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Written Question
Armed Forces: Housing
16 Apr 2021

Questioner: Stephen Morgan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Government’s response to the Selous Report, Living in our shoes - Understanding the needs of UK armed forces families, published on 29 March 2021, how his Department plans to incentivise a move away from a fix-on-fail approach to a preventative maintenance philosophy.

Answer (Jeremy Quin)

The new Future Defence Infrastructure Services (FDIS) contracts will support a move to a more planned and predictive maintenance regime, supported by a forward life-cycle replacement programme. The contracting model, which adopts the industry standard from the Services and Facilities Group of Building Engineering Services Association (SFG20), incentivises service efficiency and quality and introduces Price Per Property arrangements. These are aimed at encouraging suppliers to provide enduring and sustainable solutions which will be less expensive than repeated short-term fixes.


Written Question
Defence: Infrastructure
16 Apr 2021

Questioner: Stephen Morgan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish details on the performance management framework included in the Future Defence Infrastructure Services Programme.

Answer (Jeremy Quin)

The Future Defence Infrastructure Services (FDIS) programme is responsible for putting new arrangements in place for the future delivery of Facilities Management (FM) across the Defence Estate.

A copy of Schedule 14 (Performance Management) for the National Accommodation Management Services (NAMS) and Regional Accommodation Management (RAMS) will be published in the Library of the House when the contracts have been awarded.


Written Question
Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft
16 Apr 2021

Questioner: Kevan Jones

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether components for the F-35b aircraft manufactured in the US will be subject to ITAR.

Answer (Jeremy Quin)

Items subject to ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations), including F-35B aircraft and components, are a matter for the United States Government. The categories of items covered by ITAR are published in the United States Munitions List.


Written Question
Singapore: Defence
16 Apr 2021

Questioner: Kevan Jones

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to the public purse has been of upgrades to the UK's defence footprint in Singapore over the last five years.

Answer (James Heappey)

The cost of upgrading the UK's defence footprint in Singapore over the past five years has been £16.9 million.


Written Question
Coronavirus: Disease Control
16 Apr 2021

Questioner: Greg Smith

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much his Department has spent on advertising covid-19 restrictions.

Answer (Edward Argar)

From 15 March to 19 April 2020, the Department spent £3,157,287 on advertising relating to COVID-19 restrictions, launching the ‘Stay At Home’ campaign. From 19 April 2020, responsibility for COVID-19 public information campaigns transferred to the Cabinet Office.


Written Question
Members: Correspondence
16 Apr 2021

Questioner: Rosie Cooper

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the letter dated 25 January 2021 from the hon. Member for West Lancashire on the rollout of the covid-19 vaccine, reference ZA55223.

Answer (Edward Argar)

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


Written Question
Members: Correspondence
16 Apr 2021

Questioner: Rosie Cooper

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the letter dated 25 January 2021 from the hon. Member for West Lancashire on the rollout of the covid-19 vaccine, reference ZA55246.

Answer (Edward Argar)

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


Written Question
Members: Correspondence
16 Apr 2021

Questioner: Robert Largan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the letter dated 27 November 2020 from the hon. Member for High Peak, reference RL15338.

Answer (Edward Argar)

We replied to the hon. Member on 13 April.


Written Question
Eating Disorders: Mental Health Services
16 Apr 2021

Questioner: Lisa Cameron

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the finding in the report published in December 2020 by NHS Digital, entitled Health Survey for England 2019 Eating Disorders, that 16 per cent of adults screened positive for a possible eating disorder, what steps his Department is taking to (a) reduce waiting lists for adult eating disorders services and (b) ensure that provision of those services is prioritised following the covid-19 outbreak.

Answer (Nadine Dorries)

In 2021/22 the National Health Service will receive an additional £500 million to help to address the impacts of COVID-19, which will support people with a variety of mental health conditions, including eating disorders. This includes programmes to address waiting times for mental health services. As part of this funding, £58 million will be allocated to bring forward the expansion of integrated primary and secondary care for adults with severe mental illness, including eating disorders. As part of this, a four-week waiting time standard for adult community mental health services, including eating disorder services, is being piloted and considered as part of the clinically led review of NHS access standards.

