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registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-12-04more like thismore than 2018-12-04
answering body
Attorney General more like this
answering dept id 88 more like this
answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
hansard heading Brexit: Legal Opinion more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Attorney General, whether his Department will publish the full legal advice on the EU Withdrawal Agreement before the House votes on the Motion to approve that Agreement on 11 December 2018. more like this
tabling member constituency Upper Bann remove filter
tabling member printed
David Simpson more like this
uin 198781 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-12-10more like thismore than 2018-12-10
answer text <p>A copy of the final advice that the Attorney General provided to Cabinet on 14 November on the legal effect of the Withdrawal Agreement was published on 5 December. Copies have been placed in both libraries of the House and can be found online <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/exiting-the-eu-publication-of-legal-advice" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> more like this
answering member constituency South Swindon more like this
answering member printed Robert Buckland more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-12-10T12:58:50.59Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-10T12:58:50.59Z
answering member
4106
label Biography information for Robert Buckland more like this
tabling member
1597
label Biography information for David Simpson more like this
1010279
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-19more like thismore than 2018-11-19
answering body
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
answering dept id 201 more like this
answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
hansard heading Retail Trade: Urban Areas more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support high street retailers increase footfall. more like this
tabling member constituency Upper Bann remove filter
tabling member printed
David Simpson more like this
uin 192882 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-27more like thismore than 2018-11-27
answer text <p>This Department is clear that we want all types of retail to thrive now and in the future, and wants to support the sector as it responds to change. This is why in March we established the industry led Retail Sector Council to bring Government and industry together to boost the sector’s productivity and promote its future.</p><p>In addition, in Autumn budget 2018, we announced a number of measures as part of an Action Plan, led by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) to support the sustainable transformation of our high streets. This plan includes:</p><ul><li>A £675m Future High Streets Fund, to support local areas in England to invest in town centre infrastructure, including to increase access to high streets and support redevelopment and densification around high streets. The Fund will also support the regeneration of heritage high streets (up to £55m of the overall Fund). MHCLG has published a fact sheet setting out more details about the Fund<p> </p></li><li>Supporting local leadership with a High Streets Taskforce, giving high streets and town centres expert advice to adapt and thrive. This will provide hands-on support to local areas to develop data-driven innovative strategies and connect local areas to relevant experts<p> </p></li><li>A planning consultation to help support change on the high street. This will aim to make it easier for high streets to adapt for the future, with a wider range of retail, residential and other uses. A second consultation will be published in 2019, including how to support the more effective use of tools such as Compulsory Purchase Orders and Local Development Orders<p> </p></li><li>Piloting a register of empty commercial properties to support wider regeneration of our high streets and town centres<p> </p></li><li>Launching an ‘Open Doors’ pilot in five town centres to bring empty properties back into use by matching landlords of vacant premises with local community groups looking for space.</li></ul><p> </p><p>This Action plan is in addition to existing measures including:</p><p> </p><ul><li>An expert panel chaired by Sir John Timpson, whose recommendations informed the budget package. The panel are drawing on existing evidence and their own experiences to investigate the challenges facing our high streets and town centres and to advise on the best practical measures to help them thrive now and in the future. We look forward to receiving their full recommendations.</li></ul><p> </p><ul><li>The Future High Street Forum, chaired by the Minister for High Streets. The Forum consists of developers, investors and retailers. It provides joint business and government leadership to better enable our high streets and town centres to adapt and compete in the face of changing consumer and social trends.</li></ul><p> </p><ul><li>Government support for Business Improvement Districts, recognising the important role they play in allowing local businesses to work together to shape and improve their high streets and towns.</li></ul>
answering member constituency Rochester and Strood more like this
answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-11-27T14:43:43.953Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-27T14:43:43.953Z
answering member
4487
label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
tabling member
1597
label Biography information for David Simpson more like this
1037102
