Peter Bottomley

Conservative - Worthing West

74 APPG memberships (as of 22 Jul 2022)
Adult Education, Afrikan Reparations, Ageing and Older People, Archaeology, Austria, BBC, Black Maternal Health, British Overseas Territories, Carbon Monoxide, Citizens' Rights, Commonwealth, Community Development in Europe, Croatia, Democracy and Human Rights in the Gulf, Dentistry and Oral Health, Disability, Domestic Violence and Abuse, Equitable Life Policyholders, Ethnic Minority Business Owners, Fatherhood, Flags and Heraldry, Frozen British Pensions, Gasworks Redevelopment, Global Security and Non-Proliferation, Gypsies, Travellers and Roma, Haemophilia and Contaminated Blood, Haiti, Holocaust Memorial, Hospice and End of Life Care, Immigration Detention, Internet, Communications and Technology, Ireland and the Irish in Britain, Kosovo, Leasehold and Commonhold Reform, Limits to Growth, London's Planning and Built Environment, Longevity, Manufacturing, Maternity, Media, Metaverse and Web 3.0, Music, No Recourse to Public Funds, Opera, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Park Homes, Performing Arts Education and Training, Photography, Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2022, Race and Community, Race Equality in Education, Refugees, Religious Education, Republic of Korea, Retail Crime, Scientific, Scotch Whisky, Sexual and Reproductive Health in the UK, Social Enterprise, Social Integration, South Africa, St George's Day, Tibet, Transport Safety, Twelve Steps Recovery Programme from Addiction, United Nations, United Nations Women, Vascular and Venous Disease, Western Sahara, Wine and Spirits, Wine of Great Britain, Women in Transport, Youth Affairs, Zimbabwe
66 Former APPG memberships
Arts and Heritage, Bahrain, Bees and Pollinators, Best Brexit, Betting Terminals, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Business Owners, Burma, Charity Retail, Citizens Rights, Cycling and Walking, Dalits, Dark Skies, Domestic Violence, Equitable Life, European Citizenship Rights, Fixed Odds Betting Terminals, Formula One, Foster Care Work, Freedom of Movement, Future of Transport, Gambling Related Harm, Governance and Inclusive Leadership, Guantanamo Bay, Hate Crime, Health, Hillsborough Disaster, Insurance and Financial Services, Inter-Faith, Interfaith, Irish in Britain, Korea, Leasehold Reform, Lipoedema, Listed Properties, Liver Health, Mayflower 400, Mayflower Pilgrims, Miscarriages of Justice, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), Olympic and Paralympic Games, Oracy, Overseas Territories, Patient and Public Involvement in Health and Social Care, Period Equality, Plastic Waste, Religion in the Media, Reuniting Britain Post-Brexit, Road Freight and Logistics, Rowing, Runaway and Missing Children and Adults, Sex Equality, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Single Parent Families, Social Science and Policy, Social Work, Statistics, UK Islands, Vascular Disease, Venezuela, Votes at 16, Wellbeing Economics, Western Rail Link to Heathrow, Wine and Spirit Group, Women in the Penal System, Yoga in Society, Youth Hostelling
Ecclesiastical Committee (Joint Committee)
31st Oct 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Ecclesiastical Committee (Joint Committee)
28th Oct 2015 - 3rd May 2017
High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill (Commons)
29th Apr 2014 - 22nd Feb 2016
Ecclesiastical Committee (Joint Committee)
26th Oct 2010 - 30th Mar 2015
Draft Defamation Bill (Joint Committee)
24th Mar 2011 - 12th Oct 2011
Unopposed Bills (Panel)
17th Oct 2001 - 6th May 2010
Ecclesiastical Committee (Joint Committee)
6th Jul 2005 - 8th Apr 2010
Constitutional Affairs
28th Jan 2003 - 12th Jul 2005
Ecclesiastical Committee (Joint Committee)
31st Jan 2002 - 5th May 2005
Standards and Privileges
25th Jun 1997 - 4th Mar 2002
Transport Committee
27th Apr 1992 - 21st Mar 1997
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Northern Ireland Office)
4th Jul 1989 - 28th Jul 1990
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
23rd Jan 1986 - 24th Jul 1989
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Employment)
11th Sep 1984 - 23rd Jan 1986
Overseas Development
1st Nov 1978 - 4th Apr 1979
Violence in the Family
8th Mar 1976 - 25th May 1977


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Division Votes
None available
Speeches
Thursday 21st July 2022
Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre
(Urgent Question): To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities if he will make a statement …
Written Answers
Thursday 21st July 2022
David Parker
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when his Department was first informed of the 21 June 2021 Court …
Early Day Motions
Tuesday 19th July 2022
House of Lords Appointments Commission
That this House expects the prime minister to respect the letter and the spirit of the advice of the House …
Bills
Tuesday 30th November 2010
Waste Recycling (End Use Register) Bill 2010-12
The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will …
Tweets
None available
MP Financial Interests
Saturday 11th January 2020
EDM signed
Wednesday 20th July 2022
VAT on period pants
That this House calls on the Government to zero rate VAT on period pants in line with other menstrual products …
Supported Legislation
Wednesday 21st October 2020
Vehicle Registration Offences (Penalty Points) Bill 2019-21
A Bill to make vehicle registration offences under the Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994 attract driving record penalty points; …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Peter Bottomley has voted in 383 divisions, and 16 times against the majority of their Party.

22 Mar 2021 - Fire Safety Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Bottomley voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 33 Conservative No votes vs 320 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 322 Noes - 253
30 Sep 2020 - Town and Country Planning - View Vote Context
Peter Bottomley voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Conservative Aye votes vs 325 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 208 Noes - 329
26 Apr 2021 - Financial Services Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Bottomley voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 2 Conservative No votes vs 355 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 355 Noes - 271
27 Apr 2021 - Fire Safety Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Bottomley voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 31 Conservative No votes vs 320 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 320 Noes - 256
28 Apr 2021 - Fire Safety Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Bottomley voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 32 Conservative No votes vs 321 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 322 Noes - 256
20 Oct 2021 - Environment Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Bottomley voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 22 Conservative No votes vs 265 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 268 Noes - 204
3 Nov 2021 - Committee on Standards - View Vote Context
Peter Bottomley voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 6 Conservative No votes vs 242 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 248 Noes - 221
3 Dec 2021 - Copyright (Rights and Remuneration of Musicians, etc.) Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Bottomley voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 5 Conservative Aye votes vs 59 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 28 Noes - 59
7 Feb 2022 - Social Security and Pensions - View Vote Context
Peter Bottomley voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Conservative No votes vs 297 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 298 Noes - 29
30 Mar 2022 - Health and Care Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Bottomley voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 72 Conservative Aye votes vs 175 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 215 Noes - 188
20 Apr 2022 - Building Safety Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Bottomley voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Conservative No votes vs 305 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 316 Noes - 188
20 Apr 2022 - Building Safety Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Bottomley voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Conservative No votes vs 308 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 318 Noes - 189
20 Apr 2022 - Building Safety Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Bottomley voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Conservative No votes vs 310 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 317 Noes - 190
20 Apr 2022 - Building Safety Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Bottomley voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Conservative No votes vs 311 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 318 Noes - 188
20 Apr 2022 - Nationality and Borders Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Bottomley voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 11 Conservative No votes vs 291 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 294 Noes - 242
20 Apr 2022 - Nationality and Borders Bill - View Vote Context
Peter Bottomley voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 5 Conservative No votes vs 301 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 303 Noes - 235
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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
Lindsay Hoyle (Speaker)
(19 debate interactions)
Robert Jenrick (Conservative)
(11 debate interactions)
Rosie Winterton (Labour)
(9 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Cabinet Office
(36 debate contributions)
Department of Health and Social Care
(16 debate contributions)
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Legislation Debates
Building Safety Act 2022
(3,134 words contributed)
Parliamentary Constituencies Act 2020
(2,091 words contributed)
Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Act 2022
(1,032 words contributed)
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Worthing West 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).

