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1141409
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-23more like thismore than 2019-07-23
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 Food Supply 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 plans the Government has to undertake a public awareness campaign on the effect on food (a) supply and (b) prices of the UK leaving the EU without a deal. more like this
tabling member constituency Brighton, Pavilion more like this
tabling member printed
Caroline Lucas more like this
uin 281012 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2019-08-09
answer text <p>On the 31st July, the Prime Minister announced a new £138 million public awareness campaign to prepare the public for every aspect of our leaving the EU without an agreement at the end of October.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Camborne and Redruth more like this
answering member printed George Eustice more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-08-09T14:44:20.167Zmore like thismore than 2019-08-09T14:44:20.167Z
answering member
3934
label Biography information for George Eustice more like this
tabling member
3930
label Biography information for Caroline Lucas more like this
1140890
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-22more like thismore than 2019-07-22
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 Afghanistan: Peace Negotiations 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 Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support the (a) involvement of civil society in the talks between the US and the Taliban in Afghanistan and (b) rights of women in any agreement that might be reached in those talks. more like this
tabling member constituency Heywood and Middleton more like this
tabling member printed
Liz McInnes more like this
uin 280276 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2019-08-09
answer text <p>Talks between the US Government and the Taliban are a positive step towards an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace process. Resolution of the conflict will require negotiations between Afghans, including the National Unity Government and the Taliban. We continue to make clear the importance of the involvement of civil society and of women and minorities in the process to shape Afghanistan's future.</p><p>Afghanistan is a focus country in the UK's National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security and a priority country in our efforts to promote women's meaningful inclusion in peace processes. We encourage the Afghanistan Government to bring women into discussions on peace and to ensure the participation of Afghan women in all levels of decision-making, from the local level to the negotiation table. The UK funds programmes in support of this, including a pilot on local approaches to peace, with an emphasis on women, across four districts and two provinces. We also support the &quot;Open Jirga&quot; television programme which provides a platform for women's representation in politics, including on the critical issue of peace.</p>
answering member constituency South Derbyshire more like this
answering member printed Mrs Heather Wheeler more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-08-09T13:53:13.25Zmore like thismore than 2019-08-09T13:53:13.25Z
answering member
4053
label Biography information for Mrs Heather Wheeler more like this
tabling member
4342
label Biography information for Liz McInnes more like this
1140889
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-22more like thismore than 2019-07-22
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 Afghanistan: Peace Negotiations 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 Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the prospects for a peace deal in Afghanistan. more like this
tabling member constituency Heywood and Middleton more like this
tabling member printed
Liz McInnes more like this
uin 280275 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2019-08-09
answer text <p>​Despite continuing challenges, there is the real prospect of a credible peace process for Afghanistan. Concerted Afghan and international efforts continue, with positive signs including US-Taliban talks; the recent intra-Afghan dialogue co-convened by Germany and Qatar; and the consultative Loya Jirga in Kabul. Intra-Afghan negotiations are now needed to find a sustainable settlement which will assure the country's future peace and stability. It is crucial that the democratically elected National Unity Government plays a central role, and that peace efforts are inclusive, including women and minorities. The people of Afghanistan deserve peace after decades of conflict and insecurity. We strongly believe that a political settlement is the only way to achieve lasting peace and stability.</p> more like this
answering member constituency South Derbyshire more like this
answering member printed Mrs Heather Wheeler more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-08-09T13:51:17.793Zmore like thismore than 2019-08-09T13:51:17.793Z
answering member
4053
label Biography information for Mrs Heather Wheeler more like this
tabling member
4342
label Biography information for Liz McInnes more like this
1140570
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-19more like thismore than 2019-07-19
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 Hong Kong: Police 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 Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) training, (b) capacity building and (c) assistance (i) the UK Government and (ii) Scotland Yard provides to the Hong Kong Police Force. more like this
