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(Haltemprice and Howden)
Asked on: 11 July 2019
Home Office
Immigrants: Detainees
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many migrant detainees were referred to the National Referral Mechanism in each year since 2015.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 22 July 2019

The Government is committed to identifying and supporting victims of modern slavery. The National Crime Agency regularly publishes NRM data, and the number of potential victims referred into the NRM for 2018 is available online here:

https://nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/component/finder/search?q=national+referral+mechanism+end+of+year+2018&Search=
Annual summary statistics for previous years are also published on the NCA website.

The statistics also show the outcomes of reasonable and conclusive grounds decisions. This data does not distinguish whether individuals are migrant detainees. Since 29th April this year the Single Competent Authority (SCA) took over responsibility for decision making in the NRM from the NCA and UKVI. Publishing of statistics for future years regarding the NRM will therefore be the responsibility of the Home Office.

Grouped Questions: 276156
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(Haltemprice and Howden)
Asked on: 11 July 2019
Home Office
Immigrants: Detainees
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of migrant detainees referred to the National Referral Mechanism were subsequently given positive decisions by the Home Office that there were reasonable grounds to believe they were trafficked to the UK.
A
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 22 July 2019

The Government is committed to identifying and supporting victims of modern slavery. The National Crime Agency regularly publishes NRM data, and the number of potential victims referred into the NRM for 2018 is available online here:

https://nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/component/finder/search?q=national+referral+mechanism+end+of+year+2018&Search=
Annual summary statistics for previous years are also published on the NCA website.

The statistics also show the outcomes of reasonable and conclusive grounds decisions. This data does not distinguish whether individuals are migrant detainees. Since 29th April this year the Single Competent Authority (SCA) took over responsibility for decision making in the NRM from the NCA and UKVI. Publishing of statistics for future years regarding the NRM will therefore be the responsibility of the Home Office.

Grouped Questions: 276155
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(Haltemprice and Howden)
Asked on: 16 July 2019
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Agriculture: Subsidies
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to support the farming and agriculture industry in (a) the UK, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber and (c) Haltemprice and Howden constituency.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 22 July 2019

Farming has a bright future outside the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy. The Great Yorkshire Show demonstrated the strengths that British farming has to offer with a record-breaking number of entries for sheep and cattle, and great produce from Wensleydale cheese to North Yorkshire game.

I know very well the importance of supporting these farmers in Yorkshire and Humber, home to my own constituency and farm, as well as my Rt Hon friend’s constituency, Haltemprice and Howden. As we prepare to leave the EU, the UK Government is taking a number of steps to support our farmers and industry in England and across the UK.

For the UK as a whole, the Government has pledged to continue to commit the same cash total in funds for farm support until the end of this Parliament, expected in 2022; this includes all funding provided for farm support under both Pillar 1 and Pillar 2 of the current Common Agricultural Policy.

The Government has also guaranteed that any projects where funding has been agreed before the end of 2020 will be funded for their full lifetime. This means, in the event the UK leaves the EU with no deal, the UK Government would fund any remaining payments to farmers, land managers and rural businesses due after October 2019. This would ensure continued funding for these projects until they finish. The guarantee also means that Defra and the devolved administrations can continue to sign new projects after the UK leaves the EU during 2019 and 2020.

As agriculture is devolved, each administration will have the flexibility to develop agricultural policy suited to their own unique circumstances, once the UK has left the EU. It is for the Scottish, Welsh and future Northern Ireland Governments to decide upon future agricultural policies for their respective nations.

For farmers in England, the Agriculture Bill marks a decisive shift in our support. We will create an ambitious new system based on paying “public money for public goods”. Public goods will include improving air and water quality, and habitats for wildlife. By paying for things the public value, we can also improve animal welfare and reduce the use of antibiotics in our food chain. Financial support for innovations like precision farming can help farmers become more productive, reduce the use of expensive chemicals and protect the environment.

