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Gareth Bacon

Conservative - Orpington


Select Committee Meeting
Monday 18th October 2021
15:30
Public Accounts Committee - Oral evidence
Subject: Environmental Land Management Scheme
18 Oct 2021, 3:30 p.m.
At 4.00pm: Oral evidence
Lynette Steel - Farm Policy Adviser at Tenants Farmers Association
Caroline Ayre - England National Manager at Confederation of Forest Industries
Tom Bradshaw - Vice President at National Farmers Union (NFU)
Jenna Hegarty - Deputy Director Policy and Advocacy at Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
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Select Committee Meeting
Thursday 21st October 2021
09:30
Public Accounts Committee - Oral evidence
Subject: Environmental Land Management Scheme
21 Oct 2021, 9:30 a.m.
At 10.00am: Oral evidence
Tamara Finkelstein - Permanent Secretary at Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs
David Kennedy - Director General, Food, farming and biodiversity at Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs
Paul Caldwell - Chief Executive at Rural Payments Agency
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Scheduled Event
Friday 3rd December 2021
Private Members' Bills - Main Chamber
Unauthorised Development (Offences) Bill: Second Reading : Second Reading
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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
Tuesday 21st September 2021
Unauthorised Development (Offences)

I beg to move,

That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make unauthorised development without planning permission …

Written Answers
Monday 2nd August 2021
Abortion: Coronavirus
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reasons the Government decided to include home-administered …
Early Day Motions
None available
Bills
Tuesday 21st September 2021
Unauthorised Development (Offences) Bill 2021-22
A Bill to make unauthorised development without planning permission an offence; to prohibit retrospective planning applications; and for connected purposes.
MP Financial Interests
Monday 23rd August 2021
8. Miscellaneous
From 14 June 2021, unpaid director of Conservative Union Research Unit Ltd, which will provide research and briefings to Members …
EDM signed
Monday 13th September 2021
Emma Raducanu, 2021 US Open women's champion
That this House is delighted, amazed and inspired by the performances of Emma Raducanu in winning the US Open without …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Gareth Bacon has voted in 300 divisions, and 2 times against the majority of their Party.

24 Jun 2020 - Demonstrations (Abortion Clinics) - View Vote Context
Gareth Bacon voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 43 Conservative No votes vs 56 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 213 Noes - 47
27 Apr 2021 - Delegated Legislation - View Vote Context
Gareth Bacon 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

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

Sparring Partners
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
(8 debate interactions)
Chris Philp (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
(6 debate interactions)
Christopher Pincher (Conservative)
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
(5 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Home Office
(13 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(10 debate contributions)
Department for Education
(10 debate contributions)
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Orpington 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).

Petition Debates Contributed

To not decide to scrap free travel for those who are under 18. As a teenager who has relied so much on free travel, it has allowed for me to go to school without the worry of an extra expense and explore around the beautiful city of London also. Destroying free travel would hurt so many of us.


Latest EDMs signed by Gareth Bacon

13th September 2021
Gareth Bacon signed this EDM as a sponsor on Monday 13th September 2021

Emma Raducanu, 2021 US Open women's champion

Tabled by: Toby Perkins (Labour - Chesterfield)
That this House is delighted, amazed and inspired by the performances of Emma Raducanu in winning the US Open without losing a set; notes that she is the first qualifier in the history of tennis to win a grand slam event; congratulates Emma and all those involved in her success; …
20 signatures
(Most recent: 23 Sep 2021)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 7
Scottish National Party: 5
Conservative: 4
Democratic Unionist Party: 2
Independent: 1
Liberal Democrat: 1
19th December 2019
Gareth Bacon signed this EDM on Friday 20th December 2019

Big Ben chiming on the day of Brexit

Tabled by: Mark Francois (Conservative - Rayleigh and Wickford)
That this House notes the ongoing refurbishment works on the Elizabeth Tower and the fact that during this period Big Ben currently only chimes for Remembrance Sunday and New Year's Eve; further notes that the United Kingdom will now leave the European Union at 11.00pm GMT on 31 January 2020; …
53 signatures
(Most recent: 7 Jan 2020)
Signatures by party:
Conservative: 48
Democratic Unionist Party: 5
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Gareth Bacon, 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.


Gareth Bacon has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Gareth Bacon has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

1 Bill introduced by Gareth Bacon


A Bill to make unauthorised development without planning permission an offence; to prohibit retrospective planning applications; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading (Commons)
Tuesday 21st September 2021
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Next Event - 2nd Reading (Commons)
Friday 3rd December 2021
Order Paper number: 12
(Unlikely to be Debated - would require unanimous consent to progress)

Gareth Bacon has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


23 Written Questions in the current parliament

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8th Jan 2020
To ask the Attorney General, what recent assessment he has made of how (a) material evidence brought forward by the prosecution and (b) unused material that fails to be disclosed to the defence is processed by the (i) police and (ii) Crown Prosecution Service.

There has been unprecedented joint commitment and focus from the police and the CPS to finding solutions to the problem of getting the provision of material evidence and disclosure right. Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Inspectorate (HMCPSI) recently published a report on disclosure in the Crown Court, which shows that CPS and the police have made improvements in almost all areas. However, as the report notes, these improvements are from a low baseline and it is therefore crucial that lasting improvements continue to be made. I am working to update my Guidelines on Disclosure in order to provide clear guidance to all practitioners, and embed the recommendations I made in my 2018 Review.

7th Jan 2020
To ask the Attorney General, if he will provide additional staff training resources for criminal cases involving large volumes of electronic evidence.

The government is committed to investing in tools and training that can help to mitigate the challenges posed by large volumes of electronic evidence. The CPS provides extensive disclosure training for all prosecutors to ensure they are properly equipped to handle these challenges. The College of Policing figures, published last August, show that over 100,000 police officers and staff across England and Wales have completed all modules of disclosure training, and further advanced training packages are being developed by the CPS.

27th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking with Cabinet colleagues to promote rural broadband; and if she will ensure that Downe and Cudham in Orpington constituency and other rural areas that have yet to receive funding for broadband are prioritised.

We recognise that access to fast and reliable broadband is essential to support economic growth and thriving rural communities. We are working closely with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to ensure rural businesses and communities get the connectivity they need.

The Government is investing record amounts to level up digital infrastructure across the UK. We are already connecting some of the hardest to reach places in the country, including through the Superfast Broadband Programme and £200 million Rural Gigabit Connectivity Programme.

The Government wants nationwide coverage of gigabit-capable broadband as soon as possible and we are supporting rural areas as a priority. We have committed £5 billion of public funding to close the digital divide and ensure rural areas are not left behind. Further details will be announced in due course.

Defra has also allocated up to £79.5 million of grant funding from the Rural Development Programme for England, targeted at helping to connect businesses with broadband in some of the hardest to reach rural areas.

Those premises that do not have access to 'decent broadband' (10 Megabits per second download speeds) are able to request a Broadband Universal Service Obligation connection.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
13th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has (a) commissioned or (b) plans to commission research on the health and welfare of women who have used home-administered early medical abortion during the covid-19 outbreak; and if he will make a statement.

The Department has no plans to commission research on this specific issue.

The Government’s public consultation on whether to make permanent the temporary measure allowing for home use of both pills for early medical abortion up to 10 weeks gestation for all eligible women asked questions about the impact on the provision of services for women and girls with particular regard to safety. The consultation has now closed and we are considering all evidence submitted and plan to publish our response later this year.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
13th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reasons the Government decided to include home-administered early medical abortions in the Coronavirus Act 2020; what the evidential basis was for that decision; and if he will make a statement.

In March 2020, the Government put in place a temporary approval to enable eligible women and girls to be able to take both pills for early medical abortion up to 10 weeks gestation in their own homes. This approval was put in place on a temporary basis using powers in the Abortion Act 1967 following engagement with key stakeholders, including the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Factors taken into consideration when making this decision included the impact of staff isolation on the provision of abortion services, the need to limit travel and the transmission of COVID-19 during the pandemic, and maintaining access to safe abortion services for women including those who were shielding. Safe and continued access to urgent healthcare has been and remains our priority.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
7th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has plans to collect data on the number of women presenting in clinical settings as a result of complications arising from (a) incomplete procedures and (b) retained products of conception following an early medical abortion at home; and if he will make a statement.

The Department is undertaking a project to review the system of recording abortion complications and we anticipate this work will be completed later this year. The review will cover all data on complications arising from abortion.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
7th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to issue guidance on abortion pill reversal services as part of a commitment to increasing choice for women on reproductive health in Women's Health Review; and if he will make a statement.

The Department does not issue clinical guidance.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
2nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with his Israeli counterpart on the effect of that country’s digitised healthcare system on its covid-19 vaccination rollout.

We have had no such specific discussions.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
2nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in the permanent members of the UN Security Council on reports that Iran has started uranium enrichment up to 20 per cent.

Iran's commencement of uranium enrichment up to 20% at the Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plant has no credible civil justification and carries significant proliferation-related risks. We have been clear that if Iran is serious about preserving the deal it must return to compliance. The E3 made a statement on the 6 January making clear that this latest step is in clear violation of Iran's commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA). We continue to explore options to engage closely with the Permanent Members of the UN Security Council to address Iran's non-compliance.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
19th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the US Middle East Partnership for Peace Act.

The UK remains committed to making progress towards a two-state solution. We welcome all efforts towards peace. We also support the growth of civil society in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and efforts to improve the Palestinian economy. We will continue to monitor the International Fund for Israeli-Palestinian Peace, as it progresses through the US legislative system.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
19th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on the potential merits of increasing investment to support peacebuilding efforts between Israelis and Palestinians.

The United Kingdom remains a strong supporter of all efforts to promote peace. We believe that peace is best achieved through negotiations between the parties, but international action can also play a role in supporting progress. We remain in close contact with our international partners on ways to promote a just and lasting resolution that ends the occupation and delivers peace for both Israelis and Palestinians, which is long overdue. The UK continues to be a leading donor in the region, with UK aid helping to improve the lives of Palestinians and in support of the UK's commitment to maintain the viability of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 16 July 2020 to Question 71913, what progress has been made in discussions with international partners to address the expiry of the UN conventional arms embargo on Iran in October 2020.

We have serious concerns regarding the implications for regional security of the scheduled expiry of the UN conventional arms embargo. We are considering all options both inside and outside of the UN Security Council (UNSC). We continue to be guided by the need to uphold the authority and integrity of the UNSC and to advance regional security and stability.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
9th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what mechanisms are in place to prevent Iran from increasing arms exports to terrorist groups after the expiration of the UN conventional arms embargo in October 2020.

We have repeatedly set out concerns about Iranian destabilising behaviour in the region, including proliferation to non-state actors. As set out in the E3 Foreign Ministers statement of 19 June, we are working with partners, including UN Security Council Members, to address the planned expiry of the UN conventional arms embargo.

It is also important to note that other UN sanctions (UNSCRs 1540, 2216 and 1701), which prohibit the proliferation of weapons to the Houthis and Lebanese Hizballah, will remain in place after the arms embargo expires. The EU arms embargo and UN ballistic missile restrictions on Iran will also remain in place until 2023. The UK encourages all states to implement national export control best practice in support of these regimes.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
27th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions has he had with coalition allies on preventing ISIS from resurging.

We continue to work closely with our allies in the Global Coalition to prevent Daesh from resurging, in particular in Syria and Iraq. Senior officials from the Coalition members discussed this in a meeting on 16 April. Among other occasions, I raised the importance of the continued fight against Daesh in my conversations with Iraq's Ambassador to the UK on 16 March, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hakim on 1 April and the US Envoy for Syria Ambassador Jeffrey on 16 April.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
28th Apr 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment his Department has made of the compatibility of the 2019 Loan Charge with the Rees rules on tax retrospectivity.

Sir Amyas 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, the date from which Sir Amyas considered that the law as to the tax treatment of loan schemes was clear.

The 2019 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.

The Rees Rules have no bearing on the Loan Charge.

27th Apr 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if his Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of reviewing HMRC’s agreement with debtors that monies already paid cannot be reclaimed, in the event that the Loan Charge is suspended or revoked.

The Government accepted all but one of the 20 recommendations made by Sir Amyas Morse in December 2019 following his Independent Review of the Loan Charge policy.

The Independent Review assessed the impact of the policy on affected taxpayers and found that it was right for the Government to try to ensure that the tax was collected and that the Loan Charge should remain in force.

There was no recommendation to suspend or revoke the policy and the Government agrees it should remain in force.

The Government has included legislation required to implement the recommendations in the Finance Bill.

Implementing these recommendations is estimated to benefit more than 30,000 people subject to the Loan Charge, including about 11,000 people who will be taken out of paying it altogether.

9th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps are being taken to eradicate modern slavery in the fast fashion industry.

The Government is committed to tackling modern slavery in all sectors, including fashion, which is why in 2017 we expanded the remit of the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA), giving specially trained officers stronger powers under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 to investigate labour market offences across all sectors of the economy in England and Wales. We have also committed to creating a single enforcement body to crack down on employers abusing the law, to protect vulnerable workers and create a level playing field for the majority of employers that comply with the law.

To address risks in the fashion sector specifically, the former Prime Minister launched 'The Apparel and General Merchandise Public and Private Protocol' in 2018. The protocol is a partnership between enforcement bodies such as the GLAA and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and industry partners, including the British Retail Consortium, UK Fashion and the Textile Association, and commits its signatories to working together to eradicate slavery and exploitation in textile supply chains.

We are also committed to improving transparency in domestic and global supply chains. Under section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, the UK became the first country in the world to require large businesses in all sectors to report on how they are tackling modern slavery in their operations and supply chains. We are committed to continuously strengthening our approach and in July 2019 the Home Office launched a public consultation on an ambitious package of measures designed to enhance the impact of transparency, including mandating specific topics organisations must report on, introducing a single reporting deadline and extending transparency to the public sector. The Government response to the consultation will be published this summer.

We are also developing a new gov.uk registry for statements published under the Modern Slavery Act, to enable greater scrutiny from consumers, investors, civil society and others and drive a “race to the top".

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
7th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of increasing funding for the HM Courts and Tribunals Service to tackle court (a) under-occupancy and (b) case backlogs.

Sitting days are kept under close review to ensure changes in demand are met by the court system. In November, we allocated an extra 700 days to the Crown Court for this financial year in response to an increase in the number of cases coming to court.

Sitting days are monitored and assigned based on the number of cases we expect the courts to receive annually. This approach has enabled us to reduce the number of outstanding cases in the Crown Court in England and Wales by almost 40% since 2014.

We are also considering options for a Royal Commission on the criminal justice process, which could deliver a fundamental review of some of the key issues which are affecting the system now, or may do in the future.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
7th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he is putting in place to ensure the adequate use of Crown courtroom capacity.

Sitting days are kept under close review to ensure changes in demand are met by the court system. In November, we allocated an extra 700 days to the Crown Court for this financial year in response to an increase in the number of cases coming to court.

Sitting days are monitored and assigned based on the number of cases we expect the courts to receive annually. This approach has enabled us to reduce the number of outstanding cases in the Crown Court in England and Wales by almost 40% since 2014.

We are also considering options for a Royal Commission on the criminal justice process, which could deliver a fundamental review of some of the key issues which are affecting the system now, or may do in the future.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
7th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he plans to increase the number of court sitting days so that more Crown court cases can be heard; and if he will make a statement.

Sitting days are kept under close review to ensure changes in demand are met by the court system. In November, we allocated an extra 700 days to the Crown Court for this financial year in response to an increase in the number of cases coming to court.

Sitting days are monitored and assigned based on the number of cases we expect the courts to receive annually. This approach has enabled us to reduce the number of outstanding cases in the Crown Court in England and Wales by almost 40% since 2014.

We are also considering options for a Royal Commission on the criminal justice process, which could deliver a fundamental review of some of the key issues which are affecting the system now, or may do in the future.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
7th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of increasing Crown courtroom availability; and if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of undertaking a review of criminal justice system resources.

Sitting days are kept under close review to ensure changes in demand are met by the court system. In November, we allocated an extra 700 days to the Crown Court for this financial year in response to an increase in the number of cases coming to court.

Sitting days are monitored and assigned based on the number of cases we expect the courts to receive annually. This approach has enabled us to reduce the number of outstanding cases in the Crown Court in England and Wales by almost 40% since 2014.

We are also considering options for a Royal Commission on the criminal justice process, which could deliver a fundamental review of some of the key issues which are affecting the system now, or may do in the future.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
7th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to improve courtroom availability through court estate restoration and renewal.

HM Courts & Tribunals Service seeks to make sure that the court and tribunal estate is in the best possible condition to provide appropriate court and hearing room facilities.

Since the commencement of the Reform Programme, we have spent over £167m on capital projects investing in our buildings. This has delivered significant improvements, including replacing heating and cooling systems, lifts, roofs and windows.

We have also re-procured our facilities management contracts from April this year, which will allow us to improve the way our buildings are maintained day to day. Under the new arrangements, facilities management work will be more user focused with new objectives based on previous customer experiences. Repair and improvement works will also be more efficient, with response times that match industry standards.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)