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Mark Prisk

Conservative - Former Member for Hertford and Stortford

Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee
11th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee
13th Jul 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission
6th Sep 2012 - 18th Nov 2013
Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Housing)
6th Sep 2012 - 7th Oct 2013
Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Business and Enterprise)
13th May 2010 - 6th Sep 2012
Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills)
27th Jul 2009 - 6th May 2010
Shadow Minister (Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform)
10th May 2005 - 27th Jul 2009
Regulatory Reform
23rd Jun 2008 - 29th Jun 2009
Welsh Affairs Committee
16th Jul 2001 - 17th Jul 2005
Shadow Paymaster General
1st Jun 2003 - 1st Jun 2004
Shadow Financial Secretary
1st Jun 2002 - 1st Jun 2003


Division Voting information

Mark Prisk has voted in 2377 divisions, and 18 times against the majority of their Party.

9 Jul 2019 - Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - View Vote Context
Mark Prisk voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 65 Conservative No votes vs 105 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 383 Noes - 73
27 Mar 2019 - EU: Withdrawal and Future Relationship Votes - View Vote Context
Mark Prisk voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 94 Conservative No votes vs 157 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 160 Noes - 400
27 Mar 2019 - EU: Withdrawal and Future Relationship Votes - View Vote Context
Mark Prisk voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 59 Conservative Aye votes vs 200 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 65 Noes - 377
27 Mar 2019 - EU: Withdrawal and Future Relationship Votes - View Vote Context
Mark Prisk voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 122 Conservative No votes vs 126 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 139 Noes - 422
31 Jan 2018 - Restoration and Renewal (Report of the Joint Committee) - View Vote Context
Mark Prisk voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 66 Conservative Aye votes vs 164 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 236 Noes - 220
31 Jan 2018 - Restoration and Renewal (Report of the Joint Committee) - View Vote Context
Mark Prisk voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 68 Conservative Aye votes vs 166 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 234 Noes - 185
11 Mar 2015 - Ark Pension Schemes - View Vote Context
Mark Prisk voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 103 Conservative No votes vs 122 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 367 Noes - 113
5 Mar 2014 - Judgments - View Vote Context
Mark Prisk voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 83 Conservative No votes vs 123 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 360 Noes - 104
5 Mar 2014 - Registration of Births, deaths and marriages etc - View Vote Context
Mark Prisk voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 81 Conservative No votes vs 124 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 363 Noes - 100
5 Mar 2014 - Registration of births, deaths and marriages etc - View Vote Context
Mark Prisk voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 83 Conservative No votes vs 123 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 366 Noes - 103
5 Mar 2014 - Marriage - View Vote Context
Mark Prisk voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 81 Conservative No votes vs 126 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 367 Noes - 100
5 Mar 2014 - Marriage - View Vote Context
Mark Prisk voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 84 Conservative No votes vs 123 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 365 Noes - 103
5 Mar 2014 - Marriage - View Vote Context
Mark Prisk voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 79 Conservative No votes vs 126 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 368 Noes - 98
10 Feb 2014 - Children and Families Bill - View Vote Context
Mark Prisk voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 99 Conservative No votes vs 127 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 376 Noes - 107
22 Oct 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Mark Prisk voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 51 Conservative No votes vs 93 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 215 Noes - 299
22 Oct 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Mark Prisk voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 38 Conservative No votes vs 107 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 194 Noes - 306
22 Oct 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Mark Prisk voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 46 Conservative Aye votes vs 82 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 355 Noes - 129
12 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill - View Vote Context
Mark Prisk voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 34 Conservative Aye votes vs 44 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 340 Noes - 78
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All Debates

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Sparring Partners
John Bercow (Speaker)
(20 debate interactions)
Emma Reynolds (Labour)
(19 debate interactions)
Jack Dromey (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)
(18 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Department for Education
(207 debate contributions)
Department for International Trade
(34 debate contributions)
HM Treasury
(24 debate contributions)
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Mark Prisk has not introduced any legislation before Parliament

Mark Prisk has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


90 Written Questions

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3 Other Department Questions
8th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, in which month the Pye Tait Review of retentions in the construction industry will be published.

The main aim of the Pye Tait research is to provide a qualitative and quantitative assessment of the costs and benefits of the contractual practice of holding retentions in construction.

My Department is currently working with Pye Tait to finalise this research. It will be published alongside a consultation document later this year.

18th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what date in January 2016 is set for her Department to announce its decision on feed-in tariffs following its review.

We are currently analysing feedback submitted during the Feed-in Tariff review consultation and intend to publish a Government response as soon as possible.

17th Dec 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many small companies were formed in (a) Hertfordshire, (b) England and (c) the UK in each of the last 10 years.

Companies House cannot provide the exact information as it does not register companies by size. The future size of companies will depend on their post incorporation trading activities.

However, Companies House has provided figures for the total number of companies formed in Hertfordshire, England and Wales (it is not possible to easily separate out the figures for England alone) and the UK in each of the last ten years up until November 2014, the latest date for which figures are available, and these are as follows:

Year

Hertfordshire

England and Wales

United Kingdom (GB before 2009)

2005

8,972

340,302

361,124

2006

9,257

373,627

396,791

2007

11,726

422,478

448,024

2008

8,687

319,497

339,808

2009

8,991

332,038

352,753

2010

9,817

365,461

389,636

2011

10,643

412,856

440,624

2012

11,437

448,329

479,539

2013

11,858

484,143

517,186

2014 (to November)

12,093

502,014

533,782

17th Dec 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many self-employed people there are in (a) Hertfordshire, (b) England and (c) the UK.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

30th Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to reduce carbon emissions in the construction sector.