Critically, our Agriculture Bill also includes a seven year transition period of 2021–2027 for Direct Payments to help farmers in England to plan for the future. In the meantime direct payments for 2019 and 2020 will be made on the same basis as they are now, with simplifications where possible.

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(Haltemprice and Howden)
Asked on: 16 July 2019
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Shared Ownership
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the shared ownership model for housing development.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 22 July 2019

Between 2010-11 and 2017-18, around 65,000 new Shared Ownership homes have been delivered.

We believe that shared ownership has an important role to play, as part of a diverse and thriving housing market, supporting mixed developments and helping those who aspire to home ownership but may be otherwise unable to afford it. The combination of rent and mortgage will often be lower than the cost of outright purchase and in many areas lower than the cost of private renting.

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(Haltemprice and Howden)
Asked on: 09 July 2019
Home Office
Intelligence Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 2 July 2019 to Question 268377 on Intelligence Services, what immediate and substantial mitigating actions were taken by MI5 to address the concerns raised.
A
Answered by: Mr Ben Wallace
Answered on: 18 July 2019

I cannot discuss the sensitive details of the mitigating actions that MI5 have undertaken, as doing so could cause significant damage to national security.

As the Home Secretary said in his Written Ministerial Statement of 9 May, the Investigatory Powers Commissioner is satisfied that they are sufficient for him to continue lawfully to approve decisions to issue warrants to MI5.

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(Haltemprice and Howden)
Asked on: 09 July 2019
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Employment: Yorkshire and the Humber
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent steps he has taken to increase employment in (a) Yorkshire and the Humber and (b) Haltemprice and Howden constituency.
A
Answered by: Andrew Stephenson
Answered on: 17 July 2019

The Industrial Strategy is our long-term plan to boost productivity by backing businesses to create high-quality, well paid jobs throughout the United Kingdom, with investment in skills, industries and infrastructure. The Government is supporting businesses in both the Yorkshire and Humber and Haltemprice and Howden constituencies. For example, the Government-backed British Business Bank’s Start-Up Loans programme provides loans to entrepreneurs seeking to start and grow their own businesses. Since 2012, 5,482 loans have been issued in the Yorkshire and the Humber region, totalling over £45m, and with an average loan amount of £8,249. In the Haltemprice and Howden constituency, 103 loans have been issued, totalling £926,277 (as at end-June 2019).

The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, which brings together world class UK research with business investment to develop the technologies that will transform existing industries and create entirely new ones, has allocated to date £49,970,387.29 grants to establishments registered within Yorkshire and Humber.

The Government is investing over £1.3 billion through Yorkshire and Humber Local Enterprise Partnership Growth Deals This is providing financial assistance to local businesses to help create jobs, as well as improving infrastructure and skills. It has also established Enterprise Zones across the region, including the largest award in the country to the Humber, which are attracting business investment and new jobs to the region.

Also, £13.6m has been awarded through Local Growth Funding for projects in this area to safeguard jobs from flood risks and for road improvements.

Q
(Haltemprice and Howden)
Asked on: 08 July 2019
Home Office
Extradition: USA
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 2 July 2019 to Question 271378, how many people were extradited from the UK to the United States in each year from 2003 to 2012.
A
Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 16 July 2019

The following table provides the information requested:

Total number of people extradited from the UK to the US

2003

6

2004

8

2005

14

2006

19

2007

9

2008

6

2009

16

2010

12

2011

8

2012

20

All figures are from local management information, and have not been quality assured to the level of published National Statistics. As such they should be treated as provisional and therefore subject to change. The figures do not include Scotland, which deals with its own extradition cases.

Q
(Haltemprice and Howden)
Asked on: 09 July 2019
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Small Businesses: Yorkshire and the Humber
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent steps he has taken to support small businesses in (a) Yorkshire and the Humber and (b) Haltemprice and Howden constituency.
A
Answered by: Kelly Tolhurst
Answered on: 16 July 2019

The Government is committed to supporting all entrepreneurs to start and grow a business. Through our ambitious Industrial Strategy, we want to make the UK the best place to start and grow a business, to create jobs and spread prosperity.

