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Robert Largan

Conservative - High Peak

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Select Committee Meeting
Wednesday 12th May 2021
09:30
Transport Committee - Oral evidence
Subject: Major transport infrastructure projects: appraisal and delivery
12 May 2021, 9:30 a.m.
At 9.30am: Oral evidence
Nick Smallwood - Chief Executive Officer at Infrastructure and Projects Authority
Jon Loveday - Director for Infrastructure, Enterprise and Growth at Infrastructure and Projects Authority
Elliot Shaw - Executive Director for Strategy and Planning at Highways England
At 10.45am: Oral evidence
Graham Richards - Director of Planning at Office of Rail and Road
Simon Statham - Chief Technical Officer at Midlands Connect
Mrs Ruth Humphrey - Head of Business Development and Strategy at Siemens
Alistair Baldwin - Author at Institute for Government, and Senior Specialist Planner at Newcastle City Council
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Oral Question
Monday 17th May 2021
15:15
Department for Work and Pensions
Topical Question No. 16
If she will make a statement on her departmental responsibilities.
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Select Committee Meeting
Tuesday 18th May 2021
15:00
Select Committee Meeting
Wednesday 19th May 2021
09:30
Transport Committee - Oral evidence
Subject: The roll-out and safety of smart motorways
19 May 2021, 9:30 a.m.
At 9.30am: Oral evidence
Edmund King - President at Automobile Association
Mr Nicholas Lyes - Head of Roads Policy at RAC Motoring Services
Elizabeth de Jong - Director of Policy at Logistics UK
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Division Votes
Wednesday 28th April 2021
Immigration
voted No - in line with the party majority
One of 357 Conservative No votes vs 0 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 270 Noes - 358
Speeches
Thursday 29th April 2021
Oral Answers to Questions

What steps his Department is taking to improve transport connections in rural areas. (914927)

Written Answers
Thursday 29th April 2021
Members: Correspondence
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to respond to the enquiry …
Early Day Motions
None available
Bills
None available
Tweets
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MP Financial Interests
Monday 10th February 2020
2. (a) Support linked to an MP but received by a local party organisation or indirectly via a central party organisation
Name of donor: Dr Lawrence N Tomlinson
Address of donor: private
Amount of donation or nature and value if donation …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Robert Largan has voted in 267 divisions, and 5 times against the majority of their Party.

1 Dec 2020 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Robert Largan voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 53 Conservative No votes vs 290 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 291 Noes - 78
2 Sep 2020 - Recall of MPs (Change of Party Affiliation) - View Vote Context
Robert Largan voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 41 Conservative No votes vs 47 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 55 Noes - 52
23 Jun 2020 - Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme - View Vote Context
Robert Largan voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 45 Conservative Aye votes vs 235 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 243 Noes - 238
17 Jun 2020 - Health and Personal Social Services - View Vote Context
Robert Largan voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 104 Conservative Aye votes vs 124 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 253 Noes - 136
2 Jun 2020 - Proceedings during the Pandemic - View Vote Context
Robert Largan voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 31 Conservative Aye votes vs 240 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 185 Noes - 242
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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
Jacob Rees-Mogg (Conservative)
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
(17 debate interactions)
Matt Hancock (Conservative)
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
(16 debate interactions)
Dominic Raab (Conservative)
Foreign Secretary and First Secretary of State
(10 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Department of Health and Social Care
(17 debate contributions)
Department for Transport
(11 debate contributions)
HM Treasury
(11 debate contributions)
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Latest EDMs signed by Robert Largan

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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Robert Largan, and are more likely to reflect personal policy preferences.

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Robert Largan has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Robert Largan has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

Robert Largan has not introduced any legislation before Parliament

Robert Largan has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


68 Written Questions in the current parliament

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Explanation of written questions
21st Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the (a) reliability and (b) accessibility of the UK's official list of addresses.

Since 2010, addressing data from Local Authorities, Royal Mail, Improvement Service Scotland, Ordnance Survey, Land and Property Services Northern Ireland, and the Valuation Office Agency has been brought together within the National Address Gazetteer. The gazetteer contains over 40 million records and provides the most reliable and complete view of all property locations across the UK.

The gazetteer is managed by GeoPlace (a joint venture between the Local Government Association and Ordnance Survey) to ensure that the data is as up to date and accurate as possible.

Julia Lopez
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
26th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to respond to the enquiry of 9 February 2021 from the hon. Member for High Peak with the reference RL19001.

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

Amanda Solloway
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support domestic pharmaceutical manufacturing capacity during the covid-19 outbreak.

The Government continues to strongly support the vision set out in the Life Sciences Industrial Strategy to make the UK a top tier global hub for biomedical and clinical research, and medical innovation.

We recognise the importance of life sciences and medicines supply during this pandemic and the Governments recognition of this group as being key workers has ensured pharmaceutical manufacturing has continued throughout the outbreak. The Government is determined to protect lives and protect livelihoods.

Vaccine and therapeutics for Covid-19 are moving rapidly through clinical trials. Government is working closely with industry to assess UK manufacturing capability for a range of potential new vaccines. The type of capacity and the specific groups needed to take this further will be determined by the technology used to produce the vaccines and the type of vaccine produced.

