Cabinet Office

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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)

Labour
Keir Starmer (LAB - Holborn and St Pancras)
Leader of Her Majesty's Official Opposition

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

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

Labour
Fleur Anderson (LAB - Putney)
Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)
Jack Dromey (LAB - Birmingham, Erdington)
Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)
Ministers of State
Nigel Adams (CON - Selby and Ainsty)
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
Lord Frost (CON - Life peer)
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
Lord True (CON - Life peer)
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
Steve Barclay (CON - North East Cambridgeshire)
Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
Oliver Dowden (CON - Hertsmere)
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
Lord Agnew of Oulton (CON - Life peer)
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Alok Sharma (CON - Reading West)
COP26 President (Cabinet Office)
Leo Docherty (CON - Aldershot)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
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Tuesday 30th November 2021
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Written Answers
Wednesday 1st December 2021
Public Bodies: Public Appointments
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many of the people appointed to (1) arms-length bodies, and (2) other public bodies, …
Secondary Legislation
Tuesday 23rd November 2021
UK Statistics (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2021
These Regulations are made in exercise of the powers conferred by section 8(1) of, and paragraph 21 of Schedule 7 …
Bills
Wednesday 12th May 2021
Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill 2021-22
A Bill to make provision about the dissolution and calling of Parliament, including provision for the repeal of the Fixed-term …
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Wednesday 1st December 2021
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Cabinet Office 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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Oct. 18
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Bills currently before Parliament

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Acts of Parliament created in the 2019 Parliament

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 Wednesday 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 Monday 14th December 2020 and was enacted into law.

Cabinet Office - Secondary Legislation

These Regulations are made in exercise of the powers conferred by section 8(1) of, and paragraph 21 of Schedule 7 to, the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (c. 16) (“the 2018 Act”) to address failures of retained EU law to operate effectively and other deficiencies arising from the withdrawal of the UK from the European Union. In particular, these Regulations address deficiencies under paragraphs (a), (b), (c), (d) and (g) of section 8(2) of the 2018 Act.
These Regulations make amendments to United Kingdom public procurement regulations to update certain financial thresholds, which govern the procedures for the award of public contracts for goods, works and services, following a review of those thresholds in accordance with regulation 5A of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, regulation 9A of the Concession Contracts Regulations 2016 and regulation 16A of the Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016. This review was previously undertaken by the European Commission to ensure the thresholds continue to correspond with the relevant thresholds laid down in the World Trade Organisation’s Agreement on Government Procurement (“GPA”). Following the United Kingdom’s exit from the EU, and subsequent accession to the GPA(6) as a member in its own right, this review requirement was conferred on the Minister for the Cabinet Office by the Public Procurement (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020. These Regulations also change the calculation of the estimated value of a procurement based on the total amount payable without making a deduction for value added tax, in order to fully implement the United Kingdom’s obligations under the GPA(7).
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Petitions

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

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Close down schools and colleges due to the increase in COVID-19 cases. We are seeing cases of students and teachers catching the virus since schools have reopened.

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.

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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

25th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many disabled people are employed by each department.

Information on the number of disabled staff by department can be found in Table 38 of the Civil Service Statistics, the latest version of which was published 28 July 2021 and is available in the Government efficiency, transparency and accountability collection on GOV.UK. The latest figures show that 13.6% of Civil Servants declare themselves as having a disability.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
17th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government who they have appointed to (1) arms-length bodies, and (2) other public bodies, since 1 January; and how many of these appointments were (a) women, or (b) people from a minority background.

The government publishes annual data reports on public appointments, including information on gender, ethnic background and political affiliation. The latest report published on 21 October provides data on those appointed during the 2020-21 financial year and appointees in post on 31 March 2021. Data on those appointed during the 2021-22 financial year and those in post on 31 March 2022 will be published next year.

Latest figures show that in 2020-21, 44% of appointees were women and 10% were from an ethnic minority background. 6% stated they had taken part in political activity in the past five years across a range of political parties.

Public appointments are announced on the HM Government Public Appointments website https://publicappointments.cabinetoffice.gov.uk.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
17th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many of the people appointed to (1) arms-length bodies, and (2) other public bodies, since 1 January have a political affiliation; and which political parties they were affiliated to in each case.

The government publishes annual data reports on public appointments, including information on gender, ethnic background and political affiliation. The latest report published on 21 October provides data on those appointed during the 2020-21 financial year and appointees in post on 31 March 2021. Data on those appointed during the 2021-22 financial year and those in post on 31 March 2022 will be published next year.

