Kwasi Kwarteng Written Questions

9 Questions to Government Departments tabled by Kwasi Kwarteng

Date Title Questioner
7 Nov 2018, 4:33 p.m. Career Development Loans Kwasi Kwarteng


To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to introduce a scheme that provides bank loans to pay for work-related courses and training to replace the Professional and Career Development Loan scheme after that scheme closes in January 2019.

Answer (Anne Milton)

The majority of prospective Professional and Career Development Loan (PCDL) borrowers in England now have access to statutory loans such as Advanced Learner Loans, postgraduate master’s loans and doctoral loans. Demand for PCDLs has fallen significantly as a result.

Statutory loans offer better repayment terms and greater protections than PCDLs and access to those is not dependent on an assessment of the applicant’s credit history.

There are therefore no plans to replace PCDLs.

15 May 2018, 3:42 p.m. USA: Diplomatic Relations Kwasi Kwarteng


What recent assessment he has made of the UK’s diplomatic relations with the US.

Answer (Boris Johnson)

The UK has a special and enduring relationship with the United States based on our long history and commitment to shared values. Last week I saw the Vice President, National Security Advisor and Secretary of State to further strengthen those ties. No two countries will agree on every issue, but the US remains our No. 1 friend, ally and partner.

3 May 2018, 3:32 p.m. Social Services: Minimum Wage Kwasi Kwarteng


To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support is available to social care providers to implement the change in guidance on the national minimum wage and national living wage for sleep-in shifts for care workers.

Answer (Caroline Dinenage)

Through the National Living Wage, the Government is making sure that pay is fair in all sectors, including social care.

The Government has already invested an additional £2 billion to put social care on a more stable footing and alleviate short-term pressures across the health and care system.

The Government is committed to working with local government and the provider sector to ensure that local authorities understand the costs associated with the National Living Wage when negotiating fee rates.

23 Mar 2018, 2:14 p.m. Iran: Visas Kwasi Kwarteng


To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions she has had with her counterpart in Iran on ensuring that visa applications from Iranian nationals to visit the UK are processed as quickly and fairly as possible.

Answer (Alistair Burt)

​In 2016 UK Visas & Immigration launched a full UK visa service at their Visa Application Centre in Tehran. We continue to work with the Government of Iran on all migration issues and the Foreign Secretary discussed these issues during his visit to Iran in December 2017.

17 Jan 2018, 2:03 p.m. Land Mines: Developing Countries Kwasi Kwarteng


What steps her Department is taking to support the removal of land mines in developing countries.

Answer (Alistair Burt)

Landmines are indiscriminate weapons of war that maim and kill innocent children every day. UK support announced in April last year will make safe land equivalent to the size of over 20,000 football pitches and help 800,000 people live their lives free from the threat of mines.

20 Nov 2017, 5:56 p.m. Extradition: Romania Kwasi Kwarteng


To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of Romanian criminals in the UK appealing extradition to Romania on the grounds that the size of prison cells in that country breach Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Answer (Brandon Lewis)

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is working closely with the Romanian Ministry of Justice to ensure that all wanted Romanians currently in the UK are extradited as quickly as possible. My officials continue to work with the CPS to obtain adequate assurances in respect of Romanian prison conditions to make extraditions possible.

3 Nov 2017, 2:52 p.m. Matrimonial Property Kwasi Kwarteng


To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the Government plans to bring forward legislative proposals on legally binding pre-nuptial agreements; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (Dominic Raab)

We will consider nuptial agreements as part of our wider work in family justice reform to give support to couples when they have a family dispute.

16 Oct 2017, 3:13 p.m. Blood: Contamination Kwasi Kwarteng


To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish all responses received by the current inquiry into infected blood.

Answer (Jackie Doyle-Price)

The Government has committed to providing a further update to the House after the consultation closes on 18 October. This update will include a summary of responses to the consultation received. All consultation responses will be passed on to the independent inquiry once established.

16 Oct 2017, 10:38 a.m. Non-domestic Rates: Charities Kwasi Kwarteng


To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what measures the Government plans to introduce to ensure that small charities are not treated less favourably than other small businesses in relation to their liability for non-domestic rates.

Answer (Marcus Jones)

Where a property is occupied by a charity and used for charitable purposes they will usually receive a mandatory 80 per cent relief from rates, which can be increased to 100 per cent at the discretion of the local billing authority. Unlike small businesses, charities qualify for this relief irrespective of their occupation of other properties or the rateable value of the property.

The Government fully recognises the important public benefit that charities bring to communities, and charities also enjoy a range of additional tax benefits on their operations that businesses do not.