Ranil Jayawardena Portrait

Ranil Jayawardena

Conservative - North East Hampshire

First elected: 7th May 2015


Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
6th Sep 2022 - 25th Oct 2022
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
6th May 2020 - 6th Sep 2022
Panel of Chairs
23rd Mar 2020 - 11th May 2020
Committees on Arms Export Controls (formerly Quadripartite Committee)
10th Oct 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
International Trade Committee
11th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Procedure Committee
11th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Committees on Arms Export Controls
10th Oct 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
International Trade Committee
31st Oct 2016 - 3rd May 2017
Home Affairs Committee
8th Jul 2015 - 3rd May 2017


Department Event
Wednesday 21st February 2024
14:30
Department for Business and Trade
Fifth Delegated Legislation Committee - Debate - General Committee
21 Feb 2024, 2:30 p.m.
The draft Carer’s Leave Regulations 2024
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Department Event
Wednesday 21st February 2024
14:30
Department for Business and Trade
Fifth Delegated Legislation Committee - Debate - Select & Joint Committees
21 Feb 2024, 2:30 p.m.
The draft Carer’s Leave Regulations 2024
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Select Committee Meeting
Tuesday 27th February 2024
14:00
Foreign Affairs Committee - Oral evidence
Subject: The UK’s engagement with the Middle East and North Africa
27 Feb 2024, 2 p.m. View calendar
Division Votes
Tuesday 20th February 2024
Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill
voted No - in line with the party majority
One of 277 Conservative No votes vs 0 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 44 Noes - 285
Speeches
Monday 29th January 2024
Trade (Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership) Bill [Lords]
Does that not prove that by being positive and seeking to engage with partners around the world, we can shape …
Written Answers
Friday 9th February 2024
Electricity: Costs
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will review the Levelised Cost of …
Early Day Motions
None available
Bills
Wednesday 7th December 2016
Electoral Reform (Local Elections and Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2016-17
A Bill applying to England to provide for the introduction of first past the post elections of mayors, the London …
MP Financial Interests
Monday 30th October 2023
8. Miscellaneous
From 8 January 2024, Co-Chairman of the 1946 Forum, a cross-party Parliamentary caucus that promotes the transatlantic relationship as a …
Supported Legislation
Tuesday 24th October 2017
Affordable Home Ownership Bill 2017-19
The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Ranil Jayawardena has voted in 700 divisions, and 3 times against the majority of their Party.

27 Apr 2021 - Delegated Legislation - View Vote Context
Ranil Jayawardena voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 77 Conservative No votes vs 222 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 431 Noes - 89
18 Oct 2022 - Public Order Bill - View Vote Context
Ranil Jayawardena voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 103 Conservative No votes vs 113 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 297 Noes - 110
7 Mar 2023 - Public Order Bill - View Vote Context
Ranil Jayawardena voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 107 Conservative Aye votes vs 109 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 116 Noes - 299
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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

Sparring Partners
Lindsay Hoyle (Speaker)
(15 debate interactions)
Gareth Thomas (Labour (Co-op))
Shadow Minister (International Trade)
(14 debate interactions)
Emily Thornberry (Labour)
Shadow Attorney General
(6 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Department for International Trade
(236 debate contributions)
Department for Business and Trade
(11 debate contributions)
HM Treasury
(7 debate contributions)
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North East Hampshire Petitions

e-Petitions are administered by Parliament and allow members of the public to express support for a particular issue.

If an e-petition reaches 10,000 signatures the Government will issue a written response.

If an e-petition reaches 100,000 signatures the petition becomes eligible for a Parliamentary debate (usually Monday 4.30pm in Westminster Hall).

Petitions with highest North East Hampshire signature proportion
Petitions with most North East Hampshire signatures
Petition Debates Contributed

The Government must exercise its power under s.23 of the Gender Recognition Act to modify the operation of the Equality Act 2010 by specifying the terms sex, male, female, man & woman, in the operation of that law, mean biological sex and not "sex as modified by a Gender Recognition Certificate"

It has been reported that the Government may amend the Equality Act to "make it clear that sex means biological sex rather than gender." The Government has previously committed to not remove legal protections for trans people, an already marginalised group, but this change would do so.


Latest EDMs signed by Ranil Jayawardena

Ranil Jayawardena has not signed any Early Day Motions

Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Ranil Jayawardena, 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.


Ranil Jayawardena has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Ranil Jayawardena has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

1 Bill introduced by Ranil Jayawardena


A Bill applying to England to provide for the introduction of first past the post elections of mayors, the London Assembly and Police and Crime Commissioners; to require elections for mayors, the London Assembly, Police and Crime Commissioners and local authorities to take place on the same day; to abolish the election of councillors by halves or thirds to local authorities; to allow a person to be a Member of the House of Commons and to hold any elected local government office, including that of Police and Crime Commissioner, at the same time; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 7th December 2016
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212 Written Questions in the current parliament

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2 Other Department Questions
19th Oct 2023
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, with reference to the Westminster Hall debate of 12 June 2023 on Legislative Definition of Sex, what progress her Department has made on its policy on clarifying the definition of sex in the Equality Act 2010.

The Minister for Women and Equalities sought advice from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) on the benefits or otherwise of an amendment to the Equality Act 2010 on the current definition of 'sex'.

Having received that advice, the Minister for Women and Equalities has asked officials to undertake detailed policy and legal analysis, as per the EHRC’s request, to understand the impact of its advice on various protected groups and related issues arising.

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
27th Apr 2023
To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, if the Commission will make an assessment of the adequacy of the due diligence processes used when awarding a contract for the delivery of Climate Assembly UK.

The procurement process for the delivery of Climate Assembly UK was run fully in line with House practice and legal requirements. It used an Open procedure under the Public Procurement Regulations. In doing so the House of Commons applied objective due diligence criteria related to the contract, including grounds for exclusion from the competition. The process ensured that bidders were managed in an equal, transparent and non-discriminatory manner. Bidders were required to complete a suitability questionnaire and meet criteria based upon quality and value for money considerations. The successful supplier provided the best value for money for the House and delivered a product that was subsequently judged favourably by the independent evaluation process that reviewed its methodology and outputs. The political views of the sub-contractors were not included as part of the evaluation criteria, in line with House practice.

12th Feb 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the correlation between the level of (a) turnout at elections and (b) detection of electoral fraud.

The Government has not undertaken an assessment of the correlation between the level of turnout at elections and detection of electoral fraud.

20th Jan 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an estimate of the effect on the public purse of holding combined local elections every four years for local authorities, police and crime commissioners, regional mayors and the Greater London Authority.

The Government has not made an assessment of the effect on the public purse of holding combined elections every four years. Not all local authorities hold their council elections on a four-year cycle and new elected positions can be created, as we have seen for local authority and combined authority mayors in recent years.

Combined polls will often result in lower overall costs to public funds both in respect of the Consolidated Fund and the relevant devolved administration or local authority sources. Combination has also been shown to increase turnout in instances where a poll that traditionally experiences low turnout is combined with a poll where turnout is higher.

5th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps her Department is taking to prevent damage from deep-sea mining; and whether she has made an assessment of the potential merits of issuing moratorium on deep-sea mining.

The UK’s policy is not to sponsor or support the issuing of any exploitation licences for deep sea mining projects unless and until there is sufficient scientific evidence about the potential impact on deep sea ecosystems, and strong enforceable environmental Regulations, Standards and Guidelines have been developed by the International Seabed Authority (ISA) and are in place. The UK’s approach is both precautionary and conditional.

The Government commissioned an independent review from the British Geological Survey, the National Oceanography Centre and Heriot-Watt University. The terms of reference included a review of minerals contained in seafloor deposits and how this compares to terrestrial resources, with discussion on future resource potential and knowledge gaps. The review was published in October 2022 and is available here: https://www.bgs.ac.uk/news/deep-sea-mining-evidence-review-published/

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade) (jointly with the Cabinet Office)
1st Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if she will review the Levelised Cost of Electricity to take account of the (a) full cost of energy and (b) energy return on energy invested.

The Department will soon be publishing updated analysis comparing the cost of electricity generation across renewable and selected non-renewable technologies, reflecting the latest evidence. This will be published by the end of March 2024. The Levelised Cost of Electricity (LCOE) is a widely used metric which provides a simple way to compare costs across technologies. There are alternative metrics, such as the Energy Return on Investment but all metrics have limitations. Some additional factors than for LCOEs, such as timing and location of generation can be considered by enhanced LCOE analysis. Full system costs are evaluated by the Department’s power modelling.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
22nd Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he will take steps to ensure that hydrogen blending into the gas grid does not lead to higher gas bills for households and industry.

The Government is building evidence to determine if blending meets the required safety standards and represents value for money, which will be essential for blending to be enabled. The Government is working closely with Ofgem and industry to explore options for a future billing methodology that could fairly incorporate hydrogen blends, protecting consumers in the process.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
22nd Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether his Department is taking steps to develop a strategic vision for the blending of hydrogen as part of a transition to the use of hydrogen alone.

The Government is building evidence to determine if blending meets the required safety standards and represents value for money, which will be essential for blending to be enabled. The Government is working closely with Ofgem and industry to explore options for a future billing methodology that could fairly incorporate hydrogen blends, protecting consumers in the process.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
6th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he will make it his policy to mandate the installation of solar panels in car parks over a certain capacity to increase the UK's renewable energy generation.

The Government is looking to facilitate and promote extensive deployment of rooftop solar on industrial and commercial property in order to make maximum usage of available surfaces for business as well as environmental and climate benefits.

The Government will consider how else to extend deployment further, including with solar car parks.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
27th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, lnnovation and Technology, what recent steps her Department has taken to improve 4G connectivity in (a) remote and (b) other areas.

This Government understands the frustration arising from the impact poor mobile coverage has on some communities, particularly in rural and remote areas. That is why we agreed a deal with the Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) to deliver the Shared Rural Network (SRN) which will extend 4G coverage to 95% of the UK landmass by the end of 2025, underpinned by legally binding spectrum obligations.

The SRN will improve mobile coverage for an extra 280,000 premises and 16,000km of roads and will lead to increases in coverage across all four nations, with the biggest coverage improvements in rural parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

In fact the programme is already delivering coverage improvements across the UK with 4G coverage now at 92%, up from 91% when the SRN agreement was signed in March 2020. The MNOs have now deployed more than 150 new sites and have upgraded over 1,500 sites across the UK. On 3 May we announced the activation of the first government-funded SRN phone mast upgrade in Lockerbie, Scotland.

As part of our Wireless Infrastructure Strategy, we have asked Ofcom to improve the accuracy of their reporting of mobile coverage and network performance in rural areas.

19th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress his Department on reviewing rules on the sale of pint sized bottles of English sparkling wine.

The quantities in which pre-packed alcohol, including English sparkling wine, can be sold will be considered as part of the Government’s review of EU-derived law. An update will be provided in due course.

Kevin Hollinrake
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
12th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the potential impact of increased use of hydrogen energy on household bills; and what steps he is taking to promote the use of hydrogen energy by consumers.

Low carbon hydrogen is critical to delivering energy security, presents a significant growth opportunity, and will help the UK reach net zero. The UK approach is to promote every aspect of the hydrogen economy: production, demand, networks and storage. The Government will ensure that its approach to developing the hydrogen economy takes into account wider government priorities and policies – including considerations related to the affordability of energy bills. This, combined with targeted innovation funding and a facilitative regulatory environment, will unlock hydrogen uptake across key end use sectors.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
2nd Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Department for Health and Social Care on the impact on care homes who are unable to get added to the priority list for power recovery during a power cut or qualify for a permanent supply line.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is working closely with the Department of Health & Social Care to mitigate the impacts associated with the upcoming winter.

Care homes are not included on the list of Approved Designated Services as set out in the Electricity Supply Emergency Code, and therefore do not qualify for Protected Site status. Sites are ultimately still responsible for their own business continuity and should not rely on being on the Protected Sites List for their power resilience. The Electricity Supply Emergency Code only applies to certain scenarios and does not give sites complete coverage for all possible power disruption events.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
29th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of mandating car parks over a certain size to be covered in solar panels.

The Government is pleased to see examples of solar installations in UK car parks such as in York, Glasgow and Leeds and is considering how to encourage more.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
21st Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support SMEs in North East Hampshire.

Businesses in North East Hampshire will have benefitted from a range of Government measures, including reversal of the National Insurance rise, which will save SMEs approximately £4,200 on average, cut to fuel duty for 12 months and the Energy Bill Relief Scheme, which will protect small businesses from high energy costs over the winter. Furthermore, we have raised the Employment Allowance to £5,000 and are freezing the business rates multiplier for another year to protect businesses from rising inflation, worth £9.3 billion over the next 5 years.

In addition, finance is available to SMEs across the UK through the Recovery Loan Scheme, and the Start Up loan scheme has provided 84 SMEs in North East Hampshire with loans to the value of £926,620 as of October 2022.

Kevin Hollinrake
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
27th Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she plans to take to support orchestras.

HM Government is proud to champion our world-class orchestras and musicians, and help them to thrive. Through Arts Council England’s 2023–26 Investment Programme, more money is going to more orchestral organisations in more parts of the country than ever before.

The Arts Council’s new national portfolio is supporting 139 organisations classed as ‘music’ by investing c.£65 million of public funding. The Arts Council’s investment in classical music remains high, in particular in orchestral music organisations, with 23 such organisations being funded – an increase from 19 in the last round; and at around £21 million per annum, which is around £2 million more than previously. Moreover, these numbers are likely to underestimate the level of music activity being funded as some organisations will fall into combined arts or non-discipline-specific categories. The Arts Council’s investment in orchestras, opera, and other classical organisations through the new portfolio constitutes nearly 80% of all its investment in music.

Organisations such as the Multi-Story Orchestra, Orchestras for All, ParaOrchestra, The People’s Orchestra, and Pegasus Opera are joining the National Portfolio for the first time – bringing down barriers to classical music, celebrating the power it can have in people’s lives, and inspiring the next generation of performers – while long-established organisations such as the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia, and the Hallé Orchestra continue to receive funding.

Furthermore, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced at Spring Budget 2023 that the Government will extend the current headline rates of relief for the Theatre and Orchestra Tax Relief for two years. The rates for Orchestra Tax Relief will remain at 50% for expenditure taking place from 1 April 2023, reducing to 35% from 1 April 2025 and returning to 25% from 1 April 2026.

12th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if she will take steps to help (a) support village cricket clubs and (b) increase the number of people playing cricket in England.

Supporting grassroots sport is a key government priority. DCMS is working alongside Sport England in order to support their ten year strategy to drive up participation rates across all sports, including cricket.

Sport England has invested more than £23 million into cricket over the last five years, including more than £3.9 million to support grassroots clubs through the immediate challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. In North East Hampshire, Stratfield Turgis & Hartley Wespall Cricket Club received £20,000 in 2018 as part of the Community Asset Fund and £3,600 through the ‘Return to Play Fund’ last summer, to support adaptations for the return of cricket post-pandemic.

Sport England funding to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) focuses on tackling the inequalities which exist within the game, such as expanding the talent pathway for the women’s and girls game, increasing opportunities for disabled children and supporting governance reform and inclusive leadership support across the County Network.

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
7th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to help ensure that sure homes in Hampshire that are not included in the gigabit broadband tendering process by suppliers can still get superfast broadband.

In Hampshire, just over 97% of premises can access superfast broadband (>=30Mbps), which is in line with the UK national average.

As part of Project Gigabit, we have launched a regional procurement in Hampshire, to bring gigabit-capable broadband to up to 88,000 hard-to-reach premises that are not included in suppliers’ commercial build plans. We have also launched a local procurement in the New Forest area, which will connect an estimated further 10,000 premises. The two contracts have a combined indicative value of almost £120 million and we aim to award contracts between April and June 2023.

