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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 03 September 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Energy: EU Law
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which body is planned to enforce the EU-derived climate regulations that govern the UK energy market after they are transposed into domestic law; and whether the Government plans for there to be any role for the proposed new environmental watchdog in such enforcement.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 13 September 2018

A consultation document was published on 10 May seeking views on proposals for a new statutory policy statement on environmental principles and an independent statutory environmental body to be created through the Environment Bill. The consultation also sought views on the subject matter which should be within the scope of the new environmental body. The consultation closed on 2 August and responses are currently being analysed. The response to the consultation will be published alongside the draft Bill in the autumn

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 06 September 2018
Department for Transport
Thameslink Industry Readiness Board
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 7 June 2018 to Question 149570 on Thameslink Industry Readiness Board, whether anybody not associated with the parties represented at the Thameslink Industry Readiness Board has attended any meetings of that Board.
A
Answered by: Joseph Johnson
Answered on: 13 September 2018

Meetings of the Thameslink Industry Readiness Board have only been attended by representatives of the parties listed in the reply to Question 149570.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[N]
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Named Day

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

Asked on: 12 September 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Universal Credit: Greenwich and Woolwich
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make an estimate of the number of households in Greenwich and Woolwich constituency that will be migrated from legacy benefits to universal credit.
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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[N]
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Named Day

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

Asked on: 12 September 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Universal Credit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when her Department undertook the most recent equality impact assessment of universal credit.
Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 03 September 2018
Department for Transport
Greenhouse Gas Emissions: EU Law
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which body is planned to enforce carbon dioxide standards for cars and other product standards that reduce greenhouse gas emissions after the UK’s exit from the EU; and whether the Government plans for there to be any role for the proposed new environmental watchdog in such enforcement.
A
Answered by: Chris Grayling
Answered on: 11 September 2018

The body that will have oversight of carbon dioxide emission standards for newly registered cars and vans in the UK following EU Exit will depend on the agreement reached with the European Union. In the unlikely event the United Kingdom leaves the European Union without an agreement, it is intended that overall responsibility for the enforcement of new car and van carbon dioxide standards will fall to the Secretary of State for Transport, who may in turn appoint another person/body to act on their behalf.

Under any scenario, the UK Government has committed to pursuing a future approach that is at least as ambitious as the current arrangements for vehicle emissions regulation.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 03 September 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Regulation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which body is planned to enforce regulations governing the release of F-gases after the UK has left the EU; and whether the Government plans for there to be any role for the proposed new environmental watchdog in such enforcement.
A
Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 11 September 2018

In England, the Environment Agency will continue to enforce the requirements of the F-Gas regulations after the UK has left the EU.

The proposed new body is not intended to be a delivery body responsible for the operational implementation and enforcement of individual regulations.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 03 September 2018
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to publish either an addendum or an update to the current housing health and safety rating system operating guidance on fire safety in high rise buildings.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 11 September 2018

The Government has committed to developing further statutory guidance for local authorities to enhance their use of existing Housing Act powers in relation to fire safety hazards associated with cladding on high-rise residential buildings. We anticipate being in a position to publish our proposals for doing this in the coming weeks.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 23 July 2018
Treasury
Financial Services
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the White Paper, The Future Relationship Between the United Kingdom and the European Union, published in July 2018, what assessment he has made of the effect of the policies set out in that White Paper on transactions in euro-denominated assets for the UK financial sector.
A
Answered by: John Glen
Answered on: 10 September 2018

Derivatives clearing is an integral part of the UK financial system and the financial stability of both the UK and the EU. This includes euro-denominated clearing, which forms an important part of the overall financial structure in London, generating economic efficiencies from which many firms in the UK, in Europe and internationally benefit.

We aim to ensure that we avoid outcomes that impose unnecessary costs and disruption on individuals and businesses as the UK leaves the EU. We have been clear that equivalence, as it currently stands, will not work for the UK, and will not work for the EU.

