Jack Brereton Written Questions

Questions to All Government Departments tabled by Jack Brereton

Date Title Questioner
5 Jun 2019, 3:55 p.m. Politics and Government Jack Brereton


What steps the Government is taking to strengthen the Union.

Answer (Sir David Lidington)

We have delivered policies that benefit all four nations of the UK, including committing over £2.4 billion to thirteen city and growth deals in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and spending around £19 billion a year of our defence budget with UK industry, supporting 115,000 jobs across the UK.

7 May 2019, 3:37 p.m. Derelict Land Jack Brereton


To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much funding the Government has allocated from the public purse to help increase the viability of new housing development on brownfield sites in areas with lower market values.

Answer (Kit Malthouse)

Bringing brownfield land back into use is a priority, which is why every local authority is now required to publish and maintain a register of brownfield land, containing up-to-date information on brownfield suitable for housing in the area.

While it is for local authorities to plan and bring forward suitable land, our funding programmes, delivered through Homes England, are also supporting brownfield land being brought forward. As at the end of March 2019, £909 million of the Home Building Fund Long Term Fund (74 per cent of total spend) had been spent on contracted schemes which will lead to 70,062 housing units (61 per cent of unlocked units) being developed on brownfield land. Other funds will also help to bring forward new housing on brownfield sites, such as our £450 million Accelerated Construction programme and our £5.5 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund.

Whilst this funding is available to all areas of the country, all applications undergo an assessment of their value for money for the taxpayer.

29 Apr 2019, 2:14 p.m. Railways: Fares Jack Brereton


To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the regulations governing rail fares and ticketing were last reviewed.

Answer (Andrew Jones)

The Coalition Government conducted a review of fares and ticketing and its Rail Fares and Ticketing: Next Steps document was published in October 2013. In 2016, the Department, Rail Delivery Group, Which?, and Transport Focus worked together to identify actions to improve fares and ticketing for passengers, culminating in the publication of the Action Plan for information on Rail Fares and Ticketing. This resulted in more than 200,000 instances of confusing language and abbreviations being removed from tickets.

29 Apr 2019, 1:38 p.m. Railways: Fares Jack Brereton


To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to review the regulations governing rail fares and ticketing.

Answer (Andrew Jones)

The Williams Review is considering how to enable a railway that is able to offer good value fares for passengers, while keeping costs down for taxpayers. The Rail Delivery Group recently published its Easier Fares for All proposals which are a welcome contribution to the Review. The Department is committed to work with the industry to consider how to refresh and update regulations to reflect changing travel patterns, and to understand how their proposals might work and be tested in the real world.

11 Jul 2018, 10:05 a.m. Dumping Jack Brereton


To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how the Government plans to calculate dumping margins in situations where state interventions and other distortions mean that a standard anti-dumping methodology is not an appropriate way to establish normal value after the UK leaves the EU.

Answer (Sir George Hollingbery)

We are committed to protecting UK industry where it is suffering injury as a result of dumped imports. Secondary legislation will introduce provisions to tackle those cases concerning countries where there are particular market situations. Those situations occur when it is not possible to use the domestic prices in the exporting country to calculate the dumping margin, because prices and input costs do not reflect competitive market conditions. In such cases the Trade Remedies Authority (TRA) will be able to use alternative methodologies. These alternative methodologies will include the use of export prices to an appropriate third country, provided they are representative, and will enable the TRA to construct the prices on the basis of cost of production, selling, general and admin costs and profit. Secondary legislation will also provide that the exporter’s cost data may be adjusted, where justified on a case by case basis, based on among other things prices from a representative country.

We will set out in secondary legislation examples of situations, such as where prices are artificially low, for example as a result of government intervention, where significant barter trade exists, or where non-commercial processing arrangements occur. Other economies, such as the EU and the US, have similar mechanisms in place to protect the domestic industry from unfair trade practices and the UK will be no different.