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Asked by Neil O'Brien
(Harborough)
Asked on: 20 December 2017
HM Treasury
Income Tax: Tax Rates and Bands
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the monies accrued to the public purse of (a) freezing the personal allowance at £12,000 and (b) freezing the higher-rate threshold at £50,000 in each of the years after 2020-21.
A
Corrected answer by: Mel Stride
Corrected on: 22 January 2018
An error has been identified in the written answer given on 12 January 2018.
The correct answer should have been:

The estimated Exchequer impact of freezing the personal allowance at £12,000 and freezing the higher-rate threshold at £50,000 in 2021-22 and 2022-23 is:

£m bn

2021-22

2022-23

Exchequer Impact of a Freeze of the PA at £12,000 and the HRT at £50,000

1,800

3,900

Figures have been rounded to the nearest £100 million. The The impact is shown on a National Accounts basis consistent with the presentation in table 2.1 of Budget documents

The government remains committed to increasing the PA to £12,500 by 2020-21. The estimated Exchequer impact of freezing the personal allowance at £12,500 and freezing the higher-rate threshold at £50,000 in 2021-22 and 2022-23 is:

£mbn

2021-22

2022-23

Exchequer Impact of a Freeze of the PA at £12,500 and the HRT at £50,000

1,800

4,000

Figures have been rounded to the nearest £100 million. Therefore the modelling simulation above has been repeated with the PA set to £12,500 in 2020-21, frozen thereafter (the HRT was as in the £12,000 scenario above).

Both of these estimates are sensitive to any changes in the projected economic determinants used, and modelling assumptions, and are therefore subject to revision.

[To answer this question a number of assumptions have been made as set out below. These estimates are consistent with the methodology used to estimate the impact of policy changes to Income Tax and National Insurance Contributions (NICs).

The question implies that the Personal Allowance (PA) and Higher Rate Threshold (HRT) would be at the stated levels in 2020-21 in order that they be frozen at those levels (rather than indexed with Consumer Price Index (CPI) indexation as is the convention) for the years after that.

The Exchequer impact of meeting the thresholds in 2020-21 has is not included in these figures.

The estimated impact from freezing the PA and HRT has been modelled using the 2014-15 Survey of Personal Incomes projected using assumptions from the Office of Budget Responsibility’s November 2017 economic and fiscal outlook. The costs set out below include assumptions on the likely behavioral responses of affected taxpayers, which is in line with previous similar costings agreed with the OBR.

The costing include the impact on NICs, as the Upper Earnings Limit and Upper Profits Limit are aligned to the Higher Rate Threshold which has been frozen at £50,000 for this policy.

The simulation assumes the HRT freeze does not apply in Scotland where this threshold is devolved. Therefore the Scottish Basic Rate Limit (BRL) is amended to maintain the Scottish HRT at the current projected levels after any changes to the PA. The simulation includes an estimate for the change in the Scottish block grant adjustment under this policy change scenario.

A
Answered by: Mel Stride
Answered on: 12 January 2018

The estimated Exchequer impact of freezing the personal allowance at £12,000 and freezing the higher-rate threshold at £50,000 in 2021-22 and 2022-23 is:

£m bn

2021-22

2022-23

Exchequer Impact of a Freeze of the PA at £12,000 and the HRT at £50,000

1,800

3,900

Figures have been rounded to the nearest £100 million. The The impact is shown on a National Accounts basis consistent with the presentation in table 2.1 of Budget documents

The government remains committed to increasing the PA to £12,500 by 2020-21. The estimated Exchequer impact of freezing the personal allowance at £12,500 and freezing the higher-rate threshold at £50,000 in 2021-22 and 2022-23 is:

£mbn

2021-22

2022-23

Exchequer Impact of a Freeze of the PA at £12,500 and the HRT at £50,000

1,800

4,000

Figures have been rounded to the nearest £100 million. Therefore the modelling simulation above has been repeated with the PA set to £12,500 in 2020-21, frozen thereafter (the HRT was as in the £12,000 scenario above).

Both of these estimates are sensitive to any changes in the projected economic determinants used, and modelling assumptions, and are therefore subject to revision.

[To answer this question a number of assumptions have been made as set out below. These estimates are consistent with the methodology used to estimate the impact of policy changes to Income Tax and National Insurance Contributions (NICs).

The question implies that the Personal Allowance (PA) and Higher Rate Threshold (HRT) would be at the stated levels in 2020-21 in order that they be frozen at those levels (rather than indexed with Consumer Price Index (CPI) indexation as is the convention) for the years after that.

The Exchequer impact of meeting the thresholds in 2020-21 has is not included in these figures.

The estimated impact from freezing the PA and HRT has been modelled using the 2014-15 Survey of Personal Incomes projected using assumptions from the Office of Budget Responsibility’s November 2017 economic and fiscal outlook. The costs set out below include assumptions on the likely behavioral responses of affected taxpayers, which is in line with previous similar costings agreed with the OBR.

The costing include the impact on NICs, as the Upper Earnings Limit and Upper Profits Limit are aligned to the Higher Rate Threshold which has been frozen at £50,000 for this policy.

The simulation assumes the HRT freeze does not apply in Scotland where this threshold is devolved. Therefore the Scottish Basic Rate Limit (BRL) is amended to maintain the Scottish HRT at the current projected levels after any changes to the PA. The simulation includes an estimate for the change in the Scottish block grant adjustment under this policy change scenario.

Q
Asked by Lord Birt
Asked on: 08 January 2018
Department for Transport
Railways: Overcrowding
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 4 December 2017 (HL3345), whether they are satisfied that train franchisees match capacity to need when football and other sports fans are travelling to and from matches.
A
Answered by: Baroness Sugg
Answered on: 22 January 2018

The Department for Transport requires franchisees to plan for special events and make the best use of the capacity available to provide services where they would not ordinarily be provided in the regular timetable. In planning for this requirement, this must be balanced with other passenger demand on the network. Special events include, but are not limited to, football and other sporting events.

Q
Asked on: 08 January 2018
HM Treasury
Christine Lagarde
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reputational risks associated with hosting an International Monetary Fund event at which Christine Lagarde, who was found guilty in France of criminal negligence in 2016, gave a speech.
A
Answered by: Lord Bates
Answered on: 22 January 2018

On 20 December 2017, the International Monetary Fund (IMF)’s Managing Director Christine Lagarde spoke at a Press Conference in HM Treasury after the completion of the IMF’s annual Article IV assessment of the UK economy. She did this in her official capacity as the Managing Director of the IMF.

In 2016, the IMF Executive Board issued a statement reaffirming its full confidence in the Managing Director’s ability to continue to effectively carry out her duties. The UK supported this statement.

This followed a decision by France’s Cour de Justice de la République that Lagarde’s action were not serious enough to warrant any penalty, nor a criminal record.

Asked on: 08 January 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
USA: National Security
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they intend to make to the government of the United States following the publication of the US national security strategy on 18 December 2017.
A
Answered on: 22 January 2018

The US and UK are very close allies and partners, with a uniquely broad and deep security relationship. We engage regularly and at all levels with the US authorities on these issues detailed in the strategy and other foreign policy and security issues vital to the UK's security and prosperity, and will continue to do so.

Asked on: 08 January 2018
Department for International Trade
Overseas Trade: Iran
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to make it a precondition of any proposals to increase trade between the UK and Iran that the government of Iran adhere to international human rights standards by allowing peaceful demonstrations and protests against their policies.
A
Answered by: Baroness Fairhead
Answered on: 22 January 2018

Her Majesty’s Government supports trade with Iran as a key part of its commitment to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA). HMG remains concerned about the human rights situation in Iran and continues to encourage the Iranian government to improve its human rights record.

Q
Asked by Lord Greaves
Asked on: 08 January 2018
Department for Transport
Cycleways: West Yorkshire
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, or propose to have, with (1) local authorities, and (2) other interested parties concerning completion of a cycle route along the former railway line between Halifax, Bradford and Keighley, particularly in the vicinity of, and through, the Queensbury Tunnel; and whether they intend to instruct Historical Railways Estate not to take any action which would prevent the restoration and use of Queensbury Tunnel for such a purpose until the completion of a full assessment of the tunnel's condition, economic potential, connectivity challenges, and associated asset management issues.
A
Answered by: Baroness Sugg
Answered on: 22 January 2018

The Department for Transport has appointed a firm of consultant chartered surveyors to assess the future of the tunnel. The terms of reference of the consultant appointment include discussing with the local authority a possible transfer to them. Pending receipt of that report no firm conclusion concerning the tunnel has yet been made by the Department. However Highways England, who maintain the tunnel on behalf of the Department, reserve the right to take such action as is, in their professional view, necessary on the grounds of public safety.

Asked on: 08 January 2018
Attorney General
National Fund
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in enabling the National Fund charity to make appropriate donations; and whether they intend to apply to the courts for a scheme allowing the Fund to be used for its original purpose.
A
Answered by: Lord Keen of Elie
Answered on: 22 January 2018

The National Fund was created in 1928 with an initial anonymous donation of £500,000 with the aim of eventually extinguishing the national debt. It has accumulated significant funds through further donations and income over the years, as set out in the chart below. It is currently estimated to be worth over £460 million.

The terms of the deed of Trust for the National Fund are such that the Trustees are required to accumulate the net income and profits of the trust fund until the value of the fund along with its accumulated income, when added to the value of any other funds applicable for the same purpose, is sufficient to discharge the entirety of the National Debt. Given the terms of the trust, the money is currently ‘locked’ in the fund.

