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Written Question
Refugees: Housing
7 Dec 2021

Questioner: Philip Davies (CON - Shipley)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 2 December 2021 to Question 83279 on Refugees: Housing, what consultation her Department carried out with each local authority prior to taking the decision to place asylum seekers in each local authority area.

Answered by Kevin Foster

Where we procure properties for asylum seekers, there is an engagement and consultation process to follow with stakeholders dependant on whether this is initial or dispersal accommodation.

For initial accommodation, including contingency initial accommodation, the Home Office will write to the Local Authority and the MP for the area to inform them of plans to use a site and arrange a meeting to discuss further. This is normally done in advance of a property being used, but where an urgent need for accommodation occurs, this may take place retrospectively.

For dispersal accommodation, which will be sourced in areas which have previously agreed to be part of this scheme, the Home Office’s providers will normally notify the Local Authority and begin a consultation process around the proposed use of a site. However please note, providers are not contractually bound to do this.


Written Question
Refugees: Housing
2 Dec 2021

Questioner: Philip Davies (CON - Shipley)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which local authorities have (a) offered and (b) refused to provide accommodation for asylum seekers in each of the last three years.

Answered by Kevin Foster

The latest published Immigration Statistics detail the number of asylum seekers accommodated in each local authority area. These statistics can be found at Asylum and resettlement datasets - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).


Data is published on a quarterly basis, with the latest information published 25 November 2021. The next quarterly figures are due to be released in February 2022.


Written Question
UK Visas and Immigration: Asylum
24 Nov 2021

Questioner: Philip Davies (CON - Shipley)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason people who have been refused asylum are able to access accommodation and other financial support from UK Visas and Immigration.

Answered by Kevin Foster

In order to fulfil our statutory obligations to meet minimum standards for failed asylum seekers, individuals are eligible to receive support under section 4(2) of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 provided they meet conditions set out in the Immigration and Asylum (Provisions of Accommodation to Failed Asylum-Seekers) Regulations 2005.

The regulations require the individuals to show they are destitute and they are taking reasonable steps to leave the UK or face a practical or legal obstacle which prevents their departure.


Written Question
Independent Mental Health Advocates
19 Nov 2021

Questioner: Philip Davies (CON - Shipley)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of introducing an opt-out independent mental health advocacy service as part of his reforms of the Mental Health Act.

Answered by Gillian Keegan

The white paper ‘Reforming the Mental Health Act’, published in January 2021, set out proposals to expand access to an advocate to voluntary or informal patients and to consider an ‘opt out model’. These proposals received significant support at public consultation and we are now exploring the associated costs and practicalities. This includes examining current independent mental health advocate uptake and existing opt out models which have been successfully implemented in some areas.


Written Question
Independent Mental Health Advocates
19 Nov 2021

Questioner: Philip Davies (CON - Shipley)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to help expand entitlement to independent mental health advocacy to voluntary or informal patients as part of his reforms of the Mental Health Act.

Answered by Gillian Keegan

The white paper ‘Reforming the Mental Health Act’, published in January 2021, set out proposals to expand access to an advocate to voluntary or informal patients and to consider an ‘opt out model’. These proposals received significant support at public consultation and we are now exploring the associated costs and practicalities. This includes examining current independent mental health advocate uptake and existing opt out models which have been successfully implemented in some areas.


Written Question
Bypasses: Shipley
4 Nov 2021

Questioner: Philip Davies (CON - Shipley)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of Bradford Council on its timetable for completing the feasibility study into the Shipley eastern bypass.

Answered by Trudy Harrison

We are waiting for Bradford Council to submit the initial business case which will then be assessed.


Written Question
High Speed Two: Road Traffic Offences
25 Oct 2021

Questioner: Philip Davies (CON - Shipley)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many Penalty Charge Notices were issued to HS2 Ltd vehicles in (a) 2019, (b) 2020 and (c) 2021; and what the total value was of those charges in each of those years.

Answered by Andrew Stephenson

HS2 Ltd produces data on senior officials’ business expenses and hospitality and publishes all transaction over £25,000 and all corporate card transactions over £500. This is available on gov.uk and is updated quarterly. It is not possible to find the information you have requested within a reasonable cost and timeframe.


Written Question
High Speed Two: Protective Clothing
25 Oct 2021

Questioner: Philip Davies (CON - Shipley)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much was spent by HS2 Ltd on branded (a) hard hats, (b) overalls and (c) other workwear in (i) 2019, (ii) 2020 and (iii) 2021.

