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(Thirsk and Malton)
Asked on: 10 December 2018
Ministry of Justice
Fraud
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the commitments that the Government made at the London Anti-Corruption Summit 2016, when he plans to launch a consultation on introducing a criminal offence of failing to prevent economic crime.
A
Answered by: Lucy Frazer
Answered on: 13 December 2018

The Call for Evidence on Corporate Criminal Liability for Economic Crime contained a number of different options for reform, including a proposal to extend the failure to prevent offence to wider economic crimes other than bribery or tax evasion. The Government’s response is expected to issue in 2019.

Grouped Questions: 200737
Q
(Thirsk and Malton)
Asked on: 10 December 2018
Ministry of Justice
Fraud
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when his Department plans publish a response to his Department's publication entitled, Corporate liability for economic crime: call for evidence, published on 13 January 2018.
A
Answered by: Lucy Frazer
Answered on: 13 December 2018

The Call for Evidence on Corporate Criminal Liability for Economic Crime contained a number of different options for reform, including a proposal to extend the failure to prevent offence to wider economic crimes other than bribery or tax evasion. The Government’s response is expected to issue in 2019.

Grouped Questions: 200736
Q
(Thirsk and Malton)
Asked on: 10 December 2018
Attorney General
Fraud: Liability
Commons
To ask the Attorney General, what recent discussion he has had with the Secretary of State for Justice on proposals to reform the law on corporate liability for economic crime.
Q
(Thirsk and Malton)
[R]
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Registered Interest

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Asked on: 19 November 2018
Ministry of Justice
Private Rented Housing: Repossession Orders
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the (a) median and (b) mean times were for private landlords to progress from a claim to possession of a property by a county court bailiff for the most recent period for which figures are available (i) across England and (ii) by each court circuit.
A
Answered by: Lucy Frazer
Answered on: 22 November 2018

The average time taken from issue to repossession (in weeks) in private landlord possession cases in the county court is provided in the table below.

London

Midlands

North East

North West

South East

South West

England

Mean

Med

Mean

Med

Mean

Med

Mean

Med

Mean

Med

Mean

Med

Mean

Med

2013

24.0

17.7

23.6

16.7

26.6

14.7

27.5

15.1

23.2

14.7

20.6

13.4

24.0

16.3

2014

24.3

18.3

25.3

17.9

19.7

14.3

26.8

15.4

21.0

14.3

23.0

14.1

23.4

16.6

2015

24.4

17.9

23.1

16.1

24.6

14.3

19.7

15.0

20.8

14.1

16.0

13.1

22.2

15.9

2016

29.5

18.7

23.6

16.0

25.0

14.3

19.0

14.4

19.9

14.0

19.0

13.3

24.2

16.0

2017

25.0

19.0

21.4

16.1

20.0

14.3

21.1

14.7

20.5

14.6

18.1

13.7

22.0

16.1

Q
(Thirsk and Malton)
Asked on: 29 October 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Antibiotics: Drug Resistance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 16 March 2018 to Question 132264 on Antibiotics: Drug Resistance, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of including (a) the latest electronic technology to reduce hospital infections and (b) other best practice on hand hygiene compliance in the prevention strand of the new antimicrobial resistance strategy.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 06 November 2018

Infection prevention and control will remain a key pillar of the United Kingdom’s upcoming five-year national action plan on antimicrobial resistance.

NHS Improvement, who lead on infection prevention and control, has included a hand hygiene monitoring and compliance workstream in its current work programme.

NHS Improvement has undertaken a rapid review of evidence on the use of electronic monitoring devices across the National Health Service to determine hand hygiene compliance. The technology used in some trusts is currently reliant on local data infrastructure and many existing systems would not be able to support it.

Q
(Thirsk and Malton)
[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: 03 September 2018
Ministry of Justice
Repossession Orders
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many property possession warrants have been issued to (a) NRAM Ltd, (b) Landmark Mortgages, (c) (i) Henrico, (ii) Auburn and (iii) all other companies in the Promontoria group and (d) WhistleTree as part of possession proceedings in each quarter since January 2016.
A
Answered by: Lucy Frazer
Answered on: 06 September 2018

The volume of possession warrants issued in relation to the companies named are provided in the following tables.

