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Stephen Crabb

Conservative - Preseli Pembrokeshire

Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union
11th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Committee on Exiting the European Union
11th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
19th Mar 2016 - 14th Jul 2016
Secretary of State for Wales
15th Jul 2014 - 19th Mar 2016
Lord Commissioner (HM Treasury) (Whip) (Jointly as unpaid Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Wales Office)
6th Sep 2012 - 15th Jul 2014
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Wales Office) (Jointly as a paid Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury (Whip) - House of Commons)
6th Sep 2012 - 15th Jul 2014
Assistant Whip (HM Treasury)
12th May 2010 - 6th Sep 2012
Opposition Whip (Commons)
19th Jan 2009 - 6th May 2010
International Development Committee
9th Nov 2007 - 13th Jul 2009
Treasury Committee
17th Nov 2008 - 9th Feb 2009
Welsh Affairs Committee
17th Jul 2005 - 17th Dec 2007


Oral Question
Wednesday 6th July 2022
11:30
Wales Office
Oral Question No. 13
What discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the implementation of the Levelling Up Fund in Wales.
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Select Committee Meeting
Wednesday 6th July 2022
14:30
Liaison Committee (Commons) - Oral evidence
Subject: The work of the Prime Minister
6 Jul 2022, 2:30 p.m.
At 3.00pm: Oral evidence
Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP, Prime Minister
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Division Votes
Monday 27th June 2022
Northern Ireland Protocol Bill
voted Aye - in line with the party majority
One of 283 Conservative Aye votes vs 0 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 295 Noes - 221
Speeches
Tuesday 28th June 2022
Oral Answers to Questions
Thanks to this Government, we have record low unemployment and more job vacancies than jobseekers, but almost 9 million people …
Written Answers
Tuesday 28th June 2022
Employment Schemes
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Plan for …
Early Day Motions
None available
Bills
None available
Tweets
None available
MP Financial Interests
Monday 28th March 2022
3. Gifts, benefits and hospitality from UK sources
Name of donor: TikTok
Address of donor: 180 Strand, Temple, London WC2R 1EA
Amount of donation or nature and value …
EDM signed
Tuesday 22nd January 2019
CENTENARY OF THE GOVERNMENT CHIEF WHIP'S OFFICE
That this House congratulates the Office of the Government Chief Whip on reaching its centenary year; further congratulates Sir Roy …
Supported Legislation
Wednesday 19th July 2017
Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act 2018
To make provision about offences when perpetrated against emergency workers, and persons assisting such workers; to make certain offences aggravated …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Stephen Crabb has voted in 334 divisions, and 1 time against the majority of their Party.

27 Apr 2021 - Delegated Legislation - View Vote Context
Stephen Crabb voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 77 Conservative No votes vs 222 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 431 Noes - 89
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Simon Hart (Conservative)
Secretary of State for Wales
(31 debate interactions)
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
(18 debate interactions)
Steve Barclay (Conservative)
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
(12 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Cabinet Office
(31 debate contributions)
Wales Office
(31 debate contributions)
HM Treasury
(26 debate contributions)
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Preseli Pembrokeshire 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 Preseli Pembrokeshire signature proportion
Stephen Crabb has not participated in any petition debates

Latest EDMs signed by Stephen Crabb

22nd January 2019
Stephen Crabb signed this EDM on Tuesday 22nd January 2019

CENTENARY OF THE GOVERNMENT CHIEF WHIP'S OFFICE

Tabled by: Lord McLoughlin (Conservative - Derbyshire Dales)
That this House congratulates the Office of the Government Chief Whip on reaching its centenary year; further congratulates Sir Roy Stone, Principal Private Secretary, on his knighthood in the 2019 New Year's Honours list; notes that Sir Roy is only the fourth person since 1919 to hold the position of …
35 signatures
(Most recent: 12 Feb 2019)
Signatures by party:
Conservative: 27
Labour: 4
Democratic Unionist Party: 2
Liberal Democrat: 1
Scottish National Party: 1
10th October 2016
Stephen Crabb signed this EDM on Wednesday 12th October 2016

50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ABERFAN DISASTER

Tabled by: Gerald Jones (Labour - Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney)
That this House sends a message of wholehearted support to the people of Aberfan, Merthyr Vale and surrounding communities in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan Disaster on 21 October 1966 that resulted in the loss of 116 children and 28 adults, an event of such unimaginable and …
76 signatures
(Most recent: 22 Mar 2017)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 39
Scottish National Party: 14
Conservative: 6
Independent: 6
Liberal Democrat: 4
Democratic Unionist Party: 3
Plaid Cymru: 2
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 2
The Independent Group for Change: 1
Ulster Unionist Party: 1
Non-affiliated: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Stephen Crabb, 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.


Stephen Crabb has not been granted any Urgent Questions

1 Adjournment Debate led by Stephen Crabb

Thursday 15th October 2020

Stephen Crabb has not introduced any legislation before Parliament


67 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
14th Apr 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he expects the National Security Adviser to complete his review of the sale of Newport Wafer Fab to Nexperia; and if he will make a statement.

The Government is considering the case and no decisions have been made. As part of that consideration the National Security Adviser was asked to review this case. We are unable to comment on the details of national security assessments.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
10th Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he plans to publish the findings and recommendations from the Supply Chain Taskforce which concluded its report in January 2022.

