (an asterisk). Where it was still possible to identify figures from the total, additional figures have been replaced with "*". Where the symbol "-" (dash) appears this represents the absence of data. It should be noted that HES disclosure control rules only apply to 'known' values, e.g. small numbers where the age is unknown do not need to be replaced with "*". Disclosure control is not applied to national or regional statistics but is applied to CCG level or more granular data.

19th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many amputations were carried out in North Central London as a result of type 2 diabetes in (a) 2015, (b) 2016 and (c) 2017.

NHS Digital were able to provide the following data that details the count of finished consultant episodes (FCEs) with a primary diagnosis of type two diabetes and a main procedure of amputation by Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) and related clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) of treatment for the financial years between 2014-15 and 2016-17.

STPs

CCGS

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

Lancashire and South Cumbria STP

NHS Blackburn with Darwen CCG

*

*

11

NHS Blackpool CCG

19

9

*

NHS Chorley and South Ribble CCG

-

*

*

NHS East Lancashire CCG

*

*

9

NHS Greater Preston CCG

*

*

18

NHS West Lancashire CCG

-

*

*

NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG

-

-

-

NHS Morecambe Bay CCG

-

-

-

North Central London STP

NHS Barnet CCG

*

-

*

NHS Camden CCG

23

22

29

NHS Enfield CCG

*

*

*

NHS Haringey CCG

-

-

-

NHS Islington CCG

-

-

-

Kent and Medway STP

NHS Ashford CCG

*

*

*

NHS Canterbury and Coastal CCG

14

6

9

NHS Medway CCG

25

27

25

NHS Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley CCG

*

6

*

NHS Thanet CCG

*

*

*

NHS South Kent Coast CCG

-

-

-

NHS Swale CCG

-

-

-

NHS West Kent CCG

*

8

7

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), NHS Digital

Notes:

A FCE is a continuous period of admitted patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. FCEs are counted against the year in which they end. Figures do not represent the number of different patients, as a person may have more than one episode of care within the same stay in hospital or in different stays in the same year.

To protect patient confidentiality, figures between one and five have been replaced with “*” (an asterisk). Where it was still possible to identify figures from the total, additional figures have been replaced with "*". Where the symbol "-" (dash) appears this represents the absence of data. It should be noted that HES disclosure control rules only apply to 'known' values, e.g. small numbers where the age is unknown do not need to be replaced with "*". Disclosure control is not applied to national or regional statistics but is applied to CCG level or more granular data.

19th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what structured education relating to the Diabetes Transformation Fund has taken place in Leicester; and what plans there are for the future deployment of such education in Leicester.

A total of £800,000 was granted (over three years) across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland in April 2017 from the Diabetes Transformation Fund.

A total of £383,000 was put aside to focus on structured diabetes education to maximise the number of people receiving tailored education. West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Leicester City CCG, and Rutland CCG will focus on encouraging more young people aged 18-25 to take up diabetes education courses, as well as making available tailored services for women planning on becoming pregnant.

The additional Structured Education offer that is currently being funded by NHS England transformation money will need to be fully evaluated towards the end of the funding period in 2018-19 before a decision on future commissioning is taken.

19th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has set a timetable for commissioning groups to report back on the effectiveness of the Diabetes Transformation Fund; and if he will make a statement.

NHS England has arrangements in place to monitor use of investment by local sites and progress in implementation. The evidence indicates that improvements in outcomes emerge after several years. These are being monitored by NHS England through a dashboard of key indicators.

The objectives for the Diabetes Transformation Fund are to produce sustainable improvements in outcomes for people with diabetes through investment in key interventions that evidence indicates should result in both improved outcomes and savings that can be reinvested in the continuance of the interventions. The interventions are:

- Improving achievement of the treatment targets (HbA1c, blood pressure and cholesterol) and reducing variation between clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and between general practitioner practices, with the aim of resulting in improvements in glycaemic control and psychosocial wellbeing;

- Increasing uptake of diabetes structured education with the aim of a reduced risk of diabetes-related complications;

- Increasing availability of multidisciplinary footcare teams with the aim of reduced rates of amputations for people with diabetes; and

- Increasing availability of diabetes inpatient specialist nurses with the aim of reduced lengths of stay for inpatients with diabetes.

The estimated number of people who will be assisted by the Diabetes Transformation Fund is as follows:

- Structured education - The number of places offered will increase from 54,000 to 148,000 places across 137 CCGs; and

- Treatment targets – There will be an estimated 864,000 interventions with individual patients to support improvements against the treatment targets in 112 CCGs.

