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Peter Aldous

Conservative - Waveney

Draft Registration of Overseas Entities Bill (Joint)
19th Feb 2019 - 6th Nov 2019
Environmental Audit Committee
20th Jul 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Environmental Audit Committee
26th Jul 2010 - 30th Mar 2015


Oral Question
Monday 17th May 2021
15:15
Department for Work and Pensions
Topical Question No. 6
If she will make a statement on her departmental responsibilities.
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Division Votes
Wednesday 28th April 2021
National Security and Investment Bill
voted Aye - in line with the party majority
One of 357 Conservative Aye votes vs 1 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 358 Noes - 269
Speeches
Thursday 15th April 2021
Adult Skills and Lifelong Learning

It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms Rees. I congratulate my right hon. Friend the Member for …

Written Answers
Wednesday 28th April 2021
Dental Services: East of England
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to increase the availability …
Early Day Motions
Thursday 14th June 2018
RECYCLING OF PAPER COFFEE AND TEA CUPS
That this House welcomes the recycling initiative for paper coffee and tea cups launched by the Paper Cup Alliance, Alliance …
Bills
Wednesday 10th June 2020
Local Electricity Bill 2019-21
A Bill to enable electricity generators to become local electricity suppliers; and for connected purposes.
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: Mrs May Reader
Address of donor: private
Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in …
EDM signed
Monday 28th October 2019
Women Against State Pension Inequality
That this House calls on the Government to financially support women worst affected by the accelerated increase in the state …
Supported Legislation
Local Electricity Bill 2017-19
The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Peter Aldous has voted in 269 divisions, and 6 times against the majority of their Party.

9 Feb 2021 - Trade Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Aldous voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 13 Conservative No votes vs 341 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 351 Noes - 276
19 Jan 2021 - Trade Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Aldous voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 11 Conservative No votes vs 344 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 353 Noes - 277
12 Oct 2020 - Agriculture Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Aldous voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 14 Conservative No votes vs 327 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 332 Noes - 279
2 Sep 2020 - Recall of MPs (Change of Party Affiliation) - View Vote Context
Peter Aldous voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 41 Conservative No votes vs 47 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 55 Noes - 52
20 Jul 2020 - Trade Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Aldous voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 12 Conservative Aye votes vs 323 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 263 Noes - 326
17 Jun 2020 - Health and Personal Social Services - View Vote Context
Peter Aldous voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 104 Conservative Aye votes vs 124 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 253 Noes - 136
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

Speeches made during Parliamentary debates are recorded in Hansard. For ease of browsing we have grouped debates into individual, departmental and legislative categories.

Sparring Partners
Gavin Williamson (Conservative)
Secretary of State for Education
(15 debate interactions)
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
(12 debate interactions)
George Eustice (Conservative)
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
(8 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Department for Education
(19 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(14 debate contributions)
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Waveney 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 Waveney signatures
Peter Aldous has not participated in any petition debates

Latest EDMs signed by Peter Aldous

14th October 2019
Peter Aldous signed this EDM on Monday 28th October 2019

Women Against State Pension Inequality

Tabled by: Grahame Morris (Labour - Easington)
That this House calls on the Government to financially support women worst affected by the accelerated increase in the state pension age introduced through the Pensions Act 2011; notes with concern that significant numbers of women were unaware of pension age equalisation set out in the Pensions Act 1995; acknowledges …
45 signatures
(Most recent: 4 Nov 2019)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 20
Scottish National Party: 7
Independent: 4
Democratic Unionist Party: 4
Conservative: 3
Liberal Democrat: 3
Plaid Cymru: 3
Green Party: 1
14th October 2019
Peter Aldous signed this EDM on Thursday 24th October 2019

Psoriasis Awareness Week

Tabled by: David T C Davies (Conservative - Monmouth)
That this House recognises Psoriasis Awareness Week from 27 October – 3 November 2019 which this year aims to highlight how prospective parents can overcome the potential difficulties in treating psoriasis before, during and after childbirth; notes that the peak onset of psoriasis, which can affect as many as one …
27 signatures
(Most recent: 16 Dec 2019)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 12
Conservative: 6
Scottish National Party: 4
Democratic Unionist Party: 2
Liberal Democrat: 2
Independent: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Peter Aldous, 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.


Peter Aldous has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Peter Aldous has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

4 Bills introduced by Peter Aldous


A Bill to amend the law relating to mobile homes.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Tuesday 26th March 2013 and was enacted into law.


A Bill to enable electricity generators to become local electricity suppliers; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading (Commons)
Wednesday 10th June 2020
(Read Debate)

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to make provision about protecting retention deposits in connection with construction contracts; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 9th January 2018

A bill to require the inclusion on vehicle fuel receipts of the amounts of each tax paid; to require all retail fuel pumps to display the amounts of taxes paid when dispensing fuel; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 1st February 2017
(Read Debate)

39 Written Questions in the current parliament

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Explanation of written questions
1 Other Department Questions
22nd Jul 2020
What steps the Government is taking to ensure economic opportunity for women as the economy reopens and covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.

We came into this pandemic with a record employment rate for women at 72.9% to the end March 2020, and our measures so far have protected millions of jobs.

The Government has launched a plan for jobs to Get Britain Back into Work, targeting support to get those who can, back into work as quickly as possible. We will work to provide more intensive support for those who are further away from the labour market.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
22nd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to (a) tackle Bounce Back Loan Scheme fraud and (b) help ensure that loans under that scheme are provided to businesses based on (i) need, (ii) long-term viability and (iii) potential repayment ability.

As part of the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) application process, lenders undertake fraud checks, including Know Your Customer and Anti Money Laundering checks as required. In addition, the application form is clear – any individual who knowingly provides false information is at risk of criminal prosecution. We are working across Departments, along with lenders and law enforcement agencies to tackle fraudulent abuse of the scheme.

The borrower is required to self-declare that they meet the eligibility criteria for the scheme and are required to state whether they understand the costs associated with the repayment of the loan. They must also confirm that they are able, and intend to, complete timely repayments in future. Furthermore, the maximum facility size for any business borrowing under BBLS is subject to affordability limits specific to each business.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of adults have Level 2 as their highest qualification; and how many of those people are (a) in employment, (b) unemployed and (c) claiming benefits.

The latest estimate as of the end of 2019 for the proportion of adults, aged between 19 and 64 years, who have level 2 as their highest qualification is 18%, as estimated by the Labour Force Survey and reported in the publication education and training statistics for the UK.

Data on employment, unemployment, pay and income, and benefits by highest qualification level for the wider age group of 16 to 64 year olds in the UK is estimated using the Annual Population Survey of 2019.

The table below shows the percentage and number of working age people, aged 16 to 64 years old, in the UK who are and not in full time education and either employed, economically inactive or unemployed who reported their highest qualification as level 2 in 2019. Those claiming benefits would either be classified as unemployed or economically inactive in the table below.

Percentage with level 2 as highest qualification

Number with level 2 as highest qualification

Employed

76%

4,640,000

Unemployed

3%

210,000

Economically Inactive

21%

1,277,000

Total

100%

6,128,000

Percentages in tables are rounded to whole numbers and figures are rounded to the nearest 1000.

