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.

Written statements made before 17 November 2014 were published only in Hansard:

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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 for Work and Pensions
Made on: 25 June 2018
Made by: Baroness Buscombe (The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions)
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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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Treasury
Made on: 21 June 2018
Made by: Lord Bates (Lords Spokesperson)
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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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Home Office
Made on: 21 June 2018
Made by: Baroness Williams of Trafford (The Minister of State, Home Office)
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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)
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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)
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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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Department for International Trade
Made on: 21 June 2018
Made by: Baroness Fairhead (Minister of State for Trade and Export Promotion)
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Prime Minister's Trade Envoys

My Rt hon Friend the Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade (Dr Liam Fox) has today made the following statement:

The Prime Minister has approved two new appointments to the Trade Envoy programme. Sir Henry Bellingham MP has been appointed as the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Libya and Tim Loughton MP as the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Mozambique and Democratic Republic of Congo. These new appointments take the total number to 32 parliamentarians covering 63 markets. The Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy programme is an unpaid and voluntary cross-party network, who support the UK’s ambitious trade and investment agenda in global markets.

This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: HCWS787
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Ministry of Defence
Made on: 21 June 2018
Made by: Earl Howe (Minister of State for Defence)
Lords

Reserve Forces and Cadets Association External Scrutiny Team Report

My right hon friend the Minister of State for Armed Forces (Mr Mark Lancaster) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

I have today placed in the Library of the House a copy of a letter that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence (Gavin Williamson) sent to Lieutenant General (Retired) Brims, the Chair of the Reserve Forces and Cadets Association's External Scrutiny Team, to update him on the Future Reserves programme, and particularly on the recommendations that his team’s report made. I am grateful to the team for their work.

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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

General Affairs Council, June 2018

I will attend the General Affairs Council in Luxembourg on 26 June 2018 to represent the UK. Until we leave the European Union, we remain committed to fulfilling our rights and obligations as a full member.

The provisional agenda includes:

Enlargement and Stabilisation and Association Process

Ministers will exchange views and agree conclusions on enlargement, covering the Western Balkans and Turkey.

Preparation of the European Council on 28-29 June 2018

The Council will discuss the draft conclusions for the June European Council. The conclusions are expected to cover Migration; Security and Defence; Jobs, Growth and Competitiveness; Innovation and Digital; the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF); and External Relations.

European Council follow-up

The Bulgarian Presidency will update Ministers on progress in implementing previous European Council conclusions. These covered Jobs, Growth and Competitiveness, and other items, including the Salisbury attack.

European Semester: integrated country-specific recommendations

Ministers will exchange views on the Country-Specific Recommendations (CSRs).

IIA implementation

The Presidency will provide an update on the state of play of the implementation of the 2016 Inter-institutional Agreement on Better Law Making (IIA BLM).

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

The Council will hold a hearing on Article 7. The Commission and Poland will also provide updates on this issue and Member States will be invited to pose questions to Poland on its response to the Commission’s concerns on the Rule of Law.

This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: HCWS786
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Made on: 21 June 2018
Made by: Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (The Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)
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Foreign Affairs Council - 25 June 2018

My Right Honourable Friend, the Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (Sir Alan Duncan), has made the following written Ministerial statement:
My Noble Friend, the Minister of State for Defence (The Rt Hon Earl Howe) and I plan to attend the Joint Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) with EU Foreign Affairs and Defence Ministers on the morning of 25 June. I will attend a meeting of the FAC for Foreign Ministers only that afternoon. The FAC will be chaired by the High Representative and Vice President (HRVP) of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini. The meeting will be held in Luxembourg.

The joint FAC will discuss Security and Defence issues including EU-NATO cooperation. Foreign Ministers will then discuss current foreign policy issues including Yemen, the Red Sea and Horn of Africa, Jordan, and the EU Global Strategy.

Joint Foreign Affairs and Foreign Affairs (Defence) Councils

Security and Defence
The Joint Council will have two sessions. The first will cover Security and Defence during which Ministers will discuss Permanent Structured Cooperation, Military Mobility, the European Peace Facility, and EU-NATO cooperation. The HRVP will refer to the March European Council’s tasking on hybrid threats and resilience, which will be discussed by Leaders at the June European Council on 28-29 June.

