Sarah Green

Liberal Democrat - Chesham and Amersham

2 APPG memberships (as of 22 Jul 2022)
Chalk Streams, Surgical Mesh
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Division Votes
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Speeches
Thursday 21st July 2022
Oral Answers to Questions
T4. There was cross-party agreement during the urgent question earlier this week that Parliament has not been given the opportunity …
Written Answers
Thursday 21st July 2022
Dispute Resolution
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when his Department plans to bring forward policy proposals in response to …
Early Day Motions
Wednesday 21st July 2021
Review of HS2 works in the Chilterns
That this House calls for a review into the work on High Speed Rail 2 in the Chilterns; notes the …
Bills
Monday 20th June 2022
Chalk Streams (Protection) Bill 2022-23
A Bill to provide for a category of protection for chalk streams for the purpose of providing additional protections from …
Tweets
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MP Financial Interests
Monday 29th November 2021
10. Family members engaged in lobbying the public sector
My partner, Daniel Paterson, is a self-employed political consultant. (Registered 16 November 2021)
EDM signed
Wednesday 20th July 2022
Reopening of Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre
That this House strongly opposes plans by the Home Office to re-open Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre in Kidlington, Oxfordshire; …
Supported Legislation
Tuesday 6th July 2021
Fire and Building Safety (Public Inquiry) Bill 2021-22
A Bill to establish an independent public inquiry into the Government’s response to concerns about fire and building safety.

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Sarah Green has voted in 212 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Maria Caulfield (Conservative)
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
(5 debate interactions)
Anne-Marie Trevelyan (Conservative)
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
(4 debate interactions)
Rachel Maclean (Conservative)
(4 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Department for International Trade
(8 debate contributions)
Department for Transport
(6 debate contributions)
Department of Health and Social Care
(6 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(5 debate contributions)
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Legislation Debates
Elections Act 2022
(646 words contributed)
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Chesham and Amersham 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 Chesham and Amersham signature proportion
Petitions with most Chesham and Amersham signatures
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.

Reform the GRA to allow transgender people to self-identify without the need for a medical diagnosis, to streamline the administrative process, and to allow non-binary identities to be legally recognised.

We ask Parliament to repeal the High Speed Rail Bills, 2016 and 2019, as MPs voted on misleading environmental, financial and timetable information provided by the Dept of Transport and HS2 Ltd. It fails to address the conditions of the Paris Accord and costs have risen from £56bn to over £100bn.


Latest EDMs signed by Sarah Green

20th July 2022
Sarah Green signed this EDM on Wednesday 20th July 2022

Reopening of Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre

Tabled by: Layla Moran (Liberal Democrat - Oxford West and Abingdon)
That this House strongly opposes plans by the Home Office to re-open Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre in Kidlington, Oxfordshire; notes that, following the recommendations of the Shaw Report, and a long campaign by local residents opposed to the practice of indefinite detention, the site was shut down in 2018; …
20 signatures
(Most recent: 21 Jul 2022)
Signatures by party:
Liberal Democrat: 14
Scottish National Party: 2
Independent: 2
Green Party: 1
Labour: 1
27th June 2022
Sarah Green signed this EDM on Monday 27th June 2022

Fuel Duty

Tabled by: Richard Foord (Liberal Democrat - Tiverton and Honiton)
That this House is concerned about the significant increase in petrol and diesel prices since the start of the year; notes that rural areas often pay significantly more than urban areas for fuel; notes that people in rural areas often have no choice but to drive due to poor public …
21 signatures
(Most recent: 6 Jul 2022)
Signatures by party:
Liberal Democrat: 14
Plaid Cymru: 3
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
Independent: 1
Labour: 1
Alliance: 1
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Commons initiatives

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Sarah Green has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Sarah Green has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

3 Bills introduced by Sarah Green


A Bill to require the Secretary of State to expand the scope of the legal entitlements and administrative practice exercise to correct state pension underpayments to include underpayments to divorced women; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 2nd Reading
Friday 6th May 2022

A Bill to make provision about support for women who have suffered ill health as a result of the use of surgical mesh; to require the Secretary of State to report to Parliament on the merits of establishing a redress scheme for such women; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 2nd Reading
Friday 6th May 2022

A Bill to provide for a category of protection for chalk streams for the purpose of providing additional protections from pollution, abstraction and other forms of environmental damage; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading
Monday 20th June 2022
Next Event - 2nd Reading
Friday 17th March 2023

59 Written Questions in the current parliament

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2 Other Department Questions
19th Jan 2022
To ask the President of COP26, what steps he is taking to ensure that the reduction of staff in the COP26 unit does not affect the delivery of COP26 commitments.

We will maintain a team of around 140-150 officials in the COP Unit.

The Unit will continue to work closely with other government departments to ensure we build on and secure the legacy of our COP Presidency and the UK’s international reputation as a climate leader.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office’s diplomatic network will remain essential to our international efforts, as will leadership from other government departments.

Alok Sharma
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
22nd Sep 2021
What steps she is taking with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to improve healthcare for women.

The Government will publish England’s first Women’s Health Strategy later this year which will set out a positive new agenda to improve the health and wellbeing of women across England. To ensure that the Strategy is evidence-based and reflects women’s priorities, we ran a Call for Evidence earlier this year. This attracted over 100,000 responses from individual women, clinicians and carers and around 500 longer written submissions, which we are now analysing.

12th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to strengthen consumers’ rights to enable consumers to bring private law actions against online marketplaces for toys purchased via their platforms.

