Bill Documents
18 Jan 2021 - Amendment papers
Notices of Amendments as at 15 January 2021 (PDF)
National Security and Investment Bill 2019-21 - Government Bill
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
15 Jan 2021, 7:28 p.m.

A new partnership between @MarsUK and DHL will: ✅ reduce Mars UK’s outbound carbon logistics footprint by 7.7% ✅ create 550 jobs in the East Midlands #NetZero #BuildBackBetter 🛣️ 🌳 https://t.co/pnJoYI93un


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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
15 Jan 2021, 6:41 p.m.

The UK's workers' rights are some of the best in the world. Our high standards were never dependent on our membership of the EU, and it is well known that the UK goes further in many areas. Going forward, we want to protect and expand on these rights as we #BuildBackBetter https://t.co/VTvDIxeQBL


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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
15 Jan 2021, 3:32 p.m.

Lots of people are talking about new #COVID19 variants and what this means for us. We’re supporting a new research group looking at how; ⭕They mutate. ⭕What risks they pose. ⭕How we can tackle them. Find out more ⬇️ @UKI_news #FightingCoronavirus https://t.co/UARS3TA7nG


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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Jan. 15 2021

Main Page: Better regulation: annual report 2019 to 2020
Relevant Document: Better regulation: annual report 2019 to 2020 (PDF) Transparency
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Jan. 15 2021

Main Page: Better regulation: annual report 2019 to 2020
Relevant Document: Better regulation: annual report 2019 to 2020 (webpage) Transparency
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
15 Jan 2021, 8 a.m.

We're funding training for the next wave of #GreenHomesGrant installers 🏡 18 organisations across England will be equipping tradespeople with the skills they need. Read for more information & a full list of providers: https://t.co/fAWbMLWLZR #PlanForJobs https://t.co/7hYGXq9fgR


Bill Documents
15 Jan 2021 - Amendment papers
Notices of Amendments as at 14 January 2021 (PDF)
National Security and Investment Bill 2019-21 - Government Bill
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
14 Jan 2021, 5 p.m.

Essential retail businesses like supermarkets can remain open in lockdown but must make sure they're following the #WorkingSafely guidance. Social distancing, ventilation and face coverings are crucial in the battle against the new variant. More info: https://t.co/VRBfaxYZKN https://t.co/poT1Bc6JiL


Written Question
Business: Coronavirus
14 Jan 2021, 4:40 p.m.

Questioner: Lucy Powell

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much funding each local authority will receive from the £594 million discretionary fund to support businesses affected by the covid-19 outbreak announced by the Chancellor on 5 January 2021.

Answer (Paul Scully)

The Government has put forward an unprecedented package of support to help businesses which are severely affected by restrictions put in place to tackle Covid-19 and save lives. This package of support includes the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) which was announced in November 2020 to provide discretionary business grants and wider business support in England. An initial £1.1 billion was allocated to Local Authorities under this scheme in November, and a further £500 million of top-up ARG funding was announced at the start of the third lockdown period in January.

This funding is shared between all Local Authorities in England and we are working closely with Local Authorities to ensure that support is delivered to businesses that are in scope as quickly as possible.


Written Question
Additional Restrictions Grant
14 Jan 2021, 4:39 p.m.

Questioner: Lucy Powell

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much and what proportion of funding received by each local authority through the additional restrictions grant has been disbursed, by local authority.

Answer (Paul Scully)

The Government has put forward an unprecedented package of support to help businesses which are severely affected by restrictions put in place to tackle Covid-19 and save lives. This package of support includes the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) which was announced in November 2020 to provide discretionary business grants and wider business support in England. An initial £1.1 billion was allocated to Local Authorities under this scheme in November, and a further £500 million of top-up ARG funding was announced at the start of the third lockdown period in January 2021.

This support is available through all Local Authorities in England and they have the discretion to use this funding to help businesses in the way they see fit. We are working closely with Local Authorities to ensure that funding is delivered to businesses that are in scope as quickly as possible.