Eligible premises in Hampshire can also receive a gigabit-capable connection through the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme. We recently announced an increase in the value of these vouchers so that new projects can receive as much as £4,500 towards the cost of installing gigabit-capable broadband in rural and particularly hard-to-reach areas.

For the very hardest to reach premises which are unlikely to receive gigabit-capable connectivity via either a commercial or government funded delivery mechanism, the Government is determined to explore all possible options to improve their broadband connectivity, including solutions such as satellite and fixed wireless access technologies.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
5th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to respond to the findings of the National Audit Office report entitled Gambling regulation: problem gambling and protecting vulnerable people, published 28 February 2020.

The government is committed to reducing gambling-related harm and works closely with the Gambling Commission. We have committed to review the Gambling Act 2005 and will announce further details in due course. We welcome the National Audit Office’s report on Gambling Regulation: Problem Gambling and Protecting Vulnerable People and are considering its recommendations carefully.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
10th Feb 2020
To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to roll out gigabit broadband (a) in Hampshire and (b) throughout the UK.

The Government is committed to delivering nationwide gigabit capable connectivity as soon as possible. Much progress has already been made, with full fibre coverage doubling in the past year to reach 10% of UK premises.

This Government will continue to take action to remove barriers to network rollout and to ensure that those in the hardest to reach areas are not left behind. We have introduced legislation to make it easier for operators to deploy broadband in blocks of flats, will be legislating to mandate gigabit connectivity in new builds and will provide £5 billion of funding to support rollout in hard to reach areas.

Specifically in Hampshire, the government has invested heavily in this county, with over £15million of government funding allocated. Full fibre coverage stands at 9%, marginally below the UK figure of c.10%.

Virgin Media switched on full gigabit capability to Southampton in September 2019, whilst CityFibre, Toob and Trooli have all announced plans to invest in full fibre networks. Toob is aiming to cover 100,000 premises in Southampton with full fibre by the end of 2021, while Trooli has been undertaking work in the villages of Ropley and Bramdean.

The Government is also supporting deployment in Hampshire with projects in Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight through the Local Full Fibre Networks programme.

22nd Jan 2020
To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the voluntary ban on gambling adverts during live, pre-watershed sport on TV that was introduced in 2019 on trends in the level of gambling addiction; and if she will make it her policy to encourage an extension of that ban to (a) family television shows and (b) on-demand services.

The Gambling Industry Code for Socially Responsible Advertising prohibits gambling advertising on television before 9pm, except in a limited number of circumstances, those being for bingo, lotteries, and until last year, sports betting around televised sport. In August 2019 the Industry group for Responsible Gambling extended its voluntary commitment to include advertising during sporting events. This includes a ‘whistle-to-whistle’ ban on all TV betting adverts during pre-watershed live sport, starting five minutes before the event begins, and ending five minutes after it finishes. This also applies to live streaming of events online. Additional measures include an end to betting adverts around highlight shows and re-runs, and an end to pre-watershed bookmaker sponsorship of sports programmes. The code also bans free sign-up offers being targeted at new customers before 9pm and requires all TV adverts to feature a responsible gambling message for the duration of the advert.

Gambling operators who advertise to a UK audience have to comply with the advertising codes of practice issued by the Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice (BCAP) and the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP), which are enforced by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). The codes apply across all advertising platforms, including broadcast, online and social media. A wide range of provisions in the codes are designed to protect children and vulnerable adults from harm. For example, gambling adverts must not appear during programming commissioned for or principally directed at children, or during programmes likely to appeal directly to children. Gambling adverts also must not portray, condone or encourage gambling behaviour that is socially irresponsible. These rules also apply to on demand services.

We will continue to monitor issues around gambling advertising and consider any new evidence carefully, including the ASA’s forthcoming report looking at children’s exposure to age restricted advertising in 2019.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Jan 2020
To ask the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make (a) an assessment of the implications for her policies of the fact that over half of child gamblers last gambled at a family arcade or amusement centre and (b) it her policy to review category D provisions that exempt family arcades from needing a licence to operate machines with money prizes.

Protecting children and vulnerable people from being harmed or exploited by gambling is a core objective of the regulation of gambling in Great Britain, and a priority for the government. The Government has committed to review the Gambling Act 2005 and will announce further details in due course.

Depending on the category of machines they offer, Family Entertainment Centres (FECs) may require either a licence from the Gambling Commission or a permit from the local authority. FECs which are not licensed by the Commission may offer only category D machines and fall under the control of the local authority. Category D machines include crane grabs and penny falls; slot machines with a money prize are permitted a maximum stake of 10p and maximum prize of £5.

In considering applications for FEC permits, the local authority must have regard to the licensing objectives in the Gambling Act 2005, which include preventing children from being harmed and exploited by gambling. The machine supplier must also be licensed by the Gambling Commission.

Voluntary action is being taken by the sector to improve safer gambling standards in all FECs and the government will continue to challenge operators to build on this. For example, in November the arcades trade association BACTA announced a new rule in its Code of Conduct preventing young people under the age of 16 playing on category D slot machines with a money prize unless accompanied by an adult.

The evidence suggests that the number of children and young people participating in gambling is reducing. The Gambling Commission’s annual survey of young people in 2019 found that 11% had spent their own money on a gambling activity in the 7 days prior to taking part in the study, compared to 14% in 2018 and 23% in 2011.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
23rd Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of changes to SEND Regulations in 2014.

As part of the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) review, the department examined how the SEND system has evolved since 2014 and how the department could ensure it works best for all families with effective and sustainable use of resources.

During the review, the department heard frequently that, whilst the 2014 reforms had high aspirations and were underpinned by principles that continue to be broadly supported, insufficient attention was paid to their implementation which meant their ambitions were never fully realised.

That is why the department has committed in the SEND and Alternative Provision (AP) Green Paper, and reaffirmed in the SEND and AP Improvement Plan, to support delivery of the new reforms through a £70 million Change Programme which was launched in September 2023. The department is working through nine Change Programme Partnerships, covering 32 local areas, to test and refine key reform proposals and to support local SEND and AP systems across the country to manage local improvement.

David Johnston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
13th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the need for health services to support local authorities that provide transport to school for children with complex health needs.

The department’s school travel policy aims to make sure that no child is prevented from accessing education by a lack of transport. When a local authority makes travel arrangements for a child with medical needs, they should consider whether and how those needs might affect them during their journey to and from school and, where necessary, put in place proportionate arrangements to manage those needs.

Local authority school travel teams may need to work with local partners to make suitable travel arrangements for children with medical needs, and should be able to expect the support of their local authority’s special educational needs team, local health partners, and the schools to which they arrange travel.

David Johnston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
21st Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the national funding formula for schools and high needs.

The National Funding Formula (NFF) replaced a system which was unfair, lacked transparency and was out of date. Schools and local areas received very different levels of funding, with little or no justification. By comparison, the NFF distributes funding fairly, based on schools’ and pupils’ needs and characteristics.

Moving to a ‘direct’ NFF, where all schools’ budgets are determined directly by the national formula, will ultimately ensure that mainstream schools in England are funded on a fair and equitable basis. This will complete the reforms started in 2018 when the department first introduced the NFF to ensure all schools were funded on a consistent assessment of need.

The department keeps the formula under review and will consider further whether and when additional changes might be necessary to ensure that our funding system is kept up to date in a way that is fair and is allocating funding where it is needed most.

Damian Hinds
Minister of State (Education)
15th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to help ensure that the National Funding Formula for schools reflects the needs of children in Hampshire.

The National Funding Formula (NFF) distributes funding fairly, based on schools’ and pupils’ needs and characteristics. The NFF includes proxy factors through which pupils with additional needs attract additional funding to their school, such as low prior attainment, socio-economic status, and English as an Additional Language.

Hampshire is attracting an extra £19 million for schools in 2024/25, an increase of 2.0% per pupil (excluding growth funding) through the schools NFF compared to 2023/24, and an increase of 13.3% per pupil compared to 2021/22. This takes total funding for 2024/25 in Hampshire to over £986 million, based on current pupil numbers. Final allocations for 2024/25 will be announced in December 2024.

All schools will receive additional funding, beyond that provided through the NFF, through the Teachers Pay Additional Grant (TPAG) in the 2024/25 financial year. A typical primary school with 200 pupils might be receiving around £20,000 through the TPAG in 2024/25, and a typical secondary school with 900 pupils might be receiving around £100,000.

Damian Hinds
Minister of State (Education)
18th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress her Department has made on introducing early intervention services for children without an education, health and care plan.

The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Alternative Provision (AP) Improvement Plan, published March 2023, set out the department’s plans to deliver an inclusive system with improved, high-quality mainstream provision where children and young people have their needs identified early and can access prompt, evidence-based, targeted support. This will mean that more children and young people can have their needs met, without the need to rely on an Education, Health and Care plan to get the support they need. Our plan includes testing approaches to early intervention services through, for example, a Speech, Language and Communication Needs pilot, the Early Language Support for Every Child, co-funded with NHS England.

David Johnston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
5th Sep 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of providing funding for education, health and care plan support for children with SEND at independent schools.

Local authorities have the flexibility to place children and young people with Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans in independent schools. Where they choose to do so, the local authority must fund the cost of the placement. In January 2023, local authorities placed 21,324 children and young people in independent special schools and 6,337 in other independent schools.

David Johnston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
3rd May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made on the number of false or malicious reports to social services since May 2022.

The government considers any malicious reporting and false claims made to children’s social care as completely unacceptable. It is a cruel practice, a terrible ordeal for the families affected, and can distract services from undertaking vital child protection work.

However, it is right that people should remain able to flag concerns about children they believe to be vulnerable, and that social services fulfil their duty to treat each safeguarding case seriously and to undertake enquiries if they believe a child has suffered or is likely to suffer harm. Therefore government is not currently looking to make false or malicious reports to social services a criminal offence.

The information requested on the number of false or malicious reports to social services is not held by the department.

Claire Coutinho
Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero
3rd May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department has taken steps to make false or malicious reports to social services a criminal offence.

The government considers any malicious reporting and false claims made to children’s social care as completely unacceptable. It is a cruel practice, a terrible ordeal for the families affected, and can distract services from undertaking vital child protection work.

However, it is right that people should remain able to flag concerns about children they believe to be vulnerable, and that social services fulfil their duty to treat each safeguarding case seriously and to undertake enquiries if they believe a child has suffered or is likely to suffer harm. Therefore government is not currently looking to make false or malicious reports to social services a criminal offence.

The information requested on the number of false or malicious reports to social services is not held by the department.

Claire Coutinho
Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero
2nd Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make an assessment of the potential effectiveness of new vape detectors in helping schools prevent vaping on school grounds.

Schools are required by law to have a behaviour policy that sets out what is expected of all pupils, including which items are banned from school premises.

The Department trusts headteachers to develop tailored behaviour policies which reflect their school’s individual contexts and needs, and decide themselves the best methods to enforce these policies.

28th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding North East Hampshire schools (a) received in 2015 and (b) will receive this year.

School funding allocations for the 2015/16 financial year can be accessed at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/schools-block-funding-allocations-2015-to-2016. This provides the actual budget allocations received by individual schools, calculated according to Local Authorities’ school funding formulae.

In the 2018/19 financial year, the Department introduced changes to the school funding system with a new schools National Funding Formula (NFF) to devise notional individual school budgets.

Through the schools NFF, schools in North East Hampshire are attracting £69 million in total this year. This represents a 2.6% cash increase and reflects 2.5% more per pupil in their pupil led funding, compared to 2021/22. Schools’ actual allocations in the 2022/23 financial year will be based on Local Authorities’ local funding formulae.

On top of this funding through the NFF, schools in North East Hampshire are seeing £1.9 million through the Schools Supplementary Grant (SSG) in the 2022/23 financial year. The SSG was first introduced in 2022/23, with no equivalent grant in previous years.

22nd Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of the level of educational choice for parents of children with SEND in North East Hampshire constituency.

A joint local area special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) inspection of Hampshire was undertaken by Ofsted and Care Quality Commission (CQC) in March 2020. At the time, inspectors identified no significant areas of weakness in SEND services.

The department’s SEND data collection is about a full local authority and does not analyse by districts. Nor do we collect data on the level or range of choices of provision in each local area.

Local authorities are statutorily responsible (under the Children and Families Act 2014) for keeping their local offer of services and provision for children and young people with SEND under review, in co-production with parents, young people and educational providers. It is for local authorities to ensure there are sufficient good school places for all pupils, including those with SEND. The Hampshire local offer provides some information about schools by major towns in Hampshire, but not by districts. Further information can be accessed here: https://fish.hants.gov.uk/kb5/hampshire/directory/results.page?familychannel=6-1-3. Under the Act, parents or young people have the statutory right to request that a particular school, further education college in England or other educational institution is named in their Education, Health, and Care plan.

In March 2022, the department announced High Needs Provision Capital Allocations (HNPCA) amounting to a new investment of over £1.4 billion. This funding is to support local authorities to deliver new places for academic years 2023/24 and 2024/25, and to improve existing provision for children and young people with SEND or who require alternative provision (AP). This funding forms part of the £2.6 billion the department is investing between 2022 and 2025 and represents a significant, transformational investment in new high needs provision. It will support local authorities to deliver new places in mainstream and special schools, as well as other specialist settings, and will also be used to improve the suitability and accessibility of existing buildings.

Hampshire’s provisional high needs revenue funding allocation for 2023/24 will be £187.2 million, a 24% per head increase over two years on the amount of high needs funding allocated in 2021/22. In addition to this funding, the 2022 Autumn Statement announced that the national core schools budget (covering both mainstream schools and high needs) will increase by £2 billion in 2023/24 and a further £2 billion in 2024/25, over and above totals announced in the 2021Spending Review. We will confirm plans for how this additional funding will be allocated shortly.

Hampshire received a total of just over £31.3 million through the HNPCA announced in March 2022. This amount represents funding for financial years 2022/23 and 2023/24 and will help the local authority to create new places and improve facilities for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities or who require alternative provision. Prior to that, the local authority received just below £6.8 million through its 2021/22 HNPCA funding announced in April 2021.

Claire Coutinho
Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero
18th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she has made an assessment of the impact of the rising cost of living on teachers in north Hampshire; and whether he plans for the Education and Skills Funding Agency to conduct a review of the areas classed as London fringe.

Schools will benefit from the Energy Bill Relief Scheme. This will reduce how much schools need to spend on their energy, and give schools greater certainty over their budgets through the winter months. The Department knows that every school’s circumstances are different, and where schools are in serious financial difficulty, they should contact their Local Authority or the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

The 2022/23 pay awards should be viewed in parallel with the Government’s £37 billion package of support for the Cost of Living, which is targeted to those most in need. The Government has also taken action to limit energy bills for households through the Energy Price Guarantee. The typical household, which had been facing forecast bills of £6,000, can now expect to pay £2,500 per year for average usage.

Decisions on pay ranges are based on recommendations by the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB), the independent body that advises on teachers’ pay and conditions.

The geographical areas covered by the different ranges were defined some years ago to reflect a practical approach to compensate teachers working in London, and the STRB has not recommended any changes since then, although the Department will consider these issues in the future.

Pay awards must strike a careful balance, recognising the vital importance of teachers and other public sector workers, whilst delivering value for the taxpayer. The Department has implemented the STRB’s recommendation of an 8.9% uplift to starting salaries outside London in the 2022/23 academic year, keeping the Department on track for delivering its manifesto commitment of a £30,000 starting salary. The Department has implemented the STRB’s recommendation of a 5% pay uplift for experienced teachers and leaders in the 2022/23 academic year. This award constituted the highest pay award for experienced teachers in 30 years.