The second session will be attended by the NATO Secretary General, and will cover EU-NATO cooperation, preparation for the NATO Summit, and Military Mobility.

Ministers are expected to approve Council Conclusions on Security and Defence in the context of the EU Global Strategy.

Foreign Affairs Council

Yemen
Ministers will discuss the latest developments in Yemen, and how the EU can best support the UN Special Envoy’s efforts to revitalise the political process and work towards the resumption of negotiations. The dire humanitarian situation will be central to the discussion, recognising the urgent need to prevent further deterioration. The impact of the conflict on regional security and stability will also be addressed. The FAC is expected to approve Council Conclusions on Yemen.

Horn of Africa/Red Sea
Ministers will discuss the importance of inter- and intra-regional cooperation in delivering peace, stability, and economic growth in the Red Sea and the Horn of Africa, including coordinated support to Somalia, the resolution of conflict in South Sudan, and the management of water security. The FAC will consider the impact of regional conflict on Red Sea shipping routes, and of climate change on existing humanitarian challenges in the Horn of Africa. Whilst acknowledging recent positive developments, the FAC will discuss the importance of reform towards greater political freedom and human rights in the region. The FAC is expected to approve Council Conclusions on the Horn of Africa and Red Sea.

EU Global Strategy
The HRVP will present the second progress report on the implementation of the EU’s Global Strategy for the EU's foreign and security policy that was presented to the European Council in June 2016.

Jordan
The FAC will discuss recent developments in Jordan, following country-wide protests and the appointment of a new Prime Minister and government. The UK remains committed to supporting Jordanian stability and will continue to engage positively with the new Jordanian government, supporting them to meet their commitments to economic reform.

Council Conclusions
The FAC is also expected to adopt Council Conclusions on Sahel/Mali.


Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan MP
Minister for Europe and the Americas

This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: HCWS785
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Department for Work and Pensions
Made on: 21 June 2018
Made by: Baroness Buscombe (The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions)
Lords

Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) Annual Report and Accounts 2017-18

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

Later today the Office for Nuclear Regulation’s Annual Report and Accounts for 2017-2018 will be published. Having consulted the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy who is accountable for nuclear security and the Office for Nuclear Regulation, 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 document on the grounds of national security.

This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: HCWS784
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Made on: 21 June 2018
Made by: Lord Gardiner of Kimble (The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity, and Lords Minister)
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June Environment Council

My Hon Friend the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Environment (David Rutley) has today made the following statement.

The next EU Environment Council will take place on 25 June in Luxembourg. My Noble Friend the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity (Lord Gardiner of Kimble), intends to represent the UK. Welsh Environment Minister Hannah Blythyn AM will also attend.

As the provisional agenda stands, the primary focus for environment will be a policy debate on the recast of the Drinking Water Directive.

Council will adopt the conclusions for delivering on the EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy. There will also be a lunchtime discussion concerning climate adaptation in the EU to 2020 and beyond.

On climate, there will be a policy debate on the regulation of CO2 standards for cars and vans.

Any other business will include information from the Commission on the following legislative proposals:

- Regulation on CO2 standards for heavy duty vehicles;

- Regulation on LIFE;

- Regulation on water re-use;

- Regulation on single use plastics;

- Regulation on the alignment of environmental reporting obligations.

The Commission will then report on the following international meetings:

- EU for Talanoa (Brussels, 13 June 2018)

- Ninth Petersberg Climate Dialogue (Berlin 17-19 June 2018)

- Ministerial on Climate Action (MoCA) (Brussels 20-21 June 2018)

There are currently three member state led AOBs:

- Beyond 2020 – a new global deal on chemicals and waste (tabled by Sweden)

- Paris Agreement compliance as an essential element of EU agreements, and enforceability of sustainable development provisions of trade agreements through the dispute settlement resolution (tabled by France)

- Obtaining ambitious results at Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) COP 15 in 2020 (tabled by France)

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Home Office
Made on: 20 June 2018
Made by: Baroness Williams of Trafford (The Minister of State, Home Office)
Lords

Summary of Consultation Responses on Offensive and Dangerous Weapons

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

On 14 October 2017 the Government published a public consultation paper on proposals for new legislative measures on offensive and dangerous weapons.

