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Paul Williams

Labour - Former Member for Stockton South

Health and Social Care Committee
11th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Draft Health Service Safety Investigation Bill (Joint Committee)
17th Apr 2018 - 27th Jul 2018


Division Voting information

Paul Williams has voted in 408 divisions, and 12 times against the majority of their Party.

1 Apr 2019 - EU: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Votes) - View Vote Context
Paul Williams voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 10 Labour No votes vs 230 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 273 Noes - 276
1 Apr 2019 - EU: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Votes) - View Vote Context
Paul Williams voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 25 Labour No votes vs 185 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 261 Noes - 282
27 Mar 2019 - EU: Withdrawal and Future Relationship Votes - View Vote Context
Paul Williams voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 42 Labour No votes vs 143 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 188 Noes - 283
27 Mar 2019 - EU: Withdrawal and Future Relationship Votes - View Vote Context
Paul Williams voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 12 Labour No votes vs 226 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 264 Noes - 272
12 Sep 2018 - EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (FTA) And Investment Protection Agreement (IPA) - View Vote Context
Paul Williams 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
18 Jul 2018 - 1. European Union - View Vote Context
Paul Williams voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 2 Labour No votes vs 214 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 535 Noes - 3
18 Jul 2018 - 2. European Union - View Vote Context
Paul Williams voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 2 Labour No votes vs 214 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 534 Noes - 3
18 Jul 2018 - 3. European Union - View Vote Context
Paul Williams voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 2 Labour No votes vs 213 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 534 Noes - 3
18 Jul 2018 - 4. European Union - View Vote Context
Paul Williams voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 2 Labour No votes vs 213 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 534 Noes - 3
18 Jul 2018 - 5. European Union - View Vote Context
Paul Williams voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 2 Labour No votes vs 214 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 534 Noes - 3
18 Jul 2018 - 6. European Union - View Vote Context
Paul Williams voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 2 Labour No votes vs 214 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 536 Noes - 3
18 Jul 2018 - 7. Exiting the European Union - View Vote Context
Paul Williams voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 1 Labour Aye votes vs 214 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 311 Noes - 262
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All Debates

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Sparring Partners
Jackie Doyle-Price (Conservative)
(12 debate interactions)
Theresa May (Conservative)
(11 debate interactions)
Jeremy Hunt (Conservative)
(11 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Department of Health and Social Care
(82 debate contributions)
HM Treasury
(14 debate contributions)
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Latest EDMs signed by Paul Williams

15th October 2019
Paul Williams signed this EDM on Friday 1st November 2019

Prison officer pension age

Tabled by: Grahame Morris (Labour - Easington)
That this House recognises the dangerous working conditions in the Prison Service; expresses concern at the increasing number of violent assaults on prison staff; believes that prison officers approaching the age of 70 should not be expected to deal with violent and dangerous criminals aged in their twenties, thirties and …
75 signatures
(Most recent: 5 Nov 2019)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 37
Scottish National Party: 20
Democratic Unionist Party: 8
Independent: 5
Conservative: 2
Plaid Cymru: 2
Liberal Democrat: 1
15th October 2019
Paul Williams signed this EDM on Wednesday 16th October 2019

Bus passes for WASPI women

Tabled by: Jim Cunningham (Labour - Coventry South)
That this House is concerned that not all the women living in England who are affected by the 2011 changes to state pension age are entitled to a free bus pass; notes that a free bus pass is a small concession, given that women born in the 1950s have lost …
49 signatures
(Most recent: 5 Nov 2019)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 32
Scottish National Party: 6
Independent: 4
Conservative: 3
Democratic Unionist Party: 2
Plaid Cymru: 1
Green Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Paul Williams, 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.


Paul Williams has not been granted any Urgent Questions

1 Adjournment Debate led by Paul Williams

Tuesday 14th May 2019

Paul Williams has not introduced any legislation before Parliament


189 Written Questions

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26th Sep 2019
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the effect on (a) Stockton-on-Tees and (b) Teesside of the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.

The Government continues to engage across all regions of the country to ensure that the country as a whole is ready for Brexit. It is a UK Government priority to ensure preparedness across both the country and the economy, including through working closely with local government. These issues are discussed regularly by Cabinet and its committees, including the European Exit Operations Committee.

Simon Hart
Secretary of State for Wales
4th Sep 2019
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the effect on (a) Stockton-on-Tees and (b) Teesside of the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Simon Hart
Secretary of State for Wales
26th Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate she has made of the potential effect on fuel prices of the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.

BEIS analysis is that changes in the price of crude oil are the main driver of changes in the national average retail prices of fuels such a petrol and diesel. Other factors include currency exchange rates and the balance of supply and demand for these fuels in the wholesale petroleum products markets.

Crude oil and petroleum products are traded through liquid international markets. The UK benefits from a diverse range of import sources alongside UK domestic production and will continue to do so after we leave the EU.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
25th Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what meetings her Department has had with the bioethanol industry to discuss preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.

BEIS Ministers and officials have been engaging throughout the country with businesses of all sizes and their representatives and trade associations, including the Bioethanol industry. We will continue to engage across the business population to ensure their priorities are reflected and that businesses have the latest information on how to prepare themselves for Brexit, including through a targeted series of roadshows and events.

The Government also has a business readiness website designed to keep businesses and consumers informed about what no deal might mean for them, with information on a range of measures that may need to be taken in order to prepare. These notices are being regularly updated with the latest information, for example BEIS have published 18 sector specific guides with the top three to six priorities per sector on GOV.UK. These guides can be easily accessed through an interactive business search tool: https://www.gov.uk/brexit.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
5th Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on fuel prices of the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
4th Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions her Department has had with (a) Nifco and (b) other organisations which form part of the car manufacturing supply chain to discuss preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

Government is in regular dialogue with businesses, including those in the automotive supply chain, to help ensure all companies are prepared for the UK leaving the EU on the 31st October, whatever the circumstances.

We are determined to ensure that the UK continues to be one of the most competitive locations in the world for automotive and other advanced manufacturing.

We are prepared for no-deal but there is more work to be done. The Chancellor has confirmed that all necessary funding will be made available to mitigate any short-term effects and to boost the potential of the UK economy. A £10m Business Readiness Fund for business organisations and trade associations will support businesses in preparing for a ‘No Deal’ Brexit ahead of 31 October 2019.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
4th Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what meetings her Department has had with the bioethanol industry to discuss preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
2nd Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what meetings her Department has had with businesses on Teesside to discuss preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.

BEIS Ministers and officials have been engaging throughout the country with businesses of all sizes and their representatives, trade associations and local enterprise partnerships, including through regular meetings. We communicate regularly with intermediaries to ensure businesses obtain information quickly and efficiently. We will continue to engage across the business population to ensure their priorities are reflected and that businesses have the latest information on how to prepare themselves for Brexit, including through a targeted series of roadshows and events.

The Government also has a business readiness website designed to keep businesses and consumers informed about what no deal might mean for them, with information on a range of measures that may need to be taken in order to prepare. These notices are being regularly updated with the latest information, for example BEIS have published 18 sector specific guides with the top three to six priorities per sector on GOV.UK. These guides can be easily accessed through an interactive business search tool https://www.gov.uk/get-ready-brexit-check

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
5th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much and what proportion of the £370m investment funding the Department has allocated to Post Office branches has been allocated to (a) the North East and (b) Thornaby Post Office.

The Government has provided nearly £2 billion in investment since 2010, and is providing a further £370 million between April 2018 and March 2021. The allocation of funding to specific branches and regions is an operational matter for Post Office Limited. However, branches all over the country have benefited, with the network at its most stable in decades. Over 7,500 branches have been modernised, there are nearly a million additional opening hours per month and over 4,400 branches open on Sunday.

25th Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessments he has made of the barriers to 3 network customers connecting to the 101 service due to tariff issues.

The inclusion or exclusion of the 101 number from mobile phone plans is a decision made by individual telecom providers. Mobile phone customers can adjust their mobile phone settings, so they can ‘opt in’ to chargeable calls and use the 101 number. It is for telecom providers to provide this information to their customers in their plans.

The Home Office is removing charges for the 101 police non-emergency number, making the number free of charge for all members of the public from April 2020. The Policy for this sits with the Home Office.

2nd Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment he has made of the barriers to 3 network customers connecting to the 101 service due to tariff issues.

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

12th Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he is taking to steps to increase the powers that Ofcom and the Phone-paid Services Authority have to prevent intermediaries charging people to use freephone Government services; and if he will make a statement.

Ofcom has a power under the Communications Act 2003 to regulate premium rate services, those higher rate services charged to telephone bills, which it has delegated to the Phone-paid Services Authority (PSA).

Providers of intermediary connection services, known as information, connection and signposting services (ICSS) are subject to PSA’s strict mandatory Code of Practice if they operate under certain number and price ranges. Ofcom recently consulted on proposals to broaden the scope of the rules so that they would apply to all such services, meaning that all ICSS would be subject to the PSA’s remit. Ofcom aims to publish its decision before the end of 2018.

13th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans his Department has to incentivise housing developers to ensure that all new homes can receive fast broadband.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is strongly committed to ensuring new build developments have high quality, reliable and future-proof connectivity.

In early 2016, DCMS brokered an agreement between Openreach and the Home Builders Federation (HBF) so that all new build developments would be offered with Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) for free, or as part of a co-funded initiative. In November 2016, Openreach announced that it would provide FTTP to all new developments with more than 30 plots for free. Virgin Media and GTC, another infrastructure provider, have similar agreements with the HBF.

My Department’s Barrier Busting Task Force are exploring how we can build on this to ensure that all residents of new build developments receive the connectivity they deserve.

13th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of launching a new scheme, similar to Project Lightning, to ensure that more homes can provide usable broadband.

The Department welcomes commercial investment in UK digital infrastructure such as Virgin Media’s Project Lightning and is working to encourage further investment through policies and funding. These include Business Rates Relief for fibre investment and the £200m Local Full Fibre Networks programme to fund locally-led projects that leverage commercial investment in full fibre broadband connections. For alternative network providers, £400 million of public funding has also been made available for fibre connectivity through the Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund, which will unlock approximately £1 billion of private investment.

Looking further ahead, the Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review is currently assessing what market models can best support broadband infrastructure investment in different areas of the UK.

The Government’s existing £1.7bn Broadband Delivery UK programme reached 95% of premises in December 2017 and is continuing with at least a further 2% likely to be achieved, ensuring that over 97% of premises in the UK can receive superfast broadband.

3rd Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions his Department has had with Teesside University on preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.

Department for Education officials have been working closely with higher education (HE) representative bodies including Universities UK, Independent HE, Guild HE, the Russell Group and others (representing the full spectrum of HE providers across the UK) on exiting the EU preparations. In all scenarios, the objective was to not only understand any concerns from universities but to also communicate policy.

The department has also published a number of notices providing advice and guidance to support the HE sector to prepare for exiting the EU. We will continue to update these as relevant, ensuring that HE institutions are aware of these updates.

The government has also launched a public information campaign to ensure that UK citizens, businesses, HE providers and EU citizens living in the UK, as well as UK nationals living in the EU, are well informed about how exiting the EU will affect them.

22nd Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many local authorities are maintaining Education, Health and Care plans por young people up to the age of 25.

All local authorities are maintaining education, health and care (EHC) plans for young people up to the age of 25. The number of pupils with a statement or EHC plan, based on where the child attends school by local authority can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/statements-of-sen-and-ehc-plans-england-2018.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
22nd Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many young people aged 16 to 24 years old not in education, employment and training have a special educational need.

The information requested is not held centrally. Information on the number of young people who are not in education, employment and training and who have an education, health and care plan is currently being collected from local authorities for the first time and will be published in May 2019 within the “Statements of SEN and EHC plans: January 2019” publication.

21st Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of care and support offered to care leavers.

The quality of support provided for care leavers is assessed under Ofsted’s framework for the inspection of local authority children’s services. In its annual report (2017-18) Ofsted reported that care leaver services were improving, saying “We have continued to explore the experience of care leavers in different local authorities and have been pleased to find an increasing number of local authorities providing high-quality services for them”. The latest Ofsted report for Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council rated its leaving care service as ‘outstanding’. A copy of the report is available at: https://files.api.ofsted.gov.uk/v1/file/2761258.

Department for Education has appointed Mark Riddell MBE as the national improvement adviser for care leavers. Mark was previously the manager of Trafford leaving care service, which was the first to be judged ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. Mark has worked with over 40 local authorities to help them implement new duties introduced in 2018, which require local authorities to publish their ‘local offer’ for care leavers; and offer support from a Personal Adviser to all care leavers to age 25 (previously support ended at age 21 for most care leavers). Mark has published an annual report highlighting best practice in leaving care services, a copy of which is available via the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-implementation-adviser-for-care-leavers-first-year-report.

However, care leavers’ outcomes remain significantly worse than their peers in the general population and the government is determined to further improve the support care leavers receive as they make the challenging transition from care to independence. In addition to the new duties on local authorities mentioned above, government has introduced a range of measures to improve care leavers’ outcomes, including:

  • Launching 3 care leaver social impact bonds, which will use ‘payment by results’ contracts to support care leavers to engage in education, employment or training;

  • Establishing 8 ‘Staying Close’ pilots, which are testing an enhanced support offer for young people leaving residential care;

  • Providing additional funding for 47 local authorities, to enable them to work intensively with small caseloads of care leavers at highest risk of homelessness – as part of the cross-government rough sleeping strategy;

  • Introducing a £1,000 bursary for care leavers starting an apprenticeship (local authorities are already required to provide a £2,000 bursary for care leavers who go to university; and care leavers are a priority group for receipt of a 16-19 bursary if they are in further education).

  • Launching the care leaver covenant, which provides a way for organisations from the public, private and voluntary sectors to show their commitment to care leavers, through providing concrete offers of support;

  • Launching the next recruitment round for the Civil Service care leaver internship scheme, which provides 12-month paid internships for care leavers across government. For this intake we are hoping to place 100 care leavers in government departments across the country;

  • Publishing guidance to universities on how they can improve the support they offer to care leavers.
Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
21st Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of care leavers that have (a) been homeless, (b) had diagnosed mental health needs, and (c) entered the criminal justice system in each of the last five years.

The department publishes data annually on the activity and accommodation status of care leavers aged 19-21. It has also published experimental statistics for 17 and 18-year-olds. These data are available in tables F1 to F4 at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/children-looked-after-in-england-including-adoption-2017-to-2018.