The Government, working in partnership with industry, launched the Construction Sector Deal in July 2018, in order to deliver a substantial improvement in the productivity growth of the sector. At the heart of the deal is a joint public and private sector investment of £420m in the Transforming Construction Programme, which will accelerate the adoption of digital and manufacturing technologies to improve building performance and reduce waste, with the aim of reducing lifetime carbon emissions by 50%. In particular, £32m has been invested in the Advanced Building Centre which is developing energy generation and storage technologies for use in buildings.

Through the Green Construction Board, we are working with industry to achieve the Buildings Mission goal of halving the energy consumption of new buildings by 2030, and halve the cost of retrofit over the same period. The Board is also working with Government to develop a road map to zero avoidable waste in the sector. The road map will be delivered by the end of next year. By reducing waste and encouraging the use of sustainable materials we can further reduce Green House Gas emissions.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
13th Apr 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to paragraphs 1.296 and 1.297 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, what progress his Department has made by estimated capacity of land sold since March 2016 in identifying and disposing of land to meet the Government's commitment.

I refer my hon. Friend to the Public Land for Housing Programme Annual Report published in February 2017.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/592919/170124_PSL_Annual_Report

10th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that landlords fulfil their responsibilities to meet Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards.

The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property)(England and Wales) Regulations 2015 requires that all landlords of domestic and non-domestic privately rented property in England and Wales ensure that, from 1 April 2018, their properties reach an energy performance rating of at least an E before granting a tenancy to new or existing tenants, unless a prescribed exemption applies.

The Department has consulted, and will continue to consult with landlord groups to help them understand the requirements of the regulations, and with local enforcement bodies. The Department will shortly publish guidance to assist non-domestic landlords in complying with their obligations under the regulations, and we will publish similar guidance for domestic landlords in due course.

10th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the application of band E energy efficiency standards on the amount of industrial and commercial property available for UK businesses.

The private rented sector Energy Performance Certificate band E minimum energy efficiency standard was established in the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property)(England and Wales) Regulations 2015.

The Impact Assessment published alongside the 2015 Regulations estimated that, as of 2014, approximately 200,000 non-domestic private rented sector properties in England and Wales had an energy performance rating below E, representing approximately 18% of the total non-domestic rental stock. The Department does not anticipate that the application of the regulations will have any effect on the availability of this property for UK businesses.

10th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the number of commercial landlords exempt from Energy Efficiency Regulations because of provisions against upfront costs.

Under the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property)(England and Wales) Regulations 2015, landlords of privately rented commercial property will need to ensure that, from 1 April 2018, their properties reach an energy performance rating of at least an ‘E’ before granting a tenancy to new or existing tenants. Landlords of commercial property are not exempt from having to meet the upfront costs of installing measures to improve performance; instead the regulations provide a cost effectiveness test, and landlords are required to install all recommended energy efficiency improvements which meet, or exceed, a seven year simple payback.

13th Apr 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to paragraphs 1.296 and 1.297 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, what progress her Department has made by estimated capacity of land sold since March 2016 in identifying and disposing of land to meet the Government's commitment.

The Government has an ambition to sell surplus land and property to generate £5 billion from sales receipts and create capacity for at least 160,000 homes by the end of March 2020.

In March we published a Government Review: Making Commercial Terms of Government Land Disposals More Transparent. The report committed to publish details of Government land sales annually, with the first publication in summer 2017. The report will include all sales in 2015/16 and 2016/17.

Progress towards meeting the housing ambition is set out in Table 3 of the Public Land for Housing Programme Annual Report published in February 2017.

Increasing the supply of land for new homes is central to this Government’s vision of a country that works for everyone. As a major landowner the Government has a crucial role to play in managing its estate more efficiently to secure best value for money for the taxpayer, boost growth and help support the building of new homes.

17th Dec 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of households possessed a television licence in each of the last 20 years.

The table below sets out the percentage of licensable places that hold a TV licence. This is based on TV Licensing's evasion model which compares total licences in force to total licensable places but does not split between domestic households and other places such as businesses and student halls. Therefore it cannot be stated specifically what proportion of households had a licence.

Date

Licensable places with a TV licence

March 1995

90.0%

March 1996

90.7%

March 1997

91.0%

March 1998

91.8%

March 1999

93.0%

March 2000

93.7%

March 2001

93.9%

March 2002

94.1%

March 2003

94.6%

March 2004

95.3%

March 2005

95.8%

March 2006

95.9%

March 2007

95.5%

March 2008

95.4%

March 2009

95.1%

March 2010

95.1%

March 2011

94.8%

March 2012

94.4%

March 2013

94.6%

March 2014

94.6%

17th Dec 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will estimate the number of households with internet access which do not have a television licence.

Such figures are not readily available. However based on estimates 82% of households have some form of internet access. This is based on Ofcom's 2014 Infrastructure report 2014 which quotes 18% of households (estimated) have no home access to the internet, fixed or mobile and 27% of UK households do not take a fixed broadband connection of any kind. Some of these will be using mobile data services, such as 3G and 4G connections on their smartphones or tablets.

5.94% of licensable premises do not have a TV licence - this is based on TV Licensing's figure of 94.06% total licences in force to total licensable places. However, this does not split between domestic households and other places such as businesses and student halls. Therefore it cannot be stated what proportion of households have a licence, and nor is the data available on which of these homes have internet access.

13th Apr 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to paragraphs 1.296 and 1.297 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, what progress her Department has made by estimated capacity of land sold since March 2016 in identifying and disposing of land to meet the Government's commitment.

The Department completed its sale of planned surplus properties in 2015-2016 and therefore there has been no sale of surplus property assets from the core departmental estate in 2016-17.

The Department keeps its estate under review to ensure that it delivers value for money.

16th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the annual cost to the public purse is of employing staff as part of the current testing regime for controlling bovine tuberculosis.

