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Asked by Neil Coyle
(Bermondsey and Old Southwark)
Asked on: 07 February 2018
Department for International Development
Jordan: Migrant Camps
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to improve the humanitarian situation for (a) refugees and (b) displaced persons in the informal al-Rukban camp at the Jordan-Syria border.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 20 February 2018

The UK currently funds UNICEF to provide clean water and clinic-based health and nutrition services, for the population at Rukban. The UK also made funding available to UNICEF to support logistical costs for a distribution of aid in January.

The UK continues to monitor the situation at Rukban very closely – most recently when officials visited the Rukban clinic on 4 February – as well as advocating for a viable solution to be found that will enable regular aid deliveries to take place in line with International Humanitarian Law.

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
Asked on: 07 February 2018
Home Office
Visas
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 6 February to Question 125811 on Administrative Mistakes, how many financial administrative mistakes her Department has made in relation to visa application renewals in each of the last seven years.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 20 February 2018

The specific data requested is not published by the Home Office.

Q
Asked by Stephen Timms
(East Ham)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 07 February 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Social Security Benefits: Employment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what her current policy is on the use of work incentives in the benefit system.
A
Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 20 February 2018

Work is the pillar of a strong economy and a strong society and we believe that work should always pay, that there should be a welfare system that provides strong work incentives, helps people into work and supports people who need help.

Universal Credit is transforming the welfare system and incentivising work by making work pay. It simplifies the system and provides a single payment for people in or out of work which ensures that people are always better off working and better off working more. There are none of the cliff edges or complicated hours rules of the old system, just a single, simple, taper so payments reduce in a transparent and predictable way as earnings increase.

Our research has found, compared to the old system, people on Universal Credit are more likely to be in work after 6 months, spend more time looking for a job, more time looking to increase their earnings and will actually consider work they would not have considered doing before. More information can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/644541/universal-credit-employment-impact-analysis-update.pdf

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/universal-credit-understanding-how-it-influences-employment-behaviour

Q
(Sevenoaks)
Asked on: 07 February 2018
HM Treasury
Personal Savings
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to simplify share plans and reduce disincentives to save for people aged 18-30.
A
Answered by: John Glen
Answered on: 20 February 2018

The government offers four tax advantaged share schemes, Company Share Option Plan, Share Incentive Plan, Enterprise Management Incentives and Save As You Earn. These enable employers and their employees to mutually benefit from generous Income Tax, National Insurance, and Capital Gains Tax reliefs when they participate. At Autumn Budget 2017 the government announced that employees on the Save As You Earn scheme who take maternity or parental leave will be able to pause their contributions for up to 12 months, extended from the previous limit of 6 months. There are currently no other plans to make changes to the schemes. The government keeps all areas of the tax system under review.

The government is also committed to supporting savers of all incomes and at all stages of life. We have introduced a range of measures, including the Personal Savings Allowance, which mean that over 95% of people pay no tax on their savings income. We have also introduced the Lifetime ISA, which supports younger people to save for the long term by offering them a 25% bonus from the government on savings of up to £4,000 annually.

Grouped Questions: 127408 | 127551
Q
(Sevenoaks)
Asked on: 07 February 2018
HM Treasury
Employee Ownership: Low Incomes
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what barriers his Department has identified to lower earners’ participation in tax-advantaged share schemes.
A
Answered by: John Glen
Answered on: 20 February 2018

The government offers four tax advantaged share schemes, Company Share Option Plan, Share Incentive Plan, Enterprise Management Incentives and Save As You Earn. These enable employers and their employees to mutually benefit from generous Income Tax, National Insurance, and Capital Gains Tax reliefs when they participate. At Autumn Budget 2017 the government announced that employees on the Save As You Earn scheme who take maternity or parental leave will be able to pause their contributions for up to 12 months, extended from the previous limit of 6 months. There are currently no other plans to make changes to the schemes. The government keeps all areas of the tax system under review.

The government is also committed to supporting savers of all incomes and at all stages of life. We have introduced a range of measures, including the Personal Savings Allowance, which mean that over 95% of people pay no tax on their savings income. We have also introduced the Lifetime ISA, which supports younger people to save for the long term by offering them a 25% bonus from the government on savings of up to £4,000 annually.

Grouped Questions: 127405 | 127551
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(Sevenoaks)
Asked on: 07 February 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Leasehold: Service Charges
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that freeholders have equivalent rights to leaseholders to challenge unfair service charges.
A
Answered by: Mrs Heather Wheeler
Answered on: 20 February 2018

The Government is committed to promoting fairness and transparency for leaseholders and freeholders.

On 21 December 2017, the Government set out a package of measures to tackle abuses and unfair practices in the leasehold market.

This includes bringing forward legislation as soon as Parliamentary time allows to ensure that freeholders who pay charges for the maintenance of communal areas and facilities on a private or mixed use estate, can access equivalent rights as leaseholders to challenge the reasonableness of service charges.

