Tom Brake Portrait

Tom Brake

Liberal Democrat - Former Member for Carshalton and Wallington

Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Duchy of Lancaster)
21st Aug 2019 - 6th Nov 2019
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Exiting the European Union)
16th Jun 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Commons Reference Group on Representation and Inclusion
15th Nov 2016 - 6th Nov 2019
House of Commons Commission
9th Jul 2015 - 6th Nov 2019
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Trade)
16th Jun 2017 - 21st Aug 2019
Liberal Democrat Chief Whip
29th Jul 2015 - 16th Jun 2017
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Foreign Affairs)
29th Jul 2015 - 16th Jun 2017
Liberal Democrat Shadow Leader of the House of Commons
29th Jul 2015 - 16th Jun 2017
Members Estimate
9th Jul 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Assistant Whip (HM Treasury)
4th Nov 2014 - 8th May 2015
Parliamentary Secretary and Deputy Leader of the House of Commons
6th Sep 2012 - 8th May 2015
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Home Affairs)
1st Jul 2008 - 6th May 2010
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Olympics and London)
5th Jul 2007 - 6th May 2010
Home Affairs Committee
3rd Mar 2008 - 6th May 2010
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government)
2nd Aug 2006 - 20th Dec 2007
Crossrail Bill
14th Nov 2007 - 18th Nov 2007
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Development)
10th May 2005 - 2nd Aug 2006
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government)
1st Jan 2001 - 10th May 2005
Liberal Democrat Whip
1st Jan 2000 - 1st Jul 2004
Transport Committee
22nd Jul 2002 - 10th Nov 2003
Environment, Transport & Regional Affairs
14th Jul 1997 - 1st Jun 2001
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government)
1st Jan 1999 - 1st Jan 2001
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
1st Jan 1997 - 1st Jan 1999


Division Voting information

Tom Brake has voted in 2207 divisions, and 13 times against the majority of their Party.

12 Dec 2018 - Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority - View Vote Context
Tom Brake voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 3 Liberal Democrat No votes vs 4 Liberal Democrat Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 513 Noes - 13
9 Mar 2016 - Enterprise Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Tom Brake voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 3 Liberal Democrat No votes vs 4 Liberal Democrat Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 317 Noes - 286
11 Sep 2015 - Assisted Dying (No. 2) Bill - View Vote Context
Tom Brake voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 3 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 3 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 118 Noes - 330
26 Mar 2015 - Elections for Positions in the House - View Vote Context
Tom Brake voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 4 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 10 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 202 Noes - 228
24 Nov 2014 - Recall of MPs Bill - View Vote Context
Tom Brake voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 6 Liberal Democrat No votes vs 31 Liberal Democrat Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 204 Noes - 125
18 Nov 2014 - Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill - View Vote Context
Tom Brake voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 23 Liberal Democrat No votes vs 24 Liberal Democrat Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 284 Noes - 269
12 Mar 2012 - Backbench Business Committee - View Vote Context
Tom Brake voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 13 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 27 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 105 Noes - 186
30 Nov 2011 - Hairdressers Registration (Amendment) - View Vote Context
Tom Brake voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 9 Liberal Democrat No votes vs 10 Liberal Democrat Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 63 Noes - 67
2 Nov 2011 - Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill - View Vote Context
Tom Brake voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 10 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 40 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 238 Noes - 301
2 Mar 2009 - Political Parties and Elections Bill - View Vote Context
Tom Brake voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 7 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 46 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 235 Noes - 176
2 Mar 2009 - Political Parties and Elections Bill - View Vote Context
Tom Brake voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 6 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 48 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 223 Noes - 158
2 Mar 2009 - Political Parties and Elections Bill - View Vote Context
Tom Brake voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 6 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 49 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 213 Noes - 153
28 Mar 2007 - Communications Allowance - View Vote Context
Tom Brake voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 19 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 26 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 283 Noes - 188
View All Tom Brake Division Votes

All Debates

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

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Latest EDMs signed by Tom Brake

16th October 2019
Tom Brake signed this EDM on Wednesday 30th October 2019

ASDA contract 6

Tabled by: Chris Stephens (Scottish National Party - Glasgow South West)
That this House notes with concern the decision by ASDA to proceed with proposals to put all hourly paid employees on flexible contracts (Contract 6) despite considerable concern about the proposed changes to employee terms and conditions; further notes that the flexibility clause in Contract 6 will force employees to …
48 signatures
(Most recent: 16 Dec 2019)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 32
Scottish National Party: 9
Democratic Unionist Party: 3
Independent: 2
Conservative: 1
Liberal Democrat: 1
23rd October 2019
Tom Brake signed this EDM on Tuesday 29th October 2019

Persecution of Christians

Tabled by: Jeremy Hunt (Conservative - South West Surrey)
That this House notes the 2019 report of Aid to the Church in Need entitled Persecuted and Forgotten? which shows that the Christian population of Iraq has declined by 90 per cent within a generation from 1.5 million before 2003 to less than 150,000 today; recognises that any Daesh resurgence …
43 signatures
(Most recent: 5 Nov 2019)
Signatures by party:
Conservative: 14
Labour: 13
Scottish National Party: 9
Democratic Unionist Party: 2
Liberal Democrat: 2
Independent: 2
Green Party: 1
View All Tom Brake's signed Early Day Motions

Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Tom Brake, and are more likely to reflect personal policy preferences.

MPs who are act as Ministers or Shadow Ministers are generally restricted from performing Commons initiatives other than Urgent Questions.


2 Urgent Questions tabled by Tom Brake

Monday 17th July 2017
Wednesday 16th November 2016

Tom Brake has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

8 Bills introduced by Tom Brake


The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to require a Prime Minister to tender their resignation to Her Majesty if the House of Commons passes a motion of no confidence in them; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Monday 1st April 2019
Next Event - 2nd Reading: House Of Commons
Date TBA

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to require the holding of a referendum in which one option is to endorse the agreement between the United Kingdom Government and the European Union on the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union and the other option is for the United Kingdom to continue to be a member of the European Union; to require the Prime Minister to seek an extension of the period of two years specified in Article 50(3) of the Treaty on European Union to a period ending after that referendum; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 6th February 2019

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to make provision for the abolition of the Department for International Trade; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 20th November 2018
Next Event - 2nd Reading: House Of Commons
Date TBA

A Bill to establish a presumption against licensing arms exports to certain countries designated by the Secretary of State as being countries of concern in relation to their respect for human rights; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Monday 12th September 2016

A Bill to grant EU citizens the right to stay resident in the UK following the UK’s withdrawal from membership of the European Union; and for connected purposes


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 12th July 2016

A Bill to amend the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to remove provisions permitting Ministers to overrule decisions of the Information Commissioner and Information Tribunal; to limit the time allowed for public authorities to respond to requests involving consideration of the public interest; to extend the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to cover private companies, social enterprises and charities contracted to carry out work for public authorities and the Royal Household; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 19th January 2016

A Bill to make provision about the regulation of landlords and private rented accommodation; to extend tenants’ rights, particularly in relation to the sale of occupied rental property; to cap letting agents’ fees; to require the Mayor of London to establish a mandatory licensing scheme in respect of private landlords in Greater London; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 27th April 2016
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A Bill to amend the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to remove provisions permitting Ministers to overrule decisions of the Information Commissioner and Information Tribunal; to limit the time allowed for public authorities to respond to requests involving consideration of the public interest; to amend the definition of public authorities; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 7th September 2010

1894 Written Questions

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department
46 Other Department Questions
17th Jul 2019
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether her Department has made an assessment of any potential discrepancies in rates of pay between heterosexual and non-heterosexual workers.

The Government does not currently collect data on differences in pay for LGBT vs non-LGBT staff. There is likely to be variation in the extent to which organisations collect this information about their staff. As part of the LGBT Action Plan, the Government Equalities Office is working with the Office for National Statistics and the Government Statistical Service on a cross-government project to develop monitoring standards for sexual orientation and gender identity across central government. These standards will be freely available to the wider public and private sectors, which will enable organisations to introduce measures, such as monitoring the LGBT pay gap, if they so wish.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
28th Jan 2019
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, when the Government plans to bring forward legislative proposals on extending civil partnerships to heterosexual couples.

The government remains committed to extending civil partnerships to opposite-sex couples, and is supporting the Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc.) Private Members Bill. We are considering with the Bill’s sponsors how best this could be used to extend civil partnerships to opposite-sex couples.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
13th Sep 2017
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what assessment her Department has made of the levels of discrimination against EU citizens in the UK in relation to (a) employment and (b) redundancy since June 2016.

Employment discrimination on grounds of nationality is in most cases prohibited by the Equality Act 2010 and will remain so, but the provisions in the Act do not distinguish between EU and non-EU nationals, nor between British and non-British EU nationals, and statistics in this area do not allow these distinctions to be made.

The Government Equalities Office sponsors the Equality and Human Rights Commission, which has powers to enforce the Equality Act 2010 in cases where it suspects unlawful discrimination in employment may have occurred.

9th Feb 2017
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how the Government plans to increase the level of engagement between government, civil society and women's organisations on gender equality.

The Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities and I have regular meetings and engagement with women’s organisations and organisations that represent the views of women. In November last year we held our Annual National NGO Consultation Event, organised by the Government Equalities Office, where we heard the views of around 100 women’s organisations from across the UK. We will be looking forward to taking part in a variety of events and activities to mark International Women’s Day and the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in March 2017.

We are currently looking at how we can make better use of social media and other digital channels to increase the reach and frequency of our engagement with women’s groups.

9th Feb 2017
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps the Government plans to take to ensure the effective application of the public sector equality duty.

Each public authority is responsible for ensuring compliance with the public sector equality duty within its organisation. The Government Equalities Office is currently updating its guidance on the public sector equality duty for Government Departments, in addition to the provision of ongoing support and training as necessary.

8th Feb 2017
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how Sustainable Development Goal 5 has been incorporated into the Government Equality Office's single department plan.

The Government Equalities Office is part of the Department for Education. The Department’s single Departmental plan is currently being updated to allow for, amongst other things, the inclusion of the relevant parts of the Sustainable Development Goals. The revised plan is currently due to be published this spring.

30th Jan 2017
To ask the Prime Minister, whether she raised the Trump administration's potential support for recognising the Russian occupation of Crimea during her recent visit to the US.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Hornsey and Wood Green (Mrs West) on 31 January 2017, UIN 50210.

30th Jan 2017
To ask the Prime Minister, whether she discussed with President Trump tackling money laundering by Russian officers implicated in military operations in Syria in her recent visit to the US.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Hornsey and Wood Green (Mrs West) on 31 January 2017, UIN 50210.

5th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment the Government has made of the potential effect of the outcome of the EU referendum on (a) education and training opportunities for and (b) future employment prospects of 16 to 20 year olds.

The result of the EU referendum has raised many questions, for all our stakeholders and citizens. However, nothing changes in the immediate term. We will continue taking forward the important legislation that we set before Parliament in the Queen’s Speech, including the Higher Education and Research Bill. We will also continue with our further education reform programme.

On Friday 8 July we published the Post-16 Skills Plan. This is our long-term, ambitious framework to support young people and adults to secure a lifetime of sustained skilled employment and meet the needs of rapidly changing economy by putting employers in the lead. The reforms set out in the Skills Plan, which are based on the findings an independent expert panel chaired by Lord Sainsbury, are just as critical following the EU referendum result.

Our priority will be to work with both the further education and higher education sectors to fully understand the impact of the referendum and help shape our approach for higher and further education in the coming months. We will also continue to focus on high quality apprenticeships and remain committed to 3m starts by 2020.

The employment prospects for our young people are good - the labour market for young people is the strongest it has been for almost 10 years with the employment rate for the 4 million 16-24s not in full-time education being 74.3%.

5th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of which policy areas within his Department's remit will be affected by the outcome of the EU referendum.

My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister has been clear that the negotiation for Britain's future relationship with Europe will need to begin under a new Prime Minister, and we have now got to look at all the detailed arrangements. In the meantime, Departments continue working to deliver the Government agenda.

5th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when the Government plans to begin recruiting people to negotiate trade deals with the EU.

I refer the right hon. Member to the answer I gave on 5 July to Question UIN 41526.

5th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate the Government has made of the number of people needed to negotiate replacement trade agreements with (a) the EU and (b) non-EU countries as a result of the outcome of the EU referendum.

I refer the right hon. Member to the answer I gave on 5 July to Question UIN 41526.

5th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment the Government has made of the availability outside the UK of experienced trade negotiators to assist the UK in negotiating trade deals with other states.

I refer the right hon. Member to the answer I gave on 5 July to Question UIN 41526.

30th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on the ability of firms to recruit skilled workers.

The Government is committed to ensuring that the UK remains open for business and continues to grow and thrive. On the domestic front we’re investing in boosting the skills of the workforce by increasing the quality and quantity of apprenticeships in England, to reach a commitment of 3 million new apprenticeship starts by 2020. An apprenticeship levy will be introduced from April 2017 to encourage employers to invest in the skills they need. But, as my Rt hon Friend the Prime Minister has said, there will be no immediate changes as a result of the EU referendum, including in the circumstances of EEA citizens living and working in the UK and our visa policies for non-EEA nationals. Ensuring our new relationship with the EU works for business and other employers is a priority for my Department in the months ahead.

30th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment the Government has made on the potential effect of the outcome of the EU referendum on EU development funding for the regions of England.

As my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister has made clear, while the UK remains a member of the EU, current EU funding arrangements continue unchanged. It will be for the Government under the new Prime Minister to begin the negotiation to leave, and set out arrangements for those currently in receipt of EU funds.

30th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the outcome of the EU referendum on the Government's ability to negotiate trade agreements.

The Cabinet Office has established a new unit to oversee arrangements for the UK’s exit from the EU, after we have triggered Article 50. Until then, the UK remains a full member of the EU. The Government is reviewing trade policy, although the direction of future UK trade policy would be a matter for the new administration to consider once a new Prime Minister has been appointed.

30th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate his Department has made of (a) the number of free trade and other agreements which the UK will need to renegotiate as a result of the outcome of the EU referendum and (b) the resources which will be required to renegotiate such agreements.

The Cabinet Office has established a new unit to oversee arrangements for the UK’s exit from the EU, after we have triggered Article 50. Until then, the UK remains a full member of the EU. The Government is reviewing trade policy, although the direction of future UK trade policy would be a matter for the new administration to consider once a new Prime Minister has been appointed.

14th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of expenditure earned from UK arms exports comes from exporting arms to countries in the Middle East.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills does not hold data on earnings from UK arms exports. However, we publish official statistics on the value of defence exports, which includes data for the Middle East. Further details can be found on the GOV.UK website.

14th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what proportion of the earnings from UK arms exports in each of the last three years was derived from the export of arms to Saudi Arabia.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills does not hold data on earnings from UK arms exports. However, we publish official statistics on the value of defence exports, which includes data for the Middle East. Further details can be found on the GOV.UK website.

12th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many export licence applications made since March 2015 related to the supply of equipment to Saudi Arabia have not been approved due to non-compliance with criterion 2 of the National Arms Export Licensing Criteria.

We rigorously assess each application on a case-by-case basis against the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria. A licence will not be granted if to do so would breach these Criteria.

Since March 2015 no export licence applications have been refused due to non-compliance with Criterion 2, although seven have been refused under Criterion 7 (risk of diversion to undesirable end users or end use).

Information on military and dual use export licences is published as Official Statistics in the quarterly and annual reports on Strategic Export Controls which are all available to view on GOV.UK. These reports contain detailed information on export licences issued, refused or revoked, by destination, including the overall value, type (e.g. Military, Other) and a summary of the items covered by these licences.

8th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will estimate the number of (a) UK firms based in the North East of England that trade with other EU member states and (b) people employed by those firms.

HMRC Regional Trade Statistics on the number of firms trading with the EU are publically available through the UKTradeInfo website.

HM Treasury has published estimates of the number of UK jobs linked to EU exports broken down by region. These are available through the GOV.UK website.

8th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will estimate the number of (a) UK firms based in Wales that trade with other EU member states and (b) people employed by those firms.

HMRC Regional Trade Statistics on the number of firms trading with the EU are publically available through the UKTradeInfo website.

HM Treasury has published estimates of the number of UK jobs linked to EU exports broken down by region. These are available through the GOV.UK website.

8th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will estimate the number of (a) UK firms based in Northern Ireland that trade with other EU member states and (b) people employed by those firms.

HMRC Regional Trade Statistics on the number of firms trading with the EU are publically available through the UKTradeInfo website.

HM Treasury has published estimates of the number of UK jobs linked to EU exports broken down by region. These are available through the GOV.UK website.

8th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will estimate the number of (a) UK firms based in Scotland that trade with other EU member states and (b) people employed by those firms.

HMRC Regional Trade Statistics on the number of firms trading with the EU are publically available through the UKTradeInfo website.

HM Treasury has published estimates of the number of UK jobs linked to EU exports broken down by region. These are available through the GOV.UK website.

8th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will estimate the number of (a) UK firms based in the West Midlands that trade with other EU member states and (b) people employed by those firms.

HMRC Regional Trade Statistics on the number of firms trading with the EU are publically available through the UKTradeInfo website.

HM Treasury has published estimates of the number of UK jobs linked to EU exports broken down by region. These are available through the GOV.UK website.

8th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will estimate the number of (a) UK firms that trade with other EU member states and (b) people employed by those firms.

HMRC Overseas Trade Statistics on the number of firms trading with the EU are publically available through the UKTradeInfo website.

HM Treasury estimates that 3.3 million UK jobs are linked to EU exports. Further details are publically available through the GOV.UK Website.

8th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the contribution of the arms export industry to the UK economy in 2014.

The Department does not collate data on the value of the total contribution that arms exports make to the UK economy. However, we do publish official statistics on defence exports, which show that the UK’s defence export total in 2014 was an estimated £8.5bn. Further details of defence exports can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/uk-defence-and-security-export-figures-2014

8th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the value of arms exports from the UK was in 2014.

The Department does not collate data on the value of the total contribution that arms exports make to the UK economy. However, we do publish official statistics on defence exports, which show that the UK’s defence export total in 2014 was an estimated £8.5bn. Further details of defence exports can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/uk-defence-and-security-export-figures-2014

8th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate he has made of the number of jobs attributable to the arms export industry in 2014.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills does not hold this information.

8th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will estimate the number of (a) UK firms based in London that trade with other EU member states and (b) people employed by those firms.

HMRC Regional Trade Statistics on the number of firms trading with the EU are publically available through the UKTradeInfo website.

HM Treasury has published estimates of the number of UK jobs linked to EU exports broken down by region. These are available through the GOV.UK website.

8th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will estimate the number of (a) UK firms based in the South East of England that trade with other EU member states and (b) people employed by those firms.

HMRC Regional Trade Statistics on the number of firms trading with the EU are publically available through the UKTradeInfo website.

HM Treasury has published estimates of the number of UK jobs linked to EU exports broken down by region. These are available through the GOV.UK website.

8th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will estimate the number of (a) UK firms based in the South West of England that trade with other EU member states and (b) people employed by those firms.

HMRC Regional Trade Statistics on the number of firms trading with the EU are publically available through the UKTradeInfo website.

HM Treasury has published estimates of the number of UK jobs linked to EU exports broken down by region. These are available through the GOV.UK website.

24th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will estimate the number of UK firms based in the East Midlands that trade with other EU member states; and how many people are employed by each such firm.

HMRC Regional Trade Statistics on the number of firms trading with the EU are publically available through the UKTradeInfo website.

HM Treasury has published estimates of the number of UK jobs linked to EU exports broken down by region. These are available through the GOV.UK website.

24th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will estimate the number of UK firms based in Yorkshire and the Humber that trade with other EU member states; and how many people are employed by each such firm.

HMRC Regional Trade Statistics on the number of firms trading with the EU are publically available through the UKTradeInfo website.

HM Treasury has published estimates of the number of UK jobs linked to EU exports broken down by region. These are available through the GOV.UK website.

24th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will estimate the number of UK firms based in the North West of England that trade with other EU member states; and how many people are employed by each such firm.

HMRC Regional Trade Statistics on the number of firms trading with the EU are publically available through the UKTradeInfo website.

HM Treasury has published estimates of the number of UK jobs linked to EU exports broken down by region. These are available through the GOV.UK website.

24th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will estimate the number of UK firms based in the East of England that trade with other EU member states; and how many people are employed by each such firm.

HMRC Regional Trade Statistics on the number of firms trading with the EU are publically available through the UKTradeInfo website.

HM Treasury has published estimates of the number of UK jobs linked to EU exports broken down by region. These are available through the GOV.UK website.

8th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when the next review of the UK's bilateral investment treaties will take place.

The Government currently has no plans to review the UK’s bilateral investment treaties.

8th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps the Government has taken to ensure that UK bilateral investment treaties meet the commitment in the Government's document, Good Business: Implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, published in September 2013, to ensure that agreements facilitating investment overseas by UK or EU companies incorporate the business responsibility to respect human rights.

The UK is signatory to over 90 bilateral investment treaties (BITs). The objective of the BITs is to provide protection to investors against actions from the host state (whether the UK or the other party) that comprise unfair or discriminatory treatment of investors rather than to facilitate investment. Fair, non-discriminatory and proportionate action taken by a host state, including to protect human rights, would not breach an investment protection and as such, it is unlikely that a BIT could be invoked by an investor in a way that is detrimental to human rights. The Government is not aware of any investor-state dispute settlement claims made by UK investors under existing BITs that have led directly to or contributed towards a negative impact on human rights.

19th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what plans she has to promote a global goal on adaptation to climate change.

Adaptation is a core component of the Paris Agreement, adopted by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in December last year. The Agreement includes a new long-term goal to strengthen adaptation and resilience and reduce vulnerability to climate change. This goal is aligned with the new Global Goals for sustainable development, particularly Goal 13 on climate action. Alongside this, the Paris Agreement includes commitments for each country to take action to adapt according to national circumstances, to share their adaptation planning and to cooperate to help those developing countries who need help to adapt to climate change.

The UK has been and remains committed to leading calls to increase support for adaptation, and we aim to use 50 per cent of our International Climate Fund (ICF) to support adaptation in developing countries. The UK has already taken significant action to support vulnerable countries to adapt to climate change and cope with climate-related events. For example, we have increased our support for climate risk insurance initiatives, such as the Africa Risk Capacity Initiative and the Pacific Catastrophe Risk Assessment and Financing Initiative. We are also funding actions that help build communities’ resilience, including through support for climate services and early warning systems which have an important role to play in helping poor and vulnerable communities be better prepared and more resilient to climate-related risks.

4th Jan 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether his Department has had discussions with the London Legacy Development Corporation about EU state aid rules and West Ham United Football Club's occupancy of the Olympic Stadium.


My Department has had discussions with the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) about papers, prepared by the LLDC, for the Competition Directorate General of the European Commission. These papers explained the contractual arrangements relating to West Ham United Football Club's use of the Olympic Stadium.


I can confirm that the Commission considered these papers and reached a preliminary assessment that the contractual arrangements did not involve state aid and decided not to pursue their investigation any further.

9th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the effect of removing the subsidy for onshore wind on investment in that technology.

Onshore wind has made a valuable contribution to the UK energy mix in recent years but has now reached the point where there is enough capacity in the pipeline to help the UK to meet its 2020 renewable commitments. The grace period arrangements that we have proposed are intended to protect investor confidence in the wider renewable sector and balance the interests of onshore wind developers with consumers, who pay the cost of renewable electricity generation through their energy bill.

DECC is engaging with developers, investors and stakeholders, as we implement the manifesto commitment. We will consider carefully the level of investment that developers are likely to bring forward under the proposals announced by my rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State on 18 June.

6th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate she has made of how the number of people employed in the UK onshore wind industry may be affected by the removal of the wind energy subsidy.

It is very difficult to predict exactly how much of the onshore wind pipeline would have come forward without the measures proposed to close the Renewables Obligation to onshore wind, and therefore to make an assessment on jobs affected.

We will consider carefully the level of investment developers are likely to bring forward under proposals announced on 18th June.

We currently have enough projects in the pipeline to meet our 2020 renewable electricity objective of between 11-13GW of onshore wind capacity while remaining within the limits of what is affordable. This pipeline of projects will deliver new jobs across the UK.

6th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of the removal of onshore windfarm subsidy on the UK's ability to meet renewables targets.

The UK is continuing to make progress towards the 2020 renewables target of 15% of final energy consumption from renewable sources. We are on track to meet the next interim target for 2013/14, with provisional figures showing 6.3% of final energy consumption came from renewable sources, against a target level of 5.4%.

The Government has set out its plan to meet the target, including an ambition for at least 30% of electricity demand to be met by renewable sources. This includes between 11 – 13 GW of electricity to be provided by onshore wind by 2020. We have enough onshore wind in the pipeline, including projects that have planning permission, to deliver this.

6th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what steps she will take to ensure that energy bills do not rise as a result of the withdrawal of the onshore wind energy subsidy.

We do not expect consumer bills to rise as a result of our proposals to end new subsidies for onshore wind. Indeed, those onshore wind projects unlikely now to go ahead would have cost hundreds of millions of pounds in Renewables Obligation (RO) subsidy over their lifetime. This Government is committed to bringing about the transition to low carbon generation as cost effectively and securely as possible.

30th Jun 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what estimate her Department has made of the number of jobs in (a) construction and (b) operation that may be lost following the ending of onshore wind subsidy.

There were an estimated 19,000 people employed in the onshore wind sector in 2013, including in the supply chain. [1] We currently have enough projects in the pipeline to meet our 2020 renewable electricity objective of between 11-13GW of onshore wind capacity while remaining within the limits of what is affordable. This pipeline of projects will deliver new jobs across the UK.

[1] The Size and Performance of the UK Low Carbon Economy: Report for 2010 to 2013 (March 2013): https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/416240/bis-15-206-size-and-performance-of-uk-low-carbon-economy.pdf

25th Sep 2019
To ask the Attorney General, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the legal cases in relation to the prorogation of Parliament.

No estimate has been made of the total costs of the prorogation litigation, which only recently concluded. We expect to know the final figures in November.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
14th May 2019
To ask the Attorney General, how many and what proportion of officials in his Department took sick leave for reasons relating to stress in the last 12 months; what proportion that leave was of total sick leave taken in his Department; and what the cost was to his Department of officials taking sick leave over that period.

The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) has had officials take sick leave for reasons relating to stress in the last 12 months. However, we are not in a position to release this data, as due to the small size of the office this could lead to individuals becoming identifiable.

The AGO is highly committed to the health and wellbeing of its staff, and works to help them to manage stress in the workplace. The AGO offers a range of guidance and services in place to support staff, including launching its own wellbeing statement and strategy, and receiving the commitment of the Executive Board to wellbeing. The staff volunteer led wellbeing group has organised numerous events for colleagues to help improve wellbeing and manage stress. The AGO also offers free counselling services for staff members.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
13th May 2019
To ask the Attorney General, how many staff of his Department who were transferred or seconded to work (a) in other Departments and (b) on other departmental briefs on preparations for the UK to leave the EU have since returned to his Department.

The Attorney General’s Office had one employee who joined DExEU on loan to support work on preparations for the UK to leave the EU. The employee subsequently moved permanently to another department and will not return to the Attorney General’s Office.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
25th Apr 2019
To ask the Attorney General, what recent estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

HM Treasury has allocated over £4.2 billion of additional funding to departments and the Devolved Administrations for EU exit preparations so far. This breaks down as:

£412m of additional funding over the spending review period for the Department for Exiting the European Union, Department for International Trade and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office at Autumn Statement 2016.

£286m of additional funding for 17/18 (a full breakdown of which can be found in Supplementary Estimates 17/18:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/679738/PU2137_Supplementary_estimates_web.pdf.)

Over £1.5bn of additional funding for 18/19. A full breakdown of the allocations can be found in the Chief Secretary’s Written Ministerial Statement, HCWS540, laid on the 13th March (https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2018-03-13/HCWS540/)

Over £2bn of additional funding for 19/20. A full breakdown of the allocations can be found in the Chief Secretary’s Written Ministerial Statement, HCWS1205, laid on the 18th December (https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2018-12-18/HCWS1205/)

The funding provided is in addition to the Attorney General’s Office’s efforts to reprioritise from business as usual toward preparations for the UK’s departure from the EU. This funding is to support preparation for all scenarios.

25th Oct 2018
To ask the Attorney General, how many citizens of non-UK EU countries work in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies.

All Government Departments are bound by EU and UK requirements concerning right to work in the UK and, in addition, the Civil Service Nationality Rules. Documentary evidence of nationality is checked at the point of recruitment into the Civil Service as part of wider pre-employment checks.

Neither the Attorney General’s Office, the Government Legal Department, Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate, the Crown Prosecution Service or the Serious Fraud Office record information on staff who are from non-UK EU countries.

3rd Sep 2018
To ask the Attorney General, what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of leaving the EU in accordance with (a) the proposals set out in the Government’s White Paper and (b) a no-deal scenario.

At Autumn Budget 2017, the Chancellor also set aside £1.5 billion of additional funding for EU Exit preparations in 2019/20. Departments will be invited to bid for 2019/20 EU Exit preparation funding later in the year. Details of timings and process will be announced in due course.

3rd Sep 2018
To ask the Attorney General, what the total cost to the public purse for his Department’s work preparing for the UK to leave the EU has been since 23 June 2016.

HM Treasury has allocated over £2 billion of additional funding to departments and the Devolved Administrations for EU exit preparations so far. This breaks down as:

4th Sep 2017
To ask the Attorney General, which EU legislation within the Law Officers' Departments' responsibilities will (a) be incorporated into UK law through the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill and (b) require to be amended under powers in that Bill.

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill will convert European Union law into UK law as it applies in the UK at the moment of exit. This will ensure that, wherever possible, the same rules and laws will apply the day after exit as they did before.

The Government is still making a detailed assessment of what corrections will be required to make that law function appropriately on exit day. The Government’s current estimate is that we will need to make between 800 and 1,000 statutory instruments to make exit a reality in UK law.

9th Jan 2017
To ask the Attorney General, how many civil servants in each unit of the Law Officers' Departments are in the redeployment pool.

Within the Law Officer’s Departments, the Attorney General's Office, Government Legal Department and Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate do not have a redeployment pool. The Crown Prosecution Service has eight staff currently in the redeployment pool and the Serious Fraud Office has less than five staff.

1st Oct 2019
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to Operation Yellowhammer, what his Department's base case planning assumptions were before that document was published.

Yellowhammer has always considered the reasonable worst case scenario and never a ‘base’ or ‘central’ scenario. This was confirmed in the NAO report, published in March 2019, which said that in Operation Yellowhammer “Departments are working on the basis of a reasonable worst case scenario.” Some iterations of the Reasonable worst case scenario planning assumptions have used the words ‘base scenario’ as a subtitle for the contextual assumptions, outlining the background to a no-deal brexit.

Yellowhammer reasonable worst case planning assumptions are kept under review and updated planning assumptions for exiting the European Union without a deal will be published in due course.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
2nd Jul 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what preparations his Department is making for the UK leaving the EU without an agreement; and how much funding has been allocated to those preparations.

As a responsible Government, we have been preparing to minimise any disruption in the event of no deal for nearly three years. The Government is putting in place a range of mitigations for such a scenario. The Cabinet Office is playing its part by, amongst other things, putting in place arrangements to deploy expertise to departments.

The Cabinet Office has allocated £58.8m in 2019/20 for EU Exit activity. The costs for each scenario cannot be readily separated, given the significant overlap in plans in many cases.

3rd Jun 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of whether the Government's management of the 2019 European elections breached EU law.

The Government took all the legal steps necessary to prepare for the European Parliamentary
elections and put in place all the legislative and funding elements to enable Returning Officers to
make their preparations required for the polls on 23 May. The Government worked with Returning
Officers and the Electoral Commission and other agencies such as the Society of Local Authority
Chief Executives (SOLACE) and the Association of Electoral Administrators (AEA) to support the
smooth running of the polls.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
14th May 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and what proportion of officials in his Department took sick leave for reasons relating to stress in the last 12 months; what proportion that leave was of total sick leave taken in his Department; and what the cost was to his Department of officials taking sick leave over that period.

