Calum Kerr

Scottish National Party - Former Member for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk

Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader (Digital)
10th May 2016 - 3rd May 2017
Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader (Environment and Rural Affairs)
20th May 2015 - 3rd May 2017
European Scrutiny Committee
15th Jul 2015 - 28th Nov 2016


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Calum Kerr has voted in 297 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Sparring Partners
Matt Hancock (Conservative)
(46 debate interactions)
Louise Haigh (Labour)
Shadow Secretary of State for Transport
(21 debate interactions)
George Eustice (Conservative)
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
(12 debate interactions)
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Cabinet Office
(57 debate contributions)
HM Treasury
(8 debate contributions)
Department for Transport
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Latest EDMs signed by Calum Kerr

26th April 2017
Calum Kerr signed this EDM on Wednesday 26th April 2017

SUCCESS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS

Tabled by: Stephen Gethins (Scottish National Party - North East Fife)
That this House congratulates the University of St Andrews on its continued success in higher education league tables; notes that St Andrews was recently ranked first in Scotland and third in the UK by the Complete University Guide; further notes that this marks a rise in two places from 2016 …
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Scottish National Party: 50
Independent: 1
26th April 2017
Calum Kerr signed this EDM on Wednesday 26th April 2017

10 YEARS OF SNP GOVERNMENT

Tabled by: Stephen Gethins (Scottish National Party - North East Fife)
That this House notes the 10th anniversary of the SNP forming its first Scottish Government, led by Alex Salmond, following its victory in the Scottish Parliament elections held on 4 May 2007; further notes this first SNP administration established the Scottish Government out of the existing Scottish Executive and gave …
53 signatures
(Most recent: 26 Apr 2017)
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Scottish National Party: 52
Independent: 1
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79 Written Questions

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1 Other Department Questions
12th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the terms of the forthcoming statutory review into the role of the Groceries Code Adjudicator will be; if the Government will consider a case for an extension of the remit of the Adjudicator in order to better protect primary producers as part of that review; and what steps the Government plans to take prior to the statutory review in order to give the Adjudicator more powers to deal with issues in the supply chain (a) in general and (b) in the dairy sector.

The terms of the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) review are set out in section 15 of the GCA Act 2013. This states that the review must:


(a) consider how much the Adjudicator's powers have been exercised; and

(b) assess how effective the Adjudicator has been in enforcing the Groceries Code


Under the Act the GCA’s role is to enforce the Groceries Supply Code of Practice which regulates the relationship between the ten largest supermarkets and their direct suppliers. There are no powers in the Act 2013 that would allow Ministers to extend the GCA’s jurisdiction. Changes to the GCA’s remit would require either a decision by the Competition and Markets Authority to conduct a further investigation into the sector or primary legislation to amend the 2013 Act.

19th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of the outcome of the EU referendum on the UK's participation in the Digital Single Market.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has not made such an assessment. The UK remains a member of the EU and will continue to play an active role in the development of the Digital Single Market until the formal and legal process of leaving the European Union has been finalised.

11th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will postpone the reorganisation of UK Science Research Councils until the UK has renegotiated its relationship with the EU.

The Government will continue taking forward the important legislation that was set before Parliament in the Queen’s Speech, including the Higher Education and Research Bill. This includes the formation of the new body UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). Now, more than ever, we need a strong and unified voice to represent the interests of UK research and innovation across Europe and around the world which UKRI will provide.

11th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of UK negotiations with the EU resulting from the outcome of the referendum on the planned reorganisation of UK Science Research Councils proposed by Sir Paul Nurse.

The Government will continue taking forward the important legislation that was set before Parliament in the Queen’s Speech, including the Higher Education and Research Bill. This includes the formation of the new body UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). Now, more than ever, we need a strong and unified voice to represent the interests of UK research and innovation across Europe and around the world which UKRI will provide.

11th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he plans to take to protect UK science from the effect of uncertainty about access to European Research Council grants.

The UK’s decision to leave the EU has no immediate effect on the right of researchers to apply or to participate in Horizon 2020 as the UK is still an EU member state. UK participants can continue to apply to the programme in the usual way. The Commission has made a public statement on its website to this effect. The future of UK access to European research and innovation funding will be determined as part of wider discussions with the EU.

11th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the outcome of the referendum on UK membership of the EU, if he will take steps to help the UK retain its leading scientists and engineers.

The UK has a long established system that supports, and therefore attracts, the brightest minds, at all stages of their careers. We fund excellent research wherever it is found, and ensure there is the freedom to tackle important scientific questions. The Government is committed to maintaining and enhancing the strength of our research base, which is why at the Spending Review we committed to protect the science budget in real terms from its 2015/16 level of £4.7 billion per annum.