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Asked by Angela Smith
(Penistone and Stocksbridge)
Asked on: 07 February 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Circuses: Wildlife
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, (a) how many wild animals and (b) of which species are currently licensed in circuses in the UK.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 20 February 2018

There are two licensed circuses:

Peter Jolly’s Circus

Camel (Camelus bactrianus) 1

Reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) 4

Fox (Vulpesvulpes) 1

Racoon (Procyon lotor) 3

Zebra (Equus burchelli chapmani) 3

Zebu (Bos indicus) 1

Blue & Gold Macaw (Ara ararauna) 1

Circus Mondao

Zebra (Equus burchelli chapmani) 1

Camel (Camelus bactrianus) 2

Reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) 2

Total - 7 species and 19 animals


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Asked by Conor McGinn
(St Helens North)
Asked on: 07 February 2018
Northern Ireland Office
Marriage: Northern Ireland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what her policy is on equal marriage for same-sex couples in Northern Ireland; and if she will bring forward legislative proposals on that policy.
A
Answered by: Karen Bradley
Answered on: 20 February 2018

In accordance with the Belfast Agreement, this is a devolved matter which should be addressed in the NI Assembly; but the power of the Westminster Parliament to legislate remains unaffected. If this issue were to be raised in Westminster, the Government’s policy is to allow a free vote on matters of conscience such as equal marriage.

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Asked by Tracy Brabin
(Batley and Spen)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 07 February 2018
HM Treasury
Children: Day Care
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many parents have stopped using childcare vouchers in order to use tax-free childcare.
A
Answered by: Elizabeth Truss
Answered on: 20 February 2018

HMRC are delivering the childcare service in partnership with National Savings & Investments (NS&I). Atos are a contractor to NS&I. It is not the Government’s usual practice to comment on financial arrangements, or release correspondence, between departments and their contactors since they may be commercially sensitive.

Data on how many parents have stopped using childcare vouchers in order to use Tax-Free childcare is not available.

Grouped Questions: 127417 | 127427
Q
Asked by Tracy Brabin
(Batley and Spen)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 07 February 2018
HM Treasury
Children: Day Care
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish all recent correspondence between his Department and the companies contracted to deliver the website services responsible for the generation of eligibility codes for childcare policies, tax-free childcare and 30 hours of funded childcare on improvements requested to that website.
A
Answered by: Elizabeth Truss
Answered on: 20 February 2018

HMRC are delivering the childcare service in partnership with National Savings & Investments (NS&I). Atos are a contractor to NS&I. It is not the Government’s usual practice to comment on financial arrangements, or release correspondence, between departments and their contactors since they may be commercially sensitive.

Data on how many parents have stopped using childcare vouchers in order to use Tax-Free childcare is not available.

Grouped Questions: 127416 | 127427
Q
Asked by Tracy Brabin
(Batley and Spen)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 07 February 2018
HM Treasury
Children: Day Care
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which companies are contracted to provide the website services which generate eligibility codes for (a) tax-free childcare and (b) 30 hours of funded childcare; and whether those companies have been sanctioned for website faults.
A
Answered by: Elizabeth Truss
Answered on: 20 February 2018

HMRC are delivering the childcare service in partnership with National Savings & Investments (NS&I). Atos are a contractor to NS&I. It is not the Government’s usual practice to comment on financial arrangements, or release correspondence, between departments and their contactors since they may be commercially sensitive.

Data on how many parents have stopped using childcare vouchers in order to use Tax-Free childcare is not available.

Grouped Questions: 127416 | 127417
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Asked by Lady Hermon
(North Down)
Asked on: 07 February 2018
Northern Ireland Office
Bridges: Irish Sea
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of building a bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland; and if she will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Mr Shailesh Vara
Answered on: 20 February 2018

The UK Government recognises the importance of having modern and accessible infrastructure throughout the country as essential to our future growth and prosperity. Our Industrial Strategy, and the Transport Investment Strategy that builds on it, provide an important opportunity to consider our approach to infrastructure and ensure our investment meets the needs of a more dynamic and mobile economy in a country that works for everyone. That is why we have established the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) to advise us on investment. The NIC are in the process of producing a National Infrastructure Assessment, which will be published this year, containing recommendations for how our identified infrastructure needs and priorities should be addressed.

Q
(Gower)
Asked on: 07 February 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Mortgages: Gower
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households in Gower were in receipt of support for mortgage interest in each year since 2010.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 20 February 2018

The Department does not hold the data requested. The data needed to make robust estimates of the number of recipients of Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI) at geographies smaller than Government Office Region is not available to Departmental analysts.

Q
(Bristol West)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 07 February 2018
Home Office
Asylum
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish the data held by her Department on the average length of time taken to make a decision on an asylum support application.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 20 February 2018

The Home Office monitors closely the performance of asylum support application decision making and has a range of targets for processing support applications depending on the nature of the application being made. However information on processing times is not recorded in a format suitable for publication and there are no plans to publish such statistics at this time.

Q
(Bristol West)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 07 February 2018
Home Office
Asylum
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to publishing data on length of time taken for decisions to be made on applications for asylum support on a quarterly basis.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 20 February 2018

The Home Office monitors closely the performance of asylum support application decision making and has a range of targets for processing support applications depending on the nature of the application being made. However information on processing times is not recorded in a format suitable for publication and there are no plans to publish such statistics at this time.

