Stephen Hepburn Portrait

Stephen Hepburn

Independent - Former Member for Jarrow

Northern Ireland Affairs Committee
11th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Northern Ireland Affairs Committee
6th Jul 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Scottish Affairs Committee
6th Jul 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Northern Ireland Affairs Committee
15th Mar 2004 - 30th Mar 2015
Administration Committee
26th Jan 2009 - 6th May 2010
Defence Committee
8th Dec 1999 - 11th May 2001
Administration Committee
28th Jul 1997 - 30th Jan 2001


Division Voting information

Stephen Hepburn has voted in 2092 divisions, and 41 times against the majority of their Party.

4 Sep 2019 - Early Parliamentary General Election - View Vote Context
Stephen Hepburn voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 3 Labour Aye votes vs 28 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 298 Noes - 56
12 Jun 2019 - Leaving the EU: Business of the House - View Vote Context
Stephen Hepburn voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 8 Labour No votes vs 222 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 298 Noes - 309
9 Apr 2019 - Section 1 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2019 - View Vote Context
Stephen Hepburn voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 3 Labour No votes vs 223 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 420 Noes - 110
3 Apr 2019 - Business of the House - View Vote Context
Stephen Hepburn voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 9 Labour No votes vs 228 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 310 Noes - 310
3 Apr 2019 - Business of the House - View Vote Context
Stephen Hepburn voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 8 Labour No votes vs 230 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 312 Noes - 311
3 Apr 2019 - European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - View Vote Context
Stephen Hepburn voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 7 Labour No votes vs 230 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 315 Noes - 310
3 Apr 2019 - European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - View Vote Context
Stephen Hepburn voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 4 Labour Aye votes vs 228 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 304 Noes - 313
3 Apr 2019 - European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - View Vote Context
Stephen Hepburn voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 9 Labour No votes vs 229 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 313 Noes - 312
1 Apr 2019 - EU: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Votes) - View Vote Context
Stephen Hepburn voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 10 Labour No votes vs 230 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 273 Noes - 276
1 Apr 2019 - EU: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Votes) - View Vote Context
Stephen Hepburn voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 25 Labour No votes vs 185 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 261 Noes - 282
1 Apr 2019 - EU: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Votes) - View Vote Context
Stephen Hepburn voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 24 Labour No votes vs 203 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 280 Noes - 292
1 Apr 2019 - EU: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Votes) - View Vote Context
Stephen Hepburn voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 18 Labour No votes vs 121 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 191 Noes - 292
27 Mar 2019 - Business of the House - View Vote Context
Stephen Hepburn voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 2 Labour No votes vs 232 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 331 Noes - 287
27 Mar 2019 - EU: Withdrawal and Future Relationship Votes - View Vote Context
Stephen Hepburn voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 42 Labour No votes vs 143 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 188 Noes - 283
27 Mar 2019 - EU: Withdrawal and Future Relationship Votes - View Vote Context
Stephen Hepburn voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 12 Labour No votes vs 226 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 264 Noes - 272
27 Mar 2019 - EU: Withdrawal and Future Relationship Votes - View Vote Context
Stephen Hepburn voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 4 Labour No votes vs 232 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 237 Noes - 307
27 Mar 2019 - EU: Withdrawal and Future Relationship Votes - View Vote Context
Stephen Hepburn voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 22 Labour No votes vs 111 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 184 Noes - 293
27 Mar 2019 - EU: Withdrawal and Future Relationship Votes - View Vote Context
Stephen Hepburn voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 27 Labour No votes vs 198 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 268 Noes - 295
25 Mar 2019 - European Union (Withdrawal) Act - View Vote Context
Stephen Hepburn voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 8 Labour No votes vs 232 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 329 Noes - 302
25 Mar 2019 - European Union (Withdrawal) Act - View Vote Context
Stephen Hepburn voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 9 Labour No votes vs 228 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 311 Noes - 314
25 Mar 2019 - European Union (Withdrawal) Act - View Vote Context
Stephen Hepburn voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 8 Labour No votes vs 232 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 327 Noes - 300
14 Mar 2019 - UK’s Withdrawal from the European Union - View Vote Context
Stephen Hepburn voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 6 Labour No votes vs 230 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 311 Noes - 314
14 Mar 2019 - UK’s Withdrawal from the European Union - View Vote Context
Stephen Hepburn voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 3 Labour No votes vs 236 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 412 Noes - 202
13 Mar 2019 - UK’s Withdrawal from the European Union - View Vote Context
Stephen Hepburn voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 6 Labour No votes vs 233 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 312 Noes - 308
13 Mar 2019 - UK’s Withdrawal from the European Union - View Vote Context
Stephen Hepburn voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 2 Labour No votes vs 235 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 321 Noes - 278
27 Feb 2019 - UK’s Withdrawal from the EU - View Vote Context
Stephen Hepburn voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 1 Labour No votes vs 235 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 240 Noes - 323
27 Feb 2019 - UK’s Withdrawal from the EU - View Vote Context
Stephen Hepburn voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 7 Labour No votes vs 225 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 288 Noes - 324
29 Jan 2019 - European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 - View Vote Context
Stephen Hepburn voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 14 Labour No votes vs 232 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 301 Noes - 321
29 Jan 2019 - European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 - View Vote Context
Stephen Hepburn voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 14 Labour No votes vs 226 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 298 Noes - 321
29 Jan 2019 - European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 - View Vote Context
Stephen Hepburn voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 13 Labour No votes vs 224 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 290 Noes - 322
29 Jan 2019 - European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 - View Vote Context
Stephen Hepburn voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 3 Labour No votes vs 245 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 318 Noes - 310
31 Jan 2018 - Restoration and Renewal (Report of the Joint Committee) - View Vote Context
Stephen Hepburn voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 11 Labour No votes vs 158 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 236 Noes - 220
8 Feb 2017 - Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada - View Vote Context
Stephen Hepburn voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 68 Labour No votes vs 85 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 409 Noes - 126
30 Nov 2016 - Chilcot Inquiry and Parliamentary Accountability - View Vote Context
Stephen Hepburn voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 5 Labour Aye votes vs 157 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 70 Noes - 439
11 Mar 2015 - Ark Pension Schemes - View Vote Context
Stephen Hepburn voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 3 Labour No votes vs 190 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 367 Noes - 113
26 Sep 2014 - Iraq: Coalition Against ISIL - View Vote Context
Stephen Hepburn voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 24 Labour No votes vs 190 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 524 Noes - 43
10 Feb 2014 - Children and Families Bill - View Vote Context
Stephen Hepburn voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 3 Labour No votes vs 192 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 453 Noes - 24
29 Aug 2013 - Syria and the Use of Chemical Weapons - View Vote Context
Stephen Hepburn voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 6 Labour No votes vs 205 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 220 Noes - 332
10 Jul 2012 - House of Lords Reform Bill - View Vote Context
Stephen Hepburn voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 26 Labour No votes vs 201 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 462 Noes - 124
2 Apr 2008 - Biosimilar Medicines - View Vote Context
Stephen Hepburn voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 5 Labour Aye votes vs 252 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 124 Noes - 322
7 Mar 2007 - House of Lords Reform - View Vote Context
Stephen Hepburn voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 152 Labour No votes vs 162 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 416 Noes - 163
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All Debates

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
Theresa May (Conservative)
(14 debate interactions)
Matt Hancock (Conservative)
(13 debate interactions)
Nick Clegg (Liberal Democrat)
(12 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Department for Work and Pensions
(36 debate contributions)
Department of Health and Social Care
(23 debate contributions)
Department for Transport
(23 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(20 debate contributions)
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Latest EDMs signed by Stephen Hepburn

16th October 2019
Stephen Hepburn signed this EDM on Monday 4th November 2019

ASDA contract 6

Tabled by: Chris Stephens (Scottish National Party - Glasgow South West)
That this House notes with concern the decision by ASDA to proceed with proposals to put all hourly paid employees on flexible contracts (Contract 6) despite considerable concern about the proposed changes to employee terms and conditions; further notes that the flexibility clause in Contract 6 will force employees to …
48 signatures
(Most recent: 16 Dec 2019)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 32
Scottish National Party: 9
Democratic Unionist Party: 3
Independent: 2
Conservative: 1
Liberal Democrat: 1
15th October 2019
Stephen Hepburn signed this EDM on Monday 4th November 2019

Prison officer pension age

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

Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Stephen Hepburn, 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.


Stephen Hepburn has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Stephen Hepburn has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

Stephen Hepburn has not introduced any legislation before Parliament


306 Written Questions

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department
20th Jul 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people in the North East who are in insecure jobs.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
16th May 2018
What recent assessment he has made of Capita’s ability to deliver its public service contract obligations.

Public service delivery has not been affected by Capita’s announcements to date. My officials are in regular discussions with Capita’s leadership who have assured us that it remains committed to delivering its public sector contracts.

Responsibility for monitoring service delivery sits within individual contracting authorities. For strategic suppliers, departments work with the Crown Representatives and Strategic Partnering Managers to identify and implement improvement opportunities.

Oliver Dowden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
5th Mar 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of (a) private sector and (b) public sector employees in (i) Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside and (iii) the North East.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
15th Nov 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside and (c) the North East earn below the UK average weekly earnings for full-time employees.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

19th Oct 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of the working population of Jarrow constituency is currently employed in the private sector.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

17th Jul 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people working in Jarrow constituency earn less than the national living wage.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

10th Jul 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people working in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK earn less than £10 per hour.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

13th Apr 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people are employed on zero-hours contracts in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

13th Apr 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people aged between 16 and 24-years old are employed on zero-hours contracts in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

13th Mar 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people are registered as self-employed in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

13th Mar 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people have been registered as self-employed in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each of the last seven years.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

6th Jan 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people have been employed on a zero-hours contract in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 2008.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

6th Jan 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people have been unemployed on a part-time basis in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 2008.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

6th Jan 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people have been employed on a full-time basis in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 2008.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

6th Jan 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people have been employed in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 2008.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

6th Jan 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people have been unemployed in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside and (c) the North East in each year since 2008.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

2nd Jul 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK have been on zero-hours contracts in each of the last five years.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

2nd Jul 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people aged between 16 and 24 in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK have been on zero-hours contracts in each of the last five years.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

2nd Jul 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many hours in a month an employee on a zero-hours contract has to work to be counted as employed in monthly employment statistics.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

2nd Jul 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of people on zero-hours contracts in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

4th Jul 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people have been registered as self-employed in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each of the last five years.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

4th Jul 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people were employed on a part-time basis in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each of the last five years.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

4th Jul 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people were employed on a full-time basis in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each of the last five years.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

2nd Jul 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many men have been unemployed in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each of the last 12 months.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

2nd Jul 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people have been unemployed in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each of the last 12 months.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

2nd Jul 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many men have been employed in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each of the last 12 months.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

2nd Jul 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many women have been employed in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each of the last 12 months.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

2nd Jul 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the unemployment rate in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK was in each of the last 12 months.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

2nd Jul 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many women have been unemployed in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each of the last 12 months.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

2nd Jul 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people have been employed in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each of the last 12 months.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent assessment he has made of levels of unemployment amongst recent university graduates in the North East.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many university graduates in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK were (i) employed and (ii) unemployed in each of the last five years.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many university graduates in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK secured (i) graduate level and (ii) non-graduate level employment in each of the last five years.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

17th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to reduce fuel poverty in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England.

The best long-term solution to tackling fuel poverty is to improve energy efficiency to bring the cost of heating homes down. We recently announced that the whole of the £640m per year Energy Company Obligation scheme will be focused on low income and vulnerable households from later this year.

Financial support is also available to help low income and vulnerable households with the cost of keeping warm each winter. The Warm Home Discount provides over 2 million households with a £140 rebate off their energy bill.

In addition, the current Safeguard Tariff caps energy prices for 4 million pre-payment meter customers, and 1 million households in receipt of the Warm Home Discount, two groups who are known to be among the most vulnerable in society. The Domestic Gas & Electricity (Tariff Cap) Act 2018 requires Ofgem to temporarily extend these protections to a further 11 million customers on standard variable and default tariffs.

29th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support manufacturing jobs in North East England.

The Government’s Industrial Strategy has set out a long term approach to boost the UK’s productivity growth and ensure that we’re building an economy fit for the future. The White Paper has set out a range of measures aimed at increasing investment from the private and public sector, which will both be vital in meeting the objective of increasing our productivity and earning power for people across the UK. This includes a commitment to increase total R&D investment to 2.4% of GDP by 2027.

We are committed to making the UK the best place in Europe to own and grow a manufacturing business. Through our Industrial Strategy, we will make sure that we are using all the tools we have to stimulate growth in places such as the North East. That means using our record investments in infrastructure to unlock growth in every part of the country; using the major new investment in research to support innovative manufacturing businesses across the country; and encouraging inward investment into the parts of the country where we need to get growth going faster. We are also cutting business taxes and slashing red tape.

Government is supporting the North East LEP Growth Deal by providing £380 million of funding that will lead to an estimated 8,000 new jobs. The Growth Deal includes funding for the International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP) providing a world-class environment for high-tech industries and advanced manufacturing businesses.

29th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support manufacturing jobs in North East England in his negotiations with the EU for when the UK leaves the EU.

As we leave the EU there is an opportunity for us to do far more to engage with the wider world beyond Europe where there is so much emerging innovation and opportunity. The Industrial Strategy builds on our strengths, creates strong foundations to meet the challenges of the future and will help us to make the best of our relations with Europe and beyond. This helps ensure that minimal disruptions are made to UK manufacturing and facilitates conditions for it to thrive.

We recognise the challenges faced by EU Exit, and we remain committed to making the UK the best place in Europe to own and grow a business after the UK leaves the EU. Through our Industrial Strategy, we will make sure that we are using all the tools we have to stimulate growth in places such as the North East. This includes using our record investments in infrastructure to unlock growth in every part of the country; using the major new investment in research to support innovative manufacturing businesses across the country; and encouraging inward investment into the parts of the country where we need to get growth going faster. We are also cutting business taxes and slashing red tape.

Government is also supporting the North East LEP Growth Deal by providing £380 million of funding that will lead to an estimated 8,000 new jobs. The Growth Deal includes funding for the International Advanced Manufacturing Park, providing a world-class environment for high-tech industries and advanced manufacturing businesses.

25th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent steps his Department has taken to support commercial shipbuilding in (a) the North East and (b) the UK.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy continues to work closely with the Maritime Enterprise Working Group tasked in the National Shipbuilding Strategy with driving up productivity and competitiveness in the supply chain and shipyards, including those in the North East.

5th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) business start-ups and (b) business closures in (i) Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside, (iii) Tyne and Wear and (iv) the North East in each year since 2010.

The Office for National Statistics’ Business Demography survey details the change in number of UK businesses.

When looking at business start-ups and business closures we look at business births and business deaths. The Office of National Statistics defines business births as new business registrations and business deaths as businesses that have ceased to trade.

The following table gives the number of business birth and deaths in the Jarrow Constituency, South Tyneside, Tyne and Wear Metropolitan County and North East Region from 2010 to 2016.

Jarrow Constituency

South Tyneside

Tyne and Wear Metropolitan County

North East Region

Year

Number of Business Births

Number of Business Deaths

Number of Business Births

Number of Business Deaths

Number of Business Births

Number of Business Deaths

Number of Business Births

Number of Business Deaths

2010

150

170

290

315

2,460

2,925

5,975

6,925

2011

175

160

325

295

2,935

2,705

7,070

6,200

2012

200

190

390

335

3,120

2,980

7,265

7,035

2013

275

175

560

300

4,160

2,750

9,685

6,530

2014

310

190

565

375

4,080

3,145

9,650

7,070

2015

275

190

540

410

4,145

3,340

9,635

7,785

2016

330

220

645

440

4,380

3,760

10,180

8,530

5th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to increase regional productivity in the North East.

The Government’s Industrial Strategy has set out a long term approach to boost the UK’s productivity growth and ensure that we’re building an economy fit for the future. The White Paper has set out a range of measures aimed at increasing investment from the private and public sector, which will both be vital in meeting the objective of increasing our productivity and earning power for people across the UK, including the North East of England.

We are working with the North East Local Enterprise Partnership to support the delivery of their Strategic Economic Plan, with its key themes of More and Better Jobs, which articulates how productivity can be enhanced in the area. In their latest analysis, the North East LEP highlights that, of the 55,200 additional jobs created in the North East since 2014, 73% – or 40,300 – meet their definition of ‘better’ jobs.

5th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support job creation schemes in the Jarrow constituency.

The Government has funded the provision of tailored advice and support through the North East Local Enterprise Partnership’s Growth Hub, which aims to grow the number and quality of jobs across the North East, including Jarrow.

This growth hub has a particular focus on scale-up businesses. In 2014, the North East LEP estimates that the area had 420 scale-up businesses employing 15,500 people with a combined turnover of £1.8billion. A third of the increase in the value of goods and services produced in the North East during 2014 can be attributed to these 420 scaleups.

While the North East economy has seen significant business growth in the past two years, we are supporting the Local Enterprise Partnership in their ambition to do even better by increasing the number of scale-up businesses in the North East LEP area by 50% by 2024, creating 6,000 more jobs.

5th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to provide funding for regional infrastructure development in the North East.

Through our Industrial Strategy, we will make sure that we are using all the tools we have to stimulate growth in places such as the North East. That means using our record investments in infrastructure to unlock growth in every part of the country; using the major new investment in research to support innovative manufacturing businesses across the country; and encouraging inward investment into the parts of the country where we need to get growth going faster.

The North East LEP Growth Deal supported by £379.6 million of funding is estimated to provide 8,000 new jobs. The Growth Deal includes funding for the International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP) providing a world-class environment for high-tech industries and advanced manufacturing businesses. South Tyneside and Sunderland Councils estimate that it will bring £300 million of private sector investment into the region, helping support and grow the manufacturing sector in the North East.

19th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to promote (a) commercial and (b) military shipbuilding in the North East.

The National Shipbuilding Strategy sets out plans for procuring all future naval ships. Future warship procurement will be by competition between UK shipyards, and international partners will be encouraged to work with them to produce the best possible commercial solution. Non-warships, such as support shipping, will be procured by international competition. BEIS is supporting the Maritime Enterprise Working Group (MEWG) set up to lead the industry response to the National Shipbuilding Strategy. The MEWG is led by Peter French, former Chief Executive of BMT Group, and is supported by the Society for Maritime Industries (SMI). The MEWG’’s membership consists of high ranking industry members from different parts of the country, including the North East. The group’s priorities include looking at improving competitiveness and productivity in the shipyards and supply chain to help shipbuilding companies improve their capability when bidding for, both, commercial and naval contracts. BEIS ensures that the work of the MEWG is used appropriately in the wider work being done across Whitehall on the National Shipbuilding Strategy.

23rd Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to paragraph 4.7 of the Autumn Budget 2017, how much of the additional funding in the modern Industrial Strategy will be allocated on projects in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, and (c) the North East.

The Government is committed to providing high quality infrastructure to support economic growth and prosperity across all regions of the UK. We will ensure our infrastructure investments actively support our long-term productivity, providing greater certainty and clear strategic direction.

The Transforming Cities Fund will provide £1.7bn to drive productivity by improving connectivity, reducing congestion and utilising new mobility services and technology, transform local productivity in city-regions.

We have already seen investment for projects for the North East that include:

  • increasing national research and development spending to 2.4 per cent, boosting the North East’s strength in research and innovation
  • 815,000 people living and working in the North of Tyne will benefit from an ambitious devolution deal agreed between the government and the North of Tyne authorities. This includes a new £600 million long-term investment fund over the next thirty years to be spent on local priorities, such as skills and employment, adult education, and rural productivity.
  • a £337 million investment to support a transformative modernisation programme to replace the Tyne & Wear Metro system’s 40-year old trains with a brand-new fleet. This will help to ensure that the Metro system is reliable, runs efficiently, and helps local people get to where they need to be.
  • the Tees Valley Combined Authority will receive £59 million from a new £1.7 billion Cities Transformation Fund. Funding will be invested in transport projects which drive productivity by improving connectivity and reducing congestion.
  • as announced at Budget, the government is investing £123 million to support the safe development of the Redcar steelworks site in the Tees Valley. Mayor Ben Houchen will set up a Mayoral Development Corporation and use this funding to drive forward an ambitious programme of regeneration for the area.
  • The North East has already benefitted from Industrial Strategy funding when the International Centre for Life in Newcastle benefitted from a £13 million funding pot aimed at encouraging more of the public to engage with STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) learning. The money will enable the centre to reinvigorate its visitor experience and develop new STEM learning activities.
23rd Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to paragraph 4.31 of the Autumn Budget 2017, for what reasons (a) 18 to 20 year olds and (b) 16 to 17 year olds are paid less than the level of the National Minimum Wage set for 21 to 24 year olds.

The Government sets age-related minimum wages in order to protect younger workers, who may otherwise be more vulnerable to being unemployed than older workers.

The 2017 Low Pay Commission report (Figure 3.15) shows the unemployment rates for young people not in full-time education in the UK is 31.3 per cent for 16-18 year olds, 15.5 per cent for 18-20 year olds. This compares to 8.4 per cent for those aged 21 to 24 in the second quarter of 2017.

The Government is setting minimum thresholds only and we recognise and commend those employers who seek to set higher rates of pay.

23rd Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to paragraph 4.41 of the Autumn Budget 2017, how much of the additional public investment in economic infrastructure his Department plans to allocate to projects in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, and (c) the North East.

The Government is committed to providing high quality infrastructure to support economic growth and prosperity across all regions of the UK. We will ensure our infrastructure investments actively support our long-term productivity, providing greater certainty and clear strategic direction.

The Transforming Cities Fund will provide £1.7bn to drive productivity by improving connectivity, reducing congestion and utilising new mobility services and technology, transform local productivity in city-regions.

We have already seen investment for projects for the North East that include:

  • increasing national research and development spending to 2.4 per cent, boosting the North East’s strength in research and innovation
  • 815,000 people living and working in the North of Tyne will benefit from an ambitious devolution deal agreed between the government and the North of Tyne authorities. This includes a new £600 million long-term investment fund over the next thirty years to be spent on local priorities, such as skills and employment, adult education, and rural productivity.
  • a £337 million investment to support a transformative modernisation programme to replace the Tyne & Wear Metro system’s 40-year old trains with a brand-new fleet. This will help to ensure that the Metro system is reliable, runs efficiently, and helps local people get to where they need to be.
  • the Tees Valley Combined Authority will receive £59 million from a new £1.7 billion Cities Transformation Fund. Funding will be invested in transport projects which drive productivity by improving connectivity and reducing congestion.
  • as announced at Budget, the government is investing £123 million to support the safe development of the Redcar steelworks site in the Tees Valley. Mayor Ben Houchen will set up a Mayoral Development Corporation and use this funding to drive forward an ambitious programme of regeneration for the area.
  • The North East has already benefitted from Industrial Strategy funding when the International Centre for Life in Newcastle benefitted from a £13 million funding pot aimed at encouraging more of the public to engage with STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) learning. The money will enable the centre to reinvigorate its visitor experience and develop new STEM learning activities.
23rd Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to paragraph 4.54 of the Autumn Budget 2017, how the Government plans to increase the productivity levels of the North East in its upcoming Industrial Strategy.

Local industrial strategies will identify local strengths, future opportunities and the action needed in each area to boost productivity and competiveness, based on rigorous analysis.

Through our Industrial Strategy, we will make sure that we are using all the tools we have to stimulate growth in places such as the North East. This includes through the North East LEP Growth Deal which is supporting jobs growth and economic development with £379.6m of Local Growth Fund. The North East LEP estimates that their Growth Deal will lead to the creation of 8,000 jobs.

Whilst it is not region specific the North East can take advantage of the further investment of £725m in a second wave of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund across the UK to respond to some of the greatest global challenges and opportunities and support sector productivity. We will also increase the National Productivity Investment Fund, by £8bn taking it to £31bn and extending to 2022-23. This will support investments in transport, housing and digital infrastructure. In addition:

  • 815,000 people living and working in the North of Tyne will benefit from an ambitious devolution deal agreed between the government and the North of Tyne authorities. This includes a new £600 million long-term investment fund over the next thirty years to be spent on local priorities, such as skills and employment, adult education, and rural productivity.

  • Increasing national research and development spending to 2.4 per cent, boosting the North East’s strength in research and innovation

  • The Tees Valley Combined Authority will receive £59 million from a new £1.7 billion Cities Transformation Fund. Funding will be invested in transport projects which drive productivity by improving connectivity and reducing congestion.
15th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has any plans to develop carbon capture and storage projects in the North East.

Carbon capture usage & storage (CCUS) has huge potential to decarbonise the economy and maximise economic opportunities for the UK. We have reaffirmed a commitment to deploy CCUS in the UK subject to its costs coming down sufficiently, investing up to a £100 million in leading edge CCUS and industrial energy innovation.

