Lord Naseby Portrait

Lord Naseby

Conservative - Life peer

Draft Deregulation Bill (Joint Committee)
17th Jul 2013 - 11th Dec 2013
Administration and Works Committee (Lords)
7th Jun 2005 - 12th Nov 2009
Panel of Chairs
1st Nov 1983 - 1st Jan 2000
Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Ways and Means
6th May 1992 - 1st May 1997
Public Accounts Committee
3rd May 1979 - 16th Mar 1992


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Division Votes
Wednesday 27th April 2022
Nationality and Borders Bill
voted No - in line with the party majority
One of 199 Conservative No votes vs 1 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 157 Noes - 212
Speeches
Tuesday 17th May 2022
Queen’s Speech
My Lords, the noble Baroness has asked some searching questions. I too want to focus on health. I have had …
Written Answers
Tuesday 5th April 2022
Revenue and Customs: Standards
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the quality of service provided to politically exposed persons …
Early Day Motions
None available
Bills
Wednesday 8th January 2020
Extension of Franchise (House of Lords) Bill [HL] 2019-21
A bill to make provision for members of the House of Lords to vote in elections to the House of …
Tweets
None available
MP Financial Interests
None available

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Lord Naseby has voted in 219 divisions, and 5 times against the majority of their Party.

5 Oct 2020 - Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Naseby voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 8 Conservative Aye votes vs 174 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 298 Noes - 192
28 Sep 2020 - Coronavirus Act 2020: Temporary Provisions - View Vote Context
Lord Naseby voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 24 Conservative Aye votes vs 166 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 99 Noes - 198
29 Jun 2020 - Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Naseby voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 1 Conservative Aye votes vs 198 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 294 Noes - 234
15 Dec 2021 - Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Entry to Venues and Events) (England) Regulations 2021 - View Vote Context
Lord Naseby voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 11 Conservative Aye votes vs 105 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 38 Noes - 205
6 Apr 2022 - Elections Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Naseby voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Conservative Aye votes vs 127 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 24 Noes - 139
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

Speeches made during Parliamentary debates are recorded in Hansard. For ease of browsing we have grouped debates into individual, departmental and legislative categories.

Sparring Partners
Lord Callanan (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
(16 debate interactions)
Lord Kamall (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
(14 debate interactions)
Baroness Vere of Norbiton (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
(13 debate interactions)
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Lord Naseby, and are more likely to reflect personal policy preferences.

MPs who are act as Ministers or Shadow Ministers are generally restricted from performing Commons initiatives other than Urgent Questions.


Lord Naseby has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Lord Naseby has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

2 Bills introduced by Lord Naseby


A bill to make provision for members of the House of Lords to vote in elections to the House of Commons


Last Event - 2nd Reading (Lords)
Friday 7th February 2020
(Read Debate)

A Bill to enable the law relating to societies registered under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965 or the Friendly Societies Act 1992 and certain mutual insurers to be amended to permit and facilitate the use of a new and additional class of redeemable share capital; to provide consequential rights to members of such societies or insurers; and to restrict the voting rights of certain members who hold such shares.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Lords
Monday 22nd July 2013

Lord Naseby has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


79 Written Questions in the current parliament

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2 Other Department Questions
14th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reports about their tower block safety plan, whether the UK house building industry will be required to pay for remedies to buildings constructed by overseas developers; and if so, why.

The Secretary of State’s statement made clear that no leaseholder living in a building above 11m will ever face any costs for fixing dangerous cladding. We expect industry to make right their historic mistakes by funding and fixing the stock of unsafe buildings they have built over decades.

We are offering industry a window of opportunity, to work with the department through open and transparent talks to agree a settlement that will restore confidence and ensure the industry that caused the problem pays to fix it. Over recent weeks we have held several roundtables with developers and cladding and insulation to make our position clear, and talks are ongoing.

In addition, the residential property developer tax (RPDT) will be charged on the profits of companies carrying out residential property development. The tax is part of a wider plan to bring an end to unsafe cladding, provide reassurance to homeowners and support confidence in the housing market.

The Building Safety Levy will be charged on any residential building that requires building control approval. It is not based on developer location or profit margin. Moreover, if amendments to the Building Safety Bill are enacted, courts will also be given new powers to grant Building Liability Orders to allow developers to be sued where they have used shell companies to manage specific developments and avoid taking responsibility for their actions. The court may choose to apply a Building Liability Order to a developer based overseas if it is an associated company, which would be enforced in the normal manner.

Lord Greenhalgh
Minister of State (Home Office)
8th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government why blue hydrogen was not (1) highlighted, or (2) listed on the agendas, in official events at COP26.

At COP26 the UK Prime Minister brought together world leaders and private sector representatives to launch the ‘Breakthrough Agenda’ – goals to make clean technologies and sustainable solutions the most affordable, accessible and attractive option globally before 2030. As part of this agenda, 33 countries signed up to the hydrogen Breakthrough, aiming to have affordable, renewable and low carbon hydrogen globally available by 2030. The hydrogen Breakthrough also featured at an event on the Science and Innovation Day.

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
19th Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government for what reasons COVID-19 regulations permit people to socialise outside pubs but prevent them from attending four-day county cricket matches.

On 22 February, the Government published the ‘COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021’, providing a roadmap out of lockdown restrictions in England. The Government's priority is to ensure a safe and gradual easing of restrictions, restoring freedoms sustainably, equitably and as quickly as possible without putting unsustainable pressure on the NHS and avoiding a further lockdown.

From 12 April, Step 2 of the roadmap, people have been permitted to gather outdoors in groups of up to six, or in larger groups - providing they consist of no more than two households. Outdoor hospitality service is also permitted to reopen at Step 2. Attendees must adhere to the social contact limits whilst at the venue as well as in the surrounding area, this means that crowds are not permitted to form at these venues. Venues must take reasonable steps to ensure that customers are seated whilst eating and drinking at their venue, including in any areas adjacent to their venue that are typically used to eat or drink from. This helps to maintain a controlled environment where social distancing can be maintained.

