Speaking in Parliament:

Written Questions:

Local Government Services (27 June 2018)

To: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Q: "To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what fiscal plans he has to support the building of new integrated community services."

A: "We have received representations on the Wellness Hub proposal from Sport England and ukactive and are working with both organisations to understand the implications of the proposal and how best to take this forward.

As set out in its Sporting Future strategy, government is committed to investing in facilities that are designed and built around customer need and that reflect people's preferences for how they want to engage with sport and physical activity. The strategy is clear that Sport England investment in major sports and physical activity facility projects should include a presumption in favour of co-locating sports and physical activity facilities with other types of community facilities to make it easier for people to get active."

Fracking: Plastics (19 June 2018)

To: Department of Health and Social Care

Q: "To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of fracking supply chains on the level of manufacture of non-degradable plastics."

A: "I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave her on 31st May 2018 to Question 146306."

Crimes of Violence: Disclosure of Information (16 April 2018)

To: Home Office

Q: "To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the news article entitled Amber Rudd denies seeing leaked Home Office violent crime report, published by the Guardian on Monday 9 April 2018, whether her private office viewed the leaked report mentioned in that article before publishing the Serious Violence Strategy."

A: "The former Home Secretary made clear at the launch of the Serious Violence Strategy on 9 April that the Guardian had not shared the leaked document with us and so was unable to verify if she had seen that particular report. However, she had seen analysis from Home Office officials as the strategy and its underlying evidence developed."

Crimes of Violence: Disclosure of Information (16 April 2018)

To: Home Office

Q: "To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department,with reference to the news article entitled Amber Rudd denies seeing leaked Home Office violent crime report, published by the Guardian on Monday 9 April 2018, for what reason analysis produced by the Home Office on the effect of the reduction in police resources on serious violence was omitted from the Serious Violence Strategy."

A: "As the Home Secretary made clear at the launch of the Serious Violence Strategy on 9 April the Guardian had not shared the leaked document with us and so she was unable to verify if she had seen that particular report. However, she had seen analysis from Home Office officials as the strategy and its underlying evidence developed.

The Strategy sets out the evidence upon which we have based our response. The reasons behind the increase in violent crime are complex and multi-faceted. The Strategy makes clear that the evidence shows that enforcement can play a vital role in tackling these offences, but big shifts in crime trends tend to be driven by factors outside of the police’s control – like drug trends and markets, changes in housing and vehicle security. Available evidence suggests this latest shift in serious violence is no exception. The final analysis is set out in Chapter One of the Strategy."

National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine (26 June 2018)

To: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Q: "To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the co-location of NHS services at the National Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine in Sheffield increased the provision of musculoskeletal services."

"To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the National Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine in Sheffield on (a) the health of NHS staff, (b) the well-being of NHS staff and (c) the finances of participating NHS trusts."

"To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the role the National Centre for Sports and Medicine in Sheffield in utilising technology to increase physical activity in the school yard."

A: No answer received as of 29/06/18.

Crimes of Violence: Children (20 June 2018)

To: Home Office

Q: "To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what statistical analysis his Department holds on the level of involvement in incidents of serious violence amongst (a) excluded schoolchildren, (b) children in care, (c) homeless children and (d) people under the age of 18."

A: "The research evidence on children’s involvement in serious violence was set out in the government’s Serious Violence Strategy. The strategy can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/serious-violence-strategy

The Ministry of Justice have published a statistical analysis investigating the educational background of young offenders who committed knife and offensive weapon possession offences. This included analysis of the association between offending and school exclusion. The paper can be found here:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/716039/examining-the-educational-background-of-young-knife-possession-offenders.pdf"

Serious Violence Taskforce (11 June 2018)

To: Home Office

Q: "To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the announcement entitled New Taskforce to Take Action Against Violent Crime, published on 26 April 2018, (a) what the frequency of meetings of the taskforce will be and (b) what the programme of work for the taskforce will be in the next 12 months."

A: "The Serious Violence Taskforce has been established to oversee and drive implementation of the strategy. The Taskforce is chaired by the Home Secretary and brings together Ministers, Members of Parliament, the Mayor of London, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Director General of the National Crime Agency, other senior police leaders, and public sector and voluntary sector chief executives.

