Charlie Elphicke

Independent - Former Member for Dover

First elected: 6th May 2010

Left House: 6th November 2019 (Standing Down)


Charlie Elphicke is not a member of any APPGs
3 Former APPG memberships
Fair Fuel for Motorists and Hauliers, Fair Fuel for UK Motorists and UK Hauliers, Mortgage Prisoners
Treasury Sub-Committee
14th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Treasury Committee
11th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Public Accounts Committee
31st Oct 2016 - 3rd May 2017
Lord Commissioner (HM Treasury) (Whip)
13th May 2015 - 17th Jul 2016
Consolidation, &c., Bills (Joint Committee)
6th Dec 2010 - 30th Mar 2015
Public Administration Committee
12th Jul 2010 - 4th Nov 2013


Division Voting information

Charlie Elphicke has voted in 1899 divisions, and 24 times against the majority of their Party.

18 Jul 2019 - Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - View Vote Context
Charlie Elphicke voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 57 Conservative No votes vs 65 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 328 Noes - 65
9 Apr 2019 - Section 1 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2019 - View Vote Context
Charlie Elphicke voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 97 Conservative No votes vs 131 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 420 Noes - 110
8 Apr 2019 - European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - View Vote Context
Charlie Elphicke voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 71 Conservative No votes vs 118 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 396 Noes - 83
8 Apr 2019 - European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - View Vote Context
Charlie Elphicke voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 74 Conservative Aye votes vs 112 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 85 Noes - 392
8 Apr 2019 - European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - View Vote Context
Charlie Elphicke voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 71 Conservative No votes vs 114 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 390 Noes - 81
3 Apr 2019 - European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - View Vote Context
Charlie Elphicke voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 91 Conservative No votes vs 212 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 220 Noes - 400
3 Apr 2019 - European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - View Vote Context
Charlie Elphicke voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 110 Conservative Aye votes vs 190 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 123 Noes - 488
3 Apr 2019 - European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - View Vote Context
Charlie Elphicke voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 95 Conservative Aye votes vs 203 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 105 Noes - 509
27 Mar 2019 - EU Exit Day Amendment - View Vote Context
Charlie Elphicke voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 93 Conservative No votes vs 150 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 441 Noes - 105
27 Mar 2019 - Education - View Vote Context
Charlie Elphicke voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 12 Conservative No votes vs 287 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 538 Noes - 21
19 Mar 2019 - Foreign Affairs Committee - View Vote Context
Charlie Elphicke voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 21 Conservative Aye votes vs 92 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 199 Noes - 134
12 Mar 2019 - European Union (Withdrawal) Act - View Vote Context
Charlie Elphicke voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 75 Conservative No votes vs 235 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 242 Noes - 391
15 Jan 2019 - European Union (Withdrawal) Act - View Vote Context
Charlie Elphicke voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 118 Conservative No votes vs 196 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 202 Noes - 432
11 Mar 2015 - Ark Pension Schemes - View Vote Context
Charlie Elphicke voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 103 Conservative No votes vs 122 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 367 Noes - 113
24 Nov 2014 - Recall of MPs Bill - View Vote Context
Charlie Elphicke voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 71 Conservative Aye votes vs 85 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 119 Noes - 193
27 Oct 2014 - Recall of MPs Bill - View Vote Context
Charlie Elphicke voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 110 Conservative Aye votes vs 135 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 166 Noes - 340
5 Mar 2014 - Judgments - View Vote Context
Charlie Elphicke voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 83 Conservative No votes vs 123 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 360 Noes - 104
5 Mar 2014 - Registration of Births, deaths and marriages etc - View Vote Context
Charlie Elphicke voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 81 Conservative No votes vs 124 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 363 Noes - 100
5 Mar 2014 - Registration of births, deaths and marriages etc - View Vote Context
Charlie Elphicke voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 83 Conservative No votes vs 123 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 366 Noes - 103
5 Mar 2014 - Marriage - View Vote Context
Charlie Elphicke voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 81 Conservative No votes vs 126 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 367 Noes - 100
5 Mar 2014 - Marriage - View Vote Context
Charlie Elphicke voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 84 Conservative No votes vs 123 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 365 Noes - 103
5 Mar 2014 - Marriage - View Vote Context
Charlie Elphicke voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 79 Conservative No votes vs 126 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 368 Noes - 98
20 May 2013 - Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill - View Vote Context
Charlie Elphicke voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 48 Conservative No votes vs 139 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 391 Noes - 57
15 Jun 2010 - Backbench Business Committee - View Vote Context
Charlie Elphicke voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 75 Conservative Aye votes vs 188 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 171 Noes - 263
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All Debates

Speeches made during Parliamentary debates are recorded in Hansard. For ease of browsing we have grouped debates into individual, departmental and legislative categories.

Sparring Partners
Theresa May (Conservative)
(75 debate interactions)
David Gauke (Independent)
(56 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
HM Treasury
(537 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(144 debate contributions)
Department for Work and Pensions
(128 debate contributions)
Home Office
(120 debate contributions)
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Legislation Debates
Finance Act 2019
(5,466 words contributed)
European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018
(3,499 words contributed)
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Dover 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).