Q
Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 07 February 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
NHS Trusts: Non-domestic Rates
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing NHS Trusts with additional funding to offset business rates costs.
A
Answered by: Stephen Barclay
Answered on: 20 February 2018

National Health Service properties, like almost all other buildings occupied by public bodies, have been subject to non-domestic rates since they were introduced.

Operational costs related to property, which include business rates, are taken into account at spending reviews in determining the overall level of funding for the NHS. The Government committed to backing the NHS’s Five Year Forward View plan with a £10 billion a year real terms increase in funding by 2020/21.

There has been no such assessment.

Grouped Questions: 127434
Q
Asked by Joan Ryan
(Enfield North)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 07 February 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
NHS Trusts: Non-domestic Rates
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of allowing NHS Trusts to claim relief on business rates.
A
Answered by: Stephen Barclay
Answered on: 20 February 2018

National Health Service properties, like almost all other buildings occupied by public bodies, have been subject to non-domestic rates since they were introduced.

Operational costs related to property, which include business rates, are taken into account at spending reviews in determining the overall level of funding for the NHS. The Government committed to backing the NHS’s Five Year Forward View plan with a £10 billion a year real terms increase in funding by 2020/21.

There has been no such assessment.

Grouped Questions: 127433
Q
(Bristol West)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 07 February 2018
Home Office
Asylum: Housing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department collects on the length of stay in initial accommodation for people applying for Section 95, non-emergency, asylum support.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 20 February 2018

The Home Office closely monitors the length of stay of asylum seekers in Initial Accommodation and aims to move people to Dispersed Accommodation within 19 days. However, some stay in Initial Accommodation for shorter or longer periods depending on their individual needs. Information on the length of stay of people in Initial Accommodation is not currently recorded in a format suitable for publication.

Q
Asked by Mike Amesbury
(Weaver Vale)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 07 February 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Universal Credit: Telephone Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate her Department has made of the number of people who did not call the Universal Credit helpline as a result of believing that it was a premium rate number.
A
Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 20 February 2018

The Universal Credit telephone numbers previously used by the Department were not premium rate numbers and it is misleading to refer to them in this way. The 0345 numbers that were in use were charged at local rate and are included in the call packages of most mobile and landline phone deals.

Any customer who raised a concern about the costs of calling the Department was offered a call back. We have no evidence that people did not call because they believed the service was a premium rate number.

To ensure that customers dial the correct numbers, the Department has embarked on an exercise to update all its products. The Department’s electronic media, such as SMS text messages and Gov.uk website, were updated as the new freephone numbers were introduced. System generated notifications for Universal Credit Full Service were updated on 28 November. System notifications for Universal Credit Live Service were updated between 28 November and 31 January 2018.

During the period that our products were being updated, any calls to a 0345 number were played a message that told them that that number had been replaced with a Freephone number, whilst giving them the new Freephone number to use.

The current monthly cost to the Department for playing the recorded messages to provide the new freephone numbers is approximately £300.

Grouped Questions: 127389 | 127440 | 127442
Q
Asked by Mike Amesbury
(Weaver Vale)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 07 February 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Universal Credit: Telephone Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that the premium rate helpline number for universal credit is not included in communications by JobCentre Plus.
A
Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 20 February 2018

The Universal Credit telephone numbers previously used by the Department were not premium rate numbers and it is misleading to refer to them in this way. The 0345 numbers that were in use were charged at local rate and are included in the call packages of most mobile and landline phone deals.

Any customer who raised a concern about the costs of calling the Department was offered a call back. We have no evidence that people did not call because they believed the service was a premium rate number.

To ensure that customers dial the correct numbers, the Department has embarked on an exercise to update all its products. The Department’s electronic media, such as SMS text messages and Gov.uk website, were updated as the new freephone numbers were introduced. System generated notifications for Universal Credit Full Service were updated on 28 November. System notifications for Universal Credit Live Service were updated between 28 November and 31 January 2018.

During the period that our products were being updated, any calls to a 0345 number were played a message that told them that that number had been replaced with a Freephone number, whilst giving them the new Freephone number to use.

The current monthly cost to the Department for playing the recorded messages to provide the new freephone numbers is approximately £300.

Grouped Questions: 127389 | 127438 | 127442
Q
Asked by Neil Coyle
(Bermondsey and Old Southwark)
Asked on: 07 February 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Employment and Support Allowance: Tribunals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many tribunal hearings for appeals against the award of Employment Support Allowance were attended by presenting officers; and how many of the original decisions were (a) upheld and (b) overturned between 1 December 2016 and 31 December 2017.
A
Answered by: Sarah Newton
Answered on: 20 February 2018

The information is not readily available, and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

Q
Asked by Mike Amesbury
(Weaver Vale)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 07 February 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Department for Work and Pensions: Telephone Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of cost to her Department of the continued use of a premium rate number to play a recorded message to callers diverting them elsewhere.
A
Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 20 February 2018

The Universal Credit telephone numbers previously used by the Department were not premium rate numbers and it is misleading to refer to them in this way. The 0345 numbers that were in use were charged at local rate and are included in the call packages of most mobile and landline phone deals.