13th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will allow the free childcare entitlement to be used to allow parents to utilise fewer hours in a more expensive childcare setting; and what consideration his Department has given to allowing that entitlement to be used more flexibly.

The department wants parents to have access to a range of affordable childcare, giving them increased flexibility in their working hours. The government funded early years entitlements is intended to deliver 15-30 hours a week (for 38 weeks of the year) of free, high quality, flexible childcare for eligible two-, three- and four-year olds. It is not intended to cover the costs of meals, other consumables (such as nappies and sun cream), additional hours or additional services (such as trips) and providers may charge parents for these.

While many providers will offer 15-30 hours of free childcare per week during term time (38 weeks of the year), this offer can be delivered flexibly. All of the free entitlements can be stretched by taking fewer hours per week over up to 52 weeks of the year to cover term-time and the school holidays.

Some providers will only offer free hours during school term times or only offer free hours stretched over the year whilst others provide a mixture of the two. As set out in the department’s statutory guidance for local authorities, to ensure that parents can make informed decisions on their choice of childcare, providers should publish a statement of how they deliver the free entitlements and any additional charges for optional activities.

11th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to (a) encourage boys to study a foreign language at (i) GCSE and (ii) A-Level and (b) improve the performance of boys studying a foreign language at those levels.

?Since the Department introduced the English Baccalaureate performance measure in 2010, which includes languages, the proportion of GCSE entries from pupils in state-funded schools in a modern foreign language (MFL) has increased from 40% in 2010 to 47% in 2019. The reformed National Curriculum now makes it compulsory for pupils in maintained schools to be taught a foreign language in Key Stage 2.

We are investing in a range of programmes to increase uptake of languages at GCSE. Our £4.8m MFL Pedagogy Pilot commenced in December 2018, and is designed to improve uptake and attainment in languages at Key Stages 3 and 4. We have also launched a pilot project in MFL undergraduate mentoring for secondary school pupils to drive up participation in the subject, specifically targeting areas of high disadvantage to extend access to languages for all pupils.

22nd Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the findings of Gambling Commission's Young people and gambling survey 2019 published on 23 October 2019, what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on educating school children about the risks of gambling and in-game loot boxes and (b) the Chancellor of the Exchequer on increasing the levies on gambling to pay for such education.

My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Education, meets regularly with Cabinet colleagues to discuss the agenda of the Department for Education. This includes relevant topics covered by the new subjects of relationships education (for primary age pupils), relationships and sex education (for secondary age pupils) and health education (for all pupils in state-funded schools). The Department for Education has worked with other Departments, including the Department for Health and Social Care, in developing the content for the new curriculum subjects which will be taught in schools from September 2020.

The Department for Education wants to equip young people for adult life and to make a positive contribution to society. The statutory guidance for the new subjects was published in June 2019, which is available at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/805781/Relationships_Education__Relationships_and_Sex_Education__RSE__and_Health_Education.pdf.

The subjects will support all young people in terms of managing risk, making informed decisions, as well as in key aspects such as mental wellbeing and online behavior. Under the topic of internet safety and harms, it sets out that young people should be taught about the risks related to online gambling, including the accumulation of debt, how advertising and information is targeted at them, and how to be a discerning consumer of information online.

19th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help tackle the illegal trade of ivory.

The UK Government is committed to protecting endangered animals and plants from poaching and illegal trade to benefit wildlife, local communities and the economy while protecting global security.

The UK Ivory Act 2018 came into force in June 2022, making it illegal to deal in items made of or containing elephant ivory, and in May this year we announced that the Act will be extended to other ivory bearing species. The Act contains offences for those who breach the ban, with a mix of civil and criminal sanctions, with a maximum fine of £250,000 or five years’ imprisonment.

The UK Government plays a leading role in tackling illegal wildlife trade and we are increasing funding by a further £30 million between 2022 and 2025. We have committed funding through the Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund on multiple projects to support protections for elephants, including £1 million to PAMS Foundation to strengthen law enforcement in Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Malawi to secure effective wildlife criminal prosecutions.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
19th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many rangers received funding from his Department to help tackle the poaching of elephants in the latest period for which data is available.

The UK is committed to combatting the illegal wildlife trade (IWT). We are increasing our funding and will invest a further £30 million between 2022 and 2025.

Defra Ministers and Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office officials at Posts regularly discuss important conservation matters including poaching of elephants. For example, the UK signed a letter of intent in December 2023 with Cameroon’s Minister of the Environment, Nature Protection, and Sustainable Development to deliver the Biodiverse Landscapes Fund.

Defra provides support for a variety of different projects that support rangers and protect elephants through the IWT Challenge Fund and direct programming, which are detailed below.

  • Defra’s grant scheme – the IWT Challenge Fund – has supported projects to change behaviours, strengthen wildlife crime legislation, and help communities to protect the wildlife they rely on for their livelihoods. More information is available at https://iwt.challengefund.org.uk/.

  • Our support for rangers includes the British military’s Defra-funded Counter IWT Ranger Training Programme, which has helped wildlife parks work together to strengthen law enforcement and share information to disrupt smuggling and poaching across Africa.
  • The UK is investing at least £12 million Overseas Development Assistance between 2024 and 2030 in Cameroon, Gabon, and the Republic of Congo through the £100 million Biodiverse Landscapes Fund. This programme aims to protect biodiversity and reduce poverty, with measures that intend to reduce human wildlife conflict and combat the illegal wildlife trade.

Information on total number of rangers is not available as we do not aggregate this data.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
19th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department is taking steps with (a) international counterparts, (b) charities and (c) rangers to help tackle the poaching of elephants.

The UK is committed to combatting the illegal wildlife trade (IWT). We are increasing our funding and will invest a further £30 million between 2022 and 2025.

Defra Ministers and Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office officials at Posts regularly discuss important conservation matters including poaching of elephants. For example, the UK signed a letter of intent in December 2023 with Cameroon’s Minister of the Environment, Nature Protection, and Sustainable Development to deliver the Biodiverse Landscapes Fund.

Defra provides support for a variety of different projects that support rangers and protect elephants through the IWT Challenge Fund and direct programming, which are detailed below.

  • Defra’s grant scheme – the IWT Challenge Fund – has supported projects to change behaviours, strengthen wildlife crime legislation, and help communities to protect the wildlife they rely on for their livelihoods. More information is available at https://iwt.challengefund.org.uk/.

  • Our support for rangers includes the British military’s Defra-funded Counter IWT Ranger Training Programme, which has helped wildlife parks work together to strengthen law enforcement and share information to disrupt smuggling and poaching across Africa.
  • The UK is investing at least £12 million Overseas Development Assistance between 2024 and 2030 in Cameroon, Gabon, and the Republic of Congo through the £100 million Biodiverse Landscapes Fund. This programme aims to protect biodiversity and reduce poverty, with measures that intend to reduce human wildlife conflict and combat the illegal wildlife trade.

Information on total number of rangers is not available as we do not aggregate this data.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
19th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has had recent discussions with his counterpart in (a) the Ivory Coast, (b) Ghana, (c) Central African Republic, (d) Gabon, (e) Cameroon and (f) other countries in the region on taking further steps to help tackle the poaching of forest (i) elephants and (ii) elephant calves.

The UK is committed to combatting the illegal wildlife trade (IWT). We are increasing our funding and will invest a further £30 million between 2022 and 2025.

Defra Ministers and Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office officials at Posts regularly discuss important conservation matters including poaching of elephants. For example, the UK signed a letter of intent in December 2023 with Cameroon’s Minister of the Environment, Nature Protection, and Sustainable Development to deliver the Biodiverse Landscapes Fund.

Defra provides support for a variety of different projects that support rangers and protect elephants through the IWT Challenge Fund and direct programming, which are detailed below.

  • Defra’s grant scheme – the IWT Challenge Fund – has supported projects to change behaviours, strengthen wildlife crime legislation, and help communities to protect the wildlife they rely on for their livelihoods. More information is available at https://iwt.challengefund.org.uk/.

  • Our support for rangers includes the British military’s Defra-funded Counter IWT Ranger Training Programme, which has helped wildlife parks work together to strengthen law enforcement and share information to disrupt smuggling and poaching across Africa.
  • The UK is investing at least £12 million Overseas Development Assistance between 2024 and 2030 in Cameroon, Gabon, and the Republic of Congo through the £100 million Biodiverse Landscapes Fund. This programme aims to protect biodiversity and reduce poverty, with measures that intend to reduce human wildlife conflict and combat the illegal wildlife trade.

Information on total number of rangers is not available as we do not aggregate this data.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
22nd Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of increasing the ability of local authorities to design local waste disposal services.

Subject to compliance with regulations and having regard to any statutory guidance, local authorities currently have the ability to design their local waste disposal services.

Robbie Moore
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
14th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of lead emissions from (a) petrol use, (b) tyre and break wear and (c) other types of use of road vehicles in the last 12 months.

Lead emissions are estimated in the National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory. The latest data available is for 2021. Data for 2023 will be published in February 2025.

Across the UK there were 34.5 tonnes of lead emissions from road transport in 2021, of which 34.1 tonnes were from tyre and brake wear, 0.36 tonnes were from petrol use, and 0.01 tonnes were from other sources in road transport (including diesel engines, lubricant use and natural gas).

Lead emissions from road transport have declined over the long term, largely due to a decline in emissions from the combustion of petrol (falling 99.9% since 1970).

Robbie Moore
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
13th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the level of lead emissions from iron and steel production in the last 12 months.

Iron and steel installations in England are regulated under the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2016. All large industrial facilities must comply with environmental permits, use best available techniques (BAT) to reduce emissions to air, water and land, and monitor and report their emissions. The data submitted by operators is published on the UK Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR). Data from 2022, including lead emissions from iron and steel sites, will be published in December 2023.

The National Atmospheric Emission Inventory estimates total lead emissions from these industries. Data for 2023 will be published in February 2025.

Robbie Moore
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
17th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact of waste disposal charges on fly-tipping.

In 2021, we commissioned research into the drivers, deterrents and impacts of fly-tipping. It suggested that any friction in the services provided by local authorities, such as charges for waste disposal services, may impact on levels of fly-tipping. The report is available at Science Search (defra.gov.uk).

We believe it is important that local residents are able to dispose of their rubbish in a responsible and convenient manner. That is why last year we consulted on preventing charges for householders to dispose of DIY waste at household waste recycling centres. The government response was published on 18 June and we will be introducing legislation at the end of the year.

In our Waste Prevention Programme: Maximising Resources, Minimising Waste, we have committed to consult by 2025 on removing the fee for consumers to have bulky domestic furniture collected from their homes. This will make it easier for them to do the right thing with their items when they are no longer required.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
19th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if her Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of (a) developing and (b) using regenerable per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances as absorbing materials to help reduce the levels of carcinogenic and other toxic substances in drinking water.

The drinking water supply in England is of exceptionally high quality. Nevertheless, the Drinking Water Inspectorate has led the way through water safety planning to drive risk based research should there be the potential to change our world leading position. The removal of PFAS by barrier and adsorption methodologies is an ongoing DWI funded project due to report in the summer of 2024.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
27th Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make an assessment of the adequacy of the due diligence process used by her Department when awarding financial grants.

All parts of Defra group are required to follow the Government Grants Functional Standard, including undertaking fraud risk assessments, due diligence checks and performance monitoring of grant awards. Proportionate but effective controls are implemented for all schemes to prevent and detect fraud and error. Control results are extrapolated using statistical methods to estimate the level of irregularity for a number of the departments most significant grant schemes. The National Audit Office reports on the regularity of scheme expenditure in its audits of the accounts of Defra group and its arm’s length bodies.

Mark Spencer
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
16th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on what date was the last confirmed positive case of bovine tuberculosis in badgers in Hampshire.

Surveillance for TB in badgers has not taken place in Hampshire for many years. To address this evidence gap Defra funded the ‘Southern Edge Area RTA survey’ where, in collaboration with the University of Nottingham, we are carrying out post-mortem investigation of badgers found dead on the roads, including in Hampshire. Results will be available in due course, once final analysis has been carried out. Badgers removed under licence in cull operations, including those in Hampshire, are not routinely tested for TB.

Mark Spencer
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
2nd Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the potential impact of disposable vapes on the environment; and if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of extending the ban on single-use plastics to cover disposable vapes.

We are aware that the use of disposable vaping products has increased substantially in recent years and are considering the implications of this trend on the environment. While there is no immediate plan to ban disposable vapes, we will consult on policies aimed at driving up levels of separate collection of electric and electronic waste, including vaping devices, as part of the review of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations, later this year. Their packaging could also be captured under our reformed packaging extended producer responsibility regime.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
13th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the study entitled Magnetic and microscopic investigation of airborne iron oxide nanoparticles in the London Underground published in Scientific Reports on 15 December 2022, what discussions she has had with the Secretaries of State for Transport and Health and Social care and the Mayor of London about (a) the potential impact of the detected Fe-oxide particles on passenger health; and (b) implementing the reduction recommendations.

Local Air Quality Management in London is devolved to the Mayor of London.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
12th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make an assessment of the implications for her policy on the timing of the badger cull in Hampshire of the report by the Animal and Plant Health Agency entitled Year End Descriptive Epidemiology Report: Bovine TB in the Edge Area of England 2021 County: Hampshire; and if she will take steps to end the badger cull in Hampshire before 2024.

We are committed to achieving official freedom from Bovine TB for England by 2038 and intensive badger culling in areas where badgers are an important factor in spreading disease to cattle has been an important part of this


We licenced the intensive cull areas this year, and plan to gradually build government-supported badger vaccination and surveillance. Badger culling would remain an option where epidemiological assessment indicates that it is needed.

The descriptive epidemiology report for each county in the Edge Area is published annually, and available on GOV.UK.

Mark Spencer
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
6th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will bring forward proposals to increase the Environment Agency's minimum civil fine for each breach of the rules by water companies to £250 million.

Following your announcement as Secretary of State for Defra in October, Defra is preparing a consultation on plans to increase the cap on fines the Environment Agency can impose on water companies for serious breaches of rules.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
22nd Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department is taking steps to help tackle the illegal wildlife trade.

The United Kingdom is taking steps to help protect endangered animals and plants from poaching and illegal trade to benefit wildlife, local communities and the economy, and protect global security.

HMG has committed over £46 million between 2014 and 2022 on work to directly counter illegal wildlife trade (IWT), including through the Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund. Our actions include: training border force agents and building capacity through the British military to train rangers and disrupt poaching in targeted African countries; developing behaviour change campaigns to discourage purchases of wildlife products; supporting legislative reform to increase penalties and conviction rates for wildlife crime; and helping communities to protect the wildlife they rely on for their livelihoods.

We are also contributing £250 million to the Global Environment Facility between 2018-2022, which includes the world's biggest fund for tackling IWT, the Global Wildlife Programme (GWP), supporting IWT projects across 32 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. In June this year, at the Stockholm +50 meeting, Lord Goldsmith announced the UK Government’s pledge of £330m to the eighth replenishment of the Global Environment Facility (GEF8) covering the period 2022 – 2026. The GEF8 replenishment delivered a record breaking $5.33bn with a 46% increase in biodiversity funding. This includes the Wildlife Conservation for Development programme which will combat Illegal and High-Risk Wildlife Trade through a supply-chain approach to curbing poaching, disrupting trafficking, and reducing demand for illegal, unsustainable, and high zoonotic-risk wildlife within and between countries.

17th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make it her Department's policy to improve environmental land management schemes by (a) reducing the number of schemes; (b) making schemes easier for farmers to access; (c) increasing payment rates; and (d) replacing outdated regulations.

We are pressing ahead with our Environmental Land Management schemes. We are working closely with farmers, land managers and environmental groups to make sure our schemes contribute to our ambitious outcomes on the environment and support a thriving farming sector. We will set out more detail soon.

Mark Spencer
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
16th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on the environmental merits of brownfield regeneration rather than development on green field sites.