Charlie Elphicke has not participated in any petition debates

Latest EDMs signed by Charlie Elphicke

11th April 2019
Charlie Elphicke signed this EDM on Thursday 11th April 2019

Exiting the European Union

Tabled by: William Cash (Conservative - Stone)
That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (Exit Day) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2019 (S.I., 2019, No. 859), dated 11 April 2019, a copy of which was laid before this House on 11 April 2019, be annulled.
82 signatures
(Most recent: 29 Apr 2019)
Signatures by party:
Conservative: 69
Independent: 6
Democratic Unionist Party: 6
Non-affiliated: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Charlie Elphicke, 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.


Charlie Elphicke has not been granted any Urgent Questions

3 Adjournment Debates led by Charlie Elphicke

Tuesday 24th October 2017
Thursday 23rd October 2014
Tuesday 12th June 2012

9 Bills introduced by Charlie Elphicke


A bill to repeal the Human Rights Act 1998 and related legislation; to make provision for a bill of rights and responsibilities to apply to the United Kingdom; and for connected purposes

Commons - 40%

Last Event - 2nd Reading: House Of Commons
Friday 1st March 2013

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to make provision to enable consumers to transfer mortgages between providers; to prohibit the sale of mortgage debt to unregulated entities and the foreclosure of certain loans; to establish financial services tribunals; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 7th May 2019
(Read Debate)

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to make provision for community ownership of hospitals owned by NHS Property Services Ltd.; to facilitate the integration of health and social care services provided in those hospitals; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 7th January 2014

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to make provision about the procedure for conducting investigations under Part 3 of the Local Government Act 1974; and to make provision for cases where an authority to which that Part applies takes a decision that affects the holding of an event for a reason relating to health or safety.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Monday 24th June 2013

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to make provision for an offence in respect of supplies of specialist printing equipment and related materials; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Monday 24th June 2013

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Monday 25th June 2012

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Monday 25th June 2012

A bill to require courts, local authorities and other bodies, when determining or enforcing issues of residence and contact, to operate under the presumption that the rights of a child include the right to grow up knowing and having access to and contact with both of the parents involved in the residence or contact case concerned; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Monday 25th June 2012

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to require courts, local authorities and other bodies, when determining or enforcing issues of residence and contact, to operate under the presumption that the rights of a child include the right to grow up knowing and having access to and contact with both of the parents involved in the residence or contact case concerned, unless exceptional circumstances are demonstrated that such contact is not in the best interests of the child; to create an offence if a relevant body or person does not operate under or respect such a presumption; and for connected purposes

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 29th March 2011

Latest 50 Written Questions

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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
1 Other Department Questions
7th Jan 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the average full course cost to the public purse was of apprenticeships at each level in the most recent academic year for which figures are available.

The average estimated apprenticeship programme costs to government of learners who completed (or left) in the 2013/14 academic year is shown in Table 1. Please note that this is the Government contribution only and does not include any employer contributions.

Table 1. Average estimated apprenticeship programme costs to government (2013/14)

Age group

Level

Average cost to government

16-18

Intermediate Level (L2)

£4,600

Advanced Level (L3)

£7,000

Higher Levels (L4+)

£5,000

All Levels

£5,300

19+

Intermediate Level (L2)

£1,800

Advanced Level (L3)

£2,300

Higher Levels (L4+)

£2,000

All Levels

£2,000

Notes.

1) The average apprenticeship programme costs to government have been calculated by the Skills Funding Agency from the final Individualised Learner Record data return (R14) for the 2013/14 academic year. It is based on all government-funded apprenticeship programmes that ended in the 2013/14 academic year (including both completers and early leavers)

2) The age group refers to the age of learners at start of the programme

3) The average costs to government are rounded to the nearest £100.

4) The costs of different apprenticeship frameworks are highly variable.

5) The funding of apprenticeships is currently under review and costs could change considerably in the near future.

24th Jul 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what meetings have taken place between officials of his Department and representatives of (a) CER, (b) the CBI, (c) the Institute of Directors, (d) Greenpeace, (e) Oxfam, (f) Friends of the Earth, (g) British Chambers of Commerce, (h) Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and (i) the EEF in the last twelve months.

Details of ministerial and senior official (Permanent Secretary) meetings with external organisations are published on a quarterly basis, and are available on GOV.UK and a link is provided as follows :-

Cabinet Office Senior Officials External Meetings - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cabinet-office-senior-officials-business-expenses-and-hospitality-january-to-march-2018

Cabinet Office Minister's Transparency Publications - https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/ministers-transparency-publications

5th Nov 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many crimes involving online fraud were recorded in each of the last five years.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

29th Aug 2014
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Business Appointment Rules for public servants relate to (a) appointments in (i) NGOs, (ii) charities and (iii) other non-commercial organisations and (b) unpaid positions.

The Business Appointment Rules apply to those people employed in civil service, the diplomatic service and members of the armed services, whether the employment is paid or unpaid.

24th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what meetings have taken place between officials of his Department and representatives of (a) CER, (b) the CBI, (c) the Institute of Directors, (d) Greenpeace, (e) Oxfam, (f) Friends of the Earth, (g) British Chambers of Commerce, (h) Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and (i) the EEF in the last twelve months.

Departments publish quarterly details of Ministers’ meetings with external organisations on GOV.UK. These can be found at the following links:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/beis-ministerial-gifts-hospitality-travel-and-meetings

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/bis-quarterly-publications-april-to-june-2012#2016

Details of meetings with officials is not available centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

12th Dec 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions her Department has had with football authorities on tax avoidance by football clubs, managers and players.