The Taskforce met for the first time on 26 April and agreed a forward look programme of work for the first four meetings. At the first meeting in April the Taskforce looked at action underway to tackle county lines. The Taskforce has just met again on 11 June for the second time and focused on violent content available via social media. The Taskforce will meet in July to discuss the Early Intervention Youth Fund and again in September to consider local partnerships and engaging communities. At the September meeting, the Taskforce will also review and agree its forward look for the next sequence of meetings based on the actions underway and key areas of challenge. It is intended that meetings of the Taskforce will be on a regular basis."

Taxis: Licensing (11 June 2018)

To: Department for Transport

Q: "To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timetable is for the (a) completion and (b) publication of the report of the Task and Finish Group on Taxi and PHV licensing."

A: "At a Westminster Hall Debate last year, the Rt Hon John Hayes MP announced the formation of a Task and Finish group to consider any regulatory issues, their causes and potential remedies. The group’s remit includes considering a range of matters such as cross-border hiring, licensing standards and the use and effectiveness of powers currently available to licensing authorities.

Taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs) are able to work across licensing areas to carry pre-booked fares regardless of where a journey starts or ends. PHVs are subject to a ‘triple licensing lock’ requirement i.e. the driver, vehicle and operator fulfilling the booking must all be licensed by the same authority.

The Group is nearing the conclusion of its considerations and is expected to submit its report shortly."

Taxis: Licensing (11 June 2018)

To: Department for Transport

Q: "To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of trends in the level of illegal cross-border hiring activity by taxi and private hire drivers and operators."

A: "At a Westminster Hall Debate last year, the Rt Hon John Hayes MP announced the formation of a Task and Finish group to consider any regulatory issues, their causes and potential remedies. The group’s remit includes considering a range of matters such as cross-border hiring, licensing standards and the use and effectiveness of powers currently available to licensing authorities.

Taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs) are able to work across licensing areas to carry pre-booked fares regardless of where a journey starts or ends. PHVs are subject to a ‘triple licensing lock’ requirement i.e. the driver, vehicle and operator fulfilling the booking must all be licensed by the same authority.

The Group is nearing the conclusion of its considerations and is expected to submit its report shortly."

Taxis: Licensing (11 June 2018)

To: Department for Transport

Q: "To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has made an estimate of the number of private hire drivers obtaining a licences from one local authority with the intention of operating in a different licensing authority."

A: "At a Westminster Hall Debate last year, the Rt Hon John Hayes MP announced the formation of a Task and Finish group to consider any regulatory issues, their causes and potential remedies. The group’s remit includes considering a range of matters such as cross-border hiring, licensing standards and the use and effectiveness of powers currently available to licensing authorities.

Taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs) are able to work across licensing areas to carry pre-booked fares regardless of where a journey starts or ends. PHVs are subject to a ‘triple licensing lock’ requirement i.e. the driver, vehicle and operator fulfilling the booking must all be licensed by the same authority.

The Group is nearing the conclusion of its considerations and is expected to submit its report shortly."

Taxis: Licensing (11 June 2018)

To: Department for Transport

Q: "To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has made an assessment of the adequacy of the powers available to local authorities to tackle taxi and private hire taxi and private hire drivers and operators that undertake cross-border hiring and operating in a local authority area under a licence issued by a different local authority."

A: "At a Westminster Hall Debate last year, the Rt Hon John Hayes MP announced the formation of a Task and Finish group to consider any regulatory issues, their causes and potential remedies. The group’s remit includes considering a range of matters such as cross-border hiring, licensing standards and the use and effectiveness of powers currently available to licensing authorities.

Taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs) are able to work across licensing areas to carry pre-booked fares regardless of where a journey starts or ends. PHVs are subject to a ‘triple licensing lock’ requirement i.e. the driver, vehicle and operator fulfilling the booking must all be licensed by the same authority.

The Group is nearing the conclusion of its considerations and is expected to submit its report shortly."

Taxis: Licensing (11 June 2018)

To: Department for Transport

Q: "To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to bring forward legislative proposals to introduce (a) a definition of cross border hiring and (b) national minimum licensing standards for taxi and private hire drivers and operators."

A: "At a Westminster Hall Debate last year, the Rt Hon John Hayes MP announced the formation of a Task and Finish group to consider any regulatory issues, their causes and potential remedies. The group’s remit includes considering a range of matters such as cross-border hiring, licensing standards and the use and effectiveness of powers currently available to licensing authorities.

Taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs) are able to work across licensing areas to carry pre-booked fares regardless of where a journey starts or ends. PHVs are subject to a ‘triple licensing lock’ requirement i.e. the driver, vehicle and operator fulfilling the booking must all be licensed by the same authority.

The Group is nearing the conclusion of its considerations and is expected to submit its report shortly."

Fracking (11 June 2018)

To: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Q: "To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the potential increase in the manufacturing of non-degradable plastics from an increase in fracking in the UK."

A: "Pursuant to the answer I gave the hon. Member on 31st May 2018 to Question 146306, the Department will not be making an assessment because natural gas and related bi-products produced from shale rock are indistinguishable from that produced from other hydrocarbon reservoirs."

Registered Intermediaries (11 June 2018)

To: Ministry of Justice

Q: "To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of the supply of Registered Intermediaries compared with the demand for them."

A: "Demand for Registered Intermediaries remains high. Between February and April 2018 1,065 referrals were received which is a 2% increase on the same period in 2017. The strong demand has led to further recruitment activity to increase capacity in the Witness Intermediary Scheme."

Police Training (11 June 2018)

To: Home Office

Q: "To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Government's announcement of 11 June 2018 of its launching a national detective programme, what the planned starting salary is of detectives who have completed the 12 weeks of training required."

A: "This Government has granted Police Now seed funding to develop a detective recruitment and training programme. The costs of recruitment and training are being considered as part of the development and design of the programme. Planned starting salaries for detectives on this scheme will follow the national pay scale. The basic starting salary is between £19,971 and £23,124, depending on skills and experience."

Police Training (11 June 2018)

To: Home Office

Q: "To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the announcement of 11 June 2018 on the launch of the national detective training programme, what the planned cost to the public purse is of the (a) recruitment of and (b) 12 weeks' training for 1,000 detectives on the Police Now programme."

A: "This Government has granted Police Now seed funding to develop a detective recruitment and training programme. The costs of recruitment and training are being considered as part of the development and design of the programme. Planned starting salaries for detectives on this scheme will follow the national pay scale. The basic starting salary is between £19,971 and £23,124, depending on skills and experience."

Police Training (12 June 2018)

To: Home Office

Q: "To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to is Department's press release of 11 June 2018 on the launch of the National Detective Training Programme, from which Department budget the £350,000 will be allocated."

A: "This Government has granted Police Now £350,000 in seed funding to develop a detective recruitment and training programme. This is being allocated from the Crime, Policing and Fire Directorate budget. Police Now has been allocated a further £2.8m in funding in 2018/19."

Police Now (12 June 2018)

To: Home Office

Q: "To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what funding his Department has allocated to the charity Police Now in (a) 2018 and (b) 2019."

A: "This Government has granted Police Now £350,000 in seed funding to develop a detective recruitment and training programme. This is being allocated from the Crime, Policing and Fire Directorate budget. Police Now has been allocated a further £2.8m in funding in 2018/19."

Plastics: Fracking (11 June 2018)

To: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Q: "To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has made an assessment of whether there is a link between fracking and the production of non-degradable plastics."

A: "I refer the Hon. Member to the answer given by the Minister of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to PQ 146306."

Teachers: Pensions (05 June 2018)

To: Department for Education

Q: "To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 15 January to Question 122066 on Teachers: Pensions, whether his Department has made an estimate of the cost of applying retrospectively the amendment to people that have (a) retired, and (b) left the Teachers’ Pension Scheme, before the regulations were changed."

A: "No specific assessment has been made of the number of people who could have benefitted had amendments to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme been introduced in 2007, to provide that pensions for surviving spouses or civil partners would be paid for life, been implemented with retrospective effect. Similarly, the costs associated with that have not been assessed."

Offensive Weapons (24 May 2018)

To: Home Office

Q: "To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to bring forward legislative proposals for an offensive weapons Bill."

A: "The final timetable for the Offensive Weapons Bill will be announced soon."

Police (24 May 2018)

To: Home Office

Q: "To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to his speech to the Police Federation on 23 May 2018, whether police numbers have been stable since 2015."

A: "Since the 2015 Spending Review police numbers have been broadly stable. The Police Workforce at March 2016 was 200,922 compared to 198,388 in September 2017 (-1.2%). However, in the 12 months between September 2016 and 2017 the police workforce increased by 180 (0.1%). Most Police and Crime Commissioners have set out plans to either protect or increase frontline policing following the 2018-19 police funding settlement."