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Unique Identifying Number – Every written question in the House of Commons has a UIN per Parliament. In the House of Lords each written questions has a UIN per parliamentary session.
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Asked by Grant Shapps
(Welwyn Hatfield)
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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: 17 October 2017
Department of Health
Transvaginal Mesh Implants
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to assist those affected by complications relating to transvaginal mesh implants.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 20 October 2017

NHS England’s Mesh Oversight Group published its final report in July 2017. This outlined actions and recommendations to address the three major areas of concern identified by patients and experts - clinical quality, data and information, and informed consent.

Work continues on implementation, and a number of early actions have been taken, including the provision of patient information leaflets to support decision-making, learning resources for general practitioners, and the designation of 18 National Health Service trusts as specialist centres to identify and treat complications. In addition, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has also advised those women who suffer ill effects as a result of these procedures to report them through the Yellow Card Scheme.

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Asked by Grant Shapps
(Welwyn Hatfield)
[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: 18 October 2017
Department for Communities and Local Government
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to include protection for airfields in the National Planning Policy Framework.
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Asked by Grant Shapps
(Welwyn Hatfield)
[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: 18 October 2017
Department for Transport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will actively promote the use of RAF Northolt to facilitate UK regional air links to Heathrow Airport; and whether he has made an assessment of the effect on connectivity of using RAF Northolt to facilitate regional air links.
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Asked by Grant Shapps
(Welwyn Hatfield)
[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: 18 October 2017
Department for Transport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department has taken to define a strategic network of general aviation airfields.
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Asked by Grant Shapps
(Welwyn Hatfield)
[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: 18 October 2017
Department for Transport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress his Department has made in extending the Oyster card zone to Hatfield, Welwyn Garden City and Welwyn North railway stations.
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Asked by Grant Shapps
(Welwyn Hatfield)
Asked on: 17 October 2017
Ministry of Justice
Central London County Court
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what resources have been allocated to the Central London County Court in each of the last five years.
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Asked by Grant Shapps
(Welwyn Hatfield)
Asked on: 17 October 2017
Ministry of Justice
Central London County Court: Staff
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how staffing resources are allocated within the Central London County Court.
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Asked by Grant Shapps
(Welwyn Hatfield)
[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: 13 July 2017
HM Treasury
Tax Avoidance
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much HM Revenue and Customs has recovered from company liquidations caused by unpaid accelerated payment notice debts.
A
Answered by: Mel Stride
Answered on: 18 July 2017

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has stringent governance arrangements in place where insolvency is considered. Each case is considered individually and, where a company is trading insolvent, HMRC must take the most appropriate action to mitigate the tax losses. Many factors are considered when deciding whether to petition against a company.

HMRC treats unpaid Accelerated Payments as any other established debt using their range of debt collection powers as necessary to recover what is owed, including insolvency powers where appropriate.

HMRC does not hold information on the amount recovered from company liquidations caused by unpaid accelerated payment notice debts. Any insolvency action in relation to unpaid accelerated payment notices is currently at an early stage.

Grouped Questions: 4787
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Asked by Grant Shapps
(Welwyn Hatfield)
[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: 13 July 2017
HM Treasury
Tax Avoidance
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what comparative assessment HM Revenue and Customs has made of the amount it will recover if a company goes into liquidation because of accelerated payment notice debt or if that company continues to trade.
A
Answered by: Mel Stride
Answered on: 18 July 2017

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has stringent governance arrangements in place where insolvency is considered. Each case is considered individually and, where a company is trading insolvent, HMRC must take the most appropriate action to mitigate the tax losses. Many factors are considered when deciding whether to petition against a company.

HMRC treats unpaid Accelerated Payments as any other established debt using their range of debt collection powers as necessary to recover what is owed, including insolvency powers where appropriate.

HMRC does not hold information on the amount recovered from company liquidations caused by unpaid accelerated payment notice debts. Any insolvency action in relation to unpaid accelerated payment notices is currently at an early stage.

Grouped Questions: 4786
Q
Asked by Grant Shapps
(Welwyn Hatfield)
[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: 12 July 2017
HM Treasury
Tax Avoidance
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether HM Revenue and Customs conducts a cost-benefit analysis of potential job losses and tax revenues forgone before issuing winding-up petitions for unpaid debts under accelerated payment notices.
A
Answered by: Mel Stride
Answered on: 17 July 2017

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will always ensure that its action is proportionate and the precise action taken will depend on the facts and circumstances of each individual case.

HMRC have stringent governance arrangements in place where insolvency is considered. However, anyone who anticipates problems paying their tax bill should contact HMRC, who may be able to offer extra time to pay based on individual circumstances. HMRC has an outstanding record for supporting those facing genuine difficulty paying their Accelerated Payments.

