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1691189
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-02-22more like thismore than 2024-02-22
answering body
Department for Culture, Media and Sport more like this
answering dept id 217 more like this
answering dept short name Culture, Media and Sport more like this
answering dept sort name Culture, Media and Sport more like this
hansard heading Church of England: Music 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 Culture, Media and Sport, whether she has taken steps to support the musical tradition of the Church of England in (a) England and (b) Romford constituency. more like this
tabling member constituency Romford more like this
tabling member printed
Andrew Rosindell more like this
uin 15250 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-03-01more like thismore than 2024-03-01
answer text <p>HM Government has a strong commitment to all forms of music, including church music. Government support for church music is primarily channelled through Arts Council England, which between 2019/20 and 2023/24 has funded activity with a choral element or focus by more than £190 million. Although this funding is not specifically aimed at music traditional to the Church of England, this funding has supported the development, touring and promotion of choral music throughout England, including organisations the focus of which is on music in the tradition of the Church of England.</p><p>Government provides support for churches via the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme, which provides grants to cover the VAT expenses associated with repair and conservation of listed churches. This includes conservation efforts for monuments situated in listed places of worship. At present there is up to £42m available per year and this amount of funding has been secured until 31 March 2025. One of the eligible costs for the LPWGS is pipe organs permanently fixed to the structure of the listed building, with essential restoration and repair works being enabled through Government financial support. Since August 2022, £39,054,024 has been funded to historic churches across the UK through the grant scheme. In the Romford constituency specifically, the total funding since August 2022 has been £60,619.</p>
answering member constituency Hornchurch and Upminster more like this
answering member printed Julia Lopez more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-03-01T15:34:45.74Zmore like thismore than 2024-03-01T15:34:45.74Z
answering member
4647
label Biography information for Julia Lopez more like this
tabling member
1447
label Biography information for Andrew Rosindell more like this
1692013
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-02-27more like thismore than 2024-02-27
answering body
Department for Science, Innovation and Technology more like this
answering dept id 216 more like this
answering dept short name Science, Innovation and Technology more like this
answering dept sort name Science, Innovation and Technology more like this
hansard heading Department for Science, Innovation and Technology: Press 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 Science, Innovation and Technology, what subscriptions to (a) newspapers, (b) magazines and (c) online journals her Department has paid for in each of the last three financial years. more like this
tabling member constituency Leicester South more like this
tabling member printed
Jonathan Ashworth more like this
uin 15898 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-03-01more like thismore than 2024-03-01
answer text <p>As the Hon Member will know, the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT) was only created in February 2023 so did not exist three years ago.</p><p> </p><p>Analysis of transactions shows that £157,441 has been spent to date in DSIT on subscriptions of all types.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Arundel and South Downs more like this
answering member printed Andrew Griffith more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-03-01T14:51:05.203Zmore like thismore than 2024-03-01T14:51:05.203Z
answering member
4874
label Biography information for Andrew Griffith more like this
tabling member
4244
label Biography information for Jonathan Ashworth more like this
1691148
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-02-22more like thismore than 2024-02-22
answering body
Department for Business and Trade more like this
answering dept id 214 more like this
answering dept short name Business and Trade more like this
answering dept sort name Business and Trade more like this
hansard heading New Businesses: Investment 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 and Trade, what recent assessment her Department has made of the equality impact of the increase in the angel investment annual income threshold. more like this
tabling member constituency Oxford East more like this
tabling member printed
Anneliese Dodds more like this
uin 15338 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-03-01more like thismore than 2024-03-01
answer text <p>The Government is aware of the recent increase in the threshold level for High Net Worth individuals as defined under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. Self-certification under this exemption is one of several ways in which individual investors can make angel investments. Other options include self-certifying as a sophisticated investor through membership of an angel group or syndicate for at least six months, or accessing investments through a firm authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority.</p><p>HM Treasury sponsors the relevant legislation and hence the Department for Business and Trade has not sought to assess the equality impact of this change.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Thirsk and Malton more like this
answering member printed Kevin Hollinrake more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-03-01T14:49:33.95Zmore like thismore than 2024-03-01T14:49:33.95Z
answering member
4474
label Biography information for Kevin Hollinrake more like this
tabling member
4657
label Biography information for Anneliese Dodds more like this
1691163
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-02-22more like thismore than 2024-02-22
answering body
Cabinet Office more like this
answering dept id 53 more like this
answering dept short name Cabinet Office more like this
answering dept sort name Cabinet Office more like this
