Cabinet Office

We support the Prime Minister and ensure the effective running of government. We are also the corporate headquarters for government, in partnership with HM Treasury, and we take the lead in certain critical policy areas.



Secretary of State

Boris Johnson
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union

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Dominic Raab
Deputy Prime Minister

Shadow Ministers / Spokeperson
Liberal Democrat
Lord Wallace of Saltaire (LDEM - Life peer)
Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)
Alistair Carmichael (LDEM - Orkney and Shetland)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)

Plaid Cymru
Hywel Williams (PC - Arfon)
Shadow PC Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)

Labour
Baroness Smith of Basildon (LAB - Life peer)
Shadow Spokesperson (Cabinet Office, Constitutional and Devolved issues)
Baroness Smith of Basildon (LAB - Life peer)
Shadow Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)

Scottish National Party
Stewart Hosie (SNP - Dundee East)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)

Democratic Unionist Party
Gregory Campbell (DUP - East Londonderry)
Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)
Junior Shadow Ministers / Deputy Spokesperson
Labour
Angela Rayner (LAB - Ashton-under-Lyne)
Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
Baroness Chapman of Darlington (LAB - Life peer)
Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office
Rachel Hopkins (LAB - Luton South)
Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

Scottish National Party
Brendan O'Hara (SNP - Argyll and Bute)
Shadow SNP Deputy Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)

Labour
Conor McGinn (LAB - St Helens North)
Shadow Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
Fleur Anderson (LAB - Putney)
Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)
Ministers of State
Nigel Adams (CON - Selby and Ainsty)
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
Michael Ellis (CON - Northampton North)
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
Kit Malthouse (CON - North West Hampshire)
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
Andrew Stephenson (CON - Pendle)
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
Johnny Mercer (CON - Plymouth, Moor View)
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)
Lord True (CON - Life peer)
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Heather Wheeler (CON - South Derbyshire)
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
Alok Sharma (CON - Reading West)
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
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Monday 12th September 2022
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Legislation - Grand Committee
12 Sep 2022, 3:45 p.m.
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Wednesday 14th September 2022
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Legislation - Grand Committee
14 Sep 2022, 3:45 p.m.
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Thursday 20th October 2022
09:30
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Oral questions - Main Chamber
20 Oct 2022, 9:30 a.m.
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Secondary Legislation
Monday 18th July 2022
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Cabinet Office Commons Appearances

Oral Answers to Questions is a regularly scheduled appearance where the Secretary of State and junior minister will answer at the Dispatch Box questions from backbench MPs

Other Commons Chamber appearances can be:
  • Urgent Questions where the Speaker has selected a question to which a Minister must reply that day
  • Adjornment Debates a 30 minute debate attended by a Minister that concludes the day in Parliament.
  • Oral Statements informing the Commons of a significant development, where backbench MP's can then question the Minister making the statement.

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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Bills currently before Parliament

Introduced: 11th May 2022

A Bill to make provision about procurement

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Monday 4th July 2022
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Acts of Parliament created in the 2019 Parliament

Introduced: 12th May 2021

A Bill to make provision about the dissolution and calling of Parliament, including provision for the repeal of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011; and for connected purposes.

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

Introduced: 30th December 2020

A Bill to Implement, and make other provision in connection with, the Trade and Cooperation Agreement; to make further provision in connection with the United Kingdom’s future relationship with the EU and its member States; to make related provision about passenger name record data, customs and privileges and immunities; and for connected purposes.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 30th December 2020 and was enacted into law.

Introduced: 19th May 2020

A Bill to make provision about reports of the Boundary Commissions under the Parliamentary Constituencies Act 1986; to make provision about the number of parliamentary constituencies and other rules for the distribution of seats; and for connected purposes.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 14th December 2020 and was enacted into law.

Cabinet Office - Secondary Legislation

These Regulations are made in exercise of the powers in section 8(1) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (c. 16) in order to address failures of retained EU law to operate effectively, and other deficiencies arising from the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (and in particular, deficiencies under paragraph (g) of section 8(2) of that Act).
These Regulations amend the Digital Government (Disclosure of Information) Regulations 2018 (S.I. 2018/912) (“the 2018 Regulations”). The 2018 Regulations provide for the disclosure of information for the purpose of certain specified public service delivery objectives, in accordance with Chapter 1 of Part 5 of the Digital Economy Act 2017 (c. 30) (“the 2017 Act”).
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Petitions

e-Petitions are administered by Parliament and allow members of the public to express support for a particular issue.

If an e-petition reaches 10,000 signatures the Government will issue a written response.

If an e-petition reaches 100,000 signatures the petition becomes eligible for a Parliamentary debate (usually Monday 4.30pm in Westminster Hall).

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The individual must remain sovereign over their own body, discrimination against those who cannot or will not be vaccinated against COVID is incompatible with a free democracy. The Government must take firm action to prevent 'vaccination passports' and discriminatory 'no jab, no job' policies.

We would like the UK Govt to negotiate a free cultural work permit that gives us visa free travel throughout the 27 EU states for music touring professionals, bands, musicians, artists, TV and sports celebrities that tour the EU to perform shows and events & Carnet exception for touring equipment.

