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John Baron

Conservative - Basildon and Billericay

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


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Division Votes
Wednesday 1st December 2021
Finance (No. 2) Bill
voted No - in line with the party majority
One of 302 Conservative No votes vs 2 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 212 Noes - 306
Speeches
Tuesday 30th November 2021
Oral Answers to Questions

Further to my constructive Adjournment debate on the British Council with the Minister for the Middle East and North Africa, …

Written Answers
Tuesday 30th November 2021
Foreign Relations
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps she is taking to support British …
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.
Tweets
None available
MP Financial Interests
Monday 14th June 2021
1. Employment and earnings
From 1 January 2021, Chair of the Investment Committee of Baron and Grant Investment Management Limited, 66 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, …
Supported Legislation
Wednesday 4th March 2020
June Bank Holiday (Creation) Bill 2019-21
A Bill to make provision for an annual national public holiday on the Friday nearest to 23 June; and for …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, John Baron has voted in 318 divisions, and 7 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
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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

Sparring Partners
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
(13 debate interactions)
Jacob Rees-Mogg (Conservative)
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
(10 debate interactions)
Ben Wallace (Conservative)
Secretary of State for Defence
(8 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Cabinet Office
(15 debate contributions)
HM Treasury
(12 debate contributions)
Department of Health and Social Care
(7 debate contributions)
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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).

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.


1 Urgent Question tabled by John Baron

Tuesday 8th June 2021

John Baron has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

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 Thursday 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 Thursday 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 Tuesday 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.


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

84 Written Questions in the current parliament

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department
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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
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.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
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.

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
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
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
Minister of State (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
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
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
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
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
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
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
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
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
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
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.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
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.

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 (Department of Health and Social Care)
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 (Department of Health and Social Care)
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 (Department of Health and Social Care)
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 (Department of Health and Social Care)
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 (Department of Health and Social Care)
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 (Department of Health and Social Care)
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 (Department of Health and Social Care)
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 (Department of Health and Social Care)
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
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
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 (Department of Health and Social Care)
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 (Department of Health and Social Care)
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 (Department of Health and Social Care)
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 (Department of Health and Social Care)
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 (Department of Health and Social Care)
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 (Department of Health and Social Care)
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 (Department of Health and Social Care)
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 (Department of Health and Social Care)
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 (Department of Health and Social Care)
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 (Department of Health and Social Care)
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 (Department of Health and Social Care)
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 (Department of Health and Social Care)
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 (Department of Health and Social Care)
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 (Department of Health and Social Care)
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 (Department of Health and Social Care)
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 (Department of Health and Social Care)
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 (Department of Health and Social Care)
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 (Department of Health and Social Care)
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 (Department of Health and Social Care)
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 (Department of Health and Social Care)
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 (Department of Health and Social Care)
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 (Department of Health and Social Care)
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 (Department of Health and Social Care)
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
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
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
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
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
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
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
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
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 (Department of Health and Social Care)
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
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps she is taking to support British soft power overseas.

The Integrated Review highlighted the importance of building positive perceptions of the UK, creating strong people-to-people links and familiarity with our values; and it sets out the Government’s role in this area. The FCDO continues to fund projects and programmes that promote ‘brand Britain’ for the long term, including the British Council, BBC World Service and our Chevening, Marshall and Commonwealth scholarships. Our international leadership on important international issues is an important part of how others perceive the UK, as we are seeing through our hosting of the G7 and COP26, and our support for a globally accessible Covid-19 vaccine.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
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.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
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.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
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.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
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.

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
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
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
Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
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.

20th Apr 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that small business insurers recognise covid-19 as a notifiable disease.

The Government is in continual dialogue with the insurance sector about its contribution to handling this unprecedented situation.

For those businesses which have an appropriate policy that covers government ordered closure and unspecified notifiable diseases, the Government’s social distancing instructions are sufficient to allow businesses to make a claim against their insurance, provided the other terms and conditions in their policy are met.

The FCA’s rules require insurers to handle claims fairly and promptly; provide reasonable guidance to help a policyholder make a claim, and appropriate information on its progress; not reject a claim unreasonably; and settle claims promptly once settlement terms are agreed. In addition, the FCA has said that, in light of COVID-19, insurers must consider very carefully the needs of their customers and show flexibility in their treatment of them. The Government is working closely with the FCA to ensure that the rules are being upheld during this crisis.

However, most businesses have not purchased insurance that covers losses from COVID-19. Insurance policies differ significantly, so businesses are encouraged to check the terms and conditions of their specific policy and contact their providers.

The Government recognises that businesses who do not have appropriate insurance cover will require support from elsewhere. As such, businesses should explore the full package of support set out by the Chancellor, which includes measures such as business rates holidays, the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, and wage support.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
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
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with 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
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
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
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
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
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
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
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
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
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
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
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
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
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
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
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
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.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
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.

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
Solicitor General (Attorney General's Office)