Data show care leavers’ activity/accommodation status on or around their birthday, so do not provide answers to the questions in the form they have been asked. However, the latest data for the year ending March 2018 show that of the 28,510 care leavers aged 19 to 21:

  • 1% (320 young people) were reported to be homeless or no fixed abode; and

  • 4% (1,080 young people) were reported to be in custody.

The department does not hold data on the number of care leavers who had diagnosed mental health needs.

The department has recently provided funding of £4.8 million to local authorities to enable them to provide additional support to care leavers at risk of rough sleeping – as part of the cross government rough sleeping strategy.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
21st Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of care leavers aged 16-24 that are not in education, employment or training.

Information on care leavers aged 16 or aged 22 and over is not held centrally. Of the care leavers aged 17 to 21 in the year ending 31 March 2018, 14,370 were not in education, employment or training. Further information on care leavers can be found in the statistical release ‘Children Looked After in England Including Adoption: 2017 to 2018’ at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/children-looked-after-in-england-including-adoption-2017-to-2018.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
21st Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of post-18 care and support provided to young people with special educational needs.

Under the Children and Families Act 2014, young adults with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) aged over 18, who continue in education, are entitled to care and support through their Education, Health and Care plans where it contributes to meeting specified outcomes. We have introduced local area SEND inspections by Ofsted and Care Quality Commission (CQC) covering education, health and care. These look at implementation of the Children and Families Act reforms, including provision for young people with SEND post-18, moving into adulthood.

The Care Act 2014 requires that where an adult or carer appears to have care and support needs the local authority must carry out an assessment. It must then decide if the person has eligible needs by considering the outcomes the person wants to achieve, what needs they have, and how these impact on their wellbeing. The CQC inspects services to make sure they meet quality and safety standards – in March 2019, 83% of providers of adult social care were rated as good or outstanding.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
8th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of children eligible for free school meals reached a Good Level of Development at age five in Stockton South constituency in each of the last three years.

The requested data is shown in Annex A, which is attached.

The 2016/17 Early Years Foundation Stage Profile results show that the proportion of all children achieving a ‘good level of development’ is improving year on year – in 2017, 71% achieved a good level of development compared to 52% in 2013.

The proportion of children eligible for free school meals (FSM) achieving a good level of development is also increasing year on year. In 2017, 56% achieved a good level of development compared to 36% in 2013. The gap between disadvantaged children (children eligible for FSM) and others achieving a good level of development continues to narrow. It decreased from 19% in 2013 to 17% in 2017.

The department’s ambition is to provide equality of opportunity for every child, regardless of background or where they live. Good early years education is the cornerstone of social mobility and we are making record investment in this area, including providing 15 hours of free early education for disadvantaged two year olds and £100 million of investment through our ambitious social mobility action plan ‘Unlocking Talent, Fulfilling Potential’.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
23rd Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many colleges in England offer music at A-Level.

The number of further education sector colleges that had at least one student entering A level music, or music technology, in 2016/17 was 103. [1],[2],[3]

[1] Includes: sixth form colleges, general further education colleges, agriculture and horticulture colleges & art, design and performing art colleges.

[2] Only includes colleges with A level students at the end of their 16-18 study in the 2016/17 academic year. Where qualifications taken by a student are in the same subject area and similar in content, ‘discounting’ rules have been applied to avoid double counting qualifications.

[3] The Department publishes this information at the following link: https://www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk/download-data. Select the academic year, then ‘All of England’, then ’16 to 18 qualification and subject data’ and then download the Excel file.

23rd Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information his Department holds on trends in the number of people being home-schooled in Stockton South constituency.

The information requested is not held centrally. A consultation on home education, and call for evidence on the issues of registration, monitoring and support for home educating families, closed on 2 July 2018 and responses are now being considered.

6th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential effect of the use of isolation as a form of discipline in schools on children's mental health.

Schools are free to develop their own behaviour policies and strategies for managing behaviour according to their own particular circumstances. To help schools develop effective strategies, the Department has produced advice for schools which covers what should be included in the behaviour policy. This advice can be viewed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/behaviour-and-discipline-in-schools.

Schools can adopt a policy which allows disruptive pupils to be placed in isolation away from other pupils for a limited period. If a school uses isolation rooms as a disciplinary penalty, this should be made clear in their behaviour policy. As with other disciplinary penalties, schools must act lawfully, reasonably and proportionately in all cases. The school must also ensure the health and safety of pupils.

The Department is currently refreshing its guidance on pupil behaviour and mental health in schools, which will be published later this year. It will emphasise the importance of setting clear routines and expectations for the school as a whole. It will also support schools to consider the mental health needs of their pupils and to provide an appropriate response that helps pupils to improve their behaviour.

5th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing British Sign Language as a GCSE qualification.

There are no plans to introduce any new GCSEs in this Parliament, to allow schools a period of stability following the recent reforms. The Government is open to considering a proposal for a British Sign Language (BSL) GCSE for possible introduction in the longer term. The Department has indicated this to Signature, the awarding organisation proposing to develop a GCSE in BSL, and the National Deaf Children’s Society.

Any new GCSE would need to meet the rigorous expectations for subject content, which are set by the Department. It would also need to meet the expectations for assessment and regulatory requirements, which are set by Ofqual, the independent qualifications regulator. The Department and Ofqual will consider carefully the merits of any proposals put forward in due course.

18th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many young people aged 16 to 25 with autism were allocated places as learners with further education and skills providers in each year since 2012.

The table in the attachment shows learners aged between 16 and 25 with Autism Spectrum Disorder participating in further education and skills programmes in the academic year 2012/13 to 2015/16 (final year figures) and reported to date in 2016/17 (provisional full year figures).

Changes in the methodology of data collection between 2014/15 to 2015/16 produced a variation in learner numbers. This was due to a revision in the way learners with learning difficulties and disabilities were categorised. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/478551/ILRSpecification2015_16_v4_Nov2015.pdf

From the 2015/16 academic year a learning provider can record multiple disabilities on the Individualised Learner Record (ILR) that collects this data. This has led to an increase in the number of learners being reported against certain disabilities.

Prior to 2015/16 only the primary disability was recorded, therefore comparisons of figures in 2015/16 and 2016/17 should not be made with earlier years.

18th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many young people aged 16 to 25 with high needs were allocated places as learners with further education and skills providers in each year since 2012.

High needs students can attend both specialist and mainstream institutions, including general further education colleges.

In the 2015 to 2016 academic year, 21,982 young people with high needs were either placed in special post-16 institutions or further education institutions which received additional funding from local authorities. In 2016 to 2017, this number rose to 25,675 students.

Further education institutions include further education and sixth form colleges, and independent learning providers (formerly known as post-16 charitable and commercial providers).

Comparable data regarding young people with high needs prior 2015 is not readily available.

18th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many people with autism aged 16 to 25 years old had (a) a statement of special needs, (b) an education, health and care plan or (c) a learning support assessment in each year since 2012.

The table attached shows learners with autism aged between 16 and 25 with an Education, Health and Care Plan or Learning Support Assessment participating in further education and skills programmes in the academic year 2012/13 to 2015/16 (final year figures) and reported to date in 2016/17 (provisional full year figures).

Further education and skills data is collected via the Individualised Learner Record (ILR). The ILR does not hold information on statements of special educational need, this is only collected for school pupils via the school census.

From the 2015/16 academic year a learning provider can record multiple disabilities on the Individualised Learner Record (ILR) that collects this data. This has led to an increased in the number of learners being reported against certain disabilities.

Prior to 2015/16 only the primary disability was recorded, therefore comparisons of figures in 2015/16 and 2016/17 should not be made with earlier years.

Young people with special educational needs and disabilities received support through a Learning Difficulty Assessment (LDA) or a statement prior to September 2014. Revision to this support is reflected in the variation between 2014/15 to 2015/16 learner numbers.

26th Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential effect on food prices in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement.

The most important drivers of change in the cost of food to consumers are global food commodity prices, currency exchange rates and oil prices. This will continue to be the case once the UK has left the EU and the UK Government has no direct control of these factors. However, we work closely with industry to promote transparency for consumers, and internationally to promote open global markets.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
25th Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what meetings her Department has had with Northumbrian Water to discuss preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.

We have been working closely with all water companies in the UK, as well as chemical suppliers, regulators and the devolved administrations on contingency planning. Companies are well advanced in their preparations to make sure they can meet their statutory responsibility to maintain services. We are confident that no-deal will not have an impact on water supply.

It will be the case that our water will continue to be safe and of the same quality customers expect when we leave the European Union.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
5th Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential effect on food prices in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement.

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
5th Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what meetings she has held with farmers on Teesside on the effect on farming of the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
4th Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what meetings her Department has had with Northumbrian Water to discuss preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
9th Jan 2019
What recent steps her Department has taken to help strengthen governance and security in Uganda.

Since 2014 DFID has invested £30 million to improve the governance and security environment in Uganda. We are working with the Ugandan government and non-government actors to strengthen anti-corruption, build local governance capacity, increase accountability, and support public financial management reforms.

12th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether she plans to increase staff resources in her Department to implement the Government's reforms to private contractor relationships announced on 3 October 2017.

There are no plans to increase staff numbers in order to implement the Supplier Review. Implementation will be delivered within DFID’s existing budget with no additional cost to taxpayers.

Priti Patel
Home Secretary
3rd Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what meetings his Department has had with Teesside International Airport on preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.

The Department has regular meetings with UK airports and their trade body representatives and we encourage aviation stakeholders to contact us directly if they have any specific concerns that they feel have not been covered in these meetings. The UK and EU have both put in place measures to ensure that flights can continue in any EU Exit scenario. This gives industry certainty and the public the assurance needed to book and fly with confidence.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
14th Feb 2019
What steps he is taking to improve bus services in Teesside.

The Bus Services Act 2017 provides the tools that local authorities need to improve local bus services. Bus Open Data powers in the Act will require bus operators in England to open up information about routes, timetables, fares and tickets in real time for passengers by 2020. These improvements aim to improve journey planning and help passengers secure best value tickets.

We are working with interested local authorities to determine which of the powers provided are best able to support bus networks in their areas.

5th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 4 February 2019 to Question 214641 on Personal Independence Payment: Appeals, what estimate she has made of the clearance times for mandatory reconsiderations for personal independence payments (a) nationally and (b) in the North East of England in (i) November 2018, (ii) December 2018 and (iii) January 2019.

Data on clearance times for mandatory reconsiderations for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is currently available up to October 2018 as provided in the response to Question 214641 on 4 February 2019.

Information for the period November 2018 to January 2019 will be available once the data processing and quality assurance is complete for the next release of the PIP Official Statistics on 19 March 2019. Until then the information requested could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

30th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Work & Pensions, what estimate she has made of the clearance times for mandatory reconsiderations for personal independence payments (a) nationally and (b) in the North East of England.

The median clearance time, in calendar days, for a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Mandatory Reconsideration (MR) to be cleared was 34 days for both Great Britain and the North East of England in the period April to October 2018.

This data on MR clearance times is unpublished data. It should be used with caution and it may be subject to future revision. Data has been provided for the period to October 2018 to be consistent with the latest official statistics that have been published on MR clearance volumes.

MR is a key element of the decision making process for both the Department and claimants, and whilst ensuring they make quality decisions, decision makers work hard to clear applications without delay. Gathering the right evidence is critical at the MR stage if decisions are not to go to appeal; and we are reviewing our processes to not only obtain this, but to do so whilst continuing to make decisions timeously.

8th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 16 April 2018 to Question 134635 on the Department for Work and Pensions: telephone services, how many times her Department has made a referral to the National Trading Standards Board about a website that has failed to publicise the cost of a call to her Department since the introduction of freephone numbers in 2017.

Since the introduction of freephone numbers at the end of 2017, the Department for Work and Pensions has referred 6 websites to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau following concerns about the how the information relating to the cost of calls is displayed.

The referrals were made to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau rather than the National Trading Standards Board due to the nature of the concerns relating to the information on the cost of calls.

23rd Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps are being taken to (a) make the HMRC Gateway service more accessible and (b) enable improved access to Government services for people with no online or digital access.

(a) DWP are key stakeholders in the development of the new HMRC Government Gateway Service. HMRC are leading on user research around accessibility with DWP participation via Government Departmental Working Groups.

(b) We are working with partner organisations and with other departments to understand the level of support users of government services need. As part of this programme of work we are looking at the current internet devices we have in our Jobcentre Plus Offices, this includes Digital propensity, Digital Inclusion and the level of support DWP provides. DWP assures all our digital services meet the quality requirements of the Digital Service Standard which, includes both accessibility and assisted digital needs. Face to face appointments’ for claimants and free phone lines are part of the breadth of services we also have available to people without digital access.

17th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of personal independence payments assessments on carers of people with disabilities.

Carer’s Allowance (CA) provides a measure of financial support and recognition for people who give up the opportunity of full-time employment in order to provide regular and substantial care for a severely disabled person. In order for CA to be paid, the disabled person must be in receipt of a “gateway benefit” which includes the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

Once a claim to Personal Independence Payment for the disabled person has been awarded, CA may be backdated to the date payment started. In order to have a claim to CA backdated, it must be made within three months of the decision on the disability benefit claim, and the qualifying conditions for CA must be satisfied throughout the past period.

Since 2010 the rate of CA has increased from £53.90 to £62.70 a week, meaning an additional £450 a year for carers. In April 2018, a further increase to £64.60 is planned. This will mean that since 2010, the rate of CA will have increased by over £550 a year. Carers also have access to the full range of social security benefits according to their circumstances.

25th Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of trends in health visitor recruitment in (a) the UK, (b) Teesside, and (c) Stockton South constituency.

Health visitors are often employed by organisations outside of the National Health Service, meaning data about total workforce numbers is not held centrally. At a national level, this means we do not make assessments on local health visitor numbers. However, we are working with partners on the NHS interim People Plan to ensure that we have access to the staff we need across England, including areas such as Teesside and Stockton South.

Health visitor education, training and recruitment in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland is a matter for the devolved administrations.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
25th Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to work with the NHS and other partners in primary and community care to increase health visitor numbers in (a) the UK, (b) Teesside, and (c) Stockton South constituency.

