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Matthew Pennycook

Labour - Greenwich and Woolwich

Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

(since April 2020)
Matthew Pennycook is not a member of any APPGs
4 Former APPG memberships
Air Pollution, Domestic Violence, Eritrea, Renewable and Sustainable Energy
Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union
2nd Mar 2020 - 11th May 2020
Shadow Minister (Exiting the European Union)
9th Oct 2016 - 25th Sep 2019
Energy and Climate Change Committee
8th Jul 2015 - 17th Oct 2016


Department Event
Tuesday 25th May 2021
11:30
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Oral questions - Main Chamber
25 May 2021, 11:30 a.m.
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (including Topical Questions)
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Division Votes
Wednesday 28th April 2021
Fire Safety Bill
voted No - in line with the party majority
One of 194 Labour No votes vs 0 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 322 Noes - 256
Speeches
Wednesday 28th April 2021
District Heat Networks

It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms Ghani. In preparing for this afternoon’s debate, I looked back …

Written Answers
Wednesday 21st April 2021
Environment Protection
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what his policy is on the recognition by …
Early Day Motions
None available
Bills
None available
MP Financial Interests
Saturday 11th January 2020
2. (a) Support linked to an MP but received by a local party organisation or indirectly via a central party organisation
Name of donor: Martin Taylor
Address of donor: private
Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: …
EDM signed
Monday 19th April 2021
Immigration
That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Immigration (Guidance on Detention of Vulnerable Persons) Regulations …
Supported Legislation
Wednesday 19th July 2017
Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018
To amend the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 to require that residential rented accommodation is provided and maintained in a …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Matthew Pennycook has voted in 230 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Kwasi Kwarteng (Conservative)
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
(10 debate interactions)
Alok Sharma (Conservative)
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
(7 debate interactions)
Robert Jenrick (Conservative)
Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government
(4 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Cabinet Office
(9 debate contributions)
Department for Transport
(4 debate contributions)
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Greenwich and Woolwich Petitions

e-Petitions are administered by Parliament and allow members of the public to express support for a particular issue.

If an e-petition reaches 10,000 signatures the Government will issue a written response.

If an e-petition reaches 100,000 signatures the petition becomes eligible for a Parliamentary debate (usually Monday 4.30pm in Westminster Hall).

Petitions with most Greenwich and Woolwich signatures
Petition Debates Contributed

If nurseries are shut down in view of Covid-19, the Government should set up an emergency fund to ensure their survival and ensure that parents are not charged the full fee by the nurseries to keep children's places.

The prospect of widespread cancellations of concerts, theatre productions and exhibitions due to COVID-19 threatens to cause huge financial hardship for Britain's creative community. We ask Parliament to provide a package of emergency financial and practical support during this unpredictable time.

The cash grants proposed by Government are only for businesses in receipt of the Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Relief, or for particular sectors. Many small businesses fall outside these reliefs desperately need cash grants and support now.

For the UK government to provide economic assistance to businesses and staff employed in the events industry, who are suffering unforeseen financial challenges that could have a profound effect on hundreds of thousands of people employed in the sector.

After owning nurseries for 29 years I have never experienced such damaging times for the sector with rising costs not being met by the funding rates available. Business Rates are a large drain on the sector and can mean the difference between nurseries being able to stay open and having to close.

As we pass the COVID-19 Peak, the Government should: State where the Theatres and Arts fit in the Coronavrius recovery Roadmap, Create a tailor made financial support mechanism for the Arts sector & Clarify how Social Distancing will affect arts spaces like Theatres and Concert Venues.

As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak there are travel bans imposed by many countries, there is a disastrous potential impact on our Aviation Industry. Without the Government’s help there could be an unprecedented crisis, with thousands of jobs under threat.

To extend the business rate relief to all dental practices and medical and aesthetics clinics and any small business that’s in healthcare

Zoos, aquariums, and similar organisations across the country carry out all sorts of conservation work, animal rescue, and public education. At the start of the season most rely on visitors (who now won't come) to cover annual costs, yet those costs do not stop while they are closed. They need help.


Latest EDMs signed by Matthew Pennycook

24th March 2021
Matthew Pennycook signed this EDM on Monday 19th April 2021

Immigration

Tabled by: Keir Starmer (Labour - Holborn and St Pancras)
That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Immigration (Guidance on Detention of Vulnerable Persons) Regulations 2021 (S.I., 2021, No. 184), dated 23 February 2021, a copy of which was laid before this House on 25 February 2021, be annulled.
82 signatures
(Most recent: 26 Apr 2021)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 40
Scottish National Party: 24
Liberal Democrat: 8
Independent: 3
Plaid Cymru: 3
Alba Party: 2
Alliance: 1
Green Party: 1
21st July 2020
Matthew Pennycook signed this EDM on Wednesday 22nd July 2020

Town and Country Planning

Tabled by: Keir Starmer (Labour - Holborn and St Pancras)
That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that The Town and Country Planning (Permitted Development and Miscellaneous Amendments) (England) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 (S.I., 2020, No. 632), dated 23 June 2020, a copy of which was laid before this House on 24 June 2020, be annulled.
55 signatures
(Most recent: 28 Sep 2020)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 43
Liberal Democrat: 9
Conservative: 1
Plaid Cymru: 1
Green Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Matthew Pennycook, and are more likely to reflect personal policy preferences.

