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registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-02more like thismore than 2019-07-02
answering body
House of Commons Commission more like this
answering dept id 18 more like this
answering dept short name House of Commons Commission more like this
answering dept sort name House of Commons Commission more like this
hansard heading Plastics: Recycling more like this
house id 1 remove filter
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what plans the Commission has to increase the level of (a) recycling and (b) reuse to reduce the use of single-use plastic. more like this
tabling member constituency Stroud more like this
tabling member printed
Dr David Drew more like this
uin 272117 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-16more like thismore than 2019-07-16
answer text <p>On increasing recycling and re-use, Parliament’s Environment Team works in close partnership with its waste contractor to respond to new and emerging opportunities to recycle and recover waste. The waste contract includes a requirement for driving continuous improvements in Parliament’s recycling performance.</p><p>Parliament achieved a recycling rate of 59% in 2018–19, with a long-term target to recycle 75% of waste (by weight) by 2020–21.</p><p>On reducing single-use avoidable plastics, in May 2018 Parliament announced a comprehensive range of initiatives to drastically reduce its consumption of single-use avoidable plastics:</p><ul><li>Eliminate plastic bottled water</li><li>Eliminate condiment sachets (through substitution)</li><li>Eliminate plastic-lined hot drinks cups, alongside introduction of a ‘latte levy’</li><li>Sell and incentivise the use of re-usable ‘keep cups’</li><li>Substitute disposable catering take-away items with compostable alternatives, alongside the introduction of a compostable waste stream</li><li>Substitute plastic tumblers with compostable alternatives</li><li>Substitute plastic carrier bags with paper ones</li><li>Implement a ‘green stationery’ catalogue</li><li>Pilot a re-usable delivery container scheme at the Offsite Consolidation Centre</li><li>Produce procedures for incorporating the environmental impact of packaging waste into the weighting of relevant procurement exercises</li></ul><p><br>Except for the delivery container pilot scheme, for which a feasibility study has been completed, all single-use plastic initiatives have been fully implemented.</p>
answering member constituency Carshalton and Wallington more like this
answering member printed Tom Brake more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-16T11:27:47.097Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-16T11:27:47.097Z
answering member
151
label Biography information for Tom Brake more like this
tabling member
252
label Biography information for Dr David Drew more like this
1136741
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-03more like thismore than 2019-07-03
answering body
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
answering dept id 201 more like this
answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
hansard heading Business: Finance more like this
house id 1 remove filter
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the report entitled, The state of the nation: The UK Family Business Sector 2018-19 by Oxford Economics, published in July 2019, what steps his Department is taking to make it easier for family businesses to access external finance. more like this
tabling member constituency Newcastle-under-Lyme more like this
tabling member printed
Paul Farrelly more like this
uin 272777 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-16more like thismore than 2019-07-16
answer text <p>As the report notes, the family business sector is vital to the UK economy, employing over 13 million people and generating more than a quarter of the nation’s GDP. In May this year, I attended the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Family Business and discussed a range of issues including access to external finance. The authors of the Report, The Institute for Family Business, are also a member of the BEIS SME Advisory Board, who last met on 24 June.</p><p>As part of the modern Industrial Strategy, this Department’s aim is to improve access to finance for all UK businesses, including family-owned businesses. The Government-backed British Business Bank supports more than £6.4bn of finance to over 85,000 SMEs. The Bank’s online Finance Hub also helps small business owners identify potential sources of finance via the finance finder web tool.</p><p>The Business Bank has also established a UK Network, with team members based within each of the English regions and the three Devolved Nations. The UK Network works with small business finance intermediaries to enhance business finance ecosystems across the UK, so smaller businesses, wherever they are, can grow and prosper.</p><p>In addition, Government has actively supported and invested in the creation of 38 Growth Hubs (one in each Local Enterprise Partnership area), providing businesses across England support and advice via a free and impartial, local single point of contact. At the end of FY18/19, Government had invested £56.4 million in Growth Hubs.</p><p>The Government provides support and advice to all types of businesses through our core services including GOV.UK, the Business Support Helpline and Growth Hubs operating in England.</p>
answering member constituency Rochester and Strood more like this
answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-16T15:34:53.693Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-16T15:34:53.693Z
answering member
4487
label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
tabling member
1436
label Biography information for Paul Farrelly more like this
1137413
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-08more like thismore than 2019-07-08
