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registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-06-04more like thismore than 2019-06-04
answering body
Department for International Development more like this
answering dept id 20 more like this
answering dept short name International Development more like this
answering dept sort name International Development more like this
hansard heading Yemen: Internally Displaced People 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 International Development, what support his Department is providing to internally displaced people in Yemen. more like this
tabling member constituency Hendon more like this
tabling member printed
Dr Matthew Offord more like this
uin 259950 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction true more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-11more like thismore than 2019-06-11
answer text <p>The UK is providing a range of support to displaced people in Yemen in response to the displacement of 3.3 million people since the conflict began in 2015. Last financial year (2018/19), for example, we <del class="ministerial">provided</del> <ins class="ministerial">contributed to the provision of </ins>food assistance to over 490,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) and since June 2017 we have helped over 40,000 IDPs receive psychosocial support and provided over 35,000 with life-saving health care.</p><p> </p><p>The UK has also supported the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to provide primary healthcare and mental health services, legal assistance, child protection and support to survivors of gender-based violence. We are supporting IOM and UNHCR with £9 million this financial year (2019/20) to allow them to continue providing these vital services.</p> more like this
answering member constituency South West Wiltshire more like this
answering member printed Dr Andrew Murrison more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-11T16:43:41.48Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-11T16:43:41.48Z
question first ministerially corrected
less than 2019-06-19T10:00:52.67Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-19T10:00:52.67Z
answering member
1466
label Biography information for Dr Andrew Murrison more like this
previous answer version
121913
answering member constituency South West Wiltshire more like this
answering member printed Dr Andrew Murrison more like this
answering member
1466
label Biography information for Dr Andrew Murrison more like this
tabling member
4006
label Biography information for Dr Matthew Offord remove filter
1125160
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-05-07more like thismore than 2019-05-07
answering body
Department for Exiting the European Union more like this
answering dept id 203 more like this
answering dept short name Exiting the European Union more like this
answering dept sort name Exiting the European Union more like this
hansard heading Department for Exiting the European Union: Bullying 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 Exiting the European Union, what estimate he has made of the number of cases of bullying and harassment that have been recorded against managers in his Department in each of the last five years. more like this
tabling member constituency Hendon more like this
tabling member printed
Dr Matthew Offord more like this
uin 251311 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction true more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-14more like thismore than 2019-05-14
answer text <p>The Department for Exiting the European Union is committed to being an inclusive workplace where people can bring their whole selves to work. We care about the wellbeing of our staff and have committed to taking a zero tolerance approach to bullying and harassment.</p><p>We fully investigate all claims of bullying and harassment and take action in line with Departmental policies as appropriate. We have also introduced fair treatment ambassadors to provide another avenue for staff to receive support and signposting, as well as initiatives to help individuals, especially managers, recognise and resolve instances of bullying and harassment.</p><p>As the Department was created within the last 5 years, we only have records from 2017:</p><p> </p><p>2015: 0</p><p>2016: 0</p><p>2017:<ins class="ministerial"> less than 5</ins><ins class="ministerial"></ins></p><p>2018:<ins class="ministerial"> less than 5</ins><ins class="ministerial"></ins></p><p>2019: 0</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Spelthorne more like this
answering member printed Kwasi Kwarteng more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-05-14T14:24:29.14Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-14T14:24:29.14Z
question first ministerially corrected
less than 2019-05-15T09:34:53.513Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-15T09:34:53.513Z
answering member
4134
label Biography information for Kwasi Kwarteng more like this
previous answer version
117884
answering member constituency Spelthorne more like this
answering member printed Kwasi Kwarteng more like this
answering member
4134
label Biography information for Kwasi Kwarteng more like this
tabling member
4006
label Biography information for Dr Matthew Offord remove filter
1000273
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-02more like thisremove minimum value 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 Wildlife: Smuggling 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, how many nations have now signed up to the London Declaration from the International Wildlife Trade Conference 2018; and what assessment he has made of the implications of that number for the endangered species trade. more like this
tabling member constituency Hendon more like this
tabling member printed
Dr Matthew Offord more like this
uin 187342 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction true more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-12more like thismore than 2018-11-12
