Andrea Leadsom Portrait

Andrea Leadsom

Conservative - South Northamptonshire

Andrea Leadsom is not a member of any APPGs
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
24th Jul 2019 - 13th Feb 2020
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
11th Jun 2017 - 22nd May 2019
Public Accounts Commission
19th Jun 2017 - 22nd May 2019
Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority
14th Jun 2017 - 22nd May 2019
House of Commons Commission
11th Jun 2017 - 22nd May 2019
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
14th Jul 2016 - 11th Jun 2017
Minister of State (Department of Energy and Climate Change)
8th May 2015 - 14th Jul 2016
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
9th Apr 2014 - 8th May 2015
Public Accounts Committee
12th May 2014 - 30th Mar 2015
Treasury Committee
12th Jul 2010 - 12th May 2014


There are no upcoming events identified
Division Votes
Wednesday 9th June 2021
Information Commissioner (Remuneration)
voted Aye - in line with the party majority
One of 359 Conservative Aye votes vs 0 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 369 Noes - 2
Speeches
Wednesday 16th June 2021
Economy Update

Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. My right hon. Friend will be aware that some people who have been furloughed during …

Written Answers
Monday 7th June 2021
Roads: Safety
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent progress has been made by the rural roads working group …
Early Day Motions
None available
Bills
Wednesday 8th May 2019
Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Act 2019
A Bill to make provision in connection with works for or in connection with the restoration of the Palace of …
MP Financial Interests
Monday 1st March 2021
1. Employment and earnings
11 February 2021, payment of £750 from St Mary’s School, Calne, Wiltshire SN11 0DF, for speaking at a virtual event. …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Andrea Leadsom has voted in 265 divisions, and 2 times against the majority of their Party.

23 Jun 2020 - Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme - View Vote Context
Andrea Leadsom voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 45 Conservative Aye votes vs 235 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 243 Noes - 238
27 Apr 2021 - Delegated Legislation - View Vote Context
Andrea Leadsom voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 77 Conservative No votes vs 222 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 431 Noes - 89
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
(14 debate interactions)
Jacob Rees-Mogg (Conservative)
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
(11 debate interactions)
Matt Hancock (Conservative)
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
(6 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Leader of the House
(20 debate contributions)
Department of Health and Social Care
(15 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(12 debate contributions)
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South Northamptonshire Petitions

e-Petitions are administered by Parliament and allow members of the public to express support for a particular issue.

If an e-petition reaches 10,000 signatures the Government will issue a written response.

If an e-petition reaches 100,000 signatures the petition becomes eligible for a Parliamentary debate (usually Monday 4.30pm in Westminster Hall).

Petitions with highest South Northamptonshire signature proportion
Petitions with most South Northamptonshire signatures
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Latest EDMs signed by Andrea Leadsom

Andrea Leadsom has not signed any Early Day Motions

Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Andrea Leadsom, 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.


Andrea Leadsom has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Andrea Leadsom has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

4 Bills introduced by Andrea Leadsom

Introduced: 8th May 2019

A Bill to make provision in connection with works for or in connection with the restoration of the Palace of Westminster and other works relating to the Parliamentary Estate; and for connected purposes.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Tuesday 8th October 2019 and was enacted into law.

Introduced: 17th July 2014

A bill to make new provision about insurance contracts; to amend the Third Parties (Rights against Insurers) Act 2010 in relation to the insured persons to whom that Act applies; and for connected purposes.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Thursday 12th February 2015 and was enacted into law.


The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to require the Secretary of State to provide appropriate perinatal support to any family expecting a child who will be born on to the child protection register and for whom an adoption plan has not been made at the moment the child is entered on to the register; to require that a decision be made not later than one year after the child’s birth as to whether or not such a child will be adopted; and for connected purposes


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 7th November 2012

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill creating new offences of causing death or serious injury through dangerous or reckless cycling; to make provision regarding minimum sentencing and fines for those convicted of such offences; and for connected purposes;


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 22nd March 2011

Andrea Leadsom has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


61 Written Questions in the current parliament

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department
10th Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to increase opportunities for small businesses across the UK to bid for Government contracts.

The UK spends a huge sum on public procurement each year. Now that we have left the EU transition period, we aim to make it simpler, quicker and cheaper for SMEs and social enterprises to bid for government contracts, building on work that my Rt Hon Friend pursued at the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy including to support SMEs in our wider economy.

Further details of our approach are set out in our Procurement Green Paper.

We have already introduced a policy which will allow below threshold contracts to be reserved for smaller UK suppliers.

In addition, our new approach to social value will secure wider public benefit, by allowing us to contract with firms that deliver more apprenticeships, local growth opportunities and environmental benefits.

Julia Lopez
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
9th Dec 2020
To ask the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what progress has been made on the installation of a lift inside Elizabeth Tower.

A lift is being installed in the Elizabeth Tower as part of the Elizabeth Tower refurbishment project. The majority of the lift infrastructure has now been installed and is currently being tested and commissioned by the contractor.

At present there is only a single spiral staircase with 334 steps. The lift is being installed into an existing ventilation shaft to improve safety and to help reduce the time it would take to evacuate a person from the Tower in the event of a medical emergency. The lift will also improve both security and access to the Great Clock for maintenance purposes.

The maximum size of the lift is constrained by the Tower’s original design. The restricted dimensions of the ventilation shaft mean that it is not possible to install a lift that is fully compliant with the relevant legislation. In the New Year teams from across the House will be evaluating how to improve disabled access to the Elizabeth Tower. This work will include exploring how visitors with different access requirements can find out more about the Elizabeth Tower and learn about its history. Making sure as many people as possible are able to learn about and visit the Tower is a key objective.

Pete Wishart
Shadow SNP Leader of the House of Commons
9th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make it his policy to (a) start the (i) CBILS 12-month interest free period and (ii) capital repayment holiday when lockdown is lifted and (b) reduce the CBILS rate.