The Attorney General’s Office is working with the Charity Commission and the Fund’s trustees to help resolve this legally complicated matter.

Q
Asked by Lord Hylton
Asked on: 08 January 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Capital Punishment
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made any representations to the government of Bahrain regarding (1) the death sentences passed on six civilians by the Supreme Military Court on 25 December 2017, and (2) the failure of the Military Court to consider allegations of torture when trying that case.
A
Answered on: 22 January 2018

The UK is firmly opposed to the death penalty. It is the Government's longstanding position to oppose capital sentences in all circumstances and countries. We continue to make this clear to the Government of Bahrain and have raised these particular cases at senior levels.

Q
Asked on: 08 January 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Glyphosate
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings of Defarge et al in Toxicity of formulants and heavy metals in glyphosate-based herbicides and other pesticides published in Toxicology Reports, volume 5, about the use of so-called inert ingredients in those chemical formulations.
A
Answered on: 22 January 2018

The paper by Defarge et al studied the effects of glyphosate (and other active substances) and of a number of other components of pesticide formulations. It concludes that the effects of those other components are greater than the effects of glyphosate and suggests a need to assess the impacts of pesticide products.

The current system for regulating pesticides does assess the impacts of both active substances and formulated products. The assessment and decision making for active substances is carried out at EU level; the equivalent process for products takes place nationally. This means that the potential impacts of each product are assessed; it is not assumed that a product is safe simply because the active substances it contains have been approved. The EU is also developing a list of chemicals which will be prohibited from use in pesticide products.

The review of glyphosate raised some concerns over the inclusion of POE tallowamines in formulated products. In August 2016, the European Commission therefore instructed Member States to require the removal of these chemicals from glyphosate products. The UK has implemented this requirement.

The Commission decided in December 2017 to approve glyphosate for continuing use until December 2022. Following that decision the UK and other Member States will review the product authorisations of all herbicides containing glyphosate. This review will take account of the relevant data on the properties of the products, as well as the properties of glyphosate as the active substance. Product authorisations will only be renewed if the assessment of the scientific evidence concludes that the formulated product will not harm people or pose unacceptable risks to the environment.

Q
Asked by Lord Myners
Asked on: 08 January 2018
Department for Transport
London-Brighton Railway Line: Fares
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to review the impact of rail price increases on the employment and real incomes of those who commute to London by train from Brighton.
A
Answered by: Baroness Sugg
Answered on: 22 January 2018

The Government understands the concern about the cost of some rail fares and the impact that this can have on people’s budgets. That is why the Government has ensured that regulated rail fares have, since 2014, risen no faster than RPI inflation. We, of course, continue to monitor our rail fares policies closely and keep them under review.

Q
Asked by Lord Myners
Asked on: 08 January 2018
Department for Transport
East Coast Rail Franchise
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether (1) Stagecoach, and (2) Virgin Railways, (a) are obliged, and (b) have committed, to make any payment to HM Government to cover losses that those companies would have incurred under the contract for the East Coast rail franchise.
A
Answered by: Baroness Sugg
Answered on: 22 January 2018

As with all recent franchise awards, Stagecoach Group PLC committed parent company support, in this case totalling £165million, which they are obliged to inject into the franchise in circumstances where it doesn’t perform as predicted. We will hold them to that commitment in full.

Q
Asked by Lord Myners
Asked on: 08 January 2018
Department for Transport
East Coast Rail Franchise
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Secretary of State for Transport has issued a ministerial direction on any matters related to the termination of the East Coast rail franchise.
A
Answered by: Baroness Sugg
Answered on: 22 January 2018

The Secretary of State for Transport has not given a ministerial direction in this case. Assessments of Value for Money and the efficient use of public funds will be made at the appropriate stage in our standard processes. All decisions will be guided by HMG’s “Managing Public Money” guidance in the usual way.

Asked on: 08 January 2018
Department for Transport
Pedicabs: Greater London
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 14 September 2017 (HL1408) about the steps they intend to take to regulate rickshaws and pedicabs in London, whether they have completed considering the options for regulation.
A
Answered by: Baroness Sugg
Answered on: 22 January 2018

We have concluded that there is a need to regulate pedicabs and are investigating a suitable legislative slot to do this.

Asked on: 08 January 2018
Department for Transport
Public Transport: Antisocial Behaviour
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the steps taken by public transport operators to meet their legal duty to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour on vehicles and at stations and stops, and, in particular, of the display of notices against anti-social behaviour such as litter, putting feet on seats, and the consumption of food and drink.
A
Answered by: Baroness Sugg
Answered on: 22 January 2018

The Government is committed to reducing crime, anti-social behaviour and the fear of crime wherever it occurs in the transport system. A wide variety of people and organisations are involved in helping to reduce anti-social behaviour and to deal with it when it occurs. These may be transport operators, local authorities, local police, British Transport Police, Passenger Transport Executives, Transport for London, town centre managers, Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships and schools.

The transport industry, local authorities, the police and others are already investing in and undertaking wide-ranging initiatives to improve the personal security of public transport passengers and staff and to keep our public transport systems as low crime environments.

Asked on: 08 January 2018
HM Treasury
Imports: VAT
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to address concerns about disruptions in cash flows if businesses are required to pay VAT upfront on imports following Brexit.
A
Answered by: Lord Bates
Answered on: 22 January 2018

The Chancellor is fully aware of the importance of this issue and will consider this as part of any decision making following EU exit, as set out in the Autumn Budget. The government’s aim is to keep tax and duty processes as close as possible to what they are now.

Asked on: 08 January 2018
Department for Transport
Ports: Infrastructure
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the necessary infrastructure at ports is in place before the UK fully leaves the EU.
A
Answered by: Baroness Sugg
Answered on: 22 January 2018

The Government is considering carefully the implications of our leaving the EU for operators of transport infrastructure where border functions take place. Assessing infrastructure requirements at ports is part of this work.

Q
Asked on: 08 January 2018
Department for Transport
M3: Windlesham
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect Woodlands Lane Bridge over the M3 motorway at Windlesham to re-open.
A
Answered by: Baroness Sugg
Answered on: 22 January 2018

Woodlands Bridge, near junction 3 of the M3, has been rebuilt by Highways England as part of the project to upgrade the M3 to a smart motorway. The bridge had been closed to traffic since October 2016 and reopened on Friday 22nd December 2017.

Q
Asked on: 08 January 2018
Department for Transport
Road Traffic Offences: Mobile Phones
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they propose to clarify the criminal law relating to the use of mobile phones and similar devices by motorists.
A
Answered by: Baroness Sugg
Answered on: 22 January 2018

Government imposed tougher penalties last year for the offence of using a hand-held mobile phone while driving, and continues to keep the legislation under review.

The Department for Transport is currently consulting on an isolated amendment to the mobile phone offence to permit the use of hand-held and mobile communications devices as a means of performing remote control parking manoeuvres. The Department will consider changes to the regulations and to the Highway Code following that consultation.

Q
Asked on: 09 January 2018
Department for Transport
Driver Information Systems
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to review the criminal law relating to the use by drivers of satellite navigation apps on mobile devices, and to introduce legislation to clarify the law if necessary.
A
Answered by: Baroness Sugg
Answered on: 22 January 2018

There is legislation in place which prohibits use of a hand-held mobile phone, and obliges a driver to be in proper control of the vehicle. Provided the phone is fixed in a cradle and in a position that does not obscure the driver’s view of the road, it is lawful for a satellite navigation app to provide information to the driver. The Government is keeping the law under review.

Q
Asked on: 09 January 2018
Department for Transport
Motor Vehicles: ICT
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to review the criminal law relating to the use of all in-car devices which could act as a distraction to drivers, and to introduce legislation to clarify the law if necessary.
A
Answered by: Baroness Sugg
Answered on: 22 January 2018

There is legislation in place which prohibits use of a hand-held mobile phone, and obliges a driver to be in proper control of the vehicle. Provided the phone is fixed in a cradle and in a position that does not obscure the driver’s view of the road, it is lawful for a satellite navigation app to provide information to the driver. The Government is keeping the law under review.

Q
Asked on: 09 January 2018
HM Treasury
Financial Services
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the usefulness of the EU legal concepts of reverse solicitation and indirect clearing arrangements in the event of a no-deal Brexit in financial services.
A
Answered by: Lord Bates
Answered on: 22 January 2018

The Government is committed to pursuing an ambitious and comprehensive economic partnership with the EU. A no deal outcome is neither desired nor expected. However, a responsible government should prepare for all potential outcomes, including the unlikely scenario in which no mutually satisfactory agreement can be reached. Plans are well developed and have been designed to provide the flexibility to respond to a negotiated agreement, as well as preparing for the unlikely eventuality of leaving without a deal.

Grouped Questions: HL4547 | HL4548 | HL4549
Q
Asked on: 09 January 2018
HM Treasury
Financial Services
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what legal analysis they have made of the structures that would permit ongoing provision of services from London to EU customers in the event of a no-deal Brexit in financial services.
A
Answered by: Lord Bates
Answered on: 22 January 2018

The Government is committed to pursuing an ambitious and comprehensive economic partnership with the EU. A no deal outcome is neither desired nor expected. However, a responsible government should prepare for all potential outcomes, including the unlikely scenario in which no mutually satisfactory agreement can be reached. Plans are well developed and have been designed to provide the flexibility to respond to a negotiated agreement, as well as preparing for the unlikely eventuality of leaving without a deal.

