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Sammy Wilson

Democratic Unionist Party - East Antrim

Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Brexit)

(since July 2017)

Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Work and Pensions)

(since May 2015)

Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Treasury)

(since May 2015)
Committee on Exiting the European Union
11th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union
11th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Education)
8th May 2015 - 8th Jun 2017
Committee on Exiting the European Union
31st Oct 2016 - 3rd May 2017
Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union
31st Oct 2016 - 3rd May 2017
Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Treasury)
12th May 2010 - 30th Mar 2015
Shadow Spokesperson (Education)
12th May 2010 - 30th Mar 2012
Shadow Spokesperson (Education)
1st Jun 2007 - 1st Jun 2010
Shadow Spokesperson (Treasury)
1st Jun 2009 - 6th May 2010
Transport Committee
10th Nov 2008 - 9th Nov 2009
Shadow Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government)
1st Jun 2007 - 1st Jun 2009
Northern Ireland Affairs Committee
12th Jul 2005 - 10th Nov 2008
Shadow Spokesperson (Innovation, Universities and Skills)
1st Jun 2007 - 1st Jun 2008
Shadow Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government)
1st Jun 2005 - 1st Jun 2007
Shadow Spokesperson (Education)
1st Jun 2003 - 1st Jun 2007


Department Event
Tuesday 1st February 2022
11:30
HM Treasury
Oral questions - Main Chamber
1 Feb 2022, 11:30 a.m.
Treasury (including Topical Questions)
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Department Event
Monday 7th February 2022
14:30
Department for Work and Pensions
Oral questions - Main Chamber
7 Feb 2022, 2:30 p.m.
Work and Pensions (including Topical Questions)
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Division Votes
Tuesday 25th January 2022
Judicial Review and Courts Bill
voted Aye - in line with the party majority
One of 6 Democratic Unionist Party Aye votes vs 0 Democratic Unionist Party No votes
Tally: Ayes - 228 Noes - 313
Speeches
Monday 17th January 2022
BBC Funding
I welcome that, at long last, we have a Secretary of State who is prepared to grasp this nettle, to …
Written Answers
Tuesday 30th March 2021
Fossil Fuels: Exploration
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has plans to ban the issue …
Early Day Motions
Thursday 19th March 2020
Temporary basic income during covid–19 outbreak
That this House notes the serious impact of the downturn in economic activity due to the steps taken to deal …
MP Financial Interests
Saturday 11th January 2020
1. Employment and earnings
Payments from ComRes, Four Millbank, London SW1P 3JA, for completing surveys. All payments donated to charity:
EDM signed
Tuesday 18th January 2022
Human rights in Bahrain
That this House is concerned by continuing serious human rights violations in Bahrain, including the ongoing arbitrary detention and inhumane …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Sammy Wilson has voted in 258 divisions, and 3 times against the majority of their Party.

13 Oct 2020 - Fisheries Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Sammy Wilson voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 3 Democratic Unionist Party Aye votes vs 4 Democratic Unionist Party No votes
Tally: Ayes - 197 Noes - 331
12 Oct 2020 - Agriculture Bill - View Vote Context
Sammy Wilson voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 3 Democratic Unionist Party Aye votes vs 7 Democratic Unionist Party No votes
Tally: Ayes - 332 Noes - 279
23 Sep 2020 - Deferred Division - View Vote Context
Sammy Wilson voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 2 Democratic Unionist Party No votes vs 3 Democratic Unionist Party Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 332 Noes - 5
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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
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
(21 debate interactions)
Jesse Norman (Conservative)
(19 debate interactions)
Brandon Lewis (Conservative)
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
(16 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
HM Treasury
(57 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(43 debate contributions)
Northern Ireland Office
(28 debate contributions)
Department of Health and Social Care
(19 debate contributions)
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East Antrim Petitions

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

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

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

Petitions with highest East Antrim signature proportion
Sammy Wilson has not participated in any petition debates

