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Asked by Tim Loughton
(East Worthing and Shoreham)
Asked on: 09 July 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Balkans: Conferences
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reason the Moldovan Head of Government was not invited to the Western Balkans Summit in London on 10 July 2018.
A
Answered by: Sir Alan Duncan
Answered on: 16 July 2018

The 10 July Western Balkans Summit in London was the fifth convened under the Berlin Process launched by Chancellor Merkel in 2014. The fourteen Berlin Process Leaders were invited to the Summit. Moldova is not a member of the Berlin Process so was not invited. Prime Minister Tsipras was invited to the Summit to brief, alongside Prime Minister Zaev, on the Name Issue agreement. Prime Minister Borissov was also invited given his hosting of the 17 May EU-Western Balkans Summit in Sofia.

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(Ellesmere Port and Neston)
Asked on: 09 July 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Retail Trade: Ellesmere Port and Neston
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has plans to provide financial support to high streets businesses in Ellesmere Port and Neston constituency.
A
Answered by: Jake Berry
Answered on: 16 July 2018

High streets are a crucial part of our communities. The Government is determined to see our high streets thriving, both now and in the future. We want to see vibrant hubs where people live, shop, use services, and spend their leisure time.

This is why we have announced that the Department will launch a call for evidence over the summer looking at the future of our high streets. We are establishing an expert panel of industry leaders to draw on their experience and expertise to diagnose the issues currently affecting our high streets, and advise on the best long-term approach to help their revival.

The Government is investing £201.1 million in Growth Deals in the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership area. Growth allocations are creating up to 12,000 jobs and generating up to £280 million in public and private investment.

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(Ellesmere Port and Neston)
Asked on: 09 July 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent progress he has made on the implementation of Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Stephen Barclay
Answered on: 16 July 2018

In 2017, NHS England and NHS Improvement announced that the most mature sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) would evolve to become ‘integrated care systems’. Over the past year we have seen real progress, with the first group of these systems becoming operational in April. At NHS England and NHS Improvement’s board-in-common meeting in May, it was announced that another four STPs would become integrated care systems in 2018-19: Gloucestershire, Suffolk and North East Essex, West, North and East Cumbria, and West Yorkshire and Harrogate.

Q
(Ellesmere Port and Neston)
Asked on: 09 July 2018
Treasury
Individual Savings Accounts
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people have paid a penalty charge for the withdrawal of money from a Lifetime ISA; and how much has been accrued to the public purse as a result of those penalty charges.
A
Answered by: John Glen
Answered on: 16 July 2018

During the first financial year 2017/18 there was no unauthorised withdrawal charge in place. The data for 2018/19 is not yet available, but HMRC will publish it in due course.

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Asked by Kate Osamor
(Edmonton)
Asked on: 09 July 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Leasehold: Reform
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department has taken to consult with (a) housebuilders and (b) residential property investors on the Government's proposals for reform of the leasehold system.
A
Answered by: Mrs Heather Wheeler
Answered on: 16 July 2018

In 2017, the Government published a consultation document to seek views leasehold reform. We received an exceptional response with over 6,000 replies, many from developers and investors. Since then, my Department has been engaging with a range of stakeholders as part of developing a detailed approach to implementing this policy.

To help existing leaseholders the Law Commission is reviewing the law on enfranchisement with a view to making it fair, faster, and cheaper for leaseholders to extend their lease or buy their freehold. They are also considering whether there needs to be a ban on transmitting unfair terms when a lease is sold on.

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Asked by Dr David Drew
(Stroud)
Asked on: 09 July 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Animal Welfare
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government plans to bring forward separate legislative proposals relating to (a) introducing five-year sentences for animal cruelty and (b) animal sentience.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 16 July 2018

I refer my Hon Friend to the reply given to the Honourable Member for Bristol East, on 27 March 2018 PQ UIN 133919.

