Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

We are building an economy that works for everyone, so that there are great places in every part of the UK for people to work and for businesses to invest, innovate and grow.



Secretary of State

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Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Shadow Ministers / Spokeperson
Labour
Jonathan Reynolds (LAB - Stalybridge and Hyde)
Shadow Secretary of State for Business and Industrial Strategy

Liberal Democrat
Sarah Olney (LDEM - Richmond Park)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Labour
Baroness Blake of Leeds (LAB - Life peer)
Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and International Trade)
Lord Bassam of Brighton (LAB - Life peer)
Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and International Trade)
Lord Lennie (LAB - Life peer)
Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and International Trade)

Liberal Democrat
Lord Fox (LDEM - Life peer)
Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Labour
Baroness Chapman of Darlington (LAB - Life peer)
Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and International Trade)

Scottish National Party
Stephen Flynn (SNP - Aberdeen South)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Plaid Cymru
Liz Saville Roberts (PC - Dwyfor Meirionnydd)
Shadow PC Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Junior Shadow Ministers / Deputy Spokesperson
Labour
Bill Esterson (LAB - Sefton Central)
Shadow Minister (Business and Industrial Strategy)
Justin Madders (LAB - Ellesmere Port and Neston)
Shadow Minister (Business and Industrial Strategy)
Chi Onwurah (LAB - Newcastle upon Tyne Central)
Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Seema Malhotra (LAB - Feltham and Heston)
Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Ministers of State
Lord Grimstone of Boscobel (CON - Life peer)
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Greg Hands (CON - Chelsea and Fulham)
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Paul Scully (CON - Sutton and Cheam)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Lee Rowley (CON - North East Derbyshire)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Lord Callanan (CON - Life peer)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
George Freeman (CON - Mid Norfolk)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Scheduled Event
Monday 23rd May 2022
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Orders and regulations - Grand Committee
Pollution Prevention and Control (Fees) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2022
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Scheduled Event
Tuesday 7th June 2022
11:30
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Oral questions - Main Chamber
7 Jun 2022, 11:30 a.m.
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (including Topical Questions)
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Scheduled Event
Tuesday 12th July 2022
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Oral questions - Main Chamber
12 Jul 2022, 11:30 a.m.
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Debates
Tuesday 17th May 2022
Select Committee Inquiry
Wednesday 8th December 2021
Energy pricing and the future of the Energy Market

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee is holding an inquiry on Energy pricing and the future of the Energy …

Written Answers
Wednesday 18th May 2022
Members: Correspondence
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to respond to the enquiry …
Secondary Legislation
Thursday 12th May 2022
Warm Home Discount (England and Wales) Regulations 2022
These Regulations provide for the continuation in England and Wales of the scheme to reduce fuel poverty established by the …
Bills
Tuesday 9th November 2021
Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill 2021-22
A Bill To make provision enabling relief from payment of certain rent debts under business tenancies adversely affected by coronavirus …
Dept. Publications
Wednesday 18th May 2022
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Commons Appearances

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Written Statements are made when a current event is not sufficiently significant to require an Oral Statement, but the House is required to be informed.


Bills currently before Parliament

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy does not have Bills currently before Parliament


Acts of Parliament created in the 2019 Parliament


A Bill to make provision regulating the giving of subsidies out of public resources; and for connected purposes.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Thursday 28th April 2022 and was enacted into law.


A Bill to make provision relating to entitlement to practise certain professions, occupations and trades; and for connected purposes

This Bill received Royal Assent on Thursday 28th April 2022 and was enacted into law.


A Bill to make provision for the implementation of a regulated asset base model for nuclear energy generation projects; for revenue collection for the purposes of that model; for a special administration regime for licensees subject to that model; and about the circumstances in which bodies corporate are not associated with site operators for the purposes of programmes relating to funding the decommissioning of nuclear sites.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Thursday 31st March 2022 and was enacted into law.