Latest figures show that in 2020-21, 44% of appointees were women and 10% were from an ethnic minority background. 6% stated they had taken part in political activity in the past five years across a range of political parties.

Public appointments are announced on the HM Government Public Appointments website https://publicappointments.cabinetoffice.gov.uk.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
17th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of government advisors who have links to, or investments in, Chinese companies; and how many Chinese companies have representatives participating in trade or business advisory groups convened by Her Majesty's Government.

Ministers and officials meet with a wide range of stakeholders in the course of normal business. Details of all official meetings by ministers are published on the government website.

Where ministers appoint specific advisers or members of an advisory group, any relevant outside interests should be declared and considered before appointments are made.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
26th Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 25 November 2021 to Question 79397 on Business Interests, whether he plans to complete work on improving the (a) scope and clarity of the Business Appointment Rules, (b) consistency and proportionality of the implementation of the Rules across Government and (c) enforcement of the Rules by the end of 2021.

The Cabinet Office is leading the programme of work to improve the Business Appointment Rules in collaboration with the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments. The Prime Minister explained to the Liaison Committee on Wednesday 17 November that we are currently refining the rules and considering how to strengthen the process; an update will be provided before the Christmas parliamentary recess.

The Business Appointment Rules apply to all Ministers and civil servants, including special advisers, and it is incumbent upon everyone to abide by the decisions of the Committee, or the relevant Permanent Secretary in the cases of departmental-level applications. A number of sanctions already exist for breaches depending on the nature of the breach and consideration of further methods of enforcement of the Rules will be considered as part of the wider Business Appointment Rules improvement work. The Government will consider the particular circumstances of any breach reported to it by the Committee.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
25th Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people have taken their own lives through drowning in each of the last five years.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority. I have, therefore, asked the Authority to respond.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
26th Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Oral Answer of the Paymaster General to the Honourable Member for Dulwich and West Norwood of 25 November 2021, Official Report volume 704, column 444, how many contracts have been awarded under regulation 32 emergency procurement powers during the covid-19 outbreak in each month of the last year for which information is available.

Details of Government contracts above £10,000 and £25,000 in the wider public sector are published on Contracts Finder: https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Search.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
26th Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the impact of the construction of additional border infrastructure on the functioning of UK ports in the weeks leading up to Christmas 2021.

Through the Port Infrastructure Fund, the Government has provided £200 million in grants to ports to build the infrastructure needed for both customs and biosecurity checks in 2022. We are confident that these projects are sufficiently advanced and operational to ensure the continued flow of trade in the run up to Christmas and beyond.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
25th Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish data on the number of deaths of children from (a) flu, not flu and pneumonia, (b) measles, (c) varicella, (d) mumps, (e) rubella and (f) whooping cough in 2016.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority. I have, therefore, asked the Authority to respond.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
25th Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish data on the number of deaths in 2017 from childhood illnesses including (a) flu (directly from flu not flu and pneumonia), (b) measles, (c) chickenpox, (d) mumps, (e) rubella and (f) whooping cough.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority. I have, therefore, asked the Authority to respond.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
25th Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish data on the number of deaths of children from (a) flu, not flu and pneumonia, (b) measles, (c) varicella, (d) mumps, (e) rubella and (f) whooping cough in 2018.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority. I have, therefore, asked the Authority to respond.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
25th Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish data on the number of deaths of children from (a) flu, not flu and pneumonia, (b) measles, (c) varicella, (d) mumps, (e) rubella and (f) whooping cough in 2019.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority. I have, therefore, asked the Authority to respond.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
25th Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish data on the number of deaths of children from (a) flu, not flu and pneumonia, (b) measles, (c) varicella, (d) mumps, (e) rubella and (f) whooping cough in 2020.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority. I have, therefore, asked the Authority to respond.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
26th Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment she has made of the effect of increased non-tariff barriers facing UK imports from the EU on (a) supply chains for UK manufacturers, and (b) the availability of imported goods in the weeks leading up to Christmas 2021.

The government is continuing to monitor global supply chain issues. The most recent ONS monthly UK trade in goods statistics can be found here. The ONS is clear that there are a number of factors beyond EU exit that are influencing global trading patterns, including the COVID-19 pandemic and global supply chain disruption. It remains too early to disaggregate the effects that EU exit has had on trade from these other factors.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
24th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the ethnicity pay gap in each government department.

There is currently no legislative requirement or set methodology for the collection and reporting of ethnicity pay data for employers. Therefore no ethnicity pay gap figures are currently available centrally.

The Commission for Race and Ethnic Disparities recommended that employers report on ethnicity pay on a voluntary basis and publish a diagnosis and action plan to address any disparities.