Grouped Questions: HL4546 | HL4548 | HL4549
Q
Asked on: 09 January 2018
HM Treasury
Financial Services
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of re-shaping UK financial services laws and regulations by, for example, removing parts of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II and the Solvency II Directive, with the aim of protecting UK business in the event of a no-deal Brexit in financial services.
A
Answered by: Lord Bates
Answered on: 22 January 2018

The Government is committed to pursuing an ambitious and comprehensive economic partnership with the EU. A no deal outcome is neither desired nor expected. However, a responsible government should prepare for all potential outcomes, including the unlikely scenario in which no mutually satisfactory agreement can be reached. Plans are well developed and have been designed to provide the flexibility to respond to a negotiated agreement, as well as preparing for the unlikely eventuality of leaving without a deal.

Grouped Questions: HL4546 | HL4547 | HL4549
Q
Asked on: 09 January 2018
HM Treasury
Financial Services
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the value of tax incentives to cushion the transition to a no-deal Brexit in financial services should that occur.
A
Answered by: Lord Bates
Answered on: 22 January 2018

The Government is committed to pursuing an ambitious and comprehensive economic partnership with the EU. A no deal outcome is neither desired nor expected. However, a responsible government should prepare for all potential outcomes, including the unlikely scenario in which no mutually satisfactory agreement can be reached. Plans are well developed and have been designed to provide the flexibility to respond to a negotiated agreement, as well as preparing for the unlikely eventuality of leaving without a deal.

Grouped Questions: HL4546 | HL4547 | HL4548
Asked on: 09 January 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Care Homes
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many residential care beds there were in England in (1) 2005, (2) 2010, and (3) 2015.
A
Answered by: Lord O'Shaughnessy
Answered on: 22 January 2018

The total number of beds in care homes remains broadly static but high quality care is not just about care home beds. Of those aged 65 and over who need local authority support, 62% are cared for in their own home. The number of home care agencies in England has increased by 55% since 2010 (3,184 more agencies).

The following table shows the number of residential and nursing care home beds in England.

Residential care home beds

Nursing care home beds

Total beds

End March 2005

271,788

179,246

451,034

End March 2010

256,616

202,654

459,270

1 April 2015

239,307

224,754

464,061

Sources:

2005: Commission for Social Care Inspection (excludes 178 non-medical care home beds).

2010 onwards: Care Quality Commission (CQC). The 2015 data was calculated from the published CQC Care Directory With Filters which is only available online. Beds in care homes offering both residential and nursing services are treated as nursing beds, as the CQC data does not provide a residential/nursing split within each care home.

Asked on: 09 January 2018
Cabinet Office
Civil Servants
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what checks have taken place to ensure that Permanent Secretaries have mechanisms in place to ensure that civil servants who advise Ministers are aware of the constitutional significance of Parliament and of the conventions governing the relationship between Parliament and Her Majesty's Government, as required by section 3(6) of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010 and embodied in the Civil Service Code.
A
Answered by: Lord Young of Cookham
Answered on: 22 January 2018

The requirement of section 3(6) of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act is set out in the Civil Service Code, which forms part of the contract of employment for all civil servants.

Asked on: 09 January 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Naloxone
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, following research by Release in regard to variation in the provision of, and access to, the potentially lifesaving drug naloxone, what assessment they have made of the adequacy of the response from local authorities; and whether they will take action to implement a nationally coordinated and monitored take-home naloxone programme in England.
A
Answered by: Lord O'Shaughnessy
Answered on: 22 January 2018

Naloxone has a vital role in saving lives and the Government is committed to widening its use in England. Public Health England has reviewed available research including surveys conducted by the Local Government Association and Release, and will use those findings in supporting local authorities to extend their provision of naloxone. The Government has updated advice and guidance on naloxone as part of its commitment to develop a more consistent and joined up approach to commissioning and delivery in England and will continue to monitor provision in all local areas.

Q
Asked by Lord Storey
Asked on: 09 January 2018
Department for Transport
Aviation: Safety
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 21 December 2017 (HL3983), whether they have any plans to seek to ensure that there is an agreed international standard brace position for use on standard passenger aircraft.
A
Answered by: Baroness Sugg
Answered on: 22 January 2018

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has developed the ‘Manual on Information and Instructions for Passenger Safety’ in order to provide guidance on the safety-related information and instructions that an operator should provide to passengers. This guidance includes instructions for brace position and brace commands. The Government has no plans to seek agreed standards beyond this guidance provided by ICAO and the guidance provided by the European Aviation Safety Agency.

Q
Asked by Lord Truscott
Asked on: 09 January 2018
HM Treasury
Trusts
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to tackle the use of trust funds (1) to avoid tax, and (2) to claim benefits which would not otherwise be available.
A
Answered by: Lord Bates
Answered on: 22 January 2018

HMRC undertake tax compliance activity on trusts in the same way as they do other compliance activity and come down hard where tax avoidance or evasion is discovered. Since 2010 over £160 billion in additional tax revenue has been secured and protected as a result of actions to tackle tax evasion, avoidance and non-compliance.

In 2017, HMRC established a register of trusts incurring UK tax consequences, enabling law enforcement authorities to identify beneficial owners of relevant trusts and at the Autumn Budget 2017 the Government announced it will publish a consultation in 2018 on making the taxation of trusts simpler, fairer, and more transparent.

Benefit claimants are required to inform the DWP of the income and capital that they possess, or have access to, in order to properly determine their benefit entitlement and the correct amount of payment.

The benefit regulations contain provisions that ensure that the claimant is treated as possessing any income or capital which they have deprived themselves in order to get the benefit or a higher payment, whether or not it has been placed in a trust.

Final estimates for 2016-17 indicate that 2.0% of benefit expenditure was overpaid due to fraud and error. The Government remains committed to tackling both over and underpayments of benefit. This includes protecting the public purse from those seeking more than their entitlement. The Government will continue to explore the role data matching can play as part of this approach.

Asked on: 10 January 2018
Cabinet Office
Brexit
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Young of Cookham on 5 December 2017 (HL3493), what significant increase in the decision-making powers for the devolved administrations they are considering; and whether they will retain any of the powers returned from Brussels which are currently vested in the devolved administrations.
A
Answered by: Lord Young of Cookham
Answered on: 22 January 2018

The Government is working closely with the devolved administrations to determine where common approaches will and will not be required in the future. The Government is clear that none of the existing decision-making powers of the devolved administrations will be taken away and that it expects an increase in the decision making powers for the devolved administrations as a result of this process.

Asked on: 10 January 2018
HM Treasury
Caledonian MacBrayne
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Caledonian MacBrayne registered their sea-going employees in a company registered in Guernsey; and, if so, how much revenue was foregone by HMRC in employer's national insurance contributions.
A
Answered by: Lord Bates
Answered on: 22 January 2018

The provision of ferry services in Scotland is a devolved matter, and CalMac Ferries Limited and its subsidiaries are companies wholly owned by the Scottish Government. HMRC cannot comment on the tax affairs of individual taxpayers, as it has a duty to maintain taxpayer confidentiality.

Q
Asked by Lord Sharkey
Asked on: 10 January 2018
Cabinet Office
Immigration
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the headline figures for net immigration into the UK for each of the last ten years; and what is the margin of error in thousands in each case.
A
Answered by: Lord Young of Cookham
Answered on: 22 January 2018

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply and I will place a copy of their letter in the Library of the House.

UKSA Response (PDF Document, 131.32 KB)
Grouped Questions: HL4615
Q
Asked by Lord Sharkey
Asked on: 10 January 2018
Cabinet Office
Immigration
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what mechanisms are used to calculate annual net immigration into the UK; what is the level of confidence in these figures; what attempts are being made to improve their accuracy; and by when they expect any improvements will be made.
A
Answered by: Lord Young of Cookham
Answered on: 22 January 2018

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply and I will place a copy of their letter in the Library of the House.

UKSA Response (PDF Document, 131.32 KB)
Grouped Questions: HL4614
Asked on: 10 January 2018
HM Treasury
Financial Services: UK Trade with EU
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to offer reassurance to financial industries regarding their capability to continue to operate in the EU, in the light of comments by Mr Michel Barnier in December 2017 suggesting that UK financial firms would “lose the financial services passport” following Brexit.
A
Answered by: Lord Bates
Answered on: 22 January 2018

What our future relationship with the EU will look like is a matter for negotiations. The Government is confident of negotiating a deep and special economic partnership that includes a good deal for financial services. A relationship that avoids the costly and disruptive fragmentation of financial markets is clearly in the EU's best interests, as well as ours.

Q
Asked by Earl Attlee
Asked on: 11 January 2018
Cabinet Office
Public Consultation
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance is made available to Ministers regarding the need to maintain, and appear to maintain, an open mind during Government policy consultations.
A
Answered by: Lord Young of Cookham
Answered on: 22 January 2018

There is no firm guidance on this matter as each consultation is different; some will make a call for evidence on a topic and others will seek views on the details of a new Government policy. The Consultation Principles (copy attached), which are published on Gov.uk, stress the importance of targeting consultations at a full range of people, businesses and voluntary bodies affected by the policy. The guidance notes that departments should consider targeting specific groups and ensure they are aware of the consultation and can access it.

