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)

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
Greg Hands (CON - Chelsea and Fulham)
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Jane Hunt (CON - Loughborough)
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)
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Monday 5th September 2022
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Wednesday 7th September 2022
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Monday 12th September 2022
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Energy Bill [HL] - committee stage (day 3)
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Tuesday 13th September 2022
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Orders and regulations - Grand Committee
Exclusivity Terms for Zero Hours Workers (Unenforceability and Redress) Regulations 2022
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Tuesday 13th September 2022
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Orders and regulations - Grand Committee
13 Sep 2022, 3:45 p.m.
Warm Home Discount (Scotland) Regulations 2022
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Wednesday 14th September 2022
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Energy Bill [HL] - committee stage (day 4)
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Tuesday 18th October 2022
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Oral questions - Main Chamber
18 Oct 2022, 11:30 a.m.
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (including Topical Questions)
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Tuesday 19th July 2022
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Written Answers
Friday 29th July 2022
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Secondary Legislation
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Commons Appearances

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Westminster Hall debates are performed in response to backbench MPs or e-petitions asking for a Minister to address a detailed issue

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.

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Jul. 19
Westminster Hall
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Bills currently before Parliament


A Bill to make provision about energy production and security and the regulation of the energy market, including provision about the licensing of carbon dioxide transport and storage; about commercial arrangements for industrial carbon capture and storage and for hydrogen production; about new technology, including low-carbon heat schemes and hydrogen grid trials; about the Independent System Operator and Planner; about gas and electricity industry codes; about heat networks; about energy smart appliances and load control; about the energy performance of premises; about the resilience of the core fuel sector; about offshore energy production, including environmental protection, licensing and decommissioning; about the civil nuclear sector, including the Civil Nuclear Constabulary; and for connected purposes

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Last Event - 2nd Reading
Tuesday 19th July 2022
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Monday 5th September 2022

Acts of Parliament created in the 2019 Parliament


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 28th April 2022 and was enacted into law.


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

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

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy - Secondary Legislation

These Regulations are made in exercise of the power conferred by section 31(1) of the European Union (Future Relationship) Act 2020 (c. 29).
These Regulations make amendments to the UK’s audit regime by amending the Statutory Auditors and Third Country Auditors (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (“the 2019 Regulations”).
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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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19th Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their plans to establish a regulatory framework for heat networks as set out in the Energy Bill [HL], what steps they are taking to ensure that properties’ energy efficiency is improved when they are connected to a heat network; and what funding will be available for any such energy efficiency improvements.

Following the success of the Heat Network Efficiency Scheme (HNES) Demonstrator which was delivered in FY21/22 , we are now developing a multi-year scheme, the HNES Main. This scheme will be a key part of the Heat Network Transformation Programme in which we are investing £338 million from 2022-2025.

The HNES Main is likely to again offer both capital grants and revenue grants to existing district heating or communal heating projects to improve the efficiency of the communal network.

Alongside the improvements to network efficiency the government has announced more than £3.9 billion of new funding for decarbonising heat and buildings, including measure to improve the energy efficiency of properties.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
19th Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures (1) they, and (2) Ofgem, are taking to ensure that homes connected to heat networks are not locked into high fossil fuel heating systems.

To ensure heat networks do not remain on fossil fuel systems, the Government has introduced the Green Heat Network Fund (GHNF). The GHNF is a 3 year £288 million capital grant fund which helps heat networks install cost-effective low-carbon heat sources. The Government is also proposing to regulate heat networks through the Energy Security Bill, which would provide powers to set carbon emissions limits on heat networks as part of the move to net zero. Under the Bill, it is envisaged that Ofgem will be appointed as the regulator for heat networks and enforce carbon limits.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
21st Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans to help households in rural communities move away from higher cost fuel sources for heating.

The Government recognises that heating oil prices have risen steeply over the past year and has therefore set out a £37 billion package of support. This includes financial support which remains available for heating oil customers with energy bills, if eligible, through the Warm Home Discount, Winter Fuel Payment and Cold Weather Payment schemes.

The Government continues to believe it essential that heating oil consumers receive a fair deal. There is an open market for the supply of domestic heating oil in the UK as the Government believes this is the best long-term guarantee of competitive prices.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
19th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to help protect consumers from significant increases by energy companies in standing charges.

For millions of households the level of standing charge is protected by the energy price cap rate set by Ofgem. While the setting of tariffs is a commercial matter for individual supply companies, the energy unit rate and the standing charge together must not exceed the price cap.

