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Interserve: Provision of Public Services - Question (12 Dec 2018)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, the funding arrangements of Interserve are the responsibility of the company and its directors. The Cabinet Office has regular discussions with the company’s management and monitors the financial health of all government strategic suppliers. The company successfully raised new debt facilities earlier this year and plans further restructuring to strengthen its balance sheet and...

Interserve: Provision of Public Services - Question (12 Dec 2018)

Lord Young of Cookham: As I said, the Government are in regular contact with Interserve to monitor its performance. Not only does the Cabinet Office have overall responsibility for monitoring the health of the company, but individual government departments that have contracts with Interserve have a dialogue with it about those specific contracts. The noble Lord may have seen the statement which the Cabinet Office...

Interserve: Provision of Public Services - Question (12 Dec 2018)

Lord Young of Cookham: On the first point, I made inquiries to Interserve about the suppliers: 90% are paid within 60 days or less. The Government have now insisted that, where they place new contracts with suppliers, there is a contingency plan to take effect if and when that contract runs into difficulties. Interserve, along with four other companies, is piloting this new arrangement, which was introduced post...

Interserve: Provision of Public Services - Question (12 Dec 2018)

Lord Young of Cookham: The noble Lord is quite right. On 11 November, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster made a speech to the BSA outlining new arrangements. The noble Lord referred to some of them; we prefer to call them resolution plans rather than living wills. We have recently announced plans for all suppliers to draw up resolution plans in the unlikely event of a business failure, to ensure continuity...

Interserve: Provision of Public Services - Question (12 Dec 2018)

Lord Young of Cookham: The noble Lord raises a good point. We want to promote a healthy and diverse marketplace for public services so that not only the Government but local authorities and, indeed, the private sector can access these companies. For that to happen, we need to ensure that the existing ones have a robust financial regime. We are also trying to break down some of the very large contracts into smaller...

Tenant Fees Bill - Report (11 Dec 2018)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, the co-pilot is in charge of this last amendment, which relates to the charges that can be imposed for variation, assignment or novation of a tenancy. I am grateful to the noble Baroness, Lady Grender, for focusing the amendment, which we discussed in Committee, on capping fees on a narrower range of circumstances than originally proposed, namely where the outgoing tenant finds a...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Digital Mapping (10 Dec 2018)

Lord Young of Cookham: There are no restrictions on the creation of mapping databases of the UK and the government does not formally monitor such projects.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Public Sector: Procurement (10 Dec 2018)

Lord Young of Cookham: Cabinet Office officials regularly engage with the devolved administrations on Brexit-related issues at fortnightly ‘operational readiness’ meetings. In addition roundtable discussions and teleconferences alongside other Government Departments have been held at various dates throughout 2018 with Devolved Authorities officials as required.

Taxation: Digital Publications - Question (6 Dec 2018)

Lord Young of Cookham: My Lords, the Government keep all taxes under review, including the application of value added tax. Any decision to amend the VAT regime with regard to physical and electronic publications must be carefully assessed against policy, economic and fiscal considerations before reaching any conclusions.

Taxation: Digital Publications - Question (6 Dec 2018)

Lord Young of Cookham: The noble Lord makes a forceful case for equalising the VAT rate on e-publications and conventional publications. He rightly says that, on Tuesday, the EU decided that countries now have the freedom to make that equalisation, so we could now move to a zero rate instead of a standard rate on e-publications. Tuesday was apparently “eVAT Freedom Day”. I can tell him that the Professional...

Taxation: Digital Publications - Question (6 Dec 2018)

Lord Young of Cookham: The noble Lord makes the same case as made by the noble Lord, Lord Foster of Bath. On Tuesday, all countries within the EU had the freedom to change the rate from 20%, the standard rate on e-publications, down to zero. We have had that freedom for only two days, so both noble Lords are very prompt in urging us to use it. As I said, negotiations are now under way between the interested...

Taxation: Digital Publications - Question (6 Dec 2018)

Lord Young of Cookham: The Chancellor always welcomes suggestions for raising money in tax, rather than the representations which he normally gets to spend more. It is indeed the case that we plan to introduce the digital services tax in April 2020. It is designed to bring in £1.5 billion over the next four years and is targeted on the multinational companies operating in the digital sphere, to ensure that they...

Taxation: Digital Publications - Question (6 Dec 2018)

Lord Young of Cookham: I detect a certain degree of unanimity in the representations made so far. As I said, I have some sympathy with the argument that we should now equalise the tax on e-publications and conventional publications. We have had that freedom for only two days, so I hope the noble Lord will understand that we have not acted so far. However, meetings are under way with interested parties to develop...

Taxation: Digital Publications - Question (6 Dec 2018)

Lord Young of Cookham: Again, the noble Baroness makes the case for equalising. As far as literacy is concerned, this country has quite a good record if one looks at the international literacy standards. With e-publications for schools, at the moment the VAT can be got back through the local authorities. The noble Baroness adds reinforcements to the case that has already been made for using the freedom that we now...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Thames House (5 Dec 2018)

Lord Young of Cookham: As has been the policy of successive governments, the government does not comment on matters relating to the intelligence agencies including the security of their buildings. The Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament scrutinises the policies, expenditure, administration and operations of the intelligence agencies on behalf of Parliament.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Emergencies: Mobile Phones (4 Dec 2018)

Lord Young of Cookham: Cabinet Office is working with the Home Office and the police to explore the types of emergency where a national mobile alerting system can add value, beyond the mobile alerting schemes already in place in the UK. In order to inform any technical solution, these emergency scenarios will be explored in depth to establish where and when in the evolution of an incident a mobile alerting scheme...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Carillion: Insolvency (4 Dec 2018)

Lord Young of Cookham: The Government maintained the continuity of key public services after Carillion announced its decision to initiate insolvency proceedings in January 2018. The Official Receiver was appointed by the court as liquidator, along with PwC as Special Managers. The Government took immediate action to minimise the impact on employees and employers by providing reassurance that those working on public...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Government Departments: Contracts (4 Dec 2018)

Lord Young of Cookham: We will be publishing performance data on our most important contracts in the coming months and are currently working with departments and industry to finalise the details of publication. The published performance data will be contract specific and depend on the service provision.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Government Departments: Contracts (4 Dec 2018)

Lord Young of Cookham: Serco, Capita, Sopra Steria, Engie and Interserve all volunteered to pilot the use of “living wills”. We will reflect the results of this pilot as we deploy “living wills” across all suppliers providing critical services.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Government Departments: Contracts (4 Dec 2018)

Lord Young of Cookham: The nature of the pilots for new outsourced services will depend on the specific service provision. Individual departments will consider the most appropriate route and timeframe for piloting new outsourced services as part of the Business Case approval process which will include the appropriate governance and approval process in departments and central approvals through HM Treasury and...


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