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1701078
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-04-15more like thismore than 2024-04-15
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 Employment and Support Allowance more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of increasing the permitted working hours criteria for Employment and Support Allowance. more like this
tabling member constituency Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey more like this
tabling member printed
Drew Hendry more like this
uin 21711 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-04-18more like thismore than 2024-04-18
answer text <p>There are currently no plans to increase the permitted work hours limit. The ESA permitted work rules strike a balance between encouraging claimants to build their confidence, undertake some part-time paid work, and plan a gradual move to sustained employment, while continuing to receive benefit. The permitted work earnings limit is reviewed annually and uprated in line with the National Living Wage.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Mid Sussex more like this
answering member printed Mims Davies more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-04-18T10:23:52.497Zmore like thismore than 2024-04-18T10:23:52.497Z
answering member
4513
label Biography information for Mims Davies more like this
tabling member
4467
label Biography information for Drew Hendry more like this
1698393
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-03-25more like thismore than 2024-03-25
answering body
Department for Science, Innovation and Technology more like this
answering dept id 216 more like this
answering dept short name Science, Innovation and Technology more like this
answering dept sort name Science, Innovation and Technology more like this
hansard heading Research: Gulf States 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 Science, Innovation and Technology, whether her Department is taking steps to help promote research links with Gulf States. more like this
tabling member constituency Hendon more like this
tabling member printed
Dr Matthew Offord more like this
uin 20285 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-04-18more like thismore than 2024-04-18
answer text <p>As outlined in the Science and Technology Framework, global collaboration is vital in supporting UK science and technology capabilities and my department is working to strengthen strategic partnerships with governments, industry and academia across the globe. Partnerships will differ in scope and depth but given the strong economic growth and expanding populations of the Gulf States they represent an outsize opportunity to benefit the UK and strengthen our science and technology systems.</p><p> </p><p>Consistent with this, last month, I signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Research and Innovation (R&amp;I) with Saudi Arabia – my first in the region - to help position the UK as a research and innovation partner of choice and create new opportunities for UK researchers and businesses.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Arundel and South Downs more like this
answering member printed Andrew Griffith more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-04-18T10:23:23.147Zmore like thismore than 2024-04-18T10:23:23.147Z
answering member
4874
label Biography information for Andrew Griffith more like this
tabling member
4006
label Biography information for Dr Matthew Offord more like this
1698392
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-03-25more like thismore than 2024-03-25
answering body
Department for Science, Innovation and Technology more like this
answering dept id 216 more like this
answering dept short name Science, Innovation and Technology more like this
answering dept sort name Science, Innovation and Technology more like this
hansard heading Digital Technology: Disadvantaged 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 Science, Innovation and Technology, what steps her Department is taking to help improve digital inclusion for people who are unable to access the internet. more like this
tabling member constituency Hendon more like this
tabling member printed
Dr Matthew Offord more like this
uin 20284 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-04-18more like thismore than 2024-04-18
answer text <p>The Government recognises that access to the internet is increasingly essential for full participation in society and has taken steps to ensure households across the UK are able to access fast, reliable mobile and broadband services.</p><p> </p><p>The Government has worked closely with the telecoms industry to ensure superfast broadband connections extend to over 97% of the UK. Similarly, 4G mobile coverage is available to 99% of the population from at least one network provider. The Government is also investing £5 billion through our flagship Project Gigabit programme to bring gigabit broadband to reach hard-to-reach communities.</p><p> </p><p>We recognise that infrastructure is only part of the story. To support those for whom cost may be a barrier, the Government has worked closely with the telecoms industry to ensure market provision of broadband and mobile social tariffs. These low-cost, commercial products are available from 28 different providers, across 99% of the UK and start at just £10 per month.</p>
answering member constituency Hornchurch and Upminster more like this
answering member printed Julia Lopez more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-04-18T10:17:56.197Zmore like thismore than 2024-04-18T10:17:56.197Z
answering member
4647
label Biography information for Julia Lopez more like this
tabling member
4006
label Biography information for Dr Matthew Offord more like this
1700978
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-04-15more like thismore than 2024-04-15
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 Health Services: Disability 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, how her Department plans to use Section 95 (3) 251ZA Information Standards (Compliance) of the Health and Care Act 2022 to ensure that NHS providers meet the communication needs of patients set out in the Accessible Information Standard. more like this
tabling member constituency Nottingham South more like this
tabling member printed
Lilian Greenwood more like this
uin 21625 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-04-18more like thismore than 2024-04-18
