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Ministerial Corrections
14 February 2019
Volume 654

Ministerial Corrections

Thursday 14 February 2019

Work and Pensions

In-work Poverty

The following is an extract from questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on 11 February 2019.

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This Government are not only delivering record employment in all regions of the UK—it is accepted that work is the best route out of poverty—but targeting support at the most vulnerable in society, with increases in the national living wage, which will see the fastest pay rise in the last 20 years, changes to the income tax threshold and a doubling of free childcare.

[Official Report, 11 February 2019, Vol. 654, c. 606.]

Letter of correction from the Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Justin Tomlinson):

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This Government have not only delivered record employment in all regions of the UK since 2010—it is accepted that work is the best route out of poverty—but are targeting support at the most vulnerable in society, with increases in the national living wage, which will see the fastest pay rise in the last 20 years, changes to the income tax threshold and a doubling of free childcare.

Women and Equalities

Apprenticeships and Work: Fair Access

The following is an extract from questions to the Minister for Women and Equalities on 7 February 2019.

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I have spoken about the targeted support available, and whenever I meet apprentices I ask them about their wages and how they travel to work. We are very aware of some of the problems faced by those young people, and as I have said, the railcard for 16 and 17-year-olds is available, and colleges have discretionary bursaries to support them.

[Official Report, 7 February 2019, Vol. 654, c. 402-03.]

Letter of correction from the Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills:

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I have spoken about the targeted support available, and whenever I meet apprentices I ask them about their wages and how they travel to work. We are very aware of some of the problems faced by those young people, and as I have said, the railcard for 16 and 17-year-olds will be available in September, and colleges have discretionary bursaries to support them.

Work and Pensions

Universal Credit: Food Insecurity

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We know from a series of academic and stakeholder reports that the rise in food insecurity can, at least in part, be put down not just to the implementation but to the value of social security benefits. The Secretary of State has acknowledged that, I think for the first time, this afternoon. We also know from Library figures that higher than expected inflation means that the benefits freeze will save an extra £1.2 billion in the coming year. Does the Secretary of State agree that those low-income families who are being driven into food poverty deserve a break and that the benefits freeze should stop this year?

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May I just point out to the hon. Gentleman that, by 2020, payments made under universal credit are expected to reach £62 billion, compared with £60 billion under the previous system? [Interruption.] The hon. Gentleman raised the issue of the amounts, and I am merely pointing out to him that, with the changes in place, the amounts are larger under universal credit than they would have been under the previous system.

[Official Report, 11 February 2019, Vol. 654, c. 595.]

Letter of correction from the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions:

Errors have been identified in the response I gave to the hon. Member for Airdrie and Shotts (Neil Gray).

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May I just point out to the hon. Gentleman that, by 2023-24, payments made under universal credit are expected to reach £64 billion, compared with £62 billion under the previous system? [Interruption.] The hon. Gentleman raised the issue of the amounts, and I am merely pointing out to him that, with the changes in place, the amounts are larger under universal credit than they would have been under the previous system.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Counter-Daesh Update

The following are extracts from responses to questions on a statement entitled “Counter-Daesh Update” on 11 February 2019.

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My right hon. Friend of course speaks with great wisdom on this because he was responsible for a lot of the training of overseas armies that makes precisely that strategy possible. We have now trained 70,000 Iraqi forces as a result of the programme that I think he may even have set up when he was Secretary of State for Defence.

[Official Report, 11 February 2019, Vol. 654, c. 655.]

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In this country, we can be proud of the fact that we have put £2.7 billion into that process, which has had a huge humanitarian impact.

[Official Report, 11 February 2019, Vol. 654, c. 656.]

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First, in terms of the courage of people who have been fighting in Syria, there is one group that we have not mentioned so far, and that is the White Helmets, who did an extraordinary job in Syria—not so much in the particular conflict against Daesh, but we can be proud that this country has resettled 29 families of White Helmets and was instrumental in getting about 400 White Helmets out of Syria towards the end of last year.

[Official Report, 11 February 2019, Vol. 654, c. 657.]

Letter of correction from the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs:

An error has identified in the response I gave to my right hon. Friend the Member for Sevenoaks (Sir Michael Fallon).

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My right hon. Friend of course speaks with great wisdom on this because he was responsible for a lot of the training of overseas armies that makes precisely that strategy possible. We have now trained nearly 90,000 Iraqi forces as a result of the programme that I think he may even have set up when he was Secretary of State for Defence.

An error has identified in the response I gave to the hon. Member for West Dunbartonshire (Martin Docherty-Hughes).

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In this country, we can be proud of the fact that we have put £352.5 million into humanitarian and stabilisation support for Iraq, which has had a huge humanitarian impact.

An error has identified in the response I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Reigate (Crispin Blunt).

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First, in terms of the courage of people who have been working in Syria, there is one group that we have not mentioned so far, and that is the White Helmets, who are doing an extraordinary job in Syria—not so much in the particular conflict against Daesh, but we can be proud that this country has resettled 29 families of White Helmets and was instrumental in getting about 400 White Helmets out of Syria towards the end of last year.