Isolation essential to the Government’s strategy for fighting coronavirus, and UK citizens must remain healthy and exercise whilst keeping adequate distance between people. The Government should allow golf courses to open so families or individuals can play golf in order to exercise safely.

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50 most recent Written Questions

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department

19th Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to publish quarterly lists of the identified benefits arising from the UK’s departure from the EU.

We will not be publishing quarterly lists of the identified benefits. Outside the European Union, Parliament is now able to take advantage of a whole host of regulatory opportunities, spanning from agriculture to financial services, and immigration reform to improved medical regulations. The government has legislated to deliver many of these benefits already.

On 22 June 2022, we published an interactive dashboard cataloguing over 2,400 pieces of retained EU law (REUL), spanning across 300 unique policy areas. The Brexit Freedoms Bill, announced in the Queen’s Speech, will strengthen the Government’s ability to amend, repeal and replace REUL and will support the Government’s ambition to ensure that, now that we have left the EU, the UK can be the “best regulated economy in the world” and move away from the EU’s obsolete “one size fits all” regulatory model.

To ensure that the public knows how much EU-derived law there is on the UK statute book and how much progress the Government is making to reform it, we will be updating the catalogue of REUL on a quarterly basis.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
21st Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made on the updating of the National Resilience Strategy; when it will be published; and whether they intend to incorporate the recommendations from the Institute for Government report Managing Extreme Risks, published on 20 July.

The Integrated Review committed the Government to publishing a Resilience Strategy and in 2021 the Cabinet Office ran a Call for Evidence to inform this. The Strategy draws on a wide evidence base including international best practice; experience of recent crises; and external reports and recommendations on issues such as risk and critical national infrastructure from a range of organisations including Parliamentary Committees and formal advisory bodies.

The Strategy will be published at the earliest opportunity by the incoming administration.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
18th Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how, and (2) when, they will report on the broader impacts of the hot weather on public services.

All departments are responsible for monitoring and reporting on impacts from the extreme heat in their own sectors.

For example, Network Rail are communicating regularly with the public on rail disruption.

However, impacts related to the extreme heat were limited by the early and accurate weather forecasting by the Met Office, the effective preparedness and response at the local and national levels, and the positive response of the British public to warnings and advice issued by all sectors to take pressure off vital public services.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
14th Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to support people who have disabilities to stand for election.

It is the Government’s ambition to see more disabled people in public office. The Government has been clear that the responsibility for supporting disabled candidates sits with political parties and that the EnAble Fund was an interim measure to give parties time to put their own support in place.

The government is committed to seeing more people with disabilities standing for local elections and becoming councillors. As part of the DLUHC funded 2022/23 local government sector support programme, delivered by the Local Government Association and launched in April this year, DLUHC supports a scheme which includes:

  • a coaching programme for disabled councillors to support them as resilient and confident leaders of their communities;

  • a campaign to attract more people with disabilities to stand for council elections and a new ‘Be a Councillor’ guide for disabled candidates who are considering standing for the 2023 elections;

  • a bespoke leadership development programme for disabled councillors, which provides councillors with unique networking opportunities and support.

Johnny Mercer
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)
18th Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, on what date the findings of the Prime Minister’s Implementation Unit's research into the experiences of potentially vulnerable people in receipt of Universal Credit was first presented to (a) the then Prime Minister, Rt Hon Theresa May MP and (b) the then Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Amber Rudd.

We do not hold centrally those who were in receipt of the report (dated three years ago) but details about the report are available as a Deposited Paper in the Libraries of the House (Ref: Dep2021-0836 Paper No. 7a).

Johnny Mercer
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)
18th Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the increase in the number of deaths in people’s own homes since the beginning of the covid-19 pandemic.

A response to the hon. Member’s Parliamentary Question of 18 July is attached.

Johnny Mercer
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)
18th Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many drug-related deaths were recorded in (a) England and (b) each police service area in each of the last three years.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority.


A response to the hon. Member’s Parliamentary Question of 18 July is attached.

Johnny Mercer
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)
18th Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many deaths his Department has recorded where the death certificate stated related to covid in each month since 2020.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority.

A response to the hon. Member’s Parliamentary Question of 18 July is attached.

Heather Wheeler
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
18th Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the status of the investigation by Prime Minister’s Independent Adviser on Ministers’ Interests into the events related to the hon. Member for Wealden's departure from Government in February 2020 is; and with reference to the Cabinet Secretary’s oral evidence to the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee on 28 June 2022, Q448, whether his Department provided briefing to the Prime Minister on that matter.

This investigation had not been completed by Lord Geidt prior to his resignation. The investigation, therefore, remains outstanding.

The Prime Minister has taken the decision that the investigation should be a matter for a new Independent Adviser function, as soon as appointed by his successor.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
13th Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether (a) he and (b) officials in his Department have met with the (i) PCS, (ii) Prospect and (iii) First Division Association civil service trades unions to formally consult those trade unions on the proposal to reduce civil service jobs by 91,000 over three years.

There have been numerous meetings between officials and national representatives of PCS, Prospect, FDA and other Trade Unions on a wide range of Civil Service wide workforce matters, including pay and the proposed reductions, since that date.

