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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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Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Made on: 26 June 2018
Made by: Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government)
Lords

Affordable Housing

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

Our record on the provision of social housing is a strong one with over 378,000 affordable homes delivered since 2010. This included 273,000 homes for rent, and over 10,400 council homes built between 2010-11 and 2016-17, up from 2,920 over the previous 13 years.

The Government is committed to increasing support for more social housing. I am delighted to announce the launch of bidding for two flagship social housing programmes - additional funding for the Affordable Homes Programme and an increase in Housing Revenue Account borrowing. Together these will release over £2.6 billion of additional investment in those parts of the country where the need is greatest to help local authorities and housing associations build the homes that their communities need. Eligibility for this funding will be determined by the difference between private and social rents in local areas.

Today’s announcement confirms that £1.67 billion will be spent on delivering 23,000 additional affordable homes outside of London and could lever in total investment by housing associations and councils of up to £3.5 billion. This investment will help those who are struggling most, by delivering at least 12,500 homes for social rent in areas of the country where the difference between private and social rents are above average.

This announcement completes the allocation of the £9 billion Affordable Homes Programme which will deliver at least 250,000 affordable homes by March 2022. At the Spring Statement we confirmed an additional £1.67 billion for London.

The Government is also committed to a step change in council house building. I am today launching bidding for the £1 billion Housing Revenue Account borrowing programme, announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer at Autumn Budget. We need a stronger, more diverse housing market, and this additional borrowing programme recognises the vital role that local authorities can play in building new homes to meet local needs. The additional borrowing will be split equally between London and the rest of the country, and at least £500 million will be available to London boroughs with London boroughs also eligible to bid for further funding from the remaining £500m.

By opening-up bidding, local authorities in areas where private sector rents are higher will be able to borrow more for new housing development between 2019/20 and 2021/22. Local authorities will have flexibility to consider the bidding routes most suited to their needs: additional borrowing only, or additional borrowing to be used alongside either unspent Right to Buy receipts or Affordable Homes Programme grant.

I want to see eligible local authorities bidding into the programme, demonstrating their ambition and appetite to build new council homes, and showing how the sector can contribute to tackling the country’s housing needs. The additional borrowing programme will help to support the delivery of a new generation of council houses to fix our broken housing market.

I am placing a copy of the Affordable Homes Programme addendum and the Additional Housing Revenue Account Borrowing Programme: Prospectus for local authorities outside London in the House library.

This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: HCWS797
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Cabinet Office
Made on: 26 June 2018
Made by: Lord Young of Cookham (Lord in Waiting (Government Whip))
Lords

Handling Members' Correspondence in 2017

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office has today made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

I am today publishing a report on the performance of Departments and Agencies on handling correspondence from Members and Peers during the calendar year 2017. Details are set out in the table below. Corresponding statistics for 2016 can be found on 11 July 2017, Volume 627 (HCWS35).

Departmental figures are based on substantive replies unless otherwise indicated. The footnotes to the table provide general background information on how the figures have been compiled.

Correspondence from MP/Peers to Ministers and Agency Chief Executives 2017 (1)

Department or Agency

Target set for reply (working days)

Number of letters received

% of replies within target

Attorney General’s Office

20

202

98%

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

15

4032

65%

- Insolvency Service

15

33

100%

- Land Registry

15

87

93%

- Companies House

10

44

98%

Cabinet Office

15

682

93%

Charity Commission

15

181

71%

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

15

8060

46%

- Planning Inspectorate

10

127

25%

Crown Prosecution Service

20

270

70%

Department for Digital Culture, Media and Sport

20

4112

89%

- National Archives

20

21

100%

Ministry of Defence

20

2588

96%

Department for Education

15

7671

57%

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

15

5563

71%

- Animal and Plant Health Agency

15

38

98%

- Rural Payments Agency

15

157

70%

Department for Exiting the European Union

20

2884

73%

Food Standards Agency (*)