Latest EDMs signed by Sammy Wilson

11th January 2022
Sammy Wilson signed this EDM on Tuesday 18th January 2022

Human rights in Bahrain

Tabled by: Margaret Ferrier (Independent - Rutherglen and Hamilton West)
That this House is concerned by continuing serious human rights violations in Bahrain, including the ongoing arbitrary detention and inhumane treatment of prisoners of conscience, including Abduljalil al-Singace, Hassan Mushaima, Abdulwahab Hussain, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja and Sheikh Ali Salman; notes that Freedom House in its 2021 report rated Bahrain as not …
56 signatures
(Most recent: 25 Jan 2022)
Signatures by party:
Scottish National Party: 21
Labour: 13
Liberal Democrat: 7
Democratic Unionist Party: 5
Independent: 4
Plaid Cymru: 3
Conservative: 1
Alba Party: 1
Green Party: 1
16th December 2021
Sammy Wilson signed this EDM on Tuesday 18th January 2022

Welfare of greyhounds racing in the UK

Tabled by: Lisa Cameron (Scottish National Party - East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow)
That this House pursues welfare regulations designed to improve the lives of racing greyhounds in the UK, including implementing a statutory levy on bookmakers; acknowledges the 104,883 signatories of a UK petition to ban dog racing submitted to Parliament; requires to see an end to self-regulation within the greyhound racing …
18 signatures
(Most recent: 24 Jan 2022)
Signatures by party:
Scottish National Party: 8
Plaid Cymru: 3
Democratic Unionist Party: 2
Labour: 2
Conservative: 1
Green Party: 1
Alliance: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Sammy Wilson, 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.


Sammy Wilson has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Sammy Wilson has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

1 Bill introduced by Sammy Wilson



Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 9th December 2015

Sammy Wilson has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


38 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
4th May 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make a comparative assessment of the number of people who died from (a) heart attacks, (b) cancer, (c) strokes and (d) flu from 1 January to 31 March (i) 2020 and (ii) 2019.

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)
22nd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has plans to ban the issue new oil and gas exploration licences; and what impact assessment he has carried out on the potential merits of a ban on the issuance of new licences.

The Department has conducted a review into the future of offshore oil and gas licensing, which has concluded that a new climate compatibility checkpoint will be introduced into the regime. This will help ensure that any future licenses are only awarded on the basis that they are aligned with the government’s broad climate change ambitions, including the UK’s target of reaching net zero by 2050. I refer the Hon. Member to the Written Ministerial Statement made by my Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State on 24th March 2021 (Official Report, HCWS879), announcing the implementation of a new checkpoint into the licensing round process.

As we move towards net-zero, oil and gas will play a smaller role in meeting UK energy demand. However, it will continue to play an important one. The independent Climate Change Committee has recognised the ongoing demand for oil and natural gas, including it in all scenarios it proposed for how the UK meets its target for achieving net zero emissions by 2050.

A climate compatibility checkpoint will allow for an orderly transition, underpinned by oil and gas, while the sector continues to bear down on its production emissions, and pivots to support the energy transition.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
27th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals requiring unexploded munitions on the seafloor to be disposed of by the process of deflagration as used by the Royal Navy and recommended by a BEIS funded study on the Characterisation of acoustic fields generated by UXO removal, published June 2020.

The Government recognise the potential for significant impact of underwater noise from unexploded ordnance (UXO) clearance on vulnerable marine species and is taking active steps to manage and reduce the risk. Two phases of a Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) funded project to characterise and contrast the acoustic fields generated by UXO clearance using high order detonation and using low-order deflagration have been completed and reported on.

A third phase has now been initiated to further improve the information base, allowing further assessment of the clearance options. A potential 4th phase of the work involving offshore field work is also being actively explored in which comparative noise measurements would be made during actual UXO clearance campaigns using both deflagration and high order detonations. This would require cooperation and active support from industry (windfarm developers) and the regulatory authorities.

The outcomes from the 3rd and 4th phases would allow an informed discussion and consideration of the adequacy of evidence by regulatory authorities and the Statutory Nature Conservation Bodies. It will be for the regulatory authorities and the Statutory Nature Conservation Bodies to consider the best available scientific evidence when providing advice on these matters.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
22nd Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support the Northern Ireland hydrogen economy.

The Government is committed to developing hydrogen as a strategic decarbonised energy carrier across the UK. Low carbon hydrogen presents an opportunity for Northern Ireland and the UK as a whole to deliver against our clean growth goals – meeting our decarbonisation needs while capturing commercial opportunities. This is especially important as we support our economy to recover from Covid-19.

