Results 121–140 of 2673 for speaker:Chris Skidmore

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Hospitals: Finance (4 Sep 2019)

Chris Skidmore: The policy on National Health Service providers borrowing from local authorities is that they must seek value for money for taxpayers and the resulting capital expenditure incurred must be affordable within the Department’s capital budget. Further details can be found in the NHS capital regime guidance at the following link: https://improvement.nhs.uk/resources/capital-regime-investme...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Nurses: Training (4 Sep 2019)

Chris Skidmore: The education funding reforms announced in the 2015 Spending Review started to take effect from August 2017 and pre-registration nursing students began to access student loans rather than receiving a National Health Service bursary. In January 2019, the NHS published its Long Term Plan which sets out a 10 year vision for healthcare in England. The NHS Interim People Plan, published on 3 June,...

Kettering General Hospital Urgent Care Hub (3 Sep 2019)

Chris Skidmore: It is an honour to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Bone, in my first debate as the new Minister of State for health. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Kettering (Mr Hollobone) on securing this debate on the proposed urgent care hub at Kettering General Hospital. This is an important issue for not only my hon. Friend but his constituents in the wider Kettering community, and it...

Kettering General Hospital Urgent Care Hub (3 Sep 2019)

Chris Skidmore: NHS Improvement and NHS England follow an independent assessment process. Previous waves, and the allocation of the 20 hospital upgrades that were announced last month, were assessed on the following six criteria: deliverability; patient benefit and demand management; service need and transformation; financial sustainability that delivers savings to both the organisation and the...

Kettering General Hospital Urgent Care Hub (3 Sep 2019)

Chris Skidmore: As a new Health Minister, I have found that the wave approach to the sustainability and transformation partnerships programme has highlighted a wider issue with NHS capital. My hon. Friend’s point about geographical distribution applies not just to bricks and mortar but to diagnostic equipment. We must make sure that our national health service is truly national, by giving every trust equal...

Kettering General Hospital Urgent Care Hub (3 Sep 2019)

Chris Skidmore: I thank my hon. Friend for that invitation; I would be delighted to visit the hospital. I pay tribute to the staff at Kettering General Hospital, who continue to work hard and who contributed to the hospital’s receiving a good rating for care. I hope we will continue discussions during my visit. I hope that, if my hon. Friend and the trust are willing, I can arrange the meeting to go...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital: Accident and Emergency Departments (3 Sep 2019)

Chris Skidmore: NHS England publishes monthly performance data for accident and emergency (A&E) waiting times for each trust rather than individual hospital site level. Performance data for the East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust can be found at the following link: https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas /ae-waiting-times-and-activity/ East Lancashire Hospitals Trust A&E performance...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: NHS: Finance (3 Sep 2019)

Chris Skidmore: In its Long Term Plan, the National Health Service outlined eight potential areas for legislation, including one to increase flexibility in the NHS pricing regime. The NHS is now further developing their proposals, and outlined further thinking on this in an engagement document published on 28 February. This was followed by an engagement exercise with staff, the public and other stakeholders...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: NHS: Pensions (3 Sep 2019)

Chris Skidmore: The NHS Pension Scheme records opt-out data based on staff occupation, for example, doctors or nurses, rather than seniority. It is not possible to identify ‘senior staff’ within the available data. The following table presents scheme opt-out data provided by the NHS Business Services Authority, who administer the NHS Pension Scheme for England and Wales. Scheme year Number of...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: NHS: Drugs (2 Aug 2019)

Chris Skidmore: The United Kingdom will leave the European Union on 31 October, with or without a deal. The Government would prefer the UK to leave the EU with a deal and, in the event that the UK leaves the EU with a new deal, the Department’s assessment is that access to medicines and medical devices will not change for industry or the National Health Service. While the Prime Minister is confident that...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Students: Housing (24 Jul 2019)

Chris Skidmore: Higher education providers are autonomous bodies that are independent from the government and so the government plays no direct role in the provision of student residential accommodation. We have seen evidence that the standard of student accommodation is improving. For example, in 2018/19, the level of self-catered ensuite provision at institutions stood at approximately 222,000 rooms...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Housing: Electricity (23 Jul 2019)

Chris Skidmore: Holding answer received on 22 July 2019 Electricity connections and upgrades for new and existing homes are a matter for distribution network operators (DNOs) overseen by the independent regulator, Ofgem. Under the Distribution Connection and Use of System Agreement, DNOs are required to offer customers the most efficient solution to meet their requirements. In doing so, DNOs assess...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Housing: Electricity (23 Jul 2019)

Chris Skidmore: Holding answer received on 22 July 2019 Network operators are responsible for ensuring the reliable supply of electricity and the Ofgem RIIO-2 price control framework ensures network operators invest efficiently to provide continued safe and reliable services. In doing so they will need to balance the expected reductions in demand due to improvements in home energy efficiency...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Clean Growth Ministerial Group (23 Jul 2019)

Chris Skidmore: Holding answer received on 22 July 2019 The Inter-Ministerial Group on Environment and Clean Growth was established in early 2018 following the publication of the Clean Growth Strategy. Between early 2018 and 16 April 2018 the group met in February 2018. Prior to its current formulation as the Inter-Ministerial Group on Environment and Clean Growth, the Inter-Ministerial Group on...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Energy: EU Grants and Loans (23 Jul 2019)

Chris Skidmore: Holding answer received on 22 July 2019 In the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal, the Government has guaranteed Connecting Europe Facility funding due to UK organisations, in line with the Technical Notice. BEIS and other delivery organisations have well-developed contingency plans to implement this guarantee, if required. I refer the hon Member to the technical notices...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Electricity (23 Jul 2019)

Chris Skidmore: As part of the annual Capacity Market process National Grid: Electricity System Operator (NG:ESO) produce an Electricity Capacity Report (ECR), which makes a 5-year ahead assessment of peak demand for electricity. This is publicly available information and can be found here: https://www.emrdeliverybody.com/Capacity%20Markets%20Documen t%20Library/Electricity%20Capacity%20Report%202019.pdf.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Heating: Rural Areas (23 Jul 2019)

Chris Skidmore: I have committed to publishing a Heat Policy Roadmap in 2020 which will set out the programme of work required to enable key strategic decisions in the first part of the 2020s over the future of low-carbon heating. BEIS officials will be working closely with stakeholders, and will be considering the impacts of different technologies on different segments of the market as they develop its content.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Heating: Rural Areas (23 Jul 2019)

Chris Skidmore: I have committed to publishing a Heat Policy Roadmap in 2020 which will set out the programme of work required to enable key strategic decisions in the first part of the 2020s over the future of low-carbon heating. BEIS officials will be working closely with stakeholders as they develop its content. Following a commitment in the Clean Growth Strategy, we launched a Call for Evidence on Energy...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Heating: Rural Areas (23 Jul 2019)

Chris Skidmore: I have committed to publishing a Heat Policy Roadmap in in 2020 which will set out the programme of work required to enable key strategic decisions in the first part of the 2020s over the future of low-carbon heating. BEIS officials will be working closely with stakeholders as they develop its content. The annual running costs of a Band C rated home are £650 lower than the average Band E...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: District Heating (23 Jul 2019)

Chris Skidmore: Heat networks are an important part of the Clean Growth Strategy and we expect them to play an important role in the long-term decarbonisation of heat. We are committed to this within a framework that protects consumers and supports market growth. In December 2018, the Government set out our intention to introduce regulation of heat networks and published our priorities for the sector –...


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