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228236
registered interest false more like this
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions remove filter
hansard heading Diesel Fuel: Health Hazards more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to help reduce the health problems caused by exposure to diesel fumes at work. more like this
tabling member constituency East Ham more like this
tabling member printed
Stephen Timms more like this
uin 228022 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2015-03-23more like thismore than 2015-03-23
answer text <p /> <p>Occupational exposure to Diesel Engine Exhaust Emissions (DEEEs) is subject to the provisions of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH).</p><p> </p><p>These provisions require employers to prevent exposure to hazardous substances or, where this is not reasonably practicable, adequately control it.</p><p> </p><p>The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provides guidance for both employers and employees, giving practical advice on how employers should control exposure to DEEEs in the workplace.</p><p> </p><p>HSE is also undertaking research to better understand the current exposure profile of workers in GB, including assessing the impact of changes in fuel and engine technology on occupational exposures to DEEEs.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Forest of Dean remove filter
answering member printed Mr Mark Harper more like this
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less than 2015-03-23T17:00:45.403Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-23T17:00:45.403Z
answering member
1520
label Biography information for Mr Mark Harper more like this
tabling member
163
label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
228237
registered interest false more like this
date remove filter
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions remove filter
hansard heading Radiation: Health Hazards more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance his Department has produced on the prevention of health problems caused by exposure to solar radiation at work. more like this
tabling member constituency East Ham more like this
tabling member printed
Stephen Timms more like this
uin 228023 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2015-03-23more like thismore than 2015-03-23
answer text <p /> <p>Guidance on the prevention of health problems caused by exposure to solar radiation at work can be found on the following page of the Health and Safety Executive’s website:</p><p> </p><p><a href="http://www.hse.gov.uk/aboutus/occupational-disease/cancer/solar-radiation.htm" target="_blank">http://www.hse.gov.uk/aboutus/occupational-disease/cancer/solar-radiation.htm</a>”</p> more like this
answering member constituency Forest of Dean remove filter
answering member printed Mr Mark Harper more like this
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less than 2015-03-23T17:05:26.347Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-23T17:05:26.347Z
answering member
1520
label Biography information for Mr Mark Harper more like this
tabling member
163
label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
228238
registered interest false more like this
date remove filter
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions remove filter
hansard heading Carcinogens more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the cost to the UK economy of carcinogen exposure at work. more like this
tabling member constituency East Ham more like this
tabling member printed
Stephen Timms more like this
uin 228024 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2015-03-23more like thismore than 2015-03-23
answer text <p /> <p>HSE currently publish estimates of the total cost to the economy of occupational injuries and ill health arising from current working conditions. These totals do not include the costs of long latency diseases, such as occupational cancer, which are due to past working conditions. To address this gap, HSE is currently finalising estimates of the economic costs of occupational cancer in Great Britain. This research will value the impacts to individuals, employers, taxpayers and society as a whole from cases of work-related cancer diagnosed each year, and these estimates will be the first of their kind in the world. HSE will publish the results of this research in summer 2015.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Forest of Dean remove filter
answering member printed Mr Mark Harper more like this
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less than 2015-03-23T17:08:22.993Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-23T17:08:22.993Z
answering member
1520
label Biography information for Mr Mark Harper more like this
tabling member
163
label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
228249
registered interest false more like this
date remove filter
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions remove filter
hansard heading Work Capability Assessment: Blackpool more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of people appealed against a work capability assessment decision in (a) Blackpool South constituency and (b) Blackpool local authority area since the introduction of such assessments; and how many and what proportion of those appeals were successful. more like this
tabling member constituency Blackpool South more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Gordon Marsden more like this
uin 228268 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2015-03-23more like thismore than 2015-03-23
answer text <p /> <p>The information requested is not available by constituency or local authority.</p><p> </p><p>The latest published data for Work Capability Assessments was released on the 12 March 2015.</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/esa-outcomes-of-work-capability-assessments-claims-made-to-june-2014-and-appeals-to-dec-2014" target="_blank">ESA: outcomes of Work Capability Assessments: claims made to June 2014 and appeals to Dec 2014 - Publications - GOV.UK</a></p><p><strong> </strong></p> more like this
answering member constituency Forest of Dean remove filter
answering member printed Mr Mark Harper more like this
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less than 2015-03-23T16:52:32.04Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-23T16:52:32.04Z
answering member
1520
label Biography information for Mr Mark Harper more like this
tabling member
465
label Biography information for Gordon Marsden more like this
228321
registered interest false more like this
date remove filter
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions remove filter
hansard heading Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information his Department holds on research into possible links between chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and employment in heavy industry. more like this
tabling member constituency Wansbeck more like this
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Ian Lavery more like this
uin 228245 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2015-03-23more like thismore than 2015-03-23