HMRC treat unpaid Accelerated Payments as any other established debt using their range of debt collection powers as necessary to recover what is owed, including insolvency powers where appropriate.

To date, HMRC have issued 12 winding up petitions to companies with Accelerated Payment debt. Most of these companies also have non Accelerated Payment related debts.

Grouped Questions: 4526 | 4527 | 4528 | 4529
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Asked by Grant Shapps
(Welwyn Hatfield)
[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: 12 July 2017
HM Treasury
Tax Avoidance
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether HM Revenue and Customs issues a winding-up petition for an accelerated payment notice if the debt pursued is a payment on account for a liability that may never fall due.
A
Answered by: Mel Stride
Answered on: 17 July 2017

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will always ensure that its action is proportionate and the precise action taken will depend on the facts and circumstances of each individual case.

HMRC have stringent governance arrangements in place where insolvency is considered. However, anyone who anticipates problems paying their tax bill should contact HMRC, who may be able to offer extra time to pay based on individual circumstances. HMRC has an outstanding record for supporting those facing genuine difficulty paying their Accelerated Payments.

HMRC treat unpaid Accelerated Payments as any other established debt using their range of debt collection powers as necessary to recover what is owed, including insolvency powers where appropriate.

To date, HMRC have issued 12 winding up petitions to companies with Accelerated Payment debt. Most of these companies also have non Accelerated Payment related debts.

Grouped Questions: 4525 | 4527 | 4528 | 4529
Q
Asked by Grant Shapps
(Welwyn Hatfield)
[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: 12 July 2017
HM Treasury
Revenue and Customs: Petitions
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what criteria HM Revenue and Customs applies in deciding whether to issue a petition.
A
Answered by: Mel Stride
Answered on: 17 July 2017

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will always ensure that its action is proportionate and the precise action taken will depend on the facts and circumstances of each individual case.

HMRC have stringent governance arrangements in place where insolvency is considered. However, anyone who anticipates problems paying their tax bill should contact HMRC, who may be able to offer extra time to pay based on individual circumstances. HMRC has an outstanding record for supporting those facing genuine difficulty paying their Accelerated Payments.

HMRC treat unpaid Accelerated Payments as any other established debt using their range of debt collection powers as necessary to recover what is owed, including insolvency powers where appropriate.

To date, HMRC have issued 12 winding up petitions to companies with Accelerated Payment debt. Most of these companies also have non Accelerated Payment related debts.

Grouped Questions: 4525 | 4526 | 4528 | 4529
Q
Asked by Grant Shapps
(Welwyn Hatfield)
[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: 12 July 2017
HM Treasury
Tax Avoidance
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what criteria HM Revenue and Customs applies in deciding whether to issue a winding-up petition for an unpaid accelerated payment notice.
A
Answered by: Mel Stride
Answered on: 17 July 2017

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will always ensure that its action is proportionate and the precise action taken will depend on the facts and circumstances of each individual case.

HMRC have stringent governance arrangements in place where insolvency is considered. However, anyone who anticipates problems paying their tax bill should contact HMRC, who may be able to offer extra time to pay based on individual circumstances. HMRC has an outstanding record for supporting those facing genuine difficulty paying their Accelerated Payments.

HMRC treat unpaid Accelerated Payments as any other established debt using their range of debt collection powers as necessary to recover what is owed, including insolvency powers where appropriate.

To date, HMRC have issued 12 winding up petitions to companies with Accelerated Payment debt. Most of these companies also have non Accelerated Payment related debts.

Grouped Questions: 4525 | 4526 | 4527 | 4529
Q
Asked by Grant Shapps
(Welwyn Hatfield)
[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: 12 July 2017
HM Treasury
Tax Avoidance
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many winding-up petitions have been issued to companies in respect of accelerated payment notices issued by HM revenue and Customs in the last 12 months.
A
Answered by: Mel Stride
Answered on: 17 July 2017

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will always ensure that its action is proportionate and the precise action taken will depend on the facts and circumstances of each individual case.

HMRC have stringent governance arrangements in place where insolvency is considered. However, anyone who anticipates problems paying their tax bill should contact HMRC, who may be able to offer extra time to pay based on individual circumstances. HMRC has an outstanding record for supporting those facing genuine difficulty paying their Accelerated Payments.

HMRC treat unpaid Accelerated Payments as any other established debt using their range of debt collection powers as necessary to recover what is owed, including insolvency powers where appropriate.

To date, HMRC have issued 12 winding up petitions to companies with Accelerated Payment debt. Most of these companies also have non Accelerated Payment related debts.

Grouped Questions: 4525 | 4526 | 4527 | 4528
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