Canlyniadau 121–140 o 507 ar gyfer speaker:Lord Offord of Garvel

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Horizon IT System: Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (11 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) reports to Parliament directly and is held to account through the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee. Therefore, the Department for Business and Trade is unable to respond on their behalf. The Ombudsman’s officials have indicated to my Department that they will take no further action on the complaint, at least...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Competition and Markets Authority: Disclosure of Information (11 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: The CMA’s informant reward programme is an important tool in uncovering cartel activity. Payments have been made under the informant rewards programme. The CMA does not provide figures about the levels or numbers of such payments. Given the number of CMA cases, divulging even aggregated payment figures could over time risk allowing the identification of cases having a whistleblower. This...

Brexit: Benefits to Economy and Society - Question ( 6 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: In January 2024, my department published an overview of the benefits of Brexit, on its fourth anniversary, to the UK economy. Since the referendum, the UK economy has grown faster than those of Germany, Italy and Japan, and is equal with the French. The IMF is now predicting that the UK will have the fastest growth in the G7 in the next five years. Meanwhile, our exports have reached £870...

Brexit: Benefits to Economy and Society - Question ( 6 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: I thank the noble Lord. The major benefit that we must be better at communicating is certainly around our international trade. We all know that when the UK voted to join the Common Market in the 1970s, Europe accounted for one-third of global trade at that point. When we left in 2019 it was 16% of global trade, and the forecast is that it will be 9% in 2050. Putting aside the cultural,...

Brexit: Benefits to Economy and Society - Question ( 6 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: I thank my noble friend. This could get quite spicy. I will keep to trade. We have just joined the CPTPP—we need a new name for this trans-Pacific partnership. The last time I looked at the map, Britain was not anywhere near the Pacific Ocean. We managed to get America’s place in this group of 12 countries which have 15% of global GDP and 40% of the world’s middle-class consumers, who...

Brexit: Benefits to Economy and Society - Question ( 6 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: I thank the noble Earl. We heard in the Budget today the Chancellor identify the creative industries as one of the five key new industries coming through which will power our economy forward. We have in the UK probably the best tax regime for the creative industries. On individual country-by-country touring issues, we are resolving them one by one, to the benefit of our young artists.

Brexit: Benefits to Economy and Society - Question ( 6 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: I thank the noble Lord. I can give some detail on that. If you take out inflation and things such as precious metals, our exports today are in real terms 1% ahead of 2018. After a very difficult five years of world contraction, our exports are, in effect, £870 billion. Interestingly, our economy is 80% services and 20% goods, but our exports are 50/50 because our goods are good and go around...

Brexit: Benefits to Economy and Society - Question ( 6 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: As I said, in the last five years we have obviously had Brexit, but also there has been Covid, massive disruption to the supply chain in China and massive contraction in manufacturing around the world. We have Ukraine, energy prices; it has been an extraordinarily difficult period of contraction in all global economies, whether in Germany, France, Australia or the USA. Our economy is now set...

Brexit: Benefits to Economy and Society - Question ( 6 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: I thank the noble Lord. Yes, this is an issue, and it relates to 24% of our pie chart of exports; that is, our manufactured goods exported to the EU. Some 41% of our exports go to the EU 27 today, and it is 49% if you make it the Europe 34, so this idea that we do not trade with Europe any more, when half of our exports go there, is simply not the case. On the matter of friction on trade, we...

Brexit: Benefits to Economy and Society - Question ( 6 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: There have certainly been some difficulties and friction in certain areas and sectors, as I have identified. Those are being worked on and will be considerably improved by the new border target operating model, of which more later.

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Horizon IT System: Compensation ( 6 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: Just over £1bn has been committed by Government to ensure postmasters are compensated fairly. This funding covers the three Horizon compensation schemes: the Overturned Convictions scheme, the Group Litigation Order Scheme, and the Horizon Shortfall Scheme. Funding is agreed by HM Treasury at the relevant Estimate on the basis of the Department for Business and Trade’s forecasts for...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Horizon IT System: Fujitsu ( 6 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: The independent Post Office Horizon Inquiry was set up – and put on a statutory footing - to review all the evidence to establish a clear account of the implementation and failings of Horizon so that a scandal like this does not happen again. Until Sir Wyn’s work is completed, and all the evidence is known, it would be premature for me to comment on every aspect of this scandal alongside...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Horizon IT System ( 6 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: We do not have an estimate. Postmasters who paid shortfalls which were recorded in Horizon to the Post Office are paid those amounts back in their compensation claims, as well as any other financial and personal damage which they have suffered as a consequence of the IT system. We have already made payments totalling £160m across all three compensation schemes.

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Nuclear Power: Exports ( 5 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: My Department recognises that nuclear technology, including small modular reactors (SMRs), offers a significant UK export opportunity, which could create substantial economic benefits. The Department for Business and Trade is proud to be supporting the sector, including SMR technology companies, and is working closely with the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero and the Foreign,...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Exports ( 5 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: The main causes of the £33 billion decrease (current prices) in goods exports were fuels (predominantly oil) down £24 billion, non-monetary gold and other precious metals down £15 billion, and non-ferrous metals (mainly silver and metals in the platinum group) down £7 billion. Trade in these commodities is known to be very erratic and export values can fluctuate substantially year on...

Horizon Scandal: Psychological Support Services - Question ( 4 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: Support for postmasters and postmistresses is provided when needed as part of the compensation offer; for example, money to fund cognitive behavioural therapy. There are no programmes in place for the families of sub-postmasters affected by the Horizon scandal. Claimants can claim for the wide-ranging impacts on their lives. This can be larger due to witnessing the wider impact on their...

Horizon Scandal: Psychological Support Services - Question ( 4 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: I thank my noble friend for highlighting the case of Lee Castleton, which was well presented in the drama and is one of the most egregious of the cases before us. Like my noble friend, I have read Millie-Jo’s submission. It is harrowing and difficult to read, on any level, not just because of the personal abuse and distress for her, but because of the amount of time that this has taken and...

Horizon Scandal: Psychological Support Services - Question ( 4 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: I thank the noble Baroness for her question. Obviously, Northern Ireland has a separate legal system, as does Scotland. The legislation coming before the House is immediately pertinent to England and Wales, and covers around 770 of the 983 convictions. There are live and active discussions with the legal systems in both Northern Ireland and Scotland, which are being helped considerably by the...

Horizon Scandal: Psychological Support Services - Question ( 4 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: I thank the noble Baroness for her question, which we have discussed in this House. It may not be in the Green Book specifically, but it is clearly in the Treasury’s books. The money is there to be paid in compensation. The Government have given assurances on that; there will be no wriggling back. I am very happy to write with any further details required, but I say from the Dispatch Box...

Horizon Scandal: Psychological Support Services - Question ( 4 Maw 2024)

Lord Offord of Garvel: I thank the noble Lord for that. As far as parliamentary business is concerned, it is planned to have the legislation go through both Houses and have it all done by the Summer Recess. That is in process, and there are more announcements to follow shortly. In relation to the claims, as I have said before, 78% of claims are now settled, and compensation has been paid to 93% of postmasters, some...


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