A Bill To make provision enabling relief from payment of certain rent debts under business tenancies adversely affected by coronavirus to be available through arbitration; and for connected purposes.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Thursday 24th March 2022 and was enacted into law.


A Bill to make provision for and in connection with the establishment of the Advanced Research and Invention Agency.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Thursday 24th February 2022 and was enacted into law.


To make provision for the making of orders in connection with national security risks arising from the acquisition of control over certain types of entities and assets; and for connected purposes.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Thursday 29th April 2021 and was enacted into law.


To make provision in connection with the internal market for goods and services in the United Kingdom (including provision about the recognition of professional and other qualifications); to make provision in connection with provisions of the Northern Ireland Protocol relating to trade and state aid; to authorise the provision of financial assistance by Ministers of the Crown in connection with economic development, infrastructure, culture, sport and educational or training activities and exchanges; to make regulation of the provision of distortive or harmful subsidies a reserved or excepted matter; and for connected purposes.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Thursday 17th December 2020 and was enacted into law.


A Bill to make provision relating to the promotion of economic recovery and growth.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Wednesday 22nd July 2020 and was enacted into law.


A Bill to make provision about companies and other entities in financial difficulty; and to make temporary changes to the law relating to the governance and regulation of companies and other entities.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Thursday 25th June 2020 and was enacted into law.

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy - Secondary Legislation

These Regulations provide for the continuation in England and Wales of the scheme to reduce fuel poverty established by the Warm Home Discount Regulations 2011 (“the Scheme”). These Regulations re-enact with amendments the provisions made by those Regulations to continue the Scheme in England and Wales until 31st March 2026. The Scheme will continue to be administered and enforced by the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority (“the Authority”).
Part 2 of the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 (“the Act”) makes provision as regards the terms of construction contracts and related matters. The Order excludes from the entirety of Part 2 of the Act infrastructure project contracts where a party to the contract is a sewerage or water undertaker, subject to the following requirements. The contract must relate to a project designated by the Water Services Regulation Authority as a direct procurement for customers project in accordance with the conditions of the relevant undertaker’s appointment. Such contracts must also involve the making of regular payments by reference to actual costs incurred and which become due after one or more parts of the construction operations are completed and are capable of performing a sewerage or water service.
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If an e-petition reaches 10,000 signatures the Government will issue a written response.

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Current legislation allows for public use of fireworks 16 hours a day, every day, making it impossible for vulnerable groups to take precautions against the distress they can cause. Better enforcement of existing law is insufficient; limiting their sale & use to licensed displays only is necessary.

In light of the recent outbreak and lock down, those on maternity leave should be given 3 extra months paid leave, at least. This time is for bonding and social engaging with other parents and babies through baby groups which are vital for development and now everything has been cancelled.

We would like the Government to ban all animal testing UK, including for the development of cosmetics, household products and medicines. Alternatives need to be actively funded. Many products that are tested on animals end up not being suitable for humans. Animal testing is outmoded and should end.

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Departmental Select Committee

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee

Commons Select Committees are a formally established cross-party group of backbench MPs tasked with holding a Government department to account.

At any time there will be number of ongoing investigations into the work of the Department, or issues which fall within the oversight of the Department. Witnesses can be summoned from within the Government and outside to assist in these inquiries.

Select Committee findings are reported to the Commons, printed, and published on the Parliament website. The government then usually has 60 days to reply to the committee's recommendations.


11 Members of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee
Darren Jones Portrait
Darren Jones (Labour - Bristol North West)
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee Chair since 6th May 2020
Alexander Stafford Portrait
Alexander Stafford (Conservative - Rother Valley)
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Mark Pawsey Portrait
Mark Pawsey (Conservative - Rugby)
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Mark Jenkinson Portrait
Mark Jenkinson (Conservative - Workington)
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Nusrat Ghani Portrait
Nusrat Ghani (Conservative - Wealden)
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Richard Fuller Portrait
Richard Fuller (Conservative - North East Bedfordshire)
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Alan Brown Portrait
Alan Brown (Scottish National Party - Kilmarnock and Loudoun)
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Paul Howell Portrait
Paul Howell (Conservative - Sedgefield)
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee Member since 9th March 2020
Charlotte Nichols Portrait
Charlotte Nichols (Labour - Warrington North)
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee Member since 11th May 2020
Andy McDonald Portrait
Andy McDonald (Labour - Middlesbrough)
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee Member since 5th January 2022
Tonia Antoniazzi Portrait
Tonia Antoniazzi (Labour - Gower)
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee Member since 5th January 2022