The Government has said that there will be no immediate changes in circumstances for EU citizens working or studying in the UK - this includes scientists and engineers.

24th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment the Government has made of the implications for telecoms rating of the separation of Openreach into a separate company; and whether that separation will enable BT's business rates liability to be assessed in the same way as its competitors.

Rateable values are set independently by the Valuation Office Agency. All telecom networks are assessed for business rates in the normal way to the common standard of rateable value.

23rd Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what contingency plans the Government has made to ensure that broadband and telecom companies are not left operating under the current regulatory framework in the event that the new European Electronic Communications Code is not transposed into UK law before the UK leaves the EU.

The department is in consultation with all stakeholders its to understand how leaving the EU will impact them, including the UK telecoms industry. We want our new partnership with the EU to minimise the regulatory and market access barriers for both goods and services.

23rd Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment the Government has made of the cost to UK telecoms providers of any divergence between EU and UK electronic communications regulatory regimes after the UK leaves the EU.

The Government is currently assessing the EU Electronic Communications Code. No such proposal for divergence has been made.

23rd Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment the Government has made of the potential effect on the Dark Fibre Access remedy proposal for BT by Ofcom of the policy of levying business rates on BT customers.

My Department has regular discussions with other Government Departments on a range of issues impacting on the regulation of the telecoms sector and regularly receives proposals which contribute to policy development, which are considered on their merits as part of this process.

23rd Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions her Department has had with other departments on whether Ofcom's Dark Fibre Access regulatory remedy is affected by the application of business rates on electronic communications providers purchasing Dark Fibre Access from BT Openreach when it becomes available in October 2017.

My Department has regular discussions with other Government Departments on a range of issues impacting on the regulation of the telecoms sector and regularly receives proposals which contribute to policy development, which are considered on their merits as part of this process.

9th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, where the hon. Member for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk can find reference to the consultation for a new voucher scheme for broadband which the Minister for Digital and Culture stated had been announced in the Autumn Statement 2016 in his oral contributions of 28 November 2016.

My Department published the Call for Evidence on local fibre proposals announced at Autumn Statement on 28th December.

21st Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate her Department has made of the average amount of public funding provided per property under the Broadband Delivery UK scheme.

So far BDUK led projects have passed 4,168,739 premises to the end of Sept 2016. To reach this figure we have paid £924,334,422 in cash terms comprising £497,656,699 BDUK contribution and £426,677,723 local body/devolved contribution.

21st Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate she has made of the number of premises which will be eligible for the broadband Universal Service Obligation in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland.

The independent telecoms regulator Ofcom has been commissioned to provide detailed analysis on the key factors that will help inform the design of the broadband Univer sal Service Obligation (USO) and to publish their findings by the end of this year. Their report will identify the number of premises likely to be within the USO footprint on a UK-wide basis. They are also expected to provide a breakdown for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

21st Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of premises in (a) the UK, (b) England, (c) Wales, (d) Scotland and (e) Northern Ireland (i) will have access to superfast broadband and (ii) are forecast to have signed up to receive superfast broadband by the end of 2017.

The government is aiming for superfast broadband coverage to reach 95% of UK premises by the end of 2017. This will include delivery from the government's Superfast Broadband Programme and further commercially funded delivery. The precise locations of this delivery are not known.

26th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when her Department plans to publish its consultation on regulatory reform of the commercial radio sector.

We hope to publish a consultation paper on commercial radio deregulation in due course.

19th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she will take to protect businesses in the digital sector as the UK prepares to leave the EU.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is working closely with all of our sectors to make sure they have a voice as we prepare for negotiations to exit the European Union. We will continue to have regular engagement with organisations from across the digital sector to make sure their views and concerns are represented fully in our preparations for exit negotiations.

19th Jul 2016
5G
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if her Department will make it its policy to launch commercial 5G services in at least one city by 2020.

We are sponsoring the Future Communications Challenge Group (FCCG) of senior academics, industry experts and funders, chaired by the President of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, which is considering how we should drive forward our commitment to ensure that UK has a leading role in 5G development.

In parallel the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) is conducting a study, launched in Budget 2016, into how UK can achieve early deployment of 5G networks.

Both of these will report by the end of the year and the results will feed into a comprehensive 5G strategy for the UK, to be published in 2017.

19th Jul 2016
5G
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if her Department will establish a 5G venture fund for 5G technology start-ups.

We are sponsoring the Future Communications Challenge Group (FCCG) of senior academics, industry experts and funders, chaired by the President of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, which is considering how we should drive forward our commitment to ensure that UK has a leading role in 5G development.

In parallel the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) is conducting a study, launched in Budget 2016, into how UK can achieve early deployment of 5G networks.