Written Question
Business: Grants
14 Jan 2021, 4:38 p.m.

Questioner: Lucy Powell

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many businesses in each local authority are eligible for the one off grant payments announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 5 January 2021; and how much funding each local authority area will receive to pay those grants.

Answer (Paul Scully)

On 5 January 2021, my Rt. Hon. Friend Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer announced one-off top-up grants, worth up to £9,000 per property, to help retail, hospitality and leisure businesses affected by the new closures through to Spring. This is in addition to the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG), announced in November 2020 and which received a £500 million top-up in January 2021 to support other businesses affected by the new lockdown rules.

We have worked with Local Authorities to best calculate the amount of funding required, using business rates data and local business information, and are working with places to ensure that funding reaches businesses that are in scope as quickly as possible.


Written Question
Public Houses: Coronavirus
14 Jan 2021, 4:36 p.m.

Questioner: Dan Jarvis

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the potential effect of permitting pubs to sell takeaway alcohol on (a) pubs' financial recovery from the covid-19 outbreak and (b) the economy.

Answer (Paul Scully)

Under the current restrictions, hospitality businesses are not permitted to sell takeaway alcohol. This is to reduce instances of social interactions that could undermine the Government’s primary objective of reducing the spread of COVID-19. The Government recognises the impact of COVID-19 restrictions on the sector, which is why it has put in place a £284bn package of business support measures including grants of £3000 per month for businesses forced to close. The Government announced on 5 January an extra £4.6 billion to protect jobs and support affected businesses and includes a one off additional grant of up to £9000. Local Authorities in England will be given an additional £500 million discretionary funding to support their local business and builds on the £1.1 billion discretionary funding which Local Authorities have already received.


Written Question
Conditions of Employment: Re-employment
14 Jan 2021, 4:35 p.m.

Questioner: Peter Grant

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to amend the Employment Rights Act 1996 to prevent or discourage companies from (a) laying off and (b) rehiring staff on less favourable terms.

Answer (Paul Scully)

Despite the unprecedented package of support provided by this Government, some employers will need the flexibility to be able to offer different terms and conditions to ensure the sustainability of their business and avoid redundancies. However, using threats about firing and re-hiring as a negotiating tactic is unacceptable and if the employer changes any of the terms without the employee’s agreement, the employee may be entitled to seek legal redress.

Laws are in place to ensure that there is fair procedure in redundancy and dismissal matters as well as contractual terms and conditions cannot discriminate unlawfully. If the employer changes any of the terms without the employee’s agreement, the employee may be entitled to seek legal redress. Both employee and employers can contact ACAS, who provide free advice to workers and employers to enable them to understand their rights and responsibilities.


Written Question
Conditions of Employment: Re-employment
14 Jan 2021, 4:35 p.m.

Questioner: Peter Grant

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 7 September 2020 to Question 83925, on Conditions of Employment: Re-employment, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to prevent businesses from firing and rehiring employees.

Answer (Paul Scully)

Despite the unprecedented package of support provided by this Government, some employers will need the flexibility to be able to offer different terms and conditions to ensure the sustainability of their business and avoid redundancies. However, using threats about firing and re-hiring as a negotiating tactic is unacceptable and if the employer changes any of the terms without the employee’s agreement, the employee may be entitled to seek legal redress.

Laws are in place to ensure that there is fair procedure in redundancy and dismissal matters as well as contractual terms and conditions cannot discriminate unlawfully. If the employer changes any of the terms without the employee’s agreement, the employee may be entitled to seek legal redress. Both employee and employers can contact ACAS, who provide free advice to workers and employers to enable them to understand their rights and responsibilities.


Written Question
Industrial Health and Safety: Coronavirus
14 Jan 2021, 4:33 p.m.

Questioner: Andy McDonald

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Government plans to update its guidance entitled Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) to include details on ventilation in workplaces following the discovery of the spread of the VUI-202012/01 strain of covid-19 in the UK.