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 more like this
answering dept short name Transport more like this
answering dept sort name Transport more like this
hansard heading Public Transport: Voucher Schemes more like this
house id 1 remove filter
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has had discussions with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on establishing a public transport voucher scheme to allow vouchers to be taken from wages pre-taxation to encourage people to use public transport and lower carbon emissions in cities. more like this
tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
tabling member printed
Jim Shannon more like this
uin 274537 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-16more like thismore than 2019-07-16
answer text <p>There have been no discussions between the Secretary of State for Transport and the Chancellor of the Exchequer on that particular subject. Many employers already offer loans for season tickets or salary sacrifice schemes, and the Department has recently published revised guidance on cycle to work schemes and other ways in which employers can encourage people to cycle to work. The Government has also ensured that regulated rail fares can rise by no more than inflation since 2014.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Harrogate and Knaresborough more like this
answering member printed Andrew Jones more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-16T14:49:56.31Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-16T14:49:56.31Z
answering member
3996
label Biography information for Andrew Jones more like this
tabling member
4131
label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
1137414
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-08more like thismore than 2019-07-08
answering body
Department for Education more like this
answering dept id 60 more like this
answering dept short name Education more like this
answering dept sort name Education more like this
hansard heading STEM Subjects: Equality more like this
house id 1 remove filter
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking with the Secretary of State for Education to increase gender equality in STEM subjects. more like this
tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
tabling member printed
Jim Shannon more like this
uin 274538 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-16more like thismore than 2019-07-16
answer text <p>The Government is committed to increasing gender equality in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. Efforts have been made to ensure that girls and boys can succeed on an equal basis particularly in STEM. Data from the Joint Council for Qualifications shows that entries by girls made up 27.2% of all entries to A levels in STEM subjects in 2018, an increase of 6.4 percentage points since 2010. There is near gender parity in most STEM subjects at GCSE with entries by girls making up 50% of those sitting biology, physics and chemistry GCSEs respectively in 2018.</p><p> </p><p>The Department is funding a £2.4 million program to improve girls’ participation in computer science. The Department also funds the Stimulating Physics Network to improve progression to A level physics with a particular focus on improving girls’ participation.</p><p> </p><p>The Department has committed to improving STEM careers advice in schools in the Careers Strategy. This includes ensuring that STEM engagement, such as with employers and apprenticeships, are built into school career programmes by updating school and college statutory guidance. The Department is also raising awareness of the range of careers that STEM qualifications offer through programmes such as STEM ambassadors, 44% of which ambassadors are women.</p>
answering member constituency Bognor Regis and Littlehampton more like this
answering member printed Nick Gibb more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-16T16:33:03.433Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-16T16:33:03.433Z
answering member
111
label Biography information for Nick Gibb more like this
tabling member
4131
label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
1137420
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-08more like thismore than 2019-07-08
answering body
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept id 13 more like this
answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
hansard heading Squirrels: Pest Control more like this
house id 1 remove filter
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to control the grey squirrel population. more like this
tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
tabling member printed
Jim Shannon more like this
uin 274544 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-16more like thismore than 2019-07-16
answer text <p>In March this year the Government put in place the Invasive Alien Species (Enforcement and Permitting) Order 2019. Under the Order, listed invasive species including the grey squirrel cannot be imported, kept, bred, transported, sold, used or exchanged, allowed to reproduce, or released into the environment. To support implementation of the Order we will shortly be consulting on management measures for widely spread invasive non-native species in England and Wales, including the grey squirrel.</p><p> </p><p>We continue to work with stakeholders under the UK Squirrel Accord, which aims to promote partnership working to protect our red squirrels and woodlands from the damage caused by grey squirrels. Under the joint grey squirrel action plan for England, Defra and the Forestry Commission remain committed to working with land owners and others on measures to support targeted grey squirrel control, for example, through additional measures in forestry options of Countryside Stewardship, as well as through research and taking action on the Forestry Commission’s own land holding (the public forest estate).</p><p> </p><p>Defra continues to support research by the Animal Plant and Health Agency to test the potential of fertility control to reduce local grey squirrel populations.</p><p> </p><p> </p>