Both of these will report by the end of the year and the results will feed into a comprehensive 5G strategy for the UK, to be published in 2017.

15th Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate his Department has made of the contribution of the horseracing industry to the economy in Scotland.

A 2013 report from Deloitte for the British Horseracing Authority estimated that British racing has a Great Britain wide economic impact of £3.45 billion. Lastyear a public consultation on the potential structure and operation of the Horserace Betting Right was held, inviting views from across Great Britain. To inform our work to replace the current levy system and require offshore operators to make a fair financial contribution to racing alongside those based in Great Britain, I have commissioned an independent economic analysis of the costs and funding of racing. This will draw on information provided by betting and racing.

15th Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on the timetable for and potential effects of the introduction of a Horserace Betting Right.

A 2013 report from Deloitte for the British Horseracing Authority estimated that British racing has a Great Britain wide economic impact of £3.45 billion. Lastyear a public consultation on the potential structure and operation of the Horserace Betting Right was held, inviting views from across Great Britain. To inform our work to replace the current levy system and require offshore operators to make a fair financial contribution to racing alongside those based in Great Britain, I have commissioned an independent economic analysis of the costs and funding of racing. This will draw on information provided by betting and racing.

18th Apr 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, within what time period after the UK leaves the EU it will assume control of its exclusive economic zone and become an independent coastal state under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

The UK will automatically assume control of its Exclusive Economic Zone and become an independent Coastal State on the day that it leaves the European Union.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
13th Apr 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on how the Government's industrial strategy will support food producers.

Defra is working closely with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy at ministerial and official level, to ensure the industrial strategy supports the agri-food sector.

The agri-food sector contributes £110 billion per year to our economy and is a big employer in every region of the UK, so is well placed to support growth across the whole country. We will be working with the agri-food sector to develop an industrial strategy that delivers a world-leading food, farming and fishing nation that grows more, sells more and exports more food around the world.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
30th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the status of the 1964 London Fisheries Convention after the UK leaves the EU.

We are looking very carefully at the London Fisheries Convention. As the Prime Minister told the House on 29 March, we hope to be able to say something about this soon.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
30th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with representatives of the fishing industry on the status of the 1964 London Fisheries Convention.

Ministers and officials have had meetings with a number of organisations to discuss a range of issues associated with EU exit including the 1964 London Fisheries Convention. As the Prime Minister told Parliament on 29 March, we hope to be able to say something about this soon.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
30th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will publish a timetable outlining the measures required for the UK to establish itself as an independent coastal state under the UN Convention on the Law of the Seas.

In accordance with international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, following EU exit, the UK will be responsible for managing living resources, including fisheries, within its territorial waters and Exclusive Economic Zone.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
14th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of devolving powers to the Scottish Government in advance of the Great Repeal Bill in order to promote mixed fisheries opportunities and reactive positive stock management.

Marine Scotland is already responsible for controlling the activities of all fishing vessels operating within the Scottish zone, as defined by the Fishery Limits Act 1976 and the Scotland Act 1998.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
13th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what consultation her Department has had with the devolved administrations on the 25-year plan for food and farming.

We will continue to work closely with the Devolved Administrations as well as stakeholders in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – seeking to benefit from shared learning in order to achieve our vision of building a world leading food and farming nation.

The views of the devolved nations will play an important part in helping shape our preparations for exit and achieving arrangements that work for all parts of the UK.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
13th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she next plans to meet her counterparts in the Scottish Government to discuss the effect of the UK leaving the EU on the rural economy.

The Joint Ministerial Committee (EU negotiations) was set up to bring together constituent parts of the United Kingdom to develop a UK-wide approach to our negotiations and to discuss issues stemming from the negotiation process that may impact upon or have consequences for the UK Government, the Scottish Government, the Welsh Government or the Northern Ireland Executive. In addition, Defra has set up a twin track approach of regular meetings at ministerial and senior official level with Devolved Administration (DA) counterparts, supplemented with bilateral meetings on specific issues as they arise. The next DA Ministerial and senior officials meetings are currently being arranged and will take place in April.

Thérèse Coffey
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
13th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the role of the Scottish Government is in her Department's EU exit programme workstream on devolution.

We will seek to agree a UK approach to the negotiations and ensure we get the best possible deal for the whole of the UK. We have committed to carefully considering any proposals the devolved administrations put forward. The Secretary of State visited Edinburgh in February to meet with Ministers from all the Devolved Administrations to give them every opportunity to have their say as we form our negotiating strategy.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
13th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the need for more staff in her Department to deal with the effects of the UK leaving the EU on farming and fishing.