As regards to sporting events, spectators are not permitted at sporting events or live performances until Step 3, where we will begin to admit crowds again under strict capacity cap rules. However, this does not prevent people from viewing recreational or organised sport that is taking place in a public space (e.g. parks) in groups of up to 6 people or 2 households.

We have chosen to take a gradual approach to relaxing restrictions to reduce the risk of an increase in infections that might delay progress through the roadmap. Our approach also reflects the additional risks which can be associated with large spectator events, for example, if large numbers of people use public transport to travel to and from the venue, if crowd behaviours lead to increased risk, or if the event leads to gatherings in shared facilities either at the venue or nearby.

The Events Research Programme (ERP) is running its first phase of 10-15 pilots in April and May to inform decisions around the safe removal of social distancing at large events in Step 4 of the Roadmap. The pilots will be run across a range of settings, venues, and activities to gather evidence on the transmission risks associated with different settings, and how these can be mitigated.



Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
21st Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many deaths in England had COVID-19 listed as the primary cause of death on the death certificate in 2020 in the months of (1) March, (2) April, (3) May, (4) June, (5) July, (6) August, and (7) September.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority. I have therefore asked the Authority to respond.

Dear Lord Naseby,

As National Statistician and Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority, I am responding to your Parliamentary Question asking how many deaths in England had COVID-19 listed as the primary cause of death on the death certificate in 2020 in the months of (1) March, (2) April, (3) May, (4) June, (5) July, (6) August, and (7) September (HL9433).

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) publishes statistics on deaths in England and Wales and produces a weekly report[1] on provisional numbers of deaths involving COVID-19. Mortality statistics are compiled from information supplied when deaths are certified and registered as part of civil registration. National Records for Scotland[2] and the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency[3] are responsible for publishing statistics on deaths registered in Scotland and Northern Ireland respectively.

Table 1 provides the number of deaths registered with COVID-19 as the underlying cause of death between 1 March 2020 and 30 September 2020, in England, by month.

Yours sincerely,

Professor Sir Ian Diamond

Table 1: Number of deaths registered where COVID-19 was the underlying cause of death, 1 March 2020 to 30 September 2020, England, by month[4][5][6][7]

Month

Number of deaths

March

1,568

April

28,013

May

11,404

June

3,442

July

1,008

August

363

September

572

Source: ONS

[1]https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/bulletins/deathsregisteredweeklyinenglandandwalesprovisional/latest

[2]https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/

[3]https://www.nisra.gov.uk/

[4]Figures include deaths of non-residents.

[5]Based on date a death was registered rather than occurred.

[6]All figures for 2020 are provisional.

[7]The International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Edition (ICD-10) definitions are as follows: coronavirus (COVID-19) (U07.1 and U07.2).

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
14th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the profit margin per litre of petrol sold at petrol stations in (1) February 2022, (2) February 2021, and (3) February 2020.

The Government monitors the margin profits of petrol and diesel, but individual months do not necessarily reflect broader trends. Competitive markets ensure that consumers get a fair deal when they visit the pumps and that road fuel prices stay as low as possible.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
13th Jan 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with petrol retail companies regarding the reported increase in profit margin per litre of petrol; and what assessment they have made of the reasons for this increase.

The Department’s officials are in regular contact with the major companies in the fuel supply industry, including those with petrol retail operations, to discuss a range of issues.

This Department’s analysis shows that retail prices of petroleum products, such as petrol and diesel, are primarily driven by the underlying price in the global market of crude oil and by exchange rates.

The Government has kept fuel duty frozen for the twelfth consecutive year, helping the average UK driver save a cumulative £1,900.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
2nd Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the fairness of allowing garden centres, classed as ‘essential’ retailers, to sell Christmas gift items during the new national COVID-19 restrictions in England from 5 November, while competing independent ‘non-essential’ retailers will have to close.

The Government recognises this will be a challenging time for any business which have been asked to close.

All shops can continue to offer home delivery to customers and click and collect services. Click and collect services allow for doorstep pick-up, which is safer than shopping indoors, in potentially poorly-ventilated spaces.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
8th Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of major furniture retailers reopening stores before 15 June on independent furniture retailers.

The regulations have always identified homeware, building supplies and hardware stores as being among those businesses which may be regarded as legal exceptions to the requirement to close.

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 does not include a definition on what constitutes a homeware retailer. It is for each business to assess whether they are a business exempt from closing having considered the Regulations.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
22nd Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions, if any, the Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies have had with economists on the economic impacts of the lockdown; and if no discussions have taken place, what the reasons are for not holding such discussions.

The Government makes decisions based on the best scientific evidence, along with consideration of the economic, operational, social and policy implications of any interventions that might be introduced. The remit of SAGE is to provide science advice to the Government, but this is just one part of the picture. Scientific advice from SAGE is often considered alongside advice from other specialisms such as economics. As new scientific questions emerge, the participants at SAGE will change to provide the best available scientific evidence at that time.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
5th Feb 2020
To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether the Services Committee intends to publish a report on the trial of the revised Bishop’s Bar services which started in October 2019; and if so, when.

The Senior Deputy Speaker has asked me, as Chair of the Services Committee to respond to these questions on his behalf.

At its meeting on 11 July 2019 the Services Committee agreed to trial a revised service in the Bishops’ Bar, taking effect from the return of the House in September. Due to the dissolution and recess periods the Committee agreed that the trial be extended until April 2020.

During the trial period food preparation has been removed from the Bishops’ Bar, due to health and food safety concerns. This has meant that it is no longer possible for staff to customise salads and sandwiches at the point of sale. The Committee also agreed to the removal of toasted sandwiches from the Bishops’ Bar as part of the trial. A variety of toasted sandwiches remain available for purchase in the River Restaurant, with the choice of eating in or taking away. Two plated salad options have remained on offer in the Bishops’ Bar during the trial period and should the trial changes be made permanent these plated salad options will remain.

The Committee did not introduce these changes lightly. They were the subject to several discussions by the Committee; the minutes of which are available on the Committee’s webpage.

A report on the trial and future provision of services in the Bishops’ Bar is expected to be considered by the Committee at its April meeting. Once the Committee has had the opportunity to consider the report, it will be made available on the Committee’s webpage.

