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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 08 June 2020
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Photography: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether photography studios must remain closed to members of the public during the current phase of the easing of the covid-19 lockdown restrictions.
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Answered by: Caroline Dinenage
Answered on: 17 June 2020

Shops in England selling non-essential goods will be able to reopen from Monday 15 June, thanks to continuing progress in meeting our 5 tests, and provided they follow the COVID-19 secure guidelines set out by the Government in May.

This includes High street retailers and department stores, book shops, electronics retailers, tailors, auction houses, photography studios, indoor markets, and shops selling clothes, shoes and toys.

It will be for individual shops, however, to decide when the time is right for them to reopen, as it is subject to them following the COVID-19 secure guidelines.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 01 June 2020
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Yolo London: Redundancy
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has received notification from Yolo London Ltd of its intention to make more than 20 employees redundant as per section 193(2) of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992.
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Answered by: Paul Scully
Answered on: 09 June 2020

Information provided to Government under Section 193 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 regarding proposed redundancies is commercially confidential and for the purpose of providing those facing redundancy with assistance such as training and job seeking advice. In appropriate cases, failure to notify without good cause is a criminal offence and can result in an unlimited fine.

Any information provided through this process is not in the public domain and it is open to employers to take legal action against the Secretary of State for breach of confidence if unauthorised disclosures were made. Therefore, we are unable to provide the information requested.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
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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 May 2020
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Climate Change Convention
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions his Department has had with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP Bureau on agreeing a new date for the COP26 summit.
A
Answered by: Kwasi Kwarteng
Answered on: 19 May 2020
Holding answer received on 18 May 2020

Dates for a rescheduled conference in 2021, hosted in Glasgow by the UK in partnership with Italy, will be set out in due course following further discussion with parties. Since the Bureau decision, the Government has been actively engaging with COP Bureau members, Group Chairs, Parties, representatives of Non-Party Stakeholders, our operational delivery partners and stakeholders in the wider climate community.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 11 May 2020
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Climate Change Convention
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent progress the Government has made on bringing forward a UK Nationally Determined Contribution under the Paris Agreement 2015.
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Answered by: Kwasi Kwarteng
Answered on: 18 May 2020

As part of our incoming COP Presidency, in partnership with Italy, we are urging all countries to come forward with ambitious new NDCs which represent their highest possible ambition. The UK will play its part and we are preparing to come forward with an enhanced NDC well ahead of COP26.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[N]
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Named Day

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

Asked on: 13 May 2020
Department for Education
Nurseries: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to allow maintained nursery schools to access funding for exceptional costs in response to the covid-19 outbreak for the period from March to July 2020.
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Answered by: Vicky Ford
Answered on: 18 May 2020

The government recognises that maintained nursery schools are an important part of the early years sector and provide valuable services, especially in disadvantaged areas.

We are committed to funding for maintained nursery schools in the longer term. Last October, we announced that maintained nursery schools would continue to receive supplementary funding for the whole of the financial year 2020-21 and this is unchanged by the COVID-19 outbreak, along with their funding for the usual early education entitlements through the dedicated schools grant. At the moment, our resources are focused on tackling the unprecedented challenges created by COVID-19. But resolving the long-term funding of maintained nursery schools is high on our list of priorities and we will return to it as soon as we are able. Any reform to the way maintained nursery schools are funded in the future will be accompanied by appropriate funding protections.

Unlike most state-funded schools, maintained nursery schools typically rely on private income for a significant proportion of their total income. Therefore, we have ensured that access to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is also available to maintained nursery schools, in line with the published guidance.

Maintained nursery schools can access the free school meal vouchers via Edenred.

Grouped Questions: 46819
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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 11 May 2020
Cabinet Office
Climate Change Cabinet Committee
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many times the Cabinet Committee on Climate Change has met since its establishment.
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Answered by: Penny Mordaunt
Answered on: 14 May 2020

It is a long established precedent that detailed information about the discussions that have taken place in Cabinet and its Committees, and how often they have met, is not shared publicly.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[N]
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Named Day

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

Asked on: 01 May 2020
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Local Press: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to provide financial support to independent community news publications during the covid-19 outbreak.
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Answered by: Mr John Whittingdale
Answered on: 06 May 2020

The government recognises the vital role of independent community newspapers in supporting particular groups and isolated individuals by ensuring the provision of reliable, high-quality information throughout the current pandemic. Safeguarding the UK’s news media at this time of financial instability is a key priority for the government and we are in regular dialogue with publishers to ensure that our response to the challenges they are facing is as effective as it can be.

