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registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-04-10more like thismore than 2019-04-10
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 Flexible Support Fund more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the overall levels of payment were from the Flexible Support Fund (a) in each region, and (b) on (i) childcare, (ii) training, (iii) clothing for work and (iv) other categories of activity in each of the last 24 months. more like this
tabling member constituency Oxford East more like this
tabling member printed
Anneliese Dodds more like this
uin 243572 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-14more like thisremove minimum value filter
answer text <p>The information is not available in the format requested. Such information as is available is in the tables attached.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Reading West more like this
answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-05-14T12:03:52.85Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-14T12:03:52.85Z
answering member
4014
label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
attachment
1
file name Flexible Support Fund Expenditure by Region.docx more like this
title Flexible Support Fund Expenditure by Region more like this
previous answer version
114103
answering member constituency Reading West more like this
answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
answering member
4014
label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
tabling member
4657
label Biography information for Anneliese Dodds more like this
1124942
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-05-07more like thismore than 2019-05-07
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 Universal Credit: Cancer more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to ensure that universal credit phone-line staff are adequately trained to understand the complex needs of claimants suffering with cancer. more like this
tabling member constituency Newcastle-under-Lyme more like this
tabling member printed
Paul Farrelly more like this
uin 251218 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-14more like thisremove minimum value filter
answer text <p>All DWP staff delivering Universal Credit undergo a comprehensive learning journey designed to equip them with the tools, skills and behaviours required to provide a high quality service to all claimants, including those who have cancer and other serious health conditions. Colleagues receive on-going learning in their roles and have access to Universal Credit guidance which is refreshed at regular intervals.</p><p> </p><p>The Department takes seriously the need to support vulnerable claimants. We are committed to ensuring that people who have cancer are treated with the upmost sensitivity and care, when making a claim to Universal Credit.</p><p> </p><p>We are continuously reviewing and improving the service for vulnerable people who claim Universal Credit to ensure that it is accessible and responsive to their needs. This includes how they are identified and supported, either from our own staff or via referrals from local services. For instance, when a claimant is asked to attend a Work Capability Assessment, they are required to complete a UC50 questionnaire which incorporates a 'light touch' evidence gathering process for cancer patients; and makes clear that Clinical Nurse Specialists and consultants can provide information on the form.</p>
answering member constituency Reading West more like this
answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
question first answered
remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2019-05-14T13:32:02.973Z
answering member
4014
label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
tabling member
1436
label Biography information for Paul Farrelly more like this
1125625
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-05-09more like thismore than 2019-05-09
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 Department for Work and Pensions: Immigration more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will place in the Library, a copy of the Memorandum of Understanding between her Department and HMRC in relation to the EU Settlement Scheme. more like this
tabling member constituency Sheffield Central more like this
tabling member printed
Paul Blomfield more like this
uin 252531 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-14more like thisremove minimum value filter
answer text <p>Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) regarding the EU Settlement Scheme have set out the information sharing arrangements between the Home Office and DWP, and separately, between the Home Office and HMRC. These are available at: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/guidance/eu-settlement-scheme-uk-tax-and-benefits-records-automated-check" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/guidance/eu-settlement-scheme-uk-tax-and-benefits-records-automated-check</a>. Each department has direct arrangements with the Home Office, therefore there is no requirement for an MOU between DWP and HMRC.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Reading West more like this
answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-05-14T09:43:32.83Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-14T09:43:32.83Z
answering member
4014
label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
tabling member
4058
label Biography information for Paul Blomfield more like this
1125422
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-05-08more like thismore than 2019-05-08
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 English Language and Mathematics: GCSE 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, whether he plans to introduce Essential skills Maths and English for students with lower levels of attainment in respect of the GCSE curriculum. more like this
tabling member constituency Upper Bann more like this
tabling member printed
David Simpson more like this
uin 251989 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-14more like thisremove minimum value filter
answer text <p>The government recognises the importance of English and maths both in work and everyday life. In England, we want to ensure that pupils benefit from reformed GCSEs, which are the gold standard qualification at 16. The new GCSEs are better at equipping young people with the literacy and numeracy required for further study and employment.</p><p> </p><p>Students in England who leave school without a GCSE grade 4/C or above in English and maths have to continue studying these subjects.</p><p> </p><p>Post-16 students with prior attainment of a GCSE grade 2 or below have a choice of which qualification to study including GCSEs and functional skills qualifications. We are reforming functional skills qualifications to improve their rigour and relevance, as well as improving their recognition amongst employers.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Guildford more like this
