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Ministry of Justice
Made on: 05 February 2015
Made by: Lord Faulks (The Minister of State for Civil Justice and Legal Policy)
Lords

Justice and Home Affairs post-Council Statement

My Right Honourable Friend the Secretary of State for the Home Department (Theresa May) has made the following statement.

“The Informal Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Council was held on 29 and 30 January in Riga. I and a senior Ministry of Justice official attended on behalf of the United Kingdom. The following items were discussed.

In the context of the attacks in Paris in January, the Presidency focused the morning of Interior Day on the issue of counter terrorism and, in particular, foreign fighters. Member States, along with the Commission and the EU Counter Terrorism Coordinator, discussed how best to tackle the threat posed by those returning from Syria and Iraq, as well as efforts to tackle radicalisation. Member States, including the UK, agreed a Joint Statement which emphasised a number of issues including: the need for a strong and effective Passenger Name Records framework; the importance of effective action against illegal firearms; and the need to tackle terrorist content on the internet.

The UK urged other EU states to do more to improve the exchange of information about known criminals to keep the public safe. We highlighted that existing EU mechanisms are not fully utilised by other Member States to identify released offenders who continue to pose a public protection risk and who may try to travel across Europe and stressed that, to be able to refuse such offenders entry, Member States need to be told about them in advance. The UK also stressed the need for all Member States to retain and share information about 'spent' convictions for serious offences for appropriate lengths of time. We welcomed the continued focus on this important issue and on working together at the European level to tackle the threat but reiterated the importance of all Member States working to make progress in this area quickly.

Over lunch there was a discussion of EU migration pressures based on reporting from FRONTEX and EASO, where discussion covered the situation in Syria, the handling of asylum claims in Member States, and legal routes into the EU. The UK stressed the need to enhance cooperation with source and transit countries, in order to disrupt irregular migration flows.

After lunch, the Presidency held a joint session of Interior and Justice Ministers along with their counterparts from the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine), during which the EaP countries highlighted their progress on domestic reforms. In a common theme for many EU Member State interventions, the Commission underlined the importance of rule of law, and in particular the independence of the judiciary. Many EaP countries had made progress, but there was more to do.

Eurojust wanted to see more cooperation with EaP based on the model of their network of judicial contact points, noting that it was in talks with Ukraine and Georgia to establish them there, and hoped to see a greater level of cooperation.

On Justice Day, Ministers returned to the issue of counter terrorism to look at the judicial response, including radicalisation in prison and the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution on foreign fighters.

The Presidency then introduced its discussion paper on the scope of the data protection package, which consists of a Regulation covering the processing of personal data in most civil and commercial circumstances, and a Directive covering the processing of personal data in the context of criminal investigations and prosecution. Ministers were asked to consider whether the scope of the draft Directive should remain as proposed by the Commission or be extended to also cover processing of personal data when “maintaining law and order and the safeguarding of public security”.

The Commission argued strongly for maintaining the Directive’s original scope and noted that the Regulation had already been amended to provide greater flexibility for the public sector. The European Parliament set out its firm support for the Commission position. Whilst a few Member States supported the existing Commission proposal, the majority of Member States supported the Presidency’s proposal for an extension of the scope of the Directive. The UK, along with another Member State did not support either proposal. The UK understood the concerns of most Member States, and recognised this was an important and difficult issue. The UK put forward a compromise proposal, to limit the scope of the Directive to activities falling within those chapters of the Treaty dealing with police and judicial cooperation (i.e. Chapters 4 and 5 of Title V of Part Three of the TFEU). The meeting did not allow for a substantive discussion of the proposal, which the UK proposed should take place at expert level.

There followed a discussion on the promotion of digital solutions and tools for justice. The Commission argued that legal fragmentation across Member States was a major obstacle to a functioning Digital Single Market, with significant resultant costs suffered by businesses, in particular SMEs. This was a top priority for the Commission, and it would bring forward a package of proposals this year to supplement the data protection reforms already underway. This would include withdrawing its proposal for a Common European Sales Law and bringing forward a new measure to harmonise rules for online purchases. There was also a need to make further progress on the e-justice agenda. Many Member States called for a more ambitious e-justice agenda for both criminal and civil law.

The UK highlighted its recent paper on “The UK Vision for the EU’s Digital Economy”. On the Common European Sales Law, the UK had joined a number of other Member States in calling for the Commission to withdraw the proposal. Any modified proposal needed to be based on a proper impact assessment and consultation. There was a need for a new focus on more effective enforcement of consumer law as well as new cross-EU consumer rights specifically for digital content. The UK argued there was scope for the Commission to consider online sales issues when reviewing the Rome I Regulation.

Under AOB, Romania spoke to its joint letter with Italy calling upon the Commission to provide EU funding to support improvements in prison conditions. They argued this was an important objective with implications for EU cooperation, in particular the European Arrest Warrant and the EU framework on prisoner transfers. Finally, Spain drew attention to its conference on 25 March which would include the signing of the Convention on trafficking in human organs.”

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Home Office
Made on: 05 February 2015
Made by: Mrs Theresa May (The Secretary of State for the Home Department )
Commons

Justice and Home Affairs post-Council Statement

The Informal Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Council was held on 29 and 30 January in Riga. I and a senior Ministry of Justice official attended on behalf of the United Kingdom. The following items were discussed.

In the context of the attacks in Paris in January, the Presidency focused the morning of Interior Day on the issue of counter terrorism and, in particular, foreign fighters. Member States, along with the Commission and the EU Counter Terrorism Coordinator, discussed how best to tackle the threat posed by those returning from Syria and Iraq, as well as efforts to tackle radicalisation. Member States, including the UK, agreed a Joint Statement which emphasised a number of issues including: the need for a strong and effective Passenger Name Records framework; the importance of effective action against illegal firearms; and the need to tackle terrorist content on the internet.

The UK urged other EU states to do more to improve the exchange of information about known criminals to keep the public safe. We highlighted that existing EU mechanisms are not fully utilised by other Member States to identify released offenders who continue to pose a public protection risk and who may try to travel across Europe and stressed that, to be able to refuse such offenders entry, Member States need to be told about them in advance. The UK also stressed the need for all Member States to retain and share information about 'spent' convictions for serious offences for appropriate lengths of time. We welcomed the continued focus on this important issue and on working together at the European level to tackle the threat but reiterated the importance of all Member States working to make progress in this area quickly.

Over lunch there was a discussion of EU migration pressures based on reporting from FRONTEX and EASO, where discussion covered the situation in Syria, the handling of asylum claims in Member States, and legal routes into the EU. The UK stressed the need to enhance cooperation with source and transit countries, in order to disrupt irregular migration flows.

After lunch, the Presidency held a joint session of Interior and Justice Ministers along with their counterparts from the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine), during which the EaP countries highlighted their progress on domestic reforms. In a common theme for many EU Member State interventions, the Commission underlined the importance of rule of law, and in particular the independence of the judiciary. Many EaP countries had made progress, but there was more to do.

