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1545765
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2022-11-28more like thismore than 2022-11-28
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 Schools: Music 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 recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of funding for music lessons in state schools. more like this
tabling member constituency North Norfolk more like this
tabling member printed
Duncan Baker more like this
uin 902443 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2022-11-28more like thismore than 2022-11-28
answer text <p>The Government remains committed to continued support for music education. The Government published the National Plan for Music Education in June 2022 which sets out the vision for ‘all children and young people to learn to sing, play an instrument and create music together, and have the opportunity to progress their musical interests and talents, including professionally’. At the heart of the new plan is the Model Music Curriculum published in March 2021, which sets out how schools can deliver an excellent music education.</p><p>The Government recognises the vital importance of every child accessing instruments and equipment they need to make progress with music, including technology and adaptive instruments where needed for pupils with SEND. We therefore also announced £25 million of new funding for musical instruments alongside the Plan. This funding will increase the existing stock available to all children and young people. We will work with schools, hubs, Arts Council England and the wider sector to focus on best practice in managing access to instruments and equipment. We will publish further details in due course.</p><p>The Department committed £79 million per year for the Music Hubs programme over three years up to and including 2024-25, which was confirmed with the publication of the Plan. Music Hubs are groups of organisations, such as local authorities, schools, art organisations, community, or voluntary organisations, that work together to create joined-up music education provision and provide specialist music education services to around 90% of state-funded schools. This includes whole class and group ensemble teaching, and individual instrument tuition.</p><p>Hubs also ensure that progression routes are clear and affordable, and some hubs provide instrument loans to children and young people to achieve this.</p>
answering member constituency Bognor Regis and Littlehampton more like this
answering member printed Nick Gibb more like this
question first answered
less than 2022-11-28T17:37:28.757Zmore like thismore than 2022-11-28T17:37:28.757Z
answering member
111
label Biography information for Nick Gibb more like this
tabling member
4784
label Biography information for Duncan Baker more like this
1545766
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2022-11-28more like thismore than 2022-11-28
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 Rural Areas: Vocational Education more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text What steps her Department is taking to promote rural vocational educational courses. more like this
tabling member constituency Shrewsbury and Atcham more like this
tabling member printed
Daniel Kawczynski more like this
uin 902445 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2022-11-28more like thismore than 2022-11-28
answer text <p>The department wants all students to have access to high-quality vocational and technical learning wherever they are based. That is why the department is reforming technical education to ensure that all post-16 students have access to high-quality technical options that support progression and meet employer needs.</p><p>This includes the introduction of T Levels which are substantial, rigorous, and focused on high quality learning and include a substantial industry placement element of around 9 weeks. They will provide the knowledge and experience needed for skilled employment, further study (including higher education) or a higher apprenticeship.</p><p>We will have 23 T Levels available from 2023 and the major providers of vocational education, many of whom operate in very rural areas, are already fully engaged with T Level planning and delivery, with over 200 schools also either planning or already offering T Levels.</p><p>We are also working closely with employers and employer groups nationally to build their awareness about T Levels and the importance of vocational education and to encourage them to offer industry placements as we know that this will be one of the big challenges in rural areas.</p><p>Apprenticeships are a core part of the government’s skills agenda, helping to drive economic growth by improving the skills pipeline. They give employees high-quality, hands-on training to start and progress in work and give employers the skills they need to grow, helping them fill their vacancies and train their workforces to address industry skills gaps. They offer a high-quality route into more than 650 occupations, from entry-level to expert roles, spanning Levels 2 to 7. To support more employers across the country to access apprenticeships, including in rural areas, we are increasing funding for apprenticeships in England to £2.7 billion by 2024/25 financial year.</p><p>The department has introduced Skills Bootcamps which offer free, flexible courses of up to 16 weeks, giving people the opportunity to build up sector-specific skills and the offer of a job interview with an employer. They are currently available across the country and deliver training in key areas such as digital, technical (including engineering and manufacturing), construction, logistics and green skills. Bootcamps are available both in rural areas and delivering skills for rural economies</p><p>The free Courses for Jobs offer allows eligible adults to access over 400 Level 3 qualifications (A level equivalent) for free in a wide range of sector subject areas that can support the rural economy, including Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care. Free Courses for Jobs are delivered through colleges and training providers across the country, including those that serve learners in rural areas.