Stephen Pound Portrait

Stephen Pound

Labour - Former Member for Ealing North

Shadow Minister (Northern Ireland)
22nd Nov 2010 - 6th Nov 2019
Opposition Whip (Commons)
6th May 2010 - 21st Nov 2010
Northern Ireland Affairs Committee
26th Nov 2007 - 2nd Nov 2010
Northern Ireland Affairs Committee
14th Jun 1999 - 6th Nov 2007
Standards and Privileges
17th Nov 2003 - 12th Jul 2005
Broadcasting
1st Jun 1997 - 1st Aug 2001


Division Voting information

Stephen Pound has voted in 2310 divisions, and 40 times against the majority of their Party.

9 Jul 2019 - Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - View Vote Context
Stephen Pound voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 5 Labour No votes vs 210 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 332 Noes - 99
19 Jul 2018 - Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy - View Vote Context
Stephen Pound voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 5 Labour No votes vs 20 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 22 Noes - 79
31 Jan 2018 - Restoration and Renewal (Report of the Joint Committee) - View Vote Context
Stephen Pound 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 - European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - View Vote Context
Stephen Pound voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 42 Labour No votes vs 163 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 496 Noes - 111
8 Feb 2017 - European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - View Vote Context
Stephen Pound voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 52 Labour No votes vs 161 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 494 Noes - 122
1 Feb 2017 - European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - View Vote Context
Stephen Pound voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 47 Labour No votes vs 166 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 498 Noes - 114
18 Jul 2016 - UK's Nuclear Deterrent - View Vote Context
Stephen Pound voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 48 Labour No votes vs 140 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 472 Noes - 117
20 Apr 2016 - Record Copies of Acts - View Vote Context
Stephen Pound voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 23 Labour Aye votes vs 23 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 117 Noes - 38
23 Feb 2015 - Serious Crime Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Stephen Pound voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 28 Labour Aye votes vs 178 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 201 Noes - 292
21 May 2013 - Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill - View Vote Context
Stephen Pound voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 14 Labour No votes vs 194 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 366 Noes - 161
5 Feb 2013 - Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill - View Vote Context
Stephen Pound voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 22 Labour No votes vs 216 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 400 Noes - 175
11 Jul 2012 - Sittings of the House - View Vote Context
Stephen Pound voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 69 Labour Aye votes vs 138 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 241 Noes - 256
11 Jul 2012 - Sittings of the House - View Vote Context
Stephen Pound voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 66 Labour No votes vs 139 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 267 Noes - 233
11 Jul 2012 - Sittings of the House - View Vote Context
Stephen Pound voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 46 Labour No votes vs 126 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 205 Noes - 228
7 Sep 2011 - Health and Social Care (Re-committed) Bill - View Vote Context
Stephen Pound voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 11 Labour Aye votes vs 208 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 118 Noes - 368
4 Mar 2010 - Chair (Terminology) - View Vote Context
Stephen Pound voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 27 Labour Aye votes vs 124 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 106 Noes - 221
29 Apr 2009 - Gurkha Settlement Rights - View Vote Context
Stephen Pound voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 28 Labour Aye votes vs 238 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 267 Noes - 246
2 Mar 2009 - Political Parties and Elections Bill - View Vote Context
Stephen Pound voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 93 Labour No votes vs 155 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 235 Noes - 176
27 Feb 2009 - Autism Bill - View Vote Context
Stephen Pound voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 18 Labour Aye votes vs 25 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 131 Noes - 25
22 Oct 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Stephen Pound voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 48 Labour Aye votes vs 230 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 215 Noes - 299
22 Oct 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Stephen Pound voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 49 Labour Aye votes vs 227 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 206 Noes - 298
22 Oct 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Stephen Pound voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 47 Labour Aye votes vs 226 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 194 Noes - 306
22 Oct 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Stephen Pound voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 45 Labour Aye votes vs 226 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 183 Noes - 308
3 Jul 2008 - Members’ Expenses - View Vote Context
Stephen Pound voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 50 Labour No votes vs 144 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 172 Noes - 144
20 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Stephen Pound voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 39 Labour Aye votes vs 240 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 190 Noes - 332
20 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Stephen Pound voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 42 Labour Aye votes vs 229 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 173 Noes - 309
20 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Stephen Pound voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 56 Labour Aye votes vs 231 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 233 Noes - 304
19 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Stephen Pound voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 61 Labour Aye votes vs 215 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 176 Noes - 336
19 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Stephen Pound voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 62 Labour Aye votes vs 216 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 223 Noes - 286
19 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Stephen Pound voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 58 Labour Aye votes vs 217 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 181 Noes - 314
19 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Stephen Pound voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 23 Labour Aye votes vs 233 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 149 Noes - 318
19 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Stephen Pound voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 51 Labour Aye votes vs 225 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 163 Noes - 342
19 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Stephen Pound voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 51 Labour Aye votes vs 216 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 200 Noes - 293
14 Mar 2007 - Trident - View Vote Context
Stephen Pound voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 94 Labour Aye votes vs 226 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 167 Noes - 413
14 Mar 2007 - Trident - View Vote Context
Stephen Pound voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 89 Labour No votes vs 222 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 409 Noes - 161
7 Mar 2007 - House of Lords Reform - View Vote Context
Stephen Pound 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
7 Mar 2007 - House of Lords Reform - View Vote Context
Stephen Pound voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 111 Labour Aye votes vs 197 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 196 Noes - 375
2 Mar 2007 - Off-Road Vehicles (Registration) Bill - View Vote Context
Stephen Pound voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 19 Labour No votes vs 98 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 116 Noes - 19
19 Jan 2007 - Sustainable Communities Bill - View Vote Context
Stephen Pound voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 16 Labour No votes vs 30 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 175 Noes - 17
31 Oct 2006 - Termination of Pregnancy - View Vote Context
Stephen Pound voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 5 Labour Aye votes vs 129 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 108 Noes - 187
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All Debates