50 most recent Written Questions

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10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to respond to the enquiry of 2 March 2022 from the hon. Member for High Peak, reference RL34520.

I wrote to the hon. Member on 8th March about the energy bills rebate (RL34520); on 17th March about the rising cost of energy bills (RL35234); on 18th March about the energy rebate scheme and the winter fuel allowance (RL32303); and on 12th April about heating oil (RL36156). Further copies of those responses have been sent to your office.

The Department apologises for the delay in replying to the hon. Member’s enquiry of 3rd March (RL36091), and a response will be issued shortly.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to respond to the enquiry of 2 March 2022 from the hon. Member for High Peak, reference RL32303.

I wrote to the hon. Member on 8th March about the energy bills rebate (RL34520); on 17th March about the rising cost of energy bills (RL35234); on 18th March about the energy rebate scheme and the winter fuel allowance (RL32303); and on 12th April about heating oil (RL36156). Further copies of those responses have been sent to your office.

The Department apologises for the delay in replying to the hon. Member’s enquiry of 3rd March (RL36091), and a response will be issued shortly.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak dated 4 March 2022, reference RL35234.

I wrote to the hon. Member on 8th March about the energy bills rebate (RL34520); on 17th March about the rising cost of energy bills (RL35234); on 18th March about the energy rebate scheme and the winter fuel allowance (RL32303); and on 12th April about heating oil (RL36156). Further copies of those responses have been sent to your office.

The Department apologises for the delay in replying to the hon. Member’s enquiry of 3rd March (RL36091), and a response will be issued shortly.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak dated 15 March 2022, reference RL36156.

I wrote to the hon. Member on 8th March about the energy bills rebate (RL34520); on 17th March about the rising cost of energy bills (RL35234); on 18th March about the energy rebate scheme and the winter fuel allowance (RL32303); and on 12th April about heating oil (RL36156). Further copies of those responses have been sent to your office.

The Department apologises for the delay in replying to the hon. Member’s enquiry of 3rd March (RL36091), and a response will be issued shortly.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to respond to the enquiry from the hon. Member for High Peak dated 3 March 2022, reference RL36091.

I wrote to the hon. Member on 8th March about the energy bills rebate (RL34520); on 17th March about the rising cost of energy bills (RL35234); on 18th March about the energy rebate scheme and the winter fuel allowance (RL32303); and on 12th April about heating oil (RL36156). Further copies of those responses have been sent to your office.

The Department apologises for the delay in replying to the hon. Member’s enquiry of 3rd March (RL36091), and a response will be issued shortly.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many cases brought to the Competition Appeal Tribunal within the last five years have taken over nine months to complete.

The Tribunal is resourced to deal with these cases as quickly as due process allows. The parties before the Tribunal need time to prepare for the hearing, and the Tribunal will set a timetable for this taking account of the parties' resources, the need for a fair hearing and the need to resolve cases as expeditiously as possible.

Further detail covering the period October 2010 to October 2020 was set out in the Call for Evidence for the recent post-implementation review of the Competition Appeal Tribunal Rules published in May 2021.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has plans to reform the practice of retentions payments in the construction industry.

While difficult to measure fully and comprehensively, the Government is aware of this important issue and continues to work with both officials and the Construction Leadership Council to implement a solution.

Lee Rowley
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the scale of the loss of retention monies by construction small and medium sized enterprises since January 2018.