answering member constituency Suffolk Coastal more like this
answering member printed Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-16T13:00:48.7Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-16T13:00:48.7Z
answering member
4098
label Biography information for Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
tabling member
4131
label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
1137422
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-08more like thismore than 2019-07-08
answering body
Ministry of Justice more like this
answering dept id 54 more like this
answering dept short name Justice more like this
answering dept sort name Justice more like this
hansard heading Legal Aid Scheme: South Wales more like this
house id 1 remove filter
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many solicitors that previously offered legal aid services no longer do so in South Wales, in the last five years. more like this
tabling member constituency Ogmore more like this
tabling member printed
Chris Elmore more like this
uin 274609 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-16more like thismore than 2019-07-16
answer text <p>The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) does not record information about individual solicitors and does not hold or record data by the geographic definition in the question that has been tabled.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Blackpool North and Cleveleys more like this
answering member printed Paul Maynard more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-16T09:43:01.67Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-16T09:43:01.67Z
answering member
3926
label Biography information for Paul Maynard more like this
tabling member
4572
label Biography information for Chris Elmore more like this
1137423
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-08more like thismore than 2019-07-08
answering body
Department of Health and Social Care more like this
answering dept id 17 more like this
answering dept short name Health and Social Care more like this
answering dept sort name Health and Social Care more like this
hansard heading Clinical Priorities Advisory Group more like this
house id 1 remove filter
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 2 April 2019 to Question 236381 on Clinical Priorities Advisory Group, what steps NHS England has taken to ensure that treatments awaiting review by the Clinical Priorities Advisory Group are not delayed by the closure of the Commissioning Support Programme. more like this
tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
tabling member printed
Jim Shannon more like this
uin 274546 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-16more like thismore than 2019-07-16
answer text <p>Following agreement with the Department and industry as part of the 2019 Voluntary Scheme for Branded Medicines Pricing and Access (voluntary scheme), the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is now expected to undertake appropriate appraisal for all new active substances in their first indication, and extensions to their Marketing Authorisation to add a significant new therapeutic indication, except where there is a clear rationale not to do so. NICE expects to implement this expansion from April 2020. They will be in a position to start progressing topics through the NICE topic selection process from the summer of 2019.</p><p>The topics that would have been referred to the Commissioning Support Programme will now be routed to the appropriate appraisal programme instead.</p><p>Furthermore, NHS England advises that all policy propositions that were previously being developed by the Commissioning Support Programme have been handed over to the relevant committee, to bring them in line with the usual development process. This process is set out in ‘Methods: National Clinical Policies’ at the following link:</p><p><a href="https://www.england.nhs.uk/publication/methods-national-clinical-policies/" target="_blank">https://www.england.nhs.uk/publication/methods-national-clinical-policies/</a></p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p>
answering member constituency South Ribble more like this
answering member printed Seema Kennedy more like this
grouped question UIN 274547 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-16T14:49:59.723Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-16T14:49:59.723Z
answering member
4455
label Biography information for Seema Kennedy more like this
tabling member
4131
label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
1137424
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-08more like thismore than 2019-07-08
answering body
Department of Health and Social Care more like this
answering dept id 17 more like this
answering dept short name Health and Social Care more like this
answering dept sort name Health and Social Care more like this
hansard heading Medical Treatments more like this
house id 1 remove filter
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the potential effect on treatments in NHS England’s Clinical Commissioning Policy programme of the closure of the Commissioning Support Programme; and if he will make a statement. more like this
tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
tabling member printed
Jim Shannon more like this
uin 274547 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-16more like thismore than 2019-07-16
