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Asked by Martyn Day
(Linlithgow and East Falkirk)
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Asked on: 13 July 2020
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to decision of Bahrain’s Court of Cassation to uphold the death sentences of Mohammed Ramadhan and Husain Moosa on 13 July 2020 if he will (a) make representations to the Government of Bahrain and (b) make a public appeal to the King of Bahrain for those sentences to be set aside.
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Asked by Lord Mann
Asked on: 22 June 2020
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Technology
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what data exploitative technologies they are aware are in use in the UK; and what steps they are taking to ensure that such technologies cannot be exploited by anti-abortion activists.
A
Answered by: Baroness Barran
Answered on: 10 July 2020

The Government takes both the protection of personal data and the right to privacy extremely seriously. Organisations that are processing people's data for the purposes of providing online services should comply with data protection laws, including the Data Protection Act 2018 and the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations.


In February 2019, DCMS announced a programme of work to consider how online advertising is regulated in the UK and in January 2020, a call for evidence was launched to gather views on online advertising standards. The UK Government also established the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation, an independent advisory body, which provides advice on how we maximise the benefits of data-driven technologies.

Asked on: 29 June 2020
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Mali: Politics and Government
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking through the UN Security Council negotiations on the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali to refresh the international community’s support for the Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali in order for the social and political reforms contained within it to be delivered.
A
Answered by: Baroness Sugg
Answered on: 10 July 2020

On 29 June the UN Security Council adopted resolution 2531, renewing the mandate of UN peacekeeping mission in Mali (MINUSMA) until June 2021. The UK worked with partners to secure a mandate that ensures that the mission helps drive forward the implementation of Mali's 2015 Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation as a priority. Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister of State responsible for the UN, participated in the UN Security Council Debate on MINUSMA on 11 June and stressed the importance of fully implementing all requirements of the peace agreement. Our deployment of 250 troops to MINUSMA, planned for later this year, will also increase the Mission's capacity to fulfil its peacekeeping and civilian tasks, helping it to perform its role in support of the peace process.

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Asked by Tracy Brabin
(Batley and Spen)
Asked on: 29 June 2020
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Cultural Renewal Taskforce
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what tasks the Cultural Renewal Taskforce is currently undertaking.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 10 July 2020

The Cultural Renewal Taskforce has been working to support the renewal of DCMS sectors and to help develop new COVID-19 secure guidelines for the reopening of public places and businesses in these sectors, where and when it is safe to do so. The focus of the Taskforce’s work is on:

  • ensuring that COVID-19 secure guidelines are developed in line with the phasing ambitions and public health directions, building on the existing guidance and providing intelligence and sector-specific expert input;

  • developing creative solutions, to drive the return of sectors whilst maintaining consistency with the medical advice;

  • agreeing and ensuring alignment of relevant sectoral guidance; and

  • providing key sector stakeholders with a forum to support government work on cultural renewal.

The Cultural Renewal Taskforce has met seven times between 22 May and 1 July, and will continue to meet over the summer to support the progress towards the reopening and recovery of DCMS sectors.

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Asked by Simon Baynes
(Clwyd South)
Asked on: 02 July 2020
Attorney General
Sentencing: Appeals
Commons
To ask the Attorney General, how many sentences have been extended under the Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme in each of the last six months.
A
Answered by: Michael Ellis
Answered on: 10 July 2020

A total of 27 individual sentences have been increased by the Court of Appeal under the Unduly Lenient Scheme in the last six months: four sentences in January, eight in February, five in March, one in April, three in May and six in June.

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Asked by Louise Haigh
(Sheffield, Heeley)
Asked on: 30 January 2020
Home Office
Home Office: Reviews
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish the titles of the reports commissioned by her Department that remain outstanding.
A
Answered by: James Brokenshire
Answered on: 09 July 2020

The titles of the reviews that the Department is currently undertaking are:

Review

Date Started

Expected Completion

Review of Cannabis-based products for Medicinal Use in Humans

February 2020

End of 2020

Urgent review of the classification of GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyric acid) and GBL (gamma-butyrolactone) and closely related compounds under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and the scheduling of both drugs under the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001

January 2020

Autumn 2020

Independent review of the statutory multi-agency public protection arrangements (MAPPA). Jointly with Ministry of Justice.