Eurojust wanted to see more cooperation with EaP based on the model of their network of judicial contact points, noting that it was in talks with Ukraine and Georgia to establish them there, and hoped to see a greater level of cooperation.

On Justice Day, Ministers returned to the issue of counter terrorism to look at the judicial response, including radicalisation in prison and the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution on foreign fighters.

The Presidency then introduced its discussion paper on the scope of the data protection package, which consists of a Regulation covering the processing of personal data in most civil and commercial circumstances, and a Directive covering the processing of personal data in the context of criminal investigations and prosecution. Ministers were asked to consider whether the scope of the draft Directive should remain as proposed by the Commission or be extended to also cover processing of personal data when “maintaining law and order and the safeguarding of public security”.

The Commission argued strongly for maintaining the Directive’s original scope and noted that the Regulation had already been amended to provide greater flexibility for the public sector. The European Parliament set out its firm support for the Commission position. Whilst a few Member States supported the existing Commission proposal, the majority of Member States supported the Presidency’s proposal for an extension of the scope of the Directive. The UK, along with another Member State did not support either proposal. The UK understood the concerns of most Member States, and recognised this was an important and difficult issue. The UK put forward a compromise proposal, to limit the scope of the Directive to activities falling within those chapters of the Treaty dealing with police and judicial cooperation (i.e. Chapters 4 and 5 of Title V of Part Three of the TFEU). The meeting did not allow for a substantive discussion of the proposal, which the UK proposed should take place at expert level.

There followed a discussion on the promotion of digital solutions and tools for justice. The Commission argued that legal fragmentation across Member States was a major obstacle to a functioning Digital Single Market, with significant resultant costs suffered by businesses, in particular SMEs. This was a top priority for the Commission, and it would bring forward a package of proposals this year to supplement the data protection reforms already underway. This would include withdrawing its proposal for a Common European Sales Law and bringing forward a new measure to harmonise rules for online purchases. There was also a need to make further progress on the e-justice agenda. Many Member States called for a more ambitious e-justice agenda for both criminal and civil law.

The UK highlighted its recent paper on “The UK Vision for the EU’s Digital Economy”. On the Common European Sales Law, the UK had joined a number of other Member States in calling for the Commission to withdraw the proposal. Any modified proposal needed to be based on a proper impact assessment and consultation. There was a need for a new focus on more effective enforcement of consumer law as well as new cross-EU consumer rights specifically for digital content. The UK argued there was scope for the Commission to consider online sales issues when reviewing the Rome I Regulation.

Under AOB, Romania spoke to its joint letter with Italy calling upon the Commission to provide EU funding to support improvements in prison conditions. They argued this was an important objective with implications for EU cooperation, in particular the European Arrest Warrant and the EU framework on prisoner transfers. Finally, Spain drew attention to its conference on 25 March which would include the signing of the Convention on trafficking in human organs.

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Home Office
Made on: 05 February 2015
Made by: Lord Bates (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office )
Lords

Immigration Act 2014 – Marriage and Civil Partnership Notice Fee Increase

My hon Friend the Minister of State for Security and Immigration (James Brokenshire) has today made the following Written Ministerial Statement:

I am pleased to inform the House of an increase in marriage and civil partnership notice fees to support the implementation of the referral and investigation scheme for proposed marriages and civil partnerships and related provisions under the Immigration Act 2014. I announced the revised fees in Parliament on Monday 19 January 2015.

Under the new scheme all proposed marriages and civil partnerships involving a non-European Economic Area national with limited or no immigration status in the UK, or who does not provide specified evidence that they are exempt from the scheme, will be referred to the Home Office.

This introduces additional costs for registration officers, who will be required to ask couples for additional information and evidence. They will also provide relevant couples with information about the scheme and refer them to the Home Office. The marriage and civil partnership notice fee in England and Wales for couples subject to referral to the Home Office under the scheme will be increased from £35 to £47 per person from 2 March 2015, subject to the commencement of the scheme from that date. This will fund the additional administrative costs for the Designated Register Offices required to perform these functions, in line with the New Burdens Doctrine.

This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: HCWS257
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Department for Transport
Made on: 05 February 2015
Made by: Baroness Kramer (Minister of State)
Lords

Change to the rules for operators registering local bus services.

In March 2014 the Government consulted on its implementation of the four remedies proposed by the Competition Commission recommending changes to the existing rules for the registration of local bus services with the Traffic Commissioner. The four remedies formed part of a much wider series of recommendations made by the Competition Commission following its two year “Local bus services market investigation” which concluded in December 2011.

I am today Thursday 5 February announcing that following a review of the responses to the consultation I have decided to only progress one of the four remedies - the 14-day pre-notification period for local transport authorities. Whilst this only constitutes a partial implementation of the Competition Commission’s recommendations in this particular area, this follows full consideration of the consultation responses and the cost benefit analysis undertaken as part of the legislative process.

The implementation of the 14-day pre-notification period for local authorities makes a material contribution towards meeting the Competition Commission’s concerns in a way that builds on Government policy to promote partnership working between operators and local authorities. New entrants would have at least 14 days to operate before a reaction from the incumbent(s) as the information would be kept confidential. As identified by the Competition Commission the extra visibility to local authorities should also discourage anticompetitive reactions by an incumbent.

The consultation also sought views on the Department’s ambition to move to a fully electronic bus registration system over the next 2-3 years and invited views on how to make this happen. This will bring benefits not only to operators and local authorities in terms of reduced administrative costs and ease of updating local travel information, but also to passengers in terms of an improvement in completeness and timeliness of bus route / timetable information. There was broad support for this aim and so a move to a fully digital bus registration system will be progressed. We will be engaging with key players over the next few months to establish the best way to make this happen.

A summary of responses and the Government position has been published on GOV.UK and has been placed in the libraries of both Houses.

Consultation Doc (PDF Document, 209.22 KB)
This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: HCWS256
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Made on: 05 February 2015
Made by: Baroness Anelay of St Johns (Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
Lords

Foreign Affairs Council, and General Affairs Council: 9 and 10 February

My Right Honourable Friend the Minister for Europe (Mr David Lidington) has made the following written Ministerial statement:

My Right Honourable Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs will attend the Foreign Affairs Council on 9 February and I will attend the General Affairs Council on 10 February. The Foreign Affairs Council will be chaired by the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, and the General Affairs Council will be chaired by the Latvian Presidency. The meetings will be held in Brussels.

Foreign Affairs Council

Africa

The FAC will be having its first strategic discussion on Africa for a number of years. To help structure the debate the EEAS has produced a paper entitled “Peace, prosperity and partnership”. The UK will use the discussion to focus on Boko Haram and Nigeria’s forthcoming presidential and regional elections. UK priorities will be to secure EU support for regional efforts, assisted by the AU, to tackle Boko Haram and to send a clear message on the importance of free, fair and peaceful elections. The UK will also reinforce the link between trade and development and peace and security and underline the importance of the EU retaining its role as a serious player on the continent. We expect that there will be Council Conclusions on this topic.