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Asked by Dr David Drew
(Stroud)
Asked on: 09 July 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Dangerous Dogs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations his Department has received from (a) organisations, (b) charities and (c) individuals on Section 1 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in the last 12 months.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 16 July 2018

Defra receives regular letters, emails and queries relating to the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 from a range of organisations, charities and individuals. The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs committee is currently holding an inquiry on the issue and Defra has given evidence.

Q
(Bexleyheath and Crayford)
Asked on: 09 July 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Obesity: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to (a) launch and (b) conclude each of the consultations announced in Chapter 2 of the Childhood Obesity Plan.
A
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 16 July 2018

The consultations announced in chapter 2 of the childhood obesity plan will be launched before the end of 2018. Further details will be available later this year.

‘Childhood obesity: a plan for action, chapter 2’ is available at the following link:

www.gov.uk/government/publications/childhood-obesity-a-plan-for-action-chapter-2

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(Chichester)
Asked on: 09 July 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Livestock: Dogs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps his Department has taken to promote responsible dog ownership near livestock.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 16 July 2018

Defra has been working closely with the police and local authorities and provided clear guidance to them on how they can tackle irresponsible dog ownership, including dealing with dog attacks on livestock. This has included promoting the Local Environmental Awareness on Dogs (LEAD) initiative to encourage partnership working between police and local authorities and to address minor incidents involving dogs before they escalate. We have also updated the Code of Practice for the Welfare of Dogs, which encourages owners to keep their dog on a lead around livestock or to avoid such situations, in order to make it more accessible to readers.

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Asked by Dr David Drew
(Stroud)
Asked on: 09 July 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Veterinary Medicine
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has plans to allocate grant funding for the recruitment of additional vets to maintain animal welfare standards after the UK leaves the EU.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 16 July 2018

There are no plans to allocate grant funding for the recruitment of vets. Defra continues to work in partnership with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, British Veterinary Association and others to ensure that the UK maintains a sufficient and well-qualified veterinary workforce, particularly as the UK prepares to leave the EU.

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Asked by Dr David Drew
(Stroud)
Asked on: 09 July 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Veterinary Medicine
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of additional veterinarians working in meat hygiene that will be required to maintain animal welfare standards after the UK leaves the EU.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 16 July 2018

The range of products requiring export certification is dependent on the UK’s future relationship with the EU. Defra is working to ensure that there will be sufficient Official Veterinarians for any increase in export certificates.

Grouped Questions: 161983
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Asked by Dr David Drew
(Stroud)
Asked on: 09 July 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Veterinary Medicine
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of additional veterinarians working in meat hygiene that will be required to certify products of animal origin for export after the UK leaves the EU.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 16 July 2018

The range of products requiring export certification is dependent on the UK’s future relationship with the EU. Defra is working to ensure that there will be sufficient Official Veterinarians for any increase in export certificates.

Grouped Questions: 161982
Q
Asked by Dr David Drew
(Stroud)
Asked on: 09 July 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Veterinary Medicine
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has plans to maintain the level of professional qualifications required for veterinarians working in meat hygiene after the UK leaves the EU.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 16 July 2018

As the regulator of the veterinary profession, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons is responsible for setting the standards required to practice veterinary surgery in the UK. Official Veterinarians also work alongside meat hygiene inspectors who are accredited by awarding bodies such as the Royal Society for Public Health. These are standards that we will seek to maintain after the UK leaves the EU.

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Asked by Dr David Drew
(Stroud)
Asked on: 09 July 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Veterinary Medicine
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons on the mutual recognition of veterinary professional qualifications between the EU and the UK after the UK leaves the EU; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 16 July 2018

Defra and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons have discussed the importance of maintaining a highly qualified veterinary workforce as the UK leaves the EU. This includes how EU-qualified veterinary surgeons will continue to practice to existing high standards in the UK.