What individuals or clubs pay in tax is a matter for HM Revenues and Customs, and football clubs, players and managers are treated no different to others and expected to adhere to the same principals.

9th Jun 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of water infrastructure investment plans in tackling the problem of flooding; and if he will make a statement.

Ofwat is assessing water infrastructure investment plans for 2015-2020 under the 2014 water price review. All water and sewerage companies have a duty derived from recent legislation to place greater emphasis on flood risk planning.

The Water Industry Act 1991 has also been amended to make clear that sewerage undertakers can construct and use Sustainable Drainage Systems to fulfil their statutory duty to effectually drain an area where it is the most economical solution.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what veterinary and animal welfare qualifications and training are a criteria of becoming an inspector at the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency.

Animal Health Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) employs Veterinarians and Animal Health Officers who both are inspectors. Veterinarians employed by AHVLA must have a veterinary degree and be members of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (MRCVS). AHVLA supports these veterinarians to achieve the annual number of days continued development required to maintain their MRCVS.

Animal Health Officers are not qualified veterinarians and have no requirement for any veterinary qualifications. They are trained in a variety of aspects relevant to their function and that are essential to their duties, including animal welfare, animal health, enforcement and evidence gathering. Furthermore, and in order to fulfil this function, Animal Health Officers are appointed as Inspectors under the Animal Health Act 1981. A senior veterinarian in the organisation ensures that appointed Inspectors only use the powers to act as an Inspector when they are deemed competent to do so.

AHVLA has an annual programme of training for its veterinary staff and Animal Health Officers to ensure that they maintain and develop knowledge in their particular areas of expertise.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to ensure that veterinarians are present at all live animal exports from the UK to provide an export certificate and ensure relevant standards of animal care are being adhered to.

The Government has no plans to propose changes to the legislative basis for pre-export inspections beyond those measures which are currently in place. These measures were reviewed and, where necessary, modified in 2012. Details of these operational changes were set out in the Written Ministerial Statement made by the then Minister of State for Defra, Mr David Heath on 4 March 2013 (Hansard, Column 53 WS).

24th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what meetings have taken place between officials of his Department and representatives of (a) CER, (b) the CBI, (c) the Institute of Directors, (d) Greenpeace, (e) Oxfam, (f) Friends of the Earth, (g) British Chambers of Commerce, (h) Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and (i) the EEF in the last twelve months.

Ministers and officials continue to engage with a wide selection of stakeholders - both business and civil society - across the country and the economy to discuss their priorities and issues as we leave the European Union. Details of ministerial and senior official meetings are provided in the quarterly transparency returns.

24th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what meetings have taken place between officials of his Department and representatives of (a) CER, (b) the CBI, (c) the Institute of Directors, (d) Greenpeace, (e) Oxfam, (f) Friends of the Earth, (g) British Chambers of Commerce, (h) Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and (i) the EEF in the last twelve months.

Meetings regularly take place with a range of stakeholders. To compile a comprehensive list across the whole Department would be at disproportionate cost to the taxpayer.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
13th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what representations officials of his Department have made to the European Commission on tariffs on cast iron articles as set out in per EU Regulation 2017/1480.

In relation to EU Regulation 2017/1480 imposing anti-dumping duties on certain types of cast iron products, officials have received representations from three importers, of which they have met two, as well as representations from one group of European producers, which includes one UK producer.

In terms of analysing the effect of these regulations, the UK government examines all trade defence cases carefully and judges each on its own merits. This is based on an economic evaluation of the evidence presented in the European Commission’s draft regulation sent to Member States with any proposal for measures, together with information received from interested parties, including producers, importers and users of the product.

The Commission’s anti-dumping investigation concerning imports of cast iron articles from China and India is ongoing, and yet to make its final proposals. Officials have not made representations to the Commission at this stage in the investigation.

This is one of several trade defence measures which are being applied by the EU which affect UK industry. The Government is looking into the detail of UK trade remedies policy as a whole as we leave the EU. The Government is seeking to maintain continuity for businesses as we exit from the EU. We invite responses to the consultations launched as part of the Department’s recently published White Paper: ‘Preparing for our future UK trade policy’.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
12th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many meetings Ministers and officials of his Department had with small specialist businesses who import Chinese steel prior to EU Regulation 2017/1480 coming into force on anti-dumping duty on imports of certain cast iron articles.

In relation to EU Regulation 2017/1480 imposing anti-dumping duties on certain types of cast iron products, officials have received representations from three importers, of which they have met two, as well as representations from one group of European producers, which includes one UK producer.

In terms of analysing the effect of these regulations, the UK government examines all trade defence cases carefully and judges each on its own merits. This is based on an economic evaluation of the evidence presented in the European Commission’s draft regulation sent to Member States with any proposal for measures, together with information received from interested parties, including producers, importers and users of the product.

The Commission’s anti-dumping investigation concerning imports of cast iron articles from China and India is ongoing, and yet to make its final proposals. Officials have not made representations to the Commission at this stage in the investigation.

This is one of several trade defence measures which are being applied by the EU which affect UK industry. The Government is looking into the detail of UK trade remedies policy as a whole as we leave the EU. The Government is seeking to maintain continuity for businesses as we exit from the EU. We invite responses to the consultations launched as part of the Department’s recently published White Paper: ‘Preparing for our future UK trade policy’.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
12th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many meetings Ministers and officials of his Department have had with British producers on EU Regulation 2017/1480 on anti-dumping duty on imports of certain cast iron articles.