In order to realise the opportunities from hydrogen, we are undertaking a range of activities:

  • investing up to £121m in hydrogen innovation across the value chain;
  • developing business models to support the deployment of, and investment in, low carbon hydrogen production;
  • announcing the £100m Low Carbon Hydrogen Production Fund in 2019 to stimulate capital investment.

We will be setting out further plans in the UK Hydrogen Strategy, which we intend to publish in early 2021.

In order to aid this work, we established the Hydrogen Advisory Council to formalise regular engagement with Industry. The Council met for the first time on 20 July and membership includes officials from Northern Ireland government as well as Ryse/Wrightbus. We look forward to the Council’s ongoing input as we build a new low carbon hydrogen economy for the UK.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to initiate an inquiry into Post Office Ltd's handling of the problems with the Horizon IT system.

Postmasters are the backbone of the Post Office, and their branches are vital to communities across the country. That is why Government takes POL's relationship with its postmasters very seriously.

Government is committed to establishing an independent review to consider whether the Post Office has learned the necessary lessons from the Horizon dispute and court case and to provide an independent and external assessment of its work to rebuild its relationship with its postmasters.

We are continuing to make progress on the scoping of the Independent Review and on the identification of a suitable Chair. We will announce further details on this shortly.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
1st May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps have been taken to support the aluminium industry during the covid-19 outbreak.

The Government is in regular contact with the aluminium industry; I recently spoke to representatives of the Aluminium Federation alongside other industry leaders to discuss the impact of COVID-19.

The Government recognises that it is crucial for the aluminium sector to continue providing essential materials to support the economy, and I am grateful to those working in the industry for their contributions to the national effort during this time of extraordinary disruption.

We have put in place an unprecedented package of Government support to help with business continuity and to give manufacturers - including businesses in the aluminium sector - the support they need.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
30th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the damage caused to marine life as a result of the detonation of abandoned unexploded munitions on the sea floor.

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) is responsible for licensing marine activities in the seas around England, including the removal of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) from the seabed. In determining any application for a marine licence, the MMO considers all relevant matters including the need to protect the marine environment. This involves assessing any potential impacts on marine life under an environmental assessment. Such assessments are made on the specifics of each case and involve consultation with the MMO’s primary advisors, including Natural England.

In the last five years, the MMO has received, assessed and issued nine marine licences involving the removal of UXOs from the seabed.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
30th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many unexploded munitions on the seafloor have been disposed of by detonation in each of the last five years.

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) is responsible for licensing marine activities in the seas around England, including the removal of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) from the seabed. In determining any application for a marine licence, the MMO considers all relevant matters including the need to protect the marine environment. This involves assessing any potential impacts on marine life under an environmental assessment. Such assessments are made on the specifics of each case and involve consultation with the MMO’s primary advisors, including Natural England.

In the last five years, the MMO has received, assessed and issued nine marine licences involving the removal of UXOs from the seabed.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
23rd Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will publish the arrangements for importing plants into Northern Ireland from Great Britain from 1 January 2021.

Defra and DAERA are working together to ensure that both trade and the movement of goods will continue at the end of the Transition Period. Outcomes from this work, including the process by which controls are conducted and their frequency (including the level of physical checks required), are being discussed with the EU in the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee. Discussions are being taken forward in the context of the provision in the Protocol that both parties must use their “best endeavours” to avoid controls at Northern Ireland ports. Defra and DAERA continue to work with industry, traders, representative bodies and local authorities to ensure they are engaged, supported and properly prepared to continue trading from January 2021. This will include the publication of Q&As on the DAERA website that will be updated to reflect ongoing discussions and new arrangements.

EU Sanitary and Phytosanitary law will apply to Northern Ireland under the Northern Ireland Protocol, upholding the longstanding status of the island of Ireland as a single epidemiological unit. This means there will be no change to the import arrangements for plants moving from the EU to Northern Ireland after the end of the Transition Period.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
23rd Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will publish the arrangements for importing plants from the EU into Northern Ireland after 1 January 2021.