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Sparring Partners
John Bercow (Speaker)
(51 debate interactions)
Theresa Villiers (Conservative)
(29 debate interactions)
Jim Shannon (Democratic Unionist Party)
Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights)
(24 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Northern Ireland Office
(137 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(99 debate contributions)
HM Treasury
(78 debate contributions)
Department of Health and Social Care
(64 debate contributions)
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Latest EDMs signed by Stephen Pound

30th October 2019
Stephen Pound signed this EDM as a sponsor on Monday 4th November 2019

Into Film

Tabled by: Lisa Cameron (Scottish National Party - East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow)
That this House recognises the achievements of Into Film in giving every child and young person aged 5 to 19 in the UK the chance to experience film creatively; commends the organisation's ability to develop a passion for cinema in children through the creation of film clubs and stimulating discussion; …
17 signatures
(Most recent: 5 Nov 2019)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 12
Scottish National Party: 2
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
Non-affiliated: 1
The Independent Group for Change: 1
28th October 2019
Stephen Pound signed this EDM as a sponsor on Monday 28th October 2019

Canon Pat Browne

Tabled by: David Amess (Conservative - Southend West)
That this House congratulates Canon Pat Browne on completing a decade as Roman Catholic Duty Priest to the Houses of Parliament; recalls Canon Pat's ordination to the Priesthood in 1974 and his appointment as Parish Priest of the Church of the Holy Apostles in Pimlico in 2001; remembers that Canon …
21 signatures
(Most recent: 5 Nov 2019)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 7
Conservative: 7
Scottish National Party: 6
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Stephen Pound, 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 Pound has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Stephen Pound has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

1 Bill introduced by Stephen Pound


The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to make provision for a Member of the House of Lords to vote at elections to the House of Commons.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 9th October 2013

Stephen Pound has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


32 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
1 Other Department Questions
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many claims for asbestos-related illnesses were made against his Department in each year since 2003.

The asbestos-related personal injury claims for which the Department is responsible are mainly historical liabilities that were assumed by the Department from various bodies, including former nationalised industries, whose liabilities transferred to the Department (as previously constituted) when those bodies ceased to exist.

Based on available data, the number of claims for the years in question are listed by category, and are as follows:

Year

National

Dock Labour Board

British

Shipbuilders[1]

British Shipbuilers Chester Street[2]

British Coal[3]

Others[4]

2003

645

31

11

2004

854

37

103

2005

771

15

47

2006

214

4

42

2007

119

8

42

1

2008

115[5]

126

4

36

2

2009

44

168

2

2

2010

45

133

7

3

2011

47

124

4

1

2012

45

232

3

1

2013

37

160

4

2

2014

6

33

1

2

The footnotes below provide further information on these numbers.


[1]British Shipbuilders was a separate legal entity, with BIS, as formerly constituted, as its sponsor department. British Shipbuilders was wound up in March 2013. Since then responsibility for these claims has passed to BIS.

