Written Question
UK Relations with EU
15 Jan 2020, 3:24 p.m.

Questioner: Geraint Davies

Question

What recent assessment he has made of the potential effect of the length of the transition period on the outcome of negotiations with the EU on the future relationship between the UK and the EU.

Answer (James Duddridge)

As set out in the Political Declaration, both the UK and EU have committed to reaching an agreement on our future relationship by the end of 2020. This is in everyone’s interests.

As set out in the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, we will not be extending the Implementation Period beyond 2020.




Written Question
Brexit: Northern Ireland
14 Jan 2020, 10:08 a.m.

Questioner: Stephen Timms

Question

What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on the potential effect of the Withdrawal Agreement on the Northern Ireland economy.

Answer (James Duddridge)

I regularly meet with my predecessor, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to discuss the deal, including the new Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland, and will continue to do so.

As the Prime Minister has said, beyond the changes introduced by the Protocol, there will be no changes to GB-NI trade. Northern Ireland remains part of the UK’s customs territory.


Written Question
UK Relations with EU: Scotland
14 Jan 2020, 10:02 a.m.

Questioner: Stuart C McDonald

Question

What recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on bringing forward legislative proposals to give Scotland a statutory role in negotiations on a future relationship with the EU.

Answer (James Duddridge)

It is the responsibility of the UK Government to negotiate international agreements, and it is vital that we retain appropriate flexibility to proceed with negotiations at pace.

We are nevertheless clear that the devolved administrations should be closely involved in the process. We have already engaged extensively with them in negotiation preparations, and will continue to do so. There is no need to set out in statute a course of action we are already pursuing.

Last Thursday, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Lord Callanan, Minister of State for the Department for Exiting the European Union, met with Mike Russell at the Joint Ministerial Committee on EU negotiations.


Written Question
Brexit
14 Jan 2020, 9:46 a.m.

Questioner: Sarah Atherton

Question

What recent discussions he has had with the devolved Administrations on arrangements for the UK leaving the EU.

Answer (James Duddridge)

The UK Government remains committed to working closely with the devolved administrations on EU Exit. Our most recent discussions with the devolved administrations took place last Thursday at the Joint Ministerial Committee on EU negotiations.


Written Question
European Economic Area and European Free Trade Association
5 Nov 2019, 4:58 p.m.

Questioner: Lord Anderson of Ipswich

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 17 January (HL12669) and  the Written Statement by Lord Callanan on 20 December 2018 (HLWS1187), whether (1) the text of the EEA EFTA Separation Agreement has been amended since 20 December 2018, and (2) the EEA EFTA Separation Agreement has been signed by the UK; if so, when; whether the EEA EFTA Separation Agreement is subject to section 20 of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010; and whether a copy of the EEA EFTA Separation Agreement has been laid before Parliament by a Minister of the Crown within the meaning of section 20(1)(a) of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010.

Answer (Lord Callanan)

It has not proved possible to respond to this question in the time available before Dissolution. Ministers will correspond directly with the Member.


Written Question
Department for Exiting the European Union: Honours
5 Nov 2019, 4:57 p.m.

Questioner: Seema Malhotra

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what proportion of staff in his Department in receipt of each category of Honour in (a) December 2018 and (b) June 2019 were (i) from ethnic minority backgrounds and (ii) female aged (A) under 30, (B) 31 to 40, (C) 41 to 50 and (D) aged over 50.

Answer (James Duddridge)

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


Written Question
Brexit
17 Oct 2019, 12:53 p.m.

Questioner: Gloria De Piero

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to the oral contribution of 25 September 2019 from the Prime Minister, Official Report column 791, when he plans to publish the details of the cross-party talks on the UK's exit from the EU.