Ofgem have recently launched a consultation to review the component of the Standing Charge that consumers pay toward the Supplier of Last Resort levy. Ofgem expects to publish a response in August.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
21st Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether clause 111 of the Energy Bill, which seeks to amend the definition of carbon removals in section 29 of the Climate Change Act 2008, would allow the meeting of emission reductions targets by the purchase of offsets or other traded instruments.

The clause does not have this effect. The intention behind clause 111 is to broaden the definition of “removals” of greenhouse gases beyond nature-based greenhouse gas removal methods (GGRs), such as tree planting, to include those achieved by engineered GGRs, such as Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage.

The Government does not currently intend to purchase offsets to set towards its carbon budgets, although it has retained the option to do so in the future if appropriate, as permitted by the Climate Change Act 2008.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
13th Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the financial impact on the UK professional publishing industry of the decision to expand the text and data mining copyright exception.

The Government asked specific questions about impact in the consultation on AI and IP, but received very limited quantitative evidence. An impact assessment will be published alongside the legislation when laid. The proposed exception will be targeted to limit negative impacts, and the government welcomes further evidence from rights holders on how to best achieve this.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
13th Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the financial impact on the UK professional photography sector of the decision to expand the text and data mining copyright exception.

The Government asked specific questions about impact in the consultation on AI and IP, but received very limited quantitative evidence. An impact assessment will be published alongside the legislation when laid. The proposed exception will be targeted to limit negative impacts, and the government welcomes further evidence from rights holders on how to best achieve this.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
13th Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many respondents to the Intellectual Property Office consultation Artificial Intelligence and IP: Copyright and Patents gave a first preference to Option 4 regarding expanding the text and data mining exception.

Of the responses to the consultation on Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property, 16 indicated that option 4 for a broad text and data mining exception was their preferred option; their joint-preferred option; or one of the preferred options within a mixed membership. 3 had a general preference for an exception, 17 preferred another type of data mining exception, 21 preferred no change, and 20 preferred changes to licensing.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
13th Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the financial impact on the UK news media sector of the decision to expand the text and data mining copyright exception.

The Government asked specific questions about impact in the consultation on AI and IP, but received very limited quantitative evidence. An impact assessment will be published alongside the legislation when laid. The proposed exception will be targeted to limit negative impacts, and the government welcomes further evidence from rights holders on how to best achieve this.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
19th Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many inspections Trading Standards have made of retailers selling private e-scooters in the last 12 months.

BEIS does not hold this information. Trading Standards services are provided by local authorities who operate independently from central government and are therefore responsible for their own enforcement activity and are accountable to their local electorate.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
13th Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of their decision to expand the text and data mining exception on future trade negotiations; and in particular, with regard to upholding the UK intellectual property framework internationally.

The Government supports an effective international intellectual property framework which supports creative and innovative businesses at home and abroad. The UK has recently agreed trade deals with countries including Japan, Australia and New Zealand which commit them to higher standards on copyright. We will continue to advocate for and uphold high international standards for intellectual property, and any reforms to UK copyright law will comply with our international obligations.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
18th Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government how private tenants who pay their council tax or energy bills as part of their rent will be able to claim their energy bills support grant if (1) their rent has already risen this year, and (2) it has not already risen this year.

There are rules which can protect tenants and ensure they receive the benefit of this policy. A copy of Ofgem’s guidance on how to ensure customers are being charged no more than they should when they buy the electricity through their landlord, including what to do if they think there has been a mistake, is attached.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
14th Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to make a decision on (1) whether to grant Sizewell C a Development Consent Order, or (2) any commitment of public investment in Sizewell C, before the appointment of a new Prime Minister; and what assessment they have made of the conformity of any such decisions with the Prime Minister’s statement to Cabinet on 6 July that major fiscal decisions should be left for the next Prime Minister.

The Secretary of State granted development consent for the Sizewell C Nuclear Power Station on July 20th 2022, after thorough consideration of all relevant information.

Commercial negotiations on the project are strictly separate from consideration of the application for development consent. To date these negotiations have been constructive, but are ongoing and no decisions have been made.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
19th Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to require the companies involved in the Hydrogen Village Trial to conduct whole-house assessments of the upgrades required to make a house suitable for a heat pump.