Q
(Slough)
Asked on: 09 July 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Members: Correspondence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to respond to the emails sent by the hon. Member for Slough dated (a) 31 May 2018 and (b) 3 July 2018 referenced TD4223.
A
Answered by: Justin Tomlinson
Answered on: 16 July 2018

A full reply was sent by email to the hon. Member for Slough on 12.07.18.

Q
Asked by Kate Hollern
(Blackburn)
[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: 10 July 2018
Home Office
Immigrants: Detainees
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of families where family members are held in separate immigration detention centres.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 16 July 2018

The Home Office does not hold the information you have requested in a reportable format. The information requested could only be supplied at disproportionate cost.

Q
Asked by Dan Jarvis
(Barnsley Central)
[R]
Close

Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[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: 10 July 2018
Home Office
Visas: Applications
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he has plans to increase the (a) staff and (b) resources of his Department to ensure that decisions on applications for visas are made within target times.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 16 July 2018

UK Visas and Immigration continually reviews its global visa operation to improve performance and ensure value for money while maintaining excellent customer service.

The UK is open for business and visa applications from key emerging economies are up. Tourists and business travellers are always welcome and we continue to attract the brightest and the best for work or study.

Q
Asked by Dan Jarvis
(Barnsley Central)
[R]
Close

Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[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: 10 July 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Universal Credit: Internet
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how often staff in her Department that monitor the online journals for universal credit are notified when someone posts on their online journal.
A
Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 16 July 2018

The case manager or work coach receives a notification in real time each time a claimant submits an entry to their online journal. Journal entries are monitored daily as part of our case management approach.

Q
Asked by Dan Jarvis
(Barnsley Central)
[R]
Close

Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[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: 10 July 2018
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Internet: Business
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that internet service providers remove incorrect information relating to business locations when informed of errors by affected people.
A
Answered by: Margot James
Answered on: 16 July 2018

The Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force on 25 May. The new legislation updates our data protection framework, and includes stronger rights for data subjects in relation to the processing of their personal data. The GDPR gives individuals the right to request that a data controller erases personal data concerning them without undue delay where the individual has withdrawn their consent. The GDPR also gives people the right to have inaccurate personal data relating to them rectified by a data controller without undue delay. Guidance on how to request erasure and rectification has been produced by the Information Commissioner's Office and published on their website at ico.org.uk.

Q
Asked by Darren Jones
(Bristol North West)
[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: 10 July 2018
Department for Education
Schools: Census
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when nationality and country of birth data collected by schools for immigration purposes in the 2016-18 school census will be deleted as required by the Education Act 1996.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 16 July 2018

The Department has consistently been clear that nationality and country of birth data was collected for the purposes of internal educational research and will not be shared with the Home Office or any other government department. At the end of the current 2017/18 academic year, the Department will have sufficient data to support the research it wishes to undertake and has proactively decided to remove the data collection burden placed on schools and parents from September 2018 onwards.

The Department has robust safeguards and controls in place to ensure this data, as with all our data, is handled securely and in accordance with relevant data protection regulations. This data will be subject to ongoing periodic reviews to ensure that the data will be retained for no longer than is necessary for the research purposes for which the data was originally collected.

Q
Asked by Kate Hollern
(Blackburn)
[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: 10 July 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Shorthold Tenancies: Evictions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will take steps to provide additional protection to tenants facing eviction as a result of the end of an assured shorthold tenancy.
A
Answered by: Mrs Heather Wheeler
Answered on: 16 July 2018

Under the Assured Shorthold Tenancy regime, which is now the most common form of tenancy in the private rented sector, tenants have a minimum of 6 months security of tenure. According to the English Housing Survey, 10 per cent of tenants moved because they were asked to leave or were given notice by their landlord. A landlord can only seek possession within the fixed term tenancy period by applying to the court for a possession in accordance with section 8 of the Housing Act 1988 on one or more of the grounds contained in schedule 2.