The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has not recently had such discussions with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government. The Government supports the re-use as far as possible of suitable brownfield land for housing and other development needs over development on green field sites. We have announced further measures to support regeneration of brownfield land in our ‘Planning for the future’ policy paper dated 12 March 2020. Planning practice guidance also recognises that some brownfield land is of high environmental value, providing habitats for protected or priority species and other environmental benefits.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
12th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if her Department will make an assessment of the potential effect of naming people responsible for fly-tipping on rates of that offence; and if he will issue guidance to local authorities to encourage them to name offenders.

Fly-tipping is unacceptable wherever it occurs and tackling this crime is a priority for the Government. We therefore welcome suggestions and initiatives being explored by enforcement agencies to tackle this unacceptable crime.

The role of central Government is to enable and support local action: providing a clear legal framework of rights, responsibilities and powers, setting national standards and, where possible, making sure that the costs of dealing with fly-tipping issues are passed to those responsible for causing the problem.

The Government is committed to encouraging local solutions for local problems. This is particularly relevant in tackling fly-tipping, which requires a local approach, tailored to the characteristics of the area and the community in which the problem occurs. The naming of fly-tipping offenders is not current Government policy and, given our commitment to encouraging local solutions to reflect local circumstances, it is not for central Government to assess or publish national guidance promoting a single approach.

However, building on a commitment in our Resources and Waste Strategy, Defra is developing a toolkit to tackle fly-tipping. The toolkit will include examples of existing good practice to prevent fly-tipping, as well as advice and guidance on how local authorities can set up and run effective fly-tipping partnerships and share intelligence. We encourage local authorities to provide evidence and share details of successful initiatives with Defra, and the toolkit could in the future therefore include reference to the naming of those responsible for fly-tipping, alongside a number of other initiatives that are being used throughout England.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
22nd Jan 2020
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will take steps with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to bring forward legislative proposals to introduce a legal minimum age for cosmetic fillers.

The Government is committed to improving the safety of cosmetic procedures.

The Department for Health and Social Care is currently working to review and improve industry standards of practice and provide clear information for consumers to make informed choices about cosmetic procedures.

This work includes an assessment of the health risks and psychological impact of current access arrangements to injectable cosmetic procedures by children and young people.

Victoria Atkins
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
20th Dec 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate he has made of the proportion of the aid budget spent on (a) protecting endangered species, (b) projects in Commonwealth countries and (c) promoting international trade in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make it his Department's policy to increase the proportion of spending in these areas.

DFID has committed over £600 million funding between 2011 – 2021 to conserve nature and wildlife. Nature-based solutions that protect the environment and biodiversity will be a priority for the UK’s increased investment in International Climate Finance of at least £11.6 billion between 2021/22 and 2025/26, announced by the Prime Minister at the United Nations Climate Action Summit 2019. DFID’s focus is on protecting biodiversity and ecosystems as a whole and we do not disaggregate our spend by species.

Commonwealth developing countries are major recipients of UK ODA. In 2017, they received around £3.57 billion (equating to around 25% of overall UK ODA), of which £1.96 billion was UK bilateral ODA and £1.61 billion was imputed UK share of multilateral ODA.

In 2017, the UK spent around £1.5 billion on Aid for Trade, as determined by OECD figures.

Decisions on the levels of future UK ODA will be determined in the context of the next Spending Review.

Andrew Murrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
21st Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department is taking to increase trade and inward investment with Commonwealth partners.

The UK is working with Commonwealth partners to deliver the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) ambition of boosting intra-Commonwealth trade to beyond $2 trillion by 2030.

In October 2019 my Rt Hon Friend the Secretary of State for International Trade chaired the sixth Commonwealth Trade Ministers Meeting, which reaffirmed the Commonwealth’s support for free trade and discussed the Commonwealth Connectivity Agenda for Trade and Investment.

We will continue to increase cooperation ahead of the next CHOGM in June 2020.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
23rd Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 3 July 2023 to Question 191368 on Motorways: Speed Limits, and the report entitled Evaluation of the National HGV Speed Limit Increase in England and Wales, Year 2 Interim Report, published in March 2019, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of each 1mph increase to the speed limit on (a) motorways and (b) dual carriageways on (i) levels of (A) productivity and (B) economic growth and (ii) the cost of transporting goods.

No assessment of this specific nature has been undertaken.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
22nd Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an estimate of the level of lead emissions arising from the use of (a) leaded and (b) other fuel in the aviation sector in the UK in the last 12 months.

Figures published by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero show Avgas, which is the only leaded fuel for aircraft, represents less than 1% of total aviation fuel supply in the UK in 2022. Avgas is mostly an issue for small piston aircrafts and it does not impact commercial aircraft using Avtur (aviation turbine fuel).

DfT will continue to monitor progress in the transition away from leaded fuels working with the Department for the Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs and the Health and Safety Executive who lead on the regulation of chemicals.

Anthony Browne
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
20th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of centralising in his Department control of roads in London.

We have no plans to increase the size and role of central government by taking control of local roads in London.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
20th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the oral answer of 14 September 2023 by the Leader of the House, Official Report column 1023, whether he has made an assessment of the cost to the economy in London of a majority of roads having a speed limit of 20mph.

The Department for Transport has not made an assessment of the impact of the cost to the economy of 20mph speed limits in London.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
14th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it her policy to measure the blood lead levels of children living near general aviation airfields.

The Government is supporting the development of new aviation fuels through a range of measures including developing a Sustainable Aviation Fuels mandate and the Advanced Fuels Fund.

There are some specific issues for replacing avgas, a fuel used in piston aircraft which represents less than 1% of total UK aviation fuel use.

An unleaded alternative, Unleaded 91, is now commercially available and may be used by much of the General Aviation sector. In addition, battery-electric aircraft have been certified for use in flight training. The Government encourages General Aviation operators to use unleaded alternatives to avgas when suitable for their aircraft.

The Government has no plans to require the testing of children.

DfT will continue to monitor progress in the transition away from leaded fuels working with DEFRA and the Health and Safety Executive who lead on the regulation of chemicals.

Anthony Browne
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
17th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of hybrid vehicles in improving air quality.

Air pollution has reduced significantly since 2010. Emissions of nitrogen oxides have fallen by 45 per cent and fine particulate matter PM2.5 by 10 per cent.

The same regulated air pollution standards apply to hybrid vehicles as to conventional vehicles. Hybrid vehicles may have lower exhaust emissions while operating in electric mode. However, there is limited evidence regarding the difference in total emissions from hybrid vehicles versus non-hybrid equivalents. The National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory provides public information on the latest emissions factors for road vehicles, which is available online at: https://naei.beis.gov.uk/data/ef-transport.

5th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the impact of 20mph zones in London on the economy.

Transport in London is devolved. The responsibility for managing London's road network is shared between Transport for London (TfL) and the London boroughs.

The Department’s comprehensive three-year evaluation of the effect of 20mph signed-only limits was published on 22 November 2018 and can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/20-mph-speed-limits-on-roads

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
3rd Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential implications for his Department's policies of the (a) adequacy of the implementation and (b) effectiveness of land rental schemes in England.

Regulations for two pioneer lane rental schemes in London, on Transport for London roads, and Kent were laid in February 2012. An evaluation of these schemes was published in 2016 and can be viewed at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/street-works-lane-rental-evaluation. This evaluation led in 2019 to the Government announcing that it would welcome bids for new lane rental schemes.

Since then, Surrey County Council launched their scheme in 2021 and West Sussex County Council in 2022. These schemes have yet to be assessed.

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
29th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 5 June 2023 to Question 186909 and 186508 on M4: Speed Limits, if he will make an assessment of the implications for this policy of trends in the level of use of (a) electric cares and (b) Euro V and Euro VI standard cars.

Our Zero Emission Vehicle Transition is expected to have a transformative effect on air quality right across our country. Over time, this transition to electric vehicles, plus the increasing proportion of newer petrol and diesel vehicles which emit less pollution than older petrol and diesel vehicles, will mean that levels of nitrogen dioxide will continue to fall. Once nitrogen dioxide concentrations meet legal limit values and Government is confident these levels will be maintained without the measure, National Highways will be able to remove the 60mph speed limit introduced to manage poor air quality on the westbound carriageway.

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
27th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 30 May 2023 to Question 186218 on A30: Repairs and Maintenance, when the next additions to the major road network will be made.

The current Programme of Major Road Network/Large Local Majors (MRN/LLM) schemes is closed to new projects. Any future funding for a further MRN programme would be subject to the agreement of HM Treasury.

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
27th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 24 May 2023 to Question 186217 on A316: Speed Limits, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of including the A316 in the strategic road network to be managed by National Highways.

The Government will shortly make decisions about the Strategic Road Network (SRN) in the third Road Investment Strategy (RIS3), which covers the period 2025 to 2030.

National Highways has recently published its Shaping the future of England's strategic roads which summarises evidence and proposals provided to the Department for Transport about the current performance of the SRN, future priorities for the next road period and beyond, as well as the analytical strategy National Highways has adopted.

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
27th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a pilot scheme for an 80mph motorway on the (a) M3, (b) M4 and (c) M6 toll road.

We have no plans to do so at present but keep this issue under close review.

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
13th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has made an assessment of the effectiveness of schemes to use traffic signals at peak times only on (a) junctions and (b) roundabouts.

Decisions on whether to implement part-time traffic lights are for local authorities to make. As such the Department has made no such assessment. As mentioned in my response to UIN 188610 I would be happy to discuss specific examples with the Rt Hon. Member and my officials.

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
8th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has made an assessment with Cabinet colleagues of the potential impact on economic growth of switching from fixed time to part time signals at roundabouts.

The Department has made no current assessment. Decisions on whether to signalise roundabouts, including whether they operate on a part-time basis, are for traffic authorities at individual locations. I would be happy to discuss specific examples with the Rt Hon. Member.

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
6th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made on the impact of cars stopping and starting at traffic signals on the level of (a) fuel consumption of and (b) emissions produced by vehicles in the UK.

The department has not conducted any recent assessment of the impact on (a) fuel consumption and (b) emissions, from vehicles stopping and starting at traffic signals.

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
2nd Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve the (a) strategic and (b) major road network in (i) Hampshire and (ii) surrounding counties on roads that continue out of Hampshire.

On the Major Road Network, the Department is providing £13.4m to improvements to the A35 Redbridge Causeway, due to complete construction by the end of 2023. Our pipeline of schemes in the Major Road Network programme also includes the A326 Waterside improvements in Hampshire and improvements to the A31 Farnham Corridor (Surrey), both subject to business case approval.

On the Strategic Road Network, we have recently invested £282m on the M27 junctions 4 to 11 scheme which opened to traffic in June 2022. We are also committed to two other schemes in Hampshire; the M3 Junction 9 and M27 Junction 8, which are due to start construction before the end of 2024/25. Finally, as part of our considerations for future road periods beyond 2030, National Highways are considering the case for improving junction 3 of the M27, improving connections onto the A270 into Southampton

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
2nd Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has taken recent steps to connect junction one of the M49 to the road network.

National Highways has committed funding towards construction of the link road from M49 Avonmouth Junction to Severnside Industrial Estate and Enterprise Area. The works will be delivered by South Gloucestershire Council.

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
2nd Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a comparative assessment of the level of safety on motorways in (a) the UK, (b) France, (c) Spain and (d) Austria; and if he will make an assessment of the potential impact of motorway speed limits on safety in those countries.

Across all road classifications, the UK has some of the safest roads in the world. According to the latest (2021) international safety data consolidated and published by DfT, Great Britain and Northern Ireland have lower rates of road fatalities per million people than most European countries, including Germany, Spain and France. We do not have comparative figures specifically for Motorways.

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
25th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons the M4 speed limit is 60mph between Junctions 3 and 4 on the westbound carriageway.

This section of the M4 has dangerous air quality, above the legal limit for nitrogen dioxide of 40µg/m³. The speed restriction is in place to help address that. It is expected to improve in time, which will, in due course, allow the restriction to be removed.

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
25th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will undertake further works to the M3 and M4 smart motorways to provide additional services and facilities for drivers such as lay-bys.

The Government recognises the important role that Motorway Service Areas (MSAs) play in providing a safe place for motorists to stop and rest. Government policy on the location of MSAs is detailed in Department for Transport Circular 01/2022 ‘Strategic Road Network and the delivery of sustainable development’.

The Government has also committed £390m to a programme to deliver 150 additional Emergency Areas on All Lane Running (ALR) smart motorways over the duration of the second Road Investment Strategy (2020-25).

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
23rd May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons the M4 speed limit is 40mph near Junction 1 in both directions.

The 2002 Statutory Instrument set speed limits for sections of the M4 between J1 and 3 (various sections at 40mph, 50mph and 60mph). There is a recent SI that set the speed limit between J3 – J4 and this was to manage the air quality for this section so that it was compliant. The M4 between J3 -12 is a smart motorway and therefore the area between this stretch without a fixed speed limit is subject to a Variable Mandatory Speed Limit (VMSL).

23rd May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reason the speed limit on the M4 eastbound along the route of the now defunct M4 bus lane has been reduced to 60 miles per hour.

The 2002 Statutory Instrument set speed limits for sections of the M4 between J1 and 3 (various sections at 40mph, 50mph and 60mph). There is a recent SI that set the speed limit between J3 – J4 and this was to manage the air quality for this section so that it was compliant. The M4 between J3 -12 is a smart motorway and therefore the area between this stretch without a fixed speed limit is subject to a Variable Mandatory Speed Limit (VMSL).

22nd May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reason the A316 from Junction 1 of the M3 to the Whitton Road roundabout has speed limits of 40mph and 50mph.

The M3 junction 1 is at the edge of the Greater London Authority boundary. The responsibility for managing London's road network is shared between Transport for London (TfL) and the London boroughs.

Local authorities have the power to set speed limits on their roads. They have the local knowledge making them the best placed to do so.

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
22nd May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve the A30 as a secondary route for the M3.

It would be for Hampshire County Council as the Local Highway Authority to bring forward a proposal at the next funding opportunity and to argue its case in whatever selection process is agreed upon.

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
19th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of 20mph speed limits introduced by local authorities.

The Department has not undertaken any recent assessments on 20mph roads. We published a comprehensive three-year evaluation of the effect of 20mph signed-only limits on 22 November 2018; this may be found here.

The headline findings were:

  • There is insufficient evidence to conclude that that there has been a significant change in collisions and casualties following the introduction of 20mph limits in residential areas.
  • In one city centre case study there has been a significant reduction in collisions and casualties.
  • 20mph limits are supported by the majority of residents and drivers

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
19th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has had recent discussions with the Mayor of London on the increased use of 20mph speed limits on roads in London.

The Department has not had any recent discussions with the Mayor of London on the use of 20mph speed limits on the roads of London.

Local authorities have the power to set speed limits on their roads. In London, it is the London Boroughs who are the highway authority, except for all red routes for which Transport for London is the highway authority.

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
17th May 2023
M3
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons the M3 westbound speed limit is 50mph at Junction 2; and for what reason the carriageway is reduced to one lane at that junction.

There is only a single lane coastbound through M3 Junction 2. The speed limit is permanently reduced to 50mph to allow slow moving vehicles, such as heavy goods vehicles and vehicles towing trailers, to safely move into and out of lane 3 either side of the junction.

The traffic flows at this junction are unusual with a very low traffic flow through the junction on the M3 but with very high traffic flows joining the coastbound M3 from the M25. The layout of the junction allows these uneven traffic flows to be accommodated with the minimum of delays for road users of both motorways.

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
17th May 2023
M3
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve access to London from the M3 at Junction 1 (a) along the A316 and (b) by other routes.