Companies involved in planning the Village Trial will complete detailed property surveys in the proposed trial locations. The surveys will be used to assess suitability for hydrogen conversion or for an alternative heating system for consumers who do not wish to or cannot participate in the trial.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
13th Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the conformity of their proposed expansion of the text and data mining copyright exception with their wider policies on the UK copyright framework; and what plans they have, if any, to amend these wider policies to reflect this decision.

An effective intellectual property system is a fundamental driver for creativity and innovation and is central to a modern, vibrant economy. Any reforms to UK copyright law aim to effectively balance the copyright framework for both rights holders and users and comply with our international obligations. The Government reviews aspects of copyright law, when appropriate, in light of its priorities. The decision on text and data mining followed one such review. We do not plan to consequently amend wider policies or to conduct a wider review of copyright law.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
19th Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to protect UK manufacturers from cheap imported heat pumps as a result of their proposed market-based mechanism for low carbon heat.

The Government is putting in place a package of measures to build a globally competitive UK heat pump manufacturing sector. This includes policies to help build demand for heat pumps, like the £450 million Boiler Upgrade Scheme, as well as those that incentivise inward investment in the supply chain, such as the Super Deduction Capital Allowance Scheme and the Heat Pump Investment Accelerator Competition. There has already been significant investment in the UK heat pump supply chain over the past 12 months from companies like Mitsubishi, Octopus Energy, Vaillant and Ideal Heating, and we expect this growth to continue.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
20th Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) cost, and (2) feasibility, of electricity network reinforcement to support heat pump roll out plans by (a) 2028, (b) 2040, and (c) 2050; and whether they will publish that assessment.

Ofgem uses the price control framework to ensure that electricity network companies are provided with the necessary funding to deliver the required capacity to meet future demand on the grid, including to support the roll out of heat pumps. Government liaises regularly with Ofgem and industry, including network operators, on this issue.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
18th Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in implementing the Home Shipbuilding Credit Guarantee Scheme.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is working with partners to introduce a Home Shipbuilding Credit Guarantee Scheme, which is now in the final stages of development.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
19th Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government how they define a smart heat pump; what plans they have to introduce support for consumers to purchase smart heat pumps; and when they plan for any such support to be introduced.

The Government is currently consulting on proposals to mandate smart functionality for specific electric heating appliances, including heat pumps, from 2025. For the purpose of the smart mandate, a smart heat pump is defined as communications-enabled and capable of responding automatically to incentive signals (such as price) and/or other more direct control signals by shifting or modulating its electricity consumption. Consumers can use existing support schemes, such as the Boiler Upgrade Scheme, to install a smart heat pump and the consultation is seeking views on what further action may be needed to ensure all consumers can benefit from smart heating.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
19th Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on (1) household energy bills, (2) UK gas consumption, and (3) carbon emissions, of raising Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards in private rented homes to Energy Performance Certificate Band C.

In the consultation on improving the energy efficiency performance of privately rented homes in England and Wales, the preferred policy proposal would deliver energy bill savings of £220 a year on average by 2028. It would lower energy demand on the grid and support the transition to low-carbon heating, delivering ~6.1 MtCO2e of savings for Carbon Budget 5. These figures were published in the consultation, thus the energy bill savings do not reflect the current energy prices.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
13th Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will lay regulations to update the Consumer Rights Act 2015 to give regulators such as Ofgem, the Financial Conduct Authority, and Ofcom, the power to fine firms who do not answer the telephone to customers within 10 minutes.

The Government expects all firms to treat their customers fairly at all times. Business should be free to compete on matters such as price, quality and service. Provided consumers are not misled and able to make informed decisions, companies offering goods and services are free to offer their products and services under conditions of their choosing. The Government has no plans to amend the Consumer Rights Act 2015 on this issue.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
13th Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government which minister from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will be making the decision as to whether Sizewell C will be granted a Development Consent Order.

The decision on the application for development consent for Sizewell C Nuclear Power Station was announced on 20 July 2022. The then Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Paul Scully took the decision on behalf of the Secretary of State who had confirmed that his delegation of the decision-making powers to Minister Scully in respect of the Sizewell C application should continue, notwithstanding Minister Scully’s move to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
13th Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what statistics they collate on ethnicity in small and medium sized enterprises; and if they collate any such statistics, what are the numbers by ethnicity of (1) staff, and (2) owners, of small and medium sized enterprises, by sector, according to the most recent figures.

