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Department for Transport
Made on: 10 December 2018
Made by: Baroness Sugg (Parliamentary Under Secretary for Transport )
Lords

Rail Update

My Honourable Friend, the Parliamentary Under Secretary for Transport (Andrew Jones) has made the following Ministerial Statement.

The Government, the Mayor of London and Transport for London (TfL) have today 10 December 2018 confirmed a financing package to deliver the final stages of the Crossrail project and open the Elizabeth line to passengers.

Crossrail Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of TfL, announced in August 2018 that the opening of the Elizabeth line through central London would be delayed. Work is ongoing to identify the remaining works required to complete the infrastructure and then commence the extensive testing necessary to ensure the railway opens safely and reliably. Crossrail is a nationally significant infrastructure project which will add up to £42 billion to the UK economy and will transform travel in, to, and across London.

The Government remains committed to the rapid completion of the project, in a way that is fair to UK taxpayers, and that enables London - as the primary beneficiary of Crossrail – to bear the additional costs. Independent reviews into Crossrail Ltd’s assessment of ongoing funding requirements and governance arrangements are being undertaken by KPMG to ensure the right scrutiny and oversight are in place as the project enters its final phase.

The emerging findings of the KPMG reviews into Crossrail Ltd’s finances indicate the likely range of additional capital cost due to the delayed opening of the central section could be in the region of between £1.6 billion & £2 billion. That includes the £300 million already contributed by the Department for Transport and TfL in July 2018, leaving between £1.3 billion and £1.7 billion to cover the predicted additional costs of the project.

The Government, the Mayor of London and TfL have agreed a financial package to cover this. The Department for Transport will provide a loan of up to £1.3 billion to the Greater London Authority (GLA). The GLA intend to repay this loan via London’s Business Rate Supplement (BRS) and from the Mayoral Community Infrastructure Levy (MCIL). The GLA will also provide a £100 million cash contribution, taking its total contribution for this package to £1.4 billion.

As the final costs of the Crossrail project are yet to be confirmed, a contingency arrangement has also been agreed between TfL and the Department for Transport. The Department for Transport will loan TfL up to £750million in the event that further finance is required for the project.

This combined financing deal will replace the need for the £350 million interim financing package announced by the Department for Transport in October 2018.

The combined total of the financing arrangements outlined above, means that the overall funding envelope for the project is now £17.6 billion.

Crossrail Ltd appointed Mark Wild as CEO on 19 November 2018. Mark is now conducting an extensive review of the remainder of the programme and will provide clarity in the New Year on the opening date of future phases. Crossrail Ltd are working to establish a robust and deliverable schedule to open a safe and reliable railway. This will also provide greater clarity on the level of additional funding required.

Furthermore, both the Department for Transport and TfL have recommended to the Crossrail Ltd Board that they appoint Tony Meggs as Chair. Tony Meggs was previously Chief Executive of the Infrastructure and Projects Authority and Head of Government’s Project Delivery Function, following a 30 year career in the private sector leading major projects at global, regional and local levels.

To further strengthen the Crossrail Ltd Board, the Department for Transport have accepted TfL’s nomination of Nick Raynsford as Deputy Chair. Nick is a former MP and served as Minister for London on two occasions between 1997 and 2003.

This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: HCWS1165
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Department for International Development
Made on: 10 December 2018
Made by: Lord Bates (Minister of State for International Development)
Lords

Global Compact for Migration

My Rt Hon Friend, the Minister for the Middle East, has today made the following statement:

I am writing to update the House on the UK’s endorsement of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, which we will announce at the intergovernmental launch event in Marrakesh on 10 December.

Overview

Well-managed migration is in everyone’s interests. But uncontrolled migration erodes public confidence, damages economies, and places people on the move in situations of great vulnerability. The UK is taking significant steps, including with our ODA-funded programming, to tackle uncontrolled migration by:

  • Addressing the root causes of migration, through our targeted assistance for livelihoods, healthcare, education and economic development;
  • Tackling modern slavery and organised immigration crime;
  • Supporting enhanced border management overseas;
  • Providing critical humanitarian support and protection for vulnerable migrants, as well as offering voluntary return and vital reintegration support to those wishing to return home; and
  • Supporting refugees to stay in a first safe country through our humanitarian and development work in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

The Global Compact for Migration embeds these efforts within the international system and enhances cooperation between states whilst reaffirming the sovereign right of all countries to control their own borders. The Compact is not legally binding. It creates a framework to allow countries to work together to make global migration more beneficial for everyone.

UK Endorsement of the Global Compact for Migration

On 10 December, the UK will endorse the Global Compact for Migration (GCM) at the intergovernmental launch event in Marrakech.

The Migration Compact marks a major milestone for the international community. No country can address the challenges presented by illegal migration on its own and an agreement on this scale, with the overwhelming support of the international community including endorsements from 165 other UN Member States including France, Germany, Canada and Japan, highlights the need for global co-operation.

The Compact will not, and is not intended to, affect our continued ability to determine and implement our own migration policy in our national interest. The Compact will not in any way create legal obligations for States, nor does it seek to establish international customary law or further interpret existing treaties or national obligations. It protects every country’s right to determine its own immigration policies, including in areas such as asylum, border controls and returns of illegal migrants. The GCM emphasises that migrants are entitled to the same universal human rights as any human being, and does not create any new ‘rights’ for migrants. As a result, the UK does not interpret the Compact as being in conflict with its current domestic policies. At the same time, the Compact will help us take important steps to keep migrants around the world safe and to protect the most vulnerable, domestically and overseas, who can become victims of modern slavery. The Compact also sets out actions to harness the economic benefits of safer, regular migration, for example by reducing the costs of remittances that migrants send home.

I believe the end result serves the UK’s national interest. The Prime Minister set out the UK’s priorities for global migration reform in 2016 and, taken together, the Refugee Compact and the Migration Compact help embed these priorities into global migration governance. In practice, that means a Refugee Compact that helps ensure refugees can claim asylum in the first safe country they reach. And a Migration Compact which makes a clear distinction between refugees and migrants, and which sets out a well-managed global migration system confirming the sovereign right of States to control their borders and the clear responsibility of States to accept the return of their nationals who no longer have the right to remain elsewhere.

It also includes proposals which will help the UK make a strong contribution to the delivery of the global Sustainable Development Goals, including through our ODA-funded programming. This includes those relating to orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration and mobility of people; and those intended to eradicate forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking, and child labour.

Next Steps

After the political launch in Marrakesh, the document will need to adopted by the UN General Assembly in New York. As part of this process, the UK will issue an Explanation of Position, alongside likeminded EU Member States which will publicly capture the UK’s interpretation of the text.

This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: HCWS1163
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Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Made on: 10 December 2018
Made by: James Brokenshire (Secretary of State for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government)
Commons

Rough Sleeping

Following the publication of the Government’s Rough Sleeping Strategy on 13 August this year, on Saturday I published a delivery plan setting out the progress made so far on tackling rough sleeping, and further detail on how we intend to deliver the 61 commitments made in the strategy. I have also announced our plans for the remaining £11 million of the 2019-20 Rough Sleeping Initiative funding, which will be targeted at local authorities not funded through the Rough Sleeping Initiative this year.

Delivery plan

The Rough Sleeping Strategy is a £100 million package of commitments focussed around prevention, intervention and recovery: introducing necessary policies and programmes to help those who find themselves on the streets today, and laying the groundwork for our 2027 vision in which rough sleeping is prevented and those who do find themselves at crisis point are quickly supported into settled accommodation with appropriate support. It is a cross-Government effort, with contributions from seven departments, all focussed on achieving our commitment to halve rough sleeping by 2022 and end it by 2027.

The delivery plan sets out detailed progress on many of the key commitments made in the strategy, including our new Rapid Rehousing Pathway, which brings together funding for new specialist navigators, local lettings agencies, supported lettings, and our new Somewhere Safe to Stay rapid assessment hubs. It provides an update on ongoing work such as the Rough Sleeping Initiative and the three Government-backed Housing First pilots. It sets out key milestones and expected delivery dates for each of the 61 commitments made, and also highlights just a few of the projects we have funded, and people we have already helped.

The delivery plan sets out further detail on the expert adviser team we have put in place to deliver the Rough Sleeping Initiative, with combined experience across central and local government, housing associations, frontline services and the voluntary sector. Since their appointment this summer, our specialist advisers have been working closely with local authorities and visiting them regularly, supporting them to mobilise funding and get new projects up and running. The Rough Sleeping Initiative advisers will continue to work closely with local authorities over the coming months to monitor and maximise the impact of the initiative, as well as feeding back the challenges faced on the ground, enabling us to be responsive to changing circumstances.

In the strategy, we were clear that the work set out thus far is the first step towards achieving our goal, and as such committed to publishing an annual update to the strategy. In this delivery plan, we confirm that this annual update will comprise an update on progress, detail of any new programmes or policies we are bringing forward, and an updated delivery plan for the coming year.

Further £11 million for the 2019-20 Rough Sleeping Initiative

In the strategy we announced £45 million of funding for the Rough Sleeping Initiative next year, in addition to the £30 million funding provided this year. In September we provisionally allocated £34 million of that funding to the areas who have been part of the initial phase of the Rough Sleeping Initiative. The remaining £11 million will be focused on those areas which have not yet been funded through the Rough Sleeping Initiative, which can demonstrate that they are developing partnerships, plans and effective interventions to achieve the goal of reducing the numbers of people sleeping on the streets of their area. Local authorities that already receive Rough Sleeping Initiative funds could apply only as part of a partnership bid across local authorities.

The Rough Sleeping Initiative will have direct oversight of how this funding is delivered. This tailored approach will ensure interventions are planned on the basis of need, the existing provision and service gaps in each area and that funding is directed to the places where it will have most impact.

The types of interventions we expect to fund include increased outreach provision, floating support, and accommodation options to help rough sleepers off the street.

Over the next few weeks, local authorities will submit initial bids and the expert Rough Sleeping Initiative adviser team will then help to refine proposals before final bids are submitted in February.

This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS1133
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Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Made on: 10 December 2018
Made by: Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government)
Lords

Rough Sleeping

My Rt Hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government (James Brokenshire), has today made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

Following the publication of the Government’s Rough Sleeping Strategy on 13 August this year, on Saturday I published a delivery plan setting out the progress made so far on tackling rough sleeping, and further detail on how we intend to deliver the 61 commitments made in the strategy. I have also announced our plans for the remaining £11 million of the 2019-20 Rough Sleeping Initiative funding, which will be targeted at local authorities not funded through the Rough Sleeping Initiative this year.

Delivery plan

The Rough Sleeping Strategy is a £100 million package of commitments focussed around prevention, intervention and recovery: introducing necessary policies and programmes to help those who find themselves on the streets today, and laying the groundwork for our 2027 vision in which rough sleeping is prevented and those who do find themselves at crisis point are quickly supported into settled accommodation with appropriate support. It is a cross-Government effort, with contributions from seven departments, all focussed on achieving our commitment to halve rough sleeping by 2022 and end it by 2027.

The delivery plan sets out detailed progress on many of the key commitments made in the strategy, including our new Rapid Rehousing Pathway, which brings together funding for new specialist navigators, local lettings agencies, supported lettings, and our new Somewhere Safe to Stay rapid assessment hubs. It provides an update on ongoing work such as the Rough Sleeping Initiative and the three Government-backed Housing First pilots. It sets out key milestones and expected delivery dates for each of the 61 commitments made, and also highlights just a few of the projects we have funded, and people we have already helped.

The delivery plan sets out further detail on the expert adviser team we have put in place to deliver the Rough Sleeping Initiative, with combined experience across central and local government, housing associations, frontline services and the voluntary sector. Since their appointment this summer, our specialist advisers have been working closely with local authorities and visiting them regularly, supporting them to mobilise funding and get new projects up and running. The Rough Sleeping Initiative advisers will continue to work closely with local authorities over the coming months to monitor and maximise the impact of the initiative, as well as feeding back the challenges faced on the ground, enabling us to be responsive to changing circumstances.

In the strategy, we were clear that the work set out thus far is the first step towards achieving our goal, and as such committed to publishing an annual update to the strategy. In this delivery plan, we confirm that this annual update will comprise an update on progress, detail of any new programmes or policies we are bringing forward, and an updated delivery plan for the coming year.

Further £11 million for the 2019-20 Rough Sleeping Initiative

In the strategy we announced £45 million of funding for the Rough Sleeping Initiative next year, in addition to the £30 million funding provided this year. In September we provisionally allocated £34 million of that funding to the areas who have been part of the initial phase of the Rough Sleeping Initiative. The remaining £11 million will be focused on those areas which have not yet been funded through the Rough Sleeping Initiative, which can demonstrate that they are developing partnerships, plans and effective interventions to achieve the goal of reducing the numbers of people sleeping on the streets of their area. Local authorities that already receive Rough Sleeping Initiative funds could apply only as part of a partnership bid across local authorities.

The Rough Sleeping Initiative will have direct oversight of how this funding is delivered. This tailored approach will ensure interventions are planned on the basis of need, the existing provision and service gaps in each area and that funding is directed to the places where it will have most impact.

The types of interventions we expect to fund include increased outreach provision, floating support, and accommodation options to help rough sleepers off the street.

Over the next few weeks, local authorities will submit initial bids and the expert Rough Sleeping Initiative adviser team will then help to refine proposals before final bids are submitted in February.

