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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 23 July 2019
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Buildings: Insulation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Written Statement of 18 July 2019, Building safety update, HCWS 1757, what his Department's definition is of the exceptional circumstances that would provide justification for private sector building owners not completing remediation of buildings with unsafe ACM cladding by June 2020.
A
Answered by: Esther McVey
Answered on: 08 August 2019

Our expectation is that remediation should be completed within six months of agreeing a plan – by June 2020. Exceptional circumstances that may prevent this deadline being met will be considered on a case by case basis once full applications are received.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 23 July 2019
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Buildings: Insulation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Written Statement of 18 July 2019, Building safety update, HCWS 1757, how leaseholders will be notified whether the owners of the private sector buildings to which they hold a leasehold will be required to complete remediation of those buildings with unsafe ACM cladding by June 2020.
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Answered by: Esther McVey
Answered on: 08 August 2019

We are requiring responsible entities (that is, the party with primary legal obligation to carry out remediation works) to inform all leaseholders and residents that they will be applying for funding from the Private Sector Aluminium Composite Material Cladding Remediation Fund.

Responsible entities will also be required to inform leaseholders and residents of the nature of the works they intend to carry out as well as providing regular updates to leaseholders and residents on the progress of their funding application and remediation works.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 23 July 2019
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Buildings: Insulation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the Written Statement of 18 July 2019, Building safety update, HCWS 1757, what steps he is taking to expedite remedial works on buildings with unsafe ACM cladding in cases where private sector building owners have given a clear commitment to that remediation and a plan has been agreed but the proposed finish date for those works is after June 2020.
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Answered by: Esther McVey
Answered on: 08 August 2019

We will work closely with responsible entities at all stages in the process to ensure that remediation is completed at pace and by June 2020, unless there are exceptional circumstances.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 16 July 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
HIV Infection: Greater London
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the level of demand for participation in the PrEP Impact trial in London.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 23 July 2019

My Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care announced in January 2019 that places on the Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Impact Trial would be doubled from 13,000 to 26,000. The planning of the Trial is led by Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England and is overseen by the PrEP Programme Oversight Board jointly chaired by PHE and NHS England, including allocation of places to reflect need.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 16 July 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
HIV Infection: Drugs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what additional funding his Department will allocate to the NHS to fund the expansion of the PrEP Impact trial.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 23 July 2019

Following my Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care’s announcement on 30 January that the Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Impact Trial would be expanded to 26,000 people, NHS England has committed to fund the PrEP drug and research costs of these additional places, in line with current arrangements.

Local authority and clinic participation in the trial is on a voluntary basis. Participation costs of local authorities are met from existing resource allocations.

The 36 month PrEP Impact Trial is scheduled to continue until autumn 2020. Work is underway to prepare for a seamless transition from the PrEP trial to future commissioning arrangements, which includes consideration of funding options.

Grouped Questions: 277798 | 277799
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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 16 July 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Genito-urinary Medicine: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what additional funding his Department will allocate to local authorities to fund additional sexual health appointments as a result of the expansion of the PrEP Impact trial.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 23 July 2019

Following my Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care’s announcement on 30 January that the Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Impact Trial would be expanded to 26,000 people, NHS England has committed to fund the PrEP drug and research costs of these additional places, in line with current arrangements.

Local authority and clinic participation in the trial is on a voluntary basis. Participation costs of local authorities are met from existing resource allocations.

The 36 month PrEP Impact Trial is scheduled to continue until autumn 2020. Work is underway to prepare for a seamless transition from the PrEP trial to future commissioning arrangements, which includes consideration of funding options.

Grouped Questions: 277797 | 277799
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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 16 July 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
HIV Infection: Drugs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if it is his Department’s policy that there should be continuous delivery of PrEP for participants after the conclusion of the PrEP Impact trial.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 23 July 2019

Following my Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care’s announcement on 30 January that the Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Impact Trial would be expanded to 26,000 people, NHS England has committed to fund the PrEP drug and research costs of these additional places, in line with current arrangements.

Local authority and clinic participation in the trial is on a voluntary basis. Participation costs of local authorities are met from existing resource allocations.

The 36 month PrEP Impact Trial is scheduled to continue until autumn 2020. Work is underway to prepare for a seamless transition from the PrEP trial to future commissioning arrangements, which includes consideration of funding options.

Grouped Questions: 277797 | 277798
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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[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: 16 July 2019
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Clean Growth Ministerial Group
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 4 July 2019 to Question 271544, on what dates the Inter-Ministerial Group on Environment and Clean Growth (a) was created and (b) has met between that date and 16 April 2018.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 23 July 2019
Holding answer received on 22 July 2019

The Inter-Ministerial Group on Environment and Clean Growth was established in early 2018 following the publication of the Clean Growth Strategy. Between early 2018 and 16 April 2018 the group met in February 2018.

Prior to its current formulation as the Inter-Ministerial Group on Environment and Clean Growth, the Inter-Ministerial Group on Clean Growth met a number of times.

Departments meet outside this group to discuss clean growth, decarbonisation and wider environmental policy on a regular basis, at both official and ministerial level.

Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 16 July 2019
Treasury
Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will ring-fence a proportion of the revenue from Vehicle Excise Duty for projects to improve air quality.
A
Answered by: Robert Jenrick
Answered on: 19 July 2019

The Government is committed to tackling air pollution. We have invested over £3.5 billion since 2010 to improve air quality and deliver cleaner transport.

From 2020, all funds raised through Vehicle Excise Duty in England will be ring-fenced to form a National Roads Fund, which will be reinvested into the road network. We expect some of this investment to support environmental outcomes across the road network, which includes improving air quality.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 04 July 2019
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Low Emission Zones: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much funding has been allocated to support ultra-low emission zones in England in the (a) current and (b) previous financial year.
A
Corrected answer by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Corrected on: 18 July 2019
An error has been identified in the written answer given on 15 July 2019.
The correct answer should have been:

London is the only city considering an Ultra Low Emission Zone. Oxford has proposed a Zero Emission Zone. Oxford City Council has received £50,000 for a feasibility study to consider measures to reduce NO2 levels. It has also received £122,500 for city-wide communication programmes to support achievement of zero-emissions delivery freight, and £128, 500 for testing of low cost Zephyr sensor packages to compare with current sensors and improve data.

Outside London, only Oxford City Council is considering the establishment of an ultra low emissions zone. Oxford City Council has received £50,000 for a feasibility study for a zone. It has also received £122,500 for city-wide communication programmes to support achievement of zero-emissions delivery freight, and £128, 500 for testing of low cost Zephyr sensor packages to compare with current sensors and improve data.

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Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 15 July 2019

London is the only city considering an Ultra Low Emission Zone. Oxford has proposed a Zero Emission Zone. Oxford City Council has received £50,000 for a feasibility study to consider measures to reduce NO2 levels. It has also received £122,500 for city-wide communication programmes to support achievement of zero-emissions delivery freight, and £128, 500 for testing of low cost Zephyr sensor packages to compare with current sensors and improve data.

Outside London, only Oxford City Council is considering the establishment of an ultra low emissions zone. Oxford City Council has received £50,000 for a feasibility study for a zone. It has also received £122,500 for city-wide communication programmes to support achievement of zero-emissions delivery freight, and £128, 500 for testing of low cost Zephyr sensor packages to compare with current sensors and improve data.

Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 04 July 2019
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Environment Protection: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to 25 Year Environment Plan published on 11 January 2018, what estimate he has made of the additional financial resources required to deliver the commitments made in that plan for the financial years (a) 2019-20 (b) 2020-21 and (c) 2021-22.
A
Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 12 July 2019

Delivering the plan requires systemic changes across all parts of our economy. Our recently published Green Finance Strategy is an example of how we are driving this change by ensuring environmental risks and opportunities are integrated into mainstream financial decision-making; and accelerating finance to support the delivery of our environmental ambitions.

A key pillar of this approach is our plan to replace the scheme of payments under the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy with a new Environmental Land Management scheme. As we leave the EU, we will establish a new scheme of payments to reward land managers for providing public goods, aligned to the goals of the 25 Year Environment Plan.