The direct costs of TB tests for routine surveillance and control are met by government although no staff in my department are employed full time on TB testing. In England government staff costs associated with TB testing totalled £2,454,234 in 2016-17. In the same year the cost to government of TB testing carried out under contract by delivery partners totalled £17,489,217. Cattle keepers pay for pre- and post-movement TB tests, however they can use a government-funded surveillance test instead if it takes place within the required time period.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
16th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many staff of his Department are employed full-time as part of the current testing regime for controlling bovine tuberculosis.

No staff in my Department are employed full time on TB testing. Animal and Plant Health Agency vets and animal health officers involved in TB testing also carry out other duties.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
13th Apr 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to paragraphs 1.296 and 1.297 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, what progress her Department has made by estimated capacity of land sold since March 2016 in identifying and disposing of land to meet the Government's commitment.

The details of the government land and property released over the previous financial year will be published as part of the Transparency Review in summer 2017.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
23rd Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the plans she has to reintroduce tick treatment for pet animals returning to the UK.

The requirement for tick treatment was dropped as part of the harmonisation of the EU pet travel rules for movement and import of non-commercial dogs following a qualitative risk assessment and economic impact assessment for the introduction of Mediterranean Spotted fever (MSF) and the Brown Dog tick, Rhipicephalus sanguineus.

The evidence which informed these pieces of work has not changed and therefore there is still no strong scientific basis for reintroducing the requirement for tick treatment to control MSF, a zoonotic disease.

Treatments for ticks are readily available and veterinary practices are able to advise on the most appropriate treatments.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
13th Apr 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to paragraphs 1.296 and 1.297 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, what progress his Department has made by estimated capacity of land sold since March 2016 in identifying and disposing of land to meet the Government's commitment.

The Department for Exiting the European Union does not own any land and has not sold any land since March 2016.

Robin Walker
Minister of State (Education)
13th Apr 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to paragraphs 1.296 and 1.297 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, what progress her Department has made by estimated capacity of land sold since March 2016 in identifying and disposing of land to meet the Government's commitment.

DFID does not own any land beyond its headquarters buildings in London and East Kilbride.

14th Mar 2019
What plans he has to mark the centenary of UK Export Finance.

We will celebrate UK Export Finance’s centenary throughout the year, notably at the UK Trade & Export Finance Forum in June. I am delighted that in its centenary year UK Export Finance was awarded ‘Best Export Credit Agency’ at the 2019 International Trade Finance Awards. As the world’s first export credit agency, UK Export Finance will continue to innovate as it has done for the past 100 years.

20th Dec 2018
What progress is being made on increasing UK exports.

The Export Strategy sets out how the Government will encourage, inform, connect and finance UK businesses to enable them to take advantage of the international demand for British goods and services. Last month we launched an enhanced digital service on great.gov.uk, connecting businesses to over 20,000 export opportunities.

13th Apr 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to paragraphs 1.296 and 1.297 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, what progress his Department has made by estimated capacity of land sold since March 2016 in identifying and disposing of land to meet the Government's commitment.

The Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015 were conducted before the establishment of the Department for International Trade (DIT) and at this time UK Trade and Investment was part of the then Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). When DIT was set up there was no transfer of land assets from BIS or FCO and hence DIT do not own any land or property assets that could be sold.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
28th Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the document entitled Bus Services Act 2017: Bus Open Data Consultation Response: Moving Britain Ahead, published by his Department in January 2019, when he plans to publish the steps his Department will take in response to the responses received to that consultation.

The Government’s consultation response on bus open data explains that the Government will bring forward a statutory instrument later this year which will require bus operators in England to publish various forms of data.

The key requirements are for data on routes and timetables to be published from January 2020; real time information and simple fares by January 2021; and complex fares by January 2023. The difference between simple and complex fares is explained in section 4 of the consultation response.

To support this, the response also explains that the Government is developing a Bus Open Data Digital Service, which will allow app developers to access all of the information in a machine-readable format. We are currently developing the digital service and expect it to be available for use by all bus operators towards the end of the summer.

29th Jun 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, in which month the final National Airports Policy Statement will be published.

The consultation on the draft Airports National Policy Statement closed on 25 May, and we are analysing the tens of thousands of responses received. The Government will set out the next steps in the process in due course.

13th Apr 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to paragraphs 1.296 and 1.297 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, what progress his Department has made by estimated capacity of land sold since March 2016 in identifying and disposing of land to meet the Government's commitment.

The Government has an ambition to sell surplus land and property to generate £5 billion from sales receipts and create capacity for at least 160,000 homes by the end of March 2020.

In March we published a Government Review: Making Commercial Terms of Government Land Disposals More Transparent. The report committed to publish details of Government land sales annually, with the first publication in summer 2017. The report will include all sales in 2015/16 and 2016/17.

Progress towards meeting the housing ambition is set out in Table 3 of the Public Land for Housing Programme Annual Report published in February 2017. which shows that between 8 May 2015 and 30 September 2016, the Department for Transport released land with capacity for 1,673 homes.

Increasing the supply of land for new homes is central to this Government’s vision of a country that works for everyone. As a major landowner the Government has a crucial role to play in managing its estate more efficiently to secure best value for money for the taxpayer, boost growth and help support the building of new homes.

13th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timetable is for the delay repay scheme to begin operating on the (a) Greater Anglia franchise and (b) West Anglia route.

The Greater Anglia franchise already provides a Delay Repay scheme across the whole franchise including the West Anglia route.

Rail passengers will soon be able to claim compensation if their train is more than 15 minutes late under an improved compensation scheme we announced on 13 October 2016. However, we cannot set out the dates on each franchise as this is subject to commercial negotiation. To set out dates could place the Department in a weaker position in its commercial negotiations and we have a duty to ensure that we secure the best possible deal for taxpayers.

3rd Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, in which month he expects the new arrangements for rail passenger refunds following delays to be announced.