hansard heading National Security more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to strengthen national security. more like this
tabling member constituency Crewe and Nantwich more like this
tabling member printed
Dr Kieran Mullan more like this
uin 15390 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-03-01more like thismore than 2024-03-01
answer text <p>The Cabinet Office leads and coordinates the UK’s national security crisis response through the Cabinet Office Briefing Room (COBR), and national security policy through the National Security Council structures. This includes the National Cyber Strategy, National Security and Investment Programme, and the Biological Security Strategy, all of which the department is taking essential steps to deliver.</p><p>Key successes in 2023 included publishing the Integrated Review Refresh, passing the National Security Act, launching the Emergency Alerting service, and delivering the Atlantic Declaration and risk elements of the AI Summit. So far in 2024, we have launched a new Strategic Dialogue on Biological Security with the US and continued to coordinate the response to the conflict in Gaza and Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Brentwood and Ongar more like this
answering member printed Alex Burghart more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-03-01T14:47:50.62Zmore like thismore than 2024-03-01T14:47:50.62Z
answering member
4613
label Biography information for Alex Burghart more like this
tabling member
4860
label Biography information for Dr Kieran Mullan more like this
1692141
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-02-27more like thismore than 2024-02-27
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Poverty: Government Assistance 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 Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to ensure support schemes keep pace with inflation. more like this
tabling member constituency Slough more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi more like this
uin 15986 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-03-01more like thismore than 2024-03-01
answer text <p>The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions is required by law to undertake an annual review of State Pension and benefit rates. Most of these will increase by 6.7% from April 2024, in line with the increase in the Consumer Prices Index in the year to September 2023. The basic State Pension, full rate of the new State Pension and Standard Minimum Guarantee in Pension Credit will increase by 8.5%, in line with the growth in average weekly earning in the year to May-July 2023. The increase to all these State Pensions and benefits in April 2023 was 10.1%, in line with the increase in the Consumer Prices Index in the year to September 2022 and the Government’s manifesto commitment to the triple lock for the new and basic State Pensions.</p><p> </p><p>The Government will also be investing £1.2 billion restoring Local Housing Allowance rates to the 30th percentile of local market rents. This significant investment will ensure 1.6 million low-income private renters will gain on average, nearly £800 per year in additional help towards their rental costs in 2024/25.</p><p> </p><p>From April 2024, the National Living Wage is set to increase by 9.8% to £11.44 an hour. This represents an increase of over £1,800 to the annual earnings of a full-time worker on the National Living Wage and is expected to benefit over 2.7 million low-paid workers. The equivalent increase in April 2023 was 9.7%.</p><p> </p><p>The Government understand the pressures people have been facing with the cost of living and is committed to reducing poverty and supporting low-income families. This commitment is demonstrated by the package of additional support for the most vulnerable provided by one of the largest support packages in Europe. This includes the current Household Support Fund, which is worth £842 million and runs until 31 March 2024 in England. The Devolved Administrations receive Barnett Formula funding as a result of this, bringing the total investment to £1 billion.</p><p> </p><p>Taken together, including the measures outlined above, support to households to help with the high cost of living in total amounts to £104 billion over the period 2022/23 to 2024/25.</p>
answering member constituency Bury St Edmunds more like this
answering member printed Jo Churchill more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-03-01T14:47:01.25Zmore like thismore than 2024-03-01T14:47:01.25Z
answering member
4380
label Biography information for Jo Churchill more like this
tabling member
4638
label Biography information for Mr Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi more like this
1692067
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-02-27more like thismore than 2024-02-27
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 Asylum: County Durham 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, whether his Department has received representations from Durham County Council on the conversion of family homes into houses of multiple occupation for the accommodation of asylum seekers by the Mears Group. more like this
tabling member constituency Easington more like this
tabling member printed
Grahame Morris more like this
uin 15874 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-03-01more like thismore than 2024-03-01
answer text <p>The Home Office has a statutory obligation to provide accommodation to asylum seekers who would otherwise be destitute while their application for asylum is being considered.</p><p> </p><p>The Home Office hold monthly meetings between asylum accommodation contract providers, Strategic Migration Partnerships and local authorities for each region. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss proposed asylum dispersal properties, allowing the views of local authorities to be aired for Home Office consideration.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Corby more like this
answering member printed Tom Pursglove more like this
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less than 2024-03-01T14:46:44.61Zmore like thismore than 2024-03-01T14:46:44.61Z
answering member
4369
label Biography information for Tom Pursglove more like this
tabling member
3973
label Biography information for Grahame Morris more like this
1692004
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-02-27more like thismore than 2024-02-27