[2]BIS is responsible for compensation claims made against former British Shipbuilders' companies that were sold with their liabilities during privatisation, and which subsequently became insolvent, as did their insurer, Chester Street Insurance Holdings Ltd. The Financial Services Compensation Scheme does not compensate former employees in respect of periods of employment with nationalised industries (such as British Shipbuilders) and the Department (the then DTI) assumed liability for this compensation by way of a Minute to Parliament in 2003.

[3] BIS does not hold complete figures for asbestos claims for British Coal for calendar years 2003, 2005 and 2006. British Coal liabilities transferred to the Department for Energy & Climate Change (DECC) on its creation in October 2008, so no figures have been included after that date.

[4]The claims listed in the column headed “Others” are claims for which the Department is responsible as the successor to partner organisations and executive agencies which no longer exist.

[5]The figure of 115 NDLB claims for 2008 is the complete number for the years 2006 – 2008 as the figures for these years have been aggregated.

23rd May 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people did not meet the personal identification requirement to be eligible to vote in the most recent Voter ID pilot areas.

Voter ID is part of a body of work this Government is delivering to strengthen the integrity of our electoral system and give the public confidence our elections are secure and fit for the 21st century.

In line with the 2018 pilot evaluation, validated figures will be published as part of both the Cabinet Office and the independent Electoral Commission's evaluations of the 2019 voter ID pilots in the summer. We will be looking carefully at the evaluations to help inform our next steps and shape how the final policy will look when it is introduced.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
5th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy is on the removal of the cap on faith admissions; and if she will make a statement.

Schools play a vital role in promoting integration and promoting an understanding of different faiths and communities. We will continue to work closely with Church and faith schools to promote and support integration and will set out further details of our approach in this area and in relation to the 50% cap on faith admissions in faith free schools in due course.

18th May 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what funding is available for learners formerly on the Youth Contract after the closure of that programme on 31 March 2016.

The Education Funding Agency (EFA) managed Youth Contract for 16 and 17 year olds which ended on 31 March 2016, was introduced as a time-bound programme to help reduce the proportion of young people Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET). It offered targeted extra support to help young people re-engage in education and training.

In addition to the duty on local authorities to support young people, pathfinders to test Jobcentre Plus support for young people in schools have started and will be rolled out across England by March 2017. Improvements to careers education and guidance are underway with £90m to be invested over this Parliament – including £20m to increase the number of mentors to support those young people who need it most. Youth Engagement Fund and Fair Chance Fund projects are underway to help improve the prospects of 9,600 young people and an additional £105m was announced in the spending review to scale up Social Impact Bonds over the Parliament, to help deal with issues including youth unemployment.

Local authorities continue to work with the Voluntary and Community Sector and local businesses to support young people and other support is available via European Social Fund provision and support for vulnerable groups such as care leavers. As part of the Government’s forthcoming life chances strategy, the Troubled Families Programme and National Citizenship Scheme will be expanded, both of which include support for young people.

17th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to prevent garages from parking vehicles on streets that do not a display registration plate or a visible vehicle identification numbers; and if he will make an assessment of the adequacy of the powers available to the (a) DVLA, (b) the Metropolitan police and (c) local authorities in tackling that problem.

Legislation relating to the display of registration numbers and number plates already exists and enforcement is an operational matter for the police. Successful prosecution depends on the police sighting the vehicle on the public highway and establishing that an offence has been committed. Number plate offences are also included in the Home Office’s fixed penalty system. This provides the police with a practical and effective means of enforcement. The police can also remove any vehicle that is causing an obstruction, is likely to cause danger or is broken down or abandoned without lawful authority.

Local authorities have legislative powers to fine garages for leaving two or more vehicles advertised for sale on the road.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency is responsible for enforcement against unlicensed vehicles and has legislative powers to clamp or remove such vehicles from public roads.

11th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will take steps to compile information on the number of Motability vehicles which have been recalled in England between (a) January to March and (b) April to June 2017.

The Department does not hold information on how many people had Motability vehicles on DLA. Therefore, we are unable to collect accurate information on the number of people who have returned a Motability vehicle.

The details of the number of people returning Motability vehicles for the requested dates and the reasons behind this are Motability’s Management Information, and the Department has no right to access this as it is an independent organisation.

Penny Mordaunt
Paymaster General
28th Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government and Government agencies are taking to work together to reduce work-related illness and deaths.

