Kemi Badenoch Written Questions

18 Questions to Government Departments tabled by Kemi Badenoch


Date Title Questioner
17 Jul 2019, 10:53 a.m. Leisure: Learning Disability Kemi Badenoch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that local authorities provide adequate leisure and recreational facilities for people with learning disabilities.

Answer (Rishi Sunak)

The Government recognises that access to high-quality inclusive spaces and opportunities for sport and recreation can make an important contribution to the health and wellbeing of people with learning disabilities.

In 2015, the Government sport strategy, Sporting Future: A Strategy for an Active Nation placed a focus on encouraging activity amongst those less likely to be active - including people with disabilities. The Government supports efforts that aim to encourage people with all forms of disability to become active and to fulfil their sporting potential.

The Activity Alliance's ‘Inclusive Fitness Initiative’ is supporting leisure centres to become more welcoming and accessible environments to disabled people. Activity Alliance run the initiative in collaboration with Sport England and UK Active and aim to give the active leisure sector support to improve, modernise and invest in its facilities, with the ambition that every facility in the country complies with the Activity Alliance ‘Inclusive Fitness Initiative’.

In 2018-19 the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government committed over £15 million to support a robust package of new Government initiatives to support vibrant and inclusive open spaces to enable more people to participate in leisure activities. This included the Pocket Parks Plus programme which is providing funding for 198 community-led projects across England to create new or renovate existing parks. A number of the successful projects will be creating open spaces that address social inclusion - and increasing access for people with different disabilities to leisure and wellbeing activities.

13 Feb 2019, 3:15 p.m. International Assistance Kemi Badenoch

Question

What steps she is taking to promote reform of OECD Development Assistance Committee rules on aid spending.

Answer (Penny Mordaunt)

The UK is leading efforts to modernise the international aid rules to ensure they can keep pace with new challenges and support the delivery of the Global Goals. We have secured significant progress in changing the rules, including the recent agreement on an ODA reverse-graduation mechanism.

29 Oct 2018, 3:43 p.m. Energy: Meters Kemi Badenoch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many SMETS1 meters are estimated to not be enrolled into the Smart Data Communications Company; and what the approximate cost of their replacements with SMETS2 meters would be.

Answer (Claire Perry)

First generation smart meters currently operate on energy supplier-developed systems and will be migrated to the DCC by the end of 2020 to ensure that all first generation smart meters stay smart when switching.

16 Oct 2018, 4:30 p.m. Police: Rural Areas Kemi Badenoch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of allocating policing numbers in rural areas based on geographic size instead of per head of population.

Answer (Mr Nick Hurd)

Population sparsity was one factor within the existing Police Allocation Formula. We will consider the issue of the police funding formula in the context of the next Spending Review.

It is an operational decision for Chief Constables, held to account by their democratically elected Police and Crime Commissioner, to determine the size of the police workforce and how they are deployed in line with local priorities.

16 Oct 2018, 9:57 a.m. Maternity Allowance: Adoption Kemi Badenoch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of extending statutory maternity allowance to adopting parents.

Answer (Justin Tomlinson)

Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP), and Maternity Allowance (MA), are paid to women to replace earnings to help them take time off work before and after their baby is born. They are primarily paid in the interests of women and their babies’ health and wellbeing. It would not therefore be appropriate to extend maternity benefits to adopting parents.

Statutory Adoption Pay is available for employees who take time off to adopt a child. Prospective adopters and children they intend to adopt are also entitled to an assessment of their family’s needs. This includes a range of support including discretionary means-tested financial support, advice, information, counselling, and support services.

9 Jul 2018, 4:14 p.m. Dormant Assets Commission Kemi Badenoch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what progress has been made on the implementation of the report, Tackling dormant assets: recommendations to benefit investors and society published by the Independent Dormant Assets Commission in March 2017.

Answer (Tracey Crouch)

The Government published its response to the Dormant Assets Commission’s report in February 2018. In June, Ministers announced four senior industry champions, who will spearhead the expansion of the current dormant assets scheme, with the support of government, to include a wider set of financial assets across the financial services sector.

The champions will report to Ministers on an implementation plan for their respective sectors in due course.

15 Jun 2018, 12:06 p.m. Cars Kemi Badenoch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will bring forward legislative proposals for a car scrappage scheme that extends to all cars.

Answer (Jesse Norman)

The Government is not proposing to take forward a national scrappage scheme at this time given concerns as to the deliverability and value for money of scrappage schemes. However, it has committed to helping local authorities support individuals and businesses affected by local air quality plans, via the £220 million Clean Air Fund.

