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Written Question
Government Departments: Construction
Tuesday 24th March 2020

Asked by: Baroness Young of Old Scone (Labour - Life peer)

Question to the Cabinet Office:

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the announcement in Autumn Budget 2017, published on 22 November 2017, that “the Department for Transport, the Department of Health, the Department for Education, the Ministry of Justice, and the Ministry of Defence will adopt a presumption in favour of offsite construction by 2019 across suitable capital programmes”, how often offsite options have been (1) offered as part of the decision on a contract, (2) agreed, and (3) rejected, by each such Department.

Answered by Lord True - Shadow Leader of the House of Lords

The requested contractual information is not held centrally by the Cabinet Office as these contracts are awarded by departments and their delivery bodies.

Since the announcement of the presumption in favour of off-site construction, the government has continued to drive the agenda of modernising construction by working with the Department for Transport, the Department of Health, the Department for Education, the Ministry of Justice, and the Ministry of Defence, as well as publishing documents such as The Construction Sector Deal and Transforming Infrastructure Performance, which outlines the government’s plan to improve the delivery and performance of infrastructure and boost construction sector productivity.


Written Question
Government Departments: Construction
Tuesday 24th March 2020

Asked by: Baroness Young of Old Scone (Labour - Life peer)

Question to the Cabinet Office:

To ask Her Majesty's Government what reports by (1) the Department for Transport, (2) the Department of Health, (3) the Department for Education, (4) the Ministry of Justice, (5) the Ministry of Defence, and (6) the Government, have been made on the implementation and progress towards their policy of those Departments adopting a presumption in favour of offsite construction by 2019; and whether any such reports have been published.

Answered by Lord True - Shadow Leader of the House of Lords

The requested contractual information is not held centrally by the Cabinet Office as these contracts are awarded by departments and their delivery bodies.

Since the announcement of the presumption in favour of off-site construction, the government has continued to drive the agenda of modernising construction by working with the Department for Transport, the Department of Health, the Department for Education, the Ministry of Justice, and the Ministry of Defence, as well as publishing documents such as The Construction Sector Deal and Transforming Infrastructure Performance, which outlines the government’s plan to improve the delivery and performance of infrastructure and boost construction sector productivity.


Written Question
Government Departments: Construction
Tuesday 24th March 2020

Asked by: Baroness Young of Old Scone (Labour - Life peer)

Question to the Cabinet Office:

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total value of the offsite construction contracts which have been awarded by (1) the Department for Transport, (2) the Department of Health, (3) the Department for Education, (4) the Ministry of Justice, and (5) the Ministry of Defence, in (a) 2017, (b) 2018, and (c) 2019.

Answered by Lord True - Shadow Leader of the House of Lords

The requested contractual information is not held centrally by the Cabinet Office as these contracts are awarded by departments and their delivery bodies.

Since the announcement of the presumption in favour of off-site construction, the government has continued to drive the agenda of modernising construction by working with the Department for Transport, the Department of Health, the Department for Education, the Ministry of Justice, and the Ministry of Defence, as well as publishing documents such as The Construction Sector Deal and Transforming Infrastructure Performance, which outlines the government’s plan to improve the delivery and performance of infrastructure and boost construction sector productivity.


Written Question
House of Lords: Select Committee Reports
Tuesday 8th November 2016

Asked by: Baroness Young of Old Scone (Labour - Life peer)

Question to the Cabinet Office:

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many House of Lords Select Committee reports published in the (1) 2015–16, and (2) current, session of Parliament, except those published within the last two months, have not received a Government response.

Answered by Baroness Chisholm of Owlpen

Following discussions last year between the Leader of the House of Lords and the then Chairman of the Liaison Committee, data on response times is now collected and made available by the House of Lords Committee Office. The Liaison Committee's annual reports set out which Select Committee reports required Government responses and when those responses were sent. The figures for 2015-16 are included in the Committee's report, Investigative Select Committee Activity in Session 2015-16 (1st Report of Session 2016-17). The figures for this session will be published in due course. The Government values the work of Select Committees and will always aim to respond to reports within two months. However, it will often be the case that formulating responses require discussions across a range of departments and stakeholders, which means that in some cases they can take longer.


Written Question
House of Lords: Select Committee Reports
Tuesday 8th November 2016

Asked by: Baroness Young of Old Scone (Labour - Life peer)

Question to the Cabinet Office:

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of House of Lords Select Committee reports received a Government response within the two months period set out in paragraph 11.39 of the Companion to the Standing Orders and Guide to the Proceedings of the House of Lords in the years (1) 2009–10, (2) 2015–16, and (3) 2016–17 to date.

Answered by Baroness Chisholm of Owlpen

Following discussions last year between the Leader of the House of Lords and the then Chairman of the Liaison Committee, data on response times is now collected and made available by the House of Lords Committee Office. The Liaison Committee's annual reports set out which Select Committee reports required Government responses and when those responses were sent. The figures for 2015-16 are included in the Committee's report, Investigative Select Committee Activity in Session 2015-16 (1st Report of Session 2016-17). The figures for this session will be published in due course. The Government values the work of Select Committees and will always aim to respond to reports within two months. However, it will often be the case that formulating responses require discussions across a range of departments and stakeholders, which means that in some cases they can take longer.