5th Feb 2020
To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether the food offered in the House of Lords Bishop’s Bar prior to October 2019, particularly the customised items prepared by the chef, complied with the requirements of the Health and Safety Executive’s Approved Code of Practice and Guidance Safe work in confined spaces, published in 2014.

The Senior Deputy Speaker has asked me, as Chair of the Services Committee to respond to these questions on his behalf.

Under the definition in the Approved Code of Practice, the Bishops’ Bar would not be considered a “confined space”, a term which should not be confused with a small space. When the Services Committee considered the required changes to the Bishops’ Bar in July, it accepted that the Administration had a duty of care towards staff working in the outlet and that the current conditions for food preparation were unsuitable.

We have no record of any incidents of food poisoning as a result of food consumed from the House of Lords Bishops’ Bar between 2009 and October 2019.

The Services Committee has no plans to review the methodology used by the food safety auditors who evaluated the Bishops’ Bar.

5th Feb 2020
To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what estimate he has made of the number of cases of reported food poisoning as a result of food consumed from the House of Lords Bishop’s Bar in each year from 2009 to October 2019.

The Senior Deputy Speaker has asked me, as Chair of the Services Committee to respond to these questions on his behalf.

Under the definition in the Approved Code of Practice, the Bishops’ Bar would not be considered a “confined space”, a term which should not be confused with a small space. When the Services Committee considered the required changes to the Bishops’ Bar in July, it accepted that the Administration had a duty of care towards staff working in the outlet and that the current conditions for food preparation were unsuitable.

We have no record of any incidents of food poisoning as a result of food consumed from the House of Lords Bishops’ Bar between 2009 and October 2019.

The Services Committee has no plans to review the methodology used by the food safety auditors who evaluated the Bishops’ Bar.

5th Feb 2020
To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what consideration the Services Committee (1) has given, and (2) plans to give, to the re-introduction of hot toasted sandwiches in the House of Lords Bishop’s Bar.

The Senior Deputy Speaker has asked me, as Chair of the Services Committee to respond to these questions on his behalf.

At its meeting on 11 July 2019 the Services Committee agreed to trial a revised service in the Bishops’ Bar, taking effect from the return of the House in September. Due to the dissolution and recess periods the Committee agreed that the trial be extended until April 2020.

During the trial period food preparation has been removed from the Bishops’ Bar, due to health and food safety concerns. This has meant that it is no longer possible for staff to customise salads and sandwiches at the point of sale. The Committee also agreed to the removal of toasted sandwiches from the Bishops’ Bar as part of the trial. A variety of toasted sandwiches remain available for purchase in the River Restaurant, with the choice of eating in or taking away. Two plated salad options have remained on offer in the Bishops’ Bar during the trial period and should the trial changes be made permanent these plated salad options will remain.

The Committee did not introduce these changes lightly. They were the subject to several discussions by the Committee; the minutes of which are available on the Committee’s webpage.

A report on the trial and future provision of services in the Bishops’ Bar is expected to be considered by the Committee at its April meeting. Once the Committee has had the opportunity to consider the report, it will be made available on the Committee’s webpage.

2nd Sep 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport staff based in central London were working from their office desks on 2 September.

We had office desk capacity for 749 staff in our central London office prior to the Covid-19 outbreak. This has been reduced to 155 staff capacity in line with the Government's Covid-secure workplace guidance. On 2 September we had 62 members of staff in - 40% of current capacity, and 8% of our pre-Covid capacity. We expect full Covid-secure capacity to be reached this month.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
29th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the success of the trials of County Cricket games; and when they estimate they will evaluate (1) how, and (2) when, to allow spectators to be physically present at live cricket games.

Evaluation of the cricket fixtures that have taken place to date are underway. As the Prime Minister set out in his roadmap on 17 July, our ambition is to have fans return to all sports who chose to admit them, with social distancing restrictions in place, by October 1st. We will look to expand and phase pilots to build up to and prepare for, a full Covid Secure return in October.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
15th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will allow county cricket grounds to open to members only in the light of their ability to provide track and trace information through membership controls and to manage their grounds to ensure social distancing.

We are working closely with the sector, including the England and Wales Cricket Board, to facilitate the return of spectators to elite sport. A multidisciplinary working group, including medical directors from a number of sports, has begun to develop guidance around the return of spectators to stadia. Guidance will incorporate medical, sports, and venue expertise as well as the experience of other sectors that will reopen to audiences. Compliance with track and trace policies would be expected of any ticket holders.

We will continue to be led by wider public health guidance such as the “one metre plus” concept and the working group will reflect on all emerging best practice, both domestically and internationally, in their work.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
29th Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government on what scientific evidence they base their announcement that a cricket ball is a natural vector of disease and could contribute to the spread of COVID-19.

Officials are working very closely with the ECB and their medical experts to understand the unique qualities of cricket. We are working at pace to shape guidance that will allow the safe return of competitive cricket and other team sports. Any shared sporting equipment may risk transmission, but these risks can be mitigated with good hygiene practice as being adopted across a wide range of sectors.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
29th Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to allow professional county cricket to be played on a 'one metre plus' basis thereby allowing grounds to be opened to the public for county matches.

We are working closely with the sector, including the England and Wales Cricket Board, to facilitate the return of spectators to elite sport. A multidisciplinary working group, including medical directors from a number of sports, has begun to develop guidance around the return of spectators to stadia. Guidance will incorporate medical, sports, and venue expertise as well as the experience of other sectors that will reopen to audiences.

We will continue to be led by wider public health guidance such as the “one metre plus” concept and the working group will reflect on all emerging best practice, both domestically and internationally, in their work.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
24th Jan 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report School Recovery Strategies: Year 1 findings, published on 11 January, when they plan to re-introduce sports and physical education at the daily recommended activity levels of at least 60 minutes.

The department’s COVID-19 guidance has supported schools to continue to provide physical education (PE), sport and physical activity through COVID-19 restrictions. Schools have the flexibility to decide how PE, sport and physical activity will be provided to pupils while following the measures in their system of controls.