15 Jun 2018, 11:29 a.m. Housing Kemi Badenoch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what methodology is used to determine his Department's Objectively Assessed Housing Need and Strategic Housing Market Assessment figures.

Answer (Dominic Raab)

There is currently no standard way of assessing housing need among local planning authorities, which causes delays and increases costs for councils. In the draft revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework, we have proposed a standard method that will result in an easier, cheaper and more transparent process. We intend to publish the revised Framework this summer.

14 Jun 2018, 3:48 p.m. Electric Vehicles Kemi Badenoch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the quantum of national electricity demand arising from the predicted increase in the number of electric cars between 2018 and 2040.

Answer (Claire Perry)

In National Grid’s 2017 Future Energy Scenarios, electric vehicles could potentially increase peak load on the electricity system by up to 10GW by 2040 under their highest impact scenario. National Grid say that this can be reduced to around 5GW by 2040 if the charging by electric vehicles is managed through smart charging.

Therefore, the Government is taking powers as part of the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill to mandate that all charge points sold or installed in the UK must be ‘smart’ enabled. This will enable consumers to shift charging away from the peak demand periods, benefitting the electricity system and lowering their electricity bills.

13 Jun 2018, 12:54 p.m. European Research Council Kemi Badenoch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the timeframe is for the UK to stop receiving funding from the European Research Council.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

The UK is eligible to fully participate in all aspects of the Horizon 2020 programme, including the European Research Council (ERC) while we remain a member of the EU. The Joint Report, reflected in the draft Withdrawal Agreement, envisages that UK entities’ right to participate will remain unaffected by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU for the duration of the programme and the lifetime of projects funded under Horizon 2020.

If necessary, the Government’s underwrite remains in place. This guarantees the funding for UK participants in projects ongoing at the point of exit, as well as any successful bids submitted before the UK leaves the EU.

As part of our future partnership with the EU, the UK will look to establish a far reaching science and innovation pact. The UK would like the option to fully associate to the excellence-based European research and innovation programmes, including Horizon Europe, the successor to Horizon 2020. The UK intends to play a full and constructive role in shaping these proposals and we look forward to discussing the detail of any future UK participation with the Commission.

13 Jun 2018, 12:54 p.m. European Research Council: EU Grants and Loans Kemi Badenoch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the maintenance of funding for (a) universities and (b) research projects after the UK ceases to receive European Research Council funding.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

The UK is eligible to fully participate in all aspects of the Horizon 2020 programme, including the European Research Council (ERC) while we remain a member of the EU. The Joint Report, reflected in the draft Withdrawal Agreement, envisages that UK entities’ right to participate will remain unaffected by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU for the duration of the programme and the lifetime of projects funded under Horizon 2020.

If necessary, the Government’s underwrite remains in place. This guarantees the funding for UK participants in projects ongoing at the point of exit, as well as any successful bids submitted before the UK leaves the EU.

As part of our future partnership with the EU, the UK will look to establish a far reaching science and innovation pact. The UK would like the option to fully associate to the excellence-based European research and innovation programmes, including Horizon Europe, the successor to Horizon 2020. The UK intends to play a full and constructive role in shaping these proposals and we look forward to discussing the detail of any future UK participation with the Commission.

16 May 2018, 5:01 p.m. Students: Loans Kemi Badenoch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when his Department plans to publish guidance for higher education institutions on part-time maintenance loans.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

Student Finance England (SFE) will launch the application service for part-time maintenance loans in June 2018.

Information about these loans is already available to students on GOV.UK:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/part-time-undergraduate-maintenance-loan.

More detailed practitioner’s guidance for Higher Education providers will be published in advance of the application service launch.

16 May 2018, 3:04 p.m. Children: Maintenance Kemi Badenoch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the running costs of the Child Maintenance Service and Child Support Agency were last year; and how much those parents who are the subject of cases administered by both organisations paid in maintenance in the same period.

Answer (Kit Malthouse)

The cost of running the Child Maintenance Service and Child Support Agency for 2017/18 was £221.73m (excluding income) or £199.67m (net of income.) This is an Operational delivery cost only, and does not include any apportionment of DWP overheads.

Please note:

  1. This is an unpublished figure, CMG costs are reported as part of the DWP Annual Report and Accounts and individual Operational/business areas are not separately identifiable in the DWP accounts.
  2. The 2017/18 cost figures have not yet been audited.