</p><p>We fund and support land-based colleges in rural locations and which specialise in education and training in the skills needed for rural economies. There are 12 designated land based colleges across the country. In addition, land-based provision is delivered by a number of and providers with land-based status across the country.</p><p>Further education providers, including those in rural areas, are able to deliver provision to 16-19 year old learners by combining both time in the classroom with remote delivery, having regard to funding regulations for 16-19 provision. For Adult learners, providers decide upon the mode of delivery for Adult Education Budget funded courses, to best meet learners’ needs and this can include on-line delivery.</p><p>The department recognises that the cost and availability of transport can be difficult for some students in rural areas. It is the responsibility of local authorities to put in place transport arrangements to help young people aged 16 to 18 to access education or training.</p><p>Many young people in rural areas have access to a discount or concession on local bus or train travel, either from their local authority or local transport providers. The government also supports local bus travel, including in rural areas, through the Bus Service Operators Grant.</p>
answering member constituency Harlow more like this
answering member printed Robert Halfon more like this
question first answered
less than 2022-11-28T17:51:01.517Zmore like thismore than 2022-11-28T17:51:01.517Z
answering member
3985
label Biography information for Robert Halfon more like this
tabling member
1566
label Biography information for Daniel Kawczynski more like this
1545767
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2022-11-28more like thismore than 2022-11-28
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 Students: Finance 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, when she plans to launch Alternative Student Finance for Muslim students. more like this
tabling member constituency East Ham more like this
tabling member printed
Sir Stephen Timms more like this
uin 902446 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2022-11-28more like thismore than 2022-11-28
answer text <p>The department understands the concerns held by some Muslim students and their families about student finance. We want all learners with the potential to benefit from higher education to be able to do so. The department remains committed to delivering an alternative student finance (ASF) product for Muslim students.</p><p> </p><p>Going forward, the department is introducing a Lifelong Loan Entitlement (LLE) that will significantly change the ways students can access learning and financial support.</p><p> </p><p>The department's consultation on the detail and scope of the LLE closed in May 2022. In this consultation, the department sought views on what barriers learners with protected characteristics might face in accessing or drawing on their LLE, noting that answers to this question could include consideration of an ASF product for students whose faith has resulted in concerns about traditional loans. We are currently considering if and how ASF can be delivered as part of the LLE.</p><p> </p><p>We will provide a further update on ASF as part of the government response to the LLE consultation.</p>
answering member constituency Harlow more like this
answering member printed Robert Halfon more like this
question first answered
less than 2022-11-28T16:59:49.593Zmore like thismore than 2022-11-28T16:59:49.593Z
answering member
3985
label Biography information for Robert Halfon more like this
tabling member
163
label Biography information for Sir Stephen Timms more like this
1545768
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2022-11-28more like thismore than 2022-11-28
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 Research: EU Countries 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 recent discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on the UK’s participation in (a) Horizon Europe and (b) other European research projects. more like this
tabling member constituency Gordon more like this
tabling member printed
Richard Thomson more like this
uin 902447 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2022-11-28more like thismore than 2022-11-28
answer text <p>The department has regular discussions with colleagues on a range of topics, and fully support colleagues in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on their work in this area. Our preference remains association to Horizon Europe, with international collaboration in science, research and development being a key priority.<strong> </strong></p> more like this
answering member constituency Harlow more like this
answering member printed Robert Halfon more like this
question first answered
less than 2022-11-28T17:02:16.263Zmore like thismore than 2022-11-28T17:02:16.263Z
answering member
3985
label Biography information for Robert Halfon more like this
tabling member
4796
label Biography information for Richard Thomson more like this
1545769
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2022-11-28more like thismore than 2022-11-28
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 School Leaving: Training 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 she is taking to improve vocational skills among school and college leavers. more like this
tabling member constituency Great Grimsby more like this
tabling member printed
Lia Nici more like this
uin 902449 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2022-11-28more like thismore than 2022-11-28