January 2020

The review has been completed and will be published shortly

Review of the support services provided to Victims of Terrorism

The review has not yet commenced

Independent Review of Prevent

August 2019

August 2021[1]

Roads Policing Review

July 2019

July 2021

Law Commission Review into Hate Crime legislation (jointly commissioned with Ministry of Justice)

October 2018

Independent Review of the Border, Immigration and Citizenship System (BICS)

August 2019

Summer 2020

Coercive or Controlling Behaviour Offence – Review of Effectiveness

Summer 2019

Autumn 2020

Review of the overall response to migrant victims of domestic abuse

July 2019

The evidence gathering phase of the review has been completed. We aim to set out our conclusions before Commons Report stage.

Review of Pre-Charge Bail.

November 2019

Summer 2021

Review of the Health Measures at the Border

June 2020

29 June 2020

Air Weapons Review

October 2017

Summer 2020

Independent review of Serious and Organised Crime

November 2019

The review has been completed and the Government is considering its recommendations

Rape Review (jointly with Ministry of Justice and Attorney General’s Office)

March 2019

Independent Review of Drugs

February 2019

Part 1 completed and published 27 February. DHSC commissioned a further (Part 2) drugs review of prevention, treatment and recovery, which is shortly to be launched.

[1] The Counter Terrorism and Sentencing Bill which was introduced on 20 May 2020 seeks to remove the current statutory deadline for the completion of the Independent Review of Prevent (August 2020) as set out in the Counter Terrorism and Border Security Act 2019.

Grouped Questions: 10413
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Asked by Louise Haigh
(Sheffield, Heeley)
Asked on: 30 January 2020
Home Office
Home Office: Reviews
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish the titles of the reviews that her Department is undertaking.
A
Answered by: James Brokenshire
Answered on: 09 July 2020

The titles of the reviews that the Department is currently undertaking are:

Review

Date Started

Expected Completion

Review of Cannabis-based products for Medicinal Use in Humans

February 2020

End of 2020

Urgent review of the classification of GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyric acid) and GBL (gamma-butyrolactone) and closely related compounds under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and the scheduling of both drugs under the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001

January 2020

Autumn 2020

Independent review of the statutory multi-agency public protection arrangements (MAPPA). Jointly with Ministry of Justice.

January 2020

The review has been completed and will be published shortly

Review of the support services provided to Victims of Terrorism

The review has not yet commenced

Independent Review of Prevent

August 2019

August 2021[1]

Roads Policing Review

July 2019

July 2021

Law Commission Review into Hate Crime legislation (jointly commissioned with Ministry of Justice)

October 2018

Independent Review of the Border, Immigration and Citizenship System (BICS)

August 2019

Summer 2020

Coercive or Controlling Behaviour Offence – Review of Effectiveness

Summer 2019

Autumn 2020

Review of the overall response to migrant victims of domestic abuse

July 2019

The evidence gathering phase of the review has been completed. We aim to set out our conclusions before Commons Report stage.

Review of Pre-Charge Bail.

November 2019

Summer 2021

Review of the Health Measures at the Border

June 2020

29 June 2020

Air Weapons Review

October 2017

Summer 2020

Independent review of Serious and Organised Crime

November 2019

The review has been completed and the Government is considering its recommendations

Rape Review (jointly with Ministry of Justice and Attorney General’s Office)

March 2019

Independent Review of Drugs

February 2019

Part 1 completed and published 27 February. DHSC commissioned a further (Part 2) drugs review of prevention, treatment and recovery, which is shortly to be launched.

[1] The Counter Terrorism and Sentencing Bill which was introduced on 20 May 2020 seeks to remove the current statutory deadline for the completion of the Independent Review of Prevent (August 2020) as set out in the Counter Terrorism and Border Security Act 2019.

