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registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-03-19more like thismore than 2019-03-19
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 5G: 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 Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the roll-out of 5G technology on people's health. more like this
tabling member constituency Cheltenham more like this
tabling member printed
Alex Chalk remove filter
uin 234268 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-03-27more like thismore than 2019-03-27
answer text <p>Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) and health evidence reviews have been prepared by scientific expert groups in the United Kingdom and around the world. The independent Advisory Group on Non-Ionising Radiation (AGNIR) published their report in the UK in 2012 and the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) published their report in 2015. The World Health Organization is presently preparing a review. The AGNIR report is available at the following link:</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/radiofrequency-electromagnetic-fields-health-effects" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/radiofrequency-electromagnetic-fields-health-effects</a></p><p> </p><p>The SCENIHR report is available at the following link:</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://ec.europa.eu/health/sites/health/files/scientific_committees/docs/citizens_emf_en.pdf" target="_blank">https://ec.europa.eu/health/sites/health/files/scientific_committees/docs/citizens_emf_en.pdf</a></p><p> </p><p>Based on the accumulated evidence and reviews, Public Health England (PHE) advises that the guidelines of the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) should be adopted and there is no convincing evidence that EMF exposures below the ICNIRP guideline levels cause adverse health effects.</p><p> </p><p>PHE has committed to keeping the emerging evidence under review and to preparing another comprehensive review when sufficient new evidence has accumulated.</p>
answering member constituency Thurrock more like this
answering member printed Jackie Doyle-Price more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-03-27T15:42:52.043Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-27T15:42:52.043Z
answering member
4065
label Biography information for Jackie Doyle-Price more like this
tabling member
4481
label Biography information for Alex Chalk more like this
1091002
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-03-18more like thismore than 2019-03-18
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 Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 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 Health and Social Care, whether the Government has any plans to review the RCGP Advanced Knowledge Test in relation to ME and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome to ensure it (a) remains up-to-date and (b) demonstrates best practice for treatment of those conditions. more like this
tabling member constituency Cheltenham more like this
tabling member printed
Alex Chalk remove filter
uin 233615 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-03-26more like thismore than 2019-03-26
answer text <p>The responsibility for reviewing and updating the Advanced Knowledge Test (AKT) lies with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).</p><p> </p><p>General practice is where most patients with chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis are likely to be managed, and the condition is identified as a key area of clinical knowledge in the RCGP AKT content guide. The AKT is a summative assessment of the knowledge base that underpins general practice in the United Kingdom within the context of the National Health Service and is a key part of general practitioners’ qualifying exams.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Gosport more like this
answering member printed Caroline Dinenage more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-03-26T16:14:06.987Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-26T16:14:06.987Z
answering member
4008
label Biography information for Caroline Dinenage more like this
tabling member
4481
label Biography information for Alex Chalk more like this
1090992
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-03-18more like thismore than 2019-03-18
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 Disposable Wipes: Biodegradability 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 Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to ban the marketing of single-use wipes as flushable if they do not conform to the Water UK approved fine to flush standard. more like this
tabling member constituency Cheltenham more like this
tabling member printed
Alex Chalk remove filter
uin 233610 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-03-25more like thismore than 2019-03-25
answer text <p>The Government set out in the Resources and Waste Strategy, the actions we will take to encourage producers to take more responsibility for the lifespan of their products and make sure these are more carefully designed with resource efficiency, and waste prevention in mind. This includes wet wipes.</p><p> </p><p>The Government is working with the water industry and wet wipe manufacturers to prevent wet wipes entering our waterways and damaging our marine environment. I hosted a cross industry wet wipes roundtable in November 2016, to tackle the issue of wipes being incorrectly flushed and causing sewer blockages. Following the meeting, revised wet wipe industry guidance requires a ‘Do Not Flush’ label to be displayed far more prominently on non-flushable wipes.</p><p> </p><p>We support the water industry’s ongoing work on their voluntary ‘Fine to Flush’ label, to ensure that any wipes which are marked as being ‘flushable’, are plastic free and are truly flushable, meaning they can enter the sewage system without causing blockages or harming the environment. We are actively encouraging the water and wet wipe industries to work together to develop an agreed ‘flushability’ standard for those wipes that are intended for disposal via toilets.</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 2019-03-25T10:05:50.77Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-25T10:05:50.77Z
answering member
4098
label Biography information for Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
tabling member
4481
label Biography information for Alex Chalk more like this
1088704
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-03-14more like thismore than 2019-03-14
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 Driving: Mobile Phones 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 Transport, what further steps his Department plans to take to educate people on the dangers of using a mobile phone while driving. more like this
tabling member constituency Cheltenham more like this
tabling member printed
Alex Chalk remove filter
uin 232609 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-03-20more like thismore than 2019-03-20
answer text <p>The Government is concerned about drivers who use a hand-held mobile phone while driving. This is a reckless activity which increases the likelihood of a collision four-fold. The fine increased from £100 to £200, and the penalty points increased from three to six points for all drivers. These increases came into effect in March 2017.</p><p> </p><p>The Government also recognises the importance of educating drivers about the risks involved in using a hand-held mobile phone while driving.</p><p> </p><p>In addition to advice in the Highway Code and on www.gov.uk,The THINK! Campaigns are designed to educate drivers and promote road safety, which includes supporting a change in behaviour on using mobile phones when driving.</p><p> </p><p>Details of the THINK! campaigns can be found at <a href="http://think.direct.gov.uk/mobile-phones.html" target="_blank">http://think.direct.gov.uk/mobile-phones.html</a></p><p> </p><p>The Department’s policy on the use of mobile phones while driving will be kept under review and consideration will be given to the impact of the recent change in law and the THINK! campaigns in due course.</p>
answering member constituency Hereford and South Herefordshire more like this
answering member printed Jesse Norman more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-03-20T15:56:11.257Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-20T15:56:11.257Z
answering member
3991
label Biography information for Jesse Norman more like this