It is this government’s ambition that 30 minutes of the 60 minutes of physical activity a day recommended by the Chief Medical Officers should be done at school. This can include all forms of activity such as PE, active travel, after-school activities, play and sports. The School Sport and Activity Action Plan, which aims to make sport and physical activity an integral part of both the school day and after-school activities, enabling all children have the opportunity to take part in at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day, will be updated this year. Primary schools have also continued to receive the £320 million PE and sport premium, supporting improvements in the quality of the PE, sport and physical activity which they offer.

In October 2021 the government also announced nearly £30 million a year will go towards improving the teaching of PE at primary school, as well as to improve and opening up school sport facilities in England.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
20th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Professional and Career Development Loans scheme has not been re-opened for HGV drivers.

Commercial providers of Professional and Career Development Loans have withdrawn from the scheme over the last few years. The scheme ended for new lending when the contract between the government and The Co-operative Bank expired in early 2019.

The department is providing support for Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) driver training through other routes. We are investing up to £17 million to create new Skills Bootcamps to offer 5,000 training places in HGV driving to help tackle the current HGV driver shortage. The free, intensive courses will train drivers to be road ready and gain a category C or category C&E licence or additional qualifications, for example to haul fuel, as well as refresher courses to help drivers who have left the profession to return. An additional 1,000 people are expected to be trained through courses accessed locally and funded by the government’s adult education budget.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
2nd Sep 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of Department for Education staff based in central London were working from their office desks on 2 September.

Staff in the department have been working remotely since the middle of March and have been focused on dealing with the challenges posed by COVID-19.

In recent months, the Department for Education has been working to ensure all our buildings are Covid-secure and putting in place plans to welcome staff safely back to the office.

Phase 1 saw a small number of volunteer staff return to the larger offices in August. Phase 2 started on 1 September, opening up to 20% capacity across our 7 largest offices. Phase 3 is being planned and will enable 30-40% of capacity to be opened up, including at the department’s smaller sites.

We continue to see an increase in number of staff returning and on Wednesday 2 September, a total of 4% of staff who are contracted as London based worked in Sanctuary Buildings, Westminster.

As of Wednesday 9 September, 5.5% of London based staff were working from Sanctuary Buildings, Westminster.

19th Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to negotiations on a trade agreement between the UK and the EU, what assessment they have made of the impact of Rules of Origin requirements on (1) the UK tobacco industry, and (2) finished tobacco products imported into the UK from the EU from 1 January 2021.

In the event of a Free Trade Agreement with the EU, as with all Free Trade Agreements and all products, the Rules of Origin for finished tobacco products would be specific to that agreement. The exact rules will be discussed and decided through the negotiations, which, in this case, are still ongoing. The UK and EU have held substantial discussions on Rules of Origin and Defra has supported these conversations.

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
6th Feb 2020
To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether the Services Committee intends to review the methodology used by any food safety auditors who were tasked with evaluating the House of Lords Bishop’s Bar.

The Senior Deputy Speaker has asked me, as Chair of the Services Committee to respond to these questions on his behalf.

Under the definition in the Approved Code of Practice, the Bishops’ Bar would not be considered a “confined space”, a term which should not be confused with a small space. When the Services Committee considered the required changes to the Bishops’ Bar in July, it accepted that the Administration had a duty of care towards staff working in the outlet and that the current conditions for food preparation were unsuitable.

We have no record of any incidents of food poisoning as a result of food consumed from the House of Lords Bishops’ Bar between 2009 and October 2019.

The Services Committee has no plans to review the methodology used by the food safety auditors who evaluated the Bishops’ Bar.

7th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the International Crisis Group is in receipt of any Government funding; and if so, whether that funding is provided to the charity (1) in general, or (2) for specific projects.

The International Crisis Group (ICG) receives DFID funding through UK Aid Connect. UK Aid Connect supports programmes led by consortia of diverse organisations to create solutions to complex problems facing the poorest people. ICG is a partner within the Smart Peace programme led by Conciliation Resources and receives funding to carry out particular work within that programme.

Overall funding to the Smart Peace programme is £11.9m for the period 2018-2022. The consortium combines expertise in conflict analysis, community dialogue, elite mediation, evaluation, policy influence and behavioural science to deliver targeted and adaptive conflict resolution interventions in Central African Republic (CAR), Myanmar and Nigeria.

19th Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the impact of the imposition of the UK Global Tariff on imports of tobacco products from the EU from 1 January 2021, in the event that a free trade agreement includes Rules of Origin requirements which require more than 10 per cent originating leaf.

The UK Government intends to achieve a Free Trade Agreement with the EU by the end of December 2020.

The UK Global Tariff (UKGT) is tailored to the UK economy and balances the interests of UK consumers and producers. In designing the UKGT, we assessed all available evidence submitted during the public consultation in depth and considered a range of factors, such as the five principles set out in the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Act 2018.

More analysis will be published in the Tax Information and Impact Note (TIIN) alongside the legislation, as is standard practice.

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
19th Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the imposition of the UK Global Tariff on the import of finished tobacco products from 1 January 2021 on forecast levels of smuggling of (1) tobacco products, and (2) counterfeit tobacco products, into the UK.

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) remains committed to promoting compliance and tackling avoidance and evasion. Guidance on how manufacturers and importers of tobacco products can avoid the facilitation of smuggling is available on https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/vat-notice-477-tobacco-products-duty-control-of-supply-chains.

Additionally, to ensure compliance with new customs procedures and controls at the border after transition period ends, on 12 July 2020, the Government announced an investment package of £705m.

Additionally, to ensure compliance with new customs procedures and controls at the border after transition period ends, the Government announced on 12 July 2020?an investment?package of?£705m for enhanced infrastructure, staffing and IT.

We will publish more analysis?on the?UK?Global Tariff in?the Tax Information and Impact Note (TIIN) alongside the legislation, as is standard practice.

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
2nd Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government why Britain's share of transshipments has fallen to four per cent from a high of 14 per cent in February 2021; and what steps they are taking to reverse this trend.

The pandemic has provided a challenging period for international and domestic freight movements due to the uncertainly in markets and supply chains. This has impacted on freight operations in the UK, Europe and globally as operators dynamically adjust to the prevailing worldwide conditions. This may have contributed to the factors being reported by FourKites over the last year, however it is too early to assess whether this indicates any broader trend. Government is closely engaged with shipping lines and ports to monitor sector developments.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
2nd Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of data from FourKites, reported in The Daily Telegraph on 28 February, which found that shippers spent an average of more than seven days discharging at British ports compared to a European average of five days; and what assessment they have made of the reason for this difference.

