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James Wild

Conservative - North West Norfolk

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Select Committee Meeting
Monday 25th October 2021
15:30
Public Accounts Committee - Oral evidence
Subject: Achieving Net Zero: Follow up
25 Oct 2021, 3:30 p.m.
At 4.00pm: Oral evidence
Sarah Munby - Permanent Secretary at Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
Lee McDonough - Director General for net zero strategy and international at Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
Ben Rimmington - Director General Net Zero Buildings and Industry at Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
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Select Committee Meeting
Thursday 28th October 2021
09:30
Public Accounts Committee - Oral evidence
Subject: Underpayments of the State Pension
28 Oct 2021, 9:30 a.m.
At 10.00am: Oral evidence
Peter Schofield - Permanent Secretary at Department for Work & Pensions
Amanda Reynolds - Director General for Service Excellence at Department for Work & Pensions
Cathy Payne - Deputy Director for State Pensions and Service Excellence at Department for Work & Pensions
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Select Committee Meeting
Monday 1st November 2021
15:30
Public Accounts Committee - Oral evidence
Subject: Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities recall (Homelessness and housing)
1 Nov 2021, 3:30 p.m.
At 4.00pm: Oral evidence
Jeremy Pocklington - Permanent Secretary at Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities
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Select Committee Meeting
Thursday 4th November 2021
09:30
Public Accounts Committee - Oral evidence
Subject: DCMS recall (Broadband)
4 Nov 2021, 9:30 a.m.
At 10.00am: Oral evidence
Sarah Healey - Permanent Secretary at Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Susannah Storey - Director General for Digital and Media at Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Imran Shafi - Director for Digital Infrastructure at Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Paul Norris - CE0 at Building Digital UK
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Select Committee Meeting
Monday 15th November 2021
15:30
Public Accounts Committee - Oral evidence
Subject: NHS supply chain finance
15 Nov 2021, 3:30 p.m.
At 4.00pm: Oral evidence
Sir Chris Wormald - Permanent Secretary at Department of Health and Social Care
Simon Tse - Chief Executive at Crown Commercial Service
Michael Brodie - Chief Executive at NHS Business Service Authority
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Division Votes
Friday 22nd October 2021
Employment and Trade Union Rights (Dismissal and Re-engagement) Bill
voted No - in line with the party majority
One of 249 Conservative No votes vs 0 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 188 Noes - 251
Speeches
Friday 22nd October 2021
Health Incentives Scheme

Three weeks ago, I joined my hon. Friend the Member for North Norfolk (Duncan Baker) and other hon. Members in …

Written Answers
Wednesday 13th October 2021
Coronavirus: Screening
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many lateral flow device testing kits the UK …
Early Day Motions
None available
Bills
None available
Tweets
None available
MP Financial Interests
Monday 6th September 2021
3. Gifts, benefits and hospitality from UK sources
Name of donor: Greene King
Address of donor: Westgate Brewery, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1QT
Amount of donation or nature …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, James Wild has voted in 352 divisions, and 2 times against the majority of their Party.

23 Jun 2020 - Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme - View Vote Context
James Wild voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 45 Conservative Aye votes vs 235 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 243 Noes - 238
17 Jun 2020 - Health and Personal Social Services - View Vote Context
James Wild voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 104 Conservative Aye votes vs 124 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 253 Noes - 136
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
(12 debate interactions)
Chi Onwurah (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
(8 debate interactions)
Matt Hancock (Conservative)
(6 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Cabinet Office
(15 debate contributions)
Department of Health and Social Care
(12 debate contributions)
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North West Norfolk 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).

Petitions with highest North West Norfolk signature proportion
Petitions with most North West Norfolk signatures
Petition Debates Contributed

Being the first to close and still no clue as to when we can open, this seasonal industry is losing its summer profits that allows them to get through the first quarter of next year.

Even if we are allowed to open in December, 1 months profit won't be enough to keep us open in 2021. We need help

The UK hospitality industry. Responsible for around 3m jobs, generating £130bn in activity, resulting in £38bn in taxation. Yet, unlike the Arts or Sports, we do not have a dedicated Minister.

We are asking that a Minister for Hospitality be created for the current, and successive governments.

Football is a powerful tool of which allows a range of benefits such as employment, and other important aspects of life. Football can be associated with passion, emotion, excitement and dedication across the community. With Fans attending football games a range of economic benefits are there too.


Latest EDMs signed by James Wild

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Commons initiatives

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James Wild has not been granted any Urgent Questions

James Wild has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

James Wild has not introduced any legislation before Parliament

James Wild has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


112 Written Questions in the current parliament

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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
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Communities and Communities, what powers local authority monitoring officers have to impose sanctions on parish councillors.

The Localism Act 2011 removed the power of sanction from councils.

If a member is found to have failed to comply with their authority's code of conduct, an authority can take steps it deems appropriate.

Kemi Badenoch
Minister for Equalities
15th Jul 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the value of UK (a) goods and (b) services exports to China was in each of the last five years.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority. I have therefore asked the Authority to respond.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
2nd Jul 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the effect of the Supreme Court ruling in R v Adams (Appellant) (Northern Ireland) UKSC 2018/0104 on the Carltona principle set out in the Cabinet Manual.

The Carltona principle is fundamental to the functioning of Government. We are considering the judgment of the Court carefully.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
2nd Jul 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to give statutory effect to the Carltona principle.

The Carltona principle is fundamental to the functioning of Government. We are considering the judgment of the Court carefully.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
13th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will list the (a) dates and (b) attendees of all meetings held between Ministers and Post Office Limited from 2010 to 2015.

Departments publish quarterly details of Ministers’ meetings with external organisations on GOV.UK. In July 2016 the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) replaced the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). Details of ministerial meetings for the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills from 2010 to 2015 are available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/bis-quarterly-publications-april-to-june-2012.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
15th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to provide support for owners of off gas grid homes to install energy efficiency measures.

Support to improve the energy efficiency of homes off the gas grid is available through two current schemes:

  • The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme is worth £640m per year and is a legal obligation placed on larger energy suppliers to deliver energy efficiency and heating measures to fuel poor, low income and vulnerable consumers across Great Britain. The current scheme runs until March 2022 and requires energy suppliers to deliver at least 15% of their obligation in rural areas and suppliers are further incentivised to deliver measures to off-gas homes
  • Green Homes Grant: Local Authority Delivery has allocated £500m with the aim of upgrading over 50,000 homes occupied by low income households, including those off the gas grid.

In addition, the Home Upgrade Grant has been allocated an initial £150m to specifically support low-income households with upgrades to the worst-performing off-gas-grid homes in England. The Home Upgrade Grant is due to commence delivery in early 2022.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
15th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many grants have been awarded under the Green Homes Grant scheme in North West Norfolk constituency.

Official statistics for the Green Homes Grant (Voucher) Scheme were released on 18 March. From this release, 27 vouchers were issued in the North West Norfolk Parliamentary Constituency, up to the end of February.

The figure above represents the number of measures approved for installation under the scheme, with a voucher for each measure awarded to the customer.

The next statistical release will be published on 22 April.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
15th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many households in North West Norfolk constituency have applied to the Green Homes Grant scheme to date.

Official statistics for the Green Homes Grant (Voucher) Scheme were released on 18 March. From this release, 78 applications were received from households in the North West Norfolk Parliamentary Constituency, up to the end of February.

The figure above represents the number of household applications that have not been withdrawn or rejected from the scheme.

The next statistical release will be published on 22 April.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
11th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will increase the maximum permitted state aid limit of support that a business can receive under the Covid-19 Temporary Framework for UK Authorities.

Under the Covid-19 Temporary Framework for UK Authorities aid of up to €800,000 can be awarded to businesses affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

On 20 October, UK authorities submitted a notification to the European Commission to take advantage of a new measure under the European Commission’s Temporary Framework. This new measure would enable greater support to companies facing a decline in turnover during the eligible period of at least 30% compared to the same period of 2019, due to the pandemic. The support will contribute to a part of the beneficiaries' fixed costs that are not covered by their revenues, up to maximum amount of €3 million per business.

The European Commission is currently considering the notification and will provide a response in due course.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
21st Jul 2020
What steps his Department is taking to enable (a) beauty salons and (b) other businesses to conduct facial treatments in a covid-secure way.