While difficult to measure fully and comprehensively, the Government is aware of this important issue and continues to work with both officials and the Construction Leadership Council to implement a solution.

Lee Rowley
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of number of (a) businesses and (b) individuals qualified to implement retrofitting measures in homes and buildings across England in the latest period for which figures are available.

In order to participate in government schemes, an installer business must be TrustMark registered, and PAS 2030:2019 or Microgeneration Certification Scheme certified. There are 1,690 installer businesses that meet those requirements, as of 28th April 2022. There are also 2,832 TrustMark registered Retrofit Coordinators and Retrofit Assessors.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will introduce new protections for policy holders with companies in administration, to ensure that they are reimbursed the full amount of their policy is worth if that policy becomes invalidated through no fault of their own.

Consumers who hold a policy with an insolvent company are usually classed as unsecured creditors. Other unsecured creditors might include employees and trade suppliers. Changing the order of ranking for policy holders would have a detrimental effect on these other unsecured creditors as well as having wider implications for the economy, including on the cost of borrowing for firms.

The Government continually reviews the insolvency framework and will make changes where it is necessary to do so. Insurance and other related policies, however, are often protected by other methods, including regulatory regimes which provide statutory protections for consumers.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
10th May 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many satellite launches have been achieved by communications company OneWeb, and how does this number compare with the targeted number.

Since February 2019, OneWeb has launched 66% of its planned constellation over 13 successful launches. Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, OneWeb suspended the remaining six launches from Baikonur.

Following successful conversations earlier this year, OneWeb announced plans for future launches with SpaceX and New Space India.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
10th May 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 4 April (HL7258), how many of OneWeb’s satellites have been abandoned in Kazakhstan following the decision to suspend use of Russian Soyuz launch vehicles; what is their combined value; and what plans they have to seek their return.

This information is commercially confidential and is a matter for the company.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
10th May 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for OneWeb to obtain an alternative to the Russian Soyuz launch facility.

Following successful conversations earlier this year, OneWeb recently announced agreements with SpaceX and New Space India to launch satellites from alternative launch facilities in lieu of planned (now cancelled) Soyuz launches.

These launches are subject to the relevant regulatory clearances.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department has taken to develop the UK R&D Roadmap into the forthcoming R&D Plan.

The Government continues to implement and deliver the R&D Roadmap and subsequent People and Culture and Innovation Strategies, including through establishment of a Business Innovation Forum to galvanise action from the business community.

Publication of the Levelling Up White Paper has set out how the Government will maximise the contribution of innovation to levelling up by building on existing and emerging strengths across the country.

Progress continues on the Independently led Reviews of Research Bureaucracy and the Research, Development and Innovation Organisational Landscape.

George Freeman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department has taken to support research into cancer immune therapies.

I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Hendon on 25 March 2022 to Question 142442.

George Freeman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department has taken to support scientific research consortia as a future funding model for domestic R&D.

I refer the Hon. Member to the answer I gave the hon. Member for Central Ayrshire on 31 March 2022 to Question 146649.

George Freeman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of how the model of collaborative funding for covid-19 research at pace might be used to fund other research areas.

I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave him on 15 February 2022 to Question 119577.

George Freeman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Answer of 3 February 2022 to Question 112643 on Disability Aids, what progress his Department has made towards setting research and development budgets through to 2024-25.

We have set out how BEIS’ record £39.8 billion R&D budget will be allocated across our partner organisations over the next three years in our ‘BEIS R&D: partner organisation allocation 2022/2023 to 2024/2025’ report published on 14 March.

BEIS will now be working with all partner organisations to determine detailed allocations within their envelopes, including at council level for UK Research and Innovation. Details of funding for specific programmes will be agreed by BEIS and partner organisations and set out in due course.

George Freeman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Government's Response to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee’s Sixth Report of Session 2019–21, Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme, published on 29 June 2021, HC 386, What his timescale is for ensuring that Mineworker’s pensions are paid and scheme members receive their full entitlement.