MPs who are act as Ministers or Shadow Ministers are generally restricted from performing Commons initiatives other than Urgent Questions.


Matthew Pennycook has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Matthew Pennycook has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

Matthew Pennycook has not introduced any legislation before Parliament


78 Written Questions in the current parliament

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3 Other Department Questions
9th Feb 2021
To ask the President of COP26, what role (a) the Finance Adviser for COP26, Mark Carney, and (b) his Taskforce on Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets will play in the formation of the Government policy in relation to COP26 negotiations on Article 6 of the Paris Agreement.

The Taskforce on Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets (TSVCM) is a private sector-led initiative and is independent of UK Government efforts as the hosts of COP26.

As set out in his Terms of Reference, Mark Carney is focussed on creating a more sustainable financial system to support the path to net zero and embedding climate into every financial decision. His objectives are set out in his published ‘Priorities for private finance for COP26’. The work of the TSVCM in supporting companies to contribute to reaching the goals of the Paris Agreement is set out in the Taskforce’s final report, available at iif.com/tsvcm.

Neither the Finance Advisor for COP26, Mark Carney, nor the Taskforce on Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets will play a role in the formation of Government policy in relation to COP26 negotiations on Article 6 of the Paris Agreement.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
9th Feb 2021
To ask the President of COP26, what role (a) the Finance Adviser for COP26, Mark Carney, and (b) his Taskforce on Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets will play in ensuring that companies, asset managers and other financial institutions deliver emissions reductions in line with the Paris Agreement.

The Taskforce on Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets (TSVCM) is a private sector-led initiative and is independent of UK Government efforts as the hosts of COP26.

As set out in his Terms of Reference, Mark Carney is focussed on creating a more sustainable financial system to support the path to net zero and embedding climate into every financial decision. His objectives are set out in his published ‘Priorities for private finance for COP26’. The work of the TSVCM in supporting companies to contribute to reaching the goals of the Paris Agreement is set out in the Taskforce’s final report, available at iif.com/tsvcm.

Neither the Finance Advisor for COP26, Mark Carney, nor the Taskforce on Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets will play a role in the formation of Government policy in relation to COP26 negotiations on Article 6 of the Paris Agreement.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
8th Feb 2021
To ask the President of COP26, whether Mark Carney's Taskforce on Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets falls within his role as Finance Advisor for COP26.

The Taskforce on Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets (TSVCM) is a private sector-led initiative and is independent of UK Government efforts as the hosts of COP26.

As set out in his Terms of Reference, Mark Carney is focussed on creating a more sustainable financial system to support the path to net zero and embedding climate into every financial decision. His objectives are set out in his published ‘Priorities for private finance for COP26’. The work of the TSVCM in supporting companies to contribute to reaching the goals of the Paris Agreement is set out in the Taskforce’s final report, available at iif.com/tsvcm.

Neither the Finance Advisor for COP26, Mark Carney, nor the Taskforce on Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets will play a role in the formation of Government policy in relation to COP26 negotiations on Article 6 of the Paris Agreement.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
22nd Oct 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many meetings of the Cabinet's Climate Action Strategy Committee the Prime Minister has chaired since its establishment on 17 October 2019.

It is a long-established precedent that information about the discussions that have taken place in Cabinet and its Committees, and how often they have met, is not normally shared publicly.

Julia Lopez
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
11th May 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many times the Cabinet Committee on Climate Change has met since its establishment.

It is a long established precedent that detailed information about the discussions that have taken place in Cabinet and its Committees, and how often they have met, is not shared publicly.

Penny Mordaunt
Paymaster General
2nd Mar 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what his timescale is for publishing an updated list of ministerial responsibilities, including executive agencies and non-ministerial departments.

Further to the answer given to PQ 5342 on 23 January 2020 and PQ 21909 on 3 March, details of executive agencies and non-ministerial departments can be found on gov.uk.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
18th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when the Financial Secretary to the Treasury will respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich of 3 February 2021 on his constituent’s concerns on long-term financial support to the hospitality sector.

The hon. Member’s correspondence about financial support for the hospitality sector was transferred to BEIS from HM Treasury on 19 March. I will write separately in response to the hon. Member.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
15th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to his Department's consultation on Aligning UK international support for the clean energy transition which closed on 8 February 2020, when he plans to announce which option will be used for implementing the policy shift to ending new direct financial or promotional support for the fossil fuel energy sector overseas.

The Government is considering its response to the consultation and will respond in due course. This includes the Government’s decision on the timing of the policy implementation.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Clean Growth)
11th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when the results of the consultation entitled, Aligning UK international support for the clean energy transition, which concluded on 8 February 2021, will be published.

The UK Government is now considering the information received and will respond in due course.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Clean Growth)
1st Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish an updated series of Carbon Values consistent with the Government's latest commitments under the Paris Agreement and Climate Change Act 2008.

BEIS is reviewing the Carbon Values used to value emissions in government policy appraisal. Once this review is completed the updated values will be published later in the year.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Clean Growth)
24th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to implement the Clean Steel Fund.

In August 2019, the Government announced a £250 million Clean Steel Fund to support the UK steel sector to transition to lower carbon iron and steel production, through investment in new technologies and processes. The Fund will help the sector towards achieving our target of net zero emissions by 2050, by maximising longevity and resilience while harnessing clean growth opportunities.