tabling member constituency Orkney and Shetland more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Alistair Carmichael more like this
uin 279392 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2019-08-09
answer text <p>In recent years, UK law enforcement agencies have provided training and assistance to the Hong Kong Police Force in a number of areas, including illicit finance and traffic policing. UK law enforcement agencies maintain regular engagement with the Hong Kong Police Force in the course of information exchange and joint investigations of serious and organised crime – as they do with counterparts throughout the world. All cooperation with overseas partners – including those in Hong Kong – is conducted under the Overseas Security and Justice Assistance (OSJA) risk management system, which is used across Government to assess human rights risks.</p> more like this
answering member constituency South Derbyshire more like this
answering member printed Mrs Heather Wheeler more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-08-09T13:47:54.157Zmore like thismore than 2019-08-09T13:47:54.157Z
answering member
4053
label Biography information for Mrs Heather Wheeler more like this
previous answer version
132240
answering member constituency South Derbyshire more like this
answering member printed Mrs Heather Wheeler more like this
answering member
4053
label Biography information for Mrs Heather Wheeler more like this
tabling member
1442
label Biography information for Mr Alistair Carmichael more like this
1141391
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-23more like thismore than 2019-07-23
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 Food Supply 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 his Department is taking to ensure the maintenance of food suppliers in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal. more like this
tabling member constituency Washington and Sunderland West more like this
tabling member printed
Mrs Sharon Hodgson more like this
uin 281002 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2019-08-09
answer text <p>The UK’s high degree of food security is built on access to a range of sources including strong domestic production and imports from other countries. This will continue to be the case whether we leave the EU with or without a deal.</p><p> </p><p>Defra Ministers and officials meet regularly with the food industry to understand the potential impacts of leaving with no deal at the end of October and support contingency planning by the industry. This includes working with Defra’s long established Food Chain Emergency Liaison Group (FCELG). The FCELG membership is drawn from across the agri-food chain industry sectors from farm to fork.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Camborne and Redruth more like this
answering member printed George Eustice more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-08-09T12:20:44.843Zmore like thismore than 2019-08-09T12:20:44.843Z
answering member
3934
label Biography information for George Eustice more like this
tabling member
1521
label Biography information for Mrs Sharon Hodgson more like this
1141050
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-22more like thismore than 2019-07-22
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 Schools: Radicalism 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 Education, what guidance is in place for schools on the circumstances when they should provide information to the police on domestic extremists. more like this
tabling member constituency Hornsey and Wood Green more like this
tabling member printed
Catherine West more like this
uin 280462 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2019-08-09
answer text <p>The Department does not provide specific guidance to schools on circumstances where they should provide information directly to the police on domestic extremists. However, the Department has published advice on the Prevent duty, which explains what schools can do to protect children and young people from the risk of radicalisation.</p><p> </p><p>Under the Prevent duty, a school may make a ‘Prevent referral’ as a result of concerns about extremism and for further multi-agency support. The means by which a referral can be made is determined locally and is either via the local authority or directly to the police. Guidance on Prevent referrals is available from these agencies. More information on the Department’s guidance is available here:</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/protecting-children-from-radicalisation-the-prevent-duty" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/protecting-children-from-radicalisation-the-prevent-duty</a>.</p><p> </p><p>The Home Office has also developed an online ‘Prevent referral’ package, which explains when to make referrals and what to include, featuring examples from the education sector.</p><p> </p><p>The Department also has a dedicated telephone helpline and email address that schools can use if they have an extremism-related concern that they are uncertain how to manage. This will include advice on whether concerns need to be shared further, including to the police. More guidance on this matter and information on the telephone helpline is available here: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preventing-extremism-in-schools-and-childrens-services/preventing-extremism-in-the-education-and-childrens-services-sectors" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preventing-extremism-in-schools-and-childrens-services/preventing-extremism-in-the-education-and-childrens-services-sectors</a>.</p><p> </p>