Gillian Keegan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
22nd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 9 Mar 2021 to Question 159297 on Schools: Coronavirus, what other information or advice has been provided to (a) schools, (b) parents and (c) young people on applying exemptions from wearing face coverings in schools and classrooms; and which advice or guidance from his Department sets out what action should be taken if masks are removed to aid communication between teachers and pupils.

The Department’s advice on face coverings is outlined clearly in published guidance, which can be found at the following links: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak; https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-in-education.

We have also published information for parents and carers about attending schools, nurseries and colleges in the spring term 2021. This can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak.

Our recommendation regarding the use of face coverings in classrooms applies to those in schools and colleges where Year 7 and above are educated unless social distancing can be maintained in classrooms. Whilst we recognise that the wearing of face coverings may impact communication, increased use of face coverings will strengthen the current safety measures in place in schools and support the return to face to face education.

As the guidance outlines, those who rely on visual signals for communication, or communicate with or provide support to such individuals, are currently exempt from any requirement to wear face coverings in schools and colleges or in public places. The same exemptions apply in schools and we expect staff, pupils and students to be sensitive to those needs, noting that some people are less able to wear face coverings and that the reasons for this may not be visible to others.

Schools should follow the system of controls as outlined in our guidance and put in place proportionate control measures that suit their individual circumstances, based on a thorough risk assessment. This should include making reasonable adjustments for disabled pupils and students to support them to access education successfully.

We continue to provide information to the sector on our guidance, and any changes to it, through regular departmental communications. These additional precautionary measures will be kept under review and we will update guidance as necessary.

Nick Gibb
Minister of State (Education)
26th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what advice he plans to give to secondary schools on how they can apply exemptions from wearing face coverings from the 8 March 2021 as covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.

The Department continues to work closely with other Government Departments throughout its response to the COVID-19 outbreak, including Public Health England (PHE) and the Department of Health and Social Care, as well as stakeholders across the sector. We continue to work to ensure that our policy is based on the latest scientific and medical advice, to continue to develop comprehensive guidance based on the PHE-endorsed ‘system of controls’ and to understand the impact and effectiveness of these measures on staff, pupils and parents.

The Department has recently published updated guidance for schools to support the return to full attendance from 8 March 2021, which includes updated advice on face coverings. The guidance can be found here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/964351/Schools_coronavirus_operational_guidance.pdf.

As the guidance outlines, where pupils in Year 7 and above are taught, we recommend that face coverings should be worn by adults and pupils when moving around the premises, outside of classrooms, such as in corridors and communal areas where social distancing cannot easily be maintained.

In addition, from 8 March 2021, we now also recommend that in those schools where pupils in Year 7 and above are taught, face coverings should be worn in classrooms unless social distancing can be maintained.

Some individuals are exempt from wearing face coverings. This includes people who cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability, or if you are speaking to or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading, clear sound or facial expressions to communicate. The same legal exemptions that apply to the wearing of face coverings in shops and on public transport also apply in schools.

Transparent face coverings, which may assist communication with someone who relies on lip reading, clear sound or facial expression to communicate, can also be worn. There is currently very limited evidence regarding the effectiveness or safety of transparent face coverings, but they may be effective in reducing the spread of COVID-19.

We are recommending these additional precautionary measures for a for a time limited period until Easter. As with all measures, we will keep this under review and update guidance as necessary.

Nick Gibb
Minister of State (Education)
26th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to his press release, dated Monday 22 February 2021 on the planned extended use of face coverings in class rooms in secondary schools in England, what guidance he (a) has issued and (b) plans to issue to (i) teachers and (ii) parents on (A) deaf and (B) other pupils who require lip reading, clear sound or facial expressions to communicate within such settings when face coverings are worn.

The Department continues to work closely with other Government Departments throughout its response to the COVID-19 outbreak, including Public Health England (PHE) and the Department of Health and Social Care, as well as stakeholders across the sector. We continue to work to ensure that our policy is based on the latest scientific and medical advice, to continue to develop comprehensive guidance based on the PHE-endorsed ‘system of controls’ and to understand the impact and effectiveness of these measures on staff, pupils and parents.

The Department has recently published updated guidance for schools to support the return to full attendance from 8 March 2021, which includes updated advice on face coverings. The guidance can be found here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/964351/Schools_coronavirus_operational_guidance.pdf.

As the guidance outlines, where pupils in Year 7 and above are taught, we recommend that face coverings should be worn by adults and pupils when moving around the premises, outside of classrooms, such as in corridors and communal areas where social distancing cannot easily be maintained.

In addition, from 8 March 2021, we now also recommend that in those schools where pupils in Year 7 and above are taught, face coverings should be worn in classrooms unless social distancing can be maintained.

Some individuals are exempt from wearing face coverings. This includes people who cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability, or if you are speaking to or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading, clear sound or facial expressions to communicate. The same legal exemptions that apply to the wearing of face coverings in shops and on public transport also apply in schools.

Transparent face coverings, which may assist communication with someone who relies on lip reading, clear sound or facial expression to communicate, can also be worn. There is currently very limited evidence regarding the effectiveness or safety of transparent face coverings, but they may be effective in reducing the spread of COVID-19.

We are recommending these additional precautionary measures for a for a time limited period until Easter. As with all measures, we will keep this under review and update guidance as necessary.

Nick Gibb
Minister of State (Education)
1st May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of children reported to be experiencing domestic abuse have an Education, Health and Care plan in the most recent period for which figures are available; and how many of those children are attending school during the covid-19 outbreak.

252,580 children were recorded as having domestic abuse as a factor at the end of their referral assessment[1] in the year ending 31 March 2019. This includes children where the assessment has raised concerns about the child, concerns about the parent(s) or concerns about other adults in the household. We do not publish figures showing where there are solely concerns about the child being the victim of domestic abuse. 46.0% of children in need on 31 March 2019 have special educational needs (SEN), including 21.6% with an education, health and care (EHC) plan. Figures for the number of children with domestic abuse as an assessment factor and an EHC plan are not available.

For school attendance, 69,000 of the children and young people in attendance on Thursday 7 May were classed by schools as vulnerable. Of these, around 20,800 of the children and young people in attendance on Thursday 7 May were children and young people with SEN who have an EHC plan. Figures for the number of children with domestic abuse as an assessment factor are not available in the school attendance data collection.

Please note that the department has set an expectation that children with a social worker, including those where domestic abuse is a factor, are to attend. This is the expectation unless their social worker decides that they are at less risk at home or in their placement, for example, due to underlying health conditions. In the event of non-attendance, providers should follow up with the parent or carer – and social worker or local authority, where appropriate – to explore reasons for absence. Where a vulnerable child does not take up their place at school or college or discontinues, the provider should notify their social worker. Where appropriate, they should keep in contact with the family.

[1] When a child is referred to children’s social care, an assessment is carried out to identify if the child is in need of services, which local authorities have an obligation to provide under section 17 of the Children Act 1989. These services can include, for example, family support (to help keep together families experiencing difficulties), leaving care support (to help young people who have left local authority care), adoption support or disabled children’s services (including social care, education and health provision).

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
29th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to conclude the review of the licence conditions that require vessels catching quota species in UK waters to demonstrate an economic link with the UK.

The Government intends to consult on proposals to strengthen the condition and increase the economic benefits to the UK in October. The response to the consultation will be published in line with the principles for consultation published by the Cabinet Office.

