Written question – Brexit [13/03/2019]

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether the UK will (a) work with and (b) provide funding to Eurostat after the implementation period or in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal. (229797)

Tabled on: 07 March 2019

Chris Heaton-Harris:

Under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement the UK Government will continue to work closely with and contribute data to Eurostat during the Implementation Period. The nature of the statistical relationship we have with the EU beyond the Implementation Period will be decided as part of the future relationship negotiations.

The answer was submitted on 13 Mar 2019 at 11:13.


Written question – Business & Brexit [04/03/2019]

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress his Department has made on creating a UK cosmetics portal as part of preparations for the UK leaving the EU. (225549)

Tabled on: 25 February 2019

Kelly Tolhurst:

The UK’s new cosmetics database is being developed by the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS). OPSS have worked closely with cosmetics businesses in creating the database, which is currently undergoing testing with the sector.

OPSS will continue to communicate with businesses, trade associations and other regulators regarding the steps businesses need to take for notification of new and existing products.

The answer was submitted on 04 Mar 2019 at 13:51.


Written question – Home Office

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make an estimate of the level of seizures required to put a successful drug trafficker of (a) heroin, (b) cocaine, (c) cannabis and (d) ecstasy out of business. (222039)

Tabled on: 15 February 2019

Mr Ben Wallace:

The level of seizures required putting a successful drug trafficker of (a) heroin, (b) cocaine, (c) cannabis and (d) ecstasy out of business is impossible to estimate.

There are a number of variables which can affect the impact of disruptive activity.

Such variables include the type of commodity seized, for example drugs or cash/assets, the size and influence of a particular drug trafficking business and the roles of those arrested and convicted as a result of any seizure.

The Home Office recognises that disruption is not the only method for targeting SOC activity. The SOC strategy which was published in November 2018 outlines a set of capabilities which are designed to respond to the full range of serious and organised crime threats, including those posed by drug traffickers.

It highlights our four overarching objectives to achieve our aim:

1. Relentlessly disrupt and target action against highest harm and serious and organised criminal networks
2. Build the highest levels of defence and resilience in vulnerable people, communities, business and systems
3. Stop the problem at source, identifying and supporting those at risk of engaging in criminality
4. Establish a single whole-system approach, expanding our global reach and pooling skills and expertise with the private sector

In taking this approach, we aim to protect our citizens and our prosperity by leaving no safe space for serious and organised criminals to operate against us.

The answer was submitted on 27 Feb 2019 at 17:25.


Written question – Gambling [07/02/2019]

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions his Department has had with the representatives from the betting industry on the implementation of a £2 maximum unit stake on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals. (214598)

Tabled on: 30 January 2019

Mims Davies:

Ministers and officials regularly meet with stakeholders to discuss a range of subjects, including the implementation of the stake reduction on B2 machines. Details of Ministerial meetings are published on a quarterly basis on gov.uk

The answer was submitted on 07 Feb 2019 at 16:19.


Written question – DWP [04/02/2019]

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many enquires her Department has received from Members of the Scottish Parliament in relation to constituency cases in the last six months. (214597)

Tabled on: 30 January 2019

Justin Tomlinson:

The information requested is not available other than at disproportionate cost.

The answer was submitted on 04 Feb 2019 at 14:14.


Written question – Treasury [01/02/2019]

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if his Department will take steps to evaluate all aspects of the 2019 Loan Charge and seek external evidence. (212404)

Tabled on: 24 January 2019

Mel Stride:

The government chose to accept New Clause 26 during the passage of the Finance Bill, and will lay a report in line with the requirements of that New Clause no later than 30 March 2019. The report will include a comparison with the time limits for the recovery of lost tax relating to disguised remuneration loans.

The government also consulted extensively on the detail of the charge on disguised remuneration loans after it was announced at Budget 2016.

The answer was submitted on 01 Feb 2019 at 10:01.