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Written Question
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
17 Nov 2020

Questioner: Jonathan Reynolds (LAB - Stalybridge and Hyde)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether people who unable to work because they are clinically extremely vulnerable are able to be furloughed under the extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme during the November 2020 lockdown restrictions.

Answered by Paul Scully

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) continues to support businesses and individuals throughout the UK. Where employees are deemed to be clinically extremely vulnerable, they can be furloughed through the CJRS. As with the previous scheme, it is up to employers to decide whether to furlough these employees.


Written Question
Paternity Leave: Fathers
22 Oct 2020

Questioner: Jonathan Reynolds (LAB - Stalybridge and Hyde)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress his Department is making on making it easier for fathers to take paternity leave.

Answered by Paul Scully

The Conservative Manifesto included a commitment to make it easier for fathers to take Paternity Leave, and the Government fully intends to deliver on this commitment.

In 2019, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy consulted on high-level options for reforming parental leave and pay and is currently analysing the responses it received. We separately commissioned large scale, representative, surveys of parents and employers to gather further information on the barriers and enablers to employees taking parental leave, including Paternity Leave, and data on how parental entitlements are used in practice.

The results of this and our analysis of the consultation responses will inform policy developments on Paternity Leave which will be shared in due course.


Written Question
Paternity Leave and Pay: Public Consultation
22 Oct 2020

Questioner: Jonathan Reynolds (LAB - Stalybridge and Hyde)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress his Department is making on its consultation on parental leave and pay which closed on 29 November 2019.

Answered by Paul Scully

In 2019, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy consulted on high-level options for reforming parental leave and pay and is currently analysing the responses it received. We separately commissioned large scale, representative, surveys of parents and employers to gather further information on the barriers and enablers to employees taking parental leave, including Paternity Leave, and data on how parental entitlements are used in practice.

Information gathered through the consultation and the evaluation of Shared Parental Leave and Pay will inform Government policy on parental leave and pay going forward – including the Manifesto commitment to make it easier for fathers to take Paternity Leave.

The findings of the evaluation and Government Response to the consultation will be published in due course.


Written Question
Parents: Coronavirus
22 Oct 2020

Questioner: Jonathan Reynolds (LAB - Stalybridge and Hyde)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department plans to provide additional parental pay entitlements for new parents who have recently changed or left their jobs as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

Answered by Paul Scully

Statutory Maternity Leave, Adoption Leave, and Parental Bereavement Leave are ‘day 1’ rights which means that an employee will qualify for these entitlements even if they have recently changed jobs.

In order to qualify for Statutory Paternity Leave and Shared Parental Leave, an employee must have been continuously employed by their current employer for 26 weeks at the ‘relevant date’.

In order to qualify for Statutory Maternity Pay, Adoption Pay, Paternity Pay, Shared Parental Pay and Parental Bereavement Pay, an employee must have earned at least the lower earnings level (currently £120 a week) in an 8 week reference period and worked continuously for their employer for 26 weeks at the ‘relevant date’. Additional qualifying criteria attach to Paternity, Shared Parental and Parental Bereavement Pay.

The ‘relevant date’ differs depending on whether the employee is a ‘birth parent’, a bereaved parent or an ‘adopter’. But in the case of Statutory Maternity Pay and Statutory Adoption Pay an employee will qualify for pay if they have 26 weeks continuous service at the ‘relevant date’ even if they subsequently leave their job or are made redundant. They will, however, cease to qualify if they end their parental leave to start working for a new employer.

Further information is on the eligibility criteria for parental leave and pay is on GOV.UK.


Written Question
Redundancy Pay
22 Jul 2020

Questioner: Jonathan Reynolds (LAB - Stalybridge and Hyde)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his Department's specific guidance is on using previous wages to calculate redundancy and notice pay; and whether that calculation should include furlough pay.