The M3 junction 1 is at the edge of the Greater London Authority boundary. The A316 and other routes from the motorway into London are part of London’s road network, the responsibility for managing London's road network is shared between Transport for London (TfL) and the London boroughs.

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
15th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has made an assessment of the potential impact of increasing the national speed limit on motorways from 70mph to 80mph on economic growth.

The Department has not undertaken any recent assessment on increasing the national speed limit from 70mph to 80mph.

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
15th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to paragraph 4.13 and Figure 4.2 in the Transport Strategy for the South East, whether his Department has taken steps to establish a link road between the M43 ad M4 at (a) the route of the proposed M31 and (b) another route.

Traffic between the M4 and M3 to the west of the M25 is served by the A322 and A329(M). Work is underway to develop proposals for future road periods. I would encourage my honourable friend to engage with National Highways as it continues to refine its route strategies, which provide the evidence base for future investment proposals and I would be happy to arrange a meeting between the Honourable Member and National Highways.

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
19th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will (a) investigate the causes of the landslide near Hook on the South Western mainline as a matter of urgency and (b) ensure works are undertaken to prevent similar events from occurring in future nearby.

Network Rail will be undertaking a thorough review of the circumstances surrounding the landslip at Hook. My officials have asked for the output of that review and a clear plan to implement any recommendations to ensure that these extremely disruptive weather-related incidents are kept to an absolute minimum.

Huw Merriman
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
19th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he is taking steps to introduce enhanced technology-based track inspections to detect rail embankment subsidence before landslides occur.

Network Rail, as the infrastructure manager of Britain’s railways, continue to review and update the monitoring techniques they use to detect precursors for earthwork failures on railway embankments they manage. These enhancements are informed by geotechnical experts and include increasing the use of remote sensing, photogrammetry, CCTV, distributed acoustic sensing and inclinometers. These are among other tools to enable Network Rail engineers to target measures to reinforce slopes, add protection and improve resilience in the long term.

Huw Merriman
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
19th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what requirement there is on railway companies to provide alternative transport in the event of infrastructure failure; and if he will require South Western Railway to provide a timetable of rail replacement buses for passengers seeking to get to school, college and work until the landslide near Hook on the South Western mainline is fully repaired.

In the event of an emergency event of infrastructure failure, such as the landslide near Hook, the Department expects train operators to provide rail replacement services as soon as practically possible. The Department’s understanding is that there are significant issues in sourcing bus replacement services at short notice which is an issue across the industry.

Huw Merriman
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
18th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the lost capacity in the road network from dual carriageways with two lanes that have been narrowed to a single lane by road markings or by any other means (a) since 1997 and (b) in any other period for which he holds data.

In England traffic authorities have powers under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, to regulate, restrict or prohibit the use of the highway for a wide range of safety and environmental reasons.

It is for individual local authorities to decide on the nature and scope of their traffic management schemes, and to balance the needs of residents, emergency services, local businesses, and those who work in and visit those areas.

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
13th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment his Department has made of the impact of the freight bottleneck at (a) Bramley in Hampshire and (b) along the Basingstoke to Reading branch line.

A major upgrade to transport more freight by rail to and from Southampton Port unlocking more capacity at the country’s second busiest container port was completed last year. Network Rail are considering the challenges for freight on the corridor with infrastructure assessments taking place at Basingstoke which is a follow up piece of work to the joint Network Rail/National Highways Solent to Midlands study. The output of this work could inform a decision to initiate further schemes into the Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline (RNEP).

Huw Merriman
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
2nd Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has made an assessment on the variation in railway passenger numbers on different weekdays; and if he will make it his Department's policy to mandate train companies to introduce a different timetable with more capacity on the days with more passengers.

Industry is already running more trains on working days, when more passengers are likely to travel to and from work, and on Saturdays, when many passengers use the railway for leisure. The train operating companies will use the December 2022 timetable change to make significant changes to the national timetable to improve the service passengers receive, and continue to tailor their offer to demand. These changes are intended to improve performance for passengers and provide services that respond to current passenger demand and suit the needs of local communities.

Huw Merriman
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
2nd Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to make sure that the noise impacts of airports are appropriately assessed and action taken.

The Government sets noise-related restrictions at the noise-designated airports (Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted) and ensures these airports assess their noise impacts on an annual basis. For these designated airports, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) produces noise exposure contours. These inform Government of areas significantly affected by aircraft movements, and therefore those communities most likely to suffer aircraft noise-related health outcomes, which should be prioritised by policy interventions.

At other airports, restrictions are set locally, usually through the planning system. It is the responsibility of the local planning authority to conduct any necessary noise assessment and to enforce any restrictions.

Major airports with more than 50,000 movements per year are also obliged under the Environmental Noise Regulations 2006, as amended, to produce noise maps and Noise Action Plans. Current Noise Action Plans cover the period 2019-2023, while the next round of planning will cover the period 2024-2028.

29th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many driving licence applications (a) have been and (b) are yet to be processed by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency from people in North East Hampshire constituency in the last 12 months.

Information on the number of driving licence applications processed or awaiting processing is not held by Parliamentary constituency or region.

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
29th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his Department's policy not to outlaw the production or purchase of vehicles without speed limiters.

There are no plans to mandate speed limiters for cars, although they continue to be required for heavy goods vehicles and larger passenger carrying vehicles.

Richard Holden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
23rd Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will issue guidance to train companies stating that they should always seek to run trains as long-form not short-form, including when operating strike day timetables.

The Department’s contracts with train operators include obligations upon operators to plan services that provide sufficient capacity to meet the expected level of passenger demand and within the constraints of the infrastructure and the available resources. Operators are also required to act with reasonable endeavours to mitigate the impact of any disruption to their planned services, including during strike action.

Huw Merriman
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
6th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of job offers to Universal Credit claimants are refused; and what proportion of these refusals his Department accepts without sanctioning the claimant.

The information is not readily available and to provide it would incur a disproportionate cost. All conditionality requirements, which include accepting job offers, are tailored to a claimant’s circumstances so they are reasonable and achievable, and agreed between the claimant and their Work Coach.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
15th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to help local authorities tackle substance misuse.

As part of the Government’s 10-year drug strategy, local authorities are receiving £532 million of additional investment through to 2024/25 to improve drug and alcohol treatment and recovery services. This funding is in addition to the Public Health Grant.

The Department is actively supporting local authorities to develop and implement their local plans for drug and alcohol treatment and are monitoring outcomes through the national outcomes framework. This support includes the Commissioning Quality Standard, published in August 2022, which provides guidance for commissioning effective alcohol and drug treatment and recovery services. The Department also published guidance on Recovery support services and lived experience initiatives to support regions to develop and improve recovery-orientated systems of care, to help people to achieve and sustain recovery. The guidance is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/recovery-support-services-and-lived-experience-initiatives

Andrea Leadsom
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
8th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if she will make an assessment of the potential impact of high-profile use of snus on young people's health.

Snus is banned in the United Kingdom and we have no plans to introduce additional tobacco products to the UK market. Alternative tobacco-free products exist, such as nicotine pouches, which are sometimes referred to as snus. Research suggests that, although nicotine pouch use is low among adults, with 0.26% or 1 in 400 users in Great Britain, it is increasingly popular with younger male audiences. We will continue to monitor the evidence on these products.

In our recent consultation, Creating a smokefree generation and tackling youth vaping, the Government explored whether further regulatory measures are needed for other nicotine consumer products such as nicotine pouches. The consultation closed on 6 December 2023 and we will publish a consultation response shortly.

Andrea Leadsom
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
13th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether it is her Department's policy to restrict the future availability of Snus and vapes.

The sale of oral tobacco, such as Snus, is banned in the United Kingdom under the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016.

Vapes are less harmful than smoking because they do not contain tobacco, and therefore can be an effective tool in supporting smoking cessation. Vaping is already estimated to contribute to an extra 50,000 to 70,000 smoking quits per year in England. Ensuring that vapes continue to be available to current adult smokers is vital to reducing smoking rates.

However, the number of children using vapes has tripled in the past 3 years. To tackle this, the Tobacco and Vapes Bill will introduce measures to restrict the appeal and availability of vapes to children.

To support this, we recently consulted on a set of proposals to reduce youth vaping, ensuring we get the balance right between protecting our children and supporting adult smokers to quit. We will respond to the consultation in the coming weeks.

Andrea Leadsom
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether NICE assessments of rare tumour type treatments consider both the failure rate of radiotherapy and the success rate of new treatments.

In its evaluations of new health technologies, including for rare diseases, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) takes into account all health-related costs and benefits, including evidence of comparative outcomes against existing treatment options such as radiotherapy. Full details of the process and methods used by NICE in undertaking evaluations are set out in NICE health technology evaluations: the manual, published on the NICE website and available at the following link:

https://www.nice.org.uk/process/pmg36/chapter/introduction-to-health-technology-evaluation

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department has taken to implement the (a) significant actions under problem statement 6 and (b) other recommendations of the Lord O'Shaughnessy review of commercial clinical trials.

The Government will soon publish a full response to the Lord O’Shaughnessy independent review into commercial clinical trials.

The response will include an update on progress and implementation of the initial five headline commitments and foundational actions that the Government made in May 2023 as well as all other recommendations in the review.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
14th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment she made of the impact of lead pollution on (a) children's and (b) other people's health.

Exposure to lead can result in a range of adverse health effects, including effects on the cardiovascular, immune, reproductive and neurological systems. Unborn and young children are particularly at risk as lead exposure can adversely affect development of the nervous system.

Several measures have been implemented in the United Kingdom to reduce exposure to lead, including the phasing out of lead in paint, petrol, food cans and water pipes. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) runs the Lead Exposure in Children Surveillance System (LEICSS), for reporting cases of elevated lead exposure in England. The aim of LEICSS is to facilitate public health action in individual cases, to reduce the effects of lead exposure.

Information on the health effects of lead is available at the following link:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/lead-properties-incident-management-and-toxicology.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
13th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she plans to take to allocate remaining funding from the People at the Heart of Care funding for adult social care reform.

In July 2023, the Department allocated this remaining funding to the Market Sustainability Improvement Fund, with £570 million allocated over the next two years. This fund is designed to maximise the impact of our system reform by further improving workforce recruitment and retention.

All other reform funding has been allocated.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
18th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he plans to take to allocate remaining funding from the People at the Heart of Care funding for adult social care reform.

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

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
5th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to reduce waitlists for NHS cardiovascular care services.

The ‘Delivery Plan for Tackling the COVID-19 Backlog of Elective Care’ outlines how the National Health Service will bring down waiting times across all elective services. The plan does not detail approaches for each specialty but commits to eradicate all waits of longer than a year for elective care by March 2025, except for in the case of patient choice.

To support this plan and tackle waiting lists, including those for heart procedures, the Government has committed more than £8 billion from 2022/23 to 2024/25 to drive up and protect elective activity.

The Department has also been supporting local areas to recover delivery of the NHS Health Check, which aims to prevent heart attacks and strokes, and detect disease earlier. It assesses the top risk factors for cardiovascular diseases and helps people to reduce their risk by supporting them to make healthier choices and access clinical care. The latest data shows that by April 2023 delivery activity had returned to pre-pandemic levels. The Department is also taking forward a programme of work to increase access to the programme, investing nearly £17 million in the development of an innovative digital NHS Health Check.

5th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to reduce waiting times for heart procedures.

The ‘Delivery Plan for Tackling the COVID-19 Backlog of Elective Care’ outlines how the National Health Service will bring down waiting times across all elective services. The plan does not detail approaches for each specialty but commits to eradicate all waits of longer than a year for elective care by March 2025, except for in the case of patient choice.

To support this plan and tackle waiting lists, including those for heart procedures, the Government has committed more than £8 billion from 2022/23 to 2024/25 to drive up and protect elective activity.

The Department has also been supporting local areas to recover delivery of the NHS Health Check, which aims to prevent heart attacks and strokes, and detect disease earlier. It assesses the top risk factors for cardiovascular diseases and helps people to reduce their risk by supporting them to make healthier choices and access clinical care. The latest data shows that by April 2023 delivery activity had returned to pre-pandemic levels. The Department is also taking forward a programme of work to increase access to the programme, investing nearly £17 million in the development of an innovative digital NHS Health Check.

3rd Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the potential implications for his Department's policies of the World Health Organization declaring Aspartame as a potential carcinogenic in the context of the Soft Drinks Industry Levy.

No assessment has been made in relation to the use of aspartame in drinks in scope of the Soft Drinks Industry Levy. The safety of sweeteners, including aspartame, is the responsibility of the Food Standards Agency (FSA). The FSA considers that the safety of aspartame has been evaluated by various Scientific Committees and it is considered safe at current permitted levels of use.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) report on the evaluation of the potential carcinogenic effects of aspartame has not yet been published. Once IARC’s report is published, the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) will undertake their risk assessment on the use of aspartame as an additive. Following JECFA’s assessment, the FSA will review the evidence and decide whether any further actions are needed.

19th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department will take steps to improve the testing and diagnosis of hearing impairment conditions in NHS hospitals.

The Government is taking a number of steps to improve the testing and diagnosis of hearing impairment conditions in National Health Service hospitals. NHS England is working to improve diagnostic services, including audiology, through its National Diagnostic Transformation Programme. Under the programme, a national data collection for audiology services is being coordinated from June 2023. The data collected will capture activity related to waiting times, equipment, workforce, facilities, and digital. The results from this will inform service improvement and future workforce planning at local, regional, and national level.

There is currently a small number of audiology services across England that are commissioned to accept self-referrals. NHS England is aiming to expand direct access and self-referral where general practitioner involvement is not clinically necessary, including for hearing aid services, through the Delivery Plan for Recovering Access to Primary Care and the 2023/24 Priorities and Operating Planning guidance.

During 2023/34 NHS England will also be reinforcing the improvement guide ‘Approaches to Addressing Audiology Waiting Times’, which was developed for local integrated care systems in December 2022, through shared learning webinars.

22nd May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessments he has made of the adequacy of branding and packaging regulations for e-cigarettes manufacturers in ensuring those goods do not appeal to children and teenagers under the age of 18.

We have regulations in place to discourage underage vaping. The law protects children through restricting sales of vapes to over 18 year olds only, limiting nicotine content, refill bottle and tank sizes, labelling requirements and through advertising restrictions.

The Department continues to work with the Advertising Standards Authority to enforce the current set of regulations and to work with platforms to improve their community guidelines.

However, given the changing circumstances surrounding vapes, the Government has launched a call for evidence on youth vaping to identify opportunities to reduce the number of children accessing and using vape products. This explores issues such as the appearance and packaging of vapes, their marketing, branding and promotion, and the role of social media.

The call for evidence will close on Tuesday 6 June. Following this, the Government will consider a range of options based on the evidence provided, including potential changes to vaping policy and regulations.

22nd May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to tackle online content targeted at young people that promotes vaping.

We have regulations in place to discourage underage vaping. The law protects children through restricting sales of vapes to over 18 year olds only, limiting nicotine content, refill bottle and tank sizes, labelling requirements and through advertising restrictions.

The Department continues to work with the Advertising Standards Authority to enforce the current set of regulations and to work with platforms to improve their community guidelines.

However, given the changing circumstances surrounding vapes, the Government has launched a call for evidence on youth vaping to identify opportunities to reduce the number of children accessing and using vape products. This explores issues such as the appearance and packaging of vapes, their marketing, branding and promotion, and the role of social media.

The call for evidence will close on Tuesday 6 June. Following this, the Government will consider a range of options based on the evidence provided, including potential changes to vaping policy and regulations.

22nd May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to improve the enforcement on regulations standards for vape pens.

In April 2023, the Government announced £3 million of funding for a new national illicit vaping enforcement unit to tackle illicit and underage vape sales across the country. This will improve the enforcement of our regulations related to a range of products including vape pens.

