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1005997
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star this property date less than 2018-11-13more like thismore than 2018-11-13
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Universal Credit more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what representations she has received about the effect on vulnerable people and those with mental health conditions of joint claims for Universal Credit which are paid to one person in the family. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 190888 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2018-11-21
star this property answer text <p>We recognise that the move to a single monthly household payment is a significant change and therefore for a minority of claimants, alternative payment arrangements can be provided to help them manage that change. These include: managed payment of the Universal Credit housing cost to landlords; making payments more frequently than monthly (e.g. twice monthly); and splitting the payment between partners within the household.</p><p> </p><p>Splitting payments between partners is normally considered to prevent hardship to a claimant and their family, for example if the Universal Credit claimant is not managing their financial affairs and cannot or will not budget for their own or their family’s basic day to day needs.</p><p> </p><p>We take seriously the need to support vulnerable claimants. Universal Credit provides enhanced personalised support for people by simplifying the benefits system. All claimants, including vulnerable claimants and those with mental health conditions, receive continuous tailored support managed through personal work coaches, who know each person’s case.</p><p> </p><p>Additionally we can offer Personal Budgeting Support which aims to prepare claimants for the financial changes Universal Credit brings. It provides transitional support to help them manage their monthly payments and prioritise essential bills, such as rent and utilities.</p>
unstar this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
star this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
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less than 2018-11-21T16:23:24.207Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-21T16:23:24.207Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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4131
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1006178
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-11-13more like thismore than 2018-11-13
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Prisons: Unmanned Air Vehicles more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department plans to take against (a) drone operators and (b) prisoners involved in receiving messages or contraband. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 190891 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2018-11-20more like thismore than 2018-11-20
star this property answer text <p>We are taking decisive steps to tackle the use of drones as a supply route for organised criminals to bring drugs and mobile phones into prisons. These drone operators can be prosecuted for offences related to conveyance of items into prison under the Prison Act 1952. Last year we launched Operation Trenton, a specialist team of police and Prison Service investigators, to work together to intercept drones and track down the criminals behind them.</p><p> </p><p>On 26 October, following the largest investigation of its kind, an organised criminal gang of 15 were collectively sentenced to nearly 40 years in prison for using drones to drop drugs into several prisons. One member of the gang received a sentence of 10 years’ custody, the highest single sentence for drone-related activity to date.</p><p> </p><p>Prisoners who break the law in prison should expect to be sanctioned according to the severity of the crime, with serious crimes being referred to the police for investigation. The maximum sentence that a court may impose will depend on the facts of the case and the offence the prisoner has been found guilty of committing. In respect of controlled drugs, for example, prisoners involved in their delivery may receive a sentence of up to 10 years’ custody and an unlimited fine.</p>
unstar this property answering member constituency Penrith and The Border more like this
star this property answering member printed Rory Stewart more like this
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less than 2018-11-20T17:16:31.71Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-20T17:16:31.71Z
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4137
star this property label Biography information for Rory Stewart more like this
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4131
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1002539
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-11-06more like thismore than 2018-11-06
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
unstar this property hansard heading China: Organs more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will request from his EU and US counterparts the evidence that led to their respective parliaments passing resolutions to condemn forced organ harvesting in China. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 188826 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2018-11-14more like thisremove minimum value filter
star this property answer text <p>We are aware of reports that allege that a process of involuntary organ removal may be taking place in China, including suggestions that minority and religious groups are being specifically targeted. The British government fully supports the Declaration of Istanbul (May 2008), which encourages all countries to draw up legal and professional frameworks to govern organ donation and transplantation activities.</p><p>Reports by authors such as Kilgour, Gutmann and Matas are important sources of information about China’s organ transplant system. They rightly question the lack of transparency in China’s organ transplant system, whilst acknowledging that it is very difficult to identify the source of those organs and verify the number of organ transplants conducted in China. However we do not agree with the claims of systematic organ harvesting of prisoners of conscience, assessing that the evidence they present does not substantiate such a claim.</p><p>The World Health Organisation (WHO) collates global data on organ donations and works with China. The WHO view is that China is implementing an ethical, voluntary organ transplant system in accordance with international standards, although the WHO does have concerns about overall transparency.</p><p>We continue to review available evidence on this issue.</p>
unstar this property answering member constituency Cities of London and Westminster more like this
star this property answering member printed Mark Field more like this
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less than 2018-11-14T13:04:46.13Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-14T13:04:46.13Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mark Field more like this
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4131
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1005670
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-11-12more like thismore than 2018-11-12
