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1141634
registered interest false more like this
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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 Mental Illness 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, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of living in (a) an urban and (b) a rural environment on levels of mental illness. more like this
tabling member constituency Vale of Clwyd more like this
tabling member printed
Chris Ruane more like this
uin 281621 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-09-09more like thismore than 2019-09-09
answer text <p><strong> </strong></p><p>Public Health England and the Local Government Association published the report, Health and Wellbeing in Rural Areas in 2017 at the following link:</p><p><a href="https://www.local.gov.uk/sites/default/files/documents/1.39_Health%20in%20rural%20areas_WEB.pdf" target="_blank">https://www.local.gov.uk/sites/default/files/documents/1.39_Health%20in%20rural%20areas_WEB.pdf</a></p><p>The report highlights the variation in social factors that impact people in rural and urban areas, including factors that influence mental health and wellbeing.</p><p>The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has published guidance to help policy makers assess the impact of policies on rural communities, recognising the specific issues faced by these communities at the following link:</p><p><a href="https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/600450/rural-proofing-guidance.pdf" target="_blank">https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/600450/rural-proofing-guidance.pdf</a></p><p>Scores from the General Health Questionnaire <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychometrics" target="_blank">psychometric</a> screening tool show that people living in greener areas experienced significantly lower levels of mental distress while life satisfaction scores show significantly higher levels of wellbeing among people living in greener areas.</p><p> </p><p> </p>
answering member constituency Mid Bedfordshire more like this
answering member printed Ms Nadine Dorries more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-09-09T17:45:39.587Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-09T17:45:39.587Z
answering member
1481
label Biography information for Ms Nadine Dorries more like this
tabling member
534
label Biography information for Chris Ruane more like this
1141891
registered interest false more like this
date remove filter
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 Prisons: Private Sector 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, with reference to Written Statement of 22 July 2019 on Prisons and Probation, HCWS1783, what assessment he has made of how partnering with the private sector to operate prisons offers value for money. more like this
tabling member constituency Leeds East more like this
tabling member printed
Richard Burgon more like this
uin 281832 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-09-03more like thismore than 2019-09-03
answer text <p>A balanced estate, with a mix of public, voluntary and private sector involvement has been shown to introduce improvements and deliver value for money for the taxpayer. The private sector has an important role to play in our system; it has led the way in driving innovation in areas such as in-cell technology and family support services.</p><p> </p><p>Some privately run prisons are among the best performing across the estate. For example, HM Inspectorate of Prisons said in July 2018 that Oakwood is an “impressive prison” and found it to be reasonably good or better on all four healthy prison tests (safety, respect, purposeful activity, and rehabilitation and release planning). General living conditions, staff-prisoner relationships and prisoner consultation were reported to be very good or excellent.</p><p> </p><p>To manage the performance indicators set out in the contracts, each privately managed prison has a full-time on-site Controller, Deputy Controller and Assistant Controller, all employed by HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS). The Controller has regular review meetings with the contractor against a range of performance indicators that will reflect numbers of staff in post, recruitment, training, sickness, and attrition. Where action is needed, progress is monitored by the Controller and escalated within HMPPS where appropriate action can be taken in accordance with the contract. This may include a requirement for urgent improvement and/or financial deductions.</p><p> </p><p>The Prison Operator Framework will increase the diversity and resilience of the custodial services market in England and Wales, by creating a pool of prison operators who can provide high quality, value for money, custodial services and enable us to effectively and efficiently manage a pipeline of competition over the next six years. The MoJ sets out very clearly the standards that all private prison operators are required to deliver. Bids will be subject to value for money and affordability tests. Contracts will not be awarded if bids do not meet quality or value for money thresholds based on a public sector benchmark, and in this scenario, HMPPS would act as the provider.</p><p> </p><p>Although privately managed prisons do face many of the same challenges encountered in public sector prisons, by providing good quality custodial and rehabilitation services, private operators are helping us to reduce reoffending and deliver long term savings to the taxpayer.</p>
answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
answering member printed Lucy Frazer more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-09-03T14:37:37.633Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-03T14:37:37.633Z