We also launched a call for evidence on youth vaping which issues related to regulatory compliance. Once this closes on 6 June 2023, the Government will assess a range of options based on the evidence provided, including potential future changes to vaping policy and regulation.

16th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 1 November 2019 to Question 4411 on Electronic Cigarettes: Pneumonia, what recent assessment his Department has made of trends in the prevalence of lipoid pneumonia since the introduction of vaping.

It is not possible to assess the trends in the prevalence of lipoid pneumonia since the introduction of vaping. This is because there is insufficient data to identify this trend.

The evidence of respiratory risk from vaping is the subject of a Systematic Review in Chapter 10 of the report Nicotine Vaping in England 2022.

16th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an estimate of the number of children who use e-cigarettes.

Data from NHS Digital showed that 9% of 11- to 15-year-olds identified themselves as current users of vapes in 2021. The Government is clear that vaping should only be used to help adults quit smoking. Vapes should not be used by people under the age of 18 years old or non-smokers.

6th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what clinical disciplines will be included in the multi-disciplinary teams that replace the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust Gender Identity Development Service.

In October 2022, NHS England published a proposed interim service specification for the new services for the purpose of public consultation. The proposed service specification describes that the service should include consultant level paediatricians, endocrinologists, psychologists and specialists in autism, attention deficit with hyperactivity disorder and other neuro-developmental conditions. NHS England will agree a final version of the service specification once it has considered the outcome of the public consultation.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
6th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many new patients have been referred to the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust Gender Identity Development Service since its closure was announced.

NHS England is responsible for commissioning gender identity development services for children and young people. Between 10 October and 3 March 2023, 1,080 referrals were made to the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust Gender Identity Development Service. Data for the period 28 July to 9 October 2022 are not currently available.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
2nd Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to publish the interim service specification for specialist gender dysphoria services for children and young people.

NHS England is currently reviewing and analysing the consultation responses. A report summarising all the feedback received will be published as soon as possible, alongside the final interim service specification.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
2nd Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance his Department has issued to NHS trusts on the provision of the same-sex staffing for patients receiving intimate care.

The Department is considering whether clearer guidance is needed on the provision of same-sex staffing for patients receiving intimate care. Guidance by the Care Quality Commission states that “When providing intimate or personal care, provider must make every reasonable effort to make sure that they respect people's preferences about who delivers their care and treatment, such as requesting staff of a specified gender/sex.” The guidance can be found at the following link:

https://www.cqc.org.uk/guidance-providers/regulations-enforcement/regulation-10-dignity-respect

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
1st Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to take steps to help ensure that NHS documentation and correspondence relating to maternity services refers to women and mothers.

As set out in the Women’s Health Strategy, published August 2022, the Government is committed to ensuring that women are properly represented in communications and guidance, including through the appropriate use of sex-specific language to communicate matters that relate to women’s and men’s individual health issues.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
1st Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department issues guidance to NHS trusts on the accommodation of transgender patients in hospitals.

NHS England publishes guidance to all National Health Service trusts on how they should deliver same sex accommodation in order to eliminate mixed sex accommodation breaches in NHS hospitals. This includes information regarding how trusts should accommodate transgender patients. NHS England’s guidance is currently being updated and a revised version will be published in due course.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
27th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the results of the public consultation on interim service specification for specialist gender dysphoria services for children and young people will be published.

NHS England is currently reviewing and analysing responses and a report summarising all the feedback received will be published on their website in early 2023, alongside the final interim service specification.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
13th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the study entitled Evaluation of water fluoridation scheme in Cumbria: the CATFISH prospective longitudinal cohort study published in Public Health Research in November 2022, if his Department will commission a long-tern study into the impact of water fluoridation on levels in children of (a) fluorosis, (b) obesity and (c) autism.

The Department funds research on health and social care through the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR). The NIHR welcomes funding applications for research into any aspect of human health including the impact of water fluoridation in adults and children. The usual practice of the NIHR is not to ring-fence funds for expenditure on particular topics. We monitor the effects of the water fluoridation arrangements on the health of the populations served by schemes and publish a report every four years. The latest report, published in 2022, supports earlier findings and wider evidence that water fluoridation, at levels recommended in the United Kingdom, is a safe and effective public health measure to reduce dental decay and inequalities in dental health.

2nd Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the impact on cancer patients of the Thames Valley of Rutherford Health Group going into liquidation; and if he will take steps to reopen the Rutherford Cancer Centres.

There are no current plans to reopen Rutherford Cancer Centres. There are no issues with Proton Beam Therapy access within the National Health Service in England and this was the main service offered by Rutherford Health Group.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
29th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the total cost of NHS appointment letters being written, posted and sent out in England is each year.

The information requested is not held centrally.

28th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the study entitled Maternal mortality in eight European countries with enhanced surveillance systems published in the British Medical Journal on 16 November 2022, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of NHS guidance on doctors recording links to maternity on death certificates; and what steps his Department will take to improve postnatal care to prevent (a) hearth disease, (b) suicides and (c) blood clots.

The planned digitised Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD) will be completed by the medical practitioner and include the recording of maternal deaths. This will allow for information related to pregnancy recorded at the time of death, in line with international standards. Once the digitised product is deployed, guidance will be available on completing the MCCD. The intention is to introduce the revised and digitised MCCD with the introduction of medical examiners from April 2023. NHS England has commissioned 14 maternal medicine networks in England to ensure access to specialist management and care for women with chronic and acute medical problems in pregnancy.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
23rd Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions his Department has had with Integrated Care Boards on the ability of patients to access (a) GP appointments and (b) follow up care in North East Hampshire; and what steps his Department is taking to make this process quicker.

There have been no recent discussions. The Department supports NHS England to ensure that the efficiency of elective pathways in each National Health Service trust is regularly assessed. Where necessary, NHS England will engage with the relevant integrated care board or trust.

We are investing at least £1.5 billion to create an additional 50 million general practice appointments by 2024 by increasing and diversifying the workforce. We have allocated more than £8 billion from 2022/23 to 2024/25, in addition to the £2 billion Elective Recovery Fund and £700 million Targeted Investment Fund already made available in 2021/2022 to increase elective activity.

18th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the shortage of face masks on dental practices.

We are aware of the interruption to the supply chain of personal protective equipment, in particular face masks for the safe delivery of dental care.

We have been working with the four main dental wholesalers. Face masks have been released from the pandemic flu stock to relieve some of the current pressure and stock is available.

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
18th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will issue guidance to workers that require face masks as part of their usual personal protective equipment on what steps to take in the event that suppliers of those masks are unable to restock.

Guidance has been issued and is available at the following link:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/872745/Infection_prevention_and_control_guidance_for_pandemic_coronavirus.pdf

We have central stockpiles of personal protective equipment (PPE) and are also accessing the European Union Exit and pandemic influenza stockpiles which have been released for use. The Department is working with National Health Service and others in the supply chain to ensure these are delivered to the frontline as soon as possible.

Staff experiencing shortages have been asked to contact a supply disruption helpline centre by email or on a helpline.

The Department is working with wholesalers to ensure a longer-term supply of all aspects of personal protective equipment, including gloves, aprons, facemasks and hand sanitiser.

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
13th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department will take steps to run a public information campaign to tackle the consumption of so-called ethically sourced cocaine.

All illicit drugs are harmful, and there is no safe way to take them. The Government does not condone the illicit supply of drugs. Public Health England coordinate public information campaigns on drug consumption.

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
13th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will issue guidance to NHS Trusts to increase the provision for fathers staying with the mother and baby in hospital.

It is important that fathers have time to bond with their baby and support their partner. ‘Health Building Note 09-02: Maternity care facilities’ sets out best practice guidance on the design and planning of healthcare facilities so that partners and other supporters feel welcome in maternity services. This includes the provision of overnight accommodation for partners within birthing spaces and postnatal rooms or close to the unit. Maternity services need to understand their local populations and develop local policies that enable fathers to support their partners as much as they want to whilst respecting the privacy of other women.

Parents of babies who may require neonatal critical care should also be supported to stay with their baby. The NHS Long Term Plan sets out how we will redesign and expand neonatal critical care services to improve the safety and effectiveness of services and experience of families.

11th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of whether vaping shops are fulfilling their legal requirements to verify age and not sell to children.

E-cigarettes in the United Kingdom are tightly regulated by the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 (TRPR) and the Nicotine Inhaling Products (Age of Sale and Proxy Purchasing) Regulations 2015 (NIP). These regulations include preventing sale to under 18s, restrictions on mainstream TV and radio advertising, and limit both tank sizes and nicotine content.

Local trading standards have powers for enforcement of both regulations. The Government has also funded the Chartered Trading Standards Institute to undertake a review of compliance of nicotine vaping products. The latest report, ‘The Tobacco Control Survey for England 2018/19: A Report of Trading Standards Service Activity’ reports that 34 councils were able to report the number of visits with volunteer young people where sales had occurred. 90 test purchase attempts resulted in an underage sale being made. This results in a 40% test-purchase-to-sale rate.

We are monitoring youth use closely and will take action, if necessary, to ensure that regular use among children and young people does not increase, and that e-cigarettes do not become a gateway to tobacco use. We continue to keep the evidence base on e-cigarettes under review and the next Public Health England annual review is due to be published next month.

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
11th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department (a) is aware of all substances used in vaping liquids and (b) has assessed the safety of all such substances.

Electronic cigarettes and nicotine-containing refill containers (e-liquids) are regulated under the Tobacco and Related Product Regulations 2016. A notification must be submitted to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) for each product prior to launch. This must include a list of ingredients and information on their toxicology and emissions.

The regulations prohibit ingredients that cause harm to human health, including respiratory sensitisers and substances known to cause cancer, cause mutation in cells or are toxic to reproduction. The notifier bears full responsibility for the quality and safety of their product and the MHRA checks all notifications to ensure the absence of prohibited substances.

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
5th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 21 October 2019 to Question 757 on Non-surgical Cosmetic Procedures: Children; if he will make it his Department's policy to mandate the collection of data on (a) the total number of operations and (b) the number of complaints or mistakes in relation to people under 18 years old having (i) cosmetic fillers and (ii) Botox injections.

NHS X and NHS England are responsible for data collection for NHS services and the Department has no mandate to require data relating to cosmetic interventions is recorded.

The Department is exploring the regulation of the cosmetic interventions industry. We are working with stakeholders to explore the options for collecting data around the incidence and impact of consumers seeking treatment through NHS services.

22nd Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 21 October 2019 to Question 757 on cosmetic fillers and Botox injections for children, what progress he is making on (a) the review of industry standards of practice; (b) ensuring that effective registration and regulation of companies performing cosmetic interventions and (c) assessing the health risks and psychological impact of access arrangements to injectable cosmetic procedures by children.

The Government remains committed to improving the safety of cosmetic procedures through better training for practitioners, and clear information so that people can make informed decisions about their care.

The Department continues to consult with stakeholders on industry standards of practise and the health risks posed by current access arrangements to non-surgical cosmetic procedures. On the basis of the evidence gathered to date, the Government supports the principle of increased protections for children and young people for some injectable cosmetic procedures. The Department is exploring the legal implications and potential impacts of an age restriction that would bring these procedures in line with other body modifications such as tattoos and sunbed use.

20th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many pharmacists in North East Hampshire are registered with the Community Pharmacist Consultation Service; how many patients in North East Hampshire have been referred to a local pharmacist since that scheme began; and what steps he is taking to widen participation in that scheme in North East Hampshire.

In North East Hampshire, 31 out of 34 community pharmacies have committed to provide the service. As at 20 January 2020, 159 referrals for minor illness and 199 for urgent supply of medicines have been made.

We have incentivised sign-up by community pharmacies by providing an upfront payment to help them prepare for delivering this new service. Over 10,600 pharmacies are now providing this service and in the first 10 weeks over 100,000 referrals were made to community pharmacy for same-day advice. We are also currently running a mass media campaign to encourage the public to use their ‘Pharmacy First’ for advice and support on minor illness.

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
14th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to ban the prescription of hormone blocking medication to minors.

The matter is subject to an ongoing legal process and therefore the Department is unable to comment pending judicial ruling.

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
14th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will (a) update the national guidance issued to Clinical Commissioning Groups on fertility treatments to restrict that treatment to people who are in a stable relationship and (b) bring forward legislative proposals to ensure CCGs adhere to that guidance.

There are no plans to restrict treatment to people who are in a stable relationship. The Government expects all clinical commissioning groups to commission fertility treatment services in line with their Public Sector Equality Duty.

8th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the findings of the study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine on 6 January 2020, what recent assessment he has made of the increased risk of stroke associated with vaping.

The study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine on 6 January 2020 found that people who had used e-cigarettes only were at significantly lower risk of stroke than those who smoke. There was no significant difference in risk between non-smokers who use e-cigarettes and non-smokers who do not. The study can be found at the following link:

https://www.ajpmonline.org/article/S0749-3797(19)30468-4/fulltext

Public Health England’s advice remains that smokers should stop smoking completely and that e-cigarettes can be helpful, particularly for the most heavily addicted smokers. This can be viewed at the following links:

https://www.nhs.uk/smokefree/help-and-advice/e-cigarettes

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/for-your-body/quit-smoking/using-e-cigarettes-vapes-to-quit-smoking/

PHE keeps the peer reviewed research on e-cigarettes under continuous review.

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
20th Dec 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number of patients treated by hospital A&E departments as a result of vaping fluids laced with either cannabis or Spice in the last 12 months; and what the estimated cost to the public purse was of that treatment.

We do not collect data at the level of detail needed to identify patients treated by hospital accident and emergency departments, as a result of vaping liquids laced with either cannabis or spice.

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
27th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much funding has been provided by his Department to non-governmental organisations registered in Sri Lanka (a) directly and (b) indirectly since 2018.

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office publishes project spend on DevTracker and details can be found on GOV.UK. Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) programme data is published annually, with data for Sri Lanka available on GOV.UK from 2018 - 2022. Information on CSSF spend for 2022-23 will be published in due course on GOV.UK. Under the FCDO's International Programme between FY 18/19 to FY 22/23, we have contributed £519,492.40 with Sri Lankan registered NGOs receiving £489,492 directly and £30,000 indirectly.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
18th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, on what legal basis he began negotiations with Mauritius on the British Indian Ocean Territory.

Negotiations have begun between the UK and Mauritius on the exercise of sovereignty over the British Indian Ocean Territory /Chagos Archipelago. Through negotiations, taking into account relevant legal proceedings, it is our intention to secure an agreement on the basis of international law to resolve all outstanding issues in relation the British Indian Ocean Territory/Chagos Archipelago.

David Rutley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
16th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps his Department has taken to promote bilateral relations with the Commonwealth.

The UK marked Commonwealth Day on 9 March. In his statement, the Prime Minister outlined the enduring bond between the Commonwealth network of 54 countries, who are united in its promotion of peace, democracy and human rights. At Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 (CHOGM18) in London, the UK announced £500m of projects and programmes to support delivery of the Commonwealth leaders commitments under the headings of security, prosperity, democracy and sustainability. After hosting CHOGM18, the UK took up the role of Commonwealth Chair-in-Office, a position held by the Commonwealth country which has hosted the most recent CHOGM.

The UK has been an active Chair-in-Office, committed to strengthening and renewing the Commonwealth, through its three pillars - the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Member States and Commonwealth organisations and networks. We have driven delivery of Commonwealth leaders commitments, supported the Commonwealth to have a stronger voice as an advocate for multilateral cooperation in the rules-based international system and increased solidarity between members. The UK has also championed reform of the Commonwealth Secretariat.

Initiatives have been undertaken in a diverse range of policy areas, from climate change and marine protection, to cyber security, mediation of conflict and promotion of intra-Commonwealth trade. 31 Commonwealth countries are together now tackling marine plastic pollution, whilst over 3,000 women entrepreneurs across the Commonwealth have been supported to internationalise their businesses, and barriers to trade have been reduced.