In addition, the forthcoming Environment Bill will introduce a mandatory biodiversity net gain requirement for development. This will incentivise the avoidance of environmental impacts in development design, encourage the delivery of wildlife habitats in development sites, and stimulate the development of markets in habitat creation which will help to ensure that developers are able to fulfil net gain obligations off site when appropriate. We have also announced £50 million of funding for a new Woodland Carbon Guarantee to stimulate domestic carbon offsetting and incentivise new tree planting, and awarded £10 million of funding to four landscape-scale projects to help restore 6,580 hectares of upland and lowland peatlands over three years, with forecast 23,000 tonnes of carbon saved per year.

Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 04 July 2019
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Clean Air Strategy 2019, how much of the £3.5 billion allocated to tackle poor air quality through cleaner road transport has been allocated to projects in London.
A
Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 12 July 2019

London has received over £147 million in funding from the £3.5 billion plan to improve air quality and reduce harmful emissions. This is on top of the money which has already been allocated to the Mayor of London for air quality in his £5 billion settlement.

Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 04 July 2019
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Hospitals and Schools: Air Pollution
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether there are specific planning requirements for building (a) schools and (b) hospitals in air pollution hotspots.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 11 July 2019

There are strong protections in place to safeguard people from unacceptable risks from air pollution where development is proposed. National planning policy in England is clear that new development should be appropriate for its location, taking account of the effects of pollution on people's health. This applies to schools and hospitals as it does to other uses.

Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 04 July 2019
Department for Transport
Transport: Exhaust Emissions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Clean Air Strategy 2019, what guidance he has issued to ports on developing effective and targeted air quality strategies; and what recommendations the rail industry has made on phasing out diesel-only trains by 2040.
A
Answered by: Michael Ellis
Answered on: 11 July 2019

The Government committed in the Clean Air Strategy to publish guidelines to advise ports on how to develop effective and targeted air quality strategies. Also in January 2019, the Government published Maritime 2050 which set out strategic ambitions for the future of the maritime sector, including a vision for zero emission shipping.

Building on these commitments, the Government will this week publish port air quality strategy guidelines, as well as the Clean Maritime Plan, which will set out further detail on a route map to reduce both air quality pollutant emissions and carbon dioxide from the maritime sector. My honourable friend, the Maritime Minister, will make a further statement to the House on the measures included within the plan on the day of publication.

The rail industry decarbonisation taskforce published an interim report in January 2019. We expect the taskforce to publish its final report shortly.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[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 July 2019
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Climate Change
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to facilitate cross-governmental co-operation on tackling climate change.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 10 July 2019

Tackling climate change is a shared endeavour between all Government departments. BEIS Ministers and officials regularly engage with their counterparts across government on clean growth matters including delivery of the Clean Growth Strategy and progress against our carbon budgets.

Grouped Questions: 911847 | 911859 | 911861
Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 04 July 2019
Treasury
Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue accrued to the public purse in Vehicle Excise Duty on cars registered in London in each of the last three financial years; and what estimate he has made of the amount of that revenue which will accrue to the public purse in the next two financial years.
A
Answered by: Robert Jenrick
Answered on: 09 July 2019

The government does not collect Vehicle Excise duty (VED) data by region as place of registration has no bearing on road usage. For example, many company vehicles will be registered at a head office, but kept and used elsewhere.

The OBR publishes forecasts for national receipts in its Economic and Fiscal Outlook, available at the following link: www.obr.uk/efo/economic-fiscal-outlook-march-2019/

From 2020, English VED revenue will be hypothecated to the National Roads fund to deliver nationally significant schemes across the strategic road network, such as improvements to the M25.

Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 04 July 2019
Treasury
Red Diesel
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Clean Air Strategy 2019, what progress he has made in reviewing current uses of red diesel to ensure that its lower cost is not discouraging the transition to cleaner alternatives.
A
Answered by: Robert Jenrick
Answered on: 09 July 2019

In April 2019 HMT and Defra published a summary of responses to the call for evidence on non-road mobile machinery and red diesel. HMRC also published a research paper on the same topic. These can be found at:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/792651/red_diesel_summary_of_responses_web.pdf

and

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/791883/Non-agricultural_use_of_red_diesel_for_non-road_mobile_machinery_Research_Report.pdf

The government will continue to pursue policies to reduce the overall environmental impact of diesel use and encourage the uptake of alternatives in industries where a practical substitute for diesel engines is available.

All taxes are kept under review and any changes are announced as part of the annual budget process.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[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: 02 July 2019
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Clean Growth Ministerial Group
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 18 June 2019 to Question 264459 on the Clean Growth Ministerial Group, whether the Environment and Clean Growth Inter-Ministerial Group met between 16 April 2018 and 21 May 2019.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 08 July 2019

The Environment and Clean Growth Inter-Ministerial Group did not meet between 16 April 2018 and 21 May 2019. Departments met to discuss clean growth, decarbonisation and wider environmental policy on a regular basis over that period, at both official and ministerial level.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[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: 01 July 2019
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Clean Growth Ministerial Group
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which Ministers are permanent members of the Environment and Clean Growth Inter-Ministerial Group.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 04 July 2019

The Inter-Ministerial Group on Environment and Clean Growth is chaired by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The Deputy Chair is the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Membership includes:

Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
Secretary of State for Transport
Secretary of State for Health
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth
Minister of State for Transport
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Defra
Government Chief Scientific Adviser

The purpose of the group is to allow Ministers to discuss direction for relevant strategic issues. Membership is flexible to topics being discussed.

Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 18 June 2019
Cabinet Office
Members: Correspondence
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich of 18 April 2019 with regard to Mr Clive Barbour.
A
Answered by: Oliver Dowden
Answered on: 26 June 2019

I responded to the Hon Member for Greenwich and Woolwich’s correspondence on 26 June 2019. I apologise for the delay in responding to this letter

Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 17 June 2019
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Members: Correspondence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich of 2 May 2019 on new build homes.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 25 June 2019

I replied to the Hon Member's letter on 6 June 2019 and subsequent to this an electronic copy was emailed to the Hon Member on 18 June 2019.

Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 17 June 2019
Treasury
Members: Correspondence
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich of 16 April 2019 on Sharia-compliant home purchase plans.
A
Answered by: John Glen
Answered on: 25 June 2019
I replied to the hon. Member on 24 April and a copy has been sent by email.
Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 17 June 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Members: Correspondence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich of 28 March 2019 in relation to Mr Yousef Al-Shehhi.
A
Answered by: Dr Andrew Murrison
Answered on: 25 June 2019

The FCO did not receive the letter until 19 June 2019, however a response was sent on 21 June. A copy of the response has been emailed to the hon. Member.

Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 17 June 2019
Department for Education
Members: Correspondence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich of 7 March 2019 on the effect of public sector pensions schemes on Ravensbourne University London.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 24 June 2019

I responded to the hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich, Matthew Pennycook, on 19 June.

Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 17 June 2019
Treasury
Members: Correspondence
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich of 7 March 2019 on the effect of public sector pensions schemes on Ravensbourne University London.
A
Answered by: Elizabeth Truss
Answered on: 20 June 2019

I replied to the hon. Member on 21 March and a copy has been sent by email.

Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 12 June 2019
Department for Transport
Electric Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of requiring automotive manufacturers to make a fixed proportion of the vehicles they make available for sale electric.
A
Answered by: Michael Ellis
Answered on: 19 June 2019

EU regulations set mandatory limits on the CO2 emissions of new cars and vans registered in the UK. Negotiations on new targets for 2025 and 2030 have recently concluded and were informed by a European Commission impact assessment of mechanisms to encourage manufacturers to produce electric vehicles, including setting a sales mandate. The assessments are available https://ec.europa.eu/clima/sites/clima/files/transport/vehicles/docs/swd_2017_650_p1_en.pdf and https://ec.europa.eu/clima/sites/clima/files/transport/vehicles/docs/swd_2017_650_p2_en.pdf

Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 13 June 2019
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Clean Growth Ministerial Group
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to his oral answer of 12 June 2019, Official Report, columns 682-683, on what dates the Clean Growth Inter-Ministerial Group has met since 16 April 2018; and what the membership is of that group.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 18 June 2019

I co-chaired a meeting of the Environment and Clean Growth Inter-Ministerial Group on Wednesday 22nd May, along with my hon. friend the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Environment (Dr Thérèse Coffey MP).

The group brings together ministers and officials from across government to discuss matters related to clean growth, decarbonisation and wider environmental policy.

Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[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: 04 June 2019
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
District Heating: Greenwich
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish the name of the (a) site and (b) operator for each of the 117 heat networks in the Royal Borough of Greenwich registered under the Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations 2014.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 10 June 2019

The Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations 2014 require heat suppliers to notify their heat networks to the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS). The data is collected for compliance and enforcement purposes. OPSS are able to provide a partial postcode for the heat networks in the Borough, should this be requested. However, the names of heat suppliers and the exact locations of heat networks in the Royal Borough of Greenwich cannot be published as it is commercially sensitive information. Additionally, this data will fall within the definition of ‘personal data’ where it includes information relating to an identifiable person who directly, or indirectly, can be identified by the linking of other data sources. This means it will be subject to the General Data Protection Regulation / Data Protection Act 2018, and consent would be needed from the heat suppliers for its release.

Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 10 May 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
NHS: Cybercrime
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the level of vulnerability of NHS Microsoft operating systems to cyber attack.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 20 May 2019

We are supporting National Health Service organisations to upgrade their existing Microsoft Windows operating systems, allowing them to reduce potential vulnerabilities and increase cyber resilience.

Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 10 May 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Iran: Ethnic Groups
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Iranian counterpart on the effect of Iranian water policies on the Ahwazi Arab population in that country.
A
Answered by: Dr Andrew Murrison
Answered on: 16 May 2019

​No representations have been made on the topic of Iranian water policies towards the Ahwazi Arab population. However, we are concerned by the substantial violations of the rights of ethnic minorities and their defenders in Iran and therefore, we continue to support the work of the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights in Iran in monitoring and reporting on the rights of ethnic minorities in the country.

Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 07 May 2019
Home Office
Visas: Ministers of Religion
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for Tier 5 temporary religious worker visas were (a) made and (b) granted in the last five years.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 15 May 2019

Information on ‘Tier 5 – Religious Workers’ entry clearance visa applications and outcomes (granted, refused, withdrawn, lapsed) is published on a quarterly basis in the Home Office’s ‘Immigration Statistics’, Visas data tables volume 1, table vi_01_q, latest edition at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-statistics-year-ending-december-2018/list-of-tables#visas.

Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 18 April 2019
Department for Transport
Parking: Cycleways
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when his Department plans to introduce legislation to permit the use of approved camera devices for the enforcement by local authorities of parking restrictions in mandatory cycle lanes.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 26 April 2019

The Government response to the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS) Safety Review Call for Evidence committed to allow local councils to use cameras to enforce parking restrictions in mandatory cycle lanes within the next two years. Work is under way to introduce the relevant legislation within this timeframe.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[N]
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Named Day

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

Asked on: 18 April 2019
Home Office
Religious Buildings: Security
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Minister for Security and Economic Crime on 18 March 2019, Official Report, column 793, whether he has reviewed the funding for protected security measures for mosques.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 25 April 2019

On 19 March 2019, the Home Secretary announced a boost in funding for the hate crime Places of Worship Protective Security Funding Scheme to £1.6 million for 2019/20 (including for Mosques). This is double the amount awarded in 2018/19. £5 million over three years has also been committed to providing security training to places of worship in England and Wales. This will enable staff and volunteers to develop the security understanding necessary to make physical security measures work effectively.

In addition to this, the Home Office announced on 19 April 2019 that it is supporting Faith Associates to provide security training and advice to Muslim places of worship in advance of Ramadan. This short-term, two-month project sits alongside the wider £5m fund for security training.

More widely, the Home Secretary has committed to consulting with faith communities to understand what more could and should be done to help protect faith communities at their places of worship. We are working with groups such as the Anti-Muslim Hatred Working Group, Tell Mama and those representing other faiths as part of this consultation.

This increase in funding marks a significant change in our funding for protective security for Mosques and other places of worship. If the threat changes or there is a sense that more money is needed, we will always look at how we should respond.

Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 18 April 2019
Department for Transport
Blue Badge Scheme
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 13 February 2019 to Question 218834 on Blue Badge Scheme, on what date the guidance to local authorities on changes to the Blue Badge scheme extending eligibility to those with less visible conditions will be issued.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 24 April 2019

The guidance necessary for local authorities to assess applications under the expanded eligibility criteria for non-physical and hidden disabilities is currently being finalised. The Department for Transport is hoping to publish the guidance at the end of May.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
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Asked on: 10 April 2019
Department for Transport
Level Crossings: Greenwich
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Network Rail on the proposed closure of the Angerstein pedestrian level crossing as a result of upgrade works.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 15 April 2019

The Secretary of State for Transport has not had any discussions with Network Rail on the proposed closure of Angerstein pedestrian level crossing.

The management of level crossings on the UK rail network is an operational matter for Network Rail, who are the infrastructure managers of Britain’s railways.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 09 April 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Sickle Cell Diseases: Prescriptions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 7 December to Question 198332 on Sickle Cell Diseases: Prescriptions, what assessment he has made of the effect on BAME patients of his policy not to include sickle cell anaemia in the list of conditions for which a medical exemption certificate can be obtained.
A
Answered by: Seema Kennedy
Answered on: 12 April 2019

The Department has made no assessment. This is because there are extensive arrangements in place to ensure that people can access affordable prescriptions. To support those with the greatest need who do not qualify for an exemption, prescription prepayment certificates are available.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 03 April 2019
Treasury
Mortgages: Islam
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 14 March to Question 229779, which four high street banks offer Sharia-compliant home purchase plans.
A
Answered by: John Glen
Answered on: 10 April 2019

The four banks serving the UK which offer Sharia-compliant home purchase plans are: Al Rayan Bank, United National Bank, Ahli United Bank and ABC International Bank.

Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 11 March 2019
Department for Education
John Roan School: Inspections
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when Ofsted plans to carry out a monitoring inspection of the John Roan secondary school in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 19 March 2019

This is a matter for Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman. I have asked her to write to the hon. Member and a copy of her reply will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 07 March 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Pharmacy: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the reduction in Category M prices and the single activity fee on the financial sustainability of community pharmacies.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 15 March 2019

The overall funding for the community pharmacy contractual framework (CPCF) has not been reduced since 2017/18 and remains at £2.592 billion for 2018/19. The Department ensures delivery of this amount by adjusting the fees paid for services and the reimbursement paid for products throughout the year. Where there is over or under payment we make appropriate adjustment to either fees or product reimbursement (typically those in Category M) to address the difference. The impact assessment for the current CPCF funding is at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/community-pharmacy-reforms

The current recovery of excess medicine margin at £10 million per month, as agreed by the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee, ceases at the end of March 2019.

Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 07 March 2019
Treasury
Mortgages: Islam
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many high street banks offer Islamic mortgage services.
A
Answered by: John Glen
Answered on: 14 March 2019

The Government is committed to the availability of Islamic finance in the UK to ensure that no one is denied access to competitive financial products for reasons of faith.

Sharia-compliant home purchase plans are enabled by regulations overseen by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). They are currently offered by four UK banks.

Beyond the requirements set out in the FCA regulations, decisions around the pricing and availability of individual mortgage loans remain commercial decisions for lenders, and the Government does not seek to intervene in these decisions.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[N]
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Asked on: 08 February 2019
Department for Transport
Blue Badge Scheme
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to issue guidance to local authorities on changes to the Blue Badge scheme extending eligibility to those with less visible conditions.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 13 February 2019

The Department for Transport is currently developing guidance, drawing on expertise from medical and healthcare professionals, as well as various disability organisations and local authorities, so that authorities will be able to assess applications under the expanded eligibility criteria for non-physical and hidden disabilities. The guidance will be published to coincide with a forthcoming revision of the statutory regulations, planned for the end of April.

Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 04 February 2019
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Members: Correspondence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to respond to the letter of 14 January 2019 from the hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich on Section 20 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 Technical Group.
A
Answered by: Mrs Heather Wheeler
Answered on: 12 February 2019

A response to the letter was sent on 6 February.

Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 05 February 2019
Treasury
Mortgages: Islam
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the availability of Sharia-compliant home purchase plans.
A
Answered by: John Glen
Answered on: 12 February 2019

The Government is committed to the availability of Islamic finance in the UK to ensure that no one is denied access to competitive financial products for reasons of faith. We are doing this by working to ensure that Sharia-compliant financial products can be supplied on the same terms and at the same standard as conventional financial products. The UK is already the western leader in Islamic finance, however we continue to explore areas where Islamic finance can be developed further.