In addition to accessing national support available such as the Business Support Helpline (0300 456 3565) and advice given on www.gov.uk, small and medium sized enterprises in Yorkshire and the Humber can access business advice through their local Growth Hubs. Led and governed by Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), Growth Hubs provide a free, impartial, ‘single point of contact’ to help businesses in the area identify and access the right support for them at the right time no matter their size or sector. The LEPs which cover Yorkshire and the Humber have self-reported that in FY2017-2018 their Growth Hubs supported over 12,000 businesses and helped over 900 individuals start a business.

The Humber LEP area is being supported with up to £83.4m of investment through the Regional Growth Fund, which includes £30m awarded to the Humber LEP for a business support programme. The Growing Places Fund is supporting business growth investment across the Humber with funding worth £8.8m. The Humber LEP’s ‘Growing the Humber’ business investment programme has supported the creation of over 2,800 jobs to date.

The Government-backed British Business Bank’s Start-Up Loans programme provides loans to entrepreneurs seeking to start and grow their own businesses. Since 2012, 5,482 loans have been issued in the Yorkshire and the Humber region, totalling over £45m, and with an average loan amount of £8,249. In the Haltemprice and Howden constituency, 103 loans have been issued, totalling £926,277 (as at end-June 2019).

Q
(Haltemprice and Howden)
Asked on: 05 July 2019
Home Office
Extradition: USA
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 2 July 2019 to Question 271379, how many people were extradited from the UK to the US for non-violent crimes in each year from 2003 to 2012.
A
Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 15 July 2019

The following table provides the information requested:

Total number of people extradited from the UK to the US for non-violent offences

2003

6

2004

5

2005

11

2006

14

2007

8

2008

5

2009

13

2010

8

2011

6

2012

12

We have taken non-violent offences to include:

  • Fraud
  • Drug related offences
  • Theft
  • Forgery
  • Money laundering
  • Handling stolen goods
  • Obtaining property by deception
  • Tax evasion
  • Unlicensed exporting of goods
  • Obstruction of justice
  • Bribery
  • Robbery

All figures are from local management information, and have not been quality assured to the level of published National Statistics As such they should be treated as provisional and therefore subject to change. The figures do not include Scotland, which deals with its own extradition cases.

Q
(Haltemprice and Howden)
Asked on: 09 July 2019
Home Office
Police: Privacy
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he has taken to ensure the criteria used for Police watch lists does not intrude on individual privacy.
A
Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 11 July 2019

For the recent live facial recognition trials, police have compiled bespoke watch lists of individuals depending on the needs of the deployment. This includes people wanted for serious offences, those banned from attending the event, or known criminals that operate in a crowded space.

The police’s selection of images that are used to compile watch lists is governed by data protection legislation and human rights law.

The National Police Chiefs’ Council is currently drafting operational advice to police forces on the conduct of trials, including the creation of watch lists. The Facial Images and New Biometrics Oversight and Advisory Board will review the advice.

Q
(Haltemprice and Howden)
Asked on: 01 July 2019
Home Office
Extradition: USA
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were extradited from the UK to the United States in each year from 2013 to 2019.
A
Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 04 July 2019

The following table provides the information requested:

Year

Total number extradited from UK to US

Number extradited for non-violent offences

2013

11

9

2014

18

15

2015

6

5

2016

9

4

2017

9

7

2018

6

3

2019(to 30 June)

5

4

We have taken non-violent offences to include:

• Fraud
• Drug related offences
• Making false statements
• Extortion
• Illegally exporting restricted goods
• Money laundering
• Illegal trafficking in wildlife
• Bigamy
• Forgery
• Grand Larceny
• Identity Theft
• Racketeering
• Tax Offences

All figures are from local management information, and have not been quality assured to the level of published National Statistics. As such they should be treated as provisional and therefore subject to change. The figures do not include Scotland, which deals with its own extradition cases.