This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: HCWS1166
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Department for Transport
Made on: 10 December 2018
Made by: Andrew Jones (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport)
Commons

Rail Update

The Government, the Mayor of London and Transport for London (TfL) have today 10 December 2018 confirmed a financing package to deliver the final stages of the Crossrail project and open the Elizabeth line to passengers.

Crossrail Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of TfL, announced in August 2018 that the opening of the Elizabeth line through central London would be delayed. Work is ongoing to identify the remaining works required to complete the infrastructure and then commence the extensive testing necessary to ensure the railway opens safely and reliably. Crossrail is a nationally significant infrastructure project which will add up to £42 billion to the UK economy and will transform travel in, to, and across London.

The Government remains committed to the rapid completion of the project, in a way that is fair to UK taxpayers, and that enables London - as the primary beneficiary of Crossrail – to bear the additional costs. Independent reviews into Crossrail Ltd’s assessment of ongoing funding requirements and governance arrangements are being undertaken by KPMG to ensure the right scrutiny and oversight are in place as the project enters its final phase.

The emerging findings of the KPMG reviews into Crossrail Ltd’s finances indicate the likely range of additional capital cost due to the delayed opening of the central section could be in the region of between £1.6 billion & £2 billion. That includes the £300 million already contributed by the Department for Transport and TfL in July 2018, leaving between £1.3 billion and £1.7 billion to cover the predicted additional costs of the project.

The Government, the Mayor of London and TfL have agreed a financial package to cover this. The Department for Transport will provide a loan of up to £1.3 billion to the Greater London Authority (GLA). The GLA intend to repay this loan via London’s Business Rate Supplement (BRS) and from the Mayoral Community Infrastructure Levy (MCIL). The GLA will also provide a £100 million cash contribution, taking its total contribution for this package to £1.4 billion.

As the final costs of the Crossrail project are yet to be confirmed, a contingency arrangement has also been agreed between TfL and the Department for Transport. The Department for Transport will loan TfL up to £750million in the event that further finance is required for the project.

This combined financing deal will replace the need for the £350 million interim financing package announced by the Department for Transport in October 2018.

The combined total of the financing arrangements outlined above, means that the overall funding envelope for the project is now £17.6 billion.

Crossrail Ltd appointed Mark Wild as CEO on 19 November 2018. Mark is now conducting an extensive review of the remainder of the programme and will provide clarity in the New Year on the opening date of future phases. Crossrail Ltd are working to establish a robust and deliverable schedule to open a safe and reliable railway. This will also provide greater clarity on the level of additional funding required.

Furthermore, both the Department for Transport and TfL have recommended to the Crossrail Ltd Board that they appoint Tony Meggs as Chair. Tony Meggs was previously Chief Executive of the Infrastructure and Projects Authority and Head of Government’s Project Delivery Function, following a 30 year career in the private sector leading major projects at global, regional and local levels.

To further strengthen the Crossrail Ltd Board, the Department for Transport have accepted TfL’s nomination of Nick Raynsford as Deputy Chair. Nick is a former MP and served as Minister for London on two occasions between 1997 and 2003.

This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS1135
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Department for Exiting the European Union
Made on: 10 December 2018
Made by: Lord Callanan (Minister of State, Department for Exiting the European Union)
Lords

General Affairs Council, December 2018

I will attend the General Affairs Council in Brussels on 11 December 2018 to represent the UK. Until we leave the European Union, we remain committed to fulfilling our rights and obligations as a full member.

The provisional agenda includes:

Multiannual Financial Framework 2021 - 2027

Ministers will discuss progress on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) proposals with the Presidency which should ensure that Leaders will be in a position to discuss the MFF at the European Council meeting in December.

Eighteen-month Programme of the Council

Ministers will endorse the eighteen-month work programme of the incoming trio of the Presidencies of Romania, Finland and Croatia. The programme will set out the Council of the European Union’s activities from from 1 January 2019 to 30 June 2020.

Preparation of the European Council on 13-14 December 2018 and European Council follow-up

The Council will discuss the draft conclusions for the December European Council. The conclusions are expected to cover the Multiannual Financial Framework, the Single Market, Migration and External Relations. The Presidency will provide Ministers with an update on progress in implementing previous European Council conclusions.

Outcome on the Conference on subsidiarity on 15-16 November 2018

The Presidency will provide information on the outcome of the conference on subsidiarity. In those areas which do not form part of the EU’s exclusive competence, the principle of subsidiarity means that action should only be taken at EU level when the desired objectives cannot be effectively achieved by action taken at national or regional level.

Rule of Law in Poland - Article 7(1) TEU Reasoned Proposal

The Council is expected to hold a third hearing under Article 7(1) TEU on the rule of law in Poland.

Values of the Union - Hungary / Article 7(1) TEU Reasoned Proposal

Ministers will discuss the Article 7(1) procedure in relation to Hungary.

European Semester 2019 - Annual Growth Survey

The Commission will present the results from the Annual Growth Survey which will support the strengthening of economic policies across the EU.

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Department for Exiting the European Union
Made on: 10 December 2018
Made by: Mr Robin Walker (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Exiting the European Union)
Commons

General Affairs Council, December 2018

Lord Callanan, Minister of State for Exiting the European Union, has made the following statement:

I will attend the General Affairs Council in Brussels on 11 December 2018 to represent the UK. Until we leave the European Union, we remain committed to fulfilling our rights and obligations as a full member.

The provisional agenda includes:

Multiannual Financial Framework 2021 - 2027

Ministers will discuss progress on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) proposals with the Presidency which should ensure that Leaders will be in a position to discuss the MFF at the European Council meeting in December.

Eighteen-month Programme of the Council

Ministers will endorse the eighteen-month work programme of the incoming trio of the Presidencies of Romania, Finland and Croatia. The programme will set out the Council of the European Union’s activities from from 1 January 2019 to 30 June 2020.

Preparation of the European Council on 13-14 December 2018 and European Council follow-up

The Council will discuss the draft conclusions for the December European Council. The conclusions are expected to cover the Multiannual Financial Framework, the Single Market, Migration and External Relations. The Presidency will provide Ministers with an update on progress in implementing previous European Council conclusions.

Outcome on the Conference on subsidiarity on 15-16 November 2018

The Presidency will provide information on the outcome of the conference on subsidiarity. In those areas which do not form part of the EU’s exclusive competence, the principle of subsidiarity means that action should only be taken at EU level when the desired objectives cannot be effectively achieved by action taken at national or regional level.

Rule of Law in Poland - Article 7(1) TEU Reasoned Proposal

The Council is expected to hold a third hearing under Article 7(1) TEU on the rule of law in Poland.

Values of the Union - Hungary / Article 7(1) TEU Reasoned Proposal

Ministers will discuss the Article 7(1) procedure in relation to Hungary.

European Semester 2019 - Annual Growth Survey

The Commission will present the results from the Annual Growth Survey which will support the strengthening of economic policies across the EU.

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Department for International Development
Made on: 10 December 2018
Made by: Alistair Burt (Minister for the Middle East)
Commons

Global Compact for Migration

I am writing to update the House on the UK’s endorsement of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, which we will announce at the intergovernmental launch event in Marrakesh on 10 December.

Overview

Well-managed migration is in everyone’s interests. But uncontrolled migration erodes public confidence, damages economies, and places people on the move in situations of great vulnerability. The UK is taking significant steps, including with our ODA-funded programming, to tackle uncontrolled migration by:

  • Addressing the root causes of migration, through our targeted assistance for livelihoods, healthcare, education and economic development;
  • Tackling modern slavery and organised immigration crime;
  • Supporting enhanced border management overseas;
  • Providing critical humanitarian support and protection for vulnerable migrants, as well as offering voluntary return and vital reintegration support to those wishing to return home; and
  • Supporting refugees to stay in a first safe country through our humanitarian and development work in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

The Global Compact for Migration embeds these efforts within the international system and enhances cooperation between states whilst reaffirming the sovereign right of all countries to control their own borders. The Compact is not legally binding. It creates a framework to allow countries to work together to make global migration more beneficial for everyone.

UK Endorsement of the Global Compact for Migration

On 10 December, the UK will endorse the Global Compact for Migration (GCM) at the intergovernmental launch event in Marrakech.

The Migration Compact marks a major milestone for the international community. No country can address the challenges presented by illegal migration on its own and an agreement on this scale, with the overwhelming support of the international community including endorsements from 165 other UN Member States including France, Germany, Canada and Japan, highlights the need for global co-operation.

The Compact will not, and is not intended to, affect our continued ability to determine and implement our own migration policy in our national interest. The Compact will not in any way create legal obligations for States, nor does it seek to establish international customary law or further interpret existing treaties or national obligations. It protects every country’s right to determine its own immigration policies, including in areas such as asylum, border controls and returns of illegal migrants. The GCM emphasises that migrants are entitled to the same universal human rights as any human being, and does not create any new ‘rights’ for migrants. As a result, the UK does not interpret the Compact as being in conflict with its current domestic policies. At the same time, the Compact will help us take important steps to keep migrants around the world safe and to protect the most vulnerable, domestically and overseas, who can become victims of modern slavery. The Compact also sets out actions to harness the economic benefits of safer, regular migration, for example by reducing the costs of remittances that migrants send home.

I believe the end result serves the UK’s national interest. The Prime Minister set out the UK’s priorities for global migration reform in 2016 and, taken together, the Refugee Compact and the Migration Compact help embed these priorities into global migration governance. In practice, that means a Refugee Compact that helps ensure refugees can claim asylum in the first safe country they reach. And a Migration Compact which makes a clear distinction between refugees and migrants, and which sets out a well-managed global migration system confirming the sovereign right of States to control their borders and the clear responsibility of States to accept the return of their nationals who no longer have the right to remain elsewhere.

It also includes proposals which will help the UK make a strong contribution to the delivery of the global Sustainable Development Goals, including through our ODA-funded programming. This includes those relating to orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration and mobility of people; and those intended to eradicate forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking, and child labour.

Next Steps

After the political launch in Marrakesh, the document will need to adopted by the UN General Assembly in New York. As part of this process, the UK will issue an Explanation of Position, alongside likeminded EU Member States which will publicly capture the UK’s interpretation of the text.

This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS1134
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Treasury
Made on: 10 December 2018
Made by: Lord Bates (Lords Spokesperson)
Lords

The UK’s Mutual Evaluation Report by the Financial Action Task Force on its Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing regime

My honourable friend the Economic Secretary to the Treasury (John Glen) has today made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

The UK is one of the world’s largest and most open economies, and a leading global financial centre. That brings it with the heightened risk of illicit financial flows from money laundering and terrorist financing. The government is committed to tackling the threat that this presents to our security and prosperity. The government has taken robust action over recent years to clamp down on illicit finance, protecting our citizens and helping legitimate businesses to thrive.

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is the global standard setter for anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing (AML/CTF). The FATF published its Mutual Evaluation Report of the United Kingdom on Friday 7th December. The report recognises that the UK’s AML/CTF regime is the strongest of the over sixty countries assessed by FATF and its regional bodies to date.

The UK received the highest rating possible in four out of the eleven areas of the report, and received a rating of ‘substantial’ in a further four areas. In particular, the report highlights the UK’s efforts on:

  • Taking significant steps to understand and coordinate the UK’s response to the threat of illicit finance, including publishing two National Risk Assessments in 2015 and 2017

  • Working with international partners to tackle illicit finance, through a strong legal framework and a liaison network spanning over 160 jurisdictions

  • Aggressively investigating and prosecuting money laundering, with over 1,400 convictions a year, and adopting new tools such as Unexplained Wealth Orders

  • Using all available measures to disrupt terrorist financing, including criminal justice measures, confiscating funds, and financial sanctions

  • Preventing the misuse of companies and trusts, and acting as a global leader by adopting a public register of company beneficial ownership and a register of trusts with tax consequences

  • Promoting effective global use and implementation of financial sanctions against terrorists and against proliferation of weapons of mass destruction

The government recognises that there is more to be done and is progressing with a series of measures to redouble its fight against economic crime.

The National Economic Crime Centre (NECC), housed within the National Crime Agency, has recently been launched. Tasked with coordinating the national response to economic crime, the NECC will ensure operations achieve the greatest sustained impact on threats the UK faces, and will lead a new approach to economic crime in the UK.

In line with this, the UK will take forward its ambitious reform of the Suspicious Activity Reporting regime. This will provide an improved IT system to help the UK’s Financial Intelligence Unit (UKFIU) process, analyse and distribute the nearly 500,000 SARs received annually by UKFIU, and will also drive up the quality and use of SARs across the UK’s system. The NCA is increasing the staffing of the UKFIU by more than 30% this year, with further increases envisaged in future years.

The government plans to legislate in 2019 to introduce a register of beneficial ownership for overseas entities which own or purchase UK property, which is being developed by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The government also plans to take further action to mitigate the risks presented by the misuse of limited partnerships, in line with the consultation response published today by BEIS. In addition, BEIS will look further at controls over who registers companies in the UK, what information they have to provide, and how assurance is provided over that information.

The 2017 National Risk Assessment noted the steps that UK supervisors are taking to strengthen their approaches and collaboration in the fight against illicit finance. Complementing this ongoing work, the government launched the Office for Professional Body AML Supervision (OPBAS) earlier this year, which will continue its work with supervisors to help improve standards and consistency across the UK’s regime.