In October 2021, the Prime Minister appointed Sir Dave Lewis as his Supply Chains Adviser. Sir Dave Lewis worked with the Cabinet Office Supply Chains Unit, across HM Government and with industry, meeting over 100 businesses from a range of sectors, to help resolve a number of acute and short term issues. Sir Dave Lewis advised the Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on immediate improvements and long-termer changes to improve the UK’s supply chain resilience.

There is no standalone report for publication; however, Sir Dave Lewis' final recommendations included:

  1. ensuring that government continues to build and embed departmental capability and collaboration on supply chains policy;

  2. that government builds stronger capability to horizon scan, spot risks early, and collate and utilise data to determine and solve supply chains data;

  3. working with industry to consider how best to optimise existing infrastructure capacity;

  4. improving cross-modal connectivity.

HM Government has already put in place many measures to deal with the extraordinary set of circumstances brought on by the pandemic and the global economy rebounding. The resilience of the UK’s supply chains remains a key priority for this Government.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
27th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the continued use of new Border Control Points following implementation of the Digital Borders programme.

The Government's Target Operating Model for a modernised UK border is set out in the 2025 Border Strategy, which was published in December 2020. As this sets out, we are seeking to digitise as much of the border process as possible. However, there will always be a need for some physical interventions at the border and, therefore, a continued role for Border Control Posts.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
10th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the recruitment industry on (a) skills shortages and (b) improving productivity in the labour market.

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation met with us on 27th October 2021 to discuss skills shortages and they regularly attend PBS Sector Calls to outline their views. These occur broadly monthly, the last was on the 9th of March, with both ministerial and recruitment sector representatives. We welcome their continued engagement on these important issues.

Lee Rowley
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
23rd Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what representations he has received from the UK oil refining industry on the ban on new petrol and diesel vehicle sales from 2030.

The Department has regular contact with the UK Petroleum Industry Association and individual refineries on the role of the downstream oil sector in meeting the UK’s target of net zero emissions by 2050. Most recently discussions focused on the UK Petroleum Industry Association’s October report “Transition, Transformation and Innovation: Our Role in the Net-Zero Challenge”, including the potential for the sector to make a contribution in the areas of low carbon liquid fuels, hydrogen, CCUS, and other innovative technologies.

As regards the Government’s announcement to end the sale of new diesel and petrol cars in the UK by 2030, all sectors had the opportunity to make representations in the consultation led by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
23rd Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the economic effect on the UK oil refining sector of the ban on new petrol and diesel vehicle sales from 2030.

The Department has regular contact with the UK Petroleum Industry Association and individual refineries on the role of the downstream oil sector in meeting the UK’s target of net zero emissions by 2050. Most recently discussions focused on the UK Petroleum Industry Association’s October report “Transition, Transformation and Innovation: Our Role in the Net-Zero Challenge”, including the potential for the sector to make a contribution in the areas of low carbon liquid fuels, hydrogen, CCUS, and other innovative technologies.

As regards the Government’s announcement to end the sale of new diesel and petrol cars in the UK by 2030, all sectors had the opportunity to make representations in the consultation led by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
23rd Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with UK oil refiners on the provision of additional support for the industry to adapt their operations ahead of the ban on new petrol and diesel vehicle sales from 2030.

The Department has regular contact with the UK Petroleum Industry Association and individual refineries on the role of the downstream oil sector in meeting the UK’s target of net zero emissions by 2050. Most recently discussions focused on the UK Petroleum Industry Association’s October report “Transition, Transformation and Innovation: Our Role in the Net-Zero Challenge”, including the potential for the sector to make a contribution in the areas of low carbon liquid fuels, hydrogen, CCUS, and other innovative technologies.

As regards the Government’s announcement to end the sale of new diesel and petrol cars in the UK by 2030, all sectors had the opportunity to make representations in the consultation led by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
16th Jun 2020
What steps his Department is taking to ensure that workplaces are safe during the covid-19 outbreak.

We have published comprehensive guidance to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. This guidance has been developed with input from firms, unions, industry bodies and the devolved administrations, and in consultation with Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
2nd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to incentivise industry to engage in the Industrial Cluster Mission challenge; and what financial mechanisms his Department is assessing to support the development low-carbon liquid fuels.

The Department is engaging and working closely with industry partners on the delivery of the Industrial Clusters Mission. We are providing funding, through the £170 million Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge, to support industry with the deployment of low carbon technologies in industrial clusters.

Through the BEIS Energy Innovation Programme the Department has committed £20 million towards assessing the opportunity for industry to switch to low carbon fuels. The Industrial Fuel Switching competition is supporting four projects based across the UK to trial these alternative fuels, improving our understanding on the impact they may have on industry.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
1st May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 20 March 2020 to Question 28578 on Palestinians: Textbooks, whether the Georg Eckert Institute’s interim report into Palestinian Authority school textbooks will be published in full without redaction; and if she will place a copy of the preliminary findings in the Library after the expected publication of the interim report in June 2020.

The UK government is deeply concerned about allegations of incitement in Palestinian Authority’s school textbooks.

Following UK calls for action, we secured agreement from European partners to commission the Georg Eckert Institute to conduct an independent review, which is currently underway. We expect an interim report by June, with a full report later in the year.

