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170442
registered interest false more like this
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Department of Health more like this
answering dept id 17 more like this
answering dept short name Health more like this
answering dept sort name Health more like this
hansard heading Ambulance Services: Greater London 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, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the number of London Ambulance Service front-line staff in (a) London and (b) Enfield; and how many front-line staff there were in (i) each of the last five years and (ii) 2014 to date. more like this
tabling member constituency Enfield North more like this
tabling member printed
Nick de Bois more like this
uin 218654 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
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answer text <p>The information is not available in the format requested. London ambulance service (LAS) does not operate on a borough by borough geographical basis and patients in Enfield are clinically assessed and attended by the ambulance crew that can reach them most quickly.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Numbers of frontline staff* in post in the Edmonton Complex (which includes Chase Farm, Ponders End, Edmonton, Tottenham and Bounds Green ambulance stations) in the most recent years for which figures are available are shown in the following table. Numbers of frontline staff in post across London in each of the most recent five years are also shown in the following table.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Edmonton (WTE)</p></td><td><p>2010/11</p></td><td><p>2011/12</p></td><td><p>2012/13</p></td><td><p>2013/14</p></td><td><p>2014/15</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>IN POST</p></td><td><p>n/a</p></td><td><p>n/a</p></td><td><p>138</p></td><td><p>145</p></td><td><p>190</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>BUDGET</p></td><td><p>n/a</p></td><td><p>n/a</p></td><td><p>132</p></td><td><p>152</p></td><td><p>189</p></td></tr><tr><td><p> </p></td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Total LAS (WTE)</p></td><td><p>2010/11</p></td><td><p>2011/12</p></td><td><p>2012/13</p></td><td><p>2013/14</p></td><td><p>2014/15</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>IN POST</p></td><td><p>2,956</p></td><td><p>2,893</p></td><td><p>2,753</p></td><td><p>2,652</p></td><td><p>2,647</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>BUDGET</p></td><td><p>3,030</p></td><td><p>2,972</p></td><td><p>2,872</p></td><td><p>3,012</p></td><td><p>3,056</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>*’frontline staff’ includes all paramedic and non-paramedic grades that work on frontline crews.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>WTE= whole time equivalent</p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p>
answering member constituency Battersea more like this
answering member printed Jane Ellison more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-12-18T17:18:53.36Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-18T17:18:53.36Z
answering member
3918
label Biography information for Jane Ellison more like this
tabling member
4002
label Biography information for Nick de Bois more like this
170465
registered interest false more like this
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answering body
Home Office more like this
answering dept id 1 more like this
answering dept short name Home Office more like this
answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
hansard heading Animal Experiments 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 the Home Department, with reference to the Answer of 28 March 2011 to Question 45398, whether it remains the policy of her Department that a ban on the testing of household products on animals will apply to both finished products and ingredients; whether there is now a definition of household products; and when the ban will be implemented. more like this
tabling member constituency Torbay more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Adrian Sanders more like this
uin 218697 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
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answer text <p>We have made a commitment to ban the testing of household products on animals. Although superficially straightforward, this issue has not been easy to resolve. The key issue is around ingredients. We are currently engaging with <br>stakeholders to develop a solution that is workable, but does not have a chain of unforeseen circumstances. <br><br>Any solution has to be legally viable since we cannot ban testing which may be required under UK or EU law. The solution we develop must not preclude research that is a lawful requirement nor that which has significant benefits to people, the environment or animals. Nor should it drive research overseas.<br><br>There is, at present, no authoritative definition of household products in the United Kingdom or European legislation. Through stakeholder engagement we are seeking to develop an agreed definition.</p><p /> more like this
answering member constituency Hornsey and Wood Green more like this
answering member printed Lynne Featherstone more like this
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less than 2014-12-18T14:51:25.87Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-18T14:51:25.87Z
answering member
1531
label Biography information for Baroness Featherstone more like this
tabling member
237
label Biography information for Mr Adrian Sanders more like this
170466
registered interest false more like this
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answering body
Home Office more like this
answering dept id 1 more like this
answering dept short name Home Office more like this
answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