Health visitors are often employed by organisations outside of the National Health Service, meaning data about total workforce numbers is not held centrally. At a national level, this means we do not make assessments on local health visitor numbers. However, we are working with partners on the NHS interim People Plan to ensure that we have access to the staff we need across England, including areas such as Teesside and Stockton South.

Health visitor education, training and recruitment in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland is a matter for the devolved administrations.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
5th Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to ensure adequate staffing levels in the social care sector in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement.

The Government hugely values the contribution of the 104,000 European Union staff who work in the social care sector. The Prime Minister has made it clear that we not only want them to stay, but also to feel welcomed and encouraged to do so. The EU Settlement Scheme has now fully opened, is free and will allow EU nationals employed in the social care sector to secure their long-term status in the United Kingdom.

The Department continues to monitor and analyse overall staffing levels across both the health and social care sectors and we have been monitoring leaver and joiner rates of European Union staff on a regular basis since the 2016 referendum. We are not complacent and have plans in place to ensure there will continue to be enough staff to deliver the high-quality services on which the public relies.

4th Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions his Department has had with organisations in the flu vaccine supply chain on preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

Flu vaccine cannot be stockpiled in advance as it is a seasonal vaccine. However, additional planning to ensure supplies of the flu vaccines has been undertaken. The Department, Public Health England and NHS England have been in regular discussion with vaccine suppliers to minimise the risk of supply disruption following European Union exit, and to ensure that contingency plans are in place.

Officials continuously monitor the flu vaccine supply landscape to enable timely and appropriate action to be taken in the event of supply issues.

3rd Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what meetings his Department has had with pharmacies on Teesside on the supply of prescription medication in preparation for the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.

As part of a responsible Government, the Department is doing everything appropriate to prepare for European Union exit. We want to reassure patients that our plans should ensure the supply of medicines and medical products remains uninterrupted when we leave the European Union on 31 October.

The Department, in consultation with the devolved administrations, has been working with trade bodies, product suppliers, and the health and care system in England to make detailed plans that should ensure continuation of the supply of medicines and medical products to the whole of the United Kingdom and its Crown Dependencies.

On 26 June, we wrote to suppliers of medicines to the UK from or via the EU or European Economic Area setting out our continuing multi-layered approach to support continuity of supply of medicines and medical products from 31 October.

Further details can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/medicines-and-medical-products-supply-government-updates-no-deal-brexit-plans

3rd Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what funding he plans to allocate from the public purse to mitigate pressures on availability of medicines that may occur as a result of the UK leaving the EU.

As part of a responsible government, the Department is doing everything appropriate to prepare for European Union exit. We want to reassure patients that our plans should ensure the supply of medicines and medical products when we leave the EU on 31 October.

The Department, in consultation with the devolved administrations, has been working with trade bodies, product suppliers, and the health and care system in England to make detailed plans that should ensure continuation of the supply of medicines to the whole of the United Kingdom and its Crown Dependencies.

On 26 June, we wrote to suppliers of medicines to the UK from or via the EU or European Economic Area setting out our continuing multi-layered approach to support continuity of supply of medicines and medical products from 31 October.

Further details can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/medicines-and-medical-products-supply-government-updates-no-deal-brexit-plans

Ahead of 31 October, all necessary funding will be made available to support our preparations. On 31 July, HM Treasury announced an additional £434 million made available to help ensure continuity of supply of vital medicines and medical products, including through freight capacity, warehousing and stockpiling.

Patients, hospitals and community pharmacies do not need to and should not undertake any stockpiling. Separate guidance issued to all National Health Service trusts, pharmacies and general practices has informed them of our plans and advising them that they can expect to be able to continue accessing medicines through their existing supply routes when the UK leaves the EU.

The Department’s Medicine Supply Team has well established procedures to deal with medicine shortages and works closely with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, the pharmaceutical industry, NHS England and others operating in the supply chain to help prevent shortages and to ensure that the risks to patients are minimised when they do arise.

Both the 2019 Voluntary Scheme for Branded Medicines Pricing and Access and the statutory branded medicines pricing scheme have detailed arrangements for how companies can request an increase to the NHS list price for a product.

3rd Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department will take to provide advice and guidance to clinicians on medicine shortages that occur as a result of the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.

As part of a responsible government, the Department is doing everything appropriate to prepare for European Union exit. We want to reassure patients that our plans should ensure the supply of medicines and medical products when we leave the EU on 31 October.

The Department, in consultation with the devolved administrations, has been working with trade bodies, product suppliers, and the health and care system in England to make detailed plans that should ensure continuation of the supply of medicines to the whole of the United Kingdom and its Crown Dependencies.

On 26 June, we wrote to suppliers of medicines to the UK from or via the EU or European Economic Area setting out our continuing multi-layered approach to support continuity of supply of medicines and medical products from 31 October.

Further details can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/medicines-and-medical-products-supply-government-updates-no-deal-brexit-plans

Ahead of 31 October, all necessary funding will be made available to support our preparations. On 31 July, HM Treasury announced an additional £434 million made available to help ensure continuity of supply of vital medicines and medical products, including through freight capacity, warehousing and stockpiling.

Patients, hospitals and community pharmacies do not need to and should not undertake any stockpiling. Separate guidance issued to all National Health Service trusts, pharmacies and general practices has informed them of our plans and advising them that they can expect to be able to continue accessing medicines through their existing supply routes when the UK leaves the EU.

The Department’s Medicine Supply Team has well established procedures to deal with medicine shortages and works closely with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, the pharmaceutical industry, NHS England and others operating in the supply chain to help prevent shortages and to ensure that the risks to patients are minimised when they do arise.

Both the 2019 Voluntary Scheme for Branded Medicines Pricing and Access and the statutory branded medicines pricing scheme have detailed arrangements for how companies can request an increase to the NHS list price for a product.

3rd Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what funding will be made available to mitigate any increase in the price of medicines as a result of the UK leaving the EU without an agreement.

As part of a responsible government, the Department is doing everything appropriate to prepare for European Union exit. We want to reassure patients that our plans should ensure the supply of medicines and medical products when we leave the EU on 31 October.

The Department, in consultation with the devolved administrations, has been working with trade bodies, product suppliers, and the health and care system in England to make detailed plans that should ensure continuation of the supply of medicines to the whole of the United Kingdom and its Crown Dependencies.

On 26 June, we wrote to suppliers of medicines to the UK from or via the EU or European Economic Area setting out our continuing multi-layered approach to support continuity of supply of medicines and medical products from 31 October.

Further details can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/medicines-and-medical-products-supply-government-updates-no-deal-brexit-plans

Ahead of 31 October, all necessary funding will be made available to support our preparations. On 31 July, HM Treasury announced an additional £434 million made available to help ensure continuity of supply of vital medicines and medical products, including through freight capacity, warehousing and stockpiling.

Patients, hospitals and community pharmacies do not need to and should not undertake any stockpiling. Separate guidance issued to all National Health Service trusts, pharmacies and general practices has informed them of our plans and advising them that they can expect to be able to continue accessing medicines through their existing supply routes when the UK leaves the EU.

The Department’s Medicine Supply Team has well established procedures to deal with medicine shortages and works closely with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, the pharmaceutical industry, NHS England and others operating in the supply chain to help prevent shortages and to ensure that the risks to patients are minimised when they do arise.

Both the 2019 Voluntary Scheme for Branded Medicines Pricing and Access and the statutory branded medicines pricing scheme have detailed arrangements for how companies can request an increase to the NHS list price for a product.

2nd Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions his Department has had with North Tees and Hartlepool Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.

The Department is working with its partners across Government, arms length bodies, local authorities, industry and the wider health and care system to ensure that all relevant parties are prepared for exiting the European Union. The quality and safety of patient care is paramount in our preparedness plans.

In August 2019, the Department published up-to-date guidance on GOV.UK on what local authorities can do to prepare for EU Exit. This covers a range of issues including workforce, business continuity planning, data sharing, and the continuity of supply of medicines, medical devices and clinical consumables, and of non-clinical goods and services. It also provides key contact information and signposts where local authorities and providers can go for further support. We continue to work closely with the health and social care sector to ensure that this guidance is accurate, practical and up-to-date.

The Department, in consultation with the Devolved Administrations (DAs), has been working with trade bodies, product suppliers, and the health and care system in England to make detailed plans that should help ensure continuation of the supply of medical products to the whole of the United Kingdom and its Crown Dependencies following the UK’s departure from the EU

The Department, alongside NHS England and Improvement, are ensuring that there is regular communication with frontline National Health Service organisations and stakeholders in the Health and Social Care sector regarding EU Exit preparations. NHS England will be holding EU Exit Roadshow’s in the lead up to the 31 October building on the regular communication that the Department and NHS England has with the frontline on the Health and Social Care sector.

2nd Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to minimise disruption to (a) patients, (b) health workers and (c) health services in Northern Ireland in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement.

To minimise disruption to patients, the Department, in consultation with the devolved administrations, has been working with trade bodies, product suppliers, and the health and care system in England to make detailed plans that should ensure continuation of the supply of medical products to the whole of the United Kingdom and its Crown Dependencies in the event of leaving the European Union without a deal.

The Department continues to implement a multi-layered approach to minimise supply disruption. These plans echo and enhance the plans that were in place ahead of March/April.

2nd Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to work with the NHS and other partners in primary and community care to increase health visitor numbers in (a) the UK, (b) Teesside, and (c) Stockton South constituency.

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
2nd Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what tariff will EEA visitors be charged for NHS services in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

The Government has made it clear that European Union citizens living in the United Kingdom on or before exit day will remain eligible for free National Health Service care as long as they remain ordinarily resident here. Should an EU citizen not be entitled to free NHS care, the Government has announced that they will continue to be charged at 100% of the standard NHS tariff.

2nd Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans the Government has to support healthcare providers through winter 2019 in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement.

The Department is working closely with NHS England and NHS Improvement to support National Health Service healthcare providers ahead of winter. This includes £240 million of funding that has been made available to help patients with adult social care needs leave hospital when ready and free-up hospital capacity.

As part of a responsible Government, the Department is doing everything appropriate to prepare for European Union exit. We want to reassure patients that our plans should ensure the supply of medicines and medical products remains uninterrupted when we leave the EU on 31 October.

The Department continues to monitor and analyse overall staffing levels in the NHS and we have been monitoring leaver and joiner rates of EU staff on a regular basis since the 2016 referendum. We are not complacent and have plans in place to ensure there will continue to be sufficient staff to deliver the high-quality services on which the public relies. Our overall programme of work is comprehensive, thorough and continuously updated and will stand irrespective of the terms in which the United Kingdom leaves the EU.

The Department is also working more broadly with delivery partners to ensure that the health and care system as a whole is prepared and ready to respond to disruption caused by EU exit.

2nd Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether people with active but incomplete applications for settled and pre-settled status will be entitled to free NHS treatment after 31 October 2019.

European Union citizens living in the United Kingdom on or before exit day will remain eligible for free National Health Service care as long as they remain ordinarily resident here. Being ordinarily resident broadly means living here on a lawful and properly-settled basis for the time being.

It is not currently necessary for an EU citizen to demonstrate that they have status under the EU Settlement Scheme in order to access the NHS. The European Settlement Scheme secures the residency rights for EU citizens who have been residing in the UK prior to the day we leave the EU. EU citizens already living in the UK on exit day have up until 31 December 2020 to apply for Settled Status, but their access to healthcare will remain the same regardless of whether they apply for Settled Status up to then.

2nd Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to support NHS providers who do not have full contingency plans in place if the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement.

As part of a responsible Government, the Department is doing everything appropriate to prepare for European Union exit. We want to reassure patients that our plans should ensure the supply of medicines and medical products remains uninterrupted when we leave the EU on 31 October.

The Department is implementing a multi-layered approach, which consists of stockpiling where possible, securing freight capacity, changing or clarifying regulatory requirements, procuring additional warehousing, working closely with industry to improve trader readiness and putting in place the National Supply Disruption Response to manage potential shortages.

As part of this we are working closely with partners across the health and care system and industry, including the National Health Service and NHS Supply Chain, on robust preparations for EU exit.

2nd Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure EU nationals are aware of the requirement to provide evidence that they live in the UK on a lawful basis to access healthcare in the UK in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.

The Department is working closely with other Government departments and the National Health Service to ensure that European Union citizens are aware of the requirements to access healthcare in the event of the United Kingdom leaving the EU without a deal. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has a large-scale public information campaign setting out what business and the public need to know as we prepare to leave the EU. Further guidance and information will be published in due course.

We have published the following guidance on GOV.UK at the following links:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/healthcare-for-eu-and-efta-citizens-visiting-the-uk

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/healthcare-for-eu-and-efta-nationals-living-in-the-uk

2nd Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how his Department plans to communicate changes in reciprocal healthcare arrangements to EU nationals in the UK in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.

The Department is working closely with other Government departments and the National Health Service to ensure that European Union citizens are aware of the requirements to access healthcare in the event of the United Kingdom leaving the EU without a deal. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has a large-scale public information campaign setting out what business and the public need to know as we prepare to leave the EU. Further guidance and information will be published in due course.

We have published the following guidance on GOV.UK at the following links:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/healthcare-for-eu-and-efta-citizens-visiting-the-uk

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/healthcare-for-eu-and-efta-nationals-living-in-the-uk

2nd Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether doctors will be required to determine a patient's eligibility for healthcare in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement.

Doctors will not be required to determine patient’s entitlement for free National Health Service healthcare in any European Union exit scenario. A clinician’s role is to provide the relevant healthcare for patients and make decisions on their treatment based on their clinical needs. Clinicians will at times be required to make a decision on whether treatment is immediately necessary, urgent or can safely wait until the individual leaves the United Kingdom for those patients identified as not eligible for NHS-funded care, as this will determine when payment has to be taken.

2nd Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether doctors and healthcare workers in Northern Ireland will be permitted in the course of their employment to be in possession of medication in the Republic of Ireland in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Health and care professionals possessing dual registration in Ireland and Northern Ireland will continue to be able to work across the border should we leave the European Union without a deal. Those who are currently able to write prescriptions for both Ireland and Northern Ireland will still be able to do so.

2nd Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of trends in health visitor recruitment in (a) the UK, (b) Teesside, and (c) Stockton South constituency.

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
2nd Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to make additional funding available to NHS trusts and health boards to meet potential additional costs associated with changes to reciprocal healthcare in the event of the UK leaving with EU without a withdrawal agreement.