We have also announced a further £93 million to accelerate the building of the new Vaccines Manufacturing and Innovation Centre so it can open in summer 2021, a year ahead of schedule.

While the centre is being built, the Government will establish a rapid deployment facility thanks to a further investment of £38m to begin manufacturing at scale from this summer.

Amanda Solloway
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what role the Government plans for the NHS to play as a delivery partner in the UK’s Industrial Strategy.

The NHS is an integral part of the UK’s Industrial Strategy and is a key partner for the life sciences industry. The two Life Sciences Sector Deals detail the strong partnerships between the Government, industry, universities, and charities, and demonstrate the pivotal role of the NHS as a central delivery partner, which is reaffirmed by the NHS Long Term Plan.

The Government will continue to work with the NHS to build a stronger innovation ecosystem in the UK, including through an enhanced Accelerated Access Collaborative.

Nadhim Zahawi
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
10th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak, dated 26 October 2020, referenced RL13783.

A response was issued on 26 November 2020 under the case reference MC2020/23548/NB. A further copy of this response has since been issued to ensure receipt.

Nigel Huddleston
Assistant Whip
23rd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak of 25 November 2020, reference RL15336.

A response was issued on 25 February under the case reference MC2020/26807. We apologise for the delay in responding.

Caroline Dinenage
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
2nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak of 26 November 2020, case reference RL4323.

A response was issued on 03 February (ref MC2020/26866), we apologise for the delay in issuing a response.

Nigel Huddleston
Assistant Whip
4th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many properties receive broadband with speeds less than 30Mbps in (a) High Peak constituency, (b) Derbyshire and (c) the UK.

In September 2019, Ofcom released their ‘Connected Nations Report’ which shows properties with speeds of less than 30Mbps to a variety of levels including constituency, county and across the UK: https://www.ofcom.org.uk/research-and-data/multi-sector-research/infrastructure-research/connected-nations-2019/data-downloads.

This data is always posted to the House of Commons Library: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/science/technology/constituency-data-broadband-coverage-and-speeds/

Whilst DCMS does not endorse any particular coverage checker sites other than Ofcom Connected Nations, we would draw your attention to this site which provides a useful way to access constituency, county or national level coverage statistics. This is their coverage data for High Peak, but you can select Derbyshire and UK from the dropdowns: https://labs.thinkbroadband.com/local/E14000748. The data is updated more frequently than the Connected Nations data and is generally accurate.

Coverage data and “take-up” are not one of the same. We find areas of the UK where residents are complaining about internet speeds and on investigation we find that their area has been upgraded to Superfast (“coverage”) but residents have not asked their Internet Service Provider to upgrade them to the faster speeds (take-up”). Information on our Superfast funding for Derbyshire is available on the BDUK Programme Summary tab of the spreadsheet here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Hs00bNsyRV1WoOt-fow3rsNXzpcKg26AsOWvk1bvJRk/edit#gid=1411146266.

The spreadsheet shows that approx £19m of funding from central and local government was provided to provide connectivity to 103,755 premises. However in the Phase 1 contract 61.03% of premises have taken up that service, and in the Phase 2 contract only 41.64% of premises have taken up the service. This means there are many residents who could subscribe to a Superfast service but, for various reasons, have not done so to date.

There is also a very good paper at the HoC Library on the various Programmes that are underway to further improve connectivity https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cbp-8392/.

Matt Warman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
26th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak of 2 June 2020, reference RL6297.

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

Nick Gibb
Minister of State (Education)
13th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding his Department has allocated to schools in High Peak constituency in each financial year since 2009-10.

The revenue funding allocated for schools for financial years 2009-2010 to 2019-2020 for Derbyshire local authority (LA) is shown in the table below. Schools funding is not allocated to parliamentary constituencies.

Financial Year

Derbyshire LA (£ millions)

2009-10

484.8

2010-11

502.1

2011-12

500.1

2012-13

504.6

2013-14

535.5

2014-15

551.4

2015-16

566.3

2016-17

566.2

2017-18

576.6

2018-19

593.7

2019-20

620.3

Nick Gibb
Minister of State (Education)
13th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools in High Peak constituency were rated (a) good and (b) outstanding by Ofsted at their most recent inspection.

The information requested is published by Ofsted. The table shows the number of schools in High Peak that are rated as 'Outstanding', ‘Good’, ‘Requires Improvement’ or ‘Inadequate’. It shows that, as at 31 August 2019, there were 43 schools (80%) rated as either ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ in High Peak constituency. Nationally, 86% of schools are rated either ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’.

All schools as at August 2019

Number of ‘Outstanding’ schools

Number of ‘Good’ schools

Number of ‘Requires Improvement’ schools

Number of ‘Inadequate’ schools

Total number of schools

Number of ‘Good’ and ‘Outstanding’ schools

% of ‘Good’ and ‘Outstanding’ schools

High Peak constituency

4

39

5

6

54

43

80%

England

4,332

14,420

2,261

792

21,805

18,752

86%

Nick Gibb
Minister of State (Education)
13th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding his Department will allocate per pupil in (a) secondary and (b) primary schools in High Peak constituency in (i) 2020-21, (ii) 2021-22 and (iii) 2022-23.

