Written statements

Government Ministers and a small number of other Members of the two Houses can make a written statement to one or both Houses.

Written statements are published below shortly after receipt in Parliament. They also reproduced in the next edition of the Daily Report and of Hansard in the relevant House.

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Cabinet Office
Made on: 22 July 2020
Made by: Michael Gove (Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office )
Commons

Consultation on 2025 UK Border Strategy

When the Transition Period with the European Union concludes at the end of this year, we will leave the Single Market and Customs Union. As we embark on a new chapter for this country, we have the opportunity to design a future border that delivers maximum benefit to the UK.

Today, the UK Government will publish a public consultation to invite stakeholders to share ideas and evidence to help develop a 2025 UK Border Strategy that will deliver the world's most effective border by 2025. A border that is more streamlined and user-centric, that helps businesses take advantage of new trading relationships around the world, whilst maintaining high-levels of security to protect the public, the environment and public health.

Our goal is to publish a 2025 UK Border Strategy by the end of the year setting out a clear vision and roadmap that the Government and border industry, working together, can deliver.

This announcement follows the launch of the public information campaign, The UK's new start: let's get going, and the publication of the Border Operating Model on Monday 13 July that set out how businesses and industry can prepare for the end of the Transition Period.

This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS410
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Prime Minister
Made on: 22 July 2020
Made by: Boris Johnson (Prime Minister)
Commons

Machinery of Government

I am making this statement to bring to the House’s attention the following Machinery of Government change.

Government use of data

Responsibility for government use of data has transferred from the Department for Digital Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) to the Cabinet Office. DCMS will retain responsibility for data policy for the economy and society. This change will help ensure that government data is used most effectively to drive policy making and service delivery. The change is effective immediately.

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Home Office
Made on: 22 July 2020
Made by: Kit Malthouse (The Minister of State for Crime, Policing and the Fire Service)
Commons

Launching a review of the Police and Crime Commissioner model

I wish to set out to the House details of a review into the role of Police and Crime Commissioners.

The Government’s manifesto committed to strengthening the accountability of PCCs and expanding their role. Police and Crime Commissioners were introduced in 2012 to give the public a direct say over policing in their area. Since coming into post, they have brought real local accountability to policing and are working to give local communities a stronger voice.

After eight years it is right that we step back and consider how we can continue to evolve the PCC model. It is important that PCCs are strong, visible leaders in the fight against crime and have the legitimacy and tools to hold their police forces to account effectively.

To deliver this commitment, I am today announcing a two-part internal review into the role of PCCs.

Part one will commence in late July and report to the Home Secretary and myself by October 2020. It will be focussed on changes required to strengthen the model which, where possible, can be delivered ahead of the 2021 PCC elections. In particular, it will: consider how to strengthen the accountability, resilience, legitimacy and scrutiny mechanisms of the existing model to drive up standards; identify and share best practice across the sector; and examine the effectiveness of the relationship between PCCs and Chief Constables and the checks and balances currently in place.

We will also use part one of the review to help us map out our longer-term ambition for the expansion of the PCC role. In relation to fire, the Government is clear that further reform of fire and rescue services is required in order to respond to the recommendations from Phase 1 of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry and to build on the findings from Sir Tom Winsor’s State of Fire and Rescue Report, both of which demonstrate the clear challenges and improvements required in professionalism, people and governance. The review will consider further options and opportunities to strengthen fire governance and accountability, drawing on the lessons from the first cycle of fire governance transfers to PCCs.

The review will also be fully aligned with the Government’s commitment to expand the benefits of devolution across England through the Local Recovery and Devolution White Paper. Mayors of Combined Authorities should be powerful local figures with the ability to drive public safety, as well as economic growth and local recovery. We plan to develop the role of PCCs with that longer-term trajectory in mind, building on the models in London and Greater Manchester.

I would like to be clear that neither Part one or Part two of the review will consider a wholly new governance model for policing or examine the 43 police force model.

An Advisory Group will support part one of the review, comprising senior external stakeholders with expertise in the policing and fire sectors. It will also be important that the public’s views on those who represent them in policing are heard and the review team will seek to engage a sample of citizens and local and national victims’ groups as appropriate.

Part two of the review will commence after the 2021 elections and will allow us to consider further ways to strengthen and expand the role of PCCs, including the role PCCs play in tackling re-offending to help reduce crime. It will focus on longer-term reforms and the potential for wider efficiencies to be made within the system with a view to implementation ahead of the 2024 elections.

I will place a copy of the Terms of Reference for part one of the review in the Libraries of both Houses.