answering member constituency Bognor Regis and Littlehampton more like this
answering member printed Nick Gibb more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-08-09T10:18:58.867Zmore like thismore than 2019-08-09T10:18:58.867Z
answering member
111
label Biography information for Nick Gibb more like this
tabling member
4523
label Biography information for Catherine West more like this
1141077
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-22more like thismore than 2019-07-22
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 Schools: Sponsorship 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 Education,how many independent schools have become involved in academy sponsorship or the founding of free schools in the state system since 2017. more like this
tabling member constituency Ashton-under-Lyne more like this
tabling member printed
Angela Rayner more like this
uin 280322 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-08-08more like thismore than 2019-08-08
answer text <p>As at 23 July 2019, there are six independent schools sponsoring a total of 13 academies. All of these independent schools were approved as sponsors prior to 2017.</p><p>Of the free schools we have opened since 2017, the London Academy of Excellence (LAE) in Tottenham was set up by an independent school, Highgate School. LAE Tottenham is supported by Highgate School, as well as eight other leading independent partner schools.</p><p>The school’s sister school, LAE Stratford, was set up by Brighton College in 2012. The school reported that in the 2018/19 academic year, 26 students received offers from Oxford or Cambridge. This is an outstanding achievement, especially in a geographic area with relatively low Oxbridge destinations.</p><p>The Department has a joint understanding with the Independent Schools Council to encourage more independent schools to work in partnership with state-funded schools across four key areas: governance, teaching, curriculum and targeted school improvement. The Department announced funding for cross-sector partnerships in June and will invite bids in the autumn.</p><p>The joint understanding also encourages independent schools to offer a greater number of full bursary places, targeted at children from disadvantaged backgrounds.</p>
answering member constituency Bognor Regis and Littlehampton more like this
answering member printed Nick Gibb more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-08-08T16:23:44.163Zmore like thismore than 2019-08-08T16:23:44.163Z
answering member
111
label Biography information for Nick Gibb more like this
previous answer version
131225
answering member constituency Orpington more like this
answering member printed Joseph Johnson more like this
answering member
4039
label Biography information for Joseph Johnson more like this
tabling member
4356
label Biography information for Angela Rayner more like this
1140591
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-19more like thismore than 2019-07-19
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 Teachers: Training 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 Education, what steps he is taking to improve the provision of mental heath training for teachers and lecturers at universities. more like this
tabling member constituency Coventry South more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
uin 279378 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-08-08more like thismore than 2019-08-08
answer text <p>Higher education providers have legal responsibilities under the Equality Act (2010) to support students, including those with mental health conditions. As independent and autonomous institutions it is for providers to determine the precise nature of any mental health training they offer to staff.</p><p> </p><p>Mental health service provision is a priority for the government, which is why the former Prime Minister (Theresa May), my right. Hon friend for Maidenhead recently announced measures on 17 June which overhaul the government’s approach to preventing mental illness. These measures included providing £1 million to the Office of Students (OfS) for a competition to find innovative new ways to support mental health at universities and colleges. The OfS is currently working with students, sector representatives, experts and relevant government departments to develop priorities. They aim to publish further details by the end of the year.</p><p> </p><p>The department is also working closely with Universities UK on embedding the Step Change programme. This calls on higher education leaders to adopt mental health service provision as a strategic priority and take a whole-institution approach to embed a culture of good mental health practice.</p><p> </p><p>The University Mental Health Charter, which was announced in June 2018, is also expected to drive up standards in promoting mental health and wellbeing, positive working environments and excellent support for both students and staff.</p><p> </p><p>The former Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation (Chris Skidmore), my hon. Friend for Kingswood gave a speech on 7 May 2019 that focused on early career researcher contracts and employment conditions. The Independent Review of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, led by Professor Julia Buckingham, has recognised issues of wellbeing and poor mental health as a significant challenge faced by early career academics and researchers. Recommendations to address these challenges are currently under review and a revised concordat is expected in September.</p><p> </p><p>We hope future joint work by the OfS and Research England into the mental health and wellbeing of doctoral researchers can identify good practice to take forward in this area.</p><p> </p><p> </p>