Answered by Andrew Stephenson

HS2 Ltd produces data on senior officials’ business expenses and hospitality and publishes all transaction over £25,000 and all corporate card transactions over £500. This is available on gov.uk and is updated quarterly. It is not possible to find the information you have requested within a reasonable cost and timeframe.


Written Question
High Speed Two: Design
25 Oct 2021

Questioner: Philip Davies (CON - Shipley)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much was spent by HS2 Ltd on the design and manufacture of physical models of (a) trains, (b) platforms, (c) buildings and (d) other items associated with the project in (i) 2019, (ii) 2020 and (iii) 2021.

Answered by Andrew Stephenson

HS2 Ltd produces data on senior officials’ business expenses and hospitality and publishes all transaction over £25,000 and all corporate card transactions over £500. This is available on gov.uk and is updated quarterly. It is not possible to find the information you have requested within a reasonable cost and timeframe.


Written Question
High Speed Two: Telephone Operator Services
25 Oct 2021

Questioner: Philip Davies (CON - Shipley)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much was spent by HS2 Ltd on (a) calls to the speaking clock and (b) other directory enquiries in (a) 2019, (b) 2020 and (c) 2021.

Answered by Andrew Stephenson

HS2 Ltd produces data on senior officials’ business expenses and hospitality and publishes all transaction over £25,000 and all corporate card transactions over £500. This is available on gov.uk and is updated quarterly. It is not possible to find the information you have requested within a reasonable cost and timeframe.


Written Question
High Speed Two: Training
25 Oct 2021

Questioner: Philip Davies (CON - Shipley)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much was spent by HS2 Ltd on unconscious bias training in (a) 2019, (b) 2020 and (c) 2021.

Answered by Andrew Stephenson

HS2 Ltd produces data on senior officials’ business expenses and hospitality and publishes all transaction over £25,000 and all corporate card transactions over £500. This is available on gov.uk and is updated quarterly. It is not possible to find the information you have requested within a reasonable cost and timeframe.


Written Question
High Speed Two
25 Oct 2021

Questioner: Philip Davies (CON - Shipley)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much was spent by HS2 Ltd on childcare services and creches for HS2 staff in (a) 2019, (b) 2020 and (c) 2021.

Answered by Andrew Stephenson

HS2 Ltd produces data on senior officials’ business expenses and hospitality and publishes all transaction over £25,000 and all corporate card transactions over £500. This is available on gov.uk and is updated quarterly. It is not possible to find the information you have requested within a reasonable cost and timeframe.


Written Question
Community Orders and Suspended Sentences: Coronavirus
28 Sep 2021

Questioner: Philip Davies (CON - Shipley)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to ensure that people who were given requirements as part of a community order or suspended sentence order but were unable to undertake them as a result of covid-19 restrictions complete those requirements.

Answered by Kit Malthouse

Throughout the pandemic, the Probation Service has worked hard to minimise the disruption caused by COVID-19. It has been keeping the public safe by prioritising accredited programmes for offenders who pose the highest risk of harm and developing alternatives where formal in-person programmes have not been possible. Group work resumed in April.

The Government is also clear that people whose unpaid work requirements have been impacted by the pandemic should work their hours and the Probation Service is working closely with the judiciary and HM Courts and Tribunal Service to extend community orders, where necessary, so hours can be worked.


Written Question
Travel: USA
24 Sep 2021

Questioner: Philip Davies (CON - Shipley)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with US authorities on general travel by British citizens from the UK to the US; when he expects such travel to be able to commence again; and if he will make a statement.

Answered by Robert Courts

The Secretary of State for Transport has regular contact with the US, including the US Secretary of Transportation.

On 20 September the US government confirmed that they will be allowing vaccinated Brits into the US from early November, reciprocating the policy introduced by the UK on 2 August. This demonstrates the hard work and progress made by the UK-US Experts Working Group to restart transatlantic travel and kick start the economy. The Experts Working Group will continue to work together to ensure the return of safe and sustainable international travel.


Written Question
Free Schools: Sports
20 Sep 2021

Questioner: Philip Davies (CON - Shipley)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 7 September 2021 to Question 40787 on Free Schools: Sports, if he will set out the location and nature of the (a) indoor and outdoor facilities for sport and (b) site for additional sporting facilities referred to in the Answer.

Answered by Michelle Donelan

One in a Million Free School currently has access to an indoor creative arts studio area and an outdoor single Multi-Use Games Area on site. The department does not hold information on the off-site facilities that the school is currently accessing. The site that the department has identified to provide additional sporting facilities for the school is on Bolton Road in Bradford and the department is currently in the process of assessing its suitability for use by the trust.