This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS409
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Department of Health and Social Care
Made on: 21 July 2020
Made by: Lord Bethell (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Innovation))
Lords

Government response to the 48th report of the DDRB

My Hon Friend the Minister of State (Minister for Care) (Helen Whately) has made the following written statement:

I am responding on behalf of my Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister to the 48th Report of the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Renumeration (DDRB). The report has been laid before Parliament today (Cm259) and a copy is attached. I am grateful to the Chair and members of the DDRB for their report.

This report has been produced during what is an incredibly challenging time for our NHS and the DDRB report rightly recognises the tremendous effort of all of our clinical staff on the frontline of the COVID-19 response. They have shown true resolve, professionalism and dedication throughout this challenging time for our NHS.

Thanks to the government’s investment in the NHS and the certainty provided in the long term funding settlement, the Government is pleased to accept the DDRB’s recommendations in full, providing a much-deserved pay rise for our Doctors and Dentists working across the NHS.

The Government greatly values and appreciates the role public sector workers have in delivering essential public services, and we’re delivering a real terms pay increase to show that we mean it. The hard work and dedication of our public servants something we do not take for granted.

We are conscious that public sector pay awards must deliver value for money for the taxpayer. COVID-19 is having a very significant impact on the economy and the fiscal position, and the Government will need to continue to take this into account in agreeing public sector pay awards. It is important public sector pay is fair to both public sector workers and the taxpayer. Around a quarter of all public spending is spent on pay and we need to ensure that our public services remain affordable for the future.

Today’s pay award is worth on basic pay:

  • Between £2,200 - £3,000 for consultants
  • Between £1,100 - £2,100 for Specialty Doctors
  • Between £1,500 - £2,600 for Associate Specialists

This Government has invested heavily in our NHS and its workforce. We’ve backed the NHS by passing the NHS Funding Act which enshrines in law the largest cash settlement in NHS history as well as clearing billions of pounds worth of debt for NHS Trusts. We also pledged that all public services would get whatever financial support they needed to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and we are working at pace to ensure the supply of vital funding and resources continues. We have also delivered on a manifesto commitment to address the tax issue in doctors’ pensions by listening closely to the concerns of senior clinicians. The Chancellor confirmed at Budget that both annual allowance taper thresholds will be increased by £90,000 from 6th April 2020, removing anyone with income below £200,000 from the scope of the tapered annual allowance. The incentive to take on extra NHS work is now restored, and clinicians can earn an additional £90,000 before reaching the new taper threshold. These measures will take up to 96% of GPs and 98% of NHS consultants outside the scope of the taper based on their NHS income.

The DDRB were asked not to make a pay recommendation for contractor General Medical Practitioners (GMPs) or doctors and dentists in training as both groups are moving into the second year of their respective multi-year deals. The significant investment in GMP core practice funding, as part of the five-year contract, provided greater certainty for GMPs to forward plan. The contract as agreed in 2019, and via further amendments in 2020, has also set out significant additional investment in a new state-backed indemnity scheme, the introduction of primary care networks and reimbursement for additional staff. For doctors and dentists in training the multi-year deal will mean all junior doctor pay scales will have increased by 8.2% by the end of the deal, and in addition circa £90 million is being invested to reform the contract, including to create a new, higher pay point to recognise the most experienced doctors in training.

Affordability has to be a consideration of government when responding to the DDRB. Accepting the DDRB’s recommendations will require difficult trade-offs and reprioritisation of spending within the wider context of the original financial plan set out in the NHS Long Term Plan. However, the government deems accepting the DDRB’s recommendations as important to reward and retain valued NHS staff.

In addition to retaining existing staff the government is committed to increasing workforce supply. That is why by September this year we will have opened five new medical schools in England so that we can continue to grow our domestic medical workforce. The new schools will help to deliver a 25% increase in the number of available places and by September we expect there will be an extra 1,500 medical students entering training each year, compared to 2017.

The Government’s response to the recommendations is as follows:

  • Accept the recommendation for a uniform 2.8% uplift in pay across the whole of the DDRB’s remit group with the exception of those already in multi-year deals. This includes uplifting the value of the GMP trainers grant, the GMP appraisers’ grant and the minimum and maximum of the pay range for salaried GMPs.
  • To accept the recommendation to freeze the value of National and Local Clinical Excellence Awards (CEAs), Commitment Awards, Distinction Awards and Discretionary Points.

Salaried GMPs

For salaried GMPs the minimum and maximum pay range will be uplifted. As self-employed contractors, it is largely up to GP practices how they distribute pay to their employees. Employers have the flexibility to offer enhanced terms and conditions, for example, to aid recruitment and retention.