To date, the government has issued guidance to local authorities on the importance of newspaper delivery, which has been critical to ensuring the continued dissemination of printed public interest news. We have also clarified that journalists and other ancillary staff are ‘key workers’ for the purposes of access to childcare and educational places.

The government has sought to maximise advertising opportunities for the news publishing sector through a public information campaign across many national and local titles. The current partnership brings together over 600 national, regional and local titles across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to reach 49 million people a month. All titles utilised in the campaign have been selected by our media planning and buying agency, OmniGOV. As with any media planning approach, titles are selected on their ability to engage with audiences and to ensure value for money, reach and targeting efficacy. The vast majority of titles are local papers and additional titles have been selected in order to further reach priority audiences including BAME and older men. In parallel, we have taken steps to ensure the use of ‘keyword blocklisting’ technology does not inadvertently damage news publishers’ online advertising revenues for Covid-19 related stories. Dialogue with the relevant technology companies has helped to protect publishers against the ad-blocking of coronavirus-related terms.

Most recently, the Chancellor also brought forward the zero rating of VAT on all e-publications to the 1st May - seven months ahead of schedule. The government expects the tax relief to be passed on to consumers in the form of reduced prices, and publishers should benefit from increased sales. Independent publishers may also benefit from several measures included in our unprecedented business support package, such as the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, Job Retention Scheme, Bounce Back Loans, VAT deferrals, and coverage of statutory sick pay costs.

The government will continue to consider all possible options in the interests of promoting and sustaining high-quality news journalism. Never have the activities of journalists been more popular and critical; providing quality news to all, including those self-isolating, and binding communities together, a fundamental function of our modern day democracy.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[N]
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Named Day

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

Asked on: 28 April 2020
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Buildings: Safety
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether it remains his policy to publish the prospectus for the Building Safety Fund in May 2020.
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Answered by: Christopher Pincher
Answered on: 04 May 2020

The prospectus for the Building Safety Fund will be published in May and we will open for registrations soon after.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 02 March 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Gender Recognition: Clinics
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the current maximum waiting time from initial referral to a first appointment at each NHS gender identity clinic in England.
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Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 10 March 2020

The information is not available in the format requested.

As there is no specific pathway for gender reassignment, appointments cannot be identified.

Grouped Questions: 23459
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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 02 March 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Gender Recognition: Clinics
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the average waiting time times for a full treatment pathway at each NHS gender identity clinic in England in each of the last three years.
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Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 10 March 2020

The information is not available in the format requested.

As there is no specific pathway for gender reassignment, appointments cannot be identified.

Grouped Questions: 23523
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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 02 March 2020
Cabinet Office
List of Ministerial Responsibilities
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what his timescale is for publishing an updated list of ministerial responsibilities, including executive agencies and non-ministerial departments.
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Answered by: Chloe Smith
Answered on: 04 March 2020

Further to the answer given to PQ 5342 on 23 January 2020 and PQ 21909 on 3 March, details of executive agencies and non-ministerial departments can be found on gov.uk.

Grouped Questions: 23630
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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 24 February 2020
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
High Rise Flats: Insulation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 27 Janaury 2020 to Question 6180 on High Rise Flats: Insulation, whether it is the responsibility of the designated responsible person to issue an EWS1 form to leaseholders in privately-owned residential buildings in cases where that form is required as part of the valuation process.
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Answered by: Christopher Pincher
Answered on: 27 February 2020

The EWS1 form was produced by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) on behalf of industry. Government expects building owners to share all relevant information and reports about their building with leaseholders.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[N]
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Named Day

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

Asked on: 21 January 2020
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
High Rise Flats: Insulation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 20 January 2020 to Question 3274 on High Rise Flats: Insulation, whether it his policy to recommend the use of the new EWS1: External Wall Fire Review industry-wide valuation process.
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Answered by: Esther McVey
Answered on: 27 January 2020
Holding answer received on 27 January 2020

We are supportive of the approach designed by industry to assist in the valuation of high rise residential properties. The Department will continue to work closely with industry as EWS1 is used within the mortgage market.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[N]
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Named Day

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

Asked on: 14 January 2020
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
High Rise Flats: Insulation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the EWS1: External Wall Fire Review industry-wide valuation process on the ability of individuals to (a) buy and sell homes and (b) re-mortgage in buildings above 18 metres with actual or potential combustible materials to external wall systems and balconies.
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Answered by: Esther McVey
Answered on: 20 January 2020

The EWS1 form, recently developed by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and published on 16 December, should enable industry to manage valuations for both the selling and re-mortgaging of properties in multi-occupancy buildings 18 metres and over. Government is aware that the form is now being used across industry as part of the valuation process.

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