We have regular discussions with our European Partners on the Review and we continue to encourage the EU to publish the report. The issue was most recently raised on 18 February by the UK Consul General Jerusalem with the EU Representative in Jerusalem.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
12th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what processes her Department uses to monitor the content of teacher training programmes funded by Official Development Assistance.

The Department for International Development is committed to promoting evidence-based approaches to teacher training. This is also part of our Manifesto pledge to ensure that all girls around the world receive 12 years of quality education.

In all cases we conduct risk assessments and spot checks of teacher training content and assess the risk of contentious materials. Further monitoring is determined on a programme basis depending on the country context, the extent of UKAid funding and the training provider. This can include visits to teacher training sessions and independent reviews of training materials conducted by third parties.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
12th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions she has had with his EU counterparts on the forthcoming publication of the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research’s preliminary report into Palestinian Authority school textbooks undertaken on behalf of the EU; and what representations she has made on publishing that report.

The UK government is deeply concerned about allegations of incitement in Palestinian Authority’s school textbooks. We funded work to develop the methodology for an independent textbook Review sponsored by our European partners. We expect an interim report by June, with a full report later in the year. We have regular discussions with our European Partners on the Review. The issue was most recently raised on 18 February by the UK Consul General Jerusalem with the EU Representative in Jerusalem.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
16th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate she has made of the total value of bilateral trade with Israel in the last five years, and what steps she is taking to increase that value in the next five years.

Our bilateral trade relationship with Israel is already strong at almost £5 billion per year. Total trade between the UK and Israel has grown over the last five years from £3.5 billion in 2015 to £4.8 billion in 2020.

Officials and Ministers are in regular contact with their Israeli counterparts on our existing bilateral free trade agreement and ambitions for our future relationship. The Government will open a Call for Input on an enhanced bilateral free trade agreement with Israel early this year.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
16th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent discussions she has had with the government of Israel on a free trade agreement.

Officials and Ministers are in regular contact with their Israeli counterparts on our existing bilateral free trade agreement and ambitions for our future relationship. On Wednesday 24th November 2021, my Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Trade met the Israeli Ambassador and discussed ways in which we can enhance our existing trade relationship over time.

The Government will open a Call for Input on an enhanced bilateral free trade agreement with Israel early this year.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
23rd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of sectors requiring trade cooperation with Israel beyond the trade continuity agreement.

As the Foreign Secretary noted during his recent visit to the region, the United Kingdom’s relationship with Israel is strong. We wish to strengthen it even further. We have identified opportunities to do so in sectors such as financial services, infrastructure and technology. We will work with Israeli counterparts to realise these, including through reinstating plans to host a United Kingdom-Israel Trade and Investment Conference in London.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
28th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has plans to review vehicle lighting legislation following the UK's departure from the EU to reduce the impact of dazzle on drivers and pedestrians.

Provisions for vehicle headlamps are established and agreed within the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and define maximum and minimum intensity, light pattern and position on the vehicle. The rights and obligations of the UK within the UNECE are unaffected by EU Exit.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
21st Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that smooth flows of passengers are maintained at St Pancras after the introduction of the new entry-exist system for the Schengen border in 2022.

The Government is engaging closely with industry, including Eurostar, to consider the operational challenges and impacts as a result of border operations, including the introduction of the EU’s ‘Entry-Exit system’.

I recently met with Eurostar representatives at St Pancras to discuss this issue and understand the operational challenges. My officials have facilitated similar discussions on this issue with industry and other government departments. The Government expects to see workable, pragmatic solutions, which take account of the unique operational considerations of juxtaposed border controls and supports efficient passenger flows.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury and Chief Whip
21st Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the impact on operations at St Pancras Station of the introduction of the entry-exist system for the Schengen border in 2022.

The Government is engaging closely with industry, including Eurostar, to consider the operational challenges and impacts as a result of border operations, including the introduction of the EU’s ‘Entry-Exit system’.

I recently met with Eurostar representatives at St Pancras to discuss this issue and understand the operational challenges. My officials have facilitated similar discussions on this issue with industry and other government departments. The Government expects to see workable, pragmatic solutions, which take account of the unique operational considerations of juxtaposed border controls and supports efficient passenger flows.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury and Chief Whip
26th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the shortage of HGV drivers in the UK.

The labour shortages in the sector are longstanding. Industry estimates the shortage of HGV drivers to be between 60,000 - 76,000.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
26th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to tackle the backlog of HGV driving tests.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has put in place a number of measures to increase driving tests. These include offering overtime and annual leave buy back to examiners, asking all those qualified to conduct tests, but who do not do so as part of their current day job, to return to conducting tests, and conducting out of hours testing (such as on public holidays). The DVSA has also started a recruitment campaign to increase the number of examiners. The aim is to increase testing capacity and reduce the backlog as quickly as possible, whilst maintaining a COVID-secure service for customers and examiners.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
29th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to introduce the Veterans Railcard in Wales.

On 22 January, I announced that our new Veterans Railcard would be available from 11 November this year. Most railcards can be used across Great Britain and, given the interconnected nature of rail services, I have written to my counterparts in Wales and Scotland inviting them to work with me to ensure the Veteran’s Railcard is accepted on services for which they are responsible. Passengers will be fully appraised of the railcard’s validity before it goes live, and this will include how to apply and the detailed terms and conditions.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury and Chief Whip
26th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households in receipt of universal credit and subject to deductions (a) with children and (b) without children had (i) up to five per cent, (ii) between six and 10 per cent, (iii) between 11 and 15 per cent, (iv) between 16 and 20 per cent, (v) between 21 and 25 per cent and (vi) more than 25 per cent of the Standard Allowance deducted in the most recent month for which data are available.

The information requested for Universal Credit Households with children with deductions is provided in the attached spreadsheet.

The UK Government recognises the importance of safeguarding the welfare of claimants who have incurred debt. Under Universal Credit there is a co-ordinated approach to deductions from benefit, which supports claimants to manage their financial obligations. We carefully balance our duty to the taxpayer to recover overpayments with our support for claimants.

David Rutley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
26th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households in receipt of Universal Credit and subject to deductions of their Standard Allowance who were (a) assessed and (b) not assessed to have (i) limited capability for work and (ii) limited capability for work and work-related activity had (A) up to five per cent, (B) between six and 10 per cent, (C) between 11 and 15 per cent, (D) between 16 and 20 per cent, (E) between 21 and 25 per cent and (F) more than 25 per cent of their Standard Allowance deducted in the most recent month for which data is available.

The information requested for Universal Credit households with limited capability for work and work-related activity with deductions is provided in the attached spreadsheet.

Deductions are made for a number of reasons including to help claimants pay back rent arrears or debt to energy companies so they are not evicted and can heat their homes, as well as to pay court fines.

David Rutley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
10th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of proposals from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation for a cross-departmental forum in collaboration with business and industry to consider long-term workforce planning.

Government departments already work closely together, and with employers, on our approach to skills and the labour market.

DWP regularly meets with departments responsible for key sectors to identify and promote opportunities within high demand and growing sectors. By identifying barriers and skills needs, DWP can ensure that provision is available to support people to move into and progress in jobs in local growing sectors.

Government departments also work closely with employers to ensure that the skills offer encompasses the needs of employers by putting them at the heart of the skills system and ensuring that education and training meets their needs. By 2030, almost all technical courses will be on employer-led standards, ensuring that the education and training people receive, is directly linked to the skills needed for jobs.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
21st Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average universal credit award is in (a) Preseli Pembrokeshire constituency and (b) the UK.

The mean amount of Universal Credit awarded for households in Great Britain is published and can be found in Table 2 of the Households on Universal Credit dataset at:

https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/

This table can be filtered by Westminster Parliamentary Constituency.

Guidance on how to extract information from Stat-Xplore can be found at:

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

The statistics for Northern Ireland are published by the Department for Communities and can be found at:

https://www.communities-ni.gov.uk/articles/universal-credit-statistics

David Rutley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
20th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent discussions she has had with the recruitment sector on (a) providing sufficient workforce for businesses and (b) tackling the increasing vacancy level.

The Department is continuing to work with a number of other Government Departments, Devolved Authorities in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as sector and trade bodies to fill vacancies in sectors experiencing labour shortages, offering training for those who need it, and securing jobs directly for those ready to move into roles.

We regularly meet with stakeholders such as the Recruitment Employers Confederation (REC) and the Federation of Small Business (FSB) to discuss recruitment.

The Department’s National Employer and Partnership Team work collaboratively with a number of recruitment agencies across the UK, notably Manpower, Capita, Reed, Adecco and Staffline. Each of these accounts have a dedicated Senior National Account Manager to support them.

The National Employer and Partnership Team also work closely with the Recruitment Employers Confederation (REC) who are the Trade Body for the sector.

All of the recruitment agencies are employing people direct, and all are reporting high levels of vacancies, including permanent jobs. The National Employer and Partnership Team work closely with the agencies to promote their opportunities to the department’s growing network of Jobcentre Plus. Recent examples are Adecco recruiting for Amazon across the UK, who are placing opportunities with local jobcentres in a variety of locations. Capita are also recruiting for Go – Centric who have 1500 contact centre opportunities across the UK.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
7th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of job vacancies in the labour market in (a) the UK and (b) Wales as at 7 June 2021.

Official data from the independent Office for National Statistics shows that the number of advertised vacancies across the UK economy was 657,000 in February to April 2021 – 154,000 (19%) below their pre-COVID-19 level.

Our Plan for Jobs is an ambitious programme of job creation and support to help people of all ages move into work or gain the skills that will open up job opportunities.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
14th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of sharing universal credit data with local authorities to help improve local responses to poverty.

The Department already shares significant amounts of Universal Credit (UC) data through a secure mechanism with Local Authorities (LAs), including through a daily feed of change notifications to support administration of Council Tax Reduction schemes. In addition, LAs have access to claimant level UC data via a system called Searchlight. We continue to engage with LAs to enhance our understanding of how data access may support localised provision.

To further support LAs in identifying vulnerable families, we are also planning to provide them with information about those Universal Credit claims with limited capability for work as well as claims with earnings below the free school meals and free prescription thresholds before the end of May.

Will Quince
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
14th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to increase data sharing with local authorities on universal credit.

The Department already shares significant amounts of Universal Credit (UC) data through a secure mechanism with Local Authorities (LAs), including through a daily feed of change notifications to support administration of Council Tax Reduction schemes. In addition, LAs have access to claimant level UC data via a system called Searchlight. We continue to engage with LAs to enhance our understanding of how data access may support localised provision.

To further support LAs in identifying vulnerable families, we are also planning to provide them with information about those Universal Credit claims with limited capability for work as well as claims with earnings below the free school meals and free prescription thresholds before the end of May.

Will Quince
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
21st Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to increase data sharing with local authorities on universal credit.

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

Will Quince
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
21st Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of sharing universal credit data with local authorities to help improve local responses to poverty.

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

Will Quince
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
7th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions she has had with her counterpart in the Philippines on emergency relief following Typhoon Rai.

The UK was saddened to see the devastation wrought by Typhoon Rai on the Philippines on 16 and 17 December. We offer our deepest sympathies to those who have been affected.

The UK has committed £1 million to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) emergency appeal, launched on 18 December 2021. This will go towards supporting the immediate and early recovery needs of affected people in areas including water, sanitation and hygiene; shelter; and protection of the most vulnerable. The UK is also one of the top contributors to the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) which is contributing £9 million to the UN's Humanitarian Response Plan for Typhoon Odette.

I discussed the situation with the Philippines Ambassador to the UK on 20 December 2021.

Amanda Milling
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
7th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assistance her Department is providing to the Philippines following Typhoon Rai.

The UK was saddened to see the devastation wrought by Typhoon Rai on the Philippines on 16 and 17 December. We offer our deepest sympathies to those who have been affected.

The UK has committed £1 million to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) emergency appeal, launched on 18 December 2021. This will go towards supporting the immediate and early recovery needs of affected people in areas including water, sanitation and hygiene; shelter; and protection of the most vulnerable. The UK is also one of the top contributors to the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) which is contributing £9 million to the UN's Humanitarian Response Plan for Typhoon Odette.

I discussed the situation with the Philippines Ambassador to the UK on 20 December 2021.

Amanda Milling
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
27th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had on Iran’s nuclear activities with his counterparts in (a) Israel, (b) United Arab Emirates and (c) Bahrain.

The Foreign Secretary has been clear that Iran must never develop a nuclear weapon. Our immediate priority is working with Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) participants to return the US to the deal, bring Iran back into compliance with its commitments and restore the benefits of the deal for all. The Government has also long been clear about its concerns over Iran and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) continued destabilising activity.

We regularly discuss regional issues with the Governments of Israel, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain including their policy towards Iran, and continue to support the security of our allies. The Foreign Secretary was in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories over 25-26 May for talks with Ministers following the Israel-Gaza ceasefire, including on regional security. I [Mr Cleverly] discussed regional security with HE Khalifa Shaheen al Marar, Minister of State with responsibility for Arab Affairs at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 28 March.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
27th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had on the potential effect of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps on regional peace and security with his counterparts in (a) Israel, (b) United Arab Emirates and (c) Bahrain.

The Foreign Secretary has been clear that Iran must never develop a nuclear weapon. Our immediate priority is working with Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) participants to return the US to the deal, bring Iran back into compliance with its commitments and restore the benefits of the deal for all. The Government has also long been clear about its concerns over Iran and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) continued destabilising activity.

We regularly discuss regional issues with the Governments of Israel, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain including their policy towards Iran, and continue to support the security of our allies. The Foreign Secretary was in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories over 25-26 May for talks with Ministers following the Israel-Gaza ceasefire, including on regional security. I [Mr Cleverly] discussed regional security with HE Khalifa Shaheen al Marar, Minister of State with responsibility for Arab Affairs at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 28 March.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
11th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if the Government will join the United States, Canada and Australia in opposing events to make the twentieth anniversary of the 2001 World Conference Against Racism in Durban.

The United Kingdom is committed to combatting all forms of racism, including anti-Semitism, both at home and abroad. We believe that one of the most effective ways to tackle injustices and advocate respect among different religious and racial groups is to encourage all states to uphold their human rights obligations. Some of the anti-Semitic actions and speeches in and around the Durban conference and its various follow-up events gave rise to serious concerns. We will consider UK attendance in the light of developments between now and the commemoration event, including the likelihood of any recurrence.

The Foreign Secretary recently reaffirmed the UK's condemnation to anti-Semitism during a debate in the House of Commons on 20 April 2021, and I raised my opposition to anti-Semitism during a Westminster Hall Debate on 26 November 2020. We also delivered a statement at the United Nations General Assembly in November expressing concern about the rise of anti-Semitism and other forms of discrimination in the wake of Covid-19.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
27th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether it remains the UK’s position that any settlement resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict should include recognition of the plight of Jewish refugees from the Middle East and North Africa as well as Palestinian refugees.

We are clear that the status of refugees must be agreed as part of any final peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. The United Kingdom is focused on working with international and regional partners to harness the changing Israeli-Arab relations to encourage a return to dialogue. The history of Jewish migration and displacement in the region is highly complex and cannot be ignored. We acknowledge that the Jewish community has experienced unacceptable suffering. We continue to support the aspiration for a Jewish homeland in the modern state of Israel, just as we support the objective of a viable and sovereign Palestinian state. A peaceful future for the Middle East depends on a peace agreement that offers fair restitution for both sides, and a willingness on the part of all countries in the region to respect the rights of minorities and build inclusive societies which enshrine and uphold those rights.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
27th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on recognition and restitution for Jewish refugees from the Middle East and North Africa.

We are clear that the status of refugees must be agreed as part of any final peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. The United Kingdom is focused on working with international and regional partners to harness the changing Israeli-Arab relations to encourage a return to dialogue. The history of Jewish migration and displacement in the region is highly complex and cannot be ignored. We acknowledge that the Jewish community has experienced unacceptable suffering. We continue to support the aspiration for a Jewish homeland in the modern state of Israel, just as we support the objective of a viable and sovereign Palestinian state. A peaceful future for the Middle East depends on a peace agreement that offers fair restitution for both sides, and a willingness on the part of all countries in the region to respect the rights of minorities and build inclusive societies which enshrine and uphold those rights.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
22nd Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October 2020 to Question 100918 on Israel: Embassies, if he will publish Accountable Grant Agreements between the Government and delivery partners for those projects; and which other proposals were submitted to the open competition.

I have asked my office to send you a copy of the Grant Agreements, redacted in line with FOI legislation to protect commercial sensitivities and personal data. I have also asked officials to supply a list of names of the other bidders.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
8th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 1 October 2020 to Question 94380, if he will place a copy of the findings of the 2019 assurance check on contentious education materials in the Library.

A copy of the findings of the assurance check on contentious education materials will not be placed in the Library. This is under the Freedom of Information exemption grounds pertaining to International Relations.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
8th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what delivery partners were chosen by the British Embassy in Tel Aviv for funding of covid-19 related activities.

The British Embassy ran an open competition in which three organisations were successful in their application for funding. One of the projects includes funding for Physicians for Human Rights Israel who are helping migrant and asylum seekers in Israel in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Tel Aviv University also received funding to analyse which forms of preventative behaviour can allow economic recovery from COVID-19. We are still in negotiations with the third organisation.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
23rd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the risk of the sale of dual-use goods that could be used for military purposes by Iran after the expiry of the UN conventional arms embargo in October 2020.

The UN conventional arms embargo prohibits the sale of military items to Iran. It does not cover dual-use items. All dual-use items for export to Iran are subject to export controls and licences are only granted where this is consistent with the Consolidated EU and UK Arms Export Licensing Criteria. The export of certain dual-use items relating to nuclear and missile technology is also prohibited subject to licensing under UN sanctions.

The UK has been clear that the scheduled expiry of the UN conventional arms embargo in October 2020 would still have major implications for regional security and stability. The UK Government continue to engage regional partners, the US, and others, to find a solution to Iranian proliferation in the region, whilst upholding the authority and integrity of the UN Security Council. We will also continue to enforce sanctions regimes, including those under United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1540, 1701, and 2216 which prohibit the proliferation of weapons to Lebanese Hizballah and the Houthis in Yemen. The UK encourages all states to implement national export control best practice in support of these regimes. The EU arms embargo and UN ballistic missile restrictions on Iran will also remain in place until at least 2023.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
23rd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that UK-funded educational material and teachers supported by UK aid do not promote violence in their teachings to (a) the Palestinian Authority and (b) other countries receiving aid.

The UK does not fund textbooks in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. UK Aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) helps to ensure it can deliver essential services, including by the contributing to the salaries of vetted education and healthcare professionals in the West Bank. We have regularly raised our concerns about allegations of incitement in Palestinian textbooks, which the Foreign Secretary did most recently with the PA on 25 August. We have also lobbied our European partners to conduct an independent review of Palestinian textbooks, which is currently underway.

In 2019 we undertook an assurance check on contentious education materials for our education programmes and were satisfied that risks are being effectively managed.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
28th Jun 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Plan for Jobs in supporting people into work.

The success of our Plan for Jobs is playing a key role in spreading opportunity across the country.

The Government protected 11.7 million jobs through the pandemic, as well as moving millions of job seekers into work and supporting young people through programmes like kickstart and our apprenticeships offer.

It’s clear our plan is working. 2 million fewer people are out of work than originally feared, and the unemployment rate remains close to a near 50 year low.

We will continue to build on this success with our Way to Work campaign, which aims to support 500,000 jobseekers into work by the end of June.

Simon Clarke
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
14th Sep 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of people furloughed continuously from 1 March 2020.

There has been no estimate made of the number of people on furlough continuously from 1 March 2020.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) was announced on 20 March 2020 and the number of jobs on furlough increased substantially after that date.

HMRC has published statistics on the CJRS, the latest release being published on 9 September 2021. The statistics include figures on the number of employments supported since the scheme started in March 2020. These statistics can be found on GOV.UK: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/coronavirus-job-retention-scheme-statistics-9-september-2021.
Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
7th Jun 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment she has made on the potential effect of the Job Retention Scheme on (a) vacancies and (b) recruitment in the UK labour market.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) aims to support jobs, reduce the risk of permanent business closures (supporting those that had temporarily ceased or reduced trading) and reduce the risk of large losses in incomes, through wage support to furloughed employees.

The number of employees on the CJRS has continued to fall as restrictions have eased. According to provisional data from HMRC, 3.4m employments remained on the CJRS at the end of April from 675,000 employers, down from 4.3m employments at the end of March from almost 765,000 employers. This fall was accounted for by a fall in the number of employments on the CJRS on a full time basis; from 2.9m at the end of March to 2.0m at the end of April.