There is already robust legislation in place that protects consumers when purchasing goods and services online. The Consumer Rights Act 2015 sets out the rights consumers enjoy while shopping online and in store.

There are already routes of redress for harm suffered as a result of illegal and/or unsafe toys purchased via an online marketplace. For instance, where a defective product causes damage or injury, the producer or importer of the product is legally liable and may be required to pay damages under Part 1 of the Consumer Protection Act 1987.

Paul Scully
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
12th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to provide consumers with clearly defined routes of redress for harm suffered as a result of illegal and/or unsafe toys purchased via an online marketplace.

All toys placed on the UK market, including those sold online, must meet essential safety requirements under the UK Toys (Safety) Regulations 2011 and there are criminal sanctions for non-compliance.

There are already routes of redress for harm suffered as a result of illegal and/or unsafe toys purchased via an online marketplace. For instance, where a defective product causes damage or injury, the producer or importer of the product is legally liable and may be required to pay damages under Part 1 of the Consumer Protection Act 1987.

The Consumer Rights Act 2015 (CRA) also provides rights and protections when a consumer buys goods or services. Under the CRA, goods sold by traders must be as described, of a satisfactory quality, and fit for a particular purpose if that purpose was made known to the trader by the consumer before the contract was made. If the goods do not meet these standards, the consumer is entitled to ask for a repair, replacement, or a full refund depending on the circumstance. The consumer can pursue a claim for breach of contract against the trader they bought the goods from in the courts.

Paul Scully
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
18th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment his Department has made of the impact of covid-19 lockdowns on the ability of local authorities and partner organisations and agencies to safeguard children.

Individuals who work to support children and families must be clear of what is expected of them, and how they need to work together in partnership with others. ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018)’ is the statutory guidance on inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and respond to their needs. This guidance is available here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/942454/Working_together_to_safeguard_children_inter_agency_guidance.pdf.

Targeted area inspections, carried out jointly by Ofsted, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Probation for England and Wales, and the Care Quality Commission, provide a rigorous assessment of the quality of these multi-agency arrangements in a local area.

We know that lockdown has been a difficult time for safeguarding partners and appreciate all that they have done to safeguard vulnerable children in challenging circumstances. However, the statutory duty to work together and provide quality safeguarding services remained unchanged.

The department has been in close contact with all safeguarding partners throughout the COVID-19 outbreak to ensure they continued to identify and risk assess children in their areas. There is no doubt that the COVID-19 outbreak added challenges to services’ ability to identify and work with families, especially those intent to deceive them.

The department launched the See, Hear, Respond programme aimed to support vulnerable children and young people whose usual support networks were impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak and national restrictions. The government provided over £11 million to the programme which was delivered between June 2020 and March 2021 by a consortium of over 70 national and local organisations.

In April 2020, the government made £1.8 million available to the NSPCC to expand and promote its national helpline for adults to report concerns. While schools, social workers and the police remain at the forefront of work to protect vulnerable children, expanding the NSPCC helpline will mean many more adults know how and where to raise concerns and seek advice or support about the safety and wellbeing of any child or young person they are worried about.

Will Quince
Minister of State (Education)
13th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding for the training and development of the children's social work workforce.

Local authorities are responsible for the training and development of their children’s social care workforce, including ensuring that their social workers meet the standards set out in the ‘Post qualifying standards: knowledge and skills statement for child and family practitioners’.

The government is providing local authorities with £4.8 billion of new grant funding over the Spending Review period to 2025. This will enable the sector to maintain vital frontline services including children’s social care. Moreover, the government has given over £6 billion in un-ringfenced funding directly to councils to support them with the immediate and longer-term impacts of COVID-19 spending pressures. Local authorities are best placed to decide how much to invest in the training and development of their children’s social care workforce.

The government supports local authorities by funding the initial training of social workers. The Department of Health and Social Care provides funding of approximately £77 million per annum for social worker initial training (both child and family and adult social). In addition, the department provides approximately £50 million per annum on fast-track initial training programmes.

The government works closely with local authorities to ensure that child and family social worker have the right skills and capability to meet the needs of children and families.

Will Quince
Minister of State (Education)
12th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to support early intervention services in children's social care.

In the autumn budget a combined Department for Education, Department of Health and Social Care, and Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities package of £500 million for Early Help was announced. This includes a £300 million package to transform ‘Start for Life’ services and create a network of family hubs in half of council areas in England and a £200 million uplift to the Supporting Families programme.

The additional funding for Supporting Families takes the total investment to £695 million over the next 3 years, around a 40% real-terms uplift in funding for the programme by 2024-25.

Will Quince
Minister of State (Education)
6th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to support universities to provide an adequate level of in person teaching for students studying (a) medicine, (b) dentistry and (c) nursing.

The government recognises the importance of not disrupting education and is prioritising keeping settings open under Plan B. We therefore expect education settings to remain open for face-to-face teaching as planned. Teaching and learning should not be moved online as a result of the work from home guidance and staff can continue to attend work as necessary to deliver this. This is outlined here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/higher-education-reopening-buildings-and-campuses.

We know that, in response to COVID-19, HE providers delivered new and innovative approaches to teaching and learning, and some providers have continued to use some of these approaches alongside in-person provision. Where blended learning is used, it should enhance students’ academic experience and we expect all universities to continue to deliver excellent learning, in line with guidance from the Office for Students (OfS). The OfS will continue to monitor the situation to ensure this, and HE providers should be open about what students can expect. If students have concerns, they should first raise them with their HE provider. If their concerns remain unresolved, students at HE providers in England or Wales can ask the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (OIA) to consider their complaint.

15th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of product testing in controlling the import and sale of honey mixed with high quantities of sugar syrup.

Work is being undertaken to ensure all honey meets our high standards. However, honey, is a complex natural product, meaning analysis to determine if honey has been adulterated can often be challenging. No single test can definitively determine a honey’s authenticity, and there are a range of different analytical methods available, from the well-established traditional validated methods to more recently developed advanced ‘fingerprinting’ tools such as NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance).

Allegations that some honey sold in the UK may be adulterated with added sugars, including the recent Honey Authenticity Project survey, are based on results using NMR. These have been investigated by the relevant local authorities, using a weight of evidence approach, and they concluded there was insufficient evidence to indicate fraud or non-compliance.

Defra, the Food Standards Agency, Food Standards Scotland and the Government Chemist have been working together to identify areas where the Government can facilitate progress on some of the underpinning scientific issues that have emerged around honey authenticity testing, with the aim of providing further clarity to those carrying out monitoring and enforcement checks of honey, which protect consumers and legitimate businesses. Our programme of work on honey focuses on dissemination and knowledge transfer such as a webinar organised by the Government Chemist with Defra’s support. As part of our honey programme, we are also supporting work on testing methods which will look more in depth at issues such as ensuring method fitness for purpose and on standardising approaches.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
15th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the impact of honey fraud on beekeepers and honey producers.

We recognise the importance of quality standards for all foods, including honey. All honey on sale, regardless of where it has come from must comply with the Honey (England) Regulations 2015 which set out detailed specifications in terms of its composition, labelling, and quality criteria. Honey fraud by means of addition of sugars, or anything else to honey, is not permitted.

The UK produces a relatively small amount of the honey consumed domestically and relies heavily on imports to meet consumer demand and provide a reliable year-round supply. The UK has a thriving and diverse honey market, giving consumers access to a wide range of products, from mono-floral varieties to single origin and blended honeys, at a wide range of different price points.

Defra, along with other partners, is very active in ensuring honey, meets our high standards regardless of where it has been produced. We have an active food authenticity programme to ensure honey sold in the UK is not subject to fraud, meets our high standards and maintains a level playing field between honey producers.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
5th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to revoke legislation implementing the EU Habitats Directive in the forthcoming Brexit Freedoms Bill announced in the Queen's Speech 2022.

We set out our initial proposals to reform the Habitat Regulations in the Nature Recovery Green Paper: protected sites and species. The Nature Recovery Green Paper consultation closed on 11 May and we are now in the process of analysing responses. The Government will publish a formal response in due course.

Steve Double
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
31st Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to support and promote the recycling of paper.

All local authorities in England currently offer a kerbside collection service for paper and card.

To ensure that we recycle more paper and card, as well as other materials, we are seeking to make recycling easier by ensuring that there is a comprehensive, consistent service across England.

Following support at public consultation, the Environment Act 2021 stipulates that all local authorities, and other waste collectors, in England must make arrangements for a core set of materials to be collected for recycling from households, businesses and non-domestic premises (including paper and card). These measures will improve the quality and quantity of materials collected for recycling and increase public confidence in the recycling system.

In 2021 we published a second consultation on consistency recycling collections. This consultation closed on 4 July and sought views on increasing consistency in recycling, including the specific materials that are in scope of collection in the paper and card waste stream. We are currently analysing responses to the consultation and intend to publish our response in due course.

28th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 24 March 2022 to Question 143851 on Transport for London: Finance, if he will make representations to the Mayor of London on the need to protect and preserve TfL services to towns outside of Greater London during his April 2022 review of demand and service levels.

Transport in London is devolved, and therefore it is for the Mayor to make decisions on service levels that support the goal of being financially sustainable by April 2023, while continuing to provide reliable services for passengers both within and outside of Greater London.

Since the start of the pandemic, the Government has provided TfL with close to £5bn in support.

Trudy Harrison
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
21st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the level of investment from individuals appearing on the UK sanctions list in companies contracted by (a) HS2 Ltd and (b) other infrastructure projects for which his Department is responsible.

Our latest assessment indicates that only one sanctioned individual has connections to my Department’s infrastructure projects through involvement with an HS2 contractor. The HS2 contractor has suspended any dividend payments from going to the sanctioned individual.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
21st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment his Department has made of the impact of the absence of a long-term funding deal with TfL on the provision of TfL services to locations outside of Greater London.

The Government recently agreed a fourth extraordinary funding and financing package for Transport for London (TfL) worth around £200m. This takes total funding provided to TfL since the start of the pandemic to close to £5bn and will ensure the continued running of TfL’s network as we recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. The Government’s extraordinary funding settlements recognise the reliance of London’s transport network on fare revenue, and Government’s commitment now and in the future to mitigating loss of fare revenue because of the pandemic.

The Mayor has agreed to carry out a review of demand and service levels in April 2022 to inform future service level requirements and potential changes. Transport in London is devolved, and therefore the Mayor must make decisions on service levels that supports the goal of being financially sustainable by April 2023.

Trudy Harrison
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
18th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to expedite driving licences for people with epilepsy who are unable to take out car insurance as a result of delays in receiving their physical licence, despite being able to drive under section 88 provisions.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is working hard to process paper applications as quickly as possible for all drivers, including those with health conditions. To help reduce waiting times for paper applications, the DVLA has recruited more staff, increased overtime working and has secured extra office space in Swansea and Birmingham.

The DVLA has recently introduced a simplified licence renewal process for drivers with epilepsy. This process has significantly reduced the need for the DVLA to seek further information from medical professionals and enabled more licensing decisions to be made based on the information provided by the driver.

The majority of those renewing their licence will be able to continue driving while their application is being processed, providing they can meet the criteria outlined here. Insurance cover in these circumstances is a matter for the insurance company concerned.

The DVLA is currently reviewing the information provided on GOV.UK to make clear that drivers have the option to surrender their driving licence before reporting a medical condition using the online fitness to drive service.

Trudy Harrison
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
18th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the DVLA on improvements to their website to ensure that people with epilepsy are fully informed of their right to surrender their licence rather than having it revoked.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is working hard to process paper applications as quickly as possible for all drivers, including those with health conditions. To help reduce waiting times for paper applications, the DVLA has recruited more staff, increased overtime working and has secured extra office space in Swansea and Birmingham.

The DVLA has recently introduced a simplified licence renewal process for drivers with epilepsy. This process has significantly reduced the need for the DVLA to seek further information from medical professionals and enabled more licensing decisions to be made based on the information provided by the driver.

The majority of those renewing their licence will be able to continue driving while their application is being processed, providing they can meet the criteria outlined here. Insurance cover in these circumstances is a matter for the insurance company concerned.

The DVLA is currently reviewing the information provided on GOV.UK to make clear that drivers have the option to surrender their driving licence before reporting a medical condition using the online fitness to drive service.

Trudy Harrison
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
7th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking with the Secretary of State for Education to support training opportunities for young people who wish to pursue careers as electric vehicle mechanics.

Our strategy for net zero is to lead the world in ending our contribution to climate change, while turning this mission into the greatest opportunity for jobs and prosperity for our country since the industrial revolution.

The Government is helping to develop the green skills needed for this net zero economy through initiatives such as the Green apprenticeships, Green Skills Bootcamps, Electrification skills boost, and Free Courses for Jobs.

We are also working with the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI). The Government’s Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) has endorsed the IMI’s TechSafe scheme to help ensure the UK’s workforce of mechanics are well trained and have the skills they need to repair electric vehicles safely.

OZEV has also endorsed the National Franchise Dealers Association’s Electric Vehicle Approved (EVA) Scheme which is a set of standards for automotive retail designed to recognise business excellence in the EV sector, in retail and after-sales care. The EVA mark is then awarded to individual locations that are rigorously and independently audited to ensure this standard is maintained.

Trudy Harrison
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
31st Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the potential impact on cost, schedule and benefits of decisions made during parliamentary scrutiny of the HS2 Phase 2 hybrid bills is considered when making future decisions on the project as a whole, as recommended in the National Audit Office report, High Speed Two: A Progress Report.

Alongside introduction of the High Speed Rail (Crewe-Manchester) hybrid Bill, the Government published an update to the strategic outline business case for this phase. This also reflects the case for the HS2 scheme taking into account Phases One and 2a. Refined versions of the business case, published as the scheme develops, will reflect impacts of any changes made during parliamentary passage. Lessons learnt from changes made during parliamentary scrutiny on the previous HS2 Bills and as HS2 is being constructed, are being taken into account as this Bill progresses through Parliament.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
4th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure HS2 stations are closely integrated within existing transport infrastructure as recommended in the Oakervee Review of HS2.

The Oakervee Review highlighted the importance of integrating HS2 stations with the existing transport network and the local area. Integrating HS2 stations with local and regional transport modes, including active travel options, is a key Sponsor’s Requirement (as set out in Sponsor’s Requirement no.13, in Annex 2 of the HS2 Development Agreement). By working with local and regional authorities and stakeholders HS2 Ltd must deliver integrated travel connections that promote sustainable travel. Work continues to ensure that HS2 stations across all phases are effectively integrated, through engagement with key partners such as Transport for London, Transport for the West Midlands, Transport for Greater Manchester, Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation, and relevant local planning and highways authorities.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
6th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that homeowners are adequately compensated in cases where the construction of HS2 public works have diminished the value of their property.

A comprehensive range of compensation schemes is in place across the whole route, following consultation. These in most cases go beyond what the law requires; they are generous and comprehensive and available until one year after the start of operations on the relevant section of the HS2 route. Property compensation schemes are subject to regular review, most recently in 2020, when 36 proposals for improvement were put forward, over half of which have now been implemented, and with more to come.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
9th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to conclusion 23 of the Oakervee Review, what recent steps have been taken to reduce the specifications of HS2 Phase One.

The Oakervee Review concluded that the scope of Phase One should be continually reviewed, within the limits of the Phase One Act powers. The Department continues to review its requirements for the railway and considers changes where there is a value-for-money case, within the scope of these powers.

For example, at Euston Station, following a review, the Department has recently confirmed the decision to move to a less complex, more efficient design of the station that continues to support the full HS2 service planned.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
9th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many new jobs the construction of HS2 Phase 1 has created in Buckinghamshire.

Figures provided by HS2 Ltd covering July to September 2021 show that 7,237 full-time equivalent jobs are supported by contractors working on the route from the Colne Valley to Southam.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he has taken to help prevent (a) decline and (b) extinction of the Barbastelle Bat at (i) Leather Lane, (ii) Bowood Lane and (iii) Jones Hill Wood.

The Secretary of State and HS2 Ltd take the preservation and enhancement of all bat species and populations associated with the project very seriously.

HS2 Ltd’s strategy for the preservation and enhancement of bats in this area adopts a precautionary approach as to the presence of a Barbastelle population at these locations. That strategy, overseen by experienced ecologists, is to enhance linkages between woodlands and other habitats to provide connectivity and additional foraging areas for bats.

Works will include new species-rich woodland planting, hedgerow creation, the strengthening of existing hedgerows, and the translocation and reuse of ancient woodland soils. Planting will also be placed alongside the top of the cutting associated with this area to direct bat flight lines towards crossing points at Wendover Dean Viaduct. Prior to works, mitigation measures include the erection of bat boxes ahead of tree felling to ensure there is continuous availability of roosting features.

The provision of habitat and the creation of links at this scale will significantly increase the amount of foraging and commuting habitat available to local bat communities in this area.

The landscape and ecological design for this stretch of route is still being developed. When finalised, the proposals will be submitted to Buckinghamshire Council to support the local planning application for this area under Schedule 17 of the Phase One Act.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he has taken to ensure that HS2 Limited is adhering to its Environmental Statement.

The Secretary of State for Transport has established a framework to control the environmental impacts of the HS2 project which includes the relevant Act(s), associated Environmental Statement(s) and a suite of documents that together form the project’s Environmental Minimum Requirements (EMRs).

HS2 Ltd is required to comply with the Acts and the EMRs, with the aim of ensuring that the environmental effects reported in the relevant Environmental Statement are not exceeded. The EMRs include documents such as the Code of Construction Practice, which sets out processes and practices to control the works on-site.

Further approvals and controls of designs are given through the planning regime established by the Act. HS2 Ltd and its contractors are also required to comply with commitments given to Parliament, and with Undertakings and Assurances given directly to other affected parties.

The Department for Transport monitors HS2 Ltd’s performance and compliance against all of its objectives, including environmental obligations, via its Development Agreement with the company, and has established supporting governance arrangements and management information streams to ensure that compliance is monitored and maintained.

HS2 Ltd is working towards the publication of its first Environmental Sustainability Performance Report which is planned to be published later this autumn. This will provide a clear and up-to-date account of HS2’s environmental impacts and the important work that is being deployed to mitigate any adverse effects from the scheme.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many and what proportion of Schedule 17 applications submitted by High Speed 2 Limited have been (a) refused or (b) modified by the relevant planning authority.

To date 407 Schedule 17 applications have been made by HS2 Ltd, of which nine (2.2%) have been refused by the relevant local planning authority. This does not include applications where the local authority has failed to determine an application within the specified timescale, or extended determination timescales agreed with HS2 Ltd, resulting in HS2 Ltd submitting an appeal to the Secretaries of State in order to maintain the programme.

Applications can be modified in a variety of ways. Local planning authorities may place conditions on an approval. Alternatively, pre-application discussions in advance of formal Schedule 17 applications being submitted, often result in a design being modified or adapted through direct requests from local authority officers, or due to questions or concerns being raised.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
2nd Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the level of support provided by the Government to local authorities for road surfacing in each of the last five years.

During the last five years the Department for Transport has provided over £5.9 billion by formula to local authorities in England, outside London, to support the maintenance of the local road network.

This funding is not ring-fenced, allowing local highway authorities to spend their allocations according to their own priorities.

28th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the findings of the European Parliament's Panel for the Future of Science and Technology report on the health impact of 5G.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and the Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment (COMARE) are aware of the European Parliament’s report. The UKHSA and COMARE will review emerging evidence and provide advice to inform the Government’s policy making.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
2nd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure adverse reactions to covid-19 vaccinations are appropriately (a) reported and (b) monitored.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) continually monitors the safety of vaccines used in the United Kingdom vaccination programme. This is based on a range of sources, including spontaneous adverse drug reaction data from the UK’s Yellow Card scheme and other global regulators, with data on vaccine exposure from public health partners and information from epidemiological studies. The MHRA’s scientists review information on a daily basis for safety issues or unexpected rare events. This enables rapid detection of any new risks, weighed against the expected benefits. The weekly Yellow Card report summarises information on COVID-19 vaccines received via the scheme and includes the findings of safety investigations carried out by the MHRA.

1st Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of a possible link between covid-19 vaccination and myocarditis in males under 40.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has reviewed United Kingdom and international reports of suspected myocarditis and pericarditis following vaccination against COVID-19. There has been higher reporting of these suspected events with mRNA vaccines Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna and occurring more frequently in males. In the UK the evidence shows that for the Pfizer vaccine, there is similar frequency of reporting after the first and second dose, with suspected events typically occurring within a short time after vaccination.

These reports have also been analysed by the Government’s independent advisory body, the Commission for Human Medicines and its COVID-19 Vaccines Benefit Risk Expert Working Group. Following their advice, the product information for the Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines was updated to include these reports and advise healthcare professionals and patients to be aware of symptoms of myocarditis and pericarditis.

1st Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to raise public awareness of the Coronavirus Yellow Card Reporting Scheme.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency routinely promotes the Yellow Card Scheme through social media and has encouraged reporting of the side effects of COVID-19 vaccines through a targeted communication campaign. This includes Google AdWords, website advertising banners and partner support through dedicated areas on websites directing users to the Scheme. Healthcare professionals also are encouraged to report any suspected adverse drug reactions experienced by patients.

13th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that the £500 million funding allocated to supporting and developing the social care workforce includes dedicated training on Parkinson's and Parkinson's-related dementia for staff involved directly in providing care.

Equipping the health and social care workforce with the skills they need is crucial to providing high quality of care for those living with dementia.

As announced in our recent white paper, People at the Heart of Care, Government will invest at least £500 million over the next three years in the training and development of the social care workforce. This will include co-producing a sector-wide Knowledge and Skills Framework, building on existing frameworks including the Dementia Training Standards Framework and providing hundreds of thousands of training places and qualifications for the workforce, including those working to support individuals with Parkinson's and dementia.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
6th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that the vaccination status of covid-19 vaccine trial participants is correctly displayed on their NHS Covid Pass.

All clinical trial participants should now be able to access their domestic NHS COVID Pass via the NHS App or NHS.UK for use in England. Trial participants can view details of their trial vaccines in their NHS COVID Pass if their clinical trial site has uploaded vaccination information onto the National Health Service vaccine database. Participants should confirm with their clinical trial site that their data has been transferred. Since 7 December, clinical trial participants who have received additional ‘top up’ doses of approved vaccines can now also demonstrate these in their NHS COVID Pass for travel via the NHS App and NHS.UK.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
23rd Nov 2021
What steps he is taking to help support patients who experience complications from surgical mesh.

Women who have been adversely affected by surgical mesh may access comprehensive treatment, care and advice at the 8 specialist mesh centres currently in operation across England.

Good progress is being made towards the establishment of a further regional service with a provider in the South West. NHS England and NHS Improvement will announce the location of this provider in due course.

Maria Caulfield
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
12th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to increase the radiology and oncology workforce.

The Spending Review in 2020 provided £260 million to continue to increase the National Health Service workforce and support commitments made in the NHS Long Term Plan. This included £52 million in 2021/22 for Health Education England to further invest in the cancer and diagnostics workforce and expanding the postgraduate medical training of key cancer-related medical professions, such as clinical radiologists and oncologists.

Following the outcome of the recent Spending Review, spending plans for individual budgets for 2022/23 to 2024/25, including for the radiology and oncology workforce, will be subject to a detailed financial planning exercise and finalised in due course.

15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much financial support he has provided to GP practices in Buckinghamshire to help meet their core service demand.

Total funding of £39.9 million has been allocated to general practitioner services in Buckinghamshire between 1 April to 30 September 2021, in addition to £1.1 million from the COVID-19 Capacity Extension Fund. Primary care services have also been able to reclaim expenditures made directly as a result of the pandemic. In Buckinghamshire, so far reimbursements have amounted to a total of just over £0.5 million.

On 14 October we announced a new £250 million Winter Access Fund to patients with urgent care needs to access the appropriate services taking account of their preferences, instead of going to hospital. The allocation for Buckinghamshire is to be determined by NHS England.

Maria Caulfield
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to facilitate access to (a) financial redress and (b) ongoing treatment and care for patients adversely affected by surgical mesh.

The Government published its response to the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review on 21 July 2021 which confirmed that no redress schemes will be established. Our primary focus is on improving future medicines and medical devices safety through funding on initiatives that directly improve future safety, including specialist mesh centres and support for families affected by medicines in pregnancy.

There are now eight specialist centres in operation across England to provide comprehensive treatment, care and advice for women affected by implanted mesh. Progress is being made towards the establishment of a regional service with a provider in the South West.

Maria Caulfield
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the forthcoming Women’s Health Strategy will include provision to support women experiencing ongoing harm due to the use of surgical mesh.

We are currently analysing the responses to the call for evidence, which was launched as part of the new Women’s Health Strategy for England. This will inform the priorities, content and actions of the Strategy, ensure it is evidence-based and reflects what women identify as priorities.

Women who have been adversely affected by implanted mesh may access comprehensive treatment, care and advice at the eight specialist mesh centres in operation across England.

Maria Caulfield
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
7th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 17 January 2022 to Question 102809, whether her Department plans to contact any Afghan citizens who are not British Council or GardaWorld contractors or Chevening Alumni within the first year of the third referral pathway of the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme.

The framework of the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS) was set out in the oral statement of 6 January. In Year 1 of the ACRS, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office will consider at-risk British Council and GardaWorld contractors and Chevening alumni for resettlement under the third pathway.

James Cleverly
Secretary of State for Education
12th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with representatives of the travel industry on the potential impact of removing VAT from the price of covid-19 PCR tests.

VAT is a broad-based tax on consumption. The standard rate of 20 per cent applies to most goods and services, including PCR tests. Medical testing, where it is administered by a registered health professional or where it is supervised by a relevant health professional and supplied as part of a single testing service, is exempt from VAT. The Government also continues to offer free Covid-19 testing for those with Covid-19 symptoms.

The Government recognises that the cost of PCR tests can be high, which is why we are working with the travel industry and private testing providers to see how we can further reduce the costs for the British public, whilst ensuring that travel remains as safe as possible. From 7 January 2022, eligible fully vaccinated passengers will no longer need to take a pre-departure test or self-isolate on arrival in England.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
9th Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to support people who work in the travel industry following the end of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme was designed as a temporary, economy-wide measure to support businesses while widespread restrictions were in place. To date, the scheme has succeeded in supporting 11.7 million jobs across the UK with employer claims totalling £70 billion, which has aided businesses and protected livelihoods.

Where applicable, travel agents can continue to apply for the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) scheme through their local authority, which is open until March 2022. Throughout the pandemic, over £2 billion of discretionary business grant funding was provided to local authorities via the ARG to support businesses in their local area. Local authorities determine how much funding to provide to businesses and exactly which businesses to target.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
25th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to reduce the time taken to respond to requests submitted to the Employer Checking Service.

Digital status has been an overwhelming success. Millions of customers have used the Home Office’s digital services which enable customers to prove their immigration status immediately. Data on the usage of our digital services can be found on the GOV.UK webpage: Migration transparency data - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).

As part of the continuing transformation of the border and immigration system, we will phase out physical and paper-based products and services and replace them with accessible, easy to use online and digital services. These new services, alongside new technologies, will remove certain scenarios where customers have to rely on the Employer Checking Service to prove their permission to work, helping reduce the need for employers to submit queries in future.

The home office is currently recruiting additional staff to reduce the time taken to respond to requests on the Employer Checking Service. Information on the number of requests submitted to the Employer Checking Service and awaiting a response as of 25 May 2022 is not available in a reportable format as it is unassured management information.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
25th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many requests submitted to the Employed Checking Service are awaiting response as of 25 May 2022.

Digital status has been an overwhelming success. Millions of customers have used the Home Office’s digital services which enable customers to prove their immigration status immediately. Data on the usage of our digital services can be found on the GOV.UK webpage: Migration transparency data - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).

As part of the continuing transformation of the border and immigration system, we will phase out physical and paper-based products and services and replace them with accessible, easy to use online and digital services. These new services, alongside new technologies, will remove certain scenarios where customers have to rely on the Employer Checking Service to prove their permission to work, helping reduce the need for employers to submit queries in future.

The Home Office is currently recruiting additional staff to reduce the time taken to respond to requests on the Employer Checking Service, information on the number of requests submitted to the Employer Checking Service and awaiting a response as of 25 May 2022 is not publicly available.

Kit Malthouse
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
17th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether Ukrainian minors seeking asylum in the UK will be allowed to travel to the UK with individuals other than their legal parents or guardians where parental consent has been provided.

The Homes for Ukraine scheme is run and maintained by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities. More information can be found at

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-a-visa-under-the-ukraine-sponsorship-scheme

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
22nd Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with the Ukrainian government regarding the inclusion of unaccompanied Ukrainian minors in Phase 1 of the Homes for Ukraine scheme.

We recognise the deeply troubling circumstances faced by all Ukrainians who are caught up in this conflict, including unaccompanied minors. Safeguarding and protection of these vulnerable children is paramount.

The routes and visa changes which we have announced so far follow extensive engagement with the Ukrainian Government to ensure they respond directly to their concerns. The Ukrainian Government stated to the UK Government in writing on 7th March 2022 that: “any Ukrainian Child who is currently outside Ukraine may not be adopted or placed in the care of foreigners without the consent of Ukraine”. The current rules in relation to unaccompanied children and the Home for Ukraine Scheme therefore respect this position.

We will continue to work closely with the Ukrainian Government going forward as to how we can work together to support unaccompanied children displaced by the conflict.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
1st Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to increase the proportion of online scams resulting in (a) a full investigation and (b) the prosecution of the perpetrator.

The Government is committed to increasing improvements in the response to fraud – including investigations and prosecutions. The government is committed to taking fraudsters off the streets and increasing arrests and prosecutions. We the government is committed to increasing arrests and prosecutions and that is why we have been working with partners from law enforcement, the public and private sectors to explore all options available to give our policing colleagues what they need to keep pace with criminals and encourage innovation within industry.

In February 2021, we set out an ambitious framework for tackling fraud against individuals and businesses, which will be published in detail later in 2022. It will commit key partners in the public and private sectors to do more to tackle fraud, focusing on restricting opportunities to commit fraud increasing public awareness and strengthening victim support.

We are already increasing law enforcement investigative capacity in the National Crime Agency and in Regional Organised Crime Units across England and Wales. As part of the Police Uplift Programme to recruit an additional 20,000 officers by 2023, we have channelled additional officer resource into the Regional Organised Crime Unit network to work on a host of serious and organised crime threats including fraud as well as posts to the City of London Police to fulfil their role as a world-class fraud specialist force. We will also establish a new fraud investigative function in the NCA to target the most complex and serious fraudsters, meeting a manifesto commitment to create a new national cybercrime force focused on fraud. We are also increasing intelligence capabilities in the NCA and the national security community to identify the most harmful criminals and organised criminal gangs.

31st Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of support provided to local police forces to assist in the investigation of scams conducted (a) through telephone calls and (b) online.

We recognise that there needs to be improvements in the response to fraud – from the reporting process through to investigations. That is why we have been working with partners from law enforcement, the public and private sectors to explore all options available to give our policing colleagues what they need to keep pace with criminals and encourage innovation within industry.

The government is committed to taking fraudsters off the streets and increasing arrests and prosecutions. We are increasing law enforcement investigative capacity in the National Crime Agency and in Regional Organised Crime Units across England and Wales.

As part of the Police Uplift Programme to recruit an additional 20,000 officers by 2023, we have channelled additional officer resource into the Regional Organised Crime Unit network to work on a host of serious and organised crime threats including fraud as well as posts to the City of London Police to fulfil their role as a world-class fraud specialist force.

