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Asked by Anna McMorrin
(Cardiff North)
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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: 11 June 2018
Home Office
Domestic Violence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the timetable is for his Department to respond to it's consultation on the draft Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill; and what the timetable is for further steps to be taken in relation to that Bill.
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Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 14 June 2018

On 8 March we launched a 12 week public consultation on proposals for a landmark domestic abuse Bill and a supporting package of practical action to transform the response to domestic abuse. The consultation closed on 31 May. Over 3,200 responses to the consultation were received. The responses to the consultation are being considered and a draft Bill will be published later this session.

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Asked by Anna McMorrin
(Cardiff 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: 17 May 2018
Department for Transport
Motor Vehicles: Sales
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of ending the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles in 2030 as opposed to 2040 in order to meet the Government's commitments under the Paris Agreement.
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Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 22 May 2018

The Government’s ambition is for almost every car and van to be zero emission by 2050. In order to achieve this, we have said we will end the sale of new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040. This level of ambition will help ensure we deliver our air quality and greenhouse gas reduction ambitions, including our commitment to the Paris Agreement. It will also put the UK at the forefront of the global transition to cleaner road transport and help ensure our automotive sector continues to thrive and create good jobs across the country.

We are due to publish the Road to Zero strategy shortly which will set out further detail on the Government’s ambition and plans for the transition to zero emission road transport. This will draw on a wide range of evidence including the work of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).

We expect the transition to zero emission vehicles to be industry and consumer-led, with Government monitoring developments closely. Against a rapidly evolving international context, we will seek to maintain ambitious targets and our leadership position, intervening firmly if not enough progress is being made.

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Asked by Anna McMorrin
(Cardiff North)
Asked on: 01 May 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Financial Services: Environment Protection
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to support the growth of green investment and finance beyond the delivery of the fifth carbon budget.
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Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 10 May 2018

The UK is a world leader in green finance. The transition to a low-carbon economy is a major opportunity for the UK, and our world leading financial system is key to that transition. Our domestic climate change commitments, and the global targets of the Paris Agreement, present a great investment opportunity for the private sector. The Green Finance Taskforce published their report in March, outlining a set of wide-ranging and ambitious recommendations for Government. We are considering these recommendations and will respond in due course. We are determined to maintain the UK’s position as a world-leader in green finance in the long term, capitalising on the opportunities arising from Clean Growth.

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Asked by Anna McMorrin
(Cardiff North)
Asked on: 01 May 2018
Treasury
Capital Investment
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has assessed the potential merits of introducing a green supporting factor to address prudential rules on capital weighting.
A
Answered by: John Glen
Answered on: 10 May 2018

The Government is considering the potential merits of introducing a green supporting factor into the UK bank capital framework.

Prudential rules on capital weighting ensures the banking sector’s resilience against financial stability risks and are derived from agreed international standards for internationally active banks. Any changes to the framework must not undermine financial stability by creating unnecessary risks.

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Asked by Anna McMorrin
(Cardiff North)
Asked on: 01 May 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Carbon Emissions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to expand the UK’s mandatory carbon reporting to capture a larger set of reporting companies.
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Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 09 May 2018

The Government consultation on Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) closed on the 4th January 2018. The consultation document included questions on expanding the reporting framework to require more companies to report their energy use and carbon emissions than are currently required to do so. It recognised that more consistent disclosure of energy use and carbon emissions would raise awareness of energy efficiency, and could improve transparency for investors, providing the market with useful information. We intend to publish the Government response by the summer recess.

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Asked by Anna McMorrin
(Cardiff North)
Asked on: 01 May 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Taxation: Environment Protection
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government is planning to issue green bonds to finance the 25 Year Environmental Plan.
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Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 09 May 2018

Before issuing a new type of sovereign bond, such as a green bond, the Government would need to be satisfied that they would provide cost-effective financing for the taxpayer, and there would be sustainable demand. The UK’s private sector green bond market is already well established, facilitated by the London Stock Exchange’s comprehensive specialist offering. There are now over 65 green bonds listed on the LSE in seven currencies, worth over $20 billion.

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Asked by Anna McMorrin
(Cardiff North)
Asked on: 27 April 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Hajer Mansoor Hassan
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he plans to make representations to the Government of Bahrain on Hajar Mansoor Hassan’s denial of medication by prison authorities in Isa Town Prison.
A
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 08 May 2018

We encourage those with concerns about treatment in detention to report these to the appropriate oversight body. We urge these oversight bodies to carry out swift and thorough investigations into any such claims. We understand that the National Institution for Human Rights is aware of this case and is monitoring the situation, and that the Ombudsman of the Ministry of the Interior is also investigating the claims.

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Asked by Anna McMorrin
(Cardiff North)
Asked on: 27 April 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Rajab Nabeel
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Government of Bahrain on recent punitive measures against Nabeel Rajab in Jau Prison.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 08 May 2018

We have raised the case of Nabeel Rajab at senior levels with the Government of Bahrain. My statement of 21 February made clear my concerns at the five-year sentence handed to Mr Rajab in addition to the two-year sentence he received in 2017. I understand that Mr Rajab has a right of appeal in this case and we will continue to monitor proceedings closely.

We encourage those with concerns about treatment in detention to report these to the relevant human rights oversight bodies. We continue to encourage the Government of Bahrain to deliver on its international and domestic human rights commitments.

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Asked by Anna McMorrin
(Cardiff North)
Asked on: 27 April 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Technical Assistance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which UK bodies are tasked with implementing the technical assistance programme in Bahrain funded by the Integrated Activity Fund, and which Bahraini bodies are the beneficiaries of that funding.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 08 May 2018

The Government works with a number of implementation partners and beneficiaries to support Bahraini-led reform. These programmes aim to support progress on building effective and accountable institutions, strengthening the rule of law, and justice reform. All of our work is in line with international standards and aims to share the UK's expertise and experience. Any training provided by or on behalf of the British Government fully complies with our domestic and international human rights obligations.

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Asked by Anna McMorrin
(Cardiff North)
Asked on: 27 April 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bahrain: Capital Punishment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Government of Bahrain on the recent decision of the Bahrain’s Military Court of Cassation to uphold the death sentences of four people of whom three are civilians.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 08 May 2018

The UK is firmly opposed to the death penalty. It is the Government's longstanding position to oppose capital sentences in all circumstances and countries. We continue to make this clear to the Government of Bahrain. The UK welcomes the decision on 26 April of His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa to commute these death sentences.

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Asked by Anna McMorrin
(Cardiff 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: 01 May 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Energy: Conservation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has a target for improving energy efficiency in buildings beyond 2022; and if he will make a statement.
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Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 08 May 2018

The Government has a number of targets and ambitions for improving energy efficiency in buildings as set out in the Clean Growth Strategy, published in October 2017. For example, these include:

  • A statutory target to raise as many English fuel poor homes as is reasonably practicable to energy efficiency Band C by 2030, with milestones of Band E by 2020 and Band D by 2025. The Devolved Administrations in Scotland and Wales have separate legal fuel poverty targets.
  • An aspiration that as many homes as possible, across the whole housing stock are improved to Energy Performance Certificate Band C by 2035, where practical, cost-effective and affordable.
  • An ambition to enable business and industry to improve energy efficiency by at least 20 per cent by 2030. This will require improvements to energy efficiency in buildings as well as industrial processes.
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Asked by Anna McMorrin
(Cardiff North)
Asked on: 01 May 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Pension Funds: Ethics
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a legal duty to consider environmental, social and governance risks as part of fiduciary duty for pension fund trustees.
A
Answered by: Guy Opperman
Answered on: 08 May 2018

As I noted in my letter of 15 February to the Environmental Audit Committee, which has since been published on the Parliament website, I plan to consult on policy and regulations to clarify the legal duty of trustees of occupational pension schemes to take account of environmental, social and governance risks, amongst others, wherever these are financially material.

My current intention is to publish a consultation in June.

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Asked by Anna McMorrin
(Cardiff North)
Asked on: 01 May 2018
Treasury
Taxation: Environment Protection
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department plans to reinstate a carbon price escalator from the 2020s onwards.
A
Answered by: Robert Jenrick
Answered on: 08 May 2018

As announced in Autumn Budget 2017, the government will target a Total Carbon Price similar to the value at the time until unabated coal is no longer used in power generation.

Q
Asked by Anna McMorrin
(Cardiff North)
[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: 17 April 2018
Treasury
Infrastructure
Commons
What assessment his Department has made of the effect of its planned investment in infrastructure on the environment.
A
Answered by: Andrew Jones
Answered on: 17 April 2018

This government is committed to being the first generation to leave the environment in a better state than we inherited, as set out in our 25 year Environment Plan.

On infrastructure, we will spend over £1bn per year by 2020 through the Renewable Heat Incentive to support renewable and low-carbon heating.

And, on transport, we are investing £1bn in supporting the take up of low emission vehicles and £48bn on rail infrastructure between 2019 and 2024 to take polluting cars and lorries off our roads.

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Asked by Anna McMorrin
(Cardiff North)
Asked on: 05 March 2018
Cabinet Office
Death: Weather
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the rate of excess winter deaths in 2017-18.
A
Answered by: Chloe Smith
Answered on: 13 March 2018

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

UKSA Response (PDF Document, 69.64 KB)
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Asked by Anna McMorrin
(Cardiff North)
Asked on: 05 March 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Glass: Recycling
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the merits of a deposit return scheme for glass bottles.
A
Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 13 March 2018

Defra continues to work closely with the devolved administrations in delivering our shared ambitions to improve waste and recycling outcomes and promote resource efficiency in the UK.

Last autumn an independent working group set up under the Litter Strategy for England held a call for evidence on measures to reduce littering of drinks containers and promote recycling. The focus was rigid and flexible plastic, glass or metal drinks containers that are sold sealed and used for the sale of alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages, often for consumption ‘on the go’. This included seeking evidence on the costs, benefits and impacts of deposit return schemes. The working group has submitted its report to Ministers, who will make a decision on next steps shortly.

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Asked by Anna McMorrin
(Cardiff North)
Asked on: 05 March 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Packaging
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to incentivise the adoption by manufacturers of packaging of environmentally friendly designs.
A
Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 12 March 2018

On 11 January 2018 we published our 25 Year Environment Plan that stated our ambition to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste by 2042 and, in particular, the waste from single use plastics.

As part of delivering this work, we will be exploring how we can develop our producer responsibility schemes to give producers greater incentives to design more resource efficient products, including packaging.

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Asked by Anna McMorrin
(Cardiff North)
[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: 06 March 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
GKN: Melrose
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the bid to takeover GKN Filton by Melrose on skilled jobs provided by GKN Filton.
A
Answered by: Andrew Griffiths
Answered on: 12 March 2018

The Government is closely monitoring the situation. Due to the nature of the bid the potential impact of any change in ownership of the company is unknown. If necessary, the Government can intervene in takeovers on public interest grounds, covering national security, financial stability or media plurality.

Q
Asked by Anna McMorrin
(Cardiff North)
[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 March 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Natural Gas
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to decrease the level of energy dependence on gas.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 09 March 2018
Holding answer received on 08 March 2018

We are investing in new power generation technologies in order to support the economy and continue to be a world leader in tackling climate change. Renewables accounted for 25% of UK power in 2016, and half of our generation was low-carbon, a record high. We need a sustained programme to upgrade our energy infrastructure to replace old and inefficient generation plant that is coming to the end of its life. Whilst some retiring plant will be replaced by new low carbon capacity, gas has a role to play to maintain capacity adequacy and provide flexibility. This is not only the Government’s view, but that of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).

Nuclear is also key to ensuring continued energy security and availability in the UK. It is a central tenet of our energy policy that diversity of supply assures security of supply. Whether we are considering the numbers of different suppliers of our gas, or in this case the number of different technologies we rely on for power, maintaining our diverse sources of supply is important.

We are also taking steps to help British homes and industry become more efficient. The Clean Growth Strategy includes numerous steps to help change the way we heat our homes and power our electricity grid. The Renewable Heat Incentive is a support scheme designed to help bridge the gap between the cost of fossil fuels and renewable and low carbon heat, and is open to homes and businesses across Great Britain.

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Asked by Anna McMorrin
(Cardiff North)
[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 March 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Wind Power
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to increase the production of electricity from onshore wind.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 08 March 2018

I refer the hon Member to the reply given to question UIN 118634

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