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1060961
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-14more like thismore than 2019-02-14
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 more like this
answering dept short name Transport more like this
answering dept sort name Transport more like this
hansard heading Railways: Tickets more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text What plans his Department has to expand smart ticketing for rail passengers. more like this
tabling member constituency Crawley more like this
tabling member printed
Henry Smith more like this
uin 909229 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-02-14more like thismore than 2019-02-14
answer text <p>We have launched a consultation on extending the very popular pay-as-you-go Oyster system to other parts of the south-east, and we are looking at the underlying principles for the rest of the country, too. As the public consultation document sets out, we are considering different options, and I would encourage anyone who believes their local station should be included in a pay-as-you-go zone to respond to the consultation, saying what they want and why.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Harrogate and Knaresborough more like this
answering member printed Andrew Jones more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-02-14T14:59:17.787Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-14T14:59:17.787Z
answering member
3996
label Biography information for Andrew Jones more like this
tabling member
3960
label Biography information for Henry Smith more like this
1060962
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-14more like thismore than 2019-02-14
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 more like this
answering dept short name Transport more like this
answering dept sort name Transport more like this
hansard heading Transport: Social Mobility more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text What recent assessment he has made of the importance of transport connectivity to social mobility. more like this
tabling member constituency Leigh more like this
tabling member printed
Jo Platt more like this
uin 909232 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-02-14more like thismore than 2019-02-14
answer text <p>Good transport connectivity is critical for social mobility and allows people to access a wider pool of economic opportunities, from high quality jobs to education and training opportunities.</p><p> </p><p>That is why we have committed record capital investment in the transport systems and why we have put more spending power in the hands of local communities who best know the needs of their area.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Wealden more like this
answering member printed Ms Nusrat Ghani more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-02-14T15:16:14.077Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-14T15:16:14.077Z
answering member
4460
label Biography information for Ms Nusrat Ghani more like this
tabling member
4673
label Biography information for Jo Platt more like this
1060963
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-14more like thismore than 2019-02-14
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 more like this
answering dept short name Transport more like this
answering dept sort name Transport more like this
hansard heading Railway Stations more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text What steps he is taking to increase accessibility and capacity at local railway stations. more like this
tabling member constituency Weaver Vale more like this
tabling member printed
Mike Amesbury more like this
uin 909237 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-02-14more like thismore than 2019-02-14
answer text <p>We are committed to improving accessibility and in April I will be announcing the stations which will benefit from an additional £300m of Access for All funding. This is in addition to access improvements being delivered at stations by the industry itself.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Wealden more like this
answering member printed Ms Nusrat Ghani more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-02-14T15:40:48.243Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-14T15:40:48.243Z
answering member
4460
label Biography information for Ms Nusrat Ghani more like this
tabling member
4667
label Biography information for Mike Amesbury more like this
1060964
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-14more like thismore than 2019-02-14
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 more like this
answering dept short name Transport more like this
answering dept sort name Transport more like this
hansard heading Bus Services: Tees Valley more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text What steps he is taking to improve bus services in Teesside. more like this
tabling member constituency Stockton South more like this
tabling member printed
Dr Paul Williams more like this
uin 909238 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-02-14more like thismore than 2019-02-14
answer text <p>The Bus Services Act 2017 provides the tools that local authorities need to improve local bus services. Bus Open Data powers in the Act will require bus operators in England to open up information about routes, timetables, fares and tickets in real time for passengers by 2020. These improvements aim to improve journey planning and help passengers secure best value tickets.</p><p> </p><p>We are working with interested local authorities to determine which of the powers provided are best able to support bus networks in their areas.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Wealden more like this
answering member printed Ms Nusrat Ghani more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-02-14T15:44:58.463Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-14T15:44:58.463Z
answering member
4460
label Biography information for Ms Nusrat Ghani more like this
tabling member
4666
label Biography information for Dr Paul Williams more like this
1060472
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-13more like thismore than 2019-02-13
answering body
Department for International Development more like this
answering dept id 20 more like this
answering dept short name International Development more like this
answering dept sort name International Development more like this
hansard heading Sustainable Development more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text What steps her Department is taking to encourage people to contribute to the Voluntary National Review of the Sustainable Development Goals. more like this
tabling member constituency Wells more like this
tabling member printed
James Heappey more like this
uin 909197 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-02-13more like thismore than 2019-02-13