?The Department is increasing school funding in England by £14.4 billion over the next three years - by £2.6 billion in 2020-21, followed by increases of £4.8 billion and £7.1 billion in 2021-22 and 2022-23 respectively, compared to 2019-20. In 2020-21, primary schools and secondary schools in the High Peak constituency will attract, on average, £4,377 and £5,262 per pupil respectively through the national funding formula. We will confirm how the funding for the subsequent two years will be allocated in due course.

Nick Gibb
Minister of State (Education)
13th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has for ensuring equitable funding for urban and rural schools.

Since 2018-19, the national funding formula (NFF) has distributed school funding based on the individual needs and characteristics of every school in the country. This is fairer and more equitable than the previous system, which based local authority’s allocations for schools on data that was over a decade out of date.

While the majority of school funding is based on pupils and their characteristics, the NFF provides every school a fixed lump sum, worth £114,400 next year. This is particularly beneficial for small schools, which are overrepresented in rural areas, that are more reliant on an element of funding that is not driven by pupil numbers.

The NFF’s sparsity factor provides additional funding specifically to small schools in remote areas, in recognition that they do not have the same opportunities to find efficiencies as those elsewhere. Next year, £26.2 million will be allocated through this factor, which is contributing to rural schools attracting on average 4.7% more per pupil next year relative to 2019-20 NFF allocations, compared to a national average increase of 4.1% per pupil.

We keep the national funding formula under review to ensure that it is directing funding where it is most needed, and will set out our plans for 2021-22 shortly.

Nick Gibb
Minister of State (Education)
3rd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak of 20 December 2020, reference RL16806.

A reply was sent to the hon. Member on 4 March 2021.

Victoria Prentis
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
1st Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of mountain hares in the UK.

Species conservation is a devolved matter. The latest ‘Review of the Population and Conservation Status of British Mammals’ estimated the population of mountain hare to be around 2,500 in England.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
13th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans Department has to restore (a) peatlands and (b) moorlands.

We are currently allocating £10 million in 2018-2021 for approximately 5,948 hectares of peatland restoration. The Chancellor has announced that peatland restoration will feature as part of the Government’s Nature for Climate fund that will lead to the restoration of 35,000 hectares of peatland over the next five years.

In the 25 Year Environment Plan, we committed to publishing an England Peat Strategy to create and deliver a new ambitious framework for peat restoration in England. We intend to publish it in due course.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
13th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support micro-abattoirs.

I recognise the role smaller operators play in meeting the needs of local supply chains and Defra is committed to work across Government to support the whole abattoir sector - including micro abattoirs - to sustain a network of slaughtering provision across the country.

The issues faced by small and micro abattoirs are varied and complex. As such, Defra chairs a Small Abattoir Working Group with representatives from industry and the wider sector to address such challenges.

In relation to micro-abattoirs, the Food Standards Agency are exploring ways in which existing flexibilities in regulations can be best utilised by smaller operators in supporting their operations.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
13th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans his Department has to plant trees in the Peak District.

As part of the 25 Year Environment Plan, we are investing £5.7 million to support the existing partnership of the Community Forests and the Woodland Trust to accelerate and further develop the Northern Forest. Specifically, our funding will support the planting of 1.8 million new trees by 2022 across the Northern Forest, including in the parts of the Peak District which are located within its boundary, and help the Northern Forest partnership towards their long-term target of 50 million new trees planted over 25 years.

The Government’s support for woodland creation includes the recently launched Woodland Carbon Guarantee, in addition to the existing Countryside Stewardship, Woodland Carbon Fund, Woodland Creation Planning Grant and the Urban Tree Challenge Fund. These grants are available to local authorities, land managers and community led organisations wherever they are in the country. We are working to increase the uptake of grant schemes and strongly encourage eligible organisations to do so.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
4th Mar 2020
What progress has been made on the international review into the books included in the Palestinian Authority’s school curriculum.

Following the UK’s calls for international action, an EU sponsored independent review of Palestinian textbooks is currently underway. We understand that an interim report will be completed in Spring 2020 with the full report due later this year. The Development Secretary made it clear that incitement in education is unacceptable when she spoke with the PA Education Minister last week and she held him to account on progress to remove hateful content.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
21st Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to promote car sharing.

Under the national lockdown restrictions currently in place, car sharing is not permitted with someone from outside your household or your support bubble unless your journey is undertaken for an exempt reason, such as if car sharing is reasonably necessary as part of your work. The driver and passengers should wear a face covering to minimise the risk of transmission.

The Department is continuing to undertake work on trends in car and ride-sharing (including public attitudes), so we can identify any policy or regulatory gaps which might need addressing. This work is being undertaken in the context of the Transport Decarbonisation Plan and our Future of Transport Regulatory Review.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
15th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department plans to publish its National Bus Strategy for England.

The Government remains committed to a National Bus Strategy and aims to publish by the end of the year.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
8th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has made an assessment of the potential effect on (a) levels of active travel and (b) the connectivity of the most deprived areas of England of Canal & River Trust proposals for 30 towpath improvement schemes across the country; and if he will make a statement.

On 28 July the Prime Minister launched ambitious plans to boost cycling and walking, with the aim that half of all journeys in towns and cities are cycled or walked by 2030. This includes a £2 billion package of funding for active travel.