answer text <p>57 countries have adopted the London 2018 Declaration committing to action to protect endangered species around the globe, with more expected to sign. This important pledge of international action reflects the success of the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference in London in October, which was attended by more than 70 countries and more than 400 organisations. The conference focused the minds of international governments on the issue and energized global cooperation to fight the illegal wildlife trade. We will continue to work with our international partners to make progress on commitments pledged at the event.</p><p>We do not have direct information on the likely impact that action by the 57 countries who adopted the London <ins class="ministerial">2018 </ins>Declaration will have on endangered species, but the growing number of signatories <ins class="ministerial">signifies </ins>growing global ambition to <del class="ministerial">funding</del> <ins class="ministerial">tackling </ins>the illegal wildlife trade, which will increase the protection for <del class="ministerial">endagered</del> <ins class="ministerial">endangered </ins>species.</p>
answering member constituency Cities of London and Westminster more like this
answering member printed Mark Field more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-11-12T16:27:27.317Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-12T16:27:27.317Z
question first ministerially corrected
less than 2018-11-23T15:08:04.16Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-23T15:08:04.16Z
answering member
1405
label Biography information for Mark Field more like this
previous answer version
84424
answering member constituency Cities of London and Westminster more like this
answering member printed Mark Field more like this
answering member
1405
label Biography information for Mark Field more like this
tabling member
4006
label Biography information for Dr Matthew Offord remove filter
1015485
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-27more like thismore than 2018-11-27
answering body
Department for International Development more like this
answering dept id 20 more like this
answering dept short name International Development more like this
answering dept sort name International Development more like this
hansard heading Overseas Aid 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 International Development, what mechanisms her Department has in place to monitor the spending of overseas aid to prevent abuse and corruption. more like this
tabling member constituency Hendon more like this
tabling member printed
Dr Matthew Offord more like this
uin 196171 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-12-04more like thismore than 2018-12-04
answer text <p>DFID operates in challenging contexts providing a wide spectrum of aid and assistance.</p><p>DFID has rigorous controls to ensure that aid reaches those for whom it is intended and delivers results.</p><p>DFID does not give money to organisations or governments if we are not confident that they will manage it well.</p><p> </p><p>DFID has a zero-tolerance approach to fraud and has in place a wide range of standard controls and measures to protect UK aid. These include:</p><ul><li><p>Rigorous risk assessments and monitoring requirements for all programmes. All DFID programmes are assessed at inception to identify and address the risk of aid diversion, such as weaknesses in a recipient’s financial systems. Where necessary, programmes will insist on extra measures of safeguard, and we will put in place arrangements such as continuous audits.</p></li><li><p>Proactive fraud risk management – better fraud prevention through good programme design and strong monitoring. We use monitoring visits, financial spot checks and audits to ensure all funding is used for the purpose it was intended.</p></li><li><p>Programme agreements and contracts which are designed to ensure partners are accountable for all funding we provide. We expect all international agencies to have the same zero tolerance approach to fraud that we have if they are to receive taxpayers’ money.</p></li><li><p>A rigorous process of due diligence, where partners must demonstrate accountable and transparent governance structures and financial procedures before we fund them. This provides assurance on their capacity and capability to deliver DFID programmes, allows DFID to identify and understand potential risks, and ascertain if these can be mitigated and managed. Due Diligence on programme partners includes an in-depth assessment of fraud risk.</p></li><li><p>Fraud awareness sessions risk management training for staff.</p></li><li><p>Regular internal and external audits.</p></li></ul><p>Where there is suspicion of corruption and fraud DFID will always take action; and if fraud or corruption is uncovered DFID will always work to recover UK taxpayers’ money.</p>
answering member constituency North East Bedfordshire more like this
answering member printed Alistair Burt more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-12-04T17:34:59.073Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-04T17:34:59.073Z
answering member
1201
label Biography information for Alistair Burt more like this
tabling member
4006
label Biography information for Dr Matthew Offord remove filter
1015488
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-27more like thismore than 2018-11-27
answering body
Department for International Development more like this
answering dept id 20 more like this
answering dept short name International Development more like this
answering dept sort name International Development more like this
hansard heading Palestinians: Overseas Aid 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 International Development, what steps she has taken to ensure that funding allocated by her Department from the public purse does not find its way into the hands of terrorists in the Palestinian Territories. more like this
tabling member constituency Hendon more like this
tabling member printed
Dr Matthew Offord more like this
uin 196174 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-12-05more like thismore than 2018-12-05