Grouped Questions: 10412
Q
(Wallasey)
Asked on: 30 January 2020
Home Office
Home Office: Reviews
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish the titles of the reviews that her Department is undertaking.
A
Answered by: James Brokenshire
Answered on: 09 July 2020

The titles of the reviews that the Department is currently undertaking are:(see attached table)

Review

Date Started

Expected Completion

Review of Cannabis-based products for Medicinal Use in Humans

February 2020

End of 2020

Urgent review of the classification of GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyric acid) and GBL (gamma-butyrolactone) and closely related compounds under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and the scheduling of both drugs under the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001

January 2020

Autumn 2020

Independent review of the statutory multi-agency public protection arrangements (MAPPA). Jointly with Ministry of Justice.

January 2020

The review has been completed and will be published shortly

Review of the support services provided to Victims of Terrorism

The review has not yet commenced

Independent Review of Prevent

August 2019

August 2021[1]

Roads Policing Review

July 2019

July 2021

Law Commission Review into Hate Crime legislation (jointly commissioned with Ministry of Justice)

October 2018

Independent Review of the Border, Immigration and Citizenship System (BICS)

August 2019

Summer 2020

Coercive or Controlling Behaviour Offence – Review of Effectiveness

Summer 2019

Autumn 2020

Review of the overall response to migrant victims of domestic abuse

July 2019

The evidence gathering phase of the review has been completed. We aim to set out our conclusions before Commons Report stage.

Review of Pre-Charge Bail.

November 2019

Summer 2021

Review of the Health Measures at the Border

June 2020

29 June 2020

Air Weapons Review

October 2017

Summer 2020

Independent review of Serious and Organised Crime

November 2019

The review has been completed and the Government is considering its recommendations

Rape Review (jointly with Ministry of Justice and Attorney General’s Office)

March 2019

Independent Review of Drugs

February 2019

Part 1 completed and published 27 February. DHSC commissioned a further (Part 2) drugs review of prevention, treatment and recovery, which is shortly to be launched.

[1] The Counter Terrorism and Sentencing Bill which was introduced on 20 May 2020 seeks to remove the current statutory deadline for the completion of the Independent Review of Prevent (August 2020) as set out in the Counter Terrorism and Border Security Act 2019.

Table - PQ 10311 (Word Document, 18.46 KB)
Asked on: 30 June 2020
Northern Ireland Office
City Deals: Northern Ireland
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the continued viability of City Deals in Northern Ireland as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Answered on: 09 July 2020

The Prime Minister has set out his ambitious plan to invest in our future prosperity. Jobs, skills and infrastructure will be central to the UK Government’s New Deal which will unleash the economic potential within every corner of the UK. As part of this, the UK Government intends to bring forward funding to accelerate infrastructure projects in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland and will work with the devolved administrations on our ambitious plan for economic recovery across the UK.

This ambition is also reflected in our commitment of £562m to City and Growth Deals across Northern Ireland (NI) which will drive economic growth and productivity in line with the key local priorities. The NI Executive has recently agreed to match the UK Government commitment to City and Growth Deals and the Inclusive Future Fund, bringing total investment to £1.2bn and highlighting what our partnership can achieve.

This partnership and long-term strategic investment will be vital in supporting Northern Ireland’s economic recovery following the impact and challenges presented by Covid-19. The Councils and their delivery partners are therefore working at speed to ensure their projects reflect the best opportunities for investment. Whilst Covid-19 has required some reassessment of local priorities, we are confident that progress is being made across each of the deals. Northern Ireland Office Ministers continue to engage regularly with the Chief Executives of the City and Growth Deals in Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Office is working closely with Councils and NI Executive colleagues to provide any support necessary to accelerate their implementation.

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Asked by Lord German
Asked on: 30 June 2020
Ministry of Justice
Administration of Justice
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 29 June (HL Deb, col 464), when they expect to publish their White Paper on community justice and sentencing.
A
Answered by: Lord Keen of Elie
Answered on: 09 July 2020

We intend to publish a Sentencing White Paper this year ahead of legislating next year.