Petition Debates Contributed

The Government should bring forward legislation to allow assisted dying for adults who are terminally ill and have mental capacity. It should be permitted subject to strict upfront safeguards, assessed by two doctors independently, and self-administered by the dying person.

Ensure any ban fully includes trans people and all forms of conversion therapy.


Latest EDMs signed by Peter Bottomley

11th July 2022
Peter Bottomley signed this EDM on Wednesday 20th July 2022

Accessible council meetings

Tabled by: Caroline Lucas (Green Party - Brighton, Pavilion)
That this House is concerned that the emergency regulations that allowed councils to conduct meetings remotely between 2 April 2020 and 7 May 2021, and which enabled disabled people and people with caring responsibilities to fully and fairly participate, are no longer in place; notes the Local Government Association's (LGA) …
17 signatures
(Most recent: 21 Jul 2022)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 6
Liberal Democrat: 5
Independent: 3
Green Party: 1
Plaid Cymru: 1
Conservative: 1
19th July 2022
Peter Bottomley signed this EDM as a sponsor on Wednesday 20th July 2022

VAT on period pants

Tabled by: Tracey Crouch (Conservative - Chatham and Aylesford)
That this House calls on the Government to zero rate VAT on period pants in line with other menstrual products such as pads, cloth pads and menstrual cups; notes that period pants are sustainable and reusable and have 5-6 times less carbon footprint than tampons or pads; recognises research that …
16 signatures
(Most recent: 21 Jul 2022)
Signatures by party:
Scottish National Party: 5
Labour: 3
Conservative: 3
Liberal Democrat: 2
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
Green Party: 1
Independent: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Peter Bottomley, 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.


1 Urgent Question tabled by Peter Bottomley

Peter Bottomley has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

1 Bill introduced by Peter Bottomley


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 require certain authorities to maintain a register of the destination of recycled materials; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 30th November 2010

110 Written Questions in the current parliament

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department
1 Other Department Questions
9th Feb 2022
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether she has made an assessment of the potential merits of commissioning the Law Commission to consider draft proposals to change the criminal law relating to certain conversion practices.

Our focus is on developing a new robust policy and legislative ban which protects all LGBT people from this abhorrent practice. We continue to work closely with a range of stakeholders, including various criminal justice experts and the Ministry of Justice.

18th Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department's departmental and public agency spending on (a) services provided by and (b) contracts with Stonewall reconcile with the figures given in that charity's accounts.

There are currently no publicly available accounts from Stonewall for 2020/21 which we can compare with the Cabinet Office published accounts.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
9th Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether a person with a birthday between the date they completed the census form and the census date can confirm an age that will not be correct.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority. I have, therefore, asked the Authority to respond.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
9th Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, which tenure type a residential commonholder or leaseholder should select in a census return.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority. I have, therefore, asked the Authority to respond.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
26th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will consult Parliament on whether to extend Government funding for the burning of pellets for fresh wood at Drax beyond 2027.

There are no intentions to extend any contracts under the Renewables Obligation or Contracts for Difference schemes. In November 2021 the Government announced it would develop a business model to support bio-based power generation with carbon capture and storage. Any implementation of this would be subject to the appropriate parliamentary procedures.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
26th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the potential maximum annual amount of CO2 that captured in the UK (a) bioenergy with carbon capture, use and storage and (b) that technology operating at Drax power station by 2050.

Through the Biomass Strategy, which will be published later this year, the UK will establish the role of Bioenergy with Carbon Capture & Storage (BECCS) in reducing carbon emissions across the economy and set out how the technology could be deployed.

The Net Zero Strategy, outlined the UK’s ambition of 5MtCO2/year of engineered removals by 2030 and included illustrative ranges of 22-23MtCO2/year of engineered removals by 2035 and 75- 81MtCO2/year by 2050. Power BECCS projects have the potential to play a role in reaching these ambitions.

The UK is currently assessing the potential for carbon capture at existing UK biomass plants, however no decision has been made on future BECCS deployment or the award of power BECCS contracts.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
14th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to arrange the meeting requested by the hon. Member for Worthing West to discuss burning north American wood products at UK power stations.

My office will be in contact shortly to arrange a suitable date for this meeting.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
18th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the quantity of gas the UK (a) used, (b) imported and (c) extracted (i) onshore and (ii) offshore in each year from 2010; and what forecast he has made of the amount of gas the UK will (A) use, (B) import and (C) extract (1) onshore and (2) offshore in each year to 2040.

Gas demand (gas used) is published in Energy Trends Table 4.1, with data up to September 2021. Data for October to December 2021 will be released in this table on 31 March 2022.

Gas imports and gas extracted are published in Energy Trends Table 4.2, with data up to November 2021. Data for December 2021 will be released in this table on 24 February 2022. See Energy Trends Table 4.4 for a breakdown of import sources.

Gas extracted onshore and offshore is published in the Digest of UK Energy Statistics in Table F.2, with data up to 2020. Data for 2021 will be released in this table on 28 July 2022.

Forecasts of gas extraction and demand in each year to 2050 are published by the Oil and Gas Authority in their Projections of UK oil and gas production and expenditure. There are not forecasts for imports, or a breakdown for offshore and onshore production.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
13th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what proportion of the wood burnt in the Drax power station is sourced from the (a) UK and (b) rest of the world.

This information is reported by suppliers to OFGEM. The latest dataset can be accessed here: https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/publications/biomass-sustainability-dataset-2019-20.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
7th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if the Prime Minister will instruct each relevant Department to authorise the National Archive to make available access to all the material requested by Rupert Burgess and Clive Stafford-Smith in relation to the investigation and prosecution of the Hosein brothers for killing Mrs Muriel McKay; and if she will make a statement.

The National Archives has not received a direct request for information from Mr Clive Stafford-Smith for access to material relating to the investigation and prosecution of the Hosein brothers.

The National Archives received a Freedom of Information (FOI) request on 02 June 2021 on behalf of one of the parties named for access to ten Crown Prosecution Service records (DPP 2/4806-4815) and one Attorney General’s Office record (LO 2/192).

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000 gives applicants the right to know whether a public authority holds the information requested and to have it communicated to them, subject to any exemptions, which may apply. Some of the information contained within the requested files has been made accessible to the public, however the majority remained closed because the information is exempt under sections 38 (1) (a) and 40 (2) (by virtue of section 40 (3A) personal data exemption) of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act. As exemptions apply, The National Archives cannot make these records available to the applicant or to the public in general.

The FOI process is not subject to Ministerial or Prime Ministerial approval. There is, however, an appeals process in which any application of FOI exemptions/closure can be re-reviewed.

Outside of the FOI process, individual government departments may allow discretionary access to their historic files, having first recalled them from The National Archives for the purposes of review, as permitted by the Public Records Act (1958).

7th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when the National Archive received a request from Clive Stafford-Smith, in the interests of Krishna Maharaj and Rupert Burgess for the family of Mrs Muriel McKay, for access to material relating to the investigation and prosecution of the Hosein brothers; which Ministers will need to approve that request; and whether she expects the material requested will be made available.

The National Archives has not received a direct request for information from Mr Clive Stafford-Smith for access to material relating to the investigation and prosecution of the Hosein brothers.

The National Archives received a Freedom of Information (FOI) request on 02 June 2021 on behalf of one of the parties named for access to ten Crown Prosecution Service records (DPP 2/4806-4815) and one Attorney General’s Office record (LO 2/192).

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000 gives applicants the right to know whether a public authority holds the information requested and to have it communicated to them, subject to any exemptions, which may apply. Some of the information contained within the requested files has been made accessible to the public, however the majority remained closed because the information is exempt under sections 38 (1) (a) and 40 (2) (by virtue of section 40 (3A) personal data exemption) of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act. As exemptions apply, The National Archives cannot make these records available to the applicant or to the public in general.

