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(Worsley and Eccles South)
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 29 January 2016
Department of Health
Dementia
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, (a) how many and (b) what proportion of (i) NHS staff, (ii) healthcare assistants and (iii) social care support workers have received training on dementia in each of the last three years.
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Answered by: Ben Gummer
Answered on: 03 February 2016

The Department does not collect data centrally on how many National Health Service staff, healthcare assistants and social care support workers have received training on dementia. This information is held locally.

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(Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 29 January 2016
Department of Health
Muscular Dystrophy: Clinical Trials
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of clinical trial capacity at muscle centres.
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Answered by: George Freeman
Answered on: 03 February 2016

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I provided on 13 January 2016 to Question 21102.

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(Hammersmith)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 29 January 2016
Department of Health
Health Services: Greater London
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the report of the Independent Healthcare Commission for North West London, published in December 2015.
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Answered by: Ben Gummer
Answered on: 03 February 2016

The Government is clear the reconfiguration of front line health services is a matter for the local National Health Service. Services should be tailored to meet the needs of the local population and proposals for substantial service change must meet the four tests of reconfiguration which are (i) support from general practitioner commissioners (ii) strengthened public and patient engagement (iii) clarity on the clinical evidence base (iv) support for patient choice.

It is right that reconfiguration is led by the local NHS, working closely with the support of commissioners including NHS England, the Trust Development Authority and Monitor.

We are advised that on 14 January 2016, the North West London Clinical Board considered the Independent Healthcare Commission report for North West London and its recommendations of the Shaping a Healthier Future programme.

We understand that the board welcomed this public scrutiny of the plans and agreed with the report that the programme should continue to engage with the public, local authorities, patient groups and other partners. The unanimous conclusion of the board’s clinicians was that the report offered no substantive evidence or credible alternative to consider that would lead to better outcomes for patients in North West London above the existing plans in place, which are designed by doctors based on significant clinical data, evidence and experience.

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(Rotherham)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 29 January 2016
Home Office
Crimes of Violence: Females
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what account her Department will take of women (a) with mental health needs, (b) who are homeless, (c) who are living in poverty and (d) who have other complex needs in its Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy.
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Answered by: Karen Bradley
Answered on: 03 February 2016

The Home Office has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

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Asked by Tim Loughton
(East Worthing and Shoreham)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 29 January 2016
Home Office
Marriage Certificates
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason she has not yet brought forward proposals to include the names of mothers on their children's marriage certificates.
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Answered by: James Brokenshire
Answered on: 03 February 2016

The Home Office has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

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(Hammersmith)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 29 January 2016
Ministry of Justice
Prisons: Dogs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many trained dogs have been injured while working in prisons in each of the last five years.
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Answered by: Andrew Selous
Answered on: 03 February 2016

Information relating to injuries sustained by dogs working in prisons is not centrally collated and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

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Asked by Johnny Mercer
(Plymouth, Moor View)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 29 January 2016
Department for Transport
Railways: South West
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the GRIP 2 studies required for the Peninsula Rail Task Force's survey will be available in order for the survey to be completed in June 2016.
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Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 03 February 2016

Department for Transport officials are working with Network Rail and the Peninsula Rail Task Force within the context of the changes that will come from Hendy re-profiling and the Bowe review to establish which further studies are required to inform the Peninsula Rail Task Force report of June 2016 and the funding that could be available to support this development work.

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Asked by Andrew Gwynne
(Denton and Reddish)
Asked on: 01 February 2016
Cabinet Office
Cabinet Office: Soft Drinks
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions (a) the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and (b) the Paymaster General have had with representatives of (i) the Food and Drink Federation, (ii) Coca-Cola, (iii) PepsiCo and (iv) the British Soft Drinks Association.
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Answered by: Matthew Hancock
Answered on: 03 February 2016

Details of Ministers' meetings with external organisations are published on a quarterly basis and can be found on Gov.uk.

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Asked by Neil Parish
(Tiverton and Honiton)
Asked on: 01 February 2016
Department for Energy and Climate Change
Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent progress she has made on the implementation of a revised Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme.
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Answered by: Andrea Leadsom
Answered on: 03 February 2016

Reform of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme will take place in two stages. I intend that the first stage of reform will take effect from Spring 2016. We will be consulting on our proposals for the second stage of reform shortly.