Outside of the fixed term period, a landlord can evict a tenant using a Section 21 notice but only where the landlord has complied with certain legal obligations. These include protecting their tenants’ deposit in a Tenancy Deposit Protection scheme, providing Gas Safety Certificates, and also providing a copy of the Government’s ‘How to Rent’ guide.

The Government is committed to making renting more secure. On 2 July, we launched a consultation on overcoming the barriers to longer tenancies in the private rented sector. We are seeking views on a three year longer tenancy model with a six month break clause to allow tenants and landlords to exit the agreement early if needed. The Government will consider the responses to the consultation and set out next steps later in the year. The consultation document is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/overcoming-the-barriers-to-longer-tenancies-in-the-private-rented-sector.

Q
Asked by Kate Hollern
(Blackburn)
[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: 10 July 2018
Department for Transport
Railways: North of England
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress is being made on plans for electrification of the trans-pennine railway line.
A
Answered by: Joseph Johnson
Answered on: 16 July 2018

The Department for Transport has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

Q
(Motherwell and Wishaw)
[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: 10 July 2018
Department for Education
Construction Industry Training Board: Glaziers
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference the Industrial Training (Construction Board) Order 1964 (Amendment) Order 1992, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of extending the scope of the Construction Industry Training Board to include glaziers.
A
Answered by: Anne Milton
Answered on: 16 July 2018

Matters of extending the scope to include glazers would be for the Construction Industry Training Board to determine.

It is important Industry Training Boards (ITBs) are able to both keep up with developments in their industries and help them to modernise and improve productivity. This may mean that the scope of the ITBs (which determines whether employers are liable to pay the levies and who may claim grants) needs to evolve.

Q
Asked by Darren Jones
(Bristol North West)
[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: 10 July 2018
Ministry of Justice
Child Contact Centres
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of adequacy of funding for supported contact centres by Cafcass.
A
Answered by: Lucy Frazer
Answered on: 16 July 2018

The Government is not responsible for funding the child contact centre sector. However, the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) provides small value annual grants to supported child contact centres run by the voluntary sector, where such centres seek financial assistance. This funding not only helps such centres to remain viable but may be used to develop the quality of provision offered.

The overall level of funding available to supported child centres is dependent on demand but has remained broadly stable since 2014/15. For 2018/19, individual grants are available up to an initial limit of £2,500 which can be increased to £3,000 where appropriate.

Q
Asked by Darren Jones
(Bristol North West)
[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: 10 July 2018
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Charities: Data Protection
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the General Data Protection Regulation on organisations operating on a not-for-profit basis; and what steps he is taking to minimise administrative costs placed on those organisations as a result of the General Data Protection Regulation.
A
Answered by: Margot James
Answered on: 16 July 2018

The UK exercised its ability to derogate from the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) through the Data Protection Act 2018 to create a proportionate data protection regime which is robust and protects the rights of individuals, whilst providing legal certainty for organisations.

An impact assessment of the derogations to GDPR exercised by the government was published in 2017, and is available at the link below.

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/664329/General_Processing_Impact_Assessment.pdf

Q
Asked by Darren Jones
(Bristol North West)
[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: 10 July 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to ensure that all disability and medical assessment centres are accessible to all constituents.
A
Answered by: Sarah Newton
Answered on: 16 July 2018

Ensuring our assessment services are accessible to all claimants is a priority in line with the standards under the Equality Act 2010. Where customers are not able to access an assessment at one of our assessment centres, our assessment providers provide an alternative method of delivering the service. For example they may arrange an appointment at an alternative nearby assessment centre or arrange a home visit.

Q
Asked by Darren Jones
(Bristol North West)
[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: 10 July 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to ensure the maintenance of access to services in the event that a contracted assessment centre is rendered temporarily inaccessible.
A
Answered by: Sarah Newton
Answered on: 16 July 2018

Where customers are not able to access an assessment at one of our assessment centres due to the centre being temporarily inaccessible, assessment providers will provide an alternative method of delivering the service. For example, they may arrange an appointment at an alternative nearby assessment centre or arrange a home visit.