The Chancellor announced on 1 August that he has made an additional £2.1 billion available to prepare for European Union exit which includes the creation of an Operational Contingency Fund, to meet the costs of ‘no deal’ operations. This fund is available for bids where EU Exit operational costs arise that cannot be met by existing funding settlements.

12th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to work with NHS England to establish autism diagnosis waiting times standards for each (a) sustainability and transformation partnership and (b) integrated care system.

No one should have to face long waits for an autism assessment. We expect services to adhere to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) quality standard which recommends that the length between referral and a first appointment to start an assessment should be no more than three months.

We are determined to drive up performance nationally. We will use data on autism diagnosis waiting times, available for the first time later this year, to hold local areas to account and act where waiting times exceed the NICE standard.

Whilst a diagnosis of autism should happen as soon as possible, it is important to recognise that a diagnosis is often complex and can involve different professionals and agencies. We are following the prevailing clinical guidance set out by NICE.

NHS England and NHS Improvement encourage local areas to follow existing NICE guidelines and quality standards when commissioning and delivering diagnosis services for both children and adults.

12th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to reduce waiting times for autism assessments for adults.

No one should have to face long waits for an autism assessment. We expect services to adhere to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) quality standard which recommends that the length between referral and a first appointment to start an assessment should be no more than three months.

We are determined to drive up performance nationally. We will use data on autism diagnosis waiting times, available for the first time later this year, to hold local areas to account and act where waiting times exceed the NICE standard.

Whilst a diagnosis of autism should happen as soon as possible, it is important to recognise that a diagnosis is often complex and can involve different professionals and agencies. We are following the prevailing clinical guidance set out by NICE.

NHS England and NHS Improvement encourage local areas to follow existing NICE guidelines and quality standards when commissioning and delivering diagnosis services for both children and adults.

12th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps with NHS England to implement a waiting time standard for autism diagnosis in the CCG Improvement and Assessment Framework in order to tackle regional differences.

No one should have to face long waits for an autism assessment. We expect services to adhere to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) quality standard which recommends that the length between referral and a first appointment to start an assessment should be no more than three months.

We are determined to drive up performance nationally. We will use data on autism diagnosis waiting times, available for the first time later this year, to hold local areas to account and act where waiting times exceed the NICE standard.

Whilst a diagnosis of autism should happen as soon as possible, it is important to recognise that a diagnosis is often complex and can involve different professionals and agencies. We are following the prevailing clinical guidance set out by NICE.

NHS England and NHS Improvement encourage local areas to follow existing NICE guidelines and quality standards when commissioning and delivering diagnosis services for both children and adults.

3rd Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for the Department of Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the findings in The evaluation of Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) for alcohol report, published by NHS Scotland in June 2019, that alcohol sales in Scotland have dropped during the last year, while they have risen in England and Wales.

The Government takes the harms associated with alcohol abuse very seriously and overall consumption of alcohol in England and Wales is on the decline.

There are currently no plans to implement minimum unit pricing in England. However, we will keep this under review as evidence emerges from Scotland.

3rd Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for the Department of Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 3 September 2018 to Question 169474 on Alcoholic Drinks: minimum unit pricing, when Public Health England’s review into the impact of minimum unit pricing of alcohol will be published.

The Government takes the harms associated with alcohol abuse very seriously and overall consumption of alcohol in England and Wales is on the decline.

There are currently no plans to implement minimum unit pricing in England. However, we will keep this under review as evidence emerges from Scotland.

20th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the correlation between reductions in public health funding and increases in rates of (a) syphilis and (b) gonorrhoea.

Increases in rates of syphilis, gonorrhoea and chlamydia are likely to be due to a number of factors. These include increases in both the number of people attending sexual health services and the number of tests for sexually transmitted infections. Other factors include, better detection of infection and behavioural changes such as an increase in partner numbers and condomless anal intercourse, as well as, for some men who have sex with men, ‘chemsex’ and group sex facilitated by geosocial networking applications.

Local authorities will receive £3.1 billion in 2019/20, ring-fenced exclusively for use on public health, including sexual health. We are investing over £16 billion in local authority public health services over the five years of the 2015 Spending Review until 2020/21. It is for individual local authorities to decide their spending priorities based on an assessment of local need, including the need for sexual health services taking account of their statutory duties.

My Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State has had numerous discussions with cabinet ministers to discuss a range of topics in advance of the Spending Review. Public health funding for 2020 onwards, including for sexual health services, will be considered carefully in the next Spending Review, in the light of the available evidence.

Local authorities are required by regulations to provide comprehensive open access sexual health services, including provision for sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment and contraception.

The latest statistics show that more people are now accessing sexual health services. Attendances have increased by 7% between 2017 and 2018 (from 3,337,677 to 3,561,548). This continues the trend of increases in attendances seen over the past five years. To help manage the overall increase in demand, local authorities are increasingly commissioning online services to manage lower risk and asymptomatic patients. These services have the potential to reach groups not currently engaged with clinic services.

20th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on funding for sexual health services in England to tackle the increase in sexually transmitted infections since 2017.

Increases in rates of syphilis, gonorrhoea and chlamydia are likely to be due to a number of factors. These include increases in both the number of people attending sexual health services and the number of tests for sexually transmitted infections. Other factors include, better detection of infection and behavioural changes such as an increase in partner numbers and condomless anal intercourse, as well as, for some men who have sex with men, ‘chemsex’ and group sex facilitated by geosocial networking applications.

Local authorities will receive £3.1 billion in 2019/20, ring-fenced exclusively for use on public health, including sexual health. We are investing over £16 billion in local authority public health services over the five years of the 2015 Spending Review until 2020/21. It is for individual local authorities to decide their spending priorities based on an assessment of local need, including the need for sexual health services taking account of their statutory duties.

My Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State has had numerous discussions with cabinet ministers to discuss a range of topics in advance of the Spending Review. Public health funding for 2020 onwards, including for sexual health services, will be considered carefully in the next Spending Review, in the light of the available evidence.

Local authorities are required by regulations to provide comprehensive open access sexual health services, including provision for sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment and contraception.

The latest statistics show that more people are now accessing sexual health services. Attendances have increased by 7% between 2017 and 2018 (from 3,337,677 to 3,561,548). This continues the trend of increases in attendances seen over the past five years. To help manage the overall increase in demand, local authorities are increasingly commissioning online services to manage lower risk and asymptomatic patients. These services have the potential to reach groups not currently engaged with clinic services.

20th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what effect the 25 per cent reduction in sexual health budgets since 2014 has had on the rates of (a) syphilis, (b) gonorrhoea and (c) chlamydia.

Increases in rates of syphilis, gonorrhoea and chlamydia are likely to be due to a number of factors. These include increases in both the number of people attending sexual health services and the number of tests for sexually transmitted infections. Other factors include, better detection of infection and behavioural changes such as an increase in partner numbers and condomless anal intercourse, as well as, for some men who have sex with men, ‘chemsex’ and group sex facilitated by geosocial networking applications.

Local authorities will receive £3.1 billion in 2019/20, ring-fenced exclusively for use on public health, including sexual health. We are investing over £16 billion in local authority public health services over the five years of the 2015 Spending Review until 2020/21. It is for individual local authorities to decide their spending priorities based on an assessment of local need, including the need for sexual health services taking account of their statutory duties.

My Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State has had numerous discussions with cabinet ministers to discuss a range of topics in advance of the Spending Review. Public health funding for 2020 onwards, including for sexual health services, will be considered carefully in the next Spending Review, in the light of the available evidence.

Local authorities are required by regulations to provide comprehensive open access sexual health services, including provision for sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment and contraception.

The latest statistics show that more people are now accessing sexual health services. Attendances have increased by 7% between 2017 and 2018 (from 3,337,677 to 3,561,548). This continues the trend of increases in attendances seen over the past five years. To help manage the overall increase in demand, local authorities are increasingly commissioning online services to manage lower risk and asymptomatic patients. These services have the potential to reach groups not currently engaged with clinic services.

20th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the sustainability of the demand for sexual health services as set out in the sexual health statistics released by Public Health England on 4 June.

Increases in rates of syphilis, gonorrhoea and chlamydia are likely to be due to a number of factors. These include increases in both the number of people attending sexual health services and the number of tests for sexually transmitted infections. Other factors include, better detection of infection and behavioural changes such as an increase in partner numbers and condomless anal intercourse, as well as, for some men who have sex with men, ‘chemsex’ and group sex facilitated by geosocial networking applications.

Local authorities will receive £3.1 billion in 2019/20, ring-fenced exclusively for use on public health, including sexual health. We are investing over £16 billion in local authority public health services over the five years of the 2015 Spending Review until 2020/21. It is for individual local authorities to decide their spending priorities based on an assessment of local need, including the need for sexual health services taking account of their statutory duties.

My Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State has had numerous discussions with cabinet ministers to discuss a range of topics in advance of the Spending Review. Public health funding for 2020 onwards, including for sexual health services, will be considered carefully in the next Spending Review, in the light of the available evidence.

Local authorities are required by regulations to provide comprehensive open access sexual health services, including provision for sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment and contraception.

The latest statistics show that more people are now accessing sexual health services. Attendances have increased by 7% between 2017 and 2018 (from 3,337,677 to 3,561,548). This continues the trend of increases in attendances seen over the past five years. To help manage the overall increase in demand, local authorities are increasingly commissioning online services to manage lower risk and asymptomatic patients. These services have the potential to reach groups not currently engaged with clinic services.

3rd Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government has plans to record the number of children of parents with mental health problems.

There are no plans to record this information.

23rd May 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to add a body map insert page to the Personal Child Health Record to improve recognition of neurofibromatosis.

The content of the Personal Child Health Record (PCHR) is overseen by a multi-disciplinary group hosted by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH). The inclusion of a body map in the paper-based version of the PCHR to help improve recognition of conditions such as neurofibromatosis has previously been discussed.

Whilst it is recognised that some areas choose to include a body map in the paper-based version of the PCHR they issue to new parents/carers at a child’s birth, the RCPCH hosted committee rejected a request for it to be included universally. The matter has subsequently been referred to the UK National Screening Committee for further consideration.

An electronic version of the PCHR is being piloted and will be further developed. Access to information on neurofibromatosis and other conditions which can be accessed by parents, carers or health professionals will be considered as part of this process.

23rd May 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will provide an update on progress towards recommendation 54 in the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health on introducing the regulation of psychological therapy services.

Recommendation 54 in the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health states that this Department should consider how to introduce the regulation of psychological therapy services, which are not currently inspected unless they are provided within secondary mental health services.

The Government has accepted all of the recommendations in the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, including Recommendation 54. We are currently considering how to implement this recommendation.

8th May 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for Care of 8 May 2019, Official Report, column 432, when the data on autism diagnosis waiting times will be published.

The Department is determined to drive up performance on autism diagnosis nationally. To support this NHS Digital began formally collecting autism diagnosis waiting time data from mental health provider trusts for the first time through the Mental Health Services Data set in April 2018. Data is submitted on behalf of autism diagnostic services, in line with issued guidance. We expect to publish a report after a year’s data has been collected and analysed, this autumn. As this is the first time this data is being submitted some work to improve its quality may be necessary.

25th Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many CCGs (a) achieved and (b) did not achieve the turnaround target of 98 per cent of patients receiving their cervical screening results within 14 days of having a test in the last month for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.

Data is reported by local authority and published annually by NHS England, with the most recent information available at the following link:

https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/publications/statistical/cervical-screening-programme/england---2017-18

However, data by clinical commissioning group (CCG) was published by the National Audit Office (NAO) Investigation into the Management of Health Screening and is available at the following link:

https://www.nao.org.uk/report/investigation-into-adult-health-screening/

The data published by the NAO shows the target for delivering cervical screening results letters within 14 days was not met in 189 out of 207 CCGs in 2017-18.

The 2016 announcement of the planned introduction of human papillomavirus primary screening and planned reconfiguration of laboratories has impacted on cytology workforce retention and recruitment rates. This led to an increase in the turnaround times of cervical screening samples in 2016-17 and 2017-18.

NHS England is taking steps to make sure the delivery, performance and oversight of screening services meet the high standard NHS patients rightly expect. This includes moving samples around the country to reduce the burden on those laboratories most under pressure. Professor Sir Mike Richards has also been commissioned to undertake a major review of cancer screening as part the NHS Long Term Plan’s renewed drive to improve care and save lives.

18th Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government has plans to bring forward secondary legislation to implement proposed Medical Examiner reforms set out in the Coroners Act 2009 before 2020-21.

The Government is committed to introducing the reforms to death certification and to the introduction of a medical examiner system, as detailed in the Government’s response to consultation published in June 2018. Draft regulations were published alongside that consultation and it remains the intention to bring these forward when Parliamentary time allows for amendment to the primary legislation, to enable the reforms fully to be delivered.

With the introduction of a statutory scheme of medical examiners, the Government is committed to reform of the cremation regulations, removing the requirement for separate cremation medical certification and the fees associated with that function.

18th Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government has plans to amend regulations in relation to cremation fees to enable the implementation of the Medical Examiner reforms set out in the Coroners Act 2009.

The Government is committed to introducing the reforms to death certification and to the introduction of a medical examiner system, as detailed in the Government’s response to consultation published in June 2018. Draft regulations were published alongside that consultation and it remains the intention to bring these forward when Parliamentary time allows for amendment to the primary legislation, to enable the reforms fully to be delivered.

With the introduction of a statutory scheme of medical examiners, the Government is committed to reform of the cremation regulations, removing the requirement for separate cremation medical certification and the fees associated with that function.

18th Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the changes required to cremation fee regulations to enable the implementation of the Medical Examiner reforms set out in the Coroners Act 2009.

The Government is committed to introducing the reforms to death certification and to the introduction of a medical examiner system, as detailed in the Government’s response to consultation published in June 2018. Draft regulations were published alongside that consultation and it remains the intention to bring these forward when Parliamentary time allows for amendment to the primary legislation, to enable the reforms fully to be delivered.

With the introduction of a statutory scheme of medical examiners, the Government is committed to reform of the cremation regulations, removing the requirement for separate cremation medical certification and the fees associated with that function.

18th Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of state for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of waiting times to access NHS specialised gender services in the North East.

NHS England has launched an ambitious programme to tackle waiting times, overseen by a Programme Board for Gender Identity Services. NHS England agreed new service specifications for gender dysphoria services in 2018 following a process of extensive stakeholder engagement and public consultation.