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-01-07more like thismore than 2019-01-07
answering body
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
answering dept id 201 more like this
answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
hansard heading Energy: Billing more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps is his Department taking to help people that are not computer literate to (a) compare and (b) switch energy company tariffs. more like this
tabling member constituency Upper Bann remove filter
tabling member printed
David Simpson more like this
uin 205874 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-01-14more like thismore than 2019-01-14
answer text <p>The Government created the Big Energy Saving Network, to provide face to face support for vulnerable consumers to switch and save, led by Citizens Advice and delivered by third sector organisations and community groups. In addition many Ofgem accredited price comparison sites offer a free telephone service.</p><p> </p><p>We are also working closely with Ofgem to deliver midata in energy, which will streamline tariff comparisons by allowing switching companies to access key energy data, with customers’ consent, and include a telephone access route for those consumers who are less confident using computers.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Devizes more like this
answering member printed Claire Perry more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-01-14T15:54:07.233Zmore like thismore than 2019-01-14T15:54:07.233Z
answering member
3974
label Biography information for Claire Perry more like this
tabling member
1597
label Biography information for David Simpson more like this
1037104
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-01-07more like thismore than 2019-01-07
answering body
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
answering dept id 201 more like this
answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
hansard heading Energy: Conservation more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to help consumers reduce their energy usage. more like this
tabling member constituency Upper Bann remove filter
tabling member printed
David Simpson more like this
uin 205875 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-01-15more like thismore than 2019-01-15
answer text <p>The Government is committed to help all consumers – both households and businesses – to reduce their energy usage, taking control of their bills and helping us meet our clean growth ambitions.</p><p> </p><p>In our Clean Growth Strategy, we set out our aspiration to upgrade as many homes as possible to an Energy Performance Certificate Band C by 2035, where practical, cost effective and affordable. We have taken a number of steps to deliver this aim: this year, we launched the digitally-led Simple Energy Advice service to provide impartial, tailored advice on how homeowners can cut energy bills and make their homes greener, and also launched a new quality mark, through Trustmark, to help give consumers confidence in the quality of the measures being installed in their homes. And, in April 2018, we introduced new legislation requiring landlords of both residential and commercial buildings to improve their properties to Energy Performance Certificate Band E or higher. We will also shortly publish an action plan on building the market for energy efficiency, outlining a range of market-based measures in line with this aspiration.</p><p> </p><p>Alongside this, the Energy Company Obligation obligates the larger energy suppliers to install energy efficiency and heating measures to people’s homes to help reduce their energy use. Since January 2013, the scheme has delivered over 2.4 million improvements in around 1.9m homes. It is funded at £640m per year and this level of support will continue to 2028, meaning the Government will drive more than £6 billion of investment in domestic energy efficiency over the next ten years.</p><p> </p><p>The Clean Growth Strategy also set out our ambition to enable business consumers to reduce their energy usage by improving energy efficiency by at least 20% by 2030. We have introduced a more streamlined energy and carbon reporting framework to help businesses reduce their carbon emissions and associated energy costs. We have also launched a new £18 million Industrial Heat Recovery Support Programme supporting the recovery and re-use of industrial waste heat, and committed £8.8 million to promote innovative approaches to energy management using smart meters. We also announced at Budget 2018 up to £315m for an Industrial Energy Transformation Fund to support businesses with high energy use to invest in energy efficiency and decarbonisation measures, and that we would bring forward proposals on a new energy efficiency scheme for small and medium sized enterprises.</p>
answering member constituency Devizes more like this
answering member printed Claire Perry more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-01-15T14:58:24.927Zmore like thismore than 2019-01-15T14:58:24.927Z
answering member
3974
label Biography information for Claire Perry more like this
tabling member
1597
label Biography information for David Simpson more like this
1037106
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-01-07more like thismore than 2019-01-07
answering body
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
answering dept id 201 more like this
answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
hansard heading Small Businesses more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to help small businesses to grow. more like this
tabling member constituency Upper Bann remove filter
tabling member printed