Victoria Prentis
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
29th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what checks are made by the Marine Management Organisation when applying the economic link condition to ascertain whether 50 per cent of the total crew man days at sea were accounted for by crew normally resident in UK coastal areas; and what qualifies as (a) normally resident and (b) coastal areas in that assessment.

All UK fishing vessels are registered to UK companies (or individuals); the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) does not hold data relating to the degree of foreign investment or beneficial ownership of these companies or fishing opportunities associated with them. Therefore, it is not possible to provide data on landings, quota compliance or vessel numbers split between UK and foreign ownership. The economic link conditions apply to all UK fishing vessels and are enforced through conditions in the fishing licence to ensure that genuine benefits to the UK are realised by the whole fleet.

The licence condition relating to crewing is audited by the MMO through the requirement of a crew manifest detailing the names and addresses of all crew members. The condition requires residence in the UK and does not specifically relate to distance of residence from the coast.

During 2019 quota donations made though the economic link requirements were estimated to have a value of £2.1 million based on average first sale prices. The donated quota totalled 714 tonnes across the range of stocks as detailed in the table below. Donated quota is provided directly to the 10m and under fleet or traded by the MMO for more beneficial stocks for the 10m and under fleet as necessary. The MMO carries out a large number of trades each year through domestic and international swaps to ensure the most beneficial fishing opportunities for the fleet. Economic link related quota donations form part of the overall trading package along with multiple other sources of quota, so it is not possible to state the precise value of this component. For this reason the MMO uses the first sale value of donated quota to assess the economic link compliance.

Stock donated in 2019 through economic link conditions

Sum of Quantity

Anglers NS (ANF/2AC4-C)

30

Anglers WS (ANF/56-14)

1.1

Cod NS exc IV Norway (COD/2A3AX4)

6

Haddock VIIa (HAD/07A.)

0.2

Hake NS (HKE/2AC4-C)

1

Hake WS incl VII (HKE/571214)

2

Megrim NS IIa(EC), IV(EC) (LEZ/2AC4-C)

6

Megrim WS (LEZ/56-14)

0.2

Nephrops NS (NEP/2AC4-C)

313.7

Nephrops WC (NEP/5BC6.)

7.1

Other Species IV ex EC Norway (OTH/04-N.)

6.4

Plaice VIIa (PLE/07A.)

2

Plaice WS (PLE/56-14)

0.1

Pollack VII (POL/07.)

154

Saithe VII (POK/7/3411)

10

Saithe WS (POK/56-14)

1

Skates & Rays NS (SRX/2AC4-C)

15.5

Skates & Rays VI, VII a-k exc D (SRX/67AKXD)

15

Skates & Rays VIId (SRX/*07D.) [counts against /67AKXD]

9.2

Sole NS (SOL/24-C.)

37

Turbot & Brill NS IIa(EC), IV(EC) (T/B/2AC4-C)

26

Whiting VIIa (WHG/07A.)

1

Whiting VIIb-k (WHG/7X7A-C)

69.6

Victoria Prentis
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
29th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the total sale price value was of the fish donated by vessel owners under the economic link rule in 2019.

All UK fishing vessels are registered to UK companies (or individuals); the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) does not hold data relating to the degree of foreign investment or beneficial ownership of these companies or fishing opportunities associated with them. Therefore, it is not possible to provide data on landings, quota compliance or vessel numbers split between UK and foreign ownership. The economic link conditions apply to all UK fishing vessels and are enforced through conditions in the fishing licence to ensure that genuine benefits to the UK are realised by the whole fleet.

The licence condition relating to crewing is audited by the MMO through the requirement of a crew manifest detailing the names and addresses of all crew members. The condition requires residence in the UK and does not specifically relate to distance of residence from the coast.

During 2019 quota donations made though the economic link requirements were estimated to have a value of £2.1 million based on average first sale prices. The donated quota totalled 714 tonnes across the range of stocks as detailed in the table below. Donated quota is provided directly to the 10m and under fleet or traded by the MMO for more beneficial stocks for the 10m and under fleet as necessary. The MMO carries out a large number of trades each year through domestic and international swaps to ensure the most beneficial fishing opportunities for the fleet. Economic link related quota donations form part of the overall trading package along with multiple other sources of quota, so it is not possible to state the precise value of this component. For this reason the MMO uses the first sale value of donated quota to assess the economic link compliance.

Stock donated in 2019 through economic link conditions

Sum of Quantity

Anglers NS (ANF/2AC4-C)

30

Anglers WS (ANF/56-14)

1.1

Cod NS exc IV Norway (COD/2A3AX4)

6

Haddock VIIa (HAD/07A.)

0.2

Hake NS (HKE/2AC4-C)

1

Hake WS incl VII (HKE/571214)

2

Megrim NS IIa(EC), IV(EC) (LEZ/2AC4-C)

6

Megrim WS (LEZ/56-14)

0.2

Nephrops NS (NEP/2AC4-C)

313.7

Nephrops WC (NEP/5BC6.)

7.1

Other Species IV ex EC Norway (OTH/04-N.)

6.4

Plaice VIIa (PLE/07A.)

2

Plaice WS (PLE/56-14)

0.1

Pollack VII (POL/07.)

154

Saithe VII (POK/7/3411)

10

Saithe WS (POK/56-14)

1

Skates & Rays NS (SRX/2AC4-C)

15.5

Skates & Rays VI, VII a-k exc D (SRX/67AKXD)

15

Skates & Rays VIId (SRX/*07D.) [counts against /67AKXD]

9.2

Sole NS (SOL/24-C.)

37

Turbot & Brill NS IIa(EC), IV(EC) (T/B/2AC4-C)

26

Whiting VIIa (WHG/07A.)

1

Whiting VIIb-k (WHG/7X7A-C)

69.6

Victoria Prentis
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
29th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the total quota trading value was of the fish donated by vessel owners under economic link conditions in 2019.

All UK fishing vessels are registered to UK companies (or individuals); the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) does not hold data relating to the degree of foreign investment or beneficial ownership of these companies or fishing opportunities associated with them. Therefore, it is not possible to provide data on landings, quota compliance or vessel numbers split between UK and foreign ownership. The economic link conditions apply to all UK fishing vessels and are enforced through conditions in the fishing licence to ensure that genuine benefits to the UK are realised by the whole fleet.

The licence condition relating to crewing is audited by the MMO through the requirement of a crew manifest detailing the names and addresses of all crew members. The condition requires residence in the UK and does not specifically relate to distance of residence from the coast.

During 2019 quota donations made though the economic link requirements were estimated to have a value of £2.1 million based on average first sale prices. The donated quota totalled 714 tonnes across the range of stocks as detailed in the table below. Donated quota is provided directly to the 10m and under fleet or traded by the MMO for more beneficial stocks for the 10m and under fleet as necessary. The MMO carries out a large number of trades each year through domestic and international swaps to ensure the most beneficial fishing opportunities for the fleet. Economic link related quota donations form part of the overall trading package along with multiple other sources of quota, so it is not possible to state the precise value of this component. For this reason the MMO uses the first sale value of donated quota to assess the economic link compliance.

Stock donated in 2019 through economic link conditions

Sum of Quantity

Anglers NS (ANF/2AC4-C)

30

Anglers WS (ANF/56-14)

1.1

Cod NS exc IV Norway (COD/2A3AX4)

6

Haddock VIIa (HAD/07A.)

0.2

Hake NS (HKE/2AC4-C)

1

Hake WS incl VII (HKE/571214)

2

Megrim NS IIa(EC), IV(EC) (LEZ/2AC4-C)

6

Megrim WS (LEZ/56-14)

0.2

Nephrops NS (NEP/2AC4-C)

313.7

Nephrops WC (NEP/5BC6.)

7.1

Other Species IV ex EC Norway (OTH/04-N.)

6.4

Plaice VIIa (PLE/07A.)

2

Plaice WS (PLE/56-14)

0.1

Pollack VII (POL/07.)

154

Saithe VII (POK/7/3411)

10

Saithe WS (POK/56-14)

1

Skates & Rays NS (SRX/2AC4-C)

15.5

Skates & Rays VI, VII a-k exc D (SRX/67AKXD)

15

Skates & Rays VIId (SRX/*07D.) [counts against /67AKXD]

9.2

Sole NS (SOL/24-C.)

37

Turbot & Brill NS IIa(EC), IV(EC) (T/B/2AC4-C)

26

Whiting VIIa (WHG/07A.)

1

Whiting VIIb-k (WHG/7X7A-C)

69.6

Victoria Prentis
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
29th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the (a) sale price of fish or (b) the tradable quota value is used by the Marine Management Organisation in assessing whether vessel owners have satisfied the economic link condition.

All UK fishing vessels are registered to UK companies (or individuals); the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) does not hold data relating to the degree of foreign investment or beneficial ownership of these companies or fishing opportunities associated with them. Therefore, it is not possible to provide data on landings, quota compliance or vessel numbers split between UK and foreign ownership. The economic link conditions apply to all UK fishing vessels and are enforced through conditions in the fishing licence to ensure that genuine benefits to the UK are realised by the whole fleet.

The licence condition relating to crewing is audited by the MMO through the requirement of a crew manifest detailing the names and addresses of all crew members. The condition requires residence in the UK and does not specifically relate to distance of residence from the coast.

During 2019 quota donations made though the economic link requirements were estimated to have a value of £2.1 million based on average first sale prices. The donated quota totalled 714 tonnes across the range of stocks as detailed in the table below. Donated quota is provided directly to the 10m and under fleet or traded by the MMO for more beneficial stocks for the 10m and under fleet as necessary. The MMO carries out a large number of trades each year through domestic and international swaps to ensure the most beneficial fishing opportunities for the fleet. Economic link related quota donations form part of the overall trading package along with multiple other sources of quota, so it is not possible to state the precise value of this component. For this reason the MMO uses the first sale value of donated quota to assess the economic link compliance.

Stock donated in 2019 through economic link conditions

Sum of Quantity

Anglers NS (ANF/2AC4-C)

30

Anglers WS (ANF/56-14)

1.1

Cod NS exc IV Norway (COD/2A3AX4)

6

Haddock VIIa (HAD/07A.)

0.2

Hake NS (HKE/2AC4-C)

1

Hake WS incl VII (HKE/571214)

2

Megrim NS IIa(EC), IV(EC) (LEZ/2AC4-C)

6

Megrim WS (LEZ/56-14)

0.2

Nephrops NS (NEP/2AC4-C)

313.7

Nephrops WC (NEP/5BC6.)

7.1

Other Species IV ex EC Norway (OTH/04-N.)

6.4

Plaice VIIa (PLE/07A.)

2

Plaice WS (PLE/56-14)

0.1

Pollack VII (POL/07.)

154

Saithe VII (POK/7/3411)

10

Saithe WS (POK/56-14)

1

Skates & Rays NS (SRX/2AC4-C)

15.5

Skates & Rays VI, VII a-k exc D (SRX/67AKXD)

15

Skates & Rays VIId (SRX/*07D.) [counts against /67AKXD]

9.2

Sole NS (SOL/24-C.)

37

Turbot & Brill NS IIa(EC), IV(EC) (T/B/2AC4-C)

26

Whiting VIIa (WHG/07A.)

1

Whiting VIIb-k (WHG/7X7A-C)

69.6

Victoria Prentis
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
29th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the (a) value and (b) weight was of fish donated by vessel owners under economic link conditions made available to under 10m vessels through the pool in 2019.

All UK fishing vessels are registered to UK companies (or individuals); the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) does not hold data relating to the degree of foreign investment or beneficial ownership of these companies or fishing opportunities associated with them. Therefore, it is not possible to provide data on landings, quota compliance or vessel numbers split between UK and foreign ownership. The economic link conditions apply to all UK fishing vessels and are enforced through conditions in the fishing licence to ensure that genuine benefits to the UK are realised by the whole fleet.

The licence condition relating to crewing is audited by the MMO through the requirement of a crew manifest detailing the names and addresses of all crew members. The condition requires residence in the UK and does not specifically relate to distance of residence from the coast.

During 2019 quota donations made though the economic link requirements were estimated to have a value of £2.1 million based on average first sale prices. The donated quota totalled 714 tonnes across the range of stocks as detailed in the table below. Donated quota is provided directly to the 10m and under fleet or traded by the MMO for more beneficial stocks for the 10m and under fleet as necessary. The MMO carries out a large number of trades each year through domestic and international swaps to ensure the most beneficial fishing opportunities for the fleet. Economic link related quota donations form part of the overall trading package along with multiple other sources of quota, so it is not possible to state the precise value of this component. For this reason the MMO uses the first sale value of donated quota to assess the economic link compliance.

Stock donated in 2019 through economic link conditions

Sum of Quantity

Anglers NS (ANF/2AC4-C)

30

Anglers WS (ANF/56-14)

1.1

Cod NS exc IV Norway (COD/2A3AX4)

6

Haddock VIIa (HAD/07A.)

0.2

Hake NS (HKE/2AC4-C)

1

Hake WS incl VII (HKE/571214)

2

Megrim NS IIa(EC), IV(EC) (LEZ/2AC4-C)

6

Megrim WS (LEZ/56-14)

0.2

Nephrops NS (NEP/2AC4-C)

313.7

Nephrops WC (NEP/5BC6.)

7.1

Other Species IV ex EC Norway (OTH/04-N.)

6.4

Plaice VIIa (PLE/07A.)

2

Plaice WS (PLE/56-14)

0.1

Pollack VII (POL/07.)

154

Saithe VII (POK/7/3411)

10

Saithe WS (POK/56-14)

1

Skates & Rays NS (SRX/2AC4-C)

15.5

Skates & Rays VI, VII a-k exc D (SRX/67AKXD)

15

Skates & Rays VIId (SRX/*07D.) [counts against /67AKXD]

9.2

Sole NS (SOL/24-C.)

37

Turbot & Brill NS IIa(EC), IV(EC) (T/B/2AC4-C)

26

Whiting VIIa (WHG/07A.)

1

Whiting VIIb-k (WHG/7X7A-C)

69.6

Victoria Prentis
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
29th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the (a) value and (b) weight was of fish donated by vessel owners under economic link conditions made available through the pool and landed by under 10m vessels in 2019.

All UK fishing vessels are registered to UK companies (or individuals); the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) does not hold data relating to the degree of foreign investment or beneficial ownership of these companies or fishing opportunities associated with them. Therefore, it is not possible to provide data on landings, quota compliance or vessel numbers split between UK and foreign ownership. The economic link conditions apply to all UK fishing vessels and are enforced through conditions in the fishing licence to ensure that genuine benefits to the UK are realised by the whole fleet.

The licence condition relating to crewing is audited by the MMO through the requirement of a crew manifest detailing the names and addresses of all crew members. The condition requires residence in the UK and does not specifically relate to distance of residence from the coast.

During 2019 quota donations made though the economic link requirements were estimated to have a value of £2.1 million based on average first sale prices. The donated quota totalled 714 tonnes across the range of stocks as detailed in the table below. Donated quota is provided directly to the 10m and under fleet or traded by the MMO for more beneficial stocks for the 10m and under fleet as necessary. The MMO carries out a large number of trades each year through domestic and international swaps to ensure the most beneficial fishing opportunities for the fleet. Economic link related quota donations form part of the overall trading package along with multiple other sources of quota, so it is not possible to state the precise value of this component. For this reason the MMO uses the first sale value of donated quota to assess the economic link compliance.

Stock donated in 2019 through economic link conditions

Sum of Quantity

Anglers NS (ANF/2AC4-C)

30

Anglers WS (ANF/56-14)

1.1

Cod NS exc IV Norway (COD/2A3AX4)

6

Haddock VIIa (HAD/07A.)

0.2

Hake NS (HKE/2AC4-C)

1

Hake WS incl VII (HKE/571214)

2

Megrim NS IIa(EC), IV(EC) (LEZ/2AC4-C)

6

Megrim WS (LEZ/56-14)

0.2

Nephrops NS (NEP/2AC4-C)

313.7

Nephrops WC (NEP/5BC6.)

7.1

Other Species IV ex EC Norway (OTH/04-N.)

6.4

Plaice VIIa (PLE/07A.)

2

Plaice WS (PLE/56-14)

0.1

Pollack VII (POL/07.)

154

Saithe VII (POK/7/3411)

10

Saithe WS (POK/56-14)

1

Skates & Rays NS (SRX/2AC4-C)

15.5

Skates & Rays VI, VII a-k exc D (SRX/67AKXD)

15

Skates & Rays VIId (SRX/*07D.) [counts against /67AKXD]

9.2

Sole NS (SOL/24-C.)

37

Turbot & Brill NS IIa(EC), IV(EC) (T/B/2AC4-C)

26

Whiting VIIa (WHG/07A.)

1

Whiting VIIb-k (WHG/7X7A-C)

69.6

Victoria Prentis
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
29th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the proportion of landings abroad by UK registered vessels were by UK registered vessels with foreign owners, by value, in 2019.

All UK fishing vessels are registered to UK companies (or individuals); the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) does not hold data relating to the degree of foreign investment or beneficial ownership of these companies or fishing opportunities associated with them. Therefore, it is not possible to provide data on landings, quota compliance or vessel numbers split between UK and foreign ownership. The economic link conditions apply to all UK fishing vessels and are enforced through conditions in the fishing licence to ensure that genuine benefits to the UK are realised by the whole fleet.

The licence condition relating to crewing is audited by the MMO through the requirement of a crew manifest detailing the names and addresses of all crew members. The condition requires residence in the UK and does not specifically relate to distance of residence from the coast.

During 2019 quota donations made though the economic link requirements were estimated to have a value of £2.1 million based on average first sale prices. The donated quota totalled 714 tonnes across the range of stocks as detailed in the table below. Donated quota is provided directly to the 10m and under fleet or traded by the MMO for more beneficial stocks for the 10m and under fleet as necessary. The MMO carries out a large number of trades each year through domestic and international swaps to ensure the most beneficial fishing opportunities for the fleet. Economic link related quota donations form part of the overall trading package along with multiple other sources of quota, so it is not possible to state the precise value of this component. For this reason the MMO uses the first sale value of donated quota to assess the economic link compliance.

Stock donated in 2019 through economic link conditions

Sum of Quantity

Anglers NS (ANF/2AC4-C)

30

Anglers WS (ANF/56-14)

1.1

Cod NS exc IV Norway (COD/2A3AX4)

6

Haddock VIIa (HAD/07A.)

0.2

Hake NS (HKE/2AC4-C)

1

Hake WS incl VII (HKE/571214)

2

Megrim NS IIa(EC), IV(EC) (LEZ/2AC4-C)

6

Megrim WS (LEZ/56-14)

0.2

Nephrops NS (NEP/2AC4-C)

313.7

Nephrops WC (NEP/5BC6.)

7.1

Other Species IV ex EC Norway (OTH/04-N.)

6.4

Plaice VIIa (PLE/07A.)

2

Plaice WS (PLE/56-14)

0.1

Pollack VII (POL/07.)

154

Saithe VII (POK/7/3411)

10

Saithe WS (POK/56-14)

1

Skates & Rays NS (SRX/2AC4-C)

15.5

Skates & Rays VI, VII a-k exc D (SRX/67AKXD)

15

Skates & Rays VIId (SRX/*07D.) [counts against /67AKXD]

9.2

Sole NS (SOL/24-C.)

37

Turbot & Brill NS IIa(EC), IV(EC) (T/B/2AC4-C)

26

Whiting VIIa (WHG/07A.)

1

Whiting VIIb-k (WHG/7X7A-C)

69.6

Victoria Prentis
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
29th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many UK registered foreign owned vessels fished against the UK quota in 2019.

All UK fishing vessels are registered to UK companies (or individuals); the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) does not hold data relating to the degree of foreign investment or beneficial ownership of these companies or fishing opportunities associated with them. Therefore, it is not possible to provide data on landings, quota compliance or vessel numbers split between UK and foreign ownership. The economic link conditions apply to all UK fishing vessels and are enforced through conditions in the fishing licence to ensure that genuine benefits to the UK are realised by the whole fleet.

The licence condition relating to crewing is audited by the MMO through the requirement of a crew manifest detailing the names and addresses of all crew members. The condition requires residence in the UK and does not specifically relate to distance of residence from the coast.

During 2019 quota donations made though the economic link requirements were estimated to have a value of £2.1 million based on average first sale prices. The donated quota totalled 714 tonnes across the range of stocks as detailed in the table below. Donated quota is provided directly to the 10m and under fleet or traded by the MMO for more beneficial stocks for the 10m and under fleet as necessary. The MMO carries out a large number of trades each year through domestic and international swaps to ensure the most beneficial fishing opportunities for the fleet. Economic link related quota donations form part of the overall trading package along with multiple other sources of quota, so it is not possible to state the precise value of this component. For this reason the MMO uses the first sale value of donated quota to assess the economic link compliance.

Stock donated in 2019 through economic link conditions

Sum of Quantity

Anglers NS (ANF/2AC4-C)

30

Anglers WS (ANF/56-14)

1.1

Cod NS exc IV Norway (COD/2A3AX4)

6

Haddock VIIa (HAD/07A.)

0.2

Hake NS (HKE/2AC4-C)

1

Hake WS incl VII (HKE/571214)

2

Megrim NS IIa(EC), IV(EC) (LEZ/2AC4-C)

6

Megrim WS (LEZ/56-14)

0.2

Nephrops NS (NEP/2AC4-C)

313.7

Nephrops WC (NEP/5BC6.)

7.1

Other Species IV ex EC Norway (OTH/04-N.)

6.4

Plaice VIIa (PLE/07A.)

2

Plaice WS (PLE/56-14)

0.1

Pollack VII (POL/07.)

154

Saithe VII (POK/7/3411)

10

Saithe WS (POK/56-14)

1

Skates & Rays NS (SRX/2AC4-C)

15.5

Skates & Rays VI, VII a-k exc D (SRX/67AKXD)

15

Skates & Rays VIId (SRX/*07D.) [counts against /67AKXD]

9.2

Sole NS (SOL/24-C.)

37

Turbot & Brill NS IIa(EC), IV(EC) (T/B/2AC4-C)

26

Whiting VIIa (WHG/07A.)

1

Whiting VIIb-k (WHG/7X7A-C)

69.6

Victoria Prentis
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
29th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of demersal fish landed by UK registered foreign owned vessels were in excess of their fixed quota allocation holdings, in 2019.

All UK fishing vessels are registered to UK companies (or individuals); the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) does not hold data relating to the degree of foreign investment or beneficial ownership of these companies or fishing opportunities associated with them. Therefore, it is not possible to provide data on landings, quota compliance or vessel numbers split between UK and foreign ownership. The economic link conditions apply to all UK fishing vessels and are enforced through conditions in the fishing licence to ensure that genuine benefits to the UK are realised by the whole fleet.

The licence condition relating to crewing is audited by the MMO through the requirement of a crew manifest detailing the names and addresses of all crew members. The condition requires residence in the UK and does not specifically relate to distance of residence from the coast.

During 2019 quota donations made though the economic link requirements were estimated to have a value of £2.1 million based on average first sale prices. The donated quota totalled 714 tonnes across the range of stocks as detailed in the table below. Donated quota is provided directly to the 10m and under fleet or traded by the MMO for more beneficial stocks for the 10m and under fleet as necessary. The MMO carries out a large number of trades each year through domestic and international swaps to ensure the most beneficial fishing opportunities for the fleet. Economic link related quota donations form part of the overall trading package along with multiple other sources of quota, so it is not possible to state the precise value of this component. For this reason the MMO uses the first sale value of donated quota to assess the economic link compliance.

Stock donated in 2019 through economic link conditions

Sum of Quantity

Anglers NS (ANF/2AC4-C)

30

Anglers WS (ANF/56-14)

1.1

Cod NS exc IV Norway (COD/2A3AX4)

6

Haddock VIIa (HAD/07A.)

0.2

Hake NS (HKE/2AC4-C)

1

Hake WS incl VII (HKE/571214)

2

Megrim NS IIa(EC), IV(EC) (LEZ/2AC4-C)

6

Megrim WS (LEZ/56-14)

0.2

Nephrops NS (NEP/2AC4-C)

313.7

Nephrops WC (NEP/5BC6.)

7.1

Other Species IV ex EC Norway (OTH/04-N.)

6.4

Plaice VIIa (PLE/07A.)

2

Plaice WS (PLE/56-14)

0.1

Pollack VII (POL/07.)

154

Saithe VII (POK/7/3411)

10

Saithe WS (POK/56-14)

1

Skates & Rays NS (SRX/2AC4-C)

15.5

Skates & Rays VI, VII a-k exc D (SRX/67AKXD)

15

Skates & Rays VIId (SRX/*07D.) [counts against /67AKXD]

9.2

Sole NS (SOL/24-C.)

37

Turbot & Brill NS IIa(EC), IV(EC) (T/B/2AC4-C)

26

Whiting VIIa (WHG/07A.)

1

Whiting VIIb-k (WHG/7X7A-C)

69.6

Victoria Prentis
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
29th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of (a) UK owned and (b) foreign owned and UK registered vessels landed at least 50 per cent of the weight of their landings of EC quota stocks in UK ports in 2019.

All UK fishing vessels are registered to UK companies (or individuals); the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) does not hold data relating to the degree of foreign investment or beneficial ownership of these companies or fishing opportunities associated with them. Therefore, it is not possible to provide data on landings, quota compliance or vessel numbers split between UK and foreign ownership. The economic link conditions apply to all UK fishing vessels and are enforced through conditions in the fishing licence to ensure that genuine benefits to the UK are realised by the whole fleet.

The licence condition relating to crewing is audited by the MMO through the requirement of a crew manifest detailing the names and addresses of all crew members. The condition requires residence in the UK and does not specifically relate to distance of residence from the coast.

During 2019 quota donations made though the economic link requirements were estimated to have a value of £2.1 million based on average first sale prices. The donated quota totalled 714 tonnes across the range of stocks as detailed in the table below. Donated quota is provided directly to the 10m and under fleet or traded by the MMO for more beneficial stocks for the 10m and under fleet as necessary. The MMO carries out a large number of trades each year through domestic and international swaps to ensure the most beneficial fishing opportunities for the fleet. Economic link related quota donations form part of the overall trading package along with multiple other sources of quota, so it is not possible to state the precise value of this component. For this reason the MMO uses the first sale value of donated quota to assess the economic link compliance.

Stock donated in 2019 through economic link conditions

Sum of Quantity

Anglers NS (ANF/2AC4-C)

30

Anglers WS (ANF/56-14)

1.1

Cod NS exc IV Norway (COD/2A3AX4)

6

Haddock VIIa (HAD/07A.)

0.2

Hake NS (HKE/2AC4-C)

1

Hake WS incl VII (HKE/571214)

2

Megrim NS IIa(EC), IV(EC) (LEZ/2AC4-C)

6

Megrim WS (LEZ/56-14)

0.2

Nephrops NS (NEP/2AC4-C)

313.7

Nephrops WC (NEP/5BC6.)

7.1

Other Species IV ex EC Norway (OTH/04-N.)

6.4

Plaice VIIa (PLE/07A.)

2

Plaice WS (PLE/56-14)

0.1

Pollack VII (POL/07.)

154

Saithe VII (POK/7/3411)

10

Saithe WS (POK/56-14)

1

Skates & Rays NS (SRX/2AC4-C)

15.5

Skates & Rays VI, VII a-k exc D (SRX/67AKXD)

15

Skates & Rays VIId (SRX/*07D.) [counts against /67AKXD]

9.2

Sole NS (SOL/24-C.)

37

Turbot & Brill NS IIa(EC), IV(EC) (T/B/2AC4-C)

26

Whiting VIIa (WHG/07A.)

1

Whiting VIIb-k (WHG/7X7A-C)

69.6

Victoria Prentis
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
1st Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential implications for his air quality policies of the British Lung Foundation’s survey of 4 June that found that one in six people with lung conditions experienced reduced symptoms during the covid-19 lockdown; and what steps he is taking to ensure that public health is central to his Department’s strategy on air pollution.

The Government is taking a proactive approach to understand the possible links between air quality and COVID-19. That is why, with our Air Quality Expert Group (AQEG), we ran a rapid Call for Evidence to ensure we can more fully understand the impact that COVID-19 is having on air pollutant emissions, concentrations and human exposure. This report was published on 1 July. We welcome the work of the British Lung Foundation (BLF) and their survey was discussed at our recent round table meeting with health stakeholders, including the BLF.

Improving air quality remains a top priority for the Government and, especially during these unprecedented times, we will continue to take robust and comprehensive action to improve air quality in the UK and minimise public health impacts.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
1st May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 28 April 2020 to Question 38589 on Air Pollution: Pollution Control, whether he has commissioned further analysis of the (a) economic viability and (b) practical deliverability of the WHO guideline limit for PM2.5.

We are developing a clear evidence-based process for setting the fine particulate matter (PM2.5) target introduced in the Environment Bill. This process will involve thorough analysis and independent expert advice, considering economic, social and technological factors. It will also involve detailed analysis to assess what additional action would be needed to achieve potential targets. Stakeholders, Parliament and the public will have the opportunity to comment on and provide input to the development of an ambitious and achievable target.

We are committed to taking action on PM2.5, as it is the pollutant that has the most significant impact on health.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
1st May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 28 April 2020 to Question 38589 on Air Pollution: Pollution Control, whether he has commissioned further analysis of a pathway to achieving the WHO guideline limit for PM2.5.

We are developing a clear evidence-based process for setting the fine particulate matter (PM2.5) target introduced in the Environment Bill. This process will involve thorough analysis and independent expert advice, considering economic, social and technological factors. It will also involve detailed analysis to assess what additional action would be needed to achieve potential targets. Stakeholders, Parliament and the public will have the opportunity to comment on and provide input to the development of an ambitious and achievable target.

We are committed to taking action on PM2.5, as it is the pollutant that has the most significant impact on health.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
21st Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the steps required to meet the World Health Organization guideline values for PM2.5; and if he will publish those assessments.

In July 2019, the Government published a report assessing the progress that will be made towards World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines under a range of scenarios. The report concluded that while significant progress would be made, additional action would be required in large urban areas such as London. The analysis did not outline a pathway to achieve the WHO guideline level for fine particulate matter (PM2.5) across the country, and did not take into account full economic viability and practical deliverability.

The Environment Bill establishes a legally binding duty to set a target for PM2.5, demonstrating our commitment to action on the air pollutant that has the most significant impact on human health. We are committed to setting challenging targets and following an evidence based process, seeking advice from a range of experts, in addition to giving consideration to the WHO’s air quality guidelines. Stakeholders, Parliament and the public will have the opportunity to comment on and provide input for the process of developing this target.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
11th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate she has made of the cost to the public purse of reinstating the state pension for 1950s women; and if she will make a statement.

Changes to State Pension age were made over a series of Acts by successive governments from 1995 onwards; including the Coalition 2010-2015, Labour 1997-2010 and the Conservatives 1995-1997, following public consultations and extensive debates in both Houses of Parliament. Through the welfare system, the Government is committed to providing financial support for people at every stage of their life, including when they near or reach retirement.

Women born between 6 April 1950 and 5 April 1953 were affected by State Pension age equalisation under the Pensions Act 1995. The Pensions Act 2011 accelerated the equalisation of State Pension age, and included transitional arrangements limiting State Pension age delays, affecting women born between 6 April 1953 and 5 December 1953. It also brought forward the increase in State Pension age from 65 to 66 which affected women born between 6 December 1953 and 5 April 1960.

The Department published estimates on the cost of reversing the women’s State Pension age to 60 and men’s State Pension age to 65 on the 7th June 2019.

The publication shows the estimated cost of reversing women’s State Pension age back to 60 and men’s State Pension age back to 65 over the period 2010/11 to 2025/26, to be £181.4bn for women and £33.8bn for men with an overall cost estimate of £215.2bn.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/analysis-relating-to-state-pension-age-changes-from-the-1995-and-2011-pensions-acts/analysis-relating-to-state-pension-age-changes-from-the-1995-and-2011-pensions-acts

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
19th Dec 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the cost to the public purse of increasing by 25 pence the state pension for people over the age of 80.

The Age Addition is paid to people who reached State Pension age prior to 6th April 2016 when they claim their State Pension and attain 80 years of age. It is not payable to those people who reached State Pension age on or after 6th April 2016.

In March 2019, the most recent date for which data are available, there were approximately 3.3m people in receipt of the payment, at a weekly cost of approximately £820,000.

Source: DWP Administrative data, March 2019

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
19th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of removing the 45 per cent target on dental practices for units of dental activity.

No assessment has been made of removing the 45% target.

However, an assessment has been made of the attainment of the 45% activity thresholds. These lower levels of activity support continued payment of full contractual value to National Health Service providers during the pandemic period, when infection control requirements necessarily restrict the numbers of patients that can be seen.

This assessment supported the recent increase in thresholds from 45% to 60%. Arrangements will continue to be monitored, with reduced clawback of contract payments between attainment levels of 36% to 60% and flexibility for NHS commissioners to make exceptions, for instance in cases where a dental practice has been impacted by staff being required to self-isolate.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to increase the availability of dental appointments for patients in (a) Lowestoft and (b) the East of England.

NHS East of England are working with stakeholders to amend the Directory of Service to improve pathways for urgent patients to urgent dental centres and dental practices across the East of England. In addition, a web-based programme called ‘Service Finder’ has recently been launched which provides up-to-date information about services that are available locally to a potential patient. A Transformational Dental Strategy has also been developed in the East of England, the aim of which is to prioritise urgent care, prevention and inequalities. Plans to procure additional primary care dental services across Suffolk, Norfolk and Waveney are currently being reviewed.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
16th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve (a) the recruitment and retention of NHS dentists and (b) access to those dentists in England.

NHS England and NHS Improvement are responsible for commissioning primary care dentistry to meet local need and the interim NHS People Plan commits to addressing shortages.

We are working both on improving career pathways and the current dental contract. In the summer, Health Education England will publish the report of their ‘Advancing Dental Care’ programme which has explored opportunities for flexible dental training pathways and the Department will publish a report on the learning from dental contract reform programme. NHS England and NHS Improvement have been asked to lead the next stage of dental contract reform to design implementable proposals taking the learning from reform programme into account.

National Health Service dentists have been asked to maximise safe throughput, focussing first on urgent care and vulnerable groups followed by overdue appointments. This has been underpinned, taking into account current infection prevention and control guidelines, by the requirement for dental providers to deliver 60% of normal activity volumes for the first six months of 2021/22 for full payment of the NHS contractual value.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
11th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to make covid-19 testing kits available to close relatives of extremely vulnerable people that are presenting symptoms.

Testing is available to all symptomatic people across the whole of the United Kingdom. Anyone with any of the three main coronavirus symptoms should self-isolate and access a test as soon as possible, this includes those who are considered clinically extremely vulnerable.

Where a person is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms but cannot order a test for themselves, there is the ability for a member of their family or community to order a test on their behalf. Should their condition worsen they should call 111, their own general practitioner or in the event of a medical emergency, 999.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that end-clients administer IR35 status accurately for contractors in instances where contractors are working in a genuinely independent manner.

HMRC are continuing to help businesses get determinations right. HMRC set up dedicated teams to provide education and support to all businesses, public bodies and charities affected by the off-payroll working reform. This includes topic-based webinars, workshops as well as targeted one-to-one calls with affected businesses.

This is further supported by updated off-payroll working guidance, online learning and attendance at stakeholder events.

HMRC have also outlined how they will support customers to comply with the changes to the off-payroll working rules: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hmrc-issue-briefing-supporting-organisations-to-comply-with-changes-to-the-off-payroll-working-rules-ir35.

HMRC developed the Check Employment Status for Tax (CEST) tool to help organisations and individuals determine employment status for tax and decide whether the off-payroll working rules apply.

CEST is a free service which was developed working closely with tax specialists, contractors and other stakeholders. It was tested rigorously against known case law and settled cases, and HMRC stand by its results if the tool is used in accordance with HMRC's guidance.

The Government has also ensured there is a client-led status disagreement process where contractors and deemed employers can lodge a complaint, if they disagree on how a contractor has been categorised.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether HMRC has made an assessment of the potential merits of updating its CEST tool used for determining employment status to account for Mutuality of Obligation in the determination of independent contract work.

‘Mutuality of obligation’ (MoO) is a term often used to describe the basic obligations that exist between a hirer and a worker. These basic obligations are where the hirer is obliged to pay remuneration, of any kind, and the worker is obliged to provide their work or skill in return.

MoO is important because without it there can be no contract for the supply of a worker. CEST does account for MoO on these terms and is clear in guidance to users that it can only be used to determine employment status for tax where there is such a contract in place. CEST then considers this contract, testing the employment status factors, and determines whether the engagement is more likely to be employed or self-employed for Income Tax and National Insurance contributions purposes.

After receiving feedback during user testing, HMRC provided a link to guidance on MoO on CEST’s landing page to make this understanding clearer to users of the tool. The guidance can be found on GOV.UK: https://www.gov.uk/hmrc-internal-manuals/employment-status-manual/esm0543.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
30th Jun 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to undertake a Capital Gains Tax rebasement for assets acquired after 31 March 1982.

The Government does not have plans to rebase assets for the purposes of calculating CGT. Revaluation would be costly and burdensome for both individuals and the government, as a professional valuation of the assets in question would be necessary.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
1st May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance has been provided to the Police to ensure they are investigating the safeguarding concerns of children who are breaching lockdown measures by being outside of their home.

The police continue to apply the usual safeguarding and referral procedures, working in partnership with agencies such as social services and local authorities to support vulnerable children. This has not changed under the new social distancing measures. The National Police Chief’s Council and College of Policing have issued guidance to forces that specifically asks officers to consider safeguarding issues and ensure the child’s welfare.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Home Office)
1st May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment Government has made of whether there has been an increase in adolescent to parent violence and abuse during the lockdown due to covid-19; and what support her Department has made available to families experiencing such violence and abuse.

We are working closely with domestic abuse organisations, the Domestic Abuse Commissioner and police to monitor the impact of covid-19 on incidents of all forms of domestic abuse.

The Government has provided a £76?million package of support to ensure the most vulnerable in society including victims of domestic and sexual abuse, vulnerable children and victims of modern slavery get the support they need during the pandemic. This is in addition to £2m of funding announced by the Home Secretary to bolster support for helplines and web based services.

An awareness campaign has been launched to signpost victims of domestic abuse to appropriate support.

Victoria Atkins
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
1st May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance the Government has issued to ensure that children who are experiencing domestic abuse but who have not reached a statutory threshold for intervention are visible to children’s social care services.

We are working closely with the Domestic Abuse Commissioner, domestic abuse organisations, the police and the Department for Education to ensure that children affected by domestic abuse receive the support they need.

The police continue to attend incidents of domestic abuse and refer to children’s social care where they think necessary. Existing safeguarding advice continues to be applicable at this time. Any front line responder or public sector worker having concerns about a child with whom they come into contact should make a safeguarding referral to social services in the normal way for appropriate action.

We know that, for many vulnerable children, being in education is a protective factor from harm. We have therefore asked schools to remain open for children who are vulnerable, as well as for those children of workers critical to the COVID-19 response who absolutely need to attend. Vulnerable children includes those with a social worker, who have an education health and care (EHC) plan and who have been assessed as being otherwise vulnerable by educational providers or local authorities and who could therefore benefit from continued attendance. This might include children on the edge of receiving support from children’s social services or those living in temporary accommodation.

The Department for Education has also issued guidance?which is clear that schools and colleges should revise their child protection policies to reflect what arrangements are in place to keep children who are not physically attending the school or college, safe. This guidance is clear that all staff who interact with children, including online, should continue to look out for signs a child may be at risk and that where appropriate referrals should still be made to children’s social care, and as required, to the police.

The Government has provided additional funding for Operation Encompass which facilitates liaison on domestic abuse issues affecting children between police forces and schools. This is in addition to the £3.1m recently announced by the Home Office for the provision of specialist services for children affected by domestic abuse.

The Government has also made £1.6m of funding available immediately for the NSPCC to expand and promote its national helpline for adults. Expanding the helpline will mean that many more adults know how and where to raise concerns and seek advice or support about the safety and well-being of any children they are worried about. This is in addition to the £7m of funding for See, Hear, Respond, a new service which will provide targeted help to vulnerable children, young people and their families affected by COVID-19 and the measures put in place to stop its spread. The partnership of charities, led by Barnardo’s, will work alongside local authorities, schools and colleges, police forces, healthcare professionals and other vital services involved in protecting these children.

The landmark Domestic Abuse Bill, has now passed third reading, will help to better protect and support victims of domestic abuse and their children across the country.

Victoria Atkins
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
16th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans the Government has for the Coastal Communities Fund.

Whether there will be another round of the Coastal Communities Fund or the Coastal Revival Fund is a matter for the next Comprehensive Spending Review.

The Government is committed to levelling up all parts of the UK. We published a prospectus at Budget for the £4.8 billion Levelling Up Fund which will invest in infrastructure that improves everyday life across the UK. In addition, as announced at Spending Review 2020, the UK Shared Prosperity Fund will help to level up and create opportunity across the UK in places most in need, such as ex-industrial areas, deprived towns and rural and coastal communities, and for people who face labour market barriers. We will publish a UK-wide investment framework for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund later this year and confirm multiyear funding profiles at the next Spending Review.

The Government is supporting coastal communities to recover from the pandemic. On 20 March we announced a new £56 million Welcome Back Fund to support a safe and successful reopening of our high streets and seaside resorts, giving people the reassurance that they can shop and socialise in a COVID-secure way. This builds on the £50 million Reopening High Streets Safely Fund (RHSSF) announced on 25 May 2020, doubling local authority funding allocations and significantly increasing the scope of eligible activity.

Luke Hall
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
16th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans he has for the future of the Coastal Communities Fund; and whether those plans include providing grant for (a) ports, (b) harbours and (c) other infrastructure to support the UK fishing industry.

This Government recognises the unique challenges facing coastal communities and is committed to levelling up all areas of the UK. However, whether there is another round of the Coastal Communities Fund is a matter for the comprehensive Spending Review.

Luke Hall
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
16th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions his Department has had with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the infrastructure requirements of the UK fishing industry.

This Government recognises the unique challenges facing coastal communities and is committed to levelling up all areas of the UK. However, whether there is another round of the Coastal Communities Fund is a matter for the comprehensive Spending Review.

Luke Hall
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)