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Asked by Neil Parish
(Tiverton and Honiton)
Asked on: 01 February 2016
Department for Energy and Climate Change
Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme: Carbon Emissions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the effect of the Renewable Heat Incentive on the UK's decarbonisation targets.
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Answered by: Andrea Leadsom
Answered on: 03 February 2016

Using less fossil fuel and more renewables to heat our homes and businesses is vital to decarbonising the UK economy. The continued Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) funding (rising to £1.15bn in 2020/21) means that renewable heat will continue to play its part in meeting our binding domestic and international targets on carbon and renewables.

We intend to reform the RHI to improve value for money and reduce costs; improve cost control and budget management; and explore the best way to support less able to pay households and owners of large plants. We plan to consult on the changes shortly; this consultation will provide estimates of the reformed RHI’s contribution towards our carbon targets.

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Asked by Ms Karen Buck
(Westminster North)
Asked on: 01 February 2016
Department for Work and Pensions
Social Security Benefits: Carer's Allowance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households will be exempted from the household benefit cap in 2015-16 due to the claimant being in receipt of carer's allowance (a) in total and (b) in each English local authority.
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Answered by: Justin Tomlinson
Answered on: 03 February 2016

In 2015-16 no households will be exempt from the benefit cap due to a claimant being in receipt of Carer’s Allowance. The exemption from the benefit cap for those in receipt of Carer’s Allowance will be introduced later this year, subject to Parliamentary approval.

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Asked by Andy McDonald
(Middlesbrough)
Asked on: 28 January 2016
Department for International Development
West Bank: Housing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the humanitarian effect of the planning process in Area C of the West Bank.
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Answered by: Mr Desmond Swayne
Answered on: 03 February 2016

According to the UN, Palestinians in the OPTs face a range of serious threats including threats to life, destruction of homes and forced displacement. Planning helps stop demolitions and displacement, which have a negative humanitarian impact and continue to undermine development. The UK strongly supports development of Area C and continues to fund the development of Palestinian outline plans to improve communities’ access to services.

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(Luton North)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 28 January 2016
Department for International Development
Overseas Aid
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will make an assessment of the implications for her Department's aid policy of the research on global income distribution published by Oxfam on 19 January 2016.
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Answered by: Mr Desmond Swayne
Answered on: 03 February 2016

Eradicating extreme poverty is central to DFID’s mission and the Sustainable Development Goals. Oxfam say inequality affects the politics around growth. Our economic development strategy takes account of this by supporting inclusive growth and tackling inequality by creating opportunities, widening access to them (including through education and health), economically empowering women and leaving no-one behind.

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Asked by Wendy Morton
(Aldridge-Brownhills)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 28 January 2016
Department for International Development
Overseas Aid
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how she plans to implement the cross-governmental aid strategy.
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Answered by: Justine Greening
Answered on: 03 February 2016

The UK aid strategy sets out our strategy to defeat poverty, tackle instability and create prosperity in developing countries. Not only is this the right thing to do; it is also strongly in our national interest. For the first time ever, development is becoming a truly cross-Government agenda and I am working with my colleagues to deliver that.

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(Cardiff North)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 28 January 2016
Department for International Development
Syria: International Assistance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the Government's objectives are for the Syria Donors Conference on 4 February 2016.
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Answered by: Justine Greening
Answered on: 03 February 2016

We want the Conference to raise significant new funding to help those affected by the crisis, both to support immediate and longer term humanitarian needs but also jobs and getting Syrian refugee children into school. The Conference also aims to reaffirm the international community’s commitment to protect civilians from harm and the need for unfettered, impartial humanitarian access inside Syria.

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(Wirral West)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 28 January 2016
Department for International Development
Refugees: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what humanitarian support the Government is providing for refugee children.
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Answered by: Justine Greening
Answered on: 03 February 2016

Syria is the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis. The UK has pledged over £1.1 billion and is meeting emergency needs of children and supporting them to stay closer to home. At tomorrow’s Syria Conference I expect leaders will agree a new goal that all refugee children from Syria and affected host country children are in education in 2016/17. Last week, my Department also announced a new £10 million fund to help meet the needs of refugee children in Europe and the Balkans.

