David Hanson Written Questions

Questions to Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy tabled by David Hanson


Date Title Questioner
27 Feb 2019, 1:29 p.m. Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 27 December 2018 to Question 202714 on Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme, when he plans to write to the Right Hon. Member for Delyn on the Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme.

Answer (Kelly Tolhurst)

I shall be writing to the rt. hon. Member on this matter within the next two weeks.

19 Feb 2019, 4:41 p.m. Companies House: Forms David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many (a) RP02a and (b) RP07 forms Companies House has received in each of the last five years.

Answer (Kelly Tolhurst)

The table below shows how many (a) RP02A and (b) how many RP07 forms were received in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

Year

RP02 Received

RP07 Received

2014

3,499

N/A

2015

4,791

N/A

2016

5,189

2,969

2017

5,981

6,804

2018

5,591

8,070

Figures for RP02 include both RP02a and RP02b, as historical statistics are not broken down. However, RP02b forms are estimated to be less than 10% of total number of RP02 forms received.

Figures for RP07 began in April 2016, which is when the relevant legislation was implemented.

19 Feb 2019, 4:38 p.m. Companies House: Databases David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many prosecutions have been made in each of the last five years for fraudulent use of an address through Companies House.

Answer (Kelly Tolhurst)

There have been no prosecutions for fraudulent use of an address through Companies House. The Department is currently considering a broad package of reforms to Companies House and plan to consult on these reforms in due course.

24 Jan 2019, 4:29 p.m. Retail Sector Council David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how often the Retail Sector Council meets; and whether the dates of these meetings are in the public domain.

Answer (Kelly Tolhurst)

The Retail Sector Council meets approximately three times a year. They first met in March, then June and November of 2018. Their next meeting is scheduled for February.

The UK retail sector is one of the largest employers in the country, with a workforce of over three million and accounting for around 5.1% of economic output with sales of nearly £360 billion in 2017.

The latest ONS retail briefing shows that for the whole of 2018, retail sales in terms of quantity bought increased by 2.7% and Total Retail sales in 2018 increased to £368bn in 2018, an increase of 3%, but we and the Council recognise that the sector faces some key challenges.

The Council is prioritising its work to address the key challenges facing the sector and will initially focus on; costs to business, skills and lifelong learning, employment protection, consumer protection, the circular economy and the Industrial Strategy. The priority areas were selected by the industry and each workstream will be led by a senior industry figure.

27 Dec 2018, 3:46 p.m. Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to his letter of 25 September 2018 to the right hon. Member for Delyn on Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme, when he plans to provide an update.

Answer (Kelly Tolhurst)

BEIS officials have continued to receive information on this matter from the rt. hon. Member’s constituent, and from RBS. I will write to the rt. hon. Member shortly with a further update.

10 Jul 2018, 2:11 p.m. UK Intellectual Property Office: Standards David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the average length of time was for an application for a patent submitted to the Intellectual Property Office to be (a) granted and (b) dismissed in each year since 2010.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

(a) For patents granted in the years 2010-2018, the average time from filing of the patent application to grant was:-

Grant Year

Days to Grant

Approx Months to Grant

2010

1071

35

2011

1077

35

2012

1015

33

2013

923

30

2014

954

31

2015

1038

34

2016

1120

37

2017

1186

39

2018

1241

41

(b) Few unsuccessful patent applications are formally dismissed, with most simply expiring through failure to comply with the Patents Act within a prescribed period. Measurement of this time period does not, therefore provide a meaningful metric.

10 Jul 2018, 2:11 p.m. UK Intellectual Property Office: Standards David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many applications for a patent lodged at the Intellectual Property Office have been pending a decision for over (a) two, (b) three and (c) 4 years.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

The number of patent applications which have been pending a decision for over two, three and four years are:

(a) Over two years: 8233

(b) Over three years: 3863

(c) Over four years: 1241

The IPO has a Ministerial Target, offering faster handling of patent applications by providing an examination report with a search report when both are requested at the application date, and meeting at least 90% of requests for an accelerated two-month turnaround for search, publication and examination. All requests to receive the search and examination reports together are acceded to; and 97% of all accelerated examination requests have been completed within 2 months of request for the current financial year.

10 Jul 2018, 2:10 p.m. UK Intellectual Property Office: Staff David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many staff were employed at the Intellectual Property Office in each year since 2010.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

The headcount at the Intellectual Property Office from 01 April 2010 is as follows:

Date

Headcount

01/04/2010

907

01/04/2011

899

01/04/2012

920

01/04/2013

982

01/04/2014

1017

01/04/2015

1108

01/04/2016

1169

01/04/2017

1171

01/04/2018

1215

19 Mar 2018, 3:52 p.m. Employment Agencies: Termination of Employment David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of notice periods for people on agency contracts with regard to dismissal procedures.

Answer (Andrew Griffiths)

The termination arrangements for agency workers are determined by the contract of engagement.

In recognition of a need for greater transparency to better support agency workers, the Government set out in its response to the Taylor review of modern employment practice the intention to introduce a “key facts” page for agency workers, which will set out clearly all the information needed by an agency worker to make an informed decision prior to entering into a contract.

19 Mar 2018, 3:22 p.m. Temporary Employment David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of people who have been employed as agency workers for (a) less than one year, (b) between one and two years and (c) more than two years.

Answer (Andrew Griffiths)

The Department holds no information on how long agency workers have been employed on contracts for specific periods of time.

19 Mar 2018, 3:21 p.m. Temporary Employment David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions his Department has had with employers who use agency contracts on access to bereavement or compassionate leave.

Answer (Andrew Griffiths)

The Department’s discussions with employers about bereavement or compassionate leave have not referred to agency contracts.

Our manifesto made a commitment that bereaved parents should be able to take some time away from work to grieve for a lost child. To achieve that, the Government is supporting the Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill. Consultations with business representatives took place last summer and further consultation will take place this year on the details.

Acas has developed guidance for employers on managing bereavement in the workplace, in conjunction with Cruse Bereavement Care. It recognises the effect that bereavement might have on employees in undertaking their duties, sets out the law in this area and provides guidance on good practice, including having a bereavement policy in place.

19 Mar 2018, 3:20 p.m. Temporary Employment David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effect on the level of workers' rights of people being employed on agency contracts.

Answer (Andrew Griffiths)

The Taylor review into modern employment practices highlighted several areas where the protections of agency workers’ rights could be strengthened.

In response, the Government is currently consulting on the regulation of umbrella companies, and intermediaries; state enforcement of the Agency Worker Regulations; whether “pay between assignments” contracts for agency workers (known as the Swedish derogations) should be repealed; and on the essential information that should be included in a ‘key facts’ summary of an agency worker’s contract.

21 Jul 2017, 12:56 p.m. Energy: Delyn David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent estimate he has made of the number and proportion of people in Delyn constituency covered by the Government's proposals to safeguard customers on the poorest value energy tariff.

Answer (Margot James)

Ofgem is considering options to protect vulnerable consumers and has yet to announce a formal proposal. Alongside this Ofgem has announced a package of measures to help consumers move away from poor value tariffs.

29 Jun 2017, 2:36 p.m. Electric Vehicles: Charging Points David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the cost to the public purse has been of installing charging points for electric vehicles in each year since 2010.

Answer (Claire Perry)

Please find below a breakdown of funding provided by the Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) to support the installation of electric vehicle chargepoints in each financial year since 2010/11:

Financial Year

Total OLEV Spend

2010/11

£2.23m

2011/12

£2.58m

2012/13

£9.71m

2013/14

£14.86m

2014/15

£41.65m

2015/16

£16.88m

2016/17

£7.06m

In addition, £22.9m of funding under the Government’s £40m Go Ultra Low City Scheme is for charging infrastructure, and is being awarded across four years from 2016.

29 Jun 2017, 2:33 p.m. Electric Vehicles: Charging Points David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans his Department has to ensure that the roll-out of charging stations for electric vehicles is spread evenly across all regions and parts of the UK.

Answer (Claire Perry)

The Government is supporting an increase in provision of electric vehicle chargepoints as part of its programme for ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs). At Autumn Statement 2016, the Chancellor announced additional funding of £80m for charging infrastructure for the period to 2020 and Government is considering how best to allocate this funding to meet the needs of drivers across the UK and deliver value for money.

Alongside this, Highways England has £15m to expand the existing rapid chargepoint network to ensure that across 95 per cent of the strategic road network there will be a chargepoint at least every 20 miles.

In addition, the Government is proposing to take forward powers under the forthcoming Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill that will enable the Government to require Motorway Service Areas, and large fuel retailers to install sufficient provision of electric vehicle chargepoints.

Additional grant funding is also available UK-wide to support the installation of chargepoints at workplaces, at homes, and on residential streets. Further detail of how to apply is available online at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/government-grants-for-low-emission-vehicles

29 Jun 2017, 2:30 p.m. Electric Vehicles: Charging Points David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many charging points for electric vehicles there are in (a) Wales, (b) England, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland at the latest date for which information is available.

Answer (Claire Perry)

Public chargepoints funded by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles must be registered on the Government’s National Chargepoint Registry, an open source data set containing information on the type and geographical location of chargepoints. The registry is available online at: www.national-charge-point-registry.uk

Operators of public chargepoints can also choose to add other chargepoints to this dataset. The Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill is due to include new powers that could require operators of public chargepoints to make openly available key information about all chargepoints that they operate, including geographic location.

The current dataset from the National Chargepoint Registry shows the following statistics for chargepoints in the UK:

  1. Wales - 37

  2. England - 4909

  3. Scotland - 997

  4. Northern Ireland - 346

Additional chargepoints will also have been installed with support from the private sector that are not listed on this data set but can be found on websites such as Zapmap (www.zap-map.com)

29 Jun 2017, 2:22 p.m. Electric Vehicles: Charging Points David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what support his Department provides to local authorities to increase the roll-out of charging points for electric vehicles.

Answer (Claire Perry)

The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) ‘On-street Residential Scheme’ is providing up to £2.5m for Local Authorities to fund the installation of chargepoints in residential streets where homeowners have no access to off-street parking. £22.9m is being provided to Local Authorities for electric vehicle infrastructure through OLEV’s ‘Go Ultra Low Cities’ scheme and a further £14m through their ultra low emission taxis scheme.

Between 2010 and 2014 more than 6400 chargepoints were installed in 8 local authority regions though the Plugged in Places support scheme. Between 2013 and 2015, following a competitive bidding process open to all UK Local Authorities, more than 580 fast chargepoints and 250 rapid chargepoints were installed under the National Infrastructure Grant Schemes.