answering member
4517
label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
tabling member
4493
label Biography information for Richard Burgon more like this
1141698
registered interest false more like this
date remove filter
answering body
Ministry of Defence more like this
answering dept id 11 more like this
answering dept short name Defence more like this
answering dept sort name Defence more like this
hansard heading Hercules Aircraft 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 Defence, what refitting and retrofitting has been performed on the 14 C-130J/C-130J-30 Hercules transport aircraft to allow OSD to be extended for a further five years. more like this
tabling member constituency North Durham more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Kevan Jones more like this
uin 281650 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-09-03more like thismore than 2019-09-03
answer text <p>A number of activities are being undertaken to extend the out of service date of the RAF's C-130J/C-130J-30 fleet to 2035. Work commenced in March this year to replace the centre wing sections of the aircraft. In addition, work is scheduled to commence next year to replace the current steel brakes with carbon ones, and additional modifications will also be made to upgrade aircraft avionics systems.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Berwick-upon-Tweed more like this
answering member printed Anne-Marie Trevelyan more like this
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less than 2019-09-03T13:31:43.553Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-03T13:31:43.553Z
answering member
4531
label Biography information for Anne-Marie Trevelyan more like this
tabling member
1438
label Biography information for Mr Kevan Jones more like this
1141792
registered interest false more like this
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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 Insolvency 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, if she will make an assessment of the potential for pre-packaged administrations to be open to abuse as a way of passing on pension liabilities to the Pension Protection Fund. more like this
tabling member constituency Easington more like this
tabling member printed
Grahame Morris more like this
uin 281706 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-09-03more like thismore than 2019-09-03
answer text <p>A pre-packaged sale in administration, whereby the sale of all or part of the business is arranged prior to the company entering formal insolvency and realised on or immediately after the appointment of the administrator, is a valuable business rescue tool. Pre-pack sales help to avoid a deterioration of the value of the company’s business between appointment of the administrator and sale, meaning there is more money available for creditors, including the pension scheme. In most cases where pre-packs are used, the only alternative would be the collapse of the business and the loss of all employees’ jobs.</p><p> </p><p>The government is aware of concerns about the transparency of pre-pack sales, particularly where a business is sold to a person connected with the old company. It is currently evaluating whether legislative measures are necessary to regulate pre-pack sales to a connected person, following a review of a package of voluntary industry measures implemented in 2015 to improve creditor confidence in pre-packs. As part of the review the government liaised with the Pension Protection Fund, which made clear in its response to concerns raised by the Chair of the Department of Work and Pensions Select Committee, that it does not fundamentally take issue with pre-packs but where there are concerns, these are referred to the Pensions Regulator for investigation.</p>
answering member constituency Rochester and Strood more like this
answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-09-03T15:19:42.49Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-03T15:19:42.49Z
answering member
4487
label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
tabling member
3973
label Biography information for Grahame Morris more like this
1141734
registered interest false more like this
date remove filter
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 Aberdeen Airport 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 the contribution of Aberdeen City airport to the UK economy. more like this
tabling member constituency West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine more like this
tabling member printed
Andrew Bowie more like this
uin 281798 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-09-04more like thismore than 2019-09-04
answer text <p>AGS Airports who own and operate the airport, suggest that Aberdeen International Airport contributes more than £110 million a year to the local economy. Approximately 300 people are employed directly by the airport which supports 3,400 jobs across the north-east of Scotland.</p><p> </p><p /><p><br></p> more like this
answering member constituency Blackpool North and Cleveleys more like this
answering member printed Paul Maynard more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-09-04T12:08:08.26Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-04T12:08:08.26Z
answering member
3926
label Biography information for Paul Maynard more like this
tabling member
4601
label Biography information for Andrew Bowie more like this
1141760
registered interest false more like this
date remove filter
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 Wealth 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 narrow wealth differentials between the richest and poorest (a) individuals, (b) regions, (c) counties and (d) constituencies. more like this