The proposals included making it a criminal offence for knives purchased online to be delivered to a residential address, making it a criminal offence to possess certain offensive weapons in private and extending the offence of possessing a knife or offensive weapon on school premises to a wider range of educational institutions. Other legislative proposals included amending the offences of threatening with an article with a blade or point or an offensive weapon and updating the definition of a flick knife. The consultation also sought views on making it a criminal offence to sell products containing certain corrosive substances to those under the age of 18 and to possess corrosive substances in a public place, and prohibiting certain large calibre rifles and rapid firing rifles under section 5 of the Firearms Act 1968.

The consultation closed on 9 December and I am today publishing a summary of the responses that the consultation received. A copy of the summary will be placed in the House Library and will be available on the Gov.uk website.

This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: HCWS780
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Department of Health and Social Care
Made on: 20 June 2018
Made by: Lord O'Shaughnessy (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health)
Lords

Gosport Investigation - Publication of Report

My Rt Hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has made the following written statement:

Today the report of the Gosport Independent Panel on events at Gosport War Memorial Hospital from the late 1980s to 2001 has been published.

This report follows four years of work by Bishop James Jones and his Panel. The Bishop has adopted a strong commitment to a ‘families first’ approach to public disclosure, which means that the process of public disclosure began earlier today with the families themselves.

The report provides a comprehensive account of events at Gosport War Memorial Hospital from the late 1980s to 2001. It has drawn on previous reviews but also on important new material unearthed by the Panel.

Given the gravity of issues and the content and scale of the report, we will need to consider its findings with great care and thoroughness across Government in the coming weeks.

All relevant agencies and Departments both nationally and locally, including the Home Office and Ministry of Justice are also giving the report urgent and thorough attention. Once that work is done, the relevant agencies will decide what steps to take next.

Copies of the report have been laid before the House and are available from the Vote Office and at: https://www.gosportpanel.independent.gov.uk/panel-report/

An oral statement will be delivered to both Houses later today.

This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: HCWS777
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Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Made on: 20 June 2018
Made by: Lord Keen of Elie (Ministry of Justice Spokesperson)
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Media matters

My Right Honourable Friend the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (Rt Hon Matthew Hancock) has made the following Written Statement:

On the 1 May 2018, I informed the House that I had issued a Public Interest Intervention Notice (PIIN) in respect of the acquisition by Trinity Mirror plc (now known as Reach Plc) of certain publishing assets of Northern & Shell Media Group Limited.

The PIIN triggered the requirement for the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to report to me on jurisdictional and competition matters, and for Ofcom to report on the following two media public interest considerations:

  • Firstly, the need for, to the extent that it is reasonable and practicable, a sufficient plurality of views in newspapers in each market for newspapers in the United Kingdom or a part of the United Kingdom; and
  • Secondly, the need for free expression of opinion in newspapers.

I received the CMA and Ofcom reports on Thursday 31 May and have today published these on the gov.uk website.

I accept the CMA’s findings that whilst it is, or may be, the case that a relevant merger situation has been created, the merger does not give rise to a realistic prospect of a substantial lessening of competition in any market.

I have also accepted Ofcom’s conclusions that the merger does not raise concerns in relation to plurality of views, nor does it raise concerns in relation to free expression of opinion in newspapers.

In light of this, and having considered representations submitted by interested parties in response to the PIIN, I have written to the parties today confirming my decision not to refer the merger for a Phase 2 investigation.

I have also notified the CMA, in accordance with section 56(1) of the Enterprise Act 2002, to now deal with the matter from a competition perspective.

The role of the Secretary of State in this process is quasi-judicial and procedures are in place to ensure that I act independently and have followed a process which is fair and impartial.

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Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Made on: 20 June 2018
Made by: Lord Ashton of Hyde (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
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Post-Council for Transport, Telecoms and Energy

My Honourable Friend the Minister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (Margot James) has made the following Statement:

The Transport, Telecoms and Energy Council (TTE) took place in Luxembourg. Lord Ashton of Hyde represented the UK at the Telecoms session of the Council, on 8 June.

Member States (MS) were asked to vote on a General Approach (GA) on the Cybersecurity Act Regulation. The UK voted in favour of this GA, after having received waivers from the European Scrutiny Committee (ESC) & European Union Committee (EUC).