Steel industry stakeholders provided positive responses to our Call for Evidence, including responses on possible timelines for the Fund. Feedback generally indicated that companies could be ready with projects for funding by 2023 or 2024. A summary of the responses was published in December 2020. Officials will work with industry to decide the most appropriate timeline for the scheme.

Nadhim Zahawi
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
11th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many times the Green Jobs Taskforce has met since its inception; and whether (a) he or (b) the Minister for Business, Energy and Clean Growth will chair that taskforce.

The Green Jobs Taskforce will assess how the UK jobs market and the skills sector will adapt to support net zero. I chair the taskforce jointly with my Hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Apprenticeships and Skills. Following the first meeting in November, the 2nd meeting of the Taskforce will take place on the 22nd of February, with further meetings planned with the aim of concluding our work in spring 2021. The resulting actions will feed into policy development across Whitehall on Net Zero, including our Net Zero Strategy to be published later in the year.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Clean Growth)
10th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress he has made on implementing the Clean Steel Fund.

In August 2019, the Government announced a £250 million Clean Steel Fund to support the UK steel sector to transition to lower carbon iron and steel production, through investment in new technologies and processes. The Fund will help the sector towards achieving our target of net zero emissions by 2050, by maximising longevity and resilience while harnessing clean growth opportunities.

Steel industry stakeholders provided positive responses to our Call for Evidence. A summary of the responses was published in December 2020 and will inform the scheme’s design. As we develop the Fund, we will continue to engage closely with the sector to ensure that it meets the needs of businesses.

Nadhim Zahawi
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
8th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Government's Ten point plan for a green industrial revolution, published on 18 November 2020, which infrastructure projects will be funded as part of that plan; how funding for that plan will be distributed across Government departments; and what the planned timescale is for that funding to be spent.

Spanning clean energy, buildings, transport, nature and innovative technologies, the Ten Point Plan will mobilise £12 billion of government investment to unlock three times as much private sector investment by 2030; level up regions across the UK; and support up to 250,000 highly-skilled green jobs. The wide range of sectors with funding outlined in the Ten Point Plan span across Government Departments, including BEIS, DfT and DEFRA and further details of funding will be published over the course of this year through a number of sectoral strategies as well as a Net Zero Strategy.

This includes a range of infrastructure projects funded through the Ten Point Plan. For example, we will be supporting the Offshore Wind industry, investing £160 million into modern ports and manufacturing infrastructure. We are currently running a competitive process to support the development of a large coastal manufacturing site for offshore wind. The deadline for applications was 8th January and we are currently assessing the proposals received.

We will also be investing £1 billion through the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Infrastructure Fund which will provide industry with the certainty required to deploy CCUS at pace and at scale. Decisions have not yet been taken on how the Fund will be allocated. In parallel we will continue to develop and implement the necessary CCUS business models to enable deployment and unlock private sector investment in CCUS across power, industry and hydrogen production.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Clean Growth)
8th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to extend the UK Emissions Trading Scheme to the two thirds of uncovered emissions, as set out in the Energy White Paper.

The UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UK ETS) replaced the UK’s participation in the EU ETS on 1 January 2021. The UK ETS initially applies to energy-intensive industries, electricity generation and aviation.

In the Energy White Paper, we committed to exploring expanding the UK ETS to the two thirds of uncovered emissions, including how the UK ETS could incentivise the deployment of greenhouse gas removal technologies. We will set out our aspirations to continue to lead the world on carbon pricing in the run up to COP26.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Clean Growth)
8th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which sectors he plans to extend the UK Emissions Trading Scheme to; and what criteria he plans to use in deciding those sectors.

The UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UK ETS) replaced the UK’s participation in the EU ETS on 1 January 2021. The UK ETS initially applies to energy-intensive industries, electricity generation and aviation.

In the Energy White Paper, we committed to exploring expanding the UK ETS to the two thirds of uncovered emissions, including how the UK ETS could incentivise the deployment of greenhouse gas removal technologies. We will set out our aspirations to continue to lead the world on carbon pricing in the run up to COP26.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Clean Growth)
8th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether new direct financial or promotional support for the fossil fuel energy sector overseas will be approved by UK Export Finance during the consultation process on aligning UK international support for the clean energy transition.

As my Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister stated in his announcement on 12 December 2020, the Government will continue to apply current policy for all in-scope activities, until the new policy is implemented following the consultation.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Clean Growth)
23rd Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution announced on 18 November 2020, if he will publish the (a) terms of reference and (b) membership of Task Force Net Zero; and how much funding has been allocated to facilitate its work.

The Ten Point Plan will mobilise £12 billion of government investment to create and support up to 250,000 green jobs in the UK, and unlock three times as much private sector investment by 2030.

The Task Force Net Zero announced by my Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister will be tasked with helping government take a ‘whole system’ approach to Net Zero. Further details will be announced in due course.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has received notification from Yolo London Ltd of its intention to make more than 20 employees redundant as per section 193(2) of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992.

Information provided to Government under Section 193 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 regarding proposed redundancies is commercially confidential and for the purpose of providing those facing redundancy with assistance such as training and job seeking advice. In appropriate cases, failure to notify without good cause is a criminal offence and can result in an unlimited fine.