The FATF report underlines where more work can be done and will help to focus these efforts over the coming years. The government is considering the recommendations in the report and will publish its response to these in due course.

A copy of the report has been deposited in the Libraries of the House.

This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: HCWS1162
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Ministry of Defence
Made on: 10 December 2018
Made by: Earl Howe (Minister of State, Ministry of Defence)
Lords

Type 31e Frigate

My hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Defence Procurement (Stuart Andrew) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

I am pleased to inform the House that the Ministry of Defence (MOD) has taken a major step forward in the competition to build five Type 31e Frigates.

On 10 December 2018 the MOD awarded three contracts for the Competitive Design Phase. The contracts have been awarded to consortia led by BAE Systems, Babcock and Atlas Elektronik UK and are valued at up to £5 million each.

The Competitive Design Phase is the first stage of the design process which will allow suppliers to demonstrate how they can deliver the Royal Navy’s threshold capability by the target date and within budget. These contracts will fund industry to prepare detailed proposals for the design and build of the five Type 31e Frigates.

Concurrent with the award of the Competitive Design Phase contracts, the MOD has issued to each consortium an Invitation to Negotiate for the single Design and Build contract that we intend to place by the end of 2019. Conducting the Competitive Design Phase in parallel with the Design and Build contract negotiations will allow the award of the Design and Build contract earlier than would be normally be the case in a major procurement.

It remains our intention to seek a firm price contract for five ships, less an amount of Government Furnished Equipment, for £1.25 Billion, giving an average price of £250 million per ship. We want the first ship in 2023, with all five ships delivered by the end of 2028. The Government remains committed to a surface fleet of at least 19 frigates and destroyers.

This contractual milestone is a tangible and positive result of the National Shipbuilding Strategy published in September 2017. The Strategy sets out how the Government intends to work with industry to develop a strong and globally competitive UK shipbuilding and marine engineering sector. The Type 31e procurement is seeking to maximise the UK prosperity and export potential, without compromising on cost and time.

The award of the Competitive Design Phase contracts is a testament to the MOD’s positive engagement with industry and the commitment to move the programme forward.

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Treasury
Made on: 10 December 2018
Made by: John Glen (The Economic Secretary to the Treasury)
Commons

The UK’s Mutual Evaluation Report by the Financial Action Task Force on its Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing regime

The UK is one of the world’s largest and most open economies, and a leading global financial centre. That brings it with the heightened risk of illicit financial flows from money laundering and terrorist financing. The government is committed to tackling the threat that this presents to our security and prosperity. The government has taken robust action over recent years to clamp down on illicit finance, protecting our citizens and helping legitimate businesses to thrive.

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is the global standard setter for anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing (AML/CTF). The FATF published its Mutual Evaluation Report of the United Kingdom on Friday 7th December. The report recognises that the UK’s AML/CTF regime is the strongest of the over sixty countries assessed by FATF and its regional bodies to date.

The UK received the highest rating possible in four out of the eleven areas of the report, and received a rating of ‘substantial’ in a further four areas. In particular, the report highlights the UK’s efforts on:

  • Taking significant steps to understand and coordinate the UK’s response to the threat of illicit finance, including publishing two National Risk Assessments in 2015 and 2017

  • Working with international partners to tackle illicit finance, through a strong legal framework and a liaison network spanning over 160 jurisdictions

  • Aggressively investigating and prosecuting money laundering, with over 1,400 convictions a year, and adopting new tools such as Unexplained Wealth Orders

  • Using all available measures to disrupt terrorist financing, including criminal justice measures, confiscating funds, and financial sanctions

  • Preventing the misuse of companies and trusts, and acting as a global leader by adopting a public register of company beneficial ownership and a register of trusts with tax consequences

  • Promoting effective global use and implementation of financial sanctions against terrorists and against proliferation of weapons of mass destruction

The government recognises that there is more to be done and is progressing with a series of measures to redouble its fight against economic crime.

The National Economic Crime Centre (NECC), housed within the National Crime Agency, has recently been launched. Tasked with coordinating the national response to economic crime, the NECC will ensure operations achieve the greatest sustained impact on threats the UK faces, and will lead a new approach to economic crime in the UK.

In line with this, the UK will take forward its ambitious reform of the Suspicious Activity Reporting regime. This will provide an improved IT system to help the UK’s Financial Intelligence Unit (UKFIU) process, analyse and distribute the nearly 500,000 SARs received annually by UKFIU, and will also drive up the quality and use of SARs across the UK’s system. The NCA is increasing the staffing of the UKFIU by more than 30% this year, with further increases envisaged in future years.

The government plans to legislate in 2019 to introduce a register of beneficial ownership for overseas entities which own or purchase UK property, which is being developed by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The government also plans to take further action to mitigate the risks presented by the misuse of limited partnerships, in line with the consultation response published today by BEIS. In addition, BEIS will look further at controls over who registers companies in the UK, what information they have to provide, and how assurance is provided over that information.

The 2017 National Risk Assessment noted the steps that UK supervisors are taking to strengthen their approaches and collaboration in the fight against illicit finance. Complementing this ongoing work, the government launched the Office for Professional Body AML Supervision (OPBAS) earlier this year, which will continue its work with supervisors to help improve standards and consistency across the UK’s regime.

The FATF report underlines where more work can be done and will help to focus these efforts over the coming years. The government is considering the recommendations in the report and will publish its response to these in due course.

A copy of the report has been deposited in the Libraries of the House.

This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS1131
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Made on: 10 December 2018
Made by: Lord Henley (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Lords

Business Update

My Rt hon Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (Greg Clark), has today made the following statement:

The Government has published its response to its consultation on the reform of Limited Partnership law.

A key theme of the UK’s Industrial Strategy is ensuring the UK has a world-leading business environment, which holds the confidence of investors, employees, consumers and the public. An important element of this is the provision of a range of business structures through which a variety of commercial objectives can be achieved.

Limited partnerships play an important role in private fund structures used by private equity, real estate and infrastructure managers. In recent years however it has been reported that limited partnerships in some circumstances have been used for illicit purposes. The Government recognises that robust action is required.

The reforms set out in the Government’s response include: tightening of registration requirements for limited partnerships, ensuring that those applying to register limited partnerships demonstrate that they are registered and supervised by an official anti-money laundering supervisor; requiring limited partnerships to demonstrate a firmer connection to the UK; increasing transparency requirements; and enabling the Registrar to strike from the companies register limited partnerships which are dissolved or which are no longer carrying on business.

The Government has worked closely with industry in developing these reforms and considers that they strike the right balance between preventing the abuse of limited partnerships while ensuring they remain attractive to legitimate commercial activity.

The reforms require primary legislation and the Government will legislate when parliamentary time allows.

The Government response will be deposited in the Libraries of both Houses.

This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: HCWS1160
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Ministry of Defence
Made on: 10 December 2018
Made by: Stuart Andrew (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Defence Procurement)
Commons

Type 31e Frigate

I am pleased to inform the House that the Ministry of Defence (MOD) has taken a major step forward in the competition to build five Type 31e Frigates.

On 10 December 2018 the MOD awarded three contracts for the Competitive Design Phase. The contracts have been awarded to consortia led by BAE Systems, Babcock and Atlas Elektronik UK and are valued at up to £5 million each.

The Competitive Design Phase is the first stage of the design process which will allow suppliers to demonstrate how they can deliver the Royal Navy’s threshold capability by the target date and within budget. These contracts will fund industry to prepare detailed proposals for the design and build of the five Type 31e Frigates.

Concurrent with the award of the Competitive Design Phase contracts, the MOD has issued to each consortium an Invitation to Negotiate for the single Design and Build contract that we intend to place by the end of 2019. Conducting the Competitive Design Phase in parallel with the Design and Build contract negotiations will allow the award of the Design and Build contract earlier than would be normally be the case in a major procurement.

It remains our intention to seek a firm price contract for five ships, less an amount of Government Furnished Equipment, for £1.25 Billion, giving an average price of £250 million per ship. We want the first ship in 2023, with all five ships delivered by the end of 2028. The Government remains committed to a surface fleet of at least 19 frigates and destroyers.

This contractual milestone is a tangible and positive result of the National Shipbuilding Strategy published in September 2017. The Strategy sets out how the Government intends to work with industry to develop a strong and globally competitive UK shipbuilding and marine engineering sector. The Type 31e procurement is seeking to maximise the UK prosperity and export potential, without compromising on cost and time.

The award of the Competitive Design Phase contracts is a testament to the MOD’s positive engagement with industry and the commitment to move the programme forward.

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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Made on: 10 December 2018
Made by: Greg Clark (Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Commons

Business Update

The Government has published its response to its consultation on the reform of Limited Partnership law.

A key theme of the UK’s Industrial Strategy is ensuring the UK has a world-leading business environment, which holds the confidence of investors, employees, consumers and the public. An important element of this is the provision of a range of business structures through which a variety of commercial objectives can be achieved.

Limited partnerships play an important role in private fund structures used by private equity, real estate and infrastructure managers. In recent years however it has been reported that limited partnerships in some circumstances have been used for illicit purposes. The Government recognises that robust action is required.

The reforms set out in the Government’s response include: tightening of registration requirements for limited partnerships, ensuring that those applying to register limited partnerships demonstrate that they are registered and supervised by an official anti-money laundering supervisor; requiring limited partnerships to demonstrate a firmer connection to the UK; increasing transparency requirements; and enabling the Registrar to strike from the companies register limited partnerships which are dissolved or which are no longer carrying on business.

The Government has worked closely with industry in developing these reforms and considers that they strike the right balance between preventing the abuse of limited partnerships while ensuring they remain attractive to legitimate commercial activity.

The reforms require primary legislation and the Government will legislate when parliamentary time allows.

The Government response will be deposited in the Libraries of both Houses.

This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS1129
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Home Office
Made on: 06 December 2018
Made by: Caroline Nokes (The Minister of State for Immigration)
Commons

Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules

My rt hon Friend, the Home Secretary, will shortly be laying before the House a Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules.

The Government is clear that entrepreneurs play a key role in creating jobs and driving economic growth, which is vital to the prosperity of the UK. In June of this year, we announced a new Start-up visa route. This will build upon the successes of the current Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) route, expanding it to ensure that the UK can benefit from a wider pool of overseas talent looking to establish new businesses in the UK. Applicants will be endorsed by either a business or higher education institution sponsor.

We are announcing that we will build on this offer further by introducing a new Innovator route, for more experienced business people. This will replace the current Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) route and have a similar emphasis on endorsement by a business sponsor, who will assess applicants’ business ideas for their innovation, viability and scalability.

Alongside this, we will reform our Tier 1 (Investor) route.

These reforms will be introduced in the spring and will ensure the UK remains a world-leading destination for investment and innovation. We will shortly be publishing a Statement of Intent setting out the details of how the reformed routes will work and I will place a copy in the House Library.

We are also introducing wider changes through these Immigration Rules which demonstrate our commitment to supporting talented leaders in their fields, and promising future leaders, coming to the UK under the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) route. The changes will expand this route to provide for a route of entry for leading architects endorsed by the Royal Institute of British Architects, under the remit of Arts Council England (ACE). This change builds upon other reforms to the route earlier this year, including doubling the number of places available, providing for faster settlement to existing leaders in their fields endorsed under this route, and expanding the route to leading fashion designers, also endorsed under the remit of ACE. We will continue to work closely with our partners in this route to attract more leading international talent to the UK.

More broadly, the changes also include a number of minor, more technical changes to our Tier 1 and Tier 2 routes for highly skilled workers. These changes will be made to ensure the Immigration Rules remain up-to-date and for consistency purposes.

The Government greatly values the roles played by our charities and religious institutions and those who wish to come to the UK to contribute to these organisations are extremely welcome. However, there are some issues with the routes as they currently operate.

Our immigration system makes specific provision for both Ministers of Religion and those coming as religious workers. This distinction between the two roles reflects the importance we place on our faith leaders speaking English to a high standard, whilst at the same time still permitting other members of religious communities to contribute to the UK in non-pastoral roles.

Whilst it is not the intention of the Tier 5 Religious Workers route, our current rules could permit religious workers to perform roles, that include preaching and leading a congregation, without first being required to demonstrate that they speak English to an acceptable standard. To address this, we are prohibiting Tier 5 Religious Workers filling roles as Ministers of Religion and direct them instead to do so through the correct Tier 2 Minister of Religion sub-category. This will require Ministers of Religion to demonstrate a strong command of English and ensure they can interact with the community around them.

The Tier 5 arrangements for Religious Workers and Charity Workers have always been intended to provide for only limited periods of residence in the UK of up to two years. We have however seen instances of migrants in these categories repeatedly applying for consecutive periods of leave, in effect achieving ongoing residency in the UK. We will therefore introduce a ‘cooling off period’, preventing Tier 5 Religious Worker and Tier 5 Charity Worker visa holders from returning to the UK, via these immigration routes for 12 months after their visa expires. This change ensures that we will continue to welcome those coming to make a contribution to our religious and charity organisations, whilst at the same time underpinning the Government’s intention that these are temporary routes.

On 6 September the Home Secretary issued a Written Ministerial Statement (HCWS940) announcing the introduction of a new pilot scheme for 2019, enabling non-EEA migrant workers to come to the UK to undertake seasonal employment in the Horticultural sector. These amendments will set out the legislative framework for introducing this pilot.