Consultation Principles 2016 (PDF Document, 79.88 KB)
Asked on: 11 January 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Financial Reporting Council
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government why companies, pension funds and taxpayer-funded public bodies are served notices by the Financial Reporting Council requesting payment for a charge described as a levy without any accompanying statement that the charge does not have the status of levy or tax, and is not actually required to be paid.
A
Answered by: Lord Henley
Answered on: 22 January 2018

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) is funded through a combination of statutory and voluntary funding arrangements. The FRC consults stakeholders annually on the amounts requested under these arrangements. Requests from the Financial Reporting Council for voluntary payments explain that the payments are non-statutory and voluntary. The Financial Reporting Council also explains to funders that, should the system of voluntary payments prove unsustainable, they would request that the Secretary of State make regulations to put the funding requirements on a statutory basis. The Companies (Audit, Investigations and Community Enterprise) Act 2004 includes provisions to enable this.

Asked on: 11 January 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Financial Reporting Council
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the opening of an office in Brussels by the Financial Reporting Council for lobbying activity was authorised by the Cabinet Office as required by the restrictions placed on non-departmental public bodies by the rules set by the Cabinet Office; and if so, when.
A
Answered by: Lord Henley
Answered on: 22 January 2018

The Financial Reporting Council operates an office in Brussels in order to support its work as the designated competent authority for audit in the UK and on accounting regulation. The then Department for Business, Innovation and Skills was informed of the decision to open the office when it was established.

Up until December 2014 the Financial Reporting Council’s status as a public body within central government was pending review by the Office of National Statistics. The Brussels office was established in 2012.

Asked on: 11 January 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Financial Reporting Council
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which transfers of staff from the Financial Reporting Council to (1) the International Accounting Standards Board, (2) large accounting firms, and (3) other organisations, have complied with the restrictions on appointment of public officials into private sector roles.
A
Answered by: Lord Henley
Answered on: 22 January 2018

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has an established code of conduct which applies to FRC staff to ensure that conflicts of interest and any other associated threats to independence are managed appropriately. In addition, the FRC applies, on a case-by-case basis measures to ensure that any potential conflicts arising from a proposed departure from the FRC to another organisation are managed.

The Government has made no assessment of this policy.

Q
Asked by John Grogan
(Keighley)
Asked on: 11 January 2018
Department for Transport
Railways: Tickets
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress he has made on the introduction of part-time season tickets on the railways.
A
Answered by: Joseph Johnson
Answered on: 22 January 2018

Train Operators have been making progress on the delivery of more flexible tickets. c2c have a Flexi-Season on a smart card. Arriva Trains Wales have introduced a Mobile Multi-Flex product for customers in Cardiff and the surrounding areas. In addition both the recently announced South Western and West Midlands franchises include the announcement of a new flexible season ticket which will benefit people working fewer than 5 days a week. We continue to challenge the rail industry to develop proposals for pricing and delivering more flexible ticketing options for those who work or commute part-time.

Q
Asked by Martyn Day
(Linlithgow and East Falkirk)
Asked on: 12 January 2018
HM Treasury
Temporary Employment: Private Sector
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress has been made by his Department on its proposed consultation on off-payroll working rules in the private sector; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Mel Stride
Answered on: 22 January 2018

As announced at Autumn Budget 2017, the government will carefully consult on how to tackle non-compliance with the off-payroll working rules in the private sector, to ensure individuals who work like employees are taxed like employees, even if they work through their own company. The timing of the consultation will be announced in due course.

This consultation will draw on the experience of recent reform in the public sector, including through external research already commissioned by the government and due to be published in 2018, and will seek the views of people and organisations who would implement any change.

Grouped Questions: 122383
Q
Asked by Martyn Day
(Linlithgow and East Falkirk)
Asked on: 12 January 2018
HM Treasury
Temporary Employment: Private Sector
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to review entitlement to employee benefits as part of his Department's proposed consultation on off-payroll working rules in the private sector.
A
Answered by: Mel Stride
Answered on: 22 January 2018

Falling within the off-payroll tax rules does not change an individual’s status for employment rights, as there is no direct link between employment taxes and these rights. In response to the Matthew Taylor review of Employment Practices in the Modern Economy, the Government will consult on the rules that determine an individual’s employment status for both employment rights and tax.

Q
Asked by Martyn Day
(Linlithgow and East Falkirk)
Asked on: 12 January 2018
HM Treasury
Temporary Employment: Private Sector
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will ensure that his Department's proposed consultation on off-payroll working rules in the private sector includes proactive consultation with UK businesses, people and organisations directly affected by those rules.
A
Answered by: Mel Stride
Answered on: 22 January 2018

As announced at Autumn Budget 2017, the government will carefully consult on how to tackle non-compliance with the off-payroll working rules in the private sector, to ensure individuals who work like employees are taxed like employees, even if they work through their own company. The timing of the consultation will be announced in due course.

This consultation will draw on the experience of recent reform in the public sector, including through external research already commissioned by the government and due to be published in 2018, and will seek the views of people and organisations who would implement any change.

Grouped Questions: 122381
Q
Asked by Martyn Day
(Linlithgow and East Falkirk)
Asked on: 12 January 2018
HM Treasury
Temporary Employment: Private Sector
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will prioritise a review of the accuracy of the IR35 Digital Tool known as CEST as part of his Department's proposed consultation on off-payroll working rules in the private sector.
A
Answered by: Mel Stride
Answered on: 22 January 2018

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)’s Check Employment Status for Tax (CEST) service has been tested for accuracy against known case law and settled cases. It provides an answer for 85 percent of uses, and HMRC will stand by the result given unless a compliance check finds the information provided isn’t accurate.

Feedback from customers shows the CEST service is helping to ensure that, for most situations, decisions on whether a worker is in scope of the intermediaries legislation (known as IR35) are simple and quick. HMRC will continue to work with customers to enhance the service, and holds tax guidance on employment status under review.

Q
Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
Asked on: 12 January 2018
Home Office
Hate Crime
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of the number of hate crimes that have been reported to police in each of the last five years.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 22 January 2018

The Home Office collects information on the number of hate crimes recorded by the police, by monitored strand. The latest statistics are published in the ‘Hate crime, England and Wales, 2016 to 2017’ statistical bulletin, available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/hate-crime-england-and-wales-2016-to-2017

This Government is committed to tackling hate crime. The UK has a strong legislative framework to tackle hate crime. We are working across Government with police, (including National Community Tensions Team), the Crown Prosecution Service and community partners to send out a clear message that hate crime will not be tolerated and we will vigorously pursue and prosecute those who commit these crimes.

Q
Asked by Martyn Day
(Linlithgow and East Falkirk)
Asked on: 12 January 2018
Home Office
Domestic Violence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department plans to run a consultation on the proposed Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 22 January 2018

We are committed to seeking the views of experts and practitioners on proposals for the draft domestic abuse Bill and supporting non-legislative measures. We are working with partners across Government on our domestic abuse consultation to ensure it is as robust and thorough as possible, before launching it shortly. The consultation will be accompanied by a number of events taking place around England and Wales.

Q
Asked by Peter Dowd
(Bootle)
Asked on: 12 January 2018
HM Treasury
Economic Growth: Productivity
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the cost to the public purse of low productivity growth since 2010.
A
Answered by: Robert Jenrick
Answered on: 22 January 2018

Productivity growth has slowed globally since the financial crisis. The Government is closely monitoring the effects of this on the UK economy to guide policy. Since 2010 we have invested over half a trillion pounds in capital investment, cut taxes to support business investment and reformed technical education. The Autumn Budget sets out the next steps the government is taking to improve productivity. We are extending the National Productivity Investment Fund, increasing support for R&D to its highest level in 30 years by 2021/22, transforming lifelong learning and responding to the Patient Capital Review that we commissioned.

Q
Asked by Alex Sobel
(Leeds North West)
Asked on: 12 January 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Health Services and Social Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to integrate health and social care policy.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 22 January 2018

In March 2017, the Department of Health and Social Care and the Department for Communities and Local Government, working with the Local Government Association, Association of Directors of Adult Social Services and NHS England, published the Integration and Better Care Fund Policy Framework 2017-19. The document includes the policy framework for the implementation of the Better Care Fund (BCF), which is the first national, mandatory integration policy. The BCF has helped to join up health and care services so people can manage their own health and wellbeing, and live independently in their communities for as long as possible. In both 2015-16 and 2016-17, local areas voluntarily pooled more than the minimum required taking the total to £5.3 billion and £5.9 billion respectively.

The Policy Framework also sets out our proposals for going beyond the BCF towards further integration, including that areas will be allowed to ‘graduate’ once they have demonstrated that they have moved beyond the requirements of BCF reporting and are exemplars of integration. To help local areas understand whether they are meeting our integration ambition, the Department is developing integration metrics for assessing progress, particularly at the interface where health and social care interact. The Department is working with the Social Care Institute for Excellence to better understand good practice in integrated care and how the Department could develop a more balanced set of measures of success in this area.

Q
Asked by Tulip Siddiq
(Hampstead and Kilburn)
Asked on: 12 January 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
NHS: Migrant Workers
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many non-UK EU nationals were employed by the NHS in children’s services in each of the last three years.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 22 January 2018

Staff employed in children’s services are not identified separately in the Hospital and Community Health Services workforce statistics.

Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 12 January 2018
Department for Transport
Taxis: Assistance Dogs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made on the draft accessibility action plan for private hire vehicle passengers with assistance dogs.
A
Answered by: Ms Nusrat Ghani
Answered on: 22 January 2018

The draft Accessibility Action Plan consultation ran from 24 August 2017 to 22 November 2017. The Government will publish a response in the spring, following careful analysis of the consultation responses received. The final Accessibility Action Plan will be published in the summer.