Libya

Discussions on Libya will focus on the further deterioration of the security situation and progress of the UN-led political talks. The UK’s priority will be to ensure the continued support of Member States for the efforts of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Libya, Bernardino Leon, to resolve the political crisis and pave the way for peaceful political dialogue.

Yemen

Events in Yemen are fluid and volatile. We expect discussions to focus on the latest situation in the country, including the future leadership of the country. There will be Council Conclusions on Yemen, condemning violence and urging restraint and dialogue by all parties in line with the GCC Initiative and the Peace and National Partnership Agreement signed by the Houthis and President Hadi in September 2014.

Iraq & Syria

The EEAS and Commission will present an update on the EU Syria/Iraq/ISIL Strategy. The UK will urge the Institutions to secure funding swiftly to enable the implementation of the Strategy, ahead of the March FAC. The Strategy should help focus EU efforts on areas where they can add value to the Counter ISIL Coalition and should ensure EU activity is better coordinated and aligned with other Coalition efforts.

Terrorism

The attacks in Paris, and events in Belgium and elsewhere in Europe, underline that countering terrorism is at the top of our and our EU partners’ priorities. Much of the European direct response to these attacks will focus on internal EU Justice and Home Affairs (JHA), as set out by EU JHA Ministers when they met on 29 January, but the EU needs to address terrorism issues outside its borders. We expect Council Conclusions on 9 February that will set out how the EU intends to implement its Foreign Fighters and Syria/Iraq/ISIL strategy. Other UK priorities will be to press for EU action in priority countries in the Middle East and Africa, to improve those countries’ aviation and border security, crisis-response capacity and management of the return of terrorist fighters, as well as to support their strategic communications and counter-radicalisation efforts.

General Affairs Council

The General Affairs Council (GAC) on 10 February is expected to focus on: the Latvian Presidency Work Programme; the EU Strategic Agenda; preparation of the European Council on 19 and 20 March 2015; and EU Structural Funds.

Latvia Presidency Work Programme

The GAC is expected to take note of the Latvian Presidency Programme which commenced on 1 January 2015. Three priorities have been identified for the Latvian Presidency: a Competitive Europe that creates growth and jobs and better responds to the needs of its people; a Digital Europe which seizes the opportunities provided by digital technologies as the basis for EU’s competitiveness and growth; and a Global Europe encompassing EU-US relations, the Eastern Partnership and renewing the EU-Central Asia strategy. There is a good degree of alignment between the UK’s priorities and those of the Latvian Presidency, particularly based around supporting growth and making European economies more competitive.

EU Strategic Agenda – Union of freedom, security and justice

The GAC will discuss the EU’s response to the horrific attacks in Paris and Belgium last month. The UK wants to see action taken at a European level to deal with aspects of the current threat from terrorism in Syria and Iraq, including: on the movement of foreign fighters and weapons through Europe; improved aviation security; tackling terrorist and extremist propaganda on line; counter radicalisation and driving a strong counter narrative; data-sharing about people convicted of terrorist offences; and urgent publication of the EU’s Strategies on Foreign Fighters and ISIL.

Preparation of the March European Council

The GAC will prepare the 19 and 20 March European Council, which the Prime Minister will attend. The March European Council agenda has not yet been released but we expect it to include: economic issues including the review of the Europe 2020 Strategy; Energy Union and; external relations issues (likely to include Ukraine).

EU Structural Funds

Ministers will discuss measures to ensure the timely adoption of the 2014-2020 EU Structural Funds programmes which are awaiting approval.

This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: HCWS255
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Home Office
Made on: 05 February 2015
Made by: Lord Bates (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office)
Lords

Tackling Violence against Women and Girls Overseas

My hon Friend the Minister of State for Crime Prevention (Lynne Featherstone) has today made the following Written Ministerial Statement:

I would like to update the House on my work as the Ministerial Champion for Tackling Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) overseas.

Since moving back to the Home Office as the Minister for Crime Prevention, I have been able to strengthen my Ministerial Champion role by ensuring the government continues to take a coherent approach across international and domestic work to tackle violence against women and girls.

The scale of the challenge of ending violence against women and girls continues to be considerable.

Since my appointment as the International Champion, I have made a series of overseas visits, including to South Sudan, Somalia, Bangladesh, United Arab Emirates, India and Burma, working in partnership to encourage and drive action to address VAWG in these countries. I have also represented the UK at a number of key international forums such as the Commission on the Status of Women, making the case for VAWG to be recognised in the post-2015 Millennium development framework. I have also met, and built up strong alliances, with many in the wider community working on these issues including passionate activists and campaigners from non-governmental organisations and grassroots organisations, and diaspora communities in the UK.

In January, I undertook my final overseas visit - to India and Burma. I first visited India in my role as Ministerial Champion in 2011 and the progress that has been made since my last visit was encouraging. I was pleased to be able to secure ministers’ agreement to send written support for the Girl Summit charter to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Child, Early and Forced Marriage (CEFM) in a generation.

In Burma, as well as with government ministers, I met with civil society groups, women’s rights campaigners, and Aung San Suu Kyi, to discuss how violence against women and girls can be tackled; and how they could gain an equal voice in the peace process and political reforms. One thing was clear to me. They are all dedicated to making their country a better place for all Burmese people. Much of the violence against women and girls in Burma is as a result of conflict. I was encouraged to hear of the work underway to tackle this, and saw a Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative-linked training session for the Burmese Army, supported by the UK’s Defence Academy, on the UNSC 1325 commitments on women, peace and security.

I am proud of the role the UK has taken in supporting Burma, India and so many other countries to address violence against women and girls. I am also extremely proud of the achievements we have made since 2010. The UK is now positioned as a true world leader on tackling violence against women and girls. I would like to outline just a small selection of these achievements:

- We have hosted three ground-breaking global summits on addressing VAWG: (1) the ‘call to action’ to tackle violence against women and girls in humanitarian emergencies; (2) ending sexual violence in conflict; and (3) the Girl Summit focused on tackling child, early and forced marriage, and ending female genital mutilation (FGM) both in the UK and worldwide.

- These summits galvanised a huge range of financial and political commitments to act, including a ground-breaking Communiqué to agree that early action to protect girls and women in emergencies saves lives (signed by fifty governments and organisations); an International Protocol on the Investigation and Documentation of Sexual Violence; and a Girl Summit Charter on FGM and child, early and forced marriage (with 470 signatories, including 36 governments).

- I launched a flagship FGM programme in 2013 – for which the UK is the largest donor in the world - working in 17 countries to support the Africa-led movement to end FGM, aiming to see a 30% reduction of FGM in ten countries over the next five years. The momentum this generated led to the Girl Summit being held in London the following year.

- The UK has significantly scaled up its work to tackle VAWG overseas. For example, the Department for International Development has seen a 63% increase in programmes addressing these issues since 2012. We now have bilateral VAWG programmes in 29 countries.

- We have committed up to £25 million for a new programme to end child, early and forced marriage in 12 countries.