answer text <p>The Department plans to implement Section 95 later this year. This will be subject to Parliament’s approval of the regulations setting out the procedure for preparing and publishing mandatory information standards, on which the Department has recently consulted.</p><p>Once Section 95 is in force and compliance with information standards becomes mandatory, the Department will use section 251ZA, where appropriate, to monitor compliance with information standards, including by requiring National Health Service providers and others to whom information standards apply, to provide information for this purpose.</p><p>NHS England is responsible for the Accessible Information Standard (AIS), and plans to update the AIS to take account of the statutory approach to information standards in due course. NHS England has also completed a review of the AIS to help ensure that the communication needs of people with a disability, impairment, or sensory loss are met in health and care provision. One of the aims of the review was to strengthen assurance of implementation of the AIS, and a self-assessment framework has been developed to support providers of NHS and social care services to measure their performance against the AIS, and develop improvement action plans to address gaps in implementation.</p><p>NHS England will publish a revised AIS in due course. Following publication, NHS England will continue work to support its implementation with awareness raising, communication and engagement, and updated e-learning modules on the AIS, to ensure NHS staff are better aware of the standard, and their roles and responsibilities in implementing it.</p>
answering member constituency Lewes more like this
answering member printed Maria Caulfield more like this
grouped question UIN 21624 more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-04-18T10:16:07.897Zmore like thismore than 2024-04-18T10:16:07.897Z
answering member
4492
label Biography information for Maria Caulfield more like this
tabling member
4029
label Biography information for Lilian Greenwood more like this
1700977
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-04-15more like thismore than 2024-04-15
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 Health and Care Act 2022 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, when she plans to implement section 95 of the Health and Care Act 2022. more like this
tabling member constituency Nottingham South more like this
tabling member printed
Lilian Greenwood more like this
uin 21624 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-04-18more like thismore than 2024-04-18
answer text <p>The Department plans to implement Section 95 later this year. This will be subject to Parliament’s approval of the regulations setting out the procedure for preparing and publishing mandatory information standards, on which the Department has recently consulted.</p><p>Once Section 95 is in force and compliance with information standards becomes mandatory, the Department will use section 251ZA, where appropriate, to monitor compliance with information standards, including by requiring National Health Service providers and others to whom information standards apply, to provide information for this purpose.</p><p>NHS England is responsible for the Accessible Information Standard (AIS), and plans to update the AIS to take account of the statutory approach to information standards in due course. NHS England has also completed a review of the AIS to help ensure that the communication needs of people with a disability, impairment, or sensory loss are met in health and care provision. One of the aims of the review was to strengthen assurance of implementation of the AIS, and a self-assessment framework has been developed to support providers of NHS and social care services to measure their performance against the AIS, and develop improvement action plans to address gaps in implementation.</p><p>NHS England will publish a revised AIS in due course. Following publication, NHS England will continue work to support its implementation with awareness raising, communication and engagement, and updated e-learning modules on the AIS, to ensure NHS staff are better aware of the standard, and their roles and responsibilities in implementing it.</p>
answering member constituency Lewes more like this
answering member printed Maria Caulfield more like this
grouped question UIN 21625 more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-04-18T10:16:07.85Zmore like thismore than 2024-04-18T10:16:07.85Z
answering member
4492
label Biography information for Maria Caulfield more like this
tabling member
4029
label Biography information for Lilian Greenwood more like this
1698362
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-03-25more like thismore than 2024-03-25
answering body
Department for Science, Innovation and Technology more like this
answering dept id 216 more like this
answering dept short name Science, Innovation and Technology more like this
answering dept sort name Science, Innovation and Technology more like this
hansard heading Digital Technology: Disadvantaged 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 Science, Innovation and Technology, what steps her Department is taking to help improve digital inclusion for people that are unable to access the internet. more like this
tabling member constituency Bournemouth East more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
uin 20221 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-04-18more like thismore than 2024-04-18
answer text <p>The Government recognises that access to the internet is increasingly essential for full participation in society and has taken steps to ensure households across the UK are able to access fast, reliable mobile and broadband services.</p><p> </p><p>The Government has worked closely with the telecoms industry to ensure superfast broadband connections extend to over 97% of the UK. Similarly, 4G mobile coverage is available to 99% of the population from at least one network provider. The Government is also investing £5 billion through our flagship Project Gigabit programme to bring gigabit broadband to reach hard-to-reach communities.</p><p> </p><p>We recognise that infrastructure is only part of the story. To support those for whom cost may be a barrier, the Government has worked closely with the telecoms industry to ensure market provision of broadband and mobile social tariffs. These low-cost, commercial products are available from 28 different providers, across 99% of the UK and start at just £10 per month.</p>
answering member constituency Hornchurch and Upminster more like this
answering member printed Julia Lopez more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-04-18T10:15:30.287Zmore like thismore than 2024-04-18T10:15:30.287Z
answering member
4647
label Biography information for Julia Lopez more like this
tabling member
1487
label Biography information for Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
1698595
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-03-25more like thismore than 2024-03-25
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 Visas: Sponsorship 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, how many employers held visa sponsorship licences in (a) 2020, (b) 2021, (c) 2022 and (d) 2023. more like this
tabling member constituency Lanark and Hamilton East more like this
tabling member printed
Angela Crawley more like this
uin 20345 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-04-18more like thismore than 2024-04-18