This will significantly increase the funding available for local authorities to deliver cycling and walking infrastructure, including on canal towpaths. Further details of funding for the different commitments in the Plan will be determined as part of the Spending Review process in the autumn.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
19th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to help local authorities to ensure that visually impaired people are able to safely access public transport, in the context of social distancing requirements.

The Government remains as committed to delivering inclusive transport for all passengers as they were before the COVID-19 pandemic. We have made clear to local authorities that the Public Sector Equality Duty still applies and that they must continue to consider the needs of disabled people.

Our expectation is that transport operators should continue to assist disabled passengers who need assistance, including those with sight loss. I made this clear in my open letter to the rail industry on 8 April 2020.

I am also meeting regularly with key disability stakeholders, including Guide Dogs, to hear directly from them about the experiences of disabled people using transport. This means we will be able to take action quickly if we find that passengers are not receiving the assistance to which they are entitled.

An accessible public realm is vital to enabling disabled people to access public transport. On 9 May the Department published statutory guidance to local authorities on reallocating road space which makes clear that authorities must consider the needs of disabled people and those with other protected characteristics when making changes to their transport networks. Public Sector Equality Duty requirements apply to temporary measures as they do to permanent ones.

Further, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has published guidance for the owners and operators of urban centres to help social distancing, including at transport hubs.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
19th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that wheelchair users are able to safely access public transport, in the context of social distancing guidelines.

The Government remains as committed to delivering inclusive transport for all passengers as they were before the COVID-19 pandemic. We have made clear to local authorities that the Public Sector Equality Duty still applies and that they must continue to consider the needs of disabled people.

Our expectation is that transport operators should continue to assist disabled passengers who need assistance, including wheelchair users. I made this clear in my open letter to the rail industry on 8 April 2020.

I am also meeting regularly with key disability stakeholders, including Disability Rights UK, Scope and Transport for All, to hear directly from them about the experiences of disabled people using transport. This means we will be able to take action quickly if we find that passengers are not receiving the assistance to which they are entitled.

An accessible public realm is vital to enabling disabled people to access public transport. On 9 May the Department published statutory guidance to local authorities on reallocating road space which makes clear that authorities must consider the needs of disabled people and those with other protected characteristics when making changes to their transport networks. Public Sector Equality Duty requirements apply to temporary measures as they do to permanent ones.

Further, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has published guidance for the owners and operators of urban centres to help social distancing, including at transport hubs.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
20th Dec 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made (a) of the performance of the current franchise with Northern Rail and (b) the level of service provided by Northern Rail to the (i) Glossop to Hadfield line, (ii) Hope Valley line and (iii) Buxton to Manchester line.

Northern’s recent performance has not been satisfactory, particularly in relation to train cancellations. The Rail North Partnership which manages the Northern franchise on behalf of the Department of Transport and Transport for the North is continuously assessing the operator’s performance.

The Public Performance Measure (PPM) – the measure for train punctuality in Britain - for the Glossop to Manchester route which includes Hadfield was 82 per cent from October 13 to November 9. The Sheffield to Manchester route including Hope Valley was 52 per cent following severe weather disruption during this time and the Buxton to Manchester line was 81 per cent. The PPM average for Northern during this period was 71 per cent.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
20th Dec 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish an update on the planned Mottram bypass and Glossop Spur.

The second Road Investment Strategy will confirm the Government’s plans for the strategic road network. We expect this to be published before the start of the second Road Period on 1 April 2020.

20th Dec 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made on the proposed investment in the Hope Valley train line.

Network Rail are working with suppliers on the detailed designs for the scheme and are very mindful of the sensitive nature of the National Park.

Work is underway to update the business case for the scheme to inform a final investment decision this Autumn. This is in line with our new approach to rail enhancements to ensure we address the needs of passengers and freight, and that funding commitments appropriately reflect the stage of development of schemes.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
25th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government is taking to help people who are self-employed save for their retirement.

The Government remains committed to increase retirement saving among the self-employed, and many already do save into a pension. The incomes, assets and self-employment experiences vary widely among this population, with considerable differences in resilience for retirement. Given this diversity, finding effective durable solutions is a long term challenge; there is no straightforward single mechanism, supported by evidence, to bring self-employed people into pension saving, but we continue to urge individuals to avail themselves of the opportunities that do already exist for pension saving.

We commenced a trialling research programme in 2019/20 to test a range of approaches and interventions. This programme includes the role of behavioural messages and savings mechanisms using financial digital platforms and uses relevant behavioural insights from automatic enrolment. This will build the evidence base to find ways to make retirement saving easier for self-employed individuals.

In addition, we have completed a short research project to evaluate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the savings and financial wellbeing and resilience of self-employed businesses. We aim to commence [more widespread] technology trials, testing behaviorally-based savings mechanisms, from this summer. This will build on findings from the first stage of trialing, which were published 16 September and on 14 December last year. In addition to this the sidecar savings project is a potential blueprint for much greater financial resilience in the self-employed world of pensions.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the letter dated 7 September 2020 from the hon. Member for High Peak, reference RL11063.