Many businesses have already begun making capital repayments relating to their Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) facility. While the Government covers the interest payments and any lender-levied fees due on CBILS loans for the first twelve months of the loan, via a Business Interruption Payment, repayments of capital are required during this period unless a lender chooses to grant additional forbearance measures.

Lenders are able to extend the repayment period for CBILS facilities beyond 6 years (up to a maximum of 10 years) where this is needed in connection with the provision of forbearance. CBILS term extensions are offered at the discretion of lenders.

The Government does not set interest rates in connection with CBILS facilities, as CBILS operates as a delegated scheme. All final lending decisions including on pricing are at the discretion of the lender, and the rate varies in line with the lender’s own policies, as would be the case with any commercial facility.

However, as part of the accreditation process undertaken by the British Business Bank, lenders are required to demonstrate that the economic benefit of the guarantee is passed on to consumers through a proportionate reduction in their pricing for CBILS facilities.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
2nd Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure equity of support for (a) medium sized and (b) large hospitality businesses.

The Government has provided an unprecedented package of support for both medium size and large businesses in the hospitality sector. Measures include the extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme until March 2021, grant and loan schemes, the ability for businesses to defer VAT payments, and business rates holidays.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
2nd Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what support is available for small coaching and recruitment businesses to bid for Government contracts to provide help for people seeking training and reskilling opportunities after the covid-19 outbreak.

The Government’s online Contracts Finder lets firms search for information about contracts worth over £10,000 with the government and its agencies. Contracts Finder can be used to search for contract opportunities in different sectors, find out what is coming up in the future and look up details of previous tenders and contracts. Interested firms are welcome to use the finder on GOV.UK at: www.gov.uk/contracts-finder. Firms can create an account to apply for contracts, get email updates and save searches. Alternatively, they can search and apply for contracts without an account.

The Government is also taking many steps to increase training and reskilling opportunities available across the UK. We provide grant funding to Be the Business – a business-led independent charity which aims to raise productivity at the firm level – through technology adoption and by promoting best practice management and leadership. Be the Business is delivering executive leadership and management training, expert mentoring, place-based collaborative peer networks and free online advice and benchmarking tools, including around digitalisation, to help smaller and medium businesses (SMEs) identify practical steps to transform their business.

My Rt. Hon. Friend Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Plan for Jobs also provides new funding to ensure more people will get tailored support to help them find work. This includes launching the £2 billion Kickstart Scheme fund and investing £2.9 billion in the Restart programme over 3 years to support and encourage the UK’s labour market. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) are also doubling the number of jobcentre Work Coaches to provide intensive support for both young people and the newly unemployed.

Further measures include committing £8 million for digital skills boot camps, increasing apprenticeship opportunities, expanding sector-based work academies programme (SWAPs), launching the Job Finding Support Service, and increasing the funding for the Flexible Support Fund by £150 million in Great Britain.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
30th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he has taken to reschedule Green GB Week.

It is vitally important to engage the public on the challenge of meeting our net zero target. 2021 will be a crucial year for climate action, as the UK will host the UN Climate Change Conference -COP26 - with our partner, Italy, to bring together world leaders to commit to urgent global climate action.

Together for Our Planet, our revitalised domestic climate campaign, will aim to engage the whole country in the conversation around climate change. In the run up to the summit, we’ll be working closely with businesses, civil society groups, schools and people across the UK as part of our conversation on tackling climate change.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
30th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to provide digital resources for young people to better understand and reduce their own carbon footprint.

It will be vitally important to engage the public on the challenge of meeting our net zero target, including specifically with young people.

In October 2020, I spoke at the first UK Youth Against Carbon Conference to listen to young people concerned about climate change and highlight to them how the UK will continue to work towards a net zero target for all of society.

In July 2020, we also launched the ‘Involved’ Instagram page, to invite young people across the country to share their views on key issues such as climate change with the Government by asking questions through the app’s polling and stories. Responses will feed directly public consultations and wider policy making.

The Government has welcomed the final report from the Climate Assembly UK and will be looking closely at the report’s findings. The members were selected to be broadly representative of the UK population, which means that nearly 1 in 4 of its members were young people sharing their views on how we should reach net zero.

The Government has funded several digital tools that can help people reduce their carbon footprint, including the ‘Simple Energy Advice’ service on how to reduce energy use in the home, and the ‘Go Ultra Low’ website, providing information on Electric Cars & Vans.

Together for Our Planet, our revitalised domestic climate campaign, will aim to engage the whole country in the conversation around climate change. In the run up to the summit, we’ll be working closely with young people, schools, civil society groups, businesses and people across the UK as part of our conversation on tackling climate change.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
23rd Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that supermarket purchasing restrictions are (a) fair and (b) flexible during the covid-19 outbreak for parents with newborn babies.

The Government welcomes efforts by supermarkets to ensure vulnerable groups, including parents with newborn babies, can shop safely and access the goods they need. However, decisions on restricting the number of items consumers can purchase are best made by individual businesses, who understand their operations and customer base.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has created a COVID-19 taskforce to address excessive pricing practices and has set up this online form so that consumers and businesses can report any issues via: https://www.coronavirus-business-complaint.service.gov.uk/.

The CMA will consider any evidence that companies may have broken competition or consumer protection law and it will take direct enforcement action where appropriate.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
16th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish the energy White Paper.

The Energy White Paper is a priority for the Department and it will be published this Autumn.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
16th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has in the forthcoming employment bill to include flexible working as standard; and what assessment he has made of the potential effect on that matter on levels of work life balance.

In the Queens’ Speech, we announced that we will bring forward measures to deliver on a range of Manifesto commitments.

Our legislation will promote fairness in the workplace by striking the right balance between the flexibility that the economy needs and the security that workers deserve. In our manifesto, we committed to encouraging flexible working and consulting on making it the default unless employers have good reasons not to.

It is important that we work closely with stakeholders to make sure we get the legislation right, and we will bring forward details of the Employment Bill in due course.