Any information provided through this process is not in the public domain and it is open to employers to take legal action against the Secretary of State for breach of confidence if unauthorised disclosures were made. Therefore, we are unable to provide the information requested.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
11th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions his Department has had with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP Bureau on agreeing a new date for the COP26 summit.

Dates for a rescheduled conference in 2021, hosted in Glasgow by the UK in partnership with Italy, will be set out in due course following further discussion with parties. Since the Bureau decision, the Government has been actively engaging with COP Bureau members, Group Chairs, Parties, representatives of Non-Party Stakeholders, our operational delivery partners and stakeholders in the wider climate community.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
11th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent progress the Government has made on bringing forward a UK Nationally Determined Contribution under the Paris Agreement 2015.

As part of our incoming COP Presidency, in partnership with Italy, we are urging all countries to come forward with ambitious new NDCs which represent their highest possible ambition. The UK will play its part and we are preparing to come forward with an enhanced NDC well ahead of COP26.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
22nd Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when the Government plans to enable outdoor fitness classes of more than six people as covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.

Sports and physical activity facilities play a crucial role in supporting adults and children to be active. The Government has made it clear that it will adopt a phased approach based on scientific and medical advice, and that the primary goal is to protect public health. The government's guidance remains that people should gather in groups of no larger than six people from different households, or two households, adhering to social distancing. Further easing of restrictions will take place as and when appropriate in line with scientific and medical advice.

Nigel Huddleston
Assistant Whip
8th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether photography studios must remain closed to members of the public during the current phase of the easing of the covid-19 lockdown restrictions.

Shops in England selling non-essential goods will be able to reopen from Monday 15 June, thanks to continuing progress in meeting our 5 tests, and provided they follow the COVID-19 secure guidelines set out by the Government in May.

This includes High street retailers and department stores, book shops, electronics retailers, tailors, auction houses, photography studios, indoor markets, and shops selling clothes, shoes and toys.

It will be for individual shops, however, to decide when the time is right for them to reopen, as it is subject to them following the COVID-19 secure guidelines.

Caroline Dinenage
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
1st May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to provide financial support to independent community news publications during the covid-19 outbreak.

The government recognises the vital role of independent community newspapers in supporting particular groups and isolated individuals by ensuring the provision of reliable, high-quality information throughout the current pandemic. Safeguarding the UK’s news media at this time of financial instability is a key priority for the government and we are in regular dialogue with publishers to ensure that our response to the challenges they are facing is as effective as it can be.

To date, the government has issued guidance to local authorities on the importance of newspaper delivery, which has been critical to ensuring the continued dissemination of printed public interest news. We have also clarified that journalists and other ancillary staff are ‘key workers’ for the purposes of access to childcare and educational places.

The government has sought to maximise advertising opportunities for the news publishing sector through a public information campaign across many national and local titles. The current partnership brings together over 600 national, regional and local titles across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to reach 49 million people a month. All titles utilised in the campaign have been selected by our media planning and buying agency, OmniGOV. As with any media planning approach, titles are selected on their ability to engage with audiences and to ensure value for money, reach and targeting efficacy. The vast majority of titles are local papers and additional titles have been selected in order to further reach priority audiences including BAME and older men. In parallel, we have taken steps to ensure the use of ‘keyword blocklisting’ technology does not inadvertently damage news publishers’ online advertising revenues for Covid-19 related stories. Dialogue with the relevant technology companies has helped to protect publishers against the ad-blocking of coronavirus-related terms.

Most recently, the Chancellor also brought forward the zero rating of VAT on all e-publications to the 1st May - seven months ahead of schedule. The government expects the tax relief to be passed on to consumers in the form of reduced prices, and publishers should benefit from increased sales. Independent publishers may also benefit from several measures included in our unprecedented business support package, such as the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, Job Retention Scheme, Bounce Back Loans, VAT deferrals, and coverage of statutory sick pay costs.

The government will continue to consider all possible options in the interests of promoting and sustaining high-quality news journalism. Never have the activities of journalists been more popular and critical; providing quality news to all, including those self-isolating, and binding communities together, a fundamental function of our modern day democracy.

John Whittingdale
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
6th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish the criteria used to determine which areas with primary schools were made subject to the contingency framework on Wednesday 30 December 2020.

In considering which areas may be suitable for primary restrictions under our contingency framework, the Department worked closely with Public Health England, the Joint Biosecurity Centre, NHS Test & Trace and the Department for Health and Social Care using the most recent data available. We used a balanced approach, rather than simple threshold cut offs, and took all factors into account, but with particular focus on: very high rates of infection, particularly high increases in seven-day case rates, and intelligence about pressure on the NHS.

These were not easy decisions to make, but they were made according to the best clinical advice and the key indicators set out within the COVID-19 Winter Plan. More information on the COVID-19 Winter Plan can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-winter-plan.

The national lockdown announced on 4 January 2021 replaced the restrictions that had been active in some primary schools under the contingency framework. We will be continually reviewing the restrictions on schools, colleges and universities to ensure that pupils and students can return to face to face education when the pressures are easing on the NHS.

These decisions do not suggest that schools and colleges are no longer safe places. Instead, limiting attendance is about reducing the number of contacts that all of us have with people in other households.

Nick Gibb
Minister of State (Education)
30th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the guidance, local restriction tiers: what you need to know, published on 23 November 2020, whether it is permissible for private tutors to use their own homes to provide tuition to individual pupils.

As of 2 December, providers offering out-of-school activities to children, including private tuition, are able to open for both indoor and outdoor provision in areas at all restriction tiers, with safety measures in place. We have updated our guidance for providers of after-school and holiday clubs and other out-of-school settings on the measures they should put in place to ensure they are operating as safely as possible. For example, the guidance advises that private tutors working from their own home should consider whether a specific, well-ventilated room could be designated for lessons. The guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/protective-measures-for-holiday-or-after-school-clubs-and-other-out-of-school-settings-for-children-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/protective-measures-for-out-of-school-settings-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak. If a private tutor normally offers provision in their own home or students’ homes, they should also refer to the government guidance on ‘Working safely during coronavirus in other people’s homes’, available here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/homes.

Nick Gibb
Minister of State (Education)
13th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to allow maintained nursery schools to access funding for exceptional costs in response to the covid-19 outbreak for the period from March to July 2020.

The government recognises that maintained nursery schools are an important part of the early years sector and provide valuable services, especially in disadvantaged areas.

We are committed to funding for maintained nursery schools in the longer term. Last October, we announced that maintained nursery schools would continue to receive supplementary funding for the whole of the financial year 2020-21 and this is unchanged by the COVID-19 outbreak, along with their funding for the usual early education entitlements through the dedicated schools grant. At the moment, our resources are focused on tackling the unprecedented challenges created by COVID-19. But resolving the long-term funding of maintained nursery schools is high on our list of priorities and we will return to it as soon as we are able. Any reform to the way maintained nursery schools are funded in the future will be accompanied by appropriate funding protections.

Unlike most state-funded schools, maintained nursery schools typically rely on private income for a significant proportion of their total income. Therefore, we have ensured that access to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is also available to maintained nursery schools, in line with the published guidance.

Maintained nursery schools can access the free school meal vouchers via Edenred.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
14th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich of 12 October 2020, originally addressed to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, on the approach of property insurers to mature trees in close proximity to homes that require underpinning to prevent or correct subsidence, ref 9602865.

Defra declined the transfer of this correspondence. It is currently with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to respond.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
8th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether UK Export Finance will continue to consider requests for support for fossil fuel projects during the consultation process on aligning UK international support for the clean energy transition.

As the Prime Minister stated in his announcement on 12 December 2020, the government will continue to apply current policy for all in-scope activities, until the new policy is implemented following the consultation.

Graham Stuart
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
8th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many of the fossil fuel projects UK Export Finance had planned for 2021 will continue; and where those projects will be located.

In line with the Prime Minister’s announcement, UK Export Finance (UKEF) will continue to consider fossil fuel projects, subject to our due diligence, until the new policy is implemented. We do not yet know what the date of implementation will be.

Graham Stuart
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
8th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the Government's policy on aligning UK international support for the clean energy transition, as announced by the Prime Minister on 12 December 2020, whether (a) ports, (b) airports and (c) other fossil fuel associated infrastructure which are built to facilitate the development of fossil fuel projects and petrochemical facilities which make use of oil and gas will be precluded from overseas UK assistance.

The Government will provide further details underpinning the policy shift, alongside the government’s response to the consultation that closed on 8th February.

Graham Stuart
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
8th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many fossil-fuel projects UK Export Finance is planned to conclude in each of the timeframe scenarios outlined in the consultation document on aligning UK international support for the clean energy transition.

When considering a request for support, UKEF conducts extensive due diligence, including environmental, social, and human rights due diligence and consideration of climate change, to understand the risk it is being asked to take. There are various reasons why an application to UKEF might not result in support being provided, or, if support is offered, why delays in providing that support might arise. All these factors make determining when UKEF support may, or even will, be provided difficult and imprecise.

UKEF will publish details of any projects supported in its Annual Report and Accounts.

Graham Stuart
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
8th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what proportion of (a) UK Export Finance and (b) official development assistance investments in fossil fuel projects in the last five years have been made in gas projects which would fall under the exclusions identified in the Government consultation on aligning UK international support for the clean energy transition.

Until the Government has completed its assessment of the responses to the consultation and finalised the policy in this area, details of the final parameters of the exemptions remain subject to change. Additionally, as this policy was neither in place nor under consideration during the period in question, UK Export Finance (UKEF) does not hold sufficient data to assess whether an exemption could have been applied to certain projects which otherwise could not be supported under the new policy. Similarly, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office does not hold sufficient data about official development assistance in the form required. Consequently we are unable to provide this information other than at disproportionate cost.

Graham Stuart
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
23rd Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will make it her policy to place a moratorium on all new support for fossil fuel infrastructure projects through UK Export Finance.

At the UK-Africa Investment Summit in January we announced an end to the Government's support for thermal coal mining and coal power plants overseas, and we continue to keep our approach to other fossil fuel financing overseas under review.

Graham Stuart
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
11th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to recommence direct flights to Jamaica on health and compassionate grounds.

The operation of specific routes is a commercial decision for airlines. The Government remains committed to working with industry to ensure a return to international travel when it is safe to do so.

The UK has introduced further border controls to add another level of protection against the transmission of the COVID-19 virus and reduce the risk of a new and dangerous strain being imported into the UK. The travel measures announced in January include the requirement for pre-departure tests, travel bans, and government-approved managed quarantine for arrivals from red list countries. Further information is available on Gov.uk.