The number of property possession warrants have been issued as part of possession proceedings to (a) NRAM plc, (b) Mortgage Express, (c) Barclays and (d) Nationwide in each quarter since January 2010

Year

Quarter

NRAM Plc

Mortgage Express

Barclays

Nationwide

2010

1

94

148

155

73

2

48

107

112

55

3

56

129

102

61

4

43

94

88

67

Year

241

478

457

256

2011

1

33

98

80

55

2

30

72

51

25

3

23

76

66

30

4

14

44

42

23

Year

100

290

239

133

2012

1

20

36

52

22

2

14

36

52

9

3

22

49

38

11

4

21

18

39

10

Year

77

139

181

52

2013

1

17

40

39

12

2

9

42

36

7

3

9

43

30

9

4

8

36

12

12

Year

43

161

117

40

2014

1

12

25

23

15

2

10

24

17

8

3

9

27

17

7

4

8

8

9

7

Year

39

84

66

37

2015

1

13

14

8

10

2

10

16

9

4

3

15

10

8

6

4

3

14

8

3

Year

41

54

33

23

2016

1

9

14

16

2

2

14

17

15

9

3

14

18

12

2

4

3

18

7

8

Year

40

67

50

21

2017

1

2

14

12

13

2

1

14

13

9

3

0

12

34

10

4

1

13

37

13

Year

4

53

96

45

2018

1

4

19

25

10

2

1

8

23

9

The number of property possession warrants have been issued to (a) NRAM Ltd, (b) Landmark Mortgages, (c) (i) Henrico, (ii) Auburn and (iii) all other companies in the Promontoria group and (d) WhistleTree as part of possession proceedings in each quarter since January 2016.

Year

Quarter

NRAM Ltd

Landmark Mortgages

Henrico

Auburn

Promontoria Group*

WhistleTree

2016

1

17

5

0

0

3

0

2

14

2

0

0

2

0

3

21

6

0

0

3

0

4

17

6

0

0

0

0

Year

69

19

0

0

8

0

2017

1

16

11

0

0

3

0

2

7

6

6

0

2

0

3

8

9

0

0

6

0

4

8

7

1

0

3

2

Year

39

33

7

0

14

2

2018

1

15

13

0

0

5

2

2

9

3

0

0

8

3

*including ‘Promontoria’, ‘Eagle’, ‘Thames’, ‘Hampton’

Grouped Questions: 169550
Q
(Thirsk and Malton)
[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: 03 September 2018
Ministry of Justice
Repossession Orders
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many property possession warrants have been issued as part of possession proceedings to (a) NRAM plc, (b) Mortgage Express, (c) Barclays and (d) Nationwide in each quarter since January 2010.
A
Answered by: Lucy Frazer
Answered on: 06 September 2018

The volume of possession warrants issued in relation to the companies named are provided in the following tables.

The number of property possession warrants have been issued as part of possession proceedings to (a) NRAM plc, (b) Mortgage Express, (c) Barclays and (d) Nationwide in each quarter since January 2010

Year

Quarter

NRAM Plc

Mortgage Express

Barclays

Nationwide

2010

1

94

148

155

73

2

48

107

112

55

3

56

129

102

61

4

43

94

88

67

Year

241

478

457

256

2011

1

33

98

80

55

2

30

72

51

25

3

23

76

66

30

4

14

44

42

23

Year

100

290

239

133

2012

1

20

36

52

22

2

14

36

52

9

3

22

49

38

11

4

21

18

39

10

Year

77

139

181

52

2013

1

17

40

39

12

2

9

42

36

7

3

9

43

30

9

4

8

36

12

12

Year

43

161

117

40

2014

1

12

25

23

15

2

10

24

17

8

3

9

27

17

7

4

8

8

9

7

Year

39

84

66

37

2015

1

13

14

8

10

2

10

16

9

4

3

15

10

8

6

4

3

14

8

3

Year

41

54

33

23

2016

1

9

14

16

2

2

14

17

15

9

3

14

18

12

2

4

3

18

7

8

Year

40

67

50

21

2017

1

2

14

12

13

2

1

14

13

9

3

0

12

34

10

4

1

13

37

13

Year

4

53

96

45

2018

1

4

19

25

10

2

1

8

23

9

The number of property possession warrants have been issued to (a) NRAM Ltd, (b) Landmark Mortgages, (c) (i) Henrico, (ii) Auburn and (iii) all other companies in the Promontoria group and (d) WhistleTree as part of possession proceedings in each quarter since January 2016.