The Longitudinal Small Business 2020 Survey reported that 5% of SME employers were minority ethnic group led (MEG-led), defined as having a person in sole control of the business or having a management team with at least half of its members from ethnic minority groups.

MEG-led SME employers were more likely in information and communication (9%), accommodation and food (7%) sectors and less likely in primary (0%) and education sectors (1%).

Further reported about 4% of businesses with no employees were MEG-led. MEG-led businesses were most likely to be in the transport and storage (7%), information and communications and health (both 6%) sectors, and least likely in primary, education and accommodation and food services sectors (all 1%).

Further details can be found on the GOV.UK website. Data for 2021 will be published in August 2022.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
19th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government will develop a set of space sustainability targets.

The Government has set out its commitment to space sustainability in the National Space Strategy, which commits to ensuring space remains safe, secure and sustainable.

We are already delivering that commitment - on 23 June we announced the first ever Plan for Space Sustainability. This encompasses a range of ambitious measures that show UK leadership to advance the sustainable future of space, including:

- Demonstrating continued regulatory leadership.

- Demonstrating UK global leadership.

- Leadership on meeting sustainability standards through the development of an industry-led standard for space sustainability.

- Continuing to enhance national and global capacity.

Jane Hunt
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
18th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has made progress on implementing the recommendation in the Taylor Review on ensuring a more proactive approach to workplace health.

The Government is committed to supporting people living with disabilities and long term health conditions.

A range of Government initiatives are supporting disabled people and people with health conditions to start, stay and succeed in work. These include the Work and Health Programme, the Intensive Personalised Employment Support programme, Access to Work, Disability Confident and support in partnership with the health system, including Employment Advice in NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapy services. We will be investing £1.3bn in employment support for disabled people and people with health conditions over the next three years.

Jane Hunt
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
18th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress his Department has made on implementing the recommendation of the Taylor Review to ensure that the same basic principles should apply to all forms of employment in the British economy.

The Government is clear that everyone deserves to be treated fairly at work and rewarded for their contribution to the economy, both in terms of fair pay and fair working conditions.

We announced on the 9th May that we will bring forward employment status guidance to help clarify the existing status boundaries. This will make it easier for individuals and businesses, including for those in the gig economy, to understand which employment rights apply to them, enhancing worker protections whilst maintaining flexibility and ensuring a level playing field within the labour market.

Jane Hunt
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
18th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will extend the deadline of the Horizon compensation scheme to allow the estimated 170 branch managers who were not aware of the scheme and are reported to have missed the deadline to apply.

The Department has held initial discussions with Post Office on this issue and is expecting to receive a formal proposal shortly. BEIS, supported by UKGI, will then work closely with Post Office to find an appropriate and fair solution.

Jane Hunt
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
18th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 14 July 2022 to Question 33779 Innovate UK: Expenditure, for what reason the total awarded by Innovate UK reduced from £1,491m to £815m between 2020 and 2021; and whether that reduction will be matched by an equivalent increase in 2022 or 2023.

The higher grant figure for projects starting in 2020 compared to 2021 was a combination of two large programmes (Strength in Places, and the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult Manufacturing Innovation Centre) and Innovate UK’s part in responding to the Covid-19 pandemic which saw them launch three major programmes to help the UK business innovation ecosystem navigate the shock of the global pandemic.

Jane Hunt
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
18th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what consultation his Department has conducted with medical research charities on alternative funding arrangements to the EU's Horizon Europe programme.

The Government’s preference is for the UK to associate to Horizon Europe. However, given the EU’s persistence in delaying our association, it is only right and responsible that we are prepared for all outcomes, including one where we are not able to associate.

On 20 July we published proposals on how the UK would transition to a new R&D programme, should the EU’s delays to our association to Horizon Europe continue. These include details of our proposed transitional measures and an overview of our longer-term alternative plans.

We will continue to engage with researchers from a diverse range of sectors to make sure that the UK is a desirable place for R&D in all future scenarios. Over the next few months, we plan to step up our engagement with businesses, universities and research institutions, to support them if association is not possible.

Jane Hunt
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
18th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what further consultation he plans to conduct with medical research charities on alternative funding arrangements to the EU's Horizon Europe programme.

The Government’s preference is for the UK to associate to Horizon Europe. However, given the EU’s persistence in delaying our association, it is only right and responsible that we are prepared for all outcomes, including one where we are not able to associate.