I welcome the work undertaken by the Teesside Collective on the potential for CCUS in the North East. As set out in the Clean Growth Strategy, published on 12 October 2017, Government will work with the ongoing initiatives in Teesside, Merseyside, South Wales and Grangemouth to test the potential for development of CCUS industrial decarbonisation clusters.

18th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent steps he has taken to increase manufacturing job opportunities in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside and (c) the north east.

Government is supporting jobs growth and economic development through the £379.6m North East Growth Deal, estimated by the Local Enterprise Partnership to create 8,000 jobs.

This includes funding for the International Advanced Manufacturing Park – a 100-hectare site which will provide a world-class environment for high-tech industries and advanced manufacturing businesses. Sunderland Council estimates that it will bring £300 million of private sector investment into the region, and help support and grow the manufacturing sector in the North East.

12th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many households in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK spent more than 10 per cent of their income on fuel bills in each of the last five years.

In England, approximately 2.36 million households spent more than 10 per cent of their full income on fuel bills in 2015. This is around 10.4 per cent of all households. In the North East, approximately 0.15 million households (13.3 per cent), spent more than 10 per cent of their full income on fuel bills. Data is only available at the regional level and is not broken down further to Local Authority level.

Fuel poverty is based on the low income high costs (LIHC) indicator. Data is for England rather than the UK. The number and proportion of households in fuel poverty for the requested areas can be seen in the table below.

Jarrow Constituency

South Tyneside

North East

England

2015

Number of households

4,500

8,400

151,900

2,502,000

Proportion (%)

11.9

12.3

13.3

11.0

2014

Number of households

4,100

8,000

139,500

2,379,000

Proportion (%)

10.8

11.8

12.2

10.6

2013

Number of households

3,900

7,600

134,900

2,347,000

Proportion (%)

10.5

11.3

11.8

10.4

2012

Number of households

3,800

7,200

129,000

2,360,000

Proportion (%)

10.4

11.0

11.6

10.8

2011

Number of households

3,700

7,100

141,700

2,433,000

Proportion (%)

9.4

10.2

12.4

11.1

These figures are based on the fuel poverty dataset. The methodology for this can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/fuel-poverty-statistics-methodology-handbook

The sub-regional figures can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/sub-regional-fuel-poverty-data-2017

This is based on data the English Housing Survey which is run by the Department for Communities and Local Government. The methodology for this can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/english-housing-survey-guidance-and-methodology.

12th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support job creation schemes in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside and (c) the North East.

Through the North East LEP Growth Deal we are supporting economic development with £379.6m of Local Growth Fund, including that for the International Advanced Manufacturing Park, partly in your constituency. The North East LEP estimates that their Growth Deal will lead to the creation of 8,000 jobs.

In addition to this we have agreed two City Deals. One for Newcastle with a £90m infrastructure programme, and one for Sunderland and South Tyneside worth £87.5m, which Sunderland City council predict will create 5,200 jobs.

Across England, Growth Hubs provide businesses with access to tailored local advice and support to help them grow. Within the North East this has provided nearly 1,200 businesses with coaching and support.

It is also worth noting that there are over 55,000 more people in employment in the North East LEP area than the equivalent period in 2010.

13th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to address the regional productivity gap in the North East.

The objective of Government’s Industrial Strategy is to increase productivity and drive growth across the United Kingdom. We have provided a framework to build on the strengths of different places and address the factors that hold others back. This will include investing in key infrastructure projects, increasing skill levels, and backing local innovation strengths.

In the North East the Industrial Strategy will build on the £379.6m million Local Growth Fund awarded to the North East LEP, which will bring an estimated 8,200 jobs and up to £300 million of public and private sector matched investment to the area.

11th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans his Department has to make the national living wage available to those aged 18 to 24.

The National Living Wage is limited to those aged 25. The Government is setting minimum thresholds only and we recognise and commend those employers who seek to set higher rates of pay.

The current national minimum wage rates per hour for those who are not apprentices and under 18 years old is £4.05; 18 – 20 years old is £5.60; 21 – 24 years old is £7.05 and 25 years old or older is £7.50.

15th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to Budget 2017, how much of the £35 million allocated to establishing trials to provide mobile connectivity to passengers on the Trans-Pennine rail route has been spent.

The Government’s Trans-Pennine Initiative (TPI) has three objectives: to trial delivery of high capacity fibre using the rail corridor, to trial provision of high speed connectivity to the train and to create a 5G testbed at Network Rail’s ‘Rail Innovation Development Centre’ (RIDC).

At Budget 2017, the Government allocated £35 million to projects that will support improvement to rail passenger connectivity, including the TPI. We are in the process of concluding a review of the responses to the Call for Information on the design phase of the project, after which we will determine the next steps including expenditure.

DCMS launched a Call for Information on the mobile connectivity aspects of the proposal, which closed in the summer of 2018. We are in the process of concluding our review of the responses received, after which we will determine the next steps.

15th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what progress has been made on establishing trials to provide mobile connectivity to passengers on the Trans-Pennine rail route as set out in Budget 2017.

The Government’s Trans-Pennine Initiative (TPI) has three objectives: to trial delivery of high capacity fibre using the rail corridor, to trial provision of high speed connectivity to the train and to create a 5G testbed at Network Rail’s ‘Rail Innovation Development Centre’ (RIDC).

At Budget 2017, the Government allocated £35 million to projects that will support improvement to rail passenger connectivity, including the TPI. We are in the process of concluding a review of the responses to the Call for Information on the design phase of the project, after which we will determine the next steps including expenditure.

DCMS launched a Call for Information on the mobile connectivity aspects of the proposal, which closed in the summer of 2018. We are in the process of concluding our review of the responses received, after which we will determine the next steps.

15th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans his Department has to improve the levels of mobile connectivity available to passengers along the rail corridor.

Following a Call for Evidence in December 2017, DCMS is considering how best to improve the levels of mobile connectivity along key rail corridors. In 2018, Ofcom provided further advice to government on improving rail passenger access to data services. The report can be found at https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0024/123657/Rail-connectivity-advice-DCMS.pdf Ofcom are also collecting data on the signal strength available to rail passengers. We expect a report to be published this calendar year.

26th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to support (a) grassroots football and (b) other sports in (i) Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside, (iii) Gateshead and (iiii) the North East.

Government, through Sport England, is investing over a billion pounds over the next four years to support grassroots sport. The Football Foundation is an organisation investing £60m each year into improving the country's grassroots football and sports infrastructure with money provided by its funding partners: the Premier League, The FA and the Government (via Sport England).

Total grassroots football investment (Sport England and Football Foundation) for the North East is over £23m since 2010.

A full breakdown of figures for other grassroots sports funded by Sport England are available on their website: www.sportengland.org.

UK Sport, which receives funding from the UK government and the National Lottery, prepares athletes for Olympic and Paralympic Games across the UK, and is investing up to £345m to fund at least 38 sports across the current 4-year Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic funding cycle. UK Sport has also invested over £32m into Winter Olympic and Paralympic sports in the current PyeongChang 2018 funding cycle.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
16th May 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Government plans to amend its policy on safe standing; and if he will make a statement.

This Government believe that all-seater stadia are currently the best means to ensure the safety and security of fans at designated football matches in England and Wales, but we continue to work closely with the Sports Grounds Safety Authority and football authorities to consider relevant advances in technology and data.

23rd Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to paragraph 4.83 of the Autumn Budget 2017, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of allocating some of that funding for cultural projects to support regeneration and local growth in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside and (c) the North East.

We recognise the powerful role that culture plays in regeneration and local growth, and we are committed to ensuring these benefits are spread across the country. The Great Exhibition of the North will be the largest event in England in 2018 and a game-changing moment for the North of England. Further announcements on how the funding announced at Budget will be invested will follow in due course.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
24th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for International Development on allegations of abuse of migrant workers working on preparations for international sporting events in Qatar.

I work closely with my Ministerial colleagues on a range of international sporting issues.

12th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to Budget 2018 how much of the £400 million capital funding for schools will be allocated to schools in (a) Jarrow Constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) Tyne and Wear and (d) the North East.

The Government is allocating an additional £400 million of capital funding to schools in 2018–19. This funding is in addition to the £1.4 billion of condition allocations already provided this year to those responsible for maintaining school buildings.

The Department will publish a calculation tool by December that will enable schools to estimate their own allocation. Final allocations for all schools in England will be published in January. The Department expects an average size primary school to receive £10,000 and an average size secondary school to receive £50,000 from the £400 million investment.

The additional funding will be allocated to: maintained nurseries, primary and secondary schools, academies and free schools, special schools, pupil referral units, non-maintained special schools, sixth-form colleges, and special post-16 institutions that have eligible state-funded pupils.

24th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to tackle any disparities in education and skill levels in North East England compared to other regions of the UK.

The department is aware of the specific education, skills and employment challenges faced by some areas in the North East.

We consider this when designing education programmes. For example, we have launched two Maths Hubs in the North East, these school-led centres of excellence in mathematics teaching seek to boost teaching for children from primary school age up to 18-year olds.

Our technical education reforms, along with the work of Skills Advisory Panels, will give local areas the capability and tools to produce high-quality skills needs analysis to evidence their Local Industrial Strategies, and for providers to work closely with local employers to better meet local skills needs. The government announced on 24 July the next wave of Local Industrial Strategies including Tees Valley and North of Tyne.

We are on track to devolve adult education budgets from the 2019/20 academic year to mayoral combined authorities, including the Tees Valley. This will give local areas the opportunity to provide adult education that serves the needs of the local economy and local people. We will also be working with the North of Tyne area as they prepare for devolution from 2020.

We will work closely with combined authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships and councils on future ways of working which support the successful delivery of both local and national adult education provision.

20th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding for (a) secondary schools and (b) primary schools in (i) Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside and (iii) the North East.

The Government has made a significant extra investment of £1.3 billion in the core schools budget across 2018-19 and 2019-20, over and above the budget announced at the 2015 spending review. This means that funding will be maintained in real terms per pupil.

The national funding formula, supported by this extra investment, has allocated up to 3% more funding per pupil for underfunded schools and it will allocate further gains of up to 3% per pupil in 2019-20. Under the formula, every school attracted at least 0.5% for every pupil in 2018-19 and will attract at least 1% more funding for every pupil by 2019-20, compared to the 2017-18 baselines.

The Department has also introduced minimum per pupil funding levels in recognition of the challenges faced by the lowest funded schools. Under the national formula, in 2019-20 all secondary schools will attract at least £4,800 per pupil, and all primary schools will attract at least £3,500 per pupil. In 2018-19, as a step towards these minimum funding levels, secondary schools attracted at least £4,600, and primary schools £3,300. The minimum per pupil funding levels are not subject to the gains cap, and so allocate faster gains to the very lowest funded schools.

The Department has published information about the impact of the national funding formulae at school and local authority level at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-funding-formula-for-schools-and-high-needs.

17th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding the Government has provided to maintained nursery schools in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since 2010.

Maintained nursery schools (MNS) make an important contribution to improving the lives of some of our most disadvantaged children. In recognition of the costs that MNS experience over and above other providers, we are providing supplementary funding of around £60 million a year. This is in addition to funding received under the Early Years National Funding Formula (EYNFF). It will enable local authorities to protect MNS pre-EYNFF funding levels until 2019 to 2020. This funding is allocated and spent at a local authority level rather than at a constituency level. MNS supplementary funding was introduced from 2017 to 2018.

Final allocations of 2017 to 2018 MNS supplementary funding at local authority, regional and national levels are at column M of the 2017-18 Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) allocations tab of the ‘DSG allocations 2017 to 2018’ spreadsheet. This is available at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dedicated-schools-grant-dsg-2017-to-2018.

Provisional allocations of 2018-19 MNS supplementary funding at local authority, regional and national levels are at column M of the 2018-19 Early Years Block tab of the ‘DSG allocations 2018 to 2019’ spreadsheet. This is available at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dedicated-schools-grant-dsg-2018-to-2019.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
19th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that local authorities in Jarrow constituency are adequately funded to deliver effective special educational needs.

Funding for special educational needs (SEN) comes from both the schools block and high needs block of the dedicated schools grant (DSG).

When setting the local formula which determines the distribution of the schools block, local authorities are required to delegate funds to a level that enables mainstream schools to meet the additional cost of pupils with SEN, up to £6,000 per annum, from their annual budget.

When a school can demonstrate that the costs of additional support required for a pupil with SEN exceed £6,000, the local authority should allocate additional top-up funding to cover the excess costs. This funding comes from the authority’s high needs budget. The high needs budget also covers the costs of place funding, at £10,000 per place, for all special schools.

The introduction this year of national funding formulae for allocating both schools and high needs funding to local authorities is supported by significant extra investment of £1.3 billion across 2018-19 and 2019-20, over and above the budget announced at the 2015 spending review. This will allow us to maintain schools and high needs funding in real terms per pupil for the next two years, and ensures that local authorities will see additional funding for their most vulnerable children and young people.

The Gateshead and South Tyneside councils are both receiving increases in funding for 2018-19, proportionate to pupil number and movement changes, compared to what they planned to spend in 2017-18. Gateshead Council will receive £22.1 million in high needs funding, a 2.8% increase on what they planned to spend in 2017-18. South Tyneside Council will receive £19.6 million in high needs funding, a 3.3 per cent increase on what they planned to spend in 2017-18.

25th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to improve social mobility in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside and (c) the North East.

In December 2017, the department published ‘Unlocking Talent, Fulfilling Potential’, an action plan for driving social mobility through education. This plan sets out how we will tackle entrenched barriers to opportunity at every life stage. Increasing equality of opportunity across the country and tackling regional disparity sits at the heart of this approach.

Our plans build on this government’s reforms since 2010, which are transforming opportunities for all children and young people right through their educational journey. This includes 1.9 million more children in good and outstanding schools than in 2010, record numbers of young people in education or training and more disadvantaged pupils going to university. Furthermore, the attainment gap between 16-year-olds who are disadvantaged and those who are not has closed by 10 per cent since 2011.

In addition, we are investing £70 million through the government’s Northern Powerhouse Schools Strategy to tackle areas of underperformance and weak capacity. As part of this, we are investing in a £5 million scheme in the north trialling projects to tackle the ‘word gap’ that exists between disadvantaged children and their peers at age five. We are also investing £12 million in the north as part of our commitment to establish a national network of English Hubs with a specific focus on improving early language and literacy, and expanding the reach of the Maths Hubs network in the North to spread excellence in maths teaching.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
19th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many state school teachers in England have not had Qualified Teacher Status in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East, and (d) England in each year since 2010.

The full time equivalent (FTE) number and percentage teachers without Qualified Teacher Status in state funded schools in, (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside local authority, (c) the North East Region and (d) England, is shown in the tattached table.

30th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the level of nursery school funding for nurseries in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, and (c) the North East.

Maintained nursery schools make a valuable contribution to improving the lives of some of our most disadvantaged children, and as is the case for all early years providers, it is for local authorities to decide the rate of funding that they receive. Our supplementary funding of approximately £60 million a year enables local authorities to protect maintained nursery school funding until 2019-20. Budgets after 2019-20 will be set at the next Spending Review.

We continue to work closely with the sector to find the best long-term solution for maintained nursery schools.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
22nd Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many people from (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England graduated from university in the 2016-17 academic year.

The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) collects and publishes information on enrolments and qualifications obtained at UK higher education institutions. The latest statistics, referring to the 2016/17 academic year, were published on 11 January 2018 at the following link: https://www.hesa.ac.uk/news/11-01-2018/sfr247-higher-education-student-statistics.

The number of qualifiers from higher education courses who were domiciled in Jarrow constituency, South Tyneside local authority, the North East region and England, prior to study in the 2016/17 academic year, has been provided in the table below.

Higher Education qualifiers1)2)3) by place of domicile prior to study4)

UK Higher Education Institutions

Academic year 2016/17

Academic year

Jarrow constituency

South Tyneside local authority

North East region

England Total

2016/17

615

1,080

20,905

459,425

Source: Department for Education analysis of HESA’s Student Record

Notes:

1) Figures are based on the HESA qualifications obtained population (https://www.hesa.ac.uk/support/definitions/students).

2) Includes qualifiers from both undergraduate and postgraduate levels of study.

3) Figures are rounded to the nearest multiple of five.

4) Constituency and local authority is derived from the student's postcode prior to study.

14th Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the proportion of secondary schools rated (a) good or (b) outstanding in the North East compared to (i) London and (ii) other regions of the UK.

In the North East, 20% of secondary schools were judged outstanding, and 46% of secondary schools were judged good, in their last inspection. In London, 38% of secondary schools were judged outstanding, and 51% of secondary schools were judged good, in their last inspection. In England, 23% of secondary schools were judged outstanding, and 56% of secondary schools were judged good, in their last inspection. As set out in Ofsted’s annual report, published on 13 December, the quality of education provided to young people today is better than ever.

The department recently published the report, ‘Unlocking Talent, Fulfilling Potential’, a copy of which has been placed in the Libraries of both Houses. It sets out how we will tackle entrenched barriers to opportunity at every stage of life. Increasing equality of opportunity across the country sits at the heart of this approach. For example, in schools, we will introduce higher retention payments of £7,500 for maths teachers working in challenging areas. We will also prioritise the growth of high quality multi-academy trusts and Teaching Schools in challenging areas by targeting the £53 million Multi-Academy Trust Development and Improvement Fund on areas of weak capacity.

In addition, the £140 million Strategic School Improvement Fund is a grant to support schools to develop a school-led system further, and aims to target resources at the schools most in need to improve school performance and pupil attainment.

14th Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to tackle disparities in education and skill levels between the North East and (a) London and (b) other regions of the UK.

The department recently published an action plan for driving social mobility through education (Unlocking Talent, Fulfilling Potential, which can be found at: http://qna.files.parliament.uk/ws-attachments/806404/original/Social%20Mobility%20Action%20Plan.pdf).

This plan sets out how we will tackle entrenched barriers to opportunity at every life stage. Increasing equality of opportunity across the country sits at the heart of this approach.

For example, in the early years, we will improve early language and literacy for disadvantaged pupils through £50 million of new investment, targeted in areas of the country where outcomes are weak. This will include £26 million for a new national network of school-led English Hubs to promote and share excellence, with a particular focus on reception year. This includes the investment we have already announced for these hubs in the Northern Powerhouse region.

23rd Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to paragraph 4.27 of the Autumn Budget 2017, whether her Department plans to work with employers in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, and (c) the North East on how the apprenticeship levy can be spent to support productivity in those areas.

The department maintains regular dialogue with employers and representative bodies across England regarding apprenticeship reforms. We will provide assistance with any questions or concerns they have primarily through the National Apprenticeship Service.

15th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many primary schools in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside and (c) the North East were classified as (i) full and (ii) oversubscribed in each year since 2010.

The Department collects information from each local authority on the number of schools, the number of places in those schools and the number of pupils on roll through the annual school capacity survey (SCAP). The Department does not collect school capacity information at parliamentary constituency level.

Data relating to the position in the 2016/17 academic year will be published in the new year. Data for previous years can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-school-capacity.

Table A, attached, shows the number of primary schools in South Tyneside and the North East which are (i) full and (ii) have one or more pupils in excess of capacity, every year since 2010.

Table B, attached, shows the number of secondary schools in South Tyneside and the North East which are (i) full and (ii) have one or more pupils in excess of capacity, every year since 2010.

The Department does not have a measure for over-subscription. The admissions and offers process is run by the local authorities who are responsible for ensuring that the admissions criteria are applied for all schools.

15th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many secondary schools in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside and (c) the North East were classified as (i) full and (ii) oversubscribed in each year since 2010.

The Department collects information from each local authority on the number of schools, the number of places in those schools and the number of pupils on roll through the annual school capacity survey (SCAP). The Department does not collect school capacity information at parliamentary constituency level.

Data relating to the position in the 2016/17 academic year will be published in the new year. Data for previous years can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-school-capacity.

Table A, attached, shows the number of primary schools in South Tyneside and the North East which are (i) full and (ii) have one or more pupils in excess of capacity, every year since 2010.

Table B, attached, shows the number of secondary schools in South Tyneside and the North East which are (i) full and (ii) have one or more pupils in excess of capacity, every year since 2010.

The Department does not have a measure for over-subscription. The admissions and offers process is run by the local authorities who are responsible for ensuring that the admissions criteria are applied for all schools.

14th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the new school funding formula on the level of funding for each school in Jarrow constituency.

The Department has published notional school level allocations showing what each school would attract through the national funding formula. This information can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-funding-formula-tables-for-schools-and-high-needs.

As the Secretary of State set out in July, to provide stability for schools through the transition to the national funding formula, local authorities will continue to set their own local formulae which will determine individual schools’ budgets in their areas, in 2018-19 and 2019-20, in consultation with local schools.

20th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many people from (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England have graduated from university in each year since 2015.

Information on enrolments and qualifications obtained at UK higher education institutions is collected and published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). More information on HESA is available here: https://www.hesa.ac.uk/.

The number of qualifiers from higher education courses who were domiciled in Jarrow constituency, South Tyneside local authority, the North East region and England prior to study in each year since 2014/15 academic year has been provided in the table.

Statistics for the 2016/17 academic year will come available from HESA in January 2018.

Higher Education qualifiers by place of domicile prior to study

UK Higher Education Institutions

Academic years 2014/15 to 2015/16

Academic Year

Jarrow

South Tyneside

North East

England Total

2014/15

585

1,005

20,280

452,275

2015/16

625

1,025

20,715

451,075

Source: DfE analysis of the Higher Education Statistics Agency’s (HESA) Student Record

Notes

1) Figures are based on the HESA qualifier population.

2) Qualifiers from both undergraduate and postgraduate levels of study.

3) Figures are rounded to the nearest five.

4) Parliamentary constituency and local authority is derived from the student's postcode prior to study.


20th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many people from (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England attended university in each year since 2012.

Information on enrolments and qualifications obtained at UK higher education institutions is collected and published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). More information on HESA is available here: https://www.hesa.ac.uk/.

The number of enrolments on higher education courses who were domiciled in Jarrow constituency, South Tyneside local authority, the North East region and England prior to study in each year since the 2012/13 academic year has been provided in the table.

Statistics for the 2016/17 academic year will come available from HESA in January 2018.

Higher Education enrolments by place of domicile prior to study

UK Higher Education Institutions

Academic years 2012/13 to 2015/16

Academic Year

Jarrow

South Tyneside

North East

England Total

2012/13

1,955

3,380

68,110

1,578,245

2013/14

1,905

3,305

65,910

1,529,430

2014/15

1,905

3,275

64,580

1,497,715

2015/16

1,970

3,320

65,300

1,511,890

Source: DfE analysis of the Higher Education Statistics Agency’s (HESA) Student Record

Notes

1) Figures are based on the HESA standard registration population.

2) Enrolments include students across all years and levels of study.

3) Figures are rounded to the nearest five.

4) Parliamentary constituency and local authority is derived from the student's postcode prior to study.


18th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding has been made available to South Tyneside local authority for early years provision in each of the last seven years; and how much funding is being made available to South Tyneside local authority for early years provision under her Department's new early years national funding formula in each of the next three years.

The early years funding allocation for South Tyneside local authority can be found here for the following financial years:

2013-14:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dedicated-schools-grant-2013-to-2014

2014-15:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dedicated-schools-grant-2014-to-2015

2015-16:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dedicated-schools-grant-dsg-2015-to-2016

2016-17:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dedicated-schools-grant-dsg-2016-to-2017

2017-18 – First year under Early Years National Funding Formula (provisional allocation):

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dedicated-schools-grant-dsg-2017-to-2018

Prior to 2013-14, early years’ local authority funding allocations were not separately identified within the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG). Instead, they were part of the total DSG allocated to each local authority. Early years allocations prior to 2013-14 are not therefore available.

Funding allocations for 2018-19 and 2019-20 will be announced in due course.

13th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to improve the retention of teachers in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside and (c) the North East.

We are providing greater support to teachers to tackle the most frequently cited reason for teachers wanting to leave the profession, which is unnecessary workload. We are continuing our extensive work with the profession to remove unnecessary burdens so that teachers can concentrate on teaching and not bureaucracy and paperwork. This includes implementing the recommendations of the three independent review groups from the 2014 Workload Challenge – ineffective marking, use of planning and resources, and data management. We are also encouraging schools to make greater use of the pay flexibilities, including retention allowances.

Although North East teacher leavers rates are lower than the national average for primary and secondary schools (in 2015) we are working with key stakeholders to ensure greater support for schools. This will include supporting schools in each region, including the North East, to ensure teacher retention challenges are addressed.

10th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent discussions she has had with headteachers in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside local authority area and (c) Gateshead local authority area on (i) school funding and (ii) the effect of the new school funding formula on schools in those areas.

Officials from the Department have met with head teachers from across the country to discuss school funding, as part of our consultation on a schools and high needs national formulae.