answering member printed Anne Milton more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-05-14T09:37:05.317Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-14T09:37:05.317Z
answering member
1523
label Biography information for Anne Milton more like this
tabling member
1597
label Biography information for David Simpson more like this
1125629
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-05-09more like thismore than 2019-05-09
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 Immigration: EU Nationals 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, whether applicants to the EU Settlement Scheme whose automated residency check result is (a) wholly or (b) partially unsuccessful will be informed of the reasons for that result. more like this
tabling member constituency Sheffield Central more like this
tabling member printed
Paul Blomfield more like this
uin 252535 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-14more like thisremove minimum value filter
answer text <p>The automated checks of employment and benefits records of applications to the EU Settlement Scheme by those who choose to provide their National Insurance number have enabled most adults so far granted status under the scheme to be so without needing to provide any further evidence of their UK residence.</p><p>Where the automated checks do not provide sufficient evidence of UK residence for the applicant to be granted the status for which they think they qualify, they can upload a wide variety of documentary evidence.</p><p>Where this is necessary, the results of the checks will indicate to the applicant which period(s) of residence they need to evidence. We will not be able to tell applicants why the automated check is unable to cover all their UK residence because doing so may introduce the risk of identity theft and abuse. We recognise that some applicants may lack documentary evidence for various reasons, and we will work flexibly with applicants to help them evidence their UK residence by the best means available to them.</p><p><br>More information about the automated checks including why records may not be found in full or in part is available at <a href="https://www.gov.uk/guidance/eu-settlement-scheme-uk-tax-and-benefits-records-automated-check.%20" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/guidance/eu-settlement-scheme-uk-tax-and-benefits-records-automated-check. </a></p>
answering member constituency Romsey and Southampton North more like this
answering member printed Caroline Nokes more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-05-14T13:29:59.473Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-14T13:29:59.473Z
answering member
4048
label Biography information for Caroline Nokes more like this
tabling member
4058
label Biography information for Paul Blomfield more like this
1124698
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-05-03more like thismore than 2019-05-03
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 Graduates: Employment 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, with reference to data in the Office for National Statistics's quarterly Economic Review published on 2 May 2019, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the finding that 31 per cent of graduates had more education than was required for the job they were doing in 2017; and what steps the Government is taking to make more effective use of graduates' skills and education. more like this
tabling member constituency Newcastle-under-Lyme more like this
tabling member printed
Paul Farrelly more like this
uin 250754 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-14more like thisremove minimum value filter
answer text <p>Employment outcomes for graduates are strong. The recently published Graduate Labour Market Statistics 2018 shows that the employment rate of working-age graduates was 87.7% in 2018, which is 0.3% higher than 2017. This employment rate is 16.1% higher than the rate for non-graduates (71.6%). 65.4% of working-age graduates were employed in highly skilled roles, compared with 22.9% of non-graduates.</p><p> </p><p>The government’s Industrial Strategy sets out a long-term plan to boost productivity by backing businesses to create good jobs and increase the earning power of people throughout the UK by investing in skills, industries and infrastructure. Through this plan, £120 million was provided to fund collaboration between businesses and universities to stimulate local innovation through the Strength in Places Fund.</p><p> </p><p>The primary aim of the Office for Students’ (OfS), the higher education regulator, is to ensure that higher education delivers positive outcomes for students and that it has a regulatory focus to ensure that students are able to progress into employment or further study. The OfS supports graduate employment outcomes in a number of ways. This includes a Challenge Competition, which aims to boost local employment outcomes, and the Institute of Coding, which aims to boost UK digital skills and graduate outcomes.</p><p> </p><p>The government has been improving the information available to students to help them make informed choices when making decisions on higher education providers and subject choice. For example, Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Frameworks, Longitudinal Education Outcomes data and the Higher Education Open Data Competition all provide information to prospective students.</p>
answering member constituency Kingswood more like this
answering member printed Chris Skidmore more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-05-14T09:25:24.5Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-14T09:25:24.5Z
answering member
4021
label Biography information for Chris Skidmore more like this
tabling member
1436
label Biography information for Paul Farrelly more like this
1125001
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-05-07more like thismore than 2019-05-07
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 Erasmus+ Programme 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 discussions he has had with representatives of the devolved governments on the future of the Erasmus+ scheme. more like this
tabling member constituency East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow more like this
tabling member printed
Dr Lisa Cameron more like this
uin 251375 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-14more like thisremove minimum value filter