In April 2019 NHS England began a process of national procurement that will determine which organisations are best able to deliver specialist gender services in the future against the new service specifications, and this process is open to new providers. NHS England has also announced plans to establish for evaluation new gender services in primary care settings and other community care settings which if positively evaluated could be rolled out nationally, thereby helping to increase clinical capacity.

1st Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to parenting support to prevent and treat conduct disorders and behavioural issues.

The Prevention Vision confirmed there is a strong case for acting early with good pre-conception care, fit and healthy parents and taking a ‘whole family’ approach when responding to problems. Becoming a parent is an important period and opportunity to offer evidence-based advice and support whilst creating opportunities to support a child’s very early development. The Prevention Green Paper will set out our thoughts in more detail.

Through our new workforce of Mental Health Support Teams, staffed by a new role of Education Mental Health Practitioners, we are providing new capacity for addressing the needs of children and young people with mild to moderate mental health issues. The first cohort of trainees started in early 2019 and the first wave of trailblazer areas will become operational during 2019. The Support Teams will provide evidence-based interventions, which may include family-based behaviour change interventions, which can be successfully delivered to help reduce child conduct problems.

1st Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the prevention Green Paper will include evidence-based parenting support as a key prevention and early intervention solution for supporting young people and their families.

The Prevention Vision confirmed there is a strong case for acting early with good pre-conception care, fit and healthy parents and taking a ‘whole family’ approach when responding to problems. Becoming a parent is an important period and opportunity to offer evidence-based advice and support whilst creating opportunities to support a child’s very early development. The Prevention Green Paper will set out our thoughts in more detail.

Through our new workforce of Mental Health Support Teams, staffed by a new role of Education Mental Health Practitioners, we are providing new capacity for addressing the needs of children and young people with mild to moderate mental health issues. The first cohort of trainees started in early 2019 and the first wave of trailblazer areas will become operational during 2019. The Support Teams will provide evidence-based interventions, which may include family-based behaviour change interventions, which can be successfully delivered to help reduce child conduct problems.

1st Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 31 January to Question 213465 on Pregnancy: Mental Health Services, what steps is he taking to develop proposals for a six week post-natal maternal health check for all mothers.

NHS England is undertaking further work to establish a clear picture of current practice in this area. The potential for a six week post-natal maternal health check for all mothers is subject to this work. If taken forward, the check could be introduced from April 2020.

28th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, to his oral contribution of 15 January 2019, Official Report, column 1005, what steps he is taking in relation to the GP Contract negotiations to improve the six-week perinatal mental health check for new mothers.

The potential for a six week post-natal maternal health check for all mothers was included in the negotiating remit for the 2019/20 general practitioner (GP) contract. Discussions were held with the GP profession and it was agreed that proposals should be developed outside of the contract process.

20th Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much was spent in the main categories of NHS commissioner spending as recorded centrally by NHS England for (a) acute, (b) mental Health, (c) community care, (d) continuing care and (e) primary care by clinical commissioning group in (i) 2015-16, (ii) 2016-17 and (iii) 2017-18.

The following table is a summary of the aggregated amount spent in the main categories of National Health Service commissioner spending, as recorded centrally by NHS England, for acute, mental health, community care, continuing care and primary care in 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18.

The data was provided by NHS England. NHS England do not hold clinical commissioning group (CCG) level spending data across all of these categories for all CCGs.

Type of Care

Amount Spent 2015-16

Amount Spent 2016-17

Amount Spent 2017-2018

Acute

£38,247 million

£40,107 million

£41,411 million

Mental health

£7,301 million

£7,627 million

£8,053 million

Community

£7,088 million

£7,115 million

£7,348 million

Continuing

£4,297 million

£4,582 million

£4,547 million

Primary

£12,124 million

£13,870 million

£16,474 million

14th Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Written Statement of 12 December 2018 on the review of amendments made to the NHS Overseas Visitor Charging Regulations in 2017, HLWS1142, what information his Department holds on the effect of NHS charging on access to maternity services by vulnerable pregnant migrant women.

The Department has no plans to produce and publish a formal review document or the evidence collected as part of it. In undertaking the review, the Department called for evidence from interested stakeholders which included several confidential individual case studies from organisations who have not permitted the Department to share these within the public domain. A summary of the findings will be shared with contributors to the review and we will continue to keep the impact of the regulations under close review, working closely with our stakeholders.

National guidance is clear that National Health Service maternity treatment should always be considered as immediately necessary and provided to all patients regardless of whether or not they are entitled to receive it free of charge or there are doubts about whether they could pay if subsequently found to be chargeable under the regulations.

14th Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Written Statement of 12 December 2018 on the review of amendments made to the NHS Overseas Visitor Charging Regulations in 2017, HLWS1142, if he will publish the evidence collected for that review.

The Department has no plans to produce and publish a formal review document or the evidence collected as part of it. In undertaking the review, the Department called for evidence from interested stakeholders which included several confidential individual case studies from organisations who have not permitted the Department to share these within the public domain. A summary of the findings will be shared with contributors to the review and we will continue to keep the impact of the regulations under close review, working closely with our stakeholders.

National guidance is clear that National Health Service maternity treatment should always be considered as immediately necessary and provided to all patients regardless of whether or not they are entitled to receive it free of charge or there are doubts about whether they could pay if subsequently found to be chargeable under the regulations.

14th Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Written Statement of 12 December 2018 on the review of amendments made to the NHS Overseas Visitor Charging Regulations in 2017, HLWS1142, if he will publish the full text of that review.

The Department has no plans to produce and publish a formal review document or the evidence collected as part of it. In undertaking the review, the Department called for evidence from interested stakeholders which included several confidential individual case studies from organisations who have not permitted the Department to share these within the public domain. A summary of the findings will be shared with contributors to the review and we will continue to keep the impact of the regulations under close review, working closely with our stakeholders.

National guidance is clear that National Health Service maternity treatment should always be considered as immediately necessary and provided to all patients regardless of whether or not they are entitled to receive it free of charge or there are doubts about whether they could pay if subsequently found to be chargeable under the regulations.

5th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of recent concerns raised by British public health academics on the potential threat to Public Health England’s reputation of partnering with an alcohol industry-funded body.

The Alcohol Leadership Board meets every three months. Public Health England (PHE) did not consult with its Alcohol Leadership Board before beginning a partnership with Drinkaware because the timing of the campaign was such that the Alcohol Leadership Board was informed at the first opportunity once there was certainty about the collaboration.

A copy of the terms of reference for the PHE Alcohol Leadership Board is attached.

PHE will be commissioning an independent evaluation of the ‘Drink Free Days’ campaign, which will include an assessment of the impact on PHE’s reputation. The evaluation and subsequent peer review of the Drink Free Days campaign will be complete by May 2019. Initial indications are that the campaign has been well received by the public.

5th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will place in the Library a copy of the terms of reference for the Public Health England Alcohol Leadership Board.

The Alcohol Leadership Board meets every three months. Public Health England (PHE) did not consult with its Alcohol Leadership Board before beginning a partnership with Drinkaware because the timing of the campaign was such that the Alcohol Leadership Board was informed at the first opportunity once there was certainty about the collaboration.

A copy of the terms of reference for the PHE Alcohol Leadership Board is attached.

PHE will be commissioning an independent evaluation of the ‘Drink Free Days’ campaign, which will include an assessment of the impact on PHE’s reputation. The evaluation and subsequent peer review of the Drink Free Days campaign will be complete by May 2019. Initial indications are that the campaign has been well received by the public.

5th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October to Question 176664 on Public Health England: Drinkaware Trust, for what reason it was decided that Public Health England would not consult its Alcohol Leadership Board before beginning a partnership with Drinkaware.

The Alcohol Leadership Board meets every three months. Public Health England (PHE) did not consult with its Alcohol Leadership Board before beginning a partnership with Drinkaware because the timing of the campaign was such that the Alcohol Leadership Board was informed at the first opportunity once there was certainty about the collaboration.

A copy of the terms of reference for the PHE Alcohol Leadership Board is attached.

PHE will be commissioning an independent evaluation of the ‘Drink Free Days’ campaign, which will include an assessment of the impact on PHE’s reputation. The evaluation and subsequent peer review of the Drink Free Days campaign will be complete by May 2019. Initial indications are that the campaign has been well received by the public.

1st Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of prescriptions were issued to people using a prepayment certificate in England in (a) 2017 and (b) the latest period for which information is available.

The information is not available in the format requested.

19th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of prescription charges on health outcomes.

No such assessment has been undertaken.

19th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of prescriptions that were paid for by a prepayment certificate in the last 12 months.

This information is not available for the time period requested.

19th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the contribution to the public purse of prescription prepayment certificates.

Information provided by the NHS Business Services Authority on the number of Prescription Prepayment Certificates (PPC) purchased in each of the last five calendar years is provided in the following table:

Year

Number of PPCs issued

2013

1,531,016

2014

1,651,977

2015

1,798,037

2016

1,916,220

2017

1,952,425

At present a 3-month PPC costs £29.10 and a 12-month PPC costs £104 to purchase.

8th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the press release, Public Health England and Drinkaware launch Drink Free Days, published on 10 September 2018, for what reason the decision was taken by Public Health England not to state clearly that Drinkaware is funded by the alcohol industry.

The content of the press release launching the Drink Free Days campaign, which is a collaboration between Public Health England and Drinkaware, focused on communicating to media the campaign’s aim and specifically its simple and pragmatic advice to the public to help them cut back on alcohol consumption by taking more drink free days. The purpose of the press release was to highlight this consumer facing campaign rather than describe the background to either organisation.

8th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will place in the library a copy of the terms of reference for the partnership between Public Health England and Drinkaware.

There are no terms of reference for the collaboration between Public Health England and Drinkaware.

8th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what consultation took place between Public Health England and its independent expert advisors on the Alcohol Leadership Board prior to its decision to enter into a partnership with Drinkaware.

There was no consultation between Public Health England (PHE) and its Alcohol Leadership Board before PHE and Drinkaware’s Drink Free Days campaign.

18th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the performance of the General Dental Council; and what steps he is taking to hold that body to account.

The General Dental Council (GDC) is the healthcare regulatory body responsible for the regulation of dentists and dental care practitioners in the United Kingdom and is independent of the Government.

The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA) annually reviews each professional regulator’s performance against its Standards of Good Regulation and publishes its findings.

The most recent GDC report was published by the PSA in November 2017 and covered the 2016/17 period. It found that the GDC met all but one of the 24 standards of good regulation.

Steve Barclay
Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
10th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to exempt people with Cystic Fibrosis from prescription charges.

We have no current plans to review the list of medical conditions which provide for exemption from prescription charges because arrangements exist to ensure that prescriptions are affordable for everyone. A broad range of prescription charge exemptions are in place, for which someone with cystic fibrosis may qualify. To support those with greatest need who do not qualify for an exemption, prescription prepayment certificates are available. A holder of a 12 month certificate can get all the prescriptions they need for just £2 per week.

6th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has discussed with the Secretary of State for Education the potential effect of the use of isolation as a form of punishment in schools on children's mental health.

My Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has not a specific discussion with the Secretary of State for Education around the potential effect of the use of isolation as a form of punishment in schools on children’s mental health.

5th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that exemptions to charging under the NHS (Charges to Overseas Visitors (Amendment) Regulations 2017 and as set out in his Department's accompanying guidance are being applied to qualifying patients.

The Department has made information on the rules around entitlement to free National Health Service treatment publicly available for several years. The Department has issued guidance to providers of NHS funded secondary care that sets out the rules and best practice processes to follow to identify chargeable patients where no exemption from charge category applies to either the patient or the type of service they are accessing. This guidance is publicly available on Gov.uk.

The rules around charging overseas visitors for NHS care, including the list of exemption categories, are also set out for the public on NHS Choices, so that patients can be aware of their chargeable status prior to accessing NHS care. We continue to work closely with the NHS on best methods of communicating more effectively to patients, including revising guidance, translated letters in foreign languages, tools and support frameworks to support NHS providers and frontline staff, to ensure patients are made aware of the Charging Regulations.

Where an NHS patient is unhappy with the healthcare they have received, it is right that they, or someone on their behalf and with their consent, can use the NHS complaints procedure. Relevant providers need to ensure that they and patients charged for NHS services are aware of the complaints procedure and that there are effective operational links with the organisation’s complaints manager that reflect the extant guidance on managing complaints.

If a patient considers that they have been charged incorrectly, they should collaborate with the overseas visitor manager to discuss on what basis they have been found to be chargeable and whether the provision of further documentary evidence is required. Where there continues to be a disagreement about how the Charging Regulations have been applied to a particular patient, the patient may want to seek the services of the relevant body's Patient Advice and Liaison Service.

The NHS complaints procedure can be found at NHS Choices:

https://www.nhs.uk/nhsengland/complaints-and-feedback/pages/nhs-complaints.aspx

Steve Barclay
Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
5th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has (a) implemented a public awareness strategy and (b) issued guidance to ensure that patients eligible for exemptions under the NHS (Charges to Overseas Visitors (Amendment) Regulations 2017 are made aware that they are exempt from such charges.

The Department has made information on the rules around entitlement to free National Health Service treatment publicly available for several years. The Department has issued guidance to providers of NHS funded secondary care that sets out the rules and best practice processes to follow to identify chargeable patients where no exemption from charge category applies to either the patient or the type of service they are accessing. This guidance is publicly available on Gov.uk.

The rules around charging overseas visitors for NHS care, including the list of exemption categories, are also set out for the public on NHS Choices, so that patients can be aware of their chargeable status prior to accessing NHS care. We continue to work closely with the NHS on best methods of communicating more effectively to patients, including revising guidance, translated letters in foreign languages, tools and support frameworks to support NHS providers and frontline staff, to ensure patients are made aware of the Charging Regulations.

Where an NHS patient is unhappy with the healthcare they have received, it is right that they, or someone on their behalf and with their consent, can use the NHS complaints procedure. Relevant providers need to ensure that they and patients charged for NHS services are aware of the complaints procedure and that there are effective operational links with the organisation’s complaints manager that reflect the extant guidance on managing complaints.

If a patient considers that they have been charged incorrectly, they should collaborate with the overseas visitor manager to discuss on what basis they have been found to be chargeable and whether the provision of further documentary evidence is required. Where there continues to be a disagreement about how the Charging Regulations have been applied to a particular patient, the patient may want to seek the services of the relevant body's Patient Advice and Liaison Service.

