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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 06 February 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Funerals: Fees and Charges
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the proportion of burial costs covered by the first element of the Funeral Expenses Payments which were not paid in full in each of the last three years.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 12 February 2018

Funeral Expenses Payments are intended to meet the necessary costs of burial. However the allowed amount may be adjusted by the decision maker using the necessary cost guidance in Chapter 39 of the Decision Makers Guide: Social Fund Payments at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/572416/dmgch39.pdf.

Information on the amount of these adjustments is not collated centrally and no assessment has been made of the proportion of burial costs covered by Funeral Expenses Payments.

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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 06 February 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Funerals: Fees and Charges
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 20 November 2017 to Question 113185, what increase has been made to the funeral directors fees element in each of the last 10 years.
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Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 12 February 2018

The Social Fund Funeral Expenses Payment’s scheme, comprises two elements. The element which covers ‘other costs’ and may be used to pay funeral director’s fees, has been set to a maximum payment of £700 since 2003.

In 2016-17, around 27,000 Funeral Expenses Payment awards were made worth £38.6 million.

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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 09 January 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Recycling: EU Action
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the Government’s policy is on the proposed common EU target to recycle 65 per cent of municipal waste by 2035.
A
Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 09 February 2018

The government is supportive of more recycling of materials and we are actively engaged in agreeing the proposals to support the Circular Economy across the EU. We are yet to receive the formal text of the outcome of the trilogue discussions and we will consider it carefully. There are several targets in the circular economy package of which the 65% recycling by weight target by 2035 is just one.

As we develop the Resource and Waste Strategy we will explore whether new, more innovate targets can be developed that deliver clear benefits over those proposed by Europe. Should they be preferable, UK Government will present proposals to the UK Parliament following the UKs Exit from Europe.

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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 01 February 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Fracking: Ryedale
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 4 December 2017 to Question 115005, on Fracking: Ryedale, if he will make it his Department's policy not to approve fracking at KM8 Ryedale while the Environment Agency investigations into (a) the type and volume of chemicals that have been put down KM3 and (b) whether those chemicals have caused fractures are ongoing.
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Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 08 February 2018

As set out in the Written Ministerial Statement of 25 January, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has informed Parliament and the Oil and Gas Authority of the current state of the process, which is still ongoing. The Department will respond further, as appropriate, in due course.

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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 02 February 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Nuclear Power: Consultants
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which consultancy firms and individual consultants carried out work for the Government in relation to civil nuclear power in the UK in each of the last two years; what the titles were of the projects those consultancies and consultants were working on; and what the costs to the public purse of those projects were.
A
Answered by: Richard Harrington
Answered on: 08 February 2018

The information requested is currently being researched. I will place this in the Libraries of the House as soon as the information is available.

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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 02 February 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Coperforma
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 29 January 2018 to Question 123750 and with reference to the Answer of 8 November 2016 to Question 51429, whether the advice that was provided to him by NHS England which is contained in the latter Answer that National Health Service trusts that had incurred costs had invoiced Coperforma directly was updated after 5 December 2016; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 08 February 2018

The advice given to the Department by NHS England was confirmed on 26 January 2018.

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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 06 February 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to extend the HPV vaccine to adolescent boys; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 08 February 2018

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation is currently considering whether the human papillomavirus vaccination programme for girls should be extended to include adolescent boys.

The Department will consider its final advice once it has been received.

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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 08 February 2018
HM Treasury
Capital Gains Tax: Tax Avoidance
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to prevent UK residents from registering the ownership of UK land overseas in order to avoid capital gains tax.
Q
(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 08 February 2018
Department for Education
Capita
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has contingency plans for the event of Capita being unable to fulfil its contractual obligations with schools in (a) Brighton and Hove and (b) other areas; what assessment he has made of the total value of contracts between schools and Capita; and if he will make a statement.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 08 February 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Fracking
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what financial benchmarks his Department plans to use to inform its consideration, based on an assessment by the Infrastructure and Projects Authority, of the financial resilience of (a) Third Energy UK Gas Limited and (b) other companies proposing to carry out hydraulic fracturing operations.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 08 February 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Mortgages: Interest Payments
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department has undertaken an equality impact assessment of the planned changes to Support for Mortgage Interest; how many SMI claimants are (a) pensioners and (b) disabled people; and if she will make a statement.
Q
(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 08 February 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Mortgages: Interest Payments
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 2 February 2018 to Question 125704, on Mortgages: Interest Payments, by what date her Department plans to have contacted all claimants of support for mortgage interest to offer the new support for mortgage interest loan.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 08 February 2018
Department for Transport
Taxis
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to take urgent steps in primary legislation to create a statutory definition of cross border hiring whereby a journey must begin or end in the licensing authority area for which the vehicle, driver and operator are licensed; and if he will support this by the introduction of statutory England-wide guidance setting out minimum licensing standards; and if he will make a statement.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 08 February 2018
Department for Transport
Taxis
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will bring forward legislative proposals for a definition of plying for hire.
Q
(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 08 February 2018
Department for Transport
Taxis
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 24 October 2018 to Question 108783 on Taxis, on what date in the New Year the working group plans to report.
Q
(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 08 February 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Environment Protection: Enforcement
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what consultation is planned to engage businesses and other stakeholders on the development of proposals for a new environmental enforcement agency to ensure good governance after the UK leaves the EU.
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(Brighton, Pavilion)
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Asked on: 02 February 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Neonicotinoids: EU Action
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the timetable is for the scientific evidence expected from the European Food Safety Authority to be presented; if he will take steps unilaterally to ban neonicotinoids in the UK in the event of undue time being taken at EU level on this matter; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 07 February 2018

The European Commission has asked the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to review the risks to bees from neonicotinoid pesticides. EFSA announced in November 2017 that it expects to finalise its assessments in February 2018. A number of Member States have indicated that they wish to see the outputs of this work before reaching a position on neonicotinoids. Once the EFSA work is complete, negotiations on this issue should restart in earnest.

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(Brighton, Pavilion)
[N]
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Named Day

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

Asked on: 02 February 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Fracking
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Written Ministerial Statement of 25 January 2018, on Energy Policy, HCWS#428, what criteria he will use to assess the financial resilience of (a) Third Energy UK Gas Limited and (b) other companies proposing to carry out hydraulic fracturing operations in England.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 07 February 2018

As set out in the Written Ministerial Statement of 25 January, the Secretary of State has asked the Infrastructure and Projects Authority for an assessment of the financial resilience of the company and will respond further in due course as appropriate.

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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 29 January 2018
Department for International Development
Developing Countries: HIV Infection
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to deliver her commitment to leave no-one behind within the global HIV response.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 05 February 2018

DFID’s HIV response prioritises those still left behind by the huge progress made in recent years, including adolescents, women and girls and under-served groups such as men who have sex with men, injecting drug users, sex workers and prisoners.

For example, through the Robert Carr Civil Society Networks Fund we are supporting civil society networks of people affected by HIV to demand their rights, address stigma and discrimination and hold governments to account. The UK is proud to be a founding member of this Fund and has committed £9 million, since its start, to help champion their rights to access prevention and treatment services.

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(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 29 January 2018
HM Treasury
Children: Day Care
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans his Department has to publish additional guidance on the changes to childcare vouchers for (a) employers (b) parents and (c) childcare providers; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Elizabeth Truss
Answered on: 05 February 2018

HM Revenue & Customs has published guidance on childcare vouchers which is regularly updated. The guidance can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/help-with-childcare-costs/childcare-vouchers.

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