Q
Asked by Jared O'Mara
(Sheffield, Hallam)
Asked on: 12 January 2018
Department for Transport
Taxis: Disability
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department's working group on taxi and private hire licensing plans includes in its remit disability equality training for drivers.
A
Answered by: Ms Nusrat Ghani
Answered on: 22 January 2018

The Task and Finish group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicles was established by the then Minister of State for Transport, John Hayes, and has received submissions from a number of disability representation organisations. I look forward to receiving the group’s findings soon.

Q
Asked by Alex Chalk
(Cheltenham)
Asked on: 12 January 2018
Department for Transport
Motor Vehicles: Lighting
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress is being made on his Department's work leading a glare group as part of the UN expert group on vehicle lighting.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 22 January 2018

A preliminary recommendation from the technical group on glare, in which my officials participate, was presented to the UN Expert Group on Lighting in October 2017. Under scrutiny, concerns have been raised, including by the UK, that the recommendation may not adequately address the glare problem. Further evidence was requested which the Department expects to be presented when the subject is discussed again in April 2018.

Q
Asked by Jo Platt
(Leigh)
Asked on: 12 January 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
GP at Hand
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 13 December 2017 to Question 117917, when his Department plans to publish the first evaluation of the effect of the GP at Hand service.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 22 January 2018

An independent evaluation of GP at Hand is being commissioned by Hammersmith and Fulham Clinical Commissioning Group and the scope and specification for this are currently in development.

Q
Asked by Mary Creagh
(Wakefield)
Asked on: 12 January 2018
HM Treasury
Treasury: Electric Vehicles
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many vehicles in his Department's fleet are (a) electric vehicles and (b) ultra-low emission vehicles.
A
Answered by: Robert Jenrick
Answered on: 22 January 2018

The Chancellor’s Department does not operate a fleet of cars.

The Treasury uses two cars provided by the Government Car Service, which will be included in the return from the Department for Transport.

Q
Asked by Mary Creagh
(Wakefield)
Asked on: 12 January 2018
Department for Exiting the European Union
Department for Exiting the European Union: Electric Vehicles
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many vehicles in his Department's fleet are (a) electric vehicles and (b) ultra-low emission vehicles.
A
Answered by: Mr Steve Baker
Answered on: 22 January 2018

The Department for Exiting the European Union does not own its own fleet of vehicles, but uses a fleet provided by the Government Car Service.

Q
Asked by Mary Creagh
(Wakefield)
Asked on: 12 January 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Department of Health and Social Care: Electric Vehicles
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many vehicles in his Department's fleet are (a) electric vehicles and (b) ultra-low emission vehicles.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 22 January 2018

The Department does not have a fleet of vehicles.

Q
Asked by Mary Creagh
(Wakefield)
Asked on: 12 January 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Department for Work and Pensions: Electric Vehicles
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many vehicles in her Department's fleet are (a) electric vehicles and (b) ultra-low emission vehicles.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 22 January 2018

The Department does not currently have any a) electric vehicles and b) vehicles producing less 75 g/km CO2 (current definition of Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle) in its fleet.

Q
Asked by Mary Creagh
(Wakefield)
Asked on: 12 January 2018
Department for Transport
Department of Transport: Electric Vehicles
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many vehicles in his Department's fleet are (a) electric vehicles and (b) ultra-low emission vehicles.
A
Answered by: Ms Nusrat Ghani
Answered on: 22 January 2018

The table below lists the number of (a) electric and (b) ultra-low emission vehicles in the fleets operated by the Department for Transport and it’s Agencies.

Department for Transport & Agencies

Number of Pure Electric Vehicles

Number of Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles

GCS, Government Car Service DfTc

6

1

MCA, Maritime & Coastguard Agency

0

0

DVSA, Driver Vehicle & Standards Agency

0

0

VCA, Vehicle Certification Agency

1

0

DVLA, Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency

2

7

Total

9

8

Q
Asked by Mary Creagh
(Wakefield)
Asked on: 12 January 2018
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Electric Vehicles
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many vehicles in his Department's fleet are (a) electric vehicles and (b) ultra-low emission vehicles.
A
Answered by: Tracey Crouch
Answered on: 22 January 2018

The Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport does not own any vehicles.

Q
Asked by Luke Pollard
(Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport)
Asked on: 12 January 2018
HM Treasury
Ports
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether British ports will be designated as free ports after the UK leaves the EU.
A
Answered by: Mel Stride
Answered on: 22 January 2018

Section 100A of the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979 (CEMA) provides the legal basis for the designation of free zones by HM Treasury and will continue to do so following UK withdrawal from the EU. Applying for designation as a free zone will be a commercial decision to be taken by private port operators.

Q
Asked by Mary Creagh
(Wakefield)
Asked on: 12 January 2018
HM Treasury
European Investment Bank
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how does his Department plan to replace European Investment Bank (EIB) investment in the UK after the UK has left the EU; and what assessment his Department has made of the effect of EIB funding on the UK's green industry.
A
Answered by: Robert Jenrick
Answered on: 22 January 2018

The European Investment Bank, and its offshoot, the European Investment Fund, provide financing for infrastructure investment and growth businesses in a range of sectors including renewable energy.

As set out in the joint report on progress during phase 1 of the negotiations, the government considers that there could be mutual benefit from a continuing arrangement between the UK and the EIB, and wishes to explore these possible arrangements in the second phase of negotiations.

The government is also continuing to take steps to ensure that finance continues to be available for good infrastructure projects and growth businesses: the UK Guarantees Scheme, which gives government support for private infrastructure finance, has been broadened to offer construction guarantees, and at Budget the Chancellor launched the Charging Infrastructure Investment Fund to support the transition to zero emission vehicles.

Q
(Oxford East)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Companies House: Databases
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on business and public confidence of the HM Revenue and Customs' guidance note which maintains that data concerning company registration from Companies House should not be relied upon because this data is obtained only on a trust basis.
A
Answered by: Andrew Griffiths
Answered on: 22 January 2018

No such assessment has been made. HM Revenue and Customs’ guidance note “Anti-Money Laundering Supervision: Trust or Company Service Providers” does not comment on the basis on which Companies House obtains company registration data.

Companies House carries out checks on all information received, ensuring that it is valid, complete and in compliance with company law filing requirements. The obligation to ensure that the information is accurate lies with the company and its directors. The validation checks serve to help companies get it right.

Q
(Easington)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Personal Independence Payment: Internet
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make it possible for people to claim for Personal Independence Payments through an online platform in line with the Government’s digital by default agenda.
A
Answered by: Sarah Newton
Answered on: 22 January 2018

The Government’s response to recommendation 14 from the second independent review of the Personal Independence Payment assessment, published on 18 December 2017 (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/personal-independence-payment-pip-assessment-second-independent-review-government-response), sets out the Government’s position in relation to online applications to Personal Independence Payment (PIP). The response made clear that we are committed to test and learn activity following small-scale pilots on applying for PIP online and that we are exploring ways to make better use of data-sharing across all health and disability benefits so as to provide more personalised support and services.

Q
Asked by Jim Shannon
(Strangford)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Queen's University Belfast
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with Queen's University on funding for that institution for medical research.
A
Answered by: Mr Sam Gyimah
Answered on: 22 January 2018

There have not been any recent Ministerial discussions with Queen’s University Belfast regarding funding for medical research.

The Government provides funding for medical research through the Medical Research Council (MRC). The table below sets out funding to Queen’s University Belfast over financial years 2012/13 to 2016/17:

12/13

13/14

14/15

15/16

16/17

MRC

2,230,000

2,513,000

2,715,000

3,554,000

3,782,264

Q
Asked by Jim Shannon
(Strangford)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Cancer: Diagnosis
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to improve the rate of early diagnosis of cancer.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 22 January 2018

To raise awareness of cancer symptoms and encourage people with symptoms to go to their doctor without delay, we have run 13 national Be Clear on Cancer awareness campaigns since 2010/11. A national respiratory symptoms campaign ran from April to the end of August 2017, focusing on the symptoms of a persistent cough and inappropriate breathlessness. The campaign covered lung cancer along with other conditions such as heart disease and lung disease.

Public Health England has developed a pilot on the abdominal symptoms which can be a sign of a number of cancers. This ran in the East and West Midlands in February and March 2017. Working in partnership with Be Clear on Cancer, Cancer Research UK has piloted a campaign in the North West on increasing uptake of bowel cancer screening in January and March 2017.

Bowel scope screening has been rolled out to 98% of centres in England and over 300,000 55 year-olds have been screened so far.

As recommended by the UK National Screening Committee and the independent Cancer Taskforce, we are modernising our world renowned cancer screening programmes by introducing Faecal Immunochemical Testing into the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme during 2018/19 and human papillomavirus as the primary test in the NHS Cervical Screening Programme by December 2019.

NHS England’s Accelerate, Co-ordinate, Evaluate (ACE) programme is testing innovative ways of diagnosing cancer earlier, with ACE Wave 2 piloting multi-disciplinary diagnostic centres for patients with vague or non-specific symptoms. The pilots are taking place in London, Greater Manchester, Leeds, Bristol, Oxfordshire and Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven (Yorkshire).

The National Institute for Health Care and Excellence updated referral guidelines for suspected cancer published in June 2015 could save about 5,000 lives a year with general practitioners urged to think of cancer sooner and lower the referral threshold for tests.