The Government is clear about the benefits of flexible working for employees wishing to balance their working lives with their personal lives. Since 2014, all employees with 26 weeks’ continuous service have had the Right to Request Flexible Working. We are currently evaluating how effective those regulations have been.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
16th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 12 November 2020 to Question 113087, what recent assessment he has made of the timeframe for the confirmation of the final budgets for COP26.

Budget discussions are ongoing, and will continue to develop in the run up to COP26.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
9th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether a further tranche of COP26 funding will be made available to support UK organisations preparing for that conference.

Discussions on the costs for COP26 are currently ongoing, and final budgets are yet to be confirmed.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
30th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the (a) size of venues and (b) type of facility required to host greater numbers and more activities in larger establishments during the covid-19 outbreak.

My Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister addressed the nation on Saturday 31 October setting out new national restrictions. These restrictions will apply nationally for four weeks up to Wednesday 2 December, and will override the current Local Alert Level restrictions.

Some venues will be allowed to remain open for specific exempt activities, like childcare and support groups.

Depending on the venue and which Safer Places guidance applies, new guidance will be shared online at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
30th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of establishing a licensing system for responsible venues in the business and hospitality sector to allow for an increase in the number of customers permitted with appropriate social distancing and other safety measures in those venues during the covid-19 outbreak.

My Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister addressed the nation on Saturday 31 October setting out new national restrictions. These restrictions will apply nationally for four weeks up to Wednesday 2 December, and will override the current Local Alert Level restrictions. Hospitality will be limited to takeaway and delivery. Therefore, no customers are permitted at venues for the time being.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
28th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he is making an assessment of the potential merits of giving trade fairs and events organisers a three-month opening lead time to enable them to begin trading again.

We have worked closely with stakeholders through both the Visitor Economy and Events & Entertainment Working Groups to develop Covid-19 Secure reopening guidance for providers of events. We continue to meet with sector representatives to discuss the specific issues impacting the full return of trade fairs and events.

Business meetings and events of up to 30 people indoors are allowed in permitted venues if social distancing can be maintained and the venue can demonstrate it has followed the COVID-19 guidance. The rule of six does not apply to work, education, and training activities. Larger business events will be only permitted once it is safe to do so based on public health advice.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
4th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he has taken to support the live music industry to enable it to have a viable future when festivals and venues reopen.

We are making an unprecedented investment of £1.57 billion in the UK’s cultural sector through the Culture Recovery Fund. To date over £500 million of the Fund has been announced to organisations across England, a fifth of which has gone to the music sector. These funds will provide valuable support for live music venues and festivals to continue operating and stage activity.

We have held back £258 million from the Culture Recovery Fund to enable us to respond to the emerging public health picture, and provide additional support to the sector when needed throughout the rest of the financial year.

From 2 December, in Tier 1 and 2 areas, socially distanced indoor audiences are permitted provided capacity in a venue is maintained at maximum 50% capacity or 1000 people, whichever is lower. Outdoor events can take place in line with Covid secure guidance with a capacity limit of the lower of 50% or 4000 in Tier 1 and 50% or 2000 in Tier 2.

DCMS has established a Venues Steering Group and a sector-led sub-group on Outdoor Events and Festivals looking at how music venues and festivals can reopen safely. We are committed to continue working with music venues and festivals to understand the challenges they face and to enable events to take place in line with the latest regulations and guidance.

Caroline Dinenage
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
30th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential economic benefits of increasing the number of people permitted to attend (a) wedding and (b) exhibition venues for those venues that have more space to accommodate those attendees safely during the covid-19 outbreak.

We continue to engage with stakeholders, including through the Tourism Industry Council and the Events Industry Senior Leaders Advisory Panel, to assess how we can best support the sector’s safe reopening. The business events pilots we carried out in September will ensure that the correct advice and guidance is put in place to help larger events reopen when it is safe to do so.

Officials at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy are continuing to engage with the wedding industry to understand the challenges being faced by wedding venues. These businesses are able to take advantage of a number of business support measures, such as government-backed loans and access to the extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

Nigel Huddleston
Assistant Whip
28th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what financial support is available for (a) wedding fayre and (b) other event organisers to diversify their businesses as a result of the covid-19 restrictions.

We are aware that the events industry and its supply chain has been severely impacted by Covid-19 and ongoing restrictions.

Wedding fayre organisers and other events businesses can continue to make use of the broader support package available to them. This includes the Bounce Back Loans scheme, the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

From November, the Jobs Support Scheme will provide further support to returning workers, while the extended Self-Employed Income Support Scheme will aid the self-employed who are currently actively trading but are facing reduced demand.

We are also offering affected businesses generous terms for the repayment of deferred taxes and government-backed loans, as well as extending the application window of the government-backed loan schemes.


Meetings of up to 30 can still take place in permitted venues, as per the Covid-19 Secure guidance for the visitor economy. Since 11 July, a range of outdoor events have been able to take place. As with all aspects of the Government’s response to Covid-19, our decisions have been and will continue to be based on scientific evidence and public health assessments.

Nigel Huddleston
Assistant Whip
2nd Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he made of the potential merits of either permitting or encouraging schools to move to remote working during the last week of term in December 2020 to enable families who wish to self-isolate for two weeks to do so prior to meeting with elderly relatives over Christmas.

It continues to be our aim that all pupils, in all year groups, remain in school full time. Returning to school full time has been vital for children’s education and for their wellbeing. Time out of school is detrimental for children’s cognitive and academic development, particularly for disadvantaged children. This impact can affect both current levels of education and children’s future ability to learn.

As set out in the Government’s COVID-19 Winter Plan, nurseries, schools and colleges should not change their Christmas holidays or close early this term. Parents should continue to send their children to school during term time. The leaders and staff of nurseries, schools and colleges have been doing an extraordinary job to remain open, keep settings safe and provide education.

Schools have implemented a range of protective measures to minimise risk of transmission. The risk to children themselves of becoming severely ill from COVID-19 is low and there are negative health impacts of being out of school. Senior clinicians, including the Chief Medical Officers of all four nations, still advise that school is the very best place for children to be.