We will also establish a new fraud investigative function in the NCA to target the most complex and serious fraudsters, meeting a manifesto commitment to create a new national cybercrime force focused on fraud. We are also increasing intelligence capabilities in the NCA and the national security community to identify the most harmful criminals and organised criminal gangs.

Kit Malthouse
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
12th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to provide information to hon. Members on whether the cases they have referred to her Department will be considered for resettlement under the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme.

The Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS) will prioritise those who have assisted UK efforts in Afghanistan and stood up for UK values such as democracy, women’s rights, freedom of speech and rule of law; and vulnerable people such as women and girls at risk, and members of minority groups (including ethnic / religious minorities and LGBT+).

There is no application process for the ACRS. Instead, eligible people will be prioritised and referred for resettlement through one of three ways. The statement of 6 January sets this out in detail: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/oral-statement-on-the-afghan-citizens-resettlement-scheme

Representations from Members of Parliament have raised the plight of a great number of people from Afghanistan who would wish to relocate to the UK.

These representations have helped to inform the design of the ACRS as a scheme that will help those in need who are particularly vulnerable, including women and children at risk, and minority groups; as well as those who have supported the UK mission in Afghanistan.

All referrals onto the ACRS will be through the three pathways set out in the statement to Parliament of 6 January, which is a fair and equitable way to identify those most in need.

As an additional verification step, we shall check names of eligible British Council and GardaWorld contractors and Chevening alumni against the names of people referred to us by MPs during the evacuation.

12th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department plans to contact vulnerable Afghans to inform them that they are eligible for the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme.

The Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS) commenced on 6th January. The ACRS will provide up to 20,000 women, children and others at risk with a safe and legal route to resettle in the UK.

The first to be resettled under the new ACRS will be some of those already evacuated and in the UK. They include women’s rights activists, journalists, and prosecutors, as well as the Afghan families of British Nationals.

From Spring, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will refer refugees to the scheme, based on assessments of protection need.

In Year One we will also resettle individuals who supported the UK and international community effort in Afghanistan, including those British Council and GardaWorld contractors and Chevening alumni who are most at risk. The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office will be in touch with those eligible to support them through the next steps.

There will not be an application process for the ACRS. More detail on the three referral pathways can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/afghan-citizens-resettlement-scheme.

1st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish an impact assessment on the closure of the police counter in Amersham.

The Home Office does not publish impact assessments relating to police office closures.

Decisions on how to use funding and resources are an operational matter for Chief Constables. Police and Crime Commissioners are best placed to make resourcing decisions within their communities based on their local knowledge and experience, including the management of the police estate.

Kit Malthouse
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
1st Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if the Government will make it its policy to make it mandatory for a planning inspector to visit any site that is being proposed for removal from the green belt as part of a local development plan.

Paragraph 140 of the National Planning Policy Framework states that 'once established, Green Belt boundaries should only be altered where exceptional circumstances are fully evidenced and justified, through the preparation or updating of plans'


All local plans must be submitted for independent examination by an inspector. Where a local authority is proposing to amend Green Belt boundaries, it is for the inspector to decide if exceptional circumstances have been adequately demonstrated, and ultimately, whether the local plan is 'sound' and can be adopted.

Government policy on local plan examination site visits is set out in paragraph 3.23 of 'Procedure Guide for Local Plan Examinations’. It states that: 'The Inspector will decide which sites and locations they need to visit in order to assess the soundness of the plan and may also undertake a familiarisation tour of the area. Site visits may take place at any time during the examination'.

Stuart Andrew
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
1st Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what the process is by which a local development plan can be modified once adopted.

The law requires local planning authorities to review their local plans at least once every five years to assess whether updates are needed. When updates are needed, authorities must follow the local plan preparation process set out in law. The plan-making section of Government's planning practice guidance provides further details on this process. Government planning practice guidance also sets out the process for updating neighbourhood plans.

Stuart Andrew
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
21st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, when he will publish the Government's response to his Department's call for evidence on local authority remote meetings.

The Department has considered the responses to the consultation and the Government will respond shortly.

18th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what the process is by which land that has been removed from the green belt can be returned to the green belt.

Local authorities are responsible for creating and protecting Green Belt. Our National Planning Policy Framework states that a local authority can take land out of Green Belt only in exceptional circumstances, through the local plan process. Similarly, if a local authority considers that certain land would, and should, serve the purposes of Green Belt as set out in the Framework, it could propose the new designation as a policy in a revised local plan, and consult the local community. After any further revision, the draft plan would be submitted for formal examination in public by an independent Planning Inspector, acting on behalf of the Secretary of State. The plan (including any new Green Belt boundary) is checked thoroughly to confirm whether it is sound: that is, positively prepared, justified, effective, and consistent with the Framework.

Stuart Andrew
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
31st Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make it his policy to retain current protections afforded to greenbelt areas in future Government planning proposals.

This Government has a manifesto commitment to protect and enhance the Green Belt. Our National Planning Policy Framework makes clear that a local authority can take land out of Green Belt only in exceptional circumstances, through the local plan process, and only if it can demonstrate that it has explored all other reasonable options. These strong protections for Green Belt land will remain firmly in place.

18th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when his Department plans to bring forward policy proposals in response to the Government's call for evidence on dispute resolution in England and Wales.

The Ministry of Justice published a Summary of Responses to the Call for Evidence on Dispute Resolution in England & Wales in March this year. Policy proposals informed by these responses are under development and will be the subject of further public consultation in due course.

Sarah Dines
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)