Speaking in Parliament:

Written Questions:

Fracking: Plastics (21 May 2018)

To: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Q: "To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential link between fracking and the manufacturing of non-degradable plastics."

A: "No such assessment has been made. Natural gas produced from shale rock is indistinguishable from that produced from other hydrocarbon reservoirs."

Nutrition: Health Education (21 May 2018)

To: Department of Health and Social Care

Q: "To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether (a) NHS England's and (b) NICE's dietary advice is under review."

A: "NHS England provided the guidance ‘Commissioning Excellent Nutrition and Hydration (2015-2018)’ to support commissioning of nutrition and hydration needs in acute services and the community. NHS England has no plans to issue any further guidance at this time. Commissioners will be expected to continue to give due regard to the existing guidance, which remains relevant.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published a number of guidelines which include recommendations on diet. In 2015 NICE published a “Preventing excess weight gain” guideline which provides dietary advice for children, young people and adults this guidance was checked in 2017 and an update is planned. There are separate NICE guidelines on Maternal and Child Nutrition and an update is planned.

The Government’s dietary advice is based on Public Health England’s Eatwell Guide which sets out the Government’s advice on a healthy balanced diet. The Eatwell Guide was updated in 2016 to reflect the recommendations made by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition in their 2015 report on Carbohydrates and Health."

Nutrition: Health Education (21 May 2018)

To: Department of Health and Social Care

Q: "To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has any plans to review the effectiveness of the dietary advice provided by NHS England."

A: "There are currently no plans to review the effectiveness of the NHS England’s dietary advice which is provided to commissioners via ‘Commissioning Excellent Nutrition and Hydration (2015-2018)’. This guidance was developed in conjunction with key partners including the British Dietetic Association and the British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. Commissioners will be expected to continue to give due regard to the existing guidance, which remains relevant.

It is difficult to assess the direct contribution that policy tools, such as the Eatwell Guide, have on eating habits due to the range of influences affecting dietary choices. Therefore, no assessment has been made of the effectiveness of the Eatwell Guide to directly alter eating habits."

Energy (21 May 2018)

To: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Q: "To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Written Ministerial Statement of 17 May 2018, HCWS 690 on Energy Policy, which organisations were consulted prior to that statement being made."

A: "The Department worked closely with relevant government departments in developing the Written Ministerial Statement, which advanced the commitments from the Government’s 2017 manifesto to support the development of shale gas extraction. So we are setting out a series of actions, including those committed to in the Government’s 2017 manifesto to support the development of shale gas extractionWe engaged with stakeholders as part of our ongoing stakeholder engagement.

The statement announced forthcoming consultations on areas of the policy. We did not consult on the statement in advance."

Fracking (21 May 2018)

To: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Q: "To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Written Ministerial Statement of 17 May 2018, HCWS 690 on Energy Policy, what representations he has received from (a) organisations, (b) businesses and (c) individuals on fracking; which applications for exploratory fracking informed that statement; if he will publish the evidential basis for the statement that fracking will support jobs and the local economy; and what assessment he has made of the effect of fracking on the (i) insurance and (ii) tourism industry."

A: "We have worked closely with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government when producing the statement and consulted other relevant government departments, the Oil and Gas Authority, the Environment Agency, the Health and Safety Executive, the industry trade body and shale gas operators prior to the statement being made. More generally, we routinely receive large volumes of correspondence from a wide range of organisations regarding shale gas production, all of which inform our policy deliberation.

A thriving UK shale industry could create a large number of jobs in the UK, indirectly support other industries, and help our economy grow. The Task Force on Shale Gas concluded in 2015 that the development of a shale gas industry would provide substantial employment in the UK, while noting that it will not be possible to ascertain an accurate estimate of the scale of this opportunity until we have a clearer idea of the amount of recoverable gas. Please see: https://www.taskforceonshalegas.uk/reports/Fourth%20Report

To determine the potential of the industry and how development will proceed, we need exploration to go ahead and the measures set out in the statement fulfil the Government’s 2017 Manifesto commitments to support this industry.

Independently verified figures show that during the last quarter of 2017, spend in the Lancashire economy from Cuadrilla’s shale gas operations increased to £6.8 million in total, with 55 full time and contract jobs and 6 apprenticeships created. Please see: https://cuadrillaresources.com/media-resources/press-releases/cuadrilla-drives-7m-lancashire-economy/

There will be opportunities for the insurance industry in shale gas exploration and production. UK Government Investments are in ongoing discussions with insurance brokers to discuss exactly what kind of insurance they can provide. Separately, the industry trade body has been discussing possible insurance products directly with insurance providers.

Regarding the impact on tourism, the UK has world class regulation to ensure that shale exploration can happen safely, respecting local communities and safeguarding the environment. For shale gas projects, the relevant planning authority decides whether activity is acceptable at a particular location, after local communities and other interested parties have had the opportunity to set out their view on the benefits and impacts of the proposal."