(*) FSA Ministers replies

20

35

91%

(*) FSA Chair/CE replies

20

43

58%

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

20

6420

87%

Government Legal Department

10

10

100%

Department of Health and Social Care

18

12627

91%

- Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

20

35

97%

- Public Health England

18

80

98%

Home Office

15

5977

54%

- UK Visas & Immigration/Immigration Enforcement/Border Force

20

39369

83%

- Her Majesty's Passport Office

20

2235

91%

Department for International Development

15

1423

93%

Department for International Trade

15

913

77%

Ministry of Justice

15

2539

88%

- HM Courts Service and Tribunals Service (*)

(*) Where Ministers replied

15

656

94%

(*) Where CEO replied

15

348

96%

- Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (*)

(*) Where Ministers replied

15

888

81%

(*) Where CEO replied

10

297

92%

- Office of the Public Guardian (*)

(*) Where Ministers replied

15

45

93%

(*) Where CEO replied

10

44

93%

Northern Ireland Office

15

527

83%

Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills

15

229

80%

Office of Gas and Electricity Markets

15

209

97%

Office of the Leader of the House of Commons

15

192

94%

Office of the Leader of the House of Lords

15

15

100%

Office of Rail and Road

20

45

76%

OFWAT (Water Services Regulation Authority)

15

29

72%

Scotland Office

15

70

73%

Serious Fraud Office

20

45

93%

Department for Transport

20

6294

80%

- Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

7

1877

99%

- Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

10

190

100%

- Maritime and Coastguard Agency

10

15

100%

HM Treasury

15

6489

77%

- H M Revenue and Customs (*)

(*) Where Ministers replied

15

1068

60%

(*) Where CEO replied

15

5775

84%

- Valuation Office Agency (2)

15

686

49%

Wales Office

15

87

86%

Department for Work and Pensions

20

11168

88%

- Health and Safety Executive

15

87

100%

- Human Resources

15

50

100%

- Director General

15

2140

83%

(1) Departments and Agencies which received 10 MPs/Peers letters or fewer are not shown in this table. Holding or interim replies are not included unless otherwise indicated. The report does not include correspondence considered as Freedom of Information requests. (2) The Valuation Office Agency is an executive agency, sponsored by HM Revenue & Customs.

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Cabinet Office
Made on: 26 June 2018
Made by: Mr David Lidington (Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office)
Commons

Handling Members' Correspondence in 2017

I am today publishing a report on the performance of Departments and Agencies on handling correspondence from Members and Peers during the calendar year 2017. Details are set out in the table below. Correspondence statistics for 2016 can be found on 11 July 2017, Volume 627 (HCWS35).

Departmental figures are based on substantive replies unless otherwise indicated. The footnotes to the table provide general background information on how the figures have been compiled.

Correspondence from MP/Peers to Ministers and Agency Chief Executives 2017 (1)

Department or Agency

Target set for reply (working days)

Number of letters received

% of replies within target

Attorney General’s Office

20

202

98%

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

15

4032

65%

- Insolvency Service

15

33

100%

- Land Registry

15

87

93%

- Companies House

10

44

98%

Cabinet Office

15

682

93%

Charity Commission

15

181

71%

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

15

8060

46%

- Planning Inspectorate

10

127

25%

Crown Prosecution Service

20

270

70%

Department for Digital Culture, Media and Sport

20

4112

89%

- National Archives

20

21

100%

Ministry of Defence

20

2588

96%

Department for Education

15

7671

57%

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

15

5563

71%

- Animal and Plant Health Agency

15

38

98%

- Rural Payments Agency

15

157

70%

Department for Exiting the European Union

20

2884

73%

Food Standards Agency (*)

(*) FSA Ministers replies

20

35

91%

(*) FSA Chair/CE replies

20

43

58%

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

20

6420

87%

Government Legal Department

10

10

100%

Department of Health and Social Care

18

12627

91%

- Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

20

35

97%

- Public Health England

18

80

98%

Home Office

15

5977

54%

- UK Visas & Immigration/Immigration Enforcement/Border Force

20

39369

83%

- Her Majesty's Passport Office

20

2235

91%

Department for International Development

15

1423

93%

Department for International Trade

15

913

77%

Ministry of Justice

15

2539

88%

- HM Courts Service and Tribunals Service (*)