Answer (James Duddridge)

The cross-party talks on the UK’s exit from the EU were undertaken by the previous administration. These talks explored aspects of the Withdrawal Agreement and the Political Declaration and sought to reach a compromise, but at the time, this was unsuccessful. The then Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, the Rt hon member for Aylesbury, and the hon member for Holborn and St Pancras gave evidence in July to the EU Select Committee on those talks:

https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/exiting-the-european-union-committee/news-parliament-2017/starmer-lidington-cross-party-evidence-17-19/

We want to get a deal. This is why we have put forward a serious offer to the EU. It is a fair and reasonable compromise for all sides that respects the referendum. This new proposal means we will take back control of our laws and our borders, protect the Good Friday Agreement and the peace process, and ensures democratic consent for the arrangement.


Written Question
Department for Exiting the European Union: Temporary Employment
8 Oct 2019, 3:59 p.m.

Questioner: Dr Rupa Huq

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what proportion of his Department's staff are on short-term contracts.

Answer (James Duddridge)

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


Written Question
Department for Exiting the European Union: Termination of Employment
8 Oct 2019, 3:59 p.m.

Questioner: Dr Rupa Huq

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what the average length of service was for staff that have left his Department since its formation.

Answer (James Duddridge)

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


Written Question
Ports
8 Oct 2019, 3:59 p.m.

Questioner: Douglas Chapman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether he plans to undertake test exercises at UK ports to ensure the preparedness of those ports in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Answer (James Duddridge)

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


Written Question
Brexit: Cost Benefit Analysis
8 Oct 2019, 3:58 p.m.

Questioner: Tulip Siddiq

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if he will publish his Department's cost-benefit analysis of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

Answer (James Duddridge)

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


Written Question
Brexit
8 Oct 2019, 3:58 p.m.

Questioner: Emily Thornberry

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if his Department will publish their most recent impact assessment of the effects on the UK of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

Answer (James Duddridge)

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


Written Question
NHS: Drugs
8 Oct 2019, 3:57 p.m.

Questioner: Emily Thornberry

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if she will publish her Department's latest assessment of the effect on the supply of medicines to the UK of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

Answer (James Duddridge)

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


Written Question
Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries
8 Oct 2019, 3:57 p.m.

Questioner: Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to the findings of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Motor Industry Facts 2019 report that in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal 52.6 per cent of UK produced cars are exported to the EU, what steps the Government plans to take to support the automotive industry in the event that the UK leave the EU without a deal and exports of those cars are subject to a 10 per cent tariff in line with WTO rules.

Answer (James Duddridge)

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


Written Question
Department for Exiting the European Union: Jainism
8 Oct 2019, 3:57 p.m.

Questioner: Gareth Thomas

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if he will invite representatives of the Jain community to national events organised by his Department; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (James Duddridge)

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


Written Question
Brexit
8 Oct 2019, 3:56 p.m.

Questioner: Gloria De Piero

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the oral contribution of 25 September 2019 from the Prime Minister, Official Report column 791, when he plans to publish the details of the cross-party talks on the UK's exit from the EU.

Answer (James Duddridge)

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


Written Question
Brexit: Negotiations
8 Oct 2019, 3:55 p.m.

Questioner: Justine Greening

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what plans he has for a White Paper setting out what the Government is seeking to achieve in negotiation of the UK's (a) exit from and (b) new partnership with the EU.

Answer (James Duddridge)

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


Written Question
Brexit: Negotiations
8 Oct 2019, 3:55 p.m.

Questioner: Justine Greening

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if he will set out the details of the UK’s negotiation request to the EU on the terms of the UK's departure from the EU; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (James Duddridge)

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


Written Question
Food
8 Oct 2019, 3:53 p.m.

Questioner: Tom Brake

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, at which forthcoming EU meetings on food and drink will UK officials not be present.

Answer (James Duddridge)

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


Written Question
Department for Exiting the European Union: Brexit
8 Oct 2019, 3:52 p.m.

Questioner: Norman Lamb

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many meetings officials in his Departmental have had with EU officials in each of the last twelve months.

Answer (James Duddridge)

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


Written Question
Brexit: Statutory Instruments
8 Oct 2019, 11:10 a.m.