The Government guarantee ensures that all members of the Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme receive their full entitlement.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress the Pregnancy and Maternity Discrimination Advisory Board has made on considering the information and guidance available on pregnancy and maternity discrimination to ensure it remains relevant and is effective in supporting employers and employees.

The Pregnancy and Maternity Discrimination Advisory Board has met on three occasions. It has agreed its scope and terms of reference and has had the opportunity to review the Health and Safety Executive guidance on pregnant women and risk assessments. At the most recent meeting the Board was able to consider the issues raised through Members’ helplines and will use this to inform future work.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many people have been disqualified as company directors because of misuse of covid-19 loans scheme.

The Insolvency Service has secured 159 disqualifications of company directors as a result of COVID-19 financial support scheme abuse. This includes abuse of the Bounce Back Loan (BBL) Scheme, Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), and Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS).

The Insolvency Service publishes official statistics of its enforcement outcomes, which provide a breakdown of figures in relation to COVID-19 financial support scheme abuse. This is available here.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the reported breach of GDPR by Researchfish in respect of researchers who publicly criticised the application on social media.

BEIS and its partner organisations take data protection very seriously. UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) have issued a public statement on recent Researchfish activity.

BEIS and UKRI continue to work together to ensure systems and processes reinforce compliance with GDPR and that appropriate data protection guidance and training is available for all staff.

George Freeman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the number of companies that claimed loans under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme without ever publishing company results before the pandemic.

The Department does not hold this data. In order to be eligible for a Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan, a business had to have a borrowing proposal which the lender would consider viable, were it not for the pandemic.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the amount of covid-19 loans that were claimed fraudulently but cannot be retrieved.

We continue to work with lenders and enforcement agencies to recover fraudulently obtained loans.

The Department’s 2020-2021 Annual Report & Accounts has a central estimate for fraud and error loss of relating to the Bounce Back Loan Scheme specifically. We do not hold a central estimate for fraud and error loss for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme or the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme.

The final level of loss will not be known for some time, as not all suspected fraud will necessarily translate into a fraud occurrence, and because some fraudulently obtained funds will be recovered or repaid.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much and what proportion of funds obtained fraudulently through covid-19 loan schemes have since been (a) returned to or (b) reclaimed by his Department.

As of 30th April 2022 a total of £4,022,685 of funds, obtained fraudulently through covid-19 loan schemes, has been recovered by the National Investigation Service. Of the funds recovered, £3,010,831 was returned to lenders and the remaining £1,011,854 has been or is in the process of being returned to the Government.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the (a) local Chambers of Commerce or (b) Federation of Small Businesses was consulted on the decision to close the Insolvency Service office in Birkenhead.

The agency is engaging stakeholders as part of an on-going process.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether an equality impact assessment has been carried out for the closure of the Insolvency Service office in Birkenhead.

As part of the business case to restructure its estate, the Insolvency Service has carried out an Equality Impact Assessment on the plans to close offices including Birkenhead.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many new Scottish limited partnerships have been registered in each of the last 10 years.

The official statistics on companies and the total size of the register are made publicly available online by Companies House. The most recent data can be found in this link here and shows that 2,270 limited partnerships were registered in Scotland in 2012/13, 3,499 in 2013/14, 3,884 in 2014/15 5,706 in 2015/16, 4,932 in 2016/17, 2,689 in 2017/18, 751 in 2018/19, 657 in 2019/20, and 591 in 2020/21.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Answer of 4 February 2022 to Question 113150, what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals to give Companies House powers to query and check information and identity verification.

The Government will be introducing a Bill on Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency this parliamentary session. The Bill will include reforms to broaden the Registrar of Companies’ powers so that she becomes a more active gatekeeper over company creation and custodian of more reliable data – including new powers to check, remove or decline information submitted to, or already on, the Company Register. The Bill will also include identity verification checks for people who manage, own and control companies and other UK registered entities. This will improve the accuracy of Companies House data, to support business decisions and law enforcement investigations.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing measures to ensure that no one receives less than the real living wage.