Defra and DAERA are working together to ensure that both trade and the movement of goods will continue at the end of the Transition Period. Outcomes from this work, including the process by which controls are conducted and their frequency (including the level of physical checks required), are being discussed with the EU in the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee. Discussions are being taken forward in the context of the provision in the Protocol that both parties must use their “best endeavours” to avoid controls at Northern Ireland ports. Defra and DAERA continue to work with industry, traders, representative bodies and local authorities to ensure they are engaged, supported and properly prepared to continue trading from January 2021. This will include the publication of Q&As on the DAERA website that will be updated to reflect ongoing discussions and new arrangements.

EU Sanitary and Phytosanitary law will apply to Northern Ireland under the Northern Ireland Protocol, upholding the longstanding status of the island of Ireland as a single epidemiological unit. This means there will be no change to the import arrangements for plants moving from the EU to Northern Ireland after the end of the Transition Period.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
7th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has submitted any proposals on border control posts at Northern Ireland ports to the EU Commission.

The UK submitted applications to the European Commission on 30 June for approval of facilities to conduct checks on agrifood goods at points of entry to Northern Ireland. These are for the purposes of sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures at Larne and Foyle ports, and for existing SPS inspection posts to be expanded at Belfast and Warrenpoint ports. These applications fulfil our obligations under the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
7th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assumptions his Department has made on the level of checks required at border control posts at Northern Ireland ports by his Department in order to comply with the Northern Ireland protocol of the Withdrawal Agreement.

The Command paper The UK’s Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol (CP226) acknowledged the particular requirements under the Protocol on agrifood movements from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. It also said that the Government would make proposals to minimise requirements on agrifood movements.

The UK’s applications to the European Commission for approval of facilities to conduct checks on agrifood goods at points of entry to Northern Ireland reflect those proposals. We are engaging with the Commission on both. The Government has confirmed to the Northern Ireland Executive in principle it will fund the costs of implementing agrifood checks, subject to business case approval.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
7th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the costs to his Department of the provision of land and buildings for border control posts at Northern Ireland ports after the transition period.

The Command paper The UK’s Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol (CP226) acknowledged the particular requirements under the Protocol on agrifood movements from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. It also said that the Government would make proposals to minimise requirements on agrifood movements.

The UK’s applications to the European Commission for approval of facilities to conduct checks on agrifood goods at points of entry to Northern Ireland reflect those proposals. We are engaging with the Commission on both. The Government has confirmed to the Northern Ireland Executive in principle it will fund the costs of implementing agrifood checks, subject to business case approval.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
7th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the additional staff required by his Department to support the manning of border control posts at Northern Ireland ports after the transition period.

The Command paper The UK’s Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol (CP226) acknowledged the particular requirements under the Protocol on agrifood movements from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. It also said that the Government would make proposals to minimise requirements on agrifood movements.

The UK’s applications to the European Commission for approval of facilities to conduct checks on agrifood goods at points of entry to Northern Ireland reflect those proposals. We are engaging with the Commission on both. The Government has confirmed to the Northern Ireland Executive in principle it will fund the costs of implementing agrifood checks, subject to business case approval.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
7th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the EU Commission on border control posts at Northern Ireland ports.

The Command paper The UK’s Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol (CP226) acknowledged the particular requirements under the Protocol on agrifood movements from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. It also said that the Government would make proposals to minimise requirements on agrifood movements.

The UK’s applications to the European Commission for approval of facilities to conduct checks on agrifood goods at points of entry to Northern Ireland reflect those proposals. We are engaging with the Commission on both. The Government has confirmed to the Northern Ireland Executive in principle it will fund the costs of implementing agrifood checks, subject to business case approval.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
30th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals to ban the export of live animals.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the Rt Hon Member for Chipping Barnet on 11 June 2020, PQ UIN 55899.

[www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2020-06-08/55899]

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
19th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate the Government has made of the total annual savings to businesses and consumers from the elimination of and reductions in tariffs proposed in the UK Global Tariff.

The United Kingdom’s Global Tariff (UKGT) liberalises £62 billion worth of trade, benefitting businesses and consumers in Northern Ireland and across the country.

It is tailored for our economy and includes £30 billion from liberalising key goods of inputs into our supply chains and £15 billion from removing nuisance tariffs, compared to the current tariff set centrally by the EU in Brussels.

The UKGT will expand consumer choice, driving competitive prices for families, while lowering cost pressures for businesses too and making sure they are able to compete globally from a strong foundation at home.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
19th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps she is taking to ensure that the imposition of EU tariffs on goods entering the Northern Irish market from Great Britain will not lead to Northern Irish businesses and consumers missing out on the benefits of the UK Global Tariff.

Northern Ireland is, and remains, part of the United Kingdom’s customs territory.

Northern Irish businesses and consumers will?benefit from the United Kingdom’s Global Tariff – which is tailored for our economy and allows us to trade on our own terms – along with any preferential arrangements in place, such as free trade agreements.

The current intention is that EU tariffs should only be charged?on ‘at risk’ goods that are destined for the Republic of Ireland or elsewhere in the EU,?as the Protocol makes clear.?The?specific list of ‘at risk’ goods will be a matter for consideration in the Joint Committee.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
1st May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on performance against NHS targets.

National Health Service performance statistics are published one month in arrears for urgent and emergency care and two months in arrears for elective care. The latest published statistics for urgent and emergency care are for March 2020 and the latest published statistics for elective care are for February 2020. These periods do allow an assessment of the impact of COVID-19 at this time.

The latest NHS performance statistics can be found at the following link:

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

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of whether Turkish forces have been involved in recent attacks on the civilian population in Armenia.

The UK has not seen any evidence that Turkish forces have been involved in attacks on civilian populations in Armenia. The Foreign Secretary spoke to Turkish Foreign Minister Çavusoglu on 19 October. Both parties agreed the need for de-escalation.

Wendy Morton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
17th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Sri Lankan counterpart on the contamination of the water supply in the Jaffna Peninsula from the Chunnakam Power Plant.

We are aware of the challenges Sri Lanka faces around water management and quality and the unique challenges faced by communities in northern Sri Lanka. Staff at the British High Commission in Colombo have raised the issue of water quality during regular visits to the North. A number of public bodies in Sri Lanka, including the national water supply and drainage board, have conducted tests and compensation was offered to those affected by water pollution caused by the Chunnakam Power plant. We will continue to engage with local government in the North to ensure these concerns around water management and quality are understood, and that measures are taken to ensure clean water.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
4th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his counterpart in the Chinese Government on the findings of the investigation into organ harvesting carried out by the China Tribunal chaired by Sir Geoffrey Nice.

We have noted the findings of the recent China Tribunal report. The testimonies added to the growing body of evidence about the disturbing situation that Falun Gong practitioners, Uyghurs and other minorities are facing in China. The Government's position remains that, if true, the practice of systematic, state-sponsored organ harvesting would constitute a serious violation of human rights.

We regularly raise our human rights concerns with China, including on the treatment of religious and ethnic minorities. The Foreign Secretary did so most recently on 9 March with his Chinese counterpart, Foreign Minister and State Councillor Wang Yi.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
3rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations on replacing the United Nations Relief and Work Agency with a new body working under the rules of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees; and if he will make a statement.

We have not made representations on this matter. The UK recognises the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) unique mandate from the UN General Assembly, to protect and provide protection and core services to Palestinian refugees across the Middle East. UNRWA is also a vital humanitarian and stabilising force in the region and the UK remains firmly committed to supporting UNRWA and Palestinian refugees across the Middle East. However, we recognise that UNRWA needs to be on a more secure financial footing, to ensure that Palestinian refugees' basic needs are met. To that end, the UK is working with UNRWA and other donors to help ensure its sustainability. This includes finding further cost savings, broadening UNRWA's donor base, and encouraging multi-year funding.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
10th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will request that the UN Secretary General and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights dispatch a fact-finding mission to Iran to investigate the killing of children during the November 2019 protests in that country.

We are appalled by Amnesty International reports that at least 23 children were killed by Iranian security forces during the nationwide protests in November last year. We unreservedly support the right to peaceful protest and call on Iran to uphold its commitments under international law to protect freedom of assembly and speech. The UK regularly raises human rights with the Iranian authorities at all levels and we continue to take action with the international community to press Iran to improve its poor record on all human rights issues, including at the UN Human Rights Council in March this year. We agree with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights' call for a transparent investigation into the killings of protesters, including these children, in the November protests. We continue to urge Iran to allow the independent UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran access to the country, so that he can carry out his mandate, which includes monitoring and investigating any human rights violations.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
12th May 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent steps he has taken to ensure that victims of the Equitable Life scandal receive full compensation.

There are no plans to reopen the Payment Scheme or review the £1.5 billion funding allocation previously made to it. The Equitable Life Payment Scheme closed to claims in 2015 and further guidance on the status of the Payment Scheme after closure is available at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/equitable-life-payment-scheme#closure-of-the-scheme.

The methodology for calculating payments to Equitable Life policyholders was published in 2011 and can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/equitable-life-payment-scheme-design.

The relevant data will be retained as long as it is legal to do so.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
12th May 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the accuracy of compensation payments to people affected by the collapse of Equitable Life.

There are no plans to reopen the Payment Scheme or review the £1.5 billion funding allocation previously made to it. The Equitable Life Payment Scheme closed to claims in 2015 and further guidance on the status of the Payment Scheme after closure is available at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/equitable-life-payment-scheme#closure-of-the-scheme.

The methodology for calculating payments to Equitable Life policyholders was published in 2011 and can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/equitable-life-payment-scheme-design.

The relevant data will be retained as long as it is legal to do so.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
12th May 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will ensure that the data needed to make further payments to Equitable Life policyholders is retained.

There are no plans to reopen the Payment Scheme or review the £1.5 billion funding allocation previously made to it. The Equitable Life Payment Scheme closed to claims in 2015 and further guidance on the status of the Payment Scheme after closure is available at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/equitable-life-payment-scheme#closure-of-the-scheme.

The methodology for calculating payments to Equitable Life policyholders was published in 2011 and can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/equitable-life-payment-scheme-design.

The relevant data will be retained as long as it is legal to do so.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
11th May 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of the request by the Mineral Products Association for quarry owners to have additional time to pay the Aggregates Levy.

The Government has announced unprecedented support for public services, business and workers to protect against the current economic emergency. Our economic response is one of the most generous and comprehensive globally.

HMRC are also delivering Time to Pay to fit the specific impacts of Covid-19. Time to Pay is a pre-existing scheme available to all firms and individuals who are in temporary financial distress as a result of Covid-19 with existing liabilities to HMRC and are unable to pay their tax on time. The government has ensured that businesses and self-employed individuals in financial distress and with outstanding tax liabilities can receive help and advice with their tax affairs. HMRC has set up a dedicated COVID-19 helpline to help those in need, and they may be able to agree a bespoke Time to Pay arrangement. A business or self-employed individual can contact HMRC’s helpline for help and advice on 0800 024 1222.

In addition, the government is deferring Value Added Tax (VAT) payments so UK VAT registered businesses will not need to pay any VAT due alongside their normal VAT return from 20 March through to the end of June – a deferral worth over £30 billion or 1.5% of GDP. Businesses will have until the end of the financial year (March 31st 2021) to pay back any deferred VAT. This is to help support businesses with their cash flows, and support individuals’ employment. The option to defer VAT is open to all £2.3 million UK VAT registered businesses.

Kemi Badenoch
Minister for Equalities
4th May 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to delay his Department's policy of extending the roll-out of off-payroll rules.

The Government recently announced that the reform to the off-payroll working rules for people contracting their services to large or medium-sized organisations outside the public sector will be delayed for one year, from 6 April 2020 until 6 April 2021.

This is part of the additional support which the Government is providing for businesses and individuals to deal with the economic impacts of COVID-19. It is right for the Government to do what it can to support all parts of the labour market at this time.

This is a deferral of the introduction of the reform, not a cancellation. The Government remains committed to introducing this policy in order to address the unfairness of non-compliance with the existing off-payroll working rules. The Government will reintroduce the off-payroll working rules provisions by amending the Finance Bill, with a ?commencement date of 6 April 2021.

4th Feb 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of people who will be subject to the 2019 Loan Charge after the implementation of the recommendations by Sir Amyas Morse.

Of the estimated 50,000 individuals affected by the loan charge, the Government currently estimates that around 11,000 will be taken out of the loan charge altogether. In addition, individuals who have settled or are settling their tax liability with HMRC will be out of scope of the charge. There is not yet a firm estimate of the number who will choose to settle and so be out of scope of the loan charge.