Specific dates where meetings have taken place are:

7th April

11th April

12th April

17th April

20th April

25th April

28th April

12th May

17th May

31st May

16th June

27th June

30th June

14th July

Heather Wheeler
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
14th Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the decision to reduce the size of the Accession Council and to hold a ballot also applies to Privy Councillors from (1) Commonwealth, or (2) other countries.

The decision not to summons all Privy Counsellors to the next Accession Council, and to hold a ballot of Privy Counsellors not eligible to attend on an ex officio basis, was taken with the collective agreement of the Lord President of the Council and Number 10. The Royal Household was also consulted on the basis of this collective advice. This decision-making process is consistent with the decision-making process for previous Accession Councils.

The decision to reduce the size of the Accession Council and to hold a ballot for those ineligible to attend on an ex officio basis applies to all Privy Councillors, regardless of their nationality or their usual place of residence.

St. James’s Palace is the senior Royal Palace in the United Kingdom and the Court of St. James is the Royal Court to which all Realm High Commissioners are accredited. St. James’s Palace has therefore long been agreed to be the most appropriate setting for the Accession Council.

In any case, Westminster Hall will not be available to host the Accession Council because an intensive and time critical series of works will begin on the Parliamentary estate, including Westminster Hall, as soon as Demise is announced. The purpose of these works is to prepare the estate and surrounding areas for significant elements of ceremonial and procedural activity. Hosting the Accession Council in Westminster Hall would prevent the completion of these critical works, resulting in significant disruption to other national activity.

Attendance at an Accession Council is not a statutory matter and there is no constitutional requirement to consult Privy Counsellors on any amendments to attendance arrangements.

Decisions on attendance arrangements for future Accession Councils will be taken at the appropriate time.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
14th Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Accession Council on the death of the Sovereign could be held in Westminster Hall; and if not, why not.

The decision not to summons all Privy Counsellors to the next Accession Council, and to hold a ballot of Privy Counsellors not eligible to attend on an ex officio basis, was taken with the collective agreement of the Lord President of the Council and Number 10. The Royal Household was also consulted on the basis of this collective advice. This decision-making process is consistent with the decision-making process for previous Accession Councils.

The decision to reduce the size of the Accession Council and to hold a ballot for those ineligible to attend on an ex officio basis applies to all Privy Councillors, regardless of their nationality or their usual place of residence.

St. James’s Palace is the senior Royal Palace in the United Kingdom and the Court of St. James is the Royal Court to which all Realm High Commissioners are accredited. St. James’s Palace has therefore long been agreed to be the most appropriate setting for the Accession Council.

In any case, Westminster Hall will not be available to host the Accession Council because an intensive and time critical series of works will begin on the Parliamentary estate, including Westminster Hall, as soon as Demise is announced. The purpose of these works is to prepare the estate and surrounding areas for significant elements of ceremonial and procedural activity. Hosting the Accession Council in Westminster Hall would prevent the completion of these critical works, resulting in significant disruption to other national activity.

Attendance at an Accession Council is not a statutory matter and there is no constitutional requirement to consult Privy Counsellors on any amendments to attendance arrangements.

Decisions on attendance arrangements for future Accession Councils will be taken at the appropriate time.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
14th Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what consultations were undertaken by the Privy Council with Privy Councillors prior to the decision to reduce the size of the Accession Council.

The decision not to summons all Privy Counsellors to the next Accession Council, and to hold a ballot of Privy Counsellors not eligible to attend on an ex officio basis, was taken with the collective agreement of the Lord President of the Council and Number 10. The Royal Household was also consulted on the basis of this collective advice. This decision-making process is consistent with the decision-making process for previous Accession Councils.

The decision to reduce the size of the Accession Council and to hold a ballot for those ineligible to attend on an ex officio basis applies to all Privy Councillors, regardless of their nationality or their usual place of residence.

St. James’s Palace is the senior Royal Palace in the United Kingdom and the Court of St. James is the Royal Court to which all Realm High Commissioners are accredited. St. James’s Palace has therefore long been agreed to be the most appropriate setting for the Accession Council.

In any case, Westminster Hall will not be available to host the Accession Council because an intensive and time critical series of works will begin on the Parliamentary estate, including Westminster Hall, as soon as Demise is announced. The purpose of these works is to prepare the estate and surrounding areas for significant elements of ceremonial and procedural activity. Hosting the Accession Council in Westminster Hall would prevent the completion of these critical works, resulting in significant disruption to other national activity.

Attendance at an Accession Council is not a statutory matter and there is no constitutional requirement to consult Privy Counsellors on any amendments to attendance arrangements.

Decisions on attendance arrangements for future Accession Councils will be taken at the appropriate time.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
14th Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the decision to reduce the size of the Accession Council and to hold an annual ballot of Privy Councillors only applies to the next meeting of the Accession Council or whether annual ballots will continue thereafter.

The decision not to summons all Privy Counsellors to the next Accession Council, and to hold a ballot of Privy Counsellors not eligible to attend on an ex officio basis, was taken with the collective agreement of the Lord President of the Council and Number 10. The Royal Household was also consulted on the basis of this collective advice. This decision-making process is consistent with the decision-making process for previous Accession Councils.