We received over 25,000 responses to the consultation. We are grateful to all those who expressed their views on school funding and the proposed formula as part of this process. We will publish the response to the consultation in due course.

The core schools budget has been protected in real terms since 2010 and will be £41bn in 2017-18. We recognise, nevertheless, that schools are facing cost pressures and we will continue to provide support to help them use their funding in cost effective ways. This includes tools, information and guidance to support improved financial health and efficiency in schools, including School Workforce Planning Guidance to help schools make well-informed decisions about their staff structures. These can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/schools-financial-health-and-efficiency.

10th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of the proposed school funding formula on the number of teaching posts in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK.

Officials from the Department have met with head teachers from across the country to discuss school funding, as part of our consultation on a schools and high needs national formulae.

We received over 25,000 responses to the consultation. We are grateful to all those who expressed their views on school funding and the proposed formula as part of this process. We will publish the response to the consultation in due course.

The core schools budget has been protected in real terms since 2010 and will be £41bn in 2017-18. We recognise, nevertheless, that schools are facing cost pressures and we will continue to provide support to help them use their funding in cost effective ways. This includes tools, information and guidance to support improved financial health and efficiency in schools, including School Workforce Planning Guidance to help schools make well-informed decisions about their staff structures. These can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/schools-financial-health-and-efficiency.

13th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that repayment terms will not be affected by the proposed sale of the student loans book for those paying off such loans.

The position of people who hold student loans, including those whose loans are within the scope of the planned sale, will not be affected in any way as a result of the planned sale. The sale will not and cannot alter the mechanisms and terms of repayment.

25th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to tackle food poverty.

The Government is committed to making a lasting difference to long-term outcomes for poor and disadvantaged families and children. We believe that work offers the best opportunity for people to get out of poverty and to become self-reliant. This is why the Government is undertaking the most ambitious reform to the welfare system in decades to support people to find and stay in work.

Defra is taking action to support the redistribution of unsold edible and nutritious surplus stock food from businesses to individuals in need. The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), supported by Defra, launched the Courtauld Commitment 2025 in March 2016. Business signatories including leading retailers, manufacturers and food redistribution organisations have agreed an ambition to work collaboratively with WRAP to double the amount of surplus food they redistribute by 2020 against a 2015 baseline of 15,000 tonnes. At the end of last year, the Government and WRAP announced a new £500,000 fund for charities who redistribute surplus food from food businesses to those in need.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
5th Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the proposed Withdrawal Agreement on the economy in the North East.

The Government’s analysis, ‘EU Exit: Long-term economic analysis’, considers the long run economic impact of the new relationship with the EU after the economy has adjusted to the changes.

The analysis shows that every region, including the North East, would be stronger than under a no deal scenario.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
3rd Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what steps he is taking to ensure that businesses in the North East have the ability to (a) export and (b) trade with the EU in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

The Political Declaration sets out a plan for a free trade area for goods, including no tariffs, with ambitious customs arrangements. However, as a responsible government, we are planning for all scenarios.

We are supporting trader readiness through 106 technical notices, communications from HMRC to businesses, and the cross-government Partnership Pack. The Border Delivery Group and Border Force have also visited key locations in the North East to discuss no deal planning.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
29th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what recent discussions he has had with ports in the North East of England; and what was discussed in those meetings.

Ministerial colleagues and I continue to engage widely across the country, to discuss the priorities and issues of all interested parties as we leave the European Union.

The Secretary of State delivered a major speech on the implementation period at Teessport on 26 January, and met with stakeholders there.

Details of ministerial engagements are published on GOV.UK in the quarterly departmental transparency returns.

15th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the quality of Wi-Fi services available to rail passengers as required under the terms of rail franchise agreements.

The department is monitoring the roll out of wi-ifi equipment being fitted to trains as part of their franchise agreement. In addition, Transport Focus surveys passenger satisfaction over a range of issues, including the availability of wi-fi.

15th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the level of mobile coverage provided to rail passengers.

Ofcom are collecting data on the signal strength available to rail passengers. We expect a report to be published this calendar year.

15th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions his Department has had with train operating companies on the delivery of mobile connectivity for rail passengers.

The department continues to be in regular dialogue about mobile connectivity for rail passengers with Train Operating Companies.

12th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to Budget 2018, how much of the the £420 million to be provided to councils to fix potholes and carry out other road repairs will be allocated to (a) South Tyneside Council and (b) Gateshead Council.

From the £420 million for road maintenance announced in the Budget 2018, the Department for Transport has allocated (a) South Tyneside Council with £0.686 million and (b) Gateshead council with £1.2 million. This funding was provided to authorities on 13 November 2018.

This funding is in addition to just under £6.2 billion the Department are allocating to highway authorities between 2015 and 2021 for local highways maintenance, including £296 million through the pothole action fund.

24th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the trends in the (a) quantity and (b) frequency of bus services in (i) Jarrow Constituency (ii) South Tyneside and (iii) Tyne and Wear since 2010.

The department does not hold any data on the quantity and frequency of bus services for Jarrow Constituency and South Tyneside, the lowest level geography available is upper tier local authority, in this instance Tyne and Wear.

Data on vehicle miles on local bus services by local authority including Tyne and Wear is available for the years 2013/14 to 2016/17 in the data table BUS0208 in the Annual Bus Statistics for each respective year at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/bus-statistics#published-in-2018 .

Bus operators must register their services with a traffic commissioner in the traffic area in which the service operates. The Traffic Commissioners’ annual reports provide information on the number of live local bus registrations in the North Western Traffic Area as at 31 March of each year; this information can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/traffic-commissioners-annual-reports. The report for the year ending March 2010 can be found here: http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20131113220328/https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/traffic-commissioners-annual-reports

Local authorities are best placed to manage changes in their local bus network. The Bus Services Act 2017 gives them additional powers to do so through partnership working with commercial operators. It also gives Mayoral Combined authorities the automatic right to franchise their bus network and the Department for Transport can also grant these powers to other local authorities who make a satisfactory business case. The Department is also developing regulations to require bus operators and local transport authorities to provide data, in open formats, about local bus services including routes and timetable data; fares and ticket data; and real time information. We are working closely with industry to develop the regulations and it is intended the requirements will be phased in over the next few years.

24th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his department has spent on bus services in (a) Jarrow Constituency (b) South Tyneside and (c) Tyne and Wear in each year since 2010.

Up until 31 December 2013 Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG) was paid directly to bus operators and was not split between commercially run or subsidised bus services. We are therefore unable to provide figures for this period. From 1 January 2014 local authorities have received funding equivalent to the level of BSOG which would otherwise have been paid to operators for running subsidised services in 2014. Details of the amounts paid to local authorities each year can be found on the “Payments to Local Authorities” tab of the relevant spreadsheets published at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/bus-services-grants-and-funding#bsog-spend

24th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding his Department has allocated to Nexus for (a) commercial bus services and (b) supported bus services in each year since 2010.

Up until 31 December 2013 Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG) was paid directly to bus operators and was not split between commercially run or subsidised bus services. We are therefore unable to provide figures for this period. From 1 January 2014 local authorities have received funding equivalent to the level of BSOG which would otherwise have been paid to operators for running subsidised services in 2014. Details of the amounts paid to local authorities each year can be found on the “Payments to Local Authorities” tab of the relevant spreadsheets published at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/bus-services-grants-and-funding#bsog-spend

20th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has held with Nexus on the proposed replacement of the Tyne and Wear Metro train fleet.

In the Autumn 2017 Budget the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced a direct grant of £337m to invest in new fleet for the Tyne & Wear Metro. Nexus provide the Department for Transport with regular updates on this procurement work as part of its regular reporting. Nexus are responsible for the management of the procurement, delivery and rollout of the new fleet of trains.

17th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the benefits of (a) Crossrail and (b) High Speed 2 are for North East England.

Both Crossrail and High Speed 2 will provide benefits that reach far beyond the towns and regions directly served by the new lines.

Specifically:

a) The Crossrail project is estimated to generate at least £42 billion for the UK economy, and is generating enough work to support the equivalent of 55,000 full time jobs throughout the project and its supply chain all around the UK. In total, approximately 62% of suppliers are based outside London. A number of these suppliers have bases in the North East including Mammoet, who supplied cranes and specialist equipment to help assemble the tunnelling machines, and Cleveland Bridge, based in Darlington, who supplied steel to Crossrail sites.

b) On HS2 with respect to the North East specifically, the Secretary of State has confirmed the connection to the ECML at Church Fenton, east of Leeds. This link will help ensure that the Eastern Leg of the HS2 route is fully integrated into the wider rail network. On current plans the link will be used by HS2 services to York, Darlington, Durham and Newcastle from both Birmingham and London, delivering improved connectivity and journey times between those locations.

29th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that public transport (a) infrastructure and (b) vehicles in the North East are accessible to people with disabilities.

The Government wants to ensure that transport in all parts of the country is fully accessible to disabled people. The Department for Transport will publish an Inclusive Transport Strategy setting out how we will achieve this later this year.

The Strategy will set out our key policy and investment priorities for improving disabled people’s access to all modes of transport. It will also confirm our timeframes and proposals for monitoring delivery. The Strategy follows a consultation in 2017 on a draft Accessibility Action Plan, which received over 1,000 responses.

The Strategy will build on significant accessibility improvements made nationwide in recent years, including:

  • 98% of buses in England in 2016/17 were compliant with the Public Service Vehicle Accessibility Regulations, up from 28% in 2004/05;

  • 78% of the mainline rail fleet is compliant with modern accessibility standards, up from 42% in 2008. Furthermore, new fleets of trains are being introduced as part of the franchises for the North (Northern and Trans Pennine Express) which will meet modern accessibility standards and existing fleets are undergoing refurbishment ahead of the mandatory 2020 vehicle accessibility compliance end date;

  • Since 2006, more than 200 stations have had accessible step free routes installed under Access for All. This is in addition to access improvements delivered by the industry or as part of other major projects. 75% of rail journeys are now through step-free stations, up from only 50% in 2005.

29th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the proposed plans to construct a third runway at Heathrow Airport benefits North East England.

Expansion at Heathrow will benefit the North East, both specifically through the commitment to reserve about 15 per cent of new slots being used for domestic routes, and more generally through the new economic growth and thousands of new jobs that Heathrow has estimated will be created across the country.

Following designation of the Airports National Policy Statement on 26 June, the Department for Transport published the Relationship Framework Document which sets out how the Department and Heathrow Airport Limited will work together in future, collaboratively and constructively to deliver the strategic objectives and benefits of expansion. The Relationship Framework Document can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/heathrow-airport-expansion-relationship-framework-document

19th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 24 May 2018 to Question 144821, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of cable theft incidents on railway infrastructure on the Tyne and Wear Metro.

On the Tyne and Wear Metro, British Transport Police (BTP) is responsible for policing the route and stations from Pelaw to South Hylton, with Northumbria Police having responsibility for the rest of the network, which makes up the majority.

There are monthly partnership meetings between BTP, Tyne & Wear Metro and Northumbria Police to review crime levels on the network. BTP assesses that the trend for the level of theft of cable crimes recorded has been stable over the last five years.

12th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with Nexus on the (a) procurement, (b) delivery and (c) roll-out of the new fleet of trains for the Tyne and Wear Metro.

Nexus provide the Department for Transport with regular updates on this procurement work as part of its regular reporting. Nexus are responsible for the management of the procurement, delivery and rollout of the new fleet of trains.

12th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the proposed new fleet of Metro rolling stock will be introduced onto the network by 2021.

Nexus provide the Department for Transport with regular updates on this procurement work as part of its regular reporting. Nexus are responsible for the management of the procurement, delivery and rollout of the new fleet of trains.

4th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what support his Department has provide to (a) South Tyneside and (b) Gateshead local authorities for the repair and maintenance of potholes.

The Government has provided South Tyneside Local Highway Authority £6.567 million from 2015/16 to 2018/19 for local highways maintenance. This funding includes £0.417 million from the Pothole Action Fund to allow the repair of potholes or stop them forming in the first place.

The Government has provided Gateshead Local Highway Authority £11.478 million from 2015/16 to 2018/19 for local highways maintenance. This funding includes £0.626 million from the Pothole Action Fund.

The Department for Transport announced in January 2017 that it is undertaking an innovative trial on the way potholes are identified and managed, working in partnership with Thurrock, York and Wiltshire councils and two private sector SMEs, Soenecs and Gaist. This trial allows high-definition cameras to be mounted to refuse collection vehicles and by deploying innovative intelligent software will identify road surface problems before they become potholes. The trial recently won an award for the best use of new technology in the highways sector.

The Government announced in March 2018 that it is investing more than £900,000 in innovations using connected vehicles to help councils manage and plan maintenance works more efficiently. These trials will ultimately help to provide councils with data to enable them to repair potholes before they occur as well as to maintain their other assets more effectively as part of their asset management plans.

The Department for Transport is also providing funding to the Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport (ADEPT) to work on technological and innovative improvements to future-proof the local road network.

16th May 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to tackle cable theft on railway infrastructure in (a) Tyne and Wear, (b) North East England and (c) the UK.

British Transport Police (BTP) engages in regular enforcement activity to combat cable theft, as well as joint working with partner agencies such as local police forces, local authorities, the environment agency and other stakeholders such as HMRC, VOSA and Network Rail.

BTP response teams in the North East continue to focus patrol and investigative resources in cable theft hotspots. BTP is using a number of tactics, both covert and overt, to investigate these offences. BTP also uses technological solutions to combat cable theft.

Within the last fortnight three suspects in the Hartlepool Area have been arrested for cable theft and the matter is being investigated.

4th May 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 5 March 2018 to Question 129752 on A19: Accidents, if he will publish the information for 2017.

Figures for 2017 will be published later this year.

4th May 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will undertake a review of road safety on the A19.

Safety is a key priority for Highways England and it keeps the safety of its roads is under continuous review. Since 2011, safety improvements have been delivered at several locations on the A19, involving improvements to traffic signals and road markings, provision of additional road capacity to reduce congestion, and improved facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.

The Road Investment Strategy for 2015-2020, announced three schemes for delivery on the A19. These are projected to save at least 380 casualties over a 60-year period.

In 2017, the Department for Transport announced a scheme to install signals at the junction of A19 and A179 at Sheraton, in order to address an important local congestion and safety issue.

27th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his Oral Answer 1 March 2018, Official Report, column 945, what progress he is making on the appraisal of the options for the Virgin Trains East Coast franchise.

Work is underway to consider the options. An announcement will be made in due course.

The decision will be taken in a transparent way; the Department’s assessment of the option will be published and it will be properly validated.

25th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to nationalise the East Coast mainline.

The Secretary of State has been clear in his statement to Parliament that his decision on which option to take when establishing the next operator will be made in accordance with the following key principles:

  1. Protecting the interests of passengers.
  2. Preserving the interests of taxpayers, by ensuring value for money.
  3. Supporting investment and improvement in the railway, including the deployment of the new InterCity Express trains on the East Coast mainline.

The decision will be taken in a transparent way; the Department’s assessment of the option will be published and it will be properly validated.

The Department is developing plans to introduce the East Coast Partnership (ECP) - the first of the new generation of long term regional partnerships that will bring together the operation of track and train for the benefit of passengers. The ECP will be a partnership between the public sector and a private partner; the private partner will be procured through a competitive process in order to ensure the best outcomes for passengers and value for money for taxpayers. The ECP will build on the best of the public and private sectors, with private sector involvement bringing innovation, investment and competition.

27th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of local bus services in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East, and (d) the UK since 2010.

The bus market in England outside London is deregulated and decisions regarding service provision are primarily a matter for bus operators, although local authorities do support socially necessary routes that are not commercially viable.

The Bus Services Act 2017 provides the tools local authorities need to improve local bus services. We are working with local authorities to determine which of the powers provided are best able to support bus networks in their areas.

26th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent progress he has made on the procurement, delivery and rollout of the new fleet of trains for the Tyne and Wear Metro.

Nexus are responsible for the management of the procurement, delivery and rollout of the new fleet of trains. Nexus provide the Department for Transport with regular updates on this procurement work as part of its regular reporting.

The Periodic Indicative Notice (PIN) for the procurement of the new fleet by Nexus was published on 25 January 2018.

26th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the number of collisions on the A19 road in the North East.

The information requested is set out in the table below:

Section

2016

A19 Seaton Burn to Tyne Tunnel

Fatal

1

Serious

4

Slight

62

Total

67

A19 Tyne Tunnel to A181

Fatal

0

Serious

8

Slight

94

Total

102

A19: A181 to Tees Crossing

Fatal

0

Serious

10

Slight

31

Total

41

A19: Tees Crossing down to A168

Fatal

1

Serious

7

Slight

48

Total

56

19th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve (a) rail and (b) bus links in (i) Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside, (iii) Tyne and Wear and (iv) the North East.

My Department is committed to improving both rail and bus links across the whole North East, including in Jarrow, South Tyneside and Tyne and Wear.

The Northern and TransPennine Express rail franchises will deliver brand-new and refurbished-as-new trains, including the replacement of all Pacer trains by 2020. From 2019, new hourly Transpennine Express services will run between Newcastle and Glasgow, and twice hourly high quality Northern Connect services will run between Middlesbrough and Carlisle via Newcastle.

In the Autumn Budget the Chancellor committed £337m towards the new rolling stock for the Tyne and Wear Metro from 2021. This is in addition to the £229 million the Department is contributing towards the operational cost of the Metro to 2019/20, and the £317 million contribution to the reinvigoration and asset renewal programme which ends in 2020/21. Over £1.9 million of asset renewal funding, along with £9.4 million of Local Growth Funding, is being used as a contribution to the £21 million development of a new bus and metro interchange in the centre of South Shields.

The Transforming Cities Fund announced in the Autumn Budget has provided £840million to the six mayoral combined authorities. The remainder will be allocated by competition to other English Cites and could provide further funding for public transport improvements in in the North East.

The Bus Services Act received Royal Assent in April 2017 and provides new powers for local authorities to improve bus services. Regulations and guidance are now being published to allow for stronger partnership working; bus franchising powers for metro mayors; and better information on fares and routes for bus passengers.

22nd Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 24 November 2017 to Question 113229, what information his Department holds on the recent performance and punctuality of services on the Tyne and Wear Metro.

Regular updates are provided to the North East Combined Authority, who are responsible for the operation of the Tyne and Wear Metro. The Department is provided with a range of metrics on a regular basis, which include punctuality and fleet availability.

22nd Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress is being made on the phasing out and replacement of Pacer trains on the UK rail network in the North East of England.

The Department recognises that Pacers fall short of passengers’ expectations and so required bidders for the Northern franchise to phase them out.

Arriva Rail North are investing £400 million in 281 brand new air-conditioned carriages, more than double the minimum required in the government’s invitation to tender, and remain on track to deliver the complete removal of the outdated and unpopular Pacers by the end of 2019 at the latest.

5th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people have travelled to work using public transport in each year since 2010.

The number of people in the United Kingdom who usually travelled to work by public transport in each year 2010-2016 is given in the table below, based on the Labour Force Survey.

Year

Number of people

2010

4,350,000

2011

4,566,000

2012

4,679,000

2013

4,922,000

2014

5,080,000

2015

5,198,000

2016

5,336,000

Public transport includes the following: bus, coach, national rail, underground, light railway systems and trams

5th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve road safety on the A19 road in north-east England.

The A19 is some 124 miles in length of which Highways England is responsible for the 67 mile section between Thirsk in North Yorkshire and Seaton Burn in Tyne and Wear with the remainder being the responsibility of local highways authorities.

Since 2011, Highways England have delivered safety improvements at ten locations on the A19, including improvements to traffic signals and road markings, provision of additional road capacity to reduce congestion, and improved facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.

The Government provides the Integrated Transport Block funding for local highways authorities; this is aimed at small scale transport schemes and can be used for safety improvements. It is for each individual local highway authority to manage its network, based upon its local knowledge and circumstances.

5th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on the number of people who travel to work by (a) car, (b) bus and (c) rail in (i) the North East, (ii) Tyne and Wear, (iii) England and (iv) the UK.

The number of people who usually travelled to work by car, bus and rail in Tyne & Wear, the North East, England, and the UK in 2016 are given in the table below (based on the Labour Force Survey).

Car

Bus1

Rail2

Tyne & Wear

335,000

72,000

33,000

North East

887,000

115,000

43,000

England

17,974,000

1,888,000

2,934,000

UK

21,675,000

2,230,000

3,106,000

1 Also includes coaches.

2 Includes national rail, underground, light railway systems and trams.

23rd Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to paragraph 4.7 and 4.57 of the Autumn Budget 2017, what plans his Department has to ensure that the proposed new fleet of Metro rolling stock will be introduced onto the network by 2021.

In the Budget, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced £337m direct grant funding for a new Nexus Metro fleet and depot for the Tyne and Wear Metro. The Metro is a critical part of both local transport provision and the wider economy in the region, and this investment will be a vital boost to the area, supporting access to employment, education and leisure.

To achieve this result, the Department worked closely with HM Treasury. The committed funding is in response to a business case from the North East Combined Authority. Nexus will manage procurement, delivery and rollout of the new fleet of trains and will report progress to the joint DfT-Nexus programme board throughout this process.

23rd Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to paragraph 4.57 of the Autumn Budget 2017, how much of the National Productivity Investment Fund will be allocated to improving the Tyne and Wear Metro.

In the Budget, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced £337m direct grant funding for a new Nexus Metro fleet and depot for the Tyne and Wear Metro. The Metro is a critical part of both local transport provision and the wider economy in the region, and this investment will be a vital boost to the area, supporting access to employment, education and leisure. All of this funding is from the National Productivity Investment Fund.

23rd Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to paragraph 4.43 of the Autumn Budget 2017, how much of the additional funding to tackle potholes in England will be allocated to projects in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside local authority and (c) the North East.

The allocation of the additional £46 million funding for repairing potholes as announced in the Autumn Budget 2017 to individual local highway authorities will be announced in due course.

This funding is in addition to over £6 billion funding the Department for Transport is providing between 2015 to 2016 to local highway authorities in England, outside London, to help improve road condition, including repairing potholes. This funding includes £250 million to as part of the Pothole Action Fund.

23rd Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to paragraph 4.46 of the Autumn Budget 2017, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people aged 26 to 30 who will benefit from the proposed introduction of a new discount railcard for that age group in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside and (c) the North East.

The government is working with industry to extend the benefits of discounted travel. The Department has not made estimates of the number of people who will benefit from the proposed railcard on such a geographic basis. All people aged 26 to 30 who purchase a card would be eligible for discounted rail travel under the proposal.

15th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on additional transport infrastructure investment for the North East ahead of Autumn Budget 2017.

The Secretary of State has regular discussions on a variety of matters with the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

15th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much the Government plans to spend out of the Congestion Relief programme on projects in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside and (c) the North East.

The Government is committed to tackling congestion across the country’s road network, and has recently announced its intention to form a Major Road Network (MRN) comprising the most important local authority A roads.

The MRN will receive a dedicated portion of the National Roads Fund (NRF), which will be established in 2020/21. The NRF is derived from revenue raised from Vehicle Excise Duty in England.

The Department will be consulting on proposals for the creation of a MRN before the end of the year. The results of the consultation will determine the process of how the funding will be allocated across England.

15th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 26 October 2017 to Question 108535, what funds are available to support replacement of rolling stock on the Tyne and Wear Metro.

In the Budget, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced £337m for a new Nexus Metro fleet and depot for the Tyne and Wear Metro. The Metro is a critical part of both local transport provision and the wider economy in the region, and this investment, which will be direct and not via private finance, will be a vital boost to the area, supporting access to employment, education and leisure. To achieve this result, the Department worked closely with local leaders and with HM Treasury.

15th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much from Highways England's Growth and Housing Fund has been spent on projects in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside and (c) the North East.

Growth and Housing Fund (GHF) schemes are identified via competitive bidding rounds run in partnership with the Local Enterprise Partnerships and Combined Authorities, who put forward bids on behalf of their local authorities. These bids are then sifted against the published GHF criteria and, if successful at sift stage, subject to a full scheme appraisal and detailed business case.

At present, none of the Growth and Housing Fund has been awarded to any projects in the (a) Jarrow constituency or (b) South Tyneside Borough area. In the wider (c) North East region, £1.01m has been awarded to the A1 Darlington project.

One bid has been made into the Growth and Housing Fund (GHF) from the Jarrow constituency and the South Tyneside local authority area. In total, seven bids have so far been made into the fund from the North East region.

The bid received in the Jarrow constituency is the A19 Mill Lane scheme. The scheme was subsequently fully funded by the DfT’s National Productivity Infrastructure Fund (NPIF) and has been withdrawn from the GHF.

15th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment his Department has made of the performance and punctuality of services on the Tyne and Wear Metro.

Responsibility for the operation of the Tyne and Wear Metro is a matter devolved to the North East Combined Authority (NECA), and the monitoring of the performance rests with Nexus (the Tyne & Wear Passenger Transport Executive).