We replied to the hon. Member on 21 April 2021.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the letter dated 3 December 2020 from the hon. Member for High Peak, reference RL10735.

We replied to the hon. Member’s letter on 12 April.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the letter dated 27 November 2020 from the hon. Member for High Peak, reference RL15338.

We replied to the hon. Member on 13 April.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
9th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak of 24 November 2020, reference RL15578.

We replied to the hon. Member on 10 March 2021.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the full guidance issued to NHS commissioners in respect of (a) the year-end reconciliation process for NHS dental contracts and (b) how exceptional circumstances will be assessed and recognised in payments during the fourth quarter of the financial year 2020-21.

NHS England and NHS Improvement recognise that there may be exceptional circumstances when the dental activity target may not be deliverable and, in these situations, National Health Service regional commissioners have the discretion to make exceptions, for instance in cases where a dental practice has been impacted by staff being required to self-isolate and the reinstatement of shielding during the national lockdown. Cases will be considered on an individual basis and contractors are advised to contact commissioners early if they feel that exceptional circumstances may apply. The full guidance is available at the following link:

https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/dental-provider-assurance/dental-assurance-reviews/mid-yearyear-end-contract-reconciliation

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
8th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with his Israeli counterpart on that country's covid-19 green passport initiative.

The Department is regularly in discussions with other countries, including Israel, on a wide range of COVID-19 issues, to share learnings and collaborate internationally on the vaccination programme.

Nadhim Zahawi
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
21st Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for High Peak of 3 August 2020 on high consequence infectious diseases.

I replied to the hon. Member’s letter on 20 October 2020.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many flu vaccine doses (a) have been administered and (b) will be made available in High Peak constituency for the 2020-21 winter period.

The information is not collected in the format requested.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of Lord Deighton’s progress on leading the Government's efforts to increase domestic manufacturing of personal protective equipment.

Lord Deighton is the Government’s adviser on personal protective equipment (PPE) and as part of this he is leading the Government effort to encourage British industry to manufacture PPE. The Government is successfully building up United Kingdom manufacturing and has signed contracts for the manufacture of over 2 billion items of PPE through UK-based manufacturers, including aprons, facemasks, visors and gowns.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to introduce changes to (a) pay and (b) benefits for (i) doctors and (ii) nurses employed by the NHS.

The independent NHS Pay Review Body and The Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration make annual recommendations on pay rises for National Health Service staff. The Pay Review Bodies are made up of experts and their recommendations are based on a comprehensive assessment of evidence from a range of key stakeholders, including the Government, NHS organisations and trade unions.

We have reached multi-year pay and contract reform agreements deals for Agenda for Change staff (2018/19 – 2020/21) and Junior Doctors (2019/20 – 2022/23) and negotiations are under way for a multi-year agreement with Specialty and Associate Specialist doctors.

The NHS reward package is about much more than basic pay and includes benefits that go well beyond the statutory minimum, for instance, generous holiday allowance and access to a much-valued pension scheme. We want to ensure that the NHS employment offer continues to attract and retain the compassionate and dedicated staff the NHS needs and this offer continues to be kept under review.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will undertake a review of how NHS procurement rules could be changed to benefit domestic manufacturing of personal protective equipment.

Lord Deighton is leading the Government effort to unleash the potential of British industry to manufacture personal protective equipment (PPE) for the health and social care sectors. This will build on the manufacturing opportunities the Government has already identified and contribute to the national effort to meet the unprecedented demand. The Government is also working to support the scale-up of engineering efforts for small companies capable of contributing to supplies. The Government have now signed contracts for over 2 billion items of PPE through United Kingdom-based manufacturers, including aprons, facemasks, visors, gowns and aprons, ensuring we build and maintain a domestic base for the future.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
13th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many full-time (a) doctors and (b) nurses were employed by the NHS in Derbyshire in (a) November 2010 and (b) November 2019.

NHS Digital publishes Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS) workforce statistics. These include staff working in hospital trusts and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), but not staff working in primary care or in general practitioner surgeries, local authorities or other providers.

The following table shows the full time equivalent (FTE) number of doctors employed in National Health Service trusts in the local authority of Derbyshire as at November 2010 and 2019.

Doctors (FTE)

November 2010

November 2019

Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

310

402

Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust

25

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

93

121

East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust

3

Derby City Primary Care Trust (PCT)

25

Derbyshire County PCT

36

The following table shows the FTE number of nurses and health visitors employed in NHS trusts in the local authority of Derbyshire as at November 2010 and 2019.

Nurses and health visitors (FTE)

November 2010

November 2019

Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

671

848

Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust

1,066

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

652

854

East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust

18

29

Derby City PCT

282

Derbyshire County PCT

993

Staff transferred from Derbyshire County PCT to Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust in September 2011.

Staff transferred from Derby City PCT to Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in April 2011.

Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust acquired Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in July 2018 to form University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust and as such the latest figures cannot be accurately compared to 2010.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
13th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding will be allocated to Derby and Derbyshire CCG in (a) 2020-21, (b) 2021-22, (c) 2022-23 and (d) 2023-24.

NHS England is responsible for the allocation of resources to clinical commissioning groups (CCGs). Funding is distributed on the basis of a weighted capitation formula, informed by independent advice from the Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation, and population estimates provided by the Office for National Statistics.