In relation to EU Regulation 2017/1480 imposing anti-dumping duties on certain types of cast iron products, officials have received representations from three importers, of which they have met two, as well as representations from one group of European producers, which includes one UK producer.

In terms of analysing the effect of these regulations, the UK government examines all trade defence cases carefully and judges each on its own merits. This is based on an economic evaluation of the evidence presented in the European Commission’s draft regulation sent to Member States with any proposal for measures, together with information received from interested parties, including producers, importers and users of the product.

The Commission’s anti-dumping investigation concerning imports of cast iron articles from China and India is ongoing, and yet to make its final proposals. Officials have not made representations to the Commission at this stage in the investigation.

This is one of several trade defence measures which are being applied by the EU which affect UK industry. The Government is looking into the detail of UK trade remedies policy as a whole as we leave the EU. The Government is seeking to maintain continuity for businesses as we exit from the EU. We invite responses to the consultations launched as part of the Department’s recently published White Paper: ‘Preparing for our future UK trade policy’.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
12th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many organisations his Department (a) received representations from and (b) met with on EU Regulation 2017/1480.

In relation to EU Regulation 2017/1480 imposing anti-dumping duties on certain types of cast iron products, officials have received representations from three importers, of which they have met two, as well as representations from one group of European producers, which includes one UK producer.

In terms of analysing the effect of these regulations, the UK government examines all trade defence cases carefully and judges each on its own merits. This is based on an economic evaluation of the evidence presented in the European Commission’s draft regulation sent to Member States with any proposal for measures, together with information received from interested parties, including producers, importers and users of the product.

The Commission’s anti-dumping investigation concerning imports of cast iron articles from China and India is ongoing, and yet to make its final proposals. Officials have not made representations to the Commission at this stage in the investigation.

This is one of several trade defence measures which are being applied by the EU which affect UK industry. The Government is looking into the detail of UK trade remedies policy as a whole as we leave the EU. The Government is seeking to maintain continuity for businesses as we exit from the EU. We invite responses to the consultations launched as part of the Department’s recently published White Paper: ‘Preparing for our future UK trade policy’.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
12th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether his Department has received representations from companies which may be adversely affected by EU Regulation 2017/1480 on anti-dumping duty on imports of carbon cast iron articles.

In relation to EU Regulation 2017/1480 imposing anti-dumping duties on certain types of cast iron products, officials have received representations from three importers, of which they have met two, as well as representations from one group of European producers, which includes one UK producer.

In terms of analysing the effect of these regulations, the UK government examines all trade defence cases carefully and judges each on its own merits. This is based on an economic evaluation of the evidence presented in the European Commission’s draft regulation sent to Member States with any proposal for measures, together with information received from interested parties, including producers, importers and users of the product.

The Commission’s anti-dumping investigation concerning imports of cast iron articles from China and India is ongoing, and yet to make its final proposals. Officials have not made representations to the Commission at this stage in the investigation.

This is one of several trade defence measures which are being applied by the EU which affect UK industry. The Government is looking into the detail of UK trade remedies policy as a whole as we leave the EU. The Government is seeking to maintain continuity for businesses as we exit from the EU. We invite responses to the consultations launched as part of the Department’s recently published White Paper: ‘Preparing for our future UK trade policy’.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
12th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment he has made of the effect of EU Regulation 2017/1480 on imports of cast iron articles on companies which use cast iron.

In relation to EU Regulation 2017/1480 imposing anti-dumping duties on certain types of cast iron products, officials have received representations from three importers, of which they have met two, as well as representations from one group of European producers, which includes one UK producer.

In terms of analysing the effect of these regulations, the UK government examines all trade defence cases carefully and judges each on its own merits. This is based on an economic evaluation of the evidence presented in the European Commission’s draft regulation sent to Member States with any proposal for measures, together with information received from interested parties, including producers, importers and users of the product.

The Commission’s anti-dumping investigation concerning imports of cast iron articles from China and India is ongoing, and yet to make its final proposals. Officials have not made representations to the Commission at this stage in the investigation.

This is one of several trade defence measures which are being applied by the EU which affect UK industry. The Government is looking into the detail of UK trade remedies policy as a whole as we leave the EU. The Government is seeking to maintain continuity for businesses as we exit from the EU. We invite responses to the consultations launched as part of the Department’s recently published White Paper: ‘Preparing for our future UK trade policy’.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
12th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of EU Regulation 2017/1480 on UK employment levels and job security.

In relation to EU Regulation 2017/1480 imposing anti-dumping duties on certain types of cast iron products, officials have received representations from three importers, of which they have met two, as well as representations from one group of European producers, which includes one UK producer.

In terms of analysing the effect of these regulations, the UK government examines all trade defence cases carefully and judges each on its own merits. This is based on an economic evaluation of the evidence presented in the European Commission’s draft regulation sent to Member States with any proposal for measures, together with information received from interested parties, including producers, importers and users of the product.

The Commission’s anti-dumping investigation concerning imports of cast iron articles from China and India is ongoing, and yet to make its final proposals. Officials have not made representations to the Commission at this stage in the investigation.

This is one of several trade defence measures which are being applied by the EU which affect UK industry. The Government is looking into the detail of UK trade remedies policy as a whole as we leave the EU. The Government is seeking to maintain continuity for businesses as we exit from the EU. We invite responses to the consultations launched as part of the Department’s recently published White Paper: ‘Preparing for our future UK trade policy’.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
11th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of freight vehicles that have approached the Port of Dover via the A2 in each year since 2010 per (a) day on average and (b) year.