The number of employees in Cabinet Office from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019 who were
absent for stress related reasons was 48. This represented 0.64% of the total workforce

The proportion of sickness absence related to stress related reasons was 11.35% of the
overall sickness absence for the department for the same time period

The estimated cost to the department from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019 for employees
taking stress related reasons, is estimated at £199,634

Cabinet Office sickness absence data is published regularly, and is available up to
December 2018 here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cabinet-office-absence-
data

The Cabinet Office wellbeing action plan enables support for all staff’s health and
wellbeing. Key initiatives include: running leadership wellbeing training for all Senior Civil
Servants, updating line manager training to ensure wellbeing is included in all
conversations, embedding wellbeing into the Senior Civil Service leadership objective and
including wellbeing in performance management monthly conversation tools

There are a number of support services available in Cabinet Office that provide support or
advice to all employees. These include the Cabinet Office alumni network, the Cabinet
Office listening service and the employee assistance programme.

Oliver Dowden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
14th May 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and what proportion of officials in the Prime Minister's office took sick leave for reasons relating to stress in the last 12 months; what proportion that leave was of total sick leave taken in her Department; and what the cost was to her Department of officials taking sick leave over that period.

The number of employees in Cabinet Office from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019 who were
absent for stress related reasons was 48. This represented 0.64% of the total workforce

The proportion of sickness absence related to stress related reasons was 11.35% of the
overall sickness absence for the department for the same time period

The estimated cost to the department from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019 for employees
taking stress related reasons, is estimated at £199,634

Cabinet Office sickness absence data is published regularly, and is available up to
December 2018 here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cabinet-office-absence-
data

The Cabinet Office wellbeing action plan enables support for all staff’s health and
wellbeing. Key initiatives include: running leadership wellbeing training for all Senior Civil
Servants, updating line manager training to ensure wellbeing is included in all
conversations, embedding wellbeing into the Senior Civil Service leadership objective and
including wellbeing in performance management monthly conversation tools

There are a number of support services available in Cabinet Office that provide support or
advice to all employees. These include the Cabinet Office alumni network, the Cabinet
Office listening service and the employee assistance programme.

Oliver Dowden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
9th May 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 25 April to Written Question 246007, if he will make an assessment of the shortest possible timeframe for legislating for a confirmatory referendum on the EU Withdrawal Agreement, in accordance with the process described in that Answer.

Primary Legislation would be necessary. The length of time a Bill would take to get through Parliament would be a matter for Parliament. The government has no plans to hold another referendum on EU membership.

8th May 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of enabling EU citizens to present European Parliament Voter registration forms at polling stations on 23 May 2019 to ensure that they are not disfranchised following the time taken to announce the holding of European elections.

The latest date in which an EU citizen can submit a European Parliament Voter Registration Form to register as an elector in the European Parliament elections is 12 working days before the date of the election. The 12 working day deadline is based on two provisions relating to the application process and the publication of, and alterations to, the register before the election. The provisions are contained in section 13B of the Representation of the People Act 1983 and regulation 29 of the Representation of the People (England and Wales) Regulations 2001; and the equivalent provisions in the Representation of the People (Scotland) Regulations 2001 and Representation of the People (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2008 as applied by Schedule 001 of the European Parliamentary Elections (Franchise of Relevant Citizens of the Union) Regulations 2001.
Council Directive 93/109/EC requires all Member States to send the details of any EU citizens’ declarations to their Home State to ensure an EU citizen does not vote twice, both here and in another EU country. The Council Directive specifies that this has to be done “sufficiently in advance of polling day”

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
8th May 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and what proportion of EU nationals living in the UK registered to vote in European Parliament elections in (a) 2014 and (b) 2019.

The Cabinet Office does not hold information on the numbers of eligible electors nor information on the number of European nationals resident in the UK who register to vote in European Parliamentary elections.

Estimates of the number of eligible people on the registers for electoral events are published by the Electoral Commission following each poll, but do not include a breakdown of the numbers of EU citizens eligible to vote. The report on the 2014 European Parliamentary elections was produced by the Electoral Commission in July 2014 and is available online at: www.electoralcommission.org.uk.

Each Electoral Registration Officer maintains a register for their own local area. Some headline registration statistics by area are collated and published annually by the Office for National Statistics, however, this does not include a breakdown of the numbers of EU citizens registered to vote.

The latest bulletin is available at: www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/elections/electoralregistration.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
25th Apr 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

HM Treasury has allocated over £4.2 billion of additional funding to departments and the Devolved Administrations for EU exit preparations so far.

This funding is to cover all exit scenarios, and is in addition to departmental efforts to reprioritise from business as usual toward preparations for the UK’s departure from the EU.

Work on no-deal exit preparations cannot be readily separated from other EU exit work. The Department is preparing for all eventualities and the resources available to support preparations are kept under constant review.

This expenditure breaks down as:

23rd Apr 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that local authorities are sending out postal ballots for the elections to the European Parliament to eligible UK voters in EU countries in sufficient time for (a) voters to return the postal ballots and (b) for those ballots to be counted.

It remains the Government’s intention to leave the EU with a deal and not participate in European Parliamentary elections.

In preparation for the delivery of elections, Returning Officers, who are statutorily independent, will work to deliver the polls, including through following guidance issued by the Electoral Commission.

The Electoral Commission’s guidance advises Returning Officers to prioritise postal ballot packs that are to be sent overseas in order to allow as much time as possible for the ballot pack to reach the elector and to be completed and returned. The Government has agreed to fund International Business Response Licences for the return of postal votes from overseas and has met with Royal Mail and British Forces Post Office to ensure there is effective planning in place for the dispatch and return of postal votes from overseas including those for service voters based overseas.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
18th Apr 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what analysis did the Chancellor of the Exchequer used for the statement that it is unlikely, at a technical level, whether there would be enough time to legislate for a confirmatory referendum on the EU Withdrawal Agreement before the UK leaves the EU reported in the Guardian on 12 April 2019.


The Government has no plans to hold another referendum on EU membership. The Government remains committed to delivering on the result of the 2016 EU referendum by leaving the EU.

An Act of Parliament is required before any UK-wide referendum can be held, the terms of which are for Parliament to debate and agree, including provisions for setting the date, franchise and the question as well as incorporating adequate time to prepare for the poll and a minimum campaigning period.

12th Feb 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 5th February to Question 213879 on Department for Exiting the European Union: Brexit, what the cost to the public purse has been of the Government’s Prepare for EU Exit public information campaign.

The Cabinet Office is leading and coordinating the cross-departmental Prepare for EU Exit public information campaign to help fulfil the Government’s duty to inform citizens and businesses about how leaving the EU might affect them, and to advise them on the steps they may need to take to prepare. In the coming weeks and months, we plan to use a range of paid-for and no-cost channels to direct citizens and businesses to a dedicated area on GOV.UK at Gov.uk/euexit.

On 8 January 2019, we launched a series of three radio adverts - to citizens, businesses and travellers - across UK-wide commercial stations, encouraging listeners to visit the website.

The Cabinet Office has undertaken to publish information relating to ongoing expenditure on the public information campaign as part of the department’s monthly data transparency releases. The latest release is available at (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cabinet-office-spend-data)

11th Jan 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 10 January to Question 205794 on Cabinet Office: Brexit, when his Department plans to publish the data transparency releases referred to in that answer.

All spending over £25000 is published in line with current guidnace on a monthly basis on GOV.uk: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cabinet-office-spend-data

7th Jan 2019
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what cost his Department has incurred to the public purse by providing public information on the potential effects of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

The Government has a duty to inform citizens and businesses about how leaving the EU might affect them and to advise on the steps they may need to take to prepare for EU Exit. We have developed a cross-departmental public information campaign to help achieve this.

Over the coming weeks, we will be using a range of channels to direct UK citizens, businesses, EU citizens living in the UK and UK nationals living in the EU to a dedicated area on GOV.UK at Gov.uk/euexit. Information on the costs associated with this campaign will be released in due course as part of normal data transparency releases.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
29th Nov 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 26 November to Question 190850, and with reference to the Written Statement of 22 November 2018, HCWS 1100 with its accompanying response to the Intelligence and Security Committee’s report, whether the Government plans to hold an independent, judge-led inquiry into UK involvement in torture and rendition.

Further to the Prime Minister’s Written Statement of 22 November (HCWS1100), the Government continues to give serious consideration to the examination of detainee issues and whether any more lessons can be learned and, if so, how.

21st Nov 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether officials of his Department have had discussions with the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency on whether to launch an independent, judge-led inquiry into UK complicity in torture and rendition.

It is the longstanding policy of successive British Governments not to comment on intelligence matters.

5th Nov 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Government was informed about allegations of violations of electoral law against (a) Vote Leave and BeLeave and (b) Leave.EU by (i) the police and (ii) any other public service.

Any allegations of violations of electoral law are for the independent Electoral Commission to investigate. The Electoral Commission has published reports on its investigations into Vote Leave, BeLeave and Leave.EU, and transferred those cases to other organisations independent of government to investigate. As a matter of principle the Government does not comment on live law enforcement investigations.

Oliver Dowden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
5th Nov 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 11 October to Question 175797, what the timeframe for its response to the Intelligence and Security Committee's reports on detainee mistreatment and rendition is.

I have nothing further to add to my Answer of 11 October to Question 175797.

25th Oct 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many citizens of non-UK EU countries work in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies.

At 30th September 2018, (a) 140 members of staff in my Department, (b) 11 members of staff in Cabinet Office agencies, and (c) 23 members of staff in our non-departmental public bodies, were of non-UK EU nationality.

Oliver Dowden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
16th Oct 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether gagging clauses have been used in contracts drawn up between his Department and any charities, voluntary sector organisations, social enterprises or companies with the intention of stopping any criticism of Ministers of his Department.

The Cabinet Office has reviewed the standard forms of contract it uses. There are clauses about interaction between the parties, how to protect the parties’ best interests and safeguard commercial and sensitive information which are long established in government contracts. These clauses are not intended to stop criticism of Ministers, the Department or its policies.

Since January 2011, details of central government contracts above the value of £10,000 are published on Contracts Finder. Contracts published prior to 26 February 2015 can be viewed at: https://data.gov.uk/data/contracts-finder-archive

Those published after 26 February 2015 can be viewed at: https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Search

15th Oct 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the Government plans to publish its proposals for the constitutional arrangements for devolved authorities in relation to EU law after the UK has left the EU.

The EU (Withdrawal) Act places a duty on UK Ministers to report to Parliament quarterly on the steps the Government is taking alongside the devolved administrations to design and implement common frameworks, and on any use of the section 12 powers to temporarily ‘freeze’ devolved competence.

9th Oct 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether Crown Servants living outside the UK for more than 15 years were able to vote in the referendum on the UK's membership of the EU in 2016.

Crown servants are entitled to be registered for all UK elections and have to submit a Crown Servant declaration with their application. They are not subject to the current fifteen year rule provision for overseas electors. Crown servants could vote in the EU Referendum.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
8th Oct 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Minister for Europe and the Americas of 2 July 2018, Official Report column 26, if the Government will hold a judge-led independent inquiry into the UK’s involvement in post-9/11 human rights abuses; and for what reason the Government did not update the House within 60 days of the publication of the Intelligence and Security Committee reports on detainee mistreatment and rendition.

I refer the Honourable Gentleman to the answer given by the Minister of State for Europe and the Americas on 12 September 2018, (reference 171734). Under the Memorandum of Understanding agreed with the ISC, the Government aims to respond substantively to their reports within 60 days, but in this case it has informed the ISC that it has decided to take more time to give careful consideration to the issues set out in the Committee’s reports.

8th Oct 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether EU citizens will be eligible to (a) stand as candidates and (b) vote in local government elections in England and Wales in 2019 in the event that the UK leaves the EU (i) with and (ii) without a deal.

The issue of electoral voting rights is part of the wider issue of the rights of EU citizens and UK expats that need to be considered during the Brexit preparations. The rights of both sides should be taken together. The UK pushed hard in negotiations for reciprocal voting rights for EU citizens in the UK, and UK nationals in the EU, but they will not form part of the Withdrawal Agreement. The Government has made clear that we will seek to discuss this issue bilaterally with individual Member States with a view to protecting the rights of UK nationals resident in those Member States, where they will not otherwise continue.

We do not anticipate any changes to the current UK primary legislative framework for candidacy and voting rights being made before the May 2019 English and Northern Ireland local elections. The Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly are responsible for their own franchises.

To provide certainty to prospective candidates, it will be the policy intent of the UK Government that candidates who are validly nominated and elected at or before the May 2019 local elections in England and Northern Ireland should be able to serve that term of office in full, notwithstanding any wider changes to voting and candidacy rights in the future.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
8th Oct 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Written Statement of 13 March 2018 on Spring Statement, HCWS540, how much of that funding he has allocated to (a) programmes, (b) administration and (c) staffing in his Department.

HM Treasury has allocated over £2 billion of additional funding to departments and the Devolved Administrations for EU exit preparations so far. This breaks down as:

- £412m of additional funding over the spending review period for the Department for Exiting the European Union, Department for International Trade and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office at Autumn Statement 2016.

- £286m of additional funding for 17/18 (a full breakdown of which can be found in Supplementary Estimates 17/18). https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/679738/PU2137_Supplementary_estimates_web.pdf.

- Over £1.5bn of additional funding for 18/19. A full breakdown of which can be found in the Chief Secretary’s Written Ministerial Statement, HCWS540, laid on the 13th March.

https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers- statements/written-statement/Commons/2018-03-13/HCWS540/)

The Cabinet Office was allocated £49.4m for costs arising as the UK leave the EU in the Spring Statement 2018. The final breakdown between programme and administration spend will be confirmed in the Supplementary Estimates.

12th Sep 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the potential cost to the public purse of removing the 15-year time limit on the right of British citizens living overseas to vote in UK parliamentary elections.

British citizens living abroad retain strong links with the United Kingdom. Their stake in our country must be respected and this Government will not deny them the opportunity to have their say in the way their country is governed. The Government is committed to introducing “votes for life”, scrapping the rule that bars British citizens who have lived abroad for more than 15 years from voting.

Glyn Davies’ Private Member’s Bill on Overseas Electors successfully passed its second reading in the House of Commons on 23 February 2018. A detailed Impact Assessment considering costing for the Overseas Electors Bill has now been published.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
3rd Sep 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the cost to the public purse has been of his Department hiring additional staff to cover issues related to the UK leaving the EU.

Work relating to the UK leaving the EU, is an all-of-government operation. The Department for Exiting the European Union is undertaking detailed work and is primarily responsible for overseeing negotiations to leave the EU and establishing the future relationship between the UK and EU.

Cabinet Office staff continue to work closely with officials in the Department for Exiting the as European Union.

Members of staff across Cabinet Office also provide advice and analysis on EU Exit issues as required. But, given the interactions between EU Exit work and the departments other priorities, it would not be possible to give an accurate figure of cost.

3rd Sep 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of leaving the EU in accordance with (a) the proposals set out in the Government’s White Paper and (b) a no-deal scenario.

HM Treasury has allocated over £2 billion of additional funding to departments and the Devolved Administrations for EU exit preparations so far. This breaks down as:

- £412m of additional funding over the spending review period for the Department for Exiting the European Union, Department for International Trade and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office at Autumn Statement 2016.

- £286m of additional funding for 17/18 (a full breakdown of which can be found in Supplementary Estimates 17/18).

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/679738/PU2137_Supplementary_estimates_web.pdf.

- Over £1.5bn of additional funding for 18/19. A full breakdown of which can be found in the Chief Secretary’s Written Ministerial Statement, HCWS540, laid on the 13th March. (https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2018-03-13/HCWS540/)

At Autumn Budget 2017, the Chancellor also set aside £1.5 billion of additional funding for EU Exit preparations in 2019/20. Departments will be invited to bid for 2019/20 EU Exit preparation funding later in the year. Details of timings and process will be announced in due course.

Oliver Dowden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
3rd Sep 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the total cost to the public purse for his Department’s work preparing for the UK to leave the EU has been since 23 June 2016.

HM Treasury has allocated over £2 billion of additional funding to departments and the Devolved Administrations for EU exit preparations so far. This breaks down as:

- £412m of additional funding over the spending review period for the Department for Exiting the European Union, Department for International Trade and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office at Autumn Statement 2016.

- £286m of additional funding for 17/18 (a full breakdown of which can be found in Supplementary Estimates 17/18).

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/679738/PU2137_Supplementary_estimates_web.pdf.

- Over £1.5bn of additional funding for 18/19. A full breakdown of which can be found in the Chief Secretary’s Written Ministerial Statement, HCWS540, laid on the 13th March. (https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2018-03-13/HCWS540/)

At Autumn Budget 2017, the Chancellor also set aside £1.5 billion of additional funding for EU Exit preparations in 2019/20. Departments will be invited to bid for 2019/20 EU Exit preparation funding later in the year. Details of timings and process will be announced in due course.

Oliver Dowden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
24th Jul 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what figures the Government holds on the number of EU citizens working in the UK tourism industry in (a) 2015, (b) 2016, (c) 2017 and (d) 2018.

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

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
24th Jul 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what information the Government holds on the number of non-UK EU citizens working on seasonal work contracts in the UK tourism sector in (a) 2015, (b) 2016, (c) 2017 and (d) 2018 to date.

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

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
23rd Apr 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on whether non-UK EU citizens who are serving as councillors will be able to continue to serve as councillors (a) during any transitional phase and (b) after the UK leaves the EU.

I refer the Hon Member to the answer given to the Member for Cambridge to PQ129820 on 28 March 2018.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
13th Apr 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Written Statement of 13 March 2018, Spring Statement, HCWS 540, if he will publish a list of where the £49.4 million in EU exit funding for his Department will be allocated.

My department has been allocated £49.4 million for essential EU Exit preparations in 2018-19. This will be spent on work to ensure departments have access to the specialist resource needed to deliver a successful EU Exit. As with all Reserve funding, finalised allocations will be confirmed at Supplementary Estimates 2018-19 in early 2019.

22nd Jan 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much money was due to be paid to Carillion by the Government on the day that company went into liquidation.

At this stage, the Official Receiver is still assessing the company’s financial position. Details on monies owed to the company will be established by the Official Receiver and each debtor will be contacted in due course.

Oliver Dowden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
10th Jan 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans his Department has to (a) collect information on the number of non-UK EU and EEA nationals working in each civil service department and (b) assess the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on civil service employment.

The Civil Service does not routinely collect information on the nationality of civil servants and there are currently no plans to collect information on the number of non-UK EU and EEA nationals working in each Civil Service department.

The Cabinet Office will continue to work with DExEU and the Home Office to ensure that the Civil Service Nationality Rules continue to be operable as broader legislative decisions are made.

Oliver Dowden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
5th Jan 2018
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to publish transparency data for his meetings from March to December 2017.

Transparency data covering the period March to September 2017 for Cabinet Office Ministers’ Meetings is available on gov.uk. Data covering the period October to December 2017 will be published in due course, and will also be available on gov.uk.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cabinet-office-ministerial-gifts-hospitality-travel-and-meetings-april-to-june-2017

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
21st Dec 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the (a) amount of time and (b) resources that his Department allocated to the production of impact assessments on the UK leaving the EU; and on what date work on those impact assessments started.

Impact Assessments, typically related to specific new primary legislation before Parliament, are narrowly defined. For example, the Government laid an impact assessment alongside the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, which can be found on our website.

Civil Servants conduct any Impact Assessments related to legislation as business as usual. Our broader analysis continues.

5th Dec 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of possible changes required to the Civil Service nationality rules to address the provisions relating to freedom of movement after the UK has left the EU.

The Civil Service Nationality Rules are specific to the Civil Service and govern the eligibility of individuals to be employed in the Civil Service on the grounds of their nationality. These rules are distinct from rules governing immigration status, i.e. the right to live/work in the UK, which all employers must comply with.

The Civil Service Nationality Rules reflect a range of legislation, including The Act of Settlement 1700, The Aliens Restriction (Amendment) Act 1919, the Aliens’ Employment Act 1955, The British Nationality Act 1981 and European law. The Cabinet Office is working closely with the Home Office and DExEU to ensure that these rules continue to be operable as broader legislative decisions are made in preparation for the UK leaving the EU.

5th Dec 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he has made an assessment of the civil service functions across central government that have the highest reliance on non-UK EU nationals; and if he will make a statement.

The Civil Service does not routinely collect information on the nationality of civil servants. The information requested is not held centrally.

5th Dec 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he has made an estimate of the number non-UK EU nationals employed by each Government Department as a (a) civil servant and (b) contractor.

The Civil Service does not routinely collect information on the nationality of civil servants. The information requested is not held centrally.

13th Nov 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the consultation on social care announced in the Queen's Speech 2017 will begin; and for how long that consultation will last.

The Government has committed to publishing a Green Paper on care and support by summer 2018. The precise timings will be confirmed nearer the time.

In developing the Green Paper, it is right that we take the time needed to debate the many complex issues and listen to the perspectives of experts and care users, building consensus around reforms which can succeed. This is why we are starting a process of initial engagement over the coming months through which Government will work with experts, stakeholders, care users and carers to shape the long-term reforms that will be proposed in the Green Paper. And when the Green Paper is published, it will then be subject to a full public consultation, providing a further opportunity for interested parties to give their views.

13th Nov 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will ensure that the consultation on social care, announced in the Queen's Speech 2017, includes local authorities and people with dementia.

The Government has committed to publishing a Green Paper on care and support by summer 2018. The precise timings will be confirmed nearer the time.

In developing the Green Paper, it is right that we take the time needed to debate the many complex issues and listen to the perspectives of experts and care users, building consensus around reforms which can succeed. This is why we are starting a process of initial engagement over the coming months through which Government will work with experts, stakeholders, care users and carers to shape the long-term reforms that will be proposed in the Green Paper. And when the Green Paper is published, it will then be subject to a full public consultation, providing a further opportunity for interested parties to give their views.

27th Oct 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many non-UK EU nationals ended their employment in Government Departments between 23 June 2016 and 30 September 2017.

The Civil Service does not routinely collect information on the nationality of civil servants. The information requested is not held centrally.

26th Oct 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Prime Minister's speech in Florence of 22 September 2017 on the UK leaving the EU, what the costs were of (a) transport to Florence and back for the Prime Minister, other Ministers and officials, (b) accommodation for the Prime Minister, other Ministers and officials, (c) civil service staff time in arranging the logistics for that event and (d) contracts or arrangements with outside agencies in those logistics.

Information regarding the cost of Ministerial overseas travel is published on gov.uk on a quarterly basis. Costs for this trip will be made available through this process, in the usual way.

26th Oct 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Prime Minister's speech in Florence of 22 September 2017 on the UK leaving the EU, how many civil servants from which departments attended that event; where accommodation was for the Prime Minister, other Ministers and officials; and which outside contractors or agencies assisted with the logistics for that event.

Information regarding the cost of Ministerial overseas travel is published on gov.uk on a quarterly basis. Costs for this trip will be made available through this process, in the usual way.

4th Sep 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish details of all (a) meetings and (b) telephone calls that have taken place between the Cabinet Secretary and representatives of the Legatum Institue in the last 18 months.

All meetings of Ministers and Permanent Secretaries with external stakeholders are published as part of the Cabinet Office quarterly transparency releases.

4th Sep 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which EU legislation within his Department's responsibilities will (a) be incorporated into UK law through the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill and (b) require to be amended under powers in that Bill.

I refer the Rt Hon. member to the answer I gave on 5th September 2017 to PQ 6058.

4th Sep 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the Government plans to introduce legislation to provide for votes for life for UK citizens living abroad.

As outlined in our manifesto, the Government is committed to legislating to scrap the 15-year rule and will do so in time for the next scheduled parliamentary general election in 2022.

9th Feb 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many workers from other EU countries were employed in the UK's adult social care workforce in each of the last five years.

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

7th Feb 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many premature deaths have been attributed to the effects of particulate air pollution in London in each of the last five years.

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

30th Jan 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many meetings of the National Security Council (NSC) have taken place since 13 July 2016; how many of those meetings were chaired by the Prime Minister; and whether there have been any weeks when Parliament has been sitting during that period when the NSC has not met.

The National Security Council is a Cabinet Committee. Information relating to the proceedings of Cabinet Committees is not disclosed, as to do so could harm the frankness and candour of internal discussion. We do not comment on specifics relating to the National Security Council or national security issues.

9th Jan 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants in each unit of his Department are in the redeployment pool.

The Prime Minister’s Office is an integral part of the Cabinet Office and is included in this reply.

The redeployment pool in the Cabinet Office ceased to exist in 2012 so there are no civil servants in a redeployment pool in this Department.

9th Jan 2017
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants in each unit of 10 Downing Street are in the redeployment pool.

The Prime Minister’s Office is an integral part of the Cabinet Office and is included in this reply.

The redeployment pool in the Cabinet Office ceased to exist in 2012 so there are no civil servants in a redeployment pool in this Department.

18th Jul 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Written Statement of 18 July 2016, Machinery of Government Changes, HCWS94, how many civil servants the Government plans to make redundant as a result of those changes.

It is each individual Department’s responsibility to determine its workforce requirements, and this includes the new departments formed through recent Machinery of Government changes.

The Civil Service constantly reviews its capabilities in order to deliver the Government’s agenda. Cabinet Office is working with all departments across the Civil Service to better understand their capacity and capability requirements following the decision to exit the EU, but it is too early to make a detailed assessment at this stage.

30th Jun 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the outcome of the EU referendum on future levels of recruitment of civil servants.

It is too early following the EU referendum to make a detailed assessment of its impact on the future recruitment levels of Civil Servants.

Earlier this year, departments published their Single Departmental Plans (SDPs), setting out the key programmes of work required to deliver the Government’s Manifesto commitments. Departments have been developing plans to ensure they have the workforce required to deliver their SDPs, and this has not changed following the referendum.

Inevitably, leaving the EU will impact on the shape, size, skills and type of workforce we need but it is important that we understand our future workforce requirements and plan for these in a considered, coordinated and consistent manner across the Civil Service. The Cabinet Office is playing, and will continue to, play, a key role in facilitating this across the Civil Service.

30th Jun 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment the Government has made of the potential effect of the outcome of the EU referendum on the future of the Union of the UK.

As the Prime Minister said to the House on 27 June, we must ensure that the interests of all parts of our United Kingdom are protected and advanced.

We are already in contact with the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland governments as we prepare for a new negotiation with the European Union.

20th Apr 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many National Security Secretariat staff have served continuously in that Secretariat since May 2010.

The National Security Secretariat (NSS) supports the National Security Council and provides advice on national security and foreign policy to the Prime Minister and other senior ministers. Staff in the NSS are drawn from the Cabinet Office and across Government including the MOD, FCO, and Armed Forces. They are employed on a range of terms and conditions including formal and informal, short and long term secondments. They also regularly call on augmentees and expertise from across Government to work on particular projects or issues. Since 2010 the organisation has also undergone a number of organisational changes. Given the organisational changes and the flexible approach to resourcing we do not hold the data in the format requested.

20th Apr 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what proportion of staff in the National Security Secretariat are seconded from (a) the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, (b) the Ministry of Defence, (c) the Armed Forces and (d) outside Government.

The National Security Secretariat (NSS) supports the National Security Council and provides advice on national security and foreign policy to the Prime Minister and other senior ministers. Staff in the NSS are drawn from the Cabinet Office and across Government including the MOD, FCO, and Armed Forces. They are employed on a range of terms and conditions including formal and informal, short and long term secondments. They also regularly call on augmentees and expertise from across Government to work on particular projects or issues. Since 2010 the organisation has also undergone a number of organisational changes. Given the organisational changes and the flexible approach to resourcing we do not hold the data in the format requested.

20th Apr 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which directorates of the National Security Secretariat have experienced greater than average turnover in staff since May 2010.

The National Security Secretariat (NSS) supports the National Security Council and provides advice on national security and foreign policy to the Prime Minister and other senior ministers. Staff in the NSS are drawn from the Cabinet Office and across Government including the MOD, FCO, and Armed Forces. They are employed on a range of terms and conditions including formal and informal, short and long term secondments. They also regularly call on augmentees and expertise from across Government to work on particular projects or issues. Since 2010 the organisation has also undergone a number of organisational changes. Given the organisational changes and the flexible approach to resourcing we do not hold the data in the format requested.

11th Apr 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans the Government has to make its leaflet on continuing membership of the EU accessible to people with (a) learning, (b) visual and (c) other disabilities.

The leaflet has been made available on Gov.uk and is compatible with assistive technology, and in hard copy in English and Welsh. An audio version and large print version are also available on Gov.uk. CDs of the audio version are being sent to those that are not able to access the website. A braille version will be available on request.

8th Apr 2016
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans his Department has to encourage voter registration amongst students before the EU referendum.

The Government has made it easier and more flexible for students to register to vote than ever before with the introduction of online registration. Students are now able to register at both term time and home addresses in just three minutes. Since June 2014, 3.8 million people aged 16-24 have applied to register to vote with 2.8 million of these applications made online. The Government is also working with Higher Education and Further Education bodies including the Association of Colleges and Universities UK to explore voter registration among students further.

4th Sep 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the change in the number of electors in each constituency and as a result of the provisions of the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 (Transitional Provisions) Order 2015 (S.I., 2015, No. 1520).

Individual electoral registration is essential to tackle electoral fraud and ensure a clean democratic process. 96% of electors in Great Britain have already transferred to the new IER registers. The latest figures on electors yet to be registered, broken down to local authority level, are available here:

http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/__data/assets/excel_doc/0007/190465/IER-May-2015-electoral-registers-data.xlsx

These figures do not take into account the current annual canvass, which will help encourage the remaining eligible retained electors to register individually ahead of December. As the Electoral Commission has said, many of these retained entries are likely to be redundant, for example because of electors moving home. Figures at a Parliamentary constituency level are not available.

4th Sep 2015
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the change in the number of electors on the electoral register in each (a) constituency and (b) local authority when the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 (Transitional Powers) Order 2015 (S.I., 2015, No. 1520), dated 15 July 2015, are brought into force; and which 10 local authorities will see the biggest fall in the number of electors and what those losses will be.

Individual electoral registration is essential to tackle electoral fraud and ensure a clean democratic process. 96% of electors in Great Britain have already transferred to the new IER registers. The latest figures on electors yet to be registered, broken down to local authority level, are available here:

http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/__data/assets/excel_doc/0007/190465/IER-May-2015-electoral-registers-data.xlsx

These figures do not take into account the current annual canvass, which will help encourage the remaining eligible retained electors to register individually ahead of December. As the Electoral Commission has said, many of these retained entries are likely to be redundant, for example because of electors moving home. Figures at a Parliamentary constituency level are not available.

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he has made an estimate of the number non-UK EU nationals employed by each Government Department as a (a) civil servant and (b) contractor.

The Civil Service does not routinely collect information on the nationality of civil servants. The information requested is not held centrally.

14th Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much of the the £15 million Brexit readiness fund has been disbursed to businesses; and in which sectors those businesses were.

The Business Readiness Fund was set up to help to prepare businesses for leaving the EU on 31 October. £10.4M has been approved across 133 successful bids, with just under £8M already paid to Business Representative Organisations. Applications have spanned a wide range of sectors (including manufacturing, retail and life sciences) and are from across the UK, including Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
14th Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of Northern Ireland remaining in the Single Electricity Market on the UK's membership of the European Court of Justice.

Maintaining security of electricity supply in Northern Ireland is a priority for this Government. We have undertaken significant work, and prepared legislation, in order to ensure that technical, operational and legal arrangements are in place to seek to maintain the Single Electricity Market whatever the circumstances. We recognise the need to have in place a common set of rules across the Single Electricity Market that govern the arrangement. The exact nature of these is still to be agreed as part of the negotiations.

