Linked Data API

Show Search Form

Search Results

170320
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-12-15more like thismore than 2014-12-15
star this property answering body
HM Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Treasury more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Treasury more like this
star this property hansard heading Revenue and Customs more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
star this property legislature
25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the compliance yield of the Large Business Service team of HM Revenue and Customs was in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c) 2012-13, (d) 2013-14 and (e) 2014-15 to date. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birmingham, Ladywood more like this
star this property tabling member printed
Shabana Mahmood more like this
star this property uin 218591 more like this
star this property answer
answer
unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-01-30more like thismore than 2015-01-30
star this property answer text <table><tbody><tr><td colspan="5">HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC’s) Large Business Service dealt with the tax affairs of around 800 of the largest businesses in the UK up to 31 March 2014. HMRC’s approach has enabled it to recover £22bn in additional compliance revenues from large businesses dealt with by Large Business Service between April 2010 and March 2013 as follows:<br><br>2013-14 - £5.94bn<br>2012-13 - £5.28bn<br>2011-12 - £5.04bn<br>2010-11 - £5.74bn<br>2009-10 - £4.56bn<br>2008-09 - £4.86bn <br><br>From 1 April 2014 HMRC’s new Large Business (LB) directorate deals with the tax affairs of the 2,100 largest businesses in the UK.</td><td> </td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South West Hertfordshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr David Gauke more like this
star this property question first answered
less than 2015-01-30T14:25:37.443Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-30T14:25:37.443Z
star this property answering member
1529
star this property label Biography information for Mr David Gauke more like this
star this property tabling member
3914
unstar this property label Biography information for Shabana Mahmood more like this
169007
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-12-09more like thismore than 2014-12-09
star this property answering body
Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Procurement more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
star this property legislature
25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which contracts worth more than £5 million his Department has signed since 1 September 2014; with whom such contracts have been signed; for what purpose; what the (a) annual and (b) total cost of each such contract is; and what the length of each such contact is. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Tooting more like this
star this property tabling member printed
Sadiq Khan more like this
star this property uin 217819 more like this
star this property answer
answer
unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-02-25more like thismore than 2015-02-25
star this property answer text <p>When buying products and services we always seek best value for taxpayers' money and find savings were possible.</p><p> </p><p>Please refer to Annex A for the answer.</p><p> </p><p>I can confirm that 24 contracts worth more then 5 million have been signed since 1 September 2014.</p><p> </p><p>The Transforming Rehabilitation Programme successfully signed 21 contracts to run probation services for low and medium risk offenders across the whole of England and Wales in December 2014. These services replace the previous delivery of these services to low and medium risk offenders from probation trusts and will now also provide &quot;through the gate&quot; support and services to offenders serving sentences of less than 1 year. The contracts include a payment by results element to reward providers who are successful at reducing reoffending rates.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The contracts are for 7 years with a further 3 year extension option and an exit period available at the discretion of the Authority. The values stated for the Transforming Rehabilitation contracts are estimates based on a 7 year contract term. A range of values is provided indicating the value of the contract with no Payment by Results payable and with all available Payment by Results payable to the suppliers. Actual values are non-indexed and may vary depending on volumes, indexation and demand for services to the National Probation Service.</p><p> </p><p>The Contract Award date is the signed date.</p>
star this property answering member constituency South West Bedfordshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Andrew Selous more like this
star this property question first answered
less than 2015-02-25T13:53:38.55Zmore like thismore than 2015-02-25T13:53:38.55Z
star this property answering member
1453
star this property label Biography information for Andrew Selous more like this
star this property attachment
1
unstar this property file name Annex A - Cost of Contracts.XLS more like this
star this property title Cost of Contracts more like this
star this property tabling member
1577
unstar this property label Biography information for Sadiq Khan more like this
172723
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2015-01-08
star this property answering body
Department of Health more like this
star this property answering dept id 17 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Health more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Health more like this
star this property hansard heading In Vitro Fertilisation more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
star this property legislature
25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health, Jane Ellison, on 17 December 2014 (HC Deb, col. 96WS), what concerns were raised by the expert panel convened by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) regarding the possibility of carryover of a small percentage of abnormal mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) from the affected oocyte or zygote as a result of close associations between mtDNA and the karyoplast; what additional consideration the HFEA’s expert panel gave to replicative advantage of some mtDNA variants skewing the proportions in subsequent development as a result of a mitochondrial bottleneck; whether they can therefore guarantee that no females born following spindle-chromosomal complex transfer or pronuclear transfer would ever transmit the disease to subsequent generations; if not, whether serial nuclear transfer would minimise this risk; and why serial nuclear transfer is precluded by Regulations 3(c) and 6(c) of the Draft Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Mitochondrial Donation) Regulations 2015, which prevent any further "alterations in the nuclear or mitochondrial DNA".