Specialty Doctors (new grade 2008) and Associate Specialists (closed grade)

For Specialty Doctors and Associate Specialists (SAS doctors) the government takes note of the DDRB’s comments on the need for improved recognition and career development. Negotiations on a multi-year pay agreement, incorporating contract reform, for this group of doctors are progressing and we hope to reach agreement in time for the next pay year.

Clinical Excellence Awards

The Government also acknowledges the DDRB’s comments on Clinical Excellence Awards and their reasons for not recommending an increase in their value. With this in mind, we will progress our plans to reform these awards with a view to introducing new arrangements from 2022.

General Dental Practitioners

A 2.8% general uplift in the pay element of their contract backdated to April 2020.

The Government has also fully acknowledged the DDRB’s comments on the lack of progress on the dental contract reform and we appreciate the frustration with the pace of reform. NHS England and the Department of Health and Social Care need to be confident that the prototype contract, that has been tested, has proven that it has the ability to maintain or increase access, improve oral health, is affordable for the NHS, whilst also being sustainable for dental practices, before taking decisions on wider national implementation.

This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: HCWS407
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Made on: 21 July 2020
Made by: Amanda Solloway (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Science, Research and Innovation))
Commons

The 2019 Government Chemist Review

The twenty-third Annual Review of the Government Chemist has been received. The Review will be placed in the Libraries of the House plus those of the Devolved Administrations in Wales and Northern Ireland. The Review will also be laid before the Scottish Parliament.

The Government Chemist is the Referee Analyst named in Acts of Parliament. The Government Chemist’s team carry out analysis in high-profile or legally disputed cases. A diverse range of referee analysis work was carried out during 2019, such as mycotoxin contaminants, pesticides residues, food contact materials, choking hazards, food allergens and genetically modified organisms dispute cases. The Government Chemist function continues to make headway on evaluating and optimising digital PCR for food authenticity testing.

This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS406
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Cabinet Office
Made on: 21 July 2020
Made by: Lord Agnew of Oulton (Minister of State)
Lords

Senior Civil Service, Senior Military and Judiciary Pay Awards

My Rt Hon. Friend, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Rt Hon Michael Gove MP), has today made the following Written Ministerial Statement:

I am today announcing the Government’s decision on pay for the Senior Civil Service (SCS), senior military and the judiciary.

The Government received the Senior Salary Review Body’s (SSRB) report on 2020 pay for the senior civil service, senior military and the judiciary on 24 June 2020. This will be presented to Parliament and published on Gov.uk.

The Government values the independent expertise and insight of the Senior Salaries Review Body (SSRB) and takes on board the valuable advice and principles set out in response to the Government’s recommendations outlined in the report.

Senior Civil Service recommendations and response for 2020/21

The SSRB recommended a 2% pay award for the SCS allocated in the following priority order:

  • To mitigate anomalies arising from lack of pay progression and to alleviate other pay anomalies
  • To increase the pay band minima
  • To provide increase to those not benefitting from increase to the minima or those benefiting by less than 1%

The SSRB also recommended incremental steps to reduce the maxima and commented on priority work to be undertaken for the 2021-22 pay award.

The Government accepts the SSRB’s recommendations in full, but will continue to delay work on reducing the maxima until the capability based pay progression system is in place.

Judiciary recommendations and response for 2020/21

The recommendations made by the SSRB for the judiciary are:

  • A pay award of 2% for all judicial office holders within the remit group for 2020/21, applied equally to all salary groups.
  • Upper Tribunal Judges (including the Surveyor Members of the Lands Chamber) and
  • Senior Masters and Registrars to be moved to a new salary group between their existing salary group of 6.1 and the higher group 5.
  • The introduction of leadership allowances for Circuit Judges who take on the currently unrewarded roles of Resident Judges, Designated Family Judges and Designated Civil Judges.

The Government accepts the SSRB’s recommendations in full and notes that these recommendations are predicated on the implementation of reform to judicial pensions, to address ongoing recruitment and retention problems.

Senior military recommendations and response for 2020/21

The Government accepts the SSRB’s headline pay award recommendation for senior military officers of 2-star rank and above. A 2% consolidated pay award will be implemented in September salaries and backdated to 1 April 2020.

The Government accepts the SSRB’s recommendations on senior military salaries to maintain the 10% increase to base pay on promotion from 1-star rank and to not change the current pay differentials for senior medical and dental officers.

Report (PDF Document, 4.89 MB)
This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: HCWS411
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Made on: 21 July 2020
Made by: Lord Callanan (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Climate Change and Corporate Responsibility))
Lords

The 2019 Government Chemist Review

My Honourable Friend the Minister for Science, Research and Innovation Amanda Solloway has today made the following statement:

The twenty-third Annual Review of the Government Chemist has been received. The Review will be placed in the Libraries of the House plus those of the Devolved Administrations in Wales and Northern Ireland. The Review will also be laid before the Scottish Parliament.