Q
Asked by Jim Shannon
(Strangford)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Department for Transport
Speed Limits
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of introducing 20mph speed limits on reducing the number of road traffic-related deaths.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 22 January 2018

In June 2014, the Department commissioned a comprehensive three-year research project into the effects of 20mph limits, including effects on speed, collisions, casualties and modal shift. The research is also considering best practice, road users’ perceptions and effects on the quality of the environment. The research project is expected to be completed in Spring 2018, with the final report published later in the year.

Q
Asked by Jim Shannon
(Strangford)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Cabinet Office
Testicular Cancer
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people were diagnosed with testicular cancer in each of the last five years; and what the age groups of those people are.
A
Answered by: Chloe Smith
Answered on: 22 January 2018

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

UKSA Response (PDF Document, 172.41 KB)
Q
(Shrewsbury and Atcham)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
HM Treasury
Health Insurance
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if his Department will take steps to encourage the uptake of private health insurance to relieve pressures on the NHS.
A
Answered by: Elizabeth Truss
Answered on: 22 January 2018

In the UK, the NHS ensures that any individual or family has access to the high-quality health care they need irrespective of their ability to pay.

At Spending Review 2015 we funded the NHS’s ‘Five Year Forward View’ plan, with £10 billion a year of additional funding by 2020/21. However, we recognise that the NHS remains under pressure – with high demand on its services caused by the UK’s ageing population and rapidly advancing technology. The government acted in response to these challenges at Budget 2017 and provided £6.3 billion in new funding for the NHS.

The government is clear that it considers it important that everyone has access to suitable insurance at the right price. However, we do not intervene in non-compulsory insurance matters. It is up to individuals to decide whether to take out private health insurance.

Q
Asked by Gill Furniss
(Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Consumers
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 12 October 2017 to Question 106304, whether his Department has set a date for the roundtable event with consumer groups to discuss negotiations on the UK leaving the EU and their implications for consumers in the UK.
A
Answered by: Andrew Griffiths
Answered on: 22 January 2018

The then Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility hosted the EU Exit Consumer Roundtable on 2 November 2017. A Minister from the Department for Exiting the European Union also attended. It was attended by representatives from Which?, MoneySavingExpert , Citizens Advice, Citizens Advice Scotland, the Consumer Council of Northern Ireland and the Chartered Trading Standards Institute.

Q
(Shrewsbury and Atcham)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Department for Transport
Valuation Office Agency: Shrewsbury
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress is being made on the sale of the Valuation Office Agency testing facility in Shrewsbury.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 22 January 2018

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency’s (DVSA) testing facility at Shrewsbury is not currently available for disposal. Although the site has been identified as being surplus to DVSA’s future requirements, DVSA is in the process of securing an alternative service delivery model for those services that are delivered from the site.

Q
Asked by Alex Sobel
(Leeds North West)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Postnatal Depression
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department are taking to improve post-natal mental health care provision.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 22 January 2018

This Government is committed to improving perinatal mental health services for women during pregnancy and in the first postnatal year, so that women are able to access the right care at the right time and close to home.

The Department is investing £365 million from 2015/16 to 2020/21 in perinatal mental health services, and NHS England is leading a transformation programme to ensure that by 2020/21 at least 30,000 more women each year are able to access evidence-based specialist mental health care during the perinatal period. This includes access to psychological therapies and specialist community or inpatient care.

A key element of the programme is to increase awareness and skills across the workforce, supporting better identification of perinatal mental illness, early intervention and consequently improved recovery rates. In addition, there are over 570 perinatal mental health visitor champions. Their role is to support health visitors with the identification and management of anxiety, mild to moderate depression and other perinatal mental disorders, and know when to refer on.

Q
(Portsmouth South)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Department for Transport
Railway Stations: Portsmouth
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to implement capital improvements to (a) Portsmouth Harbour Station and (b) other railway stations in Portsmouth.
A
Answered by: Joseph Johnson
Answered on: 22 January 2018

The South Western Franchise awarded to First MTR South Western Trains Limited (SWR) commenced operation in August of last year. As part of the £1.2bn of investment being made to Passenger Services through this contract, the Franchise Agreement contains several general obligations in terms of capital investment at stations across the network served SWR, including free-to use WiFi, refurbishment of waiting rooms, replacement of life-expired CCTV and improvements to Customer information Screen equipment, for example. However, the Franchise Agreement does not specify the capital investment in station improvements that must be made at a) Portsmouth Harbour station or b) other Railway stations in Portsmouth; it is for SWR to determine which improvements to make at each station within the scope of each relevant Franchise obligation having assessed which stations have the greatest need and where the investment will achieve the maximum impact for passengers.

Q
(Portsmouth South)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Department for Transport
Railways: Standards
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure value for money for rail commuters.
A
Answered by: Joseph Johnson
Answered on: 22 January 2018

In November 2017, the Department published the Strategic Vision for Rail, setting out the Government’s future intention for the industry. This strategy sets out how Government intends to drive efficiencies improving value for money for passengers. This includes technological advancements. Whilst fares revenue is crucial to funding day-to-day railway operations and the extensive upgrade program we are delivering, all of which benefit passengers, the Government recognises the serious concerns consumers have around the cost of rail fares and that is why we have frozen regulated fares in real terms for the past five years. The Government also recognises that rail costs need to be sustainable and value for money. That is why we are expecting industry to develop credible plans to tackle inflationary pressures and deliver the efficiencies needed so that any fare increases are sustainable.

Q
(Portsmouth South)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Department for Transport
Railways: Fares
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has discussed rail fares with his counterparts in (a) Italy, (b) Germany and (c) France.
A
Answered by: Joseph Johnson
Answered on: 22 January 2018

The Secretary of State has not discussed rail fares with his counterparts in Italy, Germany or France.

Q
(Portsmouth South)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Epilepsy: Children and Young People
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to encourage use of the Epilepsy Passport.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 22 January 2018

NHS England commissioned the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) to develop the passport in partnership with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) with input from key epilepsy professionals, parents, children and young people.

The aim of the passport is to help children and young people with epilepsy and their families communicate with healthcare and other professionals and to help healthcare professionals communicate with each other. On behalf of NHS England, HQIP has also commissioned the Epilepsy Audit, undertaken by the RCPCH, which will assess use of the passport as a quality measure. More information can be found at the following link:

www.rcpch.ac.uk/improving-child-health/quality-improvement-and-clinical-audit/epilepsy12-national-audit/epilepsy12-n

Q
(Worsley and Eccles South)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Mental Health Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of people discharged from mental health treatment in hospitals have had support from crisis resolution teams in each of the last seven years.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 22 January 2018

The information requested is not collected.

Q
Asked by Alex Sobel
(Leeds North West)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Electric Vehicles
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many applications were received for the On-street Residential Chargepoint scheme in the current funding round.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 22 January 2018

To date, Portsmouth City Council and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea have had their applications approved and grant offer letters issued. A further three local authorities are currently having their applications assessed by the Energy Saving Trust, who administer the scheme on behalf of the Office for Low Emission Vehicles.

Q
Asked by Cat Smith
(Lancaster and Fleetwood)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Cabinet Office
Drugs: Death
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many deaths were related to (a) benzodiazepines, (b) Z-drugs and (c) antidepressants in each of the last 12 months.
A
Answered by: Chloe Smith
Answered on: 22 January 2018

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

UKSA Response (PDF Document, 235.73 KB)
Q
Asked by Steve Double
(St Austell and Newquay)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Cabinet Office
Census: Cornwall
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he had made an assessment of the potential merits of adding a tick box for Cornish nationality in the next census; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Chloe Smith
Answered on: 22 January 2018

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

UKSA Response (PDF Document, 117.39 KB)
Q
(Oxford East)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Home Office
Money Laundering
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 19 December 2017 to Question 118851, on Money Laundering, what steps he is taking within the reform to the SARs regime to drive up engagement with (a) Trust or Company Service Providers and (b) other reporting sectors on improvements to SAR reporting.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 22 January 2018

The Home Office and the National Crime Agency have initiated a SARs Reform Programme to deliver end-to-end improvements to the SARs regime. This will include improving the quality of SARs reporting, addressing concerns of defensive-reporting and under-reporting, enhancing the capabilities of the UK Financial Intelligence Unit, and increasing the use, exploitation and analysis of SARs by law enforcement bodies. The regulated sector have been extensively consulted and engaged in the design of the Reform Programme.

In addition, the Home Office’s ‘Flag It Up’ campaign works with the National Crime Agency and regulatory bodies in relevant professional sectors to drive engagement with best practice guidance on SARs reporting, and prevent potential involvement with money laundering activities. The NCA also engage on a regular basis with the regulated sector through the SARs Regime Committee.

Q
(Oxford East)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Companies: Registration
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 20 December 2017 to Question 118852, on Money Laundering, how frequently and in relation to which comparative data are Companies House's systematic checks of the Companies Register conducted.
A
Answered by: Andrew Griffiths
Answered on: 22 January 2018

Companies House carries out systematic checks on all information received, ensuring that it is valid, complete and in compliance with company law filing requirements.

Digital filings are subjected to a number of systematic checks. These help companies file the right information at the time of filing. It improves the quality of the information, and means that Companies House does not have to reject filings back to companies.

Examiners employ similar checks for paper filings. Systematic checks and rules help ensure, among other things, that the specific document filed contains the correct company name and number, that the information filed is required by the legislation, that it is authenticated by the company.