For Multi-Disciplinary Footcare Teams (MDFTs) and Diabetes Inpatient Specialist Nurses (DISNs) the estimated figures are in terms of the number of additional staff supporting patients:

- MDFTs – Approximately 185 whole time equivalent (WTE) additional staff in new/expanded MDFTs will be funded in approximately 80 hospital sites or community teams from 67 providers; and

- DISNs – Approximately 96 WTE additional DISN and related staff will be funded in approximately 70 hospital sites from 46 providers.

19th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his Department's objectives are for the Diabetes Transformation Fund.

NHS England has arrangements in place to monitor use of investment by local sites and progress in implementation. The evidence indicates that improvements in outcomes emerge after several years. These are being monitored by NHS England through a dashboard of key indicators.

The objectives for the Diabetes Transformation Fund are to produce sustainable improvements in outcomes for people with diabetes through investment in key interventions that evidence indicates should result in both improved outcomes and savings that can be reinvested in the continuance of the interventions. The interventions are:

- Improving achievement of the treatment targets (HbA1c, blood pressure and cholesterol) and reducing variation between clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and between general practitioner practices, with the aim of resulting in improvements in glycaemic control and psychosocial wellbeing;

- Increasing uptake of diabetes structured education with the aim of a reduced risk of diabetes-related complications;

- Increasing availability of multidisciplinary footcare teams with the aim of reduced rates of amputations for people with diabetes; and

- Increasing availability of diabetes inpatient specialist nurses with the aim of reduced lengths of stay for inpatients with diabetes.

The estimated number of people who will be assisted by the Diabetes Transformation Fund is as follows:

- Structured education - The number of places offered will increase from 54,000 to 148,000 places across 137 CCGs; and

- Treatment targets – There will be an estimated 864,000 interventions with individual patients to support improvements against the treatment targets in 112 CCGs.

For Multi-Disciplinary Footcare Teams (MDFTs) and Diabetes Inpatient Specialist Nurses (DISNs) the estimated figures are in terms of the number of additional staff supporting patients:

- MDFTs – Approximately 185 whole time equivalent (WTE) additional staff in new/expanded MDFTs will be funded in approximately 80 hospital sites or community teams from 67 providers; and

- DISNs – Approximately 96 WTE additional DISN and related staff will be funded in approximately 70 hospital sites from 46 providers.

19th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people who will be assisted by the Diabetes Transformation Fund.

NHS England has arrangements in place to monitor use of investment by local sites and progress in implementation. The evidence indicates that improvements in outcomes emerge after several years. These are being monitored by NHS England through a dashboard of key indicators.

The objectives for the Diabetes Transformation Fund are to produce sustainable improvements in outcomes for people with diabetes through investment in key interventions that evidence indicates should result in both improved outcomes and savings that can be reinvested in the continuance of the interventions. The interventions are:

- Improving achievement of the treatment targets (HbA1c, blood pressure and cholesterol) and reducing variation between clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and between general practitioner practices, with the aim of resulting in improvements in glycaemic control and psychosocial wellbeing;

- Increasing uptake of diabetes structured education with the aim of a reduced risk of diabetes-related complications;

- Increasing availability of multidisciplinary footcare teams with the aim of reduced rates of amputations for people with diabetes; and

- Increasing availability of diabetes inpatient specialist nurses with the aim of reduced lengths of stay for inpatients with diabetes.

The estimated number of people who will be assisted by the Diabetes Transformation Fund is as follows:

- Structured education - The number of places offered will increase from 54,000 to 148,000 places across 137 CCGs; and

- Treatment targets – There will be an estimated 864,000 interventions with individual patients to support improvements against the treatment targets in 112 CCGs.

For Multi-Disciplinary Footcare Teams (MDFTs) and Diabetes Inpatient Specialist Nurses (DISNs) the estimated figures are in terms of the number of additional staff supporting patients:

- MDFTs – Approximately 185 whole time equivalent (WTE) additional staff in new/expanded MDFTs will be funded in approximately 80 hospital sites or community teams from 67 providers; and

- DISNs – Approximately 96 WTE additional DISN and related staff will be funded in approximately 70 hospital sites from 46 providers.

19th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the reference in the Diabetes Transformation Fund guidelines to variation between clinical commissioning groups refers to; and what the reasons are for such such variation.

The reference to variation is with respect to variation between outcomes for diabetes patients between clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), and between general practitioner practices within CCGs, where these cannot be explained by differences in population composition or other demographic factors.

19th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much has been disbursed from the Diabetes Transformation Fund to date.

