Mike Gapes Portrait

Mike Gapes

The Independent Group for Change - Former Member for Ilford South

Panel of Chairs
22nd Jun 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Committees on Arms Export Controls
10th Oct 2017 - 19th Mar 2019
Foreign Affairs Committee
11th Sep 2017 - 19th Mar 2019
Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee
5th Jan 2016 - 3rd May 2017
Foreign Affairs Committee
8th Jul 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Panel of Chairs
25th Jun 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Committees on Arms Export Controls
10th Mar 2008 - 30th Mar 2015
Foreign Affairs Committee
12th Jul 2005 - 30th Mar 2015
National Security Strategy (Joint Committee)
13th Jan 2010 - 6th May 2010
Liaison Committee (Commons)
11th Jul 2005 - 6th May 2010
Foreign Affairs Committee
18th Jul 2005 - 12th Apr 2010
Defence Committee
20th Oct 2003 - 12th Jul 2005
Defence Committee
24th Nov 1999 - 11th May 2001
Foreign Affairs Committee
27th Apr 1992 - 21st Mar 1997


Division Voting information

Mike Gapes has voted in 2184 divisions, and 23 times against the majority of their Party.

30 Jan 2019 - Crime (Overseas Production Orders) Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Mike Gapes voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 6 Labour Aye votes vs 206 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 310 Noes - 257
12 Sep 2018 - EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (FTA) And Investment Protection Agreement (IPA) - View Vote Context
Mike Gapes voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 21 Labour Aye votes vs 143 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 331 Noes - 145
8 Feb 2017 - European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - View Vote Context
Mike Gapes voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 42 Labour No votes vs 163 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 496 Noes - 111
8 Feb 2017 - European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - View Vote Context
Mike Gapes voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 52 Labour No votes vs 161 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 494 Noes - 122
1 Feb 2017 - European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - View Vote Context
Mike Gapes voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 47 Labour No votes vs 166 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 498 Noes - 114
7 Dec 2016 - The Government's Plan for Brexit - View Vote Context
Mike Gapes voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 23 Labour No votes vs 150 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 461 Noes - 89
7 Dec 2016 - The Government's Plan for Brexit - View Vote Context
Mike Gapes voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 9 Labour No votes vs 149 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 448 Noes - 75
7 Sep 2015 - European Union Referendum Bill - View Vote Context
Mike Gapes voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Labour Aye votes vs 173 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 64 Noes - 494
18 Jun 2015 - European Union Referendum Bill - View Vote Context
Mike Gapes 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
29 Nov 2013 - European Union (Referendum) Bill - View Vote Context
Mike Gapes voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 2 Labour Aye votes vs 2 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 3 Noes - 244
22 Nov 2013 - European Union (Referendum) Bill - View Vote Context
Mike Gapes voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Labour Aye votes vs 1 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 15 Noes - 249
11 Jul 2012 - Sittings of the House - View Vote Context
Mike Gapes 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
10 Jul 2012 - House of Lords Reform Bill - View Vote Context
Mike Gapes voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 26 Labour No votes vs 201 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 462 Noes - 124
30 Nov 2011 - Hairdressers Registration (Amendment) - View Vote Context
Mike Gapes voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 5 Labour No votes vs 30 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 63 Noes - 67
15 Jun 2010 - Backbench Business Committee - View Vote Context
Mike Gapes voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 53 Labour Aye votes vs 57 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 171 Noes - 263
17 Dec 2008 - Electoral Commission (Remuneration of Chairman) - View Vote Context
Mike Gapes voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 26 Labour No votes vs 182 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 324 Noes - 32
12 Nov 2008 - Regional Accountability - View Vote Context
Mike Gapes voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 17 Labour Aye votes vs 229 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 239 Noes - 237
3 Jul 2008 - Members’ Salaries - View Vote Context
Mike Gapes 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
Mike Gapes 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
Mike Gapes 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
7 Mar 2007 - House of Lords Reform - View Vote Context
Mike Gapes 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
Mike Gapes voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 111 Labour Aye votes vs 197 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 196 Noes - 375
1 Nov 2006 - Legislative Process - View Vote Context
Mike Gapes voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 42 Labour Aye votes vs 218 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 122 Noes - 354
View All Mike Gapes Division Votes

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 Mike Gapes

30th October 2019
Mike Gapes signed this EDM on Monday 4th November 2019

Into Film

Tabled by: Lisa Cameron (Scottish National Party - East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow)
That this House recognises the achievements of Into Film in giving every child and young person aged 5 to 19 in the UK the chance to experience film creatively; commends the organisation's ability to develop a passion for cinema in children through the creation of film clubs and stimulating discussion; …
17 signatures
(Most recent: 5 Nov 2019)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 12
Scottish National Party: 2
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
Non-affiliated: 1
The Independent Group for Change: 1
22nd October 2019
Mike Gapes signed this EDM on Wednesday 30th October 2019

Welfare and survival of Asian elephants used in tourism

Tabled by: Rupa Huq (Labour - Ealing Central and Acton)
That this House is concerned about the increasing risk of extinction to Asian elephants; notes that in India and South East Asia some Asian elephants are snatched from the wild when very young, deprived of food and water for months whilst tightly confined in cages, beaten and stabbed with iron …
34 signatures
(Most recent: 4 Nov 2019)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 18
Conservative: 5
Scottish National Party: 5
Independent: 3
Crossbench: 1
Green Party: 1
Liberal Democrat: 1
The Independent Group for Change: 1
View All Mike Gapes's signed Early Day Motions

Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Mike Gapes, 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.