Q
(Sheffield South East)
[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: 10 July 2018
Cabinet Office
Government Departments: Billing
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 6 July to Question 160071 on Payment Performance Data, and with reference to the Second Joint report from the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Work and Pensions Committees of Session 2017–19 on Carillion, HC 769, when he plans to publish Payment Performance Data consolidated across all Government Departments, Executive Agencies and Non Departmental Public Bodies.
A
Answered by: Oliver Dowden
Answered on: 16 July 2018

As of 1 April 2015 all central government departments, including their executive agencies and non departmental public bodies, have been required to report on their prompt payment performance. They must publish the percentage of their invoices paid within 5 days and within 30 days on a quarterly basis on their GOV.UK pages.

The performance of central government departments in paying undisputed invoices for 2015/16 can be viewed here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/central-government-prompt-payment-performance.

Q
(Hyndburn)
[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: 10 July 2018
Home Office
Metals and Stone: Theft
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in what form his Department records incidents of (a) metal and (b) stone theft from heritage buildings; and how many of those incidents to place in each month of this year.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 16 July 2018

The Office of National Statistics publishes statistics on metal thefts annually, based on information provided by police forces. The most recent statistics, for the year ending March 2017 were published in December 2017. Statistics relating to the year to March 2018 will be published later this year.

Thefts of stone are not recorded separately in the crime statistics published by the Office of National Statistics. Such thefts will be incorporated within the overall statistics relating to thefts.

Q
(Hyndburn)
[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: 10 July 2018
Home Office
Metals: Theft
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 19 June 2018 to Question 153803 on Metals: Theft, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to ban squatting in commercial properties to prevent the theft of (a) metal and (b) other commodities from those properties.
A
Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 16 July 2018

We have no plans to legislate to ban squatting in commercial properties to prevent the theft of metals of other commodities. The police can already take action if those who squat in such premises commit crimes when entering or staying in such premises, including crimes relating to criminal damages and thefts.

Q
(Hyndburn)
[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: 10 July 2018
Home Office
Metals: Theft
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of metal theft crimes were committed alongside incidences of illegal occupation of commercial premises.
A
Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 16 July 2018

The Department does not hold this information. Statistics relating to metal theft are published annually by the Office for National Statistics, but this does not include information relating to the circumstances or specific locations of these thefts.

Q
Asked by John Spellar
(Warley)
[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: 10 July 2018
Home Office
UK Border Force: Heathrow Airport
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to her Answer of 2 July to Question 157630 on UK Border Force: Heathrow, how many times UK Border Force did not meet its target for processing non-EEA nationals at Heathrow in the first six months of this year and what the comparable figure was for 2017.
A
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 16 July 2018

Border Force service standards are that 95% of British and other European Economic Area (EEA) passengers, from the point they join an immigration queue, are seen by an officer within 25 minutes. For non-EEA passengers, the service standard is that 95% of passengers are seen by an officer within 45 minutes.

We do not publish data on performance at individual ports. Published data on the clearance of passengers at the border can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/border-force-transparency-data-may-2018.

Data relating to Border Force activity at Heathrow is published on the Heathrow Airport website at https://www.heathrow.com/company/company-news-and-information/performance/airport-operations/border-force

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Asked by Lesley Laird
(Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath)
[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 July 2018
Scotland Office
Agriculture: Scotland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the support available to Scotland’s agriculture, food and farming sectors to ensure that all business transactions and procedures remain consistent after the UK leaves the EU.
A
Answered by: David Mundell
Answered on: 16 July 2018

I have frequent discussions with Cabinet colleagues covering all sectors of the economy, constructively feeding into the regular talks this Government has been having with the EU on the future framework, outlining our positions on a wide range of topics covering the future security partnership and the future economic partnership.

