Written question – Public health [08/07/2019]

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Finance Bill, what steps his Department is taking to require a review of the public health effects of fixed odds betting terminals. (272307)

Tabled on: 02 July 2019

Robert Jenrick:

Public Health England were asked to conduct an evidence review of the health aspects of gambling-related harm to inform action on prevention and treatment and are due to report back in Spring 2020.

The Government will shortly publish the report into the public health effects of the two gambling duty provisions as required by Finance Act 2019.

The answer was submitted on 08 Jul 2019 at 11:30.


Written question – Business [20/06/2019]

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that restaurants are prevented from making deductions from money left for staff by diners. (265553)

Tabled on: 17 June 2019

Kelly Tolhurst:

Through the Good Work Plan we have committed to legislate on a range of areas to enhance workers’ rights, including to ensure that all tips left to workers go to them in full.

We expect over a million workers to benefit, many of whom are in low-paid jobs. Consumers will have reassurance that the money they leave in good faith is going to the staff, as they intended.

We have been working closely with stakeholders and across Government to prepare this legislation, and will lay measures to implement the Good Work Plan in Parliament as soon as possible.

The Good Work Plan set out an ambitious programme to take forward 51 of the 53 recommendations made in the Taylor Review. We have already implemented key commitments, with Parliament recently passing secondary legislation we brought forward to increase workers’ rights and protections, and improve transparency for workers, from day one.

The answer was submitted on 20 Jun 2019 at 10:03.


Written question – pensions [17/06/2019]

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) individuals and (b) couples receive pension credits in Inverclyde. (263184)

Tabled on: 11 June 2019

Guy Opperman:

Information on the number of individuals and couples receiving Pension Credit in Inverclyde from most recent data (as of November 2018) is set out below:

Pension Credit recipients in Inverclyde

November ‘18
Individual 2,742
Couple 438

Source: DWP Stat-Xplore

This information is published and available at Stat-Xplore:


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The answer was submitted on 17 Jun 2019 at 15:42.

Written question – DWP [07/06/2019]

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she takes to ensure market research conducted for her Department has provision for deaf people to respond. (257774)

Tabled on: 23 May 2019

Justin Tomlinson:

The DWP uses the Research Marketplace Dynamic Purchasing System to contract its social research. All service providers registered on the System are obliged to operate within the stipulations of all prevailing disability legislation in operation within the UK.

In addition, all social research the Department undertakes complies with the principles laid out in the Government Social Research ‘Ethical Assurance for Social Research in Government’ framework. This includes Principle 3 (Enabling participation), which states that:

‘The potential impact of choices in research design (such as sample design, data collection method and so on) on participation should be considered. In particular, the effect of research design on such groups as ethnic minorities, those with caring responsibilities, and those with physical or mental impairment should be considered. Consideration should be given to issues likely to act as a barrier to participation, and reasonable steps taken to address these.’

Accessibility requirements are therefore considered on a project by project basis in accordance with this Principle.

The answer was submitted on 07 Jun 2019 at 15:07.


Written question – Cabinet Office [04/06/2019]

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many (a) fines and (b) penalty notices his Department issued to public sector bodies for not adhering to the prompt pay policy in 2018. (257777)

Tabled on: 23 May 2019

Oliver Dowden:

The Government recognises that the public sector should set a strong example by paying promptly. Under the prompt payment policy, public sector bodies are required to include 30-day payment terms in new public sector contracts; and this payment term must be passed down the supply chain. They are also required to publish annual payment performance data.

While there is no provision to issue fines or penalty notices to public sector bodies that do not adhere to the prompt payment policy, we encourage businesses to report poor payment practice and instances of late payment in public sector contracts in breach of contract terms, to the Public Procurement Review Service, who will investigate. The service also undertakes its own proactive investigations into payment performance.

Following a public consultation, in November 2018 a new prompt payment initiative was announced to ensure all Government suppliers and subcontractors benefit from being paid on time. For the first time, failure of companies to demonstrate prompt payment to their suppliers could result in them being prevented from winning government contracts.

Coming into force in September 2019, this will ensure the Government only does business with companies who pay their suppliers on time, many of which are small businesses. The move will promote a healthy and diverse marketplace of companies providing public services

The answer was submitted on 04 Jun 2019 at 11:39.