star this property tabling member printed
Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
star this property uin HL4043 more like this
star this property answer
answer
unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-01-22more like thismore than 2015-01-22
star this property answer text <p>We are advised by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) that the issues raised by the noble Lord are discussed at various points in the Expert Panel’s 2014 report, as follows:</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>- mitochondrial DNA carryover at sections 3.7.2 to 3.7.11;</p><p> </p><p>- nuclear-mitochondrial interactions at sections 3.7.15 to 3.7.20; and</p><p> </p><p>- points relating to replicative advantage and mitochondrial bottleneck are widely discussed throughout section 3.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Panel’s report is attached.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The HFEA has also advised that the Expert Panel it convened concluded that, following Maternal Spindle Transfer or Pronuclear Transfer, the risks of mitochondrial disease in the next generation will be low. Further details can be found in section 3 of the Panel’s 2014 report.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Serial nuclear transfer is not a term or process connected with mitochondrial donation. Therefore, serial transfer is not something the Expert Panel has considered.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Earl Howe more like this
star this property question first answered
less than 2015-01-22T16:49:38.277Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-22T16:49:38.277Z
star this property answering member
2000
star this property label Biography information for Earl Howe more like this
star this property attachment
1
unstar this property file name HFEA Panel's Report.pdf more like this
star this property title HFEA's Panel Report more like this
star this property tabling member
738
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
170322
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-12-15more like thismore than 2014-12-15
star this property answering body
HM Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Treasury more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Treasury more like this
star this property hansard heading Revenue and Customs more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
star this property legislature
25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff of each grade resigned from the Large Business Service team of HM Revenue and Customs in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c) 2012-13, (d) 2013-14 and (e) 2014-15 to date. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birmingham, Ladywood more like this
star this property tabling member printed
Shabana Mahmood more like this
star this property uin 218593 more like this
star this property answer
answer
unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-03-26more like thismore than 2015-03-26
star this property answer text <p>Until 31 March 2014 HMRC’s Large Business Service dealt with the tax affairs of the 800 largest businesses in the UK.</p><p> </p><p>From 1 April 2014 HMRC’s new Large Business directorate deals with the tax affairs of the 2,100 largest businesses in the UK.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Large Business Service</p><p> </p><p>Resignations by grade</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>(a) 2010-11</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td> </td><td><p><strong>SCS</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Grade 6</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Grade 7</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Band T</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Senior Officer</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Higher Officer</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Officer</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Assistant Officer</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Admin Assistant</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Total</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>HC</p></td><td><p>1</p></td><td> </td><td><p>1</p></td><td> </td><td> </td><td><p>5</p></td><td><p>1</p></td><td> </td><td><p>1</p></td><td><p><strong>9 </strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>FTE</p></td><td><p>1.00</p></td><td> </td><td><p>1.00</p></td><td> </td><td> </td><td><p>5.00</p></td><td><p>1.00</p></td><td> </td><td><p>0.58</p></td><td><p><strong>8.47</strong></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>(b) 2011-12</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td> </td><td><p><strong>SCS</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Grade 6</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Grade 7</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Band T</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Senior Officer</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Higher Officer</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Officer</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Assistant Officer</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Admin Assistant</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Total</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>HC</p></td><td> </td><td><p>1</p></td><td><p>2</p></td><td> </td><td><p>1</p></td><td><p>2</p></td><td><p>2</p></td><td><p>2</p></td><td> </td><td><p><strong>10</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>FTE</p></td><td> </td><td><p>0.8</p></td><td><p>1.41</p></td><td> </td><td><p>0.65</p></td><td><p>2.00</p></td><td><p>1.6</p></td><td><p>1.58</p></td><td> </td><td><p><strong>8.04</strong></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>(c) 2012-13</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td> </td><td><p><strong>SCS</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Grade 6</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Grade 7</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Band T</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Senior Officer</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Higher Officer</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Officer</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Assistant Officer</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Admin