1 Urgent Question tabled by Mike Gapes

Monday 28th January 2019

Mike Gapes has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

Mike Gapes has not introduced any legislation before Parliament


71 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
9th May 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will respond to (a) the letter sent to him on 28 April by the organisation New Europeans, (b) Early Day motion 2357, tabled on 1 May and (c) the oral contribution of the hon. Member for Ilford South, of 9 May 2019 on EU citizens voting in the European election on 23 May 2019.

The latest date in which an EU citizen can submit a UC1 form to register as an elector in the European Parliament elections is 12 working days before the date of the election. This is based on regulations contained within Representation of the People Act 1983, Representation of the People (England and Wales) Regulations 2001, Representation of the People (Scotland) Regulations 2001, and Representation of the People (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2008.

The rules governing the conduct of European Parliament elections provide for poll cards only to be sent to individuals who are registered to vote in the poll or an individual who has been appointed to vote as proxy for an elector. There is no provision for poll cards to be issued to any other individuals.

Council Directive 93/109/EC requires all Member States to send the details of any EU citizens' declarations to their Home State to ensure an EU citizen does not vote twice, both here and in another EU country. The Council Directive specifies that this has to be done "sufficiently in advance of polling day"

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
9th May 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will take steps to ensure that EU citizens in the UK who wish to vote in the EU elections are able to do so by (a) making the UC1 form which EU citizens need to complete in order to declare they are not voting in another EU member state available at all polling stations on 23 May 2019; (b) instructing all local authorities to write by first-class mail to EU citizens to inform them they will be able to vote by filling in a UC1 form which will be available at polling stations; and (c) directing local authorities to send polling cards to all EU citizens and not just those who have completed and returned the UC1 form.

The latest date in which an EU citizen can submit a UC1 form to register as an elector in the European Parliament elections is 12 working days before the date of the election. This is based on regulations contained within Representation of the People Act 1983, Representation of the People (England and Wales) Regulations 2001, Representation of the People (Scotland) Regulations 2001, and Representation of the People (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2008.

The rules governing the conduct of European Parliament elections provide for poll cards only to be sent to individuals who are registered to vote in the poll or an individual who has been appointed to vote as proxy for an elector. There is no provision for poll cards to be issued to any other individuals.

Council Directive 93/109/EC requires all Member States to send the details of any EU citizens' declarations to their Home State to ensure an EU citizen does not vote twice, both here and in another EU country. The Council Directive specifies that this has to be done "sufficiently in advance of polling day.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
29th Apr 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will list all current Executive Agencies.

A list of Executive Agencies is included in Public Bodies 2018-19. This can be found by following this link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/public-bodies-2018-19-report

Alternatively, a copy is also available in the House Library using the following details: Public Bodies 2018-19: 2019-0385

Oliver Dowden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
31st Oct 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans the Government has to extend the voting rights of UK citizens who are resident overseas in UK elections and referendums.

I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to the Member for Halifax (Ms Lynch) on Thursday 7 September 2017 to written question 6973.

31st Oct 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to guarantee votes for life in UK elections and referendums for all UK citizens living abroad.

I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to the Member for Halifax (Ms Lynch) on Thursday 7 September 2017 to written question 6973.

26th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the BBC on proposals to reduce the availability of BBC 3 and BBC 4 television channels for people living outside the UK.

The BBC is operationally and editorially independent from government and the government cannot intervene in the BBC’s day-to-day operations, including distribution.

We understand that, where BBC channels are made available without the BBC’s permission outside of the UK, it will take appropriate action to close these services down.

20th Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to improve Ofsted's inspection regime for small private schools to combat extremism and radicalisation.

All schools, including independent schools, are required to safeguard children from harm. This includes the harm of radicalisation and extremism. In addition to their statutory safeguarding obligations, under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, schools are subject to the Prevent duty which requires them to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”.

Under the Prevent duty, and as set out in the Teachers’ Standards and Independent School Standards, schools must actively promote our shared values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

Ofsted’s inspection framework is already clear that all schools must promote these values and adhere to the Prevent duty. All inspectors are trained to inspect under the framework and Ofsted also has inspectors with specialist counter-extremism skills and experience. The department continues to work with Ofsted to learn from the findings of its inspections and ensure the department’s work continues to support the sector to effectively implement the Prevent duty.

All maintained schools and academies are inspected by Ofsted, as are just under half of all independent schools. Those independent schools not inspected by Ofsted are subject to inspections by the Independent Schools Inspectorate or the School Inspection Service.

The Teachers’ Standards can be found here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/665520/Teachers__Standards.pdf

The Independent School Standards can be found here: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2014/3283/schedule/made.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what reports he has received about teaching standards and education at Ad-Deen Primary School, Ilford; and if he will make a statement.

The last report received by the Secretary of State for Education relating to teaching standards and education at Ad-Deen Primary School was from Ofsted following their inspection of the school on 19-20 January 2011. This judged the school to be satisfactory for curriculum, teaching and assessment.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his policy is on the proposed EU regulations on heritage seeds.

Defra is negotiating for a proportionate, flexible and simplified approach to the proposed new EU legislation for Plant Reproductive Material. Our principal objectives are to make things simpler and to achieve positive outcomes for businesses and gardeners alike.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations he has made to the European Commission on proposed regulations relating to seeds.