31st Jan 2024
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to recover tax avoided through disguised remuneration tax avoidance schemes from people who (a) recommended, (b) promoted and (c) operated those schemes.

HMRC has taken action to tackle the promoters of avoidance schemes, implementing a wide range of actions to disrupt their activities and supply chains, including publishing the details of promoters.

However, liability for the tax is always that of the individual and there is no legal mechanism to transfer disguised remuneration liabilities from the scheme users to the promoters.

As of 31 December, HMRC has published the details of 59 promoters, 23 directors and details of 64 tax avoidance schemes.

HMRC has also issued over 20 stop notices to promoters and published details of 16 of these arrangements. Publishing this information supports taxpayers in identifying tax avoidance schemes so they can steer clear of or exit them.

The current Finance Bill is introducing tougher consequences for promoters of tax avoidance. This includes a new criminal offence to strengthen the deterrent to promoting tax avoidance, making it clear promoters must stop promoting these schemes, and a power enabling HMRC to act more quickly to disqualify directors of companies involved in tax avoidance.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
31st Jan 2024
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will have discussions with HMRC on ending actions on the loan charge.

The Loan Charge was introduced to ensure that people who had not had tax deducted from their incomes paid their fair share.

The Government has already had an independent review. In 2019 Lord Morse led an independent review of the Loan Charge and its implementation. Lord Morse had full discretion over how the review was run, whom he consulted, and the recommendations made. The Government accepted 19 of his 20 recommendations, which benefited more than 30,000 people, including around 9,500 who were removed from the scope of the Loan Charge entirely.

As well as recommending changes to the policy, Lord Morse was clear that the Loan Charge was necessary, in the public interest and should remain in force.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
31st Jan 2024
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will commission an independent review into the loan charge.

The Loan Charge was introduced to ensure that people who had not had tax deducted from their incomes paid their fair share.

The Government has already had an independent review. In 2019 Lord Morse led an independent review of the Loan Charge and its implementation. Lord Morse had full discretion over how the review was run, whom he consulted, and the recommendations made. The Government accepted 19 of his 20 recommendations, which benefited more than 30,000 people, including around 9,500 who were removed from the scope of the Loan Charge entirely.

As well as recommending changes to the policy, Lord Morse was clear that the Loan Charge was necessary, in the public interest and should remain in force.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
31st Jan 2024
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) promoters and (b) operators of schemes subject to the loan charge have been prosecuted.

Promotion or operation of mass marketed tax avoidance schemes is not in, or of itself, a criminal offence. However, there are a range of offences which might be committed by those who promote tax avoidance schemes or advise on their use.

On that basis, to date, while there have been no prosecutions of individuals for the promotion and/or operation of schemes subject to the Loan Charge, one individual involved in selling Disguised Remuneration schemes subject to the Loan Charge has been convicted for a related offence. Also, a number of individuals are currently under criminal investigation by HMRC for offences linked to schemes subject to the Loan Charge.

In addition to schemes subject to the Loan Charge, since 1 April 2016, more than 20 individuals have been convicted for offences relating to arrangements which have been promoted and marketed as tax avoidance. These have resulted in over 100 years of custodial sentences and 9 years of suspended sentences being ordered, the majority of which relate to promoters.

Prosecutions are only one type of intervention available to HMRC where they identify concerns.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
23rd Jan 2024
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what fiscal steps he is taking to help facilitate the entry of new lenders offering long-term fixed rate mortgages backed by institutional bonds to the market.

The pricing and availability of mortgages is a commercial decision for lenders in which the Government does not intervene.

However, lenders in the UK already do offer this type of mortgage product, and those looking to take out a long-term fixed rate mortgage are encouraged to shop around and speak to a broker to find the best possible product for them.

Bim Afolami
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
13th Dec 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the value to the British economy of unpaid household work.

The ONS produce regular estimates of unpaid household labour. This data is currently up to date until 2016, when the total value of unpaid household service work was £1.24 trillion, equivalent to 63.1% of gross domestic product. Estimates for 2017 to 2021 are due to be released in Q4 2022.

The Government has provided the Office for National Statistics (ONS) with an additional £25 million to help implement the recommendations of Sir Charles Bean’s 2016 Review of Economics Statistics, including through an initiative called ‘Beyond GDP’ that aims to address the limitations in GDP by developing broader measures of welfare and activity. Part of this work is looking to improve estimates of unpaid household work, and integrate them into extended measures of GDP such as Net Inclusive Income.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
28th Nov 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of amending the High Income Child Benefit Charge to allow it to reflect total household income instead of individual income for families who choose to provide this information to HMRC.

The Government is not currently considering options to charge the High Income Child Benefit Charge (HICBC) on a household basis for certain claimants, who choose to submit household income information to HMRC. This would require HMRC to operate two parallel income thresholds for those liable, which would entail a significant operational burden for HMRC, and would not ensure consistency and fairness among taxpayers.

The UK has a system of independent taxation where every individual, including each partner in a couple, is treated equally within the income tax system and has their own personal allowance and set of rate bands which they can set against their own income. It is a fundamental principle of independent taxation that the individual incomes are taxed separately, and this ensures independence and privacy in their tax affairs. The Government therefore considers it appropriate to charge HICBC on an individual basis, in line with other income tax policy.

Victoria Atkins
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
23rd Nov 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the (a) current and (b) potential volume of international trade undertaken by businesses in Hampshire.

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is responsible for the collection and publication of data on imports and exports of goods to and from the UK. HMRC releases this information monthly as a National Statistic called the Overseas Trade in Goods Statistics (OTS), which is available via their dedicated website (www.uktradeinfo.com).

On this website, HMRC also publishes annual statistics titled Regional trade in goods statistics disaggregated by smaller geographical areas. This includes statistics for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Further information and the latest release for 2021 can be found via this link: Regional trade in goods statistics disaggregated by smaller geographical areas: 2021 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). Statistics for 2022 will be published in November 2023.

HMRC does not estimate potential volume of trade.

Victoria Atkins
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
16th Nov 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of pension tax rules have on the (a) working hours and (b) levels of retirement of doctors in the NHS.

Pensions tax relief is one of the most expensive reliefs in the personal tax system. In 2020/21 Income Tax and employer National Insurance Contributions relief cost £67.3 billion. The annual and lifetime allowances help to ensure that the highest earning pension savers do not receive a disproportionate benefit. 99 per cent of pension savers make annual contributions below £40,000, the level of standard annual allowance, while 91 per cent of individuals currently approaching retirement have a pension below the lifetime allowance.

The Government is committed to ensuring that hard-working NHS staff do not find themselves reducing their work commitments due to the interaction between their pay, their pension, and the relevant tax regime. On 22 September, the Government announced it will change elements of the NHS Pension Scheme to help retain doctors, nurses and other senior NHS staff, to increase capacity. These changes include:

  • Changing pension rules regarding inflation
  • Encouraging NHS Trusts to explore local solutions for senior clinicians affected by pension tax charges, such as pension recycling
  • Implementing permanent retirement flexibilities and extending existing temporary measures to allow our most experienced staff to return to service or stay in service longer.

At Autumn Statement 2022, the Chancellor announced the Government will introduce measures to support and grow the NHS workforce and improve performance across the health system. To support this the government committed to publishing a comprehensive NHS workforce strategy, including independently verified workforce forecasts, next year.

Andrew Griffith
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
4th May 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of the Government taking an equity stake in (a) British Airways and (b) other airlines that are domiciled for tax purposes in the UK.

The Government recognises the challenging times facing the aviation sector as a result of COVID-19 and firms experiencing difficulties as a result of COVID-19 can draw upon the unprecedented package of measures announced by the Chancellor, including schemes to raise capital, flexibilities with tax bills, and financial support for employees.

As the Chancellor set out in his letter to the aviation sector, should individual firms still find themselves in difficulty after exhausting all other options, the Government is prepared to enter negotiations with them as a last resort. Any intervention would need to represent value for money for taxpayers.

Steve Barclay
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
19th Mar 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on the economic benefits of improving the Reading to Gatwick road corridor.

At Budget, the Chancellor confirmed a record £27.4 billion to improve England’s strategic roads from 2020 to 2025. This funding will help maintain and improve the Reading-Gatwick road corridor, which includes converting part of the M4 to a smart motorway. Highways England will complete work to upgrade the 18 km stretch of the M23 near Gatwick Airport to a smart motorway this year. They are also looking at ways to optimise capacity on the existing M25.

Steve Barclay
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
11th Feb 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 4 February 2020 to Question 8391 on Gambling and Health, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of monies raised by gambling duties to meet the costs to the public purse associated with gambling.

No assessment has been made. The Government has committed an extra £33.9 billion every year by 2023/24 for the NHS as part of its Long-term plan, which has been enshrined in law.

The NHS Long-term plan includes a commitment to expand the coverage of NHS services for people with serious gambling problems, which includes plans to open around 15 clinics by 2023/24.

Steve Barclay
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
27th Jan 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on (a) the cost to the NHS of treating (i) addiction to gambling and (ii) gambling-related harm and (b) the proportion of that cost that is accrued to the public purse through taxation on gambling.

In line with successive administrations, the details of Ministerial discussions are not normally disclosed.

Gambling Duties raise around £3bn in revenue for the Exchequer per year. As is the case with taxes in general, the revenue raised goes into the consolidated fund.

20th Jan 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of households with a single-earner income of over £50,000 in (a) North East Hampshire constituency and (b) the UK; and if he will make it his policy to support those households through the tax system.

The number of households with a single-earner income of over £50,000 is based on Department for Work and Pensions analysis of Households Below Average Income (HBAI) data sourced from the 2017-18 Family Resources Survey (FRS).

The survey sample sizes are too small to produce robust estimates at local authority or constituency level. The Department for Work and Pensions estimate that in the UK in 2017-18 there were 2.7m households with one person earning over £50,000 per year from employment (either as an employee or self-employed). Of these, 700,000 households contained only one person in employment.

The Government has made substantial increases to the personal allowance and higher rate threshold in recent years. In April 2019, the Government increased the personal allowance to £12,500 and the higher rate threshold to £50,000. This ensured that nearly one million fewer people pay the higher rate of tax compared to 2015-16 and that a typical higher rate taxpayer pays over £1,800 less income tax than in 2010-11.

23rd Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps the (a) police and (b) National Crime Agency have taken to tackle county lines operations in (i) Hampshire and (ii) the UK.

This Government is determined to crack down on county lines gangs which is why, through the 10-year Drug Strategy, we are bolstering our flagship County Lines Programme, investing up to £145m over three years to tackle this violent and exploitative distribution model.

County lines is a national issue which affects all forces which is why, through the Programme, we fund the National County Lines Co-ordination Centre (NCLCC) to monitor the intelligence picture and co-ordinate the national law enforcement response. The County Lines Programme forces (MPS, West Midlands, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and British Transport Police) also regularly conduct joint operations with importing forces. In addition, we have established a dedicated fund which provides local police forces, including Hampshire Constabulary, with additional funding to tackle county lines.

Since the County Lines Programme was launched in 2019, police activity has resulted in over 5,100 line closures, over 15,600 arrests and over 8,000 safeguarding referrals. This includes over 2,100 line closures by the Programme taskforces since April 2022, meeting the Drugs Strategy commitment of over 2,000 by April 2025 in half the time.

Chris Philp
Minister of State (Home Office)
15th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he plans to increase the allocation of funding for the police in Hampshire.

In December 2023 the Government published the provisional Police Funding Settlement for 2024-25 which proposed a total police funding settlement of up to £18.4 billion in 2024-25, an increase of up to £842.9 million compared to 2023-24.

Hampshire Police will receive funding of up to £464.2 million of funding in 2024-25, an increase of £29.2 million compared to 2023-24.

Chris Philp
Minister of State (Home Office)
22nd Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to tackle hostile state activity.

The Home Office has an important role in the cross-government response to state threats. Through the National Security Act 2023, we have brought together vital new measures to protect our national security, which will enable our law enforcement and intelligence agencies to deter, detect and disrupt the full range of modern-day state threats.

I also lead the Defending Democracy Taskforce, which seeks to protect the democratic integrity of the UK from threats of foreign interference

Tom Tugendhat
Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)
20th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he has made an assessment of the potential impact on privacy of the use of Sentio speed cameras.

All speed cameras undergo the Home Office Type Approval requirements and testing regime before they can be used in court proceedings without the need for other corroborative evidence. The Sensio speed camera is currently undergoing Type Approval for use in detecting speed offences.

Police forces are required to comply with the data principles contained within UK GDPR part 2 general processing and the DPA 2018 part 3 for law enforcement when processing personal data. The use of speed camera devices should be necessary and proportionate in line with these principles.

Chris Philp
Minister of State (Home Office)
13th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he has had recent discussions with the College of Policing on the reinstatement of direct entry routes to (a) inspector and (b) superintendent.

This Government is committed to ensuring a high standard of leadership across policing.

As part of its important work to develop the National Centre for Police Leadership, the College of Policing remains committed to exploring options for a viable and sustainable delivery model for Direct Entry pathways in the future, if there is clear demand from forces. Following further consultation with the sector last year, it was clear that demand was not sufficient to run a recalibrated programme at either inspector or superintendent rank at the present time.

To ensure a strong pipeline of leaders at all levels, the College launched new national leadership standards for every level in policing earlier this year. It is now rolling out a new national talent management strategy for policing, including a new two-year development programme to enable the most talented serving police inspectors to advance more quickly to superintendent rank.

Chris Philp
Minister of State (Home Office)
10th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the (a) effectiveness of the misconduct process and (b) adequacy of decisions on (i) dismissals and (ii) other sanctions handed down by legally qualified chairs in the Metropolitan Police in the period (A) before and (B) after 2016.

On 17 January 2023, the Home Secretary formally launched a review into the process of police officer dismissals to ensure that the system is fair and effective at removing those officers who are not fit to serve.

The Terms of Reference were published on the same day and include the composition of misconduct panels, the consistency of decision-making in certain types of cases and the trends in the use of sanctions.

Chris Philp
Minister of State (Home Office)
16th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an estimate of the number of illicit vaping products that were imported in the last 12 months.

The Home Office has made no estimate of the number of illicit vaping products that were imported in the last 12 months.

29th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many passport applications (a) have been and (b) are yet to be processed from people in North East Hampshire constituency in the last 12 months.

His Majesty’s Passport Office is unable to provide data relating to volumes of applications received from any particular constituency as this data cannot be extracted into a reportable format.

21st Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of the additional 20,000 police officers announced by the Government (a) have been and (b) will be recruited to Hampshire Constabulary.

As part of the Police Officer Uplift Programme, the Home Office publishes a quarterly update on the number of officers in England and Wales, broken down by Police Force Area since recruitment began in October 2019, the latest of which is available here: Police officer uplift, quarterly update to September 2022 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Table U2 of the data tables accompanying this quarterly publication provides a breakdown of these additional officers recruited from funding for the Police Uplift Programme by month since October 2019.

As at 30 September 2022, police forces in England and Wales have recruited 15,343 additional police officers attributable to the Police Uplift Programme. Of these, 481 (3.1%) have been recruited by Hampshire Constabulary.

Table B1 of the data tables accompanying the quarterly publication shows how many of the 20,000 additional police officers announced have been allocated to each Police Force Area for the three years of the programme.

Hampshire Constabulary have been allocated a total of 518 additional police officers by March 2023, 2.6% of the national allocation of 20,000.

Chris Philp
Minister of State (Home Office)
13th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has received representations on the effect of the sale and supply of so-called ethically sourced cocaine on trends in the level of cocaine use in the last ten years.