We have worked closely with the sector and public health experts to ensure we now have the confidence that these services can resume safely on 1 August and in line with COVID-secure guidelines.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
13th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish Public Health England's assessment of the scientific evidence on which the Government has instructed that beauty salons are not permitted to carry out facial treatments under covid-19 lockdown restrictions.

The Ministerial Taskforces have been getting scientific input from Public Health England (PHE), who have been directly involved in the taskforce meetings, helping to resolve scientific issues as they draft the guidance. Each individual working group which produced the guidance published on 11 May had active PHE presence, and each set of guidance was produced in collaboration with them, the Health and Safety Executive and other Departments. That model was followed for both the pubs and restaurants, close contact services, and non-essential retail taskforces. The PHE staff who have supported the BEIS taskforces are in regular direct contact with those attending SAGE and have access to the PHE SAGE read-outs. They have endeavoured to reflect closely the SAGE recommendations and have also been responsible for putting some subjects pertinent to BEIS discussions to SAGE, such as persistence of COVID-19 on surfaces, and consideration of social distancing requirements under different scenarios. SAGE information is shared on its website: https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/scientific-advisory-group-for-emergencies-sage-coronavirus-covid-19-response.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
13th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will estimate the proportion of beauty industry sector turnover that is derived from facial treatments.

We do not currently hold accurate information on the proportion of the beauty industry sector turnover that is derived from facial treatments.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
10th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish covid-19 guidance for businesses in the hospitality sector on how to re-open safely.

We launched our pubs and restaurants taskforce on 11th May to develop new guidelines for their reopening where and when it is safe to do so.

As my Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister announced in the roadmap, it is our ambition to allow such businesses (subject to the scientific and medical advice) from 4th July. Our intention is that any new guidance will precede this.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
10th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to publish covid-19 guidance for pubs on how to re-open safely.

The Government launched our pubs and restaurants taskforce on the 11th of May to develop new guidelines for their reopening where and when it is safe to do so.

As my Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister announced in the roadmap, it is our ambition to allow such businesses (subject to the scientific and medical advice) from the 4th of July. Our intention is that any new guidance will precede this.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
3rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to paragraph 5.5 of the Government's guidance, Working safely during COVID-19 in shops and branches, last updated on 25 May 2020, what reason it is advised that clothes and shoes that have been handled should be placed in a container or separate room for storage for 72 hours or cleaned prior to be returned for display on the shop floor whereas other products in essential retail stores are not subject to such advice.

The guidance is designed to help employers, workers and the self-employed understand how to work safely, including what employers need to think about to adapt a workplace to manage risk in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.

We worked closely with Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive to develop this guidance and continue to be guided by the science, so we do not put lives at risk.

We will keep the guidance under review and will consider updating it as circumstances change. We are being led by the science and we will make changes to the guidance when they are needed as determined by the science and as we learn best practices from businesses.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
9th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the total generating capacity is of onshore wind farms that are (a) operational, (b) under construction and (c) have planning approval but are not under construction in (i) England, (ii) Scotland, (iii) Wales and (iv) Northern Ireland.

Every quarter, BEIS publishes the Renewable Energy Planning Database (REPD), which lists applications for renewable energy projects as they progress through planning. The latest version was published on 14 January 2020.

A breakdown of onshore wind farms by capacity, planning status and location can be accessed on the REPD, which can be viewed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/renewable-energy-planning-database-monthly-extract.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
9th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many (a) solar PV and (b) onshore wind projects have deployed on under the merchant model since the Pot 1 Contracts for Difference auction was held; and what the total generating capacity was of those projects.

Every quarter, BEIS publishes the Renewable Energy Planning Database (REPD), which lists applications for renewable energy projects as they progress through planning. The latest version was published on 14 January 2020.

A breakdown of merchant solar PV and onshore wind projects by number and capacity can be accessed on the REPD, which can be viewed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/renewable-energy-planning-database-monthly-extract.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
15th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to launch the application process for tourism zones.

The UK Government will publish a Tourism Recovery Plan in the Spring. Given the significant impact of COVID-19 on the tourism sector, we now face different challenges to when the Tourism Sector Deal was published. The Recovery Plan will build on the foundations of the Sector Deal and will assess where its strategic priorities - including those linked to Tourism Zones - fit within these plans.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
5th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent estimate he has made of the number of (a) staffed and (b) unstaffed tourist information centres in England.

My Department has made no recent estimate of the number of staffed and unstaffed tourism information centres in England.

Both my Department and VisitEngland remain in regular contact with regional tourism stakeholders around the country, for example through forums such as the Tourism Industry Council, which meets regularly.

There are an estimated 150 Destination Management Organisations in England, though there are a number of other organisations that may manage tourist information centres.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
9th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what support is available to speedway venues under the Sports Winter Survival Package.

The Sports Winter Survival Package aims to protect the immediate futures of major spectator sports in England over the winter period. The funding process will be overseen by an independent decision-making board and supported by Sport England.

Sport England will publish details about applying to the Sports Winter Survival Package shortly. Speedway, along with other sports, will then be welcome to apply for support from the Package providing they meet the relevant eligibility criteria.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
9th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions Sport England has had with speedway venues and promoters on applying for funding from the Sports Winter Survival Package.

The Sports Winter Survival Package aims to protect the immediate futures of major spectator sports in England over the winter period. The funding process will be overseen by an independent decision-making board and supported by Sport England.

Sport England will publish details about applying to the Sports Winter Survival Package shortly. Speedway, along with other sports, will then be welcome to apply for support from the Package providing they meet the relevant eligibility criteria.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
26th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate Building Digital UK has made of the proportion of premises in the King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council area which are not considered as commercially viable for gigabit-capable broadband rollout.

We estimate that over 35% of the premises in King's Lynn and West Norfolk are not commercially viable for gigabit-capable broadband rollout (as shown in the map of page 32 in the National Infrastructure Strategy) This is an indicative estimate, and likely to change over time.

26th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will issue guidance to local authorities on the covid-secure operation of fairgrounds in tiers 2 and 3 under the covid-19 restrictions after the end of the national lockdown on 2 December 2020.

From 2 December, as set out in the COVID Winter Plan, we will return to a tiered approach to COVID-19 restrictions in England. Funfairs and fairgrounds - which will be permitted to reopen in all three tiers as they were prior to this period of national restrictions - will need to go through the normal process of requesting permission and any relevant licences from the relevant authority and have the relevant health and safety protocols in place, including a Covid-19 risk assessment.

Local Authorities are responsible for deciding whether to permit outdoor events in their area. Decisions should be made on a case-by-case basis, with consideration given to both the risks and the mitigations in place.

In the government's Covid-19 Secure guidance for the Visitor Economy, we have provided guidance for Local Authorities on how to assess applications for outdoor events and how Local Authorities should support event organisers to hold outdoor events safely. We will continue to work closely with Local Authorities and the sector to get outdoor events running safely and successfully once they are permitted.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) holds regular engagement calls with local government sector groups to highlight significant policy updates and holds regular Ministerial calls with local authority leaders and chief executives.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
5th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many covid-19 cases have been as a result of transmission at sporting pilot events approved by his Department.

The Department does not hold information about covid-19 transmission rates at sports pilot events. However, the sport pilots demonstrated that many risks related to Covid-19 transmission within these events can be mitigated with Covid secure guidance.

We fully understand that fans want to be back watching live sports and other events, and we are continuing to work with the sector on solutions and innovations.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
7th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to issue guidance for non-league football clubs in the National League and National Leagues North and South on allowing supporters into grounds to watch matches.

On 18th August, the Government amended its guidance to provide extra clarification for organisers of sports events to help them manage and admit spectators safely, adhering to social distancing.

Non-league football clubs from level seven of the pyramid, below the National League North / South, can admit spectators in line with the FA’s definition of non-elite football.

We continue to work closely with all sports, including the interests of football from National League and above, to support the safe return of spectators to stadia more widely from October 1st. As announced by the Prime Minister, this remains subject to successful pilot events, which will now be capped at 1,000 people, and wider prevailing public health factors, both of which remain under active consideration.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
13th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment (a) his Department and (b) the Gambling Commission has made of the level of risk of harm to vulnerable people from permitting gambling charges to be added to post-paid mobile phone bills.