Regular updates are provided to North East Combined Authority meetings, where performance is scrutinized and the Department for Transport is provided with performance information on a regular basis.

18th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve transport connectivity between the north east and the rest of England.

The Government is committed to improving connectivity within the North of England, and between the North and the rest of England. Once the £380m scheme to upgrade the A1 between Leeming and Barton is completed in spring 2018, there will be a continuous motorway link between London and Tyne and Wear. The £61m Coal House to Metro Centre improvement scheme has already improved journey times on the A1 Newcastle Gateshead Western Bypass, and further phases are under development, along with a scheme to dual more of the A1 in Northumberland. East to west connectivity will be improved by the commitment to complete the dualling of the A66 and improve junctions on the A69 around Hexham.

Rail connectivity will be improved by the new Northern and TransPennine Express franchises, which will provide new trains, more than 500 new carriages, room for 40,000 extra passengers and more than 2,000 extra services a week, by 2020. As part of this, the frequency of Transpennine trains between Newcastle and York/Leeds/Manchester will increase from one to two trains per hour. Services on the East Coast Main Line will be improved in 2018 when the introduction of new Azuma trains will provide over 12,000 extra seats.

The Department awaits Transport for the North’s draft Strategic Transport Plan which will set out their aims for further improving transport connectivity in the North.

18th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much was spent on improving (a) road networks and (b) other transport infrastructure in (i) Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside and (iii) the North East in each of the last five years.

Figures on public sector spend at a regional and national level are part of the Government’s Country and Regional Analysis (CRA) statistics. These statistics attempt to allocate the spending according to where the benefits of that spend are accrued. Inevitably however allocations are not always precise.

Statistics for total public expenditure for the North East of England are given for roads and other transport in table 1 below. Table 2 provides the equivalent statistics for public capital expenditure, which could be considered a better proxy for spending on improvements specifically.

It should be noted however that the Department’s focus is on delivering outcomes for people rather than how much is spent. Investment decisions are made based on a rigorous and fair appraisal process that ensures spending goes to the projects and programmes where it is most needed and will have the most benefit.

Table 1.

Total public sector expenditure on transport: North East, from 2011-12

£millions

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

Roads1,2

316.8

246.7

278.1

349.3

396.6

Other transport2

262.4

279.4

276.0

267.2

387.1

1. Includes expenditure on locally managed roads as well as national trunk roads.

2. Includes spend on transport by all public sector organisations (including Local Authorities and Public Corporations)

Table 2.

Public sector capital expenditure on transport : North East, from 2011-12

£millions

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

Roads1,2

178.4

120.1

164.4

244.5

281.2

Other transport2

157.3

169.1

163.5

171.5

197.8

1. Includes expenditure on locally managed roads as well as national trunk roads.

2. Includes spend on transport by all public sector organisations (including Local Authorities and Public Corporations)

This information is available for government office regions only, and therefore is unavailable for (i) Jarrow constituency and (ii) South Tyneside.

There is also an element of private investment into transport that is not captured by the CRA statistics. Information on private investment is not held by the Department.

18th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential economic benefits of (a) introducing new rolling stock and (b) extending the Tyne and Wear Metro for (i) service users and (ii) the local population.

Departmental officials are in discussion with Nexus, the Tyne and Wear Metro, regarding their proposals for new rolling stock and as part of this work Nexus have provided a Strategic Outline Business Case.

The Government has not been asked to consider a business case for the Metro extensions. Assessing the economic case for extending the Metro system is a matter for Nexus and the Tyne and Wear local authorities to consider.

12th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to tackle funding disparities in transport infrastructure between North and South England.

The Government is carrying out the biggest investment in transport in the North for a generation, and remains committed to ensuring that the whole country gets the transport infrastructure that it needs. Most recently, on 2 October, the Government announced an additional £100m for local road schemes in the North to tackle congestion pinch-points and speed up journeys, while an extra £300m will help push forward plans for Northern Powerhouse Rail to bolster links between Northern towns and cities with more frequent and faster services.

The Government is already providing better rail journeys through the Great North Rail Project, new Northern and TransPennine franchises, and High Speed 2, the first new North-South railway in this country for over a century. This will greatly increase capacity and connections for millions of people, with high speed stations in Manchester, Leeds, Crewe and Sheffield.

12th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve the provision of rail services in (a) Tyne and Wear and (b) the North East of England.

Rail journeys across the north east will undergo the biggest transformation in decades, with an unprecedented package of improvements. By 2020 all the trains will be brand new or completely refurbished, and all the Pacer trains will be gone. Similarly, across the whole of the North there will be more than 500 brand-new train carriages, with room for 40,000 more passengers and 2,000 extra services a week.

The 2nd Round of New Station Fund is providing £3.3 million towards a new station on the Durham Coast Line at Horden. The Government supports the Metro system with £317million for its reinvigoration and renewal programme and £230 million towards its running costs. The Transport Secretary last week unveiled the latest stage in the government’s record investment in Britain’s railways setting out the next round of rail funding, announcing that around £48 billion will be spent on the network over a 5 year period, from 2019 to 2024, including more maintenance and a huge uplift in renewals to increase reliability and punctuality for passengers.

12th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding from the public purse his Department has allocated to transport per head of population in (a) the North East, (b) Greater London and (c) the South East.

The Department for Transport does not allocate funding to transport on a per head of population basis.

Investment decisions are made based on a rigorous and fair appraisal process that ensures spending goes to the projects and programmes where it is most needed. As the Department emphasised in the Transport Investment Strategy, investment decisions should reflect a clear understanding of the particular needs of the country. The Department would value more involvement from regional transport bodies, such as Transport for the North, in deciding how best to invest in transport in their region.

17th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what comparative assessment he has made of public spending per capita on transport infrastructure in (a) Tyne and Wear, (b) the North East, (c) London and (d) the South East.

Figures on public sector spend per head of population at a regional level are part of the government’s Country and Regional Analysis (CRA) statistics. However, there are significant caveats around the interpretation of these figures for transport spending.

The CRA attempts to allocate expenditure on the basis of which region benefits from the spend, rather than where it is made. However, this can be challenging as expenditure in one part of the country may actually benefit a different area, and this is particularly a problem for spending on the motorway, trunk roads, and the railway. For example, whilst spending on a local hospital is likely to predominantly benefit those who live in that area, spending on a motorway or railway line will benefit not just those living nearby but also those travelling from and to other areas across the country. Whilst the Department does try to record rail funding across the regions based on which passengers benefit, allocations are inevitably fairly imprecise.

In terms of the calculation of this regional spending on a per capita basis (i.e. per head of resident population), the calculation for London doesn’t account for the substantial number of daily commuters and visitors, both domestically and internationally, who will be using and benefitting from the roads and public transport networks but who aren’t London residents. In particular, as the main international gateway into the country, London will be the location for transport investments which look to serve passengers well beyond the local resident population.

The above caveats should be taken into account when looking at the CRA figures for regional Government expenditure on transport. The figures for 2015-16 relating to locations (b), (c) and (d) from the above request are shown in the table below. This information is published for government office regions only, and therefore is unavailable for (a) Tyne & Wear.

Table 1. Government expenditure on transport per head of population by region

Total transport spend per capita

North East

£299

London

£973

South East

£365

Source:

HM Treasury Country and Regional Analysis (CRA) 2016

17th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding his Department plans to make available to support the improvement and expansion of the Tyne and Wear Metro after the current funding arrangement ends in 2021.

The Department for Transport is currently in discussions with Nexus about funding options for the renewal of the Metro fleet. These discussions include consideration of revenue and capital support for the existing network beyond the current funding arrangement.

The Department is also aware that Nexus has identified several possible extensions to the Metro. It will be up to Nexus to develop a business case for any such investment. All funding will be subject to normal tests of affordability and value for money.

11th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions his Department has had with Nexus on its proposal for new rolling stock on the Tyne and Wear Metro.

The Department for Transport is currently in discussions with Nexus regarding their proposals for new rolling stock on the Metro, including exploring various funding options.

13th Apr 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to paragraph 4.22 of the Spring Budget 2017, how much of the £690 million fund to support local transport projects will be allocated to projects in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside local authority and (c) the North East.

The National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) allocates £690 million to local authorities in England for local transport networks. £490 million of this is available through a competition which was launched on 6 April and bids close on 30 June. Local authorities have an opportunity to bid for a share of the funding. In the North East, funding could be allocated to either or both of the two Combined Authorities (CAs), Tees Valley CA and North East CA, with the latter including both the Jarrow Parliamentary constituency and South Tyneside local authority. CAs are encouraged to coordinate the submission of NPIF bids for improvements to roads that are the responsibility of local authorities in their areas. At this stage it is not known which local authority areas will submit projects through the competition, or which will be endorsed by the relevant CAs.

13th Apr 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to paragraph 4.22 of the Spring Budget 2017, how much of the £220 million to address pinch points on the strategic road network will be allocated to schemes in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside local authority area and (c) the North East.

In November 2016, the Chancellor announced the Government’s commitment to allocate an extra £220 million to relieve congestion on the Strategic Road Network. The schemes in this Congestion Relief Programme will be delivered quickly to relieve congestion, improve safety and help facilitate local development.

There are no schemes within the Congestion Relief Programme for the Jarrow constituency or the South Tyneside local authority area, however there are four proposed improvement schemes in the North East estimated to cost a total of £31.3 million.

There is also £18.2 million allocated to Yorkshire & North East for some smaller schemes though these are not developed to a stage where they can be announced.

23rd Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much per capita funding was spent on transport infrastructure in (a) the North East and (b) London in the most recent period for which figures are available.

Figures on public sector spend per head of population are produced at a regional level as the HMT’s Country and Regional Analysis (CRA) statistics. It is important to understand however significant caveats about the interpretation of these figures for transport spending.

In terms of the regional allocation of spending, the CRA attempts to allocate expenditure on the basis of which region benefits from the spend rather than where it is made. However, it is not always possible to put the value of spending down to certain parts of the country, and this is particularly a problem for spending on motorway and trunk roads and on the railway due to the nature of these transport networks. For example whilst spending on a local hospital is likely to predominantly benefit those who live in that area, and so it is fairly clear which region benefits from the spend, spending on a motorway or railway line in one area will benefit not just those living nearby but also those travelling from many areas across the country. Whilst the Department does try to distribute rail funding across the regions based on which passengers benefit, allocations are inevitably fairly imprecise.

In terms of the calculation of this regional spending on a per capita (i.e. per resident population) basis, the calculation for London does not account for the fact that London has a substantial number of daily commuters and visitors, both domestically and internationally, who will be using and benefitting from the public transport networks and roads in London but who are not residents in London. In particular, as the main international gateway into the country London will also have transport investments which look beyond just the local resident population.

The unique scale and urban density of London by comparison to other parts of the country also means that it is particularly suited to large scale public transport networks.

Taking the above into account, Government expenditure on transport for 2015-16 is shown in the table below.

Table 1. Government expenditure on transport per head of population by region

Total transport spend per capita

of which: capital

of which: current

London

£973

£688

£285

North East

£299

£182

£116

Source:

HM Treasury Country and Regional Analysis (CRA) 2016

Definitions:

Capital expenditure is usually understood to mean capital formation, net acquisition of land, and expenditure on capital grants. Capital formation is expenditure, net of sales, on fixed assets (such as buildings, vehicles and machinery) and net stock building, and can be measured gross or net of depreciation. Fixed assets are assets that can be used repeatedly to produce goods and services and generally last more than one year.

Current expenditure is spending on items that are consumed in the process of providing public services or, in other words, is recurring spending. This includes, for example, wages and salaries, benefits, and purchasing goods and services.

23rd Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps his Department has taken to support the long-term investment of the Tyne and Wear Metro.

The Department for Transport continues to financially support the Metro by providing £317m through the 10 year Asset Renewal Programme to 2021 which delivers significant investment in infrastructure, stations and rolling stock. This is in addition to the £25m we provide annually by way of revenue support to help fund the day to day operation of the Metro.

23rd Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to provide support for a new fleet of rolling stock serving the Tyne and Wear Metro.

The Department for Transport (DFT) is in discussions with Nexus regarding their proposals for new rolling stock on the Metro. DfT and HM Treasury officials are working with Nexus to understand the business case for the replacement of the current fleet and exploring various funding options.

27th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of employment and support allowance in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK have received a sanction of their benefit in each of the last five years.

Sanctions are only used in a small percentage of cases, and that is when people fail to meet their agreed commitments without good reason. When considering whether a sanction is appropriate, a Decision Maker will take all the claimant’s individual circumstances, including any health conditions or disabilities, domestic emergencies and any evidence of good reason, into account before deciding whether a sanction is warranted.

The latest Benefit Sanction Statistics (for Great Britain), released in February 2019, show that just 0.03% of ESA claimants in the Work Related Activity Group had a reduction in benefit as a result of a sanction.

The number of Employment and Support Allowance claimants who have been sanctioned by parliamentary constituency, local authority and region is published at:

https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/

Guidance for users is available at:

https://sw.stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Getting-Started.html

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
27th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of employment and support allowance in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK have disputed a sanction to their benefit in each of the last five years.

Statistics on Employment and Support Allowance claimants in Great Britain* who have been sanctioned, including information on decision outcome, type, referral reasons and appeals across local authority and region is published and can be found at:

https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/

Guidance on how to extract the information required can be found at:

https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Getting-Started.html

* The Northern Irish Assembly has devolved responsibility for social security benefits. The responsibility for statistics in Northern Ireland lies with the Department for Communities.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
27th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of employment and support allowance in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK who have disputed a sanction to their benefit in each of the last five years have had their sanction overturned after they were reconsidered.

Statistics on Employment and Support Allowance claimants in Great Britain* who have been sanctioned, including information on decision outcome, type, referral reasons and appeals across local authority and region is published and can be found at:

https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/

Guidance on how to extract the information required can be found at:

https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Getting-Started.html

* The Northern Irish Assembly has devolved responsibility for social security benefits. The responsibility for statistics in Northern Ireland lies with the Department for Communities.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
27th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of employment and support allowance in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK who have received a sanction to their benefit in each of the last five years have had their sanction overturned following an appeal to a Tribunal.

Statistics on Employment and Support Allowance claimants in Great Britain* who have been sanctioned, including information on decision outcome, type, referral reasons and appeals across local authority and region is published and can be found at:

https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/

Guidance on how to extract the information required can be found at:

https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Getting-Started.html

* The Northern Irish Assembly has devolved responsibility for social security benefits. The responsibility for statistics in Northern Ireland lies with the Department for Communities.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
27th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of employment and support allowance in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK who have disputed a sanction to their benefit in each of the last five years have had their sanction overturned after they were reconsidered or successful appeals were made.

Statistics on Employment and Support Allowance claimants in Great Britain* who have been sanctioned, including information on decision outcome, type, referral reasons and appeals across local authority and region is published and can be found at:

https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/

Guidance on how to extract the information required can be found at:

https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Getting-Started.html

* The Northern Irish Assembly has devolved responsibility for social security benefits. The responsibility for statistics in Northern Ireland lies with the Department for Communities.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
3rd Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment the Government has made of the effect on low-income families of the roll-out of universal credit in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside and (c) the North East.

When fully rolled out, Universal Credit will support households with around £62 billion a year across the whole of Great Britain. In addition, Universal Credit covers up to 85% of childcare costs, up from 70% in the old system.

The Department has made no assessment specifically in Jarrow, South Tyneside or the North East specifically. However, we continue to evaluate progress as we roll out Universal Credit nationally in a careful and co-ordinated way, reviewing against key measures, to ensure safe and secure delivery.

Work is the best route out of poverty, and Universal Credit is designed to strengthen incentives to move into and progress in work.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
26th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many benefit sanctions have been issued to people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside and (c) the North East in receipt of (i) jobseekers allowance, (ii) employment and support allowance and (iii) universal credit in each of the last five years.

The available information on Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support and Universal Credit sanction decisions by parliamentary constituency is published and can be accessed at: https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/

Guidance on how to extract the information required can be found at:

https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Getting-Started.html

The Department publishes quarterly statistics on sanctions, including a breakdown by sanction referral reason, as part of the Benefit Sanction Statistics publication:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/jobseekers-allowance-sanctions

We take a number of steps to make sure our decisions are fair. When considering whether a sanction is appropriate, a Decision Maker will take all the claimant’s individual circumstances, including any health conditions or disabilities and any evidence of good cause, into account before deciding whether a sanction is warranted.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
26th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate she has made of the number and proportion of unemployed people who are entitled to claim (a) jobseeker's allowance and (b) universal credit but are not doing so in (i) Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside and (iii) the North East.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer to PQ192726, answered on 27 November 2018.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
12th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent representations she has received from women in Jarrow constituency affected by measures taken to equalise the state pension age; and if she will make a statement.

The policy of increasing State Pension age due to changes in life expectancy and equality legislation is enshrined in the 1995, 2007 and 2011 Pensions Act. It is a policy agreed by all governments in the last 23 years whatever their political persuasion – in 1995 Conservative, Labour in 1997-2010 and Coalition 2010-2015.

The Department for Work and Pensions receives a number of recent representations on the measures taken to equalise the State Pension age from individuals and from Members of Parliament writing on their behalf, as it does on many issues. We are unable to state specifically how many representations are from Jarrow constituency

This matter has been comprehensively debated on many occasions in Parliament. The Government will not be making changes to its policy on state pension age for women born in the 1950s.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
20th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an estimate of the number of people using food banks in the North East.

We do not record the number of people using food banks or other types of food aid. We are currently reviewing research carried out by organisations including the Trussell Trust, to add to our understanding of food bank use, and will consider requirements to add to our evidence base.

17th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make an assessment of the potential for an increase in food bank use during the school summer holidays in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England.

We are currently reviewing research carried out by organisations including the Trussell Trust, to add to our understanding of food bank use, and will consider requirements to add to our evidence base.

20th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many complaints her Department has received from people affected by legislative changes in 1995 and 2011 to the women's state pension age.

The number of complaints received and investigated from August 2016 to May 2018 is 7835.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
12th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 3 April 2018 to Question 125594 on Personal Independence Payment, what assessment she has made of the reasons that 59 per cent of Personal Independence Payment appeals were decided in favour of the appellant in HMCTS North East Region between October 2016 and September 2017.

As of March 2018, of the 3.3m decisions made since PIP was introduced, 4% have been overturned at appeal.

The majority of decisions are overturned because of the oral evidence provided by the claimant at the hearing; and because of new written evidence not previously seen by the Department’s decision makers.

16th May 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the reasons why unemployment is higher in the North East than in other regions of the UK.

In the three months to March 2018 the unemployment level in the North East was 63,000, a joint record low for the area. The unemployment rate stood at 4.9%, 0.1 percentage points above the record low for the North East.

Estimates of unemployment differ in different areas of the country due to a range of factors such as the demographics of the local area and local labour market conditions, as well as the effects of sample variability in the Labourforce Survey on which the ONS’s Labour Market Statistics are based.

(Data from the Labourforce Survey for the period January – March 2018)

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
16th May 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if her Department will make an assessment of the effect of changes to the state pension age on women born in the 1950s in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside and (c) the North East.

Successive governments did not do a constituency or regional specific assessment of the effect of changes to the State Pension age for men or women born in any individual constituency. Therefore, this process is not proposed for the Jarrow constituency, South Tyneside or the North East.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
27th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of trends in the level of child poverty in the North East.

National statistics on the percentage of children in low income are set out in the annual "Households Below Average Income" publication. Figures on the percentage of children in low income in the North East can be found in the link below, in table 4.16ts for relative low income, and 4.22ts for absolute low income. These are split into before housing costs (BHC) and after housing costs (AHC). Due to small sample sizes at a regional level, figures are available as three-year rolling averages.

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/692047/children-hbai-timeseries-1994-95-2016-17-tables.ods

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
27th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average net weekly household income was for people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East, (d) London, (e) the South East, (f) England, and (g) the UK in each year since 2010.

National statistics on the number of people living in in-work relative low income are set out in the annual "Households Below Average Income" publication. Average incomes are not available at constituency or ward level in this publication because the survey sample sizes are too small to support the production of robust estimates at this geography. However figures at a regional level are available as a three year rolling average. National figures are available for individual years.

Figures on average incomes by region and for England can be found in the link below, in table 2.5ts, and sets out median and mean incomes before housing costs (BHC) and after housing costs (AHC). Figures for the UK can be found in table 2.1ts, which shows UK income deciles but also the median and mean incomes, both before and after housing costs.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/691966/income-values-and-inequality-measures-hbai-1994-95-2016-17-tables.ods

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
5th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to reduce youth unemployment in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside and (c) the North East.

For the quarter October to December 2017, youth unemployment in the North East was 29,000 – down by over 15,000 since the 2010 General Election (quarter: February-April 2010).

In April 2017, a new programme of intensive support was introduced for 18-21 year olds making a new claim to Universal Credit full service. We are introducing this programme in line with the roll-out schedule for Universal Credit, which is being introduced in a planned, gradual and safe way.

A number of sites in the North-East are already full service sites, and are able to provide claimants with intensive support through this new programme. Remaining sites in the North-East will continue to be rolled out in line with the revised schedule for Universal Credit Full Service, including Jarrow, which is expected to deliver our new programme from May 2018.

Considerable additional support is also available to young people who are claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance. This includes (but is not limited to): basic skills training, work-related training, and 2-8 weeks work experience opportunities.

For pupils aged 12 to 18 in England, the Jobcentre Plus Support for Schools programme assists schools in delivering their statutory duty to provide high quality, independent and impartial careers advice. It also helps pupils make a smooth and effective transition from school to work, training or further study.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
19th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average net weekly household income was for people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East, (d) London, (e) the South East, (f) England and (g) the UK in each year since 2010.

National statistics on average net weekly equivalised household income are set out in the annual "Households Below Average Income" publication. The average net weekly equivalised household income is not available at local authority or constituency level in this publication because the survey sample sizes are too small to support the production of robust estimates at this geography (a and b).

Latest 3-year estimates of the average net weekly equivalised household income for (c) the North East, (d) London, (e) the South East, (f) England and (g) the UK, in each year since 2010, are available in Table 2.5ts in the file “2_incomedistribution_timeseries” from the link below. Single year estimates for (g) the UK are also available in Table 2_1ts_Quintile.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/599136/hbai-2015-2016-supporting-ods-files.zip

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
30th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent comparative assessment he has made of rates of unemployment in the north east and other UK regions.

The unemployment rate in the North East is 5.8%. The rate has fallen by 1.0 percentage point over the last year, the third largest fall of any region, and by 3.8 percentage points since 2010. The unemployment level has fallen by 46,000 (38%) since 2010.

Damian Hinds
Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)
30th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons the north east has the highest unemployment rate in the UK for June to August 2017; and if he will make a statement.

The unemployment rate in the North East is 5.8%, back to pre-recession levels. The unemployment rate reflects a range of elements such as local labour market conditions, and demographic factors. However, the rate has fallen by 1.0 percentage point over the last year, the third largest fall of any region, and by 3.8 percentage points since 2010. The government is committed to maintaining and improving this performance through our welfare reforms and the support offered by Jobcentre Plus.

Damian Hinds
Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)
18th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans the Government has to tackle youth unemployment in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) Gateshead and (d) the north east.

The number of young unemployed claimants is continuing to fall. The proportion of young people (aged 16-24) who are unemployed and not in full time education is at a new record low of 4.8% and the youth claimant count has fallen by around 57% in Jarrow, 53% in South Tyneside and 49% in Gateshead since 2010.

As planned, we have also introduced the Youth Obligation to provide intensive support for 18-21 year olds making a new claim to Universal Credit full service from April 2017. We are rolling out the Youth Obligation in line with the roll-out schedule for Universal Credit full service across the north-east. As such, a number of sites in the north-east are already able to provide claimants with more intensive support through the Youth Obligation, Gateshead included. Remaining sites in the north-east will continue to be rolled-on to the Youth Obligation aligned with the schedule of Universal Credit full service, including Jarrow, which is expected to deliver the Youth Obligation from February 2018.

Damian Hinds
Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)
6th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of universal credit applicants wait more than (a) six and (b) 10 weeks after making their claim before they receive any income in (i) Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside, (iii) the North East and (iv) the UK.

We are intending to publish further data on payment timeliness in due course, but our latest internal data nationally, suggests around 80% of cases are paid in full at the end of the first assessment period.

For the remaining cases we estimate around a third have not signed up to their claimant commitment so cannot be paid until they have. The other two thirds have an outstanding verification issue, such as providing bank statements, evidence of childcare costs, or proof of rent. Many of these claimants receive a part-payment where elements of the claim have been verified.

Damian Hinds
Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)
6th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time is after an application is submitted for universal credit before the first payment is received for claimants in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK.

I refer the Hon. Members to the answer I gave on 18 July 2017 to question 4898.