On 20 July we published proposals on how the UK would transition to a new R&D programme, should the EU’s delays to our association to Horizon Europe continue. These include details of our proposed transitional measures and an overview of our longer-term alternative plans.

We will continue to engage with researchers from a diverse range of sectors to make sure that the UK is a desirable place for R&D in all future scenarios. Over the next few months, we plan to step up our engagement with businesses, universities and research institutions, to support them if association is not possible.

Jane Hunt
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
18th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department has made progress on implementing recommendation seven in the Taylor Review on ensuring that there are sectoral strategies to engage employers, employees and stakeholders so that people in low paid sectors do not continuously remain on the minimum wage.

Earlier this year we increased the National Living Wage, putting £1,000 more a year in the pay packets of those who need it most. Programmes offered by the Department for Education and the Department for Work and Pensions are helping to up-skill workers, allowing them to progress in work and thrive in the labour market.

Jane Hunt
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
18th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he has taken to encourage workers to work at home if it is cooler during periods of extreme heat.

This is a matter for employers to discuss with their employees, if appropriate. This is not a matter for Government.

Jane Hunt
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
20th Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish performance data from the Electrification of Heat Demonstration Project.

The Government intends to publish the performance data from the Electrification of Heat Demonstration Project in due course, once quality assurance of the data has been completed.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
19th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress his Department has made on implementing the recommendation of the Taylor Review to ensure that platform based employees should be clearly distinguished from those who are legitimately self-employed.

The Government is clear that everyone deserves to be treated fairly at work and rewarded for their contribution to the economy, both in terms of fair pay and fair working conditions.

We announced on the 9th May that we will bring forward employment status guidance to help clarify the existing status boundaries. This will make it easier for individuals and businesses, including for those in the gig economy, to understand which employment rights apply to them, enhancing worker protections whilst maintaining flexibility and ensuring a level playing field within the labour market.

Jane Hunt
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
19th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what progress his Department has made on implementing the recommendation of the Taylor Review to ensure more attainable ways for employees to strengthen their future work prospects.

The opportunity to progress in work is any integral part of job quality and the Government has taken steps since the publication of the Taylor Review to help workers improve their prospects to progress in work. The Department for Work and Pensions recently launched an in-work progression offer to support low paid universal credit claimants in work to progress and increase their earnings. This support will be provided by work coaches and will focus on removing barriers to progression, helping people identify skills gaps and relevant training, helping people look for progression opportunities in their current role, and consider changing roles or sectors.  Furthermore, low-paid workers are eligible for training funded by the Department for Education, who maintain a suite of skills programmes to help all workers boost skills and prospects.

Jane Hunt
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
20th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to protect workers' rights in the retail and distribution sector in response to the Taylor Review.

We are committed to supporting all workers across the UK and have recently brought forward several reforms which will help protect workers in the retail and distribution sector.

In April 2022 we made sure 2.5 million people received a pay rise raising the National Minimum and National Living Wages. This was the largest ever cash increase to the National Living Wage and will put over £1,000 a year into a full-time workers’ pay packet, helping to ease cost of living pressures.

Additionally, on 6 July we brought forward legislation to widen the ban on exclusivity clauses, which restrict staff from working for multiple employers, to contracts where the guaranteed weekly income is equivalent to or below the Lower Earnings Limit of £123 a week.

Jane Hunt
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
15th Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential for gas from the Kurdistan region to diversify the supply of gas to the UK.

Great Britain has highly diverse sources of gas supply. These include pipelines from the UK and Norwegian continental shelves (UKCS & NCS), interconnection with the European continent, and three Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminals, providing the UK with one of the largest LNG import infrastructures in Europe.

The UK’s diverse range of sources of gas supply is a strength to the Government’s approach to energy security. The integrated nature of the global gas market, and the fact that it is an internationally traded commodity, ensures that the UK continues to work closely with all its international partners.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
19th Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish a response to their consultation Improving the energy performance of privately rented homes, which closed on 8 January 2021.

We have carefully analysed the responses received to the consultation on Improving the energy performance of privately rented homes, and we will publish a Government Response in due course.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
18th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if his Department will hold discussions with representatives of delivery companies on ending surcharges for deliveries to the Highlands.

The Government recognises delivery costs can be higher in some parts of the UK and strongly encourages businesses to provide consumers with a range of affordable delivery options. The Royal Mail provides a universal parcel service at a uniform price throughout the United Kingdom thanks to rules the UK government put in place in the Postal Services Act 2011.