The government is carefully considering the findings of the Commission’s report and will publish its response in due course, alongside the response to the 2018/19 consultation on ethnicity pay reporting.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
17th Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what his Department’s process is for (a) recording and (b) keeping minutes of all meetings relating to Government business.

Civil servants will make a judgment on what formal, structured meetings should be minuted, and what meetings should be recorded as having taken place, in light of the Civil Service Code, more specific best practice such as ‘Guidance on the management of Private Office Papers’, and the Cabinet Office guidance on Ministerial quarterly returns.

I note that there has been Parliamentary scrutiny of this issue in relation to the debate in this House on ‘Randox Covid Contracts’ of 17 November 2021. Following that debate, the Government has committed to publishing before Parliament a range of background papers relating to the Randox procurement.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
17th Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what his Department’s process is for (a) recording and (b) keeping minutes of all meetings relating to Government business.

Civil servants will make a judgment on what formal, structured meetings should be minuted, and what meetings should be recorded as having taken place, in light of the Civil Service Code, more specific best practice such as ‘Guidance on the management of Private Office Papers’, and the Cabinet Office guidance on Ministerial quarterly returns.

I note that there has been Parliamentary scrutiny of this issue in relation to the debate in this House on ‘Randox Covid Contracts’ of 17 November 2021. Following that debate, the Government has committed to publishing before Parliament a range of background papers relating to the Randox procurement.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 23 November 2021 to Question 75126 on UN Climate Conference 2021: Government, how many Ministers in his Department travelled to COP26 by airplane.

Ministers took the train to COP26 in Glasgow, unless there were exceptional circumstances that meant travelling by train was not an option.

Travel disruption due to adverse weather on 31 October resulted in train cancellations, meaning some Ministers had to pursue alternative means of transport.

Any unavoidable carbon emissions from COP26 will be offset, including those associated with travel.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish all details of meetings between Ministers and officials from his Department and representatives of Summit Resorts and Developments Limited, or its predecessor David Lloyd Developments Limited, since January 2019.

Details of ministerial meetings are published quarterly and can be found on GOV.UK.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
25th Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to help increase opportunities for businesses in Newport West bidding for contracts on major infrastructure projects.

Small and medium-sized businesses are the backbone of the UK economy. That is why we are making sure the power of Government spending supports this vital sector, both as part of our economic recovery from COVID-19 and our levelling up agenda. We are increasing opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in a variety of ways - from transparently publishing contract pipelines to simplifying bidding processes.

Business support organisations play an important role in supporting SMEs in industry and can offer advice on business growth including ways of accessing government procurements and signposting opportunities. We have strong links with industry associations and they are supportive of the government's aims to continue engagement with SMEs.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
25th Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions he has had with representatives of business organisations on supporting small businesses in Newport West bidding for Government contracts.

Small and medium-sized businesses are the backbone of the UK economy. That is why we are making sure the power of Government spending supports this vital sector, both as part of our economic recovery from COVID-19 and our levelling up agenda. We are increasing opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in a variety of ways - from transparently publishing contract pipelines to simplifying bidding processes.

Business support organisations play an important role in supporting SMEs in industry and can offer advice on business growth including ways of accessing government procurements and signposting opportunities. We have strong links with industry associations and they are supportive of the government's aims to continue engagement with SMEs.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
25th Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on how to ensure small businesses in Newport West constituency are supported in bidding for Government contracts.

Small and medium-sized businesses are the backbone of the UK economy. That is why we are making sure the power of Government spending supports this vital sector, both as part of our economic recovery from COVID-19 and our levelling up agenda. We are increasing opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in a variety of ways - from transparently publishing contract pipelines to simplifying bidding processes.

Business support organisations play an important role in supporting SMEs in industry and can offer advice on business growth including ways of accessing government procurements and signposting opportunities. We have strong links with industry associations and they are supportive of the government's aims to continue engagement with SMEs.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
25th Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he plans to reduce the number of peers in the House of Lords.

Whilst the Government supports the approach of encouraging further retirements, it remains the case that some new members are essential to keep the expertise and outlook of the Lords fresh. This will ensure the Lords continues to fulfil its role in scrutinising and revising legislation, whilst respecting the primacy of the Commons and the associated conventions between the two Houses.

The Government’s 2019 manifesto committed to looking at the role of the Lords, but any reform needs to be considered carefully and any changes should not be brought forward piecemeal.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department takes to ensure that at least one official from his Department is present during all (a) meetings and (b) phone calls relating to Government business between Ministers and third parties.