The Government Chemist is the Referee Analyst named in Acts of Parliament. The Government Chemist’s team carry out analysis in high-profile or legally disputed cases. A diverse range of referee analysis work was carried out during 2019, such as mycotoxin contaminants, pesticides residues, food contact materials, choking hazards, food allergens and genetically modified organisms dispute cases. The Government Chemist function continues to make headway on evaluating and optimising digital PCR for food authenticity testing.

This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: HCWS415
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Made on: 21 July 2020
Made by: Lord Callanan (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Climate Change and Corporate Responsibility))
Lords

Energy Infrastructure Planning Projects

My Right Honourable Friend, the Minister for Business, Energy and Clean Growth Kwasi Kwarteng has today made the following statement:.

This Statement concerns the application made by Orsted Hornsea Project Three (UK) Limited for development consent for the installation, operation and maintenance of the proposed Hornsea Project Three Offshore Wind Farm, its related offshore infrastructure off the coast of Norfolk and its related onshore electrical connections within that county.

Under section 107(1) of the Planning Act 2008, the Secretary of State must make a decision on an application within three months of the receipt of the Examining Authority’s report unless exercising the power under section 107(3) of the Act to set a new deadline. Where a new deadline is set, the Secretary of State must make a Statement to Parliament to announce it. The statutory decision deadline for Hornsea Project Three offshore wind farm was re-set previously to allow for further consideration of environmental issues. The latest deadline for the application was 1 July 2020.

On 1 July 2020, the Secretary of State issued a letter stating that he was minded to grant consent to the Hornsea Project Three Offshore Wind Farm but that he required further information in respect of potential adverse environmental effects on the Flamborough and Filey Coast Special Protection Area. In order to provide Orsted Hornsea Project Three (UK) Limited with sufficient time to provide that information and for other interested parties to comment, he has decided to set a new deadline of 31 December 2020.

The decision to set the new deadline for this application is without prejudice to the decisions on whether to grant or refuse development consents for them.

This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: HCWS414
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Made on: 21 July 2020
Made by: Kwasi Kwarteng (Minister of State (Minister for Business, Energy and Clean Growth))
Commons

Energy Infrastructure Planning Projects

This Statement concerns the application made by Orsted Hornsea Project Three (UK) Limited for development consent for the installation, operation and maintenance of the proposed Hornsea Project Three Offshore Wind Farm, its related offshore infrastructure off the coast of Norfolk and its related onshore electrical connections within that county.

Under section 107(1) of the Planning Act 2008, the Secretary of State must make a decision on an application within three months of the receipt of the Examining Authority’s report unless exercising the power under section 107(3) of the Act to set a new deadline. Where a new deadline is set, the Secretary of State must make a Statement to Parliament to announce it. The statutory decision deadline for Hornsea Project Three offshore wind farm was re-set previously to allow for further consideration of environmental issues. The latest deadline for the application was 1 July 2020.

On 1 July 2020, the Secretary of State issued a letter stating that he was minded to grant consent to the Hornsea Project Three Offshore Wind Farm but that he required further information in respect of potential adverse environmental effects on the Flamborough and Filey Coast Special Protection Area. In order to provide Orsted Hornsea Project Three (UK) Limited with sufficient time to provide that information and for other interested parties to comment, he has decided to set a new deadline of 31 December 2020.

The decision to set the new deadline for this application is without prejudice to the decisions on whether to grant or refuse development consents for them.

This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS405
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Home Office
Made on: 21 July 2020
Made by: Baroness Williams of Trafford (The Minister of State, Home Office)
Lords

National Crime Agency Pay Award

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

The National Crime Agency (NCA) Remuneration Review Body has recently made recommendations on pay and allowances for NCA officers designated with operational powers. I would like to thank the Chair and members of the Review Body for their work on gathering evidence from the NCA, the Home Office, HMT and the Trade Unions, resulting in their detailed and thorough report. The Review Body’s work is of great value, ensuring that officers of a lower grade than Deputy Director designated with operational powers are properly remunerated for their work.

This government is committed to helping the NCA in its fight against Serious and Organised Crime (SOC). That is why it commissioned an Independent Review of SOC capabilities, funding and governance and why it committed to strengthening the NCA in its election manifesto.

