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Asked by Paul Farrelly
(Newcastle-under-Lyme)
Asked on: 17 July 2019
Department for Transport
Petrol: Ethanol
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of increasing the amount of ethanol in petrol sold to reduce carbon emissions.
A
Answered by: George Freeman
Answered on: 05 August 2019

In 2018 the Department published a call for evidence on “E10 petrol, consumer protection and fuel pump labelling”. This document noted that using E10 (petrol containing up to 10% bioethanol) in place of E5 could reduce the net greenhouse gas emissions of a petrol vehicle by around two per cent.

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Asked by Paul Farrelly
(Newcastle-under-Lyme)
[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: 19 July 2019
Department for Transport
Aviation: Exhaust Emissions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to ensure that all airlines operating in the UK have a carbon offset scheme to which customers can sign up.
A
Answered by: George Freeman
Answered on: 05 August 2019
Holding answer received on 24 July 2019

On 18 July 2019 the government launched a call for evidence on carbon offsetting for all transport modes, including aviation.

This call for evidence explores how we might improve consumer understanding of the emissions from their journeys and their options to offset them, and if travel providers should be required to offer voluntary carbon offsets to their customers.

This is an area where we believe more information is needed to understand how any schemes could work successfully and we are looking forward to seeing the views and evidence that come through in response.

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Asked by Paul Farrelly
(Newcastle-under-Lyme)
[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: 22 July 2019
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Greyhound Racing: Taxation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing a statutory levy in greyhound racing for greyhound welfare.
A
Answered by: Rebecca Pow
Answered on: 31 July 2019

On 10th January 2019 the Government announced a new funding commitment from bookmakers, worth an estimated £3 million this year, to ensure the welfare of greyhounds is protected and improved. This commitment is set to increase the total amount of the voluntary levy bookmakers pay to the British Greyhound Racing Fund (BGRF) to an estimated £10m this year. We expect thousands of racing greyhounds will be better cared for as a result of this new deal.

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Asked by Paul Farrelly
(Newcastle-under-Lyme)
[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: 20 June 2019
Ministry of Justice
Youth Custody
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made the potential merits of requiring young people entering the secure system to undertake an individual assessment to ensure that (a) vulnerabilities and (b) trigger points are (i) identified and (ii) regularly reviewed in an individual care plan.
A
Answered by: Edward Argar
Answered on: 29 July 2019

Professionals undertake a number of assessments on Children and Young People (CYP) when they enter the Youth Secure Estate in order to identify and review any vulnerabilities they have.

The Comprehensive Health Assessment Tool (CHAT) provides screening and assessment for all CYP across the youth justice system, allowing for early identification of needs and requirements to support their care. An initial assessment is made before the first night in custody to assess any immediate needs or requirements, with a wide range of vulnerabilities and triggers screened for. This is followed by further physical and mental health assessments.

In addition, the Youth Custody Service use information provided by the Youth Offending Team to determine suitability for a particular placement into either a Secure Children’s Home, a Secure Training Centre or a Young Offender Institution. When making this determination a wide range of factors are considered, including, but not limited to, risk of harm to self and others, welfare, and medical history, including mental health.

As well as this we are working closely with the NHS on ‘Secure Stairs’, an integrated approach to strengthen the provision of health care to address the needs of young people holistically and co-ordinates services through a coherent, joined up approach. This will ensure CYP receive a full needs assessment and a tailored care and support plan.

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Asked by Paul Farrelly
(Newcastle-under-Lyme)
[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: 19 July 2019
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Paper: Recycling
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with toilet tissue manufacturers on (a) increasing the amount of recycled pulp used in that tissue and (b) investing in more sustainable alternatives to paper-based products.
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Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 29 July 2019

We have not had any discussions with toilet tissue manufacturers on increasing the amount of recycled pulp used in that tissue or investing in more sustainable alternatives to paper based products.

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Asked by Paul Farrelly
(Newcastle-under-Lyme)
[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: 19 July 2019
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Plastic Bags
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of introducing a complete ban on single-use plastic bags.
A
Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 29 July 2019

The Government commissioned an independent study last year to assess the impacts of a potential ban on single-use carrier bags in England. Based on wide evidence, we are not currently considering an outright ban.

We recognise the role that a single-use carrier bag can play in spontaneous unplanned purchasing, and that alternative bag types can potentially have a significantly higher carbon impact than single-use carrier bags.