answer text <p>The UK has a zero-tolerance approach to fraud and robustly controls against the diversion of aid. We have strong controls in place to monitor spending, including due diligence assessments, annual financial audits of project spending and regular field visits; all to ensure that UK aid reaches the intended beneficiaries. DFID complies with UK and international counter terrorism legislation and DFID funding agreements commit partners to understand and comply with international counter terrorism legislation.</p> more like this
answering member constituency North East Bedfordshire more like this
answering member printed Alistair Burt more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-12-05T17:15:19.23Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-05T17:15:19.23Z
answering member
1201
label Biography information for Alistair Burt more like this
tabling member
4006
label Biography information for Dr Matthew Offord remove filter
1015490
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-27more like thismore than 2018-11-27
answering body
Department for International Development more like this
answering dept id 20 more like this
answering dept short name International Development more like this
answering dept sort name International Development more like this
hansard heading Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences 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 International Development, what progress she has made on the implementation of the UK national action plan on women, peace and security 2018 to 2022, published in January 2018. more like this
tabling member constituency Hendon more like this
tabling member printed
Dr Matthew Offord more like this
uin 196175 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-12-03more like thismore than 2018-12-03
answer text <p>The first annual report to Parliament on the UK National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 2018 – 2022 is expected to be published in December.</p> more like this
answering member constituency North East Bedfordshire more like this
answering member printed Alistair Burt more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-12-03T16:28:28.15Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-03T16:28:28.15Z
answering member
1201
label Biography information for Alistair Burt more like this
tabling member
4006
label Biography information for Dr Matthew Offord remove filter
1015491
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-27more like thismore than 2018-11-27
answering body
Department for International Development more like this
answering dept id 20 more like this
answering dept short name International Development more like this
answering dept sort name International Development more like this
hansard heading Global Financing Facility 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 International Development, what the total amount of money is that the UK Government has provided towards funding the Global Financing Facility. more like this
tabling member constituency Hendon more like this
tabling member printed
Dr Matthew Offord more like this
uin 196176 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-12-04more like thismore than 2018-12-04
answer text <p>At the Global Financing Facility (GFF) replenishment on 6 November the UK pledged an additional £50m over 3 years from 2020. This is in addition to the £30m already pledged at last year’s Family Planning Summit in London. Our 2020 funding will be released on achievement of a set of reforms agreed between the UK and the GFF. This funding will increase domestic and private sector resources for child, adolescent and women’s health and nutrition.</p> more like this
answering member constituency North East Bedfordshire more like this
answering member printed Alistair Burt more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-12-04T17:31:23.583Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-04T17:31:23.583Z
answering member
1201
label Biography information for Alistair Burt more like this
tabling member
4006
label Biography information for Dr Matthew Offord remove filter
1038558
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-01-09more like thismore than 2019-01-09
answering body
Department for International Development more like this
answering dept id 20 more like this
answering dept short name International Development more like this
answering dept sort name International Development more like this
hansard heading Syria: Internally Displaced People 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 International Development, what recent assessment her Department has made of the humanitarian situation in the Rukban camp in Syria. more like this
tabling member constituency Hendon more like this
tabling member printed
Dr Matthew Offord more like this
uin 206820 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-01-16more like thismore than 2019-01-16
answer text <p>The UK is extremely concerned about the dire humanitarian situation of the 40,000 – 50,000 displaced Syrians currently stranded at Rukban camp. Whilst we were encouraged by the recent aid convoy that took place in November 2018, it is crucial that this is not viewed as a one-off event. A recent UN assessment highlighted in particular the major health and protection concerns caused by the lack of sustained access provided to humanitarian actors.</p><p> </p><p>The UK urges the Assad regime and its backers, in the strongest possible terms, to facilitate full humanitarian access to enable a second convoy with winter supplies to take place followed by regular and unrestricted aid deliveries thereafter.</p> more like this
answering member constituency North East Bedfordshire more like this
answering member printed Alistair Burt more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-01-16T17:12:46.047Zmore like thismore than 2019-01-16T17:12:46.047Z
answering member
1201
label Biography information for Alistair Burt more like this
tabling member
4006
label Biography information for Dr Matthew Offord remove filter
1038563