NHS England published five-year CCG allocations 2019-20 to 2023-24 on 8 February 2019 at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/publication/ccg-allocations-2019-20-to-2023-24-core-services/

Final allocations after local adjustments captured by the formula for Derby and Derbyshire CCG in the years requested are set out in the following table.

£000’s

2020-21

2021-22

2022-23

2023-24

Revenue allocation

1,511

1,568

1,624

1,677

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if the UK will issue a condemnation of the alleged payment of salaries to prisoners convicted of terrorist offences by the Palestinian Authority.

No UK aid is used for prisoner payments to Palestinian prisoners or their families. We continue to raise the need for reform to the prisoner payments system to become more needs-based, transparent and affordable.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
22nd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for regional stability of the re-election of Yahya Sinwar as Hamas's leader in the Gaza Strip.

The UK continues to monitor the situation closely and retains a policy of no contact with Hamas in its entirety. We continue to call upon Hamas to end permanently their incitement and indiscriminate attacks against Israel.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
24th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 18 November 2020 to Question 113686 on Turkey: Hamas, what representations he has made to his Turkish counterpart on that matter.

The Foreign Secretary has not raised this matter with his Turkish counterpart. The UK's position on Hamas is clear, and Turkey is well aware of this position. Hamas' failure to renounce violence and recognise Israel remains a significant barrier to peace. We continue to call upon Hamas to end permanently their incitement and indiscriminate attacks against Israel.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
10th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on regional stability of recent reports that Turkey has granted citizenship to senior Hamas operatives.

We are aware of reports about the granting of Turkish citizenship to Hamas figures. Hamas continues to pose a threat to Israel and Israeli civilians. The UK is clear that Hamas' failure to renounce violence and recognise Israel remains a significant barrier to peace. We continue to call upon Hamas to end permanently their incitement and indiscriminate attacks against Israel. The UK retains a policy of no contact with Hamas, in its entirety. Hamas' military wing has been proscribed as a terrorist organisation by the UK since 2001.

Wendy Morton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
22nd Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his German counterpart on that country’s detention of people suspected spying for Iran’s Quds Force.

We do not routinely comment on intelligence matters or specific threats. We continue to use all the tools at our disposal to counter threats to national security, working with our allies. On 8 January 2019, the UK and a number of European partners jointly raised with Iran our deep concerns about hostile activities and plots being planned and perpetrated in Europe. We have long expressed our deep concerns about the destabilising activities of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and IRGC Qods Force. The Government is clear that Iran should instead look to play a constructive role in regional stability.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
8th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of Iran's recent announcement to cease all commitments under the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

We are deeply concerned by Iran’s recent announcement. As the Prime Minister said on 8 January, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) remains the best way of preventing nuclear proliferation in Iran and we hope it will remain. The Prime Minister made this clear to President Rouhani when they spoke on 9 January, strongly urging Iran to reverse all measures inconsistent with the deal and to come back into compliance with it.

On 14 January the E3 initiated the JCPoA's Dispute Resolution Mechanism (DRM). We are committed to using the DRM in good faith to find a viable resolution to Iran’s compliance issues.

The Prime Minister and I have also spoken to European partners in recent days and will continue to do so to find a way forward. We need a deal which everyone respects the terms of, and which takes the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran off the table.

26th Apr 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to respond to the enquiry of 26 January 2021 from the hon. Member for High Peak with the reference RL17850.

I responded to the Member on 6 February 2021. A further copy has been sent by email.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
9th Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak of 27 July 2020, reference RL9092.

HMT responded to the Member on 15 January 2021. A further copy has been sent by email.

Kemi Badenoch
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
3rd Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak of 14 July 2020, reference RL9065.

A response was issued to this correspondence on 1 September 2020.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
4th Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak of 30 November 2020 with regard to Reference Number RL15984.

I responded to the Member’s email on 15 January.

Kemi Badenoch
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
18th Mar 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to support self-employed people affected by covid-19.

The Government is deferring tax payments, through the Income Tax Self-Assessment (ITSA) and VAT system to help support businesses and the self-employed with cash flows. VAT payments due between now and mid-June will be deferred. No business will have to make a VAT payment to HMRC in that period. Income tax payments due in July 2020 under the Self-Assessment system will be deferred to January 2021, benefitting up to 5.7m self-employed businesses.

The Government has also announced it is delaying the reforms to the off-payroll working rules (IR35) from April 2020 to April 2021 and the reforms will be legislated for in the 2020 Finance Bill. This deferral has been announced in response to the spread of Covid-19, to help businesses and individuals deal with the economic impacts of the pandemic.

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme is available to self-employed individuals with an eligible business entity. By providing an 80% government guarantee on finance facilities up to £5 million, this scheme will help more businesses access the finance they need. The Government will not charge businesses for this guarantee, and will also cover the first 12 months of interest payments for businesses. For more information on the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme go to: www.British-business-bank.co.uk/CBILS.

The Minimum Income Floor will be temporarily relaxed for all self-employed UC claimants for 1 year from 6 April. This means a drop in earnings due to the economic impacts of Covid-19 will not affect the amount of UC a claimant receives. This goes further than the Budget announcement to temporarily relax the MIF only for claimants who are directly affected by Covid-19, which has already come into effect. For those directly affected or self-isolating, there will be no attendance requirements, and Universal Credit can be claimed online or via phone.

