Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of additional accredited vets that will be required in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal; and if he will make a statement.
Economic Affairs Committee: Social care funding in England.
Witnesses: (at 3:35 PM) The Rt Hon Damian Green MP
Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate he has made of number of SMEs that (a) export, and (b) expressed an intention to stop exporting in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance his Department has issued to Highways England on removing the barrier on the London-bound section of the M20; and if he will make a statement.
Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what criteria his Department plans to use to make a decision on the remove the metal barrier on the London-bound carriageway of the M20.
Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has plans to reinstate three-lane running on both carriageways of the M20; and if he will make a statement.
Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will instruct Highways England to remove speed restrictions imposed on the M20 for Operation Brock on the coastbound carriageway of the M20.
Damian Green: The hon. Gentleman is being generous in giving way. I say this, again, in the spirit of co-operation across the Chamber. He makes the point about adult social care. At whatever level it is funded, he and others have pointed out the unfairnesses between different parts of the country because it is funded through local provision. Has he considered, or would he consider, going back to a system...
Damian Green: My constituents are as anxious as anyone about the reasons that lie behind this continuing delay, but they are even more anxious that the improvements we have all been promised under the new franchise do actually happen. Will my hon. Friend assure me and my constituents that the improvements, particularly the extra capacity on the high-speed line, will be available when the franchise is...
Damian Green: Many in this place and, more importantly, many exporting businesses and farmers will welcome the fact that they no longer face tariffs that would threaten their survival, which is what would have happened if we had crashed out with no deal tomorrow night. To that extent, the Council conclusions are very welcome. Does my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister agree that, contrary to the many...
Damian Green: I echo my hon. Friend’s praise for the good work of the all-party parliamentary group on this. I am sure that he will come on to talk about retrospection. When my constituents approach me about this, the strongest point they make is that HMRC allowed these schemes to run for very many years and then declared them retrospective, all the way back to the beginning, which is why the potential...
Damian Green: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for giving way. Is it not also the case that as well as increasing penalties, which I strongly agree with, it is important that those penalties are available against a wide range of offences? There has been some argument that the specified offences in the current draft of the Act are not wide enough to cover all the offences that will be committed in the...
Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, when he plans to issue guidance to local authorities on the provision of specialist housing for older people as required under the Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017.
Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what consultation the Department has undertaken with providers of specialist housing for older people to inform the forthcoming Ministerial guidance in this area.
Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many planning authorities have detailed planning guidance in place for the provision of specialist housing for older people.
Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to use the successor scheme to the New Homes Bonus to incentivise the provision of specialist housing with care for older people; and if he will make a statement.
Damian Green: Amendment (f) stands in my name and the names of an eclectic and wide-ranging group of right hon. and hon. Friends from three separate parties. Many of us have perhaps not found ourselves signing amendments together much in the past. The purpose of the amendment is manifold, but one of its purposes is to avoid what may face us at the end of this month—a cliff-edge, no-deal Brexit for which...
Damian Green: The one point in that intervention I agreed with is that we are in a very strange place at the moment. I think the whole House can agree with that.
Damian Green: I will allow one more intervention—the hon. Lady.