The Consumer Protection Partnership, which includes Ofcom, Government representatives, consumer advocates and training standards officials, runs a dedicated working group to collect evidence on the issue.

Jane Hunt
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
19th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reason his Department's net zero expenditure plans for the energy efficiency of buildings is being reduced from £1.3 billion in 2021-22 to £0.7 billion in 2023-23.

The Government is investing over £6.6 billion over this parliament to improve energy efficiency and decarbonise heating.

The spending profiles of Government schemes reflect the need for Local Authorities and Housing Associations to deliver over financial years, supported by their local supply chains. The ECO4 order has now been laid, and debates have taken place in both Houses. The Government expects regulations to come into force this month. The scheme is worth £1bn per annum and will run from 2022 – 2026.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
19th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what support his Department is providing to SMEs to move towards a net zero economy.

Taking action on climate change will help businesses to grow, seize new opportunities and adapt against the challenges of a changing planet. The first step SMEs can take is to visit the UK Business Climate Hub and sign up to the globally recognised SME Climate Commitment. Here SMEs can also get help and advice on how to be greener and save money.

Additionally, almost £5 billion of funding is available to help UK businesses become greener as part of the government’s commitment to reach net zero emissions by 2050. The latest funding opportunities can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/find-funding-to-help-your-business-become-greener.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
19th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has plans to support households that are reliant on domestic heating oil in the event of further rises in energy costs in winter 2022.

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given by my noble Friend the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State to the noble Lord Allen of Kensington on 5 July 2022 to Question HL1128.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
19th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to ensure that residents of park homes can benefit from the Government's energy support measures.

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave the hon. Member for St Albans on 20th June 2022 to Question 18990.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
19th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of supporting the development of synthetic fuels.

The supply of low carbon fuels, including synthetic, will help reduce the environmental impact of transport. For example, Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF), on average, could achieve over 70% emissions savings on a lifecycle basis. Presented in the Jet Zero Strategy, the Government aims to build a UK SAF industry that could support up to 5,200 jobs and Gross Value Added of up to £2.7bn.

The Industrial Energy Transformation Fund will support sites to switch to low carbon fuels (synthetic fuel production is not within scope). The Red Diesel Replacement competition has a Phase 1 project working towards producing synthetic fuel.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
19th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the review of the scientific evidence on shale gas extraction submitted to his Department by the British Geological Survey on 5 July 2022, when he plans to announce his Department's future shale gas policy.

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave the hon. Member for Hornsey and Wood Green on 6 July 2022 to Question 28901.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
19th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 18 May 2022 to Question 165 on Coal Authority: Climate Change, if he will make it his policy to revise the duties of the Coal Authority in respect of licensing, as set out in the Coal Industry Act 1994, to act in accordance with the UK’s obligations under international climate treaties, including the (a) Paris Agreement and (b) Glasgow Climate Pact.

The Government is committed to phasing out coal from electricity generation by 2024. Demand for new coal licences has fallen away as a consequence, and there are only a small number of potential coal projects that could result in new coal mining, and only with the consent of the relevant planning authorities.

The Government keeps the Coal Authority’s duties under review, but in view of the low demand for new coal extraction projects, there are currently no plans to revise the duties with respect to licensing coal extraction.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
19th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to increase consumer awareness of heat pumps in advance of the implementation of the Future Homes Standard in 2025.

The Government is working to review and improve its communication to ensure that the public has access to the information and advice they need to make the right decisions. The Government has recently published a series of heat pump user case studies and heat pump user guides with Energy Systems Catapult. There is also further information and advice on heat pumps available through Simple Energy Advice service and the recently launched ‘Check if your home could be suitable for a heat pump’ calculator on GOV.UK.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
19th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if his Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of a heat pump installer certification scheme, similar to the Gas Safe Register, to protect consumers who are purchasing heat pumps.

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Strangford on 1st July 2022 to Question 22437.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
19th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department is taking steps to provide support for gas boilers installers retraining as heat pump installers in advance of the implementation of the Future Homes Standard in 2025.

The Government is working closely with industry to support gas boiler installers retraining to install heat pumps. In September 2020 the Government launched a £6 million skills competition to provide training opportunities for the energy-efficiency and low-carbon heating supply chains, including heat pump training for over 2000 heating engineers. The Government is developing plans for a further Skills Training Competition in 2022/23 and intends to continue work with industry to support retraining.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)