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Department of Health and Social Care more like this
star this property answering dept id 17 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Health and Social Care more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Health and Social Care more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Electronic Cigarettes more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential effectiveness of removing vape products from the definition of tobacco products in the EU Tobacco Products Directive; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 190464 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2018-11-20more like thismore than 2018-11-20
star this property answer text <p>Vaping products are defined as nicotine inhaling products in the European Union Tobacco Products Directive 2014/40/EU (TPD). The TPD is implemented into United Kingdom domestic law and, after the UK leaves the EU this legislation will remain in force, subject to the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018. The scope of these amendments is limited to ensuring that tobacco control policy and legislation continue to function effectively after EU exit.</p><p> </p><p>The Department has committed to reviewing the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations (2016), and a range of tobacco legislation by 2021. As announced in the Tobacco Control Plan (2017) the Government will review where the UK’s exit from the EU offers us opportunities to re-appraise current regulation to ensure this continues to protect the nation’s health.</p> more like this
unstar this property answering member constituency Winchester more like this
star this property answering member printed Steve Brine more like this
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190465 more like this
190466 more like this
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less than 2018-11-20T15:13:59.87Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-20T15:13:59.87Z
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4067
star this property label Biography information for Steve Brine more like this
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4131
unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon remove filter
1005671
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-11-12more like thismore than 2018-11-12
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Department of Health and Social Care more like this
star this property answering dept id 17 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Health and Social Care more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Health and Social Care more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Tobacco: EU Law more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the UK's potential ability to tackle (a) the concentration limit on nicotine in vape bottles, (b) the size of those bottles and (c) other aspects of the EU Tobacco Products Directive after the UK leaves the EU. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 190465 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2018-11-20more like thismore than 2018-11-20
star this property answer text <p>Vaping products are defined as nicotine inhaling products in the European Union Tobacco Products Directive 2014/40/EU (TPD). The TPD is implemented into United Kingdom domestic law and, after the UK leaves the EU this legislation will remain in force, subject to the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018. The scope of these amendments is limited to ensuring that tobacco control policy and legislation continue to function effectively after EU exit.</p><p> </p><p>The Department has committed to reviewing the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations (2016), and a range of tobacco legislation by 2021. As announced in the Tobacco Control Plan (2017) the Government will review where the UK’s exit from the EU offers us opportunities to re-appraise current regulation to ensure this continues to protect the nation’s health.</p> more like this
unstar this property answering member constituency Winchester more like this
star this property answering member printed Steve Brine more like this
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190464 more like this
190466 more like this
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less than 2018-11-20T15:13:59.933Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-20T15:13:59.933Z
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4067
star this property label Biography information for Steve Brine more like this
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4131
unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon remove filter
1005672
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-11-12more like thismore than 2018-11-12
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Department of Health and Social Care more like this
star this property answering dept id 17 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Health and Social Care more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Health and Social Care more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on public health of amending the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 after the UK leaves the EU. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 190466 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2018-11-20more like thismore than 2018-11-20
star this property answer text <p>Vaping products are defined as nicotine inhaling products in the European Union Tobacco Products Directive 2014/40/EU (TPD). The TPD is implemented into United Kingdom domestic law and, after the UK leaves the EU this legislation will remain in force, subject to the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018. The scope of these amendments is limited to ensuring that tobacco control policy and legislation continue to function effectively after EU exit.</p><p> </p><p>The Department has committed to reviewing the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations (2016), and a range of tobacco legislation by 2021. As announced in the Tobacco Control Plan (2017) the Government will review where the UK’s exit from the EU offers us opportunities to re-appraise current regulation to ensure this continues to protect the nation’s health.</p> more like this
unstar this property answering member constituency Winchester more like this
star this property answering member printed Steve Brine more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
190464 more like this
190465 more like this
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less than 2018-11-20T15:13:59.98Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-20T15:13:59.98Z
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4067
star this property label Biography information for Steve Brine more like this
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4131
unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon remove filter
1005998
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-11-13more like thismore than 2018-11-13
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Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Treasury more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Small Businesses: Tax Allowances more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