Defra has made numerous representations to the European Commission on its proposed regulation for Plant Reproductive Material. The representations have been through correspondence, negotiation at Council Working Groups, informal discussion, and in a specially convened meeting between Defra, Commission officials and UK stakeholders in London in June 2013.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to protect a diversity of older and heritage seed varieties.

Defra takes the lead for the UK's membership to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture and the Convention on Biological Diversity. These require contracting parties to conserve the genetic diversity of agricultural varieties, including heritage varieties. Defra sponsors three genetic resource collections which maintain heritage varieties: the National Fruit Collection, the John Innes Pea Collection, and the vegetable collection at Warwick University. Defra is planning to follow up previous research assessing, conserving and encouraging the further cultivation of locally adapted fruit and vegetable varieties (landraces).

Defra took a leading role in developing simpler EU registration requirements, introduced in 2009, for heritage varieties of agricultural and vegetable species. These allow marketing on the basis of a simplified, low cost description, with proportionate controls to assure seed quality. Defra is now seeking further simplification in the proposed new Plant Reproductive Material legislation currently under discussion at European level.

14th Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether the implementation phase of the UK leaving the EU will be the same for Gibraltar as the rest of the UK; and if he will make a statement.

Both the EU and the UK have been clear that the Implementation Period will be agreed under Article 50 and be part of the Withdrawal Agreement. Both sides have also been clear that Gibraltar is covered by the Withdrawal Agreement and our Article 50 exit negotiations.

The Prime Minister said clearly in the House on Monday that as we negotiate these matters we will be negotiating to ensure that the relationships are there for Gibraltar as well. We are not going to exclude Gibraltar from our negotiations for either the implementation period or the future agreement.

Robin Walker
Minister of State (Education)
14th Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether the implementation phase of the UK leaving the EU will be the same for Anguilla as the rest of the UK; and if he will make a statement.

Both the EU and the UK have been clear that the Implementation Period will be agreed under Article 50 and be part of the Withdrawal Agreement. Both sides have also been clear that the Overseas Territories, including Anguilla, are covered by the Withdrawal Agreement and our Article 50 exit negotiations.

In these negotiations, we are seeking a deal that works for the whole UK family, including Anguilla.

Robin Walker
Minister of State (Education)
14th Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if he will ensure that any agreement in respect of the UK withdrawal from the EU does not extend to Spain an exclusive right to determine or veto the future commercial and trading status of Gibraltar between (a) UK and Gibraltar and (b) Gibraltar and the EU; and if he will make a statement.

As the Prime Minister has made clear and was set out in the Department for International Trade’s White Paper ‘Preparing for our future UK trade policy’, after we leave the EU the UK will operate an independent trade policy. It will be exclusively for the UK and Gibraltar to determine our future bilateral commercial and trading relationship. In terms of the UK’s and Gibraltar’s future relationship with the EU, these are subject to negotiations and we have been clear throughout that we are not going to exclude Gibraltar from our negotiations for either the implementation period or the agreement for the future.

Robin Walker
Minister of State (Education)
7th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what advice she received from officials of her Department before her visit to Israel in August 2017.

My Rt Hon Friend the member for Witham (Ms Patel) resigned as Secretary of State for International Development on 8 November. The Department was not aware of the visit in advance of it taking place.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
7th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list all her meetings with representatives of the Government of Israel since June 2017 and the dates of each such meeting.

My Rt Hon Friend the member for Witham (Ms Patel) resigned as Secretary of State for International Development on 8 November. The Department has not arranged any such meetings.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
7th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with officials of her Department before her August 2017 visit to Israel.

My Rt Hon Friend the member for Witham (Ms Patel) resigned as Secretary of State for International Development on 8 November. The Department was not aware of the visit in advance of it taking place.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
7th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether she used her office telephone to discuss arrangements for her visit to Israel in August 2017.

My Rt Hon Friend the member for Witham (Ms Patel) resigned as Secretary of State for International Development on 8 November. The information is not held by the Department.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
7th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether she used her parliamentary email account to arrange her visit to Israel in August 2017.

My Rt Hon Friend the member for Witham (Ms Patel) resigned as Secretary of State for International Development on 8 November. The information is not held by the Department.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
7th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when she made the decision to visit Israel in August 2017.

My Rt Hon Friend the member for Witham (Ms Patel) resigned as Secretary of State for International Development on 8 November. The information is not held by the Department.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
7th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she had with Ministers of her Department about Middle East policy prior to her visit to Israel in August 2017.

My Rt Hon Friend the member for Witham (Ms Patel) resigned as Secretary of State for International Development on 8 November. Ministers have frequent and ongoing discussions about the Department's work in the Middle East.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
7th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what meetings, conversations, telephone calls or email exchanges she had with the Israeli Embassy in the UK prior to her visit to Israel in August 2017.

My Rt Hon Friend the member for Witham (Ms Patel) resigned as Secretary of State for International Development on 8 November. The Department does not hold information related to the question.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
7th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether she informed the Permanent Secretary at her Department before her visit to Israel in August 2017.

My Rt Hon Friend the member for Witham (Ms Patel) resigned as Secretary of State for International Development on 8 November. The Permanent Secretary was not informed ahead of the visit.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
20th Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many specialist trade negotiators have been appointed by his Department in each month since July 2016.

Since the Department was created its Trade Policy Group (TPG) has grown to Approximately 470 people at the end of October 2018, bringing together trade policy, country specialists and experts on trade policy issues. A number of DIT staff in offshore posts are also undertaking work on market access trade policy issues.

