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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 10 July 2017
Ministry of Defence
Syria: Military Intervention
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what forms of military support the UK has given to the Syrian Democratic Forces who are taking part in the ground assault against Daesh in Raqqa.
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Answered by: Mark Lancaster
Answered on: 17 July 2017

The RAF provides close air support in the form of airstrikes on Daesh targets, which assist the Syrian Democratic Forces on the ground in taking the fight to Daesh in places such as Raqqah.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 10 July 2017
Ministry of Defence
Syria: Military Intervention
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the activities of its military partners in the counter-Daesh offensive in Syria are consistent with international laws aimed at protecting civilians in armed conflicts.
A
Answered by: Mark Lancaster
Answered on: 17 July 2017

Through the Coalition, we impress on all local partner forces in the fight against Daesh the importance of respect for the Law of Armed Conflict and International Humanitarian Law.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 04 July 2017
HM Treasury
Inheritance Tax
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to encourage more financial institutions, including those based overseas, to provide support to executors and administrators of estates, including with regard to making the deceased's liquid assets available for the payment of inheritance tax prior to the grant of probate in line with the 2016 Bereavement Principles.
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Answered by: Mel Stride
Answered on: 12 July 2017

UK banks’ and building societies’ treatment of their customers is governed by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in its Principles of Business. This includes a general requirement for firms to provide a prompt, efficient and fair service to all of their customers, including those who have recently suffered a bereavement.

The Government is supportive of industry efforts to improve handling of these sensitive cases, including the implementation of the British Bankers’ Association’s Bereavement Principles. These Principles commit firms to support customers and, in particular, allow necessary payments to be made from the deceased’s accounts. Such payments include inheritance tax, which can be paid directly to HM Revenue and Customs, before probate is granted, through the Direct Payment Scheme. Where lower amounts are held, the Principles also commit firms to consider whether they can waive probate requirements and release funds more quickly.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 03 July 2017
HM Treasury
UK Trade With EU
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the UK economy of the UK leaving the EU's Common Commercial Policy and Common External Tariff without a customs agreement between the UK and the EU.
A
Answered by: Elizabeth Truss
Answered on: 11 July 2017

The government has undertaken a significant amount of work to assess the economic impact of leaving the EU. This is part of our continued programme of rigorous and extensive analytical work on a range of scenarios on a sector by sector basis.

We want to conclude a deep and special partnership with the European Union. This includes pursuing a new customs agreement that allows for the freest possible trade in goods and services between the UK and EU member states.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 03 July 2017
HM Treasury
Economic Situation: Immigration
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the economy of reducing net immigration to the tens of thousands.
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Answered by: Stephen Barclay
Answered on: 11 July 2017

The Treasury has not made any formal assessment of the effect on the economy of reducing net migration to the tens of thousands.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 03 July 2017
HM Treasury
UK Trade with EU
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effect on the UK economy of a customs agreement with the EU that includes participation in the Common External Tariff and Common Commercial Policy.
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Answered by: Elizabeth Truss
Answered on: 11 July 2017

The government has undertaken a significant amount of work to assess the economic impact of leaving the EU. This is part of our continued programme of rigorous and extensive analytical work on a range of scenarios on a sector by sector basis.

We want to conclude a deep and special partnership with the European Union. This includes pursuing a new customs agreement that allows for the freest possible trade in goods and services between the UK and EU member states.

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