21st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she has taken to help ensure that UK visa offices in (a) China and (b) India process visa applications for students planning to study at UK universities in the academic year 2020-21; what estimate his Department has made of the number of days those offices have been closed since 28 March 2020; and what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Education on ensuring that overseas student applications for the academic year 2020-21 are not disrupted by closure of those offices during the covid-19 outbreak; and if she will have discussions with the Home Secretary on prioritising visa applications of overseas students with travel, reception and quarantine arrangements in place.

Visa applications are processed by UK Visas & Immigration in the Home Office. All visa applications for students planning to study in the UK are processed by the student immigration case working team based in the UK, this includes those submitted overseas and in the UK. Immigration case-working operations have been impacted by COVID-19, with most locations going into lockdown at the end of March although we have continued to make decisions where we have been able to.

Students, like other visa applicants, are required to attend a visa application centre (VAC) to provide documents and enrol their biometrics. VACs in China and India have been closed since January and March respectively, but as restrictions continue to be lifted by host governments, overseas VACs are reopening, enabling students to apply for the required visa to study in the UK. Our Visa Application Centres in China began to open on 2nd June 2020 and all centres currently have available appointments. Our Visa Application Centres in India will reopen from 6 July.

As centres reopen, details of these will be published on our commercial partner websites. Unless exemptions apply, all travellers to the UK are required to comply with the border health measures. UKVI operations and the Education sector are working closely to ensure that student applications are not impacted by earlier closures as a result of Covid-19.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress he has made in his discussions with the Home Secretary on enabling admittance to the UK for Afghan citizens who served as interpreters for the UK armed forces.

Her Majesty's Government has so far relocated 445 locally employed civilians who formerly served with UK Armed Forces in Afghanistan, plus 872 of their family members.

The Secretary of State for Defence and the Home Secretary recognise the importance of this issue and are committed to ensuring a fair system for the resettlement of Afghan interpreters. They met recently on 27 July 2020 to resolve outstanding issues and, on that basis, the Defence Secretary has tasked Ministry of Defence officials to consult with other Departments on potential changes to the criteria for relocation to the UK of former locally employed civilians in Afghanistan.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
29th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to announce his decision on the Highthorn planning application.

The Secretary of State will issue his decision on a planning application for an open cast coal mine at Highthorn, Northumberland, in due course.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
29th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will list the public inquiry planning decisions he has made during the covid-19 lockdown.

Since the evening of 23 March 2020, the following decisions have been made. They are all publicly available on the gov.uk website.

Date

Case

1/4/20

Station Rd, Long Melford (Babergh DC)

7/4/20

Barbrook Lane, Tiptree (Colchester BC)

9/4/20

Vauxhall Bus station (LB Lambeth)

9/4/20

Land nr Whittlesford, Hinxton (S Cambs DC)

22/4/20

160 Stanley Rd, Cheadle Hulme (Stockport MBC)

24/4/20

Oxford Brookes Uni, Wheatley (S Oxon DC)

29/4/20

Burgess Business Park, (LB Southwark)

13/5/20

Moor Lane, Woodthorpe, (City of York)

14/5/20

Hawthorns, Farnham, Surrey (Waverley BC)

3/6/20

Love Lane, Woolwich (LB Greenwich)

3/6/20

VIP Trading Estate, SE7 (Greater London Authority)

3/6/20

Wolborough Barton, Devon (Teignbridge DC)

15/6/20

Levitt’s Field, Cambs (Cambs County Council)

25/6/20

Newport Rd, Woburn Sands (Milton Keynes Council)

25/6/20

Newcombe House, Notting Hill Gate (Greater London Authority)

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
20th Jan 2021
What recent assessment the Government has made of the effect of implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol on Northern Ireland's economy.

Whilst the Northern Ireland economy is facing significant challenges, particularly due to Covid-19, I am confident that Northern Ireland has a promising economic future.

Through the Northern Ireland Protocol, local businesses have unfettered access to the rest of the UK Market whilst also retaining access to the EU Single Market for goods.

The unique opportunities afforded by the Protocol allow Northern Ireland to be promoted as a great place to live and work, strengthening and growing its economy as a competitive and world class base for global businesses.

Robin Walker
Minister of State (Education)