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-01-09more like thismore than 2019-01-09
answering body
Department for International Development more like this
answering dept id 20 more like this
answering dept short name International Development more like this
answering dept sort name International Development more like this
hansard heading Developing Countries: Slavery 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 International Development, what programmes her Department (a) promotes and (b) funds to tackle child slavery in developing countries. more like this
tabling member constituency Hendon more like this
tabling member printed
Dr Matthew Offord more like this
uin 206822 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-01-16more like thismore than 2019-01-16
answer text <p>DFID is at the forefront of the UK’s international efforts to end violence against, and abuse and exploitation of children – including the worst forms of child labour. We are promoting action to end modern slavery in all its forms in line with Sustainable Development Goals 16.2, 8.7 and 5.2 and as well as leading efforts to increase support for, and implementation of, the Prime Minister’s “Call to Action to end Forced Labour, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking” launched in 2017. The Call to Action has now endorsed by over 80 countries and we continue to work with governments, civil society and the private sector to push for action at all levels.</p><p>In 2017 the Government committed to doubling aid spending to tackle modern slavery to £150 million. We have exceeded this goal with UK aid committed now amounting to just over £200 million. DFID funded programmes make up the bulk of this aid and includes work to reduce vulnerability to exploitation and address the permissive environments which allow child exploitation to exist and thrive.</p><p>Full details of this work can be found at <a href="https://devtracker.dfid.gov.uk/" target="_blank">https://devtracker.dfid.gov.uk/</a>. Examples include: a £26 million Regional Programme to tackle the worst forms of child labour in Asia (e.g. Bangladesh and Nepal); a £10 million Children on the Move Programme (in partnership with UNICEF) to protect up to 400,000 children at risk of violence and slavery in the Horn of Africa and along dangerous migratory routes in Sudan, Somalia and Ethiopia; and a new £12 million UK Aid Connect Programme to address child labour in fragile and conflict affected states in Africa (such as the DRC).</p>
answering member constituency North East Bedfordshire more like this
answering member printed Alistair Burt more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-01-16T16:32:44.417Zmore like thismore than 2019-01-16T16:32:44.417Z
answering member
1201
label Biography information for Alistair Burt more like this
tabling member
4006
label Biography information for Dr Matthew Offord remove filter
1052284
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-01-31more like thismore than 2019-01-31
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 Iraq: Politics and Government 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 has taken to support the development of democracy in Iraq. more like this
tabling member constituency Hendon more like this
tabling member printed
Dr Matthew Offord more like this
uin 215164 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-02-08more like thismore than 2019-02-08
answer text <p>​The UK supports the consolidation of democracy in Iraq through both diplomatic engagement and programme support. During my visit to Baghdad and Erbil in January, I welcomed the recent national elections and those in the Kurdistan region and encouraged swift completion of the formation of the Iraqi cabinet and Kurdistan Regional Government. We recently welcomed the Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament and a delegation of Iraqi MPs to the UK where they were able to witness British parliamentary processes and exchange experiences. As part of our programme assistance, the UK is helping the Government of Iraq in newly liberated areas and in Basra to make governance and the delivery of services more effective and responsive, so strengthening relations between local communities and the Iraqi authorities.</p> more like this
answering member constituency North East Bedfordshire more like this
answering member printed Alistair Burt more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-02-08T13:46:38.69Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-08T13:46:38.69Z
answering member
1201
label Biography information for Alistair Burt more like this
tabling member
4006
label Biography information for Dr Matthew Offord remove filter
1054570
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-04more like thismore than 2019-02-04
answering body
Department for International Development more like this
answering dept id 20 more like this
answering dept short name International Development more like this
answering dept sort name International Development more like this
hansard heading Developing Countries: HIV Infection 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 International Development, what steps her Department are taking to tackle the stigma associated with HIV in developing countries to ensure that to ensure people seek access to treatment. more like this
tabling member constituency Hendon more like this
tabling member printed
Dr Matthew Offord more like this
uin 216231 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-02-11more like thismore than 2019-02-11
answer text <p>The UK government’s HIV response prioritises those still left behind by the huge progress made in recent years. These include adolescents, women and girls and under-served groups most affected by stigma, such as men who have sex with men, injecting drug users, sex workers and prisoners living with and affected by HIV.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>For example, through the Robert Carr Civil Society Networks Fund we are supporting civil society networks of people affected by HIV to demand their rights, address stigma and discrimination and hold governments to account. The UK has committed £15 million to this Fund, since its start, to help champion their rights to access prevention and treatment services.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency North East Bedfordshire more like this