Q
Asked by Wera Hobhouse
(Bath)
[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: 15 January 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Reorganisation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 11 January 2018 to Question 121612, what the cost to the public purse is of renaming of his Department.
A
Answered by: Jake Berry
Answered on: 22 January 2018
Holding answer received on 18 January 2018

As set out in response to 121612, any necessary changes will be done in a cost-efficient way with expenditure being kept to a minimum.

Q
(West Dunbartonshire)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Social Security Benefits: Mobile Phones
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress GovCoin, Barclays, RWE npower and University College London on behalf of the Department have made in developing technology that welfare claimants can easily adopt to handle their payments through a mobile app.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 22 January 2018

A small Proof of Concept was undertaken with DISC Holdings (formerly Govcoin) which included a budgeting app that could be used on a mobile phone. There are no plans to roll out any such pilot at scale. If claimants chose to use an account with a mobile app, as long as it has a standard account number and sort code, then they may do so. It is not within the DWP’s remit to promote one company’s product over another.

DWP has liaised with University College London regarding technological developments in this area. No formal projects were initiated as a result of this.

The Department continues to work with industry to understand how emerging technologies can be used to support claimants.

Q
(Salford and Eccles)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Offshore Structures: Decommissioning
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what guidance the Oil and Gas Authority provides to drilling companies on the decommissioning of semi-submersible drilling rigs.
A
Answered by: Richard Harrington
Answered on: 22 January 2018

Mobile drilling rigs are legally classified as ships and subject to shipping regulations. The waste arising from the decommissioning or dismantling of a drilling rig in the UK must be managed in accordance with the environmental permit requirements at the location where decommissioning takes place. Guidance is available from the relevant environmental agency. The Oil and Gas Authority does not provide guidance on the decommissioning of semi-submersible drilling rigs.

Q
(Salford and Eccles)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Offshore Structures: Decommissioning
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the carbon footprint of the North Sea decommissioning market in each year to 2025.
A
Answered by: Richard Harrington
Answered on: 22 January 2018

Offshore oil and gas operators must decommission installations and pipelines at the end of a field’s economic life. This is done in accordance with international obligations using a process that sees operators assess the carbon footprint of their decommissioning proposals where appropriate. The data is reviewed as part of the regulatory process but no annual assessment of the overall carbon footprint is calculated.

Q
(Arfon)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Home Office
Immigration
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many procedural errors have been made in applications for leave to remain in each of the last five years.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 22 January 2018

The information requested is not recorded in a way that can be reported without incurring disproportionate cost.

Grouped Questions: 122711 | 122713 | 122714
Q
(Arfon)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Home Office
Immigration
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been affected by procedural errors in applications for leave to remain in each of the last five years.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 22 January 2018

The information requested is not recorded in a way that can be reported without incurring disproportionate cost.

Grouped Questions: 122710 | 122713 | 122714
Q
(Arfon)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Home Office
Immigration
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to reduce the number of procedural errors occurring in applications for leave to remain.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 22 January 2018

UK Visas and Immigration continually reviews its operation to improve performance and accountability. Customer feedback, including complaints, are taken into account to ensure we offer value for money; which includes improving the services we offer, the quality of the decisions we make and the provision of an excellent customer service. When we are informed of errors we work promptly to rectify them.

More widely, we have assurance regimes which aim to increase consistent quality and identify good and weak practice within the department. We utilise three regimes; operational oversight, independent business reviews and third party reviews, in conjunction with the wider Home Office, in order to develop and ensure best practice.

Data on performance against service standard in relation to replies to customer complaints for UKVI, Immigration Enforcement and Border Force can be found at table MP 03 at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/customer-service-operations-data-november-2017

Q
(Arfon)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Home Office
Immigration
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many explanations and apologies have been issued to people affected by procedural errors in applications for leave to remain in each of the last five years.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 22 January 2018

The information requested is not recorded in a way that can be reported without incurring disproportionate cost.

Grouped Questions: 122710 | 122711 | 122714
Q
(Arfon)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Home Office
Immigration
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how long her Department has taken to clarify with each person affected by procedural errors in application for leave to remain in each of the last five years.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 22 January 2018

The information requested is not recorded in a way that can be reported without incurring disproportionate cost.

Grouped Questions: 122710 | 122711 | 122713
Q
(Arfon)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Home Office
Immigrants: Health Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people applying for leave to remain have been asked to pay an additional fee for the Immigration Health Surcharge after paying the full amount for the application in each of the last five years.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 22 January 2018

As part of the application the process the customer is required to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge, in full, before they pay their application fee.

Therefore no customer will be asked to pay an additional fee for the Immigration Health Surcharge after they have paid for their application fee.

Any additional payments would only be requested because there was a shortfall within the Immigration Health Surcharge paid. We do not hold data on these top up requests.

Q
Asked by Mrs Anne Main
(St Albans)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Department for Transport
Pedicabs: Accidents
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many accidents involving pedicabs have been reported in each of the last three years; and what steps his Department is taking to reduce accidents involving those vehicles.
A
Answered by: Joseph Johnson
Answered on: 22 January 2018

The Department for Transport does not separately identify pedicabs in road casualty data. However, following discussions with Transport for London and other stakeholders, we have concluded that there is a need to regulate pedicabs and are investigating a suitable legislative slot to do this.

Q
(Oxford East)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Companies: Registration
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how he categorises different submissions that have been made through the Companies House's register of companies Report It feature; and what submissions he has received by category through that feature since its launch.
A
Answered by: Andrew Griffiths
Answered on: 22 January 2018

34,111 queries have been received in the period from introduction on 28 July 2017 to 18 Dec 2017. A proportion of these queries are sampled for categorisation purposes. Approximately 45% are correctly addressed to Companies House. Companies House categorises into the following major categories in order to relay to the correct team for further action: General enquiries, registered office address & directors appointment disputes, complaints (customer service and removal of personal details), alleged fraudulent activity/breaches of Companies Act, system issues and removal or amendment of documents from register.

Q
Asked by Paul Flynn
(Newport West)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Department for Transport
Shipping: Conditions of Employment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) passenger (b) roll-on roll-off passenger ships registered on the Paris MoU on Port State Control’s White List have been detained by Maritime and Coastguard Agency inspectors for breaches of Standards in Title 2, Conditions of Employment in the Maritime Labour Convention, to date; and under what flag each such vessel was registered.
A
Answered by: Ms Nusrat Ghani
Answered on: 22 January 2018

The number of ships detained by Maritime and Coastguard Agency inspectors for breaches of Standards in Title 2, Conditions of Employment in the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006, since August 2014, when the MLC came into force in the UK, for ships registered to countries on the Paris MoU White List is shown below, with their flag of registry:

Type of vessel

Number Detained

Flag(s)

Chemical tanker

0

-

Oil tanker

1

Marshall Islands

Offshore supply vessel

1

Marshall Islands

Bulk carrier

3

Marshall Islands (3)

Passenger ship

0

-

Roll-on roll-off passenger ship

0

-

General cargo ship

6

Panama (5), Malta (1)

Grouped Questions: 122726 | 122727 | 122728 | 122731
Q
Asked by Paul Flynn
(Newport West)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Department for Transport
Shipping: Conditions of Employment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many general cargo ships registered on the Paris MoU on Port State Control’s White List have been detained by Maritime and Coastguard Agency inspectors for breaches of Standards in Title 2, Conditions of Employment in the Maritime Labour Convention, to date; and under what flag each such vessel was registered.
A
Answered by: Ms Nusrat Ghani
Answered on: 22 January 2018

The number of ships detained by Maritime and Coastguard Agency inspectors for breaches of Standards in Title 2, Conditions of Employment in the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006, since August 2014, when the MLC came into force in the UK, for ships registered to countries on the Paris MoU White List is shown below, with their flag of registry:

Type of vessel

Number Detained

Flag(s)

Chemical tanker

0

-

Oil tanker

1

Marshall Islands

Offshore supply vessel

1

Marshall Islands

Bulk carrier

3

Marshall Islands (3)

Passenger ship

0

-

Roll-on roll-off passenger ship

0

-

General cargo ship

6

Panama (5), Malta (1)

Grouped Questions: 122725 | 122727 | 122728 | 122731
Q
Asked by Paul Flynn
(Newport West)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Department for Transport
Shipping: Conditions of Employment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many bulk carriers registered on the Paris MoU on Port State Control’s White List have been detained by Maritime and Coastguard Agency inspectors for breaches of Standards in Title 2, Conditions of Employment in the Maritime Labour Convention, to date; and under what flag each such vessel was registered.
A
Answered by: Ms Nusrat Ghani
Answered on: 22 January 2018

The number of ships detained by Maritime and Coastguard Agency inspectors for breaches of Standards in Title 2, Conditions of Employment in the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006, since August 2014, when the MLC came into force in the UK, for ships registered to countries on the Paris MoU White List is shown below, with their flag of registry:

Type of vessel

Number Detained

Flag(s)

Chemical tanker

0

-

Oil tanker

1

Marshall Islands

Offshore supply vessel

1

Marshall Islands

Bulk carrier

3

Marshall Islands (3)

Passenger ship

0

-

Roll-on roll-off passenger ship

0

-

General cargo ship

6

Panama (5), Malta (1)

