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1007752
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-15more like thismore than 2018-11-15
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Bahrain: 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 assessment has been made of the implications for Government policy of the concerns expressed by the Committee on Civil and Political Rights on 4 July 2018, in relation to Sayed Ahmed Alwadei and other Bahraini individuals who have reportedly been subjected to reprisals connected to their work alongside the Human Rights Council of the UN. more like this
tabling member constituency Oxford East more like this
tabling member printed
Anneliese Dodds more like this
uin 191988 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-21more like thismore than 2018-11-21
answer text <p>We have received assurances from the Bahraini authorities that there have been no reprisals against the family members of Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei. We encourage those with concerns to report these to the appropriate Bahrain human rights oversight bodies. We urge these oversight bodies to carry out swift and thorough investigations into any such claims.</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 2018-11-21T17:31:48.407Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-21T17:31:48.407Z
answering member
1201
label Biography information for Alistair Burt more like this
tabling member
4657
label Biography information for Anneliese Dodds more like this
1007754
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-15more like thismore than 2018-11-15
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 Foster Care: Care Leavers more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to support foster carers to assist their former fostered children when they leave care. more like this
tabling member constituency Crewe and Nantwich more like this
tabling member printed
Laura Smith more like this
uin 191981 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-22more like thismore than 2018-11-22
answer text <p>In 2014, the government introduced ‘Staying put: arrangements for care leavers aged 18 years and above’ which allows care leavers to continue living with their former foster carer when they reach age 18: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-put-arrangements-for-care-leavers-aged-18-years-and-above" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-put-arrangements-for-care-leavers-aged-18-years-and-above</a>. This means young people can continue to benefit from a stable and secure family setting, preparing for independence at a more gradual pace and moving into independent living when they are ready, rather than facing a cliff-edge on reaching age 18.</p><p>To support local authorities to implement Staying Put we have provided £68.35 million to date. Funding for 2019/20 will be £23.77 million, and funding beyond 2020 will be subject to future spending reviews.</p><p>The latest data show that for the year ending March 2018, 55% of those ceasing to be looked after in a foster placement on their 18th birthday stayed put with their former foster carer, which is an increase of 4% on the previous year. Furthermore, 31% of 19 year-olds were still with former foster carers on their 19th birthday, and 26% of 20 year-olds still with former foster carers on their 20th birthday. Again, these were both increases on the previous year.</p><p> </p>
answering member constituency Stratford-on-Avon more like this
answering member printed Nadhim Zahawi more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-11-22T15:52:47.017Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-22T15:52:47.017Z
answering member
4113
label Biography information for Nadhim Zahawi more like this
tabling member
4648
label Biography information for Laura Smith more like this
1007755
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-15more like thismore than 2018-11-15
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 Taxis: Fares 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, what estimate he has made of the number of incidents of taxi fare evasion reported to police in each year since 2010. more like this
tabling member constituency Crewe and Nantwich more like this
tabling member printed
Laura Smith more like this
uin 191982 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-23more like thismore than 2018-11-23
answer text <p>The Home Office collects data on police recorded crime, which are published quarterly by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The latest figures, for the year ending June 2018, can be accessed here:</p><p><a href="https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/crimeandjustice/datasets/crimeinenglandandwalesappendixtables" target="_blank">https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/crimeandjustice/datasets/crimeinenglandandwalesappendixtables</a></p><p>Crimes involving taxi fare evasion will be included within the category of making off without payment along with other incidents such as driving off from a petrol station without paying for fuel and leaving a restaurant without paying the bill. However, from information held centrally it is not possible to identify incidents of taxi fare evasion.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner more like this
answering member printed Mr Nick Hurd more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-11-23T13:10:45.87Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-23T13:10:45.87Z
answering member
1561
label Biography information for Mr Nick Hurd more like this
tabling member
4648
label Biography information for Laura Smith more like this
1007756
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-15more like thismore than 2018-11-15
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 Taxis: Fares 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 his Department is taking to safeguard taxi drivers from taxi fare evaders. more like this
tabling member constituency Crewe and Nantwich more like this
tabling member printed
Laura Smith more like this
uin 191983 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-21more like thismore than 2018-11-21
answer text <p>The Department’s Best Practice Guidance suggests that signs or notices that set out the expectations of passengers when travelling in a taxi or private hire vehicle (PHV) are displayed. This could include that passengers ensure they are aware of the fare on the meter and notify the driver if it is approaching the limit of their financial means. When a fare has been agreed before setting off passengers should ensure they have the means to pay before travelling.</p><p> </p><p>Legislation allows taxi drivers to recover unpaid fares and costs to be recovered should a passenger refuse to pay.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Wealden more like this