We are working on delivering for Scotland across the board. On agriculture, food, and farming, the Agriculture Bill will deliver on our manifesto commitment to provide stability for farmers as we exit the EU. On manufacturing and construction, we are determined to ensure that the UK continues to be one of the most competitive locations in the world. On Financial Services, we will be seeking a bold and ambitious free trade agreement of greater scope and ambition than any such agreement before it, so that it covers sectors crucial to our linked economies. On life sciences, we are seeking a comprehensive system of mutual recognition to ensure that, as now, pharmaceutical products and medical devices only need to undergo one series of approvals in one country.

Grouped Questions: 162626 | 162627 | 162628
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Asked by Lesley Laird
(Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath)
[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 July 2018
Scotland Office
Industry: Scotland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the support available to Scotland’s manufacturing and construction sectors to ensure that all business transactions and procedures remain consistent after the UK leaves the EU.
A
Answered by: David Mundell
Answered on: 16 July 2018

I have frequent discussions with Cabinet colleagues covering all sectors of the economy, constructively feeding into the regular talks this Government has been having with the EU on the future framework, outlining our positions on a wide range of topics covering the future security partnership and the future economic partnership.

We are working on delivering for Scotland across the board. On agriculture, food, and farming, the Agriculture Bill will deliver on our manifesto commitment to provide stability for farmers as we exit the EU. On manufacturing and construction, we are determined to ensure that the UK continues to be one of the most competitive locations in the world. On Financial Services, we will be seeking a bold and ambitious free trade agreement of greater scope and ambition than any such agreement before it, so that it covers sectors crucial to our linked economies. On life sciences, we are seeking a comprehensive system of mutual recognition to ensure that, as now, pharmaceutical products and medical devices only need to undergo one series of approvals in one country.

Grouped Questions: 162625 | 162627 | 162628
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Asked by Lesley Laird
(Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath)
[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 July 2018
Scotland Office
Financial Services: Scotland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the support available to Scotland’s banking and financial sectors to ensure that all business transactions and procedures remain consistent after the UK leaves the EU.
A
Answered by: David Mundell
Answered on: 16 July 2018

I have frequent discussions with Cabinet colleagues covering all sectors of the economy, constructively feeding into the regular talks this Government has been having with the EU on the future framework, outlining our positions on a wide range of topics covering the future security partnership and the future economic partnership.

We are working on delivering for Scotland across the board. On agriculture, food, and farming, the Agriculture Bill will deliver on our manifesto commitment to provide stability for farmers as we exit the EU. On manufacturing and construction, we are determined to ensure that the UK continues to be one of the most competitive locations in the world. On Financial Services, we will be seeking a bold and ambitious free trade agreement of greater scope and ambition than any such agreement before it, so that it covers sectors crucial to our linked economies. On life sciences, we are seeking a comprehensive system of mutual recognition to ensure that, as now, pharmaceutical products and medical devices only need to undergo one series of approvals in one country.

Grouped Questions: 162625 | 162626 | 162628
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Asked by Lesley Laird
(Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath)
[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: 10 July 2018
Scotland Office
Life Sciences: Scotland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the support available to Scotland’s life sciences sector to ensure that all business transactions and procedures remain consistent after the UK leaves the EU.
A
Answered by: David Mundell
Answered on: 16 July 2018

I have frequent discussions with Cabinet colleagues covering all sectors of the economy, constructively feeding into the regular talks this Government has been having with the EU on the future framework, outlining our positions on a wide range of topics covering the future security partnership and the future economic partnership.

We are working on delivering for Scotland across the board. On agriculture, food, and farming, the Agriculture Bill will deliver on our manifesto commitment to provide stability for farmers as we exit the EU. On manufacturing and construction, we are determined to ensure that the UK continues to be one of the most competitive locations in the world. On Financial Services, we will be seeking a bold and ambitious free trade agreement of greater scope and ambition than any such agreement before it, so that it covers sectors crucial to our linked economies. On life sciences, we are seeking a comprehensive system of mutual recognition to ensure that, as now, pharmaceutical products and medical devices only need to undergo one series of approvals in one country.

Grouped Questions: 162625 | 162626 | 162627
Q
Asked by Lesley Laird
(Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath)
[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 July 2018
Scotland Office
Food Banks: Scotland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether he has discussions with food bank service providers in Scotland in the last twelve months; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: David Mundell
Answered on: 16 July 2018

I commend the work undertaken by foodbanks across the UK. I meet with stakeholders to discuss a wide range of issues including food poverty in Scotland.

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Asked by Lesley Laird
(Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath)
Asked on: 10 July 2018
Scotland Office
Furs: Imports
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether he has had discussions with the Secretary of State for International Trade on extending existing fur import bans to cover all species exploited by the fur trade; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: David Mundell
Answered on: 16 July 2018
I speak with the Secretary of State for International Trade regularly on a range of issues. Existing EU regulations mean that some skin and fur products may never be legally imported into the UK for commercial use. These include cat and dog fur and products as well as seal skins and products from commercial hunts. Regulations banning the import of these furs will remain in force after the UK has left the EU, as these will be converted into UK domestic law through the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill.
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Asked by Jamie Stone
(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
[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 July 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Spaceflight
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent progress his Department has made being made on establishing a site for a UK space launch facility.
A
Answered by: Mr Sam Gyimah
Answered on: 16 July 2018

Our Industrial Strategy recognises the role of new markets like space launch in driving growth across the UK. The Government is delivering a major programme to enable companies to offer small satellite launch and sub-orbital spaceflight from UK spaceports.

The UK Space Agency has considered 26 proposals for grant funding to kick-start satellite launch and spaceflight operations in the UK.

On Monday we announced £31.5 million in funding to enable satellites to be launched from Sutherland, Scotland, which aims to be the first vertical spaceport to launch satellites into space from mainland Europe.

Alongside this, we have also announced plans, subject to business case, for up to £2 million of funding for airports such as Newquay, Glasgow Prestwick and Snowdonia planning to build the market for horizontal spaceflight using air-launched rockets and sub-orbital spaceplanes.

Q
Asked by Alex Norris
(Nottingham North)
[N]
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Asked on: 10 July 2018
Home Office
Fracking: Protest
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what additional funding his Department has allocated to local police forces for the policing of fracking sites.
A
Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 16 July 2018

The Home Office awarded £900,000 in Special Grant funding to the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner in 2014/15, and £1.4 million in Special Grant funding to the Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner in 2017/18, for the costs of policing anti-fracking protests.

The Home Office carefully considers requests for additional funding through Special Grant.

Q
Asked by Helen Jones
(Warrington North)
[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 July 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Brain: Tumours
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding his Department plans to allocate to brain tumour research in each of the next five years; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 16 July 2018

In May the Government announced £40 million over the next five years for brain tumour research as part of the Dame Tessa Jowell Brain Cancer Mission.

Funding will be invested through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to support a wide range of research from early translation (experimental medicine) through clinical and on to applied research. We are relying on researchers to submit high-quality research proposals in this difficult area. To encourage such applications we have released an NIHR Highlight Notice on brain tumour research calling for proposals across a range of NIHR research funding programmes.

Total spend over the last five years is shown in the following table:

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

Total

£3,417,427

£4,271,133

£3,699,965

£3,151,001

£3,966,299

£18,505,826

Grouped Questions: 162479
Q
Asked by Helen Jones
(Warrington North)
[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 July 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Brain: Tumours
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding his Department has allocated to brain tumour research in each of the last five years.
A
Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 16 July 2018

In May the Government announced £40 million over the next five years for brain tumour research as part of the Dame Tessa Jowell Brain Cancer Mission.

Funding will be invested through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to support a wide range of research from early translation (experimental medicine) through clinical and on to applied research. We are relying on researchers to submit high-quality research proposals in this difficult area. To encourage such applications we have released an NIHR Highlight Notice on brain tumour research calling for proposals across a range of NIHR research funding programmes.