The decision to reduce the size of the Accession Council and to hold a ballot for those ineligible to attend on an ex officio basis applies to all Privy Councillors, regardless of their nationality or their usual place of residence.

St. James’s Palace is the senior Royal Palace in the United Kingdom and the Court of St. James is the Royal Court to which all Realm High Commissioners are accredited. St. James’s Palace has therefore long been agreed to be the most appropriate setting for the Accession Council.

In any case, Westminster Hall will not be available to host the Accession Council because an intensive and time critical series of works will begin on the Parliamentary estate, including Westminster Hall, as soon as Demise is announced. The purpose of these works is to prepare the estate and surrounding areas for significant elements of ceremonial and procedural activity. Hosting the Accession Council in Westminster Hall would prevent the completion of these critical works, resulting in significant disruption to other national activity.

Attendance at an Accession Council is not a statutory matter and there is no constitutional requirement to consult Privy Counsellors on any amendments to attendance arrangements.

Decisions on attendance arrangements for future Accession Councils will be taken at the appropriate time.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
19th Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to Sir Robert Francis QC's Infected Blood Compensation Framework Study, published in June 2022, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues and other stakeholders regarding funding the compensation recommended for people infected and affected by contaminated blood and blood products.

I refer the Hon. member to the answer given to PQ 35990 on 18 July 2022.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
19th Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to evidence presented to the Infected Blood Inquiry, what steps he is taking to (a) respond to and (b) implement Sir Robert Francis’ recommendations.

I refer the Hon. member to the answer given to PQ 35990 on 18 July 2022.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
19th Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much money from the public purse has been spent on alcohol at Chequers in each year between 2019 and 2022.

I refer the hon. Member to my answer on 20 July 2022 to PQ 37503.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
19th Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the cost of alcoholic drinks at Chequers is paid for by the public purse.

I refer the hon. Member to my answer on 20 July 2022 to PQ 37503.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
14th Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent estimate he has made of the length of time it takes a baggage handler to complete counter terrorism checks.

The Cabinet Office acknowledges the pressures that the aviation sector is under and has been working with the industry to offer support and speed up the security processes for prospective airport staff. UK Security Vetting (UKSV) has prioritised applications from the aviation sector since April of this year.

UKSV can only provide overall statistics for the aviation industry and are unable to separate out statistics for baggage handlers. On average, Accreditation Checks are being completed in five days or less. Counter Terrorist Checks (CTC) in the Aviation sector are being processed in under ten days on average.

In line with the practice followed by successive administrations, the Government does not otherwise comment on security matters.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
18th Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the Government plans to publish its response to Sir Robert Francis QC’s Infected Blood Compensation Framework study.

I refer the Hon. member to the answer given to PQ 35990 on 18 July 2022.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
19th Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the average hourly rate of pay is for service staff at Chequers.

I refer the hon. Member to my answer on 16 June 2022 to PQ 16972.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
18th Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he discussed with the Welsh Government plans to announce a level 4 alert under the Heatwave Plan for England before that announcement was made on 15 July 2022.

Officials from the Welsh Government were first engaged by their counterparts in the Cabinet Office and the Met Office with respect to the possible severity of the current heatwave on 7 July 2022.

The First Minister for Wales was directly engaged by Cabinet Office Ministers on 14 July 2022.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
11th Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what payments will be made to each of the ministers who recently resigned from the Government; and whether they have plans to introduce legislation to make employers liable for similar payments to those who voluntarily resign from the (1) public, and (2) private, sector.

Under the provisions of the Ministerial and other Pensions and Salaries Act 1991, a former minister only becomes entitled to a severance payment in the event that they are not appointed to another relevant office within three weeks of stepping down.

The provision of severance payments is set out in legislation, passed by Parliament, that has been applied by successive administrations over a significant period. Severance pay reflects the unpredictable nature of ministerial office.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
11th Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Cabinet Secretary has issued any new guidelines to Special Advisers in 10 Downing Street relating to their role during the period in which the new leader of the Conservative Party is being elected.

The Civil Service should act as it did during previous periods in 2016 and 2019. Official resources must not be used to support leadership campaign activity.

As at all times, the Civil Service must serve the Government in a way which maintains political impartiality and retains the confidence of Ministers, while at the same time ensuring it will be able to establish the same relationship with those who may go on to lead the Government.

Special advisers are exempt from the Civil Service Code requirement of political impartiality. Therefore, as laid out in the Special Adviser Code of Conduct, their involvement in political activity does not need to be restricted in the same way as it is for other civil servants. All Special Advisers have been made aware of the expectations regarding their role and conduct during this period. If they wish to take part in leadership campaign activity, they must do so in their own time, out of office hours or via unpaid leave, and not involve the use of departmental resources.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
11th Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether (1) civil servants, and (2) special advisers, in 10 Downing Street are restricted from commenting on the process to elect a new leader of the Conservative Party.

The Civil Service should act as it did during previous periods in 2016 and 2019. Official resources must not be used to support leadership campaign activity.

