Guto Bebb Portrait

Guto Bebb

Independent - Former Member for Aberconwy

Welsh Affairs Committee
22nd Oct 2018 - 6th Nov 2019
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
9th Jan 2018 - 16th Jul 2018
Lord Commissioner (HM Treasury) (Whip)
19th Mar 2016 - 9th Jan 2018
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Wales Office)
19th Mar 2016 - 9th Jan 2018
Public Accounts Committee
12th Nov 2012 - 30th Mar 2015
Members' Expenses Committee
18th Jul 2011 - 30th Mar 2015
Welsh Affairs Committee
12th Jul 2010 - 30th Mar 2015


Division Voting information

Guto Bebb has voted in 1761 divisions, and 58 times against the majority of their Party.

3 Sep 2019 - European Union (Withdrawal) - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 20 Conservative Aye votes vs 286 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 328 Noes - 301
18 Jul 2019 - Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 17 Conservative Aye votes vs 262 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 315 Noes - 274
18 Jul 2019 - Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 16 Conservative No votes vs 262 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 273 Noes - 315
9 Jul 2019 - Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 72 Conservative Aye votes vs 84 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 332 Noes - 99
9 Jul 2019 - Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 7 Conservative Aye votes vs 280 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 294 Noes - 293
9 Jul 2019 - Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 9 Conservative Aye votes vs 279 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 289 Noes - 292
9 Jul 2019 - Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 9 Conservative Aye votes vs 281 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 289 Noes - 293
12 Jun 2019 - Leaving the EU: Business of the House - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 10 Conservative Aye votes vs 289 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 298 Noes - 309
3 Apr 2019 - Business of the House - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 14 Conservative Aye votes vs 289 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 310 Noes - 310
3 Apr 2019 - Business of the House - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 14 Conservative Aye votes vs 291 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 312 Noes - 311
3 Apr 2019 - European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 14 Conservative Aye votes vs 291 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 315 Noes - 310
3 Apr 2019 - European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 15 Conservative No votes vs 287 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 304 Noes - 313
3 Apr 2019 - European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 91 Conservative No votes vs 212 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 220 Noes - 400
3 Apr 2019 - European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 14 Conservative Aye votes vs 290 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 313 Noes - 312
1 Apr 2019 - Business of the House - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 28 Conservative Aye votes vs 264 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 322 Noes - 277
1 Apr 2019 - EU: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Votes) - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 32 Conservative Aye votes vs 228 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 261 Noes - 282
1 Apr 2019 - EU: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Votes) - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 14 Conservative Aye votes vs 253 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 280 Noes - 292
1 Apr 2019 - EU: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Votes) - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 9 Conservative Aye votes vs 260 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 191 Noes - 292
29 Mar 2019 - United Kingdom’s Withdrawal from the European Union - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 34 Conservative No votes vs 277 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 286 Noes - 344
27 Mar 2019 - Business of the House - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 33 Conservative Aye votes vs 272 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 331 Noes - 287
27 Mar 2019 - EU: Withdrawal and Future Relationship Votes - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 94 Conservative No votes vs 157 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 160 Noes - 400
27 Mar 2019 - EU: Withdrawal and Future Relationship Votes - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 59 Conservative Aye votes vs 200 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 65 Noes - 377
27 Mar 2019 - EU: Withdrawal and Future Relationship Votes - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 34 Conservative Aye votes vs 234 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 264 Noes - 272
27 Mar 2019 - EU: Withdrawal and Future Relationship Votes - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 10 Conservative Aye votes vs 259 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 184 Noes - 293
27 Mar 2019 - EU: Withdrawal and Future Relationship Votes - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 8 Conservative Aye votes vs 254 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 268 Noes - 295
27 Mar 2019 - EU: Withdrawal and Future Relationship Votes - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 122 Conservative No votes vs 126 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 139 Noes - 422
25 Mar 2019 - European Union (Withdrawal) Act - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 30 Conservative Aye votes vs 281 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 329 Noes - 302
25 Mar 2019 - European Union (Withdrawal) Act - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 15 Conservative Aye votes vs 294 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 311 Noes - 314
25 Mar 2019 - European Union (Withdrawal) Act - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 28 Conservative Aye votes vs 280 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 327 Noes - 300
14 Mar 2019 - UK’s Withdrawal from the European Union - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 16 Conservative Aye votes vs 294 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 311 Noes - 314
14 Mar 2019 - UK’s Withdrawal from the European Union - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 15 Conservative Aye votes vs 294 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 312 Noes - 314
13 Mar 2019 - UK’s Withdrawal from the European Union - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 9 Conservative Aye votes vs 291 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 312 Noes - 308
13 Mar 2019 - UK’s Withdrawal from the European Union - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 66 Conservative No votes vs 149 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 164 Noes - 374
13 Mar 2019 - UK’s Withdrawal from the European Union - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 17 Conservative Aye votes vs 265 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 321 Noes - 278
12 Mar 2019 - European Union (Withdrawal) Act - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 75 Conservative No votes vs 235 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 242 Noes - 391
29 Jan 2019 - European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 15 Conservative Aye votes vs 294 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 301 Noes - 321
29 Jan 2019 - European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 17 Conservative Aye votes vs 294 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 298 Noes - 321
29 Jan 2019 - European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 12 Conservative Aye votes vs 296 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 290 Noes - 322
29 Jan 2019 - European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 17 Conservative Aye votes vs 295 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 318 Noes - 310
29 Jan 2019 - European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 8 Conservative No votes vs 297 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 317 Noes - 301
15 Jan 2019 - European Union (Withdrawal) Act - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 118 Conservative No votes vs 196 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 202 Noes - 432
8 Jan 2019 - Finance (No. 3) Bill - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 20 Conservative Aye votes vs 282 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 303 Noes - 296
8 Jan 2019 - Finance (No. 3) Bill - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 10 Conservative Aye votes vs 289 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 292 Noes - 303
4 Dec 2018 - Business of the House (European Union (Withdrawal) Act) - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 25 Conservative Aye votes vs 282 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 321 Noes - 299
17 Jul 2018 - Trade Bill - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 12 Conservative Aye votes vs 291 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 301 Noes - 307
16 Jul 2018 - Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 14 Conservative No votes vs 288 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 305 Noes - 302
7 Sep 2015 - European Union Referendum Bill - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 37 Conservative No votes vs 276 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 285 Noes - 312
11 Mar 2015 - Ark Pension Schemes - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 103 Conservative No votes vs 122 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 367 Noes - 113
23 Feb 2015 - Serious Crime Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 8 Conservative Aye votes vs 253 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 233 Noes - 296
27 Oct 2014 - Recall of MPs Bill - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 110 Conservative Aye votes vs 135 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 166 Noes - 340
10 Feb 2014 - Children and Families Bill - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 99 Conservative No votes vs 127 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 376 Noes - 107
10 Feb 2014 - Children and Families Bill - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 17 Conservative No votes vs 201 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 453 Noes - 24
10 Jul 2012 - House of Lords Reform Bill - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 89 Conservative No votes vs 192 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 462 Noes - 124
24 Apr 2012 - Food Labelling (Halal and Kosher Meat) - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 20 Conservative No votes vs 49 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 70 Noes - 73
13 Oct 2011 - Procedure Committee Reports - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 43 Conservative Aye votes vs 124 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 63 Noes - 206
10 Oct 2011 - Protection of Freedoms Bill (Programme) (No. 3) - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 40 Conservative Aye votes vs 198 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 62 Noes - 243
17 May 2011 - Localism Bill - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 19 Conservative Aye votes vs 230 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 29 Noes - 279
13 Oct 2010 - Draft EU Budget 2011 - View Vote Context
Guto Bebb voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 35 Conservative Aye votes vs 204 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 42 Noes - 252
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All Debates

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Sparring Partners
Chris Ruane (Labour)
(39 debate interactions)
Hywel Williams (Plaid Cymru)
Shadow PC Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)
(38 debate interactions)
Jonathan Edwards (Independent)
(37 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Wales Office
(403 debate contributions)
HM Treasury
(203 debate contributions)
Ministry of Defence
(139 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(87 debate contributions)
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Legislation Debates
Wales Act 2017 - Government Bill
(965 words contributed)
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Latest EDMs signed by Guto Bebb

Guto Bebb has not signed any Early Day Motions

Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Guto Bebb, 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.


Guto Bebb has not been granted any Urgent Questions

2 Adjournment Debates led by Guto Bebb

Tuesday 12th January 2016
Tuesday 9th September 2014

Guto Bebb has not introduced any legislation before Parliament

Guto Bebb has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


145 Written Questions

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19 Other Department Questions
4th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what representations have been made to his Department on the effect of the increase in minimum wage on small businesses.

This Department has regular and frequent discussions with businesses of all sizes and across all sectors on a wide range of issues including the National Minimum Wage (NMW). In addition, the Low Pay Commission (LPC) will continue to play a key role in recommending the NMW and National Living Wage (NLW) rates going forward. In their report to Government the LPC consults widely and considers and reflects the views and representations from a wide range of businesses and sectors of the economy.

4th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the increase in the minimum wage on small businesses operating under the VAT threshold.

The Department has not made an assessment of the interaction between VAT thresholds and the minimum wage.

Businesses are only required to register for VAT when the total value of their taxable supplies of goods and services in the preceding 12 months exceeds the current VAT registration threshold, which was increased to £82,000 with effect from 1 April 2015.

4th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the increase of the minimum wage on small businesses which as a result of that increase will begin to operate above the VAT threshold.

The Department has not made an assessment of the interaction between VAT thresholds and the minimum wage.

Businesses are only required to register for VAT when the total value of their taxable supplies of goods and services in the preceding 12 months exceeds the current VAT registration threshold, which was increased to £82,000 with effect from 1 April 2015.

4th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate his Department has made of the number of small businesses that will begin to operate over the VAT threshold as a result of complying with the new minimum wage.

The Department has not made an assessment of the interaction between VAT thresholds and the minimum wage.

Businesses are only required to register for VAT when the total value of their taxable supplies of goods and services in the preceding 12 months exceeds the current VAT registration threshold, which was increased to £82,000 with effect from 1 April 2015.

4th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what representations have been made to his Department on the effect of the increase in the minimum wage on small businesses.

This Department has regular and frequent discussions with businesses of all sizes and across all sectors on a wide range of issues including the National Minimum Wage (NMW). In addition, the Low Pay Commission (LPC) will continue to play a key role in recommending the NMW and National Living Wage (NLW) rates going forward. In their report to Government the LPC consults widely and considers and reflects the views and representations from a wide range of businesses and sectors of the economy.

1st Dec 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent representations his Department has received in relation to the proposed Wylfa Newydd power station.

The Department holds regular discussions about the proposed Wylfa Newydd nuclear plant with the developer Horizon Nuclear Power, the Welsh and local governments and other interested parties including members of the local community.

1st Dec 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate his Department has made of the contribution the proposed power station at Wylfa Newydd will make to the economy of (a) North Wales, (b) Wales and (c) the UK.

The Government expects the Wylfa Newydd nuclear plant to bring massive economic benefit to the region, Wales and the UK as a whole. The project is still in the planning phase, so it is too early to estimate its value. However, the developer, Horizon Nuclear Power, has stated that it expects hundreds of millions of pounds to be invested in the local economy. Horizon also expects that the plant will create 1000 permanent jobs and up to 8,500 jobs during the construction phase.

24th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on the NHS of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

There is no threat to the UK’s National Health Service from TTIP. This was confirmed again by the European Commission’s chief negotiator Ignacio Garcia Bercero at a meeting organised to the All Party Parliamentary Group on TTIP this week.

The chief negotiator outlined that EU public services are automatically excluded from all EU trade in service market liberalisation agreements. Publicly funded health services are specifically excluded. Member states decide how to deliver their public services and can change the delivery model at any time. TTIP will not change the fact that it is up to UK Government alone to decide how UK public services, including the NHS, are run.

7th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what guidance his Department offers to recipients of EU structural funds.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is responsible for EU structural funds policy and regulations. The United Kingdom’s Managing Authorities have responsibility for issuing guidance to recipients of the funds.

In England, the Department for Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the European Social Fund (ESF).

In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, the Devolved Administrations are responsible for the management of the ERDF and ESF programmes.

All the Managing Authorities have websites which give guidance to potential applicants for funding, as well as reports and publicity about their programmes.

The links to the structural funds websites are as follows:-

England

Department for Communities and local Government:

https://www.gov.uk/erdf-national-guidance

Department for Work and Pensions:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/european-social-fund-2007-to-2013#guidance-and-regulations

Northern Ireland

Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (ERDF):

http://www.eucompni.gov.uk/

Department of Education and Learning (ESF):

http://www.delni.gov.uk/esf

Scotland

Scottish Government:

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Business-Industry/support/17404

Wales

Welsh European Funding Office:

http://wefo.wales.gov.uk/publications/guidance/?lang=en

3rd Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what plans his Department has to develop tidal power technology around the UK; and what investment he plans to allocate for such projects.

In August this year, the Department confirmed a grant award under the Marine Energy Array Deployment fund of up to £10m for the development of the world’s first tidal stream array project in the Pentland Firth.

Tidal energy projects may also receive support under the Renewables Obligation and through applying for a Contract for Difference.

In October 2010, the Government published the conclusions of a 2-year feasibility study into tidal power on the Severn estuary, including a regional economic impact assessment. While the Government concluded it did not see a strategic case for public investment in a tidal energy scheme in the Severn estuary, the outcome of the feasibility study does not preclude a privately financed scheme. The document can be downloaded at the following web-link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/1-severn-tidal-power-feasibility-study-conclusions-and-summary-report.

27th Oct 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what representations he has received about (a) Gold Crest Finance and (b) Hertford Solutions LLP.

My Rt hon Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills has received no representations about (a) Gold Crest Finance and (b) Hertford Solutions LLP.

24th Oct 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what progress he has made on the recent round of discussions on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

The seventh round of negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) took place between 29 September and 3 October in Chevy Chase, Maryland. As expected, negotiations were largely focused on regulatory issues. Discussions also covered energy, intellectual property, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and services.

There was good technical progress, particularly on regulatory coherence, for example in the automotive and pharmaceutical sectors. This progress is crucial and prepares the ground for an ambitious and comprehensive agreement.

24th Oct 2014
Pay
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the cost of paying a one-off payment to the staff of his Department in lieu of their entitlement to annual increments was.

The cost of paying a one-off payment to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills staff in lieu of their entitlement to annual increments was £3.2m. This cost is offset against a reduction in overall pay bill costs over the longer term.

The non-consolidated payments were staggered by grade in line with contractual step values.

AA

£1008

AO

£1168

EO

£1360

HEO

£1656

SEO

£1880

G7

£2528

G6

£3060

24th Oct 2014
Pay
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the payback period is in relation to the one-off payment to staff in his Department who have opted to forego their entitlement to annual increment payments.

The payback period in relation to the one-off payment to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills staff who opted to forego their entitlement to annual increment payment was estimated to be 6 years. This is based upon an assumption of 1% paybill increases year on year until 2020.

20th Oct 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent discussions he has had with the Financial Conduct Authority on the interest rate swap redress scheme.

We have asked the Chief Executive of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) for an assurance that redress offers which take the form of a substitute hedging product are only being offered where it is fair and reasonable to do so. In response, the FCA has said that robust oversight and challenge processes are in place to ensure that this is the case and that a replacement product offer can only be made if an independent reviewer is satisfied that there is sufficient evidence to support the decision.

In addition, my officials liaise regularly with the FCA to draw the regulator’s attention to swaps redress cases that have been raised with the department where we think this is justified.

10th Jun 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment he has made of a potential link between wind farms and tidal patterns in North Wales; and if he will make a statement.

The Department has not carried out a specific assessment on the potential link between offshore wind farms and tidal patterns in North Wales.

The Department does undertake a programme of Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEAs) for offshore energy technologies which identifies and addresses relevant environmental issues at a strategic level. At a project level, developers are required to undertake Environmental Impact Assessments through the planning system and development consent will not be granted if significant effects on the environment cannot be mitigated.

10th Jun 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund on people who live in rural areas and rely on oil fired central heating.

The Government wants to encourage all householders to invest in energy efficiency, whether rural or urban. The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund is designed to incentivise householders in England and Wales to install a wide range of energy efficiency measures, such as insulation and better glazing. Many rural properties have solid walls, making them well placed to take maximum advantage of the scheme - such households could be eligible to receive up to £6000 for installing solid wall insulation, or up to £7000 for installing solid wall insulation and two other eligible measures.

However DECC does consider it appropriate to exclude oil and LPG fired boilers from the GDHIF scheme. The Government fully recognises that LPG and oil, like other fossil fuels, will continue to play a part in the UK's energy mix, but we must begin to revolutionise the way we heat our homes to make the transition to a low carbon economy. To this end, DECC has introduced the domestic renewable heat incentive (RHI) scheme to support renewable heating systems; this support aims to compensate householders for the additional costs they face when installing a renewable heating system compared to an oil heating system. The domestic RHI is targeted at, but not limited to, homes off the gas grid. Incentivising oil and LPG boilers in this context would undermine the balance struck in the design of the RHI, and potentially cause confusion for consumers. For low income and vulnerable customers, support is available through the Affordable Warmth element of the Energy Company Obligation. Through this, energy suppliers deliver heating cost reductions in eligible off gas and on gas grid households through the provision of any measures which will reduce costs. We have proposed changes to ECO which will actively incentivise suppliers to deliver measures to non-gas fuelled households.

10th Jun 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps he has taken to incentivise off-gas homes to install modern condensing boilers.

The Government fully recognises that LPG and oil, like other fossil fuels, will continue to play a part in the UK's energy mix, but we must begin to revolutionise the way we heat our homes to make the transition to a low carbon economy. To this end, DECC has introduced the domestic renewable heat incentive (RHI) scheme to support renewable heating systems. The domestic RHI is targeted predominately at off gas-grid households, by compensating for the additional costs faced when replacing an oil boiler with a renewable heating system. New incentives for oil and LPG boilers would undermine the balance struck in the design of the RHI, and potentially cause confusion for consumers.

For more vulnerable customers, support for condensing boilers will remain available through the Energy Company Obligation. DECC has proposed changes that will strengthen the support for off-grid properties.

3rd Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a comparative assessment of the effects of (a) judicial review standard and (b) merits-based appeals on the ability of Ofcom to carry out its functions.

The Government has already assessed the impacts of both standards of review. This was done as part of its analysis prior to consulting on options for reforming Regulatory and Competition Appeals in 2013.
3rd Mar 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a comparative assessment of the cost of (a) legal fees and (b) legal advice relating to appeals of regulatory decisions to (i) Ofcom and (ii) other regulators in (A) 2013-14, (B) 2012-13 and (C) 2011-12.

There are no plans to make a comparative assessment. Information about legal costs relating to appeals of regulatory decisions can be sought directly from Ofcom and other economic regulators, who are independent from Government.
10th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations his Department has received on extending the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red poppy installation at the Tower of London beyond 11 November 2014.

Five public petitions on this subject have come to DCMS. We have been pleased to help some of the most striking sections of this poignant memorial, by purchasing them for the nation. The Government is pleased to have helped make it possible for these to be seen in different parts of the country before finding a permanent home in the Imperial War Museums.

7th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 17 June 2014 to Question 200020, what reports he has received of political bias in the prioritisation of the broadband rollout programme in Wales; if he will hold discussions with the Welsh Government on this matter; and if he will ensure that all areas in Wales benefit equally from the broadband rollout programme.

World class broadband coverage across the UK is a priority for this Government. Funding for all local projects, including the Wales project has been allocated to achieve maximum coverage and value for money from the public investment.

At the end of September 2014 276,320 premises had been reached.

The Superfast Cymru project is set to achieve 93% superfast broadband coverage by the end of 2017.

20th Oct 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to encourage competition in the rural broadband market.

Almost 100 publicly funded contracts to provide superfast broadband to rural communities have gone out to tender following an Open Market Review. As well as BT a number of smaller suppliers are now delivering projects in rural communities. In addition, 8 suppliers have been appointed to run pilot projects to assess the feasibility of providing superfast broadband to the hardest to reach areas.

10th Jun 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Welsh Assembly Government on the broadband rollout programme in Wales.

The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport has not discussed broadband rollout with his counterpart in the Welsh Assembly Government, since being appointed on 9 April 2014. However, DCMS officials have weekly discussions with Welsh Assembly officials on this subject.

24th Oct 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if her Department will take steps to ensure that more young people are trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Schools can choose whether to cover this topic as part of their curriculum. The non-statutory framework for Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education produced by the PSHE Association provides a context for teaching young people about emergency lifesaving skills (ELS) and resuscitation.

At primary level, pupils can learn about basic emergency procedures and where to get help, and at secondary level they can develop the skills to cope with emergency situations that require basic first aid procedures, including resuscitation techniques.

The Department for Education is encouraging schools to purchase defibrillators as part of their first aid equipment, and is currently working in partnership with the Department of Health and stakeholders to identify a supplier of defibrillators at a competitive price. An announcement is expected in early December.

26th Jun 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department takes to promote the teaching of water safety in schools.

In the new national curriculum, which comes into force from September 2014, swimming and water safety remain compulsory in the programme of study for physical education (PE) at primary level. We are sending a clear message to schools that swimming and water safety are essential: no other activities are specified requirements in the PE curriculum. The programme of study for PE is available online here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-physical-education-programmes-of-study

The Department for Education is providing over £450million of ring-fenced funding across the academic years 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16 to go directly to primary schools, to be spent on the improvement of PE and sport. Headteachers are best placed to decide how the funding should be used and, using the funding, they can provide additional training and instruction in swimming and water safety (over and above the requirements of the national curriculum) if they choose.

There are a range of resources to help schools provide high-quality teaching, including from organisations such as the Amateur Swimming Association and from the Royal Lifesaving Society.

3rd Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she next plans to meet farming organisations in Wales.

The Secretary of State met with a number of Welsh farming organisations when she visited the Royal Welsh Show on 21 July. We work closely with farming organisations across the UK and look forward to meeting representatives in due course.

3rd Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with farming organisations in Wales about changes in the price of milk.

I chair regular meetings of the Dairy Supply Chain Forum which includes key representatives from the whole of the supply chain, including colleagues from Wales and from the farming industry. The next meeting is on 19 November. It will focus on the key issues and opportunities that the dairy sector is facing, including the latest market situation.

In addition, Defra officials maintain regular contact with their counterparts in Wales on a range of dairy issues.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
3rd Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the causes of recent changes in the price of milk.

Milk prices are falling as a result of the ban on dairy imports to Russia and falling returns from global commodity markets. Despite these challenges, the long-term outlook for UK dairying remains positive. Over the next decade, the UK dairy industry estimates global demand to rise by 2.5% a year with growing world incomes and an expanding population. UK dairy exports are already at record levels and we will continue to encourage and support our domestic farmers and processors to develop their businesses.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
24th Oct 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if her Department will bring forward legislative proposals to ban puppy farming.

Dog breeding is already regulated. If anyone has any concerns about the welfare of dogs in a dog breeding establishment they should report it to the relevant local authority who have powers to investigate and take appropriate action.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
7th Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether she has held discussions with Palestinian officials on recent reports that the Palestinian Authority will reduce the salaries of its public sector workers but continue paying salaries for the families of martyrs, wounded or prisoners.

DFID officials are aware of the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) plans to make partial salary payments to public sector officials earning 2,000 NIS (£425) or above a month. We are in the process of assessing the implications for PEGASE beneficiaries (who are vetted health and education public servants) including through discussions with the PA. The UK continues to support a stable PA which can act as an effective partner for peace with Israel, through financial assistance that exclusively supports the salaries of vetted public servants in the West Bank in the health and education sectors. This move does not affect the robust financial safeguards that ensure UK financial aid only reaches intended beneficiaries, meaning aid is not allocated to Prisoner or Martyr payments. The UK government continues to press the PA to reform the prisoner payments system to become more needs-based, transparent and affordable.

15th Dec 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department provides financial assistance to Al-Quds University in the West Bank.

DFID does not provide financial assistance to Al-Quds University in the West Bank.

20th Oct 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what reports she has received of the potential effects of the Plant Breeders Bill in Ghana on small-scale farmers in that country.

The Department has not, to date, received any reports.

20th Oct 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the recent National Contingency Plan exercise in Conwy Morfa.

The National Contingency Plan exercise in Conwy Morfa on 10 and 11 September 2014 was coordinated by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and involved 39 organisations and 180 participants.

The MCA, along with a number of other organisations, will assess how the exercise tested the response to an oil spill incident of national significance.

A formal report on the exercise, detailing lessons identified and recommendations, will be published within the first quarter of 2015. This timescale is necessary because of the complexity and scale of the exercise.

14th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make it his Department's policy to accept data protection forms relating to queries arising from hon. Members' casework by email.

DWP current email policy states “this policy does not change existing rules on communications with Members of Parliament (MPs) and when responding to customer complaints (handled by the Independent Case Examiner) where the MP or complainant has requested a response by email”.

A Member is the data controller for all personal data handled by their own office and must be registered with the Information Commissioners Office in accordance with the following guidance.

http://www.parliament.uk/documents/upload/advice-for-members-offices.pdf

4th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason personal independence payment claimants resident in North Wales who require a Capita assessment are given the option of attending clinics only in Cardiff and Swansea.

Capita offer all claimants in North Wales the opportunity to have the assessment conducted within their own home. Those claimants who wish to attend a clinic appointment are offered the nearest centre, which may include Cardiff and/or Swansea. Claimants are reimbursed their travel expenses.

24th Oct 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many local authorities in (a) Wales and (b) the UK returned unused discretionary housing payment to his Department in 2013-14.

In 2013-14, 240 local authorities in Great Britain spent less than 100% of their total Government contribution in DHP, of which 5 were in Wales. Thirteen local authorities, of which two were in Wales, reported expenditure which exactly matched their Government contribution.

In June, the Government published an analysis of local authority DHP expenditure in 2013-14, which can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/322455/use-of-discretionary-housing-payments-june-2014.pdf

24th Oct 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much each local authority in (a) Wales and (b) the UK returned to his Department in unused discretionary housing payment funding in 2013-14.

Five local authorities in Wales spent less than their 2013-14 Government contribution in Discretionary Housing Payments. These were:

Local Authority Government Contribution Amount Unspent

Ceredigion

£324,933

£290

Conwy

£267,700

£1,498

Gwynedd

£605,141

£20,072

Newport

£343,870

£1

Pembrokeshire

£193,940

£4,176

Details for all 240 local authorities in Great Britain which spent less than their 2013-14 Government contribution in DHP are provided in the attached annex.

For the remaining 140 local authorities across Great Britain, of which 17 were in Wales, DHP expenditure in 2013-14 either matched or exceeded the Government contribution.

10th Jun 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much each local authority in (a) Wales and (b) the UK returned to his Department in unused discretionary housing payment funding in 2013-14.

The information requested is due to be published shortly as part of wider analysis on the use of Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) in 2013/14.

10th Jun 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many local authorities in Wales applied for additional financial assistance to cover discretionary housing payments in 2013-14; and what assistance such local authorities received.

The three local authorities in Wales that applied for additional Discretionary Housing Payments from the additional £20 million reserve fund provided by the Government are detailed on the table below:

Local Authority

Amount Awarded

Caerphilly

£63,000

Cardiff

£150,000

Conwy

£25,000

This information was published on 24 March 2014 in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) subsidy circular S3/2014. Please find attached a link where the information can be found.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/295291/s3-2014.pdf

10th Jun 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many companies (a) expressed an interest in and (b) tendered for the Help to Work scheme in Wales.

DWP received expressions of interest from three organisations and three organisations tendered for the Community Work Placement (Help to Work) contract in Wales.

10th Jun 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to expand the PAYE reporting in real time to Child Support Agency claims.

Since 25 November 2013, all new applications for child maintenance are made to the 2012 Scheme, which is run by the Child Maintenance Service. The Child Support Agency (CSA), which administers the 1993 and 2003 Schemes, is now closed to new applications and there are plans in place to gradually end liabilities on these schemes over a three year period starting this summer.

Unlike 1993 and 2003 Scheme cases, 2012 Scheme maintenance calculations are based on historic data supplied by interfaces with HMRC and Jobcentre Plus IT systems. In the vast majority of applications these interfaces return information to allow a calculation to be made. This is reviewed on an annual basis or where there are in-year changes of at least a 25 per cent change in the level of income. This simplified approach provides parents with greater certainty over the level of maintenance payable. In instances where HMRC information is not available our process involves gathering current income information from the paying parent or employer. It is for these 2012 Scheme cases that we are currently exploring opportunities to access and use real time earnings information.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many local authorities in Wales applied for additional financial assistance to cover discretionary housing payments in 2013-14; and what assistance such local authorities received.

The three local authorities in Wales that applied for additional Discretionary Housing Payments from the additional £20 million reserve fund provided by the Government are detailed on the table below:

Local Authority

Amount Awarded

Caerphilly

£63,000

Cardiff

£150,000

Conwy

£25,000

This information was published on 24 March 2014 in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) subsidy circular S3/2014. Please find attached a link where the information can be found.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/295291/s3-2014.pdf

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many local authorities in (a) Wales and (b) the UK returned unused discretionary housing payment to his Department in 2013-14.

The information requested is due to be published shortly as part of wider analysis on the use of Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) in 2013/14.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many local authorities in (a) Wales and (b) the UK returned unused discretionary housing payment to his Department in 2013-14.

In 2013-14, 240 local authorities in Great Britain spent less than 100% of their total Government contribution in DHP, of which 5 were in Wales. Thirteen local authorities, of which two were in Wales, reported expenditure which exactly matched their Government contribution.

In June, the Government published an analysis of local authority DHP expenditure in 2013-14, which can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/322455/use-of-discretionary-housing-payments-june-2014.pdf

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much each local authority in (a) Wales and (b) the UK returned to his Department in unused discretionary housing payment funding in 2013-14.

Five local authorities in Wales spent less than their 2013-14 Government contribution in Discretionary Housing Payments. These were:

Local Authority Government Contribution Amount Unspent

Ceredigion

£324,933

£290

Conwy

£267,700

£1,498

Gwynedd

£605,141

£20,072

Newport

£343,870

£1

Pembrokeshire

£193,940

£4,176

Details for all 240 local authorities in Great Britain which spent less than their 2013-14 Government contribution in DHP are provided in the attached annex.

For the remaining 140 local authorities across Great Britain, of which 17 were in Wales, DHP expenditure in 2013-14 either matched or exceeded the Government contribution.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much each local authority in (a) Wales and (b) the UK returned to his Department in unused discretionary housing payment funding in 2013-14.

The information requested is due to be published shortly as part of wider analysis on the use of Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) in 2013/14.

18th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on the effects of nivolumab on one year survival rates for lung cancer.

Nivolumab is currently marketed in the European Union under the brand name Opdivo.


The data available when Opdivo was licensed in 2015 indicated overall survival among patients given the product was around nine months, whereas among the patients given docetaxel, another cancer medicine, it was six months.

George Freeman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
30th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received on the availability of comparative information on and screening for prostate cancer.

The UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) advises Ministers and the National Health Service in all four countries about all aspects of screening policy and supports implementation. In 2010, the UK NSC recommended against a screening programme for prostate cancer as there was no clear evidence that the benefit to screen for prostate cancer outweighed the harms. The UK NSC re-affirmed this decision in 2012 and is in the process of reviewing this policy currently.


The School of Health and Related Research at the University of Sheffield performed an option appraisal for the UK NSC based on the latest trial evidence for screening for prostate cancer in 2013. A number of screening strategies were considered including annual screening in men aged 50 to 74 years. The overall survival benefit with all strategies was small and outweighed by the harms of over diagnosis and the adverse effects of over treatment.


Public Health England (PHE) ran a local pilot campaign for six weeks in 2014, specifically targeting prostate cancer within Black African-Caribbean men, because of their significantly increased risk of developing prostate cancer. The campaign ran in six London boroughs. In addition, PHE will be running a national campaign on “Blood in Pee” in early 2016. This is primarily aimed at bladder and kidney cancer but blood in the urine can also be a sign of prostate cancer.

30th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to increase awareness of prostate cancer.

The UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) advises Ministers and the National Health Service in all four countries about all aspects of screening policy and supports implementation. In 2010, the UK NSC recommended against a screening programme for prostate cancer as there was no clear evidence that the benefit to screen for prostate cancer outweighed the harms. The UK NSC re-affirmed this decision in 2012 and is in the process of reviewing this policy currently.


The School of Health and Related Research at the University of Sheffield performed an option appraisal for the UK NSC based on the latest trial evidence for screening for prostate cancer in 2013. A number of screening strategies were considered including annual screening in men aged 50 to 74 years. The overall survival benefit with all strategies was small and outweighed by the harms of over diagnosis and the adverse effects of over treatment.


Public Health England (PHE) ran a local pilot campaign for six weeks in 2014, specifically targeting prostate cancer within Black African-Caribbean men, because of their significantly increased risk of developing prostate cancer. The campaign ran in six London boroughs. In addition, PHE will be running a national campaign on “Blood in Pee” in early 2016. This is primarily aimed at bladder and kidney cancer but blood in the urine can also be a sign of prostate cancer.

30th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of an annual screening programme on early detection of prostate cancer.

The UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) advises Ministers and the National Health Service in all four countries about all aspects of screening policy and supports implementation. In 2010, the UK NSC recommended against a screening programme for prostate cancer as there was no clear evidence that the benefit to screen for prostate cancer outweighed the harms. The UK NSC re-affirmed this decision in 2012 and is in the process of reviewing this policy currently.


The School of Health and Related Research at the University of Sheffield performed an option appraisal for the UK NSC based on the latest trial evidence for screening for prostate cancer in 2013. A number of screening strategies were considered including annual screening in men aged 50 to 74 years. The overall survival benefit with all strategies was small and outweighed by the harms of over diagnosis and the adverse effects of over treatment.


Public Health England (PHE) ran a local pilot campaign for six weeks in 2014, specifically targeting prostate cancer within Black African-Caribbean men, because of their significantly increased risk of developing prostate cancer. The campaign ran in six London boroughs. In addition, PHE will be running a national campaign on “Blood in Pee” in early 2016. This is primarily aimed at bladder and kidney cancer but blood in the urine can also be a sign of prostate cancer.

30th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to support prostate cancer awareness campaigns and screening programmes.

The UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) advises Ministers and the National Health Service in all four countries about all aspects of screening policy and supports implementation. In 2010, the UK NSC recommended against a screening programme for prostate cancer as there was no clear evidence that the benefit to screen for prostate cancer outweighed the harms. The UK NSC re-affirmed this decision in 2012 and is in the process of reviewing this policy currently.


The School of Health and Related Research at the University of Sheffield performed an option appraisal for the UK NSC based on the latest trial evidence for screening for prostate cancer in 2013. A number of screening strategies were considered including annual screening in men aged 50 to 74 years. The overall survival benefit with all strategies was small and outweighed by the harms of over diagnosis and the adverse effects of over treatment.


Public Health England (PHE) ran a local pilot campaign for six weeks in 2014, specifically targeting prostate cancer within Black African-Caribbean men, because of their significantly increased risk of developing prostate cancer. The campaign ran in six London boroughs. In addition, PHE will be running a national campaign on “Blood in Pee” in early 2016. This is primarily aimed at bladder and kidney cancer but blood in the urine can also be a sign of prostate cancer.

17th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of lung cancer patients who would benefit from the immunotherapy nivolumab; and if he will make a statement.

NHS England has advised that it is not currently possible to estimate the numbers of patients in England who will be suitable for treatment, as the licence for nivolumab has been split into two distinct sub-groups (squamous and non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer) and the latter has yet to receive a marketing authorisation.

George Freeman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
13th Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what requirements there are on members of the Committee on Safety of Medicines to declare relevant interests.

The Commission of Human Medicines superseded the Committee on Safety of Medicines from 30 October 2005.

The Chair and all members are required to make a full declaration of interests on appointment and annually in line with the Code of Practice. Both the code and declarations are published each year in the Human Medicines Regulations 2012 Advisory Bodies Annual Report.

Before and at each meeting members are reminded to declare any interest they might have in the agenda items. Declarations and the type of interest are recorded in the minutes.

17th Dec 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to prevent conflicts of interest with the pharmaceutical industry among those chosen to sit on the hormone pregnancy test review panel.

Potential members of the Expert Group on Hormone Pregnancy Tests will be asked to declare any interests (financial or non-financial) in relevant pharmaceutical companies or in any other area that could affect their impartiality. All experts’ interests will be carefully considered to determine their suitability for membership on the Group. Members will be asked again about potential interests in the meetings to decide on the appropriate level of participation in discussions.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA, in its capacity as the arm’s length body of the Department of Health with responsibility for the regulation of medicinal products) has no record of any representations from Schering/Bayer on the safety of hormone pregnancy tests since they were withdrawn in 1978. The MHRA is has asked all companies which marketed hormonal pregnancy tests to fully disclose the research evidence and test results they hold for inclusion in the review.

George Freeman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
17th Dec 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations his Department has received from Schering/Bayer on the safety of hormone pregnancy tests.

Potential members of the Expert Group on Hormone Pregnancy Tests will be asked to declare any interests (financial or non-financial) in relevant pharmaceutical companies or in any other area that could affect their impartiality. All experts’ interests will be carefully considered to determine their suitability for membership on the Group. Members will be asked again about potential interests in the meetings to decide on the appropriate level of participation in discussions.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA, in its capacity as the arm’s length body of the Department of Health with responsibility for the regulation of medicinal products) has no record of any representations from Schering/Bayer on the safety of hormone pregnancy tests since they were withdrawn in 1978. The MHRA is has asked all companies which marketed hormonal pregnancy tests to fully disclose the research evidence and test results they hold for inclusion in the review.

George Freeman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on the effects of nivolumab on one year survival rates for lung cancer.

Nivolumab is currently marketed in the European Union under the brand name Opdivo.


The data available when Opdivo was licensed in 2015 indicated overall survival among patients given the product was around nine months, whereas among the patients given docetaxel, another cancer medicine, it was six months.

George Freeman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
20th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the involvement of Palestinian terror groups in the recent violence in Israel and the West Bank.

While it appears that the majority of the attacks seen in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories in recent weeks have been carried out by individuals, without direct organisation from political or terrorist groups, we have seen media reports of Palestinian terrorist groups claiming responsibility for some recent attacks, praising attacks, and appearing to incite further violence. We condemn all the terrorist attacks, as I made clear in the House on 20 October, and in my statement on 13 October.

21st Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Iranian counterpart on the human rights situation in that country.

The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Mr Hammond) most recently raised concerns about the Iranian human rights situation during his visit to Tehran on 23-24 August. The Foreign Secretary raised human rights issues during his meetings with President Rouhani, Foreign Minister Zarif and Iranian Parliamentary Speaker Larijani.
27th Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Lebanese counterpart following the terror attacks by the al-Nusra Front in Tripoli.

I discussed the issue of Lebanese security and stability with the Prime Minister and Speaker for Parliament when I visited the country in December. I made clear that the UK will continue to support Lebanon’s efforts to achieve peace and stability. We have allocated almost £20m to strengthening Lebanon’s borders and have been providing the Lebanese Armed Forces with practical equipment and training since 2012.

Our Ambassador to Lebanon condemned the terror attacks by the al-Nusra Front in Tripoli. He has since discussed the incident with senior members of the Lebanese Government, including the Prime Minister and Interior Minister, and affirmed the UK’s commitment to supporting Lebanon in the fight against terrorism.

27th Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Turkish counterpart regarding the reported relocation of Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal to Turkey; and what steps he is taking to ensure that terrorist groups are not aided by a NATO member country.

We have had no discussions with the Turkish government regarding Khaled Meshaal's reported relocation to Turkey. We are aware of reports that Turkey maintains a dialogue with Hamas. We will, however, continue to call on Turkey and those in the region with influence over Hamas to press them to end armed violence and support reconciliation and peace talks with Israel.

We maintain a regular dialogue at all levels with the Turkish government on a range of terrorism threats. Turkey is a valued foreign policy and security partner to the UK.

27th Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the recent call by the Chief of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran for increased uranium enrichment.

We are aware of these statements. Under the Joint Plan of Action, which has been extended until the end of June 2015, Iran committed to significant restrictions on its nuclear programme, including not to enrich beyond 5%. These measures are aimed at addressing our proliferation concerns. We remain committed to negotiating a comprehensive agreement, under which Iran would need to agree to further restrictions on its programme.

23rd Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the stability of the Fatah-Hamas Unity government in the Palestinian Authority.

Since its formation, the Palestinian interim technocratic government has faced considerable challenges threatening its stability – including the conflict in Gaza over the summer, ongoing internal Palestinian political tensions, the challenge of extending Palestinian Authority (PA) control over Gaza, and reconstructing Gaza. The government remains fragile and has a huge task in front of it in reuniting Gaza and the West Bank.

The UK welcomed the formation of the interim technocratic government in June, and has strongly supported government efforts to reconstruct Gaza and re-establish PA authority there.

12th Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Palestinian Authority on recent reports of violations of the ceasefire agreement.

We have not made any specific representations to the Palestinian Authority (PA) on this issue, as the PA itself is not responsible for the firing. However, we have regularly urged senior Palestinians to return to the Cairo negotiations, with the Israeli government, to ensure that a durable ceasefire is put in place in Gaza.

12th Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Palestinian Authority counterparts on the closure of the administrative checkpoint at the Erez Crossing.

I raised the importance of keeping the crossing open when I met President Abbas during my visit last year. I also raised this with Israeli interlocutors. The Erez Crossing is run by the Israeli authorities not the PA. We have had reports that the crossing closed briefly on 8 January when Hamas security personnel attempted to approach the crossing, but otherwise it has been open.

12th Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Palestinian Authority counterparts on the smuggling of weapons and other contraband into Gaza.

We have not raised this issue specifically with the Palestinian Authority (PA). However, we regularly discuss with PA ministers our wish for the PA to return to Gaza and to play a more active role at the crossings.

25th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the level of press freedom in Iran.

Freedom of expression in Iran is severely restricted. Iran has more journalists in prison than almost any other country. New outlets and online media are heavily censored and the majority of newspapers are now government controlled. We continue to urge Iran to guarantee the rights of all its citizens in line with its international obligations. We most recently raised our concerns around freedom of expression during Iran’s Universal Periodic Review during the UN Human Rights Council on 31 October.

25th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the extent of restriction of access to the internet in Iran.

Iran systematically filters and restricts access to the internet. Millions of websites are blocked, including social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Many Iranian citizens find technical ways around the restrictions but their online activity can put them at risk. In May 2014, eight Iranians were sentenced to a combined 123 years in prison for their Facebook activities. Charges included blasphemy, insulting the Supreme Leader, and spreading propaganda against the system. We urge Iran to allow freedom of expression, and respect the rights of all its citizens in line with its international obligations. We most recently raised our concerns around freedom of expression during Iran’s Universal Periodic Review at the UN Human Rights Council on 31 October.
25th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the level of religious freedom in Iran.

In 2013, President Rouhani made a number of comments in support of greater religious freedom in Iran. Unfortunately, there has been no change in Iran’s approach over the past year. Religious minority groups in Iran continue to face widespread discrimination. The UK has repeatedly called on the Iranian government to end all persecution of individuals on the basis of their faith, and to guarantee the human rights of all Iranians.
25th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Iranian counterpart on the detention of journalists in Iran.

Freedom of expression in Iran is severely restricted. Iran has more journalists in prison than almost any other country. New outlets and online media are heavily censored and the majority of newspapers are now government controlled. We continue to urge Iran to guarantee the rights of all its citizens in line with its international obligations. We most recently raised our concerns around freedom of expression during Iran’s Universal Periodic Review during the UN Human Rights Council on 31 October.

24th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had (a) with his counterparts from Belgium, France and the Netherlands and (b) in EU fora about the incidence of anti-Semitic attacks in those countries.

The British Government is committed to combating anti-Semitism wherever it is found and supports the efforts of EU partners to tackle racism in all its forms.

As current Chair of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), we will be discussing the recent rise in anti-Semitism across Europe (and particularly Holocaust denial and denigration) with European partners and others at the IHRA's Plenary Meetings in Manchester in December.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office also works very closely with the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance, which provides expert advice on tackling anti-Semitism to other EU Member States.

The British Government was represented by the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, my Hon Friend the Member for Portsmouth North (Ms Mordaunt), at the tenth anniversary of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Conference and Declaration on Anti-Semitism, held in Berlin on 13 November. We hope the OSCE as a whole will take note of, and act upon, recommendations made at that conference.

19th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received about Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's nine point plan for the destruction of Israel.

We strongly condemn any suggestions from Iran’s leaders that Israel should be eliminated. We similarly strongly condemn any politically or racially motivated attempts to deny or question the Holocaust, and all anti-Semitic language.

19th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the prospect of Iran neutralising its stockpile of 20 per cent enriched uranium.

The IAEA Director General in his November report on the status of Iran’s nuclear programme reconfirmed that all of Iran’s 20% enriched uranium stockpile has been down-blended to less than 5%, or converted to oxide, in keeping with Iran’s commitments under the Joint Plan of Action.

18th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 31 October 2014 to Question 211909, what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Pakistani government and (b) his EU counterparts on the case of Aasia Bibi.

Since my previous answer the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Mr Hammond) met Prime Minister Sharif on 13 November and raised our concerns about Pakistan’s blasphemy law. We will continue to raise our concerns about this and similar cases at the highest levels in Pakistan and engage through the EU and likeminded countries to push for progress.
18th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to encourage Iran to clarify issues relating to possible military dimensions of its nuclear material and implement the additional protocol.

We offer our full support to the IAEA in its efforts to address the possible military dimensions to Iran's nuclear programme. We continue to call on Iran to cooperate fully by providing immediate IAEA access to sites, persons, documents and information as requested by the Agency. In a comprehensive agreement, Iran will need to comply fully with its Additional Protocol to reassure the international community of the peaceful nature of its nuclear programme.

11th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 31 October 2014 to Question 211909, what was the outcome of his meeting with the Pakistan High Commissioner on 28 October 2014.

On 28 October, I had a productive introductory meeting with the newly-appointed Pakistan High Commissioner. Among the bilateral issues that I raised was our concern about Pakistan’s blasphemy laws and about the Asia Bibi case. The High Commissioner was left in no doubt about how seriously we take this issue. We will continue to raise our concerns at the highest levels and to press for progress.

10th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of Iran's compliance with UN Security Council Resolution 1929.

We assess that Iran has breached its obligations under UNSCRs 1835 and 1929 respectively by attempting to ship arms to a third country in March 2014 and by testing ballistic missiles in January 2013. We continue to call on Iran to comply with its international obligations; and for UN members to enforce the UN sanctions regime.
10th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the draft UN resolution calling on Israel to withdraw to the 1967 borders by 2016.

We are clear that only a negotiated two state solution based on 1967 borders will resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict once and for all. We share the sense of urgency for a two state solution that delivers an end to the occupation and we are looking carefully at the initiative the Palestinians have laid out. We will continue to engage key partners to consider how best to support the parties in resuming serious dialogue, as we know from past experience that deadlines are no substitute for the political will needed to achieve a negotiated dialogue.

10th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the P5+1 has discussed the future status of sanctions against Iran in the event of a permanent nuclear deal.

Sanctions are a key part of the E3+3 negotiations with Iran. Ultimately, under a comprehensive deal, all sanctions imposed against Iran because of its nuclear programme will be lifted. The speed of sanctions relief will depend on the actions Iran takes to address proliferation concerns.

10th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of Iran's compliance with UN Security Council Resolution 1835.

We assess that Iran has breached its obligations under UNSCRs 1835 and 1929 respectively by attempting to ship arms to a third country in March 2014 and by testing ballistic missiles in January 2013. We continue to call on Iran to comply with its international obligations; and for UN members to enforce the UN sanctions regime.
7th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of recent reports of a large explosion at Parchin military complex in Iran.

As reported in the media, there was an explosion and consequent fire at the Parchin military complex, outside of Tehran in early October 2014. The explosion was not in the area of the high explosive test facility at Parchin referred to in IAEA Board of Governors’ reports. Permission for IAEA inspectors to access facilities at Parchin as required remains necessary to address international concerns about the possible military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear programme.

3rd Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the consequences of President Abbas' statement that the temporary closure of Temple Mount was a declaration of war.

We are deeply concerned by increased tensions and violence around the Temple Mount/Haram al Sharif. We believe it is vital that the longstanding status quo is preserved. We encourage all parties and leaders to take actions and use words which will encourage calm and decrease tensions.

3rd Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether Iran's support for international terror groups has been raised in talks between Iran and the P5+1.

E3+3 negotiations with Iran focus purely on the nuclear issue. Iran’s support for designated terrorist groups such as the military wings of Hizballah and Hamas, as well as other militant groups across the Middle East, do not form part of E3+3 discussions with Iran, although they may be discussed bilaterally in the margins between individual E3+3 members and Iran.

24th Oct 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with government officials in Pakistan on the allegations made against Aasia Bibi.

I am concerned to hear that a Pakistan court has upheld the imposition of the death penalty in the case of Asia Bibi. We support the EU’s recent statement on her case and hope that the verdict will be overturned on appeal. We regularly raise at the highest levels the misuse of blasphemy laws against both Muslims and religious minorities. Most recently, I raised this with the Pakistan High Commissioner on 28 October. We will ensure that these issues continue to be raised at the highest levels in Pakistan and we will continue to express our concerns about such cases.

20th Oct 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to address the number of executions by beheading in Saudi Arabia.

Ministers, our Ambassador, and the Embassy team raise the issue of the death penalty with the Saudi authorities, bilaterally and through the European Union. While we are fully committed to global abolition, we must recognise that the total abolition of the death penalty is unlikely in Saudi Arabia in the near future. For now, our focus is on the introduction of EU minimum standards for the death penalty as a first step, and supporting access to justice and rule of law.

26th Jun 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on the three Israeli teenagers kidnapped in the West Bank on 12 June 2014; and what steps he has taken to secure their release.

I refer my hon. Friend to my answer of 26 June 2014 (Official Report, column 258W).

9th Oct 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on SMEs of a move from the flat rate scheme for VAT to the general rate.

HMRC estimates that, on average, businesses moving from the flat rate scheme to standard VAT accounting incur extra administrative costs of £45 per year.

9th Oct 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential benefits of increasing the turnover threshold at which it becomes necessary to adopt the general rate for VAT for the tourism industry.

No such assessment has been made. The Government has chosen to maintain the highest VAT registration threshold in the EU. EU law allows us to increase the threshold in line with inflation, and it has therefore increased to £82,000 with effect from 1 April 2015.

9th Oct 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to respond to the recommendations of the Treasury Committee's report, Conduct and competition in SME lending, published on 16 March 2015.

The Parliament, and its then Treasury Select Committee, dissolved shortly after this report was published and HM Treasury was not able to prepare a response before dissolution.


HM Treasury is considering the Committee’s recommendations and will be responding to the new Committee in due course.

8th Sep 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Financial Conduct Authority made an estimate of the potential liability of (a) Lloyds and (b) RBS under the interest rate hedging products redress scheme during the development of that scheme.

Whether the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) made an estimate of the potential liability of any banks is a matter for the FCA. However, it is reasonable to assume that for any conduct issue that arises, the FCA would seek to understand the potential financial impact.

Several meetings took place between Treasury Ministers and the FCA in January 2012 (then the Financial Services Authority), although I understand that FCA’s interest rate hedging products redress scheme was not on the agenda for any of these meetings.

8th Sep 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether Ministers in his Department met representatives of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to discuss the FCA interest rate hedging products redress scheme in January 2013.

Whether the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) made an estimate of the potential liability of any banks is a matter for the FCA. However, it is reasonable to assume that for any conduct issue that arises, the FCA would seek to understand the potential financial impact.

Several meetings took place between Treasury Ministers and the FCA in January 2012 (then the Financial Services Authority), although I understand that FCA’s interest rate hedging products redress scheme was not on the agenda for any of these meetings.

1st Jul 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what provision his Department has made in the sales prospectus for RBS shares for the cost of litigation (a) that has commenced and (b) that complainants have given notice of their plans to commence in respect of interest rate swap mis-selling.

As detailed by the Chancellor in his speech to the Mansion House, the Government has decided to begin a sale of its shares in Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS).

The Government’s shareholding in RBS is managed at arm’s length from HM Treasury by UK Financial Investments (UKFI). UKFI will be responsible for the design and execution of any future sale.

Provision for the potential impact of regulatory fines or penalties is regularly published by RBS as part of the bank’s accounts process. This information is available to any prospective investor.

1st Jul 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what provision his Department has made in the sales prospectus for RBS for consequential losses arising from the FCA interest rate hedging product mis-selling redress scheme.

As detailed by the Chancellor in his speech to the Mansion House, the Government has decided to begin a sale of its shares in Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS).

The Government’s shareholding in RBS is managed at arm’s length from HM Treasury by UK Financial Investments (UKFI). UKFI will be responsible for the design and execution of any future sale.

Provision for the potential impact of regulatory fines or penalties is regularly published by RBS as part of the bank’s accounts process. This information is available to any prospective investor.

20th Mar 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with the Financial Conduct Authority on the Connaught Income Fund Series 1 settlement negotiations.

I was very sorry to hear about the difficulties faced by investors in the Connaught Income Fund Series 1 and hope that the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) are able to finalise their investigation promptly.

On 10 March, the FCA provided an update on proceedings which can be found here:


https://www.fca.org.uk/news/fca-statement-on-connaught

The FCA is operationally independent from Government and carries out its functions within the framework of statutory objectives and duties agreed by Parliament. In view of the FCA’s independence it would not be appropriate for the Treasury to comment further on this ongoing investigation.

20th Mar 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will request the Financial Conduct Authority to ensure that its investigation into the Connaught Income Fund Series 1 will result in adequate compensation for investors in that fund; and if he will request a timescale for the payment of such compensation.

I was very sorry to hear about the difficulties faced by investors in the Connaught Income Fund Series 1 and hope that the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) are able to finalise their investigation promptly.

On 10 March, the FCA provided an update on proceedings which can be found here:


https://www.fca.org.uk/news/fca-statement-on-connaught

The FCA is operationally independent from Government and carries out its functions within the framework of statutory objectives and duties agreed by Parliament. In view of the FCA’s independence it would not be appropriate for the Treasury to comment further on this ongoing investigation.

20th Mar 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received on the decision of the Financial Conduct Authority to withdraw from the Connaught Income Fund Series 1 settlement negotiations.

I was very sorry to hear about the difficulties faced by investors in the Connaught Income Fund Series 1 and hope that the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) are able to finalise their investigation promptly.

On 10 March, the FCA provided an update on proceedings which can be found here:


https://www.fca.org.uk/news/fca-statement-on-connaught

The FCA is operationally independent from Government and carries out its functions within the framework of statutory objectives and duties agreed by Parliament. In view of the FCA’s independence it would not be appropriate for the Treasury to comment further on this ongoing investigation.

20th Mar 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 10 March 2015 to Question 225793, for what reason the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency imposes a five per cent surcharge on people who pay by monthly direct debit, but does not do so on people who pay by annual direct debit.

Motorists who buy a six month Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) licence have historically paid a ten per cent surcharge.

The Government has introduced a direct debit scheme for the payment of VED, to allow families and businesses to spread their tax payments. Under the scheme, the surcharge has been halved to five per cent when the tax is paid by six monthly and monthly instalments. The retention of a surcharge prevents a loss in VED revenue which would otherwise need to be made up elsewhere, by either increasing other taxes or reducing the Government’s investment in public services.

Priti Patel
Home Secretary
27th Feb 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 23 January 2015 to Question 220917 and to the Answer of 26 January 2015 to Question 221596, what the surcharge is for payment by monthly direct debit for each licence administered by his Department.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, an executive agency of the Department for Transport is responsible for administering Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) payments on behalf of HM Treasury. HM Treasury does not administer any other licences. Motorists who elect to pay VED by monthly direct debit pay a 5 per cent surcharge. The 5 per cent surcharge applies to payment of VED for cars, vans and motorcycles by monthly direct debit. No charge applies when paying by annual direct debit.

27th Jan 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the number of workers using the Construction Industry Scheme; and whether there has been a significant variation in such numbers during the last year.

The latest assessment of the number of workers using the Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) is 1,006,000 subcontractors. No assessment has been made of variation in numbers in the last year.

27th Jan 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to Chapter 2.147 of the Autumn Statement 2014 (a) who is handling the review on umbrella companies, (b) who is being consulted and (c) what progress has been made with the consultation to date.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and HM Treasury are handling the review on the use of overarching contracts of employment by employment intermediaries, including umbrella companies, in the temporary labour market. Officials have met with over 70 interested organisations from a number of sectors. The discussion paper closes on 10 February 2015.

27th Jan 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress his Department is making on preventing companies from deducting both employer and employee National Insurance contributions from their employees' pay packets.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and HM Treasury are handling the review on the use of overarching contracts of employment by employment intermediaries, including umbrella companies, in the temporary labour market. Officials have met with over 70 interested organisations from a number of sectors. The discussion paper closes on 10 February 2015.

27th Jan 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to stop agencies using umbrella companies to manage the payroll function of companies within the construction industry.

Umbrella companies have been a part of the UK labour market for many years and, when operated responsibly, provide a useful conduit through which payments, including tax, can be made. As such, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are not taking steps to stop agencies using umbrella companies to manage the payroll function of companies within the construction industry.

However the Government is concerned at the growing use of overarching contracts of employment by employment intermediaries such as umbrella companies, which allow some temporary workers to benefit from tax relief for home-to-work travel expenses that is not generally available to other workers. The government published a discussion document on 16 December 2014 inviting representations from interested parties to inform potential future action

15th Dec 2014
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assurances he has received that agreements between the individual banks and the Financial Conduct Authority in relation to the interest rate swap redress scheme were identical.

No conversations have taken place between the Financial Conduct Authority and HM Treasury on the potential fining of the banks following the FCA redress scheme. Furthermore, HM Treasury had not had sight of the agreements held between the FCA and the individual banks. The nature of the agreements is a matter for the FCA as an independent regulator.

However, I took part in a debate on the FCA’s review scheme last month, along with my Hon. Friend, where the issue of the individual agreements was discussed. Following the debate, I wrote to the FCA to put forward my view that more transparency in this matter will help to provide greater assurance that the review has been conducted in a fully independent and impartial manner. I also encouraged the FCA to come to an agreement with the banks as soon as possible on what might be shared with the Treasury Select Committee.

15th Dec 2014
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with the Financial Conduct Authority on the potential fining of banks following the completion of the interest rate swap redress scheme.

No conversations have taken place between the Financial Conduct Authority and HM Treasury on the potential fining of the banks following the FCA redress scheme. Furthermore, HM Treasury had not had sight of the agreements held between the FCA and the individual banks. The nature of the agreements is a matter for the FCA as an independent regulator.

However, I took part in a debate on the FCA’s review scheme last month, along with my Hon. Friend, where the issue of the individual agreements was discussed. Following the debate, I wrote to the FCA to put forward my view that more transparency in this matter will help to provide greater assurance that the review has been conducted in a fully independent and impartial manner. I also encouraged the FCA to come to an agreement with the banks as soon as possible on what might be shared with the Treasury Select Committee.

1st Dec 2014
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that HM Revenue and Customs' MP helplines are easily accessible for hon. Members and their staff.

HM Revenue and Customs operates some dedicated MP telephone hotlines and the contact information is available on the MPs website

1st Dec 2014
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if his Department will establish a dedicated VAT helpline for the offices of hon. Members to assist them in dealing with cases on behalf of constituents.

HMRC has no plans to establish a dedicated VAT helpline for the offices of Members of Parliament. HMRC receives far fewer enquiries from the public and MPs on business taxes such as VAT than for personal tax and benefits issues. In general, MPs seem content to write to HMRC about business tax issues or to use the existing call centre lines. This best meets the need of business taxpayers and MPs as often the issues are detailed and complex.

24th Nov 2014
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent representations his Department has received on reducing the rate of VAT charged on the refurbishment of domestic dwellings; and if he will make a statement.

HM Treasury receives representations on many subjects including this one, and keeps all tax policy under review.

18th Nov 2014
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received on the Financial Conduct Authority's decision to extend the settlement negotiation period to January 2015; and if he will make a statement.

Treasury Ministers and officials receive regular correspondence on a wide range of issues. We cannot disclose details of specific representations.

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is an independent non-governmental body responsible for regulating and supervising the financial services industry within the framework of statutory objectives and duties agreed by Parliament. Although the Treasury is responsible for the legal framework, it has strictly limited powers in relation to the FCA. In particular the Treasury has no general power of direction over the FCA.

10th Nov 2014
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many businesses in (a) Wales, (b) North Wales and (c) Aberconwy constituency are exempted from paying employer national insurance contributions.

A publication on take-up of the Employment Allowance was published on Friday 7th November and is available on the GOV.UK website at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/employment-allowance-take-up-2014-to-2015-mid-year-estimate.

This contains mid-year estimates for 2014-15 of the number of employers benefitting from the Employment Allowance including breakdowns by region, sector, constituency and employer size.

These statistics show that take-up has been very positive with 68% of all eligible business and charities across the UK having claimed the allowance so far.

10th Nov 2014
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the number of employers in (a) Wales, (b) North Wales and (c) Aberconwy constituency who have not yet claimed employment and support allowance.

A publication on take-up of the Employment Allowance was published on Friday 7th November and is available on the GOV.UK website at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/employment-allowance-take-up-2014-to-2015-mid-year-estimate.

This contains mid-year estimates for 2014-15 of the number of employers benefitting from the Employment Allowance including breakdowns by region, sector, constituency and employer size.

These statistics show that take-up has been very positive with 68% of all eligible business and charities across the UK having claimed the allowance so far.

10th Nov 2014
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent representations his Department has received on the Connaught Income Series 1 Fund.

Treasury Ministers and officials receive regular correspondence on a wide range of issues. We cannot disclose details of specific representations.

The Government appreciates the real difficulties and the serious implications the Connaught issue has had for investors and is following the situation closely.

7th Nov 2014
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to increase the resources allocated to HM Revenue and Customs to reduce tax avoidance by large multinational corporations.

This government has taken a wide range of action to tackle corporate tax avoidance over this parliament, sending out a clear message that large businesses need to pay their fair share. We have closed down numerous loopholes and have led efforts at the G20 and OECD to reform the international rules that some multinationals exploit to avoid tax. Work is continuing at pace with our international partners to finalise recommendations and to deliver those reforms.

Alongside this we have invested heavily in Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) tax compliance activities, including a £30 million funding provided at Autumn Statement 2012 to increase work on identifying and challenging multinationals’ transfer pricing arrangements and further strengthening risk assessment capability across the large business sector. As a result of close monitoring and compliance work HMRC recovered around £31 billion in tax revenues from large UK businesses between April 2010 and March 2014. In addition, this year HMRC launched a new dedicated Large Business directorate to deal closely with the tax affairs of the 2,100 largest businesses in the UK.

3rd Nov 2014
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many businesses have (a) claimed and (b) been awarded employment allowance in (i) Wales and (ii) England.

A statistical release covering take-up of the Employment Allowance, including regional and constituency data was published on the 7th November.

These statistics show that up to October 5th 2014, midway through the 2014-15 tax year, 35,000 employers in Wales and 728,000 employers in England had claimed and benefitted from the Employment Allowance. Employers automatically benefit from the allowance if they make a claim and have an employer Class 1 National Insurance Contribution bill.

So far 900 employers in Aberconwy and 6,400 employers in the North Wales constituencies have benefitted from the Employment Allowance.

This demonstrates the Government’s commitment to reducing the costs of employment for small businesses across the UK.

3rd Nov 2014
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many businesses have (a) claimed and (b) been awarded employment allowance in (i) Aberconwy, (ii) Conwy and (iii) North Wales in the last year.

A statistical release covering take-up of the Employment Allowance, including regional and constituency data was published on the 7th November.

These statistics show that up to October 5th 2014, midway through the 2014-15 tax year, 35,000 employers in Wales and 728,000 employers in England had claimed and benefitted from the Employment Allowance. Employers automatically benefit from the allowance if they make a claim and have an employer Class 1 National Insurance Contribution bill.

So far 900 employers in Aberconwy and 6,400 employers in the North Wales constituencies have benefitted from the Employment Allowance.

This demonstrates the Government’s commitment to reducing the costs of employment for small businesses across the UK.

24th Oct 2014
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue in the form of Class 1 National Insurance contributions was collected from people earning less than the threshold for income tax in the 2012-13 tax year.

Estimates of the amount of Class 2 National Insurance contributions collected from individuals earning less than the threshold for income tax are not available.

For the tax year 2012-13, £28m of Class 4 National Insurance contributions was collected from individuals with total profits below the income tax threshold of £8,105.

For the tax year 2012-13, £510m of Class 1 National Insurance contributions was collected from individuals with total employment income below the income tax threshold of £8,105.

24th Oct 2014
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much (a) Class 2 and (b) Class 4 National Insurance his Department collected from individuals earning less than the threshold for income tax during the 2012-13 tax year.

Estimates of the amount of Class 2 National Insurance contributions collected from individuals earning less than the threshold for income tax are not available.

For the tax year 2012-13, £28m of Class 4 National Insurance contributions was collected from individuals with total profits below the income tax threshold of £8,105.

For the tax year 2012-13, £510m of Class 1 National Insurance contributions was collected from individuals with total employment income below the income tax threshold of £8,105.

20th Oct 2014
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with the Financial Conduct Authority on the interest rate swap redress scheme.

Treasury Ministers and officials meet with a wide range of organisations as part of the usual policy making process.

However, the Chancellor has had no recent discussions with the FCA specifically regarding its review on the mis-selling of interest rate hedging products.

It might be useful to know that the Treasury publishes a list of ministerial meetings with external organisations. This is available online at: http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/minister_hospitality.htm.

26th Jun 2014
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what role his Department played in the decision to separate Lloyds and TSB.

Lloyds Banking Group is required to divest part of its UK banking business – TSB – as a result of European Commission approval of the aid it received from the UK Government during the financial crisis.

The TSB divestment was part of a wider package of measures to ensure that the recapitalisation of Lloyds was compliant with the single market. The State aid agreement is therefore between HM Government and Lloyds, and between the Government and the European Commission.

10th Jun 2014
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what guidance his Department has given to the Financial Conduct Authority on its remit in relation to tailored business loans.

Treasury Ministers and officials meet with a wide range of organisations as part of the usual policy making process.

The Treasury publishes a list of ministerial meetings with external organisations. This is available online at: http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/minister_hospitality.htm

It is important to recognise that business lending is not, and never has been, within the scope of the Financial Conduct Authority's (FCA) conduct rules.

I understand that Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks have agreed to review the sale of those tailored business loans with features comparable to standalone structured collars, simple collars and caps notwithstanding the fact that they are strictly outside the scope of the FCA's review into the mis-selling of interest rate hedging products.

10th Jun 2014
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) on extending the FCA's powers to include regulatory powers over tailored business loans.

Treasury Ministers and officials meet with a wide range of organisations as part of the usual policy making process.

The Treasury publishes a list of ministerial meetings with external organisations. This is available online at: http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/minister_hospitality.htm

It is important to recognise that business lending is not, and never has been, within the scope of the Financial Conduct Authority's (FCA) conduct rules.

I understand that Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks have agreed to review the sale of those tailored business loans with features comparable to standalone structured collars, simple collars and caps notwithstanding the fact that they are strictly outside the scope of the FCA's review into the mis-selling of interest rate hedging products.

15th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when his Department plans to publish the results of its 2014 public consultation on the review of Section 24 of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.

The government will issue a response to the consultation on the review of Section 24 of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 in due course.

Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence
11th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will assess the potential merits of increasing the police pension entitlement for widows from post-retirement marriages.

The current police pension scheme provides survivor benefits regardless of the timing of a member’s marriage. In keeping with other public service pension schemes, this was not the case before 1978, when different rules applied.

Successive governments have made a general presumption against making retrospective changes to public service pension schemes. Therefore there is no entitlement relating to service before 1978 and there are no plans to change this.

21st Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions (a) she, (b) other Ministers in her Department and (c) officials in her Department have had with the Surveillance Camera Commissioner about compliance to Principle 1 of the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice 2013 by local authorities in England and Wales.

My officials are in regular discussions with the Surveillance Camera Commissioner and his team, and those discussions cover a range of issues in relation to the regulation of overt CCTV and other surveillance camera systems in public places. We are aware that he has recently written to all local authorities reminding them of their obligations under the code and requested that they complete and publish the self-assessment tool, that covers all the principles.

The Commissioner will be presenting his Annual Report to the Home Secretary in the near future, and I anticipate that this will include commentary on the surveillance camera use by local authorities and other relevant authorities under S33(5) of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012. That report is intended to provide the Government, Parliament and the public an opportunity to reflect on the regulation of surveillance.

24th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of changes in the number of anti-Semitic incidents in the UK; and if she will make a statement.

The UK Government takes all forms of hate crime very seriously. We deplore all religious and racially-motivated attacks. Between 2012-13 and 2013-14 police-recorded race hate crime increased by 4% (an increase of 1,595 offences) and religious hate crime by 45% (an increase of 700 offences) in England and Wales. The increase in recorded hate crime shows that more victims are coming forward and that the police are improving the way they identify hate crimes, and we welcome this.

The Community Security Trust monitors levels of antisemitism. Their most recent report, published at the end of July covering the period of January to June 2014, highlighted that there had been a 36% increase in the number of antisemitic incidents recorded compared to the same period in 2013 (307 incidents in 2014, compared to 223 in 2013). Following this, they recorded 314 antisemitic incidents in July, and 229 in August, making the combined total for those two months higher than the total for the whole of 2013.

When these events occur it is vital that the police take action to engage effectively with communities. Police forces in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland have recently been issued with new guidance for dealing with hate crimes, which includes advice on dealing with incidents and how to monitor and deal with community tensions.

We have also established a working group to tackle antisemitism which brings together community representatives and experts from across government to help explore issues affecting these communities.

24th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussion she has had with social media companies about anti-Semitic comments on social media forums.

The Home Office, working through the Inter-Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism which works to tackle all forms of hate crime, has engaged with leading social media companies, related industry representatives and community
groups to discuss the issues of the personal harm caused by offensive material on the internet. This has included work as part of the anti-cyber hate working group. As part of this collaborative process, the group has produced and
recently published ‘Responding to the Challenge of Cyberhate: Best Practices’.

This provides a useful tool to help internet service providers, social media companies and other internet industry organisations to challenge and counter online hatred, whilst recognising the importance of free speech. The government expects social media companies to have robust processes in place to promptly deal with a case when abuse is reported to them. This includes acting quickly to assess the report, removing content which does not comply with the acceptable use policies or terms and conditions that are in place, and where appropriate, suspending or terminating the accounts of those breaching the rules that are in place.

We have supported the development of True Vision, the police-led online reporting facility and information resource, which allows people to report internet hate material directly to the police.

The Government will continue to work with social media and the internet industries in the interests of the public, as we take online hatred very seriously. Online abuse is just as illegal as communications that are offline and anyone who has been a victim of internet abuse should not hesitate to contact the police.

20th Oct 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her Department's policy is on collecting fees for visa applications in advance of the application being processed.

The Home Department policy is that a fee must be paid prior to the application receiving immigration consideration. An application will only go forward for immigration consideration if it is valid.

For an immigration application to be valid a number of requirements must be met. These include the payment of the application fee, unless the applicant satisfies the criteria for a fee exemption. Where an application is invalid and cannot be processed the application fee is returned to the applicant.

20th Oct 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department has taken since the Government response to the Second Report of Session 2012-13 from the Welsh Affairs Select Committee, Support for Armed Forces Veterans in Wales, to strengthen policies regarding after care services for veterans.

Primary responsibility for the care of veterans lies with the NHS in England and the Devolved Administrations. The Armed Forces Covenant makes clear that veterans should enjoy the same standard of healthcare by the NHS as any other UK citizen in the area where they live, and receive priority, subject to the clinical needs of others, for conditions resulting from Service. The NHS and the Devolved Administrations are fully signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant, and the NHS in England is mandated to meet this commitment.

The vast majority of Service leavers are fit and well, and no individual who is injured in the course of their duty will leave the Armed Forces until it is right for them to do so, however long that takes. For those who are being discharged with serious medical conditions, the Transition Protocol is in place to ensure continuity of care wherever the veteran resides in the UK.

1st Dec 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many deposit resolution scheme claims were resolved in favour of the (a) landlord and (b) tenant in the last 12 months.

On average between April 2013 and end of March 2014 42% of disputes were resolved in favour of the landlord and 58% in favour of the tenant. Detail for the individual schemes is provided in the table below:

SchemeTotal Number of disputes% in favour of Landlord% in favour ofTenant
Deposit Protection Scheme Custodial8,9454357
Deposit Protection Scheme Insurance125050
MyDeposits6,5903070
Tenancy Deposit Scheme9,4824951

Brandon Lewis
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
10th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of houses under local development plans are (a) private and (b) social housing.

The information requested is not held centrally.

Brandon Lewis
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
10th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people have been (a) murdered, (b) assaulted and (c) subject to a violent crime committed by people released from prison on licence in (i) England and (ii) Wales in each of the last five years.

Offenders on licence are subject to strict controls and may be recalled to custody if they breach their licence conditions. Offender managers regularly review the risk presented by offenders and may place additional controls where they are needed to protect the public.

The latest data on the number of offenders who were convicted of a Serious Further Offence of Murder are published in Annex B of Proven reoffending statistics January 2013 to December 2013, published at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/proven-reoffending-statistics-january-2013-to-december-2013. The published figures include all offenders under any form of probation supervision, rather than just those on licence.

The information requested is set out in the table below, based on data collected under the Probation Serious Further Offence (SFO) Review Procedures. The figure for the most recent year does not include cases where an offender has been charged with but not yet convicted of murder.


Date

01/11/2010 – 31/10/2011

01/11/2011 – 31/10/2012

01/11/2012 – 31/10/2013

01/11/2013 – 31/10/2014

01/11/2014 – 31/10/2015

No of Murders


England

23

20

25

21

6

Wales

2

0

1

2

0


The offences of violence against the person or violent crime in such general form do not fall in scope of the Probation SFO Review Procedures. Data on offenders released on a licence who have committed offences other than those in scope of the SFO Review Procedures are not held centrally in a readily accessible format for the last five years. To obtain these data would incur disproportionate costs.

Andrew Selous
Second Church Estates Commissioner
14th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to the Answer of 4 January 2018 to Question 205241, what discussions he has had Bangor University on the proposed closure of its chemistry department; and if he will he make a statement.

I share your concern around the proposed closure of the Chemistry department at Bangor University and the impact this could have on Welsh language provision of undergraduate chemistry courses.

The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Wales Nigel Adams MP has spoken with the Dean of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at Bangor University on this issue, and I am planning a number of trips to Welsh universities over the coming months. The University has provided assurances that students currently studying at the university will be unaffected and we will raise concerns of future provision with the Vice Chancellors and the Welsh Government’s Education Minister.

4th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with representatives from Bangor University on the effect of that university's proposed closure of its chemistry department on the development of skills in North Wales as set out in the North Wales Growth Deal; and if will he make a statement.

We have regular discussions with Universities in North Wales regarding the North Wales Growth Deal, and the UK Government Minister for Wales recently visited Bangor University on 15 November 2018. However, growth deals are locally led and it is for the region to determine the impact of such developments on their proposals.

24th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent assessment he has made of the case for electrification on the North Wales coast mainline.

Electrification of the North Wales main line would be a significant boost to the region’s transport links, maximising the benefits to be gained from the planned high speed line between Crewe and London.

I met with business leaders in North Wales on 27 November and visited Rhyl station to discuss the importance of rail improvements to North Wales and its connections to the North of England, and my hon Friend the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State will over the next few weeks be meeting stakeholders in North Wales to discuss the case for investment.

24th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions (a) he and (b) officials in his Department have held (i) orally and (ii) in writing with the Welsh Government about the electrification of the North Wales coast mainline.

The Wales Office has regular discussions with the Welsh Government about transport priorities in Wales, including the electrification of the North Wales main line. I am keen to continue to work with the Welsh Government and other stakeholders in North Wales to ensure that we make the strongest possible case for electrification.

10th Nov 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what steps his Department is taking to roll out broadband in rural constituencies in Wales.

Wales Office Ministers have met with BDUK to discuss the roll out of superfast broadband in rural areas in Wales following £69 million being provided to the Welsh Government to support their programme – Superfast Cymru. In addition to this, BDUK is currently piloting a £10 million project to test new ways of delivering broadband to hard to reach areas and this includes a project in Wales. It is Superfast Cymru, a joint Welsh Government/BT programme, which chose the areas that should be prioritised.

20th Oct 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with Ofcom on partial not-spots and the use of passive infrastructure sharing in those areas.

The Wales Office has regular discussions with Ofcom about improving mobile coverage across Wales. The UK Government is considering a number of options for improving coverage in partial not-spot areas, including passive infrastructure sharing and national roaming.

10th Jun 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent assessment he has made of the success of UK Trade & Investment in relation to Welsh exports; and if he will make a statement.

UK Trade & Investment provides invaluable support for Welsh businesses looking to gain access to international markets. It is encouraging that the recent trends show Welsh exports outperforming the other nations and regions in the UK, with the value of Welsh exports increasing by 9.9 per cent over the past year compared to 0.5 per cent across the UK as a whole.