We are committed to improving compensation arrangements for passengers. The Chancellor announced in his Autumn 2015 Spending Review that passengers will soon have access to compensation when trains are over 15 minutes late. We expect to make an announcement on this in the coming months.

28th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons the exemption for the railway sector from the provisions of the Consumer Rights Act 2015 has been extended until October 2016.

Last year we consulted on an exemption from certain provisions of the Consumer Rights Act for rail, aviation and maritime transport. We have listened to the views we have received, and have decided not to seek a permanent exemption for these sectors.

The temporary exemption for rail only, which will last for one year until October 2017, will allow the industry time to move to a more consistent compensation scheme.

7th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the total funding allocated for the construction of cycle superhighways in London.

Decisions on how much funding to allocate to cycling projects on the Transport for London Road Network (TLRN) are entirely a matter for the Mayor and Transport for London. The Department for Transport (DfT) provides the Greater London Authority with an annual transport grant for TfL, and it is up to the Mayor to determine how this grant is spent. In 2013, the Mayor published a vision for cycling which outlined plans to invest £913 million on a wide variety of schemes to improve conditions for cyclists in London, including the construction of a number of new and improved cycle superhighways.

7th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding his Department has allocated to improve pavements and crossings for pedestrians in London in the last two years.

Transport for London is responsible for pavements and pedestrian crossings on those major roads in London (or “red routes”) which form part of the Transport for London Road Network. The Department for Transport provides both a general (resource) and an investment (capital) grant to the Greater London Authority (GLA) for Transport for London (TfL) each year. This money is not ring-fenced and it is a matter for the Mayor to determine how it is spent. The great majority of pavements and crossings in London are the responsibility of individual London boroughs, which are funded primarily by the Department for Communities and Local Government, although TfL also provide some funding to boroughs for local road improvements. The Department for Transport has not provided any additional funding to individual boroughs for this purpose in the last two years.

7th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) deaths and (b) injuries to pedestrians in London were caused by (i) buses, (ii) lorries and (iii) other vehicles in each of the last three years.

The statistics below show the number of cyclist and pedestrian casualties in reported personal injury road accidents with buses, HGVs and other vehicles. The data do not include information about who or what caused the accident, this information would only be known following a detailed accident investigation.

The number of cyclists a) killed, b) seriously injured and slightly injured in two vehicle reported personal injury road accidents with a i) bus, ii) HGV or iii) other vehicle in London is shown in the table below:

Cyclist casualties in a two vehicle reported road accident with a i) bus or coach, ii) HGV or iii) other vehicle: London, 2012-2014

Vehicle:

i) Bus or Coach

ii) HGV

iii) Other1

Killed

Serious

Slight

Total

Killed

Serious

Slight

Total

Killed

Serious

Slight

Total

2012

2

22

117

141

4

14

64

82

6

549

3,497

4,052

2013

3

11

114

128

5

13

89

107

5

399

3,615

4,019

2014

0

16

105

121

2

8

97

107

9

340

4,163

4,512

1. Other includes motorcyclists, cars, light goods vehicles and other vehicles such as trams and mobility scooters.

The number of pedestrians a) killed, b) seriously injured and slightly injured after being hit by a i) bus, ii) HGV or iii) other vehicle in a reported personal injury road accident in London is shown in the table below:

Pedestrian casualties after being hit by a i) bus or coach, ii) HGV or iii) other vehicle in reported road accidents: London, 2012-2014

Hit by:

i) Bus or Coach

ii) HGV

iii) Other1

Killed

Serious

Slight

Total

Killed

Serious

Slight

Total

Killed

Serious

Slight

Total

2012

11

75

268

354

11

29

47

87

48

950

3,833

4,831

2013

6

63

274

343

13

20

51

84

46

691

4,022

4,759

2014

6

51

300

357

12

16

52

80

48

648

4,484

5,180

1. Other includes pedal cyclists, motorcyclists, cars, light goods vehicles and other vehicles such as trams and mobility scooters.

7th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) deaths and (b) injuries to cyclists in London were caused by (i) buses, (ii) lorries and (iii) other vehicles in each of the last three years.

The statistics below show the number of cyclist and pedestrian casualties in reported personal injury road accidents with buses, HGVs and other vehicles. The data do not include information about who or what caused the accident, this information would only be known following a detailed accident investigation.

The number of cyclists a) killed, b) seriously injured and slightly injured in two vehicle reported personal injury road accidents with a i) bus, ii) HGV or iii) other vehicle in London is shown in the table below:

Cyclist casualties in a two vehicle reported road accident with a i) bus or coach, ii) HGV or iii) other vehicle: London, 2012-2014

Vehicle:

i) Bus or Coach

ii) HGV

iii) Other1

Killed

Serious

Slight

Total

Killed

Serious

Slight

Total

Killed

Serious

Slight

Total

2012

2

22

117

141

4

14

64

82

6

549

3,497

4,052

2013

3

11

114

128

5

13

89

107

5

399

3,615

4,019

2014

0

16

105

121

2

8

97

107

9

340

4,163

4,512

1. Other includes motorcyclists, cars, light goods vehicles and other vehicles such as trams and mobility scooters.

The number of pedestrians a) killed, b) seriously injured and slightly injured after being hit by a i) bus, ii) HGV or iii) other vehicle in a reported personal injury road accident in London is shown in the table below:

Pedestrian casualties after being hit by a i) bus or coach, ii) HGV or iii) other vehicle in reported road accidents: London, 2012-2014

Hit by:

i) Bus or Coach

ii) HGV

iii) Other1

Killed

Serious

Slight

Total

Killed

Serious

Slight

Total

Killed

Serious

Slight

Total

2012

11

75

268

354

11

29

47

87

48

950

3,833

4,831

2013

6

63

274

343

13

20

51

84

46

691

4,022

4,759

2014

6

51

300

357

12

16

52

80

48

648

4,484

5,180

1. Other includes pedal cyclists, motorcyclists, cars, light goods vehicles and other vehicles such as trams and mobility scooters.