(*) Where Ministers replied

15

656

94%

(*) Where CEO replied

15

348

96%

- Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (*)

(*) Where Ministers replied

15

888

81%

(*) Where CEO replied

10

297

92%

- Office of the Public Guardian (*)

(*) Where Ministers replied

15

45

93%

(*) Where CEO replied

10

44

93%

Northern Ireland Office

15

527

83%

Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills

15

229

80%

Office of Gas and Electricity Markets

15

209

97%

Office of the Leader of the House of Commons

15

192

94%

Office of the Leader of the House of Lords

15

15

100%

Office of Rail and Road

20

45

76%

OFWAT (Water Services Regulation Authority)

15

29

72%

Scotland Office

15

70

73%

Serious Fraud Office

20

45

93%

Department for Transport

20

6294

80%

- Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

7

1877

99%

- Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

10

190

100%

- Maritime and Coastguard Agency

10

15

100%

HM Treasury

15

6489

77%

- H M Revenue and Customs (*)

(*) Where Ministers replied

15

1068

60%

(*) Where CEO replied

15

5775

84%

- Valuation Office Agency (2)

15

686

49%

Wales Office

15

87

86%

Department for Work and Pensions

20

11168

88%

- Health and Safety Executive

15

87

100%

- Human Resources

15

50

100%

- Director General

15

2140

83%

(1) Departments and Agencies which received 10 MPs/Peers letters or fewer are not shown in this table. Holding or interim replies are not included unless otherwise indicated. The report does not include correspondence considered as Freedom of Information requests. (2) The Valuation Office Agency is an executive agency, sponsored by HM Revenue & Customs.

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Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Made on: 26 June 2018
Made by: James Brokenshire (Secretary of State for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government)
Commons

Affordable Housing

Our record on the provision of social housing is a strong one with over 378,000 affordable homes delivered since 2010. This included 273,000 homes for rent, and over 10,400 council homes built between 2010-11 and 2016-17, up from 2,920 over the previous 13 years.

The Government is committed to increasing support for more social housing. I am delighted to announce the launch of bidding for two flagship social housing programmes - additional funding for the Affordable Homes Programme and an increase in Housing Revenue Account borrowing. Together these will release over £2.6 billion of additional investment in those parts of the country where the need is greatest to help local authorities and housing associations build the homes that their communities need. Eligibility for this funding will be determined by the difference between private and social rents in local areas.

Today’s announcement confirms that £1.67 billion will be spent on delivering 23,000 additional affordable homes outside of London and could lever in total investment by housing associations and councils of up to £3.5 billion. This investment will help those who are struggling most, by delivering at least 12,500 homes for social rent in areas of the country where the difference between private and social rents are above average.

This announcement completes the allocation of the £9 billion Affordable Homes Programme which will deliver at least 250,000 affordable homes by March 2022. At the Spring Statement we confirmed an additional £1.67 billion for London.

The Government is also committed to a step change in council house building. I am today launching bidding for the £1 billion Housing Revenue Account borrowing programme, announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer at Autumn Budget. We need a stronger, more diverse housing market, and this additional borrowing programme recognises the vital role that local authorities can play in building new homes to meet local needs. The additional borrowing will be split equally between London and the rest of the country, and at least £500 million will be available to London boroughs with London boroughs also eligible to bid for further funding from the remaining £500m.

By opening-up bidding, local authorities in areas where private sector rents are higher will be able to borrow more for new housing development between 2019/20 and 2021/22. Local authorities will have flexibility to consider the bidding routes most suited to their needs: additional borrowing only, or additional borrowing to be used alongside either unspent Right to Buy receipts or Affordable Homes Programme grant.

I want to see eligible local authorities bidding into the programme, demonstrating their ambition and appetite to build new council homes, and showing how the sector can contribute to tackling the country’s housing needs. The additional borrowing programme will help to support the delivery of a new generation of council houses to fix our broken housing market.