In addition, NHS England has announced additional early intervention services for young people aged 16-25 years old with eating disorders in 18 areas across the country, so young adults seeking support could be contacted within 48 hours and begin treatment within two weeks.


Written Question
Developing Countries: Health Services
16 Apr 2021

Questioner: Pauline Latham

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much and what proportion of the UK's total Official Development Assistance budget was allocated to sexual and reproductive health and rights including family planning and reproductive, maternal, neonatal and child health as calculated using the (a) Muskoka 1 and (b) Muskoka 2 methodology in (i) 2017, (ii) 2018 and (iii) 2019.

Answer (Wendy Morton)

All FCDO official aid spend can be found in the Statistic for International Development: UK Aid report at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/statistics-on-international-development

a) The last published donor estimates based on Muskoka 1 cover 2002 to 2015 and can be found at: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/langlo/article/PIIS2214-109X(18)30276-6/fulltext#seccestitle10

b) The latest Muskoka 2 donors estimates were published as part of the European Parliamentary Forum for Sexual & Reproductive Rights in the Donor Delivering Report and cover 2016 to 2018.

The report is available on: https://www.epfweb.org/node/90

Musoka 2 estimates are not available for 2019 onwards due to Multilateral agencies' reporting timeframes and external data compilation.


Written Question
Coronavirus: Mental Health Services
16 Apr 2021

Questioner: Barry Sheerman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support his Department is providing to local authorities to help people suffering from poor mental health as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

Answer (Nadine Dorries)

£15 million from the additional £500 million funding announced as part of the Spending Review in November 2020 will be invested in local authority areas in the most deprived parts of the country to help stimulate and boost prevention and early intervention services to support people who have been hardest hit by the pandemic. In 2021-22 the total public health grant to local authorities will be £3.324 billion. The grant will be ring-fenced for use on public health functions, including public mental health. This may include public mental health challenges arising directly or indirectly from COVID-19.


Written Question
Epilepsy: Children and Young People
16 Apr 2021

Questioner: Cat Smith

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to advise (a) schools, (b) colleges and (c) universities on the mental health needs of children and young people with epilepsy.

Answer (Nadine Dorries)

Each mental health support team is expected to advise schools and colleges on the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people, including for those with epilepsy. They work alongside pre-existing mental health services and liaise with external specialist services to help children and young people receive the right support and stay in education.


Written Question
Type 31 Frigates
16 Apr 2021

Questioner: Kevan Jones

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of evaluation criteria for the Type 31 were attributed to social value.

Answer (Jeremy Quin)

The evaluation criteria for the Type 31 programme required bidders to deliver a prosperity and exports strategy as part of the design and build contract. This strategy contains the contractor's commitment to deliver improvements in areas such as supply chain development, social welfare, skills and productivity enhancements, as well as exports. In addition to the specific requirement for a prosperity and exports strategy, prosperity benefits to the UK were inherent throughout the Type 31 evaluation criteria not least because of the requirement that the ships must be built in the UK, but also because of the emphasis placed on exportability.


Written Question
Shipping: Procurement
16 Apr 2021

Questioner: Luke Pollard

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the new Multi Role Ocean Surveillance ship for the Royal Navy will be (a) built in British shipyards, (b) built abroad, (c) reconfigured from an existing vessel in a British shipyard or (d) reconfigured from an existing vessel abroad.

Answer (Jeremy Quin)

The new Royal Navy Multi Role Ocean Surveillance vessel announced in the Integrated Review is in its pre-concept phase; therefore, no decisions have yet been taken on the procurement approach nor the crewing model.


Written Question
Shipping: Procurement
16 Apr 2021

Questioner: Luke Pollard

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) Royal Navy personnel, (b) Royal Fleet Auxiliary personnel and (c) other civilians who will be part of the crew of the new Multi Role Ocean Surveillance ship.

Answer (Jeremy Quin)

The new Royal Navy Multi Role Ocean Surveillance vessel announced in the Integrated Review is in its pre-concept phase; therefore, no decisions have yet been taken on the procurement approach nor the crewing model.