Any customer who raised a concern about the costs of calling the Department was offered a call back. We have no evidence that people did not call because they believed the service was a premium rate number.

To ensure that customers dial the correct numbers, the Department has embarked on an exercise to update all its products. The Department’s electronic media, such as SMS text messages and Gov.uk website, were updated as the new freephone numbers were introduced. System generated notifications for Universal Credit Full Service were updated on 28 November. System notifications for Universal Credit Live Service were updated between 28 November and 31 January 2018.

During the period that our products were being updated, any calls to a 0345 number were played a message that told them that that number had been replaced with a Freephone number, whilst giving them the new Freephone number to use.

The current monthly cost to the Department for playing the recorded messages to provide the new freephone numbers is approximately £300.

Grouped Questions: 127389 | 127438 | 127440
Q
Asked by Karin Smyth
(Bristol South)
Asked on: 07 February 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
NHS Property and Estates Review
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will pause any further attempts by NHS Foundation Trusts to form wholly owned companies to deliver facilities and estates management services to avoid further fragmentation of the service and help enable a consistent approach to the NHS Estates Strategy as set out in the Naylor Review and accepted in the Government’s response to that review.
A
Answered by: Stephen Barclay
Answered on: 20 February 2018

National Health Service organisations are responsible for deciding locally the most appropriate structures they need to deliver services to their patients within available resources and they must do so in line with the appropriate guidance. Commissioners and regulators are responsible for ensuring that NHS providers act in the best interests of patients and taxpayers, and this includes working with them to ensure that the Government’s response to the Naylor Review is implemented.

Grouped Questions: 127558 | 127633
Q
Asked by Karin Smyth
(Bristol South)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 07 February 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
NHS Property and Estates Review
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will place in the Library the evidence to support the assertion in 4.3 of the Government Response to the Naylor Review, published in January 2018 that the current estates’ responsibilities have been effective in addressing operational matters.
A
Answered by: Stephen Barclay
Answered on: 20 February 2018

Paragraph 4.3 of the Government Response to the Naylor Review reflects the Department’s view that the various organisations responsible for estates matters have fulfilled the expectations that we have placed upon them, whether through formal mandate or other delegations of responsibility. This has ensured that the healthcare estate supports clinical service models effectively, and patient services operate without interruption. The Department’s mandate to NHS England and its letter to NHS Improvement setting its remit are available on the following web links together with the minutes of accountability meetings between the Department and these organisations.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nhs-mandate-2017-to-2018

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nhs-improvements-remit-for-2017-to-2018

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nhs-improvement-accountability-meeting-minutes

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nhs-commissioning-board-accountability-meeting-minutes

Q
(Newcastle upon Tyne North)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 07 February 2018
HM Treasury
Employment: Mothers
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the statement of the Chief Secretary to the Treasury to the Treasury Committee of 31 January 2018, what her evidential basis is for there having been an increase in maternal employment of 6 per cent.
A
Answered by: Elizabeth Truss
Answered on: 20 February 2018

The Office for National Statistics has published statistics that show the employment rate of women with dependent children in England increased by 6.3 percentage points from 67.4 per cent in April-June 2010 to 73.7 per cent in April-June 2017, with 64 per cent of the increase amongst women working full time. We do not have an estimate of the hourly earnings of those women. https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/employmentandemployeetypes/articles/familiesandthelabourmarketengland/2017

Economic evidence from both the UK and internationally shows a positive effect of reduced childcare costs on female labour market participation. In the UK, the Institute for Fiscal Studies found that the fraction of mothers working or looking for work increases by 5.7 percentage points when their youngest child becomes eligible for free full-time care at school.

The overall economic costs and benefit of parents moving into work will depend on a wide range of factors in both the short and long-term, and will vary significantly depending on the situation and characteristics of the family.

Grouped Questions: 127467 | 127468 | 127469
Q
(Newcastle upon Tyne North)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 07 February 2018
HM Treasury
Living Wage: Mothers
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the statement of the Chief Secretary to the Treasury to the Treasury Committee of 31 January 2018, what (a) amount and (b) proportion of the 6 per cent increase in maternal employment she cited is paid at the National Living Wage.
A
Answered by: Elizabeth Truss
Answered on: 20 February 2018

The Office for National Statistics has published statistics that show the employment rate of women with dependent children in England increased by 6.3 percentage points from 67.4 per cent in April-June 2010 to 73.7 per cent in April-June 2017, with 64 per cent of the increase amongst women working full time. We do not have an estimate of the hourly earnings of those women. https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/employmentandemployeetypes/articles/familiesandthelabourmarketengland/2017

Economic evidence from both the UK and internationally shows a positive effect of reduced childcare costs on female labour market participation. In the UK, the Institute for Fiscal Studies found that the fraction of mothers working or looking for work increases by 5.7 percentage points when their youngest child becomes eligible for free full-time care at school.

The overall economic costs and benefit of parents moving into work will depend on a wide range of factors in both the short and long-term, and will vary significantly depending on the situation and characteristics of the family.