Damian Hinds
Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)
18th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of constituents in Jarrow constituency have had their personal independence payments overturned as a result of (a) mandatory reconsideration and (b) an appeal hearing in each year for which data is available.

The latest available data on personal independence payment (PIP) clearances split by type of clearance (i.e. whether the claim was awarded, disallowed or withdrawn) can be found at https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/.

Guidance on how to use Stat-Xplore can be found here: https://sw.stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/index.html

Table 1 below shows the number of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Mandatory Reconsideration decisions where the award was changed by year since the introduction of PIP in the Parliamentary Constituencies of Torfaen, Delyn and Jarrow.

Table 1 - Number of Mandatory Reconsiderations decisions where the award changed by financial year of decision.

Year of Mandatory Reconsideration

2013/14

2014/ 15

2015/ 16

2016/ 17

2017/18 (April 17 only)

Total

Torfaen

Less than 5

80

70

110

20

280

Delyn

Less than 5

30

30

60

10

130

Jarrow

Less than 5

20

40

80

10

150

Tables 2-4 below show the Number of appeals found in favour of appellant by financial year, data from Ministry of Justice.

Table 2

Jarrow1

Number Found in Favour of Appellant

Percentage Found in Favour of Appellant (at hearing)2

2013-143

PIP4

0

0%

2014-153

PIP4

15

58%5

2015-163

PIP4

76

49%

2016-173

PIP4

123

51%

Table 3

Torfaen constituency1

Number Found in Favour of Appellant

Percentage Found in Favour of Appellant (at hearing)2

2013-143

PIP4

Less than 5

Less than 5

2014-153

PIP4

80

69%

2015-163

PIP4

488

74%

2016-173

PIP4

516

70%

Table 4

Delyn constituency1

Number Found in Favour of Appellant

Percentage Found in Favour of Appellant (at hearing)2

2013-143

PIP4

0

0%

2014-153

PIP4

22

42%

2015-163

PIP4

194

52%

2016-173

PIP4

479

67%

1 Social Security and Child Support data are attributed to the hearing venue nearest to the appellants’ home address. For appellants living in Jarrow appeals are attributed to the South Shields venue. For appellants identified as living in Torfaen Constituency this would be Langstone Tribunal venue. For appellants identified as living in Delyn Constituency this would be this would be either Prestatyn or Wrexham Tribunal Venues.

2. Percentage Found in favour of Appellant this is based on the number found in favour as a percentage of the appeals cleared at hearing. In line with the published stats, data are not available at a level more-detailed than hearing venue.

3 By financial year - from April to March.

4 PIP replaced Disability Living Allowance for people aged 16 to 64 and rolled out from 8 April 2013. As such, appeal volumes in HM Courts & Tribunals Service in the Year 2013-2014 are low.

5 Indicates the population where the decision was in favour with 30 appeals or less

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
17th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people are in receipt of universal credit in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK.

This information is published and available at: https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk

Guidance for users is available at: https://sw.stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Getting-Started.html

Damian Hinds
Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)
10th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of women in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK who will be affected by changes to the state pension age for women born in the 1950s.

Women born between 6 April 1950 and 5 April 1953 were affected by State Pension age equalisation under the Pensions Act 1995. The Pensions Act 2011 accelerated the equalisation of State Pension age, and included transitional arrangements limiting State Pension age delays, affecting women born between 6 April 1953 and 5 December 1953. It also brought forward the increase in State Pension age from 65 to 66 which affected women born between 6 December 1953 and 5 April 1960.

The Department for Work and Pensions only holds estimates at a Great Britain level. The latest estimates are that the changes affect 3.58 million women in Great Britain born between 6 April 1950 and 5 April 1960, of which 3.48 million were born in the 1950s. These figures are rounded to the nearest 10,000 and are based on DWP calculations using the 2014-based ONS principal population projections.

Information on the numbers affected by constituent country, parliamentary constituency or local authority is not held by the Department for Work and Pensions. However, the most recent population breakdowns for England and its parliamentary constituencies by age can be found here:

https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/populationandmigration/populationestimates/datasets/parliamentaryconstituencymidyearpopulationestimates

Population breakdowns by local authority, region and country can be found here:

https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/populationandmigration/populationestimates/datasets/populationestimatesforukenglandandwalesscotlandandnorthernireland

The House of Commons library have produced a paper estimating the number of women affected by the Pensions Act 2011 (those born between 6 April 1953 and 5 April 1960 by constituency, which can be found here:

http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/CBP-7405/CBP-07405constituencyestimates.xlsx

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
8th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect of changes to housing benefit eligibility in respect of under-occupancy in the social rented sector on low-income families.

This measure puts social sector tenants on a par with their counterparts in the private rented sector who receive Housing Benefit based on household need rather than the full rental costs. Affected claimants can mitigate the impact by entering work, increasing their working hours or downsizing to a smaller property.

11th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time taken was between a fatal accident in construction and a conviction on the latest date for which data is available.

For fatalities in construction (Standard Industrial Classification, section F) reported to HSE between 2006/07 and 2014/15, the average time between the date of the incident and the date of the first hearing where a conviction is recorded is 1208 days. The time between the incident and conviction dates by yearly time bands is as follows:

Date of Conviction

Average number of days between incident date and conviction date

2006/2007

985

2007/2008

1234

2008/2009

1153

2009/2010

1214

2010/2011

1251

2011/2012

1251

2012/2013

1336

2013/2014

1185

2014/2015

1267

Within the overall time frame from fatal incident to conviction a number of discrete stages may be involved and these are performed by different agencies largely out of HSE’s control:

  • The police assume primacy initially and retain it until negligent homicide offences have been identified or eliminated.

  • Where negligent homicide is suspected, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) will consider a file submitted to them by the Police.

  • HSE works closely with the police and CPS throughout this phase in accordance with the Work Related Deaths Protocol (WRDP) to which the Police, CPS, HSE and other regulators are signatories.

  • Before HSE brings a prosecution it is normal to await the outcome of an inquest held by HM Coroner.

  • If a defendant has been charged it can take some time for the case to come to trial particularly where if it is defended and heard in the Crown Court.

Recognising the importance to victims of ensuring all stages of the process are concluded as quickly as possible, the WRDP National Liaison Committee recently agreed that any decision to prosecute should be made within 3 years of the date of death other than in exceptional circumstances – currently approximately 85% of investigations are completed within this timescale.

For its part HSE has an internal target of completing 95% of fatal accident investigations within 12 months of assuming primacy – attainment is now at 70% and the trend is improving.

3rd Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time taken was between a fatal accident occurring in construction and the start of a prosecution on the latest date for which data is available.

For fatalities in construction (Standard Industrial Classification, section F) reported to HSE between 2005/06 and 2014/15, the average time between the date of incident and the date prosecution action was approved is 751 days. This number does not include some more recent or complex incidents, which remain under investigation. The time between the incident and prosecution approved to date by yearly time bands is as follows:

Time between incident and approval

Number

Percentage

0 - 1 year

43

23

1-2 years

51

27

2-3 years

56

30

3-4 years

28

15

4-5 years

9

5

5 years +

2

1

189

3rd Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what change there has been in the length of time between a fatal accident and a prosecution over the last five years.

For fatalities in construction (Standard Industrial Classification Section F) resulting in a prosecution approval by HSE between 2010/11 and 2014/15, the average time between the date of incident and the date prosecution action was approved in each year is as follows:

Year of approval

Average number of days between incident and prosecution approval by HSE

2010/11

877

2011/12

841

2012/13

783

2013/14

851

2014/15

879

3rd Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of construction prosecutions has resulted in a conviction in each of the last five years.

The percentage of construction (Standard Industrial Classification, section F) prosecutions completed in the relevant year and resulting in a conviction in each of the last five years, is as follows:

Year

Cases for which legal proceedings have been instituted

Convictions

Percentage resulting in conviction

2010/11

218

201

92%

2011/12

241

220

91%

2012/13

220

209

95%

2013/14r

225

209

93%

2014/15p

258

243

94%

p - provisional

r - revised

3rd Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of construction fatalities has resulted in at least one prosecution in each of the last eight years.

The percentage of construction (Standard Industrial Classification, section F) fatalities resulting in at least one prosecution being approved to date in each of the last eight years is as follows:

Year

Number of Fatalities in Construction reported to HSE

Number of fatalities with approved prosecution action*

Percentage*

2007/2008

74

38

51%

2008/2009

57

28

49%

2009/2010

44

20

45%

2010/2011

52

16

31%

2011/2012

49

22

45%

2012/2013

46

16

35%

2013/2014

47

15

32%

2014/2015

39p

7

18%

p - Data published for the most recent year is given a 'p' status (provisional), and a year later is released as final.

*Investigations of some recent and more complex incidents are continuing.

6th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of jobseeker's allowance in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK who have disputed the sanction of their benefit have had that sanction overturned after reconsideration in each of the past five years.

The latest available information on Jobseeker’s Allowance sanctions, including the number of Mandatory Reconsiderations and Appeals, is published at:

https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/:

Guidance on how to extract the information required can be found at:

https://sw.stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Getting-Started---SuperWEB2.html


Please note Mandatory reconsiderations were introduced in 28th October 2013.


Information for Northern Ireland is the responsibility of the Department for Social Development. Northern Ireland statistics can be found at:


http://www.dsdni.gov.uk/index/stats_and_research/benefit_publications.htm

Priti Patel
Home Secretary
6th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of jobseeker's allowance in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK have received a sanction of their benefit in each of the last five years.

The latest available information on Jobseeker’s Allowance sanctions, including the number of Mandatory Reconsiderations and Appeals, is published at:

https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/:

Guidance on how to extract the information required can be found at:

https://sw.stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Getting-Started---SuperWEB2.html


Please note Mandatory reconsiderations were introduced in 28th October 2013.


Information for Northern Ireland is the responsibility of the Department for Social Development. Northern Ireland statistics can be found at:


http://www.dsdni.gov.uk/index/stats_and_research/benefit_publications.htm

Priti Patel
Home Secretary
27th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate the Government has made of the number of working families which will be affected by its reforms to benefits.

The welfare system we inherited from Labour was uncontrolled, unaffordable and favoured welfare over work. This Government is undertaking widespread reform to ensure that work always pays, and restoring fairness for the hardworking taxpayers who pay for it.


Universal Credit will radically reform working-age benefits system via improved work incentives, increased simplicity and increased conditionality. Once fully rolled out, we estimate that around 3.8 million working households will be affected by the move to UC.

Priti Patel
Home Secretary
11th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of jobseeker's allowance in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside local authority area, (c) the North East and (d) the UK who have disputed sanction of their benefit have had that sanction overturned on appeal in each of the last five years.

The latest available information on Jobseeker’s Allowance sanctions, including the number of Mandatory Reconsiderations and Appeals, is published at:

https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/:

Guidance on how to extract the information required can be found at:

https://sw.stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Getting-Started---SuperWEB2.html

Information for Northern Ireland is the responsibility of the Department for Social Development. Northern Ireland statistics can be found at:

http://www.dsdni.gov.uk/index/stats_and_research/benefit_publications.htm

Priti Patel
Home Secretary
11th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of jobseeker's allowance in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside local authority area, (c) the North East and (d) the UK who have disputed sanction of their benefit have had that sanction overturned after it was reconsidered or successfully appealed in each of the last five years.

The latest available information on Jobseeker’s Allowance sanctions, including the number of Mandatory Reconsiderations and Appeals, is published at:

https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/:

Guidance on how to extract the information required can be found at:

https://sw.stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Getting-Started---SuperWEB2.html

Information for Northern Ireland is the responsibility of the Department for Social Development. Northern Ireland statistics can be found at:

http://www.dsdni.gov.uk/index/stats_and_research/benefit_publications.htm

Priti Patel
Home Secretary
11th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of jobseeker's allowance in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside local authority area, (c) the North East and (d) the UK who have disputed sanction of their benefit have had that sanction overturned after it was reconsidered in each of the last five years.

The latest available information on Jobseeker’s Allowance sanctions, including the number of Mandatory Reconsiderations and Appeals, is published at:

https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/:

Guidance on how to extract the information required can be found at:

https://sw.stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Getting-Started---SuperWEB2.html

Information for Northern Ireland is the responsibility of the Department for Social Development. Northern Ireland statistics can be found at:

http://www.dsdni.gov.uk/index/stats_and_research/benefit_publications.htm

Priti Patel
Home Secretary
11th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of jobseeker's allowance in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside local authority area, (c) the North East and (d) the UK have disputed sanction of their benefit in each of the last five years.

The latest available information on Jobseeker’s Allowance sanctions, including the number of Mandatory Reconsiderations and Appeals, is published at:

https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/:

Guidance on how to extract the information required can be found at:

https://sw.stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Getting-Started---SuperWEB2.html

Information for Northern Ireland is the responsibility of the Department for Social Development. Northern Ireland statistics can be found at:

http://www.dsdni.gov.uk/index/stats_and_research/benefit_publications.htm

Priti Patel
Home Secretary
20th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been paid in sanctions applied to jobseekers' allowance claimants in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each of the last five years.

We have interpreted the question to mean how much has been unpaid due to sanctions.

The Department does not estimate the amount of benefit withheld as a result of benefit sanctions. The sanctions regime is designed to ensure claimants comply with their requirements in order to move off benefits and into work.

There are no benchmarks or targets for sanctions referrals.

22nd Oct 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of jobseeker's allowance in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK who have disputed the sanction of their benefit in each of the last five years have had their sanction overturned after they were reconsidered or successful appeals were made.

This information is published and can be found at:

https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/

Guidance for users is available at:

https://sw.stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Stat-Xplore_User_Guide.htm

22nd Oct 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of jobseeker's allowance in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK who have disputed the sanction of their benefit in each of the last five years have had their sanction overturned following appeal.

This information is published and can be found at:

https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/

Guidance for users is available at:

https://sw.stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Stat-Xplore_User_Guide.htm

22nd Oct 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of jobseeker's allowance in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK have received a sanction of their benefit in each of the last five years.

This information is published and can be found at:

https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/

Guidance for users is available at:

https://sw.stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Stat-Xplore_User_Guide.htm

22nd Oct 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claimants of jobseeker's allowance in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK who have disputed the sanction of their benefit in each of the last five years have had their sanction overturned after they were reconsidered.

This information is published and can be found at:

https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/

Guidance for users is available at:

https://sw.stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Stat-Xplore_User_Guide.htm

22nd Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding has been allocated from the public purse for NHS services in South Tyneside in each year since 2010.

Clinical commissioning group (CCG) allocations for South Tyneside CCG, which covers Jarrow, are shown in the attached table. The CCG is expected to receive more than the England average per head per year in every year from 2019/20 to 2023/24. It has also received above the England average per head per year from 2013/14 to 2017/18.

In 2019/20, South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust was allocated £2 million Public Dividend Capital for GDE Fast Follower scheme. In addition, North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, which covers South Tyneside and Jarrow, secured £835,000

The Trust’s predecessor, City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, also secured a £887,000 Public Dividend Capital award as part of a national programme for Energy Efficient LED Lighting.

The Department are also aware of a likely award of Public Dividend Capital relating to Urgent and Emergency Care Services provision which is in the process of being allocated and there are a number of ongoing capital funding programmes that the Trust may be considering applications for.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding was allocated to palliative care in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 2010.

Data on the total funding allocated to hospice services in England is not routinely collected centrally, as the vast majority of funding decisions are a matter for local commissioners. Funding in the constituent countries of the United Kingdom is a matter for the devolved administration of those countries.

22nd Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the adequacy of funding for NHS services in (a) Jarrow constituency and (b) South Tyneside.

Clinical commissioning group (CCG) allocations for South Tyneside CCG, which covers Jarrow, are shown in the attached table. The CCG is expected to receive more than the England average per head per year in every year from 2019/20 to 2023/24. It has also received above the England average per head per year from 2013/14 to 2017/18.

In 2019/20, South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust was allocated £2 million Public Dividend Capital for GDE Fast Follower scheme. In addition, North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, which covers South Tyneside and Jarrow, secured £835,000

The Trust’s predecessor, City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, also secured a £887,000 Public Dividend Capital award as part of a national programme for Energy Efficient LED Lighting.

The Department are also aware of a likely award of Public Dividend Capital relating to Urgent and Emergency Care Services provision which is in the process of being allocated and there are a number of ongoing capital funding programmes that the Trust may be considering applications for.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his policy is on allocating funding to hospices in (a) the North East and (b) the UK; and what level of funding his Department plans to allocate to palliative care in each financial year until 2025.

As with the vast majority of National Health Service services, the commissioning of palliative and end of life care is a local matter, over which individual clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) have responsibility. CCGs are best placed to understand the needs of local populations and allocate funding for services to meet those needs from the overall resource allocations they receive.

Much of the palliative care patients receive will be provided either in outpatient or community settings, by nurses, community teams or general practitioners (GPs) as part of general NHS services provision, rather than as an identified palliative care service. In such services, data are either not available or do not identify palliative treatment. In addition, social and voluntary sector organisations can provide additional support to patients and the end of life. Therefore, figures for the total cost or allocation of funding for palliative and end of life care services are not available.

The vast majority of hospices were established from charitable and philanthropic donations and are therefore primarily charity-funded and independently run. However, they receive some statutory funding from CCGs and the Government for providing local NHS services. The majority of decisions regarding the statutory funding hospices receive, are a local matter.

Published in January 2019, the NHS Long Term Plan has a commitment to match CCGs up to £7 million from NHS England for Children and Young People’s Palliative and End of Life Care (CYP PEOLC), on condition of £7 million match funding from CCGs by 2023/24. This will create a total planned additional spending of at least £14million a year for CYP PEOLC services across all providers.


In addition, on 20 August the Government announced that £25 million in funding for hospices and palliative care services. This will help alleviate pressures on hospices and boost our local palliative care services; providing for new services – such as out-of-hours support, respite care and specialist community teams. Importantly, the funding is for adults and children and young people’s hospices and palliative services; this is non-recurrent funding and the £25 million announcement relates to 2019/20 only and; the money is to be spent locally, improving care for patients as soon as possible.

NHS England and NHS Improvement have been working to get this money into local areas as a priority and have uplifted CCG resource allocations to reflect the new funding this month. The expectation is that CCGs work collaboratively to assign the money to hospices and palliative services as a sustainability and transformation partnership (STP) across their STP footprint.

On 1 July 2019, the Government announced plans to increase Children’s Hospice grant from £12 million in 2019/20 to £25 million by 2023/24. The grant is provided to children’s hospices to compensate for lower levels of local statutory funding they receive, compared to adult hospices. The planned grant allocations by financial year are as follows: 2020/21 £15 million; 2021/22 £17 million; 2022/23 £21 million; 2023/24 £25 million. Plans for financial year 2024/25 yet to be developed as the Long Term Plan only covers the period to 2023/24.

22nd Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many practising GPs there were in (a) Jarrow constituency and (b) South Tyneside in each year since 2010.

The number of headcount general practitioners (excluding locums), working in general practice for each year since September 2015 is available in the following table. General practitioner (GP) locums are excluded as improvements have been made to GP locum recording methodology and figures are not comparable prior to December 2017. Current data is not comparable to 2010. As such, September 2015-18 data has been provided. Figures are not available for Jarrow constituency.

South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group Headcount GPs (excluding locums)

September 2015

106

September 2016

104

September 2017

99

September 2018

99

Notes:

  1. Data as at 30 September 2015-2018.
  2. Figures shown do not include GPs working in prisons, army bases, educational establishments, specialist care centres including drug rehabilitation centres and walk-in centres.
  3. Figures contain estimates for practices that did not provide fully valid General Medical Practice staff records.
  4. Headcount totals are unlikely to equal the sum of the components. Further information on the headcount methodology is available in the General Practice Workforce publication.
  5. The figures for GPs excluding Locums as this data is not comparable across the time series.
  6. Data must be compared from the same time point in the year, therefore September 2018 data is provided to allow comparison the earliest available data. Data covering 30 September 2019 will be published on 28 November 2019 and is available at the following link:

https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/publications/statistical/general-and-personal-medical-services

  1. Data collected and published prior to September 2015 is not comparable due to a change in data collection methodology.
  2. “-” denotes zero, “0” denotes greater than 0, less than 0.5, “..” denotes not applicable.
  3. Source – NHS Digital

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
22nd Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what funding his Department plans to allocate to end of life care in each of the next five years.

As with the vast majority of National Health Service services, the commissioning of palliative and end of life care is a local matter, over which individual clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) have responsibility. CCGs are best placed to understand the needs of local populations and allocate funding for services to meet those needs from the overall resource allocations they receive.

Much of the palliative care patients receive will be provided either in outpatient or community settings, by nurses, community teams or general practitioners (GPs) as part of general NHS services provision, rather than as an identified palliative care service. In such services, data are either not available or do not identify palliative treatment. In addition, social and voluntary sector organisations can provide additional support to patients and the end of life. Therefore, figures for the total cost or allocation of funding for palliative and end of life care services are not available.

The vast majority of hospices were established from charitable and philanthropic donations and are therefore primarily charity-funded and independently run. However, they receive some statutory funding from CCGs and the Government for providing local NHS services. The majority of decisions regarding the statutory funding hospices receive, are a local matter.

Published in January 2019, the NHS Long Term Plan has a commitment to match CCGs up to £7 million from NHS England for Children and Young People’s Palliative and End of Life Care (CYP PEOLC), on condition of £7 million match funding from CCGs by 2023/24. This will create a total planned additional spending of at least £14million a year for CYP PEOLC services across all providers.


In addition, on 20 August the Government announced that £25 million in funding for hospices and palliative care services. This will help alleviate pressures on hospices and boost our local palliative care services; providing for new services – such as out-of-hours support, respite care and specialist community teams. Importantly, the funding is for adults and children and young people’s hospices and palliative services; this is non-recurrent funding and the £25 million announcement relates to 2019/20 only and; the money is to be spent locally, improving care for patients as soon as possible.

NHS England and NHS Improvement have been working to get this money into local areas as a priority and have uplifted CCG resource allocations to reflect the new funding this month. The expectation is that CCGs work collaboratively to assign the money to hospices and palliative services as a sustainability and transformation partnership (STP) across their STP footprint.

On 1 July 2019, the Government announced plans to increase Children’s Hospice grant from £12 million in 2019/20 to £25 million by 2023/24. The grant is provided to children’s hospices to compensate for lower levels of local statutory funding they receive, compared to adult hospices. The planned grant allocations by financial year are as follows: 2020/21 £15 million; 2021/22 £17 million; 2022/23 £21 million; 2023/24 £25 million. Plans for financial year 2024/25 yet to be developed as the Long Term Plan only covers the period to 2023/24.

22nd Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many operational hospices there were in (a) the North East, and (b) the UK in each year since 2010.

Data on the total funding allocated to hospice services in England is not routinely collected centrally, as the vast majority of funding decisions are a matter for local commissioners. Funding in the constituent countries of the United Kingdom is a matter for the devolved administration of those countries.

22nd Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his policy is on the funding of hospices; and what levels of funding his Department plans to allocate to palliative care in each financial year until 2025.

As with the vast majority of National Health Service services, the commissioning of palliative and end of life care is a local matter, over which individual clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) have responsibility. CCGs are best placed to understand the needs of local populations and allocate funding for services to meet those needs from the overall resource allocations they receive.

Much of the palliative care patients receive will be provided either in outpatient or community settings, by nurses, community teams or general practitioners (GPs) as part of general NHS services provision, rather than as an identified palliative care service. In such services, data are either not available or do not identify palliative treatment. In addition, social and voluntary sector organisations can provide additional support to patients and the end of life. Therefore, figures for the total cost or allocation of funding for palliative and end of life care services are not available.

The vast majority of hospices were established from charitable and philanthropic donations and are therefore primarily charity-funded and independently run. However, they receive some statutory funding from CCGs and the Government for providing local NHS services. The majority of decisions regarding the statutory funding hospices receive, are a local matter.

Published in January 2019, the NHS Long Term Plan has a commitment to match CCGs up to £7 million from NHS England for Children and Young People’s Palliative and End of Life Care (CYP PEOLC), on condition of £7 million match funding from CCGs by 2023/24. This will create a total planned additional spending of at least £14million a year for CYP PEOLC services across all providers.


In addition, on 20 August the Government announced that £25 million in funding for hospices and palliative care services. This will help alleviate pressures on hospices and boost our local palliative care services; providing for new services – such as out-of-hours support, respite care and specialist community teams. Importantly, the funding is for adults and children and young people’s hospices and palliative services; this is non-recurrent funding and the £25 million announcement relates to 2019/20 only and; the money is to be spent locally, improving care for patients as soon as possible.

NHS England and NHS Improvement have been working to get this money into local areas as a priority and have uplifted CCG resource allocations to reflect the new funding this month. The expectation is that CCGs work collaboratively to assign the money to hospices and palliative services as a sustainability and transformation partnership (STP) across their STP footprint.