Once the UK leaves the EU it will no longer participate in or contribute to the EU institutions including the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). Only Member States of the EU can nominate candidates to be appointed as judges in the CJEU.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
3rd Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions her Department has had with Manufacturing Northern Ireland on preparations for (a) the UK leaving the EU without a deal and (b) the UK leaving the EU under the Prime Minister’s proposals announced on 3 October 2019.

Ministers and officials from BEIS have engaged extensively with manufacturing businesses. We have stepped up efforts to ensure businesses across the UK, including in Northern Ireland, are prepared to leave the EU on 31 October, through enhanced national communication and engagement campaigns. Get Ready Roadshow events took place in Derry/Londonderry on 7 October and in Belfast on 8 October. Through the Business Readiness Fund, funding has been allocated for actions specifically delivered and targeted in Northern Ireland – in addition to UK wide applications covering Northern Ireland.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
1st Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what sectors his Department plans to prioritise for support in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

The Department is maintaining efforts to ensure businesses across the UK are ready to leave the EU on 31 October. We continue to robustly assess the potential impact of no-deal and are engaging widely with businesses across all sectors and meeting regularly with business representative organisations and trade associations. HMRC has also put into place funding for training that helps businesses to complete customs declarations and processes and has launched a trader helpline to answer border related questions

The Business Readiness Fund makes up to £15M available to support Business Representative Organisations as they help to prepare businesses for leaving the EU on 31 October. As of 1 October, BEIS has approved 69 bids from business representative organisations. Further applications are still in the process of being reviewed. Applications have spanned a wide range of sectors and are from across the UK. We continue to encourage bids until applications close on 7 October.

In addition, we have secured £1.3 million central funding which we are directing towards targeted sector-specific engagement across the UK through sector teams to complement the Business Readiness Fund and Public Information Campaign.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
23rd Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government has taken to ensure diversity of renewable energy sources as part of its goal to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The Government has made significant progress in decarbonising the electricity sector. Around a third (33%) of the electricity generated in 2018 came from renewables, up from 29.3% in 2017.

Support provided to renewables through a range of policies such as the Renewables Obligation, the Feed-in Tariff, and Contracts for Difference has resulted in a diverse mix of renewable technologies. This includes wind, solar, hydro, bioenergy and more.

In order to meet our net-zero ambitions, we will continue to support the roll out of new renewables generation. We announced last year our intention to hold CfD allocation rounds around every 2 years which could see 1-2 gigawatts of new offshore wind every year in the 2020s.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
2nd Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what preparations his Department is making for the UK leaving the EU without an agreement; and how much funding has been allocated to those preparations.

As a responsible Government, we’ve been preparing to minimise any disruption in the event of no deal.

HM Treasury has allocated over £4.2 billion of additional funding to departments and Devolved Administrations for EU exit preparations so far. This breaks down as £412m over the spending review period for the Department for Exiting the European Union, Department for International Trade and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (Autumn Statement 2016); £286m of additional funding for 2017/18 (a full breakdown of which can be found in Supplementary Estimates 2017/18); over £1.5 billion for 2018/19 (Supplementary Estimates 2018/19); and over £2 billion for 2019/20 (Main Estimates 2019/20).

This funding is to cover all exit scenarios and is in addition to departmental efforts to reprioritise from business as usual toward preparations for the UK’s departure from the EU. Work on no-deal exit preparations cannot be readily separated from other EU exit work, given the significant overlap in plans in many cases.

14th May 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many and what proportion of officials in his Department took sick leave for reasons relating to stress in the last 12 months; what proportion that leave was of total sick leave taken in his Department; and what the cost was to his Department of officials taking sick leave over that period.

The number of employees in the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) during the calendar year of 2018 who were absent due to mental health reasons, including stress was 59, this represented 1.5% of the total workforce. The proportion of sickness absence related to mental health reasons, including stress, was 23% of the overall sickness absence for the department for the same time period.

The estimated cost to the department over this period for employees taking sickness absence, is estimated at £1,421,738.30.

BEIS is committed to supporting the wellbeing of its staff, including helping them to manage stress in the workplace, and has a Wellbeing Strategy that includes a specific focus on supporting good mental health in its employees. This strategy is based in part on the Civil Service Health and Wellbeing Strategy that also includes the promotion of good mental health for all as one of its five priorities. Through a programme of wellbeing events and speakers, a growing cohort of mental health first aiders, promotion and signposting of the employee assistance programme, and e-learning packages for staff on stress, resilience and wellbeing, the Department has seen continued awareness and engagement on wellbeing and good mental health.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
13th May 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many staff in his Department who were transferred or seconded to work (a) in other departments or (b) on other departmental briefs on preparations for the UK to leave the EU, have since returned to his Department.

BEIS has a significant EU Exit portfolio and as such has not transferred or seconded staff to work on EU Exit in, or on behalf of, other Departments.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
2nd May 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the environment of carbon capture technology.

The Government believes that carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) has the potential to play an important role in meeting the UK’s climate targets. CCUS can add value to the economy and help tackle hard to decarbonise sectors.

Our CCUS Action Plan is designed to progress CCUS in the UK, including enabling the UK’s first CCUS facility to be operational from the mid-2020s. CCUS is also likely to play an important role in achieving our Industrial Clusters Mission, creating the world’s first net-zero industrial cluster by 2040.

In progressing CCUS, the UK has already established a robust regulatory framework for CCUS, with regulations applying to licensing, environmental inspection and CO2 storage, operation and monitoring activities. This means that any CCUS project will need to comply with a rigorous health and safety assessment and require permits and approval from relevant environment agencies, the Health and Safety Executive and the Oil and Gas Authority.

25th Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

In the financial year 2017/18, BEIS was allocated an additional £35.1m for EU exit work by HM Treasury. In the financial year 2018/19, BEIS received a final allocation of £139.5m. The allocation for 2019/20 is £190m.

No-deal funding is aggregated as part of the Department’s overall spend and therefore cannot be reported separately.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/679738/PU2137_Supplementary_estimates_web.pdf

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/777880/supplementary_estimates_2018-19_web.pdf

https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2018-12-18/HCWS1205/

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
18th Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the UK leaving the EU (i) with and (ii) without a deal on the UK’s ability to receive gas and electricity flows from French interconnectors.

The UK does not have a gas interconnector to France so there will be no impact on gas flows.

In the event that the UK leaves the EU with a deal, the arrangements that govern electricity trading with France will be a matter for negotiations.

In the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal, we do not expect there to be any fundamental barriers to the UK’s ability to receive electricity flows from France. Alternative new rules setting out trading arrangements in the event of a ‘no deal’ have been developed by interconnection operators and were approved by national regulators on 15 March 2019.

18th Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of the UK leaving the EU (a) with and (b) without a deal on the UK’s ability to receive gas and electricity flows from Dutch interconnectors.

If the UK were to leave the European Union without a deal, modified access rules for the electricity interconnector have been approved by both Ofgem and the Dutch regulator. Modified access rules are not required for the gas interconnector. The Political Declaration on the future relationship sets out the parameters for the UK and EU’s future discussions on electricity and gas.

18th Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has held with his Dutch counterparts on the effect of the UK leaving the EU (a) with and (b) without a deal on the UK’s ability to receive gas and electricity flows from Dutch interconnectors; and whether the Government received assurances from the Dutch Government that there would be no disruption to energy flows from that country as a result of the UK leaving the EU.

If the UK were to leave the European Union without a deal, modified access rules for the electricity interconnector have been approved by both Ofgem and the Dutch regulator.[1] Modified access rules are not required for the gas interconnector. The Political Declaration on the future relationship sets out the parameters for the UK and EU’s future discussions on electricity and gas.[2]

[1] https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/publications-and-updates/approval-modified-access-rules-britned-interconnector-apply-event-uk-leaves-eu-without-deal

[2] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/withdrawal-agreement-and-political-declaration

18th Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with the French Government on the effect of the UK leaving the EU (a) with and (b) without a deal on the UK’s ability to receive gas and electricity flows from French interconnectors; and whether the Government received assurances from the French Government that there would be no disruption to energy flows from France as a result of the UK leaving the EU.

There is no gas interconnector between Great Britain and France. IFA, the electricity interconnector between Great Britain and France have engaged with the French Government, supported by BEIS officials. These discussions have provided mutual assurances on the continuity of the legal and regulatory framework for the interconnector if the UK were to leave the European Union without a deal and modified access rules for the electricity interconnector have been approved by both Ofgem and the French regulator.

28th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the report of 18 January 2018 by the Centre for Social Investigation entitled Are employers in Britain discriminating against ethnic minorities.

The Centre for Social Investigation’s findings on potential discrimination at the written application stage of recruitment are concerning. The Equality Act 2010 makes it unlawful to discriminate against employees and people seeking work because of their race.

The Government’s Ethnicity Facts and Figures website and Business in the Community’s 2018 Race at Work Survey highlight that people from ethnic minorities still encounter disparities in recruitment and progression. In October 2018 the Prime Minister announced a package of measures to make the workplace fairer for people from ethnic minorities, including a Race at Work Charter and a consultation on mandatory ethnicity pay reporting. The consultation closed on 11 January 2019.

30th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment the Government has made of the ability of UK shipyards to secure contracts to build military vessels for EU member states after the UK leaves the EU.

Following the publication in 2017 of the National Shipbuilding Strategy Government has established the Maritime Enterprise Working Group (MEWG) to coordinate discussions with industry around growth opportunities. The MEWG has commissioned a market evaluation and competitiveness study of UK Shipbuilding which will report in the New Year. This study will identify a prospective international commercial and naval product mix for UK shipbuilding; analyse market characteristics, prospective clients and competitor strengths and weaknesses. The study will assess the competitiveness and performance levels of UK shipbuilders and will identify actions needed to address any gaps. The Department is supporting this study.

The ability of UK industry to win contracts to build military vessels for EU member states after the UK leaves the EU will remain a decision for EU member states. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is working closely with industry and other Government Departments to understand the implications and opportunities presented by the UK's departure from the European Union.

30th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions his Department has held with Babcock on securing the future of Appledore shipyard.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is in close contact with Babcock regarding the closure of Appledore Shipyard. The Department is liaising closely with the MOD who have spent £1.7bn with Babcock last year. The MOD had explored a range of options with Babcock but this was not enough for Babcock to decide to maintain the Appledore facility.. In the event of job losses being announced, the Government will provide assistance through its Rapid Response Service and is ready to support any employee affected by this announcement.

25th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many citizens of non-UK EU countries work in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies.

It is not currently possible to establish how many citizens of non-UK EU countries are currently working in The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies.

We do not centrally hold details of staff working for outsourced companies or agencies.

8th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the need to secure an agreement on mutual recognition of judgments and appointments in respect of insolvency after the UK leaves the EU.

The Government has made clear that an effective framework of civil judicial cooperation is an important part of the deep and special partnership we want to establish with the EU on exit. It is in the interests of the UK and the EU that there continues to be an effective framework for resolving cross-border legal disputes, including insolvency, after we leave.

This was set out in the Government’s position paper on Civil Judicial Cooperation, “Providing a cross-border civil judicial cooperation framework” issued on 22 August 2017 and confirmed in the White Paper “The future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union” published on 12 July 2018.

8th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government plans to write to all trade associations on issuing guidance to their members on planning for the UK leaving the EU in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

The Government is engaging widely with its stakeholders, including trade associations, to help businesses to plan for all scenarios including a ‘no deal’ EU exit. We have published over 70 technical notices describing the changes businesses and citizens could need to make in a ‘no deal’ scenario. We have worked closely with stakeholders including many trade associations as part of this process.

8th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what financial support the Government plans to make available to SMEs to assist them in preparing for and meeting the costs of the UK leaving the EU.

We want a future relationship that is broader in scope than any other between the EU and a third country and one that reflects the UK and EU’s shared history and values, close ties, and unique starting point.

We know that SMEs want certainty as soon as possible on what will happen next and how it may impact them. This is why we are pleased to welcome agreement on the terms of an implementation period, which will protect economic and regulatory cooperation and ensure there is no sudden change as we build our future partnership with the EU.

We will continue to publish all relevant material on gov.uk. Businesses can register to get information on the progress of negotiations direct to their inbox by signing up to the DExEU stakeholder bulletin.

In addition, we will continue to listen to businesses up and down the country through our regular engagements.

8th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government plans to introduce a Brexit loan scheme, similar to that made available by the Irish Government, to help SMEs meet the costs of the UK leaving the EU.

We want a future relationship that is broader in scope than any other between the EU and a third country and one that reflects the UK and EU’s shared history and values, close ties, and unique starting point.

We know that SMEs want certainty as soon as possible on what will happen next and how it may impact them. This is why we are pleased to welcome agreement on the terms of an implementation period, which will protect economic and regulatory cooperation and ensure there is no sudden change as we build our future partnership with the EU.

We will continue to publish all relevant material on gov.uk. Businesses can register to get information on the progress of negotiations direct to their inbox by signing up to the DExEU stakeholder bulletin.

In addition, we will continue to listen to businesses up and down the country through our regular engagements.

8th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many businesses have informed his Department that they will relocate their business operations outside the UK in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Business decisions on investment reflect a range of factors. The department is aware through regular engagement with businesses that they are concerned to ensure that future trade with the European Union remains as frictionless as possible; and that many have contingency arrangements in the unlikely event of no deal, supported by the Technical Notices that the UK Government has published.

8th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to Written Statement HCWS540, how much of that funding he has allocated to (a) programmes, (b) administration and (c) staffing in his Department.

As set out in Written Statement HCWS540, HMT allocated BEIS a supplementary £185.1m for EU exit work in the financial year 2018/19. Of this total allocation, £106.7m has been budgeted for programme and capital spend. £78.4m has been budgeted as administration spend, of which £57.3m has been budgeted for staff within BEIS. BEIS will keep these budgets under review over the course of the financial year.

3rd Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of leaving the EU in accordance with (a) the proposals set out in the Government’s White Paper and (b) a no-deal scenario.

In the financial year 2018/19, HMT allocated BEIS a supplementary £185.1m for EU exit work. As the negotiations continue, BEIS will reassess its requirements accordingly. Like other departments, BEIS will be invited to bid for 2019/20 EU exit funding from HMT later in the year with details of timings and process to be announced in due course.

3rd Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the cost to the public purse has been of his Department hiring additional staff to cover issues related to the UK leaving the EU.

In the financial year 2017/18, HM Treasury allocated nearly £300m across a number of departments from the Reserve - BEIS received £35.1m of this funding, of which the majority related to staff costs.

In the financial year 2018/19, HMT allocated BEIS a supplementary £185.1m for EU exit work, of which £57.3m has been identified for staff. BEIS will keep these costs under review over the course of the current financial year.

As the negotiations continue, BEIS will reassess its requirements accordingly. Like other departments, BEIS will be invited to bid for 2019/20 EU exit funding from HMT later in the year with details of timings and process to be announced in due course.

12th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the Government has done to ensure in negotiations with the European Commission that conformity assessments on products conducted by a UK body continue to be sufficient for the product to be sold on the EU market after the UK leaves the EU; and if he will make a statement.

The Government recognises the valuable work undertaken by UK bodies in ensuring that products placed on the market have been through suitable conformity assessment. As part of negotiations on the Withdrawal Agreement, we have agreed with the EU that goods placed on the market before the end of the implementation period may freely circulate on both UK and EU markets and that compliance activity for these goods, such as conformity assessment, is recognised by both parties.

On 12th July the Government published a White Paper, which sets out a clear proposal for our future relationship with the EU. This includes a proposal for a free trade area between the UK and the EU and the maintenance of a common rulebook for goods, supported by arrangements covering all relevant compliance activity, such as conformity assessment. This would provide for frictionless trade at the border. Negotiations are ongoing, and we will continue to engage with UK stakeholders to understand and represent their concerns as we develop our negotiating position.

5th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many times Ministers of his Department have met with representatives of the British Chamber of Commerce since the 23 June 2016.

Details of Ministers’ meetings with external organisations are published quarterly on the Gov.UK website:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications?departments%5B%5D=department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy&publication_type=transparency-data

Information from April to June 2018 will be published in due course.

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) is a key stakeholder for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and meet frequently with the Secretary of State and the other ministers. He holds weekly meetings with five major stakeholders – the BCC, the CBI, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), EEF and the Institute of Directors (IoD) to discuss issues that are affecting their members and businesses more generally. The BCC is also a member of the SME Advisory Board.

Other ministers and officials at all levels from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy have had numerous meetings with the British Chambers of Commerce and continue to do so.

5th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the extent to which (a) increased (i) levels of administration and (ii) costs will be incurred and (b) visas will be required to undertake business travel between the UK and the EU after the UK has left the EU.

The Government continues to undertake a comprehensive programme of analysis in support of our EU exit negotiations and preparations. The Government has confirmed that when we bring forward the vote on the final deal, we will ensure that Parliament is presented with the appropriate analysis to make an informed decision.

The Government has been clear that free movement will end as we leave the EU. We will seek to negotiate an appropriate labour mobility framework with the EU to ensure UK nationals can continue to travel to the EU for business purposes, and vice versa.

5th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether UK (a) companies and (b) institutions will be able to participate in EU research and development projects after 2020.

As part of our future partnership with the EU, the UK will look to establish an ambitious future agreement on science and innovation that ensures the valuable research links between us continue to grow.

The UK would like to participate in EU research and development projects after 2020 and would like the option to fully associate to the excellence-based European research and innovation programmes, including Horizon Europe (the successor to Horizon 2020) and Euratom Research and Training.

Such an association would involve an appropriate UK financial contribution linked to a suitable level of influence in line with the contribution and benefits the UK brings. The UK looks forward to discussing the detail of any future UK participation with the European Commission.

5th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether businesses will be charged for the cost of the creation of new regulatory agencies in the UK after the UK has left the EU.

The Government is undertaking a wide range of preparatory work looking at the implications of UK withdrawal from the EU. This includes looking at functions presently undertaken by EU agencies.

The Government’s priority is to have effective regulatory systems. Should an EU regulatory function be repatriated then in most cases this will be undertaken by an existing, rather than a new, public body.

Prior to any decisions on establishing a new public body, the Government will always examine how it might be funded in a way that meets the standards set out in ‘Managing Public Money’ for financial transparency, accountability and oversight as well as value for money for the taxpayer. Funding is considered on a case by case basis and fees and charges can only be levied where Parliament has agreed legislation permitting the funding of new bodies in this way.

We will continue to engage with businesses as we develop our approach.

5th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has for new health and safety-related inspections at the UK-EU border after the UK has left the EU; and what estimate he has made of any potential additional time goods will spend at those borders.

The Government takes the issue of consumer product safety extremely seriously and is committed to ensuring that only safe products are placed on the UK market now and in the future.

The Government is preparing for the UK to make an orderly and successful exit from the European Union. BEIS is working with the Department for Exiting the European Union and other Departments to make sure that the preparations for exit from, and new partnership with, the EU are on track.

19th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the proportion of Horizon 2020 (a) projects originating in the UK and (b) funding that the UK received in each of the last five years.

As of the 6th March 2018, the UK’s share of total participations in Horizon 2020 was 12.4% and the UK received 14.5% of the total European Commission Horizon 2020 funding. This is equivalent to around €4.2 billion. For further information please see: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/uk-participation-in-horizon-2020

19th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has made an assessment of the potential effect on the economy of the UK leaving the EU without replacing EU research funding.

As part of our future partnership with the EU, the UK will look to establish an ambitious future agreement on science and innovation that ensures the valuable research links between us continue to grow.

The Government has been taking rigorous and extensive analysis work to support our exit negotiations, as any responsible Government should, in order to inform our understanding of how EU exit will affect the UK's domestic policies and frameworks. We have been engaging with relevant stakeholders from all sectors of the economy and all regions of the UK as part of this process, and will continue to do so as we move forward.

We have been clear the Government will not provide an ongoing commentary on internal analytical work that is being carried out within government.

The UK and EU negotiating teams have reached another important milestone in the Brexit process by agreeing the terms of a time-limited implementation period. The agreement envisages that UK entities’ right to participate in EU programmes will be unaffected by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

In addition, the UK Government has committed to underwrite Horizon 2020 funding if necessary. This guarantees funding for UK participants in projects ongoing at the point of exit, as well as any successful bids submitted before the UK leaves the EU.

19th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much EU research funding the UK received in each of the last five years.

UK Funding for Common Strategic Framework (CSF) Research and Innovation or equivalents 2012-2016

Year

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

UK Funding for Common Strategic Framework (CSF) Research and Innovation or equivalents (€millions)

980

1114

797

1280

1385

Source: EU Expenditure and Revenue 2014-2020 http://ec.europa.eu/budget/figures/interactive/index_en.cfm

19th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what contingency plans have been made to replace EU research funding in the event that the UK is unable to conclude a withdrawal agreement with the EU.

Science and research are vital to the UK’s prosperity, security and wellbeing, and are at the heart of the Government’s industrial strategy. As part of our future partnership with the EU, the UK will look to establish an ambitious future agreement on science and innovation that ensures the valuable research links between the UK and the EU continue to grow.

The Joint Report sets out that the UK and the EU fully intend UK participants’ eligibility in Horizon 2020 to remain unchanged for the duration of the programme. This includes eligibility to participate in Horizon 2020 projects and to receive Horizon 2020 funding for the lifetime of projects. The Government encourages the UK research and innovation community to continue to bid for Horizon 2020 funding and participate in Horizon 2020 projects.

The Government's underwrite guarantee of Horizon 2020 funding remains in place in the event that commitments enshrined in the Joint Report are not met. This guarantees funding for UK participants in projects ongoing at the point of exit. It also includes projects that are only informed of their success or sign a grant agreement after the UK's withdrawal from the EU.

19th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has made an assessment of the potential effect on the economy of the UK not participating in the EU digital single market.

The UK economy is fundamentally strong, with a highly competitive digital economy. The UK will not participate in the EU's Digital Single Market post-exit, as a result of our departure from the Single Market. As the Prime Minister said in her Mansion House speech this is a fast-evolving sector. It will be important to have domestic flexibility, to ensure the regulatory environment can always respond nimbly and ambitiously to new developments.

The Government is determined to ensure that the UK’s digital economy continues to be world leading and enables innovative UK companies to compete globally. The Government is seeking to agree a bold and ambitious Economic Partnership with the EU. There is no single model or analysis which can provide a definitive assessment of all potential outcomes. The Government is examining all areas of the UK economy and seeking input from a wide range of stakeholders in order to inform our negotiations with the EU.

13th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many discussions involving which officials his Department had with the Financial Conduct Authority and the UK Listing Authority on the stock market listing of EN+.

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

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

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

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

22nd Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent estimate he has made of Government funding for Ben Ainslie’s sailing team; what assessment was made (a) before and (b) after that expenditure of its cost-effectiveness; what return was expected from that investment; and whether further funding will be allocated to the team.

In 2014, under the Coalition Government, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Department for Communities and Local Government, and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport agreed a funding package of up to £7.5 million to support Sir Ben Ainslie’s America’s Cup team and their proposal to base their permanent headquarters on the Camber in Portsmouth. This was announced by the then Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Rt hon Member for Twickenham (Sir Vince Cable).

This funding ensured the racing team’s commitment to basing their operations in Portsmouth for a minimum of 12 years to support three America’s Cup cycles, which in turn enabled economic benefits for the city’s marine and maritime sector. It also helped support community engagement and sailing participation projects in collaboration with Sport England.

The benefits arising from this investment extended beyond the sailing team. They included direct economic benefits from the generation of jobs and apprenticeships, together with the up-skilling of workers in the Solent area, the setting up of a Technical Innovation Group to help feed the innovations in applied technology developed by BAR into the marine industry, engagement with schools and higher education institutions, engagement with the local supply chain, and the setting up of a visitors’ centre.

Published details of this funding agreement are available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-approves-75-million-for-sir-ben-ainslie-project-to-boost-portsmouth

No further funding to the team is currently planned.

21st Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made on the effect of leaving the EU on European Conformity marking for industrial products; and if he will take steps to ensure that the legal framework for that marking in the UK reflects EU regulation after the UK has left the EU.

The Government recognises the important role of conformity marking in providing confidence that a product meets the relevant essential requirements as set out in legislation. Through the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill these requirements will be brought into UK law as we leave the EU.

My rt. hon. Friend the Prime Minister said in her Mansion House speech that a fundamental principle in our negotiating strategy should be that trade between the UK and the EU should be as frictionless as possible. She set out our intention to agree a comprehensive system of mutual recognition and that UK and EU regulatory standards will remain substantially similar in the future.

19th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Written Statement of 13 March 2018, Spring Statement, HCWS 540, if he will publish a list of where the £185.1 million in EU exit funding for his Department will be allocated.

BEIS leads on dozens of EU exit issues covering areas such as energy; climate change; nuclear; markets and economy; goods, services and regulation, science and innovation. The allocated funding will allow the Department to negotiate and deliver against each of these issues in 2018/19, including staffing and systems costs and will enable BEIS to be EU exit ready.

The exact allocations across projects will vary depending on the progress of negotiations with the EU. BEIS will not publish a list as this would prejudice those negotiations.

5th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the effect of no deal with the EU on (a) the implementation of the industrial strategy and (b) the ability to secure private research and development investment to achieve the target set out in that strategy.

Our ambitious Industrial Strategy is not dependent on our negotiations with the EU. We do however recognise that EU Exit is a key issue for many sectors of the economy.

The Industrial Strategy builds on our strengths, creating strong foundations to meet the challenges of the future, and will help us make the best of our relations with Europe and beyond.

The Government wants the UK to remain the go-to-place for scientists, innovators and tech investors across the world. We intend to secure the best possible outcome for UK R&D as we exit the European Union and would welcome agreement to continue to collaborate with our European partners on science, technology and innovation.

5th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what representations he has received on researchers being excluded from EU research projects as a result of the UK’s decision to leave the EU; and if he will provide a breakdown of those representations by academia and industry.

The Government is committed to ensuring the best possible outcomes for UK Science and Research as we exit the European Union. Following the referendum we set up a dedicated mailbox (research@beis.gov.uk) to allow academics, researchers and others with an interest to register any issues experienced in engaging with European activities. Since the announcement of the government underwrite of funding, the number of representations received has been low. Stakeholders have largely been in touch to seek clarification – both on the extent of the funding guarantee, and on the eligibility of UK applicants to continue participating in EU research projects after exit – rather than to report cases of discrimination.

The Joint Report, published by the UK and EU negotiating teams on 8th December 2017, and agreed by the European Council, makes clear that, as part of the overall withdrawal agreement, the UK’s right to participate in EU programmes, including Horizon 2020, will be unaffected by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. UK based organisations and individuals will be able to bid for funding, participate in and lead consortia for the remainder of the programmes including in 2019 and 2020.

5th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what funding his Department has allocated to nuclear fusion research to 29 March 2019.

The UK’s publicly funded fusion research is led by the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA).

UKAEA receives grant funding for fusion research from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (£26.1m in 2017/18 and £27.0m in 2018/19). This includes the UK’s share of costs for the Joint European Torus (JET), based in Oxfordshire. The remainder of costs for JET are provided by the Euratom Research and Training Programme. UK Research Council funding is provided from the BEIS budget.

In December 2017 the Government announced an £86m investment to establish a National Fusion Technology Platform, aimed at supporting UK industry in obtaining contracts for international nuclear fusion projects. BEIS has also allocated funding for an upgrade to the domestic fusion project, MAST (£2.5m 17/18).

The UK is a world leader in nuclear R&D and the Government is committed to maintaining and building on our excellence in this important field.

5th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of (a) replacing the Emissions Trading System modernisation funding and (b) redirecting investment in coal power stations to clean energy after the UK leaves the EU.

Regarding (a), as the Clean Growth Strategy sets out, the Government is considering the UK’s future participation in the EU Emissions Trading System after our exit from the EU and we remain firmly committed to carbon pricing as an emissions reduction tool. We will seek to ensure that any future approach is at least as ambitious as the existing scheme and provide a smooth transition for the relevant sectors.

Regarding (b), the Government makes no investment in coal power. We have this month set out our proposals for ending unabated coal power generation from 2025. This policy sends a clear signal to investors in new generation capacity that we are moving to a cleaner electricity system, guaranteeing reductions in CO2 and air pollution by 2025.

21st Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the (a) amount of time and (b) resources that his Department allocated to the production of impact assessments on the UK leaving the EU; and on what date work on those impact assessments started.

Impact Assessments, typically related to specific new primary legislation before Parliament, are narrowly defined. For example, the Government laid an impact assessment alongside the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, which can be found on our website.

Civil servants conduct any Impact Assessments related to legislation as business as usual. Our broader analysis continues.

21st Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the timetable is for his Department to respond to the Sixth Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights, Human Rights and Business 2017: Promoting responsibility and ensuring accountability, HC443 of Session 2016–17.

The Department and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office jointly led preparation of the Government’s response, which was passed to the Committee on 13 December. I understand the Committee is to consider and then publish the Government’s response.

27th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what budget has been allocated to research on nuclear fusion up to 29 March 2019.

The UK’s publicly funded fusion research is led by the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA).

UKAEA receives direct funding from the Euratom Research and Training Programme (£57.3 m in 2017/18 and £55.1 m in 2018/19) primarily for research carried out at the Joint European Torus (JET).

UKAEA also receives grant funding for fusion research from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (£26.1m in 2017/18 and £27.0m in 2018/19).

UKAEA also receives additional funding from the UK Government for specific projects which have been worth £5.4m so far in 2017/18. Firm allocations for the financial year 2018/19 and beyond have not yet been made.

The UK is also a member of Fusion for Energy, the EU based partnership delivering its contribution to the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, the next generation international fusion project in France. The EU expects to contribute €380m in 2018 and €427m in 2019 to ITER. The EU budget beyond 2020 is subject to agreement with EU member states.

Information relating to private sector investment in fusion in the UK is not available.

6th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of domestic regulatory options through the National Grid and Ofgem on allowing merchant gas assets to remain competitive until changes to EU law are implemented.

The UK benefits from a diverse range of gas sources. Merchant gas assets (including gas interconnectors and gas storage assets) play key roles in a flexible energy system and offer significant benefits by facilitating the efficient transport, storage, and trading of gas, and by promoting efficient wholesale prices through increased competition. EU legislation currently underpins the regulation of these merchant assets, with domestic regulation overseen by Ofgem, the independent regulator. The government aims to maximise the benefits of gas interconnection as part of its future relationship with the EU.

6th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what energy contingencies the UK will rely on after the recent closure of the Rough gas storage facility.

The proposed closure of Rough does not significantly affect security of gas supply which remains strong. Great Britain continues to benefit from highly diverse and flexible sources of gas supply, including indigenous production, six international gas pipelines with Norway, Belgium and the Netherlands, and three LNG terminals. Analysis shows GB supplies can meet gas demand even under severe weather conditions for an extended period of time, and this has always happened.

6th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on gas security of supply in the event that Interconnector UK closes after the end of its contract in October 2018.

The UK benefits from a strong, liquid market which has delivered a system built on supply diversity. This, coupled with spare capacity, means the UK gas system is resilient to multiple infrastructure losses – including any closure of the IUK interconnector.

Current and forecast levels of GB supply and storage infrastructure are sufficient to meet all customer demand in all but the most extreme and unlikely scenarios.

6th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the UK's merchant gas interconnectors of the EU network codes governing gas transmission operators.

Regulation of Great Britain’s gas market, including merchant gas interconnection, is a matter for Ofgem, and it is for them to assess the impact of regulatory changes to the market as a whole. However, the Department works closely with Ofgem to keep the whole gas market under review.

6th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what alternative regulatory frameworks his Department has considered following the cessation of storage at the Rough gas storage facility to ensure that Interconnector UK is able to continue to operate.

Ofgem is Great Britain’s independent regulator and it is for them to decide the regulatory framework that is in the best interests of consumers present and future.

6th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the closure of Interconnector UK on the security of UK gas supplies, market volatility and consumer household gas prices.