Grouped Questions: 127466 | 127468 | 127469
Q
(Newcastle upon Tyne North)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 07 February 2018
HM Treasury
Employment: Females
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what information his Department holds on the effect of childcare costs on female participation in the labour market.
A
Answered by: Elizabeth Truss
Answered on: 20 February 2018

The Office for National Statistics has published statistics that show the employment rate of women with dependent children in England increased by 6.3 percentage points from 67.4 per cent in April-June 2010 to 73.7 per cent in April-June 2017, with 64 per cent of the increase amongst women working full time. We do not have an estimate of the hourly earnings of those women. https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/employmentandemployeetypes/articles/familiesandthelabourmarketengland/2017

Economic evidence from both the UK and internationally shows a positive effect of reduced childcare costs on female labour market participation. In the UK, the Institute for Fiscal Studies found that the fraction of mothers working or looking for work increases by 5.7 percentage points when their youngest child becomes eligible for free full-time care at school.

The overall economic costs and benefit of parents moving into work will depend on a wide range of factors in both the short and long-term, and will vary significantly depending on the situation and characteristics of the family.

Grouped Questions: 127466 | 127467 | 127469
Q
(Newcastle upon Tyne North)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 07 February 2018
HM Treasury
Unemployment: Parents
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the economic cost of parents unable to enter the labour market because of childcare costs, in each year since 2013.
A
Answered by: Elizabeth Truss
Answered on: 20 February 2018

The Office for National Statistics has published statistics that show the employment rate of women with dependent children in England increased by 6.3 percentage points from 67.4 per cent in April-June 2010 to 73.7 per cent in April-June 2017, with 64 per cent of the increase amongst women working full time. We do not have an estimate of the hourly earnings of those women. https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/employmentandemployeetypes/articles/familiesandthelabourmarketengland/2017

Economic evidence from both the UK and internationally shows a positive effect of reduced childcare costs on female labour market participation. In the UK, the Institute for Fiscal Studies found that the fraction of mothers working or looking for work increases by 5.7 percentage points when their youngest child becomes eligible for free full-time care at school.

The overall economic costs and benefit of parents moving into work will depend on a wide range of factors in both the short and long-term, and will vary significantly depending on the situation and characteristics of the family.

Grouped Questions: 127466 | 127467 | 127468
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(Kettering)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 07 February 2018
Department for International Development
Unitaid
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much aid spending has allocated from the public purse to Unitaid in each of the last five years; and what checks her Department makes to ensure that none of the UK's contributions go from Unitaid to the Clinton Foundation.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 20 February 2018

Since its creation in 2006, Unitaid has been a major player in scaling up access to life-saving drugs and diagnostics for those most in need. It has shown us that small, catalytic investments can dramatically change the global health landscape, allowing us to treat more women and children with less money and better products. The United Kingdom is proud to be the second largest donor to Unitaid, with an investment of £188 million since 2013, including: £53 million in 2013, £40 million in 2014 and £88 million in 2017.

Unitaid does not provide any funding to the Clinton Foundation. Unitaid is also highly transparent and accountable organisation that regularly provides detailed financial and programmatic updates through the Audit and Finance Committee, Policy and Strategy Committee and Executive Board. The United Kingdom sits on all of Unitaid’s governance committees and is Vice-Chair of the Board.

Asked on: 08 February 2018
Women and Equalities
Females: Directors
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of progress towards the target of at least 33 per cent representation of women on the combined executive committee and direct reports to the executive committee in all FTSE100 companies by 2020.
Answered on: 20 February 2018

In 2017, the FTSE 100 had 25.2% women in executive committees and direct reports. This had barely changed from 2016, showing that robust action is needed from businesses to achieve the Hampton-Alexander Review’s target of 33% by 2020.

To increase the level of ambition, the Hampton-Alexander Review has now extended the executive pipeline target of 33% women from the FTSE 100 to the wider FTSE 350 – around 1 in 2 of all new appointments needing to go to women to achieve this target by 2020. We will continue to support the Review to work collaboratively with business to disseminate the importance of diversity in executive roles.

Asked on: 08 February 2018
Home Office
Passports: Interviews
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements have been put in place to ensure those required to attend passport interview offices are able to afford to do so since the number of offices was reduced in 2017.
Answered on: 20 February 2018

The need to interview passport applicants is limited to an adult applying for their first UK passport (unless identity is in doubt) and as such is a once in a lifetime requirement. Her Majesty’s Passport Office has reduced the number of applicants that have to attend this Interview through the use of outcomes of checks already completed by other Government Departments.

When evaluating the number of Interview Passport Offices, Her Majesty’s Passport Office reviewed the home postcodes of applicants and which Interview Passport Office they attended, ensuring that the any proposed alternative journey was reasonable in both time and distance.

Asked on: 08 February 2018
Home Office
Passports: Interviews
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government why they chose to reduce the number of passport interview offices.
Answered on: 20 February 2018

Her Majesty’s Passport Office took the decision to reduce the number of Interview Passport Offices due to a surplus of interview capacity compared to demand.