On 1 July 2019, the Government announced plans to increase Children’s Hospice grant from £12 million in 2019/20 to £25 million by 2023/24. The grant is provided to children’s hospices to compensate for lower levels of local statutory funding they receive, compared to adult hospices. The planned grant allocations by financial year are as follows: 2020/21 £15 million; 2021/22 £17 million; 2022/23 £21 million; 2023/24 £25 million. Plans for financial year 2024/25 yet to be developed as the Long Term Plan only covers the period to 2023/24.

22nd Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent progress his Department has made on negotiations between NHS England and Vertex pharmaceuticals on making Orkambi available on the NHS for people diagnosed with cystic fibrosis.

On 24 October, NHS England and NHS Improvement announced that a deal had been agreed with the company Vertex to make Orkambi and its other licensed cystic fibrosis drugs available to National Health Service patients in England.

This deal, while commercially confidential, constitutes good value for the NHS, is backed by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and will benefit around 5,000 patients with cystic fibrosis. NHS England and NHS Improvement have announced that there is no cap on patient numbers and all patients who might benefit can now get these treatments on the NHS. Clinicians will be able to begin prescribing these drugs within 30 days of this announcement.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
22nd Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many hospices have closed in the (a) North East and (b) UK in each year since 2010.

Data on the total funding allocated to hospice services in England is not routinely collected centrally, as the vast majority of funding decisions are a matter for local commissioners. Funding in the constituent countries of the United Kingdom is a matter for the devolved administration of those countries.

27th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of patients have been (a) treated by and (b) admitted to A&E departments in (i) four hours and (ii) more than four hours in (A) Jarrow constituency, (B) South Tyneside, (C) the North East and (D) the UK in each year since 2010.

Data is not available in the format requested.

A count of accident and emergency (A&E) attendances (excluding planned) and as a proportion in England attendances where the duration to departure is under one hour, from one to under two hours, from two to under three hours, from three to under four hours, four hours or more and a count of those that are admitted to hospital from A&E in each hour as a number and percentage by the Jarrow constituency, South Tyneside local district authority, the North East government region of residence, and England, from 2010-11 to 2017-18, is attached.

27th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients have been (a) treated by and (b) admitted to A&E departments in (i) four hours and (ii) more than four hours in (A) Jarrow constituency, (B) South Tyneside, (C) the North East and (D) the UK in each year since 2010.

Data is not available in the format requested.

A count of accident and emergency (A&E) attendances (excluding planned) and as a proportion in England attendances where the duration to departure is under one hour, from one to under two hours, from two to under three hours, from three to under four hours, four hours or more and a count of those that are admitted to hospital from A&E in each hour as a number and percentage by the Jarrow constituency, South Tyneside local district authority, the North East government region of residence, and England, from 2010-11 to 2017-18, is attached.

27th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of patients have been treated or admitted to A&E departments in three hours in (a) the Jarrow Constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East, and (d) the UK in each year since 2010.

Data is not available in the format requested.

A count of accident and emergency (A&E) attendances (excluding planned) and as a proportion in England attendances where the duration to departure is under one hour, from one to under two hours, from two to under three hours, from three to under four hours, four hours or more and a count of those that are admitted to hospital from A&E in each hour as a number and percentage by the Jarrow constituency, South Tyneside local district authority, the North East government region of residence, and England, from 2010-11 to 2017-18, is attached.

27th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients have been (a) treated by and (b) admitted to A&E departments in three hours in (i) Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside, (iii) the North East and (iv) the UK in each year since 2010.

Data is not available in the format requested.

A count of accident and emergency (A&E) attendances (excluding planned) and as a proportion in England attendances where the duration to departure is under one hour, from one to under two hours, from two to under three hours, from three to under four hours, four hours or more and a count of those that are admitted to hospital from A&E in each hour as a number and percentage by the Jarrow constituency, South Tyneside local district authority, the North East government region of residence, and England, from 2010-11 to 2017-18, is attached.

27th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of patients have been (a) treated by and (b) admitted to A&E departments in two hours in (i) Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside, (iii) the North East, and (iv) the UK in each year since 2010.

Data is not available in the format requested.

A count of accident and emergency (A&E) attendances (excluding planned) and as a proportion in England attendances where the duration to departure is under one hour, from one to under two hours, from two to under three hours, from three to under four hours, four hours or more and a count of those that are admitted to hospital from A&E in each hour as a number and percentage by the Jarrow constituency, South Tyneside local district authority, the North East government region of residence, and England, from 2010-11 to 2017-18, is attached.

27th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients have been (a) treated by and (b) admitted to A&E departments in two hours in (i) Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside, (iii) the North East and (iv) the UK in each year since 2010.

Data is not available in the format requested.

A count of accident and emergency (A&E) attendances (excluding planned) and as a proportion in England attendances where the duration to departure is under one hour, from one to under two hours, from two to under three hours, from three to under four hours, four hours or more and a count of those that are admitted to hospital from A&E in each hour as a number and percentage by the Jarrow constituency, South Tyneside local district authority, the North East government region of residence, and England, from 2010-11 to 2017-18, is attached.

27th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of patients have been (a) treated by and (b) admitted to A&E departments in less than one hour in (i) Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside, (iii) the North East and (iv) the UK in each year since 2010.

Data is not available in the format requested.

A count of accident and emergency (A&E) attendances (excluding planned) and as a proportion in England attendances where the duration to departure is under one hour, from one to under two hours, from two to under three hours, from three to under four hours, four hours or more and a count of those that are admitted to hospital from A&E in each hour as a number and percentage by the Jarrow constituency, South Tyneside local district authority, the North East government region of residence, and England, from 2010-11 to 2017-18, is attached.

27th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients have been (a) treated by and (b) admitted to A&E departments in less than one hour in (i) Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside, (iii) the North East and (iv) the UK in each year since 2010.

Data is not available in the format requested.

A count of accident and emergency (A&E) attendances (excluding planned) and as a proportion in England attendances where the duration to departure is under one hour, from one to under two hours, from two to under three hours, from three to under four hours, four hours or more and a count of those that are admitted to hospital from A&E in each hour as a number and percentage by the Jarrow constituency, South Tyneside local district authority, the North East government region of residence, and England, from 2010-11 to 2017-18, is attached.

3rd Dec 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of people with diabetes in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside and (c) the North East.

The information requested is not centrally held.

13th Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many practising GPs there were in (a) Jarrow constituency and (b) South Tyneside in each of the last five years.

The number of general practitioners (GP) (headcount), excluding retainers, registrars and locums, for NHS South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group is available in the following table. Figures are not available for Jarrow. Due to changes in the data source, comparisons before and after 2015 should be treated with caution.

Census Date

All GPs (excluding registrars, retainers and locums)

September 2013

105

September 2014

110

September 2015

96

September 2016

97

September 2017

97

March 2018

95

Source: NHS Digital

Notes:

  1. Figures as at 30 September or 31 March.
  2. Prior to 2015 figures are sourced from National Health Application and Infrastructure Services GP Payments (Exeter) System. From 2015 figures are sourced from the workforce Minimum Dataset and include estimates for practices not submitting valid GP data.
  3. Due to the change in data source, caution should be exercised when comparing figures prior to 2015 with those from 2015 onwards.
  4. Locum data was not collected prior to 2015, so not all GP figures are available for this period.
  5. Figures shown do not include GPs working in prisons, army bases, educational establishments, specialist care centres including drug rehabilitation centres and walk-in centres.
13th Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that people in (a) Jarrow constituency and (b) South Tyneside have access to an adequate number of GP surgeries; and if he will make a statement.

The average waiting time for a general practitioner (GP) appointment is not collected or held centrally. In the 2018 GP patient survey 61.6% of respondents (who could remember whether or not they were able to get an appointment, and when they wanted the appointment) stated they saw or spoke to someone at a time they wanted to or sooner. NHS England is working with NHS Digital to consider ways of improving the availability and quality of GP data, including waiting times data.

The Government has committed to improving access to general practice services by 2019. This includes ensuring there are sufficient routine appointments available at evenings and weekends to meet locally determined demand, alongside effective access to out of hours and urgent care services. The latest National Health Service planning guidance, issued by NHS England in February 2018, requires clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to provide extended access to general practice to their whole population by 1 October 2018, to ensure additional capacity is in place ahead of winter 2018.

The General Practice Forward View (GP Forward View), published in April 2016, commits to increasing investment in General Practice by £2.4 billion a year by 2020/21 from £9.7 billion in 2015/16 to over £12 billion by 2020/21 – a 14% real-terms increase. This investment will improve patient care and access, and facilitate new ways of providing primary care.

Commissioners of primary medical care services monitor practice catchment areas to ensure that all areas of the country have primary medical care cover, and through an annual review of every primary medical care contract are aware of local primary medical care capacity and how this meets demand.

Practices are funded on a weighted population basis and therefore, where populations grow gradually, practices receive additional investment to take on new patients which allows them to grow to maintain services for patients. There has been a national trend in practices becoming larger, employing more staff and operating with a more diverse workforce in order to meet rising demand.

NHS South Tyneside CCG advises it has a number of schemes in place which maximise the availability of GP appointments. This includes support to diversify the workforce, a well-developed “Think Pharmacy First” scheme in South Tyneside community pharmacies and an extended access service which has offered approximately 15,000 additional appointments over the last nine months. Electronic consultations are also currently being piloted in the area.

NHS England Cumbria and the North East advises it also has a number of schemes in place to increase capacity in general practice. This includes a pilot of a tool to analyse workforce, capacity and demand and some CCGs are offering online consultations with more practices due to offer this service later this year. 45 practices have also received funding through the national resilience programme and the CCG has acquired funding for up to 25 GPs to take part in the Local GP Retention Fund to support retention of the workforce.

13th Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average waiting time to see a GP in (a) Jarrow constituency, and (b) South Tyneside, (c) Tyne and Wear, (d) the North East and (e) England was in each year since 2010.

The average waiting time for a general practitioner (GP) appointment is not collected or held centrally. In the 2018 GP patient survey 61.6% of respondents (who could remember whether or not they were able to get an appointment, and when they wanted the appointment) stated they saw or spoke to someone at a time they wanted to or sooner. NHS England is working with NHS Digital to consider ways of improving the availability and quality of GP data, including waiting times data.

The Government has committed to improving access to general practice services by 2019. This includes ensuring there are sufficient routine appointments available at evenings and weekends to meet locally determined demand, alongside effective access to out of hours and urgent care services. The latest National Health Service planning guidance, issued by NHS England in February 2018, requires clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to provide extended access to general practice to their whole population by 1 October 2018, to ensure additional capacity is in place ahead of winter 2018.

The General Practice Forward View (GP Forward View), published in April 2016, commits to increasing investment in General Practice by £2.4 billion a year by 2020/21 from £9.7 billion in 2015/16 to over £12 billion by 2020/21 – a 14% real-terms increase. This investment will improve patient care and access, and facilitate new ways of providing primary care.

Commissioners of primary medical care services monitor practice catchment areas to ensure that all areas of the country have primary medical care cover, and through an annual review of every primary medical care contract are aware of local primary medical care capacity and how this meets demand.

Practices are funded on a weighted population basis and therefore, where populations grow gradually, practices receive additional investment to take on new patients which allows them to grow to maintain services for patients. There has been a national trend in practices becoming larger, employing more staff and operating with a more diverse workforce in order to meet rising demand.

NHS South Tyneside CCG advises it has a number of schemes in place which maximise the availability of GP appointments. This includes support to diversify the workforce, a well-developed “Think Pharmacy First” scheme in South Tyneside community pharmacies and an extended access service which has offered approximately 15,000 additional appointments over the last nine months. Electronic consultations are also currently being piloted in the area.

NHS England Cumbria and the North East advises it also has a number of schemes in place to increase capacity in general practice. This includes a pilot of a tool to analyse workforce, capacity and demand and some CCGs are offering online consultations with more practices due to offer this service later this year. 45 practices have also received funding through the national resilience programme and the CCG has acquired funding for up to 25 GPs to take part in the Local GP Retention Fund to support retention of the workforce.

24th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Adjournment debate of 17 July 2018 on Access to Orkambi, Official Report, columns 377-386, if he will take steps to keep hon. Members updated over the summer recess in the event that any progress is made between Vertex and NHS England on making the drug Orkambi available on the NHS for people with Cystic Fibrosis.

As was made clear in the Debate on 17 July 2018, Official Report, columns 377-386 Ministers are watching this issue very closely. However, it is vital that we go through the right process. It is the responsibility of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and NHS England, to work together with Vertex to secure the best outcome for patients and a price for Orkambi that is fair and responsible. NHS England and Vertex are therefore responsible for communicating any further information on progress.

It is an important principle that the National Health Service must ensure that healthcare services secure the best value for patients, and that is the approach NHS England is rightly taking. It is disappointing that Vertex has chosen to withdraw from NICE’s technology appraisal of its latest cystic fibrosis medicine, Symkevi, and NICE and NHS England wrote to Vertex on 31 August to signal their continued willingness to meet with Vertex to discuss access to its new cystic fibrosis medicines.

19th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to make access available to drugs for children with rare diseases.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence issues guidance for the National Health Service on whether drugs and other treatments represent an effective use of NHS resources through its technology appraisal and highly specialised technologies programmes, including drugs for children with rare diseases.

Through the Early Access to Medicines Scheme, we are already making important drugs available to patients. So far around 1500 patients have benefited from the scheme, which enables drugs to be used in clinical practice in parallel with later stages of the regulatory process.

We have brought together key government, NHS and industry partners to form the Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC), who will drive the update and adoption of innovation in the NHS. The AAC will also oversee the Accelerated Access Pathway, streamlining regulatory and market access decisions.

The UK Strategy for Rare Diseases includes commitments to improving the lives of all patients affected by rare diseases including in areas of identification/ prevention and diagnosis and early intervention. European Reference Networks (ERNs) are a cornerstone of this Strategy. ERNs are virtual networks between expert healthcare providers across EU member states. Their functions are to pool specialist expertise to improve the diagnosis, treatment and care of rare diseases patients across Europe and act as focal points for highly specialist training and research, for example through the facilitation of clinical trials and development of new drugs and treatments.

12th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that there is adequate funding for NHS services in (a) Jarrow constituency and (b) South Tyneside.

The allocation of funding to clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) is informed by the estimation of the relative health needs of local areas, based on a formula. The formula is based on independent academic research and includes the factors statistically associated with higher or lower need per head for NHS services.

The funding formula is based on the expected size of the population of each CCG and adjustments, or weights, per head for relative need for health care services and unavoidable costs between CCGs.

The CCG then decides how this funding is deployed across the geography and population for which it is responsible to ensure that the needs of the local population are met.

NHS England meets regularly with each CCG to review its financial position as the year progresses.

Steve Barclay
Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
12th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 15 May 2018 to question 141319 on Breast Cancer Screening, what estimate he has made of the number of women have been affected by the NHS breast screening programme failure in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside and (c) the North East.

Initial precautionary analysis identified 195,565 women, registered with general practitioners in England, who may not have been sent an invitation for a mammogram between the ages of 68 and up to their 71st birthday. This included:

- 715 women in Jarrow;

- 1,774 women in South Tyneside; and

- 10,224 women in the North East.

Following further detailed record review by Public Health England, using data provided by NHS Digital, 122,726 of these women were confirmed as not having received a screening invitation in the appropriate period. All of these women have already been written to and some of the women contacted have accepted the offer and received their screen.

12th Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to increase the number of GPs in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside and (c) the North East.

South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) supports a number of initiatives to attract general practitioners (GPs) to the region.

The CCG is in the process of developing new career start posts, which will enable newly qualified GPs to apply for supported roles. The GPs will receive mentorship and help to focus on their clinical and personal development, with the hope that GPs will continue into permanent roles within South Tyneside.

In addition, it has been announced that Sunderland University will be opening a medical school in September 2018. The school will specialise in GP and psychiatric training, and it is envisioned that 50 students will enrol in 2019 and 100 new students in 2020. While the students will not be fully qualified GPs for a number of years, the CCG is establishing early links with the medical school, which it hopes will put the CCG in a better position to encourage students to remain within the region once their training is complete.

16th May 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timetable is for a decision to be made on the proposed changes to acute services at South Tyneside District Hospital; and if he will make a statement.

Following a referral to him made earlier this month by the South Tyneside and Sunderland Council Joint Health Scrutiny Committee, under S.23 of the Local Authority (Public Health, Health and Wellbeing Boards and Health Scrutiny) Regulations 2013, of the proposed changes to services commissioned by the South Tyneside and Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Groups, my Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State wrote to the Independent Reconfiguration Panel seeking their expert, independent advice on the concerns raised. An announcement will be made in due course, on receipt of the Panel’s report.

Steve Barclay
Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
16th May 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent progress has been made on the negotiations between NHS England and Vertex pharmaceuticals on making the drug Orkambi available on the NHS for people diagnosed with cystic fibrosis.

In March 2018, NHS England received an outline commercial approach from Vertex. NHS England has advised that discussions are now ongoing between the two organisations about the detail of this proposal. NHS England has been clear that it is willing to take a collaborative and flexible commercial approach with the company as long as they price their products responsibly. The Department supports these negotiations and encourages a fair deal that will provide the best value and outcomes for patients and the National Health Service. The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Lord O’Shaughnessy) and I have written to Vertex, the manufacturer of Orkambi, to encourage expedition of the negotiations with NHS England and to set out the need to resolve this matter urgently. A copy of the letter is attached.

4th May 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to his oral statement of 2 May 2018, Official Report, column 315, on Breast Cancer Screening, how many women have been affected by the NHS breast screening programme failure in (a) Newcastle Gateshead clinical commissioning group and (b) South Tyneside clinical commissioning group.

Data on the number of women affected by the National Health Service breast screening programme failure will be published by the end of May.

25th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding has been allocated from the public purse for NHS services in South Tyneside in each of the last five years.

NHS England publishes clinical commissioning group (CCG) allocations on its website. The published CCG allocations for NHS South Tyneside CCG for the past five years for core services are set out in the following table. It should be noted that these figures do not include allocations for primary medical care or specialised services and that these figures are as published, and may not reflect any adjustments that have occurred since the time of publication. Furthermore, allocations for 2017/18 are not strictly comparable with those of earlier years as a number of changes have been made to CCG baselines.

NHS South Tyneside CCG

Allocation (£000s)

2013-14

222,913

2014-15

227,683

2015-16

238,697

2016-17

242,525

2017-18

245,116

Steve Barclay
Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
5th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that NHS services in (a) Jarrow constituency and (b) South Tyneside are adequately funded.

NHS England meets regularly with each clinical commissioning group (CCG) to review its financial position as the year progresses. This will periodically include a review of expenditure by service type. NHS England is also currently working through the annual planning process for the National Health Service through which all CCGs are required to set their spending plans for the coming year.

The allocation of funding to CCGs is informed by the estimation of the relative health needs of local areas, based on a formula. The formula is based on independent academic research and includes the factors statistically associated with higher or lower need per head for NHS services.

The funding formula is based on the expected size of the population of each CCG and adjustments, or weights, per head for relative need for health care services and unavoidable costs between CCGs.

The CCG then decides how this funding is deployed across the geography and population for which it is responsible to ensure that the needs of the local population are met.

Steve Barclay
Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
5th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with the South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group on funding for NHS services in South Tyneside.

NHS England meets regularly with each clinical commissioning group (CCG) to review its financial position as the year progresses. This will periodically include a review of expenditure by service type. NHS England is also currently working through the annual planning process for the National Health Service through which all CCGs are required to set their spending plans for the coming year.

The allocation of funding to CCGs is informed by the estimation of the relative health needs of local areas, based on a formula. The formula is based on independent academic research and includes the factors statistically associated with higher or lower need per head for NHS services.

The funding formula is based on the expected size of the population of each CCG and adjustments, or weights, per head for relative need for health care services and unavoidable costs between CCGs.

The CCG then decides how this funding is deployed across the geography and population for which it is responsible to ensure that the needs of the local population are met.

Steve Barclay
Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
27th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on healthcare provision in South Tyneside of the decision to move acute NHS services out of South Tyneside.

Decisions on configuration are best taken by the local National Health Service, who can best assess how to meet the needs of people in their area.

For any significant system reconfiguration, we expect all local parts of the system to be talking to the public and stakeholders regularly — it is vital that people can shape the future of their local services.

All significant service change is subject to a full public consultation and proposals must meet the government’s four reconfiguration tests. These are support from clinical commissioners, clarity on the clinical evidence base, robust patient and public engagement and support for patient choice. There is additional NHS England guidance (fifth test) which means that proposed service reconfigurations should be tested for their impact on overall bed numbers in the area.

Local authorities play a key role in ensuring the democratic accountability of local health services, through their statutory oversight and scrutiny committees. Should such a committee remain unsatisfied with the handling of a proposed service change, one of their options is to ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to consider undertaking his own review.

Steve Barclay
Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
26th Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will undertake a review of the decision made by Sunderland and South Tyneside clinical commissioning groups to downgrade South Tyneside District Hospital.

Decisions on configuration are best taken by the local National Health Service, who can best assess how to meet the needs of people in their area.

For any significant system reconfiguration, we expect all local parts of the system to be talking to the public and stakeholders regularly — it is vital that people can shape the future of their local services.

All significant service change is subject to a full public consultation and proposals must meet the government’s four reconfiguration tests. These are support from clinical commissioners, clarity on the clinical evidence base, robust patient and public engagement and support for patient choice. There is additional NHS England guidance (fifth test) which means that proposed service reconfigurations should be tested for their impact on overall bed numbers in the area.

Local authorities play a key role in ensuring the democratic accountability of local health services, through their statutory oversight and scrutiny committees. Should such a committee remain unsatisfied with the handling of a proposed service change, one of their options is to ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to consider undertaking his own review.

Steve Barclay
Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
30th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government has made an assessment of the reasons for the sustained decrease in life expectancy in some areas of the UK since 2011; and if he will make a statement.

Public Health England reviewed evidence for recent trends in mortality rates and life expectancy and the report can be viewed here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/health-profile-for-england

It is not yet clear whether there has been a statistically significant interruption in the long-term increase in life expectancy. The Office for National Statistics is currently investigating if the recent figures represent a significant change in the trend, and if so, what demographic groups are affected.

5th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to reduce pressure on NHS A&E departments in (a) South Tyneside, (b) Gateshead, (c) the North East and (d) England.

NHS England advises that the North East and North Cumbria Urgent and Emergency Care Network, working on behalf of local clinical commissioning groups , has produced a winter surge management campaign to help reduce pressure on accident and emergency (A&E) services in the region. The campaign launched on 13 November during the national self-care week, and the winter activity will last until the end of March 2018.

South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust has robust winter plans in place to ensure the proactive management of patient flow, facilitation of safe and timely discharge and the efficient use of inpatient capacity during the winter period. These plans are operational from November 2017 to May 2018 and were submitted as part of the local A&E delivery board plans and in line with the North East region’s urgent and emergency care network. The Trust planned extra bed capacity for the winter period, with up to 24 additional acute inpatient beds available as needed.

Nationally, the National Health Service planned earlier than ever before to cope with this winter, supported by an additional £437 million which includes funding to make sure people going to A&E get directed to the right service for their needs, and an extra £1 billion of funding to be spent on meeting adult social care needs, supporting the social care market and reducing pressure on the NHS this year.

Steve Barclay
Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
19th Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on patient safety of the decision temporarily to suspend (a) births and (b) the special care baby unit at South Tyneside District Hospital; and if he will make a statement.

Any possible reconfiguration of services is a matter for the local National Health Service. It is right that these decisions are led by local clinicians, who best understand the healthcare needs of their local populations, and in consultation with local people.

South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust has taken the decision temporarily to suspend births and the Special Care Baby Unit at South Tyneside District Hospital in the interests of patient safety. The local NHS is working hard to address its staffing challenges and to be able to return to the level of care patients expect.

No permanent changes to maternity services would be made without formal consultation.

14th Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to support acute services at South Tyneside District Hospital.

Any possible reconfiguration of acute services is a matter for the local National Health Service. It is right that these decisions are led by local clinicians, who best understand the healthcare needs of their local populations, and in consultation with local people.

‘The Path to Excellence’ is a five-year transformation of healthcare service across South Tyneside and Sunderland and has been set up to secure the future of local NHS services and to identify new and innovative ways of delivering high quality, joined up, sustainable care that will benefit the local population, both now and in the future.

A consultation to gather public views about the different ways some aspects of NHS hospital services could be arranged in South Tyneside and Sunderland was launched in July 2017 and ended in October 2017. This has focused particularly on choices around areas of hospital care which are delivered at South Tyneside District Hospital and Sunderland Royal Hospital.

No decisions will be made on reconfiguration matters until the responses to ‘The Path to Excellence’ have been thoroughly analysed. Final decisions are expected to be made by South Tyneside and Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Groups in 2018.

14th Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will review the Path to Excellence proposals made by South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Partnership.

