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Government responded – 4 January 2016
Making Tax Digital will not mean ‘four tax returns a year’. Quarterly updates will largely be a matter of checking data generated from record keeping software or apps and clicking ‘send’.
Government responded – 21 August 2015
Under UK and international law, visiting heads of foreign governments, such as Prime Minister Netanyahu, have immunity from legal process, and cannot be arrested or detained.
Government responded – 27 February 2017
GCSE English literature content requires students to read the full texts of the books and poems they study. Students will not need to remember the exact words of poems by heart in order to succeed.
Government responded – 16 October 2015
The Government wants a fairer contract with stronger safeguards. Patient safety is our paramount concern. Average earnings will be maintained and doctors won’t be required to work longer.
Government responded – 17 November 2016
The Government shares concerns about the crisis facing African elephants from poaching and illegal trafficking and has proposed a ban on trade in modern day ivory as a step towards a total ban.
Government responded – 21 September 2016
The Government is pursuing a comprehensive bovine TB eradication strategy including tighter cattle controls, biosecurity, and badger control in areas where the disease is widespread.
Government responded – 11 November 2016
Agenda for Change staff are vital. They work incredibly hard for patients and deserve to be fairly rewarded. We are committed to ensuring trusts can afford to employ the staff the NHS needs.
Government responded – 19 April 2016
LGPS investment decisions will remain matters for local authorities, but councils should compare their investments in infrastructure against the example set by leading global pension fund investors.
Government responded – 5 November 2015
We are aware that fireworks can cause distress to animals. Restrictions on the general public’s use of fireworks, and permitted noise levels, already exist and we have no plans to extend them.
Government responded – 23 February 2017
We want mental health to be an everyday concern in all institutions. Schools should decide how to teach pupils about mental health developing their own curriculum to reflect the needs of their pupils.
Government responded – 24 October 2016
First Past The Post (FPTP) is a robust method of electing MPs. A referendum on changing the voting system was held in 2011 and the public voted overwhelmingly in favour of keeping the FPTP system.
Government responded – 11 February 2016
The English Baccalaureate (EBacc) is part of the government’s drive for educational excellence everywhere and a consultation on the plans for implementation ran from 3 November to 29 January.
Government responded – 6 April 2016
The United Kingdom continues to raise the issue of the ongoing consumption of dog meat in the Republic of Korea and most recently debated the issue in Parliament on 5 November 2015.
Government responded – 27 February 2017
Government has set up a Working Group to look at options to improve Product Recalls and Safety, and is in close contact with the enforcing authority working with Whirlpool to rectify this issue.
Government responded – 17 January 2017
The Government is committed to increasing recycling rates and recognises more needs to be done. We will continue to encourage the use of recycled materials in products and recycling by consumers.
Government responded – 22 February 2016
MPs routinely work at weekends and are directly accountable to their electorate on how they perform their role.
Government responded – 26 October 2015
We are committed to protecting bees and maintaining a range of pollinators. Government decisions on pesticides are based on recommendations from independent experts who have studied the evidence.
Government responded – 12 May 2016
As announced on 4 May, the Government will work with local authorities on plans to resettle unaccompanied refugee children from Europe.
Government responded – 27 February 2017
The government made changes to GCSE mathematics, including the use of formulae, to ensure rigour and to match expectations in the highest performing education jurisdictions internationally.
Government responded – 8 June 2016
Professor Waterson’s independent review of consumer protection measures concerning online secondary ticketing facilities was published on 26 May 2016.
Government responded – 19 October 2016
We will set out our proposals for a British Bill of Rights in due course. We will consult fully on those proposals.
Government responded – 21 July 2016
The 7 principles of public life apply to those who hold public office. This includes people who are elected or appointed to public office, nationally and locally.
Government responded – 14 June 2016
Anyone with the ability to benefit from higher education should have the opportunity to do so. All eligible students can apply for an upfront loan to meet the full cost of tuition fees
Government responded – 1 December 2016
The UK is deeply concerned by Rohingya persecution, including recent violence. We have called for restraint, humanitarian access and an investigation. Allegations of genocide are for courts to decide.
Government responded – 11 January 2016
On 6 April 2016, it will be a requirement for all dogs to be identified with a microchip.