Total spend over the last five years is shown in the following table:

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

Total

£3,417,427

£4,271,133

£3,699,965

£3,151,001

£3,966,299

£18,505,826

Grouped Questions: 162478
Q
(East Devon)
[N]
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Named Day

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Asked on: 10 July 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Public Footpaths
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to continue funding National Trails beyond the current financial year.
A
Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 16 July 2018

Discussions between Natural England and the trails partnerships on their future funding settlements are ongoing. These discussions are in the context of the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act Committee’s recommendation to move towards a more sustainable funding model in the long term whilst maintaining a high quality experience for the user.

Q
(East Devon)
[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: 10 July 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Public Footpaths
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of including National Trails in the ongoing review of National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
A
Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 16 July 2018

Significant portions of existing national trails fall within boundaries of existing national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty. These important assets can expect to receive attention through the Glover Review, which will enable all stakeholders to express their views on the future of these places.

Q
(East Devon)
[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: 10 July 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Public Footpaths
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to promote use of National Trails.
A
Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 16 July 2018

Since 2013 the promotion of national trails and the ‘acorn’ (registered trademark) has been carried out by Walk Unlimited, a social enterprise, which champions the network through its website www.nationaltrail.co.uk. It works with the individual trail partnerships who remain responsible for providing information on their trail to the national site and for local promotion. Natural England also encourages individual trail partnerships and the emerging England Coast Path partners to consider promotion of both the individual trails and stretches of those trails and the promotion of the family of national trails.

Q
(East Devon)
[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 July 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Public Footpaths
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of people who use National Trails every year.
A
Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 16 July 2018

The most recent estimate from 2013 is that at least 70 million visits are made each year to places passed through by a national trail.

Q
Asked by Kate Green
(Stretford and Urmston)
[N]
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'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 July 2018
Department for Education
School Teachers' Review Body
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the timetable is for the next School Teachers’ Review Body report to be published.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 16 July 2018

The School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) which makes recommendations on the 2018 pay award, has recently submitted its 28th Report to my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State. The Government is carefully considering the report from the STRB and its recommendations. The Department will publish the report and the response as soon as possible.

Q
(North Durham)
[N]
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'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 July 2018
Ministry of Defence
Defence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the independent report written by the hon. Member for Ludlow entitled Growing the contribution of defence to UK prosperity, published by his Department on 9 July 2018, if he will issue a formal response to each recommendation made in that report.
A
Answered by: Guto Bebb
Answered on: 16 July 2018

I am grateful to my hon. friend the Member for Ludlow for his work in undertaking this review, which supports both the National Security Objective to Promote Prosperity as well as the goals set out the Industrial Strategy White Paper published last November. This is an important piece of work. The Government will now consider his recommendations in detail and publish a response in due course.

Q
(North Durham)
[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 July 2018
Ministry of Defence
Patrol Craft
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 9 July 2018 to Question 160710 on Patrol Craft, whether his Department exempted the orders for Batch 2 River-class offshore patrol vessels from international competition under Article 346 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.
A
Answered by: Guto Bebb
Answered on: 16 July 2018

Yes.

Q
Asked by Cat Smith
(Lancaster and Fleetwood)
Asked on: 10 July 2018
Cabinet Office
General Elections: Proof of Identity
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department has estimated the potential cost of introducing voter ID requirements in every polling station throughout England for the next scheduled general election.
A
Answered by: Chloe Smith
Answered on: 16 July 2018

The Government is committed to making sure that our electoral system is fit for the future. Voter ID is an important step towards ensuring the British public has greater confidence in that system and our democracy.

The independent Electoral Commission is undertaking a detailed statutory evaluation of the 2018 voter ID pilots. The Government will carefully consider the Commission’s report when it is published, alongside any other relevant data before confirming and costing any next steps.

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