answering member printed Alistair Burt more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-02-11T17:42:22.607Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-11T17:42:22.607Z
answering member
1201
label Biography information for Alistair Burt more like this
tabling member
4006
label Biography information for Dr Matthew Offord remove filter
1054572
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-04more like thismore than 2019-02-04
answering body
Department for International Development more like this
answering dept id 20 more like this
answering dept short name International Development more like this
answering dept sort name International Development more like this
hansard heading Occupied Territories: Economic Situation 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 International Development, what steps her Department is taking to develop long-term economic sustainability in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. more like this
tabling member constituency Hendon more like this
tabling member printed
Dr Matthew Offord more like this
uin 216233 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-02-11more like thismore than 2019-02-11
answer text <p>We have scaled up our work on economic development across the West Bank and Gaza. We are providing up to £38 million over five years (2018-2023) to help tackle the problems of low growth and high unemployment in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs).</p><p> </p><p>Our support will focus on efforts to increase trade and job creation by working with the Palestinian and Israeli authorities to enable greater movement and access for people and goods, and improve water and energy supply, particularly in Gaza. We will also continue to support the implementation of Paris Protocol measures in relation to the transfer of taxes and fees Israel collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority (PA), and any measures agreed by the parties to transfer the responsibility of revenue collection. Our support in these areas will help thousands of Palestinians in their daily lives, support the financial sustainability of the PA and contribute to preserving the viability of the two-state solution.</p><p> </p>
answering member constituency North East Bedfordshire more like this
answering member printed Alistair Burt more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-02-11T17:43:19.03Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-11T17:43:19.03Z
answering member
1201
label Biography information for Alistair Burt more like this
tabling member
4006
label Biography information for Dr Matthew Offord remove filter
1054604
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-04more like thismore than 2019-02-04
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 Egypt: Human Rights 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 discussions he has had with his counterpart in Egypt on the maintenance of human rights in Egypt. more like this
tabling member constituency Hendon more like this
tabling member printed
Dr Matthew Offord more like this
uin 216260 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-02-12more like thismore than 2019-02-12
answer text <p>Egypt is a Foreign and Commonwealth Office Human Rights Priority Country and the UK continues to urge the Egyptian Government to ensure full implementation of the rights and freedoms set out in Egypt's Constitution. We regularly raise concerns about human rights with the Egyptian Government both in public and in private. I raised our human rights concerns with the Egyptian Foreign Minister during my visit to Cairo on 14 October 2018.</p> more like this
answering member constituency North East Bedfordshire more like this
answering member printed Alistair Burt more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-02-12T15:55:53.51Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-12T15:55:53.51Z
answering member
1201
label Biography information for Alistair Burt more like this
tabling member
4006
label Biography information for Dr Matthew Offord remove filter
1041740
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-01-15more like thismore than 2019-01-15
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 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, how much the increase in the work allowance of universal credit is worth per household. more like this
tabling member constituency Hendon more like this
tabling member printed
Dr Matthew Offord more like this
uin 208848 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-01-23more like thismore than 2019-01-23
answer text <p>Work allowance rates will be increased by £1000 from April 2019 and uprated in line with inflation thereafter. This measure provides additional support in a package worth £1.7 billion in 2023/24 to some of the most vulnerable low paid working households.</p><p> </p><p>It will increase the amount that these households can earn before the Universal Credit taper rate is applied, providing 2.4 million working households with around an extra £630 a year.</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 2019-01-23T17:07:37.757Zmore like thismore than 2019-01-23T17:07:37.757Z
answering member
4014
label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
tabling member
4006
label Biography information for Dr Matthew Offord remove filter
1041741
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-01-15more like thismore than 2019-01-15
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: Children 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 exceptional circumstances are which will allow full support under universal credit for third and subsequent children born after April 2017. more like this
tabling member constituency Hendon more like this
tabling member printed
Dr Matthew Offord more like this