The spending review has made provision for significant transformation funding through to 2020/21, and NHS England expect this to be spent in line with priorities set out in their Mandate, including for diabetes.

To date, £11.2 million has been invested in improving the uptake of structured education, £14.9 million has been invested to increase the achievement of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommended treatment targets, £9.8m has been invested to reduce amputations through new/expanded Multi-Disciplinary Footcare Teams, and £5 million has been invested to reduce the length of stay for inpatients with diabetes by providing new/increased numbers of Diabetes Inpatient Specialist Nurses and related staff.

19th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many diabetes specialist nurses have been recruited by each sustainability and transformation partnership as a result of the Diabetes Transformation Fund.

Information regarding advertisements for the recruitment of diabetes specialist nurses, and the number of recruited and employed diabetes specialist nurses by individual sustainability and transformation partnerships is not centrally held.

19th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many diabetic specialist nurses were employed by each sustainability and transformation partnership before the Diabetes Transformation Fund was made available.

Information regarding advertisements for the recruitment of diabetes specialist nurses, and the number of recruited and employed diabetes specialist nurses by individual sustainability and transformation partnerships is not centrally held.

19th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many additional nurses have been trained as a result of the Diabetes Transformation Fund by each sustainability and transformation partnership.

The information requested is not centrally held.

19th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, where advertisements were placed for the recruitment of diabetic specialist nurses employed by each sustainability partnerships as a result of the Diabetes Transformation Fund.

Information regarding advertisements for the recruitment of diabetes specialist nurses, and the number of recruited and employed diabetes specialist nurses by individual sustainability and transformation partnerships is not centrally held.

19th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how long on average diabetic patients spent in hospital in (a) 205, (b) 2016 and (c) 2017.

NHS Digital were able to provide the following data that details the mean number of hospital bed days for people admitted to hospital who have diabetes (as recorded in the National Diabetes Audit) in 2015-16 and 2016-17.

2015-16: 13.9 bed days

2016-17: 13.9 bed days

Source: The data was taken from the Hospital Episode Statistics data set for England linked to the National Diabetes Audit, therefore the time periods used are for 2015-16 (April 2015 – March 2016) and 2016-17 (April 2016 – March 2017).

Notes:

- Bed days relating to all admissions of people with diabetes in the time period are counted, including multiple admissions by the same person.

- People with diabetes who have not been admitted to hospital during the time period are not considered within these data.

- In 2015-16, 82.4% of all general practitioner practices in England and Wales participated in the audit (95.3% in 2016-17).

- Data for 2017-18 is likely to be available in late 2018.

19th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many referrals were made from primary care to multi-disciplinary foot teams for people with diabetic foot disease in (a) 2015, (b) 2016 and (c) 2017.

The information requested is not centrally held.

17th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to offer dietary education programmes to children and parents to help curb childhood obesity.

We recognise that consumer education is an important aspect of our childhood obesity plan and we are continuing to support Public Health England’s flagship Change4Life social marketing campaign which encourages children and families to eat well, move more and live longer. Recent Change4Life nutrition campaigns have provided practical information to parents on healthier snacking and on the sugar, salt and saturated fat content of everyday food and drink. Campaigns include direct to parent communications via the media and close partnership working, including with primary schools across England, other Government departments, the National Health Service, local authorities, businesses and charities.

Maintained schools already teach children about food, nutrition and healthy eating and how to cook a repertoire of dishes as part of the national curriculum. The primary and secondary science curriculum also includes content about what constitutes a healthy diet. For example, this includes the importance of eating the right amounts of different types of food, the impact of diet on the way our bodies work and the consequences of an imbalanced diet.

Alongside this, schools are encouraged to use the School Fruit and Vegetables Scheme, which contributes towards the recommended five portions a day, as an opportunity to educate children about fruit and vegetables and to assist a healthy, balanced diet.

17th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether there are plans to ensure that the FreeStyle Libre flash glucose monitoring system is available to all people with diabetes.

Freestyle Libre has been approved for reimbursement on National Health Service prescription from 1 November through listing in Part IX of the England and Wales Drug Tariff. The Drug Tariff is a price list, and the listing of Freestyle Libre should not be interpreted as a recommendation to prescribe it. Patients will need to discuss the ongoing management of their condition with their healthcare professional and consider whether flash glucose monitoring is suitable for them.

NHS England has established four Regional Medicines Optimisation Committees (RMOC) that are responsible for providing guidance on the use of drugs and other technologies that are not being assessed by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

The RMOC (North) has issued guidance on the use of Freestyle Libre suggesting a careful start to its use and data collection to better understand the benefits. The Committee’s recommendations are available in full at:

https://www.sps.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Flash-Glucose-monitoring-System-RMOC-Statement-final-2.pdf

17th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether there are plans to introduce a Diabetes Specialist Nurses qualification to ensure standardisation of care for people with diabetes.