If parents have concerns about their child attending school because they consider they or members of their household may have particular risk factors, they should discuss these with their school.

Nick Gibb
Minister of State (Education)
2nd Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what representations he has received from headteachers on students being unable to access educational psychology assessments as a result of the professionals delivering those assessments working from home during the covid-19 outbreak; and if he will make a statement.

Supporting pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) continues to be a priority for this government, and their wellbeing has been central to our response throughout the COVID-19 outbreak.

The department has not received any specific representations from headteachers, regarding their students being unable to access educational psychology assessments, due to educational professionals working from home, during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Educational specialists, including educational psychologists, have continued to provide services during the COVID-19 outbreak and we have been clear that children and young people with SEND should still be receiving the therapeutic and specialist interventions they need.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
2nd Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the availability of supervised non-resident parent visits in schools during the covid-19 lockdowns.

Schools should keep a record of all visitors with sufficient detail to support rapid contact tracing if required by NHS Test and Trace and those individuals will be expected to comply with the school’s arrangements for managing and minimising risk. This includes taking particular care to maintain distance from staff and pupils. Schools will also have the discretion to require face coverings for visitors where social distancing cannot be safely managed.

The local restriction tiers have introduced limits on people gathering indoors or outdoors. However, there are exceptions to enable people to meet, including for contact between parents and children where children do not live in the same household as both parents. Parents can, therefore, visit their children in residential provision such as children’s homes and residential schools that are registered as children’s homes.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
9th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether children in reception year will be able to retake that year in the 2021-22 academic year in the event that they are unable to complete reception in 2020-21 as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

Schools continue to remain open for all children and young people as they have since the start of the autumn term. Being at school is vital for children’s education and their wellbeing. It continues to be the aim that all pupils, in all year groups, remain in school full-time.

The Department does not currently anticipate that children in Reception or any other year group will need to repeat a school year as a consequence of the COVID-19 outbreak. It is important for parents to remember that all children in any year group will be in the same position. Schools have planned carefully to take this into account in their teaching and support for pupils.

The Department has announced a package of support worth £1 billion to ensure that schools have the support they need to help pupils make up for lost teaching time in the last school year. This package of measures comprises a £650 million universal catch up premium for schools to help them make up for lost teaching time, and a new £350 million National Tutoring Programme for disadvantaged pupils.

Once a child has been admitted to a school, it is for the head teacher to decide how best to educate them. It remains possible for head teachers to agree for an individual child to retake a year, if they think it is appropriate.

Nick Gibb
Minister of State (Education)
23rd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether businesses may import birds of prey under (a) The Import of and Trade in Animals and Animal Products (Miscellaneous Amendments) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 and (b) The Official Controls (Animals, Feed and Food, Plant Health etc.) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 until the end of March 2021.

Businesses may import birds of prey into Great Britain under The Import of, and Trade in, Animals and Animal Products (Miscellaneous Amendments) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 (Statutory Instrument 2020/1462).

The Official Controls (Animals, Feed and Food, Plant Health etc.) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 (Statutory Instrument 2020/1481) regulates official controls that are carried out on third country imports subject to sanitary and phytosanitary requirements, including birds of prey.

These regulations came into force on 1 January 2021.

Victoria Prentis
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
21st Jan 2021
What discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the creation of green jobs.

Green jobs form a key element of the Government’s approach to our economic recovery, in which this department is closely involved. The Government’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution will support up to 250,000 jobs. As part of this, Defra will support thousands of nature jobs through the £80 million Green Recovery Challenge Fund; and deliver up to 20,000 jobs through our investment in flood defences to support 2,000 flood schemes across England.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
30th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he plans to take to protect against potential increases in prices on (a) baby food, (b) infant formula and (c) specialist medical nutrition products in the event that the UK has reached the end of the transition period without a deal on its future relationship with the EU.

We have now successfully negotiated a Free Trade Agreement with the EU and we will therefore not see tariff-based increases to food prices for consumers for agri-food imports from the EU which meet the Rules of Origin. Non-tariff measures could result in limited impacts. The factors which will continue to affect consumer food prices include agri-food import prices, domestic manufacturing costs and currency exchange rates.

Victoria Prentis
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
16th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make funding available to support the restoration of the Tree Tops Walk at Salcey Forest.

This is an operational matter for Forestry England. Forestry England is making plans to restore the Tree Tops Walk at Salcey Forest once the financial impact of Covid-19 restrictions has been mitigated and subject to obtaining any necessary local planning consents.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
27th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent progress has been made by the rural roads working group established by the hon. Member for Northampton North; and what steps are being taken to improve road safety in rural areas to reduce fatal accidents.

The Rural Roads Working Group was announced as part of the Road Safety Statement 2019 – ‘A Lifetime of Road Safety’. The work to establish the group was well underway but then paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The scope of the group is new being reassessed to ensure it addresses relevant matters in a post-COVID landscape.

The Department’s Safer Roads Fund continues to improve road safety in rural areas. Some of the initial schemes that were funded in 2017/18 have now completed and the final allocation of £35.3m was paid to Local Authorities in March 2021.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
17th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that people who are waiting for driving licences from the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency receive those licences in a timely manner in the event of planned strike action by staff at that agency.

The quickest and easiest way to apply for or renew a driving licence is online, and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)’s online services are working as normal.

Paper driving licence applications must be dealt with in person and are taking longer to process as the DVLA has a reduced number of staff on-site to comply with social distancing requirements and ensure staff safety. Drivers with a medical condition may experience delays because the DVLA is often reliant on receiving information from medical professionals before a licence can be issued to ensure drivers can meet the required medical standards.

Drivers who have submitted an application to renew their driving licence may be able to continue driving while their application is being processed, provided they meet certain criteria.

Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/inf1886-can-i-drive-while-my-application-is-with-dvla

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
8th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the HS2 Environmental Statement was last updated; and what guidance has been given to contractors to encourage the use of 100 per cent renewable diesel in place of fossil diesel.