As at all times, the Civil Service must serve the Government in a way which maintains political impartiality and retains the confidence of Ministers, while at the same time ensuring it will be able to establish the same relationship with those who may go on to lead the Government.

Special advisers are exempt from the Civil Service Code requirement of political impartiality. Therefore, as laid out in the Special Adviser Code of Conduct, their involvement in political activity does not need to be restricted in the same way as it is for other civil servants. All Special Advisers have been made aware of the expectations regarding their role and conduct during this period. If they wish to take part in leadership campaign activity, they must do so in their own time, out of office hours or via unpaid leave, and not involve the use of departmental resources.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
14th Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government which minister made the decision (1) to reduce the size of the Accession Council, and (2) to hold a ballot of Privy Councillors to attend the Council.

The decision not to summons all Privy Counsellors to the next Accession Council, and to hold a ballot of Privy Counsellors not eligible to attend on an ex officio basis, was taken with the collective agreement of the Lord President of the Council and Number 10. The Royal Household was also consulted on the basis of this collective advice. This decision-making process is consistent with the decision-making process for previous Accession Councils.

The decision to reduce the size of the Accession Council and to hold a ballot for those ineligible to attend on an ex officio basis applies to all Privy Councillors, regardless of their nationality or their usual place of residence.

St. James’s Palace is the senior Royal Palace in the United Kingdom and the Court of St. James is the Royal Court to which all Realm High Commissioners are accredited. St. James’s Palace has therefore long been agreed to be the most appropriate setting for the Accession Council.

In any case, Westminster Hall will not be available to host the Accession Council because an intensive and time critical series of works will begin on the Parliamentary estate, including Westminster Hall, as soon as Demise is announced. The purpose of these works is to prepare the estate and surrounding areas for significant elements of ceremonial and procedural activity. Hosting the Accession Council in Westminster Hall would prevent the completion of these critical works, resulting in significant disruption to other national activity.

Attendance at an Accession Council is not a statutory matter and there is no constitutional requirement to consult Privy Counsellors on any amendments to attendance arrangements.

Decisions on attendance arrangements for future Accession Councils will be taken at the appropriate time.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
18th Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what contingency planning he has carried out on dealing with periods of extreme heat.

The Cabinet Office has been overseeing the cross-government response to the current heatwave, running daily COBR meetings and ensuring appropriate situation reporting to inform contingency plans and decision making.

Individual departments are responsible for the preparedness and contingency plans of their sectors, including ensuring that plans are in place to handle the impacts of extreme heat.

The UK Government has activated a number of pre-agreed contingency plans to cope with the current heatwave, using the Met Office’s National Severe Weather Warning service and the UK Health Security Agency’s Heat Health Alerts as triggers for contingency plan implementation. For example, in response to the forecast, the rail network has introduced widespread speed restrictions and the NHS has taken steps outlined in the National Heatwave Plan.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
15th Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Government is using a traffic light ranking system to assess disclosures to the Covid-19 Public Inquiry.

The Covid-19 Inquiry will play a key role in learning lessons from the pandemic. The final Terms of Reference for the Inquiry were published in June. The Prime Minister accepted all of Baroness Hallett’s recommendations.

The Government does not comment on legal advice it may have received. We will meet our obligations to the Inquiry in full.

The Government is committed to working with the Inquiry to ensure that Baroness Hallett is able to conduct a thorough investigation into the preparations for and the response to the pandemic.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
18th Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many special advisers appointed by the Cabinet Office to assist his predecessor are entitled to severance payments in financial year 2022-23 under the terms set out in Paragraph 14c of the model contract for special advisers; and what total costs will be incurred by his Department as a result.

Special advisers are employed by the department to which they were appointed to assist their minister, as such the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s special advisers are employed by HM Treasury; the administration of special advisers is however overseen by the Cabinet Office.

Under paragraph 14b of the Model Contract for Special Advisers, a special adviser’s employment is automatically terminated when their appointing minister ceases to hold the ministerial office to which they were appointed to assist them. Paragraph 14c of the Model Contract details the conditions that apply should a special adviser’s employment end, including eligibility for any severance payments. Paragraph 14c of the Model Contract also sets out that special advisers who are later re-appointed to government must repay their severance pay, less the amount of salary they would have been paid had they been employed during the period between their termination and their re-appointment.

These arrangements have been in place under successive administrations.

Pursuant to the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010 and as part of the government’s policy on open data and transparency, the Cabinet Office routinely publishes an annual report on the numbers and costs of special advisers. The total cost of exit packages, including severance payments, for special advisers are published annually.

Heather Wheeler
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
15th Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Government has sought external legal advice on disclosures to the UK Covid-19 Inquiry.

The Covid-19 Inquiry will play a key role in learning lessons from the pandemic. The final Terms of Reference for the Inquiry were published in June. The Prime Minister accepted all of Baroness Hallett’s recommendations.

The Government does not comment on legal advice it may have received. We will meet our obligations to the Inquiry in full.