Radicalism (27 February 2018)

To: Home Office

Q: "To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the independent review by David Anderson QC entitled Attacks in London and Manchester, published in December 2017, whether the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre is now responsible for producing national threat assessments of terrorist threats arising from domestic extremism."

A: "As the Home Secretary told the house in her oral statement following publication of David Anderson's report, the Government is confident that David Anderson, MI5 and the Police asked the right questions and drew the right conclusions in their reviews following the attacks in London and Manchester between March and June 2017. Work on implementation is in progress and the Home Office is working closely with MI5, JTAC and the Police to ensure the recommendations are delivered.

In line with the recommendations, JTAC and MI5 accept they have a role to play in tackling this growing threat and are expanding their involvement in work to combat domestic terrorism. The Home Office acknowledges the benefit of updating the terms 'domestic extremism' and 'international counter terrorism’. We will publish our updated CONTEST strategy in the coming weeks."

Radicalism (27 February 2018)

To: Home Office

Q: "To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the independent review by David Anderson QC entitled Attacks in London and Manchester, published in December 2017, whether (a) MI5 (b) and the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre will take on an increased role in domestic extremism work; and if she will make a statement."

A: "As the Home Secretary told the house in her oral statement following publication of David Anderson's report, the Government is confident that David Anderson, MI5 and the Police asked the right questions and drew the right conclusions in their reviews following the attacks in London and Manchester between March and June 2017. Work on implementation is in progress and the Home Office is working closely with MI5, JTAC and the Police to ensure the recommendations are delivered.

In line with the recommendations, JTAC and MI5 accept they have a role to play in tackling this growing threat and are expanding their involvement in work to combat domestic terrorism. The Home Office acknowledges the benefit of updating the terms 'domestic extremism' and 'international counter terrorism’. We will publish our updated CONTEST strategy in the coming weeks."

Terrorism (28 February 2018)

To: Home Office

Q: "To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the independent review by David Anderson QC entitled Attacks in London and Manchester, published in December 2017, what assessment her Department has made of ending the operational use of the terms domestic extremism and international counter-terrorism."

A: "As the Home Secretary told the house in her oral statement following publication of David Anderson's report, the Government is confident that David Anderson, MI5 and the Police asked the right questions and drew the right conclusions in their reviews following the attacks in London and Manchester between March and June 2017. Work on implementation is in progress and the Home Office is working closely with MI5, JTAC and the Police to ensure the recommendations are delivered.

In line with the recommendations, JTAC and MI5 accept they have a role to play in tackling this growing threat and are expanding their involvement in work to combat domestic terrorism. The Home Office acknowledges the benefit of updating the terms 'domestic extremism' and 'international counter terrorism’. We will publish our updated CONTEST strategy in the coming weeks."

Police: Spit Guards (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 Conference on 23 May 2018, what the Government's policy is on the use of spit hoods."

A: No answer received as of 01/06/18

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: No answer received as of 01/06/18

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: No answer received as of 01/06/18

Nutrition: Health Education (21 May 2018)

To: Department of Health and Social Care

Q: "To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what representations he has received on dietary advice on the recommended level of fat in diet."

A: "The Government’s advice on saturated fats consumption remains unchanged for now. Following receipt of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition’s final advice on saturated fat, Public Health England and other Government bodies will consider whether Government advice on saturated fats requires updating.

A search of the Department’s Ministerial correspondence database has identified no items of correspondence received since December 2017 about dietary advice on the recommended level of fat in diet. This figure represents correspondence received by the Department’s Ministerial correspondence unit only."

Counter-Terrorism (27 February 2018)

To: Home Office

Q: "To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to introduce a new CONTEST strategy."

A: "In the Prime Minister’s speech of 4th June 2017 (‘Enough is Enough’) she outlined the Government’s commitment to review the UK’s counter-terrorism strategy (CONTEST), drawing on lessons learned from the attacks in London and Manchester earlier this year. As the threat we face from terrorism becomes more complex, our strategy needs to evolve with it. We will publish our updated CONTEST strategy in the coming weeks."

Undercover Policing Inquiry (11 May 2018)

To: Home Office

Q: "To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Strategic Review of the Undercover Policing Inquiry, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of appointing a panel of advisers prior to the commencement of Module 1 hearings."

A: "Prior to the publication of the Strategic Review by Sir John Mitting on 10 May 2018, consideration was given to the appointment of panel members to the Undercover Policing Inquiry. A decision was taken by the previous Home Secretary to continue with a single Chair and to keep the inclusion of panel members under review as the Inquiry progresses."

Home Office: Written Questions (11 May 2018)

To: Home Office

Q: "To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to respond to Question 130114, on counter-terrorism, tabled by the Hon. Member for Sheffield, Heeley, on 27 February 2018."

A: "As the threat we face from terrorism becomes more complex, our CONTEST strategy needs to evolve with it. We have undertaken a comprehensive review of the strategy and we will publish our new strategy shortly."

Undercover Policing Inquiry (10 May 2018)

To: Home Office

Q: "To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Strategic Review into the Undercover Policing Inquiry, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of appointing panel members to assist the Chairman prior to the commencement of Module One hearings."