The FOI process is not subject to Ministerial or Prime Ministerial approval. There is, however, an appeals process in which any application of FOI exemptions/closure can be re-reviewed.

Outside of the FOI process, individual government departments may allow discretionary access to their historic files, having first recalled them from The National Archives for the purposes of review, as permitted by the Public Records Act (1958).

16th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many responses to the Channel 4 consultation have been received as of 16 December 2021; how many have been considered; and whether those responses are affecting the Government's position on the comparative merits of (a) maintaining the present ownership of Channel 4 and (b) alternatives.

The Government has consulted on the best ownership model to support Channel 4 for years to come. Our public consultation closed on 14 September. We have received around 60,000 responses, and we are carefully considering all the views and evidence we have received to inform the government’s policy-making and final decision.

28th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what regulatory barrier prevents non-public broadcasters adopting any or all of Channel 4's obligations and methods of operating.

The government wants Channel 4 to remain a public service broadcaster. Public service broadcasters - publicly and privately owned - have both benefits and obligations. Our consultation document outlines that we see the value in many of these obligations.

Channel 4’s ability to make distinctive content, and its work with independent producers are precisely the strengths we would protect and expect any potential buyer to look to develop and nurture, should we decide to proceed with a sale. We do not therefore subscribe to a false binary choice between public service remit and privatisation.

Indeed, we already have two privately-owned - and very successful - public service broadcasters in the examples of ITV and Channel 5. Both continue to deliver public service objectives.

28th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the potential impact on (a) inclusiveness and (b) diversity of a possible sale of Channel 4.

Our consultation document outlines that the government sees the great value delivered to society through the obligations placed on Channel 4 to broadcast content appealing to diverse audiences. We have sought views on whether to retain or increase such obligations through our consultation.

We consider that Channel 4’s ability to reach a diverse range of audiences is a strength to be celebrated and maintained into its future, and that this is not at odds with private investment - in fact, this is an important facet of Channel 4’s brand that is likely to be an attractive asset to nurture and develop for any potential buyer.

We have consulted on the best ownership model to support Channel 4 for years to come.

Our public consultation closed on 14 September. We are carefully considering the views and evidence we have received to inform the government’s policy-making and final decision.

28th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to assess the potential impact on (a) advertisers and (b) prospective consumers of a possible sale of Channel 4.

Channel 4 is one of this country’s greatest broadcasting assets but we must think long-term about the challenges ahead and make sure it has the capital it needs to continue to contribute to the UK’s success in public service broadcasting.

We have consulted on the best ownership model to support Channel 4 into the future. Our public consultation closed on 14 September. We are carefully considering the views and evidence we have received, including from advertising stakeholders, to inform the government’s policy-making and final decision.

Whatever decision is made about Channel 4’s ownership model, any reforms will not compromise our commitment to the wider creative economy.

28th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the potential impact of a possible sale of Channel 4 on (a) advertisers and (b) prospective consumers.

Channel 4 is one of this country’s greatest broadcasting assets but we must think long-term about the challenges ahead and make sure it has the capital it needs to continue to contribute to the UK’s success in public service broadcasting.

We have consulted on the best ownership model to support Channel 4 into the future. Our public consultation closed on 14 September. We are carefully considering the views and evidence we have received, including from advertising stakeholders, to inform the government’s policy-making and final decision.

Whatever decision is made about Channel 4’s ownership model, any reforms will not compromise our commitment to the wider creative economy.

15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 10 September 2021 to Question 41606 on National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service, for what reason the Answer did not indicate the timetable for announcing the detailed arrangements for the management of Victoria Tower Gardens after the construction of the Holocaust Memorial.

No Ministerial direction relating to the proposed National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre has been requested.

In regard to future management arrangements for Victoria Tower Gardens, the Government intends to let a long lease.

Detailed arrangements for the management of Victoria Tower Gardens will be announced in due course.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 10 September 2021 to Question 41606 on National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service, what plans the Government has to let all or part of Victoria Tower Gardens on a lease exceeding five years following the construction of the Holocaust Memorial.

No Ministerial direction relating to the proposed National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre has been requested.

In regard to future management arrangements for Victoria Tower Gardens, the Government intends to let a long lease.

Detailed arrangements for the management of Victoria Tower Gardens will be announced in due course.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Permanent Secretary has asked for an instruction relating to the proposed National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre.

No Ministerial direction relating to the proposed National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre has been requested.

In regard to future management arrangements for Victoria Tower Gardens, the Government intends to let a long lease.

Detailed arrangements for the management of Victoria Tower Gardens will be announced in due course.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has for the management of the parts of Victoria Tower Gardens not required for the proposed Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre; and what his timetable is for announcing detailed arrangements.

The site will continue to be owned by Government. We are in discussion with the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government and The Royal Parks about the future management arrangements for Victoria Tower Gardens.

3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has for the ownership of Victoria Tower Gardens following the proposed construction of the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre.

The site will continue to be owned by Government. We are in discussion with the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government and The Royal Parks about the future management arrangements for Victoria Tower Gardens.

29th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information his Department holds on the longest length of time a primary school has been waiting for a response from Edenred relating to a query about free school meal vouchers since the beginning of the covid-19 outbreak.

As my right hon. Friends the Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer have both made clear, the government will do whatever it takes to support people affected by Covid-19.

During this period, we are asking schools to support pupils eligible for benefits-related free school meals by providing meals or food parcels through their existing food providers wherever possible. However, we recognise that providing meals and food parcels is not a practicable option for all schools. That is why, on 31 March, we launched a national voucher scheme as an alternative option, with costs covered by the Department for Education.

Voucher codes are being processed and many thousands of families are redeeming them. As of 28 April, Edenred have indicated that over 16,500 schools have placed orders for codes under this scheme. As of Friday 7 May, Edenred reported that over £58 million worth of voucher codes have been redeemed into supermarket e-gift cards by schools and families.

Schools can contact Edenred using either the email address or phone number setup specifically for the Department of Education’s national voucher scheme (freeschoolmeals@edenred.com or 0333 400 5932). We do not hold details of the time taken to respond to individual queries. We are working closely with Edenred regarding the performance of the voucher scheme and their engagement with queries from schools.

We are working tirelessly with Edenred to resolve any outstanding technical problems so that children eligible for free schools meals are supported quickly. As always, we thank schools for their patience while we expand the system to meet the high demand and for ensuring that the families who are most in need continue to receive the support that they require.

These are rapidly developing circumstances and we will continue to keep the situation under review and to keep Parliament updated accordingly.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
29th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether arrangements are in place to allow schools to purchase free school meal vouchers direct from local supermarkets during the covid-19 lockdown.

As both my right hon. Friends the Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer have made clear, the government will do whatever it takes to support people affected by COVID-19.

Our latest guidance on providing free school meals at this time is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance-for-schools.

Through the national voucher scheme, schools and families could initially access eGift cards for Morrisons, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Waitrose and M&S. On Monday 27 April Aldi were added to this scheme and on Wednesday 29 April McColl’s were also added. As of the 7th May, Edenred report that £58 million has been converted into supermarket vouchers by families and schools. We recognise that it may not be convenient or possible for some families to visit one of these supermarkets and we are continuing to work to see if additional supermarkets can be added to this list.

If families are not able to access any of the supermarkets which are part of the national voucher scheme, schools are able to purchase vouchers directly for alternative supermarkets. Schools can be reimbursed for the cost of these alternatives through the schools coronavirus exceptional costs fund, up to £15 per pupil per week. This funding covers unavoidable additional costs incurred due to the COVID-19 outbreak that cannot be met from their existing resources.

These are rapidly developing circumstances; we continue to keep the situation under review and will keep Parliament updated accordingly.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
19th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what data his Department holds on the (a) daytime and (b) night-time occupancy of HGV parking places in motorway service areas.

The Department does not hold data on the daytime occupancy rates of HGV parking places in Motorway Service Areas (MSAs). The National Survey of Lorry Parking (2018) contains data on night-time occupancy of HGV parking places across all lorry parks, including MSAs, which can be found at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/723349/national-survey-of-lorry-parking-report.pdf.

The Department is currently tendering to update the National Survey of Lorry Parking to ensure strong and up to date evidence is available on the national picture of lorry parking demand to inform decision making. We expect this to be complete by September 2022.

Trudy Harrison
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
18th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the time and distance for a user of a wheel chair to get from one platform to the other at Durrington-on-Sea station.

Durrington-on-Sea is a category B2 station, which means that there is step-free access to both platforms and technically a step-free route between platforms. However, the step-free route between the two platforms is quite impractical as it is 0.6 miles via a nearby road-bridge on Shaftesbury Avenue. This is approximately a 12-minute journey for someone walking and the bridge is steep. Govia Thameslink Railway does not treat B2 category stations as accessible.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury and Chief Whip
9th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what comparative assessment he has made of the (a) number of and (b) deficit in MOT testing in each month since March (i) 2019 and (ii) 2020; what estimate he has made of the (A) number of MOT tests required to restore adequate service levels and (B) average number of days before a request for a MOT test is met; and if he will make a statement.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency’s (DVSA) monitors MOT testing capacity constantly to inform future planning. The agency does not hold data on MOT booking requests as they are made directly to MOT testing stations (cars) or authorised testing facilities (lorries, buses and trailers).

For lorries, buses and trailers, where DVSA staff conduct annual road worthiness (MOT) tests, the DVSA has issued a series of exemptions. The deadline for a vehicle’s next test depends on when the MOT was originally due and whether the vehicle qualifies for a 3-month or a 12-month exemption. These exemptions will be automatically applied. The DVSA is confident, with its plan for exemptions in place, that it can deliver to capacity to carry out tests when they are due. DVSA is working with industry to ensure that tests are presented when due, so that demand is managed.

For light vehicles, such as cars, where private garages carry out MOTs, a six month extension was applied automatically to all MOTs expiring between 1 April and 31 July 2020. The DVSA is working closely with the industry to help it manage demand for MOTs now extensions are no longer being issued. There is confidence the network of 23,000 garages that conduct MOTs will be able to meet demand for MOTs from light vehicle owners.

9th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much revenue has accrued to the public purse in each year since charges replaced the original tolls at the Dartford crossing; and what estimate he has made of the time taken to pay for the costs of building the Elizabeth Bridge and funding its long-term maintenance.

The revenue accruing from the Dart Charge is published each year in the Dartford-Thurrock river crossing charging scheme accounts (in the table headed income) which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/search/all?keywords=%22dartford+thurrock%22+accounts&order=relevance.

Toll charges were levied until 2003 when the debts associated with the construction of the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge and the tunnels had been fully discharged. A Road User Charge was introduced in 2003 to manage the high demand for use of the Crossing after a study reported that traffic levels would be 17% higher if payment was removed. The charges imposed and collected are used to fund transport improvements in accordance with the Transport Act 2000, though not exclusively Dartford-related.

The published accounts include figures on the maintenance and operation of the crossing in the expenditure table.

The maintenance cost for both the tunnels and Queen Elizabeth II Bridge, for the year ended 31 March 2019, amounted to £11.371 million. This figure included costs for:

Expenditure (2018-2019)

£000

Highways England Staff

3,530

Safety Scheme

4,833

EU Tunnel directive on safety

1,848

Technology projects safety

890

Network Resilience

136

Routine maintenance

494

9th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, to list for each overseas country when resident UK pensioners do not receive yearly increases what the lowest current payment to a pensioner is who was entitled at retirement to a full basic UK state pension, stating the year the pension was frozen.

The UK State Pension is payable worldwide and is up-rated in countries where there is a legal requirement to do so. This is a longstanding policy which has been supported by successive post-war governments for over 70 years.

Up-rating is paid to State Pension recipients in the UK, European Union, European Economic Area, Barbados, Bermuda, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Israel, Jamaica, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Mauritius, Montenegro, Serbia, Switzerland, The Philippines, Turkey, and the United States.

Information on the lowest full basic State Pension in payment, in each country where up-rating is not paid, is not readily available and to provide it would incur a disproportionate cost.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
9th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which countries the UK has (a) bilateral or (b) reciprocal agreements on provision of the State Pension; when each of those agreements was made, whether UK pensioners resident in those countries receive yearly increases; and how many UK pensioners there were in each country as of 9 June 2022.

The UK State Pension is payable worldwide and is up-rated annually in countries where there is a legal requirement to do so. This is a longstanding policy which has been supported by successive governments for over 70 years.

As of November 2020, 473,842 State Pension recipients residing in the European Union or countries which are members of the European Free Trade Association (Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, Lichtenstein) receive annual up-rating under various EU-Exit related agreements, including the UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement, which entered into force in 2020 and the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, which entered into force in 2021.

Other countries with which the UK has a reciprocal agreement also allowing for State Pension up-rating, the date in which the particular agreement was made, and the number of State Pension recipients residing in these countries (as of November 2020) are:

  • Barbados (1992) – 3,849 recipients.
  • Bermuda (1969) – 718 recipients.
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina* (1958) – 31 recipients.
  • Israel (1957) – 5,077 recipients.
  • Jamaica (1997) – 10,807 recipients.
  • Kosovo* (1958) – no data.
  • Mauritius (1981) – 1,007 recipients.
  • Montenegro* (1958) – 0 recipients.
  • North Macedonia* (1958) – 121 recipients.
  • Serbia* (1958) – 9 recipients.
  • Philippines (1989) – 3,144 recipients.
  • Turkey (1961) – 1,870 recipients.
  • USA (1984) – 126,977 recipients.

*Following the break-up of Yugoslavia, the UK agreement with former Yugoslavia now covers Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia. Croatia and Slovenia are EU Member States covered by the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement.

The UK also has reciprocal social security agreements with New Zealand (1983) and Canada (1995) covering provisions for State Pension, but these agreements do not provide for annual up-rating. As of November 2020, 63,930 State Pension recipients reside in New Zealand and 126,426 recipients reside in Canada.

Source:

State Pension statistics by country of residence are currently available to November 2020 and these are available on Stat-Xplore here: https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk

Guidance for users is available at:

https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/index.html

     

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
9th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which department authorised the four most recent agreements for overseas British pensioners to receive state pension increases; and what dates those agreements were made.

Disregarding any agreements which continued the existing arrangements for State Pension uprating, such as those with Ireland, the EU and Switzerland, the table below lists the four most recent social security agreements that provide for State Pension uprating with countries where the pension was not previously uprated. These agreements were approved by Ministers in the Department for Work and Pensions or its predecessor Department.

Country

Agreement entered into force

Barbados

1 April 1992

Philippines

1 December 1989

Iceland

1 August 1985

Mauritius

1 November 1981

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
12th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether British citizens stranded abroad during the covid-19 outbreak who would be eligible to receive universal credit in the UK can apply for universal credit from abroad.

As with most benefits, one of the basic rules of entitlement to UK benefits, including Universal Credit, is that a claimant must be resident in the UK at the time of application and satisfy other qualifying conditions. We have no plans to change this.

12th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether a British citizen returned to the UK after more than one month stranded abroad can be entitled to receive universal credit extended beyond the one month limit to include the period that person was unable to claim the benefit because they were not in-country.

Universal Credit claims may be backdated by up to one calendar month in only certain circumstances for vulnerable claimants, who may be delayed in claiming Universal Credit through no fault of their own. Claims may also be backdated in specific circumstances when a couple separates, to ensure that there is no gap in entitlement between the couple claim and the new claim made by a single claimant.

FCO consular staff continue to provide advice and support to British nationals who face financial difficulties overseas due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Those in real financial distress whilst stranded overseas can seek advice and support from their local consular team, who will be able to advise on any local support that may be available as well as facilitate contact with friends and families who may be able to help. The FCO are also working with Non-Governmental Organisations to facilitate support to British nationals in need, including accommodation, food and medicine.

If a British national cannot afford travel costs back to the UK or essential living costs while they are waiting to return and have exhausted all other options they may be eligible to apply for an emergency loan from the government. These loans are interest free. This is a last resort option, with repayment required in full. However, the FCO would work with those British nationals’ currently stranded overseas to ensure flexible repayment plans are in place if they cannot afford to repay the loan within six months.

9th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of ending current pensions abatement for NHS staff in October 2022 on levels of (a) workforce retention and (b) patient care.

Pension abatement was temporarily suspended as part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is set to resume in October 2022. The Department is keeping the position under review.

Abatement normally applies to staff who return to NHS service before the age of 60 years old having used a special reserved right to retire early from the age of 55 years old without a reduction in their pension. Staff with these ‘special class’ pension rights have not paid extra contributions for this benefit, which is unavailable to other staff in the National Health Service. Abatement therefore ensures there is fairness to all scheme members. Staff without these special retirement rights are not subject to abatement after taking their pension. However, where abatement applies, staff with long careers can perform substantial amounts of work. Typically they can work at least half-time before reaching their abatement ceiling and the Department will ensure that staff potentially affected by abatement are aware of the amount of work which can be undertaken.

9th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the impact of rules relating to pensions abatement for NHS staff after October 2022 on those staff affected.

Pension abatement was temporarily suspended as part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is set to resume in October 2022. The Department is keeping the position under review.

Abatement normally applies to staff who return to NHS service before the age of 60 years old having used a special reserved right to retire early from the age of 55 years old without a reduction in their pension. Staff with these ‘special class’ pension rights have not paid extra contributions for this benefit, which is unavailable to other staff in the National Health Service. Abatement therefore ensures there is fairness to all scheme members. Staff without these special retirement rights are not subject to abatement after taking their pension. However, where abatement applies, staff with long careers can perform substantial amounts of work. Typically they can work at least half-time before reaching their abatement ceiling and the Department will ensure that staff potentially affected by abatement are aware of the amount of work which can be undertaken.

16th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to assess the number of dentists scheduled to have taken the part 2 exam since the start of the covid-19 outbreak; what constraints there are to taking the ORE assessment for British citizens and others; what steps he will take to suspend or overcome the impact of the five year limit; and what the outcome has been relevant discussions with the General Dental Council on this matter; and if he will make a statement.

The Dentists Act 1984 requires overseas applicants to the General Dental Council’s register to undertake its Overseas Registration Exam (ORE) to confirm they have the requisite skills and knowledge to practise dentistry in the United Kingdom. This legislation restricts system capacity, including the availability of places on the ORE exam. The Department is currently working with the General Dental Council on legislative proposals to allow it greater flexibility to expand the registration routes open to international applicants.

Safety restrictions brought in as part of the COVID-19 response made it necessary for the General Dental Council to suspend Parts 1 and 2 of the ORE in April 2020. On 2 December 2021, it announced a planned sitting of the Part 2 exam in January 2022. The legislation also restricts Part 2 ORE places being offered to candidates where five or more years have passed since they first attempted Part 1 of the exam. Therefore, the General Dental Council has not been able to offer places for the January 2022 sitting to any candidates whose five-year period expired during the time that the ORE has been suspended. Before the pandemic, three sittings a year were offered for the Part 2 exam, each with a capacity of 144 candidates.

Officials are working with the General Dental Council to develop proposals which will provide candidates with additional time to take the Part 2 assessment in the future. We plan to consult on this proposed legislative change, alongside proposals to change the Council’s international registration processes, in early 2022.

20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason boxes of three months supply of covid-19 tests are no longer available to people working for and volunteering in the NHS.

Previously, NHS Test and Trace supplied tests directly to National Health Service distribution centres. However, from July 2021, we moved to the universal testing offer to enable staff to order directly from GOV.UK, and maintain a regular supply delivered to their home. This testing offer can be used by both NHS staff and volunteers.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
16th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to restore full NHS dentistry services in (a) England and (b) West Sussex; and what the planned timescale is for ensuring that new patients can be registered across West Sussex.

NHS England has set a threshold of 60% of normal activity volumes for the first six months of 2021/22. Dental practices have been asked to meet as many prioritised needs as possible, focussing first on urgent care and vulnerable groups followed by overdue appointments. There are also 718 urgent dental centres continuing to support the provision of services across England. In addition, NHS England and NHS Improvement have provided a flexible commissioning toolkit to local commissioners to help focus the available capacity on those that need it most and to reduce oral health inequalities.

In Sussex, NHS England has offered practices additional funding for delivering appointments during evenings or weekends to patients who do not have a regular dentist. Two practices will be offering these sessions and NHS England are in the process of arranging additional services. There is no longer a requirement for registration in order to receive care.

9th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding for training and professional development for members of the NHS workforce involved in delivering contraceptive care.

Health Education England funds training programmes for obstetrics and gynaecology, community sexual and reproductive health and general practice. However, the training curricula for these specialties are set by other organisations, including the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, their Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health and the Royal College of General Practitioners. Curricula must meet the standards set by the General Medical Council and be formally approved by them.

No specific assessment has been made around the adequacy of funding for training and professional development. Training and workforce issues for contraception care will be considered in the development of our new Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy.

12th Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what (a) policies or (b) practices of the Valuation Office have changed in relation to (i) houses in multiple occupation and (ii) for bedsitting rooms.

There has been no change in the Valuation Office Agency’s (VOA) policy or practices when assessing Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) or bedsitting rooms for Council Tax. The VOA’s listing officers make their valuation decisions based on the facts in each case, with reference to relevant legislation and case law. As such, some HMOs are assessed as multiple dwellings and others as a single dwelling.

The VOA has a statutory duty to maintain an accurate Council Tax list. The VOA acts on information received from external sources, including local authorities and other taxpayers, if it is believed that a property’s assessment may be incorrect or needs to be reviewed.

Further information is available in the Council Tax Manual, practice note 6: premises in multiple occupation: www.gov.uk/guidance/council-tax-manual/council-tax-practice-notes#PN6

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
28th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the trade association for the amusement machine industry and supply chain (BACTA) on its eligibility for the VAT reduction to 5 per cent; and if he agree to attend a meeting with BACTA.

The Government has provided extensive guidance on the VAT treatment of cross-border goods and services following the end of the transition period and is committed to supporting businesses to enable them to continue to trade.

As with all tax measures, where new changes have been introduced, the Government includes its assessment of the impacts of the changes in Tax Information and Impact Notes. Notes for measures recently legislated for in the Taxation (Post-transition Period) Act were published alongside that legislation.

9th Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the forthcoming spending review, if his Department will preserve the current ring-fence on public health funding for local authorities.

Details on public health funding for local authorities for 21/22 will be set out at the Spending Review on 25 November.

Investing in prevention is a vital part of the NHS Long Term Plan to help people live longer, healthier lives. In 2020/21, we invested £3.279 billion in local authority public health services through the Public Health Grant, in addition to what the NHS spent on preventative interventions such as immunisation and screenings.

Steve Barclay
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
20th May 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will introduce temporary support based on PAYE data for freelance workers who have not been registered for support through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme by previous employers.

An employee on a fixed term contract can be re-employed, furloughed and claimed for, if either: their contract expired after 28 February 2020 and an RTI payment submission for the employee was notified to HMRC on or before 28 February 2020, or their contract expired after 19 March 2020 and an RTI payment submission for the employee was notified to HMRC on or before 19 March 2020. The decision to furlough an employee must be agreed by both the employer and employee.

The Government is also supporting people on low incomes who need to rely on the welfare system through a significant package of temporary measures. This includes a £20 per week increase to the Universal Credit standard allowance and Working Tax Credit basic element, and a nearly £1 billion increase in support for renters through increases to the Local Housing Allowance rates for Universal Credit and Housing Benefit claimants.?These changes will benefit new and existing claimants. Anyone can check their eligibility and apply for Universal Credit by visiting?https://www.gov.uk/universal-credit. In addition, many freelance workers may be eligible for the Coronavirus Self-Employment Income Support Scheme.

29th Apr 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether public sector employees under PAYE on zero-hours contracts are eligible for the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme in the event that those employees are unable to be redeployed.

The Government expects that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will not be used by many public sector organisations, as most public sector employees are continuing to provide essential public services or contributing to the response to the coronavirus outbreak. Where employers receive public funding for staff costs, and that funding is continuing, the Government expect employers to use that money to continue to pay staff in the usual fashion, and correspondingly not furlough them. This also applies to non-public sector employers who receive public funding for staff costs. Organisations who are receiving public funding specifically to provide services necessary to respond to COVID-19 are not expected to furlough staff. In a small number of cases, for example where organisations are not primarily funded by the Government and whose staff cannot be redeployed to assist with the coronavirus response, the scheme may be appropriate for some staff. Employees on any type of employment contract are eligible for the scheme, including those on zero-hours contracts.

4th Mar 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the value to the economy of the Scottish whisky industry in each of the last five years.

The Government recognises the important role of the Scottish whisky industry in Scotland, and in the UK economy.

At Budget 2020 the Chancellor announced a freeze on spirits duty, and a range of other measures to support the industry, including an additional £1m to promote Scottish food and drink products overseas.

9th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether there were earned regularisation processing of distinct groups of undocumented people in each of the last five years; and what assessment her Department has made of the trends in the numbers of asylum applications in following years.

The Immigration Rules provide routes for someone who does not have leave in the United Kingdom to apply for leave to remain and regularise their stay.

Under the Family and Human Rights route a person and their dependents if appropriate can apply to remain on the basis their Article 8 Human Rights would be breached if they were required to leave the UK.

The statistics for people applying to stay in the UK permanently can be found at Immigration Statistics Quarterly Release, please note that these statistics are taken from a live database and are subject to change.

The statistics for the numbers claiming asylum can be found at asylum detailed datasets

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
27th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will provide by 2 February 2022 the information asked for by Clive Stafford-Smith on the cases of Muriel McKay and Krishna Maharaj.

The files in question are not owned by the Home Office, and so the department is not in a position to make decisions as to access. Officials are exploring this further with a view to directing the family to the appropriate body if possible.

Any authority in receipt of such a request for information will consider the request on its merits, according to their standard procedures, as the Home Office has.

Kit Malthouse
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
27th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to provide to Rupert Burgess the documents he discussed with her.

The files in question are not owned by the Home Office, and so the department is not in a position to make decisions as to access. Officials are exploring this further with a view to directing the family to the appropriate body if possible.

Any authority in receipt of such a request for information will consider the request on its merits, according to their standard procedures, as the Home Office has.

Kit Malthouse
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
30th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she plans to publish the Government response to the consultation on the review of section 24 of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986, published in May 2014.

The government is actively working on publishing the response to the consultation on the review of Section 24 of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986, and it will be published in due course.

14th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, when (a) the holder of his office and (b) the Government Legal Service considered the London County Council (Improvements) Act 1990 in each of the last 8 years.

The London County Council (Improvements) Act 1900 was considered ahead of the planning application for the Holocaust Memorial, submitted in December 2018, and has been considered subsequently in the context of a statutory review of the decision to grant planning consent.

25th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, when LEASE last initiated purposeful engagement with (a) leaseholders’ cladding groups, (b) the National Leasehold Campaign, (c) the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership and (d) hon. Members known to be concerned with leasehold and commonhold reforms.

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

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
15th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the elements of the visas and housing schemes for Ukrainians that can effectively and appropriately be extended to Afghans; and if he will make a statement.

I refer my Rt Hon Friend to my answer to Question UIN 141238 21 March 2022.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
15th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make an assessment of which elements of the visa and housing schemes for Ukrainians can be made available to Afghans; and if he will make a statement.

I refer my Rt Hon Friend to my answer to Question UIN 141238 21 March 2022.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
9th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will include buy-to-let landlords who are leaseholders within the scope of the package announced on 10 January 2022 to ensure no leaseholders in medium rise blocks of flats have to pay for remedial action to tackle unsafe cladding and fire defects.

As set out in the Secretary of State's statement to Parliament on Building Safety on 10 January 2022, building owners and industry should make buildings safe without passing on costs to leaseholders, and leaseholders living in their own medium rise buildings should not pay a penny to remediate historic cladding defects that are no fault of their own. We have clarified that we have no intention of excluding leaseholders who have moved out and sublet from the protections that will be in place (including those in shared ownership) for buildings below 18 metres in England. We will explore whether this support should extend to other leaseholders, such as buy-to-let landlords.

Stuart Andrew
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
17th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, when he plans to publish revised guidance for planning authorities on requiring onsite carbon neutral energy generation in new building permissions.

The National Planning Policy Framework is clear that the planning system should support the transition to a low carbon future in a changing climate and we will make sure that the reformed planning system further supports our efforts to combat climate change and help bring greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.

Alongside this, the Government sets minimum energy efficiency standards for buildings through the Building Regulations. From 2025, the Future Homes Standard will ensure that new homes produce at least 75% fewer CO2 emissions than those built to the 2013 standards and highly efficient new non-domestic buildings. Homes and buildings constructed to these Standards will be future-proofed with low carbon heating and high levels of energy efficiency. No further energy efficiency retrofit work will be necessary to enable them to become zero-carbon over time as the electricity grid continues to decarbonise.

To work towards this, in December 2021 we introduced an uplift in energy efficiency standards, which will come into force in June 2022. The uplift delivers a meaningful reduction in carbon emissions; once the uplift comes into force new homes will be expected to deliver around 30% fewer CO2 emissions compared to the previous standards and new non-domestic buildings will be expected to produce 27% fewer CO2 emissions.

1st Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, on what date the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation decided that the criteria for the site of the proposed Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre set out in September 2015, including relating to number of square metres, should no longer apply; and how were those decisions recorded.


The objective throughout has been to build a striking new national memorial co-located with a world class learning centre.

1st Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will provide the chronology of (a) Government departments, (b) ministers and (c) agencies holding responsibilities for the proposed national holocaust memorial and associated campus and learning centre.

The Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities leads for Government on delivering the longstanding commitment to build the Holocaust Memorial, as did his predecessors in the post.

1st Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what new information the Government obtained on the proposal to locate the Holocaust Memorial in Victoria Tower Gardens between the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation’s recommendation in principle on 13 January 2016 and the announcement of the decision on 27 January 2016.

The UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation conducted a very extensive comparison of possible sites before recommending that Victoria Tower Gardens as the most fitting site for the Holocaust Memorial in terms of its historical, emotional and political significance and its ability to offer the greatest potential impact and visibility for the project. The Government accepted the Foundation’s advice and announced on 27 January 2016 that Victoria Tower Gardens was the chosen location.

1st Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what estimate the (a) UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation and (b) Government made of the cost of building the Holocaust Memorial in Victoria Tower Gardens (i) before the Foundation’s recommendation about the location on 13 January 2016 and (ii) before the announcement of the location on 27 January 2016.

In January 2015, the Government committed £50 million as its contribution to kick-starting a society-wide fundraising effort to deliver the National Memorial and Learning Centre and its wider educational objectives.

1st Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how much of the £102 million estimated in 2018 as the cost of the National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre was accounted for by contingencies for (a) construction cost inflation and (b) other contingencies; and which contingencies other than construction cost inflation were covered.

The 2018 cost estimate reflected a range of possible contingencies. Publishing a detailed breakdown of cost estimates would require the release of commercially sensitive information.

1st Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what budget allocation has been made by his Department for the (a) capital cost of building and (b) total cost of planning, managing, building and operating the National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre in each of the financial years 2021-22, 2022-23, 2023-24, 2024-25 and 2025-26.

Expected costs will be published in due course in line with the Government Major Projects Portfolio reporting process.

1st Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 4 November 2021 to Question 65356 on the proposed endowment fund for Holocaust education, what plans the Government has for public consultation on the size and operation of the proposed fund.

The recommendations in Britain’s Promise to Remember rested on extensive consultation.

1st Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 4 November 2021 to Question 65356 on the proposed endowment fund for Holocaust education, for what reason no information has been published on progress in setting up the endowment fund.

Information will be published at the appropriate time.

1st Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 4 November 2021 to Question 65355 on the estimated running costs of the National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre, whether the total annual running cost remains the same whichever operating model is chosen.

Costs may vary depending on the chosen operating model.

1st Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 4 November 2021 to Question 65352 on the cost of the National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre, who is conducting the independent verification of the planned mitigation relating to optimism bias.

The programme management arrangements include independent scrutiny by officials outside the project team, with periodic assurance reviews.

1st Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 4 November 2021 to Question 65351 on the cost of the National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre, for what reasons the information requested on the (a) category of project, (b) mitigation factor and (c) optimism bias factor used would risk being misleading.

Financial information will be published in due course in line with the Government Major Projects Portfolio reporting process.

1st Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 15 October 2021 to Question 56724 on the National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre, on what date the estimate of the total cost of the proposed Memorial and Learning Centre was last reviewed; and what the estimate was following that review.

Costs are regularly reviewed and updated figures will be published in due course in line with the Government Major Projects Portfolio reporting process.

19th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities,, what procedure is available for investigating conduct of court appointed managing agents.

The Government is committed to making sure that those living in the leasehold sector are protected from abuse and poor service. This commitment includes raising professionalism and standards amongst managing agents, protecting consumers while defending the reputation of good agents from the actions of rogue operatives. Property agents can play an important role in the management and upkeep of buildings and protect the value of people’s homes. Many take a professional approach, but others do not. We therefore welcome the ongoing work being undertaken by the industry itself to raise professionalism and standards across the sector.

Section 24 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 gives the First-tier Tribunal the power to appoint a manager to take over the landlord’s right to manage the building under specific circumstances. As part of the process leaseholders are expected to nominate a suggested manager (which may include a managing agent), and the First-tier Tribunal will seek assurances that the nominated person is capable of performing the role before issuing an Order.

Following appointment, leaseholders can access the Government-recognised redress scheme that the agent is obliged by law to belong to for the resolution of any conduct or behavioural issues that may arise. Where the agent is a voluntary member of an established trade association, leaseholders may make a complaint to that association where appropriate. Any party may also apply to the First-tier Tribunal to have the Section 24 Order varied or discharged.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
19th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will consult representatives of (a) Welcome Break and (b) other motorway service operators on designating parking contraventions by HGVs at motorway service areas a specific use-class contravention.

My Department has recently consulted on private parking contraventions as part of the ‘Private Parking Charges, Discount Rates, Debt Collection Fees and Appeals Charter: Further Technical Consultation’. We will carefully consider all views submitted in response, including those of Welcome Break and other motorway service operators, before finalising the list of contraventions proposed in the consultation.

The consultation closed on 27 August and we will publish the response, together with the new parking Code of Practice, in due course.

19th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will designate parking contraventions at motorway service areas as specific use-class contraventions.

My Department has recently consulted on private parking contraventions as part of the ‘Private Parking Charges, Discount Rates, Debt Collection Fees and Appeals Charter: Further Technical Consultation’. We will carefully consider all views submitted in response, including those of Welcome Break and other motorway service operators, before finalising the list of contraventions proposed in the consultation.

The consultation closed on 27 August and we will publish the response, together with the new parking Code of Practice, in due course.

12th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, on what date he was informed of the change in (a) policy or (b) practice of the Valuation Office relating to council tax for homes in multiple occupation and for bedsitting rooms.

The Valuation Office Agency acts independently of Government and is responsible for the banding of dwellings for council tax purposes, including property which involves a degree of shared living space. Its listing officers make their decisions based on the facts of each individual property, with reference to legislation and case law.

28th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 25 October 2021 to Question 56731 on the Holocaust Commission, what progress has been made to date in implementing the recommendation of the Holocaust Commission relating to an endowment fund to secure the long-term future of Holocaust education.

The UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation has been established to advise the Government on all the recommendations made by the Holocaust Commission in their 2015 report. Good progress is being made with the implementation of that report and updates on specific elements will be provided at the appropriate time.

28th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 25 October 2021 to Question 56728 on the National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service, what criteria will determine the appropriate time for providing more detailed figures; and for what reason those criteria are not currently met.

The timing of publication will depend on the chosen operating model.

28th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 27 October 2021 to Question 56730 on the National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service, in what form the commitment to provide £25 million of private funding for that centre was made; and if he will publsh the wording used.

Foundation member, Gerald Ronson CBE, has set up an independent charity to raise the funding and has committed to securing pledges of at least £25 million.

28th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 27 October 2021 to Question 56730 on the National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service, what assurances the Government has received on progress in raising the £25 million of private funding required for the National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre; and what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the private funding required will be available before main construction begins.

The Government receives regular progress updates. Funding arrangements will be in place before main construction begins.

28th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 25 October 2021 to Question 56726 on the cost of the National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service, on what dates the independent verification of the planned mitigation relating to optimum bias took place.

Independent verification is ongoing as part of the programme management arrangements.

28th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 25 October 2021 to Question 56726 on the cost of the National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service, for what reason that answer did not provide the information requested about the (a) category of project, (b) mitigation factor and (c) optimism bias factor used.

Separately identifying elements of the project appraisal would risk a misleading answer. The HMT Green Book is the Government’s comprehensive guidance on project appraisal.

28th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will publish the specifications for the National Holocaust Memorial specified in September 2015 and how close proposed sites had to be to Parliament.

The site specification published on 7 September 2015 stipulated a prominent location in Central London (https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/459046/National_Memorial_and_Learning_Centre..

28th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 25 October 2021 to Question 56727 on the National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service, whether the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation made approximate estimates of the cost of creating that centre on each of the three sites shortlisted in January 2016 by CBRE; and what the basis was for its conclusion that one of the sites was cost prohibitive.

The Foundation's assessment of sites identified by CBRE, and all other alternatives considered, was set out in Volume 2 of the Environmental Statement submitted as part of the planning application and published on Westminster City Council's website.

15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2021 to Question 41609 on National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service, for what reason that Answer did not provide the figures requested for the quantity and proportion of the private funding required for the creation of the proposed Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre that had been raised as of 2 September 2021.

The money is being raised by an independent charity.

15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2021 to Question 41608 on National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service, what allowance has been made in the estimated cost of the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre for optimism bias; what (a) category of project, (b) mitigation factor and (c) optimism bias factor were used; and whether the planned mitigation has been independently verified.

The estimated cost has been produced in line with Green Book guidance.

15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how much of the funding available for the National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre has been spent on education in each of the last six years.

Funding for the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre is allocated solely for the development of the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre.

15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2021 to Question 41612 on the Holocaust Commission, when the Government plans to announce funding for implementation of the recommendations of the 2015 Holocaust Commission other than the proposed Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre; and from which budgets those funds will be allocated.

Good progress is being made with implementation of the recommendations of the 2015 Holocaust Commission. Announcements will be made at the appropriate time.

15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2021 to Question 41608 on National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service, what contracts for the (a) construction, (b) operation, (c) maintenance and (d) security of the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre have been signed to date; and what proportion of the estimated total cost has been committed.

A contract is in place under (a) construction for enabling works, including redirecting cables, new incoming services, relocating the Spicer Memorial, tree root investigation and pruning. No contracts have been let under (b) operation, (c) maintenance and (d) security.

15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2021 to Question 41607 on National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service, if he will provide a breakdown of the estimated annual running costs of the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre; and if he will place the detailed figures in the Library.

Estimated running costs are kept under review. More detailed figures will be provided at the appropriate time.

15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what estimate the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation made of the costs of creating the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre on each of the three sites shortlisted in January 2016 by CBRE.

The sites shortlisted by CBRE were not assessed by the Foundation as suitable and no detailed cost estimates were made.

15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2021 to question 41608 on National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service, what the estimated cost of the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre is for (a) pre-construction planning and design, (b) site preparation, (c) construction including for (i) materials and (ii) labour, (d) fitting out, (e) taxes, (f) contingencies and (g) any other significant categories of cost.

This information is commercially sensitive and not currently suitable for publication

15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2021 to Question 41608 on National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service, if he will revisit the cost estimate for that Centre made in December 2018 to take account of recent changes in costs.

The cost estimate is reviewed regularly as part of normal programme management arrangements.

15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2021 to Question 41611 on National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service, which operating models are under consideration for the management of the proposed Centre.

A range of operating models are under consideration.

15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer to Question 41609 of 13 September 2021 on National Holocaust Memorial Centre and Learning Service, by what date the charity undertook to secure pledges of at least £25 million of private funding for that Centre.

Funding arrangements will be in place before main construction begins.

15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether his Permanent Secretary has asked for an instruction relating to the proposed National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre.

No Ministerial direction has been requested.

15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he plans to visit the Holocaust Galleries at the Imperial War Museum.

Members of the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation have accepted an invitation from the Imperial War Museum to visit the new galleries.

3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, on what date the estimated cost of the proposed Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre was increased from £100 million to £102 million; for what reasons that estimated cost changed; and if he will place the detailed costing in the Library.

The overall cost was estimated at £102 million in December 2018. As set out in the answer to Question UIN253497 on 21 May 2019, additional funding is to cover the revised entrance pavilion, the Memorial courtyard and surrounding landscaping, and to take account of VAT incurred on the overall project costs.

3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much and what proportion of the private funding required for the creation of the proposed Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre has been raised as of 2 September 2021.

A fund-raising campaign is being led by an independent charity, led by Foundation member Gerald Ronson CBE, who has committed to securing pledges of at least £25 million.

3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether it is his policy that work will begin on constructing the proposed Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre only when the private funding required has been raised in full.

Funding arrangements will be in place before main construction begins.

3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what organisation he plans to (a) own and (b) manage the proposed Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre; and what his timetable is for setting up that organisation.

We are considering various operating models and a decision will be made in good time before the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre opens.

3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, for what reasons the Government has not announced funding for implementation of the recommendations of the 2015 Holocaust Commission other than the proposed Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre.

The UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation will continue to consider all the recommendations made in the Commission’s report and the best way to deliver them.

3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the wording was of the recommendation of 13 January 2016 by the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation relating to the location of the proposed Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre; and if he will place the minutes of the relevant part of that meeting in the Library.

The UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation recommendation of 13 January 2016 was “in principle to siting a memorial in the Gardens (without prejudice to the site of a learning centre )”.

3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate his Department has made of the annual (a) operating and (b) maintenance costs of the proposed Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre.

Ahead of the public inquiry in 2020, running costs including maintenance costs were estimated at around £6 million. Estimates will be kept under review as the programme proceeds.

30th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the letter from the Information Commissioner’s Office of 24 March 2021 entitled, Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) Decision notice, reference IC-44478-C9Q4, whether his Department has complied with the Commissioner’s requirement for his Department to disclose the nine sets of minutes from the Windrush Commemorative Committee produced from June 2018 to 8 April 2020.

The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government has disclosed the information to the requester.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
22nd Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of (a) the costs required for necessary fire remediation works in residential leaseholders' block and (b) the amounts left for leaseholders to pay.

Section 11 of the Building Safety Bill: Impact Assessment estimates the average costs per building for addressing safety remediation in high rise buildings. These estimates consider all necessary remediation, which goes beyond façade remediation.

In relation to removal and replacement of unsafe cladding, we are providing over £5 billion of Government grant funding for the removal of unsafe cladding from buildings of 18m and above, and a low interest finance scheme (under which no leaseholder will need to pay more than £50 per calendar month) for the removal of unsafe cladding from buildings of 11-18m in height.

17th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will place a moratorium on forfeiture of all residential leasehold properties under the Coronavirus Act 2020.

All ongoing possession proceedings, including forfeiture possession cases for leaseholders were suspended from 27 March until 20 September 2020. Any new claims entering the court system were automatically suspended.

The Government has also provided support to leaseholders through the mortgage holiday, and the application window is open until 31 March 2021. All payment holidays must end by 31 July 2021. Borrowers, including those with a buy-to-let mortgage, are entitled to up to a six-month holiday, and those that have already started a mortgage payment holiday will be able to top up to six months without this being recorded on their credit file.

The Government believes that forfeiture is a draconian measure and should only be used as a last resort. In practice forfeiture happens very rarely and is subject to the right of relief, to be exercised at the court’s discretion.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
14th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when his Department was first informed of the 21 June 2021 Court of Appeal judgment in the case of Parker v. Financial Conduct Authority; on what dates his Department received subsequent communication from David Parker or his Member of Parliament; and if he will make a statement on the reasons for which a payment has not yet been agreed with David Parker.

The Court of Appeal judgment in the case of Parker v. Financial Conduct Authority was handed down on 25 June 2021 and in the public domain from that point. A letter from Mr Parker’s solicitors, addressed to the Secretary of State, was received on 18 October 2021 informing him of the Court of Appeal judgment and seeking compensation for Mr Parker’s loss. An initial holding response was sent by the HM Courts & Tribunals Service Customer Investigations Team on the 3 December 2021.

Letters from Mr Parker’s solicitors were received by the Ministry of Justice on 18 October 2021, 9 February 2022 and 7 March 2022. HM Courts & Tribunal Service Customer Investigations Team replied to these on the 3 December, 11 February and 31 March 2022. Ministerial correspondence was also received from the Honourable Gentleman on 16 and 30 November and 2 and 6 December 2021, to which former minister James Cartlidge MP replied on 14 December, and 4 April 2022, following which the Government Legal Department wrote to Mr Parker’s solicitors on 8 April. Emails from the Honourable Gentleman’s office were received on 7, 8, 13, 21, 28 June, and 6, 12, 14, and 18 July. Replies to these were sent from MoJ officials on 8 and 14 June, and 13, 15, and 18 July.

The Government Legal Department has written to Mr Parker’s solicitors outlining the Government position. It would not be right to comment on the specifics of this.

Sarah Dines
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
3rd Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, to review the conduct of Richard Davidoff in his role as a court appointed managing agent.

Under section 24 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987, a tenant can apply to the Tribunal for the appointment of a manager. Tenants can also apply to the Tribunal for it to discharge or vary an order that has already been made. Tribunal decisions are only challengeable on appeal.

The link below provides useful background information:

https://www.lease-advice.org/advice-guide/what-does-appointing-a-manager-mean/

The Tribunal does not have any powers to carry out an independent investigation or review performance of a court appointed managing agent.

2nd Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when the payment recommended by Lady Justice Andrews in case 2019 04229 B3 with neutral citation [2021] EWCA Crim 956 and as requested in TO 23914037 will be made; and for how long that payment has been under consideration.

The correspondence in this case has been under consideration since 26 October 2021 and relates to a complex appeal. The Ministry of Justice is required to consider all the relevant information before making a decision about potential payments on an individual case and hopes to provide a response shortly.

19th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Court of Appeal judgement, [2021] EWCA Crim 956, if he will make an ex gratia payment to the appellant in accordance with paragraph 104 of that judgement.

Ex gratia offers are discretionary, and the Ministry of Justice is required to consider all the relevant information before making a decision on an individual case. Correspondence relating to this specific case is currently being considered.