Answered by Paul Scully

The provisions relating to calculation of redundancy and notice pay under the Employment Rights Act continue to apply when an individual is on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Employees who are dismissed due to redundancy and who satisfy certain qualifying conditions are statutorily entitled to a lump sum from their employer, based on their age, length of service and contractual weekly earnings, subject to a statutory upper limit, payable at, or soon after, the dismissal date.

During this difficult period, we urge employers to exercise discretion and not use the Job Retention Scheme to make someone redundant on less favourable terms than they would otherwise have received.


Written Question
Foreign Companies: Ownership
5 Apr 2018

Questioner: Jonathan Reynolds (LAB - Stalybridge and Hyde)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress he has made on the introduction of a public register of beneficial owners of property in the UK.

Answered by Andrew Griffiths

On 22 March, the Government published its response to the call for evidence on the proposed register of beneficial owners of overseas entities that own UK property. Work to prepare draft legislation for establishing this world-first register is ongoing. The Government has made good progress and is on track to meeting its commitment of publishing the draft Bill before the summer recess this year.


Written Question
Companies: Property
27 Mar 2018

Questioner: Jonathan Reynolds (LAB - Stalybridge and Hyde)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what information his Department holds on the number of properties in the UK which are owned by companies registered in the Isle of Man.

Answered by Andrew Griffiths

HM Land Registry holds information on registered titles in England and Wales that are owned by overseas companies. The information is released as a dataset available on GOV.UK and contains a description of the way in which the dataset is compiled.

By reference to the dataset, as of March 2018 the number of titles where the legal owner is an overseas company based in the Isle of Man is 10,778.


Written Question
Companies: Property
27 Mar 2018

Questioner: Jonathan Reynolds (LAB - Stalybridge and Hyde)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many properties in the UK are owned by companies registered in (a) British Overseas Territories and (b) Crown Dependencies.

Answered by Andrew Griffiths

HM Land Registry holds information on registered titles in England and Wales that are owned by overseas companies. The information is released as a dataset available on GOV.UK and contains a description of the way in which the dataset is compiled.

By reference to the dataset, as of March 2018 the number of titles where the legal owner is an overseas company based in (a) British Overseas Territories is 28,360 and (b) Crown Dependencies is 43,245.


Written Question
Electricity Generation
13 Oct 2016

Questioner: Jonathan Reynolds (LAB - Stalybridge and Hyde)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of changes to the rules governing payment of embedded benefits on participation in the forthcoming capacity market auctions; and what assessment he has made of the effect of those changes in the cost to the consumer.

Answered by Jesse Norman

Ofgem is responsible for network charging in its role as the independent regulator. It is currently reviewing the rules governing the payment of embedded benefits. As part of its review, Ofgem will assess the full implications of any proposed changes on those that would be affected.


Written Question
Electricity Generation
13 Oct 2016

Questioner: Jonathan Reynolds (LAB - Stalybridge and Hyde)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the amount of distribution-connected plants that might close in the event of a significant change to rules governing the payment of embedded benefits, including the triads benefit.

Answered by Jesse Norman

Ofgem is responsible for network charging in its role as the independent regulator. It is currently reviewing the rules governing the payment of embedded benefits. As part of its review, Ofgem will assess the full implications of any proposed changes on those that would be affected.


Written Question
Electricity Generation
13 Oct 2016

Questioner: Jonathan Reynolds (LAB - Stalybridge and Hyde)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the value of distribution-connected generation to the (a) UK energy system as a whole and (b) security of supply.

Answered by Jesse Norman

Ofgem is responsible for network charging in its role as the independent regulator. It is currently reviewing the rules governing the payment of embedded benefits. As part of its review, Ofgem will assess the full implications of any proposed changes on those that would be affected.


Written Question
Conditions of Employment
21 Jul 2016

Questioner: Jonathan Reynolds (LAB - Stalybridge and Hyde)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department will be responsible for family-friendly employment policy and the right to request flexible working and shared parental leave.

Answered by Margot James

Ministers, and therefore Departments’ portfolio of policy responsibilities, are being agreed and will be announced in due course.