I am placing a copy of the Affordable Homes Programme addendum and the Additional Housing Revenue Account Borrowing Programme: Prospectus for local authorities outside London in the House library.

This statement has also been made in the House of Lords.

This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS772
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Department for Transport
Made on: 26 June 2018
Made by: Baroness Sugg (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport )
Lords

Airports National Policy Statement

My Right Honourable friend, the Secretary of State for Transport (Chris Grayling), has made the following Ministerial Statement.

On Monday the House of Commons debated the proposed Airports National Policy Statement which I laid before Parliament on 5 June. Following the approval of the Statement by the House, I am pleased to inform the House that I am today 26June 2018 designating it as a national policy statement under the provisions of section 5(1) of the Planning Act 2008, and have arranged for publication as required by section 5(9)(a) of that Act.

The designation of the Airports National Policy Statement marks a significant step forward. It provides the primary basis for decision making on development consent applications for a Northwest Runway at Heathrow Airport, clarifying what is required to enable the development of much needed additional airport capacity that is essential for trade and economic growth, whilst setting clear requirements to mitigate the impacts on local communities and the environment.

The next step is for applicants to develop their plans, and then carry out further public consultation as required under the Act. Any application for development consent will of course be considered carefully and with an open mind based on the evidence provided, including through a public examination by the independent Planning Inspectorate, before a final decision is made.

This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: HCWS796
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Department for Work and Pensions
Made on: 26 June 2018
Made by: Baroness Buscombe (The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions)
Lords

Private Pensions

My honourable Friend The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Pensions & Financial Inclusion (Guy Opperman MP) has made the following Written Statement.

Further to the Protecting Defined Benefit Pension Schemes White Paper published in March this year, the Government is today announcing the publication of a consultation to gather views on enhancing TPR’s powers. Proposals include higher fines and criminal offences for wilful and/or reckless behaviour that puts pension schemes at risk, as well as new powers to enable the Regulator to intervene. The package aims to balance protection for pensions while not imposing unnecessary regulations on business.

We are seeking views on our proposals before we move to implement them at https://getinvolved.dwp.gov.uk . The consultation will be online from today and will run until 21 August 2018.

This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: HCWS795
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Department for Transport
Made on: 26 June 2018
Made by: Chris Grayling (Secretary of State for Transport)
Commons

Airports National Policy Statement

On Monday the House of Commons debated the proposed Airports National Policy Statement which I laid before Parliament on 5 June. Following the approval of the Statement by the House, I am pleased to inform the House that I am today 26June 2018 designating it as a national policy statement under the provisions of section 5(1) of the Planning Act 2008, and have arranged for publication as required by section 5(9)(a) of that Act.

The designation of the Airports National Policy Statement marks a significant step forward. It provides the primary basis for decision making on development consent applications for a Northwest Runway at Heathrow Airport, clarifying what is required to enable the development of much needed additional airport capacity that is essential for trade and economic growth, whilst setting clear requirements to mitigate the impacts on local communities and the environment.

The next step is for applicants to develop their plans, and then carry out further public consultation as required under the Act. Any application for development consent will of course be considered carefully and with an open mind based on the evidence provided, including through a public examination by the independent Planning Inspectorate, before a final decision is made.

This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS770
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Department for Work and Pensions
Made on: 26 June 2018
Made by: Guy Opperman (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Pensions & Financial Inclusion)
Commons

Private Pensions

Further to the Protecting Defined Benefit Pension Schemes White Paper published in March this year, the Government is today announcing the publication of a consultation to gather views on enhancing TPR’s powers. Proposals include higher fines and criminal offences for wilful and/or reckless behaviour that puts pension schemes at risk, as well as new powers to enable the Regulator to intervene. The package aims to balance protection for pensions while not imposing unnecessary regulations on business.

We are seeking views on our proposals before we move to implement them at https://getinvolved.dwp.gov.uk . The consultation will be online from today and will run until 21 August 2018.

This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS769
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Department of Health and Social Care
Made on: 25 June 2018
Made by: Lord O'Shaughnessy (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health)
Lords

Childhood Obesity: a plan for action, Chapter 2

My hon. Friend, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Steve Brine) has made the following written statement:

Today, Government has published the second Chapter to the Childhood Obesity Plan. This Plan is informed by the latest evidence and sets a new national ambition to halve childhood obesity and significantly reduce the gap in obesity between children from the most and least deprived areas by 2030.

A copy of the plan can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/childhood-obesity-a-plan-for-action-chapter-2

This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: HCWS794
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Department of Health and Social Care
Made on: 25 June 2018
Made by: Steve Brine (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health)
Commons

Childhood Obesity: a plan for action, Chapter 2

Today, Government has published the second Chapter to the Childhood Obesity Plan. This Plan is informed by the latest evidence and sets a new national ambition to halve childhood obesity and significantly reduce the gap in obesity between children from the most and least deprived areas by 2030.

A copy of the plan can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/childhood-obesity-a-plan-for-action-chapter-2

This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS768
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Department for Work and Pensions
Made on: 25 June 2018
Made by: Baroness Buscombe (The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions)
Lords

Personal Independence Payments

My honourable Friend the Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work (Sarah Newton MP) has made the following Written Statement.

I am pleased to inform the House that two review exercises will begin today. One with regard to the MH and RJ judgments and one for claimants whose main disabling condition is haemarthropathy. The first payments will be made in late summer.

The Secretary of State made a commitment to keep the House updated on MH, this statement is fulfilling that commitment and is the 3rd update so far.

On 21st December 2017 the High Court handed down its judgment in the judicial review challenge against regulation 2(4) of the Social Security (Personal Independence Payment) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 S.I. 2017/194. This regulation reversed the effect of the Upper Tribunal decision in MH. This decision broadened the interpretation about how symptoms of overwhelming psychological distress should be assessed for the purpose of mobility activity 1 in PIP.

The Secretary of State informed the House on the 19th January 2018 that after careful consideration she would not be appealing the High Court judgment, in order to provide certainty to claimants. Since then the Department has been working at pace and taking the necessary steps required to implement the decision in MH.

I am pleased to tell the House that this work is now complete and I have today published the new guidance required in order to implement the change. The guidance can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/personal-independence-payment-assessment-guide-for-assessment-providers

On 2nd November 2017 the Department published updated guidance following an Upper Tribunal judgment on RJ that was handed down on 9th March 2017 on how the Department considers a claimant to be carrying out an activity safely and whether they need supervision to do so. The review exercise will now also look back at PIP claims to consider whether an increase in entitlement should be awarded as a result of RJ.

In addition, the Department is also beginning a review of approximately 420 PIP cases where the main disabling condition is haemophilia to identify and review claimants with haemarthropathy, following feedback from external stakeholders that the functional needs of claimants with haemarthropathy were not being adequately assessed. We expect this exercise to be completed in 6 weeks.

I will continue to update the House.

This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: HCWS793
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Department for Work and Pensions
Made on: 25 June 2018
Made by: Sarah Newton (Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work)
Commons

Personal Independence Payments

I am pleased to inform the House that two review exercises will begin today. One with regard to the MH and RJ judgments and one for claimants whose main disabling condition is haemarthropathy. The first payments will be made in late summer.

The Secretary of State made a commitment to keep the House updated on MH, this statement is fulfilling that commitment and is the 3rd update so far.

On 21st December 2017 the High Court handed down its judgment in the judicial review challenge against regulation 2(4) of the Social Security (Personal Independence Payment) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 S.I. 2017/194. This regulation reversed the effect of the Upper Tribunal decision in MH. This decision broadened the interpretation about how symptoms of overwhelming psychological distress should be assessed for the purpose of mobility activity 1 in PIP.

The Secretary of State informed the House on the 19th January 2018 that after careful consideration she would not be appealing the High Court judgment, in order to provide certainty to claimants. Since then the Department has been working at pace and taking the necessary steps required to implement the decision in MH.