hansard heading Animal Experiments 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 the Home Department, how many animals were used for testing (a) finished household products and (b) household product ingredients in each of the last five years. more like this
tabling member constituency Torbay more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Adrian Sanders more like this
uin 218698 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer remove filter
answer text <p>The Home Office does not collect data on the number of animals used in scientific procedures for testing (a) finished household products or (b) household product ingredients. It does however collect data on the number of <br>animals used in procedures undertaken for the testing of substances used in the household, in Great Britain.<br><br>In 2010 there were 24 animals used in procedures for the testing of substances used in the household. In 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013 there were no animals used in procedures for the testing of substances used in the household.</p><p /> more like this
answering member constituency Hornsey and Wood Green more like this
answering member printed Lynne Featherstone more like this
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less than 2014-12-18T14:59:50.357Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-18T14:59:50.357Z
answering member
1531
label Biography information for Baroness Featherstone more like this
tabling member
237
label Biography information for Mr Adrian Sanders more like this
170301
registered interest false more like this
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answering body
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept id 26 more like this
answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
hansard heading Apprentices: Minimum Wage 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, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 11 December 2014 to Question 217684, how many employers have been fined for non-payment of the apprentice National Minimum Wage at the rate introduced in March 2014. more like this
tabling member constituency Sheffield Central more like this
tabling member printed
Paul Blomfield more like this
uin 218677 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
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answer text <p>The Notice of Underpayment issued to an employer by HMRC following the identification of underpayments of the National Minimum Wage does not differentiate between underpayments to workers and apprentices. Non-compliance involving apprentices is not restricted to the Apprentice National Minimum Wage; some non-compliance will occur where an apprentice is entitled to the relevant age rate (where they are aged over 19 and have completed their first year).</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>It is therefore not possible to provide information on the number of employers who have faced a penalty for non-payment of the apprentice National Minimum Wage since March 2014, as HMRC do not hold this information. Nor is it possible to provide details of the number of naming cases involving underpayments to apprentices. We can confirm that every employer that has been named has faced a financial penalty. These penalties will have related to pay reference periods falling before and after 7 March 2014 and so will have been calculated at the previous and current rates.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>In 2014/15, the National Minimum Wage enforcement budget was increased by £1.2m from £8m to £9.2m. There are currently 189 staff across HMRC contributing to enforcing NMW, including people who work in legal advice, debt management, technical support and criminal investigation, amongst others. This includes an additional 26 inspectors recently recruited following the in-year 14/15 funding increase. Within this overall resource, we do not specify an amount that should be allocated to enforcing the apprentice National Minimum Wage. HMRC are required to respond to every complaint made to the Pay and Work Rights Helpline. In addition to this, complaints from apprentices are prioritised and fast-tracked.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Anyone who is concerned that they have been underpaid the National Minimum Wage should call the Pay and Work Rights Helpline for free and confidential advice on 0800 917 2368.</p><p> </p>
answering member constituency East Dunbartonshire more like this
answering member printed Jo Swinson more like this
grouped question UIN
218678 more like this
218679 more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-12-18T12:16:41.337Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-18T12:16:41.337Z
answering member
1513
label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
tabling member
4058
label Biography information for Paul Blomfield more like this
170302
registered interest false more like this
date remove filter
answering body
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept id 26 more like this
answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
hansard heading Apprentices: Minimum Wage 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, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 11 December 2014 to Question 217684, how many of the 55 companies named for non-payment of the National Minimum Wage had underpaid apprentices; and how many of those 55 companies have been fined for non-payment of the apprentice National Minimum Wage. more like this
tabling member constituency Sheffield Central more like this
tabling member printed
Paul Blomfield more like this
uin 218678 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer remove filter
