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Crime: Death:Written question – 31987

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Asked by Jim Fitzpatrick

(Poplar and Limehouse)

Asked on: 21 March 2016

Cabinet Office

Crime: Death

31987

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of deaths in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland resulted from (i) traffic offences and (ii) other offences in the last year for which figures are available.

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Answered by: Mr Rob Wilson

Answered on: 30 March 2016

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

UKSA Letter to Member – Traffic Offence Deaths (PDF Document, 114.51 KB)

28 Mar

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Elections: Tower Hamlets:Written question – 29349

March 28, 2016 | By | No Comments

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Asked by Jim Fitzpatrick

(Poplar and Limehouse)

[N]

Asked on: 01 March 2016

Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission

Elections: Tower Hamlets

29349

To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission, whether the Electoral Commission has given any early indication to Ministers of the likely outcomes of its investigations into electoral fraud in Tower Hamlets; and when the Commission expects that investigation to be complete.

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Answered by: Mr Gary Streeter

Answered on: 07 March 2016

The Electoral Commission is not currently carrying out any investigations into electoral fraud in Tower Hamlets. Any allegations of electoral fraud offences under the Representation of the People Act 1983 can only be investigated by the police, on behalf of the Director of Public Prosecutions. The Metropolitan Police Service is responsible for investigating any allegations relating to elections in Tower Hamlets, and the Commission will monitor the outcome of any investigations relating to electoral fraud offences.

In advance of the elections this May, the Commission is working closely with the police and electoral administrators in each of the 18 areas it has identified as being at higher risk of allegations of electoral fraud, including Tower Hamlets, to ensure that robust plans are in place to detect and prevent fraud.

28 Mar

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Elections: Tower Hamlets:Written question – 29350

March 28, 2016 | By | No Comments

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Asked by Jim Fitzpatrick

(Poplar and Limehouse)

[N]

Asked on: 01 March 2016

Department for Communities and Local Government

Elections: Tower Hamlets

29350

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when his Department plans to decide on whether to support prosecutions for people suspected of committing electoral or financial fraud in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets; and when he plans to announce that decision.

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Answered by: Mr Marcus Jones

Answered on: 07 March 2016

Decisions on whether to charge or to prosecute individuals suspected of electoral and financial fraud in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets are matters for the Metropolitan Police and the Crown Prosecution Service.

28 Mar

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Children: Hearing Impairment:Written question – 29351

March 28, 2016 | By | No Comments

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Asked by Jim Fitzpatrick

(Poplar and Limehouse)

Asked on: 01 March 2016

Department for Education

Children: Hearing Impairment

29351

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many deaf children attended mainstream schools in England in each of the last 10 years; and how many such children were taught British Sign Language in each of those years.

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Answered by: Edward Timpson

Answered on: 09 March 2016

The number of children with special educational needs (SEN) who have ‘hearing impairment’ listed as their primary need can be found in the annual statistical first release ‘Special Educational Needs in England’ on GOV.UK. Table 1, below, provides collated figures for the last ten years, for pupils attending state-funded primary and secondary schools. These figures include children in resourced provision or SEN units but not children in special schools. There will be children whose primary need is not ‘hearing impairment’ but who, nevertheless, have a hearing impairment. These children are not covered by this information.

From September 2014 the ’SEN support’ category replaced the ’school action’ and ‘school action plus’ categories. Those recoded, in 2015, as having ‘SEN support’ but who were formerly included in the ‘school action’ category will not previously have had a primary type of need recorded. This is likely to have contributed to the large increase – between 2014 and 2015 – in the numbers of children recorded as having a hearing impairment.

The Department does not collect statistics on the number of deaf children in mainstream schools who are being taught British Sign Language.

Table 1:

Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
State funded primary schools 6,390 6,570 6,650 6,860 7,230 7,370 7,510 7,610 7,915 9,275
State funded secondary schools 5,510 5,670 5,980 6,350 6,730 7,080 7,125 7,225 7,125 8,705
Total 11,900 12,240 12,630 13,210 13,960 14,450 14,635 14,835 15,040 17,980

The links to published data can be found here:

2015 https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/special-educational-needs-in-england-january-2015
2014 https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/special-educational-needs-in-england-january-2014
2013 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/special-educational-needs-in-england-january-2013
2012 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/special-educational-needs-in-england-january-2012
2011 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/special-educational-needs-in-england-january-2011
2010 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/special-educational-needs-in-england-january-2010
2009 http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20130401151655/http://www.education.gov.uk/researchandstatistics/statistics/allstatistics/a00196058/special-educational-needs
2008 http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20130401151655/http://www.education.gov.uk/researchandstatistics/statistics/allstatistics/a00195802/pupils-with-special-educational-needs
2007 http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20130401151655/http://www.education.gov.uk/researchandstatistics/statistics/allstatistics/a00195520/special-educational-needs-in-england-january-2007
2006 http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20130401151655/http://www.education.gov.uk/researchandstatistics/statistics/allstatistics/a00195201/special-educational-needs-in-england-january-2006

28 Mar

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Roads: Safety:Written question – 29366 & 29367

March 28, 2016 | By | No Comments

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Asked by Jim Fitzpatrick

(Poplar and Limehouse)

Asked on: 02 March 2016

Department for Transport

Roads: Safety

29366

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress he has made on preparations for the UN General Assembly debate scheduled for April 2016 on Road Safety as a result of the Second Global Conference in Brasilia in 2015.

