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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
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.

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(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.

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(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.

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(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
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(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.

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(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.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Defence: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, 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: Mark Lancaster
Answered on: 09 September 2019

Local government plays a vital role in preparing the country to be fully ready for Brexit on 31 October.

We have stepped up our preparedness significantly and speak regularly to councils and partners, including through the Local Government Brexit Delivery Board and a network of nine regional chief executives. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government leads this engagement.

Every council has designated a Brexit Lead Officer to work with central government to intensify their local preparations and, in total, we have made £77 million available to help local areas get ready for Brexit.

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 estimate he has made of the number of Statutory Instruments (a) laid and (b) proposed by his Department in relation to the UK leaving the EU will be debated before 10 September 2019.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
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
Seed Potatoes
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with representatives of businesses involved in the (a) production, (b) distribution, (c) marketing, (d) purchase and (e) use of seed potatoes on the implications of Statutory Instruments laid by his Department in preparation for the UK leaving the EU.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
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)
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Asked on: 02 September 2019
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Arts
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions his Department has had Trade Union representatives for the creative industries on the effect on that sector of the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
A
Answered by: Nigel Adams
Answered on: 05 September 2019

The creative industries are one of the UK's greatest success stories, producing an extraordinary level of talent recognised and respected the world over. The UK's decision to leave the EU will not change that.

While we have not held meetings with trade union representatives, we have held a series of ministerial roundtables with the creative industries to ensure they are aware of Government information on EU Exit and on the impacts and opportunities of leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement. We will continue to work closely with the creative sectors as we continue our preparations.

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(Bristol West)
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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 September 2019
Ministry of Justice
Bristol Prison
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions he has had with HMP Bristol in Horfield on the potential implications for that prison of the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
A
Answered by: Lucy Frazer
Answered on: 05 September 2019

The department is working closely and meets regularly with HMPPS to consider any impact on prisons in the event of a No Deal Brexit.

Preparations include ensuring that our food and retail contracts have alternative arrangements in case of disruption through ports; working closely with the Department of Health and Social Care to make sure that the supply of health products to prisoners is not disrupted; and co-operating with other government departments to prepare for other contingencies.

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(Bristol West)
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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 September 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Health Services: South West
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with the Clinical Commissioning Group for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire on the effect on medical services of the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 05 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.

In August 2019, the Department published up-to-date guidance on GOV.UK on what local authorities can do to prepare for EU Exit. This covers a range of issues including workforce, business continuity planning, data sharing, and the continuity of supply of medicines, medical devices and clinical consumables, and of non-clinical goods and services. It also provides key contact information and signposts where local authorities and providers can go for further support. We continue to work closely with the health and social care sector to ensure that this guidance is accurate, practical and up-to-date.

The Department, in consultation with the devolved administrations, has been working with trade bodies, product suppliers, and the health and care system in England to make detailed plans that should help ensure continuation of the supply of medical products to the whole of the United Kingdom and its Crown Dependencies following the UK’s departure from the EU

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

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(Bristol West)
[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 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 recent discussions his Department has had with Bristol City Council on the effect on social care of the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 05 September 2019

The Department is working closely with local authorities, other government departments and with national partners, including the Local Government Association and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, to do everything appropriate to prepare for a ‘no deal’ exit from the European Union on 31 October 2019. This will ensure that the potential impacts of exit on vulnerable people using adult social care services are mitigated as far as possible.

The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has stepped up its preparedness significantly and is speaking regularly to councils and partners, including through a delivery board and a network of nine regional lead chief executives. Every council has designated a ‘Brexit Lead Officer’ to work with central government to intensify their local preparations and, in total, the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government has made £77 million available to help local areas get ready for EU exit.

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(Bristol West)
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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 September 2019
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Animal Breeding
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Animal Breeding (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 S.I., No. 117, what assessment he has made of the preparedness of the appropriate authorities defined in that instrument in each constituent part of the UK of the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement on 31 October 2019.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 05 September 2019

Defra has been working closely with the Devolved Administrations to ensure preparedness in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal. The existing EU regime will continue to apply in the UK, with the Animal Breeding (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations rolling over current EU legislation into UK law. As part of our no deal planning, Defra has applied to the EU Commission for third country listing of our UK animal breeding organisations so that they can continue to participate in zootechnical trade with EU breeding organisations.

