Esther McVey: We fully appreciate how important the portrayal of disabled people in the media is. That is exactly why I am working with disabled people and their organisations on producing a new disability strategy. One of the key areas looks at the portrayal and positive attitudes and behaviours towards disabled people. And this is why, with the biggest ever Paralympic Games and media coverage, we joined...
Esther McVey: Under the previous Labour Administration, 29 Remploy factories were closed or merged as part of the Modernisation programme. Since 2010, 24 further factories have closed to date.
Esther McVey: The Government will shortly publish ‘Fulfilling Potential, Next Steps’, which outlines our next steps based upon the issues and ideas disabled people have told us about, and ‘Fulfilling Potential, The Discussions So Far’, which summarises what disabled people have told us, and outlines actions already planned, and activities already under way across Government. We continue to work...
Esther McVey: Ten organisations were appointed to the Health and Disability assessment services framework and were eligible to submit tenders to deliver personal independence payment assessments. On 21 May 2012 a total of 19 bids were submitted from six organisations across the four Lots. All bids received were compliant.
Esther McVey: The Remploy People Help and Support Package (PHSP) is the Government's key process for delivering tailored support to those disabled people becoming redundant as a result of the announcement on the future of Remploy. £8 million has been made available to fund the delivery of PHSP across the UK. We have allocated £4 million of this fund for personal budgets, which will make funding available...
Esther McVey: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many students who received free school meals went on to study science and engineering courses at university in the latest period for which figures are available.
Esther McVey: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will consider including in his Department's online travel advice information about the number of unsolved missing tourist cases in Nepal.
Esther McVey: The information requested is not available.
Esther McVey: I can confirm that the two organisations that have been engaged to deliver the Remploy Mentoring for Success programme to support people affected by the Remploy factory closures are “The Mentoring and Befriending Foundation” and “Equal Approach”. Remploy has been commissioned by DWP to deliver the Mentoring for Success programme. The Department has allocated a total budget of...
Esther McVey: I can confirm that a sum of £700,000 has been allocated to deliver the Remploy Mentoring for Success programme to support people affected by the Remploy factory closures.
Esther McVey: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will review the effect of recent planning reforms.
Esther McVey: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will encourage local authorities to publish a local equivalent of the National Infrastructure Programme with the aim of improving the viability of local infrastructure projects.
Esther McVey: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to work with established green investors on green investment before the Green Investment Bank is operational.
Esther McVey: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his policy is on the future use of the private finance initiative by his Department.
Esther McVey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure that private care homes which receive registered nursing care contribution payments are required to make a proportionate reduction in fees charged to self-funding residents.
Esther McVey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what his policy is on the future use of the private finance initiative by his Department; (2) whether he plans to make ProCure21+ the mandatory procurement route for construction projects in excess of £1 million by his Department.
Esther McVey: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding his Department has allocated through round (a) one and (b) two of the Regional Growth Fund to each successful company in (i) Liverpool City region and (ii) the North West; and how much has been drawn down in each case to date.
Esther McVey: I, too, congratulate the hon. Member for Stoke-on-Trent Central (Tristram Hunt) on initiating this important debate. He and the hon. Member for Blackpool South (Mr Marsden) have spoken about skills being critical to cities. Do they therefore concur that the FE freedoms outlined in the “New Challenges, New Chances” report will give more freedom to employers to meet the needs and demands...
Esther McVey: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people in the UK held a full driving licence at the age of 17 years in the period (a) 1980-89, (b) 1990-99, (c) 2000-09 and (d) 2010 to date.
Esther McVey: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport by what method traffic density was recorded; and what the average traffic density was in the period (a) 1980-89, (b) 1990-99, (c) 2000-09 and (d) 2010 to date.