Year

Quarter

NRAM Ltd

Landmark Mortgages

Henrico

Auburn

Promontoria Group*

WhistleTree

2016

1

17

5

0

0

3

0

2

14

2

0

0

2

0

3

21

6

0

0

3

0

4

17

6

0

0

0

0

Year

69

19

0

0

8

0

2017

1

16

11

0

0

3

0

2

7

6

6

0

2

0

3

8

9

0

0

6

0

4

8

7

1

0

3

2

Year

39

33

7

0

14

2

2018

1

15

13

0

0

5

2

2

9

3

0

0

8

3

*including ‘Promontoria’, ‘Eagle’, ‘Thames’, ‘Hampton’

Grouped Questions: 169549
Q
(Thirsk and Malton)
[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: 28 June 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Local Government: York
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will meet with local leaders on a possible future deal on investment, infrastructure, and powers for the York City Region.
A
Answered by: Jake Berry
Answered on: 03 July 2018

We always welcome discussions with any local leaders who bring forward proposals for a deal which relates to a sensible economic area, including a York City Region deal. Any deal must have local support, and if in Yorkshire, support our, and the newly elected Sheffield City Region Mayor's, priority to implement fully as soon as practicable that City Region's deal.

Q
(Thirsk and Malton)
[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: 14 June 2018
Treasury
Credit: Misrepresentation
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps (a) his Department and (b) the FCA is taking to raise awareness of the mis-selling of (i) non-insurance debt waiver and (b) debt freeze products.
A
Answered by: John Glen
Answered on: 20 June 2018

The regulation of payment protection insurance (PPI) and debt freeze and waiver products is a matter for the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). We have passed the Honourable Gentleman’s questions on to the FCA, who will reply directly to him by letter. A copy of the letter will be placed in the Library of the House.

Treasury Ministers and officials have meetings with a wide variety of organisations in the public and private sectors as part of the process of policy development and delivery, including regular meetings with the FCA to discuss relevant regulatory issues.

Q
(Thirsk and Malton)
[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 June 2018
Treasury
Credit: Misrepresentation
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether (a) his Department or (b) the FCA plans to set a deadline for consumers to submit claims for the mis-selling of non-insurance debt freeze or debt waiver products similar to that set for PPI claims.
A
Answered by: John Glen
Answered on: 20 June 2018

The regulation of payment protection insurance (PPI) and debt freeze and waiver products is a matter for the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

We have passed the Honourable Gentleman’s questions on to the FCA, who will reply directly to him by letter. A copy of the letter will be placed in the Library of the House.

Grouped Questions: 154173 | 154174
Q
(Thirsk and Malton)
[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 June 2018
Treasury
Credit: Misrepresentation
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether (a) his Department or (b) the FCA treats non-insurance debt freeze or debt waiver products as PPI products for the purposes of adjudicating on consumer complaints.
A
Answered by: John Glen
Answered on: 20 June 2018

The regulation of payment protection insurance (PPI) and debt freeze and waiver products is a matter for the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

We have passed the Honourable Gentleman’s questions on to the FCA, who will reply directly to him by letter. A copy of the letter will be placed in the Library of the House.

Grouped Questions: 154172 | 154174
Q
(Thirsk and Malton)
[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 June 2018
Treasury
Credit: Misrepresentation
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether (a) his Department or (b) the FCA holds information on the number of complaints submitted to the Financial Ombudsman Scheme for the mis-selling of non-insurance debt freeze or debt waiver products that have been declined on the basis that they are not PPI products.
A
Answered by: John Glen
Answered on: 20 June 2018

The regulation of payment protection insurance (PPI) and debt freeze and waiver products is a matter for the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

We have passed the Honourable Gentleman’s questions on to the FCA, who will reply directly to him by letter. A copy of the letter will be placed in the Library of the House.

Grouped Questions: 154172 | 154173
Q
(Thirsk and Malton)
[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: 14 June 2018
Treasury
Credit: Misrepresentation
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate (a) his Department and (b) the Financial Conduct Authority has made of the number of people that were miss-sold PPI and separately (i) non-insurance debt waiver and (ii) freeze products.
A
Answered by: John Glen
Answered on: 19 June 2018

The regulation of payment protection insurance (PPI) and debt freeze and waiver products is a matter for the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). We have passed the Honourable Gentleman’s questions on to the FCA, who will reply directly to him by letter. A copy of the letter will be placed in the Library of the House.

Treasury Ministers and officials have meetings with a wide variety of organisations in the public and private sectors as part of the process of policy development and delivery, including regular meetings with the FCA to discuss relevant regulatory issues.

Grouped Questions: 153887 | 153888 | 153889 | 153890
Q
(Thirsk and Malton)
[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: 14 June 2018
Treasury
Credit: Misrepresentation
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate (a) his Department and (b) the or the FCA has made of the amount of compensation been paid to people that were mis-sold both PPI and non-insurance debt waiver or debt freeze products.
A
Answered by: John Glen
Answered on: 19 June 2018

The regulation of payment protection insurance (PPI) and debt freeze and waiver products is a matter for the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). We have passed the Honourable Gentleman’s questions on to the FCA, who will reply directly to him by letter. A copy of the letter will be placed in the Library of the House.