All operators providing gambling facilities to customers in Great Britain must be licensed by the Gambling Commission and comply with licence conditions. These include requirements to protect vulnerable people from being harmed by gambling and to intervene when a customer shows signs of being at risk of harm, which apply however payments are made.

Payments made by mobile phone are capped by the Payment Services Regulations 2017 at £40 per transaction, up to a total of £240 per month. These limits cover all services charged to phone bills, such as gambling and music downloads. They are not a common means of spending on gambling, currently accounting for around 0.4% of the annual gross gambling yield (including lotteries). In addition to the regulatory requirements of the Commission, the Phone-Paid Services Authority also regulates services that involve charges to phone bills.

Phone payments do not represent a breach of rules banning credit card payments for gambling but the Gambling Commission has committed to evaluate the impact of the ban, including looking at displacement to other payment methods. They will continue to monitor the use of phone-paid payments as part of that evaluation.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
10th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effect on the number of hours of extra curricular activity that will be provided following the advice issued by his Department that such activities can only take pace in order to support parents to work, seek work, or to undertake education or training, and for the purposes of respite care for vulnerable children.

As outlined in the guidance for education and childcare settings on the new national restrictions from 5 November 2020, providers of out-of-school activities, including wraparound care, can continue to operate for the duration of the period of national restrictions. However, these providers should ensure that parents using them for face-to-face provision are only doing so where such is reasonably necessary, in order to: enable them to work or search for work; undertake training or education; or for the purposes of respite care. Additional information on this guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/education-and-childcare-settings-new-national-restrictions-from-5-november-2020#ooss.

Schools and colleges can, and should, also continue to offer before and after school or college clubs and activities for their pupils, for the same reasons listed above. This includes activities and clubs related to PE and sport, music, dance and drama.

The department does not hold a central register of all wraparound or extracurricular provision, and so does not routinely collect data on attendance at these settings. However, the department has been in close communication with various stakeholders, including several wraparound childcare providers and extra-curricular providers, since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak. We will continue this communication during the period of national restrictions, to understand the impact on attendance and number of hours children and young people are spending at these settings.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
10th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the proportion of secondary school pupils that attend before and after school activities (a) in order to support parents to (i) work, (ii) seek work and (iii) undertake education or training and (b) for the purposes of respite care for vulnerable children.

As outlined in the guidance for education and childcare settings on the new national restrictions from 5 November 2020, providers of out-of-school activities, including wraparound care, can continue to operate for the duration of the period of national restrictions. However, these providers should ensure that parents using them for face-to-face provision are only doing so where such is reasonably necessary, in order to: enable them to work or search for work; undertake training or education; or for the purposes of respite care. Additional information on this guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/education-and-childcare-settings-new-national-restrictions-from-5-november-2020#ooss.

Schools and colleges can, and should, also continue to offer before and after school or college clubs and activities for their pupils, for the same reasons listed above. This includes activities and clubs related to PE and sport, music, dance and drama.

The department does not hold a central register of all wraparound or extracurricular provision, and so does not routinely collect data on attendance at these settings. However, the department has been in close communication with various stakeholders, including several wraparound childcare providers and extra-curricular providers, since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak. We will continue this communication during the period of national restrictions, to understand the impact on attendance and number of hours children and young people are spending at these settings.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will list the level of funding provided to schools in (a) Norfolk and (b) the North West Norfolk constituency for each year since 2015.

The revenue funding allocated for schools for financial years 2015-16 to 2019-20 for Norfolk local authority are shown in the table below. Schools funding is not allocated by parliamentary constituencies.

Financial Year

Norfolk local authority (£ millions)

2015-16

605.6

2016-17

610.9

2017-18

629.8

2018-19

652.2

2019-20

677.8

16th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to his oral contribution of 9 June 2020, Official Report, column 180, how many laptops have been distributed to children in Norfolk.

The Government has committed over £100 million to support vulnerable and disadvantaged children in England to access remote education and social care services, including by providing laptops, tablets and 4G wireless routers.

We are providing laptops and tablets to disadvantaged children who would otherwise not have access and are preparing for examinations in Year 10, receiving support from a social worker or are a care leaver. Where care leavers, children with a social worker at secondary school and children in Year 10 do not have internet connections, we are providing 4G wireless routers.

The Department has ordered over 200,000 laptops and tablets and allocated devices to local authorities and academy trusts based on its estimates of the number of eligible children that do not have access to a device. Local authorities and academy trusts are best placed to identify and prioritise children and young people who need devices. The Department is working to provide these devices in the shortest possible timeframe; deliveries to schools and local authorities began in May and will continue throughout June. So far we have shipped over 100,000 laptops and 20,000 4G routers, including 1,803 to Norfolk local authority for children with a social worker and care leavers.

As a priority we will be delivering devices and connectivity to children with a social worker and care leavers. Social distancing presents a risk to the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable children since Children’s Social Care services have reduced face-to-face contact with families. This creates a need for remote safeguarding measures, but these are reliant on digital infrastructure which is not available in every household. Families that require Children’s Social Care services are put at a greater risk if they cannot be seen virtually and monitored by safeguarding services online. Vulnerable care leavers also risk social isolation and associated mental health problems.

The Department has published information about how many laptops, tablets and 4G wireless routers we have delivered or dispatched to local authorities and academy trusts as of 14 June, which can be viewed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/laptops-tablets-and-4g-wireless-routers-progress-data.

16th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will list for each Academy Trust in North West Norfolk (a) the date on which the Trust was invited to apply for digital devices for disadvantaged children under the scheme announced on 19 April 2020 and (b) the number of devices that have been delivered.

The Government has committed over £100 million to support vulnerable and disadvantaged children in England to access remote education and social care services, including by providing laptops, tablets and 4G wireless routers.

We are providing laptops and tablets to disadvantaged children who would otherwise not have access and are preparing for examinations in Year 10, receiving support from a social worker or are a care leaver. Where care leavers, children with a social worker at secondary school and children in Year 10 do not have internet connections, we are providing 4G wireless routers.

The Department has ordered over 200,000 laptops and tablets and allocated devices to local authorities and academy trusts based on its estimates of the number of eligible children that do not have access to a device. Local authorities and academy trusts are best placed to identify and prioritise children and young people who need devices. The Department is working to provide these devices in the shortest possible timeframe; deliveries to schools and local authorities began in May and will continue throughout June. So far we have shipped over 100,000 laptops and 20,000 4G routers, including 1,803 to Norfolk local authority for children with a social worker and care leavers.

As a priority we will be delivering devices and connectivity to children with a social worker and care leavers. Social distancing presents a risk to the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable children since Children’s Social Care services have reduced face-to-face contact with families. This creates a need for remote safeguarding measures, but these are reliant on digital infrastructure which is not available in every household. Families that require Children’s Social Care services are put at a greater risk if they cannot be seen virtually and monitored by safeguarding services online. Vulnerable care leavers also risk social isolation and associated mental health problems.

The Department has published information about how many laptops, tablets and 4G wireless routers we have delivered or dispatched to local authorities and academy trusts as of 14 June, which can be viewed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/laptops-tablets-and-4g-wireless-routers-progress-data.

15th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to introduce a water labelling efficiency scheme linked to building regulations and minimum standards.

The Government consulted on measures to reduce personal water use in 2019, which included amendments to building regulations, introducing a water efficiency labelling scheme and minimum standards. The response is due to be published in late spring and sets out our ambition and a package of policies to reduce household water consumption.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
15th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of potential saving in water per person from the introduction of a mandatory water efficiency labelling scheme linked to building regulations and minimum standards.

The Government consulted on measures to reduce personal water use in 2019 and we have committed to publish our response in late spring. Our ambitions are aligned with the recommendations set out in the National Framework to reduce personal water consumption to 110 litres per person per day by 2050. We believe our measures will enable this ambition to be met without affecting the quality of life and the enjoyment of water used by households.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
13th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of licensing DMN for use in potato storage.

Before a pesticide can be used, its active substance must be approved and the pesticide itself must be authorised. Decisions on approval and authorisation are based on an assessment of the risks posed to people and to the environment. Such decisions are devolved and so are taken by the relevant government or by the Health and Safety Executive on its behalf.