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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 08 February 2018
Home Office
Asylum: Bahrain
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many citizens of Bahrain applied for asylum in (1) 2016, and (2) 2017.
Answered on: 20 February 2018

The Home Office publishes data on the number of asylum applications, initial decisions and appeals, broken down by nationality, in the quarterly Immigration Statistics publication. The latest figures, up until 30 September 2017, are available at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/immigration-statistics-july-to-september-2017

Data for Q4 2017 is due to be published on 22 February 2018.

Table as_01_q (asylum tables, vol. 1) contains quarterly breakdowns of the number of asylum applications and grants at initial decision, for main applicants.

Table as_14_q (asylum tables, vol. 4) contains quarterly breakdowns of the number of asylum appeals allowed. The appeals allowed figures may include a small number of cases where the asylum application was granted at initial decision, but later appealed against. This may be due to the circumstances of the grant (i.e. discretionary leave/UASC leave rather than asylum).

Grouped Questions: HL5546 | HL5547
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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 08 February 2018
Home Office
Immigration: Bahrain
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many citizens of Bahrain were granted right to stay without having to appeal in (1) 2015, (2) 2016, and (3) 2017.
Answered on: 20 February 2018

The Home Office publishes data on the number of asylum applications, initial decisions and appeals, broken down by nationality, in the quarterly Immigration Statistics publication. The latest figures, up until 30 September 2017, are available at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/immigration-statistics-july-to-september-2017

Data for Q4 2017 is due to be published on 22 February 2018.

Table as_01_q (asylum tables, vol. 1) contains quarterly breakdowns of the number of asylum applications and grants at initial decision, for main applicants.

Table as_14_q (asylum tables, vol. 4) contains quarterly breakdowns of the number of asylum appeals allowed. The appeals allowed figures may include a small number of cases where the asylum application was granted at initial decision, but later appealed against. This may be due to the circumstances of the grant (i.e. discretionary leave/UASC leave rather than asylum).

Grouped Questions: HL5545 | HL5547
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Asked by Lord Scriven
Asked on: 08 February 2018
Home Office
Immigration: Bahrain
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many citizens of Bahrain were granted right to stay after appeal of the first decision in (1) 2015, (2) 2016, and (3) 2017.
Answered on: 20 February 2018

The Home Office publishes data on the number of asylum applications, initial decisions and appeals, broken down by nationality, in the quarterly Immigration Statistics publication. The latest figures, up until 30 September 2017, are available at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/immigration-statistics-july-to-september-2017

Data for Q4 2017 is due to be published on 22 February 2018.

Table as_01_q (asylum tables, vol. 1) contains quarterly breakdowns of the number of asylum applications and grants at initial decision, for main applicants.

Table as_14_q (asylum tables, vol. 4) contains quarterly breakdowns of the number of asylum appeals allowed. The appeals allowed figures may include a small number of cases where the asylum application was granted at initial decision, but later appealed against. This may be due to the circumstances of the grant (i.e. discretionary leave/UASC leave rather than asylum).

Grouped Questions: HL5545 | HL5546
Asked on: 08 February 2018
Home Office
Immigration
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect on business confidence of delaying publication of the anticipated Immigration White Paper.
Answered on: 20 February 2018

Our first priority in negotiations was to reach a deal on citizens’ rights, which we did in December. This gives certainty to those EU citizens living in the UK, and UK nationals living in the EU, that they can continue living their lives broadly as now.

The joint agreement reached in December confirmed a shared desire to make progress on an implementation period; and that sufficient progress had been made to progress to phase two of negotiations for exiting the EU.

Business optimism is driven by confidence in the long-term performance of the economy. Recent CBI survey’s report that UK business confidence remains positive and business investment has continued to grow in recent quarters. The Industrial Strategy, published by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy last year, sets out a long-term vision of an economy that boosts productivity and earning power throughout the UK.

Our focus now has to be on getting the right deal for the implementation period – the period immediately following the UK’s exit next March.

As you would expect, the Government is considering a range of options for the future immigration system and we will set out initial plans in the coming months. That is why we have commissioned the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to gather evidence on patterns of EU migration and the role of migration in the wider economy, ahead of our exit from the EU.

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Asked by Ross Thomson
(Aberdeen South)
Asked on: 08 February 2018
Department for International Development
Yemen: International Assistance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to help ensure access for humanitarian aid to Yemen.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 20 February 2018

As the Prime Minister set out in her November visit to Riyadh, the UK continues to call for complete and unhindered access for commercial and humanitarian imports of food, fuel and medical supplies particularly through the ports of Hodeidah and Saleef. Following the Secretary of State’s visit to Riyadh in December we were pleased to see the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia lift all access restrictions. To encourage commercial imports which provide over 80% of Yemen’s food and fuel, we are providing £1.3 million to the UN’s Verification and Inspection Mechanism (UNVIM) this financial year (2017/18) and have provided UK experts on the ground in Djibouti to increase the number of UNVIM inspections of commercial vessels entering Yemen.