There are currently no national plans to introduce a Diabetes Specialist Nurses qualification.

Diabetes nurse training is currently available as part of a post graduate course offered by a number of universities which would be funded locally as part of on-going continuous professional development.

It is the responsibility of the Nursing and Midwifery Council to set the required standards for nurse practice in order for qualifications to be recognised on the nursing register.

Steve Barclay
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
17th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many hospitals and care centres operate a newly diagnosed support and care programme for people with diabetes.

Data on how many hospitals and care centres operate a newly diagnosed support and care programme for people with diabetes is not centrally held.

17th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to make it easier for people with (a) diabetes and (b) other chronic conditions to access their patient records.

General practitioner (GP) practices offer access to detailed coded records to their patients upon request and steps have been taken to improve this process. NHS England is encouraging practices to actively offer access to records to patients with long term conditions such as diabetes; the Royal College of General Practitioners has been commissioned to develop guidance for GPs on how to offer access to records to their patients most effectively; and the Empower the Patient portfolio, part of the Personalised Health and Care 2020 portfolio, aims to improve access to patient records for patients or their representatives.

17th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on ensuring that food labelling for products aimed at children is accurate, clear and accessible for children and young people.

My Rt. hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, has not had any recent discussions with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on food labelling for children, young people or adults. There are ongoing discussions between Officials in the Department of Health and Social Care and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the labelling of food and drink.

17th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussion he has had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on steps to improve the clarity and accessibility of food labelling.

My Rt. hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, has not had any recent discussions with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on food labelling for children, young people or adults. There are ongoing discussions between Officials in the Department of Health and Social Care and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the labelling of food and drink.

17th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to assess the potential merits of introducing a ban on energy drinks for people under 16 years of age.

I refer the Rt hon. Member to the answer I gave the hon. Member for West Lancashire on 15 January 2018 to Questions 121787 and 121788.

11th Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many amputations were carried out in Leicestershire as a result of type 2 diabetes in (a) 2015, (b) 2016 and (c) 2017.

NHS Digital were able to provide the following data that details the count of finished consultant episodes (FCEs) with a primary diagnosis of type 2 diabetes and a main procedure of amputation for the three clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) within Leicestershire over the past three financial years.

CCG of Treatment

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

03W

NHS East Leicestershire And Rutland CCG

0

0

*

04C

NHS Leicester City CCG

26

22

24

04V

NHS West Leicestershire CCG

0

0

*

Leicestershire Total

26

22

30

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics, NHS Digital

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

An FCE is a continuous period of admitted patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. FCEs are counted against the year in which they end. Figures do not represent the number of different patients, as a person may have more than one episode of care within the same stay in hospital or in different stays in the same year.

To protect patient confidentiality, figures between one and five have been replaced with an asterisk. Where it was still possible to identify figures from the total, additional figures have been replaced with an asterisk.

11th Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps health authorities in Leicestershire have been able to take as a result of the Diabetes Transformation Fund.

A number of actions are underway across the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership area. These include:

- Employment of additional Diabetes Inpatient Specialist Nurses (DISN) by University Hospitals of Leicester National Health Service Trust, enabling the Trust to provide a seven day DISN service;

- Support from Effective Diabetes Education Now to support and train health care professionals offering diabetes care to patients; and

- Recruitment of additional nurses to support practices with poorer diabetes outcomes for patients.

11th Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of funding provided by the Diabetes Transformation Fund on health outcomes in Leicester.

The Sustainability and Transformation Partnership was successful in obtaining diabetes transformation funding to make improvements in respect of three treatment targets, structured education, and inpatient care, specifically:

- Improving achievement of the treatment targets (HbA1c, blood pressure and cholesterol) and reducing variation between clinical commissioning groups and between general practitioner practices, with the aim of resulting in improvements in glycaemic control and psychosocial wellbeing;

- Increasing uptake of diabetes structured education with the aim of a reduced risk of diabetes-related complications; and

- Increasing availability of diabetes inpatient specialist nurses with the aim of reducing lengths of stay for inpatients with diabetes.

We would expect local commissioners to assess the impact of these improvements in the coming years.

11th Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the £600,000 of funding from the Diabetes Transformation Fund was transferred to Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland sustainability and transformation partnership.

NHS England confirms that Diabetes Transformation funding of £815,000 has been awarded to the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Sustainability Transformation Partnership area, as announced on 20 April. The 1st quarter’s payment was made on 30 June, the 2nd quarter’s payment was made on 29 September and the 3rd quarter’s payment will be made on 29 December.

11th Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Department for Health has issued guidance to people about increasing their vegetable intake.

The Government recommends eating at least five portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables a day as part of a healthy balanced diet.

This is reflected through a variety of communications including the Eatwell Guide - Public Health England’s catering guidance, available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/healthier-and-more-sustainable-catering-a-toolkit-for-serving-food-to-adults

The Government’s 5 A Day campaign through the Change4Life campaign and the NHS Choices website.

22nd Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, will the Secretary whether he plans to increase patient access to their medical records.

Over 90% of general practitioner (GP) practices are able to offer patients access to their records online. Currently over 580,000 patients are registered for access to their medical records. In July 2017, records were accessed online 1.2 million times.

At the NHS Innovation Expo in September 2017, my Rt. Hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Health set the National Health Service a challenge to increase the number of patients registered for access to GP records fivefold by March 2019. NHS England is working with the Royal College of General Practitioners and patient groups to develop support for GP practices to actively offer and promote this service to patients living with long term conditions such as diabetes or asthma, as these groups would benefit the most from regularly accessing and reviewing information held in their records.

22nd Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he last met with the chief executive of Diabetes UK.

The Department as well as its Ministers maintain a regular dialogue with organisations concerned with the health of those with, and at risk of, diabetes; including Diabetes UK. I met the Chief Executive of Diabetes UK on World Diabetes Day, Tuesday 14 November 2017 and before that on 11 October 2017.

22nd Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department has issued for GPs on managing the causes of gestational diabetes.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has published a clinical guideline on ‘Diabetes in pregnancy: management from preconception to the postnatal period’; this was published in February 2015. The guideline covers managing diabetes and its complications in women who are planning pregnancy or are already pregnant. It aims to improve the diagnosis of gestational diabetes and help women with diabetes to self-manage their blood glucose levels before and during pregnancy.

22nd Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many women developed gestinal diabetes in (a) 2015, (b) 2016 and (c) 2017.

NHS Digital were able to provide a count of Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) delivery episodes with a primary or secondary diagnosis of diabetes mellitus arising in pregnancy for the years 2015-16 and 2016-17.

Financial Year

Primary diagnosis

Secondary diagnosis

2015-16

10,468

32,974

2016-17

11,708

38,280

Source: HES, NHS Digital

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

The data held in HES is a count of hospital attendances, not individual patients, as the same person may have been admitted into a NHS Hospital on more than one occasion. This only includes admissions to a hospital in England where there is a primary or secondary diagnosis of diabetes mellitus arising in pregnancy. It does not include episodes where the patient was not admitted to hospital.

16th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department plans to increase funding research into the third type of diabetes.

The Department’s National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) welcomes funding applications for research into any aspect of human health, including diabetes and dementia; it is not usual practice to ring-fence funds for particular topics or conditions. Applications are subject to peer review and judged in open competition, with awards being made on the basis of the importance of the topic to patients and health and care services, value for money and scientific quality. In all disease areas, the amount of NIHR funding depends on the volume and quality of scientific activity.

16th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to provide training to clinical commissioning groups and GPs on use of digital solutions and apps for those with long-term health conditions such as diabetes.

NHS England has advised that it is supporting the implementation and evaluation of digital behaviour change interventions in eight areas in England. This live service evaluation, which commenced in November 2017, is giving people at risk of developing type 2 diabetes access to a range of apps, gadgets, wristbands and other innovative digital interventions. As part of this work, NHS England is running training sessions with primary care staff to familiarise them with these digital services and to provide them with the skills to advise and support the individuals who will be using these digital interventions.

16th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to raise awareness of the third type of diabetes.

There is currently no consensus amongst clinicians to whether there is enough evidence to formally support a title of type 3 diabetes. It is however recognised that diabetes is one of the risk factors for dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. Work is ongoing to look at ways of preventing dementia, including known risk factors.

16th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential for individual intervention to achieve behaviour change to prevent type-2 diabetes.

In 2015, Public Health England commissioned a systematic review and meta-analysis assessing the effectiveness of pragmatic lifestyle interventions for the prevention of type 2 diabetes in routine practice.

The review identified that individual behaviour change intervention which are intensive and long-term on average resulted in 26% lower incidence of diabetes and an average 1.57kg weight loss.

The evidence review supported the case for a national diabetes prevention programme and formed the basis of the specification for the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme, which was rolled out in 2016.

19th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on the number of children diagnosed as obese in (a) 2015, (b) 2016 and (c) the first six months of 2017.

Data on the number of children diagnosed as obese are not collected in the format requested.

19th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made on the Government's calorie reduction programme.

In August 2017 Public Health England (PHE) was commissioned by the Government to start work on a programme to reduce calorie intakes. The programme will seek to remove excess calories from the foods children consume the most.

PHE is currently considering the evidence for calorie reduction and will publish a report in early 2018. This report will set out the health and economic benefits for reducing children’s calorie intakes and the results of early discussions with the food industry and public health organisations.

PHE will publish detailed calorie reduction guidelines for food categories later in 2018. Details of the programme can be found here:

www.gov.uk/government/news/next-stage-of-world-leading-childhood-obesity-plan-announced

18th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many vending machines there are on his departmental estate; and what proportion of the items in those machines have (a) low or no and (b) high sugar content.

There are two stocked vending machines on the Department’s estate, one selling food and the other selling cold drinks. The number and proportions of low or no and high sugar content items is shown in the table below.

Vending Machine Type

Total Items

Proportion with low or no sugar content

Proportion with high sugar content

Food

20

25%

75%

Cold Beverages

7

85%

15%

13th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to restrict the sale of high-sugar food and drink products at the point of sale.

As part of our plan to tackle childhood obesity we launched a broad, structured and independently monitored sugar reduction programme, led by Public Health England (PHE), to remove sugar from the products children eat most. This can be achieved through reduction of sugar levels in products, reducing portion size or shifting purchasing towards lower sugar alternatives.

Since March 2017, PHE has engaged with all of the food industry (retailers, manufacturers and the out of home sector) to discuss what industry could do to meet the 20% reduction in sugar by 2020. PHE will continue these discussions and will publish regular updates on progress towards the 20% sugar reduction.

A list of PHE’s industry and other stakeholder engagement on this agenda was published in March and can be viewed here:

www.gov.uk/government/publications/sugar-reduction-and-wider-reformulation-stakeholder-engagement

12th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Healthy Start scheme in achieving the objectives of the Childhood Obesity Plan.

The Healthy Start scheme delivers the goals of the Childhood Obesity Plan by supporting lower-income pregnant women and families to eat healthily. Healthy Start helps to encourage a healthy diet among pregnant women and children under four from low income households. It does this by providing vouchers to these families to purchase fruit, vegetables and milk.

The Government has provided nutritional support to families for many years and our world-leading Childhood Obesity Plan published in August last year re-affirmed its commitment to Healthy Start and to helping children and families to recognise and make healthier choices and be more active.

12th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to publish the voluntary guidelines for food in early years settings set out in the Childhood Obesity Plan.

As part of our Childhood Obesity Plan, we will publish and promote example menus for early years settings in England later this year.

12th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the amount of sugar consumed by people over 65-years of age and the health implications of that level of consumption.

The most recent data from the National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS), published in September 2016, show that men and women aged 65 years and older derived 11.4% and 10.2% respectively of their total dietary energy from sugars. This is more than double the level recommended by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition in its report ‘Carbohydrates and Health’ report published in July 2015 which recommended that the intake of free sugars should not exceed 5% of total dietary energy. The report is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/445503/SACN_Carbohydrates_and_Health.pdf

The sugars included in the NDNS assessment are those added to food during manufacture or cooking in the form of table sugar, honey or similar products, or released from the cell structure of food during processing, such as the sugars in fruit juice.

12th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to work with retailers to limit the availability of high sugar food and drink products at the point of sale.

As part of our plan to tackle childhood obesity we launched a broad, structured and independently monitored sugar reduction programme, led by Public Health England (PHE), to remove sugar from the products children eat most. This can be achieved through reduction of sugar levels in products, reducing portion size or shifting purchasing towards lower sugar alternatives.

Since March 2017, PHE has engaged with all of the food industry (retailers, manufacturers and the out of home sector) to discuss what industry could do to meet the 20% reduction in sugar by 2020. PHE will continue these discussions and will publish regular updates on progress towards the 20% sugar reduction.

A list of PHE’s industry and other stakeholder engagement on this agenda was published in March and can be viewed here:

www.gov.uk/government/publications/sugar-reduction-and-wider-reformulation-stakeholder-engagement

6th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many walk-in clinics are in operation; and how many such clinics offer specialist diabetic care.

This information is not held centrally.

6th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospitals have diabetic out-patient support and care programmes.

The information requested is not held centrally.

6th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients have visited specialist diabetic clinics in the last 12 months.

The information requested is not held centrally.

4th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people are on a Diabetes Education and Self Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed programme.

This information requested is not held centrally.

4th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many amputations as a result of diabetic conditions have been performed by the NHS in the last 12 months.

The most recent data on amputations as a result of diabetic conditions was published in September 2017 here:

http://fingertips.phe.org.uk/profile/diabetes-ft

During the three year period of 2013/14 to 2015/16, there were 7,119 major diabetic lower limb-amputation procedures and 18,408 minor diabetic lower limb-amputation procedures.

4th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many eye surgeries as a result of diabetic conditions have been performed by the NHS in the last 12 months.

Data for the period requested is not yet available.

NHS Digital has been able to provide the count of finished consultant episodes (FCEs) for July 2016 - June 2017 (inclusive) where the main procedure was eye surgery with a first secondary diagnosis field recorded as diabetes.

This data is still provisional; therefore it may be incomplete or contain errors for which no adjustments have yet been made. Finalised data for the financial year 2016/17 will be available on 3 October 2017, and for the financial year 2017/18 the following year.

Period

FCEs

July 2016 – June 2017

34,238

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), NHS Digital

Activity in English NHS hospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in the independent sector

Notes:

1. Finished consultant episodes

A finished consultant episode (FCE) is a continuous period of admitted patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. FCEs are counted against the year in which they end. Figures do not represent the number of different patients, as a person may have more than one episode of care within the same stay in hospital or in different stays in the same year.

2. Secondary diagnosis

As well as the primary diagnosis, there are up to 19 (13 from 2002-03 to 2006-07 and six prior to 2002-03) secondary diagnosis fields in HES that show other diagnoses relevant to the episode of care.

3. Main procedure

The first recorded procedure or intervention in each episode, usually the most resource intensive procedure or intervention performed during the episode. It is appropriate to use main procedure when looking at admission details, (e.g. time waited), but a more complete count of episodes with a particular procedure is obtained by looking at the main and the secondary procedures.

4. Assessing growth through time (Admitted Patient Care)

HES figures are available from 1989-90 onwards. Changes to the figures over time need to be interpreted in the context of improvements in data quality and coverage (particularly in earlier years), improvements in coverage of independent sector activity (particularly from 2006-07) and changes in NHS practice. For example, apparent reductions in activity may be due to a number of procedures which may now be undertaken in outpatient settings and so no longer include in admitted patient HES data. Conversely, apparent increases in activity may be due to improved recording of diagnosis or procedure information.

Note that HES include activity ending in the year in question and run from April to March, e.g. 2012-13 includes activity ending between 1 April 2012 and 31 March 2013.

4th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the NHS has spent on drugs and products related to diabetes in each of the last five years.

Diabetes is mainly treated in the community so information on the costs of prescriptions dispensed in the community is provided below.

Net Ingredient Cost (NIC) of drugs used in diabetes for prescriptions written in England and dispensed in the community in the United Kingdom

Year

NIC (millions)

2012/13

£764.1

2013/14

£803.1

2014/15

£868.6

2015/16

£956.7

2016/17

£983.7

Source: ePACT

4th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total expenditure was by the NHS on pharmaceutical industry products in each of the last five years.

The total expenditure by the National Health Service in England on pharmaceutical products for the period 2012-13 to 2016-17 is shown in the table below.

Department of Health pharmaceutical expenditure by sector

Year

Primary care drugs spend 1

Secondary care drugs spend2

Total drugs spend

(£ billion)

(£ billion)

(£ billion)

2012/13

7.9

5.1

12.9

2013/14

8.0

5.3

13.3

2014/15

8.2

5.9

14.1

2015/16

8.5

6.5

15.1

2016/17

8.5

6.9

15.4

Notes:

  1. Primary care drug spend figures from 2013-14 are taken from Department of Health annual report and accounts. Primary care figures for 2012-13 are from primary care trusts (PCT) audited summarisation schedules.

  1. Secondary care drug spend figures from 2013-14 are sourced from Monitor and NHS Trust Development Authority (now NHS Improvement). Prior to 2013-14 secondary care drug figures were taken from a combination of NHS trust data, PCT finance returns and consolidated foundation trust year-end accounts. PCT finance returns were not collected in 2012-13 and NHS trust drug spend for this year is estimated.

  1. Secondary care expenditure on drugs includes spend on VAT and medical gases. Drugs prescribed in hospitals but dispensed in the community are also included in secondary care data.

  1. Numbers may not sum due to rounding.

4th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many GPs in Great Britain and Northern Ireland registered to practise there were on 1 July 2017.

The information requested is not held by the Department.

