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Written Answers — Attorney General: Travellers: Discrimination (19 Feb 2018)

Robert Buckland: There was one prosecution under s175 (1)(a) and 2 of the Equalities Act in 2011/12. This creates offences in relation to access to public service vehicles. In accordance with CPS Retention Policy a case involving an offence under section 175 of the Equalities Act 2010 would be archived one year following sentencing. Therefore, no further information is held about the case in question. Section...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Countryside Stewardship Scheme: North Cornwall (19 Feb 2018)

George Eustice: Entry Level Stewardship closed for new applications in 2014. There have been no new Entry Level Stewardship applications since 2015 in North Cornwall or elsewhere. In 2015, the Environmental Stewardship Scheme was replaced by Countryside Stewardship, which offers 5 year land management agreements beginning on the 1st January in the year following application. In North Cornwall we have...

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Child Tax Credit (19 Feb 2018)

the Bishop of Durham: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 25 January (HL4633), of those families affected by the two-child limit for tax credits introduced in April 2017, how many (1) had one or more parents in work, (2) were lone parent families, and (3) were two-parent families, broken down by month; and what was the number of children involved in each family.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Ministry of Justice: Contracts (14 Feb 2018)

Lucy Frazer: The Ministry of Justice has awarded 785 contracts with a value of £1 million or more since 2010, as detailed within the attached table. All contracts are awarded as per EU Public Contract Regulations following comprehensive processes as required. We have robust measures in place to monitor the performance of our contracts. PQ126792 - Contracts (Excel SpreadSheet, 94.87 KB)

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Independent Assessment Services: Complaints (14 Feb 2018)

Sarah Newton: In November 2010 new arrangements were agreed for dealing with complaints about the service provided to DWP claimants, by third party providers. The new arrangements, which initially applied to all customer-related contracts let on or after 1 April 2011, require assessment providers to have their own complaint process in place, which signposts complainants to the Independent Case Examiner...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Midwives and Nurses: Degrees (14 Feb 2018)

Lord Willis of Knaresborough: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) nurses, and (2) midwives, on the Nursing and Midwifery Council register do not hold degree-level qualifications in either nursing or midwifery.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Devolution: Sheffield City Region (14 Feb 2018)

Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth: The Government remains clear that the people of South Yorkshire can benefit significantly from devolution. The consolidated transport budget of £20.6 million per annum to 2020/21 has been given to the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority since 2017/18, giving the area greater flexibility over how to fund highway maintenance and other strategic transport improvements, and the Bus...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Bicycles: Safety (9 Feb 2018)

Jesse Norman: Standards for the fitment and use of bike lights are set out in the Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations 1989 as amended. Front and rear flashing lights are permitted on bicycles provided they do not cause undue dazzle or discomfort to other road users, have a constant flashing frequency of 1 to 4hz and, if they are the only lights fitted, an intensity of not less than four candelas.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Pedestrians: Injuries (9 Feb 2018)

Jesse Norman: The number of pedestrian casualties in reported road accidents and the number of pedestrian casualties on the footway or verge for (i) Dacorum, (ii) Hertfordshire and (iii) England and Wales, for the years 2005 to 2016, are set out in the tables. (i) Dacorum All pedestrian casualties Pedestrian casualties on the footway or verge Killed Serious Slight Total Killed Serious...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: NHS: Crimes of Violence (9 Feb 2018)

Stephen Barclay: Data on the number of healthcare staff who have reported being physically assaulted is not collected centrally nor is data collected by calendar year. NHS Protect’s “reported physical assaults on National Health Service staff” for 2015/16 showed 747 in total for Royal Cornwall Hospital NHS Trust, Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Peninsula Community Health...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Students: Loans (9 Feb 2018)

Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to introduce any (a) new financial penalties or (b) changes to interest rates relating to the Governments decision to resume the process of selling part of plan 1, English student loan book, announced on 31 October 2017, and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Food: Advertising (9 Feb 2018)

Margot James: We are committed to tackling childhood obesity and supporting people to make healthy choices. Strict new rules came into effect on 1 July 2017 banning the advertising of HFSS food or drink products in children’s media. These restrictions apply across all non-broadcast media including in print, cinema, online and in social media. In addition in August 2017 we announced £5...

Community Bank Closures: Superfast Broadband: North East Hertfordshire (8 Feb 2018)

Margot James: I thank my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for North East Hertfordshire (Sir Oliver Heald) for securing this debate and for his extremely well-informed speech, from which I learned a great deal and which I shall read again after the debate. He has clearly been involved in this issue for a long time and has outstanding knowledge of the problems. This debate gives me the opportunity...

Brexit: European Arrest Warrant (European Union Committee) - Motion to Take Note (8 Feb 2018)

Lord Young of Cookham: I will come in a moment to the distinction between how country-to-country agreements are enforced and how individuals enforce any rights they might have in the countries concerned. One common feature of most international agreements, including all agreements between the EU and a third country, is that disputes are not resolved by giving the courts of one party direct jurisdiction over the...

Backbench Business: Strengthening Families — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (8 Feb 2018)

Margaret Greenwood: I thank the hon. Lady for her clarification. The coalition Government introduced the marriage allowance in April 2015, supposedly to support families. Couples with an overall income of more than £55,000 can benefit from the marriage allowance, but is that a priority when there is so much need elsewhere? Child poverty is increasing, 4 million children are growing up in poverty and two...

Acute and Community Health (8 Feb 2018)

Justin Madders: May I start by adding my appreciation for the tenacity my hon. Friend the Member for West Lancashire (Rosie Cooper) has shown in pursuing this matter over a number of years? She has led the way in tackling this injustice fearlessly and relentlessly. In that respect, she is an example to all right hon. and hon. Members in this place. I agree with the Minister that the report is a vindication...

Brexit and the Labour Market (Economic Affairs Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (8 Feb 2018)

Lord Darling of Roulanish: My Lords, I will not follow the noble Lord, Lord Horam, too far down the road of immigration. I too believe that immigration needs to be controlled, but we also need to look at the benefits that can come from it. To put it another way, if he is concerned about quality of life, as we all are, he should take a good look at a country like Japan which does not have much in the way of immigration...

Business of the House (8 Feb 2018)

Valerie Vaz: I thank the Leader of the House for the forthcoming business and ask again about the date that we will rise in July. Obviously, people need to plan their lives. I know that the Government are focused on Brexit, but will the Leader of the House explain the European Research Group? Does she know whether it will be publishing any sectoral analysis or impact assessments, or is it another secret...

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Children: Day Care (8 Feb 2018)

Elizabeth Truss: HMRC estimate that less than 1% of families eligible to receive Tax-Free Childcare will not be able to use online services or access the internet. These parents are able to apply by telephone by contacting the helpline on 0300 1234097. To date around 500 parents have used this facility to access Tax-Free Childcare or 30 hours free childcare. The estimated cost to the Exchequer for Employer...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Employment and Support Allowance: Tumours (8 Feb 2018)

Sarah Newton: Brain tumours can commonly refer to a range of different conditions depending on the type of tumour. They are also grouped with other central nervous system tumours when being recorded. As such it is not possible for us to isolate brain tumours as a separate recorded condition. The available information held relating to this condition is shown in the following tables: Table 1: Number of...

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