The active substance 1,4-dimethylnaphthalene (1,4-DMN) is approved but at present there is no authorised product. The UK Government and the Devolved Administrations have granted an emergency authorisation allowing the limited and controlled use until 31 May 2021 of a 1,4-DMN product to prevent sprouting of harvested potatoes. This emergency authorisation is granted in recognition of the need for sprout suppression and the lack, in certain circumstances, of alternative means of control.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
30th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans his Department has allocate funding to projects to protect properties from flooding in King's Lynn and North West Norfolk constituency as part of its £5.2 billion six year flood and coastal defence programme.

Earlier this year the Government announced it will invest a record £5.2 billion in a six-year capital investment programme for flood defences. This investment will deliver around 2,000 flood schemes, across every region of the country, and will better protect 336,000 properties from flooding.

The Environment Agency, King’s Lynn Internal Drainage Board, Littleport & Downham Internal Drainage Board, Norfolk County Council and King’s Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Council have projects submitted for inclusion in the £5.2 billion capital flood programme.

The overall cost for these projects is estimated to be approximately £9 million within the North West Norfolk Constituency. They are eligible for approximately £4.7 million of Defra grant-in aid funding. The Environment Agency and Regional Flood and Coastal Committee for the region will now be considering the specific schemes for year one of the new programme.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
8th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether there is a threshold of the annual number of discharges by combined sewer outflows above which the Environment Agency is required to investigate.

The Environment Agency puts forward storm overflows that spill greater than a given threshold for investigation by water companies through the Water Industry National Environment Programme (WINEP).

The spill thresholds currently applied are shown in the table below and depend on the number of years of Event Duration Monitoring (EDM) data available. As more data becomes available a tighter threshold of spills per year is adopted.

In the period 2020-2025, 727 storm overflows are currently being investigated. As the provision of storm overflow monitoring data increases more overflows are being identified as crossing the spill thresholds and will be put forward for the WINEP. If the investigation shows that it is cost-beneficial to reduce spills, a scheme would be secured through the WINEP.

The Environment Agency also investigates storm overflows based on evidence of environmental impact and/or non-compliance with permit conditions.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
7th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for how many hours and on how many occasions combined sewer outflows of each water company have discharged sewage in each year since 2015.

The Environment Agency holds data for storm overflows, which includes combined sewer overflows, storm discharges at sewage treatment inlet works, storm tank overflows and storm overflows at pumping stations.

Between 2015 and 2020, water and sewage companies embarked on an initiative to monitor the vast majority of storm overflows in England. The data below is informed by this monitoring program and records the number of spills from storm overflows monitored.

It is important to note that these data sets have grown from 2016. Initially, it took a year for monitors to be installed and to produce annual data. Therefore data is provided from 2016-2019. To contextualise the number of spills recorded, the numbers of storm overflows monitored that year should also be considered.

2016

2017

2018

2019

Number of storm overflows monitored

862

2,515

6,182

8,276

Number of recorded spill events

12,637

33,159

146,930

292,864

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans his Department has to amend the one out all out rule for rivers set out in the Water Framework Directive.

We have no plans to amend the one out all out rule associated with the classification approach derived from the Water Framework Directive.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
21st Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what funding (a) his Department and (b) the Environment Agency has made available for the restoration of chalk streams in each year since 2012.

Defra and the Environment Agency are undertaking a wide range of measures to protect and improve chalk streams - reducing abstraction, progressing measures on water conservation, working to improve water quality and legislating through the Environment Bill.

Details of Government spend through the Water Environment Improvement Programme are shown in an attachment.

Further investment is made direct by water companies. For example, Affinity Water and the Environment Agency have been working together with other partners to protect and revitalise the rivers in the Chilterns. The programme has reduced groundwater abstraction by 63 million litres of water a day since 1993 and is committed to further reducing groundwater abstraction by 36 million litres of water a day by 2025. Affinity Water has committed to continuing this work and has over 50 different restoration projects planned over the next five years, representing an investment of over £17 million.

To calculate the exact spend by the Government and water industry on chalk streams in the past would not be possible without further time and analysis. Future funding is conditional on decisions that will be taken through the Spending Review.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
21st Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what funding his Department plans to make available for the restoration of chalk streams in the next three years.

Defra and the Environment Agency are undertaking a wide range of measures to protect and improve chalk streams - reducing abstraction, progressing measures on water conservation, working to improve water quality and legislating through the Environment Bill.

Details of Government spend through the Water Environment Improvement Programme are shown in an attachment.

Further investment is made direct by water companies. For example, Affinity Water and the Environment Agency have been working together with other partners to protect and revitalise the rivers in the Chilterns. The programme has reduced groundwater abstraction by 63 million litres of water a day since 1993 and is committed to further reducing groundwater abstraction by 36 million litres of water a day by 2025. Affinity Water has committed to continuing this work and has over 50 different restoration projects planned over the next five years, representing an investment of over £17 million.

To calculate the exact spend by the Government and water industry on chalk streams in the past would not be possible without further time and analysis. Future funding is conditional on decisions that will be taken through the Spending Review.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
21st Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress the Environment Agency has made in its plan to de-main eleven watercourses in Norfolk, announced in 2017.

Overall across the country, the de-maining pilot project resulted in the Environment Agency (EA):

  • redesignating 16 stretches or 63.8 km of main river to ordinary watercourse;
  • transferring 28 assets and 178 acres of land to Internal Drainage Boards (IDBs).

The statutory guidance to the EA for the designation of main rivers requires that the EA should consider relevant benefits or costs for the local community and representations from the local community and others in response to consultation.

Of the 11 watercourses in Norfolk, eight were withdrawn at an early stage due to concerns raised in May 2018 at the Environment, Development, and Transport committee of Norfolk County Council about the potential increases to special levy for District Councils.


In November 2018, the EA formally consulted on the proposal to de-main three watercourses at Tunstall Dyke, Waxham New Cut and the River Tud, which are wholly within IDB areas.

The consultation found that overall consultees did not support the proposal to de-main the River Tud due to concerns over the environmental management. Consultees were either neutral or in support of proposals to de-main the Waxham New Cut and Tunstall Dyke. The EA withdrew the River Tud from the pilot in January 2019.

In May 2019, the EA decided to pause the Norfolk pilot and withdrew the proposals for the remaining two watercourses due to an ongoing investigation into waste management irregularities, the outcome of which may be relevant to who should manage the de-mained watercourses. The EA will not comment further on this while the investigation is ongoing, nor will the de-maining pilot proceed until the investigation has been concluded.

The EA may decide at some point in the future to revisit these proposals. Until then, these two watercourses will continue to be Main River and the Environment Agency will retain its permissive powers to maintain them.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
20th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to respond to Natural England's report on proposals for the Weybourne to Hunstanton England Coast Path submitted to his Department on 21 March 2018.

A decision regarding the Coastal Access Report on Weybourne to Hunstanton has been delayed due to the European Court ruling known as People Over Wind. Natural England is reviewing the relevant Habitats Regulations Assessment in compliance with this ruling. In addition, a number of objections were received following the publication of Natural England’s initial report. Defra has appointed an independent planning inspector to examine these objections.

This evidence will need to be considered as part of the Secretary of State’s decision on the proposals.

Natural England is still finalising its reports for the stretch between Hunstanton and Sutton Bridge. Work on the reports has been delayed by Covid-19, and Natural England now expects to submit its proposals in the autumn.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
20th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he expects to respond to the Natural England's report on the Weybourne to Hunstanton proposals for the England Coast Path submitted to his department on 21 Mach 2018; and when he expects to receive proposals from Natural England for the Hunstanton to Sutton Bridge section.

A decision regarding the Coastal Access Report on Weybourne to Hunstanton has been delayed due to the European Court ruling known as People Over Wind. Natural England is reviewing the relevant Habitats Regulations Assessment in compliance with this ruling. In addition, a number of objections were received following the publication of Natural England’s initial report. Defra has appointed an independent planning inspector to examine these objections.

This evidence will need to be considered as part of the Secretary of State’s decision on the proposals.

Natural England is still finalising its reports for the stretch between Hunstanton and Sutton Bridge. Work on the reports has been delayed by Covid-19, and Natural England now expects to submit its proposals in the autumn.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
19th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the level of risk of an outbreak of African swine fever in the UK; and what steps the Government is taking to mitigate that risk through border controls.

