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Written Question
Non-domestic Rates: Tax Allowances
10 Sep 2021

Questioner: Rachel Reeves (LAB - Leeds West)

Question

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much of the £1.5 billion Business Rates Relief fund, announced on 25 March 2021, has been distributed to businesses; and what the timescale is by which all of the fund will have been distributed to businesses.

Answered by Jesse Norman

Funding for businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic that have not otherwise been eligible for existing reliefs will be available once the legislation relating to material change in circumstance provisions has passed and Local Authorities (LAs) have established their own local relief schemes. The Government will support LAs to do this as quickly as possible, including through new burdens funding.

Formal guidance will follow in due course, setting out the specific considerations that LAs should have regard for when providing relief. Relief will be for LAs to award on a discretionary basis.


Written Question
Electric Vehicles: Charging Points
28 Jun 2021

Questioner: Rachel Reeves (LAB - Leeds West)

Question

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to his oral contribution of 22 June 2021, Official Report, column 751, if he will place in the Library the evidential basis for his statement that the UK now has more rapid charging points per mile than any country in Europe other than Norway.

Answered by Kemi Badenoch

The Chancellor’s claim, made on 22 June 2021, is based on statistics provided by the European Alternative Fuels Observatory (www.eafo.eu). Their statistics show that compared with mainland European countries the UK has more high-powered, or ‘fast’ (22kW+) chargepoints per 100km of highway than any other country, with the exception of Norway.

When compared with all European countries (EU and EFTA), Iceland, which has a significantly smaller road network with only 13,034 km of road compared with 424,083km in the UK, also has more chargepoints per 100km than the UK. The Chancellor will issue a Ministerial Correction to correct the record in due course.


Written Question
Independent Adviser on Ministers' Interests: Powers
29 Apr 2021

Questioner: Rachel Reeves (LAB - Leeds West)

Question

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans the Government has to give the next Independent Advisor on Ministerial Standards the power to initiate investigations.

Answered by Chloe Smith

The Prime Minister yesterday announced the appointment of Rt Hon Lord Geidt to serve as the Independent Adviser on Ministers’ Interests. Lord Geidt is a Crossbench Member of the House of Lords, a Privy Councillor and a former Private Secretary to The Queen. He brings a distinguished record of impartial public service and experience of Government to bear on the appointment.

The Prime Minister has agreed Terms of Reference for the role with Lord Geidt. These have been published on Gov.uk and will be deposited in the House libraries.

As part of these new Terms of Reference, and taking into account the recommendations of the Chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, the Independent Adviser will now have the authority to advise on the initiation of investigations.


Written Question
Greensill
29 Apr 2021

Questioner: Rachel Reeves (LAB - Leeds West)

Question

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish details of all (a) communications and (b) meetings held between (i) No.10 special advisors and (ii) David Cameron or wider representatives of Greensill Capital (UK) Limited, Greensill Capital Management (UK) Limited and associated companies including but not limited to (A) the parties such communications or meetings were between, (B) how and when such communications or meetings took place, (C) the subject matter of such communications or meetings, and (D) how the details of such communications or meetings were recorded.

Answered by Chloe Smith

The Prime Minister has asked Mr Boardman to conduct a review that will look into the decisions taken around the development and use of supply chain finance (and associated schemes) in government, especially the role of Lex Greensill and Greensill Capital. The full terms of reference are set out at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/review-into-the-development-and-use-of-supply-chain-finance-in-government-terms-of-reference

The review will report to the Prime Minister by 30 June 2021. The Government will publish and present to Parliament the Review’s findings and the Government’s response in due course thereafter.

Correspondence between the Cabinet Office and the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments is published at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/crothers-bill-government-chief-commercial-officer-cabinet-office-acoba-recommendation


Written Question
Ministers: Members' Interests
29 Apr 2021

Questioner: Rachel Reeves (LAB - Leeds West)

Question

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the Government plans to next publish the Register of Minsters’ Financial Interests.

Answered by Chloe Smith

The Prime Minister yesterday announced the appointment of Rt Hon Lord Geidt to serve as the Independent Adviser on Ministers’ Interests. The Independent Adviser oversees the production of a List of Ministers' Interests, and the next publication will occur once Lord Geidt has concluded that process.