SOC is evolving rapidly in both volume and complexity, I have been clear that the NCA needs to transform to meet the threat head on. Part of this transformation includes being able to attract, recruit and retain the right people. This Review Body’s recommendations help support the NCA to achieve that goal and are as follows:

  1. For officers on the standard ranges:
  • the pay range minima for Grades 1 to 4 increase by 2.5%;
  • the pay range minima for Grades 5 and 6 increase by 4.25% and 4.5% respectively;
  • the pay range maxima for Grades 1 to 6 increase by 1.5%; and
  • all officers should receive a consolidated pay award that maintains their percentile position on the pay range.

  1. The spot rates for Grades 4 and 5 are increased by 3% and 4.5% respectively.

  1. London Weighting Allowance is increased by 2.5% to £3,424

  1. Shift Allowance is increased to 20% of base pay.

These awards will be fully funded within the NCA’s existing budget. The small number of officers electing to remain on the terms and conditions of pre-cursor organisations will remain on their previous pay rates.

This award represents a significant real terms increase, the 3rd year in a row where this is the case. The average salary at the NCA is £36,794, this is up by 4.3% since 2018.

The Government continues to balance the need to ensure fair pay for public sector workers with protecting funding for frontline services and ensuring affordability for taxpayers. The effects of coronavirus continue to have a significant impact on the economy and the fiscal position and the Government will need to continue to take this into account in agreeing public sector pay awards.

This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: HCWS405
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Made on: 21 July 2020
Made by: Lord Callanan (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Climate Change and Corporate Responsibility))
Lords

Register of Beneficial Owners of Overseas Entities Update

The United Kingdom has a reputation as a good place to do business. Our high corporate standards and market transparency give people trust and confidence in our markets. We recognise that knowing whom you are really doing business with improves confidence in commerce and investment and we continue to work on improvements to the strong systems that we already have in place.

However, the same factors that make the UK an attractive location to set up and operate a business also make it attractive to exploitation. One such area of exploitation is the UK’s property market, which continues to be an attractive vehicle for criminal investment, in particular for high-end money laundering. The risks relating to the laundering of dirty money through property are most acute where property is owned anonymously through corporate structures or trusts. The Government is therefore working to crack down on this illicit activity by creating a register of the beneficial owners of overseas entities which own or buy property in the UK.

The Government committed in primary legislation, through Section 50 of the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018, to report to Parliament annually on the progress that has been made towards putting in place such a register. The register is included as one of the key measures of the UK’s Economic Crime Plan 2019-2022[1], and the December 2019 Queen’s Speech included a commitment to progress the required legislation.

The Draft Registration of Overseas Entities Bill underwent Pre-Legislative Scrutiny by a Joint Committee in Spring 2019. The Government’s response to the Committee’s report was published on 18 July 2019[2]. In this response, the Government accepted many of the Committee’s recommendations, such as ensuring Companies House are given adequate resources to deal with additional filings under this register; introducing a reporting facility for inaccurate information on the register; and continuing to advance work on reforming the powers of Companies House to verify information. For example, overseas entities seeking to register with Companies House will be required to have their details verified, thereby ensuring that the new register will be sufficiently robust. The Government has been exploring how best to implement these recommendations and others proposed in the Committee’s report, such as civil sanctions, and what options are available.

This register will be novel, and careful consideration is needed before any measures are adopted, as it is imperative that the register is as robust as it reasonably can be, with reliable data and sufficient deterrent effects to make it clear that the UK property market is not a safe haven for dirty money. Engagement with members of civil society, business and the property market throughout all nations of the United Kingdom has been ongoing to ensure the proposed measures work equitably across the country.

The UK continues to lead the global fight against illicit finance and this register will strengthen our already impressive controls. The Financial Action Task Force completed a landmark review of the UK’s regime for tackling money laundering in December 2018, concluding that we have some of the strongest controls in the world.

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/economic-crime-plan-2019-to-2022

[2] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/draft-registration-of-overseas-entities-bill-government-response-to-joint-committee-report

This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: HCWS413
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Made on: 21 July 2020
Made by: Paul Scully (Minister for London and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Labour Markets))
Commons

Register of Beneficial Owners of Overseas Entities Update

My Right Honourable friend the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Climate Change and Corporate Responsibility) Lord Callanan has today made the following statement:

The United Kingdom has a reputation as a good place to do business. Our high corporate standards and market transparency give people trust and confidence in our markets. We recognise that knowing whom you are really doing business with improves confidence in commerce and investment and we continue to work on improvements to the strong systems that we already have in place.

However, the same factors that make the UK an attractive location to set up and operate a business also make it attractive to exploitation. One such area of exploitation is the UK’s property market, which continues to be an attractive vehicle for criminal investment, in particular for high-end money laundering. The risks relating to the laundering of dirty money through property are most acute where property is owned anonymously through corporate structures or trusts. The Government is therefore working to crack down on this illicit activity by creating a register of the beneficial owners of overseas entities which own or buy property in the UK.