We keep all our measures under constant review, and they will remain in place as long as is required in order to protect public health and reduce transmission of the virus and to reduce the risk of new variants.

Anyone wishing to travel should always check the latest travel advice from the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
27th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of (a) extending driving theory certificates that will expire or have expired before individuals have had the opportunity to take a driving test due to covid-19 restrictions and (b) offering (i) monetary compensation and (ii) free driving theory tests to those individuals.

There are no plans to make compensation available to those whose theory test certificates have expired. The cost of paying any compensation would fall to the DVSA, and to the feepayer, were the DVSA to put in place arrangements to pay it. This would be unfair to other fee payers who would not benefit from such an arrangement.

In addition, applications for a re-test would need to be validated and systems amended to remove the requirement for payment in these cases. The DVSA’s focus should rightly be on developing solutions to address the backlog of practical driving tests that has arisen as a result of the pandemic.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
19th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he plans to take to enable members of the public to change the name on their driving licence online.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency must verify that the information supporting changes of name is genuine and appropriate before amending the driving licence record and issuing a licence. This is to safeguard the integrity of the records it holds.

There are currently no plans to introduce an online service.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
6th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether travelling overseas for the purposes of (a) arranging and (b) attending funerals are legally permitted reasons to travel during the November 2020 covid-19 lockdown.

You can leave home to attend a place of worship for individual prayer, a funeral or a related event for someone who has died, to visit a burial ground or a remembrance garden, or to attend a deathbed wedding. A list of what constitutes a ‘reasonable excuse’ for leaving home can be found in the regulations.

You can travel internationally if travelling for a reason which would permit you to leave your home under the national lockdown rules, including those set out above. Guidance for overseas travel is published in gov.uk, available at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
25th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich of 11 November 2020 on his constituents’ individual funding requests.

We replied to the hon. Member’s letter on 4 December 2020.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
25th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the NHS sending written evidence electronically to people on their being clinically extremely vulnerable to covid-19 rather than sending that evidence by hard copy.

When an individual is told that they are considered clinically extremely vulnerable as a result of national additions to the Shielded Patient List a physical letter is sent to them and emails are sent to those who have registered an email address with their general practitioner (GP). When an individual is added to the Shielded Patient List by their GP practice or trust, they receive their correspondence from those organisations directly. When there is an update to the guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people, a letter is sent out to all those affected. In addition, an email containing the same information is sent to those individuals who have registered an email address with their GP.

We are actively encouraging the use of email, though we recognise this is not appropriate for everyone as some individuals are digitally excluded and would not receive any communication if the Government only sent letters in electronic formats. It has also been noted that that some clinically extremely vulnerable people rely on the physical letter as evidence for others, such as their employer.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
25th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of containers storing personal protective equipment (PPE) held at British ports; what assessment he has made of (a) the type and (b) the expiration dates of PPE held in those containers and (c) whether it is compliant with required safety standards.

The Department has a storage network in place that lets us access and manage our personal protective equipment (PPE) supply to meet demand throughout the winter. We currently hold fewer than 400 shipping containers at British ports.

Clipper, our logistics partner, manages the PPE distribution centre in Daventry. They have a stock audit team who undertake a rolling audit of all the PPE in the warehouses. As part of the audit activity, expiry dates for PPE are captured in a stock management system, enabling us to ensure that the PPE we supply is in date and of the required standard.

We are closely monitoring storage capacity across the United Kingdom on a routine basis and the Department has identified several options to increase storage capacity if needed.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
8th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to publish the number of people that have received a covid-19 vaccination by (a) week in which the vaccine was administered, (b) region and (c) Clinical Commissioning Group.

NHS England publishes data on vaccines administered per week and cumulative data on the number of vaccines administered by region and clinical commissioning group, which is available at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/covid-19-vaccinations/

Nadhim Zahawi
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
7th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich of 25 September 2020 on Government guidance on the self-isolation of school children when one of their classmates tests positive for covid-19, ref PO1259890.

We are working to provide all Members and external correspondents with accurate answers to their correspondence, as well as supporting the Government’s response to the unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The hon. Member’s letter will be answered as soon as possible.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
7th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich of 1 October 2020 on proposed changes to the Human Medicine Regulations 2012, ref PO1264736.

We are working to provide all Members and external correspondents with accurate answers to their correspondence, as well as supporting the Government’s response to the unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The hon. Member’s letter will be answered as soon as possible.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
16th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the Minister for Mental Health, Suicide Prevention and Patient Safety plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich of 21 August 2020 on his constituent’s difficulties in travelling to the Royal Marsden hospital.

The Department replied to the hon Member’s letter on 18 November 2020.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
9th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich of 1 August 2020 regarding his constituent’s access to certain medication unavailable in the UK and the EU, ref PO1249786.

The Department replied to the hon. Member’s letter on 9 November 2020.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many individuals have received alerts from the NHS covid-19 app related specifically to a venue they have visited and checked into as required, since the app went live on 24 September 2020.

The information is not held in the format requested.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
2nd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the current maximum waiting time from initial referral to a first appointment at each NHS gender identity clinic in England.

The information is not available in the format requested.

As there is no specific pathway for gender reassignment, appointments cannot be identified.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
2nd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the average waiting time times for a full treatment pathway at each NHS gender identity clinic in England in each of the last three years.

The information is not available in the format requested.

As there is no specific pathway for gender reassignment, appointments cannot be identified.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what his policy is on the recognition by the UN of the human right to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment.

The UK recognises the serious and unequivocal threat that climate change poses to our planet, and that it can undermine the enjoyment of human rights. However, any recognition of a new legal right must give due regard to the structure of international human rights law so as not to undermine the notion and value of human rights as a whole.

James Duddridge
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
24th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much of the Government's £5.8 billion pledge for International Climate Finance committed to the period 2016-17 to 2020-21 was spent in each of those financial years; and how much of the £11.6 billion the Government has committed to International Climate Finance between 2021-22 and 2025-26 is planned to be spent in each of those financial years.

Details of UK International Climate Finance (ICF) by calendar year can be found here. Headline figures are below:

Year

Amount (million)

2016

£1,025

2017

£903

2018

£1,169

2019

£1,183

The UK Government remains committed to doubling our ICF to £11.6 billion over the next five years. Annual allocations have not been set for the five year period.

James Duddridge
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
9th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many green energy and climate-related projects that were under consideration for Official Development Assistance (ODA) funding are no longer under consideration as a result of the decision to reduce the ODA budget; what type of project they were and in which countries they were located.

The Foreign Secretary has completed the cross-government review of how Official Development Assistance (ODA) will be allocated against the government's priorities for 2021, including on climate and biodiversity. This review has ensured that UK ODA is focused on our strategic priorities, spent where it will have the maximum impact, has greater coherence and delivers most value for money.

However our international climate finance is protected, and we remain committed to doubling our International Climate Finance to £11.6 billion over the next five years.

No decisions on individual budgets have been taken yet by Ministers.

James Duddridge
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
21st Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich of 19 November 2020 on the presidential election in Uganda.

A response was sent on 22 December 2020, and an additional copy has been sent to the Member's office.

James Duddridge
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
9th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire agreement signed by the President of Azerbaijan, the Prime Minister of Armenia and the President of the Russian Federation on 10 November 2020, what steps the Government is taking to help ensure that the exchange of prisoners of war, hostages and other detainees, and the remains of the fatalities, is carried out.

I spoke to the Azerbaijani Foreign Minister on 13 November and the Armenian Foreign Minister on 30 November where I welcomed the cessation of hostilities. I urged both Foreign Ministers to ensure the International Committee of the Red Cross were able to access the conflict zone to allow for the facilitation of the return of prisoners of war and the remains of the deceased. Our Embassies in Yerevan and Baku continue to engage their hosts in support of these efforts.

Wendy Morton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
9th Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the terms of reference are for the COP26 Private Finance Hub.

The Treasury is supporting preparations for COP26 across a range of policy areas, including private finance. There is a team of 19 staff, drawn from secondees across the Bank of England, the Financial Conduct Authority, the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, as well as HM Treasury officials working on this area. The team reports to the Chancellor and Treasury ministers.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
8th Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, which Minister has responsibility for the COP26 Private Finance Hub; how many staff work in the Hub; how many of those staff are seconded from Departments, organisations or bodies outside of his Department; and if he will list those Departments, organisations or bodies from which those staff are seconded.

The Treasury is supporting preparations for COP26 across a range of policy areas, including private finance. There is a team of 19 staff, drawn from secondees across the Bank of England, the Financial Conduct Authority, the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, as well as HM Treasury officials working on this area. The team reports to the Chancellor and Treasury ministers.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
7th Dec 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to his Department’s policy of reduced rates of Stamp Duty Land Tax for residential properties purchased from 8 July 2020 to 31 March 2021, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending the deadline for completing transactions beyond 31 March 2021 for people whose property transactions may be delayed as a result of the External Wall Fire Review Process.

The temporary relief was designed to stimulate immediate momentum in a property market where property transactions fell by as much as 50 per cent during the COVID-19 lockdown in March. This momentum in the property market will also support the jobs of people whose employment relies on custom from the property industry, such as retailers and tradespeople.

The Government will continue to monitor the market. However, as the relief was designed to provide an immediate stimulus to the property market, the Government does not plan to extend this relief.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
25th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich of 11 December 2020 on his constituent’s Windrush compensation scheme offer.

The Home Secretary responded on 27 January 2021.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
9th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich of 14 August 2020 regarding his constituent’s Windrush compensation scheme offer.

I apologise for the delay in responding to the Hon. Member’s correspondence. The response was sent on 10 November 2020.

Priti Patel
Home Secretary
18th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich of 15 January 2021 on Habinteg Housing Association.

A response to the Hon Member's letter has been issued.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
1st Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich of 15 January 2021 on expanded polystyrene (EPS).

My noble Friend, Lord Greenhalgh, responded to the hon Member's letter on 9 March.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich of 15 January 2021 on his constituent's application to the Building Safety Fund.

The response was emailed to the Hon Member on Wednesday 24 February 2021.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
11th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the environmental effect of opening a new coal mine at the Woodhouse Colliery near Whitehaven; and what comparative assessment he has made of the environmental impacts of that mine and continuing to import coking coal for UK steel production.