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(Bristol West)
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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 September 2019
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Fishing Vessels: Licensing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Sea Fish Licensing (England) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 S.I., 253, what assessment he has made of the preparedness of the appropriate authorities in England to operate licensing procedures for foreign fishing vessels in the event that the UK leaves the EU on 31 October 2019.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 05 September 2019

When the UK leaves the EU, access for foreign vessels to fish in UK waters will be a matter for negotiation. Foreign fishing vessels will be prohibited from fishing in UK waters unless they have a licence issued by the UK. In the event of an agreement providing for access to UK waters for foreign vessels, the Marine Management Organisation will act as the UK’s Single Issuing Authority and will licence non-UK vessels to fish in UK waters on behalf of Devolved Fisheries Administrations

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 31 January 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Antimicrobials: Drug Resistance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Government's strategy entitled Tackling antimicrobial resistance 2019–2024: The UK’s five-year national action plan, published in January 2019, what plans his Department has to educate the public on the use and misuse of antimicrobials and their role in tackling antimicrobial resistance.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 08 February 2019

Public Health England has developed a number of initiatives for educating the public which support the Government’s recently published strategy to tackle antimicrobial resistance; including a major national campaign, ‘Keep Antibiotics Working’, following a successful pilot in the North West in October 2017, to alert the general public to the issue of antibiotic resistance, with the aim of reducing patient pressure on general practitioners to prescribe. The multi-media campaign, which features advertising on television, radio, outdoor, digital, social media, public relations and extensive partnership support, has run for a consecutive year in 2018. Further information is available at the following link:

https://antibioticguardian.com/keep-antibiotics-working/

The United Kingdom wide Antibiotic Guardian campaign, now in its fifth year, aims to stimulate behaviour change and increase engagement to tackle antimicrobial resistance by healthcare professionals and engaged members of the public. The e-Bug programme, now celebrating its 10th year, aims to educate children, young people and communities about microbes, hygiene, infections and antibiotics. Further information on the e-Bug programme is available at the following link:

www.e-Bug.eu

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 20 November 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Climate Change: EU Action
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government plans to maintain alignment with EU climate change policy after the UK leaves the EU.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 28 November 2018

UK government’s action to tackle climate change is framed by the Climate Change Act. This is domestic legislation and is therefore unaffected by exiting the EU.

The UK is committed to international cooperation, including with the EU, on issues of shared interest including climate change.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 20 November 2018
Home Office
Asylum: Employment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effect of the restriction on asylum seekers' right to work on dependent children during the 12-month waiting period.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 27 November 2018

The UK has a proud history of providing protection to those who need it and this Government is committed to delivering a fair and humane asylum system.

Whilst the Government has not made such an assessment, our current policy is consistent with EU law and permits asylum seekers to work, in jobs on the Shortage Occupation List, if they have been waiting for a decision on their claim for 12 months or more and the delay is through no fault of their own. We are tackling delays in decision-making and have plans in place to improve the speed at which outstanding claims are decided.

The Government is considering recent calls to change the policy. However, our current approach aims to protect the resident labour market so that any employment meets our needs for skilled labour and distinguishes between those who need protection and those who want to work in the UK, who can apply for a work visa under the Immigration Rules. We need to avoid creating further incentives for migrants, particularly children or those with children, to come here illegally, risking their lives in the process, instead of claiming asylum in the first safe country they reach.

It is also important to focus on providing support for those who are recognised as refugees, to help them to integrate and find employment, so that they can rebuild their lives here.

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(Bristol West)
Asked on: 08 October 2018
Home Office
Passports
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he undertook an impact assessment of his decision not to carry over excess validity from previous passports; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 16 October 2018

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, passport holders would be considered third country nationals and would need to comply with different rules for travel in the Schengen Travel Area. These rules stipulate that passports over ten years old cannot be used for travel within the Area.

