118841 - State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad (Answered)

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:59
Preet Kaur Gill
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to assist UK pensioners living abroad who’s state ensions is are uprated annually.

Guy Opperman

UK State Pensions are payable worldwide to those who are eligible, without regard to nationality. They are up-rated where there is a legal requirement to do so, for example in EEA countries and countries where there is a reciprocal agreement in place that allows for up-rating. This has been the policy of successive Governments for around 70 years and the Government has no plans to change this policy.

118842 - State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad (Answered)

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:59
Preet Kaur Gill
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which current EU Member States had historical bilateral agreements with the UK that guaranteed annual uprating of UK state pensions?

Guy Opperman

The United Kingdom’s reciprocal social security agreements with EU Member States as well as Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland are generally superseded by EU law. The reciprocal agreements with Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland all made provision regarding annual increases in the state pension.

902901 - Energy: Prices (Answered)

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:59
Preet Kaur Gill
What the timetable is for the implementation of an energy price cap.

Margot James

The Government will legislate at the earliest possible opportunity.

The draft Bill is currently undergoing scrutiny by the BEIS Select Committee.

We would hope for cross-party support for this Bill and a quick passage through Parliament.

The Bill allows for Ofgem to consult on its proposed methodology and draft licence condition while the Bill is being progressed through Parliament.

115652 - Sepsis (Answered)

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:59
Preet Kaur Gill
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he has plans to create a sepsis registry to capture key information on patients.

Mr Philip Dunne

A second ‘Cross-system Sepsis Action Plan’ was published in September 2017. It outlines the activities and outputs of the Cross-System Sepsis Programme Board over the next 12 months. The Action Plan includes evaluating the possibility of a virtual sepsis registry. This evaluation work is being undertaken currently.

115653 - Sepsis (Answered)

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:59
Preet Kaur Gill
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to support implementation of the sepsis action plan.

Mr Philip Dunne

The Department supports the activities and outputs of the NHS England cross-system sepsis programme board, and specifically the activities set out in the Second Cross-System Action Plan which was published in September 2017 and brings together the work on sepsis that is being taken forward nationally in the National Health Service in England.

The Action Plan includes activities on raising awareness and education for all health care professionals assessing patients with infections.

115654 - Sepsis: Health Education (Answered)

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:59
Preet Kaur Gill
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to provide public education on sepsis cases in adults.

Mr Philip Dunne

The Department supports the activities and outputs of the NHS England cross-system sepsis programme board, and specifically the activities set out in the Second Cross-System Action Plan which was published in September 2017 and brings together the work on sepsis that is being taken forward nationally in the National Health Service in England.

The Action Plan includes activities on raising awareness and education for all health care professionals assessing patients with infections.

115655 - Sepsis: World Health Organisation (Answered)

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:59
Preet Kaur Gill
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the Government plans to implement the action points from the World Health Organisation Resolution on Sepsis, agreed on 26 March 2017.

Mr Philip Dunne

In May 2017 the World Health Assembly adopted a resolution to “improve, prevent, diagnose, and manage sepsis”, making sepsis a global health priority for the World Health Organization (WHO).

The resolution urges governments to develop national action plans in collaboration with the professions and patient-advocacy groups to strengthen policies and processes related to sepsis. The NHS England cross-system sepsis programme board, which includes stakeholders from across the health and care landscape, patient groups and professional bodies, published the first Cross-System Sepsis Action Plan in 2015. With the publication of the second Cross-system Sepsis Action Plan in September 2017, we will maintain our focus on improving prevention and treatment of sepsis. The cross-system Action Plan covers a range of actions from the WHO resolution that are appropriate to the national context.

113073 - Jagtar Singh Johal (Answered)

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:59
Preet Gill
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support his Department is offering to Jagtar Singh Johal.

Mark Field

The British High Commission raised this case with the Indian authorities immediately on notification of Mr Johal's detention and continued to press for consular access until it was granted. Following senior representations​ to the Indian authorities, consular staff were able to meet Mr Johal on 16 November, and staff in London have met his family to update them.​ Consular officials are continuing to provide assistance to Mr Johal and are engaging with his family.

109931 - Alcoholic Drinks: Excise Duties (Answered)

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:59
Preet Gill
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of funds which have not accrued to HM Treasury since the abolition of the Alcohol Duty Escalator.

Andrew Jones

The government ended the alcohol duty escalator for beer in 2013, and for cider, wine and spirits in 2014. The impact of ending the duty escalator on government revenues can be found in Table 2.1 of the Budget documents from 2013 and 2014. These are central estimates certified by the independent Office for Budget Responsibility.

109878 - Health: Costs (Answered)

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:59
Preet Gill
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps are being taken to address the financial cost to society of (a) alcohol misuse, (b) obesity and (c) viral hepatitis.

Steve Brine

The Government wants everyone to be able to make healthier choices, regardless of their circumstances, and to minimise the risk and impact of illness. A range of action is being taken to do this and in particular on the three areas identified:

- To tackle alcohol misuse we are preventing below cost selling, tightening the rules on irresponsible promotions and introducing new powers to deal with anti-social behaviour. Local authorities are supported by Public Health England in the commissioning of high quality, evidence based treatment services for their local population’s needs.