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Asked by Ms Lyn Brown
(West Ham)
Asked on: 01 July 2020
Ministry of Justice
Courts: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effect on the backlog of criminal cases in the courts of limits on access for legal representatives to clients in custody as a result of the restricted regime on the custodial estate in England and Wales.
A
Answered by: Lucy Frazer
Answered on: 09 July 2020

Alongside the closure of courts, the government suspended all but exceptional visits to prisons in March 2020. This was to ensure the safety of both prisoners and our staff through the pandemic.

HM Courts and Tribunal Service and HM Prison and Probation Service are working closely to reduce the backlog of court cases. As a result, crime recovery work is now moving at pace and we are operating jury trials in 41 crown courts. This has been a significant achievement, involving close working with public health partners. Further crown courts will be resuming jury trials throughout the course of this month. Throughout the pandemic, crown courts have continued to deal with pre-trial preparation hearings, case management and sentencing custody cases, among other hearings.

Despite the absence of physical visits, prisoners do maintain the right to access legal advice, and we have looked to ensure that prisoners continue to have the tools to make contact with their legal representatives via telephone, video link or written correspondence.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic we have enhanced the capability of prison videoconferencing facilities, particularly to support priority court work such as sentencing hearings and prisoners approaching their parole hearing dates. We have made use of the additional 1,250 mobile phones issued to prisons without in-cell telephony in order to facilitate private conversations with legal advisors, alongside encouraging governors to ensure prisoners can have conversations with their representatives in confidence.

We are also taking steps to increase the available capacity of video conferencing across the estate through increased operating hours to include longer hours during the weekdays, and at some locations on Saturdays. This will sit alongside renewed guidance to all governors on the importance of making sure that adequate time for legal advice is made available to prisoners where possible. Alongside this work, we are increasing the physical number of video link outlets at some critical sites where capacity is limited, as well as to support specialist courts, including youth and women’s prisons, together with the re-purposing of some unused spaces within prisons for more video link capacity.

As stated in our National Framework for recovery in prisons, we are adapting aspects of prison regime, in consultation with trade unions and health partners, to restart key services. We are consulting representatives of the legal profession on the resumption of legal visits so that they can resume in a safe manner.

The measures set out above seek to minimise potential delays or adjournments due to defence counsel being unable to receive instructions from their clients and therefore minimise the impact on victims caused by delays in their cases being heard in court.

Grouped Questions: 67589 | 67590
Q
Asked by Ms Lyn Brown
(West Ham)
Asked on: 01 July 2020
Ministry of Justice
Administration of Justice: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effect on access to timely justice for victims of limits on access for legal representatives to clients in custody as a result of the restricted regime on the custodial estate in England and Wales.
A
Answered by: Lucy Frazer
Answered on: 09 July 2020

Alongside the closure of courts, the government suspended all but exceptional visits to prisons in March 2020. This was to ensure the safety of both prisoners and our staff through the pandemic.

HM Courts and Tribunal Service and HM Prison and Probation Service are working closely to reduce the backlog of court cases. As a result, crime recovery work is now moving at pace and we are operating jury trials in 41 crown courts. This has been a significant achievement, involving close working with public health partners. Further crown courts will be resuming jury trials throughout the course of this month. Throughout the pandemic, crown courts have continued to deal with pre-trial preparation hearings, case management and sentencing custody cases, among other hearings.

Despite the absence of physical visits, prisoners do maintain the right to access legal advice, and we have looked to ensure that prisoners continue to have the tools to make contact with their legal representatives via telephone, video link or written correspondence.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic we have enhanced the capability of prison videoconferencing facilities, particularly to support priority court work such as sentencing hearings and prisoners approaching their parole hearing dates. We have made use of the additional 1,250 mobile phones issued to prisons without in-cell telephony in order to facilitate private conversations with legal advisors, alongside encouraging governors to ensure prisoners can have conversations with their representatives in confidence.

