John Stevenson Written Questions

7 Questions to Government Departments tabled by John Stevenson


Date Title Questioner
6 Jul 2018, 3:44 p.m. UK Trade With EU: Falkland Islands John Stevenson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the Falkland Islands retains tariff free access to the EU after the UK leaves the EU.

Answer (Mr Robin Walker)

The Government has always been clear that we are committed to engaging the Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories as we exit the EU, to ensure that their interests and priorities are properly taken into account.

We are seeking a bold and ambitious economic partnership with the EU and want to have the greatest possible tariff- and barrier-free trade with our European neighbours, so that British companies, including Falkland Islands companies, have the maximum freedom to trade with and operate within European markets.

I most recently met Hon. Teslyn Barkman, the Falkland Islands Legislative Assembly Member leading on Exit issues, at the 4th Joint Ministerial Council Overseas Territories (EU Negotiations) held on the 14th of June. Through discussions in this forum, supported by official level contact, the Government understands the importance to the economic wellbeing of the Falklands Islands of their access to the EU market for fish and meat.

We also welcome the substantive input we have received from the Falkland Islands’ Government as the UK prepares to exit the EU.

22 Mar 2018, 10:53 a.m. Food: EU Law John Stevenson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of divergence from EU food and drink regulations on continued frictionless trade with the 27 countries of the EU.

Answer (George Eustice)

The Government is undertaking a wide range of analysis looking at the implications of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Our programme of analysis is constantly developing and evolving, and includes all areas of the UK economy and input from a wide range of sectors.

It will always be for the Parliament of the day to decide which rules are adopted in the UK. The Parliament of the day may potentially decide to diverge from EU law. Where this occurs it will be in the knowledge that there may be consequences for market access in both directions.

10 Jan 2018, 11:25 a.m. Africa: Diplomatic Relations John Stevenson

Question

What his diplomatic priorities are for Africa after the UK leaves the EU.

Answer (Sir Alan Duncan)

UK and EU priorities in Africa will remain aligned, which makes a strong case for post-exit co-operation in certain areas. We will identify areas in which the UK can act more effectively bilaterally, which will transform the way we engage with Africa and demonstrate that we remain one of the leading international partners for the continent.

21 Nov 2017, 12:08 p.m. European Free Trade Association John Stevenson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether the Government has discussed with the EU negotiating team the possibility of the UK rejoining the European Free Trade Association after the UK leaves the EU.

Answer (Mr Robin Walker)

As the Government has made clear, when we leave the EU, we will be leaving the Single Market. The UK will not seek a model already enjoyed by other countries. European Economic Area membership would, for example, mean the UK having to adopt in future new EU rules over which we will have little influence and no vote. As such, we will not be seeking to join EFTA in order to remain party to the EEA Agreement. We will instead pursue a new, ambitious economic partnership.

21 Nov 2017, 12:08 p.m. European Free Trade Association John Stevenson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether the Government has discussed with the European Free Trade Association the UK rejoining that association.

Answer (Mr Robin Walker)

As the Government has made clear, when we leave the EU, we will be leaving the Single Market. The UK will not seek a model already enjoyed by other countries. European Economic Area membership would, for example, mean the UK having to adopt in future new EU rules over which we will have little influence and no vote. As such, we will not be seeking to join EFTA in order to remain party to the EEA Agreement. We will instead pursue a new, ambitious economic partnership.

20 Nov 2017, 4:53 p.m. Classroom Assistants: Primary Education John Stevenson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many primary school teaching assistants there were in (a) 2000, (b) 2005, (c) 2010 and (d) 2015.

Answer (Nick Gibb)

The following table provides the full-time equivalent number of teaching assistants in service in state funded nursery and primary schools in January 2000, 2005, 2010 and November 2015.

January

November

2000

2005

2010

2015

Teaching Assistants

53,400

97,900

126,300

174,500

Source: School Workforce Census

20 Nov 2017, 4:24 p.m. Classroom Assistants: Secondary Education John Stevenson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many secondary school teaching assistants there were in (a) 2000, (b) 2005, (c) 2010 and (d) 2015.

Answer (Nick Gibb)

The following table provides the full-time equivalent number of teaching assistants in service in state funded secondary schools in January 2000, 2005, 2010 and November 2015.

January

November

2000

2005

2010

2015

Teaching Assistants

12,500

30,000

39,900

52,300

Source: School Workforce Census