answer text <p>The Notice of Underpayment issued to an employer by HMRC following the identification of underpayments of the National Minimum Wage does not differentiate between underpayments to workers and apprentices. Non-compliance involving apprentices is not restricted to the Apprentice National Minimum Wage; some non-compliance will occur where an apprentice is entitled to the relevant age rate (where they are aged over 19 and have completed their first year).</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>It is therefore not possible to provide information on the number of employers who have faced a penalty for non-payment of the apprentice National Minimum Wage since March 2014, as HMRC do not hold this information. Nor is it possible to provide details of the number of naming cases involving underpayments to apprentices. We can confirm that every employer that has been named has faced a financial penalty. These penalties will have related to pay reference periods falling before and after 7 March 2014 and so will have been calculated at the previous and current rates.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>In 2014/15, the National Minimum Wage enforcement budget was increased by £1.2m from £8m to £9.2m. There are currently 189 staff across HMRC contributing to enforcing NMW, including people who work in legal advice, debt management, technical support and criminal investigation, amongst others. This includes an additional 26 inspectors recently recruited following the in-year 14/15 funding increase. Within this overall resource, we do not specify an amount that should be allocated to enforcing the apprentice National Minimum Wage. HMRC are required to respond to every complaint made to the Pay and Work Rights Helpline. In addition to this, complaints from apprentices are prioritised and fast-tracked.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Anyone who is concerned that they have been underpaid the National Minimum Wage should call the Pay and Work Rights Helpline for free and confidential advice on 0800 917 2368.</p><p> </p>
answering member constituency East Dunbartonshire more like this
answering member printed Jo Swinson more like this
grouped question UIN
218677 more like this
218679 more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-12-18T12:16:41.477Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-18T12:16:41.477Z
answering member
1513
label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
tabling member
4058
label Biography information for Paul Blomfield more like this
170303
registered interest false more like this
date remove filter
answering body
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept id 26 more like this
answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
hansard heading Apprentices: Minimum Wage 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, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 11 December 2014 to Question 217684, what (a) funding and (b) staffing has been allocated to enforcement of the apprentice National Minimum Wage. more like this
tabling member constituency Sheffield Central more like this
tabling member printed
Paul Blomfield more like this
uin 218679 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer remove filter
answer text <p>The Notice of Underpayment issued to an employer by HMRC following the identification of underpayments of the National Minimum Wage does not differentiate between underpayments to workers and apprentices. Non-compliance involving apprentices is not restricted to the Apprentice National Minimum Wage; some non-compliance will occur where an apprentice is entitled to the relevant age rate (where they are aged over 19 and have completed their first year).</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>It is therefore not possible to provide information on the number of employers who have faced a penalty for non-payment of the apprentice National Minimum Wage since March 2014, as HMRC do not hold this information. Nor is it possible to provide details of the number of naming cases involving underpayments to apprentices. We can confirm that every employer that has been named has faced a financial penalty. These penalties will have related to pay reference periods falling before and after 7 March 2014 and so will have been calculated at the previous and current rates.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>In 2014/15, the National Minimum Wage enforcement budget was increased by £1.2m from £8m to £9.2m. There are currently 189 staff across HMRC contributing to enforcing NMW, including people who work in legal advice, debt management, technical support and criminal investigation, amongst others. This includes an additional 26 inspectors recently recruited following the in-year 14/15 funding increase. Within this overall resource, we do not specify an amount that should be allocated to enforcing the apprentice National Minimum Wage. HMRC are required to respond to every complaint made to the Pay and Work Rights Helpline. In addition to this, complaints from apprentices are prioritised and fast-tracked.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Anyone who is concerned that they have been underpaid the National Minimum Wage should call the Pay and Work Rights Helpline for free and confidential advice on 0800 917 2368.</p><p> </p>
answering member constituency East Dunbartonshire more like this
answering member printed Jo Swinson more like this
grouped question UIN
218677 more like this
218678 more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-12-18T12:16:41.637Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-18T12:16:41.637Z
answering member
1513
label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
tabling member
4058
label Biography information for Paul Blomfield more like this
170361
registered interest false more like this
date remove filter
answering body
Ministry of Defence more like this
answering dept id 11 more like this
answering dept short name Defence more like this
answering dept sort name Defence more like this
hansard heading Armoured Fighting Vehicles 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 Defence, what proportion of the Army's armoured fighting vehicles is available for urgent deployment. more like this