The NHS complaints procedure can be found at NHS Choices:

https://www.nhs.uk/nhsengland/complaints-and-feedback/pages/nhs-complaints.aspx

Steve Barclay
Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
5th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, who is responsible for making a decision on whether a patient qualifies for an exemption under the NHS (Charges to Overseas Visitors) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 and as set out in his Department's accompanying guidance; and to what extent clinicians are involved in such decisions.

The NHS (Charges to Overseas Visitors) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 place a legal obligation on providers of National Health Service-funded secondary care to identify patients who are not ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom (‘overseas visitors’) and make and recover charges from them unless an exemption from charge category applies to either the patient or the service they access.

The Department has issued guidance to the NHS called ‘Guidance on overseas visitors hospital charging regulations’ in which it strongly recommends that trusts appoint a designated Overseas Visitors Manager to oversee the charging regime however all staff including clinicians have a responsibility to ensure that the charging rules work effectively.

Clinicians provide appropriate healthcare for patients and make decisions on their treatment based on their clinical needs. The charging regulations do not change that. However, clinicians will at times, be required to make a decision on whether treatment is urgent or immediately necessary for those patients identified as not eligible for NHS-funded care.

It is only a clinician who can make an assessment of whether a patient’s need for treatment is immediately necessary, urgent or non-urgent for patients whose status is unknown or have been identified as being chargeable.

Steve Barclay
Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
5th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what (a) complaints and (b) redress procedures are available for patients (i) whose treatment has incorrectly been withheld by a hospital demanding payment for treatment upfront and (ii) who have been billed for treatment under the NHS (Charges to Overseas Visitors) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 and as set out in his Department's accompanying guidance.

The Department has made information on the rules around entitlement to free National Health Service treatment publicly available for several years. The Department has issued guidance to providers of NHS funded secondary care that sets out the rules and best practice processes to follow to identify chargeable patients where no exemption from charge category applies to either the patient or the type of service they are accessing. This guidance is publicly available on Gov.uk.

The rules around charging overseas visitors for NHS care, including the list of exemption categories, are also set out for the public on NHS Choices, so that patients can be aware of their chargeable status prior to accessing NHS care. We continue to work closely with the NHS on best methods of communicating more effectively to patients, including revising guidance, translated letters in foreign languages, tools and support frameworks to support NHS providers and frontline staff, to ensure patients are made aware of the Charging Regulations.

Where an NHS patient is unhappy with the healthcare they have received, it is right that they, or someone on their behalf and with their consent, can use the NHS complaints procedure. Relevant providers need to ensure that they and patients charged for NHS services are aware of the complaints procedure and that there are effective operational links with the organisation’s complaints manager that reflect the extant guidance on managing complaints.

If a patient considers that they have been charged incorrectly, they should collaborate with the overseas visitor manager to discuss on what basis they have been found to be chargeable and whether the provision of further documentary evidence is required. Where there continues to be a disagreement about how the Charging Regulations have been applied to a particular patient, the patient may want to seek the services of the relevant body's Patient Advice and Liaison Service.

The NHS complaints procedure can be found at NHS Choices:

https://www.nhs.uk/nhsengland/complaints-and-feedback/pages/nhs-complaints.aspx

Steve Barclay
Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
10th May 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 2 May 2016 to Question 139056 on Health Services: Finance, how much and what proportion of the £1.6 billion announced in Autumn Budget 2017 for allocation in 2018-19 has been used to commission services by (a) NHS Trusts and (b) independent healthcare providers.

In addition to the announcement in the autumn budget of an extra £1.6 billion of funding for the National Health Service, the Department added a further £540 million to bring the total to £2.14 billion which was allocated to the NHS as follows:

- £650 million is added to the Provider Sustainability Fund (previously the Sustainability and Transformation Fund) and so will be paid directly to NHS providers; and

- £1.49 billion has been allocated to NHS commissioners, predominantly for the purchase of secondary care activity and mental health services.

Commissioners are required to detail the total amount of planned expenditure for a given year but are not required to separately account for how the increase in the allocation from the previous year has been allocated, so it is not possible to identify how much of the additional money has been allocated to independent sector providers.

Steve Barclay
Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
10th May 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which his Department plans to respond to the Second Report of the Health and Social Care Committee, Nursing Workforce, HC353, published on 29 January 2018.

The Government is considering carefully the important issues raised in the Second Report of the Health and Social Care Committee, Nursing Workforce HC353 and plans to publish its response in the coming weeks.

Steve Barclay
Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
27th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much of the £1.6 billion announced in Autumn Budget 2017 for allocation in 2018-19 has been used to commission services from (a) NHS Trusts and (b) independent healthcare providers.

The information requested is not available.

Clinical commissioning groups can commission any service provider that meets National Health Service standards and costs. These can be NHS hospitals, social enterprises, charities or private sector providers. However, they must be assured of the quality of services they commission, taking into account both National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines and the Care Quality Commission's data about service providers. We are clear that patients should be able to access the best possible treatments based on quality of care not the provider.

The £1.6 billion for 2018-19 will increase funding for emergency and urgent care, and elective surgery.

Steve Barclay
Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
13th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the ban on below-cost sales of alcohol on alcohol-related hospital admissions since the introduction of that ban.

The Department commissioned an evidence review from Public Health England (PHE) on the public health burden of alcohol, which was published in 2016. This report was a comprehensive review of available evidence, which included the availability of alcohol and its impact on various socioeconomic groups. The report is available to view online at:

www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/583047/alcohol_public_health_burden_evidence_review.pdf

No specific assessment has been made on the effect of the ban on below-cost sales of alcohol on alcohol-related hospital admissions since its introduction. However the PHE review estimated that the ban has prevented 14 deaths and 500 alcohol-related admissions to hospital per annum.

13th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will include paramedics in the list of healthcare students eligible for the NHS Learning Support Fund.

The NHS Learning Support Fund was developed in recognition of the compulsory clinical placement hours that student nurses, midwives and allied health professions within the scope of the reforms implemented in August 2017 need to complete in order to graduate from their courses.

The route into paramedicine currently has various education and funding models. Therefore, paramedic training was not included in the scope of the reforms implemented in 2017.

Steve Barclay
Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
13th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what role Public Health England will play in monitoring the effect of the implementation of a minimum unit price for alcohol in Scotland to inform any decision on that policy in England.

The Department commissioned an evidence review from Public Health England on the public health burden of alcohol, which was published in 2016. This report was a comprehensive review of available evidence, which included the availability of alcohol and its impact on various socioeconomic groups. The report is available to view online at:

www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/583047/alcohol_public_health_burden_evidence_review.pdf

The Government will continue to review what further evidence is required to understand the impact of minimum unit pricing to inform future policy decisions, drawing upon the expertise of Public Health England.

19th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much the NHS has spent on treating diabetic foot ulcers in each of the last five years.

The information requested is not centrally held.

19th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many multidisciplinary foot care teams there are in the NHS; and how many of those teams have been established in each of the last five years.

The information requested is not centrally held.

19th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many lower limb amputations associated with peripheral arterial disease and diabetes have taken place in the NHS in each year since 2008-09; and how many of those amputations have taken place in each (a) strategic health authority area prior to 2012-13 and (b) clinical commissioning group area since 2012-13 .

NHS Digital have provided us with data that detail a count of finished consultant episodes, with a primary diagnosis of diabetes or peripheral arterial disease and a main procedure of lower limb amputation. These are tabulated by strategic health authority area for the financial years between 2008-09 and 2011-12 and clinical commissioning group for treatment for the financial years between 2012-13 and 2016-17.

The Clinical Coding team have advised that I73.9 - Peripheral vascular disease unspecified includes but is not limited to peripheral arterial disease.

Tables and data are attached.

19th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what funding will be made available for multidisciplinary foot care teams through the Diabetes Transformation Fund in each of the next financial years for which figures are available.

NHS England plans to make £9.93 million from the Diabetes Transformation Fund available for multidisciplinary footcare teams in the financial year 2018-19. Figures for later financial years are not available.

19th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much the NHS has spent on rehabilitation following lower limb amputations in each of the last five years.

The information is not available in the format requested.

The table below shows the estimated total cost of limb amputations. The table shows the cost of amputation of single or multiple limb but does not differentiate between lower or upper and single or multiple amputation stump or partial foot amputation procedures for diabetes or arterial disease.

Estimated total cost (£ million)

Year

Limb amputations unspecified

Amputation for diabetes or arterial disease

Total

2012-13

£53.0

£23.0

£76.0

2013-14

£52.7

£45.0

£97.7

2014-15

£56.5

£44.4

£100.9

2015-16

£59.1

£47.1

£106.2

2016-17

£59.2

£48.3

£107.5

Source: Department of Health and Social Care, Reference Costs

The table below shows the estimated total cost of rehabilitation for the amputation of limb in each of the last five years.

Year

Estimated costs (£ million)

2012-13

£5.4

2013-14

£7.3

2014-15

£6.9

2015-16

£7.3

2016-17

£6.8

Source: Department of Health and Social Care, Reference Costs

The data source for the table is from reference costs, which are the average unit costs to National Health Service trusts and NHS foundation trusts of providing defined services in a given financial year to NHS patients. Reference costs for acute care are collected by healthcare resource group, which are standard groupings of clinically similar treatments which use common levels of healthcare resource. Reference costs represent the cost to the NHS provider, not the cost to the commissioner.

19th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much the NHS has spent on lower limb amputations in each of the last five years.

The information is not available in the format requested.

The table below shows the estimated total cost of limb amputations. The table shows the cost of amputation of single or multiple limb but does not differentiate between lower or upper and single or multiple amputation stump or partial foot amputation procedures for diabetes or arterial disease.

Estimated total cost (£ million)

Year

Limb amputations unspecified

Amputation for diabetes or arterial disease

Total

2012-13

£53.0

£23.0

£76.0

2013-14

£52.7

£45.0

£97.7

2014-15

£56.5

£44.4

£100.9

2015-16

£59.1

£47.1

£106.2

2016-17

£59.2

£48.3

£107.5

Source: Department of Health and Social Care, Reference Costs

The table below shows the estimated total cost of rehabilitation for the amputation of limb in each of the last five years.

Year

Estimated costs (£ million)

2012-13

£5.4

2013-14

£7.3

2014-15

£6.9

2015-16

£7.3

2016-17

£6.8

Source: Department of Health and Social Care, Reference Costs

The data source for the table is from reference costs, which are the average unit costs to National Health Service trusts and NHS foundation trusts of providing defined services in a given financial year to NHS patients. Reference costs for acute care are collected by healthcare resource group, which are standard groupings of clinically similar treatments which use common levels of healthcare resource. Reference costs represent the cost to the NHS provider, not the cost to the commissioner.

26th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to ensure the collection of data to record the waiting times for autism diagnoses in England in version 3 of the Mental Health Services Data Set will begin from April 2018.

Following completion of a consultation last autumn, NHS Digital announced that recording of data on waiting times from referral for suspected autism to a first appointment and subsequent diagnosis would be collected within the Mental Health Services Data Set from April 2018. In preparation for this, dialogue is taking place between National Health Service mental health trusts which will collate the data and autism diagnostic services about the new requirements. To support those local discussions, the Department has co-ordinated production of a guide which NHS Digital will circulate to trusts in March via their newsletter to provide further clarity. NHS Digital will monitor the quality of the data recorded and submitted from April 2018 and the intention is to publish a first formal report on this data during 2019.

20th Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what criteria his Department is using to monitor the performance of healthcare providers in English prisons and effect of those services on the overall health and well-being of prisoners.

Since 2013, NHS England has been responsible for commissioning health services in public sector prisons in England. When contracts are awarded a plan is established between NHS England, as commissioner, and the provider to ensure a smooth transition in the delivery of the contract specifications if there has been a change of provider, or, if the provider remains the same, a planned approach to how the provider will meet any new requirements that sit within the new contract specification.

Providers and commissioners meet on a quarterly basis, for the life of the contract for contract and performance management reviews. Where there are performance issues these meetings are more frequent, weekly or monthly, and the providers will be required to provide a remedial action plan against which they will be monitored and measured.

If the providers fail to meet the required quality for the delivery of the service at any time during the life of the contract, and after any improvement planning has not been productive, the local commissioners can give notice on the contract and re-procure the services.

20th Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps are being taken to increase the availability of stop smoking support services in prisons that have implemented a smoking ban.

Prisons are rolling out the smoke free policy, subject to a series of assessments which will test the operational stability, readiness and health readiness of the prisons to implement the policy in a safe, decent and secure way.

As the roll out of the smoke free estate continues, each new cohort of prisons preparing to go smoke free must complete a state of readiness document which details that across the establishment everything is in place to ensure a smooth transition to a smoke free establishment. This includes the information sharing plan for the prisoner population, the increase in stop smoking services, and the availability of Nicotine Replacement Therapy, and e cigarettes.

27th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the report by Health Education England, Stepping forward to 2020-21: The mental health workforce plan for England’, published in July 2017, how many and what proportion of the new mental health workforce recruits will be trained as occupational therapists.

The breakdown of the overall increase in workforce that the ‘Stepping forward to 2020/21: The mental health workforce plan for England’ will deliver will be defined by local needs.

Health Education England is working with a number of partners, including National Health Service trusts, to assess demand and supply for clinical staff, including occupational therapists.

21st Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to engage with patient groups on the contents of the next Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme.

No decision has been made about the timing of negotiations with industry on medicines pricing arrangements for 2019 onwards. The Department has regular and ongoing dialogue with patient representative groups about medicines pricing and access issues, and all those views will help to inform discussions between the industry and the Department on the new arrangements.

21st Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the success of the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme in ensuring patients can access the most effective and innovative medicines.

Use of innovative medicines in England is reported through the innovation scorecard. The most recent publication was in October 2017 and is available at:

https://digital.nhs.uk/catalogue/PUB30106

Since 2014, the medicines in the scorecard have changed as new medicines have become available. The scorecard shows that for the 12 months from April 2016 to March 2017, compared to the previous 12 months where comparable data is available, 73% of innovative medicines covered by the scorecard were prescribed more.

21st Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the timetable is for the negotiations of the next Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme.

No decision has been made about the timing of negotiations with industry on medicines pricing arrangements for 2019 onwards. The Department has regular and ongoing dialogue with patient representative groups about medicines pricing and access issues, and all those views will help to inform discussions between the industry and the Department on the new arrangements.