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 more like this
answering dept short name Transport more like this
answering dept sort name Transport more like this
hansard heading Railways: Cost Effectiveness 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, with reference to pages 8 and 36 of the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail, CP423, published in May 2021, if he will publish the workings behind the £1.5 billion annual cost savings after an initial five year implementation period expected from reforms to the railway proposed in the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail. more like this
tabling member constituency Sheffield, Heeley more like this
tabling member printed
Louise Haigh more like this
uin 15955 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-03-01more like thismore than 2024-03-01
answer text <p>We're committed to reforming the railways and we are getting on with delivering improvements for passengers, freight customers and the taxpayer. Recurring annual savings set out in the Plan for Rail come from a new commercial model, improvement in fares ticketing and retail, a new industry structure and workforce reforms.</p><p><strong> </strong></p> more like this
answering member constituency Bexhill and Battle more like this
answering member printed Huw Merriman more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-03-01T14:43:48.247Zmore like thismore than 2024-03-01T14:43:48.247Z
answering member
4442
label Biography information for Huw Merriman more like this
tabling member
4473
label Biography information for Louise Haigh more like this
1692006
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-02-27more like thismore than 2024-02-27
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 more like this
answering dept short name Transport more like this
answering dept sort name Transport more like this
hansard heading Railways: Cost Effectiveness 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 his latest estimate is of the recurring annual cost savings after an initial five year implementation period from reforms proposed in the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail. more like this
tabling member constituency Sheffield, Heeley more like this
tabling member printed
Louise Haigh more like this
uin 15956 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-03-01more like thismore than 2024-03-01
answer text <p>We're committed to reforming the railways and are getting on with delivering improvements for passengers, freight customers and the taxpayer. Industry experts’ suggested savings are set out in the Plan for Rail.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Bexhill and Battle more like this
answering member printed Huw Merriman more like this
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less than 2024-03-01T14:42:09.467Zmore like thismore than 2024-03-01T14:42:09.467Z
answering member
4442
label Biography information for Huw Merriman more like this
tabling member
4473
label Biography information for Louise Haigh more like this
1692007
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-02-27more like thismore than 2024-02-27
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 more like this
answering dept short name Transport more like this
answering dept sort name Transport more like this
hansard heading Railways: Cost Effectiveness 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, for what reason supporting documents for the draft Rail Reform Bill published on 20 February 2024 do not reference the expected £1.5 billion in recurring annual savings after an initial five year implementation period from reforms proposed in the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail, as referenced on pages 8 and 36 of that plan. more like this
tabling member constituency Sheffield, Heeley more like this
tabling member printed
Louise Haigh more like this
uin 15957 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-03-01more like thismore than 2024-03-01
answer text <p>The supporting documents for the draft Rail Reform Bill refer only to costs and savings from a new industry structure. Recurring annual savings set out in the Plan for Rail come from a new commercial model, improvement in fares ticketing and retail, a new industry structure and workforce reforms.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Bexhill and Battle more like this
answering member printed Huw Merriman more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-03-01T14:40:25.387Zmore like thismore than 2024-03-01T14:40:25.387Z
answering member
4442
label Biography information for Huw Merriman more like this
tabling member
4473
label Biography information for Louise Haigh more like this
1692008
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-02-27more like thismore than 2024-02-27
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 more like this
answering dept short name Transport more like this
answering dept sort name Transport more like this
hansard heading Railways: Cost Effectiveness 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, with reference to the Written Statement of 20 February 2024 on Government response to the consultation on rail reform legislation and draft Rail Reform Bill, HCWS267, what estimate he has made of the savings available to the public purse from the Government's proposals on rail reform; and how that calculation was made. more like this
tabling member constituency Sheffield, Heeley more like this
tabling member printed
Louise Haigh more like this
uin 15958 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-03-01more like thismore than 2024-03-01
answer text <p>The Written Statement references the draft Rail Reform Bill. The Impact Assessment published alongside the draft Bill gives estimates of costs and savings related to the proposals for a new industry structure. We are committed to reforming the railways and we are getting on with delivering improvements for passengers, freight customers and the taxpayer. Industry experts’ suggested savings are set out in the Plan for Rail.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Bexhill and Battle more like this
answering member printed Huw Merriman more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-03-01T14:38:32.87Zmore like thismore than 2024-03-01T14:38:32.87Z
answering member
4442
label Biography information for Huw Merriman more like this
tabling member
4473
label Biography information for Louise Haigh more like this