Mark Hendrick: First, I congratulate the hon. Member for Morecambe and Lunesdale (David Morris) on securing the debate. I will make a few brief points and then await the Minister’s response. The hon. Gentleman rightly referred to the independent PricewaterhouseCoopers report, which made the point that Lancashire County Council is currently underfunded and has been for many years—we do not have...
Mark Hendrick: Yes. I will be 30 seconds. The hon. Gentleman talked about funding being Preston-centric. He has not accepted invitations to county hall or Westminster to talk about these issues with other MPs from Lancashire. If he looks at the reports from the LEP, he will see that many of those projects are spread throughout Lancashire and are not focused particularly on Preston.
Mark Hendrick: Lancashire has the third lowest tax base of any of the shire local authorities. Preston welcomes the reduction in business rates, but, effectively, what it means is that the 100% tax take will be lower as a result of the reduction in business rates. We do not mind that, but the loss of central Government funding through the rate support grant will be a huge blow to both Lancashire and Preston.
Mark Hendrick: Lancashire has been one of the top-performing police forces in the country for many years, and in some ways it has been a victim of its own success. Despite the improvements in its performance and efficiency, it has been on the receiving end of this Government’s cuts for a number of years. Given that success, however, I pay tribute to County Councillor Clive Grunshaw, our police and...
Mark Hendrick: Does my hon. Friend share my concern that the funding formula review has been shrouded in mystery, the Minister having given no details of the main indicators to be implemented in its outcome? He cannot even tell us when the review will be finished, which leaves police forces—which will be on the end of the funding, once the formula is introduced—scratching their heads over the future.
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Mark Hendrick: When the Chancellor announced in 2016 that police budgets would continue to be protected in cash terms assuming council tax was maximised, I—like many others—welcomed the news. Last year’s cuts to grant funding were a uniform 0.6% and this year’s provisional settlement outlined a further 1.3% cut to direct resource funding. How does that square with what the Minister said?
Mark Hendrick: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 15 February 2017 to Question 59530, what the reason for the time taken in answering that Question was.
Mark Hendrick: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Written Ministerial Statement of 25 February 2016, HCWS549, what progress her Department has made on procuring new electronic monitoring based on satellite tracking technology; and what the costs of that procurement process have been to date.
Mark Hendrick: As has become the fashion, I declare my visits to Palestine and Israel over the past 15 years financed by various organisations. The focus of this debate—settlements—is narrow but nevertheless very important. Some hon. Members have sought to trivialise the issue of settlements, but while they might not be the most important issue, they are nevertheless very important. We need only...
Mark Hendrick: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which credit unions have received funding under the Credit Union Expansion Project; and how much each such union has received.
Mark Hendrick: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the level of the misuse of ambulance services in (a) England and (b) each Ambulance NHS Trust; and what steps his Department is taking to reduce the cost incurred by such misuse.
Mark Hendrick: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the consultation on Simplification of the Tax and National Insurance treatment of termination payments: government response and consultation on draft legislation, which closed for comments on 5 October 2016, what assessment he has made of the responses to that consultation; what changes he plans to make to the tax and national insurance...
Mark Hendrick: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the amount recovered from third party insurers for NHS treatment under the NHS Injury Recovery Scheme by each Ambulance Service NHS Trust in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and how much of that amount which is recoverable remains outstanding.
Mark Hendrick: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the amount recovered from third party insurers for NHS treatment under the NHS Injury Recovery Scheme by (a) Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, (b) Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, (c) University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust and (d) East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust...
Mark Hendrick: In my view, it is a tragedy that we have seen introduced into the House a Bill that will result in our withdrawal from the European Union at the same time as our Government are seeking to embrace an extreme right-wing United States President and Administration who seem hellbent on disrupting a long-standing progressive and multilateral world order based on trade, NATO and the European Union....
Mark Hendrick: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many funerals were conducted by each unitary and district council in England under section 46 of the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 in 2016; and what the cost to each local authority was for conducting such funerals.
Mark Hendrick: It seems that while UK nationals with dual nationality may be admitted to the US, the European Commission cannot at the moment verify whether that would also apply to those from other EU member states. Could my right hon. Friend comment on that?
Mark Hendrick: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much UK Visas and Immigration paid out in costs in respect of judicial reviews of (a) deportation orders and (b) other immigration decisions in (i) 2015 and (ii) 2016.
Mark Hendrick: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to extend bereavement payment to the parents or guardians of children who have died.