The Government is committed to working with the Inquiry to ensure that Baroness Hallett is able to conduct a thorough investigation into the preparations for and the response to the pandemic.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
13th Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much their Department has spent on air travel for (a) Ministers and (b) officials in (i) 2020, (ii) 2021 and (iii) 2022.

The amount spent on air travel for Cabinet Office Ministers and officials via Departmental contracts in 2020, 2021, and 2022 is as follows:

2020 - £691,109.04

2021 - £1,447,806.97

2022 (January to March) - £1,029,308.49

These figures include COP26 travel booked via Corporate Travel Management.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Minister of State (Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government Efficiency)
12th Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an assessment of the compatibility of the gesture made by the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Education outside Downing Street on 7 July 2022 with provisions in the Ministerial Code in respect of the conduct of Ministers during their interactions with members of the public.


The Ministerial Code sets out that Ministers are expected to maintain high standards of behaviour and to behave in a way that upholds the highest standards of propriety. Ministers are personally responsible for deciding how to act and conduct themselves in the light of the Ministerial Code, and for justifying their actions and conduct to Parliament and the public. The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State has released a public statement and commented that she ‘should have shown more composure’.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
13th Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, on what dates (a) he and (b) officials in his Department have met with the (i) PCS, (ii) Prospect and (iii) First Division Association civil service trades unions since the publication of the Civil Service Pay Remit guidance 2022 to 2023 on 31 March 2022.

There have been numerous meetings between officials and national representatives of PCS, Prospect, FDA and other Trade Unions on a wide range of Civil Service wide workforce matters, including pay and the proposed reductions, since that date.

Specific dates where meetings have taken place are:

7th April

11th April

12th April

17th April

20th April

25th April

28th April

12th May

17th May

31st May

16th June

27th June

30th June

14th July

Heather Wheeler
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
14th Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many televised press conferences have taken place in the new Downing Street press briefing room during 2022.

The Downing Street Briefing Room is in regular use for media briefings twice a day on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, once a day on Fridays when Parliament is sitting, and once a week during parliamentary recess.

There have been seven televised press conferences held so far in the room in 2022.

It is also used for other events such as virtual calls with world leaders.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
18th Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many job vacancies there are in each Government (a) department and (b) agency.

As at 8am on 19 July, there are 3,349 adverts for 10,409 total postings advertised on the Civil Service Jobs website. The below table shows vacancies and posts by department.

Department

Agency (if applicable)

Adverts Live

Total Posts Live

Ministry of Defence

Ministry of Defence

597

1,199

HM Prison & Probation Service

HM Prison & Probation Service

519

3,480

HM Revenue and Customs

HM Revenue and Customs

243

504

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (Internal)

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (Internal)