Grouped Questions: 271379
Q
(Haltemprice and Howden)
Asked on: 02 July 2019
Home Office
Extradition: USA
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were extradited from the UK to the United States for non-violent crimes in each year from 2013 to 2019.
A
Answered by: Mr Nick Hurd
Answered on: 04 July 2019

The following table provides the information requested:

Year

Total number extradited from UK to US

Number extradited for non-violent offences

2013

11

9

2014

18

15

2015

6

5

2016

9

4

2017

9

7

2018

6

3

2019(to 30 June)

5

4

We have taken non-violent offences to include:

• Fraud
• Drug related offences
• Making false statements
• Extortion
• Illegally exporting restricted goods
• Money laundering
• Illegal trafficking in wildlife
• Bigamy
• Forgery
• Grand Larceny
• Identity Theft
• Racketeering
• Tax Offences

All figures are from local management information, and have not been quality assured to the level of published National Statistics. As such they should be treated as provisional and therefore subject to change. The figures do not include Scotland, which deals with its own extradition cases.

Grouped Questions: 271378
Q
(Haltemprice and Howden)
Asked on: 01 July 2019
Home Office
Electronic Surveillance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department’s policies in relation to the definition of applicable crime in Part 3 of the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 of the finding of the Court of Justice of the European Union in Secretary of State for the Home Department v Watson & Others that surveillance data retained for the purposes of fighting crime should be restricted solely to serious crime.
A
Answered by: Mr Ben Wallace
Answered on: 03 July 2019

The retention of, and ability to access, communications data is an essential tool for intelligence and law enforcement agencies. The Government is committed to ensuring that our investigatory powers legislation is compliant with EU law.

The Government gave careful consideration to judgments by the European Court of Justice and the domestic Courts, implementing changes to UK law to ensure our communications data regime was compliant, while still ensuring our intelligence and law enforcement agencies have the powers they need to solve crimes, catch child sexual offenders and protect the public.

After consulting widely on our proposed changes and following scrutiny by both Houses of Parliament, the Government passed the Data Retention and Acquisition Regulations in October 2018 which introduced a serious crime threshold for acquiring events communications data.

In deciding on the definition of serious crime in the context of communications data, the Government fully considered the intrusiveness of the power.

This approach is consistent with EU case law, which states that the offence must be serious to justify a serious level of intrusion involved in accessing communications data. The Government’s approach reflects this level of intrusion. Events data is more intrusive than entity data and therefore a higher threshold must apply, but it is not as intrusive as interception powers, which can only be acquired if the definition of seriousness set out at section 263 of the Investigatory Powers Act is met.
The approach taken by the Regulations seeks to reflect the fact the level of intrusion will vary depending on the data sought and the circumstances of the case while also establishing a clear bar below which the acquisition of the more intrusive communications data is prohibited.

Q
(Haltemprice and Howden)
Asked on: 24 June 2019
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Television: Licensing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with the BBC on the proposed removal of free television licences for people aged over 75.
A
Answered by: Jeremy Wright
Answered on: 02 July 2019

Since the BBC took its decision, I have met with the Chairman of the BBC Board and the Director-General of the BBC and I have asked them to do more to help the most vulnerable groups affected by the decision.

Q
(Haltemprice and Howden)
Asked on: 24 June 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Pension Credit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people are in receipt of pension credits in (a) the UK, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber and (c) Haltemprice and Howden constituency.
A
Answered by: Guy Opperman
Answered on: 02 July 2019

In November 2018, the number of people in receipt of Pension Credit in Great Britain, Yorkshire and the Humber, and Haltemprice and Howden constituency, can be found in the table below:

Number of Pension Credit recipients

Great Britain

1,642,874

Yorkshire and the Humber

148,940

Haltemprice and Howden constituency

1,788

The information is published and available at:

https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk

Guidance for users is available at:

https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/jsf/login.xhtml

Q
(Haltemprice and Howden)
Asked on: 24 June 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Television: Licensing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how her Department plans to (a) work and (b) share data with the BBC to determine who will qualify for free TV licences.
A
Answered by: Guy Opperman
Answered on: 02 July 2019

DCMS and DWP officials are in regular contact regarding the BBC’s decision on the future of the over 75’s licence fee concession. My officials have also had several meetings with the BBC to discuss their decision and further meetings are planned.