Ministers holding meetings with external organisations on government business are routinely accompanied by a Private Secretary or other official. Where a Minister finds themselves discussing official business without an official present, any significant content is passed back to the department as soon as possible, in line with the expectations of paragraph 8.14 of the Ministerial Code.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
22nd Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Cobra meetings have been held in response to the build-up of Russian forces on the Ukraine border.

As a matter of policy, the Government does not comment on COBR meetings.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
17th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many suicides have been recorded in each region in England and Wales in the last 12 months.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority. I have, therefore, asked the Authority to respond.

Professor Sir Ian Diamond | National Statistician

Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown

House of Lords

London

SW1A 0PW

19 November 2021

Dear Lord McCrea,

As National Statistician and Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority, I am responding to your Parliamentary Question regarding the number of suicides that have been recorded in each region in England and Wales in the last 12 months (HL4142).

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) publishes annual suicide death registration statistics for England and Wales as part of our annual statistical release for the UK (1,2). The latest available figures were published by the ONS in September 2021 and covered calendar years up to 2020. The ONS also publish quarterly provisional statistics on suicide death registrations in England (3). The ONS hold death registrations for England and Wales; separate figures for Northern Ireland and Scotland are available from the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (4) and the National Records of Scotland (5), respectively.

Table 1 shows the number of suicides and age standardised suicide rates for regions in England, and Wales, based on deaths registered in 2020 and July 2020 to June 2021. The figures that are compiled for July 2020 to June 2021 are provisional and subject to small changes. The risk of suicide cannot be ascertained based on number of deaths due to varying populations for each region. Therefore, we have provided age-standardised suicide rates in table 1 to allow for valid comparisons across regions.

ONS mortality statistics for England and Wales are compiled from information supplied when deaths are certified and registered as part of civil registration. Deaths caused by suicide are investigated by coroners, causing a delay of around five to six months between the date of death and the date of death registration. As such, with the deaths provided in Table 1, many of these will have occurred several months or even years previously. Data for deaths caused by suicide that occurred in 2020 will be available in 2022, when we have more complete death registrations data.

Yours sincerely,

Professor Sir Ian Diamond

Table 1: Number (6) of suicides (7) and age standardised suicide rates by English regions and Wales, deaths registered in 2020 and July 2020 to June 2021 (8)

2020

July 2020 to June 2021p

Area code

Area name

Deaths

Rate per 100,000

Deaths

Rate per 100,000

E12000001

North East

306

13.3

355

15.3

E12000002

North West

643

10.1

736

11.5

E12000003

Yorkshire and The Humber

550

11.5

602

12.7

E12000004

East Midlands

396

9.3

483

11.3

E12000005

West Midlands

546

10.7

594

11.6

E12000006

East

518

9.5

481

8.8

E12000007

London

543

7.0

546

6.9

E12000008

South East

851

10.6

957

11.9

E12000009

South West

559

11.2

608

12.3

W92000004

Wales

285

10.3

330

12.1

Source: Office for National Statistics

Box 1: International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes used to define suicide

ICD-10 codes

Description

Notes

X60-X84

Intentional self-harm

Persons aged 10 years and above

Y10-Y34

Injury/poisoning of undetermined intent

Persons aged 15 years and above

(1) https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/bulletins/suicidesintheunitedkingdom/latest

(2) Due to operational difficulties, suicides registered in 2020 in Northern Ireland and Scotland were unavailable at the time of analysis, and so this year’s annual release is for England and Wales only. ONS will update the UK figures at a later stage.

(3) https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/bulletins/quarterlysuicidedeathregistrationsinengland/latest

(4) https://www.nisra.gov.uk/statistics/cause-death/suicide-deaths

(5) https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/statistics-and-data/statistics/statistics-by-theme/vital-events/deaths/suicides

(6) Figures are for persons aged 10 years and over.

(7) The National Statistics definition of suicide is given in Box 1.

(8) Figure for July 2020 to June 2021 are provisional and subject to small changes.

(9) The area is based on the persons usual residence as provided by the informant upon registration in England and Wales. Figures for English regions and Wales exclude death of non-residents and are based on the latest available postcode boundaries.

(10) Figures are for deaths registered, rather than deaths occurring in each calendar year. Due to the length of time it takes to complete a coroner’s inquest, it can take months or even years for a suicide to be registered. More details can be found in the ‘Suicide Registrations In The UK’ statistical bulletin.

(11) Age-standardised suicide rates per 100,000 population, standardised to the 2013 European Standard Population. Age-standardised rates are used to allow comparison between populations which may contain different proportions of people of different ages.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
16th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ascertain the number of British citizens currently united in religious-only marriages.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority. I have, therefore, asked the Authority to respond.