According to the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) data, vacancies rose by 49,000 on the quarter to stand at 657,000 in the three months to April, marking the eighth consecutive month of quarterly growth. Timelier online job advert data from Adzuna suggest that postings were 27 per cent above February 2020 levels at the end of May. According to early estimates from HMRC’s Real-Time Information (RTI), the number of paid employees increased by 97,000 in April, marking the fifth consecutive month of growth.

7th Jun 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the latest figures for the number of employees who are enrolled on the Job Retention Scheme in (a) the UK, (b) Wales and (c) Preseli Pembrokeshire constituency.

HM Revenue and Customs regularly publish statistics on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). The latest statistics were published on 3 June 2021 and can be found on GOV.UK:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/coronavirus-job-retention-scheme-statistics-3-june-2021.

The statistics include figures for the number of employments on furlough. This differs from the number of employees on furlough, as an individual employed by more than one employer is counted once for each employment from which they have been put on furlough.

The latest statistics report that on 30 April 2021 there were (a) 3.44 million employments on furlough in the UK, (b) 131,900 employments on furlough where the employee was resident in Wales, and (c) 3,400 employments on furlough where the employee was resident in Preseli Pembrokeshire constituency.

These figures are based on the residential address information that HM Revenue and Customs hold for employees.

24th Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the proportion of workers supported by the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme who have been continuously in the scheme since it started in April 2020.

It is not possible to provide an answer to the question in the time available.

HMRC have published statistics on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), the latest release being published on 25 November 2020. These statistics include information on the number of employments supported since the scheme started in March 2020. The statistics can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hmrc-coronavirus-covid-19-statistics

30th Jan 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish an impact assessment on making HMRC a secondary preferential creditor in insolvencies.

The OBR assessed the Exchequer impact of the policy and the methodology behind it to feed into their economic forecast.

A summary of responses to the consultation was published in February 2019, and can be viewed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/protecting-your-taxes-in-insolvency. Following the publication, the Government has continued to engage with a range of interested parties to discuss and explore further the issues raised.

30th Jan 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received on the effect on business lending of making HMRC a secondary preferential creditor in insolvencies.

The OBR assessed the Exchequer impact of the policy and the methodology behind it to feed into their economic forecast.

A summary of responses to the consultation was published in February 2019, and can be viewed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/protecting-your-taxes-in-insolvency. Following the publication, the Government has continued to engage with a range of interested parties to discuss and explore further the issues raised.

27th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress she has made on implementing the Digital Services at the Border Programme.

The Digital Services at the Border (DSAB) programme continues to make good progress working diligently on replacing legacy IT systems whilst identifying and addressing technical complexities, at the same time as reacting to the changing priorities faced at the UK border, such as the automation of the Passenger Locator Form (PLF).

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with her European counterparts on the potential merits of a short transition period from 1 October 2021 to allow for EU citizens to travel to the UK using a national ID card.

The UK has left the EU, ended free movement and is aligning the entry of EU and non-EU citizens. Citizens from outside the EU (and other EEA countries and Switzerland) cannot use national identity cards for travel to the UK and EEA national identity cards are, as a rule, less secure documents than national passports, hence they dominate the figures for document abuse detected at the border. Their continued use presents a risk to border security which we are no longer obliged to accept.

All visitors from outside the EU are expected to hold a passport (and visa where necessary) and those visiting from EU countries will be expected to do the same.

We have provided almost a year’s notice for this change to allow people to plan ahead and obtain a passport, if they need to, before they travel. Our assessment is therefore a short transition period from 1 October 2021 is not appropriate and, consequently, there have been no discussions on this point with EU Member States.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of a short transition period from the 1 October 2021 deadline to allow for EU citizens to travel to the UK using a national ID card.

The UK has left the EU, ended free movement and is aligning the entry of EU and non-EU citizens. Citizens from outside the EU (and other EEA countries and Switzerland) cannot use national identity cards for travel to the UK and EEA national identity cards are, as a rule, less secure documents than national passports, hence they dominate the figures for document abuse detected at the border. Their continued use presents a risk to border security which we are no longer obliged to accept.

All visitors from outside the EU are expected to hold a passport (and visa where necessary) and those visiting from EU countries will be expected to do the same.

We have provided almost a year’s notice for this change to allow people to plan ahead and obtain a passport, if they need to, before they travel. Our assessment is therefore a short transition period from 1 October 2021 is not appropriate and, consequently, there have been no discussions on this point with EU Member States.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
24th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the UK’s designation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

The Government does not routinely comment on intelligence matters, including whether an organisation is or is not under consideration for proscription.

The Government keeps the list of proscribed organisations under review

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
24th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the extent of the links between the political and military wings of Hamas; and if she will make a statement.

The Government does not routinely comment on intelligence matters.

28th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Transport and (b) Welsh Ministers on the introduction of the Veterans' railcard in Wales.

The Department for Transport is the lead Government Department working on a railcard for veterans. While the Defence Secretary has discussed the new railcard with the Transport Secretary and is supportive, Defence Ministers have had no discussions with colleagues around the introduction of a railcard for veterans in Wales. However, we are aware that the Transport Secretary has written to his counterparts in Wales and Scotland, inviting them to work with him to ensure that a railcard for veterans is accepted on the services for which they are responsible.

28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether changes to the treatment of VAT on enforcement fees on judgement debt can be implemented without secondary legislation.

The draft guidance on the treatment of VAT on High Court Enforcement fees reflects the current law, both in the 2014 Taking Control of Goods (Fees) Regulations 2014 and at common law.