The Animal and Plant Health Agency regularly assess the changing global animal disease presence and its potential risk to the UK. The most recent assessments for African swine fever (ASF) were published on the Gov.uk website in March 2020 (for Europe) and May 2020 (for South East Asia and Oceania). The UK remains at medium risk for the entry of contaminated or infected products. The risk of exposure to the UK pig population is highly dependent on the level of biosecurity on individual pig premises and is low.

In terms of mitigating that risk, EU safeguard measures restrict the commercial trade of pork and pork products from regions that are affected by ASF so these cannot be traded with the UK. All countries outside of the EU who are currently approved to trade in pork and pork products with the UK are free of ASF. The import of pork products from non-approved countries is illegal. Defra continues to work closely with Border Force officials to crack down on illegally imported meat and UK Border officials target and search freight, passengers and luggage at the border and will seize and destroy illegally imported meat products. A specific communications campaign about ASF was launched in summer 2019 which included a new poster campaign introduced in UK airports and ports, to raise awareness of the disease and the risks of bringing back potentially contaminated products.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
2nd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make it his policy to include heritage buildings and structures in the definition of the natural environment to be used in preparing environmental improvement plans.

Our current 25 Year Environment Plan committed us to “safeguarding and enhancing the beauty of our natural scenery and improving its environmental value while being sensitive to considerations of its heritage”. We will continue this approach to improving the natural environment, both identifying the mutually positive impacts on the natural and historic environments our policies can have, as well as identifying potential trade-offs between them.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
24th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of requiring Network Rail to install safety tactile edging at all railway station platforms by 2026.

I have asked Network Rail to develop a programme to aim to install platform edge tactile strips on every platform in Great Britain.

I will make a further announcement in due course.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
19th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many Compulsory Basic Training certificates for mopeds and motorcycles expire in January 2021.

Compulsory Basic Training certificates are issued by motorcycle Approved Training Bodies (ATB) to successful candidates and are valid for two years. There is no means of establishing how many certificates were issued in January 2019 and will therefore expire in January 2021.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
11th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential legislative changes necessary in order to extend the 2 year Compulsory Basic Training period before a full test or taking CBT again is required.

Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) helps to ensure riders can ride safely on their own while they prepare to take the full moped or motorcycle test. It is the expectation motorcycle riders will go on and take their full test within two years. If they do not take the motorcycle test within this timeframe, they will need to renew their CBT.

The Government has no current plans to extend the validity period for CBT pass certificates. Riders will need to pass another course if their certificate expires, in order to continue riding.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
10th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether bus drivers are required to wear face coverings when driving during the covid-19 outbreak.

The regulation only applies to passengers, not to workers. Operators should continue to follow the practical steps we have set out in our guidance to ensure their workplaces are COVID-19 secure. Operators should continue to make sensible workplace adjustments, for example introducing screens and providing hand sanitiser.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
8th Jun 2020
A47
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 11 February 2020 to Question 13604 on the A47, what the planned dates for construction are for each of the six A47 schemes approved in the second Roads Investment Strategy published in March 2020.

The second Road Investment Strategy (RIS2) published in March 2020 includes a commitment to start construction of these schemes in the current road period (2020-2025) and has confirmed funding will be available for Highways England to do so. Highways England will shortly publish its delivery plan, which will confirm the timing for their delivery. The Office of Rail and Road, as the Roads Monitor, holds Highways England to account in delivering RIS2, publishes reports on their performance and has statutory enforcement powers.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
16th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) fatalities, (b) serious injuries and (c) minor injuries there were as a result of road traffic accidents on (i) dualled and (ii) non-dualled sections of the A47 in each year since 2010.

The number of fatalities, seriously injured casualties and slightly injured casualties in reported road accidents on the A47 by road type since 2010 can be found in the table below.

Casualties in reported road accidents on the A47, by road type and severity¹, 2010 - 2018

Road type

Severity

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Dual carriageway

Fatal

3

5

1

1

3

2

4

4

1

Serious

23

9

12

6

23

12

17

16

20

Slight

116

118

113

112

105

104

125

120

139

Single carriageway

Fatal

9

14

10

10

6

6

4

3

6

Serious

29

41

22

35

42

40

37

27

50

Slight

240

247

257

229

208

222

294

265

277

Other²

Fatal

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Serious

7

4

7

9

6

4

9

4

8

Slight

77

82

68

90

78

93

59

55

59

Source: DfT, STATS19

1. as reported by the police

2. includes one way streets, roundabouts, slip roads and unknown road type

Since 2016, changes in severity reporting systems for a large number of police forces mean that serious injury figures, and to a lesser extent slight injuries, as reported by the police are not comparable with earlier years.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
6th Feb 2020
A47
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the planned dates for start of (a) construction and (b) completion were for each of the six A47 improvement schemes under the Roads Investment Strategy at the time that strategy was published; and what the status is of each of those schemes.

As part of the first Roads Investment Strategy, the six A47 improvement schemes were due to start construction in 2019/20. In 2017 we announced that some adjustments were made to the sequencing of scheme delivery across the Road Investment Strategy programme, which moved five of the six A47 schemes into the second Road Investment Strategy period which will run from 2020 to 2025. The A47 schemes represent the biggest one-time investment in the A47.

The sixth scheme is the A47 Great Yarmouth Junctions. The scope of the A47 Great Yarmouth Junctions scheme is under review in light of the new Great Yarmouth third river crossing. Originally, this proposed to improve the Vauxhall and Gapton roundabouts in Great Yarmouth; but the effects of the new crossing mean that these improvements no longer match the expected pattern of traffic. The scheme will be redesigned to take new circumstances into account and the junctions will be delivered once the crossing is in place. The Government is committed to tackling road congestion in Great Yarmouth.

The six A47 schemes are currently scheduled for a phased start of works, with the first construction starting in 2021. This has been done to smooth the timing and frequency of the roadworks along the A47, reducing the impact on the public. Specific timescales will be confirmed following publication of the second Roads Investment Strategy shortly.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
18th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to increase the take up of carers' allowance by eligible people.

1 million carers were entitled to Carer’s Allowance in 2010/11. By 2025/26 we forecast that this will have increased to just over 1.5 million.

Information on Carer’s Allowance is widely available, including online through Gov.uk. Organisations supporting carers, and other stakeholders and partners, also make information available on carers benefits, including Carer’s Allowance.

Carer’s Allowance can be applied for online and since this option was made available in October 2013 over 1.5 million people have applied that way. Since April 2020, over 90% of Carer’s Allowance applications have been made online and over 90% of those customers have said they are happy with the online service.

5th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she plans to publish the conclusions of her Department's review of the special rules for terminally ill welfare claimants.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to Parliamentary Question 87602 on 9th September 2020.

10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many lateral flow device testing kits the UK Health Security Agency (a) has purchased, (b) has distributed and (c) holds in storage; and how much has been spent to date on those testing kits.

As of 7 September, 1.8 billion lateral flow tests have been purchased, 1,168 million have been dispatched and 325 million are held in storage. We are unable to provide the cost of lateral flow devices purchased to date as this information is commercially sensitive.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
10th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish for each hospital trust the amount of ring-fenced funding provided for 2021-22 for urgent Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete remediation.

The Department’s capital settlement at Spending Review 2020 included £4.2 billion in 2021-22 to allow hospitals to maintain and refurbish their infrastructure, including a £110 million ringfenced allocation to address the most serious and immediate risks posed by Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete.

NHS England and NHS Improvement continue to work with the affected trusts to deliver the programme of investment and will ensure that trusts make the full and best use of all available funding over this financial year. Official figures by trust will be published through our audited final set of accounts.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
4th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of people with (a) learning disabilities and (b) autism who are in inpatient units; and what steps he is taking to reduce this number.

According to the latest NHS Digital Assuring Transformation data, at the end of April 2021, there were 2,040 people with a learning disability and autistic people in specialist-in patient settings in England. Of those, 875 people had a learning disability and were not autistic; 635 were autistic without a learning disability; 515 had a learning disability and were autistic; and 20 people were recorded as ‘none of the above’. Numbers by diagnosis are rounded to the nearest five and therefore may differ from the overall total.

Overall, this is a net reduction of 30% on the inpatient number in March 2015. The NHS Long Term Plan commits to investing in community alternatives to hospital to achieve at least a 50% reduction in the number of people with a learning disability or autism who are inpatients in mental health hospitals by 2023/24. The Building the right support Delivery Board has been established to drive further progress and can commission any work considered necessary to ensure the target is met.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
4th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress his Department has made in reforming services following the Winterbourne View review.