Some British passports are valid for more than ten years due to the carryover of validity from a previous passport. The UK was the last country in the world to carryover validity. International guidelines recommend that an adult passport should be valid for a maximum of ten years, and a child passport for a maximum of five years. In light of this, the impact of continuing to carryover validity was considered for all passport holders and was subsequently stopped on 10 September.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 03 September 2018
Department for Exiting the European Union
Voting Rights: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what voting rights EU nationals living in the UK will have after the UK has left the EU.
A
Answered by: Mr Robin Walker
Answered on: 12 September 2018

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my hon. Friend, the Parliamentary Secretary at the Cabinet Office (Chloe Smith) on 28 March to Question 129820 to the hon. Member for Cambridge.

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(Bristol West)
Asked on: 03 September 2018
Treasury
Pensions
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the regulations that allow the transfer of a private pension scheme to a Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme within the European Economic Area will be exempt from tax after the UK has left the EU.
A
Answered by: John Glen
Answered on: 11 September 2018

The regulations that allow a tax-free transfer of a private pension scheme to a QROP within the EEA are domestic law which currently comply with EU fundamental freedoms. Whether or not these transfers will be exempt from the overseas transfer charge once the UK leaves the EU is dependent upon the terms of future exit agreement between the UK Government and the EU.

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(Bristol West)
Asked on: 03 September 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Pensions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department has developed proposals for the free movement of capital with in relation to pensions for (a) UK citizens that have accrued pensions in the European Union and (b) for non-UK EU citizens that have accrued pensions in the UK after the UK has left the EU; and will she make a statement.
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Answered by: Guy Opperman
Answered on: 11 September 2018

UK pensions legislation already ensures that any member of a UK pension scheme has a statutory right to transfer their pension, which includes the option to transfer to any overseas pension scheme where that scheme meets certain requirements. Equally, UK pensions legislation does not prohibit a UK pension scheme from receiving capital from overseas pension schemes.

The UK and EU have already agreed the terms of an implementation period lasting until the end of 2020. During this implementation period, access to one another’s markets will remain unchanged and on the current terms, ensuring continuity for consumers and businesses.

Under any other scenario to the rights of members of UK pension schemes to transfer their pension, will not be affected. Whether they are a UK citizen or a non-UK EU citizen, they will continue to be able to transfer their pensions to overseas pension schemes. Equally, UK pension schemes will continue to be able to receive transfers from overseas pension schemes.

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(Bristol West)
Asked on: 03 September 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
State Retirement Pensions: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the framework for state pensions in respect of work carried out by non-UK EU citizens in the UK will remain in place after the UK leaves the EU.
A
Answered by: Guy Opperman
Answered on: 10 September 2018

There are no plans to change the conditions of entitlement to UK state pension, which is based on an individual’s national insurance record. The Government has previously reached an agreement with the EU on citizens’ rights in negotiations on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Subject to overall agreement and subject to reciprocity, the current structure of the EU social security co-ordination rules will continue to apply to EU and UK nationals covered by the Withdrawal Agreement.

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(Bristol West)
Asked on: 02 July 2018
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Data Protection: EU Law
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has held discussions with the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union on his policy priorities after the UK leaves the EU in relation to (a) the requirement of the General Data Protection Regulation that children merit specific protection and (b) the regulation's other requirements; and if he will make a statement.
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Answered by: Margot James
Answered on: 09 July 2018

Ministers from DCMS and DExEU have held regular discussions about departmental policy priorities, including with respect to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), as the UK leaves the EU.

The EU and the UK both have an ambition to achieve high data protection standards globally. The UK demonstrated this commitment with the successful passage of the new Data Protection Act 2018, which implements and transposes the GDPR and Law Enforcement Directive respectively in UK law.

The Act received Royal Assent on 23 May. It further strengthens UK data protection standards, ensuring they are fit for the modern age, and implements in full the EU’s new data protection framework in UK domestic law. Our data protection laws will therefore be fully aligned with the EU’s at our point of exit.