Q
(Haltemprice and Howden)
Asked on: 24 June 2019
Home Office
Intelligence Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to ensure that the security services are compliant with the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 and related Codes of Practice.
A
Answered by: Mr Ben Wallace
Answered on: 02 July 2019

The Investigatory Powers Act 2016 provides extensive and world-leading privacy safeguards. This sits alongside a robust oversight regime with independent mechanisms for redress.

The Investigatory Powers Commissioner, the Rt hon Lord Justice Fulford, is responsible for overseeing the use of investigatory powers by the intelligence agencies. The safeguards and oversight regime provided for in the Act are designed to ensure that all relevant bodies are in full compliance with its requirements. In addition, the related Codes of Practice provide information on the processes associated with applying to use each of the powers, as well as the safeguards and oversight arrangements that will ensure the powers are used in the intended manner.

On 9 May the Home Secretary announced, through a written ministerial statement to Parliament, that a report of the Investigatory Powers Commissioner found that MI5 may not have had sufficient assurance of compliance with particular safeguards in the Investigatory Powers Act which relate to processing information obtained under a warrant.

In response to the Commissioner’s report, MI5 have taken immediate and substantial mitigating actions to address the concerns raised. Work to implement those mitigations is ongoing and is being treated as a matter of the highest priority, both by MI5 and the Home Office. The Home Secretary has also established an independent review to consider and report back on what lessons can be learned for the future.

Q
(Haltemprice and Howden)
Asked on: 24 June 2019
Department for Education
Post-18 Education and Funding Review
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to implement the Augar recommendations to deliver a fairer higher education system.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 01 July 2019

The government will consider the panel’s recommendations carefully and will conclude the review at the Spending Review. The government has not yet taken decisions with regards to the recommendations put forward.

Q
(Haltemprice and Howden)
Asked on: 24 June 2019
Cabinet Office
Small Businesses: Procurement
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to ensure UK SMEs are able to compete with global tech companies in G-Cloud procurement.
A
Answered by: Oliver Dowden
Answered on: 01 July 2019

Public sector procurers are required to seek value for money through fair and open competition and in line with our current international obligations.

We want UK companies to be successful in public procurement, we also want to ensure that the barriers for SMEs to win public sector contracts are as low as possible.

G-Cloud supports a thriving ecosystem of UK tech SMEs that have succeeded in winning business through the Digital Marketplace, with more than 90% of the 3505 G-Cloud 10 suppliers being SMEs. G-Cloud has a low barrier to entry for all suppliers, including SMEs and is refreshed on an annual basis with supplier evaluation based on a suppliers declaration against a number of key criteria. Therefore the majority of suppliers - providing they sell services which align to the scope of the agreement - are able to apply and be awarded a place on G-Cloud framework agreements.

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Asked on: 25 June 2019
Treasury
Tax Avoidance
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effect of the 2019 Loan Charge on the (a) mental health and (b) livelihoods of people affected by that Charge.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 01 July 2019

The Government published a report on the loan charge in March 2019. The report was required by section 95 of Finance Act 2019, but goes wider than the review set out in legislation, explaining the rationale for the charge and considering its impacts. The report also provides information on how HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) support individuals affected by the loan charge including, where appropriate, referring individuals who need additional support to organisations such as Samaritans and Mind. The report is available online at:

www.gov.uk/government/publications/report-on-time-limits-and-the-disguised-remuneration-loan-charge.

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