A: "Prior to the publication of the Strategic Review by Sir John Mitting on 10 May 2018, consideration was given to the appointment of panel members to the Undercover Policing Inquiry. A decision was taken by the previous Home Secretary to continue with a single Chair and to keep the inclusion of panel members under review as the Inquiry progresses."

Immigration: Iraq (08 May 2018)

To: Home Office

Q: "To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Government's decision on Afghan interpreters’ applications for Indefinite Leave to Remain, what assessment has been made of the potential merits of extending that decision to interpreters who supported the UK armed forces in Iraq."

A: "In 2007, the Government introduced a scheme catering for locally engaged Iraqi nationals who supported our Armed Forces in Iraq. The scheme allowed those who had completed 12 months or more of continuous service to relocate to the UK. Those who relocated had the right to settle here permanently, the right to work and access to mainstream benefits."

Home Office: Written Questions (13 April 2018)

To: Home Office

Q: "To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to respond to Questions 135961 and 135962, on Crimes of Violence: Disclosure of Information, tabled by the hon. Member for Sheffield, Heeley, on 16 April 2018."

A: No answer received as of 01/06/18.

Police (01 May 2018)

To: Home Office

Q: "To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment the Department has made of the capacity of uniformed officers in (a) response and (b) neighbourhood teams to manage volume crime alongside their other responsibilities."

A: "Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) assess police effectiveness as part of their inspection programme and publish their findings at force level and through a national report.

It is an operational decision for chief officers, working with their PCC, to determine how best to allocate their available resources taking into account local and national priorities account."

Police (01 May 2018)

To: Home Office

Q: "To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations police forces have made to his Department on the capacity of investigators to manage caseloads."

A: "The Home Office is in regular correspondence with policing on a range of topics. Last year, I spoke with police leaders in every police force in England and Wales about the demands they faced.

We have responded positively by providing a strong and comprehensive settlement that is increasing total investment in the police system by over £460m in 2018/19. This includes £50m for Counter-Terrorism, £130m for national priorities and £280m in force funding from increases in Council Tax precept income."

Police: Productivity (01 May 2018)

To: Home Office

Q: "To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Written Statement of 19 April 2018 on Police Funding, HCWS626, if he will publish the data set on productivity benefits from mobile working for each of the eight forces."

A: " In 2017, based on a sample of eight forces, the Home Office estimated that if all forces could achieve one hour per officer, per day of productivity benefits from mobile working, this could potentially free up the equivalent of 11,000 extra officers nationally. We are not planning to publish data from that work, as we are currently undertaking a wider audit which will give us a more comprehensive picture of the potential benefits of mobile working, based on a wider sample of forces. The findings of this more comprehensive audit will inform decisions on how policing can maximise gains from mobile digital working going forward."

Redthread: Finance (01 May 2018)

To: Home Office

Q: "To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding his Department plans to allocate to Redthread to extend its Youth Violence Intervention Programme outside of London in each of the next two years."

A: " In 2017/18 the Home Office provided nearly £170,000 to support Redthread’s youth violence intervention work and in particular its expansion to new sites outside of London, starting with Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham from march 2018 and Queen Elizabeth and Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham from July 2018. It is a key commitment in the Serious Violence Strategy to continue to support Redthread to expand and develop its service. We will make an announcement on the extent of the funding in due course."

Crimes of Violence: Gangs (01 May 2018)

To: Home Office

Q: "To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to his Department's announcement on further funding to tackle gang related violence, published on 12 July 2017, if he will publish the results of the 15 local area reviews in regions experiencing gang related issues; what further support his Department has provide to those areas; and how many those areas have introduced (a) multi-agency action plans to tackle county lines, (b) training and support programmes and (c) town and city centre safeguarding measures."

A: "In 2017/18 the Home Office provided match-funding for 15 local reviews in areas that are experiencing gang related issues to assess their resilience and help address the issues they face. The areas were: Aylesbury, Cherwell and West Oxfordshire, Pendle, Rhyl, Flintshire, Mold, Bognor Regis, Brighton, Swansea, Cardiff, Gloucester, South Birmingham, Anglesey and Gwynedd, Grimsby and Worcester.

In London we have worked closely with the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) and we are pleased it has supported reviews on a similar match-funded basis with London boroughs and continues to do so. To date (April) it has supported 16 reviews since 2016.

The funding from the Ending Gang Violence and Exploitation (EGVE) programme also provided local areas with follow-up support to help implement the actions from local reviews. This varies from area to area depending on the findings from the review.

The reports and follow up activity are locally owned and are not published by the Home Office.

In the Serious Violence Strategy we committed to provide match-funded support for local and regional views in 2018/19 and 2019/20 and we will enhance the package of training and follow-up advice available for areas."

Abortion: Clinics (01 May 2018)

To: Home Office

Q: "To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the timetable is for the publication of the results of the review into harassment and intimidation at abortion clinics."

A: "I refer the Hon. Member to the answer I gave to her on the 19th March 2018, UIN 132535."