Treasury Ministers and officials have meetings with a wide variety of organisations in the public and private sectors as part of the process of policy development and delivery, including regular meetings with the FCA to discuss relevant regulatory issues.

Grouped Questions: 153886 | 153888 | 153889 | 153890
Q
(Thirsk and Malton)
[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: 14 June 2018
Treasury
Credit: Misrepresentation
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate (a) his Department and (b) the or the FCA has made of the amount funding UK banks have allocated to the payment of compensation to people that were mis-sold both PPI and non-insurance debt waiver or debt freeze products.
A
Answered by: John Glen
Answered on: 19 June 2018

The regulation of payment protection insurance (PPI) and debt freeze and waiver products is a matter for the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). We have passed the Honourable Gentleman’s questions on to the FCA, who will reply directly to him by letter. A copy of the letter will be placed in the Library of the House.

Treasury Ministers and officials have meetings with a wide variety of organisations in the public and private sectors as part of the process of policy development and delivery, including regular meetings with the FCA to discuss relevant regulatory issues.

Grouped Questions: 153886 | 153887 | 153889 | 153890
Q
(Thirsk and Malton)
Asked on: 14 June 2018
Treasury
Credit: Misrepresentation
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate (a) his Department and (b) the FCA has made of the libaility of UK banks in relation to the mis-selling of both PPI and non-insurance debt waiver or debt freeze products.
A
Answered by: John Glen
Answered on: 19 June 2018

The regulation of payment protection insurance (PPI) and debt freeze and waiver products is a matter for the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). We have passed the Honourable Gentleman’s questions on to the FCA, who will reply directly to him by letter. A copy of the letter will be placed in the Library of the House.

Treasury Ministers and officials have meetings with a wide variety of organisations in the public and private sectors as part of the process of policy development and delivery, including regular meetings with the FCA to discuss relevant regulatory issues.

Grouped Questions: 153886 | 153887 | 153888 | 153890
Q
(Thirsk and Malton)
[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: 14 June 2018
Treasury
Credit: Misrepresentation
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received from the FCA on the mis-selling of both PPI and non-insurance debt waiver or debt freeze products.
A
Answered by: John Glen
Answered on: 19 June 2018

The regulation of payment protection insurance (PPI) and debt freeze and waiver products is a matter for the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). We have passed the Honourable Gentleman’s questions on to the FCA, who will reply directly to him by letter. A copy of the letter will be placed in the Library of the House.

Treasury Ministers and officials have meetings with a wide variety of organisations in the public and private sectors as part of the process of policy development and delivery, including regular meetings with the FCA to discuss relevant regulatory issues.

Grouped Questions: 153886 | 153887 | 153888 | 153889
Q
(Thirsk and Malton)
[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: 16 May 2018
Attorney General
GPT Special Project Management: Saudi Arabia
Commons
To ask the Attorney General, if he will provide an update on the status of the case of the Serious Fraud Office investigation into allegations concerning GPT and the conduct of its business in Saudi Arabia.
A
Answered by: Jeremy Wright
Answered on: 21 May 2018

Progress continues to be made on the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigation into allegations concerning GPT and aspects of the conduct of their business in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. However, as was the position in June 2017, it would not be appropriate for me to discuss the status of a live criminal investigation further at this stage.

When it is appropriate to do so the SFO publish updates on the status of the GPT case on their website. The most recent information can be found at: www.sfo.gov.uk/cases/gpt-special-project-management-ltd/.

Q
(Thirsk and Malton)
[R]
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Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[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: 11 May 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Building Regulations: Fire Prevention
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what comparative assessment his Department has made of standards for fire safety and building regulations in other countries.
A
Answered by: Dominic Raab
Answered on: 16 May 2018

The Government is committed to learning from the terrible tragedy of Grenfell Tower so that nothing like this can ever happen again.

As such, officials in my Department have considered fire safety and regulations in other countries as part of the wilder policy response and advice for the Hackitt Review, which forms part of the Government response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Q
(Thirsk and Malton)
[R]
Close

Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[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 May 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Building Regulations and Fire Safety Independent Review
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans his Department has to report on progress in implementing the recommendations of the Hackitt Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety.
A
Answered by: Dominic Raab
Answered on: 15 May 2018
Holding answer received on 14 May 2018

Dame Judith Hackitt's review into Building Regulations and Fire Safety final report is expected to be published in late Spring 2018. The Government will respond to its findings in due course.

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