tabling member constituency South Holland and The Deepings more like this
tabling member printed
Sir John Hayes more like this
uin 281595 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-09-05more like thismore than 2019-09-05
answer text <p>Addressing inequalities is an important consideration for this Government, and steps have already been taken to ensure those with the broadest shoulders bear the greatest burden. That is why we have introduced reforms to dividend taxation and capital gains tax, and ended permanent non-domicile status – to ensure the rich pay their fair share. This has led to the top 1% of income taxpayers paying 29% of income tax – a record high.</p><p> </p><p>This Government is also committed to ensuring opportunities are shared in every part of the country. People across all regions are benefitting from investments the Government is making. For example, since 2015, £12bn from the Local Growth Fund has been provided to local enterprise partnerships for projects that benefit the local area and economy. In addition to this, our new £3.6 billion Towns Fund will level up opportunity and create places across the UK where people want to live and thrive – supporting an initial 100 towns.</p><p> </p><p>By supporting all places to reach their potential, we can drive growth at a national level and readily share the benefits of a more prosperous United Kingdom.</p>
answering member constituency Richmond (Yorks) more like this
answering member printed Rishi Sunak more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-09-05T16:04:18.66Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-05T16:04:18.66Z
answering member
4483
label Biography information for Rishi Sunak more like this
tabling member
350
label Biography information for Sir John Hayes more like this
1141758
registered interest false more like this
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answering body
Cabinet Office more like this
answering dept id 53 more like this
answering dept short name Cabinet Office more like this
answering dept sort name Cabinet Office more like this
hansard heading Devolution: Scotland more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on further devolution of power to devolved authorities. more like this
tabling member constituency South Holland and The Deepings more like this
tabling member printed
Sir John Hayes more like this
uin 281593 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-09-03more like thismore than 2019-09-03
answer text <p>All sections of the Scotland Act 2016 that increase the powers of the Scottish Parliament are now in force. The Scottish Parliament will now be able to legislate in every area where the Scotland Act 2016 has given it the power to do so. The Joint Ministerial Working Group on Welfare continues to meet as a forum for discussion and decision-making to ensure the implementation of welfare and employment-related aspects of the Scotland Act 2016. The most recent meeting was held on 27th June 2019.</p><p><br>The devolution of tax and borrowing powers to Scotland has increased the accountability of the Scottish Government.</p><p>The Government has been clear that it expects that EU exit will lead to an increase in decision-making powers for the devolved administrations. The Government remains focussed on implementing the existing devolution settlements and undertaking detailed monitoring and evaluation in order to be able to assess the impact of devolution as we consider further decentralisation.</p>
answering member constituency Hertsmere more like this
answering member printed Oliver Dowden more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-09-03T08:53:51.623Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-03T08:53:51.623Z
answering member
4441
label Biography information for Oliver Dowden more like this
tabling member
350
label Biography information for Sir John Hayes more like this
1141937
registered interest false more like this
date remove filter
answering body
Northern Ireland Office more like this
answering dept id 21 more like this
answering dept short name Northern Ireland more like this
answering dept sort name Northern Ireland more like this
hansard heading Northern Ireland Office: Art Works more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Duncan of Springbank on 15 July (HL17173, HL17174, and HL17175), whether any compensation paid to civil servants has been indicated in the Northern Ireland Office accounting records. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Rogan more like this
uin HL17481 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-31more like thismore than 2019-07-31
answer text <p>Any compensation payments would be accounted for by the Northern Ireland Office in line with the guidance in <a href="https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/742188/Managing_Public_Money__MPM__2018.pdf" target="_blank">Managing Public Money</a>. Individual payments of more than the threshold required under Managing Public Money would be noted separately. Any compensation paid in respect of litigation would be determined with reference to legal advice.</p><p> </p><p>In line with previous responses, the Northern Ireland Office will keep its obligations under review to ensure its requirements under fair employment legislation are met.</p><p> </p><p>As I answered previously, information on employees’ personal data is sensitive, in order to comply with DPA requirements, and so I am unable to comment further.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>Images displayed in Stormont House are refreshed at regular intervals. Current images displayed reflect the culture and landscapes of Northern Ireland. These are in keeping with the rest of the building decor. We have no plans to review this policy.</p><p> </p><p>Royal portraits hang on public display at Hillsborough Castle, and also in the London Office occupied by the Northern Ireland Office. Other pictures of the Queen are displayed at Stormont House.</p>
