Written question – Social security [11/07/2018]

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what data her Department collects on the time taken from making a claim to the first payment under universal credit where the claimant has submitted a DS1500; and what the average amount of time people with a DS1500 have had to wait to receive their first universal credit payment. (159665)

Tabled on: 02 July 2018

Alok Sharma:

The information requested is not readily available and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost.

The answer was submitted on 10 Jul 2018 at 16:51.



Written Question – HM Treasury [06/07/2018]

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that waiting times at UK ports do not increase as a result of the UK leaving the EU. (906285)

Tabled on: 02 July 2018

This question was grouped with the following question(s) for answer:

  1. To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he has taken to prepare UK ports for when the UK leaves the EU. (906278) Tabled on: 02 July 2018

Answer: Mel Stride:

The Government recognises the importance of trade fluidity through the UK’s key ports to the country’s economy, and is committed to ensuring that trade is as frictionless as possible through those locations after we leave the EU.

The cross-government Border Delivery Group are engaging with authorities, port users and operators domestically and at key EU ports to understand what the synergies and constraints are in different locations, and to discuss how to ensure locations are operationally ready to meet with Government requirements when the UK leaves the EU.

The answer was submitted on 05 Jul 2018 at 13:43.

Written question – Transport [03/07/2018]

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether seafarer certificates remain valid within Europe after the UK leaves the EU. (157196)

Tabled on: 25 June 2018

Ms Nusrat Ghani:

Seafarer qualifications are issued and recognised in accordance with the international convention on the Standards of Training, Certification and Watch-keeping (STCW) 1978, as amended. This is an international Convention that is applicable to all seafarers working at sea.

The UK will continue to recognise seafarer qualifications in accordance with procedures set out in the Convention, which will not be affected by our departure from the EU. A well-established system already exists in the relevant EU legislation for recognition of certificates issued by third countries and to date over 45 countries are recognised.

The answer was submitted on 03 Jul 2018 at 16:40.


Written question – Home Office [26/06/2018]

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the lifting of restrictions on the allocation of Tier 2 visas will apply to highly skilled veterinarians. (155851)

Tabled on: 20 June 2018

Caroline Nokes:

On Friday 15 June, the Government announced changes to the allocation of places within the Tier 2 (General) cap of 20,700. The change – which will be implemented through amended Immigration Rules coming into effect on 6 July – will ensure that all doctors and all nurses needed in the UK will be able to be recruited to work here without being counted against the cap. This is intended to be a temporary change which recognises the importance of alleviating pressure on the NHS and which creates extra space within the cap for other sectors of the economy, including highly skilled veterinarians.

In parallel, we have asked the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to review the full composition of the Shortage Occupation List.

The answer was submitted on 26 Jun 2018 at 12:36.


Written question – Environment [25/06/2018]

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government plans to create an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary. (153884)

Tabled on: 14 June 2018

Sir Alan Duncan:

The UK is an active member of the Commission on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) and is committed to establishing a representative network of marine protected areas around Antarctica. The UK led the proposal for the South Orkney Islands Southern Shelf Marine Protected Area, which was the first MPA agreed by CCAMLR in 2009. The UK also strongly supported the designation of the Ross Sea region MPA, agreed in 2016. The UK is a co-proponent of the proposals to establish MPAs in the Weddell Sea and East Antarctica, and will be strongly advocating their adoption at the 37th CCAMLR meeting in October 2018.

The answer was submitted on 22 Jun 2018 at 14:48.


Written question – Home Office [21/06/18]

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department plans to take in relation to non-UK EU citizens who do not apply for settled status by the UK Government’s deadline. (153367)

Tabled on: 13 June 2018

Caroline Nokes:

EU citizens, and their family members, who are resident in the UK before the end of the implementation period on 31 December 2020 will have until 30 June 2021 to make their application to the EU settlement scheme. We will take a proportionate approach to those who miss this deadline where they have a good reason for doing so. Those who do will be given a reasonable further period in which to apply.

The answer was submitted on 21 Jun 2018 at 15:49.


Written question – Trade [19/06/2018]

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether the Government plans to remove tariffs on solar technology components. (152803)

Tabled on: 12 June 2018

Answer: Greg Hands:

Work is ongoing to develop the UK’s future independent tariff policy via the Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill, as we leave the EU. No decision has yet been taken on what the future UK applied tariff rates will be post-EU Exit, and this department is continuing to look at all options.

Furthermore, the UK continues to support efforts at the WTO to reach agreement on the Environmental Goods Agreement which would promote the trade in green products, including that of solar panels and their associated technology.

The Department for International Trade published a call for evidence on the 28 November 2017 with the aim of identifying which UK businesses produce goods currently subject to anti-dumping, or anti-subsidy measures, or to on-going investigations related to these.

It asks those businesses to state whether they support, are neutral to, or oppose the maintaining of those measures, when the UK begins to operate its independent trade remedy framework. It asks for data about those businesses’ production and sales, and total UK production and sales.

We invite other interested parties to provide relevant information for measures of interest to them. This will enable us to make an accurate assessment of applications to maintain measures.

The answer was submitted on 19 Jun 2018 at 17:58.