Assistant</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Total</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>HC</p></td><td><p>1</p></td><td> </td><td><p>2</p></td><td><p>1</p></td><td><p>1</p></td><td><p>2</p></td><td><p>1</p></td><td> </td><td> </td><td><p><strong>8 </strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>FTE</p></td><td><p>1</p></td><td> </td><td><p>2.00</p></td><td><p>1.00</p></td><td><p>0.3</p></td><td><p>1.95</p></td><td><p>1.00</p></td><td> </td><td> </td><td><p><strong>7.25</strong></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>(d) 2013-14</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td> </td><td><p><strong>SCS</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Grade 6</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Grade 7</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Band T</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Senior Officer</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Higher Officer</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Officer</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Assistant Officer</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Admin Assistant</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Total</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>HC</p></td><td><p>1</p></td><td><p>2</p></td><td><p>2</p></td><td> </td><td> </td><td><p>2</p></td><td><p>3</p></td><td><p>3</p></td><td> </td><td><p><strong>13 </strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>FTE</p></td><td><p>0.86</p></td><td><p>1.28</p></td><td><p>2.00</p></td><td> </td><td> </td><td><p>1.69</p></td><td><p>2.61</p></td><td><p>3</p></td><td> </td><td><p><strong>11.44</strong></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>(e) 2014-15 to date</p><p> </p><p>Not Available</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Witham more like this
star this property answering member printed Priti Patel more like this
star this property question first answered
less than 2015-03-26T09:59:13.427Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-26T09:59:13.427Z
star this property answering member
4066
star this property label Biography information for Priti Patel more like this
star this property tabling member
3914
unstar this property label Biography information for Shabana Mahmood more like this
170319
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-12-15more like thismore than 2014-12-15
star this property answering body
HM Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Treasury more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Treasury more like this
star this property hansard heading Revenue and Customs more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
star this property legislature
25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff of each grade worked in the Large Business Service team of HM Revenue and Customs in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c) 2012-13, (d) 2013-14 and (e) 2014-15 to date. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birmingham, Ladywood more like this
star this property tabling member printed
Shabana Mahmood more like this
star this property uin 218590 more like this
star this property answer
answer
unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-03-26more like thismore than 2015-03-26
star this property answer text <p>Until 31 March 2014 HMRC’s Large Business Service dealt with the tax affairs of the 800 largest businesses in the UK.</p><p> </p><p>From 1 April 2014 HMRC’s new Large Business directorate deals with the tax affairs of the 2,100 largest businesses in the UK.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>LBS (a) 2010-11</p><p> </p><p>Staff in Post end March 2011</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>SIP by Grade</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>SCS</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Grade 6</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Grade 7</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Band T</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Senior Officer</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Higher Officer</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Officer</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Assistant Officer</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Admin Assistant</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Total</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>HC</p></td><td><p>61</p></td><td><p>141</p></td><td><p>256</p></td><td><p>28</p></td><td><p>135</p></td><td><p>442</p></td><td><p>193</p></td><td><p>121</p></td><td><p>61</p></td><td><p><strong>1438 </strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>FTE</p></td><td><p>59.08</p></td><td><p>133.12</p></td><td><p>244.13</p></td><td><p>28.00</p></td><td><p>128.43</p></td><td><p>417.67</p></td><td><p>175.84</p></td><td><p>112.58</p></td><td><p>54.13</p></td><td><p><strong>1352.98 </strong></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>LBS (b) 2011-12</p><p> </p><p>Staff in Post end March 2012</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td> </td><td><p><strong>SCS</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Grade 6</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Grade 7</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Band T</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Senior Officer</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Higher Officer</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Officer</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Assistant Officer</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Admin Assistant</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Total</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>HC</p></td><td><p>63</p></td><td><p>126</p></td><td><p>238</p></td><td><p>21</p></td><td><p>120</p></td><td><p>389</p></td><td><p>180</p></td><td><p>110</p></td><td><p>59</p></td><td><p><strong>1306 </strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>FTE</p></td><td><p>60.89</p></td><td><p>117.75</p></td><td><p>225.91</p></td><td><p>21.00</p></td><td><p>111.23</p></td><td><p>362.47</p></td><td><p>161.24</p></td><td><p>100.34</p></td><td><p>50.89</p></td><td><p><strong>1211.72 </strong></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>LBS (c) 2012-13</p><p> </p><p>Staff in Post end March 2013</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td> </td><td><p><strong>SCS</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Grade 