Written question – Health [14/01/2019]

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has held discussions with representatives of (a) drug support charities and (b) other organisations on the level of drug-related deaths in relation to the abstinence and recovery agenda set out the Drug Strategy. (204555)

Tabled on: 20 December 2018

Steve Brine:

Public Health England regularly holds discussions with representatives of drug charities and other organisations on drug-related deaths. This includes convening a national intelligence network on the health harms associated with drug use. Member organisations include providers of drug treatment services, and national professional and membership bodies. The network exchanges intelligence on drug-related deaths, and explores how to use this intelligence to inform commissioning and practice.

The answer was submitted on 14 Jan 2019 at 16:18.


Written question – welfare [14/01/2019]

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Written Statement of 20 December 2018 on Personal Independence Payment, Official Report HCWS1224, what estimate her Department has made of (a) the number of claimants in Inverclyde that have received personal independence payments arrears and (b) the total amount paid to those claimants in the latest period for which figures are available. (204556)

Tabled on: 20 December 2018

Sarah Newton:

We are not in a position to provide volumes at detailed geographic breakdowns, as the volumes at this level would be small and therefore disclosive. We are working at pace to ensure that claimants receive any additional entitlement to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) as soon as possible.

The answer was submitted on 11 Jan 2019 at 10:56.


Written question – Advertising [17/12/2018]

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will include alcohol products in the proposed consultation on a 9pm watershed on the advertising of unhealthy foods. (200726)

Tabled on: 10 December 2018

Margot James:

In the second chapter of the Government’s Childhood Obesity Plan, published in June, we committed to consult by the end of 2018 on introducing a 9pm watershed on TV advertising of HFSS products and similar protection for children viewing adverts online – with the aim of limiting children’s exposure to HFSS advertising, and incentivising sugar and calorie reduction.

Alcohol advertising is not in scope for this work because the consultation is focused on products that children consume.

As with HFSS advertising, alcohol advertising in the UK is regulated by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), the industry’s independent regulator, who enforce the Advertising Codes through a system of self-regulation and co-regulation with Ofcom. The Codes apply to all media, including broadcast and online, and set standards for accuracy and honesty to which advertisers are expected to adhere, including specific conditions on advertising to children, causing offence and social responsibility.

The Codes recognise the social imperative of ensuring alcohol advertising is responsible. They are regularly reviewed and updated by the industry to ensure they remain effective, and proposed changes to the Codes are routinely subject to public consultation. The Codes currently state that alcohol advertising must not be targeted at people under 18 and “should not imply, condone or encourage immoderate, irresponsible or anti-social drinking.

The answer was submitted on 17 Dec 2018 at 13:10.


Written question – Welfare [29/11/2018]

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what (a) detailed analysis and (b) impact assessments she has undertaken in areas with full-service universal credit in place in order to inform the future roll-out of that policy. (194190)

Tabled on: 21 November 2018

Alok Sharma:

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to Question 169858 on 11 September.

In addition we have recently published the Social Security Advisory Committee response which includes a detailed analysis of Managed Migration which can be accessed at:


The answer was submitted on 29 Nov 2018 at 18:38.


Written question – Cycling [26/11/2018]

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to (a) encourage and (b) promote uptake in the Cycle to Work scheme. (194186)

Tabled on: 21 November 2018

Jesse Norman:

The Cycle to Work scheme is one of the many ways in which the Government is supporting cycling, as set out in the 2017 Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy. Officials from the Department for Transport, Her Majesty’s Treasury and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs are currently finalising a review of the current guidance on the Cycle to Work scheme to provide greater clarity for employers on how the scheme works. The Department is planning to publish the revised guidance shortly.

The answer was submitted on 26 Nov 2018 at 16:37.