uin 208849 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-01-23more like thismore than 2019-01-23
answer text <p>Since 6 April 2017, families with third and subsequent children born on or after this date are able to claim additional support through Child Tax Credit or Universal Credit for their first two children.</p><p> </p><p>We recognise that some claimants are not able to make the same choices about the number of children in their family. That is why exceptions have been put in place to protect certain groups.</p><p> </p><p>Exceptions apply to third and subsequent children who are:</p><p> </p><ul><li>Additional children in a multiple birth: an extra amount is payable for all children in a multiple birth other than the first child; or</li><li>Likely to have been born as a result of non-consensual conception, which for this purpose includes non-consensual sex where the claimant was in a controlling or coercive relationship with the child’s other biological parent at the time of conception.</li></ul><p> </p><p>An exception also applies to any children in a household who are:</p><p> </p><ul><li>Adopted when they would otherwise be in Local Authority care; or</li><li>Living long term with friends or family and would otherwise be at risk of entering the care system, or where a child (under 16) living with their parents or carers has a child of their own (until they make a separate claim upon turning 16).</li></ul>
answering member constituency Reading West more like this
answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-01-23T16:36:02.743Zmore like thismore than 2019-01-23T16:36:02.743Z
answering member
4014
label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
tabling member
4006
label Biography information for Dr Matthew Offord remove filter
1061078
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-14more like thismore than 2019-02-14
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 more like this
answering dept short name Transport more like this
answering dept sort name Transport more like this
hansard heading Railways: Tickets more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an estimate of the proportion of the train system that accepts the use of an Oyster card as a payment method. more like this
tabling member constituency Hendon more like this
tabling member printed
Dr Matthew Offord more like this
uin 221681 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-02-22more like thismore than 2019-02-22
answer text <p>Oyster is a transport payment system that is used on transport services in London across the London zonal area plus travel outside the zonal area to and from a few national rail stations in the wider South East. The Transport for London website provides further details.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Harrogate and Knaresborough more like this
answering member printed Andrew Jones more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-02-22T14:28:38.433Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-22T14:28:38.433Z
answering member
3996
label Biography information for Andrew Jones more like this
tabling member
4006
label Biography information for Dr Matthew Offord remove filter
1061079
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-14more like thismore than 2019-02-14
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 more like this
answering dept short name Transport more like this
answering dept sort name Transport more like this
hansard heading Railways: Tickets more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to roll out Oyster card systems across England and Wales. more like this
tabling member constituency Hendon more like this
tabling member printed
Dr Matthew Offord more like this
uin 221682 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-02-22more like thismore than 2019-02-22
answer text <p>Our ambition is to ensure that across regional and urban commuter areas smart ticketing can deliver the kind of pay-as-you-go (PAYG) structure that is used in London, to make journeys easier and smoother for passengers.</p><p> </p><p>Earlier this month I launched a consultation to seek views on how PAYG travel areas could work, the options for changing fares to complement PAYG and the places in the South-East that could be suitable for PAYG, as part of our wider ambition to roll out PAYG. We have also allocated £150m to Transport for the North to deliver their multi-modal smart ticketing programme, which includes PAYG.</p><p> </p><p>The current consultation considers the most appropriate technology for PAYG, but notes that: a) Oyster is built to support a limited number of fares and zones, and so is less suitable further away from London; and b) that it has limited scope to be expanded further without significant modification.</p><p> </p><p>Transport in Wales is a devolved matter.</p>
answering member constituency Harrogate and Knaresborough more like this
answering member printed Andrew Jones more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-02-22T13:49:22.833Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-22T13:49:22.833Z
answering member
3996
label Biography information for Andrew Jones more like this
tabling member
4006
label Biography information for Dr Matthew Offord remove filter
1122528
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-04-23more like thismore than 2019-04-23
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 more like this
answering dept short name Transport more like this
answering dept sort name Transport more like this
hansard heading Railway Stations: Safety more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance his Department has published to help ensure that the staff of train operating companies are trained on health and safety and emergency procedures at train stations. more like this
tabling member constituency Hendon more like this
tabling member printed
Dr Matthew Offord more like this
uin 246502 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-01more like thismore than 2019-05-01
