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registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-25more like thismore than 2019-07-25
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 Palm Oil 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 (a) ensure that corporations adhere to regulations on the declaration on packaging of the use of palm oil in their products and (b) enforce other regulations on the use by those organisations of that oil in their products. more like this
tabling member constituency Leeds North West more like this
tabling member printed
Alex Sobel remove filter
uin 282400 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false remove filter
date of answer less than 2019-09-09more like thismore than 2019-09-09
answer text <p>The EU Regulation (1169/2011) on the Provision of Food Information to Consumers requires that where vegetable oils or fats are listed in the ingredients of food, the vegetable origin of the oil must be given (Annex VII, Part A.8.).</p><p> </p><p>Food Business Operators are responsible for ensuring that the correct information is provided on labels and that consumers are not misled.</p><p> </p><p>Along with all food information regulations, these requirements are enforced by Trading Standards Officers.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Richmond Park more like this
answering member printed Zac Goldsmith more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-09-09T11:50:56.923Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-09T11:50:56.923Z
answering member
4062
label Biography information for Zac Goldsmith more like this
tabling member
4658
label Biography information for Alex Sobel more like this
1143337
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-09-02more like thismore than 2019-09-02
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 Clean Air Zones 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, when the national online platform to enable the public to check vehicle compliance with Clean Air Zone emissions standards is scheduled to be fully functioning and available to the public; and for what reasons delivery of this platform by the Government has been delayed. more like this
tabling member constituency Leeds North West more like this
tabling member printed
Alex Sobel remove filter
uin 284874 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false remove filter
date of answer less than 2019-09-09more like thismore than 2019-09-09
answer text <p>It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Richmond Park more like this
answering member printed Zac Goldsmith more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-09-09T16:52:48.46Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-09T16:52:48.46Z
answering member
4062
label Biography information for Zac Goldsmith more like this
tabling member
4658
label Biography information for Alex Sobel more like this
1143758
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-09-02more like thismore than 2019-09-02
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 Amazonia: Fires 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 support his Department is giving to indigenous people in the Amazon affected by major forest fires; and what steps his Department is taking to discourage forest burning by logging and farming interests in Brazil. more like this
tabling member constituency Leeds North West more like this
tabling member printed
Alex Sobel remove filter
uin 285148 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false remove filter
date of answer less than 2019-09-05more like thismore than 2019-09-05
answer text <p>The increase in forest fires in the Amazon is a tragedy for all of us, but none more so than the indigenous people who call the Amazon their home. These fires are made more likely by deforestation, and that is why we have invested nearly £120 million of our international climate finance in projects to limit deforestation, support local and indigenous people, prevent forest fires and implement the Forest Code in the Amazon, Atlantic Forest and Cerrado biomes.</p><p> </p><p>We will continue to work with Brazilian partners at federal and sub-national levels to help them protect the Amazon, and to support the transition to a low carbon economy. The first phase of Defra’s £24.9 million Low-carbon Agriculture programme, for example, completed in May this year. It reached over 18,500 beneficiaries in the Amazon and Atlantic forest biomes, avoided the clearance of 175,000 hectares of land, reduced carbon emissions by 52% and delivered a seven-fold increase in livestock productivity.</p><p> </p>
answering member constituency Richmond Park more like this
answering member printed Zac Goldsmith more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-09-05T16:06:03.98Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-05T16:06:03.98Z
answering member
4062
label Biography information for Zac Goldsmith more like this
tabling member
4658
label Biography information for Alex Sobel more like this
1141984
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-25more like thismore than 2019-07-25
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: Telephone Services 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, whether she has made an assessment of the potential merits of recording all calls from benefits claimants to ensure that complaints can be followed up. more like this
tabling member constituency Leeds North West more like this
tabling member printed
Alex Sobel remove filter
uin 282395 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false remove filter
date of answer less than 2019-09-05more like thismore than 2019-09-05
answer text <p>The Department acknowledges the merit and does record inbound calls to DWP’s helplines in order to make improvements to service and follow-up on any complaints received.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Colchester more like this