6</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Grade 7</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Band T</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Senior Officer</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Higher Officer</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Officer</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Assistant Officer</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Admin Assistant</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Total</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>HC</p></td><td><p>54</p></td><td><p>127</p></td><td><p>212</p></td><td><p>22</p></td><td><p>111</p></td><td><p>343</p></td><td><p>159</p></td><td><p>121</p></td><td><p>45</p></td><td><p><strong>1194 </strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>FTE</p></td><td><p>51.87</p></td><td><p>117.97</p></td><td><p>198.46</p></td><td><p>22.00</p></td><td><p>100.58</p></td><td><p>314.24</p></td><td><p>140.22</p></td><td><p>113.10</p></td><td><p>36.47</p></td><td><p><strong>1094.91 </strong></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>LBS (d) 2013-14</p><p> </p><p>Staff in Post end March 2014</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td> </td><td><p><strong>SCS</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Grade 6</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Grade 7</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Band T</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Senior Officer</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Higher Officer</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Officer</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Assistant Officer</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Admin Assistant</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Total</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>HC</p></td><td><p>52</p></td><td><p>156</p></td><td><p>258</p></td><td><p>12</p></td><td><p>125</p></td><td><p>389</p></td><td><p>167</p></td><td><p>118</p></td><td><p>26</p></td><td><p><strong>1303 </strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>FTE</p></td><td><p>50.33</p></td><td><p>148.24</p></td><td><p>243.01</p></td><td><p>12.00</p></td><td><p>113.88</p></td><td><p>356.82</p></td><td><p>147.68</p></td><td><p>105.61</p></td><td><p>20.19</p></td><td><p><strong>1197.76 </strong></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>e) 2014-15 to date</p><p> </p><p>Not Available</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Witham more like this
star this property answering member printed Priti Patel more like this
star this property question first answered
less than 2015-03-26T09:58:47.55Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-26T09:58:47.55Z
star this property answering member
4066
star this property label Biography information for Priti Patel more like this
star this property tabling member
3914
unstar this property label Biography information for Shabana Mahmood more like this
172702
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2015-01-08
star this property answering body
Department for International Development more like this
star this property answering dept id 20 more like this
star this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name International Development more like this
star this property hansard heading Palestinians more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
star this property legislature
25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Northover on 6 January (HL3815), what co-operation they have had from Hamas in the reconstruction of civilian property in Gaza. more like this
star this property tabling member printed
Lord Turnberg more like this
star this property uin HL4022 more like this
star this property answer
answer
unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-01-22more like thismore than 2015-01-22
star this property answer text <p>UK policy on Hamas is clear: we do not talk to Hamas and we have no plan to do so at present. At the Gaza Reconstruction Conference, the UK pledged £20 million for early recovery assistance. DFID has already disbursed £5 million and will provide the remainder in 2015/16. The UK was also the first donor to support the temporary tri-partite Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism (GRM) which is facilitating the import of construction materials into Gaza.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Northover more like this
star this property question first answered
less than 2015-01-22T17:09:13.387Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-22T17:09:13.387Z
star this property answering member
2539
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Northover more like this
star this property tabling member
2537
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Turnberg more like this
171543
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-12-18more like thismore than 2014-12-18
star this property answering body
Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property hansard heading Right to Buy Scheme more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
star this property legislature
25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much his Department has spent on marketing in relation to the Right to Buy scheme in London in each year since 2010. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Tooting more like this
star this property tabling member printed
Sadiq Khan more like this
star this property uin 219547 more like this
star this property answer
answer
unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-01-22more like thismore than 2015-01-22
star this property answer text <p>This Government is committed to supporting home ownership, and giving a helping hand to social tenants to move up the housing ladder. But our reinvigorated Right to Buy can only be exercised by eligible tenants if they know about it. It is also important that social tenants have sufficient information about their rights to make an informed decision, and to ensure that home ownership is the right choice for them in light of their financial circumstances.</p><p>Precise figures on spending in London cannot be disaggregated from the national Right to Buy campaign. We can identify £378,393 of spending in 2012-13 and £68,500 in 2013-14; there was no London-specific spending in 2010-11 or 2011-12. Figures for 2014-15 are not yet available.</p><p>I appreciate that the Labour Party in London has effectively called for the Right to Buy to be abolished, and will oppose social tenants being informed. Such are the enemies of aspiration. The Right to Buy improves social mobility and helps build mixed communities. As well as increasing home ownership and supporting new build construction (from replacement affordable homes), it gives something back to families who have worked hard, paid their rent and played by the rules. It allows buyers to do up their home, change their front door, improve their garden – without getting permission from the council. It gives people a sense of pride and ownership not just in their home, but in their street and neighbourhood.</p><p>Total national spending was £0 in 2010-11, £17,728 in 2011-12, £1.4 million in 2012-13 and £1.0 million in 2013-14. To place our information campaigns in context, DCLG has cut spending on marketing and advertising from £9.9 million in 2009-10 to £2.0 million in 2013-14.</p><p>The rt. hon. Member is a former Minister in this Department, so will be well acquainted with communications activity under the last Labour Government, such as departmental spending of:</p><p> </p><ul><li>£1.1 million a year on external public relations, despite having 103 in-house communications officers;</li><li>£15,000 on plugging the “Sustainable Communities summit” that was subsequently cancelled;</li><li>£1 million on marketing and public relations for eco-towns, despite the fact not a single house was ever built;</li><li>£3,520 on re-naming Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Fire Services to the Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser, during one of New Labour’s republican phases of purging public references to the Monarchy;</li><li>£38,200 on sock puppet lobbyists, LLM Communications, astro-turfing friends for the friendless Regional Spatial Strategies;</li><li>£1,371 on re-branding of John Prescott’s ‘Office of the Deputy Prime Minister’ to the cut-price and pointless ‘Deputy Prime Minister's Office’;</li><li>£3,830 on the subsequent logo for the new Department for Communities and Local Government, followed by burning a further £24,765 on dropping the “D” and renaming it “Communities and Local Government”, despite being neither, in a futile attempt to sound achingly trendy.</li></ul><p>We run a tighter ship. Right to Buy and the Fire Kills campaign are now the two primary campaigns we run, and both have a clear public benefit, in strong contrast to the culture of spin and excess in the spendthrift Labour years.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth more like this
star this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
star this property question first answered
less than 2015-01-22T16:18:54.673Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-22T16:18:54.673Z
star this property answering member
4009
star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
star this property previous answer version
36985
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth more like this
star this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
star this property answering member
4009
star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
star this property tabling member
1577
unstar this property label Biography information for Sadiq Khan more like this
164322
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-11-24more like thismore than 2014-11-24
star this property answering body
Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property hansard heading Public Bodies more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
star this property legislature
25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much was spent by his Department's public bodies on employees partly or wholly employed on trade union duties in each of the last three years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Harrogate and Knaresborough more like this
star this property tabling member printed
Andrew Jones more like this
star this property uin 215623 more like this
star this property answer
answer
unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-03-26more like thismore than 2015-03-26
star this property answer text <p>This Government has taken action to tackle the taxpayer-funded subsidies that previously were handed to the trade unions. Such payments were poor value for money and represented an unhealthy relationship between the state and voluntary sector.</p><p> </p><p>Trade union activities and campaigning in the public sector should be funded by members' subscriptions, not bankrolled by the taxpayer. Greater freedom from state dependency will help ensure that trade union bosses better reflect and respond to the wishes and views of the grassroots members who pay the bill.</p><p> </p><p>Following the Cabinet Office review of the use of facility time and facilities in the civil service, the Department for Communities and Local Government has made a series of reforms:</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><ul><li>Cutting back the guideline facility allocation to close to private sector benchmarks;</li><li>All trade union representatives must now spend the majority of their time in Civil Service roles – we no longer fund full-time “pilgrims”;</li><li>The Department no longer provides any funding for staff to carry out trade union activities;</li><li>Tighter controls have been implemented to prevent inappropriate use of departmental and office facilities for campaigning purposes;</li><li>The check-off facility has been ended for new entrants.</li></ul><p> </p><p>In 2013-14, the first year of the new regime, departmental facility time staffing costs were reduced to £47,620. To place in context, previous years were £153,814 in 2012-13, £140,687 in 2011-12, £177,100 in 2009-10 and £245,644 in 2008-09.</p><p> </p><p>Figures for our public bodies are shown in the attached table, and show a total reduction of £222,303 in 2013-14 on the year before. There are additional further sayings from a reduction in union expenses (now zero across the Department and our public bodies).</p><p> </p><p>We have also issued guidance to councils to follow our example in delivering sensible savings. We have amended the local government Transparency Code to increase openness and accountability over such taxpayer-funded payments to the trade unions.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Keighley more like this
star this property answering member printed Kris Hopkins more like this
star this property question first answered
less than 2015-03-26T11:55:12.7Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-26T11:55:12.7Z
star this property answering member
4043
star this property label Biography information for Kris Hopkins more like this
star this property attachment
1
unstar this property file name 215623 Jones.docx more like this
star this property title Table of Figures for Public Bodies more like this
star this property tabling member
3996
unstar this property label Biography information for Andrew Jones more like this
172663
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-01-07more like thismore than 2015-01-07
star this property answering body
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Flood Control more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
star this property legislature
25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure long-term support and funding for flood prevention schemes. more like this
star this property tabling member printed
The Lord Bishop of St Albans more like this
star this property uin HL3997 more like this
star this property answer
answer
unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-01-29more like thismore than 2015-01-29
star this property answer text <p>This Government has developed a six-year programme of work, involving over 1,400 projects, to improve defences throughout the country between 2015 and 2021. This has been made possible by our record level of commitment by investing £2.3 billion in improving defences over the coming six years. Efficiency gains will ensure this funding goes even further. This work is projected to reduce the risk of flooding or erosion to at least 300,000 households by 2021, and avoid around £30 billion in economic damages.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord De Mauley more like this
star this property question first answered
less than 2015-01-29T15:37:06.86Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-29T15:37:06.86Z
star this property answering member
2202
star this property label Biography information for Lord De Mauley more like this
star this property tabling member
4308
unstar this property label Biography information for The Lord Bishop of St Albans more like this
171065
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-12-17more like thismore than 2014-12-17
star this property answering body
Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept id 7 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property hansard heading Council Housing: Repairs and Maintenance more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
star this property legislature
25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans his Department has to protect leaseholders charged with excessive charges for repairs levied before the new cap for council house repairs came into force in August 2014. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bethnal Green and Bow more like this
star this property tabling member printed
Rushanara Ali more like this
star this property uin 219077 more like this
star this property answer
answer
unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-03-19more like thismore than 2015-03-19
star this property answer text <p>There were Directions, dating back to 1997, for the mandatory reduction of service charges to social landlords that cap leaseholder charges to £10,000 for specific programmes where Government has funded repair or regeneration. They were last extended in 1999 to take account of funding available through the Private Finance Initiative. They only relate to specific, named, programmes. <br><br>The new Mandatory Directions, which came into force in August 2014, extended the cap to £15,000 in London and covered the Decent Homes Grant announced in the 2013 Spending Review. <br><br>The law provides all leaseholders with a wide range of rights and protections where service charges and the management of their property is concerned. Service charges are only payable to the extent that they are reasonable, although what may be reasonable will depend on each property, the work required, and other services that the landlord is required to provide. Furthermore, leaseholders have the right to challenge the service charges they are being asked to pay by applying to an independent tribunal to determine the payability of the charges on the grounds of reasonableness.</p><p>Leaseholders can seek free initial legal advice about their own particular circumstances from the Leasehold Advisory Service (LEASE), a specialist advisory body funded by this Department, at Fleetbank House, 2-6 Salisbury Square, London, EC4 8YX; by telephone on 020 7832 2500; or by e-mail at: info@lease-advice.org . LEASE’s website is at: www.lease-advice.org</p><p>Noting the hon. Member’s constituency interest, I would add that my Department has recently received a number of letters from leaseholders complaining about how much they are being charged by Tower Hamlets Homes (an arms length management organisation for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets) in relation to major improvements and repair works to their homes. Examples have been given of service charges of around £35,000. Some of the complaints have also asserted that the commissioning of the works is flawed or even corrupt. We are carefully looking into these concerns and considering options.</p><p>In addition, Tower Hamlets, like all London councils receiving Decent Homes funding, has been required to appoint someone to independently verify their claims for decent homes funding. Tower Hamlets has appointed Mazars using an established procurement framework and the Greater London Authority believes that, to the best of their knowledge, this provides the necessary degree of independence.</p><p>Notwithstanding my Department’s review, I am disappointed with the aggressive and unsympathetic approach of the council, which is yet another sign of how the actions of the Tower Hamlets administration have harmed the good reputation of local government.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth more like this
star this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
star this property question first answered
less than 2015-03-19T13:55:36.193Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-19T13:55:36.193Z
star this property answering member
4009
star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
star this property tabling member
4138
unstar this property label Biography information for Rushanara Ali more like this