Consequently, we published a consultation to extend the existing carrier bag charge to all retailer and to increase the minimum charge to 10p. Both the summary and Government responses will be published in due course.

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Asked by Paul Farrelly
(Newcastle-under-Lyme)
Asked on: 23 July 2019
Treasury
Wills: VAT
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of removing VAT from wills that include a charitable donation.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 26 July 2019

Under current EU law, it is not possible to remove VAT on fees for writing wills where those wills include charitable donations.

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Asked by Paul Farrelly
(Newcastle-under-Lyme)
[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: 11 July 2019
Women and Equalities
Business: Equality
Commons
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps she is taking to increase diversity across all levels of FTSE 100 companies.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 25 July 2019

The Government is working with the business community through the Business Diversity and Inclusion Group to coordinate action to increase diversity and inclusion in the workplace. The Government has commissioned and supports several business-led, independent reviews on promoting diversity. These include the Hampton-Alexander Review which has a 33% target for women on boards and in senior leadership positions across the FTSE 350 by 2020. Also the Parker Review to increase the ethnic diversity of FTSE 350 boards by 2024.

These reviews form part of the Government’s modern Industrial Strategy which aims to build an economy that works for all.

Women hold a higher percentage of senior leadership positions than ever before with 32.3% of women on FTSE 100 boards.

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Asked by Paul Farrelly
(Newcastle-under-Lyme)
[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: 25 July 2019
Department for Education
Languages: Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he has made an assessment of the implications for his policies of the British Council's annual Language Trends Report 2019; and what steps he is taking to increase the opportunity for children of all social backgrounds to learn foreign languages and participate in international experiences.
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Asked by Paul Farrelly
(Newcastle-under-Lyme)
[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: 25 July 2019
Department for Education
Languages: Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the British Council's annual Language Trends Report 2019, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of children learning foreign languages.
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Asked by Paul Farrelly
(Newcastle-under-Lyme)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 25 July 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Burma: Rohingya
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to (a) the Burmese Ambassador in London and (b) his counterpart in Myanmar on steps that the Government has taken to allow for the return of Rohingya refugees to safe and dignified conditions.
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Asked by Paul Farrelly
(Newcastle-under-Lyme)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 25 July 2019
Department for Transport
Cycleways: Construction
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to support the construction of new cycle lanes that are separate from roads.
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Asked by Paul Farrelly
(Newcastle-under-Lyme)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 25 July 2019
Department for Transport
Cycling
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to reduce urban traffic speeds to encourage more cyclists to cycle on roads.
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Asked by Paul Farrelly
(Newcastle-under-Lyme)
Asked on: 25 July 2019
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Waste: Exports
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of people prosecuted for illegal waste exports in each of the last 12 months.
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Asked by Paul Farrelly
(Newcastle-under-Lyme)
Asked on: 25 July 2019
Department for Transport
Planning: Urban Areas
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to encourage local authorities to prioritise (a) pedestrian and (b) cyclists in the design of streets in towns and cities.
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Asked by Paul Farrelly
(Newcastle-under-Lyme)
[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 2019
Ministry of Defence
Autonomous Weapons
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment she has made of the potential merits of supporting a ban on lethal autonomous weapons systems.
A
Answered by: Mark Lancaster
Answered on: 24 July 2019

The United Kingdom does not support a ban on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems .The UK considers its extant legal and regulatory framework for the development, assurance and deployment of military systems to be sufficient to ensure that the capabilities we field will always meet our obligations under international law.

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Asked by Paul Farrelly
(Newcastle-under-Lyme)
[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: 24 July 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Local Housing Allowance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of lifting the freeze on local housing allowance to ensure that it covers at least the cheapest third of rents to improve housing security.
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Asked by Paul Farrelly
(Newcastle-under-Lyme)
[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: 24 July 2019
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Air Pollution
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the Government's timescale is for bringing forward legislative proposals to implement its commitment to achieving WHO guideline limits on air pollution by 2030.
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Asked by Paul Farrelly
(Newcastle-under-Lyme)
[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: 24 July 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Industrial Health and Safety: Noise
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005, what steps she is taking to ensure that employers protect employees' hearing.
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Asked by Paul Farrelly
(Newcastle-under-Lyme)
[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: 24 July 2019
Department for Education
Apprentices: Degrees
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that degree apprenticeships support (a) social mobility and (b) lifelong learning among underrepresented groups.
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