Lord Rosser Written Questions

22 Questions to Government Departments tabled by Lord Rosser


Date Title Questioner
4 Jun 2020, 4:01 p.m. Aviation: Coronavirus Lord Rosser

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 5 May (HL Deb, cols 369–72), what steps they are taking to ensure that British Airways and other airlines process and deliver refunds that have been promised to customers as soon as reasonably possible.

Answer (Baroness Vere of Norbiton)

The Department for Transport is in regular conversation with UK airlines and wider membership bodies. We are working closely with the sector, the regulator and consumer groups to help ensure airlines deliver on their commitments.

Airlines are working hard to answer the high call volumes and to process large volumes of refunds. However, the Government appreciates the frustration consumers may be experiencing. We have been clear that where a consumer has asked for a refund, that refund must be paid.

22 Nov 2017, 12:31 p.m. Immigrants: Data Protection Lord Rosser

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the provisions of the Data Protection Bill on migrants who wish to exercise their right to know (1) what information is held about them, (2) who is processing that information, and (3) why that information is being held or processed.

Answer (Baroness Williams of Trafford)

The provisions in the Data Protection Bill will ensure that while people’s rights relating to data are protected, day by day operations relating to immigration controls are not obstructed and individual rights are balanced against the wider interests of society.

17 Nov 2017, 11:29 a.m. Nationality: Northern Ireland Lord Rosser

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the right of UK-born nationals in Northern Ireland to choose British, or Irish nationalities, or both, after March 2019.

Answer (Baroness Williams of Trafford)

As detailed in the UK Government position paper on Northern Ireland and Ireland, the UK proposes that both the UK and the EU should formally recognise that the citizenship rights set out in the Belfast (‘Good Friday’) Agreement will continue to be upheld. The UK proposes that the Withdrawal Agreement confirms that the current substantive position is not changed as a result of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and that both parties recognise that it will remain unchanged.

14 Nov 2017, 3:27 p.m. Customs Lord Rosser

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of customs checks on goods on UK ships travelling (1) from the EU to UK ports, and (2) from the UK to EU ports, following the UK's exit from the EU.

Answer (Lord Bates)

Future customs arrangements depend on the outcome of the negotiations. The Government remains clear that the UK’s future customs arrangements should be as frictionless as possible, ensuring that traffic continues to flow freely at all ports. HM Revenue and Customs has engaged with a large number of businesses and ports to understand what may impact them in future and to identify any customs challenges they may face.

14 Nov 2017, 2:44 p.m. Motor Vehicle Type Approval Lord Rosser

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the European Union Whole Vehicle Type Approval framework and technical directives will apply in the UK following the UK's exit from the EU; and if not, what assessment they have made of the impact on the UK automotive industry.

Answer (Baroness Sugg)

We want to agree an approach that minimises disruption and any additional costs for the automotive industry and consumers in the UK and the EU as of the day of exit. A decision on whether to continue to apply EU whole vehicle type approval will depend on the outcome of the negotiations with the EU.

Departments are working with the Department for Exiting the European Union to understand the impacts that withdrawal from the EU will have on businesses, consumers and other economic factors.

14 Nov 2017, 12:28 p.m. Monarch Airlines: Insolvency Lord Rosser

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Callanan on 25 October (HL Deb, cols 946–7), whether the internal review being carried out in response to the insolvency of Monarch Airlines will be fed into their wider review and consultation on consumer protection in the aviation industry; and whether the conclusions and proposals of the internal review will be published.

Answer (Baroness Sugg)

We are reviewing consumer protection in the aviation sector as a whole through our aviation strategy. As Lord Callanan indicated in in the ATOL Bill debate of 25 October, we will take on board the lessons learned from Monarch and intend to explore these further in the forthcoming Green Paper on consumer protection to be issued as part of our aviation strategy.

13 Nov 2017, 3 p.m. Package Holidays: EU Law Lord Rosser

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Callanan on 25 October (HL Deb, cols 950–951), when the regulations associated with the EU Package Travel Directive 2015 will be published.

Answer (Baroness Sugg)

Following on from the recently closed consultation on updating the Package Travel Regulations and the successful passage of the ATOL Bill, the Government will publish the proposed regulations that will implement the EU Package Travel Directive 2015 (PTD) into domestic law as soon as possible. The updated ATOL regulations that implement the PTD for package holidays which include a flight, will be published for consultation by the end of this year.