answering member printed Will Quince more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-09-05T13:32:44.38Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-05T13:32:44.38Z
answering member
4423
label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
tabling member
4658
label Biography information for Alex Sobel more like this
1104815
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-03-25more like thismore than 2019-03-25
answering body
Home Office more like this
answering dept id 1 more like this
answering dept short name Home Office more like this
answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
hansard heading Disclosure and Barring Service: Tata Consultancy Services 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 the Home Department, with reference to the decision for Tata to replace Capita as IT providers for the Decision Barring Service, whether his Department has met with the Information Commissioner's Office to ensure that data is kept securely by Tata. more like this
tabling member constituency Leeds North West more like this
tabling member printed
Alex Sobel remove filter
uin 236522 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false remove filter
date of answer less than 2019-04-02more like thismore than 2019-04-02
answer text <p>The contract awarded has provisions and obligations to protect personal data handling and includes a specific schedule relating to security requirements. The Disclosure and Barring Service meets with the Information Commissioner's Officer quarterly to encourage a close working relationship and to share best practice.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Louth and Horncastle more like this
answering member printed Victoria Atkins more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-04-02T15:45:27.157Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-02T15:45:27.157Z
answering member
4399
label Biography information for Victoria Atkins more like this
tabling member
4658
label Biography information for Alex Sobel more like this
1104823
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-03-25more like thismore than 2019-03-25
answering body
Home Office more like this
answering dept id 1 more like this
answering dept short name Home Office more like this
answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
hansard heading Religious Buildings: Security 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 the Home Department, if his Department will allocate additional funding for the security and protection of mosques and Muslim faith schools. more like this
tabling member constituency Leeds North West more like this
tabling member printed
Alex Sobel remove filter
uin 236530 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false remove filter
date of answer less than 2019-03-28more like thismore than 2019-03-28
answer text <p>Last week, we announced an uplift of funding for the 2019/20 Places of Worship Protective Security Funding Scheme to £1.6 million. This is double the amount awarded in 2018/19. Under the 2016 Hate Crime Action Plan, we committed £2.4m over three years to provide protective security measures to places of worship which have been subject to or are vulnerable to hate crime attacks, and so far we have awarded grants to just under 50 mosques. The 2019/20 scheme was announced as a fourth year of funding in October 2018.</p><p><br>The Home Office also announced last week a new £5 million fund over 3 years to provide security training for Places of Worship in England and Wales. This will enable staff and volunteers to develop the security understanding necessary to make physical security measures work effectively.</p><p><br>We are already engaging with faith representatives and organisations including the Anti-Muslim Hatred Working Group, Tell Mamma and the Independent Advisory Group on Hate Crime, and will open a consultation shortly to review what more can be and should be done to protect faith communities more widely.</p>
answering member constituency Louth and Horncastle more like this
answering member printed Victoria Atkins more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-03-28T16:17:43.417Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-28T16:17:43.417Z
answering member
4399
label Biography information for Victoria Atkins more like this
tabling member
4658
label Biography information for Alex Sobel more like this
1104824
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-03-25more like thismore than 2019-03-25
answering body
Home Office more like this
answering dept id 1 more like this
answering dept short name Home Office more like this
answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
hansard heading Debts: Fraud 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 the Home Department, what steps he is taking to protect people whose partners fraudulently take out debts in their name without their knowledge. more like this
tabling member constituency Leeds North West more like this
tabling member printed
Alex Sobel remove filter
uin 236531 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false remove filter
date of answer less than 2019-04-03more like thismore than 2019-04-03
