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Written Answers — Department for Exiting the European Union: Department for Exiting the European Union: Bell Pottinger Group (15 Dec 2017)

Steven Baker: Ministers from the Department for Exiting the European Union have not have organised and undertaken more than 400 recorded engagements with business and civil society stakeholders since July 2016. Details of Ministerial meetings are published in the Department’s Quarterly Transparency Returns on GOV.UK.

Written Answers — Department for Exiting the European Union: Business: Scotland (15 Dec 2017)

Steven Baker: Details of Ministerial and senior official meetings are published in the Department’s Quarterly Transparency Returns on GOV.UK.

Written Answers — Department for Exiting the European Union: Department for Exiting the European Union: Labour Turnover (15 Dec 2017)

Steven Baker: The Department for Exiting the European Union’s monthly average attrition is 3.1% which equates to a quarterly figure of 8-9%. This level of attrition is not out of line with other Government departments, like the Cabinet Office, that operate a similar employment model. This figure includes the contractual exit of agency workers, secondees, contractors and fast streamers. The figure...

Exiting the European Union: Support for Farmers (14 Dec 2017)

Steven Baker: We have been working closely with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs on support for farmers, and the Government will provide the same cash total in funds for farmer support until the end of the Parliament. We continue to work closely with a range of stakeholders across the farming industry and beyond, as well as with the devolved Assemblies.

Exiting the European Union: Support for Farmers (14 Dec 2017)

Steven Baker: Yes. The Government have commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee to gather evidence on patterns of EU migration and the role of migration in the wider economy, ahead of our exit from the EU. The MAC’s call for evidence on EEA workers in the UK labour market closed on 27 October, but it will continue to engage with organisations to gather further evidence. The Government are clear...

Exiting the European Union: Support for Farmers (14 Dec 2017)

Steven Baker: At every step of these negotiations we will work to ensure the best possible outcome for the British people, including our farming community that plays such a vital role in constituencies such as ours. No decisions have yet been made on our future immigration system. We are considering carefully a range of options, and taking into account the needs of different sectors of the economy,...

Exiting the European Union: Support for Farmers (14 Dec 2017)

Steven Baker: As I said in my original answer, we are protecting total cash payments to farmers throughout this Parliament, and that is the longest guarantee right across the European Union. I do not accept the premise of the hon. Lady’s question, and we will continue to support farmers.

Exiting the European Union: Support for Farmers (14 Dec 2017)

Steven Baker: The UK farming sector enjoys a reputation for quality that has been built on high animal welfare standards, strong environmental protections, and the dedication of farmers and growers across the United Kingdom. Based on that reputation, we hope that we will flourish in the world market.

Exiting the European Union: Support for Farmers (14 Dec 2017)

Steven Baker: As my right hon. Friend the Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire (Stephen Crabb) knows, leaving the European Union means leaving the common agricultural policy. We believe that this is an opportunity to design a new agri-environment system to the benefit of our whole country.

Exiting the European Union: Support for Farmers (14 Dec 2017)

Steven Baker: We recognise that securing tariff-free access is crucial, and it is our policy to seek to do so.

Exiting the European Union: NHS Workforce (14 Dec 2017)

Steven Baker: We continue to work closely with the Department of Health. Reports that large numbers of EU nationals are leaving the NHS are untrue. The latest figures from NHS Digital show that there were over 3,000 more EU nationals, including 470 more doctors, working in the NHS in June 2017 than there were before the referendum result. That is an increase of 5.4%. The overall share of the NHS workforce...

Exiting the European Union: NHS Workforce (14 Dec 2017)

Steven Baker: Happily, I am married to a doctor and I read that BMA article, which is available online. I recommend to anyone that they read the entire article to put everything into context. Of course, I respect the fact that the hon. Gentleman is a doctor, but I say to all Members that it is incumbent on us all to celebrate the agreement we have reached on citizens’ rights and for every one of us,...

Exiting the European Union: NHS Workforce (14 Dec 2017)

Steven Baker: As my hon. Friend will know, we have every intention of carrying forward the agreement we have reached to a successful conclusion, and that agreement includes provisions to ensure that the process of registering for settled status is a smooth one.

Exiting the European Union: EU Law (14 Dec 2017)

Steven Baker: The UK has a proud record of protecting rights. The EU (Withdrawal) Bill aims to maximise certainty for individuals and businesses about their legal rights and obligations as we leave the EU in order to provide the basis for a smooth and orderly exit. The Bill will ensure that the laws and rules that we have now will so far as possible continue to apply as they did before exit.

Exiting the European Union: EU Law (14 Dec 2017)

Steven Baker: There are a great range of rights for which we do not rely on the European Union to meet the standards that we do. However, trade deals are always founded on WTO principles, and the WTO includes a wide range of measures in relation to technical barriers to trade, sanitary and phytosanitary protections, and other matters.

Exiting the European Union: EU Law (14 Dec 2017)

Steven Baker: Not incorporating the charter should not affect the substantive rights that individuals already benefit from in the UK, as the charter was never the source of those rights. Those EU fundamental rights are, in any case, applicable only within the scope of EU law. The Government have now published their analysis of the charter, which clearly sets out how each substantive right that was...

Exiting the European Union: Topical Questions (14 Dec 2017)

Steven Baker: As a former fast catamaran sailor in the seas in the area that my hon. Friend refers to, I am happy to say that the Government’s maritime and ports sectoral report sets out a description of the sector, the current EU regulatory regime, existing frameworks for how trade is facilitated between countries in the sector, and sector views. This report has been available to Members of both...

Exiting the European Union: Topical Questions (14 Dec 2017)

Steven Baker: As the hon. Gentleman will know, the purpose of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill is to bring EU law into UK law in the state it is in at our point of exit. Beyond that, in the implementation period, things are a matter for negotiations.

Exiting the European Union: Topical Questions (14 Dec 2017)

Steven Baker: The UK will continue to play an active role internationally, as demonstrated by our ratification of the Paris agreement on climate change. We will continue to uphold our obligations under international environmental treaties such as the Montreal and Gothenburg protocols, the Stockholm convention, the convention on biological diversity and the convention on international trade in endangered...

Exiting the European Union: Topical Questions (14 Dec 2017)

Steven Baker: My hon. Friend is absolutely right, and he reminds me that according to the European Commission, 90% of world growth will come from outside the EU by 2020. I think he points to the importance of the UK turning outwards to be a global trading nation and enjoying productive, prosperous relationships with the whole world.


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