Home purchase plans are enabled by regulations overseen by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the independent regulator set up by the Government to ensure consumers are receive appropriate protection.

Beyond the requirements set out in the FCA regulations, decisions around the pricing and availability of individual mortgage loans remain commercial decisions for lenders, and the Government does not seek to intervene in these decisions.

Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 05 February 2019
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Social Services: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect on children receiving social care of the decision to distribute the social care support grant via the adult social care relative needs formula rather than the children’s services relative needs formula.
A
Answered by: Rishi Sunak
Answered on: 11 February 2019

At Autumn Budget 2019, the Chancellor made available £410 million in 2019/20 for social care services in local authorities – both adult and children’s social care. We proposed in the provisional local government finance settlement to distribute these resources based on the existing Adult Social Care relative Needs formula, as the best available method. Consultation responses overwhelmingly supported this approach which was confirmed at final settlement. Local authorities have welcomed the additional funding and the discretion to spend in a way which best fits their community’s needs.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[N]
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Asked on: 22 January 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
NHS Trusts: Greater London
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to his oral contribution of 7 January 2019, Official Report, column 84, on NHS Long Term Plan, when he plans to write to the hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich with further details of the effect of changes to the market forces factor on funding for NHS Trusts in London to be allocated as part of the Plan.
A
Answered by: Stephen Hammond
Answered on: 28 January 2019

NHS England is responsible for decisions on the weighted capitation formula used to allocate resources between clinical commissioning group (CCGs). NHS England take advice from the Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation, a group of academics and other experts. This process is independent of Government.

The CCG allocation formula takes account of unavoidable cost differences between areas by applying the Market Forces Factor (MFF) to all services except for prescribing.

The MFF has not been updated in nearly ten years so it was right that this has been reviewed as part of the changes made in the Long Term Plan. NHS England and Improvement are responsible for updating the methodology and underlying data used to calculate the MFF.

The proposed changes would result in changes in income and allocations for some providers and commissioners. Changes would be implemented over five years to phase the impact on providers.

My Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care will write to the hon. Member shortly.

Grouped Questions: 211307
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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
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Asked on: 22 January 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
NHS: Greater London
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of changes to the market forces factor on future funding for NHS Trust and Clinical Commissioning Groups in London.
A
Answered by: Stephen Hammond
Answered on: 28 January 2019

NHS England is responsible for decisions on the weighted capitation formula used to allocate resources between clinical commissioning group (CCGs). NHS England take advice from the Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation, a group of academics and other experts. This process is independent of Government.

The CCG allocation formula takes account of unavoidable cost differences between areas by applying the Market Forces Factor (MFF) to all services except for prescribing.

The MFF has not been updated in nearly ten years so it was right that this has been reviewed as part of the changes made in the Long Term Plan. NHS England and Improvement are responsible for updating the methodology and underlying data used to calculate the MFF.

The proposed changes would result in changes in income and allocations for some providers and commissioners. Changes would be implemented over five years to phase the impact on providers.

My Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care will write to the hon. Member shortly.

Grouped Questions: 211306
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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[N]
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Asked on: 10 January 2019
Department for Exiting the European Union
Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether all international treaty and non-treaty arrangements in which the UK participates through membership of the EU will be replicated by 29 March 2019.
A
Answered by: Chris Heaton-Harris
Answered on: 16 January 2019

We are committed to maintaining the relationships and cooperation we currently enjoy with third countries and international organisations as we exit the EU. This is why we have agreed with the EU that they will notify treaty partners that the UK is treated as a Member State for the purposes of its international agreements with third countries during the Implementation Period. This provides a basis for continuity during this period.

We are also working with third countries to put in place new arrangements that replicate the effects of existing agreements, as far as possible and where relevant, and which would come into force either on exit in the event of ‘no deal’ or at the end of the Implementation Period.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 18 December 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Industrial Health and Safety: Funerals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the effect of the implementation of EU Directive 2004/37/EC on the funeral sector.
A
Answered by: Sarah Newton
Answered on: 08 January 2019

The Government is aware of the concerns that the funeral sector has raised about a new occupational exposure limit value for Formaldehyde in the latest proposed amendment to EU Directive 2004/37/EC. Officials have liaised with representatives of the sector to gather information to inform the continuing negotiations at EU level. The UK will continue to represent the concerns of the funeral sector as part of those negotiations.

Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 18 December 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Service Charges
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 17 December 2018 to Question 201700 on Letting Agents, whether the Section 20 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 Technical Group discussed the threshold of £250 consultation limit for large developments with multiple apartments under one lease at those meetings.
A
Answered by: Mrs Heather Wheeler
Answered on: 27 December 2018

The Technical Group discussed the effectiveness of section 20 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, including the monetary thresholds that result in a consultation taking place prior to carrying out any qualifying works to a building.

The Technical Group’s work and early recommendations on section 20 are being taken forward by the Regulation of Property Agent’s working group, chaired by Lord Best. This is to ensure the section 20 considerations are aligned with the wider reform agenda for both service charges and managing agents. The working group is expected to report back to government in summer 2019.

Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 11 December 2018
Department for Exiting the European Union
Judgements: Appeals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what the total amount of money spent by the Government was to seek permission from the Supreme Court to appeal the decision of the Inner House to make a reference to the Court of Justice of the European Union on Wightman and Others v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union.
A
Answered by: Kwasi Kwarteng
Answered on: 21 December 2018

The total amount of money spent cannot be quantified because work conducted on this case, like others, is recorded under a general DExEU legal file. Accurate estimations cannot be provided due to the nature of work undertaken. Our Annual Report and Accounts for Financial Year 18/19, will disclose the Department's legal costs.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 12 December 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Letting Agents
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to Paragraph 66 of the consultation paper entitled, Protecting consumers in the letting and managing agent market: call for evidence, published by his Department in October 2017, on what dates the meetings held by the Technical Group on an update of Section 20 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 took place.
A
Answered by: Mrs Heather Wheeler
Answered on: 17 December 2018

Section 20 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 Technical Group met on three occasions: 11 July 2017, 28 September 2017 and 20 April 2018.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[N]
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Asked on: 04 December 2018
Home Office
Immigration: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Prime Minister’s statement on the EU negotiations on 21 September 2018, whether people who derive residency rights (a) as (i) a Chen carer (ii) an Ibrahim child (iii) a Teixeira child (iv) an Ibrahim carer (v) a Teixeira carer and (b) under the Surinder Singh route will have their rights protected in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
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Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 10 December 2018

The Government does not want or expect a no deal outcome, and we have now reached an agreement, in principle, with the European Union.

The Withdrawal Agreement protects individuals currently resident under the Chen and Ibrahim and Teixeira principles. We have committed that provision will be made in the Immigration Rules for them to apply for leave to remain.

The Government has confirmed that in a deal scenario those here under the Surinder Singh provisions will be eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, even though they are not protected under the Withdrawal Agreement.
Further details on the provisions for these groups in the unlikely event of no deal will be provided in due course.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[N]
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Asked on: 03 December 2018
Treasury
Brexit
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 26 November 2018 to Question 194204 on Brexit and with reference to paragraph 4.111 of the Office for Budget Responsibility's Economic and Fiscal Outlook published in October 2018, what proportion of the £400 million underspend relates to the UK leaving the EU.
A
Answered by: Elizabeth Truss
Answered on: 06 December 2018

On 13 March 2018, the Treasury confirmed allocations of c.£1.6bn to departments. A full breakdown of the allocation can be found in the Chief Secretary’s Written Ministerial Statement, HCWS540, laid on 13 March https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2018-03-13/HCWS540/.

The Economic and Fiscal Outlook is produced by the independent Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR). As part of their fiscal forecast they take a judgement on how much departments will underspend on aggregate DEL spending. Further information on how the OBR reach their judgement is available at https://obr.uk/forecasts-in-depth/tax-by-tax-spend-by-spend/departmental-expenditure-limits/.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[N]
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Asked on: 21 November 2018
Treasury
Brexit
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 8 November 2018 to Question 185719 on Brexit and with reference to paragraph 4.111 of the OBR’s Economic and Fiscal Outlook published in October 2018, how much of the current £0.4 billion underspend estimate is within the Brexit funding pot.
A
Answered by: Elizabeth Truss
Answered on: 26 November 2018

On 13 March 2018, the Treasury confirmed allocations of c.£1.6bn to departments. A full breakdown of the allocation can be found in the Chief Secretary’s Written Ministerial Statement, HCWS540, which can be found at https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2018-03-13/HCWS540/.