- We have seen a six-fold increase in programmes addressing VAWG in humanitarian situations. For example, the UK is now supporting a programme working across the DRC, Ethiopia, and Pakistan called ‘Protecting Adolescent Girls against Violence in Humanitarian Settings’, which will directly benefit 8615 adolescent girls

- We are investing £25 million over five years in a flagship research and innovation programme that will find out what works to prevent violence in developing countries, with a component focused on conflict and humanitarian contexts.

I am committed to continuing to address these issues here and around the world. The government is committed to publishing a review of our VAWG action plan this session, which will set out the progress we have made, domestically and internationally, over the course of this parliament.

We are making progress at home too. Since we launched our strategy, A Call to End Violence Against Women and Girls, in 2010 we have criminalised forced marriage in England and Wales; introduced new stalking offences; rolled out Clare’s Law and Domestic Violence Protection Orders to protect victims of domestic violence and announced a new offence of domestic abuse of controlling and coercive behaviour; we have driven a step-change in our efforts to end female genital mutilation, and our national prevention campaign (This is Abuse) encourages teenagers to re-think their views about rape, consent, violence and abuse; contributing to the wider cultural awareness that violence is unacceptable.

But there is still more to do. I am continuing to drive progress. Since the Girl Summit we have issued a consultation on mandatory reporting of FGM and we are now considering the responses with a view to bringing forward legislation this session. We have also established the FGM unit to drive a step change in nationwide outreach on FGM with criminal justice partners, children’s services, healthcare professionals and affected communities.

This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: HCWS254
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Home Office
Made on: 05 February 2015
Made by: James Brokenshire (The Minister of State for Security and Immigration )
Commons

Immigration Act 2014 – Marriage and Civil Partnership Notice Fee Increase

I am pleased to inform the House of an increase in marriage and civil partnership notice fees to support the implementation of the referral and investigation scheme for proposed marriages and civil partnerships and related provisions under the Immigration Act 2014. I announced the revised fees in Parliament on Monday 19 January 2015.

Under the new scheme all proposed marriages and civil partnerships involving a non-European Economic Area national with limited or no immigration status in the UK, or who does not provide specified evidence that they are exempt from the scheme, will be referred to the Home Office.

This introduces additional costs for registration officers, who will be required to ask couples for additional information and evidence. They will also provide relevant couples with information about the scheme and refer them to the Home Office. The marriage and civil partnership notice fee in England and Wales for couples subject to referral to the Home Office under the scheme will be increased from £35 to £47 per person from 2 March 2015, subject to the commencement of the scheme from that date. This will fund the additional administrative costs for the Designated Register Offices required to perform these functions, in line with the New Burdens Doctrine.

This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS235
WS
Home Office
Made on: 05 February 2015
Made by: Lord Bates (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office )
Lords

Triennial Review of the Police Advisory Board for England and Wales

My rt hon Friend the Secretary of State for the Home Department (Theresa May) has today made the following Written Ministerial Statement:

I am today announcing the start of the Triennial Review of the Police Advisory Board for England and Wales. Triennial reviews are part of the Government’s commitment to ensuring that Non Departmental Public Bodies continue to have regular independent challenge.

The Review will examine whether there is a continuing need for the Police Advisory Board’s function and its form and whether it should continue to exist at arm’s length from Government. Should the review conclude there is a continuing need for the body, it will go on to examine whether the body is operating efficiently and whether the body’s control and governance arrangements continue to meet the recognised principles of good corporate governance. I will inform the House of the outcome of the review when it is completed.

This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: HCWS253
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Ministry of Defence
Made on: 05 February 2015
Made by: Lord Astor of Hever (Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) )
Lords

UK Commitments to the NATO Readiness Action Plan

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence (Mr Michael Fallon) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

At the NATO Summit in Wales on 4 and 5 September 2014, the Alliance approved the Readiness Action Plan including the extension of the Immediate Assurance Measures which had been put in place as part of NATO’s response to the Ukraine Crisis.

As part of the continuation of the NATO Assurance Measures, I am pleased to announce that the United Kingdom will, once again, deploy four Typhoon aircraft to augment the Norwegian contribution to the NATO Baltic Air policing mission for the duration of the their rotation between May and August 2015. The four Typhoons will operate, at NATO’s request from Amari Airbase in Estonia.

Furthermore, as part of the NATO Readiness Action Plan Adaption Measures, the UK will undertake the commitment made at the Wales Summit to provide a Brigade Headquarters and a Battlegroup to become the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force Framework Nation in 2017 and become part of the on-going VJTF(L) Framework Nation roster.

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Department for Transport
Made on: 05 February 2015
Made by: Mr John Hayes (Minister of State for Transport)
Commons

Change to the rules for operators registering local bus services.

My Noble friend, the Minister of State for Transport (Baroness Kramer), has made the following Ministerial Statement: in March 2014 the Government consulted on its implementation of the four remedies proposed by the Competition Commission recommending changes to the existing rules for the registration of local bus services with the Traffic Commissioner. The four remedies formed part of a much wider series of recommendations made by the Competition Commission following its two year “Local bus services market investigation” which concluded in December 2011.

I am today Thursday 5 February announcing that following a review of the responses to the consultation I have decided to only progress one of the four remedies - the 14-day pre-notification period for local transport authorities. Whilst this only constitutes a partial implementation of the Competition Commission’s recommendations in this particular area, this follows full consideration of the consultation responses and the cost benefit analysis undertaken as part of the legislative process.

The implementation of the 14-day pre-notification period for local authorities makes a material contribution towards meeting the Competition Commission’s concerns in a way that builds on Government policy to promote partnership working between operators and local authorities. New entrants would have at least 14 days to operate before a reaction from the incumbent(s) as the information would be kept confidential. As identified by the Competition Commission the extra visibility to local authorities should also discourage anticompetitive reactions by an incumbent.

The consultation also sought views on the Department’s ambition to move to a fully electronic bus registration system over the next 2-3 years and invited views on how to make this happen. This will bring benefits not only to operators and local authorities in terms of reduced administrative costs and ease of updating local travel information, but also to passengers in terms of an improvement in completeness and timeliness of bus route / timetable information. There was broad support for this aim and so a move to a fully digital bus registration system will be progressed. We will be engaging with key players over the next few months to establish the best way to make this happen.

A summary of responses and the Government position has been published on GOV.UK and has been placed in the libraries of both Houses.

Consultation Doc (PDF Document, 209.22 KB)
This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS234
WS
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Made on: 05 February 2015
Made by: Mr David Lidington (Minister for Europe)
Commons

Foreign Affairs Council, and General Affairs Council: 9 and 10 February

My Right Honourable Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs will attend the Foreign Affairs Council on 9 February and I will attend the General Affairs Council on 10 February. The Foreign Affairs Council will be chaired by the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, and the General Affairs Council will be chaired by the Latvian Presidency. The meetings will be held in Brussels.

