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Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Malnutrition (19 Jul 2018)

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many cases of malnutrition there have been in each year since 2010.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Respiratory System: Health Services (19 Jul 2018)

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the upcoming NHS 10-year plan is planned to include a respiratory programme.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (19 Jul 2018)

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what projection her Department has made of the amount it will pay in universal credit in the 2018-19 financial year.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (19 Jul 2018)

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, by how much her Department's projected spend on universal credit in the 2018-19 financial year has changed as a result of the reduction of the minimum waiting time for payment of claims from six weeks to five.

Public Bill Committee: Offensive Weapons Bill: Examination of Witnesses (17 Jul 2018)

Stephen Timms: Q I was asking about the two different ways in which the Bill defines corrosive substances. There is the list in schedule 1, and then clause 5(9) states, “‘corrosive substance’ means a substance which is capable of burning human skin by corrosion”. From a policing point of view and arresting people carrying out these crimes, which is the better definition for you to...

Public Bill Committee: Offensive Weapons Bill: Examination of Witnesses (17 Jul 2018)

Stephen Timms: Q Is the list in schedule 1 the right list? Are there things that you are aware of that are problematic and perhaps ought to be on the list, or does the list seem to you to be complete?

Public Bill Committee: Offensive Weapons Bill: Examination of Witnesses (17 Jul 2018)

Stephen Timms: Q A welcome aspect of the Bill is making it an offence to have a corrosive substance in a public place, just as, for a long time, it has been an offence to have a knife in a public place. The Bill also develops the offence that has been there for a while of having a knife in educational premises by extending it to further education. Do you think there ought to be a parallel offence around...

Public Bill Committee: Offensive Weapons Bill: Examination of Witnesses (17 Jul 2018)

Stephen Timms: Q In a sense, you could equally have a knife in a school for a perfectly legitimate purpose. I wonder whether there is an analogy between the two. I would like to raise another issue. It struck me for a while that there is a bit of uncertainty about the number of acid attacks taking place because we have not focused very much on them. They have risen very suddenly over the last few years....

Public Bill Committee: Offensive Weapons Bill: Examination of Witnesses (17 Jul 2018)

Stephen Timms: Q Are we going to see more systematic, reliable and accepted figures in this area in the future?

Public Bill Committee: Offensive Weapons Bill: Examination of Witnesses (17 Jul 2018)

Stephen Timms: I want to ask you about the corrosive substance aspects of the Bill. I am a bit puzzled about why there are two different definitions of a corrosive substance in the Bill. One is the list in schedule 1 and the other is in clause 5, which defines it as something “capable of burning…skin by corrosion”

Public Bill Committee: Offensive Weapons Bill: Examination of Witnesses (17 Jul 2018)

Stephen Timms: Q The Bill makes it an offence to sell corrosive substances to people under 18. As I understand it, the evidence is that when checks are made of retailers’ compliance with not selling things that they are already prohibited from selling to under-18s, there is a high level of failure. Can you tell us a little about what trading standards’ experience is of the degree of compliance...

Public Bill Committee: Offensive Weapons Bill: Examination of Witnesses (17 Jul 2018)

Stephen Timms: Q Let me ask about another aspect of compliance. The sale of some things listed in the explosives precursor regulations requires a licence to buy them. Sulphuric acid has recently been added to that list. Some of these products are sold in hardware stores and, I think, in some cases pound shops, where drain cleaner is sold. What is your impression of the degree of compliance likely with this...

Public Bill Committee: Offensive Weapons Bill: Examination of Witnesses (17 Jul 2018)

Stephen Timms: Q One final question: to what extent do you think retailers are alert to the concerns about acid sales? Is this on their agenda? Do trading standards departments discuss it with retailers or is it quite new and not in operation?

Public Bill Committee: Offensive Weapons Bill: Examination of witnesses (17 Jul 2018)

Stephen Timms: Q I want to ask some questions about the corrosive substance elements of the Bill, so I guess my questions are mainly to Mr Shah, but I would be interested to know what others have to say about this as well. Mr Shah, at the start you told us that you had done a freedom of information exercise, compiling data about acid attacks around the UK. Do you think that enough data on this subject is...

Public Bill Committee: Offensive Weapons Bill: Examination of witnesses (17 Jul 2018)

Stephen Timms: Q On the data for the UK, did you say half the acid attacks in the UK are in London? Did I understand you correctly?

Public Bill Committee: Offensive Weapons Bill: Examination of witnesses (17 Jul 2018)

Stephen Timms: Q So not quite 50%, but very close. I would be interested in your views about something that puzzles me about the Bill—no doubt at some point we will have the opportunity to ask the Minister about this. There are two main offences in the Bill relating to corrosive substances: selling them to people under 18—the Bill bans that—and having them in a public place. However, the...

Public Bill Committee: Offensive Weapons Bill: Examination of witnesses (17 Jul 2018)

Stephen Timms: Q Does the list in schedule 1 look roughly right to you?

Public Bill Committee: Offensive Weapons Bill: Examination of witnesses (17 Jul 2018)

Stephen Timms: Q Is there anything that it strikes you is not on the list but really ought to be?

Public Bill Committee: Offensive Weapons Bill: Examination of witnesses (17 Jul 2018)

Stephen Timms: Q The Bill makes it an offence to sell any of those substances to somebody under 18. Do you think 18 is the right place to set the age limit, or should we look at banning sales to people under 21, for example?


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