An Environmental Statement is prepared by HS2 Ltd to support each hybrid Bill deposit. Statements were prepared in 2013 and 2017 for Phase One and Phase 2a respectively, to summarise the findings of the Environmental Impact Assessment process. Beyond the point of Royal Assent environmental surveys continue to be undertaken and are used to inform further decisions, requirements and additional mitigations where appropriate.

In respect of low carbon fuels, HS2 Ltd sets the toughest standards for both site plant and vehicle engine standards as described in Information Paper E31 and the project closely monitors compliance with these standards held here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/672406/E31_-_Air_Quality_v1.5.pdf and here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/960731/E14_Air_Quality_v1.3.pdf

HS2 Ltd has set a challenging target to reduce carbon during the construction of Phase 1 by 50% and has asked its contractors to develop plans to improve the quality of their supply chain vehicle fleets as these are renewed over the life of their contract, and issued advice to them regarding the suitability and adoption of new vehicle engine types, fuels and related standards, where there is a business case for their adoption.

HS2 Ltd and the supply chain remain focused on developing and implementing practical ways to improve impacts on air quality, and alternative fuels are one area of consideration. The HS2 Ltd Air Quality team support project delivery partners by making informed choices based on evidenced market offerings, with a view to ensuring that HS2 Ltd takes an industry lead on this subject.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
8th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to circumstances where a property was shown as amber for noise levels during the Hybrid Bill Committee stage, and HS2 undertook to provide mitigation to secure that classification, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of HS2 not providing that mitigation with the result that the same property enters the red category for noise disruption.

HS2 Ltd’s civils contractors are updating the predicted noise effects of the scheme, originally published in the Environmental Statement that accompanied the HS2 Phase One hybrid Bill, as part of their design process. This is in order to demonstrate that noise from the operational railway, and from altered roads, has been reduced ‘as far as reasonably practicable,’ in accordance with the HS2 Environmental Minimum Requirements (EMRs). Contractors demonstrate that their mitigation proposals comply with the EMRs using the methodology and tests set out in HS2 Planning Forum Note 14: Operational Noise from the Railway and Altered Roads. HS2 Planning Forum Note 14 provides a framework for considering EMR compliance in situations where there has been a change in the forecast noise levels compared to the Environmental Statement. It is available here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/833184/PFN_14_Operational_Noise.pdf

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
8th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people in South Northamptonshire constituency are awaiting reimbursement of legal costs by HS2.

HS2 Ltd has made forty-eight payments to date on cases in this constituency relating to compulsory purchase. HS2 Ltd has also completed thirty-four statutory blight and discretionary scheme payments.

HS2 Ltd has identified thirty-eight payments on cases in the constituency that are yet to be completed, all relating to compulsory purchase.

Of this thirty-eight: thirty-three are in negotiation (twenty-five permanent possession and eight temporary occupation), three marked as in dispute (all temporary occupation) and two currently rejected (both permanent possession).

Many of these will have legal fees associated with them. Legal fees are paid at particular points in a claim when substantive evidence is provided.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
8th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many compulsory purchases of properties affected by HS2 there have been in South Northamptonshire.

With respect to General Vesting Declarations, Notice To Treat/Notice Of Entry and Schedule 16 (temporary occupation) in South Northamptonshire, we have the following information:

  • Notice To Treat/Notice Of Entry – 3 Land Areas, resulting in 7 notices (These Land Areas are also included in the Schedule 16 count as they included both notice types)

  • Schedule 16 (temporary occupation) – 21 Land Areas, resulting in 281 notices

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
30th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many High Court writs there are against High Speed Two (a) across the UK and (b) in South Northamptonshire.

There are currently no High Court writs against HS2 Ltd.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
16th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps he has taken to promote active travel; and if he will allocate funding to support the creation of a cycleway and footpath through Syresham and surrounding villages in South Northamptonshire constituency.

On 28 July the Prime Minister launched ambitious plans to boost cycling and walking, with the aim that half of all journeys in towns and cities are cycled or walked by 2030. This includes a £2 billion package of funding for active travel over the next 5 years, which is the largest ever boost for cycling and walking, and will deliver transformational change. As part of this, the Department announced £175 million of active travel funding for local authorities on 13 November, including £1.3 million for Northamptonshire. Further decisions on funding for active travel schemes will be taken as part of the Spending Review. Decisions on which local schemes to support with this funding will be matters for local authorities.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
24th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve his Department's response times to correspondence from members of the public.

In April 2021, the Department’s central correspondence unit replied to 90.1% of correspondence from members of the public within 18 working days of receipt, achieving its target.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
30th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason GP practices in the South Northamptonshire constituency were not given notice of the roll out of flu vaccinations for the 50-64 year old age group; and whether he has made an assessment of the effect on GP switchboards' service of the volume of patient calls as a result of that matter.

The Annual Flu Letter Update published on 5 August outlined the Government’s intention to extend the national flu programme to the 50–64 year old cohort with a proposed start date of November/December, following the prioritisation of at risk groups. General practitioners (GPs) were provided guidance on ordering extra supplies of vaccine from the central stock in October, which has since been updated with information on the 50-64 year old cohort.

The announcement on 20 November to begin the free vaccination of those aged 50-64 years old from 1 December was also included in the Primary Care Bulletin. It has allowed GPs and pharmacies the necessary time to order vaccines from the central stock procured by the Department and organise appointments.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
17th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress he has made on the digital red book.

NHSX is working with a number of suppliers to make digital versions of the red book available to parents of new-borns across England from 2021. The initial model will let parents choose from a number of assured products. Parents will have the option of a digital product, free of charge, to supplement their paper red book.

Nadine Dorries
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
7th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the death of Harry Dunn.

Both the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary have repeatedly raised this case with the US Administration and the UK will continue to press the US to ensure justice is done on behalf of Harry's family. The Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary are in regular contact on this issue.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
19th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what plans the UK has to move a UN Security Council Resolution in response to recommendation 20 of the Bishop of Truro’s Independent Review for the UK Foreign Secretary of Foreign and Commonwealth Office Support for Persecuted Christians during the UK's presidency of the Security Council in 2021.

The UK Government remains committed to implementing the recommendations from the Bishop of Truro's independent review on persecuted Christians in full. Work is continuing to implement the recommendations in a way that will bring real improvements to the lives of those persecuted because of their faith, belief, or those of no religious belief. The UK's Mission to the United Nations in New York is considering the best approach to achieve Security Council support for an inclusive resolution.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
11th May 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reason HMRC did not reject tax returns where loan charge schemes were listed in the most recent period for which data is available.

HMRC cannot reject Self-Assessment tax returns on the basis of information contained within the returns, including information relating to the Loan Charge or disguised remuneration schemes. Self-Assessment is a process now, check later regime. A Self-Assessment tax return would only be rejected if it fails to satisfy the filing requirements to constitute a statutory return. The Self-Assessment regime also gives HMRC the powers to open an enquiry into a return up to the end of a period of 12 months if the return was filed on or before the statutory filing date.

HMRC have also recently provided guidance on GOV.UK for taxpayers following the outcome of the independent Loan Charge Review which includes information for those taxpayers who have filed or are yet to file their 2018-19 Self-Assessment tax return: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/disguised-remuneration-independent-loan-charge-review/guidance.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
11th May 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment the Government has made of the potential infringement of privacy as a result of amendments to HMRC’s civil information powers.

There are strong legal restrictions on HMRC’s use of their civil information powers. These restrictions protect taxpayer privacy and have not been affected by the amendments to HMRC’s civil information powers.

All HMRC requests for documents and information issued under these powers must adhere to strict criteria. These must be reasonably required for the purpose of checking the tax position or collecting a tax debt of a taxpayer. Safeguards introduced with the Financial Institution Notices ensure that HMRC will maintain this standard. For example, the notices must be approved by an authorised officer who must pass a test every three years to retain their status. Taxpayers and financial institutions can challenge HMRC’s decision to issue a notice using the judicial review procedure. A review on the use of this power will also be reported annually to Parliament.

HMRC have consulted with the Information Commissioner’s Office to ensure this legislative change complies with UK GDPR and identify and minimise any associated data protection risks.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
11th May 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the compatibility of the retrospective application of the Loan Charge with the standard principles of the UK's tax regime.

The Loan Charge was legislated in Finance Act 2017, following the normal Parliamentary process.

The Loan Charge is not retrospective. It is a new charge on disguised remuneration loan balances outstanding at 5 April 2019 and was announced three years before the legislation took effect.

Lord Morse conducted an independent Review of the Loan Charge. His report was published in December 2019 and the Government welcomed his finding that the Loan Charge was a justified policy to draw a line under use of disguised remuneration tax avoidance.

The Government accepted all but one of the Review’s 20 recommendations. This included a recommendation that the Loan Charge should only apply to disguised remuneration loans which were entered into after 9 December 2010.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
18th Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what urgent financial support he is planning to put in place for directors of small businesses who have so far been ineligible for covid-19-related support.

The Government has provided a substantial package of measures throughout this pandemic to protect people’s jobs and livelihoods and to support businesses and public services across the UK, spending over £407 billion. In order to support businesses and employees through the next stage of the pandemic, the Chancellor announced at Budget the extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) until September.

Directors who pay themselves a salary through PAYE are eligible for the CJRS. Those paid annually through PAYE have been and still are eligible to claim, as long as they meet the relevant conditions including being notified to HMRC on an RTI submission within the relevant cut-off dates.

There is no practical way to identify directors who have been unable to access the SEISS or CJRS, and then identify the value of support they should receive, without exposing the taxpayer to significant fraud, legal risk and poorly targeted use of public money. The Government has worked closely with business groups on proposals to support directors who pay themselves through dividends. However, no proposal has been able to address the significant fraud risks in relying on self-certification.

The CJRS and SEISS are only two elements of the wider economic support package. Businesses and individuals may have access to further funding announced in the Budget such as the Restart Grant of up to £18,000 to business premises, and an additional £425 million to English local authorities for discretionary business grant funding. The Government is also extending previous VAT reductions and business rates relief, extending the temporary £20 per week uplift in Universal Credit, and has announced a £500 one-off payment to provide similar support to eligible Working Tax Credit claimants.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
9th Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether it is (a) a regulatory requirement or (b) a bank decision that a company goes into forbearance automatically if it has four quarters of capital repayment holiday on its bank loan.

Most business lending - including lending to incorporated entities - is unregulated. The Government is committed to regulating only where there is a clear case for doing so, in order to avoid putting additional costs on lenders that would ultimately lead to higher costs for business customers.

Payment holidays are a form of forbearance and, where the credit is regulated, firms will need to have appropriate policies and procedures in place to treat customers in default or arrears difficulties with appropriate forbearance and due consideration.

The specific type of forbearance offered, including a capital repayment holiday, is a decision made by the lender, as well as how long the forbearance is provided before additional forbearance or litigation action is taken. A lender may choose to review the forbearance offered at a certain point in time to see how successful the forbearance has been.

Furthermore, regulators have also set out their expectations of financial services firms and information for businesses and consumers in the context of COVID-19, to ensure markets continue to function well.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
11th Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the analysis published in September 2020 by the Centre for Economics and Business Research on the decision to end the VAT Retail Export scheme.

Ahead of the end of the transition period, the Government has announced the VAT and excise duty treatment of goods purchased by individuals for personal use and carried in their luggage arriving from or going overseas (passengers). The following rules will apply from 1 January 2021:

- Passengers travelling from Great Britain to any destination outside the United Kingdom (UK) will be able to purchase duty-free excise goods once they have passed security controls at ports, airports, and international rail stations.

- Personal allowances will apply to passengers entering Great Britain from a destination outside of the UK, with alcohol allowances significantly increased.

- The VAT Retail Export Scheme (RES) in Great Britain will not be extended to EU residents and will be withdrawn for all passengers.

- The concessionary treatment on tax-free sales for non-excise goods will be removed across the UK.

The Government published a consultation which ran from 11 March to 20 May. During this time the Government held a number of virtual meetings with stakeholders to hear their views and received 73 responses to the consultation. The Government is also continuing to meet and discuss with stakeholders following the announcement of these policies.

The detailed rationale for these changes is included in the written ministerial statement and summary of responses to the recent consultation: https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-statements/detail/2020-09-11/hcws448 and https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/a-consultation-on-duty-free-and-tax-free-goods-carried-by-passengers. A technical note has also been issued to stakeholders to expand on this document and to respond to issues raised by stakeholders.

HMRC estimate that VAT RES refunds cost about £0.5 billion in VAT in 2019 for about 1.2 million non-EU visitors. In 2019 the ONS estimate there were substantially more EU visitors (24.8 million) than non-EU passengers (16.0 million) to the UK. This implies an extension to EU residents would significantly increase the cost by up to an estimated £0.9 billion. This would result in a large amount of deadweight loss by subsidising spending from EU visitors which already happens without a refund mechanism in place, potentially taking the total cost up to about £1.4 billion per annum.

The final costing will be subject to scrutiny by the independent Office for Budget Responsibility and will be set out at the next forecast on 25 November.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
11th Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the removal of the VAT Retail Export Scheme on the number of overseas visitors to the UK.

Ahead of the end of the transition period, the Government has announced the VAT and excise duty treatment of goods purchased by individuals for personal use and carried in their luggage arriving from or going overseas (passengers). The following rules will apply from 1 January 2021:

- Passengers travelling from Great Britain to any destination outside the United Kingdom (UK) will be able to purchase duty-free excise goods once they have passed security controls at ports, airports, and international rail stations.

- Personal allowances will apply to passengers entering Great Britain from a destination outside of the UK, with alcohol allowances significantly increased.

- The VAT Retail Export Scheme (RES) in Great Britain will not be extended to EU residents and will be withdrawn for all passengers.

- The concessionary treatment on tax-free sales for non-excise goods will be removed across the UK.

The Government published a consultation which ran from 11 March to 20 May. During this time the Government held a number of virtual meetings with stakeholders to hear their views and received 73 responses to the consultation. The Government is also continuing to meet and discuss with stakeholders following the announcement of these policies.

The detailed rationale for these changes is included in the written ministerial statement and summary of responses to the recent consultation: https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-statements/detail/2020-09-11/hcws448 and https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/a-consultation-on-duty-free-and-tax-free-goods-carried-by-passengers. A technical note has also been issued to stakeholders to expand on this document and to respond to issues raised by stakeholders.

HMRC estimate that VAT RES refunds cost about £0.5 billion in VAT in 2019 for about 1.2 million non-EU visitors. In 2019 the ONS estimate there were substantially more EU visitors (24.8 million) than non-EU passengers (16.0 million) to the UK. This implies an extension to EU residents would significantly increase the cost by up to an estimated £0.9 billion. This would result in a large amount of deadweight loss by subsidising spending from EU visitors which already happens without a refund mechanism in place, potentially taking the total cost up to about £1.4 billion per annum.

The final costing will be subject to scrutiny by the independent Office for Budget Responsibility and will be set out at the next forecast on 25 November.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
9th Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress he has made on his Department's Net Zero Review announced November 2019; and what his timescale is for the publication of the outcome of that review.

The government has announced that the Net Zero Review will be published in Spring 2021. In the meantime, HMT will publish an Interim Report this Autumn. This will set out our approach and initial analysis which will inform the Net Zero Review final report.

Kemi Badenoch
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
28th Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what additional provisions he has under assessment to help self-employed individuals who do not qualify for the Self-employed Income Support Scheme.

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) is helping those that have been adversely affected by COVID-19, and has already helped 2.6 million people with over £7.6 billion of support. As set out in the Winter Economy Plan last week, the Government is extending the SEISS Grant; an initial taxable grant will be provided to cover three months’ worth of profits for the period from November to the end of January 2021.

Those ineligible for the SEISS Grant Extension may still be eligible for other elements of the very large package of financial support available. The Government has temporarily increased the Universal Credit standard allowance for 2020-21 by £20 per week and relaxed the Minimum Income Floor, so that where self-employed claimants' earnings have significantly reduced, their Universal Credit award will have increased to reflect their lower earnings. The self-employed also have access to other elements of the package, including tax deferrals, rental support, mortgage holidays, and other business support grants.

Furthermore, the Winter Economy Plan announced further support to reduce pressure on business finances. The application deadline for four temporary coronavirus loan schemes – Bounce Back Loans, Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans, Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loans (CBILS) and the Future Fund – has also been extended to 30 November. The Government is introducing Pay as you Grow, a new option for Bounce Back Loan borrowers to repay their loan over a period of up to ten years, and enabling CBILS lenders to extend the term of these loans to ten years where they deem this necessary.

Up to half a million businesses who deferred their VAT bills will also be given more breathing space through the New Payment Scheme, which gives them the option to spread their payments over the financial year 2021-2022. All 11 million UK self-assessment taxpayers will be able to benefit from the recently enhanced Time to Pay ‘self-service’ facility to create a 12-month, interest-free payment arrangement for up to £30,000 of self-assessment debt.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
28th Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the treatment by Germany and Italy of (a) business events and (b) trade fairs as critical business opportunities for tax purposes.

HM Treasury monitors domestic and international policies when considering changes to UK tax policies, and the Government keeps all tax policy under review.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
28th Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he is making an assessment of the potential merits of introducing funding schemes similar to the Eat Out to Help Out initiative in support of events organisers and trade fairs.

The Government recognises the extreme disruption the necessary actions to combat Covid-19 are having on sectors like events and the trade fair industry.

That is why the Government has announced unprecedented support for businesses and individuals during the pandemic, including those in events industries. This includes the deferral of VAT payments, a yearlong business rates holiday for eligible businesses, a range of government-backed and guaranteed loan schemes, the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Fund, and the Discretionary Grant. Additionally, many events are able to reopen at a small scale with social distancing measures.

During this difficult time the Treasury is working intensively with employers, delivery partners, industry groups and other government departments to understand the long-term effects of social distancing across all key areas of the economy.

We will continue to monitor the impact of government support on public services, businesses, individuals and sectors as we respond to this pandemic, and keep all policies under review

Kemi Badenoch
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
17th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to protect shopworkers from abusive customers.

The Government conducted a call for evidence on violence and abuse toward shop staff to understand the extent of the issue and how we can improve the response to these crimes. The Government’s formal response was published 7 July 2020 and is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/violence-and-abuse-toward-shop-staff-call-for-evidence

To address the actions raised in the call for evidence the Home Office has worked closely with retailers and trade organisations through the National Retail Crime Steering Group. We have developed resources to assist retailers to report crimes when they occur, resources for shop staff who are victims of violence and abuse, and the #Shopkind communications campaign. The downloadable resources are free to use and are available here: https://brc.org.uk/nrcsg-against-shop-worker-abuse-and-violence/

The next phase of the work will look at the causes of retail violence, such as drug and alcohol addiction, and what can be done to address these in the retail setting.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Home Office)
20th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many appeals rights exhausted asylum seekers are being housed in South Northamptonshire; and at what cost to the taxpayer.

The number of asylum seekers accommodated in each local authority can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/asylum-and-resettlement-datasets#asylum-support

Accommodation costs are considered to be commercially confidential so we do not provide this information, however, total asylum spends are published as part of transparency data https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/migration-transparency-data

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
9th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to support landlords who rely on income from less than three rental properties during the covid-19 outbreak.

The Government is supporting landlords by helping tenants to pay their rent and has brought forward a significant economic response, including support for businesses to pay staff salaries through the furlough scheme, which has been extended to March.

As made clear in our COVID renting guidance to tenants and landlords, tenants who?are able to pay rent must continue to do so. Where landlords find themselves in coronavirus-related hardship, mortgage lenders have agreed to offer payment holidays of up to six months, with applications now open until 31 January 2021.

Housing possession claims can be actioned through the courts and we have worked with the judiciary to introduce new court arrangements to ensure appropriate protection for all parties

While we have asked bailiffs not to carry out evictions during the national restrictions in England (from 5 November), there will be a number of serious circumstances which will be exempt. This we hope can serve as reassurance to landlords. These serious circumstances are cases of illegal occupation, anti-social behaviour, fraud, eviction of a perpetrator of domestic abuse in social housing and where a property is unoccupied following the death of a tenant. We also intend to introduce an exemption for extreme pre-Covid rent arrears. Together with the pause on enforcement of evictions over the Christmas period, this means bailiffs have been asked not to enforce evictions in England until the 11 January at the earliest, except in the most serious circumstances.

The Government believes this strikes the right balance between prioritising public health and supporting the most vulnerable renters, whilst ensuring landlords can access and exercise their right to justice for the most serious cases.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
23rd Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the help to buy scheme in its current format will be extended until April 2022.

The Government recognises that there have been delays caused by Covid-19. That is why on 31 July a two-month extension was announced to the building completion deadline from 31 December 2020 to 28 February 2021. The legal completion deadline for the purchase remains 31 March 2021.

The Government also announced an extra measure to protect existing customers who have experienced severe delays as a result of coronavirus. Homes England, who administer Help to Buy, will work with those who had a reservation in place before 30 June to assess their situation and look to provide an extension where necessary. In which case, they will have until 31 May 2021 to legally complete. More information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/help-to-buy-scheme-extended.

We believe these measures provide sufficient time for developers to build out homes delayed by COVID 19 and protect customers whose purchases have been significantly delayed. There are no plans to extend the current scheme further.

Meanwhile the Government’s new Help to Buy scheme, which will replace the current scheme and is for first time buyers only, will commence on 1 April 2021 and run until March 2023. More information can be found at: https://www.helptobuy.gov.uk/equity-loan/help-to-buy-equity-loan-2021-2023/.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
14th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to ensure that motorbike scrambling is subject to covid-19 legislation with no change in planning permission.

All activities are subject to the relevant Covid restrictions. To support businesses and communities during this time we have provided a further 14 days during which time land can temporarily be used for motorsports until 31 December 2020. This is in addition to the existing allowance of 14 days.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
5th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to review the regulations on the occupation of caravan sites during the winter months in response to the covid-19 outbreak; and if he will make a statement.

There are no specific planning regulations controlling the occupation of caravan sites during the winter months. Occupation during these months may be subject to planning conditions as part of the planning permission for the site. The Government issued a Written Ministerial Statement on 14 July which says that local planning authorities should prioritise planning applications which vary conditions to extend the operation of caravan sites beyond the usual summer season. In doing so, they should have regard to any advice from the Environment Agency where there may be a risk of flooding on a site, whilst considering the benefits of longer opening season times to local economies as they recover from the impact of Covid-19.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
2nd Feb 2021
What support his Department is providing to new parents who are in the prison system.

We know that there is an impact on families and children when a parent is imprisoned. Prisons run a variety of parenting courses that are commissioned by individual establishments to suit the needs of their particular population.

Mother and Baby Units have operated in women’s prisons for a number of years, they enable mothers to have their children with them in prison during an important period of bonding. The units are often praised in HMIP reports.

There are also many ad hoc provisions such as Storybook Dads which help to maintain contact with younger children.

Lucy Frazer
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
18th Nov 2020
To ask the Leader of the House, what discussions he has had with the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards on the potential merits of publishing investigations into non-ICGS matters on her website.

The Committee on Standards published its report on Confidentiality in the House’s standards system in June and recommended that “the Commissioner should be given authority to publish a list of ongoing non-ICGS investigations and to confirm or deny whether a non-ICGS matter is being looked into, as she did before 19 July 2018.” The Government is continuing discussions with the Committee ahead of bringing forward a motion to implement the Committee’s recommendations.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons