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Secretary of State

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Jacob Rees-Mogg
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons

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Baroness Evans of Bowes Park
Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal

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Earl Howe
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Thangam Debbonaire (LAB - Bristol West)
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Pete Wishart (SNP - Perth and North Perthshire)
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23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Leader of the House, 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.

The Office of the Leader of the House of Commons is part of the Cabinet Office. I refer the hon. member to the response from the Cabinet Office (80384).

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
17th Nov 2021
To ask the Leader of the House, what his Department’s process is for (a) recording and (b) keeping minutes of all meetings relating to Government business.

The Office of the Leader of the House of Commons is part of the Cabinet Office. I refer the hon. member to the response to be given by the Cabinet Office (76745).

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Leader of the House, when he expects the House to consider arrangements for establishing the UK delegation to the European Parliamentary Partnership Assembly.

Good progress is being made on establishing the European Parliamentary Partnership Assembly and we expect the House to consider arrangements later this year. The House of Commons Finance Committee has endorsed funding arrangements to support the UK delegation, should the House agree to establish one. The next stage is for the Commission to make a decision on those arrangements. The House of Lords Commission is expected to consider the same proposals in November. The House of Commons will then be asked to agree to the establishment of the Assembly and the participation of 35 members as a delegation from the UK Parliament. Members of the delegation will be announced in the usual way through a Written Ministerial Statement, after consultation with political parties.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Leader of the House, if he will reassess the requirement to wear face coverings in (a) the House of Chamber, (b) voting lobbies, (c) Members' lobby and (d) Westminster Hall during the covid-19 outbreak.

Face coverings are not mandatory for Members in the House of Commons Chamber, voting lobbies, Members’ lobby and Westminster Hall. The current UK Government guidance on face coverings is available on gov.uk. Face coverings are not required by law in the workplace and the Government removed the legal requirement to wear face coverings in public indoor spaces. If you are in a crowded, indoor space where you come into contact with people you do not normally meet, wearing a face covering can help reduce the spread of COVID-19. I encourage all eligible individuals to take up the vaccinations on offer, in order to protect themselves and others in the best way against COVID-19.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
22nd Jul 2021
To ask the Leader of the House, what his current policy is on the wearing of face coverings in his (a) Department, (b) departmental agencies and (c) related bodies during the covid-19 outbreak.

The Office of the Leader of the House of Commons is part of the Cabinet Office. I refer the hon. member to the response to be given by the Cabinet Office (38198).

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Leader of the House, what steps he plans to take to protect hon. Members who have not yet received their second covid-19 vaccine and are potentially at risk of infection if social distancing and mask wearing is not observed in the Commons Chamber.

On Monday 19 July 2021, the majority of legal restrictions in England were removed and people are now expected to protect themselves and others through informed choice. I encourage all adults to take up the offer of two vaccine doses, to protect themselves and others against covid. Guidance on social distancing and mask wearing in the House of Commons are matters for the House authorities and the Commission to agree, rather than the Government and Mr Speaker has written to Members to encourage them to wear a face covering when in the Chamber. The House has already agreed that arrangements for proxy voting and virtual participation in the Chamber, Westminster Hall and committees should remain in place until the House rises for the summer recess.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
29th Jun 2021
To ask the Leader of the House, if his office will undertake an equalities assessment on the effect of ending hybrid virtual proceedings in the House.

The House should return to physical proceedings as soon as it is safe to do so, as the Government firmly believes constituents are best served by parliamentarians conducting extensive in-person scrutiny. The Government has always been clear that our approach should be in line with the wider road map. The measures, agreed by the House, will take us through to 22 July when the House rises for the Summer recess.

Hybrid measures were agreed by consensus on the basis that they were temporary. The pandemic should not be used as an opportunity to make long term changes to our proceedings. Changes to procedure are ultimately a matter for the House and, once we return to normal, the House may wish to take time to reflect on the last year and review the impact on our proceedings. Should any changes be considered desirable, the House may wish to undertake an equalities assessment as part of its consideration.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
26th May 2021
To ask the Leader of the House, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for International Trade on facilitating parliamentary scrutiny of proposed trade deals with other countries before they are signed.

I have regular discussions with members of the Cabinet. The Government has put a number of arrangements in place to allow for proper scrutiny of proposed trade deals with other countries by Parliament. This includes publishing negotiating objectives and economic scoping assessments before starting negotiations; regular statements to Parliament and briefings with Members and relevant Parliamentary Committees during negotiations.

At the conclusion of negotiations, there will be opportunity for scrutiny of a final deal and Parliament can resolve against ratification of a treaty under the scrutiny processes set out under the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010. Any legislative changes required to give effect to a Free Trade Agreement will need to be scrutinised and passed by Parliament in the usual way before ratification of the agreement can take place.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
16th Apr 2021
To ask the Leader of the House, pursuant to the answer of 15 April 2021 to Question 179125, on Physician Associates: Regulation, what steps he is taking to ensure Departments provide substantive answers to Questions within the requested time frame.

It is a recognised fundamental right of Parliament that hon. members receive full and timely responses to Parliamentary questions and I have reminded all departments of the importance of this. I raised my hon. friend’s specific question with the Department of Health and Social Care and I understand that it has now been answered. I will continue to raise hon. members' questions with departments where there is a significant delay or unsatisfactory response.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
25th Feb 2021
To ask the Leader of the House, whether he has had discussions with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on the time taken to answer Questions (a) 102133 tabled on 9 October 2020 and (b) 105481 to 105483 tabled on 19 October 2020.

During the height of the pandemic, departments were under significant pressure when replying to written questions and correspondence and I had some sympathy with departments. Nevertheless, members must receive full and timely responses when they request information. I continue to raise the hon. members specific questions with the Department for Health and Social Care and have impressed upon it the need to answer these questions as a matter of urgency.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
29th Jan 2021
To ask the Leader of the House, whether he plans to (a) make an assessment of the effect on the climate of and (b) estimate the savings accruing to the public purse from virtual participation in proceedings by Members of Parliament.

No. The Government firmly believes that our constituents are best served when Parliament meets physically to the fullest extent possible. The cost associated with virtual participation is not a matter for the Government but one for the House.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
28th Jan 2021
To ask the Leader of the House, with reference to the Written Statement of 26 October 2017, HCWS199 on Opposition Day Debates and the Answer of 1 November 2017 to Question 110093, whether the Government remains committed to that convention to respond to the resolution of the House by making a statement no more than 12 weeks after the debate.

I refer the hon. gentleman to my response during business questions on 28 January (Official Report, col. 570). It is vital that the Government sets out its position on motions tabled by the opposition. In my view that is best done during the debate, in particular in the Minister’s closing remarks that respond to the points that have been raised. The Government will always listen carefully to the views of the House and will continue to make regular oral or written statements to announce policy developments, provide updates and respond to events.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
12th Jan 2021
To ask the Leader of the House, pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2021 to Question 133774 on Divisions: Electronic Voting, how many hon. Members were (a) unable to use the electronic method of voting and (b) used the back-up system provided for electronic voting during the two weeks that electronic voting was used in the House of Commons in 2020; what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the House of Lords on the operation of electronic voting in that chamber; and if he will make a statement.

I refer the hon. member to my previous answer (133774), it is the Government’s view that the current arrangements for proxy voting are a better alternative to a system of remote voting. Details regarding the operation and use of the electronic voting system is not a matter for the Government but one for the House.

I have regular meetings with the Leader of the House of Lords. However, what is considered suitable for the House of Lords is not always suitable for the House of Commons and as I have said before, it is essential to strike the balance between facilitating virtual participation and allowing scrutiny and legislation to continue.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
12th Jan 2021
To ask the Leader of the House, if he will publish the average time taken for the Department of Health and Social Care to answer written questions from hon. Members in (a) September 2020, (b) October 2020, (c) November 2020 and (d) December 2020.

This information is not held by the Office of the Leader of the House of Commons. The Procedure Committee routinely publishes information regarding the performance of departments in answering written questions following the end of each parliamentary session, the last of which was published on 9 October 2020 for the 2017-19 and 2019 sessions. This is available at: https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm5801/cmselect/cmproced/790/79002.htm

I have written to all members of the Cabinet to remind them of the importance of timely and helpful responses to written questions. I encourage members who get an unsatisfactory or late response to write to me and I will take this up on their behalf.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
11th Jan 2021
To ask the Leader of the House, what discussions he has had with the House authorities on enabling full virtual participation in Westminster Hall debates.

On 13 January, the House agreed a motion to suspend sittings in Westminster Hall. I refer the Hon. lady to my words during the debate on the question of virtual participation in Westminster Hall.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
6th Jan 2021
To ask the Leader of the House, whether he has requested data from party whips on the number of backbench votes being cast by individual party whips during proxy voting in the House of Commons; whether he has made an assessment of the effect on (a) scrutiny of the Government by backbench hon. Members and (b) the power of whips over voting decisions of backbench hon. Members of (i) continuing with the proxy voting system and (ii) allowing hon. Members to vote remotely in divisions during the January 20221 covid-19 lockdown restrictions; if he will make it his policy to reinstate electronic voting in divisions for the duration of the national lockdown period; and if he will make a statement.

It is the Government’s view that the current arrangements for proxy voting are working well and are a better alternative to remote voting. Details of all proxy votes are readily available through the House service to all members and the public. Proxy voting has significantly reduced the overall number of people who are required to vote in person in the division lobbies and it is also flexible as members can choose their own proxy, irrespective of party. This strikes the right balance between ensuring a robust form of physical voting, which is not dependent on technology and individual members’ wifi connections, while ensuring that very few members have to vote in person, thus ensuring safety.

It is vital that members' votes are cast in accordance with their individual will and, as set out in the proxy voting scheme agreed by the House, members who are eligible to vote by proxy must agree with the member nominated as their proxy when the proxy vote will be cast and how it will be exercised. The member designated as a proxy is expected to act in strict accordance with the instruction given by the absent member, ensuring the voting decisions of backbench members are upheld.

The Government has taken a number of actions to ensure that MPs can work from home more readily where possible. Measures are in place in both Houses, including virtual participation in all Chamber proceedings and as we have said throughout the pandemic, the Government continues to keep the approach in Parliament under review.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
14th Dec 2020
To ask the Leader of the House, what steps he plans to take to allow hon. Members to adhere to the Tier 3: Very High Alert Guidance to (a) work from home if possible, (b) avoid travelling outside a Tier 3 area and (c) reduce the number of journeys made wherever possible; what assessment he has made of the effect on the transmission of covid-19 of allowing hon. Members to contribute to debates virtually whilst London is under Tier 3 Guidance; if he will take steps to allow hon. Members to contribute remotely to debates in the House of Commons; and if he will make a statement.

The Government guidance is clear that you can continue to travel into or out of Local COVID Alert Level: Very High areas, if you need to for work, school, or caring responsibilities, or where doing so is necessary as part of a longer journey. It is the Government’s view that we best serve our constituents when we are in Westminster, carrying out our essential functions. The House authorities have put in place robust and effective measures to ensure that the House of Commons is a covid-secure workplace.

The Government is sympathetic to those Members who are currently unable to participate in some aspects of our proceeding and has worked hard to mitigate that, including a wide scale roll out of proxy voting and providing for remote participation in scrutiny proceedings. The Government also brought forward a motion to enable those Members who are clinically extremely vulnerable to contribute virtually in Chamber debates and it was unfortunate that this was talked out so the House did not make a decision. I will continue to engage with Members on how we best strike the balance between facilitating virtual participation and allowing scrutiny and legislation to continue. As I have always said, the Government continues to keep this matter under review.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
3rd Dec 2020
To ask the Leader of the House, what proportion of the vehicles used by his Department on Government business are electric vehicles.

The Office of the Leader of the House of Commons is part of the Cabinet Office. I refer the hon. member to the response from the Cabinet Office (124846).

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
2nd Dec 2020
To ask the Leader of the House, whether he has had discussions with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on the delay in answering Questions (a) 102132 to 102136 tabled on 9 October 2020 and (b) 105481 to 105489 tabled on 19 October 2020.

I have regular discussions with members of the Cabinet and have reminded all departments of the importance of full and timely responses to Parliamentary questions. I have raised the hon. member’s specific questions with the Department for Health and Social Care and have been assured answers will be provided as soon as possible.

The Department of Health and Social Care responded to an urgent question on Thursday 19 November 2020 in relation to its performance in answering written questions from right hon. and hon. Members.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
27th Nov 2020
To ask the Leader of the House, whether he plans to require his Department to provide a payroll deduction service to allow staff to save more easily with a credit union; and if he will make a statement.

The Office of the Leader of the House of Commons is part of the Cabinet Office. I refer the hon. member to the response to his question to the Cabinet Office (121122).

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
19th Nov 2020
To ask the Leader of the House, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of (a) restrictions on travel and (b) reductions in availability of public transport during the covid-19 outbreak on the ability of hon. Members to participate in debates; and if he will make a statement.

The Government guidance is clear that you should continue to travel for work where it is not possible to do so from home. It is the Government’s strong view that Parliament best serves the UK public when MPs are present in Westminster, carrying out their essential functions. We have ensured that Members who cannot be here for a range of reasons can vote by proxy and participate in interrogative proceedings. Members’ travel arrangements and public transport do not fall under the Leader of the House’s portfolio of responsibilities but all Members must wear face coverings where mandated on public transport and I would encourage all to follow the Government’s guidance on this and other measures such as social distancing.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
17th Nov 2020
To ask the Leader of the House, whether he plans to bring forward provisions to enable hon. Members who are required by law to self-isolate under NHS test and trace procedures to participate in substantive proceedings of the House by virtual means.

We have ensured that people who cannot be here for a range of reasons can vote by proxy and participate in interrogative proceedings. The Government has brought forward a motion to allow additional virtual participation for debates in the Chamber for any member who has been classed as clinically extremely vulnerable. The change is in line with the Government advice to the whole country that the clinically extremely vulnerable should currently not go into work.

I will continue to engage with Members on how we best strike the balance between facilitating virtual participation and allowing scrutiny and legislation to continue. As I have always said, we continue to keep this matter under review.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
18th Nov 2020
To ask the Leader of the House, what discussions he has had with the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards on the potential merits of publishing investigations into non-ICGS matters on her website.

The Committee on Standards published its report on Confidentiality in the House’s standards system in June and recommended that “the Commissioner should be given authority to publish a list of ongoing non-ICGS investigations and to confirm or deny whether a non-ICGS matter is being looked into, as she did before 19 July 2018.” The Government is continuing discussions with the Committee ahead of bringing forward a motion to implement the Committee’s recommendations.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
12th Nov 2020
To ask the Leader of the House, with reference to his oral contribution of 12 November 2020, when the Government plans to issue new procurement guidelines for Government departments and public bodies.

Procurement guidelines are a matter for the Cabinet Office.

The UK’s exit from the EU offers us a huge opportunity to reform public procurement so that it better meets the needs of the country. Following extensive engagement, the Government has developed a package of proposals to reform the UK's procurement regulations. Our aim is to create simpler, less bureaucratic processes for our businesses, and better commercial outcomes for our public bodies; all while continuing to comply with our international obligations. We plan to publish our proposals soon and bring forward legislation when Parliamentary time allows.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
12th Nov 2020
To ask the Leader of the House, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of reintroducing virtual parliamentary proceedings during the autumn 2020 covid-19 lockdown.

I refer the hon. Member to the response I gave to an urgent question on Monday 16 November 2020, available at: https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2020-11-16/debates/5A282C48-FAE0-4214-8B3E-EE545E2C6DF7/ParticipationInDebates

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
10th Nov 2020
To ask the Leader of the House, whether he has made an assessment of the effect on the transmission of covid-19 of providing additional ways for hon. Members to work from home during the November 2020 covid-19 lockdown restrictions; if he will take steps to allow hon. Member to (a) contribute remotely to debates in Westminster Hall and (b) vote remotely in divisions during that period; whether he has asked Public Health England for advice on the effect on the transmission of covid-19 of hon. Members travelling to and from their constituencies to Westminster during that period; and if he will make a statement.

It is the Government’s view that we best serve our constituents when we are here in Westminster, carrying out our essential functions. At a time when the nation is dealing with the widespread impacts of coronavirus, this work could not be more important. The House authorities have worked hard to put in place robust and effective measures to ensure that the House of Commons is a covid-secure workplace and all Members should follow the government’s guidance when travelling to Parliament.

In October, the House took the decision to extend the current arrangements for virtual participation to March 2021 and ensured that people who cannot be here for a range of reasons can vote by proxy and participate in interrogative proceedings. This was agreed without debate and without division. The hon. Member asks specifically about Westminster Hall and remote voting. Technical limitations meant it was only possible to resume business in Westminster Hall last month. However, the Government's understanding is that, owing to House capacity constraints, it is not currently possible to extend Westminster Hall debates to Members participating virtually. On remote voting, in the context of a physical return of Parliament, not returning to physical voting would be a significant anomaly and I welcome the House’s agreement to the new voting system, which is an effective way of managing safe physical voting.

The Government is sympathetic to those Members who are currently unable to participate in some aspects of our proceedings. However, the Government has done everything it can to mitigate that, including a wide scale roll out of proxy voting and providing for remote participation in scrutiny proceedings, including select committees. In addition, I am working with the House authorities to see how we can support additional virtual participation in the Commons for those who are clinically extremely vulnerable.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
21st Oct 2020
To ask the Leader of the House, what recent assessment he has made of the level of health and safety risk posed by Members travelling to Parliament to take part in parliamentary proceedings that are physical-only.

I refer the hon. member to the answer I gave to his earlier written question (105448).

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
19th Oct 2020
To ask the Leader of the House, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of reintroducing virtual parliamentary proceedings in response to London being subject to Tier 2 local covid-19 restrictions from 17 October 2020.

It is the Government’s view that we best serve our constituents when we are here in Westminster, carrying out our essential functions, as we have been throughout the pandemic. Covid Alert Level - High includes a number of additional restrictions to limit social contact to help lessen the spread of the virus; it does not seek to close workplaces in general and people may still travel for work purposes. Parliament is a place of work and an institution that performs an essential constitutional role, making and changing legislation, debating key issues and scrutinising the broader work of Government. A return to hybrid proceedings would mean that we would necessarily need to make difficult decisions to limit what the House of Commons can do.

The Government is sympathetic to those members who are currently unable to participate in some aspects of our proceedings. However, the Government has done everything it can to mitigate that, including a wide scale roll out of proxy voting and providing for remote participation in scrutiny proceedings, including select committees.

The House authorities have worked hard to put in place robust and effective measures to ensure that the House of Commons is a covid-secure workplace.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
19th Oct 2020
To ask the Leader of the House, what recent assessment he has made of the level of health and safety risk posed by Members travelling to Parliament to take part in parliamentary proceedings that are physical-only.

The Government guidance is clear that you can continue to travel into or out of Local COVID Alert Level: Very High and High areas, if you need to for work, school, or caring responsibilities, or where doing so is necessary as part of a longer journey. This guidance applies equally to Members of Parliament whose constituencies are in High and Very High Alert Level areas and to Members of the House of Lords. Similarly, guidance issued by the Scottish and Welsh Governments and Northern Ireland Executive also allows for travel for work purposes.

All Members must wear face coverings where mandated on public transport and I would encourage all to follow the government’s guidance on this and other measures such as social distancing.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
30th Sep 2020
To ask the Leader of the House, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the time taken to respond to (a) written questions and (b) letters from hon. Members.

The Government attaches great importance to the effective and timely handling of correspondence and written questions. Some departments are seeing a significant increase in correspondence during the pandemic but it is vital that members are able to ask questions of departments on behalf of constituents with confidence that they will receive a timely and useful response. I have written to all members of Cabinet to remind them of the importance of this.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
29th Sep 2020
To ask the Leader of the House, if he will make time for an annual debate in Government time on the role of the Council of Europe.

My Hon Friend will appreciate that there are a number of competing demands for time in the House of Commons chamber. This includes ensuring adequate time for scrutiny of the government's legislative programme and meeting the standing order requirements to provide opposition and backbench time. While I am not in a position to commit to an annual debate on the Council of Europe, this is the type of subject matter for debate that my Hon Friend may wish to take up with the Backbench Business Committee.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
14th Jul 2020
To ask the Leader of the House, what covid-19 related provisions the Government has put in place since 1 March 2020; under what statutory powers each provision was put in place; on what date each provision was (a) announced and (b) laid before Parliament; and on what date each provision (i) came into force and (ii) was approved by Parliament.

Since 1 March 2020, and as of Monday 20 July, the Government has laid 127 statutory instruments in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. This has enabled the Government to swiftly put in place the legislation needed and we will continue to bring forward further SIs for Parliament to consider, as required. The table below provides a list of each SI, outlining the powers it was made under; the date it was laid before Parliament; the date the SI came into force; and, where applicable, the date it was approved by Parliament.

The Government continues to make every effort to ensure that announcements are made in good time ahead of the legislation being brought forward, while balancing the need for urgent action to deal with the pandemic.

Table of Statutory Instruments laid since 1 March 2020

Department

Title

Power it is made under

Procedure

Laying date

Coming into force date

Approved in Parliament

DHSC

The Health Protection (Notification) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984

Negative

06/03/20

05/03/20

N/A

DWP

The Statutory Sick Pay (General) (Coronavirus Amendment) Regulations 2020

Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992

Negative

12/03/20

13/03/20

N/A

DWP

Universal Credit and Employment Support Allowance Amendment Regulations 2020 and their

Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992

Negative

12/03/20

13/03/20

N/A

DWP

Universal Credit and Employment Support Allowance Amendment (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2020

Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992

Negative

12/03/20

13/03/20

N/A

DWP

The Statutory Sick Pay (General) (Coronavirus Amendment) No.2 Regulations 2020

Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992

Negative

16/03/20

17/03/20

N/A

HMT

Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Exemption) (Amendment) Order 2020

Financial Services and Markets Act 2000

Negative

20/03/20

23/03/20

N/A

Defra

Single Use Carrier Bags Charges (England) (Amendment) Order 2020

Climate Change Act 2008

Negative

20/03/20

21/03/20

N/A

MHCLG

Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) (Amendment) Order 2020

Town and Country Planning Act 1990

Negative

23/03/20

24/03/20

N/A

DHSC

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Business Closure) (England) Regulations 2020

Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984

Made affirmative

23/03/20

21/03/20

The regulations were revoked before they could be approved.

DfT

Street and Road Works (Amendments Relating to Electronic Communications) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

The New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 and The Traffic Management Act 2004

Negative

26/03/20

30/03/20

N/A

DHSC

The National Health Service (Amendments Relating to the Provision of Primary Care Services During a Pandemic etc.) Regulations 2020

The National Health Service Act 2006

Negative

26/03/20

27/03/20

N/A

DHSC

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020

The Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984

Made affirmative

26/03/20

26/03/20

14/05/20

DWP

Occupational and Personal Pension Schemes (General Levy) (Revocation) Regulations 2020

The Pensions Act 2004

Negative

27/03/20

31/03/20

N/A

BEIS

Competition Act 1998 (Health Services for Patients in England) (Coronavirus) (Public Policy Exclusion) Order 2020

The Competition Act 1998

Negative

27/03/20

28/03/20

N/A

BEIS

Competition Act 1998 (Groceries) (Coronavirus) (Public Policy Exclusion) Order 2020

The Competition Act 1998

Negative

27/03/20

28/03/20

N/A

BEIS

Working Time (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

The European Communities Act 1972

Negative

27/03/20

26/03/20

N/A

DWP

Social Security (Coronavirus) (Further Measures) Regulations 2020

The Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992; the Jobseekers Act 1995; the Housing Act 1996; The Welfare Reform Act 2012

Negative

27/03/20

30/03/20

N/A

DWP

NI Equivalent

The Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992; the Jobseekers Act 1995; the Housing Act 1996; The Welfare Reform Act 2012

Negative

27/03/20

30/03/20

N/A

DWP

Statutory Sick Pay (Coronavirus) (Suspension of Waiting Days and General Amendment) Regulations 2020

The Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992; The Coronavirus Act 2020

Negative

27/03/20

28/03/20

N/A

DWP

NI Equivalent

The Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992; The Coronavirus Act 2020

Negative

27/03/20

28/03/20

N/A

DWP

The Occupational and Personal Pension Schemes (General Levy) (Revocation) Regulations 2020

The Pension Schemes Act 1993

Negative

27 March

31/03/20

N/A

BEIS

Competition Act 1998 (Solent Maritime Crossings) (Coronavirus) (Public Policy Exclusion) Order 2020

The Competition Act 1998

Negative

27/03/20

28/03/20

N/A

HO

Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

The Police Act 1997

Negative

27/03/20

28/03/20

N/A

HO

Investigatory Powers (Temporary Judicial Commissioners and Modification of Time Limits) Regulations 2020

The Coronavirus Act 2020

Negative

27 March

27/03/20

N/A

BEIS

The Feed-in Tariffs (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Order 2020

The Energy Act 2008

Negative

30 March

31/03/20

N/A

DfT

The Motor Vehicles (Tests) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

The Road Traffic Act 1988

Negative

30/03/20

31/03/20.

N/A

DHSC

Nursing and Midwifery Council (Emergency Procedures) (Amendment) Rules 2020 Order of Council 2020

The Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001

Negative

30/03/20

31/03/20

N/A

HO

Coronavirus (Retention of Fingerprints and DNA Profiles in the Interests of National Security) Regulations 2020

Coronavirus Act 2020

Negative

01/04/20

02/04/20

N/A

MHCLG

The Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020

The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011

Negative

02/04/20

04/04/20

N/A

DWP

The Social Security (Coronavirus) (Further Measures) Amendment Regulations 2020

The Housing Act 1996 and the Welfare Reform Act 2012

Negative

3 April

06/04/20

N/A

DWP

The Social Security (Coronavirus) (Further Measures) Amendment Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020

The Welfare Reform (Northern Ireland) Order 2015

Negative

3 April

06/04/20

N/A

MHCLG

The Local Government and Police and Crime Commissioner (Coronavirus) (Postponement of Elections and Referendums) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020

The Coronavirus Act 2020

Negative

6 April

07/04/20

N/A

MoJ

The Prison and Young Offender Institution (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Rules 2020

The Prison Act 1952

Negative

6 April

06/04/20

N/A

MoJ

The Offender Management Act 2007 (Coronavirus) (Approved Premises) Regulations 2020

The Offender Management Act 2007

Negative

6 April

06/04/20

N/A

DWP

The Social Security (Coronavirus) (Prisoners) Regulations 2020

The Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992 The Jobseekers Act 1995 The State Pension Credit Act 2002 The Welfare Reform Act 2007 The Welfare Reform Act 2012

Negative

7 April

08/04/20

N/A

DWP

The Social Security (Coronavirus) (Prisoners) Regulations 2020 Northern Ireland

The Social Security Contributions and Benefits (Northern Ireland) Act 1992 The Jobseekers (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 The State Pension Credit Act (Northern Ireland) 2002 The Welfare Reform Act (Northern Ireland) 2007 The Welfare Reform (Northern Ireland) Order 2015

Negative

7 April

08/04/20

N/A

DWP

Social Fund Funeral Expenses Payment (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

The Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992

Negative

7 April

08/04/20

N/A

MHCLG

Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

The Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014

Negative

7 April

30/04/20

N/A

MHCLG

Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Coronavirus) (England) (Amendment) Order 2020

The Town and Country Planning Act 1990

Negative

08/04/20

09/04/20

N/A

DHSC

The National Health Service (Performers List) (England) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

The National Health Service Act 2006

Negative

08/04/20

09/04/20

N/A

MoJ

The Criminal Procedure (Amendment No. 2) (Coronavirus) Rules 2020

The Courts Act 2003

Negative

09/04/20

14/04/20

N/A

MoJ

The Electronic Monitoring (Responsible Persons) Order 2020

The Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000

Negative

09/04/20

10/04/20

N/A

MoJ

Tribunal Procedure (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Rules 2020

The Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007

Negative

09/04/20

10/04/20

N/A

MoJ

Employment Appeals (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Rules 2020

The Employment Tribunals Act 1996

Negative

09/04/20

10/04/20

N/A

DWP

The Statutory Sick Pay (General) (Coronavirus Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2020

The Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992

Negative

15/04/20

16/04/20

N/A

BEIS

Land Registry Amendment 2020

The Land Registration Act 2002

Negative

15/04/20

16/04/20

N/A

MHCLG

The Local Government (Coronavirus) (Structural Changes) (Consequential Amendments) (England) Regulations 2020.

The Coronavirus Act 2020

Negative

16 April

08/04/20

N/A

DHSC

The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 (Regulated Activities) (Coronavirus) Order 2020

The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006

Negative

17/04/20

17/04/20

N/A

BEIS

Competition Act 1998 (Health Services for Patients in Wales) (Coronavirus) (Public Policy Exclusion) Order 2020

The Competition Act 1998

Negative

20/04/20

21/04/20

N/A

BEIS

Offshore Petroleum Production and Pipe-lines (Assessment of Environmental Effects) (Coronavirus) (Amendments) 2020

The European Communities Act 1972

Negative

22/04/20

23/04/20

N/A

DHSC

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

The Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984

Made affirmative

22/04/20

22/04/20

14/05/20

DfE

The Adoption and children (coronavirus) (amendment) Regulations 2020.
Negative Procedure

The Children Act 1989 The Care Standards Act 2000 The Adoption and Children Act 2002 The Children Act 2004 The Education and Inspections Act 2006

Negative

23/04/20

24/04/20

N/A

MHCLG

The Non-Domestic Rating (Transitional Protection Payments and Rates Retention) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

The Local Government Finance Act 1988

Negative

23/04/20

1(2)Subject to paragraph (3), these Regulations come into force on 15th May 2020.
1(3)This regulation and regulation 3(1) and (3) come into force on 29th April 2020.

N/A

DfE

The School Admissions (Appeals Arrangements) (England) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020.
Negative Procedure

The School Standards and Framework Act 1998

Negative

23/04/20

24/04/20

N/A

DfE

The Early Years Foundation Stage (learning and development requirements) and (Welfare requirements) Miscellaneous provisions) (amendment) (coronavirus) Regulations 2020.
Negative Procedure

The Childcare Act 2006

Negative

23/04/20

24/04/20

N/A

MoJ

The Taking Control of Goods and Certification of Enforcement Agents (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020

The Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007

Negative

24/04/20

25/04/20

N/A

DWP

The Maternity Allowance, Statutory Maternity Pay, Statutory Adoption Pay, Statutory Paternity Pay, Statutory Shared Parental Pay and Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay (Normal Weekly Earnings etc.) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020.

The Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992

Negative

24/04/20

25/04/20

N/A

DWP

The State Pension Credit (Coronavirus) (Electronic Claims) Regulations 2020

The Social Security Administration Act 1992

Negative

27/04/20

04/05/20

N/A

DHSC

National Health Service (Quality Accounts) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020

The Health Act 2009

Negative

28/04/20

29/05/20

N/A

HO

The Misuse of Drugs (Amendments) (Pandemic supply) Regulations 2020

The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971

Negative

29/04/20

29/05/20

N/A

DfE

The Special Educational Needs and Disability (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

The Children and Families Act 2014 The Education Act 1996

Negative

30/04/20

01/05/20

N/A

DfE

The Education (School Teachers' Qualifications and Induction Arrangements) (England) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

The Education Act 2002

Negative

30/04/20

21/05/20

N/A

MoJ

Criminal Legal Aid (Coronavirus, Remuneration) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012

Negative

30/04/20

01/05/20

N/A

Defra

The Common Agricultural Policy (Control and Enforcement, Cross-Compliance, Scrutiny of Transactions and Appeals) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2020.

The European Communities Act 1972 Article 78(b) of Regulation (EU) 1306/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council

Negative

01/05/20

15/05/20

N/A

BEIS

Competition Act 1998 (Dairy Produce) (Coronavirus) (Public Policy Exclusion) Order 2020

Competition Act 1998

Negative

01/05/20

01/05/20

N/A

HMT

Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Order 2020

Financial Services and Markets Act 2000

Negative

01/05/20

04/05/20

N/A

DHSC

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2020

Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984

Made affirmative

13/05/20

13/05/20

15/06/20

MHCLG

The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) (Coronavirus)(Amendment) Order 2020

European Communities Act 1972

Negative

13/05/20

14/05/20

N/A

HMRC

The Individual Savings Account (Amendment No 3) Regulations 2020

Finance Act 1993; Income Tax (Trading and Other Income) Act 2005; Finance Act 2016

Negative

14/05/20

04/06/20

N/A

Defra

The Direct Payments (Application Deadlines) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2020

Article 78(b)(1) of Regulation (EU) 1306/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council

Negative

14/05/20

15/05/20

N/A

MoJ

Prison and Young Offender Institution (Coronavirus) (Amendment) (No. 2) Rules 2020

Prison Act 1952

Negative

14/05/20

15/05/20

N/A

DWP

Statutory Sick Pay (Coronavirus) (Funding of Employers' Liabilities) Regulations 2020

Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992

Negative

15/05/20

26/05/20

N/A

DWP

Statutory Sick Pay (Coronavirus) (Funding of Employers' Liabilities) Northern Ireland Regulations 2020

Social Security Contributions and Benefits (Northern Ireland) Act 1992

Negative

15/05/20

26/05/20

N/A

MoJ

The Civil Legal Aid (Remuneration) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012

Negative

18/05/20

08/06/20

N/A

DWP

Universal Credit (Coronavirus) (Self-employed Claimants and Reclaims) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

The Social Security Administration Act 1992; Welfare Reform Act 2012

Negative

20/05/20

21/05/20

N/A

DWP

Universal Credit (Coronavirus) (Self-employed Claimants and Reclaims) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020

Social Security Administration (Northern Ireland) Act 1992

Negative

20/05/20

21/05/20

N/A

BEIS

Electricity Capacity (Amendment etc.) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020

Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003

Draft affirmative

20/05/20

N/A

02/07/20

HMRC

The Income Tax (Exemption for Coronavirus Related Home Office Expenses) Regulations 2020

Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003

Negative

21/05/20

11/06/20

N/A

HMRC

The Social Security Contributions (Disregarded Payments) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020

Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992

Negative

21/05/20

11/06/20

N/A

HMRC

The Tax Credits (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2020

Tax Credits Act 2002

Negative

22/05/20

23/05/20

N/A

DfT

The Traffic Order Procedure (England) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Negative

22/05/20

23/05/20

N/A

DWP

The Statutory Sick Pay (General) (Coronavirus Amendment) (No. 4) Regulations 2020

Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992

Negative

27/05/20

28/05/20

N/A

DfE

Independent Schools (DBS Checks) (Coronavirus) SI

Education and Skills Act 2008

Negative

28/05/20

18/06/20

N/A

DfE

The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

Education Act 1996

Negative

28/05/20

01/06/20

N/A

DfE

The School Discipline (England) (Coronavirus) (Pupil Exclusions and Reviews) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

Education Act 2002

Negative

28/05/20

01/06/20

N/A

DfE

The Schools Forums (England) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

School Standards and Framework Act 1998

Negative

28/05/20

18/06/20

N/A

DHSC

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2020

Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984

Made affirmative

01/06/20

01/06/20

25/06/20

AG

Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 (Specified Proceedings) (Amendment) Order 2020

Prosecution of Offences Act 1985

Negative

02/06/20

02/06/20

N/A

DHSC

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Statutory Storage Period for Embryos and Gametes) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990

Negative

03/06/20

01/07/20

N/A

DHSC

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Public Health Information for Passengers Travelling to England) Regulations 2020

Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984

Negative

03/06/20

08/06/20

N/A

DfT

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Public Health Advice for Passengers) (England) Regulations 2020

Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984

Negative

03/06/20

08/06/20

N/A

DfE

The Higher Education (Fee Limits and Student Support) (England) (Coronavirus) SI

Higher Education and Research Act 2017; Teaching and Higher Education Act 1998

Draft affirmative

04/06/20

N/A

02/07/20

BEIS

Contracts for Difference (Electricity Supplier Obligations)

Energy Act 2013

Draft affirmative

04/06/20

N/A

02/07/20

Defra

Direct Payments to Farmers (Inspections) (Coronavirus) (England) Regulations 2020

Article 62(2)(1) of Regulation (EU) No 1306/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council

Negative

09/06/20

30/06/20

N/A

DHSC

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (Amendment) (No. 4) Regulations 2020

Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984

Made affirmative

12/06/20

13/06/20

The regulations were revoked before they could be approved.

DfT/DHSC

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings on Public Transport) (England) Regulations 2020 (S.I., 2020, No. 592)

Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984

Made affirmative

15/06/21

15/06/20

08/07/20

DfE

The Education (Pupil Information) (England) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

Education Act 1996

Negative

18/06/20

09/07/20

N/A

MHCLG

The Business Tenancies (Restriction on Forfeiture: Relevant Period) (Coronavirus) (England) Regulations 2020

Coronavirus Act 2020

Negative

19/06/20

29/06/20

N/A

MoJ

Taking Control of Goods and Certification of Enforcement Agents (Amendment) (No.2) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020

Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007

Negative

19/06/20

24/06/20

N/A

MoJ

Competition Appeals Tribunal

Crime and Courts Act 2013

Draft affirmative

22/06/20

N/A

15/07/20

BEIS

Enterprise Act 2002 (Specification of Additional Section 58 Consideration) Order 2020

Enterprise Act 2002

Made affirmative

22/06/20

23/06/20

15/07/20

HMRC

The Life Assurance Scheme (English and Welsh Schemes) (Excluded Benefits for Tax Purposes) Regulations 2020

Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003

Negative

22/06/20

13/07/20

N/A

MHCLG

The Town and Country Planning (Permitted Development and Miscellaneous Amendments) (England) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020

Town and Country Planning Act 1990

Negative

24/06/20

25/06/20

N/A

BEIS

The Limited Liability Partnerships (Amendment etc.) Regulations 2020
Negative Procedure

Limited Liability Partnerships Act 2000

Negative

26/06/20

26/06/20

N/A

BEIS

The Companies etc. (Filing Requirements) (Temporary Modifications) Regulations 2020 Negative Procedure

Companies Act 2006; Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020

Negative

26/06/20

27/06/20

N/A

BEIS

Patents, Trade Marks and Registered Designs (Fees) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Rules 2020

Trade Marks Act 1994; Registered Designs Act 1949

Negative

29/06/20

30/07/20

N/A

DfT

Electric Scooter (Trials) Regulations - (working title)

Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994; Road Traffic Act 1988; Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Negative

30/06/20

04/07/20

N/A

HMRC

The Childcare Payments (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2020

Childcare Payments Act 2014

Negative

30/06/20

21/07/20

N/A

MHCLG

Community Infrastructure Levy (Coronavirus) (Amendment)(England) Regulations 2020

The Planning Act 2008

Draft affirmative

30/06/2020

N/A

14/07/20

MOJ

The Secure Training Centre (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Rules 2020

Prison Act 1952

Negative

01/07/2020

02/07/20

N/A

DWP

The Statutory Sick Pay (General) (Coronavirus Amendment) (No.2) Regulations 2020

Social Security (Incapacity for Work) Act 1994; Coronavirus Act 2020; Social Security Contributions (Transfer of Functions, etc.) Act 1999

Negative

03/07/20

06/07/20

N/A

DWP

The Statutory Sick Pay (General) (Coronavirus Amendment) (No.2) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2020

Social Security Contributions and Benefits (Northern Ireland) Act 1992; Coronavirus Act 2020

Negative

03/07/20

06/07/20

N/A

DHSC

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Leicester) Regulations 2020

06/07/20

Made affirmative

03/07/20

04/07/20

Still going through parliamentary process

DHSC

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) Regulations 2020

Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984

Made affirmative

03/07/20

04/07/20

Still going through parliamentary process

DHSC

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel and Public Health Information) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984

Negative

06/07/20

07/07/20

N/A

DWP

Pension Protection Fund (Moratorium and Arrangements and Reconstructions for Companies in Financial Difficulty) Regulations 2020

The Insolvency Act 1986; The Companies Act 2006; Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020

Made affirmative

06/07/20

07/07/20

Still going through parliamentary process

DCMS

Charitable Incorporated Organisations Moratorium Regulations 2020

Charities Act 2011

Made affirmative

08/07/20

06/07/20

Still going through parliamentary process

HMRC

The Value Added Tax (Zero Rate for Personal Protective Equipment) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Order 2020

Value Added Tax Act 1994

Negative

09/07/20

30/07/20

N/A

HMRC

International Tax Enforcement (Disclosable Arrangements) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

the Finance Act 2019

Negative

09/07/20

30/07/20

N/A

DfE

The Childcare (Coronavirus) (Miscellaneous) (Amendment) Regulations 2020
Negative Procedure

the Childcare Act 2016

Negative

10/07/20

31/07/20

N/A

DHSC

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984

Made affirmative

10/07/20

11/07/20

Still going through parliamentary process

DHSC

Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel) (England) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2020

the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984

Negative

10/07/20

11/07/20

N/A

HMRC

Value Added Tax (Reduced Rate) (Hospitality and Tourism) (Coronavirus) Order 2020

the Value Added Tax Act 1994

Negative

14/07/20

15/07/20

N/A

MHCLG

Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

The Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004

Negative

15/07/20

16/07/20

N/A

BEIS

Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018

Negative

15/07/20

16/07/20

N/A

DHSC

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 3) Regulations 2020

the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984

Made affirmative

17/07/20

18/07/20

Still going through parliamentary process

DHSC

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Leicester) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984

Made affirmative

20/07/20

18/07/20

Still going through parliamentary process

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
1st Jul 2020
To ask the Leader of the House, if he will bring forward proposals for a cross-departmental Select Committee similar to the Independent Commission for Aid Impact to ensure (a) high standards of scrutiny across all Departments spending aid money and (b) Government accountability to the British taxpayer.

We remain committed to full transparency in our aid spending and there will continue to be parliamentary and independent scrutiny of the aid budget. The form this takes following the merger of the Department for International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office will be set out in due course. In reference to a cross departmental Select Committee, I refer the Hon. member to my previous response to the Member for Brighton, Kemptown on a similar subject (59864).

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
17th Jun 2020
To ask the Leader of the House, what steps (a) the Government and (b) House Authorities plan to take to mitigate the higher risk to BAME (a) staff and (b) hon. Members of contracting covid-19.

The Government is clear that the House Authorities must continue to ensure that the Estate is safe and that we must all continue to work in line with public health advice. The House Authorities have been undertaking risk assessments of various work spaces and are in direct contact with Public Health England (PHE) on any specific concerns. PHE also published its review at the beginning of June to help us understand how Covid-19 may affect different ethnic groups. The Equalities Minister is taking forward further work following the PHE Review so that we can better understand the disparities. The Government continues to advise members of the parliamentary community, such as Members’ staff and most House staff, to continue to work from home where they can. I would like to commend the House Authorities for their work in ensuring that the Parliamentary Estate is a Covid-19 secure workplace, and I have every confidence in their efforts to make sure House staff at increased risk of contracting coronavirus are suitably protected.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
16th Jun 2020
To ask the Leader of the House, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of bringing forward proposals to enable the Petitions Committee to schedule debates based on petitions created on websites other than the UK Parliament e-petition website.

The Government acknowledges the important role that petitions and debates on petitions play in allowing people to scrutinise the government on their own terms. The e-petitions website is jointly owned by Parliament and Government but is overseen by the House of Commons Petitions Committee. It is for the Petitions Committee to bring forward petitions for debate under Standing Order No. 10 (1)(a) and Standing Order No. 145A.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
16th Jun 2020
To ask the Leader of the House, if he will bring forward amendments to Standing Orders to create a Development Aid Oversight Committee similar to the Environmental Audit Committee to ensure Parliamentary oversight of UK aid spending.

The Government’s view is that select committees in the House of Commons should generally mirror Government departments, though this is ultimately a matter for the House. Precise changes will be announced in due course.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
16th Jun 2020
To ask the Leader of the House, whether he has received instructions from Cabinet Colleagues to bring forward amendments to Standing Orders to create a Development Aid Oversight Committee similar to the Environmental Audit Committee to ensure Parliamentary oversight of UK aid spending.

The Government’s view is that select committees in the House of Commons should generally mirror Government departments, though this is ultimately a matter for the House. Precise changes will be announced in due course.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
10th Jun 2020
To ask the Leader of the House, how many staff in his Office had caring responsibilities in each of the last five years.

The Office of the Leader of the House of Commons is part of the Cabinet Office. I refer the Hon. Gentleman to the Cabinet Office response to his parliamentary questions (57062, 57075 and 57076) on the same subject, which advise that the information requested is not held centrally.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
9th Jun 2020
To ask the Leader of the House, if he will make it his policy to utilise the e-voting system previously used by hon. Members during hybrid proceedings for the process of holding deferred divisions; what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the use of paper for deferred divisions on the transmission of covid-19; and if he will make a statement.

The introduction of remote voting dealt with the particular circumstances we faced at the time. It was only ever agreed as a temporary measure during an emergency, and any long term changes should be a decision for the House following an inquiry by the Procedure Committee. In the context of a physical return of Parliament, not returning to physical voting would be a significant anomaly and I welcome the House’s agreement to the Government’s approach. The Government is working closely with the Speaker and House Authorities on how voting works in practice, whether that is for live or deferred divisions. I hope I can assure the Hon. Lady that the House authorities are completing this work in consultation with Public Health England to ensure it is in line with public health advice.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
8th Jun 2020
To ask the Leader of the House, when the Intelligence and Security Committee will be reconstituted.

Under the Justice and Security Act 2013, the members of the Intelligence and Security Committee must be nominated by the Prime Minister following consultation with the Leader of the Opposition. An announcement on membership will be made in due course in the usual way and then a motion will be tabled for agreement by the House.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
4th Jun 2020
To ask the Leader of the House, what discussions he has had with (a) House of Commons staff and (b) trade unions on the health and safety concerns of working on the Parliamentary Estate during the covid-19 outbreak.

I have been in regular contact with the House Authorities throughout the pandemic about the need to bring Parliament back to work in a safe, responsible way in line with public health guidance. As a member of the House of Commons Commission I have also benefited from updates from representatives of the trade unions. In the same way that we prepared for the House’s virtual return after Easter we also worked in collaboration with the House Authorities to ensure that we were ready for the physical return.

Staffing arrangements in the House of Commons are a matter for the House rather than the Government but I am clear that staff should continue to work from home wherever that is possible and any staff that do have to be on site must adhere to the social distancing restrictions. Workplaces should be risk assessed on that basis.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Leader of the House, whether he plans to provide additional time in programme motions for House Business as a result of the additional time required for divisions in the House while social distancing measures are in place.

The division lobbies have been replaced by a more appropriate alternative and I pay tribute to Mr Speaker for his work to devise a method of voting that allows us to vote in person but is also safe and in line with Public Health England advice.

I was pleased to see that the time taken for divisions decreased significantly over the course of the day, as members became more used to the new process.

On the specific question of programme motions, it is for the House to agree any programme motions in the usual way.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Leader of the House, what plans he has to enable hon. Members that are required to self-isolate as a result of a (a) contact identified through the Government’s test, trace, isolate programme, (b) a positive test for covid-19 by (i) themselves and (ii) a member of their household and (c) member of their household displays symptoms of covid-19 to participate in (A) votes and (b) parliamentary proceedings.

I would encourage all MPs that are able to do so to return to Parliament. I recognise that health is a personal matter and MPs with health concerns will need to make their own decision about what is appropriate for them. My expectation is that the pairing arrangements will apply to members in cases of illness in the usual way.

For those Members unable to attend Westminster for medical or public health reasons related to the pandemic, I have tabled a motion to allow participation in proceedings on Questions, Urgent Questions and Statements virtually. The Government has also committed to enabling proxy voting for those who are shielding or clinically vulnerable.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Leader of the House, what arrangements are in place to support hon. Members required to self isolate for 14 days following contact from covid-19 track and trace contact centres while away from home in London attending Parliament.

Hon. Members are entitled to the same support as anyone who is self isolating, and advice on what to do in that situation can be found on the government website.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Leader of the House, whether hon. Members contacted by covid-19 track and trace contact centres while in London should return home to their constituency or remain in London.

I recognise that Members’ health is a personal matter. If a Member is contacted by covid-19 track and trace contact centres they must follow advice in line with public health. This may mean that they need to self isolate and avoid using public transport to reduce risk to others. I trust all members, as dedicated public servants, to follow this advice diligently.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Leader of the House, what steps hon. Members should take and where they should travel to if contacted by covid-19 track and trace contact centres while en-route between their constituency and Parliament and told to self-isolate.

I recognise that Members’ health is a personal matter. If a Member is contacted by covid-19 track and trace contact centres they must follow advice in line with public health. This may mean that they need to self isolate and avoid using public transport to reduce risk to others. I trust all members, as dedicated public servants, to follow this advice diligently.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
20th May 2020
To ask the Leader of the House, whether he has made an assessment of the implications for his policy on the House returning on 2 June 2020 of regional variations in the risk of contracting covid-19.

As I have made clear in my recent appearances in the House, it is my belief that the House of Commons cannot be as effective in carrying out its constitutional duties without its members here.

The government is examining the regional effects of its measures to tackle covid-19, and any further advice on easing the lockdown will be considered carefully against the five tests. However, the return of the House physically is in line with government and scientific advice that those who cannot work from home should now return to work.

I would like to commend the work of the House of Commons Commission, which is making every effort to ensure that the parliamentary estate will be Covid-19 secure, just like any other workplace. Parliament will be following strict social distancing rules; the chamber will be limited to a maximum number of participants and division lobbies will be replaced by a more appropriate alternative.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
15th May 2020
To ask the Leader of the House, if he will make it his policy to renew the temporary Standing Orders relating to hybrid proceedings to enable hon. Members who are shielding as a result of covid-19 to continue to participate in business remotely.

I set out the Government’s position during today’s Urgent Question and Business Statement.The House cannot be as effective in carrying out its constitutional duties without its members here. I therefore think it essential that all MPs who are able to do so move back to physical ways of working as quickly as possible.

The House Authorities are making every effort to ensure that the return to physical proceedings will be in line with Public Health England guidance and safe for members and the staff of the House.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
13th May 2020
To ask the Leader of the House, what steps he is taking to arrange for the participation in votes and proceedings of the House from 2 June 2020 of Members who have been advised by their country’s Chief Medical Officer that they are clinically extremely vulnerable to covid-19 and must not leave their homes during the pandemic.

It is the Government’s clear view that the current hybrid arrangements are temporary, and that as essential workers, the vast majority of MPs must return to parliament physically so that we can pass legislation and enable proper scrutiny of government.

However, someone’s health is a deeply personal matter and if any MPs have been advised to shield by the government and therefore cannot attend the House, the Government is looking at options for participation in some proceedings. For those MPs who will attend the House, we will continue to work in line with public health advice and will work closely with the House authorities to agree social distancing measures ahead of any physical return of Parliament.

Jacob Rees-Mogg
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons