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Written Question
Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund: Take-away Food
21 Jan 2021

Questioner: Ruth Cadbury (LAB - Brentford and Isleworth)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether businesses providing takeaway services during the January 2021 covid-19 lockdown are eligible for the top up grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses announced on 5 January 2021.

Answered by Paul Scully

The Government has introduced an unprecedented package of support for businesses that are required to close, or which are severely affected by the restrictions put in place to tackle Covid-19 and save lives.

Businesses that are mandated to close by law due to the current national restrictions can access grants of up to £4,500 per 6 weeks of closure through the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum: 5 January onwards. Furthermore, the Closed Business Lockdown Payment will provide each closed business with a one-off payment of up £9,000. This includes businesses who have been mandated to close but have adapted to operate takeaway, click and collect or online delivery services.

Those who provide takeaway as their main business prior to the restrictions will not be eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum: 5 January onwards but can still receive discretionary funding through the Additional Restrictions Grant.


Written Question
Bounce Back Loan Scheme
22 Dec 2020

Questioner: Ruth Cadbury (LAB - Brentford and Isleworth)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions (a) he and (b) his Department has had with officials from banks on extending the eligibility criteria for support from the Bounce Back Loan Scheme.

Answered by Paul Scully

The Government continues to enhance its engagement with a broad range of trade and representative bodies, in particular SME networks, to continue to understand the impact of Covid-19 on businesses and the concerns they have.

The Bounce Back Loan Scheme is open to most businesses, regardless of turnover, who meet the eligibility criteria and who were established on or before 1 March 2020.

The Scheme is targeted at supporting those businesses who need access to finance quickly and, therefore, requires lenders to offer a standard product. It is therefore the case that the Bounce Back Loan Scheme is not suitable for all businesses.

There are a wide range of other Government measures to support public services, people and businesses through this disruption. Full details on the support available for businesses can be found on the GOV.UK website, or through contacting our business support helpline.


Written Question
Bounce Back Loan Scheme
22 Dec 2020

Questioner: Ruth Cadbury (LAB - Brentford and Isleworth)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of businesses that can access support from the Bounce Back Loan Scheme.

Answered by Paul Scully

The Government continues to enhance its engagement with a broad range of trade and representative bodies, in particular SME networks, to continue to understand the impact of Covid-19 on businesses and the concerns they have.

The Bounce Back Loan Scheme is open to most businesses, regardless of turnover, who meet the eligibility criteria and who were established on or before 1 March 2020.

The Scheme is targeted at supporting those businesses who need access to finance quickly and, therefore, requires lenders to offer a standard product. It is therefore the case that the Bounce Back Loan Scheme is not suitable for all businesses.

There are a wide range of other Government measures to support public services, people and businesses through this disruption. Full details on the support available for businesses can be found on the GOV.UK website, or through contacting our business support helpline.


Written Question
Bounce Back Loan Scheme
22 Dec 2020

Questioner: Ruth Cadbury (LAB - Brentford and Isleworth)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the number of businesses in England who have applied unsuccessfully to the Bounce Back Loan Scheme.

Answered by Paul Scully

As of 15 November, 1,397,475 loans have been approved under the Bounce Back Loan Scheme, with a total value of £42.18 billion.

In total, the Bounce Bank Loan Scheme has received 1,766,768 applications. The applications figure includes: approved applications; applications that are still to be processed; applications that have been declined; and applications that may turn out not to be eligible or cases where customers have decided not to proceed.


Written Question
Bounce Back Loan Scheme
22 Dec 2020

Questioner: Ruth Cadbury (LAB - Brentford and Isleworth)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department has taken to encourage banks to allow non-existing customers to access support from the Bounce Back Loan Scheme.

Answered by Paul Scully

The Government have always made clear to lenders that they should open to applications from new customers as soon as it is operationally possible for them to do so.

Businesses are free to approach any accredited lender for a Bounce Back Loan.

You can find a full list of accredited lenders on the British Business Bank website:

https://www.british-business-bank.co.uk/ourpartners/coronavirus-business-interruption-loan-schemes/bounce-back-loans/current-accredited-lenders-and-partners/


Written Question
Bounce Back Loan Scheme
22 Dec 2020

Questioner: Ruth Cadbury (LAB - Brentford and Isleworth)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps (a) he and (b) his Department is taking to increase the number of accredited financial institutions taking part in the Bounce Back Loan Scheme.

Answered by Paul Scully

Accrediting lenders for the Bounce Back Loan Scheme has been a priority for the British Business Bank. The Bank therefore put in place substantial additional resources to support new lender accreditation as well as creating a streamlined process within the Bank to help onboard new lenders as quickly as possible.

The Bank has expanded the pool of delivery partners from seven at launch to 29 accredited lenders currently, substantially increasing access to the scheme for small businesses. The scheme remains open to new lenders to apply for accreditation and the Bank will continue to assess new applications while the scheme remains open.


Written Question
Business: Coronavirus
22 Dec 2020

Questioner: Ruth Cadbury (LAB - Brentford and Isleworth)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what alternative methods of financial support are available to businesses who are unable to access support from the Bounce Back Loan Scheme; and if he will make a statement.

Answered by Paul Scully

Throughout this crisis, the Government has sought to protect people’s jobs and livelihoods across the UK, support businesses, and public services. The Government has spent over £280 billion to do so this year.

If a business is not able to access the Bounce Back Loan Scheme, the British Business Bank offers a range of other support including:

  • Individuals who are starting a new business or who have been trading for less than two years can apply for a Start Up Loan, which offers loans (from £500 to £25,000, at 6% interest) alongside free mentoring and support.
  • Businesses with a turnover of less than £45 million, and looking for up to £5 million in finance, can apply for a Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme.
  • Larger businesses with a group turnover of more than £45 million, looking for up to £200 million in finance, can apply for a Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme.
  • The Future Fund issues convertible loans to innovative UK companies with good potential that typically rely on equity investment and are currently affected by Covid-19.
  • To help small businesses understand and identify suitable finance options available, the British Business Bank’s website and Finance Hub offer a wide range of information on finance options.

The support available through the British Business Bank is one part of an unprecedented range of measures to back business. Full details on the support available for businesses can be found on the GOV.UK website, or through contacting our business support helpline.


Written Question
Passenger Ships: Employment
4 Sep 2019

Questioner: Ruth Cadbury (LAB - Brentford and Isleworth)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether she has made representations to the Secretary of State for Transport on the potential effect of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s plans for older passenger boats on the number of (a) skilled maritime jobs, (b) skilled boatyard jobs and (c) jobs in the tourism sector.

Answered by Nadhim Zahawi

BEIS works with the Maritime Coastguard Agency and industry to further understand the issues raised and remains closely engaged with DfT on the delivery of the recently published Maritime 2050 strategy and to support growth ambitions across the maritime sector.


Written Question
Trading Standards
26 Mar 2019

Questioner: Ruth Cadbury (LAB - Brentford and Isleworth)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support Trading Standards.

Answered by Kelly Tolhurst

In 2018-2019 the Department is providing over £14 million to National Trading Standards and Trading Standards Scotland to coordinate local authority trading standards services work on fair trading. Following the Modernising Consumer Markets Green Paper in 2018, the Government has been considering options to strengthen consumer protection. These will build on the Office for Product Safety and Standard’s work with trading standards to increase their capacity to prevent and remove unsafe goods in UK markets.


Written Question
Trading Standards: Finance
22 Mar 2019

Questioner: Ruth Cadbury (LAB - Brentford and Isleworth)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding for the enforcement of trading standards.

Answered by Kelly Tolhurst

Trading Standards services are provided by local authorities, who operate independently from central government and are responsible for their own funding decisions. BEIS funds National Trading Standards (NTS) and Trading Standards Scotland (TSS) to prioritise and coordinate national and regional consumer enforcement in England, Wales and Scotland respectively. The Government is considering options to ensure that our system of consumer protection provides a robust response to both local and national threats following the Modernising Consumer Markets Green Paper in 2018.


Written Question
Furniture: Formaldehyde
23 Apr 2018

Questioner: Ruth Cadbury (LAB - Brentford and Isleworth)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what controls are in place to protect customers from the use of formaldehyde in the production of MDF used for furniture.

Answered by Andrew Griffiths

Keeping consumers safe is a priority for this Government. Furniture is regulated under the General Product Safety Regulations 2005. This requires it to be safe in normal or reasonably foreseeable use before it can be placed on the UK market. Manufacturers are required to monitor their products on the market and to take action if they become aware that a product is unsafe. Local Authority Trading Standards have powers to take action against any unsafe goods including removing them from the market.


Written Question
Furniture: Formaldehyde
23 Apr 2018

Questioner: Ruth Cadbury (LAB - Brentford and Isleworth)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the efficacy of the published acceptable limits for formaldehyde released from MDF wood used in furniture.

Answered by Andrew Griffiths

The Department has not made any such assessment. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs have responsibility for the regulatory framework for the control of chemicals.


Written Question
Furniture: Formaldehyde
23 Apr 2018

Questioner: Ruth Cadbury (LAB - Brentford and Isleworth)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the efficacy of the published acceptable limits for formaldehyde in MDF furniture.

Answered by Andrew Griffiths

The Department has not made any such assessment. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs have responsibility for the regulatory framework for the control of chemicals.


Written Question
Energy: Rented Housing
14 Sep 2017

Questioner: Ruth Cadbury (LAB - Brentford and Isleworth)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans his Department has to amend minimum energy standards for rented homes.

Answered by Claire Perry

The Department is working to ensure the domestic private rented property minimum energy efficiency regulations are implemented as effectively as possible. We expect to provide further details shortly, including through publishing guidance on implementing the regulations.


Written Question
Energy: Housing
13 Sep 2017

Questioner: Ruth Cadbury (LAB - Brentford and Isleworth)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government has a target date by which all homes in England and Wales should attain a particular energy performance standard.

Answered by Claire Perry

We have laid regulations that mean that from April 2018 all private domestic and non-domestic landlords will need to ensure that their properties reach at least an EPC E rating before granting a tenancy to new or existing tenants. The fuel poverty target also commits the government to ensuring that as many fuel poor households as is reasonably practicable achieve a minimum energy efficiency rating of Band C by 2030.