This small-scale pilot will test the effectiveness of our immigration system at alleviating seasonal labour shortages during peak production periods, whilst maintaining robust immigration control and ensuring there are minimal impacts on local communities and public services.

The organisations chosen to fill the role of scheme operators for this pilot have been selected following a fair and open selection process, undertaken by the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

The formal date of implementation for this pilot will be announced in due course.

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Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Made on: 06 December 2018
Made by: Michael Ellis (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Arts, Heritage and Tourism)
Commons

Heritage Policy Update

I am today publishing a Heritage Statement: One Year On. This document seeks to provide an update to the Heritage Statement of December 2017, and also builds on the 2016 Culture White Paper.

The Heritage Statement was created with the aim of linking the heritage agenda to our wider agendas and strategies for industry, for regeneration and placemaking, for skills, for the environment, and for an internationalist, outward-looking Britain. It applies to England only, except where it relates to international issues and UK-wide policies and programmes.

The One Year On Statement outlines the progress we have made since the Heritage Statement was published in 2017. In the last year, the heritage sector has gone from strength to strength, and we in Government recognise our shared heritage is the inheritance of all UK subjects.

This update seeks to outline the progress we have made, and areas where we will seek to deliver further change over the months to come.

The Heritage Statement: One Year On is available on GOV.UK.

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Wales Office
Made on: 06 December 2018
Made by: Alun Cairns (Secretary of State for Wales )
Commons

Wales Regional Investment

On March 2017, the Government reached agreement with the Welsh Government and the four local authorities on a Heads of Terms City Deal for the Swansea Bay City Region to bring almost £1.3bn of investment to the region, which is expected to create in excess of 9,000 jobs.

Since this time good progress has been made on developing a number of the projects within the overall deal programme. However, with no individual business cases yet approved I have today commissioned a joint independent review with the Welsh Government which will underpin the next phase of delivery.

This review will be independently led and will report to both the UK and Welsh Governments. It will consider a range of factors to provide a stocktake on progress to date as well as assurance that all elements of the Deal are on track to deliver the full economic benefits of this ambitious programme. It will also consider matters of due diligence and governance, to ensure that oversight and compliance are robust. Its recommendations will inform future decisions on the release of Government funding as well as providing potential private investors with additional confidence across the deal as a whole.

Work on further developing individual projects will continue in parallel with the review.

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Wales Office
Made on: 06 December 2018
Made by: Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Wales)
Lords

Wales Regional Investment

My Right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Wales (Alun Cairns) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement:

On March 2017, the Government reached agreement with the Welsh Government and the four local authorities on a Heads of Terms City Deal for the Swansea Bay City Region to bring almost £1.3bn of investment to the region, which is expected to create in excess of 9,000 jobs.

Since this time good progress has been made on developing a number of the projects within the overall deal programme. However, with no individual business cases yet approved I have today commissioned a joint independent review with the Welsh Government which will underpin the next phase of delivery.

This review will be independently led and will report to both the UK and Welsh Governments. It will consider a range of factors to provide a stocktake on progress to date as well as assurance that all elements of the Deal are on track to deliver the full economic benefits of this ambitious programme. It will also consider matters of due diligence and governance, to ensure that oversight and compliance are robust. Its recommendations will inform future decisions on the release of Government funding as well as providing potential private investors with additional confidence across the deal as a whole.

Work on further developing individual projects will continue in parallel with the review.

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Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Made on: 06 December 2018
Made by: Lord Ashton of Hyde (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
Lords

Heritage Policy Update

My Hon Friend the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Arts, Heritage and Tourism, Michael Ellis has made the following Statement:

I am today publishing a Heritage Statement: One Year On. This document seeks to provide an update to the Heritage Statement of December 2017, and also builds on the 2016 Culture White Paper.

The Heritage Statement was created with the aim of linking the heritage agenda to our wider agendas and strategies for industry, for regeneration and placemaking, for skills, for the environment, and for an internationalist, outward-looking Britain. It applies to England only, except where it relates to international issues and UK-wide policies and programmes.

The One Year On Statement outlines the progress we have made since the Heritage Statement was published in 2017. In the last year, the heritage sector has gone from strength to strength, and we in Government recognise our shared heritage is the inheritance of all UK subjects.

This update seeks to outline the progress we have made, and areas where we will seek to deliver further change over the months to come.

The Heritage Statement: One Year On is available on GOV.UK.

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Ministry of Justice
Made on: 06 December 2018
Made by: Lord Keen of Elie (The Lords Spokesperson )
Lords

Judicial Conduct Investigations Office Annual Report 2017–2018

My right honourable friend the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice (David Gauke) has made the following Written Statement.

"With the concurrence of the Lord Chief Justice, I will today publish the twelfth annual report of the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office (JCIO), formerly known as the Office for Judicial Complaints.

The JCIO supports the Lord Chief Justice and the Lord Chancellor in our joint statutory responsibility for judicial discipline.

The judiciary comprises approximately 23,000 individuals serving across a range of jurisdictions. Over the past year, the JCIO received 2,147 complaints against judicial office holders. 39 investigations resulted in disciplinary action. The JCIO did not meet two of its three key performance indicators, which was attributable to the challenges faced by a high turnover of staff.

I have placed copies of the report into the libraries of both Houses, the Vote Office and the Printed Paper Office. Copies are also available online at: https://judicialconduct.judiciary.gov.uk/reports-publications/"

This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: HCWS1156
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Ministry of Justice
Made on: 06 December 2018
Made by: Lord Keen of Elie (The Lords Spokesperson)
Lords

Justice update

My right honourable friend the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice (David Gauke) has made the following Written Statement.

"The Ministry of Justice is today publishing Setting the Personal Injury Discount Rate: A Call for Evidence. This call for evidence is intended to obtain evidence to inform the first review of the personal injury discount rate under the Civil Liability Bill. The call will remain open for eight weeks.

I have placed a copy of the call for evidence in the libraries of both Houses."

This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: HCWS1155
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Department for Transport
Made on: 06 December 2018
Made by: Baroness Sugg (Parliamentary Under Secretary for Transport )
Lords

Rail Update

My Honourable Friend, the Parliamentary Under Secretary for Transport (Andrew Jones) has made the following Ministerial Statement.

As part of the Industrial Strategy, the Government committed to making the most of the UK’s strengths and to develop the infrastructure necessary to support this. The UK’s rail network supports people getting to work and training opportunities every day, enables businesses to access the talent they need to grow, and moves goods across the country and to our ports and airports.

The aim of this sector deal is to develop new, digital capabilities to support the railway in becoming an even stronger driver of economic growth and opportunity.

Sector Deals bring the industry and the Government together in partnership to boost the productivity and earning power of specific sectors. The Rail Sector Deal struck today follows ambitious sector deals with the life sciences, automotive, construction and artificial intelligence sectors.

The Government and rail industry have come together to agree a plan to increase efficiency, improve journeys and increase the sector’s capability to trade internationally. The deal was developed through close engagement with the UK’s world class consulting engineering sector and wider rail supply chain, and with backing from the major train manufacturers in the UK. This engagement from the industry has been led by the Rail Supply and Delivery Groups, both of whom will be fundamental to delivering these ambitions.

The Deal contains mutual commitments that will encourage innovation to improve passenger experience, provide the confidence necessary for investment in capital and skills, while reducing the cost to the taxpayer of state-of-the art digital rail control systems. Furthermore, the Deal, through collaboration between train manufacturers and those providing services and running the network, will provide a common data platform. This will enable businesses to access highly useful data held within the industry in order to develop services and products to meet passengers’ needs. This Deal also includes a pilot programme in the Midlands to attract further diversity and skills into our growing railway, supported by the Midlands Engine, LEPs and other regional partners.

This Deal will support the rail industry into the next phase of its development as a world leading industry. I will place a copy of the document in the libraries of both Houses.

This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: HCWS1148
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Made on: 06 December 2018
Made by: Lord Henley (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Lords

Energy Update

My Rt hon friend the Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth (Claire Perry) has today made the following statement:

Following the decision on 15 November 2018 by the European Court to annul the European Commission’s approval for the UK Capacity Market, the Government is updating the House on the process that will be followed to ensure that the Capacity Market can be reinstated as speedily as possible.

As National Grid has already confirmed, the court ruling will not impact security of supply this winter. The ruling does not change the UK Government’s view that the Capacity Market is the right mechanism to deliver secure electricity supplies at least cost.

The Commission has confirmed that it will be conducting an investigation into the original State aid notification for the Capacity Market. This investigation covers the Capacity Market agreements already entered into including those for 2018/19 and 2019/20.

A positive final State aid decision would allow payments to be made to those agreement holders that have met their obligations during the standstill period. The Commission expects to make its Opening Decision on the issues covered in the investigation by early 2019.

To support this, National Grid will continue to operate the Capacity Market as normal but without payments being made to agreement holders. This will ensure that market participants can operate as normal and will also aid the calculation of future Capacity Market payments.

The Government has also confirmed an intention to hold a T-1 top-up auction during the summer of 2019, for delivery in 2019/20. Agreements secured through this auction will be conditional on the outcome of the Commission’s formal investigation.

The Government is also considering the viability of the Capacity Market supplier charge continuing to be collected under the expectation that payments will be passed on to agreement holders at the appropriate time.

A technical statement is being published which provides further detail to market participants on the next steps as agreed with the Commission. This can be found on the BEIS website.

We will continue to update market participants.

This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: HCWS1154
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Ministry of Justice
Made on: 06 December 2018
Made by: Mr David Gauke (The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice)
Commons

Judicial Conduct Investigations Office Annual Report 2017–2018

With the concurrence of the Lord Chief Justice, I will today publish the twelfth annual report of the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office (JCIO), formerly known as the Office for Judicial Complaints.

The JCIO supports the Lord Chief Justice and the Lord Chancellor in our joint statutory responsibility for judicial discipline.

The judiciary comprises approximately 23,000 individuals serving across a range of jurisdictions. Over the past year, the JCIO received 2,147 complaints against judicial office holders. 39 investigations resulted in disciplinary action. The JCIO did not meet two of its three key performance indicators, which was attributable to the challenges faced by a high turnover of staff.

I have placed copies of the report into the libraries of both Houses, the Vote Office and the Printed Paper Office. Copies are also available online at: https://judicialconduct.judiciary.gov.uk/reports-publications/

This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS1126
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Made on: 06 December 2018
Made by: Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon ( Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)
Lords

Foreign Affairs Council - 10 December 2018

My Right Honourable Friend, the Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (Sir Alan Duncan), has made the following written Ministerial statement:

My Right Honourable Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs will attend the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) on 10 December. It will be chaired by the High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (HRVP), Federica Mogherini and will take place in Brussels.

Venezuela

Ministers will discuss the European External Action Service (EEAS) proposal for an International Contact Group (ICG) on Venezuela. The ICG would aim to act as a catalyst for an international process towards a solution to the ongoing Venezuelan crisis. The Council will also seek to agree a joint EU response to President Maduro’s re-inauguration on 10 January; the EU strongly criticised the conduct of the presidential elections that were held in May 2018.

Western Balkans

Ministers will discuss the political situation in the Western Balkans, focussing on progress towards implementation of the Prespa Agreement on Macedonia’s Name deal, the EU-facilitated dialogue on Serbia-Kosovo and post-election government formation in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

EU-African Union cooperation

Ministers will discuss EU-African Union Cooperation ahead of an EU-AU ministerial meeting that will take place in January; the recently announced EU-Africa Alliance will be the main focus of this meeting. The Alliance has ambitious goals, including on investment and job creation. The UK will support the EU’s ambition to develop the partnership with Africa as this in line with UK’s strategic approach to the continent.

Ukraine

The Ukrainian Foreign Minister will join EU Ministers to discuss the recent Russian aggression in the Black Sea and the support he might expect from the EU. The UK will reiterate the need for collective messaging to Russia and for the urgent release of the detained crew and vessels. Russian action is a further example of its ongoing violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The UK will reaffirm its support to Ukraine, for the right of free passage in the Kerch Strait, and will welcome assurances from President Poroshenko that the Martial Law imposed across 10 regions will not be used to restrict individual rights.

Iran

We are expecting a wide ranging, strategic discussion, covering the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA), regional issues, ballistic missiles, and hostile Iranian activity in Europe. We will continue to emphasise that we remain committed to the JCPoA, including continued sanctions relief through the Special Purpose Vehicle, for as long as Iran remains in compliance with its nuclear commitments under the deal. We will also underline that this commitment will not prevent us from taking action on other areas of concern such as Iran’s destabilising regional and ballistic missile activity. The discussion may also focus on the need to tackle the shared challenge of recent threats to European security.
Council Conclusions

The Council is expected to adopt Conclusions on the EU Strategy on India, Burma, Women Peace and Security and Libya.

This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: HCWS1153
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Department of Health and Social Care
Made on: 06 December 2018
Made by: Lord O'Shaughnessy (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health (Lords))
Lords

Final report of the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act

My Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care (Matt Hancock) has made the following written statement:

Modernising the Mental Health Act Increasing choice, reducing compulsion, the final report of the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act, has been published today.

The Government committed in its Manifesto to reform mental health legislation. As a first step towards this, the Prime Minister asked Professor Sir Simon Wessely to chair a full and independent review of the Mental Health Act 1983. We welcome this report, and would like to thank Sir Simon and his vice chairs for their achievement in setting out a set of recommendations that have the overall purpose of increasing patient rights and improving the way the Act works for people.

I can confirm that the Government will consider the report and its recommendations in detail, and will respond in due course. Our intention remains to reform mental health law and so the Government will develop and bring forward legislation when Parliamentary time allows.

I can today accept two of the report’s recommendations, which both highlight the Review’s focus on increasing the rights and autonomy of patients –

  • The establishment of new statutory advance choice documents (ACDs), so that people’s wishes and preferences can carry far more legal weight. These would enable people to express preferences on their care and treatment, to help ensure that these preferences are considered by clinicians, even when the person may be too ill to express themselves.
  • Ensuring that people have a say in which relative has power to act for them, through the creation of a new role of Nominated Person, to be chosen by the patient, rather than allocated to them from a list of relatives. This person would have enhanced powers in their role; both to be informed about the person’s detention in hospital and to be involved in decisions made about their care.

The report is available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/independent-review-of-the-mental-health-act

I have deposited a copy of the report in both Libraries.

This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: HCWS1149
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Department of Health and Social Care
Made on: 06 December 2018
Made by: Lord O'Shaughnessy (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health (Lords))
Lords

Clinical negligence indemnity cover

My hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health and Primary Care (Steve Brine) has made the following written statement:

Today, the Department of Health and Social Care is launching a consultation seeking the public’s views on the regulation of clinical negligence indemnity cover. All regulated healthcare professionals are required to hold appropriate clinical negligence cover for the risks of their practice, covering the costs of defending clinical negligence claims and damages awarded to patients. This is a condition of registration in the UK for all regulated healthcare professionals, and in the case of medical practitioners, a condition of licence under s.44C of the Medical Act 1983.

The current state-backed Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts provides cover for professionals working in NHS Trusts, and it is anticipated that a future state-backed scheme will provide clinical negligence indemnity cover for NHS general practice in England. The Secretary of State announced his intention to develop the scheme in a Written Ministerial Statement on 12 October 2017. The Welsh government is also planning to introduce a state-backed scheme for general practice indemnity.

Regulated healthcare professionals who are not covered by state-backed indemnity schemes are indemnified either through membership of a discretionary indemnity provider, such as a Medical Defence Organisation, or by holding contracts of insurance with commercial insurers. Discretionary indemnity providers are not subject to financial conduct or prudential regulation.

The consultation will consider whether regulated healthcare professionals who will not be covered by any state-backed scheme should continue to be permitted to hold unregulated discretionary indemnity cover.

The Government’s objectives are to ensure patients’ access to appropriate compensation in the unfortunate event of them suffering physical injury as a result of clinical negligence, and that healthcare professionals hold stable and sufficient cover enabling the costs of legitimate claims to be met. This will provide regulated healthcare professionals with greater clarity and confidence about the security and terms of their cover.

The consultation will be open for twelve weeks. Following consideration of responses to this consultation, if the Government is minded to introduce regulation, the Department will consult on the options for such regulation. I will inform the House of the Government’s response to the consultation when it is completed.

This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: HCWS1150
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Made on: 06 December 2018
Made by: Lord Henley (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Lords

EU General Affairs Council (Cohesion Policy): 30 November

I attended the General Affairs Council (Cohesion) on 30 November 2018. The meeting was held in Brussels and chaired by the Austrian Presidency

The meeting was dedicated to deliberations around the legislative package for post-2020 Cohesion Policy.

A provisional report of the meeting and the conclusions adopted can be found on the Council of the European Union’s website at:

https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/meetings/gac/2018/11/30/

The General Affairs Council discussed the future direction of cohesion policy in the next Multiannual Financial Framework. Ministers and their representatives from Member States presented their positions on the legislative proposals for post-2020, with a view to influencing the Commission’s proposals and commenting on the views from the Austrian Presidency.

Member States particularly focussed on efforts for simplification, harmonisation, the strategic framework for future cohesion policy, and intervened on the partnership agreement and mid-term review. I intervened to support a link to the European Semester, for further simplification and harmonisation, as well as outlining the UK position on the partnership agreement, the mid-term review and the proposals on European Territorial Cooperation.

The Austrian Presidency provided an update on non-legislative and legislative items.

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Department for Exiting the European Union
Made on: 06 December 2018
Made by: Lord Callanan (Minister of State, Department for Exiting the EU)
Lords

EU Exit

My Rt Hon Friend the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, Stephen Barclay, has made the following statement:

Citizens have always been our priority in the negotiations for our departure from the EU. The Withdrawal Agreement will provide certainty to around three million EU citizens in the UK and almost one million UK nationals in the EU, enshrining their rights in international law. The Government is clear that the reciprocal deal with the EU as set out in the Withdrawal Agreement is the only way to fully protect the rights of both UK nationals in the EU and EU citizens in the UK. The Withdrawal Agreement gives these citizens certainty that they can go on living their lives broadly as now.

Today, the UK Government is demonstrating its continued commitment to put citizens first. The Citizens’ Rights - EU citizens in the UK and UK nationals in the EU policy paper sets out the details of our offer to EU citizens in the UK in the unlikely event of a no deal scenario; removing any ambiguity over their future.

Without the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK Government cannot guarantee the rights of the one million UK nationals living in the EU. I am therefore urging the EU and Member States to reciprocate this offer and protect the rights of UK nationals resident in the EU in a ‘no-deal’ scenario. I am pleased that some countries are already taking steps to do so. I have instructed Ambassadors and Heads of Missions to raise this with their host governments.

In an unlikely no deal scenario the Government is committing to protect the rights of EU citizens and their family members resident in the UK by 29 March 2019, so that they can continue to work, study and access benefits and services on the same basis as now.

As there would be no agreed implementation period, EU citizens and their family members resident here by 29 March 2019 would have until 31 December 2020 to apply for a status under the EU Settlement Scheme. The process will be simple and streamlined.

Without the reciprocity provided for by the Withdrawal Agreement, we have decided in a small number of important areas that it is appropriate that the rights of EU citizens are brought in line with those of UK nationals, to bring fairness back into our immigration system. For example, in respect of rights to family reunification, we plan that EU citizens resident here by exit day would be able to be joined in the UK by their existing close family members, such as a spouse, under existing EU law, until 29 March 2022, after which point the future UK Immigration Rules would apply to such family reunion.

The Government recognises the uncertainty UK nationals in the EU will face in a no deal scenario. The UK cannot act unilaterally to protect all of the rights of UK nationals in the EU, which is why we have always prioritised reaching a reciprocal agreement with the EU and why the deal we have negotiated is the best way forward. However, where it is in our control, we will support UK nationals through this unlikely outcome, such as through bilateral arrangements on healthcare, as reflected in the recently introduced Healthcare (International Arrangements) Bill.

If UK nationals in the EU were unable to continue to live their lives in the EU as they do now in a no deal scenario and returned to the UK to live, there are a number of steps the Government would consider to address concerns that they have raised. This includes access to healthcare, education, benefits, and housing. We recognise that these would be an important part of a transition back to life in the UK.

We will continue to provide updates to UK nationals in the EU on gov.uk and through our network of Embassies, Consulates and High Commissions. The Government will continue to press the EU and Member States to reciprocate this offer and secure these rights as soon as possible for all UK nationals in the EU.

Let me reiterate that the Withdrawal Agreement is in the mutual interest of all our citizens. It is the only way for the Government to guarantee the rights of UK nationals in the EU.

I will be depositing the policy paper Citizens’ Rights - EU citizens in the UK and UK nationals in the EU in the Libraries of both Houses.



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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Made on: 06 December 2018
Made by: Lord Henley (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Lords

Industrial Strategy

My Rt hon Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (Greg Clark), has today made the following statement:

As part of the Industrial Strategy, the Government committed to making the most of the UK’s strengths, so we can be at the forefront of emerging technologies and industries in the years ahead.

The Aerospace sector is a leading industrial sector for the UK with particular strengths in the design, manufacture and support of wings, engine as well as advanced systems such as landing gear and cockpit technologies. These activities are an undoubted strength of our economy; indeed, they are at the heart of the nation’s competitive advantage.

Sector Deals are an extension of the Government’s close partnership with sectors such as aerospace and we are building on this through the Aerospace Growth Partnership with this Sector Deal to ensure the UK maintains its leading position in the global market. This Sector Deal signals a joint intention to position the UK at the forefront of valuable emerging markets. It will do this by:

  • boosting innovation through a joint industry and government investment in the Future Flight challenge, with up to £125m of funding from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, which industry will match. This programme will invest in developing demonstrators of new aircraft (such as drones and other electric aircraft), new models of airspace management, new approaches to ground support infrastructure and new markets for aircraft in local areas.
  • expanding the successful National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme with joint funding from government and industry to boost research and development projects led by small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).
  • supporting SMEs in the UK aerospace supply chain to boost their competitiveness through a new productivity improvement programme.
  • committing the industry to embed a Women in Aviation and Aerospace Charter to increase diversity and inclusion in the sector.
  • enhancing the joint working between the aerospace industry and education providers to ensure a strong future pipeline of talented people are available to ensure the UK aerospace sector remains globally competitive.

The Aerospace Growth Partnership has seen us work with industry to tackle barriers to growth, boost exports, and sustain high value jobs across the breadth of the UK. Together we have taken action to develop and implement initiatives to drive innovation, develop new product and manufacturing technologies, and to increase productivity. The Sector Deal is a key milestone in this relationship. It will position the industry for the future by developing new capability in exciting developments in air transportation for people and goods through the introduction of more electric and autonomous systems.

The aerospace sector has a turnover of £34.9billion, directly employing 120,000 people, with productivity growth rates of 5% year on year. But we are not complacent. This Deal will build on our strengths and set the industry on course for future success.

I will be placing a copy of the document in the Libraries of the House.

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Ministry of Justice
Made on: 06 December 2018
Made by: Mr David Gauke (The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice)
Commons

Justice update

The Ministry of Justice is today publishing Setting the Personal Injury Discount Rate: A Call for Evidence. This call for evidence is intended to obtain evidence to inform the first review of the personal injury discount rate under the Civil Liability Bill. The call will remain open for eight weeks.

I have placed a copy of the call for evidence in the libraries of both Houses.

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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Made on: 06 December 2018
Made by: Claire Perry (Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth)
Commons

Energy Update

Following the decision on 15 November 2018 by the European Court to annul the European Commission’s approval for the UK Capacity Market, the Government is updating the House on the process that will be followed to ensure that the Capacity Market can be reinstated as speedily as possible.

As National Grid has already confirmed, the court ruling will not impact security of supply this winter. The ruling does not change the UK Government’s view that the Capacity Market is the right mechanism to deliver secure electricity supplies at least cost.

The Commission has confirmed that it will be conducting an investigation into the original State aid notification for the Capacity Market. This investigation covers the Capacity Market agreements already entered into including those for 2018/19 and 2019/20.

A positive final State aid decision would allow payments to be made to those agreement holders that have met their obligations during the standstill period. The Commission expects to make its Opening Decision on the issues covered in the investigation by early 2019.

To support this, National Grid will continue to operate the Capacity Market as normal but without payments being made to agreement holders. This will ensure that market participants can operate as normal and will also aid the calculation of future Capacity Market payments.

The Government has also confirmed an intention to hold a T-1 top-up auction during the summer of 2019, for delivery in 2019/20. Agreements secured through this auction will be conditional on the outcome of the Commission’s formal investigation.

The Government is also considering the viability of the Capacity Market supplier charge continuing to be collected under the expectation that payments will be passed on to agreement holders at the appropriate time.

A technical statement is being published which provides further detail to market participants on the next steps as agreed with the Commission. This can be found on the BEIS website.

We will continue to update market participants.

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Made on: 06 December 2018
Made by: Sir Alan Duncan (Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)
Commons

Foreign Affairs Council - 10 December 2018

My Right Honourable Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs will attend the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) on 10 December. It will be chaired by the High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (HRVP), Federica Mogherini and will take place in Brussels.

Venezuela

Ministers will discuss the European External Action Service (EEAS) proposal for an International Contact Group (ICG) on Venezuela. The ICG would aim to act as a catalyst for an international process towards a solution to the ongoing Venezuelan crisis. The Council will also seek to agree a joint EU response to President Maduro’s re-inauguration on 10 January; the EU strongly criticised the conduct of the presidential elections that were held in May 2018.

Western Balkans

Ministers will discuss the political situation in the Western Balkans, focussing on progress towards implementation of the Prespa Agreement on Macedonia’s Name deal, the EU-facilitated dialogue on Serbia-Kosovo and post-election government formation in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

EU-African Union cooperation

Ministers will discuss EU-African Union Cooperation ahead of an EU-AU ministerial meeting that will take place in January; the recently announced EU-Africa Alliance will be the main focus of this meeting. The Alliance has ambitious goals, including on investment and job creation. The UK will support the EU’s ambition to develop the partnership with Africa as this in line with UK’s strategic approach to the continent.

Ukraine

The Ukrainian Foreign Minister will join EU Ministers to discuss the recent Russian aggression in the Black Sea and the support he might expect from the EU. The UK will reiterate the need for collective messaging to Russia and for the urgent release of the detained crew and vessels. Russian action is a further example of its ongoing violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The UK will reaffirm its support to Ukraine, for the right of free passage in the Kerch Strait, and will welcome assurances from President Poroshenko that the Martial Law imposed across 10 regions will not be used to restrict individual rights.

Iran

We are expecting a wide ranging, strategic discussion, covering the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA), regional issues, ballistic missiles, and hostile Iranian activity in Europe. We will continue to emphasise that we remain committed to the JCPoA, including continued sanctions relief through the Special Purpose Vehicle, for as long as Iran remains in compliance with its nuclear commitments under the deal. We will also underline that this commitment will not prevent us from taking action on other areas of concern such as Iran’s destabilising regional and ballistic missile activity. The discussion may also focus on the need to tackle the shared challenge of recent threats to European security.
Council Conclusions

The Council is expected to adopt Conclusions on the EU Strategy on India, Burma, Women Peace and Security and Libya.

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Department for Exiting the European Union
Made on: 06 December 2018
Made by: Stephen Barclay (Secretary of State for Exiting the EU )
Commons

EU Exit

Citizens have always been our priority in the negotiations for our departure from the EU. The Withdrawal Agreement will provide certainty to around three million EU citizens in the UK and almost one million UK nationals in the EU, enshrining their rights in international law. The Government is clear that the reciprocal deal with the EU as set out in the Withdrawal Agreement is the only way to fully protect the rights of both UK nationals in the EU and EU citizens in the UK. The Withdrawal Agreement gives these citizens certainty that they can go on living their lives broadly as now.

Today, the UK Government is demonstrating its continued commitment to put citizens first. The Citizens’ Rights - EU citizens in the UK and UK nationals in the EU policy paper sets out the details of our offer to EU citizens in the UK in the unlikely event of a no deal scenario; removing any ambiguity over their future.

Without the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK Government cannot guarantee the rights of the one million UK nationals living in the EU. I am therefore urging the EU and Member States to reciprocate this offer and protect the rights of UK nationals resident in the EU in a ‘no-deal’ scenario. I am pleased that some countries are already taking steps to do so. I have instructed Ambassadors and Heads of Missions to raise this with their host governments.

In an unlikely no deal scenario the Government is committing to protect the rights of EU citizens and their family members resident in the UK by 29 March 2019, so that they can continue to work, study and access benefits and services on the same basis as now.

As there would be no agreed implementation period, EU citizens and their family members resident here by 29 March 2019 would have until 31 December 2020 to apply for a status under the EU Settlement Scheme. The process will be simple and streamlined.

Without the reciprocity provided for by the Withdrawal Agreement, we have decided in a small number of important areas that it is appropriate that the rights of EU citizens are brought in line with those of UK nationals, to bring fairness back into our immigration system. For example, in respect of rights to family reunification, we plan that EU citizens resident here by exit day would be able to be joined in the UK by their existing close family members, such as a spouse, under existing EU law, until 29 March 2022, after which point the future UK Immigration Rules would apply to such family reunion.

The Government recognises the uncertainty UK nationals in the EU will face in a no deal scenario. The UK cannot act unilaterally to protect all of the rights of UK nationals in the EU, which is why we have always prioritised reaching a reciprocal agreement with the EU and why the deal we have negotiated is the best way forward. However, where it is in our control, we will support UK nationals through this unlikely outcome, such as through bilateral arrangements on healthcare, as reflected in the recently introduced Healthcare (International Arrangements) Bill.

If UK nationals in the EU were unable to continue to live their lives in the EU as they do now in a no deal scenario and returned to the UK to live, there are a number of steps the Government would consider to address concerns that they have raised. This includes access to healthcare, education, benefits, and housing. We recognise that these would be an important part of a transition back to life in the UK.

We will continue to provide updates to UK nationals in the EU on gov.uk and through our network of Embassies, Consulates and High Commissions. The Government will continue to press the EU and Member States to reciprocate this offer and secure these rights as soon as possible for all UK nationals in the EU.

Let me reiterate that the Withdrawal Agreement is in the mutual interest of all our citizens. It is the only way for the Government to guarantee the rights of UK nationals in the EU.

I will be depositing the policy paper Citizens’ Rights - EU citizens in the UK and UK nationals in the EU in the Libraries of both Houses.



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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Made on: 06 December 2018
Made by: Kelly Tolhurst (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility)
Commons

EU General Affairs Council (Cohesion Policy): 30 November

My right honourable friend the Parliamentary Under Secretary for State for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (Lord Henley) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement:

I attended the General Affairs Council (Cohesion) on 30 November 2018. The meeting was held in Brussels and chaired by the Austrian Presidency.

The meeting was dedicated to deliberations around the legislative package for post-2020 Cohesion Policy.

A provisional report of the meeting and the conclusions adopted can be found on the Council of the European Union’s website at:

https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/meetings/gac/2018/11/30/

The General Affairs Council discussed the future direction of cohesion policy in the next Multiannual Financial Framework. Ministers and their representatives from Member States presented their positions on the legislative proposals for post-2020, with a view to influencing the Commission’s proposals and commenting on the views from the Austrian Presidency.

Member States particularly focussed on efforts for simplification, harmonisation, the strategic framework for future cohesion policy, and intervened on the partnership agreement and mid-term review. I intervened to support a link to the European Semester, for further simplification and harmonisation, as well as outlining the UK position on the partnership agreement, the mid-term review and the proposals on European Territorial Cooperation.

The Austrian Presidency provided an update on non-legislative and legislative items.

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Department of Health and Social Care
Made on: 06 December 2018
Made by: Steve Brine (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health and Primary Care)
Commons

Clinical negligence indemnity cover

Today, the Department of Health and Social Care is launching a consultation seeking the public’s views on the regulation of clinical negligence indemnity cover. All regulated healthcare professionals are required to hold appropriate clinical negligence cover for the risks of their practice, covering the costs of defending clinical negligence claims and damages awarded to patients. This is a condition of registration in the UK for all regulated healthcare professionals, and in the case of medical practitioners, a condition of licence under s.44C of the Medical Act 1983.

The current state-backed Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts provides cover for professionals working in NHS Trusts, and it is anticipated that a future state-backed scheme will provide clinical negligence indemnity cover for NHS general practice in England. The Secretary of State announced his intention to develop the scheme in a Written Ministerial Statement on 12 October 2017. The Welsh government is also planning to introduce a state-backed scheme for general practice indemnity.

Regulated healthcare professionals who are not covered by state-backed indemnity schemes are indemnified either through membership of a discretionary indemnity provider, such as a Medical Defence Organisation, or by holding contracts of insurance with commercial insurers. Discretionary indemnity providers are not subject to financial conduct or prudential regulation.

The consultation will consider whether regulated healthcare professionals who will not be covered by any state-backed scheme should continue to be permitted to hold unregulated discretionary indemnity cover.

The Government’s objectives are to ensure patients’ access to appropriate compensation in the unfortunate event of them suffering physical injury as a result of clinical negligence, and that healthcare professionals hold stable and sufficient cover enabling the costs of legitimate claims to be met. This will provide regulated healthcare professionals with greater clarity and confidence about the security and terms of their cover.

The consultation will be open for twelve weeks. Following consideration of responses to this consultation, if the Government is minded to introduce regulation, the Department will consult on the options for such regulation. I will inform the House of the Government’s response to the consultation when it is completed.

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Department of Health and Social Care
Made on: 06 December 2018
Made by: Matt Hancock (Secretary of State for Health and Social Care)
Commons

Final report of the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act

Modernising the Mental Health Act Increasing choice, reducing compulsion, the final report of the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act, has been published today.

The Government committed in its Manifesto to reform mental health legislation. As a first step towards this, the Prime Minister asked Professor Sir Simon Wessely to chair a full and independent review of the Mental Health Act 1983. We welcome this report, and would like to thank Sir Simon and his vice chairs for their achievement in setting out a set of recommendations that have the overall purpose of increasing patient rights and improving the way the Act works for people.

I can confirm that the Government will consider the report and its recommendations in detail, and will respond in due course. Our intention remains to reform mental health law and so the Government will develop and bring forward legislation when Parliamentary time allows.

I can today accept two of the report’s recommendations, which both highlight the Review’s focus on increasing the rights and autonomy of patients –

  • The establishment of new statutory advance choice documents (ACDs), so that people’s wishes and preferences can carry far more legal weight. These would enable people to express preferences on their care and treatment, to help ensure that these preferences are considered by clinicians, even when the person may be too ill to express themselves.
  • Ensuring that people have a say in which relative has power to act for them, through the creation of a new role of Nominated Person, to be chosen by the patient, rather than allocated to them from a list of relatives. This person would have enhanced powers in their role; both to be informed about the person’s detention in hospital and to be involved in decisions made about their care.

The report is available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/independent-review-of-the-mental-health-act

I have deposited a copy of the report in both Libraries.

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Department for Transport
Made on: 06 December 2018
Made by: Andrew Jones (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport)
Commons

Rail Update

As part of the Industrial Strategy, the Government committed to making the most of the UK’s strengths and to develop the infrastructure necessary to support this. The UK’s rail network supports people getting to work and training opportunities every day, enables businesses to access the talent they need to grow, and moves goods across the country and to our ports and airports.

The aim of this sector deal is to develop new, digital capabilities to support the railway in becoming an even stronger driver of economic growth and opportunity.

Sector Deals bring the industry and the Government together in partnership to boost the productivity and earning power of specific sectors. The Rail Sector Deal struck today follows ambitious sector deals with the life sciences, automotive, construction and artificial intelligence sectors.

The Government and rail industry have come together to agree a plan to increase efficiency, improve journeys and increase the sector’s capability to trade internationally. The deal was developed through close engagement with the UK’s world class consulting engineering sector and wider rail supply chain, and with backing from the major train manufacturers in the UK. This engagement from the industry has been led by the Rail Supply and Delivery Groups, both of whom will be fundamental to delivering these ambitions.

The Deal contains mutual commitments that will encourage innovation to improve passenger experience, provide the confidence necessary for investment in capital and skills, while reducing the cost to the taxpayer of state-of-the art digital rail control systems. Furthermore, the Deal, through collaboration between train manufacturers and those providing services and running the network, will provide a common data platform. This will enable businesses to access highly useful data held within the industry in order to develop services and products to meet passengers’ needs. This Deal also includes a pilot programme in the Midlands to attract further diversity and skills into our growing railway, supported by the Midlands Engine, LEPs and other regional partners.

This Deal will support the rail industry into the next phase of its development as a world leading industry. I will place a copy of the document in the libraries of both Houses.

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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Made on: 06 December 2018
Made by: Greg Clark (Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Commons

Industrial Strategy

As part of the Industrial Strategy, the Government committed to making the most of the UK’s strengths, so we can be at the forefront of emerging technologies and industries in the years ahead.

The Aerospace sector is a leading industrial sector for the UK with particular strengths in the design, manufacture and support of wings, engine as well as advanced systems such as landing gear and cockpit technologies. These activities are an undoubted strength of our economy; indeed, they are at the heart of the nation’s competitive advantage.

Sector Deals are an extension of the Government’s close partnership with sectors such as aerospace and we are building on this through the Aerospace Growth Partnership with this Sector Deal to ensure the UK maintains its leading position in the global market. This Sector Deal signals a joint intention to position the UK at the forefront of valuable emerging markets. It will do this by:

  • boosting innovation through a joint industry and government investment in the Future Flight challenge, with up to £125m of funding from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, which industry will match. This programme will invest in developing demonstrators of new aircraft (such as drones and other electric aircraft), new models of airspace management, new approaches to ground support infrastructure and new markets for aircraft in local areas.
  • expanding the successful National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme with joint funding from government and industry to boost research and development projects led by small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).
  • supporting SMEs in the UK aerospace supply chain to boost their competitiveness through a new productivity improvement programme.
  • committing the industry to embed a Women in Aviation and Aerospace Charter to increase diversity and inclusion in the sector.
  • enhancing the joint working between the aerospace industry and education providers to ensure a strong future pipeline of talented people are available to ensure the UK aerospace sector remains globally competitive.

The Aerospace Growth Partnership has seen us work with industry to tackle barriers to growth, boost exports, and sustain high value jobs across the breadth of the UK. Together we have taken action to develop and implement initiatives to drive innovation, develop new product and manufacturing technologies, and to increase productivity. The Sector Deal is a key milestone in this relationship. It will position the industry for the future by developing new capability in exciting developments in air transportation for people and goods through the introduction of more electric and autonomous systems.

The aerospace sector has a turnover of £34.9billion, directly employing 120,000 people, with productivity growth rates of 5% year on year. But we are not complacent. This Deal will build on our strengths and set the industry on course for future success.

I will be placing a copy of the document in the Libraries of the House.

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Home Office
Made on: 05 December 2018
Made by: Baroness Williams of Trafford (The Minister of State, Home Office)
Lords

Justice and Home Affairs pre-Council statement

My rt hon Friend the Secretary of State for the Home Department (Sajid Javid) has today made the following Written Ministerial Statement:

The EU Justice and Home Affairs Council of Ministers will meet on 6th and 7th December in Brussels. My rt hon Friend the Immigration Minister, Caroline Nokes MP, will represent the UK for Interior day. The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, the rt hon David Gauke MP will represent the UK for Justice day. The Scottish Government Minister for Community Safety, Ash Denham, MSP, will also attend for Justice day.