answering member constituency Orpington more like this
answering member printed Joseph Johnson more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-08-08T12:57:08.547Zmore like thismore than 2019-08-08T12:57:08.547Z
answering member
4039
label Biography information for Joseph Johnson more like this
previous answer version
131141
answering member constituency Kingswood more like this
answering member printed Chris Skidmore more like this
answering member 4021
tabling member
308
label Biography information for Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
1141423
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-23more like thismore than 2019-07-23
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 Higher Education: Equal Pay 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 Education, what estimate he has made of the gender pay gap in higher education (a) at Portsmouth University and (b) in the UK. more like this
tabling member constituency Portsmouth South more like this
tabling member printed
Stephen Morgan more like this
uin 281105 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-08-08more like thismore than 2019-08-08
answer text <p>Since April 2017, employers with more than 250 staff are required by law to annually report gender pay gap information. All of the gender pay gap data published by organisations, including the University of Portsmouth, is available on the government’s reporting website: <a href="https://gender-pay-gap.service.gov.uk/" target="_blank">https://gender-pay-gap.service.gov.uk/</a>.</p><p> </p><p>It is crucial that employers use their gender pay gap data to identify the barriers to women’s recruitment and progression and take action to break down those barriers. The government has published advice for employers on how to diagnose their gaps and develop an action plan, alongside evidence-based guidance on practical actions they can take to close the gap.</p><p> </p><p>The higher education (HE) sector has been proactive in taking action to address the gender pay gap and the government is supportive of this work. We have seen considerable progress in the number of women in leadership positions in HE, for example, the increase in female vice-chancellors. This is largely down to the dedicated efforts by the sector to improve the progression of women, through programmes such as the Aurora development programme and the world-renowned Athena Swan Charter. I also look forward to the findings of the Independent Review of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, led by Professor Julia Buckingham, which we expect to see published in September.</p>
answering member constituency Orpington more like this
answering member printed Joseph Johnson more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-08-08T12:44:33.84Zmore like thismore than 2019-08-08T12:44:33.84Z
answering member
4039
label Biography information for Joseph Johnson more like this
previous answer version
131226
answering member constituency Orpington more like this
answering member printed Joseph Johnson more like this
answering member
4039
label Biography information for Joseph Johnson more like this
tabling member
4653
label Biography information for Stephen Morgan more like this
1141424
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-23more like thismore than 2019-07-23
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 Higher Education: Pensions 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 Education, what assessment he has made of the effect on jobs of the decision not to support higher education institutions with increased pension costs (a) at Portsmouth University and (b) in the UK. more like this
tabling member constituency Portsmouth South more like this
tabling member printed
Stephen Morgan more like this
uin 281106 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-08-08more like thismore than 2019-08-08
answer text <p>In April 2019, the department published its response following the public consultation on funding increases to teachers’ pensions employer contributions for all Teacher Pension Scheme employers in England. All representations made by stakeholders, including the concerns raised by the University of Portsmouth, were considered, alongside all evidence relevant to the issues involved. This included the impact on redundancies, recruitment and retention. Details of this analysis can be found in figure 5 on page 14 of the government response, which can be found here: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/funding-increases-to-teachers-pensions-employer-contributions" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/funding-increases-to-teachers-pensions-employer-contributions</a>.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Orpington more like this
answering member printed Joseph Johnson more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-08-08T12:35:52.91Zmore like thismore than 2019-08-08T12:35:52.91Z
answering member
4039
label Biography information for Joseph Johnson more like this
previous answer version
131246
answering member constituency Orpington more like this
answering member printed Joseph Johnson more like this
answering member
4039
label Biography information for Joseph Johnson more like this
tabling member
4653
label Biography information for Stephen Morgan more like this