answer text <p>In order to be able to operate services, operators of stations are required to operate and maintain a safety management system and to have this certified or authorised by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) every five years. A key part of this management system is the arrangements for the provision of training to staff on their health and safety responsibilities and the arrangements for managing emergencies. Supervision and enforcement of these arrangements is a matter for the ORR, who have published guidance on their expectations for safety management systems in this regard.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Harrogate and Knaresborough more like this
answering member printed Andrew Jones more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-05-01T14:38:08.717Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-01T14:38:08.717Z
answering member
3996
label Biography information for Andrew Jones more like this
tabling member
4006
label Biography information for Dr Matthew Offord remove filter
1122530
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-04-23more like thismore than 2019-04-23
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 more like this
answering dept short name Transport more like this
answering dept sort name Transport more like this
hansard heading Railway Stations: Safety more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he has taken to ensure that every train station has a bespoke (a) risk assessment and (b) health and safety policy. more like this
tabling member constituency Hendon more like this
tabling member printed
Dr Matthew Offord more like this
uin 246503 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-01more like thismore than 2019-05-01
answer text <p>All operators are subject to requirements of health and safety law relating to risk assessment, and in particular safety certificates and authorisations require evidence of risk assessment arrangements. Enforcement of these requirements is a matter for the Office of Rail and Road (ORR). Details of enforcement taken to date is available on the ORR website.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Harrogate and Knaresborough more like this
answering member printed Andrew Jones more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-05-01T14:34:24.557Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-01T14:34:24.557Z
answering member
3996
label Biography information for Andrew Jones more like this
tabling member
4006
label Biography information for Dr Matthew Offord remove filter
1122533
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-04-23more like thismore than 2019-04-23
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 more like this
answering dept short name Transport more like this
answering dept sort name Transport more like this
hansard heading Railway Stations: Safety more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how frequently (a) risk assessments and (b) health and safety policies are reviewed at individual train stations. more like this
tabling member constituency Hendon more like this
tabling member printed
Dr Matthew Offord more like this
uin 246504 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-01more like thismore than 2019-05-01
answer text <p>Under health and safety law, enforced by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), station operators are required to carry out risk assessments in order to identify the measures they need to put in place to ensure the transport system they operate is safe. They must review risk assessments if they have reason to believe they are no longer valid or if there is a significant change in the matters to which the assessment relates. In order to operate services, operators are also required to operate and maintain a safety management system and to have this certified or authorised by the ORR every five years. This management system must include a company safety policy and the arrangements to communicate it to all staff.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Harrogate and Knaresborough more like this
answering member printed Andrew Jones more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-05-01T14:30:14.457Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-01T14:30:14.457Z
answering member
3996
label Biography information for Andrew Jones more like this
tabling member
4006
label Biography information for Dr Matthew Offord remove filter
1122535
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-04-23more like thismore than 2019-04-23
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 more like this
answering dept short name Transport more like this
answering dept sort name Transport more like this
hansard heading Railway Stations: Safety more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many safety certificates were revoked at railway stations in each of the last five years by the Rail Regulator. more like this
tabling member constituency Hendon more like this
tabling member printed
Dr Matthew Offord more like this
uin 246505 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-01more like thismore than 2019-05-01
answer text <p>Certificates are issued by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) in relation to an operator’s whole safety management system and are not issued at the level of individual stations. All of the current mainline safety certificates are listed on the ORR website.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Harrogate and Knaresborough more like this
answering member printed Andrew Jones more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-05-01T14:15:01.997Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-01T14:15:01.997Z
answering member
3996
label Biography information for Andrew Jones more like this
tabling member
4006
label Biography information for Dr Matthew Offord remove filter
1122536
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-04-23more like thismore than 2019-04-23
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 more like this
answering dept short name Transport more like this
answering dept sort name Transport more like this
