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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.
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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.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 09 October 2018
Home Office
Immigrants: 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.
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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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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 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.
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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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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 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.
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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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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 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.
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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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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: 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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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: 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]
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: 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

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(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.

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(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.
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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.

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(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.

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(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.

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(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.
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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
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(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

'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
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.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
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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.
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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[N]
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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.
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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]
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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.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[N]
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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.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[N]
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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 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]
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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.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[N]
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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]
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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]
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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.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[N]
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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)
[N]
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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.
A
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.

Q
(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.
A
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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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.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 16 May 2018

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

Q
(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.
A
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
Q
(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.
A
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
Q
(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.
A
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.

Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[N]
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Asked on: 28 March 2018
Home Office
Members: Correspondence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to three related letters from the hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich dated 21 August 2017, 22 November 2017 and 22 January 2018 regarding his constituent’s enquiry on the performance of UK Visas and Immigration.
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Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 16 April 2018

I apologise for the delay in responding to the Honourable Member. I will respond separately.

Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 27 March 2018
Department for Exiting the European Union
Property: EU Countries
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of exiting the EU on UK citizens with properties in one of the 27 remaining EU Member States.
A
Answered by: Suella Braverman
Answered on: 06 April 2018

The property rights of UK nationals that own property in an EU Member State and vice versa is not a matter that fell within the scope of the first stage of the negotiations with the EU.

It is already the case that all Member States are bound by Article 1 of Protocol 1 to the European Convention on Human Rights which obliges them to respect property rights. We expect that these rights will continue to be respected after our exit.

Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 26 March 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Inland Waterways: Greater London
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will take steps to revise the planning system to encourage the installation of shore side electricity at wharves and moorings on the Thames and London Waterways.
A
Answered by: Rishi Sunak
Answered on: 04 April 2018

The National Policy Statement for Ports, makes clear for applicants submitting development proposals that all proposals should either include reasonable provisions to allow the possibility of future provision of shore-ship electrical infrastructure, or give reasons as to why it would not be economically and environmentally worthwhile to make such a provision. Considerations should be based on the dwell time of vessels and technical compatibility of the ships intended to call at the port, as well as on the emissions and other impacts.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[N]
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Asked on: 07 March 2018
Department for Transport
Silvertown Tunnel
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the authority is for contractors working on behalf of Transport for London to conduct preparatory Silvertown Tunnel bore hole drilling works in Bugsbys Reach in advance of a decision on development consent for the proposed Silvertown Tunnel.
A
Answered by: Joseph Johnson
Answered on: 12 March 2018

Transport in London is a matter for Transport for London (TfL) and the Mayor. We understand from TfL that these works are being carried out under a statutory permit granted by the Environment Agency.

It is standard procedure for investigative works such as these to be carried out in advance of major development proposals and the works are without prejudice to the Secretary of State’s determination of the application for development consent for the Silvertown Tunnel.

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