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Written Question
Coronavirus
Monday 6th September 2021

Asked by: Neil O'Brien (Conservative - Harborough)

Question to the Department of Health and Social Care:

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish a breakdown of the number of people currently in hospital with covid-19 by age group, with each age group in turn broken down by their vaccination status.

Answered by Nadhim Zahawi - Secretary of State for Education

Public Health England does not collect data in the format requested.

Public Health England publishes the age/sex breakdown of hospitalisations for COVID-19 for the most recent four week period on a weekly basis in the slide set and excel sheet which accompany the National flu and COVID-19 surveillance report, available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/national-flu-and-covid-19-surveillance-reports-2021-to-2022-season.

The analysis is based on data from a sentinel network of acute National Health Service trusts contributing enhanced data.


Written Question
Imports: Customs
Tuesday 27th July 2021

Asked by: Neil O'Brien (Conservative - Harborough)

Question to the HM Treasury:

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how long on average imported goods are taking to clear customs checks; and what assessment he has made of trends in the time taken for imported goods to clear customs since January 2021.

Answered by Jesse Norman

The Government’s priority is to keep goods moving and avoid delays at the border. HMRC use a risk based, intelligence-led response to compliance issues working alongside Border Force.

There are a number of different customs checks which could take place, and the time required for a check will vary significantly based on:

  • The type of check required;
  • The nature of the import and the associated risk;
  • The type and quantity of goods examined;
  • The amount of time a trader or their agent takes to provide information at points in the process.

The information requested is therefore not available and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

HMRC have not carried out an assessment of trends in the time taken for goods to clear customs.

The Government has put in place a number of measures to facilitate trade with the EU and to avoid disruption at ports, including publishing comprehensive guidance on the new arrangements for trade with the EU and operating a staged approach to customs controls in Great Britain. Until 31 December 2021 most traders importing non-controlled goods from the EU can make a simplified declaration in their own records and defer making a customs declaration to HMRC for 175 days. Further information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/delaying-declarations-for-eu-goods-brought-into-great-britain


Written Question
Coronavirus
Monday 29th March 2021

Asked by: Neil O'Brien (Conservative - Harborough)

Question to the Department of Health and Social Care:

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the cumulative total number of laboratory-confirmed cases of covid-19 is in each Middle Layer Super Output Area; and what the rate of those cases was relative to the population in those areas at the time that those cases were so confirmed.

Answered by Helen Whately - Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)

This information is not held in the format requested.


Written Question
Theft: Dogs
Tuesday 16th March 2021

Asked by: Neil O'Brien (Conservative - Harborough)

Question to the Ministry of Justice:

What recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of sentencing for dog theft.

Answered by Chris Philp - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

We recognise the deep distress the theft of a much-loved pet can cause which is why robust laws are already in place to firmly deal with offenders who commit such abhorrent crimes.

Sentencing is a matter for our independent courts. Sentencing guidelines acknowledge that theft which causes emotional distress, or where the items stolen were of substantial value to the loser, regardless of monetary worth, will indicate a higher level of seriousness and the offender should be sentenced accordingly.

Discussions are underway between myself, the Environment Secretary and the Home Secretary to consider further action on the issue of pet theft.


Written Question
Coronavirus: Vaccination
Monday 15th March 2021

Asked by: Neil O'Brien (Conservative - Harborough)

Question to the Department of Health and Social Care:

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish vaccination statistics by ethnicity and within those groups by age.

Answered by Nadhim Zahawi - Secretary of State for Education

NHS England and NHS Improvement publish weekly data for vaccinations by age group and ethnicity in England. This is available at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/covid-19-vaccinations/


Written Question
Coronavirus: Screening
Thursday 11th March 2021

Asked by: Neil O'Brien (Conservative - Harborough)

Question to the Department of Health and Social Care:

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of positive covid-19 tests were false positive in the last four weeks.

Answered by Helen Whately - Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)

We do not hold data in the format requested.


Written Question
Pets: Theft
Wednesday 3rd March 2021

Asked by: Neil O'Brien (Conservative - Harborough)

Question to the Home Office:

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many pet thefts were reported in each year since 2008.

Answered by Kit Malthouse - Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)

The Home Office collects information from police forces in England on Wales on offences covered by the notifiable offence list. Whilst pet thefts are covered by the notifiable offence list, it is not possible to separately identify these crimes from others in the wider offence category of theft offences.


Written Question
Homes England: Finance
Tuesday 2nd March 2021

Asked by: Neil O'Brien (Conservative - Harborough)

Question to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities:

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what schemes have been supported by Homes England through the (a) small sites scheme and (b) land assembly fund; and how much Homes England has invested in each of those schemes.

Answered by Christopher Pincher

The £1.3 billion Land Assembly Fund enables Homes England to work alongside private developers to acquire and de-risk sites and make them attractive for private sector firms to rapidly build out homes. This will help release land to deliver 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020s. To date, Homes England have acquired 18 sites under the Land Assembly Fund programme.

In line with the Department's plan to bring together existing capital programmes across land and infrastructure into the National Home Building Fund, funds allocated to the Small Sites Fund have been used accordingly across the Department’s land funds and other Departmental priorities. This will meet the immediate need to support local economies and protect jobs across the supply chain, and help to build the homes this country needs.


Written Question
Antidepressants
Thursday 25th February 2021

Asked by: Neil O'Brien (Conservative - Harborough)

Question to the Department of Health and Social Care:

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the rate of antidepressant prescriptions was in each local authority in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland in the most recent year for which data is available.

Answered by Jo Churchill - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

The information is not held in the format requested. Data on all prescribed items is not routinely collected at English local authority level. Information is not held for Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales as this is a devolved matter.


Written Question
Health Services
Tuesday 26th January 2021

Asked by: Neil O'Brien (Conservative - Harborough)

Question to the Department of Health and Social Care:

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the CRITCON level for each hospital for which data is available on each day in the last three months.

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

CRITCON scores are used as part of operational data to support the day to day delivery of services. These scores are a snapshot and can change rapidly within hours of being recorded. In this context this data is not routinely published.

The ‘Urgent and Emergency Care Daily Situation Report’, highlighting pressures on the National Health Service is published at trust level and is available at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/uec-sitrep/urgent-and-emergency-care-daily-situation-reports-2020-21/