answer text <p /> <p>The principal cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is smoking, but there is extensive international research which confirms that past exposures to fumes, chemicals and dusts at work will have also contributed to causing many currently occurring cases.</p><p> </p><p>The Department for Work and Pensions is advised about the risks of occupational diseases, including COPD, by the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council (IIAC) in the context of social security benefits. IIAC is an independent scientific advisory body that reviews research literature and makes recommendations to Ministers about which diseases and exposures should be covered by the Industrial Injuries Scheme. IIAC has reviewed the occupational risks of COPD on four separate occasions, which included consideration of the risks in certain heavy industries (e.g. coal mining, hard rock mining and welding). In 2004, IIAC commissioned research to review the scientific literature about the risks of COPD from exposures encountered during work, including in heavy industry. IIAC’s reports are available on <a href="http://www.gov.uk/iiac" target="_blank">www.gov.uk/iiac</a> or by contacting the IIAC Secretariat.</p><p> </p><p>The available published research – most of which is not UK-based – implicates various agents and occupational groups as being associated with an increased risk of COPD. Coal dust exposure through mining activities is an established cause of the disease. Epidemiological studies have also identified associations between a number of other occupational exposures which are associated with heavy industry, such as other mineral dusts (e.g. respirable crystalline silica), organic dusts and certain chemicals, fumes and combustion products.</p><p> </p><p>The Health and Safety Executive has also commissioned further research to clarify the extent to which occupational factors have contributed to the burden of COPD in Great Britain. This research is currently underway and is expected to report in 2016.</p>
answering member constituency Forest of Dean remove filter
answering member printed Mr Mark Harper more like this
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less than 2015-03-23T16:55:49.317Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-23T16:55:49.317Z
answering member
1520
label Biography information for Mr Mark Harper more like this
tabling member
4139
label Biography information for Ian Lavery more like this
228345
registered interest false more like this
date remove filter
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions remove filter
hansard heading Personal Independence Payment: Blackpool more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in (a) Blackpool South constituency and (b) Blackpool local authority area have applied for personal independence payments; and how many of those have received a decision on that application. more like this
tabling member constituency Blackpool South more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Gordon Marsden more like this
uin 228255 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2015-03-23more like thismore than 2015-03-23
answer text <p>Information on registration, clearances and awards at Parliamentary Constituency and Local Authority level are published on a quarterly basis as part of our official statistics release, which can be found at <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/personal-independence-payment-statistics" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/personal-independence-payment-statistics</a></p><p> </p><p>The information requested can be found in the data tables that accompany each release. <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/412878/tables-pip-statistics-apr-2013-to-jan-2015.xls" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/412878/tables-pip-statistics-apr-2013-to-jan-2015.xls</a></p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Forest of Dean remove filter
answering member printed Mr Mark Harper more like this
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less than 2015-03-23T17:02:17.207Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-23T17:02:17.207Z
answering member
1520
label Biography information for Mr Mark Harper more like this
tabling member
465
label Biography information for Gordon Marsden more like this
228349
registered interest false more like this
date remove filter
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions remove filter
hansard heading Health and Safety Executive more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 16 March 2015 to Question 226915, which specific issues have been discussed by which Ministers on which dates in the last 12 months. more like this
tabling member constituency Sheffield, Heeley more like this
tabling member printed
Meg Munn more like this
uin 228247 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2015-03-23more like thismore than 2015-03-23
answer text <p>We do not disclose details of meetings between Ministers and Officials.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Forest of Dean remove filter
answering member printed Mr Mark Harper more like this
grouped question UIN
227851 more like this
227852 more like this
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less than 2015-03-23T16:54:48.33Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-23T16:54:48.33Z
answering member
1520
label Biography information for Mr Mark Harper more like this
tabling member
1448
label Biography information for Meg Munn more like this
228242
registered interest false more like this
date remove filter
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions remove filter
hansard heading Employment Schemes: Disability more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an assessment of the progress and effectiveness of the Disability Confident campaign in Lancashire. more like this
tabling member constituency Pendle more like this
tabling member printed
Andrew Stephenson more like this
uin 228043 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2015-03-24more like thismore than 2015-03-24
answer text <p /> <p><strong> </strong></p><p>Employers and wider society both benefit from recruiting more disabled people. Disability Confident is a campaign to help employers discover for themselves the talents and value that disabled people bring to business.</p><p> </p><p>Launched in July 2013 by the Prime Minister, supported by business leaders and disability employment organisations, Disability Confident sets out the business case for those employers unsure about the benefits of employing disabled people. It overcomes the fear factor for those employers worried about the logistics or afraid of saying the wrong thing, and emphasises the support available for employers. It highlights the great work that employers are already doing and encourages others to join in.</p><p> </p><p>Disability Confident is a partnership approach – a business-to-business dialogue. Partners learn from each other about how to become disability confident, with support from Government and disability organisations.</p><p> </p><p>In the first year of the Disability Confident campaign we held seven regional events across the UK, reaching more than 1,100 employers, including a well-attended event in Manchester.</p><p> </p><p>In July 2014 we launched a toolkit for MPs – so they can bring together employers and disabled people in their own constituencies.</p><p> </p><p>We look forward to employers throughout Lancashire attending these local events, learning from and supporting each other, and becoming more Disability Confident.</p>