Interior Day on 6th December will begin with a policy debate on the proposed Regulation to amend the European Border and Coast Guard Regulation. The Regulation aims to reinforce the EU’s Integrated Border Management strategy and further protect the external EU borders by providing the European Border and Coast Guard Agency with a standing corps of 10,000 staff with executive powers, dedicated equipment and the remit to act in third countries. This is a Schengen building measure which the UK does not participate in.

The Commission will present a progress report on the proposed recast of the EU Returns Directive. The UK chose not to participate in the current version of this Directive, and has yet to decide whether to participate in this recast.

The Presidency will seek agreement to a General Approach on the proposed Regulation on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online. The UK supports this proposal which seeks to address the threat posed by the high-speed dissemination of terrorist content online. The UK is content with the outcome of negotiations on the Regulation and is supportive of the proposed text, and of adoption of this Regulation as soon as possible.

In the main Council and over lunch, there will be further debate on the comprehensive approach on migration, and on the reform of the Common European Asylum System, specifically the issue of solidarity, responsibility and relocation in the context of the Dublin IV proposal. The UK does not participate in the Dublin IV proposal. The Council will also discuss measures to tackle organised immigration crime. The UK supports work to strengthen the EU’s external borders and to intensify relationships with key third countries in order to break smuggling networks and ensure that refuge is given to those who qualify for international protection.

There will also be a policy debate on the Justice and Home Affairs: Priorities for the next MFF (2021-2027). These programmes will commence after the UK’s exit from the EU and the end of the envisaged Implementation Period. The UK will not be participating in any future programmes as a Member State.
During Justice day on 7th December, the Presidency will seek to agree a General Approach on the Sale of Goods Directive.

The Presidency will be seeking agreement to a General Approach on the recast of Brussels IIa, the foundation EU Regulation on family law. The proposed text of the recast improves the procedures supplementing the 1980 Hague Convention regarding abducted children; the placement of a child in another Member State; automatic recognition of judgments, authentic instruments and agreements; enforcement of these in other Member States; and cooperation between the central authorities responsible for the administration of cases arising from the Regulation. It also introduces a provision to provide an opportunity for a child to express his or her views in proceedings under the Regulation.

The Council will discuss the proposal on the third-party effects of assignment of claims. The focus will be a policy debate on Article 4, which determines the basic rule of the proposal. The options for the basic rule are either the law of habitual residence or the law of the assigned claim. The UK has not opted into this proposal so will not intervene. The UK is content with either rule providing there is no disruption to current financial market practice.

The Council will discuss the proposed Regulation relating to improving law enforcement access to data held by communication service providers (E-Evidence), with the aim of achieving a General Approach. As the UK is not participating in the Regulation, we do not have a vote and will not intervene.
The Commission is expected to provide an update at this Council on the preparation of draft EU negotiating mandates for the Second Additional Protocol to the (Budapest) Cybercrime Convention and to open discussions with the US on the CLOUD Act. The Government will consider the implications of these proposals for the UK when they are published by the Commission.

The Commission will provide an update on the planned preparatory steps on the legal and organisational measures to be taken to make the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) operational. The UK does not participate in the EPPO.

The Presidency will be presenting a ‘state of play’ paper on data retention. This reflects working level discussions on responding to the Court of Justice of the European Union’s judgments on the lawful retention of communications data.

Ministers will discuss, and be asked to approve, Council Conclusions on ways to reinforce judicial cooperation in criminal justice through mutual recognition tools, including the European Arrest Warrant and European Investigation Order. The UK values our cooperation under these tools and will highlight our commitment to the principle of mutual recognition and the importance of close operational working between Member States to ensure that they function efficiently.

There will also be a State of play item on EU accession to the ECHR.

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Home Office
Made on: 05 December 2018
Made by: Sajid Javid (The Secretary of State for the Home Department)
Commons

Justice and Home Affairs pre-Council statement

The EU Justice and Home Affairs Council of Ministers will meet on 6th and 7th December in Brussels. My rt hon Friend the Immigration Minister, Caroline Nokes MP, will represent the UK for Interior day. The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, the rt hon David Gauke MP will represent the UK for Justice day. The Scottish Government Minister for Community Safety, Ash Denham, MSP, will also attend for Justice day.

Interior Day on 6th December will begin with a policy debate on the proposed Regulation to amend the European Border and Coast Guard Regulation. The Regulation aims to reinforce the EU’s Integrated Border Management strategy and further protect the external EU borders by providing the European Border and Coast Guard Agency with a standing corps of 10,000 staff with executive powers, dedicated equipment and the remit to act in third countries. This is a Schengen building measure which the UK does not participate in.

The Commission will present a progress report on the proposed recast of the EU Returns Directive. The UK chose not to participate in the current version of this Directive, and has yet to decide whether to participate in this recast.

The Presidency will seek agreement to a General Approach on the proposed Regulation on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online. The UK supports this proposal which seeks to address the threat posed by the high-speed dissemination of terrorist content online. The UK is content with the outcome of negotiations on the Regulation and is supportive of the proposed text, and of adoption of this Regulation as soon as possible.

In the main Council and over lunch, there will be further debate on the comprehensive approach on migration, and on the reform of the Common European Asylum System, specifically the issue of solidarity, responsibility and relocation in the context of the Dublin IV proposal. The UK does not participate in the Dublin IV proposal. The Council will also discuss measures to tackle organised immigration crime. The UK supports work to strengthen the EU’s external borders and to intensify relationships with key third countries in order to break smuggling networks and ensure that refuge is given to those who qualify for international protection.

There will also be a policy debate on the Justice and Home Affairs: Priorities for the next MFF (2021-2027). These programmes will commence after the UK’s exit from the EU and the end of the envisaged Implementation Period. The UK will not be participating in any future programmes as a Member State.
During Justice day on 7th December, the Presidency will seek to agree a General Approach on the Sale of Goods Directive.

The Presidency will be seeking agreement to a General Approach on the recast of Brussels IIa, the foundation EU Regulation on family law. The proposed text of the recast improves the procedures supplementing the 1980 Hague Convention regarding abducted children; the placement of a child in another Member State; automatic recognition of judgments, authentic instruments and agreements; enforcement of these in other Member States; and cooperation between the central authorities responsible for the administration of cases arising from the Regulation. It also introduces a provision to provide an opportunity for a child to express his or her views in proceedings under the Regulation.

The Council will discuss the proposal on the third-party effects of assignment of claims. The focus will be a policy debate on Article 4, which determines the basic rule of the proposal. The options for the basic rule are either the law of habitual residence or the law of the assigned claim. The UK has not opted into this proposal so will not intervene. The UK is content with either rule providing there is no disruption to current financial market practice.

The Council will discuss the proposed Regulation relating to improving law enforcement access to data held by communication service providers (E-Evidence), with the aim of achieving a General Approach. As the UK is not participating in the Regulation, we do not have a vote and will not intervene.
The Commission is expected to provide an update at this Council on the preparation of draft EU negotiating mandates for the Second Additional Protocol to the (Budapest) Cybercrime Convention and to open discussions with the US on the CLOUD Act. The Government will consider the implications of these proposals for the UK when they are published by the Commission.

The Commission will provide an update on the planned preparatory steps on the legal and organisational measures to be taken to make the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) operational. The UK does not participate in the EPPO.

The Presidency will be presenting a ‘state of play’ paper on data retention. This reflects working level discussions on responding to the Court of Justice of the European Union’s judgments on the lawful retention of communications data.

Ministers will discuss, and be asked to approve, Council Conclusions on ways to reinforce judicial cooperation in criminal justice through mutual recognition tools, including the European Arrest Warrant and European Investigation Order. The UK values our cooperation under these tools and will highlight our commitment to the principle of mutual recognition and the importance of close operational working between Member States to ensure that they function efficiently.

There will also be a State of play item on EU accession to the ECHR.

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Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Made on: 05 December 2018
Made by: James Brokenshire (Secretary of State for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government)
Commons

Local Government Update

In 2016, the Government offered a multi-year finance settlement, which was accepted by 97 per cent of councils, designed to provide funding certainty over the medium term. The 2019-20 provisional settlement will consult on the final year of this four year deal, whilst confirming additional resources provided at Autumn Budget 2018, including £650 million for Social Care.

The Hudson review into local government finance, governance and processes recommended that the provisional Local Government Finance Settlement be published around 5th December. I have previously confirmed that I accept this recommendation and would aim to publish the provisional settlement on the 6th December. This confirmation was made prior to the scheduling of the meaningful vote.

I recognise that my parliamentary colleagues will wish to engage thoroughly in these debates and will also wish to consider the proposed Local Government Finance Settlement for 2019-20. I have therefore decided to announce the provisional Local Government Finance Settlement after this protected period, by way of an oral statement. I can confirm that the usual period for making representations on the provisional Local Government Finance Settlement will not be truncated as a result.

This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS1115
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Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Made on: 05 December 2018
Made by: Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government)
Lords

Local Government Update

My Rt Hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government (James Brokenshire), has today made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

In 2016, the Government offered a multi-year finance settlement, which was accepted by 97 per cent of councils, designed to provide funding certainty over the medium term. The 2019-20 provisional settlement will consult on the final year of this four year deal, whilst confirming additional resources provided at Autumn Budget 2018, including £650 million for Social Care.

The Hudson review into local government finance, governance and processes recommended that the provisional Local Government Finance Settlement be published around 5th December. I have previously confirmed that I accept this recommendation and would aim to publish the provisional settlement on the 6th December. This confirmation was made prior to the scheduling of the meaningful vote.

I recognise that my parliamentary colleagues will wish to engage thoroughly in these debates and will also wish to consider the proposed Local Government Finance Settlement for 2019-20. I have therefore decided to announce the provisional Local Government Finance Settlement after this protected period, by way of an oral statement. I can confirm that the usual period for making representations on the provisional Local Government Finance Settlement will not be truncated as a result.

This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: HCWS1145
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Department of Health and Social Care
Made on: 05 December 2018
Made by: Steve Brine (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health and Primary Care)
Commons

Health: Branded Medicines Pricing

My hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health (Lords) (Lord O'Shaughnessy) has made the following written statement:

Further to my written ministerial statement of Friday 23rd November, I am pleased to announce that final agreement has been reached on the 2019 Voluntary Scheme for Branded Medicines Pricing and Access between the Department of Health and Social Care, on behalf of the UK Government representing the Governments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry.

The scheme terms are detailed in the documentation for the agreement, a copy of which has been deposited in the library. The 2019 Voluntary Scheme has now been agreed by all parties, and will commence on 1 January 2019 for a period of five years.

This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS1114
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Department of Health and Social Care
Made on: 05 December 2018
Made by: Lord O'Shaughnessy (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health (Lords))
Lords

Health: Branded Medicines Pricing

Further to my written ministerial statement of Friday 23rd November, I am pleased to announce that final agreement has been reached on the 2019 Voluntary Scheme for Branded Medicines Pricing and Access between the Department of Health and Social Care, on behalf of the UK Government representing the Governments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry.

The scheme terms are detailed in the documentation for the agreement, a copy of which has been deposited in the library. The 2019 Voluntary Scheme has now been agreed by all parties, and will commence on 1 January 2019 for a period of five years.

This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: HCWS1144
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Department for International Development
Made on: 05 December 2018
Made by: Penny Mordaunt (Secretary of State for International Development)
Commons

World AIDS Day

Saturday 1 December marked the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day. It is remarkable how different the global outlook is for people living with HIV in 2018 than it was in 1988. People can live full lives with HIV, as the Honourable Member for Brighton Kemptown demonstrated so poignantly on 28 November.

We have a lot to be proud of. The UK has now become one of the first countries to meet the United Nations’ 90-90-90 targets. We have demonstrated what is possible if the right services and support are in place, and when stigma and discrimination are challenged.

Globally, huge progress has been made – new HIV infections have halved since their peak in 1996. The UK has played a leading role since the beginning of the epidemic – helping to stop unnecessary AIDS-related deaths, preventing new HIV infections and investing in game-changing research and technology.

However, the end of AIDS is still not in sight. In 2017, nearly one million people died of AIDS, and one quarter of HIV positive people still do not know their status. We must continue to expand testing services, get more people on life-saving treatment, and address the structural issues that cause people to become infected.

That is why DFID remains one of the biggest donors to the HIV epidemic. Through our current £1.2billion investment in the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, UK Aid is expanding access to life saving HIV treatment and supporting countries to respond to their own epidemics. In 2017 alone, UK Aid helped the Global Fund partnership to provide 17.5 million people with antiretroviral therapy and protect nearly 700,000 babies from being infected by their mothers. Furthermore, our 20-year agreement with Unitaid and ongoing support to the Clinton Health Access Initiative has given the world great advancements in HIV testing and treatment, at affordable costs.

However, the HIV epidemic is complex and cannot be addressed fully with standalone programmes – that is why DFID is delivering an integrated approach. We support the integration of HIV with TB services and signed up to the political declaration at the High Level Meeting on TB at UNGA 2018, which includes ambitious targets on increasing access to preventative treatments for people living with both TB and HIV. We are also ensuring HIV is included in DFID’s health systems strengthening work, and we have embedded HIV within DFID’s Education Policy, Humanitarian Policy and our 2018 Strategic Vision for Gender Equality.

HIV and AIDS disproportionately affects women and adolescent girls. AIDS is still, shockingly, the biggest killer of women of reproductive age around the world, and every week around 7,000 young women are infected with HIV. To bring down HIV infections, we must continue to fight for gender equality, stop violence against women and girls and advance sexual and reproductive health and rights.