Grouped Questions: 122725 | 122726 | 122728 | 122731
Q
Asked by Paul Flynn
(Newport West)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Department for Transport
Shipping: Conditions of Employment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many offshore supply vessels registered on the Paris MoU on Port State Control’s White List have been detained by Maritime and Coastguard Agency inspectors for breaches of Standards in Title 2, Conditions of Employment in the Maritime Labour Convention, to date; and under what flag each such vessel was registered.
A
Answered by: Ms Nusrat Ghani
Answered on: 22 January 2018

The number of ships detained by Maritime and Coastguard Agency inspectors for breaches of Standards in Title 2, Conditions of Employment in the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006, since August 2014, when the MLC came into force in the UK, for ships registered to countries on the Paris MoU White List is shown below, with their flag of registry:

Type of vessel

Number Detained

Flag(s)

Chemical tanker

0

-

Oil tanker

1

Marshall Islands

Offshore supply vessel

1

Marshall Islands

Bulk carrier

3

Marshall Islands (3)

Passenger ship

0

-

Roll-on roll-off passenger ship

0

-

General cargo ship

6

Panama (5), Malta (1)

Grouped Questions: 122725 | 122726 | 122727 | 122731
Q
Asked by Paul Flynn
(Newport West)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Department for Transport
Shipping: Conditions of Employment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) chemical and (b) oil tankers registered on the Paris MoU on Port State Control’s White List have been detained by Maritime and Coastguard Agency inspectors for breaches of Standards in Title 2, Conditions of Employment in the Maritime Labour Convention, to date; and under what flag each such vessel was registered.
A
Answered by: Ms Nusrat Ghani
Answered on: 22 January 2018

The number of ships detained by Maritime and Coastguard Agency inspectors for breaches of Standards in Title 2, Conditions of Employment in the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006, since August 2014, when the MLC came into force in the UK, for ships registered to countries on the Paris MoU White List is shown below, with their flag of registry:

Type of vessel

Number Detained

Flag(s)

Chemical tanker

0

-

Oil tanker

1

Marshall Islands

Offshore supply vessel

1

Marshall Islands

Bulk carrier

3

Marshall Islands (3)

Passenger ship

0

-

Roll-on roll-off passenger ship

0

-

General cargo ship

6

Panama (5), Malta (1)

Grouped Questions: 122725 | 122726 | 122727 | 122728
Q
Asked by Paul Flynn
(Newport West)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Department for Transport
International Maritime Organisation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, who the members of the Government’s official delegations were at all meetings of the International Maritime Organisation’s Marine Environment Protection Committee since May 2015.
A
Answered by: Ms Nusrat Ghani
Answered on: 22 January 2018

Since May 2015 there have been four meetings of the International Maritime Organization’s Marine Environment Protection Committee. The United Kingdom was represented at all of these meetings by:

Head of Delegation

Miss Katy Ware, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to IMO, Head, International Maritime Coordination, Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA)

Advisers

Mr. Bennett Ng, Environmental Policy Specialist, MCA

Mr. Jonathan Simpson, Head, Environmental Policy, MCA

Mr. Kevin Hunter, International Relations Manager (Technical), MCA

Mrs. Leanne Page, Policy Adviser, MCA

Ms. Lorraine Weller, Senior Policy Adviser, MCA

Dr. Zabi Bazari, Managing Director, Energy and Emissions Solutions

In addition, the following delegates represented the UK at these meetings:

MEPC 68 – 11 to 15 May 2015

Advisers

Ms. Claire McAllister, Assistant Director, Maritime Safety and Environment Division, DfT

Mr. Godfrey Souter, Head, Climate Change and Environment, DfT

Mr. Ian Timpson, Senior Policy Adviser, Ship Emissions and Recycling, DfT

Mr. Tony Cunningham, Policy Adviser, Climate Change, DfT

Mr. Ben Rattenbury, Senior Policy Adviser, Department of Energy and Climate Change

Ms. Victoria Volossov, Policy Adviser, Department of Energy and Climate Change

Mr. David MacRae, Marine Surveyor, MCA

Mr. Bjorn Emtage, Assistant Policy Adviser, MCA

Mr. Ronald Allen, Policy Lead, Stability, MCA

Mr. Paul Grace, Technical Policy Lead, IOM Ship Registry, Department of Economic Development, Government of the Isle of Man

Mr. Motonobu Tsuchiya, Principal Specialist for IMO/IACS, External Affairs, Lloyd's Register EMEA

Mr. Dimitris Argyros, Environmental Specialist, Lloyd's Register EMEA

Mr. John Bradshaw, Principal Specialist, Engineering, Marine Technology and

Engineering Systems, Lloyd's Register EMEA

Mr. Jonathan Morley, Technical Lead, MARPOL, Lloyd's Register EMEA

Ms. Katharine Palmer, Manager, Environment and Sustainability, Lloyd's Register EMEA

MEPC 69 - 18 to 22 April 2016

Advisers

Ms. Lola Fadina, Assistant Director, Maritime Safety and Environment Division,

DfT

Ms. Laura Marquis, Head of Climate Change and Environment, DfT

Mr. Tony Cunningham, Policy Adviser, Climate Change, DfT

Mr. Edward Donaldson-Balan, Policy Adviser, International Aviation and Climate Change, DfT

Ms. Melanie Pennant, Senior Lawyer, DfT

Mr. Robert Cheeseman, Legal Officer, DfT

Mr. Neil Beauchamp, Policy Adviser, International Negotations, Climate Diplomacy Unit, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Mr. Paul Grace, Technical Policy Lead, IOM Ship Registry

Mr. Martyn Oates, Policy and Research Officer, IOM Ship Registry

Mr. David Balston, Director, Safety and Environment, UK Chamber of Shipping

Ms. Anna Ziou, Policy Assistant, UK Chamber of Shipping

Mr. Motonobu Tsuchiya, Principal Specialist for IMO/IACS, External Affairs, Lloyd's Register EMEA

Ms. Yue Yao, Principal Specialist and Statutory Section Leader, Shanghai Technical Support Office, Lloyd's Register EMEA

Ms. Christiana Ntouni, Specialist, External Affairs, Lloyd's Register EMEA

Dr. Wei Chen, Head of Research and Development, Hamworthy Water Systems

Mr. Ian Timpson, Senior Policy Adviser, Ship Emissions and Recycling, DfT

Mr. David MacRae, Marine Surveyor, MCA

Mr. Andy Wibroe, Policy Lead-Marine Equipment Directive, MCA

MEPC 70 – 24 to 28 October 2016

Advisers

Ms. Claire McAllister, Assistant Director, Maritime Safety and Environment Division (MSE), DfT

Ms. Laura Marquis, Head, Climate Change and Environment, DfT

Mr. Ian Timpson, Senior Policy Adviser, Ship Emissions and Recycling, DfT

Ms. Stavroulla Economou, Policy Adviser, Maritime Climate Change, DfT

Ms. Kim Brown, Senior Environmental Inspector, Defence Safety and Environment Authority - Defence Maritime Regulator, Ministry of Defence

Ms. Samantha Langford-Holt, Marine Environmental Protection Officer, Ministry of Defence

Ms. Lindsey Hibberd, Senior Policy Manager, Global Carbon Markets, Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Ms. Anna Croos, Engagement Adviser, Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Mr. James Luetchford, Parliamentary and Ministerial Relations, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Mrs. Rebecca Austin, Deputy Receiver of Wreck, MCA

Mr. David Balston, Director, Safety and Environment, UK Chamber of Shipping

Ms. Anna Ziou, Policy Assistant, UK Chamber of Shipping

Ms. Yue Yao, Principal Specialist in Charge, Statutory Section, Shanghai Technical Support Office, Lloyd’s Register Asia

Dr. Nagaraja Reddy Devalapalli, Principal Specialist, Strategic Research, Lloyd’s Register EMEA

Dr. Wei Chen, Head, Research and Development, Hamworthy Water Systems

MEPC 71 – 3 to 7 July 2017

Advisers

Ms. Claire McAllister, Assistant Director, Maritime Safety and Environment Division, DfT

Ms. Katie Carleton, Head, Climate Change and Environment, DfT

Ms. Stavroulla Economou, Policy Adviser, Maritime Climate Change, DfT

Ms. Hannah Gray, Legal Officer, DfT

Mr. Gwilym Stone, IMO and EU Lead, MCA

Mr. Stuart Hannam, Principal, EU and International Standards, MCA

Mr. Yue Yao, Principal Specialist in Charge, Statutory Section, Lloyd’s Register Asia

Ms. Anna Ziou, Policy Director, UK Chamber of Shipping

Mr. Wu Shilel, Senior Emissions Specialist, Engineering Systems, Lloyd's Register EMEA

Mr. Ralph Bunch, Policy Adviser, Environment Strategy, Department for Transport (DfT)

Q
Asked by Paul Flynn
(Newport West)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Shipping: Climate Change
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the inclusion of the shipping industry in the UN Framework Agreement on climate change.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 22 January 2018

The UK strongly supports action on the reduction of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from shipping, and is committed to fulfilling our obligations to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement. Our strategy for the shipping industry is led by the Department for Transport and the UN body with responsibility for this area is the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), which since 2003 has been working on measures to reduce GHGs from international shipping. In April 2018, Member States are due to agree the first comprehensive global strategy on the reduction of GHGs from ships at the IMO. The UK has been an active participant in these negotiations and is working to achieve a credible and ambitious outcome in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Q
(North Swindon)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Cabinet Office
New Businesses
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many new businesses have been started in (a) Swindon and (b) England in each year since 2010.
A
Answered by: Chloe Smith
Answered on: 22 January 2018

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

UKSA Response (PDF Document, 158.13 KB)
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