The National Minimum Wage is the statutory minimum rate of pay in the UK. The rates are set on the independent and expert advice of the Low Pay Commission, who take account of the impact on business and the economy. The Government commends all businesses who pay their workers more.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what his timescale is for bringing forward legislative proposals for the 2022-2023 Warm Home Discount scheme.

The Regulations for the Warm Home Discount in England and Wales were laid in Parliament on Wednesday 12 May.

The consultation on the future scheme in Scotland is currently open and will close on Sunday 22 May. After this, the Government will publish its response and lay the supporting Regulations for a scheme to be in place from winter 2022/23.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential financial impact on (a) energy suppliers and (b) builders of ECO4 starting on 1 April 2022 before relevant legislative proposals have been made.

The Government recognises industry preference for legislative certainty to deliver ECO4. However, ECO4 delivery from 1 April 2022, prior to legislation, will still count under the scheme when legislation is in place. Furthermore, the supply chain may continue to deliver to previous ECO3 rules until the end of June 2022, subject to minor amendments. Suppliers have four years to deliver their obligation, and there is not likely to be a financial impact as a result of the legislative timetable.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Answer of 10 February 2022 to Question 119598, on Business: Coronavirus, whether companies with links to the Russian government have received a covid-19-related grant or loan.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave her on 10th February 2022 to Question 119598.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to help reduce the number of business deaths per quarter.

In a dynamic and competitive economy, a proportion of businesses will cease trading each year, for a range of reasons.

Recognising the impact of the pandemic on businesses across the UK, this government has provided around £400 billion of direct support to the economy since March 2020, which has helped to safeguard jobs, businesses and public services in every region and nation of the UK. This includes a total of over £26bn in business grants.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department is taking steps to assess the possibility of criminal proceedings being brought against directors of companies that are subject to compulsory strike-off.

Where a Company has been subject to a compulsory strike off and there is a suspected breach of the Companies Act 2006 by a Director, Companies House may make a Criminal Referral to the Insolvency Service to consider whether to commence a criminal investigation.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of McColl's entering administration on access to community Post Office services.

We were pleased to see a deal reached for the sale of McColl’s that helps protect jobs and enable the business to continue to deliver convenience for customers.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding his Department made available for neurological research in each year from 2012-13 to 2020-21.

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) funds a variety of research within this broad-ranging area. The UKRI Gateway https://gtr.ukri.org/ provides data on publicly funded research and innovation which is searchable by year and subject area.

George Freeman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Energy Company Obligation ECO4: 2022 – 2026 Government Response published in April 2022, what his timescale is for laying draft affirmative regulations to bring forward EC04.

The Government is working quickly to lay regulations. These are subject to the Parliamentary process and priority.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if his Department will guarantee that suppliers undertaking works under ECO4 from 1 April 2022 will be reimbursed in full for that work.

The Government does not fund or reimburse suppliers to meet their obligations under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO). ECO is a supplier obligation, and it is up to suppliers how they dispense their obligation and recoup costs from energy bills.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding has been allocated to climate and environment related projects from UKRI’s funding allocation in (a) 2020-21 and (b) 2021-22.

Details on funding allocated to climate and environment related projects are provided by UKRI through their National Environment Research Council. The UKRI Gateway https://gtr.ukri.org/provides data on publicly funded research and innovation, which is searchable by year and subject area.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to help support people on the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive scheme with monitoring payments where the firm providing the monitoring service has become insolvent.

Participants in the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (DRHI) have always been able to change their Metering and Monitoring Service Package (MMSP) to a new installer should their existing installer become insolvent. The recent legislation that closed the DRHI to new applicants streamlined this process.