Typically, a trade negotiation will involve teams of differing sizes, with expertise relevant to the specific chapters or sectors being negotiated as part of that agreement which will differ for each but will be drawn primarily from DIT TPG. The exact make up will depend on the complexity and scope of any agreement and would be staffed by DIT policy officials with the involvement of expertise from other Departments. These officials are not designated negotiators specifically.

In addition other DIT staff will also be involved in supporting the negotiators and for instance, handling relations with Parliament and external stakeholders.

20th Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the total cost of Crossrail.

The anticipated final costs of the Crossrail project are yet to be confirmed. It is expected the project will be completed within the funding envelope of £17.6bn. The Department is working with Transport for London, for whom Crossrail Limited is a wholly-owned subsidiary.

20th Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the time frame is for the Elizabeth Line to be fully operational.

Crossrail Limited, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Transport for London, is currently working on a revised delivery plan. Crossrail Limited has committed to delivering the full Elizabeth line services as quickly as possible once the central tunnels have been completed, to provide a service that will carry up to 200 million passengers a year.

25th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to encourage changes from diesel to electric vehicles.

The Government is spending more than £600 million by 2020 to support the development, manufacture and uptake of electric ultra low emission vehicles in the UK. This programme includes grant incentives for motorists to purchases vehicles, and funding for the installation of chargepoints at home and at work. Our aim is that all new cars and vans should be zero emission by 2040. This will mean that almost all cars and vans on our roads are zero emission by 2050.

The tax system also supports the transition to cleaner vehicles, for example pure electric vehicles are exempt from Vehicle Excise Duty. At Autumn Statement 2015 the Chancellor confirmed that the diesel supplement would be retained in company car tax until 2021. HM Treasury has recently consulted on how company car tax can best incentivise ultra low emission vehicles.

20th Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much capital funding his Department has allocated to each NHS trust in London in each year since 2010.

The attached table shows the capital funding allocated to each National Health Service trust in London, including Barking, Havering and Redbridge Universities NHS Trust, in each financial year from 2010-11 to 2017-18 inclusive.

Due to the way in which some funding was recorded in 2010-11 and 2011-12, it has not been possible to separate revenue and capital funding. Because of this, some funding has been excluded from this table for these years and is shown by an asterisk.

20th Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the amount of capital funding which will be allocated to each NHS trust in London in each year between 2019 and 2022.

The Department provides some specific central support in the form of capital loans and public dividend capital. The details of all financial assistance provided by the Department to individual National Health Service trusts and foundation trusts, including capital loans and public dividend capital, under section 40 of the National Health Service Act 2006 are published annually alongside the Department’s Annual Report and Accounts.

The largest centrally allocated capital programme over the period to 2022 is the sustainability and transformation partnerships (STP) capital programme. The following table shows the announced value of capital investment in STP schemes for London NHS trusts. The breakdown of funding in individual years will be determined - once they complete the standard full business case process.

Lead organisation

STP Scheme

Capital from STP Funding to 2022/23 (£000)

Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust

Children and Adolesent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) Tier 4. 3 new beds

300

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust

St Pancras - transformation of mental health and substance misuse services

86,0001

Central and North West London Foundation Trust

CAMHS Tier 4. Kingswood Hospital. Five additional beds for people with learning difficulties/autistic spectrum disorders

2,090

Central and North West London Foundation Trust

CAMHS Tier 4. 12 additional beds

2,100

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

Northwick Park Mental Health Wards - Single Bedrooms Reconfiguration

520

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

Oak Tree Ward - Woodlands Mental Health Wards Reconfiguration, Hillingdon

502

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

Pond Ward - Park Royal Mental Health Wards Reconfiguration

2,350

Croydon Health Services NHS Trust

South West London Acute Providers consolidation of the three procurement functions into a single shared service, purchase to pay system, inventory management, and IT and telephony equipment

2,149

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Patient Centric Supply Chain

10,500

Imperial College NHS Trust

The Development of an Endovascular Hybrid Theatre

1,865

Kingston NHS Foundation Trust

Patient Flow Transformation Programme

3,444

London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust

Re-provision of eight compliant theatres

27,030

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Project Oriel - a new eye care, research and education facility

18,2481

South London and Maudsley Foundation Trust

CAMHS Tier 4. Eight additional beds for people with learning difficulties/autistic spectrum disorders. Beds would open December 2018

2,700

South West London and St George’s NHS Mental Health Trust

EMP Enabler - New Care Home

7,100

South West London and St George's NHS Mental Health Trust

Barnes Medical Centre development of a healthcare facility to provide mental health outpatient services, an extended range of general practice services, and a range of other community services

11,100

London Ambulance Service

Addition of 25 Double Crewed Ambulance vehicles is expected to receive all their £3,849,000 funding in 2018-19.

3,8492

Notes:

1Further funding is beyond the period to 2022-23 and contributions will also be from other funding sources. Part of the Camden and Islington funding is in the form of a bridging loan in advance of land disposal receipts.

2All funding for this scheme expected to be provided in 2018-19.

In addition, future funding has been allocated for some large capital schemes to specific London providers and as follows:

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

- there remains around £52.6 million available which was allocated specifically for the introduction of proton beam therapy; and

- there remains around £96.9 million available for the ongoing development of the haematology and short stay surgery, and head and neck services.

20th Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to increase investment to meet social care needs in north-east London.

Social care funding for future years will be settled in the Spending Review, where the overall approach to funding local government will be considered in the round.