Professor Sir Ian Diamond | National Statistician

Baroness Cox

House of Lords

London

SW1A 0PW

23 November 2021

Dear Baroness Cox,

As National Statistician and Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority, I am responding to your Parliamentary Question asking what steps have been taken to ascertain the number of British citizens currently united in religious-only marriages (HL4074).

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is responsible for publishing marriage statistics for England and Wales. The most recent year for which marriage statistics are available is 20181. National Records Scotland (NRS) and Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) are responsible for publishing marriage statistics for marriages registered in Scotland and Northern Ireland respectively.

An annual breakdown of the number of religious marriages which took place in England and Wales is available. A religious marriage is defined as a marriage solemnised in certified places of worship that are registered for marriage, and is carried out in accordance with the rites and ceremonies of a religious denomination.

To provide the number of British citizens currently united in religious-only marriages would potentially require changes to the civil registration process, as information about the nationality of individuals marrying is not provided to the ONS by the General Register Office, and this information is not collected during the marriage registration process.

Table 1 provides the number of religious marriages registered in England and Wales for each year for the period 2008 to 2018. It is important to note that these counts may be an underestimate as some marriages (such as Muslim and Sikh) undertaken in accordance with the rites and ceremonies of a religious denomination, may take place at unregistered premises. Such marriages do not meet the legal requirements needed in England and Wales for a religious marriage and are recorded as civil marriages.

Yours sincerely,

Professor Sir Ian Diamond

Table 1: Number of religious marriages2 registered3 in England and Wales4, 2008 to 20185

Year

Number of religious marriages

2008

78,498

2009

76,493

2010

78,128

2011

74,452

2012

79,473

2013

68,600

2014

68,051

2015

62,658

2016

60,069

2017

54,346

2018

48,181

Source: Office for National Statistics

1 https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/marriagecohabitationandcivilpartnerships/datasets/marriagesinenglandandwales2013

2 Marriage statistics are derived from information recorded when marriages are registered as part of civil registration, a legal requirement.

3 Figures include opposite-sex and same-sex marriages registered in England and Wales.

4 Figures exclude marriages to residents of England and Wales that took place abroad.

5 The latest marriage statistics available for are for 2018. It is currently only possible to publish final annual marriage statistics around 26 months after the end of the reference year due to delays in the submission of marriage entries by the clergy and registrars.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, prior to the triggering of Article 16 of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland, they would provide an opportunity for that action to be debated in Parliament; and whether any such debate would be on a divisible motion.

The UK Government has always been clear that we would prefer to settle these issues consensually and reach a positive outcome with the EU through negotiations.

However, if a negotiated outcome cannot be found, Article 16 remains a legitimate provision within the Protocol to safeguard peace and prosperity in Northern Ireland and to support the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement.

In such circumstances, we will, of course, set out our justification for using Article 16 and its legal basis at an appropriate time. The Government remains committed to keeping Parliament updated on the UK-EU relationship and to providing legal certainty and clarity for Northern Ireland.

Lord Frost
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the benefits of offering all press conferences in British Sign Language.

The Government provides a BSL Interpreter for COVID press conferences and COVID data briefings on its social media channels to make essential public health information widely accessible. The Cabinet Office is also examining how we could extend similar provision for all public broadcasts (including non-COVID broadcasts) from No9 Downing Street.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
17th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to trigger Article 16 of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.

It remains the UK’s preference to find a negotiated outcome to problems caused by the Northern Ireland Protocol. The Government will use Article 16 as a safeguard measure if a negotiated outcome cannot be found, in order to protect the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement and address difficulties caused by the Protocol.

Lord Frost
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
18th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to remarks by Lord True on 25 February (HL Deb, col. 961) that they would review their approach to drafting legislation following concerns expressed during the passage of the Ministerial and Other Maternity Allowances Act 2021, when they expect (1) to complete, and (2) to publish, their review.

A response on this issue is in the process of being finalised. I hope to respond to Noble Lords before the House rises for the Christmas recess.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
19th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Prime Minister last spoke to the President of Russia.

The Prime Minister last spoke to President Putin of Russia on Monday 25 October.

Details of their call were published on GOV.UK (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-call-with-president-putin-of-russia-25-october-2021) and stated that:

“The Prime Minister spoke to Russian President Putin this afternoon ahead of the COP26 Summit.

He welcomed the steps Russia has taken in recent days to commit net zero by 2060. The Prime Minister expressed his hope that Russia will raise that target to achieving net zero by 2050 as well as making further progress on ending deforestation and an ambitious Nationally Determined Contribution.