answer text <p>Our landmark draft Domestic Abuse Bill and consultation response, published in January, includes further measures to help tackle domestic abuse, including introducing a statutory definition of domestic abuse to include a range of behaviours that go beyond physical abuse and explicitly recognise economic abuse.</p><p>We are including economic abuse in the new statutory definition of domestic abuse to acknowledge the life-changing impact that economic abuse can have on a victim’s life.</p><p>The Joint Fraud Taskforce is leading an ambitious programme of work to prevent all forms of fraud and protect the most vulnerable in our society who are often targeted by fraudsters.</p><p>We are working closely with UK Finance to support their work to encourage banks and the wider financial services sector to improve the support they provide to victims of domestic abuse accessing their services.</p><p>We will continue to work with UK Finance to encourage banks and financial authorities to do more to support victims of domestic abuse and help them move forward to escape debt, joint accounts, and mortgages</p><p>We have provided funding to the National Skills Academy to develop and deliver financial capability training for frontline workers to support individuals who are experiencing economic domestic abuse.</p><p>We will provide approximately £250,000 until 2020 to create a national advice service for banks and building societies, increase the capacity of existing telephone casework services for victims of domestic abuse and develop resources to help people identify if they are experiencing economic abuse.</p>
answering member constituency Louth and Horncastle more like this
answering member printed Victoria Atkins more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-04-03T17:53:55.927Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-03T17:53:55.927Z
answering member
4399
label Biography information for Victoria Atkins more like this
tabling member
4658
label Biography information for Alex Sobel more like this
1122129
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-04-18more like thismore than 2019-04-18
answering body
Home Office more like this
answering dept id 1 more like this
answering dept short name Home Office more like this
answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
hansard heading Knives: Crime 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 the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of knives carried on the streets in Yorkshire and the Humber. more like this
tabling member constituency Leeds North West more like this
tabling member printed
Alex Sobel remove filter
uin 245977 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false remove filter
date of answer less than 2019-04-25more like thismore than 2019-04-25
answer text <p>The Government is very concerned about increases in knife crime and its impact on victims, families and communities. The action we are taking is set out in our Serious Violence Strategy and includes new legislation in the Offensive Weapons Bill, raising awareness among young people of the dangers of carrying a knife, supporting local early intervention projects and continuing police action under Operation Sceptre. The latest anti-knife crime week of action under Operation Sceptre took place from 11-18 March.</p><p>We are encouraging the police to use stop and search. It is a vital policing tool when used correctly and officers have the Government's full support to use these powers in a targeted way that is fair, lawful and effective. The Home Secretary has announced he is relaxing voluntary best practice guidance around the use of Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act, which allows officers to stop and search anyone in a designated area in anticipation of serious violence.</p><p>The changes will allow the police to more quickly and effectively use these powers in anticipation of serious violence, safeguarding the public. <br>We have also listened to the police request that we introduce new Knife Crime Prevention Orders to help them to divert those involved in knife crime away from a violent lifestyle. The Government introduced the new Order in the Offensive Weapons Bill, currently awaiting Royal Assent.</p><p>The Offensive Weapons Bill includes specific new knives offences, in par-ticular making it an offence to possess certain offensive weapons in private, and stopping knives being sent to residential addresses after they are bought online unless the seller has arrangements with a delivery company to verify age. These measures are designed to help the police in their re-sponse to knife crime.</p><p>In addition to supporting the police on law enforcement, our Serious Vio-lence Strategy stresses the importance of early intervention to tackle the root causes of serious violence and provide young people with the skills and resilience to lead productive lives free from violence. This is why we are providing £22 million to support early intervention and prevention projects through our Early Intervention Youth Fund which is already supporting 29 projects in England and Wales, including the Box Clever project in Humber-side.</p><p>We are also supporting a national knife crime media campaign - #knifefree - to raise awareness of the consequences of knife crime. Its initial campaign was launched in March 2018 across England and Wales and activity includ-ed video on demand, street posters, social media, digital audio and video and partner engagement. The latest campaign went live on 1 April 2019.</p><p>Last October, the Government also announced a new £200 million Youth Endowment Fund to be delivered over 10 years to support interventions with children and young people at risk of involvement in crime and violence, focusing on those most at risk to steer them away from becoming serious offenders. This is now up and running and the charity Impetus, working in partnership with the Early Intervention Foundation and Social Investment Business, is operating the Fund.</p><p>In addition, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced in the Spring Statement on 13 March that there will be £100 million additional funding for the police in 2019/20 to tackle serious violence, including £80m of new funding from the Treasury. The majority of the investment will largely go towards supporting police forces most affected by the violence we are see-ing, but the funding will also support Violence Reduction Units, bringing to-gether a range of agencies, including health, education, social services and others, to develop a multi-agency approach to preventing serious violence.</p><p>The Prime Minister also hosted the Serious Youth Violence Summit from 1 – 4 April that underlined the whole of Government approach we are taking to tackle this issue. At this summit, the Prime Minister announced she would be chairing a new Ministerial Taskforce, supported by a dedicated Cabinet Office team, to oversee the cross-government programme of ac-tion.</p><p>On 1 April, we also launched our consultation on a new legal duty to ensure public bodies take action to prevent serious violence. The consultation will close on 28 May. It explores how a legal duty will support effective multi-agency work. It is open to everyone to respond and can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/serious-violence-new-legal-duty-to-support-multi-agency-action.</p>
answering member constituency Louth and Horncastle more like this
answering member printed Victoria Atkins more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-04-25T14:37:05.957Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-25T14:37:05.957Z
answering member
4399
label Biography information for Victoria Atkins more like this
tabling member
4658
label Biography information for Alex Sobel more like this
1129323
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-06-03more like thismore than 2019-06-03
answering body
Home Office more like this
answering dept id 1 more like this
answering dept short name Home Office more like this
answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
hansard heading Retail Trade: Crimes of Violence 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 the Home Department, whether her Department has plans to (a) make an assessment of the level of attacks on retail workers and (b) review the effectiveness of sanctions for perpetrators of such attacks. more like this
tabling member constituency Leeds North West more like this
tabling member printed
Alex Sobel remove filter
uin 259437 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false remove filter
date of answer less than 2019-06-10more like thismore than 2019-06-10
answer text <p>The Government recognises the devastating impact that violence and abuse can have, not only for victims, but also for businesses, and the wider community. This is why it is vital that we continue to work closely with retailers, the police and others to tackle these crimes.</p><p>The Home Office Commercial Victimisation Survey (CVS) is a survey of the extent of crime against business premises in England and Wales and includes a specific focus on crimes against wholesale and retail premises. Compared to the 2016 survey results, the 2017 CVS showed a statistically significant increase in assaults and threats (up from 524 incidents per 1,000 premises to 1,433 incidents per 1,000 premises).</p><p>To address this issue I chair the National Retail Crime Steering Group (NRCSG) which brings together partners including the police, trade bodies and retailers and oversees a range of work to tackle retail crime, including violence and abuse towards shop workers.</p><p>In addition, on 5 April the Home Office launched a call for evidence on violence and abuse towards shop staff. The aim of this work is to strengthen our understanding of the issue, including how existing legislation is being applied. The call for evidence closes on 28 June.</p>
answering member constituency Louth and Horncastle more like this
answering member printed Victoria Atkins more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-10T15:49:06.27Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-10T15:49:06.27Z
answering member
4399
label Biography information for Victoria Atkins more like this
tabling member
4658
label Biography information for Alex Sobel more like this
824438
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-01-17more like thismore than 2018-01-17
answering body
Home Office more like this
answering dept id 1 more like this
answering dept short name Home Office more like this
answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
hansard heading Vetting: Members 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 the Home Department, for what reasons hon. Members and their staff are not subject to Disclosure and Barring Service checks. more like this
tabling member constituency Leeds North West more like this
tabling member printed
Alex Sobel remove filter
uin 123239 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false remove filter
date of answer less than 2018-01-24more like thismore than 2018-01-24
answer text <p>Any individual may request a basic disclosure certificate, which shows unspent<br>conditional cautions and convictions. The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 outlines some circumstances where spent cautions and convictions are disclosable and may be taken into account when assessing a person’s suitability for certain positions. Broadly speaking, standard and enhanced criminal record checks are only available in relation to jobs which involve special risks and sensitivities, such as working closely with children or vulnerable adults. Standard and enhanced checks are intended to support employers making safer recruitment decisions when employing people to work with vulnerable people</p><p>The Disclosure and Barring service has issued guidance on eligibility for a criminal records check and it is available here:<br> <a href="http://www.gov.uk/government/collections/dbs-eligibility-guidance" target="_blank">www.gov.uk/government/collections/dbs-eligibility-guidance</a></p>
answering member constituency Louth and Horncastle more like this
answering member printed Victoria Atkins more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-01-24T15:55:55.49Zmore like thismore than 2018-01-24T15:55:55.49Z
answering member
4399
label Biography information for Victoria Atkins more like this
tabling member
4658
label Biography information for Alex Sobel more like this