answer text <p>The UK as a whole participates in the Erasmus+ Programme and the department is the national authority for the programme in the UK. The department oversees the work of the UK National Agency, which is responsible for the management and delivery of the programme across the UK, including in the devolved administrations.</p><p> </p><p>My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Education and I regularly discuss matters relating to education and exiting the EU with the devolved administrations. For example, last month I met with my counterparts from the devolved administrations to discuss higher education in relation to our exit from the EU, which included a discussion on Erasmus+.</p><p> </p><p>Department officials also hold regular meetings on the topic of Erasmus+ with officials from the devolved administrations to ensure close cooperation on this matter.</p><p> </p><p>The department will continue to closely engage with the devolved administrations going forward and ensure that their views are taken into account with regards to the future of the Erasmus+ Programme.</p>
answering member constituency Kingswood more like this
answering member printed Chris Skidmore more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-05-14T09:32:57.807Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-14T09:32:57.807Z
answering member
4021
label Biography information for Chris Skidmore more like this
tabling member
4412
label Biography information for Dr Lisa Cameron more like this
1124742
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-05-03more like thismore than 2019-05-03
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 Pheasants: Imports 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, how many pheasant (a) eggs for hatching and (b) live birds were imported into England from each (a) EU country and (b) third country in the last year for which figures are available. more like this
tabling member constituency Birmingham, Hall Green more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Roger Godsiff more like this
uin 250746 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-14more like thisremove minimum value filter
answer text <p>The number of pheasant hatching eggs and live birds imported into England from the EU in 2018 was:</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td> </td><td><strong>Country of Origin</strong></td><td><strong>Total</strong></td></tr><tr><td><strong>Hatching Eggs</strong></td><td>France</td><td>13,070,875</td></tr><tr><td> </td><td>Poland</td><td>1,211,480</td></tr><tr><td> </td><td>Portugal</td><td>15,000</td></tr><tr><td> </td><td>Spain</td><td>943,620</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2"><strong>Hatching Eggs Total</strong></td><td><strong>15,240,975</strong></td></tr><tr><td><strong>Live Birds</strong></td><td>Belgium</td><td>12,000</td></tr><tr><td> </td><td>France</td><td>5,943,220</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2"><strong>Live Birds Total</strong></td><td><strong>5,955,220</strong></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>The number of pheasant hatching eggs and live birds imported into the UK from third countries in 2018 was:</p><p> </p><p>Hatching eggs – 91,560</p><p>Live birds – 5,250</p><p> </p><p>All imports were from the USA.</p><p> </p><p>The Animal and Plant Health Agency is not able to determine how many of the above imports from third countries were imported into England.</p>
answering member constituency Macclesfield more like this
answering member printed David Rutley more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-05-14T12:39:46.76Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-14T12:39:46.76Z
answering member
4033
label Biography information for David Rutley more like this
tabling member
304
label Biography information for Mr Roger Godsiff more like this
1124937
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-05-07more like thismore than 2019-05-07
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 Health: Air Pollution 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 took to alert (a) children, (b) older people, (c) people with health conditions and (d) other vulnerable groups to the pollution episodes that occurred across England between 4-26 April 2019. more like this
tabling member constituency Penistone and Stocksbridge more like this
tabling member printed
Angela Smith more like this
uin 251249 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-14more like thisremove minimum value filter
answer text <p>During episodes of elevated air pollution (including the episodes between 4-26 April 2019), Defra works closely with Public Health England and a network of health charities to ensure that key health messages are communicated to those who are vulnerable to the effects of air pollution, in addition to communicating through our normal digital channels.</p><p> </p><p>Defra’s Daily Air Quality Index (<a href="https://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/air-pollution/daqi" target="_blank">https://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/air-pollution/daqi</a>) assists in understanding air pollution levels and suggests recommended actions and health advice. Such advice applies to anyone experiencing symptoms.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Suffolk Coastal more like this
answering member printed Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-05-14T10:04:14.893Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-14T10:04:14.893Z
answering member
4098
label Biography information for Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
tabling member
1564
label Biography information for Angela Smith more like this
1125708
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-05-09more like thismore than 2019-05-09
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 Coastal Areas: Flood Control 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 estimate he has made of the number of miles of English coastline which are deemed unbeneficial for flood protection or adaption. more like this
tabling member constituency Vale of Clwyd more like this
tabling member printed
Chris Ruane more like this
uin 252510 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-14more like thisremove minimum value filter
answer text <p>This is a devolved matter and the answer applies to England.</p><p>The Government has not made any such assessment. Shoreline management plans prepared and approved by local authorities contain details of expected levels of protection.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Suffolk Coastal more like this
answering member printed Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-05-14T10:52:41.657Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-14T10:52:41.657Z
answering member
4098
label Biography information for Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
tabling member
534
label Biography information for Chris Ruane more like this