The UK benefits from a strong, liquid market which has delivered a system built on supply diversity. It would not be appropriate to comment on a specific company which remains open and operational. However, we have assessed the system’s resilience if we were to lose one or more major pieces of infrastructure. We will publish our detailed analysis shortly. In summary, our assessment is that UK gas supply would be resilient to multiple infrastructure losses. We enjoy diverse and competitive supplies of gas which have always historically responded very effectively to the loss of major infrastructure minimising any consumer price effects.

4th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which EU legislation within his Department's responsibilities will (a) be incorporated into UK law through the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill and (b) require to be amended under powers in that Bill.

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill will convert European Union law into UK law as it applies in the UK at the moment of exit. This will ensure that, wherever possible, the same rules and laws will apply the day after exit as they did before.

The Government’s current estimate is that we will need to make between 800 and 1,000 statutory instruments to make exit a reality in UK law.

13th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many prosecutions have been carried out of company directors continuing to trade when insolvent in each of the last five years.

While “continuing to trade whilst insolvent” is not a criminal offence in itself, under s993 Companies Act 2006 (and previously under s458 Companies Act 1985)

“If any business of a company is carried on with intent to defraud creditors of the company or creditors of any other person, or for any fraudulent purpose, every person who is knowingly a party to the carrying on of the business in that manner commits an offence.”

The table below provides the number of persons prosecuted for an offence of fraudulent trading in respect of an individual company for the last five financial years, irrespective of verdict.

Date

April 12 – March 13

17

April 13 – March 14

13

April 14 - March 15

35

April 15 – March 16

6

April 16 to March 17

5

TOTAL

76

The offence may be committed by a person other than a director and separate records of the number of directors prosecuted are not centrally collated.

9th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on UK jobs of the UK leaving the Single Market in the five years (a) before and (b) after that action is taken.

Departments are currently doing some analysis with the Department for Exiting the European Union to understand the impacts that withdrawal from the EU will have on businesses, consumers and other economic actors. Due to the decisions this Government has taken, the British economy is fundamentally strong and we are well-positioned to negotiate our departure from the EU. Employment is at a record high. There are over two million more people in employment compared with 2010 and around 900,000 fewer unemployed.

6th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what incentives the Government provides to support biomedical research into the most deadly global diseases.

The Government is committed to maintain and enhance the strength of our research base. This is why we have protected the science resource budget in real terms from its 2015/16 level of £4.7 billion for the rest of the parliament, as well as committing to invest in new scientific infrastructure on a record scale – £6.9 billion over the period 2015- 21.

We are introducing a new Global Challenges Research Fund of £1.5 billion over the Spending Review period to support research on global issues affecting developing countries. The Newton Fund will also be doubled to £150 million a year by 2021.

At Autumn Statement 2016 we announced that we will make Britain the global go-to nation for scientists, innovators and tech investors, by investing an extra £2 billion a year in R&D by 2020/21. We are committed to ensure that the UK continues to be a world leader in international science, including biomedical research.

18th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has had discussions with the Competition and Markets Authority on the implications for competition of the vertical integration of pharmacies and pharmaceutical wholesalers; and if he will make a statement.

I have had no discussions with the Competition and Markets Authority on the implications for competition of the vertical integration of pharmacies and pharmaceutical wholesalers.

18th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made on small businesses of the potential closure of independent pharmacies; and what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health on that effect.

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy regularly discusses a range of issues with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health.

Funding for the contractors providing NHS pharmaceutical services is determined by the Department of Health.

13th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has a scientific advisor on the team which is leading on negotiations on the UK leaving the EU.

The Government Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir Mark Walport, and Chief Scientific Advisers in departments across government (including the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) continue to provide impartial science advice in support of government policy, including our departure from the EU.

13th Oct 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will provide the email address for people to contact his Department with examples of the effect the UK leaving the EU is having on universities and academia and place in the Library copies of the emails received.

The Government is committed to ensuring the best possible outcomes for UK Science and Research as we exit the European Union. Academics, researchers and others with an interest can email ‘research@beis.gov.uk’ to register any issues experienced in engaging with European supported activities. Information submitted via this email account is being dealt with the strictest confidence by the Department and there are no plans to provide running updates on evidence shared.

5th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of which policy areas within his Department's remit will be affected by the outcome of the EU referendum.

The Government’s guiding principle throughout the process of leaving the EU will be to ensure the best possible outcome for the British people.

At this stage, it is not possible to assess the implications of the outcome of the EU referendum on the potential solar jobs figures set out in the Impact Assessment.

29th Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the potential economic effect on the UK creative arts sector of travel restrictions after the UK leaves the EU.

The UK’s creative industries and arts sectors are huge success stories and the UK's decision to leave the EU will not change that.

We have maintained a dialogue with these sectors on Brexit, and we know that the movement of people is a key issue for them; both for access to international talent and activities such as touring and collaborating. We understand also that the circumstances of individual trips to the EU are significantly varied, and that changes based on our leaving the EU will be different for each organisation or professional. We will continue our engagement to ensure a growing understanding of the impacts across the sector.

Nigel Adams
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
2nd Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what preparations his Department is making for the UK leaving the EU without an agreement; and how much funding has been allocated to those preparations.

As a responsible Government, we’ve been preparing to minimise any disruption in the event of no deal for nearly three years. We are putting in place a range of mitigations, which include assessing and reducing the risk of disruption to personal data flows to and from the UK in the event of a no deal through legislation, public and private sector communications and preparations for adequacy decisions from the EU.

The Treasury has allocated over £4.2 billion of additional funding to departments and Devolved Administrations for EU exit preparations so far. This breaks down as £412m over the spending review period for the Department for Exiting the European Union, Department for International Trade and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (Autumn Statement 2016); £286m of additional funding for 2017/18 (a full breakdown of which can be found in Supplementary Estimates 2017/18); over £1.5 billion for 2018/19 (Supplementary Estimates 2018/19); and over £2 billion for 2019/20 (Main Estimates 2019/20).

This funding is to cover all exit scenarios and is in addition to departmental efforts to reprioritise from business as usual toward preparations for the UK’s departure from the EU. Work on no-deal exit preparations cannot be readily separated from other EU exit work, given the significant overlap in plans in many cases.

16th May 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what funding the Government provides to representatives from the British Youth Council who sit on the Youth Department of the Council of Europe.

As a ‘major contributor’ to the Council of Europe, the UK pays over €32 million annually, which includes a contribution to the European Youth Foundation.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
14th May 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many and what proportion of officials in his Department took sick leave for reasons relating to stress in the last 12 months; what proportion that leave was of total sick leave taken in his Department; and what the cost was to his Department of officials taking sick leave over that period.

During the period 01/04/2018 - 31/03/2019, a total of 16 employees (1.0% of the total employees employed in the department for the same period) took sickness absence for reasons relating to stress. This sickness absence accounted for 10.1% of total sickness absence taken in the Department, and cost the Department approximately £70,130.

The department has implemented a number of policies to provide support for staff suffering from stress, including:

  • Early referral to occupational health experts
  • Extensive training for managers and employees - including on disability and mental health awareness, well-being, resilience and stress.
  • A Stress Assessment and Reduction Plan toolkit which can be used by line managers to identify and manage stress when required

DCMS has sought to promote an environment where individuals feel comfortable to talk openly about stress and mental health.The Department is a signatory to the ‘Time to Change Pledge’ and raises awareness of mental health and coping strategies through national campaigns such as the ‘Time to Talk’ day and the Mental Health Awareness Week. The department also organises ‘Mindfulness’ sessions for employees.

13th May 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many staff in his Department who were transferred or seconded to work (a) in other departments or (b) on other departmental briefs on preparations for the UK to leave the EU, have since returned to his Department.

No DCMS employees were transferred or seconded to work in other departments in preparation for the UK leaving the EU. Our employees also did not complete work for other Government departments from within DCMS.

4th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 31 January to Written Question 908935 on Social Media: Information Warfare, which organisations from (a) the tech industry (b) civil society and (c) academia his Department has held discussions with on disinformation on social media.

Details of ministerial meetings are published as part of government transparency data. However, we do meet regularly with a range of stakeholders to discuss disinformation. Full details about such meetings, including minutes are kept confidential, to allow full and frank discussions between parties.

4th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 31 January to Written Question 908935 on Social Media: Information Warfare, what assessment has his Department has made of the effect of disinformation on social media on the efficacy of political elections.

Maintaining a free, open and accessible media is a long-term priority for the UK and the Government will continue to work to constrain the effects of disinformation through all mediums. The Government itself is not directly responsible for overseeing the integrity of conduct of elections, and rightly not, but we continue to work with the Electoral Commission to strengthen and secure our democratic processes.

4th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 31 January to Written Question 908935 on Social Media: Information Warfare, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of disinformation on social media on the efficacy of news reporting.

The Internet has greatly enhanced the public’s access to news and political engagement, but it has also created unforeseen challenges to the accuracy of information. Government is committed to maintaining a news environment, both online and offline, where accurate content can prevail and high-quality media has a sustainable future. The Cairncross Review into press sustainability was published on 12th February 2019 and considered the roles of tech platforms, digital advertising, media literacy and subsidisation. The Government will now assess Dame Frances' recommendations and respond later in 2019.

29th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to tackle the spread of disinformation on social media.

Disinformation will be one of the harms addressed in the forthcoming Online Harms White Paper, which will set out legislative and non-legislative measures to ensure platforms take adequate steps to protect their users. We are considering all options available to us.

As the White Paper is finalised, we continue to have regular and robust dialogue with these companies on their progress to tackle this critical issue.

We are also working across academia, civil society and internationally to expose and build resilience to disinformation. This includes a media literacy roundtable hosted by Ministers today.

25th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many citizens of non-UK EU countries work in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies.

At 1st October 2018 the number of staff declaring their national identity as that of a non-UK EU country was 32.

All Government Departments are bound by EU and UK requirements concerning right to work in the UK and, in addition, the Civil Service Nationality Rules. Documentary evidence of nationality is checked at the point of recruitment into the Civil Service as part of wider pre-employment checks.

However DCMS does not hold this information centrally and staff declare their national identity voluntarily. Therefore this figure will not be a true representation of the workforce as a whole.

We do not hold the information requested centrally for b) and C) and to obtain it would incur a disproportionate cost.

16th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether gagging clauses have been used in contracts drawn up between his Department and any charities, voluntary sector organisations, social enterprises or companies with the intention of stopping any criticism of Ministers of his Department.

None of DCMS’ contracts include any statement that could be interpreted as a “gagging clause” of this kind.

8th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Written Statement of 13 March 2018 on Spring Statement, HCWS540, how much of that funding he has allocated to (a) programmes, (b) administration and (c) staffing in his Department.

HM Treasury has allocated over £2 billion of additional funding to departments and the Devolved Administrations for EU exit preparations so far. This breaks down as:

£412m of additional funding over the spending review period for the Department for Exiting the European Union, Department for International Trade and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office at Autumn Statement 2016.

£286m of additional funding for 17/18 (a full breakdown of which can be found in Supplementary Estimates 17/18).

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/679738/PU2137_Supplementary_estimates_web.pdf.

Over £1.5bn of additional funding for 18/19. A full breakdown of which can be found in the Chief Secretary’s Written Ministerial Statement, HCWS540, laid on the 13th March (https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2018-03-13/HCWS540/)

DCMS was allocated £26.2m for costs arising as the UK leave the EU in the Spring Statement 2018. The final breakdown between programme and administration spend, and the split of staffing costs, will be confirmed in the Supplementary Estimates.

3rd Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the cost to the public purse has been of his Department hiring additional staff to cover issues related to the UK leaving the EU.

EU Exit is an all-of-government operation. DCMS is working in close collaboration with other government departments in preparation for the ongoing negotiations by understanding the risks and opportunities of leaving the EU and coordinating planning. Given the interactions between EU exit work and the Department’s other priorities, it would not be possible to give an accurate figure.

3rd Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the total cost to the public purse for his Department’s work preparing for the UK to leave the EU has been since 23 June 2016.

Work relating to the UK leaving the EU, is an all-of-government operation. Members of staff across the Department provide advice and analysis on EU Exit issues as required. But, given the interactions between EU Exit work and the departments other priorities, it would not be possible to give an accurate figure of cost.

24th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment the Government has made of the effect on the productivity of the hospitality sector of the reduction in EU net migration to the UK.

We have not made an assessment of the effect of a reduction in EU net migration on the productivity of the hospitality sector. The Government remains committed to improving productivity, as set out in its Industrial Strategy.

The Government has been clear that after the UK leaves the EU, free movement will end but migration between the UK and the EU will continue. The UK will remain an open and tolerant country; one that recognises the valuable contribution migrants make to our society.

We recognise that international migrants make a significant contribution to the hospitality sector, which continues to grow and is supported by the record numbers of inbound visitors to the UK (39.2 million in 2017, 4% more than in 2016). We have encouraged the sector to feed views into the Migration Advisory Committee's call for evidence, including a granular understanding of the roles in tourism with domestic skills gaps

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
12th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions have taken place in negotiations on the UK leaving the EU on UK citizens and businesses paying mobile roaming charges in the EU after the UK has left the EU; and if he will make a statement.

On 12 July the government published a White Paper on the future relationship between the UK and the EU. It provides a framework for wider negotiations. The White Paper states that: “To ensure that open trade between the UK and EU economies is not at the expense of consumers, and in the context of the future economic partnership, the UK proposes to commit to maintain reciprocal high levels of consumer protection”.

12th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions the Government has had with the European Commission on ensuring that businesses can hold and transfer data and personal information to EU member states without interruption after the UK has left the EU.

The government is committed to agreeing a UK-EU model for protecting and exchanging personal data that maintains the free unhindered flow of personal data between the UK and the EU post-exit; offers stability and confidence for EU and UK individuals and businesses, as well as public authorities; reassures EU and UK citizens that their data is subject to robust protection; and does not impose unnecessary additional costs to EU and UK businesses.

The government holds regular discussions with the EU on the future economic and security partnerships, covering a wide range of topics. In May 2018, UK government officials presented slides to the European Commission outlining a framework for a UK-EU future partnership on data protection. The slides are available on gov.uk. A further paper was presented by the UK government to the Commission in June 2018, which set out the benefits to the EU of a new data protection agreement. The paper is available on gov.uk.

17th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he is able to intervene in circumstances in which Virgin Media fails to provide telecommunication services to a charitable organisation within a reasonable timeframe.

Using the new powers in the Digital Economy Act 2017, Ofcom has introduced, amongst other actions, an Automatic Compensation Scheme that will benefit around 90% of landline and broadband customers in the UK from early 2019. As part of this scheme, if a provider promises a residential customer to start a new service on a particular date, but fails to do so, they will have to pay £5 for each calendar day of delay. For business customers, Ofcom is also introducing new rules to ensure all SMEs are given clearer, more detailed information upfront about what service quality to expect. This includes whether they can claim compensation when problems occur.

At present, if the charitable organisation has a customer relationship with Virgin Media, the complaint for failing to provide telecommunication services can be pursued with Virgin Media. If Virgin Media are unable to resolve the situation within eight weeks, or where the complaint reaches deadlock, the case can be referred for alternative dispute resolution (ADR) to the Communications & Internet Services Adjudication Scheme (CISAS), providing it meets the scheme’s eligibility criteria. Further details about their service can be viewed at: https://www.cedr.com/consumer/cisas.

22nd Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will place minutes and notes of any meetings held between his Department and representatives of Facebook on the potential security breach of UK citizens’ data in the Library.

We do not routinely publish minutes of private meetings to encourage full and frank dialogue within the meetings.

19th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Written Statement of 13 March 2018, Spring Statement, HCWS 540, if he will publish a list of where the £26.2 million in EU exit funding for his Department will be allocated.

DCMS has been allocated £26.2m in 2018/19 to fund preparations for leaving the EU. This is designed to cover essential EU exit spending for staff working on the department’s critical areas.

30th Nov 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much time her Department spent in compiling impact assessments and other material for the sectoral analyses it provided to the Department for Exiting the European Union; how many FTE staff hours were dedicated to that compilation; and on what date her Department started and concluded its work on that compilation.

The Government has collated over 800 pages of analysis for the committees. As we have said before, the “58 impact assessments” do not exist in the form Parliament requested. We have taken time to bring together information in a way that meets Parliament’s specific ask.

With regards to how many FTE staff hours were dedicated to the compilation, we do not hold this information in the form requested.

The Department for Exiting the European Union has satisfied the motion passed in the House of Commons by bringing together information for these reports. The Committee on Exiting the EU voted on Wednesday 6 December that the Government’s response to the resolution of the House of 1 November has complied with the terms of that resolution.

4th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, which EU legislation within her Department's responsibilities will (a) be incorporated into UK law through the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill and (b) require to be amended under powers in that Bill.

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill will convert European Union law into UK law as it applies in the UK at the moment of exit. This will ensure that, wherever possible, the same rules and laws will apply the day after exit as they did before.

The Government is still making a detailed assessment of what changes will be required to make that law function appropriately on exit day. The Government’s current estimate is that we will need to make between 800 and 1,000 statutory instruments to make exit a reality in UK law.

4th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department has undertaken an impact assessment of the effect on the UK tech sector of the UK leaving the single market.

Ensuring that the UK's digital and technology sector remains strong and at the forefront of international innovation and enterprise are priorities for this Government

Since the 2016 referendum, Her Majesty's Government has carried out extensive and diverse engagement with hundreds of businesses of all sizes across the UK on the potential implications of our withdrawal from the EU, alongside extensive wider analysis and engagement.

9th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many civil servants in each unit of her Department are in the redeployment pool.

My department does not have a redeployment pool.

3rd Nov 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what her Department's policy is on promoting and making funding available for audio as an art form.

The Government recognises the tremendous economic and social impact of all artforms, including audio based art, and will continue to support arts and culture across the country through Arts Council England (ACE) funding.

For example, this Government has provided £959,174 of grant in aid funding through Arts Council England to the Music Education Hub of the Sutton Music Service between 2012 and 2016.

5th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of which policy areas within his Department's remit will be affected by the outcome of the EU referendum.

The Prime Minister has been clear that the negotiation for Britain's future relationship with Europe will need to begin under a new Prime Minister, and we have now got to look at all the detailed arrangements. In the meantime, Departments continue working to deliver the Government agenda.

20th Apr 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will place in the Library copies of all correspondence between Ministers in his Department and newspaper editors, executives and proprietors about press regulation policy and Leveson Part 2 since May 2015.

The department does not publish as standard confidential correspondence between individuals or organisations and ministers. A list of ministerial meetings is published in the department's quarterly returns.

22nd Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if his Department will make an assessment of the potential effect of a UK withdrawal from the EU on cultural, sporting and media initiatives within the UK currently supported by the EU.

As the Prime Minister said in his statement to the House on Monday, the Government's view is that the UK will be stronger, safer and better off remaining in a reformed EU.

22nd Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in other EU member states on the potential effect of a UK withdrawal from the EU on cultural, sporting and media initiatives currently supported by the EU within the UK.

Ministers meet with a range of EU counterparts in the course of normal business. The Government's view is that the UK will be stronger, safer and better off remaining in a reformed EU.

8th Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has had discussions with the London Legacy Development Corporation about EU state aid rules and West Ham United Football Club's occupancy of the Olympic Stadium.

The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport has not had any discussions with the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) about EU state aid rules and the West Ham United Football Club contract. The contract relating to West Ham United Football Club's use of the Olympic Stadium is between the West Ham and the LLDC.

7th Dec 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has had discussions with the (a) London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) and (b) Mayor of London on releasing the LLDC West Ham United Football Club contract.

The contract relating to West Ham United Football Club's use of the Olympic Stadium is between the West Ham and the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC). Any decision regarding whether to release contract details is a matter for the LLDC.

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to tackle the spread of disinformation on social media.

Disinformation will be one of the harms addressed in the forthcoming Online Harms White Paper, which will set out legislative and non-legislative measures to ensure platforms take adequate steps to protect their users. We are considering all options available to us.

As the White Paper is finalised, we continue to have regular and robust dialogue with these companies on their progress to tackle this critical issue.

We are also working across academia, civil society and internationally to expose and build resilience to disinformation. This includes a media literacy roundtable hosted by Ministers today.

24th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of a central bursary fund to train teachers specialising in teaching children with a hearing impairment; and what plans he has to address the shortage of specialised teachers in this area.

The department received a proposal from the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) for a central bursary scheme to fund trainee teachers of the hearing impaired. After consideration the department found that it did not provide strong enough evidence that a bursary is the solution to the declining numbers of trained teachers of the deaf.

Officials are working with NDCS and other organisations in the sensory impairment sector to identify non-bursary solutions to support teachers wishing to train as teachers of the deaf, or teachers for the sensory impaired more widely.

Kemi Badenoch
Minister for Equalities
24th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of introducing a bursary scheme to support the training of new teachers of the deaf.

The department received a proposal from the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) for a central bursary scheme to fund trainee teachers of the hearing impaired. After consideration the department found that it did not provide strong enough evidence that a bursary is the solution to the declining numbers of trained teachers of the deaf.

Officials are working with NDCS and other organisations in the sensory impairment sector to identify non-bursary solutions to support teachers wishing to train as teachers of the deaf, or teachers for the sensory impaired more widely.

Kemi Badenoch
Minister for Equalities
16th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the number of teachers of the deaf to ensure deaf children are supported in financial year (a) 2019-20, (b) 2020-2021 and (c) 2021-2022.

The information is not held centrally. It is up to local authorities to work with the schools in their area to identify the nature of specialist support services they commission, according to the needs of schools in their area.

16th Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of teachers of the deaf in teaching deaf children.

We do not hold information centrally on effectiveness of teachers of the deaf and the quality of support that they provide to deaf children and their families.

In order to teach a class of pupils with hearing impairment, a teacher must hold a mandatory qualification in addition to qualified teacher status.

Ofsted, through its inspection of individual schools, considers the extent to which the education that they provide meets the needs of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs and disabilities. Inspectors will consider the quality of teaching provided to improve learning for pupils, including those with hearing impairments, which may include support provided by teachers of the deaf.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
14th May 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of officials in his Department took sick leave for reasons relating to stress in the last 12 months; what proportion that leave was of total sick leave taken in his Department; and what the cost was to his Department of officials taking sick leave over that period.

The number of employees in the department who were absent for stress-related reasons from 1 May 2018 to 30 April 2019 was 119, which represented 1.84% of the total workforce and 11.26% of the overall sickness absence.

The estimated cost of this sickness absence is £3,456,595 (based on a calculation of total working days lost multiplied by the daily rate of the department’s median salary).

The department is committed to the health and wellbeing of all our employees, including helping them to manage stress in the workplace. There is a range of guidance and services in place to support the department’s employees such as Mental Health First Aiders, Employee Assistance Programmes and Fair Treatment Ambassadors.

Sickness absence data for the Civil Service from 1999 to the first quarter of 2018 is published on GOV.UK and available at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/civil-service-sickness-absence.

25th Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

HM Treasury has allocated over £4.2 billion of additional funding to departments and the Devolved Administrations for EU Exit preparations so far. This breaks down as:

  • £412 million of additional funding over the spending review period for the Department for Exiting the European Union, Department for International Trade and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at Autumn Statement 2016.

This funding is to cover all exit scenarios and is in addition to departmental efforts to reprioritise from business as usual toward preparations for the UK’s departure from the EU.

Work on no-deal exit preparations cannot be readily separated from other EU exit work. The department is preparing for all eventualities and the resources available to support preparations are kept under constant review.

7th Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to reverse the decline in the number of secondary school students taking GCSE language courses.

The Department has a number of initiatives in place to promote the uptake of languages and to improve attainment. The English Baccalaureate (EBacc) performance measure, which includes languages, has seen the proportion of GCSE entries from pupils in state-funded schools in a modern foreign language (MFL) increase from 40% in 2010 to 46% in 2018.

The £4.8 million MFL Pedagogy Pilot commenced in December 2018. It is managed by the newly appointed MFL Centre for Excellence and is run through nine school-led hubs, to improve uptake and attainment in languages at Key Stages 3 and 4. The Department has launched a pilot project in MFL undergraduate mentoring for secondary school pupils to drive up participation in the subject, specifically targeting areas of high disadvantage to extend access to languages for all pupils.

Generous financial incentives are offered for languages teaching, including scholarships in modern foreign languages worth £28,000, and tax-free bursaries, typically worth up to £26,000.

The Department continues to promote the value of language qualifications to students who are choosing their GCSEs and to their parents. A guidance leaflet for parents, which explains why studying a language, as part of the EBacc, broadens opportunities in both education and employment, and is available to view here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/english-baccalaureate-ebacc.

In February, The Department drew attention to the benefits of studying a language among 13-14 year olds through a social media campaign.

25th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many citizens of non-UK EU countries work in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies.

The department does not hold information about how many people working in it or its agencies are citizens of non-UK EU countries. The department does not hold any information about the employees of its non-departmental public bodies.

15th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether gagging clauses have been used in contracts drawn up between his Department and any charities, voluntary sector organisations, social enterprises or companies with the intention of stopping any criticism of Ministers of his Department.

The Department’s standard contract terms and conditions do not include so called gagging clauses.

The Department currently operates a devolved contracting model where policy teams are required to involve the central Commercial Directorate in all major procurements. All major projects use the standard terms and conditions.

The Commercial Directorate does not have details of contracts where they have not been involved. However, it is able to confirm that such clauses have not been used in any contract where they have been involved

3rd Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the total cost to the public purse for his Department’s work preparing for the UK to leave the EU has been since 23 June 2016.

Her Majesty’s Treasury has allocated over £2 billion of additional funding to all government departments and the devolved administrations for EU exit preparations so far.

Of which, over £1.5 billon of funding is for 2018/19. A full breakdown for this can be found in the Chief Secretary’s Written Ministerial Statement, HCWS540, laid on the 13 March (https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2018-03-13/HCWS540/).

3rd Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of leaving the EU in accordance with (a) the proposals set out in the Government’s White Paper and (b) a no-deal scenario.

At Autumn Budget 2017, my right hon. Friend, the Chancellor of the Exchequer set aside £1.5 billion of additional funding for EU exit preparations in 2019/20. Departments will be invited to bid for 2019/20 EU exit preparation funding later in the year. Details of timings and process will be announced in due course.

1st Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the Government plans to allow UK citizens currently residing in the EU to qualify for home-student tuition fees after the UK has left the EU.

Generally, to be eligible for student support from Student Finance England, a student should be resident in England, have ‘settled’ status, on the first day of the first academic year of the course and must have been resident in the UK and Islands (Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) for the three years prior to that date. The three year residency period should not have been “wholly or mainly” for the purpose of receiving full time education. The requirements for home fee status where students are studying in England are broadly similar. There are some, limited exceptions to these general principles.

There are currently specific provisions in the rules that provide access to student support for persons who hold settled status in the UK and have left England to exercise a right of residence elsewhere in the Economic European Area (EEA) or Switzerland.

The rules on eligibility for student finance support for UK nationals who are currently residing in the EEA and Switzerland, and who commence courses in England after the UK has left the EU, are under consideration.

5th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of officials in her Department took sick leave for reasons relating to stress in the last year; and what proportion of total sick leave in her Department that leave was.

The number of employees in the Department for Education from December 2016 to December 2017 who were absent due to stress was 102, this represented 2% of the total workforce. The proportion of sickness absence related to stress was 14% of the overall sickness absence for the department.

The total amount of sickness absence days in the Department for Education from December 2016 to December 2017 due to stress was 2652.

The estimated cost to the department from December 2016 to December 2017 for employees taking sickness absence, is estimated at £2,700,000.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
5th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many days' sick leave officials in her Department took for reasons relating to stress in the last year.

The number of employees in the Department for Education from December 2016 to December 2017 who were absent due to stress was 102, this represented 2% of the total workforce. The proportion of sickness absence related to stress was 14% of the overall sickness absence for the department.

The total amount of sickness absence days in the Department for Education from December 2016 to December 2017 due to stress was 2652.

The estimated cost to the department from December 2016 to December 2017 for employees taking sickness absence, is estimated at £2,700,000.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
5th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the cost was to her Department as a result of officials taking sick leave in the last year.

The number of employees in the Department for Education from December 2016 to December 2017 who were absent due to stress was 102, this represented 2% of the total workforce. The proportion of sickness absence related to stress was 14% of the overall sickness absence for the department.

The total amount of sickness absence days in the Department for Education from December 2016 to December 2017 due to stress was 2652.

The estimated cost to the department from December 2016 to December 2017 for employees taking sickness absence, is estimated at £2,700,000.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
21st Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the (a) amount of time and (b) resources that her Department allocated to the production of impact assessments on the UK leaving the EU; and on what date work on those impact assessments started.

Impact assessments, typically related to specific new primary legislation before Parliament, are narrowly defined. For example, the government laid an impact assessment alongside the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, which can be found at GOV.UK.

Civil servants conduct any impact assessments related to legislation as business as usual. Our broader analysis continues.

Nadhim Zahawi
Secretary of State for Education
4th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which EU legislation within her Department's responsibilities will (a) be incorporated into UK law through the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill and (b) require to be amended under powers in that Bill.

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill will convert European Union law into UK law as it applies in the UK at the moment of exit. This will ensure that, wherever possible, the same rules and laws will apply after exit from the EU as they did before.

The Government is still making a detailed assessment of what corrections will be required to make that law function appropriately.

The department is responsible for a number of policy areas falling within the scope of this process including recognition of professional qualifications, equalities and participation in some EU agencies.

6th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when her Department expects its work on the website for advertising teacher vacancies to be completed.

The Department is committed to improving the market for advertising teacher vacancies, so that schools can advertise at reduced cost and teachers can use job-boards and be confident they are seeing a holistic view of opportunities available.

We have carried out extensive discovery work to obtain a deeper understanding of the problems and opportunities in this area, and will now take forward a range of measures to make it easier for schools to advertise vacancies. This includes the development and use of common standards to make it easier to share vacancy information between systems. Once they are implemented, we will be able to make a more informed decision about the value of a Department for Education - built vacancy website based on those standards. We expect this work to continue throughout 2017.

9th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many civil servants in each unit of her Department are in the redeployment pool.

There are no civil servants in the redeployment pool.

6th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much financial support was given to higher education institutions by government directly or through the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) for widening participation; how much such support was allocated through higher education institutions access agreements for widening participation; and how much of that support was given by government directly or through HEFCE in each financial year from 2010-11 (a) in total and (b) to each such institution in England.

Information on the amount of financial support provided to higher education institutions through the Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE), both on a sector and institutional level, is available on the HEFCE website. It can be found in the ‘Student Opportunity Allocations’ spreadsheet on the ‘Funds for learning and teaching’ tab for respective years at http://www.hefce.ac.uk/funding/annallocns/.

Information is also available, at both sector and institutional level, on Access Agreement allocations provided to higher education institutions. This can be found via the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) website at https://www.offa.org.uk/publications/analysis-data-and-progress-reports/ in the ‘institutional expenditure and fee levels document’, ‘key statistics and analysis’ and ‘access agreement data tables’ spreadsheets.

6th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many local authorities are rated good for children's services.

29 local authorities are rated overall ‘good’ under the current Single Inspection Framework. However, not every local authority has been inspected under that framework.

Of the remainder, one is rated 'good' for overall effectiveness under the unannounced inspection of local authority arrangements for the protection of children framework and 18 are rated 'good' for safeguarding overall effectiveness under the safeguarding and looked after children inspection framework.

6th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of children eligible for the 30 hours free childcare or education offer are in receipt of the offer in London.

The Government’s 30 hours’ childcare entitlement goes live from September 2017, so data on take-up is not yet available. However, in the London borough of Newham some children are already receiving a 30 hours place as part of our early implementation programme, which is testing innovative ways of delivering 30 hours and sharing good practice to support national roll-out starting in September.

6th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if her Department will provide a London weighting to children eligible for the 30 hours free childcare or education offer.

The Government published its response to the Early Years National Funding Formula consultation, alongside detailed tables of allocations to each local authority, on
1 December. Allocations are made using the Early Years National Funding Formula, which includes an Area Cost Adjustment to reflect the differing costs of childcare in different parts of the country.