The UK will continue to play a leading role in the humanitarian response and efforts to find a political solution to the conflict in Yemen. Our funding of £205 million to Yemen for 2017/18 makes us the third-largest humanitarian donor to Yemen overall, and the second-largest to the UN Humanitarian Appeal.

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Asked by Ross Thomson
(Aberdeen South)
Asked on: 08 February 2018
Department for International Development
Developing Countries: Slavery
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to help tackle modern slavery in developing countries.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 20 February 2018

Tackling modern slavery is a cross-government priority, and DFID is committed to driving change through the UN and other multilateral channels. At last year’s UN General Assembly, our Prime Minister launched the “Call to Action to end Forced Labour, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking”, which has been endorsed by 43 countries from all regions of the world. We will continue to push for more country endorsements and ensure that it delivers action on the ground.

We are also expanding our work in developing countries to tackle the root causes of slavery and support victims, whilst addressing the factors that enable the criminality of modern slavery to thrive. As part of the Prime Minister’s commitment to double ODA spend on modern slavery to £150 million, DFID is developing £40 million of new programming which will help over 500,000 vulnerable men, women and children.

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Asked by Ross Thomson
(Aberdeen South)
Asked on: 08 February 2018
Scotland Office
Shipbuilding: Scotland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether his Department has made an assessment of the economic contributions of Ministry of Defence contracts to the shipbuilding industry in Scotland.
A
Answered by: David Mundell
Answered on: 20 February 2018

The £3.7 billion Ministry of Defence contract for the first three Type 26 frigates, to be followed by five more, and the £635 million investment in the Offshore Patrol Vessel programme have guaranteed the shipbuilding industry on the Clyde work for 20 years and safeguarded 1,700 shipbuilding jobs in Scotland.

Additionally, the second of the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers is currently being fitted out in Rosyth, and the National Shipbuilding Strategy has set out our commitment to a competition to design and build Type 31e frigates here in the UK.

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Asked by Steve McCabe
(Birmingham, Selly Oak)
[N]
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'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 08 February 2018
Department for International Development
Colombia and Lesotho: Taxation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with the Chancellor of Exchequer on the (a) process of negotiation and (b) ratifying the UK’s tax treaties with (i) Lesotho and (ii) Columbia.
A
Answered by: Harriett Baldwin
Answered on: 20 February 2018

The Secretary of State for International Development has not had any discussions with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on tax treaty negotiations between the UK and Lesotho and Colombia.

HMRC is the lead department for the negotiation of the UK’s tax treaties, reporting to HM Treasury Ministers. HMRC seeks views from a range of interested parties, including DFID, and then takes a judgement about which countries to seek to engage with. DFID supports this approach which led to recent successful negotiations with Colombia and Lesotho.

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Asked by Jon Trickett
(Hemsworth)
Asked on: 08 February 2018
HM Treasury
Revenue and Customs: Tobacco
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the transparency document entitled HMRC policy meetings with tobacco stakeholders: October to December 2017, if he will publish the minutes of the meetings between HMRC officials and such stakeholders which took place on 16 October, 17 October, 3 November and 8 December 2017.
A
Answered by: Robert Jenrick
Answered on: 20 February 2018

HM Revenue and Customs has no plans to publish the minutes of these meetings.

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(Bristol West)
Asked on: 08 February 2018
Home Office
Doctors: Migrant Workers
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will review the minimum salary threshold for granting visas to overseas doctors with offers of employment in UK hospitals; and will she make a statement.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 20 February 2018

The Tier 2 (General) minimum salary thresholds for overseas doctors were set following consultation with the independent Migration Advisory Committee and are based on pay scales published by the NHS – and have not been recently changed.

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(Bristol West)
Asked on: 08 February 2018
Home Office
Health Professions: Vacancies
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will add (a) consultant and (b) non-consultant, non-training and medical staff posts in (i) general medicine, (ii) pathology, (iii) psychiatry, (iv) surgery and (v) anaesthetics to the United Kingdom Shortage Occupation list.
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Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 20 February 2018

Consultants and non-consultant, non-training, medical staff posts in general medicine and old age psychiatry appear on the current Tier 2 (General) Shortage Occupation List (SOL). All grades in anaesthetics appear on the Scotland specific SOL.

The SOL is based on advice from the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC).

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Asked by Sue Hayman
(Workington)
[N]
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'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 08 February 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Animal Breeding: Dogs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will bring forward proposals for there to be a requirement for local authorities to work collaboratively with the UK Accreditation Service in order to avoid the duplication of inspections of dog breeders.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 20 February 2018

New regulations on licensing of activities involving animals were laid in draft on 8 February. They replace the existing laws on dog breeding, and in conjunction with supporting guidance being finalised, will allow those operators certified by UKAS-accredited organisations to be assessed as lower risk and subject to fewer inspections and a lower fee. Within the requirements of the inspection regime set out in the regulations, local authorities will be encouraged to avoid duplication of inspections where facilities are already inspected by UKAS-accredited bodies and to work collaboratively with UKAS-accredited organisations on this. My officials have held a number of joint meetings with UKAS and local authority representatives to encourage this cooperation.