President Putin expressed his regret that he would not be able to attend the COP26 Summit in person in the light of the coronavirus situation in Russia.

The Prime Minister was clear that the UK’s current relationship with Russia is not the one we want. He said significant bilateral difficulties remain, including the poisonings in Salisbury in 2018. The Prime Minister also underscored the importance of Ukrainian sovereignty.

The Prime Minister said that as fellow permanent members of the UN Security Council and major world economies with a long, shared history, the UK and Russia have a responsibility to work together to tackle shared challenges like climate change and safeguard international agreements like the Iran Nuclear Deal.

The leaders also discussed the current situation in Afghanistan. The Prime Minister stressed the importance of any recognition of the Taliban being conditional on their behaviour, including respect for human rights.”

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
15th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to apply the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland; and what assessment they have made of the implications of this application for the UK–EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement.

The Government has invested substantial funding to implement the Northern Ireland Protocol in line with our current obligations and to support businesses adjusting to this change, including through the Trader Support Service and the Movement Assistance Scheme (MAS). We have already spent over £150m on these services. The forecast spend for the Trader Support Service is for £360m over the full two years to the end of 2022 and the forecast for MAS is that total spend could run to up to £150m.

The Northern Ireland Protocol is not part of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA). Nevertheless, there have been suggestions that the EU would take retaliatory actions under the TCA should the UK invoke the Article 16 safeguards. This would aggravate the problems in Northern Ireland rather than reduce them. Article 16 is a legitimate safeguard within the Protocol and we would urge the European Commission to consider the impact of such disproportionate actions.

Lord Frost
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent progress he has made on implementing the recommendations of the Taskforce on Innovation, Growth and Regulatory Reform relevant to his Department.

On 16 September, Lord Frost announced how the government intends to implement recommendations of the Taskforce. This includes: concluding the consultation on developing a new regulatory framework, setting out bold strategies and proposals in the areas of data reform, gene editing, medical devices and Artificial Intelligence.

Across Government, departments are continuing to implement the recommendations, including bringing forward legislation when parliamentary time allows. The Brexit Opportunities Unit in the Cabinet Office is driving this work forward across government.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
22nd Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what legal costs his Department incurred in the case of The Good Law Project versus Minister of State for the Cabinet Office, which concluded on 9 June 2021.

I refer the hon. Member to the answers given to PQ13960 on 10 June 2021 and PQ24328 on 29 June 2021.

Our estimate of £500,000 - £600,000 for defending the case to June 2021 remains accurate.

The case is being appealed and further costs have not yet been determined.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the (a) status and (b) composition is of the Ministerial Cyber Steering Group.

Following the Cabinet reshuffle on 15 September 2021 and subsequent updates to the Cabinet Committee structure, the government’s cyber priorities are now overseen by the relevant Cabinet Committees. The Prime Minister has asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster to be lead minister for cyber. In line with previous answers, information relating to the proceedings of Cabinet Committees, including when and how often they meet, is generally not disclosed. To do so could harm the frankness and candour of internal discussion.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many times and on what dates the Ministerial Cyber Steering Group has met since its inception.

Following the Cabinet reshuffle on 15 September 2021 and subsequent updates to the Cabinet Committee structure, the government’s cyber priorities are now overseen by the relevant Cabinet Committees. The Prime Minister has asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster to be lead minister for cyber. In line with previous answers, information relating to the proceedings of Cabinet Committees, including when and how often they meet, is generally not disclosed. To do so could harm the frankness and candour of internal discussion.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
19th Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants in his Department work on cross-government procurement, broken down by unit.

The Government Commercial Function (GCF) was formed in 2015 and incorporates civil servants working in commercial roles for Government Departments, colleagues in the NHS and the wider public sector. Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/government-commercial-function/about.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
22nd Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether it is his policy to implement any of the recommendations of the Committee on Standards in Public Life Standards Matter 2 review, contained in the report Upholding Standards in Public Life, published in November 2021.

I refer the Honourable member to PQ58953.

The Government notes the work of the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs and Treasury Committees, as well as the Standards Matter 2 report from the Committee on Standards in Public Life. Once all these reports have been published, we will consider their work alongside Mr Boardman’s recommendations and set out a substantive Government policy statement to Parliament in due course.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
15th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish the review into the language used in drafting legislation.

A response on this issue is in the process of being finalised. I hope to respond to Noble Lords before the House rises for the Christmas recess.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
15th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people who are immunocompromised or immunosuppressed have died due to COVID-19 in England since 2 September.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority. I have, therefore, asked the Authority to respond.