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star this property question text To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he will consider further tax breaks for micro businesses and small business to enable those businesses to take on more employees. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 190889 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2018-11-21
star this property answer text <p>This government recognises the UK’s 5.7 million small and medium businesses play a vital role in the economy, employing 16.1 million people.</p><p> </p><p>Since April 2014, businesses and charities have been entitled to the Employment Allowance (EA) to reduce their employer NICs bill every year to enable them to grow and hire new staff. The EA was increased in 2015 to £3,000 per employer and from April 2020 will be targeted at the smallest businesses, who need it most.</p> more like this
unstar this property answering member constituency Central Devon more like this
star this property answering member printed Mel Stride more like this
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less than 2018-11-21T15:39:38.1Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-21T15:39:38.1Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mel Stride more like this
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4131
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1005995
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-11-13more like thismore than 2018-11-13
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Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Treasury more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Digital Technology: Training more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
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star this property question text To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will ring-fence additional funding to enhance further education training in digital capability. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 190886 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2018-11-19more like thismore than 2018-11-19
star this property answer text <p>The Government will introduce an entitlement to full funding for basic digital courses from 2020. Adults will have the opportunity to undertake improved digital courses based on new national standards free of charge.</p><p> </p><p>As is the case for the English and maths adult entitlements, the new basic digital skills entitlement will be funded through the Adult Education Budget.</p><p> </p><p>In the interim, we will continue to support the provision of basic digital skills training for adults in colleges and community learning centres across England through the Adult Education Budget and other programmes.</p> more like this
unstar this property answering member constituency South West Norfolk more like this
star this property answering member printed Elizabeth Truss more like this
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less than 2018-11-19T14:00:02.83Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-19T14:00:02.83Z
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4097
star this property label Biography information for Elizabeth Truss more like this
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4131
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1005673
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-11-12more like thismore than 2018-11-12
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Department of Health and Social Care more like this
star this property answering dept id 17 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Health and Social Care more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Health and Social Care more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Electronic Cigarettes: Regulation more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of current regulations in ensuring (a) the growth of the vaping sector and (b) high product manufacturing standards for consumers after the UK leaves the EU. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 190467 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2018-11-20more like thismore than 2018-11-20
star this property answer text <p>The Government published a detailed impact assessment of the Tobacco Products Directive in April 2016. No further assessment has yet been made.</p> more like this
unstar this property answering member constituency Winchester more like this
star this property answering member printed Steve Brine more like this
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less than 2018-11-20T15:12:22.81Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-20T15:12:22.81Z
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4067
star this property label Biography information for Steve Brine more like this
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4131
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1005988
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-11-13more like thismore than 2018-11-13
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Department of Health and Social Care more like this
star this property answering dept id 17 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Health and Social Care more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Health and Social Care more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Electronic Cigarettes more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the implications are for his policies of the evidence from Public Health England and Cancer Research UK that one of the most effective ways to stop smoking is to use vape products. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 190884 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2018-11-20more like thismore than 2018-11-20
star this property answer text <p>The Government is committed to reducing public health harms caused by smoking and has consistently highlighted that quitting smoking and nicotine use is the best way to improve health. E-cigarettes are not risk free. However, the evidence is increasingly clear that vaping is significantly less harmful to health than smoking tobacco and can be particularly useful in supporting smokers to quit, especially when combined with stop smoking services.</p><p> </p><p>The most recent evidence report review from Public Health England, published on 6 February 2018, argues that e-cigarette use, alone or in combination with licensed medication and behavioural support from a stop smoking service appears to be helpful in the short-term, and that e-cigarettes have contributed to tens of thousands of additional quitters in England.</p><p> </p><p>The Department will continue to monitor the impact of regulation and policy on e-cigarettes and novel tobacco products in England, including evidence on safety, uptake, health impact and effectiveness of these products as smoking cessation aids, to inform our future policy.</p>
unstar this property answering member constituency Winchester more like this
star this property answering member printed Steve Brine more like this
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less than 2018-11-20T15:10:02.103Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-20T15:10:02.103Z
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4067
star this property label Biography information for Steve Brine more like this
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4131
unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon remove filter