Foreign Affairs Council

Africa

The FAC will be having its first strategic discussion on Africa for a number of years. To help structure the debate the EEAS has produced a paper entitled “Peace, prosperity and partnership”. The UK will use the discussion to focus on Boko Haram and Nigeria’s forthcoming presidential and regional elections. UK priorities will be to secure EU support for regional efforts, assisted by the AU, to tackle Boko Haram and to send a clear message on the importance of free, fair and peaceful elections. The UK will also reinforce the link between trade and development and peace and security and underline the importance of the EU retaining its role as a serious player on the continent. We expect that there will be Council Conclusions on this topic.

Libya

Discussions on Libya will focus on the further deterioration of the security situation and progress of the UN-led political talks. The UK’s priority will be to ensure the continued support of Member States for the efforts of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Libya, Bernardino Leon, to resolve the political crisis and pave the way for peaceful political dialogue.

Yemen

Events in Yemen are fluid and volatile. We expect discussions to focus on the latest situation in the country, including the future leadership of the country. There will be Council Conclusions on Yemen, condemning violence and urging restraint and dialogue by all parties in line with the GCC Initiative and the Peace and National Partnership Agreement signed by the Houthis and President Hadi in September 2014.

Iraq & Syria

The EEAS and Commission will present an update on the EU Syria/Iraq/ISIL Strategy. The UK will urge the Institutions to secure funding swiftly to enable the implementation of the Strategy, ahead of the March FAC. The Strategy should help focus EU efforts on areas where they can add value to the Counter ISIL Coalition and should ensure EU activity is better coordinated and aligned with other Coalition efforts.

Terrorism

The attacks in Paris, and events in Belgium and elsewhere in Europe, underline that countering terrorism is at the top of our and our EU partners’ priorities. Much of the European direct response to these attacks will focus on internal EU Justice and Home Affairs (JHA), as set out by EU JHA Ministers when they met on 29 January, but the EU needs to address terrorism issues outside its borders. We expect Council Conclusions on 9 February that will set out how the EU intends to implement its Foreign Fighters and Syria/Iraq/ISIL strategy. Other UK priorities will be to press for EU action in priority countries in the Middle East and Africa, to improve those countries’ aviation and border security, crisis-response capacity and management of the return of terrorist fighters, as well as to support their strategic communications and counter-radicalisation efforts.

General Affairs Council

The General Affairs Council (GAC) on 10 February is expected to focus on: the Latvian Presidency Work Programme; the EU Strategic Agenda; preparation of the European Council on 19 and 20 March 2015; and EU Structural Funds.

Latvia Presidency Work Programme

The GAC is expected to take note of the Latvian Presidency Programme which commenced on 1 January 2015. Three priorities have been identified for the Latvian Presidency: a Competitive Europe that creates growth and jobs and better responds to the needs of its people; a Digital Europe which seizes the opportunities provided by digital technologies as the basis for EU’s competitiveness and growth; and a Global Europe encompassing EU-US relations, the Eastern Partnership and renewing the EU-Central Asia strategy. There is a good degree of alignment between the UK’s priorities and those of the Latvian Presidency, particularly based around supporting growth and making European economies more competitive.

EU Strategic Agenda – Union of freedom, security and justice

The GAC will discuss the EU’s response to the horrific attacks in Paris and Belgium last month. The UK wants to see action taken at a European level to deal with aspects of the current threat from terrorism in Syria and Iraq, including: on the movement of foreign fighters and weapons through Europe; improved aviation security; tackling terrorist and extremist propaganda on line; counter radicalisation and driving a strong counter narrative; data-sharing about people convicted of terrorist offences; and urgent publication of the EU’s Strategies on Foreign Fighters and ISIL.

Preparation of the March European Council

The GAC will prepare the 19 and 20 March European Council, which the Prime Minister will attend. The March European Council agenda has not yet been released but we expect it to include: economic issues including the review of the Europe 2020 Strategy; Energy Union and; external relations issues (likely to include Ukraine).

EU Structural Funds

Ministers will discuss measures to ensure the timely adoption of the 2014-2020 EU Structural Funds programmes which are awaiting approval.

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Home Office
Made on: 05 February 2015
Made by: Lynne Featherstone (The Minister of State for Crime Prevention )
Commons

Tackling Violence against Women and Girls Overseas

I would like to update the House on my work as the Ministerial Champion for Tackling Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) overseas.

Since moving back to the Home Office as the Minister for Crime Prevention, I have been able to strengthen my Ministerial Champion role by ensuring the government continues to take a coherent approach across international and domestic work to tackle violence against women and girls.

The scale of the challenge of ending violence against women and girls continues to be considerable.

Since my appointment as the International Champion, I have made a series of overseas visits, including to South Sudan, Somalia, Bangladesh, United Arab Emirates, India and Burma, working in partnership to encourage and drive action to address VAWG in these countries. I have also represented the UK at a number of key international forums such as the Commission on the Status of Women, making the case for VAWG to be recognised in the post-2015 Millennium development framework. I have also met, and built up strong alliances, with many in the wider community working on these issues including passionate activists and campaigners from non-governmental organisations and grassroots organisations, and diaspora communities in the UK.

In January, I undertook my final overseas visit - to India and Burma. I first visited India in my role as Ministerial Champion in 2011 and the progress that has been made since my last visit was encouraging. I was pleased to be able to secure ministers’ agreement to send written support for the Girl Summit charter to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Child, Early and Forced Marriage (CEFM) in a generation.

In Burma, as well as with government ministers, I met with civil society groups, women’s rights campaigners, and Aung San Suu Kyi, to discuss how violence against women and girls can be tackled; and how they could gain an equal voice in the peace process and political reforms. One thing was clear to me. They are all dedicated to making their country a better place for all Burmese people. Much of the violence against women and girls in Burma is as a result of conflict. I was encouraged to hear of the work underway to tackle this, and saw a Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative-linked training session for the Burmese Army, supported by the UK’s Defence Academy, on the UNSC 1325 commitments on women, peace and security.

I am proud of the role the UK has taken in supporting Burma, India and so many other countries to address violence against women and girls. I am also extremely proud of the achievements we have made since 2010. The UK is now positioned as a true world leader on tackling violence against women and girls. I would like to outline just a small selection of these achievements:

- We have hosted three ground-breaking global summits on addressing VAWG: (1) the ‘call to action’ to tackle violence against women and girls in humanitarian emergencies; (2) ending sexual violence in conflict; and (3) the Girl Summit focused on tackling child, early and forced marriage, and ending female genital mutilation (FGM) both in the UK and worldwide.

- These summits galvanised a huge range of financial and political commitments to act, including a ground-breaking Communiqué to agree that early action to protect girls and women in emergencies saves lives (signed by fifty governments and organisations); an International Protocol on the Investigation and Documentation of Sexual Violence; and a Girl Summit Charter on FGM and child, early and forced marriage (with 470 signatories, including 36 governments).

- I launched a flagship FGM programme in 2013 – for which the UK is the largest donor in the world - working in 17 countries to support the Africa-led movement to end FGM, aiming to see a 30% reduction of FGM in ten countries over the next five years. The momentum this generated led to the Girl Summit being held in London the following year.