The 2014 Regulations made changes to the fees provisions in the HCEO Regulations 2004. Both the 2004 HCEO Regulations and 2014 Regulations allow for fees to be charged to the debtor. The 2014 Regulations were not intended to change the previously understood position at common law in relation to the recoverability of enforcement costs properly incurred including VAT where the creditor cannot account for it with HMRC, for example because they are not VAT registered.

Some of the authorities in support of the proposition that a debtor may be pursued for a creditor’s enforcement costs and as to the continuing relevance of the common law to this area are Montague v Davies, Benachi & Co [1911] 2 K.B. 595 and Business Finance Ltd v Bellagio Hospitality WB Ltd [2019] EWHC 1920 (QB). Disbursements are dealt with separately under the regulations.

As the draft guidance reflects the current law we do not envision additional costs being passed on to the debtor which are not included in the 2014 Regulations.

The Government proposes to publish the guidance on the treatment of VAT on High Court Enforcement fees as soon as possible.

Alex Chalk
Solicitor General (Attorney General's Office)
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which area of common law will allow for the implementation of the draft guidance on VAT on High Court Enforcement Officer Fees in its current form.

The draft guidance on the treatment of VAT on High Court Enforcement fees reflects the current law, both in the 2014 Taking Control of Goods (Fees) Regulations 2014 and at common law.

The 2014 Regulations made changes to the fees provisions in the HCEO Regulations 2004. Both the 2004 HCEO Regulations and 2014 Regulations allow for fees to be charged to the debtor. The 2014 Regulations were not intended to change the previously understood position at common law in relation to the recoverability of enforcement costs properly incurred including VAT where the creditor cannot account for it with HMRC, for example because they are not VAT registered.

Some of the authorities in support of the proposition that a debtor may be pursued for a creditor’s enforcement costs and as to the continuing relevance of the common law to this area are Montague v Davies, Benachi & Co [1911] 2 K.B. 595 and Business Finance Ltd v Bellagio Hospitality WB Ltd [2019] EWHC 1920 (QB). Disbursements are dealt with separately under the regulations.

As the draft guidance reflects the current law we do not envision additional costs being passed on to the debtor which are not included in the 2014 Regulations.

The Government proposes to publish the guidance on the treatment of VAT on High Court Enforcement fees as soon as possible.

Alex Chalk
Solicitor General (Attorney General's Office)
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of charging debtors VAT on enforcement fees on other additional costs being passed onto the debtor not detailed in the Taking Control of Goods (Fees) Regulations 2014.

The draft guidance on the treatment of VAT on High Court Enforcement fees reflects the current law, both in the 2014 Taking Control of Goods (Fees) Regulations 2014 and at common law.

The 2014 Regulations made changes to the fees provisions in the HCEO Regulations 2004. Both the 2004 HCEO Regulations and 2014 Regulations allow for fees to be charged to the debtor. The 2014 Regulations were not intended to change the previously understood position at common law in relation to the recoverability of enforcement costs properly incurred including VAT where the creditor cannot account for it with HMRC, for example because they are not VAT registered.

Some of the authorities in support of the proposition that a debtor may be pursued for a creditor’s enforcement costs and as to the continuing relevance of the common law to this area are Montague v Davies, Benachi & Co [1911] 2 K.B. 595 and Business Finance Ltd v Bellagio Hospitality WB Ltd [2019] EWHC 1920 (QB). Disbursements are dealt with separately under the regulations.

As the draft guidance reflects the current law we do not envision additional costs being passed on to the debtor which are not included in the 2014 Regulations.

The Government proposes to publish the guidance on the treatment of VAT on High Court Enforcement fees as soon as possible.

Alex Chalk
Solicitor General (Attorney General's Office)
18th Nov 2020
What recent assessment he has made of the prospects for the Welsh economy.

In line with many other economies around the world, the coronavirus is having a negative impact on the Welsh economy. However, the UK Government is committed to creating opportunities for investment and growth to ensure our recovery is as swift as possible. Our City and Growth deals, with around £800 million worth of investment, as well as our Freeports initiative will help ensure we emerge from this pandemic with a strong and vibrant economy.

David T C Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Wales Office)
23rd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment he has made of the legislative competence of Welsh Government to issue procurement advice notes regarding foreign countries.

Procurement undertaken by devolved Welsh authorities is a devolved matter and it is therefore the responsibility of the Welsh Government to provide procurement advice in respect of these authorities. In doing so it should ensure compliance with domestic law and should not erect barriers to trade by excluding some of the world’s largest companies from bidding for contracts with devolved bodies in Wales.

I have not discussed the implementation of the Procurement Advice Note on public bodies with Welsh Government.

Simon Hart
Secretary of State for Wales
23rd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the Welsh Government on the implementation of the Procurement Advice Note on public bodies divesting from foreign countries.

Procurement undertaken by devolved Welsh authorities is a devolved matter and it is therefore the responsibility of the Welsh Government to provide procurement advice in respect of these authorities. In doing so it should ensure compliance with domestic law and should not erect barriers to trade by excluding some of the world’s largest companies from bidding for contracts with devolved bodies in Wales.

I have not discussed the implementation of the Procurement Advice Note on public bodies with Welsh Government.

Simon Hart
Secretary of State for Wales