These documents can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/early-years-funding-changes-to-funding-for-3-and-4-year-olds

5th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of which policy areas within her Department's remit will be affected by the outcome of the EU referendum.

The Prime Minister has been clear that the negotiation for Britain's future relationship with Europe will need to begin under a new Prime Minister. In the meantime, Departments continue working to deliver the Government agenda.

25th Feb 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make an assessment of the potential effect on the number of school support staff who are from non-EU countries of the salary threshold increase for Tier 2 visa applications to £35,000.

The requested information is not available. The Department does not collect data on the nationality or the immigration status of the school workforce.

This is a local matter for schools and all schools must employ members of the school workforce in accordance with employment law.

30th Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she has taken to secure a transitional period with the EU on the application of CITES to allow musicians and others to continue to travel with their instruments which may contain materials covered by CITES regulation.

If we leave the EU without a deal, all Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) items that are currently freely traded between the UK and the EU, including musical instruments, will require CITES permits or an import notification. This would mean movement of CITES specimens between the UK and the EU would need to follow the same processes as those currently in place for movement between the UK and the rest of the world. We are working hard to make sure we maintain continuity and minimise disruption for those who trade and move CITES listed species, and have been working closely with the music industry on this issue.

In addition to import/export permits, there are other options which may be more appropriate for musicians looking to move musical instruments. Travelling Exhibition Certificates can be issued to cover instruments that are owned by orchestras (rather than individuals). We have also been increasing awareness of CITES Musical Instrument Certificates. These can be used for non-commercial purposes, including performing, to allow musicians to travel with their own instruments across the UK border in place of CITES import/export permits. These are valid for multiple movements for three years and can be used by individual musicians travelling alone or with an ensemble. They also allow travel outside the EU. In September, we announced the addition of Dover, Eurotunnel, and Holyhead to the list of ports to be designated for CITES movement after exit.

At the recent CITES Conference of the Parties, a decision was made to change annotation number 15 which relates to rosewood species, such as Dalbergia. This will exempt musical instruments made of this wood (including finished musical instrument parts and accessories) and small finished items up to 10kg. This exemption allows a person to travel to any country in the world with a musical instrument or finished product containing less than 10kg of a rosewood or a Bubinga without a CITES permit. The EU Commission are preparing legislation to implement this amendment to the CITES Appendices by amending the Annexes of the EU Wildlife Trade Regulations.

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
26th Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the effect on food supplies of the UK leaving the EU without a deal; and what plans her Department has to maintain food supplies in that event.

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

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
2nd Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what preparations his Department is making for the UK leaving the EU without an agreement; and how much funding has been allocated to those preparations.

The Government remains focused on ensuring our smooth and orderly withdrawal from the EU, with a deal, as soon as possible.

Leaving without a withdrawal agreement remains the legal default at the end of the extension period, and as a responsible Government we have been preparing to minimise any disruption in the event of no deal for over two years.

In light of the agreed extension to the EU departure date, departments are making pragmatic decisions about the timing and pace at which some of this work is progressing. We continue to prepare for all exit scenarios.

Defra has put in place a range of mitigations to minimise any disruption arising from leaving the EU without a deal. This has included creating six new IT systems, ensuring necessary legislation was passed, and setting up a Business Readiness Directorate to support increased levels of stakeholder engagement.

We have also taken extensive steps to provide businesses and citizens with advice and guidance aimed at helping to mitigate the potential impacts of no deal. Where necessary, we will continue to update our advice on gov.uk on how people should prepare.

HM Treasury has allocated over £4.2 billion of additional funding to departments and the Devolved Administrations for EU exit preparations so far. This funding is to cover all exit scenarios, and is in addition to departmental efforts to reprioritise from business as usual toward preparations for the UK’s departure from the EU.

David Rutley
Lord Commissioner (HM Treasury) (Whip)
4th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect on his Department's policies of the conclusion of the 2011 post-legislative scrutiny of the Scottish Land Reform Act 2003 that helped formalise and clarify access rights where previously there was informality and ambiguity; and if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of a similar approach in relation to public access for recreation on inland waterways in England.

There has been no assessment made by the Department and none is planned.

Thérèse Coffey
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
4th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answers of 30 May 2018 to Question 256982 on Canoeing: River Derwent, of 23 May 2019 to Question 254720 on Canoeing and of 15 April 2019 to Question 243346 on Canoeing, if his Department will make an assessment of whether its current policy of locally negotiated access arrangements is delivering adequate public access for recreation on English waters.

No.

Thérèse Coffey
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
16th May 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of whether the weedkiller RoundUp is a potential cause of cancer.

Like all pesticides, Roundup (a range of weedkillers containing glyphosate) is subject to strict regulation to ensure that its use will not harm people or have unacceptable effects on the environment.

The European Commission decided in December 2017 to approve glyphosate for continuing use until December 2022. The decision followed a scientific risk assessment by the European Food Safety Authority, which included a very close scrutiny of the evidence on whether glyphosate causes cancer. UK experts participated in that assessment and supported its conclusions.

All pesticide products, including Roundup, are tightly regulated by the Health and Safety Executive. They are only authorised for use if scientific data demonstrates that they will not harm people or have unacceptable effects on the environment.

We will continue to keep an active watch on the scientific evidence on glyphosate.

15th May 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether people travelling with assistance dogs to the EU will face disruption at EU borders at (a) train stations, (b) ports and (c) airports in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

The Government understands that assistance dog users, who have become familiar with the benefits of using the EU Pet Travel Scheme to travel to EU Member States, are concerned about the changes that could take place when the UK leaves the EU.

In any exit scenario owners of assistance dogs from the UK will still be able to travel to the EU with their animals. After exit we want owners of assistance dogs to be able to take their animals to the EU with the minimum of disruption.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal and becomes an unlisted third country under the EU Pet Travel Scheme, assistance dogs would need to be microchipped and vaccinated against rabies, as now, but would also need to undergo a blood titre test to demonstrate that their rabies vaccination has been effective.

On 25 March 2019 Defra issued updated guidance on pet travel to Europe after Brexit, which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pet-travel-to-europe-after-brexit. This advises of the contingency planning owners should consider to make sure their animals can travel to the EU in the scenario that the UK is not granted listed third country status under EU Pet Travel Scheme rules. The guidance advises owners to contact their vet at least four months before travelling to get the latest advice.

Defra has submitted an application for the UK to become a listed country under the EU pet travel regulations. Should the UK become a Part 1 listed country, there would be little change to the current arrangements, with only minor changes needed for documentation and, in most cases, no change for owners from what they currently need to do in terms of their animal’s health preparation. It is now for the EU Commission to consider our application for listed status.

We continue to work with assistance dog organisations to share the latest advice and guidance (in accessible formats) with their members. We will also work with carriers to ensure that assistance dog owners have the correct health preparation and documentation to enable them to enter the EU. When further information becomes available it will be published on GOV.UK. Email alerts on pet travel can be subscribed to at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications. We will also ensure that vets who issue pet travel documents have the most up to date information.

David Rutley
Lord Commissioner (HM Treasury) (Whip)
14th May 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many and what proportion of officials in his Department took sick leave for reasons relating to stress in the last 12 months; what proportion that leave was of total sick leave taken in his Department; and what the cost was to his Department of officials taking sick leave over that period.

We can confirm we have searched our records and can provide the information below. This information covers the period 1 April 2018 – 31 March 2019. We do not hold data relating specifically to stress as a separate category of sick leave absence. Instead we have provided data relating to all mental health absences. This category includes psychological illnesses such as stress, depression, anxiety and any other mental health condition.

How many and what proportion of officials in his Department took sick leave for reasons relating to mental health in the last 12 months

109 members of staff 2.25% of total staff headcount

What proportion that leave was of total sick leave taken in his Department

Absences relating to mental health made up 34.9% of all sickness absences

What the cost was to his Department of officials taking sick leave over that period

Total cost of mental health sickness is £427,559.55

The proportion of officials taking sick leave for reasons relating to mental health has remained constant at around 2% for the last five years.

We have various services and support mechanisms in place to support employee mental health. For example we have an internal employee led mental health ‘buddy’ network, and employees have access to an external provider Employee Assistance Programme, and Occupational Health Service. We also have a process in place for notifying and managing work related stress.

13th May 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many staff in his Department who were transferred or seconded to work (a) in other departments or (b) on other departmental briefs on preparations for the UK to leave the EU, have since returned to his Department.

EU departure is an all-of-Government operation. The Department for Exiting the European Union is responsible for overseeing negotiations to leave the EU and establishing the future relationship between the UK and EU. The Department for International Trade works to secure UK and global prosperity by promoting and financing international trade and investment, and championing free trade.

Departments continually review workforce plans and reprioritise and assess changing needs, which includes identification and cessation of non-priority work where appropriate. We have accelerated our plans, and at the same time, the Civil Service as a whole is working to ensure that exit implementation is carried out to a high standard without impacting public service delivery across the whole of Government.

For Defra, information relating to all staff who have been transferred or loaned to another department since June 2016 is provided below. We are not able to confirm how many of these were related to exit roles as this information is not held.

We have interpreted the second part of the question relating to ‘other departmental briefs’ as those working on projects with or in other departments through any informal arrangement that is not a formal loan or secondment. Based on this interpretation, Defra does not hold this data and is unable to provide this information.

The information is from June 2016 – present.

Total number of staff transferred to another Government department (OGD) between June 16 – March 19

445

Number of staff transferred to an OGD who have since returned to Defra

0

Total number of staff loaned to an OGD between June 19 – March 19

118*

Number of staff loaned to an OGD who have since returned to Defra

14

*This figure includes 30 loans where the end dates are between May 2019 and January 2022, and therefore we would not expect staff to have returned to Defra. All loans are generally for a period of two years.

We do not use the term ‘secondment’ to refer to Civil Servants moving between departments, instead we use the term ‘loan’. Therefore we have interpreted this question to refer to those who have moved to other departments on loans.

David Rutley
Lord Commissioner (HM Treasury) (Whip)
25th Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

HM Treasury has allocated over £4.2 billion of additional funding to departments and the devolved administrations for exit preparations so far. This breaks down as:

This funding is to cover all exit scenarios, and is in addition to departmental efforts to reprioritise from business as usual toward preparations for the UK’s departure from the EU.

Work on no deal exit preparations cannot be readily separated from other exit work. The department is preparing for all eventualities and the resources available to support preparations are kept under constant review.

David Rutley
Lord Commissioner (HM Treasury) (Whip)
9th Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to section 5.8.1 of the Clean Air Strategy published on 14 January 2019, when he will publish further detail on his proposals to use environmental permitting to tackle emissions from non-road mobile machinery.

Non Road Mobile Machinery (NRMM) can make a significant contribution to local air pollution, and so it is justified to bring in controls which enable a reduction in their emissions where required. We are currently considering what scope and stringency of controls would be appropriate and will consult on proposals in due course.

Thérèse Coffey
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
19th Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans his Department has to ensure that all animals and animal products from outside the EU enter Northern Ireland through a border inspection post in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

In the event we leave the EU without a deal, live animals and products of animal origin originating from non-EU countries will be checked at UK Border Inspection Posts (BIPs), including those with a final import destination in Northern Ireland.

In Northern Ireland, Belfast Port is the approved BIP for frozen meat and fish products pre-packed for human consumption. Belfast International Airport is the approved BIP for animal by-products that are not for human consumption.

David Rutley
Lord Commissioner (HM Treasury) (Whip)
7th Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the study published in the journal Biological Conservation entitled Worldwide decline of the entomofauna: A review of its drivers, what steps his Department will take to reverse the decline of the insect population.

The study referred to by the Rt. Hon. Member highlights a global issue that requires both global and national action.

UK scientists have been at the forefront of delivering assessments by the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). The IPBES global assessment for pollinators concluded that wild pollinators, including many insect groups, have declined in Europe and North America. Data deficiencies precluded assessment in other parts of the world. Regional assessments came to similar conclusions for wider biodiversity, including insects. In Europe, for example, ongoing strong declines were identified in most species groups.

The UK Government acknowledges and is committed to addressing the declines. Internationally, we are determined to play a leading role in the development of an ambitious strategy under the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, when its current framework expires in 2020. At the most recent Conference of the Parties to the Convention, in November 2018, we supported action such as the adoption of a global plan for the conservation and sustainable use of pollinators.

At the national level, the Government’s indicators of the abundance of UK butterflies show long term declines since 1976 but no significant change since 2012. Our indicator of pollinating insects in the UK tells a similar story - overall distribution has declined since 1980 but has stabilised in recent years. We are keeping these trends under review as encouraging but not yet definitive signs of progress.

The Government gathers further data on the status of UK pollinators through a UK-wide pollinator monitoring and research partnership, established in collaboration with research institutes and volunteer organisations.

The 25 Year Environment Plan commits to improving the status of insects and each of the four countries of the UK has its own strategy to protect pollinators. We will continue to work in partnership with scientists and practitioners for future generations to inherit a better environment.

Thérèse Coffey
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
20th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to reduce the export of plastic waste to developing countries; and if the Government will make an assessment of the potential merits of a complete ban on plastic waste exports to developing countries.

The Government wants to export less waste and make sure the waste we do have to export is handled properly. As set out in the Resources and Waste Strategy, the government is putting in place measures to improve the quality of the materials we collect for recycling as well as creating domestic markets for these materials. The government recently published four consultations which will support these ambitions: consistency in materials collected for recycling, reform of the packaging waste producer responsibility system, a deposit return scheme for drinks containers and a tax to encourage the use of recycled material in plastic packaging. In addition, we will seek to tighten controls on exports of all waste, and are exploring a range of measures including increasing monitoring of international waste shipments, improved provision for waste repatriation, and charging higher fees to improve compliance with waste shipment controls.

While waste is a commodity, and there is a global market for secondary materials, it must be and is subject to strict controls. Under EU legislation non-OECD countries elect the controls to be applied in respect of waste exports to their countries from the EU, choosing either to prohibit specific wastes, require prior written approval, apply their own national procedures or no control measures. The authorities in countries that receive waste from the EU need to be clear about the types of waste they will accept and the waste import procedures they require exporters in the EU to adhere to.

The EU Waste Shipment Regulations impose strict conditions on the types of waste that can be exported, and set out procedures that waste exporters must follow. They prohibit the export from the EU of waste for disposal to a country outside the European Free Trade Area (EFTA). Regulation 21 of the UK Transfrontier Shipment of Waste Regulations makes it an offence to transport waste destined for disposal to countries outside the EFTA.

The UK has a robust approach to enforcing these controls. In 2017 the Environment Agency (EA) inspected more than 1,000 shipping containers and returned 367 of these to their site of loading. The EA stopped over 7,000 tonnes of waste at ports and prevented nearly 9,000 tonnes of waste from reaching ports.

Thérèse Coffey
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
20th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of the feasibility of banning the use of non-recyclable plastics in the UK.

The Government published its Resources and Waste Strategy in December last year which sets out our plans to reduce plastic pollution.

We have committed to working towards all plastic packaging placed on the market being recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025.

We are currently consulting on reforming existing packaging waste regulations, introducing a deposit return scheme for drinks containers, and increasing consistency in the recycling system, which together we expect to drive major improvements in recycling rates. Industry is also committed to increasing the recyclability of plastic packaging, including through the world-leading UK Plastics Pact. We expect these initiatives by industry, combined with our reforms, to work together to eliminate from use the most problematic and difficult to recycle plastic packaging.

As the Resources and Waste Strategy makes clear, however, where progress is insufficient we will explore alternative policy measures, which may take the form of a ban as part of a wider strategic approach. We have already consulted on banning the distribution and/or sale of plastic straws, drink stirrers, and plastic-stemmed cotton buds and will shortly be publishing a summary of responses. We will continue to review the latest evidence on problematic products and/or materials to take a systematic approach to reducing the use of unnecessary single-use plastic products, including problematic packaging materials.

Thérèse Coffey
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
7th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effectiveness of carriers enforcing checks on dogs traveling under the Pet Travel Scheme.

Engagement at the border with major transport carriers has indicated that they are committed to preventing illegal imports of pet animals. Some carriers have already instituted their own measures to reduce carriage of pet animals. This includes P&O Ferries refusing accounts to commercial dog importers and Eurotunnel limiting the number of dogs that can be transported in one vehicle. Carriers have been willing to work with us to increase enforcement through additional training, checks and controls.

Each carrier is subject to quality assurance checks including a minimum of one full audit per year to ensure compliance with the procedures agreed with the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) set out in the carriers’ Required Method of Operation (RMOP). The number of quality assurance visits is based on volumes, results of previous visits, performance and any high risk considerations. Furthermore, APHA field teams carry out liaison visits and are in regular communication with carriers. If any non-compliance is found, extra checks will be completed as part of recorded follow-on actions.

Observations made by APHA on pet travel, including levels of compliance and carrier knowledges and behaviours, show good awareness of pet travel rules.

David Rutley
Lord Commissioner (HM Treasury) (Whip)
7th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Dogs Trust’s recommendations in their report: Puppy Smuggling: When will this cruel trade end?, what plans his Department has to create a centrally accessible database logging pet’s microchip numbers and date of entry into the UK.

I have zero tolerance of the abhorrent crime that is puppy smuggling, where unscrupulous dealers are abusing the EU Pet Travel Scheme to illegally traffic puppies into the United Kingdom, with no regard for the welfare of these animals or the biosecurity of the UK. Defra are pursuing a holistic approach to tackling puppy smuggling, which includes working closely with Dogs Trust to tackle the issue. Defra Ministers met senior staff from the charity in November, to discuss the findings of their latest report.

It is already a requirement for every dog in the UK to be identified by a microchip and its details to be recorded on a recognised database. This includes dogs imported from outside the UK. Furthermore, all pets entering the UK have their microchip scanned and recorded by the carrier at the time of travel. We do not consider it necessary at this time to introduce an additional database along the lines proposed.

David Rutley
Lord Commissioner (HM Treasury) (Whip)
26th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Government plans to bring forth legislation to ban the use of wild animals in circuses.

I refer the honourable member to the answer I gave to the honourable member for Oxford West and Abingdon on 16 October 2018 to Question 176633.

https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2018-10-08/176633/

David Rutley
Lord Commissioner (HM Treasury) (Whip)
21st Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Godfray Review into the Government's Bovine TB Policy, published on 13 November 2018, what steps his Department plans to take to implement the findings of that Review.

As set out in my written statement of 13 November 2018 (HCWS1077), the Government will consider the Review recommendations carefully and a formal response will be published in due course.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
6th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Dogs Trust report entitled Puppy Smuggling - When will this cruel trade end?, whether his Department plans to (a) reintroduce rabies blood testing and (b) extend the wait period for puppies before they can enter the UK from the EU after the UK has left the EU.

Defra takes the threat to public and animal health posed by animals entering the United Kingdom (UK) very seriously and requires rabies vaccination for pet animals (cats, dogs and ferrets) entering the country, as well as other high risk species entering zoos or pets destined for the pet trade.

Pet travel between EU member states and from some other lower risk third countries requires a rabies vaccination followed by a 21 day waiting period. For third countries with higher rabies risk, stricter rules apply involving a rabies antibody titration test and waiting period. A quantitative risk assessment was carried out in 2011, which assessed the risk of a pet animal with rabies entering the UK under the EU Pet Travel Scheme (PTS) as very low. Since then, there have been no rabies incursions in the UK, but Defra continues to monitor the disease situation and will undertake a further formal risk assessment if evidence indicates that one is warranted.

The Government has no immediate plans to change the rabies regime in the short term after the UK’ leaves the EU. For entry into the UK the current pet travel health requirements will continue to apply, although additional controls could be considered at a later date.

David Rutley
Lord Commissioner (HM Treasury) (Whip)
6th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to secure continuity of supply of veterinary medicines for pets in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

We are working with the animal medicines industry to ensure that supplies of veterinary medicines remain available in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal. We intend to minimise any additional regulatory burdens on industry as a result of leaving the EU.

David Rutley
Lord Commissioner (HM Treasury) (Whip)
1st Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 30 October to Question 182668 and to the Answer of 16 October to Written Question 175821, in what policy areas projects are behind schedule.

I refer to my answer of 30 October to Question 182668 – the projects are updated on a regular basis as our monitoring is constantly updated. The department takes action to ensure projects that were behind schedule are delivered on time.

David Rutley
Lord Commissioner (HM Treasury) (Whip)
1st Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the viability of developing exemptions for fully recyclable coffee cups as part of any future levy.

As set out by the chancellor in the Budget, the government has concluded that a levy on the production of all disposable cups would not be effective at this time and therefore is not considering exemptions for recyclable coffee cups. The Government will look at the best way to tackle the environmental impact of cups in the upcoming Resources and Waste Strategy.

Thérèse Coffey
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
25th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many citizens of non-UK EU countries work in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies.

All government departments are bound by legal requirements concerning the right to work in the UK and, in addition, the Civil Service Appointment Rules.

There is no requirement for departments to retain information on the citizenship of employees and therefore this information is not held for the department, its agencies or its non-departmental public bodies.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
25th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with organisations in the animal health and welfare sector on the provision of veterinary medicines in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

Since the referendum, we have proactively engaged with the animal health industry, to discuss the continued availability of veterinary medicines following exit from the EU, including in the scenario of a no deal exit.

We have held a number of industry open days and workshops and continue to hold regular meetings with key industry representative bodies, such as the National Office for Animal Health who are the animal medicines industry body and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Industry has welcomed our proactive and continued engagement with them.

David Rutley
Lord Commissioner (HM Treasury) (Whip)
23rd Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October to Written Question 175821 on Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit, what the names are of the five projects which are behind schedule.

These change on a regular basis – and in fact fewer projects are behind schedule since the previous question was asked – as our monitoring is constantly updated.

David Rutley
Lord Commissioner (HM Treasury) (Whip)
16th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether gagging clauses have been used in contracts drawn up between his Department and any charities, voluntary sector organisations, social enterprises or companies with the intention of stopping any criticism of Ministers of his Department.

None of Defra’s contracts include any statement that could be interpreted as a “gagging clause” of this kind.

For some EU Exit related work, we have entered Non-Disclosure Agreements with the aim being to protect the United Kingdom’s position in relation to the ongoing negotiations.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
8th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Written Ministerial Statement of 13 March 2018 on Spring Statement, HCWS540, how much of that funding he has allocated to (a) programmes, (b) administration and (c) staffing in his Department.

HM Treasury has allocated over £2 billion of additional funding to departments and the Devolved Administrations for EU exit preparations so far. This breaks down as:

£412 million of additional funding over the spending review period for the Department for Exiting the European Union, Department for International Trade and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at Autumn Statement 2016.

£286 million of additional funding for 17/18 (a full breakdown of which can be found in Supplementary Estimates 17/18)

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/679738/PU2137_Supplementary_estimates_web.pdf.

Over £1.5 billion of additional funding for 18/19. A full breakdown of which can be found in the Chief Secretary’s Written Ministerial Statement, HCWS540, laid on the 13th March (https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2018-03-13/HCWS540/)

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs was allocated £310 million for costs arising as the UK leaves the EU in the Spring Statement 2018. Of this additional funding around £160 million has been allocated to cover staff pay requirements. The final breakdown between programme and administration spend will be confirmed in the Supplementary Estimates.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
8th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the potential cost of implementing new IT systems for (a) implementing the UK’s chemical regulatory regime and (b) control and enforcement activities in English fishing waters in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

As we prepare to leave the EU, we will undertake all the necessary measures to build or strengthen IT systems to accommodate the changes needed, for example to support the UK’s chemical regulatory regime and control and enforcement activities in English fishing waters.

HM Treasury has allocated over £2 billion of additional funding to departments and the Devolved Administrations for EU exit preparations so far. All UK Government spend is subject to HM Treasury spending controls and value for money criteria and is publically available in annual reports and accounts.

Thérèse Coffey
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
8th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the report of the National Audit Office, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Progress in Implementing EU Exit, HC 1948, published on 12 September 2018, how many work streams preparing for a no-deal scenario his Department has (a) not yet started and (b) assessed to be behind schedule.

All identified projects have commenced. 5 out of 55 projects with March 19 deliverables are currently assessed to be behind schedule. All projects are monitored closely and remedial action is taken where required.

David Rutley
Lord Commissioner (HM Treasury) (Whip)
8th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, through which EU veterinary border inspection posts will live animals from the UK be able to pass into the EU in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal; and through which EU ports live animals from the UK can currently pass through.

The European Commission approves Border Inspection Post facilities in the EU, including those that accommodate certain live animals. The below annex is taken from the current published list.

Currently, there are no restrictions on ports where live animals from the UK can enter the EU.

Annex

Key:

U - Ungulates: cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, wild and domestic solipeds

E – equine

O - Other animals (including zoo animals)

Страна: БЕЛГИЯ – Země: BELGIE – Land: BELGIEN – Land: BELGIEN – Riik: BELGIA – Χώρα: ΒΕΛΓΙΟ – Country: BELGIUM – País: BÉLGICA – Pays: BELGIQUE – Paese: BELGIO – Valsts: BEĻĢIJA – Šalis: BELGIJA – Ország: BELGIUM – Pajjiż: BELĠJU – Land: BELGIË – Kraj: BELGIA – País: BÉLGICA – Țara: BELGIA – Krajina: BELGICKO – Država: BELGIJA – Maa: BELGIA – Land: BELGIEN

1

2

3

4

5

6

Antwerpen Anvers

BE ANR 1

P

Kaai 650

HC, NHC

Kallo

HC, NHC

Brussel–Zaventem Bruxelles–Zaventem

BE BRU 4

A

Flight Care

HC-T(2)

Flight Care 2

NHC(2)

U, E, O

Avia Partner

HC-T(2)

WFS

HC-T(2)

Swiss Port

HC-T(2)

Gent Gand

BE GNE 1

P

HC-NT(6), NHC-NT(6)

Liège Luik

BE LGG 4

A

HC, NHC-NT(2), NHC-T(FR)

U, E, O

Oostende Ostende

BE OST 4

A

IC-1

HC(2)

IC-2

E

Zeebrugge Zeebruges

BE ZEE 1

P

OCHZ

HC(2), NHC(2)

Страна: БЪЛГАРИЯ – Země: BULHARSKO – Land: BULGARIEN – Land: BULGARIEN – Riik: BULGAARIA – Χώρα: ΒΟΥΛΓΑΡΙΑ – Country: BULGARIA – País: BULGARIA – Pays: BULGARIE – Paese: BULGARIA – Valsts: BULGĀRIJA – Šalis: BULGARIJA – Ország: BULGÁRIA – Pajjiż: BULGARIJA – Land: BULGARIJE – Kraj: BUŁGARIA – País: BULGÁRIA – Țara: BULGARIA – Krajina: BULHARSKO – Država: BOLGARIJA – Maa: BULGARIA – Land: BULGARIEN

1

2

3

4

5

6

Bregovo

BG BRE 3

R

HC(2), NHC

Burgas

BG BOJ 1

P

HC(2), NHC

Gjushevo

BG GJE 3

R

HC(2), NHC

Kalotina

BG KAL 3

R

HC(2), NHC

U, E, O

Kapitan Andreevo

BG KAN 3

R

HC, NHC

U, E, O

Sofia

BG SOF 4

A

HC(2), NHC(2)

E, O

Varna

BG VAR 1

P

HC(2), NHC

Zlatarevo

BG ZLA 3

R

HC(2), NHC

Страна: ЧЕШКА РЕПУБЛИКА – Země: ČESKÁ REPUBLIKA – Land: TJEKKIET – Land: TSCHECHISCHE REPUBLIK – Riik: TŠEHHI VABARIIK – Χώρα: ΤΣΕΧΙΚΗ ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ – Country: CZECH REPUBLIC – País: REPÚBLICA CHECA – Pays: RÉPUBLIQUE TCHÈQUE – Paese: REPUBBLICA CECA – Valsts: ČEHIJA – Šalis: ČEKIJOS RESPUBLIKA – Ország: CSEH KÖZTÁRSASÁG – Pajjiż: REPUBBLIKA ĊEKA – Land: TSJECHIË – Kraj: REPUBLIKA CZESKA – País: REPÚBLICA CHECA – Țara: REPUBLICA CEHĂ – Krajina: ČESKÁ REPUBLIKA – Država: ČEŠKA – Maa: TŠEKKI – Land: TJECKIEN

1

2

3

4

5

6

Praha-Ruzyně

CZ PRG 4

A

HC(2), NHC-T(CH)(2), NHC-NT(2)

E, O

Страна: ДАНИЯ – Země: DÁNSKO – Land: DANMARK – Land: DÄNEMARK – Riik: TAANI – Χώρα: ΔΑΝIΑ – Country: DENMARK – País: DINAMARCA – Pays: DANEMARK – Paese: DANIMARCA – Valsts: DĀNIJA – Šalis: DANIJA – Ország: DÁNIA – Pajjiż: DANIMARKA – Land: DENEMARKEN – Kraj: DANIA – País: DINAMARCA – Țara: DANEMARCA – Krajina: DÁNSKO – Država: DANSKA – Maa: TANSKA – Land: DANMARK

1

2

3

4

5

6

Aalborg 1 (Greenland Port) 1

DK AAL 1a

P

HC-T(FR)(1)(2)

Aalborg 2 (Greenland Port)

DK AAL 1b

P

HC(2), NHC(2)

Århus

DK AAR 1

P

HC(1)(2), NHC-T(FR) NHC-NT(2)(11)

Esbjerg

DK EBJ 1

P

HC-T(FR)(1)(2), NHC-T(FR)(2), NHC-NT(11)

Fredericia

DK FRC 1

P

HC(1)(2), NHC(2), NHC-NT(11)

Hanstholm

DK HAN 1

P

HC-T(FR)(1)(3)

Hirtshals

DK HIR 1

P

Centre 1

HC-T(FR)(1)(2)

Centre 2

HC-T(FR)(1)(2)

Billund

DK BLL 4

A

HC-T(1)(2), NHC(2)

U, E, O

København

DK CPH 4

A

Centre 1, SAS 1 (North)

HC(1)(2), NHC (*)

Centre 2, SAS 2 (East)

HC (*), NHC(2)

Centre 3

U, E, O

København

DK CPH 1

P

HC(1), NHC-T(FR), NHC-NT

Kolding

DK KOL 1

P

NHC(11)

Skagen

DK SKA 1

P

HC-(FR)(1)(2)(3)

Страна: ГЕРМАНИЯ – Země: NĚMECKO – Land: TYSKLAND – Land: DEUTSCHLAND – Riik: SAKSAMAA – Χώρα: ΓΕΡΜΑΝIΑ – Country: GERMANY – País: ALEMANIA – Pays: ALLEMAGNE – Paese: GERMANIA – Valsts: VĀCIJA – Šalis: VOKIETIJA – Ország: NÉMETORSZÁG – Pajjiż: ĠERMANJA – Land: DUITSLAND – Kraj: NIEMCY – País: ALEMANHA – Țara: GERMANIA – Krajina: NEMECKO – Država: NEMČIJA – Maa: SAKSA – Land: TYSKLAND

1

2

3

4

5

6

Berlin–Tegel

DE TXL 4

A

HC(2), NHC

O

Brake

DE BKE 1

P

NHC-NT(4)

Bremen

DE BRE 1

P

HC, NHC

Bremerhaven

DE BRV 1

P

HC, NHC

Cuxhaven

DE CUX 1

P

IC 1

HC-T(FR)(3)

IC 2

HC-T(FR)(3)

Düsseldorf

DE DUS 4

A

HC(2), NHT-T(CH)(2) NHC-NT(2)

O

Frankfurt/Main

DE FRA 4

A

HC, NHC

U, E, O

Hahn Airport

DE HNH 4

A

HC(2), NHC(2)

O

Hamburg Flughafen

DE HAM 4

A

HC, NHC

O

Hamburg Hafen

DE HAM 1

P

Burchardkai

HC, NHC-NT, NHC-T(FR)

Frigo Altenwerder

HC

Reiherdamm

HC, NHC-T(FR), NHC-NT

Hannover–Langenhagen

DE HAJ 4

A

HC(2), NHC(2)