Self-employed people unable to work because they are directly affected by Covid-19 or self-isolating will be eligible for Contributory Employment and Support Allowance. This is now payable from the first day of sickness, rather than the eighth. Eligible claimants under 25 will be entitled to £57.90 per week, and over 25s £73.10 per week.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
18th Mar 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to support hairdressers affected by covid-19.

The government has announced a significant package of financial support for businesses and employees. Further details of this package are available at: www.businesssupport.gov.uk

Steve Barclay
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
9th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak of 5 October 2020, reference RL9115.

The UKVI MP Account Management team responded on 10 March 2021.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
23rd Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) visa applications, (b) asylum claims and (c) indefinite leave to remain applications have been accepted (i) nationally and (ii) in the High Peak constituency in the first six months of 2020.

The available data on entry clearance visa applications are published in table Vis_D01 of the Entry clearance visa detailed datasets. https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/managed-migration-datasets Data on decisions, including whether this was a grant or refusal, are published in table Vis_D02. All data can be broken down by nationality.

The available data on indefinite leave to remain applications are published in settlement tables https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-statistics-year-ending-june-2020/list-of-tables#settlement se_02_q and se_03.

The available information on other data on processing times are published as part of the Migration Transparency data, available at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/migration-transparency-data .

The Home Office publishes data on asylum in the ‘Immigration Statistics Quarterly Release’. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/immigration-statistics-quarterly-release Data on asylum applications are published in table Asy_D01 https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/asylum-and-resettlement-datasets#asylum-applications-decisions-and-resettlement of the Asylum and resettlement detailed datasets. Data on initial decisions, including whether this was a grant or refusal, are published in table Asy_D02. Data on the number of asylum applications awaiting a decision are published in table Asy_D03. All data can be broken down by nationality.

Information on how to use the dataset can be found in the ‘Notes’ page of the workbook. The latest data relates to the year ending September 2020. Additionally, the Home Office publishes a high-level overview of the data at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/immigration-statistics-data-tables-year-ending-september-2020#asylum-and-resettlement. The ‘contents’ sheet contains an overview of all available data on asylum and resettlement.

Information on future Home Office statistical release dates can be found in the ‘Research and statistics calendar’. https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/announcements/immigration-statistics-year-ending-december-2020

The Home Office has no published data to answer part (ii) of the questions regarding the High Peak constituency. The information is not readily available nor held centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
23rd Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) visa applications, (b) asylum claims and (c) indefinite leave to remain applications have been rejected (i) nationally and (ii) in the High Peak constituency in the first six months of 2020.

The available data on entry clearance visa applications are published in table Vis_D01 of the Entry clearance visa detailed datasets. https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/managed-migration-datasets Data on decisions, including whether this was a grant or refusal, are published in table Vis_D02. All data can be broken down by nationality.

The available data on indefinite leave to remain applications are published in settlement tables https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-statistics-year-ending-june-2020/list-of-tables#settlement se_02_q and se_03.

The available information on other data on processing times are published as part of the Migration Transparency data, available at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/migration-transparency-data .

The Home Office publishes data on asylum in the ‘Immigration Statistics Quarterly Release’. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/immigration-statistics-quarterly-release Data on asylum applications are published in table Asy_D01 https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/asylum-and-resettlement-datasets#asylum-applications-decisions-and-resettlement of the Asylum and resettlement detailed datasets. Data on initial decisions, including whether this was a grant or refusal, are published in table Asy_D02. Data on the number of asylum applications awaiting a decision are published in table Asy_D03. All data can be broken down by nationality.

Information on how to use the dataset can be found in the ‘Notes’ page of the workbook. The latest data relates to the year ending September 2020. Additionally, the Home Office publishes a high-level overview of the data at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/immigration-statistics-data-tables-year-ending-september-2020#asylum-and-resettlement. The ‘contents’ sheet contains an overview of all available data on asylum and resettlement.

Information on future Home Office statistical release dates can be found in the ‘Research and statistics calendar’. https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/announcements/immigration-statistics-year-ending-december-2020

The Home Office has no published data to answer part (ii) of the questions regarding the High Peak constituency. The information is not readily available nor held centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
23rd Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) visa applications, (b) asylum claims and (c) indefinite leave to remain applications have been processed (i) nationally and (ii) in the High Peak constituency in the first six months of 2020.

The available data on entry clearance visa applications are published in table Vis_D01 of the Entry clearance visa detailed datasets. https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/managed-migration-datasets Data on decisions, including whether this was a grant or refusal, are published in table Vis_D02. All data can be broken down by nationality.

The available data on indefinite leave to remain applications are published in settlement tables https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-statistics-year-ending-june-2020/list-of-tables#settlement se_02_q and se_03.

The available information on other data on processing times are published as part of the Migration Transparency data, available at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/migration-transparency-data .