answering member printed Ms Nusrat Ghani more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-11-21T12:51:03.713Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-21T12:51:03.713Z
answering member
4460
label Biography information for Ms Nusrat Ghani more like this
tabling member
4648
label Biography information for Laura Smith more like this
1007757
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-15more like thismore than 2018-11-15
answering body
Department of Health and Social Care more like this
answering dept id 17 more like this
answering dept short name Health and Social Care more like this
answering dept sort name Health and Social Care more like this
hansard heading Levetiracetam more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the effect of the UK leaving the EU on the availability of Keppra for people with epilepsy. more like this
tabling member constituency Crewe and Nantwich more like this
tabling member printed
Laura Smith more like this
uin 191984 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-22more like thismore than 2018-11-22
answer text <p>The United Kingdom’s position on medicines regulation remains clear. We want to retain a close working partnership with the European Union to ensure that medicines remain available to UK patients in a safe and timely manner. We have been clear that this involves us making sure our regulators continue to work together, as they do with regulators internationally. As the Prime Minister has said, we intend to to explore with the EU the terms on which the UK could remain part the European Medicines Agency.</p><p> </p><p>Until we can be certain of the outcome of Brexit negotiations our duty as a responsible Government is to prepare for all eventualities, including ‘no deal’. On 23 August 2018, therefore, the Department wrote to all pharmaceutical companies that supply the United Kingdom with prescription only or pharmacy medicines from, or via, the European Union/European Economic Area, asking them to ensure they have a minimum of six weeks’ additional supply in the UK, over and above their business as usual operational buffer stocks, by 29 March 2019 in the event of a no-deal scenario.</p><p> </p><p>Since then, we have received very good engagement from industry who share our aims of ensuring continuity of medicines supply for patients is maintained and able to cope with any potential delays at the border that may arise in the short term in the event of a no-deal Brexit.</p><p> </p><p>We understand that the medicine Keppra is important to many people in this country. However, the Department recognises that through its medicines supply contingency programme it is requesting sensitive commercial information from pharmaceutical companies. To reassure participating companies, we have committed to treating all information received confidentially, securely and to using it only for the purposes of the Department’s programme. That means not introducing information about a company, specific medicine or their supply routes into the public domain.</p>
answering member constituency Winchester more like this
answering member printed Steve Brine more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-11-22T11:54:10.717Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-22T11:54:10.717Z
answering member
4067
label Biography information for Steve Brine more like this
tabling member
4648
label Biography information for Laura Smith more like this
1007758
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-15more like thismore than 2018-11-15
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 Children: Maintenance 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 reduce waiting times for reassessment of child maintenance following a change in circumstances. more like this
tabling member constituency Crewe and Nantwich more like this
tabling member printed
Laura Smith more like this
uin 191985 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-20more like thismore than 2018-11-20
answer text <p>The processing of changes of circumstance remains a key priority for the Child Maintenance Service. The numbers of people working within the Child Maintenance Service is reviewed regularly to ensure we have sufficient resources to answer customer calls and progress cases.</p><p>So far in 2018, we have recruited 835 people into the Child Maintenance Service, with these people joining us between February 2018 and October 2018, and we have plans in place for a further 40 people to join the Child Maintenance Service between November 2018 and January 2019.</p><p>The performance and timeliness of progressing changes to circumstances is under regular review and forms part of our external publication offering. We continue to explore opportunities to introduce improvements and efficiencies within the Child Maintenance Service and we are currently in the process of implementing Real Time Information from HMRC which will ensure that we have access to the latest income information to make efficient changes to assessments.“</p>
answering member constituency North Swindon more like this
answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-11-20T16:33:51.073Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-20T16:33:51.073Z
answering member
4105
label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
tabling member
4648
label Biography information for Laura Smith more like this
1007759
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-15more like thismore than 2018-11-15
answering body
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept id 7 more like this
answering dept short name Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept sort name Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
hansard heading Unitary Councils: Buckinghamshire 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 Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Written Statement of 1 November 2018, Local Government Update, HCWS 1058, from which businesses and organisations in Buckinghamshire he has received representations on local government reorganisation; and what information his Department holds on the amount of grant funding or financial support those businesses and organisations have received from Buckinghamshire County Council in the last three years. more like this
tabling member constituency Chesham and Amersham more like this
tabling member printed
Dame Cheryl Gillan more like this
uin 191992 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-21more like thismore than 2018-11-21
