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Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Horizon IT System: Convictions (24 May 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: It has not proved possible to respond to this question in the time available before Prorogation. Ministers will correspond directly with the Member.

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Tourism: VAT (24 May 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: It has not proved possible to respond to this question in the time available before Prorogation. Ministers will correspond directly with the Member.

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Postal Services: Competition (24 May 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: Ofcom’s duties, as the independent regulator for postal services, include furthering the interests of citizens and consumers, where appropriate by promoting competition. Ofcom’s regulatory framework supports competition by imposing minimal intervention in competitive areas of the postal market, for example, in relation to parcel services. Ofcom also requires Royal Mail, as the...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Industrial Disputes (24 May 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: It has not proved possible to respond to this question in the time available before Prorogation. Ministers will correspond directly with the Member.

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Industrial Disputes (24 May 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: It has not proved possible to respond to this question in the time available before Prorogation. Ministers will correspond directly with the Member.

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Cars: Manufacturing Industries (24 May 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: The Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders data shows 905,117 cars were produced in the UK in 2023, a 16.8% increase on 2022. It is positive to see that in January to March 2024 the UK produced 222,371 cars, 1.1% more than the same period in 2023. The automotive sector directly supports 152,000 jobs and contributes £19.4 billion in gross value added to our economy (from a turnover of...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Iron and steel: Port Talbot (24 May 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: The construction of a small nuclear reactor at Port Talbot to provide energy for the manufacture of steel has not been discussed as part of Tata Steel's plans for the construction of an Electric Arc Furnace at the site. The UK Government does not have a role in Tata Steel's energy purchasing arrangements, and the energy sources that Tata will choose to use are a commercial decision for them....

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Infrastructure: Vacancies (24 May 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: The Government works with the construction sector, through the Construction Skills Delivery Group, to identify and plan to meet future skills needs in the sector. We also work with the industry to support the development and adoption of digital and industrialised construction techniques, as well as robotics and autonomous systems, which will reduce the labour intensity of the sector.

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Harland and Wolff: Export Credit Guarantees (24 May 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: I am unable to comment on ongoing transactions for reasons of commercial sensitivity.

Post Office (Horizon System) Offences Bill - Report and Third Reading: Motion (23 May 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: My Lords, I will make a statement on the legislative consent process in relation to this Bill. In the other place, the Government tabled amendments to bring Northern Ireland within the scope of the Bill and sought legislative consent from the Northern Ireland Executive to do so. Unfortunately, due to the existing expedited timescales, we have not yet been able to secure a legislative consent...

Post Office (Horizon System) Offences Bill - Report and Third Reading: Amendment 1 (23 May 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Sikka, for the attention he has brought to convictions prosecuted by the Department for Work and Pensions. Amendment 1 would result in convictions for relevant offences in England and Wales that were prosecuted by the DWP being quashed at Royal Assent. I reiterate the Government’s view, which I set out in a certain amount of detail in...

Post Office (Horizon System) Offences Bill - Committee: Amendment 2 (23 May 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: My Lords, I apologise to the Committee for the confusion in proceedings this afternoon. I would like to deal with the amendment put forward by my noble friend Lord Arbuthnot in relation to Court of Appeal cases. Proceedings are progressing here at great speed and I am grateful to noble Lords for their patience. I express my deep personal sympathy with my noble friend on this issue. However, I...

Post Office (Horizon System) Offences Bill - Committee: Amendment 2 (23 May 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: My understanding is that, obviously, the first port of call will be the Post Office, as it administers these matters. However, I can confirm that we are in the process of appointing an independent forensic investigator to look into the Capture software and how the Post Office addressed concerns about it—that will be an independent review. I am happy to reassure the noble Baroness that, once...

Post Office (Horizon System) Offences Bill - Committee: Amendment 2 (23 May 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: I thank the noble Lord for that. That is exactly the intention of the independent investigator. I turn to the amendment on Post Office governance. Amendment 19 is in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Holmes of Richmond, and I thank him again for his engagement on the Bill. Post Office governance is a priority for the Government. However, it is not the subject of this Bill, which has a clear...

Post Office (Horizon System) Offences Bill - Committee: Amendment 2 (23 May 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: I thank the noble Lord for that. My understanding is that, in this case, which is unprecedented, the CCRC will be able to review new evidence in relation to Horizon. Amendment 15, in the name of the noble and learned Lord, Lord Falconer of Thoroton, is on consequential provision. The Government are satisfied that the current provisions are sufficient to ensure that the Bill can be amended and...

Post Office (Horizon System) Offences Bill - Committee: Amendment 2 (23 May 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: I thank my noble friend. We have been clear in our discussions with him that there are two sides to this argument and great sympathy is expressed for the group in the Court of Appeal cases. At this stage in proceedings, however, the Government are retaining the position as outlined from the Dispatch Box. Amendment 13, in the name of the noble and learned Lord, Lord Falconer, would require the...


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