Grouped Questions: 126784
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Asked by Tulip Siddiq
(Hampstead and Kilburn)
[N]
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'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 08 February 2018
Home Office
Modern Slavery Helpline and Resource Centre
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on how many people who have contacted the Modern Slavery Helpline and Resource Centre have been referred to (a) Government and (b) non-government support organisations since 2016.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 20 February 2018

The Modern Slavery Helpline is run by the charity, Unseen and is completely independent of Government. Information about the number and types of calls received by the Modern Slavery Helpline can be found on the Unseen website www.modernslaveryhelpline.org/information/stats or by contacting Unseen directly on https://www.unseenuk.org/contact-us

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 08 February 2018
Home Office
Offences against Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department plans to take to ensure services which support children who have experienced sexual abuse receive adequate funding.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 20 February 2018

The Government is committed to ensuring that child victims of sexual abuse have the support that they need. We recognise that effective, timely support for victims is a matter of national importance. It is for this reason that Government has provided funding of £7 million for services supporting victims and survivors of sexual violence in each of the past three years, and will be doing so once more in 2018/19.

Q
(Brighton, Kemptown)
[N]
Close

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'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 08 February 2018
Department for International Trade
Honduras: Electronic Surveillance
Commons
To ask the secretary of state for international trade whether he has made an assessment as to whether the telecommunications interception equipment licensed to Honduras on 17 August 2017 and 19 December 2016 has been used by the authorities in their recent surveillance-led crack down against dissidents following November's disputed election; and whether he plans to revoke licences for strategic goods to that country.
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Answered by: Graham Stuart
Answered on: 20 February 2018

All export licence applications are considered on a case-by-case basis against the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria based on the most up-to-date information and analysis available at the time, including reports from NGOs and our overseas network. We will not license the export of items where to do so would be inconsistent with any provision of the Consolidated Criteria. In particular, we assessed both licences against Criterion 2(a) – whether there is a clear risk that the goods might be used for internal repression.

Each application must be supported by an undertaking from the end-user which sets out the intended purpose of the goods. This undertaking is considered as part of the overall assessment process but we do not rely solely on assurances given by the recipient state in deciding whether or not to grant a licence. As part of our assessment under Criterion 2 we consider all relevant information, including the behaviour of the end user with regard to respect for human rights. In this case, as part of the assessment, the British Embassy in Honduras was consulted thoroughly on the end user and stated end use.

The first licence granted in December 2016 was for a temporary export for demonstration purposes; a condition of the licence was that the goods were returned to the UK within 12 months, this licence has now expired. Our records show that the licence granted in August 2017 has not been used and currently no goods have yet been shipped. I therefore do not consider that the goods licensed for export could have been used against protestors.

No licences have been revoked or suspended for Honduras. We are keeping the situation under careful review.

I am withholding the name of the exporter because information on export licence applicants is confidential.

Grouped Questions: 127579 | 127698 | 127700
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(Mid Derbyshire)
Asked on: 08 February 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Opportunity and Integration Review
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will meet representatives of (a) the Scout Association and (b) other uniformed youth groups to discuss how his Department can support such organisations in taking forward the recommendations of the December 2016 Casey review into opportunity and integration.
A
Answered by: Mrs Heather Wheeler
Answered on: 20 February 2018

My officials met representatives from the Scout Association, Girlguiding and the Youth United Foundation, which brings together 11 leading uniformed youth groups, on 10 January 2018, to discuss social mixing and building integrated communities.

Officials look forward to continuing discussions with the Youth United network on the Integrated Communities Strategy Green Paper, which I will publish in due course.

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Asked by David Linden
(Glasgow East)
Asked on: 08 February 2018
House of Commons Commission
Parliamentary Estate: Plastics
Commons
To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, if he will take steps to ban the use of single-use plastic straws on the Parliamentary Estate.
A
Answered by: Tom Brake
Answered on: 20 February 2018

The Commission has asked the Administration Committee to review the sustainability and environmental management of single-use disposable plastics in the House of Commons.

The review will include the use of single-use plastic straws on the Parliamentary Estate.

The Administration Committee will be considering this matter in March.

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(Sevenoaks)
Asked on: 08 February 2018
HM Treasury
Personal Savings
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to simplify save as you earn schemes and share incentive plans to encourage more people to save.
A
Answered by: John Glen
Answered on: 20 February 2018

The government offers four tax advantaged share schemes, Company Share Option Plan, Share Incentive Plan, Enterprise Management Incentives and Save As You Earn. These enable employers and their employees to mutually benefit from generous Income Tax, National Insurance, and Capital Gains Tax reliefs when they participate. At Autumn Budget 2017 the government announced that employees on the Save As You Earn scheme who take maternity or parental leave will be able to pause their contributions for up to 12 months, extended from the previous limit of 6 months. There are currently no other plans to make changes to the schemes. The government keeps all areas of the tax system under review.

The government is also committed to supporting savers of all incomes and at all stages of life. We have introduced a range of measures, including the Personal Savings Allowance, which mean that over 95% of people pay no tax on their savings income. We have also introduced the Lifetime ISA, which supports younger people to save for the long term by offering them a 25% bonus from the government on savings of up to £4,000 annually.

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