In the decision of 6 January, the Secretary of State decided not to call in the planning application for the proposed West Cumbria Coal mine. In that decision, the Secretary of State carefully considered this case against his published policy on calling in planning applications, as set out in the Written Ministerial Statement of 26 October 2012. Further representations to MHCLG when received are carefully considered.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
11th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 15 December 2020 to Question 126087 and the Answer of 22 January 2021 to Question 137988, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich of 12 October 2020 on the approach of property insurers to mature trees in close proximity to homes that require underpinning to prevent or correct subsidence.

This correspondence has been transferred, as Her Majesty’s Treasury is best placed to respond.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
1st Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 5 October 2020 to Question 97550, if he will take steps to introduce a Tenant Loan Scheme similar to the Tenancy Saver Loans and Tenant Hardship Loan Fund introduced by the Welsh and Scottish Governments.

This Government has provided an unprecedented package of financial support to protect renters whose income has been affected throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.


Notably, to help prevent people getting into financial hardship, we have increased the local housing allowance rate to the 30th percentile of local market rents in each area. The increased LHA rates will be maintained at the current levels in cash terms in 2021/22, even in areas where the 30th percentile of local rents has gone down. We have boosted the welfare system by billions of pounds, including increasing Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit by up to £1,040 for the year.


In addition, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has offered support for businesses to pay staff salaries, enabling people to continue to pay their rent and has been extended until April 2021.


For those who require additional support, Discretionary Housing Payments are available. As announced at the spending round for 2020/21, there is already £180 million in DHPs for local authorities to distribute for supporting renters with housings costs in the private and social rented sectors. For 2021-22 the Government will make available £140 million in DHP funding, which takes account of the increased LHA rates.


We continue to closely monitor the ongoing effects of the pandemic on renters.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
19th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to extend unimplemented planning permissions with time limits for implementation which were due to lapse between 19 August 2020 and 31 March 2021 beyond 1 May 2021 with no requirement to obtain Additional Environmental Approval.

The Business and Planning Act 2020 introduced measures to enable certain planning permissions and listed building consents in England which had lapsed or were due to lapse during 2020 to be extended to 1 May 2021.

These measures provide for the power to extend the eligibility date for permissions and the time period for implementation. This is being kept under review at this time.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
7th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich of 12 October 2020 on the approach of property insurers to mature trees in close proximity to homes that require underpinning to prevent or correct subsidence.

This correspondence has been transferred, as Her Majesty’s Treasury is best placed to respond.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
13th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment his Department has made of the number of blocks of flats in the Greenwich and Woolwich constituency that did not meet the required building regulations at the time of their completion; and if he will make a statement.

Information on high rise residential buildings with Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding systems unlikely to meet Building Regulations can be found in the monthly Building Safety Programme data release, available at: www.gov.uk/guidance/aluminium-composite-material-cladding#acm-remediation-data. Data is not published at parliamentary constituency level but local authority level data is available in Web Table 3.

For high rise residential buildings with non-ACM cladding systems, local authorities and housing associations are undergoing a data collection exercise as part of an ongoing programme to build a more complete picture of high-rise residential buildings and the variety of external wall systems in use.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
13th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what commitments have been made to fund the remediation of unsafe (a) aluminium composite material (ACM) and (b) non-ACM external wall systems at no cost to leaseholders by (i) Ballymore, (ii) Barratt, (iii) Bellway, (iv) Berkeley, (v) Bovis, (vi) Countryside, (vii) Crest Nicholson, (viii) Galliard, (ix) Persimmon, (x) Redrow, (xi) Taylor Wimpey and (xii) Durkan for those developments in which each retains a legal interest; and if he will make a statement.

Protection for leaseholders from the costs of remediation is available from a number of sources, including Government funding, warranties and building owners and developers. The remediation of over half of privately owned high-rise residential buildings with unsafe Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding will be paid for by building owners and developers, or through warranty or insurance claims - without passing the cost to residents and leaseholders. Details of this can be found in Figure 6 of the Building Safety Programme: Monthly Data Release at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/934661/Building_Safety_Data_Release_October_2020.pdf . We expect building owners and developers to step up in a similar way for other kinds of unsafe cladding.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
28th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether it remains his policy to publish the prospectus for the Building Safety Fund in May 2020.

The prospectus for the Building Safety Fund will be published in May and we will open for registrations soon after.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
24th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 27 Janaury 2020 to Question 6180 on High Rise Flats: Insulation, whether it is the responsibility of the designated responsible person to issue an EWS1 form to leaseholders in privately-owned residential buildings in cases where that form is required as part of the valuation process.

The EWS1 form was produced by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) on behalf of industry. Government expects building owners to share all relevant information and reports about their building with leaseholders.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
21st Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 20 January 2020 to Question 3274 on High Rise Flats: Insulation, whether it his policy to recommend the use of the new EWS1: External Wall Fire Review industry-wide valuation process.

We are supportive of the approach designed by industry to assist in the valuation of high rise residential properties. The Department will continue to work closely with industry as EWS1 is used within the mortgage market.

14th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the EWS1: External Wall Fire Review industry-wide valuation process on the ability of individuals to (a) buy and sell homes and (b) re-mortgage in buildings above 18 metres with actual or potential combustible materials to external wall systems and balconies.

The EWS1 form, recently developed by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and published on 16 December, should enable industry to manage valuations for both the selling and re-mortgaging of properties in multi-occupancy buildings 18 metres and over. Government is aware that the form is now being used across industry as part of the valuation process.