I am pleased to tell the House that this work is now complete and I have today published the new guidance required in order to implement the change. The guidance can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/personal-independence-payment-assessment-guide-for-assessment-providers

On 2nd November 2017 the Department published updated guidance following an Upper Tribunal judgment on RJ that was handed down on 9th March 2017 on how the Department considers a claimant to be carrying out an activity safely and whether they need supervision to do so. The review exercise will now also look back at PIP claims to consider whether an increase in entitlement should be awarded as a result of RJ.

In addition, the Department is also beginning a review of approximately 420 PIP cases where the main disabling condition is haemophilia to identify and review claimants with haemarthropathy, following feedback from external stakeholders that the functional needs of claimants with haemarthropathy were not being adequately assessed. We expect this exercise to be completed in 6 weeks.

I will continue to update the House.

This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS767
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Department for Transport
Made on: 25 June 2018
Made by: Jesse Norman (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport)
Commons

Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Bill: Updated analysis of amendments made in the House of Commons for the purposes of English Votes for English Laws.

I am today placing in the Library of the House the Department’s analysis on the application of Standing Order 83L in respect of the amendments tabled during the progress through the House of Commons for the Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Bill.

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Treasury
Made on: 21 June 2018
Made by: Lord Bates (Lords Spokesperson)
Lords

Notification of contingent liability

My right honourable friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer (Philip Hammond) has today made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

I have today laid before the House of Commons a Departmental Minute describing the contingent liability associated with the new financial framework between HM Treasury and the Bank of England (the ‘Bank’)[1]. On this occasion it has not been possible to notify Parliament in advance of the contingent liability coming into effect, which is due to the market sensitive nature of the measure.

The contingent liability arises from the new capital framework under which the Treasury commits to provide a capital injection to the Bank in the event that its level of loss-absorbing capital drops below a ‘floor’ level. At present that floor is set at £500 million. The Bank’s level of loss-absorbing capital will be raised to £3.5 billion during 2018-19. This is part of wider reforms to the financial arrangements between the Bank and Treasury, including clearer principles regarding risk-sharing in future Bank operations.

It is not possible to quantify the size of the contingent liability given the unprecedented nature of economic conditions required for the liability to crystallise. A full Departmental Minute is laid in the House of Commons providing more detail on this contingent liability.

[1] As set out in a Memorandum of Understanding: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/financial-relationship-between-the-treasury-and-the-bank-of-england

This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: HCWS791
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Treasury
Made on: 21 June 2018
Made by: Mr Philip Hammond (The Chancellor of the Exchequer)
Commons

Notification of contingent liability

I have today laid before the House of Commons a Departmental Minute describing the contingent liability associated with the new financial framework between HM Treasury and the Bank of England (the ‘Bank’)[1]. On this occasion it has not been possible to notify Parliament in advance of the contingent liability coming into effect, which is due to the market sensitive nature of the measure.

The contingent liability arises from the new capital framework under which the Treasury commits to provide a capital injection to the Bank in the event that its level of loss-absorbing capital drops below a ‘floor’ level. At present that floor is set at £500 million. The Bank’s level of loss-absorbing capital will be raised to £3.5 billion during 2018-19. This is part of wider reforms to the financial arrangements between the Bank and Treasury, including clearer principles regarding risk-sharing in future Bank operations.

It is not possible to quantify the size of the contingent liability given the unprecedented nature of economic conditions required for the liability to crystallise. A full Departmental Minute is laid in the House of Commons providing more detail on this contingent liability.

[1] As set out in a Memorandum of Understanding: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/financial-relationship-between-the-treasury-and-the-bank-of-england

This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS766
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Treasury
Made on: 21 June 2018
Made by: Mr Philip Hammond (The Chancellor of the Exchequer)
Commons

ECOFIN: 22 June 2018

A meeting of The Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) will be held in Luxembourg on 22 June 2018.

ECOFIN will be preceded by a morning meeting of the EIB Board of Governors:

Annual EIB Governors meeting

The EIB Board of Governors meeting will include a speech by the EIB President Werner Hoyer, a Governors discussion, reappointment of the Board of Directors, and approval of the Audit Report.

Following this, EU Finance Ministers will discuss the following at ECOFIN:

Early Morning Session

The Eurogroup President will brief the Council on the outcomes of the 21 June meeting of the Eurogroup, and the European Commission will provide an update on the current economic situation in the EU.

VAT “Quick-Fixes”

The Council will be invited to agree a General Approach on the Presidency compromise text in regards to; the Directive on harmonising and simplifying certain rules in the VAT system and introducing the definitive system for the taxation of trade between Member States; the Regulation regarding certain exemptions for intra-Community transactions and the Regulation regarding certified taxable persons.

European Deposit Insurance Scheme

The Council will be invited to take note of the Presidency progress report on the European Deposit Insurance Scheme.

Current Financial Services Legislative Proposals

The Presidency will provide an update on current legislative proposals in the field of financial services.

Insolvency Directive

The Presidency will provide an update on the Solvency, Restructuring and Second-Chance Directive.

National Reform Programmes 2018

The Council will be invited to approve 2018 Country-Specific Recommendations as part of the European Semester process.

Implementation of the Stability and Growth Pact

The Council will be invited to adopt Council Decisions and Recommendations in the context of both the Excessive Deficit Procedure and the Significant Deviation Procedure, also part of the European Semester.

Convergence Reports

Also as part of the European Semester, the Commission and the European Central Bank will present the Convergence reports, which will then be followed by an exchange of views by the Council.

This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS764
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Home Office
Made on: 21 June 2018
Made by: Sajid Javid (The Secretary of State for the Home Department)
Commons

Immigration

Tomorrow, Friday 22 June, will mark the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush to the UK carrying passengers from various islands across the Caribbean. The Windrush generation arrived in response to Britain’s invitation to help rebuild the country after the Second World War. The Government values the contribution made to the UK by the Windrush generation and we are committed to do right by those who have faced difficulties in demonstrating their status under the immigration system.

I am leading a series of measures across my department to help put things right. This includes launching a compensation scheme as quickly and as carefully as possible, to help redress what has gone wrong. The call for evidence for the scheme is now complete, and this has given individuals and community groups the opportunity to share their stories and experiences. A public consultation on the design of the compensation scheme will be opened in due course. We will be announcing details of the final scheme and how to apply as soon as possible after the public consultation has ended.

More widely, it is crucial for government to learn from what happened, and it is especially important to do so now. To do this we need to understand more about what happened, why it was not stopped sooner, and how we can ensure that it doesn’t happen again. I have already announced that a thorough lessons learned review is underway within the department to undertake this incredibly important task. In particular, the review will consider:

  • how members of the Windrush generation came to be entangled in measures designed for illegal immigrants;
  • why that was not spotted sooner; and
  • whether corrective measures are now in place.

I have said from the outset that the lessons learned review needs to have independent oversight to make sure that it is done properly. I am pleased to announce today that I have appointed Wendy Williams to this role. Currently one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Constabulary, Wendy brings a wealth of experience, including through her legal background. She was formerly the Chief Crown Prosecutor for Northumbria and the North East region. As an HM Inspector of Constabulary, she has substantial experience of the independent, rigorous and objective assessment of the efficiency and effectiveness of the operations of public bodies, in the public interest. I am confident that she will bring those essential characteristics, as well as integrity to the review.

The review will take time to do properly. The terms of reference and methodology for the review will be made available to the House before summer recess.

This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS765
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Home Office
Made on: 21 June 2018
Made by: Baroness Williams of Trafford (The Minister of State, Home Office)
Lords

Immigration

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

Tomorrow, Friday 22 June, will mark the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush to the UK carrying passengers from various islands across the Caribbean. The Windrush generation arrived in response to Britain’s invitation to help rebuild the country after the Second World War. The Government values the contribution made to the UK by the Windrush generation and we are committed to do right by those who have faced difficulties in demonstrating their status under the immigration system.