answer text <p>I am committed to an inclusive Voluntary National Review that showcases activity across the UK. Almost 200 organisations and individuals have submitted case studies highlighting activity to support delivery of the Goals. We continue to welcome contributions which can be submitted via our gov.uk VNR website.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Portsmouth North more like this
answering member printed Penny Mordaunt more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-02-13T15:10:58.633Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-13T15:10:58.633Z
answering member
4017
label Biography information for Penny Mordaunt more like this
tabling member
4528
label Biography information for James Heappey more like this
1060473
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-13more like thismore than 2019-02-13
answering body
Department for International Development more like this
answering dept id 20 more like this
answering dept short name International Development more like this
answering dept sort name International Development more like this
hansard heading Trade Agreements: Developing Countries more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text What steps her Department is taking to promote the Government's trade for development programme. more like this
tabling member constituency North Cornwall more like this
tabling member printed
Scott Mann more like this
uin 909199 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-02-13more like thismore than 2019-02-13
answer text <p>The UK remains a world leader in trade for development. We are prioritising our trading partners for the future, for example through our commitments on gender, the new Commonwealth Standards Network and our ambition for the UK to be the largest G7 investor in Africa by 2022.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Portsmouth North more like this
answering member printed Penny Mordaunt more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-02-13T15:12:13.467Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-13T15:12:13.467Z
answering member
4017
label Biography information for Penny Mordaunt more like this
tabling member
4496
label Biography information for Scott Mann more like this
1060474
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-13more like thismore than 2019-02-13
answering body
Department for International Development more like this
answering dept id 20 more like this
answering dept short name International Development more like this
answering dept sort name International Development more like this
hansard heading CDC: Poverty more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text What steps she is taking to ensure that new investments made by the CDC Group contribute to poverty reduction. more like this
tabling member constituency Bradford East more like this
tabling member printed
Imran Hussain more like this
uin 909200 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-02-13more like thismore than 2019-02-13
answer text <p>CDC invests to create jobs and reduce poverty. The five year Strategic Framework published in 2017 sets out steps CDC is taking to maximise the development impact of its investments. Almost 750,000 people are directly employed by companies supported by CDC in the poorest countries in Africa and South Asia.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Portsmouth North more like this
answering member printed Penny Mordaunt more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-02-13T15:13:11.967Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-13T15:13:11.967Z
answering member
4017
label Biography information for Penny Mordaunt more like this
tabling member
4394
label Biography information for Imran Hussain more like this
1060475
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-13more like thismore than 2019-02-13
answering body
Department for International Development more like this
answering dept id 20 more like this
answering dept short name International Development more like this
answering dept sort name International Development more like this
hansard heading International Assistance more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text What steps she is taking to promote reform of OECD Development Assistance Committee rules on aid spending. more like this
tabling member constituency Saffron Walden more like this
tabling member printed
Mrs Kemi Badenoch more like this
uin 909203 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-02-13more like thismore than 2019-02-13
answer text <p>The UK is leading efforts to modernise the international aid rules to ensure they can keep pace with new challenges and support the delivery of the Global Goals. We have secured significant progress in changing the rules, including the recent agreement on an ODA reverse-graduation mechanism.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Portsmouth North more like this
answering member printed Penny Mordaunt more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-02-13T15:15:07.853Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-13T15:15:07.853Z
answering member
4017
label Biography information for Penny Mordaunt more like this
tabling member
4597
label Biography information for Mrs Kemi Badenoch more like this
1060476
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-13more like thismore than 2019-02-13
answering body
Department for International Development more like this
answering dept id 20 more like this
answering dept short name International Development more like this
answering dept sort name International Development more like this
hansard heading Trade Agreements: Developing Countries more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text What steps her Department is taking to promote the Government's trade for development programme. more like this
tabling member constituency Stafford more like this
tabling member printed
Jeremy Lefroy more like this
uin 909204 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-02-13more like thismore than 2019-02-13
answer text <p>The UK remains a world leader in trade for development. We are prioritising our trading partners for the future, for example through our commitments on gender, the new Commonwealth Standards Network and our ambition for the UK to be the largest G7 investor in Africa by 2022.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Portsmouth North more like this
answering member printed Penny Mordaunt more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-02-13T15:11:38.02Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-13T15:11:38.02Z
answering member
4017
label Biography information for Penny Mordaunt more like this
tabling member
4109
label Biography information for Jeremy Lefroy more like this
1060477
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-13more like thismore than 2019-02-13
answering body
Department for International Development more like this
answering dept id 20 more like this
answering dept short name International Development more like this
answering dept sort name International Development more like this
hansard heading Overseas Aid more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text What assessment she has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on the UK’s international development sector. more like this
