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1667497
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2023-11-07more like thismore than 2023-11-07
answering body
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept id 13 more like this
answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
hansard heading Water Supply: New Forest more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will (a) take steps with stakeholders to understand the (i) circumstances which led to Southern Water cutting off water supplies to households in the Waterside area of New Forest East constituency during the evening of Thursday 2 November 2023, (ii) reasons for which the water supply was not resumed until the morning of Sunday 5 November and (iii) reasons for the lack of advance warning to customers, (b) make an assessment of the adequacy of support given by Southern Water to vulnerable customers whose water had been cut off and (c) make it her policy to require water companies to increase their resilience levels to ensure they can deliver water to customers during periods of similarly heavy rainfall in the future. more like this
tabling member constituency New Forest East more like this
tabling member printed
Sir Julian Lewis more like this
uin 1 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2023-11-13more like thismore than 2023-11-13
answer text <p>On 2 November, the effects of Storm Ciaran were seen at Testwood Water Treatment Works in Hampshire. The heavy rainfall and consequent flooding impacted water quality, which meant that it was not possible for the Treatment Works to effectively treat the volume of water needed to maintain supplies. This included to properties in the Waterside area of the New Forest. Southern Water attempted to minimise the impact but as soon as it become apparent that supply would be affected, notifications were provided to customers, through their website and social media.</p><p>Once flooding reduced, Southern Water increased supplies slowly to safeguard safety and drinking water quality standards. Customers had water supply restored gradually over the course of Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 November. Arrangements were put in place to support those customers off supply, including the opening of three bottled water stations, and regular deliveries to vulnerable customers.</p><p>Throughout the water supply outage, my officials engaged closely with Southern Water to ensure steps were taken to resolve the incident as soon as possible. I was regularly briefed on the emerging situation and ensured that Southern Water was supporting customers in the impacted area, particularly those who are vulnerable.</p><p>And on 8 November, I met with Lawrence Gosden, CEO Southern Water, to consider what lessons could be learned from this water supply incident and the actions Southern Water are taking avoid future interruptions at Testwood Water Treatment Works. The company is also providing a detailed report to the Drinking Water Inspectorate, who will carry out a full assessment on the event.</p><p>Ensuring a plentiful supply of water is a government priority with our Plan for Water, published in April 2023, setting out how we will enhance water supply infrastructure and improve resilience to drought as well as managing water demand. Earlier this year, regional water resources groups and water companies, including Southern Water, consulted on their draft Water Resource Management Plans. Within their plans, water companies must consider all options, including demand management and water resources infrastructure for at least the next 25 years.</p><p>Water companies are also using the £469 million made available by Ofwat in the current Price Review period (2020-2025) to investigate strategic water resources options, that are required to improve the resilience of England’s water supplies. Ofwat also recently announced that water companies are bringing forward £2.2 billion for new water infrastructure delivery, over the next two years, with £350 million worth of investment in water resilience schemes.</p><p>Where a company does not meet their performance expectations, Ofwat, the independent water regulator, will take decisive regulatory action. For example, due to underperformance in 2022-23 across several areas, including on supply interruptions and customer satisfaction, draft decisions by Ofwat will mean Southern will return over £42 million to its customers in the 2024-25 financial year.</p><p>Government and regulators will continue to closely monitor Southern Water’s Performance and will not hesitate to hold them to account if they fall short.</p>
answering member constituency Taunton Deane more like this
answering member printed Rebecca Pow more like this
question first answered
less than 2023-11-13T14:23:59.933Zmore like thismore than 2023-11-13T14:23:59.933Z
answering member
4522
label Biography information for Rebecca Pow more like this
tabling member
54
label Biography information for Sir Julian Lewis more like this
1667493
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2023-11-07more like thismore than 2023-11-07
answering body
Home Office more like this
answering dept id 1 more like this
answering dept short name Home Office more like this
answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
hansard heading Crown Dependencies: Companies more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of when (a) the Bailiwick of Jersey, (b) the Bailiwick of Guernsey and (c) the Isle of Man will implement a publicly accessible register of beneficial ownership. more like this
tabling member constituency Barking more like this
tabling member printed
Dame Margaret Hodge more like this
uin 10 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2023-12-05more like thismore than 2023-12-05