Answer (Paul Scully)

The Working safely guidance was last updated on 6 January to reflect the new national lockdown. The guidance is kept under constant review based on the latest scientific evidence we receive.


Written Question
Business: Coronavirus
14 Jan 2021, 4:28 p.m.

Questioner: Rachael Maskell

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether businesses are eligible to apply for additional Government-backed loans from £2,000 up to the value of £10,000 to increase their borrowing in the event that they have already taken out (a) Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme loan, (b) Bounce Back Loan and (c) both such loans in response to the covid-19 outbreak.

Answer (Paul Scully)

Businesses with an existing Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) or Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) facility may be eligible to apply for additional Government-backed funds to increase their borrowing, depending on the circumstances of the business.

a) Where a borrower already has a CBILS facility it is possible, depending on the size of their existing loan, to refinance in order to increase their borrowing. Refinancing can be sought with the same or a different accredited lender. It is at the discretion of the lender whether to consider a borrower’s request for refinancing, and a lenders’ refinancing activity is also subject to certain limits.

b) The Government amended the rules for BBLS in November 2020 to allow businesses to apply to ‘top-up’ their existing BBLS facility – from a minimum of £1,000, up to either 25% of the originally self-certified annual turnover or £50,000, whichever is lesser. Businesses which have received State Aid under another Temporary Framework scheme, or who originally self-declared as being a “business in difficulty”, may only be eligible for a lower loan amount. Top-ups are only available from a borrower’s existing BBLS lender.

c) A borrower can only make use of one of BBLS, CBILS, or Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS) at one time. However, a business that has, for example, a CBILS facility can apply for a BBLS facility, or vice versa, in order to refinance the original loan in full.

The maximum facility size for any business borrowing under any of the three Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Schemes is subject to affordability limits specific to each business, as determined by the lender.


Departmental Publication
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Jan. 14 2021

Main Page: Workplace support for victims of domestic abuse
Relevant Document: Workplace support for victims of domestic abuse (PDF) Research and Statistics
Departmental Publication
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Jan. 14 2021

Main Page: Workplace support for victims of domestic abuse
Relevant Document: Workplace support for victims of domestic abuse (webpage) Research and Statistics
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Jan. 14 2021

Main Page: Contracts for Difference (CfD) for low carbon electricity generation: new Supply Chain Plan questionnaire
Relevant Document: Contracts for Difference (CfD) for low carbon electricity generation: new Supply Chain Plan questionnaire (PDF) Policy and Engagement
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Jan. 14 2021

Main Page: Contracts for Difference (CfD) for low carbon electricity generation: new Supply Chain Plan questionnaire
Relevant Document: Contracts for Difference (CfD) for low carbon electricity generation: new Supply Chain Plan questionnaire (Excel) Policy and Engagement
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Jan. 14 2021

Main Page: Contracts for Difference (CfD) for low carbon electricity generation: new Supply Chain Plan questionnaire
Relevant Document: Contracts for Difference (CfD) for low carbon electricity generation: new Supply Chain Plan questionnaire (webpage) Policy and Engagement
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Jan. 14 2021

Main Page: Contracts for Difference (CfD) for low carbon electricity generation: new Supply Chain Plan questionnaire
Relevant Document: Contracts for Difference (CfD) for low carbon electricity generation: new Supply Chain Plan questionnaire (PDF) Policy and Engagement
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Jan. 14 2021

Main Page: Renewables obligation: certificates and generation, September 2020
Relevant Document: Renewables obligation: certificates and generation, September 2020 (webpage) Research and Statistics
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
14 Jan 2021, 7:30 a.m.

Many employers don't know the warning signs of #DomesticAbuse. But there are simple steps that could make a life-changing difference to their employees. Business Minister @scullyp is calling for businesses to do more to help their workers: https://t.co/MybRTnpm1Q https://t.co/Oa2u6BFUYz