tabling member
4481
label Biography information for Alex Chalk more like this
1091030
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-03-18more like thismore than 2019-03-18
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 Employment Agencies: Fees and Charges 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 Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of re-classifying modelling platforms as employment agencies to ensure that they cannot charge clients upfront fees; and if he will make a statement. more like this
tabling member constituency Cheltenham more like this
tabling member printed
Alex Chalk remove filter
uin 233624 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-03-26more like thismore than 2019-03-26
answer text <p>Through the Good Work Plan, published in December 2018, the Government has committed to upgrading workers’ rights and protecting the most vulnerable workers. This represents the biggest upgrade to workers’ rights in over 20 years.</p><p> </p><p>Modelling platforms can already meet the definition of an employment agency as set out in the Employment Agencies Act 1973. If they meet the definition, they would already need to comply with the current legislation, which has specific regulations that cover modelling and entertainment agencies. The Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate looks at all complaints on a case by case basis, and works with other partner organisations, such as Trading Standards, to ensure organisations comply with the relevant legislation.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Rochester and Strood more like this
answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-03-26T17:40:39.847Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-26T17:40:39.847Z
answering member
4487
label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
tabling member
4481
label Biography information for Alex Chalk more like this
1105309
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-03-26more like thismore than 2019-03-26
answering body
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
answering dept id 10 more like this
answering dept short name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
answering dept sort name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
hansard heading Nuisance Calls 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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Government has made an assessment of the effect on levels of nuisance calls of companies requiring consumers to provide their phone numbers when purchasing products or signing up for services. more like this
tabling member constituency Cheltenham more like this
tabling member printed
Alex Chalk remove filter
uin 237188 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-04-02more like thismore than 2019-04-02
answer text <p>Companies who process personal data and use it to make marketing communications are regulated by the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA) and the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003 (PECR). Both of these are administered and enforced by the Information Commissioner (ICO). If a company collects phone numbers from customers, it must be clear and transparent about how personal data will be handled, and ensure that the data is processed in a way which individuals would expect. Personal data must not be shared with third parties without an appropriate legal basis. Organisations that fail to comply may be subject to enforcement action by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The ICO has the power to impose a monetary penalty on those who break the law.</p><p> </p><p>The Government has not made an official assessment of the effect on levels of nuisance calls of companies requiring consumers to provide their phone numbers when purchasing products or signing up for services.</p>
answering member constituency Stourbridge more like this
answering member printed Margot James more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-04-02T14:31:51.113Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-02T14:31:51.113Z
answering member
4115
label Biography information for Margot James more like this
tabling member
4481
label Biography information for Alex Chalk more like this
1090987
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-03-18more like thismore than 2019-03-18
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 more like this
hansard heading Personal Independence Payment: Medical Examinations 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, whether she has made an assessment of the potential merits of extending to all people with later stage (a) degenerative and (b) non-curable conditions the ceasing of repeat assessments for personal independence payment; and if she will make a statement. more like this
tabling member constituency Cheltenham more like this
tabling member printed
Alex Chalk remove filter
uin 233608 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-03-25more like thismore than 2019-03-25
answer text <p>Once someone has been awarded Personal Independence Payment (PIP), which can be paid at one of eight rates, that award will be reviewed. Reviews of PIP are a key part of the benefit to ensure that awards remain correct where needs may change (including where needs increase and the award may need to increase) and that we maintain contact with the claimant, both features that are missing from its predecessor Disability Living Allowance. The length of an award is based on an individual’s circumstances and can vary from nine months to an on-going award, with a light touch review after ten years.</p><p> </p><p>We introduced updated guidance for case managers and an updated PIP Assessment Guide in 2018 which will ensure that those people who receive the highest level of support under PIP, and where their needs are unlikely to change or may get worse, will now receive an ongoing award with a light touch review at the ten-year point. In line with PIP’s aim to be needs-based rather than condition-based, the change to the guidance is not condition specific. However, we believe the changes will ensure that those with severe and/or progressive conditions receive the most appropriate award duration that reflects their condition and the needs arising.</p><p> </p><p>Special considerations also apply to claimants who are terminally ill, and our arrangements recognise the particular difficulties faced by people who only have a short time to live. Claims by people with a terminal illness are fast tracked, are not subject to a face-to-face assessment and they are guaranteed the enhanced rate of the Daily Living Component; nearly all also receive the enhanced rate of mobility.</p>
answering member constituency North Swindon more like this
answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
grouped question UIN
234096 more like this
234097 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-03-25T17:26:55.033Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-25T17:26:55.033Z
answering member
4105
label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
tabling member
4481
label Biography information for Alex Chalk more like this
1091032
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-03-18more like thismore than 2019-03-18
answering body
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
answering dept id 10 more like this
answering dept short name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
answering dept sort name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
hansard heading Social Media: Employment Agencies 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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with social media platforms on removing scam modelling agencies from their listings. more like this
tabling member constituency Cheltenham more like this
tabling member printed
Alex Chalk remove filter
uin 233625 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-03-26more like thismore than 2019-03-26
answer text <p>Ministers and officials have regular meetings and discussions with social media companies on a range of issues. Details of ministerial meetings are published quarterly on the Gov.uk website.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Stourbridge more like this
answering member printed Margot James more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-03-26T10:48:53.09Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-26T10:48:53.09Z
answering member
4115
label Biography information for Margot James more like this
tabling member
4481
label Biography information for Alex Chalk more like this