The Economic and Fiscal Outlook is produced by the independent Office for Budget Responsibility. As part of their fiscal forecast they take a judgement on how much departments will underspend on aggregate DEL spending. This information is available at https://cdn.obr.uk/EFO_October-2018.pdf.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[N]
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Asked on: 30 October 2018
Treasury
Brexit
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to page 139 of the Office for Budget Responsibility’s report entitled Economic and Fiscal Outlook October 2018, published in October 2018, CM9713, what proportion of the £1.5 billion allocated to the Brexit funding pot will be spent in 2018-19.
A
Answered by: Elizabeth Truss
Answered on: 08 November 2018

On 13 March, the Treasury allocated c.£1.6bn to departments on March 2018. A full breakdown of the allocation can be found in the Chief Secretary’s Written Ministerial Statement, HCWS540, laid on the 13th March https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2018-03-13/HCWS540/.

Details of some of the work done by departments funded by these allocations can be found in the Technical Notices published on 24 August (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-governments-preparations-for-a-no-deal-scenario/uk-governments-preparations-for-a-no-deal-scenario).

The independent Office for Budget Responsibility as part of their fiscal forecast take a judgement on how much departments will underspend on all aspects of DEL spending. This information is available at https://cdn.obr.uk/EFO_October-2018.pdf.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 31 October 2018
Home Office
Immigrants: Detainees
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he has made an assessment of the implications for his Department’s policies of the recommendations contained in the Independent Monitoring Board's Charter Flights Annual Report of (a) 2016 and (b) 2017.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 08 November 2018

Independent scrutiny is a vital part of assurance that our charter operations are safe, secure and humane.

We accepted or partially accepted 16 of the 19 recommendations to the Home Office and our escorting contractor in the 2017 report. We continue to work closely with the Independent Monitoring Boards to assess their ongoing recommendations. As a result of that relationship, the Home Office has introduced new measures to further support returnees on charter flight operations.

The Immigration Minister responded to the Team Leader of the Charter Flight Monitoring Team in June 2018 in respect of the 2016 and 2017 IMB reports.

Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 09 October 2018
Home Office
Immigration: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for people who have secured settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme but who are subsequently absent from the UK for a period of less than five years, what constitutes a return to the UK in order for their leave not to lapse and the clock on absence to be reset.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 17 October 2018

In line with the draft Withdrawal Agreement, where a person granted settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme has returned here after being absent from the UK for a period of no more than five consecutive years, their settled status will not have lapsed. There is no minimum period for which they must then remain in the UK for the clock on any further absence to be reset.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[N]
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Asked on: 08 October 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Air Pollution
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if his Department will include the World Health Organisation’s limit for fine particulate matter PM2.5 in the upcoming Environment Bill.
A
Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 11 October 2018

In our recent draft Clean Air Strategy consultation, we committed to halve the population living in areas with concentrations of fine particulate matter above WHO guideline levels (10 μg/m3) by 2025. We are the first major economy in the world to adopt targets based on WHO guidelines, going far beyond EU requirements. The Clean Air Strategy consultation has now closed and we will set out next steps in due course.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[N]
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Asked on: 08 October 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Air Pollution
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he is putting in place to protect (a) children, (b) the elderly, (c) people with a (i) lung and (ii) heart condition and (d) other vulnerable people from air pollution.
A
Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 11 October 2018

Our recently published draft Clean Air Strategy sets out our proposals to reduce the emission of five regulated air pollutants, including PM2.5, which has the strongest evidence of harm to human health. The proposals in our the draft Strategy will result in reductions to PM2.5 concentrations which will halve the population living in areas with concentrations above the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) annual guideline of 10μgm-3, making us the first major developed economy to recognise the guideline. This ambition goes beyond EU requirements and has been welcomed by the WHO.

The measures in our draft Strategy will reduce concentrations of damaging pollution for all people, including those who may be more vulnerable to the effects of air pollution.

Defra has consulted on the draft Strategy and is currently considering the responses received from a wide range of interested parties, including views about adoption of WHO guideline limits and how best to engage with those who may be more vulnerable to the effects of air pollution. An updated Strategy published in due course.

Our proposals included additional powers for local authorities to tackle locally-important sources of air pollution, including around schools, care homes and healthcare facilities, if the local authority deems this appropriate.

Additionally, my officials are working with healthcare organisations to develop bespoke guidance for those who may be more vulnerable to the effects of air pollution, including children, older people and those with cardiopulmonary conditions.

In March 2017, Defra, Public Health England and the Local Government Association, jointly published an updated resource “Air Quality: briefing for directors of public health”, which enables further action at the local level.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[N]
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Asked on: 08 October 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Exhaust Emissions: Cars
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the new Clean Air Strategy will include proposals to (a) tackle idling by cars and (b) raise awareness of the harmful levels of pollution inside cars.
A
Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 11 October 2018

We set out our proposed approach to address air pollution from road traffic in the Clean Air Strategy Consultation and are currently analysing the responses. It is an offence to leave an engine running unnecessarily while the vehicle is stationary on a road and local authorities have powers to issue fixed penalty notices to drivers who commit such an offence.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[N]
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Asked on: 10 October 2018
Department for International Development
Palestinians: USA
Commons
What assessment she has made of the effect on Palestinian refugees of recent reductions in US aid.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 10 October 2018

Proactive UK lobbying has helped reduce the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees’ (UNRWA) immediate financing shortfall. However, the withdrawal of US funding could exacerbate the future humanitarian needs of Palestinian refugees and threaten regional security. The UK Government has committed to provide £57.5 million to UNRWA this year.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[N]
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Asked on: 12 September 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Universal Credit: Greenwich and Woolwich
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make an estimate of the number of households in Greenwich and Woolwich constituency that will be migrated from legacy benefits to universal credit.
A
Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 09 October 2018

The requested information is not available for publication by constituency

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[N]
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Asked on: 12 September 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Universal Credit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when her Department undertook the most recent equality impact assessment of universal credit.
A
Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 09 October 2018

DWP published an Equality Impact Assessment for Universal Credit in 2011, which stands overall, although in line with Ministers’ legal duties equality impacts have been considered on all major changes to Universal Credit.

The Equality Impact Assessment can be accessed at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/universal-credit-equality-impact-assessment

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 03 September 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Energy: EU Law
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which body is planned to enforce the EU-derived climate regulations that govern the UK energy market after they are transposed into domestic law; and whether the Government plans for there to be any role for the proposed new environmental watchdog in such enforcement.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 13 September 2018

A consultation document was published on 10 May seeking views on proposals for a new statutory policy statement on environmental principles and an independent statutory environmental body to be created through the Environment Bill. The consultation also sought views on the subject matter which should be within the scope of the new environmental body. The consultation closed on 2 August and responses are currently being analysed. The response to the consultation will be published alongside the draft Bill in the autumn

Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 06 September 2018
Department for Transport
Thameslink Industry Readiness Board
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 7 June 2018 to Question 149570 on Thameslink Industry Readiness Board, whether anybody not associated with the parties represented at the Thameslink Industry Readiness Board has attended any meetings of that Board.
A
Answered by: Joseph Johnson
Answered on: 13 September 2018

Meetings of the Thameslink Industry Readiness Board have only been attended by representatives of the parties listed in the reply to Question 149570.

Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 03 September 2018
Department for Transport
Greenhouse Gas Emissions: EU Law
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which body is planned to enforce carbon dioxide standards for cars and other product standards that reduce greenhouse gas emissions after the UK’s exit from the EU; and whether the Government plans for there to be any role for the proposed new environmental watchdog in such enforcement.
A
Answered by: Chris Grayling
Answered on: 11 September 2018

The body that will have oversight of carbon dioxide emission standards for newly registered cars and vans in the UK following EU Exit will depend on the agreement reached with the European Union. In the unlikely event the United Kingdom leaves the European Union without an agreement, it is intended that overall responsibility for the enforcement of new car and van carbon dioxide standards will fall to the Secretary of State for Transport, who may in turn appoint another person/body to act on their behalf.