- The UK has significantly scaled up its work to tackle VAWG overseas. For example, the Department for International Development has seen a 63% increase in programmes addressing these issues since 2012. We now have bilateral VAWG programmes in 29 countries.

- We have committed up to £25 million for a new programme to end child, early and forced marriage in 12 countries.

- We have seen a six-fold increase in programmes addressing VAWG in humanitarian situations. For example, the UK is now supporting a programme working across the DRC, Ethiopia, and Pakistan called ‘Protecting Adolescent Girls against Violence in Humanitarian Settings’, which will directly benefit 8615 adolescent girls

- We are investing £25 million over five years in a flagship research and innovation programme that will find out what works to prevent violence in developing countries, with a component focused on conflict and humanitarian contexts.

I am committed to continuing to address these issues here and around the world. The government is committed to publishing a review of our VAWG action plan this session, which will set out the progress we have made, domestically and internationally, over the course of this parliament.

We are making progress at home too. Since we launched our strategy, A Call to End Violence Against Women and Girls, in 2010 we have criminalised forced marriage in England and Wales; introduced new stalking offences; rolled out Clare’s Law and Domestic Violence Protection Orders to protect victims of domestic violence and announced a new offence of domestic abuse of controlling and coercive behaviour; we have driven a step-change in our efforts to end female genital mutilation, and our national prevention campaign (This is Abuse) encourages teenagers to re-think their views about rape, consent, violence and abuse; contributing to the wider cultural awareness that violence is unacceptable.

But there is still more to do. I am continuing to drive progress. Since the Girl Summit we have issued a consultation on mandatory reporting of FGM and we are now considering the responses with a view to bringing forward legislation this session. We have also established the FGM unit to drive a step change in nationwide outreach on FGM with criminal justice partners, children’s services, healthcare professionals and affected communities.

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Home Office
Made on: 05 February 2015
Made by: Mrs Theresa May (The Secretary of State for the Home Department )
Commons

Triennial Review of the Police Advisory Board for England and Wales

I am today announcing the start of the Triennial Review of the Police Advisory Board for England and Wales. Triennial reviews are part of the Government’s commitment to ensuring that Non Departmental Public Bodies continue to have regular independent challenge.

The Review will examine whether there is a continuing need for the Police Advisory Board’s function and its form and whether it should continue to exist at arm’s length from Government. Should the review conclude there is a continuing need for the body, it will go on to examine whether the body is operating efficiently and whether the body’s control and governance arrangements continue to meet the recognised principles of good corporate governance. I will inform the House of the outcome of the review when it is completed.

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Ministry of Defence
Made on: 05 February 2015
Made by: Michael Fallon (Secretary of State for Defence )
Commons

UK Commitments to the NATO Readiness Action Plan

At the NATO Summit in Wales on 4 and 5 September 2014, the Alliance approved the Readiness Action Plan including the extension of the Immediate Assurance Measures which had been put in place as part of NATO’s response to the Ukraine Crisis.

As part of the continuation of the NATO Assurance Measures, I am pleased to announce that the United Kingdom will, once again, deploy four Typhoon aircraft to augment the Norwegian contribution to the NATO Baltic Air policing mission for the duration of the their rotation between May and August 2015. The four Typhoons will operate, at NATO’s request from Amari Airbase in Estonia.

Furthermore, as part of the NATO Readiness Action Plan Adaption Measures, the UK will undertake the commitment made at the Wales Summit to provide a Brigade Headquarters and a Battlegroup to become the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force Framework Nation in 2017 and become part of the on-going VJTF(L) Framework Nation roster.

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Cabinet Office
Made on: 04 February 2015
Made by: Lord Wallace of Saltaire (Government Whip)
Lords

GOVERNMENT FILES

My Right Honourable friend the Minister for Cabinet Office and Paymaster General (Francis Maude) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement:

I welcome the Home Secretary’s announcement today regarding the Inquiry into child sexual abuse in England and Wales.

The Cabinet Office will support the Inquiry and will work with the Home Office to ensure that Departments provide the Inquiry with all relevant information.

As the House is aware, the Cabinet Office last week released to The National Archives a file containing information about a former United Kingdom High Commissioner to Canada, Sir Peter Hayman. This file is now public. This file should have been submitted to the Review by Peter Wanless and Richard Whittam QC. I regret that the file was missed in error and was not submitted at the time. However, a similar set of papers was held in the Home Office and seen by Wanless and Whittam. The complete and un-redacted Cabinet Office file will be made available to Wanless and Whittam if they wish to see it, and the Inquiry. However Wanless has already confirmed that the file would not have changed the conclusions of his review.

As a result of the discovery of the Sir Peter Hayman file, the Cabinet Office has conducted additional searches of its extensive papers and files. Officials have identified four additional relevant files, one of which was marked for destruction pending further checks by the Cabinet Office and The National Archives. The Cabinet Office already has in place a process for reviewing its files scheduled for destruction. I am ensuring that relevant departments have a similar process in place. These files are being shared with the Inquiry, the Hart Inquiry, the relevant departments, and the Metropolitan Police Service. All the complete and un-redacted files will be made available to Wanless and Whittam if they wish to see them.

The files were found in a separate Cabinet Office archive of sensitive, historic papers. This archive, colloquially known as the Cabinet Secretaries’ file, was closed in 2007. It is largely un-catalogued and un-registered; a programme to review it has been underway since last year but remains in progress. Officials assure me that the available titles have now been searched and more detailed searches are ongoing. My officials will work with the Inquiry to ensure it has the assurance it requires that all papers held by the Cabinet Office have been fully examined and that relevant papers are correctly identified and disclosed.

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Cabinet Office
Made on: 04 February 2015
Made by: Mr Francis Maude (Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General)
Commons

Government Files

I welcome the Home Secretary’s announcement today regarding the Inquiry into child sexual abuse in England and Wales.

The Cabinet Office will support the Inquiry and will work with the Home Office to ensure that Departments provide the Inquiry with all relevant information.

As the House is aware, the Cabinet Office last week released to The National Archives a file containing information about a former United Kingdom High Commissioner to Canada, Sir Peter Hayman. This file is now public. This file should have been submitted to the Review by Peter Wanless and Richard Whittam QC. I regret that the file was missed in error and was not submitted at the time. However, a similar set of papers was held in the Home Office and seen by Wanless and Whittam. The complete and un-redacted Cabinet Office file will be made available to Wanless and Whittam if they wish to see it, and the Inquiry. However Wanless has already confirmed that the file would not have changed the conclusions of his review.

As a result of the discovery of the Sir Peter Hayman file, the Cabinet Office has conducted additional searches of its extensive papers and files. Officials have identified four additional relevant files, one of which was marked for destruction pending further checks by the Cabinet Office and The National Archives. The Cabinet Office already has in place a process for reviewing its files scheduled for destruction. I am ensuring that relevant departments have a similar process in place. These files are being shared with the Inquiry, the Hart Inquiry, the relevant departments, and the Metropolitan Police Service. All the complete and un-redacted files will be made available to Wanless and Whittam if they wish to see them.