As set out in the White Paper, the UK is seeking a future UK-EU relationship which recognises the autonomy of each party over decisions regarding access to its market. Importantly, it also includes a bilateral component which would create shared commitments for the governance of the relationship, establish extensive supervisory and regulatory cooperation, as well as robust and transparent processes. This includes appropriate timelines and notice-periods if market access was to be withdrawn.

The effect of the agreement would be stability for the UK-EU financial ecosystem and the continuation of economically valuable financial services under a new balance of rights and obligations.

Grouped Questions: 167338
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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 23 July 2018
Treasury
Financial Services
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the White Paper, The Future Relationship Between the United Kingdom and the European Union, published in July 2018, what assessment he has made of the effect of policies set out in that White Paper on derivatives clearing for the UK financial sector.
A
Answered by: John Glen
Answered on: 10 September 2018

Derivatives clearing is an integral part of the UK financial system and the financial stability of both the UK and the EU. This includes euro-denominated clearing, which forms an important part of the overall financial structure in London, generating economic efficiencies from which many firms in the UK, in Europe and internationally benefit.

We aim to ensure that we avoid outcomes that impose unnecessary costs and disruption on individuals and businesses as the UK leaves the EU. We have been clear that equivalence, as it currently stands, will not work for the UK, and will not work for the EU.

As set out in the White Paper, the UK is seeking a future UK-EU relationship which recognises the autonomy of each party over decisions regarding access to its market. Importantly, it also includes a bilateral component which would create shared commitments for the governance of the relationship, establish extensive supervisory and regulatory cooperation, as well as robust and transparent processes. This includes appropriate timelines and notice-periods if market access was to be withdrawn.

The effect of the agreement would be stability for the UK-EU financial ecosystem and the continuation of economically valuable financial services under a new balance of rights and obligations.

Grouped Questions: 167337
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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 23 July 2018
Treasury
Financial Services
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what advice his Department has issued to the financial sector on contract continuity (a) during the implementation period and (b) after 31 December 2020.
A
Answered by: John Glen
Answered on: 10 September 2018

The UK and EU negotiating teams reached a hugely important milestone in the Brexit process by agreeing the terms of a time-limited implementation period (IP).

The document “HM Treasury’s approach to financial services legislation under the EU (Withdrawal) Act 2018,” published by HM Treasury on 27 June 2018, sets out that during the IP, access to one another’s markets will remain unchanged and firms will be able to trade on the same terms as now until 31 December 2020. This will allow citizens and businesses in the UK and across the EU to plan with confidence for life after our withdrawal, on the basis that businesses can operate as now throughout the IP.

The White Paper, “The future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union,” published on 12 July 2018, sets out HMG’s position on the future relationship in financial services with the EU. As set out in the White Paper, the UK is seeking a future UK-EU relationship which continues to facilitate economically beneficial cross-border financial services, with a scope that reflects global business models. The White Paper also includes a proposal to protect consumers and businesses through a commitment that existing contracts can be fulfilled even if access is withdrawn. The effect of the agreement would be to provide stability for the UK-EU financial ecosystem.

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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 23 July 2018
Treasury
Insurance: Reciprocal Arrangements
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress he has made on replicating the insurance agreements that the EU has with third countries that enable reciprocal arrangements for insurers to open agencies and branches in third countries after the UK has left the EU.
A
Answered by: John Glen
Answered on: 10 September 2018

As agreed at the March European Council, during the implementation period the UK is to be treated as a Member State for the purposes of international agreements. This includes the insurance agreements that the EU has with third countries. This provides certainty and confidence that there will be no disruption to existing relationships underpinned by international agreements.

We are engaging with partner countries to plan for continuity of the effect of existing agreements, for example the EU-Swiss and EU-US agreements, adjusted appropriately to reflect our departure from the European Union.