The Government and its agencies have brought a renewed focus to the health and safety system by working to: maintain the gains made in safety at work, while giving health the same priority; keep people in work through good health and safety management; and help people return to work through the right support and advice. This approach looks to build on the considerable strengths of the health and safety system whilst addressing its continuing challenges: the ever-changing nature of work and the needs of an increasingly ageing population.

The approach is under pinned by three key strategies: the Government’s Green Paper, Work, Health and Disability: Improving Lives, which sets out the Government’s proposals for improving work and health outcomes for people with long-term health conditions; HSE’s Health and Work Strategy, which addresses the occupational health problems which most commonly afflict the working population; and the strategy for Great Britain’s wider occupational health and safety system, Helping Great Britain work well.

This combined approach seeks active participation of business and the wider community in delivering lasting health and safety benefits as these issues cannot be addressed by the Government, and its agencies, acting in isolation.

Penny Mordaunt
Paymaster General
28th Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to work with local authorities to (a) promote good health at work and (b) ensure that workers are protected from work-related illness.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is the lead regulator for work related ill health, which is one of the key themes in the health and safety system strategy Helping Great Britain Work Well’. HSE consulted and liaised with Local Authorities (LAs) in the development of the strategy. LAs have dual roles as regulators of workplace health issues within specified work sectors and as major employers in their own right.

HSE works with LAs, gathering information and developing delivery models so it can direct LA focus on health and safety regulatory activities via the National Local Authority Enforcement Code. HSE provides LAs with targeting advice and technical support to enable LAs to pursue the inspection and where necessary enforcement of nationally and locally identified significant workplace health issues.

LAs have a duty to protect their workers from work-related illness and many LAs have proactive workforce programmes to encourage good health. HSE has identified stress as one of the key areas where there is a need to pursue improvements and is consulting stakeholders, including LAs, to develop and refine this part of the work related ill health strategy.

Penny Mordaunt
Paymaster General
24th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will end the requirement for residents of Ealing to attend personal independence payment assessments in Deptford; and if he will make a statement.

The requirement placed on the providers delivering Personal Independence Payment assessments is that claimants cannot usually be expected to travel more than 90 minutes by public transport to attend assessments. We expect them to minimise travel times wherever possible but, in scheduling appointments, they need to balance both keeping journey times down and ensuring claimants are assessed in a reasonable time period. The providers have been opening new assessment centres across the country to increase capacity and reduce journey times. Atos opened sites in Harrow on 23 March 2015; Wandsworth on 15 April 2015; and Vauxhall on 29 April 2015. A centre in Twickenham is due to open in July 2015. This will mean less travel for Ealing residents requiring face-to-face assessments.

Justin Tomlinson
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
4th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether there are plans to allow pharmacy technicians to replace registered pharmacists in community pharmacies.

The Government currently has no plans to allow a pharmacy to open without a registered pharmacist being present, or for pharmacy technicians to replace registered pharmacists in community pharmacies.

The four United Kingdom health departments consulted from June to September 2018 on proposals to strengthen and clarify the organisational governance requirements of registered pharmacies, particularly around the roles and responsibilities of Responsible Pharmacists and Superintendent Pharmacists. The proposals do not amend the existing law requiring a pharmacist to be present at all times that a pharmacy is open for the provision of pharmaceutical services. The Government is considering consultation responses.

4th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has plans to allow a pharmacy to open without a registered pharmacist being present.

The Government currently has no plans to allow a pharmacy to open without a registered pharmacist being present, or for pharmacy technicians to replace registered pharmacists in community pharmacies.

The four United Kingdom health departments consulted from June to September 2018 on proposals to strengthen and clarify the organisational governance requirements of registered pharmacies, particularly around the roles and responsibilities of Responsible Pharmacists and Superintendent Pharmacists. The proposals do not amend the existing law requiring a pharmacist to be present at all times that a pharmacy is open for the provision of pharmaceutical services. The Government is considering consultation responses.

6th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment has been made of the provision of histopathologists to meet future demand.

Health Education England (HEE) published its first ever Cancer Workforce Plan in December 2017, which commits to the expansion of capacity and skills including an ambition to increase improved working practices, attracting qualified people back to the National Health Service through domestic and international recruitment. This included 94 full time equivalent additional histopathologists to support an increase in the capacity for earlier diagnosis. Following the commitment to lower the bowel screening age to 50 and roll out the Faecal Immunology Test, HEE has been engaging with stakeholders to ensure that the cancer workforce, including histopathologists, is sufficient for future cancer services.