This Council went on to hold a progress report/policy debate on the proposed Regulation concerning ePrivacy, in which the Presidency urged MS to help drive progress on the ePrivacy regulation.

The Austrian delegation then set out its work programme as the incoming Presidency for the second half of 2018. As part of its commitment to completing various Digital Single Market (DSM) initiatives, the Austrian delegation highlighted the importance of continued work on the ePrivacy Regulation and made clear its ambition to achieve a GA on .eu Top Level Domain name during the course of its Presidency. The Austrian delegation also noted that the next TTE Telecoms Council would be held on 4 December 2018.

This session of the Council went on to engage in a policy debate on the Directive on the re-use of Public Sector Information (PSI).

The Presidency then provided information on the Directive on the European Electronic Communications Code (EECC); the Regulation on the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC); and the Regulation on a framework for the free flow of non-personal data in the EU.

To conclude this session of the Council, the Commission provided information on the state of play of the DSM.

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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Made on: 20 June 2018
Made by: Lord Henley (Parliamentary Under- Secretary of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy))
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Business Impact Target

My hon Friend,the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility (Andrew Griffiths)has today made the following statement:

This statement sets the Government’s Business Impact Target in respect of the economic impact on business of regulation which comes into or ceases to be in force for this Parliament, along with related matters as required under section 21 of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (“the Act”).

It is important to recognise that the Government is setting an ambitious target. The Government is committed to providing legal certainty and a stable environment for business by incorporating all EU law into UK law, as well as taking necessary action in areas such as product safety, plastics and corporate governance. Consequently, the Government will continue to monitor regulatory impacts rigorously, whilst placing the importance of regulating to tackle these nationally important issues above a strict adherence to the target.

Business Impact Target[1]

The Government’s target is for a saving of £9 billion to business and voluntary or community bodies from qualifying measures that come into force or cease to be in force during this Parliament.

Interim Target[2]

The interim target covers the savings to be achieved from qualifying measures that come into force or cease to be in force in the first three years of this Parliament. The Government’s interim target is a saving of £4.5 billion.

Measurement of the Business Impact Target[3]

The impact of each qualifying measure will be assessed on the basis of its Equivalent Annual Net Direct Cost to Business (EANDCB) measured in 2016 prices and with a 2017 present value base year. As in the previous Parliament, the contribution to the Business Impact Target will be the sum of the EANDCB over the first five years for which the measure will be in force, or the sum of the EANDCB over the full lifetime of the measure for measures that are, or will be, in force for less than five years.

Qualifying Regulatory Provisions[4]

Under the Act, the measures that are in scope for the Business Impact Target are described as “regulatory provisions”. That includes both legislation and the activities of Ministers and listed regulators. The Government must designate the categories of regulatory provisions that are to be scored against the target (“qualifying regulatory provisions”). Qualifying regulatory provisions are regulatory provisions that do not fall within any of the exclusions set out below:

a) Regulatory provisions that have been certified by departments or regulators as falling under the de minimis rule, namely those that have an EANDCB of less than ± £5 million;

b) Regulatory provisions that implement new or changed obligations from European Union Regulations, Decisions and Directives, and other international commitments and obligations, except in cases of gold-plating. This includes measures incorporating EU law into domestic law under the EU Withdrawal Bill and legislation made for the purpose of implementing the EU Withdrawal Agreement, including implementation of new EU law during the implementation period.

c) Regulatory provisions that have been certified by departments or regulators as dealing with deficiencies in retained EU Law (under the EU Withdrawal Bill and other legislation);

d) Regulatory provisions that are intended to deliver – or to replicate – better competition-based outcomes in markets characterised by market power;

e) Regulatory provisions relating to systemic financial risk;

f) Regulatory provisions relating to civil emergencies;

g) Regulatory provisions concerning fines and penalties, and redress and restitution;

h) Regulatory provisions that implement changes to the classification and scheduling of drugs under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 where these follow the recommendations of the relevant independent advisory body;

i) Regulatory provisions that have been certified by departments or regulators as relating to the safety of tenants, residents and occupants in buildings that stem from, or relate to, Government’s response to the Grenfell tragedy, reviews, inquiries or working groups;

j) Regulator casework including specific investigation and enforcement activity, individual licence decisions, and individual advice;

k) Education, communications activities, and promotional campaigns by regulators, including media campaigns, posters, factsheets, bulletins, letters, websites, and information / advice helplines;

l) Policy development by regulators, including formal and informal consultations, policy reviews, and ad hoc information requests;

m) Changes to the organisation and management of regulators, except for those resulting from legislative changes or another policy change that is a Qualifying Regulatory Provision;

[1] As required under section 21(1)(a) of the Act.