answer text <p>Following agreement with the Department and industry as part of the 2019 Voluntary Scheme for Branded Medicines Pricing and Access (voluntary scheme), the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is now expected to undertake appropriate appraisal for all new active substances in their first indication, and extensions to their Marketing Authorisation to add a significant new therapeutic indication, except where there is a clear rationale not to do so. NICE expects to implement this expansion from April 2020. They will be in a position to start progressing topics through the NICE topic selection process from the summer of 2019.</p><p>The topics that would have been referred to the Commissioning Support Programme will now be routed to the appropriate appraisal programme instead.</p><p>Furthermore, NHS England advises that all policy propositions that were previously being developed by the Commissioning Support Programme have been handed over to the relevant committee, to bring them in line with the usual development process. This process is set out in ‘Methods: National Clinical Policies’ at the following link:</p><p><a href="https://www.england.nhs.uk/publication/methods-national-clinical-policies/" target="_blank">https://www.england.nhs.uk/publication/methods-national-clinical-policies/</a></p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p>
answering member constituency South Ribble more like this
answering member printed Seema Kennedy more like this
grouped question UIN 274546 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-16T14:49:59.77Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-16T14:49:59.77Z
answering member
4455
label Biography information for Seema Kennedy more like this
tabling member
4131
label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
1137425
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-08more like thismore than 2019-07-08
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Saudi Arabia: Military Aid more like this
house id 1 remove filter
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the article published in The Guardian on 18 June 2019 entitled The Saudis couldn't do it without us: the UK's true role in Yemen's deadly war and the article published in The Observer on 23 June 2019 entitled British target training of Saudi air force did not stop Yemen atrocities, if he will make an assessment of the effect on the UK’s international reputation of its role in training the Royal Saudi Air Force. more like this
tabling member constituency West Ham more like this
tabling member printed
Lyn Brown more like this
uin 274495 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-16more like thismore than 2019-07-16
answer text <p>The UK and Saudi Arabia have a longstanding bilateral relationship based on a number of pillars including defence, security, trade and investment, shared concerns about regional issues and energy security. The UK supports Saudi Arabia’s efforts to protect its national security against critical threats, such as the ballistic missiles and drones fired by the Houthis into civilian areas in Saudi Arabia.</p><p>The UK works with Saudi Arabia to ensure targeting procedures are compliant with International Humanitarian Law (IHL), and we regularly raise the importance of IHL compliance with Saudi Arabia, including at senior levels. The UK is not a member of the Saudi-led Coalition and the UK’s role is limited to providing advice, information and assistance to help Saudi Arabia respond to airborne threats launched by the Houthis. The UK has no role in setting Coalition policy.</p> more like this
answering member constituency South West Wiltshire more like this
answering member printed Dr Andrew Murrison more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-16T13:30:59.013Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-16T13:30:59.013Z
answering member
1466
label Biography information for Dr Andrew Murrison more like this
tabling member
1583
label Biography information for Lyn Brown more like this
1137426
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-08more like thismore than 2019-07-08
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Saudi Arabia: Armed Forces more like this
house id 1 remove filter
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to The Guardian article published on 18 June entitled Pompeo blocks inclusion of Saudi Arabia on US child soldiers list, if he will make an assessment of the effectiveness of international conventions preventing the exploitation of children as soldiers. more like this
tabling member constituency West Ham more like this
tabling member printed
Lyn Brown more like this
uin 274496 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-16more like thismore than 2019-07-16
answer text <p>The UK is committed to ending the use of child soldiers. We remain deeply concerned by the use of children in conflict in Yemen. We raise allegations of human rights abuses, including the use of child soldiers, with all parties to the conflict in Yemen. We have been clear that all parties must comply with International Humanitarian Law.</p><p>The UK firmly believes in the importance of international conventions to prevent the exploitation of children as soldiers. The UK has called for all states to sign up to the key international commitments pertaining to ending the recruitment and use of children in conflict including the Paris Principles and Commitments, the Vancouver Principles and the Optional Protocol on the involvement of children in armed conflict. We firmly believe this framework of standards and commitments provides vital safeguards for the rights of children in armed conflict. For example, 91 countries have endorsed the Safe Schools Declaration. The Declaration has led to conflict-affected countries committing to the re-opening and protection of schools.</p>
answering member constituency South West Wiltshire more like this
answering member printed Dr Andrew Murrison more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-16T13:32:51.687Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-16T13:32:51.687Z
answering member
1466
label Biography information for Dr Andrew Murrison more like this
tabling member
1583
label Biography information for Lyn Brown more like this