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(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.

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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: 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
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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: 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

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: 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
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(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.

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(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.

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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: 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

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: 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.

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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: 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

'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, 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.

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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: 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

'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 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.

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