answering member constituency Forest of Dean remove filter
answering member printed Mr Mark Harper more like this
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less than 2015-03-24T09:42:29.143Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-24T09:42:29.143Z
answering member
1520
label Biography information for Mr Mark Harper more like this
tabling member
4044
label Biography information for Andrew Stephenson more like this
228348
registered interest false more like this
date remove filter
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions remove filter
hansard heading Employment Schemes: Disability more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress he has made in implementing the recommendations of (a) the review to Government by Liz Sayce titled Getting in, staying in and getting on, published in June 2011 and (b) the expert panel chaired by Mike Adams in 2013 on Access to Work. more like this
tabling member constituency East Ham more like this
tabling member printed
Stephen Timms more like this
uin 228188 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2015-03-24more like thismore than 2015-03-24
answer text <p /> <p>The Government confirmed in March 2012 that it accepted the overall recommendation in the Sayce Review to focus resources on tailored personalised support for individuals through services like Access to Work, rather than “one size fits all” institutions and programmes, so that we could significantly increase the number of disabled people who could be supported to access the labour market.</p><p> </p><p>The Written Ministerial Statement on Access to Work published on 12 March 2015 sets out proposals to address two key recommendations of the Sayce Review with respect to developing online functionality and personal budgets.</p><p> </p><p>The Sayce recommendations on Remploy have been implemented.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>Esther McVey MP issued two Written Statements on 19 November 2012 and 16 July 2013 setting out changes arising from the work of the expert panel chaired by Mike Adams. I can confirm that all the changes announced in those statements have been implemented so that individuals have the facility to:</p><p>· have a fast-track assessment process for individuals who already know their support requirements;</p><p>· transfer equipment between employers;</p><p>· have a pre-existing disabled students allowance assessment considered in determining support;</p><p>· have accesses to travel buddies, travel training, or adaptations to a vehicle to promote independent travel and have this reflected in award letters agreeing travel support;</p><p>· receive support via New Enterprise Allowance;</p><p>· receive up-front payments where customers need this in some circumstances;</p><p>· have some tolerances built into their awards.</p><p> </p><p>We also:</p><p>· removed a standard list of equipment that Access to Work would not fund;</p><p>· removed cost share for small business;</p><p>· provided funding for Disabled People’s user led organisations to promote the service and provide peer support;</p><p>· ran a targeted marketing campaign; and</p><p>· extended support to traineeships, sector-based work academies, supported internships and self-directed work experience.</p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p>
answering member constituency Forest of Dean remove filter
answering member printed Mr Mark Harper more like this
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less than 2015-03-24T10:53:42.853Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-24T10:53:42.853Z
answering member
1520
label Biography information for Mr Mark Harper more like this
tabling member
163
label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
228140
registered interest false more like this
date remove filter
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions remove filter
hansard heading Farms: Safety more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to (a) reduce accidental deaths on farms and (b) improve safety in the vicinity of slurry pits. more like this
tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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Jim Shannon more like this
uin 228016 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2015-03-25more like thismore than 2015-03-25
answer text <p>The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) leads on matters of farm safety in Great Britain.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>(a) In consultation with key industry stakeholders, HSE has developed an Agriculture Sector Strategy to reduce the number of fatal and non-fatal accidents and ill health across this sector. Amongst other things, this includes: HSE supporting the farm safety partnerships in England, Scotland and Wales, in their work to change the culture of the industry and promote professional modern farming – including improving management and control of health and safety risks through industry led farm safety campaigns, such as “Safe Stop” and “Farm Safety Week”; activities targeting young farmers entering the industry such as the NFU Mutual’s Farm Safety Workshops that are being rolled out to agricultural colleges and universities; and delivering an annual programme of Safety and Health Awareness Days for farmers targeted at small and medium sized farms to promote awareness and understanding of common risks and control measures.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>(b) HSE has published an Agricultural Information Sheet [<a href="http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/ais9.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/ais9.pdf</a>] which gives guidance on preventing access to slurry storage areas, addressing the precautions necessary to prevent unauthorised access and to manage the risks associated with drowning in slurry stores. HSE’s Agriculture webpages also highlights the risks posed by slurry gas and confined spaces, and the precautions required to avoid being overcome or killed by these gases.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>HSE has also worked closely with the Farm Safety Partnership in England in support of their campaign to address the risks from slurry gas. (Stop! Think! Slurry Gas! - <a href="http://www.nfuonline.com/business/farm-safety/farm-safety-partnership/campaigns/slurry-safety/" target="_blank">http://www.nfuonline.com/business/farm-safety/farm-safety-partnership/campaigns/slurry-safety/</a>). The campaign was launched in May 2014 and includes a leaflet and posters to raise awareness of the risks presented by slurry gas and the precautions farmers should take to protect themselves. The GB partnerships, and the Northern Ireland partnership, which is chaired by HSE Northern Ireland, have freely exchanged campaign materials and information to ensure wide dissemination of the slurry safety message.</p><p> </p>
answering member constituency Forest of Dean remove filter
answering member printed Mr Mark Harper more like this
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less than 2015-03-25T11:38:20.917Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-25T11:38:20.917Z
answering member
1520
label Biography information for Mr Mark Harper more like this
tabling member
4131
label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this