17th Dec 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many accidents there have been on the (a) M11 and (b) A(1)M in the last 12 months.

The latest annual period for which accident statistics have been published and are available for the M11 and the A1(M) is 2013. These are set out in the table below:

M11

A1(M)

Fatal

1

14

Serious

19

28

Slight

81

218

Total

101

260

Validated data for 2014 will be available in June 2015.

Casualty and collision data is drawn from police reports called STATS 19. These reports are completed when the police attend the scene of an accident where there has been at least one minor injury.

There is no requirement for damage-only accidents, with no human causalities to be reported to the police and therefore this data is excluded.

17th Dec 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a comparative assessment of average punctuality performance on (a) the West Anglia rail route and (b) other rail franchise routes.

The Department does not hold punctuality figures at the level of detail requested. The Office of Rail Regulation publish detailed performance data for Abellio Greater Anglia at

http://dataportal.orr.gov.uk/displayreport/report/html/fb613ad1-feb3-40c4-bbab-ff4f8c64c6d1

The other train operators data can be seen at

http://dataportal.orr.gov.uk/browsereports/3

17th Dec 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many accidents there have been on the M11 in each of the last five years.

The latest five year period for which accident statistics have been published and are available for the M11 between junction 4 (near Woodford) and junction 13 (near Cambridge) are for 2009 to 2013. These are set out in the table below:

Year

Collisions

2009

126

2010

112

2011

105

2012

102

2013

105

Casualty and collision data is drawn from police reports called STATS 19. These reports are completed when the police attend the scene of an accident where there has been at least one minor injury.

There is no requirement for damage-only accidents, with no human causalities to be reported to the police and therefore this data is excluded.

13th Apr 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to paragraphs 1.296 and 1.297 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, what progress his Department has made by estimated capacity of land sold since March 2016 in identifying and disposing of land to meet the Government's commitment set out in that publication.

The Department for Work and Pensions does not own any land and has not owned any land since 2003.

6th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans the Government has to reform the earnings limit applied to the carer's allowance.

I would refer my Hon Friend to PQ55481, my previous answer to this question given on 2 December 2016.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
16th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of the reduction in rent payment rates amongst social sector tenants upon moving to a direct payment scheme.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 18 March 2015 to Question UIN 227440.

13th Apr 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to paragraphs 1.296 and 1.297 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, what progress his Department has made by estimated capacity of land sold since March 2016 in identifying and disposing of land to meet the Government's commitment.

Increasing the supply of land for new homes is central to this Government’s vision of a country that works for everyone. As a major landowner the Government has a crucial role to play in managing its estate more efficiently to secure best value for money for the taxpayer, boost growth and help support the building of new homes.

The Government has an ambition to sell land with capacity for at least 160,000 homes by the end of March 2020. Progress towards meeting this ambition is set out in Table 3 of the Public Land for Housing Programme Annual Report published in February 2017, which shows that between 8 May 2015 and 30 September 2016, the Department released land with capacity for 3,516 homes.

Public Land for Housing Annual Report 2017 (published February 2017):

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/public-land-for-housing-programme-2015-to-2020-annual-report

Housing capacity of sites sold by the five largest landowning departments:

Department

Year 1 (2015/16)

Year 2 (Q1 and 2)

Cumulative total

Ministry of Defence

856

678

1,534

Department for Transport

71

1,602

1,673

Department for Communities and Local Government

4,211

2,407

6,618

Department of Health

2,971

545

3,516

Ministry of Justice

135

0

135

Other departments

221

120

341

Totals

8,465

5,352

13,817

The Department’s target of £1.95 billion (referred to in paragraph 1.297 of the Spending Review publication referenced in the question) relates to the Spending Review period from 2016-17 to 2020-21. Information on the value of disposals for the 2016-17 financial year is not yet available.

11th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the standard and availability of support for veterans with mental health problems provided by the voluntary sector.

The Department does not assess services provided by the voluntary sector.

11th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made in the joint commissioning of services to support former service personnel with mental health problems.

Following a national engagement exercise during 2016 on mental health services for veterans, NHS England commissioned a pathfinder transition, intervention and liaison mental health service for armed forces serving personnel approaching discharge and after discharge.

The service has been launched and is a joint initiative between the National Health Service and the Ministry of Defence and will run until the end of March 2017. The evidence from this service will help to shape the service specification from April 2017.

11th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what additional support services his Department is planning to provide for veterans with mental health problems from April 2017.

NHS England is currently in the process of tendering for a veterans mental health service to begin in April 2017. The service will offer consistent support across England for both veterans and serving personnel on a pathway to leave the service and build on the veterans mental health services already in place following the Fighting Fit report by my hon. Friend the Member for South West Wiltshire (Dr Andrew Murrison).

6th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in which month the Carers Strategy for England will be published.

The Department expects to publish the new national strategy for carers in the spring. No publication date has yet been set.

8th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the (a) forthcoming Housing White Paper and (b) delivery of retirement housing across all tenures.

Discussions have taken place between officials at the two departments regarding the forthcoming White Paper, and the opportunities around ageing, health and care. I have also made more formal representations to the Department for Communities and Local Government. Hence, the dialogue is ongoing.

19th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the scope is of the current consultation on the Government National Carers Strategy.

The Government recognises the valuable contribution made by carers, many of whom spend a significant proportion of their life providing support to family members, friends and neighbours and they must receive support.

This is why the Department is leading on a new cross-Government National Carers Strategy to look at what more we can do to support existing and future carers.

On 18 March the Department launched the National Carers Strategy call for evidence for carers and those who support them. This is focussed on improving knowledge of local practice and hearing from carers about the kind of support that helps them. The consultation will end on 30 June 2016. We intend to publish the new strategy towards the end of 2016 but want to ensure that it is based on an academically robust examination of evidence and draws on a wide range of views and ideas.

As the strategy develops, we will consider evidence around the economic impact of caring and what role it plays within the health and care sectors and wider society. We will also look at both international and national best practice to see what support works best for carers so that they can find a healthy balance between providing high quality care and support and maintaining their own life and wellbeing.

11th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the period will be for a decision to be made on applications to the Primary Care Trust Fund.

NHS England will publish further guidance about the Primary Care Transformation Fund later this month.

11th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the decision making process will be for the allocation of funding to (a) premises and (b) IT services related to applications to the Primary Care Trust Fund.

NHS England will publish further guidance about the Primary Care Transformation Fund later this month.

11th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the criteria is for (a) premises and (b) IT services related to applications to the Primary Care Trust Fund.

NHS England will publish further guidance about the Primary Care Transformation Fund later this month.

7th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the merits of bringing forward proposals to extend crown indemnity to GPs.

The Department is working with NHS England on a number of steps that form part of a longer term consideration on primary care indemnity cover. This will: look at the historical position on indemnity provision; consider carrying out a scoping exercise on general practitioner (GP) indemnity; and include wider consultation with GPs, patients, defence lawyers, claimant lawyers, medical defence organisations, the NHS Litigation Authority and commercial insurance organisations.

7th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects the technical review of the Carr-Hill formula to be published.

NHS England is working with the British Medical Association’s General Practitioners Committee (GPC), NHS Employers, the Department and academic partners on the review to develop a formula that better reflects the factors that drive workload, such as age or deprivation.

It is intended that the review of the Carr-Hill formula will inform the 2017-18 GP contract. This would be subject to agreement with the GPC. NHS England does not intend to publish the outcome of the technical review until agreement has been reached to apply the revised formula.

7th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he expects the revised Carr-Hill formula to be applied to GP contracts in 2017-18.

NHS England is working with the British Medical Association’s General Practitioners Committee (GPC), NHS Employers, the Department and academic partners on the review to develop a formula that better reflects the factors that drive workload, such as age or deprivation.

It is intended that the review of the Carr-Hill formula will inform the 2017-18 GP contract. This would be subject to agreement with the GPC. NHS England does not intend to publish the outcome of the technical review until agreement has been reached to apply the revised formula.

7th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much of the £1 billion primary care infrastructure fund has been (a) committed to future projects and (b) spent by GP practices.

The Primary Care Transformation Fund is a multi-year programme and the first tranche of local estates and technology projects to improve general practitioner premises and supporting infrastructure across the country are already underway.

Clinical commissioning groups have commissioned the development of Strategic Estates Plans that include the individual estates and technology projects for years two to four, which are due for submission later in the spring. These will then be assessed during the summer and the allocations required to support them developed in the autumn – which will form part of the commitments to future projects.

Expenditure on 2015/16 projects will be finalised with the audit of NHS England’s national accounts, which is expected to complete in July.

3rd Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to publish the revised Carr-Hill formula.

NHS England is committed to reviewing the Carr-Hill formula which underpins the payments made to general practitioner (GP) practices under the General Medical Services contract. A technical working group and steering group have been established and are meeting regularly.

Whilst the technical work is expected to complete in 2016, the new formula is not expected to impact GP contracts before 2017/18, following negotiation with the British Medical Association.

13th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will assess the effect of individual funding requests for palivizumab on premature babies at risk of severe complications from respiratory syncytial virus.

NHS England has advised that it is monitoring the level of individual funding requests for patients who do not meet the criteria for palivizumab. NHS England aims to finalise an analysis of this data in April 2016 and will report its findings to the neonatal care clinical reference group.

George Freeman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
11th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average time taken by NHS England is to process (a) individual funding requests and (b) clinically critically urgent funding applications; and whether there is a mechanism to expedite this process for time-sensitive preventative treatments.

NHS England has advised that from 1 December 2014 to 30 November 2015 (latest figures available), it has taken an average of 17 days to process and respond to individual funding requests (IFRs) and 11 days to process and respond to funding requests for clinically critically urgent cases.


NHS England has standard operating frameworks for the management of IFRs and also for funding requests for clinically critically urgent treatment outside established policy which both outline the process and timelines for dealing with such requests. Both documents are available at:


www.england.nhs.uk/commissioning/policies/gp/


The standing operating framework for IFRs is currently being updated. As part of the changes, the average target timeframe for responding to such requestswill be amended to 30 days from the current 40 days. The system for processing and decision making is also being altered to improve responsiveness as a whole.






George Freeman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
16th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were treated using the drug Fampyra in (a) the UK, (b) each English region, (c) each parliamentary constituency and (d) each Clinical Commissioning Group.

Information on the number of patients treated using a particular medicine is not collected. The Health and Social Care Information Centre has advised that five prescription items for fampridine (Fampyra) were prescribed in England and dispensed in the community in 2014.

Information at United Kingdom, English region and parliamentary constituency level or for secondary care is not available. A breakdown by clinical commissioning group cannot be provided due to the risk that individual patients might be identified.

George Freeman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
13th Apr 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to paragraphs 1.296 and 1.297 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, what progress his Department has made by estimated capacity of land sold since March 2016 in identifying and disposing of land to meet the Government's commitment.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has not disposed of any land in the UK since March 2016. The FCO sales in the Spending Review period are forecasts of potential overseas sales.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
13th Apr 2017
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraphs 1.296 and 1.297 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, what progress his Department has made by estimated capacity of land sold since March 2016 in identifying and disposing of land to meet the Government's commitment there set out.