answer text <p>The Home Office publishes the latest register of worker and temporary worker licensed sponsors at: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/register-of-licensed-sponsors-workers" target="_blank">Register of licensed sponsors: workers - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)</a> This is a live document that is continually updated.</p><p>Data that has been updated quarterly since 2014 and includes the number of valid sponsor licences, can be found at: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sponsorship-transparency-data-q4-2023" target="_blank">Sponsorship transparency data: Q4 2023 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)</a>.</p><p>The number of organisations annually on the register of sponsors can also be found under Sponsorship Summary Tables at: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/immigration-system-statistics-data-tables#sponsorship" target="_blank">Immigration system statistics data tables - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)</a>.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Corby more like this
answering member printed Tom Pursglove more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-04-18T10:08:36.623Zmore like thismore than 2024-04-18T10:08:36.623Z
answering member
4369
label Biography information for Tom Pursglove more like this
tabling member
4469
label Biography information for Angela Crawley more like this
1700992
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-04-15more like thismore than 2024-04-15
answering body
Department for Science, Innovation and Technology more like this
answering dept id 216 more like this
answering dept short name Science, Innovation and Technology more like this
answering dept sort name Science, Innovation and Technology more like this
hansard heading Science and Technology: Foreign Investment in UK 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 Science, Innovation and Technology, with reference to the UK Science and Technology Framework, last updated on 9 February 2024, what assessment her Department has made of its progress against the goal of working with industry and philanthropic partners to increase inward investment by Summer Recess 2023. more like this
tabling member constituency Newcastle upon Tyne Central more like this
tabling member printed
Chi Onwurah more like this
uin 21666 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-04-18more like thismore than 2024-04-18
answer text <p>DSIT has made significant strides towards enhancing collaboration with industry and philanthropic partners to bolster investment.</p><p> </p><p>Last year’s successful Global Investment Summit attracted more than £29 billion, including landmark investments in AI, life sciences and quantum. We will continue to build on our collaborative approach to increase philanthropic and private investment, including working with DBT and the Office for Investment, to further our investment ambitions.</p><p> </p><p>We announced £25 million for UK Biobank conditional on philanthropic match-funding within a consortium. So far, we have secured £16 million from philanthropists Eric Schmidt and Ken Griffin, and work is underway to secure further donations.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Arundel and South Downs more like this
answering member printed Andrew Griffith more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-04-18T10:08:17.343Zmore like thismore than 2024-04-18T10:08:17.343Z
answering member
4874
label Biography information for Andrew Griffith more like this
tabling member
4124
label Biography information for Chi Onwurah more like this
1698536
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-03-25more like thismore than 2024-03-25
answering body
Prime Minister more like this
answering dept id 23 more like this
answering dept short name Prime Minister more like this
answering dept sort name Prime Minister more like this
hansard heading International Criminal Court more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 20 March 2024 to Question 18492 on European Court of Human Rights, whether he considers the International Criminal Court to be a foreign court. more like this
tabling member constituency Glasgow North more like this
tabling member printed
Patrick Grady more like this
uin 20335 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-04-18more like thismore than 2024-04-18
answer text <p>The clue is in the name.</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 2024-04-18T10:02:44.82Zmore like thismore than 2024-04-18T10:02:44.82Z
answering member
4483
label Biography information for Rishi Sunak more like this
tabling member
4432
label Biography information for Patrick Grady more like this
1701061
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-04-15more like thismore than 2024-04-15
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 Mental Health Services: Waiting Lists 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 assessment she has made of the potential impact of trends in the level of average waiting times for receiving NHS mental health (a) treatment and (b) other support services on the (i) wellbeing and (ii) employment of patients requiring those services. more like this
tabling member constituency Oxford West and Abingdon more like this
tabling member printed
Layla Moran more like this
uin 21800 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-04-18more like thismore than 2024-04-18
answer text <p>While no such assessments have been made, through the NHS Long Term Plan the Government is providing record levels of investment and increasing the mental health workforce, to expand and transform National Health Service mental health services in England, helping to reduce waiting times. The NHS is also working towards implementing new waiting time measures for people requiring mental healthcare in both accident and emergency and in the community, to increase transparency, drive improvements in the quality of data, promote timely access to the most appropriate and high-quality support, and drive accountability in local systems.</p><p>The 2023 Spring Budget contained a package of over £400 million to support the long-term sick and disabled in remaining in or entering employment. This included approximately £75 million for the expansion of the Individual Placement and Support scheme, to help people with severe mental illness into employment. At the 2023 Autumn Statement, we announced a further £795 million of funding to increase the number of sessions per course of Talking Therapies treatment and broaden access, leading to an expected additional 384,000 people completing a course of treatment by 2028/29. It will also fund an additional 100,000 Individual Placement and Support places over five years, which will help people with severe mental illness gain and retain paid employment.</p>
answering member constituency Lewes more like this
answering member printed Maria Caulfield more like this
grouped question UIN 21801 more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-04-18T10:02:21.693Zmore like thismore than 2024-04-18T10:02:21.693Z
answering member
4492
label Biography information for Maria Caulfield more like this
tabling member
4656
label Biography information for Layla Moran more like this