tabling member constituency Coventry South more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
uin 909205 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-02-13more like thismore than 2019-02-13
answer text <p>UK organisations have shared with us their own assessments of leaving the EU. The Withdrawal Agreement confirms that UK organisations are entitled to participate in current EU programmes for their duration. In the future, any UK financial contribution to EU programmes would require eligibility for UK organisations to implement relevant programmes.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Portsmouth North more like this
answering member printed Penny Mordaunt more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-02-13T15:15:43.573Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-13T15:15:43.573Z
answering member
4017
label Biography information for Penny Mordaunt more like this
tabling member
308
label Biography information for Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
1059376
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-12more like thismore than 2019-02-12
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 more like this
answering dept short name Transport more like this
answering dept sort name Transport more like this
hansard heading Railways: Compensation more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress his Department is making on the introduction of an automated delay repay compensation scheme that is interoperable across train operating companies. more like this
tabling member constituency North East Hampshire more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Ranil Jayawardena more like this
uin 909230 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-02-14more like thismore than 2019-02-14
answer text <p>As announced by the Secretary of State in October, the Government will mandate new franchises to introduce simple “one-click” automated claims systems, available via smartphones and smartcard registration. This will make it easier for passengers to claim compensation when they have suffered delays.</p><p> </p><p>We are also encouraging “one-click” compensation to be introduced across all DfT train operators.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Harrogate and Knaresborough more like this
answering member printed Andrew Jones more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-02-14T15:06:37.76Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-14T15:06:37.76Z
answering member
3996
label Biography information for Andrew Jones more like this
tabling member
4498
label Biography information for Mr Ranil Jayawardena more like this
1059613
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-12more like thismore than 2019-02-12
answering body
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept id 7 more like this
answering dept short name Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept sort name Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
hansard heading Parking Offences: Appeals more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the proposals contained within the Parking (Code of Practice) Bill, what plans they have to introduce a single appeals service for the private parking sector. more like this
tabling member printed
Viscount Astor more like this
uin HL13636 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-02-14more like thismore than 2019-02-14
answer text <p>The Government is supportive of the Parking (Code of Practice) Bill, which we believe will get the fairest deal for motorists, operators and landowners. Our current intention is to appoint a single appeals service for the private parking sector, using the powers granted by the Parking (Code of Practice) Bill should it pass in to law.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-02-14T17:16:29.763Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-14T17:16:29.763Z
answering member
4282
label Biography information for Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth more like this
tabling member
3429
label Biography information for Viscount Astor more like this
1059863
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-12more like thismore than 2019-02-12
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Children: Maintenance more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an assessment of the merits of introducing a statutory definition of day-to-day care for the purpose of determining whether there is a requirement for either parent to pay child maintenance when they have equal shared overnight care. more like this
tabling member constituency Lanark and Hamilton East more like this
tabling member printed
Angela Crawley more like this
uin 220289 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-02-15more like thismore than 2019-02-15
answer text <p>The Service’s definition of a day-to-day care for the purpose of establishing the receiving parent is broadly aligned with that of Child Benefit, where an overall care test is used to determine entitlement. Entitlement to receive Child Benefit is used as an indicator at the application stage. There are currently no plans to change the process of establishing maintenance liability.</p> more like this
answering member constituency North Swindon more like this
answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-02-15T13:43:38.03Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-15T13:43:38.03Z
answering member
4105
label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
tabling member
4469
label Biography information for Angela Crawley more like this
1060025
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-12more like thismore than 2019-02-12
answering body
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept id 13 more like this
answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
hansard heading Fisheries: Quotas more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will remove the existing fishing quotas in 2019 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. more like this
tabling member constituency Romford more like this
tabling member printed
Andrew Rosindell more like this
uin 220114 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-02-15more like thismore than 2019-02-15
answer text <p>The Government is planning for all scenarios including leaving the EU without a deal. We have published a technical notice on arrangements for UK fisheries should we leave the EU without a withdrawal agreement. UK fisheries administrations would advise UK quota holders what their allocation will be for the remaining months of 2019 after we leave the EU.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Camborne and Redruth more like this
answering member printed George Eustice more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-02-15T12:19:06.51Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-15T12:19:06.51Z
answering member
3934
label Biography information for George Eustice more like this
tabling member