David Simpson more like this
uin 205876 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-01-14more like thismore than 2019-01-14
answer text <p>Through our modern Industrial Strategy, we are making the UK one of the best places in the world for businesses to start up and grow.</p><p> </p><p>The Government-owned British Business Bank is supporting nearly 78,000 small businesses with over £5.5 billion of finance; and we’ve extended funding for the Start Up Loans Company until 2021, supporting 10,000 more entrepreneurs.</p><p> </p><p>We’re also providing £56m of funding to boost business productivity, including £11m to create a Small Business Leadership Programme.</p><p> </p><p>Business across England can also access tailored advice and support through one of the 38 Local Growth Hubs, one in each Local Enterprise Partnership Area. These bring together public and private sector partners to deliver business support, making it easy for business to access the help and advice they need.</p><p> </p><p>We have launched the £9 million Business Basics Programme, as announced in the Industrial Strategy, to test innovative ways of encouraging SMEs to take up the good practices that can help them to become more productive.</p><p> </p><p>In addition, Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), drives productivity and growth by supporting businesses to realise the potential of new technologies, develop ideas and make them a commercial success.</p>
answering member constituency Rochester and Strood more like this
answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-01-14T17:44:34.04Zmore like thismore than 2019-01-14T17:44:34.04Z
answering member
4487
label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
tabling member
1597
label Biography information for David Simpson more like this
1037107
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-01-07more like thismore than 2019-01-07
answering body
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
answering dept id 201 more like this
answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
hansard heading Energy: Research more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has allocated funding for new research on clean energy. more like this
tabling member constituency Upper Bann remove filter
tabling member printed
David Simpson more like this
uin 205877 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-01-15more like thismore than 2019-01-15
answer text <p>The Government has committed to spending over £2.5bn on research into low carbon innovation, including clean energy, between 2015 and 2021. This includes £505m of spending on BEIS’s Energy Innovation Programme, which aims to accelerate the commercial deployment of clean energy technologies and processes into the coming decades, and up to £1.2 billion of funding from UK Research and Innovation, including funding for the Energy Systems Catapult and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult. Recent announcements of funding have included £102m for the Prospering from the Energy Revolution challenge, to develop future smart energy systems and prove their use at scale, and up to £170m for decarbonising Industrial Clusters.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Further information</p><p>Prospering from the Energy Revolution: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/news/prospering-from-the-energy-revolution-full-programme-details" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/news/prospering-from-the-energy-revolution-full-programme-details</a></p><p>Decarbonising Industrial Clusters: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/news/world-first-carbon-net-zero-hub-of-heavy-industry-to-help-uk-seize-global-economic-opportunities-of-clean-growth" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/news/world-first-carbon-net-zero-hub-of-heavy-industry-to-help-uk-seize-global-economic-opportunities-of-clean-growth</a></p>
answering member constituency Devizes more like this
answering member printed Claire Perry more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-01-15T14:58:35.197Zmore like thismore than 2019-01-15T14:58:35.197Z
answering member
3974
label Biography information for Claire Perry more like this
tabling member
1597
label Biography information for David Simpson more like this
1125416
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-05-08more like thismore than 2019-05-08
answering body
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
answering dept id 201 more like this
answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
hansard heading Parental Leave more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support shared parental leave. more like this
tabling member constituency Upper Bann remove filter
tabling member printed
David Simpson more like this
uin 251985 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-13more like thismore than 2019-05-13
answer text <p>In 2018 the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Government Equalities Office funded a £1.5m campaign to raise awareness of the Shared Parental Leave and Pay scheme amongst parents. This was followed by further communications activity, aimed at employers, in 2019. Both campaigns were underpinned by improved tools and guidance for parents which can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/shared-parental-leave-and-pay-guidance-and-tools-for-parents.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Rochester and Strood more like this
answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-05-13T13:27:20.397Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-13T13:27:20.397Z
answering member
4487
label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
tabling member
1597
label Biography information for David Simpson more like this
1022970
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-12-10more like thismore than 2018-12-10
answering body
Ministry of Defence more like this
answering dept id 11 more like this
answering dept short name Defence more like this
answering dept sort name Defence more like this
hansard heading Armed Forces: Technology more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the security of the technology used for military systems. more like this
tabling member constituency Upper Bann remove filter
tabling member printed
David Simpson more like this
uin 200621 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-12-18more like thismore than 2018-12-18
answer text <p>Defence uses a number of information assurance and cyber security activities to ensure the technology used for military systems are appropriately protected. However, for the purpose of safeguarding national security, the Ministry of Defence does not comment publicly on the specifics of these activities and arrangements.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Pudsey more like this
answering member printed Stuart Andrew more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-12-18T14:30:29.157Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-18T14:30:29.157Z
answering member
4032
label Biography information for Stuart Andrew more like this
tabling member
1597
label Biography information for David Simpson more like this
1022971
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-12-10more like thismore than 2018-12-10
answering body
Ministry of Defence more like this
answering dept id 11 more like this
answering dept short name Defence more like this
answering dept sort name Defence more like this
hansard heading Russia: Armed Forces more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made in trends in the number of aggressive tactics by Russian by (a) sea and (b) air in relation to (i) Royal Navy and (ii) Royal Air Force operations in the last two years. more like this
tabling member constituency Upper Bann remove filter
tabling member printed
David Simpson more like this
uin 200622 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-12-18more like thismore than 2018-12-18
answer text <p>Russia has developed a more assertive military posture towards the West. Many Russian military activities are routine while some are more provocative. Russian interaction with UK aircraft and ships are generally safe and professional.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Milton Keynes North more like this
answering member printed Mark Lancaster more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-12-18T12:22:12.037Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-18T12:22:12.037Z
answering member
1544
label Biography information for Mark Lancaster more like this
tabling member
1597
label Biography information for David Simpson more like this
1022972
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-12-10more like thismore than 2018-12-10
answering body
Ministry of Defence more like this
answering dept id 11 more like this
answering dept short name Defence more like this
answering dept sort name Defence more like this
hansard heading Reserve Forces: Recruitment more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to encourage people to join the reserve forces. more like this
tabling member constituency Upper Bann remove filter
tabling member printed
David Simpson more like this
uin 200623 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-12-17more like thismore than 2018-12-17
answer text <p>The attractiveness of the offer that we are making to reservists in terms of challenge, opportunity and reward has improved markedly under the Reserves 2020 (FR20) programme, with access to modern equipment, better training opportunities, and improved remuneration and support.</p><p>As part of FR20, each Service has its own strategy for encouraging people to join the Reserve Forces.</p><p>The Royal Navy marketing strategy includes the use of media outlets to encourage potential candidates to visit the careers website, contact their call centre, or attend a Reserves Experience event, where they are able to engage with regional reserve units. The Navy introduced a seamless transfer process in 2015 called Project Firefly to encourage Regular Service Leavers to join the Maritime Reserves. This scheme has recently been expanded to attract former Regulars who have been outside the Service for two years or less.</p><p>Recruitment for the Army Reserve is part of the wider Army 'Belonging' recruitment campaign. This campaign was enhanced in autumn 2018 through a bespoke Army Reserve video on demand campaign to encourage Army Reserve applications. The Army also seeks to attract Regular soldiers at the end of their full-time Service, and has introduced a range of financial incentives.</p><p>Royal Air Force Reserve Squadrons are marketed nationally under the strap-line 'Royal Air Force Regular and Reserve'. Additionally, the RAF have produced an informative brochure about joining the RAF Reserves that is publicised via the RAF recruiting website, social media channels and is also available at Armed Forces Careers Offices.</p>
answering member constituency Milton Keynes North more like this
answering member printed Mark Lancaster more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-12-17T16:56:51.687Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-17T16:56:51.687Z
answering member
1544
label Biography information for Mark Lancaster more like this
tabling member
1597
label Biography information for David Simpson more like this