Written Question
Independent Adviser on Ministers' Interests: Public Appointments
29 Apr 2021

Questioner: Rachel Reeves (LAB - Leeds West)

Question

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the Government plans to fill the vacancy for the Independent Advisor on Ministerial Standards.

Answered by Chloe Smith

The Prime Minister yesterday announced the appointment of Rt Hon Lord Geidt to serve as the Independent Adviser on Ministers’ Interests. Lord Geidt is a Crossbench Member of the House of Lords, a Privy Councillor and a former Private Secretary to The Queen. He brings a distinguished record of impartial public service and experience of Government to bear on the appointment.

The Prime Minister has agreed Terms of Reference for the role with Lord Geidt. These have been published on Gov.uk and will be deposited in the House libraries.

As part of these new Terms of Reference, and taking into account the recommendations of the Chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, the Independent Adviser will now have the authority to advise on the initiation of investigations.


Written Question
11 Downing Street: Repairs and Maintenance
29 Apr 2021

Questioner: Rachel Reeves (LAB - Leeds West)

Question

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what information his Department holds on the date on which the Prime Minister repaid the costs of the refurbishment of the 11 Downing Street flat.

Answered by Chloe Smith

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.


Written Question
11 Downing Street: Repairs and Maintenance
29 Apr 2021

Questioner: Rachel Reeves (LAB - Leeds West)

Question

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what information his Department holds on who paid the invoices for the refurbishment of the Prime Minister’s 11 Downing Street flat.

Answered by Chloe Smith

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.


Written Question
Travel: Quarantine
29 Apr 2021

Questioner: Rachel Reeves (LAB - Leeds West)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the cost to (a) the public purse and (b) individuals of hotel quarantining for covid-19.

Answered by Jo Churchill

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before prorogation.


Written Question
Travel: Quarantine
29 Apr 2021

Questioner: Rachel Reeves (LAB - Leeds West)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of the £1,750 quarantine fee paid by travellers goes towards sustenance costs.

Answered by Jo Churchill

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before prorogation.


Written Question
Travel: Quarantine
29 Apr 2021

Questioner: Rachel Reeves (LAB - Leeds West)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of the £1,750 quarantine fee paid by travellers goes towards testing costs.

Answered by Jo Churchill

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before prorogation.


Written Question
Travel: Quarantine
29 Apr 2021

Questioner: Rachel Reeves (LAB - Leeds West)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of the £1,750 quarantine fee paid by travellers goes towards security costs.

Answered by Jo Churchill

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before prorogation.


Written Question
Travel: Quarantine
29 Apr 2021

Questioner: Rachel Reeves (LAB - Leeds West)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of the £1,750 quarantine fee paid by travellers goes towards accommodation costs.

Answered by Jo Churchill

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before prorogation.


Written Question
Travel: Quarantine
27 Apr 2021

Questioner: Rachel Reeves (LAB - Leeds West)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which companies have been awarded contracts for the hotel covid-19 quarantine system.

Answered by Jo Churchill

The Managed Quarantine Service consists of contracts with Corporate Travel Management, G4S, Mitie and Corps Security.


Written Question
Public Sector: Procurement
26 Apr 2021

Questioner: Rachel Reeves (LAB - Leeds West)

Question

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much and what proportion of the Government's £290 billion annual public sector procurement expenditure has been spent in each region of the UK in each of the last five financial years.

Answered by Julia Lopez

This information is not held centrally.

The UK spends some £290 billion on public procurement every year. This huge amount of government spending must be leveraged to play its part in the UK’s economic recovery, opening up public contracts to more small businesses and social enterprises to innovate in public service delivery, and meeting our net-zero carbon target by 2050. The Government has already reviewed the Green Book to ensure it supports “levelling up” and is taking other steps for example through the National Infrastructure Strategy to ensure vibrant and resilient supply chains. Our ambitious plans for reform, set out in our recently published Green Paper on transforming procurement, aim to create a simpler regime that reduces costs for business and the public sector alike whilst complying with our international obligations.

The Government is committed to working to improve action to tackle modern slavery in supply chains, and has published commercial policy and guidance which advocates a systematic approach to identifying and tackling modern slavery and labour abuses in government supply chains, focussing on areas of the highest risk. We are keeping this matter under close review.