In places where DFID does not provide aid, we are advocating for public health evidence and human rights. The failure of some countries to address their HIV epidemics is political, not financial. Discrimination against “key populations” – LGBT people, injecting drug users, sex workers, prisoners – drives worrying HIV infection rates in some parts of the world.

As a nation committed to global values, we are championing equality overseas. The UK government supports civil society to challenge harmful policies and attitudes that exclude minorities and put them at greater risk of HIV infection. In July, we announced a £6million uplift to the Robert Carr Civil Society Networks Fund to support grassroots organisations to combat HIV stigma, demand their rights and increase access to HIV services for key populations.

The UK government is playing a leading role as we strive to reach the Sustainable Development Goal to end AIDS by 2030. On this World AIDS Day, while we commemorate the lives affected by HIV and AIDS, we are also inspired to accelerate our efforts.

From 03 December, DFID is pleased to be joining forces with the Department of Health and Social Care, the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the Evening Standard for the “AIDS-free Christmas Appeal”. Through UK Aid Match, the UK government will double public donations of up to £2million for projects in Maputo and Nairobi – we will help these cities to achieve their own 90-90-90 goals, as we have so proudly done in the UK.

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Department for Exiting the European Union
Made on: 05 December 2018
Made by: Lord Keen of Elie (Advocate General for Scotland)
Lords

Exiting the EU: Publication of Legal Advice

My Right Honourable Friend, the Attorney General, Geoffrey Cox, has made the following written statement:

Following the motion passed yesterday in the House of Commons, I am today placing in the Libraries of both Houses a copy, in full, of the final advice that I provided to Cabinet on 14 November on the legal effect of the Withdrawal Agreement.

The action responds to the Humble Address motion of the House of Commons passed on 13 November.

The release of this advice does not set a precedent for any future release of Law Officers' advice. It remains a fundamental Constitutional Convention that neither the fact, nor the content, of Law Officers’ advice is disclosed outside Government without the Law Officers’ consent. That Convention provides the fullest guarantee that the business of Governments is conducted at all times in the light of thorough and candid legal advice, which may also enter into matters of acute sensitivity to the public interest. The Leader of the House of Commons has asked the Committee of Privileges to inquire into the serious constitutional implications of Humble Address motions in such circumstances and I very much hope that it move to do so as swiftly as possible.

The constitutional tensions created between the expression of the will of the House of Commons by these means on the one hand, and the public interest in the Law Officers’ Convention on the other, are not themselves conducive to the proper conduct of public affairs. It is necessary that the public has confidence in the ability of Government and Parliament to work together at a time of national decision-making of the most profound significance. The standing of the House of Commons is also of prime importance. For these reasons, having tested the will of the House twice, the Government will respect its decision and, in these exceptional circumstances and to resolve for the present those constitutional tensions, it has decided, with my consent, to publish this advice.

It is the Government’s purpose and intention that the House will be enabled to address clearly the policy and political decisions now before it, bearing the national interest in mind.

This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: HCWS1142
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Made on: 05 December 2018
Made by: Lord Henley (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Lords

Industrial Strategy

My Rt hon Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (Greg Clark), has today made the following statement:

As part of the Industrial Strategy, the government committed to making the most of the UK’s strengths, so that we are at the forefront of new technologies and emerging industries in the years ahead. The life sciences sector is one of the most important pillars of the UK economy, contributing over £70bn a year and 240,000 jobs across the country.

In 2017, a wide coalition of industry and charity partners, led by the government’s Life Sciences Champion Professor Sir John Bell, published an ambitious Life Sciences Industrial Strategy to set a clear direction for the future economic growth of the sector. The government’s response came within only 12 weeks of the strategy’s publication with the very first Life Sciences Sector Deal. The Deal announced nearly £500m of government support and over £1bn of new inward industry investment, bringing together industry partners from across the sector, charities, a range of government agencies and the NHS to deliver its bold vision at pace.

One year on, the second Life Sciences Sector Deal is going even further, announcing additional measures to secure a global lead in the areas of greatest opportunity for the UK. Taken together with the first Sector Deal, these programmes are building on existing strengths and putting in place the foundations for future growth needed to develop the ecosystem that allows life sciences to continue to thrive in the UK. The second Life Sciences Sector Deal sets out:

In early detection of disease and genomics:

  • Major investments in the last year from government and sector partners delivering on our commitment to build on our world-leading assets at UK Biobank, further backed by a new, world-first commitment to sequence one million whole genomes in the UK within the next five years, with an ambition to sequence five million in the same timeframe.
  • A new commitment, backed by up to £79m of government funding, to develop a first-of-its-kind, world-leading longitudinal cohort of healthy participants that will enable scientific research into the hidden signs of disease and the development of diagnostic tools to detect and diagnose diseases earlier.

In digital technologies and data analytics we are:

  • Laying down the building blocks to realise the full potential of NHS data, while maintaining public trust and maximising the benefits for NHS patients.
  • Setting out further detail on Digital Innovation Hubs which will provide expert clinical research data services with world-leading data analysis and sharing capabilities – a core part of a wider programme to improve health data infrastructure and support digitally-enabled clinical research.
  • Detailing progress on five Centres of Excellence in Digital Pathology and Radiology with AI including the announcement of a further £50m investment in the programme as a first step towards making this a truly national asset to support early and improved diagnosis across the UK and deliver more efficient NHS services.

In advanced therapies:

  • Significant support has been allocated from the £146m leading-edge healthcare package (part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund) announced in the Sector Deal last year to build an impressive end-to-end national infrastructure.
  • Investors have recognised the strength in UK-grown advanced therapy biotechs and UK companies are scaling up their cell and gene therapy manufacturing facilities.

Wider policy measures are supporting the package, including:

  • Speeding up and streamlining the UK clinical environment.
  • Developing a regulatory framework that keeps pace with innovative technologies.
  • Helping the sector access the skills it needs.

The Deal also sets out how we are delivering on our commitment to increase R&D spend in the UK to 2.4% of GDP by 2027. We are improving the uptake of innovation in the NHS, implementing the Accelerated Access Review. This year the NHS will set out through its forthcoming long-term plan and the recently announced medicines pricing agreement, how it will be a crucial national partner and beneficiary of innovations flowing from industry.

Industry partners have responded to commitments from government with a further wave of their own commitments to the UK, generating well over £1bn in new investment. These include:

  • A £1bn investment by UCB, a world-leading pharmaceutical company, in a new discovery research hub in the UK, including a purpose-built R&D facility, early manufacturing and commercial operations which will support around 650 high value jobs, many in R&D and early manufacturing, enabling further collaborations with UK universities, biotechs and medical research charities.
  • Over £200m of further investments from a wide range of companies, including GW Pharmaceuticals, Roche, Celgene Ltd., IQVIA Ltd. and Oxford Biomedica Plc.

The strength of the partnership between the government, the NHS and the life sciences sector is making the UK a global standard bearer for discovery research and advanced manufacturing. We are committed to continuing the hard work of implementation over the coming years because the prize – a globally-leading UK life sciences environment – will deliver huge benefits to the people of this country through a stronger economy and a stronger NHS.

Sector Deals, where industries are invited to come forward with plans for their future, embody the ethos of our collaborative approach. They show how industry and the Government, working in partnership, can boost the productivity and earning power of specific sectors.

I am placing a copy of the second Life Sciences Sector Deal in the Libraries of the House.

This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: HCWS1141
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Department for Exiting the European Union
Made on: 05 December 2018
Made by: Mr Geoffrey Cox (Attorney General)
Commons

Exiting the EU: Publication of Legal Advice

Following the motion passed yesterday in the House of Commons, I am today placing in the Libraries of both Houses a copy, in full, of the final advice that I provided to Cabinet on 14 November on the legal effect of the Withdrawal Agreement.

The action responds to the Humble Address motion of the House of Commons passed on 13 November.

The release of this advice does not set a precedent for any future release of Law Officers' advice. It remains a fundamental Constitutional Convention that neither the fact, nor the content, of Law Officers’ advice is disclosed outside Government without the Law Officers’ consent. That Convention provides the fullest guarantee that the business of Governments is conducted at all times in the light of thorough and candid legal advice, which may also enter into matters of acute sensitivity to the public interest. The Leader of the House of Commons has asked the Committee of Privileges to inquire into the serious constitutional implications of Humble Address motions in such circumstances and I very much hope that it move to do so as swiftly as possible.

The constitutional tensions created between the expression of the will of the House of Commons by these means on the one hand, and the public interest in the Law Officers’ Convention on the other, are not themselves conducive to the proper conduct of public affairs. It is necessary that the public has confidence in the ability of Government and Parliament to work together at a time of national decision-making of the most profound significance. The standing of the House of Commons is also of prime importance. For these reasons, having tested the will of the House twice, the Government will respect its decision and, in these exceptional circumstances and to resolve for the present those constitutional tensions, it has decided, with my consent, to publish this advice.

It is the Government’s purpose and intention that the House will be enabled to address clearly the policy and political decisions now before it, bearing the national interest in mind.

This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS1113
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Made on: 05 December 2018
Made by: Greg Clark (Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Commons

Industrial Strategy

As part of the Industrial Strategy, the government committed to making the most of the UK’s strengths, so that we are at the forefront of new technologies and emerging industries in the years ahead. The life sciences sector is one of the most important pillars of the UK economy, contributing over £70bn a year and 240,000 jobs across the country.

In 2017, a wide coalition of industry and charity partners, led by the government’s Life Sciences Champion Professor Sir John Bell, published an ambitious Life Sciences Industrial Strategy to set a clear direction for the future economic growth of the sector. The government’s response came within only 12 weeks of the strategy’s publication with the very first Life Sciences Sector Deal. The Deal announced nearly £500m of government support and over £1bn of new inward industry investment, bringing together industry partners from across the sector, charities, a range of government agencies and the NHS to deliver its bold vision at pace.

One year on, the second Life Sciences Sector Deal is going even further, announcing additional measures to secure a global lead in the areas of greatest opportunity for the UK. Taken together with the first Sector Deal, these programmes are building on existing strengths and putting in place the foundations for future growth needed to develop the ecosystem that allows life sciences to continue to thrive in the UK. The second Life Sciences Sector Deal sets out:

In early detection of disease and genomics:

  • Major investments in the last year from government and sector partners delivering on our commitment to build on our world-leading assets at UK Biobank, further backed by a new, world-first commitment to sequence one million whole genomes in the UK within the next five years, with an ambition to sequence five million in the same timeframe.
  • A new commitment, backed by up to £79m of government funding, to develop a first-of-its-kind, world-leading longitudinal cohort of healthy participants that will enable scientific research into the hidden signs of disease and the development of diagnostic tools to detect and diagnose diseases earlier.

In digital technologies and data analytics we are:

  • Laying down the building blocks to realise the full potential of NHS data, while maintaining public trust and maximising the benefits for NHS patients.
  • Setting out further detail on Digital Innovation Hubs which will provide expert clinical research data services with world-leading data analysis and sharing capabilities – a core part of a wider programme to improve health data infrastructure and support digitally-enabled clinical research.
  • Detailing progress on five Centres of Excellence in Digital Pathology and Radiology with AI including the announcement of a further £50m investment in the programme as a first step towards making this a truly national asset to support early and improved diagnosis across the UK and deliver more efficient NHS services.

In advanced therapies:

  • Significant support has been allocated from the £146m leading-edge healthcare package (part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund) announced in the Sector Deal last year to build an impressive end-to-end national infrastructure.
  • Investors have recognised the strength in UK-grown advanced therapy biotechs and UK companies are scaling up their cell and gene therapy manufacturing facilities.

Wider policy measures are supporting the package, including:

  • Speeding up and streamlining the UK clinical environment.
  • Developing a regulatory framework that keeps pace with innovative technologies.
  • Helping the sector access the skills it needs.

The Deal also sets out how we are delivering on our commitment to increase R&D spend in the UK to 2.4% of GDP by 2027. We are improving the uptake of innovation in the NHS, implementing the Accelerated Access Review. This year the NHS will set out through its forthcoming long-term plan and the recently announced medicines pricing agreement, how it will be a crucial national partner and beneficiary of innovations flowing from industry.

Industry partners have responded to commitments from government with a further wave of their own commitments to the UK, generating well over £1bn in new investment. These include:

  • A £1bn investment by UCB, a world-leading pharmaceutical company, in a new discovery research hub in the UK, including a purpose-built R&D facility, early manufacturing and commercial operations which will support around 650 high value jobs, many in R&D and early manufacturing, enabling further collaborations with UK universities, biotechs and medical research charities.
  • Over £200m of further investments from a wide range of companies, including GW Pharmaceuticals, Roche, Celgene Ltd., IQVIA Ltd. and Oxford Biomedica Plc.

The strength of the partnership between the government, the NHS and the life sciences sector is making the UK a global standard bearer for discovery research and advanced manufacturing. We are committed to continuing the hard work of implementation over the coming years because the prize – a globally-leading UK life sciences environment – will deliver huge benefits to the people of this country through a stronger economy and a stronger NHS.

Sector Deals, where industries are invited to come forward with plans for their future, embody the ethos of our collaborative approach. They show how industry and the Government, working in partnership, can boost the productivity and earning power of specific sectors.

I am placing a copy of the second Life Sciences Sector Deal in the Libraries of the House.

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