O

Kiel

DE KEL 1

P

HC, NHC

Köln

DE CGN 4

A

HC(2), NHC(2)

O

Leipzig-Halle Flughafen

DE LEJ 4

A

HC(2), NHC(2)

U, E, O

Lübeck

DE LBC 1

P

HC, NHC

E(14)

München

DE MUC 4

A

HC(2), NHC(2)

O

Rostock

DE RSK 1

P

HC, NHC

U, E, O

Rügen

DE MUK 1

P

HC(3)

Schönefeld

DE SXF 4

A

HC(2), NHC(2)

U, E, O

Stuttgart

DE STR 4

A

HC(2), NHC(2)

O

Страна: ЕСТОНИЯ – Země: ESTONSKO – Land: ESTLAND – Land: ESTLAND – Riik: EESTI – Χώρα: ΕΣΘΟΝIΑ – Country: ESTONIA – País: ESTONIA – Pays: ESTONIE – Paese: ESTONIA – Valsts: IGAUNIJA – Šalis: ESTIJA – Ország: ÉSZTORSZÁG – Pajjiż: ESTONJA – Land: ESTLAND – Kraj: ESTONIA – País: ESTÓNIA – Țara: ESTONIA – Krajina: ESTÓNSKO – Država: ESTONIJA – Maa: VIRO – Land: ESTLAND

1

2

3

4

5

6

Luhamaa

EE LHM 3

R

HC, NHC

U, E

Muuga

EE MUG 1

P

IC 1

HC, NHC-T(FR), NHC-NT

AS Refetra

HC-T(FR)(2)

Narva

EE NAR 3

R

HC, NHC-NT

Paldiski

EE PLS 1

P

HC(2), NHC-NT(2)

Страна: ИРЛАНДИЯ – Země: IRSKO – Land: IRLAND – Land: IRLAND – Riik: IIRIMAA – Χώρα: ΙΡΛΑΝΔIΑ – Country: IRELAND – País: IRLANDA – Pays: IRLANDE – Paese: IRLANDA – Valsts: ĪRIJA – Šalis: AIRIJA – Ország: ÍRORSZÁG – Pajjiż: IRLANDA – Land: IERLAND – Kraj: IRLANDIA – País: IRLANDA – Țara: IRLANDA – Krajina: ÍRSKO – Država: IRSKA – Maa: IRLANTI – Land: IRLAND

1

2

3

4

5

6

Dublin Airport

IE DUB 4

A

E, O

Dublin Port

IE DUB 1

P

HC(2), NHC

Shannon

IE SNN 4

A

HC(2), NHC(2)

U, E, O

Страна: ГЪРЦИЯ – Země: ŘECKO – Land: GRÆKENLAND – Land: GRIECHENLAND – Riik: KREEKA – Χώρα: ΕΛΛAΣ – Country: GREECE – País: GRECIA – Pays: GRÈCE – Paese: GRECIA – Valsts: GRIEĶIJA – Šalis: GRAIKIJA – Ország: GÖRÖGORSZÁG – Pajjiż: GREĊJA – Land: GRIEKENLAND – Kraj: GRECJA – País: GRÉCIA – Țara: GRECIA – Krajina: GRÉCKO – Država: GRČIJA – Maa: KREIKKA – Land: GREKLAND

1

2

3

4

5

6

Evzoni

GR EVZ 3

R

HC, NHC-NT

U, E, O

Athens International Airport

GR ATH 4

A

HC(2), NHC-NT(2)

U, E, O

Idomeni

GR EID 2

F

U, E

Kakavia

GR KKV 3

R

HC(2), NHC-NT

Neos Kafkassos

GR NKF 2

F

HC(2), NHC-NT

U, E

Neos Kafkassos

GR NKF 3

R

HC, NHC-NT

U, E

Peplos

GR PEP 3

R

HC(2), NHC-NT

E

Pireas

GR PIR 1

P

HC(2), NHC-NT

Thessaloniki

GR SKG 4

A

HC-T(CH)(2), NHC-NT

O

Thessaloniki

GR SKG 1

P

HC(2), NHC-NT

Страна: ИСПАНИЯ – Země: ŠPANĚLSKO – Land: SPANIEN – Land: SPANIEN – Riik: HISPAANIA – Χώρα: ΙΣΠΑΝIΑ – Country: SPAIN – País: ESPAÑA – Pays: ESPAGNE – Paese: SPAGNA – Valsts: SPĀNIJA – Šalis: ISPANIJA – Ország: SPANYOLORSZÁG – Pajjiż: SPANJA – Land: SPANJE – Kraj: HISZPANIA – País: ESPANHA – Țara: SPANIA – Krajina: ŠPANIELSKO – Država: ŠPANIJA – Maa: ESPANJA – Land: SPANIEN

1

2

3

4

5

6

A Coruña–Laxe

ES LCG 1

P

A Coruña

HC, NHC

Laxe

HC

Algeciras

ES ALG 1

P

Productos

HC, NHC

Animales

U, E, O

Alicante

ES ALC 4

A

HC(2), NHC(2)

O

Alicante

ES ALC 1

P

HC, NHC-NT

Almería (*)

ES LEI 4

A

HC(2), NHC(2) (*)

O (*)

Almería

ES LEI 1

P

HC, NHC-NT

Asturias

ES AST 4

A

HC(2)

Barcelona

ES BCN 4

A

Iberia

HC(2), NHC-T(CH)(2), NHC-NT(2)

O

Flightcare

HC(2), NHC(2)

O

Barcelona

ES BCN 1

P

HC, NHC

Bilbao

ES BIO 4

A

HC(2), NHC(2),

O

Bilbao

ES BIO 1

P

HC, NHC

Cádiz

ES CAD 1

P

HC, NHC

Cartagena

ES CAR 1

P

HC, NHC

Castellón

ES CAS 1

P

HC, NHC

Ciudad Real

ES CQM 4

A

HC(2), NHC(2)

Gerona

ES GRO 4

A

HC(2), NHC(2)

Gijón

ES GIJ 1

P

HC, NHC

Gran Canaria

ES LPA 4

A

HC(2), NHC-NT(2)

O

Huelva

ES HUV 1

P

Puerto Interior

HC-T(FR), HC-T(CH)

Puerto Exterior

NHC-NT

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

ES LPA 1

P

Productos

HC, NHC

Animales

U, E, O

Madrid

ES MAD 4

A

Iberia

HC(2), NHC(2)

U, E, O

Flightcare

HC(2), NHC-T(CH)(2), NHC-NT(2)

U, E, O

PER4

HC-T(CH)(2)

WFS: World Wide Flight Services

HC(2), NHC-T(CH)(2), NHC-NT

O

Málaga

ES AGP 4

A

HC(2), NHC(2)

O

Málaga

ES AGP 1

P

HC, NHC

U, E, O

Marín

ES MAR 1

P

HC, NHC-T(FR), NHC-NT

Palma de Mallorca

ES PMI 4

A

HC-NT(2), HC-T(CH)(2), HC-T(FR)(2) (*) NHC-NT(2), NHC-T(CH)(2), NHC-T(FR)(2) (*)

O

Santa Cruz de Tenerife

ES SCT 1

P

Dársena

HC

Dique

NHC

U, E, O

Santander

ES SDR 4

A

HC(2), NHC(2)

Santander

ES SDR 1

P

HC, NHC

Santiago de Compostela

ES SCQ 4

A

HC(2), NHC(2)

San Sebastián (*)

ES EAS 4

A

HC(2) (*), NHC(2) (*)

Sevilla

ES SVQ 4

A

HC(2), NHC(2)

O

Sevilla

ES SVQ 1

P

HC, NHC

Tarragona

ES TAR 1

P

HC, NHC

Tenerife Norte

ES TFN 4

A

HC(2)

Tenerife Sur

ES TFS 4

A

Productos

HC(2), NHC(2)

Animales

U, E, O

Valencia (*)

ES VLC 4

A

HC(2) (*), NHC(2) (*)

O (*)

Valencia

ES VLC 1

P

HC, NHC

Vigo

ES VGO 4

A

HC(2), NHC(2)

Vigo

ES VGO 1

P

T.C. Guixar

HC, NHC-T(FR), NHC-NT

Pantalan 3

HC-T(FR)(2)(3)

Frioya

HC-T(FR)(2)(3)

Frigalsa

HC-T(FR)(2)(3)

Pescanova

HC-T(FR)(2)(3)

Vieirasa

HC-T(FR)(3)

Fandicosta

HC-T(FR)(2)(3)

Frig. Morrazo

HC-T(FR)(3)

Vilagarcía–Ribeira–Caramiñal

ES RIB 1

P

Vilagarcía

HC(2), NHC(2)(11)

Ribeira

HC

Caramiñal

HC

Vitoria

ES VIT 4

A

Productos

HC(2), NHC-NT(2), NHC-T(CH)

Animales

U, E, O

Zaragoza

ES ZAZ 4

A

HC(2)

Страна: ФРАНЦИЯ – Země: FRANCIE – Land: FRANKRIG – Land: FRANKREICH – Riik: PRANTSUSMAA – Χώρα: ΓΑΛΛIΑ – Country: FRANCE – País: FRANCIA – Pays: FRANCE – Paese: FRANCIA – Valsts: FRANCIJA – Šalis: PRANCŪZIJA – Ország: FRANCIAORSZÁG – Pajjiż: FRANZA – Land: FRANKRIJK – Kraj: FRANCJA – País: FRANÇA – Țara: FRANȚA – Krajina: FRANCÚZSKO – Država: FRANCIJA – Maa: RANSKA – Land: FRANKRIKE

1

2

3

4

5

6

Bordeaux

FR BOD 4

A

HC-T(1), HC-NT, NHC

Bordeaux

FR BOD 1

P

HC-NT

Boulogne

FR BOL 1

P

HC-T(1)(3), HC-NT(1)(3)

Brest

FR BES 4

A

HC-T(CH)(1)(2)

Brest

FR BES 1

P

HC-T(FR)(1), NHC-T(FR)

Châteauroux-Déols

FR CHR 4

A

HC-T(2)

Concarneau – Douarnenez

FR COC 1

P

Concarneau

HC-T(1)(3)

Douarnenez

HC-T(FR)(1)(3)

Deauville

FR DOL 4

A

E

Dunkerque

FR DKK 1

P

Caraibes

HC-T(1), HC-NT

Maison Blanche

NHC-NT

Le Havre

FR LEH 1

P

Route des Marais

HC-T(1), HC-NT, NHC

Dugrand

HC-T(FR)(1)(2)

EFBS

HC-T(FR)(1)(2)

Fécamp

HC-NT(6), NHC-NT(6)

Lorient

FR LRT 1

P

CCIM

NHC-NT(4)

Lyon-Saint Exupéry

FR LIO 4

A

HC-T(1), HC-NT, NHC

O

Marseille Port (15)

FR MRS 1

P

Hangar 14

E

STEF

HC-T(1)(2), HC-NT(2)

Marseille – Fos-sur-Mer

FR FOS 1

P

HC-T(1), HC-NT, NHC

Marseille aéroport

FR MRS 4

A

HC-T(1), HC-NT

O

Nantes – Saint-Nazaire

FR NTE 1

P

HC-T(1), HC-NT, NHC-NT

Nice

FR NCE 4

A

HC-T(CH)(1)(2)

O

Orly

FR ORY 4

A

SFS

HC-T(1)(2), HC-NT(2), NHC

Réunion Port Réunion

FR LPT 1

P

HC(1), NHC

Réunion Roland-Garros

FR RUN 4

A

HC(1), NHC

O

Roissy – Charles-de-Gaulle

FR CDG 4

A

Air France

HC-T(1), HC-NT, NHC-NT

France Handling

HC-T(1), HC-NT, NHC

Station animalière

U, E, O(14)

Rouen

FR URO 1

P

HC-T(1)(2), HC-NT(2), NHC

Sète

FR SET 1

P

Frontignan

HC-T(1), HC-NT

Toulouse-Blagnac

FR TLS 4

A

HC-T(1)(2), HC-NT(2), NHC(2)

O

Vatry

FR VRY 4

A

HC-T(CH)(1)(2)

Страна: ИТАЛИЯ – Země: ITÁLIE – Land: ITALIEN – Land: ITALIEN – Riik: ITAALIA – Χώρα: ΙΤΑΛIΑ – Country: ITALY – País: ITALIA – Pays: ITALIE – Paese: ITALIA – Valsts: ITĀLIJA – Šalis: ITALIJA – Ország: OLASZORSZÁG – Pajjiż: ITALJA – Land: ITALIË – Kraj: WŁOCHY – País: ITÁLIA – Țara: ITALIA – Krajina: TALIANSKO – Država: ITALIJA – Maa: ITALIA – Land: ITALIEN

1

2

3

4

5

6

Ancona

IT AOI 4

A

HC, NHC

Ancona

IT AOI 1

P

VIS

HC

Garbage

NHC

Bari

IT BRI 1

P

HC, NHC-NT

Bergamo

IT BGO 4

A

HC, NHC

Bologna-Borgo Panigale

IT BLQ 4

A

HC(2), NHC(2)

O

Brescia Montichiari

IT MCH 4

A

HC(2), NHC(2)

Brindisi

IT BDS 1

P

HC

Civitavecchia

IT CVV 1

P

HC-T(2)

Genova

IT GOA 1

P

Calata Sanità (terminal Sech)

HC(2), NHC-NT(2)

Nino Ronco (terminal Messina)

NHC-NT(2)

Porto di Voltri (Voltri)

HC(2), NHC-NT(2)

Ponte Paleocapa

NHC-NT(6)

Genova

IT GOA 4

A

HC(2), NHC(2)

O

Gioia Tauro

IT GIT 1

P

HC, NHC

La Spezia

IT SPE 1

P

HC, NHC

U, E

Livorno-Pisa

IT LIV 1

P

Porto Commerciale

HC, NHC-NT

Sintermar

HC, NHC

Lorenzini

HC, NHC-NT

Terminal Darsena Toscana

HC, NHC

Livorno-Pisa

IT PSA 4

A

HC(2), NHC(2)

Milano-Linate

IT LIN 4

A

HC(2), NHC(2)

O

Milano-Malpensa

IT MXP 4

A

Magazzini aeroportuali ALHA

HC(2), NHC(2)

SEA

U, E

Cargo City MLE

HC, NHC

O

Napoli

IT NAP 1

P

Molo Bausan

HC, NHC

Napoli

IT NAP 4

A

HC, NHC-NT

Olbia

IT OLB 1

P

HC-T(FR)(3)

Palermo

IT PMO 4

A

HC-T

Palermo

IT PMO 1

P

HC

Ravenna

IT RAN 1

P

Sapir 1

NHC-NT(6)

TCR

HC-T(FR)(2), HC-NT(2), NHC-NT(2)

Setramar

NHC-NT(4)

Docks Cereali

NHC-NT

Reggio Calabria (*)

IT REG 1

P

HC (*), NHC (*)

Reggio Calabria

IT REG 4

A

HC, NHC

Roma-Fiumicino

IT FCO 4

A

Alitalia

HC(2), NHC-NT(2)

O(14)

Cargo City ADR

HC, NHC

Isola Veterinaria

U, E, O

Rimini

IT RMI 4

A

HC(2), NHC(2)

Salerno

IT SAL 1

P

HC, NHC

Taranto

IT TAR 1

P

HC, NHC

Torino-Caselle

IT CTI 4

A

HC(2), NHC-NT(2)

Trapani

IT TPS 1

P

HC

Trieste

IT TRS 1

P

Hangar 69

HC, NHC

Venezia

IT VCE 4

A

HC(2), NHC-T(CH)(2), NHC-NT(2)

Venezia

IT VCE 1

P

HC-T, NHC-NT

Verona

IT VRN 4

A

HC(2), NHC(2)

Vado Ligure Savona port

IT VDL 1

P

HC(2), NHC-NT(2)

Страна: КИПЪР – Země: KYPR – Land: CYPERN – Land: ZYPERN – Riik: KÜPROS – Χώρα: ΚΥΠΡΟΣ – Country: CYPRUS – País: CHIPRE – Pays: CHYPRE – Paese: CIPRO – Valsts: KIPRA – Šalis: KIPRAS – Ország: CIPRUS – Pajjiż: ĊIPRU – Land: CYPRUS – Kraj: CYPR – País: CHIPRE – Țara: CIPRU – Krajina: CYPRUS – Država: CIPER – Maa: KYPROS – Land: CYPERN

1

2

3

4

5

6

Larnaka

CY LCA 4

A

HC(2), NHC-NT(2)

O

Lemesos

CY LMS 1

P

HC(2), NHC-NT

Страна: ЛАТВИЯ – Země: LOTYŠSKO – Land: LETLAND – Land: LETTLAND – Riik: LÄTI – Χώρα: ΛΕΤΤΟΝIΑ – Country: LATVIA – Pais: LETONIA – Pays: LETTONIE – Paese: LETTONIA – Valsts: LATVIJA – Šalis: LATVIJA – Ország: LETTORSZÁG – Pajjiż: LATVJA – Land: LETLAND – Kraj: ŁOTWA – País: LETÓNIA – Țara: LETONIA – Krajina: LOTYŠSKO – Država: LATVIJA – Maa: LATVIA – Land: LETTLAND

1

2

3

4

5

6

Daugavpils

LV DGP 2

F

HC(2), NHC-NT(2)

Grebņeva(13)

LV GRE 3

R

HC, NHC-T(CH), NHC-NT

Patarnieki

LV PAT 3

R

IC 1

HC, NHC-T(CH), NHC-NT

IC 2

U, E, O

Rēzekne(13)

LV REZ 2

F

HC(2), NHC-NT(2)

Rīga (Riga port)

LV RIX 1a

P

Kravu termināls

HC(2), NHC(2), HC-T(FR)(2), HC-NT(2)

Rīga (BFT)

LV RIX 1b

P

HC-T(FR)(2)

Rīga (Baltmarine Terminal)

LV BTM 1

P

HC-T(FR)(2)

Terehova(13)

LV TER 3

R

HC, NHC-NT

E, O

Ventspils

LV VNT 1

P

HC(2), NHC(2)

Страна: ЛИТВА – Země: LITVA – Land: LITAUEN – Land: LITAUEN – Riik: LEEDU – Χώρα: ΛΙΘΟΥΑΝIΑ – Country: LITHUANIA – País: LITUANIA – Pays: LITUANIE – Paese: LITUANIA – Valsts: LIETUVA – Šalis: LIETUVA – Ország: LITVÁNIA – Pajjiż: LITWANJA – Land: LITOUWEN – Kraj: LITWA – País: LITUÂNIA – Țara: LITUANIA – Krajina: LITVA – Država: LITVA – Maa: LIETTUA – Land: LITAUEN

1

2

3

4

5

6

Kena(13)

LT KEG 2

F

HC-T(FR), HC-NT, NHC-T(FR), NHC-NT

Kybartai(13)

LT KBK 3

R

HC, NHC

Kybartai(13)

LT KBG 2

F

HC, NHC

Lavoriškės(13)

LT LVK 3

R

HC, NHC

Medininkai(13)

LT MDK 3

R

HC, NHC-T(FR), NHC-NT

U, E, O

Molo

LT MOM 1

P

HC-T(FR)(2), HC-NT(2), NHC-T(FR)(2), NHC-NT(2)

Malkų įlankos

LT MLM 1

P

HC, NHC

Laistų

HC

Pilies

LT PLM 1

P

HC-T(FR)(2), HC-NT(2), NHC-T(FR)(2), NHC-NT(2)

Panemunė(13)

LT PNK 3

R

HC, NHC

Pagėgiai(13)

LT PGG 2

F

HC, NHC

Šalčininkai(13)

LT SLK 3

R

HC, NHC

Vilnius

LT VNO 4

A

HC, NHC

O

Страна: ЛЮКСЕМБУРГ – Země: LUCEMBURSKO – Land: LUXEMBOURG – Land: LUXEMBURG – Riik: LUKSEMBURG – Χώρα: ΛΟΥΞΕΜΒΟΥΡΓΟ – Country: LUXEMBOURG – País: LUXEMBURGO – Pays: LUXEMBOURG – Paese: LUSSEMBURGO – Valsts: LUKSEMBURGA – Šalis: LIUKSEMBURGAS – Ország: LUXEMBURG – Pajjiż: LUSSEMBURGU – Land: LUXEMBURG – Kraj: LUKSEMBURG – País: LUXEMBURGO – Țara: LUXEMBURG – Krajina: LUXEMBURSKO – Država: LUKSEMBURG – Maa: LUXEMBURG – Land: LUXEMBURG

1

2

3

4

5

6

Luxembourg

LU LUX 4

A

Centre 1

HC

Centre 2

NHC-NT

U, E, O

Страна: УНГАРИЯ – Země: MAĎARSKO – Land: UNGARN – Land: UNGARN – Riik: UNGARI – Χώρα: ΟΥΓΓΑΡIΑ – Country: HUNGARY – País: HUNGRÍA – Pays: HONGRIE – Paese: UNGHERIA – Valsts: UNGĀRIJA – Šalis: VENGRIJA – Ország: MAGYARORSZÁG – Pajjiż: UNGERIJA – Land: HONGARIJE – Kraj: WĘGRY – País: HUNGRIA – Țara: UNGARIA – Krajina: MAĎARSKO – Država: MADŽARSKA – Maa: UNKARI – Land: UNGERN

1

2

3

4

5

6

Budapest-Ferihegy

HU BUD 4

A

HC(2), NHC-T(CH)(2), NHC-NT

O

Eperjeske

HU EPE 2

F

HC-T(CH)(2), HC-NT(2), NHC-T(CH)(2), NHC-NT(2)

Gyékényes

HU GYE 2

F

HC(2), NHC(2)

Kelebia

HU KEL 2

F

HC-T(CH)(2), HC-NT(2), NHC-T(CH)(2), NHC-NT(2)

Letenye

HU LET 3

R

HC(2), NHC-NT(2)

Röszke

HU ROS 3

R

HC(2), NHC-NT(2)

E

Záhony

HU ZAH 3

R

HC(2), NHC-NT(2)

U, E

Страна: МАЛТА – Země: MALTA – Land: MALTA – Land: MALTA – Riik: MALTA – Χώρα: ΜAΛΤΑ – Country: MALTA – País: MALTA – Pays: MALTE – Paese: MALTA – Valsts: MALTA – Šalis: MALTA – Ország: MÁLTA – Pajjiż: MALTA – Land: MALTA – Kraj: MALTA – País: MALTA – Țara: MALTA – Krajina: MALTA – Država: MALTA – Maa: MALTA – Land: MALTA

1

2

3

4

5

6

Luqa

MT LUQ 4

A

HC(2), NHC(2)

O, U, E

Marsaxxlok

MT MAR 1

P

HC, NHC

Valetta

MT MLA 1

P

U, E,

Страна: НИДЕРЛАНДИЯ – Země: NIZOZEMSKO – Land: NEDERLANDENE – Land: NIEDERLANDE – Riik: HOLLAND – Χώρα: ΚAΤΩ ΧΩΡΕΣ – Country: NETHERLANDS – País: PAÍSES BAJOS – Pays: PAYS-BAS – Paese: PAESI BASSI – Valsts: NĪDERLANDE – Šalis: NYDERLANDAI – Ország: HOLLANDIA – Pajjiż: OLANDA – Land: NEDERLAND – Kraj: NIDERLANDY – País: PAÍSES BAIXOS – Țara: ȚĂRILE DE JOS – Krajina: HOLANDSKO – Država: NIZOZEMSKA – Maa: ALANKOMAAT – Land: NEDERLÄNDERNA

1

2

3

4

5

6

Amsterdam

NL AMS 4

A

Aero Ground Services

HC(2), NHC-T(FR), NHC-NT(2)

O(14)

KLM-2

U, E, O(14)

Freshport

HC(2), NHC(2)

O(14)

Amsterdam

NL AMS 1

P

Cornelis Vrolijk

HC-T(FR)(2)(3)

Daalimpex Velsen

HC-T

PCA

HC(2), NHC(2)

Kloosterboer IJmuiden

HC-T(FR)

Eemshaven

NL EEM 1

P

HC-T(2), NHC-T(FR)(2)

Harlingen

NL HAR 1

P

Daalimpex

HC-T

Maastricht

NL MST 4

A

HC, NHC

U, E, O

Rotterdam

NL RTM 1

P

Eurofrigo Karimatastraat

HC, NHC-T(FR), NHC-NT

Eurofrigo, Abel Tasmanstraat

HC

Kloosterboer Terminal Rotterdam B.V.

HC-T(FR)(2)

Wibaco

HC-T(FR)(2), HC-NT(2)

Vlissingen

NL VLI 1

P

Daalimpex

HC-T(2), NHC-T(FR)(2)

Kloosterboer

HC-T(2), HC-NT(2)

Страна: АВСТРИЯ – Země: RAKOUSKO – Land: ØSTRIG – Land: ÖSTERREICH – Riik: AUSTRIA – Χώρα: ΑΥΣΤΡIΑ – Country: AUSTRIA – País: AUSTRIA – Pays: AUTRICHE – Paese: AUSTRIA – Valsts: AUSTRIJA – Šalis: AUSTRIJA – Ország: AUSZTRIA – Pajjiż: AWSTRIJA – Land: OOSTENRIJK – Kraj: AUSTRIA – País: ÁUSTRIA – Țara: AUSTRIA – Krajina: RAKÚSKO – Država: AVSTRIJA – Maa: ITÄVALTA – Land: ÖSTERRIKE

1

2

3

4

5

6

Linz

AT LNZ 4

A

HC(2), NHC(2)

O, E, U(8)

Wien–Schwechat

AT VIE 4

A

HC(2), NHC(2)

O

Страна: ПОЛША – Země: POLSKO – Land: POLEN – Land: POLEN – Riik: POOLA – Χώρα: ΠΟΛΩΝIΑ – Country: POLAND – País: POLONIA – Pays: POLOGNE – Paese: POLONIA – Valsts: POLIJA – Šalis: LENKIJA – Ország: LENGYELORSZÁG – Pajjiż: POLONJA – Land: POLEN – Kraj: POLSKA – País: POLÓNIA – Țara: POLONIA – Krajina: POĽSKO – Država: POLJSKA – Maa: PUOLA – Land: POLEN

1

2

3

4

5

6

Bezledy(13)

PL BEZ 3

R

HC, NHC

U, E, O

Dorohusk

PL DOR 3

R

HC, NHC-T(FR), NHC-NT

O

Gdańsk

PL GDN 1

P

HC(2), NHC(2)

Gdynia

PL GDY 1

P

IC 1

HC, NHC

U, E, O

IC 2

HC-T(FR)(2)

Hrebenne

PL HRE 3

R

HC, NHC

Korczowa

PL KOC 3

R

HC, NHC

U, E, O

Kukuryki–Koroszczyn

PL KOR 3

R

HC, NHC

U, E, O

Kuźnica Białostocka(13)

PL KUB 3

R

HC, NHC

U, E, O

Świnoujście

PL SWI 1

P

HC, NHC

Szczecin

PL SZZ 1

P

HC, NHC

Terespol–Kobylany

PL TKO 2

F

HC, NHC

Warszawa Okęcie

PL WAW 4

A

HC(2), NHC(2)

U, E, O

Страна: ПОРТУГАЛИЯ - Země: PORTUGALSKO – Land: PORTUGAL – Land: PORTUGAL – Riik: PORTUGAL – Χώρα: ΠΟΡΤΟΓΑΛIΑ – Country: PORTUGAL – País: PORTUGAL – Pays: PORTUGAL – Paese: PORTOGALLO – Valsts: PORTUGĀLE – Šalis: PORTUGALIJA – Ország: PORTUGÁLIA – Pajjiż: PORTUGALL – Land: PORTUGAL – Kraj: PORTUGALIA – País: PORTUGAL – Țara: PORTUGALIA – Krajina: PORTUGALSKO – Država: PORTUGALSKA – Maa: PORTUGALI – Land: PORTUGAL

1

2

3

4

5

6

Aveiro

PT AVE 1

P

HC-T(3)

Faro

PT FAO 4

A

HC-NT(2), HC-T(CH)(2)

O

Funchal (Madeira)

PT FNC 4

A

HC(2)

Caniçal (Madeira)

PT CNL 1

P

HC-T(2)

Horta (Açores)

PT HOR 1

P

HC-T(FR)(3)

Lisboa

PT LIS 4

A

Centre 1

HC(2)

O

Lisboa

PT LIS 1

P

Liscont

HC(2), NHC

Xabregas

HC, NHC-T(FR), NHC-NT

Peniche

PT PEN 1

P

HC-T(FR)(3)

Ponta Delgada (Açores)

PT PDL 4

A

NHC-NT

Ponta Delgada (Açores)

PT PDL 1

P

HC-T(FR)(3), NHC-T(FR)(3)

Porto

PT OPO 4

A

HC-T(2), NHC-NT(2)

O

Porto

PT OPO 1

P

HC(2), NHC-NT

Setúbal

PT SET 1

P

HC(2), NHC

Sines

PT SIE 1

P

HC(2), NHC

Viana do Castelo

PT VDC 1

P

HC-T(FR)(3)

Страна: РУМЪНИЯ – Země: RUMUNSKO – Land: RUMÆNIEN – Land: RUMÄNIEN – Riik: RUMEENIA – Χώρα: ΡΟΥΜΑΝIΑ – Country: ROMANIA – País: RUMANÍA – Pays: ROUMANIE – Paese: ROMANIA – Valsts: RUMĀNIJA – Šalis: RUMUNIJA – Ország: ROMÁNIA – Pajjiż: RUMANIJA – Land: ROEMENIË – Kraj: RUMUNIA – País: ROMÉNIA – Țara: ROMÂNIA – Krajina: RUMUNSKO – Država: ROMUNIJA – Maa: ROMANIA – Land: RUMÄNIEN

1

2

3

4

5

6

Albița

RO ALT 3

R

IC 1

HC(2)

IC 2

NHC-T(CH), NHC-NT

IC 3

U, E, O

Bucharest Henri Coandă

RO OTP 4

A

IC 1

HC-NT(2), HC-T(CH)(2), NHC-NT(2)

IC 2

E, O

Constanța North

RO CSN 1

P

HC(2), NHC-NT(2)

Constanța South – Agigea

RO CSA 1

P

HC(2), NHC-T(CH)(2), NHC-NT(2)

Halmeu

RO HAL 3

R

IC 1

HC(2), NHC(2)

IC 2

U, E, O

Sculeni Iași

RO SCU 3

R

HC(2), NHC(2)

Siret

RO SIR 3

R

HC(2), NHC(2)

Stamora Moravița

RO STA 3

R

IC 1

HC(2), NHC(2)

IC 2

U, E, O

Страна: СЛОВЕНИЯ – Země: SLOVINSKO – Land: SLOVENIEN – Land: SLOWENIEN – Riik: SLOVEENIA – Χώρα: ΣΛΟΒΕΝIΑ – Country: SLOVENIA – País: ESLOVENIA – Pays: SLOVÉNIE – Paese: SLOVENIA – Valsts: SLOVĒNIJA – Šalis: SLOVĖNIJA – Ország: SZLOVÉNIA – Pajjiż: SLOVENJA – Land: SLOVENIË – Kraj: SŁOWENIA – País: ESLOVÉNIA – Țara: SLOVENIA – Krajina: SLOVINSKO – Država: SLOVENIJA – Maa: SLOVENIA – Land: SLOVENIEN

1

2

3

4

5

6

Dobova

SI DOB 2

F

HC(2), NHC(2)

U, E

Gruškovje

SI GRK 3

R

HC, NHC-T(FR), NHC-NT

O

Jelšane

SI JLN 3

R

HC, NHC-NT, NHC-T(CH)

O

Koper

SI KOP 1

P

HC, NHC-T(CH), NHC-NT

Ljubljana Brnik

SI LJU 4

A

HC(2), NHC(2)

O

Obrežje

SI OBR 3

R

HC, NHC-T(CH)(2), NHC-NT(2)