13 Nov 2017, 2:59 p.m. Travel Lord Rosser

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Callanan on 25 October (HL Deb, cols 950), when they expect to publish their description of a linked travel arrangement; and whether Ministers have met with, or intend to meet with (1) online companies including online providers, and (2) consumer organisations, before determining their description of a linked travel arrangement.

Answer (Baroness Sugg)

The Government has published the definition of a Linked Travel Arrangement (LTA) in the recently closed consultation on the updated Package Travel Regulations. The definition has been taken from the EU Package Travel Directive 2015 to ensure harmonisation across Europe. The forthcoming consultation on ATOL regulations, will set out how this will be transposed into UK regulations for holidays that include a flight. The practical points for implementation and operation will be published in the Civil Aviation Authority’s Guidance that will accompany the updated ATOL regulations and the Package Travel Regulations.

In developing these proposals and bringing them in to law, Ministers have a full programme of engagement, which includes online companies, tour operators and consumer organisations. In addition, travel companies and organisations such as the European Technology & Travel Services Association (ETTSA), Trading Standards and ABTA, have attended the PTD implementation workshops.

31 Oct 2017, 12:47 p.m. Mileometers: Fraud Lord Rosser

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their recent response to the consultation on vehicle clocking means that no further action will be taken, or whether it means that consideration is being given to further action in the light of the responses to the consultation; and if it is the latter, whether the outcome of that consideration wil be announced before the end of 2017.

Answer (Baroness Sugg)

The Government’s published response to this consultation indicates that the Government will consider further what measures, if any, are needed. The outcome of that decision will be announced in due course.

30 Oct 2017, 4:33 p.m. Immigrants: English Language Lord Rosser

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that UK nationals can meet the English language proficiency threshold that has been set for non-UK nationals seeking permanent residency.

Answer (Lord Agnew of Oulton)

The department is supporting adults in England to ensure they have the English language skills for life and work.

Adults in England who do not have a Level 2 qualification in English are eligible for free courses up to, and including, Level 2 in English literacy. Adults in England are also eligible for fully or co-funded courses to help them learn English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), depending on their employment status. Funding is available for ESOL courses and qualifications up to Level 2. In 2016/17, the department supported 536,700 adults to improve their English skills through literacy courses and 114,400 through ESOL courses.

Since 2013, the Department for Communities and Local Government has invested £12 million to support 54,000 isolated adults to learn English in community settings at pre-entry level, focusing on women with no or very little English who are unlikely to access classes in more formal settings.

The English language proficiency level for non-UK nationals seeking permanent residency or applying to naturalise as British citizens is set at B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. This is equivalent to an ESOL Entry Level 3. Detailed Immigration Rules can be accessed here at the below web link or via the attached document.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/immigration-rules/immigration-rules-appendix-koll.

30 Oct 2017, 4:04 p.m. Immigration: EU Nationals Lord Rosser

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to enact restrictions on free movement for EU nationals prior to Brexit; and if so, how.

Answer (Baroness Williams of Trafford)

There are no plans to enact restrictions on free movement for EU citizens prior to the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

The Government has repeatedly made clear that until we leave the EU, EU citizens will continue to enjoy the same rights and status, and remain subject to the same residence requirements under EU law, as is currently the case.

This is set out in our position paper published on 26th June 2017, available at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/safeguarding-the-position-of-eu-citizens-in-the-uk-and-uk-nationals-in-the-eu

26 Oct 2017, 4:58 p.m. Immigration Lord Rosser

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the probability of reducing non-UK net migration to the tens of thousands prior to Brexit.

Answer (Baroness Williams of Trafford)

The Government remains committed to bringing net migration down to sustainable levels. It will take time to achieve this. We will manage reforms to the immigration system responsibly so that it continues to serve the national interest.

26 Oct 2017, 4:57 p.m. Visas: Married People Lord Rosser

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Public statement: relationship no longer subsisting forms were received by the Home Office in each month since 2016.

Answer (Baroness Williams of Trafford)

The Home Office is unable to provide the data requested.

26 Oct 2017, 4:57 p.m. Visas: Married People Lord Rosser

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) arrests, and (2) deportations, have arisen from Public statement: relationship no longer subsisting forms that have been received by the Home Office since 2016.

Answer (Baroness Williams of Trafford)

The Home Office is unable to provide the data requested.

26 Oct 2017, 4:51 p.m. Immigration: Fees and Charges Lord Rosser

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of fees set by the Home Office for settlement checking services at local councils were (1) retained by local councils, and (2) retained by the Home Office, in each month since 2010.

Answer (Baroness Williams of Trafford)

The Home Office does not set the fee for the settlement checking service or retain any part of it. These fees are set and kept locally by individual local authorities under their wellbeing provisions.

26 Oct 2017, 3:07 p.m. Entry Clearances: Overseas Students Lord Rosser

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of official figures published in August showing that the number of international students overstaying their visas was lower than previously estimated by the ONS, what changes have been made to the quarterly net migration statistics.

Answer (Lord Young of Cookham)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

21 Sep 2017, 1:27 p.m. Great Western Railway Line: Electrification Lord Rosser

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government what effect recent decisions to reduce the previously announced intended extent of route electrification of the Great Western franchise will have on journey times of bi-modal trains.

Answer (Lord Callanan)

The Intercity Express bi-mode trains being introduced from this autumn will deliver the existing Great Western Main Line timetable.

The Department for Transport is working with Network Rail and Hitachi to ensure delivery of journey times reduced by around 15minutes once electrification between London, Bristol and South Wales is complete. These new bi-mode trains, capable of operating in electric and diesel mode, mean that we can improve journeys for passengers without disruptive work to put up wires and masts along routes where they are no longer required.

20 Sep 2017, 12:51 p.m. Great Western Railway Line Lord Rosser

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, for the bi-modal trains running under the Great Western franchise, the switch from diesel to electric and vice versa will occur whilst the train is on the move, and if so, whether at full speed, or slow speed, or whether the switch will be made whilst the train is in a station or otherwise not moving.

Answer (Lord Callanan)

Intercity Express Trains running on the Great Western Main Line will be able to switch seamlessly between electric and diesel mode whilst on the move and whilst stationary. The speed of train during that power change will depend on the line speed at that location.

20 Sep 2017, 12:51 p.m. Great Western Railway Line: Electrification Lord Rosser

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government, in light of recent decisions to reduce the previously announced intended extent of route electrification of the Great Western franchise, what additional payment will have to be made to Hitachi to reflect the consequential increase in the use of the diesel engine in the bi-modal train.

Answer (Lord Callanan)

The Department for Transport is currently in discussions to amend the Great Western Main Line Intercity Express contract. The specific detail of these discussions remains commercially confidential.

18 Sep 2017, 1:39 p.m. Hillsborough Families' Experiences Review Lord Rosser

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government when the report by Bishop James Jones into the Hillsborough families’ experiences was received; when it will be made publicly available; and whether it has addressed issues relating to legal representation for families of victims at coroners' inquests where the police are legally represented.

Answer (Baroness Williams of Trafford)

Bishop James Jones submitted a copy of his report into the experiences of the Hillsborough families to the Home Secretary on 20 June 2017. On 8 September 2017 he submitted a version that takes account of the Crown Prosecution Service’s charging decisions announced on 28 June 2017. That report will be considered by the Government. The report and separately the Government’s response will be published in due course. In the meantime we are not in a position to comment on its contents.

15 Sep 2017, 10:02 a.m. Great Western Railway Line: Rolling Stock Lord Rosser

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, apart from the new bi-modal trains, there is any passenger rolling stock on order for Great Western franchise which is not yet in service or fully in service.

Answer (Lord Callanan)

A separate order for the AT300 version of the Hitachi Intercity Express Train has been made by Great Western Railway (GWR) to replace HST trains on long-distance services between London and the South West of England. A further order of these trains has been made to cover fast services from London to Oxford and Newbury/Bedwyn. GWR has also ordered Bombardier Class 387 electric trains for electric services in the Thames Valley, the first of which are already in service between Maidenhead and Paddington, with the final ones planned to enter service when the route between London and Didcot Parkway is available for use by electric trains. Some of these trains will also operate local services between Reading and Newbury.

13 Sep 2017, 11:36 a.m. Motor Vehicles: Testing Lord Rosser

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish their response to the consultation held from 22 September 2016 to 2 November 2016 on roadworthiness testing for fast tractors and other technical changes to vehicle testing; and what are the reasons for the delay in publishing their response.

Answer (Lord Callanan)

The Government has analysed the responses to this consultation and is preparing a response. The proposals in this consultation are being considered alongside other related proposals in respect of changes to roadworthiness testing. The Government intends to publish a response to the consultation as soon as possible, and within this calendar year.