The pandemic has provided a challenging period for international and domestic freight movements due to the uncertainly in markets and supply chains. This has impacted on freight operations in the UK, Europe and globally as operators dynamically adjust to the prevailing worldwide conditions. This may have contributed to the factors being reported by FourKites over the last year, however it is too early to assess whether this indicates any broader trend. Government is closely engaged with shipping lines and ports to monitor sector developments.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
29th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what further steps they are taking to recruit HGV drivers to meet (1) the current shortfall, and (2) the predicted demand given the increase in online retail and e-commerce.

We have taken decisive action to address the acute driver shortage, with 32 specific measures taken by the Government already. These include funding apprenticeships, skills bootcamps training for jobseekers, and support for drivers to return to the sector, expanding HGV driver testing capacity and improving licencing processes.

We will continue to work with the road haulage industry and other stakeholders to evaluate the impact of these measures, identify further areas for action and monitor changes in demand.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the average processing times of applications for the renewal of driving licences made online; and what steps they are taking to reduce average processing times.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)’s online services are the quickest and easiest way to renew a driving licence. There are no delays in successful online applications and customers should receive their driving licence within a few days. The average time taken to process successful online driving licence renewal applications between April and October 2021 was two working days.

There are some instances where the customer has transacted online but will need to provide further information via the paper route. For example, if the DVLA is unable to confirm identity details or if a medical condition has been declared and needs to be investigated. This can increase the processing time.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
29th Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to establish an air bridge for tourists to use between the UK and Sri Lanka. [T]

The Government has published a list of travel corridors - countries and territories from which passengers arriving to the UK will be exempt from the current 14-day self-isolation requirements.

In deciding which countries to include in this initial list, we have been guided by the science. We will continue to take an objective, evidence-based approach.

Although Sri Lanka is not included in the first list of country-based exemptions to the current requirement, the Government recognises how important tourism is between our two countries.

The Government continues to work closely with international partners around the world to discuss arrangements for travellers arriving from the UK.

The Government will keep the requirements, countries and exemptions set out in the Regulations under review. The next review of the Regulations will be carried out by 27 July 2020.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
2nd Feb 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to restore sick note procedure to seven days rather than allowing workers to stay off work for 28 days without a sick note from their General Practitioner.

This measure ended on 26 January.

The government made changes to the self-certification rules for Statutory Sick Pay, so that for any sickness absences which began on or after 10 December 2021, up to and including 26 January 2022, employees were not required to provide medical evidence of sickness, such as a fit note, for the first 28 days of absence.

This was intended as a temporary measure to quickly maximise GP capacity to support the coronavirus booster campaign.

For new periods of illness starting from 26 January medical evidence can be requested from day 8 of a sickness absence.

Baroness Stedman-Scott
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
18th Jan 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review their pension "abatement" rules for (1) nurses, (2) midwives, (3) physiotherapists, and (4) mental health officers, who wish to keep working due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The pension measures in Section 45 of the Coronavirus Act 2020 allow retired and partially retired staff to return to work or increase their working commitments without the risk of having their pension benefits suspended.

Since March 2020, abatement of ‘Special Class’ members of the 1995 Section, including nurses, midwives and physiotherapists and mental health officers with the reserved right to retire at 55 years old with pension enhancements, has been suspended. Abatement recognises that ‘Special Class’ members have a significant benefit not available to other staff in the National Health Service. Once abatement is resumed, these staff can continue working for the NHS, typically at least half time. Other staff are not subject to abatement after taking their pension.

These measures are set to expire on 24 March 2022, with the NHS Pension Scheme rules returning to business as usual arrangements. The Department is reviewing this position.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
30th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government why all new starters to the NHS do not have to meet the same vaccination conditions as in the social care sector.

The Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) (No.2) Regulations 2021, were laid on 9 November. These draft regulations would amend the previously made care home regulations to ensure a consistent approach to vaccination requirements for new employees deployed to undertake Care Quality Commission regulated activities in health and social care.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
30th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to set a maximum retail price for PCR COVID-19 tests, in addition to the standards for such tests.

While there are no plans to introduce a cap on the price of such tests, we are committed to working with private testing providers to reduce the cost of testing.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many General Practitioners are registered with the NHS in England; and how many of them are on part-time contracts.

The latest available data shows that as at 30 September 2021, there were 36,275 full time equivalent doctors working in general practice in England, or 45,681 by headcount. There were 26,895 qualified permanent general practitioners, excluding those in training grade and locums, by headcount who work fewer than 37.5 hours per week.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
16th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are providing to Trading Standards offices to undertake enforcement actions to ensure that illegally imported e-cigarette products are removed from the UK market.

Through the introduction of the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016, we have introduced e-cigarette product and safety standards, along with a duty to notify a product to be placed on the United Kingdom market to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Non-compliant products are subject to local trading standards enforcement. The Department continues to work closely with the MHRA, Trading Standards and other regulatory enforcement agencies to ensure that products sold in the UK comply with regulations for all e-cigarette products and the non-compliant products are removed from the market. Central funding is provided to local authorities for local trading standards activity, including illicit e-cigarettes.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
8th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether (1) dentists, (2) dental surgeons, and (3) dental hygienists working for the NHS or privately in England are required to have COVID-19 vaccinations.

Dentists, dental surgeons and dental hygienists providing Care Quality Commission regulated activities are within scope of the vaccination as a condition of deployment requirements. These requirements apply to services both privately and publicly provided.

The draft Health and Social care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations were laid on 9 November setting out the requirements. These regulations are subject to the affirmative procedure.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
8th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government why COVID-19 vaccinations are compulsory for care home staff, and voluntary for NHS staff.