U, E, O

Страна: СЛОВАКИЯ – Země: SLOVENSKO – Land: SLOVAKIET – Land: SLOWAKEI – Riik: SLOVAKKIA – Χώρα: ΣΛΟΒΑΚIΑ – Country: SLOVAKIA – País: ESLOVAQUIA – Pays: SLOVAQUIE – Paese: SLOVACCHIA – Valsts: SLOVĀKIJA – Šalis: SLOVAKIJA – Ország: SZLOVÁKIA – Pajjiż: SLOVAKJA – Land: SLOWAKIJE – Kraj: SŁOWACJA – País: ESLOVÁQUIA – Țara: SLOVACIA – Krajina: SLOVENSKO – Država: SLOVAŠKA – Maa: SLOVAKIA – Land: SLOVAKIEN

1

2

3

4

5

6

Bratislava

SK BTS 4

A

IC 1

HC(2), NHC(2)

IC 2

E, O

Vyšné Nemecké

SK VYN 3

R

IC 1

HC, NHC

IC 2

U, E

Čierna nad Tisou

SK CNT 2

F

HC, NHC

Страна: ФИНЛАНДИЯ – Země: FINSKO – Land: FINLAND – Land: FINNLAND – Riik: SOOME – Χώρα: ΦΙΝΛΑΝΔIΑ – Country: FINLAND – País: FINLANDIA – Pays: FINLANDE – Paese: FINLANDIA – Valsts: SOMIJA – Šalis: SUOMIJA – Ország: FINNORSZÁG – Pajjiż: FINLANDJA – Land: FINLAND – Kraj: FINLANDIA – País: FINLÂNDIA – Țara: FINLANDA – Krajina: FÍNSKO – Država: FINSKA – Maa: SUOMI – Land: FINLAND

1

2

3

4

5

6

Hamina

FI HMN 1

P

HC(2), NHC(2)

Helsinki

FI HEL 4

A

HC(2), NHC(2)

O

Helsinki

FI HEL 1

P

HC(2), NHC-NT

Vaalimaa

FI VLA 3

R

HC(2), NHC

U, E, O

Страна: ШВЕЦИЯ – Země: ŠVÉDSKO – Land: SVERIGE – Land: SCHWEDEN – Riik: ROOTSI – Χώρα: ΣΟΥΗΔIΑ – Country: SWEDEN – País: SUECIA – Pays: SUÈDE – Paese: SVEZIA – Valsts: ZVIEDRIJA – Šalis: ŠVEDIJA – Ország: SVÉDORSZÁG – Pajjiż: SVEZJA – Land: ZWEDEN – Kraj: SZWECJA – País: SUÉCIA – Țara: SUEDIA – Krajina: ŠVÉDSKO – Država: ŠVEDSKA – Maa: RUOTSI – Land: SVERIGE

1

2

3

4

5

6

Göteborg

SE GOT 1

P

HC(2), NHC(2)-NT

E (*),O (*)

Göteborg-Landvetter

SE GOT 4

A

IC 1

HC(2), NHC(2)

O

IC 2

E

Helsingborg

SE HEL 1

P

HC(2), NHC-T(FR)(2), NHC-NT(2)

Norrköping

SE NRK 4

A

E

Stockholm

SE STO 1

P

HC(2)

Stockholm-Arlanda

SE ARN 4

A

HC(2), NHC(2)

O

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1

2

3

4

5

6

Belfast

GB BEL 4

A

HC-T(1)(2), HC-NT(2), NHC(2)

Belfast

GB BEL 1

P

HC-T(FR)(1)(2), NHC-T(FR)(2)

Bristol

GB BRS 1

P

HC-T(FR)(1), HC-NT(1), NHC-NT

Falmouth

GB FAL 1

P

HC-T(1), HC-NT(1)

Felixstowe

GB FXT 1

P

TCEF

HC-T(1), NHC-T(FR), NHC-NT

ATEF

HC-NT(1)

Gatwick

GB LGW 4

A

IC 1

O

IC 2

HC-T(1)(2), HC-NT(1)(2), NHC(2)

Glasgow (*)

GB GLW 4

A

HC-T(1)(2) (*), HC-NT(1)(2) (*), NHC-NT(2) (*)

Grimsby–Immingham

GB GSY 1

P

Centre 1

HC-T(FR)(1)

Grove Wharf Wharton

GB GRW 1

P

NHC-NT(4)

Heathrow

GB LHR 4

A

Centre 1

HC-T(1)(2), HC-NT(1)(2), NHC(2)

Centre 2

HC-T(1)(2), HC-NT(1)(2)

Animal Reception Centre

U, E, O

Hull

GB HUL 1

P

HC-T(1), HC-NT(1), NHC-NT

Invergordon

GB IVG 1

P

NHC-NT(4)

Liverpool

GB LIV 1

P

HC(1)(2), NHC(2)

Manchester

GB MNC 4

A

IC 1

O(14)

IC 2

HC-T(1)(2), HC-NT(1)(2)

IC 3

NHC(2),

Manston

GB MSE 4

A

HC(1)(2), NHC(2)

Nottingham East Midlands

GB EMA 4

A

HC-T(1), HC-NT(1), NHC-T(FR), NHC-NT

Peterhead

GB PHD 1

P

HC-T(FR)(1,2,3)

Prestwick

GB PIK 4

A

U, E

Southampton

GB SOU 1

P

HC-T(1), HC-NT(1), NHC

Stansted

GB STN 4

A

HC-NT(1)(2), NHC-NT(2)

U, E

Thamesport

GB THP 1

P

HC-T(1)(2), HC-NT(1)(2), NHC(2)

Tilbury

GB TIL 1

P

HC-T(1), HC-NT(1), NHC-T(FR), NHC-NT

David Rutley
Lord Commissioner (HM Treasury) (Whip)
8th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure it can process in a timely manner the increased volume of export health certificates in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

We will this autumn complete an upgrading of the current system used in Carlisle for processing Export Health Certificates (EHCs). This upgrade will increase the volume that can be processed, as well as the system’s robustness and resilience. It will still rely on manual input and recruitment of people started in July. Stakeholder engagement is already underway. Guidance and training will be carried out before the end of 2018.

As a result we are confident that we will have the ability to process the increase in numbers of EHCs that may materialise.

We are also building a new digital system that will be more automated. This will be completed as close to March 2019 as possible. This will have the potential to be developed into a full e-certification system in time.

We have analysed the capacity of the veterinary market to respond to an increase in demand for export health certificates. Feedback from suppliers of certification services is that they are making preparations and that the market will meet the demand. Private suppliers have a regular pipeline of recruitment and can increase this relatively quickly.

David Rutley
Lord Commissioner (HM Treasury) (Whip)
8th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what additional support his Department plans to provide to Welsh lamb exporters in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

As agricultural policy in the UK is devolved, it is for each administration to decide its approach and what measures it should adopt according to its evaluation of the situation. Accordingly, it would not be appropriate for DEFRA to comment on the approach that the devolved administrations may take.

David Rutley
Lord Commissioner (HM Treasury) (Whip)
8th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what contingency plans are being made to ensure the availability of non-UK workers in the poultry sector in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal; and what estimate the Government has made of the potential change in the price of chicken in the UK in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

The Government recognises the concerns of stakeholders and is determined to get the best deal for the UK in our negotiations to leave the EU, including for our world-leading poultry sector.

The Government wants to ensure that decisions on longer-term immigration arrangements are based on a clear and transparent evidence base. The work of Migration Advisory Commission (MAC) assessing the role that EU citizens play in the UK economy and society, and how to align future immigration framework with modern industrial strategy, is a key part of this.

The Home Office will carefully consider the MAC’s recommendations before setting out further detail on the UK’s future immigration system. They plan to publish a White Paper on the post-EU exit border and immigration system in the autumn.

We are determined to secure a deep and comprehensive free trade deal with the European Union that provides for frictionless, tariff-free trade. But it is the job of a responsible Government to prepare for all scenarios, including the unlikely event that we reach March 2019 without agreeing a deal. In that regard we are conducting rigorous analysis of the full range of UK-EU trade scenarios on UK agriculture (including the poultry sector) as part of our planning.

David Rutley
Lord Commissioner (HM Treasury) (Whip)
8th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 4 September to Question 167837, what the different options are for pet travel to the EU that are being considering in the event of (a) a planned withdrawal from the EU and (b) the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

As part of the negotiations on the draft Withdrawal Agreement, the UK and EU have reached an agreement in principle on the terms of a time-limited implementation period. The rules governing pet travel would continue to apply throughout any implementation period. In the meantime, we are also putting in place contingency arrangements in the event of a no-deal outcome, which are set out in the Technical Notice “Taking your pet abroad if there’s no Brexit deal”. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/taking-your-pet-abroad-if-theres-no-brexit-deal

We are working to ensure pet owners continue to travel to and from the EU with the minimum of disruption, whilst maintaining biosecurity and welfare standards. There may be changes to the system, the extent of any potential changes will depend on the outcome of negotiations.

David Rutley
Lord Commissioner (HM Treasury) (Whip)
3rd Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the report by Imperial College London, entitled Palm oil supply chain complexity impedes implementation of corporate no-deforestation commitments, published in May 2018.

We are aware of the report by Imperial College London entitled ‘Palm oil supply chain complexities impedes implementation of corporate no-deforestation commitments.

Although we have no plans to formally assess the report, the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan makes clear the UK’s commitment to supporting the implementation of deforestation-free supply chains for key commodities, including palm oil, working with a broad range of stakeholders.

We are a co-signatory to the Amsterdam Declarations, which are political agreements that aim to support the implementation of private sector commitments on deforestation and sustainable palm oil. We are also a member of Tropical Forest Alliance 2020; a public-private co-operation working to help organisations achieve their deforestation-free commitment, eliminate illegality from supply chains and improve the quality and availability of deforestation and supply chain data.

Thérèse Coffey
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
3rd Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of leaving the EU in accordance with (a) the proposals set out in the Government’s White Paper and (b) a no-deal scenario.

At Autumn Budget 2017, the Chancellor set aside £1.5 billion of additional funding for preparations for leaving the EU in 2019/20. Departments will be invited to bid for funding later in the year. Details of timings and process will be announced in due course.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
3rd Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the total cost to the public purse for his Department’s work preparing for the UK to leave the EU has been since 23 June 2016.

HM Treasury has allocated over £2 billion of additional funding to departments and the Devolved Administrations for preparations for leaving the EU so far. This breaks down as:

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
3rd Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the cost to the public purse has been of his Department hiring additional staff to cover issues related to the UK leaving the EU.

We do not account for costs in a way that provides a record of the cost of the additional staff required to support Defra’s work preparing for the UK to leave the EU.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
24th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if the Government will make it its policy to maintain the standards set out by the EU Bathing Water Directive once the UK has left the EU.

Yes, the European Union (Withdrawal) Act will convert the existing body of EU environmental law into UK law. It will ensure that the same protections are in place in the UK and that existing EU environmental law continues to function effectively after the UK leaves the EU.

Thérèse Coffey
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
24th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government plans to continue the existing pet passport scheme once the UK has left the EU.

Whilst we are a member of the EU, we continue to be signed up to the requirements of the pet travel scheme.

The Government is negotiating our departure from the EU and Defra is looking at future arrangements, including those for pet travel. We want pet owners to continue to be able to travel to and from the EU with the minimum of disruption, whilst maintaining high biosecurity and animal welfare standards.

Whatever the outcome of negotiations, owners will be able to continue to travel to the EU with their pets, but there may be changes to the system. The extent of any potential changes will depend on the outcome of negotiations.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
2nd Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to publish his response to the consultation on the draft Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Bill.

I refer my Hon Friend to the reply given to the Hon Member for Bristol East on 27 March 2018 to PQ 133919.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
1st Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the UK leaving the EU on food security.

The UK has a high degree of food security, as demonstrated by the 2010 UK Food Security Assessment. Defra is currently undertaking a periodic review of the overall assessment. The UK sources food from a diverse range of countries, in addition to a strong domestic production base. The main drivers of food price changes are oil prices and weather events. This will not change after leaving the EU.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
1st Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that the poultry meat sector has adequate access to skilled staff after the UK leaves the EU.

Access to a sufficient and appropriately-skilled workforce is essential to continued industry growth, productivity and safety. We are working with industry to ensure that we understand the labour supply and demand across the food chain, including the poultry sector, and the effect of leaving the EU.

Until we have left the EU, employers can continue to recruit EU workers to meet their labour needs. In December 2017 the UK Government reached an agreement with the EU that will allow those EU citizens to work and live here broadly as they do now.

Defra is working closely with the Home Office as we work towards developing a new immigration system following our departure from the EU. As part of this, the Government has commissioned the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to assess the role that EU citizens play in the UK economy and society.

For the longer term, Defra is working with industry to raise awareness of the career opportunities within the agriculture and food industry to attract domestic workers, and is exploring the potential for innovation and automation in meeting future labour demands.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
1st Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effect of leaving the EU on the labour requirements of the poultry business to (a) sustain and (b) increase levels of production.

Access to a sufficient and appropriately-skilled workforce is essential to continued industry growth, productivity and safety. We are working with industry to ensure that we understand the labour supply and demand across the food chain, including the poultry sector, and the effect of leaving the EU.

Until we have left the EU, employers can continue to recruit EU workers to meet their labour needs. In December 2017 the UK Government reached an agreement with the EU that will allow those EU citizens to work and live here broadly as they do now.

Defra is working closely with the Home Office as we work towards developing a new immigration system following our departure from the EU. As part of this, the Government has commissioned the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to assess the role that EU citizens play in the UK economy and society.

For the longer term, Defra is working with industry to raise awareness of the career opportunities within the agriculture and food industry to attract domestic workers, and is exploring the potential for innovation and automation in meeting future labour demands.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
1st Jun 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the maintenance of the poultry meat sector workforce after the UK leaves the EU.

Access to a sufficient and appropriately-skilled workforce is essential to continued industry growth, productivity and safety. We are working with industry to ensure that we understand the labour supply and demand across the food chain, including the poultry sector, and the effect of leaving the EU.

Until we have left the EU, employers can continue to recruit EU workers to meet their labour needs. In December 2017 the UK Government reached an agreement with the EU that will allow those EU citizens to work and live here broadly as they do now.

Defra is working closely with the Home Office as we work towards developing a new immigration system following our departure from the EU. As part of this, the Government has commissioned the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to assess the role that EU citizens play in the UK economy and society.

For the longer term, Defra is working with industry to raise awareness of the career opportunities within the agriculture and food industry to attract domestic workers, and is exploring the potential for innovation and automation in meeting future labour demands.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
21st May 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will seek legal advice on whether the UK can introduce a ban on the import of fur while the UK is a member of the EU.

The Treaty on the Functioning of the EU (TFEU) places restrictions on the introduction of measures that impair the free movement of goods within the EU market.

Where there are EU harmonising measures relevant to the movement of fur – including the Animal By-Products Regulation in respect of untreated fur and the Seal Products Regulation – any derogation from those in the form of a national restriction would need to meet the requirements of Article 114 TFEU or any specific safeguard measure included in the harmonising legislation. This would involve notifying the measures to the European Commission who would need to be satisfied that the issue is “specific to that Member State”, that it would not amount to a means of arbitrary discrimination or a disguised restriction on trade, or an obstacle to the functioning of the internal market.

Introducing a ban in the absence of such consent where it is needed would breach Article 114 TFEU.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
21st May 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many enforcement checks were carried out by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (a) during the loading of live animals and (b) at ports from which live animals were exported in 2017.

Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) are not an enforcement body but do carry out regulatory checks, in this case supervised loadings and checks at port.

In 2017, APHA conducted:-

(a) 71 checks during the loading of live animals export consignments.

(b) 85 mid-journey compliance checks were undertaken at the ports from which live animals were exported.

When approving proposed journeys for the export of livestock, APHA conduct a risk assessment which scores proposed journeys with a final destination of the EU, or where transiting the EU, against criteria affecting the likelihood of non-compliances.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
14th May 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which EU (a) networks, (b) information systems and (c) databases his Department expects to (i) lose access to and (ii) pay to be part of and (iii) replicate after the UK has left the EU; and what assessment his Department has made of the cost of (A) paying for access and (B) replicating those systems.

We are seeking a deep and special partnership with the EU consistent with this taking back control of our borders, laws, money and trade. Our relationship with the EU's agencies and systems upon departure will be evaluated on this basis.

No decisions have yet been made on our future relationship with the EU's agencies and systems after leaving the EU. We are considering a range of options very carefully.

Where there is a demonstrable advantage in pursuing a continued relationship with an agency or other EU body, the Government will carefully examine whether we should pursue this. This will be a matter for negotiations.

We are also making preparations to replicate some EU systems where this may be necessary.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
1st May 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the timetable is for his Department to introduce legislative proposals to raise the maximum sentence for animal cruelty to five years; and whether his Department plans to do this by means of primary legislation.

The Government proposes to introduce legislation to increase the maximum penalty for animal cruelty offences as soon as Parliamentary time permits.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
30th Apr 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is reduce the risks of helium balloons and sky lanterns to livestock keepers and the wider agricultural community.

We have been taking forward a series of non-regulatory measures, aimed at minimising the risks associated with sky lanterns and helium balloons and driving up safety standards. These include a voluntary Code of Practice for sky lanterns to ensure that sky lanterns are manufactured to be safe and are sold responsibly. NABAS the National Association of Balloon Artists and Suppliers, (the trade association for the balloon industry), has also published a code of conduct on balloon releases.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
20th Mar 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Written Statement of 13 March 2018, Spring Statement, HCWS 540, if he will publish a list of where the £310 million in EU exit funding for his Department will be allocated.

£310m has been allocated to Defra. This will support ongoing work to ensure a successful EU exit across Defra’s portfolio, from agriculture to the environment, including:

  • Developing new IT systems to maintain smooth trade in agri-foods and chemicals, and supporting the associated trade negotiations;

  • Ensuring that the UK has a robust environmental regulatory framework after exit;

  • Developing the Government’s approach to farming and fisheries.

As with all Reserve funding, finalised allocations will be confirmed at Supplementary Estimates 2018-19 in early 2019.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
22nd Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has discussed food products covered by the (a) protected designation of origin, (b) protected geographical indication and (c) traditional speciality guaranteed schemes with US trade negotiators.

UK spirit, drinks and wines, covered by the Protected Food Name scheme, are included in a number of existing EU-US bilateral agreements. The US-UK Trade and Investment Working Group, established in July 2017, is working to secure continuity in the effect of these agreements on the day we leave the EU.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
22nd Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the changes required in (a) domestic standards, (b) international standards and (c) domestic legislation once the UK has left the EU to provide for the mandatory labelling of the (i) origin and (ii) methods of production and processing of imported meat and dairy ingredients in (A) fresh, (B) processed and (C) pre-prepared products sold in the UK.

The Government is proud of our high standards of food safety and these will not be watered down when we leave the EU. We will keep our existing UK legislation, and the EU Withdrawal Bill will convert EU law into UK law as it applies once we have left the EU.

This means that origin labelling for foods will be required where the consumer would be misled if it were not given. In addition, the rules for compulsory origin labelling of beef, veal, lamb, mutton, pork, goat and poultry meat, fish and shellfish, honey, olive oil, wine and most fruit and vegetables will be in place. The majority of meat and dairy products sold at retail have transparent origin labelling provided voluntarily for the meat or dairy ingredients, and we continue to support the voluntary principles on country of origin labelling.

Method of production labelling is not required for food although some producers provide it on a voluntary basis. If it is provided it must be accurate and must not mislead the consumer: the Government has no plans to change this once we leave the EU.

When we leave the EU, there will be an opportunity to review labelling requirements for all foods, to ensure that we maintain the highest standards of quality and transparency for consumers and take the greatest opportunities for marketing our great British food across the world.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
22nd Feb 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the changes required in (a) domestic standards, (b) international standards and (c) domestic legislation once the UK has left the EU to provide for the mandatory labelling of the (i) origin and (ii) methods of production and processing of imported meat and dairy ingredients in (A) fresh, (B) processed and (C) pre-prepared products sold in the UK.

The Government is proud of our high standards of food safety and these will not be watered down when we leave the EU. We will keep our existing UK legislation, and the EU Withdrawal Bill will convert EU law into UK law as it applies once we have left the EU.

This means that origin labelling for foods will be required where the consumer would be misled if it were not given. In addition, the rules for compulsory origin labelling of beef, veal, lamb, mutton, pork, goat and poultry meat, fish and shellfish, honey, olive oil, wine and most fruit and vegetables will be in place. The majority of meat and dairy products sold at retail have transparent origin labelling provided voluntarily for the meat or dairy ingredients, and we continue to support the voluntary principles on country of origin labelling.

Method of production labelling is not required for food although some producers provide it on a voluntary basis. If it is provided it must be accurate and must not mislead the consumer: the Government has no plans to change this once we leave the EU.

When we leave the EU, there will be an opportunity to review labelling requirements for all foods, to ensure that we maintain the highest standards of quality and transparency for consumers and take the greatest opportunities for marketing our great British food across the world.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
15th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research has been done by his Department into the levels of temporary labour and agency workers from the EEA in food processing and agriculture; and whether his Department plans to commission further research on this topic.

Defra is considering the latest data, and working closely with industry to understand labour demand and supply within these sectors.

Until 2016, Defra published data on the estimated number of seasonal agricultural workers in all UK countries in “Agriculture in the UK”, which is a Defra publication. Since 2016, data is published for England only, collected by the June Horticulture and Agriculture Survey. Defra does not collect data on the nationality of those workers.

This information can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/structure-of-the-agricultural-industry-in-england-and-the-uk-at-june

Defra Ministers have ongoing discussions with a range of Government departments, including the Home Office, about securing the workforce that the farming industry needs.

The Government has also commissioned the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to assess the role that EU citizens play in the UK economy and society, and how to align future immigration framework with a modern industrial strategy.

For the future we will continue to monitor the situation, work with stakeholders, and assess the current and future evidence to support our ability to secure the workforce the food and farming industry needs.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
10th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will seek substantive contributions from the Welsh and Scottish Governments on drafting new environmental legislation after the UK leaves the EU.

We are working closely with the devolved administrations on EU withdrawal matters and this includes discussions on the environment.

Thérèse Coffey
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
10th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how his Department plans to ensure independent scrutiny and enforcement of environmental standards after the UK leaves the EU; and what consultations with outside bodies it will undertake.

On 12 November the Secretary of State set out plans to consult on a new, independent and statutory body to hold the Government and potentially public authorities to account on the environment once we have left the European Union.

We are already gathering views from stakeholders and will consult widely when we bring forward our proposals for this body.

Thérèse Coffey
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
5th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if his Department will establish a new strategic framework for designating protected sites and species within UK environmental law after the UK leaves the EU.

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill will ensure that the whole body of existing EU environmental law, including the Habitats and Wild Birds Directives, continues to have effect in UK law, providing businesses, communities and stakeholders with maximum certainty as we leave the EU. We will then have the opportunity, over time, to ensure our legislative framework is outcome driven and delivers on our overall commitment of improving the environment within a generation.

The UK has a long history of environmental protection and we will safeguard and improve on this record. We will also continue to uphold all our obligations under international environmental treaties. Producing a 25 Year Environment Plan is key to setting out how we will improve our environment as we leave the EU and take control of our environmental legislation again.


Thérèse Coffey
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
5th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to use the biodiversity net gain approach to establish environmental performance criteria for farmers and landowners as part of his approach to public funding for agriculture.

In developing a new agri-environment scheme, we will consider how best to achieve it by setting and applying appropriate environmental performance standards.

We will set out our plans in a Command Paper later this spring.

Thérèse Coffey
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
5th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department plans to bring forward legislative proposals for a new Environment Bill after the UK leaves the EU which reflects the policy aims of the devolved administrations.

Devolved administrations legislate already on many environmental matters with the EU framework.

We are committed to working closely with the devolved administrations on an approach to returning powers from the EU that works for the whole of the UK and reflects the interests of all four UK nations.

Thérèse Coffey
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
5th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of devolving powers to the Greater London Authority on the regulation of emissions from non-road mobile machinery.

Defra officials regularly have discussions with the Mayor’s office on a range of issues relating to air quality, including their experience of regulating emissions from non-road mobile machinery in London.

We will publish a Clean Air Strategy this year setting out how we will work towards meeting our ambitious targets for reducing air pollution by 2020 and 2030, and are considering a range of options as part of that work.

Thérèse Coffey
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
5th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with the Mayor of London’s Office to devolve powers on the regulation of emissions from non-road mobile machinery.

Defra officials regularly have discussions with the Mayor’s office on a range of issues relating to air quality, including their experience of regulating emissions from non-road mobile machinery in London.

We will publish a Clean Air Strategy this year setting out how we will work towards meeting our ambitious targets for reducing air pollution by 2020 and 2030, and are considering a range of options as part of that work.

Thérèse Coffey
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
5th Jan 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his policy is on establishing the biodiversity net gain approach in environmental law after the UK leaves the EU; and if he will make a statement.

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill will ensure that the whole body of existing EU environmental law continues to have effect in UK law to provide businesses, communities and stakeholders with maximum certainty as we leave the EU. We will then have the opportunity, over time, to ensure our legislative framework is outcome driven and delivers on our overall commitment of improving the environment within a generation.

The UK has a long history of environmental protection and we will safeguard and improve on this record. Producing a 25 Year Environment Plan is key to setting out how we will improve our environment as we leave the EU and take control of our environmental legislation again.

Thérèse Coffey
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
5th Dec 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the level of WTO tariffs for (a) beef (b) poultry (c) sheep (d) pork exports from the UK after the UK leaves the EU.

The tariff rates applied to the commodities named vary considerably among WTO members and in relation to the specific product being traded. The tariff applicable to UK exports after the UK leaves the European Union will thus depend on the destination of those exports. Full information on WTO members’ tariffs is available on the tariff data pages of the WTO website.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
25th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of leaving the EU on the security of supply of medicines for animals.

The majority of veterinary medicines available on the UK market are authorised on a national basis, as either standalone UK authorisations or in partnership with one or more other Member States. The status of these nationally authorised veterinary medicines will not be affected by the UK leaving the EU.

A small percentage of veterinary medicines are authorised by the European Medicines Agency on a pan-European basis. The Government is working with the veterinary pharmaceutical industry to ensure that these medicines remain available once we leave the EU.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
24th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the timetable is for the introduction of legislative proposals to increase the maximum sentence for animal cruelty offences to five years imprisonment.

On 30 September the Secretary of State announced that the Government would increase the maximum penalty for animal cruelty offences from six months’ imprisonment to five years’ imprisonment.

This announcement made clear the government will publish draft legislation for consultation around the turn of the year.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
23rd Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many animal cruelty offences (a) have been committed and (b) convictions have been secured in the London Borough of Sutton in each of the last three years.

The number of offenders proceeded against and found guilty of offences under Sections 4 to 8 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006, in the Metropolitan Police Force and South London Justice Area, from 2014 to 2016, can be viewed in the table (Annex 1). From 1 January 2012, Sutton Local Justice Area merged into South London Local Justice Area and this is why we do not hold details for the Sutton area.

Defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts of animal cruelty (1), Metropolitan Police Force area, 2014 to 2016 (2)(3)

Force / Local Justice Area

2014

2015

2016

Proceeded against

Found guilty

Proceeded against

Found guilty

Proceeded against

Found guilty

Metropolitan Police

63

47

70

54

62

46

of which

South London Local Justice area (4)

12

15

8

10

11

5

(1) Defined as SS4-8 Animal Welfare Act 2006

(2) The figures given in the table relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences it is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.

(3) Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

(4) Sutton Local Justice Area merged into South London Local Justice Area from 1 January 2012.

Source: Justice Statistics Analytical Services - Ministry of Justice.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
6th Oct 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department had made of the potential effect on the UK organic milk industry's trade with the US of the UK leaving the EU.

The UK Government is committed to seeking continuity in its current trade and investment relationships. Initial discussions between Defra officials and their US counterparts have made it clear that enabling trade in organic products between the UK and the US to continue is in the interest of both parties.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
13th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 12 September 2017 to Question 8578, when he plans to complete the analysis of various trade scenarios on UK agriculture as part of his planning for the UK leaving the EU.

We are conducting rigorous analysis of various trade scenarios on UK agriculture as part of our planning. This analysis will be ongoing, helping to develop a detailed understanding of how withdrawing from the EU will impact on the UK to best inform government policy going forward.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
5th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what contingency planning his Department has carried out for the possibility that there is no deal reached on the UK leaving the EU.

The Government continues to take a responsible approach in preparing plans for all exit scenarios. Over the past year, every government department has been working at pace to build a detailed understanding of how withdrawing from the EU will affect its existing policies and services across a wide range of outcomes. Planning for all scenarios is in no way representative of how talks are proceeding or indicative of our preferred outcome.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
5th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the UK farming industry in the event that no deal is reached on the UK leaving the EU.

Leaving the EU presents a major opportunity for UK agriculture. We are working towards achieving the best possible deal for the UK agriculture industry, and we want to secure a deep and comprehensive Free-Trade Agreement as an alternative to membership of the Single Market.

We are conducting rigorous analysis of various trade scenarios on UK agriculture as part of our planning. Other organisations have also conducted external analysis of future trading scenarios and their potential impact on the sector.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
4th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which EU legislation within his Department's responsibilities will (a) be incorporated into UK law through the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill and (b) require to be amended under powers in that Bill.

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, published on 13 July, will end the supremacy of EU law in the UK, whilst also ensuring, so far as possible, that the same rules and laws will apply on the day after exit as on the day before. All government departments are currently reviewing the EU laws that apply in their policy areas and how our withdrawal from the EU will affect the operation of those laws. Where laws need to be fixed, the government will ensure this is done through the powers outlined in the Bill.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
4th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect on access to non-UK migrant labour in (a) non-seasonal agricultural sectors and (b) the egg industry when the UK leaves the EU.

We remain closely engaged with industry to ensure that we are informed of the latest intelligence on the labour market, including on both seasonal and permanent agricultural roles.

As part of this, the government has commissioned the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to assess the role that EU citizens play in the UK economy and society, and we will work closely with the food and farming industry to consider their specific needs as we develop a new immigration system.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
4th Sep 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has undertaken an impact assessment of the effect on the UK agricultural sector of the UK leaving the single market.

Leaving the EU presents a major opportunity for UK agriculture. We are working towards achieving the best possible deal for the UK agriculture industry, and we want to secure a deep and comprehensive Free-Trade Agreement as an alternative to membership of the Single Market.

We are conducting rigorous analysis of various trade scenarios on UK agriculture as part of our planning. Other organisations have also conducted external analysis of future trading scenarios and their potential impact on the sector.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
17th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the food security implications of the UK leaving the EU on (a) world trade rules, (b) remaining in the Single Market and Customs Union and (c) any other trade scenarios.

Food supply is highly resilient with capacity throughout the supply chain, and industry can respond quickly to ensure ongoing supply. The UK has a strong balance between domestic production and diverse sources of supply, which has been stable for a number of years.

Food security depends on factors including increasing global production sustainably, reducing waste and ensuring open markets to facilitate trade. None of the potential scenarios regarding our trading relationship with the EU is likely to have a significant impact on food security.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
17th Jul 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the timetable is for bringing forward the new Control of Trade in Endangered Species regulations.

Work is in progress to update the Control of Trade in Endangered Species Regulations. We intend to finalise our proposals over the coming months.

Thérèse Coffey
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
26th Jun 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether emissions from a transport refrigeration unit count towards a heavy goods vehicle's compliance with Euro VI standards when entering a charging Clean Air Zone.

Emissions from transport refrigeration units are not included within the European emission standards used for assessing compliance for free entry to charging Clean Air Zones.

Guidance on the operation of Clean Air Zones in England is set out in a Framework published on 5 May this year available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/air-quality-clean-air-zone-framework-for-england. The Framework encourages local authorities to work with business to reduce pollutant emissions from vehicles, including encouraging the upgrade of refrigeration units on cold chain vehicles to the least polluting options.

The UK Government has been actively involved in developing new legislation for non-road mobile machinery at a European level that covers transport refrigeration units. The new regulation has recently come into effect and has widened the scope such that any new transport refrigeration unit powered by a combustion engine will be subject to strict new emissions limits from 2019.