In May 2018 the government published a presentation setting out this position. The presentation is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/framework-for-the-uk-eu-partnership-data-protection.

The government recognises children need particular protection when their personal data is collected and processed as they may be less aware of the risks involved. The GDPR offers clear protection of children’s privacy and privacy notices must be written in a way that children are able to understand. Organisations that process children’s data must ensure that they use a data protection by design and default approach.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 02 July 2018
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Data Protection: EU Law
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether an assessment will be made of the extent to which Government database processes meet the General Data Protection Regulation requirement of data protection by design and default; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Margot James
Answered on: 09 July 2018

Government takes the protection of personal data and the right to privacy extremely seriously, and we are determined to lead the way and set the gold standard for data protection. As part of our preparations, we have been working closely with the Information Commissioner’s Office and departments to support compliance preparations across government.

Each department, as a data controller, is responsible for its own compliance with the new data protection law, including the requirement under Article 25 GDPR to implement appropriate technical and organisational measures to ensure data protection by design and default.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 20 June 2018
Home Office
Immigration: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department has carried out a risk assessment of the planned registration scheme for EU citizens after the UK leaves the EU; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 27 June 2018

As is standard for government’s approach to delivery of programmes, we have in place project management tools designed to detect and mitigate risks, provide additional confidence and ensure safe delivery of the registration scheme for EU citizens after the UK leaves the EU

We will be providing further detail on the scheme in due course.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 01 June 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Agriculture: Subsidies
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if his Department will take steps to introduce grants to support small-scale local food producers.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 06 June 2018

Large and small scale local food producers play an important role in supporting the rural economy and the farmed environment. The Government’s consultation, “Health and Harmony: the future for food, farming and the environment in a Green Brexit” which set out the policy framework for agriculture in England after the UK leaves the EU closed on 8 May. In this consultation we provided a clear direction for future farm support – public money for public goods. As part of this, we asked for views from those in the industry to make sure future agricultural policy reflects the reality of life for farmers and food producers. All responses received are being analysed and will be used to inform future policy.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 21 March 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Business: UK Trade With EU
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what guidance has been issued to businesses to help them prepare for the effect on their ability to trade with the EU of changes to the regulatory system in the EU after the UK has left the EU.
A
Answered by: Andrew Griffiths
Answered on: 04 April 2018

Since the referendum, the Department has engaged with over 2500 businesses and representative organisations across sectors, both here and in Europe, to deepen our understanding of the key business priorities and opportunities after our withdrawal; including on important issues such as the need for an Implementation Period.

Our agreement on the Implementation Period gives business the clarity and confidence that market access and common regulatory rules will remain in place until the end of 2020, meaning businesses will be able to trade on the same terms as now.

The Government recognises the importance of minimising disruption to businesses and will continue to engage on these issues as we progress to negotiating our deep and ambitious future economic partnership with the EU.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 21 March 2018
Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority
Members' Constituency Work
Commons
To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, if the Committee will make representations to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority on the need for additional financial provision to cover the increase in Members' constituency caseloads as a result of preparations for the UK leaving the EU.
A
Answered by: Mr Charles Walker
Answered on: 28 March 2018

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) regulates and funds MPs’ business costs and expenses. As part of this role, IPSA sets a maximum budget from which MPs can fund their staffing costs. This is based on an average of four full-time-equivalent staff members, although each MP can choose to deploy this budget to suit their own staffing needs.

MPs’ budgets are reviewed each year. In 2012, the staffing budget was increased by 25% for London Area MPs and by 19% for non-London Area MPs, in part to allow MPs to employ more staff to support their work with constituents. In April 2018, the staffing budget will increase by a further 1.8% to allow for staff pay rises.

In addition, MPs may request to increase their budget if they provide evidence of having incurred unforeseen, exceptional costs. Such requests for contingency funding are considered on a case-by-case basis. If any MP finds that their constituency caseload has increased to an unmanageable level as a result of preparations for the UK leaving the EU (or another exceptional issue), they may apply for an increase to their staffing budget in this way.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 21 March 2018
Department for Exiting the European Union
Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what estimate he has made of the number of individual pieces of delegated legislation Parliament will be required to consider as a result of the UK leaving the EU in the twelve months between 29 March 2018 and 29 March 2019.
A
Answered by: Suella Fernandes
Answered on: 26 March 2018

The Government expects to make between 800-1,000 Statutory Instruments to ensure a fully functioning statute book when the UK leaves the EU. While the exact number of Statutory Instruments required will vary, the Government is committed to bringing forward the legislation necessary.