answering member printed Lord Duncan of Springbank more like this
grouped question UIN
HL17482 more like this
HL17483 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-31T13:26:32.287Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-31T13:26:32.287Z
answering member
4686
label Biography information for Lord Duncan of Springbank more like this
tabling member
2478
label Biography information for Lord Rogan more like this
1141938
registered interest false more like this
date remove filter
answering body
Northern Ireland Office more like this
answering dept id 21 more like this
answering dept short name Northern Ireland more like this
answering dept sort name Northern Ireland more like this
hansard heading Northern Ireland Office: Art Works more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Duncan of Springbank on 15 July (HL17173, HL17174, and HL17175), whether a decision was made to remove images of the Royal Family in Stormont House; if so, who made that decision; and whether any Northern Ireland Office ministers intend to review that policy. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Rogan more like this
uin HL17482 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-31more like thismore than 2019-07-31
answer text <p>Any compensation payments would be accounted for by the Northern Ireland Office in line with the guidance in <a href="https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/742188/Managing_Public_Money__MPM__2018.pdf" target="_blank">Managing Public Money</a>. Individual payments of more than the threshold required under Managing Public Money would be noted separately. Any compensation paid in respect of litigation would be determined with reference to legal advice.</p><p> </p><p>In line with previous responses, the Northern Ireland Office will keep its obligations under review to ensure its requirements under fair employment legislation are met.</p><p> </p><p>As I answered previously, information on employees’ personal data is sensitive, in order to comply with DPA requirements, and so I am unable to comment further.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>Images displayed in Stormont House are refreshed at regular intervals. Current images displayed reflect the culture and landscapes of Northern Ireland. These are in keeping with the rest of the building decor. We have no plans to review this policy.</p><p> </p><p>Royal portraits hang on public display at Hillsborough Castle, and also in the London Office occupied by the Northern Ireland Office. Other pictures of the Queen are displayed at Stormont House.</p>
answering member printed Lord Duncan of Springbank more like this
grouped question UIN
HL17481 more like this
HL17483 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-31T13:26:32.357Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-31T13:26:32.357Z
answering member
4686
label Biography information for Lord Duncan of Springbank more like this
tabling member
2478
label Biography information for Lord Rogan more like this
1141939
registered interest false more like this
date remove filter
answering body
Northern Ireland Office more like this
answering dept id 21 more like this
answering dept short name Northern Ireland more like this
answering dept sort name Northern Ireland more like this
hansard heading Northern Ireland Office: Art Works more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Duncan of Springbank on 15 July (HL17173, HL17174, and HL17175), how levels of any compensation paid to civil servants for alleged offences caused by the display of images of the Royal Family in publicly funded buildings are calculated. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Rogan more like this
uin HL17483 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-31more like thismore than 2019-07-31
answer text <p>Any compensation payments would be accounted for by the Northern Ireland Office in line with the guidance in <a href="https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/742188/Managing_Public_Money__MPM__2018.pdf" target="_blank">Managing Public Money</a>. Individual payments of more than the threshold required under Managing Public Money would be noted separately. Any compensation paid in respect of litigation would be determined with reference to legal advice.</p><p> </p><p>In line with previous responses, the Northern Ireland Office will keep its obligations under review to ensure its requirements under fair employment legislation are met.</p><p> </p><p>As I answered previously, information on employees’ personal data is sensitive, in order to comply with DPA requirements, and so I am unable to comment further.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>Images displayed in Stormont House are refreshed at regular intervals. Current images displayed reflect the culture and landscapes of Northern Ireland. These are in keeping with the rest of the building decor. We have no plans to review this policy.</p><p> </p><p>Royal portraits hang on public display at Hillsborough Castle, and also in the London Office occupied by the Northern Ireland Office. Other pictures of the Queen are displayed at Stormont House.</p>
answering member printed Lord Duncan of Springbank more like this
grouped question UIN
HL17481 more like this
HL17482 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-31T13:26:32.397Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-31T13:26:32.397Z
answering member
4686
label Biography information for Lord Duncan of Springbank more like this
tabling member
2478
label Biography information for Lord Rogan more like this