The DRHI closed to new applications on 31 March 2022. However, the Department will continue to keep the scheme (including MMSP) under review to determine whether further changes to scheme operation are required, until the final DRHI payments are made in 2029. This will take into account market conditions such as installer availability.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will list the dates of submission of HR1 forms by British Airways in the last three years.

The information requested under the statutory advanced notification of redundancy scheme is commercially confidential and to publish it would prejudice the commercial interests of those employers. Management information on the volume of notifications received under the scheme is published by the Insolvency Service on GOV.UK.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of Scottish limited partnerships set up in each year since 2015.

The official statistics on companies and the total size of the register are made publicly available online by Companies House. The most recent data can be found in this link here and show that 5,706 limited partnerships were incorporated in Scotland in 2015/16, 4,932 in 2016/17, 2,689 in 2017/18, 751 in 2018/19, 657 in 2019/20 and 591 in 2020/21.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent representations his Department has received from the Scottish Government on Scottish Limited Partnerships.

Officials have had an active dialogue with counterparts from the Sottish Government and most recently met on 2 March 2022 to discuss Scottish Limited Partnerships. I anticipate that they will have further exchanges on this subject in due course.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans his Department has to tackle the abuse of Scottish Limited Partnerships by organised crime organisations.

The Government outlined its proposals for limited partnership reform in December 2018 in response to a consultation (link here). The reforms will modernise Limited Partnership law, helping to tackle illicit activity and the abuse of Scottish Limited Partnerships. The proposals include tightening registration requirements, requiring limited partnerships to demonstrate a firmer connection to the United Kingdom, increasing transparency requirements, and enabling the Registrar to strike from the register limited partnerships which are dissolved, or which are no longer carrying on business. The Government will be reforming the relevant legislation through the forthcoming Economic Crime and Transparency Bill.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many notifications the Investment Security Unit has received in relation to the National Security and Investment Act 2021 since that Act came into force.

The National Security and Investment Act 2021 requires the Secretary of State to prepare an annual report, including information on the numbers of notifications accepted and rejected, the average number of working days taken to accept or reject them, and the sectors in which they fall.

The first annual report covering 4 January 2022 – 31 March 2022 is currently being prepared and will be laid before both Houses and published in due course.

The Government does not publish individual notifications in recognition of the fact that most acquisitions raise no national security risks and are primarily a matter for the parties.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish those notifications made to the Investment Security Unit under the National Security and Investment Act 2021, by sector.

The National Security and Investment Act 2021 requires the Secretary of State to prepare an annual report, including information on the numbers of notifications accepted and rejected, the average number of working days taken to accept or reject them, and the sectors in which they fall.

The first annual report covering 4 January 2022 – 31 March 2022 is currently being prepared and will be laid before both Houses and published in due course.

The Government does not publish individual notifications in recognition of the fact that most acquisitions raise no national security risks and are primarily a matter for the parties.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish the target response time between (a) notification being made to the Investment Security Unit and (b) response from that Unit; and what his Department's latest assessment is of that Unit's performance against that target.

The National Security and Investment Act 2021 requires the Secretary of State to prepare an annual report, including information on the numbers of notifications accepted and rejected, the average number of working days taken to accept or reject them, and the sectors in which they fall.

The first annual report covering 4 January 2022 – 31 March 2022 is currently being prepared and will be laid before both Houses and published in due course.

The Government does not publish individual notifications in recognition of the fact that most acquisitions raise no national security risks and are primarily a matter for the parties.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reason hairdressers were not included in the additional grant for hospitality and leisure businesses impacted by the covid-19 omicron variant over the 2021-22 winter period.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave the hon. Member for Batley and Spen on 27 January 2022 to Question 110644.

While the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant focused on sectors where social mixing was a primary motivation for consumers, Local Authorities were encouraged to support the personal care sector through the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) scheme. Local Authorities reported that close to 750,000 payments of ARG, worth a total of over £2 billion, had been made to businesses by 31 March 2022, the scheme closure date.

The additional measures announced on 21 December 2021 reinforced the existing package of wider Government support.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)