1447
label Biography information for Andrew Rosindell more like this
1055791
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-11more like thismore than 2019-02-11
answering body
Department for International Development more like this
answering dept id 20 more like this
answering dept short name International Development more like this
answering dept sort name International Development more like this
hansard heading Overseas Trade more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether he is taking steps to support a global initiative of Governments and businesses to ensure that workers in (a) cocoa and (b) other supply chains receive a living income; and if he will make a statement. more like this
tabling member constituency Portsmouth South more like this
tabling member printed
Stephen Morgan more like this
uin 217632 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-02-14more like thismore than 2019-02-14
answer text <p>One of the keys to driving poverty reduction is enabling workers in global supply chains to be paid a living wage. The UK works with Governments, businesses and other actors to advance this agenda. For example, the Department for International Development (DFID) supports the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), which works with companies such as the Body Shop, Co-op and Tesco, as well as trade unions. The UK also supports initiatives such as the UN Global Compact (UNGC), the world’s largest business sustainability initiative, which focuses partly on labour rights and has over 12,000 signatories from over 160 countries.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency West Worcestershire more like this
answering member printed Harriett Baldwin more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-02-14T16:12:42.127Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-14T16:12:42.127Z
answering member
4107
label Biography information for Harriett Baldwin more like this
tabling member
4653
label Biography information for Stephen Morgan more like this
1055833
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-11more like thismore than 2019-02-11
answering body
Department for Exiting the European Union more like this
answering dept id 203 more like this
answering dept short name Exiting the European Union more like this
answering dept sort name Exiting the European Union more like this
hansard heading Alternative Arrangements Working Group more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, under which section of the Civil Service Code is civil service support to the Alternative Arrangements Working Group permissible. more like this
tabling member constituency Hemsworth more like this
tabling member printed
Jon Trickett more like this
uin 217471 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-02-14more like thismore than 2019-02-14
answer text <p>Ministers, including myself, have been meeting a wide range of MPs in various groups and other stakeholders to discuss the Government’s approach to EU Exit. This has included discussion of alternative arrangements to the backstop, following Parliament’s indication of support for such a position.</p><p>The Civil Service supports the Government in developing and implementing its policies. In this context, it is proper for civil servants to support Ministers in conducting these meetings. No support has been extended to backbench MPs, or other individuals or groups outwith Government.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency North East Cambridgeshire more like this
answering member printed Stephen Barclay more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-02-14T13:11:22.587Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-14T13:11:22.587Z
answering member
4095
label Biography information for Stephen Barclay more like this
tabling member
410
label Biography information for Jon Trickett more like this
1058635
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-11more like thismore than 2019-02-11
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Social Security Benefits: Disability more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text Whether her Department has plans to redesign the reassessment process for benefit recipients with severe mental or physical disabilities. more like this
tabling member constituency Romford more like this
tabling member printed
Andrew Rosindell more like this
uin 909127 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-02-11more like thismore than 2019-02-11
answer text <p>We are committed to assessing people with health conditions and disabilities fairly and accurately, and helping people to access the right support. We made a clear commitment in <em>Improving Lives</em>: <em>The Future of Work, Health and Disability</em> to reform the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) and recognise the importance of getting this right. We are therefore testing new approaches to build the evidence base for what works, and working with external stakeholders to inform future changes to the WCA.</p><p> </p><p>Over the last year we have introduced new guidance into Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and Universal Credit (UC), as well as updated guidance for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) to improve the service we provide for those with the most severe/lifelong conditions. For ESA/UC since September 2017 we have switched off routine reassessments for those who meet the Severe Conditions criteria, and since August 2018, those receiving the highest level of support in PIP, whose needs are unlikely to change or may get worse, will now receive an ongoing award with a light touch review at the ten year point.</p>
answering member constituency Truro and Falmouth more like this
answering member printed Sarah Newton more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-02-11T17:02:14.837Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-11T17:02:14.837Z
answering member
4071
label Biography information for Sarah Newton more like this
tabling member
1447
label Biography information for Andrew Rosindell more like this
1058636
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-11more like thismore than 2019-02-11
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text What recent assessment her Department has made of the (a) accuracy and (b) efficiency of contracted-out health assessments for (i) employment and support allowance and (ii) personal independence payment. more like this
tabling member constituency Ellesmere Port and Neston more like this
tabling member printed
Justin Madders more like this
uin 909128 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-02-11more like thismore than 2019-02-11
answer text <p>We are committed to ensuring claimants receive high quality assessments. Providers are closely monitored against a range of measures including through independent audit to improve accuracy and decision making. We are seeing continuous improvement in PIP assessment quality and recent data shows both PIP providers meeting quality expectations. We continually look to improve the efficiency of the assessment process by working closely with health assessment providers and the disabled people the Department supports.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Truro and Falmouth more like this