The Government committed in primary legislation, through Section 50 of the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018, to report to Parliament annually on the progress that has been made towards putting in place such a register. The register is included as one of the key measures of the UK’s Economic Crime Plan 2019-2022[1], and the December 2019 Queen’s Speech included a commitment to progress the required legislation.

The Draft Registration of Overseas Entities Bill underwent Pre-Legislative Scrutiny by a Joint Committee in Spring 2019. The Government’s response to the Committee’s report was published on 18 July 2019[2]. In this response, the Government accepted many of the Committee’s recommendations, such as ensuring Companies House are given adequate resources to deal with additional filings under this register; introducing a reporting facility for inaccurate information on the register; and continuing to advance work on reforming the powers of Companies House to verify information. For example, overseas entities seeking to register with Companies House will be required to have their details verified, thereby ensuring that the new register will be sufficiently robust. The Government has been exploring how best to implement these recommendations and others proposed in the Committee’s report, such as civil sanctions, and what options are available.

This register will be novel, and careful consideration is needed before any measures are adopted, as it is imperative that the register is as robust as it reasonably can be, with reliable data and sufficient deterrent effects to make it clear that the UK property market is not a safe haven for dirty money. Engagement with members of civil society, business and the property market throughout all nations of the United Kingdom has been ongoing to ensure the proposed measures work equitably across the country.

The UK continues to lead the global fight against illicit finance and this register will strengthen our already impressive controls. The Financial Action Task Force completed a landmark review of the UK’s regime for tackling money laundering in December 2018, concluding that we have some of the strongest controls in the world.

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/economic-crime-plan-2019-to-2022

[2] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/draft-registration-of-overseas-entities-bill-government-response-to-joint-committee-report

This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS403
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Ministry of Defence
Made on: 21 July 2020
Made by: Baroness Goldie (Minister of State for Defence)
Lords

Armed Forces Pay

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence (The Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

Today, I am announcing the Government’s decision on pay rises for the Armed Forces.

The Armed Forces Pay Review Body (AFPRB) has made a recommendation for a 2% increase for the 2020 pay award. We are accepting this recommendation in full (to be implemented in September salaries, backdated to 1 April 2020), and I am today laying their 2020 report.

The pay award represents an annual increase of £643 in the nominal average salary in the Armed Forces (which is at the Corporal level), as well as an annual increase of £545 in the starting salary for an officer.

For all cohorts, this is additional to the non-contributory defined benefit pension and access to incremental pay progression.

The AFPRB also made recommendations on rises and changes to other targeted forms of remuneration and on the increase to food and accommodation charges which have been accepted. Where applicable, these rate changes will be backdated to 1 April 2020.

The Government greatly values and appreciates the role Military Personnel have in delivering essential services. This year we are delivering a real terms pay increase for the third time. The hard work and dedication of our people throughout this difficult period is important to us and is not taken for granted.

We are conscious that public sector pay awards must deliver value for money for the taxpayer. The Coronavirus is having a very significant impact on the economy and the fiscal position and the Government will need to continue to take this into account in agreeing public sector pay awards.

Armed Forces’ Pay Review Body (PDF Document, 1.23 MB)
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Department of Health and Social Care
Made on: 21 July 2020
Made by: Lord Bethell (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Innovation))
Lords

Government response to the 33rd report of the NHS Pay Review Body

My Hon Friend the Minister of State (Minister for Care) (Helen Whately) has made the following written statement:

I am responding on behalf of my Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister to the 33rd Report of the NHS Pay review Body (NHSPRB). The report has been laid before Parliament today (Cm260). Copies of the report are available to hon Members from the Vote Office and to noble Lords from the Printed Paper Office.

As this is the third and final year of the three-year Agenda for Change pay and contract reform deal (2018/2019 to 2020/2021), the NHSPRB did not make any pay recommendations for 2020/2021.

This multi-year deal has delivered year on year pay increases for our much-valued NHS staff and as part of this we have increased the starting salary for a newly qualified nurse by over 12% and increased the lowest starting salary within the NHS by over 16%.

The Government welcomes the 33rd report of the NHSPRB and is grateful to the Chair and members for all their work and helpful observations at what is a challenging time for our NHS. The report rightly recognises the hard work and dedication of our NHS staff in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, makes helpful observations on effective workforce planning and how best to support the development of the NHS workforce.