hansard heading Railway Stations: Safety more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he has taken to ensure that train operating staff are aware of emergency procedures at train stations. more like this
tabling member constituency Hendon more like this
tabling member printed
Dr Matthew Offord more like this
uin 246506 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-01more like thismore than 2019-05-01
answer text <p>In order to be able to operate services, operators of stations are required to operate and maintain a safety management system and to have this certified or authorised by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) every five years. A key part of this management system is the arrangements for the provision of training to staff on their health and safety responsibilities and the arrangements for managing emergencies. Supervision and enforcement of these arrangements is a matter for the ORR, who have published guidance on their expectations for safety management systems in this regard.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Harrogate and Knaresborough more like this
answering member printed Andrew Jones more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-05-01T13:49:46.473Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-01T13:49:46.473Z
answering member
3996
label Biography information for Andrew Jones more like this
tabling member
4006
label Biography information for Dr Matthew Offord remove filter
1122537
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-04-23more like thismore than 2019-04-23
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 more like this
answering dept short name Transport more like this
answering dept sort name Transport more like this
hansard heading Railways: Safety more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department suspends financial penalties for train delays and cancellations in the event of a health and safety incident. more like this
tabling member constituency Hendon more like this
tabling member printed
Dr Matthew Offord more like this
uin 246507 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-04-26more like thismore than 2019-04-26
answer text <p>The Franchise Agreement specifies that certain situations, which can include health and safety incidents, can be exempted from financial penalties, although this is not automatic. If a relevant authority (such as the ORR) issues a safety restriction for a specific period of time, a temporary revised performance plan may be agreed and put in place. In all cases, Franchisees are expected to implement mitigations to minimise the incident’s impact on passengers.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Harrogate and Knaresborough more like this
answering member printed Andrew Jones more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-04-26T10:43:52.057Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-26T10:43:52.057Z
answering member
3996
label Biography information for Andrew Jones more like this
tabling member
4006
label Biography information for Dr Matthew Offord remove filter
1136702
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-03more like thismore than 2019-07-03
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 more like this
answering dept short name Transport more like this
answering dept sort name Transport more like this
hansard heading Railways: Exhaust Emissions more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of trends in the level of emissions at train stations. more like this
tabling member constituency Hendon more like this
tabling member printed
Dr Matthew Offord more like this
uin 272818 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-09more like thismore than 2019-07-09
answer text <p>The department recognises that poor air quality is a major public health issue.</p><p> </p><p>We are funding ongoing research conducted by the Rail and Safety Standards Board (RSSB) into the effect of the rail industry on air quality. This includes recent research at King’s Cross and Edinburgh Waverly.</p><p> </p><p>The Department has set out its aspiration to remove all diesel-only trains from the rail network by 2040. Moving the rail industry away from diesel will both reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality. Progress is already being made, with absolute carbon emissions from passenger services in 2017-18 6.6 per cent lower than in 2016-17.</p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Harrogate and Knaresborough more like this
answering member printed Andrew Jones more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-09T14:33:10.783Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-09T14:33:10.783Z
answering member
3996
label Biography information for Andrew Jones more like this
tabling member
4006
label Biography information for Dr Matthew Offord remove filter
1110560
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-04-09more like thismore than 2019-04-09
answering body
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
answering dept id 201 more like this
answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
hansard heading Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Disclosure of Information more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many non-disclosure agreements his Department has entered into with departmental staff in each of the last five years. more like this
tabling member constituency Hendon more like this
tabling member printed
Dr Matthew Offord more like this
uin 242801 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-04-15more like thismore than 2019-04-15
answer text <p>Since the creation of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (July 2016), we have not entered into any non-disclosure agreements with our employees.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Pendle more like this
answering member printed Andrew Stephenson more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-04-15T13:22:38.53Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-15T13:22:38.53Z
answering member
4044
label Biography information for Andrew Stephenson more like this
tabling member
4006
label Biography information for Dr Matthew Offord remove filter