Grouped Questions: 133716
Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 21 March 2018
Department for Exiting the European Union
Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what estimate he has made of the number of individual pieces of delegated legislation Parliament will be required to consider as a result of the UK leaving the EU in the twelve months between 29 March 2019 and 29 March 2020.
A
Answered by: Suella Fernandes
Answered on: 26 March 2018

The Government expects to make between 800-1,000 Statutory Instruments to ensure a fully functioning statute book when the UK leaves the EU. While the exact number of Statutory Instruments required will vary, the Government is committed to bringing forward the legislation necessary.

Grouped Questions: 133715
Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 30 January 2018
Home Office
Asylum: Housing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish the the procurement documents for the new Asylum Accommodation and Support Services contracts.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 06 February 2018

All Home Office contracts are tendered in compliance with the EU Procurement Directives, which ensure that there is a transparent and equitable procurement process

The Asylum Accommodation and Support Services Contracts details and procurement timescales are available at:
http://ted.europa.eu/udl?uri=TED:NOTICE:461664-2017:TEXT:EN:HTML

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 09 January 2018
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Musicians: Free Movement of People
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 20 December 2017 to Question 118830, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the UK leaving the Single European Market on the ability of UK touring musicians to tour the EU.
A
Answered by: Margot James
Answered on: 17 January 2018

We are working closely with the music industry to better understand the potential impacts for UK touring musicians after the UK leaves the European Union.

The department is also working closely with the Home Office, HM Revenue and Customs and the Department for Exiting the European Union to ensure that they are informed of our understanding of these issues.

We want to continue to build on the success of the live music scene by helping artists do business across the world.

Grouped Questions: 121658
Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 09 January 2018
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Musicians: Free Movement of People
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the answer of 20 December 2017 to Question 118830, on Musicians: Free Movement of People, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of leaving the Customs Union on the ability of UK touring musicians to tour the EU.
A
Answered by: Margot James
Answered on: 17 January 2018

We are working closely with the music industry to better understand the potential impacts for UK touring musicians after the UK leaves the European Union.

The department is also working closely with the Home Office, HM Revenue and Customs and the Department for Exiting the European Union to ensure that they are informed of our understanding of these issues.

We want to continue to build on the success of the live music scene by helping artists do business across the world.

Grouped Questions: 121657
Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 09 January 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Clinical Trials
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will consider the merits of introducing a national audit system for clinical trials; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 17 January 2018

All clinical trials of investigational medicinal products in the European Union are registered and information on the trial and a summary of results is made public in the EU clinical trials register, except for adult phase 1 trials which are considered commercially confidential.

Good clinical practice (GCP) is a set of internationally-recognised ethical and scientific quality requirements that must be followed when designing, conducting, recording and reporting clinical trials that involve people. To ensure compliance with GCP, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency carries out inspections in the United Kingdom of organisations that are involved in clinical trials.

The Government’s National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) which is the country’s largest public funder of health research and trials, has implemented a number of initiatives on publication of research results. The NIHR is the world’s first health research funder to publish comprehensive accounts of its commissioned research within its own publicly and permanently available journal series. The NIHR Journals Library comprises a suite of five open access peer-reviewed journals reporting results from a range of health research areas. The reports provide a full account of the research project, including methods and a full description of the results, and complement shorter articles submitted for publication in other peer-review journals, which the NIHR actively encourages researchers to do as part of their dissemination strategy. In addition – contracts for NIHR funding include requirements on publication of the results from NIHR funded and supported research.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 08 January 2018
Ministry of Justice
Refugees: Families
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of removing legal aid from refugee family reunion cases on those refugees seeking family reunion; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Lucy Frazer
Answered on: 16 January 2018

Legal aid for family reunion cases may be available through the Exceptional Case Funding Scheme (ECF), subject to the statutory means and merits tests, where failure to provide legal aid would breach rights under the European Convention on Human Rights or EU law.