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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: 05 September 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many contracts the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency has secured with the European Medicines Agency to carry out authorisation processes in each of the past five years.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 10 September 2018

The number of contracts secured by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in each of past five years is shown in the following table:

Financial year

Number of contracts

2013/14

35

2014/15

27

2015/16

35

2016/17

41

2017/18

11

The information included in the table is based on the EMA Committee on Human Medicinal Products (CHMP) rapporteurships allocated to the MHRA for assessment of new marketing authorisation applications.

The proportion of the income of the MHRA that came from the EMA in each of the past five years is shown in the following table:

Financial year

Proportion of income

2013/14

6%

2014/15

6%

2015/16

6%

2016/17

9%

2017/18

8%

The source of the information is the MHRA’s Annual Report and Accounts for each of the past five years.

The number of bids submitted by the MHRA to carry out authorisations processes for the EMA based on the number of bids for CHMP rapporteurship for new marketing authorisation applications and the number of rapporteurships awarded in the last three financial years is shown in the following table:

Financial year

Number of bids submitted

Number of rapporteurships awarded

2015/16

86

35

2016/17

87

41

2017/18

66

11

Metrics for bids submitted prior to this time have not been recorded.

Grouped Questions: 170939 | 170940
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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 05 September 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of the income of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency came from the European Medicines Agency in each of the past five years.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 10 September 2018

The number of contracts secured by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in each of past five years is shown in the following table:

Financial year

Number of contracts

2013/14

35

2014/15

27

2015/16

35

2016/17

41

2017/18

11

The information included in the table is based on the EMA Committee on Human Medicinal Products (CHMP) rapporteurships allocated to the MHRA for assessment of new marketing authorisation applications.

The proportion of the income of the MHRA that came from the EMA in each of the past five years is shown in the following table:

Financial year

Proportion of income

2013/14

6%

2014/15

6%

2015/16

6%

2016/17

9%

2017/18

8%

The source of the information is the MHRA’s Annual Report and Accounts for each of the past five years.

The number of bids submitted by the MHRA to carry out authorisations processes for the EMA based on the number of bids for CHMP rapporteurship for new marketing authorisation applications and the number of rapporteurships awarded in the last three financial years is shown in the following table:

Financial year

Number of bids submitted

Number of rapporteurships awarded

2015/16

86

35

2016/17

87

41

2017/18

66

11

Metrics for bids submitted prior to this time have not been recorded.

Grouped Questions: 170938 | 170940
Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 05 September 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many contracts the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency bid for to carry out authorisation processes for the European Medicines Agency in each of the past five years; and how many of those bids were successful.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 10 September 2018

The number of contracts secured by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in each of past five years is shown in the following table:

Financial year

Number of contracts

2013/14

35

2014/15

27

2015/16

35

2016/17

41

2017/18

11

The information included in the table is based on the EMA Committee on Human Medicinal Products (CHMP) rapporteurships allocated to the MHRA for assessment of new marketing authorisation applications.

The proportion of the income of the MHRA that came from the EMA in each of the past five years is shown in the following table:

Financial year

Proportion of income

2013/14

6%

2014/15

6%

2015/16

6%

2016/17

9%

2017/18

8%

The source of the information is the MHRA’s Annual Report and Accounts for each of the past five years.

The number of bids submitted by the MHRA to carry out authorisations processes for the EMA based on the number of bids for CHMP rapporteurship for new marketing authorisation applications and the number of rapporteurships awarded in the last three financial years is shown in the following table:

Financial year

Number of bids submitted

Number of rapporteurships awarded

2015/16

86

35

2016/17

87

41

2017/18

66

11

Metrics for bids submitted prior to this time have not been recorded.

Grouped Questions: 170938 | 170939
Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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

Asked on: 19 July 2018
Ministry of Defence
Members: Correspondence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to respond to the letter of 21 June 2018 of the hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich on Woolwich Barracks.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 24 July 2018

I responded to the hon. Member on 19 July 2018.

Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 12 July 2018
Department for Education
Pre-school Education: Per Capita Costs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding per child in maintained nursery schools.
A
Answered by: Nadhim Zahawi
Answered on: 20 July 2018

We are providing supplementary funding of around £60 million a year to enable local authorities to protect maintained nursery school (MNS) funding until 2019-20. It is for local authorities to set the rates paid to maintained nursery schools. This supplementary funding provides MNS with stability whilst we develop a long-term solution for them. An important part of this will be understanding the value for money that they offer, and new research will report on this later in the year.

MNS also benefit from our increased hourly rates paid to local authorities to deliver the 15 hour free entitlement for disadvantaged two-year-olds. From April 2017, all local authorities saw 7% increases in their funding rates for two-year-olds.

Future funding decisions after 2019-20 will be set at the next spending review.

Grouped Questions: 163604 | 163606
Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 12 July 2018
Department for Education
Children: Day Care
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the level of free childcare funding per two-year-old in maintained nursery schools has risen in line with inflation.
A
Answered by: Nadhim Zahawi
Answered on: 20 July 2018

We are providing supplementary funding of around £60 million a year to enable local authorities to protect maintained nursery school (MNS) funding until 2019-20. It is for local authorities to set the rates paid to maintained nursery schools. This supplementary funding provides MNS with stability whilst we develop a long-term solution for them. An important part of this will be understanding the value for money that they offer, and new research will report on this later in the year.

MNS also benefit from our increased hourly rates paid to local authorities to deliver the 15 hour free entitlement for disadvantaged two-year-olds. From April 2017, all local authorities saw 7% increases in their funding rates for two-year-olds.

Future funding decisions after 2019-20 will be set at the next spending review.

Grouped Questions: 163603 | 163606
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(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 12 July 2018
Department for Education
Children: Day Care
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of reviewing eligibility for 30-hours free childcare annually; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Nadhim Zahawi
Answered on: 20 July 2018

We have commissioned an independent evaluation of the first year of 30 hours delivery, which will be published this summer. We will use the evidence from this evaluation and the learnings from the first year of delivery to inform the future eligibility and delivery of 30 hours.

Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 12 July 2018
Department for Education
Pre-school Education: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department provides support for maintained nurseries to formulate their three-year budgets beyond 2020.
A
Answered by: Nadhim Zahawi
Answered on: 20 July 2018

We are providing supplementary funding of around £60 million a year to enable local authorities to protect maintained nursery school (MNS) funding until 2019-20. It is for local authorities to set the rates paid to maintained nursery schools. This supplementary funding provides MNS with stability whilst we develop a long-term solution for them. An important part of this will be understanding the value for money that they offer, and new research will report on this later in the year.

MNS also benefit from our increased hourly rates paid to local authorities to deliver the 15 hour free entitlement for disadvantaged two-year-olds. From April 2017, all local authorities saw 7% increases in their funding rates for two-year-olds.

Future funding decisions after 2019-20 will be set at the next spending review.

Grouped Questions: 163603 | 163604
Q
(Greenwich and Woolwich)
Asked on: 06 July 2018
Treasury
Tax Avoidance
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the total amount that will accrue to the public purse from the Loan Charge 2019.
A
Answered by: Mel Stride
Answered on: 17 July 2018

The charge on disguised remuneration (DR) loans is estimated to raise £3.2 billion for the Exchequer by 2021. Further information can be found in the ‘Disguised remuneration: further update’ policy paper, published on 22 November 2017: www.gov.uk/government/publications/disguised-remuneration-further-update/disguised-remuneration-further-update.

The charge on DR loans is estimated to affect up to 50,000 individuals. Outstanding DR loans will be treated as UK income and charged to tax on 5 April 2019. An individual will usually have to pay tax on UK income even if they are not resident in or a citizen of the UK, and the charge on DR loans is no different. As a result, no assessment has been made of how many of the 50,000 estimated to be affected are non-UK resident or non-UK citizens.

Grouped Questions: 161577
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