answer text <p>The department wants all students to have access to high quality vocational and technical learning. That is why the department is reforming technical education to ensure that all post-16 students have access to high quality technical options that support progression and meet employer needs.</p><p>This includes the introduction of T Levels which are substantial, rigorous and focused on high quality learning, and include a substantial industry placement element of around nine weeks. They will provide the knowledge and experience needed for skilled employment, further study (including higher education) or a higher apprenticeship.</p><p>We will have 23 T Levels available from 2023 and the major providers of vocational education are already fully engaged with T Level planning and delivery, with over 200 schools also either planning or already offering T Levels.</p><p>We are also working closely with employers and employer groups nationally to build their awareness about T Levels and the importance of vocational education and to encourage them to offer industry placements.</p><p>Apprenticeships are a core part of the government’s skills agenda, helping to drive economic growth by improving the skills pipeline. They give employees high-quality, hands-on training to start and progress in work and give employers the skills they need to grow, helping them fill their vacancies and train their workforces to address industry skills gaps. They offer a high-quality route into more than 650 occupations, from entry-level to expert roles, spanning Levels 2 to 7. To support more employers across the country to access apprenticeships we are increasing funding for apprenticeships in England to £2.7 billion by 2024/25 financial year.</p><p>We have introduced Skills Bootcamps which offer free, flexible courses of up to 16 weeks, giving people the opportunity to build up sector-specific skills and the offer of a job interview with an employer. They are currently available across the country and deliver training in key areas such as digital, technical (including engineering and manufacturing), construction, logistics and green skills.</p><p>The free Courses for Jobs offer allows eligible adults to access over 400 Level 3 qualifications (A level equivalent) for free, in subject areas including engineering, construction, health and social care and accounting, which can support them to gain higher wages or a better job.</p>
answering member constituency Harlow more like this
answering member printed Robert Halfon more like this
question first answered
less than 2022-11-28T17:07:55.19Zmore like thismore than 2022-11-28T17:07:55.19Z
answering member
3985
label Biography information for Robert Halfon more like this
tabling member
4851
label Biography information for Lia Nici more like this
1545770
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2022-11-28more like thismore than 2022-11-28
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 Schools: Sports 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 funding for the PE and sport premium will continue at current levels for the 2023-24 school year. more like this
tabling member constituency Sedgefield more like this
tabling member printed
Paul Howell more like this
uin 902450 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2022-11-28more like thismore than 2022-11-28
answer text <p>Improving school sport and physical education (PE) is a key priority. The Department recognises the important role the PE and sport premium plays in helping schools ensure that children and young people play sport and keep fit.</p><p>We are considering arrangements for the Primary PE and sport premium for the 2023/24 academic year and beyond and will confirm the position as early as possible.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Bognor Regis and Littlehampton more like this
answering member printed Nick Gibb more like this
question first answered
less than 2022-11-28T17:40:39.923Zmore like thismore than 2022-11-28T17:40:39.923Z
answering member
111
label Biography information for Nick Gibb more like this
tabling member
4830
label Biography information for Paul Howell more like this
1545805
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2022-11-28more like thismore than 2022-11-28
answering body
Treasury more like this
answering dept id 14 more like this
answering dept short name Treasury more like this
answering dept sort name Treasury more like this
hansard heading Mortgages: Interest Rates more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure the affordability of mortgages; and what steps he is taking to ensure that current mortgage holders are protected from losing their properties if they cannot afford their full repayment rates. more like this
tabling member constituency York Central more like this
tabling member printed
Rachael Maskell more like this
uin 97645 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2022-11-30more like thismore than 2022-11-30
answer text <p>Arrears and repossession levels remain low: according to the latest UK Finance data, 700 residential mortgaged properties were repossessed in Q3 2022. This was lower than the 1,070 in Q1 2020 (pre-pandemic). The Government of course remains watchful of any emerging trends in this space.</p><p> </p><p>It is worth noting though that around 75% of residential mortgage borrowers are on fixed-rate deals and therefore shielded from interest rate rises in the near term. If mortgage borrowers do fall into financial difficulty, FCA guidance requires firms to provide support through tailored forbearance options. The Government has also taken a number of measures aimed at helping people to avoid repossession, including Support for Mortgage Interest loans for those in receipt of an income-related benefit, and protection in the courts through the Pre-Action Protocol, which makes clear that repossession must always be the last resort for lenders.</p><p> </p><p>More broadly, the Government has taken decisive action to support households across the UK through the cost-of-living challenges ahead, whilst remaining fiscally responsible. In addition to the £37 billion of support for the cost of living already announced for 2022-23, the Government has announced further support for next year designed to target the most vulnerable households. This cost-of-living support is worth £26 billion in 2023-24, in addition to benefits uprating, which is worth £11 billion to working age households and people with disabilities. The Government is also continuing to provide support to all households through the Energy Price Guarantee, which will save the average UK household £500 in 2023-24.</p>
answering member constituency Arundel and South Downs more like this
answering member printed Andrew Griffith more like this
question first answered
less than 2022-11-30T10:39:28.237Zmore like thismore than 2022-11-30T10:39:28.237Z
answering member
4874
label Biography information for Andrew Griffith more like this
