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star this property date less than 2019-10-21more like thismore than 2019-10-21
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Armed Forces: Prosecutions more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text If he will introduce a statute of limitations to protect servicemen and women from prosecution. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency North East Hampshire more like this
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Mr Ranil Jayawardena more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The prosecution of veterans is something that we take very seriously. Our Service personnel are of course subject to the law, but veterans should not have to face repeated investigations many years after the events in question. This is why we have just completed a public consultation on proposed legal protections measures for serving personnel and veterans. Once we have analysed the responses, we will bring forward legislation.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Plymouth, Moor View more like this
star this property answering member printed Johnny Mercer more like this
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less than 2019-10-21T16:42:04.767Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-21T16:42:04.767Z
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star this property label Biography information for Johnny Mercer more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Ranil Jayawardena more like this
1150811
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-10-21more like thismore than 2019-10-21
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Veterans: Pensions more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text If he will take steps to ensure that veterans who served before 1975 for less than 22 years are granted a service pension. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bishop Auckland more like this
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Helen Goodman more like this
star this property uin 900020 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>I understand and sympathise with the veterans affected. However, the issue of pre-1975 pensions is common to all contemporary public service schemes. Given the likely number of former employees, the financial impact of resolving legacy pension issues is expected to be very significant. There would also be potentially overwhelming practical and administrative difficulties in recreating precise service and pay records and calculating pension awards for people who served about half a century ago, or for their surviving dependants.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Plymouth, Moor View more like this
star this property answering member printed Johnny Mercer more like this
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less than 2019-10-21T16:41:21.943Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-21T16:41:21.943Z
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4485
star this property label Biography information for Johnny Mercer more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Helen Goodman more like this
1150219
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-10-17more like thismore than 2019-10-17
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading State Retirement Pensions: Females more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of women on low incomes born in the 1950s who have had their state pension age changed in (a) Blackpool, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Blackpool South more like this
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Gordon Marsden more like this
star this property uin 895 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Women born between 6 April 1950 and 5 April 1953 were affected by State Pension age equalisation under the Pensions Act 1995. The Pensions Act 2011 accelerated the equalisation of State Pension age, and included transitional arrangements limiting State Pension age delays, affecting women born between 6 April 1953 and 5 December 1953. It also brought forward the increase in State Pension age from 65 to 66 which affected women born between 6 December 1953 and 5 April 1960.</p><p> </p><p>The Department for Work and Pensions only holds estimates at a Great Britain level.</p><p> </p><p>The Office for National Statistics publishes data bi-annually on population numbers and projections. This is not segmented into income categories. They do offer data segmented into local area groups and region. The next release of population data will be available on the 21/10/2019 at: <a href="https://www.ons.gov.uk/releases/nationalpopulationprojections2018based" target="_blank">https://www.ons.gov.uk/releases/nationalpopulationprojections2018based</a></p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Hexham more like this
star this property answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
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less than 2019-10-21T13:37:37.533Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-21T13:37:37.533Z
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Gordon Marsden more like this
1150220
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-10-17more like thismore than 2019-10-17
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading State Retirement Pensions: Females more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions Ministers in her Department have had with groups representing women born in the 1950s who have had their state pensions age changed as a result of the Pensions Act 2011 on options for those women to draw their pensions at a reduced rate at 64 years of age. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Blackpool South more like this
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Gordon Marsden more like this
star this property uin 896 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Secretary of State has committed to meeting the joint chairs of All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on State Pension inequality for Women.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Hexham more like this
star this property answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
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less than 2019-10-21T16:32:23.15Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-21T16:32:23.15Z
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Gordon Marsden more like this
1150222
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star this property date less than 2019-10-17more like thismore than 2019-10-17
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading State Retirement Pensions: Females more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans her Department has to help reduce the financial losses incurred by women on low incomes born in the 1950s who have had their state pension age changed. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Blackpool South more like this
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Gordon Marsden more like this
star this property uin 897 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>For people who cannot work, the welfare system will continue to provide a safety-net, as it does for people of all ages now. We will spend around £55 billion this year (2019/20) on benefits to support disabled people and people with health conditions. This is around 2.5 per cent of GDP, and over 6 per cent of government spending, and as a share of GDP, the UK’s public spending is second highest in the G7 [OECD 2015 data].</p><p> </p><p>The new State Pension is actually more generous for many women, who often did less well in the past. Women who reached State Pension age in 2016 are estimated to receive more State Pension on average over their lifetime than women ever have before. By 2030, over 3 million women stand to gain an average of £550 more per year as a result of the recent reforms.</p><p> </p><p>There are now 5 million women aged 50 and over in the workforce compared to 4.2 million five years ago. This is a record high.</p><p> </p><p>This Government is committed to improving the outlook for older workers, including women, affected by increases in the State Pension age, and removing the barriers they may face. We have removed the default retirement age, meaning most people can choose when to retire, and extended the right to flexible working.</p><p> </p><p>To support people with their future planning, DWP launched an online web page in February this year which brings together money, job and health elements of the mid-life MOT: <a href="https://www.yourpension.gov.uk/mid-life-mot/" target="_blank">https://www.yourpension.gov.uk/mid-life-mot/</a></p><p> </p><p>To support employers, Business in The Community has also created MOT guides that support business. <a href="https://age.bitc.org.uk/tools-impact-stories/toolkits" target="_blank">https://age.bitc.org.uk/tools-impact-stories/toolkits</a></p>
star this property answering member constituency Hexham more like this
star this property answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
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less than 2019-10-21T15:07:15.673Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-21T15:07:15.673Z
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Gordon Marsden more like this
1150340
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star this property date less than 2019-10-17more like thismore than 2019-10-17
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Occupational Pensions: Scunthorpe more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of people in Scunthorpe constituency have (a) opted out after being auto-enrolled into a workplace pension and (b) saved more than the auto-enrolment minimum contribution. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Scunthorpe more like this
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Nic Dakin more like this
star this property uin 1661 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Automatic enrolment has achieved a quiet revolution through getting employees into the habit of pension saving, and reversing the decline in workplace pension participation in the decade prior to these reforms. Since automatic enrolment started in 2012 participation rates have been transformed with 87% of eligible employees saving into a workplace pension in 2018, up from 55% in 2012.</p><p> </p><p>The Department does not hold data for individual constituencies in relation to opt outs or the number of individuals who have saved above the automatic enrolment minimum contribution level. However, we do know that overall around 9% of automatically enrolled workers have chosen to opt out which is significantly below original estimates; and our latest evaluation report shows that, in April 2017, approximately 5.9 million eligible employees were already meeting the April 2019 minimum contribution rates<sup>1</sup>.</p><p> </p><p>I am providing the following information about the impact of automatic enrolment in your constituency, as at end of September 2019<sup>2</sup>:</p><p> </p><p>In the Scunthorpe constituency since 2012, approximately 9,000 eligible jobholders have been automatically enrolled and 1370 employers have met their duties.</p><p> </p><p><sup>1</sup>Automatic Enrolment Evaluation Report 2018, available via the following weblink: <a href="https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/764964/Automatic_Enrolment_Evaluation_Report_2018.pdf" target="_blank">https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/764964/Automatic_Enrolment_Evaluation_Report_2018.pdf</a>.</p><p> </p><p><sup>2</sup>The Pensions Regulator’s data on Automatic enrolment declaration of compliance by constituency, available via the following weblink:</p><p><a href="https://www.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk/en/document-library/research-and-analysis/data-requests" target="_blank">https://www.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk/en/document-library/research-and-analysis/data-requests</a></p>
star this property answering member constituency Hexham more like this
star this property answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
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less than 2019-10-21T17:00:48.88Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-21T17:00:48.88Z
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Nic Dakin more like this
1150351
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star this property date less than 2019-10-17more like thismore than 2019-10-17
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading China: Prisoners more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 3 September 2019 to Question 281598 on Organs, what assessment the Government has made of the validity of reports of organ harvesting in the People’s Republic of China; and what steps the Government is taking in response to those reports. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency West Ham more like this
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Lyn Brown more like this
star this property uin 1644 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Government’s position has not changed. As the Prime Minister’s former Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion and Belief, Lord (Tariq) Ahmad, said in Parliament on 25 July,</p><p>“I note the time and energy that the International Coalition to End Transplant Abuse in China has dedicated to this issue. Officials have reviewed the evidence thoroughly. While the evidence is not incontrovertible, we take these allegations seriously and have consulted the World Health Organization and international partners. The evidence provided disturbing details about the mistreatment of Falun Gong practitioners, and raised worrying questions about China’s transplant system. We continue to monitor all available evidence.”</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South Derbyshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Mrs Heather Wheeler more like this
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less than 2019-10-21T16:35:28.203Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-21T16:35:28.203Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mrs Heather Wheeler more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lyn Brown more like this
1150440
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star this property date less than 2019-10-17more like thismore than 2019-10-17
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Department for Exiting the European Union more like this
star this property answering dept id 203 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Exiting the European Union more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Exiting the European Union more like this
star this property hansard heading Department for Exiting the European Union: Jainism more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if he will invite representatives of the Jain community to national events organised by his Department; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Harrow West more like this
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Gareth Thomas more like this
star this property uin 1535 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Britain’s Jain community makes a positive contribution to life in this country. This Government values its contribution immensely.</p><p>The Government is always keen to work with the Jain community on matters that are important to them, and we will continue to do so.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Rochford and Southend East more like this
star this property answering member printed James Duddridge more like this
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less than 2019-10-21T14:04:23.05Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-21T14:04:23.05Z
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star this property label Biography information for James Duddridge more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Gareth Thomas more like this
1149863
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star this property date less than 2019-10-16more like thismore than 2019-10-16
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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
star this property answering dept sort name International Development more like this
star this property hansard heading Department for International Development: Energy Supply more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the Answer of 1 October 2019 to Question 290329 on Department for International Development: Energy Supply and to the Answer on 1 October 2019 to Question 290324 on Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Energy Supply, if he will introduce the same policy as the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and switch to an electricity provider that supplies electricity solely from renewable resources within the next 12 months; and for what reason his Department has not already ensured its electricity is supplied solely from renewable resources. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Scunthorpe more like this
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Nic Dakin more like this
star this property uin 1003 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>DFID’s UK estate comprises two joint-headquarters, 22 Whitehall in London and Abercrombie House in Glasgow. DFID’s current energy supplier for both offices are EDF Energy for electricity. DFID’s energy is contracted via the Cabinet Office’s Crown Commercial Service Framework. DFID intends to take advantage of renewable energy options under the new Crown Commercial Service Framework when putting in place new energy supply arrangements. As highlighted in DFID’s 2018-19 Annual Report and Accounts (<a href="https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fassets.publishing.service.gov.uk%2Fgovernment%2Fuploads%2Fsystem%2Fuploads%2Fattachment_data%2Ffile%2F815787%2FARA-2019.pdf&amp;data=02%7C01%7Ce-morrison%40dfid.gov.uk%7Ce3cc3ef490d645c1386508d753b4fdf6%7Ccdf709af1a184c74bd936d14a64d73b3%7C0%7C0%7C637069909125610289&amp;sdata=D%2FBYPJ4e4GehIlKrtyN00FZEADFoyFOwwluJho%2F4b%2Fw%3D&amp;reserved=0" target="_blank">link</a>), DFID has a strong record of improving environmental performance and is working towards meeting the Greening Government Commitment targets (<a href="https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.gov.uk%2Fgovernment%2Fpublications%2Fgreening-government-commitments-2016-to-2020&amp;data=02%7C01%7Ce-morrison%40dfid.gov.uk%7Ce3cc3ef490d645c1386508d753b4fdf6%7Ccdf709af1a184c74bd936d14a64d73b3%7C0%7C0%7C637069909125620280&amp;sdata=Y1DHR7ZuwBrX%2FRT8cwP13Wp0cfKkdSB8%2Bi2khsred84%3D&amp;reserved=0" target="_blank">link</a>) in the UK by end of financial year 2019-20.</p>
star this property answering member constituency South West Wiltshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Dr Andrew Murrison more like this
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less than 2019-10-21T17:00:33.46Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-21T17:00:33.46Z
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star this property label Biography information for Dr Andrew Murrison more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Nic Dakin more like this
1149864
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star this property date less than 2019-10-16more like thismore than 2019-10-16
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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
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Ministry of Justice: Energy Supply more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Answer of 2 October 2019 to Question 291004 and to the Answer of 1 October 2019 to Question 290324, if he will introduce the same policy as the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and switch to an electricity provider that supplies electricity solely from renewable resources within the next 12 months; and for what reason his Department has not already ensured its electricity is supplied solely from renewable resources. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Scunthorpe more like this
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Nic Dakin more like this
star this property uin 1004 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Government departments are mandated to use Crown Commercial Services (CCS) Energy frameworks for the supply of electricity. EDF is the current supplier and the current arrangement lasts until March 2022.</p><p> </p><p>We are exploring with CCS how to increase the percentage of energy sourced from renewables. This includes the feasibility of changing the current percentage mix, the costs of securing matched renewable energy through obtaining Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origination (REGOs), and the timescales for doing so.</p><p> </p><p>To date the Department has prioritised energy efficiency and spend to save investment on its estate. But as part of the MoJ’s commitment to achieve net zero by 2050 or sooner, the Department is exploring options for increased on-site renewable energy generation, and low and no carbon energy supply.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Croydon South more like this
star this property answering member printed Chris Philp more like this
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less than 2019-10-21T14:46:13.92Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-21T14:46:13.92Z
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star this property label Biography information for Chris Philp more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Nic Dakin more like this