The upcoming People Plan will seek to address many of the observations made by the NHSPRB and the Government remain committed to delivering on its manifesto commitment to deliver 50,000 more nurses in the NHS by 2025.

This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: HCWS409
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Ministry of Justice
Made on: 21 July 2020
Made by: Lord Keen of Elie (Lords Spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice)
Lords

Government response to the Prison Service Pay Review Body recommendations 20/21

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

"I am today announcing the government’s decision on pay rises for prison staff.

The Prison Service Pay Review Body (PSPRB) has made its recommendations for the 2020-21 pay award. The Government values the independent expertise and insight of the PSPRB and takes on board the valuable advice, principles outlined, and constructive challenge to the Government’s evidence outlined in the report.

Today I am announcing that we are accepting in full the recommendations made by the review body for implementation from April 2020. For clarity these are recommendations 1, 2 and 4 to 7.

This will deliver a pay rise of at least 2.5% for all prison staff – with cumulative awards of up to 7.5% for some staff when progression pay is taken into account. For a Band 3 prison officer on the modern terms and conditions the pay settlement is worth on average £1,086.

This is the third year in a row that we have put in place an award of at least 2% for our prison staff and delivers an above inflation increase. In addition to their pay, prison officers continue to benefit from defined benefit pensions, which are amongst the most generous available. We are conscious that public sector pay awards must deliver value for money for the taxpayer. Government will continue to take this into account in agreeing public sector pay awards in future.

This award will support the recruitment and retention of prison officers and managers and recognises the essential contribution they make every day – which has only been highlighted by their professional and dedicated response to the unique challenges of delivering safe prisons during the pandemic.

In addition to its core recommendations to be implemented from April 2020, the PSPRB have also recommended a further overall increase of £3,000 for ‘Band 3’ prison officers on modernised terms and conditions from September 2020 (recommendation 3).

It is only right that such a substantial increase for our largest staffing group is considered more carefully over the coming months as we move towards the Spending Review; due to the exceptional costs associated with implementing this recommendation, the impact on the overall pay structure, and the changing labour market conditions due to the exceptional economic impacts of the pandemic. The Government will also need to consider the recommendation in the context of the pay rises being given to other hard-working public servants.

Furthermore, we wish to open discussions with recognised trade unions on the implications of this recommendation and how any such uplift in pay might be best implemented in an affordable and mutually beneficial manner alongside workforce reforms that deliver the best value for money for tax payers.

The government will therefore announce its response to this recommendation later in the year.

The report has been laid before Parliament today, 21 July, and a copy is attached. I am grateful to the Chair and members of the Review Body for their report."

Prison Service Pay Review Body Report (PDF Document, 1.12 MB)
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Department for Work and Pensions
Made on: 21 July 2020
Made by: Mims Davies (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Employment)
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Office for Nuclear Regulation: Corporate Plan 2020/21 and Strategy 2020-25

My Noble Friend The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions (The Baroness Stedman-Scott) has made the following Written Statement.

Later today I will lay before this House the Office for Nuclear Regulation Corporate Plan 2020/21 and the Office for Nuclear Regulation strategy 2020-25. These documents will also be published on the ONR website.

I can confirm, in accordance with Schedule 7, Section 25(3) of the Energy Act 2013, that there have been no exclusions to the published documents on the grounds of national security.

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Home Office
Made on: 21 July 2020
Made by: Baroness Williams of Trafford (The Minister of State, Home Office)
Lords

Security Industry Authority (SIA) Annual Report and Accounts 2019 – 2020

My hon Friend the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Safeguarding (Victoria Atkins) has today made the following Written Ministerial Statement:

The 2019-20 Annual Report and Accounts for the Security Industry Authority (HC 647) is being laid before the House today and published on www.gov.uk. Copies will be available in the Vote Office.

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Leader of the House of Lords
Made on: 21 July 2020
Made by: Baroness Evans of Bowes Park (Lord Privy Seal)
Lords

Publication of the Intelligence and Security Committee’s Russia Report

My Rt Hon Friend the Prime Minister has made the following statement:

Publication of the Intelligence and Security Committee’s Russia Report

The Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament (ISC) has today laid before Parliament a report on Russia, examining the Russian threat to the UK and the UK’s response. I welcome the report and thank the former Committee for the work that has gone into this; this has clearly been an extensive effort spanning almost two years.

The Government is publishing its response to the ISC’s Russia Report immediately, recognising the significant public interest in the issues it raises. Copies of the response have been laid before both Houses.

The Committee has also today laid before Parliament its Annual Report 2018-19. This report highlights the breadth of the Committee’s oversight role and I thank them for their important work.