[2] As required under section 21(2) of the Act.

[3] As required under section 21(3)(b) of the Act.

[4] As required under section 21(3)(a) of the Act.

This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: HCWS776
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Leader of the House of Lords
Made on: 19 June 2018
Made by: Baroness Evans of Bowes Park (The Lord Privy Seal)
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Appointment to the UK Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

My Rt Hon. Friend the Prime Minister has made the following statement to the House of Commons:

The Hon. Member for Edinburgh South (Ian Murray) has been appointed as a full member of the United Kingdom Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in place of the Rt. Hon. Member for Birmingham Hodge Hill (Liam Byrne).

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Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Made on: 19 June 2018
Made by: Lord Keen of Elie (Ministry of Justice Spokesperson)
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Media matters

My Right Honourable Friend the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (Rt Hon Matthew Hancock) has made the following Written Statement:

On 5 June I made a statement to the House in which I set out my decision in relation to the proposed merger between 21st Century Fox and Sky.

I announced that having considered the CMA’s report, I agreed with their findings on the public interest grounds and their finding that undertakings to divest Sky News to Disney or to an alternative suitable buyer could potentially remedy the adverse plurality public interest concerns identified.

I also noted that there remained a number of issues with the undertakings that had been offered and that these would require discussions between my officials and the parties in order to reach agreement on an acceptable form of the remedy.

Following the successful conclusion of these discussions and the resolution of these issues, I am today publishing updated undertakings offered by 21CF along with new undertakings offered by Disney for the divestment of Sky News to Disney.

These undertakings are offered on improved terms and will include:

  • a commitment from Disney to operate and maintain a Sky News branded news service for 15 years rather than 10 years
  • a restriction on Disney from selling Sky News for 15 years without the consent of the Secretary of State
  • an extension of the funding commitment from 21st Century Fox from 10 years to 15 years
  • an increase in the total funds available to Sky News, to at least £100m per year, with operating costs protected in real terms
  • a formal commitment from Disney to preserve the editorial independence of Sky News

In my view, these revised undertakings meet the criteria that I set out to the House on 5 June and will help to ensure that Sky News remains financially viable over the long term; is able to operate as a major UK-based news provider; and is able to take its editorial decisions independently, free from any potential outside influence.

Under the legislation, I am required to consult formally for 15 days on the undertakings, which I propose to accept. Views as to whether these proposals are sufficient to remedy the adverse plurality public interest concerns raised by this merger are sought by 5pm on Wednesday 4 July 2018. The consultation can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/sky-fox-merger-proposed-undertakings-by-21st-century-fox-inc-and-the-walt-disney-company

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Made on: 19 June 2018
Made by: Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (The Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)
Lords

FCO Services

My Right Honourable Friend, the Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (Mr Mark Field), has made the following written Ministerial statement:

FCO Services operates as a trading fund of the FCO. I have set it the following performance targets for 2018-2019:

1. A return on capital employed of at least 3.5% (statutory commitment)
2. An in-year surplus before financing and dividend costs
3. A productivity ratio of at least 80%, measuring actual billable hours vs. available billable hours
4. A customer satisfaction result of at least 80%
5. A Your Say score for “Employee Engagement” measuring above 58%
6. A Your Say score for “My Manager”, measuring above 62%

FCO Services will report to Parliament on its success against these targets through its Annual Report and Accounts for 2018-2019.

FCO Services is a Trading Fund of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). It provides a range of integrated, secure services worldwide to the FCO and other UK Government departments, supporting the delivery of government agendas. Services include protective security, estates and construction, cloud computing, communications and monitoring, logistics, translation and interpreting. This is combined with a portfolio of global maintenance work. FCO Services also manages the UK National Authority for Counter Eavesdropping (UK NACE), helping protect UK assets from physical, electronic and cyber-attack.

This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: HCWS773
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