Any possible reconfiguration of acute services is a matter for the local National Health Service. It is right that these decisions are led by local clinicians, who best understand the healthcare needs of their local populations, and in consultation with local people.

‘The Path to Excellence’ is a five-year transformation of healthcare service across South Tyneside and Sunderland and has been set up to secure the future of local NHS services and to identify new and innovative ways of delivering high quality, joined up, sustainable care that will benefit the local population, both now and in the future.

A consultation to gather public views about the different ways some aspects of NHS hospital services could be arranged in South Tyneside and Sunderland was launched in July 2017 and ended in October 2017. This has focused particularly on choices around areas of hospital care which are delivered at South Tyneside District Hospital and Sunderland Royal Hospital.

No decisions will be made on reconfiguration matters until the responses to ‘The Path to Excellence’ have been thoroughly analysed. Final decisions are expected to be made by South Tyneside and Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Groups in 2018.

14th Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the responses to the Path to Excellence proposals made by South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Partnership.

Any possible reconfiguration of acute services is a matter for the local National Health Service. It is right that these decisions are led by local clinicians, who best understand the healthcare needs of their local populations, and in consultation with local people.

‘The Path to Excellence’ is a five-year transformation of healthcare service across South Tyneside and Sunderland and has been set up to secure the future of local NHS services and to identify new and innovative ways of delivering high quality, joined up, sustainable care that will benefit the local population, both now and in the future.

A consultation to gather public views about the different ways some aspects of NHS hospital services could be arranged in South Tyneside and Sunderland was launched in July 2017 and ended in October 2017. This has focused particularly on choices around areas of hospital care which are delivered at South Tyneside District Hospital and Sunderland Royal Hospital.

No decisions will be made on reconfiguration matters until the responses to ‘The Path to Excellence’ have been thoroughly analysed. Final decisions are expected to be made by South Tyneside and Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Groups in 2018.

23rd Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to paragraph 6.4 of the Autumn Budget 2017, how much of that additional NHS funding in England will be allocated to South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust.

The Budget announcement was made on 22 November 2017 containing £3.5 billion of capital investment for buildings and facilities in the National Health Service in England by 2022-23, including £2.6 billion for locally-led Sustainability and Transformation Plans.

The Government has provisionally allocated over £200 million to 12 of the highest quality schemes subject to business case approval. Neither South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust or City Hospitals Sunderland are in the 12 initial schemes, details of which can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/funding-for-local-groups-of-nhs-organisations-sustainability-and-transformation-partnerships

The Department is working with NHS England and NHS Improvement on the detail around how the further funding will be allocated to local areas.

23rd Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to paragraph 6.8 of the Autumn Budget 2017, how much of the £2.6 billion funding will be allocated as part of the Sustainability and Transformation Plans to (a) South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust and (b) City Hospitals Sunderland.

The Budget announcement was made on 22 November 2017 containing £3.5 billion of capital investment for buildings and facilities in the National Health Service in England by 2022-23, including £2.6 billion for locally-led Sustainability and Transformation Plans.

The Government has provisionally allocated over £200 million to 12 of the highest quality schemes subject to business case approval. Neither South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust or City Hospitals Sunderland are in the 12 initial schemes, details of which can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/funding-for-local-groups-of-nhs-organisations-sustainability-and-transformation-partnerships

The Department is working with NHS England and NHS Improvement on the detail around how the further funding will be allocated to local areas.

12th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the financial sustainability of NHS services in (a) Tyne and Wear and (b) South Tyneside.

The National Health Service leadership bodies have developed their own plan for delivering financial balance and sustainability for the NHS. We support that plan and have invested in the NHS to do so, with funding set to increase by £8 billion per year by 2020-21 compared to 2015-16. But it is for local leaders in Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) areas, working together with NHS England and NHS Improvement, to deliver against their own plans to achieve financial sustainability.

We are keenly aware that local issues exist within the national plan, but as with all public services, local NHS areas need to live within their means. NHS England and NHS Improvement will continue to work with areas to balance their financial plans.

Progress is being made. The NHS has worked hard to manage its finances in a challenging period, reporting significant improvements compared to previous years. Nationally, the overall deficit, the size of individual deficits and the number of trusts reporting a deficit, are all significantly down.

We are advised that the financial position of the Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and North Durham STP footprint (which includes both South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust and the broader Tyne and Wear region) is deteriorating versus 2016-17, although Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust and Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust are predicted to maintain a substantial, if reduced, surplus.

12th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of the Path to Excellence proposals made by South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Partnership on (a) service users and (b) the local population for people in (i) Jarrow constituency and (ii) South Tyneside.

The ‘Path to Excellence’ is a five-year transformation of healthcare provision across South Tyneside and Sunderland being put forward under their Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs).

The Government has not made a specific assessment on the effect of the ‘Path to Excellence’ proposals made by the Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Partnership on service users or the local population. However, in June 2017, NHS England published an STP dashboard that makes an assessment of all STP performance across England. The STP dashboard can be found here:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/stps/sustainability-and-transformation-partnerships-progress-dashboard-baseline-view/

The Northumberland, Tyne and Wear STP is rated as category 2 - ‘advanced’ in the published STP dashboard.

17th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will protect South Tyneside Hospital from closure or downgrading.

Decisions about the configuration of National Health Service services are made locally, following public consultation. If proposals are contested, then they may be referred to the Secretary of State for review. The Department cannot therefore comment on proposals, whether actual or hypothetical, outside of that process.

17th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to make the Tyne and Wear Sustainability and Transformation Plan process more accountable and open to the public.

It is important that the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) process is accountable and open to the public. It is for local areas to determine how best to do this.

Throughout its development, the Tyne and Wear STP has made efforts to ensure it is accountable and open to the public. For example, between October 2016 and January 2017, the NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group published an STP summary document and presentation slide pack to raise awareness of the proposals, and to listen to any ideas or concerns about the detail of the draft plan.

A dashboard and assessment of STP performance will be published shortly. Local communities can use this as a mechanism for holding the local National Health Service to account.

13th Apr 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to paragraph 5.5 of the Spring Budget 2017, how much of the £2 billion fund for councils in England to spend on adult social care services will be allocated to South Tyneside local authority.

Following the Budget announcements, local authorities in England will receive an additional £2 billion for social care over the next three years. £1 billion of this will be provided in 2017-18, ensuring that councils can start to fund more care packages immediately.

In particular, South Tyneside local authority will receive £8.2 million additional funding for adult social care over three years.

Council-by-council allocations of the additional funding have been published by the Department for Communities and Local Government at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-allocations-of-the-additional-funding-for-adult-social-care

The additional money will be provided as a grant to each council in England and there are conditions which ensure that it is all spent on adult social care.

10th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much NHS funding has been allocated to (a) South Tyneside, (b) the North East and (c) the UK in each year since 1997.

Funding is not allocated by the Department on a regional basis. Overall spending limits are agreed with NHS England and other arm’s length bodies on an annual basis.

National Health Service trusts are not funded directly by the Department. They are semi-autonomous organisations who fund their activity via income derived from the provision of services to commissioners.

Income levels are agreed between local commissioners and providers based on levels of activity within local health economy which are inherently volatile from year to year.

The Department reports total spending incurred each year by bodies within the departmental group for England, in its Annual Report and Accounts. The 2015-16 Department of Health Annual Report and Accounts can be found on the Department’s website via the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/539602/DH_Annual_Report_Web.pdf

Total departmental spending outturns from 2007-08 to 2015-16 can be found on page 178, annex A, Core Table 1.

Spending in the rest of the United Kingdom are a matter for the devolved administrations.

6th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average hospital waiting time was for NHS patients in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 2005.

The information is not available in the format requested. Information has been published since August 2007 on the numbers of patients still waiting within 18 weeks and more than 18 weeks to start consultant-led elective treatment at the end of each month. Information has also been published about average median waiting times to start consultant-led elective treatment nationally since August 2007 and locally since April 2009. This is provided in the attached table for National Health Service commissioning organisations and regions which most closely match those requested. Health is a devolved matter in the rest of the United Kingdom.

6th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS doctors were employed in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 2005.

The number of hospital and community health services doctors employed in the National Health Service for South Tyneside and the North East region since 2005 is in the attached table. The figures are taken from the NHS annual workforce statistics published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre.


Figures are only available for recognised NHS geography and therefore no information has been provided for Jarrow constituency.


The provision of health services in the United Kingdom is a devolved matter so total figures are for England only.

6th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS nurses were employed in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 2005.

The number of hospital and community health services nurses employed in the National Health Service for South Tyneside and the North East region in each year since 2005 is in the attached table. The figures are taken from the NHS annual workforce statistics published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre.


Figures are only available for recognised NHS geography and therefore no information has been provided for Jarrow constituency.


The provision of health services in the United Kingdom is a devolved matter so total figures are for England only.

6th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what change there was in the number of NHS beds in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 2005.

The average daily number of available open overnight and open day only beds under the care of a consultant in each year since 2005-06 and in each quarter since 2010-11 in (a) South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust, (b) the North East and (c) England is in the attached table. Health is a devolved matter in the rest of the United Kingdom.


6th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS dentists were employed in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 2005.

Data is not available in the exact format requested.


The attached tables provide the information for the period 2005-2006 for England, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear Strategic Health Authority (SHA), County Durham and Tees Valley SHA and all the primary care trusts (PCT) in these two SHAs. These data are based on the old contractual arrangements, which were in place up to and including 31 March 2006 and were a count of practitioners on PCT lists regardless of whether they had done any National Health Service work.


For the period 2007-2013, data is available for England, North East SHA and all the PCTs in this single SHA. Data for the post 2006 contractual arrangements only count dentists who have carried out any NHS activity in each financial year.


For the period 2014-2015, following the 2013 NHS re-organisation, data is available for England, Durham, Darlington and Tees Area Team, Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear Area Team and the clinical commissioning groups within these two area teams.


6th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS beds there were in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 2005.

The average daily number of available open overnight and open day only beds under the care of a consultant in each year since 2005-06 and in each quarter since 2010-11 in (a) South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust, (b) the North East and (c) England is in the attached table. Health is a devolved matter in the rest of the United Kingdom.


6th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS GPs were working in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 2005.

The number of general practitioners employed in the National Health Service for South Tyneside and the North East region since 2005 is in the attached table. The figures are taken from the NHS annual workforce statistics published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre.


Figures are only available for recognised NHS geography and therefore no information has been provided for Jarrow constituency.


The provision of health services in the United Kingdom is a devolved matter so total figures are for England only.



22nd Oct 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the government of Qatar about alleged abuse of migrant workers in that country.

We welcome the steps taken by the Qatari government in response to concerns about the treatment of migrant workers and continue to discuss implementation with them. I raised this issue with them during my visit to Doha on 15 October.

15th Jan 2019
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions his Department has had with the (a) Department for Transport and (b) Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport ahead of the 2019 Spending Review on the level of public funding required to provide (i) 4G mobile connectivity and (ii) Wi-Fi services to all rail passengers throughout the UK.

The government remains committed to improving rail passenger connectivity throughout the UK.

The Treasury has regular discussions with government departments on public spending across all policy areas – including rail passenger connectivity. Future spending decisions are a matter for the Spending Review.

Elizabeth Truss
Minister for Women and Equalities
15th Jan 2019
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the levels of public spending required to provide a good standard of mobile connectivity to all rail passengers throughout the UK.

The government remains committed to improving rail passenger connectivity throughout the UK.

The Treasury has regular discussions with government departments on public spending across all policy areas – including rail passenger connectivity. Future spending decisions are a matter for the Spending Review.

Elizabeth Truss
Minister for Women and Equalities
24th Jul 2018
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish what information his Department holds on overall public spending per capita in (a) Jarrow Constituency (b) South Tyneside and (c) Tyne and Wear and (d) the North East since 2010.

With regard to parts (a), (b) and (c) of the question, the government does not hold information on overall expenditure within these constituencies. However, per capita expenditure for the North East is shown in the table below as sourced from the Public Expenditure Statistical Analysis (PESA) command paper.

Total identifiable expenditure on services in the North East, per head 2010-11 to 2016-17

Financial year

£ per head

2010-11

9330

2011-12

9245

2012-13

9284

2013-14

9377

2014-15

9451

2015-16

9585

2016-17

9680

Source 2010-11: PESA 2016

Source 2011-12: PESA 2017

Source 2012-13 to 2016-17: PESA 2018

A link to the latest edition of PESA is provided below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/public-expenditure-statistical-analyses-2018

Table 9.2 will be of interest as it shows total identifiable expenditure on services by country and region, per head between 2012-13 and 2016-17.

Table 9.2 data for earlier years can be found in past editions of PESA. For example data back to 2011-12 is available in the 2017 edition of PESA, whilst data for 2010-11 is available in the 2016 edition. A link to a webpage collecting past and present editions of PESA is provided below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/public-expenditure-statistical-analyses-pesa

Elizabeth Truss
Minister for Women and Equalities
10th Jul 2018
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of trends in the level of bank branch closures in the North East; and if he will make a statement.

The decision to close a branch is a commercial issue for the management team of the bank. However, Government believes it is important the impact on communities must be understood, considered and mitigated where possible.

The Government supports the industry’s Access to Banking Standard which commits banks to ensure personal and business customers are better informed about branch closures and the reasons for them closing. It also helps customers to understand the options they have locally to continue to access banking services, including specialist assistance for customers who need more help. The Access to Banking Standard is monitored and enforced by the independent Lending Standards Board.

Government also considers it important that all customers, wherever they live and especially those who are vulnerable, can still access over the counter services. That is why we support the Post Office’s Banking Framework Agreement, which enables 99% of banks’ personal and 95% of banks’ business customers to withdraw cash, deposit cash and cheques, and make balance enquiries at a Post Office counter via its network of 11,600 branches.

The Government is committed to ensuring that communities across the UK are fully aware of the important services that remain available to them at their local Post Office, even if their bank branch is closed. In March, in response to my request, the Post Office and UK Finance have committed to work together to raise public awareness of the banking services available at the Post Office for individuals and small and medium-sized enterprises.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
23rd Nov 2017
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 5.5 of the Autumn Budget 2017, if his Department will make an estimate of how many first-time buyers will benefit from the proposed relief to Stamp Duty Land Tax to help young people buy their first home in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England.

The number of purchases benefitting from the Stamp Duty Land Tax relief for first-time buyers in the North East is estimated to be 7,000 in 2018-19. The number of purchases benefitting in England is estimated to be 205,000 in 2018-19.

HMRC is unable to provide estimates for first time buyers at a constituency or local authority level.

23rd Nov 2017
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 3.26 of the Autumn Budget 2017, what estimate the Government has made of the number of businesses that will benefit from the increase in R&D expenditure credit in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England.

The number of businesses registered in (a) Jarrow constituency and (b) South Tyneside which claim the R&D expenditure credit (RDEC) cannot be disclosed for reasons of taxpayer confidentiality.

The estimated numbers of businesses registered in (c) the North East and (d) England which claimed RDEC in 2015-16 are published in Table RD5 of the R&D Tax Credits National Statistics:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/corporate-tax-research-and-development-tax-credit

These statistics also show the estimated number of businesses which claimed under the large company scheme that has now been replaced by RDEC.

23rd Nov 2017
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 4.4 of the Autumn Budget 2017, how his Department plans to address the productivity gap in the North East compared to other regions of the UK.

This government places addressing the UK’s productivity challenge at the heart of its economic plan. As set out in the Budget 2017, the government will drive productivity and growth in every region of the UK by investing in infrastructure, developing skills, supporting business and devolving powers. Those going into technical education in the North East will benefit from the nationwide investment of up to £20m to prepare for T Levels. The Autumn Budget also announced a £337 million investment to replace the Tyne & Wear Metro rolling stock, and transport users in the Tees Valley Combined Authority will benefit from £59 million for investment in transport projects.

Elizabeth Truss
Minister for Women and Equalities
23rd Nov 2017
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 6.8 of the Autumn Budget 2017, whether the Government plans to commit to funding pay awards for public sector workers other than NHS staff.

The Government funds pay awards for all public sector workers. In September it was announced Prison Officers would see an above 1% rise for 2017/18, funded from the Ministry of Justice budget. In the NHS specifically, there are unique pressures this year: there are more operations than ever and more people going to A&E than ever. That’s why we’re giving the NHS as a whole additional funding, with the potential for extra funding for pay.

For all workforces in 2018/19, PRBs will look at the evidence and make recommendations in the Spring/Summer.

Elizabeth Truss
Minister for Women and Equalities
30th Oct 2017
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the oral contribution by the Exchequer Secretary of 24 October 2017, Official Report, column 148, what the evidential basis is that Government transport investment is equal across the different regions in England; and if he will publish per capita transport investment for each region in the last three years.

As set out in my oral answer the Government is investing £13bn into the North. The government publishes the 'National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline' showing planned investment in infrastructure, including transport, on a regular basis. The pipeline aims to provide a comprehensive and informative view of infrastructure investment plans and we will continue to develop it with each publication.

18th Oct 2017
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the reasons for disparities in (a) employment, (b) unemployment, (c) average earnings and (d) economic growth in North East England.

The employment rate in the North East is near its record high at 72.2%; the unemployment rate is 5.8%; weekly earnings for an average full-time employee are £504; and nominal Gross Value Added (GVA) per head has grown 13.7% since 2010. The gap between the North East and the UK employment rate has narrowed over the past two years.

The government is addressing the barriers to economic growth in the North East and the rest of the Northern Powerhouse by investing in skills and infrastructure, developing our Industrial Strategy, and devolving more powers to local areas including the Tees Valley Combined Authority. This builds on the £379.6 million Local Growth Fund awarded to the North East since 2014.

Steve Barclay
Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
14th Sep 2017
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to end the public sector pay cap for (a) firefighters, (b) police, (c) teachers, (d) nurses and (e) doctors.

I set out the Government’s position on public sector pay in the House of Commons on 12 September 2017. A copy of this statement is available at: http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2017-09-12/HCWS127.

There is a process by which independent pay review bodies make recommendations on the pay award for police, teachers, nurses and doctors. These recommendations will be made public, and the government will respond to them in the usual way. It would be wrong to pre-empt this established process.

For firefighters, Central Government has no role in setting their pay negotiation process, which is a matter for the National Joint Council for Local Authority Fire and Rescue Services.

Elizabeth Truss
Minister for Women and Equalities
10th Jul 2017
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans the Government has to remove the public sector pay cap during the course of the current Parliament.

Our pay policy has always been designed to strike the right balance between being fair to our public servants and being fair to all those whose taxes pay for them. That approach has not changed and we continually assess that balance.

Elizabeth Truss
Minister for Women and Equalities
23rd Nov 2016
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of people receiving low pay.

This government is giving low paid workers a pay rise with the National Living Wage set to rise to £7.50 in April. And we are reforming the welfare system to ensure it always pays to earn more. But in the longer term raising productivity is key to higher pay, which is why we’re investing in innovation and infrastructure.

17th Nov 2014
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people have paid less tax as a result of the recent reduction in the top rate of tax.

Estimates of the number of additional rate income tax payers are published in HMRC’s tax statistics, table 2.1. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/306826/Table_2.1.pdf

As set out at Budget 2013, the cost of reducing the additional rate of income tax to 45 per cent from 50 per cent is estimated at around £100m per year. The costing’s account for substantial behavioral responses associated with changes in top marginal tax rates and have been verified by the independent Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR).

The Government believes it is neither efficient nor fair to maintain a tax rate that is not effective at raising revenue from high earners and risks damaging growth.

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 5.5 of the Autumn Budget 2017, if his Department will make an estimate of how many first-time buyers will benefit from the proposed relief to Stamp Duty Land Tax to help young people buy their first home in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England.

The number of purchases benefitting from the Stamp Duty Land Tax relief for first-time buyers in the North East is estimated to be 7,000 in 2018-19. The number of purchases benefitting in England is estimated to be 205,000 in 2018-19.

HMRC is unable to provide estimates for first time buyers at a constituency or local authority level.

12th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much central Government funding the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service has received in each year since 2010.

In 2018/19, Tyne & Wear Fire and Rescue Authority is receiving £47.8 million in core spending power. This is an increase of 0.8% compared with 2017/18. In addition, at March 2018, Tyne & Wear Fire and Rescue Authority held £25 million in reserves, equivalent to 52.3% of core spending power.

Details of Tyne & Wear Fire and Rescue Authority Spending Power and the contribution from formula grant or the Settlement Funding Assessment since 2010 can be found on line at:

http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20090506010526/http://www.local.communities.gov.uk/finance/0910/grant.htm

Since 2010 there have been changes to the finance and function of local government, therefore spending power, Formula Grant and Settlement Funding Assessment are not directly comparable over this period.

Fire and rescue services have the resources they need to do their important work. Overall fire and rescue authorities is receiving around £2.3 billion in 2018/19. Financial reserves held by single purpose Fire and Rescue Authorities increased by 80% to £545 million between 31 March 2011 and 31 March 2018. This is equivalent of 42% of their core spending power.

12th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what financial support his Department provides to the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.

In 2018/19, Tyne & Wear Fire and Rescue Authority is receiving £47.8 million in core spending power. This is an increase of 0.8% compared with 2017/18. In addition, at March 2018, Tyne & Wear Fire and Rescue Authority held £25 million in reserves, equivalent to 52.3% of core spending power.

Details of Tyne & Wear Fire and Rescue Authority Spending Power and the contribution from formula grant or the Settlement Funding Assessment since 2010 can be found on line at:

http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20090506010526/http://www.local.communities.gov.uk/finance/0910/grant.htm

Since 2010 there have been changes to the finance and function of local government, therefore spending power, Formula Grant and Settlement Funding Assessment are not directly comparable over this period.

Fire and rescue services have the resources they need to do their important work. Overall fire and rescue authorities is receiving around £2.3 billion in 2018/19. Financial reserves held by single purpose Fire and Rescue Authorities increased by 80% to £545 million between 31 March 2011 and 31 March 2018. This is equivalent of 42% of their core spending power.

12th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make an assessment of the adequacy of the allocation of funds to the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service; and if he will make a statement.

In 2018/19, Tyne & Wear Fire and Rescue Authority is receiving £47.8 million in core spending power. This is an increase of 0.8% compared with 2017/18. In addition, at March 2018, Tyne & Wear Fire and Rescue Authority held £25 million in reserves, equivalent to 52.3% of core spending power.

Details of Tyne & Wear Fire and Rescue Authority Spending Power and the contribution from formula grant or the Settlement Funding Assessment since 2010 can be found on line at:

http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20090506010526/http://www.local.communities.gov.uk/finance/0910/grant.htm

Since 2010 there have been changes to the finance and function of local government, therefore spending power, Formula Grant and Settlement Funding Assessment are not directly comparable over this period.

Fire and rescue services have the resources they need to do their important work. Overall fire and rescue authorities is receiving around £2.3 billion in 2018/19. Financial reserves held by single purpose Fire and Rescue Authorities increased by 80% to £545 million between 31 March 2011 and 31 March 2018. This is equivalent of 42% of their core spending power.

20th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of the reasons for the increase in the level of reported crime in South Tyneside between April 2017 and March 2018; and if he will make a statement.

Police recorded crime figures for England and Wales are published quarterly by the Home Office.

Total crime recorded (excluding fraud) in South Tyneside Community Service Partnership has increased by 21% in the year to March 2018 compared to year to March 2017.

Nationally total police recorded crime (including fraud) increased by 11% in the year ending March 2018 compared with the previous year. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) points to improvements to recording practices by forces, expanded offence coverage, an increased willingness of victims to come forward and report certain crimes like sexual offences and domestic abuse to the police and genuine increases in some crime categories, especially in those that are well recorded, as important factors in explaining trends in police recorded crime.

Overall crime (excluding fraud) measured by the independent Crime Survey for England and Wales are down by 35% since 2010.

The most recent national crime figures are published by the Office for National Statistic in ‘Crime in England and Wales: year ending March 2018’ (https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/crimeandjustice/bulletins/crimeinenglandandwales/yearendingmarch2018).

16th May 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to tackle metal theft in (a) Tyne and Wear, (b) North East England and (c) the UK.

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 provides the legislative basis for tackling metal theft across England and Wales by making it more difficult for criminals to dispose of stolen metal through scrap metal yards.

Enforcement of the Act is a matter for individual local authorities and for chief constables and Police and Crime Commissioners who must decide how best to deploy their resources to respond to the crimes affecting their local communities

19th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect of changes in police officer numbers employed by Northumbria Police on their effectiveness since 2010.

Northumbria Police have consistently been graded as “Good” on police effectiveness in Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services PEEL inspections (most recently published in March 2017).

Decisions about the number of officers and how they are deployed are a matter for PCCs and chief officers. I am, however, engaging with the sector to better understand the changing demands on the police and how these can best be managed, including what more can be done to improve productivity and efficiency and make prudent use of financial reserves.

11th Sep 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to prevent violent crime.

