Mark Francois: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the budget of the East of England Ambulance Service has been increased to account for the additional workload of the Essex Success Regime hospital reconfiguration proposals.
Mark Francois: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information he holds on what discussions have taken place between the leadership of the East of England Ambulance Service and their counterparts in the Essex Success Regime on the availability of ambulances to support the Success Regime's proposals for hospital reconfiguration.
Mark Francois: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information he holds on the estimated travel time for an emergency ambulance travelling from Southend Hospital to Basildon Hospital on (a) a non-emergency journey and (b) an emergency blue light run.
Mark Francois: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many emergency ambulances the East of England Ambulance Service has in its fleet; and how many of those ambulances are normally based in Essex.
Mark Francois: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of unsuccessful claims for personal independence payments were overturned at the mandatory reconsideration stage in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
Mark Francois: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of unsuccessful claims for employment support allowance were overturned at the mandatory reconsideration stage in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
Mark Francois: The Prime Minister has been clear that the negotiation for the UK’s future relationship with Europe will need to begin under a new Prime Minister, and we have now got to look at all the detailed arrangements for this. In the meantime, my department continues working to deliver the government’s agenda, and take forward the legislation that we set before Parliament in the...
Mark Francois: Officials in my Department do not receive additional incentives for working overtime on top of normal overtime payments.
Mark Francois: Public procurement policy is the responsibility of the Cabinet Office through the Crown Commercial Service. The Department's purchasing policies support the Government’s commitment to do all it can to ensure UK suppliers can compete effectively for public sector contracts, in line with our current international obligations and guidance issued by the Crown Commercial Service.
Mark Francois: The following Directives are awaiting transposition by DCLG into UK law:Elements of Directive 2013/55/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 November 2013 amending Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications that relate to architects.Directive 2014/52/EU amending Directive 2011/92/EU on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private...
Mark Francois: The Department for Communities and Local Government is not leading on EU negotiations, legislative or otherwise for the Government in the Council of the EU.
Mark Francois: Officials in my Department keep accurate official records in line with Cabinet Office guidance and in accordance with business needs.
Mark Francois: The Cities and Local Growth Unit is a joint BIS-DCLG team that supports places in developing and agreeing devolution deals with the Government. Six Senior Civil Servants out of ten in the Unit are based in London.
Mark Francois: The current numbers and location of Cities and Local Growth Unit officials based in the six local teams are set out in the attached table. Table (Word Document, 30 KB)
Mark Francois: Whilst the Secretary of State has not visited Scotland since the 2015 General Election, officials have had a number of meetings on proposed City Deals across Scotland.
Mark Francois: My Department spent the following amounts on non-payroll staff in 2015-16, as will be reported in our Annual Report and Accounts: Cost of contingent labour (agency staff and contractors) - £2,858,046 Cost of consultants/consultancy - £511,460
Mark Francois: No civil servants in my Department are paid through limited companies.
Mark Francois: Details of payroll and non-payroll staffing in my Department are published on Gov.uk and in the Annual Report and Accounts.
Mark Francois: No separate annual record of locations visited by Ministers and officials is kept by this department. However, details of Ministers meetings with external organisations are published online as part of our transparency agenda. Details can be found at: http://www.gov.uk/government/publications?departments%5B%5D= department-for-communities-and-local-government&publicat ion type=transparency-data
Mark Francois: Decentralisation and growth are cross-governmental issues, supported by officials in all relevant departments. The Cities and Local Growth Unit is a joint BIS-DCLG team that supports areas in developing and agreeing devolution deals with the Government. It currently has approximately 140 officials working on a range of devolution and growth agendas, with just over 60 of these officials in six...