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Asked by Danny Kinahan
(South Antrim)
Asked on: 28 January 2016
Department for International Development
Developing Countries: Agriculture
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department has taken to develop agriculture education links with countries that would benefit from UK expertise.
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Answered by: Mr Desmond Swayne
Answered on: 03 February 2016

The Department for International Development has supported Partnership Projects covering agriculture and veterinary sciences, across 17 developing countries linking UK Universities and developing country institutions. We have funded research programmes for collaborative projects between UK researchers and partners in Africa and Asia at postgraduate level.

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Asked by Alex Chalk
(Cheltenham)
Asked on: 21 October 2015
Ministry of Justice
Prisons: Saudi Arabia
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what prison training his Department has provided to prison services in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
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Answered by: Andrew Selous
Answered on: 02 February 2016

Details are fully documented in the NAO’s report into JSi, available here: https://www.nao.org.uk/report/investigation-into-just-solutions-international/

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Asked by Andrew Gwynne
(Denton and Reddish)
Asked on: 17 December 2015
Department of Health
Nurses
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ensure that records of the training history of the nurses convicted at Nursing and Midwifery Council hearings are kept on the same basis as such data in such cases by the General Medical Council.
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Corrected answer by: Ben Gummer
Corrected on: 02 February 2016
An error has been identified in the written answer given on 11 January 2016.
The correct answer should have been:

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is the independent regulator of nurses and midwives in the United Kingdom. The NMC is responsible for delivery of its statutory functions including maintaining a register of all nurses and midwives eligible to work in the UK and for pursuing fitness to practise investigations against its registrants in the interests of public protection.

On each of the NMC and General Medical Council (GMC) websites there is a facility to search the professional registers and to check the registration status of a registrant. Where an NMC registrant has been struck-off the register, their record is removed from the register and they would not be found on a register search. However, the NMC does publish information about fitness to practise (FtP) allegations, hearings, outcomes and sanctions elsewhere on its website in accordance with its FtP publication and disclosure policy. Where a GMC registrant is erased from the medical register, their record remains and could be found in a register search with details of the FtP sanction. Both of these regulators maintain public records about individuals who have been struck off or erased from their professional registers and these records are available through their respective websites.

It is a matter for the regulators themselves to determine how they manage their publication and disclosure policy in relation to fitness to practice, within the legislative frameworks in which they operate.

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Answered by: Ben Gummer
Answered on: 11 January 2016

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is the independent regulator of nurses and midwives in the United Kingdom. The NMC is responsible for delivery of its statutory functions including maintaining a register of all nurses and midwives eligible to work in the UK and for pursuing fitness to practise investigations against its registrants in the interests of public protection.

On each of the NMC and General Medical Council (GMC) websites there is a facility to search the professional registers and to check the registration status of a registrant. Where an NMC registrant has been struck-off the register, their record is removed from the register and they would not be found on a register search. However, the NMC does publish information about fitness to practise (FtP) allegations, hearings, outcomes and sanctions elsewhere on its website in accordance with its FtP publication and disclosure policy. Where a GMC registrant is erased from the medical register, their record remains and could be found in a register search with details of the FtP sanction. Both of these regulators maintain public records about individuals who have been struck off or erased from their professional registers and these records are available through their respective websites.

It is a matter for the regulators themselves to determine how they manage their publication and disclosure policy in relation to fitness to practice, within the legislative frameworks in which they operate.

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Asked by Lord Rennard
Asked on: 11 January 2016
Cabinet Office
Electoral Register
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of research from the University of East Anglia forecasting that the introduction of Individual Voter Registration will lead to a decline in levels of electoral registration.
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Answered on: 02 February 2016

The Government is aware of research by the University of East Anglia into Individual Electoral Registration (IER) that was submitted to the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee in 2011. The electoral registers used for the 2015 General Election contained over 400,000 more entries than the last registers published prior to the introduction of IER. As such, suggestions that IER would lead to a decline in registration levels were proved incorrect.

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