Changes to the availability of legal aid for civil legal cases were made in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO). As part of the pre-legislative consultation process which preceded the passage of LASPO, the Government produced an impact and equality assessment which included the changes to the scope of civil legal cases.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 13 December 2017
Department of Health
Clinical Trials
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of whether the UK not being part of the Clinical Trials Regulation coming into effect in 2019 will be able to take part in such trials after the UK leaves the EU.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 21 December 2017

The Government values the strong collaborative partnerships that we have across the European Union in the areas of science, research and innovation, and as part of Exit negotiations is working to ensure that we have the best possible environment in which to support clinical trials and new medicines after we leave the EU.

In the United Kingdom, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, Health Research Authority, ethics services, National Institute for Health Research and National Health Service have been working towards implementation of the new European Clinical Trials Regulation (CTR) since it was agreed in 2014. The application date of the CTR across the EU will be set by the European Commission. The current regulatory approval legislation will stay in place until such time as any changes are needed so there will be no interruption in UK clinical trials approval.

Grouped Questions: 119186
Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 13 December 2017
Department of Health
Clinical Trials: EU Law
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the legislation that will be required in the UK to ensure that the UK becomes compatible with the EU Clinical Trials Regulation coming into force in 2019.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 21 December 2017

The Government values the strong collaborative partnerships that we have across the European Union in the areas of science, research and innovation, and as part of Exit negotiations is working to ensure that we have the best possible environment in which to support clinical trials and new medicines after we leave the EU.

In the United Kingdom, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, Health Research Authority, ethics services, National Institute for Health Research and National Health Service have been working towards implementation of the new European Clinical Trials Regulation (CTR) since it was agreed in 2014. The application date of the CTR across the EU will be set by the European Commission. The current regulatory approval legislation will stay in place until such time as any changes are needed so there will be no interruption in UK clinical trials approval.

Grouped Questions: 119185
Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 12 December 2017
Department of Health
Rare Diseases
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure that researchers in the UK can continue to access pan-EU patient cohorts for rare disease and other special populations after the UK has withdrawn from the EU; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 20 December 2017

The Government's policy paper, Collaboration on Science and Innovation: A Future Partnership Paper, emphasises the importance of continued collaboration with European partners to ensure that the United Kingdom remains one of the best places in the world for science and innovation. European Reference Networks for rare diseases were cited in the paper as an example of a partnership that the UK believes should continue.

A key principle for the Government is that patients should not be put at a disadvantage as a result of European Union-exit.

Q
(Bristol West)
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Asked on: 12 December 2017
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Musicians: Free Movement of People
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the UK leaving the EU on (a) UK and (b) non-UK EU touring musicians.
A
Answered by: Matt Hancock
Answered on: 20 December 2017

Since the referendum we have held a series of ministerial meetings and roundtables with the creative industries on the impact and opportunities of the UK leaving the EU. These meetings have included input from the UK music industry on the impact of leaving the EU on touring musicians.

We are committed to supporting and promoting a thriving live music industry and ensuring the continued growth of this vital and vibrant sector.

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 17 October 2017
Department of Health
Edaravone
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to assess the (a) clinical benefit and (b) value for money of Endaravone in extending the lifespan of people with motor neurone disease.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 25 October 2017

We have assumed the Hon. Member is referring to edaravone (Radicava). Edaravone is not currently licensed or under assessment within the European Union for any indication and the Department therefore has no such plans. If the manufacturer seeks a marketing authorisation for edaravone in the United Kingdom or EU, it will be assessed for safety, efficacy and quality through the established licensing process and then considered through the topic selection process for possible assessment of clinical and cost effectiveness by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

Where a drug or treatment has not been appraised by NICE, funding decisions should be made by the relevant National Health Service commissioner, based on an assessment of the available evidence and on the basis of an individual patient’s clinical circumstances.

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