6th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the average number of colonoscopy procedures conducted by an endoscopist each year; and whether the commitment to increase the number of endoscopists in Health Education England's cancer workforce plan will be sufficient to deliver the new faecal immunochemical screening test.

NHS England and the screening centres have completed an assessment of screening endoscopy capacity, taking into account a number of factors including workforce. This will inform the implementation plan for rolling out the Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) into the Bowel Cancer Screening Programme. Health Education England is working with Public Health England and NHS England to continue detailed workforce planning to deliver national screening programmes such as FIT and ensure alignment with the national Workforce Strategy.

6th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what funding has been made available to enable hospitals to increase their numbers of endoscopists to meet current and future demand.

To address the increasing demand for endoscopy services, Health Education England (HEE) has worked with the Joint Advisory Committee on Gastrointestinal Endoscopy to develop a clinical endoscopist training programme.

HEE is providing an employer support package of £15,000 per National Health Service trainee to trusts for the programme. This has been provided to cohorts starting in September and December 2018 and for April and October 2019.

An initial evaluation shows trainees are helping to meet clinical demand, reduce waiting lists and contributing to a good patient experience.

Steve Barclay
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
25th May 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will re-open the consultation on pharmacy dispensing models and displaying prices on medicines that closed on 17 May 2016 in order to allow respondents to take into account revised information on the safety profile of hub and spoke dispensing models.

The consultation on changes to medicines legislation including on ‘hub and spoke’ dispensing did not rely on any specific safety profile of hub and spoke dispensing. Instead, the consultation document specifically asked consultees to provide evidence on the issue. Nevertheless, the responses to the consultation have raised issues around removing the bar on ‘hub and spoke’ dispensing between retail pharmacies that are not part of the same business that the Department would like to explore in more detail with stakeholders’ representatives before progressing any legislation. It does not now envisage changes to the legislation on this issue commencing on 1 October 2016.

23rd Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in the London Borough of Ealing who have been diagnosed with severe dementia or Alzheimer's Disease are currently in receipt of NHS continuing health care; and if he will make a statement.

The Department does not collect data on the number of people in receipt of NHS Continuing Healthcare (NHS CHC) who have been diagnosed with severe dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease.

Eligibility for NHS CHC is based on an individuals assessed needs. The diagnosis of a particular disease or condition is not in itself a determinant of eligibility.

2nd Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the US Administration supporting the release of Simon Trinidad.

​I refer the Hon Member to my answer to written question 110939 of 6 November.

16th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the incoming US administration on its policy on Article 5 of the NATO treaty.

Throughout the election period, our Embassy in Washington engaged both campaigns across the breadth of our policy interests, including NATO.

22nd Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what additional aid and assistance is being offered to the government of Afghanistan following the recent attack on the Afghan Parliament.

I condemned the appalling attacks on the Afghan Parliamant. Such attacks are planned and perpetrated by a brutal minority with the aim of undermining efforts, supported by the majority of Afghan citizens, to rebuild their country, repair the damage done by so many years of violent conflict, and ensure a democratic and peaceful future for all Afghans.

Working for a stable and secure Afghanistan able to stand firm against terrorism remains a key UK objective. The UK played a leading role in the International Security Assistance Force mission. With NATO support, the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces now number around 330,000, the strongest in Afghan history. In January 2015 Afghan forces assumed independent responsibility for the country’s security, a significant achievement and a tangible demonstration of the progress achieved to date. The UK is the lead nation for the Afghan National Army Officer Academy.

The UK has committed to maintain development support to Afghanistan at its current level - £178 million per year – until at least 2017. This includes a specific programme to support Afghanistan’s political institutions and processes, including Parliament.

4th Sep 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many passports that her Department has returned to applicants in the last year have gone missing; and if she will estimate the annual cost to her Department of returning passports to applicants by (a) second-class post, (b) first-class post and (c) recorded delivery.

Since Her Majesty's Passport Office (HMPO) starting collecting this data in February 2014, 62 cases of passports wrongly delivered or packages damaged on delivery have been reported and investigated by HMPO and this has resulted in passports being cancelled. Subject to the outcome of the investigation, a new passport is issued to the passport holder. This is 0.0017% of the total passports issued for this period.

New passports are sent to customers by secure courier in the UK and overseas, any expired passports submitted with applications are returned to customers in the UK using second class post and overseas by secure courier which the customer pays for. In the 2013-14 financial year securely delivering new passports in the UK cost £17 million, overseas the cost was £6.25 million.
It is not possible to identify separately the cost of returning expired passports to customers in the UK.

