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(Bristol West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Department for Education
Boarding Schools: Special Educational Needs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many residential schools for children with special educational needs have had their OFSTED registration cancelled because of safeguarding concerns in each of the last ten years.
A
Answered by: Mrs Kemi Badenoch
Answered on: 09 September 2019

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Grouped Questions: 285311 | 285062 | 285312
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(Bristol West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions her Department has had with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on the effect on the (a) digital, (b) cultural, (c) media and (d) sport sectors of the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
A
Answered by: Nadhim Zahawi
Answered on: 09 September 2019

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

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(Bristol West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Department for International Trade
Publications: Exports
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether any countries plan to raise their tariffs on the importation of books from the UK.
A
Answered by: Conor Burns
Answered on: 09 September 2019

Most of the UK’s key trading partners apply zero MFN tariffs on books, including the EU, US, Japan, Korea, Turkey, Switzerland and Canada. With others, including Chile and Colombia, the UK will retain current tariff preferences as a result of rolling over existing agreements.

There are some countries, including Mexico, Egypt and Morocco, with which we are currently negotiating to retain the existing tariff preferences. If these negotiations are not concluded successfully then they would likely impose duties on UK books.

The UK will continue to not charge any import duties on books irrespective of the country of origin.

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(Bristol West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Department for Education
Boarding Schools: Special Educational Needs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many residential schools for children with special educational needs closed in each of the last ten years.
A
Answered by: Mrs Kemi Badenoch
Answered on: 09 September 2019

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Grouped Questions: 284653 | 285062 | 285312
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(Bristol West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Department for Education
Special Educational Needs: Bristol
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the closure of St Christopher's residential school for children with special educational needs in Bristol, how many pupils have been found an equivalent school place within one hour's journey time from their family home.
A
Answered by: Mrs Kemi Badenoch
Answered on: 09 September 2019

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Grouped Questions: 284653 | 285311 | 285312
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(Bristol West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Department for Education
Special Educational Needs: Bristol
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what provision is being made for former pupils of St Christopher's residential school for children with special educational needs in Bristol who have not been found an equivalent school place.
A
Answered by: Mrs Kemi Badenoch
Answered on: 09 September 2019

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Grouped Questions: 284653 | 285311 | 285062
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(Bristol West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Department for International Development
Angola: Droughts
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to support people affected by recent droughts in Angola.
A
Answered by: Andrew Stephenson
Answered on: 09 September 2019

DFID is concerned about the effects of drought and food insecurity on people across Southern Africa and in Angola. Over one million Angolans are affected. Angola is a lower middle-income country, in sub-Saharan Africa it has the third largest economy and is the second largest oil producer. DFID does not have a bilateral programme in Angola, but we do support the people of Angola through centrally managed programmes and contributions to multilateral agencies. For example, in 2018 the UK provided over £300 million in core humanitarian funding to United Nations specialised agencies, the Red Cross movement and NGOs. As a result, the UK’s contribution is approximately 20 percent of the UN Central Emergency Response Fund that has been activated this year in Angola.

The UK is fully committed to tackling climate change and is playing a leading role in driving change around the world. Our regional programmes have supported the identification and planning of water infrastructure and livelihoods programmes to reduce vulnerability to drought including the preliminary design of water supply and sanitation projects that would build water security for more than 20,000 rural people in the Angolan Calai District.

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(Bristol West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Cabinet Office
Cabinet Office: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what meetings his Department has had with Bristol City Council to discuss preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
A
Answered by: Simon Hart
Answered on: 09 September 2019

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Treasury
Treasury: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what meetings his Department has had with Bristol City Council to discuss preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
A
Answered by: Rishi Sunak
Answered on: 09 September 2019

The Government has had extensive engagement with all local authorities, including Bristol City Council, as they continue to prepare for leaving the European Union on 31st October, with or without a deal. We continue to ensure that councils have the necessary information to prepare effectively, and continue to provide opportunities for specific local issues to be raised and addressed.

During December-March 2018/19, the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government hosted eleven thematic engagement events for all councils in partnership with ten other government departments that were attended by 650 local government officers representing more than 270 councils. The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities & Local Government also chairs a monthly meeting of local authority leaders with Ministers from across Government attending as required. Since August, a monthly interactive conference with local authority chief executives and Brexit Lead Officers has been hosted by the Secretary of State answering questions submitted directly to him from the sector. The Government’s recent expectation that all local authorities designate a Brexit Lead Officer has further enhanced two-way communication between the different tiers of government as the country prepares to exit the European Union.

Across 2018/19 and 2019/20, MHCLG has allocated £79m to help local areas to prepare for Brexit. Of this funding, Bristol City Council has directly received £314,952 of capacity funding to help it to prepare and prevent disruption to the services that its residents rely upon.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Home Office: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what meetings her Department has had with Bristol City Council to discuss preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 09 September 2019

It is the duty of any responsible Government to prepare for every eventuality including the scenario that we leave the EU without agreeing a deal.


We are working closely with operational partners - including the police - on contingency planning so we can ensure the safety and security of our citizens in all scenarios.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Department of Health and Social Care: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what meetings his Department has had with Bristol City Council to discuss preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 09 September 2019

The Department is working with its partners across Government, arm’s length bodies, local authorities, industry and the wider health and care system to ensure that all relevant parties are prepared for exiting the European Union. The quality and safety of patient care is paramount in our preparedness plans.