Professor Sir Ian Diamond | National Statistician

The Lord Mendelsohn

House of Lords

London

SW1A 0PW

22 November 2021

Dear Lord Mendelsohn,

As National Statistician and Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority, I am responding to your Parliamentary Question asking how many people who are immunocompromised or immunosuppressed have died due to COVID-19 in England since 2 September (HL4024).

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) publishes statistics on deaths registered in England and Wales. Mortality statistics are compiled from information supplied when deaths are certified and registered as part of civil registration. National Records for Scotland (1) and the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (2) are responsible for publishing statistics on deaths registered in Scotland and Northern Ireland respectively.

The mortality statistics published by the ONS are based on the causes of death provided by the certifying doctor (or in some cases coroner). The death certificate lists only those health conditions or circumstances which led directly to the death or otherwise contributed to it but does not include any other health conditions the deceased suffered from if the certifier did not consider them relevant to the death. Immunosuppression can arise directly from a diagnosed health condition or from the side-effects of treatment, and there is no definitive list of causes of death linked to immunosuppression. Therefore, we are able to provide the number of deaths due to COVID-19 where certain health conditions commonly associated with immunosuppression were also mentioned on the death certificate, but this does not provide a comprehensive count of all deaths due to COVID-19 where immunosuppression might have been involved.

Table 1 shows the number of deaths registered due to COVID-19, where diseases of the blood and blood-forming organs and certain disorders involving the immune mechanism were mentioned on the death certificate, in England and Wales between 2 September to 5 November 2021.

Yours sincerely,

Professor Sir Ian Diamond

Table 1: Number (3) of deaths (4) registered (5) due to COVID-19 where diseases (6) of the blood and blood-forming organs and certain disorders involving the immune mechanism (7) were mentioned on the death certificate, England and Wales, 2 September to 5 November 2021 (8).

Due to COVID-19

Of which, diseases of the blood and blood-forming organs and certain disorders involving the immune mechanism mentioned


6,686

114

Source: Office for National Statistics


(1) https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/

(2) https://www.nisra.gov.uk/

(3) Figures are provisional.

(4) Deaths for England and Wales exclude non-residents.

(5) Based on date a death was registered rather than occurred.

(6) The International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Edition (ICD-10) definitions are as follows: coronavirus (COVID-19) (U.071, U.072, U.099, U.109) and Diseases of the blood and blood-forming organs and certain disorders involving the immune mechanism (D50 to D89).

(7) Deaths where diseases of the blood and blood-forming organs and certain disorders involving the immune mechanism were mentioned includes deaths that have these causes mentioned on the death certificate but not as the underlying cause of death.

(8) These figures are calculated using the most up-to-date data we have available to get the most accurate estimates.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
19th Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants employed by his Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 UK regions on (a) 1 March 2021, (b) 1 June 2021 and (c) 1 September 2021.

The table below provides headcount figures for the total number of Civil Servants, with detail of how many Senior Civil Servants, employed by the Cabinet Office in each of the 12 NUTS1 UK regions on the dates requested.



Region

Civil Servants at 31 Mar 2021

Civil Servants at 30 Jun 2021

Civil Servants at 30 Sept 2021

Senior Civil Servants at 1 Mar 2019

Senior Civil Servants at 1 Mar 2020

Senior Civil Servants at 1 Mar 2021

Senior Civil Servants at 30 Sep 2021

East Midlands

20

30

30

0

[c]

[c]

[c]

East of England

120

120

110

[c]

[c]

[c]

10

London

6,500

6,580

6,510

470

700

624

640

North East

420

430

420

[c]

[c]

[c]

[c]

North West

450

460

500

0

0

13

20

South East

220

220

210

0

0

[c]

10

South West

190

190

200

[c]

[c]

18

20

West Midlands

50

60

80

0

0

12

10

Yorkshire and The Humber

740

710

700

[c]

[c]

14

10

Northern Ireland

10

10

10

0

0

0

0

Scotland

80

80

110

0

0

0

[c]

Wales

70

70

50

0

0

[c]

[c]

Overseas

[c]

0

0

0

0

0

0

Unknown

600

520

710

[c]

0

18

20

Total

9460

9470

9630

480

710

710

740

Notes:

- numbers shown are rounded to the nearest 10.

- [c] = confidential and suppressed due to small numbers of between 1 and 4 in the cell.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
19th Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many senior civil servants employed by his Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 UK regions on (a) 1 March 2019, (b) 1 March 2020, (c) 1 March 2021 and (d) 1 September 2021.