The Department produces annual estimates of the average daily flow by vehicle type for each major road link in Great Britain.

The table below provides a breakdown of the (a) average daily flow by (b) year since 2010 for vehicles likely to be used for freight purposes. The data is provided for the closest major road link on the A2 approaching the Port of Dover (Count Point No. 27864).

Average Daily Flow Estimates of Selected Vehicle Types at Count Point 27864 on the southbound A2 – 2010 to 2017

Year

Average Daily Flow of Light Goods Vehicles1

Average Daily Flow of Heavy Goods Vehicles

Count Method2

2010

914

1,126

Counted

2011

935

1,107

Estimated

2012

974

1,105

Estimated

2013

1,034

1,114

Estimated

2014

1,159

950

Counted

2015

1,288

1,019

Estimated

2016

1,391

1,027

Estimated

2017

1,482

1,056

Estimated

1 Light Goods Vehicles may not all be used for freight carrying purposes

2 DfT’s road link level traffic estimates are calculated using a variety of methods, with some methods likely to produce more accurate estimates than others. Figures having an estimation method of “Counted” are likely to be more accurate than those marked as “Estimated”.

Further detailed information on vehicle flows, including the local road network, can be accessed via the Department’s interactive map here:

https://roadtraffic.dft.gov.uk/manualcountpoints

Contextual information can be found on the data.gov.uk website here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/road-traffic-statistics

11th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of freight vehicles that have approached the Port of Dover via the A20 in each year since 2010 per (a) day on average and (b) year.

The Department produces annual estimates of the average daily flow by vehicle type for each major road link in Great Britain.

The table below provides a breakdown of the (a) average daily flow by (b) year since 2010 for vehicles likely to be used for freight purposes. The data is provided for the closest major road link on the A20 approaching the Port of Dover Count Point No. 8107

Average Daily Flow Estimates of Selected Vehicle Types at Count Point 8107 on the Eastbound A20 – 2010 to 2017

Year

Average Daily Flow of Light Goods Vehicles1

Average Daily Flow of Heavy Goods Vehicles

Count Method2

2010

1,244

1,781

Estimated

2011

1,283

1,745

Estimated

2012

1,232

1,598

Estimated

2013

1,246

1,508

Estimated

2014

1,333

1,302

Estimated

2015

1,402

1,293

Estimated

2016

1,514

1,276

Estimated

2017

1,613

1,310

Estimated

1 Light Goods Vehicles may not all be used for freight carrying purposes

2 DfT’s road link level traffic estimates are calculated using a variety of methods, with some methods likely to produce more accurate estimates than others. Figures having an estimation method of “Counted” are likely to be more accurate than those marked as “Estimated”.

Further detailed information on vehicle flows, including the local road network, can be accessed via the Department’s interactive map here:

https://roadtraffic.dft.gov.uk/manualcountpoints

Contextual information can be found on the data.gov.uk website here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/road-traffic-statistics

11th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of tourist vehicles that have approached the Port of Dover via the A2 in each year since 2010 per (a) day on average and (b) year.

The Department produces annual estimates of the average daily flow by vehicle type for each major road link in Great Britain. Traffic counts do not establish trip purpose.

The table below provides a breakdown of the (a) average daily flow by (b) year since 2010 for all vehicles split by type. The data is provided for the closest major road link on the A2 approaching the Port of Dover (Count Point No. 27864).

Average Daily Flow Estimates of All Motor Vehicles by type at Count Point 27864 on the southbound A2 – 2010 to 20171

Year

Average Daily Flow of Cars and Taxis

Average Daily Flow of Light Goods Vehicles

Average Daily Flow of Heavy Goods Vehicles

2010

6,195

914

1,126

2011

6,158

935

1,107

2012

6,114

974

1,105

2013

6,041

1,034

1,114

2014

6,436

1,159

950

2015

6,630

1,288

1,019

2016

6,828

1,391

1,027

2017

6,826

1,482

1,056

Year

Average Daily Flow of Buses and Coaches

Average Daily Flow of Two Wheeled Motor Vehicles

Average Daily Flow of All Motor Vehicles

2010

121

77

8,433

2011

122

76

8,398

2012

124

74

8,390

2013

128

78

8,394

2014

86

48

8,678

2015

84

50

9,070

2016

86

52

9,383

2017

88

52

9,503

1 DfT’s road link level traffic estimates are calculated using a variety of methods, with some methods likely to produce more accurate estimates than others.

Further detailed information on vehicle flows, including the local road network, can be accessed via the Department’s interactive map here:

https://roadtraffic.dft.gov.uk/manualcountpoints

Contextual information can be found on the data.gov.uk website here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/road-traffic-statistics

11th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of tourist vehicles that have approached the Port of Dover via the A20 in each year since 2010 per (a) day on average and (b) year.

The Department produces annual estimates of the average daily flow by vehicle type for each major road link in Great Britain. Traffic counts do not establish trip purpose.

The table below provides a breakdown of the (a) average daily flow by (b) year since 2010 for all vehicles split by type. The data is provided for the closest major road link on the A20 approaching the Port of Dover (Count Point No. 8107).

