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Written Question
Private Rented Housing: Electricity
Friday 1st July 2022

Asked by: Dan Poulter (Conservative - Central Suffolk and North Ipswich)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support tenants who do not have a domestic electricity supply contract with the cost of energy.

Answered by Greg Hands - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Ofgem’s Maximum Resale Price provisions prevent landlords from reselling energy to residents at a higher price than they paid to the licensed energy supplier.

Customers without a domestic electricity supply contract are not eligible for the Energy Bills Support Scheme, so the Government is exploring options for other ways in which they might receive similar support. This was raised in a recent Government consultation and a response will be published later in the summer. The Government has also provided £144 million of discretionary funding for Local Authorities to support households who need support but are not eligible for the Council Tax reduction.


Written Question
Park Homes: Electricity
Friday 1st July 2022

Asked by: Dan Poulter (Conservative - Central Suffolk and North Ipswich)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support park home owners who do not have a domestic electricity supply contract with the cost of energy.

Answered by Greg Hands - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Government raised this in its technical consultation on the Energy Bills Support Scheme. The responses to this consultation are being analysed and will be published later in the summer.

Vulnerable consumers, including park home residents will be eligible for a £150 contribution towards their energy bills each winter through the Government’s Warm Home Discount Scheme. It is anticipated that the Park Homes Warm Home Discount scheme will re-open again in September 2022. There will also be payments to households on means tested benefits and pensioner and disability cost of living payments. Other support available includes the Winter Fuel Payments and Cold Weather Payments.


Written Question
Park Homes: Energy Bills Rebate
Friday 1st July 2022

Asked by: Dan Poulter (Conservative - Central Suffolk and North Ipswich)

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that domestic energy customers living in park homes are eligible for the £400 discount on energy bills in autumn 2022.

Answered by Greg Hands - Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave the hon. Member for St Albans on 20th June 2022 to Question 18990.


Written Question
Social Services: Domestic Visits
Wednesday 29th June 2022

Asked by: Dan Poulter (Conservative - Central Suffolk and North Ipswich)

Question to the Department of Health and Social Care:

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many visits were made by Government ministers to social care providers in each year since May 2015.

Answered by Edward Argar - Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The information requested prior to 2019 is not held centrally. While information on Ministerial visits from 2019 to date is held, to obtain it would incur disproportionate cost.


Written Question
Health Services: Domestic Visits
Wednesday 29th June 2022

Asked by: Dan Poulter (Conservative - Central Suffolk and North Ipswich)

Question to the Department of Health and Social Care:

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many visits were made by Government ministers to secondary healthcare providers in each year since May 2015.

Answered by Edward Argar - Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The information requested prior to 2019 is not held centrally. While information on Ministerial visits from 2019 to date is held, to obtain it would incur disproportionate cost.


Written Question
Mental Health Services: Domestic Visits
Wednesday 29th June 2022

Asked by: Dan Poulter (Conservative - Central Suffolk and North Ipswich)

Question to the Department of Health and Social Care:

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many visits were made by Government ministers to mental health providers in each year since May 2015.

Answered by Edward Argar - Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The information requested prior to 2019 is not held centrally. While information on Ministerial visits from 2019 to date is held, to obtain it would incur disproportionate cost.


Written Question
General Practitioners: Domestic Visits
Wednesday 29th June 2022

Asked by: Dan Poulter (Conservative - Central Suffolk and North Ipswich)

Question to the Department of Health and Social Care:

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many visits each Government minister has undertaken to GP surgeries in each year since May 2015.

Answered by Edward Argar - Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The information requested prior to 2019 is not held centrally. While information on Ministerial visits from 2019 to date is held, to obtain it would incur disproportionate cost.


Written Question
Health Services: Domestic Visits
Wednesday 29th June 2022

Asked by: Dan Poulter (Conservative - Central Suffolk and North Ipswich)

Question to the Department of Health and Social Care:

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many visits each Government minister has undertaken to primary care providers in each year since May 2015.

Answered by Edward Argar - Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The information requested prior to 2019 is not held centrally. While information on Ministerial visits from 2019 to date is held, to obtain it would incur disproportionate cost.


Written Question
Agriculture: Seasonal Workers
Tuesday 28th June 2022

Asked by: Dan Poulter (Conservative - Central Suffolk and North Ipswich)

Question to the Home Office:

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 16 June 2022 to Question 15228 on Agriculture: Seasonal Workers, on what basis her Department decided what the duration of seasonal worker visas for poultry workers should be; if she will make an assessment of the impact of the duration of those visas on incentives for poultry workers to come to the UK; and what discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on helping to ensure that (a) recruitment processes for poultry workers are safe and (b) poultry workers are protected by UK employment rights.

Answered by Kevin Foster - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)

The Government will announce full details of how the detailed arrangements for poultry workers within the Seasonal Worker route will operate in due course. It will however operate along similar lines to the concession operated in 2021, supporting the sector for its seasonal peak in production in the run up to Christmas.

As with the core Seasonal Worker route, labour providers will be required to hold a sponsor licence and will be subject to the compliance arrangements for that route. Operators of the seasonal worker scheme must hold and retain relevant Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority licensing.


Written Question
Food Supply: Sustainable Development
Thursday 23rd June 2022

Asked by: Dan Poulter (Conservative - Central Suffolk and North Ipswich)

Question to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs:

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to promote greater food sustainability in the UK.

Answered by Victoria Prentis - Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

Farming in England is now going through the biggest change in a generation and government’s approach to working with the farming sector is also changing. We’re improving our policies and services to make them more effective, fairer, more flexible, more accessible and more workable for farmers.

We are introducing policies that work for farm businesses, food production and the environment. Food is still the primary purpose of farming, and always will be. The Food Strategy includes plans that will support farmers to boost home-grown fruit and vegetable production, and encourage people to buy more locally-sourced, high-welfare food. The Food Strategy identifies new opportunities to make the food system healthier, more sustainable, more resilient and more accessible for those across England. It sets out how we will deliver a sustainable, nature-positive food system that provides choice and access to high quality products that support healthier and sustainable diets for all. It launches the Food Data Transparency Partnership to improve sustainability data for the food system.

Farmers also play a crucial role in protecting and enhancing the natural environment. If we want farming and food production to be resilient and sustainable over the long term, then farming and nature can and must go hand in hand.

We are providing farmers with two ways of receiving payments: one-off grants and ongoing schemes. Farmers can pick and choose from a range of grants and ongoing payments to find a package that works for them.

Everything we’re offering contributes to our 3 related goals: supporting viable businesses, maintaining food production at its current level, and achieving environment, climate and animal health, welfare outcomes.

Over the next three years, we will spend £2.5 billion on payments to farmers through the new Sustainable Farming Incentive, Countryside Stewardship and its successor Local Nature Recovery, and continue to fund existing Environmental Stewardship agreements.