The table below provides headcount figures for the total number of Civil Servants, with detail of how many Senior Civil Servants, employed by the Cabinet Office in each of the 12 NUTS1 UK regions on the dates requested.



Region

Civil Servants at 31 Mar 2021

Civil Servants at 30 Jun 2021

Civil Servants at 30 Sept 2021

Senior Civil Servants at 1 Mar 2019

Senior Civil Servants at 1 Mar 2020

Senior Civil Servants at 1 Mar 2021

Senior Civil Servants at 30 Sep 2021

East Midlands

20

30

30

0

[c]

[c]

[c]

East of England

120

120

110

[c]

[c]

[c]

10

London

6,500

6,580

6,510

470

700

624

640

North East

420

430

420

[c]

[c]

[c]

[c]

North West

450

460

500

0

0

13

20

South East

220

220

210

0

0

[c]

10

South West

190

190

200

[c]

[c]

18

20

West Midlands

50

60

80

0

0

12

10

Yorkshire and The Humber

740

710

700

[c]

[c]

14

10

Northern Ireland

10

10

10

0

0

0

0

Scotland

80

80

110

0

0

0

[c]

Wales

70

70

50

0

0

[c]

[c]

Overseas

[c]

0

0

0

0

0

0

Unknown

600

520

710

[c]

0

18

20

Total

9460

9470

9630

480

710

710

740

Notes:

- numbers shown are rounded to the nearest 10.

- [c] = confidential and suppressed due to small numbers of between 1 and 4 in the cell.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
22nd Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department has issued any guidance, internally or to other Departments on the risks or benefits of contracting companies to provide payroll finance solutions to staff delivering public services, in the last 10 years.

A joint communication from the Chief People Officer, Director General of Public Spending (HMT) and Government Chief Commercial Officer was issued in December 2020. This communication related to early payroll schemes, advising departments to ensure they were making full use of all options already available, including salary advances and loan schemes before considering proposals from third party finance providers. It further reminded departments that if they did want to introduce a new type of finance arrangement, they were required to seek internal sign off from their departmental Accounting Officer before approaching HM Treasury for final approval.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what representations he has received from the Scottish Government on the devolution of powers over the UK Civil Service in Scotland.

Significant engagement between the UK Government and the devolved administrations takes place every day. Officials working for the governments of the UK and Scotland are part of the same Civil Service and share the same culture and values, as set out in the Civil Service Code.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
22nd Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department has taken to improve the operation and efficacy of the Business Appointment Rules since the Chair of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments met the Minister for the Constitution and Devolution in respect of that matter in April 2021.

The Government is working with the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (ACOBA) to improve the operation and efficacy of the Business Appointment Rules. ACOBA has introduced a framework for risk-based consideration of cases, greater transparency and improved reporting of breaches. The Government supports these changes. The Cabinet Office is also leading a programme of work which aims to improve: the scope and clarity of the Rules; the consistency and proportionality of their implementation across government; and enforcement of the Rules.

The recommendations from Nigel Boardman’s report into the development and use of supply chain finance in government, as well as the Standards Matter 2 report from the Committee on Standards in Public Life, will be considered as a part of this work.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
22nd Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what contingency plans the Government has shared with the Northern Ireland Executive in the event that Article 16 is triggered.

There is significant ongoing Ministerial and official-level engagement by both the Northern Ireland Office and the Cabinet Office with all the devolved administrations on EU policy issues including the implementation of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) and Withdrawal Agreement (WA). Lord Frost, as the Minister responsible for this area, regularly briefs with the First Minister and deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, as well as representatives of the political parties in Northern Ireland.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
22nd Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what contingency plans the Government has shared with the Northern Ireland Executive in the event that the Trade and Cooperation Agreement is suspended.

There is significant ongoing Ministerial and official-level engagement by both the Northern Ireland Office and the Cabinet Office with all the devolved administrations on EU policy issues including the implementation of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) and Withdrawal Agreement (WA). Lord Frost, as the Minister responsible for this area, regularly briefs with the First Minister and deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, as well as representatives of the political parties in Northern Ireland.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
22nd Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to respond to the letter dated 31 August 2021 from Lord Pickles on behalf of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments in respect of Lord Hammond; and whether he plans to take steps in response to that Committee's findings in respect of Lord Hammond and OakNorth bank.

Lord True responded to the letter from the Chair of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments on 25 November, noting the Committee’s findings in respect of Lord Hammond. The Government has carefully considered this matter and the letter sets out in full its reasoning that, although we concur with the Committee’s conclusion, we do not believe further sanctions should be taken given the particular circumstances of this case.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General