20th Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much capital funding has been approved by his Department for Barking, Havering and Redbridge Universities NHS Trust in each year since 2010.

The attached table shows the capital funding allocated to each National Health Service trust in London, including Barking, Havering and Redbridge Universities NHS Trust, in each financial year from 2010-11 to 2017-18 inclusive.

Due to the way in which some funding was recorded in 2010-11 and 2011-12, it has not been possible to separate revenue and capital funding. Because of this, some funding has been excluded from this table for these years and is shown by an asterisk.

27th Oct 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he plans to ensure more effective regulation of providers of cosmetic laser treatments; and whether it is his policy to introdude a register of such providers.

On 24 April 2013, the independent Review of the Regulation of Cosmetic Interventions, chaired by Sir Bruce Keogh, was published. A copy has already been placed in the Library.

The Government Response to the Review of the Regulation of Cosmetic Interventions, was published on 13 February. A copy of the response has already been placed in the Library. We fully accept the principles of the Keogh review and the overwhelming majority of the recommendations.

The Government has undertaken to strengthen standards through better training and robust qualifications, and explore how far supervision from regulated professionals might support self-regulation of the sector.

The Royal College of Surgeons has set up an inter-specialty committee to ensure standards for cosmetic surgery and will work with the General Medical Council on a code of ethical conduct. Health Education England (HEE) is leading on a review of training and qualifications for providers of non-surgical cosmetic interventions, including lasers. On 11 September, HEE published a phase 1 report Review of qualifications required for delivery of non-surgical cosmetic interventions. A copy of the report is attached.

The Care Quality Commission has developed a new inspection methodology to cover independent health providers, reflecting the protocols used for National Health Service hospitals. The inspections will be conducted with relevant specialists within the inspection teams, including those with experience in cosmetic interventions.

The Department is also taking steps to meet relevant stakeholders to discuss cosmetic procedures and the necessity and form of any further regulation to protect the public. There are no current plans to introduce a statutory register of providers of cosmetic laser treatments.

9th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to increase research funding for pancreatic cancer treatments.

The usual practice of the Department's National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is not to ring-fence funds for expenditure on particular topics: research proposals in all areas compete for the funding available. The NIHR welcomes funding applications for research into any aspect of human health, including pancreatic cancer treatment. These 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 the National Health Service, value for money and scientific quality.

In August 2011, the Government announced £800 million investment over five years in a series of NIHR Biomedical Research Centres and Units, including £61.5 million funding for the Royal Marsden/Institute of Cancer Research Biomedical Research Centre, and £6.5 million funding for the Liverpool Biomedical Research Unit in gastrointestinal disease (which has a major focus on pancreatic cancer treatment). Some research they conduct is relevant to multiple cancer sites.

Pharmaceutical companies work in partnership with NIHR research infrastructure. The NIHR Clinical Research Network is currently hosting six pancreatic cancer treatment studies that are recruiting patients and have commercial funders. Commercial partners also work with the NIHR Biomedical Research Centres and Units, and with the Experimental Cancer Medicine Centres (jointly funded by NIHR and Cancer Research UK).

9th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure earlier diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.

Achieving earlier diagnosis of cancer is key to our ambition to save an additional 5,000 lives per year by 2014-15. However, we know that early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer can be very difficult as the symptoms are shared with a wide range of benign conditions.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Referral Guidelines for Suspected Cancer (2005) are available to help general practitioners (GPs) assess when it is appropriate to refer patients for suspected cancer, including pancreatic cancer. NICE is in the process of updating the guidelines to ensure that these reflect latest evidence and can continue to support GPs to identify patients with suspected cancer symptoms and urgently refer them as appropriate. NICE's anticipated publication date for the revised guidelines is May 2015.

The cancer waiting times two week urgent suspected cancer standard – which is included in the NHS Constitution – ensures that, where GPs are concerned that a patient might have cancer, they are seen quickly by secondary care.

In 2013, Macmillan Cancer Support, partly funded by the Department, piloted an electronic cancer decision support tool for GPs to use in their routine practice.

The tool covered pancreatic cancers and was designed to help GPs identify patients whom they might not otherwise refer urgently for suspected cancer. Over 400 GP practices across England participated in the pilot. A full evaluation of the pilot is currently being undertaken by Cancer Research UK and the Department's Policy Research Unit and Macmillan Cancer Support is working with GP IT software companies to further develop, promote and disseminate the tool.

At a local level, it is for individual clinical commissioning groups to promote and enhance the diagnostic capability to deliver better outcomes. Surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatments that may be used for pancreatic cancer are commissioned at the moment by NHS England. NHS England's pancreatic cancer service specification clearly defines what it expects to be in place for providers to offer evidence-based, safe and effective pancreatic cancer services.

NHS England has recently asked NICE to develop a clinical guideline and quality standard on pancreatic cancer. These will complement the existing Improving Outcomes for Upper Gastro-Intestinal Cancers guidance that describes best practice in the delivery of services for patients with all types of upper gastro-intestinal cancer, including pancreatic cancer.

9th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that GPs make earlier referrals in cases of possible pancreatic cancer.

Achieving earlier diagnosis of cancer is key to our ambition to save an additional 5,000 lives per year by 2014-15. However, we know that early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer can be very difficult as the symptoms are shared with a wide range of benign conditions.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Referral Guidelines for Suspected Cancer (2005) are available to help general practitioners (GPs) assess when it is appropriate to refer patients for suspected cancer, including pancreatic cancer. NICE is in the process of updating the guidelines to ensure that these reflect latest evidence and can continue to support GPs to identify patients with suspected cancer symptoms and urgently refer them as appropriate. NICE's anticipated publication date for the revised guidelines is May 2015.