answer text <p>In 2019, the Bailiwick of Jersey, Bailiwick of Guernsey and Isle of Man (the Crown Dependencies) committed to implement publicly accessible registers of beneficial ownership in line with principles adopted by the European Union.</p><p>In December 2022, following the ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), the Crown Dependencies issued a statement announcing that they were pausing work on their public commitments while they sought legal advice.</p><p>Currently 14 EU Member States allow public access to their beneficial ownership registers. Gibraltar has maintained a publicly accessible beneficial ownership register since 2020 and has not noted any negative economic impacts resulting from implementation of its public register.</p><p>The UK and the Crown Dependencies have differing legal views on implementing publicly accessible registers in light of the CJEU ruling. The UK is satisfied with the lawfulness of our own publicly accessible registers and continues to believe that the CDs could legally implement public registers of their own.</p><p>The Home Office is actively engaging the Crown Dependencies to understand their position. We will keep Parliament updated in the weeks ahead.</p><p> </p>
answering member constituency Tonbridge and Malling more like this
answering member printed Tom Tugendhat more like this
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less than 2023-12-05T15:24:26.81Zmore like thismore than 2023-12-05T15:24:26.81Z
answering member
4462
label Biography information for Tom Tugendhat more like this
tabling member
140
label Biography information for Dame Margaret Hodge more like this
1148940
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-10-14more like thismore than 2019-10-14
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 Bahrain: Military Bases 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, how many full-time staff are currently stationed in the UK's Naval Support Facility in Bahrain. more like this
tabling member constituency North Durham more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Kevan Jones more like this
uin 100 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-10-21more like thismore than 2019-10-21
answer text <p>There are more than 150 UK based military and Civil Service personnel deployed to the UK Naval Support Facility (UK NSF) in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The facility provides support for our deployed naval force in the Gulf, enabling our maritime security commitment for Bahrain, the wider region, and the global economy.</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 2019-10-21T12:12:14Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-21T12:12:14Z
answering member
1544
label Biography information for Lord Lancaster of Kimbolton more like this
tabling member
1438
label Biography information for Mr Kevan Jones more like this
1168326
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-12-19more like thismore than 2019-12-19
answering body
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept id 7 more like this
answering dept short name Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
answering dept sort name Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
hansard heading Affordable Housing: Construction 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 Housing, Communities and Local Government, what proportion of affordable housing units were built by (a) housing associations and (b) private developers in England in the last 12 months for which figures are available. more like this
tabling member constituency Romsey and Southampton North more like this
tabling member printed
Caroline Nokes more like this
uin 100 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2020-01-13more like thismore than 2020-01-13
answer text <p>The Department collects data on affordable housing through funding sources and does not differentiate between housing associations and developers. A full breakdown of affordable housing provision by funding source is available in live table 1011c: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/live-tables-on-affordable-housing-supply" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/live-tables-on-affordable-housing-supply</a>.</p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Tatton more like this
answering member printed Esther McVey more like this
question first answered
less than 2020-01-13T15:51:23.07Zmore like thismore than 2020-01-13T15:51:23.07Z
answering member
4084
label Biography information for Esther McVey more like this
tabling member
4048
label Biography information for Caroline Nokes more like this
1313327
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2021-05-11more like thismore than 2021-05-11
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 Espionage: Internet 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 his Department has made of the implications for its policies of reports that British officials are being targeted for recruitment by hostile states using online recruitment platforms. more like this
tabling member constituency Romford more like this
tabling member printed
Andrew Rosindell more like this
uin 100 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2021-05-18more like thismore than 2021-05-18