The Coalition Government is taking decisive action to prevent violence, including violence against women, children and vulnerable people, sexual violence and gang and youth violence. As well as intervening early to prevent violence happening in the first place, we are making sure that victims are supported and perpetrators brought to justice.

24th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent progress his Department has made on procuring (a) Type 31e frigates and (b) fleet support ships for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary; and if they will be built at UK shipyards.

For the position on the Type 31e frigate programme, I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for North Durham (Kevan Jones) on 5 September 2018 to Questions 167940, 167941, 167942 and 167945 and to the hon. Member for Glasgow South West (Chris Stephens) to Question 167315.

For the position on the Fleet Solid Support ships, I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my hon. Friend the then Minister for Defence Procurement (Guto Bebb) on 9 July 2018 to Question 906314 from the hon. Member for Glasgow South West (Chris Stephens).

Stuart Andrew
Treasurer of HM Household (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Commons)
20th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to improve mental health support for (a) veterans and (b) serving Military personnel in North East England.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 13 March 2018, to Question 130845.

https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/ 2018-03-05/130845/

25th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent steps his Department has taken to support naval shipbuilding in (a) the North East and (b) the UK.

The National Shipbuilding Strategy aims to re-energise the UK's shipbuilding industry by encouraging participation from across the UK shipbuilding enterprise, including opening up the procurement of all future naval ships to competition.

A key objective of the National Shipbuilding Strategy is to improve the international competitiveness of the UK shipbuilding industry. To that end, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) is working with industry through the Maritime Enterprise Working Group (MEWG) to undertake a long-term programme of improvement. The MEWG's membership consists of high ranking industry members from different parts of the country, including representatives of companies based in the North East. The group's priorities include improving competitiveness and productivity in the shipyards and supply chain to help shipbuilding companies improve their capability when bidding for, both, commercial and naval contracts. This is on top of approximately £3 billion of MOD expenditure with the UK's shipbuilding and repair industry in FY2016-17, as set out in the MOD's most recent regional spending bulletin:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/mod-regional-expenditure-with-uk-industry-and-supported-employment-201617

5th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to improve mental health support for (a) veterans and (b) serving Military personnel in (i) Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside and (iii) the North East.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is committed to ensuring that both Serving personnel and veterans are given the mental healthcare and treatment they need. We do this by working in close partnership with a variety of different organisations, including the NHS (which is responsible for the provision of healthcare, including mental healthcare, for veterans) and Service charities such as Combat Stress.

Recent initiatives include the new partnership, announced in October 2017, with the Royal Foundation, aimed at helping maintain and develop good mental fitness. On 25 February this year, the Secretary of State for Defence announced that we have built on our existing partnership with Combat Stress to provide a new MOD-funded 24/7 Military Mental Health Helpline for Serving personnel and their families, running in conjunction with the charity's existing helpline for the veterans' community. We will also be providing an additional £2 million of annual funding for military mental health services, on top of the £20 million a year we already spend, in order to deliver the Defence Mental Health Services Delivery Plan.

Mental health services are already provided for Serving personnel through a network of 20 permanent locations, comprising 11 Departments of Community Mental Health (DCMHs); six Mental Health Teams (MHTs); and three locations with a permanent Community Mental Health Nurse. The North-East region (including Jarrow and South Tyneside) is served primarily by DCMH Leeming in North Yorkshire, which also provides a weekly visiting clinic to RAF Boulmer and Albemarle Barracks in Northumberland, to improve access for patients living in and around those areas.

Personnel leaving the Armed Forces who have had mental health issues during their Service are able to access services at DCMH Leeming for up to six months after discharge, to help them during the transition period. A Veterans' Transition Protocol ensures any Service person discharged with a diagnosed mental health disorder is handed over appropriately to the NHS in England. Where a Service person is leaving the Armed Forces but has enduring need for mental healthcare, we work in partnership with NHS England through the Veterans' Mental Health Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service (VMH-TILS), to ensure continuity of care.

In the north of England, the VMH-TILS is a partnership between Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys (TEWV) and Northumberland Tyne and Wear, Hull and East Riding and Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trusts. The service provides a range of treatment and support for veterans, as well as Armed Forces personnel approaching discharge. The VMH-TILS will arrange for veterans to be referred if necessary to the NHS England Veterans' Mental Health Complex Treatment Service (VMH-CTS) which launches on 1 April 2018; the North of England Service Provider is the Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Other services available to veterans in North East England include the Veterans and Reserves Mental Health Programme (VRMHP), for veterans that have served since 1982 and Reservists with operations service overseas since 2003 (also provided through DCMH Leeming), and the Veterans UK and Veterans Welfare Service.

14th Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent progress he has made on the development of the Type 31e General Purpose Frigate programme; and if he will make a statement.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 29 November 2017 to Question 114918 to the hon. Member for Edinburgh West (Christine Jardine).

14th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what role shipyards in Jarrow will play in the National Shipbuilding Strategy.

The National Shipbuilding Strategy introduces competition for all future naval shipbuilding programmes. We encourage all UK shipyards to take part in these competitions. Whether a shipyard wishes to bid for a competition is a commercial decision for them.

17th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many (i) parks and green spaces and (ii) local authorities have been awarded his Department’s Green Flag Award in (a) the North East, (b) the North West, (c) Yorkshire and the Humber, (d) the East Midlands, (e) the West Midlands, (f) the East of England, (g) Greater London (h) the South Eas, and (i) the South West.

The Green Flag Award scheme recognises and rewards well managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.

The number of Green Flags Awarded to (i) parks and green spaces and (ii)local authorities across the 9 English regions is detailed below.

Green Flag Award

Local Authorities

North East

61

11

North West

206

28

Yorks and Humber

66

13

West Midlands

118

22

East Midlands

125

28

South West

95

20

Greater London

385

27

South East

161

46

East of England

145

33

Rishi Sunak
Chancellor of the Exchequer
10th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of trends in the number of high street store closures throughout the UK in 2018; and if he will make a statement.

High streets are a crucial part of our communities. The Government is determined to see our high streets thriving, both now and in the future.

However, we recognise that high streets face challenges, including the challenges faced by the retail sector. This is why we have announced that the Department will launch a call for evidence over the summer looking at the future of our high streets. We have established an expert panel of industry leaders to draw on their experience and expertise to diagnose the issues currently affecting our high streets, and advise on the best long-term approach to help their revival.

The Government is committed to helping communities and high streets adapt. The Department for Business, Energy and the Industrial Strategy has established the sector-led Retail Sector Council so that retailers, large and small, can work effectively with each other and policy makers. The Council is chaired jointly by the Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility and Richard Pennycook, the former chief executive of the Co-op.

10th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the cumulative effect on local economies of the closures of high street stores in (a) the North East and (b) the UK in 2018.

High streets are a crucial part of our communities. The Government is determined to see our high streets thriving, both now and in the future. We want to see vibrant hubs where people live, shop, use services, and spend their leisure time.

That is why on Monday 16 July, the Department announced the appointment of an expert panel of industry leaders to draw on their experience and expertise to diagnose the issues currently affecting our high streets, and advise on the best long-term approach to help their revival. Later this summer the Department will launch a call for evidence looking at the future of our high streets.

While retail vacancy rates in the north east have experienced an increase over the past year, they have fallen from 17.5 per cent in December 2010 to 13.9 per cent in March 2018. In Jarrow town centre, the retail vacancy rate is currently 8 per cent. This is below the national average of 12.3 per cent. In 2010 the retail vacancy rate was 6.2 per cent. This increased to 13 per cent in January 2013 before falling to its current rate of 8 per cent in March 2018.

In Great Britain as a whole, the retail vacancy rate has fallen from 14.5 per cent in December 2010 to 12.3 per cent in March 2018.

4th May 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 30 April 2018 to Question 137953 on Affordable Housing: Young People, if he will publish the Government's definition of affordable housing.

The Affordable Homes Programme 2016-21 supports the delivery of a wide range of affordable homes to rent or buy. Housing associations and local authorities can bid into the programme to provide homes for social rent, affordable rent, shared ownership, rent to buy, and specialist affordable homes for vulnerable, older people and people with disabilities.

Providers will only qualify for funding if their bids meet the requirements for affordable homes as set out in Homes England’s capital funding guide. Further details can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/capital-funding-guide

Dominic Raab
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
25th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to make housing more affordable for young people.

Since 2010 we have delivered over 357,000 new affordable homes, including over 257,000 affordable homes for rent.

We are providing over £9 billion funding for the Affordable Homes Programme 2016-21, to deliver a wide range of affordable housing to meet the housing needs of a range of people in different circumstances and with different housing needs.

Heather Wheeler
Assistant Whip
5th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what comparative assessment he has made of the proportion of households renting privately in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside and (c) the North East and (d) other areas of the UK.

Data on households in the private rented sector in England and by region can be found on the Department's website. See ATs 1.1 and 1.2 here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/676433/2016-17_Section_1_Households_Annex_Tables.xlsx

The Department does hold such data at local authority or constituency level.

Heather Wheeler
Assistant Whip
22nd Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many homes in the private rented sector have not met the decent homes standard in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) Gateshead, (d) the North East and (e) the UK in each year since 2010.

The Department's English Housing Survey assesses the extent to which private rented sector homes in England meet the Decent Homes Standard. Data back to 2010 are published here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/english-housing-survey-2016-to-2017-headline-report

The Department does not publish data on non-decent homes in the North East, and the survey is not designed to produce local authority or constituency level estimates.

Heather Wheeler
Assistant Whip
23rd Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to paragraph 5.1 of the Autumn Budget 2017, what the ratio is of average house price and average worker’s salary in the North East; and what the home ownership rate has been in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside and (c) the North East in each year since 2010.

The Office of National Statistics holds data on the ratio of average house prices to average worker's salaries. This can be viewed here:

https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/housing/datasets/ratioofhousepricetoworkplacebasedearningslowerquartileandmedian

The home ownership rate for the North East since 2010 is shown below. Data on home ownership is not available below the regional level.

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

North East

owner occupiers as a proportion of all households

63%

65%

60%

64%

63%

61%

61%

Source: DCLG, English Housing Survey.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
13th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the change in the core spending power of the (a) South Tyneside and (b) Gateshead local authorities has been in each year since 2010-11.

The definition of spending power has changed over the period 2010-11 to 2019-20, with core spending power being first introduced at the 2016-17 Local Government Finance Settlement. The changes in definition mean that combining these year on year changes to calculate an overall change for the period 2010-11 to 2019-20 is not meaningful. The table below shows the year on year change in spending power over the period 2010-11 to 2019-20:

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

2019-20

South Tyneside

-8.8%

-5.6%

-1.2%

-4.6%

-3.8%

-4.1%

2.0%

0.3%

1.6%

Gateshead

-7.3%

-3.6%

-1.4%

-4.3%

-3.6%

-3.9%

1.9%

0.7%

1.9%

Marcus Jones
Comptroller (HM Household) (Whip, House of Commons)
13th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of homeless people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 2010.

Live table 784, published here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/live-tables-on-homelessness#homelessness-summary-local-authority-level-tables, shows the number of statutory homelessness acceptances and numbers of households in temporary accommodation for each local authority in England since 2004/05. These totals are for England, not the UK. Statistics on homelessness are not collected at the level of parliamentary constituencies.

Marcus Jones
Comptroller (HM Household) (Whip, House of Commons)
10th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of changes in local authority funding on the capacity of (a) South Tyneside and (b) Gateshead local authority to deliver essential services.

The financial settlements for South Tyneside and for Gateshead are broadly flat in cash terms between 2016-17 and 19-20. As democratically elected organisations, local authorities such as South Tyneside and Gateshead are independent of central government and are responsible for managing their budgets in line with local priorities. In 2016-17 we offered local authorities a 4-year settlement that guarantees their allocations for Revenue Support Grant, Rural Services Delivery Grant and Transition Grant, and that Business Rates top up and tariff payments will not change to reflect changes in relative needs. This offer was accepted by 97 per cent of councils including South Tyneside and Gateshead, enabling authorities to plan ahead with confidence, and meet the challenge of making savings, while continuing to provide excellent services to local communities.

Marcus Jones
Comptroller (HM Household) (Whip, House of Commons)
13th Apr 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to paragraph 3.16 of the Spring Budget 2017, how much of the £300 million discretionary relief fund to provide support for businesses facing significant increases in bills from the English business rates system will be allocated to businesses in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside and (c) the North East.

Each council’s proposed allocation of the £300 million discretionary relief fund is published here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/discretionary-business-rates-relief-scheme

Councils will determine how this funding is allocated across businesses in their area.

Jarrow constituency falls within South Tyneside council. South Tyneside council will receive an allocation of £374,650 over the period 2017-18 to 2020-21. Councils in the North East will receive a total allocation of £7,901,668.

Marcus Jones
Comptroller (HM Household) (Whip, House of Commons)
13th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to paragraph 3.17 of Budget 2017, what estimate the Government has made of the number of public houses which will be eligible for the £1,000 business rate discount in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK.

The Government will shortly be consulting on the eligibility criteria for the pubs discount. All eligible pubs with a rateable value less than £100,000 will receive up to a £1000 discount.

Marcus Jones
Comptroller (HM Household) (Whip, House of Commons)
10th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much capital has been spent on social housing in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 1997.

The Department for Communities and Local Government does not publish data on capital spent on social housing at constituency or regional level or for the UK. The Government’s capital expenditures on social housing in South Tyneside are shown in the table below:

Financial Year South Tyneside

1997/98 £1,085,783
1998/99 £1,108,591
1999/00 £1,775,757
2000/01 £756,541
2001/02 £1,249,969
2002/03 £2,847,198
2003/04 £4,375,483
2004/05 £1,515,392
2005/06 £3,922,079
2006/07 £2,652,339
2007/08 £1,587,888
2008/09 £1,554,884
2009/10 £6,035,307
2010/11 £3,774,591
2011/12 £3,009,924
2012/13 £2,003,199
2013/14 £8,761,008
2014/15 £1,405,668
2015/16 £462,425


**The expenditure figures for 2015-16 reflect the start of the new Affordable Homes Programme 2015-18 followed by the switch to the new 2016-21 Programme. The fall
in expenditure is expected as part of the affordable homes programme cycle. Expenditure and delivery are always lower in the initial years of a new housing
programme.

On average, since 2010, this Government has invested £3,236,136 per year on social housing in South Tyneside, compared to average investment of £2,343,632
between 1997/98 and 2009/10. Data on local Government’s capital expenditure on social housing are not available before 2013-14. The data for 2013-14 onwards are available in the Housing Revenue Account Capital Expenditure, financing and major repairs reserve which
can be found at:


2013-14: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/local-authority-capital-expenditure-and-receipts-in-england-2013-to-2014-final-outturn

2014-15: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/local-authority-capital-expenditure-and-receipts-in-england-2014-to-2015-final-outturn


Government is investing £9.4 billion to deliver over 400,000 affordable housing starts by March 2021 - the largest housing programme by any Government since the 1970s.

10th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much was spent on housing in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 1997.

The numbers of households on local authority waiting lists for each local authority in England since 1997 is published in live table 600 which is available here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/live-tables-on-rents-lettings-and-tenancies

Figures are not available at constituency level.

10th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people have been registered as homeless in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 1997.

Homelessness statistics for English local authorities have been published at the following location:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/live-tables-on-homelessness


England total figures for statutory homelessness acceptances since 1998 can be found in table 770 in the first link while figures for South Tyneside since 2004/05 can be found at the second link, table 784. Figures for acceptances in South Tyneside prior to 2004/05 are shown below;

1998/99 237

1999/00 202

2000/01 225

2001/02 321

2002/03 379

2003/04 595

Estimates are not available at a constituency or UK level. The Department does not publish regional estimates.”

10th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people have been registered as private tenants in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 1997.

The Department's English Housing Survey shows that 19% (4.3 million) of households lived in the private rented sector in England in 2014-15, the latest year for which data are available. Data back to 1997 are available on the DCLG website:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/501068/2014-15_Section_1_Households_tables_and_figures_FINAL.xlsx. See AT1.1.

Estimates are not available for constituency or local authority district and the Department does not publish regional estimates.

There is no ’registration’ requirement or process, so these estimates relate to all private renters.

10th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people have been registered as council tenants in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 1997.
10th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many families were on the social housing waiting lists in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 1997.

The numbers of households on local authority waiting lists for each local authority in England since 1997 is published in live table 600 which is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/live-tables-on-rents-lettings-and-tenancies

Figures are not available at constituency level.

10th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many affordable new homes have been built in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 1997.

The numbers of additional affordable dwellings provided in local authorities across England since 1997 is published in live table 1008C available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/live-tables-on-affordable-housing-supply

Figures are not available at constituency level.

10th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many social rented homes have been built in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 1997.

The numbers of additional social rent dwellings provided in local authorities across England are available in table 1006C which is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/live-tables-on-affordable-housing-supply

Figures are not available at constituency level.

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of trends in the number of high street store closures throughout the UK in 2018; and if he will make a statement.

High streets are a crucial part of our communities. The Government is determined to see our high streets thriving, both now and in the future.

However, we recognise that high streets face challenges, including the challenges faced by the retail sector. This is why we have announced that the Department will launch a call for evidence over the summer looking at the future of our high streets. We have established an expert panel of industry leaders to draw on their experience and expertise to diagnose the issues currently affecting our high streets, and advise on the best long-term approach to help their revival.

The Government is committed to helping communities and high streets adapt. The Department for Business, Energy and the Industrial Strategy has established the sector-led Retail Sector Council so that retailers, large and small, can work effectively with each other and policy makers. The Council is chaired jointly by the Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility and Richard Pennycook, the former chief executive of the Co-op.

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the cumulative effect on local economies of the closures of high street stores in (a) the North East and (b) the UK in 2018.

High streets are a crucial part of our communities. The Government is determined to see our high streets thriving, both now and in the future. We want to see vibrant hubs where people live, shop, use services, and spend their leisure time.

That is why on Monday 16 July, the Department announced the appointment of an expert panel of industry leaders to draw on their experience and expertise to diagnose the issues currently affecting our high streets, and advise on the best long-term approach to help their revival. Later this summer the Department will launch a call for evidence looking at the future of our high streets.

While retail vacancy rates in the north east have experienced an increase over the past year, they have fallen from 17.5 per cent in December 2010 to 13.9 per cent in March 2018. In Jarrow town centre, the retail vacancy rate is currently 8 per cent. This is below the national average of 12.3 per cent. In 2010 the retail vacancy rate was 6.2 per cent. This increased to 13 per cent in January 2013 before falling to its current rate of 8 per cent in March 2018.

In Great Britain as a whole, the retail vacancy rate has fallen from 14.5 per cent in December 2010 to 12.3 per cent in March 2018.

30th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of tribunal appeals against (a) personal independence payments and (b) employment support allowance assessments were successful in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, and (c) the North East in the last 12 months.

Information about the volumes and outcomes of appeals to the First-tier Tribunal (Social Security and Child Support) is published at:

www.gov.uk/government/collections/tribunals-statistics.

(a) The information provided below is a further breakdown of these data.

Proportion of Personal Independence Payment[1] appeals decided in favour of the appellant2

October 2016- September 20173

Jarrow and South Tyneside4

56%

HMCTS North East Region

59%

(b) This information is not held centrally.

1 Personal Independence Payment replaced Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for people aged 16 to 64 from 8 April 2013.

2 % in favour provides the number of appeals where the decision was found in the favour of the appellant as a percentage of the total number of appeals disposed of (this is inclusive of both those cleared at hearing and those cleared without the need of a Tribunal hearing).

3 The latest period for which data are available.

4 Social Security and Child Support data are attributed to the hearing venue nearest to the appellants’ home address. For appellants living in Jarrow and South Tyneside appeals are attributed to the South Shields venue.

Although care is taken when processing and analysing the data, the details are subject to inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale case management system and are the best data available.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
14th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to reimburse people who have paid employment tribunal fees.

We confirmed following the handing down of the Supreme Court’s judgment in the case of R (Unison) v the Lord Chancellor, that we would put in place arrangements to refund those people who had paid fees in the Employment Tribunals as soon as possible.

We will announce the detailed arrangements shortly.

Dominic Raab
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
6th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cases have been brought before employment tribunals in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 2010.

In line with the Employment Tribunals data retention policy cases from the live databases are archived 12 months after they are concluded and as such personalised data (constituency) is no longer available. In view of this we can only give numbers for claims accepted from October 2016 to March 2017 in line with the published stats.

The table below shows the number of accepted claims against businesses in each of these areas from October 2016 to March 2017.

Singles

Multiples

Total

Jarrow Consituency1

7

2

9

South Tyneside2

20

6

26

1 Jarrow Constituency taken as accepted claims submitted within the postcode area NE31 & NE32.

2 South Tyneside taken as accepted claims submitted within the postcode area NE31, NE34, NE10, NE33, NE32, NE36, NE37 & SR6

Employment Tribunal claims are distributed according to the respondent’s address.

Although care is taken when processing and analysing the data, the details are subject to inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale case management system and is the best data that is available.

The data may differ slightly to that of the published stats as this data was run on a different date.

The data for the North East and UK receipts can be obtained from the published statics using the link: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/tribunals-and-gender-recognitions-certificates-statistics-quarterly-january-to-march-2017-and-2016-to-2017.

Due to changes in the type of data published, the regional information was not published previously, as a result data covering 2010 and 2011 have not been provided.

Dominic Raab
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
18th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) employment and support allowance and (b) personal independence payment appeals there have been in (i) Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside and (iii) the North East in each year since 2010; and how many such appeals were successful.

The table below contains the requested information.

Appeals in the First-tier Tribunal (Social Security and Child Support) in the North East , Jarrow1 and South Tyneside1 for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)2 and Personal Independence Payment (PIP)3

ESA - North East

Year4

Receipts

Clearances at Hearing Found in Favour of Appellant

2009/10

23655

3416

2010/11

32427

7163

2011/12

32666

10520

2012/13

53269

15007

2013/14

38592

20294

2014/15

7626

5905

2015/16

9234

4236

2016/17

17006

7496

ESA - Jarrow and South Tyneside

Year4

Receipts

Clearances at Hearing Found in Favour of Appellant

2009/10

770

156

2010/11

1056

201

2011-12

1051

442

2012/13

1388

507

2013/14

1052

606

2014/15

236

200

2015/16

363

159

2016/17

735

281

PIP - North East

Year4

Receipts

Clearances at Hearing Found in Favour of Appellant

2009/10

0

0

2010/11

0

0

2011-12

0

0

2012/13

0

0

2013/14

225

~5

2014/15

2841

393

2015/16

8895

3664

2016/17

17035

6216

PIP - Jarrow and South Tyneside

Year4

Receipts

Clearances at Hearing Found in Favour of Appellant

2009/10

0

0

2010/11

0

0

2011-12

0

0

2012/13

0

0

2013/14

6

0

2014/15

64

15

2015/16

193

76

2016/17

446

123

1 Social Security and Child Support data are attributed to the hearing venue nearest to the appellants’ home address. For appellants living in Jarrow and South Tyneside appeals are attributed to the South Shields venue. Data are not available at a level more-detailed than hearing venue.

2 Includes ESA and ESA (Reassessments).

3 PIP replaced Disability Living Allowance for people aged 16 to 64 and rolled out from 8 April 2013. As such, appeal volumes in HM Courts & Tribunals Service in the Year 2013-2014 are low.


4 By financial year - from April to March.

5 ~ Denotes appeal types where fewer than five cases were involved and therefore data are statistically unreliable.

The data are a subset of official statistics extracted from the case management system on a different date.

Although care is taken when processing and analysing the data, the details are subject to inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale case management system and are the best data available.

10th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many homes have been repossessed in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 1997.

The following table provides a breakdown of the number of possessions actions in the county courts for the areas requested. Figures for the number of repossession actions by county court bailiffs prior to 2000 are not held centrally.

County court bailiff mortgage possessions, by geographical breakdown2 requested, 20001 to 2015

Jarrow Constituency4

South Tyneside Local Authority3

North East3

England and Wales3

2000

..

..

..

12,540

2001

..

..

..

11,813

2002

..

..

..

8,800

2003

8

16

443

6,692

2004

7

24

322

7,074

2005

6

23

428

12,794

2006

25

62

1,005

20,960

2007

32

71

1,447

23,831

2008

31

71

2,188

35,792

2009

17

33

2,348

32,457

2010

38

80

1,661

23,612

2011

45

94

2,017

25,463

2012

36

74

1,369

19,728

2013

25

69

1,191

15,692

2014

15

35

944

11,976

2015

17

37

480

5,592

Source: Mortgage and Landlord Repossession Statistics Quarterly and the County Court Case Management System

1. ‘..’ signifies the years that the data is not available 2. The above England and Wales possession geographical breakdown is derived from the address of the defendant (rather than the location of the court processing the claim). 3. These figures are available in the public domain (in Mortgage and Landlord Repossession Statistics Quarterly) 4. These figures have been extracted from the County Court Case Management System for the purpose of answer this PQ