James Brokenshire
Minister of State (Home Office)
29th Aug 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she proposes to take to improve the efficiency of the process of returning passports to applicants within the UK.

The exceptional demand for passports this year did result in some delays in returning supporting documents, including passports, to applicants.
Steps have been taken to ensure that customers receive their documents in a timely manner, these include increasing resources within the teams that are responsible for preparing the documents for return and improvements to overseas processes.

James Brokenshire
Minister of State (Home Office)
29th Aug 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of whether it would be cost-effective and secure to allow visa applicants within the UK the option of collecting documents from a designated office instead of relying on second class post.

UKVI is continually reviewing the customer contact arrangements to deliver best value and improved customer service. We use a combination of dispatch methods to send documents to our customers; the option selected in each case is determined by a number of factors including cost, the required speed of receipt, the monetary value, the need for evidence of delivery and the size of the package.

In the UK Biometric Residence Permits are generally returned by courier and documents deemed to be lower value of sensitivity by second class post.

A project is in train to enable overseas customers to collect Biometric Residence Permits from a number of regional locations on their return to the
UK. We will be reviewing the success of this project carefully to inform future decisions on methods of returning documents to our UK customers. A
decision on establishing arrangements for customers to collect documents from UK would need to take into account many factors including the cost of providing reception facilities and the logistics of how to arrange the collections for people who are not located close to the decision making office.

James Brokenshire
Minister of State (Home Office)
29th Aug 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the cost of paying compensation for missing passports dispatched within the UK from her Department and departmental offices in 2013-14.

In 2013-14, Her Majesty's Passport Office paid £27.04 in compensation as a result of passports being sent to the incorrect address.

James Brokenshire
Minister of State (Home Office)
14th Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many times army technical officers have been deployed to incidents in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 30 November 2015 to Question 17417 to the hon. Member for East Londonderry (Mr Campbell). The Report of the Independent Reviewer of the Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Act 2007 which contains the requested information is published annually. The next report will be published in January 2016.


Penny Mordaunt
Paymaster General
22nd Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what additional military training or assistance is being offered to the government of Afghanistan following the recent attack on the Afghan Parliament.

We strongly condemn Monday's attack on Afghan democracy.

The Afghan security forces responded positively to the incident and secured the Parliamentary site. They have held lead responsibility for security across Afghanistan since July 2013.

Alongside partners , the UK continues to make an important contribution to advising Afghanistan on security development through NATO's mission. The UK's focus is on institutional capacity building, including supporting the training of the next generation of Afghan Army officers.

Penny Mordaunt
Paymaster General
16th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of (a) attendance by RAF Northolt personnel and (b) related marketing materials at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition on 20 to 22 May 2014; and if he will make a statement.

The cost to the public purse for attendance and related marketing material was around £5,500.

16th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what grounds he has concluded that the use of RAF Northolt for commercial flights does not constitute state aid; and if he will make a statement.

The fees charged at RAF Northolt are in excess of the amount required by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to cover its costs in the provision of commercial services and are calculated to be at market rate. The MOD is therefore obtaining market value for the commercial services that it provides and so it does not constitute state aid.

24th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, for what reasons section 67 of the Serious Crime Act 2015 has not yet been commenced.

I refer the hon.member to the answer given on 31 January to PQ 61208.

14th Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment she has made of the implications for Northern Ireland of the UK voting to leave the EU in the EU referendum.

The Prime Minister believes that the UK’s best future lies within a reformed European Union. He is focused on addressing the concerns of the people of the United Kingdom and is confident that the right agreement can be reached.

Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence
14th Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions she has had with the Irish government on the implications for relations between the UK and the Republic of Ireland of the UK voting to leave the EU in the EU referendum.

The Prime Minister believes that the UK’s best future lies within a reformed European Union. He is focused on addressing the concerns of the people of the United Kingdom and is confident that the right agreement can be reached.

Northern Ireland Office Ministers meet regularly with Irish Government Ministers to discuss a range of issues and will continue to do so.


Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence
14th Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Justice on the effect of the proposed British Bill of Rights on Northern Ireland.

My most recent discussion with the Secretary of State for Justice took place on 1 December. The Government was elected with a mandate to implement its manifesto commitment to replace Labour’s flawed Human Rights Act with a Bill of Rights. The Government believes this can be done in a way that is consistent with the provisions of the Belfast Agreement.