230

262

UK Health Security Agency

UK Health Security Agency

112

175

Home Office

Home Office

107

990

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

86

164

Ministry of Justice

Ministry of Justice

82

206

Department for Work and Pensions

Department for Work and Pensions

76

396

Cabinet Office

Cabinet Office

50

60

Department for International Trade

Department for International Trade

50

61

Department of Health and Social Care

Department of Health and Social Care

48

54

Office for National Statistics

Office for National Statistics

47

149

Department for Education

Department for Education

45

71

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

43

203

Crown Prosecution Service

Crown Prosecution Service

39

82

Health and Safety Executive

Health and Safety Executive

38

63

HM Courts and Tribunals Service

HM Courts and Tribunals Service

38

297

OFGEM

OFGEM

37

57

Natural England

Natural England

36

82

Scottish Government

Scottish Government

34

43

Department for Transport

Department for Transport

30

32

Forestry Commission

Forestry Commission

26

28

HM Treasury

HM Treasury

26

31

Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

24

36

House of Commons

House of Commons

23

32

Social Security Scotland

Social Security Scotland

22

70

Government Digital Service

Government Digital Service

20

30

Insolvency Service

Insolvency Service

20

34

Homes England

Homes England

19

28

Government Legal Department

Government Legal Department

17

146

DEFRA

Food Standards Agency

16

20

Government Commercial Function

Government Commercial Function

16

29

Care Quality Commission

Care Quality Commission

16

65

Forestry Commission - Forest Research

Forestry Commission - Forest Research

16

16

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

15

25

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

15

16

College of Policing

College of Policing

15

44

UK Hydrographic Office

UK Hydrographic Office

15

49

Valuation Office Agency

Valuation Office Agency

14

130

Pensions Regulator

Pensions Regulator

13

16

Met Office

Met Office

13

23

Welsh Government

Welsh Government

13

56

National Crime Agency

National Crime Agency

13

144

The Money and Pensions Service

The Money and Pensions Service

13

18

Government Property Agency

Government Property Agency

12

29

DEFRA

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

12

13

Legal Aid Agency

Legal Aid Agency

11

29

Historic Environment Scotland

Historic Environment Scotland

10

10

HM Land Registry

HM Land Registry

10

18

Information Commissioner's Office

Information Commissioner's Office

10

19

FCDO Services

FCDO Services

10

10

Crown Commercial Service

Crown Commercial Service

9

14

Office for Students

Office for Students

9

20

Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills

Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills

9

12

Disclosure & Barring Service

Disclosure & Barring Service

8

16

UK Export Finance

UK Export Finance

8

11

Department for Transport

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

8

20

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

8

9

House of Lords

House of Lords

8

9

Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation

Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation

7

7

Companies House

Companies House

7

7

Marine Management Organisation

Marine Management Organisation

7

9

Government Office for Science

Government Office for Science

7

28

GCHQ

GCHQ

7

22

UK Space Agency

UK Space Agency

7

7

Joint Nature Conservation Committee

Joint Nature Conservation Committee

6

6

Student Loans Company

Student Loans Company

6

14

Department for Transport

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

6

92

Department for Transport

Maritime and Coastguard Agency

6

10

Serious Fraud Office

Serious Fraud Office

5

9

Office of the Public Guardian

Office of the Public Guardian

5

12

Trade Remedies Authority

Trade Remedies Authority

5

5

Planning Inspectorate

Planning Inspectorate

5

7

Cross Departmental Opportunities

Cross Departmental Opportunities

5

9

UK Statistics Authority

UK Statistics Authority

4

4

Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service

Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service

4

5

DEFRA

Rural Payments Agency

4

5

Northern Ireland Office

Northern Ireland Office

4

6

Forestry and Land Scotland

Forestry and Land Scotland

4

4

Intellectual Property Office

Intellectual Property Office

4

4

Consumer Scotland

Consumer Scotland

4

5

Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

4

4

Office of Rail and Road

Office of Rail and Road

4

5

Government Statistical Service

Government Statistical Service

4

40

Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre

Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre

4

10

Charity Commission

Charity Commission

4

7

Independent Office for Police Conduct

Independent Office for Police Conduct

4

5

Independent Monitoring Authority

Independent Monitoring Authority

3

3

UK Research and Innovation

UK Research and Innovation

3

3

Government Internal Audit Agency

Government Internal Audit Agency

3

4

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

3

7

Medical Research Council

Medical Research Council

3

3

Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

3

3

The National Lottery Community Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund

3

3

DEFRA

Animal and Plant Health Agency

3

3

Defence Electronics & Components Agency

Defence Electronics & Components Agency

3

3

Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service

Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service

3

3

Gambling Commission

Gambling Commission

3

3

Registers of Scotland

Registers of Scotland

3

4

Competition & Markets Authority

Competition & Markets Authority

2

3

Innovate UK

Innovate UK

2

3

National Savings and Investments

National Savings and Investments

2

2

Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

2

2

Housing Ombudsman Service

Housing Ombudsman Service

2

2

MI5

MI5

2

2

DEFRA

Veterinary Medicines Directorate

2

2

Office for Nuclear Regulation

Office for Nuclear Regulation

2

2

Ofwat (Water Services Regulation Authority)

Ofwat (Water Services Regulation Authority)

2

3

The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom

The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom

2

2

Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council

Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council

2

10

Security Industry Authority

Security Industry Authority

2

3

Office for Environmental Protection

Office for Environmental Protection

1

2

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Equality and Human Rights Commission

1

1

Home Office

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services

1

1

The National Archives

The National Archives

1

1

Valuation Tribunal Service

Valuation Tribunal Service

1

1

DEFRA

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

1

2

MI6 - Secret Intelligence Service

MI6 - Secret Intelligence Service

1

1

Government Actuary's Department

Government Actuary's Department

1

5

Environmental Standards Scotland

Environmental Standards Scotland

1

1

Scottish Forestry

Scottish Forestry

1

1

Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority

Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority

1

1

UK Debt Management Office

UK Debt Management Office

1

1

Parole Board

Parole Board

1

1

Criminal Cases Review Commission

Criminal Cases Review Commission

1

1

Youth Justice Board

Youth Justice Board

1

6

Building Digital UK (BDUK)

Building Digital UK (BDUK)

1

1

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

1

1

Grand Total

3,349

10,409

Heather Wheeler
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
15th Jul 2022
To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions he or his Office have had with representatives of companies with powers under the Electronic Communications Code since March 2021.

Details of ministerial meetings with external organisations are published on gov.uk as part of the government’s transparency agenda.

Boris Johnson
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
18th Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to Deaths registered weekly in England and Wales: week ending 1 July 2022 published by the Office for National Statistics on 13 July 2022, what steps his Department is taking to investigate the higher than expected rate of deaths of 12.2 per cent above the five-year average.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority.

A response to the Rt hon. Member's Parliamentary Question of 18 July is attached.

Heather Wheeler
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
18th Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he has made an assessment of the potential impact of the Government's Cost of Living Business Tsar's recommendation on independent retailers that food businesses reduce the retail price of food.

The Cost of Living Business Tsar, David Buttress, has and will continue to engage business of all sizes as part of his work to help households cope with the cost of living crisis. He is working closely with business associations to ensure that SMEs - including independent retailers - are able to contribute to this work. The Cost of Living Business Tsar will also work with officials to ensure that deals developed as part of his initiative are ethical and help UK consumers.

Food prices are set by businesses and it is not for the UK Government to set retail food prices or comment on day-today commercial decisions by companies. We continue to monitor food prices using the ONS inflation figures.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
18th Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the responsibilities of the Domestic and Economic (Efficiency and Value for Money) Committee include identifying savings in respect of civil service staffing.