The amounts of maintenance paid by parents in relation to cases administered by the CSA are published in table 4 of Child Support Agency quarterly summary of statistics: December 2017 available on line at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/child-support-agency-quarterly-summary-of-statistics-december-2017. Similarly the amounts of maintenance paid by parents in relation to cases administered by the CMS are published in table 8 of Child Maintenance Service: Aug 2013 to Dec 2017 (experimental) available on line at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/child-maintenance-service-aug-2013-to-dec-2017-experimental

21 Mar 2018, 1:01 p.m. Broadband: Essex Kemi Badenoch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the timetable is for completing the phase 4 roll-out of the Superfast Essex scheme; and what steps will be taken to support people in target areas who fail to receive the intended higher levels of broadband connectivity.

Answer (Margot James)

Superfast Essex is one of the first BDUK projects to undertake a Phase 4 and has an ambition to ensure that at least 99% of premises in Essex have access to superfast broadband by the end of 2021.

Superfast Essex’s Phase 4 is a two-part procurement with Phase 4a currently at the evaluation stage. Phase 4b of the procurement is planned for launch in the summer. Deployment plans are not yet set and will be published by Superfast Essex once Phase 4 has been contracted and mobilised. Plans for the remaining ‘unconnected’ areas will be shaped once Phase 4 contracts are awarded and the size of the remaining gap is known.

As confirmed in our announcement in December 2017 we are pushing ahead with our plans for a Universal Service Obligation (USO) so that, by 2020, everyone across the UK will have a clear, enforceable right to 10 Megabit per second broadband.

23 Feb 2018, 3 p.m. Refugees: Employment Kemi Badenoch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 25 January 2018 to Question 124937, if she will create a web page with information for employers wishing to employ refugees; and if she will include (a) information on the right of refugees to work in the UK, (b) the difference between the rights of asylum seekers and those of refugees, (c) a link to the check a biometric residence permit web page, (d) a link to the employer checking service web page, and (e) guidelines on the documentation needed to prove refugee status on that web page.

Answer (Caroline Nokes)

Guidance to employers on carrying out Right to Work checks includes information in respect of the employment of refugees and asylum seekers. This guidance can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/employers-illegal-working-penalties.

Documentation to demonstrate an individual’s right to work in the UK is set out in the employer guidance and Code of Practice for preventing illegal working. Anyone who is granted permission to remain in the UK as a refugee has unrestricted access to the labour market and can demonstrate their status and work entitlement through their Biometric Residence Permit (BRP).

There is currently no plan to create a new webpage dedicated to employers of refugees, however, Gov.uk content is kept under continuous review.

2 Feb 2018, 2:46 p.m. Community Infrastructure Levy Kemi Badenoch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that communities affected by multiple small developments will be able to charge the community infrastructure levy.

Answer (Dominic Raab)

Local authorities are able to adopt the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). CIL is used to help fund the infrastructure needed to address the cumulative impact of development across the wider area, including the impact of multiple small developments.

To date 150 authorities have adopted CIL, with many others in the process of doing so. CIL rates are subject to public consultation and independent examination before they can be charged.

The Government announced an ambitious package of reforms to CIL at Autumn Budget which we will be consulting on in due course. Our proposals include measures to speed up the process of setting up and revising CIL, to make it easier to respond to changes to the market.

2 Feb 2018, 10:58 a.m. Refugees: Employment Kemi Badenoch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to update guidance on the gov.uk website on the rights of refugees to work.

Answer (Caroline Nokes)

Those granted refugee status or humanitarian protection, including those who are resettled to the UK, have the right to work here without any restrictions. There is guidance available on Gov.UK that provides information about the help that refugees can receive to find work, and the benefits to which they are entitled: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/refugees-guidance-about-benefits-and-pensions/help-available-from-the-department-for-work-and-pensions-for-people-who-have-been-granted-leave-to-remain-in-the-uk.

Where applicable, employers can check whether an individual has the right to work using the Employer Checking Service. Guidance on using this service can be found on Gov.UK here: https://www.gov.uk/check-job-applicant-right-to-work.

Asylum seekers are not allowed to work in the UK unless their claim has been outstanding for at least 12 months through no fault of their own. Those who are allowed to work are restricted to jobs on the Shortage Occupation List. This is made clear on Gov.UK at: https://www.gov.uk/claim-asylum.

30 Jan 2018, 10:59 a.m. M11: Safety Kemi Badenoch

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect on the safety and capacity of the M11 if more houses are built in Saffron Walden.

Answer (Jesse Norman)

The assessment of a housing proposal that falls within the scope of a local plan is the responsibility of the local planning authority. In this case it would be for Uttlesford District Council to assess the transport implications of sites they intend to allocate within their local plan.