Thérèse Coffey
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
13th Apr 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what her Department's policy is on the slaughter of pregnant cows.

The Department does not collate information on the number of pregnant cows slaughtered annually.

The Government encourages the highest standards of welfare at both slaughter and during transport. It is illegal under the welfare in transport legislation to transport any pregnant animal where more than 90% of the gestation period has elapsed; this includes transporting pregnant animals to slaughterhouses. For TB infected cattle, most are removed from farms within 10 working days of disclosure. However, since September 2015 owners of heavily pregnant TB affected cows have had the option of keeping the animal on farm until it has calved, up to a maximum of 28 days.

The slaughter of pregnant animals is not itself currently covered by additional specific welfare requirements. The European Food Safety Authority is due to release a scientific report on this issue in the near future.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
13th Apr 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department collates information on the number of pregnant cows slaughtered annually.

The Department does not collate information on the number of pregnant cows slaughtered annually.

The Government encourages the highest standards of welfare at both slaughter and during transport. It is illegal under the welfare in transport legislation to transport any pregnant animal where more than 90% of the gestation period has elapsed; this includes transporting pregnant animals to slaughterhouses. For TB infected cattle, most are removed from farms within 10 working days of disclosure. However, since September 2015 owners of heavily pregnant TB affected cows have had the option of keeping the animal on farm until it has calved, up to a maximum of 28 days.

The slaughter of pregnant animals is not itself currently covered by additional specific welfare requirements. The European Food Safety Authority is due to release a scientific report on this issue in the near future.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
21st Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether she plans to introduce legislative proposals on the use of wild animals in circuses in the next session of Parliament.

The Government remains committed to banning the use of wild animals in travelling circuses. We support the Bill sponsored by the Member for Torbay, the Wild Animals in Circuses (Prohibition) Bill. If this Bill is not successful we will introduce legislation when Parliamentary time is available.

We have made no detailed assessment of the implications of bans introduced in other countries.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
16th Mar 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether her Department has assessed the implications of the bans on the use of wild animals in circuses introduced in Iran, Malta, Mexico, Panama and the Netherlands since 2013 for the draft legislation it is preparing on that matter.

The Government remains committed to banning the use of wild animals in travelling circuses. We support the Bill sponsored by the Member for Torbay, the Wild Animals in Circuses (Prohibition) Bill. If this Bill is not successful we will introduce legislation when Parliamentary time is available.

We have made no detailed assessment of the implications of bans introduced in other countries.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
20th Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she plans for the UK to be compliant with the 2008 Ambient Air Quality Directive.

The UK is meeting limit values for all pollutants covered by the Ambient Air Quality Directive other than those for nitrogen dioxide (NO2). We will continue to do more, especially to reduce levels of NO2.

The Government will set out further measures this year, including consulting on a revised air quality plan on NO2 by 24 April 2017 and publishing a final plan by 31 July 2017. The plan will set out the measures that will ensure the UK is compliant in the shortest time possible.

In parallel, we are working to implement Clean Air Zones as quickly as possible. We are working closely with local authorities on the detailed design of the zones.

Thérèse Coffey
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
7th Feb 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to reduce the number of premature deaths attributed to particulate air pollution; and what assessment she has made of the implications for her Department's policies of Public Health England's report, Estimating local mortality burdens associated with particulate air pollution.

The Government have committed more than £2 billion since 2011 to reduce transport emissions and the Autumn Statement provided a further £290 million to support greener transport.

We are developing the Air Pollution Action Plan. This is to tackle the five main pollutants: sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, non-methane volatile organic compounds, ammonia and fine particulate matter. The UK has agreed legally binding national ceilings for emissions of these pollutants by 2020 and 2030.

Thérèse Coffey
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
9th Jan 2017
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many civil servants in each unit of her Department are in the redeployment pool.

As of the 10th of January 2017, there are three individuals in the redeployment pool.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
5th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving EU on financial support for the farming industry.

Until we leave the EU, current arrangements for farming, fisheries, food and drink and our environment remain in place.

The priorities for negotiating our exit from the EU will be a matter for the new Prime Minister and their Cabinet.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
5th Jul 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of which policy areas within her Department's remit will be affected by the outcome of the EU referendum.

Until we leave the EU, current arrangements for farming, fisheries, food and drink and our environment remain in place.

The priorities for negotiating our exit from the EU will be a matter for the new Prime Minister and their Cabinet.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
30th Jun 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of the potential effect of the outcome of the EU referendum on flood defence funding.

No Government Grant-in-Aid funding for flood defence projects comes from the European Union. Where EU Structural Funds are being used in partnership funding, current arrangements for such funding will remain in place until we leave the EU.

Defra will continue to ensure that the right policies are in place to reduce the risk of flooding and coastal erosion.

The priorities for negotiating our exit from the EU will be a matter for the new Prime Minister and their Cabinet.

21st Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment she has made of the number of jobs supported by the Scotch whisky industry.

The Scotch whisky industry estimates that 10,800 people are directly employed in the industry in Scotland and the sector supports more than 40,000 jobs in total across the UK.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
10th Mar 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to promote the export of Scotch whisky.

We are committed to increasing and promoting sales of our excellent food and drink here and overseas. This is why we have launched the Great British Food Campaign, created a new Great British Food Unit and designated 2016 “The year of Great British Food.”

Scotch whisky is a phenomenal global success. In 2014 exports were worth £3.95 billion* representing 21% of total UK food and drink exports. We are working with the industry to boost exports by developing a new Exports Action Plan, taking every opportunity to promote our products overseas and working hard to secure a global liberalised market for all our spirit drinks.

*Source: Scotch Whisky Association

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
17th Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to the Answer of 4 October 2019 to Question 290576 on Low incomes: Food, how many exit scenarios the Government has planned for; what the cost of those plans are; and what form those plans take.

The Prime Minister has negotiated a new deal which would ensure that the UK leaves the EU in an orderly and friendly way.

However, the Government is also well prepared for a no deal scenario. The Treasury has made over £8.3 billion available to prepare for Brexit, including £2.1 billion in August this year to increase preparations for leaving without a deal.

The food industry is experienced in dealing with scenarios that can affect food supply, from adverse weather damaging crops in other countries to transport issues abroad. The Government has been meeting weekly with industry and retailers to make sure we are prepared for all exit scenarios.

The Government remains committed to providing support to those who need it most, and the national benefit system will continue to provide a strong safety net, delivering over £200 billion in support this year. In particular, the Government continues to spend over £95 billion a year on welfare benefits. This includes a well-established system of hardship payments, benefit advances and budgeting loans as an additional safeguard for those who need them.

15th Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to the Prime Minister's proposed EU exit deal, when his Department last met with representatives of Northern Irish industry to discuss the effect on that industry of the imposition of a North-South and an East-West border.

The department has engaged extensively with representatives of businesses, industry groups and trade unions from Northern Ireland. This includes through the Government’s Alternative Arrangements Business Advisory Group. Ministers are continuing to engage with representatives from all sectors of the Northern Ireland economy.

The Government's revised deal provides a new and unique solution for Northern Ireland – they will continue to be part of the UK Customs Union, but with access to EU markets without a hard border. The Government has made clear commitments to ensure unfettered access for Northern Ireland businesses to the whole UK internal market.

15th Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to the Prime Minister's proposed EU exit deal, what assessment his Department has made of the economic effect on businesses in Northern Ireland of the imposition of checks on both the North-South and East-West border.

The new Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration, agreed between the UK and the EU on 17 October, protects the economy of Northern Ireland and Ireland by ensuring that all businesses can continue to trade easily across the North-South border without checks or controls at, or near the border.

4th Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, at which forthcoming EU meetings on food and drink will UK officials not be present.

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

3rd Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on Northern Irish businesses of the Government's proposals of 2 October 2019 on the UK's exit from the EU.

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

3rd Oct 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what discussions he has had with representatives of Northern Irish industry on the effect of the Prime Minister’s proposed EU exit deal and the imposition of a North-South and an East-West border.

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

25th Sep 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, when Ministers and officials of his Department last met with representatives of the UK automotive sector; and what assessment he has made of what Government assistance that sector will require in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

DExEU Ministers and officials have regular ongoing engagement with the automotive sector, including world-leading manufacturers and representative bodies such as the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

The Secretary of State for Exiting the EU met with Honda in June. Separately, Ministers met with McLaren and Nissan Europe in June and July. Since 1st January 2019 DExEU Permanent Secretaries have met SMMT on four occasions (with the most recent meeting on September 20th).

HMG is committed to ensuring that the UK continues to be one of the most competitive locations in the world for automotive manufacturing after we leave the European Union. Adapting to new regulatory requirements takes time, so the Government will provide continuity in goods regulation for a temporary period after exit day. If UK manufacturers, distributors and importers continue to meet EU requirements, their goods can still be placed on the EU market. Furthermore, tariffs will not apply to car parts.. The Government will continue to apply zero tariffs to steel imports, ensuring the continuation of supply of a key material for UK production, especially in automotive. Tariffs will, however, apply to finished vehicles.

The Government has published technical notices on Placing manufactured goods on the UK market after Brexit and Placing manufactured goods on the EU market after Brexit, as well as making dedicated, tailored advice available for the automotive sector: The automotive sector and preparing for Brexit.

2nd Jul 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what preparations his Department is making for the UK leaving the EU without an agreement; and how much funding has been allocated to those preparations.

As a responsible Government, we’ve been preparing to leave the EU for nearly three years. We are putting in place a range of preparations for all scenarios and the Department for Exiting the European Union’s role is in part to deliver and legislate for the UK’s smooth and orderly exit from the EU.

The Treasury has allocated over £4.2 billion of additional funding to departments and Devolved Administrations for EU exit preparations so far. This funding is to cover all exit scenarios and is in addition to departmental efforts to reprioritise from business as usual toward preparations for the UK’s departure from the EU. Work on no-deal exit preparations cannot be readily separated from other EU exit work, given the significant overlap in plans in many cases.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
28th Jun 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether the EU chief negotiator has stated that the EU is willing to agree to the implementation of Article XXIV of the GATT in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

No such assurances have been sought from the EU, for a scenario where the UK leaves the EU without a deal, as the Government remains committed to seeking an agreement. The Government and the European Commission have been clear that our ​trading relationship must comply with WTO rules. GATT Article XXIV is the provision which allows WTO members to form free trade areas or customs unions, or to adopt an interim agreement necessary for the formation of a customs union or of a free trade area. It relates solely to trade in goods. Any preferential arrangement between the UK and EU under Article XXIV - whether temporary or permanent - requires the mutual agreement of both parties.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
14th May 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many and what proportion of officials in his Department took sick leave for reasons relating to stress in the last 12 months; what proportion that leave was of total sick leave taken in his Department; and what the cost was to his Department of officials taking sick leave over that period.

Health and Wellbeing forms part of the Department for Exiting the European Union’s commitment to making the Department a great place to work. The Department has an attendance management policy, and Employee Assistance Programme and a dedicated mental health and wellbeing network who have been leading on a number of wellbeing activities across the Department to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of staff employed in the Department.

We are not in a position to release this data as individuals may be identifiable due to fewer than 10 individuals being absent in the last 12 months due to stress. The total cost to the Department of all recorded sickness absence in the last financial year was approximately £72k based on the estimated cost of working days lost.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
13th May 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether the UK is able to leave the EU without a deal before 31 October 2019.

The earliest that the UK can leave without a deal is 31 October 2019. Our priority remains delivering the deal to ensure a smooth and orderly exit before this date. While we do not want to leave with no deal and Parliament has also voted against this outcome three times, it remains the legal default at the end of the extension period in the event a Withdrawal Agreement cannot be agreed. As a responsible government we’ve been preparing to minimise any disruption in the event of no deal for over two years and will continue to prepare for all Brexit scenarios.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
25th Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what recent estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

The Department does not record costs on a scenario basis and therefore does not hold this level of information.

The Department has a budget of £94.4m for 2019-20. The Department’s expenditure from previous years is available on GOV.UK and the 2018-19 accounts will be published online once the audit is concluded.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
9th Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 22 February to Question 221573, whether the Government has plans to (a) merge the respective replacements for the 45 respective EU agencies of which the UK is currently a member into the Government’s three announced new agencies, or (b) create further agencies to replace the EU agencies.

No decisions have yet been made on our future relationship with the EU's agencies and bodies after leaving the EU. We are considering very carefully a range of options. In most cases we anticipate that repatriated EU functions can be absorbed by existing UK departments and existing public bodies. Prior to any decisions on establishing new UK-level bodies, the Government always looks to minimise disruption and costs, which includes considering alternative options, such as the use of existing public bodies.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
9th Apr 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what estimate his Department has made of the number of UK citizens in each age group living in the EU27 that are expected to return to the UK in the event of the UK leaving the EU (a) with and (b) without a deal.

The UK government has always acted to ensure that UK nationals can continue to live their lives broadly as they do now, and that remains our objective both in a deal and no deal scenario. The Withdrawal Agreement will protect the rights of around one million UK nationals in the EU and over 3 million EU citizens in the UK.

The UK cannot act unilaterally to protect the rights of UK nationals in the EU and that is why we have always prioritised reaching a reciprocal agreement with the EU. The Government has been calling on Member States to protect the rights of UK nationals in a no deal scenario and we welcome the progress that has been made. All Member States have set out their no deal plans and provided some reassurances that the rights of UK nationals will be protected in the event of a no deal, but we continue to call on them to go further and match our no deal offer to EU citizens.

The Government recognises the concerns of UK nationals in the EU including those who may choose to return to the UK, and published a policy paper on 4 April 2019 setting out the steps that we have taken to address these concerns should UK nationals decide to return, regardless of whether a deal is reached with the EU.

Robin Walker
Minister of State (Education)
8th Mar 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 22 February 2019 to Question 221547, on Voting Rights; EU Nationals,which EU member states have yet to confirm reciprocal voting rights for UK citizens residing in their respective state in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

The UK pushed for reciprocal rights to stand and vote in local elections in negotiations on citizens’ rights but they will not form part of the Withdrawal Agreement. Instead we are pursuing bilateral agreements with individual Member States where possible, to apply in a deal or no deal scenario. We are pleased to have secured the first such bilateral agreement on local voting rights with Spain in January and we are continuing our discussions with other Member States.

Robin Walker
Minister of State (Education)
14th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, when the Government plans to publish a draft copy of Withdrawal Agreement Implementation Bill.

As we have always said, we will introduce the Bill as soon as possible once the Withdrawal Agreement has been approved by Parliament.

It would be presumptive to introduce or publish the legislation implementing the Withdrawal Agreement before Parliament has approved the terms of the final deal.

The Government is committed to doing everything it can to ensure that Parliament has the opportunity to scrutinise the Bill in the time available.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
14th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many of the UK agencies required to replace the 45 respective EU agencies of which the UK is currently a member (a) have been established and (b) will be operation after 29 March 2019.

Prior to any decisions on establishing new UK-level bodies, the Government will always look to minimise disruption and costs, which will include considering alternative options. In most cases we anticipate that repatriated EU functions can be absorbed by UK departments and existing public bodies.

The Government has previously announced three new agencies; the Trade Remedies Authority; an independent and statutory body holding government to account for the environment; and an independent authority for monitoring the implementation and application of the citizens' rights provisions of the withdrawal agreement. As set out in the Political Declaration, the UK and EU will explore the possibility of cooperation between the UK and EU agencies such as the European Aviation Safety Agency, the European Chemicals Agency, and the European Medicines Agency.

Robin Walker
Minister of State (Education)
14th Feb 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether voting rights for EU citizens residing in the UK will be maintained under the current terms in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

The UK pushed hard in negotiations to include the right to stand and vote in local elections for UK nationals living in the EU, and EU citizens in the UK, but they will not be included in the Withdrawal Agreement as the Commission said it was out of scope.

The Government has made clear that we will pursue bilateral arrangements with individual Member States. Ministers have written to all member states to offer bilateral agreements on local voting rights.

We have now reached an agreement with Spain that will secure the rights of UK nationals living in Spain, and Spanish citizens living in the UK, to stand and vote in local elections. This is a positive step forward in our future relationship with Spain and we hope this will be the first of many similar bilateral agreements with other Member States.

As we continue to pursue these bilateral agreements, we can confirm that EU citizens in the UK will continue to be able to vote and stand in England and Northern Ireland’s May 2019 local elections.

The Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly are responsible for their own franchises.

Robin Walker
Minister of State (Education)
30th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 16 January to Question 205793, Department for Exiting the European Union: Brexit, what his Department’s total expenditure on public information programmes is to date.

The Department For Exiting the EU is tasked with successfully delivering the UK’s exit from the European Union. A key element of this is providing the public with information on all possible scenarios, including leaving the EU without a deal. The paid-for element of the Government’s ‘Prepare for EU Exit’ public information campaign, including advertising, is being led by the Cabinet Office.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
7th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether the political agreement reached with the EU on 26 November 2018 still holds.

The UK and EU have agreed a Withdrawal Agreement that will ensure our smooth and orderly departure on 29 March; and, tied to this agreement, a Political Declaration on an ambitious future partnership that is in our national interest. Both the documents are subject to agreement and ratification by Parliament.



Robin Walker
Minister of State (Education)
7th Jan 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what cost his Department has incurred to the public purse by providing public information on the potential effects of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

The Department is tasked with successfully delivering the UK’s exit from the European Union. A key element of this is providing the public with information on all possible scenarios, including leaving the EU without a deal.

It is not however possible to attribute the Department’s costs to specific scenario planning such as no deal. This is because the Department does not record expenditure against potential outcomes; it records expenditure on a functional basis.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
6th Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether children resident in the EU will be able to travel to the UK on identity cards in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

We are considering a number of options in the unlikely event that we reach March 2019 without a deal. The Home Office will set out further information in due course.

As the Immigration Minister has said, we do not intend to require visas from EU citizens in a no deal scenario and we welcome the commitment from the EU Commission that subject to reciprocity they will do the same for UK nationals entering the EU.

Robin Walker
Minister of State (Education)
2nd Nov 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 23 October to Written Question 179070 on Trade Agreements, if he will publish the international treaties listed under the EU Treaties Office Database that (a) have been superseded, (b) are redundant and (c) are no longer relevant for the UK.

We are committed to maintaining the relationships and cooperation we currently enjoy with third countries and international organisations as we exit the EU. We are seeking to replicate the effects of our international treaties, as far as possible and where relevant, and we are engaging closely with third parties to deliver continuity as we leave the EU.

In relation to those international agreements listed under the EU Treaties Office database that have been superseded, are redundant, or no longer relevant to the UK, we have a responsibility not to release information that could hinder our discussions with partner countries. We will continue to keep Parliament updated on the progress of transitioning our treaties in preparation for our exit from the EU.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
25th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many citizens of non-UK EU countries work in (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies.

Based on the self-declaration rates held on our system at the time of this question, the number of staff in the Department for Exiting the European Union of non - UK EU countries, is fewer than 10. This figure is based entirely on people identifying themselves as an EU national on the Department’s HR system.

The Department has no agencies or non-departmental public bodies.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
23rd Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 17 October to Question 175802 on Brexit, whether the Government has held any discussions with EU member states on the potential extension of Article 50.

The Government’s policy remains that Article 50 will not be extended. We will be leaving the EU on 29 March 2019 and are negotiating to that timeline. We are confident of reaching a deal which is in the best interests of both the UK and the EU.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
23rd Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 18 October to Written Question 180067 on Department for Exiting the European Union: Contracts, whether his Department has used gagging clauses in contracts signed with any (a) commercial organisations or (b) individuals with the intention of stopping any criticism of Ministers of his Department.

Government departments make use of non-disclosure agreements when structuring engagements with business on preparations for leaving the EU. They are a common component of contractual arrangements that are used to protect commercial considerations of the parties involved or to protect sensitives around the development of Government policy.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
23rd Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 23 October to Question 179064 on Brexit, whether the Government has made an assessment of the steps required to extend the transition period in the event that the arrangements for a future partnership between the UK and the EU are not in place.

In the Joint Report of December 2017, the EU and UK agreed the need for provisions in the Withdrawal Agreement preventing a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland. As the Prime Minister said during her Statement to the House on 22nd October 2018, we do not want to extend the implementation period, nor do we believe that extending it will be necessary. We are working at pace to ensure that the necessary arrangements for our future partnership are in place for 31 December 2020.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
16th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether the Government's plans for the UK’s future trading relationship with the EU to provide the same level of access to the European Union as is currently provided to the UK.

The Government has published its White Paper setting out a clear proposal for the future relationship we want to build with the European Union.

This represents a substantial evolution of our proposals towards our future relationship which are of greater scope than any such existing agreement, and reflect our shared history and values, close ties, and unique starting point.

The Government’s proposals for its future economic relationship with the EU strikes a new and fair balance of rights and obligations. It sets out a UK-EU trade area for goods to ensure continued frictionless access at the border to each other's markets, underpinned by an upfront commitment to a common rulebook on goods, including agri-food and a Facilitated Customs Arrangement to avoid customs checks and controls at our border. It further proposes a comprehensive package for services and digital minimising new barriers to trade whilst acknowledging UK and EU service suppliers will not enjoy the same rights as they do today.

Our proposals recognise that the UK will not have the same levels of market access as it currently does, but we are committed to securing the best possible future trading relationship - one that works for the UK and for the EU.

Robin Walker
Minister of State (Education)
16th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to Eurostat, whether (a) the general public will lose access and (b) whether the UK Government will lose the ability to contribute when the UK leaves the EU.

After exit, the general public will be able to access all published data from Eurostat as normal. Under the terms of the draft Withdrawal Agreement the UK Government will continue to work closely with and contribute data to Eurostat during the implementation period.

The nature of the statistical relationship we have with the EU beyond the implementation period will be decided as part of the future relationship negotiations.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
16th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether gagging clauses have been used in contracts drawn up between his Department and any charities, voluntary sector organisations, social enterprises or companies with the intention of stopping any criticism of Ministers of his Department.

DExEU have not issued any clauses of this kind with the type of organisations described. We can confirm that our only known commercial relationship with voluntary sector organisations is for an internal volunteering service for civil servants.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
15th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment the Government made of the ability under existing legislation to extend any transition period beyond December 2020 while negotiating a new trading relationship with the EU; and whether such a period would need to be covered under a separate treaty with the EU.

We are working at pace to ensure that the necessary arrangements for our future partnership are in place for 31 December 2020.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
15th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what estimate he has made of the number of international treaties that will (a) be affected and (b) need to be renegotiated in the event that the UK leaves the EU.

The EU Treaties Office Database lists Treaties relating to our EU membership: http://ec.europa.eu/world/agreements/default.home.do. Not all of these treaties require action when we leave the EU: a number have been superseded, are redundant or are no longer relevant for the UK.

We are seeking to maintain the relationships and cooperation we currently enjoy with third countries and international organisations as we exit the EU, and to ensure continuity of the effects of our international treaties.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
15th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to the December 2017 Joint Report and the Northern Ireland backstop arrangement, what the Government’s definition is of the term full alignment.

The UK has always said our goal is to meet the commitments we set out in the December Joint Report through the overall UK-EU future partnership; the proposals set out in this White Paper would enable us to do just that. We will also fulfil our commitments to agree a backstop for Northern Ireland in which the UK will maintain full alignment with those rules of the internal market and the customs union which, now or in the future, support North-South co-operation, the all-island economy and the protection of the 1998 [Belfast] Agreement.

We’re working hard to agree a backstop which upholds the commitments both sides made in December, which would of course be published. The details and scope of any alignment to be provided for remains a matter for negotiation.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
15th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if the Government will adhere to the commitments on the Northern Ireland border which the UK and EU made in the December 2017 Joint Report in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

The proposals we have put forward for both the future economic partnership with the EU, and for the Northern Ireland backstop, would allow both sides to meet our commitments to the people of Northern Ireland in full, and we are working hard to get a deal on that basis. The Prime Minister has been clear that a negotiated deal is the best outcome for the UK and EU, and that it is achievable.

In the unlikely event of no deal, we have been clear that we will do everything in our power to avoid a hard border, and that we must continue to respect our unique relationship with Ireland, with whom we share a land border and who are co-signatories of the Belfast Agreement.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
15th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, when the Government plans to publish its proposals for a Northern Ireland backstop after the UK leaves the EU.

In June the Government set out its proposals for a Temporary Customs Arrangement. After Salzburg, the Prime Minister made clear that the Government would bring forward further proposals on the backstop, which it has done in the context of our negotiations with the EU. The EU has responded positively and discussions are ongoing.

We have always said that we are not going to provide a running commentary on talks. We have made progress but there remain a number of unresolved issues relating to the backstop. We are working hard to agree a backstop which upholds the commitments both sides made in December, which would of course be published.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
11th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if the Government will publish a technical paper on guidance to be issued to non-UK EU citizens residing in the UK in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

We have been clear that securing the rights of citizens has always been our priority.

The Government has made it clear that we will unilaterally protect the rights of EU citizens in the UK in the event of no deal. The Prime Minister said, “You are our friends, our neighbours, our colleagues. We want you to stay.”

We will set out the details as soon as is practical, and we now urge the EU and all its member states to give UK nationals on the continent the same reassurances.

Suella Braverman
Attorney General
11th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 11 October to Written Question 175801 on EU Nationals, whether legislation will be required to ensure full rights to EU citizens in the event of the UK leaving the EU (a) with a deal and (b) without a deal.

The Government has already set out its intention to legislate to implement the Citizens’ rights part of the Withdrawal Agreement in the EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill and through secondary legislation, as appropriate.

We do not want, nor expect a no deal scenario. However, in the unlikely event of a no deal, the Prime Minister has been clear, stating to EU citizens on 21 September “I want to be clear with you that even in the event of no deal your rights will be protected. You are our friends, our neighbours, our colleagues. We want you to stay.” We will set out further details in due course.

Robin Walker
Minister of State (Education)
9th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what estimate the Government has made of the extra cost the UK would incur to buy back into EU-UK wide science and research programmes.

Under the terms of the draft Withdrawal Agreement, UK entities' right to participate in EU science and research funding programmes during the current Multiannual Financial Framework period will be unaffected by the UK's withdrawal from the EU for the lifetime of projects financed by the current MFF. No further agreement would be needed for the UK to participate in these programmes in this period.

The next generation of science and research programmes will begin in 2021. The Government’s proposals published in July 2018 set out that as part of an ambitious science and innovation accord the UK would like to explore association to future EU research funding programmes, including but not limited to Horizon Europe and Euratom R&T. Any such an association would necessarily involve an appropriate UK financial contribution. However, the terms of any such association would be a matter for the negotiations and the Government will negotiate on the basis of what is in the best interests of British citizens and the UK economy and scientific community.

Robin Walker
Minister of State (Education)
8th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 4 September to Question 167842 on Brexit, which countries have already publicly welcomed the approach regarding the rollover of service agreements with the UK during a transition period; and whether any countries have not welcomed the approach.

The EU and UK agreed at the March European Council that, during the implementation period, the UK is to be treated as a Member State for the purposes of all international agreements and that the EU will notify third parties to these agreements to this effect. A number of countries, including Canada, South Africa, and Singapore have already welcomed this approach publicly.

Robin Walker
Minister of State (Education)
8th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment the Government has made of the revocability of Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union.

The Government has been clear that as a matter of firm policy we will not revoke Article 50. A clear majority of the electorate voted to leave the EU and we must respect both the will of the British people, and the democratic process which delivered this result.

We will leave the European Union on 29 March 2019.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
8th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if the Government will legislate unilaterally and immediately to provide full rights to EU citizens.

Citizens’ rights has been our first priority since the very beginning of this process.

While the Government is preparing for a range of scenarios, including the unlikely event that we reach March 2019 without agreeing a deal, the Prime Minister stated to EU citizens on 21 September “I want to be clear with you that even in the event of no deal your rights will be protected. You are our friends, our neighbours, our colleagues. We want you to stay.”

We will set out all the details shortly. We are also urging the EU and all its member states to step up and give UK citizens on the continent the same reassurances.



Suella Braverman
Attorney General
8th Oct 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with which EU countries the UK has discussed the potential extension of the Article 50 period.

The Government’s policy is that Article 50 will not be extended. We will be leaving the EU on 29 March 2019 and are negotiating to that timeline. We are confident of reaching a deal which is in the best interests of both the UK and the EU.

Suella Braverman
Attorney General
12th Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many staff who transferred into his Department were promoted to a higher grade upon their transfer; and how many have since transferred out of his Department at that higher grade.

The information you have requested is not held centrally therefore we are not in a position to provide this.

The Department for Exiting the European Union now has over 650 staff. The Department continues to recruit the brightest and the best from across the civil service, the wider public sector and the private sector, in a range of professions.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
3rd Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what the total cost to the public purse for his Department’s work preparing for the UK to leave the EU has been since 23 June 2016.

HM Treasury has allocated over £2 billion of additional funding to Departments and the Devolved Administrations for EU exit preparations so far. This breaks down as:

  • £412m of additional funding over the spending review period for the Department for Exiting the European Union, Department for International Trade and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office at Autumn Statement 2016.
  • £286m of additional funding for 17/18 (a full breakdown of which can be found in Supplementary Estimates 17/18: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/679738/PU2137_Supplementary_estimates_web.pdf ).
  • Over £1.5bn of additional funding for 18/19. A full breakdown of which can be found in the Chief Secretary’s Written Ministerial Statement, HCWS540, laid on the 13th March ( https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2018-03-13/HCWS540/ ).

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
3rd Sep 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of leaving the EU in accordance with (a) the proposals set out in the Government’s White Paper and (b) a no-deal scenario.

In the Autumn Budget 2017, the Chancellor set aside £1.5 billion of additional funding for EU Exit preparations in 2019/20. Departments will be invited to bid for 2019/20 EU Exit preparation funding later in the year. Details of timings and process will be announced in due course.

The expenditure of the Department for Exiting the European Union is published in our annual accounts. We continue to review our resource requirements to ensure that we deliver our aims and objectives within the delegated budget approved by Parliament.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
24th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether the Government has had discussions with (a) the EU and (b) EU Member States on the UK citizens retaining the ability to use EU only customs and passport queues at European airports and ports once the UK has left the EU.

In the Department’s White Paper: The future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union, the Government has said that the UK will seek reciprocal arrangements with the EU that ensure smooth passage for UK nationals when they travel to the EU, for example on business or on holiday.

The details of these arrangements will be discussed as part of our ongoing negotiations with the EU on our future relationship.

Suella Braverman
Attorney General
24th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, how many countries which have service agreements with the UK which are contingent on UK membership of the EU have agreed that those agreements will (a) be rolled over during a transition period and (b) continue once that period is over.

The Government is working to secure continuity of our existing international agreements as we leave the EU. A number of these agreements include service-related elements, such as services chapters in existing EU Free Trade Agreements. The EU and UK agreed at the March European Council that, during the implementation period, the UK is to be treated as a Member State for the purposes of international agreements and that the EU will notify third parties to these agreements to this effect. This approach provides certainty and confidence that there will be no disruption to existing relationships underpinned by international agreements. A number of countries have already publicly welcomed the approach.

We are also engaging with partner countries to put in place successor agreements that replicate the effects of existing agreements as far as possible and will come into force following the implementation period. Our discussions with our international partners show a willingness to deliver continuity across these agreements.

Robin Walker
Minister of State (Education)
19th Jul 2018
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if his Department will make an assessment of the effect of allegations made against the campaigns (a) Vote Leave and (b) BeLeave by the (i) Electoral Commission and (ii) Observer on negotiations with the EU on the UK leaving the EU.

The Electoral Commission have determined that electoral rules have been broken and Vote Leave and BeLeave have been fined and referred to the police. It would not be appropriate for the Government to comment on ongoing police investigations.

The Government published a White Paper on the Future Relationship and talks with the EU are now accelerating and intensifying. We remain confident of reaching agreement on the Withdrawal Agreement and Future Framework by October. We are not going to provide a running commentary on these negotiations.

Suella Braverman
Attorney General