Government responded – 17 March 2016
We recognise that significant reforms like these take time to embed, but not to administer the tests would be to undermine our shared goal of giving children the best possible start in life.
Government responded – 22 January 2016
Community pharmacy is a vital part of the NHS and could play a greater role. We are consulting on proposals for a more efficient, integrated, innovative system that reflects patients’ expectations.
Government responded – 26 January 2016
The UK is helping get food to besieged, starving Syrians by road, coordinated by UN agencies and others who can make sure it gets to those in need. Airdrops cannot operate effectively.
Government responded – 25 February 2016
Responsibility for setting premiums rests with insurers. The Government is strengthening the learning to drive process so that drivers can present themselves as a lower risk and obtain lower premiums
Government responded – 16 November 2016
The Government has no plans to make feminine hygiene products available free.
Government responded – 10 February 2017
Income from all occupational pensions, including those for the armed forces, police and firefighters, is already taxable under UK law.
Government responded – 3 February 2016
The Government appreciates that there is local concern about the future of A&E services in Huddersfield. However, this is a matter for local determination.
Government responded – 4 July 2016
The European Union Referendum Bill became an Act of Parliament in December 2015, committing the Government to hold a referendum on Britain’s membership. The Referendum was held on 23 June 2016.
Government responded – 27 August 2015
The Government is committed to a fair tax system so is restricting relief on landlord property finance costs to the basic rate of tax, reducing the generosity for wealthier landlords.
Government responded – 7 March 2016
There is a legal obligation on all borrowers to make repayments if income is above the repayment threshold. We will continue to take action where it is clear people are seeking to avoid repayment.
Government responded – 24 September 2015
The Government is committed to supporting entrepreneurs and a fair tax system. Dividend tax reform allows further cuts in Corporation Tax and reduces the incentives for tax motivated incorporations.
Government responded – 2 December 2015
The government understands the concerns of British dairy farmers over current pressure on milk prices. The government is backing British farmers by creating market opportunities at home and abroad.
Government responded – 28 June 2016
The Government believes all pupils should have access to an excellent, well-rounded education and the arts are central to this. There is no plan to remove performing arts from the school curriculum.
Government responded – 29 January 2016
The main focus for the two-year-old entitlement is to reduce the attainment gap between the most disadvantaged children and their better off peers and we are therefore targeting this group of children
Government responded – 24 March 2017
On leaving the EU, the UK will control fisheries access in its Exclusive Economic Zone and manage those waters in accordance with international law, including the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
Government responded – 21 September 2015
The UK Government is strongly opposed to whaling, other than some limited activities by indigenous people for clearly defined subsistence needs. We continue to call on whaling nations to stop
Government responded – 11 August 2016
Sharia councils are not courts in England and Wales. They cannot legally enforce any decision and must operate within the rule of national law. The Government has no plan to change this position.
Government responded – 18 January 2016
Qualified healthcare professionals carry out Work Capability Assessments providing independent advice to DWP Decision Makers who determine benefit entitlement taking account of all available evidence.
Government responded – 7 February 2017
The Government is clear – the NHS is and always will be protected in trade deals. Our world-class healthcare sector benefits from international trade and should not be excluded.
Government responded – 3 June 2016
Government’s reforms will deliver greater choice and value for students, promote social mobility and boost productivity. Maximum tuition fees will remain flat in real terms.
Government responded – 14 July 2016
The Government has no plans to create another public holiday, or to vary the existing arrangements. The current pattern is well established and accepted.
Government responded – 8 September 2016
Current laws and sentencing practice deal firmly with offenders who abuse or neglect animals. It is for the courts to decide on appropriate sentences depending on the circumstances of each case.
Government responded – 11 October 2016
There is a manifesto commitment to give Parliament the opportunity to repeal the Hunting Act 2004 on a free vote with a government bill in government time.
Government responded – 11 August 2015
Good mental health, character and resilience are a priority for Government. To support schools we have funded the PSHE Association to produce mental health guidance and lesson plans for teachers.
Government responded – 10 December 2015
Procedure within the Chamber is a matter for the House of Commons authorities and the Speaker or Deputy Speaker chairing the debate.