tabling member constituency Gedling more like this
tabling member printed
Vernon Coaker more like this
uin 218828 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
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answer text <p>The Ministry of Defence's levels of readiness are based upon the Defence Strategic Direction and set out in the Defence Plan. This requires the Army to have a variety of forces at a series of graduated levels of readiness in order to be prepared for operations. There are sufficient armoured fighting vehicles available to support the deployment of these units. We do not routinely comment on specific levels of readiness for individual capabilities as to do so would compromise operational security, or would or would be likely to, prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the Armed Forces.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Canterbury more like this
answering member printed Mr Julian Brazier more like this
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less than 2014-12-18T16:43:56.59Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-18T16:43:56.59Z
answering member
77
label Biography information for Sir Julian Brazier more like this
tabling member
360
label Biography information for Vernon Coaker more like this
170394
registered interest false more like this
date remove filter
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 Azerbaijan 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 assessment he has made of the (a) human rights record of the government of Azerbaijan and (b) compatibility of that record with (i) membership of the EU and (ii) the European Convention of Human Rights. more like this
tabling member constituency Birmingham, Northfield more like this
tabling member printed
Richard Burden more like this
uin 218612 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
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answer text <p>The UK is concerned about the human rights situation in Azerbaijan and regularly raises these concerns with the government of Azerbaijan. As a member of the Council of Europe, Azerbaijan is a party to the European Convention on Human Rights, and we regularly encourage Azerbaijan to implement its Council of Europe commitments. During Azerbaijan’s chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe between May and November this year, the UK raised concerns about the deterioration of human rights. Azerbaijan has not expressed an interest in becoming a member of the EU. Nevertheless, human rights is a priority area for EU/Azerbaijan cooperation under the 2006 European Neighbourhood Action Plan.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Aylesbury more like this
answering member printed Mr David Lidington more like this
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less than 2014-12-18T15:32:51.77Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-18T15:32:51.77Z
answering member
15
label Biography information for Mr David Lidington more like this
tabling member
301
label Biography information for Richard Burden more like this
170396
registered interest false more like this
date remove filter
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 Bahrain 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 funding his Department provides for the promotion of human rights in Bahrain. more like this
tabling member constituency Bristol East more like this
tabling member printed
Kerry McCarthy more like this
uin 218821 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer remove filter
answer text <p>The Foreign and Commonwealth Office will have provided in the region of £1.5 million worth of support to Bahrain's reform programme this financial year. Our reform assistance is focused on strengthening human rights and the rule of law, including torture prevention and capacity building of the Ombudsman's Office for the Ministry of Interior. The Ombudsman's Office has responsibility for investigating allegations of detainee mistreatment.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Bournemouth East more like this
answering member printed Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
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less than 2014-12-18T14:15:43.467Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-18T14:15:43.467Z
answering member
1487
label Biography information for Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
tabling member
1491
label Biography information for Kerry McCarthy more like this
170397
registered interest false more like this
date remove filter
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 Bahrain 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, whether he plans to list Bahrain as a country of concern in his Department's next Human Rights and Democracy Report. more like this
tabling member constituency Bristol East more like this
tabling member printed
Kerry McCarthy more like this
uin 218822 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer remove filter
answer text <p>Bahrain is a country case study in the 2013 Foreign and Commonwealth Office Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy. As such, we monitor the human rights situation in Bahrain and issue a biannual update. We will review all countries with human rights concerns in our preparation for the 2014 Annual Report, which will be published in early 2015. We continue to assist the Bahrain government with its reforms including on human rights and the rule of law.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Bournemouth East more like this
answering member printed Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
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less than 2014-12-18T14:09:18.537Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-18T14:09:18.537Z
answering member
1487
label Biography information for Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
tabling member
1491
label Biography information for Kerry McCarthy more like this