Under any scenario, the UK Government has committed to pursuing a future approach that is at least as ambitious as the current arrangements for vehicle emissions regulation.

Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 03 September 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Regulation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which body is planned to enforce regulations governing the release of F-gases after the UK has left the EU; and whether the Government plans for there to be any role for the proposed new environmental watchdog in such enforcement.
A
Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 11 September 2018

In England, the Environment Agency will continue to enforce the requirements of the F-Gas regulations after the UK has left the EU.

The proposed new body is not intended to be a delivery body responsible for the operational implementation and enforcement of individual regulations.

Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 03 September 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to publish either an addendum or an update to the current housing health and safety rating system operating guidance on fire safety in high rise buildings.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 11 September 2018

The Government has committed to developing further statutory guidance for local authorities to enhance their use of existing Housing Act powers in relation to fire safety hazards associated with cladding on high-rise residential buildings. We anticipate being in a position to publish our proposals for doing this in the coming weeks.

Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 23 July 2018
Treasury
Financial Services
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the White Paper, The Future Relationship Between the United Kingdom and the European Union, published in July 2018, what assessment he has made of the effect of the policies set out in that White Paper on transactions in euro-denominated assets for the UK financial sector.
A
Answered by: John Glen
Answered on: 10 September 2018

Derivatives clearing is an integral part of the UK financial system and the financial stability of both the UK and the EU. This includes euro-denominated clearing, which forms an important part of the overall financial structure in London, generating economic efficiencies from which many firms in the UK, in Europe and internationally benefit.

We aim to ensure that we avoid outcomes that impose unnecessary costs and disruption on individuals and businesses as the UK leaves the EU. We have been clear that equivalence, as it currently stands, will not work for the UK, and will not work for the EU.

As set out in the White Paper, the UK is seeking a future UK-EU relationship which recognises the autonomy of each party over decisions regarding access to its market. Importantly, it also includes a bilateral component which would create shared commitments for the governance of the relationship, establish extensive supervisory and regulatory cooperation, as well as robust and transparent processes. This includes appropriate timelines and notice-periods if market access was to be withdrawn.

The effect of the agreement would be stability for the UK-EU financial ecosystem and the continuation of economically valuable financial services under a new balance of rights and obligations.

Grouped Questions: 167338
Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 23 July 2018
Treasury
Financial Services
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the White Paper, The Future Relationship Between the United Kingdom and the European Union, published in July 2018, what assessment he has made of the effect of policies set out in that White Paper on derivatives clearing for the UK financial sector.
A
Answered by: John Glen
Answered on: 10 September 2018

Derivatives clearing is an integral part of the UK financial system and the financial stability of both the UK and the EU. This includes euro-denominated clearing, which forms an important part of the overall financial structure in London, generating economic efficiencies from which many firms in the UK, in Europe and internationally benefit.

We aim to ensure that we avoid outcomes that impose unnecessary costs and disruption on individuals and businesses as the UK leaves the EU. We have been clear that equivalence, as it currently stands, will not work for the UK, and will not work for the EU.

As set out in the White Paper, the UK is seeking a future UK-EU relationship which recognises the autonomy of each party over decisions regarding access to its market. Importantly, it also includes a bilateral component which would create shared commitments for the governance of the relationship, establish extensive supervisory and regulatory cooperation, as well as robust and transparent processes. This includes appropriate timelines and notice-periods if market access was to be withdrawn.

The effect of the agreement would be stability for the UK-EU financial ecosystem and the continuation of economically valuable financial services under a new balance of rights and obligations.

Grouped Questions: 167337
Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 23 July 2018
Treasury
Financial Services
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what advice his Department has issued to the financial sector on contract continuity (a) during the implementation period and (b) after 31 December 2020.
A
Answered by: John Glen
Answered on: 10 September 2018

The UK and EU negotiating teams reached a hugely important milestone in the Brexit process by agreeing the terms of a time-limited implementation period (IP).

The document “HM Treasury’s approach to financial services legislation under the EU (Withdrawal) Act 2018,” published by HM Treasury on 27 June 2018, sets out that during the IP, access to one another’s markets will remain unchanged and firms will be able to trade on the same terms as now until 31 December 2020. This will allow citizens and businesses in the UK and across the EU to plan with confidence for life after our withdrawal, on the basis that businesses can operate as now throughout the IP.

The White Paper, “The future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union,” published on 12 July 2018, sets out HMG’s position on the future relationship in financial services with the EU. As set out in the White Paper, the UK is seeking a future UK-EU relationship which continues to facilitate economically beneficial cross-border financial services, with a scope that reflects global business models. The White Paper also includes a proposal to protect consumers and businesses through a commitment that existing contracts can be fulfilled even if access is withdrawn. The effect of the agreement would be to provide stability for the UK-EU financial ecosystem.

Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 23 July 2018
Treasury
Insurance: Reciprocal Arrangements
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress he has made on replicating the insurance agreements that the EU has with third countries that enable reciprocal arrangements for insurers to open agencies and branches in third countries after the UK has left the EU.
A
Answered by: John Glen
Answered on: 10 September 2018

As agreed at the March European Council, during the implementation period the UK is to be treated as a Member State for the purposes of international agreements. This includes the insurance agreements that the EU has with third countries. This provides certainty and confidence that there will be no disruption to existing relationships underpinned by international agreements.

We are engaging with partner countries to plan for continuity of the effect of existing agreements, for example the EU-Swiss and EU-US agreements, adjusted appropriately to reflect our departure from the European Union.

Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[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: 05 September 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many contracts the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency has secured with the European Medicines Agency to carry out authorisation processes in each of the past five years.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 10 September 2018

The number of contracts secured by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in each of past five years is shown in the following table:

Financial year

Number of contracts

2013/14

35

2014/15

27

2015/16

35

2016/17

41

2017/18

11

The information included in the table is based on the EMA Committee on Human Medicinal Products (CHMP) rapporteurships allocated to the MHRA for assessment of new marketing authorisation applications.

The proportion of the income of the MHRA that came from the EMA in each of the past five years is shown in the following table:

Financial year

Proportion of income

2013/14

6%

2014/15

6%

2015/16

6%

2016/17

9%

2017/18

8%

The source of the information is the MHRA’s Annual Report and Accounts for each of the past five years.

The number of bids submitted by the MHRA to carry out authorisations processes for the EMA based on the number of bids for CHMP rapporteurship for new marketing authorisation applications and the number of rapporteurships awarded in the last three financial years is shown in the following table:

Financial year

Number of bids submitted

Number of rapporteurships awarded

2015/16

86

35

2016/17

87

41

2017/18

66

11

Metrics for bids submitted prior to this time have not been recorded.

Grouped Questions: 170939 | 170940
Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 05 September 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of the income of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency came from the European Medicines Agency in each of the past five years.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 10 September 2018

The number of contracts secured by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in each of past five years is shown in the following table:

Financial year

Number of contracts

2013/14

35

2014/15

27

2015/16

35

2016/17

41

2017/18

11

The information included in the table is based on the EMA Committee on Human Medicinal Products (CHMP) rapporteurships allocated to the MHRA for assessment of new marketing authorisation applications.

The proportion of the income of the MHRA that came from the EMA in each of the past five years is shown in the following table:

Financial year

Proportion of income

2013/14

6%

2014/15

6%

2015/16

6%

2016/17

9%

2017/18

8%

The source of the information is the MHRA’s Annual Report and Accounts for each of the past five years.

The number of bids submitted by the MHRA to carry out authorisations processes for the EMA based on the number of bids for CHMP rapporteurship for new marketing authorisation applications and the number of rapporteurships awarded in the last three financial years is shown in the following table:

Financial year

Number of bids submitted

Number of rapporteurships awarded

2015/16

86

35

2016/17

87

41

2017/18

66

11

Metrics for bids submitted prior to this time have not been recorded.

Grouped Questions: 170938 | 170940
Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[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: 05 September 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many contracts the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency bid for to carry out authorisation processes for the European Medicines Agency in each of the past five years; and how many of those bids were successful.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 10 September 2018

The number of contracts secured by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in each of past five years is shown in the following table:

Financial year

Number of contracts

2013/14

35

2014/15

27

2015/16

35

2016/17

41

2017/18

11

The information included in the table is based on the EMA Committee on Human Medicinal Products (CHMP) rapporteurships allocated to the MHRA for assessment of new marketing authorisation applications.