answer text <p>We aim, through our Personnel Security Strategy, to continuously build a security conscious organisation where staff understand the spectrum of evolving threats, including the potential to be targeted for recruitment by hostile states using online recruitment platforms. We take our responsibilities in this area seriously, and leverage a variety of methods to keep the Department and its people safe, and to fulfil our mission to safeguard national security. These include delivering security training, maintaining a strong internal security culture, recognising signs of people risk through comprehensive oversight, and delivering a range of support and guidance to staff to keep them aware of the latest threats. Moreover, the Department makes use of specific cross-HMG programmes such as 'Think Before You link' https://www.cpni.gov.uk/security-campaigns/think-you-link and has introduced a Cyber Confident programme to improve awareness of the Cyber threat, to help personnel spot potential targeting from hostile states and act appropriately if this occurs.</p>
answering member constituency Wells more like this
answering member printed James Heappey more like this
question first answered
less than 2021-05-18T11:37:23.657Zmore like thismore than 2021-05-18T11:37:23.657Z
answering member
4528
label Biography information for James Heappey more like this
tabling member
1447
label Biography information for Andrew Rosindell more like this
1461435
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2022-05-10more like thismore than 2022-05-10
answering body
Department of Health and Social Care more like this
answering dept id 17 more like this
answering dept short name Health and Social Care more like this
answering dept sort name Health and Social Care more like this
hansard heading Obesity: Health Services more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the suspension of funding for weight management services, announced on 4 March 2022, whether that suspension is in respect of the £35 million additional funding provided to local authorities as part of the £100 million announced in 2021 or the entire £100 million that was announced. more like this
tabling member constituency Denton and Reddish more like this
tabling member printed
Andrew Gwynne more like this
uin 100 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2022-05-16more like thismore than 2022-05-16
answer text <p>While some healthy weight programmes will continue, the reduction will include £35 million which was to be provided to local authorities for weight management services. Future funding will be subject to the normal business planning processes.</p><p><strong> </strong></p> more like this
answering member constituency Erewash more like this
answering member printed Maggie Throup more like this
grouped question UIN 97 more like this
question first answered
less than 2022-05-16T09:49:59.29Zmore like thismore than 2022-05-16T09:49:59.29Z
answering member
4447
label Biography information for Maggie Throup more like this
tabling member
1506
label Biography information for Andrew Gwynne more like this
1667892
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2023-11-07more like thismore than 2023-11-07
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 more like this
answering dept short name Transport more like this
answering dept sort name Transport more like this
hansard heading Shipping: Exhaust Emissions 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 Transport, when he plans to publish the update to the Clean Maritime Plan. more like this
tabling member constituency Bristol East more like this
tabling member printed
Kerry McCarthy more like this
uin 100 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2023-11-15more like thismore than 2023-11-15
answer text <p>As per my response on 04 September, the department is working to publish an update to the Clean Maritime Plan as soon as possible.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Hexham more like this
answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
question first answered
less than 2023-11-15T15:54:20.923Zmore like thismore than 2023-11-15T15:54:20.923Z
answering member
4142
label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
tabling member
1491
label Biography information for Kerry McCarthy more like this
1149860
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-10-16more like thismore than 2019-10-16
answering body
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept id 13 more like this
answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
hansard heading Packaging: Waste Disposal more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to improve consumer education on using compostable packaging. more like this
tabling member constituency Scunthorpe more like this
tabling member printed
Nic Dakin more like this
uin 1000 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-10-25more like thismore than 2019-10-25
answer text <p>The Government recognises that innovation into biodegradable and compostable packaging could help reduce the environmental impacts of packaging if it is disposed of in the right way. However, currently this is often not the case. If biodegradable packaging is put in the domestic waste bin, for example, it is likely to end up in landfill and can break down to release powerful greenhouse gases, such as methane. If biodegradable plastic is mistakenly recycled with other plastics, it has the potential to damage the quality of the new products made from the recycled plastic.</p><p> </p><p>As a consequence of these concerns, the Government published a call for evidence in July 2019 to help consider the development of standards or certification criteria for all bio-based, biodegradable, and compostable plastics to better understand their effects on the environment and our current waste system. As we develop our proposals to reform the packaging producer responsibility system we will consider the role of composting, informed by the outputs of this work.</p><p> </p><p>Building on commitments in the Resources and Waste Strategy we launched a consultation earlier this year on reforming the packaging producer responsibility system, which proposed a mandatory UK-wide labelling system that provides clear information to help people to recycle. Defra officials are exploring how a mandatory labelling scheme can address consumer confusion about what to do with compostable packaging. We will take primary powers in the Environment Bill to enable us to implement a mandatory labelling scheme. The consultation closed on 13 May and the summary of responses and next steps can be found via the below link: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/packaging-waste-changing-the-uk-producer-responsibility-system-for-packaging-waste" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/packaging-waste-changing-the-uk-producer-responsibility-system-for-packaging-waste</a></p>
answering member constituency Taunton Deane more like this
answering member printed Rebecca Pow more like this
grouped question UIN
1001 more like this
1002 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-10-25T10:22:11.92Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-25T10:22:11.92Z
answering member
4522
label Biography information for Rebecca Pow more like this
tabling member
4056
label Biography information for Nic Dakin more like this
1169147
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2020-01-07more like thismore than 2020-01-07
answering body
Department of Health and Social Care more like this
answering dept id 17 more like this
answering dept short name Health and Social Care more like this
answering dept sort name Health and Social Care more like this
hansard heading Influenza: Vaccination 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 Health and Social Care, what steps he taking to increase the rate of take up of the flu vaccination in winter 2019-20. more like this
tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
tabling member printed
Jim Shannon more like this
uin 1000 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2020-01-15more like thismore than 2020-01-15
answer text <p>Public Health England launched the annual flu campaign in October 2019 to encourage uptake of flu vaccination amongst key groups. The campaign targeted pregnant women, people with underlying health conditions, and parents of two and three-year olds. The campaign, which ran until 15 December 2019, featured advertising on television, video on demand, pharmacy screens, digital display, social media, radio, and paid search, in addition to public relations and extensive partnership activity. In the run up to Christmas, NHS England and NHS Improvement extended the campaign with national press advertising.</p><p> </p><p>Local areas have also delivered a range of activities to encourage those in at risk groups to have the vaccine. To increase patient choice, adults who are eligible can also get the vaccine through their local community pharmacy. As part of its assurance process, NHS England and NHS Improvement have been working through its regional teams and clinical commissioning groups to ensure that general practices with the lowest uptake rates are contacted and action is taken to increase uptake.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
answering member constituency Bury St Edmunds more like this
answering member printed Jo Churchill more like this
question first answered
less than 2020-01-15T11:51:48.167Zmore like thismore than 2020-01-15T11:51:48.167Z
answering member
4380
label Biography information for Jo Churchill more like this
tabling member
4131
label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
1314622
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2021-05-13more like thismore than 2021-05-13
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 more like this
answering dept short name Transport more like this
answering dept sort name Transport more like this
hansard heading Driving Tests 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 Transport, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the backlog of people waiting for a practical driving test. more like this
tabling member constituency North Herefordshire more like this
tabling member printed
Bill Wiggin more like this
uin 1000 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2021-05-18more like thismore than 2021-05-18
answer text <p>The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has put in place a number of measures to increase practical driving tests. These include offering overtime and annual leave buy back to examiners, asking all those qualified to conduct tests, but who do not do so as part of their current day job, to return to conducting tests, and conducting out of hours testing (such as on public holidays). The DVSA has also started a recruitment campaign to increase the number of examiners. The aim is to increase testing capacity and reduce the backlog as quickly as possible, whilst maintaining a COVID-secure service for customers and examiners.</p><p> </p><p>As at 10 May 2021, the average waiting time for a practical driving test is (a) England 13.4 weeks, (b) Herefordshire (Hereford driving test centre) 15 weeks, (c) North Herefordshire (Ludlow driving test centre) 14 weeks.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>The DVSA is currently recruiting up to 300 new driving examiners. If this number of driving examiners are recruited, the number of practical driving tests will increase by up to 40,000 each month.</p><p><strong> </strong></p>
answering member constituency Redditch more like this
answering member printed Rachel Maclean more like this
grouped question UIN
1001 more like this
1002 more like this
1003 more like this
1004 more like this
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less than 2021-05-18T14:17:10.27Zmore like thismore than 2021-05-18T14:17:10.27Z
answering member
4668
label Biography information for Rachel Maclean more like this
tabling member
1428
label Biography information for Sir Bill Wiggin more like this