We are also taking steps to increase the available capacity of video conferencing across the estate through increased operating hours to include longer hours during the weekdays, and at some locations on Saturdays. This will sit alongside renewed guidance to all governors on the importance of making sure that adequate time for legal advice is made available to prisoners where possible. Alongside this work, we are increasing the physical number of video link outlets at some critical sites where capacity is limited, as well as to support specialist courts, including youth and women’s prisons, together with the re-purposing of some unused spaces within prisons for more video link capacity.

As stated in our National Framework for recovery in prisons, we are adapting aspects of prison regime, in consultation with trade unions and health partners, to restart key services. We are consulting representatives of the legal profession on the resumption of legal visits so that they can resume in a safe manner.

The measures set out above seek to minimise potential delays or adjournments due to defence counsel being unable to receive instructions from their clients and therefore minimise the impact on victims caused by delays in their cases being heard in court.

Grouped Questions: 67588 | 67590
Q
Asked by Ms Lyn Brown
(West Ham)
Asked on: 01 July 2020
Ministry of Justice
Legal Representation: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans his Department has to improve access for legal representatives to clients in custody during the relaxation of regime restrictions on the custodial estate in England and Wales.
A
Answered by: Lucy Frazer
Answered on: 09 July 2020

Alongside the closure of courts, the government suspended all but exceptional visits to prisons in March 2020. This was to ensure the safety of both prisoners and our staff through the pandemic.

HM Courts and Tribunal Service and HM Prison and Probation Service are working closely to reduce the backlog of court cases. As a result, crime recovery work is now moving at pace and we are operating jury trials in 41 crown courts. This has been a significant achievement, involving close working with public health partners. Further crown courts will be resuming jury trials throughout the course of this month. Throughout the pandemic, crown courts have continued to deal with pre-trial preparation hearings, case management and sentencing custody cases, among other hearings.

Despite the absence of physical visits, prisoners do maintain the right to access legal advice, and we have looked to ensure that prisoners continue to have the tools to make contact with their legal representatives via telephone, video link or written correspondence.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic we have enhanced the capability of prison videoconferencing facilities, particularly to support priority court work such as sentencing hearings and prisoners approaching their parole hearing dates. We have made use of the additional 1,250 mobile phones issued to prisons without in-cell telephony in order to facilitate private conversations with legal advisors, alongside encouraging governors to ensure prisoners can have conversations with their representatives in confidence.

We are also taking steps to increase the available capacity of video conferencing across the estate through increased operating hours to include longer hours during the weekdays, and at some locations on Saturdays. This will sit alongside renewed guidance to all governors on the importance of making sure that adequate time for legal advice is made available to prisoners where possible. Alongside this work, we are increasing the physical number of video link outlets at some critical sites where capacity is limited, as well as to support specialist courts, including youth and women’s prisons, together with the re-purposing of some unused spaces within prisons for more video link capacity.

As stated in our National Framework for recovery in prisons, we are adapting aspects of prison regime, in consultation with trade unions and health partners, to restart key services. We are consulting representatives of the legal profession on the resumption of legal visits so that they can resume in a safe manner.

The measures set out above seek to minimise potential delays or adjournments due to defence counsel being unable to receive instructions from their clients and therefore minimise the impact on victims caused by delays in their cases being heard in court.

Grouped Questions: 67588 | 67589
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Asked by Alicia Kearns
(Rutland and Melton)
Asked on: 01 July 2020
Department for International Development
Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Overseas Aid
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the International Rescue Committee's research highlighting that 52 million additional people will go hungry in fragile and developing countries in 2020, whether the new Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office will maintain the proportion of the aid budget that is spent in fragile and conflict-affected states, currently set at 50 per cent of the Department for International Development's annual budget.
A
Answered by: James Cleverly
Answered on: 09 July 2020

The UK is concerned about the food security outlook in 2020. At the end of last year, 135 million people were facing acute food insecurity in 55 countries. This is set to increase this year, driven in part by the COVID-19 pandemic and the desert locust outbreak. Fragile and conflict affected states (FCAS) will be amongst the most impacted.