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Asked by Jim Fitzpatrick

(Poplar and Limehouse)

Asked on: 02 March 2016

Department for Transport

Roads: Safety

29367

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with the (a) Foreign and Commonwealth Office and (b) UK Permanent Representative to the UN in preparing for debate in April 2016 at the UN General Assembly on Road Safety.

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Answered by: Andrew Jones

Answered on: 10 March 2016

The Department for Transport has been working with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to arrange for a UK representative to attend the UN General Assembly debate scheduled for April 2016 on Road Safety as a result of the Second Global Conference in Brasilia in 2015. I expect that the UK representative will be Lord Robertson of Port Ellen and I intend to meet with him shortly.

28 Mar

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Roads: Safety:Written question – 29365

March 28, 2016 | By | No Comments

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Asked by Jim Fitzpatrick

(Poplar and Limehouse)

Asked on: 02 March 2016

Department for Transport

Roads: Safety

29365

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions Ministers of his Department had with Ministers of the Department for International Development to discuss the new UN sustainable development goal on reducing worldwide crash deaths.

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Answered by: Andrew Jones

Answered on: 10 March 2016

The government has a manifesto commitment to reduce the number of cyclists and other road users killed or injured on our roads every year. Ministers from across government, including ministers from the Department for International Development, support the Road Safety Statement which was published on the 21st December 2015. The Statement sets out the government’s vision, values and priorities for improving the safety of Britain’s roads which will contribute to the sustainable development goal to halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic collisions.

Officials from the Department for Transport and from the Department for International Development continue to discuss the UN sustainable development goal relating to road safety.

28 Mar

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Roads: Safety:Written question – 29524

March 28, 2016 | By | No Comments

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Asked by Jim Fitzpatrick

(Poplar and Limehouse)

Asked on: 02 March 2016

Department for Transport

Roads: Safety

29524

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether a Minister of his Department will be representing the UK at the UN’s second Global Summit on Road Safety to discuss the inclusion of targets to reduce crash deaths worldwide as a new sustainable development goal.

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Answered by: Andrew Jones

Answered on: 10 March 2016

The UN’s Second Global High Level Conference on Road Safety has already taken place.

28 Mar

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Dogs: Imports:Written question – 30615 & 30604

March 28, 2016 | By | No Comments

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Asked by Jim Fitzpatrick

(Poplar and Limehouse)

Asked on: 10 March 2016

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Dogs: Imports

30615

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many people have been identified as illegally importing puppies under the Pet Travel Scheme during the Dogs Trust’s pilot quarantine initiative.

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Asked by Jim Fitzpatrick

(Poplar and Limehouse)

Asked on: 10 March 2016

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Dogs: Imports

30604

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many prosecutions have occurred or proceedings been commenced as the result of the seizure of illegally imported puppies taken into the Dogs Trust’s care via its pilot quarantine initiative since the start of that pilot.

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Answered by: George Eustice

Answered on: 16 March 2016

Local Authorities are responsible for the prosecution of individuals illegally importing puppies into Great Britain. In addition Port of Dover Police can issue formal warnings for illegal landing of puppies including where animals have been concealed. It is for the local authority concerned to decide if it wishes to undertake a prosecution in any of the cases of illegal importation identified during the pilot.

The Dogs Trust pilot quarantine initiative began on 2 December 2015 and is expected to continue until the end of May 2016. As explained in my reply to the honourable Member for North Durham, Kevan Jones, on 11 March 2016, PQ UIN 30363, the Animal and Plant Health Agency will carry out an assessment of the effectiveness of the initiative following its conclusion. This assessment will be made publicly available and will be based on information provided by all parties involved in the pilot. This will include a summary of all enforcement action that has been taken. The report may not, however, be able to comment on investigations that may be underway.

 

28 Mar

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Litter: Departmental Coordination:Written question – 30918

March 28, 2016 | By | No Comments

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Asked by Jim Fitzpatrick

(Poplar and Limehouse)

Asked on: 14 March 2016

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Litter: Departmental Coordination

30918

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what cross-departmental working groups or structures are in place in respect of (a) litter policy and (b) marine litter at (i) official and (ii) ministerial level.

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Answered by: Rory Stewart

Answered on: 22 March 2016

Defra and the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) are working in partnership to develop a National Litter Strategy. To help us, we have set up a Litter Strategy Advisory Group which includes representatives from local government, campaign groups and independent experts, as well as the packaging and fast-food industries. Other relevant Departments, such as Department for Transport, Department of Health, Home Office or Ministry of Justice will attend the Advisory Group as appropriate. Ministers from both Defra and DCLG attended an initial meeting of key stakeholders with an interest in this issue and are taking an active interest in the work of the Group. Officials from Defra and DCLG are of course in close contact on litter policy.

The National Litter Strategy will complement existing work including actions to address litter in the marine environment. It will promote concerted, co-ordinated and effective actions to reduce litter and littering on land, which in turn should lead to a reduction in the amount of litter reaching the marine environment.

The UK’s Marine Strategy sets out the actions we are taking to improve the marine environment, including what we are doing to tackle marine litter. The Strategy is approved by the Government and the Devolved Administrations. At an official level, development of the Strategy is overseen by a steering group made up of relevant officials from Defra, Defra Group partners and other relevant Government Departments. This is supported by our Clean and Safe Seas Evidence Group that includes a specific sub-group on marine litter. In addition, given the trans-boundary nature of marine litter, we work closely with other countries sharing our seas through an EU-level Technical Group on Marine Litter and an Oslo and Paris Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North East Atlantic (OSPAR) group on marine litter.

25 Mar

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