Defra is amongst those Government departments whose work is most closely linked to and impacted by EU activity, legal frameworks and funding. In terms of work arising from the UK’s vote to leave the EU, some 80% of Defra’s work is framed by EU legislation and a quarter of EU laws apply to Defra’s sectors. Many roles across the Defra group are now supporting EU exit-related work, either directly or indirectly.

As with all departments, Defra’s work programmes and recruitment plans are continually kept under review ‪to ensure we are appropriately staffed to deal with the task at hand. The resourcing of EU Exit work is a key priority of the Department and will be subject to on-going assessment. Staffing resources will be deployed flexibly across the entire Defra agenda, including work on our farming and fisheries policy.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
10th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if her Department will seek to exempt EU-related fisheries law from being incorporated into UK law as part of the Great Repeal Bill.

All Government Departments are currently reviewing the EU laws that apply in their policy areas and how our withdrawal from the EU will affect the operation of those laws. The Government will set out the content of the Great Repeal Bill and its implications in due course.

We are currently analysing all EU fisheries legislation. No decision has yet been made on the extent to which the EU legislation governing the Common Fisheries Policy will be incorporated into domestic law.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
22nd Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to tackle microbeads in products that are not included within the scope of her Department's proposed ban.

We are currently running a consultation on our proposals to ban microbeads in cosmetics and personal care products. The consultation ends on 28th Feb 2017. The consultation also seeks to gather evidence on the extent of the environmental impacts of microbeads found in other products. This evidence will be used to inform future UK actions to protect the marine environment.

Thérèse Coffey
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
22nd Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of effectiveness the US ban on microbeads on her Department's policy on microbeads.

Defra is aware of the proposed US ban on microbeads and has considered those proposals in developing the UK approach. In addition our proposals have been informed by information from the cosmetics industry, environmental groups, researchers in marine microplastic pollution and counterparts in neighbouring countries. We are currently running a consultation on our proposals. The consultation ends on 28th February 2017.

Thérèse Coffey
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
1st Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when her consultation with farmers on her Department's EU exit programme will commence.

We will begin the process by consulting on our emerging vision and the strategic priorities for the future of the industries, through the form of a food, farming and fishing green paper which will be published in due course.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
1st Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the role of devolved administrations will be in her Department's EU exit programme.

We will seek to agree a UK approach to the negotiations and ensure we get the best possible deal for the whole of the UK. We have committed to carefully considering any proposals the devolved administrations put forward. Defra Ministers have visited each of the devolved administrations to meet with Ministers and stakeholders.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
1st Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the eight work streams within her Department's EU exit programme are; and what the purpose of each of those work streams is.

The current workstreams within Defra’s EU Exit Programme are: EU Negotiations; Trade; Devolution; Repeal Bill, Future Agriculture and Land Use, Fisheries; Environment, and Animal and Plant Health. As the EU Exit Programme progresses, the workstreams may change as they are dynamic and under regular review. The workstreams in our EU Exit Programme are carrying out detailed analysis of the implications and opportunities presented by EU Exit.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
1st Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made on each of the eight work streams within her Department's EU exit programme.

Across the eight work streams, the Department’s EU Exit Programme is carrying out detailed analysis of the implications and opportunities presented by EU Exit. This work will support the Prime Minister’s 12 negotiating objectives and the achievement of our vision to unlock the potential of farming and fisheries as well as ensuring that we leave the environment in a better state than we found it.

It is our intention to shortly publish our 25 Year Food, Farming and Fishing, and Environment Green Papers, initiating a debate with all of Defra’s sectors and stakeholders, along with the wider public, to shape plans that will deliver genuine and lasting change for food, farming, fishing and the environment once we are outside the EU.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
25th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she plans to take to secure access to EU markets for (a) UK exports and (b) Scotch whisky in negotiations on the UK leaving the EU.

Retaining market access between the UK and the EU will be a significant benefit to the food and farming sectors in both the UK and Europe. In 2015, the UK exported £11 billion of agri-food and drink products to the EU, and imported £28 billion. We aim to secure a mutually beneficial deal that delivers market access for the benefit of food and drink producers both in the UK and the EU.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
5th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans her Department has for funding from the EU Solidarity Fund for relief payments for recent flooding.

We will consider all forms of support for those affected by the recent floods.


However, the EU Solidarity Fund would not compensate for private losses. It would take several months to receive the majority of the funds, and only provides for a fraction of the total costs of assessed damage. The Government’s priority has been to act quickly and deal with the urgent needs of those affected.


This is why the Government is providing nearly £200 million of additional aid to support those affected by the floods in England.

13th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make an assessment of the amount spent each year by (a) Seafish and (b) other bodies funded by fishing levies on promoting the fishing industries of other countries.

Seafish does not use levies raised on fish caught by the UK catching sector to promote the fishing industries of other countries. Levy is raised at the first point of sale in the UK, including on imported fish, and is used to support the UK seafood industry.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
13th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will make it her policy to ensure that (a) Seafish and (b) other bodies funded by fishing levies do not promote the fishing industries of other North Sea or Norwegian Sea countries.

Seafish does not spend its levy, directly or through other bodies, on promoting the fishing industries of other North Sea or Norwegian Sea countries. At the request of the four Fisheries Ministers, Seafish introduced a transparent process in 2012 to agree priorities for spending. Seafish consults UK Industry Panels to ensure that all parts of the UK seafood sector benefit proportionately from the levy raised. These activities are set out in the Seafish Corporate Plan, which can be found on the Seafish website.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
12th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many CAP payment applications were submitted within the deadline in the latest period for which figures are available.

CAP payments are the responsibility of each Devolved Administration. In England there were 87,102 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) Applications submitted by the 15 June 2015 deadline. In addition there were 1,103 Applications submitted between the 15 June and 10 July (penalty period), and 158 submitted after the 10 July deadline.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
12th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with the banking sector on support for farmers.

I met representatives from the main high street banks in June this year to discuss the support they are providing to farmers. Officials from Defra have also had regular contact with representatives from the banks.

I intend to meet the banking sector again later this year to discuss, in particular, the support they are providing to those dairy farmers who are experiencing financial difficulties.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
12th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the cost to date of the Government's CAP IT system.

The total programme costs (audited outturn) for 2013-14 and 2014-15 is £98.4 million.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
12th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with the European Commission on the relaxation of rules on farm checks required for the Basic Payment Scheme.

Simplification of the farm controls regime under the Basic Payment Scheme is a top priority for the Department. The Secretary of State and I have had regular discussions and exchanges with Commissioner Hogan on how this could be applied practically. The Secretary of State raised this with the Commission most recently on 7 September 2015 at the Extraordinary Agriculture and Fisheries Council. Officials also continue to press the Commission at working-group level.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
12th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what disallowance penalties her Department has incurred in relation to CAP payments in each year since 2010.

The table below details the disallowance incurred by Defra on a financial year basis and reflects the dates at which disallowance was accrued by the Department following the conclusion of EU audits. The disallowed figures relate to a number of different Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Schemes over a number of historical scheme years. Audits and Scheme years do not necessarily coincide.

Disallowance (*) £m

10/11

11/12

12/13

13/14

14/15

181

42

2

30

81

(*) Reflects the sums the European Commission (EC) have ruled cannot be reimbursed (i.e. the amounts they have “disallowed”) and which are therefore a cost to the Exchequer.

The Government challenges proposed disallowance through mediation in the EU and since 2010 reduced the amount of disallowance levied by €285m.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
12th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many farmers and other eligible businesses have (a) registered for and (b) completed the CAP payment application.

CAP payments are the responsibility of each Devolved Administration. In England 92,186 businesses and agents have registered to use the Rural Payment System and 88,363 businesses have submitted a Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) Application for 2015.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
12th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department plans to make CAP payments before the end of December 2015.

The Rural Payments Agency will be making full payments to eligible farmers as early as possible in the payment window, which runs from 1st December 2015 to 28th June 2016. We expect to make the majority of payments in December and the vast majority by the end of January.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
21st Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she plans to take to implement the Voluntary Code of Practice on Contractual Relations in the dairy industry for milk buyers.

The dairy industry code of best practice on contractual arrangements was created in Great Britain in 2012. About 85% of British milk is bound by the principles of the code. The code's introduction has led to some important improvements for milk producers. The last annual review of the code’s operation conducted by Alex Fergusson, MSP was broadly positive about its impact and recommended that it should retain its voluntary nature.

Following the Environment Secretary’s meeting with the farming unions last month to discuss the current dairy troubles, an industry working group was asked to look urgently at best practice models on labelling, merchandising and sourcing for dairy. This group, independently facilitated by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board will submit proposals in the coming weeks based on industry views on changes that could be made at retail and in the supply chain.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
7th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the effect of recent disruption at Calais and closures of the Channel Tunnel on seafood exports.

Defra works closely with representatives from across the food sector industries and Devolved Administrations on supply chain resilience issues. We have been in regular contact with regard to the ongoing situation in Calais to ensure that concerns are reflected in response planning.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
7th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to support seafood exporters with costs incurred as a result of recent disruption at Calais.

Defra works closely with representatives from across the food sector industries and Devolved Administrations on supply chain resilience issues. We have been in regular contact with regard to the ongoing situation in Calais to ensure that concerns are reflected in response planning.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
18th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research her Department plans to undertake to establish a fair and objective criteria for an assessment of land classes across the UK in advance of her Department's review of convergence of uplift payment allocation.

The Government has committed to undertaking a review in 2016/17 of intra-UK CAP budget allocations. This review will include a comparison of land types across the UK.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
18th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department plans to carry out the review of the convergence of uplift payment allocation in 2016.

The Government has committed to undertaking a review in 2016/17 of intra-UK CAP budget allocations. This review will include a comparison of land types across the UK.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
19th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if he will ensure the UK's participation in the Digital Single Market during negotiations for UK withdrawal from the EU.

While the UK remains a member of the EU it will continue to play an active role in the development of the Digital Single Market.

18th May 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the Government plans to become a founding donor of the Education Cannot Wait fund for education in emergencies when it is launched at the World Humanitarian Summit 2016.

The UK has played a leading role in the development of Education Cannot Wait – a fund for Education in Emergencies, which will be launched at the World Humanitarian Summit on 23rd May at a special event co-hosted by the UK. Education in emergencies and crises is a priority for the UK and the International Development Secretary will be speaking at the World Humanitarian Summit on the UK’s role on this critical issue.

18th May 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department plans to take to help ensure that the Education Cannot Wait fund for education in emergencies focuses on (a) girls, (b) children with disabilities and (c) other marginalised children.

The UK has played a leading role in the development of Education Cannot Wait – a fund for education in emergencies. A key focus for Education Cannot Wait will be on ensuring that marginalised children and young people are able to access a quality education. This includes refugees and internally displaced children, as well as children facing barriers to their education because of their gender, disability or other factors. This focus is reflected in the Fund’s indicative headline results, which commits to providing “Inclusive education [that] reaches the most marginalised children and young people in crises” with a target of “100% of supported education opportunities demonstrate an increase in education for girls, disabled and those in remote locations”. The UK will continue to engage closely during Education Cannot Wait’s inception phase, to ensure that this commitment is fully reflected in its final design and results frameworks.

12th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department has taken to assess the (a) feasibility and (b) the potential economic and social effects on the North of England of extending the new Borders Railway to Carlisle.

The Borders Railway is a matter for the Scottish Government in line with the Scottish Parliament’s legislative competence for the promotion and construction of railways that start, end and remain in Scotland. We look to the relevant local authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) in the Transport for the North partnership, in developing a comprehensive transport strategy for the North of England, to decide whether to engage with the Scottish Government and other stakeholders on the commissioning of such assessments. The UK Government has established a £12bn Local Growth Fund (LGF) to support LEPs in delivering their priorities for supporting local economic growth.

12th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will work with the Office of Rail and Road to ensure that the proposed new Edinburgh to Berwick train service via Reston and East Linton stations will not be impeded by pathways being allocated to long distance train operating companies.

Decisions on access to the railway are a matter for the Office of Rail and Road (ORR). When considering applications for new or additional access to the network by a railway operator the ORR will consult interested parties, including other users of the network and funders, such as the Secretary of State, and take into account their views. In reaching a decision ORR must exercise its functions in a way that it considers best achieves its statutory duties.

18th Apr 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost of establishing a new regulatory framework for food safety after the UK leaves the EU.

Departments are currently working to understand the impacts that withdrawal from the European Union will have across a number of areas, including understanding any cost implications for the regulatory framework. Options for the future post-exit regulatory framework are being developed that will not compromise the consumer protection or increase burdens on businesses.

13th Apr 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with representatives of the European Food Safety Authority on its future remit in the UK.

The Government has not yet had any discussions with the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) on its future remit in the United Kingdom. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Food Standard Agency and other Government Departments/bodies currently work with the EFSA on a range of issues including public health, food safety, plant and animal health and welfare. Government departments are working together to ensure that we will continue to have a collaborative relationship with the EFSA post-exit and that UK risk management decisions will continue to be based on robust scientific evidence.

13th Apr 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department plans to outline options for the replacement of the European Food Safety Authority after the UK leaves the EU.

Departments are currently working together to understand the impact that withdrawal from the European Union will have across a number of sectors and cross-cutting areas, including the European Food Safety Authority. Options for the future of risk assessment in the United Kingdom are being developed but it is not possible at this time to give an indication of when these options can be shared.

12th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the government of Venezuela on the ongoing economic situation and food shortages in that country.

The Government shares the concern of the international community regarding the deteriorating economic and humanitarian situation in Venezuela. We have urged all sides to work constructively together in the best interests of the country and the people of Venezuela. We support the planned dialogue between the Venezuelan Government and Opposition, facilitated by the Union of South American Nations regional body. Foreign and Commonwealth Office officials are in contact with their counterparts in the Department for International Development and the EU to discuss what future assistance might be offered, if requested by the Venezuelan Government.

12th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to his Venezuelan counterpart on reports of detention without charge, arbitrary detentions, the excessive use of force by security forces and other human rights violations in that country.

The Government shares the concern of the international community regarding the deteriorating political situation in Venezuela. The then Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my Rt Hon. Friend the Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Mr Hammond), conveyed his concerns at the detention of prominent political opposition figures, and human rights more generally, directly to the Venezuelan Foreign Minister and Deputy Foreign Minister at bilateral meetings held in London during 2015. He has also discussed Venezuela extensively with counterparts from across the region.

Since 2012, we have funded 22 human rights and democracy projects in Venezuela, with both Government and Non-Government Organisations. These projects have varied from protecting the rights of indigenous people to supporting political dialogue and reconciliation and the promotion of electoral reform.

Venezuela was designated a Foreign and Commonwealth Office Human Rights Priority Country for 2016/2017 in April. This status will allow us to further expand our work on human rights and democracy in the country, including project work with local communities.

11th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on the steps taken by the Venezuelan government in response to shortages of basic commodities and political unrest in that country.

The Government shares the concern of the international community regarding the deteriorating political, economic and social situation in Venezuela.

We have urged all sides to work constructively in the best interests of the country and the people of Venezuela. We support the planned dialogue between the Venezuelan Government and Opposition, facilitated by the Union of South American Nations regional body.

We are aware of the acute shortages of basic foods and medicines. On 10 July, parts of Venezuela’s border with Colombia were opened temporarily for the first time since August 2015. This allowed thousands of Venezuelans to cross into Colombia to purchase basic food and medicines. Foreign and Commonwealth Office officials are in contact with their counterparts in the Department for International Development and the EU to discuss what future assistance might be offered, if asked by the Venezuelan Government

12th Sep 2016
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to change HM Revenue and Customs practice of not repaying incorrectly withheld arrears or underpaid tax credits to claimants as a lump sum.

To tackle the problems associated with families overestimating falls in income, since 2007, when claimants report a fall in income during the year, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) adjusts their tax credit payments for the rest of the year to reflect their new income level, but will not include a one-off payment for the earlier part of the year. At the end of the year, their award is finalised when their actual income is known. If they have been underpaid, a further payment will then be made. However, provisions are in place to make arrears payments to claimants suffering financial hardship.

The purpose of withholding the payment is to reduce the number and size of any overpayments and prevent customers incurring debt.

HMRC has provisions in place to support those customers who are suffering financial hardship and in those circumstances any withheld payments can be released and paid to the customer without having to wait for the claim to be finalised. There are no plans to alter the current practice.

2nd Sep 2016
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if his Department will publish a response to the report prepared by the Republican staff of the Committee on Financial Services, US House of Representatives, Too Big to Jail, Inside the Obama Justice Department's Decision Not to Hold Wall Street Accountable, published in July 2016.

The UK Government does not usually respond to reports from the Committees of other Parliaments and does not intend to respond to this report. The UK government and regulators are committed to ensuring that UK financial institutions are fully compliant with global standards and rules. In our dialogue with the US in 2012, the previous Chancellor requested early warning before any enforcement action is taken against UK banks to manage the financial stability risks. No company is immune from prosecution and the UK government supports the consistent and proportionate enforcement of global rules.

2nd Sep 2016
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of large banking institutions charging negative interest rates on the small business sector.

The interest rates banks charge on their products is a commercial decision for them. The Government is aware that RBS and NatWest have written to businesses stating that a negative base rate may lead them to introduce negative interest rates, but they have not actually done so as yet. The base rate is set by the Bank of England’s independent Monetary Policy Committee, and the Chancellor of the Exchequer welcomed the decision of the Committee to use monetary policy to support the economy through this period of adjustment. As recent figures on jobs and growth have shown, we enter this period of adjustment from a position of economic strength.

9th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the emergency services network masts will be designed and built to provide multi-occupancy sites from all four mobile network operators.

In delivering the Emergency Services Network (ESN), the mobile network operator EE will deliver up to 291 new mast sites. Government will deliver approximately 230 further sites (known as the “Extended Area Services” (EAS) sites) in the most remote and rural areas of Great Britain.

Under the terms of the State Aid decision for ESN, any ESN site where EE offers a commercial service must be made available to the other UK mobile operators and interested parties to provide their own a service on an equal and non-discriminatory basis.

There are 18 potential EAS sites being considered in the constituency of Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk. There are currently up to 5 proposed new EE sites in the constituency. Delivery of these sites is subject to planning permission and the acquisition of land.

9th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many emergency services masts are planned for construction in Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk constituency; and what steps she is taking to ensure that mobile phone services are provided from all four mobile network operators at emergency services network sites.

In delivering the Emergency Services Network (ESN), the mobile network operator EE will deliver up to 291 new mast sites. Government will deliver approximately 230 further sites (known as the “Extended Area Services” (EAS) sites) in the most remote and rural areas of Great Britain. Under the terms of the State Aid decision for ESN, any ESN site where EE offers a commercial service must be made available to the other UK mobile operators and interested parties to provide their own a service on an equal and non-discriminatory basis. The purpose of EAS is to deliver a ‘blue-light’ communications service. The service it will provide is based on road coverage and it has been this requirement which has driven the selection of sites across the country. Site selection criteria for commercial services is done on a different basis; and consequently, there is a variation in the basic requirement of EAS and those of commercial operators.

The Home Office led Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme (ESMCP), does recognise the need to exploit the sites being built in the EAS for wider commercial use. ESMCP has been in discussion with the governments of Wales and Scotland, and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and has agreed to build these sites, wherever possible, to a design specification that can be readily enhanced to allow site-sharing with commercial operators.

For the Westminster Constituency of Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk, there are currently up to 5 proposed new EE sites in the constituency and the EAS project intend to build twelve new EAS radio sites. In addition, three existing Airwave masts are under consideration, subject to a feasibility investigation. Delivery of these sites is subject to planning permission and the acquisition of land.

9th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether geographic location data for the emergency services network sites built by (a) the Government and (b) EE will be published.

In delivering the Emergency Services Network (ESN), the mobile network operator EE will deliver up to 291 new mast sites. Government will deliver approximately 230 further sites (known as the “Extended Area Services” (EAS) sites) in the most remote and rural areas of Great Britain.

Under the terms of the State Aid decision for ESN, any ESN site where EE offers a commercial service must be made available to the other UK mobile operators and interested parties to provide their own a service on an equal and non-discriminatory basis.

There are 18 potential EAS sites being considered in the constituency of Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk. There are currently up to 5 proposed new EE sites in the constituency. Delivery of these sites is subject to planning permission and the acquisition of land.

23rd Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that Extended Area Service mast sites for the Emergency Services Network will be capable of accommodating multiple vendors to afford optimum potential for all users.

The Emergency Services Network (ESN) is being put in place to provide a new generation of communications for the emergency services and its focus must be to provide the critical national infrastructure to do so. Aligned with the Mobile Network Operators, Government has ambitions to improve mobile coverage in the UK. Clearly, where practicable, it makes sense to ensure that ESN helps to meet both objectives. Government is in communication with the operators to confirm how we will do that in practice.

5th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her policy is on the Save the Children proposal to relocate 3,000 unaccompanied refugee children who have arrived in Europe to the UK.

As the Prime Minister said to Parliament in December, we are looking again at the issue of bringing Syrian children to the UK. In any consideration we must ensure that our proposals are in the best interests of those children affected and do not inadvertently put children at additional risk.

Our Syrian resettlement programme has already resettled vulnerable children as part of family groups, with over 1000 refugees resettled by Christmas.

30th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the reasons are for his Department providing information to the public which describes trade within the UK domestic market as an export.

Scottish Government statistics have revealed that trade with the rest of the UK is worth over four times more to Scotland than its trade with the rest of the EU. The UK Government has sought to inform people about the important trading relationship that Scotland and the rest of the UK enjoy, and the relative scale of Scotland’s trade with the rest of the UK as compared to its trade with the rest of the EU. The term ‘exports’ to describe this intra-UK trade is used in the Scottish Government’s own publication, “Export Statistics Scotland 2015”, which is based on the results of the Global Connections Survey.

29th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the strategic priorities are for his Department's social media campaigns on Scotland's trade with the rest of the UK.

Recent data released by the Scottish Government shows that Scotland’s trade with the rest of the UK is worth 4 times that of trade with the rest of the EU.

This is a fact-based, information-led campaign, to inform people about the important trading relationship that Scotland and the rest of the UK enjoy, and the relative scale of Scotland’s trade with the rest of the UK as compared to its trade with the rest of the EU.

29th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what funds his Department has allocated for social media campaigns on platforms such at Twitter and Facebook.

Digital activity, including social media campaigns, are funded through the Scotland Office programme budget. This is published in the annual report and accounts, a link to which can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/annual-report-and-accounts-2015-16--2

29th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what plans his Department has to promote Scottish exports to countries outside of the UK in April 2017.

As we prepare to leave the European Union, we want to send a message to the world that the UK and Scotland remain open for business, and free to shape our own ambitious trade and investment opportunities across the globe.

Earlier this month, I took that message to Burma and Singapore, promoting Scotland’s business interests and exports, including with the energy, financial services and whisky sectors. The Scotland Office will continue to work with the Department of International Trade and other UK Government departments to promote the UK and Scotland to the world.