answering member printed Sarah Newton more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-02-11T16:37:48.757Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-11T16:37:48.757Z
answering member
4071
label Biography information for Sarah Newton more like this
tabling member
4418
label Biography information for Justin Madders more like this
1058637
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-11more like thismore than 2019-02-11
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Pensioners: Poverty more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text What recent assessment she has made of trends in the level of pensioner poverty; and if she will make a statement. more like this
tabling member constituency Glasgow South West more like this
tabling member printed
Chris Stephens more like this
uin 909129 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-02-11more like thismore than 2019-02-11
answer text <p>This Government has seen the absolute poverty rate for pensioners fall to record lows, with over 200,000 fewer pensioners in absolute poverty before housing costs. Rates of material deprivation for pensioners are also at record lows.</p><p>We have reduced pensioner poverty close to historically low levels, lifting the incomes of millions of older people. Since 2009/10, material deprivation for pensioners has fallen from 10 per cent to 7 per cent in 2016/17 and since 2010 there are 200,000 fewer pensioners in absolute poverty, a record low.</p><p>The Government is committed to action that helps to alleviate levels of pensioner poverty. In 2018/19 we will spend £121.5 billion on benefits for pensioners, including £97 billion on the State Pension for this year.</p><p>The Government has also committed to up-rating the basic State Pension by the highest of the growth in earnings, prices or 2.5 per cent - the 'triple lock' guarantee. This will mean that the full basic State Pension will be around £1450 per year higher in 2018/19 than in 2010. The Government has committed to the triple lock for the remainder of this Parliament.</p>
answering member constituency Hexham more like this
answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-02-11T17:58:24.993Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-11T17:58:24.993Z
answering member
4142
label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
tabling member
4463
label Biography information for Chris Stephens more like this
1058688
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-11more like thismore than 2019-02-11
answering body
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept id 13 more like this
answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
hansard heading Stoats: Pest Control more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to control stoat numbers. more like this
tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
tabling member printed
Jim Shannon more like this
uin 219436 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-02-15more like thismore than 2019-02-15
answer text <p>While the Government regulates the management of wildlife it is not directly involved in the control of stoats. Responsibility for management lies with the landowner or occupier.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Suffolk Coastal more like this
answering member printed Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-02-15T12:05:30.91Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-15T12:05:30.91Z
answering member
4098
label Biography information for Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
tabling member
4131
label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
1058691
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-11more like thismore than 2019-02-11
answering body
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept id 13 more like this
answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
hansard heading Salmon more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to increase stocks of (a) wild and (b) farmed salmon in the UK. more like this
tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
tabling member printed
Jim Shannon more like this
uin 219439 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-02-15more like thismore than 2019-02-15
answer text <p>The management of wild salmon populations, freshwater fisheries and salmon farming is devolved.</p><p> </p><p>In England, the Government is collaborating with industry on the “Salmon Five Point Approach” to address the pressures that cause salmon numbers to fall, such as water quality, migration barriers, marine survival and exploitation. In 2018, the Government introduced National Salmon and Sea Trout Protection byelaws which restrict recreational and net fisheries in England, to reduce exploitation and conserve adult salmon enabling them to spawn successfully.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Camborne and Redruth more like this
answering member printed George Eustice more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-02-15T12:35:14.267Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-15T12:35:14.267Z
answering member
3934
label Biography information for George Eustice more like this
tabling member
4131
label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
1058692
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-11more like thismore than 2019-02-11
answering body
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept id 13 more like this
answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
hansard heading Birds of Prey: Theft more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to prevent birds of prey being stolen to order. more like this
tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
tabling member printed
Jim Shannon more like this
uin 219440 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-02-15more like thismore than 2019-02-15
answer text <p>The Government takes wildlife crime, including the illegal taking of birds of prey, seriously. All wild birds are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, with strong penalties for those committing offences against birds of prey including up to six months in prison and/or an unlimited fine.</p><p> </p><p>Birds of prey are listed on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), which controls trade in endangered species through a permitting system. This protects species from the risk of extinction due to unsustainable trade. The Control of Trade in Endangered Species Regulations 2018 means that anyone committing CITES offences, including trying to trade in birds of prey taken from the wild, could face up to five years’ imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine.</p><p> </p><p>Raptor persecution and CITES issues are two of six UK wildlife crime priorities. Local police and Border Force are responsible for wildlife crime enforcement. The National Wildlife Crime Unit, which is co-funded by Defra and the Home Office, provides intelligence to support police and Border Force enforcement activities.</p><p> </p>
answering member constituency Suffolk Coastal more like this
answering member printed Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-02-15T12:40:50.063Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-15T12:40:50.063Z
answering member
4098
label Biography information for Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
tabling member
4131
label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
1058695
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-11more like thismore than 2019-02-11
answering body
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept id 13 more like this
answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
hansard heading Poultry more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information his Department holds on the numbers of geese that migrated to the UK in 2018. more like this
tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
tabling member printed
Jim Shannon more like this
uin 219442 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-02-14more like thismore than 2019-02-14
answer text <p>The UK’s Goose and Swan and Monitoring Programme assesses the number of geese which migrate here every year. The programme is jointly run by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Joint Nature Conservation Committee and Scottish Natural Heritage.</p><p> </p><p>Data for the winter season 2017-2018 is available on the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust website: <a href="https://monitoring.wwt.org.uk/our-work/goose-swan-monitoring-programme/" target="_blank">https://monitoring.wwt.org.uk/our-work/goose-swan-monitoring-programme/</a>. As the 2018/19 winter season has yet to finish, data for this season will not be available until late summer 2019.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Suffolk Coastal more like this
answering member printed Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-02-14T16:24:07.667Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-14T16:24:07.667Z
answering member
4098
label Biography information for Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
tabling member
4131
label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
1058696
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-11more like thismore than 2019-02-11
answering body
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept id 13 more like this
answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
hansard heading Agriculture: Young People more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps his Department has taken to encourage young people into farming. more like this
tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
tabling member printed
Jim Shannon more like this
uin 219443 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-02-15more like thismore than 2019-02-15
answer text <p>Having a skilled workforce in place and attracting young talent into agricultural careers is vital for the future of UK food and farming. The Government is working with industry bodies, such as the Food and Drink Sector Council, to improve access to the talent and skills required by the industry and raise awareness of agriculture as an exciting and attractive career path.</p><p> </p><p>The Government is reforming post-16 technical education to provide clear routes to skilled employment in agriculture and other sectors. A key part of this is the introduction of new T levels programmes, which alongside apprenticeships, will sit within 15 routes, including an Agriculture, Environmental and Animal Care route.</p><p> </p><p>The Government published a Policy Statement in September 2018, alongside its landmark Agriculture Bill. This sets out how we will help facilitate structural change to open up more opportunities for new entrants to farming by delinking Direct Payments from the land during the agricultural transition period. This will give farmers freedom over how they use funding from Direct Payments. Some may use the money to invest in their business. Others may choose to use the money to diversify their activities or decide to stop farming altogether and use the payment to contribute to their retirement. It should increase the ease with which new entrants, and those existing farmers wishing to expand, could acquire land.</p><p> </p><p>We are also exploring how to help Local Authorities who want to invest in their Council Farms, so that they offer real opportunities for new farmers to start a foundation business and gain the experience they need to progress onto a larger unit.</p><p><strong> </strong></p>
answering member constituency Camborne and Redruth more like this
answering member printed George Eustice more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-02-15T12:44:41.873Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-15T12:44:41.873Z
answering member
3934
label Biography information for George Eustice more like this
tabling member
4131
label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
1058701
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-02-11more like thismore than 2019-02-11
answering body
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept id 13 more like this
answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
hansard heading Livestock: Animal Welfare more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps his Department has taking to improve animal conditions on farms. more like this
tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
tabling member printed
Jim Shannon more like this
uin 219447 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-02-14more like thismore than 2019-02-14
answer text <p>The Government is making good on our commitment to make the UK a world leader in the care and protection of animals as we leave the EU. We are planning to increase maximum penalties for animal cruelty from six months’ to five years’ imprisonment. We are updating our statutory welfare codes, starting with the publication of new meat chicken and laying hen codes last year. These codes strengthen guidance for keepers and owners of livestock on how to meet the needs of their animals and enhance their welfare.</p><p> </p><p>We are considering what more can be done to improve our already high animal welfare standards in the context of our future agricultural policy. In England, we intend to develop publicly-funded schemes for farmers to deliver animal welfare enhancements beyond our high regulatory baseline that are not sufficiently rewarded by the market.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Macclesfield more like this
answering member printed David Rutley more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-02-14T15:56:25.707Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-14T15:56:25.707Z
answering member
4033
label Biography information for David Rutley more like this
tabling member
4131
label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this