I am leading a series of measures across my department to help put things right. This includes launching a compensation scheme as quickly and as carefully as possible, to help redress what has gone wrong. The call for evidence for the scheme is now complete, and this has given individuals and community groups the opportunity to share their stories and experiences. A public consultation on the design of the compensation scheme will be opened in due course. We will be announcing details of the final scheme and how to apply as soon as possible after the public consultation has ended.

More widely, it is crucial for government to learn from what happened, and it is especially important to do so now. To do this we need to understand more about what happened, why it was not stopped sooner, and how we can ensure that it doesn’t happen again. I have already announced that a thorough lessons learned review is underway within the department to undertake this incredibly important task. In particular, the review will consider:

  • how members of the Windrush generation came to be entangled in measures designed for illegal immigrants;
  • why that was not spotted sooner; and
  • whether corrective measures are now in place.

I have said from the outset that the lessons learned review needs to have independent oversight to make sure that it is done properly. I am pleased to announce today that I have appointed Wendy Williams to this role. Currently one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Constabulary, Wendy brings a wealth of experience, including through her legal background. She was formerly the Chief Crown Prosecutor for Northumbria and the North East region. As an HM Inspector of Constabulary, she has substantial experience of the independent, rigorous and objective assessment of the efficiency and effectiveness of the operations of public bodies, in the public interest. I am confident that she will bring those essential characteristics, as well as integrity to the review.

The review will take time to do properly. The terms of reference and methodology for the review will be made available to the House before summer recess.

This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: HCWS789
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Treasury
Made on: 21 June 2018
Made by: Lord Bates (Lords Spokesperson)
Lords

ECOFIN: 22 June 2018

My right honourable friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer (Philip Hammond) has today made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

A meeting of The Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) will be held in Luxembourg on 22 June 2018.

ECOFIN will be preceded by a morning meeting of the EIB Board of Governors:

Annual EIB Governors meeting

The EIB Board of Governors meeting will include a speech by the EIB President Werner Hoyer, a Governors discussion, reappointment of the Board of Directors, and approval of the Audit Report.

Following this, EU Finance Ministers will discuss the following at ECOFIN:

Early Morning Session

The Eurogroup President will brief the Council on the outcomes of the 21 June meeting of the Eurogroup, and the European Commission will provide an update on the current economic situation in the EU.

VAT “Quick-Fixes”

The Council will be invited to agree a General Approach on the Presidency compromise text in regards to; the Directive on harmonising and simplifying certain rules in the VAT system and introducing the definitive system for the taxation of trade between Member States; the Regulation regarding certain exemptions for intra-Community transactions and the Regulation regarding certified taxable persons.

European Deposit Insurance Scheme

The Council will be invited to take note of the Presidency progress report on the European Deposit Insurance Scheme.

Current Financial Services Legislative Proposals

The Presidency will provide an update on current legislative proposals in the field of financial services.

Insolvency Directive

The Presidency will provide an update on the Solvency, Restructuring and Second-Chance Directive.

National Reform Programmes 2018

The Council will be invited to approve 2018 Country-Specific Recommendations as part of the European Semester process.

Implementation of the Stability and Growth Pact

The Council will be invited to adopt Council Decisions and Recommendations in the context of both the Excessive Deficit Procedure and the Significant Deviation Procedure, also part of the European Semester.

Convergence Reports

Also as part of the European Semester, the Commission and the European Central Bank will present the Convergence reports, which will then be followed by an exchange of views by the Council.

This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: HCWS790
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Department for Exiting the European Union
Made on: 21 June 2018
Made by: Lord Callanan (Minister of State for Exiting the European Union)
Lords

EU Exit, 21 June 2018

My Rt. Hon Friend, David Davis MP, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, has made the following statement:

Today we are publishing a document produced by the UK negotiating team for discussion with the EU: Technical note - Coordination on External Security.

This will be available on GOV.UK and a copy will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: HCWS788
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