- In addition, the United Kingdom Chief Medical Officers have produced new low risk drinking guidelines which provide the public with the latest information about the health risks of different levels and patterns of drinking. The guidelines enable people to make informed choices about their drinking.

- Tackling childhood obesity is a priority for this Government. We launched “Childhood Obesity: A Plan for Action” in August 2016. Our world-leading plan will help children and families to recognise and make healthier choices and be more active. Many of the key commitments in our plan will have an impact on tackling obesity across all age groups. These include the soft drinks industry levy and sugar reduction programme, which will reduce the amount of sugar we all consume.

- A copy of “Childhood Obesity: A Plan for Action” is available at:

www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/546588/Childhood_obesity_2016__2__acc.pdf

- The National Strategic Group on Viral Hepatitis is a Public Health England supported, cross-agency expert group on viral hepatitis with external membership from academia, NHS England, local government, clinical commissioning groups, patient representative groups and other organisations, to provide strategic direction and advice around viral hepatitis. The strategy group aims to help reduce the incidence, prevalence and consequences of infection from the viral hepatitis in England.

109876 - Sugar: Taxation (Answered)

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:59
Preet Gill
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether further fiscal measures are being considered to target foods high in sugar and fat.

Andrew Jones

The government currently has no plans to introduce further fiscal measures on sugar and fat. However, the government keeps all taxes under review at fiscal events and we will consider this issue carefully as part of the Autumn Budget process.

109877 - Hepatitis: Diagnosis (Answered)

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:59
Preet Gill
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps are being taken to improve detection of hepatitis B and hepatitis C.

Steve Brine

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines are available to help raise awareness of, and testing for, hepatitis B and C infection in people at increased risk of infection. Screening for hepatitis B and C is recommended in groups who are at increased risk of infection so that diagnosed individuals can be referred for specialist care and management. NICE has also produced best practice guidance on hepatitis B antenatal screening and the new-born immunisation programme. The guidelines can be viewed here:

https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ph43

NHS England commission the infectious diseases in pregnancy screening programme including the screening for hepatitis B, as of part of the maternity pathway, in addition and as part of health services commissioned for those in in the detained settings, NHS England is rolling out an ambitious Opt-Out Blood Borne Viruses (BBV) testing programme; the key aim is to improve uptake rates for hepatitis B and hepatitis C testing by the introduction of good practice for ‘meaningful offer’ of BBV testing across the adult prison estate by end of 2017-18.

109885 - Alcoholic Drinks: Minimum Prices (Answered)

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:59
Preet Gill
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of establishing minimum unit pricing for alcohol.

Sarah Newton

Public Health England's evidence review of the public health burden of alcohol and the cost-effectiveness of alcohol control policies presents strong international evidence to show that price-based interventions can be effective in reducing levels of consumption and the harms associated with alcohol


The introduction of Minimum Unit Pricing in England and Wales remains under review pending the outcome of the legal case between the Scotch Whisky Association and the Scottish Government, and the impact of the implementation of this policy in Scotland.

108825 - Sikhs: Equality (Answered)

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:59
Preet Gill
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether any public bodies covered by the Race Disparity Audit have collected information on Sikhs as a legally recognised ethnic group since 1983; and what plans he has to fill any gaps in that data.

Damian Green

Public bodies collect data on Sikhs as a religious group, for example through the Census. The Office of National Statistics are currently evaluating the effect of including a Sikh ‘tick box’ within the ethnic group question for Census 2021. The ONS findings will be published in autumn 2017. The Race Disparity Audit collected data from Government Departments recorded by ethnicity. No data was collated about Sikhs as part of the Audit.

108820 - Census: Arabs (Answered)

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:59
Preet Gill
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, for what reason the Office of National Statistics included an ethnic group category for Arabs in the 2011 census.

Chris Skidmore

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

108851 - Census: Sikhs (Answered)

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:59
Preet Gill
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the Office for National Statistics will make a final recommendation on whether Sikhs will have their own ethnic tick box in the Census 2021.

Chris Skidmore

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

108826 - Census: Sikhs (Answered)

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:59
Preet Gill
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what cost to the public purse was incurred by engaging BMG Research earlier in 2017 to test the inclusion of a Sikh ethnic tick box in the Census 2021.

Chris Skidmore

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

108853 - Census: Sikhs (Answered)

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:59
Preet Gill
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the level of demand for the inclusion of a separate tick box to denote Sikh ethnicity expressed in the Office for National Statistics stakeholder consultation in 2015-16.

Chris Skidmore

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

108854 - Census: Sikhs (Answered)

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:59
Preet Gill
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether any opposition was expressed during the Office for National Statistics stakeholder consultation in 2015-16 to the inclusion of a separate Sikh ethnic tick box in the Census.

Chris Skidmore

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

108855 - Census: Sikhs (Answered)

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:59
Preet Gill
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what work the Office of National Statistic has done to determine how many of the people who did not complete the optional religious question or specify their religion in the Census 2011 were from the Sikh community.

Chris Skidmore

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

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