I would like to thank the former Committee for their work in the last Parliament, and I look forward to working with the newly appointed Committee in the future.

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Home Office
Made on: 21 July 2020
Made by: Baroness Williams of Trafford (The Minister of State, Home Office)
Lords

Police Pay

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

The sixth annual report of the Police Remuneration Review Body (PRRB) was published today. The Body made recommendations on pay and allowances for police officers up to and including the chief officer ranks in England and Wales. We value the role of the independent PRRB and thank the Chair and members for their detailed consideration and observations of the matters raised in relation to police pay.

The Government is extremely grateful for the commitment shown by our police officers up and down the country, in keeping the public safe during these unprecedented and challenging times.

The Government has accepted in full the PRRB’s recommendation that a consolidated increase of 2.5% should be awarded to all ranks at all pay points, with a corresponding increase to London Weighting and the Dog Handlers' Allowance, with effect from 1 September 2020.

The PRRB also recommended the removal of the lowest point of the sergeants’ pay scale; and that the maximum rate of London Allowance should increase by £1,000 to £5,338 a year for officers appointed on or after 1 September 1994 and not receiving Replacement Allowance. The Government has accepted these recommendations. These changes will take effect from 1 September 2020.

This is the second year in a row that we have awarded an increase of 2.5% for our police officers and delivers an above inflation increase. Police constables will earn up to £1,002 more this year.

The Government holds in the highest regard the role that public sector workers have in delivering essential public services and we are awarding a real terms pay increase. The hard work and dedication of our public servants throughout this difficult period is something we do not take for granted.

The Government continues to balance the need to ensure fair pay for public sector workers with protecting funding for frontline services and ensuring affordability for taxpayers. The effects of coronavirus continue to have a significant impact on the economy and the fiscal position and the Government will need to continue to take this into account in agreeing public sector pay awards

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Department for Education
Made on: 21 July 2020
Made by: Baroness Berridge (The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System)
Lords

Teachers Update

My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Education (Gavin Williamson) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

The 30th report of the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) is being published today. Its recommendations cover the remit issued in September 2019. The report contains recommendations on the pay award for teachers that is due to be implemented from September 2020.

The STRB has recommended a 5.5% uplift to the minima of the main pay range and a 2.75% uplift to the maxima of the main pay range and the minima and maxima of all other pay ranges and allowances in the national pay framework. These recommendations are equivalent to a 3.1% increase in the overall paybill.

The STRB has also recommended advisory pay points on the Main Pay Range and Upper Pay Range.

I am pleased to confirm my proposed response is to accept these recommendations in full.

This teachers’ pay award – the largest since 2005 – helps to recognise the extraordinary efforts of our teacher and leaders. It provides for a substantial above-inflation increase to the pay ranges for all teachers and leaders.

For example, for an experienced teacher at the top of the upper pay range this pay award could mean an increase of between £1,114 and £1,364, depending on location. Furthermore, this pay award is the continuation of several years of substantial pay awards - last year all pay ranges were uplifted by 2.75% and in 2018 uplifts to pay ranges averaged at 2.4%.

Furthermore, this Government made a commitment to increase starting salaries nationally for teachers to £30,000 by 2022/23. This pay award takes the first step to delivering this commitment, with a 5.5% increase to starting salaries worth between £1,341 and £1,677 depending on location. This will mean that starting salaries for new teachers will be between £25,714 and £32,157 depending on location in the 2020-21 academic year.

These substantial increases to teacher starting pay will help ensure teaching is rightly regarded as a well-rewarded and prestigious profession, enabling us to attract the most able graduates and career changers into teaching to support improved outcomes for pupils.

This pay award also takes a decisive step towards a pay structure which better supports teacher retention, with large increases to early career pay where we know retention is most challenging. Alongside other crucial reforms such as the Early Career Framework and new National Professional Qualifications, this pay award will help to ensure we are retaining great teachers through the crucial early career phase.

Finally, this pay award will be affordable, on average, nationally for schools thanks to this Government's three-year investment package announced at the 2019 Spending Round. We are increasing core schools funding by £2.6 billion this year, £4.8 billion in 2021-22 and £7.1 billion in 2022-23, compared to 2019-20. As previously set out, from 2021-22 the funding schools currently receive through the teachers’ pay and pension grants will be part of schools' core funding allocations, as determined by the schools national funding formula, and there will be no increase to these grants in respect of this year’s pay award.

A full list of the recommendations and my proposed approach for all pay and allowance ranges is attached as an annex.

My officials will write to all of the statutory consultees of the STRB to invite them to contribute to a consultation on the Government’s response to these recommendations and on a revised School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document and Pay Order. The consultation will last for eight weeks.

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