We are working with international partners to closely monitor the situation and take action. As a leading donor to the COVID-19 response and one of the biggest humanitarian actors, we are ensuring essential supplies reach those who need it the most. We have also adapted our social protection, agriculture and food security programmes to support the most vulnerable.

The UK is committed to spending 0.7% of national income on development. Our work in FCAS is a vital part of this and we have consistently spent at least 50% of our Official Development Assistance in these contexts between 2015 to 2017. Figures for 2018 will be published in due course. We continue to look at how UK aid can be deployed most effectively in our national interest including through the Integrated Review, which will report in the Autumn and inform the new department’s priorities.

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Asked by Owen Thompson
(Midlothian)
[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: 06 July 2020
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Space Technology
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when the Government plans to publish its National Space Strategy.
A
Answered by: Amanda Solloway
Answered on: 09 July 2020

The UK’s space sector can strengthen our national capabilities, create high-skilled jobs and drive future economic growth across the UK. In order to support this, the Queen’s Speech on 19 December set out the Government’s intent to establish a new National Space Council and launch a comprehensive UK Space Strategy. The Council, chaired by my Rt. Hon. Friend Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, will consider its strategy in due course.

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Asked by Clive Lewis
(Norwich South)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 06 July 2020
Department for Transport
Railways: Waste Disposal
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timeline is for ending the practice of dumping human waste and effluent on tracks, by (a) route and (b) franchise.
A
Answered by: Chris Heaton-Harris
Answered on: 09 July 2020

The timeline for ending the practice of toilets discharging to the tracks will be driven by the introduction of new rolling stock and the major refurbishment of existing rolling stock.

By the end of this year it is estimated that a small number of vehicles will still discharge to the track.

Q
(Putney)
[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: 06 July 2020
Treasury
Tax Avoidance
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to (a) identify and (b close down disguised remuneration schemes.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 09 July 2020

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) remain committed to tackling new and emerging tax avoidance schemes and will launch a call for evidence shortly to seek views on further interventions to tackle these schemes and end their use.

HMRC have opened tens of thousands of enquiries, successfully litigated cases through the courts and agreed settlements to help DR users exit tax avoidance. HMRC are now increasingly intervening in real time, using information from employers and other intelligence relating to the avoidance market. HMRC are writing to taxpayers who appear to have started using avoidance before they complete their tax return to give them an opportunity to get out of the arrangements as early as possible.

HMRC are also challenging scheme promoters and other enablers in the marketed avoidance supply chain in order to disrupt their business. On 19 March 2020, they published a revised strategy for tackling promoters of mass-marketed tax avoidance schemes which sets out HMRC’s work to date and outlines HMRC and Government ambitions to drive promoters of tax avoidance out of business. It is guiding policy, operations, engagement and communications. The Promoter Strategy is available on GOV.UK.

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Asked by David Mundell
(Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale)
[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: 09 July 2020
Department for Transport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timeframe is for the resumption of driving tests in (a) rural and (b) urban areas in Scotland.
Q
Asked by Sarah Olney
(Richmond Park)
Asked on: 09 July 2020
Department for Transport
Cars: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to enable two people from different households to share a car following the covid-19 outbreak; and if he will put in place plans for disabled people who rely on other people to drive them.
Q
Asked by Jim Shannon
(Strangford)
Asked on: 30 June 2020
Department for Transport
Driving: Young People
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing late night driving restrictions for people aged under 21.
A
Answered by: Rachel Maclean
Answered on: 08 July 2020

We are assessing the merits of safer driving measures for new and novice drivers, including guardian agreements for night time driving, as part of the Department’s £2 million Driver 2020 research project. This work aims to make young drivers safer, more confident and more skilful in their first year of driving through non-legislative, technical or educational measures with potential to lower their risk of collisions.  The project will complete in early 2022 due to being paused for coronavirus and will inform future thinking on young drivers’ policy.

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