Average Daily Flow Estimates of All Motor Vehicles by type at Count Point 8107 on the eastbound A20 – 2010 to 20171

Year

Average Daily Flow of Cars and Taxis

Average Daily Flow of Light Goods Vehicles

Average Daily Flow of Heavy Goods Vehicles

2010

7,787

1,244

1,781

2011

7,748

1,283

1,745

2012

7,715

1,232

1,598

2013

7,671

1,246

1,508

2014

7,879

1,333

1,302

2015

7,735

1,402

1,293

2016

7,966

1,514

1,276

2017

7,963

1,613

1,310

Year

Average Daily Flow of Buses and Coaches

Average Daily Flow of Two Wheeled Motor Vehicles

Average Daily Flow of All Motor Vehicles

2010

151

87

11,050

2011

151

92

11,019

2012

162

83

10,790

2013

153

83

10,662

2014

147

79

10,740

2015

146

81

10,656

2016

149

84

10,989

2017

152

85

11,123

1 DfT’s road link level traffic estimates are calculated using a variety of methods, with some methods likely to produce more accurate estimates than others.

Further detailed information on vehicle flows, including the local road network, can be accessed via the Department’s interactive map here:

https://roadtraffic.dft.gov.uk/manualcountpoints

Contextual information can be found on the data.gov.uk website here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/road-traffic-statistics

11th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what information his Department holds on the number of road accidents on the A2 between the Lydden traffic lights and the Port of Dover in each year since 2010.

The number of reported road accidents involving personal injury on the A2 between the Lydden junction and the Port of Dover between 2010 and 2017 is given in the table below.

Number of reported road accidents on the A2 (between the Lydden junction and the Port of Dover)1, 2010 to 2017

Year

Number of accidents

2010

19

2011

21

2012

16

2013

26

2014

17

2015

17

2016

18

2017

15

Source: DfT Stats19

1. Includes all the slip roads on and off at each of the junctions.

11th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the cost of dualling the A2 between the Lydden traffic lights and the Port of Dover.

The Department recognises the support that exists locally for dualling the remaining sections of the A2 to Dover, and this proposal is one of the many that it is considering for inclusion in the second Road Investment Strategy (RIS2). The Department will make decisions on RIS2 later this year, after which it will be possible to develop robust estimates of the cost of specific options for schemes included in the investment plan.

11th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of whether a ferry route could be re-established between Dover and Zeebrugge; and if he will make a statement.

In principle a route between Dover and Zeebrugge could certainly be re-established. This is a commercial matter for any prospective ferry operator and the ports concerned.

31st Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the transport infrastructure capital account spending has been in Dover constituency in each year between 2009 and 2018.

Transport capital funding from Government is allocated to local authorities at upper tier level, in this case Kent County Council (KCC). The Department does not hold figures for the Dover Constituency. The total capital expenditure on highways and transport (from all funding sources) as reported by KCC can be found in the table below.

Year

Kent

2008/09

£73,783K

2009/10

£86,001K

2010/11

£89,584K

2011/12

£54,839K

2012/13

£48,450K

2013/14

£112,115K

2014/15

£60,303K

2015/16

£54,665K

2016/17

£77,794K

2017/18

£63,556K

We have also provided Kent County Council with significant extra funding to assist with the preparations for if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. This is part of the Operation Brock contingency planning.

17th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 7 July 2016 to Question 42206 on roads: suicide, how many suicides or attempted suicides were recorded on the strategic road network from 1 July to 31 December 2016.

Highways England have confirmed that between 1 July 2016 and 3 September 2016, 267 incidents were recorded as suicides or attempted suicides on the strategic road network.

Highways England are currently moving to a new incident management system and are only able to provide data up to 3 September 2016 at this time. The complete figures will be validated as soon as possible.

11th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many fines have been (a) issued and (b) paid for breaches of cabotage and combined transport rules in each of the last five years for which data is available.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency issues fines, known as ‘fixed penalties’, for breaches of cabotage and combined transport rules.

The number of fixed penalties issued for breaches of cabotage and combined transport rules in each of the last five years is:

Year

Number of fines (fixed penalties) issued

2012

235

2013

281

2014

299

2015

517

2016

313

A cabotage offence is against the operator of a vehicle, not the driver, and can only be issued to non-GB operators.

The number of fixed penalties paid for breaches of cabotage and combined transport rules in each of the last five years is:

Year

Number of fines (fixed penalties) paid

2012

154

2013

125

2014

151

2015

273

2016

162

11th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the shortage of qualified HGV drivers in the road haulage industry; what steps he is taking to address that shortage; and if he will make a statement.

The Departments for Transport, Work and Pensions and Education are working with stakeholders to address this issue. This includes the development of a new Trailblazer Apprenticeship standard for HGV drivers funded through the Apprenticeship Levy, help for jobseekers to enter the logistics sector and work to address the gender imbalance in the industry.

As part of efforts to improve the image of the profession the Department for Transport has also commissioned a survey of roadside facilities and is working with Highways England, local authorities and operators to ensure more and better quality facilities for drivers.

The Department and its agencies have also worked to minimise delays in obtaining an HGV test appointments and licence renewals.

5th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of possible reductions in skilled immigration from the EU into the road-based logistics sector; and if he will make a statement.

The Government has not undertaken a formal assessment. While the Government acknowledges that any changes to arrangements for EU workers will be a factor in the availability of skilled staff for road haulage, it is not the only factor. As noted in the Government’s response to the Transport Committee’s report on skills and workforce planning in the road haulage sector, there are encouraging signs. For example there were about 10,000 more HGV driving test passes in 2015/16 compared to two years before, in response to the higher demand for HGV drivers and the shortages. In addition the industry has developed a new Trailblazer Apprenticeship standard for HGV drivers to be funded through the Apprenticeship Levy.

5th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the implementation of Operation Stack on the (a) UK economy and (b) Kent economy and (c) logistics industry; and if he will make a statement.

Operation Stack is a multi-agency approach designed to reduce traffic disruption resulting from issues affecting the cross-Channel crossings. The effects of its implementation are unique to the individual circumstances and duration of its deployment, and so no reliable assessment of the general effects of Operation Stack can be undertaken in advance.

5th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect on businesses using the Port of Dover and the Channel Tunnel of the reintroduction of customs procedures between the EU and the UK; and if he will make a statement.

The Government aims to ensure that trade will continue to be as frictionless as possible, so that the effects on businesses using the Port of Dover and the Channel Tunnel are minimised. The Department for Transport is working closely with the Treasury, HMRC and other Departments towards that end.

The discussion paper on Future customs arrangements, published in August, set out our positive commitment to trade with the EU and options for ensuring that the customs system is as facilitative as possible.

5th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that fluidity of movement through ports and across borders is maintained when the UK leaves the EU; and if he will make a statement.

The Department for Transport is working closely with other Departments and in consultation with the ports and logistics industry, in order to help ensure that movement through ports and across borders is as frictionless as possible, whatever the outcome of negotiations on future arrangements for trade with the EU.

5th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to invest in road networks around UK ports in the next two years to prepare for the UK leaving the EU.

Highways England recently published their 2017/18 Delivery Plan which provides updates on schemes from 2015 to 2020. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/642750/Highways_England_Delivery_Plan_Update_2017-2018.pdf

16th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of EU-based hauliers carrying out work in the UK in each of the last five years for which data is available.

The Department does not hold comprehensive information on the number of EU-based hauliers operating in the UK.

16th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many investigations have been made into potential breaches of cabotage rules by EU hauliers in each of the last five years for which data is available; and what proportion of those investigations resulted in successful prosecutions.

In each of the last five business years, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) conducted the following number of investigations into potential breaches of cabotage rules:

2011/12 – 57,616

2012/13 – 44,340

2013/14 – 40,289

2014/15 – 46,466

2015/16 – 52,499

DVSA does not prosecute foreign drivers for cabotage offences; instead it issues cabotage notices. In each of the last five business years, DVSA recorded the following number of cabotage notices:

2011/12 – 370

2012/13 – 297

2013/14 – 257

2014/15 – 375

2015/16 – 484

16th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect on UK hauliers of EU hauliers breaking cabatoge rules in the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

Responsibility for the enforcement of cabotage lies with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and in the last five years, DVSA has stopped and checked over 290,000 non-GB vehicles.

Cabotage is a small part of the haulage market - in the UK about 1% of domestic journeys are operated by foreign hauliers under cabotage. The rate of cabotage infringements is generally low. In the first three quarters of 2016/17, of the approximately 37,500 cabotage checks made by DVSA, only around 0.6% led to a prohibition.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to require landowners and service suppliers to install manhole covers that have resistance abrasion values to prevent slipping and injury.

The majority of manhole covers on the highway network fall under the responsibility of utility companies, with a small percentage in the ownership of local highway authorities.

The Department for Transport currently has no plans to bring forward legislative proposals for landowners and service suppliers to install high-friction manhole covers to prevent slipping and injury. That said, we are aware of a number of authorities who are taking steps to replace manhole covers with ones having enhanced anti-skid properties.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the highest amount is that a single household has been capped as a result of the benefit cap.

Of the top ten highest capped households at the end of March 2014, the average capped amount was £607 per week.

More detailed information on the amount capped is not available as providing this information could identify individuals and would breach data confidentiality. Further information on the number of households capped by the amount capped is found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/benefit-cap-number-of-households-capped-to-january-2014

Esther McVey
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
14th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many emergency ambulance calls to nursing homes in (a) Dover and (b) Deal there have been in the latest period for which information is available; what the average time taken was for ambulances to respond to those calls; and how many ambulances were involved in responding to those calls.

Information is not available in the format requested. National and individual ambulance NHS trust level performance is available and is published monthly by NHS England. This can be found online at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/ambulance-quality-indicators/

11th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average ambulance response time to emergency calls is from (a) Dover and (b) Deal.

Information is not available in the format requested. National and individual ambulance National Health Service trust level performance is available and is published monthly by NHS England. This can be found online at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/ambulance-quality-indicators/

15th Oct 2019
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with tobacco manufacturers on preventing the smuggling of their product into the UK.

In 2006, Parliament introduced stringent rules requiring all UK tobacco manufacturers to control their supply chains. These rules required them to take steps to avoid supplying cigarettes and hand rolling tobacco to persons who are likely to smuggle them into the UK or resupply them to other persons who are likely to do the same.

Tobacco manufacturers can face penalties of up to £5m for failing to comply with the rules.

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) robustly challenge tobacco manufacturers’ supply chain policies and procedures to ensure their continued compliance with the rules. This has involved ongoing contact and regular meetings between HMRC’s Large Business Team and manufacturers since the legislation was introduced.

One aspect of this ongoing contact is the requirement that manufacturers inspect seizures of over 100,000 cigarettes or 50kg of hand rolling tobacco and provide a summary of how those goods, if confirmed genuine, got in to the hands of smugglers. Large Business review and challenge these summaries to ensure manufacturers have taken appropriate action, in line with their own published supply chain policies.

Due to taxpayer confidentiality it is not possible to provide comment on the progress of HMRC’s discussions with individual businesses about their supply chain controls.

15th Oct 2019
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with tobacco manufacturers on the control of their supply chain.

In 2006, Parliament introduced stringent rules requiring all UK tobacco manufacturers to control their supply chains. These rules required them to take steps to avoid supplying cigarettes and hand rolling tobacco to persons who are likely to smuggle them into the UK or resupply them to other persons who are likely to do the same.

Tobacco manufacturers can face penalties of up to £5m for failing to comply with the rules.

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) robustly challenge tobacco manufacturers’ supply chain policies and procedures to ensure their continued compliance with the rules. This has involved ongoing contact and regular meetings between HMRC’s Large Business Team and manufacturers since the legislation was introduced.

One aspect of this ongoing contact is the requirement that manufacturers inspect seizures of over 100,000 cigarettes or 50kg of hand rolling tobacco and provide a summary of how those goods, if confirmed genuine, got in to the hands of smugglers. Large Business review and challenge these summaries to ensure manufacturers have taken appropriate action, in line with their own published supply chain policies.

Due to taxpayer confidentiality it is not possible to provide comment on the progress of HMRC’s discussions with individual businesses about their supply chain controls.

14th Oct 2019
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of tobacco manufacturers’ ability to control their supply chain to prevent contraband tobacco coming into the UK.

In 2006, Parliament introduced stringent rules requiring all UK tobacco manufacturers to control their supply chains. These rules required them to take steps to avoid supplying cigarettes and hand rolling tobacco to persons who are likely to smuggle them into the UK or resupply them to other persons who are likely to do the same.

Tobacco manufacturers can face penalties of up to £5m for failing to comply with the rules.

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) robustly challenge tobacco manufacturers’ supply chain policies and procedures to ensure their continued compliance with the rules. This has involved ongoing contact and regular meetings between HMRC’s Large Business Team and manufacturers since the legislation was introduced.

One aspect of this ongoing contact is the requirement that manufacturers inspect seizures of over 100,000 cigarettes or 50kg of hand rolling tobacco and provide a summary of how those goods, if confirmed genuine, got in to the hands of smugglers. Large Business review and challenge these summaries to ensure manufacturers have taken appropriate action, in line with their own published supply chain policies.

Due to taxpayer confidentiality it is not possible to provide comment on the progress of HMRC’s discussions with individual businesses about their supply chain controls.

14th Oct 2019
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what powers he has to sanction tobacco manufacturers for failing to control their supply chain and prevent contraband tobacco entering the UK.

In 2006, Parliament introduced stringent rules requiring all UK tobacco manufacturers to control their supply chains. These rules required them to take steps to avoid supplying cigarettes and hand rolling tobacco to persons who are likely to smuggle them into the UK or resupply them to other persons who are likely to do the same.

Tobacco manufacturers can face penalties of up to £5m for failing to comply with the rules.

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) robustly challenge tobacco manufacturers’ supply chain policies and procedures to ensure their continued compliance with the rules. This has involved ongoing contact and regular meetings between HMRC’s Large Business Team and manufacturers since the legislation was introduced.

One aspect of this ongoing contact is the requirement that manufacturers inspect seizures of over 100,000 cigarettes or 50kg of hand rolling tobacco and provide a summary of how those goods, if confirmed genuine, got in to the hands of smugglers. Large Business review and challenge these summaries to ensure manufacturers have taken appropriate action, in line with their own published supply chain policies.

Due to taxpayer confidentiality it is not possible to provide comment on the progress of HMRC’s discussions with individual businesses about their supply chain controls.

14th Oct 2019
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with tobacco manufacturers on the adequacy of controls in their supply chains.

In 2006, Parliament introduced stringent rules requiring all UK tobacco manufacturers to control their supply chains. These rules required them to take steps to avoid supplying cigarettes and hand rolling tobacco to persons who are likely to smuggle them into the UK or resupply them to other persons who are likely to do the same.

Tobacco manufacturers can face penalties of up to £5m for failing to comply with the rules.

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) robustly challenge tobacco manufacturers’ supply chain policies and procedures to ensure their continued compliance with the rules. This has involved ongoing contact and regular meetings between HMRC’s Large Business Team and manufacturers since the legislation was introduced.

One aspect of this ongoing contact is the requirement that manufacturers inspect seizures of over 100,000 cigarettes or 50kg of hand rolling tobacco and provide a summary of how those goods, if confirmed genuine, got in to the hands of smugglers. Large Business review and challenge these summaries to ensure manufacturers have taken appropriate action, in line with their own published supply chain policies.

Due to taxpayer confidentiality it is not possible to provide comment on the progress of HMRC’s discussions with individual businesses about their supply chain controls.

7th Feb 2019
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total Government spend per person in the Dover district local authority area has been in each year between 2009 and 2018.

HM Treasury does not collect expenditure information on total government spend at a local authority level. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government produce local government expenditure statistics, which is part of total government spend. These statistics, along with population statistics are available at the following links:

Revenue financing and expenditure:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/local-authority-revenue-expenditure-and-financing

Capital expenditure, receipts and financing:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/local-authority-capital-expenditure-receipts-and-financing

Population statistics at local level:

https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/populationandmigration/populationestimates/datasets/populationestimatesforukenglandandwalesscotlandandnorthernireland