The files were found in a separate Cabinet Office archive of sensitive, historic papers. This archive, colloquially known as the Cabinet Secretaries’ file, was closed in 2007. It is largely un-catalogued and un-registered; a programme to review it has been underway since last year but remains in progress. Officials assure me that the available titles have now been searched and more detailed searches are ongoing. My officials will work with the Inquiry to ensure it has the assurance it requires that all papers held by the Cabinet Office have been fully examined and that relevant papers are correctly identified and disclosed.

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Department of Health
Made on: 04 February 2015
Made by: Earl Howe (The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department of Health)
Lords

Consultation on draft regulations and guidance to implement the cap on care costs and policy proposals for a new care and support appeals system

My Rt Hon friend the Minister of State, Department of Health (Norman Lamb) has made the following written ministerial statement.

Today I am publishing a consultation on draft regulations and statutory guidance to introduce the cap on care costs system that will complete the historic reforms set out in the Care Act. For the first time ever, the cap will protect people from the risk of catastrophic care costs and offer more people means tested financial support towards the costs of their care. Also included in this consultation are policy proposals for a new system of appeals that will enable people to challenge certain decisions made by local authorities under the Care Act.

This consultation continues the collaborative approach we have taken throughout the care and support reform programme and seeks views on the elements of the reforms that are due to come into force in April 2016.

Part one of the consultation focuses on funding reform and seeks views on draft regulations and guidance that will introduce the cap on care costs and extend access to means-tested financial support. The draft regulations and guidance set out the detail of how we propose to implement these reforms enabling local authorities to plan and prepare for implementation. Alongside this, the consultation sets out a small number of areas that we wish to further explore.

The introduction of a cap on care costs will provide people with greater clarity about what they will be expected to contribute towards the cost of their care and what help they can expect from the state. This will not only bring people much needed protection and peace of mind, but also certainty that will enable them to better plan and prepare. The extended access to means tested financial support will mean that more people will be eligible to receive financial support from their local authority towards their care costs.

Part two of the consultation seeks views on policy proposals for a new system of appeals for care and support under the Care Act and the need for a new system. These policy proposals flow from the broad consensus of support for a right of appeal that emerged as the Act progressed through Parliament. The policy proposals set the framework for a cost effective system for people to appeal against certain decisions made by local authorities under the Act which focuses on achieving early resolution.

I am placing a copy of the documents relating to this consultation in the Library. These are also attached and are available on the Government’s website at http://careact2016.dh.gov.uk/. These comprise a consultation document, draft statutory guidance and regulations on the cap, policy proposals for an appeals system and an impact assessment.

Care Act Consultation (PDF Document, 703.43 KB)
Regulations and Potential Provisions (PDF Document, 267.29 KB)
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Home Office
Made on: 04 February 2015
Made by: Lord Bates (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office)
Lords

Report to Parliament on the Application of Protocols 19 and 21 to the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union in Relation to EU Justice and Home Affairs Matters (1 December 2013- 30 November 2014)

My rt hon Friend the Secretary of State for the Home Department (Theresa May) has today made the following Written Ministerial Statement:

The Home Office and the Ministry of Justice have prepared the Fifth Annual Report to Parliament on the Application of Protocols 19 and 21 to the Treaty on European Union (TEU) and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) (‘the Treaties’) in Relation to EU Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Matters. The Report, which is today being laid before the House, is submitted on behalf of both my own Department and that of the Secretary of State for Justice.

On 9 June 2008 the then Leader of the House of Lords committed to table a report in Parliament each year setting out the decisions taken by the Government in accordance with Protocol 21 (‘the Justice and Home Affairs opt-in Protocol’) and to make that report available for debate. These commitments were designed to ensure that the views of the Scrutiny Committees should inform the Government’s decision-making process.

The Minister for Europe confirmed this commitment on behalf of the Coalition Government in 2011, and this is the Fifth such Report. It covers the period 1 December 2013 to 30 November 2014. For completeness, the report also covers the application of Protocol 19 to the Treaties on the Schengen acquis integrated into the framework of the EU (‘the Schengen opt-out Protocol’).

Over the period covered in the Report, the Government took 33 decisions on UK participation in EU Justice and Home Affairs legislative proposals. Of these, the UK opted in to 21 proposals and did not opt in to 10 proposals. The Government has also taken 2 decisions to opt-out of proposals under the Schengen Opt-out Protocol during the period covered by this report. At the point of publication, 2 EU legislative proposals are subject to Ministerial and Parliamentary consideration with regard to an opt-in decision. The Report also provides an indicative list of legislative proposals which are expected to be brought forward over the next 12 months that are likely to require a decision on UK participation under the Justice and Home Affairs Opt-in or Schengen Opt-out Protocols.

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Home Office
Made on: 04 February 2015
Made by: Lord Bates (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office )
Lords

POLICE GRANT REPORT ENGLAND AND WALES 2015/16

My hon Friend the Minister of State for Policing, Criminal Justice and Victims (Mike Penning) has today made the following Written Ministerial Statement:

My rt hon Friend, the Home Secretary, has today laid before the House, the Police Grant Report (England and Wales) 2015/16 (HC 930). The Report sets out, my rt hon Friend, the Home Secretary’s determination for 2015/16 of the aggregate amount of grant that she proposes to pay under section 46(2) of the Police Act 1996, and the amount to be paid to the Greater London Authority for the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime. Copies of the report are available from the Vote Office.

At the time the provisional Police Grant Report was published on 17 December 2014, I said that I was also considering whether a limited amount of Police Capital Grant would be reallocated to support the Communications Capabilities Development (CCD) programme and Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programmes (ESMCP). After careful consideration I have decided that £20m will be reallocated to support the CCD programme. This will reduce overall infrastructure costs, maintain capabilities to comply with current legislation, and develop future communications capability. More time is needed to fully define the capital requirements for ESMCP in the future and so I have decided that it is not appropriate to reallocate funding for this Programme in 2015/16.

This Statement also includes details of other funding streams that the Home Office, the Department of Communities and Local Government and the Welsh Government intend to provide to the Police in 2015/16.

The Police Grant Settlement 2015/16

Table 1: Police revenue funding 2015/16

2015-16

£m

Total General Funding:

Comprising….

Police Core Settlement

4309*

of which Home Office Police Main Grant

4136

of which National and International Capital City Grant (MOPAC)

174

Former DCLG funding

2851

of which formula funding

2818

of which Ordnance Survey

2

of which Legacy Council Tax Freeze

31

Welsh Government

135

Total Home Office Specific Grants:

822**

Comprising….

Welsh Top-up

13

Counter Terrorism Police Grant

564

Police Innovation Fund

70

Police Knowledge Fund

5

Independent Police Complaints Commission (for the transfer of integrity functions)

30

College of Policing (for direct entry schemes)

5

City of London National and International Capital City Grant

3

HMIC (for PEEL inspection regime)

9

Police Special Grant

15

Major Programmes

40

Legacy Council Tax Freeze Grants

of which 2011/12 council tax freeze grant

59

of which 2013/14 council tax freeze grant

7

of which 2014/15 council tax freeze grant

3

Police Private Finance Initiatives

73

Total Government Funding***

8190

% cash change in Total Government Funding****

-3.5%

% real change in Total Government Funding

-4.9%

* **Rounded to the nearest £m

***The police will also separately receive £434.4m in Local Council Tax Support Grant. This will be paid by the Home Office.

**** This is the difference in total central Government funding to the police compared to 2014/15. The reduction in core Government funding (i.e. funding that is damped) is 5.1%.

Table 2: Division of police capital between funding streams

2015/16 Police Capital

£m

Police Capital Grant

89.5

Police Special Capital

1

Communications Capabilities Development (CCD)

20

NPAS

10.4

Total

120.9

Table 3: Revenue allocations for England and Wales 2015/16

Local Policing Body

2015/16

HO Core (incl Rule 1)

Welsh Top-up

Welsh

Government

Ex-DCLG Formula Funding

Legacy Council Tax Grants (total from HO)

£m

Avon & Somerset

105.6

-

-

56.8

14.7

Bedfordshire

40.6

-

-

23.5

4.6

Cambridgeshire

48.8

-

-

24.5

6.0

Cheshire

61.8

-

-

45.0

8.3

City of London

18.5

-

-

33.8

0.1

Cleveland

46.4

-

-

38.8

7.7

Cumbria

28.9

-

-

31.0

4.8

Derbyshire

62.5

-

-

37.9

8.7

Devon & Cornwall

103.3

-

-

63.5

15.5

Dorset

41.5

-

-

17.4

7.3

Durham

43.0

-

-

37.2

6.1

Dyfed-Powys

31.4

6.1

12.8

0.0

-

Essex

103.4

-

-

56.3

13.1

Gloucestershire

34.6

-

-

19.6

5.6

Greater London Authority

1040.1

-

-

754.1

119.7

Greater Manchester

227.9

-

-

182.4

24.5

Gwent

43.2

-

29.7

0.0

-

Hampshire

120.7

-

-

63.5

12.9

Hertfordshire

71.8

-

-

36.6

9.5

Humberside

67.6

-

-

46.8

10.0

Kent

106.9

-

-

67.0

13.3

Lancashire

101.1

-

-

79.6

12.8

Leicestershire

65.7

-

-

39.9

8.9

Lincolnshire

38.6

-

-

20.4

6.8

Merseyside

123.2

-

-

113.5

15.6

Norfolk

50.5

-

-

28.9

9.3

North Wales

45.4

6.5

21.3

0.0

-

North Yorkshire

41.9

-

-

27.2

7.9

Northamptonshire

43.4

-

-

24.3

6.6

Northumbria

110.8

-

-

108.0

8.2

Nottinghamshire

78.4

-

-

48.4

9.7

South Wales

89.3

-

71.2

0.0

-

South Yorkshire

101.2

-

-

77.9

10.9

Staffordshire

66.9

-

-

40.2

11.3

Suffolk

41.0

-

-

23.0

6.8

Surrey

62.5

-

-

29.4

9.2

Sussex

98.4

-

-

54.2

13.2

Thames Valley

142.0

-

-

74.3

15.3

Warwickshire

31.2

-

-

17.5

5.2

West Mercia

66.7

-

-

43.6

12.0

West Midlands

252.3

-

-

181.3

19.0

West Yorkshire

172.5

-

-

130.1

16.7

Wiltshire

37.7

-

-

20.8

5.2

Total England & Wales

4309.2

12.5

135.0

2818.3

503.2

Table 4: Capital allocations for England and Wales

Local Policing Body

2015/16

£m

Avon and Somerset

2.0

Bedfordshire

0.8

Cambridgeshire

1.0

Cheshire

1.3

City of London

0.7

Cleveland

1.0

Cumbria

0.7

Derbyshire

1.2

Devon and Cornwall

2.2

Dorset

0.8

Durham

1.0

Dyfed-Powys

0.6

Essex

1.8

Gloucestershire

0.7

Greater Manchester

4.5

Gwent

0.9

Hampshire

2.3

Hertfordshire

1.1

Humberside

1.4

Kent

2.1

Lancashire

2.1

Leicestershire

1.3

Lincolnshire

0.8

Merseyside

2.6

Metropolitan

23.7

Norfolk

1.0

North Wales

0.9

North Yorkshire

0.8

Northamptonshire

0.8

Northumbria

2.5

Nottinghamshire

1.4

South Wales

1.9

South Yorkshire

2.1

Staffordshire

1.3

Suffolk

0.9

Surrey

1.2

Sussex

1.8

Thames Valley

2.9

Warwickshire

0.8

West Mercia

1.4

West Midlands

4.8

West Yorkshire

3.5

Wiltshire

0.8

Total England & Wales

89.5

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Department of Health
Made on: 04 February 2015
Made by: Norman Lamb (The Minister of State, Department of Health)
Commons

Consultation on draft regulations and guidance to implement the cap on care costs and policy proposals for a new care and support appeals system

Today I am publishing a consultation on draft regulations and statutory guidance to introduce the cap on care costs system that will complete the historic reforms set out in the Care Act. For the first time ever, the cap will protect people from the risk of catastrophic care costs and offer more people means tested financial support towards the costs of their care. Also included in this consultation are policy proposals for a new system of appeals that will enable people to challenge certain decisions made by local authorities under the Care Act.

This consultation continues the collaborative approach we have taken throughout the care and support reform programme and seeks views on the elements of the reforms that are due to come into force in April 2016.

Part one of the consultation focuses on funding reform and seeks views on draft regulations and guidance that will introduce the cap on care costs and extend access to means-tested financial support. The draft regulations and guidance set out the detail of how we propose to implement these reforms enabling local authorities to plan and prepare for implementation. Alongside this, the consultation sets out a small number of areas that we wish to further explore.

The introduction of a cap on care costs will provide people with greater clarity about what they will be expected to contribute towards the cost of their care and what help they can expect from the state. This will not only bring people much needed protection and peace of mind, but also certainty that will enable them to better plan and prepare. The extended access to means tested financial support will mean that more people will be eligible to receive financial support from their local authority towards their care costs.

Part two of the consultation seeks views on policy proposals for a new system of appeals for care and support under the Care Act and the need for a new system. These policy proposals flow from the broad consensus of support for a right of appeal that emerged as the Act progressed through Parliament. The policy proposals set the framework for a cost effective system for people to appeal against certain decisions made by local authorities under the Act which focuses on achieving early resolution.

I am placing a copy of the documents relating to this consultation in the Library. These are also attached and are available on the Government’s website at http://careact2016.dh.gov.uk/. These comprise a consultation document, draft statutory guidance and regulations on the cap, policy proposals for an appeals system and an impact assessment.

Care Act Consultation (PDF Document, 703.43 KB)
Regulations and Potential Provisions (PDF Document, 267.29 KB)
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