On 9 November the Secretary of State announced his intention to legislate to make COVID-19 vaccination a condition of deployment in health and the wider social care sector. This will extend the requirement to be vaccinated to all those that are deployed to undertake a Care Quality Commission-regulated activity across health and social care. Subject to Parliamentary approval, we intend the enforcement of this condition to start on 1 April.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
13th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports that the NHS spent £400 million per month on private sector healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic, why only one third of private sector capacity was utilised.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic the Department and NHS England and NHS Improvement worked with the independent sector to secure appropriate inpatient capacity and other resource across England. Initially, contracts placed with the independent sector took 100% of their capacity, including staff and equipment. The arrangements were later refined to provide guaranteed access to sufficient capacity to carry out the required level of activity.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
11th May 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Cayman Islands are not on the list of 'green' countries for entering England.

Decisions to place countries, including Cayman Islands, on the ‘green list’ are taken by Ministers informed by evidence including the Joint Biosecurity Centre’s analysis as well as other relevant information about the risk of the spread of variant. The advice, evidence and methodology which informs these decisions relates to on-going development of Government policy and therefore cannot be published at this time.

2nd Sep 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of Department of Health and Social Care staff based in central London were working from their office desks on 2 September.

On 2 September the Department had 1,370 staff registered as working in central London. The building pass system show that 310 staff worked in the Department’s London headquarters on that date.

12th May 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with companies in the garment industry in Sri Lanka about producing and supplying personal protection equipment products to the UK.

A cross-Government personal protective equipment (PPE) sourcing unit, staffed by over 400 people, is securing new supply lines from across the world and has published rigorous standards against which purchases will be made.

We are identifying new sources of critical PPE from overseas markets, diversifying the United Kingdom’s sources of supply and strengthening the UK’s supply chains for the long term.

The Department for International Trade and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office teams around the world are seeking new supplies, lobbying governments to lift export restrictions and helping get crucial deliveries back to the UK. We are using our wider trade tools to seek to strengthen our procurement power on PPE and medical supplies. This includes deepening our relationships with partner countries through Joint Economic and Trade Committees, including with countries in South East Asia.

22nd Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to spare capacity for COVID-19 testing being used to facilitate the testing of Parliamentarians, particularly those aged over 70.

The Government is rapidly scaling up the national effort to boost testing capacity for COVID-19. As our capacity has continued to increase, we have now expanded testing to a wider range of people, including all those over the age of 65 and those unable to work from home where they have symptoms.

However, the advice remains that those over the age of 70 or considered vulnerable should follow the Government’s advice on shielding to reduce their personal risk. Where people are able to work from home they should, and we welcome Parliament’s recent changes to allow Parliamentarians to participate in business remotely.

21st Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the COVID-19 testing policy for hospital patients that have been discharged to nursing and care homes over the last four weeks.

As outlined in the Adult Social Care Plan, published on 15 April 2020, any patient who moves from the National Health Service to social care will be discharged in line with the current NHS COVID-19 Discharge Requirements. NHS England and NHS Improvement published a letter on 16 April addressed to all accountable officers of all hospitals (public and private sector) working for the NHS and discharge teams outlining the new requirement to test patients being discharged from hospital to a care home.

8th Feb 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish the new Strategy for International Development between 20 March and 8 April.

The Government will publish a new International Development Strategy this Spring, that will guide our work for the coming decade and beyond. It will align our development work with the aims and objectives of the Integrated Review.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
6th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government why Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan was changed in June.

In line with FCDO appointment procedures, Sir Laurie Bristow was appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to Afghanistan in June this year, following the end of tour of his predecessor Alison Blake who had served as Ambassador in Kabul since April 2019.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
6th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many times the UK Minister responsible for Pakistan made contact with the Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs envoy to Afghanistan in (1) June, (2) July, and (3) August.

On his visit to Pakistan on 3 September, the Foreign Secretary met Ambassador Sadiq, PM Khan’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, alongside Foreign Minister Qureshi, as well as Prime Minister Khan, and Chief of Army Staff General Bajwa. The Foreign Secretary has also had telephone conversations with the Foreign Minister Qureshi on 15 and 27 August. Lord Ahmad visited Pakistan on 23-24 June and met Foreign Minister Qureshi and Prime Minister Khan, to discuss the situation in Afghanistan. British officials, including the High Commissioner, have been in regular contact with Ambassador Mohammed Sadiq since his appointment as Special Representative for Afghanistan in June 2020.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
22nd Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria they used to assess the credibility of evidence reports they have received which related to the situation in Sri Lanka during the civil war in that country between 1 January and 18 May 2009; and whether it has ever been their practice to accept reports from unnamed sources.

Reports from UK Military attachés and diplomats take a wide variety of forms. Some report events which they have directly observed; some report the views or assertions of others; some focus on judgements or provide analysis. These, along with other sources, contribute to the UK government's overall understanding of events overseas.

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
21st Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what sources they used to inform their assessment of the situation in Sri Lanka during the civil war in that country between 1 January and 18 May 2009.

The UK government's assessment of the situation in Sri Lanka during the civil war was informed by a broad range of internal and open source reporting, including from our High Commission in Colombo, international organisations, civil society and media.

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
21st Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the despatches written by Lieutenant Colonel Gash, the former defence attaché of the British High Commission in Sri Lanka about events in that country between 1 January and 18 May 2009 relating to the civil war, whether they consider all reports by UK military attachés and diplomats to be evidence based-assessments.

Reports from UK Military attachés and diplomats take a wide variety of forms. Some report events which they have directly observed; some report the views or assertions of others; some focus on judgements or provide analysis. These, along with other sources, contribute to the UK government's overall understanding of events overseas.

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
22nd Feb 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have supplied any (1) redacted, or (2) unredacted, copies of despatches written by Lieutenant Colonel Gash, the former defence attaché of the British High Commission in Sri Lanka about events in that country between 1 January and 18 May 2009 relating to the civil war to (a) the UK representative in the Chair of the UN Core Group on Sri Lanka, and (b) to the other country representatives on the UN Core Group on Sri Lanka.

The UK Government has not received a request from any UN Human Rights Council mechanism for copies of despatches written by the former defence attaché Lieutenant Colonel Gash, and has no plans to provide any.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
22nd Feb 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they notified the UN Human Rights Council about the existence of despatches written by Lieutenant Colonel Gash, the former defence attaché of the British High Commission in Sri Lanka about events in that country between 1 January and 18 May 2009 relating to the civil war; and if so, when.

