Parliamentary Questions

Oral PQs

2/11/17 My question to the Brexit Minister on the implications of a ‘no deal’ Brexit on our Pharmaceutical Industry

23/10/17 My question to the Prime Minister re the Consequences of a ‘No Deal’ Brexit for our Aviation Industry following her statement on the European Council

18/10/17 My question on the roll-out of Universal Credit

17/10/17 My question to the Minster of State on the situation in Palestine 100 years on from the Balfour Declaration

10/10/17 My Question on Nurse Training Places to Jeremy Hunt

12/9/17 My question to the UK Government re the Ayrshire Growth Deal

27/3/17 Benefit discrimination against those with mental health conditions

21/3/17 NHS workforce challenges post-Brexit

20/3/17 How will the Secretary of State maintain freedom of movement crucial to academic collaboration and research after Brexit

1/3/17 Will the Secretary of State for Scotland support Scotland having the powers to attract EU nationals in future

27/2/17 NHS Shares Business Services – loss of confidential data


Written PQs


To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has commissioned research on the effect of inflation on household debt.

Photo of Stephen Barclay Stephen Barclay The Economic Secretary to the Treasury

The department has not commissioned research on this subject.

The independent Monetary Policy Committee has the primary objective of maintaining price stability. This objective is defined as an inflation target of 2% as measured by the twelve month increase in the Consumer Prices Index.

Household financial positions are stronger than before the financial crisis: net financial wealth as a share of income is close to record highs; debt to income is below pre-crisis levels; and debt interest payments to income are at a record low.

Parliamentary question (69179)

Tabled on: 27 March 2017

Question: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he has had with Hewlett Packard on uplifts for the pre-1997 Digital Section of its Defined Benefit pension scheme; and what progress has been made as a result of those discussions. (69179)

Answer: Richard Harrington

I have met senior representatives from the company to present the pensioners’ arguments and make clear my interest in the matter. However, the company is meeting its legal obligations.
Any increases to pensions in payment are likely to mean significant additional expenditure for any scheme and its sponsoring employer. Therefore, the Government has no plans to require all schemes to pay increases on pre-1997 pensions.

Question: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether any exemptions from the Immigration Skills Charge will be available to (a) NHS and (b) other public sector employers.

Question: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the cost of the Immigration Skills Charge to the NHS in (a) 2017-18, (b) 2018-19, (c) 2019-20 and (d) 2020-21.

Answer: Robert Halfon

Exemptions from the Immigration Skills Charge for employers were announced on 24 March 2016. These include exemptions for employers of specified occupations skilled to PhD level and individuals switching from a Tier 4 student visa to Tier 2 (General). All employers, including the NHS and other public sector employers, who recruit workers through the Tier 2 skilled worker route will benefit from these exemptions.

We have not estimated the annual cost of the charge to providers. The cost will depend on employer use of the Tier 2 skilled worker route.

Question: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people working in the UK health and social care system are doing so on a Tier 2 visa.

Answer: Robert Goodwill

Information/data relating to the issuance of Tier 2 Certificates of Sponsorship can be found at

Question: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will implement the recommendation in the Palliative Care Funding Review that short breaks which provide respite for the carers and families of children requiring palliative care should be funded by local authorities and the NHS under their respective legal short breaks duties.

Question: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to work with the Department for Education to ensure that children with complex disabilities and their families can access short breaks for respite which meet their health needs.

Answer: David Mowat

The recommendations of the Palliative Care Funding Review in England led to the development of a currency model that sought greater equity in funding of specialist palliative care in all settings, including for respite care for children with palliative care needs. The intention to publish the new currency model was signalled in 2016 as part of the National Tariff for 2017/19 Tariff Engagement Document, which is available online on the NHS Improvement website at:

NHS England will very shortly be publishing the currency model and guidance on how the currencies can be used to support commissioning and payment for palliative care services locally.

Local authorities in England have a statutory duty to provide short break services for disabled children. Clinical commissioning groups should be considering respite needs as part of their role in securing services to meet people’s health needs. In addition, under the statutory framework introduced in 2014, local authorities in England and clinical commissioning groups must agree joint arrangements for supporting the health, education and social care needs of children with special educational needs and disabilities, including respite care. The Care Quality Commission and Ofsted are currently reviewing these arrangements in all local areas.

The Department of Health and the Department for Education work closely together in supporting commissioners across health, social care and education in securing services for children with complex needs and disabilities.

Question: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effect of the benefit freeze on trends in the level of child poverty. (62502)

Answer: Damian Hinds

This Government is committed to building a country that works for everyone. That is why our forthcoming Green Paper will identify and address the root causes of child poverty, building on the new statutory indicators of parental worklessness and children’s educational attainment set out in the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016.

We know that work is the best route out of poverty. The Government’s welfare reforms – including the measures in that Act to increase work incentives and reduce welfare dependency – are working. We now have the lowest rate of unemployment in over a decade, and the lowest number of workless households since records began. 557,000 fewer children are now living in workless households than in 2010. There is clear evidence that good quality work is linked to better physical and mental health and improved wellbeing, and better parental health is associated with better outcomes for children.

The Government is also increasing the National Living Wage to £9 an hour by 2020, helping give lower earners their fastest pay rise in 20 years.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many benefit sanctions have been applied to (a) employment and support allowance claimants, (b) jobseeker’s allowance claimants, (c) universal credit claimants with children in each parliamentary constituency in the last three years. (62518)

Answer: Damian Hinds:

The information as requested is not available and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

The available information on sanctions is available at:

Guidance for users is available at:

Question: To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what discussions he has had with the devolved administrations on legislative consent motions for the proposed Great Repeal Bill. (908575)

This question was grouped with the following question(s) for answer:

  1. To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what discussions he has had with the devolved administrations on legislative consent motions for the proposed Great Repeal Bill. (908566) Tabled on: 30 January 2017

Answer: Mr David Jones:

The content of the Great Repeal Bill will be set out in due course and its content will determine the process to take it forward. The Government fully respects the Sewel Convention and is working closely with the devolved administrations – for example through the Joint Ministerial Committee on EU Negotiations. This is part of the normal working arrangements between the UK Government and the devolved administrations.

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