The cancer waiting times two week urgent suspected cancer standard – which is included in the NHS Constitution – ensures that, where GPs are concerned that a patient might have cancer, they are seen quickly by secondary care.

In 2013, Macmillan Cancer Support, partly funded by the Department, piloted an electronic cancer decision support tool for GPs to use in their routine practice.

The tool covered pancreatic cancers and was designed to help GPs identify patients whom they might not otherwise refer urgently for suspected cancer. Over 400 GP practices across England participated in the pilot. A full evaluation of the pilot is currently being undertaken by Cancer Research UK and the Department's Policy Research Unit and Macmillan Cancer Support is working with GP IT software companies to further develop, promote and disseminate the tool.

At a local level, it is for individual clinical commissioning groups to promote and enhance the diagnostic capability to deliver better outcomes. Surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatments that may be used for pancreatic cancer are commissioned at the moment by NHS England. NHS England's pancreatic cancer service specification clearly defines what it expects to be in place for providers to offer evidence-based, safe and effective pancreatic cancer services.

NHS England has recently asked NICE to develop a clinical guideline and quality standard on pancreatic cancer. These will complement the existing Improving Outcomes for Upper Gastro-Intestinal Cancers guidance that describes best practice in the delivery of services for patients with all types of upper gastro-intestinal cancer, including pancreatic cancer.

2nd Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last met his Pakistani counterpart; and what was discussed at that meeting.

We have regular contact with the Government of Pakistan at all levels. The most recent high level contact was on 23 September, when the Prime Minister met Prime Minister Imran Khan in the margins of the UN General Assembly. They discussed the strong bilateral relations between the UK and Pakistan, Kashmir, the upcoming visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and regional issues, including tensions with Iran and peace efforts in Afghanistan.​

Heather Wheeler
Assistant Whip
2nd Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Indian counterpart on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

I refer the honourable member to PQ 293428.

Heather Wheeler
Assistant Whip
2nd Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his counterparts in (a) India and (b) Pakistan on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

We are following the situation in Kashmir closely and are in regular contact with the Governments of India and Pakistan. The Foreign Secretary has raised his concerns about the situation with the Indian Minister for External Affairs Dr Jaishankar. In addition to this the Prime Minister has spoken to both Prime Minister Modi and Prime Minister Imran Khan about the situation, underlining the importance of maintaining dialogue. Most recently he discussed the issue with Prime Minister Khan in New York on 23 September. The Minister of State responsible for South Asia has also had regular engagement with the Indian and Pakistani High Commissioners and raised the situation in Kashmir with Minister Naqvi during their meeting in New Delhi on 3 October. Events in Kashmir can have regional and international implications and we continue to urge calm and caution from all.

Heather Wheeler
Assistant Whip
2nd Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in Jammu and Kashmir; and if he will make a statement.

We recognise that there are human rights concerns in both India-administered-Kashmir and Pakistan-administered-Kashmir. We encourage all states to ensure domestic laws are in line with international standards. Any allegation of human rights abuse is deeply concerning and must be investigated thoroughly, promptly and transparently. The continued use of detentions and the continued restrictions on communications are worrying. It is important that individual rights are fully respected and that there is constructive dialogue with affected communities. We have raised our concerns with the Governments of India and Pakistan.

Heather Wheeler
Assistant Whip
2nd Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last met his Indian counterpart; and what was discussed at that meeting.

We have regular contact with the Government of India at all levels. The Foreign Secretary met the Indian Minister of External Affairs Dr Jaishankar on 1 August at the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Bangkok. The Foreign Ministers discussed a range of issues including UK-India bilateral relations, regional issues and opportunities for the future. They have spoken on the telephone subsequently.

Heather Wheeler
Assistant Whip
7th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he or Ministers of his Department became aware of the visit of the Secretary of State for International Development to Israel in August 2017.

​It is longstanding practice under successive Governments that we do not routinely disclose information relating to internal discussion and advice. My right hon. Friend the member for Witham (Ms Patel) resigned as Secretary of State for International Development on 8 November. I refer the Hon Member to the exchange of letters between my right hon. Friend and the Prime Minister on her resignation; and to the statement issued by my right hon. Friend on 6 November, a copy of which is available on the gov.uk website.

25th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in Venezuela.

The British Government is concerned by the latest developments in Venezuela, in particular the political, economic and security challenges, which are having a serious impact on the human rights of ordinary Venezuelans. I discussed those concerns with Venezuelan Minister for Europe, Samuel Moncada, on 26 October and urged the Venezuela Government to respect the human rights of its citizens.

The United Kingdom co-signed a Joint Statement at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on 29 September, expressing international community concern over developments in Venezuela. This Joint Statement was supported by 28 other countries. We have played an active role in preparations for Venezuela's upcoming Universal Periodic Review at the Human Rights Council, submitting a statement of recommendations and posing questions to the Venezuelan Government regarding their human rights record.

Venezuela has been designated a Foreign and Commonwealth Office 'Human Rights Priority Country' for 2016/17. Designation allows us expand our work on human rights and democracy in Venezuela, through bilateral projects supporting political dialogue, women's rights and good governance.

3rd Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with the Roman Catholic hierarchy in England and Wales about their ability to host for indefinite periods seconded clergy from (a) Poland and (b) other EU Member States after the UK leaves the EU; and if he will make a statement.

The recently published White Paper on the future immigration system, sets out our intention to continue to attract those who bring a range of skills, including those who make valuable contributions to the enjoyment of faith and community across the UK.


In the future, there will be a single skills-based system. Under current arrangements, which we will look to build on, there are two routes available for non-EU nationals. The first, Tier 2 Ministers of Religion is for those play-ing a leading role as faith leaders in our religious institutions. The second route, Tier 5 Religious Workers is for those undertaking non-pastoral roles supporting the activities of these institutions. We are embarking on an ex-tensive programme of engagement and will be talking to representatives of a range of faith and community groups, including from the Catholic Church.

11th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the timetable is for his Department to respond to it's consultation on the draft Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill; and what the timetable is for further steps to be taken in relation to that Bill.

On 8 March we launched a 12 week public consultation on proposals for a landmark domestic abuse Bill and a supporting package of practical action to transform the response to domestic abuse. The consultation closed on 31 May. Over 3,200 responses to the consultation were received. The responses to the consultation are being considered and a draft Bill will be published later this session.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
13th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made to conclude entry clearance application GWF 043559042 lodged at post in New Delhi on 4 May 2017 and received by her Department on 9 May 2017.

We do not routinely comment on individual cases.

Brandon Lewis
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
13th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance her Department provides to the visa processing centre, Sheffield on the handling of visa entry clearance applications for a (a) spouse and (b) fiancé which have not been processed within 12 weeks; and if she will make a statement.

All UKVI Decision Making Centres follow the same Customer Service Standards when handling visa entry clearance applications.

Customer Service Standards for Settlement for those applying from outside the UK can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-visas-and-immigration/about-our-services

Brandon Lewis
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
13th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance her Department provides to the visa processing centre, Sheffield on the recording of (a) courier receipts and (b) tracking data for documents relating to applications for visas for entry clearance.

Documents relating to applications are dispatched to Sheffield by approved couriers who utilise specific tracking systems throughout the process. Where documents are sent directly to Sheffield they are recorded by staff upon receipt.

Brandon Lewis
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
12th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of entry clearance applications were processed within (a) 12 and (b) 24 weeks in each of the last 12 months.

The specific data requested is not published by the Home Office.

Published data on visa processing times, including the percentage of visas processed within published service standards, is published online at the following address: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/migration-transparency-data (then listed by publication date under ‘UK Visas & Immigration’).

Brandon Lewis
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
12th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time taken was to process priority entry clearance applications for a (a) spouse and (b) fiancé at visa offices in (a) New Delhi, (b) Mumbai, (c) Chennai, (d) Islamabad, (e) Dhaka and (f) Abu Dhabi in each of the last 12 months.

The specific data requested is not published by the Home Office.

Published data on visa processing times, including the percentage of visas processed within published service standards, is published online at the following address: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/migration-transparency-data (then listed by publication date under ‘UK Visas & Immigration’).

Brandon Lewis
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
12th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many entry clearance applications for a (a) spouse and (b) fiancé have not been processed within 12 weeks in each of the last 12 months; and if she will make a statement.

The specific data requested is not published by the Home Office.

Published data on visa processing times, including the percentage of visas processed within published service standards, is published online at the following address: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/migration-transparency-data (then listed by publication date under ‘UK Visas & Immigration’).

Brandon Lewis
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
12th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time taken was to process entry clearance applications for a (a) spouse and (b) fiancé at visa offices in (i) New Delhi, (ii) Mumbai, (iii) Chennai, (iv) Islamabad, (v) Dhaka and (vi) Abu Dhabi in each of the last 12 months.

The specific data requested is not published by the Home Office.

Published data on visa processing times, including the percentage of visas processed within published service standards, is published online at the following address: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/migration-transparency-data (then listed by publication date under ‘UK Visas & Immigration’).

Brandon Lewis
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
12th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many settlement applications were processed by Sheffield Visa Section between May and August 2016.

The specific data requested is not published by the Home Office.

Published data on the numbers of visas processed is published online at the following address:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/international-operations-transparency-data-august-2017 (then listed by publication date under ‘UK Visas & Immigration’).

Brandon Lewis
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
7th Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many nationals of each of the other 27 EU countries were employed by (a) her Department and (b) UK Visas and Immigration in (i) 2013, (ii) 2014, (iii) 2015 and (iv) 2016.

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

27th Oct 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time taken for her Department's Referred Casework Unit to review decisions of the Entry Clearance Manager in the last year; and if she will make a statement.

It is not a function of the Referred Casework Unit to review the decisions of Entry Clearance Managers. Where an Entry Clearance Manager refers an application to the Referred Casework Unit for decision, the Referred Casework Unit aims to provide a full response within an internal 15 working day service level agreement, unless further enquiries are needed. The requested data on performance against this service level agreement is not available through published statistics. However, locally held management information confirms that from the 1st April 2014 to 30th September 2014 over 99% of referrals were responded to within 15 working days.

27th Oct 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance she has issued to the Referred Casework Unit on how to process compassionate compelling cases; and if she will make a statement.

Guidance available to Entry Clearance Officers and the Referred Casework Unit on exceptional circumstances and compassionate factors when considering family migration applications is available in the ' Family Life (as a Partner or Parent): 5-Year Routes' guidance which is published on Gov.uk at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/chapter-8-appendix-fm-family-members

The referred Casework Unit also consider ad hoc applications in other visa categories when referred by an Entry Clearance Manager overseas where there are compelling and compassionate circumstances and where there may be consideration given to a grant of leave to enter outside the rules.

27th Oct 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the representations of the hon. Member for Ilford South of 6 October 2014 on a constituency case, for what reason the Minister of State for Immigration did not reply to those representations; and if she will make a statement.

The Home Office apologises that the Honourable Gentleman did not receive a Ministerial response to his representations dated 6 October.
This was due to a Home Office administrative error. Officials have beenreminded of the correct procedure to follow when a MP makes personal
representations to the Minister. A response from the Minister has now been sent to the Honourable Gentleman.

27th Oct 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance she has issued to officials in her Department on dealing with correspondence from hon. Members to Ministers when the correspondence is clearly marked for the Minister's personal attention; and if she will make a statement.


Cabinet Office sets guidance for officials dealing with correspondence from MPs. Details of this guidance can be found on the Home Office website at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/managing-mps-correspondences

9th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time taken for the Director General, UK Visas and Immigration to reply to hon. Members in (a) all and (b) urgent visit visa cases was in the last 12 months; and if she will make a statement.

For 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014, UK Visas and Immigration replied to
correspondence from hon. Members within an average of 26 days. Information on
the average time taken to reply to urgent visa cases is not recorded centrally
and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

9th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance she has issued to UK Visas and Immigration Directorate on responding to hon. Members' representations on visit visa cases.

Guidance is available to all staff involved in responding to correspondence from hon. Members. This guidance explains when it is appropriate for staff to contact the business unit dealing with the case.

Additionally, the Home Office have issued an Information Fact Sheet – ‘Family Visit Visa Information Fact Sheet for Members of Parliament acting on behalf of their constituents’ to hon. Members. The Information Fact Sheet is available on the Home Office MP website.

9th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the hon. Member for Ilford South will receive a reply from the Director General, UK Visas and Immigration to the urgent representations he made on behalf of his constituents Mr and Mrs Mehta on 16 June 2014; and if she will make a statement.

A Home Office official responded to the hon. Member on 10 July 2014.

9th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons hon. Members' recent representations to the Director General, UK Visas and Immigration were not referred to the post for a review; and if she will make a statement.

Officials within UK Visas and Immigration review all representations to the Director General and where appropriate they will liaise with the overseas post to request a review of the decision. The case that the Hon. Member recently raised has been referred to post for review.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the timetable is for his Department to respond to it's consultation on the draft Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill; and what the timetable is for further steps to be taken in relation to that Bill.

On 8 March we launched a 12 week public consultation on proposals for a landmark domestic abuse Bill and a supporting package of practical action to transform the response to domestic abuse. The consultation closed on 31 May. Over 3,200 responses to the consultation were received. The responses to the consultation are being considered and a draft Bill will be published later this session.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
20th Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will increase support to Redbridge Council to combat homelessness and rough sleeping in Ilford.

Redbridge has been allocated £5,280,506 for 2018-19 as part of the Flexible Homelessness Support Grant. The Rough Sleeping Initiative have also allocated Redbridge £485,250 for 2018-19 with a further £500,000 provisionally allocated for 2019-20 to tackle rough sleeping specifically. In addition, both the Move On Fund and Cold Weather Fund are open to local authorities for proposals to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping.

The Government is committed to reducing homelessness and rough sleeping. No one should ever have to sleep rough and that is why, this summer, we published the cross-government Rough Sleeping Strategy. This sets out an ambitious £100 million package to help people who sleep rough now, but also puts in place the structures that will end rough sleeping once and for all. The Government has now committed over £1.2 billion to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping over the spending review period.

Heather Wheeler
Assistant Whip
27th Oct 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to his Depatment's press release of 3 July 2013, entitled Government removes volunteering tax on councillors, what progress his Department has made in implementing the proposal set out in that press release.

My Department has been working with the Ministry of Justice, who in turn have been working with the Information Commissioner, on changes to the rules about local authority members' notifying the Information Commissioner's Office that they are data controllers, to ensure that any new rules both remove bureaucratic burdens whilst ensuring that local authority members who are data controllers remain aware of their duties and obligations as data controllers.

3rd Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions she has had with the Roman Catholic hierarchy in Ireland about its ability to host for indefinite periods seconded clergy from (a) Poland and (b) other EU Member States after the UK leaves the EU; and if he will make a statement.

The Home Office is the lead Department in relation to these issues. I understand that the Minister of State for Immigration wrote to faith leaders in mid-December, setting out both the detail and rationale for the changes and guidance is currently being prepared.

3rd Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with the Roman Catholic hierarchy in Scotland about their ability to host for indefinite periods seconded clergy from (a) Poland and (b) other EU Member States after the UK leaves the EU; and if he will make a statement.

Under the current Immigration Rules there are two routes available for non-EU nationals. The first, Tier 2 Ministers of Religion, is for those playing a leading role as faith leaders in our religious institutions. The second route, Tier 5 Religious Workers, is for those undertaking non-pastoral roles supporting the activities of these institutions. Our intention is to continue to attract those who bring a range of skills, including those who make valuable contributions to the enjoyment of faith and community across the UK.

Late last year I met Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Glasgow and President of the Bishops’ Conference, and discussed a number of issues with him, including the UK’s forthcoming exit from the European Union. Since then the Government has published its White Paper on the future immigration system, and I fully expect the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland will wish to engage with the Home Office on its particular circumstances and requirements.