The proportion of the income of the MHRA that came from the EMA in each of the past five years is shown in the following table:

Financial year

Proportion of income

2013/14

6%

2014/15

6%

2015/16

6%

2016/17

9%

2017/18

8%

The source of the information is the MHRA’s Annual Report and Accounts for each of the past five years.

The number of bids submitted by the MHRA to carry out authorisations processes for the EMA based on the number of bids for CHMP rapporteurship for new marketing authorisation applications and the number of rapporteurships awarded in the last three financial years is shown in the following table:

Financial year

Number of bids submitted

Number of rapporteurships awarded

2015/16

86

35

2016/17

87

41

2017/18

66

11

Metrics for bids submitted prior to this time have not been recorded.

Grouped Questions: 170938 | 170939
Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[N]
Close

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Asked on: 19 July 2018
Ministry of Defence
Members: Correspondence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to respond to the letter of 21 June 2018 of the hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich on Woolwich Barracks.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 24 July 2018

I responded to the hon. Member on 19 July 2018.

Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 12 July 2018
Department for Education
Pre-school Education: Per Capita Costs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding per child in maintained nursery schools.
A
Answered by: Nadhim Zahawi
Answered on: 20 July 2018

We are providing supplementary funding of around £60 million a year to enable local authorities to protect maintained nursery school (MNS) funding until 2019-20. It is for local authorities to set the rates paid to maintained nursery schools. This supplementary funding provides MNS with stability whilst we develop a long-term solution for them. An important part of this will be understanding the value for money that they offer, and new research will report on this later in the year.

MNS also benefit from our increased hourly rates paid to local authorities to deliver the 15 hour free entitlement for disadvantaged two-year-olds. From April 2017, all local authorities saw 7% increases in their funding rates for two-year-olds.

Future funding decisions after 2019-20 will be set at the next spending review.

Grouped Questions: 163604 | 163606
Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 12 July 2018
Department for Education
Children: Day Care
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the level of free childcare funding per two-year-old in maintained nursery schools has risen in line with inflation.
A
Answered by: Nadhim Zahawi
Answered on: 20 July 2018

We are providing supplementary funding of around £60 million a year to enable local authorities to protect maintained nursery school (MNS) funding until 2019-20. It is for local authorities to set the rates paid to maintained nursery schools. This supplementary funding provides MNS with stability whilst we develop a long-term solution for them. An important part of this will be understanding the value for money that they offer, and new research will report on this later in the year.

MNS also benefit from our increased hourly rates paid to local authorities to deliver the 15 hour free entitlement for disadvantaged two-year-olds. From April 2017, all local authorities saw 7% increases in their funding rates for two-year-olds.

Future funding decisions after 2019-20 will be set at the next spending review.

Grouped Questions: 163603 | 163606
Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 12 July 2018
Department for Education
Children: Day Care
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of reviewing eligibility for 30-hours free childcare annually; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Nadhim Zahawi
Answered on: 20 July 2018

We have commissioned an independent evaluation of the first year of 30 hours delivery, which will be published this summer. We will use the evidence from this evaluation and the learnings from the first year of delivery to inform the future eligibility and delivery of 30 hours.

Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 12 July 2018
Department for Education
Pre-school Education: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department provides support for maintained nurseries to formulate their three-year budgets beyond 2020.
A
Answered by: Nadhim Zahawi
Answered on: 20 July 2018

We are providing supplementary funding of around £60 million a year to enable local authorities to protect maintained nursery school (MNS) funding until 2019-20. It is for local authorities to set the rates paid to maintained nursery schools. This supplementary funding provides MNS with stability whilst we develop a long-term solution for them. An important part of this will be understanding the value for money that they offer, and new research will report on this later in the year.

MNS also benefit from our increased hourly rates paid to local authorities to deliver the 15 hour free entitlement for disadvantaged two-year-olds. From April 2017, all local authorities saw 7% increases in their funding rates for two-year-olds.

Future funding decisions after 2019-20 will be set at the next spending review.

Grouped Questions: 163603 | 163604
Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 06 July 2018
Treasury
Tax Avoidance
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the total amount that will accrue to the public purse from the Loan Charge 2019.
A
Answered by: Mel Stride
Answered on: 17 July 2018

The charge on disguised remuneration (DR) loans is estimated to raise £3.2 billion for the Exchequer by 2021. Further information can be found in the ‘Disguised remuneration: further update’ policy paper, published on 22 November 2017: www.gov.uk/government/publications/disguised-remuneration-further-update/disguised-remuneration-further-update.

The charge on DR loans is estimated to affect up to 50,000 individuals. Outstanding DR loans will be treated as UK income and charged to tax on 5 April 2019. An individual will usually have to pay tax on UK income even if they are not resident in or a citizen of the UK, and the charge on DR loans is no different. As a result, no assessment has been made of how many of the 50,000 estimated to be affected are non-UK resident or non-UK citizens.

Grouped Questions: 161577
Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 06 July 2018
Treasury
Tax Avoidance
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many non-UK citizens HMRC has estimated are liable to pay the 2019 Loan Charge.
A
Answered by: Mel Stride
Answered on: 17 July 2018

The charge on disguised remuneration (DR) loans is estimated to raise £3.2 billion for the Exchequer by 2021. Further information can be found in the ‘Disguised remuneration: further update’ policy paper, published on 22 November 2017: www.gov.uk/government/publications/disguised-remuneration-further-update/disguised-remuneration-further-update.

The charge on DR loans is estimated to affect up to 50,000 individuals. Outstanding DR loans will be treated as UK income and charged to tax on 5 April 2019. An individual will usually have to pay tax on UK income even if they are not resident in or a citizen of the UK, and the charge on DR loans is no different. As a result, no assessment has been made of how many of the 50,000 estimated to be affected are non-UK resident or non-UK citizens.

Grouped Questions: 161576
Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 06 July 2018
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Markets: Woolwich
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the timetable is for his final decision on whether the former covered market, Woolwich, should be added to the National Heritage List for England.
A
Answered by: Michael Ellis
Answered on: 12 July 2018

Requests for buildings to be considered for ‘listing’ under the terms of the Planning Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas Act 1990 are received by Historic England. Historic England assesses such requests before providing its recommendations to the Secretary of State. We understand that Historic England has received such a request in relation to the former covered market in Woolwich, and that it hopes to submit its recommendation shortly. Once this has been received, the building’s claims to special architectural or historic interest will be considered in line with the Secretary of State’s Principles of Selection for Listed Buildings. Most listing cases are determined within 10 working days, complex or high profile cases within eight weeks.

Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 27 June 2018
Treasury
Customs
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Government’s technical note on a temporary customs arrangement, published on 7 June 2018, whether the UK will make payments to the EU to participate in a backstop customs arrangement; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Mel Stride
Answered on: 02 July 2018
  • We are clear that the days of Britain making vast contributions to the European Union every year will end.
  • As an EU member state, the UK remits customs duties to the EU budget under the EU’s Own Resources Decision. As set out in the technical note, after the Implementation Period the UK will no longer have a legal requirement to remit revenue in this way.
  • Neither the UK’s technical paper nor the EU’s draft protocol on Northern Ireland makes provision for the continued application of the Own Resources system.
  • The EU’s proposed draft legal text on the Northern Ireland protocol, published in March 2018, does make provision for the possibility of a mechanism for revenue collection and distribution, as appropriate. This is a matter for further discussion in the negotiations.
Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[N]
Close

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Asked on: 25 June 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Members: Correspondence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to respond to the letter of 30 May 2018 from the hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich on New Capital Quay, Royal Borough of Greenwich.
A
Answered by: Dominic Raab
Answered on: 28 June 2018

I responded to the letter from the Hon Member for Greenwich and Woolwich on 27 June 2018.

Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 05 June 2018
Department for Education
Academies
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 18 May 2018 to Question 145610 on Academies, if he will publish the names and local authority area of the 21 schools that had their academy orders revoked; and for each school whether the revocation was a result of (a) subsequent Ofsted inspections (b) closure and (c) merger.
A
Answered by: Nadhim Zahawi
Answered on: 13 June 2018

The attached table lists the 21 schools that have had their academy orders revoked and the reason.

The department supports all schools becoming sponsored academies to have school improvement plans in place regardless of their place in the process. Revoking an academy order takes place only in very specific circumstances, with careful consideration from all parties involved.

Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 08 June 2018
Department for Exiting the European Union
EURATOM
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what the timetable is for the Joint Committee referred to in Article 157 of the Draft Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union to be established.
A
Answered by: Mr Robin Walker
Answered on: 13 June 2018

The UK will continue to engage constructively in the ongoing negotiations concerning the governance and dispute resolution mechanisms of our Withdrawal Agreement with the EU.

Decisions concerning the exact details of the Joint Committee will follow on from these negotiations. We are clear however that the Joint Committee will be comprised of representatives from both the UK and the EU with the necessary expertise and experience, and it will be in place by March 2019, in time for the start of the implementation period.

Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 08 June 2018
Department for Exiting the European Union
EURATOM
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to article 157 of the Draft Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, how many people UK representatives the Government plans to appoint to the Joint Committee referred to in that article; and what the timetable is for that appointment process to be complete.
A
Answered by: Mr Robin Walker
Answered on: 13 June 2018

The UK will continue to engage constructively in the ongoing negotiations concerning the governance and dispute resolution mechanisms of our Withdrawal Agreement with the EU.

Decisions concerning the exact details of the Joint Committee, including its representatives and the related appointments process, will follow on from these negotiations. We are clear however that the Joint Committee will be comprised of representatives from both the UK and the EU with the necessary expertise and experience.

Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[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: 08 June 2018
Department for Exiting the European Union
EURATOM
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what process he plans to establish to help the Joint Committee referred to in Article 157 of the Draft Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union to be accountable to Parliament.
A
Answered by: Mr Robin Walker
Answered on: 13 June 2018

The UK will continue to engage constructively in the ongoing negotiations concerning the governance and dispute resolution mechanisms of our Withdrawal Agreement with the EU.

Decisions concerning the exact details of the Joint Committee, including the necessary processes for establishing it, will follow on from these negotiations.

It will be for Parliament to determine the level of scrutiny it will want to undertake based on the detailed arrangements agreed between the UK and EU. But of course the Government will work with Parliament to agree the right approach to scrutiny.

Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 07 June 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Free Movement of Labour
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether it is the Government’s policy to transpose the revision of the Posting of Workers Directive (96/71/EC) into domestic legislation before the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020.
A
Answered by: Andrew Griffiths
Answered on: 12 June 2018

We expect the revision to the Posting of Workers Directive to be voted on for adoption (approval by both Council and the European Parliament) shortly, after which it will become EU law. If adopted, we intend to implement it, including through transposition into domestic legislation as necessary, before the end of the transition period. Until exit negotiations are concluded, the UK remains a full Member of the European Union and all the rights and obligations of EU membership remain in force. During this period the Government will also continue to negotiate, implement and apply EU legislation.

Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 04 June 2018
Department for Education
Members: Correspondence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to respond to the letter of 18 May from the hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich on The John Roan School, Royal Borough of Greenwich.
A
Answered by: Nadhim Zahawi
Answered on: 11 June 2018
Holding answer received on 07 June 2018

A response to the letter was sent to the hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich on 11 June 2018.

Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 05 June 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Members: Correspondence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he plans to respond to the letter of 10 May 2018 from the hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich on the White Helmets (Syria Civil Defence): level of support.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 11 June 2018

A response was sent on 6 June, five working days before the 20 day target as published in the Cabinet Office annual correspondence report.

Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 01 June 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Help to Buy Scheme: Greenwich
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make an assessment of the effect on the public purse of Help to Buy equity loans being redeemed at a fraction of their original value on leasehold properties on New Capital Quay development in Greenwich whose valuation has significantly decreased because of blight resulting from cladding and insulation throughout that site failing category 3 safety tests arranged through his Department; whether his Department is taking steps to reduce the effect on the public purse of such valuations; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Dominic Raab
Answered on: 08 June 2018
Holding answer received on 06 June 2018

Homes England have identified 29 flats where Help to Buy: Equity Loan held a share of the equity for the New Capital Quay development. Further work is ongoing to validate this information.

The Department has not made an assessment of the future valuation of such properties because it would rely on the individual situation and judgement of an independent valuer at the time the property owner decides they wish to redeem their equity loan.

Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 18 May 2018
Department for Education
Academies
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many directive academy orders have been issued to maintained schools that Ofsted has rated as inadequate pursuant to s4(A1) of the Academies Act 2010; and how many of those schools have subsequently opened as sponsored academies.
A
Answered by: Nadhim Zahawi
Answered on: 23 May 2018

The 2016 Education and Adoption Act[1] placed a duty on the Secretary of State to make an academy order in respect of any maintained school that has been judged inadequate by Ofsted, to enable it to become an academy and receive additional support from a sponsor.

Between 18 April 2016, when this power came into force, and 1 May 2018, the department has issued 426 academy orders to inadequate local authority maintained schools. Of these, 218 have since opened as sponsored academies. In all cases, we will ensure that there is appropriate support in place to secure improvement until the school converts. This can be from the preferred sponsor or through another multi-academy trust or teaching school alliance, or direct from the local authority. Some schools do not proceed to conversion, either because they close or merge or because they improve sufficiently and are removed from special measures. 21 have had their academy orders revoked, either due to subsequent Ofsted inspections, or closure or merger.

[1] Section 4(A1) of the Academies Act 2010, as inserted by the Education and Adoption Act 2016.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
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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: 15 May 2018
Department for Education
John Roan School
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when Ofsted plans to publish its final report of its 21 and 22 March 2018 inspection of The John Roan secondary school in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.
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Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 21 May 2018

This is a matter for Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman. I have asked her to write to the hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich, and a copy of her reply will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 08 May 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Queen Elizabeth Hospital Woolwich
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will place in the Library of the House a copy of the Private Finance Initiative contract for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich agreed in 2009 between the Meridian Hospital Company and the South London Healthcare Trust.
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Answered by: Stephen Barclay
Answered on: 16 May 2018

The Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contract for the new Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich was signed in 1998 between the former Queen Elizabeth Hospitals NHS Trust and the Meridian Hospital Company. Queen Elizabeth Hospitals NHS Trust was dissolved in April 2009 and merged with three other National Health Service trusts to form the South London NHS Trust in their place, the PFI contract transferring to the new trust. The contract transferred to the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust on the dissolution of South London NHS Trust in October 2013. A copy of the contract is attached.

PQ141858 attached document (PDF Document, 392.73 KB)
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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[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: 09 May 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Members: Correspondence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich of 26 March 2018 on air quality and the planned cruise liner terminal building on land at Enderby Wharf, Christchurch Way, Greenwich SE10.
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Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 16 May 2018

A response to the letter of 26 March 2018 was sent on 15 May 2018.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 26 April 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Energy and Climate Change
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has plans to negotiate the inclusion of text on climate and energy in the political declaration on the framework for the future relationship that will form part of the European Commission's Draft Agreement on the withdrawal of the UK from the EU.
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Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 09 May 2018

The agreement governing our future relationship with the EU can only be legally concluded once the UK has left the EU. Article 50 sets out that the Withdrawal Agreement should take account of the framework of the future relationship with the EU, so at the same time as we negotiate the Withdrawal Agreement, we will seek to articulate our ambition for a deep and special partnership with the EU. Whatever the nature of the future UK-EU relationship, the UK will remain committed to international efforts to tackle climate change and working closely with the EU on such global challenges will remain very important.

Grouped Questions: 138514
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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 26 April 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Climate Change
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that there is continued cooperation with the EU on climate change after the UK leaves the EU.
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Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 09 May 2018

The agreement governing our future relationship with the EU can only be legally concluded once the UK has left the EU. Article 50 sets out that the Withdrawal Agreement should take account of the framework of the future relationship with the EU, so at the same time as we negotiate the Withdrawal Agreement, we will seek to articulate our ambition for a deep and special partnership with the EU. Whatever the nature of the future UK-EU relationship, the UK will remain committed to international efforts to tackle climate change and working closely with the EU on such global challenges will remain very important.

Grouped Questions: 138513
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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 26 April 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
EU Emissions Trading Scheme
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether it is the Government’s policy to seek to stay within the European Emissions Trading Scheme after the scheme’s third trading phase expires on 31 December 2020.
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Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 03 May 2018

The Government is considering all factors in relation to the UK’s future participation, or otherwise, in the EU ETS, in consultation with stakeholders.

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