answer text <p>I received representations on unitarisation in Buckinghamshire from the following local business organisations: Buckinghamshire Business First, Buckinghamshire Business Group, Chiltern Chamber of Commerce, Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce; 18 individual local businesses also made representations. Information about grant funding and support provided by local authorities to business organisations is not held centrally. The Local Government Transparency Code 2015 requires local authorities to publicise specified data on financial transactions including publishing details of all grants to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Richmond (Yorks) more like this
answering member printed Rishi Sunak more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-11-21T13:51:10.943Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-21T13:51:10.943Z
answering member
4483
label Biography information for Rishi Sunak more like this
tabling member
18
label Biography information for Dame Cheryl Gillan more like this
1007760
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-15more like thismore than 2018-11-15
answering body
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept id 7 more like this
answering dept short name Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept sort name Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
hansard heading Unitary Councils: Buckinghamshire 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 Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that local authorities in Buckinghamshire are able to manage the planning process for the development of High Speed 2 Oxford and Cambridge arc during the transition of those authorities to a single unitary council. more like this
tabling member constituency Chesham and Amersham more like this
tabling member printed
Dame Cheryl Gillan more like this
uin 191845 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-21more like thismore than 2018-11-21
answer text <p>The existing councils will continue to fulfil their role until the new council is in place. Subject to Parliamentary approval, implementing secondary legislation will provide that planning for and implementing the transition to the new unitary council is to be the responsibility of the shadow authority and shadow executive. This will include members of the five existing councils. This ensures that expertise will be available from across the area for such key issues such as HS2 and the Oxford-Cambridge arc.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Richmond (Yorks) more like this
answering member printed Rishi Sunak more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-11-21T13:50:23.09Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-21T13:50:23.09Z
answering member
4483
label Biography information for Rishi Sunak more like this
tabling member
18
label Biography information for Dame Cheryl Gillan more like this
1007763
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-15more like thismore than 2018-11-15
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 Unemployment 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 progress her Department is making on its policy to make work pay. more like this
tabling member constituency Upper Bann more like this
tabling member printed
David Simpson more like this
uin 191896 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-23more like thismore than 2018-11-23
answer text <p>Universal Credit, which is replacing six legacy benefits, provides a single earnings taper rate to ensure claimants are better off working and working more. DWP’s recently published Universal Credit Full Service Survey found an increase in earnings for those in work and on Universal Credit by an average of £600 per year. Additionally, our Universal Credit employment impact analysis (published in September 2017) found that people on Universal Credit are four percentage points more likely to have been in work than JSA claimants</p><p> </p><p>At Autumn Budget 2018, we recently announced a £1000 increase in work allowances from April 2019, which will provide a £630 boost for households with children, and for people with disabilities.</p><p> </p><p>To support the transition to Universal Credit for all self-employed people, the Autumn Budget also announced we will be extending the 12-month grace period (the period before the Minimum Income Floor applies) to all gainfully self-employed people, giving claimants time to grow their businesses.</p>
answering member constituency Reading West more like this
answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-11-23T14:59:20.057Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-23T14:59:20.057Z
answering member
4014
label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
tabling member
1597
label Biography information for David Simpson more like this
1007764
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-15more like thismore than 2018-11-15
answering body
Ministry of Justice more like this
answering dept id 54 more like this
answering dept short name Justice more like this
answering dept sort name Justice more like this
hansard heading Personal Independence Payment: Appeals 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 Justice, what steps his Department is taking to speed up the process of appeals against personal independence payment assessments. more like this
tabling member constituency Upper Bann more like this
tabling member printed
David Simpson more like this
uin 191897 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-22more like thismore than 2018-11-22
answer text <table><tbody><tr><td><p>It is important that appeals are heard as quickly as possible. The Ministry of Justice recognises that there are delays in the system and is in the process of recruiting extra judicial office holders to help deal with this. In the Social Security and Child Support (SSCS) jurisdiction, which is the part of the tribunal system which deals with personal independence payment appeals, 225 new medical members have already been appointed and 119 disability-qualified members have recently been recruited. The SSCS jurisdiction will also benefit from the fact that 250 fee-paid judges and 100 salaried judges are being recruited across tribunals more widely. In addition, we have recently launched a new digital service to enable speedier processing of appeals and provide a better service for all parties to the proceedings. Information on the new digital service can be found at: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-online-service-launched-for-pip-appeals" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-online-service-launched-for-pip-appeals</a></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p>
answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
answering member printed Lucy Frazer more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-11-22T16:27:00.937Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-22T16:27:00.937Z
answering member
4517
label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
tabling member
1597
label Biography information for David Simpson more like this