14th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the name of the commissioned provider for health services in each prison in England and Wales.

Since 2013, NHS England has been responsible for commissioning healthcare in all prisons in England. However, there are five prisons where primary healthcare services are commissioned by the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). In these five prisons some secondary healthcare services, including substance misuse and mental health, are commissioned by NHS England.

Local Health Boards are responsible for commissioning healthcare services in public sector prisons in Wales.

NHS England and the MOJ have provided the information in the attached table, which lists the healthcare provider for each prison in England and Wales.

13th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the NHS receives a fair price for medicines that are developed from monoclonal antibodies.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) appraises new medicines for the value they offer to the National Health Service. Products that receive a positive appraisal from NICE are required to be funded by the NHS within three months of final guidance. The Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme 2014 makes provisions for manufacturers and sponsors to submit proposals for patient access schemes (PAS) to the Department as part of NICE appraisal. These schemes involve innovative pricing agreements designed to improve cost effectiveness and facilitate patient access to specific drugs or other technologies and many monoclonal antibodies have PAS in place.

For monoclonal antibodies that are licensed to treat cancer the Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) is a source of funding in England, which provides patients with faster access to the most promising new cancer treatments, helps to ensure more value for money for taxpayers and offers pharmaceutical companies (who price their products responsibly) a new fast-track route to NHS funding. The CDF process includes the option for NHS England to hold individual commercial negotiations with pharmaceutical companies to ensure a fair price is agreed upon for cancer treatments.

Where appropriate NHS England’s Commercial Medicines Unit will use competitive tenders to obtain value for money pricing for monoclonal antibody based medicines used by hospitals.

31st Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients aged (a) under one, (b) between one and four, (c) between five and nine, (d) between 10 and 14, (e) between 15 and 19 and (f) between 20 and 24 were admitted to hospital through accident and emergency departments with a diagnosis of bronchiolitis in each month in the last six financial years.

The information is not collected in the format requested.

23rd Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to improve the management of emergency admissions of children and infants with bronchiolitis.

This is a matter for NHS England. We are not aware of any steps being taken by the Department to reduce the number of emergency admissions of children and infants with bronchiolitis. Admissions, when they occur, will rightly be at the discretion of the clinician and will be determined by the best interests of the patient.

We are not aware of any steps being taken by the Department regarding management of emergency admissions of children and infants with bronchiolitis. Management of bronchiolitis is an integral part of all paediatric and Emergency Department training and all Emergency Department staff and paediatric assessment unit staff will be well versed in the management of this condition.

23rd Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of emergency admissions of children and infants with bronchiolitis.

This is a matter for NHS England. We are not aware of any steps being taken by the Department to reduce the number of emergency admissions of children and infants with bronchiolitis. Admissions, when they occur, will rightly be at the discretion of the clinician and will be determined by the best interests of the patient.

We are not aware of any steps being taken by the Department regarding management of emergency admissions of children and infants with bronchiolitis. Management of bronchiolitis is an integral part of all paediatric and Emergency Department training and all Emergency Department staff and paediatric assessment unit staff will be well versed in the management of this condition.

6th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average payment per unit of dental activity for dental practices is in (a) Stockton on Tees, (b) the North East and (c) England.

Information is not held in the format requested.

24th Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Ugandan counterpart on the reported arrest of the Member of the Ugandan Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu; and if he will make a statement.

Our High Commission in Kampala are aware of this incident and continue to monitor developments closely and raise concerns regarding Kyagulanyi's treatment with the Ugandan government. The UK supports freedom of expression as a fundamental human right and maintains that it is an essential quality of any functioning democracy. We regularly raise any concerns around civic and political issues directly with the Ugandan government

31st Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 30 January to Question 212672 on Uganda: Entertainments and Music, what representations he has made to his Ugandan counterpart on the proposed regulations to the Ugandan music and entertainment industry in that country.

​The Ugandan Government continues to consult with representatives from the Ugandan music and entertainment industry on the proposed regulations. We await the outcome of these consultations. The UK position is that legislation should not be used to enable censorship; and we continue to raise directly with the Ugandan Government the importance of freedom of expression as a fundamental human right.

30th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Ugandan counterpart on recent developments in the Apaa land conflict; and if he will make a statement.

​We are aware of the ongoing land disputes in Northern Uganda and concerned by the recent related reports of violence. We are following the ongoing Ugandan government-led mediation process closely.

As part of our dialogue with the Government of Uganda on all aspects of democratic governance and human rights, we continue to outline the importance of resolving land disputes fairly, peacefully and with respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

25th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Ugandan counterpart on the Ugandan Government’s proposals to regulate the music and entertainment industry by requiring artists to submit (a) lyrics for songs and (b) scripts for film and stage performances for approval.

We are aware of the proposed regulations to the Ugandan music and entertainment industry that are currently being consulted on and are yet to be approved by the Cabinet. The UK's position is that such regulations must not be used as a means of censorship. The UK supports freedom of expression as a fundamental human right and, alongside freedom of the media, maintains that it is an essential quality of any functioning democracy. We continue to raise any concerns around civic and political issues directly with the Ugandan government.

25th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Minister for Africa, of 8 January 2019, Official Report, column 117WH, what steps he is taking to support the electoral environment in Uganda at the next presidential election.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department for International Development in Kampala are currently working alongside international partners to identify how best to support the electoral environment up to and including the next election in 2021. We are using the Ugandan Electoral Commission's recently launched 'election road map' to help assess how best to target UK support.

Since 2014, the UK has provided £30 million of programmatic to strengthen institutions in Uganda to uphold democratic freedoms and advocate for the equal treatment of all Ugandans according to the terms of the Ugandan Constitution and laws.

3rd Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has been in contact with the UN Human Rights Offices in Gulu, northern Uganda, where 250 internally displaced people are camped; and if he will make representations to the Ugandan Government on behalf of those people.

We are in regular contact with United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN OHCHR) representatives in Uganda. Those that were camped at the UN OHCHR office in Gulu departed on 16 August and returned to their community.​

3rd Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of Uganda on behalf of the thousands of people of Apaa village in Amuru/Adjumani District who have been and are still being forcibly evicted from their land by the Ugandan Army, Police and Wildlife Authority who claim that they are inhabiting a game reserve.

As part of our dialogue with the Government of Uganda on all aspects of democratic governance and human rights, we continue to stress the importance of resolving disputes fairly, peacefully and with respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. I welcome the Government of Uganda’s 22 August announcement that a committee led by Prime Minister Rugunda, and involving representatives of the affected communities will be constituted to review the Government’s proposals to resolve the land disputes in Apaa.​

15th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his counterpart in the Government of Bangladesh on the disqualification of the leader of the opposition from participation in parliamentary elections in that country.

On 8 February 2018, Khaleda Zia, the leader of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, was convicted of corruption charges relating to misappropriation of funds. She was sentenced to a five year prison term. It would not be appropriate for the Government to seek to interfere in the judicial processes of another country.

I remain concerned about the political unrest in Bangladesh and the absence of dialogue among Bangladesh's political parties. The UK is committed to supporting democracy in Bangladesh. The Foreign Secretary met with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Foreign Minister Ali during his visit to Bangladesh from 9 to 10 February. In public and in private he stressed the importance of free and fair elections and affording political space to the opposition. The UK, together with international partners, will continue to encourage a peaceful way forward, and dialogue, between political parties in Bangladesh.

5th Sep 2019
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the effect of changes in the value of the pound against the Euro on UK holidaymakers between the months of July and September 2019.

It is not appropriate for the government to comment on specific currency market movements.

The government accepts the market-based price of sterling and does not have a view on what level this should be. Moreover, speculating on the value of sterling could hurt confidence in our macroeconomic framework.

It is important to remember that the UK’s macroeconomic framework is based on an inflation target, and it is for the independent Monetary Policy Committee to set monetary policy to meet this target.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
5th Sep 2019
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential effect on house prices on Teesside of the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) publishes monthly data on house prices by region. We have been very clear that we are focused on getting a deal, and hope that the EU will agree to negotiate changes to the withdrawal agreement. The fundamentals of the British economy are strong – wages are growing, employment is at a record high and the unemployment rate is at a historic low. Furthermore, we will continue to closely monitor any developments in economic risks to firms, sectors, and regions.

The Government and the Bank of England have the policy tools available, and are ready to deliver the necessary response to a No Deal exit.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
5th Sep 2019
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the exchange rate of Sterling with the Euro in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement.

It is not appropriate for the government to comment on specific currency market movements.

The government accepts the market-based price of sterling and does not have a view on what level this should be. Moreover, speculating on the value of sterling could hurt confidence in our macroeconomic framework.

It is important to remember that the UK’s macroeconomic framework is based on an inflation target, and it is for the independent Monetary Policy Committee to set monetary policy to meet this target.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
3rd Sep 2019
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what meetings his Department has had with HMRC George Stephenson House in Thornaby on preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.

HM Treasury and HMRC are working closely to prepare for the possibility that the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement in order to keep goods moving and avoid delays at the border. Regarding specific meetings, it has been the practice of successive governments not to provide details of internal meetings.

1st Apr 2019
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Government commitment to take a cross-departmental approach to supporting children in the early years, if he will invest in evidence-based parenting support in the forthcoming Spending Review.

All further decisions on public spending will be taken at the Spending Review this year, when the Chancellor will set out his approach for the future and will ensure that policy issues are considered across departmental boundaries.

Elizabeth Truss
Minister for Women and Equalities
2nd Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what meetings her Department has had with Cleveland Police on preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.

The Home Office has not met directly with Cleveland Police on this matter. However, it is the duty of any responsible Government to prepare for every eventuality including the scenario that we leave the EU without agreeing a deal.


Home Office officials are working closely with the National Police Co-ordination Centre(NPoCC) and with the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) to determine the impact of EU Exit on policing and plan accordingly.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
2nd Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of her Department's capacity to register EU nationals who are already in the UK by the end of December 2020, in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement.

We are fully committed to ensuring that our operational teams have the re-sources they need to run an efficient and effective migration system. In addition to the new technology and processes, we have over 1,500 UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) European Casework staff in post to process applications, along with 250 staff handling calls and emails, helping people with their individual cases.

In the event of the UK leaving the UK without a withdrawal agreement, the EU Settlement Scheme will remain open until at least 31st December 2020 for EEA nationals and their family members resident in the UK at the date of exit. European temporary leave to remain will be granted to EEA and Swiss citizens newly arriving in the UK after exit to live, study and work here for a period longer than three months.

Brandon Lewis
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
2nd Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to increase communication with EU nationals on the EU settlement scheme.

It is vital that the over three million EU citizens and their family members living in the UK understand how and when to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

When the scheme launched fully in March, the department delivered a £3.75m marketing campaign to raise awareness of the scheme. More than one million people have now been granted status and EU citizens and their families have until at least 31 December 2020 to apply.

Advertising and local events are underway to support the cross government Get Ready campaign and further publicity will roll out over the lifetime of the Scheme. All available channels will be used to reach our audiences – such as direct marketing, radio, video-on-demand and outdoor advertising, presentations, email updates, toolkits and webinars to name a few – to direct EU citizens towards reliable sources of information on GOV.UK and the application itself.

No-one will be left behind which is why we are also working in partnership with vulnerable group representatives, local authorities and other experts to make sure everyone knows what they need to do and has the right level of support.

Brandon Lewis
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
2nd Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the status of EU (a) nationals and (b) doctors working in the UK will be if they do not apply to the EU Settlement Scheme by 31 December 2020.

Individuals working in the UK who are eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme but fail to do so by 31 December 2020 in a no-deal EU-exit scenario will not have lawful status under UK immigration legislation. The Government has made clear that we will accept late applications to the scheme from those who have reasonable grounds for missing the deadline.

Brandon Lewis
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
2nd Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department plans to make the EU Settlement Scheme App available on Apple devices before the UK's scheduled departure from the EU on 31 October 2019.

EU citizens make a huge contribution to our economy and society, and we want them to stay. The EU Settlement Scheme enables them to do so. The ‘EU Exit: Identity Document Check’ app is an optional aspect of the service which allows applicants to prove their identity remotely using their biometric identity document and an android smartphone device.


We have been working closely with Apple over a number of months and expect the first IOS version of the EU Settlement Scheme app to be available in October.

Despite this there are numerous ways in which those eligible can apply, including by post.

Brandon Lewis
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
3rd Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what contingency plans his Department has made in the event that the asylum accommodation provider in the North East is unable to procure sufficient housing stock to accommodate service-users in the region.

The Home Office has dedicated staff managing the transition to the new Asylum Accommodation and Support Contract (AASC) which includes rigorous transition governance structures which tracks progress against provider plans. The new provider, Mears, in the North East region has undertaken due diligence activity across all current properties to assess their ongoing suitability and this activity continues to inform their commercial negotiations with their property supply chain.

Due to the on-going commercial sensitivities around these matters we will communicate details further in due course. The Home Office will continue to monitor and manage all Providers closely to ensure sufficient suitable accommodation is secured to deliver an effective transition of services.

7th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol.

The introduction of minimum unit pricing in England remains under review.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
9th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the paper by Aveek Bhattacharya entitled How dependent is the alcohol industry on heavy drinking in England? published in August 2018, to what extent the alcohol industry is planned to be consulted as a stakeholder for the updated alcohol strategy, following the finding in that paper that alcohol industry revenue in England would decline by 38 per cent in the event that all consumers drank within the Chief Medical Officer's Low Risk Guidelines.

The Government’s new alcohol strategy will set out targeted action to prevent and reduce harmful drinking, support vulnerable people affected by others’ alcohol misuse and improve the pathways into treatment for people with alcohol dependency.

As we develop measures to include in the strategy, we are consulting widely across government and with a range of stakeholders including representatives of the alcohol industry, the health sector, academics, the voluntary sector and the licensed trade.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
4th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children have been transferred to the UK under the Dublin III Regulation since January 2017; and if she will make a statement.

The Dublin Regulation allows unaccompanied children who have claimed asylum in another Member State to be transferred here to have their asylum claim assessed if they have a qualifying family member legally present in the UK and transfer would be in their best interests. In order for the Dublin Regulation to apply, an unaccompanied child must first claim asylum in the Member State in which they are located and that Member State must issue a Take Charge Request to the UK.

