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registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-22more like thismore than 2019-07-22
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 Food: Imports more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons remove filter
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU without a deal on 31 October 2019, on the supply of fresh produce. more like this
tabling member constituency Bristol East more like this
tabling member printed
Kerry McCarthy more like this
uin 280215 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-08-14more like thismore than 2019-08-14
answer text <p>The UK’s high degree of food security is built on access to a range of sources including strong domestic production and imports from other countries. This will continue to be the case whether we leave the EU with or without a deal.</p><p> </p><p>Half of the food we eat is produced in the UK. The rest of our food is imported, with 30% coming from the EU and 20% from other countries. There will not be an overall shortage of food in the UK as a result of a no deal Brexit. However, there may be fluctuations in the availability and choice of certain seasonal products, such as fresh fruit. The UK has a high degree of self-sufficiency in some vegetables year-round including root vegetables, cabbage and potatoes, as well as certain fruits during the summer harvest season including strawberries and apples.</p><p> </p><p>Over the last three years Government has been working to prioritise the smooth flow of trade, particularly at channel ports, to minimise any disruption if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. This includes cross Government work to ensure traders and hauliers in the UK and the EU are prepared for changes to exporting and importing requirements; ensuring our approach to imports achieves a smooth flow of goods at UK ports; working with stakeholders, major ports and airports to ensure that they are making their own preparations for leaving the EU; and developing traffic management plans to manage any potential delays at the ports, for example Operation Brock in Kent.</p><p> </p>
answering member constituency Camborne and Redruth more like this
answering member printed George Eustice more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-08-14T07:50:21.777Zmore like thismore than 2019-08-14T07:50:21.777Z
answering member
3934
label Biography information for George Eustice more like this
tabling member
1491
label Biography information for Kerry McCarthy more like this
1140946
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-22more like thismore than 2019-07-22
answering body
House of Commons Commission more like this
answering dept id 18 more like this
answering dept short name House of Commons Commission more like this
answering dept sort name House of Commons Commission more like this
hansard heading Parliamentary Estate: Beverage Containers more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons remove filter
question text To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what recent assessment the Commission has made of the effect of the 25p surcharge on hot drinks served in disposable cups on the Parliamentary estate on (a) drinks sales and (b) disposable cup waste. more like this
tabling member constituency Brighton, Pavilion more like this
tabling member printed
Caroline Lucas more like this
uin 280286 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-08-14more like thismore than 2019-08-14
answer text <p>In the nine months to September 2018, before the 25p surcharge, catering (non-banqueting) sales for hot beverages was £655,640 incl VAT. In the nine months to date, after the surcharge, hot beverage (non-banqueting) sales were £727,203 incl VAT.</p><p>There has been a reduction from 58,000 paper cups per month being sold to 15,000 on average. It is not possible to count the number of such paper cups which enter Parliamentary waste containers, but visual observation of the contents of segregated compostable waste shows that many of the compostable cups are disposed of within the Estate.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Carshalton and Wallington more like this
answering member printed Tom Brake more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-08-14T13:16:27.487Zmore like thismore than 2019-08-14T13:16:27.487Z
answering member
151
label Biography information for Tom Brake more like this
tabling member
3930
label Biography information for Caroline Lucas more like this
1141400
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-23more like thismore than 2019-07-23
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 Food Supply more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons remove filter
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance his Department has issued to consumers on the supply of food in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal. more like this
tabling member constituency Brighton, Pavilion more like this
tabling member printed
Caroline Lucas more like this
uin 281006 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-08-13more like thismore than 2019-08-13
answer text <p>On 31 July, the Prime Minister announced a new £138 million public awareness campaign to prepare the public for every aspect of our leaving the EU without an agreement at the end of October.</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 2019-08-13T16:22:24.72Zmore like thismore than 2019-08-13T16:22:24.72Z
answering member
3934
label Biography information for George Eustice more like this
tabling member
3930
label Biography information for Caroline Lucas more like this
1140887
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-22more like thismore than 2019-07-22
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: Standards more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons remove filter
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to improve the punctuality of trains. more like this
tabling member constituency Coventry South more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
uin 280131 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-08-13more like thismore than 2019-08-13
answer text <p>Government takes train punctuality seriously and understands it is crucial to passengers and freight users. That is why Government agreed a Network Rail settlement for England and Wales of £47.9bn for Control Period 6 specifically aimed at maintaining and renewing the railway to improve reliability and punctuality for all rail users. We recognise performance on the railway has been unsatisfactory, and passengers have not always received the level of service they expected. While performance has improved recently, the new Transport Secretary understands passengers need the certainty of reliable journeys, and is determined to work with industry to improve performance. We continue to monitor the performance of our franchised operators closely to press for improvements for passengers.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Daventry more like this