The Terms of Reference of the Domestic and Economic (Efficiency and Value for Money) Committee are to drive efficiency, effectiveness and economy in government spending, and scrutinise plans to manage major current and future cost pressures. Further details about this committee were released on GOV.UK on 20 March 2022, accessible below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-efficiency-drive-to-cut-55-billion-of-government-waste.

There are a number of Cabinet Committees that could take agenda items related to civil service staffing. It is a long-established precedent that information about the discussions that have taken place in Cabinet and its Committees is not normally shared publicly.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
18th Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether any special advisers to Government have had their contracts terminated since 4 July 2022.

Under paragraph 14b of the Model Contract for Special Advisers, a special adviser’s employment is automatically terminated when their appointing minister ceases to hold the ministerial office to which they were appointed to assist them.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
18th Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the total cost to the public purse was of the Prime Minister’s visit to RAF Coningsby on 14 July 2022.

The Prime Minister accompanied pilots on a routine training flight and, therefore, no extra cost was incurred.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
18th Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the cost was of the Typhoon fighter jet demonstration the Prime Minister received at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire in July 2022.

The Prime Minister accompanied pilots on a routine training flight and, therefore, no extra cost was incurred.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
18th Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what his Department's expected timeframe is for Minister or Department to respond to an hon. Member's email on behalf on a constituent; and what steps his Department is taking to tackle incidences of responses being outstanding for several months.

The Cabinet Office attaches great importance to the effective and timely handling of correspondence from MPs and Peers. On 26 May 2022, we published data on the timeliness of government responses to correspondence from MPs and Peers for 2021 on GOV.UK: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/data-on-responses-to-correspondence-from-mps-and-peers-2021. Cabinet Office timeliness improved each quarter of 2021, with 89% of correspondence received from hon. Members in quarter four responded to within 20 working days.

As per the Guide to Handling Correspondence, updated by the Cabinet Office in July 2021, the target response time set by Departments for correspondence must not exceed 20 working days. The Cabinet Office continues to keep its own processes under review to further improve the time taken to respond.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
7th Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many current members of the Senior Civil Service were recruited via the Fast Stream; and why they have paused the Civil Service Fast Stream recruitment in 2022/23 for the 2023 intake.

The Fast Stream is a talent pipeline for government departments and professions. It is only right we pause bringing in candidates as departments set out how they might achieve the government’s commitment to return the Civil Service to the size it was in 2016.

Whilst we pause the Fast Stream for the 2023 intake, we will take the opportunity to further improve the Fast Stream offer. This reform will ensure that when the scheme reopens, it is focused on driving up specialist skills in the Civil Service, as well as improving the regional representation of the Fast Stream.

Information provided by departments to the Cabinet Office shows that as of 1st April 2021, 890 Senior Civil Servants were reported to have been successful in the central Fast Stream selection process. This represents 20% of all Senior Civil Servants (as a percentage of all members where information has been reported by the department as known).

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
18th Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the investigation by the Prime Minister’s Independent Adviser on Ministers’ Interests into the events related to the hon. Member for Wealden's departure from Government in February 2020, for what reason that report has not been published; and if he will publish that report before a new Prime Minister takes office.

This investigation had not been completed by Lord Geidt prior to his resignation. The investigation, therefore, remains outstanding.

The Prime Minister has taken the decision that the investigation should be a matter for a new Independent Adviser function, as soon as appointed by his successor.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
12th Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much their Department has spent on advertising in (a) 2020, (b) 2021 and (c) 2022.

Expenditure on advertising across the three years requested is:

Year

Spend (£000s)

2019/20

41,342

2020/21

376,029

2021/22

168,730

Expenditure in 2021/22 is subject to the Department's audit being finalised, and is therefore provisional.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Minister of State (Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government Efficiency)
13th Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if his Department will publish plans for 20, 30 and 40 per cent reductions in civil service posts that it has received from departments that have an associated Select Committee.

Given that planning is still underway and no decisions have yet been made, as well as the sensitivities involved, it would not be appropriate to share departmental scenario planning. We are committed to a robust process of scrutiny and challenge in the months ahead, including focusing on impacts on public services, and will engage more broadly at the appropriate time.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Minister of State (Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government Efficiency)
13th Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether Parliament will be consulted on the functions and services that the Government will have to cease or reduce as a result of plans for 20, 30 and 40 per cent reductions in civil service posts.

Given that planning is still underway and no decisions have yet been made, as well as the sensitivities involved, it would not be appropriate to share departmental scenario planning. We are committed to a robust process of scrutiny and challenge in the months ahead, including focusing on impacts on public services, and will engage more broadly at the appropriate time.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Minister of State (Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government Efficiency)
15th Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether (a) food, (b) drink and (c) catering costs at Chequers are paid for by the public purse.

As I outlined in my answer of 18 October 2021 to PQ 54006, Chequers is not a government building; it is run and managed by an independent trust.

Official hospitality provided by the government (e.g. hosting the visit of a representative of a foreign government) is paid for by the public purse. Personal or party political hospitality is not. This has been the case under successive administrations.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)