The Home Office publishes data on asylum in the ‘Immigration Statistics Quarterly Release’. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/immigration-statistics-quarterly-release Data on asylum applications are published in table Asy_D01 https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/asylum-and-resettlement-datasets#asylum-applications-decisions-and-resettlement of the Asylum and resettlement detailed datasets. Data on initial decisions, including whether this was a grant or refusal, are published in table Asy_D02. Data on the number of asylum applications awaiting a decision are published in table Asy_D03. All data can be broken down by nationality.

Information on how to use the dataset can be found in the ‘Notes’ page of the workbook. The latest data relates to the year ending September 2020. Additionally, the Home Office publishes a high-level overview of the data at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/immigration-statistics-data-tables-year-ending-september-2020#asylum-and-resettlement. The ‘contents’ sheet contains an overview of all available data on asylum and resettlement.

Information on future Home Office statistical release dates can be found in the ‘Research and statistics calendar’. https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/announcements/immigration-statistics-year-ending-december-2020

The Home Office has no published data to answer part (ii) of the questions regarding the High Peak constituency. The information is not readily available nor held centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
23rd Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) visa applications, (b) asylum claims and (c) indefinite leave to remain applications are still outstanding (i) nationally and (ii) in the High Peak constituency as at 23 November 2020.

The available data on entry clearance visa applications are published in table Vis_D01 of the Entry clearance visa detailed datasets. https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/managed-migration-datasets Data on decisions, including whether this was a grant or refusal, are published in table Vis_D02. All data can be broken down by nationality.

The available data on indefinite leave to remain applications are published in settlement tables https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-statistics-year-ending-june-2020/list-of-tables#settlement se_02_q and se_03.

The available information on other data on processing times are published as part of the Migration Transparency data, available at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/migration-transparency-data .

The Home Office publishes data on asylum in the ‘Immigration Statistics Quarterly Release’. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/immigration-statistics-quarterly-release Data on asylum applications are published in table Asy_D01 https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/asylum-and-resettlement-datasets#asylum-applications-decisions-and-resettlement of the Asylum and resettlement detailed datasets. Data on initial decisions, including whether this was a grant or refusal, are published in table Asy_D02. Data on the number of asylum applications awaiting a decision are published in table Asy_D03. All data can be broken down by nationality.

Information on how to use the dataset can be found in the ‘Notes’ page of the workbook. The latest data relates to the year ending September 2020. Additionally, the Home Office publishes a high-level overview of the data at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/immigration-statistics-data-tables-year-ending-september-2020#asylum-and-resettlement. The ‘contents’ sheet contains an overview of all available data on asylum and resettlement.

Information on future Home Office statistical release dates can be found in the ‘Research and statistics calendar’. https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/announcements/immigration-statistics-year-ending-december-2020

The Home Office has no published data to answer part (ii) of the questions regarding the High Peak constituency. The information is not readily available nor held centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
11th May 2020
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what plans the Government has to bring forward legislative proposals to ban gay conversion therapy.

It is a fundamental principle of this Government that everyone should be free to live their lives as they wish. People must feel safe at home, out on the street and online.

Conversion therapy is a very complex issue. There are a wide range of practices which may fall within its scope and we want to ensure we have a thorough understanding of the situation in the UK to inform an effective approach. Before any decision is made on proposals for ending conversion therapy we must understand the problem, the range of options available and the impact they would have.

We will work to deepen our understanding and consider all options for ending the practice of conversion therapy.

Kemi Badenoch
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
9th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak of 29 September 2020, reference RL12415.

As stated in the Department’s initial response on 15 February, this correspondence has been transferred to the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
19th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to help local authorities ensure that visually impaired people are able to safely access public spaces in the context of social distancing requirements.

We published the Safer Public Places Guidance to provide owners and operators with a framework to support social distancing in public places. This guidance reminds owners and operators of public spaces to consider the particular needs of those with protected characteristics such as visually impaired people.

Owners and operators are advised to carefully consider social distancing guidelines in public spaces, emphasise the latest government advice on safety procedures to visitors and provide clear and concise information to the public on how to adhere to social distancing. ?This could?include?providing?information?on changes for visually impaired visitors and how they can continue to access public spaces in a safe way.?When providing information, we encourage owners/operators to consider providing alternative types of communications with consideration to those with visual and other impairments.

Local authorities are subject to the Equality Act and the Public Sector Equality duty will apply to decisions relating to these measures.

19th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to help local authorities to ensure that wheelchair users are able to safely access public spaces in the context of social distancing requirements.

We published the Safer Public Places Guidance to provide owners and operators with a framework to support social distancing in public places. This guidance reminds owners and operators of public spaces to consider the particular needs of those with protected characteristics such as wheelchair users.

Owners and operators are advised to carefully consider social distancing guidelines in public spaces, emphasise the latest government advice on safety procedures to visitors and provide clear and concise information to the public on how to adhere to social distancing. ?This could?include?providing?information?on changes for disabled users and how they can continue to access public spaces in a safe way.

Local authorities are subject to the Equality Act and the Public Sector Equality duty will apply to decisions relating to these measures.

18th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to support private renters affected by covid-19.

On 18 March, we announced a radical package of measures to protect renters and landlords affected by coronavirus. Emergency legislation has been brought forward as an urgent priority so that landlords will not be able to start proceedings to evict tenants for at least a three-month period. As a result of these measures, no renter in private or social accommodation needs to be concerned about the threat of eviction.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)