Increasing the supply of land for new homes is central to this Government’s vision of a country that works for everyone. The Government has an ambition to release surplus public land with capacity for at least 160,000 homes during this Parliament. This target was set at the Autumn Statement in 2015 and reiterated in the recent Housing White Paper.

Progress towards meeting this ambition is set out in Table 3 of the Public Land for Housing Programme Annual Report published in February 2017, which shows that between 8 May 2015 and 30 September 2016 all departments released land for a total of 13,817 homes. It is the responsibility of the Treasury, alongside the Cabinet Office, to provide oversight, support and challenge to the Public Land for Housing Programme.

20th Dec 2016
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that business rates for heat networks are calculated using the receipts and expenditure method of valuation.

The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) has responsibility for setting Rateable Values for business rates and is in discussion with industry representatives about the method of valuation used for heat networks. This includes whether the receipts and expenditure method of valuation would be a more appropriate method and the VOA will consider any evidence put forward by the industry in support of its use.

20th Dec 2016
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on encouraging the development of heat networks.

In line with the practice of successive administrations details of ministerial discussions are not routinely disclosed.

2nd Feb 2016
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government is planning to introduce restrictions on the sale of UK property to investors living outside the EU.

The Government has no plans to introduce restrictions on the sale of UK property to investors living outside the EU

2nd Feb 2016
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government plans to increase the £250,000 threshold for properties outside London under the Help to Buy ISA scheme.

The government does not plan to revise the eligibility criteria for the Help to Buy: ISA scheme.

13th Apr 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to paragraphs 1.296 and 1.297 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, what progress her Department has made by estimated capacity of land sold since March 2016 in identifying and disposing of land to meet the Government's commitment.

The Home Office estate is comprised of a wide range of premises, including administrative offices, Border Force sites, Immigration Removal Centres and other holdings. The vast majority of the estate is leasehold and there have been no sales of property assets in 2016-17.

We keep the Home Office estate under review to ensure that it meets the needs of the business.

18th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to establish equality of pension provision for surviving spouses of police officers across England and Wales.

On 18 January 2016, the Police Pensions Regulations 1987 and the Police (Injury Benefit) Regulations 2006 were amended to allow widows, widowers and civil partners of police officers in England and Wales who have died on duty and who qualified for a survivor pension after 1 April 2015 to continue to receive their survivors’ benefits for life. There are no plans to extend this policy.

Brandon Lewis
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
9th Oct 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the additional cost of policing the Ecuadorian Embassy due to the presence of Mr Julian Assange there in each of the last three years.

This is a matter for the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service.

13th Apr 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to paragraphs 1.296 and 1.297 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, what progress his Department has made by estimated capacity of land sold since March 2016 in identifying and disposing of land to meet the Government's commitment.

During financial year 2016-17, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) accrued gross receipts of around £155 million, and released land with sufficient capacity for around 4,250 new homes.

Under the Better Defence Estate Strategy (A military led strategy), published on 7 November 2016, we are releasing 81 sites which will contribute towards the MOD's disposal and housing targets.

16th Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he has plans to bring forward legislative proposals to reform the regulation of leasehold properties.

The government remains committed to promoting fairness and transparency for homeowners and ensuring that consumers are protected from abuse and poor service

We have set out a strong package of measures to tackle unfair practices in the leasehold market. This includes a commitment to bring forward legislation to ban the unjustified use of leasehold for new houses, reducing future ground rents to zero financial value, and introducing new rights to challenge fees for freeholders on private and mixed tenure estates. We are also working with the Law Commission to make buying a freehold or extending a lease easier, faster, fairer and cheaper, as well as reinvigorating Commonhold and making Right to Manage easier, to provide greater choice for consumers

The government is also working to ensure charges related to leasehold properties are transparent and communicated effectively and that there is a clear route to challenge or redress if things go wrong. Last October we established an independent working group chaired by Lord Best to raise standards across the property sector, which also considered how fees such as service charges should be presented to consumers. The working group published its final report to government on 18 July. We are considering the report’s recommendations and will announce next steps in due course.

We remain committed to legislating on leasehold reform as soon as parliamentary time allows.

16th Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he has plans to bring forward legislative proposals to reform the private rented sector.

The government is committed to rebalancing the relationship between tenants and landlords to deliver a fairer, good quality and more affordable private rented sector.

In April this year the government announced that it proposes to consult on the future of Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988. This would provide tenants with more stability, protecting them from having to make frequent moves at short notice, empowering them to challenge poor property standards and enabling them to put down roots and plan for the future. Our consultation on how the new system should operate closed on 12 October. We are now carefully considering the responses received and will publish our response in due course.

In January 2019, the government committed – in response to the Strengthening consumer redress in housing consultation – to requiring all private landlords to belong to a redress scheme, so that all tenants have access to redress when things go wrong. This will require primary legislation, which will be introduced at the earliest appropriate opportunity


The government will also shortly lay regulations to introduce mandatory five yearly safety inspections and tests on electrical installations in private rented sector properties.

30th Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government has taken to reduce carbon emissions in the housing sector.

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

30th Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans the Government has to reduce carbon emissions in the housing sector.

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

14th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether his Department has carried out an assessment of the effectiveness of Help to Rent projects in helping homeless people access housing in the private rental market.

Help to rent projects play an important role in enabling homeless people to access the private rented sector. We are considering how best to take forward mediated access in the context of our overall homelessness prevention approach.

Marcus Jones
Comptroller (HM Household) (Whip, House of Commons)
13th Apr 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to paragraphs 1.296 and 1.297 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, what progress his Department has made by estimated capacity of land sold since March 2016 in identifying and disposing of land to meet the Government's commitment.

In March we published a Government Review: Making Commercial Terms of Government Land Disposals More Transparent. The report committed to publish details of Government land sales annually, with the first publication in summer 2017. The report will include all sales in 2015/16 and 2016/17.