Following the Winterbourne View review, our objective has been to put a stop to abusive or poor quality care in inpatient settings and reduce reliance on specialist mental health inpatient services for people with a learning disability and autistic people. The NHS Long Term Plan commits to implementing ‘Building the right support’, to achieve at least a net 50% reduction in the number of people with a learning disability or autism who are inpatients by 2023/24. The Long Term Plan will increase investment in intensive, crisis and forensic community support to enable more people to receive personalised care in the community, closer to home, and prevent admissions. As of April 2021, there has been a 30% reduction since 2015 in the number of people with a learning disability and autistic people in specialist inpatient settings.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
24th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of (a) James Paget and (b) West Suffolk hospitals were constructed using Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete.

NHS Digital’s National Health Service estates return shows that the proportion of Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete in James Paget Hospital is currently 96% and 58% at West Suffolk Hospital.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
27th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Valvena vaccine will be made available on the NHS in the event that it passes relevant clinical trials.

A COVID-19 vaccine will only be authorised once it has met robust standards on safety, effectiveness and quality through clinical trials and been authorised for use by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

Once they have thoroughly reviewed the data, the MHRA seeks advice from the Government’s independent advisory body, the Commission on Human Medicines. They critically assess the data before advising on the safety, quality and effectiveness of any potential vaccine. While a vaccine is authorised by the MHRA, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation will advise the Government about the use of the vaccine.

As such, if the Valneva vaccine is authorised by the MHRA and is advised for use, then it will be made available on the National Health Service.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
15th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish (a) the opening date and (b) the life expectancy of each building constructed as part of a Best Buy Hospital.

The Best Buy hospitals were launched in 1967. They include:

- Frimley Park 1974;

- West Suffolk 1974;

- James Paget 1981 and 1984;

- Hinchingbrooke 1984; and

- Queen Elizabeth 1980.

The life expectancy of buildings will depend on their original construction and this will be affected by many parameters, including the quality of the maintenance such as water tightness and adaptions or refurbishment made during their usage. Individual National Health Service organisations are responsible for maintaining the estates that they own.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much capital funding has been allocated to Queen Elizabeth Hospital King's Lynn Trust to manage reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete plank issues in each year since 2015.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Foundation Trust has been allocated £20.695 million in 2021-22 to directly address the most immediate problems on its estate with reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) planks. The Standing Committee on Structural Safety first issued an alert regarding RAAC planks in May 2019 and National Health Service trusts subsequently undertook survey work in 2020. Therefore, no other central funding was allocated for this specific purpose prior to this date.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 14 October 2020 to Question 99137, on Hospitals: Construction, when he plans to publish the (a) selection criteria and (b) bid process for schemes to be included in the new hospitals building programme.

We are currently finalising the process and selection criteria for the additional eight schemes that will be part of our new hospitals programme and plan to announce further detail in the coming weeks.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients with (a) psoriasis and (b) atopic dermatitis were waiting longer than 18 weeks for care at the end of (i) 2018 (ii) 2019 and (iii) 2020.

Data is not held centrally in the format requested.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to NHS Digital's publication on Hospital Outpatient Activity 2019-20, how many patients with (a) psoriasis and (b) atopic dermatitis attended outpatient appointments in (i) England and (ii) each commissioning region.

The information is not available in the format requested.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
11th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an assessment of the efficacy of Vitamin C in boosting immunity to covid-19.

In 2020, the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) conducted a rapid scoping exercise on nutrition and immune function in relation to COVID-19, which included consideration of vitamin C and found a lack of robust evidence to suggest that specific nutrients or supplements can prevent individuals from catching COVID-19 or mitigate its effects.

Public Health England and the SACN are continuing to monitor evidence as it is published and will review and update guidance if necessary.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
11th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment Public Health England has made of implications for its policies of the literature review entitled Vitamin C: An Adjunctive Therapy for Respiratory Infection, Sepsis and Covid-19, published on 7 December 2020.

Public Health England has not formally assessed this review.

The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) considered nutrition and immune function in relation to COVID-19 at its meeting in June 2020. The SACN agreed that their scoping exercise indicates a lack of robust evidence at this current time to suggest that specific nutrients such as vitamin C can reduce the risk or severity of COVID-19. This scoping exercise may be updated, or a more formal assessment undertaken, if robust evidence becomes available. The SACN noted that there was currently no new evidence that would change current dietary advice in relation to immune function.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
11th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the REMAP-CAP clinical trial on Vitamin C will conclude.

REMAP-CAP is an adaptive trial and results are monitored on an ongoing basis. A Statistical Analysis Committee (SAC) regularly evaluates the trial data to determine whether a pre-specified threshold for statistical significance or statistical trigger is reached. If a statistical trigger has occurred, it is communicated immediately to the trial Data Safety and Monitoring Board (DSMB).

The DSMB is responsible for determining whether a statistical trigger should lead to conclusion of a trial arm. The DSMB is also responsible for ensuring treatments that are clearly ineffective will be discontinued promptly. The DSMB have not yet reported any statistical triggers or safety concerns for vitamin C in REMAP-CAP and the Principle Investigators of REMAP-CAP and Department are blinded from SAC evaluations.

Conclusion will be dependent on recruitment to REMAP-CAP and the strength of any therapeutic effect of vitamin C.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
10th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which covid-19 vaccines are available to people who cannot accept a vaccine which is derived from or tested against cell lines derived from aborted fetuses.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has confirmed that the Oxford/AstraZeneca, Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines, which have all received regulatory approval, do not contain any components of animal origin and no foetal material is present in the final vaccines.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
10th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on the effect of the delay in accepting the Migration Advisory Council recommendation to include senior care workers in the Shortage Occupancy List.

My Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has regular discussions with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on a range of matters, including immigration. The Government continues to consider the Migration Advisory Committee’s recommendations on the Shortage Occupations List carefully in light of recent changes to the immigration system and the economic impact of COVID-19.

It should be noted that senior care workers do not need to be on the Shortage Occupations List to qualify for the Health and Care Visa or Skilled Worker Route, so long as sponsors are offering a salary of at least £25,600, or £20,480 if they qualify as a new entrant.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
10th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the vacancy rate in the social care sector in the most recent period for which figures are available.

The most recent monthly data from Skills for Care indicates that the vacancy rate of directly employed staff in social care has reduced to 6.9% in January 2021 from 8.0% in February 2020.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
30th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many university places were available to study dentistry in each year since 2015.

The attached table shows the intake of dental students in England for each academic year since 2015.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
30th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of dentistry school places that will be required in each of the next five years.

In England, the number of dentistry school places is regulated by the Government and controlled through annual intake targets operated by the Office for Students. For entry in 2019, the target intake was set at 809 places. This year the Government temporarily lifted this cap for students who completed A-Levels in 2020 and who had an offer from a university in England to study dentistry subject to their grades. This ensured a place this year or next for every eligible student.

The Government’s current view is that the cap otherwise should remain unchanged over the next five years. We are committed to ensuring that the number of dental school places are in line with England’s workforce requirements and continue to monitor the effectiveness of current arrangements with Health Education England and other partners.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
30th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to increase the proportion of time that dentists allocate to NHS patients.

Dentists contract with the NHS to provide an agreed level of dental activity per year. Where a dentist holds a contract with the NHS they must deliver the agreed activity or, if performance is below 96%, the NHS can recover the unused funds. Dentists therefore have a strong financial incentive to deliver the contracted service. Many dentists provide both NHS and private care but there are usually no shortage of applicants if NHS England and Improvement (NHSE/I) lets a dental contract.

The amount of dental service is it safe to deliver during COVID-19 has reduced significantly. Dentistry includes a number of aerosol generating procedures (AGPs) which require the highest level of infection protection control including resting the treatment room for up to an hour between patients. We are working hard to try and restore the service.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
30th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress he has made in renegotiating the (a) General Dental Services and (b) Personal Dental Services contract.

Dentists contract with the NHS to provide an agreed level of dental activity per year. Where a dentist holds a contract with the NHS they must deliver the agreed activity or, if performance is below 96%, the NHS can recover the unused funds. Dentists therefore have a strong financial incentive to deliver the contracted service. Many dentists provide both NHS and private care but there are usually no shortage of applicants if NHS England and Improvement (NHSE/I) lets a dental contract.

The amount of dental service is it safe to deliver during COVID-19 has reduced significantly. Dentistry includes a number of aerosol generating procedures (AGPs) which require the highest level of infection protection control including resting the treatment room for up to an hour between patients. We are working hard to try and restore the service.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
5th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the announcement of the hospital building programme on 2 October 2020, if he will set out further details of how hospitals can bid for funding as one of the eight new hospital schemes.

We will build 48 hospitals by 2030.

The next phase of this programme requires active engagement with the construction market to facilitate delivery of multiple projects at scale and pace – all part of our ‘Build, Back, Better’ agenda.

The bid process for the remaining eight hospitals is currently being designed, but as these schemes will be delivered in the second half of the decade, we will shape the competition process and announce it in due course and we will continue to closely work with trusts and regions to ensure when the process does take place, the criteria for selection best meets the needs of the National Health Service.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
1st Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to require NHS Test and Trace to contact individuals who test positive for covid-19 on a periodic basis to assess whether they are suffering from long covid symptoms.

National Health Service Test and Trace brings together testing, contact tracing and outbreak management into an end-to-end service to help prevent the spread of the virus, protect local communities and save lives. The more rapidly we can identify people who may have been at risk of infection and, if necessary, tell them to self-isolate, the more effectively we can reduce the spread of the virus and maintain transmission at low levels.

Long term COVID-19 refers to symptoms beyond this period of infectivity and the Government, as well as our expert scientific groups, continues to monitor and assess data from a wide variety of sources to better understand the disease course of COVID-19.

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
16th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to include hearing screening in the NHS Health Checks programme.

The Government’s prevention Green Paper ‘Advancing our Health: Prevention in the 2020s’ recognised that while the NHS Health Check programme has achieved a lot and continues to support key aims of the NHS Long Term Plan, the time is right to undertake an evidence-based review of how it could be improved in light of advances in medical and behavioural science; digital technology, and opportunities for more innovative implementation. This will include consideration of extending the range of health and care advice checks can offer. The review will take into account the responses to the Green Paper consultation. Further information on arrangements for the review will be published in due course.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
26th Apr 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of exempting volunteer drivers from HMRC mileage rates for travel over 10,000 miles.

Volunteer drivers who are reimbursed for their reasonable out of pocket expenses are not liable for Income Tax or National Insurance contributions (NICs). HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) accept that generally, allowances paid to volunteer drivers do no more than reimburse them for their actual expenses. Tax is only paid on any allowances received which exceed expenses and result in a profit.

In order to support the voluntary sector, the Government allows voluntary organisations to make payments under the Approved Mileage Allowance Payments (AMAPs) scheme to their volunteer drivers. The current AMAPs rate for cars and vans is 45p per mile for the first 10,000 miles and 25p per mile for each subsequent mile. The Passenger Payment is 5p per mile. The rates are set by Parliament and are reviewed regularly.

17th Mar 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Valuation Office Agency takes to confirm that furnished holiday lets that are registered for business rates meet the requirement for the property to be available for letting for at least 140 days a year.

The VOA uses information provided by the taxpayer to show their intention to let for 140 days. The VOA issues questionnaires to new properties, and where necessary, carries out online searches. Following this, the VOA issues requests for rental information on a targeted basis.

On 23 March, the Government announced that it will legislate to change the criteria determining whether a holiday let is valued for business rates to account for actual days the property was rented. This will ensure that owners of properties cannot reduce their tax liability by declaring that a property is available for let while making little or no actual effort to do so. Further details of the change and implementation will be included in the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government’s (MHCLG) response to the consultation on the business rates treatment of self-catering accommodation which will be published shortly.

22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue has accrued to the public purse from higher rate additional dwelling stamp duty land tax in (a) England and (b) the North West Norfolk constituency broken down by (i) total amount and (ii) the 3 per cent surcharge proportion in each year since 2016.

The information requested has been published on a financial year basis up to the end of 2019-20 as part of HM Revenue and Customs ‘UK Stamp Statistics’ report: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/uk-stamp-tax-statistics. Data for 2020-21 will not be available until late Autumn 2021.

5th Oct 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many individuals settled disguised remuneration tax liability by the 30 September 2020 deadline; and how many individuals were in the settlement process for disguised remuneration tax liability at the time the publication of Sir Amyas Morse's Loan Charge review.

HMRC are currently compiling, analysing and assuring the relevant settlement data up to 30 September 2020.

At the time of the independent review of the Loan Charge, about 12,000 employers and individuals still had the opportunity to keep clear of the Loan Charge by concluding settlement, having provided all the relevant information to HMRC by 5 April 2019.

30th Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if HM Revenue and Customs will publish guidance on whether recreational boaters will be liable to pay (a) VAT and (b) import duty in the event that their boat is outside the UK on 31 December 2020 and subsequently brought back to the UK.

HMRC will publish updated guidance before the end of transition period on customs and VAT provisions pertaining to recreational boaters. The guidance will include conditions under which customs and VAT relief can be applied for boats outside the UK on 31 December 2020 and subsequently brought back to the UK.
14th Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate HMRC has made of the number of brewers producing between 2,100 hectolitres and 5,000 hectolitres a year.

HMRC publishes annual statistics on Small Brewers Relief, this includes the number of people claiming the relief. Information on the number of brewers claiming the relief by production volume is not readily available. The Government will be bringing forward more details on the reform of SBR as part of the technical consultation later in the Autumn.

Kemi Badenoch
Minister for Equalities
14th Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much Small Breweries' Relief has cost the public purse; and how many brewers have received it in each year since 2015.

HMRC publishes annual statistics on Small Brewers Relief, this includes the number of people claiming the relief and the historic cost of the relief. Information on the historic number of brewers claiming the relief is not readily available. The latest publication of annual tax relief data for Small Brewers Relief can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/main-tax-expenditures-and-structural-reliefs.

Kemi Badenoch
Minister for Equalities
11th May 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what date case reference CHK100156838 will be determined by the Valuation Office Agency.

The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) completed case reference CHK100156838 on 4 March 2020.

29th Apr 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many appeals against the rateable value of premises the Valuation Office Agency is considering.

The appeals process consists of three stages designed to ensure queries are dealt with at the earliest possible point: Check, Challenge and Appeal. The VOA deals with the Check and Challenge stages. Appeals are the responsibility of the independent Valuation Tribunal Service. Statistics on Appeals can be found on their website at https://www.valuationtribunal.gov.uk/about-us/publications-policies/vts-statistics/.
29th Apr 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will amend the Small Business Grant and Leisure, Hospitality and Retail Grant rules to allow local authorities greater discretion in supporting local businesses consistent with the purpose of those grant schemes.

As of 1st May, Government has provided up to an additional £617m for Local Authorities in England to create a Discretionary Grants Fund, in order to help those small businesses which are excluded from the current grants schemes due to the way they interact with the business rates system.

Local Authorities are responsible for defining precise eligibility for this funding in their areas. And businesses will need to apply to their Local Authority in order to receive grants – each LA will need time to create their own process.

However, it is our intention that the following businesses should be considered as a priority for these funds:

  • Businesses in shared offices;
  • Regular market traders who do not have their own business rates assessment;
  • B&Bs which pay Council Tax instead of business rates; and
  • Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief which would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief.

Kemi Badenoch
Minister for Equalities
3rd Mar 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 27 February 2020 to Question 19979 on Personal Income, if he will make an estimate the cost to the public purse of an increase in the nationally mandated rate by the rate of inflation.

DHSC hold policy responsibility for social care and review the social care allowances, including the Minimum Income Guarantee, annually.

Steve Barclay
Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
24th Feb 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost to the public purse is of increasing the Minimum Income Guarantee for people receiving local authority social care other than in a care home in line with inflation in the financial year 2020-2021.

HM Treasury has not made an assessment of the cost to the public purse of this proposal. It is for Local Authorities to set Minimum Income Guarantee rates in their area, subject to nationally mandated floors. At the 2019 Spending Round we gave LAs access to up to an additional £1.5bn for social care, on top of existing grants.

Steve Barclay
Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
29th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has issued guidance to police forces on the suspension of driver awareness courses during the covid-19 outbreak.