tabling member
4471
label Biography information for Rachael Maskell more like this
1545584
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2022-11-25more like thismore than 2022-11-25
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 Legal Aid Scheme: Civil Proceedings 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, how many civil legal aid offices are starting less than or equal to 30 cases each year, in each (a) local authority and (b) area of law in (i) 2020-21, (ii) 2021-22 and (iii) 2022-23. more like this
tabling member constituency Manchester, Gorton more like this
tabling member printed
Afzal Khan more like this
uin 96645 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2022-11-30more like thismore than 2022-11-30
answer text <p>The requested information can be found in the attachment.</p><p>Data for 2022/23 is a year-to-date figure reflective of the work reported between April 2022 to October 2022, inclusive. Please note that the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) commissions and monitors legal aid services by ‘Procurement Area’ or ‘Access Point’ rather than by local authority. Procurement areas differ for different categories of law.</p><p>The LAA frequently reviews market capacity to make sure there is adequate provision of legal aid, in all categories of law, throughout England and Wales. The LAA moves quickly, where issues arise, to secure additional provision and to ensure demand for legal aid services is met across the country. The LAA contracts with a range of legal aid providers of varying size and capacity to take on new cases. Additionally, legal advice on a range of civil matters including housing, debt, discrimination and education is available, wherever people are, through the Civil Legal Advice telephone service.</p><p>Demand for legal aid services may vary across different categories of law. In particular, there may be low demand for services in categories such as clinical negligence or welfare benefits where the scope of services funded through legal aid was reduced under the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.</p><p>In early 2023 the LAA will be opening up a tender for new entrants who want to bid for a 2018 civil legal aid contract in all categories.</p><p> </p>
answering member constituency Finchley and Golders Green more like this
answering member printed Mike Freer more like this
question first answered
less than 2022-11-30T16:05:53.837Zmore like thismore than 2022-11-30T16:05:53.837Z
answering member
4004
label Biography information for Mike Freer more like this
attachment
1
file name 2022-11-30 96645 Table.xlsx more like this
title Table more like this
tabling member
4671
label Biography information for Afzal Khan more like this
1545586
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2022-11-25more like thismore than 2022-11-25
answering body
Treasury more like this
answering dept id 14 more like this
answering dept short name Treasury more like this
answering dept sort name Treasury more like this
hansard heading Treasury: Civil Servants more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 15 November 2022 to Question 80856, for what reasons the former Permanent Secretary to the Treasury left his post on 8 September 2022. more like this
tabling member constituency Slough more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi more like this
uin 96639 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2022-11-30more like thismore than 2022-11-30
answer text As stated, Sir Tom Scholar left his post on 8 September 2022.<p> </p><p>It is long-standing Government policy not to comment on individual personnel matters.</p> more like this
answering member constituency South Suffolk more like this
answering member printed James Cartlidge more like this
question first answered
less than 2022-11-30T15:39:59.547Zmore like thismore than 2022-11-30T15:39:59.547Z
answering member
4519
label Biography information for James Cartlidge more like this
tabling member
4638
label Biography information for Mr Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi more like this
1545587
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2022-11-25more like thismore than 2022-11-25
answering body
Treasury more like this
answering dept id 14 more like this
answering dept short name Treasury more like this
answering dept sort name Treasury more like this
hansard heading Energy: Taxation more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 24 November 2023 to Question 92053, whether he has made an assessment of the potential impact of Investment Allowances on the Energy Profit Levy on tax revenue. more like this
tabling member constituency Southampton, Test more like this
tabling member printed
Dr Alan Whitehead more like this
uin 96521 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2022-11-30more like thismore than 2022-11-30
answer text <p>The Energy Profits Levy (EPL) was introduced in May in response to sharp increases in oil and gas prices over the past year. At the Autumn Statement 2022, the Chancellor announced that the rate of the levy would rise by ten percentage points to 35 per cent, effective from 1 January 2023. The levy has also been extended until 31 March 2028.</p><p> </p><p>The Government has always sought to balance delivering a fair return for the UK from the use of its resources while providing the right conditions to attract investment in the North Sea that is key to support domestic jobs and the nation’s energy security. That is why the levy includes and will retain a new investment allowance, which means for every £1 businesses invest they will overall get a tax saving of around 91p.</p><p> </p><p>The Office for Budget Responsibility’s (OBR) forecast at Autumn Statement 2022 estimates revenues from EPL are expected to be £41.6 billion between 2022-23 and 2027-28. This is inclusive of the impact of the levy’s investment allowance.</p>
answering member constituency Louth and Horncastle more like this
answering member printed Victoria Atkins more like this
question first answered
less than 2022-11-30T11:40:09.907Zmore like thismore than 2022-11-30T11:40:09.907Z
answering member
4399
label Biography information for Victoria Atkins more like this
tabling member
62
label Biography information for Dr Alan Whitehead more like this