Questioner: Caroline Lucas

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the oral contribution of 27 June 2019, Official Report, column 795, how many Statutory Instruments will not have been enacted in the event that the UK exits the EU on 31 October; and if he will make a statement.

Answer (James Duddridge)

The Government is confident that all the necessary legislation will be in force to ensure a functioning UK statute book on the 31 October.

To date, the Government has laid over 600 Brexit statutory instruments (SIs) to prepare the UK for leaving the EU in any scenario.

All Brexit-related SIs laid before the House can be found on legislation.gov.uk and GOV.UK. The SIs and their accompanying documents will indicate their procedure. Debates for affirmative SIs will be scheduled in the normal way and time will be found for debates once the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments and the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee have had time to consider the SIs.


Written Question
Department for Exiting the European Union: Chief Scientific Advisers
8 Oct 2019, 9:59 a.m.

Questioner: Norman Lamb

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many meetings he had with his Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser from 1 June to 31 August 2019.

Answer (James Duddridge)

Between 1 June 2019 and 31 August 2019, the Secretary of State met with Eoin Parker, Chief Scientific Adviser at DExEU, on 8 occasions. It should be noted that this is a dual role for Eoin Parker, and is combined with his position as the co-Director of Market Access and Budget.


Written Question
Brexit: Scotland
8 Oct 2019, 9:57 a.m.

Questioner: Kirsty Blackman

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, for what reasons the UK Government rejected the Scottish Government's proposals for the UK to remain in the Single Market and Customs Union, as set out in its 2016 paper, Scotland's place in Europe.

Answer (James Duddridge)

The Prime Minister has been clear that we will be leaving the EU on 31 October whatever the circumstances. The people gave their instructions to Parliament in the referendum in 2016, and now we must deliver on that pledge.

The UK Government’s ambition is for an ambitious FTA, as sovereign equals, without obligation to vast alignment or harmonisation commitments. This will involve leaving the Customs Union and Single Market, in order to have full regulatory control so that we can be free to set our own laws and to strike trade deals.

The details of this partnership will be a matter for negotiation with the EU after we leave the European Union. We are preparing for that negotiation, and will work with a wide range of partners, including the devolved administrations, to ensure a successful outcome that delivers in the interests of all parts of the UK.


Written Question
Department for Exiting the European Union: Crispin Odey
8 Oct 2019, 9:55 a.m.

Questioner: David Linden

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if he will publish (a) the outcome of all meetings and (b) all call logs between Ministers of his Department and Mr Crispin Odey.

Answer (James Duddridge)

Details of Ministers’ meetings are published quarterly in arrears on GOV.UK.


Written Question
Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries
8 Oct 2019, 9:40 a.m.

Questioner: Mrs Sharon Hodgson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment he has made of the Government's level of preparedness within the automotive industry in September 2019 compared to March 2019; and what plans the Government has put in place to protect the automotive industry's just-in-time supply chain.

Answer (James Duddridge)

The UK automotive industry remains one of our great success stories, and we are determined to ensure that the UK continues to be one of the most competitive locations in the world for automotive after we leave the European Union. The Government is in regular dialogue with businesses in the automotive sector, including those in the supply chain.

We recognise that adapting to new regulatory requirements takes time, so the Government will provide continuity in goods regulation for a temporary period after exit day. If UK manufacturers, distributors and importers continue to meet EU requirements, their goods can still be placed on the EU market.

Since March 2019 the Government has updated technical notices on placing manufactured goods on the UK: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/placing-manufactured-goods-on-the-uk-market-if-theres-no-brexit-deal#non-harmonised-goods and EU: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/placing-manufactured-goods-on-the-eu-internal-market-if-theres-no-deal markets after Brexit. There also exists dedicated, tailored advice available for the automotive sector. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-automotive-sector-and-preparing-for-eu-exit

In the event of a no deal exit, tariffs will not apply to car parts. Furthermore, the Government will continue to apply zero tariffs to steel imports, ensuring the continuation of supply of a key material for UK automotive production.