The Home Office has not received representations on this matter. However, the Government is clear that cocaine is a harmful drug and we remain absolutely committed to reducing its supply and use. The first part of Professor Dame Carol Black’s independent review of drugs, published on 27 February, sets out the evidence on trends around the supply and use of cocaine.

6th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of the additional 20,000 police offices will be recruited to Hampshire Constabulary.

The Government is delivering on the people’s priorities by recruiting 20,000 additional police officers over the next three years.

In October 2019 Home Office confirmed officer allocations for every force in England and Wales in the first year of the uplift.

Hampshire Police has been allocated 156 officers in year one of the uplift, to be recruited by the end of March 2021. This is supported by an increase of up to £26.1m in 2020/21. Decisions on the allocation of officers for years two and three are yet to be taken.

From April 2020 the Home Office will publish quarterly updates outlining the progress on delivering the police uplift.

6th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the answer of 30 January 2020 to Question 6728 on gambling and crime, what assessment she has made of the pressure on policing the increase in cases of pathological gambling whereby people turn to crime to fund their addiction.

While there are various studies suggesting that the prevalence of problem gambling is higher in offenders than the general population, the issue of problem gambling and gambling addiction has not been raised as a specific issue during our conversations about acquisitive crime with the NPCC and others.

22nd Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the 28 December 2019 NHS England news story on gambling, whether she has had discussions with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on (a) the cost to the public purse in policing the increase in cases of pathological gambling whereby people tum to crime to fund their addiction and (b) the revenue accruing to the public purse from taxes on gambling.

The Home Secretary has regular meetings with Ministerial colleagues and others as part of the process of policy development and delivery.

20th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her 13 January 2020 announcement on funding for tasers, if she will ensure that (a) Hampshire constabulary and (b) other police forces that took early decisions to invest in tasers are not financially disadvantaged by those funding allocations.

The £10 million announced by the Home Secretary is additional funding which will further support police forces to uplift the number of officers carrying taser by up to 10,000. My Department is working closely with the police on allocating funding.

It is over two fininacial years, so the answer is no.

20th Dec 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment the Government has made of the prevalence of illicit trade in (a) black market vaping liquid and (b) cannabis and THC vaping liquid; and what estimate her Department has made of the proportions of those products that contain synthetic cannabinoid Spice.

The government funded the Chartered Trading Standards Institute to undertake a review of compliance of nicotine vaping products. The latest report, ‘The Tobacco Control Survey for England 2018/19: A Report of Trading Standards Service Activity’ reports that of the 1,273 visits made by 69 councils to assess nicotine vaping product compliance, 17% of visits found non-compliant nicotine inhaling products, in line with the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016. The report is available on the Trading Standards website: www.tradingstandards.uk

The government has made no assessment of the proportions of those products that contain synthetic cannabinoids.

14th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate the Government has made of the amount of lead pollution from (a) leaded aviation fuel use, (b) leaded petrol use, (c) tyre wear and brake wear and (d) other types of use by the (i) Royal Navy, (ii) British Army and (iii) Royal Air Force in the latest period for which data is available.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is committed to ensure that all Defence Standards and commercial specifications adopted by the Department meet the relevant UK legislation regarding lead and sulphur content. To ensure MOD remains legislatively compliant in all respects, MOD procures products to the latest specification. The Department tracks fuel use at the user level, led by the Armed Services.

James Cartlidge
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will take steps with the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities to publicise the ability to join the Self and Custom Build register of any local authority in England among members of the Armed Forces.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD), through the Defence Transition Service, delivers an annual programme of civilian housing briefings to help inform and guide Service personnel and their families about the choices available to them and the need to plan ahead.

The MOD plans to incorporate appropriate reference to the Self and Custom Build register, to help raise awareness of it amongst the members of the Armed Forces community.

Andrew Murrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
20th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the contribution of the Chinook force for the wider capability of our Armed Forces; and what his plans are for the number of Chinook platforms.

The Chinook Force provides the UK Armed Forces with vital rotary wing heavy lift capability and supports a range of users and Defence outputs, from crisis response through to war fighting.

Regarding the number of Chinook platforms, I refer the right hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Norwich South (Mr Clive Lewis MP) on 11 November 2022 to Question 80797.

Alex Chalk
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
2nd Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment his Department has made of the performance of Pinnacle Service Families: and if he will seek the views of servicemen and women and their families at RAF Odiham.

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has directed all three Future Defence Infrastructure Services Accommodation suppliers (Pinnacle, Amey and VIVO) to provide Rectification Plans as performance has been significantly below acceptable levels.

DIO, VIVO, Pinnacle and the RAF Odiham Welfare Team hold monthly meetings to identify concerns affecting Service personnel and their families. VIVO and Pinnacle also hold weekly Housing Clinics to enable families to raise issues directly with them.

Alex Chalk
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
17th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has made a recent assessment of the standard of accommodation available to RAF Odiham personnel; and whether his Department has taken recent steps to improve the quality of that accommodation.

The condition of Service Family Accommodation (SFA) properties is formally assessed against the Decent Homes (DH) Standard. The DH standard is a technical standard for public housing, defined by the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC). More than 98% of SFA meet this standard; properties below it are not allocated to Service personnel.

In financial year 2021-22, investment to improve SFA at RAF Odiham included the installation of new windows and doors for 106 homes and an additional 20 homes were refurbished. Over the course of this financial year, a further 34 homes will benefit from new roofs.

The launch of the Defence Accommodation Strategy in October 2022 introduced a Defence Minimum Standard for Single Living Accommodation (SLA) and informs the future investment of SLA.

In financial year 2021-22, kitchen and utility rooms in four SLA blocks at RAF Odiham were upgraded and ablutions were refurbished in one SLA block. Further improvement work to SLA is also taking place, which includes painting and decorating, improving the shared ablutions areas and cooking facilities.

Alex Chalk
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
15th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he has plans to increase access to shared ownership properties in the South East.

The Government’s 2021-26 Affordable Homes Programme seeks to deliver thousands of new affordable homes for rent and to buy right across the country. This includes the delivery of new shared ownership homes in the South East. Since 2014-15, over 27,200 new shared ownership homes have been delivered in the South East.

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
8th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether his Department (a) has made an assessment of and (b) holds data produced by commissioned research on the potential impact of changes proposed by the Renters (Reform) Bill on the number of private residential landlords.

The Renters (Reform) Bill will deliver the government’s commitment to ‘a fairer private rented sector’.

The Bill’s green rated impact assessment estimated the gross costs of reforms amount to just £10 per rented property annually – approximately 0.1% of mean annual rents.

Jacob Young
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
6th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 5 December 2023 to Question 4484 on Housing: Birmingham, what estimate he has made of the level of demand for new homes in the Greater Manchester Combined Authority area.

Places for Everyone, the joint strategic local plan for 9 out of the 10 Greater Manchester local planning authorities is at examination. With this in mind it is not possible for the Secretary of State to comment on the plan itself due to his quasi-judicial role in the planning system.

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
29th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what estimate he has made of the level of demand for new homes in Birmingham City Council area.

The National Planning Policy Framework expects local planning authorities to use the standard method to assess their own local housing needs, as a starting point to inform the preparation of their local plans. The standard method was amended in 2020 to add a 35% ‘urban uplift’ to the twenty largest towns and cities in England, including Birmingham. Councils then determine how many homes to actually plan for in their area, once they have considered their ability to meet those needs, having taken into account local constraints and circumstances.

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
29th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of amending the planning rules on new accesses to the highway.

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) is already clear that transport issues should be considered from the earliest stage of plan-making and development proposals. This enables potential impact of development on transport networks to be addressed, including access. Local Plans should be prepared with the active involvement of local highways authorities. When determining a planning application for development which involves access to or from a trunk road the local planning authority must consult the local highways authority. They will provide expert advice, based on technical standards and on any adopted local transport plan policies, relating to highways safety and impacts on the transport network as a whole.

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
13th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he has had recent discussions with the Mayor of London on levels of demand for new homes in the Greater London Authority area.

The department is looking at the barriers to housing delivery in London and will continue to work closely with the Greater London Authority on this and other areas of shared interest.

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
19th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he has had recent discussions with the Mayor of London on the demand for new homes in the Greater London Authority area.

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

18th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make an assessment of the potential fiscal merits of requiring all local elections in England to be conducted on the same day every four years.

The Government has not made any such assessment as the costs of local elections are met locally. Holding whole council elections every four years can strengthen local leadership and enhance accountability.

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
14th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make it his policy to help expand the development of self- and custom-build housing.

The Government strongly believes that self and custom build housing can play a crucial role as part of a wider package of measures to boost home ownership and diversify the housing market as well as helping to deliver the homes people want.

We have put in place a number of interventions to support the sector, including the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding legislation, sometimes known as 'the Right to Build', which is focussed on bringing forward more land. In the last reporting period to October 2022, local authorities reported that there was a total of 63,662 individuals and 807 associations on the register in total.

The Government has also provided access to developer finance through the Levelling up Home Building Fund; provided support for local authorities to bring forward self and custom build projects through the Brownfield Land Release Fund and the Right to Build Task Force; and provided access to affordable mortgage finance through the Help to Build: Equity Loan Scheme.

In 2021 the Government commissioned Richard Bacon MP to undertake a review to establish a plan to scale up self and custom build housing. The Government published its response to these recommendations in June 2022.

14th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of Right to Build legislation on demand for self and custom build housing development.

The Government strongly believes that self and custom build housing can play a crucial role as part of a wider package of measures to boost home ownership and diversify the housing market as well as helping to deliver the homes people want.

We have put in place a number of interventions to support the sector, including the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding legislation, sometimes known as 'the Right to Build', which is focussed on bringing forward more land. In the last reporting period to October 2022, local authorities reported that there was a total of 63,662 individuals and 807 associations on the register in total.

The Government has also provided access to developer finance through the Levelling up Home Building Fund; provided support for local authorities to bring forward self and custom build projects through the Brownfield Land Release Fund and the Right to Build Task Force; and provided access to affordable mortgage finance through the Help to Build: Equity Loan Scheme.

In 2021 the Government commissioned Richard Bacon MP to undertake a review to establish a plan to scale up self and custom build housing. The Government published its response to these recommendations in June 2022.

6th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the availability of self-build mortgages.

The Department regularly monitors the mortgage market. In response to availability of affordable mortgage finance within the self and custom build market the Government has introduced the Help to Build scheme. The scheme provides access to low deposit mortgages and improves affordability of home ownership for people who want to build their own homes.

18th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will take steps to extend the Help to Build: Equity Loan to up to 40% of estimated land and building costs to South East England.

The Help to Build scheme provides access to low deposit mortgages and improves affordability of home ownership for people who want to build their own homes. Modelled, in part, on the original Help to Buy scheme, customers can borrow an equity loan of between 5% and 20% (up to 40% in London) of the estimated costs to buy the land (if needed) and build their home. Currently there are no plans to alter the percentage of equity loan available in the scheme.

Lucy Frazer
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
13th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will take steps to potentially (a) increase turnout and (b) reduce costs to the public purse by holding local government, mayoral and police and crime commissioner elections on the same day every four years.

Government has no plans to impose a change on the pattern of local, mayoral and police and crime commissioner elections, but agrees that holding concurrent elections can reduce costs and increase turnout.

Lee Rowley
Minister of State (Minister for Housing)
7th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment his Department has made of the average cost to build a house including the purchase of land in (a) North East Hampshire constituency, (b) the North East and (c) the North West.

The Department does not hold data on the average cost of building a house, including the purchase of land. The Department has published 'Land Value Estimates for policy appraisal 2019'. These show at local level the value of agricultural land before development. They also show the residual land value after development (broken down by residential, commercial and industrial). These tables, as well as guidance for their use, can be found online at gov.uk here.

Lucy Frazer
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
23rd Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make it his department's policy to help more families get on the housing ladder by (a) increasing the maximum household income limits for shared ownership properties to £110,000 outside London and £130,000 in London and (b) introducing an intermediate South East limit of £120,000.

To purchase a Shared Ownership home, applicants must have a gross household income of £90,000 or less in London, and £80,000 or less across the rest of the country. Applicants must also be otherwise unable to purchase a suitable property to meet their housing needs on the open market. If my Rt. Hon. Friend has evidence to which he would like to draw our attention, I would welcome him writing to me.

Lucy Frazer
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
9th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to tackle illegal displays of unauthorised parking signs by parking management companies in North East Hampshire.

Outdoor advertisements are controlled by local planning authorities under the Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) (England) Regulations 2007. Local authorities have a wide range of enforcement powers to deal with advertisements if they are displayed unlawfully and it is for them to determine the most appropriate course of action to take when an advertisement is displayed in contravention of the regulations.

9th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that private parking management companies comply with the relevant legislation on the display of parking fine notices.

The private parking industry is currently self-regulating. However, the Government is committed to enacting the Parking (Code of Practice) Act 2019 as soon as possible. It will lead to the creation of an independent code of practice for private parking companies, covering parking fine notices and related issues. On 3 November 2019 we announced we were contracting with the British Standards Institution (BSI) to develop the Code of Practice as British Standard, to ensure the new regulation will be robust and of the highest quality. 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.

20th Dec 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on supporting people who are ready to move on from their first property to move up the housing ladder.

The Government is committed to making the housing market work for everyone, which means building the homes that people need in places that they want to live. This is why Government has set out reforms alongside £44 billion of financial support to increase housing supply and diversify the market. This includes, long term funding for infrastructure where people want to live and where there is the greatest housing need. Since 2010 over 1.5 million additional homes have been delivered in England and 2018-19 saw the highest level of net additions in the last thirty-one years. To help those looking to buy a home now, we are committed to making the buying and selling process quicker, cheaper and less stressful.

Esther McVey
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
3rd Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what guidance his Department has issued on flying flags other than the Union flag on court buildings.

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport is responsible for issuing guidance on the flying of flags on Government buildings, including the Union flag and other flags. Any guidance shared with the courts on flag flying by HMCTS has been issued by DCMS.

HMCTS has not shared any guidance on flying flags other than the Union flag in 2023.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice)
13th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effect on the number of custodial sentences imposed of the requirement for Gender Recognition Certificates when imposing a custodial prison sentence.

There is no requirement for Gender Recognition Certificates (GRCs) when imposing a custodial prison sentence. The Government’s policy in relation to the care and management of individuals who are transgender in custody, including those holding a GRC, was published in July 2019 and is available on Govt.UK. The number of transgender offenders in custody is published annually as part of the HMPPS Equality Statistics.

Chris Philp
Minister of State (Home Office)
11th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the findings of the study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology on 29 January 2020, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on the effect of drinking alcohol during pregnancy on children's (a) intelligence and (b) weight; and if he will take steps to criminalise excessive drinking of alcohol during a known pregnancy.

No discussions have taken place between the Justice Secretary and Health Secretary on this matter. Any decision on whether to criminalise excessive drinking of alcohol during a known pregnancy would be a matter for the Department for Health and Social Care.

Lucy Frazer
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
10th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to reduce costs across the prison estate.

I refer the Hon. Member to my previous response given to PQ 3793 on 30 October 2019.

Lucy Frazer
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
11th Mar 2020
What recent assessment he has made of the security situation in Northern Ireland.

The threat from dissident republican terrorism continues to be SEVERE in Northern Ireland. This Government’s first priority is to keep people safe and secure right across the United Kingdom. Vigilance against this continuing threat is essential and we remain determined to ensure that terrorism never succeeds.

27th Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the Scottish Parliament awarding funds to the Sortition Foundation.

The Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body is responsible for decisions on the parliamentary budget. The Body is chaired by the Presiding Officer and includes four elected Members of the Scottish Parliament. Its expenditure is authorised through the Scottish Government Budget Bill and is paid from the Scottish Consolidated Fund. The Auditor General for Scotland, the Accounts Commission, and Audit Scotland work together to deliver public audits in Scotland.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland