John Baron Portrait

John Baron

Conservative - Basildon and Billericay

First elected: 7th June 2001


European Scrutiny Committee
4th Jul 2022 - 14th Nov 2023
Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee
5th Jan 2016 - 3rd May 2017
Foreign Affairs Committee
8th Jul 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Foreign Affairs Committee
12th Jul 2010 - 30th Mar 2015
Opposition Whip (Commons)
3rd Jul 2007 - 6th May 2010
Shadow Minister (Health)
1st Jul 2003 - 3rd Jul 2007
Shadow Minister (Health)
1st Jun 2002 - 18th Mar 2003
Education & Skills
12th Nov 2001 - 16th Dec 2002


Department Event
Wednesday 6th March 2024
HM Treasury
Financial Statement - Main Chamber
Budget Statement
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Department Event
Tuesday 19th March 2024
11:30
HM Treasury
Oral questions - Main Chamber
19 Mar 2024, 11:30 a.m.
HM Treasury (including Topical Questions)
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Department Event
Tuesday 7th May 2024
11:30
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7 May 2024, 11:30 a.m.
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Division Votes
Tuesday 20th February 2024
Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill
voted No - in line with the party majority
One of 277 Conservative No votes vs 0 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 44 Noes - 285
Speeches
Wednesday 7th February 2024
Oral Answers to Questions
Q4. My constituents and I send our best wishes to the King and the royal family.Despite the popular narrative, our …
Written Answers
Thursday 1st February 2024
Members: Correspondence
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to respond to the correspondence of (a) …
Early Day Motions
None available
Bills
Wednesday 29th June 2016
Merchant Shipping (Homosexual Conduct) Act 2017
A Bill to repeal sections 146(4) and 147(3) of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994.
MP Financial Interests
Monday 18th September 2023
1. Employment and earnings
24 August 2023, received £213.46. Hours: no additional hours.
Supported Legislation
Wednesday 7th September 2022
Lithium-ion Battery Storage (Fire Safety and Environmental Permits) Bill 2022-23
A Bill to make local fire services statutory consultees for industrial lithium-ion battery storage planning permission applications; to make provision …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, John Baron has voted in 679 divisions, and 19 times against the majority of their Party.

22 Mar 2021 - Fire Safety Bill - View Vote Context
John Baron voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 33 Conservative No votes vs 320 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 322 Noes - 253
20 Jan 2021 - National Security and Investment Bill - View Vote Context
John Baron voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 6 Conservative Aye votes vs 350 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 269 Noes - 351
17 Jun 2020 - Health and Personal Social Services - View Vote Context
John Baron voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 104 Conservative Aye votes vs 124 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 253 Noes - 136
27 Apr 2021 - Fire Safety Bill - View Vote Context
John Baron voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 31 Conservative No votes vs 320 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 320 Noes - 256
28 Apr 2021 - Fire Safety Bill - View Vote Context
John Baron voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 32 Conservative No votes vs 321 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 322 Noes - 256
20 Oct 2021 - Environment Bill - View Vote Context
John Baron voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 22 Conservative No votes vs 265 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 268 Noes - 204
22 Nov 2021 - Health and Care Bill - View Vote Context
John Baron voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 19 Conservative No votes vs 269 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 272 Noes - 246
7 Dec 2021 - Nationality and Borders Bill - View Vote Context
John Baron voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 7 Conservative Aye votes vs 305 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 245 Noes - 309
14 Dec 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
John Baron voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 97 Conservative No votes vs 224 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 369 Noes - 126
7 Mar 2022 - Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Bill - View Vote Context
John Baron voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 4 Conservative Aye votes vs 302 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 229 Noes - 303
7 Mar 2022 - Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Bill - View Vote Context
John Baron voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 9 Conservative Aye votes vs 296 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 234 Noes - 300
29 Jun 2022 - Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill - View Vote Context
John Baron voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Conservative Aye votes vs 269 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 191 Noes - 271
29 Jun 2022 - Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill - View Vote Context
John Baron voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Conservative Aye votes vs 267 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 175 Noes - 271
30 Nov 2022 - Finance Bill - View Vote Context
John Baron voted No - against a party majority - in line with the party majority and against the House
One of 4 Conservative No votes vs 282 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 285 Noes - 210
6 Jun 2023 - Committee on Standards - View Vote Context
John Baron voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 28 Conservative Aye votes vs 32 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 185 Noes - 40
13 Sep 2023 - Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill - View Vote Context
John Baron voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 4 Conservative No votes vs 267 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 276 Noes - 210
25 Oct 2023 - Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill - View Vote Context
John Baron voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Conservative No votes vs 269 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 280 Noes - 207
25 Oct 2023 - Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill - View Vote Context
John Baron voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Conservative No votes vs 271 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 280 Noes - 208
25 Oct 2023 - Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill - View Vote Context
John Baron voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 3 Conservative Aye votes vs 267 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 208 Noes - 274
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Department Debates
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Basildon and Billericay Petitions

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

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

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

Petitions with highest Basildon and Billericay signature proportion
John Baron has not participated in any petition debates

Latest EDMs signed by John Baron

John Baron has not signed any Early Day Motions

Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by John Baron, 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.


2 Urgent Questions tabled by John Baron

Monday 12th December 2022
Thursday 26th May 2022

2 Adjournment Debates led by John Baron

Thursday 18th November 2021

4 Bills introduced by John Baron


A Bill To make provision for the holding of a referendum in the United Kingdom and Gibraltar on whether the United Kingdom should remain a member of the European Union.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 17th December 2015 and was enacted into law.


A Bill to repeal sections 146(4) and 147(3) of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 27th April 2017 and was enacted into law.


A Bill to make provision in relation to the presumed death of missing persons; and for connected purposes.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 26th March 2013 and was enacted into law.


The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to make provision for a referendum in the next Parliament on the question of whether the United Kingdom should remain a member of the European Union; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 6th February 2013

146 Written Questions in the current parliament

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2 Other Department Questions
14th Nov 2022
To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the House of Commons Commission, what plans there are to use the space previously occupied by fig trees in the Portcullis House Atrium.

The trees in Portcullis House were removed as they had become root bound, and as a result were no longer viable.

House teams are developing plans for the space in the Portcullis House atrium now the trees have been removed. The Administration Committee will be consulted later this year on the plans as they evolve.

16th Dec 2021
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, when she plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of the 27 September, 27 October and 1 December 2021 regarding his constituent with reference JB34361.

I apologise for the delay in responding to the hon. Member's correspondence. The response was sent on 17 December 2021.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice)
23rd Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 1 December 2020, 6 January 2021 and 9 February 2021 on a constituency case, reference JB30241 MC2020/20662.

I apologise for the delay in considering and responding to the issues the hon. Member has raised. The response to this correspondence will be issued shortly.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
6th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, when she plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of (a) 8 November 2022, (b) 14 December 2022, (c) 11 January 2023 and (d) 20 February 2023 relating to a constituent with case reference JB38051.

My hon. Friend, Kevin Hollinrake MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business and Trade, wrote to you on 8 March in response to your letter relating to a constituent with case reference JB38051.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
17th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, when she plans to respond to correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of (a) 22 September, (b) 25 October, (c) 23 November, and (d) 20 December 2023 regarding a constituent, case reference JB42595.

The Department attaches great importance to the timely processing of correspondence. The Department offers sincere apologies for exceptional delay in processing this case to the member for Basildon and Billericay and will expedite a reply as soon as possible.

Michelle Donelan
Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology
11th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he will respond to correspondence of (a) 1 September 2022, (b) 5 October 2022 and (c) 13 December 2022 from the Hon. member for Basildon and Billericay on a constituent, reference JB38749.

My Rt. Hon. Friend, the Minister of State for Energy and Climate wrote to the Hon. Member on 11 January 2023 about the cost of oil and gas.

Kevin Hollinrake
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade)
20th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, further to the Government's announcement on 5 January 2021 of extra support for the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors, when the one-off grants of up to £9,000 will be made available to eligible businesses.

Local authorities were informed of their allocations for this grant on 14th January and funding was transferred on 15th January. The Department is working closely with local authorities to ensure that grants may now be made as quickly as is practicable.

27th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which Minister in her Department is responsible for chess.

A range of Government departments have an interest in chess. For example, the Department for Education would lead on chess in schools.

Within the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, ultimately the Secretary of State would have overall responsibility, while other issues would fall to different Ministers depending on the nature of the issue. For example, the Minister for Sport, Gambling and Civil Society would have an interest in questions related to promoting chess to young people outside school - while the Minister for Media, Tourism and Creative Industries would engage the gaming industry on online forms of chess.

Stuart Andrew
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
20th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans the Government has to purchase more advertising slots on community radio stations.

The Government is strongly supportive of the community radio sector and recognises the great value that it offers to those communities they serve, in terms of providing quality local news, information and entertainment. We are committed to community radio's long-term sustainability, which is why we are currently holding discussions with the Community Media Association (CMA) on how to support it through Covid-19. We recognise that community radio is a useful conduit for disseminating information to hard to reach groups, however decisions regarding the funding and distributing of advertisements is dealt with by the Cabinet Office. I understand that the Community Media Association is liaising with them and OmniGov, the government’s media planning and buying partner.

22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 10 December 2020, 12 January 2021 and 9 February 2021 on a constituency case, reference JB30327.

I can confirm that a response has been sent to the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay.

30th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 19 August, 17 September and 15 October 2020 regarding his constituent Ms Halton.

I can confirm that a response to the letters dated 19 August, 17 September and 15 October 2020, regarding his constituent Ms Halton, has been sent to the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay.

10th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to respond to the correspondence of 2 April, 1 May, 28 May and 25 June 2020 from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay on Sunnymede Pre-school.

A response has been sent to the letters dated 2 April, 1 May, 28 May and 25 June 2020, from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay. A response was sent via email to the hon. Member on 16 July 2020.

25th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to reply to the correspondence of (a) 1 September 2023, (b) 2 October 2023, (c) 30 November 2023 and (d) 11 January 2024 from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay relating to a constituent, case number JB43004.

A response to the hon. Member is being prepared and will be issued in due course. I apologise for the delay in responding to the hon. Member.

Mark Spencer
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
17th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to respond to the correspondence of (a) 22 September, (b) 23 October, (c) 23 November and (d) 21 December 2023 from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay, case reference JB42936 and MC2023/18620.

A reply was sent to the hon. Member on 23 January 2024. On behalf of the Department, I sincerely apologise for the delay.

Robbie Moore
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
13th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to respond to the correspondence of (a) 8 September, (b) 2 October, (c) 2 November and (d) 7 December 2023 from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay, case reference JB42739.

A reply was sent to the hon. Member on the 3rd January. On behalf of the Department, I sincerely apologise for the delay.

Robbie Moore
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
27th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she plans to respond to correspondence of (a) 2 March, (b) 3 April, (c) 3 May and (d) 7 June 2023 from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay relating to a constituent's case, reference JB40823 and MC2023/04425.

A reply was sent to the hon. Member on 29 June 2023.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
14th Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she plans to respond to correspondence of 19 December 2022 and 9 January, 20 February and 13 March 2023 from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay on a constituent with reference JB40073.

I apologise for the delay in responding to the hon. Member. The correspondence has been transferred to the Government Legal Department who will respond directly.

Mark Spencer
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
1st Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to respond to the correspondence of (a) 17 October 2022, (b) 14 November 2022, (c) 15 December 2022 and (d) 17 January 2023 from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay on a constituency case, references JB39225 and MC2022/21132.

I apologise for the delay in responding to the hon. Member. A reply will be sent shortly.

11th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he will to respond to correspondence of (a) 3 October 2022, (b) 1 November 2022, (c) 1 December 2022 and (d) 15 December 2022, from the Hon. member for Basildon and Billericay on a constituent, reference MC2022/19778 and JB39102.

I apologise for the delay in responding to the hon. Member. A reply will be sent in due course.

Mark Spencer
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
11th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to respond to correspondence of (a) 8 September 2022, (b) 10 October 2022, (c) 31 October 2022, (d) 1 December 2022 and (e) 15 December from the Hon. member for Basildon and Billericay on a constituent, reference MC2022/17880 and JB38817.

I apologise for the delay in responding to the hon. Member.

A reply has been sent to the hon. Member today.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
10th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to respond to correspondence about a constituent from the Hon. member for Basildon and Billericay dated (a) 20 September 2022, (b) 19 October 2022, (c) 16 November 2022 and (d) 20 December 2022, reference JB38900.

A reply was sent to the hon. Member on 19 January 2023.

Mark Spencer
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
7th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to respond to the correspondence of (a) 31 March, (b) 29 April, (c) 9 June and (d) 23 June from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay, reference JB37073.

A reply was sent to the hon. Member on 19 July.

I apologise for the delay in responding to the hon. Member.

Victoria Prentis
Attorney General
6th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to respond to correspondence of (a) 28 February, (b) 28 March, (c) 26 April and (d) 25 May 2022 from the on. Member for Basildon and Billericay on a constituent, reference JB36531.

I apologise for the delay in responding to the hon. Member. A reply was sent to the hon. Member on 8 July 2022.

1st Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to reply to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 10 August 2021, and letters chasing up that correspondence of 14 September 2021 and 12 October 2021, regarding his constituent, reference JB33695.

A reply to the hon. Member is being prepared and will be issued very shortly. I apologise for the delay in responding to the hon. Member.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
26th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 3 February, 3 March and 6 April 2021 on his constituent with reference JB31264.

I apologise for the delay in responding to the hon. Member. A reply has been prepared and will be issued very shortly.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
23rd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of (a) 26 November 2020, (b) 5 January 2021 and (c) 10 February 2021 on constituency case reference JB30163 MC2020/31397.

A reply to the hon. Member is being prepared and will be issued very shortly. I apologise for the delay in responding to the hon. Member.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to respond to the correspondence of (a) 8 December 2020, (b) 7 January 2021 and (c) 9 February 2021 from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay, constituency case reference JB30306 MC2021/03746.

I sincerely apologise for the delay in replying. I can now confirm that the response to the correspondence has been prepared and sent.

Victoria Prentis
Attorney General
19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to respond to the correspondence of (a) 17 November 2020, (b) 6 January 2021 and (c) 3 February 2021 from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay, constituency case reference JB30050.

Defra has transferred the hon. Member’s correspondence to the Department of Health and Social Care for response.

Victoria Prentis
Attorney General
10th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 16 September, 14 October and 19 November 2020 on his constituent Mr Howell.

A reply to the hon. Member is being prepared and will be issued very shortly.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
5th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to answer the letter of 17 August from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay and follow up correspondence of the 17 September and 8 October 2020 regarding a constituent.

I apologise for the delay in responding to my hon Friend. Defra is currently dealing with unprecedented volumes of correspondence due to COVID-19. A reply to my hon. Friend's correspondence is being prepared and will be sent out very shortly.

Victoria Prentis
Attorney General
1st Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 13 July 2020 and follow-up correspondence of 13 August 2020 and 17 September 20202 regarding a constituent, Mr Philpot.

I apologise for the delay in responding to the hon. Member.

A reply will be sent to the hon. Member in due course.

Victoria Prentis
Attorney General
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon an Billericay of 24 April 2020 and follow up correspondence of 29 May 2020,18 June 2020 and 16 July 2020 regarding constituent Ms Greene.

I apologise for the delay in responding to my Hon Friend. A reply to my Hon Friend’s correspondence will be sent out very shortly.

Victoria Prentis
Attorney General
16th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 16 March 2020, 14 April 2020, 14 May 2020 and 18 June 2020 on the campaign on the number of deaths of horses in horse racing.

I apologise for the delay in responding to my Hon Friend. A reply to my Hon Friend’s correspondence has been prepared and will be sent out very shortly.

Victoria Prentis
Attorney General
13th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to respond to the (a) letter referenced Home Office ref MIN/6357/20 from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 21 April 2020 which was transferred to his Department by the Home Office on 12 May 2020 and (b) further correspondence dated 18 June 2020 and 25 June 2020.

I apologise for the delay in responding to my Hon Friend. Defra is currently dealing with unprecedented volumes of correspondence due to COVID-19. A reply to my Hon Friend’s correspondence is being prepared and will be sent out very shortly.

Victoria Prentis
Attorney General
7th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what responsibilities local authorities have to ensure high standards of animal welfare in their area.

Local authorities respond to individual cases of animal welfare and can allocate resources based on local priorities. Under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, local authorities in England and Wales have powers to enforce the Animal Welfare Act 2006, which includes powers of entry and seizure in order to inspect allegations of poor animal welfare and cruelty.

Local authorities also have primary responsibility for the enforcement of legislation concerning animal welfare on farm, in transport and at markets. In addition, in England, local authorities have a statutory duty to enforce The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018, which regulate pet selling, dog breeding, dog and cat boarding, riding schools and exhibiting animals. Under the 2018 Regulations, local authorities have powers to issue, refuse and revoke licences for the five regulated activities. Local authorities are also responsible for licensing zoos under the Zoo Licensing Act 1981 and independent racing greyhound tracks under The Welfare of Racing Greyhounds Regulations 2010”.

Anyone concerned about a local authority’s handling of animal welfare cases can raise this in the first instance with the relevant local authority, of if not satisfied with the outcome, can refer the matter to the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman.

17th Oct 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether she has made a recent estimate of the potential cost savings of (a) cancelling and (b) postponing HS2.

There are no plans to cancel or postpone HS2, which remains at the heart of this Government’s plans to boost economic growth. HS2 is transformational and will act as a catalyst to help level-up the economies of the Midlands and the North.

With construction now well underway, HS2 and its supply chain is already supporting 27,000 jobs, including over 950 apprenticeships and over 2,500 businesses, 97% of which are UK-registered.

I look forward to updating the House shortly on the progress of the programme through the next six- monthly update.

26th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that cruise ship companies pass refunds on to their customers in line with timeframes set in regulations.

The Government recognises the challenges consumers and many businesses are facing regarding refunds for cancelled cruise ship holidays, which are governed by the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018.

The Department for Transport has held regular discussions with cruise ship companies and is continuing to work closely with the sector and consumer groups to help ensure cruise ship companies deliver on their commitments. The Government’s position is clear – if a customer asks for a refund, that refund needs to be paid.

25th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he plans to respond to the correspondence of (a) 1 September (b) 18 October, (c) 21 November, (d) 21 December 2023 and (e) 11 January 2024 from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay, case reference JB42509.

A reply to the correspondence from the hon. Member was sent on 30 January.

Paul Maynard
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
2nd Sep 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she plans to respond to the correspondence of 19 May, 23 June and 14 July 2022 from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay regarding the CMS, reference JB32918.

A DWP Complaint Resolution Manager provided a full response to Mr John Baron MP’s correspondence on 4 August 2022. A copy of this has been reissued via email on 5th September 2022.

Victoria Prentis
Attorney General
4th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she plans to respond to correspondence of 8 March, 30 March, 25 April and 25 May 2022 from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay regarding a constituent, reference JB36639.

Unfortunately, DWP did not have a record of receiving the correspondence referred to. A DWP official contacted the hon. members office on 5 July, where a copy of the original email was provided to DWP. This has shown the original email was sent to an invalid email address.

When DWP receive correspondence from a Member of Parliament, they aim to fully resolve or agree a resolution within 15 working days of receipt. The Child maintenance Service will provide a further update to the MP by 26 July.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
14th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when she plans to respond to the correspondence of (a) 1 September, (b) 2 October, (c) 2 November and (d) 7 December 2023 from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay, case reference JB42596.

We replied to this correspondence and its three chasers on 21 December 2023. With apologies, this case was delayed as part of our continued backlog of cases following the pandemic and we are currently working through an urgent recovery plan to resolve this.

Andrea Leadsom
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
13th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when she plans to respond to the correspondence of 3 September, 5 October, 2 November and 7 December 2023 from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay, case reference JB42634.

I responded to the hon. Member’s letter on 14 December 2023.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
9th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the correspondence of (a) 1 August, (b) 5 September, (c) 5 October and (d) 19 October 2023 from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay, case reference JB39890.

The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Lord Markham) replied to the hon. Member on 10 November 2023.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
12th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps Mid and South Essex Integrated Care System plans to take to increase the number of endoscopy procedures for patients in Basildon and Billericay constituency.

£2.3 billion was awarded at the 2021 Spending Review to transform diagnostic services over the next three years to increase diagnostic capacity, including for endoscopy services. This funding will also increase the number of Community Diagnostic Centres (CDCs) up to 160 by March 2025, including a number delivering endoscopy services.

Cutting National Health Service waiting lists, including for endoscopy services, is one of this Government’s top priorities. This is a shared ambition amongst integrated care systems (ICSs), including the Mid and South Essex ICS. Priorities are set locally through joint strategic needs assessments as part of joint forward plans across the ICS and partnering National Health Service trusts.

As the principal provider of diagnostic services in the ICB footprint, Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust is currently formulating and confirming its recovery plans with the integrated care board. The Trust intends to increase both internal capacity and insourcing with external support.

Additional endoscopy capacity from new Community Diagnostic Centres (CDCs) currently being established across the ICS will start to come onstream later this year. On the border of the Basildon and Billericay constituency, the Pitsea area will host Pitsea CDC. Once open, endoscopy services may be offered to the local population, where convenient, to improve their access to diagnostic care, including endoscopy services.

12th Jul 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to reduce endoscopy waiting lists in (a) Mid and South Essex Integrated Care System and (b) Basildon and Brentwood constituency.

£2.3 billion was awarded at the 2021 Spending Review to transform diagnostic services over the next three years to increase diagnostic capacity, including for endoscopy services. This funding will also increase the number of Community Diagnostic Centres (CDCs) up to 160 by March 2025, including a number delivering endoscopy services.

Cutting National Health Service waiting lists, including for endoscopy services, is one of this Government’s top priorities. This is a shared ambition amongst integrated care systems (ICSs), including the Mid and South Essex ICS. Priorities are set locally through joint strategic needs assessments as part of joint forward plans across the ICS and partnering National Health Service trusts.

As the principal provider of diagnostic services in the ICB footprint, Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust is currently formulating and confirming its recovery plans with the integrated care board. The Trust intends to increase both internal capacity and insourcing with external support.

Additional endoscopy capacity from new Community Diagnostic Centres (CDCs) currently being established across the ICS will start to come onstream later this year. On the border of the Basildon and Billericay constituency, the Pitsea area will host Pitsea CDC. Once open, endoscopy services may be offered to the local population, where convenient, to improve their access to diagnostic care, including endoscopy services.

29th Jun 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of (a) 14 March 2023, (b) 14 April 2023, (c) 16 May 2023 and (d) 16 June 2023 regarding his constituent, case reference JB40904.

I replied to the hon. Member on 30 June 2023.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
25th May 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to increase the early diagnosis of cancer.

The earlier we diagnose cancer, the better the outcomes for patients.

That’s why we’re speeding up diagnosis of the most common cancers e.g., skin cancer with tele-dermatology, bowel cancer through Faecal Immunochemical Testing, and prostate cancer through multiparametric MRI; increasing targeted screening for breast cancer and lung cancer; investing in 160 new community diagnostic centres; and tackling variation in cancer waiting times around the country.

Thanks to the hard work of so many people in cancer services around the country, the NHS hit the ‘faster diagnosis standard’ for the first time in February.

And – looking ahead - we’re investing in innovations like the Galleri blood test which may be able to detect cancer before people even have symptoms.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay dated (a) 23rd August, (b) 5th October, (c) 17th October, (d) 17th November and (e) 1st December, case reference JB38684.

We replied to the hon. Member on 14 October 2022.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
26th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when his Department plans to respond to letters dated (a) 6 January, (b) 8 February, (c) 9 March and (d) 11 April 2022 from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay in respect of his constituent, reference JB35637.

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
21st Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the letter of 2 November 2021 from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay, and subsequent emails of 20 December 2021 and 27 January 2022 on a constituent, ref JB34756.

We replied to the hon. Member on 8 March 2022.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
2nd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to correspondence of 21 October 2021 and follow up emails of 22 November 2021 and 6 January 2022 from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay regarding a constituent, reference JB34743.

We replied to the hon. Member on 10 February 2022.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
10th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 20 October 2021, 17 November and 17 December 2021 regarding his constituent with reference JB34702.

We replied to the hon. Member on 13 January 2022.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
16th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 17 September, 18 October and 18 November 2021 regarding his constituent with reference JB34209.

We replied to the hon. Member on 5 January 2022.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
15th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to correspondence from the hon. member for Basildon and Billericay dated (a) 10 September, (b) 11 October and (c) 26 November 2021 on a constituency matter with reference JB34115.

We replied to the hon. Member on 6 January 2022.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
8th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of (a) 20th September 2021, (b) 18 October and (c) 18 December, on a constituency case, reference JB34262.

We replied to the hon. Member on 13 December.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
1st Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 31 August, 27 September and 2 November 2021 regarding his constituent with reference JB33909.

We replied to the hon. Member on 2 December 2021.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
1st Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 8 September, 6 October and 9 November 2021 regarding his constituent with reference JB34044.

We replied to the hon. Member on 2 December 2021.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
28th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay dated 22 July 2021 and further correspondence of 26 August 2021 and 29 September 2021 regarding a constituent with reference JB33540.

We replied to the hon. Member on 29 October 2021.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
28th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 16 July 2021 and chase up correspondence of 13 August 2021, 15 September 2021 and 13 October 2021 regarding a constituent with reference JB33290.

We replied to the hon. Member on 8 November 2021.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
8th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 1 June 2021 and chase up correspondence of 29 June, 29 July and 23 August regarding constituent with reference JB32656.

We replied to the hon. Member on 9 September 2021.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the correspondence of 9 June 2021 and chase up correspondence of 7 July 2021 and 10 August 2021 from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay regarding the anniversary of the breast-milk substitutes campaign, reference JB32768.

We replied to the hon. Member on 10 September 2021.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
16th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 1 April 2021 and chase up correspondence of 15 April 2021 and 1 July 2021 regarding a constituent with reference JB32116.

We replied to the hon. Member on 10 August 2021.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
13th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 16 April, 13 May and 17 June 2021 regarding his constituent, with reference JB32222.

We replied to the hon. Member on 14 July 2021.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
13th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 1 April , 30 April, 9 June and 23 June 2021 on the Medical Cannabis Under Prescription campaign with reference JB32121.

We replied to the hon. Member on 6 August 2021.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
1st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the letter of 12 April 2021, and follow-up correspondence of 14 May and 14 June 2021, from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay on the Epilepsy Society Safe Mum Safe Baby Campaign, reference JB32183.

We replied to the hon. Member on 15 July 2021.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
14th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 4 March, 12 April and 12 May 2021 on the Catchupwithcancer campaign, reference JB31721.

We replied to the hon. Member on 11 August 2021.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
14th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps the Government and NHS have taken to improve research, treatment and outcomes for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

The Government published the new United Kingdom Rare Diseases Framework in January 2021, outlining the key priorities for rare diseases including improving access to specialist care, treatments and drugs. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has published guidance recommending ataluren for the treatment of eligible patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, subject to a managed access agreement which has recently been extended from July 2021 to January 2023.

Since 2018, the National Institute for Health Research has directly funded four studies relating to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in addition to providing infrastructure support to 86 studies.

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
25th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the letter of 18 February 2021, and follow up letters of 1 March, 16 April and the 19 May 2021, from the Member for Basildon and Billericay regarding his constituent with reference JB31518.

We replied to the hon. Member on 2 June 2021.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
21st May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the letter dated 25 February 2021, with follow up letters of the 25 March 2021 and 25 April 2021 from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay regarding constituent with reference JB31634.

We replied to the hon. Member on 24 May 2021.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
12th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of the (a) 11 February 2021, transferred to his Department by the Treasury and (b) 11 March 2021 and 22 April 2021 on a constituent, reference JB31380.

We replied to the hon. Member on 14 May 2021.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
22nd Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the correspondence of the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 29 January 2021 and chase up correspondence of 1 March and 1 April on constituent with reference JB31194.

We replied to the hon. Member on 23 April 2021.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
22nd Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the letter dated 26 January 2021 and follow-up letters dated 1 March and 26 March 2021 from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay, regarding his constituent with reference JB31144.

We replied to the hon. Member on 23 April 2021.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
15th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 4 January 2021, 8 February and 12 March 2021 on his constituent with reference JB30528.

We replied to the hon. Member on 21 April 2021.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to (a) the letter of 6 January 2021 and (b) follow-up letters of 8 February and 8 March 2021 from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay regarding his constituent, reference JB30605.

We replied to the hon. Member on 21 April 2021.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
18th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the correspondence of the Member for Basildon and Billericay, dated 29 December 2020, reference JB30428.

We replied to the hon. Member’s letter on 24 March 2021.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
23rd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 9 November 2020, 2 December 2020 and 10 February 2021 on a constituency case, reference JB29931 MC2020/19005.

We are working to provide all Members and external correspondents with accurate answers to their correspondence, as well as supporting the Government’s response to the unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The hon. Member’s letter will be answered as soon as possible.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 14 December 2020, 18 January 2021 and 8 February 2021 on a constituency case, reference JB30357.

We are working to provide all Members and external correspondents with accurate answers to their correspondence, as well as supporting the Government’s response to the unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The hon. Member’s letter will be answered as soon as possible.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 9 December 2020, 12 January 2021 and 9 February 2021 on a constituency case, reference JB30320.

We are working to provide all Members and external correspondents with accurate answers to their correspondence, as well as supporting the Government’s response to the unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The hon. Member’s letter will be answered as soon as possible.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 3 December 2020, 14 December 2020 and 3 February 2021 on a constituency case, reference JB30277.

We are working to provide all hon. Members and external correspondents with accurate answers to their correspondence, as well as supporting the Government’s response to the unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The hon. Member’s letter will be answered as soon as possible.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
3rd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 27th October 2020 and subsequent chase ups of 2 December 2020 and 7 January 2021 on a constituent with case reference JB29598.

We are working to provide all Members and external correspondents with accurate answers to their correspondence, as well as supporting the Government’s response to the unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The hon. Member’s letter will be answered as soon as possible.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
21st Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the letter of 16 September 2020, transferred to the Department of Health and Social Care on 11 November, and chase up letters of 10 December 2020 and 7 January 2021 from the Hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay regarding a constituent with reference JB28732.

We are working to provide all Members and external correspondents with accurate answers to their correspondence, as well as supporting the Government’s response to the unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The hon. Member’s letter will be answered as soon as possible.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
8th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 13 October, 12 November and 25 November 2020 on his constituent, reference JB29438.

We are working to provide all Members and external correspondents with accurate answers to their correspondence, as well as supporting the Government’s response to the unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The hon. Member’s letter will be answered as soon as possible.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
8th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 29 October, 2 December and 16 December 2020 on his constituent with reference JB29672.

We are working to provide all Members and external correspondents with accurate answers to their correspondence, as well as supporting the Government’s response to the unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The hon. Member’s letter will be answered as soon as possible.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
30th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 30 October and 25 November on his constituent with the reference JB29196.

We are working to provide all Members and external correspondents with accurate answers to their correspondence, as well as supporting the Government’s response to the unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The hon. Member’s letter will be answered as soon as possible.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
30th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 5 November and 25 November on his constituent with the reference JB29357.

I replied to the hon. Member’s correspondence on 23 December 2020.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
17th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the correspondence of 22 September 2020 from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay and follow up correspondence of 22 October 2020 and 25 November 2020 on a constituent with reference JB28915.

We replied to the hon. Member’s correspondence on 14 January 2021.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
14th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the letters of 16 October and 13 and 25 November 2020 from the hon Member for Basildon and Billericay on a constituent with reference JB29486.

We are working to provide all Members and external correspondents with accurate answers to their correspondence, as well as supporting the Government’s response to the unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The hon. Member’s letter will be answered as soon as possible.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
10th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 14 September, 22 October and 19 November 2020 on his constituent Ms Harman.

We are working rapidly to provide all Members and external correspondents with accurate answers to their correspondence, as well as supporting the Government’s response to the unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The hon. Member’s letter will be answered as soon as possible.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
25th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 7 September, 7 October and 5 November 2020 regarding his constituent Ms Mavis Guest.

We replied to the hon. Member on 26 November 2020.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
12th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the correspondence of 1 September 2020 and follow-up correspondence of the 29 September 2020 and 22 October 2020 on constituent Ms Fox.

We replied to the hon. Member’s letter on 24 November 2020.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
21st Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to ensure adequate supplies of insulin after the transition period.

Our priority is to ensure that patients continue to have access to the medicines they need, including insulin. We continue to work closely with industry, the National Health Service and others in the supply chain to deliver the shared goal of continuity of safe patient care by mitigating any potential disruption to supply into the United Kingdom of medicines at the end of the transition period.

As set out in a letter from the Department to industry of 3 August, we are implementing a multi-layered approach, that involves asking suppliers of medicines and medical products to the UK from or via the European Union to get trader ready, reroute their supply chains away from any potential disruption and stockpiling to a target level of six weeks on UK soil where this is possible. The letter is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/letter-to-medicines-and-medical-products-suppliers-3-august-2020/letter-to-medicine-suppliers-3-august-2020

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
17th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the correspondence of 6 July 2020 from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay and follow up correspondence of 6 August and 28 August on the learning disabilities extra support campaign.

I replied to the hon. Member’s letter on 2 October 2020.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
16th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the correspondence of 27 April, 15 May, and 18 June 2020 from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay regarding constituent Councillor Schrader.

My noble Friend, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Innovation (Lord Bethell), replied to the hon. Member’s letter on 17 July 2020.

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
6th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the letters of 29 April 2020, 7 May 2020 and 18 June 2020 from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay on Ms Valerie Utting.

I replied to the hon. Member’s letter on 19 August 2020.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
13th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when operations in private hospitals will resume following the covid-19 lockdown.

National Health Service patients are benefitting from an unprecedented partnership with private hospitals in the United Kingdom as we battle the COVID-19 outbreak. Throughout this period, independent providers have continued to provide urgent operations for private pay or insured patients.

From the middle of May 2020, independent providers have been able to provide more routine elective work to private pay or insured patients and where this has been agreed locally with the NHS.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
3rd Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to ask the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation to make an assessment of the potential merits of a catch-up HPV vaccination programme for boys currently older than 12 to 13 years of age.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) is due to discuss human papillomavirus vaccination at its February 2020 meeting. Usual practice is for draft minutes from JCVI meetings to be available within six weeks of the Committee meeting.

Jo Churchill
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
9th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, (a) when and (b) how British Council contractors in Afghanistan eligible under the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme will be relocated to the UK.

Once initial security and biographic checks are completed on British Council contractors who are assessed as eligible, they can start the relocation process. Travelling from Afghanistan can be challenging, particularly for those who are undocumented. The UK government continues to work, including with likeminded partners and countries neighbouring Afghanistan, on resettlement issues and to support safe passage for eligible Afghans. We do not comment on the details of specific routes for individuals who are eligible for resettlement.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
9th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many British Council contractors in Afghanistan who submitted their Expressions of Interest via the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme have received confirmation of their eligibility; and when he expects the remainder to do so.

Under the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS) Pathway 3, the FCDO received over 11,400 Expressions of Interest (EOIs) before the window to submit EOIs closed on 15 August 2022. We are in the process of assessing their eligibility and have started notifying individuals of the outcome, and contacting those eligible with details of the next steps. We are working to process cases as soon as is practicably possible. However, we are not yet in a position to provide numbers for each of the 3 cohorts who meet the eligibility criteria. In the first year, we will offer up to 1500 places to eligible at-risk British Council contractors, GardaWorld contractors, and Chevening alumni, including their eligible family members.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
14th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions she is having with her counterpart in (a) Pakistan and (b) other states which may be able to support the relocation of British Council contractors who have been approved under the Afghan citizens resettlement scheme; and what her timeframe is for putting in place arrangements to enable people who are most at risk to leave Afghanistan via those third countries.

Under the third referral pathway of the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS), the Government will consider Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from eligible at risk British Council Contractors for possible resettlement, as well as from Gardaworld contractors and Chevening alumni. The FCDO will launch an online system on 20 June to begin accepting EOIs; this will be open until 14 August. The scheme will help those at risk in Afghanistan and the neighbouring region. Expressions of Interest from British Council contractors, and the other eligible groups, will be considered in the order in which they are received. Some will be prioritised because of the role they performed or the project they worked on, or in exceptionally compelling circumstances.

We will resettle those referred under the scheme as soon as possible after the necessary checks are completed. The UK has supported over 4,600 individuals to leave Afghanistan since the end of Operation Pitting. We are grateful to our partners, including the Government of Pakistan, for their cooperation, and we maintain close contact with all Governments in the region.

James Cleverly
Home Secretary
14th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if she will ensure that British Council contractors deemed eligible for relocation under the Afghan citizens resettlement scheme and at very high risk will be approved and processed in a way that enables them to leave Afghanistan and travel to the UK for resettlement ahead of other candidates and as soon as possible.

Under the third referral pathway of the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS), the Government will consider Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from eligible at risk British Council Contractors for possible resettlement, as well as from Gardaworld contractors and Chevening alumni. The FCDO will launch an online system on Monday 20 June to begin accepting EOIs; this will be open until Sunday 14 August. The scheme will help those at risk in Afghanistan and the neighbouring region. Expressions of Interest from British Council contractors, and the other eligible groups, will be considered in the order in which they are received. Some will be prioritised because of the role they performed or the project they worked on, or in exceptionally compelling circumstances.

James Cleverly
Home Secretary
14th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if she wil take steps to prioritise British Council contractors completing expressions of interest in the Afghan citizens resettlement scheme for (a) approval and (b) relocation; and if she will ensure that contractors who are deemed at most risk are expedited for (i) approval and (ii) relocation.

Under the third referral pathway of the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS), the Government will consider Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from eligible at risk British Council Contractors for possible resettlement, as well as from Gardaworld contractors and Chevening alumni. The FCDO will launch an online system on Monday 20 June to begin accepting EOIs; this will be open until Sunday 14 August. The scheme will help those at risk in Afghanistan and the neighbouring region. Expressions of Interest from British Council contractors, and the other eligible groups, will be considered in the order in which they are received. Some will be prioritised because of the role they performed or the project they worked on, or in exceptionally compelling circumstances.

James Cleverly
Home Secretary
24th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the announcement of closures to the British Council's international network, The British Council's future: a message from Kate Ewart-Biggs, Interim CEO on 24 June 2021, whether he plans for there be further closures.

The Integrated Review reiterated our commitment to the British Council and it's valuable contribution to projecting UK soft power. We have underscored this commitment with the additional financial support we have allocated to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on the Council - over £600 million since March 2020. This includes a 2021/22 grant in aid allocation of £189 million - a 27% increase on funding for 2020/21.

The British Council is further adapting to the digital age, with digital services already having expanded rapidly during the pandemic. The British Council will continue to operate in over 100 countries promoting the English language, UK arts and culture and education. We are not planning further closures. Decisions on future funding will be made as part of the upcoming Spending Review.

15th Jun 2021
If he will take steps to help prevent the closure of British Council offices overseas.

As my honourable friend knows, we agreed a 2021/22 Spending Review for the British Council settlement totalling £189m, a 27% increase on funding for 2020/21. Not only have we increased funding, we provided a rescue package during the Covid-19 pandemic. This includes immediate assistance of £26m at the start of the pandemic, a loan facility of up to £145m, and a further £100m loan to support restructuring. We also provided a Letter of Comfort to ensure the Council could meet its financial obligations. Alongside the British Council, we are reviewing physical Council presence in country as part of a wider modernisation process. These changes will be minimal. The impact of the Council in a digital age should be judged by its operational rather than physical presence. But I would remind him that despite the challenging economic climate, the Government is providing over £600 million since the pandemic hit to secure the Council’s future, demonstrating our commitment to the organisation.

15th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will set out the (a) terms of reference and (b) progress of his review of the British Council; and if he will publish a (i) financial recovery plan and (ii) long-term funding settlement for the British Council.

The internal review of the British Council is ongoing. Officials continue to work closely with the Council to address the impact of Covid-19 on its operations. Further decisions about long-term funding for the Council will be taken at the upcoming Spending Review.

14th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much the Government has donated to the World Food Programme in response to its request for assistance to respond to the covid-19 pandemic, to date.

The UK has committed £15 million to WFP through the UN's COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan to provide essential global humanitarian functions, such as passenger and cargo services, and medical evacuation. We also accelerated payment of a £12 million tranche of our core funding and worked through our country network to accelerate local payments, enabling WFP to rapidly respond to the global pandemic. The UK is one of the WFP's largest donors, providing £544 million in 2019, and as a force for good in the world we are deeply committed to WFP's essential work on famine and food security. I discussed the work of WFP with David Beasley (WFP Executive Director) when we met on 14 September.

7th Jun 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to respond to correspondence dated 10 March, 13 April and 12 May 2022 from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay, relating to a constituent, case reference JB36685.

HM Treasury apologises for the delay in responding, the Honourable Member was sent a response on 14th June.

29th Mar 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to respond to the correspondence of 17 December 2021, 14 January 2022, 14 February 2022 and 14 March 2022 from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay regarding a constituent, case reference JB35562.

The hon. Member's correspondence was transferred from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on 8 February 2022 and I have responded.
Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Jun 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had (a) with Cabinet colleagues and (b) his officials on compensation and support for people affected by the Equitable Life scandal.

The Equitable Life Payment Scheme closed to claims in 2015 and there are no plans to reopen the Payment Scheme or review the £1.5 billion funding allocation previously made to it. Further guidance on the status of the Payment Scheme after closure is available at: www.gov.uk/guidance/equitable-life-payment-scheme#closure-of-the-scheme.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
16th Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office to provide financial support to the British Council during the covid-19 pandemic.

HM Treasury has been working closely with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office to support the British Council. This includes the provision of a further £26 million of funding in 2019/20, and a loan of £60 million this financial year.

Steve Barclay
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
6th Jul 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to respond to the letters of 8 April 2020, 12 May 2020 and 18 June 2020 from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay on Mr Alan Bates.

The Treasury has received a huge volume of additional correspondence in recent months and is sorry for the delay in responding to the Honourable Member. Officials will respond as soon as possible.

11th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she will respond to correspondence of (a) 11 October 2022, (b) 14 November 2022 and (c) 15 December 2022 from the Hon. member for Basildon and Billericay on a constituent, reference JB39171.

The Home Office responded to the hon. Member’s correspondence on 12 January 2023.

10th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she will respond to the correspondence of (a) 21 September 2022, (b) 19 October 2022, (c) 16 November 2022 and (d) 21 December 2022 from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay regarding a constituent, reference JB38910.

MPAM/0442456/22 – The Home Office responded to the hon. Member’s correspondence on 11 January 2023.

MPAM/0456786/22 – The Home Office responded to the hon. Member’s correspondence on 11 January 2023.

10th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to correspondence about a constituent from the Hon. member for Basildon and Billericay dated (a) 29 September 2022, (b) 26 October 2022, (c) 21 November 2022 and (d) 22 December 2022, reference MPAM/0252841/22 and JB36437.

MPAM/0442456/22 – The Home Office responded to the hon. Member’s correspondence on 11 January 2023.

MPAM/0456786/22 – The Home Office responded to the hon. Member’s correspondence on 11 January 2023.

19th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking with Cabinet colleagues to process security and other checks for British Council contractors in Afghanistan under the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme Pathway 3.

Those eligible for resettlement to the UK will be subject to security checks as set out in the GOV.UK guidance.

9th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to respond to the correspondence of (a) 17 June, (b) 8 August, (c) 21 September and (d) 26 October 2022 from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay relating to a constituent, case reference JB38096.

PQ 83540 – MPAM reference – MPAM/0413457/22 – The Home Office responded to the correspondence on 10 November 2022.

PQ 83541 – MPAM reference – MPAM/0413047/22 – The Home Office responded to the correspondence on 10 November 2022.

7th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the correspondence of 4 February, 8 March, 11 April and 12 May 2022 from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay regarding a constituent, case reference JB36201.

The Home Office responded to the Hon. Member’s correspondence on 8 June 2022

21st Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to correspondence dated 4 June 2021 and chase up correspondence dated 2 July, 2 August and 7 September 2021 from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay regarding his constituent, reference JB32688.

We apologise for the delay and will respond to your correspondence shortly.

Tom Pursglove
Minister of State (Minister for Legal Migration and Delivery)
8th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 24 June, 22 July and 20 August 2021 on the matter of a constituent with reference JB32959.

I apologise for the delay. UK Visas and Immigration, MP Account Management team responded on 9 September 2021.

Chris Philp
Minister of State (Home Office)
8th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 9 June 2021 and follow up correspondence of 7 July, 9 August and 23 August regarding his constituent with reference JB32767.

I apologise for the delay. UK Visas and Immigration, MP Account Management team responded on 9 September 2021.

Chris Philp
Minister of State (Home Office)
30th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the correspondence of 6 April 2021 from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay and chase up correspondence of 5 May and 9 June on a constituent with reference JB32141.

I apologise for the delay. The MP Account Management team, UK Visas and Immigration responded on 1 July 2021.

Chris Philp
Minister of State (Home Office)
24th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 1 February 2021, transferred to UKVI by the 23 March 2021, with further follow up letters of 1 April 2021 and 22 April 2021, on his constituent, reference JB30902.

I thank my Honourable Friend for his question, a response to his correspondence has been issued on the 26 May from the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Chris Philp
Minister of State (Home Office)
17th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the correspondence of 22 September, 3 November and 25 November on constituent reference JB28916 from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay.

Answer:

I apologise for the delay in responding to the Hon. Member’s correspondence. A reply was sent 18 December 2020.

Background:

The Hon. Member wrote on 22 September 2020 on behalf of his constituent Mrs Mercia Rose Kildaire, regarding a missing Biometric Residence Permit.

Mrs Kildaire made an application on 24 March 2020 and leave to enter the UK as a Tier 2 Migrant was granted on 29 July 2020. Unfortunately, when the application was made the Biometric data was not captured successfully and as a result the Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) was not produced. The BRP Error Team were notified there was an issue with production on 24 September 2020. As a result, on 6 October 2020 the necessary application was raised and on 13 October a Biometric Enrolment letter was issued. On 20 October the request for production of a BRP was submitted. Mrs Kildaire’s BRP was issued on 23 October 2020 and sent to the dispatch address we held on file.

On 12 November a reply was dispatched in response to the Hon Member’s correspondence, unfortunately the response was sent to an incorrect email address. The response has now been sent to the correct email address on 18 December.

Chris Philp
Minister of State (Home Office)
10th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 9 September 2020, 3 November 2020 and 25 November 2020 on his constituent.

I apologise for the delay in responding to the Hon. Member’s correspondence. An official response was sent on 11 December 2020.

Chris Philp
Minister of State (Home Office)
5th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 21 August, 21 September and 15 October on his constituent Mr Wait.

I apologise for the delay in responding to the Hon. Member’s correspondence. The Minister for Immigration Compliance and the Courts responded on 9 November.

Chris Philp
Minister of State (Home Office)
5th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 14 August, 14 September and 9 October 2020 on his constituent Mr Perfect.

The response was sent to the hon. Member on the 13 November 2020.

Chris Philp
Minister of State (Home Office)
9th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to correspondence (a) from the right hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 27 April 2020 and (b) of (i) 18 May 2020 and (ii) 25 June 2020 regarding Mr Jannece.

I apologise for the delay in responding to the Hon. Member’s correspondence. I can confirm that the response was sent out on the 28th July 2020.

Chris Philp
Minister of State (Home Office)
9th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the oral contribution made by the Minister for Defence People and Families on 28 November 2023 to the debate on Nuclear Test Veterans: Medical Records, Official Report, column 245WH, when he plans to report back on the files from the Atomic Weapons Establishment.

As I set out in Ministry of Defence Oral Questions on 8 January, to the hon. Member for South Shields (900886), I remain committed to reviewing the documents in the very near future where I will personally assess them and consider their release into the public domain.

I will then personally assess them and consider their release into the public domain,

Andrew Murrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
8th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his oral contribution of 15 November 2021, Official Report, column 301, when he will organise a tri-departmental meeting to discuss the position of the British Council contractors in Afghanistan.

I apologise for the delay in arranging this meeting. Ministerial colleagues have now agreed to meet with the hon. Member. A date for the meeting has been passed to his office.

James Heappey
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence) (Minister for the Armed Forces)
20th Apr 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, when he plans to respond to correspondence of 13 December 2022, 16 January 2023, 20 February 2023 and 22 March 2023 from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay on a constituent, case reference JB38967.

I apologise for the delay in responding to my Hon. Friend’s correspondence. A response was issued on 24 April 2023.

20th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, when the he will respond to correspondence dated (a) 11 October 2022, (b) 31 October 2022, (c) 2 December 2022 regarding a constituent ref JB38651.

I apologise for the delay in responding to my Hon. Friend's correspondence. The Department attaches great importance to the effective and timely handling of correspondence from Honourable Members. A response was issued to my Hon. Friend on 13 January 2023.

Felicity Buchan
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
15th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 7 July 2022 to Question 29909, when he plans to respond to correspondence dated 24 January, 22 February, 29 March, 10 May, 15 May and 4th July 2022 from the hon Member for Basildon and Billericay, relating to a constituent, ref: JB36006 .

A response has been issued to my Hon Friend.

4th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, when he plans to respond to correspondence dated 24 January, 22 February, 29 March, 10 May and 15 May 2022 from the hon Member for Basildon and Billericay, relating to a constituent, ref: JB36006.

The Government recognises the great importance of the effective and timely handling of correspondence, and the important points raised by my Hon Friend on behalf of his constituent. A Minister will respond to his correspondence shortly.

29th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, when he plans to respond to the correspondence of 4 October 2021, 15 November 2021, 20 December 2021, 27 January 2022 and 2 March 2022 from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay regarding a constituent, case reference JB34441.

A response was issued on to my Hon Friend's letter on 9 February 2022.

8th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what further steps the Government is taking to (a) implement the recommendations of the Regulation of Property Agents: working group report, published 18 July 2019 and (b) raise standards across the property agent sector.

The Government is committed to promoting fairness and transparency for homeowners and ensuring that consumers are protected from abuse and poor service. This commitment includes raising professionalism and standards amongst property agents, protecting consumers while defending the reputation of good agents from the actions of rogue operatives. We therefore welcome the ongoing work being undertaken by the industry itself to raise professionalism and standards across the sector.

The Government is considering the recommendations in the report received from the working group on the regulation of property agents. We welcome the work of Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town as the Chair of the independent steering group on codes of practice for property agents, and we will continue to work with industry on improving best practice.

30th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 29 September, 29 October and 25 November 2020 on his constituent with reference JB29140.

The response was sent on 7 January.

30th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 5 October, 6 November and 25 November on his constituent with reference JB29185.

The response was sent on 18 December.

17th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to respond to the correspondence of 8 October 2020 from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay and chase up correspondence of 5 November 2020 and 25 November 2020 on constituent with reference JB29095.

The answer to the correspondence is not straight forward and we are working with other departments across Whitehall to see if there is an avenue of help that might be available to assist the honourable member’s constituent.

16th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to respond to the correspondence of 12 March, 23 April and 25 June from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay on the Stop the lie of Israel apartheid week campaign.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, departments have received a large volume of correspondence in the recent months which has led to delays. The response to the correspondence in question will be shared shortly.

1st May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to respond to the letter of 16 April 2020 from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay and others on Basildon Borough Council.

A response to the letter has been dispatched and a copy emailed to the office of the hon Member.

18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 13 May, 14 June, 20 July and 26 July 2021 regarding a constituent with reference JB32417.

I will be providing a response to my hon. Friend, the Member for Basildon and Billericay, Mr John Baron’s, Ministerial Correspondence dated 19th August in due course. Unfortunately, MOJ has no record of receiving Mr Baron’s earlier correspondence. I note that the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) is also in contact with Mr Baron’s constituent to resolve the issues he raised.

Alex Chalk
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice