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Jobseeker’S Allowance (Sanctions) (18 December 2014)

Stephen Timms: Published official figures show that the number of people sanctioned rose from about half a million in the year before the election to a million in the past year. That figure includes sanctions subsequently overturned on appeal. The Minister has been quoted as saying, and has said from time to time, that only a very small fraction of claimants receive a sanction. That is a fair comment about...

Bill Presented: Backbench Business — Christmas Adjournment (18 December 2014) See 5 other results from this debate

Tom Brake: As I understand it, the situation will then be monitored to ensure that that happens. The hon. Member for Southend West also referred to his own personal contribution to the work done by maternity wards, in that he has five children. I congratulate him on that. He mentioned the mental health manifesto. He also talked about the all-party parliamentary hepatology group. He started that point...

Business of the House: Local Government Finance (18 December 2014)

Kris Hopkins: With permission, Mr Speaker, I should like to make a statement on funding for local authorities in England next year. This Government inherited the largest deficit in post-war history. Thanks to this Government’s long-term economic plan, that deficit is falling, the economy is growing and employment is at a record high. This Government are putting our public finances back on track....

Public Bill Committee: Infrastructure Bill [Lords]: Clause 16 - Transfer of additional functions (18 December 2014)

John Hayes: Clause 16 confers a power on the Secretary of State to amend legislation by regulation, subject to certain exclusions, so as to transfer functions from the Secretary of State to the highways companies. I hope to reassure the Committee that this is a pragmatic provision intended to provide a mechanism for sensibly allowing the transfer of additional functions relating to highways or planning...

Public Bill Committee: Infrastructure Bill [Lords]: Schedule 3 - Transfer schemes (18 December 2014)

Richard Burden: It was remiss of me not to welcome you back to the Chair, Mr Hood—I was so taken with the point of order—and not to welcome Committee members back for the last sitting before we break for Christmas recess. Everybody is looking bright eyed and bushy tailed about the prospect of a final sitting. Actually, I suppose I am rushing ahead a bit by saying “bright eyed and bushy...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Reserve Forces: Engineers (18 December 2014)

Julian Brazier: Holding answer received on 24 November 2014 The table below sets out details of the Ministry of Defence’s intake of Service personnel into engineering trades, corps or branches in the UK Reserve Forces, by financial year. Numbers presented are likely to be underestimates as engineers can be recruited into non-engineering branches or may not be recorded as engineers on entry....

Written Answers — Department for Education: Children's Centres (18 December 2014)

Sam Gyimah: Holding answer received on 15 December 2014 Local authorities are responsible for maintaining records of their main children’s centres (and any additional sites that are open to children and families that are providing children's centre services as part of a network) on the Department for Education’s children’s centre database. Information from the database about...

Written Answers — Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission: Electoral Registration Officers (18 December 2014)

Gary Streeter: The number of Electoral Registration Officers (EROs) who did not meet one, two, three, four, five or more than five of the Electoral Commission's performance standards in each year since 2008 is as follows: One Two Three Four Five More than five Total 2008 88 66 66 36 23 18 297 2009 93 54 19 12 5 2 185 2010 39 13 4 2 2 0 60 2011 58 8 1 0 0 0 67...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: State Retirement Pensions (18 December 2014)

Steve Webb: The Department estimates that of those reaching State Pension Age in 2016-17: 37% will receive at least the full rate of the new State Pension; 52% will receive less than the full rate of the new State Pension due to having made reduced National Insurance contributions as a consequence of contracting–out of additional pension (SERPS and/or S2P); 11% will receive...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Health Services: Private Sector (18 December 2014)

Daniel Poulter: No information is held about the intended work destinations of civil servants from the graded structure (grades AO to G6) leaving the Department to work in other organisations. However, for Senior Civil Servants (SCS), the SCS unit in the Department’s human resources section does hold the information presented in the table below. “The independent healthcare sector” is...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Mental Health Services (18 December 2014)

Norman Lamb: Achieving Better Access to Mental Health Services by 2020, published October 2014, articulates our ambition and the immediate actions we will take this year and next to achieve better access and waiting times in mental health services. It includes the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT), commitment of treatment within six weeks for 75% of people with 95% of people being treated...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Hepatitis (18 December 2014)

Jane Ellison: Statistical modelling by Public Health England predicts that 15,840 individuals will be living with hepatitis C related cirrhosis or liver cancer in England in 2020, if left untreated. A published statistical estimate[1] suggests that over the next 30 years, the total healthcare costs of the infected population, assuming current levels of treatment, could be 4,680 million. That is why...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Young Offender Institutions (18 December 2014)

Andrew Selous: The tables below detail the (a) age, (b) gender and (c) ethnicity of young offenders detained in each of these types of establishment since 2010/11. Table A: monthly average under-18 custody population by accommodation type and age from 2010/11 to 2014/15 (April 2014 to October 2014). Accommodation type Age 2012/13 2013/14* 2014/15 (April to October)* Secure Children's Homes 11...

Written Answers — Department for Culture Media and Sport: Travel (18 December 2014)

Helen Grant: With the exception of spending on taxis, and for travel before financial year 2013/14, the Department’s systems do not do not routinely classify travel information in this way and producing it would incur disproportionate cost. Expenditure on taxis fares in the last five years was as follows: Financial Year DCMS Expenditure s GEO Expenditure s Total Expenditure...

Written Answers — Department for Culture Media and Sport: Culture: North of England (18 December 2014)

Chris Bryant: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to paragraph 2.249 of the Autumn Statement 2014 (a) where and (b) when the Great Exhibition in the North will take place; with which organisations he plans to work to co-ordinate that Exhibition; what planning has taken place so far for that Exhibition; and whether the 1 million referred to in that Statement is...

Written Ministerial Statements — Communities and Local Government: Sustainable Drainage Systems (18 December 2014)

Eric Pickles: As part of the Government’s continuing commitment to protect people and property from flood risk, my Department and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs recently consulted on a proposal to make better use of the planning system to secure sustainable drainage systems. Today we are publishing our response to the consultation explaining how we will be strengthening...

Written Ministerial Statements — Education: School Breakfast Clubs (European Aid) (18 December 2014)

David Laws: The Government plan to use the UK share of the fund for European aid to the most deprived to provide additional support for school breakfast clubs in England. Under the plans, which will be led by the Department for Education, this money would be allocated to schools with particularly high rates of disadvantage, as measured by free school meal eligibility. We believe that breakfast clubs...

Written Ministerial Statements — Energy and Climate Change: Lima Climate Change Conference (18 December 2014)

Edward Davey: The annual conference of the parties (COP) to the United Nations framework convention on climate change took place in Lima, Peru, from 1- 14 December. The United Kingdom was represented by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. What we agreed All countries in the United Nations framework convention on climate change committed at the COP in Durban in 2011 to negotiate, by 2015,...

Written Ministerial Statements — Justice: Transforming Rehabilitation (18 December 2014)

Chris Grayling: I am today signing contracts with the new owners of the 21 community rehabilitation companies (CRCs). This is another major step towards implementing the Government’s probation reforms. Despite almost 3 billion a year investment in prisons and just under 1 billion in delivering sentences in the community, overall reoffending rates have barely changed over the last decade....

Written Ministerial Statements — Prime Minister: National Security Strategy/Strategic Defence and Security Review (18 December 2014)

David Cameron: On behalf of the Deputy Prime Minister and other members of the National Security Council, I am pleased to present the fourth annual report of progress in implementing the 2010 National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review as attached. Copies are also being placed in the Library of the House. The global context Over the last year the country has faced a wide range of...

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