The management of driver awareness courses is an operational matter for individual police forces and course providers. Due to the current coronavirus situation, all classroom courses have been cancelled until Monday 3rd August 2020 and have been replaced by Digital Classroom Courses.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
9th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to introduce a new official au pair status within the Youth Mobility Visa (Tier 5) for EU members states after the end of the transition period.

We have indicated our desire to negotiate a youth mobility arrangement with the EU, or with individual countries within it, ensuring young people can continue to enjoy the social, cultural and educational benefits of living in the EU and the UK.

The Government has no plans to introduce an immigration route specifically for au-pairs.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
10th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the 40 most expensive substitute service family accommodation and substitute single living accommodation properties rented out in the last 12 months were.

Please see a table below displaying the 40 highest monthly rental charges for Substitute Service Family Accommodation (SSFA) and Substitute Service Single Accommodation (SSSA) in the last 12 months, these figures have been rounded to the nearest pound:

Type

Monthly Rental Charge*

Town

SSFA

£5,008

Esher

SSFA

£4,850

Taplow

SSFA

£4,026

London

SSSA

£3,100

Grantown On Spey

SSFA

£3,085

Tadworth

SSSA

£2,900

Moray

SSSA

£2,700

London

SSFA

£2,650

Edinburgh

SSFA

£2,640

Wallingford

SSFA

£2,626

Birmingham

SSSA

£2,543

London

SSFA

£2,450

Cambridge

SSSA

£2,426

London

SSSA

£2,413

London

SSSA

£2,337

London

SSFA

£2,300

Cambridge

SSFA

£2,270

Solihull

SSSA

£2,263

London

SSSA

£2,238

London

SSFA

£2,200

Cambridge

SSFA

£2,200

Bishops Stortford

SSFA

£2,144

Havant

SSSA

£2,125

London

SSSA

£2,125

London

SSSA

£2,108

London

SSFA

£2,100

Woodbridge

SSSA

£2,057

London

SSSA

£2,050

London

SSSA

£2,050

London

SSSA

£2,043

London

SSSA

£2,029

London

SSSA

£2,025

London

SSSA

£2,023

London

SSFA

£2,023

Middlesbrough

SSSA

£2,011

London

SSSA

£2,000

London

SSSA

£2,000

London

SSSA

£2,000

London

SSSA

£2,000

London

SSSA

£2,000

London

* Includes where appropriate contributions to monthly rent paid by service personnel.

The substitute accommodation contract contains regional maximum rental charges which are commercially sensitive. Other than in exceptional circumstances MOD will pay only up to the maximum rent.

Personnel below the rank of Major (and its equivalents) in SSSA are expected to share with personnel of a similar rank, which is the case in some of the SSSA shown in the table.

Service personnel can also make a contribution towards the rent of a property over the rental charge limit, based on their personal requirements, which is the case in some of the properties shown in the table.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
10th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) flying hours and (b) air strikes have been conducted by British armed forces against Daesh in (a) Iraq and (b) Syria in each of the last 12 months.

There have been 37 Weapon Release Events in the past 12 months (37 in Iraq and zero in Syria). The combined flying hours of Reaper and Typhoon during this period were 15,192 (Reaper: 7,799; and Typhoon: 7,393). As the data concern operational activity, figures may be updated in future.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
15th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the permitted development rights to establish campsites for up to 56 days usage annually, what powers local authorities have to (a) issue Article 4 directions in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty to require planning permission to be sought for temporary campsites and (b) to impose controls on highway safety grounds.

There is a permitted development right in place which allows for the temporary use of land for up to 28 days. We have doubled the amount of days allowed in 2021 to 56 days in order to provide flexibility to local communities and businesses, including for example to run outdoor events such as car boot sales, or to temporarily use land as a campsite.

Local authorities retain the ability to put in place Article 4 directions in accordance with policy set out in the NPPF. Local authorities are responsible for managing their road networks, and have duties placed on them through legislation to provide safe movement for all traffic. They have a wide range of powers and tools available to them to deliver this through the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, the Highways Act 1980 and the Traffic Management Act 2004.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
18th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to Tax policies and consultations: Spring 2021, when he plans to publish the response to the consultation on the business rate treatment of self-catered accommodation.

The Government announced on the 23 March that it will legislate to change the business rates criteria for self-catering accommodation to account for actual days the property was rented. We are working to finalise details of this change and how it will be implemented, reflecting the responses received to the consultation. The Government’s response to the consultation will be published shortly.

11th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of new homes that were (a) granted planning permission and (b) built in each year since 2015.

Figures for total housing units granted permission are shown in Table 5 of the latest planning applications statistics release, at the following link.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/planning-applications-in-england-october-to-december-2020


Estimates of building control reported new build dwellings completions are shown in Live Tables 253a (quarterly) and 244 (annual), at the following link.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/live-tables-on-house-building

These cover new build dwellings only and should be regarded as a leading indicator of overall housing supply.

The Department also publishes an annual release entitled ‘Housing supply: net additional dwellings, England’, which is the primary and most comprehensive measure of housing supply.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what guidance his Department has issued to local authorities in respect of ensuring compliance with the commercial letting requirements for self-catering accommodation registers for non-domestic rates.

Holiday lets are currently assessed for business rates if the owner intends to let the property commercially for short periods totalling 140 days or more per year. The Valuation Office Agency is responsible for assessing properties for local tax purposes and maintaining accurate ratings lists. Local billing authorities have a duty to inform the Valuation Office Agency if they become aware of any information which would assist the agency in carrying out its valuation duties.

22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of properties classed as self-catering accommodation for non-domestic rates that have had that eligibility removed due to a failure to meet the requirements for commercial letting.

The Valuation Office Agency is responsible for assessing properties for local tax purposes and maintaining accurate ratings lists. The Department does not collect data on properties that are moved from the business rates valuation list to the council tax list.

30th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to respond to the Business rates treatment of self-catering accommodation consultation published in November 2018.

The Government is grateful to those who responded to the consultation, and is considering how to address the questions raised. In doing so, it is taking into account the consequences for local authorities’ income and the Exchequer, the deliverability of possible reforms, and the impact of coronavirus on the tourism industry in England.

The Government will set out its next steps in in due course.

15th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will bring forward a statutory instrument to extend the additional 28 day permitted development period for the use of land for any purpose provided under the Town and Country Planning (Permitted Development and Miscellaneous Amendments) (England) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 beyond 31 December 2020.

These time-limited measures were introduced to support businesses and communities during the COVID-19 crisis. We continue to keep temporary rights under review.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will issue guidance to the Planning Inspectorate on appeals relating to housing development sites which local authorities have begun removing from local plans.

The National Planning Policy Framework sets out that decision-takers may give weight to relevant policies in emerging plans according to their stage of preparation, the extent to which there are unresolved objections to relevant policies, and their degree of consistency with policies in the Framework. This is made clear in existing Planning Practice Guidance.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will change his Department's guidance to allow parish councils that have a precept to claim discretionary covid-19 grants for village halls.

On 7 August the Government published a clarification regarding the eligibility of town and parish councils for all three Covid-19 business support grant schemes. The conditions that town and parish councils must meet in order to qualify for each have been set out in the guidance for each of these schemes, which can be found on the Government website.

The precepting authority exclusion does not apply to the Small Business Grants Fund or the Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund. Therefore town and parish councils would be eligible for the Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund if they meet all of the scheme criteria.

However properties that are eligible for the Small Business Grants Fund should be awarded a grant through this scheme and would then be ineligible for a Local Authority Discretionary Grant. Local authorities will therefore need to ensure that the correct form of grant funding is provided. Local authorities should also note that town and parish councils are not eligible for the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants Fund due to the precepting authority exclusion.

Simon Clarke
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
5th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 5 March 2020 to Question 23600 on Towns Fund, what the capital expenditure was for each local authority in 2018-19.

I refer the Hon Member to the answer I gave to Question UIN 23600 on 5 March 2020.

Simon Clarke
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
2nd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the capital budget was for each lead local authority in the 100 areas selected to apply for the Towns Fund in the financial year 2019-20.

100 places were selected to develop proposals for Town Deals as part of the Towns Fund. In December 2019, local authorities received a share of £16.4 million revenue capacity funding to support the development of a Town Deal Board and Investment Plan for each of the selected towns in their area, up to a maximum of £173,029 per town. To date, no capital funding has been allocated.

Simon Clarke
Chief Secretary to the Treasury