The Department, alongside NHS England and NHS Improvement, is ensuring that there is regular communication with frontline National Health Service organisations and stakeholders in the health and social care sector regarding EU Exit preparations. NHS England will be holding EU Exit Roadshows in the lead up to 31 October, building on the regular communication that the Department and NHS England has with the frontline.

Grouped Questions: 285035 | 286179 | 286180 | 286181
Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what meetings her Department has had with Bristol City Council to discuss preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
A
Answered by: Nadhim Zahawi
Answered on: 09 September 2019

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Department for International Trade
Department for International Trade: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what meetings her Department has had with Bristol City Council to discuss preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
A
Answered by: Graham Stuart
Answered on: 09 September 2019

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Department for Work and Pensions: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what meetings her Department has had with Bristol City Council to discuss preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
A
Answered by: Justin Tomlinson
Answered on: 09 September 2019

The Government has been clear that leaving the EU with a deal is its preferred option. The Government is, however, continuing to plan for a range of scenarios, including a no deal exit from the EU. These contingencies ensure that DWP can continue to provide our vital services and that individuals will continue to be able to access DWP benefits and services on the same basis as they do now.

MHCLG are the department responsible for EU exit preparedness for Local Authorities.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Department for Education
Department for Education: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what meetings his Department has had with Bristol City Council to discuss preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
A
Answered by: Mrs Kemi Badenoch
Answered on: 09 September 2019

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what meetings her Department has had with Bristol City Council to discuss preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 09 September 2019

We have communicated on a range of topics with local authorities, including in a conference call on 13 August along with other Government departments. Each local Authority has established a Brexit lead officer to liaise with Government.

Defra has identified areas where our exit preparations impact local authorities. For instance Environmental Health Officers are responsible for issuing Export Health Certificates on fish and we have discussed capacity and the requirements with them.

We regularly contribute to a cross-government working group which coordinates engagement with local authorities.

Information on leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement relevant to a particular local authority can then be accessed by the local authority via shared channels, such as:

  • MHCLG’s Local government Brexit preparedness page on GOV.UK;
  • MHCLG’s weekly e-bulletin to local authorities setting out all relevant updates for the week;
  • Presenting information at MHCLG’s monthly delivery board to local authority representatives;
  • The Food Standards Agency’s Smarter Comms platform accessed directly by regulatory officers in local authorities;
  • Cascading information via MHCLG’s network of nine regional local authority Chief Executives;
  • Using MHCLG’s newly established network of Brexit lead officers in each local authority;
  • Direct email messages to regulatory leads in relevant local authorities;
  • Engaging with and passing information through regulatory bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Chartered Trading Standards Institute or the Association of Port Health Authorities.

Information on a range of Defra’s exit projects if we leave the EU without a withdrawal agreement has been made available to local authorities through these channels. This includes information on:

  • Exporting fish and shellfish (Export Health Certificates);
  • Importing fish and fisheries products (Catch Certificates);
  • Import control systems for animals, products of animal origin and high risk food and feed;
  • Food labelling changes;
  • The protection of habitats and species;
  • Waste;
  • Guidance for businesses exporting goods to the EU.

Local authorities have been invited to attend various meetings, including workshops, training events and roadshows on topics including:

  • Changes to environmental regulations;
  • Changes to food and farming;
  • Changes to exports of animals and animal products;
  • Changes to imports of animals and animal products;
  • MHCLG’s regional roadshows on how local authorities will be affected by exiting the EU without a withdrawal agreement in Wakefield, Birmingham, London and Cambridge;
  • Training on catch certificates in Wales, Inverness, Bristol and Newcastle;
  • Changes to trading standards regulatory functions in Exeter;
  • A series of teleconferences on changes to export health certificates;
  • A webinar on changes affecting border or coastal local authorities;
  • A workshop on regulatory services hosted by MHCLG with input from other departments including Defra.

Grouped Questions: 285146 | 284989 | 286150
Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what meetings his Department has had with Bristol City Council to discuss preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
A
Answered by: Luke Hall
Answered on: 09 September 2019

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Department for Transport
Department for Transport: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what meetings his Department has had with Bristol City Council to discuss preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
A
Answered by: Chris Heaton-Harris
Answered on: 09 September 2019

DfT supports MHCLG’s Brexit discussions with local authority leaders and local authority Chief Executives to outline its work on Brexit preparedness and to address transport queries.

No meetings have taken place with Bristol City Council, but DfT is directly engaging with Avon and Somerset Local Resilience Forum, which includes emergency responders, councils and other public services.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Wales Office
Wales Office: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what meetings his Department has had with Bristol City Council to discuss preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
A
Answered by: Alun Cairns
Answered on: 09 September 2019

The Government has had extensive engagement with all local authorities, including Bristol City Council, as they continue to prepare for leaving the European Union on 31st October, with or without a deal. We continue to ensure that councils have the necessary information to prepare effectively, and continue to provide opportunities for specific local issues to be raised and addressed.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what meetings her Department has had with Bristol City Council to discuss preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
A
Answered by: Nigel Adams
Answered on: 09 September 2019

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

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