The UK Government has not received a request from any UN Human Rights Council mechanism for copies of despatches written by the former defence attaché Lieutenant Colonel Gash, and has no plans to provide any.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
22nd Feb 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they were aware that the UN Human Rights Council was putting together a report on alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka between 1 January and 18 May 2009.

The UK government has not received a request from any UN Human Rights Council mechanism for copies of despatches written by the former defence attaché Lieutenant Colonel Gash, and has no plans to provide any.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
22nd Feb 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 16 February (HL13011), what plans they have to supply the UN Human Rights Council with a copy of the despatches written by Lieutenant Colonel Gash, the former defence attaché of the British High Commission in Sri Lanka about events in that country between 1 January and 18 May 2009 relating to the civil war.

The UK government has not received a request from any UN Human Rights Council mechanism for copies of despatches written by the former defence attaché Lieutenant Colonel Gash, and has no plans to provide any.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
4th Feb 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have supplied to the UN Human Rights Council any (1) redacted, and (2) unredacted, copies of despatches written by Lieutenant Colonel Gash, the former defence attaché of the British High Commission in Sri Lanka about events in that country between 1 January and 18 May 2009 relating to the civil war.

The UK Government has not received any request from the UN Human Rights Council for copies of despatches written by the former defence attaché at the British High Commission in Sri Lanka, Lieutenant Colonel Gash, about events in Sri Lanka related to the civil war, and has not provided any.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
2nd Sep 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office staff based in central London were working from their office desks on 2 September.

We continue to make our workplaces safe and accessible in line with the latest public health advice in England and Scotland and have taken a phased approach to increasing the number of desks available. Those who are able and willing to return are being encouraged to make full use of the available desks. The FCDO operates a set of desk-booking systems that allows it to track and trace which members of staff attended on any given day.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
8th Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to facilitate the return to the UK of those British citizens stranded abroad due to the restrictions in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic. [T]

British travellers who need and want to return to the UK is one of the Government's highest priorities. Since the outbreak in Wuhan, we estimate that over 1.3 million people have returned to the UK via commercial routes - the majority supported by our work to keep vital routes open. Since the Foreign Secretary announced £75m to support repatriation efforts on 30 March, the Government has so far delivered a programme of over 183 charter flights from where commercial options are no longer viable. These flights have brought?over 37,700?people from?52?countries and territories, back to UK airports in the East Midlands, London and Manchester. We have also supported repatriation of more than 19,000 British passengers from cruise ships.

Our consular team continues to work around the clock to provide support, advice and information. The situation is fast moving, and our advice at this time is for British nationals to secure safe accommodation and to speak to their tour operator, airline and or insurance company to discuss the options available to them. We are working intensively with the governments of those countries that have closed their borders to people travelling to and from the UK, to enable airlines to bring British nationals home.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
2nd Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they met with Navi Pillay, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, during her visit to London in May; and, if so, what topics they discussed.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is not aware of this event.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
2nd Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any officials from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office attended an event on 20 May that was addressed by the former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is not aware of this event.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
28th Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether UK Ambassadors and High Commissioners in southern Asia have been instructed to approach their respective host governments to assess the possibility of establishing joint ventures in the production of personal protective equipment. [T]

The Government is working tirelessly to secure vital supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) from overseas partners to meet UK demand. A joint Foreign and Commonwealth Office-Department for International Trade team was established to work with our network of overseas Posts to identify leads for medical equipment, conduct due diligence, and support the Department for Health and Social Care with the procurement process.

We are also working to establish relationships with suppliers in priority markets, including South Asia, where excess manufacturing capability exists and export restrictions aren't in place, with a view to securing the UK's future PPE supply. We have asked Posts to begin engagement with potential suppliers, and engaging governments where appropriate.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
7th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have, or seek, a two-state solution for Sri-Lanka.

The British Government does absolutely not have or seek a two-state solution for Sri Lanka.​

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
23rd Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the quality of service provided to politically exposed persons by HM Revenue and Customs; and in particular of its responsiveness to telephone calls from such persons.

HMRC constantly reviews the quality of the service provided to this helpline in real time, with resources redeployed when necessary.

Currently, the part of HMRC that deals with politically exposed customers has a service response rate of almost 50 per cent faster than the national average.

In the week ending 20 March 2022, less than 2 per cent of calls to this line were abandoned and/or received busy messages.

Baroness Penn
Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
2nd Feb 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they propose to uplift the maximum property allowance for Lifetime ISAs from the current cap of £450,000, set in April 2017.

The Lifetime ISA is intended to support younger people saving for their first home or for later life by offering a generous government bonus of 25% on up to £4,000 of savings each year. These funds, including the government bonus, can be used to purchase a first home up to the value of £450,000.

The Government considers that the £450,000 price cap remains suitable to support the majority of first-time buyers across the UK who typically purchase less expensive properties than other buyers.

The most recent Office for Budget Responsibility forecast stated that bonus payments will have an exchequer cost of £3.7 billion between 2021 and 2027. The price cap ensures that this significant investment of public money is more precisely targeted towards households that may find it more difficult to get onto the property ladder.

First-time buyers who can purchase a home valued over £450,000 are likely to have an income significantly above that of the average household in the UK and are therefore more likely to be able to purchase a first home without the support of this scheme.

The Government continues to keep all aspects of savings policy under review.

Baroness Penn
Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
25th Mar 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether (1) they, or (2) the Financial Conduct Authority, approved the use by the Financial Ombudsman Service of 'mass claims' to deal with claims against consumer credit companies.

The Treasury is in regular dialogue with the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) including on matters relating to consumer credit affordability and redress claims.

To help alleviate the pressure on firms, the FOS currently sets the number of free cases at 25. From the 26th complaint onwards, businesses are currently charged a £650 case fee to cover the cost of subsequent complaints brought against them, regardless of outcome. It is estimated that nine in ten businesses whose customers bring complaints to the FOS won’t pay any case fees.

It is important to note that the FOS is an independent non-governmental body which makes decisions within the statutory framework agreed by Parliament. The Government is not involved in the day-to-day operations of the FOS.

The independence of the FOS is vital to its role. Its credibility, authority and value to consumers would be undermined if it were possible for the Government to intervene in its decision making.

25th Mar 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Financial Ombudsman Service about (1) the Ombudsman's mass claims unit, and (2) the affordability of mass claims relating to consumer credit companies.

The Treasury is in regular dialogue with the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) including on matters relating to consumer credit affordability and redress claims.

To help alleviate the pressure on firms, the FOS currently sets the number of free cases at 25. From the 26th complaint onwards, businesses are currently charged a £650 case fee to cover the cost of subsequent complaints brought against them, regardless of outcome. It is estimated that nine in ten businesses whose customers bring complaints to the FOS won’t pay any case fees.

It is important to note that the FOS is an independent non-governmental body which makes decisions within the statutory framework agreed by Parliament. The Government is not involved in the day-to-day operations of the FOS.

The independence of the FOS is vital to its role. Its credibility, authority and value to consumers would be undermined if it were possible for the Government to intervene in its decision making.

2nd Sep 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of Her Majesty's Treasury staff based in central London were working from their office desks on 2 September.

HM Treasury does not hold this information.

5th Feb 2020
To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what plans he has to ensure that plated salad is served in the House of Lords Bishop’s Bar.

The Senior Deputy Speaker has asked me, as Chair of the Services Committee to respond to these questions on his behalf.

At its meeting on 11 July 2019 the Services Committee agreed to trial a revised service in the Bishops’ Bar, taking effect from the return of the House in September. Due to the dissolution and recess periods the Committee agreed that the trial be extended until April 2020.

During the trial period food preparation has been removed from the Bishops’ Bar, due to health and food safety concerns. This has meant that it is no longer possible for staff to customise salads and sandwiches at the point of sale. The Committee also agreed to the removal of toasted sandwiches from the Bishops’ Bar as part of the trial. A variety of toasted sandwiches remain available for purchase in the River Restaurant, with the choice of eating in or taking away. Two plated salad options have remained on offer in the Bishops’ Bar during the trial period and should the trial changes be made permanent these plated salad options will remain.

The Committee did not introduce these changes lightly. They were the subject to several discussions by the Committee; the minutes of which are available on the Committee’s webpage.

A report on the trial and future provision of services in the Bishops’ Bar is expected to be considered by the Committee at its April meeting. Once the Committee has had the opportunity to consider the report, it will be made available on the Committee’s webpage.

5th Feb 2020
To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what plans he has to revert to the pre-October 2019 House of Lords Bishop’s Bar food service, in particular the provision of customisable salads and sandwiches.

The Senior Deputy Speaker has asked me, as Chair of the Services Committee to respond to these questions on his behalf.

At its meeting on 11 July 2019 the Services Committee agreed to trial a revised service in the Bishops’ Bar, taking effect from the return of the House in September. Due to the dissolution and recess periods the Committee agreed that the trial be extended until April 2020.

During the trial period food preparation has been removed from the Bishops’ Bar, due to health and food safety concerns. This has meant that it is no longer possible for staff to customise salads and sandwiches at the point of sale. The Committee also agreed to the removal of toasted sandwiches from the Bishops’ Bar as part of the trial. A variety of toasted sandwiches remain available for purchase in the River Restaurant, with the choice of eating in or taking away. Two plated salad options have remained on offer in the Bishops’ Bar during the trial period and should the trial changes be made permanent these plated salad options will remain.

The Committee did not introduce these changes lightly. They were the subject to several discussions by the Committee; the minutes of which are available on the Committee’s webpage.

A report on the trial and future provision of services in the Bishops’ Bar is expected to be considered by the Committee at its April meeting. Once the Committee has had the opportunity to consider the report, it will be made available on the Committee’s webpage.

29th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government why the post of director general of Border Force and Immigration Enforcement continues to be vacant.

We are in the process of recruitment for a new joint Borders and Enforcement Director General.

In the interim we have appointed two temporary Director Generals for Border Force and Immigration Enforcement.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
2nd Sep 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of Home Office staff based in central London were working from their office desks on 2 September.

The Home Office is only able to provide this information for 2 Marsham St where it is recorded.

On 2 September 2020, 173 members of Home Office staff were working in 2 Marsham Street office, which is 30 % of Covid compliant occupancy.

*Note: available desks is currently 577 due to social distancing. Desk numbers for Home Office staff in 2 Marsham Street total 2072 but due to social distancing this has been reduced to 577.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
2nd Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Sri Lankan nationals sought asylum in the UK in (1) 2018, and (2) 2019, and how many were successful.

The Home Office publishes data on asylum applications in the ‘Immigration Statistics Quarterly Release’ (https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/immigration-statistics-quarterly-release). Data on the number of asylum applications from Sri Lankan nationals and the initial decision on such applications are published in the asylum and resettlement detailed datasets (https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/asylum-and-resettlement-datasets).

Table Asy_D01 contains information on the number of asylum applications. Table Asy_D02 contains information on initial decisions on such applications. In addition to those granted at initial decision, some will be granted following appeal. Data on the number of appeals lodged can be found in Asy_D06, and data on the outcome of such appeals in Asy_D07.

Additionally, the Home Office publishes a high-level overview of the data in the ‘summary tables’ (attached). The ‘contents’ sheet contains an overview of all available data on asylum and resettlement. The latest data relates to the year ending March 2020.

Information on future Home Office statistical release dates can be found in the ‘Research and statistics calendar’ (https://www.gov.uk/search/research-and-statistics?keywords=immigration&content_store_document_type=upcoming_statistics&organisations%5B%5D=home-office&order=relevance)

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
10th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Royal Air Force Regiment was not deployed to support the evacuation operation in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defence deploys the appropriate unit to each operation dependent on a number of factors. These include readiness, capability and the required task, as well taking into account current commitments. Consequently, elements from the RAF Regiment were deployed to Afghanistan as part of Operation PITTING.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
12th May 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to end any temporary restrictions in place for the (1) sale, and (2) purchase, of residential property. [T]

The government removed restrictions on the sale and purchase of residential property in England on 13 May. Restrictions remain in place in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

Lord Greenhalgh
Minister of State (Home Office)