The General Medical Council is the independent regulator of doctors in the United Kingdom and has provided the following information:

The number of registered doctors on the general practitioner (GP) Register with a licence to practise at close of business on 30 June 2017 was 60,833.

The GP register covers the whole of the UK.

4th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many bariatric procedures were conducted in 2016.

A count of 6,702 finished consultant episodes with a primary diagnosis of obesity and with a main or secondary operative procedure for 'bariatric surgery' in England for 2016 includes provisional data which is for the months April-December 2016.

4th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many specialist diabetes nurses there were on 1 July 2017.

The information requested is not held centrally.

27th Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which areas bid for funding via the Diabetes Transformation Fund.

73 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) applied for Wave 2 funding under the diabetes prevention programme. Their bids were made as part of collaborative arrangements involving several CCGs, and not all CCGs will implement the programme at the same pace.

The estimated total cost of implementing the diabetes prevention programme to date, covering the wave 1 areas, is £12 million. Actual payments are dependent on the performance of providers. The details of these contracts are shown in the attached table. Contracts for Wave 2 are due to be approved and awarded in March 2017.

The attached table shows the lead CCGs that have applied for diabetes transformation funding for any of the following interventions (this does not include details of all CCGs that are involved with bids, as in some cases many CCGs collaborated to deliver a project):

- improving uptake of structured education for people with diabetes;

- improving the achievement of the treatment targets recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence;

- new or expanded multi-disciplinary footcare teams; and

- new or expanded diabetes inpatient specialist nursing services.

27th Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what has been the (a) total cost and (b) cost of each contract given to bodies implementing the Diabetes Prevention Programme to date.

73 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) applied for Wave 2 funding under the diabetes prevention programme. Their bids were made as part of collaborative arrangements involving several CCGs, and not all CCGs will implement the programme at the same pace.

The estimated total cost of implementing the diabetes prevention programme to date, covering the wave 1 areas, is £12 million. Actual payments are dependent on the performance of providers. The details of these contracts are shown in the attached table. Contracts for Wave 2 are due to be approved and awarded in March 2017.

The attached table shows the lead CCGs that have applied for diabetes transformation funding for any of the following interventions (this does not include details of all CCGs that are involved with bids, as in some cases many CCGs collaborated to deliver a project):

- improving uptake of structured education for people with diabetes;

- improving the achievement of the treatment targets recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence;

- new or expanded multi-disciplinary footcare teams; and

- new or expanded diabetes inpatient specialist nursing services.

27th Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many clinical commissioning groups have applied for Wave 2 funding under the Diabetes Prevention Programme.

73 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) applied for Wave 2 funding under the diabetes prevention programme. Their bids were made as part of collaborative arrangements involving several CCGs, and not all CCGs will implement the programme at the same pace.

The estimated total cost of implementing the diabetes prevention programme to date, covering the wave 1 areas, is £12 million. Actual payments are dependent on the performance of providers. The details of these contracts are shown in the attached table. Contracts for Wave 2 are due to be approved and awarded in March 2017.

The attached table shows the lead CCGs that have applied for diabetes transformation funding for any of the following interventions (this does not include details of all CCGs that are involved with bids, as in some cases many CCGs collaborated to deliver a project):

- improving uptake of structured education for people with diabetes;

- improving the achievement of the treatment targets recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence;

- new or expanded multi-disciplinary footcare teams; and

- new or expanded diabetes inpatient specialist nursing services.

24th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much on average pharmacists are paid for each influenza jab administered.

General practitioners are paid £9.80 for each dose of influenza vaccine that they administer to eligible patients under the General Medical Services contract 2016/17.

Participating pharmacists are paid a total of £9.14 for each dose of the influenza vaccine that they administer to eligible patients under the national Influenza Adult Vaccination Service delivered through the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework for 2016/17.

24th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much on average GPs are paid for each influenza jab administered.

General practitioners are paid £9.80 for each dose of influenza vaccine that they administer to eligible patients under the General Medical Services contract 2016/17.

Participating pharmacists are paid a total of £9.14 for each dose of the influenza vaccine that they administer to eligible patients under the national Influenza Adult Vaccination Service delivered through the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework for 2016/17.

19th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the budget for Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group (a) was in 2014-15, (b) was in 2015-2016 and (c) is for the current financial year.

NHS England set Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) allocations and the figures for Leicester City CCG for 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17, the current financial year, can be found on NHS England’s website, and are as set out in the following links:

2014-15 allocations:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/ccg-allocation-big-table-v2.pdf

2015-16 allocations:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/annx-b-ccg-allctns.pdf

2016-17 allocations:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/ccg-allocations.pdf