Progress towards meeting the housing ambition is set out in Table 3 of the Public Land for Housing Programme Annual Report published in February 2017 which shows that between 8 May 2015 and 30 September 2016, DCLG released land with capacity for 6,618 homes, generating £145,783,417 in receipts.

As a major landowner the Government has a crucial role to play in managing its estate more efficiently to secure best value for money for the taxpayer, boost growth and help support the building of new homes.

8th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health on the health benefits of retirement housing and its potential in reducing local authority adult social care bills.

Ministers and officials from both departments meet when necessary to discuss a range of issues of interest to both departments.

Older people have a wide range of different housing needs, ranging from suitable and appropriately located market housing through to residential institutions and we are clear in the National Planning Policy Framework that councils should plan for a mix of housing, based on the needs of different groups in the community, including older people. We strengthened planning guidance last year to reinforce our expectations.

Housing is an important element to people's health and wellbeing and provision of suitable housing can and does play a role within the wider integration of health and social care to which we are committed.

Marcus Jones
Comptroller (HM Household) (Whip, House of Commons)
8th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, on which day in November 2016 he expects to publish the housing white paper.

Building more homes is central to this Government’s vision of a country that works for everyone. We expect to publish a Housing White Paper later this year, setting out measures to help us deliver this ambition.

8th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent estimates he has made of the variations in the performance of local government pension schemes for the beneficiaries of such schemes.

Local government pension scheme benefits are guaranteed by statute and are not directly affected by the performance of individual funds within the scheme.

The most recent data on the income and expenditure of individual funds, including investment income and investment management expenses, are at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/local-government-pension-scheme-funds-for-england-2015-to-2016


Marcus Jones
Comptroller (HM Household) (Whip, House of Commons)
7th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the administrative costs arising from the separate operation of 99 local government pension schemes.

The most recent data on local government pension scheme costs are at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/local-government-pension-scheme-funds-for-england-2015-to-2016

The Project POOL report prepared for a number of local authorities by Hymans Robertson estimated in January 2016 that annual savings from pooling investments in the scheme could reach £200-300 million in ten years.

Marcus Jones
Comptroller (HM Household) (Whip, House of Commons)
7th Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department has taken to encourage more local government pension schemes to be managed jointly.

The most recent data on local government pension scheme costs are at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/local-government-pension-scheme-funds-for-england-2015-to-2016

The Project POOL report prepared for a number of local authorities by Hymans Robertson estimated in January 2016 that annual savings from pooling investments in the scheme could reach £200-300 million in ten years.

Marcus Jones
Comptroller (HM Household) (Whip, House of Commons)
4th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if his Department will publish a code of practice for the management of residential property.

We have asked the industry to come together and develop a code of practice for both the management of residential property and the process of letting property. The Royal Institute for Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is leading the development of the Code which we expect to be published in the summer.

4th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, in which month the redress arrangements concerning letting and managing agents will commence.

The Redress Schemes for Lettings Agency Work and Property Management Work (Requirement to Belong to a Scheme etc) (England) Order was laid in Parliament on 23 June. Subject to approval of that Order by both Houses of Parliament, the requirement for letting agents and property managers in England to belong to an approved redress scheme will come into force on 1 October 2014.

4th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the register of landlords in Scotland in reducing bad practice.

The Coalition Government supports a bigger and better private rented sector and is keen to minimise the burden of regulation on the vast majority of good landlords. Excessive red tape would just force up rents and reduce choice and supply for tenants.

We believe that imposing a national register of landlords would be disproportionate and unfairly penalise good landlords who are fully compliant with their obligations. It would cost an estimated £40 million a year – costs which ultimately would be passed on to tenants in higher rents.

As an alternative to such regulation, we support the use of voluntary accreditation by local authorities coupled with strong enforcement action to crack down on the small minority of rogue landlords who rent out overcrowded and dilapidated property. Voluntary accreditation helps drive up standards and increase levels of professionalism amongst landlords.

We have not formally assessed Scotland's scheme, but I note that an answer to a Parliamentary Question in the Scottish Parliament in January 2013 noted that since the scheme was introduced in 2006, it had cost landlords £11 million in fees and a further £5 million in costs to taxpayers, but only 40 landlords had been refused in total over that period out of almost 200,000 landlord registrations. This suggests that such state regulation had not been effective at tackling rogue landlords despite significant costs imposed on the whole rented sector.

4th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when the new Model Tenancy Agreement will be published.

We plan to publish the Model Tenancy Agreement later in the summer.

4th Jul 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when his Department intends to publish the results of the review of residential property conditions.

DCLG published a discussion document earlier this year, which invited views on what more could be done to improve property conditions in the private rented sector and tackle rogue landlords. Responses are now being considered and we will publish our response along with a summary of the views submitted later this summer.

13th Apr 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to paragraphs 1.296 and 1.297 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, what progress her Department has made by estimated capacity of land sold since March 2016 in identifying and disposing of land to meet the Government's commitment.

The department’s progress in identifying and selling surplus land for housing is set out in the Public Land for Housing Programme Annual Report published in February 2017.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/592919/170124_PSL_Annual_Report_FINAL_for_publication.pdf

13th Apr 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, with reference to paragraphs 1.296 and 1.297 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, what progress his Department has made by estimated capacity of land sold since March 2016 in identifying and disposing of land to meet the Government's commitment.

The Department does not own any land.

13th Apr 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, with reference to paragraphs 1.296 and 1.297 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, what progress his Department has made by estimated capacity of land sold since March 2016 in identifying and disposing of land to meet the Government's commitment.

The Scotland Office does not own any land and has not done so since its creation in 1999.

13th Apr 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, with reference to paragraphs 1.296 and 1.297 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, what progress his Department has made by estimated capacity of land sold since March 2016 in identifying and disposing of land to meet the Government's commitment.

The Wales Office has no surplus land or property to release.