The Government has committed to publishing regular updates on the number of unaccompanied asylum seeking children transferred to the UK from Europe. This data will be published in the coming months.

Statistics on transfers under the Dublin Regulation are already available here:

http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/statistics-explained/index.php/Asylum_quarterly_report

Asylum statistics are published quarterly in the Home Office Immigration Statistics release, which can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-statistics-april-to-june-2017/how-many-people-do-we-grant-asylum-or-protection-to

Brandon Lewis
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
4th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the number of children is who were transferred under the Dublin III Regulation in 2016 by nature of the relative they were reunited with.

At present we do not publish data on cases covered by the Dublin Regulation. Eurostat, the EU’s statistics agency, regularly publishes Member State figures, which can be found at:

http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/statistics-explained/index.php/Dublin_statistics_on_countries_responsible_for_asylum_application

The Government has committed to publishing regular updates on the number of unaccompanied asylum seeking children transferred to the UK from Europe, including those transferred under the Dublin Regulation. This data will be published in the coming months.

Brandon Lewis
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
2nd Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 1 April 2019 to Question 237709 on Uganda: Military Aid, what indirect support the UK Government provides to Uganda’s Special Forces Command.

It is possible that a small number of Ugandan People's Defence Force personnel, who were given initial officer training in leadership, command and professional standards at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, may have been posted into the Special Forces Command at a later stage in their career.

27th Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what support the UK Government provides to Uganda’s Special Forces Command.

The Ugandan Special Forces Command is not provided with direct support by HM Government.

27th Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October 2018 to Question 176667 on Uganda: Military Aid, which Ugandan units the UK Government provided support to in (a) 2017, (b) 2018 and (c) 2019; and whether any of those units are part of the Ugandan Special Forces Command.

Her Majesty's Government has provided military support to the Ugandan People's Defence Force (UPDF) during 2017 - 2019, and to the Ugandan Wildlife Authority and the Uganda Police Force in 2017 and 2018. Support to the Wildlife Authority and Police was in countering the illegal wildlife trade, and the Police also received training in countering improvised explosive devices.

Support to the UPDF consisted of activity with several different units; none of these units is part of the Ugandan Special Forces Command.

29th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October 2018 to Question 176667 on Uganda: Military Aid, what training and support the Government offers to (a) Uganda's Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence and (b) Uganda's Police Rapid Response Unit.

I can confirm that members of the Ugandan armed forces have received intelligence training provided by the UK, but it is not our practice to comment in detail on the nature of intelligence relationships with other nations. HM Government provides no support to Uganda's Police Rapid Response Unit. As part of our engagement we emphasise the importance of professional forces operating within the framework of international law.

8th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what military support the Government provides to Uganda.

The majority of UK military support to Uganda is training to prepare Ugandan troops for duty in the African Union Mission to Somalia, which includes training officer cadets at Sandhurst and senior officers at the UK Defence Academy. In addition, we train officers from Uganda and other countries for future peace support operations by the Eastern Africa Standby Force. We also provide legal and staff training to the Ugandan People's Defence Force, and have been supporting the Ugandan Wildlife Authority and Ugandan Police Force in their work to combat the illegal wildlife trade, by providing training and secure facilities for weapons and recovered animal products. In partnership with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the Czech Republic and others we have also funded and delivered training for Uganda and other East African Community countries on chemical risk assessment and response planning. All of our support emphasises the importance of professional forces operating within the framework of international law and, wherever appropriate, our training includes elements of International Humanitarian Law, Law of Armed Conflict, and Women, Peace and Security.

30th Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what progress he has made in the preparation of a Code of Practice under the Parking (Code of Practice) Act 2019; if he will ensure that the Code (a) requires private parking service providers comply with the Equality Act 2010 and (b) gives specific consideration to car park users who have a (i) dementia diagnosis, (ii) development disorder and (c) learning disability; and if he will make a statement.

The government is committed to developing and implementing the Code of Practice as soon as possible. The Act requires that the Code be developed in consultation with stakeholders. In this spirit, the government is keen not to pre-empt the stakeholder engagement process, which will determine the content of the Code. We are currently considering the options for the delivery of the Code, as well as the format for engaging stakeholders, and will make an announcement in due course. We are also committed to carrying out a public consultation on the draft Code of Practice, allowing all interested parties to directly respond to the proposals, as well as a Public Sector Equality Duty assessment.

26th Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government is taking to prevent a potential rise in hate crime in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement.

We are clear that there is no excuse for using the British people's decision to leave the EU to target people of any faith or background, and that includes EU nationals. All forms of hate crime are completely unacceptable and this country has one of the strongest legal frameworks in the world to report, record and prosecute hate crime. We are funding hate crime reporting platforms, including Tell MAMA and True Vision who seek to increase hate crime reporting, helping communities unearth and challenge such behaviour.

More broadly, we are continuing our work to ensure that Britain remains a country where people live, work, learn and socialise together and share rights and responsibilities, whatever their background. We are engaging with communities of all faiths and background, to make sure that we understand any concerns communities may have and can provide targeted support. We have also worked with community and local partners to develop and publish guidance to support local authorities to engage effectively with all communities during this period.

5th Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government is taking to mitigate a potential rise in hate crime in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement.

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

5th Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that police forces are adequately resourced to tackle a potential rise in hate crime in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement.

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

4th Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions his Department has had with Tees Valley Combined Authority on preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.

We have stepped up our preparedness significantly and are speaking regularly to councils and partners, including through a delivery board and a network of nine regional lead chief executives. Every council has designated a Brexit Lead Officer to work with central government to intensify their local preparations and, in total, we have made £77 million available to help local areas get ready for Brexit.

11th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of the £300 million discretionary rate relief fund to support businesses has been issued to ratepayers.

Many local authorities have made good progress in implementing their local discretionary schemes and have published the details of their eligibility criteria. Further to the Written Ministerial Statement I made on the 14 September on the progress of the Business Rates relief schemes announced at the Budget, I wrote to authorities encouraging them to speed up implementation. My Department will publish a list of authorities which have rebilled, shortly.

Marcus Jones
Comptroller (HM Household) (Whip, House of Commons)
11th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which local authorities have published details of the eligibility criteria for the £300 million discretionary relief fund to support businesses with increased rates bills; and if he will make a statement.

Many local authorities have made good progress in implementing their local discretionary schemes and have published the details of their eligibility criteria. Further to the Written Ministerial Statement I made on the 14 September on the progress of the Business Rates relief schemes announced at the Budget, I wrote to authorities encouraging them to speed up implementation. My Department will publish a list of authorities which have rebilled, shortly.

Marcus Jones
Comptroller (HM Household) (Whip, House of Commons)
3rd Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what meetings his Department has had with Teesside Magistrates Court on preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.

The department is working closely with HMCTS, meeting regularly to consider the impacts on courts and tribunals of leaving the EU without a deal.

HMCTS is putting in place contingencies, including ensuring that resources and training are in the right place and working with courts on an individual level where appropriate.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
2nd Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what meetings his Department has had with Kirklevington prison on preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.

The department is working closely and meets regularly with HMPPS to consider the impacts on prisons of leaving the EU without a deal.

Preparations include ensuring that our food and retail contracts have alternative arrangements in case of disruption through ports; working closely with the Department of Health and Social Care to make sure that the supply of health products to prisoners is not disrupted; and co-operating with other government departments to prepare for other contingencies.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of the prison population have (a) a learning disability, (b) autism and (c) other special educational need.

Data on offender learning participation, and learner characteristics, is published by the Department for Education.

Data on learning difficulties and/or disabilities amongst those prisoners who engage in prison education is at: OLASS: participation and achievement by equality and diversity & English and maths level: 2010/2011 to 2017/18. Self-declared data on learning difficulties and/or disabilities gathered as part of the assessment of prisoners’ levels of maths and English on reception is at: OLASS English and maths assessments by ethnicity and learners with learning difficulties or disabilities: participation 2014/2015 to 2017/2018. The data consistently show that around one third of prisoners have a learning difficulty and/or disability.

In April 2016, the Department for Education published a breakdown of the type of learning difficulty and type of learning disability amongst prisoner learners for academic years 2011/12 to 2014/15. That data is at: Offender Learning breakdown by disability and learning difficulty 2011/12 to 2014/15.

From 1 April, prison governors will arrange for all new prisoners to be screened for learning difficulties and/or disabilities on reception. Following this, for those who go into learning and where screening indicates an issue, education suppliers will assess them to ensure the right adaptations and support arrangements are put in place.

12th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will set a target for the maximum time limit for people to wait for a personal independence payments appeal to be heard.

The Ministry of Justice is not planning to set a target for the maximum time limit for people to wait for a Personal Independence Payment appeal to be heard. This is because waiting times fluctuate geographically owing to a number of factors including venue capacity, the volumes of benefit decisions made locally, the complexity of the case and the availability of panel members. Furthermore, the listing of appeals, including consideration of whether a hearing should be expedited, is a function of the Tribunal’s judiciary. We are however working on measures to improve the capacity and performance of the Tribunal, including the appointment of additional judges and panel members.

20th Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress has been made on the implementation of a smoking ban on the prison estate in England and Wales.

There are now 68 prisons smoke free. More prisons across England are currently preparing for the safe implementation of a smoke free environment during the next six months. All prisons in Wales are already smoke free.

In every prison, the decision on when to go smoke free is only taken after careful planning and preparation to ensure it is operational safe to do so and all necessary healthcare support is available to help prisoners give up smoking.

20th Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to protect prison officers from exposure to new psychoactive substances.

HMPPS’ priority is to reduce any potential use or secondary exposure to Psychoactive Substances (PS) by drug supply prevention, reduction and detection.

Intelligence and security procedures are available to activate strategies including lock-down searches and the use of dog teams to detect and reduce supply. Co-operation and liaison with police and CPS at local and national level is also ongoing, to work on prosecutions and supply intelligence.

In October health and safety guidance was published which brought together existing procedures for the control of exposure to all airborne contaminants in prisons.

In order to establish an evidence-base for reported exposures to staff, experts have been appointed to undertake air sampling to identify and assess concentrations, if any, of PS in prison wings and this program is due to start as a pilot in one prison in January 2018.

HMPPS continues to monitor and investigate apparent adverse effects of PS exposure and to seek to ensure that methods to reduce supply are fully implemented.

10th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on plans to increase housing available for women leaving prison.

Making sure that we address female offenders’ housing and support needs is a priority, at a national and local level, given the link between homelessness and re-offending.

I recently met with the Minister for Local Government to discuss how we can work together to better support the housing needs of female offenders. We will continue to work together on this important issue. In cooperation with Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), we are making Prisons and Probation providers subject to a new duty to refer. This requires specified public authorities in England to notify the local housing authority of service users they think may be homeless or at risk of homelessness.

10th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking, through community-based services, to help reunite mothers with their children after imprisonment.

Families, and children, can play a significant role in supporting an offender and positive family relationships are an important factor in reducing reoffending.

To improve the support for prisoners and their families we have:

  • Funded a contract worth over £1.4m for Barnardo’s to operate the i-HOP service - an England wide one-stop information service for all professionals who come into contact with the children and families of offenders - to share evidence on practice and advise commissioners and practitioners on the options available to support the families of offenders.

  • Given prison governors the budget and flexibility to spend their resources as they see fit to help prisoners establish or maintain important family and significant other ties in advance of their eventual release from prison.

  • Awarded a new contract for family services across the female estate in October 2017, allowing women’s prisons to work closely with a single professional family services provider, to develop innovative services including those to support mothers in preparing for their release and reuniting with children.

    We are also investing £1million seed funding between 2015 and 2020 to help local areas develop improved, multi-agency approaches to female offenders and women who are at risk of offending. This approach aims to bring together and improve services at each stage of the criminal justice system and address a broad range of needs.

    Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) are required to deliver Through-the-Gate services to female prisoners to help them resettle in the community. These should be tailored to the particular needs of offenders.

12th Feb 2019
To ask the Leader of the House, on what date the Early Years Ministerial Group on Family Support last met.

The Early Years Family Support Ministerial Group last met on 6 February 2019.

12th Feb 2019
To ask the Leader of the House, which members of the Early Years Ministerial Group on Family Support were attended the most recent meeting of the group.

The Early Years Ministerial Group on Family Support is chaired by myself, Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP, as Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons. The following Ministers sit on the group:

  • Chief Secretary to the Treasury - The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP

  • The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Family Support, Housing and Child Maintenance - Justin Tomlinson MP

  • The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families - Nadhim Zahawi MP

  • The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Mental Health and Inequalities - Jackie Doyle-Price MP

  • The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Local Government) - Rishi Sunak MP

  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability - Victoria Atkins MP

All members of the group are actively involved in progressing the work of the group. At the last meeting, the only members who could not attend were the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability and the Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

12th Feb 2019
To ask the Leader of the House, whether (a) she and (b) members of the Early Years Ministerial Group on Family Support have held meetings with Cabinet colleagues.

All members of the Early Years Family Support Ministerial Group, including myself, regularly have meetings with other government Ministers including Cabinet colleagues. This is an integral part of our varied roles in government.

12th Feb 2019
To ask the Leader of the House, what progress the Early Years Ministerial Group on Family Support has made on (a) identifying gaps in available provision and (b) recommendations on how coordination across Departments can be improved; and if she will make a statement.

The Early Years Family Support Ministerial Group will make recommendations to the relevant Secretaries of State on how the Government can further improve the coordination and cost-effectiveness of early years family support, and identify gaps in available provision, in due course.

9th Nov 2018
To ask the Leader of the House, if she will (a) outline the terms of reference for the cross-departmental ministerial working group on family support from conception to the age of two and (b) confirm the membership of that group.

The terms of references for the Early Years Ministerial Group on Family Support are 'To make recommendations to relevant Secretaries of State on how the Government can improve the coordination and cost-effectiveness of early years (conception to age 2) family support and identify gaps in available provision’ .

The Membership of this group includes:

  • The Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP, Lord President of the Council, Leader of the House of Commons (Chair)

  • The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury

  • Justin Tomlinson MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Family Support, Housing and Child Maintenance

  • Nadhim Zahawi MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families

  • Jackie Doyle-Price MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Mental Health and Inequalities

  • Rishi Sunak MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Local Government)

  • Victoria Atkins MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability

Further information can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/leader-of-the-commons-to-chair-ministerial-group-on-family-support-from-conception-to-the-age-of-two