answering member printed Chris Heaton-Harris more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-08-13T11:30:04.103Zmore like thismore than 2019-08-13T11:30:04.103Z
answering member
3977
label Biography information for Chris Heaton-Harris more like this
previous answer version
131255
answering member constituency Harrogate and Knaresborough more like this
answering member printed Andrew Jones more like this
answering member 3996
tabling member
308
label Biography information for Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
1141404
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-23more like thismore than 2019-07-23
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 Food Supply more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons remove filter
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of the worse-case effects of the UK leaving the EU without a deal on (a) the proportion of food trucks not being able to have smooth border transit, (b) waiting times at borders, (c) the length of time of disruption to food supplies, (d) potential food price rises and (e) the finances of vulnerable people. more like this
tabling member constituency Brighton, Pavilion more like this
tabling member printed
Caroline Lucas more like this
uin 281008 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-08-12more like thismore than 2019-08-12
answer text <p>The government has been planning for a no deal scenario for the past three years and the cross government Border Delivery Group has been working on logistics issues and planning for a range of scenarios. The government has conducted exercises to test systems in preparation for leaving the EU without a deal and Operation Brock has been developed as a contingency plan, in the event that any problems arise at cross-Channel ports, to manage traffic flows.</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 2019-08-12T08:54:11.027Zmore like thismore than 2019-08-12T08:54:11.027Z
answering member
3934
label Biography information for George Eustice more like this
tabling member
3930
label Biography information for Caroline Lucas more like this
1140422
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-18more like thismore than 2019-07-18
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Ethnic Groups more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons remove filter
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many BAME staff are employed at (a) grade 7, (b) grade 5 and (c) grade 3 in his Department. more like this
tabling member constituency Feltham and Heston more like this
tabling member printed
Seema Malhotra more like this
uin 279050 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-08-12more like thismore than 2019-08-12
answer text <p>​The percentage of United Kingdom-based ethnic minority staff employed at D6 (grade 7 equivalent) in the Foreign &amp; Commonwealth Office (FCO) is 9 per cent. The percentage of United Kingdom-based ethnic minority staff employed in the FCO's senior management structure (SMS) is 7 per cent. Diversity statistics are published in the FCO's Annual Report and Accounts 2018-2019. They are given as percentages and are not broken down into separate SMS grades (SMS 1 (grade 5 equivalent), SMS 2 (grade 3 equivalent), SMS 3 and SMS 4) in order to protect individual staff anonymity.</p><p>The Civil Service-wide percentage for ethnic minority staff in SCS grades is 6.0 per cent (March 2019). The Civil Service-wide percentage for ethnic minority staff at grade 7 is 11.1 per cent.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Tamworth more like this
answering member printed Christopher Pincher more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-08-12T09:53:36.48Zmore like thismore than 2019-08-12T09:53:36.48Z
answering member
4075
label Biography information for Christopher Pincher more like this
tabling member
4253
label Biography information for Seema Malhotra more like this
1140630
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-19more like thismore than 2019-07-19
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 State Retirement Pensions: Females more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons remove filter
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to compensate women born in the 1950s who were adversely affected by changes to the state pension age. more like this
tabling member constituency Coventry South more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
uin 279380 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-08-12more like thismore than 2019-08-12
answer text <p>Successive Governments have made necessary decisions to equalise and increase the State Pension age. State Pension age reform has focused on maintaining the right balance between sustainability of State Pension, equality and fairness between generations in the face of demographic change.</p><p>Even after equalising women’s State Pension age with men’s, women will spend on average around 2 years more in receipt of their state pension because of their longer life expectancy. If we had not equalised State Pension age, women would be expected to spend on average over 40 per cent of their adult lives in retirement.</p><p> </p><p>During the passage of the 2011 Act, the Government listened to the concerns of those affected and this is why we introduced a concession worth over £1 billion in order to limit the impact on those women who would be most affected by the changes. This concession reduced the proposed increase in State Pension age for over 450,000 men and women, and means that no woman will see her pension age change by more than 18 months, relative to the 1995 Act timetable.</p><p> </p><p>For people who simply can’t work, our welfare system will continue to provide a strong safety net, as it does for people of all ages now. Any women experiencing hardship, including problems such as unemployment, disability, and coping with caring responsibilities, can already claim support from the welfare system. The Government is committed to supporting the vulnerable and spends over £50 billion a year on benefits to support disabled people and people with health conditions.</p><p> </p><p>The new State Pension is more generous for many women. Over three million women stand to gain an average of £550 extra per year by 2030 as a result of recent State Pension reforms.</p>
answering member constituency Hexham more like this
answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-08-12T10:36:40.293Zmore like thismore than 2019-08-12T10:36:40.293Z
answering member
4142
label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
tabling member
308
label Biography information for Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
1140856
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-22more like thismore than 2019-07-22
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 Pensions more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons remove filter
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she plans to take to limit a person's pension age rise when age eligibility for the state pension is increased. more like this
tabling member constituency Cardiff West more like this
tabling member printed
Kevin Brennan more like this
uin 280183 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-08-12more like thismore than 2019-08-12
answer text <p>The Government published its review of State Pension age in July 2017. The report can be viewed here: <a href="https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/630065/state-pension-age-review-final-report.pdf" target="_blank">https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/630065/state-pension-age-review-final-report.pdf</a>.</p><p>The next Government review of State Pension age will be completed within six years of that report.</p><p>The Pensions Act 2014 requires the Government to regularly review State Pension age and report to Parliament, to help to ensure the rules about State Pension age are appropriate having regard to life expectancy and the costs of increasing longevity are shared fairly between the generations, and provide greater clarity around the plans for changing State Pension age in the future.</p><p> </p><p>The changes to State Pension age became law following consultation and extensive debates in Parliament. During the passage of the Pensions Act 2011, Parliament introduced limits to person’s State Pension age rise, worth £1.1 billion, which reduced the proposed increase in State Pension age for over 450,000 men and women, meaning that no woman will see her pension age change by more than 18 months, relative to the original 1995 Act timetable.</p>
answering member constituency Hexham more like this
answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-08-12T10:22:41.367Zmore like thismore than 2019-08-12T10:22:41.367Z
answering member
4142
label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
tabling member
1400
label Biography information for Kevin Brennan more like this
1141050
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-22more like thismore than 2019-07-22
answering body
Department for Education more like this
answering dept id 60 more like this
answering dept short name Education more like this
answering dept sort name Education more like this
hansard heading Schools: Radicalism more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons remove filter
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance is in place for schools on the circumstances when they should provide information to the police on domestic extremists. more like this
tabling member constituency Hornsey and Wood Green more like this
tabling member printed
Catherine West more like this
uin 280462 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-08-09more like thismore than 2019-08-09
answer text <p>The Department does not provide specific guidance to schools on circumstances where they should provide information directly to the police on domestic extremists. However, the Department has published advice on the Prevent duty, which explains what schools can do to protect children and young people from the risk of radicalisation.</p><p> </p><p>Under the Prevent duty, a school may make a ‘Prevent referral’ as a result of concerns about extremism and for further multi-agency support. The means by which a referral can be made is determined locally and is either via the local authority or directly to the police. Guidance on Prevent referrals is available from these agencies. More information on the Department’s guidance is available here:</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/protecting-children-from-radicalisation-the-prevent-duty" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/protecting-children-from-radicalisation-the-prevent-duty</a>.</p><p> </p><p>The Home Office has also developed an online ‘Prevent referral’ package, which explains when to make referrals and what to include, featuring examples from the education sector.</p><p> </p><p>The Department also has a dedicated telephone helpline and email address that schools can use if they have an extremism-related concern that they are uncertain how to manage. This will include advice on whether concerns need to be shared further, including to the police. More guidance on this matter and information on the telephone helpline is available here: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preventing-extremism-in-schools-and-childrens-services/preventing-extremism-in-the-education-and-childrens-services-sectors" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preventing-extremism-in-schools-and-childrens-services/preventing-extremism-in-the-education-and-childrens-services-sectors</a>.</p><p> </p>
answering member constituency Bognor Regis and Littlehampton more like this
answering member printed Nick Gibb more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-08-09T10:18:58.867Zmore like thismore than 2019-08-09T10:18:58.867Z
answering member
111
label Biography information for Nick Gibb more like this
tabling member
4523
label Biography information for Catherine West more like this
1141391
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-23more like thismore than 2019-07-23
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 Food Supply more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons remove filter
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the maintenance of food suppliers in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal. more like this
tabling member constituency Washington and Sunderland West more like this
tabling member printed
Mrs Sharon Hodgson more like this
uin 281002 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-08-09more like thismore than 2019-08-09
answer text <p>The UK’s high degree of food security is built on access to a range of sources including strong domestic production and imports from other countries. This will continue to be the case whether we leave the EU with or without a deal.</p><p> </p><p>Defra Ministers and officials meet regularly with the food industry to understand the potential impacts of leaving with no deal at the end of October and support contingency planning by the industry. This includes working with Defra’s long established Food Chain Emergency Liaison Group (FCELG). The FCELG membership is drawn from across the agri-food chain industry sectors from farm to fork.</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 2019-08-09T12:20:44.843Zmore like thismore than 2019-08-09T12:20:44.843Z
answering member
3934
label Biography information for George Eustice more like this
tabling member
1521
label Biography information for Mrs Sharon Hodgson more like this